Yankee Notions
February 01, 1861
Squibs is a rocket in his way at a “Ward Primary,” and of a stripe, too, with the incoming dynasty. He had no sooner heard the “returns,” than packing up his extra shirt and collar, he started for Springfield to see Old Abe. Imag- ine his delight on beholding that great man (six feet four in his stockings), not above the old occupation by which he had made his way in the world, actually ax in hand, splitting rails by the thousand. “What a sight!” exclaimed Squibs, “O that the world could see him thus, in this his unaffected Democracy!”

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