July 2, 1864

Macomb Eagle
The National Democratic committee have taken upon themselves the authority of postponing the National Democratic convention until the 29th day of August. We do not understand why this has been done, nor can we imagine what advantage is likely to result from it. It may and we hope will be for the best. Acquiescence in the action of the committee will render it valid. In the meantime Democrats must not be idle. Our ranks must be consolidated, and each man must be ready, if needs be, to forego somewhat of his opinions or preferences, for the sake of promoting the success of our party and the welfare of our country.

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The “Albinos.”

            Two years ago Wilkes’ Spirit of the Times was a standard authority among the supporters of the administration. Its abuse of McClellan found its way into all their papers. After this long association with the leading republicans of the country, and speaking from the knowledge gained by his intimacy with them, Wilkes now says:

“For years our public characters have been constantly deteriorating and running to mediocrity. The political condition of the country requires an infusion of new blood, and it is right it should have a new man. As for this Albino administration, and its diluted spawn of pink-eyed patriots – this limp result of the feeble embraces of half-furnished conservatives and limited emancipators – the country will spurn them from its bosom with disgust.”

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            → Henry Wilson recently said in his place in the senate: –

“Sir, there is power enough in the nation, there are resources enough in the nation, if God would only give us some power to organize it and to precipitate it against the enemy, to with these battles, and to close this contest within a short time. If God would but inspire somebody, if He would but plant in some mind in authority the power to organize, and then the power to direct, this great contest would be closed with more glory to the American people than ever before fell to the lot of any portion of mankind.”

The senator is plainly of the opinion that God is not upon our side. – Wilson will probably soon be denouncing Him as a “pro-slavery God!”

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            War Record of Illinois. – A careful statement is published in the Springfield Journal of all the troops for which Illinois has received credit up to April 30th showing that Illinois is at the present time some 35,000 in excess of all calls. This is exclusive of about 12 regiments of 100 day men under Gov. Yates’ last call.

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            → The Lincoln men feel a horror of the peace men; but Lincoln will belong to that party after a while. He said at the beginning, “you can’t fight always.” That is true, we presume. So Abraham Lincoln must contemplate being a peace man some day. Some people are only a little in advance of Lincoln.

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            → It has been very properly suggested that the party of the administration should no longer be called republicans, since they have ceased to favor a republican form of Government. Their proper term is Monarchists, for all their manners lead at once to that.

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            → Many years ago Elwood Fisher, a prominent citizen of Ohio, predicted that the epitaph which would be inscribed upon our political tablet would read as follows:

“Here lies a people, who, in striving to give liberty to the negro lost their own freedom.”

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            – It is said that Grant will not trust the negro troops in battle at all. He has not even so good an opinion of them as Falstaff had of his ragamuffins, who “Would fill a grave as well as better.” Grant thinks the negroes will not even fill graves as well as white men.

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A Happy Family.

            The New York World concisely states the “situation” in the ranks of the abolition party. According to their own testimony, such a conglomeration of scoundrels, swindlers and incapable old grannies was never known. The old proverb, “when rogues fall out,” &c., was never more happily exemplified than in the quarrels which distract the “great UNION” party. Each and every man of them can be demonstrated to be either corrupt or incapable by evidence taken from among themselves. For instance, as the World says:

“The Evening Post has recently proved very clearly that Mr. Chase’s financial system is all wrong. The Tribune has furnished some very cogent reasons why Mr. Lincoln should not be renominated or re-elected, and the same paper has very candidly confessed that its party are in league with the rebels; that they are allies; and that the election of Mr. Lincoln nowhere gave more joy than it did in Charleston – “the heart and focus of the rebellion.” Thurlow Weed, also, has also told some painful truths, and now the Times comes on the stand to show the monstrous incapacity which obtains in our navy department. By the article from the Times, which we copy to-day, it will be seen that Mr. Lincoln’s biographer, regards Mr. Welles’ management of the navy department as being unutterably disgraceful to the country. It would be difficult to name a single department in the government about which abundant republican evidences cannot be produced to show that it has been wofully mismanaged. There are plenty of republicans who admit that Mr. Seward’s diplomacy is a conspicuous national dishonor. There are also other republicans who assert and prove the Mr. Stanton’s management of the war department is wrong headed, wasteful, and improvident. Republican journals and orators by the score bear witness to the short-sightedness and want of capacity and sound financial skill displayed by Mr. Chase. – As for Mr. Welles, the failure of our ships to catch the rebel privateers; the acknowledged blunder in the construction of a useless monitor fleet, and the want of provision in all our naval operations, are testified to by almost the entire republican press. Then, as to Montgomery Blair, his course has been so obnoxious to his own party that he and his friends were unanimously insulted by the Baltimore convention. With these elements of discontent and dissatisfaction in the republican ranks, it is easy to foretell the fate that awaits that unfortunate party at the presidential election next fall.

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A Change.

            The man who does not see that a great reaction is going on in the minds of the people against the present administration, is either blinded by partisanism or an indifferent observer of what is going on about him. The people are sick and tired of the jokes of Abraham Lincoln, and demand statesmanship. – The follies and extravagance of his administration are such as to disgust many honest men of his own party, who will either vote for Fremont or join the Conservative Democracy who want a man at the Nation who will administer the laws impartially, will protect the rights of citizens, enforce the Monroe doctrine, and seek a speedy peace, upon an honorable basis. That there will be a change this fall, in the National administration seems now to be a fixed fact. It is right, too, for it is unsafe to trust such a man as Lincoln, with hundreds of millions of the Government for four years longer. If he is re-elected, no man born can foretell the sad fate of our distracted country.

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The Coles County Rioters.

From the Springfield Register.

On Thursday last Messrs. Hay and Ficklin, on the part of the men charged with complicity in the riot at Charleston, Ill., on the 28th of March last, made application before Judges Davis and Treat, of the United States circuit court, for a writ of habeas corpus, to bring before the court Binford E. Brooks and fifteen others, held at Camp Yates under the above named charge. The petition stated that the grand jury of Coles county had acted upon the cases of the men held in confinement, and had found bills for murder against two of them, and for riot against two others, and had ignored any bills against Binford Brooks and the remaining ten. Also, that the grand jury of the United States court had been discharged without finding bills against any of the parties.

Upon notice of this application being served upon Col. Oakes, provost marshal general for the state, he requested, as we understand, time to consult his superior officers, which was granted, but at the expiration of the time, instead of filing the proper answer, he exhibited an order from President Lincoln, and coolly informed the court that under that order the prisoners had been spirited away to Fort Delaware!

Were it not that under the reign of Lincoln the people have become familiarized with all forms of the grossest tyranny, the bare recital of this last enormity would suffice to cause the overthrow of the monstrous despotism which overrides law, violates constitutions, tramples down state sovereignty and trifles with individual liberty unchecked in this once free country. – What were the allegations against George III, in the Declaration of our independence? That he had “obstructed the administration of justice;” that he had “deprived us, in many cases, of the right of trial by jury;” – and that he had “abolished the free system of English laws.” What have the people of the state of Illinois to say to this invasion of her sovereignty? – Here were four men, held by a jury of their countrymen to answer to a criminal charge brought against them in due form of law, and eleven others, charges against whom had been investigated by the same impartial jury, and found baseless – but all are transported beyond the limits of the state, and out of the reach of her officers of justice. – How [obscured].

Let the men of Illinois ponder these facts seriously, thoughtfully and deliberately, and ask to what we are hastening. The cause of justice has never been obstructed in Illinois; these kidnapped citizens were never in the service of the United States in any way. There is no single circumstance to extenuate the infamy of Mr. Lincoln’s crime against our laws. But these infamies are daily, hourly perpetrated in the United States by men sworn to uphold and maintain the laws.

If we do not overthrow this despotism next November, how long do intelligent men suppose it will be before the people are prostrate in the dust, with its feet on their necks? A motto of the revolution was “[?] principiis” – “resist the beginning of despotism. Let us begin now.

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The Hundred Day Men.

            It will be news to the friends of the company that left here over four weeks ago to join a regiment at Quincy, to know that the boys had never been mustered into service.

A mustering officer was at Quincy a few days ago to do the business, but he, like Dick Yates, was too drunk all the time to attend to it. Word was sent to Springfield and another officer sent down, but he threw out all the “boys” who did not come up to the standard of the army regulations, which very materially reduced the ranks of the regiment. If they get no pay till they are mustered in, we think they are being treated very shabbily. But as election times are drawing nigh and the offices want filling, there is but little time left to look after the soldiers or the interests of the country. – Monmouth Review, 24th.

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            The Fourth at Bernadotte. – We have been informed that there will be an old-fashioned Democratic celebration of the Fourth at Bernadotte, in Fulton county. A large crowd and a good time are expected. Several speakers will be in attendance.

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            A Wretch. – A man named Lambert, from Tennessee township, is now in jail for having whipped his wife. Fear for her own safety compelled the unfortunate woman to have him arrested on a peace warrant, and being unable to give bail for his good behavior, he is furnished with lodging in the county jail. It is hoped he may come out repentant and a better man.

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            The N. N. P. S. – These are the initials of the name of a new society which has been in operation here about two weeks. Although somewhat secret and private in operations yet the society numbers already several hundred members, and among them are leading men of all parties. The object is to promote peace and union, in a natural way, [?] is believed that much advantage will result from an introduction of the platform to all [?]es of society. We understand that the D[?].G. F. M. G. for the Macomb district contemplates the establishment of a side degree for the initiation of all the disconsolate widows in the land.

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            The Equescurriculum. – This monster exhibition of men, horses, bears, bulls, buffaloes, monkeys, dogs, etc., will exhibit in this city on Saturday the 9th inst. The concern is a very novel one, and if we may believe the statements of the press since it has been on exhibition, it is very attractive. The tricks of the trained bears, buffaloes, and dogs, are said to be astonishing, and things surpassing the belief of even the spectator. The posters for this show cover one-eighth of the circumference of the public square, and are worth a visit of themselves.

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            Storm. – There was quite a storm of wind and rain over the northwest part of this county on Sunday afternoon. The growing wheat in a good many fields was badly blown down.

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            Wanted. – A man that voted for Old Abe in 1860 – and intends to in 1864 – that will exchange gold for greenbacks, dollar for dollar.

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            → The Democrats of Fulton county will hold their convention to nominate candidates for county officers, on the day of August.

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            Death of Dr. Huston. – Dr. W. H. Huston, of this city, died at Memphis last week, of chronic diarrhea. He was assistant surgeon of one of the hundred days regiments.

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            → St. Crispin’s motto was, “there is nothing like leather.” The purchasers of leather goods in this city allow there is nothing like the stock of Wright & Strider, for wear, finish, and neat fits. Remember the west side, Campbell’s block.

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            → Greenbacks are worth about 40 to 45 cents on the dollar. We are taking them at par for all debts due this office. Isn’t that proof of strong loyatly?

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            → Dr. Hebern, at his visit on Saturday, treated a number of cases of cancer, in a manner satisfactory to the people afflicted. His rooms were crowded with patients nearly all day. His next visit can be discerned by consulting his advertisement.

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WANTED.

10,000 lbs BUTTER,

                                                10,000 doz EGGS,

                                                            10,000 lbs PAPER RAGS,

                                                                        Or anything else.

                                    Always pay Greenbacks or any other Goods, at

                                                                                                HAVENS,

                                    One door from Cottrell & Bro., Macomb.

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