October 11 and 12, 1861

Macomb Journal
October 11, 1861

The Union Convention.

We had no time last week to say a word in regard to the Union Convention and its nominees.  The proceedings were characterized throughout with the utmost harmony and good feeling.  The Convention was composed of men who have hitherto differed widely in their political views, but who now feel that the present crisis demands no bickering, strife or discord about party issues, but that all should unite upon the great issue – the preservation of the Union.

With those who look only to capability, worth and merit, the candidates are unexceptional.  Carter Van Vleck, the candidate for delegate to Constitutional Convention, is well known to the people of the county.  His honor, integrity and ability are unquestioned, and if elected will truly and faithfully represent this district in perfecting a constitution designed for the government of the people, and not to favor this or that party.

Dr. Durant having declined the nomination for Probate Judge, the nominating committee have substituted the name of Stephen A. Hendee, of Bushnell, who, it will be seen by correspondence in another part of this paper, accepts the nomination.  We have no personal acquaintance with Mr. Hendee, but we are assured that he is a worthy and capable man, and deserving the support of every true and loyal citizens of the county.

The candidate for County Clerk, F. Cruser, Esq., is a resident of Walnut Grove township, and is highly esteemed by all who enjoy his acquaintance.  He is intelligent, well educated, and has enjoyed advantages which eminently fit him for the post to which he is nominated.

[?] c. Twyman, the candidate for county Treasurer, has been for some years a resident of Macomb, and is well known to the people of the county.  He combines all the qualifications necessary for an honest and faithful discharge of the duties of the office to which he is nominated.

For the office of county Surveyor, a better nomination could not have been made.  Mr. Brattie has won the reputation of being the best surveyor in the county, a fact which will be readily conceded even by those who will [?] by their intense partisan feelings to vote against him.

Mr. J. W. Blount, the Candidate for School Commissioner, is a gentleman well qualified for the position.  He is a man of thorough education, an old teacher, and worthy the support of his fellow-citizens.

No one can charge that there was any bargain and sale or party favoritism exercised in the selection of these candidates.  The people came together, actuated by one common impulse to bury partisan feelings, and to select men as candidates solely on their merits as honest, capable and loyal citizens.  The convention did its work in a spirit of harmony and good feeling, and the candidates selected received the cordial approbation of all present.  It is then, a ticket worthy the support of every citizen who is tired and sick of “[African-American” agitation,” and who is willing to lend all his aid and influence in sustaining the government in its efforts to suppress rebellion and punish traitors.


Heavy Rains. – An immense amount of rain fell in this vicinity last week, it being warm and showery nearly every day.


Nelson Abbott, editor of the Eagle was in attendance at the Union Convention at the Court House last week.  As he has been talking lately about a “vigorous prosecution of the war,” it was thought by some that he had concluded to throw away his secesh notions, and try and be an honest and loyal citizen.  Therefore to test his professions, he was invited to co-operate in the proceedings.  His “pheelinks” wouldn’t permit him, and he hastened away and found relief in the atmosphere which surrounds the Eagle office.


The Eagle of last week speaking of the Journal, says:

That paper condemns the efforts of the President to have the officers of the army act in conformity to the laws of the Union.  It makes a great fuss if a negro slave is “delivered up on claim” of the owner, in accordance with the constitution.

The above extract shows that the Eagle continues true to its well known character for reckless mendacity.  The Journal never has made the least fuss, or uttered the slightest objection against delivering up any fugitive from service to any person to whom such service was due, when the “claim” was made in accordance with the law and the constitution.  Neither do we condemn the efforts of the President to have the officers of the army act in conformity with the laws of the Union.  We have simply expressed a regret that the President saw fit to modify the proclamation of Gen. Fremont declaring martial law in a portion of Missouri.  No one denies the right of Fremont to proclaim martial law, when in his judgment the exigency demanded it, and such martial law, when duly proclaimed, was just as much the “law of the Union” in that locality as any other law.  It was simply a question of policy, whether the proclamation was too stringent or otherwise.  In our humble judgment we thought the proclamation just the right thing, but President Lincoln thought otherwise, and so according to the Eagle, we slightly differed.


A New Volume Commenced.

By reference to the head of the paper, on our first page, it will be seen that we have commenced Volume 7, No. 1.  We hail the occasion as a suitable opportunity to have a little social chat with our subscribers.

We presume that all our subscribers are well aware that we furnish the Journal with the expectation of getting our pay for it.  The price is one dollar a year if paid in advance, and double that sum if not paid until the end of the year.  Can it be possible that so many of our subscribers prefer to pay two dollars at the end of the year, rather than the dollar at the commencement?  If so, we have a poor opinion of their economy.  But no matter – that is their business.  Then we say to those who owing us for a year or more we want that two dollars.  We need it.  There are demands pressing against us, which must be satisfied. – We are now paying a large interest on those demands, which is swallowing up our little profits.  We appeal to your sense of justice, your generosity, and your own interest, to come forward and pour into our treasury the little amount you may be owing us.  If you have no money, and live within a reasonable distance of Macomb, go and cut us a load or two of wood and bring to our doors, or spare us a few of those chickens, or hand us a few bushels of potatoes, or spare us a portion of that fat hog you expect to kill in a few days.  Do something to pay us, or stop the paper at once.  We are getting tired of shimming around to get money to buy paper with, and then waiting two or three years for our pay, and then only get a small portion of it by hard coaxing, dunning or driving.  The better way is to pay promptly in advance.  We have a very respectable list of subscribers who always keep paid in advance.  We want to increase the list, and will therefore make the following liberal proposition: To those who are owing us on subscription for one year or more, we will agree to settle at one dollar per year, provided the amount is paid within the next thirty days from the date of this paper, with one year’s subscription in advance.  Those who do not comply with this liberal proposition we shall understand as inviting us to use more rigid measures with them.


Thanks. – Mrs. G. W. Damron will please accept our thanks for a basket of splendid apples; and also for a quantity of the “expressed juice,” which was duly appropriated by those who have no compunction on that score.


Capt. D. P. Wells, of this city, belonging to the 16th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, is home on a furlough in consequence of ill health.  Captain Wells was for some time Provost Marshal of St. Joseph, and performed his duties with much credit to himself and benefit to the public service.


Escaped. – The horse thief, James Spenney, succeeded in making his escape from jail on Thursday evening last week, in a very ingenious manner.  When Sheriff Hopper went to lock up the prisoners in their cells, this Spenney laid himself down near the outer door, and as the Sheriff passed in he overlooked the culprit, who seized upon the opportunity and passed out, locking the door after him – a good joke on Hopper which he amply appreciates.  The Sheriff offers $100 reward for his apprehension.  He is about 36 years of age, black hair, dark complexion, and about 5 feet 10 inches high.


“Shooting Stars.” – R. G. Scroggs, of Bushnell in this county, has been appointed recruiting officer for the Regiment of Yates Sharp Shooters, now in process of organization at Camp Butler.  He wants good marksmen, who have the nerve and will to draw a fine bead on a rebel.  His bills may be found posted up in various parts of the county, giving information as to where names may be enrolled &c.


Macomb Eagle
October 12, 1861

The Democratic Union Convention!

Great Gathering of the Unterrified!

The Democratic Union Convention last Saturday was the largest convention that has ever been held in McDonough county.  Every township was fully represented, and that too by men of known integrity and the firmest devotion all their lives to the cause of the country.  The convention was perfectly harmonious – each man seemed to vie with his neighbor in promoting concord and good feeling among all.  The resolutions adopted will challenge the admiration of all, for their boldness, ingenuousness, and completeness.  They are fully up to the mark which we anticipated from a convention of the patriotic Democracy, and put to flight all the mendacious calumnies and brazen falsehoods of the republicans, who have so maliciously asserted that the Democrats of McDonough county would not sustain the government under which they live.  The Democrats have spoken, and they have given forth no uncertain sound.  He that runs may read their deep devotion to the Constitution and the Union, and also their unfaltering support of every measure that is necessary to accomplish the defeat of any and every enemy that menaces the Government.  The candidates nominated are all Democratic Union men – true and tried – faithful and capable.  They endorse every sentence and word of the resolutions.  They make no equivocation of the great issues before the country, and they desire no concealment of their views upon any questions of policy.  The greater part of them have been placed in official positions heretofore, and in all their public transactions they have come fully up to the Jeffersonian standard of capacity, faithfulness, and honesty. – There can be no objection made to any of them, except it be by the factious or the malicious adherents of black republicanism.  The people have nominated them – the people will elect them.  To the work, firmly and unitedly, and the victory is won.

The Journal wades through a column of more to show that The Eagle is a “secesher” and quotes from what we said before the war commenced, to show what our opinion was after it commenced.  We opposed the cause of the war and should do so again; but after the war commenced we have invariably supported its prosecution.  “It is one thing to be opposed to the causes of a war, and quite a different thing to oppose it after it has commenced,” said Mr. Lincoln in 1848, and we refer the Journal to him for further defense of our course.

We understand that certain republicans have already commenced the game of personal slander and detraction toward the Democratic Union candidates.  We warn them to “go slow” on this track.  We had hoped that this short canvas would be conducted in a high-toned and honorable manner; we know the Democratic Union men so wish to conduct it; but they cannot control the republicans, and if the latter determine on giving a Billingsgate character in the contest, the responsibility of such disgraceful action will rest upon their own heads.


An Acceptable Present. – We acknowledge the receipt of a bushel of most excellent apples, sent to us by Mrs. Horace Head.  They are Fall Rambos – the finest and largest of that kind of apples that we have ever seen.  Mr. Head certainly has an orchard of the best fruit in the county, and all will acknowledge Mrs. H. to be a woman of excellent judgment and discrimination.


Postage Stamps. – Mr. Wyne, postmaster at Macomb, requests us to state that he has received a supply of new postage stamps, which will be exchanged for the old stamps, for six days after this date, and no longer; also, that the old stamps will not be recognized for the payment of postage after the 18th instant.


Since the meeting of the Democratic Union convention, the weather has been better, the sky clearer, and the air healthier. – Even the elements smile their appreciation of the labors of that convention, and the men that will not do so are certainly unfit to be trusted in political matters.


Another Large Apple. – Mr. j. P. Clark, of Bethel township, brought to our office this week an apple weighing twenty-one ounces.  Although not so large as Mr. Naylor’s, yet it is certainly a remarkable apple – the like don’t grow in every orchard.


Mr. Dewey announces the receipt of a new stock of fall and winter clothing, such as coats, pants, vests, and cloths, cassimeres, etc., all of which he offers at hard times prices.  Call and see his goods.


Glorious Dave Waggoner, of Fulton county, has raised a company of cavalry to serve during the war.  The said Dave is one of the “all-firedest best” men in the State.


At the late battle of Lexington the rebels rolled bales of hemp before them.  It is to be hoped that their leaders will yet have an opportunity of pulling hemp.


The black-feathered fusion party in this county is simply an effort to unite Democrats and republicans on a ticket that has not a Democrat on it.


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