Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, "Who Furnishes the Audiences?," September 23, 1858

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“Who Furnishes the Audiences?,” Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, September 23, 1858, p. 1: 2.
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Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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Who Furnishes the Audiences?

When Douglas refused to canvass the State and substituted therefor seven meeting in the whole State, he gave one reason for his policy and his organs gave another – both of them being false. He said the Democratic candidates for Congress, Legislature, Sheriff, Coroner, etc., would occupy a part of the time in filling his appointments. This was plausible, but as the event has shown, untrue. His organs said that he (Douglas) was the only man in the contest who could draw a crowd – Lincoln could draw no audience nor parts of an audience. It was asking too much for Douglas to get a crowd for Lincoln to address.

Well, four of these join debates have come off, and we wish to inquire who furnished the audiences? At Ottawa, Lincoln’s friends were nearly three to one; at Freeport, Lincoln brought nearer five to one – the whole number being fifteen thousand; at Jonesboro, where it is conceded the Republicans have no chance, Douglas brought only man for man – and the whole number was fifteen hundred, or one tenth of the Freeport audience. At Charleston, again, it was conceded on the ground that Lincoln’s friends were in a decided majority – the whole number being something over twelve thousand. And so it will be at Galesburg, Quincy, and Alton. Either the Douglasites don’t care much about public debates, or they are numerically of little importance at the points elected by Douglas himself for the joint discussions.
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