Mr. Douglas and the Canvass.


Tuesday, August 3, 1858.

Mr. Douglas, in the series of stump speeches which he is now delivering in hopes of getting himself returned to the Senate, puts himself forward as from first to last, in his whole connection with the Kansas question, the consistent and disinterested advocate of the doctrine of the inherent right of the people of every Territory and State to choose their own institutions. It was on this ground, he says, that he originally introduced and supported the Kansas-Nebraska bill, and adherence to this doctrine also obliged him to oppose the attempt to force the Lecompton Constitution upon the people of Kansas against the wishes of a decided majority of that people. We have here the beginning and the end, but the middle, somehow is unaccountably omitted. At the very first Territorial election this boasted right of the people of Kansas to regulate their own affairs, and to determine the institutions under which they would live was defeated by a Border-Ruffian invasion from Missouri, which imposed upon those unfortunate people a Legislature not of their own choosing, and a code of laws wholly repugnant to the sentiments of a large majority of the people. This usurpation was kept up for a period of two years, and was all the time sustained and encouraged by the votes and speeches of Mr. Douglas in the United States Senate. This is a matter which would seem to require a little elucidation. Mr. Douglas may well be called upon to explain how it happened that all these violent and outrageous proceedings, in which the Lecompton Constiuttion had its origin, not only escaped his rebuke, but found in him an apologist and supporter. This is an explanation which he certainly owes to the Republicans if he expects to win any votes from among them, while it is an explanation which he owes no less to his Democratic friends. Having swallowed this Border-Ruffian Legislature and the bogus laws, why couldn't he swallow the Lecompton Constitution? – New York Tribune.