By Frances Cavanah
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Would he be able to hold his own? Then Abe would unfold his long legs and stand up. “The Giant Killer” towered so high above “the Little Giant” that a titter ran through the crowd. When he came to the serious part of his speech, there was silence. His voice reached to the farthest corners of the crowd, as he reminded them what slavery really meant. ” Both men worked hard to be elected. And Douglas won. “I feel like the boy,” said Abe, “who stubbed his toe. ” All of those who loved him—Mary, his wife, in her neat white house; Sarah, his stepmother, in her little cabin, more than a hundred miles away; and his many friends— were disappointed.
A few days later they were walking along the New Orleans waterfront. Ships from many different countries were tied up at the wharves. Negro slaves were rolling bales of cotton onto a steamboat. Other Negroes, toting huge baskets on their heads, passed by. Sailors from many lands, speaking strange tongues, rubbed elbows with fur trappers dressed in buckskins from the far Northwest. A cotton planter in a white suit glanced at the two youths from Pigeon Creek. He seemed amused. Abe looked down at his homespun blue jeans.
He was gaining. He was winning. After a while he knew—his friends knew—all Springfield knew—that Abraham Lincoln was to be the next President of the United States. Outside in the streets the crowds were celebrating. They were singing, shouting, shooting off cannons. ” “I guess I'd better go home now,” he added. ” Mary was asleep when he entered their bedroom. Her husband touched her on the shoulder. ” By February the Lincolns were ready to move. Abe tied up the trunks and addressed them to “A. ” Before he left Illinois there was a visit he wanted to make to a log farmhouse a hundred and twenty-five miles southeast of Springfield.
Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah