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: Plumbing HVAC & Automatn Starting Soon Financial Assistance Available 203 S. Logan St. -Lincoln, IL 62656 217-650-7652 217.519.3162 105 E. Jefferson St. -- Mt. Pulaski Now is the time to have CIWS build your new Wind Turbine Electric Generator Tax Credits Available Odd Fellow Heritage Affordable housing for qualified people Buffalo - Williamsville - Illiopolis For information call: 227- 364-4828 or 217-341-6453 PowelllmmronceAgc*f Inc Protect your family for less, Deton P0well, Ag~flf build dash value or even get Mt Pulaski. IL 62548 Bus: 217-792-3371your premiums back if the death benefit has not been paid out at the end of the level premium period. state farm.corn'~ Ad~stable Fremium LeveITerm U;fe Instance pol ~, se~ es 8025 ~ a states &~cepl MT, N~W " 08015 in MT.A0~25 in NY & Wl . Stal~ Farm L~. ]~tame Company, Blo~mingt~b I[ {Not licensed i~] MA, ~ a~lWl) I Bet you didn't think of this as a way to hav$~ waiting for the Fall Festival Parade tostart. Times Photo fun while _ - . Mt. Pulaski 175th Anniversary Historical Sketches #9 in a Series By Phil Bertoni Throughout most of these years, cover- ing the Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit required traveling approximately 450 miles by horseback or horse and buggy through fourteen counties (reduced to eight coun- ties in 1853 and further reduced to five counties in 857), including Mount Pulaski. the Logan County Seat from the spring of 848 through the fall of 1855. The court visited,all the county seats twice each ),ear, spending th "ee'months in the spring and three months in the fall to make the rounds. The circuit was nearly ,4o miles north by south and miles east by west, "nearly one-fifth of steadiness or system.., and often carried with him a Euclid geometry book, an alge- bra book and often pored over a treatise on astronomy." In Herndon's library, Lincoln read as he chose, from Locke, Kant, Fichte. Herbert Spence: the sermons and essays of Theodore Parker and Ralph Waldo Emer- son; Thomas Paine's "The Age of Reason" and "Common Sense": Gr gg's "Creed of Christendom". Volney's "The Ruins of Empires": Feuerbach's "Essence of Christianity", McNaught on "Inspiration." And. as we know. "Lincoln read the Bible closely, knew it from cover to cover, was farniliar with its stories the entire area of the state." and its poetry, quoted from it in his talks to jurie~ in Mr. Lincoln immensely enjoyed his days traveling political campaigns, in his speeches, and in his letters: on the judicial circuit, meeting and talking with many There were:evangelical Christian churchmem s who people, friends, ,and other lawyers, About 90 percent felt he Wasa solemn, earnest, ., of his cases, over 25 years, were on the 8th Judicial From alLofthe e readings, from observing indiil i and upon much reflecti6n; .LinColn was able to skili Circuit. When Lincoln first began to ride the circuit, " UP' theindictment, altfiough Volume -" .... he was too poor to own horseflesh or vehicle and was fully "set: u on compelled to borrow from his friends. In due timel volume is written to prove slavery agood thing e however, be became proprietor of a horse, [Old Buck never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it followed Old Tom], which he fed and groomed himself, by being a slave himself.'" He used the logic of math- and to which he was much attached. On this animal, he would set out from his home, to be gone for weeks, with no baggage but a pair of saddle bags containing a change of linen, and an old cotton umbrella to shield him from the sun and rain [and some books to read]." He later acquired a worn buggy and used Old, Buck to pull it. Joshua Speed reported, "Lincoln read Shakespeare, Burns; and Byron assiduously, although without ematics to "reason in politics and human relationships with some of the absolute quality of mathematics." To prove a thing isn't enough; he wants to demonstrate. His speeches and Writings were moving away from the horseplay and comic sarcasm of his oratorical style of earlier years. To further engage his logical interests. Mr. Lincoln loved to play thegame of chess. [Most of the quotes were taken out of material written by Albert J. Beveridge and Carl Sandburg]