Douglas in Pike County.
Tuesday, August 31, 1858.
FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 1858.
A correspondent of the Springfield Journal, who attended the late Douglas demonstration in Pike county, says:
I think I have never heard Douglas make so poor a speech as he did on this occasion. It entirely lacked his usual energy, and was irregular, loose and disjointed – nothing more than a sort of hotch potch of the main representations contained in his printed speeches. – His friends went home much disappointed at both his speech and the cold reception he met. The proceedings showed very plainly that he has entirely lost the popular influence he once held over the masses of his own party."
We heard similar remarks made by his own partisans here, as well as others. He offends the common sense of his hearers in many parts of his speeches, and they retire less Douglas men than they came, yet he seems to rely on those weaker parts to give him additional influence and strength. His great forte is, to attack. This manner of action is all right in its place, but it has no right place on all occasions, as may be inferred from the fact, that such men, in due time always divide their party, as Mr. Douglas is doing the democratic party more and more every day he lives and labors. When the canvass is over, this will be seen, that Lincoln has consolidated the Republican strength of the States, but that Douglas has rent the Democratic party in twain.