June 13 and 14, 1862

Macomb Journal
June 13, 1862

Advertising Abroad. – We notice that our friend Venable, proprietor of the Woolen Store in this city, is advertising his business not only in the Macomb papers, but in several papers in adjoining counties.  We have no doubt he will find the experiment a profitable one.  We have already noticed the fact in this paper that people from adjoining counties are beginning to find that they can trade to better advantage in Macomb than elsewhere.  All the various departments of trade are well represented in this city.  Everything required by farmers in their agricultural operations, from a mouse trap to a reaping machine, can be purchased here.  We have dry goods stores, hardware stores, and drug stores, all extensively stocked and worthy of patronage.  We believe the trade of Macomb might be largely increased if all our merchants should follow the example of our neighbor, Mr. Venable.  We have some stores in this city which even aspire to do something in the wholesale trade, and which do not seem to afford even an advertisement in their home papers.  This to say the least, is ungenerous.  Nobody, at this day, questions the fact that a regularly established newspaper gives a certain degree of character and importance to the place in which it is published, and this fact alone is calculated to bring to that town an increase of trade.  But when that paper is filled with fresh, live advertisements of all the various departments of trade in the place, and is circulated throughout the surrounding country, who can deny that its influence will be to attract hither a large amount of trade that would not otherwise come.  And then those who advertise are of course directly benefitted, while those in business who do not advertise are indirectly benefitted by gathering some of the trade that is attracted to the city, without paying their proportionate share of the advertising.  It is with this view of the matter that we use the term ungenerous as applied to those business men in the place who try to get along without advertising. – They undoubtedly receive a share of the advantages resulting from the publication of a newspaper in the place, while they leave the paper for others to support.  We should be glad if a more enlightened view would possess the minds of all our business men.  We should not then be obliged to insert quack advertisements, and we should undoubtedly be able to publish a much better paper than we do.  Mr. Venable has set our merchants a worthy example.  Advertise first in your own county newspaper, and then in those of adjoining counties.  We have no doubt the investment will pay.


More Volunteers. – Mr. Silas J. Hopper and Wm. Ervin, both of this place, have been authorized by the Governor to raise a company of Volunteers in this county, to be mustered into the service immediately, to serve for three years unless sooner discharged.  A better opportunity was never offered to those wishing to enlist.  Both Mr. Hopper and Mr. Ervin are well known to the people of this county, as upright, honorable men, and we know their personal characteristics well enough to assure any who may be disposed to enlist in their company that they will not be likely to regret the association.  The company is rapidly forming, and all who have any thoughts of enlisting should hand in their names immediately.  We know there are scores of young men all over the county who were prevented last year from going to the war who could now go without serious inconvenience to their business.  The war cannot certainly be prolonged many months, and if any more of our patriotic young men desire to win laurels, and share in the honor due to the brave defenders of the Union, this is perhaps their last chance.  A meeting will be held at the Court House on Saturday afternoon next, at 2 o’clock, to make arrangements for the organization of the company.  Let there be a good attendance.


Taken Prisoner. – We learn that Rev. Dr. Warren, of this city, who recently received an appointment as Chaplain in a Missouri regiment, now at Corinth, was taken prisoner not long since by the rebels.  The report as we hear it is that the Doctor took a horse with the intention of riding to a certain point, and at last accounts no tidings had been heard from him, leaving it to be supposed that he had fallen into rebel hands.


More Improvements. – It is very evident that our city is not yet finished.  We notice various improvements going on in different parts of the town.  On the south-east corner of the square a two-story building is just being finished, which has been erected by Hartleson and Gillmore, the lumber merchants. – We learn that a new firm, Messrs. Hawkins and Floyd, Photographic artists, have secured the upper part of the building, and will open shortly with all the new improvements in the art.  Mr. Ervin has just finished a small building adjoining Stoker’s Jewelry Store, to which he shall remove his meat market.  Mr. Beardsley is putting up a residence on Washington street, and [?] P. Updegraff has made an extensive additions to his residence on Randolph street.  There are numerous other improvements of minor importance going on in the city, all of which proves that Macomb is a go-ahead city even in hard times.


A Narrow Escape. – We had the pleasure of an interview a day or two since with Wm. M. Taylor, of Henderson county, a soldier in the 10th Ill. Reg., who was wounded a few weeks [?] in a skirmish had with rebels near Farmington, in Mississippi.  A ball struck him plowing a furrow nearly half an inch deep and some four or five inches in length, square across the top of the head, from about where the organ of benevolence is supposed to be located.  Although knocked senseless for a time, the skull does not appear to be injured, unless we except an inordinate tendency which he has to sleep, which probably caused by a pressure of the ball on the brain.  If the ball had [?] the eighth of an inch lower, it would have killed him on the spot.  But [?] is alive yet, and starts next week to join his regiment, and have another clash with the rebels, provided they do not previously skedaddle to parts unknown.


Capt. Farwell, of Co. D, 28th Ill. Reg., is home on a short visit to his family in this city.  He looks as well and hearty as ever he did.  The Captain, with his company, was in the hottest of the famous battle of the 6th of April, but he escaped without a scratch.  We are favored by the Captain with a copy of Beauregard’s official report of the battle of Shiloh, which was found at Corinth the morning after the evacuation.  It covers twelve pages of foolscap, and is most too voluminous for our columns.


Young Pedestrians. – On Monday last two children of Mrs. Tatman, in this city, one aged about six years, and the other about eight years, took a notion to travel, and accordingly they posted off, without any warning, or as much as saying “good-bye.”  At night, of course, there was some anxiety felt at their unaccountable absence.  Two neighbors took a horse, and the children were finally discovered the next morning at the residence of a Mr. Greenup, but eleven miles north-east of the town.


Whiskey Shop Demolished. – We learn that on Tuesday afternoon last, the ladies of Middletown in this county, [?]ed out in considerable numbers and demolished the contents of a whisky shop in that place, turning every drop of liquor out upon the ground.  Bully to the ladies.


Strawberries and Cream. – The hot weather has induced quite a [?] in Lane’s ice cream saloon.  Lane is an expert in getting up the richest flavored ice cream, which is such a luxury especially in a warm day.  And a taste of the soda water which flows from Lane’s soda fountain is not bad to in these times.


Macomb Eagle
June 14, 1862

Is a Despotism Far Off?

            Do the people think that a despotism, proclaimed by King Lincoln, may not be far off?  What is to hinder it?  The proposition of Sumner to govern the seceded States as subjugated provinces; the clamor of abolitionists for the immediate emancipation of slavery; the various propositions made by members of Congress, under the garb of confiscation bills, and fugitive slave bills, and recommendations to change the judicial and financial systems, and other similar revolutionary projects, furnish the evidence of a widespread and determined effort to overthrow the Constitution by indirection and fake pretenses, and to establish a consolidated and usurped power upon its ruins.  These efforts and designs are cloaked under various and more or less plausible pretexts, and are seconded by influential persons, who are acting in concert for their accomplishment.  If the President were to proclaim himself King of the Americans, and use the army to securely place himself on the throne, that act would be no more flagrant violation of the Constitution than are many of the acts which he and his partizans have already committed.


Now that the rebel armies are practically whipped, it is the duty of Congress and the administration, to strengthen the Union sentiment of the South.  We want the old Union, we don’t want 8,000,000 of enemies in one part of it.  Let the old national family stand on equal terms, and in friendship and harmony.


“Curses, like young chickens, come home to roost.”  The abolitionists, who desire southern society broken up and southern laws destroyed at the point of the bayonet, may yet find these same bayonets come home to torment them.  The people have yet a high regard for the Constitution, and will not always see it trampled upon.


Harper’s Weekly has degenerated into a miserable abolition sheet.  While the southern States were an open market for its circulation, it sought to conciliate southern patronage.  But since it has been shut off from sale in that quarter, it has paid obsequious court to the free [African-American] toad.  Under the guise of neutrality and literature, its abolitionism is the more odious and the more contemptible.  It should be shunned by every man who regards a white man as of the least account.


Quite an unusual event occurred in the village of Middletown, on Tuesday last.  Some of the women thereabouts concluded to abate a nuisance in the shape of a whisky shop.  Accordingly they went to the spot, ordered the men away, and stove in the heads of two barrels of “tangle foot” whiskey, and broke all the bottles and glasses used in the business.  The whisky was the property of Eli Wilson.


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