August 8 and 9, 1862

Macomb Journal
August 8, 1862

Our Duty.

            In a few days hundreds of our citizens will be off for the war.  They will leave their families behind them, and in many cases no doubt, dependent upon others for support.  In view of this some steps should at once be taken to provide a sufficient fund for their support.  The Board of Supervisors should at once be convened and make an appropriation for that purpose. – Every man in McDonough county who owns a dollar’s worth of property, is depending upon the Government for its protection, and it is just and right that a tax should be levied upon that property to pay for its own security.  Nor should this be looked upon as a matter of charity.  It is a right.  If a man whose family depends upon his labor for support goes to the war for the public good, the public is in duty bound to see that his loved ones at home are well provided for.  This should be done at once.  There is no time for delay.  The hour of inaction has passed, and in the future everything must move at “Double quick.”


The Test.

            There are some in our midst (Thank God they are few) who have been foolish enough to declare publicly that they would not subject to a draft if one became necessary.  Of course, such men are traitors, and to them the test is coming – a test that will show where they really stand.  Every loyal man if drafted will cheerfully submit for his country’s good, and we hope that in McDonough county no one will be found who will object to the performance of his whole duty in this trying hour. – Should there be men who in acts carry out their threats, they should be sent South to associate with their brother traitors.


The News in Macomb. – The news that a draft was to be made for 300,000 men, produced quite an excitement in this city on Tuesday morning last.  Every one was jubilant, however.  None seemed sorry that the call had been made.  On the contrary nearly every man expressed a willingness to go into the service.  Even the few men who have heretofore threatened to die in their tracks before they would submit to a draft, all at once became patriotic; and concluded to go if drafted.

All seemed desirous to [unclear] the draft, and for a time it seemed as though every man was bound to volunteer at once.  Several new companies were at once started, and many volunteered in the old companies.  On the whole, Tuesday was an exciting day, but the excitement was all in favor of sustaining the Government, even if it took every man in the county to do it.


The War to be Short.

            The indications now are that the War is to be short and decisive.  The act under which the last call is made only provides for calling out the militias for nine months.  So it is fair to presume that the officers who have charge of affairs have called on all that is necessary to put down the rebellion in that time.  One more giant effort and the monster secession will be overthrown and peace will again smile upon us. – The country can well afford one more mighty effort – one that shall be perfectly overwhelming in power.  The war will end in nine months.


Party Conventions.

            We notice in the last Eagle a call for a Democratic County Convention, to meet at this city on the 23d of August, for the purpose of electing delegates to attend the Congressional Convention at Rushville on the 28th of August.  So these men are bound to force a political issue in this time when every energy of the people is being taxed to put down rebellion.  They are bound if possible, to control the next Congress, so that the “fire in the rear” policy may be successfully carried out.  Well let them go on with their old political machine called the Democratic party.  The people of the State can find time to prosecute the war and attend to the funeral of the secession wing of the Democratic party at the same time.  This is no time for party conventions, but if forced into it the Republicans must meet the responsibilities thus thrown upon them.


A heavy Storm. – On Monday night last this section was visited by a heavy rain storm, which lasted the most of the night.  The lightning was very severe, and the wind heavy, but we have heard of no damage being done in this vicinity.  The storm was much heavier North of here.  In Chicago it was a perfect gale – buildings were blown down, signs torn from their fastenings, and everything of a moveable character pitched about right merrily.  Several buildings were also struck by lightning.  The Chicago & Pittsburg Railroad wood shed, a building 150 feet long, was blown down and one man killed. – The Tribune says that the loss in the city is heavy.
Later – Since the above was in type we learn that the village of Marengo, in McHenry county, was visited by a hurricane on the same evening.  Several buildings were torn to pieces, four persons killed and several badly injured.  The tornado only lasted about one minute.  A correspondent of the Chicago Evening Journal says: “The force of the wind was terrific and irresistable.  The grain on the fields was carried away.  On the farm of A. Patrick the loss is about $1,500.  His large barn was unroofed, and all his house carried from his foundation.  A [unclear] car in the village was raised up, carried across the street and smashed to pieces.  The air was completely filled with flying awnings, boxes, trees, shrubbery and timber.

Mrs. Sumner was killed in her house, which was torn into pieces; her neck was broken.

Mrs. Green, an old lady, was carried away with the ruins of her house, and when found, was dying of her injuries.  Robert Smith’s son, John, 12 years of age, was killed by being struck by a piece of flying timber.  Mr. Morris had his arms and legs broken by timber falling on him, and he cannot live.

Among those injured are Miss Green, badly, and not expected to live, and Miss France.  Several others were more or less injured, but we have not received their names.

To give some idea of the force of the wind, a large stove was carried up into the air and carried off to a distance of ten rods.

Our informant estimates the loss in and around Marengo at $10,000.


Macomb Eagle
August 9, 1862

The Cry of No-Party!

            Of all the deceptions attempted to be practiced by political mountebanks none can compare with [obscured] by republican leaders.  From the assembling of the Chicago Convention to this hour, party interest has been to them the only impelling power. – They cannot point to a single act, where they could swing the lever, in which republicanism has not been made the culminating point of their efforts.  To their shame and confusion be it written and remembered, that under a republican administration, with a clear majority of both branches of the national legislature, and the Government engaged in a war for its very existence, they have openly and shamefully deserted the interests of white men to labor solely for the benefit of the negro.  Coming into power under a pompous pledge of “retrenchment and reform,” their idolized chieftains have squandered and stolen thrice the cost of the preceding administration which they denounce as “the most extravagant and corrupt administration that ever disgraced the history of the world.”  Pledged to “bring the government back to the simplicity and purity of its founders,” the Constitution has been basely trampled under foot; its restriction disregarded, and its compacts violated with as much wantonness as the veriest harlot violates her marriage vow.  Claiming to be a party devoted to the interests of the people as an administration, it has incarcerated, after the manner of felons, citizens without legal process and despotically denies to them the cause of their arrest or the right of trial. – With all the powers of the government in their hands – powers heretofore so exercised as to build up this the greatest free government on earth – they profess to find an absolute necessity to suspend that charter of our liberties to which alone the true friends of the rights of white men now turn for hope and comfort in this ordeal of sectional strife.  In their inordinate thirst for infamous renown, constitutional restrictions are as ropes of sand.  As a party, and as politicians in power, when the present unfortunate war was first coming into the political horizon they were entreated to consent to let the people, through the ballot box, try to settle this unnatural strife, and the thus prevent the steeping the soil of our fair vallies with fraternal blood.  But to that request they were as deaf as the envenomed adder to the piteous petition of its victims.  Flushed with political success in foisting into power a sectional administration, their assumed dignity could not brook the idea of “compromising with traitors.”  When they were told by all practical statesmen that either compromise of a subjugation approximating annihilation was the only solution of this war, they chose the sword to the councils of delegates of the people.  And when warned that war and dissolution were unseverable incidents they courted the contest; and even after the blood of freemen had been offered on the altar of war, many of the leading spirits of that faction openly avowed a preference for disunion to conciliation, and now, since more blood and treasure has been spilled and expended than the revolution and the war of 1812 cost us, the leaders of this same republican party throwing more effectually into the furnace of sectional discord, the necessary fuel to consume the last vestige of Unionism at the south, than the ingenuity of all the Yanceys and tactics of the Beauregards can possibly furnish unless applied by their abolition co-laborers.  It is the satellites of these same leaders, who, with more effrontery than Satan assumed at the seduction of Eve, are now holding pre-arranged conventions, claiming to be the “Union Party” of the country and sanctimoniously setting up the howl of no-party!  With the facts staring them in the face, that every enactment on the statutes of the country, when they came into power, were the results of Democratic legislation – that all these acts were conservative, national and of undoubted constitutionality – not one of them having for its object the annulling or evasion of the compromises of our Revolutionary sires, who bequeathed to us our government formed by their patriotic wisdom and baptized in their blood; nor for the depriving of any citizen of life, limb, or property, without an impartial judicial hearing, nor for the intermeddling with the rights of States.  Well may their cheeks suffuse with the deepest crimson of political infamy when they blind themselves to these truths and attempt to perpetuate their [obscured] by crying “no party!”  No power for good or for evil, not even the secessionists and abolitionists who now curse our country, can find anywhere an evidence that the Democratic party, or our government which has always prospered under its rule, one failure, unless it be by the people lending themselves to this miserable sectional organization and joining in the hypocritical and traitorous cry of no party and perpetuate the principles now rioting in the heart’s blood of our country, and bathing leprous hands in the tears of the widows, mothers and orphans of those who have fallen in this unnatural strife, courted by the present political harpies in power for their own political aggrandizement.


Small Fruits

            The Shaker Seedling Strawberry, we have heard so much said about, has finally made its appearance and judging from a sample we have just seen, think it will fill the bill in the Strawberry line.  Mr. [?] T. Edgerton of Galesburg will be at the Randolph House a few days and will fill all orders for this, and all other kinds of fruits, and ornamental trees and shrubs.  The Strawberry plants will be sent here from Galesburg next week.


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