August 2, 1861
A Secesher Writes for the Eagle.
We wrote an article two weeks since respecting those pro-slavery Democrats who sympathize with secession, and it would appear that we have touched one of them on the raw. He comes at us in last week’s Eagle in the following style:
“You accursed hypocrite! There is more Union spirit in one Democrat than there is in ten thousand such lying [African-American] thieves as the editor of the Macomb Journal.”
The above short extract shows the temper, the spirit, the logic, and the sense of the whole article of this ranting traitor. It would be idle to attempt to reason or hold any controversy with such vile trash. The halter is what he needs.
The Eagle Again.
Our neighbor of the Eagle is inclined to the opinion that we are “slightually opposed” to Lovejoy. He nevertheless goes on to argue that we are not very much opposed to him after all, but that we hail him as “good Lovejoy – sweet old [African-American] thief!” After using this elegant language, the amiable editor goes on to say:
“It is disgusting to see the Journal continually indulging in ribaldry and slang towards men, whether Democrats or Republicans, who are in favor of observing the guaranties of the constitution.”
The Eagle editor disgusted with “ribladry and slang!” As a good joke we are able to appreciate it; but if there is any other point to his remark, unless the editor means to utter a deliberate falsehood, we confess our inability to discover it. We have been an editor in this State most of the time for the last four years, and have preserved a complete file of our papers, and if we ever wrote one word of “ribaldry and slang” against any man because he was in favor of observing the guaranties of the constitution, we will thank any man to point it out, and our files shall be at his service. The Eagle can certainly, in a community like this, gain nothing by such reckless and unwarranted assertions.
In the same article from which we have quoted, the Eagle finds fault with our remark that the “Democracy flare up and fuss and fume at the least hint of infringing upon the glorious privilege of chasing runaway [African-Americans].” – This remark was made in view of the tremendous agitation in the Democratic camp on the introduction of Lovejoy’s resolution simply instructing the Judiciary committee to inquire into the expediency of repealing the Fugitive Slave Law. We are free to say what we have never said in these columns before, that the fugitive slave law, as it now stands upon our statute books contains many odious features, totally unwarranted by the constitution, and not at all necessary to render it properly efficient. We know that the constitution guarantees to the slaveholder the right to reclaim his fugitive slave. We freely concede this right, and have never in the whole course of our editorial career favored the passage of a law interfering in the least degree with this right. We are in favor of giving to the slaveholder every right that he is entitled to under the constitution, and all legislation that is necessary to secure those rights. But we frankly confess that we can find no warrant in the constitution which gives to the slaveholder the right to make us his [African-American]- catcher, and then to tax us for the expenses to carry him home. The constitution, we say, does not give him this right, but the Fugitive Slave Law does. The Eagle may relish this particular clause, but we don’t. But not withstanding our objections to these odious features of the Fugitive Slave Law, we should oppose any interference by Republicans with the law, because we would rather avoid this eternal clamor about the [African-American] question. When the Democracy, the peculiar champions of all the odious features of the Fugitive Slave Law, are brought to see and to acknowledge these unjust and outrageous features of the law, then we are willing to accept a modification at their hands.
We have thus been particular in setting forth our views upon this subject for the exclusive benefit of our neighbor the Eagle. We have noticed for some time an itching desire on his part to involve us in a controversy respecting the Fugitive Slave Law. He seems to imagine that the Fugitive Slave Law is the Constitution and the Constitution is the Fugitive Slave Law, and one word said against the law is an attack on the Constitution, and hence he has been eagerly watching for a word from us that might show our dislike to the Fugitive Slave Law which he might herald forth as an attack on the Constitution. We are perfectly willing to stand or fall by our own honest opinions, which we are always willing to freely express, and ever-prepared to defend; but we protest against such an unwarranted perversion of the truth as is contained in the extract above quoted. Let the Eagle fairly state our positions and we shall never complain.
Off for the War. – The two companies of which Dr. W. F. Boone and G. L. Farwell are the respective captains, have been accepted in a St. Louis regiment, and start on Saturday to rendezvous at the St. Louis Arsenal, according to orders. These companies make seven that have been organized and accepted for the war in this county.
Rev. G. W. Palmer, pastor of the M. E. Church, in this place, took his congregation by surprise last Sunday morning, by announcing at the close of his sermon that he had probably addressed them for the last time, as he would on Saturday of this week, depart with the companies which leave this place to rendezvous at St. Louis. Mr. Palmer has won many friends in this place by Christian virtues, gentlemanly bearing, and his warm social feeling.
The Late Robbery. – The thieves who broke into the store of Hugh Ervin, in this city, on the night of the 5th of July, have not yet been taken. They were traced nearly to the eastern state line, and are now probably somewhere in Indiana. Their booty consisted of the most valuable portion of the usual assortment of a dry goods store, two valuable horses and a heavy two horse hack. The horses were taken from the stable of Mr. Geo. Newton, to whom they belonged. Mr. Ervin and Mr. Newton unite in offering half the goods for the capture of the thieves and return of the property.
Ice Cream. – There is nothing so cooling to the system in this hot weather as a taste of Lane’s Ice Cream and a drink of his cool Soda Water. We speak knowingly.
A Good Improvement. – We perceive that Mr. W. W. bailey is engaged in removing the old board side walk fronting his premises and extending nearly a block on East Jackson street, and is laying down in its place a substantial pavement of stone, which we believe is the cheapest in the long run. Broken boards and projecting nails are nuisances under foot.
D. G. Swan would like to find some light employment, with wages sufficient to pay expenses, for a short time. Enquire at this office.
August 3, 1861
Letters from the Camp. – No. 7.
Correspondence of The Macomb Eagle.
Camp near Hudson, Mo., July 29.
Nothing of special interest has occurred since I last wrote, but it is no harm to let our friends know our whereabouts. We left the station at Monroe on the evening of the 20th, and came to Hudson. There are two companies of the 16th here. The other eight companies are stationed at various places along the railroad, east of us as far as Salt River, and west as far as Brookfield.
Macon city and Hudson are situated on the Hannibal and St. Joe Railroad, 70 miles from the former place and 186 from the latter. The two towns are separated by only a small water course. This is the present terminus of the North Missouri Road. The surrounding country is fertile, and possesses all the elements necessary to produce wealth. When the troops first took possession of this road, Macon city was the worst secession hole to be found on the line. But I am happy to state that the Union sentiments among the people have considerably increased since that time; and by proper management here and the silence of a few blathering republican sheets at home, this part of Missouri will soon be in a condition to take care of itself. It appears as if some of those over patriotic editors are determined to rule or ruin. They are dissatisfied with everything. Editors, who never saw a cartridge or smelt gunpowder, are trying to rule the army from General Scott down. They are continually making secessionists, by continually thrusting their abolitionism into everybody’s face, out of men who would otherwise be active friends of the Union. When will they learn honesty or common sense enough not to throw impediments in the way of the army of the Union.
We heard with sorrow of the defeat of the Union forces at Manassas; but instead of discouraging and disheartening the soldiers here, it will have the effect to nerve them to greater exertions and sacrifices for the Union as our fathers made it.
The boys from McDonough are all in good health and spirits.
W. S. P.
- Eastern Currency. – Our farmers are right in refusing the notes of eastern banks for their produce. The price of wheat, corn, hogs, is certainly low enough to demand the gold in payment. The eastern free banks have no better foundation than the stock concerns of Illinois and Wisconsin, which have so recently swept millions of dollars from the pockets of our people. Such institutions as the Spraker Bank, the Patchin Bank, the Bunkum Bank, the Grab All Bank, the Peter Funk Bank, and the like – whether located in York State, the land of wooden nutmegs, or the “Jarseys” – will burst like soap bubbles whenever the owners “get a good ready”. Let those who bring such currency “out West,” for the charitable purpose of “moving the crops,” be given to understand that our people don’t appreciate their ‘benevolance” nor thank them for their intentions.
- Rencontre. – An engagement took place in town last Saturday night between two “bold volunteers” of the 16th Illinois regiment. One was commissioned, the other a non-commissioned officer. Commissioned attacked the enemy with a poker, but suddenly found non-commissioned behind a masked battery. Commissioned wanted non-commissioned to “come out of that.” Non-commissioned declined acceding to the friendly request; and commissioned didn’t charge the works. Consequence, a drawn battle, and “nobody hurt.”
- The weather so far this week has been oppressively hot – the roads give forth clouds of dust – and the parched earth is literally gaping for rain.
- Blackberries are plenty this year, and the crop is now being gathered. A good rain is needed to bring the late berries to perfection.
To the Eddytur uv the Macome Eegel:
I hev larnt frum reports that there is gittin to be mutinee in the ranks uv the republickans, okasioned buy the egstream ultry aberlishun grounds uv the Shicago Trybune and its twin uv of Nu York and also the Quinsy Wig & Republickan.
Well now Mr. Eddytur, my edicashun is very limerted, but I am endued with strong perseptiv fakultys 00 and I will egspress myself frankly in this matter – becarse I may save the Dimecratic party from bein submurged and sunk inter the mire uv obliveryn.
We all no that lyin and trickery is a kardinal prinsipul uv the republickan party, and I hev hearn read in the papers that ther is 2 hundred thousand more troups wanted by the aberlishuners to kill seceshers.
If thay kin git the Dimecrats to believe that thay ar raly down on them aberlishun sheats, thay kin git some moar uv them tu du ther fightin, while thay lay back and larf in ther sleaves.
Now this is my privit opinyun, publickly egspressed. I may be rong in the premerses. If I am it is a good omen fur the Dimecratic party, becarse it is an old and true sayin that when rongs full ont honest men get ther own.
Tharfore, if troo I consider it a good omen tu the prosperity uv the Dimecratic party and consekently tu the pease uv the nashun.
Yoars & c., Pease Furever.