$52,000 for Douglas!
Thursday, October 28, 1858.
The Peoria Union publishes authentic copies of mortgages recently made by Judge Douglas upon his property in Chicago, to the amount of $52,000. — Fernando Wood, the notorious Tammany Hall politician, of New York, is the principle mortgagee.
With this $52,000 Judge Douglas expects to carry the election. He thinks that he can buy enough votes for that purpose. He pays for the puffs he gets in the newspapers. He carries around with him hirelings whose business it is to manufacture crowds and enthusiasm. The occupation of this toady is the same as that of the man who is hired to puff some quack medicine into notoriety: — "the greatest wonder of the age! one dose cures the most obdurate cases! certificates from some of the most distinguished clergymen, who have been miraculously saved through its instrumentality!" This is the way Douglas' hired quacks talk about him, and about what he is saying and doing in his perambulations through the State; and Douglas pays for the piping out of this $52,000.
He carries a big cannon with him, to give him a puff wherever he goes, and he pays for that.
He has somebody to go around and shoot it for him and he pays for that also.
In fact, he has to throw his money right and left, and with a liberal hand, to keep up the little fictitious enthusiasm which has been manufactured by his creatures.
But it won't win after all. He will not only spend his $52,000 for nothing, but is bound to lose "my place" likewise.
There is a marked contrast between the position of Douglas and Lincoln. — While the former has to pay his way among the people and buy his honors, the enthusiasm and rejoicings which follow the latter, come spontaneously from the hearts of freemen. — Quincy Whig & Republican.