February 5, 1864

Macomb Weekly Journal

Another Call Made.

            President Lincoln has called for 500,000 more men.  This call includes the 300,000 called for last October.  The draft is certainly ordered to take place on the 10th of March next – “no postponement on account of the weather.”  Let us see it to that McDonough county has her quota filled before that time.

Several opinions are advanced as to the reason of this call: the preeminent one is, the speedy crushing of the rebellion; another, to intimidate France.  We think that both have something to do with it.  The authorities are determined to end this accursed rebellion, and the best way to do it is to over-power the rebels by our numerical strength.  The brave and gallant men who have so long borne the hardships incident to a soldier’s life in active duty – the long, weary marches, scanty fare and deprivation of every home comfort – are re-enlisting almost en masse. – Let us emulate their example and show to the rebels and to the world generally, that we are terribly in earnest; that every one living within the boundaries of the United States must submit to the laws, and we will soon see the Sun of Peace shining once more over our beloved country.


Candidates for Governor.

            Both parties are casting about for good material to hold the honorable post of Governor of this Commonwealth.  With the Republicans and Union men, Generals Palmer, Oglebee and Logan and perhaps some other heroes of the war are prominently mentioned; besides the old Auditor Jesse K. Dubois, an honest and worthy man, so far at least, as the offices he has held show.  Amongst the democrat nominees we see none so prominently before the party as S. Coring Judd of Lewiston.  Now, we are perhaps too old fashioned to know exactly how little brains it requires to run the governmental machine of this great State, but we had supposed that Mr. Judd, against whom we certainly entertain no hostility as a man, was quite as high when denominated a leading attorney at the Fulton County bar as [fold] have proclivities for governing a State never displayed for want of materials to spend his skill upon, but we would surely never have guessed Mr. Judd’s capacity as evincing any of the ear-marks of a live Governor in time of war.  He belongs however, to the peace wing of the Democracy, and may possess the philosopher’s stone by the touch of which a rebel becomes a patriot and a traitor an honest man.


Union League.

            The Carthage Republican of last week, publishes [fold] it claims to be an extract from the Mo Republican purporting to disclose the Society of the Union League.  From this extract we learn that Union and Liberty are the watchwords, and “intense loyalty” pervades the Ritual.  Now, whatever smacks of these sentiments seems always painful to our Carthage neighbor and generally to the St. Louis Republican.  But if the League has half the devotion to the Union that the Democracy charge upon it, we really think we shall join, as this is the company we like to be in, and as these Democratic sentinels have given us the raps and the grips who knows but that we can get in.

The League seems to lack one thing to intensify the democratic hate, and that is they are silent on the nigger. – We look in vain for any condemnation of the League on that score, and we conclude the League won’t admit the sable brethren.


Rebel Desertions.

            There seems to have been a serious revolt of soldiers against the secesh government at Mobile, on the 18th of January, in which the rebel soldiers and officers of Fort Morgan, took possession of the fort and when the rebels sent gun boats to subdue them, they fired upon and drove off the boats.  At night, however, a large force from Mobile went down and finding the garrison off their guard, re-captured them.  Seventy of the revolters, it is said, are sentenced to be shot.


Good Templar’s Festival — The members of this enterprising Order contemplate holding a Festival at Campbell’s Hall, on the evening of the 12th inst.  All are invited to attend without respect to membership.  Admittance, one dollar per couple.  The conditions are evidently fair and easy to all, and we bespeak for this active body of reformers a full house.


Our Illinois Senator.

            We are pained to publish the gross debauchery of our Senator from Illinois.  His political career has mostly been of the extreme Southern type of Democratic surveillance.  With the exception of a short time previous to the late Presidential election and a very short time after, he has been a partizan of the Southern rights stamp, full of bitterness, and overbearing to Northern politicians.

As a neighbor, father and husband he is reputed to be affectionate and kind.  His lady is said to be a highly exemplary and Christian woman, and is at this time suffering from painful disease.  These considerations induce us to lament the aberrations of the Senator most deeply.  We could have wished that he had maintained the stand he at one time assumed alongside his intimate friend Judge Douglas.


Editorial Memoranda.

–          The National Democratic Convention is to be held at Chicago on the 4th of July.  What [fold] will have.

–          Passed off Pleasantly. – The supper and reception to the gallant old Sixteenth.

–          Muddy. – The streets of Macomb.

–          President by Acclamation. – From present appearances, Honest Old Abe will be made the next President by acclamation.

–          Re-enlisted. – The 2nd Ill. Cavalry.  Thus the roll of veteran regiments is extending.

–          About to Return. – Arkansas is about the return to its allegiance.  Ditto Tennessee, ditto North Carolina.

–          A Great Institution. – Printer’s Ink.  Try it, ye unbelievers.

–          A New Church. – The Copperheads of Ohio are about to start a new Church.  Dr. Olds, of Fort Lafayette notoriety, chief prophet.  In their opening conference, neither prayer nor hymn was offered.  Good for the C. H.’s.  Wonder where they will locate their Heaven?

–          Wanted. – Fifteen hundred subscribers for the Macomb Weekly Journal.

–          Invitation. – We invite all our old friends to call on us at our office and have a friendly chat.

–          Gold is quoted at 157 3-4 at New York.

–          Governor Gamble of Missouri, died on Sunday last.

–          The suspension bridge across Niagria River at Lewiston was blown down by a gale on Monday last.

–          There has been a four hours fight on the upper Potomac, between General Kelley’s Union forces and Early’s rebels.  We are not informed of the result.

–          John Brown’s daughter is teaching the freedmen at Fortress Monroe.

–          An important army expedition is about to start for the South from Memphis.  A heavy blow is to be struck at some unexpected point.  The details are contraband yet.


Washington Correspondence.

Washington, Jan. 25, 1864.

            In striking contrast to the extremely cold weather you have been having in Illinois, is the warm sunshiny weather, we are enjoying here.

To-day is as warm and pleasant as spring; overcoats are thrown aside and windows are thrown open, to enjoy the warm, balmy atmosphere.

Washington as is usual in winter, is crowded and gay.  The lecture rooms, theatres and other places of amusement are packed every night.  In the theatrical line we are having at present, Mrs. D. P. Bowers at Ford’s and Vestvali at Grovers.  Prof. Agassiz has just finished a course of lectures on “Glaciers” at the Smithsonian Institute and during the winter we have had John B. Gough, Bayard Taylor, Dr. Storrs, Miss Anna Dickinson and others.

“Hops” are affairs of weekly occurrence at the National Hotel and Williard’s, but the grand “hop” of the season was at the National on Thursday evening last, and was a most brilliant affair.  The hall was crowded, many Congressmen, their ladies, foreign ministers, and the elite of the city were in attendance.  The ladies were out in magnificent array, and diamonds flashed and silks rustled.  I am not “Jenkins” enough to go into a minute description, but for the benefit of your lady readers I will say that “low necks” and trails were the style.  The waists were made with double points and some ladies were without hoops while the majority wore those of very Quaker like dimensions.  Hair was arranged variously.  “A la frizzle” seemed to be the most prevalent style, though “a la grac” curls, “rats,” “mice” and “waterfalls” were quite common.  It was a splendid affair end everyone seemed to enjoy it.

During the past summer and fall, Union men here, and perhaps all over the country, felt a great anxiety in regard to the political complexion of the coming Congress, and fears were entertained that the friends of the Union and the administration would not have a majority.  The election of Colfax on the first ballot by an overwhelming majority dispelled all doubts on this point and gave assurance to loyal hearts everywhere.  It was interesting to hear Colfax ring out confidently from the Un-[fold] of the house, and witness the hopeless despondency with which the Copperheads cast their few scattering votes for Cox, Malloy and others.

It seems as though this hopeless minority of treason sympathizers were studying the best means to forever politically damn themselves, if we are to judge from their continued efforts to embarrass the Government in the prosecution of the war and their opposition to all measures that are calculated to injure rebels, or their cause.

It is hard to understand how men possessing intelligence and education act so; for even if they are destitute of patriotism, history proves nothing more plainly, than that men who oppose their country in time of war, bring down a judgment upon their own heads.

The Tory of the Revolution, the members of the Hartford Convention, and those who voted against supplies for the Mexican war, are examples of this fact.

I had the pleasure a short time since of spending a few hours in company with Col. Mudd late private Secretary of that deceased statesman Hon. S. A. Douglas.  As McDonough contains many men who at one time professed to follow the teachings of that distinguished political leader, I will give in substance some of the remarks of Col. Mudd.  The subject came up in reference to the opinions and action of Judge Douglas, in regard to the present rebellion.

Col. Mudd said: “I remember the day that Fort Sumter was fired upon.  Judge Douglas gave me some manuscript to copy and went down street, he came back very much excited and said to me: “Colonel they have fired upon our flag; they have made war upon the Union; and now it becomes every man to do his duty and stand by the Government.  This Rebellion must be crushed!  Politically I am opposed to Abraham Lincoln, but I shall stand by him in his efforts to crush these traitors and I shall call upon him and tell him so,” and he did call upon the President and say to go on in his efforts to put down treason and as far as laid in his power he would aid him; and he also said that the President should have called for five hundred thousand instead of seventy-five thousand men.”

The position and feelings of many who were once the followers of S. A. would be much more enviable had they continued to follow his patriotic teachings and by word and deed “helped mankind on to this great consummation” instead of having striven to binder it “with malignant heart and deceitful speech.”

The confirmation of Gen. Schofield is a question that is agitated here very freely at present.  It is impossible to state what the result will be; there are some who are very bitterly opposed to it and all or nearly all the Senators are understood to have taken firm positions on the question either pro or con.  To speak of the objections that are urged against him would involve the whole Missouri question which I do not propose to do, but merely wish to say a few words in reference to the position occupied by the President in the matter.

Many of Mr. Lincoln’s warmest friends condemn him for his action in the matter and that he has erred is probable, but it must be borne in mind that while the opponents of Schofield were urging their objections against him, in a manner perhaps that was not so well calculated to influence a man of Mr. Lincoln’s firmness as a milder tone would have been.  On the other hand Gov. Karney and other Union men of Kansas were urging him to retain Gen. Schofield.  Gov. Gamble also was the warm friend of Schofield and he could say and probably did say, “I have used all my energies to put troops in the field and to aid in suppressing the rebellion,” and then request that Schofield be retained to the injury of the cause of the Radical Union men of Kansas and Missouri.  I have heard several of the Radical members from Missouri talk on this question and they exhibit a bitterness that I have never seen equalled.

If Mr. Lincoln has erred in this particular he is doing all in his power to set it right at present, and the evidences of the Union press and people all over the country show that he occupies a place in the hearts and confidence of his fellow citizens not equalled or approached by any other man.

Without some great change it is safe to predict that “Abraham is the man” for 1864.



A Drunken Senator.

            It would be really amusing, if it were not thoroughly disgusting, to witness the drunken vagaries of the gentleman whose name heads this paragraph, as [fold] to place in the Capitol building; drunk at morning, drunk at noon, and drunk at night; drunk in his seat, and drunk out of his seat; drunk at assembly and drunk at adjournment.  As he passes the street corners the little boys point their fingers at his bloated features, and mock his unsteady gait.  It is sad, indeed, to look at him rolling rather than walking into the Senate chamber, and to think that he should have a voice in the enactment of laws to govern a great nation; sad, indeed, to think that his voice should be as potent in the decision of momentous questions, as that of Mr. Sumner, or any other member of the Senate; sad, indeed, to see the homage due to a United States Senator, paid to a poor drunken fool like him; and sad, indeed, to see half of the great State of Illinois represented by such a sot.  We boast of the freedom of the press in this country, yet here is a living disgrace to a State and the nation; against which a word is rarely uttered.  Citizens of the United States ought to take pride enough in the highest legislative body in the land, to see that worthless drunkard excluded from it, and when one gets in occasionally, the press ought to write him out, his State ought to vote him out, or if that will not do, the people ought to kick him out.

McDougal, of California, and Richardson of Illinois, are the only habitual drunkards of the Senate.  McDougal is harmless in his cups.  He goes out horseback riding, falls into the gutter, and the small boys rally round him and have a little fun at his expense.  He seldom troubles the Senate chamber with his presence.  Richardson, however, is disgusting in his bacchanalian revelries – always obtrudes himself upon the Senate when scarcely able to stand erect – always, unfortunately for himself and for his State, in his seat to be pointed at from the galleries, and to have his name given in reply to the oft repeated question, “Who is that drunken fellow over there?”


Our Terms.

            On the first page, at the head of the first column will be found our terms – [?] per annum, strictly in advance.  We will be compelled to adhere to this [?] rigidly in order to be able to “run the machine” as it should be run – that is to buy paper, for which we have to pay with money down; pay our hands, our rent, and all other expenses which are necessarily incurred in publishing a paper.  A great many object to take our paper on account of the price we ask for it; but we think they would consider it cheap, if they knew the amount it cost to issue each [?] of the paper.

We hope our friends will think of this and promptly renew their subscriptions, and endeavor to add to our subscription list.  It will only take a very small exertion on their part to increase our circulation to 1200 or 1500 and they will gain by it as well as ourself; the more patronage we receive the better paper we can give them in return.  An exciting political campaign is almost upon us, and it behooves all good Union men to exert themselves the utmost to be successful, and nothing will do more to secure that success, so much desired, as a well con[?] paper.  And such a paper we propose to give, provided we are properly sustained.  Let each man whose name is now upon our subscription book consider himself appointed a committee of one to canvass his neighborhood or school district, and we will have a patronage that will enable us to go on our [?] rejoicing.


            Funeral of Maj. Broaddus. – The body of Maj. Broaddus having been retained by the family and friends a number of days, was finally interred on Thursday last.  A large concourse of citizens were in attendance.  The family was escorted to and from the church by a body of returned soldiers, and the funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, of which he has long been a devoted and consistent member.  The funeral services at the church were conducted by Elder Haney of Peoria, and were said to have been highly satisfactory to those in attendance.  After the services the body was carried to its last resting place, attended by a large procession of friends.

Thus ends another victim, who has gone from our neighborhood, of this accursed war.  What thousands of offerings have gone in this way; some from almost every township in our land to appease this demon of Secession. – Thousands of our brave men from all parts of the North sprang with alacrity at their country’s call, as did Maj. Broaddus, not stopping to count the cost, but ready if need be to sacrifice life and all earthly hopes on their country’s altar, and what multitudes of such men have gone down to an honored grave – but nevertheless having left broken-hearted families, afflicted friends and irreparable gaps in society, as memorials of their loss.


            Coffee for Two. – We understand that two persons calling themselves John Harry and Nancy J. Harry, claiming to be man and wife, were committed to jail by Esquire Withrow for trial at the next term of the Circuit Court on a charge of larceny.  The proof seemed to show that sometime about Christmas last, a clock was missing at the depot from the warehouse of Graves & Graham, and on one of the days last week these same parties went afoot to Bardolph and Bushnell, the woman offering for sale, and finally selling this clock, and the man hanging about the corners of the street, whilst the woman peddled her ill-gotten merchandise.  A writ was obtained and constable Barrett followed the parties to Monmouth, and brought back Sheriff Dixon two pretty sure boarders until the third week of March.


            Melancholy Casualty. – We learn that William Williams, a young man of our city, of sober and industrious habits and but just married, came to his end on Sabbath, under circumstances calculated to engage the sympathies of every heart.  Williams worked at Clisby’s mill, and had just eaten his dinner on Friday at two o’clock P. M., at his brother’s where he boarded, when he went back of the house, where some of his friends were shooting with an indifferent pistol.  The mainspring of the pistol was so weak that at each setting of the cap after loading, it was necessary to press the cap tight down on the tube, so that the weak stroke of the hammer of the pistol might explode it.  This pressing was usually done by forcing the hammer down slightly on the cap before firing.  On this occasion, and as Williams walked up those in charge of the pistol were in the act of adjusting the cap.  To fit it more closely the one who held it tapped the hammer on a small tree near by, when the cap bursted igniting the charge, and the ball struck Williams, who by this time was within a few feet, entering the chest near the lower extremity of the heart, and inflicting a wound from which he died on Sunday.  As before stated he was married just a week before the accident and looked forward to a long and happy life.  He leaves a young wife who surely deserves the commisseration of all humane persons.  She had just united herself to his fortunes, as she doubtless supposed for a long life and in the midst of her early joys has been called to mourn a widowed bride.  Such Providences are mysterious, past finding out.  But the Lord reigns.  Were it not that those connected with this great misfortune already, no doubt, have suffered much from their own reflections, we would feel it to be our duty to comment on the careless use of fire-arms with some severity.


            At Nashville. – From a private note from Mr. Magie, we learn that he arrived safely at Nashville on the 29th ult.  He expected to reach Chattanooga on the morning of the 31st.  He promises a letter for the paper as soon as he reaches camp.


            Recruiting Office. – We would notice that Capt. Chapman, and Lieut. Gash of the 16th regiment have opened a recruiting office on the south-west corner of the square.  Any one wishing to enlist, will do well to give them a call.


            Soldier’s Festival. – The entertainment to which we alluded in our last, came off agreeably to appointment on the 28th.  And our soldier friends attended in force.  It was not exactly everybody and his wife on that occasion, but every soldier and his girl, including some wives of course.  The blue coats and brass buttons shone conspicuously through the day all over town, and during the afternoon the Bushnell and Prairie City division came in with a stirring brass band.  At four o’clock the large hall was jammed and the feast of fat things commenced.  Much credit is due the managers for a sumptuous entertainment arranged with much skill and taste, and for a time the soldiers forgot hard tack and bacon flitches for the kind offerings of home.  Much hilarity and good feeling prevailed in the dense crowd, and not a case of disorder or dissatisfaction is known to have occurred at the feast.  The evening was devoted to the dance, and the soldiers with their ladies, and many of our young citizens and their lasses, participated in the merry ring to a late hour.  The hall was quite too small to afford facilities for all to engage in the evening entertainment, and we understand that seventy-five couple swarmed and settled again at the ball room of the Randolph House.  The whole affair seems to have been highly gratifying to all those who participated.


            Ho! for Idaho. – We understand that Wm. Bowles and Rate Fulton are to start for Idaho some time next week.  We wish them a safe journey and good luck after they get there.  Who goes next?


            → We are indebted to S. A. Epperson of the 7th Ill. Cav. for a copy of the Charleston (S. C.) Mercury, of the 17th of December ’63, which he captured along with other property of like value.  The following is a price list of a few articles in Charleston:

Bacon,$1per lb; Candles, $1,25’ Coffee $4; Flour $28 per bbl; Hogs net 60 cts per lb., gross 41; Horses $700 each; Lard $1 per lb.  Sole leath – $3; Upper leather $4; Harness, $3,75; Molasses $6 per gal.  Potatoes $3 per bushel; Salt 60 cts per lb.; Shirting $1,25 per yard; Army Shoes $15 per pr; Socks $2,50; Sugar $2,00; Tea $10, Tallow, $1.50; Wheat $5; Wool $4; Wagons $300; Yarn $2,50.


            Sold Out. – Frazer, the Oyster man on the south-west corner of the square, has sold out his goods at auction.


            Recruits. – Quite a large number of recruits have been enlisted in this county since the October call.  We were promised by the recruiting officers the exact number, but have not received it yet.  We hope to have the number and names next week.


            The 84th’s Flag. – We have been presented by Messrs. Hawkins & Philpot, Photographic Artists of this city, with a Photograph of the old Flag of the 84th.  This Flag was brought home by Col. Waters of the 84th, and is “all tattered and torn” by rebel bullets and cannon balls.  It has been through the battles of Stones River and Chickamauga.  The Photograph is worth preserving by all the friends of the gallant 84th.


            Re-enlisted. – We are gratified to learn that the gallant old 50th, has re-enlisted for the war.  Every man in the regiment, with the exception of the new recruits, who have not been in long enough has re-enlisted.  Good for the 50th.  Col. Bane, the commander has long been in command of a brigade at Corinth.  They will rendezvous at Quincy, for the purpose of recruiting.


            Fogetful. – A certain Mr. J. N. Hill, a writing school teacher, and fancy man generally, borrowed our specimen book a few days before he left this city, and forgot to return it.  We can do without the book, but are sorry to lose Mr. Hill.


            A Good Suggestion. – The Quincy Whig and Republican suggests that a subscription be started for the purpose of furnishing the 10th, 16th and 50th Regiments, which are to rendezvous there for the purpose of recruiting, with a Regimental Flag each.  Subscriptions to be limited to one dollar.  Cannot our citizens do something towards the object?


            Read Them. – Look over our advertising columns, read them, and then you will know with whom to deal, for it is an incontrovertible fact, that the most liberal men to deal with are they who advertise, and make known their business through the medium of the public prints – let them be merchant, lawyer, doctor, banker or mechanic.


            Removed. – W. H. Phelps has removed his tailor shop to the room over Gilfry & Davis’ store.  Entrance on east side.


            New Bank. – As an evidence of the increase of business in this place we will state that a new Bank has been opened here by Dr. T. M. Jordan, of this city, in the old post office building, one door north of Piper’s new brick store.  All who have business of that kind will do well to call on the Doctor.


            Acknowledgement. —  We are indebted to Hon. L. W. Ross, M. C., from this district for valuable public documents, and other favors, for which he will please accept our sincere thanks.  We are also indebted to our friend C. H. Whitaker, Esq., for favors from Jefferson City, Mo.  Thanks, friend Charlie.


            At Home. – Capt. Ervin, of Co. C, 84th Reg’t, arrived home on Saturday last.  The Capt. looks well, and appears to enjoy army life hugely.


            Valentines. – Clarke’s Bookstore is just in receipt of a large lot of comic and sentimental valentines.  We would advise all ye “Young America” of this city to go early and make a good selection, for nothing takes so well with the young ladies as to receive a nice valentine from a nice young man.


Business Notices.

            Geo. W. Bailey, on the east side of the square, becoming convinced of the utility of advertising, has determined to increase his already extensive business, by letting the people know what he has to sell through the columns of our paper.  George sells on the ready-pay system, and consequently, very cheap.  See advertisement, in another column, and then give him a call.

J. McMillan & Co., still continues the Drug business at their old stand.  They keep constantly on hand medicines of all kinds of the best quality.  Painters are especially invited to give them a call.

O. F. Piper, at his new brick, on the north-east corner of the square, has among his extensive stock of Groceries, Cove Oysters, and good ones too.  We notice that he has flour for sale.

S. J. Clarke, has torn out the partition wall in his book store, and is extending his shelving back, an evidence that he is prospering.  He will have a large assortment of Wall and Window paper in a few days.  The increase in his business is a good illustration of the benefit of advertising.

Brown & Hillier, Carpenters, can be found at their New Shop, opposite the jail, where they are prepared to do work in their line at reasonable rates, and in good style.

An Intelligent Dorg. – Monroe, the Barber Shop man, has an animal of the canine species that is quite intelligent.  Drop in and see it.

Do you want good bread?  If so, call on John Gesler, north-west corner of the square, and you will be sure to get it – both good and nice.

To Live and let Live. – That’s the Question. – Whether ‘tis better for people to buy boots, shoes, hats, or caps at high rates, or go direct to J. M. Browne & Co.’s, on the south side of the square, and get the very best at lower prices the they can be bought at any similar establishment.

Watchman, what of the night? – John H. Wilson, watchmaker and jeweler, on the north side of the square, has just received a large assortment of clocks, which he says he will sell cheap.  Wilson has fitted up his room in city style, and is prepared to repair watches, clocks and jewelry as low as the time will justify.

Dr. I. H. Clarke announces through our columns his willingness to attend the sick and afflicted.  The Doctor has long experience in the practice of medicine, and is very successful in treating the various diseases of this country.


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