April 16, 1864

Macomb Eagle

→ The Democratic State Committee have appointed a Democratic State Convention to be held at Springfield, on the 15th of June ensuing, for the selection of delegates to the Democratic National Convention, and [?] the nomination of candidates for Electors of President and Vice President [obscured] other convention, at a later day for the nomination of candidates for Governor and other State officers.

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Another Proclamation.

            As usual, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, has found it necessary to issue a second proclamation in order to let the people know what he meant in a former one known as his reconstruction proclamation. In [?] it was generally under- [fold] taken in arms against the United States, and all rebels who had taken up arms, below the grade of Colonel, in the army were offered a full pardon and a restitution of all their property except slaves, for all offense committed against the government of the United States during the war, after taking the oath of allegiance and abandoning the rebel cause. And so broad an interpretation did the President give to his proclamation that he actually granted pardon to Ed. Grant of Arkansas, who had been a General in the rebel army and had [?] in a public (deliberate in his State) of his having hung yankee union men by their heels till they were dead. And he also granted pardon to convicted pirates. But it now appears that he, as well as the balance of mankind, were mistaken as to the persons for whose benefit the proclamation was issued for in the first explanatory document he says did not intend that those whom he had any control over should deprive benefit from the provisions of the document, but only those who he had no control over whatever. In other words he is willing to let go free whom he never caught and to hold on to those who he has in his possession, and can turn loose. This piece of military strategy of Mr. Lincoln is in character like unto that he applied to the negro slaves, wherein he declared those free who were in the hands of the rebels and beyond his control, while he retained in slavery all those who were within military lines and where he could have given them actual freedom. A [?] statesman and military hero is Father Abraham, especially on proclamations.

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            → The Democrats of Macomb township are requested to meet at the court house at 2 o’clock p. m., on Saturday, April 23rd, for the purpose of organizing a Democratic Club, and attending to other business. A full attendance is requested.

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            → The Democrats achieved a glorious triumph in the municipal election at Springfield, Ill., last Tuesday, electing their entire ticket by majorities ranging from 12 to 60. “The home of Lincoln” thus rebukes the amalgamationism of the republican party.

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            → Greenbacks still taken at par on subscription and other accounts due at this office.

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            → We have a few copies of Mr. White’s speech, the reading of which will prove beneficial to all men who desire to do a man’s part in the coming struggle for the restoration of the Union. Call and get them.

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            → A gentleman paid three years advance subscription to The Eagle this week. All sensible men will prefer an Eagle to a greenback. The former is composed of sterling metal, while the latter is a wretched substitute for real value.

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            → The weather this week has been of a raw, disagreeable character, quite out of place for April. But it has not interfered with the business of Keefer’s new cash drug house, which has become the popular resort for all persons purchasing goods in his line of business.

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The Balance Sheet.

            Admitting the statement of the Administration press, that slavery is abolished, to be true in its widest sense, somebody makes up the National balance sheet thus:

EMANCIPATION.                                        DR.

To 500,000 American citizens killed.

To 100,000 maimed, wounded and disabled.

To a devastated country, filled with orphans and widows.

To a loss of National prestige.

To $3,000,000,000 of indebtness.

To a divided country (suspense account).

CREDIT.

By 4,000,000 free negroes.

We presume all parties will conceded the above statement not overrated – it probably falls short of the truth. – Now comes the important question – “Will it pay?” We have got for all this vast expenditure of men and money absolutely nothing save the freedom of four millions of blacks whenever we are strong enough to conquer their masters. That is, this war has NOT restored the Union; has NOT made us stronger, has NOT made us richer, has NOT made us better; but given to us a divided country, a heritage of hatred between North and South which three generations will not wipe away a rapidly increasing public debt, already amounting to one fourth the total valuation of property in the entire Union as it was, and taken from the land five hundred thousand of its best and bravest sons.

In the drawing room of Rogers, the poet, there used to hang a note on the Bank of England for one million pounds sterling. It was thought to be a great curiousity, and men looked with envy upon this bit of paper which the owner by a single touch of his pen could convert into a shower of gold. But the Emancipation Proclamation which was hawked about our streets the other day and sold for two dollars, cost six hundred times more than Rogers’ bank note. It is in fact all we have in exchange for lost love, wasted treasure and wasted blood, but to use it as we may, it can bring back to us none of these.

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            We are right glad to know that the president holds fast to his Gettysburg speech. It is the best word of his administration and much the best word uttered at Gettysburg. It will live long after many more elaborate and pretentious utterances shall have been forgotten. – N. Y. Tribune.

If our reader will recollect that Mr. Lincoln’s speech on the occasion refered to, was not more than two minutes in length, and that the gist of what he said was, that it was very difficult for him to make a speech without making a fool of himself, they cannot fail to see the pungent sarcasm of the above. – Carlinville Spectator.

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            Outrages by Negroes. – The late massacre of negro soldiers near Vicksburg is now said not to have been a rebel outrage, but quite otherwise. – The negroes went to a hotel where there were only white women and children with their servants; committed the grossest possible outrage on the women, and then burned the house. An Indiana regiment heard of the affair, and attacked and killed the negroes. No rebels were concerned in the shocking affair. Amiral Porter said in a late report, “The negro troops near Vicksburg have been committing many outrages.”

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