December 26, 1863

Macomb Eagle

The Point Sticking Out.

            In King Abraham’s edict for the establishment of vice-royal governments over the conquered provinces of the South, it is provided that when one-tenth of the voters shall take the oath of allegiance which he has prescribed, they shall then enter upon the duty of governing the remaining nine-tenths of the people.  The following table will show the number required in each sub-division of Abraham’s empire:

 

Precincts                                 Total vote in 1860.                              No. required

Alabama……………………………90,357                                                   9,036
Arkansas………………………..…54,053                                                  5,405
Florida………………………………14,547                                                   1,455
Georgia……………………………106,865                                                10,837
Louisiana………………………….50,500                                                   5,050
Mississippi…………………………62,120                                                   6,212
Tennessee………………………..145,833                                                14,544
North Carolina…………………..95,230                                                  9,623
Texas…………………………………62,986                                                   6,298
Total……………………….679,161                                              67,916

Lovejoy’s bill proposes to make a practical application of Lincoln’s plan, and it will provide the means for an early organization of these governments.  This bill proposes to make citizens and voters of the negroes of the South.  After the passage of this bill and its approval by the King – of which we have no doubt – it will be an easy matter to get 5,406 negroes in Arkansas, 14,534 in Tennessee, or 5,050 in Louisiana to take the oath and elect black governors, legislators, judges, and such other officers as are required.  Here the reader can see the point of this part of the proclamation.  Negroes are to rule the country as fast as the provinces are subdued to the federal arms, and negroes are to be sent to Congress and take seats on an equality with the “colored white persons” of the abolition school.  And we are called on to shoulder muskets to accomplish this result!

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Their Policy.

            The efforts of the Lincoln administration are devoted to a prolongation of the war.  They have held up many promises of a speedy return of peace to the public ear, but they have invariably broken it to the country’s hope.  The late proclamation of Abraham, no matter what his intentions were, can only have the effect to prolong the war and add thousands of lives to the already frightful hecatombs of our dead.  A proper document of the kind – one dictate by a christian heart and a statesman’s head – would have ended the war speedily, and peace would have returned on the wings of the spring winds, to bless and recuperate the people.  The edict of Abraham, however, instead of tending to accomplish this most desirable result, will insure the continuance of the war till the end of his term of office.  An amnesty addressed to the hope as well as to the ear should been a peace offering as well as a pardon; but this one is a provocation and a war cry.

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            → When the ancestral fanatics of Massachusetts abolitionists were persecuting the Baptists, banishing the Quakers, and hanging old women and young girls for witchcraft, they professed to do it all for the “good of the country” and to be discharging their duty to “God and humanity.”  They told the victims of their persecution, “Renounce your Quakerism,” “Forswear your Baptism,” “Purge yourself of witches,” and “Sing Saulms as we do,” and you can live in peace.  The policies of these fanatics adopted in the Lincoln plan for the settlement of the national troubles.  “Give up your institutions and your property,” cries this would-be despot, “and then there will be no danger of their being interfered with.”  Is it not an evidence of the most incorrigible wickedness, and conclusive of the “damning influence of slavery,” that the rebels “don’t see it?”

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On the Record.

            In Congress the other day Mr. Rollins of Mo. Introduced the Crittenden resolution of July 1861, which declared that the war was prosecuted for the sole purpose of restoring the Union.  One of the republican members from Illinois denounced the resolution as “a secession document,” and fifty-two republicans voted to lay it on the table.  The resolution was not adopted, the republicans voting in a body to postpone it.  Let these facts be remembered.

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Our Debt.

            It is now estimated that the expenses, up the end of the next fiscal year, will be four thousand millions of dollars.  The whole property in the United States, in 1860, was estimated at sixteen thousand millions.  All the destruction and diminishing of property in the southern States, it, of course, to be deducted from the estimated sixteen thousand millions.  The cost of one term of abolition rule has been, it is said, more than double the entire cost of the government from the day Washington was inaugurated first President down to the day Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated.

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            → A private letter from Washington, says that the radicals have a majority in both houses large enough to secure the passage of all their incendiary and destructive measures.  The country need not indulge the hope of any legislation this winter looking toward a restoration of peace and friendship.  Men do not gather grapes of thorns nor figs of thistles.

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            → It is supposed that the reason why the “loyal” war men of this county do not volunteer is because they do not wish to increase the government expenditures by causing the payment of the $300 bounty.  They prefer to be drafted and let the government save that much!  That is patriotism unmixed with greenbacks.

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Farm for Sale.

            To be sold on the 20th day of January, 1864, on the premises, for cash, the southeast quarter of section eight, township five north, range one west of the fourth principal meridian.  Being six miles southeast of Bardolph, nine miles southwest of Bushnell, and ten miles southeast of Macomb.

The said Farm is all in a good state of cultivation, containing

A Frame House,

with two rooms, and a well of good water.

Also, eight acres of TIMBER, in the vicinity of Industry, will sold with the same.

P. S. ANDERSON.

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Lost,

            On the 18th of December, 1863, a silver plated PISTOL, Smith & Wesson’s patent, for which I will pay five dollars, if left at Brown’s Hotel or at The Eagle office.

WM. J. GATES,
St. Louis.

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Charity and Politics.

            Charity is a good thing.  The Apostle tells us that it “vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.”  We all commend the exercise of charity – we suspend our labors and pour out our purses at its call.  At this, the festive season of the year, we are more lavish of our goods when the appeal is made in the name of charity.  We are prone to forget the distinctions of sects, to abandon the preferments of brotherly orders, and above all to furnish all diminish all party animosities and prejudices.  Whether the occasion is a supper, an exhibition of tableaux, or a concert – or whether it is to aid in paying off the debt that hangs over some church, or to secure repairs and a better furnishing, or to purchase needed supplies for those who are unable to support themselves – our people have always responded with alacrity and abundance.  These occasions have always been successes, because everything like partyism has been banished from them.

But this pleasant and courteous way of conducting these affairs is not satisfactory to certain persons who assume (and  perhaps  justly) to be the codfish and dough-nut aristocracy of Macomb.  In the midnight councils of the “loyal league” it was resolved to give a grand Christmas festival for the benefit of the poor, the credit and glory of which should redound to the advantage of the abolition party.  Committees were appointed – all “loyal” of course – to solicit contributions for every kind of “useful and ornamental articles suitable for a christmas tree,” and also of every description of food that could ornament a festive table.  These committees visited the houses of Democrats as well as “loyal” abolitionists, and solicited donations from all alike; but they never told a Democrat, so far as we can learn, that the affair was managed by partisans of the most vindictive character, and they kept a lock on their “loyal” tongues so far as never to say “she secesh” once while in the presence of Democratic women and begging for cakes and fruits.  After the donations were all promised and the aggregate showed that a vast amount and grand display of eatables could be made, then the disguise was thrown off, and it was announced that the ladies of the loyal league of Macomb were running the machine.  They doubtless think they have done a cute thing – performed a smart trick – and lay the flattering [?] to their souls that Democrats will attend their “festive exhibition” at a further expense of quarters and half dollars.  We advise Democrats to go and hear the “loyal ladies” talk about copperhead turkey, secesh cakes, treasonable peaches, and the like.  It will be pleasant to hear such “loyal” and charitable remarks and to note the glibness with which they will be uttered.  We advice Democrats to go to this “festive exhibition of the loyal league” and to contribute a little cash to those who denounce them as traitors.  There are not republicans enough in the city of Macomb and county of McDonough to fill the hall at 25 and 50 cents a head.  They have got the donations of our Democratic women, and now they want the money of Democratic men, all to aid in puffing up the “loyal league of Macomb!”

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            More Help. – We learn that the Oquawka Spectator will, on the commencement of the new year, come out as a Democratic paper. – This is a good movement.  The Spectator has been, as a literary paper, one of the best in the State.  It will be a powerfull ally to the friends of truth and the Union, and will supply a want of which has long been felt in Henderson county.  Our warmest regards to the Messrs. Patterson, and most earnest wishes that they will be “blessed in baskets and in store” for their devotion to the principles of the Constitution in this time of our country’s peril.

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            → Charley Wolf, having returned from the mountains, has opened a meat shop on the west side, where he is prepared to furnish all kinds of meat and poultry at fair prices.  The lovers of tender and juicy meat will be delighted at the prospect of once more obtaining roasts and steaks of the best quality.  Take some home and be convinced.

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Blandinville.

            The Democratic club of Blandinville township will meet at the town of Blandinville, on Saturday, January 2, 1864.  A speech or two may be expected.

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Items Here and There.

–                      Getting contributions from Democrats and distributing them to the poor as a gift from the “loyal league,” is the last attempt to gain a reputation for liberality by the doughnut abolitionists of Macomb.

–                      Last week we enquired who would bring us a turkey for Christmas.  We can now answer the question.  Our friend John P. Clark of Bethel is the “lucky man.”  He brought us a fine bird on Monday, which will “smoke on the platter” about 2 p. m. of the day aforesaid.  May “John P’s.” shadow never grow less.

–                      We advise Democrats who go to the festive exhibition of the loyal eague to dress in black.  That is the only “loyal” color.

–                      Two fine farms, situated in New Salem township, are advertised for sale in this paper.

–                      It is suggested that the “loyal league of Macomb” did not sent a notice of the “festive exhibition” to The Eagle, because they do not like to recognize treason and “copperheadism.”  However that may be, they had no scruples in sending to the editor’s house for donations for the table or christmas tree.

–                      A good way to begin the new year is to subscribe for The Macomb Eagle, and thus make your children a present of political truth and sound principles.

–                      The snow last week established a partial blockade on the railroads.  On Friday the passenger trains on the Chicago & Quincy road were several hours behind time, while freight trains were not moved.  The subsidence of the wind that night left the road open next day.

–                      On the Hannibal and St. Joe railroad trains were stopped entirely by the snow, the drifts being in many places ten feet deep. – When it thaws out operations will probably be resumed again.

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The Macomb Eagle. – This excellent democratic paper comes to us greatly enlarged, evidencing that our good friend Abbott is enjoying an unusual degree of meritorious prosperity.  We rejoice in the success of The Eagle, because it is one of those democratic sheets that have never wavered in firm advocacy of the constitutional principles.  That our friend Abbott will continue to deserve and win success we can have no sort of no doubt. – Carthage Republican.

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