February 11, 1865

Macomb Eagle

A Few Last Words.

            With the issue of the present number my connection with The Eagle establishment ceases. I have sold the concern to Mr. J. H. Hungate, of this city.

It has been known to many of my friends that for over a year past I have desired to be released from this business. Failing health, and the advice of my physicians to seek another occupation, are the chief reasons that have caused this step.

Eight years ago this month I took charge of The Eagle. It was then just struggling into existence, and from that hour to this it has been conducted under my sole supervision. – What it has accomplished in this time needs no recounting now. That has become a part of the history of this county.

I may have committed errors. Few men do not. But I do not now call to mind any instance in which, with present light, I should have acted differently. I may have given offense to corrupt, fanatical, or hypocritical men. If so, the only apology I have to offer is, the hope that they may live the life of better men in the future.

To the many friends who have stood by me “through evil as well as good report,” I can only return my warmest acknowledgements and pray for blessings on their heads. I shall ever cherish with a fond recollection the many acts of kindness and friendship which have been extended to me by the Democrats of McDonough county. If they have not received that recompense which should have been rendered, I feel assured they will not charge the failure to a lack of will or earnest effort.

It is no small consolation, in retirement, to know that I leave The Eagle in faithful and able hands. Mr. Hungate will be found altogether worthy of the confidence of the Democrats of this county. The high standard of the paper for Democratic integrity will not be lowered, while in editorial ability it will be materially strengthened.

With my best wishes for its prosperity and warmest regards to its patrons, I bid one and all good bye!



Pass them Around!

            The amendment to the Constitution prohibiting slavery in all the States passed the lower house of Congress, by the aid of seventeen men who were elected as Democrats. Their names should be held up to eternal infamy, and we contribute our mite to that end by recording them here for public execration, to-wit:

  Bailey and Coffroth of Pennsylvania; Baldwin of Michigan; English of Connecticut; Ganson, Griswold, Herrick, Steele, Odell, Radford, Nelson, and of New York; Hutchins of Ohio; King and Rollins of Missouri; Yeaman of Kentucky; Sweat of Maine; Wheeler of Wisconsin.∗

The allurements of greenbacks and the seductions of Dinah were too much for their easy virtue. Let them go to their place.


The Bounty Voted.

            We have the satisfaction of stating that the board of supervisors promptly voted the proposed bounty to volunteers and drafted men under the present call of the President. The amount to each individual is fixed at $300, the clerk to issue orders for the same payable in one year, and bearing six per cent. interest. This is a measure of justice and right and will be endorsed by a large majority of the people of the county. The proceedings of the board will be found in this paper.


Censuring Old Abe.

            Hon. L. W. Ross, of the 9th district, offered the following resolution in the House of Representatices, on the 20th ult.:

Resolved, That the thanks of Congress and the country are due to President Lincoln for removing Major General Butler from a military command. Tabled – 97 to 48.

Those voting to lay on the table, and thus refuse to endorse the President, are all republicans. Who are “loyal” now?


Shockingly Abused.

            If there is any State in these disunited States that deserves favor and commendation it is surely the State of Illinois. She has answered every call made upon her for volunteers without delay. She has actually furnished more men for the war than called upon. Unfortunately the men who have had her interests in charge have been neglectful of their own duty and her interests. They have permitted her citizens to be gobbled up by the general government and by other States, without an endeavor to procure the proper credits. We are convinced that if the State officials had done their duty, Illinois could be proved to have done hers without a draft. Upon this subject the State Register says:

The quota of the State of Illinois under the call for 300,000 men is set down at 35,541. – This enormous aggregate is entirely incorrect. The precise figures cannot, as yet, be ascertained, but we have reason to believe that Illinois would not be called upon for a man, if justice is done her. We are pleased to learn that Gov. Oglesby and Adjutant General Haynie are now engaged in adjusting the real deficit (if any there be), and the Governor has already dispatched, or will dispatch, an agent to the war authorities at Washington, to ascertain the true condition of this important matter. It should not be that our State, which has always promptly responded to every call, should now unjustly be declared deficient.

This is, no doubt, the actual state of affairs. Illinois has furnished her full quota of men. She has been imposed upon by the “intense loyalty” of her officers and the cupidity of other States, whose agents are endeavoring to ride a willing horse to death. Let us have justice. Iowa is out of the draft. Her Governor attended to his duty. Massachusetts is out of the draft. She had men at home faithful to her interests and influence at Washington. Let Governor Oglesby see that justice is done to Illinois.



            The black laws of Illinois, which were enacted simply to enforce a provision of the Constitution prohibiting the immigration and settlement of negroes in this State, have been repealed by the Legislature. The bill of repeal passed each house by a strict party vote – every republican voting for it and every Democrat voting against it. In the house an amendment was offered Mr. Wike, submitting the question of repeal to a vote of the people of the State; it was rejected by the republicans. There is now nothing to prevent thousands of idle, dissolute, and criminal negroes, which been turned loose by the war, from filling up the state, corrupting society, and becoming additional burdens upon the people. This is the legitimate tendency of the republican party.


            → We see a bill introduced into the Legislature “for the protection of growing fruit.” We hope it will pass, and our fruit be protected from frost and worms, as well as rapacious boys.


            ‒ The first decision of Chief Justice Chase, in the supreme court of the United States, was that West Virginia is legally a State. The decision was given on the question of placing the name of that State on the list when calling the docket.


To Subscribers.

            In the sale of this office it has been arranged that Mr. Hungate will furnish The Eagle to all subscribers who have paid in advance of this time up to the full period for which they have so paid. All debts due on subscription will be paid to him.


Administrators, Executors,

and others, indebted to me for job work or advertising are notified that payment must be made without delay. My business must be settled up at once. Nelson Abbott.


            → Volunteers from this county will get well paid.

County bounty  ……………………………   $300
Government “   ……………………………      100
One year’s wages …………………………      132
Clothing       ………………………………….    150


Making a total of $742 a year and boarded. There are a dozen clerks in this town who ought to go and let that number of women have employment.


            → Another illustration of the criminallity of permitting children to play with firearms occurred in this city last Saturday. Charles and George Chapman – aged ten or twelve years, and not related, – were at the house of Mr. Franklin, with other children. George took with him a loaded revolver, and pointed it at several of the children successively, pretending or “playing shoot.” When pointing it towards Charles, the weapon was discharged, the ball striking him on the lower part of the left breast. Fortunately for the boy a few copper cents fastened with a ring, was in his pocket, and the ball striking these glanced off, leaving him uninjured, but stretched on the floor by the concussion. The coppers saved him from instant death. It is proper to say that Mr. and Mrs. Franklin were not at home, or such “playing” would not have been indulged in.


            → We have received two numbers of the Bushnell Union Press, the new loyal paper established at Bushnell, in this county. It is well printed, and presents a very fair appearance. The editor is a man of large experience, mature judgment, great intellectual ability, and fixedness of purpose. We have heretofore given him our good wishes, and we repeat them now. The only obstacle that looms up in his path to greatness and glory is “county seat on the brain.” If he survives this, all other “loyal” journals will soon pale their intellectual fires before his transcendant effulgence.


            Donation Visit. – A few of the personal friends of Rev. P. Albrecht, pastor of the Catholic church in this city, made him a donation visit on Saturday evening last, at his rooms at Brown’s Hotel. Mr. J. H. Hungate, on the part of the donors, presented rhe reverend father with a purse of $54, as a token of their regard for him as a citizen and a christian. Mr. Albrecht accepted the sum, not, as he said for his own benefit, but for the relief, as far as the sum would go, of the poor of the city. After an hour or so spent in social conversation, the company dispersed.


            Lumber! Lumber!! – It has often been a matter of conjecture with our country readers as to whether there was a lumber yard in Macomb. We at last have the gratification to announce that we have one, and a good one, too; where can be obtained lumber of all kinds of the very best. We refer to the yard of H. R. Bartleson, near the south-east corner of the square. Persons wanting lumber should not fail to give him a call.


            → We understand that quite a number of young men of this town and vicinity intend to put $300 in their pockets and don “the blue.” Before they go, however, it is the intention of our citizens to give them an oyster supper at John Abell’s saloon, on the west side of the square.


            → The Hutchinson Family will give a concert at Campbell Hall, in this city, on the 14th instant. The Hutchinsons are distinguished vocalists, and we predict for them a large and well pleased audience.



            The Ladies of the Universalist Society of this city, will hold a festival at Campbell’s Hall, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, March 1st and 2nd. No pains will be spared to make it a pleasant occasion.


Citizens Tax Meeting.

            The citizens of Macomb will hold a meeting at Campbell’s Hall, Saturday evening at 7 o’clock, to consider the propriety of repealing the law exempting them from county taxes. Let every body attend and have the subject fully and freely discussed and considered.


∗Editor’s Note: The original list of Democratic legislators was encased in a black border.  Due to the constraints of technology, I have had to copy them here in bold face.


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