The Count Out Part 1

With tensions still high after a contested presidential election in 1877, a close election in Maine had potential for igniting all out bloodshed. The departing governor fearing mob violence called for guns to be brought to Augusta.
    The town of Bangor, where the Whig and Courier was published, also housed a state arsenal. The local citizens vehemently protested the weapons being removed, but after a Christmas day standoff the guns were sent on to Augusta.
    Upon assuming command of the Militia, one of Chamberlain's first actions was sending the weapons safely back into storage. The Whig and Courier, a paper who only months before was attempting to discredit Chamberlain over his Lewiston Address was suddenly wholeheartedly behind him. With a mob of citizens in their office cheering Chamberlain's name as the guns were returned, it is understandable why the paper decided to change its tune.

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