The Count Out Part 4
The Republicans were not quite the innocent law abiding party that the republican newspapers make them out to be.
But when the affair was settled in their favor their party boss James G. Blane acted like he stood behind Chamberlain the whole time.
In a speech on the 22nd he said,
"In looking back over the nine long weeks of continuous labor, we can see nothing omitted and nothing that could have been done better;
and in the many things on which we may offer special felicitations, nothing could be more earnest or more heartfelt than
those we tender Gen. Chamberlain for the dignity, fidelity, efficiency and completeness with which at a most
critical hour, he served the State and aided in preventing civil and social war."
In spite of this act it is doubtful the two men were on friendly terms at this time.
It was probably just a coincidence that Chamberlain and Blaine both left town on the same train. When
local residents came out to send Blaine off at each station stop Blaine called out a now sick and horse Chamberlain
and called for a cheer which was eagerly given. The speech Chamberlain gave the following day to the Alpha Delta Phi
Fraternity meeting hints at some of what went on but shows Chamberlain's reluctance to talk about it.
Though not much is revealed in these papers of the plotting of the republicans, Mayor Nash in his speech
reveals that a plot by the fusionists to send armed men to the Capital was foiled by Chamberlain who made it clear
they would not reach the Capitol. Nash relates, "Had they started, they would never have reached Augusta, for the track
was garrisoned by men under command of Gen. Chamberlain, who would immediately have torn up the track."1
For a complete transcription of Chamberlain's speech to the Bowdoin Alumni see Son's of Bowdoin