November 21, 1863

Macomb Eagle

What are the Signs?

            We are not one of those who belive that the late elections will have any decided bearing on the next Presidential contest.  We do not think that the triumph of Democracy and the Union is put in serious jeopardy by the events of the last six weeks.  It is true that if the progress of events could be arrested, if the wheel of the time were to make no revolution, and the next year find the country in its present situation, then these elections might have a controlling influence over the presidential contest.  But in times like these, as is argued by the New York World, nothing can be more futile than to reason from the one to the other.  A majority of twenty thousand in New York, is an insignificant fraction of the population of these great States.  Such majorities are within the ordinary fluctuations from year to year even in tranquil times, and may be reversed by events to occur in any month of a great war.  If the war should be so far advanced next year that the country can see the way clear to its early close, the presidential election will not turn on the war, but on the great political arrangements of the administration to be elected.  In that case, the republican party will not have the shadow of a chance.  But if, on the other hand, another year passes without decisive military results, the people will have lost all confidence in the ability of the republican party to bring [obscured]  Our enormous debt will go [obscured]lating whether the war makes any progress or not.  If there is nothing to show for the expenditure, the people will insist on putting the management of the war into new hands.  The administration, after the elections of this year, cannot allege, in extenuation of its want of success, that it has not been supported by the people.  Having no scapegoat, it must bear the full burden of its own sins.  If it succeeds, the war issue will be taken out of politics; if it fails, it will sink beneath the crushing weight of its own imbecility.  It is equally for the interest of the country that the administration should be well supplied with military means.  If these means are well used, they will end the war; if they are not well used, the eight or nine hundred millions added in another year to the public debt, without valuable results, will ruin the republican party, and cause a change of administration.

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Strange Proceeding.

            We are informed that the judges of the election in Mound township did not comply with the terms of the law at the late election.  The law says the ballot box shall be opened to the inspection of any or all persons present before a vote is received.  This was not done.  The box was brought to the polls securely fastened, and was not opened until the polls were closed.  The judges also kept the box, we are informed, in such a place that no voter could see whether his ballot was deposited in the box.  The arrangement was such that it was very easy to drop a Democratic ballot on the floor and put a republican ballot in the box. – The majority of twenty-one counted out for the republican ticket may have been fairly obtained; but there are men who are accurately posted as to the precise strength of the two parties in Mound township who do not believe it.  There are, fortunately, means of ascertaining whether fraud was practiced, and we hope these means will be thoroughly employed.  If the officers of the election have acted dishonestly they should be exposed and punished; and if they have not so acted they should not rest under suspicion.

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Keep up the Fire!

            We regret to hear Democrats speak in desponding terms of the late elections.  We must not be discouraged – our energy and endurance must not falter.  We do not despair of the Republic.  True the cloud of error is over us now; but may not the sun of truth shine upon us and our country to-morrow?  This is no time for Democrats to lag, or make excuses for not putting forth renewed activity and strength.  Never before did the country need their aid so much as now. – Assailed by foes without, and consumed by false friends within, to whom can she look if not to those who have watched over her infancy and defended her against all comers in maturity?  The wave of fanaticism that has swept all before it cannot flow always.  The ebb of the tide must begin somewhere and at sometime.  It may begin soon – sooner than most people think – and would it not be a joyous reflection to be able to say that it began here? – Let us strike the harder for our Constitution – for the liberty it secures to us, and make the stronger efforts to remove from power the spoilers of our country’s peace.  Remember that the wicked shall endure but for a season, and the next turn of the wheel may find the people at last awake to a sense of their degradation in sustaining the destroyers of the Constitution.  The struggle for our God-given rights cannot always go against us:

“Freedom’s battle once begun,
Bequeathed from bleeding sire to son,
Though baffled oft is ever won.”

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            Nonpareil Type. – We a font of non-pareil type, about 180 lbs,. which we offer for sale at low terms.  It has been used some three or four months only, and is fully as good as new type.

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            Osage Apples. – Boys, we want all the osage apples in the county, and will 10c a dozen for all brought to us next week.  So hunt along the hedges, and bring all you can find, sound or unsound, frostbit or not.

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            Another Business House. – We understand that a new grocery house will be opened this week or next, on the west side.  Glad to see it.  And there are fronts for a few more energetic and sharp-sighted men to build up a good trade wither in this or some other line of business.

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            → A magnificent assortment of caps – the latest in style, the lowest in price, and the best in quality – can be found at Mr. Wetherhold’s store, east side.  Caps for old men and young men, caps for large boys and small boys – caps for anybody and everybody – all at very low prices.  Go and see if it isn’t so.

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            To Our Advertisers. – We are compelled to ask the indulgence of our advertising patrons.  For several weeks our paper has been so crowded that we have been compelled to leave out various advertisements for an issue or two.  We shall, however, for two weeks more, have room enough to accommodate all our present advertisers and a few more, who may want the custom of the readers of The Eagle.

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            A Large Stock. – The stock of goods for Keefer’s New Cash Drug House are coming, have been coming, and will be coming for some time to come.  At the same time they are going about as rapidly as people can call in and purchase.  We can’t attempt to particularize, where so many articles are kept; and can only ask everybody to look at the display all about the room and the counters.  The fancy goods, stationery, toilet articles, medicines, drugs, in [?] variety and excellence can be had at this popular house.  Mr. Keefer, it must be confident on all hands, is a good judge of [?] the public wants require, and all who are doubtful on this point can be convinced by calling on the aforesaid and sampling a few.

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            Furs! Furs! – The approaching cold weather reminds us that the ladies will want to know where they can buy their furs to the best advantage.  The largest stock in town – as well as the lowest in price, the most stylish in appearance, and the best in quality – is to be found at Wright’s boot and shoe house. – Whole sets or parts of sets, native or foreign, of quality and styles to suit the plainest or the most fastidious taste, can be inspected and purchased of this house.  The ladies should go and look at them, and if they want any article of fur Mr. Wright can supply them. – Remember also that this house is receiving new goods about every hour of the day, if not oftener, and is always supplied with every desirable quality and style of boots, shoes, hats, and caps.  Go to Wright’s before you purchase, and if he doesn’t do the thing that is right, we’ll blow him!

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            A Good Breed of Hogs. – It has been said that a good breed of hogs is worth more to a farmer than a well-filled corn crib.  While this may not be strictly true, it is without doubt approximately so.  There are some hogs in  the county which look like a cross between a prairie wolf and a porcupine.  No amount of feed will make such a hog fat – the best that could be done would be to get it into the condition of the [?] rabbit, “fat enuff to fry hisself,” but turn them loose once, and they would be “good meat anyhow.”  There are hogs, however, which grow up and make pork right along – which require no more feed to keep them than the scrubbiest shoats in the county, and which are always ready for the market.  At the head of this class probably stands the Chester White, as answering the requirement of early maturity and large size.  The Chesters, Berkshires, Polands, variously crossed, are now becoming well known in the county, thanks to the enterprise of such men as Dixon and Harkrader of Industry, Kea[?] of Eldorado, Lawson of Macomb, Wells of Scotland and others whose names we cannot now call to mind.  Mr. Dixon’s pure blood Chesters are the finest hogs that we have seen for many a day.  Farmers who want hogs that will set 300 lbs at twelve months are directed to his stock.

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Items Here and There.

–                      Alexander Murray, instead of Johnson, was the young man run over by a wagon two or three weeks ago.  He died last week from the injuries received.

–                      Some twenty converts have lately been added to the Christian Church in this city, under the preaching of Elder J. S. Swinney.

–                      If the President is the “Government,” then by the same reasoning the clown is the circus, and if a man has a ticket to go itno the circus he will have to enter the clown.

–                      The city council have passed an ordinance to prohibit cows from running at large in the city limits.  If an attempt should be made to enforce it we think the “cow question” will assume larger proportions than some of the aldermen have bargained for.

–                      Three children of Mr. Craweford, living south of town, died last week from diptheria.

–                      Winter wheat in this county is represented as looking well. The number of acres sown, however, is not large.

–                      An assistant in one of the public schools in this city was asked by a scholar the meaning of the word rustic.  The teacher replied, “country people!”  Pretty good for the graded system.

–                      The Canton Ledger says that a number of boys of that town have been fined $10 each and costs, for making a disturbance at a religious meeting.

–                      Three men were arrested at Prairie City on Monday on a charge of stealing hides.  They had sold $26 worth to Mr. Wright of this city.  They will be bound over.

–                      The population of Canton, Ill., is 2,619, as shown by the census just taken.

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