March 11, 1865

Macomb Eagle

Court House.

            Will the Board of Supervisors at their next meeting take the necessary steps to build a court house? The board are now authorized by law to issue bonds of the county for that purpose; but we apprehend that unless the city council of Macomb contributed their just proportion of the expense, will be indefinitely postponed as heretofore. Every one sees the necessity of a new court house. All appear to be anxious to have some action taken in the matter; but as we have said before the conflicting interest of Macomb, and the rest of the county must be harmonized before any thing definite will be decided on.

We think we are justified in asserting that the disagreement heretofore between the board of Supervisors and the city council, is the result of misunderstandings. There is really no conflict of interest, and the council, we think are now willing to contribute liberally for the building of a court house, provided they can have a voice as to its size, cost, model of architecture and location.

The present old building warns us against adopting the plans of unexperienced architects. A public building of any kind, and more especially a court house should be constructed in a manner that will reflect credit on the city and county. The city council as we apprehend, appreciate this fact, and hence have heretofore evinced as unwillingness to act in the matter until the board definitely adopts a plan.

But if a proper test is offered, and the city council still refuse to do any thing, then individual citizens will take hold of the matter, and raise by individual voluntary subscription, an amount more than equal to the just proportion of Macomb.

Macomb is not entirely devoid of enterprise, and if it should become necessary, will march on over to the defunct carcass of the city council, and secure the court house in spite of wise, economical and selfish city functionaries, or the visionary whims of adjoining towns. A court house can, must and will be built, and will we apprehend, [fold] be a feather in the caps of the builder. Let those in authority, remember this fact, and let those in the city council, who would retard this action, remember that abloquy will inevitably fall upon them.


            Sherman, it is believed, has succeeded in placing himself between Johnston’s forces and Wilmington. There was a report that his main army had reached that point, but it proves to be untrue, as also does the report that Schofield moved out of Wilmington a distance of about ten miles, meeting with considerable resistance on the route. When leaving Columbia, a rebel paper states, one federal corps proceeded towards Camded and Florence, another towards Winnesboro, while Sherman himself, with two corps took the direct road to Charlotte. – Deserters say that Florence has been evacuated by the rebels, and occupied by federal cavalry.

It is reported that Sheridan has defeated Early, and scattered his army; but the story lacks confirmation. The rumor of Early’s capture is discredited.

The rebels are strengthening the fortifications of Mobile, and the garrison was lately reinforced by 12,000 men.


            Arrested for a Triple Murder. – On Monday of last week, two officers from Quincy came to Carthage and arrested a man by the name of Sympson, in the employ of Mr. Filson, the jail contractor. Sympson, it is alleged, murdered an old man, a young girl, and a child somewhere in Missouri, some months ago, all members of one family; his object being to secure a large amount of money about the house. It is said Sympson confessed his guilt to the officers who took him in charge. We have been unable to gain any further particulars. – Carthage Republican.


Lincoln’s Inaugural Address.

Washington, March 4.

            The following is the president’s inaugural address:

Fellow Countrymen – At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office, there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed very fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably encouraging to all.

With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured. On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it; all sought to avoid it, while the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war – seeking to dissolve the union and divide the effects by negotiation.

Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came. One eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate and extend this interest, was the object for which the insurgents would rend the union by war, while the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it.

Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or duration which is has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read from the same bible and prayed to the same God, and each invokes his aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces. But let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both should not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.

“Woe unto the world, because of offences, for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh.” If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of the offences, that in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, that He gives to both north and south this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, – shall we discern that there is any departure from those Divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away; yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said that the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether; with malice toward none, with charity to all.

With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, and care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widows and orphans, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.



Barber and Hair-Dresser,

North west corner of the Square,


Work done in the best style and at lowest rates.


Opened at 7 A. M.
Close at 8 P. M.
On Sunday from 9 to 10 A. M.


Photograph Albums.

            S. J. Clarke & Co. have the largest and best lot of Photograph Albums to be found any where in the city, and they are selling them at less than Chicago prices, as has been tested to the sorrow of some of our citizens who purchased in Chicago. Go and purchase one. Messrs. Clarke & Co. are also in receipt of all the latest and best publications of the day.


            → The Dramatic Association will give their last entertainment at Campbell’s Hall on Saturday evening, when the most attractive bill of the season will be presented. – The entertainments heretofore have given general satisfaction, and we think we can promise our readers a rare treat. The whole of the proceeds will be given to procure suitable furniture for the Good Templars Hal in this city. Let them have a crowded house.


            → We notice by bills posted about the city, that Weston & Pendergrast’s Metropolitan Serenaders give one of their grand entertainments at Campbell’s Hall on this (Friday) evening. Let all lovers of fun attend. Admission 50 cents. Children half price.


            ‒ We are pleased to see our friend W. H. Neece again on the streets.

‒ Dr. J. Montgomery has recovered from his sickness, and is again ready to wait upon those who need his services.

‒ Dr. Hammond, we regret to learn, is confined to his bed by sickness.

‒ We are glad to learn that Benjamin Vail has recovered from his affliction.

‒ The young men of this place had considerable sport last Saturday night, sniping.

‒ W. S. Bailey has returned from the east, and will be followed in a few days by a large stock of spring and summer goods.

‒ George W. Bailey has just received a large and complete stock of spring and summer goods. He has the latest styles, and sells as cheap as the cheapest. Give him a call.

‒ We understand that the citizens of Bushnell, have raised a subscription of about $50,000 to have the town fenced in, and white-washed. Success to the enterprise.

‒ Our fried Joseph Durr has quit the shoe making business, and opened a leather store.

‒ We notice that the building formerly occupied by J. P. Updegraff & Co., is being fitted up by Alexander & Co., for a dry goods store.

‒ The wood house of Mr. N. P. Tinsley was burnt up on Tuesday last.

‒ L. Stocker has just received the finest stock of clocks and jewelry ever brought to Macomb, and which the public are invited to examine. He also repairs clocks, watches, jewelry, &c., on the shortest notice, and warrants all work. He has clocks for sale that he will warrant from one to five years.

‒ C. M. Ray has just received a large stock of boots and shoes, hats and caps, for the spring trade, which he is selling at reduced figures.

‒ Luther Johnson gives notice that he has gone east after new goods. Mr. J. is one of our most successful merchants.

‒ If you want a dish of good oysters go to the saloon of John Jacobs, south of Wolff’s meat shop.

‒ If you want to build a house this summer go to H. R. Bartleson’s lumber yard, and he will furnish you the best article, and as cheap as the cheapest.


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