→ The force of two hundred thousand men which Gen. Grant is now moving toward Richmond could have been hurled against that city in 1862 with better effect, with less loss of life, and more certain prospects of success than now. The men were in the field two years ago, and McClellan’s lines were within a few miles of the rebel capital. Had he been furnished with the number of men now under Grant, he would have taken the rebel capital and destroyed the strong arm of the rebellion. He called upon the President to furnish him the men, and they could been readily sent to the army of the Potomac. – But the authorities at Washington did not want Richmond captured nor the war ended. That would have prevented the accomplishment of their conspiracy to destroy the Union and the liberties of the people. That would have stopped the harvest of New England manufacturers. That would have made McClellan President, and the plunderers under this administration could never abide by such a catastrophe. In short the capture of Richmond in 1862 would have restored the Union as it was, and thus ended the schemes of the abolition disunionists. The blood and debt, the crime and the suffering of these two years would have been saved to the people had Lincoln been either competent to his task or honest in doing in his duty.
A Word of Wisdom.
The venerable Senator Collamer of Vermont is a notable exception to the fanaticism of the republican members of Congress. The degradation of his party must have reached its lowest depth to have forced out such a rebuke from one of their own number. There is no way to reform the abuse but to “clean out” the party who have “taken fast hold on hell” in order to carry out their conspiracy to destroy the government of the United States. Mr. Collamer said:
“I do not wish to occupy the time of the Senate by making any remarks about the Constitution of the United States. I think it a subject almost of derision here – with many gentlemen it is an object of derision. As it is so in a great measure, and a man is sneered at for mentioning the Constitution, and if he has a decent respect for it and for his own oath he is called a ‘timid’ man. I do not wish to take up much of the attention of a body where such a subject is treated in such a manner.”
→ A New York paper says the rich loyal leaguers of that city are disposing of their five-twenties and all government paper for real estate of all kinds, and also for unset diamonds and other precious stones. They begin to doubt the eternity of “government paper.” One rich firm in that city has invested $80,000 in real estate within the month.
→ The New England Puritans are asking the “country to send up prayers to Heaven for the protection of Gen. Grant.” The people of the West protect their generals by sending men to the battle-field. Puritanism does not protect anything by either full quotas or bearing an equitable share of burdens, but by prayer-meetings. The latter plan is the safer and cheaper, and hence its popularity among the shoddyites.
A “Loyal” Opinion.
The St. Louis Anseiger, a German radical paper, talks as follows of Yates’ recent call for more troops:
“The call for one hundred days volunteers does not seem to be very successful in Illinois, and nobody need wonder at it. Illinois has put more men in the war than any other state, and hence has less to spare. There is a great scarcity of laborers, which will increase as the harvest approaches. – Can the state of Illinois, which has furnished more than her quota, be asked to furnish her last man, while other eastern states are still far behind their quota and import their ‘volunteers’ from Europe, or catch them in the camps of contrabands and upon plantations? The conviction has, moreover become general, that these one hundred days men will not be worth the expense, and that it would be much more profitable to employ them on their farms during the next one hundred days. If 100,000 men more are wanting, let the conscription law be enforced, or every man be called upon to take up arms.”
Working Cotton Plantations. – We learn that Mr. Grinnel’s Company which went from Blendon township, Franklin county, Ohio, down the Mississippi to work a large “Government cotton farm,” was awfully ‘cleaned out’ by Forrest’s men. Not a scrap of anything was left but the white men who were released on claiming to have been only “hired hands.” Thirty-four head of mules, wagons, provisions, store goods, and everything was seized and carried off as “contraband of war.” – Such is the report as it comes to us. “True love never did run smooth.” – O. Crisis.
→ It is said that the plans of the French emperor in relation to Mexico include the reannexation of California to that country, and thus extending French control over the Eldorado of the Pacific coast. Secret societies are already organised, and actively engaged in promoting this object. – Napoleon evidently thinks that in dealing with an administration which has so thoroughly ruined a country like the United States in three short years, he can do whatever he likes on the North American continent.
– The last news from Hayti is that of some negroes roasting their children and eating them. We can understand from this what the love of the negro which the abolitionists talk about means. It is for the same reason that the king of the Cannibal Islands loves his fellow men.
– It is not a little singular that the nearest relative to George Washington, now living, holds an important position in the rebel army, and that the only son of Zachary Taylor is also a leader in the enemy’s ranks.
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→ The meeting of the Macomb Democratic Club, at Crabb’s school house, on Tuesday night, was well attended. A lively interest was manifested in the cause, and an earnest determination to work, as becomes men to work, for the constitution and out country, was manifested by all in attendance. The next meeting of the club will be at Turner mills on Tuesday night next, where the discussion of political questions will be continued by, we hope, competent hands.
→ The greater portion of the “hundredazers” from this vicinity, who have been mustered into the service, are mere boys, many of whom were enticed away against the wishes of their parents. As soldiers they will make a poor show, because physically unable to undergo a soldier’s hardships. In the books of the “loyalists” we suppose they will figure hugely.
→ We have received the resolutions of thanks adopted by the members of Company [?] 11th cavalry, for the presentation of a number of towels for their use by the ladies of Blandinville. The boys are warm in their expression of gratitude for the timely gift. The crowded condition of our columns must be the excuse for not publishing the resolutions in full.
Crops. – The spring wheat in this country is in fine condition – seldom has it looked better. Very little winter wheat was sown. Oats and grass are doing very well. The farmers are this week very busy plowing for and planting corn, and if the good weather of the last ten days shall continue a little longer, a large breadth of corn will be planted, and mostly in good condition. Apples and small fruits promise to be abundant.
→ The election of Mr. Cane to the office of city marshal will give general satisfaction to our people. It may not, indeed, be liked by the kid-glove society, who seem to think that a man should live off the people on the account of his “geniality.” Mr. Cane, we believe, will be able to preserve order and enforce obedience to municipal regulations, without attempting it in a manner that will aggravate, rather than lessen disturbances.
A “Loyal” Combat. – On Monday evening last a combat took place between some “loyal” soldiers and a “loyal” citizen of this town, which is worth recording. A son of our postmaster, who is of course “loyal,” received, as he is in the habit of doing, a package of Chicago papers from the train, for sale in town. He is a mere boy, not more than fourteen or fifteen years old. A number of soldiers seeing the boy’s papers under his arm, copies of the Chicago Times being among them, made a charge upon him for the purpose of achieving a “loyal” victory. They got the boy down, took his papers from him, tore some to pieces, and were putting the rest in their pockets. At this stage of the proceedings, Mr. Martin, a “loyal” citizen, and known as “Even Martin” to distinguish him from others of the same name, interfered in behalf of the boy, informing the soldiers they were doing wrong and aided the boy in recovering what was left of his property. The soldiers – “veterans” they call themselves, and probably they are at some things – took this interference on the part of Martin in high dudgeon, “smote a copperhead” at once, and fancied they got a chance for another “loyal achievement.” – Several went at him, and he struck one in good style, as we are told, landing several of them in the dust. The soldiers now swarmed out of the cars, with an official in their midst who, with sword drawn, began shouting frantically at Mr. Martin, and making no effort to control his men. Martine fell back in good order, protecting his flank and successfully resisting all demonstration on his center. Mr. Brown, station agent, and others rallied to his assistance or he might have been severely handled. The sign for starting the train at last called on the “veteran” robbers of a news boy and attackers of an unarmed man. During the case revolvers were drawn, but fortunately none were discharged. Mr. Martin deserves much credit for his conduct in assisting the boy, and all must be glad that he so successfully resisted the attempts of the miscreants to do him bodily harm.
We hope that we may not be called upon to record another occurrence of this kind in Macomb. We cannot, however, forbear reminding our republican readers that this outrage is a legitimate result of the lawlessness which their party leaders have encouraged and taught to the soldiers.
Letter from a Gold Hunter.
Correspondence of The Macomb Eagle.
Salt Lake City, April 21, 1864.
I arrived here on Tuesday last, being only eighteen days from Atchison, a place distant from this some 1255 miles. We should have made the trip in twelve days.
We passed over some beautiful country. – The large rolling prairies stretch in either direction as far as the eye can reach. The greatest drawback to the country is the want of wood. You may travel over these prairies forty miles and never see a stick of timber. The only places that timber can be found are on the little streams, and even that appears to be a very poor quality of cottonwood. If it was only a little more dotted with timber, it would be the prettiest country the sun ever shone upon; but then it was not got up in that shape, and I guess we cannot help it. – Old Abe should issue a proclamation commanding the trees to grow, and if it was a military necessity I have little doubt but that it would be done. I would suggest that Old Abe try his hand, and if he succeeds as well in that as he did in his negro proclamation, he can call on Dick Yates to see the salvation of the Lord (i. e. Old Abe).
We left Atchison, Kansas, on Friday the 1st of April, and traveled along very nicely until Saturday night about 12 o’clock, when it commenced to snow, and we laid over till Sunday morning – but it was no better. The wind blew the snow so as to make it almost impossible to travel, but we made the driver start, as it was only ten miles to the next station. But the longer we were out the faster it snowed and blew the harder, and before we reached the station we lost the road and spent several hours in diligent search before we found it. The station was ten miles east of the Big Sandy, a little stream some two hundred miles west of Atchison. Here nine passengers and the driver were compelled to seek shelter in a little cabin about big enough to set a hen in. Here lived a man and two women; one of the latter had a child which went to show conclusively that they had not forgotten the scriptural injunction to multiply and replenish the earth. At this place we passed the night and the next day started again for the land of gold. After passing over some pretty country, and through as much snow and over as bad roads as it was possible to find, we at length reached the great city of the “Saints.”
Salt Lake is situated at the base of a range of mountains, which surrounds it on three sides, in as beautiful a valley as can be found anywhere. We were considerably surprised at the evidences of prosperity which are to be seen in the city, knowing that it is only a few years since the inhabitants were driven foot-loose and alone from Nauvoo. They appear to be a lively, sociable set of saints, and a gentile is treated with every respect so long as he behaves himself; and when he ceases to do that, he ceases to be respected.
The greatest fault that can be found against the Mormons is that of their religion or spiritual wife system. That I have hesitation in denouncing as a spot which would blacken hell itself. But then even all the Mormons do not go in for it. I have been at the houses of several Mormons and have found but one wife, and these do not believe in a plurality of wives. Yet a great many, and I have no doubt a large majority, do believe and practice the doctrine of spiritual wives.
Young Joe Smith has set up a new Mormon church, and has sent his missionaries here, and they have been at work. As a reward of their labors, they have succeeded in obtaining some two hundred converts from among those who were at one time the most rabid Mormons. About the only difference between them in, that young Joe is opposed to polygamy. If he can succeed in making a few more converts he will “have the dead wood on friend Brigham.” And when the whoredom part of their religion is gone, farewell to Mormonism, and they know it. That is the only touchstone by which the motley crew has been held together.
The Mormons have one of the finest theatres here that was ever built on the continent. It is finished in the best of style, and would old Barnum a shamed of himself if he could place his crystal palace alongside of it.
Brigham has about ten acres fenced in and several nice houses, besides an innumerable lot of small houses in which he keeps his concubines (not contrabands.)
The Mormons are building one of the largest temples that the world has ever known. Its glory will far outshine that of the temple at Nauvoo. So far as finished it is a piece of master workmanship, and when completed will dazzle the eyes of the gentiles.
I got acquainted here with a young man named Vance, a nephew of James Vance of Industry. He is a clever young man. His father lives about 350 miles south of this city.