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A PORTRAIT OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN.\

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A PORTRAIT OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN. Professor Goldwin Smith in an article in Macmillan's Afaa- azine, gives the following interesting description of the President of the United States of America;- You pass into the President's room of business through an ante-room, which has, no doubt, been paced by many an applicant for office and many an intriguer. There is no formalityânothing in the shape of guard- and, if this man is really "a tyrant worse than Robespierre," he must have great confidence in the sufFrance of his kind The room is a common office- roomâthe only ornament that struck the writer's eye being a large photograph of John Bright. The President's face and figure being well known by likenesses and caricatures, the large-boned and sinewy frame, six feet four inches in height, is probably that of a yeoman of the north of Englandâthe district from which Lincoln's name suggests that his forefathers cameâmade spare and gaunt by the climate of America. The face, in like manner, denotes an Eng- yeoman's solidity of character and good sense, an,, ?omething superadded from the enterprising life hdelitv f habltS of the We3tern Yankee. The brutal tures of Photograph, a3 usual, has given the fea- one of kinJ original, but left out the expression. It is mirth, of BBS688' ant* exc«pt when specially moved to The maS"SD,e88 and care. and unaffected a«dress are perfectly simple, modest, the eyes of aJI Whtf therefore free from vulgarity in wat) nothing in th are DOt vulgar themselves. There repeating. It turQQj>nver8]ati°n particularly worth recent election. The pa J on the incidents of the out from the polls, Whichrtsldent was trying to make in whether the number 0fJ5 not Perftctly come since the beginning of the War Z? di,I?jit?ishe^ that it had not. His mmd see^d tâ ,attTd h",m8'? f ing on this point. He remarked tWVe- been,dw<11- the number of those who had perishoa'; Jeckomng fair percentage must be deducted for 0J\;be war' a tality, which would have carried off unde^Tcirc^m" stances a certain proportion of the men, alUf were generally set down as victims of the sword. He also remarked that very ;r,f,i1.'ifcomit8 of the carnage had been produced y the killed large numbers of men whose term of enhstment had expired, and who had been on a account re- placed by others, or had re-enlisted themselves and he told, in illustration of this remark, one of his cha- racteristic stories .-âA negro had been learning anth- metic. Another negro asked him if he shot at three pigeons sitting on a fence and killed one, how many would remain. One," replied the arithmetician. No," said the other negro, the other two would fly away." In the course of the conversation he told two or I three more of these storiesâif stories they csuld be called-always by way of illustrating some remark he had made, rather than for the sake of the anecdote itself. The writer recognised in this propensity, as he thought, not a particularly jocular temperament, much less an addiction to brutal levity, such as woald call for a comic song among soldiers' graves, but the humour of the West, and especially of a Western man, accustomed to address popular audiences, and to enforce his ideas by vivid and homely illustrations. You must have studied the American character-and; indeed, the English character, of which it is the offcipring-very superficially if you do not know that a certain levity of expression, in speaking even of important subjects, is perfectly compatible with great earnestness and seriousness beneath. The language of the President like his demeanour, was perfectly simple; he did not let fall a single coarse or vulgar phrase, and all his words had a meaning.

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