November 19, 1864

Macomb Eagle

→ The election in Illinois is ‘slightly’ against the Democracy. – Oglesby’s majority is 20,000 or more; the Legislature has an abolition majority in each branch – one in the senate and nine in the house; and of the fourteen congressman we have elected but four – Ross, Marshall, Thornton, and Morrison.


            → The States of New Jersey, Delaware, and Kentucky have cast their votes for McClellan. The rest are joined to their idols.


The Canadian Federation.

            The essential points agreed upon touching a federation of the British North American Provinces by the conference at Quebec, are as follows: The new Colonial Union is to have a government to consist of a governor general, appointed by the crown, an upper house, the members of which are to be appointed by the crown from the provincial legislature, and are to hold their office for life; and a lower house chosen by popular vote, each province to have a representation, according to its population. The upper house is to consist of seventy-six members, of which the Canadas are to have twenty each, and the remaining colonies twenty-eight. The federal authority will have supreme control of customs, currency, navigation laws, and internal affairs. The provinces will take care of their own local affairs.


            → The Detroit Free Press is informed by one who knows, that Mary Ann Pittman, the southern lady referred to in Judge Holt’s infamous report, is a mulatto girl, and was taken from a plantation about ten miles from Fort Pillow. She drinks, chews tobacco, smokes, dresses in men’s clothing when necessary, and is addicted to all the vices of a woman who is a regular camp follower. She is shrewd, unscrupulous and vicious to the last degree – will not hesitate at anything for pay. All this must have been known to Mr. Stanton and Judge Holt, and yet they have the impudence and daring to issue such a report against a million northern men, on the testimony of such an abandoned witness.


            – General Grant has congratulated Mr. Lincoln on his re-election. From his stand point it was a good thing that Mr. Lincoln should be re-elected, and consequently General Grant did a good thing in congratulating Mr. Lincoln, for it is marvellously befitting to rejoice with those who do rejoice upon proper occasions. “Lincoln has been a good emperor for us,” said the Richmond Sentinel, and we should not be surprised to hear that it had imitated General Grant in congratulating Mr. Lincoln. It rejoices with Grant and Lincoln, and for the same reasons. – With Lincoln, because his election secures the continuance of negro policies, in opposition to union ones, in the conduct of the war; and with Grant, because Lincoln’s election secures his (Grant’s) continuance in command before Richmond. Grant has been a good general for the confederates, as Lincoln has been a good emperor. Not one of our generals thus far has succeeded in killing so many of our own men, and, in proportion to his losses, so few of the rebels, as Grant. “The Grave-Digger of the Chickahominy” only covered a few acres with corpses, and managed to extinguish more rebels than of his own men. Grant has left a trail, several miles in width, of buried and unburied skeletons, from the Rapidan to Petersburg. Mr. Lincoln supplied the lives, and Grant made the conversion. With a mutual hope of continuance in that business, why should Grant not rejoice with Lincoln, and Lincoln with Grant, and both rejoice together? – Chicago Times.


            Negro Insolence Encouraged. – A few days since, as we understand, a negro entered a car on the Little Miami railroad reserved for ladies and gentlemen who escorted them. He was invited by the conductor to withdraw to another car reserved for men. He refused. The conductor then summoned two brakemen to the scene. After some parleying, the negro still refusing, he was removed, considerable force being employed to effect it, as he stoutly resisted. The negro, on arriving at the sweet-scented town of Xenia, got a warrant for the arrest of the brakemen. They were tried and were found guilty of an assault and battery, and punished with a fine of $25 and imprisoned for six days in the jail. So it is established that under the Xenia abolition code no cars can be set apart for ladies that negroes can not invade. – Cincinnati Enquirer.


Election in Galesburg.

            The election in this city on Tuesday last did not pass off in a manner worthy of a high minded and generous people. Every obstacle was thrown in the way of Democrats that could be conceived of by their opponents calculated to intimidate and overawe them. We do not know that any democrat was absolutely prevent from voting, but there were many who did not cast their ballots deeming it unsafe to do so, after the occurrence of several scenes which transpired in the forenoon. Democratic tickets in the hands of persons about the polls were taken from them and destroyed, and no one permitted to distribute them in that neighborhood. Dr. Helms, one of the leading physicians of the city, after voting, was surrounded by a large number of persons, who crowded and kicked him from the room and across Main street, and would probably have killed him, had he not took refuge from his pursuers in a drug store which was locked against them, and which they threatened to destroy, but on being appealed to by several leading Republicans, to desist therefrom and to cease their attacks upon the Doctor, they did so, but continued about the polls intimidating other democratic voters, during the day. – Other Democrats were badly treated and none of them remained at the polls after the disturbances above mentioned only long enough to vote. The consequence of this was that a great many illegal votes were cast. Many voted that were minors and we are informed of numerous instances of Swedes voting that have been in the country but a short time. This accounts for the extremely large number of votes that were cast here on Tuesday, being several hundred greater than ever were cast before.

We look upon these proceedings, of Tuesday in this city, as exceedingly disgraceful and as exemplifying the declaration made by republicans, that democrats have no rights, which they are bound to respect. – Galesburg Observer.


Official Vote of McDonough Co., Nov. 8, 1864.

  For President.  
Geo. B. McClellan   2171
A. Lincoln   2145
  For Governor.  
James C. Robinson, Dem.   2182
R. J. Oglesby, abo   2157
82 For Congress.  
Lewis W. Ross, Dem.   2180
Hugh Fullerton, abo   2154
  For Senator.  
H. K. Peffer, Dem.   2181
Jas. Strain, abo   2153
  For State’s Attorney.  
T. E. Morgan, Dem.   2182
P. C. Stearns, abo   2151
  For Representatives.  
Wm. H. Neece, Dem.   2185
Alex Blackburn, abo   2146
  For Circuit Clerk.  
John. H. Hungate, Dem.   2170
John B. Cummings, abo   2157
  For Sheriff.  
Lewis F. Smith, Dem.   2164
G. L. Farwell, abo   2169
  For Surveyor.  
Jos. B. Nickel, Dem.   2176
J. W. Brattle, abo   2148
  For Coroner.  
Jeremiah Sullivan, Dem.   2179
J. H. Epperson, abo   2151


The returns show that one of the electors on the abolition ticket – Nathaniel M. McCurdy – received only 532 votes. They also show that Dr. F. A. McCurdy received 1512 votes for elector. Total vote for President 4,316, do. for Governor 4,330.


            A Grand Soiree. – The members of Olive Branch Lodge, of Good Templars, in this city, propose holding an entertainment at Campbell’s Hall on next Thursday evening, Nov. 24th, for the benefit of the lodge. The entertainment will consist of that thrilling moral drama, entitled, “The Drunkard, or the Fallen Saved,” together with Tableaux and original burlesques, entitled, “How to Become an M.D.,” and “When Doctors Disagree, Who Shall Decide?” The hall will be thoroughly cleaned. Nothing will be performed to offend the most fastidious. Let them have a crowded house.


            The Prairie Farmer. – We have read this valuable agricultural journal with much interest the present year. It is the best paper for western farmers and fruit growers. There are hundreds of farmers in this county who ought to take it. The price is two dollars a year, making it the cheapest paper of its class in the United States. Address Emery & Co. Chicago.


            → We are indebted to Samuel Knight, Esq., for a sack of white pairmain apples. – There are other apples probably as good as the pearmain, but none better.


            → There is an unusual number of stray horses advertised about this time. What is the matter, that so few are found?


            Married. – At the home of Ben. Mourning, Tennessee township, on the 6th inst., by Rev. W. R. Welch, Mr. John Gesler of Macomb and Miss Julia A. Mourning.

This is the neatest and happiest way of taking the mourning off a woman that we have heard of in a long while.


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