New York Herald, “A Crowd of Douglasites in the Mud,” August 12, 1860

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    “A Crowd of Douglasites in the Mud,” New York Herald, August 12, 1860, p. 1: 5.
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    A CROWD OF DOUGLASITES IN THE MUD. – A laughable incident occurred at the Douglas celebration in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. While the procession was crossing Division street bridge, over Fond du Lac river, it gave way under such an unwonted load of democracy as had gathered upon it, and let the crowd into the water below. Fortunately the mud was much deeper than the water, and no other serious consequences ensured than the fright, and the thick envelope of slough material brought up by those whom the bridge refused to transport in safety over this peril in the line of march. Several ladies took the unwelcome descent, and when rescued appeared in a much deeper shade of mourning than is a usual style of dress at a gala celebration. The light of torches changed to a scene of merriment among a crowd of fun loving boys what might otherwise have been a serious accident.

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