July 8, 1865

Macomb Eagle

Negro Suffrage

The Journal for Negro Suffrage.

The Organ of the Republican party
Opposed to Legislative Restrictions on
the Right of Colored People to
Hold Office.

            We take the following article in favor of negro suffrage and the right of holding office from the Macomb Journal of June 23. We present it to our readers without comment:

The Eagle still harps on negro equality. It devotes nearly a column in last week’s issue to this interesting theme. The Eagle man is afraid if allowed to do so, that a negro will become his superior, and hence he bewails the action of our legislature in pulling down the barriers which prevented a negro from becoming a resident of the State. – He fears to have a negro as his neighbor lest the negro be more respected than he is. He is horror struck at the idea that if a negro should become our “best citizen” he should have social and political preferment. We think that no community ever suffered by giving social and political preferment to her [?] citizens. The Eagle man pathetically implores us to answer the question whether we are in “favor of allowing the negro to vote, hold office, and marry whites.” We candidly reply that when the law taxes the negro the same as a white man, and in war makes him liable to draft the same as a white man, WE CAN SEE NO REASON WHY HE SHOULD NOT VOTE THE SAME AS A WHITE MAN. We have been educated to believe that taxation without representation is oppression. About the negro holding office, we believe the people should be left perfectly free to do just as they please in the matter. We want no legislative restrictions on the subject. We have the confidence in the intelligence and virtue of the people to believe that they can be trusted in the selection of their officers, and when a community wants a negro for dog pelter or any other office, they should be left perfectly free to form and regulate their domestic institutions in their own way; and furthermore, if the Eagle man should be legally entitled to a wife, and should fall in love with a thick-lipped, greasy-skinned, kinky-haired daughter of Africa, and she should reciprocate, we would say it is none of our business, every one to their own tastes in that matter.


The 4th in Macomb.

            The celebration of the anniversary of the nation’s birth day, in this city, was a grand, -er intended to be, affair. Early on the morning of the 4th the people came pouring into town from every direction and by every conveyance, so that by 10 o’clock the public square and sidewalks was a perfect a mass of human beings. While everybody admitted that the number of people in attendance on that day was larger than had ever before assembled in this city, everybody also admitted that it was about the only large thing that was connected with the whole affair. – As all will remember a committee was appointed to select the speaker, and other committees to make the other necessary arrangements. That all may know how well they [fold] account. The committee on speakers could not find a man in Macomb with sufficient brains to entertain the audience, and therefore sent to Quincy and made arrangements to secure the services of a second rate speaker. After this was done they sent to Col. Waters and asked him to make a few remarks at the close of Mr. Prince’s speech. The Colonel informed them that he did not “sing also,” or, in other words, that he did not play second fiddle to Mr. Price, so they concluded to depend entirely upon Mr. P.; but on Monday they received a dispatch from Mr. P., stating to the great relief of the people, that he could not be here, so the committee was left without a speaker; but as there happened to be a temperance lecturer in town that day, he was invited to deliver his oration, and how well he did it can best be told by those who had the patience to listen to it. He labored hard to get off something affecting, but up to the time we left he had “ingloriously” failed in the attempt. At the close of this highly interesting oration, Col. Waters being loudly called for, came forward and addressed the crowd for a few minutes in his usual happy style. Had it not been for the Colonel the whole thing, in the speech line, would have been a miserable failure. – We understand that the committee not being able to find a man of their own political creed with brains sufficient for the occasion, preferred to let it be a failure rather than let the speaker come from the other party. The committee on music announced that a No. 1 band from Quincy would be in attendance and would discourse music that would astonish the natives. But behold the day cometh [fold] appearance. Even. Mr. Dowling’s brass piece failed to come. The dinner was good and nice, what there was of it. A table 700 feet long was set, and after the speaking was over the soldiers was first invited to fill the table. – When they had finished their dinner and left, it was found that the dinner was left too. We are informed that the waiters made diligent search but failed to find even a small basket of bones. The people themselves are to blame for the failure in the dinner line. – They were all requested to bring a basket of something to eat, but this they failed to do, and therefore they failed to get their dinner. We do not believe that one person in ten brought anything to eat, and we are pretty sure that they failed to secure anything in that line.


            Like the celebration, Mr. Dowling’s dance was a failure. They could not get up the excitement. There was a few ladies present and a goodly number of Macomb boys, but not much dancing. The men could not give the price of the tickets and therefore had to content themselves with looking on.


            There was no failure in the amount of whiskey, and we believe that nearly everybody laid in a good supply of the critter. The whiskey dealers are entitled to credit for the quality of the whiskey they laid in on this occasion. While it contained a large amount of cursing and an immense sight of noise, we think that the fighting part was left entirely out, there being no fights that we heard of.


            There was no accidents that we seen or heard of, except that a number of young ladies got hugged almost to death. We do not believe that we ever saw so much hugging in our lives. Almost every “gal” had a boy’s arm around her neck, to the great horror of a few old maids.


Soldiers Dinner at Industry.

            On last Saturday we had the pleasure of attending a dinner given to the returned soldiers by the citizens of Industry. Although the notice was not so extensively circulated as was wished for, yet there was a large attendance of both soldiers and citizens. Everything was conducted in the best of order, and gave complete satisfaction. A table some 250 feet long was spread with all the delicacies and substantials of the season. – The good citizens of Industry seemed o vie with each other as to who would furnish the most for the occasion. At about seven o’clock, the crowd having assembled in the grove just east of Industry, Mr. T. J. Pennington, in a few appropriate remarks, introduced to the assembly the Rev. Mr. Window, of Schuyler, who spoke at considerable (and we think too great) length in reference to the hardships through which the boys had been called to pass, and in review of the causes, which had produced the unhappy struggle. After the close of the speech the soldiers, with their wives, daughters, mothers, sisters and sweethearts, were formed in line under the direction of Capt. Reynolds and Col. L. H. Waters and were immediately marched to the table, when a blessing was asked by the Rev. Mr. McKamy, and the dinner was then served to the soldiers and their company. They all partook heartily of the bountiful repast spread before them. – After the soldiers had finished their dinner, those present who were unprovided for were invited to partake, and after the whole crowd had eaten and was satisfied, there was enough left to feed as many more. After dinner was over the crowd was addressed by Col. Waters for a short time. Mr. W. spoke of the services of the boys in their many hard-fought battles, and closed by paying a high tribute to their bravery and devotion to their country which he said had never failed them under the most trying circumstances. After Col. Waters had finished, Lieut. Simmons was loudly called for and came forward and made a few remarks, but excused himself from making a speech on the occasion. After the speeches the people quietly dispersed to their homes expressing themselves highly pleased with the whole affair. Too much praise cannot be given the citizens of Industry for the interest they took in this affair. They seemed determined to leave nothing undone that would render the occasion both pleasing and profitable. All honor to the generous hearted citizens of Industry.


            → Watkins & Co. are still in receipt of fresh goods. They are always ahead in their line, and sell their goods cheaper than any other house in Macomb. Give them a call and be convinced for yourself.


            Social Concert. – Dr. L. M. Purple will give one of his Social Entertainments at Campbell’s Hall this (Friday) evening, consisting of Duetts, Historical, Descriptive, and Sentimental songs and ballads. The Dr. is a fine singer, a good musician, and our citizens will be amply repaid in attending. It is far superior to anything that has been here this season.


            → Mr. Fox, of the Rushville Times, called on us on Tuesday. Mr. Fox represents everything as “lovely” in old Schuyler. Mr. F. is one of the best editors in the state, and the people of Schuyler will rue the day if they fail to extend to him a liberal support.


            → Hawkins & Philpot are still putting up the finest photographs that we have ever seen. These gentlemen thoroughly understand their business and cannot, therefore, fail to please.


            Returned. – Mr. L. Stocker has returned from his visit to the “Old Country.” He represents an immense emigration from Germany to this country is taking place. Mr. S. returns perfectly satisfied with his visit. He brought with him some of the nicest Mershaum pipes that we have ever seen. Those who make a practice of smoking should go to Stocker’s and get them a nice pipe.


            Who Would Have Thought It. – Our friend John Stewart has rented the room in the Randolph House, formerly occupied by Mr. Peoples and has opened a first class saloon. He wishes the ladies that want Lemonade to know that by going to the parlor’s of the Randolph House, they can be accommodated.


            → Mr. French has sold his interest in the livery stable of Haggerty & French to Mr. J. T. Haggerty, and Mr. H. has associated with him in the Livery business Mr. J. W. McIntosh.


            → “How sweet how heavenly is the sight” to see a lady with one of those superb breast pins or ear drops on, such as can be procured at J. H. Wilson’s jewelry store on the North Side of the Square.


            Retired. – Our friend Mr. T. S. Clarke has retired from the Journal and is succeeded by the former publisher, Mr. James K. Magie. Our best wishes go with Mr. Clarke and we trust that in whatever he undertakes he may prosper abundantly. Mr. Magie has purchased new type for his paper, and it now looks as neat as a new pin. We wish Mr. Magie success in every thing but his politics.


            → The Journal wants to know why the Board of Supervisors appointed Mr. Wilson to take the census of this county, in place of a wounded soldier. We do not know, but suppose that the Board had heard that the editor of the Journal had refused promotion in the army, and concluded that no other soldier in county would wish to be behind him in devotion to his country.


            Down Go the Prices. – By referring to our advertising columns it will be seen that Luther Johnson has marked down the prices of his goods. Mr. Johnson intends to bring on, this fall, the largest stock that has ever been brought to this place, and is determined to sell his present stock without reference to what they cost. So go to Johnsons if you want to get the best of bargains.


            A number of our citizens went to Bushnell on the evening of the 4th to attend a dance, but they were informed that they were not good looking and could not come in. So after wandering around for a while they hired a man to bring them home.


Bible Society Meeting.

            The anniversary of the McDonough County Bible Society, will be held in this place in the M. E. Church, on Sunday July 9th, at 3 p. m. It is hoped that this will be a meeting of great interest and all are most cordially invited to attend. Addresses will be made by the ministers of this place and by the Co. agent.

G. W. BAILEY, Sec.


Dr. E. B. Hamill.

            We clip the following notice of Dr. E. B. Hamill from the Pekin Republican, a paper edited by a gentleman formerly a resident of Pennsylvania. We call the attention of our readers to what he says of the Doctor:

Dr. E. B. Hamill. – We notice by a circular that our old friend, Dr. E. B. Hamill, an experienced and accomplished dentist, has located in Macomb, in this state, for the purpose of practicing his profession. We are glad to welcome him to the great west, and we can assure the people of McDonough county that they will act wisely by extending to him an encouragement that will enable him to make Macomb his permanent home. We knew Dr. Hamill in the east, and in saying that in his profession he has no superior, we simply say what we know, and express the prevailing opinion of the people where he came from. We wish him success in his new home which he knows so well how to earn.


Temperance in Macomb.

            In order that the people may see the benefit of license and the influence exerted by the temperance men of this city and county against the use of beer, liquor, etc. we will give the number of kegs of beer drank in this city on the 4th.

No of 1-4 barrels of beer – 68.

Besides this, there was $674 worth of other drinks sold on the same day.


            The Journal man wishes to know why we did not turn out and raise a shout of welcome to the 78th. Simply because we were so busy contemplating the character of the editor whose patriotism was so great that he refused all offers of promotion in the army.


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