[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]
Lincoln was once invited to referee a cockfight where a bird refused combat. Its enraged owner, one Babb McNabb, flung the creature onto a woodpile, whereat it spread its feathers and crowed mightily. "Yes, you little cuss," yelled McNabb, "you are great on dress parade, but you ain't worth a damn in a fight." Long afterward, confronted with the unmartial ditherings of General George B. McClellan, Lincoln would compare the chief of his army--and subsequent electoral challenger--to McNabb's pusillanimous rooster.
Posted by stronzo on 09.05.2012
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