The Great Meeting of Yesterday.

Never, perhaps, in the history of Illinois, has such a gathering of men been seen as that which met here yesterday. They came from all parts of the State alike. The Southern portion was represented by thousands of the oldest and best of our people. Irrespective of party they came, numerous as the leaves of Vallambrosia, to meet and consult with the friends of the soldiers, the tried defenders of the Constitution and the Union, as to the best means to be employed in terminating the present rebellion and sustaining the Government in its struggle against treason, both covert and open.

No man ungoverned by prejudice, passion and disloyalty, could fail to perceive in the vast assemblage an honest, fearless expression of the irrevocably fixed determination of the loyal people of the great State of Illinois to stand by the Government of our fathers and sustain our armies in the field, battling, bleeding and dying for the Union, as long as a traitor is found in arms against the Republic.

There were no boisterous demonstrations, no rowdyism, no drunkenness; but on the contrary all was order, quiet and respectful attention. On the faces of all was engraven, as with the hand of the Almighty, a fixed and eternal resolve to "rally round the flag," whether on the soil of the seceded States, or among the people of the States still true to the cause which commands the sympathy of the civilized and Christian world, until Right, Liberty and Union are acknowledged over every acre of our vast domain.

Among the speakers were men of all former political parties, but each and all had "sunk the partisan in the patriot," and proclaimed alike the same undying hate to men everywhere, while in arms against the land of Washington, Franklin, Jefferson and Jackson, attempting to strike down the last hope of the lovers of liberty throughout the earth. Amongst the speakers were the heroes of many a hard fought battlefield — men who have watered the soil of the revolted States with their best blood, and have come back to us to tell us of our duties to ourselves, our children, our country and our God. Amongst the heaving sea of human beings were seen here and there a battle-scarred soldier from the ranks of our army — back again, worn, mutilated, but true as the needle to the pole, to the cause for which our citizen soldiery have suffered and bled, and for which they are ready to die.

No man could look upon the multiplied tens of thousands of our people who so quietly trod the streets of our city during yesterday, from every walk of life, and listen to the burning words of devotion from every tongue, without feeling that our Government is the best ever devised by man and will stand forever. That, although it may require years of suffering, tears and blood, the needed sacrifices will be made, and that treason, both North and South, is doomed to eternal infamy. The meeting cannot fail to satisfy all, and be productive of lasting good to the people of our State and Nation.