Best Lincoln Stories Tersely Told
by J. E. Gallaher
Pub. in 1898

 

HOW LINCOLN RECEIVED A JACKKNIFE
AS A PRESENT.

 

Considering his own personality Lincoln was very indifferent. He was perfectly aware that many people talked about his "awkwardness: and homely personal appearance. Far from feeling hurt at the remarks occasionally flung at him he rather enjoyed them.

One day he was traveling in a train. He was addressed, without any formal introduction, by a stranger in the car, who said:

"Excuse me, sir, but I have an article in my possession which belongs to you."

"How is that?" Lincoln inquired, much surprised.

The stranger took a jack-knife from his pocket.

"This knife," said he, "was placed in my hands some years ago with the injunction that I was to keep it until I found a man uglier than myself. I have carried it from that time to this. Allow me to say now, sir, that I think you are fairly entitled to the property."

Lincoln related the above story to his friends again and again during his lifetime.—From Lincoln’s Stories, by J. B. McClure.

 

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