June 6 and 7, 1862

Macomb Journal
June 6, 1862

Shall We Adopt the New Constitution.

            We trust that every man who, in the present embarrassed state of the country, is opposed to any increase of taxes, and opposed to fostering special monopolies and opposed to adding any uncalled-for perplexities to the people of the State, will answer this question with a decided negative.  The friends of the new constitution are enduring in their efforts to prove by a fantastical array of figures that the new constitution will be more economical in its operations than the old one.  The idea is simply absurd.  How an increase of offices and an increase of salaries is to lessen state expenses, is beyond our comprehension.  The history of our present constitution is well known.  It was made at a time when the State was bordering on bankruptcy, and the idea was seriously entertained by many citizens of absolute repudiation.  But better counsels prevailed, and our present constitution was framed by men who were in favor of paying every dollar of State indebtedness, and hence they kept these matters in view and made a constitution upon the strictest economical principles.  The result was the credit of our State rose rapidly – its bonds became of equal value to those of the most prosperous States.  The question of a new constitution was first agitated by those who thought the time had come when we could afford a more liberal constitution, or one which would pay better salaries.  It was argued by those favoring a new constitution that the salaries of our State officers, and of our circuit judges, and of several other offices, were too low, and that the State could afford more liberal salaries.  Those arguments in favor holding a convention must be well remembered by our citizens – and there was much force and reason in them at that time, but now a state of things exist that no one anticipated.  There is just as much, and even more, reason why our State affairs should be conducted economically, as there was when our present constitution was made.  Our old constitution lifted us out of debt, or nearly so, and we shall need just such a constitution to carry us through the embarrassments which this war will inflict upon us.

Let then every patriotic citizen, who feels an interest in the good time of [obscured] day next this matter is to be decided. – Our only fear is that those opposed to this constitutional monstrosity will be afflicted with too much apathy, and conclude there are enough others to vote down the thing without them.  We beg that they be not deceived.  The conspirators, who canvassed this new constitution in secret midnight meetings, are diligent in their endeavors to bring out a large vote in its favor.  All, then, who oppose this scheme, by which our taxes are increased, internal improvements suppressed, monopolies encouraged, legislation complicated, and the will of the people perverted, are exhorted to [obscured] and prepared to go to the polls on Thursday, the 17th inst., and bury this conspirators’ [obscured] so deep, and with such a large majority, that it may never again be resurrected.

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            Died of Hydrophobia. – The Rock Island Argus mentions the death in that city, on Wednesday evening, of August Nesper, by hydrophobia.  The victim was bitten early in January last by a dog supposed to be mad, and the wounds were dressed with reference to any fatal results which might ensue. – Cauterization, however, was omitted.  Until Sunday last Nesper complained of being unwell.  From that time he grew worse, and a consultation of physicians was held, and it was decided to be a clear case of hydrophobia.  The patient, for some hours before his death, lay unconscious, and expired from exhaustion and suffocation.  He leaves a wife and one child.

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Facts to be Remembered.

            There are a few facts connected with the condition of the two political parties at the North which should not be lost sight of.

It is a fact that the only persons from the North, who have been found by us in the rebel army, and taken prisoners are Democrats.

It is a fact that the only parties at the North who justify or apologize for the rebels are Democrats.

It is a fact that the only party in the North supported by the disloyal is the Democratic.

It is a fact that the only men elected to office at the North about whose loyalty there is any question are elected by Democrats.

It is a fact that the only disloyal newspapers at the North are Democratic.

It is a fact that the only papers which have been suppressed for their treasonable utterance were Democratic.

It is a fact that the only Northern apologists and defenders of the institution of slavery are Democrats.

It is a fact that all the opposition to a full and complete vindication of the majesty of the Government, in this unholy war upon it, comes from the Democrats.

Let our Republican readers make a note of these facts, and when assailed by a Democrat quietly ask for a comparison of records. – Peoria Transcript.

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Fourth of July. – In about four weeks time the ever glorious fourth of July will be upon us.  Isn’t it about time that Macomb had a real genuine old-fashioned celebration?  If some of our public spirited go-ahead citizens will second the motion, or give us enough encouragement to do so, we will publish a call for a public meeting in the Journal of next week, to make the necessary arrangements.  Speak out, neighbors, are you ready to co-operate in celebrating the anniversary of our independence.

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Drowned. – We learn from the Democrat, of Saturday, that Mr. Thomas W. Saunders, an energetic and much respected citizen of Lewistown, was drowned in Spoon River on Wednesday of last week.

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A Runaway. – A team of horses belonging to Anderson & Brother, lumber merchants in this city, had a little run-away on Thursday morning.  The started from the depot and ran to the lumber yard, upsetting the wagon on the way, and arriving with only two wheels.  Robert Anderson, who had them in charge, was hurt at the depot just as the horses started.  We could not learn the precise nature of his injuries, but trust they are not serious.

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  • Fell in battle by a ball from the enemy through the heart, near Corinth, on the 5th day of May, 1862, Mr. Andrew L. Kellough, of Capt. Stewart’s company, Yates Sharpshooters.  A young man of unblemished character and noble aspirations, conscientiously moral and religious – a patriot – a Christian.  He resided with his parents about three miles from this city until last autumn, when at the call of his country he took the tented field where, as at home, the purity of his life, and the faithful unselfish discharge of every duty made him a favorite with all.  Though this is the second from this family sacrificed on the altar of their country, (Daniel A. Camp of Dr. Bayne’s Company, who fell a victim to exposure and disease in early winter, being a son-in-law) yet these parents now in the “sear and yellow leaf” of life, and feeling most deeply their loss do not regret that they had sons to give to their country in its time of peril and sore trial; and let us who are enjoying the peace and comforts of home cherish the memories of those dear ones and their compeers, who have fought and fallen to secure us these blessings.  Let the names of McDonald, Camp, Bailey, Gill, Milligan, Pierson, Welch, Teas and Kellough, and as many more as may be called to follow them, be as household words, not dishonored or forgotten; and let a tear of sympathy and a helping hand ever be extended to their families and friends left behind.                B.

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Macomb Eagle
June 7, 1862

  • It is certainly a very fortunate thing for the country that the republicans elected their “honest” men to office in 1861.  They have stolen about one hundred millions of dollars from the national treasury in the first year of their administration.  Is it not very fortunate that their dishonest men did not obtain office, either State or National?

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  • “The conservative men of the North and the border States,” says that Washington correspondent of the New York Times, “could save the Union and restore peace to its broad extent in thirty days, if the destructive element of radical abolitionism was crushed out of Congress.”  That is a palpable truth, and its admission comes through a very proper source.  Abolitionism is in the way, and must be crushed out before the people can hope for peace and a restored Union.

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Not a War of Subjugation.

            We believe that this war is in no proper sense a war of subjugation.  The United States is not desirous of holding any part of the country within its jurisdiction as conquered and subject provinces.  It desires only that the South should return to an allegiance which is as beneficial to her as the rest of the United States – to the South the same as to the North or the West.  That allegiance asks no more of the South than she concedes to other sections.  It asks only that all shall be governed by one law under a common constitution, which treats all impartially alike. – That is the understanding in which this war is waged by four-fifths of the people outside of the seceded States.  The ferocious demands of abolitionism – which are a disgrace to the age, to our people and to humanity – do not measure the wishes of the vast majority of the northern people.  Why will the South not understand this? – St. Louis Republican.

How can they understand when Congress, led by Trumbull, Sumner, Lovejoy, Stevens, and others, is continually asserting by legislation that slavery must be abolished before the war can end?  How can they understand when the republican papers are continually inciting them to make resistance to the federal arms and thus prolong the struggle?  How can they understand it when the administration falsifies the pledges upon which it obtained power?  How can they understand it when the leading men of the dominant party everywhere declared their determination to destroy southern society and southern laws?  How can they understand it when every effort of the republican press is to add to and intensify the acrimony and ill-feeling and hatred existing between the two factions? – When the people of the North will vote down this republican party, then the South may begin to understand that we are not their implacable enemies.

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  • The city council have run up whisky license to $200 a year, billiards $100, tenpins $100, and beer licenses may be placed at $100.  If it was designed to prohibit the renewal of license for the above objects, it will probably be successful.  But what will the poor fellows do if lager beer goes up to ten cents a glass?

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  • We are indebted to Miss Cline, of this township, for a cheese of excellent quality and admirable flavor.  Miss C. will please accept our thanks for the kind remembrances.

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  • Some ill-mannered thief stole half a dozen dahlia roots from Mrs. Forsyth’s garden, on Sunday night.  That kind of stealing might be called the flower of villainy.

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  • A hailstorm passed north of this town Friday last.  Many “stones” were seen as large as a hen’s egg.

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  • The “leafy month of June” has started out very cold and wet.  A fire felt quite comfortable on the morning and evening of the 3rd inst.

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  • If the weather should happen to get warm this summer, we predict that Lane’s ice-cream and soda establishment will become very popular, and, that the drafts upon his ice-house will become incessant.  Lane’s way of treating his friends coolly in the hot weather is decidedly refreshing.
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