December 5, 1863

Macomb Eagle

Volume VIII.

            The Eagle this week enters upon its eighth volume.  We trust that the Democracy of this county, who have stood by it for seven years and have remained steadfast through evil as well as good report, will be pleased with the enlarged dimensions of the paper, and will take its increased capacity for usefulness as an earnest of our determination to make it an acceptable visitor in every household in the county.  The coming year will be fraught with events no less important to the people than have been the stirring scenes of the past three years.  We have an unwavering faith in the Democratic party, and shall continue, as heretofore, to advocate Democratic principles, not for the paltry object of pecuniary advantages, but because we desire to see established those maxims which are truthful and to see adopted as the rule of government those principles which are just to all the governed.  It has been the province of the Democracy to conduct the Government of the country through all its vicissitudes and convulsions up to the fatal year when old paths were forsaken for the new and untried road which has led the nation into the quicksand of fanaticism, and almost buried from sight all those principles which are dear to a free people.  No other party than the Democratic can settle the awful difficulties and perils of the nation, and this party cannot do it without it succeeds in electing the next President.  How great then the responsibility that rests upon every Democratic journal! – Who among them can be so careless of the things that pertain to his country’s peace, as not to labor now and for a year to come as he never labored before?  The circulation of Democratic journals now is the surest and most effective means of sowing seed for the November harvest.  Will those who love the Constitution, who prize the Union, and obey the laws, take hold of this matter and see how much they can do towards the accomplishment of the great object of restoring peace and liberty to the country?


            → A little squad of “war democrats” met at Chicago last week.  They closed the doors on their proceedings.  We have not heard of any one of them going to a recruiting office and making application for a musket.



            Why should there not be another attempt to stay the flow of blood and the expenditure of treasure?  Why should not the plan proposed by Crittenden, or Douglas, or something equivalent, be adopted by Congress and offered to the people of the South?  In the session of 1860-’61, the southern members of Congress voted for and urged the passage of such a scheme that would be mutually satisfactory and honorable to all sections of the country.  They asserted that their constituents, whose feelings and opinions they knew, would be satisfied with Crittenden’s amendments to the Constitution.  There are few people so blind as to believe that the passage of these amendments would not have prevented this cruel war.  It is admitted that the South would have accepted them then.  Have we any good reason to doubt a different result now if Congress would pass these amendments and recommend their adoption by the people of the States?  Can any one assign a good reason why it should not be done?  In the event that the Southern States should reject the overtures, we would have lost nothing; but on the contrary we should be able to say that we had tendered them all they asked and what they were ready to accept, and the consequences of refusal be upon their own heads.  Do this and the rebellion will die out from lack of men to support it, and the christian world will give us credit for magnaminity and justice.


The Object of the War.

            The Jacobins have a series of pleasant phrases with which to tickle the ears of the people, and thus to put an enemy in their brains to steal away their votes.  The result of the recent elections prove that they succeeded admirably in so doing.  Here are a few specimens of the clap trap used, “The rebellion to be crushed,” “The Union to be restored,” “The old flag to wave over every inch of national territory,” “The constitution to be maintained,” “ The great cause of human freedom to triumph;” and so on adnauseam.  The man of all others who gave life and soul to this abolition party is honest enough to have nothing to do with these shallow lies, and frank enough to tell, in plain English, what we are fighting for.  Wendell Phillips says this:

“Never stop the war; pour out the last drop of blood; pay out the last dollar of money; hold high carnival in human gore; until four millions of African foundlings are cured of the ‘leprous disease of slavery.’ – Tear it out, root and branch, though the roots are interwoven with our social order and political system; though the branches overshadow a million homes; tear it out, for what are conservative views about white liberty and happiness, while these millions of blacks are white with this leprosy.”

Here is the object as Mr. Lincoln would say: “in black and white;” black freedom to be purchased by white blood.


            → The situation of things along the Missouri and Kansas State line is graphically pictured into two short sentences from the Leavenworth Bulletin:

“The general order requiring all to leave the border counties has been carried out.  All persons without proper papers are shot at sight.”

And Jennison says he will hang every man with papers.  A hard alternative – the rope or the bullet.  And this is called supporting the government!


Our Terms.

            We shall for the present continue to furnish The Eagle at the old price of one dollar and a half a year.  We say for the present, because we do not know but that in the course of a month or two we may be compelled to raise the price to two dollars.  Printing paper is again advancing in price, and so is everything we have to purchase.  We notice that many papers in the eastern States have raised the price of six-column sheets (our former size) to $2, and western publishers have the same subject under consideration.  As for The Eagle, the expense of its publication is now considerably increased, and we must look to a larger subscription and a prompt payment for remuneration.  Those who pay for a year in advance will be sure to get the paper for that length of time at its present prices.  Those who do not are not sure of it.


            → It is singular that there should be any want of volunteers, when there are such immense numbers who are rampant and clamorous for a vigorous prosecution of the war. – Out of the hundreds of thousands of those who have recently voted so vigorously to prosecute the war, there ought certainly to be enough to fill up the ranks to the required number.  Voting vigorously and fighting vigorously seem to be quite different things with those who boast of their loyalty.


            Christmas Presents. – The holidays will soon be around again, and men will be looking around for a suitable Christmas present to make to their wives.  We can conceive of no more appropriate article for this purpose than a set of those handsome and stylistic furs, which can be found at Wright’s store.  If you have no wife, present them to your sister.  A new stock of these furs just received of superior style and finish.  Go and see them.


Writing Letters to Soldiers.

            We are requested to call the attention of the freinds of the soldiers to the importance of prepaying in full every description of mail matters sent by them.  If you are not certain about the weight of the package, it is but little trouble to ask your postmaster to test it on his scales.  This will save both time and money to the soldiers and relieve the postal officers of a great source of annoyance.  To illustrate: At present Nashville, Tenn., is the point where the mails for General Grant’s army centre; thence they are taken by a military conveyance to the different corps.  The postal law forbids postmasters suffering any mail upon which postage is due leaving their custody before that postage be paid.  A package or letter for soldiers at Chattanooga is received at Nashville “due six cents.”  It is there detained until a notice can be sent to the front, the soldier found, and the six cents forwarded to the postmaster; and all this delay is occasioned by some careless friend at home who neglects to pay the proper postage.


Items Here and There.

–          Mr. Samuel Knight has presented us with a sack of pearmaid apples, for which he will accept our thanks.

–          Mr. Wright has received a new stock of ladies furs, of fine patterns and quality.

–          The “spiritual manifestations” of the “Davenport Boys,” who gave two exhibitions in town last week, are about the sheerest humbug extant.

–          The loyal league military company have of the town have donned a uniform.  They drill once a week or oftener.  We don’t hear of any of them having volunteered for three years.

–          The men who bring wood to town are asking $4 a cord.  The cold weather may form a conspiracy with them and force our people into paying it.

–          Among the wounded at the late battle of Chattanooga, we see the name of J. Shoopman, 84th regiment.  We suppose he is from this county.

–          We understand that efforts are being made to revive the Rushville Times.  We hope they will be successful.

–          A Mr. McEuen has been expelled from the Methodist Church, at Pittsfield, for visiting on the Sabbath, saying the church had become corrupt, and for aiding the circulation of Democratic papers.  In Macomb a man may be expelled from any of the churches for telling the truth.

–          We have had a bitter cold spell of weather.  On Sunday morning the thermometer marked two degrees below zero.  The coldest weather last winter, it is said, was only three degrees colder than this.

–          Coal is coming into general use in Chicago.  In a few years the buildings will look as old and dingy as they do in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and other coal towns.

–          A Mr. Morris, of Madison county, has been arrested on a charge of murder committed nine years ago.  He quarreled with a neighbor, who was accessory to the crime, and the latter a few days since confessed the deed, and secured the arrest of his confederate.

–          It is said, and it is undoubtedly true, that it cost the Government eight hundred thousand dollars for the transportation of troops from the Army of the Potomac  to the State of New York to vote at the late election.  None but Republicans were allowed to vote.  No comment needed.

–          Brigham Young, in a late address to the Mormons, says that the present war is a “visitation from heaven upon the people because they killed the prophet of God, Joseph Smith, Jr.”  Those who are in favor of destroying the cause of the rebellion will please consider this item.


New Way to Sell Liquor. – Eggs have been filled with whiskey and shipped in barrels.  Crinoline has screened and wafted the baneful beverage.  A novel way has been recently discovered.  There is a woman who sports gutta percha breasts, filled not with lacteal juices, but old bourbon of best quality and greatest age.  From these the soldiers, like babies, quaff rich copious draughts. – The woman patrols the environs of a camp, and cries, “Ten cents a suck.”  She also carried a gutta percha pillow, whose contents are easily imagined – upon which rests her baby which is fortunately not gutta percha, and thus the soldiers have modern convenience for worshiping Bachus. – Potomac Army Letter.



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