A Copperhead Pow-wow and a "Fizzle." — Following a Circus and a Funeral. — The Knowing Ones give it Up. — Union Club Meetings.
DECATUR, Sept. 27, 1864.
Editors Illinois State Journal:
Posters all over the county for the last three weeks, have announced that there would be a great congregation of the unterrified at this place to-day. The day has come, but no one is able to see the crowd. If we had not seen the posters, we never would have mistrusted that there was a large political gathering here at all, but should have said that the few extra country people who are in town had come to see the one-horse circus which is on exhibition, and is really attracting more attention than the meeting.
The speaking is in a grove, near the cemetery. Some one said, as the procession of one hundred and fifteen persons passed in that direction, that it was the funeral procession of "Little Mac." Every one knows the little fellow is dead, and the remark was at first thought to be made in earnest. Now what is the use of trying to get up enthusiasm over a dead fish in the puddle? Not any. And they are fast finding it out. They are becoming discouraged, and are about ready to let their ship sink without making any further exertions to save it. The oldest Copperhead in this town says he thinks Lincoln will be elected, and the fizzle of to-day has made him sure of it. Why! there was as large a meeting in the Union Club room last night, to hear old Mr. McLean, of Henry county, speak, as there is out in the grove to-day to hear all the big guns the Copperheads are able to muster. Coming events cast their shadows before, and it is as evident that Lincoln and Oglesby will carry this State by fifty thousand majority, as it is that Little Mac will never be elected President of these United States.