A Thief’s Property
A THIEF’S PROPERTY
The conversation afterwards turned upon the Emancipation Proclamation, and he referred to the Souther objection that it was an interference with the rights of property, and said it reminded him of an affair which happened near St. Louis a few years before:
A ruffian made an unprovoked assault in the street upon a quiet citizen, at the same time drawing his revolver, but the assaulted party made a sudden spring and wrested the weapon from the hands of the would-be assassin. “Stop!” said the latter. “Give me back that pistol; you have no right to my property.”
Emanuel Hertz, Anecdotes By & About Abraham Lincoln, p. 338.
Emanuel Hertz, Anecdotes By & About Abraham Lincoln, p. 154.