The Douglas Case in Wisconsin.
Thursday, August 12, 1858.
From the Madison, Wis., Argus and Democrat.
We read the other day in the Chicago Times a paragraph which correctly states the sympathies of the Wisconsin Democracy and people with the present fight in Illinois. There is not a Democratic newspaper – we have not heard of a member of the Democratic party, but what is enthusiastic in support of Senator Douglas' re-election, and if we had a chance to vote upon the question, the fact would be shown at the polls. The Chicago Tribune attempted a denial of this clear state of the case, but skilfully avoided the direct issue by saying that the main fight was between the Administration Democrats and the republicans. The difference between administration and Douglas Democrats is not defined in this state, but the Democracy, as a unit, desire Douglas' success.
We think we are entitled to speak for the Administration Democrats, if the distinction is recognized. We were a supporter of the original Lecompton bill, from the start. We were never anti-Lecompton. We supported the English bill, and do now. And Douglas has not a more ardent well-wisher in his present context than we are. We consider Democratic opposition to him as little short of political treason. We can hardly command terms in which to denounce a coalition that would seek to defeat him by the election of a Black Republican.
Such is our position, and that of the Administration Democrats in this State. We heartily desire Douglas' return to the Senate, and such good cheer and heavy encouragement as we can offer shall not be withheld.