May 19, 1865

Macomb Journal

“After Four Years of Failure.”

            It will be remembered that the Chicago Convention, last summer, did not adjourn sine die, as they supposed their services might be needed again. We would suggest that they get together and reconsider their declaration “that the war to put down the rebellion has proved a failure.”

Thus far in the progress of our struggle against the slaveholder’s rebellion, all the assertions, predictions, and forebodings of the party which arrayed itself against the administration which had the cause of the government upon its shoulders, have been utterly groundless and unfulfilled. It is the height of injustice to set down every man who has identified himself with the opposite party, as an evil wisher to the country’s cause, for differences of opinion upon questions of a public policy always have existed, and always will exist at all times, and under all circumstances. But in the conglomeration of elements that took the name of Democracy, there has been so much disparagement of generals who were in favor with the administration; so much that was apologetic for, and defensive of, rebel action, so much to try to convince the people that Mr. Lincoln was a tyrant under the name of a President; so much to discourage enlistments; so much denunciatory of every fresh call for men; so many efforts to cry down the public credit; – that every public man associated with this organization suffers in the popular esteem.

Whatever may occur in the future, and we certainly see nothing portentious of evil ahead – up to the present time the opposition have proved false prophets. Mr. Lincoln, it was at one time hinted, would never allow another presidential election to be held. Sherman’s capture of Atlanta really accomplished nothing in subduing the rebellion, it was said, and learned writers argued to show that the march from Atlanta was rather a compulsory movement than otherwise. Grant’s campaign was pronounced a failure long before the capture of Richmond, and all their editorials labored to show that its capture was a small beginning. – And so this strain was continued. But against this doleful picture we have the bright facts of the capture of all the places which it was said could not be taken, and the formal surrender of armies which it was said were to keep up a war for years. So far from the truth was the statement that arms could not conquer a peace, that the thing has been done, and the leaders captured. The administration of the past four years has nobly vindicated itself in its results, and no man who voted to clothe it a second term, with power, has reason to repent his action.


Democracy and Mr. Lincoln.

            During the last Presidential election the following call was issued for a Democratic meeting in McDonough county:

Once More to the Breach!
Grand Rally at Bushnell, Friday, No-
vember 4th,

            Hon. L. W. Ross, Major S. P. Cummings, T. E. Morgan, and Jos. G. Thompson will address the people on the above occasion, and declare to them the whole truth of the matter.

White men of McDonough! who prize the Constitution of our fathers, who love the Union formed by their wisdom and compromise; brave men, who hate the rebellion of Abraham Lincoln and are determined to destroy it; noble women who do not want their husbands and sons dragged to the valley of DEATH by a remorseless Tyrant, rally out to this meeting in your strength and numbers.


            This L. W. Ross is the Copperhead member of Congress from the 9th District, and has been for the success of the South from the beginning of the war. Fulton county, in his district, is the worst secesh hole in the State.

On the 28th of April, 1864, W. W. O’Brien of Peoria, made a speech at the Court House in Princeton, Bureau county, during which he said:

“Under the present Administration the Federal Union has become cruel, dark and damnable. Democrats have no heart to join in a war against their brethren, and they must organize to resist the tyranny of Lincoln. I say, don’t let all the blood be shed on one side; don’t stop to count the cost; assert your rights as men, and at all hazards; – peacefully if we can, but forcibly if we must, the abolition despot must be hurried from place and power.”

The above extracts need very little comment. Do the loyal people of this community believe that the hearts of those same men who are now mourning over the death of Mr. Lincoln have changed? Have those men, whose names were published by Gen. Sweet, and their constituents, any different sentiments towards Mr. Lincoln and the present administration than they had last summer? No. They are subdued by recent victories and forced to withhold them – without these victories they would not [tear in page] . . .



            A genius in Connecticut advertises a Bible with a “photograph department,” openings being left for sixteen family pictures.

We wish he would send some into this neighborhood, for the most of them hereabouts look as though they hadn’t been opened since their creation, and seem to want some inside attraction.

The rebels who propose to surrender to Gen. Hobson at Mt. Sterling, Ky., asked to be furnished with transportation to some foreign port.

Transportation ought to be granted to some “foreign port,” with tickets in the shape of a slip-noose, signed, “H. S. M., through conductor.”

It is said the prettiest girls in Utah marry Young.

It is very different here. That kind don’t marry at all, now-a-days.

Jeff. Davis has the advantage over many persons – he is prepared to die.

‒ There are forty-two whip manufactories in Westfield, Mass.

Tis a pity we couldn’t start one here just before the schools open for the summer term. The teachers could keep one running, and not strike “a lick amiss.”


Letter from Jas. K. Magie.

Holly Springs, N. C.
April 28, 1865.

            I am with the gallant old 78th once more. I left the Hospital at Charleston on the 16th inst., rejoined my detachment, and took steamer bound for Wilmington. Arriving at the mouth of Cape Fear river we received orders to proceed to Moorehead City. From that point I pushed on in advance and reached the regiment on Sunday last at this place, which is about fifteen miles north-west of Raleigh. Found my old comrades generally in good health, and in high spirits over the prospect of a speedy close of the war. Yesterday we received the official announcement of the surrender of Johnston’s army, and that we would take up our line of march for Alexandria, Va., on the first of May. Our cup of joy is full and even runs over. “Home, sweet home,” is now the song of all. – We return with our proud flag tattered and torn by the storm of battle, but still triumphant, and more powerful than ever.

It is understood that we march from here direct to Richmond, and from thence to Alexandria. It will probably be a month or more before we can muster out and reach our homes.

I would remark that I have about recovered from my attack of rheumatism, and now feel as well and hearty as I ever did.

I would say to the readers of the JOURNAL, that it is my intention on reaching home, to resume the editorial chair, and to direct my efforts to make the “Macomb Weekly Journal” the best county newspaper in the State. I shall put the paper in new type immediately, and in other respects improve its appearance. I have laid by an abundance of material in regard to my experience in the army, from which I shall draw liberally to enrich its columns. In the mean time I trust the friends of the establishment will continue to give us a helping hand in the way of subscriptions and advertisements.

Hoping soon to greet my McDonough friends and neighbors in person I subscribe myself


Jas. K. Magie.


            On Tuesday last, Deputy Collector Chase, of Peoria, seized the distillery of Dunne, Fuller & Co., located at Coolville, a few miles from Peoria. – The following are the particulars of the discoveries made after the seizure. The distillery is built against a bluff, which forms the wall of the building on one side. In this bluff there was a vault, in which nothing was found to implicate the parties. Satisfied that another vault existed, search was made until an air-hole or ventilator was discovered in the bluff wall of the distillery. Returning to the vault, a lot of barrels, tanks and kegs, which were piled up one side, were pulled away when a second or inner vault, carefully concealed, was discovered; and in this vault was found stowed away two hundred and fifty-seven barrels of highwines. The highwines were at once seized, together with the distillery, and on Thursday the whisky was conveyed to Peoria and put in the custody of the proper officers.


City Government.

The new aldermen took their seats on last Monday evening, and elected the following officers:

Marshal, Assessor and Collector – J. E. Lane.

Supervisor – G. W. Smith.

City Clerk – W. E. Withrow.

City Attorney – C. F. Wheat.

City Weigher – W. G. Cord.


            → We hear of a great many cattle and hogs dying in this neighborhood. We have not heard the cause.


            → One day this week a colored boy – a genuine “darkey,” was employed to “roll” in the Eagle office. He stayed but a few minutes, however, when he “rolled” out. It is quite a serious question in our mind whether the office was too obnoxious for the “nigger,” or the “nigger” too obnoxious for the office. We had as soon believe one way as the other.


Those Fat Men.

Jo. Parks and Mike Strader are the gentlemen proprietors of the large Boot and Shoe Store, on the West Side they are selling goods at uncommonly low prices.


The Effect

Of the fall in gold is nowhere more plainly visible than at the dry goods store of Geo. Bailey, east side the Square. Call there for bargains.


Patent Hay Fork.

Have you seen those patent Hay Forks, advertised on outside? If not, call at Lancey’s, or upon the agent. No pitchfork or labor needed to put the hay in the mow, or upon ricks.


The Sidewalks.

It is probable the sidewalks will be repaired by our new supervisor, and if so, it will take a vast amount of lumber. We advise our readers to call on Bartleson, before the rush commences.



            In this city, on Monday evening, William Herbert, son of Rev. J. H. Rhea, aged 13 years.

William had been sick a number of weeks with the epidemic which has been raging among us, and for sixteen days had not partaken of a morsel of food. This child was an example among young christians; having a genial, social disposition, he was beloved by all, and we could not help but notice something more than ordinary in that bright eye and pleasant countenance. It would be well for his young friends and schoolmates to remember him as a model.

This is the twelfth death in Mr. Rhea’s family in five years. His wife and six children were among the number.



Mr. C. C. Clark has opened a store on the North Side for the sale of Vegetables and Fruit. This has long been needed, and we wish him success.



Thomas & Danley have made a large addition to their rooms over Browne’s shoe store, where they are taking pictures that can’t be beat. Give them a call.



When we buy groceries we want to know they are clean and neat. This is the casre at Watkins & Co., all the time. No one can doubt it who takes a look at their splendid establishment, in a new brick, south-east corner Square.


Life is Uncertain.

We advise all our friends to go immediately to Hawkins & Philpot’s rooms, and get a picture of themselves, before it is too late. How often do we hear mother’s exclaim, “O, how I wish I had a picture of my little girl.”


Boot and Shoe Manufactory.

Parties preferring to have their work made to order can be accommodated, as I have both skillful and reliable workmen, and the best leather that can be procured in the market. At the Boot and Shoe Store of

C. M. Ray.


Portable Wardrobe.

This handy little invention is a tip top concern for tidy housewives and forlorn bachelors. It is a simple contrivance to hang clothes on, and should be in the families of everybody. All you have to do to see them is to call at the hardware store of T. J. Beard & Co., north side of the square, and you will be satisfied that they are just the thing you need. They are both useful and ornamental. Get one.


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