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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
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
"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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worked and played his way from boyhood to manhood, climbing the hills of
difficulty with the patience and firmness of character which so marked him
in his later life, he never failed to win the love and respect of all with whom
he came in contact. His life was saddened by the early death of his mother,
so deeply saddened that the sorrowful faraway look which crept into his eyes,
remained throughout his life. At this time there were sown in the heart
and character of Abraham Lincoln the seeds which steadily zrew and blos-
somed into the gentleness and kindness, patience, fortitude and perseverance,
and above all the great and unbounded love for mankind. which caused his
name to be deeply imprinted in the heart of every true American and pre-
pared him for that maznificent work which it wasordained that he should do.
When Lincoln reached manhood he received his reward for the years
of patient, earnest study. His great ambition was realized when. in 1837.
he passed his examination for admission to the bar. Believing- that he
would best succeed in practicing his new profession in Springfield, he moved
there and it was there he met Stephen A. Douglas, then a rising young poli-
tician of opposite political views. whose after life with its rivalries, its hit-
ternesses, and its nnal loyal friendship was to be so strangely interwoven
with his own. Lincoln was not yet experienced in his profession but he
understood human nature and in time lt came to be known that no lawyer
gained more readily the conhdence of a jury or won more verdicts than
"honest Abe Lincoln." ' The lawyers of that day were chiefly politicians
and consequently Lincoln's interest in politics increased as his influence
among men new wider. In his campaigns he met all sorts and conditions
of men. interested himself in their affairs, and discussed with them ques-
tions of government both national and state, always displaying in his opin-
ions a rare and sound judgment. A
At this time Stephen A. Douglas was becoming a prominent factor in
the slavery question and the friends of slavery chose him as their Democra-
tic leader. Anti-slavery men organized a Republican party and decided
upon Lincoln as the man to represent their interests. Lincoln and Douglas
because of their leadership were constantly pitted against one another, the
one declaring' that slavery was a moral wrong' and demanding that it be
kept out of the territories. the other silent with rezard to the moral issue
but insisting that the people of the territories be allowed to decide as they
saw lit. Having made up his mind that the slavery question must be brought
home to every voter. Lincoln challenged Douzlas to a public discussion of
the question. Lincoln believed that a series of debates in which he and
Douglas should speak from the same platform to thc same people' would give
him an opportunity to reach many of the Democrats who would not come to
the Republican meetings, and would keep the people alive to the seriousness
of the situation. Douzlas accepted the challenge and the debates were ar-
ranged in such a manner that one was held at each of seven places. The
two men were equally matched. Each had had a lifelong training in public-
speaking and each was perfectly at home on the platfonn. Quick to take ad.
vantuc in the discussion and ready to meet any attack however savage. It
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1,0 The Hermiad
IF SPRING COMES
Q Hazel Salisbury-1 925 J
There is something about the Spring of the year that arouses in the
grayest of hearts a desire to be tripping gaily through Elysian fields to the
tune of the merriest melody piped by Pan. It is the time when creatures of
all ages and of both sexes feel irresistibly drawn to Nature. If you should
perceive an otherwise dignified matron prancing wildly through verdant pas-
tures with hair streaming, do not be alarmed with doubts as to her sanity.
Even the sterner sex. when hearing the first robin, decide the time is ripe
for an unconventional carousal which they term a harmless fishing trip.
Some great philosopher has said that Spring is the most deceitful season
of the year. He is correct. . .in more ways than one. Besides the abrupt
and misleading changes of weather, Spring has been the excuse for more
lies than were ever occasioned by the remaining three seasons of the year.
Why do office boys suddenly become burdened with a sickly grandmother
and make her dangerously ill in order to see a ball game '! Why do business
men. . .ditto suddenly. . , become run down and as a complete rest repair to
the country club to ascertain whether their form on the course has im-
proved 1 Why do young men on the sunny side of twenty spend their even-
ings sighing vainly at the moon ? Why do young girls receive smuggled
verses adoring "the midnight calm of your blue eye" ? Why do ambitious
business men become smitten with spring fever and therefore incapable of
producing one good day's work ? Why are high school students stricken
with the same malady, having the same results ? Why, in the name of
common sense. why ? The answer is that transient word. . .Spring.
Bards have sung of it and will continue to sing of it: various pictures
have been painted depicting the spirit of Spring and they will continue to be
painted so long as the world goes round.
By how many different names has it been called! Sweet Spring. coy
Spring, beautiful, joyous, calm, cold, haughty. and verdant Spring. But
some years, and especially this, my appellation would be devilish Spring.
Spring this season seems to be the by-word for one grand succession of fog,
rain, mist. rain. rain, ...... and then. for a little change. more rain.
Some people, I believe. have thought of the Sun in the past tense. as
something' belong-ing to those "dear, dead days beyond recall" when the
world was flooded with sunlight and one could safely venture on the streets
without the article that is so destructive to the niceties of the toilette. and
yet in these tempestuous, rain-ridden days is so necessary for the protection
of it, namely the umbrella. Years past, when rain was hailed as a rarity,
the umbrella was looked upon with ridicule: now, when we have rain literally
thrown in our faces day and night, we look upon it with reverence,
Still, why rail futilely at Fate ? Why not accept the sudden trangitiong
of the weather with stoicism and say in the face of all the rains of Heavens,
"Kismet i" E ' '
. ...an . 4 ,M
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