May 18, 1861

Macomb Eagle

Election on Monday, June 3rd.
For Circuit Judge,
CHAUNCEY L. HIGBEE.
For Clerk of Supreme Court,
WILLIAM A. Turney.

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“Struck Ile.” – The reader will please excuse us.  This department is dreadfully scrouged this week – news, advertisements, etc., all knocked into the middle of next week.  The fact is, the Eagle office has “struck ile” for once.  The tax list is the predominant, all absorbing subject – it “had to be published,” and like Aaron’s rod it has cleaned out the lot – town lots, at any rate.  It abounds with “fat things” and “mint drops” – features more pleasing to the editor than to the reader, we fear.  We hope its same mess will not be tiresome, and after reading it we trust that none may have a worse opinion of it that the old woman did of the dictionary – “a very instructive story, if it does not change the subject so often.”

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An individual in the State of Missouri, has sent his wife to this city, for her mother and brothers to take care of, while he shouldered his musket for the purpose, as he himself expresses it, of shooting his brother-in-law, who has enlisted in Capt. Ralston’s company, and upon whom devolves the support of his mother’s family. – Macomb Journal

  • We are authorized by a brother of the lady referred to, to say that there is no truth in the above statement about the husband joining the rebels.  Neither has the wife been sent here to be “supported by her mother and brothers” – she has only come a week or two in advance of her husband, who intends settling in this country, of which he was formerly a citizen.  The Journal should not be so keen to circulate such silly and unfounded rumors.

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  • The Union men of Western Virginia, representing about thirty counties, in convention this week, have declared their determination to stand by the old flag and the old Union at all events, let the balance of the State do what it may.

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  • We are indebted to our neighbors of the Journal for the material aid in making a full “charge” upon the delinquent tax payers – a courtesy we shall be happy to reciprocate.

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Counsel to our Volunteers.

  1. Remember that in a campaign more men die from sickness than by the bullet.
  2. Line your blanket with one thickness of drilling.  This adds but four ounces in weight and doubles the warmth.
  3. Buy a small India rubber blanket (only $1,50), to lay on the ground or to throw over your shoulders when on guard duty during a rain storm.  – Most of the Eastern troops are provided with these.  Straw to lie upon is not always to be had.
  4. The best military hat in use is the light-colored soft felt; the crown being sufficiently high to allow space for air over the brain.  You can fasten it up as a continental in fair weather, or turn it down when it is wet or very sunny.
  5. Let your beard grow so as to protect the throat and lungs.
  6. Keep your entire person clean: this prevents fevers and bowel complaints in warm climates.  Wash your body each day if possible.  Avoid strong coffee and oily meat.  Gen. Scott said that the too free use of these (together with neglect in keeping the skin clean) cost many a soldier his life in Mexico.
  7. A sudden check of perspiration by chilly or night air often causes fever and death.  When thus exposed, do not forget your blanket.

AN OLD SOLDIER

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