No Peace Yet.
We are not of those who believe the failure to enter upon negotiation for peace, postpones the day when such negotiation will take place. Such a conference was necessary. It was required in order to dispel forever the delusion prevalent at the South that the United States would negotiate for peace upon the basis of the independence of the Confederacy. The emphatic refusal to consider or discuss that point has been officially announced to the people of the South, and they now know that there is no party at the North favorable to any peace which involves separation. The simple issue of war, desolating war, and military rule on the one hand, or peace and the Union on the other, should be presented.
The advance of General Sherman with an army equal to any obstacle that may be presented, will have a salutary influence upon the consideration by the southern people of this issue. The rebel army under Lee is bound hand and foot to Richmond; the forces under Wheeler and Beauregard will be wholly unable to even check Sherman’s progress. His march will be one of desolation to the land which is arrayed against the flag, and if burning crops and storehouses are preferred to peace and Union, then those who prefer them will have them to their heart’s content.
Quota of McDonough County.
The following is the quota of the several Townships of this county under the last call, most of which, we understand has now been filled, and consequently relieves them from the draft.
Eldorado . . . 31
Industry . . . 20
Bethel . . . 30
Lamoin . . . 29
Tennessee . . . 3
Chalmers . . . 25
Scotland . . . 27
New Salem . . . 36
Mound . . . 36
Emmett . . . 25
Hire . . . . 33
Blandinville . . . 22
Sciota . . . . 20
Walnut Grove . . . 34
Prairie City . . . 62
Total . . . 443
Macomb credit . . 14
Macomb City, 1st Ward credit. 5
“ “ , 2nd “ “ . 2
“ “ , 3rd “ “ . 4
‒ We have rumors that Branchville has been occupied by Sherman’s forces; that preparations are being made for the evacuation of Richmond; and that Charleston, Wilmington, and Mobile are being, or are to be evacuated.
→ The draft is postponed until the 8th of March. We trust that before that time the quota of McDonough county will be filled by volunteering. Most of the townships have already secured volunteers enough to exempt their townships from the draft, and the others are working with a determination that argues well for their success.
Rev. James M. Chase died at his residence a few miles from this place on the 10th inst., Mr. Chase is well known as one of the early settlers of this county, and has contributed perhaps as much as any other man to its growth and prosperity. His natural abilities were more than ordinary, to which was added a liberal education, a refined taste, and a high sense of moral rectitude. These qualities eminently fitted him for his position, as teacher and minister. Being a practical teacher himself, he labored successfully to improve the condition of our common schools, and subsequently attempted to establish the Macomb College, of which he became President, and in that capacity contributed materially to the advancement of education in our city. If he failed to accomplish as much as he desired, it was for want of co-operation. Of later years he has been more retired, devoting a portion of his time to the ministry. He died beloved, honored and respected by all who knew him, and has gone to that better land from whence none return. “Blessed are the dead who die in Lord.”
Thomas T. Smithers is no more. On Saturday last, he paid the last debt of man and his spirit took its flight to the regions of the blessed. He was among the oldest settlers of this county, having removed to this county at an early day from Kentucky. He was respected and beloved by all who knew him. His remains were followed to the cemetery by a large concourse of friends, and buried with solemn and impressive ceremonies of the Masonic Order, of which he was an honored and respected member.
→ A bill has passed the Legislature empowering the city council of Macomb to levy a bounty tax of three hundred dollars for each drafted man and volunteers. The above is in lieu of the proposed bill to abolish that clause of the city charter, exempting the city from general taxation for county purposes. It is a matter now with the board whether they will levy the tax or not.
In accordance with the request of a few disconcerted souls of this county, Mr. Strain introduced a bill to repeal the law authorizing the board of Supervisors of McDonough county to levy a bounty tax, which passed the Senate, but failed in the House.
A bill has also passed requiring an index to circuit court records of McDonough county, to be kept and requiring the Clerk of said court to keep abstracts of land in said county. Also a bill increasing fees of Circuit and county Clerks.
→ There has never been a time when Macomb gave better promise of a brisk business season than this spring. Our old business men are up to their eyes in work every day, and several new additions have lately been made, there’s room enough for all, and as many more. Business makes business.
→ H. R. Bartleson has just received a very large and well selected lot of lumber, consisting in part of lathes, shingles, weather boarding, fencing &c. All in need of such will find it to their interests to give him a call; as he sells lower than the lowest.
→ J. P. Updegraff & Co., have removed their store to the building formerly occupied by Watkins & Co., under the Randolph House, where they will be pleased to see all their old friends.
→ We understand that Dr. Stewart has sold out his interest in the drug store on the south side of the square to Dr. McDavit, who will continue the business at the old stand.
→ Mr. S. J. Hopper is fitting up the store on the north side of the square, formerly occupied by Mr. Bissell as a hardware store, for the purpose of going into the clothing business. Success to him.
→ Watkins & Co. have removed to their new building on the southeast corner of the square.
→ Quite a number of young men have recently left the city and county for the war. We shall endeavor by next week to secure a list of their names for publication.
Died at Nashville, Jan. 20th 1865, of accidental gunshot wound, Frank Gadd, Co. A, 84 Reg’t Ill. Vol’s., aged 20 years.
At the county poor farm, Margaret Bingham of consumption, about 23 years of age.