June 11, 1864

Macomb Eagle

Exciting Scene. – The saloon of a river steamboat attacked by guerrillas presents a scene quite as comic as it is exciting. To those who can at all control their nerves, the ludicrous positively banishes all thoughts of the tragic, to see great big fellows, with and without shoulder straps, sprawl flat on their bellies, behind every conceivable projection of chair or table, at the first rattle of musketry, and going through the absurdly impossible process of trying to make pancakes of themselves. Near to my cabin door, where I was sitting reading when the alarm commenced, I saw behind the leaves of a table, piled up about two feet high, a United States officer – lying flat on his face, on top of him a negro waiter, and on top of the latter a gaunt, petrified, long-bearded sutler, whose eyes seemed ready to leap from their sockets. Poor fellow!

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            More Testimony in Favor of the Negro. – The Davenport (Iowa) Gazette, a paper of decidedly radical tendencies, is said to testify to a “well established” fact as follows:

The fact is well established, that the negro is better fitted by nature for the position of a soldier than a white man, from the fact that he can endure more fatigue, is more tractable and docile, and is by nature more cleanly in his habits!

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            – The Rushville (Schuyler county) Citizen says that Mr. Henry Austin, of that county, recently sheared forty pounds of wool from six ewes. He attributes this extraordinary yield to the good care he took of them through the winter. These six sheep have seven lambs.

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McClellan Vindicated.

            Gen. Grant now occupies a position northeast of Richmond, having the York and Pamunky rivers, with the landings at West Point and White House, as his base of supplies, and whence all his movements diverge. This is substantially the position occupied by McClellan, two years ago. Grant, to attain this position, and to carry out the President’s “plan,” has lost an immense number of men, variously estimated at 60,000 to 75,000. Had he went down the Potomac and up the York or James River, he could have reached the same point in one week instead of the five weeks he has consumed; and he could have reached it without losing more than 1,000 men, instead of 60,000 or 75,000 that he has already lost. These facts, it seems to us, vindicate McClellan in the most satisfactory and overwhelming manner. Grant has at least twice the number of men that McClellan had, and he will be supported by all the reinforcements that he may call for, whereas McClellan was stripped of the support promised him. We all want this rebellion destroyed, the Union restored as it was, and peace once more to diffuse its blessings over the country – but who believes that this lies within the probabilities of the achievements of Grant’s army?

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Fremont’s Prospects.

            Gen. Fremont has resigned his commission in the army and accepted the republican nomination for the Presidency. He and his friends have entered into the contest with a spirit that betokens no withdrawal. They will follow up and possibly lead the campaign with indomitable energy. – The ticket is far from being informidable. It has a strong hold upon the sympathies of the most ardent, courageous, and vigorous portion of the republican party. It carries no dead weight; it is not burdened with the odium of Mr. Lincoln’s unpopular and disgraceful measures. It has strength enough to-day, to turn the scale against Mr. Lincoln in at least seven of the states, and it must gain constantly. – All who support it at all, will support it with vigor and enthusiasm; the opposition to it will be tame and feeble. The republican journals cannot make open war upon a popular idol, who has contributed more than any other man to the growth of their party, who has been its candidate for the presidency, and has been conspicuous above all others for strict fidelity to principle. – Besides, events may occur during the summer which will deprive Mr. Lincoln of all influence except of that questionable kind which results from wielding the executive patronage.

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            → Greeley is at his old tricks. – He has lately been to Washington, to advise Harris, Long, Wood, and other so called “peace Democrats” to secede from the similarly so-called “war Democrats” – in other words, to procure a schism among the Democrats like that which took place some four years ago. This is very much like Greeley – an original secessionist, and then a furious war man and advocate of the recognition of the Confederacy, by turns. – We don’t think he will succeed in his very disinterested attempts to part the Democracy in the middle. Democrats are Democrats – they are not ashamed of the name nor displeased with the principles of the party. They want no prefixes nor affixes to their party cognomen. The glorious old word – Democrat – is enough. They are not going to divide their strength for the simple result of enabling Abraham Lincoln be a tyrant over their rights and liberties another four years.

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            → Great preparations are being made at Chicago for the accommodation of visitors at the approaching Democratic National Convention. A building large enough to seat fifteen thousand spectators, besides ample room for the delegates, is in process of erection. The hotels will accommodate to their utmost capacity, while the private houses of the Democrats will be thrown open for the accommodation of visitors. The prairie and groves roundabout will afford camping ground for immense numbers of the living Democracy. The gathering will probably be larger than any previous political assemblage in the United States.

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“The Siege of Richmond.”

            The Secretary of War, acting under Lincoln’s orders, with his usual disregard of truth and propensity for deceiving the public, has announced that the “siege of Richmond has begun.” This is downright infamy. The siege of Richmond begun five weeks ago, in as full a sense as it begun at the commence of this, the sixth week of the present campaign. True, Grant is nearer to Richmond, but his army does not envelop more than one-fourth of the circuit of the defenses of that city. His advance is still north and east of the Chickahominy, several miles to the rear of the farthest point reached by McClellan. To say that Richmond is besieged is ridiculous, if not a criminal deception. Grant’s army must enclose a circuit forty miles in length before it can be truly said to besiege Richmond. History says that Hannibal thought he has placed Rome in a state of siege when he set his army down before one of the gates of that city; — but the Roman’s “didn’t see it,” and sent an army out at another gate which cut off the reinforcements that were marching to Hannibal’s aid, and then, invading Africa, compelled the Carthagenian general to return to the defense of his own capital.

History is at all times instructive.

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            → The Richmond Enquirer, the special organ of Jeff Davis, speaking of the amnesty proclamation of Lincoln said: “It was exactly the kind of proclamation we wanted Mr. Lincoln to make.” A President who will thus strengthen the rebellion and do all in his power to render a restoration of the Union impossible is certainly not fit to be re-elected. The people must put a stop to his power for splitting the Union, and let him bestow his undivided attention to the more congenial occupation of splitting rails and cracking jokes.

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            → The Copperhead Abolition Convention at Baltimore nominated Abraham Lincoln for President and Andrew Johnson for Vice President.

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            → Fremont will serve the republican party as he does his own hair – part it in the middle.

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Portrait of Oglesby.

            Oglesby is the Falstaff of Illinois military heroism, distinguished as an officer by sundry traditional engagements with rebel soldiers in buckram, in the last of which he came near losing the little brains he had, by receiving a buckshot of confederate lead in his posteriors. His physician says, so we are informed, that unless the leaden nugget can be removed, it it will endanger his life, as it is imbedded in his most vital part. So, it will be seen that Oglesby, militarily, is a hero, and a martyr, — fundamentally, a martyr. Oratorially, militarily, he is a very Jupiter Tonans. He thunders like the Olympian Jove, and swears like “our army in Flanders.” Dick was the very bull of the rostrum, at the great miscegen convention held in Springfield in September last and howled and bellowed like all the “kine of Bashan,” in his wrathful ebullitions against the copperheads. He said the following, amongst other equally pious things: “We are ready to meet you [copperheads] any time. – Come on, and G-d d-n you, we will whip you.” This speech entire, including the word quoted, is published in the Chicago Tribune of September 7th. At another time, in Chicago, about a week before his nomination, he declared in a speech from the balcony of the Tremont House, that our Democratic representatives from Illinois were all “d-n sons of b-s!” Poetical, chaste, and pious! Fit leader for all-the-decency and all-the-piety party of this State. And yet until election, the abolition churches will resound with saintly doxologies, chanted to the praise of a man whose habits of profanity are only exceeded by his habits of drunkness. – Mt. Sterling Record.

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Key Lost — $6,000 Reward!

            Lost, near Fort Darling, “the key to Richmond,” which as was announced by the republican papers, was entrusted to the keeping of the subscriber. It is supposed to have been taken by a fellow named Beauregard, who violently assaulted, battered and thrashed the subscriber, causing him to skedaddle in such haste that he dropped the key. The above reward will be paid in Lincoln-skins, to any one who will restore it.

BEN. BUTLER.

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            The County Convention. – The Democratic convention on Saturday last was attended by a full delegation from every township.

The spirit of the convention was in earnest that when the various presidential candidates are properly in the field, the Democrats of McDonough county will be found heartily co-operating with their brethren elsewhere in the grand work of restoring peace and fraternal feeling to all sections of our country. If the deliberations of the convention were not as harmonious as they might have been, it was more owing to outside influences than to any other cause. The delegates appointed to the different Democratic conventions were as follows:

State Convention. – John Price, J. P. Dimmitt, L. H. Copeland, E. R. Wright, W. H. Neece, J. W. Matthews, T. A. Mustain, J. A. Graves. Alternates – W. J. Merritt, J. M. Egbert, L. F. Smith, T. E. Mortan, J. C. Thompson, L. G. Reid, S. K. Pedrick.

Congressional Convention. – Jeremiah Sullivan, J. M. Wallin, Samuel Calvin, J. H. Hungate, Joel Pennington, W. J. Merritt, John Price, J. B. Pierce, J. M. Egbert, S. J. Grigsby, Nelson Campbell, James Manley, James M. Campbell, T. J. Bailey, Nelson Abbott, Maj. J. M. Walker.

Senatorial Convention. – W. T. Head, Maj. J. M. Walker, S. A. White, S. A. Hurt, Jas. W. Welch, D. J. Dungan, T. J. Pennington, C. Boy, J. A. Graves, Samuel McCray, Wm. H. Neece, Nelson Abbott, Wm. Twaddle, G. T. Green, T. E. Morgan, Jos. Burton.

The respective delegations were authorized to fill vacancies that might occur in their number, or those attending a convention to cast the entire vote of the county.

While speaking of the convention we may as well intimate to certain parties outside of this county that we think the Democrats of McDonough are able to manage a small convention without their gracious assistance. – True, we may not be very smart nor very well posted in the tricks of wire working – we may not possess more than the average of “common horse-sense” which honest people generally manifest – but still we think we are capable of holding our conventions in our own way. It may be presumption in us to think we are free from the leading strings of the wise men who live toward the rising sun – it may be that we are trying to walk before our beards are grown – but they will please pardon our plain speaking, when we intimate that if their services are required at our next convention we shall send for them, and ask them to bring their credentials along, so that they can show the uninitiated by what authority they seek to regulate our affairs or control our nominations.

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            → A printer wanted at this office immediately.

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            → Hon. J. S. Bailey will address the Democrats of Sciota township, at the center school house, on Saturday, June 25th at 3 o’clock p. m.

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            Lieut. Hovey. – We hear a report of the death of Lieut. Hardin Hovey, of the 78th regiment. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Chickamauga, and confined in the Libby prison. This spring he and others were started from Richmond for some point farther south. He either fell or jumped from the train and died of the injuries received. – This is the report, and we fear it is true.

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            Of Course We Will. – The editor of the abolition Journal says he will agree to our proposition to vote the Democratic ticket next fall, “provided we will vote the true Democratic ticket,” etc. Of course we will; we never voted any other kind. The “true Democratic ticket” will be nominated at Chicago, next month, and we call upon you to fulfill your offer, without evasion, quibbling, or subterfuge of any kind. Stand up to the rack, fodder or no fodder.

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            → People must not think, because we failed to mention it last week, that Hawkins & Philpot have closed their photograph gallery. These gentlemen still run the machine, and in fair weather or foul a good picture can be obtained of them at short notice.

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            Removal. – Messrs Wright & Stradler wish us to inform the public and the rest of mankind, that on Monday next they will remove to the capacious store room in Campbell’s block, first door south of the entrance to The Eagle office. They expect to have room, in their new quarters, to show at least a respectable quantity of their immense stock of boots, shoes, hats, caps, etc. They ask their old friends and everybody else to give them a call, for they can satisfy purchasers that they sell a better articles of all goods in their line than any other house in the county. And, from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof, the people will find it even so.

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            Patriotism on a Bender. – A “loyal” man came to town the other day, got a little heavy about the head, and fearing that he might be suspected of drinking too freely, apologized in the following eloquent and patriotic manner.

“Now I ax you, fellers, who’s the best citerzen, the most loyeles’ man, him as supports guv’ment, or him as doesn’t? (hic!) Why him as does, in coorse! (hic!) I supports my gov’ment, fellers—every man as drinks supports guv’ment! (hic!) Every blessed drap of licker he swallers is taxed to pay the salaries of them big officers (hic) at Washington and support the war-r-r! S’pose all wus to quit drinkin’ (hic!) why the officers wouldn’t git paid and the war’ud stop (hic!) That’s the wetry reason I drinks (hic!) I mortally hates grog – ef I follered my own inclernation, I’d ruther drink buttermilk (hic!) or ginger pop. But I lickers for the good of my ked’ntry – to set an hexample (hic) of loy’lty, wirtuous self-denial to the boys. The man wot won’t support the guv’ment in its efforts to pay the officers (hic) who keep up the war, is fit only to be a moral serpentine dimmycrat (hic)!

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