Here below is a poor copy of the Danville Newspaper dated September 29, 1858. It reports of the occasion when both Abraham Lincoln and Senator Stephen Douglas visited Danville to make pre-election speeches to listeners there as they vie for the Illinois Senate seat. The article says that Lincoln is well known in Danville and perhaps that is why the crowd is happy to cheer him as their "favorite son", so to speak. The article relating the particular occasion ends with the red line in the second column but I left some of the rest of the newspaper in tact so the reader could get a full flavor of the way newspapers reported news in those day. I was surprised at how biased the reporter is on the Republican side. This bias is not so different than many of our newspapers today. I have highlighted in gold the parts of the article which help support the claim that Permelia Payne Malcom purported all her life - that she and her family were acquaintances ever since the times when Lincoln was a lowly circuit lawyer with an office in Danville and that she had met Abraham Lincoln and perhaps even "sat on his lap" as a child or danced with him on occasion. The reporter relates that on the second day Mr. Lincoln was greeted by a procession of 37 young ladies from Catlin. Interestingly enough, that is exactly the same number of young ladies that greet him the day before when he arrives. Catlin is the town where Permelia, her father and family members lived and is about 6 1/2 miles southwest of Danville. (By the way, Lincoln loses this election.)
Part of the article at the top of the second two columns is missing but that does not spoil the meaning and significance of the article.