he words of mutual defiance exchanged in debating the first report rose to a parliamentary storm when the second came under discussion.
On the seventh day the convention came to a vote, and, the Northern delegates being in the majority, the minority report was substituted for that of the majority of the committee by one hundred and sixty-five to one hundred and thirty-eight delegates — in other words, the Douglas platform was declared adopted.
Upon this the delegates of the cotton States-Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, and Arkansas-withdrew from the convention.
It soon appeared, however, that the Douglas delegates had achieved only a barren victory.
Their majority could indeed adopt a platform, but, under the acknowledged two-thirds rule which governs Democratic national conventions, they had not sufficient votes to nominate their candidate.
During the fifty-seven ballots taken, the Douglas men could muster only one hundred and fifty-two and one