"Crown's got by blood must by blood maintained." And a
measure originating in fraud and perfidy naturally requires to be bolstered up
at every stage by gigantic and unblushing falsehood.
We appeal to every fellow citizen to bear witness as to the truth of our
assertion that at least nine of every ten persons who have expressed an opinion
with regard to Douglas's bill have declared against it; while of the few who
have declared for it nearly everyone is a politician by trade whose partisan
necessities and personal interests constrain him to approve whatever he
supposes to have been, or soon to be, made a party Shibboleth.
All the favor shown to that bill in this strongly Compromise and Cotton
If the leading advocates of Douglas's bill in our City doubt the truth of what we here assert, and are willing to rest their opinions by facts, we suggest to them the preparation of two Memorials -- one on their part, asking our Representatives to support, and both House of Congress to pass Douglas's bill, and the other on the part of the opponents of that measure, making a contrary request. Let copies of these be printed, and let one person on each side take copies of these Memorials and, going together, simply lay them down before each legal voter and ask him to sign whichever of them shall be expressive of his own views. Let there be no discussion, no controversy, no words; but simply let each paper, couched in unequivocal language and making a distinct request, be laid down before the merchant or clerk, the mechanic or laborer, with the simple suggestion, "If you are a legal voter, and have any opinion or preference with respect to Nebraska, we will thank you to sign whichever of these two Memorials is the more accordant with your views" -- and, on receiving his answer, bow and pass on. Would the advocates of Douglas's bill like to unite with its opponents in thus canvassing the City? If so, we are quite confident that they can be promptly accommodated. And if they can't expect to carry a majority in this Cotton City, where Pierce had Eleven Thousand Majority, where in the Free States can they expect one?
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