November 12, 1864

Macomb Eagle

McDonough County.

            We give below, after waiting till 12 o’clock m. Thursday, the reported majorities in fourteen townships in this county:

Dem. Repub.
Eldorado 41
New Salem 13
Prairie City 211
Industry 43
Scotland 50
Macomb 130
Walnut Grove 2
Bethel 33
Chalmers 23
Emmett 65
Sciota 12
Tennessee 44
Hire 36
Blandinville 92


This leaves the republican ticket 12 votes ahead, which will be overcome (and 20 or 30 to spare) by the votes of Mound and Lamoine.


Lincoln Probably Elected.

            The dispatches so far received indicate that Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and several other States, have voted for Lincoln electors, thus securing his re-election.

New York city gives McClellan 36,000 majority, which probably secures him the State.

Partial returns from twenty-eight counties in Kentucky, excluding Jefferson, give Lincoln 250 majority. In Louisville official: McClellan, 4,873; Lincoln, 1,849.

Returns from Kentucky are meagre, but indicate a Democratic majority.

One hundred and ten towns and cities in New Hampshire give Lincoln 22,395, McClellan 20,291; a democratic gain of 2,050. The above embraces nearly two-thirds of the entire vote of the State.


The Frauds in Indiana.

            The Democratic central committee of the Indiana have published a most withering and telling expose of the shameful frauds practiced by the Morton party for the purpose of carrying the recent election in that State. – These frauds were made to extend to almost every point where railroad facilities enabled the guilty parties to transfer voters from one place to another. So palpable and stupendous is the cheat that a person may take a map of Indiana and by aid of the late elections trace by townships the routes of the railroads by the increase of the republican vote over former years. – This increase is the largest nearest Indianapolis and diminishes as the distance grows from it, except in a few instances on the border; where it is apparent the illegal help came temporarily from other States. Many small precincts upon railroad lines show an enormous increase that cannot be accounted for by any additions to the inhabitants either the day before or the day after the election. In the township where Indianapolis is located, for instance, the republican majority is greater than the number of legal voters of both parties added together. In many counties the vote cast is in the proportion of one hundred and fifty for every hundred polls assessed, while in Marion the proportion reaches as high as two hundred and twelve for every hundred polls. As another test, the military enrollment of the State last spring was 215,312, while the ballots cast are 283,558, being an excess of 68,246 over the enrollment. It is not claimed, to be sure, that the number of enrolled is equal to the whole legal vote; but there ought to be no such difference as this. As to the manner in which the frauds were perpetrated, there are statements from hundreds of as respectable men as there are in the State as to the mode, namely: that minors and non-residents were brought up and voted, without challenge, where the republican party had control of the election boards, and not only voted in one place, but carried from point to point and caused to vote repeatedly in the same and in different counties.


            A Female Soldier. – Mrs. Frances L. Clayton, now in Maine, enlisted in the army at St. Paul, Minn., with her husband, in 1861, and fought by his side till he was killed in the battle of Stone river. She was in eighteen battles; once a prisoner; three times wounded – in hand, hip, and knee; and at her husband’s death made known her sex to her general and was discharged. After that she walked ninety-three miles, from Lexington to Lousiville, bareheaded and barefooted, tracking her way in blood.


            Female Recruiting Officer. – A young woman in Jackson, Michigan, has been carrying on the recruiting business in an original and highly peculiar manner. She marries a man on condition that he will enlist and give her his bounty. She being strikingly handsome, the man consents. – After he is gone, she marries another. Four men has she thus wedded and sent to the army. On the fifth occasion she was detected.


Capture of the Albemarle.

            Admiral Porter has communicated to the secretary of the navy the following interesting particulars from Lieutenant Cushing in regard to the sinking of the rebel ram Albemarle.

Albemarle Sound, Oct. 30.

            Sir: I have the honor to report the rebel iron clad Albemarle is at the bottom of the Roanoke river. On the night of the 27th, having prepared my steam launch, I proceeded up toward Plymouth, with thirteen officers and men, partly volunteers from the squadron.

The distance from the mouh of the river to the ram was about eight miles, the stream averaging in width some 200 yards, and lined with the enemy’s pickets. A mile below the town was the wreck of the Southfield, surrounded by some schooners, and it was understood that a gun was mounted there to command the beach. I therefore took one of the Shamrock’s cutters in tow, with orders to cast off and board at that point, if we were hailed. Our boat succeeded in passing the pickets, and even the Southfield, within twenty yards, without discovery, and we were not hailed until by the lookouts on the ram. The cutter was then cast off and ordered below, while we made for our enemy under a full head of steam. The rebels sprung their rattle, rang the bell, and commenced firing at the same time, repeating their hail, and seeming much confused. The light of a fire ashore showed me the iron clad, made fast to the wharf, with logs around her about thirty feet from her side. Passing her closely, we made a complete circle so as to strike her fairly, and went into bows on. By this time the enemy’s fire was very severe, but a dose of cannister at short range seemed to moderate their zeal and disturb their aim.

Paymaster Swan, of the Otsego, was wounded near me, but how many more I know not. Three bullets struck my clothing, and the air seemed full of them. In a moment we had struck the logs just abreast of the quarter-port, breaking them in some feet, our bows resting on them. The torpedo-boom was then lowered, and, by a vigorous pull, I succeeded in diving the torpedo under the overhang, and exploding it at the same time the Albemarle’s gun was fired. A shot seemed to go crushing through my boat and a dense mass of water rushed from the torpedo, filling the launch and completely disabling her.

The enemy then continued his fire at fifteen range, and demanded our surrender, which I twice refused, ordering the men to save themselves, and removing my overcoat and shoes. Springing into the river I swam with others into the middle of the stream, the rebels failing to hit us. The most of our party were captured, some were drowned, and only one escaped besides myself, and he in another direction. – Acting master’s mate Woodman, of the Commodore Hull, met him in the water half a mile below the town, and assisted him as best he could, but failed to get him ashore. Completely exhausted, I managed to reach the shore, but was too weak to crawl out of the water until just at daylight, when I managed to creep into the swamp close to the fort. While hiding, close to the [?], the Albemarle’s officers passed, and I judged from their conversation that the ship was destroyed. Some hours travelling in the swamp served to bring me out well below the town, when I sent a negro in to gain information, and found that the ram was truly sunk. Proceeding through another swamp, I came to a creek, and captured a skiff belonging to a picket of the enemy, and, with this, by 11 o’clock the next night, I made my way to Valley city.

I am, sir, respectfully your obedient servant,


Lieutenant, U. S. N.


            – A Georgia paper talks of a sample of sorghum flour its editor has seen, which those who have tried it announce to be an admirable substitute for buckwheat. And it is asserted that it makes excellent hoe cake, and is likely to come into very general use, if prepared like wheat flour by bolting. ‘Five million bushels of sorghum seed,’ it says, ‘has been raised in Georgia the present season. As a substitute for coffee, no parched grain or vegetable ordinarily used as substitutes is at all equal to sorghum seed. And what is still more valuable to know, in the present scarcity of sugar, a small quantity of the syrup boiled with ground seed makes the coffee substitute very pleasant and palatable.’


            → The election day and night following was marked by the largest fall of rain, in this region, that has been known in the same space of time for several years.


            → Several emigrants from Montana have lately arrived in this vicinity. Among them we recognize C. S. Churchill, J. H. Wilson, P. McGinnis, James Roark, etc. Mr. Hogan and some others are expected in a few days. Those who have returned appear to enjoy good health, if they haven’t got a pocketfull of rocks.


            Arrested. – A man who gave his name as Preston F. Randolph, was arrested on Saturday night at Brown’s Hotel, where he had that day taken lodgings. He stole a revolver at Tennessee, and was followed by the owner, who, on finding him here procured a warrant for his arrest. The arrest was made by W. Goodwin and G. W. Smith, and taken before T. Chandler, Esq. The stolen property was fully identified, and Randolph was held to bail in the sum of $500, in default of which he was committed to the county jail. During the examination he made an attempt to break from the justice’s room, but did not succeed.


The Shooting of Mr. Randolph.

            At the time of going to press last week we were in possession of but few of the particulars of this unfortunate affair, and these were so contradictory that we deemed it better to withhold them entirely. The following account is believed to be correct:

John Bond, after an absence of a week or two, returned to Blandinville on Tuesday evening. The “loyal” men immediately sent a messenger to Randolph, deputy provost marshal, to come and take the “deserter.” Randoph started at 2 o’clock in the morning, and found Bond at a grocery, and told him he had come to arrest him. Bond drew a pistol and replied, “I shall not be taken, and I warn you to keep off of me.” Randolph drew a pistol and the two got into the street, gradually moving towards James Bond’s tavern. There was much altercation on the street, and quite a number of men became spectators of the scene. Bond continually asserted that he would not be taken, and Randolph called on the bystanders to aid him in making the arrest; but no one moved to his assistance, although “loyalists” as well as Democrats were present. Randolph and Bond finally went into the tavern and ate breakfast, after which Bond and one of his brothers made some remark about taking a ride, and started from the house to the stable to get their horses. Randolph followed, when in the lot he seized Bond by the shoulder; the latter jerked from him, fired on shot and jumped the fence, Randolph firing at him as he went. John Bond faced about and exchanged several shots with his pursuer, neither one inflicting any injury upon the other. At this juncture Miles Bond fired two or three pistol shots at Randolph, inflicting two mortal wounds. The wife of James Bond handed him a shot gun, but it was not used. Randolph walked to the street and was taken to the house of Mr. Hudson, where he died. The three Bonds left town on horseback, no effort being made to prevent them nor to follow them.

Coroner Sullivan held an inquest over the body of the deceased on the 3rd. The jury returned a verdict, after hearing the testimony of several witnesses, that he came to his death at the hands of John Bond and Miles Bond, aided by James Bond and Tyller Ray, and that the act was without sufficient justification.


An Appeal to Every One.

            It has become an established fact that the service rendered to our armies by the Sanitary commission is of vital importance. And the citizens of McDonough county are doubtless willing to add their mite to help furnish supplies for our numerous hospitals, and not be deterred from this work by any returned soldiers, saying they have not received supplies. The Commission does not propose to supply those in the field, but the hospitals, articles necessary for the sick and wounded, which any one, who has been in any way connected with any hospital, will testify are received.

It is also well known to all that we have in our county many soldiers’ families, whose natural supporters are either in the field doing gallant service for us, or lying sick and wounded in hospitals, pining in prison, or sleeping in their graves, having given their lives in a noble cause. And how better can we express our gratitude and sympathy, than by helping them to the comforts and luxuries of life, of which many are thus deprived?

To raise funds for these objects, the ladies of Macomb have organized a society called “The United Sisters of Benevolence,” who propose holding a sanitary fair, commencing the 23rd of December, for which they solicit donations from any who may feel disposed to aid in this work. All contributions of whatever kind, however large or small, will be thankfully received and honestly applied. – All money may be given to the treasurer, Mrs. Henry Twyman, and all other contributions left at Mr. Piper’s store. Let every reader feel himself personally called upon to do something for this good cause. Any one wishing to become a member of the society can do so by signing the pledge and paying not less than 25¢ admission fee.

By orders of the society,

Mrs. J. M Campbell, 1st directress.
Mrs. C. Van Vleck, Sec’y.


            → A reward of $5,200 has been offered by the relatives and other friends of the late W. H. Randolph, for the arrest of the Bonds who are charged with his murder.


            → We are indebted to Jas. Smith of Scotland, for a gallon of fine sorghum syrup – good enough for anybody.


            → The squad of soldiers mentioned last week, after a fruitless search around Blandinville, returned to Mt. Sterling on Saturday.


Putting up Potatoes.

            Potatoes should be taken from the ground only in fair weather, and not left exposed to the sun and wind longer than is necessary. In handling, care should be taken not to bruise the surface or break the skin. It is a common error that a potato will stand all manner of ill usage and not be the worse for it. Orchardists know that if an apple is bruised in gathering it is not for winter keeping; in like manner people should know that for table use the potato needs the same careful handling, to insure the best results. – A potato that is bruised or chafed, or is subject to a water bath after leaving the ground, materially injured for winter keeping; a potato of the finer varieties, such as neshannock, kidney, peachblow, mercer, lady’s finger, etc., when grown upon a suitablr soil, properly harvested, and cooked right, is a positive delicacy upon the table. But take the same lot, let them be roughly handled, chafed, immersed in water, and laid by in that ruined and undone condition for a few weeks, and then cooked even tolerably well, and they are not a very inviting dish. When the potato crop of Ireland failed, that people were confronted with starvation, and little did we Americans realize how much suffering of the poor, and positive inconvenience to the rich, would be caused by a failure of the potato crop in this country. The potato is both bread and meat in many households, and deserves all the consideration of a prime staple, as well as luxury, in human food. Potatoes for table should not be stored at all in a wet cellar. In such a place their starch is hydrogenized, thereby spoiling their finest quality for food; they become soggy, and will never cook dry or mealy. For the same reason, where potatoes are stored in heaps out of doors and covered with earth, avoid placing them on any other than land which is naturally dry and where water will not stand. On sandy land potatoes will keep very well in heaps, if properly covered from the winter rains and secured from frost. Cellar storage is most common, and most convenient for household purposes; but the cellar should be dry. If the potatoes are free from disease, they may be stored in close bins, with the tops covered with dry sand or loam; those which are tainted with rot must have their sire spots dried by exposure to a dry atmosphere and a dust of slaked lime. Such potatoes are not fit for human food, and should only be used under protest in case of dire necessity. In the storage of large quantities of potatoes for stock use, say in barn cellars, it is well to use a dust of slaked lime. We saw a good example of this practice in the barn cellars of the famous old agriculturist, James Gowan, of Germantown, Pa., last fall. Mr. G. feeds largely of roots to his stock in winter; his ample stone-walled cellars were heaped with potatoes and other roots, all in the nicest order. – Before putting in the stock of roots for winter, he has the walls and floors nicely cleaned and sprinkled with lime dust, and as potatoes are wheeled in, other dustings are administered, by which all foul vapors are prevented and the place is free from the noisome atmosphere usually encountered where vegetables are stored in any quantity. – Michigan Farmer.


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