to work at once, and within a short time had accumulated by commendable effort a comfortable amount of property.
Within three years he owned a farm, and a half interest with Samuel Hill in the leading store.
He had good capacity for business, and was a valuable addition to that already pretentious village — New Salem.
It was while living at James Cameron's house that this plucky and industrious young business man first saw Anne Rutledge.
At that time she was attending the school of Mentor Graham, a pedagogue of local renown whose name is frequently met with in these pages, and who flourished in and around New Salem from 1829 to 1860.
McNeil fell deeply in love with the school-girl — she was then only seventeen--and paid her the usual unremitting attentions young lovers of that age had done before him and are still doing today.
His partner in the store, Samuel Hill, a young man of equal force of character, who afterwards amassed a comfortable fortune, and also wielded no little