March 9, 1861

Macomb Eagle

The Inaugural.

We give the inaugural of Mr. Lincoln to our readers.  It is in many places unintelligible, but this may be attributed to the bungling in the telegraph offices.  We think it will fail to satisfy the public mind; it smacks too much of legal quibbling, and not enough of the statesman.  Its professions of friendship to the South are certainly profuse, and, had they come from a Democrat, would be denounced by the Tribunes and Journals of the republican party as “dirt-eating,” “dough-faceism,” etc.  But as Mr. Lincoln says the South must have their property, we presume the irrepressibles will let them have it – if they can get it.  The President is quite fierce in vindication of the government, at the commencement of his address, but his tone changes very much at the close.  He is for collecting the customs revenue, but the postal revenue may go uncollected in “interior districts.”  A resolution of the Chicago platform is read as “a law” for himself, and he labors under the impression that he derives his authority from “the people,” and not the Constitution; and of course he will not consider that instrument binding upon him if “the people,” i.e. the amalgamated republicans, express an opinion in conflict with the constitution.  He intimates that the forts and other property must be recovered, but if war ensue he will not be to blame.  In this he is either guilty of paltering to the intelligence of the country, or he lacks the knowledge to discern present and palpable facts.  He cannot obtain possession of the forts and other property without a resort to arms and bloodshed; to suppose anything else is to charge the Confederated States with being the veriest braggarts and cowards.  Yet he wants us to understand that he will have this property, but won’t begin the bloodshed.  He is palpably foolish or criminally paltering.  No other question but “artificial crisis” occupies his attention – the inaugural treats of nothing else.  If we can form an opinion of the new President it is that he is a Federalist – an advocate of a strong government; that he wants to centralize power in the Executive; that the people must be ruled with a rigid arm and a rod of iron, lest they assert some inalienable privilege for themselves. – This idea is prominent in his Indianapolis speech, and he has not forgotten it in his inaugural.  Unless we are greatly mistaken, the people have not only to regret the success of the sectionalism of the republican party, but they have also to lament the inauguration of the Federalism of Hamilton and the elder Adams – the Federalism that steals power from the many and gives it to the few, which was so energetically and successfully opposed by Jefferson, Madison, and the other early expounders of Democracy.  A return of the government to this old and condemned doctrine of the centralization of power, and consequent weakening of State independence, will be deplorable enough, without adding thereto the unmitigated evils of a sectional republican rule.


  • WHERE TO GET GOOD HOGS. – We have often been astonished at the big hogs reported in the Fulton county papers.  They seemed to be heavier and more of them, than we could hear of anywhere else.  The mystery is now solved, and we refer our readers to the advertisement of A. C. Moore, for further information.


  • C. B. & Q. RAILROAD. – Two passenger trains are run each way on this road, making a day and a night train.  There is now no change of cars between Quincy and Chicago, and after this week there will be no change of conductors.  This will be much more agreeable to travelers on this end of the road, than was the former arrangement.


  • A CHURCH IN COLCHESTER. – The Methodist society have a fine and commodious church building in process of erection.  Its dimensions are about 40 by 55, and will accommodate a large number of people.  It will be finished early in the spring.  This enterprise reflects credit upon the Methodists of Colchester, for, it must be admitted, a house of religious worship has been greatly needed in that town.


  • THE DAIRY BUSINESS. – We think Macomb would be a good point for the establishment of a dairy.  An enterprise of this kind would meet with the encouragement of our citizens, and the railroad will furnish facilities for shipments to Chicago or St. Louis.  There is a tract of land adjoining our town, which would make just the farm suitable for this business.  It is composed of prairie and timber, has good water, and abundant range of pasture.  The owner, Mr. Campbell, will sell this land on reasonable terms.  A man that understands this business can obtain a bargain in the land.

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