March 31, 1865

Macomb Journal
March 31, 1865

As the weeks go by, the aspect in the military sky grows brighter and brighter for the Union cause. The plans of Gen. Grant, as they develop themselves, show stupendous and grand, and will, ere long, prove that he is the right man in the right place. He has got a death gripe on the foul throat of the rebellion, nor will he let go his hold until the monster is effectually throttled. Let us be of good cheer – “all is well.”



Retribution. – A correspondent with Sherman’s army says – “Some of our men, escorted by niggers and prisoners, paid a visit to a noted ruffian, a second Legree, who kept a pack of bloodhounds for the purpose of hunting down niggers and escaped Union prisoners. The boys disposed of the dogs as they have done with all the bloodhounds they came across, burned down his house and place, and tied himself to a tree and got some strapping niggers to flog him, which they did with a will, repaying in the les talionis style.”




From the 11th Ill. Cavalry.

Camp Co. “I,” 11th Ill. V. V. Cav.,
Memphis, Tenn.,
March 13, 1865.

            Editor Macomb Journal:

I wish to say through the columns of your paper to the ladies of Blandinville and vicinity that to-day, (13th,) Co. I, 11th Ill. Cav, (myself a member of the same) were made the happy recipients of two barrels of dried apples, for which we feel ever grateful. This is the second time that you have favored us with your benevolent contributions. We know not whom you are, but this matters not. Suffice to say, you have our most sincere and grateful thanks for your noble efforts to relieve the hungry veterans of Uncle Sam’s indefatigable army; and when the war-worn veterans of five years’ service shall have returned to their peaceful homes, and white-robed peace shall have again visited our once happy land, we hope to find you the same kind-hearted, loving young ladies you were before war’s clamorous soundings were heard to resound through the land. It is said that it is more blessed to give than to receive. If this be true, you have been doubly blest in this generous act, for I am certain that never before were men more blest in receiving. To use a common term among soldiers, we have been fed so long on hard-tack and “sowbelly” (excuse me) that we are truly glad to receive something we can relish more.

And now, ladies, as the last vestige of hope of success for the rebel cause is being obliterated, and the cause of freedom and the right assumes a brighter aspect, and the noble hearts of the sons of liberty begin to swell with glowing emotions of success and the speedy terminus of the war, cannot you find room in your hearts to welcome the war-worn veterans of many a hard fought battle to your peaceful and tranquil homes.

Fleming H. Freeland.



Sherman’s Operations.

            The N. Y. Tribune’s Goldsboro special of the 22d gives the following account of Sherman’s and Schofields’s movements: “Gen. Cox advanced from Kinston towards Goldsboro on Sunday morning. The remainder of the corps followed on Monday morning. The enemy had already fallen back, leaving the road clear, but destroying bridges and culverts. A body of the enemy’s cavalry attacked our advance on Sunday. Communication was opened with Gen. Sherman, and Gen. Schofield sent Capt. Twining with an escort, who succeeded in reaching his headquarters. Meantime Gen. Sherman’s scouts arrived at Gen. Schofield’s headquarters, bringing word that his advance was within fifteen miles of Smithfield. Sherman had encountered but slight opposition, Hampton’s and Wheeler’s cavalry occasionally coming to try and attempt to check his advance. Sunday afternoon the enemy made a stand about fifteen miles southeast of Smithfield, where a line of strongly intrenched field works had been thrown up, and with batteries in position opened upon Gen. Sherman’s center. The 20th corps, forming the center, were first engaged. The 14th corps, constituting the right, and the 17th the left, were advanced, and a brisk engagement followed in which our own and the rebel army was heavily engaged. Our loss was not heavy. In the meantime General Schofield pushed forward rapidly. The advance of General Sherman on the enemy’s right in the direction of Smithfield and Raleigh, made it necessary for the enemy to fall rapidly back to cover those points. – Schofield continued to press them thro’ out Monday, and on Tuesday the enemy entered Goldsboro.

Tuesday, Sherman advanced again, and skirmished with the rebel rear guard, until reaching Bentonville, where the enemy had intrenched on the opposite side of Mill Creek. The 20th Corps was first engaged, and at noon, a sharp battle was progressing along the whole line, the cavalry of Kilpatrick being actively occupied upon the left flank, the 20th Corps suffered a temporary check, but the 14th Corps coming up in good time, held the ground. The 17th Corps was advanced to the support of the 14th and 20th, and succeeding in turning the enemy’s right, completely compelled him to give way. The enemy then fell back, abandoning his works, and passing through Smithfield, retired towards Raleigh. Sherman followed up the retreating rebel army, and entered Smithfield without further opposition.



Celebration at Fort Sumter.

            The President has ordered Brevet Major General Anderson to raise over Fort Sumter, at noon on the 14th of April, the same United States flag that floated over it at the time of the rebel assault, and that it be saluted with one hundred guns from Sumter, and from every fort and rebel battery that fired upon Sumter: also that suitable military ceremonies be performed under the direction of Major General W. T. Sherman whose operations compelled the evacuation of Charleston or, in his absence, by General Gilmore, and also, that the navel forces at Charleston be directed to participate in the ceremonies. Rev. Henry Ward Beecher will be invited to deliver an address on the occasion.



Circuit Court.

The March term of the Circuit Court adjourned on last Saturday evening, after a session of just one week. A good amount of business was done during the time, but no trials of importance took place, with the exception of the trial of the young woman , spoken of last week, indicted for infanticide, and some coal miners from Colchester, indicted for riot. The woman was acquitted, and the coal miners were adjudged guilty by the jury, but the Judge set aside the verdict as regarded one of them, and the others, five in number, were fined twenty-five dollars each.




We are prepared to print election Tickets for the different townships as cheap as ever. Bring them along.



Cotton in McDonough.

Mr. George Meadows, of Industry township, in this county, has left with us a sample of cotton, raised by his father, Jesse Meadows, Esq., in that township. This cotton is as fine as any upland cotton that is raised in Dixie. Mr. Meadows says his father raised nearly an acre, and that the yield was very heavy. The labor to produce this was not more than is required by the common cereals of our country. The curious can see the sample left with us by calling at this office.


Real Estate Sales.

B. R. Hampton, Esq., has sold his farm, situated 3 ½ miles northeast from this city, for $11,500. Mr. Wm. Runkle was the purchaser. Mr. Hampton is going to remove to Abingdon, Knox county.

J. W. Nichols, G. W. C. T. of the order of Good Templars, of this State, has sold his residence in this city to Mr. David Scott, for $1000. Mr. Nichols goes to Aurora, in this State, to reside.


Attention! Voters.

There will be a mass meeting of the Union voters of Macomb township held in the City Council room, over Jordan’s bank, on to-morrow, Saturday, at 2 o’clock, P. M., for the purpose of putting in nomination candidates for the various offices to be filled at the ensuing town meeting next Tuesday. Let there be a full turn out.


Firm Change.

Mr. James Wood, of the firm of Ragan & Wood, photographers on the northwest corner of the square, has sold his interest in the picture business to Mr. W. B. Thompson, of this city. The new firm are having a heavy run of custom, and are doing nice work.


Job Work.

We are prepared to execute horse and jack bills on short notice at this office.


Nix cumarous.

A certain “publisher” of a paper not a thousand miles from here, with more impudence than brains, wishes to draw us into a nonsensical controversy with him. We will not gratify him – we have better use for our columns.


            → Coal has been selling in this city, for the last few weeks, at prices ranging from 25cts to 40cts per bushel. Pretty steep for this country, when we have such an inexhaustible quantity all around us.


Down Go the Prices.

As gold goes down, so do the prices of goods of all kinds, and Watkins & Co., acting on the principle that if it is fair to mark up goods when gold goes up, it is equally right and just to mark them down when gold falls. Go and inquire their new tariff of prices. Store in their new brick, opposite Randolph house.


            → As Spring advances, and the roads become passable, so that hauling can be done to advantage, it would be well for those who contemplate building this season to give H. R. Bartleson a call at his lumber yard, southeast corner of the square. Plenty of lumber of the best quality to be found there at all times.


Gone East.

J. M. Browne, the very popular boot and shoe man on the south side of the square, has gone east to replenish his stock of boots, shoes, hats and caps, and as soon as they arrive, he will open – not only his goods – but the eyes of old fogies in regard to high prices.


            → The Sheriff of Fulton county bro’t to our city, on Tuesday of last week, a man to be tried here for the larceny of a sett of harness, &c. The man was placed in charge of one of the bailiffs in attendance at court, who, by some means, let the thief escape – verdict by the post office jury, “Nobody to blame.”


            → A busy “community” – the physicians of this city.


In Their New Rooms.

            Messrs. Hawkins & Philpot, the popular photographers of this city, have moved into their new and spacious rooms over Watkins & Co’s grocery store, and are prepared to take pictures of any desired style or size known to the art. Their rooms are perfect models of neatness, order and beauty. A visit to their rooms will repay any one for his trouble.


            → From private letters to his wife, we learn that Mr. Magie is at Charleston, S. C. He was suffering from a severe attack of the rheumatism. – George Hall and Frank Smith, of this city, were with him, and were well.


            → All the new publications of the day received as soon as issued at Clarke’s bookstore.


            → All kinds of window shades and fixtures at Clarke’s bookstore.


            → The Board of Supervisors have commissioned John Knappenberger, Esq., to sell the lot on the northwest corner of the square, generally known as the county lot. See advertisement in another column.



Ye Hungry!

            The attention of the HUNGRY, who visit this City on business or pleasure, is directed to G. K. HALL & CO’S


East Side of the Square. Everything in the eating line, such as Fresh and Cove OYSTERS, Beefsteak, Hot Coffee, Game, &c, &c., served up in the best style and at all business hours. Also, for sale, Confectionery of all kinds, Sweetmeats, Oysters by the Can, Jellies, Pies, Cakes, &c., &c.

Parties supplied with Ice-cream, Cakes, and Pies, on short notice.




            Wants 5,000 pounds Dried Apples. Highest market price in CASH will be paid.

Haven’s is the place to get Groceries cheap. Give him a call.

1 pound of Good Tea,                                                $1.50

4 pounds of Good Sugar,                                           1.00

And Good Coffee, 45 cents per pound.

All other Goods in proportion. CASH FOR




            Do not forget the place, SOUTH SIDE OF THE SQUARE, next door to Cottrell & Bros.

March 25, 1865

Macomb Eagle

→ Mr. Lincoln’s great Chicago conspiracy case is turning out worse and worse. Judge Drummond, of the U. S. Circuit Court, and a good republican too, testified before the Commission last week that he was well acquainted with B. S. Morris and Charles Welsh, the chief alleged conspirators, and believed them as loyal as himself. Lincoln should therefore either discharge Morris and Walsh or arrest Judge Drummond. The fact is the whole affair has turned out to be a miserable electioneering scheme. Oh, Abraham!


The Inaugural Humiliation.

            Andrew Johnson, the Vice President elect, presented himself drunk at the great inaugural ceremony, in the presence of the assembled executive and judicial departments of the Government, the Representatives of the people, the Senate over which he is to preside, a large concourse of citizens from all parts of the country, and of the foreign diplomats and visitors. Before that imposing concourse he bellowed for half an hour the idiotic babble of a mind besotted by a fortnight’s debauch. He boasted himself as a specimen of the working of American institutions, which brought such a man as he to the second place in the Government. He dragged its proudest ceremony in the slough of his degradation, and turned it to shame and mortification.

This cannot be covered up as a private infirmity. It was exhibited before the world. We have to discuss it as a public calamity, and as a national insult and disgrace which demands relief. – Cincinnati Gazette, [Republican.]

We join he Gazette in condemning the Vice President for the unseemly state in which he presented himself at the inauguration. We were an eyewitness to the drunken exhibition, and shared the shame and mortification felt by all present, that one so highly hon- [fold in page] threshold of his official duties, prove so unworthy and unfit to discharge them. – Chicago Journal, [Republican.]

That Andrew Johnson, Vice President of the United States, was drunk, when inaugurated, and outraged, in a frightful manner, all the proprieties of the occasion, is a notorious fact. – Cincinnati Commercial [Republican.]

Surely it cannot be doubted that the Vice President was drunk, after this array of testimony of his own political friends against him. What can we expect of a party that elects such notorious apostates to morals and principles to the high offices of the nation as Vice President Johnson, and Senators Yates, Chandler and Lane, saying nothing nothing about Long John Wentworth and the smaller fry who steep themselves in whisky. Verily, this modern party contains all the “christianity,” “decency,” and “morality,” of the country.



Mysterious Jail Manifestations In Princeton, Illinois.

From the Princeton (Ill.) Republican.

Last week we gave an account of some wonderful manifestations in the Bureau county jail, and promised an early expose of the modus operandi by which they were produced. The shaking of the jail, which was a very powerful “manifestation,” was done by means of a very small amount of force applied to one of the plates of boiler iron with which the floors of the cells are lined. The plate to which the force is applied is slightly sprung, and a small amount of force will move it, and by taking advantage of some vibrations it can be moved a little more each time until the noise and jarring becomes very heavy. The cells most distant from the one where the operator performs his “spirit orders” shake and rattle the most. It is [?] wonderful that a man with one foot can move all the cells in the huge building, as well as make all the windows rattle and the grates jump upon the kitchen stove. And he will do this right while he is being watched, and while his hands are being held, without any perceptible effort. The moving of the sticks about the cells was done by means of fine threads which are invisible at a short distance, leading to other cells. The rappings were caused by means of threads attached to a ring.

These manifestations were truly wonderful and for two or three week baffled all attempts on the part of Sheriff Loverin and Deputy Nash to discover how they were produced. – Had they, like the Spiritualists, preferred to attribute the mystery to superhuman agency, instead of determining to look for a rational human cause, they might have been instrumental in helping to get up an excitement that would have startled the “spirit world,” and made the Bureau county jail the Mecca to which the deluded Spiritualists of the whole country would have flocked for obtaining revelations from the Almighty!

Some of the Spiritualists may feel inclined to censure the Sheriff for having allowed them to witness their mysteries and to make fools of themselves about them; but we can see nothing censurable in his conduct. He told them that they were at liberty to investigate them, and if they attributed them to superhuman agency and got “sold out,” it was not his fault. We believe that the course he took will do more towards shaking the faith of the Spiritualists in this delusion of pretended revelations from the spirit world than anything that has ever been done in this community.

The boys who performed the wonders certainly played a sharp game, and have had a splendid opportunity to laugh at the credulity of many deluded victims.


            → Lieutenants, Hovey and Morse have been exchanged and are now at home. Neither of them look as though they had been starved to death.


            Great Oil Excitement. – Some fortunate individual has struck oil a short distance from Aledo, in Mercer county, which has caused great excitement, and almost every man in that county has “oil on the brain.” Colossal fortunes are looming up before the visions of the property owners, and they expect to coin money like dirt.

Notwithstanding the oil excitement, Mr. S. J. Hopper, at the New York clothing store, has filled his shelves with the largest and finest stock of spring and summer clothing, even before offered to the public, suitable for plain old gentlemen, starchy old bachelors, and nice, fashionable young men, and warranted to fit just as neat and trim as though you had been melted and poured into them. He sells just as cheap as any man, and to prove it he invites all to come and see.


            → The editor of the Journal, has come out right square in favor of the right of secession. He urges the board of supervisors to nullify the acts of the Legislature. We direct the attention of the provost marshall to this blatant traitor.


Teachers’ Examination.

            I shall hold examinations as follows:

Macomb, 3d ward school house, March 27th.
Bushnell, March 30th.
Tennessee, April 1st.
Industry, April 6th.
Blandinville, April 8th.

Exercise will commence each day at 10 o’clock A. M. Applicatns for certificates will please take notice.

John Barge,
County Superintendent.


            New Spring Goods. – Wm. Wetherhold on the east side, has returned with the handsomest assortment of fresh spring goods he has yet offered to the public. The ladies, in particular, will be pleased with his selections, for they embrace all the late styles of dress goods, and of the most beautiful and fashionable patterns. As to prices, he is determined not to be undersold in the city, and his stock will always be kept full and complete. His old customers, and all others looking for cheap and fashionable goods, are invited to call and give him a trial.


            → A disease called the spotted fever has been raging here for sometime past. The latest cases, we believe, are those of Mr. Wadham’s daughter, and Mr. John Herron’s two children, all of which have died.


            Monster Spring Arrival. – I. August is always up to time in the clothing trade, and never calculates on being undersold. He is now receiving a monster stock of spring and summer clothing, among which will be found all the late styles and fashions. It would be useless to undertake to minutely describe his stock. Suffice it to say, it embraces the most fashionable patterns to be found in the city. He warrants a bargain to every one who favors him with their patronage. In looking for cheap goods, go to the clothing store of I. August.


            → The citizens of Bushnell, we are informed, intend to devote the $50,000 raised to keep their seats out of mud.


            → Chambers & Randolph have just received a large invoice of spring & summer goods, which they are offering at panic prices. They will sell you cheaper and better goods than any other house in this place.


            → Rain and mud has been the order of the day for the last two weeks, but notwithstanding S. J. Clarke & Co., are in receipt of the largest stock of Wall and Window Paper ever brought to this city, which they are determined to sell at the ruling market price, let it be high or low, and they cannot and will not be under sold by any one. Give them a call.


            → Wm. Green, a soldier from this county, is at home on a short furlough.


            → We will endeavor, next week, to state why we oppose the measure [the Bounty Tax]. – Journal.

We think that it will only be an “endeavor.”


            → Lieut. Joe. Waters has “bored” Mr. Rollins with a long letter of slang about the bounty tax, and Mr. R. not wishing to be the only sufferer has had it published in the Journal. Well Joe, you should not be so hard next time for we all feel “awful” bad about it.


            → Capt. Higgins of the 84th Regiment has resigned and is now at home. He contemplates locating in this place again.


            Correction. – In the notice of Mrs. Mathewson’s school last week, we said it would commence on the 1st Monday in May, it should have been the 1st Monday in April. Those interested will govern themselves accordingly.


            → Some of our readers having inquired of us about the genuineness of Old Abe’s inaugural address; we desire to set the matter at rest, by stating that the copy we published two weeks ago, was the inaugural. It is probably a burlesque on such addresses generally, but was not so intended by its author. It is simply Old Abe’s “Last Joke,” at the expense of the American people.


            Circuit Court. – This court commenced on Monday last. Judging from the admirable manner in which Judge Higbee dispatches business, he will get through with the docket this week. There are on the docket 117 chancery cases, 104 common law cases, and 44 criminal cases. A change of Venue was allowed in the case of Joseph Adams, to Hancock county, and the witnesses recognized o appear there at the next term of the court. – Owen Manion has not been rearrested nor any of his companions who broke jail.


            → We are informed that the editor of the Journal intends to take a sober “thought.” If he should there will be a panic in the whisky traffic.


            → A “reliable gentleman,” informs us that the citizens of Bushnell intend to fence off a portion of their town for a duck and goose pond. If that should be so we are afraid that the editor of the Press would be the first goose put in it.

March 18, 1865

Macomb Eagle

Arbitrary Arrests.

            The discussion of the new conscription law has given the opponents of the arbitrary arrests, in the Senate, an opportunity to speak their minds, and they have done so – democrats and republicans, conservatives and radicals have denounced that despotism which deprives a citizen of the great bulwark of constitutional liberty – trial by jury. Said Senator Hale:

“If trial by jury is overthrown in this country, take the rest. I would not lift my hand, nor open my mouth nor council one of my constituents to shed a drop of blood or pay a dollar of treasure if the constitution is to be preserved emasculated of this great safeguard of liberty. In these times when so much is demanded and so much at stake, with a generous confidence I would give the Administration almost everything they want. I would and I have consented, that the habeas corpus may be suspended, and these extraordinary tribunals may be erected and instituted for the trial of everybody that voluntarily comes forward and connects himself with the public service. But, sir, I you are going to throw a drag net over the land, if you are going to bring in this whole people and subject them to the penalties that may be inflicted by military tribunals, then the last step in the humiliation and the degradation of the country is taken, and we shall be lest fit instruments for any despotism that the bold and lawless may see proper to establish over us.”

We believe that there are but few of the “loyal” in this section of the country who will endorse the words of Senator Hale. Military tribunals, military court martials, “military necessity,” military arrests, are just what suits these very “loyal” gentlemen, provided those who are made to suffer are Democrats.


The Law Authorizing the Indexing Circuit Court Records.

            Sec. 1 Be it enacted, By the people of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, that it shall be the duty of the Clerk of the Circuit Courts, (and County Courts having Common Law Jurisdiction,) of the several Counties in this State, to provide two well bound books, to be denominated, “Plaintiff’s Index to Court Records,” and “Defendant’s Index to Court Records” to be ruled and printed, substantially in the following manner:

[Here follows a tabular form showing the manner in which the books shall be kept, which we omit. – Ed. Eagle.]

In which said book all the cases which shall have been determined in said Court, within seven years next proceeding the passage of said Act, and all cases now pending and which shall hereafter be commenced; shall be entered; said book shall set forth the names of the parties, kind of action, term commenced, record books, and pages on which said cases are recorded the term disposed of, date of judgment, books and pages of the judgment docket, fee book, certificates of levy, sale and redemption, records on which they are entered satisfied or not satisfied and No. of case. The defendant’s Index shall be ruled and printed the same manner as the plaintiff’s, except the parties shall be reversed and the Clerks shall receive a fee of ten cents, (10c.) for each entry, as provided for in this act, to be paid by the parties in the suit, except for the cases now disposed of, which shall be paid by the Board of Supervisor or county Courts of the several counties in this state, and they are hereby authorized and required to make appropriation for that purpose.

Sec. 2. Any failure on the part of the Clerks of the several counties in this state to procure said books, within four months from and after the passage of this act, and keep them up, shall be considered in contempt of court and punished by a fine of fifty dollars, ($50 00.)

Sec 3. The Board of Supervisors and county courts of the several counties in this state, are required to pay for said books in the same manner as for other books, and they shall be public record of the several counties.

Sec. 4. This act shall be deemed a public act, and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, Feb. 16th, 1865.

The above is a general law but a local bill was passed at the same time applicable to McDonough County which is similar to the general law with the exception that it requires but one book to be kept instead of two and allows the clerk a fee of only ten cents for each case indexed whereas the general law allows a fee of ten cents for each entry made.

The Circuit Clerk of this county, as we understand, proposes to work under the private law, unless it is repealed by the general law. The private law will be published as soon as received.


The Registry Law.

            In the Herald this morning will be found a certified copy of the Registry law passed at the late session of our State Legislature. It is very important to every citizen of the State that he should at least try to make himself familiar with the provisions of this law. It is long – there is a great deal more of it than there need have been. It takes up more than two columns of our paper – it might have been said in a half column. The whole law is wrong, from beginning to end. No law of the kind ought ever to be passed. It was gotten up by designing men, who will, if permitted to go on and have their own way, entirely and effectually subvert the liberties of the people. Such laws are designed to be obstructions in the way of honest, poor men on their road to the polls. If a law were passed requiring the Mississippi river to be obstructed by sand bars and snags, in order to prevent all the craft that have the right to navigate it from making their way up or down the river, it would not be more unjust or unprincipled. A legislature has the same right precisely to obstruct the navigation of a river that it has to obstruct the road of the honest, poor and patriotic masses to the polls. In the law which we print this morning, there are many, very many objectionable, obnoxious and disgraceful provisions. We would cheerfully point them out to our readers, but it would do no good. It is a law of the land, and will have to be obeyed. It cannot be repealed until the people send a Democratic majority to the legislature. The party that is in favor of maintaining, sustaining and perpetuating the principles as well as the forms of self-government – the good old national Democratic party – must first be restored to power, before the true principles of republican, government can be restored to the people. In justification and support of this odious law, it will be said, we know, that its object is to prevent those from voting who are not entitled to vote under the constitution of the State. This pretense is a pitiful subterfuge and humbug. It is a notorious fact that there has always been more illegal voting, greater frauds upon the ballot box in the States that have had such laws than in those that have not had them. It would be much more appropriate and truthful to say that the object of this law was to encourage illegal voting – for such has always been the operation and effect of such laws. We print this law not because we approve of it, but because it is now a law of the State, and must therefore be respected and obeyed. – No one should fail to read it. Every voter is interested in it. Let its provisions be made as familiar as possible to the people, and then let them respect and obey them, until such time as the Democracy shall have power to wipe out the whole thing. – Quincy Herald.


Vawter’s Nursery.

            I have a choice variety of

3 and 4 Year old Apple Trees,

for sale this spring. A fine lot of

Cherry and Dwarf Pears,

                             Evergreens,                             Currants, red and white;

Gooseberries,                Raspberries.

A large lost of Grape Vines, such as Delaware, Concord, Hartford, Prolific, Isabell, Clinton, Catawba, Union Village, Diana, and Oporto.

All trees and vines warranted in good order, and from 50 to 100 per cent cheaper than eastern prices. Call and examine my stock and prices before you buy. Nursery first block northeast of Clisby & Trull’s Mill. Residence 4 blocks north of the square.

Terms Cash.                                                                                        A. T. VAWTER.


Farms for Sale.

       The subscriber offers the following FARMS in McDonough County, for sale:

160 acres, three miles west of Table Grove on the Table Grove and Macomb road. There is on said farm two Houses, two Wells, Barn, Sheds, good Fences, and a small Orchard, with 40 acres of Timber Land 5 miles from the farm. Price $5,000.

625 acres 2 1-2 miles west of the town of Vermont, on the Vermont and Doddsville road. – There is about 130 acres in cultivation; with two Houses, two Stables, Well Yards, &c. There is on said farm one of the best Coal Banks in the country, and a never-failing Spring of Water; also a creek running through the whole length of said land. Said tract of land can be made one of the best stock farms in the country, Price $6,000.

160 acres 2 ½ miles northwest of the town of Bushnell. There is on said farm two good Houses, two Wells, Stables, Sheds, Corncrib, Orchard, &c. There was raised on said farm the last year $4,000 worth of grain. Price $6,500.

The above lands are all in good neighborhoods and convenient to Schools. Titles all perfect.

I also have for sale 200 acres of Timber Land lying along Spoon river, east of the town of Marietta, in Fulton county, held by tax titles, which I will sell at Two Dollars per acre. Time will be given on a part of the payments, if wished.




            Whereas my wife Rachel Ann Haines, having left my bed and board without just cause or provocation. All persons are hereby warned not to trust her on my account, as I will not be responsible for any debts of her contracting.




            A house containing four rooms; situated on West Johnson street, in the city of Macomb, with three quarters of an acre of ground, with smoke, coal and wood house – good well of water – stable, hen house and cow shed, &c., Apple trees, Peach trees and small fruits, &c.



            Chalmers. – The Democrats of Chalmers township will hold a convention for the purpose of nominating township officers, at Dunsworth’s school house on Saturday, March 18th, 1865.

The committee appointed to fill the quota of said township, will be at the meeting and make a report of their doings.


            → Keep it before the people that at the annual town election the voters are called upon to vote for or against the County Bounty to volunteers or drafted men.


            → Strader & Co. have just received a large invoice of Boots, Shoes, Hats & Caps, which he is selling cheaper than any other house in town.


            → Our friend John B. Purdy has sold his farm and intends to remove to Washington Territory. We are sorry to part with John, but wish him success in his new home.


            → The railroad bridge over Crooked Creek gave way on Wednesday night, just after the train going East passed over it. – This will necessarily delay the transportation of passengers and Freight for a while.


            → If you want the best of lumber go to H. R. Bartleston, south side of the square. – He has on hand and for sale cheap, the largest assortment of lumber, lath, shingles, lime, hair, etc., that has ever been brought to this market.


            → Thomas Johnson has left this week for the “Old Country.” Tom thinks he has got about as much liberty and freedom “in his” as he wanted.


            → Dr. Ritchey, at Frank Kyle’s old stand, has just received a fresh lot of drugs, medicines, oils & C., which he offers low for cash. Call and examine his stock.


            School. – Mrs. Matthewson will commence a school for three months in the 4th ward school house, on the first Monday in May.

Terms, for spelling, reading and writing, $3.00, higher branches $3.50. Mrs. M., as assistant to Mr. Kendrick, gave universal satisfaction.


            → The quota of McDonough County lacks but 49 of being filled. Lamoine township is farthest behind having put in but two men. We hope she will follow the example of other townships and relieve McDonough entirely of the draft.


            New Goods. – A. J. Davis, of the Cheap Cash store, has been East among the cotton speculators during the recent panic. He has bought a large stock of spring and summer goods at a large decline on former prices, and of course will sell them low. The well known reputation of Mr. D. continues to increase his enormous business. May he ever prosper.


            → Just received, and, for sale at a very small margin, a fair assortment of rag and fancy carpet, carpet chain, cotton and stocking yarns. Remember the place, at the old stand north side of the square.

John Venable.


            → I have for sale those “tiptop” star and check Cassimers. Call and examine our stock whether you are ready to shell out the greenbacks or not.

John Venable.


            A New Provost Marshal. – We understand that Mr. Richard Lawrence is appointed deputy provost marshal for this county and as we understand will proceed to correct the enrollment list, and see that justice is done to the county, in case of another draft. We hope Mr. L. will appoint enrolling officers endowed to some extent with integrity, energy, and common sense, which cannot be said of a majority of those heretofore appointed as the enrollment of Emmet township amply proves.

A correct enrollment would have saved to this county 150 men under the present call, which had to be furnished at an average of $450 to the man. Making in the aggregate $67,500 which the county has been defrauded out of by a set of blockheads. This sum alone would have built the Court house or if applied on the just quota of the county would have paid the bounty indebtedness.

The men who perpetrated this egregious stupid and criminal blunder are as irresponsible as they are culpible. They understand the rules of poker better than the rules of war or common sense and to indulge their natural propensities would sacrifice the best interests and the material wealth of the county. Sixty-seven thousand five hundred dollars is much easier squandered than made.

Mr. Lawrence has the reputation of being courteous and affible and in the prosecution of business industrious and energetic, and we have no doubt will personally superintend the correction of the enrollment lists, and perfect them in such a way as to relieve McDonough of excessive quotas in the future.

We hope that in future every man will be personally consulted as to his age and in cases of doubt that his Bible will be referred to. Let no man presume to know how old or how young his neighbor is nor send him into the service for an inadvertant joke dropped in the harvest field. Let here say evidence be done away with.


Sisters of Benevolence.

            The following is a statement of the amount of receips and expenditures:

Whole amount received from contributions and Fair,                          $1,189 85

Which was distributed as follows”

To the relief of 37 families, most of them soldiers’ families                      761 31

Donation to Christian Commission                                                               200 00

“           Soldiers Aid Macomb                                                                    100 00

Expenses of Fair                                                                                                  127 54

Total                                                                                                                 $1,189 85



March 11, 1865

Macomb Eagle

Court House.

            Will the Board of Supervisors at their next meeting take the necessary steps to build a court house? The board are now authorized by law to issue bonds of the county for that purpose; but we apprehend that unless the city council of Macomb contributed their just proportion of the expense, will be indefinitely postponed as heretofore. Every one sees the necessity of a new court house. All appear to be anxious to have some action taken in the matter; but as we have said before the conflicting interest of Macomb, and the rest of the county must be harmonized before any thing definite will be decided on.

We think we are justified in asserting that the disagreement heretofore between the board of Supervisors and the city council, is the result of misunderstandings. There is really no conflict of interest, and the council, we think are now willing to contribute liberally for the building of a court house, provided they can have a voice as to its size, cost, model of architecture and location.

The present old building warns us against adopting the plans of unexperienced architects. A public building of any kind, and more especially a court house should be constructed in a manner that will reflect credit on the city and county. The city council as we apprehend, appreciate this fact, and hence have heretofore evinced as unwillingness to act in the matter until the board definitely adopts a plan.

But if a proper test is offered, and the city council still refuse to do any thing, then individual citizens will take hold of the matter, and raise by individual voluntary subscription, an amount more than equal to the just proportion of Macomb.

Macomb is not entirely devoid of enterprise, and if it should become necessary, will march on over to the defunct carcass of the city council, and secure the court house in spite of wise, economical and selfish city functionaries, or the visionary whims of adjoining towns. A court house can, must and will be built, and will we apprehend, [fold] be a feather in the caps of the builder. Let those in authority, remember this fact, and let those in the city council, who would retard this action, remember that abloquy will inevitably fall upon them.


            Sherman, it is believed, has succeeded in placing himself between Johnston’s forces and Wilmington. There was a report that his main army had reached that point, but it proves to be untrue, as also does the report that Schofield moved out of Wilmington a distance of about ten miles, meeting with considerable resistance on the route. When leaving Columbia, a rebel paper states, one federal corps proceeded towards Camded and Florence, another towards Winnesboro, while Sherman himself, with two corps took the direct road to Charlotte. – Deserters say that Florence has been evacuated by the rebels, and occupied by federal cavalry.

It is reported that Sheridan has defeated Early, and scattered his army; but the story lacks confirmation. The rumor of Early’s capture is discredited.

The rebels are strengthening the fortifications of Mobile, and the garrison was lately reinforced by 12,000 men.


            Arrested for a Triple Murder. – On Monday of last week, two officers from Quincy came to Carthage and arrested a man by the name of Sympson, in the employ of Mr. Filson, the jail contractor. Sympson, it is alleged, murdered an old man, a young girl, and a child somewhere in Missouri, some months ago, all members of one family; his object being to secure a large amount of money about the house. It is said Sympson confessed his guilt to the officers who took him in charge. We have been unable to gain any further particulars. – Carthage Republican.


Lincoln’s Inaugural Address.

Washington, March 4.

            The following is the president’s inaugural address:

Fellow Countrymen – At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office, there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed very fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably encouraging to all.

With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured. On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it; all sought to avoid it, while the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war – seeking to dissolve the union and divide the effects by negotiation.

Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came. One eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate and extend this interest, was the object for which the insurgents would rend the union by war, while the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it.

Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or duration which is has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read from the same bible and prayed to the same God, and each invokes his aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces. But let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both should not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.

“Woe unto the world, because of offences, for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh.” If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of the offences, that in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, that He gives to both north and south this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, – shall we discern that there is any departure from those Divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away; yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said that the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether; with malice toward none, with charity to all.

With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, and care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widows and orphans, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.



Barber and Hair-Dresser,

North west corner of the Square,


Work done in the best style and at lowest rates.


Opened at 7 A. M.
Close at 8 P. M.
On Sunday from 9 to 10 A. M.


Photograph Albums.

            S. J. Clarke & Co. have the largest and best lot of Photograph Albums to be found any where in the city, and they are selling them at less than Chicago prices, as has been tested to the sorrow of some of our citizens who purchased in Chicago. Go and purchase one. Messrs. Clarke & Co. are also in receipt of all the latest and best publications of the day.


            → The Dramatic Association will give their last entertainment at Campbell’s Hall on Saturday evening, when the most attractive bill of the season will be presented. – The entertainments heretofore have given general satisfaction, and we think we can promise our readers a rare treat. The whole of the proceeds will be given to procure suitable furniture for the Good Templars Hal in this city. Let them have a crowded house.


            → We notice by bills posted about the city, that Weston & Pendergrast’s Metropolitan Serenaders give one of their grand entertainments at Campbell’s Hall on this (Friday) evening. Let all lovers of fun attend. Admission 50 cents. Children half price.


            ‒ We are pleased to see our friend W. H. Neece again on the streets.

‒ Dr. J. Montgomery has recovered from his sickness, and is again ready to wait upon those who need his services.

‒ Dr. Hammond, we regret to learn, is confined to his bed by sickness.

‒ We are glad to learn that Benjamin Vail has recovered from his affliction.

‒ The young men of this place had considerable sport last Saturday night, sniping.

‒ W. S. Bailey has returned from the east, and will be followed in a few days by a large stock of spring and summer goods.

‒ George W. Bailey has just received a large and complete stock of spring and summer goods. He has the latest styles, and sells as cheap as the cheapest. Give him a call.

‒ We understand that the citizens of Bushnell, have raised a subscription of about $50,000 to have the town fenced in, and white-washed. Success to the enterprise.

‒ Our fried Joseph Durr has quit the shoe making business, and opened a leather store.

‒ We notice that the building formerly occupied by J. P. Updegraff & Co., is being fitted up by Alexander & Co., for a dry goods store.

‒ The wood house of Mr. N. P. Tinsley was burnt up on Tuesday last.

‒ L. Stocker has just received the finest stock of clocks and jewelry ever brought to Macomb, and which the public are invited to examine. He also repairs clocks, watches, jewelry, &c., on the shortest notice, and warrants all work. He has clocks for sale that he will warrant from one to five years.

‒ C. M. Ray has just received a large stock of boots and shoes, hats and caps, for the spring trade, which he is selling at reduced figures.

‒ Luther Johnson gives notice that he has gone east after new goods. Mr. J. is one of our most successful merchants.

‒ If you want a dish of good oysters go to the saloon of John Jacobs, south of Wolff’s meat shop.

‒ If you want to build a house this summer go to H. R. Bartleson’s lumber yard, and he will furnish you the best article, and as cheap as the cheapest.

March 4, 1865

Macomb Eagle

Confiscation in McDonough.

            The Congress of the United States, in its eagerness to punish traitors passed the “confiscation” bill, which in its practical operation, is no more nor less, than a bill of pains and penalties, by virtue of which the west half of the southeast quarter of section 14, 5, n, 4 w., and the south west quarter of section 14 – 5 n. 4 w., situated in this county, and belonging to Andrew Johnson, have been confiscated, and the life estate sold to Harrison Dills of Quincy. Mr. Johnson, was formerly a citizen of this state, and practiced law at the Macomb bar, and has not to our knowledge been convicted of treason yet, his lands by decree of the district court of the United States for the Southern district of Illinois, have been confiscated. The question naturally arises how does the above mentioned decree comport with Article 5, of the amendments to the Constitution – which says:

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, * * * * nor be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.”

And section 9, article 3rd, of the Constitution which reads:

No bill of attainder, or expost facto law shall be passed.

“A bill of attainder,” Story says” “in its technical sense, is an act passed by the legislature, convicting a person of some crime – for which it inflicts upon him, without any trial – the punishment of death, if it inflicts a milder punishment; it is usually called a bill of pains and penalties. In a republican government, such a proceeding is utterly inconsistent in its worst form – by arming a popular legislature, with the power to destroy at its will the most virtuous and valuable citizens of the state.”


The New Railroad.

            Hon. B. T. Scofield informs us that contrary to general expectations, the charter for the proposed railroad from the line of the C. B. & Q. road to the Mississippi river, has passed both houses of the legislature, and is in the hands of the governor for his approval. This virtually gives us the road. The charter contemplates any point from Bushnell to Plymouth as a commencement, and any point from Nauvoo to Warsaw as a termination. The principal question of interest to the Carthage people is settled, we think, by the following list of gentlemen, who by the bill are made incorporators and who likewise form the board of directors: Phinneas Kimball, Nauvoo, Geo. Edmonds, Jr., Sonora, Alexander Sympson, David Mack, H. G. Ferris, F. M. Corby, B. T. Scofield, Carthage, — Graves, Colmar.

The road is in the interest and ownership of the C. B. & Q. company, subject wholly to the control of the directors during its construction, and who of course, will govern its points of location. The company express their intention of building and equipping it during the next summer. Their ability to do so is beyond question, so that our people may reasonably expect to be afforded a new and cheaper outlet to the north and east by the first of January next, at farthest.

Mr. Scofield is entitled to and will receive the thanks of all our people for the energy and tact he has displayed in engineering through our legislature a measure of as great importance to Hancock county. – Carthage Republican.


Macomb, Ill., Feb. 28, ’65.

            Editor of Macomb Eagle:

Sir: – I am credibly informed that about eighteen hundred rebel prisoners recently confined in Rock Island, and who have now taken the oath of allegiance, and entered the federal service, are all credited to the State of Pennsylvania. Out of curiosity, I wish to know, by what authority they were credited to that state more than to any other state. As they were residents of the state of Illinois at the time they enlisted – ought they not to have been credited to this state, or equally divided amongst all the states.

Fair Play.


            → Rev. Phillip Albright, of the Catholic church of this place, has been called by the bishop, to take charge of a church in Chicago. His congregation added many testimonials of regard; bidding him an affectionate farewell – and requesting that as soon as possible, he would again make Macomb his field of labor. They were reluctant to part with one, who for four years had given universal satisfaction. Mr. Albright leaves many personal friends, who will not soon forget that he possessed a genial disposition, a kind and generous heart.

We understand that Rev. J. Larmer is his successor.


Horse Farriery.

            Dr. E. G. Perry, veterinary surgeon, will be at Brown’s hotel, on Saturday and Monday next, for the purpose of practicing on lame and diseased horses. The Dr. having had twenty-six years experience in the treatment of horses – he feels confident of giving entire satisfaction. On leaving Macomb the Dr. will go to Industry, and from there to W. J. Merritt’s, New Salem township.


Clarke’s Book Store.

            We would invite the attention of our readers when wanting any thing in the line of School and Miscellaneous Books, Blank Books, Letter, Cap and Note paper, or anything usually kept in a Book store, to the house of S. J. Clarke & Co., of this city, where everything can be obtained at the lowest cash price. This firm is well known, and whatever they promise can be relied on. Orders by mail will be attended to.


            ‒ Our friends Ragan & Woods, still flourishes at their new and really beautiful photographic gallery over Burton’s stores. Macomb is essentially a city of photographers, and among its best and most experienced artists, we may safely name Ragan & Woods. Persons who desire to view some magnificent specimens of the photographic art can do so by calling at Ragan & Woods gallery – they make Cartes de Vesite and photographs of every description at moderate rates, and every picture taken by them that becomes faded or discolored, will be retaken by them without extra charge.


            → We are informed that the military authorities at Mount Sterling, are so well satisfied of the injustice of the enrollment in this county, that in all probability, an entirely new enrollment will be ordered. Mr. Westlake proposes to send Mr. Richard Lawrence here to enroll the whole county. We hope that Mr. Lawrence will be sent immediately. We feel satisfied that Mr. L. will discharge his duties faithfully, and not enroll men when he is informed they are dead. The correction of the enrollment heretofore, has consisted in putting on all new comers, and never erasing those who have left the county or died.


            ‒ Capt. William Ervin of 84th regiment Illinois Volunteers, who has been home on a short furlough, left again for post of duty to-day, (Friday.) He represents the boys all well and in fine spirits.

‒ The Ladies’ Aid Society meets every Wednesday afternoon, at the parlor of the Randolph House.

‒ Willie Wyne wishes us to keep is before the people, that he keeps all the latest daily papers, novelettes, books, paper, pens, ink, albums, etc., which he offers as cheap as the cheapest.

‒ Mr. Brown’s smoked yankee has left him and gone to French & Haggerty.

‒ The members of the Universalist Church in this city, contemplate improving their church building in a few weeks.

‒ By reference to our columns, it will be seen that the Catholic church will after this, hold services in Campbell Hall. The Rev. Mr. Larmer, informs us that it is the intention to erect a house of worship this summer.

‒ There will be a public sale of the personal property of the late Rev. James M. Chase – two miles south of Macomb, on Thursday, March 16th, a large lot of horses, mules, colts, cattle, sheep, hogs, & C., will be sold.

‒ Frank R. Kyle, has sold his drug store to Dr. S. Richey. Dr. R. will continue the business at the old stand. Our young friend G. W. Doddson, still remains at the store – ready to deal out pills, patent medicines, &c.

‒ The Good Templars Dramatic Association will give one more entertainment this season, at Campbell Hall, on the 9th inst.

‒ Mr. Wyne, the gentlemanly and accommodating postmaster, has concluded to have regular hours for the opening and closing of the post office. This is as it should be. We know of no law which requires a postmaster to keep his office opened both day and night.

‒ There is a constant demand for houses in this city. If there were houses enough, Macomb would soon contain a population from five to six thousand; and those wishing to build houses will find it to their interest by calling at H. R. Bartleson, as he has purchased a large lot of lumber, lathes, shingles, &c., which he offers so cheap, that any person will be able to have a house of his own.


Letter from Savannah.

            We take the following extracts from a private letter to a gentleman of this city. – Ed. Eagle.

Office Ass’t Q. M. Savannah,
January 30, ’65.

            Dear Sir: – I hope you will pardon me for neglecting to make good my promise, which has so long been due.

I remained at Nashville until the first day of January, when we received orders from General Sherman to report at Savannah, via New York; leaving Nashville pursuant to order – we arrived at New York on the 8th inst., via. Cincinnati, Pittsburg, and Harrisburg rail road, stopping in the city eight days, we took passage on board the Daniel Webster, and was soon out on the deep.

The weather was fair and very promising for a pleasant trip. On the 18th, while rounding Cape Hatteras, we met a severe gale, and then ‘cum the tug of war.’ I became very sea sick, and was not by several an exception in that particular. After passing the cape the sea became calm, and the remainder of the voyage was very pleasant. Passed blockading fleet off Charleston, 6 o’clock P. M., 19th., arrived at Savannah at 3 P. M., 21st. We strike the Savannah river water on the ocean, about thirty miles from its mouth. It is of a redish clay color, and makes a perfect line on the ocean. The city is about eighteen miles from the beach.

Savannah is the most pleasantly arranged and best laid out city I have ever seen, streets are broad and thickly set on either side, with large shade trees. About every two or three squares is a beautiful park, set well with evergreens, and at the eastern center of the city, is a large central park, which bids fair for a pleasant place of resort on a warm summers evening. In the center of the smaller park’s, is usually a large monument, erected to the memory of some distinguished person. The one at the burial place of General Pulaski is magnificent; being a fine specimen of sculpture, about fifty feet high. At the south west corner of the city is the cemetery, very large, and most beautifully adorned, with fine monuments and fences, evergreens & c., that I have ever saw. But this, though sacred place, has been much defaced by the armies. The forests around are very heavy, and almost exclusively composed of pine trees very large, occasionally a cedar and black oak. The soil is very sandy, suited to raising rice and water-melons. Great place for fishing with hook or line – in salt water or fresh, and oysters till you can’t [?] Fruit of all kinds is very scarce, though this is said to be a great peach country – plenty of oranges grow in some parts of the state; but they are few here. The same may be said of figs. The staple luxuries with the residents are fish, oysters and tobacco, and snuff for the women.

On the night of the 27th inst., fire broke out near the arsenal, in the center of the city. The wind being fair, the arsenal soon caught fire. When the shells began to explode the crowd dispersed for life, and no one dare venture near, for the space of two hours – during which time the fire was so spread under a strong wind that it was not stopped until three whole squares were a total loss. Over one hundred families are left homeless. – Couldn’t save any furniture, not clothing on account of the shells bursting in the arsenal. Several persons were killed and wounded. It has not yet been ascertained who they were that were killed, nor how many. The cause of the fire is not known. Suppose to be the work of an incendiary. A keg of powder was found the next morning near the magazine, which is only four squares from the arsenal, with one head knocked out, supposed to have been placed there for the purpose of blowing up the magazine which contained several tons of powder.

It is a remarable fact that the young women here, of from sixteen to twenty, look old enough for old maid’s of thirty. They have but little of that fair lady-like appearance, characteristic in the north, and in the social circle they are very backward – (fifty years behind the times.)

Respectfully yours,
J. W. Duncan.


            Immigration of Mormons into Hancock County. – Rumors are current that five or six hundred Mormon families are expected to arrive in the vicinity of Nauvoo during the coming spring and summer. It is alleged that they are wholly adherents of the young Jo. Smith, now residing at Nauvoo. There are already in this county some three or four hundred persons who adhere to the Mormon doctrine; most of whom reside near Nauvoo, and attend the preaching of the young prophet. Their meetings are held in a two-story brick building near the river, which was formerly known as the Lord’s store house. Thus far we have heard no complaints of these people whatsoever. What may transpire upon the coming of the large body expected, time will determine. – Carthage Republican.

March 3, 1865

Macomb Journal

Wilmington in our Possession.

            Since our last issue we have received the news of the evacuation, by the rebels, of the city of Wilmington, and it is now in our possession. It was occupied by our forces on the ever-glorious 22nd of February – Washington’s birthday.

Look out for still further cheering news in a short time.


A Loyal Holiday.

            The 4th of March (next Saturday) is to be a general holiday throughout the loyal States, in honor of our recent great Union successes. The movement was started by the merchants of New York. A letter from that city, referring to a meeting of the merchants on the 22nd, says: It was voted to suspend business on the fourth of March next, and that the business community and people of the whole country from Calais, Maine, to San Francisco, California, be requested to unite in a fitting demonstration of joy on that day. The Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce of the principal cities of the Union, including San Francisco, have signified their hearty co-operation in this patriotic movement, and the fourth of March will undoubtedly be observed throughout the land as a day of jubilation, and as the peoples’ Union holiday.


Provost Marshal General Fry on Credits.

            We stated a week or two since that Gen. Fry was, in our opinion, some on figures; but since seeing the actual way in which he has endeavored to cheat Illinois out of her just dues, we have come to the conclusion that he is “somer.”

Gen. Haynie claims that our State has been defrauded out of two years credit on the first one hundred and forty-six thousand men. Instead of giving credit for three years’ men he has only given credit for one year men – thus making a loss to us of 292,000 one year men. It seams that he calls on us to furnish 7,000 more men than the State of Ohio, although the latter State has a population 700,000 greater than our own, and as many men as Pennsylvania, which doubles Illinois in population. Why Gen. Fry chooses to thus treat Illinois is not apparent, and furthermore he refuses to answer the questions propounded by Adjutant General Haynie unless ordered to do so by the President. We hope the President will so order him to answer, and will also order him to report to some backwoods “school marm” to learn the first rules of arithmetic and common politeness.


            ‒ The democracy have come to the conclusion that niggers will fight, now that the rebels talk of arming their slaves. The Chicago Times says that it predicted that we would teach the rebels the value of their resources when we demonstrated the problem as to whether the negroes would make efficient soldiers or not. We have always held to the opinion that a negro would fight better than a copperhead, and we opine that the rebels think so too. A consistent set, the cops, are they is!



From the 151st.

Camp Butler, Feb. 26, 1865.
Headquarters, Co. C,
151st Reg’t Ill. Vol.

            Dear Journal: – I take this method of apprising your readers interested in the welfare of members of this company of our whereabouts and condition. The health of this company generally speaking is good at present, with the exception of a few cases of fever, caused by exposure on the way from Quincy to this place.

The accommodations here are poor, the boys are anxious to get farther South, away from this mud hole as they term it.

This is Sunday, we have orders to the effect that we will be mustered as a regiment at on o’clock to-day, and receive our arms and equipments, preparatory to leaving on to-morrow. We will go to Nashville, Tennessee.

Macomb boys are all well with the exception of Dallas Wolf, who is badly afflicted with sore eyes. Gilbert H. Marsh is in the Hospital with fever.

Our Captain being elected Colonel our company voted general promotion of all company officers. G. C. Steach is our Captain the choice of the company by unanimous voice.

But I must conclude promising you shall hear from us if we ever get a chance to use the musket.

Yours Truly,



            ‒ They are having an oil excitement in the neighborhood of Joliet, in this State. It is claimed that bona fide petroleum has been discovered in the town of Plainfield, in that County, and preparations are making to develop it. The Rockford papers say that there also decided indications of the existence of oil in that vicinity.


            ‒ A company of ‘contrabands’ landed recently at McGregor, Iowa, but had hardly done so before a crowd of Irish laborers gathered around them and began abusing them, and were almost using violence, when the Catholic priest of the place stepped into the ring, an seizing the foremost rioter by the collar, hurled him away, saying: ‘Begone, sir! If you would do anything, bring these poor creatures a pail of victuals!’ So says the Dubuque Times.


Oil Discoveries in Illinois.

[From the Joliet Republican 25th.]

            Some days since it was satisfactorily ascertained that a very large supply of oil flowed out upon the surface of water issuing from a spring on a farm belonging to Mr. Frank Goist, of the town of Plainfield. – The oil spring is about one-half mile east of the plank road and four miles from this city. Many persons have visited this place this week, and there is reason to believe that there is no humbug about it. Gentlemen from Pennsylvania say that there exists a striking resemblance between the appearances of this oil spring and much of the best oil region of that State. In conse- of this discovery a company is being formed, with a large capital, in order to test the matter. Great excitement prevails in Plainfield. The same thing has spread among our monied citizens. We are informed also that a large company is also being formed in order to bore for coal on the Du Page.

[From the Rockford Register, Feb. 25th.]

            We are informed that unmistakable indications of oil have been found near Pecatonica, in this county, and the oil fever has commenced at that point in earnest. A company has been organized here, who have leased the farm of Mr. Nagle, about three miles north of Pecatonica, forty acres, paying him $1,000 down with an agreement to pay $1,000 additional when they “struck ile,” and also one-third of the profits. Who knows but our county maybe rich in petroleum deposits, and but what we shall yet have an excitement equal to that in the Pennsylvania oil region?

Great excitement is said to exist in some parts of Stephenson county by the discovery of petroleum there.


A National Bank.

We learn that Messrs. Chas. Chandler & Co. bankers of this city, have made all the arrangements to start a National Bank in their banking house. This shows that Macomb is increasing in wealth rapidly. – We will have more to say on the subject when we get better posted.


Bad Roads.

Bad roads make dull times, but as soon as the roads get good we expect to see a perfect rush to the lumber yard of H. R. Bartleson, southeast corner of the square. Lumber of the best quality to be found there.


            → Dwelling houses are scarce in this city this Spring. Unless some of our capitalists build some this Summer we will be apt to lose quite a number of citizens.


Good Templars.

A new lodge of Good Templars was organized in this city on last Saturday evening by G. W. C. T. Nichols. J. H. Nicholson was elected worthy Chief Templar and N. Montgomery Secretary. We hope much good will be accomplished by them in their efforts for the temperance cause.


Circuit Court.

The Circuit Court for McDonough county will commence its spring session on the 30th inst., it being the 3rd Monday in March.



Religious service will be held at Campbell’s Hall, next Sunday the 8th inst. at 10 1-2 o’clock, A. M., by Rev. J. Larmer, the new Catholic Pastor of this city.


The Ladies’ Festival.

The festival advertised to take place at Campbell’s Hall, under the auspices of the ladies of the Universalist Church of this city was a decided success on Wednesday evening. The weather had the appearance of a storm, but that did not deter the people from attending, as the hall was well filled with ladies and gentlemen. All enjoyed themselves finely, and everything passed off satisfactorily. The “Children’s Union Song” was well sung in character. The tableaux “Morning and Evening Stars” and the “Temple of Liberty” were splendidly gotten up, and were really nice scenes. – The last one – “Temple of Liberty” had to be repeated. The “Quadrille” tableaux caused much mirth to the audience.

The refreshment part of the entertainment was all that could be desired.

The “gift table” and “postoffice” were well patronized, and caused their full share of mirth.

Altogether the festival was just what such a thing would be. Next week we will state how the 2nd evening was spent, and also inform the public who the lucky individuals were in the “drawing” line, as our paper goes to press before the close of the festival.



Capt. Wm. Ervin, of the 84th Ill., has been at home for several days past. He looks as though he stood the service well, and is in good health. He informs us that the whole regiment is enjoying good health with the exception of one man. The Capt. leaves to-day (Friday) for the field. We hope the earnest desire of his heart may be gratified – that is, that he may see the end of the rebellion crushed before his time expires.



“And they fit, and fit, and fit.” What fit? Why, the coats, pants and vests that are cut by that prince of cutters, Dave Shrier, at August’s Clothing Emporium, west side of the square.



Monday last was very snowy, and about two inches of snow fell, but the warm sun of Tuesday caused it to melt, leaving the roads in a still more wretched condition than they were.


            → Mr. Magie, when last heard from, was at Pocotaligo bridge, South Carolina. – We expect to have something from him soon for the paper.


            . . . . March was ushered in this week by a grand rush to Watkins & Co’s grocery for fresh groceries, & c. Their new store continues to attract the notice of citizens and strangers. It is a splendid establishment.


            → Do you know of a house to rent? is the general inquiry with which you are met on our streets for a month or two past.


            → Viv. Brooking, the Omnibus proprietor, has reduced the ‘bus fare to the old price – 25 cts.


            . . . . Hon. W. H. Neece is slowly recovering from his illness, and hopes are entertained that he will soon be able to attend to business.


            → Messrs. Clisby & Trull are overhauling their mill. When they get all the repairs finished that they contemplate they will be able to furnish as good flour as can be obtained at the West.


            → M. W. Campbell, Esq., of Prairie City is engaged in the Military Claim Agency. Persons entrusting business with him can rest assured that it will be promptly and faithfully attended to.


            . . . . Cotton goods took a good tumble last week in this city. Calicoes are selling from 20 cts, to 30 cts, per yard at Johnson’s.


            . . . . Frank R. Kyle has sold his drug store to Dr. Ritchie, lately from Mt. Sterling, and formerly from Missouri.


            → R. J. Adcock is going to resume the grocery business at his old stand in the American House, southwest corner of the square.


Dramatic Exhibition.

The dramatic exhibition of this city will give another one of their interesting entertainments at Campbell’s Hall next Thursday (9th) evening. They will play the comedy of Paul Pry, and a roaring farce. They will also play on the following Saturday evening.


            . . . . Mr. S. D. Hainey, an old subscriber to our paper, living in Bethel Township, had the misfortune to break one of his legs below the knee, the other day, by simply falling down.


Religious and Benevolent Societies.

We long have had it contemplation to keep standing in our paper the “cards” of the different, religious benevolent and reformatory societies in this place, but have neglected to do so till now. They can be found in another column.


Afflicted Horses.

            Mr. Wm. Litzenberg of this city wishes us to inform the public generally that he is ready to receive, at the Livery stable of Capt. Lipe, all horses afflicted with the “big head,” “big-jaw,” “ring bone,” and “bone spavin.” He warrants a cure or no pay. – Diseased horses bought. We are certain that Mr. Litzenberg can accomplish all he says he will. Therefore give him a call.


A Strike.

The section hands on the C. B. & Q. R. R. are on a strike for higher wages.


            . . . . Monday, all day was snowy and sloshy. The roads are in a wretched condition for teaming, and coal is scarce.


            ‒ General Grant writes that, “If General Sherman’s success continues a few days longer, the country can safely indulge in exultation.” In a private letter from the Lieutenant General, he expressed his opinion that peace is not far distant.




Services every Sabbath at 10 1-2 A. M. and 7 P. M. Prayer meeting every Wednesday evening. Rev. J. H. Nesbitt, Pastor.

Sabbath School 9 ½ A. M.


Services every Sabbath at 10 1-2 A. M. and 7 P. M. Prayer meeting every Wednesday evening, Elder J. C. Reynolds, Pastor.

Sabbath School 2 1-2 P. M.


Services every Sabbath at 10 1-2 A. M. and 7 P. M. Prayer meeting every Wednesday evening. Rev. J. H. Rhea, Pastor.

Sabbath School 9 A. M.


Services twice a month at 10 1-2 A. M. and 7 P. M. Rev. I. M. Westfall, Pastor.

Sabbath School 9 A. M.



A. F. & A. M. Macomb Lodge, No. 17.

            Regular meetings, at their Hall, First Friday in each month. Transient Brethren, in good standing, invited to attend.

J. L. N. HALL, W. M.

            T. M. Hall, Sec’y.

R. A. Masons, Morse Chapter, No. 19.

Regular communications, Second Friday of each month. Transient Companions, in good standing, invited to attend.


            T. B. Maury, Sec’y.

I. O. O. F. Military Tract Lodge 145.

Meets every Tuesday evening in their Hall, over Chandler & Co’s Bank. Transient Brothers respectfully invited to attend.


            P. S. Brewster, Sec’y.

Washington Encampment No. 49.

Meets the First and Third Thursdays in each month, in the Odd Fellows Hall.


             W. L. Imes, Sec’y.

I. O. of G. T. Olive Branch Lodge 165.

Meets every Friday evening at their Hall, over Williams Dry Goods Store, Northeast corner Square.

Members of the order in good standing cordially invited to attend.

D. M. GRAVES, W. C. T.

            J. B. Hail, Sec’y.

February 25, 1865

Macomb Eagle

The Fall of Charleston.

            Charleston at last had to yield. – Thus is chronicled another brilliant achievement of General Sherman. – For the last twelve months every important effort of this distinguished general has been marked with success.

Charleston was the first city to inaugurate rebellion. – She boasted in defraut tone of her impregnable forts, strong walls and indomitable courage of her citizens, little dreaming that she could be made to yield to the “infernal yankee.” But she too has to succumb, and her proud and self-arrogant citizens have to bow in humble submission to the power of the federal arms.


            New York has a brilliant Governor – leastwise he has made a brilliant remark: In his message to the senate transmitting a notice that Congress had abrogated the present Federal constitution, he said: “The day is not far distant when the Constitution of the United States will harmonize with the Declaration of Independence.” – How unfortunate that Mr. Fenton did not live at the time the Constitution was framed so as to have informed those noodles, George Washington and James Madison how to make their acts “harmonize!”


Two Volumes.

            The recent republican general assembly of Illinois resolved, just before final adjournment, that the private laws it had passed should be published in two volumes. The legislature of 1857, in which the same party was dominant, ground out so many charters for individual aggrandizement that the volume, containing them has ever since been referred to as a monstrous monument of bad legislation. It was reserved for the twenty-fourth general assembly to eclipse its predecessor in the magnitude of its labors in behalf of chartered monopolies, and to such an extent that it requires two volumes to contain its handiwork! And this is the body that voted to pay its members in gold for their labors in the manufacture of private corporations! We suppose the general laws will be issued in pamphlet, and a small one at that.


            The Dayton Journal says a bill to be introduced into the Legislature to prohibit school boys from playing “tag” at recess. The Legislature is full of business, and determined to make laws enough to force everybody to be virtuous. The Ohio Legislature is not unlike the Missouri State convention.


Gross Inequality of Taxation.

            We are rapidly tending to a monied aristocracy. Even in England, where the nobility and other men of wealth control legislation, the holders of securities of the government have to bear their just proportion of the taxes. But by the recent legislation of congress, our wealthy men and banks, and other monied corporations, who vest their capital or moneys in United States stocks, payable in gold, giving them an income equal to from twelve to fifteen cent premium, are exempt from all local taxation upon such investments.

Our farmers, mechanics, and other industrial classes, therefore, have to sustain nearly the whole burthen of State, county, town, city and village taxation, including highway taxes, and taxes for the support of our common schools. – And the United States government, by ordering drafts from the citizens to increase the army, instead of offering such bounties as will insure volunteers, compels the states, counties and other localities, to offer such bounties and to provide for their payment by local taxation. The result of this is to throw nearly the whole expense of recruiting for the army as well as the expenses of the State, county and other localities upon the industrial classes, for the special benefit of the monied aristocracy who have invested their property in United States stocks, payable in gold. The contractors, those special favorites of the United States government, who have made their millions by speculations upon the misfortunes of their country, and have invested their enormous profits in United States stocks, are also exempted from all local taxation. No one should hereafter be elected to congress, or to the state legislature, who will not pledge himself to oppose and prevent such unequal taxation, whenever he has an opportunity to do so. And members of congress, who have already been elected, should be instructed by their constituents, and senators should be instructed by the state legislature, to repeal all laws which have a tendency to exempt the property of the men of wealth from local taxation, so as to relieve the industrial classes and the citizens of small means from the enormous weight of local taxation which is now so unjustly thrown upon them.


Carrying the Doctrine to its Legitimate Results.

            The abolition press is making a terrific howl over the fact that Gen. Jeff. C. Davis, of Gen. Sherman’s army, while marching through the State of Georgia in its recent campaign, refused to burden the march and efficacy of the army by allowing all the wenches, old negroes and black children in the country to come into his camps, eat up their subsistence, and in every way prove injurious to his army while rendering it, nor the negroes any possible good. Because he cast them off, or rather refused to encourage them to hang on, they charge him with brutality, inhumanity, and pro slaveryism. And from this fact arose the opposition in the United States Senate to the confirmation of his well earned and highly deserved promotion to the rank of Major General.

As a General and Warrior who seeks success by the power of his arms and the efficacy of his soldiers Gen. Davis is completely justified in the eyes of sane men. In an enemy’s country, on a perilous exhibition, without fully knowing the obstacles to be encountered, he would have laid himself liable to severe censure should he have hampered his movements by adding to his train numberless useless and helpless persons. As a civilian he is justly excused by the order of Gen. Sherman, himself, who instructed his officers to permit such negroes only to follow the camp as could be made serviceable. It is reasonable to suppose that he, as all other subordinate officers obeyed these instructions, and hence he stands precisely upon the footing of the others.

The secret of this attack lies in the fact that Gen. Davis is one of the very few Democrats in the army who have not, for the sake of office sold himself, body and soul to the abolitionists, and they seize upon this flimsy pretext to begin a war upon him which will ultimately result in his being relieved of his command and the country robbed of his much needed and very valuable services in the field. From this same spirit our best Generals have been compelled to leave the service, and hence we are to day with but two or three general officers in the service whose names are illustrious in the pages of history, while there are several such at home who would gladly, were it not for this intolerance, assume active duty and lead our brave soldiers to certain victory. So it goes. In the language of Gen. Sherman, “The North has gone mad about the negro,” and in that madness everything is sacrificed to the altar of their Etheopian God. One more good victory by Sherman by which our people are more assured of success and feel less the want of a General, and he, too, will become the object of their attacks, and he victim at which their venom will all be thrown.


The Constitutional Amendment.

            The following is the resolution and proposed amendment to the Federal Constitution, passed by the present Congress and submitted to the Legislatures of the several States for their ratification or rejection:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, (two-thirds of both Houses concurring,) That the following article be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which, when ratified by three-fourths of said Legislatures, shall be valid, to all intents and purposes, as a part of the said Constitution, namely:

Article XIII.

            Sec. 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Sec. 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Approved February 1, 1865.


            ‒ Our Representative, Wm. H. Neece returned home on Friday last, and has been quite sick ever since.


            ‒ Mr. Charles Chandler has been confined to his room for a week or so past by sickness, but we are glad to learn that he is now improving rapidly.


            ‒ We regret to learn that Dr. John Montgomery is confined to his room by sickness. We hope to see him around again soon.


            ‒ Mr. Benjamin Vail who is considerably deranged, was sent to Jacksonville on Monday last, but on account of some informality, was sent back on Tuesday last.


            ‒ There was quite a rejoicing here last night over the fall of Charleston. Several houses were illuminated, and bonfires, skyrockets, etc., were the order of the night.


            ‒ We learn that a number of our business men contemplate building country residences in Bushnell this summer.


            ‒ Mr. Dewey, wishing to make room for a large stock of clothing, is now selling his old stock at greatly reduced prices.


            ‒ Dr. Nesbit has sold his dwelling house in the Western addition, to Mr. George H. Payne.


            ‒ Mr. Wyne, postmaster, informs us that he has received no orders to take defaced postage currency at their face. So you that have defaced currency, will have to dispose of them as best you can.


            ‒ R. J. Adcock has purchased of his former, partner Mr. Moab Lovely, his interest in the property known as the ‘American House.’ Mr. Adcock informs us that he again contemplates going into the grocery business this spring.


            ‒ A. J. Davis started this week for the east to lay in his stock of spring and summer goods. We notice that Mr. Davis has lately been refitting his store room, and it now looks as ‘neat as a new pin.’


            ‒ Andrew and John Allison sold to Sacket & Co., 100 head of hogs which averaged 325 lbs. Considering the number it is decidedly the best lot of hogs that has been sold in this county this season.


            ‒ S. H. Hogan Esq., of Scotland township, returned home from Ohio on Saturday last. While in Ohio, Mr. Hogan purchased a fine lot of brood mares. This is an improvement which has been much needed, and we are glad to see that our farmers are waking up to the importance of having the best of brood mares.


            ‒ If you want the latest daily papers magazines, novels etc., go to the post office. Willie always keeps the latest news. He also has a large stock of albums, letter, and note paper, envelopes, school books, etc., which he offers cheap.


            ‒ There is quite a demand for dwelling houses at this time, and almost any kind of a house demands a good price. Cannot some of our moneyed men be induced to put up a lot of houses to rent. We are sure that they can get more interest on their money invested in this manner than in any other way.


            ‒ Joseph Anderson and James W. Matthews, created quite a stir in our city on Friday last, by bringing a couple of wenches to town. Mr. Anderson informs us that large numbers of our citizens have already called to pay their respects to his house keeper.

We understand that our friend Thad, wishes, on account of the loss of his teeth, to procure a wench as a wet nurse.

Now that the black laws are repealed, we expect in a short time to see our city filled with “American citizens of African descent.”


            ‒ The members of the Christian church of this city have been holding for the past two or three weeks, a series of prayer meetings from house to house, the result of which has been to allay all feelings of envy and jealousy, that have existed on the part of the members, and re-kindled the spirit of brotherly love.


            ‒ We call attention to the card of Dr. Blaisdell in this weeks paper. The Dr. has resided in our city for some three or four years, and in the practice of his profession has given entire satisfaction.


            ‒ The attention of our readers is directed to the card of Drs. Pittman & Akin. Dr. Pittman has been practicing medicine for a number of years past in Tennessee and vicinity, and has given universal satisfaction. We commend the Dr. to all in need of ‘physic.’


            ‒ Our streets and sidewalks are in a filthy condition. The late squall in the weather has left them in such a state that it is with the greatest difficulty that ladies can perambulate. While there is a spirit of improvement shown in the way of building, not surpassed any town of its size in the State, we think it no more than just that our side walks and streets should undergo a thorough repairing. We hope the Sun will soon bid the mud ‘dry up.’


            ‒ Josh Billings says ‘If you don’t kno how to chu terbacker, luze no time to larn. The best wa iz to go behind a hog pen and practis before you chaw in publik; but persevear, it’s the only way your pa learnt.’

February 24, 1865

Macomb Journal


            After three years of incessant trial, from the front, Charleston the proud, fire-eating city of the chivalrous South – Charleston, the “cradle of the rebellion,” is at last in our possession. The indomitable Sherman has succeeded in compelling its evacuation.

Only three more strong holds to take, viz: Wilmington, Petersburg and Richmond, and the war will be virtually ended.

Three cheers for Sherman!


That “Mistake.”

            The Bushnell Union Press calls on the printers of Macomb to inform it who made a certain alleged mistake a few weeks since, in publishing the proceedings of the Board of Supervisors. – We are not aware that there has been a “mistake” made. The copy that was furnished us was set up as furnished, without adding to or taking from one word, as can be proved by the County Clerk’s record. The book is open for inspection by any one who wishes to satisfy himself of the truth or falsity of our assertion. We did not know the resolution was made or published, until we were called on to rectify the “mistake.”

As for our being afraid of losing the county seat, we will just state that we are willing to have the thing tested by a vote of the people, We have too much faith in the good sense of the people of McDonough county to fear the result. The citizens of Macomb will abide by the result, let it go which way it will.

Furthermore, it is charged that our citizens are not willing to help build the new court house. We defy any one to point out half a dozen of our tax payers who are not willing to be taxed for that purpose [fold] or three who oppose the tax on the ground that we already pay tax that should be equally borne by the rest of the county – that our pauper tax exceeds that of the balance of the whole county, and, therefore, until things are restored to the former state, they are unwilling to be taxed for what is a necessity of the county.

We will say this much on behalf of our citizens: That whenever the Board of Supervisors of McDonough county show that they are earnest about having a new court house, Macomb will be found doing her part, and paying her full share.



            The Bushnell Union Press, of last week, coping our article of week before last, in relation to the “bounty orders” to be paid drafted men and volunteers, insinuates that we are trying to injure the credit of the county. We guess that we have as much interest in keeping up the credit of the county as somebody else, and when we penned the article spoken of we did so after talking to several who have all their property in this county, and who wish to do all they can to keep up the county credit. We may have been precipitate in our remarks, and it may be wrong, – as the thing was done, and no chance to back down – but we “can’t see it.”



            Again we are thrilled with a speedy prospect of peace, but this time it is not through the imbecile efforts of Blair, Stevens and Hunter, but by the manly, energetic efforts of our brave boys in blue, led by Sherman, Grant, Terry, Gilmore, Farragut and others. Now that the rebels have given up all the sea coast, look for them to concentrate their forces for one general, decisive battle – one that will tell the tale. If they are whipped, as we have no doubt they will be, they will give up, and take up with such terms as we may offer them. If, on the other hand, they should succeed in having the victory perch on their banners, it will only prolong the struggle for a short time. – We anticipate an early peace.


Draft Postponed.

            The order for postponing the draft is only applicable to those districts and townships which show a disposition to fill up their quotas by volunteering. – Townships of our own county, we believe, are out of the draft, having their quotas filled, or nearly so, by volunteering. Good for old McDonough.


Rebel Barbarity.

            Before the evacuation of Charleston they attempted to destroy the city by fire. The attempt was only partially successful. By an explosion, and the conflagration that followed it, hundreds of the poor women, children and old men lost their lives, and hundreds of others were rendered homeless. The rebel iron-clads were found in the harbor, destroyed. A loaded blockade runner, just arrived, was captured, and two others are expected. The stars and stripes now float over Fort Sumter and all the formidable defenses of Charleston harbor.


            Robbery in Fulton County. – We learn from the Lewistown Union, of the 21st, that a wealthy farmer by the name of Herr, living about two miles southeast of Canton, was called upon at his house, by a group of guerillas on Sunday just before dark and ordered to deliver over his money. Fortunately he had but about $30 in his safe, which was all the villains obtained except a silver watch of little value.

One or two other men sitting in the room were ordered not to move. One of them had about $30 loose in his pocket, which he managed to throw in the corner without being observed, and the robbers did not get it.


Refused Their Pay.

            All the Democratic members of the Legislature, with the exception of two, Barret, of the House, and Mason of the Senate, refused to receive their pay in greenbacks, the remainder retaineded Mr. Edwards to apply for a mandamus at the April term of the Supreme Court.


Short of Food.

            The rebels are getting short of food in consequence of the vast yield of the Valley of Virginia, which had, in former years, been secured, falling into our hands last year. It is stated that thousands of rebel soldiers’ families have been without meat for the last six months.


War Rumors

            New York, February 21. – The World prints the following rumors in circulation here.

“Telegrams from Washington to private parties in the city state that Lee had sent 30,000 men to reference Beauregard, and enable him to check the advance of General Sherman; that General Grant is already aware of this fact, and that the Army of the Potomac is once more in motion. It is also stated that General Sheridan is advancing in heavy force, with Gordonsville or Lynchburg as the objective point. If it is true that Lee has moved troops South, it is because Lee considers the safety of North and South Carolina of far more importance than even the possession of Richmond and the occupation of Virginia.

It was also positively asserted yesterday that Wilmington was in our possession, having been evacuated by the rebels.”


            A Probable Bounty Jumper. – A few evenings since, says the Quincy Whig, as the train on the C. B. & Q. R. R. from that city was approaching Plymouth, the engineer noticed the usual signal for stopping the train given by pulling the bell rope. He immediately whistled on the brakes and reversed his engine, but thinking that nobody connected with the train would be likely to give the signal at that time he immediately put on steam again and went on. When again under way the engineer mounted the tender and discovered behind it and on the front platform of the postoffice car, a person in the uniform of a soldier. He charged him with pulling the rope, which he denied for a while but finally acknowledged that he did it. Not supposing he would try to escape while they were going at that rate of speed, the engineer returned to his post, calculating to have him arrested as soon as they reached the station, but he had no sooner disappeared than the soldier jumped off. He was seen by the baggage master to turn several summersaults before he came to a full stop but contrary to all expectation he jumped up apparently uninjured, and taking leg bail, was soon lost in the distance. Uncle Sam undoubtedly lost another soldier by the operation and somebody else several hundred dollars bounty money.


            The State Penitentiary. – The Illinois State Penitentiary Commissioners, in their report to the Legislature, for the years 1863-4, state that there were 586 convicts at Joliet at the close of last year. The prison building is not yet completed, and the report states that there is now due on the work $26,818.38, and the Commissioners ask the Legislature for further appropriation of $149,200 to complete the work. But, as our readers are aware, the Legislature has refused to make the appropriation asked for, so that the work of finishing the prison must be postponed for at least two years, which is to be regretted. When finished, Illinois will have the finest and most substantial State Prison building in the United States.


            – A late Macon paper contains this paragraph: “Cabbage, $15 per head; cucumbers, $10 each; a bunch of six fish, $20.” And this also, which bears some relation to the former: “A disgraceful affair is now going on up town. A mob of women with the black flag are marching from store to store on a pillaging expedition. The Pelham Cadets are ordered out to disperse them.” In any other country such facts would argue want, destitution and despair.



The Ladies of Vermont, purpose holding, in the Methodist New Church, a

Sanitary Fair,

and will be glad to receive donations from any who are sufficiently interested to give.

The Fair will be held on

MARCH 3D and 4TH, ’65.

They will accept useful or fancy articles,

or anything Convertible into Money.

            All friends of the Soldier from town, or the Country are earnestly invited to attend.

Fair will Open at 10 O’Clock, A. M.


            Contributions received by the Committee of Arrangements:



Fair at Vermont.

By notice in another column it will be seen that the ladies of Vermont, Fulton county, Ill., purpose holding a Sanitary Fair in that place for the purpose of aiding our soldiers in the field. We hope our citizens will respond to their appeal for contributions.


“He who by the plow would thrive,
Must either hold himself or drive.”

            And they who want a good photograph of themselves or their friends, should not fail to call at the excelsior photograph gallery of Hawkins & Philpot, southeast corner of the square.



Mr. James Corcoran, a young gentleman of this city, has been made 1st Lieutenant of Co. A, 152nd Ill. Vol. He left here on Wednesday last for his new duties. Success to him.


The Downfall of Charleston!


Spontaneous Celebration!

            The confirmation of the news of the occupation of Charleston by our forces was duly celebrated in this city on Wednesday evening by our citizens in a general jubilee. At dark all was quiet, and every thing betokened a quiet evening, such as we usually have, when a couple of drums were brought out, which soon attracted attention. – A bonfire was soon burning on the northwest corner of the square, sky rockets went up, Roman candles shone out, wheels went round, the windows of Johnson’s store, the Brown House, Randolph House, Watkins & Co’s, M’Elrath’s and Wadsworth’s stores blazed with light, and a general uproar and rejoicing took place.

Young America appeared in all his glory; some of the boys with cow-bells others with horns, tin pans, oyster cans, &c., made night hideous with their din.

The ladies, too, were out in full force, and appeared to enjoy the scene highly.

Altogether, it was a good old time, considering that it was got up without premeditiation or preparation of any kind. We will get better prepared to get up a grand jollification over the occupation of Richmond.



Wednesday night last some burglars broke into the grocery store of Wadham & Stowell, by prying open the door until the lock broke. They were rewarded for their pains by some two or three dollars in postal currency and small silver pieces. Nothing else was taken except some crackers.

The bookstore of S. J. Clarke & Co. was also broken into, and the money drawer robbed of its contents – about two dollars in silver and postal currency. The tool that was used to pry open the doors appeared to be a two inch chisle, which was procured from the carpenter shop of Mr. Lucius Walker.

These are the first burglaries that have taken place in this city for some time past, but it appears the “gents” who done the “biz” were not experts in the work, nor were they rewarded to any great extent for their labors. – No traces of the burglars have been found as yet, but we hope that they may be ferreted out and brought to justice.


Police Items.

Thomas I. Wiggins, having on board a considerable quantity of “tangle leg,” amused himself the other day by breaking in the show window of Mr. Loven Garret, groceryman, for which his honor, Squire Withrow, assessed the damages at $5 and costs. The facetious Thomas went to the calaboose.

James Vail thought it would be a fine thing to evade the liquor law and so he opened out somewhere in the brush north of the depot. He helped the treasury of the city by depositing $30.


Death of Thomas Smithers, Sen.

We neglected to notice last week the death of this old citizen. He died on Saturday, the 11th inst., after a lingering and painful illness of several months duration, and was buried on the 12th with Masonic honors, of which order had long been a member. His age, as near as we could ascertain, was 96 years.


“I am thy father’s ghost,”

and I am not forbid to tell of the wonderfully cheap grocery of Watkins & Co., on the southeast corner of the square, in their new brick, where may be found the best of coffee, sugars, teas, and everything else usually found in well regulated grocery stores. Also the celebrated Buell’s boot. Remember the new brick in town when you want to purchase any of the above goods.



Hon. Wm. H. Neece, our representative in the Legislature, has been very ill since his arrival home.


The 22nd.

The 22nd of February, the anniversary of the birth of the “Father of our Country,” George Washington, was silently observed in our city by hoisting the national flag on the pole in the square, during the day. At night, the Dancing club met at Campbell’s Hall and “tripped the light fantastic” with great zest.


Nigger in the Pit!!!

Just before the repeal of the “black laws” of our State, and while the subject was being agitated, our copperhead – O, beg pardon; we’ve been told that it won’t do to say copperhead anymore – we mean Democratic (!) friends howled long and loud over the “abolition outrage.” They would have us believe that our State would be overrun with the “baboons,” “gorrillas,” &c., as they politely termed the negro, and that the laboring class of our white population would be ousted by the blacks, and all that sort of things, and more too. Well, the “black laws” were repealed, and the “gorrillas” have commenced arriving but, would you believe it? the cop – Democrats – are the persons who are “importing” them. Two of the prominent cop – hang it, we can’t help saying copperhead! – Democrats have went and gone and done it! Brought to our quiet and peaceful city two – she niggers! Think of it – two darkies of the female persuasion to take the bread out of “white folks” mouths! Overrun with niggers, eh! O, consistency! thou art a jewel, but thy dwelling place is not with the Democracy.


Sherman heard from.

Gen. Sherman has at last been heard from. He captured a large lot of cotton at Savannah, and Geo. W. Bailey, on the east side of the square is selling cotton goods of all kinds at greatly reduced prices, preparatory to putting in his Spring stock.


Large Hogs.

Messrs. Sackett & Wadsworth bought one hundred head of hogs, one day last week, from Messrs. John and Andrew Allison, the average weight of each was 325 lbs. The weight of these hogs show why our shipment of grain in the bulk is not so large as some other stations – it’s put into stock.



The streets of our city are paved with mud this week.


            Two Union Regiments of Ex-Rebels. – General Sully is in Davenport, Iowa, for the purpose of organizing two regiments of repentant rebels, lately in Rock Island prison, who have taken the oath allegiance and declared their willingness to enter the service of the Government against the Indians.

February 18, 1865

Macomb Eagle

No Peace Yet.

            We are not of those who believe the failure to enter upon negotiation for peace, postpones the day when such negotiation will take place. Such a conference was necessary. It was required in order to dispel forever the delusion prevalent at the South that the United States would negotiate for peace upon the basis of the independence of the Confederacy. The emphatic refusal to consider or discuss that point has been officially announced to the people of the South, and they now know that there is no party at the North favorable to any peace which involves separation. The simple issue of war, desolating war, and military rule on the one hand, or peace and the Union on the other, should be presented.

The advance of General Sherman with an army equal to any obstacle that may be presented, will have a salutary influence upon the consideration by the southern people of this issue. The rebel army under Lee is bound hand and foot to Richmond; the forces under Wheeler and Beauregard will be wholly unable to even check Sherman’s progress. His march will be one of desolation to the land which is arrayed against the flag, and if burning crops and storehouses are preferred to peace and Union, then those who prefer them will have them to their heart’s content.


Quota of McDonough County.

            The following is the quota of the several Townships of this county under the last call, most of which, we understand has now been filled, and consequently relieves them from the draft.

Eldorado         .           .           .           31
Industry          .           .           .           20
Bethel              .           .           .           30
Lamoin            .           .           .           29
Tennessee        .           .           .            3
Chalmers         .           .           .           25
Scotland          .           .           .           27
New Salem      .           .           .          36
Mound            .           .           .           36
Emmett           .           .           .          25
Hire     .           .           .           .          33
Blandinville     .           .           .        22
Sciota  .           .           .           .          20
Walnut Grove .           .           .         34
Prairie City      .           .           .         62

Total    .           .           .         443
Macomb credit            .           .         14
Macomb City, 1st Ward credit.        5
“           “ , 2nd   “         “   .                2
“           “ , 3rd   “         “ .                 4

Total                                        30


            ‒ We have rumors that Branchville has been occupied by Sherman’s forces; that preparations are being made for the evacuation of Richmond; and that Charleston, Wilmington, and Mobile are being, or are to be evacuated.


            → The draft is postponed until the 8th of March. We trust that before that time the quota of McDonough county will be filled by volunteering. Most of the townships have already secured volunteers enough to exempt their townships from the draft, and the others are working with a determination that argues well for their success.


            Rev. James M. Chase died at his residence a few miles from this place on the 10th inst., Mr. Chase is well known as one of the early settlers of this county, and has contributed perhaps as much as any other man to its growth and prosperity. His natural abilities were more than ordinary, to which was added a liberal education, a refined taste, and a high sense of moral rectitude. These qualities eminently fitted him for his position, as teacher and minister. Being a practical teacher himself, he labored successfully to improve the condition of our common schools, and subsequently attempted to establish the Macomb College, of which he became President, and in that capacity contributed materially to the advancement of education in our city. If he failed to accomplish as much as he desired, it was for want of co-operation. Of later years he has been more retired, devoting a portion of his time to the ministry. He died beloved, honored and respected by all who knew him, and has gone to that better land from whence none return. “Blessed are the dead who die in Lord.”


            Thomas T. Smithers is no more. On Saturday last, he paid the last debt of man and his spirit took its flight to the regions of the blessed. He was among the oldest settlers of this county, having removed to this county at an early day from Kentucky. He was respected and beloved by all who knew him. His remains were followed to the cemetery by a large concourse of friends, and buried with solemn and impressive ceremonies of the Masonic Order, of which he was an honored and respected member.


            → A bill has passed the Legislature empowering the city council of Macomb to levy a bounty tax of three hundred dollars for each drafted man and volunteers. The above is in lieu of the proposed bill to abolish that clause of the city charter, exempting the city from general taxation for county purposes. It is a matter now with the board whether they will levy the tax or not.

In accordance with the request of a few disconcerted souls of this county, Mr. Strain introduced a bill to repeal the law authorizing the board of Supervisors of McDonough county to levy a bounty tax, which passed the Senate, but failed in the House.

A bill has also passed requiring an index to circuit court records of McDonough county, to be kept and requiring the Clerk of said court to keep abstracts of land in said county. Also a bill increasing fees of Circuit and county Clerks.


            → There has never been a time when Macomb gave better promise of a brisk business season than this spring. Our old business men are up to their eyes in work every day, and several new additions have lately been made, there’s room enough for all, and as many more. Business makes business.


            → H. R. Bartleson has just received a very large and well selected lot of lumber, consisting in part of lathes, shingles, weather boarding, fencing &c. All in need of such will find it to their interests to give him a call; as he sells lower than the lowest.


            → J. P. Updegraff & Co., have removed their store to the building formerly occupied by Watkins & Co., under the Randolph House, where they will be pleased to see all their old friends.


            → We understand that Dr. Stewart has sold out his interest in the drug store on the south side of the square to Dr. McDavit, who will continue the business at the old stand.


            → Mr. S. J. Hopper is fitting up the store on the north side of the square, formerly occupied by Mr. Bissell as a hardware store, for the purpose of going into the clothing business. Success to him.


            → Watkins & Co. have removed to their new building on the southeast corner of the square.


            → Quite a number of young men have recently left the city and county for the war. We shall endeavor by next week to secure a list of their names for publication.



            Died at Nashville, Jan. 20th 1865, of accidental gunshot wound, Frank Gadd, Co. A, 84 Reg’t Ill. Vol’s., aged 20 years.

At the county poor farm, Margaret Bingham of consumption, about 23 years of age.

February 17, 1865

Macomb Journal

The Quota of McDonough County.

            By the politeness of Mr. James Tunnicliff, we are enabled to give the exact quota of the different townships in this county. The number appears rather large, and we believe it to be incorrect. We see the papers in this, and other states, are giving Gen. Fry “particular fits” for his figuring of the quotas, and, judging from the number our county is called on to furnish, he deserves it all. We would suggest he be furnished with a copy of Ray’s Arithmetic with the injunction that he should learn to “cipher.” The following are the figures:

Deficient: Eldorado, 31; Industry, 20; Bethel, 30; Lamoine, 29; Tennessee, 3; Chalmers, 26; Scotland, 27; New Salem, 36; Mound, 36; Emmet, 25; Hire, 33; Hire, 33; Blandinville, 22; Sciota, 20; Walnut Grove, 36; Prairie City, 69. Total, 442. Excess: Macomb Township, 14; Macomb City, 1st Ward, 5; 2nd Ward, 2; 3rd Ward, 5; 4th Ward, 4. Total, 30.



From Sherman’s Army.

            New York, Feb. 15. – The Herald’s Washington special says Richmond papers of Monday concede that Gen. Sherman has flanked Branchville, both above and below, and Hardee’s forces have evacuated that place. They also state that a Union column had reached Orangeboro, on the Columbia road, and railroad communications with Charleston are cut off except by the road via Wilmington, N. C., which will soon be cut off at Wilmington. By these operations the railroad communication between Virginia and the South is entirely cut off, and the rebel authority over the Southern States can no longer be enforced.

Richmond papers of the 14th have dispatches saying that a portion of Sherman’s forces are busily engaged in the destruction of the railroads in South Carolina, and that another column is threatening Charleston. They do not confirm the reported evacuation of that place, but it is evident from the tenor of their advices and editorials that they do not anticipate any resistance being made to Sherman’s advance. They also state that a large Yankee force has landed at Smithfield, on the North Carolina coast, and have brought locomotives with them, evidently intending to use the railroads to facilitate their military operations after they shall have captured Wilmington.

The army of the Potomac holds its newly acquired ground on Hatcher’s Run, on which very strong earthworks are now erected. There are rumors that the enemy is mining one of the Union forts in front of Petersburg. – Desertions of rebels to Gen’l Grant’s lines still continue numerous.

The World’s Hilton Head correspondent, 8th, says reliable information has been received that Sherman’s army is rapidly marching on the line of the Edisto river, and that a portion of his troops are beyond the Georgia and South Carolina railroad, where they have erected defenses preparatory to a future march. The enemy have disappeared rapidly before the advance of our troops, and they have manifested a purpose to evacuate nearly all their strongholds and retire further north. – This purpose has been the result of Sherman’s tactics. That their retreat will be slowly but surely followed up admits of no question. Our troops are known to extend over a distance of 40 miles, and for several days past they have been occupied in destroying all the railroads which connect South Carolina with the Gulf and the northern States.

The object would seem to be to isolate Branchville, Augusta and Charleston from all possible aid or reinforcements, in order to capture the garrison of each city. This important work will doubtless be completed when this letter reaches you. Some of our troops are north of Charleston, which is cut off from reinforcement. The corps are moving simultaneously on the line of the Edisto, and the towns they have passed through have been deserted by numbers of their inhabitants, who have forced he able bodied negroes to leave with them in order that they may not aid our army. Hamburg, Aiken and Orangeburg, in the rear are reported to have been captured.

Washington, Feb. 15 – The Richmond Whig, 13th, contains the following important intelligence:

Charleston, S. C., Feb. 10. – A force of the enemy, believed to be from 2,000 to 3,000 strong, landed at Grimball’s, James Island, at 8 o’clock this morning and drove in our pickets. Some skirmishing took place, but no general engagement. Grimball’s is on the Stono river, about 2 miles southwest of Charleston, the Ashly river, 2,000 yards wide, intervening. The enemy made active demonstrations at various points, but they are believed to be feints. A force attacked our troops on the Salkahatchie this morning, but were repulsed. The enemy also advanced upon the Charleston road near the Blue house, and opened with artillery, but made no impression on our lines.

On the 8th a heavy column of Yankee infantry struck the South Carolina R. R. at Grahamsville, 18 miles west of Branchville, while Kilpatrick, with a cavalry force, occupied Blackville, on the some road about 9 miles west a little northeast of Grahamsville.

A portion of Sherman’s column, it was reported yesterday, moved forward crossing the South Edisto and flanking Branchville on the west. The force has been advanced to Orangeburg, on the Columbia & Branchville road, sixteen miles west of the latter point.



‒ The news from Sherman is of the most encouraging character, although coming through rebel sources. The latest Richmond papers contain the report, which they evidently credit, that Sherman had captured Branchvile. – As the main body of Hardee’s forces were there it is evident a battle ust have been fought, and that victory again waits upon the gallant Sherman and his no less gallant army.



From Rebeldom.

General Sherman’s Leniency in Georgia.

            New York, February 14.

            A correspondent of a South Carolina paper, who has been over the route of General Sherman’s march through Georgia, is surprised to find that that officer dealt so leniently with that State, and consoles himself with anticipations of the same gentle treatment for South Carolina.

The Richmond Examiner of the 10th instant, in an article on Southern railroad connections, endeavors to show how Lee’s army may be supplied from North Carolina and Georgia without the assistance of the Weldon Road.

The Legislature of Georgia is to convene in extra session tomorrow.

The Richmond Dispatch of the 11th thus sums up the situation in South Carolina: “The Edisto river rises in the southwestern portion of South Carolina, and flowing southwestwardly, empties into the Atlantic forty miles southwest of Charleston. Branchville is on the Augusta branch of the South Carolina railroad, one mile east of the point at which the railroad crosses the Edisto. This river is now the line held by General Hardee. In the neighborhood of Branchville, nearer the coast, we hold the line of the Combahee river, in the vicinity of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad. From the most authentic intelligence, it appears that the whole or a part of Sherman’s army is making active demonstrations against the Combahee Ferry, near the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, as if with the intention of marching on Charleston. The rest of his force have appeared at four points on the Edisto, namely, at New Bridge, five miles below Branchville, at Buckmaster’s, and at Holman’s Bridge, as above, and at the railroad bridge opposite that place. Our troops that held the bridge over the Salkehatchie were driven in last Wednesday. If he succeeds in forcing a passage of the Edisto, above and below Branchville, he will keep the railroad running thence to Columbia, and also the railroad to Charleston, and compel our troops to fall back from Branchville, but they will most probably evacuate it, if at any time it should appear that Sherman cannot be prevented from crossing the river.

“The above is written in the hope of giving our readers some idea of the situation in South Carolina. It was said some days ago, that Sherman was also sending a column against Augusta, on the Georgia side of the Savannah river. We have no information on this head.”



An Offer to Murder President Lincoln.

We find the following in the advertising columns of a rebel paper – the Selma (Ala.) Dispatch – which has been sent us from the front by Colonel Hoge, of the 113th Illinois Infantry: – Chicago Journal.

One Million Dollars Wanted to Have PEACE by the 1st of March. – If the citizens of the Southern Confederacy will furnish me with the cash, or good securities for the sum of one million dollars, I will cause the lives of Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Andrew Johnson, to be taken by the first of March next. This will give us peace, and satisfy the world that cruel tyrants cannot live in a ‘land of liberty.’ If this is not accomplished, nothing will be claimed beyond the sum of fifty thousand dollars, in advance, which is supposed to be necessary to reach and slaughter the three villains.

I will give, myself, one thousand dollars towards this patriotic purpose.

Every one wishing to contribute will address box X, Cahaba, Alabama.

            December 1, 1864.



To Be Resumed. – We see, by the Quincy Whig, that Mr. Howe, the editor and publisher of the Lagrange American, who was elected to the Missouri legislature last fall, has obtained leave of absence for the remainder of the session, and will soon resume the publication of his paper. The American was as obnoxious to the Missouri rebels as acceptable to loyal men, and there is still need for its services in that State. The full fruits of the victory so gallantly won in Missouri are now to be secured and perpetuated, and in this labor there is no more fearless and effective laborer than Mr. Howe.



The Railroad Business.

Through the politeness of Mr. Brown the accommodating Station Agent at the depot, we are enabled to give the following amount of the business done at this station for the year 1864. We did intend to give each thing in detail, but found that it would occupy too much time to copy them from the books, therefore we merely give the amount in full of the freights forwarded and received, and of the ticket sales. It will be seen that our citizens do some traveling.

Freight forwarded           .           .           .           $59,098.60
“               received      .           .           .               46,471.10

Total    .           .           .           105,569.70

Ticket Sales              .           .           .           $19,139.00

Grand Total     .           .           .         $124,708.70

A very respectable business, considering that this is such a “one-horse town” with no “enterprise” for business. We do not like to boast – consider it bad taste – but we believe that Macomb can show a very good record for business energy – equal to any other of its size in the West.




Why don’t those who are in authority see to fixing up the sidewalks in our city? It will be decidedly cheaper to put in a few planks now than to pay for a broken limb after awhile.



A Narrow Escape.

Mr. S. S. Chapman, of the pump factory in this city, met with an accident one day last week, which came very near resulting fatally. It seems that his clothing got caught by a shaft of some part of the machinery, which is run by steam, and the shaft running at about the rate of three thousand revolutions a minute, and he was wound around the shaft in a hurry. His coat, vest and shirt were badly torn, but strange to say, he escaped without a bruise. Truly, a narrow escape.



In Trouble.

We learn that one of the recruits by the name of Robert Barry, who left here last Monday was the victim of some designing rogue on the cars going down to Quincy. It appears that, in taking his handkerchief from his pocket, he found a silver watch in it, and immediately made inquiry as to the ownership, when it was found to belong to the Conductor of the train, who had young Barry arrested on their arrival in Quincy. Those who know the boy unite in giving him a good name, and declare their belief in his innocence. We do not believe he stole the watch, nor was cognizant of the matter till he found it in his pocket. We hope he will come out all right.

     P. S. – “Bob” is all right, and is at home.




The ladies of the Universalist Society of this city will hold a Festival at Campbell’s Hall, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, March 1st and 2nd. No pains will be spared to make it a pleasant occasion.



Newspaper Change.

The Macomb Eagle of last week contains the valedictory of Nelson Abbott, who has owned and published the paper for the last nine years. He has sold the material to J. H. Hungate, Esq., who rents it to Mr. J. B. Naylor, a young gentleman well known in this community, who proposes to run “der machine.” Mr. Abbott has our best wishes in his retirement, and we here take the opportunity to return our sincere thanks for many acts of courtesy and kindness extended to us during the last year.

We extend our [pointing finger – ed.] to “Ben,” and welcome him to the editorial tripod.



Off for the Army.

Last Monday a squad of recruits left here for the army. They go to fill up the quota of Prairie City township – nearly all being under the age required by law to become subject to a draft. We shall endeavor to obtain the names of those who are accepted.

P. S. – Since the above was in type, we learn that several of the boys have returned – reason, the bounty money gave out, and the boys thought it would be a dull show to get the full amount promised them after they were sworn in. It appears that the citizens of Prairie City township were only calculating too have to raise 46 men, whereas their quota is 69. Prairie City will make up what is lacking.



The Gold Market.

While the price of gold keeps fluctuating, and everybody are on the qui vive for news as to Grant’s and Sherman’s movements, the lumber yard of H. R. Bartleson is still the center of attraction to those who wish to purchase superior lumber at cheap rates. Yard southeast corner of the square – office three doors west of Watkins & Co’s new grocery store.


A Handsome Store.

Messrs. Watkins & Co. have moved into their new brick store, opposite their old stand, and have fitted it up in a very handsome manner. We have often thought that a grocery store could not be fitted up to look tasty and showy but Watkins & Co. have convinced us of our mistake.

     N. B. – The firm informs us that groceries will be sold just as cheap as ever, and give polite attention to all.


            → The Hutchinson family gave one of their grand concerts to a large and appreciative audience on last Tuesday evening at Campbell’s Hall.


            → Bugle beads, a large invoice, just received at Clark’s Bookstore.



If you want to enjoy an hour or two of genuine, unalloyed pleasure, go to the picture gallery of Hawkins & Philpot, southeast corner of the square, and you can have the opportunity. Photographs, ambrotypes, and a variety of other pictures will there greet your eye in every style and shape known to the art. There is no discount on their work.


Land Sale.

Mr. David Scott, of this county, has sold his farm, situated 5 miles south of this city, on the old Rushville road, for the snug little sum of $17,000. – Mr. Scott proposes to remove to this city.



Joe. Updegraff, the man that keeps grocery, is removing his establishment to the Randolph block, in the room formerly occupied by Watkins & Co. – Go and see him in his new quarters.



Quite a fall of snow occurred here on the night of the 14th.


            → The Randolph House is heavy on marriages – two occurring on one day last week.


            → The b’hoys had quite an amusing time snow-balling on Wednesday.


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