January 17, 1863
United States Senator.
Hon. Wm. A. Richardson was elected to the United States Senate, by the legislature, on the 12th inst.
A National Convention.
During the past week a series of public meetings have been held in Springfield, one of the principal objects of which was to give expression of the public sentiment of the country in favor of a national convention to devise means of a restoration of the Union. These meetings were largely attended and the warmest and most harmonious action prevailed. The following resolution, on this subject, was adopted:
“Resolved, That it is to the people we must look for a restoration of the Union, and the blessings of peace, and to these ends we should direct our earnest and honest efforts, and hence we are in favor of the assembling of a National Convention, of all the States, at Louisville, Kentucky, at the earliest practical period, to so adjust our national difficulties that the States may hereafter live together in harmony, each being secured in the rights guaranteed respectively to all by our fathers.”
No argument is needed now to show to the people that this course is the only one which promises any reasonable prospect of accomplishing so desirable a purpose as a restoration of the Union of our Fathers. We therefore call upon all the people of this county, who desire to accomplish so glorious an object without the further and unnecessary waste of the blood of our friends and expenditure of common treasure, to give utterance to their opinions, through a public meeting to be held at Macomb, at as early a time as possible, as they would to earnest pleadings to be saved from imminent destruction. Let a meeting be appointed that the people of McDonough may come in their right and their might, and contribute their share of impetus to the movement that shall stop this war and restore our country to its former prosperity and greatness.
The Way the Money Goes.
We understand that some of the railroad companies have a batch of bills as long as one’s arm for military services, which have accrued under the orders of Gov. Yates, clerks, adjutants, aids, etc. The Governor issues passes to his friends to travel on railroads on “army business.” As a specimen of the abuse of his privilege in this matter, we are told that the Chicago and Alton railroad have a bill for a pass in these words:
“Pass myself and family from Springfield to Chicago and return. Army business.
Now what army business did the Governor’s “family” perform in Chicago? On examination of the date of the family trip to Chicago on army business, it is found to be a day or two previous to the date of the Governor’s abolition speech in Chicago. The army business which required the presence of himself and family at Chicago can be readily inferred. Probably the tax payers have a right to protest against this appropriation of their money.
Letter from the Editor.
Springfield, Jan. 7.
Late last evening bills were passed in each branch of the Assembly, authorizing the payment of Taxes in “legal tender.” The two bills will be harmonized and made a law in a day or two.
This morning Senator Mack introduced a bill placing $10,000 at the disposal of the Governor for the relief of wounded soldiers at Murfreesboro and Vicksburg. This would be another nice plum, as the bill was framed, to place in the hands of Yates and his crew of pleasure parties. The bill was referred to the judiciary committee, who reported an amendment appointing L. D. Erwin, E. Bayden, and W. W. Boyden, commissioners to visit and relieve the wounded soldiers; also that the commissioners convert the coin into treasury notes, and report their doings under oath. This will prevent the State officers from pocketing the difference of $3,500 between gold and greenback. This amendment was, of course, opposed by the republican members; but there is a healthy Democratic atmosphere in the Senate, and the bill as amended was passed.
In the House this morning there was sharp firing at the Governor’s message. Mr. O’Brien moved that it be referred to a special committee of “free Americans of African descent,” which was out of order. On a motion to print, several gentlemen aired their rhetoric. One member denounced it as an incendiary document, full of the seeds of revolution and disunion, and as such should not be distributed.
A number of bills, mostly of a private nature, were introduced this morning, and referred to appropriate committees. The Senate then adjourned, in honor of the anniversary of the battle of New Orleans.
In the House, a leading republican, in order to preserve the reputation of his party, introduced resolutions on the same subject, containing a little Jackson, a little country, and great deal of nigger. It was properly disposed of.
Jan. 9th. – In the Senate to-day Mr. Berry offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
“Resolved, That the committee on Judiciary be instructed to examine whether or not the present exorbitant and ruinous rates of charges for transportation on the railroads of this State, can be restrained by law, and if so, to report a bill effectually guarding the interests of the country and the people against the same.”
A joint resolution appointing a committee to investigate the military expenditures of the State was adopted.
A bill to postpone the return of tax collectors’ books till March 20th was introduced by Mr. Lindsay of Peoria, and referred to finance committee.
The contested election case from the 21st district was decided against the contestant.
After the transaction of some important business the Senate adjourned till Monday.
In the House Mr. Davis offered the following resolution: That the Governor inform the House of the number of negroes brought into the State, by whom, and at whose expense, and also what legislation is necessary to prevent their introduction. Referred to committee on Judiciary.
Resolutions were also adopted calling for searching investigations into the management of the military affairs of this State, and it is believed that these investigations will reveal a degree of extravagance and recklessness, if not of positive corruption, that will be remarkable even in these days of official wickedness and desperation.
Jan. 12. – The two houses met in joint convention in this afternoon and proceeded to the election of a United States Senator. Mr. Lindsay nominated the Hon. Wm. A. Richardson; Mr. Haines nominated Richard Yates. The vote stood:
The announcement of the result was received with great applause.
A bill for the protection of operatives in coal mines was reported by Mr. Underwood, and after some hours debate, was passed. A bill taxing suits hereafter commenced in circuit courts one dollar, and six dollars in the supreme court, for the benefit of the respective judges, has passed the Senate.
The Eighty-Fourth Regiment. – The following is a list of the killed and wounded from McDonough county at the battle of Murfreesboro:
Company A. – Killed, Aaron Maccumber, Severely wounded, 1st. Lieut. Thomas G. Wisdom, Orderly Sergeant L. N. Mitchell, Samuel Patrick. Slightly wounded, Sergt. E. Roll, Willis Edison, Corp. J. B. Worthman, T. J. Shepherd, C. C. Roberts, Wilford Mitchell, Geo. Parks, David G. Tuggle, Phil. Shigler, Steven R. Shremes, John Crane, John C. Patterson, Joseph Deardoff, George Waters.
Company C. – Killed, Color Sergeant Geo. F. Yocum, Richard W. Pennington. Severely wounded, Abraham Pardon, Albert Markland, G. M. White, Wm. G. Harris, G. W. McDaniel, David Avery. Slightly wounded, Thos. McMartin, Wm. Gherson, Nelson Butchers, Wm. A. Chapman.
In our letter from Springfield last week, the election of D. J. Waggoner of Fulton, sergeant at arms, and J. M. Blades, of Hamilton, assistant, was accidentally omitted. The aforesaid “D. J.” is one of the best men alive, and is deserving of honorable mention all the time.
→ A case of “sorghum and feathers” came off at Ellisville, Fulton county, a few days ago. The victim was a woman, who was charged with seducing various married men, and the injured wives vented their indignation by an application of sorghum and feathers to the demirep who had invaded their marital rights. The next phase in the affair will be a large lot of business for the prosecuting attorney in the 5th district.