Fourth of July.
There was a public meeting called on Monday night last, for the purpose of making arrangements for the celebration of the coming fourth of July, and for the proper reception of our “Boys in Blue.” As might have been expected nobody attended. We do not know why it permitted to pass without the proper action being taken, unless it was because the call proposed a proper receptions of our “Boys in Blue.” This town has been excessively loyal ever since the commencement of the war, and the majority have claimed to be the par excellent friend of the soldiers, and have hitherto excluded their neighbors from any of the honors. But the war is now over, and there is now no use for the soldiers – their is now no danger of the destruction of their property, and therefore when the boys are returning home, and a public meeting called to make arrangements for their proper reception, the intensely loyal are fearing that it will cost something, and refuse to attend and thus let the meeting go by default, and permit the boys to return home, after four years of war, in comparative oblivion, no public meeting to extend to them a welcome to their families, and their friends. O! shame where is thy blush?
→ The republican press seem to be haunted by the idea that the Democratic party is endeavoring to take possession of the new President. It devotes a whole column of its valuable space to warning Mr. Johnson of his danger from these terrible coperheads. If after reading the article, he is caught by them he deserves to be snakebitten, and no right thinking man can have any sympathy with him in his affliction. But we think they are mistaken. The Democracy do not desire to take possession of Mr. Johnson, but they do indulge in a reasonable expectation that his administration will be in accordance with his democratic “antecedents.” If so, and democratic principles govern him in the administration of affairs, he will have no difficulty in getting the party to follow him, and by a course of general good conduct during his term, he may be able to take possession of the entire party. All that democrats require in a leader, is ability, honesty, patriotism and democracy.
The civil power having been restored, citizens who have been arrested and imprisoned at any time during the usurpations of the past four years, without due process of law, may proceed in the civil courts, in suits for damages against those officers and underlings of the administration who have abused the authority which had been intrusted to them. We sincerely hope retributive justice will overtake every offender.
Free Trade with the South.
The overthrow of the rebellion is now a fixed fact, and as the Washington Chronicle says, the day cannot be distant when unrestricted trade with the south will begin. So soon as the rebel armies shall have capitulated, or been overthrown, there shall no longer exist a reason for restrictions upon trade. The system of permits will be abandoned, and every citizen will be left free to go into the South with his merchandise. The blockade will be raised, the railroads will be repaired, and thrift enterprise will take the place of desolating war.
The effect will be an immense increase in the demand for the national currency. The population which it will supply with a medium of exchange will be augmented by several millions, an active trade in cotton will spring up, and the effect will be a gradual decline in gold, until a resumption of of specie payments will become practicable.
We deem it a matter of the utmost importance that the freedom of trade should be established at the earliest day possible, which may be consistent with the idea of withdrawing supplies from the enemy. There are interested darties who will make a great outcry at these suggestions, because they are armed with trade permits, by which they expect to make fortunes out of the immediate pressing wants of the Southern people. Of course, they will see the strongest military necessity for excluding competition until the last farthing is extracted from the Southern people. Nothing but necessity can justify the system of permite, and, when that ceases, they should be abandoned. There can be no healthy trade in the South while they are continued. They serve to withhold from the misguided people of the best arguments in favor of a return to loyalty, and they at the same time obstruct obstruct the regular current of trade, which is essential to the prosperity of the loyal States.
We understand that a petition is in circulation for the purpose of securing the appointment of a new postmaster at this place. – This is a matter in which all are interested, and if a change is wanted a public meeting should be called and an expression made in favor of some one. The right to a change is certainly admitted, but that change should not be made without the consent of the people. Mr. Wyne, the present postmaster, has given entire satisfaction in the discharge of his duties, and we do not believe that there are, irrespective of party, one in a hundred who desire a change. There has also been a petition in circulation in favor of the reappointment of Mr. Wyne, and we believe that every man to whom the petition has been presented, cheerfuly signed it. We trust the authorities will consult the wishes of the people of this place before any change is made.
“The Confederacy in Petticoats.”
“Don’t provoke the president or he might hurt some one.”
The devil got Jeff. Davis into a bad scrape this time, but Andy Johnson will help him out by the process of hanging him to some “sour apple tree,” and while these things are going on we would inform our customers that dry goods are still advancing. Speculators are buying for the southern trade, which makes many kinds of goods that were scarce before, still scarcer, and consequently higher. Prints which we could have bought six weeks ago at 16 cents per yard, are now worth, in New York, 25 cents. Muslins which were worth 31 cents, are now 40; and many other goods in proportion. It is plain to be seen by those who read the papers that goods are and have been advancing. We know not where they will stop, but we do not know that we have goods enough to last 60 days, that were bought at low figures; and we do know, also, that we don’t intend to be undersold while these goods last; so come along before we, and the rest of the merchants, have to buy again, and have to charge you more. – We are and have been selling some goods for less than we can replace them, but we bought before the rise and can afford to as long as they last.
George W. Bailey.
→ S. J. Clarke & Co. will have in receipt this week another large invoice of wallpaper and window shades, of the latest styles and lowest prices. Give them a call.
→ If you want good, cheap groceries, you will find them at the store of Watkins & Co. They keep a large stock, and of the best quality. They also keep the celebrated Dickerson boot and a No. 1 quality of plow shoes.
Stafford’s two horse cultivator; the best plow in the field and made of the best materials, and in the best manner. For sale by
Graham & Bro., Macomb.