Plainfield High School - Hermiad Yearbook (Central Village, CT)

 - Class of 1924

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Plainfield High School - Hermiad Yearbook (Central Village, CT) online yearbook collection, 1924 Edition, Page 15
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The Hermiad , 9 was a battle of the giants. Each was admired and loved by his own sup- porters and admired and feared by the supporters of the other. Both were terribly in earnest and as Lincoln came before the people bringing them his message of national morality, he came as a prophet, like Isaiah or John the Baptist, calling a nation to repentance. The debates caused all America to think. The slavery question was no longer a question of politics. It had become a question of good and evil and the man who had brought this fact home to them had become a national figure. Thus did Lincoln, although he lost the Senatorship, make one of his deepest footprints on the sands of time. In the man who, against such odds. had proved himself the equal of Douglas in debate and who had won the confidence of the East, Illinois saw the strongest possible candidate for the presidency in opposition to Douglas and the results of the election soon justified her choice. During the months between his election and inauguration Lincoln re- mained quietly at home waiting for the time when, as President of the United States, he would endeavor to preserve the Union. As his time of power and responsibility approached, he spoke cautiously and tried in his own gentle way to learn for himself how strong was the people's love of country and how far they would go with him in his task. He never once broke the solemn Oath which he took upon his inauguration. Wfhen Lincoln entered the White House he realized that he had to deal with a situation which called for patience and wisdom and even more clearly he realized that his only hope of accomplishing the task before him was in winning the confidence of the people and demanding their help in all that he had to do. He resolved to treat the South with infinite patience and to wait for the South to strike the first blow. Trusting' the people as he did he felt sure that if the South should fire on the flag, the North would unite to resist the attack. "And the war came." With it came four anxious years of waiting and suffering 'and Lincoln as commander-in-chief of army and navy and Pres- ident of the United States was, for all practical purposes, the Dictator of the affairs of the nation. The sorrows it brought were his sorrows. and its hourly burdens and anxieties were his burdens and anxieties. The Eman- cipation Proclamation. which was a fulfillment of a vow made by Lincoln in his boyhood, was the crowning' achievement of his life. A Shortly after his second inauzuration the long wished for peace came. The nation under his wise and patient guidance had passed the crisis. But it was not decreed that Lincoln should carry on the diifieult work of recon- struction for by the cruel hand of the assassin the tired president entered his eternal rest. Engraved in the hearts of Americans is the picture of Abraham Lincoln as "A blend of mirth and sadness. smiles and tears. A quaint knight-errant of the pioneers: A homely hero born of star and sod, A Peasant Prince, a Masterpiece of God."

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