Gen. William O. Butler

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Gen. William O. Butler

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The old “War-Horse of the Democracy”

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In the Field.

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The Louisville Courier gives an account of a great Breckinridge and Lane Barbecue in Carroll county, Kentucky. From three to four thousand people were present.

The Courier says : The meeting was opened by a speech from Maj. Gen. William 0. Butler, formerly a candidate for the Vice Presidency on the ticket with Gen. Cass. He said this was the first political speech he had made in nearly sixteen years, and that nothing could have drawn him into the canvases but the deep interest he felt in the election of Breckinridge and Lane, and the unhallowed course pursued by Douglas and his friends. The General pitched into Douglas right and left, and he talked very plainly about him and his doctrines. He denounced squatter sovereignty, and alluding to it said: ''Are these the views of a statesman? Are these the morals of a gentleman!" He declared solemnly that when he was on the ticket with Cass, in 1848, he never dreamed of countenancing any such doctrine, and he thought the united South should now stand as one man for constitutional equality against such doctrines, the effect of which if not the main intent, must be the subversion of the rights of the slaveholding States.

He denounced the proceedings of the Douglas men in the convention as the game of “fast and loose,” “Thimble rigging,” and denied that Douglas was nominated according to the rules and usages of the Democratic party. It was a glorious sight to behold the ancient Democrat and gallant soldier, with his silver hair streaming in the wind, his eye untamed, as he dealt his blows vigorously on the heads of those enemies of the country, who are now trying to nurse the “Union Constitutional”" party into existence.

 

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From the Los Angeles Star, October 27, 1860