September 13, 1862
Shall there be a Change?
The approach of the fall elections, and the necessity of electing men to fill important offices in both the State and national Governments, must not be forgotten by the people. Were there no such elections to be held – no offices to be filled – then there might be some propriety in the appeals to forbear the discussion of party politics. But while this is not the case, those who make these appeals are hypocritical and seek to build up their own organization while professing a horror of all party proceedings. A choice has to be made, and it is more incumbent now for the people to choose rightly than it has been at any former period of our history. The country has had over a year of republican administration of the Government, and that party, — either under that or a more plausible name, which may be assumed to hide its past and prospective enormities – seeks an endorsement of its conduct. We need not specify the particular reasons why that party should not be successful in the coming elections, because its manifold shortcomings, its fatal errors, its crimes against constitutional rights, its plunderings of the public treasury, its squandering and unchecked extravagance in every department of the government, its blind adhesion to the villainies of abolitionism, are all written so plainly that he who fails to read them is blind and led by the blind. – The question is, shall these things be continued? or is not a change imperatively demanded? If the country is to be preserved from the ruin that so fearfully threatens – if the Constitution is to be maintained and the Union restored – it certainly must be done by other hands than those which caused this terror of the future, and who have violated knowingly and wilfully the Constitution and thus perilled the Union of the States. It is surely a desirable object to remove the oppressions that now weigh upon us, to restore commerce to its natural channels, and to place the great body of the people once more upon the highway of prosperity. This cannot be accomplished so long as the politicians are kept in power under whose rule these hard times have occurred. Can things be made worse by a change? – This change is to be effected in the main by the Democratic party – but there are many others, who are not blinded by political prejudice and who are not irretrievably sold to the worshipers of Sambo, who should, and we have no doubt will, participate in inaugurating the beginning of a change. We appeal to all men who love their country, and who love their own prosperity, to answer the question whether a change is not needed, and whether if in any event things can be made worse, and the times harder, by a change? Is there not every motive to induce men to attempt this change now?
Indian Excitement in Iowa.
Des Moines, Sept. 8. – Rumors of the most alarming character have just been received here from Sioux City. The Yankton Sioux Indians, a very powerful tribe, living in Nebraska and Dacotah Territories, are moving on Sioux City in force, and are said to be well armed. A call has been made for every man and gun that could be furnished here to be sent immediately. Great excitement exists. The matter is before the Legislature, and, if prompt action is taken, one or more companies will be raised here to-day to march at once to the frontier. Recruiting is now going on actively. The Indians are plundering and murdering as they go. All the inhabitants of the surrounding country are fleeing to Sioux City for safety. One of the United States Judges in Dakotah Territory is reported to have been murdered. One company of troops, one wagon load of arms, and one of ammunition, have been sent from Council Bluffs. The whole northwestern frontier is thought to be in danger.
The Governor has telegraphed to the War Department for Gen. Harney to be sent to the frontier. The Indian tribes are all united. The excitement in regard to the Indian difficulties continues. No later intelligence has been received. The Legislature has authorized the Governor to send five hundred men. One full company will be raised here by to-morrow. Being cavalry, the difficulty is to get horses. A battery of artillery will be sent from Council Bluffs.
Board of Supervisors.
The Board of Supervisors have been in session this week. The proposition to appropriate a sum of money – say $10,000 or $15,000 – for the relief of the families of the men who have or may go to war has been entertained by the board, and finally referred to a vote of the people. This is right. Complaints for or against the appropriation must cease after the people have all expressed their will upon the subject.
The Excursion to Quincy.
We had intended to say something about the excursion to Quincy last week, but when we remember that nearly two thousand citizens of this county were “there and thereabouts,” it is scarcely necessary for us to tell them what they already know. The excursion was a failure, so far as affording pleasure to the great body of those engaged in it was concerned. This was not the fault of the committee of managers, but was owing to the parsimony and meanness of the railroad company. One engine to haul a train of twenty-six closely packed cars would be considered rather a weak team, by men of common sense. Instead of going through in three hours, the time amounted to five hours; and on the return the train made an average of ten miles an hour. The excursionists were consequently landed at Macomb at 1 o’clock a. m., when they should have been here at least three hours previous. We presume the company were too parsimonious to send a proper locomotive force to take the train through in decent time – they could not have been ignorant of what was reasonably required of them.
- The price of corn having advanced a few cents a bushel, up goes the freight tariff on the Chicago and Quincy railroad to a corresponding figure. Those who voted against the Constitution in June don’t deserve any better luck than to have the railroads eat up all their surplus products.