July 18th, 1862
The War Meeting on Saturday.
We notice the handbills are out calling for a rousing War Meeting at the Court House, in this place, on Saturday afternoon next. More Volunteers are wanted to fill out Capt. Ervin’s company and also Capt. Higgins’. There are many young men around who have been talking about enlisting, and many more who have been thinking about it. Let them come up on Saturday and enroll their names. Let it be remembered that forty dollars are paid to each volunteer upon being mustered into the service. All who feel an interest in the cause of our country should aid in filling up these companies. Come out, then, on Saturday afternoon, and endeavor to bring some recruits with you. Several speakers have volunteered, and we shall probably have some good speaking.
The eagle after having for years applied the term “Abolitionist” to all who claimed to be Republicans, and after having over and over again styled the Republican party as an Abolition party, now makes a slight qualification of the term. It says, “Republicanism and Abolitionism is almost synonymous now-a-days.” So, then, there is some difference, however slight it may be, between Republicanism and Abolitionism. A few weeks ago the Eagle spoke of the Abolitionists, and “occasionally a Republican,” as being in great glee over the defeat of the new constitution. How comes it that in these latter times this distinction is made between Republicanism and Abolitionism? There has certainly some new light broken in upon the mind of our neighbor by which he has made the discovery. We are inclined to think his new discovery is in the fact that Abolitionism is becoming popular. Parson Brownlow writes that he is now called an Abolitionist by his old secesh neighbors. Judge Breckinridge, of Missouri, says that it is a mark of loyalty in these times, to be styled an Abolitionist, and the loyalty of that man who has not incurred the application of this epithet is to be questioned. Col. Logan, formerly a pro-slavery member of Congress from one of the lower districts in this State, has become so metamorphosed as not to object to the title of an Abolitionist. The name of Methodist was given to the followers of John Wesley as a term of reproach, and at last the name was accepted, and has been made honorable. Republicans have borne the name of Abolitionists so long that it would be no wonder if they should accept it. – The Eagle editor is shrewd enough to perceive this, and hence the attempt to recognize a distinction where there really is none. We don’t object to being called an Abolitionist as long as the term signifies a true and loyal Republican. As the term is now generally understood, the following from the Southern Literary Messenger is about the developments we have seen:
An Abolitionist is any man who does not love slavery for its own sake as a Divine institution; who does not worship it as the corner-stone of civil liberty; who does not adore it as the only possible social condition on which a permanent Republican Government can be erected; and who does not, in his inmost soul, desire to see it extended and perpetuated over the whole earth, as a means of human reformation, second in dignity, importance and sacredness to the religion of Christ. He who does not love African slavery with this love is an Abolitionist.
Illinois Game Law. – By the laws of Illinois, the killing, ensnaring, or trapping of any deer, fawn, wild turkey, grouse, prairie hen or chicken, or quail, is prohibited between the 15th of January and 1st of August.
On the North Side Again. – Mr. Thomas J. Beard, the popular hardware merchant of this place, has purchased the premises formerly occupied by him on the north side of the square, and has removed his establishment thither. His old premises, on the south-west corner of the square, was found inadequate to his extensive business, and hence the purchase and removal to more convenient quarters. We refer our readers to Mr. Beard’s advertisement in another column.
New Photographic Gallery. – Messrs. Hawkins & Floyd who have been for several years engaged in the Photographic business, have formed a co-partnership, and have had erected for their especial use a building on the southeast corner of the square, the upper part of which they have finished off for a Photographic Gallery. We looked in upon their establishment one day this week, and the neatness, convenience and general arrangement of their rooms, struck us being a littler superior to any of the kind we have ever witnessed in this State. The reception room is elegantly adorned with all the various kinds of pictures known to the art. We noticed some handsome portraits, finished in oil and water colors, and were surprised to learn that they were the production of the talented artists of this establishment. There are two portraits of the little son of our friend and fellow citizen, Wm. Bailey, which, for faithfulness of representation and elegance of finish, are seldom surpassed by the first artists of the country. A likeness of Gen. Butler, and also of Gen. Scott, finished with the pencil and brush, are likewise objects of interest in the gallery. The proprietors are prepared to furnish the new and popular style of likenesses known as Cartes de Visite, which have now become in great demand, specimens of which can be seen at the Gallery. – Messrs. Hawkins & Floyd give a free invitation to everybody to walk up and see their specimens, and take a look at their rooms, whether they should want pictures or not.
Blandinsville. – We made a visit to this town on Saturday last for the purpose of attending the War meeting which was held at that place in the evening. We had an opportunity in the course of the day to look about that place, and to call upon some old friends and to form some new acquaintances. We were much gratified to notice that the pressure of the times had not operated to suspend altogether the march of improvement which has ever been characteristic of the place. Several new buildings are in process of construction, and some more contemplated. A few changes in business firms have taken place recently. Goodwin & Bro., have sold out their extensive furniture manufactory to Mr. A. Thornton, an energetic and enterprising young man, who will carry on the business we doubt not, with as much success as characterized his predecessors.
The people of Blandinville have not yet given up all hope of the completion of the railroad which passes through their town. We learn that they have guarantees from responsible parties who iron the road, provided $25,000 are raised in notes as a contribution to be paid as soon as the road is completed. An effort is being made to raise this amount in the manner indicated. We hope it may prove successful, if by the means they secure the completion of the road.
July 19, 1862
The 300,000 Men.
The country would vigorously and heartily respond to the call for 300,000 more troops, if they had full confidence that the conduct of the war would be hereafter entrusted to military men, instead of being in some degree controlled by cabinet conspirators. As it is, the number will be made up but it could be made up much sooner, and the rebellion would be crushed much sooner, were the officers of the government all as patriotic and self sacrificing as the brave men who shoulder the musket. We can speak for Democrats – for we know them intimately and well – that they all want the Union restored as it was and the Constitution vindicated as it is. They have done their part heretofore, and they will do it in the future, whether their action be at the cannon’s mouth, or in the equally patriotic work of defeating disunionists at the ballot box.
A Prophecy Fulfilled.
“If these infernal fanatics and abolitionists,” said Daniel Webster, “ever get power in their hands, they will override the Constitution, set the supreme court at defiance, change and make laws to suit themselves, lay violent hands on those who differ with them in their opinion or dare question their infallibility, and finally bankrupt the country and deluge it with blood.” Webster was spared the affliction of beholding the ruin which has been brought upon the country, as a consequence of abolitionists and fanatics getting the power of the government into their own hands. But this generation has lived to see the accursed day, when these [African-American] politicians have overridden the Constitution, have set the supreme court at defiance, laid violent hands on those who have dared to question their infallibility, have deluged the country with blood, and brought it to the verge of bankruptcy. – Shall the conduct of these [African-American] equality politicians be sanctioned by the people, and a new license to destroy and ruin be given to them? That is the question before the country.
The abolitionism of the present Congress is producing its legitimate fruit. The bands of guerillas in Kentucky, who are now burning towns, cutting off railroad trains, and robbing and plundering Union citizens generally, could not accomplish this work so successfully were not the great majority of the people tacitly acquiescing in their depredations. It is but a few months, however, since almost every county in Kentucky gave a decided majority in favor of adhering to the old Union. They did this under solemn under assurances that their constitutional rights should not be abrogated and that the relation of master and slave should not be disturbed by the administration of the general government. They have lived to see these assurances dispelled and the pledges of the administration violated. They have lived to see the dominant party in congress denounce them all as rebels because a portion of their number were slaveholders, and they have been threatened, by even the President himself, with the loss of their slave property, unless they should consent to sell it on terms which he would dictate. They have seen their [African-Americans] taken into the army and retained there or sent out of the State, while their own lives were threatened if they sought to recover their property. It does not surprise us that a change has taken place in Kentucky – that the people have become soured toward our government and distrustful of the honesty and patriotism of our rulers, and that they have become at least indifferent as to the result of the pending war. Certainly, if the Kentuckians were the Union men they once were, these bands of guerillas could not march and prowl through the country as they are now doing. That Kentucky is becoming alienated, and that rapidly and thoroughly, we think is scarcely questionable. The cause of this is to be found in the ultraism and fanaticism that has ruled and ruined in the Congress, aided too by the “good [African-American], good master” policy of the President.
The statement that McClellan has been reinforced is no doubt correct, but as to the extent of that reinforcement the dispatches are prudently silent. There is no doubt, however, that Macomb has been reinforced with a large supply of those drugs and medicaments that are necessary to defeat and kill off those treacherous enemies to the health and welfare of our community. Gen. Geo. D. Keefer has command of these valuable reinforcements, and will so distribute them as to check the approaches of the insidious destroyer of life. His headquarters are under The Eagle office, where he may be applied to at any hour of the day or night. “A stitch in time saves nine,” will apply to the preservation of health as well as to the mending of garments. Call on Keefer and get a pure article at the lowest rates.
- A severe storm of wind and rain passed through Blandinsville last Sunday afternoon. The windows of a number of houses were blown in, wheat shocks blown over, and the growing corn leveled to the ground. We have heard of no injury to man or beast.