March 19, 1864

Macomb Eagle

Out of their own Mouths.

            It is scarcely worth while for Democrats to attempt an argument to show that the wicked and criminal administration of Abraham Lincoln is without a parallel in the history of civilized nations.  If one-half of what the members of his own party say about him be true, then he is the meanest and most contemptible despot that ever attempted to sacrifice a nation’s prosperity on the altar of his own ambition.  The statements of the Pomeroy circular and the smashing blow of the New York Tribune, as to Lincoln’s dishonesty, vascillation, ambition, and his infamous determination to destroy the liberties of his countrymen, are yet fresh in the minds of our readers.  We have now another witness, who comes voluntarily before the people to testify to Mr. Lincoln’s despotic schemes.  Caspar Butz, a leading German republican of Chicago, and late a member of the Illinois Legislature, is now the publisher of a German magazine.  In the number for March Mr. Butz makes the following statement:

“And how are the prominent men of the country treated, who have a hold upon the sympathies of the people?  They are removed from military and political action, because they might be dangerous to the aspirations of Mr. Lincoln.  Fremont was the first victim; Butler followed next; Banks was banished to Texas.  It is an open secret at Washington, that Grant pledged himself not to be a candidate for the presidency; if he had not so pledged himself, he he would not have been permitted to take Vicksburg and to storm Missionary Ridge.  It is time to tell the truth to the people, and we shall do so, no matter how much we are abused.”

This is a precious admission to come from an intense loyalist, and it establishes what the Democratic papers have for a year or more been charging upon Lincoln, to-wit: that he preferred his own re-election to the destruction of the rebellion.  It was doubtless because no such pledge could be extorted from McClellan, that he was withheld from success when at the entrenchments of Richmond.  It is to this reason that we owe the blood of Fredericksburg, of Chancellorville, of Antietam, of Pope’s campaign, of Gettysburg.  It is to this cause that we have the tens of thousands of yawning graves in the track of our armies, and the tens of thousands of desolate homes in the North.  How long will the people submit to this at the hands of Abraham Lincoln?


Amalgamation at the White House.

            A few weeks ago a negro called on Mr. Lincoln, and afterwards gave an account of his visit to a crowd of gaping and admiring republicans.  He was asked how Lincoln received him. – “Just as one gentleman receives another,” replied the negro.  Since that time negro visitors at the White House are plenty as blackberries, and all the various shades of miscegen colors mix and mingle on terms of perfectly equality at the Presidential mansion.  At the last reception the negroes were in the proportion of two to five of whites.  It will soon be difficult, when we read of Lincoln’s levees, to say how many are white and how many are black.

Mr. Lincoln, and we suppose Mrs. Lincoln also, were very kind to their darkey visitors.  It has always been a rule in the North, so far as we are acquainted, that whenever a family get so low and so degraded as to associate with niggers, thereafter they are put outside the pale of decent white society.  This rule ought to be rigidly applied to Old Abe and all who associate with negroes.  No democrat, no white man of untainted blood, be he as poor as a beggar, ought to so lower himself as to associate with Abe Lincoln or any of his crew of negro amalgamationists.  No Democratic member of Congress ought to step his foot into the White House, so long as it is den of amalgamationists.  He insults his constituents and does violence to the principles of Democracy by doing it. – Every honest man is bound to frown upon such a desecration of manhood and such treason to his blood.  He has no right to set an example of demoralization to his fellow citizens, or to countenance, even in the slightest degree, by his presence, the foulest wrong that could be inflicted on his country – that of the amalgamation and consequent demoralization of the white race of his country.  Let every Democrat in Congress show his deep seated and heartfelt abhorrence of this unspeakable vileness by keeping away from the amalgamation levees of an Abolition President.


A Despotism save in Name.

            The government of the United States is now a Despotism in all save the name.  One after another of the rights which were secured to the people by the Constitution have been ruthlessly invaded by the party in power, until the people do not now enjoy a single one of the precious liberties guaranteed to us by our fathers, except upon the sufferance, as they are pleased to term it, of the administration. – A military officer now announces that martial law is the fundamental law of the State.  Martial law is the compulsory exercise of the whim or caprice, as well as the judgment, of the military commander.  In the hands of honorable men it may be used for the public benefit; but in the hands of fool-hardy fanatics who rule this country it is only used as a means of oppression, and of the advancement of partizan ends.  The late farcical election in Louisiana is a case in point.  Gen. Banks commanded the people to vote on pain of being treated as disloyal, which simply meant being exposed to licensed robbery and murder; and then he also commanded them to vote the administration ticket on pain of confiscation.  This is the kind of election which the republican papers are rejoicing over.  It is well perhaps, for they can carry elections in no other way.  But it was as shameless a burlesque on popular elections as was the vote by which the reigning despot of France procured himself to be elected Emperor.  If, to use Mr. Kinglake’s apt phraseology, Louis Napoleon knew how “to strangle a nation in the night time with a thing called a plebiscite, and to set the snare called universal suffrage,” Abraham Lincoln is entitled take out a new patent by his improvements on the original invention.  Mr. Lincoln’s plebiscite takes the merciful form of a proclamation of amnesty, but the thing is so cunningly contrived as to disfranchise all his political opponents and to convert whole States into so many rotten burroughs by whose votes he expects to re-elect himself. – When Louis Napoleon “set the snare called universal suffrage,” he placed thirty-two of the most populous departments of France under martial law, but Mr. Lincoln’s military commander in Louisiana, when he proclaimed the election, went further, and declared that martial law is the fundamental law of the State.  This, however, is no essential alteration of the Napoleonic patent, it is merely an extension of the original idea; but there was a fine stroke of unborrowed invention in compelling citizens to vote. – This was not only “setting the snare” but thrusting the birds into it.  A piece of tyranny which was too barefaced for Louis Napoleon even to think of, is practiced by Mr. Lincoln with as much nonchalance as if driving men to the polls like cattle was a part of the regular machinery of free institutions.


            → It is said that great numbers of yankees are purchasing of Lincoln what are called “the confiscated lands” of the South, with a view of settling on them and employing the negroes at seven dollars a month to work them. – Then “the government” will employ an army of 300,000 men at $13 a month to protect these Yankees and negroes on these stolen lands.  Adding the great salaries of the officers and other employees of the Federal Government, it will create an annual tax of at least $300,000,000, which must be paid by the people.


            → An exchange says: Wendell Phillips and his tribe of negro Philosophers, male and female, have got a fresh idea on “saving the Union.”  A year ago it was the abolition of slavery – now they insist that nothing can do it but to cross the breed of Yankees and negroes.  This is now the subject of their lectures, and a book is being published advocating amalgamation.  Nothing else will now “save the Union.”  Let Mr. Lincoln issue his proclamation at once or the work will be done by Yankee emigrants before he will be able “to make capital” out of it.


            → Our drunken Governor is making a circuit of the State in a double capacity.  Whether he is employed by the managers of two distinct interests, we have not the means of knowing; but certain it is he serves a dual purpose.  The apparent and ostensible object of his peregrinations is to lecture the people into the support of abolitionism and its consequent doctrine of miscegenation.  The other part of his labors is an exhibition in support of the temperance cause, by showing in his own person what a debased wretch whisky can make of a man once respectable.  As a temperance reformer he could effect wonders, by the mere force of contrast.


The Constitution to be Amended.

            Mr. Lyman Trumbull, Senator from the State of Illinois, has reported from the judiciary committee of the Senate a proposition to amend the constitution of the United States, by adding thereto an additional article as follows:

“Article 13, Sec. 1.  Neither slavery not involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

“Sec. 2.  Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

If the proclamations are valid what is the need of such an amendment?

And is not Senator T. a bit of a “copperhead” for proposing an amendment with virtually sustains Lincoln’s own opinion, as expressed a short time before he signed the “Pope’s bull?” – Keithsburg Observer.


Township Meetings.

            The Democrats of Sciota township will meet at the centre school house, on Saturday evening, March 19th, at 7 o’clock p. m., for the purpose of nominating candidates for town officers.

The Democrats of Emmet township will meet at the Union school house on Saturday, March 26th at 2 o’clock p. m., for the purpose of nominating candidates for township officers.


McClellan’s Report

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            → The spring term of the McDonough circuit court will commence next Monday. – There will doubtless be a good many people in attendance, and it will be a good time for gentlemen in the country to send money for subscriptions to this paper.  Those who are indebted to this office are requested not to forget it.


            → The stormy March has kept up its traditional reputation this week.  We have had snow and coldest kind of winds, which seemed all the worse from their succeeding the pleasant weather of the two previous weeks.


            → R. J. Adcock & Co. are opening a large stock of groceries in the building known as the “American House.”  They will have a full assortment of all goods in their line, and ask purchasers to sample their quality.


            → The citizens of Prairie City and Walnut Grove townships in this county and of the two adjoining townships in Warren county have organized a society for mutual protection against horse thieves.


            → A kind of brain fever has been quite prevalent among children in the northern part of this county for a few weeks.  It has been distressingly fatal in a great many cases.


            Profession vs. Practice. – We hear a great deal of noisy patriotism and oceans of sympathy for the soldiers who are absent in the army.  There are persons in this town who seek a monopoly of the business of supporting the government and at the same time taking care of the families of absent soldiers.  They are leagued together in their crocodile officiousness they parade in the uniform of the stay-at-home guards, they talk glibly about smashing Democrats, and bemoan the miseries of the poor, cheated negro.  Well, the wife of a soldier had a house or shop to rent, and one of these patriotic individuals thought the shop would be a good location at which to carry on his business.  He rented the shop, promising to pay monthly and the woman was rejoiced in the prospect of a little money to enable her to keep herself and children comfortable through the winter.  The patriotic sympathizer with negroes swindled out og their just right took possession of the house last October, and let month after month, for five months, pass without paying any part of the rent except the taxes.  He then suddenly vamosed the ranch, sent the key home, and retired from the scene of his patriotic labors with so much money in his pocket which rightfully belonged to the poor “war widow.”  This man’s moral honesty is equally as good as the political honesty of his party.


            Chalmers. – The Democrats of Chalmers Town met at the Dunsworth school house on the 14th March, 1864, and nominated the following ticket for town officers:

For supervisor, Jeremiah Sullivan; town clerk, T. B. McCormick; assessor, Elzy Haines; collector, Charles A. Stevens; commissioner of highways, Cyrus Hoyt; overseer of poor, Peter Crawford.

And appointed the following central committee: Jeremiah Sullivan, Isaac Haynes, and T. B. McCormick.


            – A hen was cackling in this city yesterday, and at least fifty families had their eye on her, to see when and where she would lay an egg.  Hens have thought themselves eggs-empt from duty the past few months, but they must go to war or shell out.


            → The first stock of boots and shoes for the spring trade is now being received at Wright’s, the popular emporium for this trade.  He has not only the first arrival, but he has also the largest and most complete assortment, all of which were manufactured on his order expressly for this market.  The ladies especially will find the neatest and best variety of shoes for spring wear, embracing every possible or fashionable style.  The assortment for men and boys’ wear is kept full, and any kind of boot or shoe, that can be desired by country or city gent, will be sold at the lowest prices.  Also all work made to order, by competent workmen.  Be sure to call at Wright’s for anything in his line of trade.


            That Amalgamation! – Some persons are inclined to doubt that a white woman and negro was married in Fairfield the other day.  It is so, notwithstanding, and the couple are now in our city.  We do not know where they are stopping, as the couple are neither white or black, and meet with just as little sympathy among negroes as whites.  The woman is a Caucassian, a widow of a volunteer, and had a little girl.  The negro formerly worked for Flora in this city, but has lately been acting as porter at the Ottumwa House.  He is as black as the ace of spades, and call the woman his dear.  To see them together is disgusting to any one but a republican. – Keokuk Constitution.


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