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Death Of Stephen Douglas
Jasper Courier June 5, 1861

It will be seen from our news column that Hon. Stephen A. Douglas has been called to another world. This announcement will cause deep pain and regret through the whole nation, for even his most bitter opponents last year now acknowledge him to be a wise statesman and a true patriot. His death at the present time is a national calamity and will for a time divert the public mind from the preparations for blood and carnage which now engross it. His towering intellect and God given eloquence, with which he was enabled to grasp the mightiest subjects and hold them up and elucidate them to the masses will be sorely missed in the senate during the approaching important session.