June 25, 1865

Macomb Eagle

This gentleman returned to his home in Ohio last week. In a speech at Hamilton, he stated that he came back of his own will, and thus kindly relieved the President of all complicity in his return. The republicans swore loudly when they first heard the news, and in the name of all that was “patriotic” called on Lincoln to remove him or execute him. Now that Lincoln does not appear to be in a hurry to do either these same valiant loyalists say that they are glad Vallandigham has returned because the effect will be to make votes for Lincoln. Loyalists are very consistent men anyhow.


               → Our people are surrounded by evils of every kind. They are suffering from domestic foes, who, in the name of patriotism, are guilty of all that is mean, cowardly, and base, and who are more serious enemies than all open foes without. Thieves and vagabonds have been elevated to places of trust and honor, and crimes of the deepest dye are committed without a sign of shame or an effort at punishment. Moral depravity, as well as political lunacy, stalks through all the departments at Washington, and both branches of Congress are foul with corruption. The people must change all these things or they will sink with the decay of public virtue in all official channels.


→ Two things American citizens will do well to remember:

1. The republican convention at Baltimore indorsed all the arbitrary arrests, the abrogation of the liberty of the press, freedom of speech and of person, and the interference of the military with free elections, as “unswerving fidelity to the constitution and the principles of American liberty.”

2. It indorsed the corruption of the most important of our elections, by Mr. Lincoln’s one-tenth rotten-borough system, in admitting the delegates without a constituency from our centers of military occupation along the southern coast.


                   → The President refuses to pardon a man named Yokum who had been sentenced to the penitentiary for kidnapping a negro. Hundreds and thousands of white men have been kidnapped and imprisoned, but Lincoln has a swift pardon for any who may be convicted of this heinous crime, and a republican Congress have an indemnifying act to enable these tools of tyranny to escape without punishment. It is an unpardonable offense to kidnap a negro, but the unlawful incarceration of a white man is a passport to “loyal” favor and to the despot’s protection.


                     → The republican Congress – or rather the loyalist majority – have passed a bill to repeal the fugitive slave law. This blow is aimed at the Union men of Kentucky, and is their reward for aiding Lincoln in his so-called “war for the Union.”


                    An Elopement! – The usual quiet and order of the good people of Lamoine township were rudely disturbed last week by an elopement, which seems as [?] as it is disgraceful to the parties concerned. The wife of Samuel Morris, who is a farmer in good circumstances and enjoying a good reputation, left her pleasant home in company with a man named Daniel Melton. The latter had a wife and three children, and had been employed by Morris for some time, living in a house on Morris’ farm. Mr. Morris and his wife had been married some twelve or fourteen years – and had lived happily together , nothing occurring to seriously mar their domestic life. Two children were born to them and are living [?] the faithless wife took with her. Mr. Morris, we are told, had no suspicions of any criminal intimacy between Melton and his wife, and could not suppose for a minute that she had taken such a step until he found her clothes were all taken away. Melton had sent his wife and children away a month or two ago. Where the guilty parties have fled is not known. The affair, deplorable and unfortunate, has caused much excitement. Mrs. Morris had previously borne a good character, is a daughter of one of the most respectable men in the township, and by her singular and wretched conduct has brought much sorrow to her father’s as well as her husband’s house.


                  → The 16th Ill. infantry were mustered and paid off yesterday. Many of them left for their respective homes in the evening. To their credit, it is but justice to add that they were all orderly and well-conducted whilst in the city, and they they reprobated, as must any of the citizens of Springfield, the late riotous proceedings of soldiers belonging to other regiments. – Springfield Register.

A portion of the soldiers alluded to above reside in this county, and we take pleasure in publishing a notice so much to their credit. They have stood in their lot for three years, and although the stay-at-home union leaguers may sneer at them as “non-vets,” because they did not see proper to enlist for another three year term, yet they are none the less entitled to honorable mention.


                A Horse Doctor. – Wm. Littenburg, a good blacksmith and farrier of this city, announces that he is prepared to treat all the various diseases that horse flesh is heir to, and to do horseshoeing with a special regard for the welfare of horses’ feet. From a long study and experience in his business, he feels confident of his ability to give satisfaction in all cases.


             The Fourth. – Passengers will be carried at half fare on all trains on the Fourth and morning trains of the 5th, between Galesburg and Quincy. We do not, however, know of any celebration worth attending.


             → The editor of the abolition paper in this city says that Abraham, and not John Charles, is “the true prince.” We did not think he was ass enough to announce it.


                → The generous rain that fell the latter part of last week have given the growing crops an impetus that promises well for the future gains of the farmer. Wheat and rye are in good condition, and will soon be ready for the reaper, while the great staple, corn, is growing as finely as could be desired.


                     → The express train west on Monday morning killed a fine two-year old heifer, the property of Mrs. Roberts. Those who saw the affair say there was no attempt made to scare the animal from the track.


               → Several members of the 19th Illinois infantry and the 3rd Wisconsin cavalry had a fight on the street in Chicago last week. – One man was killed, and several others were wounded.


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