April 8, 1865

Macomb Eagle

‒ The representative pugilist of the United States, John C. Heenan, always struck from the left shoulder. – The representative of the military genius of the same country has also constantly employed a movement by the left hand instead of one by the right. England “went to the grass” 27 consecutive times before Heenan’s left, and was not whipped after all; the confederacy, under Grant’s left, has “kissed the rod” almost as many times and is not yet completely conquered. These facts speak volumes, not only of the value of these, left movements, but also of the astonishing endurance of England and the confederacy.

The contemplation of Grant’s long continued and innumerable movements by the left is of great interest. It shows how a thing may be always left, and yet just as unceasingly right. It further shows the astonishing fact that the more Grant was left the further he was in advance; and the equally puzzling circumstance that there is just as much a left ahead as a left behind.

Grant’s left has become famous. It is a new term in strategy and a new equivalent in war, whose symbol is success. It is a great thing, this left. In the beginning the rebels wanted nothing but to be left alone, and Grant has left them alone “severely.” He has left them without a confederacy or capital, they have no money left, no credit left, no niggers left, nothing left, in fact, save the privilege of inscribing upon their strongholds “left for parts unknown.” – Chicago Times.

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            ‒ It is to conservative men, an extremely gratifying as well as a significant fact, that, at the present moment, when the country has success within its grasp and glory written all over its standards, not one of the names of those who have produced these results is linked either in feeling or organization with the fanatical portion of the dominant political party. Grant, Sherman, Sheridan and Thomas are the men, not one of whom is a fanatic; not one of whom fought or ever struck a blow in this war simply for the purpose of giving freedom to the negro. Butler, Hooker, Banks, Burnside, and others of the kind, had no hand in the crowning triumph of our arms. The men who fought and won the battle are soldiers, and men who fought solely against armed rebellion, and never in the interests of God and humani- [fold]

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            There seems to be a general outbreak amongst the bust haters just now. The hyena Sumner, and others of his sect, assailed the memory of Chief Justice Taney on the recent occasion of a motion in the senate to make the usual appropriation to place the bust of that eminent gentleman and jurist in the supreme court room. About the same moment a member of the Tribune press of New York, having cowardly stolen in after our brave boys had taken possession of Charleston and cleaned out the rebels, incited an ignorant negro woman to throw down and break the bust of Calhoun. – Heaven had hitherto spared this memento of a distinguished citizen. – Bombs and shot and every invention of horrid war had failed to shake it from its pedestal. The lightening had passed it unscathed; our brave soldiers had respected its memories, not a ruthless hand removed it from its niche. It was reserved for one of the attachees of that same Tribune, which desired to tear down the stars and stripes, designating our national flag “a flaunting lie,” to cause that to be done which the cowardly wretch dared not do himself. This fellow said to a negro wench he met in the building:

‘That man was your great enemy – he did all he could to keep you slaves – you ought to break his bust.’

Thus incited the negress threw down the bust of John C. Calhoun and broke it in pieces.

We shall not be surprised if some fellow of the same kidney should prompt some other negress, for similar reasons, to demolish the statue of Washington because he was a slaveholder. Hunter did like desecration to the invaluable memories of Jefferson, because he penned the Declaration of Independence, and was a southerner.

Speaking of this monstrous barbarism to the bust of Calhoun, the New York News says: “John C. Calhoun was a statesman, a philosopher and a moralist. He was emphatically all these. He was a man of thought, all learning, of genius; and the sublime purity of his life would put to shame any of his traducers. As the reptile born of a cess-pool would perish if removed to a higher and purer atmosphere, so would the Tribune correspondent pine away if forced to breathe the moral atmosphere of Calhoun!

The detested rat might gnaw the corpse of a saint; the hyena might invade the tomb of a vestal virgin; but viler than a rat, and baser than hyena, this follower of John Brown incited the poor ignorant negress to break the bust of Calhoun.” – Springfield Register.

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Migration to Illinois.

            The Paris Mercury, Missouri, states that for the last few weeks many movers from the westward have passed through that place, with a great deal of valuable stock, and complains that the wealth of Missouri is leaving daily by hundreds and thousands of dollars. The same papers says: “A perfect host of horses, cattle, jacks, mules, sheep, hogs, etc., have passed through this place within the last few days, on their way to Illinois, accompanied by many well to do families and taxpayers.”

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            Female Rebel Soldiers. – Two female rebel soldiers were recently captured in Tennessee with a squad of 14 bridge burners, and are now in the Nashville military prison. Their names are Mary A. Wright, of Crosby’s scouts, and Margaret Henry, of Jenkin’s scouts. They are said to be dashing young creatures, and one of them rejoices in the rank of captain.

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A Curious Story – Lee Reported
to have been in Gen. Grant’s
Camp Talking with President
Lincoln.

            A communication which seems to confirm the rumors of a renewal of peace negotiations on the James was received to day by Mr. William H. Maichre of this city. His son, who is connected with one of the Maine regiments located in the immediate vicinity of Lieut. Gen. Grant’s headquarters, writing on the 25th, says: ‘The president is here to-night, and Gen. Lee is here too. They are trying to settle this thing up if they can, and I rather think they will succeed. I saw Lee myself. They brought him here blindfolded. He came to our headquarters accompanied by Lieut. Gen. Grant.’ If there be no mistake about this statement, it is, of course, a most important one. What greatly discredits it, however, is the fact that on the very day mentioned – last Saturday – the severe engagements on the two wings of the Grant’s army took place. – Syracuse Journal.

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            → We direct the attention of our readers to the card of Dr. E. B. Hamill. The doctor has lately located in this place for the purpose of practicing in the various branches of Dental surgeonory and Mechanical Dentistry. The Dr. is a No. 1 operator and all those who need work done in his line, can rest around that he can do it in the most perfect manner. He warrants all work. Give him a call.

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            Accident. – We learn that while some boys were jumping on Saturday or Sunday last, in Tennessee, that a boy went to take a pistol from a playmate when it went off and shot the boy in the hand and arm. The wound is not dangerous. We did not learn the names.

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            → Mr. Johnson, whose advertisement may be seen in another column, has just received a splendid stock of new spring and summer goods, at his popular house, near the northwest corner of the public square. – We have been through all the departments of his mammoth establishment; but we have not time to enumerate the hundredth past of what we saw. It is enough to say that his stock is complete – embracing every article usually sold in this market. He is a gentlemanly and obliging dealer, and will spare no pains to please.

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            → Mr. James H. Campbell, living south of this place, in Scotland township, has lost six head of cattle within the last few weeks, said to be from mad itch. The principal part of the were milch cows.

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            → Watkins & Co., have just received the largest and best stock of groceries, queensware, etc., ever brought to this place. They have lately moved into their new store, and are now prepared to furnish the community with everything usually kept in a grocery store. They are so gentlemanly and accommodating men to deal with and you may depend upon getting the best and the cheapest.

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            To the Public. – As there will, in all probability, be a large turn out of the people of the county, on Saturday next, we would most respectfully say to them that George Bailey, on the east side, will sell PRINTS AT TWELVE AND A HALF CENTS PER YARD. This is no HUMBUG, got up in order to deceive, but if you don’t believe it, go and see for yourselves.

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            → Mr. John Purdy and family left this county last Tuesday for Washington Territory. Mr. P. has been one of our most successful farmers, and will be missed in the community.

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            → James Cash has opened a dry goods store in Colchester. Jim is a clever fellow and we would advise all in need of anything in his line to give him a call as he will sell just as cheap as any body else.

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            → Mr. George Upp sold on Wednesday last, 35 head of as fat cattle as we have seen for sometime.

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            → The Journal says that we are trying to draw him into a “nonsensical controversy.” Judging from your “phiz” we would never expect to get anything but “nonsense” out of you.

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            → W. H. Monroe imbued with that peculiar American characteristic for improvement has just refitted his Barber shop in the Brown House in a net and tasty manner. A good Barber shop is an addition to any city. After the Hotel, it is almost the first resort for gentlemen entering a strange place, to have the dust and effects of a long journey removed. If the shop is conducted by a skillful hand and with cleanliness, it assists to give him a favorable impression of the place. That Monroe is skilled in all the ways of the tonsorial art, is an admitted fact; and that he can do a job to suit the most fastidious is well proven by the frequent remarks let fall by visitors to our city. All who wish to be “shaven and shorn” after the most approved manner will do well to give him a call.

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            → The Bushnell Press has something to say about us. We would answer it, but it is so “sharp” that we can’t. We advise friend Dave not to get so sharp again for if he does he will be cut into peg wood.

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The Illumination.

            The enthusiasm displayed in this city over the fall of Richmond, has never been surpassed. Nearly every house on the square was illuminated. Among the more conspicuous of them we may mention the Randolph and Browns Hotels. Our neighbor’s office was beautifully illuminated with a loan tallow candle, which soon gave out, and like his mind, all was darkness within. Not only was his office illuminated, but his face shown as though he had been looking “on the wine when it was red.”

In the square was a large transparency representing Lincoln’s entrance into Washington in 1861, and Jeff. Davis’ exit from Richmond in 1865. The one looked so much like the “tother” that we could not tell “tother” from which.

THE SPEECHES.

            The Rev. Mr. Rhea was the first speaker introduced. He said that he could now finish reading the passage of Scripture which he commenced when he left Missouri, to wit: “The wicked flee; when no man pursueth the righteous are as bold as a lion.” He felt happy to think that in this country a man could be a secessionist in the south, and a republican in the north. He blowed away for a while until the “touch-hole” gave out, and then subsided into obscurity. The next speaker was the Rev. Mr. Westfall. He was happy to be able to state to his friends, that, although Sue Mundy was hanged for treason, yet he had beat his loyal neighbors and got to heaven first. He rejoiced to know that on this occasion there was no distinction between Orthodox and Hetrodox.

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