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Writhing of the Serpent.
Springfield, Illinois, Illinois State Register [Democratic]
(27 October 1859)
The Illinois Journal labors heavily to relieve its party of the
responsibility of the acts of the marauder Brown, at Harper's Ferry.
The New York Times is quoted to sustain the effort, and is falsely asserted
to be in the interest of Mr. Douglas.
All this twaddle is the veriest nonsense.
There it is in plain English. Brown's acts are but the corollary of black republican "shrieks for freedom!" He is placed upon the same footing with the patriots Kosciusko, Emmet, Kossuth, Garabaldi, and others, and it is intimated that to God Almighty only is he responsible, not to the constitution and laws of the country. This is the outspoken higher law creed. Wentworth's poor excuse that it is no worse than slave importations and filibuster expeditions, shows that even he seeks some apology for the bloody results of black republican doctrines, but it only amounts to this, that Brown's crime-- his labors for "freedom," in the manner chosen, are no worse than acts held to be criminal by all.
"What is the republican party for," he asks, if it is not to free the slaves of the south, and what was Brown's object but to do that very thing: and in acting as he did he "stands out," this black republican organ tells us, like the patriots of Poland, Ireland, Hungary, and Italy!
Can an intelligent people misunderstand the plain language we have quoted from one of the high priests of Illinois black republicanism? The Journal tells us that democrats are claiming that the Virginia insurrection will make them votes. Suppose they do so claim. Ought it not to do so? Ought not intelligent and patriotic voters, who have been misled, by the sophistries of leaders, to abandon old party associations and take position with black republicanism, to flee from that pestiferous organization, the tenets of which, practically enforced, lead to disunion, bloodshed and anarchy?
That such is the result --
It behooves a patriotic people to crush out a party who inculcate doctrines that can lead to no other practical results than those which a portion of its organs now charily affect to condemn. They will do it. The people of the 6th congressional district will do their part towards it on the 8th November by overwhelming John M. Palmer and his congressional pretensions.[<<Previous Editorial][Next Editorial>>]