July 14, 1865

Macomb Journal

The News.

            The news this week is very meagre.

In accordance with the findings and sentence of the Military Commission, and the approval of the President, David E. Harrold, Lewis Payne, Geo. A. Atzerodt and Mary E. Surratt, were hung at Washington on Friday last.

Gold opened at 140 ½ in N. York Wednesday morning, and at 1 p. m. closed at 141 ½.

The President of the “Knights of the Golden Circle,” in confinement at Fort Warren, has issued an “order” suspending the operations of the Circle until July, 1870, when a “congress” will assemble at Washington and lay the corner-stone of “the Saxon University.” What this means our copperhead friends probably understand.

Jeff. Davis’ health is good. It is reiterated that he is to be tried by Military Commission. He recently received a letter from a rebel soldier, including $15 in “Confederate” currency, with which “to pay his fare to hell!”

The Secretary of the Treasury has determined, in view of the enormous outlays of the Government at present, in paying off the army, etc., that he will pay only twenty-five per cent. of all allowed claims in currency, and issue the rest in certificates of indebtedness.

Seventy pardons to rebels were granted by the President on Tuesday. Applications for pardon continue to pour in.

It is reported that the Government will vigorously protest against the landing of any more French or Austrian troops in Mexico, and take such measures as will eventually result in Maximillian’s withdrawal from the country.

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→ Owing to the pressure upon our columns this week we are compelled to lay over until next week, the first chapter of our army experiences. This is perhaps all well enough as we are now receiving every day the names of new subscribers from soldiers belonging to our old brigade who will wish to commence with our first chapter.

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Trade in Macomb.

            When the 78th regiment was paid off in Chicago the soldiers traded liberally in that city under the impression that then was their opportunity, as in so large a city as Chicago goods must be sold much cheaper than could be obtained in Macomb. A few, however, reserved their money to make their purchases here at home, and we are convinced they saved money in the operation. We were in Hopper’s clothing store a few days since when a returned soldier was pricing some goods there, and he assured us that he would have saved five dollars by purchasing his clothing here. The same may be said of articles in the dry goods line. The wife of one of our soldiers was in Chicago and went out to do some shopping but returned with her money saying, “I can trade to better advantage in Macomb.” Our merchants are all experienced men and make their purchases judiciously, and seem to be willing to sell at but little advance above cost. A farmer living over in Henderson county told us a day or since that he had formerly done his trading at Burlington, Iowa, but that he could save money by coming to Macomb. – It is a fact that cannot be gainsayed that Macomb is getting a large share of the trade for many miles around, and this is owing to the enterprise of her merchants who are better satisfied with large sales and small profits than large profits and small sales.

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A Copperhead Coerced.

            We learn that some returned soldiers residing about Dallas City, in the neighboring county of Hancock, recently called upon a notorious Copperhead living in Dallas named Finch, and began to question him concerning the manner in which he had upheld the War for the Union during their absence. Finch trembled in his boots, and turned pale, and made divers protestations of sound Union principles. The boys knew he lied, for this Finch was a prominent member of that treasonable organization, the Sons of Liberty, and his name was unearthed and published in connection with the trial of the Chicago conspirators. The boys thought if he was a good Union man he would have no objection to hurrahing for the Union, and swearing never to vote hereafter anything but a first-class Union ticket. Finch hurrahed for the Union in fine style, and swore solemnly that he would never vote another copperhead ticket.

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Progression. – The Eagle begins to show wisdom. In its issue of last week it copies entire one of our leading editorials and places it at the head of its editorial columns without comment. This is right. – The readers of that paper have long needed some good, sound and loyal editorial articles, and we are glad to notice this evidence of good taste and sound judgment in that paper. Let the editor continue this course, and the moral constitution of that paper, which has been so badly shattered during the war, will recruit its former vigor and strength.

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Benefit of Taking a Newspaper. – While we were stopping in Chicago last month we were at the house of an old New Jersey friend, who is now engaged in a highly profitable manufacturing business, in that city. We observed in his family a copy of the Jerseyman, published at Morristown, N. J., a paper by the way upon which our first experience in type-setting was performed. Our friend remarked that to that paper he owed all he was worth. It was the foundation of his fortune. While living in the State of New Jersey and taking the paper, he noticed an advertisement of a certain farm to rent, which stated the price for which it would be rented. He knew the farm, and knew that the rent was cheap. He made an immediate application, and was just in time to secure it for a term of three years. He made money upon that farm, and thus secured a start in the world. “And now,” says he, “I mean to be a subscriber to that paper as long as I live.”

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→ The U. S. Hospital at Quincy is about to be removed to some other point. There are sick and wounded soldiers still arriving but the number in hospital is comparatively small.

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Execution. – Thomas Wilson, the bushwhacker, who was found guilty of the shooting of Thomas Trimble, by the Adams county circuit court, is to be executed to-day, Friday. The Quincy Whig says that much sympathy has been excited in behalf of the young man, as he is said to be only seventeen years of age, and strenuous efforts are being made to have his sentence commuted to imprisonment for life.

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Arrival of the 16th. – We learn from the Springfield papers that the 16th regiment arrived at Camp Butler last Monday for the purpose of being paid off. This gallant regiment was mustered into the service at Quincy on the 24th of May, 1861, Robert F. Smith Colonel, and left for the field the 11th of June following. They re-enlisted as veterans Dec 23d, 1863.

There are three companies in this regiment from this county and we expect to see them home before the week is out.

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Louisville Correspondence.

Louisville, Ky., July 10, 1865.

            Dear Journal: – I write in the midst of a heated term which seems likely to reduce every thing to the consistency of running grease. To strike oil is now no trick at all, as it stands in large drops on every human being, and continually oozes out at the many million holes in the cuticle. The thermometer’s mercury has been loafing around in the vicinity of 00 degrees for several days past. I no longer wonder at the ancients representing Mercury with wings, when he takes such high flights as this.

A large portion of “Sherman’s boys” are still with us, and as for number, are like the catle on a thousand hills,” though they are daily being citizenized by the mustering officers. The whole of the Army of the Tennessee, which comprises the 14th, 15th and 17th Corps, is ordered to be mustered out, by Gen. Logan, who commands it. – And “by St. Paul the work goes bravely on.”

I am sorry to record, as a truthful correspondent, that many of the boys are spending their money very fast. They almost monopolize all the theatres, shows, hacks, and some other institutions of this city. – The Government acted very wisely in only paying them up to the 30th of April, as this will insure them to have some money when they get home. Their camps are crowded every day, with all sorts of peddlers, who drive a brisk trade. I have heard of little girls making as high as $10 per day by selling pies and cakes in the camps. Don’t it seem strange that men who tramped from Atlanta to Washington can not travel about the city without hiring a hack?

A few evenings ago, a soldier belonging to an Illinois regiment committed suicide on the pavement in front of the Louisville Theatre, just before the performance closed. He gave himself a stab, from the effects of which he died in a few minutes.

I have been at the camp of the 16th Illinois twice lately. I suppose the boys will soon be with you. They were paid about two weeks ago. I was very kindly treated by Lieuts. Geo. Ray and Brose Updegraff. They are about two miles east of this city, in a splendid location. I believe two companies are from your place.

Gen. Sherman arrived here on Monday last, and met with a very enthusiastic reception. He was escorted from the boat to the residence of a friend by a brigade of his old army. In the afternoon he was welcomed, at the Court House, in a speech by Hon. Jas. Guthrie, U. S. Senator, elect. – The General responded in a talk of about ten minutes. In the evening a banquet was given to him in the principal hall of the city. The price of a ticket to this supper, (which was so select that the guests were limited to 200) was the very modest sum of $10. The speeches and responses on that occasion leave no room for doubt that the General is fairly booked as a candidate to succeed Andrew Johnson.

The “glorious 4th” was appropriately celebrated here. One of the novelties at the Fair Ground was a speech by Brevet Brigadier General Brisbin, advocating negro suffrage. About 2,000 people were present on those grounds. The colored people had an immense celebration and procession. – They did not stand the extreme heat so well as their white brethren. I believe two died on the pic nic grounds from the effects of heat.

The election occurs in this State in August. We have now in this District three candidates: Gen. L. H. Rosseau, Union without an if; Col. Mundy, highly conservative; and R. H. Mallory, semi-rebel, or Democratic. The contest is about as hot as the weather, with the odds in favor of the first mentioned gentleman.

Another guerrilla will hang here on Tuesday (to-morrow.)

T.

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For the Macomb Journal.

A Public Meeting.

            A public meeting of citizens and friends of Temperance assembled in the town of Tennessee, McDonough county, and state of Illinois, on the 1st day of July, A. D., 1865, (according to the previous appointment,) to consider the late action of the Board of Supervisors of said county in which they decided by vote that whisky is one of the essentials of life in Tennessee township, in the above mentioned county.

The meeting was called to order, and the object of the meeting stated by a citizen, when Mr. T. J. Caldwell was elected Chairman and E. D. Stevens Secretary.

A committee of five persons was then appointed by the chairman to draft resolutions for the consideration of the meeting.

The committee then withdrew to attend to the business assigned them, and in their absence the audience was entertained with an appropriate address by Colonel T. K. Roach.

The committee then reported the following resolutions, which on motion were considered separately, and after some speeches were unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That it is the sense of this meeting that the position assumed by the Board in said action has been proven most conclusively by all past experience to be erroneous.

  1. That we feel that the citizens of Tennessee township have, by this act of our Supervisors, been grossly misrepresented before the public.
  2. That we, the citizens of Tennessee township, hereby call upon the Board of Supervisors to revoke said action, or make satisfactory explanation of the same through the public journals of the county.
  3. That a copy of the proceedings of this meeting be furnished for publication in the Macomb Journal, and that the Macomb Eagle be requested to copy the same.

E. D. STEVENS, Sec’y.

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‒ The 64th Illinois volunteers left Louisville on the 12th for Chicago.

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[For the Macomb Journal.]

The Fourth in Macomb.

We have been to the “Fourth” in Macomb, heigh-ho,
What a grand affair, to be sure, it has been!
O, Muse of Ages, your pinions bend low,
While we paint what was there to be tasted and seen.

Of course we’ll say nothing, but leave you to guess,
How, when midnight crept in with the day,
The booming of cannon our slumbers impress,
Bidding the dream spirits up and away.

Or of all the trials attending us through,
Our “rigging up” for the wonderful fray;
Enough, that, betimes, we arrived in full view
Of the lofty domed town where the “big bugs” stay.

And here let me say the strong tug began,
For what, with the pushing and wedging for room,
And the babel of tongues, we deemed that in van
The world had come out the “Fourth in Macomb.”

After roving around for an hour or so,
And still not finding the pleasure we sought,
We fell in with the stream whose fast swelling flow
Inclined to the north, and thus were soon brou’t
To the centre of all the attraction to be –
The crowning sport of the city’s renown!
But whether, for once, was at fault gravely,
May not by the muses at present be shown.

‘Twas the Fair Ground, you know, where the “goodies” dwelt,
And where was to come that flag-headed train,
Hark! sure they are coming, for heart never felt
Such music before, and will not again.

Ah, tip-toe, ye crowds, already on hand,
To catch the first sight of the glorious crew,
Here, here comes the wonderful music band,
Holding forth with a drum and a fife or two.

Next comes – away now wth nonsense, for here
Is something substantial and real, I ween,
God bless the dear flag, and, what are as dear,
The braves, who, to battle for it, have been.

Perhaps ‘twas because of the mist in our eyes
We failed to discover the advertised train,
For, after a few, the distance gave rise
To only some stray groups of women and men.

We had scarce thought over this wide defeat,
When the crier announced ‘No speaker to-day,’
Which was followed by murmurs low and sweet,
So he drove up a “Car” he had pressed in the fray.

This “car” plead “not loaded,” and soon was replaced
By the gay, dashing “Waters” so bright and so cool,
The “Glee-Club” contributed to the wide waste,
And soon all were merry as boys out of school.

But the “goodies,” O pen, pause here in despair,
Else you gain, ‘stead of fame, the adage of old,
Sure many this day had a chance to declare,
“Sour grapes,” – at least so we last night were told.

Thus ended the day – no, not ended quite,
For see, there’s a light streaking up to the sky,
Don’t faint, dear young miss, or they’ll wash off the white,
Tis only a “Rocket,” – kind muses good bye.

H. K. C.

Macomb, July 5, 1865.

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            → We are obliged to lay over until next week the new advertisement of A. J. Davis, the enterprising merchant on the east side of the square, in the Randolph block. In the meantime we would say to our readers that Mr. Davis has largely reduced the prices of his goods with a view to close out his stock to make room for the fall and winter trade. We notice that some of his goods are marked at remarkably low prices. Now is an excellent chance to secure bargains.

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            A Horned Rooster. – A disabled soldier was exhibiting upon our streets on Saturday last a male hen, with a beautiful pair of horns about the size of full grown spurs. It attracted considerable attention, and the learned and scientific men of our city pronounced them genuine horns. A farmer from Blandinville being present explained the theory of horned roosters. He told us that when the chicken was about half grown make a pretty deep incision each side of the comb, and cut out the spurs and insert them in the comb. The wound will soon heal over, and the spur begin to erupt, when a slight incision across the [?] is necessary to let the spur grow out. The removal of the spur to the comb should be done quickly, so that it retain the life principle. Those following these instructions may be able to raise their own horned roosters.

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            Scarcity of Butter. – This place is without butter. For several days there has been scarcely a pound on sale in the city. We remember when butter was a drug in the market, and sold here at from six to ten cents per pound. Now it will sell readily for from twenty to thirty cents and not a pound to be had.

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            Got Home. – Mr. Isaac Tunis, of Co. I, 78th Ill. arrived home one day this week. He is still in very poor health. Being without his descriptive roll he was mustered out without receiving pay or bounty, and will have to wait the slow process of a settlement through the Department at Washington.

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            The New School House. – The work upon our new school house is progressing nicely. The building committee, at the head of which is Alderman Anderson, are indefatigable in their efforts to have the work progress as fast as it consistent with durability and completeness of finish. This building when completed will be an ornament to the city, and an institution which is needed, and we have no doubt will be appreciated.

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            Runaway Accident. – On Friday last, a Mrs. Blackhurst, residing about ten miles north-west of this city, was returning from a pic nic, and driving a pair of horses belonging to her husband, the horses tool fright and ran away, throwing the whole party, consisting of two women and four children, out of the wagon. Mrs. Blackhurst was severely bruised and wrenched [?] child of Mrs. B. seriously injured in the head. The others escaped with slight contusions or bruises. This same team ran away about two years ago killing a child of Mrs. Blackhurst’s.

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            The Weather. – During the week past we have had some heavy rain. On Thursday morning the weather was cold enough to make overcoats comfortable.

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            Fire. – An alarm of fire was raised in the city on Thursday forenoon. It was discovered that the house of Nelson Abbott in the north part of the city was on fire occasioned by a stove pipe coming in contact with the roof. The fire was extinguished with but slight damage.

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            → The stocks of goods cost are so small and the demand so large that a material advance has recently taken place, and in any event prices are likely to rule high for a long time to come. Nevertheless, Johnson continues to offer goods at a great decline, which will continue for a few days longer. See advertising column.

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            → Capt. Harmon Veatch, of the 78th Ill., residing in Tennessee township, has purchased the residence of William Campbell in the eastern part of the city and will shortly remove his family thither. We welcome him to the enjoyment and comforts of city life.

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            → Benj. Gill, one of our fellow-soldiers in the 78th Illinois, has purchased the lot on the south-west corner of Washington and Lafayette streets, and will soon have a blacksmith’s shop in full operation. Ben was Brigade blacksmith for a long time, and a better workman never shod a horse.

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