speeches of Lincoln
on this occasion was my own, and while in description it may seem rather strongly imbued with youthful enthusiasm, yet on reading it in maturer years I am still inclined to believe it reasonably faithful to the facts and the situation.
“The anti-nebraska speech of Mr. Lincoln
,” says the article, “was the profoundest in our opinion that he has made in his whole life.
He felt upon his soul the truths burn which he uttered, and all present felt that he was true to his own soul.
His feelings once or twice swelled within, and came near stifling utterance.
He quivered with emotion.
The whole house was as still as death.
He attacked the Nebraska
bill with unusual warmth and energy; and all felt that a man of strength was its enemy, and that he intended to blast it if he could by strong and manly efforts.
He was most successful, and the house approved the glorious triumph of truth by loud and continued huzzas.
Women waved their white handkerchiefs in token of woman's silent but heartfelt assent.
felt the sting; the animal within him was roused because he frequently interrupted Mr. Lincoln
His friends felt that he was crushed by Lincoln
's powerful argument, manly logic, and illustrations from nature around us. The Nebraska
bill was shivered, and like a tree of the forest was torn and rent asunder by the hot bolts of truth.
in all the attitudes he could be placed, in a friendly debate.
He exhibited the bill in all its aspects to show its humbuggery and falsehood, and, when thus torn to rags, cut into slips, held up ”