A story of young Abraham Lincoln’s honesty: --retold by Horatio Alger
A woman entered the store and asked for half a pound of tea. The young clerk weighed it out and handed it to her in a parcel. This was the last sale of the day.
The next morning, when commencing his duties, Abe discovered a four-ounce weight on the scales. It flashed upon him at once that he had used this in the sale of the night previous, and so, of course, given his customer short weight. I am afraid that there are many country merchants who would not have been much worried by this discovery. Not so the young clerk in whom we are interested. He weighed out the balance of the half pound, shut up the store, and carried it to the defrauded customer. Thus, the name so often given in later times to President Lincoln—“Honest Abe”—was well deserved. A man who begins by strict honesty in his youth is not likely to change as he grows older, and mercantile honesty is some guarantee of political honesty.