With this issue of the Journal, my connection with it ceases. Cause, off for the war. During my short career as editor, I have endeavored to avoid all personalities and do every man justice, who is a candidates before the people. To those friends who have sustained the Journal I can but return thanks. To my political enemies I would say, turn from the error of your ways and vote the Union ticket from Lincoln to our County officers. The Journal will lose none of its earnestness in the cause by my retirement, and I sincerely hope that it will receive that encouragement and support which it deserves.
Thinking as I do, that this rebellion must be crushed by force of arms, and knowing that copperheads, as a party, oppose the further prosecution of the war, I think it my duty to give my humble efforts for the accomplishment of the much desired peace alike honorable to ourselves, to the world, permanent, and to complete that the hydra-head of treason may never arise again.
Gone to the War.
As will be see by his Valedictory, at the head of our columns, our late associate, Mr. C. L. Sanders, has again gone to try his hand at fighting rebels. He served three years faithfully in the field, and came home this Summer satisfied that he had performed his duty to his country, but after enjoying the comforts of “God’s country” for a few brief months, his desire to be “in at the death” of the rebellion overcame his love of ease, and he has given way to it. Our best wishes go with him, and we hope to soon see him return to us with the announcement that this “cruel war is over,” and that Peace once more hovers over our happy country.
→ James W. Brattle is not a renegade, and if elected – as he assuredly will be – he will stay in the county and perform his duty. Refugees will not be employed by him.
The Copperhead Meeting.
On last Friday, 14th inst., our city was enlivened(!) by a grand rally of ye unterrified, alias, Copperheads. In point of numbers it was a respectable gathering, but in order to increase the show, and cause the verdant to believe there was an immense outpouring of the great unwashed, they had recourse to the theatrical trick of doubling the procession – that is, they marched up Jackson street to the east part of town, then returning on the back streets to the west side, rejoined the procession – in humble imitation of McClellan riding the war horse and peace platform, cider mill fashion.
The principal speaker on the occasion, and, we believe, the only one, was he notorious Dick Merrick, of Chicago. He appeared on the platform, where he was greeted with a few faint cheers by those in the immediate vicinity of the stand, and after pulling out of his pockets the two great electioneering documents of ye Copperheads – McClellan’s Report and the Chicago Times – he commenced speaking his piece.
The principal points he discussed were, the failure of the Administration to crush the rebellion, and the great success that had so far attended the rebel arms. He ridiculed our victories but magnified our defeats. He acknowledged that we had taken a few inches of territory from the “Confederates,” but that did not amount to much, and from the tone of his remarks one would be led to infer that the rebels could retake all that we have captured them whenever they wished, and as proof of his assertion, he cited the present invasion of Missouri by the rebel General Price, who was within one hundred miles of St. Louis. At this announcement the enthusiasm of the Cops. was unbounded. One old gray haired Cop. in particular, who sat upon the platform, cheered vociferously. – And all through the speech it was just so – cheering whenever allusion was made to Johnnies. The speaker, in speaking of the back bone of the rebellion, said that it was not broken, but that it was being as vigorously prosecuted as ever.
How the crowd would have received any allusions to our recent victories in the Shenandoah Valley, and in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, we have no means of knowing, for the speaker appeared to be entirely oblivious of those things.
On their posters, announcing the meeting, the unterrified were called on to give one day to the salvation of their country, and to cheer up the hearts of the brave soldiers who are now battling for Constitutional liberty; but not one word was uttered calculated to cheer the hearts of the brave Union soldiers – not one word in favor of the old flag – not one word in condemnation of those who are fighting our brave soldiers. A queer mode of “cheering the hearts of our brave boys.”
Taken altogether, the speech was more suitable to the latitude of South Carolina than Illinois.
Lincoln and Johnson Club.
A Club bearing the above name has been organized in this city, and is doing a vast deal of good for the cause here. We speak of it, in order to call the attention of Union men in other townships to the importance of thoroughly organizing into clubs throughout the county. We cannot expect to succeed unless we work, and to do that as it should be, we must combine together. Individual efforts are very good things in themselves, but concert of action is required to conduct a canvass to a successful issue. Therefore, we would urge our friends to speedily commence the organization of clubs, and for them to meet often – see that their friends attend, – appoint committees to confer with like committees from other townships – circulate documents – bring out voters, and the day is ours. Remember that last Spring election, also the election last Fall. We lost those elections by dilatoriness, and a belief that we could not elect if we were to try. Do not let it be said so this Fall.
Gov. Yates’ Speech.
We neglected to notice last week the speech of our honored Governor, Dick Yates, in this place two weeks ago to-day. The day was very unfavorable for out-door speaking – it having rained the night before – the streets were muddy, the weather raw and windy, and very disagreeable for standing out of doors. Considering the state of the weather, we had a very good crowd who came to town to hear the soldiers’ true friend. The Governor spoke for about two hours, but owing to being a little hoarse, and the high wind prevailing, he could not be heard by all who were in the Court House square for that purpose. The Governor made one of his happiest efforts, and did a vast deal of good.
“Mr. Neece and his Traducers.”
Under the above imposing caption the Eagle of last week presumptuously assumes that the statement published by Mr. Neece in both the city papers of the week before “is a triumphant vindication” of the charges which have been made in this paper against that individual. We can’t see it. The main points in the charges against Mr. Neece still remain uncontradicted. – Even the carefully prepared statement of Mr. Neece does not conceal the fact that he made the exorbitant charge of twenty dollars against the widow and her sons for the simple act of buying her land at tax sale at a cost of seventy eight cents. Very profitable transaction for Mr. Neece. Pays out seventy-eight cents, and charges therefor twenty dollars. Magnanimous man – who will dispute that he is not the friend of the widows and orphans?
But it is perfectly idle for Mr. Neece, or any of his friends to publish statements attempting to deny the charges made against him so long as the record stands uncontradicted. We have the original certificate of purchase made by Mr. Neece in which the claim is made for fifty odd dollars, when the same certificate shows that only seventy-eight cents was paid for the land. Mr. Neece and the Eagle are both careful to say nothing about the certificate. That certificate is a perfect sock dologer. That speaks for itself. The charge does not rest up on our testimony, but there is the certificate, gentleman, which we are ready to show to the curious. And besides this, there is the transcript from the Justice’s docket which proves that Mr. Neece was sued upon this matter and a judgment rendered against him of about Thirty dollars. That’s so. Mr. Neece nor the Eagle will dare to deny this stunning fact. Documents and old records are sometimes stubborn things. You had better said nothing about this little affair of robbing the widow, Mr. Neece, for the more you stir it the worse it will smell.
→ For Circuit Clerk, John B. Cummings – the energetic, accommodating and competent incumbent of the office.
Going to Inaugurate Him at Springfield.
Dick Merrick said in his speech here on last Friday that in case Lincoln was elected this Fall by such frauds as were perpetrated in Indiana last week, that they (the Copperheads) would take George B. McClellan and inaugurate him at Springfield in this State. Dick had better be careful, or he will expose the programme of the Cops too soon. – We have no earthly doubt that it is the intention of the Copperhead party to inaugurate civil war in the North if McClellan is defeated, but Dick should not blow it too soon, for fear the spark might go out. What a jolly old time the Cops will have at that inauguration. Micawber, would be in his glory – ‘depressing circumstances” would be abundant.
Hurrah for McPendavis!
→ For Sheriff, G. L. Farwell – the man who believes in serving out the full time in the army for which a man enlists.
Ye Cops Rejoiceth.
Last week the Quincy Herald and the Macomb Eagle brought out their big Rooster, and crowed lustily over the election returns from Pennsylvania and Ohio. Bully for them! We had not supposed that they would rejoice over our success so much as to bring out their chickens, but we were mistaken. However, there is a certain animal called a coon, which is very fond of chickens. We opine that Abbott’s bird will be non est after this.
Editor Journal: – With your permission I would say a few words in regard to the building of a City Hall. It is well known there is no place in our city adapted to holding Lectures, Concerts, or a public meeting of any kind. Campbell’s Hall is objected to on account of its being too wide for its length, the ceiling too low, and not being of easy access. I would now propose a plan which could easily be adopted, if the citizens will take hold of the matter. Let a sufficient number of shares of Ten Dollars ($10) each be issued for the purpose of building and furnishing the Hall. Then let the share-holders elect annually, or otherwise, as they may see proper, officers to take charge of the building, and see that everything is kept in proper order. The officers might consist of a Treasurer, Agent, Doorkeeper, Janitor, Executive Committee, and others if needed. Dividends might be declared as the stockholders saw proper.
A suitable location could be had for a hall of this kind. Will not our citizens think of the matter and start a subscription paper and see what could be obtained. The investment would profitable to all.
→ The question is often asked, Why do the citizens of the great, free noble West tolerate such a foul-mouthed treasonable sheet as the Chicago Times?
In Greece it was the fashion to intoxicate a slave, in order that young men and maidens might witness the disgusting effects of drunkenness, and so refrain from following the example.
The Times is the drunken slave, playing fantastic tricks of treason that disgust even the weakest-minded, and so serves as a hideous example of what unprincipled men may become.
→ Prices’ rebel army, at las accounts was between Independence and Kansas City, Mo., and our forces were moving after them from Jefferson City. There will soon be a great change in Western Missouri.
How the Soldiers Vote.
The following letters, received from the writers a few days since, show how the soldiers vote in the field, and would vote were they permitted to come home at the election. The 124th is only one regiment, but the vote shows how all the regiments from Illinois would vote. Read the letter:
Head Quar’s 124th Ill Vol. Inf.
Vicksburg, Miss. Oct. 9th ’64.
Editor of the Macomb Journal:
Sir: – At the request of the officers and men of my regiment a vote was taken this p. m. for President and Vice President of the United States with the following result:
Whole number of votes cast 516.
For Lincoln and Johnson 502.
For McClellan and Pendleton 14.
The vote was by ballot, and is the uninfluenced and voluntary expression of Veteran soldiers, who have borne the flag of the Union on many long and weary marches, and amid the storm of battle, and have never turned their backs to the foe; men who long for peace – honorable, just and permanent peace – but who will never consent to surrender the Union, or to sue for peace at the feet of a wicked and traitorous enemy who has been beaten and driven to the verge of the “last ditch” which now yawns to receive him – They will never thus dishonor the graves of their fallen comrades.
Your obedient servant,
J. H. Howe,
Col. Comd’g Reg’t.
Head Quarters Co. D 124 Ill. Vol. Inf.
Vicksburg, Miss. Oct. 9 ‘64
Editor of the Macomb Journal:
Sir: – It having been asserted by the Quincy Herald and other secession sheets that the soldiers are for little Mac I therefore, forward here with a communication of Col. J. H. Howes for publication, showing the result of an election held in this regiment on the 9 inst. The two companies which represent McDonough voted as follows:
Lincoln and Johnson 55
McClellan and Pendleton 0.
Lincoln and Johnson 49.
McClellan and Pendleton 0.
We have some thirty-three men not with the above companies, but will probably vote the same as above, I am highly gratified and pleased with this expression of sentiment. It proves the deep interest and lofty patriotism of our noble soldiers in this our national struggle.
Respectfully your obedient servany,
Capt. Co. D, 124 Ill. Vol. Inf.
A Noble Record.
The following, which we take from the Vicksburg Daily Herald, is truly a noble record of one of Illinois’ best regiments. The 124th has done gallant service under the heroic Logan, and are ready to do more, by either fighting the rebels in front with bullets, or fighting their allies at the North, (the Copperheads,) with ballots. All honor to the 124th:
The 124th regiment Illinois infantry now encamped at this place, has a record of which the noble regiment may well be proud. It has been in service nearly three years, and in a contest for superiority in drill was awarded the banner over all competitors in the division to which it belonged, 3d division, 17th army corps. In battle, it has proven worthy of the great State from which it hails; and its deeds of valor stand as enduring records of the heroism of the officers and men composing it. But it has, if possible, a record more to be boasted of than that of valor or discipline. Although so long a time has elapsed since its formation as a regiment, and notwithstanding the diversity of character of its numerous members, and the perilous scenes of trial and temptation it has been passed through during this exciting war, makes the proud and glorious boast that not a man in the 124th Illinois infantry has ever been brought before a general court-martial to be tried for a violation of the articles of war or any general order.
Is it not a noble record, and may not the “Sucker State” point with pride and pleasure to this gallant regiment and say, “These are my jewels?”
May every member of the regiment continue to feel that its honor is in his keeping, so that when it shall have fulfilled its allotted time of service, it may make the same proud boast as now, No member of the 124th has ever been before a courtmartial.
Close of the Volume.
With this No. of the Journal Vol. 9 closes. We commence the new Vol. with very flattering prospects of success, for which we return our sincere thanks to those of our friends who have so kindly assisted us the past year. – Our circulation is now greater than the paper has ever enjoyed since it has been started, and with proper exertion it can be greatly increased. “As in the past, so in the future,” we will be found endeavoring to give our patrons a good county paper.
Still Another. – From the Canton (Ill.) Register we learn that just after dark on Wednesday night of last week, several shots were fired at Mr. George Lucky, while quietly pursuing his business at home. Fortunately, however, none of the shots took effect, though some of them came uncomfortably near. He has been acting as Assistant Provost Marshal of Buckheart, and had already notified nearly all the drafted men in his township. There is no doubt that some of the peace sneaks were attempting to carry out their threats of shooting the draft officers.
The Register says that such proceedings are the legitimate results of the teachings of the “Democratic” peace-sneak party, and they must bear the infamy thereof as long as history shall last. While they are continually howling for peace –when every sane man well knows that no peace can be obtained without conquering the rebels or submitting to the division of the Government – they are at the same time arming themselves, in accordance to the teachings of their leaders and papers and doing the very things which tend to plunge the entire country into a more sanguinary war than ever; and when the authorities find it necessary to send armed forces among them to preserve order and prevent further outrages, then they set up a howl, that their liberties are destroyed by a military despotism. From these things it is very evident that their determination is to rule the country as they see fit – without regard to the voice of the people – or to ruin it.
Wm. Pitt Kellogg.
This gentleman will speak at Bushnell, in this county, on Thursday the 27th. We expect citizens of Prairie City township will will give him a good audience, as they generally take a hold of political matters with a will, and are all sound on the great questions of the day. We would earnestly call on our political opponents to go and hear Mr. Kellogg that day.
Guerillas in Illinois. – A raid was made in this county and Hancock last Tuesday night, by some lawless persons, and 15 horses taken by force from Union men. We understand that most of the men engaged in the robbery were drafted men. It appears by this, that the muttered threats that we have heard from time to time, are being fulfilled. Well, if these peace men are bent on bringing war into this State, let them “pitch in,” Burkus is willin’.”
Attempted Assassination. – An attempt was made week before last, near Lewistown, Fulton county, to assassinate Mr. Charles Phelps, Assistant Provost Marshal for Fulton County. The cowardly sneaks who did the deed were hid in the bushes, and fired on him as he passed by on the road. He was walking at the time and leading his horse. One ball took effect in his left hip, and thirteen bullet holes were counted in his overcoat. His horse was killed. Mr. Phelps had been out notifying the drafted men in Isabella township, and this attempt was undoubtedly the work of some of the peace sneaks of that county.
Penmanship. – Prof. J. Morton a gentleman who comes among us well recommended, as a teacher of Penmanship, proposes to open a school in this city for the purpose of teaching writing, both plain and ornamental. – From specimens shown us by Mr. M. we should judge that he is just the man that is needed here. He is stopping at the Randolph House, where specimens of his penmanship can be seen.
Terms – $2 per scholar, for twelve lessons.
A City Hall. – In another column will will be found a communication from “Fist,” in which he broaches the project of having a “Town Hall,” in which Lectures, Concerts, Exhibitions, &c., can be given. We have long since came to the conclusion that a thing of this kind was needed in this city, and we hope our citizens will take hold of the matter and push it to an early completion.
Delivered Free. – W. P. Pearson wishes us to inform the citizens of this city that he delivers, free of charge, all goods bought at his establishment, north side of the square, one door east of Wadham & Stowell’s. See advertisement.
→ A flock of seven hundred sheep passed through this place on Wednesday morning last, en route for Iowa. – We understand they were from Ohio.
→ The household furniture of peace men in Indiana consists of pistols, rifles, hand grenades, rockets, bombshells, and other inoffensive utensils. – It is with these that they propose to maintain peace.
$1,000 Reward. – Several of our prominent citizens offer a reward of $1,000 for the detection of the person or persons who have been guilty of poisoning horses in this city lately. – Capt. F. D. Lipe, as was mentioned last week in the Journal, having lost three of his best horses within two or three days of each other, the conclusion was reached that they were poisoned.
We sincerely hope that the perpetrators of such diabolical meanness will be found out, and that punishment swift and sure may follow.
→ Window paper at old prices at Clarke’s Bookstore.
→ A portion of Bill Anderson’s rebel cavalry, numbering between two and five hundred, made a raid from Missouri into western Iowa last week, committing considerable depredations , plundering the country and even murdering citizens. The news of the raid has had the effect to stir up the people of Southern and Central Iowa, and at last advices great preparations were making to repel the invaders and defend the State. No armed rebels can stay in the brave and loyal State of Iowa many hours alive.