Old Abe at Gettysburg.

Nothing could have been more inappropriate than to have invited that prince of jokers, Old Abe, to be present at the consecration of the Gettysburg Cemetery. But having been invited, it was hoped by his apologists that he would at least refrain from his clownish jokes while standing over the new made graves of thousands who had been slain in the recent battle. But such of his friends have been doomed to disappointment and mortification. While at Gettysburg, after the solemn and impressive ceremonies of consecrating the cemetery had been gone through with, Old Abe was serenaded at his hotel, and in response he presented himself, ("when he was loudly cheered," as the report goes on to say,) and said:

I appear before you, fellow citizens, merely to thank you for this compliment. The inference is a very fair one that you would hear me for a little while at least were I to commence to make a speech. I do not appear before you for the purpose of doing so, and for several substantial reasons. The most substantial of these is that I have no speech to make (Laughter.) In my position it is somewhat important that I should not say any foolish things.

A voice — If you can help it.

Mr. Lincoln: It very often happens that the only way to help it is to say nothing at all. (Laughter.) Believing that it is my present condition this evening, I must beg of you to excuse me from addressing you further.

Old Abe, it is said, "retired amid loud cheers." And thus ended the solemn ceremonies of consecrating Gettysburg Cemetery.

No wonder the crowd laughed — doubtless Old Abe was in one of his most comical moods. It is just like him. True to his ancient instincts of telling jokes, and getting off funny, or "foolish," things, to make people laugh.

We have heard it stated upon the most reliable authority that when Lincoln visited the decimated and battle-worn army of the Potomac at Harrison's Landing, just after the terrible and death-dealing struggles before Richmond, he indulged in the lowest and most obscene of his jokes, in the presence of Gen. McClellan and his generals, just after that gallant officer had related to him the heart rending and awfully solemn scenes through which his army had just passed. And again, we have seen it stated that while riding on the battle field of Antietam, in the presence of thousands of fresh made graves, and where the ground had not yet drank up the blood of the slain, Abraham Lincoln, the president of the United States, called on one of the party to sing a negro song, to enliven the scene! No wonder then that at Gettysburg, where thousands had congregated to witness the solemn and impressive consecration of a national grave yard, he should appear before a crowd, with no other object than to create "laughter." "Nero fiddled while Rome was burning," and Abraham Lincoln perpetrates his miserable jokes while standing upon the graves of his countrymen slain in a war which he might have prevented, and which, being begun, his fanatical and revolutionary acts have caused to assume its present gigantic proportions.