“Gentlemen,” said he, “we have got to take sides and maintain our neutrality.”
In that section of the country was another distinguished and unique personage who conspicuously figured in the events that are here being dealt with.
I knew him intimately.
I now refer to James H. Lane
, who was better known as “Jim Lane,” of Kansas
was a born leader of men, and a leader under exceptional conditions.
He was generally credited with being a fighter-a dare-devil, in fact-and a desperado; but in the writer's opinion he was by no means Blair
's equal in personal courage.
He had a great deal to do in raising troops and organizing military movements, but he did not go to the front.
His fighting was chiefly in “private scraps,” in one of which he killed his adversary.
His paramount ability was as a talker rather than as a fighter.
He was an orator, and his oratory was of a kind that was exactly suited to his surroundings.
No man could more readily adapt himself to the humor of his hearers.
He knew precisely how to put himself on their level.
I have seen him face an audience that was distinctly unfriendly, that would scarcely give him a hearing; and in less than half an hour every man in the crowd would be shouting his approval.
He could go to his hearers if he could not bring them to him. I witnessed one of his performances in that line.
He was a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate.
There was one rival that he particularly feared.
The man was the late General Thomas Ewing
, then a resident of Kansas
At that particular