January 16, 1864

Macomb Eagle

The Next Presidency.

            We hear a good deal of talk about the probable candidate of the Democratic party for the presidency this year.  We think – indeed, we have no doubt – if the campaign is managed prudently that the Democratic candidate will be successful.  Who that candidate shall be is a subject of much discussion.  Every man has a right to his preference, and a right to name it.  Our preference is simply for the man that can be elected, whether his name is McClellan, Seymour, Wood, Woodward, Richardson, Davis, or any other man who recognizes no higher law than the Constitution of his country as his guide for political action.  The one thing needful is the defeat of the Lincoln dynasty, and we are for the man who, after a thorough examination of popularity, can best accomplish this most desirable result.  We think the Democratic national convention will make a good selection, and we expect to stand by it.  [?] not, probably will not, be our individual choice; but we regard it as an essential part of the Democratic creed to support regular usage  as it is to cherish correct principles.  Without the practice of the former, the country can never receive the benefit of the latter.

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McClellan’s Letter.

            We call attention to the letter of Gen. McClellan addressed to Halleck and the President, in 1862, in relation to withdrawing the army under his command from the James river.  The result of the blunder committed by the administration, in this instance, has caused this nation a loss of a thousand millions of dollars, and the sacrifice of more than two hundred thousand lives, besides an indefinite prolongation of the war.  But what of it?  Had Richmond been taken, and the rebellion crushed, the Union would have been restored without the freedom of the negro, and the republican party would have ceased to hold power in the national government.  Let those who have entertained any doubt of the military wisdom of Gen. McClellan, and the want of it on the part of Lincoln, read this letter, and compare the prediction therein made with the facts which have since transpired with the army of the Potomac.

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            → The Boston Courier says: An insurrection may be suppressed by force, but a belief is not to be thus subdued.  An intelligent and just administration could, a hundred years ago, have made Ireland as loyal a division of the British kingdom as Wales or Scotland.  Fanaticism and tyranny have ingrained the hatred that Cromwell’s troopers first made natural and universal.  The radicals talk about peace with the south.  We had peace once – we had more, we had genial intercourse, a common pride, common interests, and a common loyalty to the national flag.  All these the radicals for twenty years have done their best to destroy.  Their work has had the fearful consequences which now surround us, but which we are yet far from realizing or feeling as we shall.  Could we thoroughly overrun the south, depopulate and make a howling wilderness of half our national territory, yet so long as man is man we never can reconstitute the nation upon radical principles.  Not until the radicals are hurled from power, and their doctrines are repudiated forever by the north, shall we have reunion with the south.  Then it may not be impossible.  That the mania of radicalism is a self-limited disease we fully believe: but the question now is whether its course will be run ere the country is ruined.

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            → Letters from Washington state that everything in administration circles went off merrily on New Year’s day.  Among the fashionable callers at the White House were several niggers.  Why should they not be happy?  A set of rail splitters, tract distributers, spiritual mediums and thread bare vagabonds, now wallowing up to their eyes in the fat of the land!  Since the world began, such another mob of moral and mental tatterdermalions never crept into places so high before.  Well may they jeer and be merry.  But it will be a short lived joy.  Justice sleeps, but it is not dead.

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            → During the tulip mania in Holland a root worth $5000 was eaten by a sailor in mistake for an onion. – Exchange.

During the abolition mania in the United States a Constitution more valuable than all the gold in the world was destroyed by a band of fanatics under the pretense of making others observe.

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A Ruler’s Discrimination.

            In his last proclamation, Mr. Lincoln speaks of “brave, loyal, and patriotic citizens.”  So might Napoleon or the despots of Austria and Russia class their subjects.  A “loyal” citizen in this country is simply an administration minion, or a toady, unworthy of a citizen’s respect.  It is a notable fact, that never until this abolition administration came into power, was the word “loyal” and its derivative used in connection with American citizens, and also that Mr. Lincoln is the only person that has ever held the President’s chair, who classed citizens as “loyal” or spoke of the “loyal” of a class.  He may well discriminate between patriotic citizens and “loyal” citizens.  Worcester and Webster define a “loyal” person as one who is “faithful to a prince or a superior;” and a patriotic citizen as one who is “actuated by the love of his country.”  Readers will readily perceive the distinction made by Mr. Lincoln in his use of the terms, and so they can judge why he placed the word “loyal” among the armory of the unpatriotic phrases.

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            → It is rumored that the President is considering the propriety of calling out a million of men for three months, for the purpose of releasing the Federal prisoners at Richmond.  The President can obtain the release of the white men without a millionth part of that trouble or expense.  All he has to do is to recognize a white man as a white man, and a negro as a negro, and the Federal prisoners will be released.

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Position of the Democracy.

            The Democracy were driven into the civil war that is now raging reluctantly, by the force of events, under a solemn pledge that its object was, only to maintain the supremacy of the Constitution and the integrity of the Union.  These solemn pledges have been and are being shamefully violated and disregarded.  The war commenced ostensibly “to defend and maintain the supremacy of the Constitution, and to preserve the Union with all the dignity, equality and rights of the several States unimpaired,” has been perverted into an abolition crusade against the institutions of slavery.  It is now deliberately proclaimed, by those high in official position, and in the confidence of the President, that the object is to destroy the Southern States and strike them from existence, to subjugate their people, desolate their country, confiscate their property for landless negroes, and to elevate the negro to a political and social equality with the whites.  They go farther, in the attempt to effect their objects, they endeavor to absorb, centralize and consolidate the rights and powers of the Northern States in the General Government, to perfectly obliterate State lines.  We are unalterably opposed to the prosecution of this war under this programme.  It will inevitably result in the destruction of the Union and the overthrow of the Constitution.  In the language of Senator Davis of Ky. “Sooner than our system of constitutional government and Liberty should be overthrown permanently by the usurpations of the Executive, I would rather risk a separation or any other event.”  In view of these considerations our prayer is

“Peace!  Peace!  God of our fathers grant us peace!”

Rushville Times.

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Chronicle of Crosier, the Priest of Sambo.

For the Macomb Eagle.

Behold and it came to pass during the reign of Aberraham, and in the ninth month of the third year thereof, there dwelt in a goodly city called Blandin many mighty people.

Some were of the tribe of Caucasian, and some were of the tribe of Sambo.

And it came to pass that the Samboites thought the goodly city was infested with copperheads.

Now there was a sojourner in the city of the name of Crosier; he was of the tribe of Sambo; that is, he loved darkness; and his hide was small, but his circumference was many cubits during the expansion of his skin.

Moreover he was a priest after the order of Niggerism, and he spake strange and wonderful things to the people, so much so that the hearts of the people became hardened.

And it came to pass that Crosier girded up his loins and waxed exceeding fierce, and said, The copperheads must be driven from the land.

Nevertheless there was in that city a synagogue, and the spirit of Abe came on Crosier and he said, I go to my synagogue and will preach to the people.  Yea there was much people there of both tribes.

Now in the midst of the multitude, even in the synagogue, stood two wayfaring men, by the name of Jerry and Ransom.  And they had not acted according to the dictates of the tribe of Sambo, and they soon fell victims to that tribe for evil things done in the synagogue.

And they were brought before the chief rulers of the city to be condemned, and multitudes followed them.

Moreover in the midst thereof stood the mighty Crosier, to dictate to the chief rulers, and he saw many things by faith; so he girded up his loins and used great authority.

And it came to pass that Crosier the priest of Sambo became too large for his skin, and used great authority with Charley the son of John, and made havoc on Wayman the son of Reuben.

And there was a tumult; and it came to pass in the confusion that Crosier had received a severe wound on his small finger from the bite of a copperhead.

Then the multitude went to their places of abode, and Crosier went to his tent, and Nathan went with him and poured on oil and wine to heal the bite of the fiery serpent.

And it was the eve of the Sabbath.

And behold it came to pass on the next day after the Sabbath, Crosier lifted up his eyes toward Ethiopia, and the spirit of Abe came on him and he gnashed his teeth and said, I, even I, am a man of God, my veins run with pure African blood.

And he took counsel of the tribe of Sambo, and he girded up his loins and his faith extended to Domingo, and he journied an hundred and eleven and two furlongs, beyond the river Crooked, to a city called Macomb.

And he went to one of the chief rulers thereof whose name was Franklin, and complained so much that the ruler ordered officers to seize Wayman the son of Reuben and Zack his brother, and Reuben their father, and bring them before him.

And the officers did according to the word of Franklin, and there was much people assembled together.

Then Reuben and Wayman took counsel together and said, We will lift up our hands and swear by the law that Franklin is biased.

Nevertheless there dwelt in that city a wise ruler whose name was Chandler, and by the oath of Wayman and Reuben he inherited the judgment seat of Franklin.

And he ordered the witnesses before him to testify, yea, and their testimony did not agree, and so he commanded to let Reuben, and Wayman, and Zack out of prison.

Moreover there stood a man in the midst of that people whose name was Edward. – Now Edward had authority from William the son-in-law of Daniel (yea William abode in Blandin), saying, Bring Crosier the priest of Sambo before me, that I may deal with him for smiting Wayman the son of Reuben.

Then Edward seized the priest of Sambo and bound him hand and foot.  And it came to pass soon after, according to promise, that he appeared at the judgment seat of William, and many people gathered there.

Then Crosier said, William is my enemy; I will cause by my oath William to be dethroned.

Now there dwelt in the city a counselor, whose name by gift was Albert, and his fame was known from Sam to Dick.

And Crosier took counsel with Albert, and he said, William will sit in judgment.

Moreover there were swarms of witnesses testified.  Nevertheless there was a jury of half a score and two men.  And after the testimony of the witnesses, the jury said, Crosier shall pay three pieces of greenback.

And all the people departed, every man to his abiding place.  And the fame of Crosier went abroad through all the land.

And the rest of the acts of Crosier the priest of Sambo, how he forgot the God of his fathers and ministered to the prince of blackness, shall they not be written in the book of the Niggerites?

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Who takes the first Premium?

            The premiums offered for subscriptions to The Eagle are not very large, but they are worth securing.  The man that aids in adding to the circulation of this paper does a good work, and he gets a valuable book besides. – This is the time to work – there are [?] days in which the truths which are to secure the salvation of the country should be [?]tered among the people.  We should like to have The Eagle regularly read by every man in McDonough county from now until the day of the election.  We believe it would result in great good to the cause of our country and the white man’s Constitution.  Who will send the first club and take the first book?

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            A Banking office in Macomb. – Dr. T. M. Jordan, it will be seen by reference to our advertising columns, has opened a banking office in this city, and is prepared to transact all matters in connection with this business.  A house of this kind has long been needed in Macomb, and we have no doubt the proprietor will meet with substantial encouragement.  The doctor’s well-known financial ability is a sufficient guarantee that depositors will always get the full amount of their deposits when called for.

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            The Rushville Times. – We are glad to see this paper once more on our table.  It is now published by Mr. J. C. Fox, an able and accomplished writer, who handles his pen with a vigor and ease that show a large experience in the newspaper business.  The Democrats of Schuyler county have now a paper offered to them which is every way worthy of their united and largest support.  Mr. Fox’s ability and energy will not flag, and his efforts should, and we believe will, be most heartily sustained by the generous Democracy of Old Schuyler.

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Inhumanity to Rebel Prisoners.

            We learn that two rebel prisoners, on the train conveying them to Rock Island Prison on last Thursday, were frozen to death before the train reached this city.  The prisoners were crowded together like swine in freight cars, and were, from all appearance, suffering both for the want of clothing and victuals.  Indeed it is said they were starving as well as freezing.  But the most shocking part of the whole affair was the heartless manner in which the dead were treated by the guards.  We have been informed by good authority, that the body of one of the frozen rebels was taken off the cars at Michigan City and dragged over the snowy ground, feet foremost like a dead animal, some distance to a warehouse.  It is not known what disposition was made of it afterward.  Such acts of heartlessness, are a disgrace to our country and can only result in retaliation on the part of our enemies.  Is it possible we live in Christian land?  Such scenes as have been recently witnessed surely deny it.  We are appalled at the atrocious treatment of our prisoners in the rebels prisons, but let us inquire if the sufferings of our brave soldiers are not aggravated by the scenes which are witnessed amongst rebel prisoners in our hands.  We are drifting into barbarity with a fearful rapidity.  Such are the results of this cruel war.  – Joliet Signal.

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Items Here and There.

–          We are indebted to Hon. L. W. Ross for public documents and other favors from Washington.

–          Hunt up the wolves, boys!  The county now pays five dollars for every “skulp” that may be taken.  A prize ought also to be given to the man who can “lift the hair” from the largest number of the varmints.

–          The Idaho fever is at a great height in this county.  We seriously fear that many persons will depart this State for that last-found and reported best gold diggings on the continent.

–          Our contemporaries are filled with doleful accounts of the late storm.  It extended over all the northwestern States, and the suffering caused by it can never be told.

–          A contemporary says that “marriages have increased five per cent. under Mr. Lincoln’s Administration.”  So have funerals increased five thousand per cent. under his administration.

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