September 12, 1863

Macomb Eagle

The County Convention.

            The call of the Democratic central committee, for a county convention on the 10th of October next, will be found in this paper.  The call is for the usual purpose of nominating candidates for the election in November.  A large number of delegates are provided for, but we are persuaded that the list will be full.  The interest taken in political matters by the Democracy was never greater than it is this year; and that interest will not flag even with the vic- [obscured] in November. – The Democrats will once more [?] their belief in the supremacy of the Constitution, in the right of white men to govern this country, and in the largest liberty of criticism of the acts of all public servants.  They will condemn tyrannical rulers of whatever name or station, and resist them with that potent instrument of a freeman’s will, the ballot box.


The Right Way.

            Gov. Johnson and other leading Union men of Tennessee propose to bring that State back into the Federal fold, by the election of all officers provided for by the Constitution of the State and of the United States.  This is the proper course to pursue.  There is no need of asking for the permission of Abraham Lincoln, or the conspirators in and out of his cabinet, to return to their former position in the Union.  Such permission would be withheld, as has been the case with Louisiana, and the secession and rebellion element thereby strengthened.  The people of Tennessee are not dependent on the administration for the exercise of any political right, but upon the constitution of their State and of the United Stats.  They should treat the emancipation edict as a dead letter – an unwarranted and unconstitutional rights.  They should bury the secession ordinance and the emancipation edict in the same grave, as twin offerings of fanaticism and lawlessness.  Let them do this and the practical question, whether the abolition of slavery is of more importance to the country than the restoration of the Union and the speedy end of the war, will be put to a test which Abraham, with all his hardened effrontery, will shrink from encountering.


Resistance to Tyrants.

            For the information of all concerned, we take occasion to say that we have counseled resistance to tyrants, and that we have not only labored to prove that the President has been taking many of the steps and doing many of the things that mark a tyrant, but also we have been successful in the effort to prove it.  No argument is needed to establish this proposition, for it is a fact as self-evident as that the sun shines at noonday.  The recital of the President’s career for the two years that he has sought to oppress the people and reduce them to subjection to his whims and caprices – a recital which any intelligent man in the country can make – establishes the allegation as strong as proof in holy writ.  We do counsel resistance to the policy of Abraham Lincoln.  We made resistance to it in 1860, and we have seen nothing since then to satisfy us that his policy is worth the support of any friend of constitutional government.  The evils and oppressions and calamities which he has inflicted upon the country unnecessarily and unjustifiably will neither be lessened by calling him President nor magnified by calling him tyrant.  They are incapable of diminution, and Heaven knows there is necessity for increasing their stupendous magnitude.  We resist him, whether President or despot, by virtue of the Constitution of the United States.  We resist him with our voice, our pen, and our ballot, and we advise every man who loves this country, this Constitution, the government under the Constitution, to resist him in like manner.  He can be defeated and his tyranny destroyed at the ballot box.  Let every voter who loves a white man’s government lay hold of that potent weapon do yoeman service in behalf of his Constitution and his country.  With this weapon, and no other, we shall conquer.  Let the ballots come fast

“As snow-flakes on the grassy sod.
And execute a freeman’s will,
As lightning does the will of God.”


Why we Oppose it.

            We oppose the emancipation edict because it stands in the way of a speedy [obscured] brought no strength to the Federal cause – it has caused no rebel to lay down his arms – neither has it filled up the the ranks with new recruits nor infused new courage into the old soldiers.  On the contrary it has united the southern people more firmly in their support of the rebellion – it has increased their determination to fight it out to the bitter end – and has enabled  the leaders of the rebellion to fill up their decimated armies with greater ease or less trouble than formerly. – Southern people regard it as justifying their resistance.  This emancipation business then stands in the way of a speedy termination of the war, and it is certainly the most stupendous folly, if not a positive crime, in the administration to insist upon its enforcement.  The people, who are paying the cost with their treasure and their blood, should rise in their might and demand its annulment.


             The abolitionists of this State had a grand wool-gathering at Springfield last week.  Great efforts were made to get up a big crowd, but it did not make a respectable contrast in point of numbers to the Democratic meeting in June.  Niggers and copperheads were the topics discussed – the despotism of Abraham was sustained and praised, and the white man’s government of our fathers condemned and denounced.  A letter was read from Abraham, which seemed to be addressed to those “who are discontented with me,” and was all nigger and nothing else.  The emancipation edict was endorsed in obedience to the demand from headquarters.  One of the principal speakers was that Chandler who wrote just before the breaking out of the war, that “this Union will not be worth a rush without a little blood-letting.”  That will do.


            → The union leaguers and other advocates of the conscription talk about what the people owe the “government” for the protection it affords them.  His “protection” is of the sort which the wolf gives the lamb.  The people owe no debts whatever to Abe Lincoln, and especially none for “protection.”


Boy Wanted.

            We want a boy to learn or work at the printing business.  Should be about sixteen years of age, have a fair education, and of industrious habits.


Coal and Wood.

            Those subscribers who wish to pay their subscription in coal or wood are requested to bring it along now.


Walnut Grove Township.

            The Democrat club of Walnut Grove township will meet at the centre school house on Saturday 19th inst., at 2 o’clock p. m.  Speeches will be made by Abbott and Lawler.


→ Wanted, a girl to do housework, at the residence of the editor of this paper.


→ The board of supervisors will meet at Macomb next Monday.


→ Our friend Morgan has got a new hat.  He was posted for a temperance speech at Colmar, last week.  Reason enough!


→ The Democrats of Fulton hold their county convention at Lewsitown on the 18th inst.  A grand mass meeting will be held at the same, at which some of the most distinguished speakers in the State are expected to attend.


Circuit Court. – But little business of importance to the public has been transacted so far.  Lawyers are as plenty as hungry squirrels around a cornfield.  A bastardy case, tried on Wednesday, elicited much morbid curiosity and kept the courtroom filled all day.  It was decided “against the feller.”


            → The county fair is in progress as we go to press.  The first day was quite unfavorable, but a good attendance, and a large number of worthy productions of our fields and shops, will doubtless gladden the eyes of both visitors and managers on Thursday and Friday.


            → The Canton Ledger has an account of the attempted robbery at Prairie City, which agrees substantially with what was published in this paper last week.  The only point of difference is, that the Ledger says a horse-buyer named Fluke was the person who re-inforced Phillips in his attack upon Mr. Munn.  This Fluke is doubtless the same person alluded to by our corespondent as the “burly swaggerer,” and it is fair to suppose that the term was not intended to apply to any other man.


That Prairie City Affair.

            On Monday last Mr. Lancaster called on us to ascertain the author of the article signed “X,” in last week’s paper.  We stated the rule of newspapers in such cases, which seemed to be satisfactory to him.  In course of conversation we told him that if the article were untrue, or did him injustice, he could have the use of our columns to set himself right before the public.  He remarked that he did not want this.  Mr. Lancaster also said that he had no right to do what he did do in the premises.

            On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Lancaster and two other men came into the office.  One of the latter demanded the name of the author of the article referred to.  We told him the rule in such cases, and also told him if he was aggrieved he could have the use of our columns to make himself right.  He didn’t “care a d – n about that,” – he wanted the author. – We asked his name and he refused to tell it.

            These facts need no comment.


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