New York Herald, “The Spoils,” July 20, 1858

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    “The Spoils – A South Carolina Editor on the Wrong Scent,” New York Herald, July 20, 1858, p. 4: 4-5.
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    THE SPOILS – A SOUTH CAROLINA EDITOR ON THE WRONG SCENT. – The Edgefield (S. C.) Adviser appeals to the Southern democracy in behalf of Mr. Douglas, as the only man capable of carrying that Northern balance of power which will be required to elect a democratic President. But if Mr. Douglas, on account of his Northern exposure on the slavery question, is competent to secure this indispensable Northern balance of power, will he not be the weakest man, for this very reason, that the democracy could submit to the controlling fire-eaters of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, Florida and Arkansas, Virginia and Texas? If Governor Wise may be relied upon as a Southern leader, Douglas is utterly out of the question in the South; and if Douglas alone is competent to recover to the democracy a Northern State or two, the nomination of Wise would be the height of folly. There must, in fact, be an intermediate candidate, and he must occupy the safe middle ground of the administration. That is all.

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