May 20, 1865

Macomb Eagle

Important Notice.

            We have determined that from and after this date to reduce the subscription price of THE EAGLE, to two dollars a year. In order to be able to furnish the paper at this rate, we will have to insist on prompt payment on the part of the subscribers. We would be pleased if our friends would go to work and assist us in increasing the circulation of THE EAGLE.


Law for the Protection of Fruit
Growing in Illinois.

            The following law was wisely enacted by the last legislature of Illinois.

It will be of great value to fruit growers. Boys and young men will please make note of this:

An Act for the Protection of Fruit Growing.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, in the General Assembly, That is any person or persons shall hereafter enter the inclosure of any person, without leave or license of such owner, and pick, destroy, or carry away any part or portion of the fruit of any apple, pear, peach, plum, or other fruit tree or bush, such person or persons shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, may be fined in any sum not less than ten dollars nor more than fifty dollars, and may be imprisoned in the county jail for any period of time not exceeding twenty days. The penalties incurred by a violation of this act may be enforced by indictment in any court having jurisdiction of misdemeanor, in the county where the offence is committed, or the fine may be recovered in an action for debt before any Justice of the Peace of such county.

Approved February 16, 1865.


Capture of Jeff. Davis.

Macon, Ga., May 12 – 11 A. M.

            E. M. Stanton:

The following dispatch, announcing the capture of Jeff. Davis, has just been handed me by Col. Mertz, commanding the 2nd division:

Headq’rs 4th Mich. Cavalry,
Cumberland, Ga., May 11.

            Capt. T. W. Scott A. A. G., 2d Division:

“Sir – I have the honor to report that at daylight yesterday, at Irwinsville I surprised and captured Jeff Davis and family, together with his wife sisters and mother; his post master general, Regan; his private secretary, Col. Harrison; Col. Johnson, A. D. C., of Davis’ staff; Col. Morris Lubbeck, and Lieut. Hathaway; also, several important names(?) and a train of five wagons and three ambulances, making a most perfect success. Had not a most painful mistake occurred, by which the 4th Michigan and 1st Wisconsin came in conflict we should have done better.

This mistake cost us two killed and Lieut. Bonde wounded in the arm, in the 4th Michigan, and four men in the 1st Wisconsin. This occurred just at daylight, after we had captured the camp. By the advance of the 1st Wisconsin, they were mistaken for the enemy.

“I returned to this point last night, and shall move right on to Macon without waiting orders from you as directed, feeling that the whole object of the expedition is accomplished.

It will take me at least three days to reach Macon as we are seventy five miles out and our stock much exhausted. I hope to reach Hawkinsville tonight.

“I have the honor, etc,
B. D. Pritchard,
Lieut Col 4th Michigan cavalry.

New York, May 15.

            The Times learns from a source of undoubted authority that Jeff. Davis will be confined at Fort Lafayettte.


A Perfect Nondescript – A Double
Calf which is Not at all a Calf.

From the Yreka (Cal.) Journal.

            Dr. Ream, of this city, has in his possession an animal which is really the greatest curiosity of the kind that we ever saw, read of, or heard of. It is the offspring of a cow, the property of D. H. Shaw, of Scott valley, and was sent by him to the doctor. To give a correct idea of it by a written description is impossible. Upon looking at it one is bewildered by a confusion of legs, tails, eyes, and ears. – The nondescript has eight legs, four ears, two tails, and three eyes, one of the latter being placed directly on top of its head. Its general appearance is that of two calves joined together, from the umbilical region upward, their fore parts being compactly grown together, breast to breast. The abdominant cavity is single without partition, containing two perfect viscera, including two stomachs, two hearts, two livers, and a double set of all the digestive organs. The head is the strangest part of all, it being not the head of a calf, but a perfectly natural head of a beaver, covered with a beaver’s hair, and in every respect like the head of an ordinary beaver, except that its mouth is somewhat smaller and rather resembling a sucker’s mouth. The eyes are placed on each side of the lower part of the head, and two directly together, forming a large orifice close back of the large eye, just at the juncture of the neck and head. There is but a single windpipe and esophagus, though these organs branch after entering the chest. The hindparts are perfect and entirely independent, each one standing on its own footing. The four hind legs are perfect in every joint, standing side by side, eacn having perfect hoofs, resting squarely on the ground. The fore legs are also perfectly formed, two resting on the ground and two sticking straight up above the shoulders. If the animal had lived, it would have stood and walked upon six legs, four behind and two before with an extra pair of fore legs to fall back upon. Its height is about two feet, and its weight about fifty pounds. The mother of this nondescript is an ordinary cow, which Mr. Shaw has had in his pasture for several years. There is in the pasture, however, a large beaver dam, which to the minds of the curious may account for the beaver’s head. Dr. Ream has skinned it entire and stuffed it. He also intends preserving the skeleton, so all who wish to see this singular lucus nataera can do so by calling at his office.


Free Love Communists.

            We have a pamphlet recently published by the Oneida community. It is a conversational exposition of the principles and practice of the men and women who have for some years past been living in a distinct community. They were formerly called perfectionists. A man by the name of Noyes was the leader and prophet of the new sect, and is still at its head, standing in same relation to it that Joe Smith did to the Mormons.

It is certainly remarkable that this community, established in 1848, and numbering now only 500 members, yes, has a flourishing existence in the midst of the country. Its cash receipts and disbursements last year were $44,880, 82, and the taxes they paid amounted to more than $8,000.

The social principles of this community are revolting to all ordinary ideas of decency, as they are opposed to the laws of God and man. They do not believe in marriage. They live in one house, and each one follows his own inclination in regard to social and domestic arrangements. The children are cared for in a common department, with no recognized relationship to parents. – Wash. Observer.


Fight between White and Black
U. S. Soldiers.

            The National Intelligencer says that a fight took place lately at Fort Pickering, Tennessee, between the 31st U. S. colored artillery and a white regiment. Both regiments belonged to the garrison of the fort, and were about equal in numbers. The blacks got pretty well thrashed, several of whom were killed, and one white soldier. The fight grew out of a disagreement about rations. Some folks try to make other folks believe that negroes make as good soldiers as whites, but our opinion is, that blood will tell in a fight as well as in other things. We go our pile on the white man in a fight; but in the consumption of bacon and cabbage, we believe the negro is the white man’s superior.


Up jumps our devil in a rage,
And sets two lines to fill this page.


            → If you want to find the best stock of boots, shoes, hats and caps, go at once to Browne’s, on the south side the square, for the has on hand the best selected stock and the cheapest ever brought to Macomb.


            Photographs. – Hawkins & Philpot understands how to take fine pictures of a good looking man or woman, and when they are not very handsome, it makes no difference, the picture will be. The best way to prove this to be a fact, is to call and have your photograph taken.


            → The Journal calls the doctors of this city a set of scavengers, and says they don’t know small pox from chicken pox. We are informed that upon close examination the physicians have decided that the editor of the Journal hasn’t either the small or chicken pox.


            Jeff. Davis Captured. – The capture of Jeff. Davis has caused a slight decline in groceries, and the people are rushing to the store of Watkins & Co., for the purpose of buying their summer’s supply. Persons may feel assured that, when buying goods of this firm, they will always get the best articles and at the lowest figures.


            → The editor of the Journal made two or three attempts at wit last week, and has been sick ever since.


            → Those in want of paints, oil, varnishes, brushes, etc., will find them at the store of Dr. S. Ritchie. The Dr. has a large supply, which he will sell cheap.


            → The attention of our readers is directed to the advertisement of O. F. Piper, in another column. Those in want of groceries, queensware, etc., will find it to their interest to give Mr. Piper a call before purchasing, as his motto is “quick sales and small profits.”


            → The popinjay of the Journal says that “brains” have been crowded out of this paper. It will never be crowded out of the Journal while their present editor has charge of it.


            → S. J. Clarke & Co. have just been making large additions to their stock of Books, Stationery, Yankee Notions, etc., and now have one of the best selected stock of goods in their line of trade, to be found in any store of the kind west of Chicago. New goods received by every express.


            → The editor of the Journal says that “truth and brains” are crowded out of this paper. The editor must certainly have been scratching his head for an idea.


            → The sale of delinquent lands and town lots, in this county, will commence on next Monday. Let those who are interested be present on that day.


            ‒ Among the curiosities lately placed in a museum is a mosquito’s bladder, containing the souls of twenty four Government contractors and the fortunes of twelve editors. It is nearly half full.


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