July 12 and 13, 1861

Macomb Journal
July 12, 1861

Our paper appears this week reduced in size to its old dimensions. – We expressed the hope last week that we might be able to carry the paper through the hard times without any abridgement, but on a careful survey of the field, we came to the conclusion that it would be better to reduce the size and thus reduce our expenses, now, while the pressure of the times are most felt, than to cripple ourselves by paying large discounts to obtain cash with which to buy paper, and thus ultimately run into deeper embarrassments.  As soon as money shall become more plentiful, and patrons pay up, we shall resume our former dimensions.


Daring Burglary – $1,500 Worth of Dry Goods Stolen.

On Friday night last the store of Mr. Hugh Ervin in this place was burglariously entered and goods amounting in value upwards of $1,500 taken.  The entrance was made by boring with an auger through a rear door, and then reaching through and turning the key.  The goods consisted in most part of silks, cloths, &c.

On the same evening two horses with the harness belonging to the same were stolen from the stable of Mr. G. Newton in this place, and a hack belonging to the Rushville line, which was standing near the Randolph stables, was also taken.  The stolen goods were loaded in the hack, and the thieves, after driving about town, probably to prevent being tracked, finally left town by the southern road.

The thieves are supposed to be two persons who stopped at Randolph’s Hotel a day or two before the robbery, representing themselves to be from St. Louis.  On the evening of the robbery these persons paid their bill at the Hotel, giving the appearance that they were about to depart on the evening train. – They declined a ride in the omninbus, prefering to walk to the depot.  It is very evident they did not leave by the train, but skulked about until a late hour, when they commenced their nefarious work.

Soon after the robbery was discovered several citizens made preparations to pursue the robbers.  It was soon discovered, by the peculiar track of the hack, that they had taken the road leading south-arst, and a few miles from town it was ascertained that the thieves with the stolen team had been seen pursuing their way at a rapid rate.  They were tracked to Table Grove, from thence to the Illinois river at Havana.  The last accounts we have from them, the thieves were somewhere in Logan county, and Constable Farwell and Deputy Sheriff Nihill only a few hours behind them.  It is earnestly hoped they may be caught and brought back to receive the punishment they so richly merit.

P.S. – The officers above mentioned have returned unable to capture the thieves.


 The 4th at Bushnell.

Our neighbors at Bushnell celebrated the 4th in fine style by a barbecue to which all were invited.  In the afternoon, the Declaration of Independence was read and several addresses made.  The Bushnell Brass Band discoursed excellent music, and nothing occurred to mar the festivities of the day.


Some Mistake About It.

The Quincy Whig published a statement to the effect that the company of Monmouth Dragoons which passed through Carthage on its way to Quincy met with very uncivil treatment at that place, and leaves the inference that the spirit of secessionism prevails there. – We think there must be some mistake about the matter, for we know that there are scores of as good and true Union men, and liberal withal, in and about Carthage, as can be found elsewhere. – It is true that there are a few secess onists in the place who hang about the Republican office, but we think it is scarcely probable that the Dragoons would call at such a disreputable place.

            Heavy Rain. – On Monday night last we were visited with a heavy shower of rain, which to all appearance was quite extensive.  We are now placed almost beyond the fear of a drouth, and all our crops present a promising appearance.


Macomb Eagle

July 13, 1861

Col. Smith in Danger.

A rumor prevailed in the city last evening, that Col. Smith and that portion of his command stationed at Monroe City, MO., left there yesterday or the day before (we did not learn certain on which day), for Paris, in Monroe county, about thirty miles distant, for the purpose of capturing a cannon and some other munitions of war said to have been in the hands of secessionists in that town.  After he left, the depot at Monroe City, with twenty-three railroad cars, were burnt by secessionists, and other depredations committed.  It was further stated that Col. Smith and his detachment of volunteers were surrounded by several hundred secessionists, and in imminent danger of being made prisoners.  Major Hays with a portion of his command stationed at Hannibal, went immediately up to protect the road from further depredations, and to render assistance to Col. Smith.  Capt. Ralston, of Col. Smith’s regiment, was in this city last evening for the purpose of procuring the services of some of the volunteers encamped here.  How many went we have not learned.  That the above statement is correct in the important features, there is no doubt.

LATER. – Since the above was put in type, about 10 o’clock last night, we learn that a dispatch was received by one of our citizens – name not mentioned here – that Col. Grant’s regiment, detained at Meredosia, for a boat to convey them to St. Louis, had been ordered to Hannibal, via this city, to relieve Col. Smith.  It was also rumored that a special train was immediately sent from Quincy to hasten the removal of the regiment. – Qunicy Herald July 11th.

Later still from Col. Smith

Quincy, July 11th. – It appears that Colonel Smith had reached Salt River Forks, but the rebels, having been apprised of his approach, marched through the timber to Monroe, took possession of the town, and burned the cars.  Later in the day, Col. Smith attacked the rebels, who had been continually receiving accessions to their numbers, and succeeded in routing them.  In the afternoon, the rebels, having been reinforced, attacked Col. Smith, but were repulsed with a loss of several killed and wounded.

A dispatch from Col. Smith, dated at 4. p.m. says that he is surrounded at Monroe by 1,600 rebls on horseback, and need assistance.  Major Hays has gone to his relief from Palmyra, with four companies, and it is believed that the Third Iowa Regiment, at Utica, will also go to his support.  Colonel Grant is now on his way to Quincy, with the Twenty-first Regiment, and Colonel Palmer will support him with such of the Fourteenth Regiment as can safely leave Canton.


  • Death among the Hogs. – We are informed that the hog cholera, or some disease equally fatal, has been making sad havoc among the hogs in Hire Township.  Mr. E. N. Hicks, O. P. courtright, Mr. Hunt, and several others, have each been heavy losers.


  • We are requested to say that the cavalry company will meet at Macomb on Tuesday next, at 2 o’clock, for the purpose of attending to business pertaining to the interest of the company.  Recruits still received.


  • Mr. J. C. Thompson, school commissioner, requests us to say that he has on hand a number of copies of the new school law, for distribution among the district officers and others interested.


  • Prolific. – Mr. Isaac Oakman, who lives in Hancock county, just west of Hire township, has a sow which has littered thirty-three pigs within the last eleven months.  That is a valuable animal.


The Reaping Trial.

The trial of Reapers and Mowers which came off on last Tuesday on the “mound farm,” near Doddsville, in this county, notwithstanding the failure in the arrival of four or five machines which were expected, was an interesting affair.  Arrangements had been made to have six or seven machines in the field, but by some mishap or other they all failed to get there but two.  The two machines competing were a “Buckeye,” superintended by Mr. Woolever, the agent for that machine for this and several adjoining counties, and a “McCormick’s Reaper,” superintended by Mr. John Ewing.  The work done was good and we are inclined to believe the best, we have ever seen done in a harvest field.

There was, as we expected would be, a large number of persons on the ground to witness the trial, and although there was considerable disappointment felt at first, we believe that most everybody went away feeling satisfied they had been well paid for going. – The two machines cut about four acres of wheat each, and about a half acre of grass. – There being no judges appointed, on account of there being but two machines in the field, it was left to the crowd that had assembled there to witness the affair to decide on the merit of the two machines.  It was decided that as a mower the “Buckeye” was the superior machine.  As a reaper and as a combined machine, the “McCormick’s Reaper” received the award of merit. – Rushville Times.


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