The Count Out Part 4
On page 22 is the fourth interview with Chamberlain by the New York Herald's correspondent.
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.
By August Chamberlain would say,
"I am afraid that the moral lesson of that affair has been lost very much of its good effect by the turn which was given to republican
success. It has been presented to the people as a party triumph, and even as piece of smart maneuvering, whereas it was a matter of
law and justice and constitutional rights, and the mode of settlement was above party - quite as important for one party as another."
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 second copy of Chamberlain's speech to the Bowdoin Alumni see Son's of Bowdoin
More on the Count Out can be seen in Maine A History
pages 593 - 619. As well as
The Life and Times of Nelson Dingley, Jr.