Journalists accompanied both Lincoln and Douglas throughout the campaign, often staying close to their candidate to get the inside scoop. Chicago Tribune reporter Horace White followed Lincoln and years later compiled a recollection. At Jonesboro, White noted a small audience of less than one thousand people. The debate, he recalled, focused upon slavery and its ability to exist without “police regulations.” According to White, Lincoln “demolished” Douglas leaving the latter “juggling with words” in his reply. (By David Park)
Horace White, The Lincoln and Douglas Debates: An Address Before the Chicago Historical Society, February 17, 1914 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1914), 23.
Adapted by David Park, Dickinson College