emancipation, represented his views better than those who are in favor of immediate emancipation.
In explanation of his views on this subject the President
said that in his speeches he had frequently used as an illustration the case of a man who had an excrescence on the back of his neck, the removal of which in one operation would result in the death of the patient, while tinkering it off by degrees would preserve life.”
“Although sorely tempted,” continues Mr. Taussig
, “I did not reply with the illustration of the dog whose tail was amputated by inches, but confined myself to arguments.
The President announced clearly that, so far as he was at present advised, the Radicals in Missouri
had no right to consider themselves the representatives of his views on the subject of emancipation in that State.”
The foregoing interview, it is well enough to state, was long after the issuance of Mr. Lincoln
's Emancipation Proclamation
In addition to carrying the State
for Mr. Lincoln
, the Missouri Radicals
carried it for themselves.
They elected a constitutional convention that promptly passed an unconditional freedom ordinance.
And thus terminated what is certainly one of the most notable contests in our political history, bringing about, as it did, the triumph of a reform of unquestionable value to civilization and humanity, which was accomplished by men working without patronage or other outside help, with no pecuniary interest at stake, and no incentive beyond the principle involved.