contrived display of their enthusiasm had a marked effect on certain crowds — a fact of which Lincoln
frequently complained to his friends.
One who accompanied him during the canvass1
relates this: “Lincoln
and I were at the Centralia agricultural fair the day after the debate at Jonesboro
Night came on and we were tired, having been on the fair grounds all day. We were to go north on the Illinois Central railroad.
The train was due at midnight, and the depot was full of people.
I managed to get a chair for Lincoln
in the office of the superintendent of the railroad, but small politicians would intrude so that he could scarcely get a moment's sleep.
The train came and was filled instantly.
I got a seat near the door for Lincoln
He was worn out, and had to meet Douglas
the next day at Charleston
An empty car, called a saloon car, was hitched on to the rear of the train and locked up. I asked the conductor, who knew Lincoln
and myself well,--we were both attorneys of the road,--if Lincoln
could not ride in that car; that he was exhausted and needed rest; but the conductor refused.
I afterwards got him in by a stratagem.
At the same time George B. McClellan
in person was taking Douglas
around in a special car and special train; and that was the unjust treatment Lincoln
got from the Illinois Central railroad.
Every interest of that road and every employee was against Lincoln
and for Douglas
The heat and dust and bonfires of the campaign