Frank Leslie's Budget of Fun
September 01, 1864
Mr. Lincoln said recently that he was like Blondin on the tightrope, with all that was valuable in America, the Union, in a barrow. Some of the spectators cried, “A little faster, Mr. Lincoln.” Another said, “A little slower, Mr. Lincoln.” A third said, “Straighten your back a little more.” Others shouted, “Stoop a little lower.” Others cried, “A little more to the South.” Some, “A little more North,” What would be thought, if, when Blondin was in the performance of his dangerous task, the spectators bothered him with advice, and even went so far as to shake the rope? So with me—keep quiet, and I'll wheel my barrow across.—New York Paper.

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