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[Illinois State Register, Springfield, July 12, 1858]

(From the Chicago Times of Saturday, 10th]


Triumphant Demonstration!—Enthusiastic Welcome.—Cheering Tribute to a Public Servant!—Grand Ovation—30,000 People Assembled!—Great Speech of Senator Douglas.—Bonfires, Fireworks, Salutes, &c.—Chicago to her Senator.—Departure of the Committee

As per announcement in the programme of the reception of Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, published by authority of the committee of arrangements, an extra train of cars was ready at 1 o'clock, yesterday, to convey the committee of reception to Michigan City—distant from Chicago sixty miles—at which place Senator Douglas was to take the Illinois Central road on the return trip.

In the meantime, also, a great number of national flags were being elevated at conspicuous points near the depot and elsewhere, and banners of different shapes and colors, besides streamers, pennants, etc., were disposed in all directions.

It was now 1 o'clock. The train was to start at that hour, and all things being ready, the cars moved off amid shouts from the outside, and answering shouts and music from within. In all the company numbered four hundred. A splendid banner, that of the young Men's Democratic Club, was carried upon the locomotive.

The train proceeded to Michigan City, where it was met by a host of gallant Indianians, who accompanied the Judge from Laporte to Michigan City. Some malicious person having secretly spiked the only gun in the town, the democracy obtained a large anvil, and placing it in the middle of the street, made the welkin echo with its repeated discharges.


At a few minutes after five o'clock the procession was formed and proceeded to the depot. Judge Douglas being now the guest of the committee. The train soon started, and all along the road—at every station, at almost every farmhouse and laborer's cabin—in every cornfield and at every point where laborers were engaged—there was