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The Leading Republican Newspaper

Monday November 5, 1860

ALL UP !!! --  for the CONSTITUTION AND THE UNION! / Douglas & Johnson DEMOCRATS !  / Are requested to meet at / NEW CITY HALL ! /  On   MONDAY EVENING, November 5th, at 7 ½ o’clock, / Where speeches may be expected from / ABLE SPEAKERS, and Music from the Band ! –Per order Democratic City Committee 

(2/1)  TO-MORROW – To-morrow is the eventful day.  It closes the campaign.  What  is to be the result no man can fortell…let every Democrat be promptly at the polls and cast his vote for the regular Democratic candidates for electors !

(2/1)  NEGRO AND INDIAN EQUALITY – If this doctrine would brand Republicanism with infamy, of course it brands all of that party with infamy who refuse to go the entire Negro and Indian equality doctrine.  Walk up to the mark republican gents, or take the “ Infamy.”

THE LINCOLN MOTTO: 
Sacrifice everything for the Negro.

THE UNION MOTTO: 
Sacrifice everything for the Country.

(2/2)  A LAST WORD – To-morrow the citizens of the United States will be called upon to discharge the most important electoral duty that has ever devolved upon them.  No prior election since the organization of our government has involved so momentous an issue.  It is big with the fate of our country.  It is not to be the mere triumph or defeat of a party…Every Democrat who votes will be counted for the Union; every Democrat who neglects to vote will be counted as indifferent; nay, in saying away from the polls he gives apparently a vote for the enemy…If Lincoln should be elected our Union will need the votes of all its true friends to enable it to withstand the storm that will ensue…This is as true here in Maine as elsewhere although we do not expect to carry it against Lincoln in this election… the true Union men at the South resist these disunionists with all their might. They are fighting a noble battle for the Constitution and the Union, and they appeal to us by everything we hold dear and sacred in this our country and its glorious institutions, to come to the rescue—Shall their appeal be in vain?  Shall we be indifferent in such a crisis?  Shall we neglect to go to the polls, and thus appear to be on the side of our enemies?  No! Never! Never let that be said of the gallant Democracy of Maine!

(2/4)  Capt.Gordon and the mates Warren and Hall of the slaver Erie were arraigned before the U.S.Circuit Court in New York on Friday to plea to the indictments charging them with piracy and with voluntarily serving on board a slaver.  It had been supposed that if the prisoners pleaded guilty to the indictments of voluntarily serving on board a slaver, the indictment for piracy would not be pressed against them.  But the District Attorney declined to make any terms, and the prisoners pleaded not guilty to both indictments.  The trial is to come on at an early day.   

Monday November 5, 1860

TO YOUR TENTS, OH! ISRAEL! -- Let every man who loves FREEDOM, do his duty NOW.  The six years war is nearly ended:  amid disaster and defeat it was very well waged, and the time has come when victory, bright and glorious, is to rest upon our banners.  Our labors are almost over.  Strike once, and strike home, and the field is won.  Do not suppose that we can spare a single vote because the victory is already secure.  We must prove that when our candidates, when elected, have the strength of the people to support them.  Let every man who believes in Republicanism now rally to the support of our principles.  The day, the hour, and the man are here; shall we falter ?

(2/2)  TIMES UP! -- It is now too late for argument, too late for exhortation, but not too late to work and bring out every voter !

(2/2)  DOUBTFUL MEN – Be sure that every doubtful man, and there are thousands of them in the State, is supplied early with the Lincoln ticket !

(2/2)  REPUBLICANS OF PORTLAND -- Would you have an easy contest next spring, fight the good fight now!  Be up and doing, carry the city by 500 to 700 majority.  The Democracy is disorganized and demoralized.  Rout them from their strongholds.  Do your DUTY and the field is ours.  Our cause is just, let our Union be perfect, and our determination strong! 

(2/2)  ANSWER THE WEST – From the great North West and from Pennsylvania we shall hear the anthems of hundreds of thousands of freemen rejoicing in the triumph of their cause.  Let the Pine Tree State be prepared to answer worthily!

Tuesday November 6, 1860

LET EVERY PATRIOT DO HIS DUTY TO-DAY – To-day is to be decided the most important election that has ever occurred under our government.  The attempt is made by a sectional party to foist into the presidential chair a representative of its own sectional views…Let every true fiend of the Union therefore be prompt in the discharge of his duty to-day and deposit his ballot-protest against Lincoln.  Let him be sure and cast his vote for those noble patriots, Douglas and Johnson, who represent the policy of peace, liberty and fraternity…Democrats, our country expects you to do your whole duty to-day.  Fail not, falter not; and whether with this days work comes victory or defeat, your skirts will be clear and your conscience will approve your work! 


(2/1)  TO THE POLLS! – Every Democrat has a duty to perform to-day by voting against a sectional candidate for President.  This duty never was more pressing than it is at this time.  Go to the polls then and cast your vote against the sectional candidate, Abraham Lincoln.   


(2/1)  DEMOCRATIC MEETING -- The new City Hall was well filled last evening with true hearted Democrats who will show themselves at the polls to-day, and by their votes declare for the Union in preference to sectionalism.  The meeting was called to order by J.S.Palmer, Esq. Chairman of the City Committee—Able and patriotic speeches were made by the Chairman …and the Portland Cornet Band was present and discoursed of some grand music.  With three cheers for popular sovereignty and nine for Douglas and Johnson, the meeting adjourned to meet at the polls at 10 o’clock to-day. 

Tuesday November 6, 1860

THE IMPENDING CRISIS – When the sun sets to-day – the crisis will have come and gone.  Either the Government will be re-established upon the principles of the Fathers, or the iniquitous and heretical policy of the slave-driven Democracy will have obtained a new lease of power.  Let every man then, take his position and be active for that party which he conceives to be in the right.  Compromises have no place in this contest A middle ground is no ground.  Either for Freedom or Slavery, make your choice, and act with boldness and vigor!

     (2/2)  THE TRIUMPH TO COME – No holding back; no compromise with duty; no excuses for inaction.  Be ye all ready  this morning to do your duty and your whole duty – Be prepared to be at your places early in the morning and deposit your vote, then watch the polls all day as if everything depended upon your individual exertion

     (2/2)  ONE DAY MORE! – Work to-day, for the triumph comes to-morrow.  Let every man who reads this paragraph devote this day to the good cause.  Rally our friends – Be sure that every Republican voter in the state is at the polls.  It is never safe to FEEL safe.  Eternal Vigilance is the price of liberty !

     (2/4) TORCH-LIGHT PROCESSION – The Wide Awakes paraded last evening with pretty full ranks, led by the Portland Band – they marched through many of the principal streets and were greeted with rockets and other fire-works on every hand.  The enthusiasm manifested by the ever-vigilant Wide Awakes and the cordial greeting they met with on every side, is sufficient evidence that their influence will be felt at the polls to-day.

     (2/4)  THE STATE OF MAINE – The Birth place and Residence of Hannibal Hamlin ought to prove herself the banner State to-day, and manfully endorse his past action and his present position!

     (2/4)  CHARGE, CHESTER,CHARGE ! -- The enemy’s ranks are broken, they are flying in terror and disorder.  Now is the time to charge home and change a retreat into a thorough rout of horse, foot, and cavalry!

November 7

ARGUS (2/1) PRESIDENTIAL -- From the returns received to this hour (12 o’clock) there is little if any doubt of Lincoln’s election  This result has seemed a foregone conclusion since the October election, although hopes have been entertained that New York might be able to stem the tide of fanaticism and avert the dangers which the triumph of sectionalism can hardly fail to inaugurate.  This hope has failed and the crisis is upon us.  We have now only to await the development of the next steps in the progress of the “ irrespressible conflict.”
     (2/1)  THE ELECTION – Since the Presidential election of 1820 when there was no opposition to Mr. Monroe, the Democrats of this city have never been so quiet as they were yesterday. The result of the election in September showed that a large majority of the voters were in favor of sectionalism and an “ irrepressible conflict,” and therefore the Democrats made but little effort to get their friends to the polls.  No a single carriage was used by them in any ward for this purpose…Our opponents, on the contrary, were well drilled, and has carriages to bring up voters –

     (2/2)  MR.EDITOR – Was the man that cast TWO votes for Lincoln yesterday, the same man that offered FIFTY DOLLARS for the detection of illegal voting last September?  --WARD 7  

November 7

ADVERTISER  (2/1)  VICTORY IS OURS ! / Glory Enough For One Day! / LINCOLN ELECTED!/ Freedom Triumphant !/ THE WEST ANSWERS TO THE EAST / The People Triumph !/ Doubtful States All Ours!/ MAINE LEADS! / We Have Met The Enemy And They Are Ours! – We reserve any comments upon the result of the election until the details have been received.  It is sufficient to say that the Republicans have triumphed – that ABRAHAM LINCOLN is elected President – that the cause of freedom has achieved a triumph! We commiserate our enemies and congratulate our friends.  Let to-day be passed in mutual congratulations—to-morrow we can talk over the manner in which our triumph has been achieved.

     (2/2)  MAINE ELECTION/ Lincoln and Hamlin Electors Chosen By Nearly 30,000 Majority – From the meager returns thus far received, we are inclined to the opinion that the State has gone for Lincoln and Hamlin by from 25,000 to 30,000 majority.  The vote have fallen off several thousand since the September election.  The Douglas Democrats have suffered a most ignominious and overwhelming defeat.  Douglas and his Popular Sovereignty humbug has been repudiated, and we may reasonably anticipated  that hereafter neighed Douglas nor his pet will be an element in any future political contest in this State…

November 8

ARGUS (2/1)  The republicans  papers are publishing a list of the members of the United States Senate, classified with a view to show that Mr. Douglas will have no party in that body but himself – Very well, gents, have it that way if you please; but we can tell you that the “Little Giant” standing upon the true principle, will be stronger than the whole combination against him…Stephen A. Douglas is the glorious champion, fearlessly defending it as he has in this campaign alike amid the abolition fanatics of the North and the fire-eating fanatics of the South.  Mark that! 

November 8

ADVERTISER (2/3)  ONE HUNDRED GUNS FOR LINCOLN AND HAMLIN – The Republicans of our city yesterday fired one hundred guns in honor of the election of Lincoln and Hamlin from Central Wharf.

     (2/1)  The anxiety which has longed filled the public mind as to what the sixth of November would bring forth, is at length set at rest.

     A nation’s liberty secured to-day;

     A nation’s hallelujah’s fill the air

     No more can slavery’s hand our progress stay

     For FREEDOM bids GO ON! To do and dare !

     The Union, instead of being weakened, is strengthened by the election of Lincoln.  All the danger that ever did threaten it, arose from the unjust and anti-American administration of the Slave Power, using the Democratic party as its instrument…

November 9

ARGUS (2/1) PREPARE TO DISMOUNT – For the last ten years the abolition party, and its successor, the republican party, have been riding the negro as a hobby horse.  They have uttered many lamentations and shed many tears (crockodile too often we fear) over him.  All this so far as the leaders were concerned, was done in the hope and for the purpose of obtaining power and office.  They rode the negro just for the ride…   Then the political negro, who has done such effective service for them in fair weather and in storm, through heat and through cold, will be relieved of his heavy load and allowed to “go to grass” for a time at least.  At any rate so we hope…Will his labors go unrequited ?  We shall see.  His professed friends get the provender, will they share it with their colored brother?  Four years will answer.  Republics are said to be ungrateful, will black republicans be ditto? 

November 9

ADVERTISER (2/2) WIDE-AWAKE REJOICING AT GORHAM – The Wide-Awakes of this village turned out in full ranks on Wednesday evening, under the command of their popular captain, Col. Humphrey Cousins.  After marching through several of the principal streets of the village, making the welkin ring, as they passed Republican homes, with cheers for Lincoln and Hamlin and victory, the company proceeded to West Gorham, a distance of three miles or more!  The company returned home quietly, having honorably finished their engagements, and the morning star never shown brighter, as the last shout for Lincoln, Hamlin and victory was warmly given by the Wide-Awakes of Gorham, who contributed their part towards so glorious a result.

November 10

ARGUS (2/1) WHAT WILL HE DO? --   “What will Lincoln do?”  is the question now asked on all sides.  Will his administration be conservative and leave out in the cold the abolition element, or will the conservatives of the party get the cold shoulder?  The excitement at the South, and the profound distrust of him, which is felt in that section render this course indispensible…If this be so, it will turn out as Corwin is said to have written, that “none will be so much disappointed in Lincoln as the republicans.“
     (2/2)  PAYING THE DEBT – Mr. Wm. A. Pearce, who has a plumber’s establishment on Exchange Street, yesterday honorably fulfilled the conditions of the bet he made with Mr. H. H. Furbish upon the result of the Presidential election, viz:  to peddle fifty bushels of charcoal through the city, not selling more than one bushel to any customer... At 10 o’clock A.M. Mr. Pearce started from Market Square, which was crowded with a throng of spectators – ladies and gentlemen.  Previous to starting, he took a suck at his lemon and addressed a few words to his audience.  He then commenced his cry of “charcoal” and proceeded on his route, followed by a crowd of carriages, and people on foot.  The first delivery was made at the dwelling house of Mr. Furbish.  He then proceeded to the foot of Temple Street, where a photograph was taken by Mr. Geo. M. Howe.  After this he went through various streets of the city, leaving a bushel of charcoal here and there, until his load was disposed of -–the crowd following him over his whole route.
     Pearce was rigged out with a handsome team of two white horses, driven by a negro.  He sat on top of the cart, shouting “charcoal” at the top of his lungs.  He had on his head a hat resembling the one worn by the Prince of Wales on his visit to Portland – probably, it WAS the same one.  He carried out the thing handsomely and in good faith, and is now ready to attend, in the same cheerful manner, to all orders for plumbing work.

November 10

ADVERTISER   (2/2)  PEARCE’S  CHARCOAL BET—Mr.W.A.Pearce yesterday paid his bet, namely, to retail forty bushels of charcoal if Lincoln was elected President.  He provided a white cart, with a colored driver, and appeared with blue overalls and pants, and a shining stove-pipe black hat, which completely eclipsed that worn by the Prince of Wales…He started from the front of the old City Hall..  He addressed the crowd before he began his sales, and much to their amusement, took half a lemon out of his pocket which he applied after the manner of his political leader, Mr.Douglas, when here, “ to clear his pipes “ … At 11o’clock the cart came down Temple and stopped at the corner of Middle Street, where our friend Howe took from his rooms a photographic view, with Mr.Pearce seated on top of his load, his bushel for a seat, and pipe in his mouth… As it was a condition of the wager that but one bushel of charcoal should be sold at one place, it took all of the forenoon and part of the afternoon to peddle out the load and make the necessary speeches.  When Mr.Pearce had cleared his cart, although his face was not clear of coal dust, yet his “pipes” were in a much better state than his friend “ Little Doug ,“  when he peddled out Squatter Sovereignty  in our city.
      (2/1)  DISUNION EXPLODED – We trust that the people of the country will lean a lesson from the course being pursued by those journals which prophecied an immediate dissolution of the Union in the event of Lincoln’s election…The Union is stronger to-day than it has been for the last eight years.  It will be stronger after the Fourth of March next than it is now, for the power to destroy and corrupt it will then have departed from the hands of the wicked and traitorous faction which has poisoned the very sources of its life and power.  

November 11

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November 12

ARGUS (2/1)  LECTURE  OF THE M.L.ASSOCIATION – The opening lecture of this course will be given on Wednesday evening  at the New City Hall by Rev. Henry Ward Beecher.  Our citizens know what he is for a lecturer and how well he draws.  Those who desire tickets should secure them at once. 

    (2/2)  NEGRO SUFFRAGE -- Not withstanding the large majority for the republican ticket in the State of New York, yet it appears from the returns received that the proposed constitutional amendment, extending equal rights of suffrage to the negroes, has been lost by a large majority.   

November 12

ADVERTISER  (2/2)  STANDISH WIDE-AWAKES  -- The Wide-Awakes of Standish, under the command of F.O. Thomes, had a hearty jubilee, last evening, in honor of Old Abe’s election.  After marching through the street with excellent music, and exhibiting much skill in their fancy maneuvers, they called upon and saluted enthusiastically several Republicans whose houses were illuminated, which brought the occupants out with loosened tongues and waving handkerchiefs.  About 9 o’clock they were marched to Capt. C.Thompson’s, where the inner man was refreshed with hot coffee and edibles.

November 13

ARGUS (2/2) “A CHEAT AND A HUMBUG” – It has been the constant practice of republican orators and organs in this campaign to denounce the doctrine of non-intervention and popular sovereignty as “a cheat and a humbug”, and the same choice epithets were applied to Mr. Douglas, as its advocate and champion.  Upon what principle will Mr. Lincoln conduct his administration?  What substitute will he propose?  If he follows the line of policy advocated by Mr. Douglas and the Democratic party, who will then be the “cheat and humbug? “ We shall see.  

     (2/2)  Mr. Lincoln received only about one-third of the votes of the whole country, and not a vote in ten States of the Union.

November 13

ADVERTISER   (2/1) SECESSION—The mob of Savannah have met together and resolved that the election of Lincoln is a thing not to be borne.  Now all this harmless enough, it pleases the mob and does not hurt us, and resolving has been ever since the formation of modern deliberative assemblies a favorite method of getting rid of superfluous steam….While Georgia is arming, the Union is armed ; while Georgia is equipping a fleet, the Union may blockade its entire sea-coast.  The sober second thought of Georgia and South Carolina will convince those states that hey have nothing to gain out of the Union which they may not enjoy in the Union, and they will compromise…

November 14

ARGUS (2/1) IT IS TIME TO COME TO AN UNDERSTANDING – Dangers now threaten our Union greater than ever before encompassed it.  The disunionists say there is no hope of better things – all agree that separation is better than submission to black republican policy as it has thus far exhibited itself—and what answer can the friends of the Union make ?  Let Mr. Lincoln if he does not intend to be an abolition president say so, and thus give the Union men some courage and weapons to meet their adversaries….It is only Mr. Lincoln and his followers that can, here at the North, do anything.  They can do much, do all probably, and if they neglect the duty, on them shall rest the responsibility.  If they will speak out, the Union men at the South will be able to counteract the revolution now in progress, and avert the calamity which threatens. 

November 14

ADVERTISER (2/1) ARGUS ON SECESSION – The Argus of Tuesday has an uncommonly lengthy article on the subject of secession – the article is not pitched upon the ordinary Argus key, and we are of he opinion that in the present emergency, a new and not very powerful hand at the bellows has been engaged.  The accusations are all false; the innuendoes are all unjustified.  We are ashamed of New England men when we reading New England journals counsels of submissions to the traitors of Charleston and Savannah.  Shame upon us if after all we oblige our children to fight the great fight over again.  Let us meet today and not tomorrow. 

November 15

ARGUS (2/2) DIFFICULT TO PLEASE --  When Mr. Jefferson purchased Louisiana his opponents thought it a great outrage; when Missouri came in they wanted to rend the country in pieces because she was allowed to have slavery; when Texas was annexed they held it to be good cause for breaking up the government; and ever since that time they have made themselves unhappy because of “ the foul blot of slavery.”  If they ever get to Heaven (we hope it is a supposable case) won’t they be sure to find some “slaveocrat,” some “Dred Scott case “or something else there to make a fuss about?  And won’t they find an abundance of silly persons to listen to their chronic ravings and call them wise there, the same as here?  We can’t say, but we suppose so. 

     (2/6)  MERCANTILE LIBRARY LECTURE -- The opening lecture of the Mercantile Library course was delivered last evening, by Rev. Henry Ward Beecher.  The hall was as full as it could be stowed, and the sale of tickets had to be stopped long before the lecture commenced.  The subject was “Young America.”  The lecturer, true to this nature, introduced the “everlasting ni**er” into his discourse.  He scouted the idea of secession of the South, and endeavored to be very humorous upon the troubles now agitating that community, treating the subject in a light manner, assuring this audience that there would be no disunion, no secession.  We heard several persons, who have heard all of Mr. Beecher’s lectures in this city, say that this was the tamest they had heard from him.  The lecture closed before 9 o’clock.

November 15

ADVERTISER (2/4)  MR.BEECHER’S LECTURE – As usual this popular lecturer drew a Beecher Crowd to hear  the opening of the Mercantile Library course last night, and the new Hall was packed in settees, galleries, aisles, to its fullest capacity, but all, we believe, found seats… He did not believe in disunion or secession, and thought neither would come.  In this connection he bore down with a Beecher broadside upon the brokers and panic makers, who he compared to the voracious fish the skulpin with its big mouth, never satisfied and ever ready to bite at the same bait….we can only say, the lecture fully sustained Mr.Beecher’s well-earned reputation as an eloquent orator, bold speaker and Christian lecturer, and was well received by the large audience present. 
     (2/1)  THE WEEPING ARGUS – The hundred eyes of our neighbor are overflowing with tears bitter, briny, hot tears, because the mob in Charleston, South Carolina, have spread a Palmetto flag to the breeze, and have threatened to take that warlike and chivalrous State out of the Union.  The weeping of the Argus makes it blind ; it hears the noise of the commotion, it seems to know that something “drefful” is about to happen, and wanders about with uncertain steps and wild notions in search of some ark of refuge amid the rising flood.  …The Democratic party has done it.  Let the Democratic party undo it. .Mourn and weep, and whine and lick dirt, all will avail nothing.  The people of the country are determined to restore the Government to its original principles, and they will secure the Union upon a firmer basis than ever before since the earliest age of the Republic.

November 16

ARGUS (2/3)  A SINGULAR FACT – In 1847 an amendment to the Constitution of New York, allowing negroes equal suffrage with the whites, was voted upon.  The vote in the city of New York in favor of the amendment was 5, 249.  At the recent election, a similar amendment was voted upon, and notwithstanding Lincoln obtained 33,000 votes, yet the “poor negro”, which has been Lincoln’s whole capital during the canvas, obtained only 1640 votes – 3579 less than in 1847.

     (2/3)  CAPACITY OF THE NEW CITY HALL – According to the tickets taken at the door, there were present at Mr.Beecher’s lecture on Wednesday evening, 1875 persons.  All of them, with the exception of about 50, were seated.  By a little closer arrangement of the settees, about 100 more could have been accommodated.  A large proportion of the audience was composed of ladies, and thus it will thus be seen that not over 2000 can be accommodated, unless the audience is composed entirely of gentlemen, who can sit RATHER closer than can ladies,  Probably 2500 gentlemen can be seated in the hall by close stowing.

November 16

ADVERTISER (2/3) WIDE AWAKES AT LIMERICK -- On Friday evening last, the Wide Awakes of Standish, Parsonsfield and Limerick celebrated the great victory of light over darkness by an illumination, firing a National salute, and general rejoicing in the latter village.  They woke up the echoes of the hills, and illuminated the darkness in that corner of the world.  The Wide Awakes of this whole section have let their lights shine, enlightning the dark corners and nooks among these granite hills, but there is still need of more light…though Douglas’ Pop Goes Your Weasel Sovereignty is defunct.

November 17

ARGUS (2/1)  THE REASON—Suggestions have been made on all sides for Mr.Lincoln, under the present extraordinary and threatening state of affairs, to announce in advance if his administration is to be conducted upon a conservative policy, in order to give the friends of the Union at the South stronger ground to stand upon in resisting the disunionists…Here we have a frank explanation of the milk in the cocoanut.  A declaration that would do any good, i.e. a conservative one, WOULD DEFEAT HIS ELECTION.  The abolitionist electors would not vote for him! … That will do for this “pious” party.  If there be a lower depth of selfish infamy than this, it will find it.  Patriotism has departed from its leaders, courage they are not guilty of possessing, and they are already in the lowest precincts of cowardly disgrace !

November 17

ADVERTISER (2/1) WHAT WILL THEY GAIN?  -- The Cotton States, or rather the planters of the Cotton States, who have appropriated almost all political power, seem to be anxious to take those States out of the Union, as Artemus Ward very forcibly says, “ Wut fur ? “  The question on which the North and South are divided is this:  shall slavery be indefinitely extended, or shall it be restricted within its present limits?
The Fire-Eaters have risked their all upon a single throw; now is the time to meet them boldly and wrest the Government from their grasp. In spite of  all the turmoil and confusion, nothwithstanding Governor’s messages, assemblies of conventions, and arising of minute men, we still have faith in this Union, and believe that the clouds will soon pass away, leaving the ark of our safety riding securely and peaceful upon the flood.  

November 18

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November 19

ARGUS (2/2) – The republican leaders, appalled at the disastrous results which they have brought upon the country, quail before the storm and attempt to escape responsibility by charging it upon those who have from the first done all in their power to resist their folly and avert its effects.  This is no new dodge.  The burglar, when in danger of being detected, cries “stop thief”, to divert attention form himself.
     (2/3)   THE BARREL OF FLOUR BET – Mr.Dyer fulfilled the terms of his bet with Mr.Fickett, on Saturday, by wheeling the barrel of flour from York Street to the house of MrFickett, in Hampshire Street.  He was placed in the center of the Douglas Phalanx, and the Portland Band escorted the procession.  The streets were crowded with spectators At the house of Mr.Fickett a repast was served up, which was partaken of by the escort.  A photograph of the scene was taken at the foot of Temple Street.

     (2/3)  ETHIOPIAN CONCERT – John H.Carle and Joe Sprague, two Maine boys, and members of the New Orleans Metropolitan Burlesque Opera Troupe, will give one of their unique and poplar concerts at the old City Hall, this evening – Their friends, who are numbered by thousands, should turn out and give them a heart and welcome greeting.

November 19

ADVERTISER (2/2) HANNIBAL HAMLIN—Hon. W.S.Lindsay, who is now in this country as the representative of the British shipping interests, paid the following deserved tribute to Mr. Hamlin in his speech before the Philadelphia Board of Trade :  “  He said that he had met most of the Governors of the States through which he had passed, and had enjoyed interviews with a very large number of prominent men of the country, in particular Hon. Hannibal Hamlin, of Maine.  He spent an afternoon at the quiet residence of this gentleman, and felt bound to say that for comprehensive knowledge of those commercial and maritime questions in which both nations are interested, he had met with no gentleman so fully versed as the gentleman just elected Vice President of the United States.”

     (2/3)  THE SECOND WHEELBARROW BET – On Saturday afternoon Mr. Woodbury R.Dyer paid his second bet which was on the election of Mr. Lincoln, with Mr. James H Fickett, by wheeling a barrel of flour from the corner of Park and York Streets, proceeding up York and State Streets, down Congress ad Middle, up Exchange and down Congress to Hampshire Street.  He was accompanied by the Douglas Phalanx and Portland Band, with a strong delegation of boys and adults…After this Mr.Fickett invited in the Phalanx, band and friends, and gave them a collation…We are pleased to see that a good feeling exists between victors and vanquished on these occasions and that while the losers cheerfully fulfill their promises to the successful party, may ever treat with due magnaminity those who though differing from them politically , yet have equally with them a strong and abiding love of our  common country and the constitution….The procession stopped on Middle Street, in front of Howe’s, by who a photograph was taken.

November 20

ARGUS (2/3)  ILLINOIS --  Returns from all the counties but four give Lincoln 12,965 over Douglas.  The counties to be heard from it is expected will reduce that majority to about 10,000.  The vote for Breckenridge, as far as heard from, is 2140 and for Bell 3376, which reduce Mr.Lincoln’s majority to about 7500.  We are inclined to think that when the full official vote is declared it will be found that Mr.Lincoln has not got much of a majority in his own State.

     (2/3)  Mercantile Library Association –  Wendell Phillips, Esq. delivers the second lecture of the course at the new City Hall this evening.

November 20

ADVERTISER (2/1) SACCARAPPA STILL AWAKE – Our Republican friends in Saccarappa Village intend to have a Lincoln and Hamlin demonstration to-night ; among other festivities are a collation and salute.  Our friends at that village may with propriety rejoice for nothing but the genuine Saccarrappa pluck and work could have carried the vote of the old Democratic town of Westbrook to the glorious result it showed at the late Presidential election, namely a plurality for Lincoln and Hamlin over Douglas of 286…Our friends at Saccarappa can afford to burn some powder over that glorious vote.
     (2/1)     AMERICA      
            “ And that dark cloud of slaves
               Which yet may rise –
               Though nought shall blot the bannered stars
                From Freedom’s skies.
               America, half brother of the world;
                With something good and bad of every land
                Greater than thee have lost their seat –
                Greater, scarce none can stand.”

     So sang the English poet more than twenty years ago.  Poets are prophets; the dark cloud of slaves has risen now, and is attempting to gather its forces for the purpose of destroying the last security for Republican Freedom which exists in the world.  “Nought shall blot the bannered stars from Freedom’s skies “ – if we stand true to our principles at the present time ; but if we fail, if we surrender liberty for the sake of peace, if we make terms with traitors, then in truth shall we observe the evils which are sure to befall.

November 21

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November 21

ADVERTISER (2/3) WENDELL PHILLIPS’ LECTURE – The second lecture of the mercantile course was given last evening by Wendell Philips, Esq., and the large Hall was packed nearly as full as at Mr. Beecher’s lecture.  The subject was Toussaint L’

Overture, the Negro founder of the Empire of Saint Domingo.  We have not space or the time to-night to give a full notice of this lecture, and can only say that it fully sustained Mr.Phillips’ reputation as one of our most finished scholars and eloquent orators, and we shall to-morrow speak more fully upon the subject of the lecture. 

November 22

ARGUS  (2/1)  “AS HAPPY A FATE “ – Mr. Phillips in his lecture on Tuesday evening referring to a statement that if South Carolina should go out of the Union she would become another St. Domingo, remarked “ God grant that she may have as happy a fate.”  Let us see what that wish implied.  Mr. Everett, in his speech at the great Union meeting at Faneuil Hall last year, referring to the John Brown raid, said :  “  …All or most of the white persons who had been round on the several plantations, being massacred  or forced to seek their safety in flight, the ruffians exchanged the sword for the torch.  The buildings and cane-fields were every where set on fire; and the conflagrations, which were visible from the town …furnished a prospect more shocking and reflections more dismal than fancy can paint, or the powers of man describe.” 

November 22

ADVERTISER (2/2) THE LECTURE OF WENDELL PHILLIPS --  No man in America could have written a lecture of such absorbing interest as that of Tuesday last upon the same subject, excepting Wendell Phillips.   IT was a labor of love  for him to hold up a life picture of the greatest representative of the negro that has ever appeared, and glorify him in the face of the world, and there were very few among this hearers on Tuesday  who did not sympathize for the hour at least, with the orator and his subject….As an orator Mr.Phillips is without a rival in the country, as a scholar he is surpassed by few ; and although his subject may not be popular, and his opinions may be extreme and even fanatical, he holds his audience by a spell, and electrifies them with the fires that are burning in his own soul… If the lecture of Tuesday did no other good, many found in it an incentive to examine an interesting and hitherto neglected chapter of history.  Whether the picture of Toussaint L’Ovature was drawn to the life or was in part a work of imagination, it was a glorious representation of a great and good man, and the contemplation of such a character can be productive of nothing but good.

November 23

ARGUS (2/1)  MR LINCOLN SPEAKS – On Tuesday, a great oration took place at Springfield, Illinois, at the residence of Mr.Lincoln, in honor of his election.  The “great men” of his party, including Mr.Hamlin of this state, had been in consultation prior to the demonstration...How weak and pitiful for the occasion; no references to the difficulties which his election has occasioned – no word to restore confidence; but on the contrary a glorying in party success, which is producing consternation in the business world …Such a speech at this time will tend to increase rather than diminish difficulties, or it will be regarded as evidence that those who are to direct the republican organization are not equal to the emergency in which they find themselves. 

November 23

ADVERTISER  (2/3)  -- Amusing  reading some of the telegrams from the South, showing that secession is a system that won’t work smoothly in action…for example we printed a dispatch from Charleston, S.C., to the effect that all the revolvers and rifles in the market there have been sold, and large orders have been sent East – Think of that !  South Carolina going out of the Union and obliged to send into the States from which she proposes to secede for weapons of offense or defence , as the case may be !  Really things are moving, when the enemy are asked to sell the guns with which they are about to be shot ! – “ Neighbor, you have treated me badly, and I propose to quarrel.  Please lend me your jackknife to cut your throat with, should occasion require!” 

November 24

ARGUS (2/2)  THE KANSAS BRIGANDS – Brigandism, it seems has broke loose in Kansas.  Montgomery is a second John Brown, and has commenced his murderous work.   
He ahs taken the triumph of sectionalism in earnest, and without waiting for the 4th of March has entered upon the “conflict.” …Now if this is not republicanism, we hope to hear the murderer and brigand, Montgomery, condemned in a little more emphatic terms than was John Brown by the republican papers, even though he prove to be as brave a man.   

     (2/3)  WANTED – Two likely negroes to fill two offices of the Post Master in this town.  The census has shown that there is not a single specimen of the “culled brudder” in  town.  If our republican friends do not send us two of that talented ( equal to us ) race, we shall be obliged to take white men for postmasters. – By Order of the Black Republican Com., Winthrop, Kennebec Co., Me.      

November 24

ADVERTISER (2/2) KANSAS AFFAIRS – We very deeply regret that in the midst of all the troubles and complications arising from the secession movements of the South, we should be called upon to record the breaking out of new trouble in the unfortunate Territory of Kansas….We have seen the cloud hovering over the Territory for some months, but had hoped it would be dissipated without a storm.  A starving people is always ripe for commotion and for any change which furnishes the slightest hope for improvement; the people of Kansas have been in a condition border upon starvation for some months... Had the crops failed in Ireland or any other foreign locality the grain ships would have been dispatched from New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore with the free gift of our people. But Kansas is too near home; the cries of her starving people have scarce been heard, and our neglecting to attend to the duties of charity may yet prove the cause of great evils to the country.

 

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