May 23, 1862
Blandinsville, April 21
Messrs. Editors: If it will not be the means of crowding out other matter of greater importance I respectfully request you to give this imperfect sketch a place in the Journal, as I see no reason why a knowledge of the noble deeds of the patriotic ladies of Blandinsville and vicinity should be confined to their immediate community, while the praise of the loyal ladies of other towns and cities is heralded in every corner of our country, especially when by a careful comparison of their acts with the acts of the loyal ladies of other communities we find they have excelled many others, and perhaps have not in benevolence been surpassed by any community in the State. We read of the kindness of the ladies in other neighborhoods with sensations of pleasure, when we remember that although our excellent Government is doing all that can reasonably be done under existing circumstances. No agency employed by Government would be likely to reach and secure many of the articles that are furnished by those excellent ladies. Indeed, as a general rule, none can judge so well as ladies what a wounded soldier needs; none so ready to extend relief to the suffering; none whose hearts are so full of sympathy, and none whose soft words and gentle hands are so soothing to the wounded and dying. And while some good ladies, whose circumstances allow them to do so, have gone to the various hospitals to attend to the wants of our wounded soldiers, others are engaged heart and hand in preparing for use such articles as are needed for the suffering inmates of those mansions of pain and distress.
This must be a source of comfort to our wounded patriots, that while they are far from home and many of their friends, they have a kind woman’s hand to attend their wants, and at the same time their lady friends at home are making generous efforts to furnish for their benefit such articles as they need. Now the hand that prepares and furnishes the articles that are needed is just as praise-worthy as the hand that applies those articles when furnished, and as the furnishing class in Blandinsville and vicinity has done so well I do not want their efforts hid in their immediate sphere of action, but hoping that their examples may stimulate others to do likewise; I will say that if I am not mistaken, in November last, some of the ladies of Blandinsville met and organized a society to labor for the benefit of the wounded soldiers in our army. The society is called the Ladies Soldier Aid Society of Blandinville, Ill. – Its name designates its object, and since that those ladies with the aid of others whose efforts have been secured by their influence, have filled and sent through the agency of the Sanitary Commission of Chicago, four large boxes of various articles for the benefit of wounded soldiers. They are now collecting and preparing goods to fill the fifth box, which will be larger and more valuable than either of the former. – The writer having occasion to be present for a few minutes at one of the society’s meetings, was astonished to see so large an amount of articles collected, and so much skill and judgment exhibited in their preparation, and so many willing hands voluntarily engaged in doing so noble a part in trying to save the wounded soldiers from suffering; and so many smiling faces that indicated a degree of cheerfulness even in the performance of their sad task; and whose countenances showed they felt a consciousness of being engaged in discharging their duty. But I have said enough. Their works will show for themselves. I hope the society will excuse me for using the liberty I have taken, I have written without their knowledge, and if I have made any mistake I will gladly correct it.
I will close by saying I hope the Lord will reward their kindness and restore to them their friends, peace and union to our country.
Yours, J. L. Gordon.
The Homestead Bill.
The Homestead Bill has at last passed Congress and is in the hands of the President for his signature. The country will hail with delight this announcement. It shows that the Republican party has been true to its pledges to give to actual settlers a farm from the national domain. There can be no doubt that President Lincoln will give the bill his approval, as he has always been in favor of taking the public lands out of the hands of speculators and monopolists. The bill differ somewhat from the other Homestead bills that have been before Congress and is the result of a committee of conference. – It gives every head of a family, twenty-one years of age, 160 acres of land, provided, he remains upon and cultivate it for five years. It also gives every person who has been in the service of the Government either in the army or navy, during the present war, all the benefits of the Homestead bill without requiring the possessor to cultivate or live upon the land. This measure in one shape or another, has been before Congress for the last ten years, but the Democracy when in power have always defeated it, though claiming to be its special friends and admirers.
LAND FOR SALE.
I will sell 80 acres of land lying 5 ½ miles from Macomb, due South, only cultivated in corn two or three years, and as good a piece of land as any in this part of the county, with a small house, a good well of water, and an everlasting stream within 70 or 80 yards of the house. Any person wishing such a place will do well to come and see it.
Terms made known on the premises.
May 17, 1862. Ingram Nunn.
- More Rowdysim. – Sunday nights appear to be a favorite time for the Macomb Rowdies to display their peculiar faculties. On last Sunday night a gang of these night marauders amused themselves by breaking windows, throwing rotten eggs at signs and buildings, and tearing up sidewalks. These things have been put up with long enough. If those who engage in these things havn’t shame enough to stop their lawless proceedings some other course will have to be adopted. A good charge of shot in their legs might have a tendency to stop their nightly walks.
- Crop Prospects. – During the past week we have made inquiries of several farmers as to the prospects of the crops. They all agree in saying that spring wheat that was sown early never looked better. That that was sown after the rains was over does not promise very well. The breadth of spring wheat sown was much less this spring than last. The corn crop will be much larger than last year.
- Correction. – In the recipe for making summer butter which we published from the Journal of May 9th, says that the butter should be kept covered with lime. It should read covered with brine.
May 24, 1862
“Honest Old Abe.”
Republican papers are very indignant at the exposures of fraud and corruption of the administration that are daily being made, and they raise their eyes in holy horror at any imputation upon “honest Old Abe’s” official integrity. It may be that there is no evidence as yet of Mr. Lincoln having a hand in the plunderings of Cameron, Fremont, and Wells, for all the examinations yet made have been done by the President’s friends. But it is somewhat singular, to say the least, that the men who have squandered and stolen the money of the government by the million dollars are still the petted official friends of Mr. Lincoln. Cameron was removed, but it was not on account of his stealing, his big contracts to relatives and friends, and his squandering of the public money in every possible way; and lest the people should think there might be a controversery between them, “honest Abe” writes “honest Simon” a letter of love and approbation and appoints him Minister to Russia. Fremont was relieved from command for a while, but it was not because he had squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars on useless earthworks at St. Louis, or permitted his special friends to swindle and steal without the least restraint; Fremont retained his rank, and without an investigation is restored to command. Gideon Welles, Lincoln’s secretary of the navy, is another beautiful patriot to be kept in the councils of an “honest” man. The public are too familiar with his squanderings and swindling awards to need a repetition of them here. Yet he is still the confidential adviser of the President, and still retained where he can enable his relatives to make themselves rich at the public expense. We might speak of Charles Leib, whom “honest Old Abe” twice recommended for an important office, as well as many others of lesser renown and nearer home, who have used their official positions more to advance their private fortunes than to aid the public welfare. No man can long associate with and keep in confidence so many swindlers and pilferers without becoming at least liable to grave suspicion. The words “honest Old Abe” will pass into the same kind of an adage as “crocodile tears.”
Taxed to feed the Negroes.
A few days ago Mr. Cox of Ohio offered a resolution for the purpose of learning how many fugitive negroes are now in the federal lines, at Washington, Fortress Monroe, Port Royal, etc., and also the cost of their maintenance. It is evident to everybody that a large number of these negroes are subsisting at the expense of the tax payers, and it has been asserted that the cost is about $30,000 a day. Mr. Cox wished to get at the truth of these matters, and to let the people know it. But the republicans voted down his resolution, thus refusing to let the facts be made public. They evidently do not want the people to know how much they are taxed to feed these indolent negroes. If $30,000 a day are squandered on these vagabonds now, how much will be required at the end of another year, if [unclear] and hog they sell, taxed to support [African-Americans] in idleness and abolitionists in stealing them?
The Treasury Note Law.
The Supreme Court of this State have decided the case brought before them by the State Treasurer, as to the force of the act of Congress making Treasury notes a legal tender. The court has decided that the State law requiring gold and silver in the payment of debts to the State is as obligatory as ever, and that the act of Congress does not impair its force. Therefore, the State taxes must be paid in gold or silver. The act of Congress does not, in the view of our Supreme Court, overrule the law of the State. Treasury notes are, therefore, not a legal tender in Illinois in payment of State revenue.
The Journal inquires for the police. – We have heard it suggested that search be made on top of Mr. Gill’s blacksmith shop