Daily Bread 2.11.16

Good morning, Whitewater.

Thursday in town will be sunny and cold, with a high of eighteen degrees. Sunrise is 6:56 and sunset is 5:21, for 10h 24m 46s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 11.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Fire Department will hold a business meeting tonight at 7 PM.

On this day in 1861, Lincoln leaves for Washington, D.C.:

On a cold, rainy morning, Lincoln boarded a two-car private train loaded with his family’s belongings, which he himself had packed and bound. His wife, Mary Lincoln, was in St. Louis on a shopping trip, and joined him later in Indiana. It was a somber occasion. Lincoln was leaving his home and heading into the maw of national crisis. Since he had been elected, seven Southern states had seceded from the Union. Lincoln knew that his actions upon entering office would likely lead to civil war. He spoke to a crowd before departing: “Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young man to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being… I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail… To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.”

February 11, 1842 was an unpleasant day in Wisconsin’s territorial legislature:

1842 – Shooting in the Legislature

On this date the Territorial Legislature of Wisconsin met in Madison, only to be interrupted by the shooting of one member by another. The legislature was debating the appointment of Enos S. Baker for sheriff of Grant County when Charles Arndt made a sarcastic remark about Baker’s colleague, James Vineyard. After an uproar, adjournment was declared and when Arndt approached Vineyard’s desk, a fight broke out during which Vineyard drew his revolver and shot Arndt. [Source: Badger Saints and Sinners by Fred L. Holmes]

JigZone‘s puzzle for Thursday is a fire hydrant:

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