September 10, 1864

Macomb Eagle

Democratic National Nominations.

For President,

For Vice President,

For Electors – At Large.


  1.   SAMUEL ASHTON,          8. A. E. STEVENSON,
    2. HENRY T. HELM,              9. J. C. THOMPSON,
    3. WILLIAM BARGE,                       10. J. M. WOODSON,
    4. HENRY K. PEFFER,          11. H. K. S. O’MELVENY,
    5. JOHN V. LINDSAY,          12. THOS. DIMMOCK,
    6. S. W. BOWEN,                    13. CRESSA K. DAVIS
    7. A. L. KELLER,

For Governor,

For Lieut. Governor,

For Auditor of State,

For Secretary of State,

For State Treasurer,

For Sup’t Public Instruction,

For Congress, at Large,

For Congress,

For State’s Attorney,

For Circuit Clerk,

For Sheriff,

For Coroner,


McClellan or Lincoln.

            The nomination of McClellan and Pendleton is well received by the people. Although not the first choice of the conservative portion of the voters of this part of the State, yet since the issue has been narrowed to McClellan or Lincoln – the former for Peace and the Union of white men, and the latter for war to compel “the abandonment of slavery” – there can be no hesitation among Democrats and the friends of constitutional government, as to whether they will serve God and McClellan or Lincoln and Baal. The issue is strongly and sharply defined: on the one hand is honesty, capacity, fidelity, and McClellan; on the other is corruption, imbecility, faithlessness, and Lincoln. With the first we have the promise of Peace with all its attendant blessings and prosperity; with the latter is connected a permanent War, with its burdens, its distress, its ruin. The former promises us a government of white men, for white men and their posterity forever; the latter threatens us with a government in which negroes may have an equal share. The former promises us a government according to the Constitution and the principles of our fathers; the latter threatens us with despotism, in which the liberty and life of the citizen is held at the caprice of whatever tyrant may possess the throne. The former promises a free election to all citizens of the Republic; the latter threatens to drive from the polls all voters who will not subscribe to the destructive fanaticism of the hour. The former promises free speech and free discussion of the acts of public men; the latter threatens imprisonment and forfeiture of goods for all who point out the errors of the administration. – The former promises to open the prison doors and let the victims of illegal and despotic arrests go free; — the latter threatens to punish without conviction and imprison without trial.

Choose whom ye will have!


            → Let every man and every man’s wife who buys a piece of cotton goods at the present enormous prices remember that these enormous prices are the direct and logical results of the abolition policy adopted by Mr. Lincoln. – By freeing the negroes, and confiscating the plantations and burning and plundering the houses and other improvements on them, he in the first instance almost destroyed the production of the raw material. He now gives it the finishing stroke by permitting Massachusetts and other abolitionists to save their “loyal” hides by enlisting the few able-bodied negroes heretofore left about the plantations. A blind man can therefore see that, as all the able bodied negroes will be taken for soldiers, there will presently be no production of cotton at all, and hence no limit to high prices which abolition policy has already placed on cotton goods.


The cause of the War.

            “Slavery which is the cause of the war, must be destroyed before the war can stop.”

This is the stereotyped prattle of all the big and little Lincoln sympathizers in the land. If the logic and reasoning be good, it is worth following. Something is the cause of slavery, and if that must be destroyed then its cause should be wiped out. Negroes are the cause of slavery, for without them there would have been no slavery, and without slavery no war; therefore negroes should be abolished, lest there’s a repetition of slavery and of the war. Now there is a cause for negroes – and that cause is either Africa or the Almighty. Now let the Lincolnites carry out their argument, and insist upon a war to abolish the Almighty, because He made negroes, without which negroes there would have been no slavery, and without which slavery there would have been no war.


            → Abolition misrule has given us nearly four years of the bloodiest war the world has ever witnessed, and placed this once fair and happy land on the brink of ruin. They grant us no hope of release from this state of horror. – They spurn the very thought of peace. Men who urge the nation to turn their thoughts to the “things that make for peace” are denounced as “sneaks.” – The time has come to change our rulers. In the days of the Hebrew monarchy under King David, the sacred historian records that “the children of Issachar were men that has understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do.” Our country looks to McClellan and the Democracy, as the men who have understanding of the times and know what the nation should do.


            ‒ The Democrats will have a peaceful election this year, if they have to fight for it.


            → The subject of buying fifteen or twenty acres of ground for the use of the agricultural society is being agitated by those interested in the prosperity of our county. It would certainly be more satisfactory if the requisite grounds could be obtained. The improvements would then be of a permanent character, and every citizen of the county would feel that he had an interest in the success of the society. We have no time to say further about it this week, but we trust the project will meet with that success which it deserves.


            → As we go to press the county fair is in the full tide of successful operation. A large amount of stock and productions of the farm and the workshop are on exhibition. – The fair promises to be as extensive in quantity on exhibition, and as successful in point of numbers in attendance, as any previous fair. We have no time for particulars this week.


            → Jones & Beggs have opened a meat shop on the south side of the square, where they will have for sale fine beef and mutton. They are prepared to suit all customers with sweet and tender meats.


            → A collision occurred on the railroad on Monday night, near Aurora, in which seven persons were killed outright and a large number severely wounded. Three locomotives were destroyed, and several freight and passenger cars smashed up.


            → Dr. Hebern, on his last visit to this city, had quite a number of applicants for cures of cancerous and other tumors. He has treated many cases of this kind quite successfully in this county. He makes regular visits, and will continue to do so as long as there is a patient of the kind who wishes to be cured.


            → Charley Wolf wishes the farmers of this county to understand that he is in the market for fat beef cattle, especially young ones, as well as sheep and hogs. He is daily selling large quantities of meat to the citizens of Macomb, and is ready to pay the highest price for good live stock.


            → We are requested by the school inspectors to give notice that the public schools in Macomb will commence the winter term on Monday 19th inst.


Judge Higbee and Singleton.

Quincy, August 24, 1864.

Editors Whig and Republican:

Being in this city on business, your daily paper of yesterday fell under my notice, in which I observed an extract taken from the Springfield correspondence of the Chicago Tribune purporting to give some charges which he says Gen. Singleton made against Judge Higbee, of Pike county, in a speech made by the general at Springfield, on the evening of the 18th inst., to the effect that he (Higbee) was a demoralizer, and that he was at one time a Mormon, and the editor of a Mormon paper at Nauvoo, which at length became so dirty and contemptible that Joe Smith threw it into the Mississippi; and that he hung around the legislature till he got it to plea a docket fee bill, and then went home, became a candidate for judge, and was elected.

As Judge Higbee is an immediate neighbor of mine, and as I have been intimately acquainted with him for many years past, I deem it a privilege as well as my duty, to pronounce each of these charges wholly and utterly false. And without determining who the father of these charges may be, would say that no one knows – or ought to know – better than Geo. Singleton himself, that they are without any foundation in fact.

The character o Judge Higbee is too well known throughout the State to be injured by such calumnies; but still I have thought it proper to brand them as they deserve. So far from being a demoralizer he is an exceptional of a man, not only in public but in private and domestic life, for virtue and uprightness of purpose and action.

An elder brother of Judge Higbee, Francis M. Higbee, now deceased, was once connected with a paper in Nauvoo; but it was not as falsely charged, a “Mormon paper,” but it was an anti-Mormon paper, devoted to the purpose of exposing the corruptions and heresies of Mormonism. So bold and successful was it in uncovering Joe Smith’s wicked purpose that he (Smith) being mayor, called the city council together and procured an ordinance declaring the press a nuisance, and had it thrown into the river; which act did much to arouse the indignation of the people against the Mormons at Nauvoo than any other. Judge Higbee did not have anything to do with the paper whatever. This silly fabrication against him is of a piece with the balance.

As to his procuring the passage of the docket fee bill and then returning and running for judge, I have only to say Judge Higbee went on to the bench in the fore part of the year 1861, and the bill in question was passed in the year 1863.

I hope sir as an act of justice, you will publish this correction, and that the Chicago Tribune will give it a place in its column.

Very respectfully, &c.,                        Scott Wike.


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