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The President of America

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 16th President of the United
        States, was born in 1809.   A well-known writer
says: "The world-wide interest in President Lincoln,
from the time he left his home in Springfield, Illinois,
to take the presidential chair at Washington in 1861, and
the universal and real sorrow for his untimely death on
15th April, 1865, were very remarkable.   Even to this
present day there exists amongst the different nationalities
of the earth a great interest in this wise and benevolent
ruler.   President Lincoln had endeared himself to the
hearts of millions by his human sympathy, great wisdom,
and kindly acts alike toward friend and foe in the most
critical and difficult periods of the history of the United
States, and after his death this was more fully realised
and appreciated by all."

   When Lincoln left Springfield, in 1861, on his way to
Washington to take the Presidency of the United States,
to which he was elected, he made the following farewell
address: "My friends, no one not in my position can appre-
ciate the sadness I feel at this parting.   Here I have lived for
a quarter of a century, here my children were born, and
here one of them lies buried.   A duty devolves upon me
which is greater perhaps than that which has devolved
upon any other man since the days of Washington.   He

never would have succeeded except for the aid of Divine
providence, upon which he at all times relied.   I feet that I
cannot succeed without the same Divine aid which sustained
him, and on the same Almighty Being I place my reliance
for support.   Again I bid you all an affectionate farewell."

These simple words, addressed to his friends and neigh-
bours, plainly show a reliance upon God, and indicate a
work of God in his soul at that time.
   A friend during an interview with Mr. Lincoln, long
after he had been inaugurated President, asked him if he
loved Jesus.   The President buried his face in his hand-
kerchief, and wept and sobbed.   He then said amid his
tears, "When I left home to take the chair of the State I
was not then a Christian.   When my son died--the severest
trial of my life--I was not a Christian.   But when I went
to Gettysburg, and looked upon the graves of our dead who
had fallen in the defence of their country, I then and there
committed myself to Christ.   I do love Jesus.   The spec-
tacle of that crucified One which is before my eyes is
more than sublime--it is Divine."

   A gentleman having an appointment to meet President
Lincoln at five o'clock in the morning went a quarter of an
hour before the time appointed.   While waiting for the
appointed time he heard in the next room a voice as if in
grave conversation, and asked an attendant standing by,
"Who is talking in the next room?"   "It is the President,
replied the attendant.   "Is anybody with him?" the
gentleman inquired.   "No; he is reading the Bible."
"Is that his habit so early in the morning?"   "Yes, sir;
he spends every morning from four o'clock to five in reading
the Scriptures and praying."

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