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LIBERTY. Good for you, Perseverance. Liberty salutes you.

[Enter Duty.] Duty. I make a strong claim to be one of the factors that made Lincoln great. Duty always inspired him-duty to parents, duty to neighbors, duty to country, duty to God. Duty involves obedience. Lincoln was obedient to all that had the right to claim obedience. He inspired obedience. This made him great.

LIBERTY. Your claim is well supported. Probably no more obedient boy or man than Lincoln ever lived. Having learned to obey, he was able to command.

FAME. I concede that Lincoln was actuated through his entire life with a high sense of duty, which made him great.

[Enter KNOWLEDGE.] KNOWLEDGE. I made Lincoln great. He was a wonderful student-studying by a pine knot, at the plow, behind the counter, on the fence-rail-everywhere, early and late. Knowledge has

, had no more persistent votary than Abraham Lincoln.

LIBERTY. Lincoln sought knowledge that he might serve humanity. He realized that, without knowledge, he could do little. His was the training of the heart as well as of the head.

FAME. Knowledge is necessary to greatness, hence we are not surprised that Knowledge has come to claim credit for Lincoln's greatness.

[Enter PATRIOTISM.] PATRIOTISM. Lincoln's life was the embodiment of the pure patriotic spirit. I see here Honesty, Purity, Perseverance, Temperance, Duty, Sympathy, Courage, Mercy, Knowledge and Faith. [They gather around Patriotism as he mentions their names.] All these go to constitute the Patriot. So do Seriousness, Wit, Simplicity. [These follow and complete semicircle around PaTRIOTISM.] Because he was above all a Patriot and gave his life for his country, made him great.

LIBERTY. Lincoln lived and died as he himself has said, "That the government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Patriotism, above everything else, made him great. Who can doubt this?

FAME. Not I! As Edwin Markham, one of our American poets, has said, Lincoln was

"A man that matched mountains, and compelled
The stars to look our way and honor us.
The color of the ground was in him—the red earth;
The tang and odor of the primal things-
The rectitude and patience of the rocks;
The gladness of the wind that shakes the corn;
The courage of the bird that dares the sea;
The justice of the rain that loves all leaves.
The pity of the snow that hides all scars;
The loving kindness of the wayside well;
The tolerance and equity of light,
That gives as freely to the shrinking weed
As to the great oak flaring in the wind,
To the grave's low hill as to the Matterhorn

That shoulders out the sky."
All these combined to make the Patriot.

PATRIOTISM. A patriot without a superior, Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever in the hearts of a patriotic people. What grander message can the world recall than his own inspiring words, spoken when he was only thirty years old, showing his patriotic spirit:

"If I ever feel the soul within me elevate and expand to dimensions not wholly unworthy of its Almighty Architect, it is when I contemplate the cause of my country deserted by all the world beside, and I standing up boldly and alone and hurling defiance at her victorious oppressors. Here, without contemplating consequences, before high heaven and in the face of the world, I swear eternal fidelity to the just cause, as I deem it, of the land of my life, my liberty, and my love !"

TABLEAU. CURTAIN.

HISTORICAL EXERCISE FOR TWENTY-FOUR.

PUPIL 1. A little log-house once stood in the woods of Ken

tucky. There were great cracks between the logs and the rain and wind came into the house. There was an opening for window and one for door. Over these were hung skins of wild animals for curtains. The ground was the floor. The table and stools were made of the boughs and bark of

trees. PUPIL 2. One day in February, 1809, a baby boy came to live

in this house. PUPIL 3. His name was Abraham Lincoln. PUPIL 4. He loved the woods, the birds, and the flowers. PUPIL 5. Sometimes he took long walks with his father to shoot

wild turkeys. PUPIL 6. His mother told him stories from the Bible. She

made him a coat from the skin of a bear that his father shot, and shoes and a fur cap. In summer Abraham had no shoes.

He went barefoot. PUPIL 7. At last he was old enough to go to school. Abraham

studied so hard that he soon reached the head of his class. He used to write his words at home on a shovel. This was his slate. For a pencil he used a charred stick. Sometimes he wrote his lessons on the bark of trees with a sharp

pointed stick PUPIL 8. Children loved Abraham Lincoln. He was honest and

kind to everyone, even to birds and animals. PUPIL 9. He liked to make speeches. He would stand on a tree

stump and make speeches to his playmates, while they sat

upon logs or upon the ground. PUPIL, 10. He often told funny stories. PUPIL '11. He was a good-natured boy, but had to work hard.

He helped his father chop trees, split wood, clear up the brush, milk the cow, and sometimes shoot turkeys. At last they sold the little log-cabin, and Abraham's father made a

raft so they could go down the river to another place. PUPIL 12. When Lincoln was older he went to New Orleans,

where he saw many colored people. He saw that white people bought and sold black people. Sometimes the children

were sold to go far away from their fathers, and mothers. PUPIL 13. Lincoln was sorry for them. He wished he might do

something for them, but he was only a poor boy and was

often laughed at by others. PUPIL 14. He liked to read. Once he walked twelve miles to

borrow a book. Then he came home and burnt pine knots

so that he could see to read the book through that night. PUPIL 15. He said some very wise things. The people of to

day like to know what Abraham Lincoln thought about many

things. PUPIL 16. The people trusted him. PUPIL 17. Some people who had laughed at his clothes and

awkwardness were' sorry afterward, PUPIL 18. They elected Abraham Lincoln to go and help make

laws for his State. PUPIL 19. He was so just, so true, and so noble that they made

him President of the United States. PUPIL 20. The people of the country did not agree, and there

was a long war. PUPIL 21. The men of the country helped Abraham Lincoln by

going to the war. There were many brave soldiers. PUPIL 22. Lincoln declared the four million black people free.

No one could sell them now. PUPIL 23. The people all loved him. He was a great and good

man.

PUPIL 24. No one can ever forget our hero, Abraham Lincoln.

WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN.

EXERCISE FOR TWENTY-FIVE PUPILS AND SCHOOL.

Washington born, February 22, 1732

-Lincoln born, February 12, 1809.

STAGE-SETTING: Portraits of Washington and Lincoln center of

stage, beneath double arch wreathed with evergreen and dec

orated with flags. [Children enter, singing "Hurrah for Washington and Lincoln." Tune: "Rally Round the Flag."]

We are marching from the east,
We are coming from the west,

Singing the praises of a nation;
That all the men may hear
Of the men we hold so dear,

Singing the praises of a nation.

CHORUS.

For Washington and Lincoln,

Hurrah, all hurrah!
Sing as we gather

Here from afar;
Yes, for Washington and Lincoln
Let us ever sing,

Sing all the praises of a nation.
[March to front of stage and audience. WASHINGTON

pupils at right, LINCOLN pupils at left of stage.] ALL. We have come to bring two names which, long as the

nation shall stand, must be linked together-Washington and Linccin! They stand for patriotism, goodness, truth, and true manliness, Hand in hand they shall go down the centuries together.

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