March 18, 1865

Macomb Eagle

Arbitrary Arrests.

            The discussion of the new conscription law has given the opponents of the arbitrary arrests, in the Senate, an opportunity to speak their minds, and they have done so – democrats and republicans, conservatives and radicals have denounced that despotism which deprives a citizen of the great bulwark of constitutional liberty – trial by jury. Said Senator Hale:

“If trial by jury is overthrown in this country, take the rest. I would not lift my hand, nor open my mouth nor council one of my constituents to shed a drop of blood or pay a dollar of treasure if the constitution is to be preserved emasculated of this great safeguard of liberty. In these times when so much is demanded and so much at stake, with a generous confidence I would give the Administration almost everything they want. I would and I have consented, that the habeas corpus may be suspended, and these extraordinary tribunals may be erected and instituted for the trial of everybody that voluntarily comes forward and connects himself with the public service. But, sir, I you are going to throw a drag net over the land, if you are going to bring in this whole people and subject them to the penalties that may be inflicted by military tribunals, then the last step in the humiliation and the degradation of the country is taken, and we shall be lest fit instruments for any despotism that the bold and lawless may see proper to establish over us.”

We believe that there are but few of the “loyal” in this section of the country who will endorse the words of Senator Hale. Military tribunals, military court martials, “military necessity,” military arrests, are just what suits these very “loyal” gentlemen, provided those who are made to suffer are Democrats.


The Law Authorizing the Indexing Circuit Court Records.

            Sec. 1 Be it enacted, By the people of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, that it shall be the duty of the Clerk of the Circuit Courts, (and County Courts having Common Law Jurisdiction,) of the several Counties in this State, to provide two well bound books, to be denominated, “Plaintiff’s Index to Court Records,” and “Defendant’s Index to Court Records” to be ruled and printed, substantially in the following manner:

[Here follows a tabular form showing the manner in which the books shall be kept, which we omit. – Ed. Eagle.]

In which said book all the cases which shall have been determined in said Court, within seven years next proceeding the passage of said Act, and all cases now pending and which shall hereafter be commenced; shall be entered; said book shall set forth the names of the parties, kind of action, term commenced, record books, and pages on which said cases are recorded the term disposed of, date of judgment, books and pages of the judgment docket, fee book, certificates of levy, sale and redemption, records on which they are entered satisfied or not satisfied and No. of case. The defendant’s Index shall be ruled and printed the same manner as the plaintiff’s, except the parties shall be reversed and the Clerks shall receive a fee of ten cents, (10c.) for each entry, as provided for in this act, to be paid by the parties in the suit, except for the cases now disposed of, which shall be paid by the Board of Supervisor or county Courts of the several counties in this state, and they are hereby authorized and required to make appropriation for that purpose.

Sec. 2. Any failure on the part of the Clerks of the several counties in this state to procure said books, within four months from and after the passage of this act, and keep them up, shall be considered in contempt of court and punished by a fine of fifty dollars, ($50 00.)

Sec 3. The Board of Supervisors and county courts of the several counties in this state, are required to pay for said books in the same manner as for other books, and they shall be public record of the several counties.

Sec. 4. This act shall be deemed a public act, and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, Feb. 16th, 1865.

The above is a general law but a local bill was passed at the same time applicable to McDonough County which is similar to the general law with the exception that it requires but one book to be kept instead of two and allows the clerk a fee of only ten cents for each case indexed whereas the general law allows a fee of ten cents for each entry made.

The Circuit Clerk of this county, as we understand, proposes to work under the private law, unless it is repealed by the general law. The private law will be published as soon as received.


The Registry Law.

            In the Herald this morning will be found a certified copy of the Registry law passed at the late session of our State Legislature. It is very important to every citizen of the State that he should at least try to make himself familiar with the provisions of this law. It is long – there is a great deal more of it than there need have been. It takes up more than two columns of our paper – it might have been said in a half column. The whole law is wrong, from beginning to end. No law of the kind ought ever to be passed. It was gotten up by designing men, who will, if permitted to go on and have their own way, entirely and effectually subvert the liberties of the people. Such laws are designed to be obstructions in the way of honest, poor men on their road to the polls. If a law were passed requiring the Mississippi river to be obstructed by sand bars and snags, in order to prevent all the craft that have the right to navigate it from making their way up or down the river, it would not be more unjust or unprincipled. A legislature has the same right precisely to obstruct the navigation of a river that it has to obstruct the road of the honest, poor and patriotic masses to the polls. In the law which we print this morning, there are many, very many objectionable, obnoxious and disgraceful provisions. We would cheerfully point them out to our readers, but it would do no good. It is a law of the land, and will have to be obeyed. It cannot be repealed until the people send a Democratic majority to the legislature. The party that is in favor of maintaining, sustaining and perpetuating the principles as well as the forms of self-government – the good old national Democratic party – must first be restored to power, before the true principles of republican, government can be restored to the people. In justification and support of this odious law, it will be said, we know, that its object is to prevent those from voting who are not entitled to vote under the constitution of the State. This pretense is a pitiful subterfuge and humbug. It is a notorious fact that there has always been more illegal voting, greater frauds upon the ballot box in the States that have had such laws than in those that have not had them. It would be much more appropriate and truthful to say that the object of this law was to encourage illegal voting – for such has always been the operation and effect of such laws. We print this law not because we approve of it, but because it is now a law of the State, and must therefore be respected and obeyed. – No one should fail to read it. Every voter is interested in it. Let its provisions be made as familiar as possible to the people, and then let them respect and obey them, until such time as the Democracy shall have power to wipe out the whole thing. – Quincy Herald.


Vawter’s Nursery.

            I have a choice variety of

3 and 4 Year old Apple Trees,

for sale this spring. A fine lot of

Cherry and Dwarf Pears,

                             Evergreens,                             Currants, red and white;

Gooseberries,                Raspberries.

A large lost of Grape Vines, such as Delaware, Concord, Hartford, Prolific, Isabell, Clinton, Catawba, Union Village, Diana, and Oporto.

All trees and vines warranted in good order, and from 50 to 100 per cent cheaper than eastern prices. Call and examine my stock and prices before you buy. Nursery first block northeast of Clisby & Trull’s Mill. Residence 4 blocks north of the square.

Terms Cash.                                                                                        A. T. VAWTER.


Farms for Sale.

       The subscriber offers the following FARMS in McDonough County, for sale:

160 acres, three miles west of Table Grove on the Table Grove and Macomb road. There is on said farm two Houses, two Wells, Barn, Sheds, good Fences, and a small Orchard, with 40 acres of Timber Land 5 miles from the farm. Price $5,000.

625 acres 2 1-2 miles west of the town of Vermont, on the Vermont and Doddsville road. – There is about 130 acres in cultivation; with two Houses, two Stables, Well Yards, &c. There is on said farm one of the best Coal Banks in the country, and a never-failing Spring of Water; also a creek running through the whole length of said land. Said tract of land can be made one of the best stock farms in the country, Price $6,000.

160 acres 2 ½ miles northwest of the town of Bushnell. There is on said farm two good Houses, two Wells, Stables, Sheds, Corncrib, Orchard, &c. There was raised on said farm the last year $4,000 worth of grain. Price $6,500.

The above lands are all in good neighborhoods and convenient to Schools. Titles all perfect.

I also have for sale 200 acres of Timber Land lying along Spoon river, east of the town of Marietta, in Fulton county, held by tax titles, which I will sell at Two Dollars per acre. Time will be given on a part of the payments, if wished.




            Whereas my wife Rachel Ann Haines, having left my bed and board without just cause or provocation. All persons are hereby warned not to trust her on my account, as I will not be responsible for any debts of her contracting.




            A house containing four rooms; situated on West Johnson street, in the city of Macomb, with three quarters of an acre of ground, with smoke, coal and wood house – good well of water – stable, hen house and cow shed, &c., Apple trees, Peach trees and small fruits, &c.



            Chalmers. – The Democrats of Chalmers township will hold a convention for the purpose of nominating township officers, at Dunsworth’s school house on Saturday, March 18th, 1865.

The committee appointed to fill the quota of said township, will be at the meeting and make a report of their doings.


            → Keep it before the people that at the annual town election the voters are called upon to vote for or against the County Bounty to volunteers or drafted men.


            → Strader & Co. have just received a large invoice of Boots, Shoes, Hats & Caps, which he is selling cheaper than any other house in town.


            → Our friend John B. Purdy has sold his farm and intends to remove to Washington Territory. We are sorry to part with John, but wish him success in his new home.


            → The railroad bridge over Crooked Creek gave way on Wednesday night, just after the train going East passed over it. – This will necessarily delay the transportation of passengers and Freight for a while.


            → If you want the best of lumber go to H. R. Bartleston, south side of the square. – He has on hand and for sale cheap, the largest assortment of lumber, lath, shingles, lime, hair, etc., that has ever been brought to this market.


            → Thomas Johnson has left this week for the “Old Country.” Tom thinks he has got about as much liberty and freedom “in his” as he wanted.


            → Dr. Ritchey, at Frank Kyle’s old stand, has just received a fresh lot of drugs, medicines, oils & C., which he offers low for cash. Call and examine his stock.


            School. – Mrs. Matthewson will commence a school for three months in the 4th ward school house, on the first Monday in May.

Terms, for spelling, reading and writing, $3.00, higher branches $3.50. Mrs. M., as assistant to Mr. Kendrick, gave universal satisfaction.


            → The quota of McDonough County lacks but 49 of being filled. Lamoine township is farthest behind having put in but two men. We hope she will follow the example of other townships and relieve McDonough entirely of the draft.


            New Goods. – A. J. Davis, of the Cheap Cash store, has been East among the cotton speculators during the recent panic. He has bought a large stock of spring and summer goods at a large decline on former prices, and of course will sell them low. The well known reputation of Mr. D. continues to increase his enormous business. May he ever prosper.


            → Just received, and, for sale at a very small margin, a fair assortment of rag and fancy carpet, carpet chain, cotton and stocking yarns. Remember the place, at the old stand north side of the square.

John Venable.


            → I have for sale those “tiptop” star and check Cassimers. Call and examine our stock whether you are ready to shell out the greenbacks or not.

John Venable.


            A New Provost Marshal. – We understand that Mr. Richard Lawrence is appointed deputy provost marshal for this county and as we understand will proceed to correct the enrollment list, and see that justice is done to the county, in case of another draft. We hope Mr. L. will appoint enrolling officers endowed to some extent with integrity, energy, and common sense, which cannot be said of a majority of those heretofore appointed as the enrollment of Emmet township amply proves.

A correct enrollment would have saved to this county 150 men under the present call, which had to be furnished at an average of $450 to the man. Making in the aggregate $67,500 which the county has been defrauded out of by a set of blockheads. This sum alone would have built the Court house or if applied on the just quota of the county would have paid the bounty indebtedness.

The men who perpetrated this egregious stupid and criminal blunder are as irresponsible as they are culpible. They understand the rules of poker better than the rules of war or common sense and to indulge their natural propensities would sacrifice the best interests and the material wealth of the county. Sixty-seven thousand five hundred dollars is much easier squandered than made.

Mr. Lawrence has the reputation of being courteous and affible and in the prosecution of business industrious and energetic, and we have no doubt will personally superintend the correction of the enrollment lists, and perfect them in such a way as to relieve McDonough of excessive quotas in the future.

We hope that in future every man will be personally consulted as to his age and in cases of doubt that his Bible will be referred to. Let no man presume to know how old or how young his neighbor is nor send him into the service for an inadvertant joke dropped in the harvest field. Let here say evidence be done away with.


Sisters of Benevolence.

            The following is a statement of the amount of receips and expenditures:

Whole amount received from contributions and Fair,                          $1,189 85

Which was distributed as follows”

To the relief of 37 families, most of them soldiers’ families                      761 31

Donation to Christian Commission                                                               200 00

“           Soldiers Aid Macomb                                                                    100 00

Expenses of Fair                                                                                                  127 54

Total                                                                                                                 $1,189 85




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