AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ANECDOTES (Post No.3274)

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Date: 21 October 2016

 

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Post No.3274

 

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President Jackson

During nullification in South Carolina, after President Jackson’s proclamation, the Governor of Virginia sent a request to the President, in case it became necessary to send United States troops down South, not to send them through the State. If he did, they would have to pass over the Governor’s dead body.

 

The President received the message and replied: “If it becomes necessary for the United States troops to go to South Carolina, I, as commander-in-chief of the army, will be at their head. I will march them by the shortest route. They may pass through Virginia; but if the governor makes it necessary to pass over his dead body, it will be found that I will have previously taken off both ears.

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Lincoln’s Victorious Walk!

Richmond fell. Lincoln himself entered the city on foot, accompanied only by a few officers and a squad of sailors who had rowed him ashore from the flotilla in the James River, a Negro picked up on the way serving as a guide. Never had the world seen a more modest conqueror and a less characteristic triumphal procession no army with banners and drums, only a throng of those who had been slaves hastily run together, escorting the victorious chief into the capital of the vanquished foe. We are told that they pressed around him, kissed his hands and his garments and shouted and danced with joy, while tears ran down the President’s care-furrowed cheeks.

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Advancing Backwards!

Near the end of the Civil War, when the Confederate forces were falling back on Richmond, an old Negro asked by his mistress for encouraging news, replied.

“Well, missy, due to de lie of de land where dey’s fightin’, dem Yankees is retreatin’ forward, while we is advancin’ backwards.”

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The prayer of a Unitarian preacher in Massachusetts during the Civil War

“Oh, God, we pray thee to bless the rebels. Bless their hearts with sincere repentance. Bless their armies with defeat. Bless their social condition by emancipation.

 

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CIVILIANS IN WAR

 

Louis Fischer, editor and correspondent, tells the story that at a dinner-party in England the guests were discussing the fact that the cigarettes were worse since the war started and the transportation, food, and indeed everything was worse.

“Only the people are better,” someone observed.

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Lincoln’s Story

During a public “reception”, a farmer from one of the counties of Virginia told President Lincoln, that the Union soldiers, in passing his farm, had helped themselves not only to hay, but to his horse, and he hoped the President would urge the proper officer to consider his claim immediately.

Mr. Lincoln said that this reminded him of an old acquaintance of his, “Jack” Chase, a lumberman on the Illinois, a steady, sober man and the best raftsman on the river. It was quite a trick to take the logs over the rapids; but he was skilful with a raft and always kept her straight in the channel. Finally, a steamer was put on, and Jack was made captain of her. He always used to take the wheel, going through the rapids. One day, when the boat was plunging and wallowing along the boiling current, and Jack’s utmost vigilance was being exercised to keep the narrow channel, a boy pulled his coat-tail and hailed him with:

“Say, Mr. Captain! I wish you would just stop your boat a minute. I’ve lost my apple overboard.

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Lip Sympathy only!

President Lincoln was bothered to death by those persons who boisterously demanded that the War be pushed vigorously also, those who shouted their advice and opinions into his weary ears, but who never suggested anything practical. These fellows were not in the army nor did they ever take any interest, in a personal way, in military affairs, except when engaged in dodging drafts.

 

“That reminds me remarked Mr. Lincoln one day, “of a farmer who lost his way on the Western frontier. Night came on, and the embarrassments of his position were increased by a furious tempest which suddenly burst upon him. To add to his discomfort, his horse had given out, leaving him exposed to all the dangers of the pitiless storm.

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“The peals of thunder were terrific, the frequent flashes of lightning affording the only guide on the road as he resolutely trudged onward, leading his jaded steed. The earth seemed fairly to tremble beneath in the elements. One bolt threw him suddenly upon his knees.

 

“Our traveller was not a prayerful man, but finding himself involuntarily brought to an attitude of devotion, addressed himself to the Throne of Grace in the following prayer for his deliverance.

 

“O God! hear my prayer this time, for Thou knowest it is not often that I call upon Thee. And O,Lord! If it is not all the same to Thee, give us a little more light and a little noise.

 

“I wish,” the President said, sadly, “there was a stronger disposition manifested on the part of our civilian warriors to unite in suppressing the rebellion and a little less noise as to how and by whom the chief executive office shall be administered.”
–SUBHAM–

 

Picasso’s Poverty (Post No 3148)

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CZECHLOVOKIA – CIRCA 1972: A postage stamp printed in Czechlovokia showing Pablo Picasso, circa 1972

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Post No.3148

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At one time Pablo Picasso was so poor that he had Max Jacob occupied the same bed in turns. Jacob, who besides being a cultivated poet, was an impoverished novelty shop clerk, slept at night while Picasso worked. When Jacob got up in the morning to let Picasso go to bed, the floor would be carpeted with drawings, which Jacob had to walk on and from which his foot prints later had to be cleaned by art experts, since every early Picasso fragment eventually became so valuable that it could be sold.

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Hogarth, the celebrated engraver, died, as he had for the greater part of his life lived, in the greatest poverty. Within a few days of his dissolution, bailiffs were sent to seize the bed on which he lay, for a small debt which he was unable to discharge.

“Spare me”, said the expiring artist, “my bed for a little while – only I can find another in the grave”.

 

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A New York firm applied to Abraham Lincoln , some years before he was President, for information as to the financial standing of one of his neighbours. Here was the answer:

“Yours of the 10th received. First of all he has a wife and baby; together they ought to be worth 500,000 dollars, to any man. Secondly, he has an office in which there is a table worth 1-50 dollars and three chairs worth, say 1-00 dollar. Last of all, there is in one corner a large rat hole, which will bear looking into.”

Respectfully

A.Lincoln.

–Subham–

Poverty Anecdotes (Post No. 3104)

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Date: 30 August 2016

 

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Comedian’s Poverty

Ned Shutter ,the 18th century comedian, was often very poor, and being more negligent than poor, was careless about his dress. A friend overtaking him one day in the street said to him,  “Why Ned, are you not ashamed to walk the streets with twenty holes in your stockings? Why don’t you get them mended?”

“No, my friend”, said Ned,

“I am above it and if you have the pride of a gentleman you will act like me, and walk with twenty holes, rather than have one darn”.

“How?” replied the other, “how do you make that out?”

“Why, replied Ned, a hole is the accident of the day, but a darn is a premeditated poverty”.

 

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Lincoln’s Poverty

When Abraham Lincoln once was asked to tell the story of his life, he replied, “it is contained in one line of Gray’s ‘Elegy in a Country Church Yard’:

“The short and simple annals of the poor.”

 

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Poverty

In December 1846, Edgar Allan Poe, being in the direst need, inserted a notice in ‘The Express’:

“We regret to learn that Edgar A.Poe and his wife are dangerously ill with the consumption (T.B.), and that the hand of misfortune lies heavy upon their temporal affairs. We are sorry to mention the fact that they are so far reduced as to be hardly able to obtain the necessitates of life. This is indeed a hard lot, and we hope the friends and admirers of M Poe will come promptly to his assistance in his bitterest hour of need.”

 

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Writer’s Poverty

During his early newspaper days in Chicago, George Ade was accustomed to pawn a large old-fashioned gold watch every Monday morning, to tide him over that trying period between weekly pay checks.

Many years later, when he had become nationally known and attained a certain degree of affluence, Ade met his old pawn broker friend on the street.

“Why, George”, asked the old pawn broker “what happened to you? I haven’t seen you in years. Did you lose your watch?”

 

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Mark Twain’s Poverty

When Mark Twain was a young and struggling newspaper write in San Francisco, a lady of his acquaintance saw him one day with a cigar box under his looking in a shop window.

Mr.Clemens (Mark Twain), she said, I always see you with a cigar box under your arm. I am afraid you are smoking too much.

“It is not that I am moving again, said Mark

 

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Quarrelsomeness Anecdotes

Keats was a famous little fighter, less in truculent self-assertiveness than by way of high chivalry and defence of the right.

According to his school fellow. E Holmes , “He would be fighting anyone — morning, noon and night, his brother among the rest. It was meat and drink for him.”

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Quick thinking Anecdotes (Post No.3049)

 

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Post No. 3049

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A teacher of psychology, F.L .Thomason of San Francisco was accosted by a hold up man late one night. Thinking quickly Thomason asked the thief for a dime, and started a rambling hard luck story. Astonished, the bandit admitted his original intention and gave his intended victim a ten cent piece. The professor went home with his dime and the 200 dollars that was in his wallet.

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Pope and Young Man

Alexander Pope, sneering at the ignorance of a young man,asked him if he knew what an interrogation was?

“Yes,sir, said he, it is a little crooked thing that asks questions .”

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Robertson and Johnson

Dr Robertson observed that Dr Johnson s jokes were the rebukes of the righteous, described in Scripture as being like an excellent oil

“Yes, exclaimed, Edmund Burke, oil of vitriol”.

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Duke of Cumberland

The Duke of Cumberland being once in company with Samuel Foote, was so delighted with the wit of the actor, that he said,

“Mr Foote,  I swallow all the good things you say”

“Do you, replied Foote, then your royal highness has an excellent digestion, for you never bring any of them up again”.

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When practising law in Illinois, Lincoln was sent a subscription paper in behalf of the worn out trouser seat of his opponent He returned the paper with the remarks, I refuse to subscribe to the end in view.

–Subham–

Ugly English Word ‘Lie’! Liar Anecdotes (Post No.2976)

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Date:16 July 2016

Post No. 2976

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Speaker Reed, Ambassador Choate and Senator Westcott were chatting together one evening.  Mr Choate said with great solemnity “Well, gentlemen, I have not drunk whiskey, played cards for money, or attended a horse race in twenty eighth years”.

“My gracious!, exclaimed Senator Westcott admiringly.

I wish I could say that.”

“Why don’t you?, blandly inquired Mr Reed.

“Choate did”.

 

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Churchil’s LIE

 

A generation ago, when Prime minister Winston Churchill was still a member of the Liberal Party, he rose in Commons to defend his party against the charge that they had deliberately misrepresented the Conservative party.  The Liberals have accused The Conservative party of practising slavery in South Africa because they kept negro labourers behind barbed wire compounds under severe restrictions.

 

Churchill remarked, “I admit the term slavery might be a terminological inexactitude”.

At this Joseph Chamberlain,father of the late prime minister Neville Chamberlain, interrupted,

“I prefer the ugly little English three letter word – l i e”

 

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A certain young California politician, notorious for lying, had once been unwittingly led into speaking the truth. Noah Brooks was explaining the situation to President Lincoln, who immediately reminded himself of a story, saying that he recalled a similar circumstance about a negro barber in Illinois, who was a great liar. A crowd in front of a barber shop stood one evening gazing with admiration at the planet Jupiter.

 

“Sho, said the barber, I have seen that star before. I seen him way down in Georgy”,said Lincoln, like your California friend, he told the truth, but thought he was lying.”

 

–SUBHAM–

 

 

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Date: 7 April, 2016

 

Post No. 2703

 

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Modesty Anecdotes

Cato, the Roman statesman (95 BCE), on observing that statues were being set up in honour of many remarked, “I would rather people ask, why is not there a statue to Cato, than why there’s”.

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Mr President!

Abraham Lincoln was free from the usual official vanity. He rather shrank from than courted the official title of Mr President, and generally referred to his office as “this place”, “since I have been in this place” or “since I came here”.

Referring at one time to the apartment reserved in the Capitol for him, he called it “the room, you know, that they call the President’s room.”

Once he pleaded with some old Illinois friends who addressed him as “Mr President”,
“Now call me Lincoln, and I will promise not to tell of the breach of etiquette”.

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Male and Female author books on the same shelf!!!

Madame de Genlis carried her purity of Manners to such an extent, that she reprimanded the book seller who had the arrangement of her library, for having placed books written by male and female authors on the same shelf.

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Boot Polishing Lincoln!

 

A man came upon Lincoln blacking his boots in the basement of the White House. He expressed astonishment that the President of the United States should be at such a menial task.

“What! Mr. President,” he exclaimed, “are you blacking your own boots?”

“Who else’s should I be blacking?” Lincoln’s laconic reply.

 

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Most Immodest Lady!

When conversation in a company in which Dr Johnson was present had fallen upon rather a delicate topic, one of the ladies, with an expression of great displeasure, rose and left the room.
“That woman”, said the doctor, “is the most immodest of all the company”.

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If there is Fire, I first!

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F.W.Wile tells how, “Once when a group of Washington newspaper men wanted Secretary of State Hughes to attend a dinner at which a number of first rank foreign statesmen were to be present I was a committee of one to ask him where he wished to be seated at table. That was long before Dollie Gann an Alice Longworth all but caused social civil war in Washington over dinner table precedence. “You need never worry about that in my case”, Hughes said, “The only place I ever want to be first is at a fire!”

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Modesty of Principal Cairns

A characteristic story is told of the great Principal Cairns, one of the most simple- minded and humble of men. Attending a great public meeting on one occasion in Edinburgh, which was densely crowded, his appearance on the platform was received with loud cheers. Never imagining that it was for himself, he turned and saw following him a man of diminutive stature, and totally unknown.

Taking him to be the object of popular applause, he stepped aside to let him pass, and as he did so began an enthusiastically to join in the clapping. The act, so characteristic of the man, was received with uproarious delight, and fairly brought down the house.

–Subham–

“No Cabinet Minister is Indispensable!” Abraham Lincoln (Post No.2700)

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Statue of Plato.

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Modesty anecdotes

 

Plato’s Story about Spirits
Plato tells a fable of how spirits of the other world came back to find bodies and places to work. One took the body of a poet and did his work. Finally, Ulysses came and said,
“All the fine bodies have been taken and all the grand work done. There is nothing for me”.

“Yes”,said a voice, “the best has been left for you – the body of a common man, doing a common work for a common reward”.

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Respectable Ladies thrown out!
A t Lyon assizes, in France, before the trial of a certain case, the presiding judge remarked on seeing the court crowded with ladies:
“The persons composing the audience are probably not aware of the nature of the case about to be tried. I therefore feel it incumbent on me to request all respectable women to withdraw”.

Not one of the ladies stirred from her place.

“Usher”, the judge continued, “now that all the respectable women have left, turn the others out”.

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Let him resign; no one is a national necessity!
Salmon P Chase, when Secretary of the Treasury, had a disagreement with other members of the Cabinet, and resigned.
The President was urged not to accept it as “Secretary Chase is today’s national necessity”, his advisers said.

“How mistaken you are!” Lincoln quietly observed, “yet it is not strange. I used to have similar notions.
No! if we should all be turned out tomorrow and could come back here in a week, we should find our places filled by a lot of fellows doing just as well as we did, and in many instances better”.

“Now, this reminds me of what the Irish man said. His verdict was that ‘in this country one man is as good as another. And, for the matter of that, very often a great deal better’. No, this government does not depend upon the life of any man.

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Learno da Vinci’s modesty

Vasari relates that when Learnado da Vinci lay on his death bed, the King came to visit and cheer him. He raised himself as far as he could in the Royal presence and lamented that he offended God and man in that he had not laboured in art as he ought to have done.

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Piano at Beethoven Museum

In Bonn, the home of Beethoven has been converted into a memorial museum. In one of the rooms, roped off from curious hands, is the Piano upon which Beethoven composed many of his great works. A Vassar girl visiting the shrine with a party of American students, looked upon the instrument with awe and asked the guard, with the additional persuader of a generous tip, if she might play upon for a minute. The permission was granted and she sat at the piano and strummed out a few bars of the ‘Moonlight Sonata’.

Departing she remarked to the guard, “I suppose all the great pianists who have come here at one time or another played on it”.

The guard said, “No, Miss, Paderewski (famous Polish pianist) was here two years ago; but said he was not worthy to touch it”.
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–Subham–
 

 

FRIENDSHIP: Anecdotes and Quotations!

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Article No.2008

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Date : 21  July 2015

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Anacharsis, coming to Athens, knocked at Solon’s door, and told him that he, being a stranger, was come to be his guest, and contract a friendship with him and Solon replying, “It is better to make friends at home,” Anacharsis replied, “Then you that are at home make a friendship with me.”

((Anacharsis : Scythian philosopher who lived in sixth century BCE

Solon: Greek statesman who lived in sixth century BCE))

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Abraham Lincoln’s Friend

Thousands of appeals for pardon came to Lincoln from soldiers involved in military discipline. Each appeal was as a rule supported by letters from influential people. One day a single sheet came before him, an appeal from a soldier without any supporting documents.

“What!” exclaimed the President, “has this man no friends?”

“No, sir, not one,” said the adjutant.

“Then,” said Lincoln, “I will be his friend.”

((adjutant: a military officer who acts like an administrative assistant to a Senior Officer))

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Quotations on Friends and Friendship

Valluvar’s Advice

Tiruvalluvar, Tamil poet who lived at least 1500 years ago says in his Tirukkural:
“Weigh the worth and chose for friendship men of ripe wisdom who know the law (Kural 441)

“Friendship is not that which shines as a smile in the face; friendship is which shines as a joy in the soul within” ( Kural 786)

“What matters whether we win or lose the friendship of the unsympathetic who show love when it profits them and withhold it when it does not” – Kural 812

Friendship with a bad person is like a clay pot – easy to break but difficult to put back together.

Friendship with a good person is like a golden vase – difficult to break but easy to put back together

– Hitopadesa 1-223

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What is to be cultivated with affection?
Compassion towards the helpless and friendship with the good.

What bestows happiness?
Friendship with good people. —Adi Shankara, Prasnottara Ratnamalika

Secret whispering kills friendship;

Counsel is ruined by garrulity (Talkativeness);

Waters break a bridge;

Cowards only are routed by a mere noise

–Katha Sari Sagara Story of the Monkey

The good are easily melted with compassion, and show causeless friendship to all.

–Introduction to Katha Sarit Sagara

Love for one’s equal is called friendship – Swami Chinmayananda

Why do friends go away?

When they get nothing from you, they go away.

—Katha Sarit Sagara

“Wealth obtained by oppression of subjects,

Friendship obtained by deceit

And lady love gained by violence

Will not remain long” (—Katha Sarit Sagara :

Story of the Three Fish)

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Bible on Friends: “Wealth makes many friends;

But a man without means loses the friend he has “– Proverbs 20,4

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