A Friend of the ‘Greasers.’"
Thursday, August 26, 1858.
Abraham Lincoln, "our next Senator," besides acquiring an unenviable notoriety by those spotty resolutions, during the Mexican wear, labored hard to identify himself with Corwin, and that class of Mexican-American "heroes," who brought so much pathos and eloquence to the aid of the greasers, and who implored the latter to receive our volunteers hospitably, and each with a six foot plot of earth. Mr. Lincoln, regardless of a future which might hold him to an account, did at length reach the object of his ambition. He made speeches, the effect of which was to encourage the Mexicans to fight valiantly, and had it not been for the lack of some accommodating translator, the probability is that the Halls of the Montezumas would have echoed with translated rehearsals of the pathetic and eloquent encouragments of Abe Lincoln, the Mexicans' friend and ally. But Mr. Lincoln's speeches, fortunately, fell on colder and more accustomed ears, and those too, which knew well how to keep them in memory. Those sentiments and their advocate are not yet forgotten. Of the five thousand volunteers, whom the prairies of Illinois sent to the plains of Mexico, a great number yet remain in their old state, and will cast their votes next November. It is not mere human conceit to predict for whom nineteen-twentienths of those ballots will be cast.
Should the choice of those brave men of Illinois, who fought by the banks of the Rio Grande, and on the bloody field of Buena Vista, fall upon the traitorous Lincoln, rather than Stephen A. Douglas, then will they have proven false to their own past feelings and convictions, and false to their own noble state and country, to protect whose honor they generously enlisted in days gone by.