A GLORIOUS TIME TUESDAY NIGHT SPEECHES BY GOV. RANDALL AND OTHERS
Dodge County Citizen (Beaver Dam], September 6, 1860
According to previous announcement, Gov. Randall arrived in this city on Tuesday evening, and was received at the depot by the Wide Awakes Club and by them escorted to the Clark House. After returning thanks for his reception the Governor was warmly cheered, and the club adjourned for supper. At 7 1/2 o'clock they again organized and escorted the Governor to Concert Hall, which was already filled with an audience of ladies and gentlemen, many of whom had come in from the country. The seats were all crowed, and a very large portion of the audience was compelled to stand. The evening was oppressively warm, and a large number was obliged to leave, rather than stand up in a hot room. Governor Randall was introduced by the President of the Wide Awakes, after playfully alluding to the fact that his coming here on two former occasions had been celebrated by expensive bonfires, which he hoped would not be indulged in on this occasion, he proceeded with his speech. His remarks were first directed to the general principles of government, as illustrated in different nations. He then passed to a discussion of party's principles at the present time, and Douglas', Breckinridge popular sovereignty and slave code theories were warmly overhauled. He said Douglas' idea of popular sovereignty found its origin in Pontius Pilate, "old Mr. Pilate," who allowed the people to crucify the Saviour. The Democratic Party was like a two-headed snake; when one head went up, the whole snake wiggled! The speech was full of argument; eloquence and earnestness; in short, it was just such convincing and inspiring speech as the Governor always makes.
When his speech was finished a campaign song was sung by Mr. C. B. Beebe,
after which the audience dispersed and the Wide Awakes, with their torches
paraded through some of the principle streets, making a splendid exhibition.
In front of the Clark House, the Company halted and listened to a fine
song. "Were a hand of freemen, " by Messers. Bull, Hawks and
Phelps. Proceeding to the other end of the street, they were addressed
in brief by Messers. Billinghurst. Burchard and Smith after which, at
about eleven o'clock, they disbanded.