November 10, 1860

Macomb Eagle

Lincoln is Elected.

Sufficient returns have been received to satisfy us that Lincoln has carried every Northern state – except California and Oregon, from which of course, no returns have yet been received – and is therefore President of the United States.  This result, so different from what our readers generally have anticipated, will cause a greater interest to be manifested concerning the coming events – the future of the Republic – than has heretofore followed the election of any man to the Presidency since the adoption of the Constitution.  It is not necessary to speculate about the causes that have produced this result, for almost everybody is aware of the divisions in the only party that could make headway against the republicans – divisions which we hoped were almost healed, but which it now appears were incapable of being reconciled. – The people have spoken their will, and spoken it in the constitutional and legitimate mode.  However much we may regret the election of Mr. Lincoln, yet as a popular sovereign, we say, so be it.  He is elected, and he shall have the administration of the affairs of the government for the constitutional term.  We do not think the Union of these States will be destroyed before he enters upon his official term – neither will it be done during his term.  The people of this country are not to be separated, at the behests of either the abolitionists of the North or their co-fanatics, the disunionists of the South.  We have an abiding faith that the American Union has not yet filled the high mission to accomplish which it was called into existence.  – The republicans have out-voted us, and let them take possession of the government.

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Macomb Eagle

McDonough Coal Mines.

In speaking of the operations of the Quincy Coal Company, the Quincy Herald thus refers to the mines, and the machinery employed to raise coal: They are situated at the town of Colchester, McDonough county, on the Q. & C. R. R., fifty miles from Quincy.  They comprise about 800 acres of land.  There are at present four shafts sunk, two now in use, worked by two double steam engines capable of raising 10,000 bushels per day if there was a demand for that amount.  A railroad track connects with the mines, and the coal is placed directly on the cars.  The average depth of shafts is 75 feet; average thickness of vein is 35 inches.  It is bituminous coal, of good quality for fuel, manufacturing and gas.  It was awarded the premium over all competitors at the U. S. Fair in Chicago, in 1859. – The amount in these mines in the new opened vein, if not inexhaustible, would at least serve the present generation; while it is held by geologists that other strata underlies this, which will be determined by proper tests.  The Railroad Company have generously extended such facilities as were required for the development and extension of the business, and give the most favorable assurances for the future. – Messrs. Morris & Roberts have expended in lands, machinery, and improvements, about $50,000.  Their business gives constant employment to about 150 men, and requires very large expenditures for wages, expenses of repairs and improvements, but they have no doubt their investment and enterprise will be remunerated.  As to comparative expenses of coal and wood for house fuel, they cannot exactly state, but it is thought that coal at 12 ½ cents per bushel, and wood at $2 per cord, are about equal for steam; and the comparison would probably be about the same in the other case.  Besides their sales here, a large amount is sent to Galesburg and intermediate points on the railroad.  The sales at their Quincy depot for the last three years, with their average prices, have been as follows:

Bushels.                            Average Price.

1858,                          496,716                                   12 cents

1859,                          758,997                                  11      “

1860,                          600,000                                 10     “

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