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Last Words Of Senator Douglas

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For a long time prevíous to Lis deatli, Senator Douglas liad been in a semi-conscious condition. During the morning of his death, his mind and energie rallied somewhat. As liis dovoted and loving wife sat at bis bedside, soothing and easing him with those tender words aud actions which only a great-liearted woman can employ, the asked the dyiug statesmau if ho liad any messages to send to his boys, Stephen and Robert. Ilesecmed at first not to hear the questiou, and she repeated it. Rallying his strength, his eye kindled up and lus whole frame seemed to dilate, as he answered : " Yes ! Teil them to obey the Laws, and support the Constitutwn of the United States r A short time after he desired to be raised, and his wish waa complied with, so that he might look out from his window once more, upon the city which liad loved aud honorod kim so long. One of his friends expressed a doubt as to the oase of his position, when he simply replied - " he is - eomfortable." In his dyiug moments he faintly articulated : ''Death, dealh, death," and his great soul had passed away. Fi'om the Chicago Tribune. In his last days, ho gave tliosc w%o stood Bear to minister to his wants, the most couvinciug assurances of the deptü and earnestness of the livcly love of country that filled his heart. In his waking hours, as well as in thosa moments when the violence of his disease unseated his great intellect, he was busy with natíonal events, and the conflict uow upon us. It vas his last wish that the work which will regenérate the country while rescuiug it from its euemies, shoulü go rapidly on. ïo one, in a wandering moment he said : " I station you at the Jlelay House, Move on !" Ofanotherhe asked, "Whv do we stand still? let us press on ! Let us to Alexandria quick 1" To still another he said, "Telegraph to the President, and let the column move on !" And so, throughout the progess of the disease, which struck him down - he was thinking of his country and her peril. At Washington, in his imaginings, and in the command for which nature had fitted him, and which would have been bestowed had he lived, he seemed to direct vietory. And when the lucid intervals carne, he was, iL uot so emphatic, not less sincere. The salvation of tha Republic, waá uppcrmost in his thoughts by day and by night, his own condition, the imminent peril of death, his complicated affairs gave him no concern. Almost his last coherent worda, were an ardent wish for the honor and prosperity of the Republic, by the defcat and dispersión of her enemies. The country, regardless of party distiuctions, wharever the love of ihe Stars and S tripes is not represe sd by the terrorism which he knew and hatod, will treasure up his dying prayer and make his hopes and aspirations the rule of patiotic endeavor.


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Michigan Argus