December 27, 1861
Last year, and years before that, our farmers got from five to six dollars per hundred for their pork; this year they will get scarcely anything. And it is not only so with pork, but it is so with all kinds of produce. Well, we don’t know that we should grumble. These are the good times we were to have if Lincoln should be elected, and we are enjoying the “good times.” – Rushville Times.
The above is a piece of cool sublime impudence with a large share of rascality. Is it by such petty flings and innuendoes that Democrats expect to conceal the fact that our present troubles and consequent low price of produce are the result of the treachery, dishonesty and rebellion of the very party with which the writer of the above professes to act? Because Democrats rob the treasury, steal our arms, take possession of our forts, and bring on civil war, and a general derangement of trade, must Republicans who have proved their loyalty, be made responsible for the acts of these thieves and traitors. Let every Democrat in the land return to his allegiance, obey the laws and constitution, and try to lead an honest life, and then if business does not revive and prosper, let the Times howl to its heart’s content.
For the Soldiers. – Several large boxes, well filled with roast turkeys, chickens, pies, cakes, jellies, &c., were despatched by express from this place last week to our soldiers. Some of the boxes we noticed directed to St. Joseph, and others to Fort Holt, Ky. James Anderson superintended the filling of two boxes destined for Fort Holt, which together weighed over three hundred pounds. The boys undoubtedly had a good dinner on Christmas and plenty of it.
Snow Storm. – We were visited on Sunday last, by an old-fashioned snowstorm which left us with very good sleighing. The boys and girls made a good use of it on Christmas, everything in the shape of sled-runners being made to do service; but on Christmas night a warm wind and a slight rain damaged the sleighing considerably. – On Thursday morning it blew up colder making a very short thaw of it.
Fire. – The house of Mrs. F. Atkinson, about five miles west of this city, was destroyed by fire, with a large portion of its contents, on Sunday morning last. The fire was caused by a defect in the stove pipe. The neighbors and friends of Mrs. A. have turned out with commendable zeal and generosity, and will soon complete another dwelling for her.
Home Again. – Thomas Gilmore, a well known citizen of this place, returned home on Tuesday last, after an absence of two years in the Pike’s Peak country. He looks hearty and healthy as though a life in the mountains had agreed with him.
December 28, 1861
The Prospect of a War with England.
We do not think that England will be in much of a hurry to declare war against the United States. The tone of the English journals are certainly hostile enough; but these journals have always been hostile to American interests, and the Trent affair affords too good an opportunity for them to discharge their paper bullets to be suffered to pass unimproved. The language of the papers seldom foreshadows the purpose of the government. That government is proverbial for its caution in all matters of such vast importance. They have heretofore acted upon the same principle which the United States are now called upon to defend. But British precedent, we presume, will be no guide for British action now. It would be unsafe to interpret the future action of the English government by their past action. What is the interest of Great Britain? How shall that interest be promoted? Are the only questions entertained by that power in its intercourse with other nations? They sometimes make mistakes, as the contests of 1776 and of 1812 clearly show. Such mistakes may be made again. If the English government had previously determined on recognizing the Southern Confederacy, and of aiding with her arms to compel the dissolution of the American Union, they will seize upon the arrest of Mason and Slidell as a pretext for that armed intervention. Will the interests of Great Britain be promoted by the disruption of our Union, even at the expense of a war, whether long or short? When the reader settles that question in his own mind, he can then form an opinion as to the probability of a war.
The Armory at Macomb.
The Journal inquires, “What is Macomb about that she don’t put in her claim” for the western armory? and adds that we “have lots of room” for it. We beg leave to add a few more reasons why the armory should come to this city:
Because Crooked creek runs north of town.
Because we have a railroad connecting the Mississippi river with lake Michigan.
Because the depot of said railroad is located on one corner of Campbell’s farm.
Because the only College we ever had was broken up or suffered to die through the prejudices of some of our citizens.
Because we have made a burying ground of the most eligible building sites near the city.
Because we want a new court house.
Because the city fathers, being mere people, wouldn’t let the guns get on a “bust,” nor be unbreeched in public.
Because the guns would be handy to “borry” during the chicken season.
Because we have a “bully hard school” in the first ward – made so by the incompetency of some of the former teachers.
Because we have had no circus for two years.
Because the city police would see that the guns didn’t “go off half-cocked.”
Because our town and county were named after two heroes of the war of 1812.
Because we are forty miles from Missouri and three hundred miles from Canada.
Because the sun rises in the morning and sets at night, according to the regulations of the almanac.
Because we have never had an appropriation to make Crooked creek a navigable stream.
Because we have a coal bank and would like to sell the coal.
Because we have no lieutenant-governor with a big house.
Because the business men who advertise in The Eagle sell the best goods and the most of them for the least money.
Because Christmas comes on the 25th day of December, and New Year in just seven days thereafter.
Because it snowed last Sunday.
Because The Macomb Eagle is publishing here, to the terror of abolitionists and other evil doers.
Because we want it here.
These conclusive and satisfactory reasons, we hope, will not be found inconsistent with any of the groceries or provisions of Trumbull’s new confiscation act or of Phelps’ proclamation.
We are indebted to our friend L. A. Simmons, Esq., for a couple of turkeys for the holidays. We been so unused to so much of the good things of this life, and fearing the effect of a turkey diet upon our health, that we took one to a poor woman and sent the other to a widow. We hope our friend L. A. may live a thousand years, and his shadow and whiskers never grow less.
Winterish. – The weather has been decidedly winterish for the past few days. Snow fell on Saturday night and Sunday to the depth of about twelve inches.