July 1, 1865

Macomb Eagle

The President Must Back Down.

            The Springfield Register says the leading abolition journal of Wisconsin published at Milwaukee, in referring to the fact that the New York Tribune the New York Independent, the Albany Evening Journal, Wendell Phillips, Charles Sumner and Ex-Govonor Boutwell have taken a position in relation to negro suffrage in antagonism to the one taken by President Johnson, says:

“The government has taken its position against negro suffrage distinctly and unequivocally, just as President Lincoln did at first against emancipation. But he had to back down, just as President Johnson will be obliged to do in this case. For his course is now disapproved by the leading presses and members of the Union party and is approved by the entire copperhead party. People may turn up their noses at the opposition of Wendell Phillips and men of his type. But when such men as Prof. Amassa Walker of Boston, take public issue with the president, and che-[fold] of the religious bodies, but also of the loyal press and the loyal masses, are opposed to the president on this question, or be without a party to support him, or throw himself into the arms of the copperheads.”

If the radicals think they can compel President Johnson to back down, they are egregiously mistaken. He is made of sterner stuff. As to Amassa Walker, of Boston, and the consciences and hearts of the religious bodies, the president understands them thoroughly and has learned to appreciate them at their real value.

All this clamor of Parker and the religious bodies is contemptible. They (the religious bodies) have too long descended from their vocation, to do homage to the god of this world. They are as despicable as they are degraded. Their hate is better than their friendship.


            We want to know of the Republicans where they stand in regard to the Administration of Andrew Johnson. So they approve of all he has done and are they ready to support him in all he may do hereafter? That is what they demanded of the Democrats for the last four years in order to prove their ‘loyalty’ and ‘it’s a poor rule that won’t work both ways.’ Andrew Johnson may do some things that may not set very well on Republican stomachs, but according to the rule established by themselves they are bound to swallow the dose. They must stand up to the rack.


            One thing seems to be settled, viz: that Johnson is to be President, and that the fanatics like Sumner and his crew are to receive [fold] take a back seat in the omnibus. So far, good for President Johnson. The more he cuts loose from the destructive fanatics, the more popular he will become. The country now needs Jacksonian firmness, and a constitutional policy. With these the people will soon be united and prosperous again.


Greeley on “Yankees”

            The New York Tribune, that knows, both by nature and habit, the ways of the tribe, counsels the darkeys down South not to put their trust in Yankees. It speaks thus of them:

“We hear that many of the blacks, thoroughly distrusting their olb masters, place all confidence in the Yankees that have lately come among them, and will work for these on most any terms. We regret this; for, while many of these Yankees will justify that confidence, others will grossly abuse it. New England produces many of the best specimens of the human race, and along with these, some of the very meanest that ever stood on two legs cunning, rapacious, hypocritical, ever ready to skin a flint with a borrowed knife and make (for others) a soup out of the peelings. This class become too well known at home – “run out,” as the phrase is – when they wender all over the earth, snuffling and swindling, to the injury and shame of the land that bore them, and cast them out. Now let it be generally presumed by the ignorant Blacks of the South that a Yankee, is necessarily their friend, and this unclean brood will overspread the South like locusts starting schools and prayer meetings at every cross-roads, getting hold of abandoned or confiscated plantations, and hiring laboring right and left, cutting timber here, trying out tar and turpentine there, and growing corn, coton, rice and sugar, which they will have sold at the earliest day and run away with the proceeds, leaving the negroes in rags and foodless, with winter just coming on.


Let Dr. Johnson try his Hand.

            When the rebellion developed into an armed outbreak, the republican political doctors declared it was simply a surface eruption and could be cured within ninety days, and yet after four years of doctoring, which under their treatment, leaves the patient both physically and pecuniary reduced, but to all outward appearanc completely cured of his disease, these quacks declare that his system has not undergone a particle of improvement. They tried blood-letting then added emancipation decoction and a confiscation plaster, and now they say that if he is not put under a treatment of negro suffrage, his disease will again break out with intense virulence. Would it not be well for these quacks to stand to one side and allow Dr. Johnson to try his remedy of legitimate State Sovereignty, and soothing emolients? Perhaps if he shall be permitted to pursue this sort of practice, he may restore the patient within the space of a year,


            THE NEGROES IN SOUTH CAROLINA. – A Washington Dispatch of the 9th inst, to the New York World says that parties have just arrived from Charleston, with the intention, they say, of not returning to that city, for many years to come, give the gloomiest account of the estate of affairs in that region. In their estimation the Palmetto State is threatened with a social revolution which nothing but the permanent establishment of a strong force in several localities of the interior can prevent. They represent the negro as perfectly unmanageable, full of pretentions and insolence, unwilling to work, and addicted to all the vices which idleness engenders. In the rice districts, where the black population is to the white as four to one, threats have been preferred against the latter by the former, which have induced many planters to leave their property and come north, from whence they intend to sail for Europe. I have spoken to half a dozen, who have held the same [fold] apprehensions.



            We want everybody to come to town on the 4th and especially those who are indebted to this office. We want those who do not take The Eagle to come prepared to take it, and those who do, to come prepared to pay what they owe this office.


Dinner to the Soldiers.

            The enterprising and liberal hearted citizens of Industry intend to give a dinner to the returned soldiers on Saturday, July 1st. All soldiers are invited to be present. Unlike the citizens of Macomb in the selection of a speaker, they did not go to Quincy, but invited Col. Waters to address them on the occasion, and the Colonel has signified his intention of doing so. Let as many of our citizens and soldiers as can, go to Industry on Saturday.


            → It is not true, as has been told by some evil-disposed persons, that “Abbott has been compelled to shut up his store.” Mr. A’s store is open to all reasonable hours and all who call are getting fine bargains in both quality and style. He has goods enough to supply all who call on him just so long as they will last, and all who want to purchase at the present low prices should buy their goods at Abbott’s, without delay. South west corner of the square.


            → Our town for the past week has been crowded daily with teams, bringing grains of all kinds to market, and our merchant’s are reaping a fine harvest in the way of selling goods. Goods go off like hot cakes.


            → Watkins & Co. are again in receipt of a splendid stock of groceries, queensware, paints, oils, etc. These men always keep the best and cheapest stock in the city. – Now that harvest is about to set in, it will be necessary for the farmers to lay in a plentiful supply of groceries and they can find no better place to buy than at Watkins & Co.


            Drowned. – A young man who was employed as a miller at the Lamoine, Mills in this county, was drowned in the creek week before last. He went into the water beyond his depth. He was seen by two men on shore, but before they could assist him or extricate him from the water, life was extinct.


            → We noticed last Saturday a great rush of customers at Burton & Hall’s, and on asking the cause, found they were selling goods cheaper than any other house in town. They say they will sell heavy domestic the balance of the week at 30 cents per yard.


Soldiers at Home.

            It is pleasant, passing along the streets, to meet at every step or two, the sun browned, but manly, vigorous form of some returned hero. They have been gathering into town during the past week at the rate of a dozen or two a day. Most of them make a short stay, and scatter to the country. They are all veterans, the heroes who fought with Sherman – all stout, hale, strong men – for the second class men were weeded out long ago. The officers will excuse us for not mentioning their names particularly, for the reason that we consider the men as much entitled to such a mark of distinction as the officers, and we cannot give the names of all.


            → The present “whiskey council,” after appropriating three hundred dollars on Randolph street hill, have set apart two hundred and fifty dollars for work on all the roads in the city. What sound discretion and judgment they are blessed with – in a horn. – Wonder if somebody has an axe to grind in spending this money? The council seem to think there is but one street and that is Randolph, or that two roads, either of which is impassable, is better than one good one.


Cash vs. Credit.

            The merchant who sells on credit is compelled to sell at a high profit in order to mak up for the losses which he invariably sustains from customers who fail to pay and from being so ong deprived of the use of his money. The cash merchant sells for a small profit, because he loses no debts and always has his goods or his money on hand. These truths were strikingly exemplified in a few instances that have lately come to our knowledge. A man last Saturday bought a few yards of a certain goods at a credit house and was charged 60 cents a yard therefor. The same quality and style of goods are sold at Abbott’s cash house at 40 cents a yard. Another man a few days ago paid 50 cents a yard for certain goods at a credit house, while Abbott is selling the same goods at 37 ½ cents. “That’s what’s the matter.”


            “No Failure.” – There has of late been considerable said in reference to the use of this expression, but we believe that all have finally agreed that there has been no failure on the part of J. H. Wilson to please those who purchase their jewelry of him. Mr. W. has the nicest lot of jewelry ever brought to this place, which cannot fail to please the taste of the most fastidious.


            RASPBERRIES! RASPBERRIES! – C. C. Clarke has a splendid lot on hand, and will keep them during the season. Send in your address.


            → On Saturday, June 10, 1865, as Mr, John M. Crabb was returning to his home from Macomb, he, when near crooked creek, rode out in the timber to look after his stock and discovered something burning. Mr. C. said that his horse became so frightened that he could not get him near enough to see what it was, but he thought it looked like a peddlars wagon or a machine of some sort. Mr. C. went on home, but afterward concluded to go back and see what it was, but when he returned it was so much consumed as to be unable to tell what it was. He found among the ruins six cranks, six boxings, six iron plates, and a number of broken bottles, which looked as though they had contained medicine.


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