The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418   Message #3095086
Posted By: Amos
14-Feb-11 - 11:55 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
"To complete this difficult day, Lincoln received an obscene letter from a Mr. A. G. Frick. It began, "If you don't Resign we are going to put a spider in your dumpling and play the Devil with you," continued unprintably from there, and concluded with "god dam a fool and goddam Abe Lincoln.""...

"...Lincoln tried to make the best of it. Speaking from the rear platform, he saw a very tall coal miner named Henry Dillon. One of them – the sources are unclear – said to the other, "I want to shake hands with you; I can lick salt off the top of your head!" That was the invitation to a height contest, which Lincoln barely won, to the huge enjoyment of the crowd. "

   Both from the NYT current column on the evolution of the Civil War.

But what I really want to know is, when did we stop breeding such poets in our streets and how did we kill the music of the ordinary tongue? Spider in your dumpling, indeed!!