March 21, 1863

Macomb Eagle

Another Arbitrary Arrest.

            Last week Col. Carrington, with 250 armed men, invaded the State of Illinois, and made prisoners of Judge Constable and the sheriff of Marshall county.  He did this on the order of Major Gen. Wright, commanding at Cincinnati.  The offense that Judge Constable is said to have committed is simply this: He had issued writs of habeas corpus in the case of two men charged with deserting from the army.  For this exercise of legitimate judicial authority, he has been arrested and conveyed in irons beyond the limits of the State.  The sheriff, who is charged with the crime of executing the process of the court, is also arrested and transported to a foreign dungeon.  We know not whether General Wright had any instructions from the despots at Washington to make this arrest, or whether it was his voluntary act, in the exercise of discretionary power.  Nor does it matter.  The arrest was a despotic outrage, a violation of the Constitution, a violation of the law, and an insult to the State of Illinois.  It was unnecessary for the purpose of serving any patriotic purpose.  The writ of habeas corpus does not discharge any person arrest.  It only inquires into the legality of the arrest, and if this is all right the person is remanded into custody.  In the cases before Judge Constable, if the accused were really deserters from the army, the fact was certainly susceptible of proof before the court, and no injury could possibly result to the United States from the examination.  If there was no proof that the soldiers were deserters, it was certainly proper that they should be discharged from custody.  The attempt thus to override the courts and the civil authorities of this State is both flagitious and indefensible.  If acts like this shall be repeated and be sustained by the administration, the liberty of the citizen is swept from him at a blow, and his and privileges under the Constitution are but cruel mockery.  Any man would be liable to arrest and impressment into the army, if this conduct be not rebuked, and his family and friends would in vain make efforts for his release.  It is time for the people to take alarm.  The encroachments of the President upon the liberties of the people are not imaginary; the history of his usurpations of power, of his violations law, of his ruthless trampling of the Constitution under his feet, are not fictitious.  Would to God they were fiction! for then the people might hope for a continuance of the good government which protected and prospered them before Lincoln came to be President.  But they are realities, black and disgraceful, which must be grappled with, and must be defeated, or the liberty and glory of our country will be extinguished in the dismal, cruel night of military despotism.


→ The people of this State have no longer any any confidence in the national administration – no longer any faith in the republican party. – Their distrust extends as well to their capacity for government as the nature of their principles.  They do not believe them fit for war.  They do not believe them capable of securing an honorable peace.  They begin to believe already, and it is the conviction of an immense number, that there are men high in power in Washington, who do not desire to see the Union restored, and who are directing the efforts of the administration, not with a view to crush out rebellion in the South, but to suppress Democratic institutions in the North.  Our armies are suffered to be defeated and dishonored, our finances in chaos, in order, it is believed, to hasten this consummation.


Hon. B. T. Scofield.

            This gentleman addressed a large number of our citizens at Campbell’s Hall, Tuesday night, on the war and kindred topics.  His speech was an able and argumentative one, and cut to the quick the “rawhead and bloody bones” republicans who stand in Macomb and wage a vigorous war of words against the rebels in the South.  The speaker was in favor of peace – an honorable peace – a peace that would not recognize the Confederacy, but one that would restore the Union. – He was opposed to the war, and always had been, because he believed its prosecution would have no other effect than to drive the contending sections farther and farther apart.  There was no necessity for war, and no blood would have been shed had it not been for the infamous stubbornness of Lincoln, Seward, Stevens, Lovejoy, Chandler, and the rest of the gang who were pledged to govern the country on the principle that the Union “could not endure part slave and part free.”  Mr. Scofield’s excoriations of those demagogues who have brought upon the country all the evils that afflict us, was received with shouts of applause, and will no doubt call forth from the blacksnakes that squirmed under the lash, their loudest and most spiteful hissing.


→ Soldiers on furlough, parole, or discharge are not safe from the rapacious deserter hunters.  In case they should be seized as deserters, the administration has decided, by its arrest and imprisonment of Judge Constable, that there shall be no help for them; back to the army they must go.  If their friends seek to have the legality of their arrest examined, the Judge who would under the law adjudicate the cause would probably find himself the next morning in a foreign prison.  One Judge has already been served thus for discharging his duty.  This was once a government of Constitutions and laws.


→ The popularity of abolitionism, may be properly estimated, when we consider that since the war has been openly diverted to accomplish the abolition of slavery, volunteering has entirely stopped, soldiers have deserted the army in thousands, drafting has to be resorted to to fill up the ranks, and drafted men have to be put in irons in order to get them to the army.


Will Not Succeed. – Various scams have been resorted by the republicans here to silence or overawe THE MACOMB EAGLE.  These attempts have been made heretofore in the way of personal assault and unscrupulous abuse.  They have ignominiously failed.  The last effort comes through the session of the Presbyterian Church in Macomb.  That body is composed exclusively of our political enemies, and we can assure its members that their recent attempt to constitute themselves [unclear] over THE EAGLE will fail as completely as have failed all other efforts of their political co-laborers outside of the church.  We can assure them that as regards their recent attempted exercise of discipline so far from having any “repentance” to make, we should pursue a similar course under similar circumstances.  We might have had some lingering faith in their impartiality and freedom from political prejudice toward us, had it not been for the indecorous and unchristian haste with which they published their action, without waiting to be informed whether an appeal to Presbytery would be taken.  This we regard as removing the thin veil with which the animus of the session was supposed to be concealed.  We trust we have a proper respect for church authorities; but we are equally confident that we have our rights and privileges, and we are certain that we dare maintain them.


→ We understand that last Friday the republicans of Industry assembled in force to attend a “secesh” meeting, and hear a discussion between David Chrisman and Samuel Agnew.  The latter opened the discussion, but complained that he had no text.  Upon this Chrisman furnished him one from a glass concern which he had in pocket.  “Sam” took a good pull at it (we mean the text), — and then he edified the brethren hugely, who sat with open mouths like young woodpeckers, swallowing everything that fell from the lips of the inspired Samuel.  Chrisman replied in speech that was a perfect extinguisher, scattering all his opponent’s arguments like a young bull heaving the soft earth over his back on going to war.  A full report of the meeting will no doubt be found in the Sambo Journal.  We hope the republicans of Industry enjoyed their attendance at the “secesh” meeting.


Affray. – An encounter took place on last Tuesday between John Q. Lane, city marshal, and David Chrisman.  Chrisman and another man were talking together when Lane made attempt to arrest him.  Chrisman managed to get to the back of Clark’s store, and soon after returned to the street, and was walking away, when Lane approached within two or three feet of him and shot at him with a pistol, but fortunately without effect.  Chrisman then made at Lane, who thought it was his time to get out of the way, and in so doing received a blow or two from Chrisman, who held a meat axe in his hand.  The latter then was seized, when Lane turned and dealt him a blow on the head with a heavy club.  The parties were then separated.  Chrisman was afterward arrested on some charge or other, and find $3.  The other side of the question will also be investigated.


→ We trust that no exhortation is needed to induce the Democrats to attend their township meetings.  Every man should go, and counsel with his neighbors.  One of the most important objects, in our opinion, that will come before them will be the formation of Democratic constitutional clubs, and to provide for regular public meetings hereafter.  The republicans are organizing inside of locked doors and darkened windows, conscious that their purposes are dishonorable.  It is the last resort of unscrupulous and corrupt men, and the extremity of their political fortunes is fully evidenced by the desperation of their dying struggles.  The Democrats can and will hold all their meetings with open doors, free to the inspection of all who choose to attend them.


→ The abolition-nigger-thieving sow-belly organ of the nigger thieves says that Ben is too cowardly to fight for Jeff Davis.  As it is impossible to get to the Southern army, if I desired to do so, if the cowardly whelp of that poor, pitiful, contemptible, outhouse sheet, will volunteer in this crusade against slavery, I will agree to do the same, and I will stay until he is properly disposed of.  And it will be worse with him than when he was struck by lightning.               BEN.


Township Meetings.

            Walnut Grove – The Democrats of Walnut Grove will hold a meeting at the Hickory Grove school house on Monday 30th inst., at 1 o’clock p. m., for the purpose of nominating candidates for township officers.

Bethel – The Democrats of Bethel will hold a meeting at Shoopman’s school house, on Saturday 28th inst., at 3 o’clock p. m., for the purpose of nominating candidates for township officers.

Emmet – The Democrats of Emmet township will hold a meeting at the Union school house, on Saturday 28th inst., at 1 o’clock p. m., for the purpose of nominating candidates for township officers.

Scotland – The Democrats of Scotland township will hold a meeting at Center Point school house, on Saturday 28th inst., at 6 ½ p. m., to nominate candidates for township officers.

Sciota – The Democrats of Sciota will hold a meeting at Center school house, Saturday 28th inst., at 6 ½ p. m., to nominate candidates for township officers.


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