en-de  The Story of Abraham Lincoln: by James Baldwin, Part 6+7 Easy
Der Schiffsführer

Einer von Thomas Lincolns Freunden besaß ein Fährboot auf dem Ohio. Es war bloß ein kleines Ruderboot und konnte nur drei oder vier Personen gleichzeitig befördern. Dieser Mann wollte jemanden einstellen, der sich um sein Boot kümmern und Leute damit über den Fluss bringen sollte.

Thomas Lincoln brauchte Geld, und so vereinbarte er mit seinem Freund, dass Abraham diese Arbeit erledigen sollte. Der Lohn des jungen Mannes sollte 2,50 Dollar pro Woche betragen. Aber das ganze Geld sollte für seinen Vater sein.

Eine Tages kamen zwei Fremde zu der Anlegestelle. Sie wollten sich auf einem Dampfer einschiffen, der den Fluss herunterkam. Der Fährjunge gab dem Dampfer ein Zeichen und der stoppte in der Mitte des Stroms. Dann ruderte der Junge mit den zwei Passagieren hinaus und sie wurden an Bord genommen.

Gerade, als er wieder zum Ufer hin wendete, warf ihm jeder der Fremden einen halben Dollar in sein Boot. Er sammelte das Silber ein und betrachtete es. Ah, wie reich fühlte er sich! Er hatte niemals so viel Geld auf einmal gehabt. Und er hatte alles für ein paar Minuten Arbeit bekommen!

Als der Winter anbrach, gab es weniger Leute, die den Fluss überqueren wollten. Also wurde schließlich das Fährboot am Ufer vertäut und Abraham Lincoln ging ins Haus seines Vaters zurück.

Er war jetzt neunzehn Jahre alt. Er war sehr groß - fast 1,93 m groß. Er war so stark wie ein junger Hüne. Er konnte höher und weiter springen und er konnte schneller rennen, als irgendeiner seiner Altersgenossen. Und es gab niemanden, fern oder nah, der ihn schultern konnte.

Obwohl er immer in einer Gemeinschaft mit ungehobelten, rauen Menschen gelebt hatte, besaß er keine schlechten Angewohnheiten. Er benutzte keinen Tabak, er trank keine Spirituosen, es kamen keine gotteslästerlichen Worte jemals über seine Lippen.

Er war jederzeit gutmütig und freundlich zu jedem.

Während dieses Winters hatte Mr. Gentry, der Ladenbesitzer im Ort, ziemlich viel Mais und Schweinefleisch gekauft. Er hatte vor, dies im Frühjahr auf ein Flachboot zu laden und es den Fluss hinunter nach New Orleans zu schicken.

Als er sich nach einem Kapitän umsah, der das Boot übernehmen sollte, erinnerte er sich zufällig an Abraham Lincoln. Er wusste, dass er dem jungen Mann trauen konnte. Und so wurde bald eine Abmachung getroffen. Abraham willigte ein, das Boot nach New Orleans zu steuern und die Erzeugnisse dort zu verkaufen; und Mr. Gentry musste seinem Vater achteinhalb Dollar pro Monat für seine Dienste zahlen.

Sobald das Eis auf dem Fluss gänzlich geschmolzen war, wurde die Reise gestartet. Außer Captain Lincoln war nur noch ein Mann in der Crew und das war ein Sohn von Mr. Gentry.

Es war eine lange und beschwerliche Reise, aber endlich erreichten die zwei Bootsmänner die große Südstaatenstadt. Hier sahen sie viele fremdartige Dinge, von denen sie nie vorher gehört hatten. Aber sie verkauften ihre Fracht und ihr Boot zeitig und kehrte dann auf einem Dampfboot nach Hause zurück.

Jetzt war die Welt für Abraham Lincoln sehr verschieden zu der, die er vorher gesehen hatte. Er sehnte sich danach, abseits des beschränkten Lebens in den Wäldern von Spencer County zu sein. Er sehnte sich danach, etwas für sich selbst zu tun - um sich ein Vermögen zu verdienen und sich einen Namen zu schaffen.

Aber dann erinnerte er sich an die Unterweisungen seiner Mutter, als er im alten Haus in Kentucky auf ihren Knien saß, "Mach immer das Richtige". Er erinnerte sich an ihre letzten Worte: "Ich weiß, dass du nett zu deinem Vater sein wirst."

Und so entschloss er sich bei seinem Vater zu bleiben, für ihn zu arbeiten und ihm seine Einkünfte zukommen zu lassen, bis er einundzwanzig Jahre war.

Die ersten Jahre in Illinois

Zu Frühlingsbeginn 1830 verkaufte Thomas Lincoln seine Farm in Indiana, und die ganze Familie zog nach Illinois. Das Hausrat wurde in einen Wagen gelegt, der von einem vierköpfigen Ochsengespann gezogen wurde. Die freundliche Stiefmutter und ihre Töchter fuhren auch im Wagen mit.

Abraham Lincoln, mit einer langen Peitsche in der Hand, stapfte durch den Schlamm des Straßenrandes und führte die Ochsen. Wer ihn so nach Illinois gehen sah, hätte es sich nicht träumen lassen, dass er bald der größte Bürger dieses Staates werden würde?

Die Reise lang und schwer; aber nach zwei Wochen erreichten sie Decatur, wo sie sich entschieden hatten, das neue Zuhause zu finden.

Abraham Lincoln war jetzt über 21 Jahre alt. Er war sein eigener Herr. Aber in diesem Frühling blieb er bei seinem Vater. Er half ihm dabei, sein Land einzuzäunen; er half ihm dabei, seinen Mais anzupflanzen.

Aber sein Vater konnte ihn nicht bezahlen. Die Kleidung des jungen Mannes war abgetragen, und er hatte nichts, womit er noch etwas kaufen konnte. Was sollte er tun?

Drei Meilen entfernt von der Hütte seines Vaters lebte eine sparsame Frau, die Nancy Miller hieß. Mrs. Miller besaß eine Schafherde und in ihrem Haus gab es ein Spinnrad und einen Webstuhl, die immer ausgelastet waren. Und so muss man wissen, dass sie sehr viele Jeans und selbst gefertigte Stoffe gewebt hat.

Abraham Lincoln feilschte mit dieser Frau, um sich eine Hose machen zu lassen. Er stimmte zu, dass er für jeden benötigten Meter Stoff hundert Stück Holz für sie spalten würde.

Er musste insgesamt 1400 Stück Holz spalten, aber er arbeitete so schnell, dass er die Arbeit beendet hatte, bevor die Hose fertig war.

Im darauffolgenden April steuerte der junge Lincoln ein weiteres Flachboot den Mississippi nach New Orleans hinunter. Dieses Mal war sein Gefährte John Hanks, der Verwandte seiner Mutter. Dieses Mal blieb er länger in New Orleans und schaute sich einige Dinge an, die er auf seiner ersten Reise kaum beachtet hatte.

Er sah Gruppen von aneinander geketteten Sklaven, die durch die Strassen getrieben wurden. Er besuchte den Sklavenmarkt und sah wie Frauen und Mädchen wie irgendein Vieh an den höchsten Bieter verkauft wurden.

Der junge Mann, der zu keinem Lebewesen unfreundlich sein könnte, war schockiert von diesem Anblick. "Sein Herz blutete, er war wütend, nachdenklich, bekümmert und deprimiert."

Er sagte zu John Hanks, "wenn ich jemals die Möglichkeit habe, etwas gegen diese Einrichtung zu tun, werde ich mit aller Macht dagegen vorgehen, John."

Er kam im Juli aus New Orleans zurück. Mr. Offut, der Eigentümer des Flachbootes, das ihn runtergebracht hatte, stellte ihn als Verkäufer in einem kleinen Laden ein, den er in New Salem besaß.

New Salem war eine kleine Stadt nicht weit von Springfield.

Der junge Lincoln war ein guter Verkäufer und alle Kunden mochten ihm. Mr. Offut verkündete, dass der junge Mann mehr wusste, als jeder andere in den Vereinigten Staaten und dass er jedem Mann im Land davonlaufen und ihn zu Boden ringen könnte.

Aber im Frühjahr des nächsten Jahres ging Mr. Offut bankrott. Das Geschäft wurde geschlossen und Abraham Lincoln war wieder ohne Anstellung.
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The Boatman.
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One of Thomas Lincoln's friends owned a ferry-boat on the Ohio River.
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It was nothing but a small rowboat, and would carry only three or four people at a time.
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This man wanted to employ some one to take care of his boat and to ferry people across the river.
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Thomas Lincoln was in need of money; and so he arranged with his friend for Abraham to do this work.
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The wages of the young man were to be $2.50 a week.
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But all the money was to be his father's.
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One day two strangers came to the landing.
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They wanted to take passage on a steamboat that was coming down the river.
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The ferry-boy signalled to the steamboat and it stopped in midstream.
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Then the boy rowed out with the two passengers, and they were taken on board.
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He picked the silver up and looked at it.
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Ah, how rich he felt!
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He had never had so much money at one time.
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And he had gotten all for a few minutes' labor!
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When winter came on, there were fewer people who wanted to cross the river.
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So, at last, the ferry-boat was tied up, and Abraham Lincoln went back to his father's home.
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He was now nineteen years old.
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He was very tall—nearly six feet four inches in height.
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He was as strong as a young giant.
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Although he had always lived in a community of rude, rough people, he had no bad habits.
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He used no tobacco; he did not drink strong liquor; no profane word ever passed his lips.
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He was good-natured at all times, and kind to every one.
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He intended, in the spring, to load this on a flatboat and send it down the river to New Orleans.
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In looking about for a captain to take charge of the boat, he happened to think of Abraham Lincoln.
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He knew that he could trust the young man.
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And so a bargain was soon made.
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As soon as the ice had well melted from the river, the voyage was begun.
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Besides Captain Lincoln there was only one man in the crew, and that was a son of Mr. Gentry's.
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The voyage was a long and weary one, but at last the two boatmen reached the great southern city.
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Here they saw many strange things of which they had never heard before.
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But they soon sold their cargo and boat, and then returned home on a steamboat.
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To Abraham Lincoln the world was now very different from what it had seemed before.
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He longed to be away from the narrow life in the woods of Spencer county.
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He longed to be doing something for himself—to be making for himself a fortune and a name.
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He remembered her last words, "I know you will be kind to your father."
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The First Years in Illinois.
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The household goods were put in a wagon drawn by four yoke of oxen.
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The kind step-mother and her daughters rode also in the wagon.
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Abraham Lincoln was now over twenty-one years old.
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He was his own man.
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But he stayed with his father that spring.
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He helped him fence his land; he helped him plant his corn.
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But his father had no money to give him.
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The young man's clothing was all worn out, and he had nothing with which to buy any more.
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What should he do?
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Three miles from his father's cabin there lived a thrifty woman, whose name was Nancy Miller.
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And so you must know that she wove a great deal of jeans and home-made cloth.
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Abraham Lincoln bargained with this woman to make him a pair of trousers.
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He agreed that for each yard of cloth required, he would split for her four hundred rails.
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The next April saw young Lincoln piloting another flatboat down the Mississippi to New Orleans.
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His companion this time was his mother's relative, John Hanks.
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He saw gangs of slaves being driven through the streets.
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He visited the slave-market, and saw women and girls sold to the highest bidder like so many cattle.
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The young man, who would not be unkind to any living being, was shocked by these sights.
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"His heart bled; he was mad, thoughtful, sad, and depressed."
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He said to John Hanks, "If I ever get a chance to hit that institution, I'll hit it hard, John."
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He came back from New Orleans in July.
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New Salem was a little town not far from Springfield.
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Young Lincoln was a good salesman, and all the customers liked him.
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But in the spring of the next year Mr. Offut failed.
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The store was closed, and Abraham Lincoln was out of employment again.
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The Boatman.

One of Thomas Lincoln's friends owned a ferry-boat on the Ohio River. It was nothing but a small rowboat, and would carry only three or four people at a time. This man wanted to employ some one to take care of his boat and to ferry people across the river.

Thomas Lincoln was in need of money; and so he arranged with his friend for Abraham to do this work. The wages of the young man were to be $2.50 a week. But all the money was to be his father's.

One day two strangers came to the landing. They wanted to take passage on a steamboat that was coming down the river. The ferry-boy signalled to the steamboat and it stopped in midstream. Then the boy rowed out with the two passengers, and they were taken on board.

Just as he was turning towards the shore again, each of the strangers tossed a half-dollar into his boat. He picked the silver up and looked at it. Ah, how rich he felt! He had never had so much money at one time. And he had gotten all for a few minutes' labor!

When winter came on, there were fewer people who wanted to cross the river. So, at last, the ferry-boat was tied up, and Abraham Lincoln went back to his father's home.

He was now nineteen years old. He was very tall—nearly six feet four inches in height. He was as strong as a young giant. He could jump higher and farther, and he could run faster, than any of his fellows; and there was no one, far or near, who could lay him on his back.

Although he had always lived in a community of rude, rough people, he had no bad habits. He used no tobacco; he did not drink strong liquor; no profane word ever passed his lips.

He was good-natured at all times, and kind to every one.

During that winter, Mr. Gentry, the storekeeper in the village, had bought a good deal of corn and pork. He intended, in the spring, to load this on a flatboat and send it down the river to New Orleans.

In looking about for a captain to take charge of the boat, he happened to think of Abraham Lincoln. He knew that he could trust the young man. And so a bargain was soon made. Abraham agreed to pilot the boat to New Orleans and to market the produce there; and Mr. Gentry was to pay his father eight dollars and a half a month for his services.

As soon as the ice had well melted from the river, the voyage was begun. Besides Captain Lincoln there was only one man in the crew, and that was a son of Mr. Gentry's.

The voyage was a long and weary one, but at last the two boatmen reached the great southern city. Here they saw many strange things of which they had never heard before. But they soon sold their cargo and boat, and then returned home on a steamboat.

To Abraham Lincoln the world was now very different from what it had seemed before. He longed to be away from the narrow life in the woods of Spencer county. He longed to be doing something for himself—to be making for himself a fortune and a name.

But then he remembered his mother's teachings when he sat on her knee in the old Kentucky home, "Always do right." He remembered her last words, "I know you will be kind to your father."

And so he resolved to stay with his father, to work for him, and to give him all his earnings until he was twenty-one years old.

The First Years in Illinois.

Early in the spring of 1830, Thomas Lincoln sold his farm in Indiana, and the whole family moved to Illinois. The household goods were put in a wagon drawn by four yoke of oxen. The kind step-mother and her daughters rode also in the wagon.

Abraham Lincoln, with a long whip in his hand, trudged through the mud by the side of the road and guided the oxen. Who that saw him thus going into Illinois would have dreamed that he would in time become that state's greatest citizen?

The journey was a long and hard one; but in two weeks they reached Decatur, where they had decided to make their new home.

Abraham Lincoln was now over twenty-one years old. He was his own man. But he stayed with his father that spring. He helped him fence his land; he helped him plant his corn.

But his father had no money to give him. The young man's clothing was all worn out, and he had nothing with which to buy any more. What should he do?

Three miles from his father's cabin there lived a thrifty woman, whose name was Nancy Miller. Mrs. Miller owned a flock of sheep, and in her house there were a spinning-wheel and a loom that were always busy. And so you must know that she wove a great deal of jeans and home-made cloth.

Abraham Lincoln bargained with this woman to make him a pair of trousers. He agreed that for each yard of cloth required, he would split for her four hundred rails.

He had to split fourteen hundred rails in all; but he worked so fast that he had finished them before the trousers were ready.

The next April saw young Lincoln piloting another flatboat down the Mississippi to New Orleans. His companion this time was his mother's relative, John Hanks. This time he stayed longer in New Orleans, and he saw some things which he had barely noticed on his first trip.

He saw gangs of slaves being driven through the streets. He visited the slave-market, and saw women and girls sold to the highest bidder like so many cattle.

The young man, who would not be unkind to any living being, was shocked by these sights. "His heart bled; he was mad, thoughtful, sad, and depressed."

He said to John Hanks, "If I ever get a chance to hit that institution, I'll hit it hard, John."

He came back from New Orleans in July. Mr. Offut, the owner of the flatboat which he had taken down, then employed him to act as clerk in a country store which he had at New Salem.

New Salem was a little town not far from Springfield.

Young Lincoln was a good salesman, and all the customers liked him. Mr. Offut declared that the young man knew more than anyone else in the United States, and that he could outrun and outwrestle any man in the county.

But in the spring of the next year Mr. Offut failed. The store was closed, and Abraham Lincoln was out of employment again.