of the Chicago Platform and the peace-at-any-price candidates,
made a grand Union speech at Carbondalc, Illinois, on the 1st
inst, in which he lashed the copperheads with just severity. We
make the following eloquent extract:
I tell you, gentlemen, when you see men coming home from
the army, it makes no difference what their politics may have
been, if they have been honest, true and faithful men, you find
' that they would suffer their tongues to be torn out by the roots
before they would lisp a word in behalf of that Chicago Platform
or the men who made it. They can not and will not do it.
I used to be a follower of the illustrious Stephen A. Douglas.
They called me a Donglas worshiper. I believe many others
thought as much of Douglas as I did. If that great and good
man were alive today, and I wish he were, he would stand on
this War and Union Platform side by side with me, and advo¬
cate the same measures that I do. Listen to what he said in the
last letter he ever wrote. It was a letter to Virgil Hickox,
Chairman of the State Democratic Central Committee. Virgil
was looking around, not knowing exactly what he ought to do.
"All hope of compromise with the Cotton States was abandon¬
ed when they assumed the position that the separation of the
Union was complete and final, and that they would never con¬
sent to a reconstruction in any contingency—not even if we
should furnish them with a blank sheet of paper, and permit
them to inscribe their own terms.
"I know of no mode in which a loyal citizen may so well de¬
monstrate his devotion to his country as by sustaining the Con¬
stitution, the flag and the Union, under all circumstances and
every administration, regardless of party politics, against all as¬
sailants at home aud abroad."
That was the Douglas doctrine just before he died. It would
be his doctrine to-day if he were alive. It is my doctrine to¬
day, and has been all along, and I intend to stand by it to
the last. [Applause.]
This, then, is all that I care about saying in reference to these
party platforms, or in reference to the candidates So far as Mr.
Lincoln is concerned, I know this. There were a great many
people in this country who opposed him four years ago. I
know I did it just as heartily as any other man in the country.
If any man had told me four years ago, that I would ever make
a speech in favor of his election, I would have told him it
was not so, and you could have proved it.