December 17, 1864

Macomb Eagle

The President’s Message.

            Mr. Lincoln’s message, says the Day Book, is a very tame document and does not require much attention at our hands. It is noticeable that he commences it by referring, first of all, to the mongrel and nigger nations south of us. “A fellow feeling,” &c., suggests itself at once. It is agreeable to know that we are not at war with Costa Rica, Hayti, and the “greasers: of South America, generally. Mr. Lincoln also generously proposes to donate a gunboat to Liberia in order to keep the native Africans from eating up the freed negroes he has sent there. This gives us an encouraging idea of the progress of African civilization. Mr. Lincoln, however, has not a word to say about our relations with France and England. As those countries are populated by white people, it is probably they are considered of no account.

Mr. Lincoln’s figures about the increase of population despite the killed in the war, and the advance in wealth, though millions are wasted, are cheerful reading. Especially is the proposal to exempt certain government creditors from the duty of paying their debts a happy idea. It at once elevates shoddy into a permanent aristocracy. As for the morality of the thing, it is of course sanctified by being done by the party that contains “all the religion and all the virtue” of the land. As for the war, it is, of course, like Dickens’ stories, “to be continued,” and on the same “plan” as heretofore. If the rebels will submit, why, of course, it will end, but if they do not, Mr. Lincoln goes on “moulding society for durability in the Union.” He He says Maryland is an example of the “complete success” of this “moulding.” We know very well then, what “moulding” means in the Lincoln vocabulary. Taken as a whole, the message is a weak and spiritless document, utterly without breadth of views and minus any claims to statesmanship. It reads like a lazy man without ideas trying to talk when he had nothing to say.

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            → Monticello, the former residence of Thomas Jefferson, in Albermarle county, Virginia, was sold at Richmond on Thursday the 17th ult., under the sequestration act, for eighty-five hundred dollars; Ben F. Ficklin, purchaser. The estate belonged to Capt. U. P. Devy, U. S. N.

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The Soothsayer Again.

            Seward next to Brigham Young, is without doubt, the most unfortunate prophet in existence. Still he is the great abolition prophet, by whose sacred enunciations, all the followers of abolitionism are ever ready to swear. This great charcoal and irrepressible seer, in his Auburn speech, used the following language to his auditors:

“You have already abundant evidences of the exhaustion of the rebels, but not yet evidence of their consciousness of that exhaustion. Those evidences will appear immediately on the announcement of the re-election of Abraham Lincoln.”

Will not some of the administration papers be good enough to point out the evidences of rebel exhaustion and willingness to give up the fight since Mr. Lincoln’s re-election?

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→ A good many wealthy southern planters are removing to Brazil and settling there. They go there in order to hold their slaves in peace. They won’t have peace long. As soon as the abolitionists ruin North America they will be after South America.

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            → The editor has been prevented, by sickness, from paying any attention to The Eagle this week. He hopes to be all right in a few days.

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            → Preston B. Randolph, who was committed to jail, some time since, gave bail on Saturday last, and was again given his liberty.

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            → A brakeman on the Chicago and Quincy railroad, named Johnson, fell between the cars, at this place, and lost his life.

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            Fire. – On Thursday morning, December 8th, the dwelling house of Mr. Nicholas Combs, 2 ½ miles north of Bardolph, was entirely consumed by fire, together with all of their beds, clothing, and in fact everything in the house. The fire originated from the stove pipe. We learn that an effort is being made to assist Mr. Combs to rebuild his house.

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The Sisters of Benevolence.

            Mr. Editor: Please give following a place in your paper:

At a regular meeting of the Sisters of Benevolence, held on Friday last, a decision being called for as to how the funds raised by our Fair be disposed of, a few were in favor of all above what might be appropriated at home, being given to the Christian Commission, while some wished all given to the Sanitary Commission, but the majority decided that it can be devided between the two. After which those opposed to the Christian Commission withdrew, and those holding office resigned. A meeting was then called for the next Tuesday evening at Mr. Campbell’s, notice being given on the previous Sabbath. According to appointment the Society met on Tuesday evening, December 13th, for the purpose of devising some means whereby we could all work together, to the end of the Fair, in peace and harmony. But the disaffected ladies not being present, we conclude they are not willing to return and work with us, unless we shall promise that all our funds, besides what is needed at home, be given to the Sanitary Commission, therefore

Resolved, That although we regret exceedingly the withdrawal of these ladies, we cannot, in justice to ourselves and others, change our vote in regard to that matter.

Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings be published in the Eagle and Journal.

            By order of the Society.

Mrs. C. Van Vleck, Sec’y.

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            → The troubles in the college school has at last been “fotched to a stand,” by the complete destruction of windows, sashes, sills, etc. The school inspectors brought suit against Dr. Westfall for the destruction of city’s property, but failing to prove that the Dr. was the man that “did the job,” he was acquitted, and the city “mulched” for the costs. It seems that the principal charge against Vannice was, on the part of some, that he was a Copperhead, and therefore not competent to teach loyal children. Any person or persons who would seriously make that a ground of complaint, are none too good to encourage boys in breaking up schools. If that was the cause of the charges against Vannice, or had anything to do with them, then we congratulate the Doctor, or those who did the work, in finally turning jack on the college school.

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            → We have had repeated requests to publish gratuitously notices for the Sisters of Benevolence, but when they have any printing to do for which they have to pay, they send it to Chicago. After this when they want any notices published in this paper they will have to pay for it, or else send them to Chicago to be published.

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            → Since Old Abe has so successfully split the Union, it has become so very fashionable that all associations split. We are informed that the latest and most heart-rending split that has occurred lately is that of the Sisters of Benevolence.

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Burnsville, Ill., Dec. 11, ’64.

Correspondence of the Eagle:

Neighborhood News. – The weather at present is very unclement – the wind began to howl fiercely about 9 o’clock a. m., and has not yet abated. Many sleighs and sleds, now running, is portentious of dreary winter. Farmers, principally all, yet have their corn to gather – this cold bluster has come so unapprisingly that we are considerably behind with our corn gathering. I believe there is nothing special or of importance to record in the annals of this neighborhood. Dr. Duncan, wife, and son have been quite sick, but I understand are getting better.

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