Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), U.S. statesman and president, was especially fond of this tale that circulated around Washington during the Civil War.

It seems that two exceedingly religious ladies were debating the relative merits of the leader of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, and President Lincoln.

"I believe Jefferson will prevail, as he is a praying man," said the first.

"But so is Abraham a praying man," rejoined the other.

"Yes," replied the first, "but the Lord will think that Abraham is joking ..."

----------------A Final Thought ...

"There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand;
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand."

- Herman Melville (181991), U.S. author: Lines from a poem written after the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865