Secession Era Editorials Project

The Nebraska Bill.

Springfield, Illinois, Illinois State Register [Democratic]

(19 May 1854)

The opponents of the Nebraska bill failed in their disorganizing efforts to defeat this measure by legislative trickery; every appliance known to legislative warfare was brought in play, by them, but the good men and true, with the gallant Richardson at their head, stood to their posts and, on the motion of Mr. R., it was agreed to close the debate on the bill to-morrow, and postpone the consideration of the Pacific Railroad bill until Tuesday next. The tactics of the opponents were to extend the debate until the day set for the consideration of the Pacific road as the special order, when the Nebraska bill would fall beyond reach. The opponents of the bill failed in this. The consideration of Pacific Railroad was postponed until the 23rd, and, as the debate on the Nebraska bill will close to-morrow, it is probable that a vote will be had, and the bill passed, and sound principles achieve a triumph once more over the demagoging elements of faction, working to the behests of federalism.

The Journal essays the opinion that Douglas would give his right hand to be beyond the reach of the storm which is to follow! Douglas is not the man to shun storms, come from what quarter they may. The storms which free soil whigery raises to subserve its purposes he has buffeted for twenty years, and in every instance triumphed.-- This will not be an exception to the rule. With the PEOPLE at his back, the malevolence of the foes of the democracy cannot reach him. He defends the right, and the country will stand by him, despite the clamor of demagogues, and the wily efforts of free soil whigery, which seeks its profit in the sacrifice of popular sovereignty and the harmony of the confederacy.

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