March 25, 1865

Macomb Eagle

→ Mr. Lincoln’s great Chicago conspiracy case is turning out worse and worse. Judge Drummond, of the U. S. Circuit Court, and a good republican too, testified before the Commission last week that he was well acquainted with B. S. Morris and Charles Welsh, the chief alleged conspirators, and believed them as loyal as himself. Lincoln should therefore either discharge Morris and Walsh or arrest Judge Drummond. The fact is the whole affair has turned out to be a miserable electioneering scheme. Oh, Abraham!

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The Inaugural Humiliation.

            Andrew Johnson, the Vice President elect, presented himself drunk at the great inaugural ceremony, in the presence of the assembled executive and judicial departments of the Government, the Representatives of the people, the Senate over which he is to preside, a large concourse of citizens from all parts of the country, and of the foreign diplomats and visitors. Before that imposing concourse he bellowed for half an hour the idiotic babble of a mind besotted by a fortnight’s debauch. He boasted himself as a specimen of the working of American institutions, which brought such a man as he to the second place in the Government. He dragged its proudest ceremony in the slough of his degradation, and turned it to shame and mortification.

This cannot be covered up as a private infirmity. It was exhibited before the world. We have to discuss it as a public calamity, and as a national insult and disgrace which demands relief. – Cincinnati Gazette, [Republican.]

We join he Gazette in condemning the Vice President for the unseemly state in which he presented himself at the inauguration. We were an eyewitness to the drunken exhibition, and shared the shame and mortification felt by all present, that one so highly hon- [fold in page] threshold of his official duties, prove so unworthy and unfit to discharge them. – Chicago Journal, [Republican.]

That Andrew Johnson, Vice President of the United States, was drunk, when inaugurated, and outraged, in a frightful manner, all the proprieties of the occasion, is a notorious fact. – Cincinnati Commercial [Republican.]

Surely it cannot be doubted that the Vice President was drunk, after this array of testimony of his own political friends against him. What can we expect of a party that elects such notorious apostates to morals and principles to the high offices of the nation as Vice President Johnson, and Senators Yates, Chandler and Lane, saying nothing nothing about Long John Wentworth and the smaller fry who steep themselves in whisky. Verily, this modern party contains all the “christianity,” “decency,” and “morality,” of the country.

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THE SPIRITS IN PRISON

Mysterious Jail Manifestations In Princeton, Illinois.

From the Princeton (Ill.) Republican.

Last week we gave an account of some wonderful manifestations in the Bureau county jail, and promised an early expose of the modus operandi by which they were produced. The shaking of the jail, which was a very powerful “manifestation,” was done by means of a very small amount of force applied to one of the plates of boiler iron with which the floors of the cells are lined. The plate to which the force is applied is slightly sprung, and a small amount of force will move it, and by taking advantage of some vibrations it can be moved a little more each time until the noise and jarring becomes very heavy. The cells most distant from the one where the operator performs his “spirit orders” shake and rattle the most. It is [?] wonderful that a man with one foot can move all the cells in the huge building, as well as make all the windows rattle and the grates jump upon the kitchen stove. And he will do this right while he is being watched, and while his hands are being held, without any perceptible effort. The moving of the sticks about the cells was done by means of fine threads which are invisible at a short distance, leading to other cells. The rappings were caused by means of threads attached to a ring.

These manifestations were truly wonderful and for two or three week baffled all attempts on the part of Sheriff Loverin and Deputy Nash to discover how they were produced. – Had they, like the Spiritualists, preferred to attribute the mystery to superhuman agency, instead of determining to look for a rational human cause, they might have been instrumental in helping to get up an excitement that would have startled the “spirit world,” and made the Bureau county jail the Mecca to which the deluded Spiritualists of the whole country would have flocked for obtaining revelations from the Almighty!

Some of the Spiritualists may feel inclined to censure the Sheriff for having allowed them to witness their mysteries and to make fools of themselves about them; but we can see nothing censurable in his conduct. He told them that they were at liberty to investigate them, and if they attributed them to superhuman agency and got “sold out,” it was not his fault. We believe that the course he took will do more towards shaking the faith of the Spiritualists in this delusion of pretended revelations from the spirit world than anything that has ever been done in this community.

The boys who performed the wonders certainly played a sharp game, and have had a splendid opportunity to laugh at the credulity of many deluded victims.

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            → Lieutenants, Hovey and Morse have been exchanged and are now at home. Neither of them look as though they had been starved to death.

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            Great Oil Excitement. – Some fortunate individual has struck oil a short distance from Aledo, in Mercer county, which has caused great excitement, and almost every man in that county has “oil on the brain.” Colossal fortunes are looming up before the visions of the property owners, and they expect to coin money like dirt.

Notwithstanding the oil excitement, Mr. S. J. Hopper, at the New York clothing store, has filled his shelves with the largest and finest stock of spring and summer clothing, even before offered to the public, suitable for plain old gentlemen, starchy old bachelors, and nice, fashionable young men, and warranted to fit just as neat and trim as though you had been melted and poured into them. He sells just as cheap as any man, and to prove it he invites all to come and see.

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            → The editor of the Journal, has come out right square in favor of the right of secession. He urges the board of supervisors to nullify the acts of the Legislature. We direct the attention of the provost marshall to this blatant traitor.

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Teachers’ Examination.

            I shall hold examinations as follows:

Macomb, 3d ward school house, March 27th.
Bushnell, March 30th.
Tennessee, April 1st.
Industry, April 6th.
Blandinville, April 8th.

Exercise will commence each day at 10 o’clock A. M. Applicatns for certificates will please take notice.

John Barge,
County Superintendent.

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            New Spring Goods. – Wm. Wetherhold on the east side, has returned with the handsomest assortment of fresh spring goods he has yet offered to the public. The ladies, in particular, will be pleased with his selections, for they embrace all the late styles of dress goods, and of the most beautiful and fashionable patterns. As to prices, he is determined not to be undersold in the city, and his stock will always be kept full and complete. His old customers, and all others looking for cheap and fashionable goods, are invited to call and give him a trial.

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            → A disease called the spotted fever has been raging here for sometime past. The latest cases, we believe, are those of Mr. Wadham’s daughter, and Mr. John Herron’s two children, all of which have died.

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            Monster Spring Arrival. – I. August is always up to time in the clothing trade, and never calculates on being undersold. He is now receiving a monster stock of spring and summer clothing, among which will be found all the late styles and fashions. It would be useless to undertake to minutely describe his stock. Suffice it to say, it embraces the most fashionable patterns to be found in the city. He warrants a bargain to every one who favors him with their patronage. In looking for cheap goods, go to the clothing store of I. August.

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            → The citizens of Bushnell, we are informed, intend to devote the $50,000 raised to keep their seats out of mud.

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            → Chambers & Randolph have just received a large invoice of spring & summer goods, which they are offering at panic prices. They will sell you cheaper and better goods than any other house in this place.

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            → Rain and mud has been the order of the day for the last two weeks, but notwithstanding S. J. Clarke & Co., are in receipt of the largest stock of Wall and Window Paper ever brought to this city, which they are determined to sell at the ruling market price, let it be high or low, and they cannot and will not be under sold by any one. Give them a call.

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            → Wm. Green, a soldier from this county, is at home on a short furlough.

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            → We will endeavor, next week, to state why we oppose the measure [the Bounty Tax]. – Journal.

We think that it will only be an “endeavor.”

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            → Lieut. Joe. Waters has “bored” Mr. Rollins with a long letter of slang about the bounty tax, and Mr. R. not wishing to be the only sufferer has had it published in the Journal. Well Joe, you should not be so hard next time for we all feel “awful” bad about it.

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            → Capt. Higgins of the 84th Regiment has resigned and is now at home. He contemplates locating in this place again.

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            Correction. – In the notice of Mrs. Mathewson’s school last week, we said it would commence on the 1st Monday in May, it should have been the 1st Monday in April. Those interested will govern themselves accordingly.

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            → Some of our readers having inquired of us about the genuineness of Old Abe’s inaugural address; we desire to set the matter at rest, by stating that the copy we published two weeks ago, was the inaugural. It is probably a burlesque on such addresses generally, but was not so intended by its author. It is simply Old Abe’s “Last Joke,” at the expense of the American people.

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            Circuit Court. – This court commenced on Monday last. Judging from the admirable manner in which Judge Higbee dispatches business, he will get through with the docket this week. There are on the docket 117 chancery cases, 104 common law cases, and 44 criminal cases. A change of Venue was allowed in the case of Joseph Adams, to Hancock county, and the witnesses recognized o appear there at the next term of the court. – Owen Manion has not been rearrested nor any of his companions who broke jail.

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            → We are informed that the editor of the Journal intends to take a sober “thought.” If he should there will be a panic in the whisky traffic.

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            → A “reliable gentleman,” informs us that the citizens of Bushnell intend to fence off a portion of their town for a duck and goose pond. If that should be so we are afraid that the editor of the Press would be the first goose put in it.

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