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    Lincoln-Related Framed Items.
    The frame is approximately 15.5 by 17 inches holding four professionally mounted items:
    -Mississippi and Missouri Railroad Company three shares Stock Certificate July 17, 1857, pen cancelled with 3 POC and signed by John A. Dix, President;
    -(1861-65) "If Anybody Attempts To Tear It Down Shoot Him on the Spot" Civil War token;
    -Major General John A. Dix portrait in full military uniform, photocopy of a photograph;
    -Abraham Lincoln portrait circa 1850s, photocopy of a photograph.
    The above items are all linked together. First, the paddle wheeler, Efffe Afton, crashed into the Mississippi & Missouri Railroad bridge over the Mississippi River. This started a fire that burned down the bridge. The owners of the Effie Afton refused to pay for damages. President John A. Dix of the railroad preceeded to hire attorney Abraham Lincoln to handle the case. Lincoln won the case through a masterpiece of courtroom logic. He was also introduced to the concept of a transcontinental railroad. Lincoln initiated the idea to Congress when he later became president. Dix signed the stock certificate as president of the railroad. Dix also would be president of the Union Pacific Railroad from 1863 to 1868 during construction of the first transcontinental railroad. Dix was appointed United States Secretary of the Treasury by President James Buchanan in January 1861. He sent a telegram to the Treasury agents in New Orleans at the outbreak of the Civil War: "If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot." The telegram was intercepted by Confederates and was never delivered. However, the text did find its into the press. Dix became one of the first heroes of the North during the Civil War. The saying is found on several different Civil War token types. The items in this lot are not graded.


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