November 28, 1863

Macomb Eagle

The War to Continue.

            People who expect the war to close in a short time must not be too sanguine.  It is not to the interest of the party in power to restore the Union either this year or the next year.  The struggle must be protracted another twelve months at least, for various reasons.  One is, to keep the southern people from voting for President next year, and to preclude them from any representation in Congress.  Were one or two southern States permitted to send members to the House of Representatives, the abolitionists would lose control of one of the departments of the Government, and various schemes of plunder and peculation might be thwarted.  Another reason is, the horde of officeholders created by this war would be thrown out of lucrative employment, and they would have to return to some occupation which would not enrich them without returning an equivalent.  These officers swarm all over the country, and they and their friends are of course all in favor of any measure which will tend to prolong the contest.  The negroes are not all liberated yet, and the war must be continued at an indefinite expense of blood and treasure to accomplish this object. – The southern country is not devastated yet – their plantations are not turned into deserts – their palaces into hovels, and the helpless women and children are not turned over to indiscriminate massacre by negro savages.  These things are all embraced in the abolition programme of war, and they are insisted upon because they have the effect to nerve the South to stronger resistance.  The war is not to end soon – if the administration had any such intention there would be no need of calling out 300,000 more men for three years and paying heavy bounties.  We tell the people they may expect this war to continue as long as the conductors of it can manage it profitably to their purses.

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Another Exile.

            The “government” has found another place of banishment and another subject on which to try its tyranny.  Maj. N. H. McLean, chief of Burnside’s staff, is this time the victim. – His offense is, that, being in Ohio on the day of the election he refused to vote.  His statement that he was not a citizen of Ohio was no exculpation!  The “government” could not do without his “support” on such a trying emergency.  His excusing himself on the ground of having no right to vote was adding insult to injury, and was held to be satisfactory evidence of “secesh proclivities.”  On this grave charge “the government” ordered him to report at Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory.  Is this the best “government” the world ever saw?

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            → The administration has been hiring a lot of coal miners to work in the mines in Tennessee, and is paying the nice little sum of $60 a month and rations.  This is a pretty good figure, but probably the work is worth it.  But why should not our soldiers receive as much?  Is coal mining so much more hazardous or laborious than fighting the rebels that four times the wages must be paid to the one that is paid to the other?  We have had a practical knowledge of what a soldier’s life is, and we believe in paying him at least as much as is paid to a coal miner.

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            → The motto of the Peace Democracy is, The Union must and shall be restored.  The moto of the Republicans is, The Union must not and shall not be restored.  Democrats say that it is patriotism to try and save the Union.  Vice President Hamlin says it is “demagogueism to want the Union back.”

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Exchange of Prisoners.

            Those who have friends who are prisoners of the Confederates would like to know why they are not exchanged.  For more than two years, up to within a few weeks past, the system of exchanging prisoners by the respective belligerents was happily carried out.  Soldier for soldier, officer for officer, the business of exchange went on satisfactorily.  But this is all stopped – no exchanges are now made – soldiers captured now are sent to military prisons and there confined.  It is estimated that about 15,000 are held by each party.  The order to stop the exchange was made by Mr. Lincoln, simply because the Confederate authorities would not exchange negroes, and the officers of negro regiments on an equality with white men.  There never was any trouble and there would be no trouble now about the exchange of white men; but Abraham says that negroes must be recognized as equals of white soldiers.  The rebels, for reasons of their own, refuse to adopt Abraham’s doctrine of equality, and therefore the latter won’t exchange at all.  There are soldiers from this county now in southern military prisons, and their friends have the consolation of knowing they are kept there, in suffering, anguish, and perhaps hunger, on the order of Abraham Lincoln.  Is it any mitigation of the privations of these soldiers, or does it assuage the anxiety of their friends, to know that they are thus incarcerated in obedience to the demands of the fanatical free negroists who rule the black republican party?

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            → Whether slavery is right or wrong, of “divine” or evil origin, the Democratic party have ever held, as they now hold, that we of the North have no right to meddle with it in the States where it exists.  There never was any controversy on this point between the old Whig and Democratic parties, nor between the Democratic and republican parties until the latter was baptized into the abolition church by the present Jacobin administration.  No Democrat of the free States cares whether slavery lives or dies.  All they ask is for each State to be left free to manage this, with their own domestic credly guaranteed to them by the Constitution; and for the general government to keep this covenant in good faith, “in times of war,” as Webster said, “in times of peace, and at all times.”

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            → In these days of Abolition triumph, elections should be called coercions.  Thus, we should say, the Kentucky coercion, the Maryland coercion, and the Ohio coercion, and so on.  The days of elections, as they were wont to be held in this country, are a good deal nearer being wiped out in the North than “rebellion” is being wiped out in the South.  Mr. Lincoln’s war on the ballot-box has been vastly more successful than his war upon secession.

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            → The Democracy have often been beaten, but never conquered. – They rise from defeat with renewed strength and energy, and ultimately succeed in what they undertake.  This has been the history of the past – it will be the history of the future.

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About Pay Time.

            Don’t those subscribers who have been owing us for one, two or three years, think it is about pay time?  The stuff that pays debts is plenty, and suppose those of our friends who are thus in arrears will make but a little effort and settle up.  They will feel better, and we will esteem their friendship all the more.  We have furnished them the paper regularly, and this too at a heavy weekly expense.  Would it not be fair for them to pay not only what is in arrears, but also a year ahead, and thus trust us a little while?  Come and do what you can, or you may some day find a red mark on your paper, which will tell all who see it that you have not paid the printer.

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How to serve the Negroes.

            The Mt Sterling Record has the following case in point: In our notice of the people’s cases tried at the last term of our Circuit Court we omitted to mention the cases of two negroes, David and Henry Smith, who have been in the employ of B. W. Barrows, since April last, and who, as our readers will perhaps remember, were tried and found guilty of being in this State contrary to law, at the May term of said court, and granted a new trial.  They were again found guilty, and fined each fifty dollars and costs.  We learn that an execution has been issued, and their friend and security, Mr. Barrows, forked over to the tune of one hundred and seventy dollars fine and cost.

We understand that if they do not leave the county within ten days after the trial they will be again arrested for the same offense and fined one hundred dollars each.  The wool raisers of Brown county confine their business strictly to white wool and any person attempting to infringe upon them by introducing an inferior article – black at that – will be dealt with as in such case provided.  Besides the court has the back bone to see justice done, “If she knows herself and she thinks she do.”

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