County Convention and Mass Meeting.
We trust the Democrat and other conservative men of McDonough county will not fail to attend the county mass meeting on the 3rd of September. It is designed to make the first grand meeting to ratify the Chicago nominations for President and Vice President, and the people who desire Peace and Union instead of War and Disunion should turn out in their strength and make such a demonstration as will carry dismay to the ranks of the negro shoddy party. The convention to nominate for county officers will be held the same day, and will probably commence at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, so that its work may be finished in time for all to attend the speaking. Mr. Ross, our candidate for Congress, and a number of other distinguished speakers, are confidently expected to be in attendance. Rally out Democrats, and let us begin the campaign earnestly and effectively.
Nomination of L. W. Ross.
The convention which met at Beardstown on Tuesday last nominated the Hon. L. W. Ross as the Democratic candidate for congress, in the 9th district. The convention was largely attended, and its proceedings were marked with entire harmony and good feeling. Three candidates were before the convention, Mr. Ross, Mr. Archer of Pike, and Judge Bailey of McDonough; pending the first ballot the two latter were withdrawn, and then the nomination of Mr. Ross was make by acclamation. This was an appropriate mark of respect and confidence in a faithful public servent. – Mr. Ross in a short speech, accepted the nomination, and pledged himself to use his best exertions to aid in restoring peace and Union to the States. Mr. R. intends to make a through canvass of the district, and we bespeak for him an impartial hearing on the part of the people.
→ Gov. Yates has issued his proclamation calling for a regiment of volunteers for State service. It is said the regiment is to be used to enforce the draft, and for the arrest of obnoxious individuals. This is but the commencement. Before November Illinois will be ruled by martial law, and will be as completely enslaved as is Kentucky to-day.
→ Colonel Jacques, an abolition parson, and Gilmore, an abolition author, went to Richmond to arrange terms of peace with the Confederacy. Nobody sent them, they carried no propositions of pacification, and had no authority to accept any. These two men report that Davis will accept no peace without a recognition of the independence of the South; and upon the strength of this the abolitionists are everywhere triumphantly assuring us that the war must go on because Davis will not have peace. All this is very flimsy. The utterances of those self-constituted plenipotentiaries are no more importance than the utterances of any refugee, deserter, or other individual from the South. They did not communicate officially with the Confederate government, and consequently their conclusions have no more force than those of mere individuals. Their report may be correct, or it may not; it is not a matter of the slightest importance in either respect. Two individuals from the North hold a conversation with two individuals in the South, and now the administration journals are claiming that this conversation should be accepted as conclusive evidence that the South will accept nothing less than independence.
Abolition Outrages in Fulton County.
On Saturday morning last the Democratic hall in the town of Avon, in this county, was set on fire and burnt to ashes. It was located on the second floor of a large wagon manufactory, and was owned, we are informed, by a Democrat. A correspondent writing from Avon says there is no doubt in the minds of the people there that the Abolitionists were the instigators of this, the first [?] act. $500 reward will be given for the apprehension of the incendiary.
While the meeting was in progress at Cuba, on Saturday evening last, some fiend entered the hotel stable and cut a harness belonging to Mr. Edward Sayre; the villain no doubt supposed the harness belonged to Mr. James, as they were on the horse which this gentleman drove there. A bridle belonging to Dr. Hull’s harness was also taken. A horse belonging to Mr. Horace Loveland was taken and rode about five miles, — and Mr. L. not finding him until Saturday evening. Several other minor outrages were committed which is unnecessary to enumerate. [?] will be paid for positive proof against the villain who committed these outrages.
On Sunday last the station house in which is the store of Mr. James C. WIlcoxen, at Bryan station, in this county, was set on fire, but the fire was quenched in time to prevent serious damage. Mr. Wilcoxen is a Democrat, and, we believe, is the owner of station building. $600 reward will be paid for the arrest of the incendiary.
On Sunday last the lead pipe belonging to the tank at Bryant station was stolen.
We have no hesitancy in pronouncing these outrages the work of Abolitionists. Dick Yates has said that Democrats have no rights which a negro was bound to respect, and his satellites throughout this country have given utterance to like expressions, while intelligent, law-abiding dupes of their person carry into practice what they only mean to preach. We would say to our friends that, when you have certain knowledge that these outrages were committed by miscegens (and who doubt it?) it is your duty to retaliate in kind. Abolitionists must taught that Democrats have rights which must be respected. – Fulton Democrat.
→ No great reform was ever accomplished – no great evil eradicated by violence. History is repeating itself, and judging from the past, future historians will report that the crowning failure of the 19th century was the abolition crusade against slavery. The lesson of this war will be, as [?] of allowing has been, that great moral evils cannot be eradicated by the sword; but that the hope of the world lies in toleration – in bearing up evil for the sake of good. The prophet of Israel was taught that it was not by the sword nor the fire, nor the earthquake that the nation could be reformed, but by the still small voice, “and he covered his face with his mantle.” Let our abolition preachers of fire and sword follow the example.
Emmet Township. – The Democrats of Emmet Township will hold a meeting at Union School house, on Friday, September 2nd, at 2 o’clock p. m., for the purpose of appointing delegates to the county convention.
We are authorized to announce J. M. Egbert as a candidate for Sheriff of McDonough county, subject to the decision of the Democratic county convention.
Fare to Chicago. – The railroad company, we understand, have agreed to sell tickets to Chicago and return, for the National convention, at a reduced rate. From Macomb, Ill. ticket will be $9.00, and we supposed will be good from Saturday evening train till adjournment of the convention.
→ Gamage is serving up the best of steaks and roasts to his customers. His meats are fat and sweet, as we know from repeated trials, and we advise our readers to satisfy themselves of this fact in the same manner.
McDonough County Agricultural Society.
The tenth annual fair will be held at the fair ground in Macomb, Ill., on the 7th, 8th and 9th days of September, 1864.
Great exhibition of farm stock and products.
Liberal premiums are offered in all departments.
A purse of $50 is offered for the fastest trotting horse, $50 for the fastest pacer, and $25 sweepstakes open for all pacers and trotters.
It is earnestly hoped the citizens of McDonough and adjoining counties will attend our fair and compete for prizes.
The Black Ticket.
A small meeting of Lincoln sympathizers met in Macomb last Saturday and put in nomination a ticket to be supported by all persons in this county who believe that the war should be prosecuted to compel “the abandonment of slavery,” and not to restore the Union of our Fathers. Such a ticket is very appropriately composed of A. Blackburn for Representative; J. B. Cummings for circuit clerk, and G. L. Farwell for sheriff. A white man’s ticket will knock that “higher’n a kite.”
→ The republican loyal leaguers of Tazewell county, in convention assembled, adopted a resolution in favor of giving negro soldiers the right to vote. It was agreed to with only two dissenting votes. We have yet to learn whether the republicans of McDonough county are fully up to this “loyal” sentiment. We presume the only question would be about the policy of publicly adopting it. Are they not all republicans?