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Senator Douglas arrived in New Orleans the day before the election. He was enthusiastically received, and flowers were showered on him by the ladies from the balconies along the route of the procession. At Mobile he was interrogated as to whether he would take office under Lincoln, and answered in the following style: ‘ "I have only to say, that I cannot believe that any man reputed to be a gentleman could put such questions to me. [Immense applause.] There is no language with which I can express my scorn and contempt for the wretch who would intimate that in any contingency I would take office under Lincoln.--[Applause.] The man who would propound such a question to me would sell himself in an instant to Lincoln or any other man who would offer him his price." [Great applause.] ’
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