April 29, 1865

Macomb Eagle

Vallandigham’s Paper on the Assassination.

            We have little space to copy the articles from papers relating to the assassination of President Lincoln, but make room for the following from the Dayton Empire, which is noted as being one of the most bitter of the opposition sheets, and the personal organ of Mr. Vallandigham:

“Last night was a night of horrors in Washington. President Lincoln perished by the hand of an assassin. At any time this would have been monstrous – inexpressibly horrible. – Just now it is the worst public calamity which could have befallen the country. Great God! have mercy upon us! This is the beginning of evils. The hearts and hopes of all men – even of those who had opposed his policy earliest and strongest – had begun to turn toward Abraham Lincoln for deliverance at last. And not without reason; for his course for the last three months has been most liberal and conciliatory. But he has fallen by the most horrible of all crimes, and he who at this moment, does not join in with the common thrill and shudder which shocks the whole land is no better than the assassin.


            ‒ By a letter of Booth, which has just been published, it is learned that he assisted in the execution of John Brown. One would think that the fate of Brown for assassination would have deterred Booth from committing the same crime. But it did not, and, judging by other portions of his letter, the lessons conveyed by the hanging of Brown were lost upon Booth through the ill-advised action of the abolitionists. He says in effect that Brown, after being hung for assassination, was made a god. What more likely than that Booth, seeing that murder and a halter had made a god of one man, should court the same fate by treading the same dark and bloody pathway. Seeing assassination rewarded by deification, what wonder is it that the lessons of Brown’s hanging should lose their weight? Abolitionism has much to answer for, among which are the inducements by its custom of conferring canonization upon the assassin. – Chicago Times.


American Rule in Poland.

            The Warsaw correspondent of the Danziger Zeitung thus describes the present state of the kingdom of Poland:

Imprisonments and confinements in the citadel continue without intermission, and although latterly a few prisoners were liberated, because there were no proofs whatever against them, they have been fined incredible sums – some as much as 15,000 silver roubles. The deportations to Siberia, too, do not cease, although the number of persons sentenced to banishment is not so large as formerly. – Four days ago a new transport of 63 prisoners left the citadel by the Saint Petersburg railway for Pakow, whence these unfortunate people will be driven on foot through ice and snow to the Siberian steppes. The self-will and abuses of the police are as great as ever. Some days ago they arrested two sisters, daughters of a well known and respected inhabitant of this town, just at the moment when they were about to take part in a concert for a charitable object. The only offense with which they were charged was, that they had refused to perform at one of the musical soirees of the director of the conservatory of Warsaw, given for the amusement of Count Berg and his Russian friends. Both the ladies were imprisoned for three days in the police court; and when at last they were set free, they were severely admonished not to feign sickness another time when called upon to fulfill the wishes of Count Berg, while being perfectly well when asked to sing for a charitable purpose.


Wilkes Booth not a Secession Sympathizers.

            St. Louis, April 17. – Wilkes Booth has connections living in this city. – They say he has heretofore been radical in politics, and quote remarks made by him showing that he was not a secessionist. On one occasion during Booth’s last engagement, the company were taking up a subscription for the benefit of the inmates of Gratiot street prison. Booth, when applied to refused to contribute for such a purpose. Being generally liberal with money, his refusal was attributed by those who applied to him, opposition to secession. A young man who has been a book companion of Booth whenever the latter came to St. Louis, also says that he has known Booth during the whole war to have been a radical union man.

About a dozen persons have been arrested in the last two days for exulting over the murder of Mr. Lincoln. Two others have been killed, and two wounded in affrays growing out of the circumstances. The excitement now seems to be allayed. Astonishment is expressed that a feeling of exultation has been shown by persons who are known to be strong abolitionists. Several such are known to have uttered regrets that Seward was not killed also.


            ‘Mr. Speaker – I think sheep is paramount to dogs, and our laws had not oughter be so that dogs can commit ravages on sheep. [Applause in the gallery for which the Speaker threatened to have the persons turned out if such demonstrations are again repeated.] Mr. Speaker, I represent sheep on this floor. [Laughter, and cries of ‘that’s so,’ from the opposition.] Up where I live the sheep is more account than dogs, and although you may tell me that dogs is useful, still I say, on the other hand, that sheep is usefuller; and show me the man that represents dogs on this floor and that thinks dogs is more important than sheep, and I will show you a man that is tantamount to a Know-Nothing. Mr. Speaker, I am done.’


Booth Killed!


War Department, Washington, April 27, 1865.

          To Maj. Gen. Dix:

J. Wilkes Booth and Harrold were chased from the swamp in St. Mary’s county, Md., to Garrett’s farm, near Port Royal, on the Rappahannock, by Col. Baker’s forces. – The barn in which they took refuge was fired. Booth was shot and killed. Booth’s body and Harrold are now here.


Edwin M. Stanton,
Sec’y of War.

          Washington, April 27. – Yesterday morning a squadron of the 16th New York cavalry traced Booth and Harrold to a barn between Bowling Green and Port Royal, near Fredericksburg, Va. The barn was surrounded and a demand made for their surrender, which Harrold was in favor of complying with; but upon Booth’s calling him a coward, he refused to do so. – The barn was then set on fire, and upon its getting too hot, Harrold again presented himself and put his hands through the door to be handcuffed. – While this was going on Booth fired upon the soldiers, upon which a sergeant fired at him. The ball of the sergeant took effect in Booth’s head, killing him.

Booth was on a crutch and was lame. He lived two hours after he was shot, whispering blasphemies against the Government, and sending messages to his mother. At the time he was shot, it is said, he was leaning on his crutch, and preparing to fire upon his captors.


City Election.

            Next Monday is the day fixed by law for the election of city officers, in this city. As yet, there seems to be but little attention paid to it. We do not think it amounts to much who runs the machine. We are sure of one thing, that is that no body of men can be found that will more completely run the thing in the ground, than those who are at the helm. We suggest, that by common consent, they be left alone in their glory. – We suppose that the whiskey question will enter into the contest; if not, it will into a goodly number of our loyal citizens.


Be Ye Registered?

            As the election takes place on Monday, it becomes necessary for all those who wish to vote, to see that they are properly registered. We understand that commissioners have been appointed for that purpose, but we are not sure that they are anxious to register the names of voters, as they have never given notice to that effect. One thing we are sure of, and that is, they have performed their services whether they have performed them or not.


            Sad Accident. – On Monday last, Mr. Hiram Russell, while boring pumps at the pump factory of Mr. W. M. Ervin, his sleeve got caught on the augur, drawing his arm in contact with some of the machinery, tearing the flesh nearly all off of his arm, and had it not been for the boy having the presence of mind to throw the band, he quite likely would have lost his life.


            → Our readers are referred to the advertisement of Messrs. Burton & Hall, in another column. Their store is filled with new goods which were bought during the late decline, thus enabling them to compete successfully with any other house in the city. Their efforts to accommodate customers, we know, will be untiring, and we hope they will be liberally patronized.


            → Mr. A. V. Brooking, the gentlemanly proprietor of the omnibus line, has reduced the fare on that institution to 40 cents.


            Another Large Hog. – A. J. Hankins, sold to George Chase, a hog 15 months old weighing 535 pounds. This hog gained 53 pounds in the last 16 days it was fed. It was a cross of the Poland, Chester and Big China stock. We have heard of several large hogs the past winter, but none to compare with the above. Mr. Hankins has some of the same stock of hogs which he will sell. Farmers would do well to purchase, and thereby improve their stock.


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