November 22 and 23, 1861

Macomb Journal
November 22, 1861

GOOD FOR IOWA. – Keokuk county, Iowa, with a population of thirteen thousand four hundred, has sent five hundred men to the war. – Ex.

McDonough county with a population of 20,000, has sent to the war 14 companies making about 1,100 men.  What county can beat us?


A Card from Capt. Wells

Macomb, Nov. 16th, 1861.

Editors of Journal – Having assurances from this and surrounding counties that I could raise a Regiment for the U. S. service for three years if it would be accepted, I went to Springfield and proposed to Gov. Yates to raise a Regiment, provided, he would accept it.  He replied there were so many skeleton Regiments now that he had issued an order that he would not authorize the raising of other Regiments till the present Regiments in process of formation were full, and that he would not deviate from his order.


D. P. Wells


The Baker Family. – This troupe of popular singers are announced to give a Concert in this city on Friday evening, Dec. 6th.  They will of course receive a joyous welcome.


The Machine Bakery. – We would call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of Mr. George Kruse, which appears in this issue of our paper.  Although the store of Mr. K. is not located on the public square, and is not perhaps measured by as many square feet as some other stores in the city, still his stock of groceries, &C., is ample, and his prices reasonable.  Purchasers will do well to give him a call.


Dentistry. – Dr. Mason, of the firm of Judd and Mason, Dentists in this city, will visit Bushnell on Monday, Dec. 2nd, and remain two weeks.  He has taken rooms at the office of Dr. Clark.  Dr. Mason has the reputation of being skilled in his profession, and will undoubtedly give entire satisfaction to all who may require his services.


About Those Arrests. – The Sheriff and his posse who were arrested by authority of the U. S. Marshal and taken to Chicago for taking property from his possession by writ of replevin, all returned a day or two after their arrest, having given bail to appear again on Thursday of this week.  It is proposed to settle the whole matter by the payment of the claim held by the Marshal.


Dr. Durant. – It is stated that Dr. Durant, of Blandinville, has received the appointment of assistant Surgeon in one of the Illinois regiments, and will shortly depart for the scene of his new duties.


The hog cholera is making dreadful ravages among the swine in Schuyler and Adams.


Macomb Eagle
November 23, 1861

The War.

The war has to be fought out.  There are but two ways of ending it, and one or the other of these must be adopted and vigorously followed.  One is to submit to the demands of the rebels; to divide the States and Territories with them; give them the unrestrained control of the lower Mississippi; pay their expenses in this war, and establish a precedent that the people of any State or number of States who do not like the election of a certain man for President may revolutionize and establish an independent government.  In short it would be to establish the Mexican system in our government.  This way of ending the war is not to be thought of.  The only other way is to fight the rebellion as long as it can muster an army in the field.  The back-bone of the rebellion must be broken, and it can only now be done by bayonets and bullets. – The people of the northern States have done a great duty in the late elections.  They have defeated abolitionism.  Their next greatest duty is to defeat secessionism.  This can only be done at the cannon’s mouth.  We can have no peace until this is done.  There can be no end of this war until the authority of the Constitution and of the Government is established in every one of the States.  The larger the army becomes, the heavier and faster it will be enabled to strike, and consequently the sooner will peace be restored to our distracted land.  The shortest road to peace will be found in the path of the largest army we can muster.  Those who want the war to speedily to be brought to an end must use their influence in the right direction.  Let no one flatter himself that there are men enough already in the field.  There never will be too many in the field so long as rebel camps are within cannon shot of the Union lines.  Let those who can be spared from home make up their minds to go at their country’s call.  Many can yet be spared from McDonough county.  Let each man judge for himself, in view of his country’s necessities and of his duties as a partaker of the blessings of constitutional liberty.  The errors of the administration – and we all know they have been many – will not excuse any man from doing his duty.  If you want the depression that hangs over every kind of business removed – if you want good prices for your produce – if you want the Mississippi and other channels of trade and commerce opened – if you want prosperity to gladden all the land – go if you can, or encourage your neighbor to go and swell the army that will carry peace in its victorious march.  Give some of the corn that is rotting in your cribs, the wheat that is mouldering in the stack, or the hog that may die of the cholera, to the support of the families of those who do go to fight the battles of the Constitution and the Union.


  • If any of our town subscribers fail to get The Eagle regularly, we ask them to report at the office.  We have a new carrier on the route, and he may possibly forget some of the subscribers.


  • The Journal indulges in some petty quibbling about our saying that the Democracy had triumphed on their old platform.  By this we meant the platform of 1856 and 1861.  The local platform adopted on the 5th of October was in harmony with the old general platform, and therefore a triumph upon one was a triumph on the other.  The Journal’s “bosh” about the Tennessee resolutions is well understood.  The editor of that paper probably sleeps with them under his head, has them fried with his meat, boiled with his coffee, mixed with his bread, and stirred in his water.  We fear he may be seriously afflicted with them yet.


Perfumery. – J. McMillan & Co. have just received a large stock of perfumery, for the hair, handkerchief, or breath – put up in ornamental and plain bottles, pitchers, etc.  The price of these purfumes is only about one-third of what they have formerly been sold at in this town, while the quality is every way equal to any ever before offered to the public.  Ladies and gents will please call at McMillan’s drug store, and examine the stock and prices.


Another Company. – We learn that a company of volunteers is now in a fair way of being gotten up in Industry township.  Mr. C. H. Reynolds, who has been instrumental in the work, informs us that he has about thirty men on whom he can rely.  As soon as the company can be filled they will be ready to start for the rendezvous.  We indulge the hope that there will soon be men enough enrolled to make up the requisite number.


  • G. W. Kruse is out with a flaming proclamation for the winter trade.  George keeps excellent crackers and candies, and his stock of groceries will be found equal in quality, and as low in price as those of any other house in town.  We advise our readers to give him a call, and see if he does not sell his goods on fair terms.


Well Done. – The citizens of Industry – or a portion of them – have subscribed a sum exceeding $300 for the support of the families of the volunteers from that township.  We commend this action to the people of other townships.


  • Gov. Yates has appointed Thursday next as a grand day for the slaughter of fat turkies, stuffing of children on sweet things, and a day of prayer and praise for a few pious people.


Ladies’ Relief Society.

The ladies of this organization, anxious to make a full provision for the comfort and relief of our sick and wounded soldiers, do hereby urgently solicit donations from all loyal citizens.  Money will be received by the treasurer, Mrs. Bartleson; material for clothing by the committee on supplies, Mrs. James M. Campbell, Mrs. D. P. Wells, Mrs. H. C. Twyman; edibles by the committee on general business, Mrs. D. Lawson, Mrs. G. W. Bailey, Miss S. Craig.  The society meets every Wednesday at 1 o’clock p. m.  All ladies are respectfully invited to attend.

Mrs. Van Vleck, Pres’t

            Mrs. Jordan, Sec’y.

Good for McDonough.

The Democracy of McDonough county have elected their entire ticket by a handsome majority.  Last fall McDonough was one of the most hotly contested battle grounds of the campaign, and was carried for the republicans only after voters had been imported by wholesale from Warren and other counties where they thought they could be spared.  There was a “heavy immigration” of republican “law students,” “clerks,” and “corn huskers” from Monmouth to Macomb a short time before the November election of last year.

Probably they would have repeated their visit this fall, had not their ‘friends’ been fearful that they would be needed at home.

We especially congratulate our friend and former preceptor Professor Jas. W. Matthews upon the very flattering vote he received – his majority being much larger than that of the other candidates.  No more able, gentlemanly, or accommodating clerk can be found.  Our acquaintance with him runs back to the days of what was once “McDonough College.”  As a teacher we ever found him instructive, and pleasant even when occasionally giving us a sound scolding, which, by the way, we always deserved as richly as the Professor does the confidence with which the people of “old McDonough” have honored him. – Carthage Republican.


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