May 9 and 10, 1862

Macomb Journal
May 9, 1862

The City Election.

            The election in this city on Monday just passed all very quietly, and resulted as usual in the success of the Republican ticket.  Very little interest was manifested upon the part of the Republicans.  Indeed the ticket was not put in nomination until late Saturday evening.  The Democracy had a strong ticket in the field and turned out [unclear] to a man to its support.  Many Republicans did not go to the polls at all, and there was no effort made to get them out.  And yet the Republican candidate was elected by a 22 majority. – The result is gratifying to us not so much on account of the importance of the election of the importance of the election as that the eagle would have heralded forth to the world the election of Mr. Burton as a great Democratic victory, and as another that Republicanism is dying out.  Mr. [unclear], the Mayor elect, is an old resident here, and is thoroughly identified with the interests of the city, and we doubt not will institute some reforms in the administration of city affairs that are sadly needed.  The board of Aldermen stand the same as last year politically.  Four Republicans and four Democrats.


Sad Accident. – On Monday last, as a funeral procession was passing down Jackson Street the horses attached to the hearse became quite frightened at the cars, and springing one side upset the hearse, and threw the coffin out.  The coffin lid bursted open and the corpse smartly rolled out.  The hearse, which was a new one, was considerably injured.  The horses and hearse belonged to Mr. Silas French.  We have made  inquiry into all the circumstances, but can learn nothing that indicates that the accident was caused by any carelessness upon the part of Mr. French or the driver.  It was one of those heart-rending accidents that will sometimes occur in spite of all precaution to prevent them.  The corpse was that of a child four years old, and of course the occurrence of such an accident was very harrowing to the feelings of the bereaved parents, but we believe that they exonerate Mr. French from all blame.


Broke Jail. – One Hugh Long, who was serving out his time in the county jail in this city, for stealing rails, broke out on Tuesday night last, and made good his escape.  He was sentenced to ninety days confinement and had served out about half his time.  He escaped by prying out one of the bars in the upper ceiling.  He had a file and an iron bar to work with, which of course was supplied by some sympathetic friend outside.


Accident. – John Montgomery, a step son of Jas. W. Matthews, county clerk, while scuffling with some boys on Saturday evening last, was thrown violently to the ground breaking one of his legs below the knee.  This should be a warning to boys not to be so rough in their sports.


Change of Time. – The trains on the C. Q. & R.  R.  commenced running on a new time on Monday last.  The mail train from Chicago now reaches here before 8 o’ clock in the evening.  This is a great accommodation to the citizens of this place.  We can now get our papers and get to bed the same night.


Woolen Factory. – In another column will be found D. S. Hampton’s advertisement, which is of much interest to the farmers.  Mr. Hampton has been in the business for a long time, and is a thorough workman and an accommodating business man.  Read this advertisement.


Wool Carding. – John J. Worley is again on hand with good machinery, prepared to card wool in the best possible manner.  His shop is located near Colchester.  Give him a call.


Fine Weather. – The past week has been pleasant enough to make up for the bad weather all the spring. – The farmers are improving the time as fast as possible and very few of them find time to come to town, which makes it rather dull here.


Furniture. – H.F. Martin & Son on the north side of the square have a large assortment of Furniture of every description, which they will sell very cheap.  They also have a good assortment of School Books, Stationary, Wall and Window paper, &c.


New Hearse. – Silas French, proprietor of the Livery Stable in this city, has purchased a new Hearse, which will always be held in readiness to attend funerals at the shortest notice.  His price, for attending a funeral is $3,00, not $5,00 as has been reported.


Revival. – The meeting is still going on at the Christian Church, under the supervision of Rev. Mr. Huston. – Nineteen additions to the church have been made.  The meeting will continue through the week, and perhaps next week.


Ice. – D. N. Lane has his ice house well filled with good clean ice, ready for the hot summer weather.  He will sell it cheap and deliver it through the season.


Macomb Eagle
May 10, 1862



The Old Democracy.

            “Country before party,” says a contemporary, we hear on every hand. – Yes, certainly; that is the true doctrine.  But to accomplish any desired object in government affairs men must associate together and strive to accomplish that object.  That makes parties.  The men who desire to preserve the constitution and restore the government as it was, and as the fathers of the Republic made it, ought to act together for the accomplishment of that object, and ought to act together around the largest organization having that object in view.  While abolitionists are seeking to revolutionize the government, no Union man can associate with them any more than he can with secessionists.  If all men who love their country above party would act together in politics as they do in any other matter, we should soon have a party that would save the country.  The old Democratic party forms a powerful nucleus around which all patriotic men should rally.

The Tax Bill.

            The tax bill is still before the Senate – without action.  But the negro supplies the two Houses with something to do.  “Our colored fellow citizens” have already commenced sending in their petitions as “free citizens,” asking further congressional action in their behalf.  They now want the Government to keep them, or their freedom will do them an injury!  More taxes will be required for this, and it may be well to keep the tax bill back and learn how much to add for the negroes benefit.  This idea of making taxed slaves of the white men of the North, that the negroes may go free and be supported at the expense of the Government, is one of the numerous “blessings” consequent upon the success of republicanism.


Homestead Exemption. – The May No. of the Legal Adviser published by E. M. Haines at Chicago contains an article giving the Homestead Exemption  Laws of Illinois and the decision of the supreme court in full on the subject up to the present time.  It gives some late decisions affecting homesteads not yet published in the reports of the supreme court.  A large proportion of the people of the State are interested in this subject, and the article will be read with interest.



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