June 15, 1861

Macomb Eagle

A Secession Sheet.

If the miserable Democratic weekly published at Macomb is not a secession paper, we should like to know what it is.  It denounces the stoppage of the Southern mails; it figures up the expenses of the war and says the Northern States will have to pay it all; it curses Gen. Butler’s contraband [African-American] decision as dishonest; condemns the removal of Gen. Harney from St. Louis; condemns Gen. Lyon because he “captured a brigade encamped under the United States flag and sworn to support the constitution;” growls over the eulogies on Ellsworth and says he was nobody “only a good drill officer; denounces the appointment of Banks and Fremont as Major Generals and says there are only “political reasons” for it – that the first is only an intriguing politician and the last only an “explorer and adventurer, sometimes successful and sometimes not;” and in fact does its little all in the way of “aid and comfort” to treason. – Its case is certainly one which needs looking after by the Unites States District Attorney, or whoever may be the proper officer.

  • We copy the above article entire from the Quincy Whig of last week.  If it is intended as a joke, it is certainly a very stupid one; if it is intended for earnest, the author is either a knave or a fool; if it is intended to represent us correctly, he is simply a liar.  We have thought that we lived in free country, and that the Constitution guaranteed “the freedom of the press;” and that this freedom embraced the right to speak of any public men and of any public acts, as our own judgment moves us to do.  We have thought too, that neither Congress nor Legislature have passed any law curtailing this right – only that persons shall be responsible for the abuse of it.  Perhaps we are mistaken in all this; perhaps we are not living under a Republic, but under a despotism; perhaps our President can suspend the Constitution at his pleasure, or pass bills of attainder to suit individual cases; and perhaps we have to go to some Union-splitting Abolitionist to learn whether we can approve of this or disapprove of that action of His Infallible Mightiness Abraham I.  The mercenary of the Quincy Whig will please enlighten us.  He thinks we are amenable to the law – that our “case is certainly one which needs looking after by the United States district attorney, or whoever may be the proper officer.”  The Whig had better wait until a sedition law, which many republicans seem to think will be necessary to save the administration from exposure and condemnation, shall be enacted by Congress. – Meantime the Whig will improve by being “bored for the simples.”


The 4th of July. – If there ever was a time when the people of the entire country should earnestly celebrate the birth day of our Independence, it should be done on the coming 4th of July.  For many years past our celebrations have been comparatively dull affairs, and the people seem to have lost almost all interest in the matter.  But the coming anniversary should be so celebrated as to revive all those old, endearing memories of the past.  There should be awakened in the heart of the people at this time an increased spirit of patriotism, wherein they may demonstrate how deep their love is for our noble country.  Let the people of the county join together in a good celebration – let the different towns in the county arrange their delegations and come together at a common point – let all our independent military companies unite and give a grand parade – let there be a good old fashioned barbacue or something of that sort – let there be a good oration – let there be national songs sung, and national airs played – and in full, let there be such a time as McDonough county never saw before.  It is time that some action be taken immediately, and we suggest that a meeting be called for this purpose, to confer with other towns and make all due arrangements.


  • Take your wife, or your sweetheart, or your sister – or yourself if you are so badly off that no womankind will go with you – to Lane’s saloon, and call for a dish of strawberries and cream, and then eat and be – happy.  Those who have tried this dish need no incentive to repeat the experiment; those who have not tried it are certainly ignorant of the highest gratification of the appetite, as well as a most healthful and invigorating beverage.  Lane gets it up in good style – for proof of which order a sample and “go in.”


  • Thanks to Mrs. Jos. Burton for the large and beautiful boquet of June flowers, received the other day.  Mrs. B. has one of the finest flower gardens that we have seen in the city, and judging by the evidence before us none have rarer or prettier varieties of these nature’s ornaments.


  • We are indebted to Mrs. J. B. Baker for a dish of the largest and finest strawberries that we have seen in Macomb.  While “tasting” of these we fully agreed with the old English writer, that “Doubtless the Almighty could have made a better berry, but it is certain He never did.”


  • Mr. George Calvin, of Bethel township, had a fine horse killed by lightning, on Thursday of last week.  Mr. C. was a few rods from the horse and was slightly affected by the discharge, as was also another gentleman in the same field.


  • Wild strawberries are plenty on the prairies and in the open spaces of the timber.  Children and grown folks have fine times gathering the delicious fruits – frequently returning with buckets full at a time.

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