He Rescues the Birds
by Noah Brooks, Abraham
Once, while riding through the
country with some other lawyers, Lincoln was missed from
the party, and was seen loitering near a thicket of
wild plum trees where the men had stopped a
short time before to water their horses.
"Where is Lincoln?'' asked one
of the lawyers.
"When I saw him last,'' answered
another, "he had caught two young birds that the wind
had blown out of their nest, and was hunting for the
nest to put them back again.''
As Lincoln joined them, the lawyers
rallied him on his tender-heartedness, and he said:
"I could not have slept unless
I had restored those little birds to their mother.''