→ The Senate on the 10th very properly refused to pass an appropriation of six thousand dollars for ex-Governor Joseph A. Wright, of Indiana, as a reimbursement for his expenses in Europe during the early part of the war. It came out during the debate that Mr. Wright was dispatched on this agricultural mission by the President; but for once this argument, which had been so potent with republican legislators for the past four years, failed. Even Mr. Sumner declared that the President had no right to make such an appointment, and then ask Congress to appropriate money for the expenses of the appointee. Under ordinary circumstances, we might consider this a hopeful sign; but considering the wanton waste of the public money by the men now in power, we strongly suspect that if this Peter has been robbed some Paul will be well [fold].
→ Wendell Phillips made a speech in New York last week in which he took the position that “reconstruction is disaster.” The constitution was dead. The southern States must be annihilated, and a new constitution formed that is blind to color, &c – Phillips said some startling things three years ago, but to-day they are adopted as measures of the administration. He is but a few months, if any, ahead of the party in power now in the above enunciations.
→ The evidences thicken that Gen. Grant is the setting sun and Gen. Sherman the rising luminary. A proposition has already been submitted to Congress to make provision for the appointment of another Lieut. General. This is intended for Gen. Sherman. – Gen. Grant’s laurels have got cold. – He has been fighting on one line about long enough, and now it is time for another person to try.
→ The Czar of Russia writes to the Emperor Maximilian congratulating him upon his advent to the Mexican throne. France and England will probably do the same thing, and then good-bye to the “Monroe doctrine.”
What Sherman says on Slavery. – From a gentleman who has had several consultations with Gen. Sherman recently, the Augusta Constitutionalist learns he says slavery will exist in the South after the conclusion of peace, let the war terminate as it may; that Lincoln’s proclamations in reference to its abolition are simply means for the restoration of the Union; that the supreme court have not, nor will not sustain him; neither will the federal government attempt to abolish slavery, but will leave it to the States returning to the Union to settle it; and that he (Sherman) expects to own a thousand slaves in the South one of these days. He represents Sherman as being a thorough fanatic upon the subject of restoring the “glorious Union.” – Richmond Whig, Dec. 30th.
‒ The prospects of a “white mans colony,” to settle in Mexico, capital 50 shares of $100 each, dated Aug. 1, 1864, specially excluding any negro, Mongolian, or abolitionist is being circulated in San Francisco.
At a meeting held at the Bethel school house, on the 14th of January 1865, Samuel Calvin was called to the chair and Wm. Gunning appointed secretary.
A motion to appoint a committee of seven to report resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting was adopted.
The chair appointed Wm. Twaddle, Sam’l Wilson, Leonard Norton, A. H. Rush, W. J. Horrell, J. P. Clark, and J. Holliday, who reported the following:
Resolved, That J. Sullivan, Esq., chairman of the board of supervisors, be requested to convene the board at the earliest practical period, and that said board when convened be requested to appropriate such sum of money, to be paid out of the county treasury, as will, in connection with the bounty paid by the United States and the State of Illinois, procure volunteers to fill the quota for McDonough county.
SAM’L CALVIN, ch’n.
Wm. Gunning, sec.
Doing A Merchant. – It is generally supposed that our merchants are sharp enough to look after their own interests, and they are. But an exception to the rule occurred last Saturday, which we feel bound to make a note of. A countryman (in appearance at least) stopped at Strader & Co’s store and enquired for boots; he looked over the stock, but found none to suit him. He went out saying he would look elsewhere. About dark he came back, again looked over the boots, and at last pulled on a pair of custom made, which he thought he would do. Then he wanted shoes for his wife, and while looking for these would occasionally step to the door to “look after his horses.” Finally he found shoes to suit his wife, and while they were being wrapped up took one more look at the horses, thought they were “getting loose and must go fasten them.” He went, and from some cause forgot to return after the shoes or pay for the boots on his feet.
We’ll Go There Again. – Dropping into the new store of S. H. Williams, the other evening, we were agreeably surprised to find a very large stock of the best quality of goods for the winter trade. There is perhaps no other house in the county which contains so complete an assortment of dress goods, prints, domestics, and every other kind of dry goods required in the household. The price too, we are assured, is as low as any other man’s, quality and style taken in consideration. – While pleasantly admiring the tasteful display on shelves and counters, we were made the recipient of a fine hat, from the hands of Mr. Stewart, the clever salesman of the house. If this is the way Mr. W. treats “ye editor,” we hope the habit “may grow on him,” and while we intend to call frequently hereafter, we advise all our readers to do likewise.
Panorama of New York. – This highly attractive picture of the principal objects of interest in the city of New York, was exhibited in Macomb last Friday. A large number of our citizens attended the hall on both exhibitions, and were highly pleased with the painting. It is richly worth the small price of admission. We understand the panorama will be exhibited again next week.
→ Long time ago the poet sung,
“Oh, she was fair,
But sorrow came and left its traces there.”
What became of the rest of the harness has never been known. However there is one thing certain – there are not traces of sorrow on the countenances of those who eat their oysters at John Abrill’s, southwest corner of the square.
Chalmers Township. – We are requested to state that the citizens of Chalmers will hold a meeting at Dunsworth’s school house, on Saturday 21st., to take measures in regard to the impending draft. It is hoped there will be a general attendance.
This town of Lewistown is not a large place, nor yet a fast place; yet it has peculiarities of its own few other towns possess. For example, we are not much on parties, balls, theaters, concerts, festivals, &c. Other people enjoy these things. When some of our young men get to hankering after recreation from the toils of loafing, they string their revolvers to their waists and go a man hunting. Saturday night a few of our lively fellows went on a pleasure excursion of this sort, and in their rounds brought up at Owen Lally’s tavern, where a refreshing entertainment, consisting of shooting pistols and throwing bricks at its inmates, was served up. It was a pleasant re-union. “Hank” Harwick was in the upper story of the building, and went into the amusement with a vim that surprised his grey hairs. He shot six bullets at the outdoor quadrille, two of them taking effect in the clothes of as many cheerful young men. The party finally broke up, all participants in the greatest humor at its termination.
On Sunday about 2 o’clock a man named Harrison was accosted, as we hear it, by a couple of our gay young men, as he was riding across Main street, when a few words passed quietly about those heroes, Abraham and Jefferson, resulting in one of the aforesaid young men shooting two balls at Harrison, while the other young man made a carom on his back with a brickbat. Harrison very properly broke up that party by leaving.
On Monday night, as Mr. Wm. Beadles of Bernadotte was riding out west of Lewistown half-a-mile, he suddenly found himself a guest at one of these nice little parties. Two shots were fired at him from the brush – one going quiet through his coate and lodging in his saddle horn, and the other whistling a waltz past his head. Mr. B. did not have time to remain at the party, and the darkness, combined with the rapid traveling of his horse, prevented him from making the personal acquaintance of his would be entertainers. – Fulton Democrat.
‒ Gen. McClellan will leave for Europe during the first week in February. He intends to be absent for two years.