to the gaze of the vast crowd, a kind of scorn and mockery was visible upon the face of the crowd and upon the lips of their most eloquent speaker.
At the conclusion of this speech every man and child felt that it was unanswerable.
He took the heart captive and broke like a sun over the understanding.”
Anent the subject of editorial writing it may not be inappropriate to relate that Lincoln
and I both kept on furnishing political matter of many varieties for the Springfield Journal
Many of the editorials that I wrote were intended directly or indirectly to promote the interest of Lincoln
I wrote one on the advisability of annexing Cuba
to the United States
, taking the rather advanced ground that slavery would be abolished in Cuba
before it would in this country — a position which aroused no little controversy with other papers.
One little incident occurs to me in this connection which may not be without interest to newspaper men. A newspaper had been started in Springfield
called the Conservative
, which, it was believed, was being run in the interest of the Democratic party.
While pretending to support Fillmore
it was kept alive by Buchanan
men and other kindred spirits, who were somewhat pro-slavery in their views.
The thing was damaging Lincoln
and the friends of freedom more than an avowed Democratic paper could.
The editor, an easy, good-natured fellow, simply placed in charge to execute the will of those who gave the paper its financial backing, was a good friend of mine, and by means of this friendship I was always