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Abraham Lincoln’s Solution

When he was an attorney, Abraham Lincoln was once approached by a man who passionately insisted on bringing a suit for $2.50against an impoverished debtor. Lincoln tried to discourage him, but the man was bent on revenge. When he saw that the man would not be put off, Lincoln agreed to take the case and asked for a legal fee of $10, which the plaintiff paid. Lincoln then gave half the money to the defendant, who willingly confessed to the debt and paid the $2.50! But even more amazing than Lincoln’ settlement was the fact that the irate plaintiff was satisfied with it.

Daily Walk, May 22, 1992