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On their banners emblazoned, behold;
A name that is peer of the best
'Tis Lincoln, the Pride of the West !
And the spoilsmen be swept from his path,
Like leaves in the hurricane's wrath!
All wave hands, tossing hats into air. Another boy steps forward and recites "Viva La Republique." All join in reciting last two lines of every stanza.
VIVA LA REPUBLIQUE.
TLING out the broad banner! make ready each hand,
For the cry of disunion is heard in the land;
What! brothers and countrymen ! then will you part?
Let enemies thicken, we'll never despair;
For the Union and Abraham Lincoln-hurrah!”
Raise torches high, wave them back and forward, then back to shoulder.
Lift torches out front R., then back to shoulder.
Lift torches out front center, holding staff with both hands. MUSIC: "Garryowen.”
First line faces R. side of stage, second line faces L. side of stage, third line faces R. side of stage; first line leads the way and the rest follow, singing "Irish Wide-Awake Quickstep Song."
IRISH WIDE-AWAKE QUICKSTEP SONG.
H, success to the men who are true to the cause
Of Freedom and free lands, and Union and laws;
Come grasp your torch each Wide-Awake,
Hurrah for Lincoln's triumph.
Yet Lincoln sure shall triumph.
You'll vote for Lincoln, workingmen,
Then work for Lincoln's triumph.
To swell the notes of triumph.
The motley groups that try to fuse,
To lessen Lincoln's triumph.
But roll up Lincoln's triumph.
Lo, the States of the Free West,
Till Lincoln's final triumph.
To stand by Lincoln's triumph
Repeat first four lines of stanza after every stanza.
March as follows:
Single file to stage rear, then all around stage to stage rear again.
In couples, to stage front center, to R. and L. sides in couples, to back center.
In fours, to stage center, one four side-stepping to R. of stage center four steps; next four side-stepping to L. of stage center
four steps; next four marching between first two four to place in front of first four; next four marching to place in front of second four; next four marching between previous fours, to place in front of R. fours; next four marching between other fours and to place in front of L. fours; remaining six march forward in threes to center between the fours and group themselves in center in group. The fours form wings to center group and march in straight lines around center, just like spokes of a wheel revolve. Having marched around one way, they reverse and march around
All swing into one long line beginning with center boys leading out to stage front center, each arm of four falling in behind in turn. All exit singing gaily.
BIOGRAPHICAL EXERCISE FOR LINCOLN'S DAY.
Pupil 1.-Birth of Lincoln.
February 12, 1809. His birthplace was a cabin in a wilderness. Thomas Lincoln, father of Abraham, was a restless, thriftless man, living by jobs of carpentry and other work, until finally, deciding to try farming, he settled down in a cabin beside a spring of good water, but in a barren region. In this cabin Abraham was born.
PUPIL 2.-Mother of Lincoln. The mother of Abraham Lincoln was Nancy Hanks. In her youth she was bright and handsome, with considerable intellectual force; she might have fitly adorned a higher sphere of life. Though she died when her son was nine years old, he cherished the memory of his “angel mother,” saying that to her he owed "all he was or hoped to be.”
PUPIL 3.—Boyhood of Lincoln. As boy, Lincoln was fond of hunting and fishing, but at an early age he began to grow serious. The furniture of the Lincoln home was home-made, hewn out of forest trees. Abraham worked during the day, helping his father and mother. After his mother had been dead about a year, his father married again. His stepmother did all she could to make him happy. After he had become famous, she said: “Abe never gave me a cross word or look, and never refused to do anything I asked him; Abe was the best boy I ever saw.”
PUPIL 4.-Lincoln's School Days. Schools were few, irregular, and poor in the backwoods where the Lincolns were living, but Abraham took advantage of every opportunity. There was a log schoolhouse in the woods a long distance away, and he went to the school there a short time. Lincoln's step-mother encouraged him in his studies. The first letter that he ever wrote was at the time of his mother's death, when he wrote to a Kentucky preacher, asking him to come and preach a sermon over the grave in the wilderness. He had not more than half a dozen books in all, yet he read and re-read these until he could repeat whole pages of them.
PUPIL 5.—Lincoln as Young Man. When Lincoln was sixteen years of age he was more than six feet in height, wiry and strong, with large hands and feet. He wore coarse, home-made clothes and a coon-skin cap. But this overgrown boy had one beauty, that of character—he was always good-natured. He read everything within his reach. His first knowledge of law came from reading the statutes of Indiana, borrowed from a constable. He worked on a ferry-boat for nine months, getting $6 a month. He worked on his father's farm, splitting rails to enclose it; from this work he received the sobriquet of “rail-splitter.” He delighted in making speeches, and upon the slightest encouragement would mount a stump and practice upon fellow-laborers. A journey to New Orleans as deck
A hand on a flat-boat widened his experience, and gave him his first glimpse of slavery. For several years he served as steamboat