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Mr. Lincoln has accepted the proposition of Mr. Douglas to debate with him at the following points. Ottawa, La Salle Co., Aug. 21. Freeport, Stephenson Co., Aug. 27. Jonesboro, Union Co., Sept. 15. Charleston, Coles Co., Sept. 18. Galesburg, Knox Co., Oct. 7. Quincy, Adams Co., Oct. 13. Alton, Madison Co., Oct. 15. We have only to express our regret that West Urbana could not have made one of the points, so that our citizens could have had the pleasure of listening to the great oratorical tournament between "Long Abe" and the "Little Giant." There will be some rare speaking done or we are much mistaken. [Aug. 4, 1858.]

Mr. Stephen A. Douglas is to speak in Urbana on the last day of the county fair. We have not yet been advised of the particulars, but will lay them before our readers in due time. Mr. Lincoln is to address the people of Champaign County, in Urbana on the 24th of September, and Owen Lovejoy on the 28th. The arrangements are not entirely completed, but we understand that a grand demonstration is intended. The canvass is progressing with great vigor between all the parties concerned. We shall as heretofore report all items of importance as news.
[Sept. 15, 1858.]

The crowd at the fair laid aside their business for awhile to listen to a speech from Judge Douglas, and it is a credit to the citizens of Champaign that while so large a number of his political opponents were among his audience he was listened to from first to last with so much respectful attention. So marked was this that, while the amount of enthusiasm displayed could hardly have been satisfactory, the distinguished senator felt called upon to acknowledge it. On Friday succeeding the last day of the fair a large and enthusiastic crowd assembled around the grand stand to listen to Mr. Lincoln, the procession, that part of it composed of the lady equestriennes in particular, was one of the finest things we have ever seen, and was over two miles in length. The friends of the speaker expressed themselves as pre-eminently well satisfied with the demonstration and with his efforts. What with the fair and the political excitements of the Urbanas have begun the scene of considerable bustle and a good deal of confusion during last week, but things are beginning to settle down once more to their customary routine. The farmers have returned to their ploughs, the merchants to their places of business and the Editors of the Gazette are particularly well pleased to find themselves again under the shade of their own vine and fig-tree, with nothing to do but to provide for the intellectual recreation of their rapidly increasing circle of weekly readers.
[Sept. 29, 1858. Central Illinois Gazette 1858 - submitted by Don Aikman]


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