Chase and The Presidnecy
Old Abe replied that “it is not so easy a thing to let Chase go.” I am situated very much as the boy was who held the bear by the hind legs. I will tell you how it was. There was a very vicious bear which, after being some time chase by a couple of boys, turned upon his pursuers. The boldest of the two ran up and caught the bear by the hind legs, while the other climbed up into a little tree, and complacently witnessed the conflict going on beneath, between the bear and his companion. The tussle was a sharp one, and the boy, after becoming quite exhausted, cried out in alarm, “Bill, for God’s sake come down and help me let this darned bear go!”
Francis Fisher Browne, Everyday Life of Abraham Lincoln, p. 574.