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The Prairies on Fire.

GREAT UNION DEMONSTRATION AT BLOOMINGTON.

A PROCESSION 5 MILES IN LENGTH

15,000 UNIONISTS ASSEMBLED

Speeches by Gov. Yates, Judge McLean, J. W. Fell, Rev. Mr. Dodge, Rev. Reuben Andrus, and others.

MAGNIFICENT TORCH-LIGHT PROCESSION DISPLAY OF FIREWORKS, ETC.

[Special Dispatch to the Illinois State Journal.]

BLOOMINGTON, Oct. 24. — The loyal citizens of this county turned out in their might to-day, and early in the morning the streets of this city were thronged with a vast crowd of the substantial yeomen from a distance full forty miles round. At a very moderate estimate we may place their number at not less than 15,000; but were we to follow the rules of enumeration adopted by the Copperhead reporters, no less a crowd than 200,000 were present. It seemed as though every store in this city of 9,000 inhabitants had ceased business for the time, and that every woman and child had turned out to honor and pay homage to the great American statesman who now wields our destinies, and to the brave commander by whom he is so ably assisted.

The procession which was formed was not specially characterized by the display of flags and banners, and showy devices; but it was composed of those solid elements which indicate the thoroughly substantial and reliable nature of the people of this county; solid in their material prosperity, they are solid and practical in the manifestation of their opinions. A procession of not less than five miles in length, composed of such material, is a glorious augury of success for the cause of the Union. Two stands were erected for the speakers. On the first stand, the Hon. J. W. Fell made a very fine address in support of the principles of the Republican party, and then introduced Gov. Yates to the audience.