May 7, 1864

Macomb Eagle

Increase of Subscription Price.

            By notice elsewhere it will be seen that the publishers of the papers in Macomb have determined to increase the price of subscription to their respective papers to the sum of two dollars a year. This increase takes effect on the first of June. We have felt for several months that this step would be necessary to preserve us from loss on subscription. Everything that we use in our business has increased in cost from 50 to 125 per cent, and the cost of living, as every reader knows, is enormously in advance of what it was three or four years ago. – We have therefore been compelled to advance the price of advertising, job work, and subscription. A moment’s reflection will satisfy every man that this is the only way to save our business from destruction. No merchant sells at the prices he did when we had peace and a stable currency; no mechanic works for the same hire per day that he formerly did, and no farmer will sell his products at the same price he formerly obtained. – There is no good reason why the printing business should be kept at the old rates. The advance in our rates is not yet up the advance in the cost of many articles in our consumption; and if we have committed any error at all it has been in not making the advance at an earlier day and in making it higher.


The Proclamation Mania.

            The mania of Mr. Lincoln for proclamations is well illustrated by a historic parallel. He seems to be as profoundly impressed with the importance of his quarterly proclamation as was Henry the Eighth of England. The latter despot declared in his 31st statute, that “the proclamation of the king should take the place of the laws.” But Mr. Lincoln has issued, at least, a dozen proclamations meant to suspend or take the place of the laws. – In the time of Henry the VIII, the parliament of England was the pliant tool of the king’s despotism, just as the last and the present Congress have been the tools of Mr. Lincoln’s grotesque tyrannies. The parliament, however, had some excuse for their betrayal of the people of England, for they would have lost their heads if they had not. When once the parliament refused to vote the subsidies demanded, the king summoned an influential member, and laying his hand on his head, said: “Let my bill pass tomorrow, or to-morrow I will have you beheaded.” But we do not suppose that Old Abe would give a farthing of the heads of all his members of Congress – not certainly unless he puts a fancy estimate upon their worth – and therefore their acts must be voluntary and premeditated villainy.


            → The republicans are very fond of female orators. From Abbey Kelly and Lucretia Mott down to Anna Dickinson, they have been great admirers of petticoats in the forum. – Their latest card, however, is Miss C. G. Nation. She is speaking everywhere for them.


Yates’ Call.

            The abolition journals of this state, in urging volunteers to come forward under the hundred day call, say the call was made that all veteran soldiers may be sent to the front. That is all very right and proper; it is a declaration that the army is not large enough to garrison necessary posts, and prosecute a vigorous campaign against the rebels. But the unanswerable inquiry of the people is, why are those states which have done more than their part already, required to furnish the additional number of men needed, while Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and other states, which are far behind, not only have no such call made upon them, but are not even required to fill up their deficiencies? Were a draft enforced in these states, and their quota filled, there would be no necessity for more men from the west. What right, the people ask, has Governor Yates to assume, for Illinois, debts fairly due from eastern states? And then the fact that we receive absolutely no credit for these troops, adds injury to the insult already put upon us. – Springfield Register.


            → Those who wish to obtain The Eagle at the old rate of $1.50 a year must make their payments before the 1st of June, as after that date two dollars will be the invariable price. We make the suggestion not because we are anxious to receive $1.50 instead of $2, but to prevent any one from being able to complain that we did not give notice of the change.


            → The Democrats of Sciota township will meet at the center school house on Saturday evening, May 7th, to organize a Democratic club, and attend to other business.


            The City Election. – The election last Monday was very quiet, and was not marked by any excitement. The Democrats for reasons satisfactory to themselves, did not run a candidate for Mayor. That left the contest between two republicans, one of them running on a so-called “union ticket,” and the other labeled “mechanics ticket.” Naturally sympathising, as Democrats do, with the laboring classes and mechanics of the country, many of them voted for A. B. Hoskinson, who headed the [?] ticket. But the majority of them held out entirely, not feeling called upon to make a choice. Dr. Jordan, the mayor elect, will make a good officer, as he has always been a worthy citizen; but the manner of the nomination or being brought out as a candidate prevented many persons from paying him the compliment of their votes. With a majority of the city council endorsing his [?] we shall see whether the reforms announced shall be accomplished.

The aldermen elected are as follows: 1st ward, Joseph Durr; 2nd ward, James Anderson; 3rd ward, L. Clisby; 4th ward, John Penrose. The first and last are Democrats, the other two are union league miscegens.


            → The meeting of the Macomb township Democratic club on Tuesday night was not very largely attended. This was probably owing to the fact of its being the first meeting, and the most of our people had not fixed the time and place in their minds. We feel confident there will be lively attendance hereafter. It was resolved to hold its meeting at Crabb’s school house on Tuesday night, 17th inst., and then at Turner’s mills on Tuesday night 24th inst. Speeches may be expected at both those places.

The regular meeting of the club will be at Macomb on the first Tuesday evening in June.


            McDonough County Boys in the Red River Fight. – A letter written by Wm. Venable, Comp. H 2nd Illinois cavalry, to his brother, James Venable, gives the following list of casualties in that company in the battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana:

Hudson, of Blandinville, wounded in the leg slightly.
Lee, seriously in the side.
Quinlan, in the forehead slightly.
Curtis, in the arm, mortally.
Yaple, in the shoulder, by shell, seriously.
E. B. Hill, leg, flesh wound.
Corp. Vail, in the hand severely.
Gabriel Jones, in the leg, flesh wound.
Bowlin, hit three times, only bruised.
P. Stemm, in the leg, bone shattered below the knee.
Ben. Kidder, in the neck, flesh wound.
H. H. Kidder, in the leg, flesh wound.

Mr. Venable makes the following pertinent statement:

“You may enquire, ‘Why were you whipped?’ Simply by the old [?], viz: rebels massed, and Federals sent out by detail. Who is to blame? Banks first of all, for he was on the field in persons to direct movements. – 2nd, Franklin; but the men never.


            Arrest of Counterfeiters. – On Saturday morning last two men named John Brown and D. M. Williams, were arrested for passing counterfeit greenbacks. The notes were of the denomination of $100, and one of the men had eight bills and the other one.

They arrived on the train Friday night, and endeavored to get a bill changed at the at the store of T. J. Beard & Co. By the same train a letter was received by W. P. Barrett from Ellisville, stating that a counterfeit treasury note had been passed on a man in that town. Mr. Barrett, learning of the arrival of these men and their attempt to “shove” their stock, accompanied by G. W. Smith, arrested the gentlemen, and found the counterfeits as above stated. They had an examination on Monday before T. E. Morgan, United States’ commissioner for the southern district of Illinois, and were bound over in the sum of $500 each. Messrs. Barrett and Smith took the prisoners on Tuesday to Springfield to deliver them into the custody of the United States Marshal.


            Cheaper than Dirt. – The carpet chain that John Venable, on the north side, is furnishing to his customers.

N. B. Just received a large lot of woolen yarns, suitable for carpet warp, already twisted, doubled, and ready for loom – cheaper too than you can buy single cotton.


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