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Description: Lincoln's Tender HeartDate: February 9 1905
Newspaper published in: Pittsboro, MS
Source: MSU Library
Page/Column: Page 2, Column 3
LINCOLN’S TENDER HEART
Prompted Him to Pause by the
Wayside and Rescue a Helpless Bird
In the early pioneer days, when Lincoln was a young attorney and “rode the circuit,” he was one day traveling on horseback from one town to another with a party of friends who were lawyers like himself, relates one who knows the facts.
The road which they traveled led across prairies and through woods. As they passed by a grove where the birds were singing merrily they noticed a baby bird which had fallen from the next and lay fluttering by the road-side.
After they had gone a short distance Mr. Lincoln stopped, turned and said: “Wait for me a moment; I will soon rejoin you.”
As his friends halted and watched him, they saw Mr. Lincoln return to the place where the helpless bird lay on the ground and tenderly take it up and set it on a limb near the nest.
When he joined his companions, one of them laughingly asked, “Why did you bother yourself and delay us with such a trifle as that?”
Abraham Lincoln’s reply deserves to be remembers. “My friends,” said he, “I can only say this—that I feel better for it. I could not have slept to-night if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground.”