June 17, 1865

Macomb Eagle

The Beginning.

            An article, under the above caption, appeared in a former issue of this paper which has called forth a labored reply from the Journal. In that article we portrayed, by the light of a recent example in Macomb, the fruits of republican teachings in our State. We asserted then, as we do now, that but for the legislative action of last winter, Macomb would not and could not, so long as law was respected, have been the scene of such a brutish and hellish outrage, nor be thronged, as she is to-day, by a dozen colored nuisances. If I break down a man’s fence before a herd of swine, I am as guilty, morally speaking, as if I had cut down and destroyed his crop. Who broke down the fence and let Jack in? The Journal man pulled up one stake when he endorsed the Helper book, another when he advocated negro equality – Garrisonianism, and another when he advocated the preferment of unblushing abolitionists for office. These are the fence brakers and our own homes and hearthstones are the fields in which they have led cuffey to revel, and we would say to the Journal that it will not extenuate the crime to deny it. We do not assert that all republicans are in favor of negro equality, and the Journal is mistaken when he asserts that we make the crime of the negro the crime of a whole community. We only make it the crime of those who, blinded by fanaticism and prejudice, disparage their own race and give preference to the negro, as did the Chicago Tribune when it asserted that negroes made the best soldiers, and as did the Journal in its reply. Here is what the Journal says:

“The negro has suffered much, have always been in subjection and it certainly is not expected when the freedom has been so suddenly forced upon them that they make the best citizens – they must be educated to it.”

Education will make them the best citizens, will it? Is he in favor of making them the best citizens by education? And when educated and made the best citizens, is he in favor of giving them social and political preferment? That is even worse than negro equality. We are sorry that the editor of the Journal don’t regard himself as good as an educated negro; but we shall not dispute that question with him. We wish to ask the editor of the Journal one fair, plain question and hope he will answer without equivocation: Is he in favor of allowing the negro to vote, hold office, and marry whites? Let us understand each other on this point; granting of course that the negro be educated up to his own stand point.

The Journal is very much mistaken when he imputes a desire on our part to make political capital out of an affair so revolting as that portrayed in our former article. Our motives are of a higher and purer nature. We desire, as far as our own community is concerned, to keep our own race untarnished by contact with black, brutish bipeds; and we seek to correct that sickley sentimentalism that finds a seat in the addled brains of some, and that yearning for the negro that the Journal man feels in the bowles of his affections.

The Journal does not want to apologise for the negro’s crime. Oh no! but he thinks that Jack is not so bad a jack as some would wish to make him. Just educate the colored jack and then a host would take him into their confidence and place him on a perfect equality with them.


            The St. Louis Democrat asserts that there were immense frauds in that state in the constitutional election.

It may be that bushwhackers, disloyalists, rebel sympathizers and guerillas conspired to defeat the “loyal.” If they did not vote illegally, early and often, they were but imitating the example which radicals had given them the past four years. They did not carry their wickedness so far as the radicals. They did not surround the polls and drive away lawful voters with bayonets. If the power of the military and of the bold, bad men who have ruled the state as with a rod of iron since the commencement of the war, is so far broken that their opponents can carry an election, even by fraud, it argues a much better state of society than has lately existed there.


            → There has been a great panic in the lumber trade lately, and H. R. Bartleson has taken advantage of the panic and bought the largest lot of lumber ever brought to this market, which he is selling at panic prices.


            → Hawkins & Philpot are stil taking pictures on the south side the square. They have their rooms fitted in splendid style, and it will do you good to take a look at them. Go and look at their rooms whether you want a picture or not.








The Year of Jubilee has Come, Re-
turn Ye Ransomed Soldiers

Let Every Body Come and have
a “Feast of Fat Things
and Flow of Soul.”

Bring Along the Eatables.

“Let Him That will, Say Come,
and Whomever will

          It has been resolved to hold an anniversary celebration of our National Independence in a style worthy the occasion, and everybody should come


          We want every man and women who is proud of his country FOR ONCE TO LAY ASIDE CARE, TO UNLOCK HIS PURSE, to put on a happy face and come together to thank God for a noble ancestry and a blessed fatherland.


          We want the women to enter into this matter with their whole heart; to insist on coming to the jubilee, and to bring their share of the entertainment in good and well filled BASKETS, that all may have enough, and especially that our returned soldiers may have a hearty welcome home.


          Good speakers will be provided.


          Good music may be expected, both vocal and instrumental, and oceans of good cheer and fun.


          We want every man who sees this notice to consider himself a committee of one to work for the celebration.


          We want every women that is proud of her country to insist on coming and not to be put off from coming, and we want her to bring eatables enough for her own household, and a good share for the unfortunate who have no wives.

Fire Works.

          We expect the occasion to close with fire works on the night of the 4th.

Let every man and his wife come. The good time is coming sure.

All organized bodies are invited to get up some symbol. Either representing the Union their order.


          A cordial invitation is extended to all returned soldiers to be present and participate in the festivities of the occasion.


            → Watkins & Co. have received another large invoice of those celebrated Buell boots, which they are selling, as they do everything else in their line, cheaper than any other house in the trade.


Fourth of July.

            At a public meeting held in the Council room on Tuesday night last, of which D. G. Tunnicliff was Chairman and J. Knappenberger Secretary, the final arrangements were made for a Grand Celebration, by all parties creeds and peoples of the coming Fourth of July. With regard to refreshment it was decided to make it on the order of a basket dinner, as that plan will suspense with a great deal of labor and give all a better chance to enjoy themselves. A number of committees were appoited for different duties connected with the celebration, which will be found below. The occasion is one that appeals to every right thinking man, and it should be celebrated at this time in a mander and spirit which the brightening prospects of our great and beloved country unquestionably warrents. The order of procession and full programne of proceedings will be published next week.

On Entertainment and Dinner. – J. P. Updegraff, S. H. Williams, H. L. Ross, O. F. Piper, Joseph Burton, C. W. Dallam, George Eyre, John Knappenberger, and A. Blackburn.

To Raise Funds. – T. M. Jordan, J. W. McIntosh, C. V. Chandler, F. R. Kyle, and C. F. Wheat.

On Speakers. – D. G. Tunnicliff, W. E. Withrow, and Rev. J. O. Metcalf.

On Music. – George W. Bailey, L. Clisby, R. H. Broaddus, F. R. Kyle, and J. H. Baker.

Executive Committee. – T. Chandler, J. M. Campbell, L. Johnson, Dr. McCandless, J. Knappenberger, J. E. Wyne, A. E. Floyd, J. F. Wadham, John McElrath, and John H. Hungate.

The committee was also appointed a committee of reception, to receive the returning volunteers upon their return, in an appropriate manner, at the depot in Macomb.


            Accident. – Miss Rebecca Randolph was thrown from a horse on Monday evening and seriously injured, but it is hoped not mortally.


            Sold Out. – Strader & Co., have sold out their boot and shoe store, and will give possession in 30 days, all those who wish boots, shoes, hats or caps will find it to their advantage to call on them immediately as they are selling goods at cost.


            Dr. A. B. Stewart has returned home, and has associated with himself in the practice of medicine, Dr. McDavitt. Their card will appear in the Eagle next week.


            “Then why this balderdash?” – Journal.

Is that the kind of “dash” the editor of the Journal found at the Girard house?


New Invention.

            One of the latest and most valuable discoveries of the age will be found in the invention recently patented by W. Upton Hoover, of this city. Time and experience has long shown that of all the farming implements now in existence there’s none genius has done so much for as that of threshing machines. We had supposed that the threshers of the present day were full and complete in all of their relative points, yet, by reference to the above invention we find that the greatest improvement has yet to be attached. We, with numerous others, have had the pleasure of examining Mr. Hoover’s improvement, and in order that the interested ones may understand the nature of this invention, I here take the liberty to describe it. This invention consists in an apparatus that can be attached to any threshing machine. The object being to dispense with the labor of two hands, and feed the machine with more uniformity. – The machine is light and by no means expensive, and above all, one of the simplest combinations of machinery to do the amount of labor one could possibly conceive. The machine is placed in immediately over the opening and in front of the cylinder of the thresher, this being made permanent by means of bolts. It is then geared with the drum or cylinder which, when put in motion, the band cutter and feeder are ready for sheaves. The sheaves may be thrown from the stack immediately into the machine which will insure the cutting of the bands and a uniform distribution of the straw. The most ingenious point in this device is what Mr. H. calls a regulator by which means it can be arranged to feed fast or slow or closed entirely. We heartily concur with all who have examined this machine in pronouncing it a success.


            → We notice that Jos. Burton has just returned from Chicago. In answer to our inquiries he says that he is rather inclined to the opinion that the great excitement in Chicago last week was consequent more upon the arrival of Gen. Sherman at the Tremont House than his own arrival at the Sherman House. We always knew that Mr. Burton was a modest man, and in this connection will say that Burton & Hall are now opening a large stock of new gods. In the selection of their goods this firm seems to have particularly remembered the “ladies,” as we notice many fancy articles in their line that have not before been brought into this city. These gentlemen do no blowing, but nevertheless are doing a large business and selling goods as low as they can be bought. We advise our readers to give them a call before buying.


Fine Horse.

            Mr. Charles Chandler has just procured probably one of the finest stallion colts ever brought to this part of the State. The colt in question is three years old, a beautiful bay with black legs, mane, and tail, and stands now nearly 16 hands high, with great development of bone and muscle, resembling, in this respect, his near relative the great “George M. Patchen,” in his time the fastest trotting stallion in the world. This colt combines the blood of Membino and Bushaw stock, being Bushaw on the sire side, and Membino or Messenger through the blood of the dam. Mr. Chandler informs us that he paid $1500, for the colt, and we congratulate him and the farming community that they can in a year or two have so favorable an opportunity of improving their stock.


            → Our old friends Chamers & Randolph, on the east side the square, are still supplying their customers with all kinds of Dry Goods at the lowest market price. With a well selected stock they are always ready to meet the wants of their patrons, and the first to mark down prices on goods that have declined.


            The Soldiers. – The 84th and 78th regiments have been mustered out and the former is now at Camp Butler and the latter at Camp Douglas, awaiting their pay. The friends of the boys may expect to see them any day. We bid them a hearty welcome and trust they may never be called again to enter the field of strife and blood.


The Soldiers at Home.

            We learn by a dispatch from Col. L. H. Waters, that his regiment, the 84th – arrived in Springfield on the morning of the 12th, and went into camp at Camp Butler to await their pay when they will be mustered out and start for home. It is confidently expected that they will be home in a few days, and anticipating their wants and the wants of their friends, A. J. Davis has just received another nice assortment of dry goods, Yankee notions, &c., which he is selling as cheap as the cheapest.


            → Arlington, Kelly & Leon’s Minstrels, from the Chicago Academy of Music, will be in this place and give two of their grand entertainments at Campbell’s Hall, on Tuesday, June 20th, at 2 and 7 o’clock, p. m. The troupe has been playing in Chicago for two years, and are now on their first tour through the country. Those who are fond of fun and wish to enjoy a good laugh, will attend, as they are the acknowledged sovereigns of minstrelsy.


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