said: ‘A grand affair and remarkable for its composition.’
The campaign moved swiftly.
October came and found the Young Bell Ringers
full of purpose, strengthening their party by mass-meetings in different parts of the city.
They affected the public squares, holding their assemblies on Lafayette square and Annunciation square in the First district, and Washington square in the Third.
At each meeting the Bell
men were surrounded by crowds.
Their meetings under the trees became a marked feature of the canvass—nay, they undoubtedly aided the large vote that came with election day. In a measure, Breckinridge
men were more domestic.
They had held their first meeting in Armory hall.
As the fight went on, they clung to its white-washed walls.
It was soon known that at Armory hall were to be found eloquent speakers, strong speeches, bright lights, enlivening cries, stirring campaign songs, along with an enthusiasm which, springing from the club, rose to fill all visitors with political ozone.
These chance meetings gathered night after night The public meetings were merely an ordinary night's meeting, enlarged and improved and ‘ozoned.’
On October 29th the Breckinridge club swung into a new path.
On that day they went, carrying their new banner, down to the Pontchartrain depot
on Elysian Fields to welcome Hon. William Lowndes Yancey
, of Alabama
, the magnetic orator of disunion.
Some time previous they had invited this famous ‘firer of Cotton States into rebellion’ to address the Democracy.
New Orleans was ablaze with excitement.
A vast crowd of all parties assembled on Camp street to hear Mr. Yancey
A brilliant speech from the orator was followed by a torchlight procession which filled the streets with Southern airs and cries.
must have been pleased.
He had more than kept his word.
He had fired the Sugar State