July 22, 1865

Macomb Eagle

Negro Suffrage.

            The republican State convention of Iowa, as it is well known, adopted resolutions in favor of negro suffrage, and Stone their candidate for Governor, makes the same issue on the stump and also denounces President Johnson for not coming up to the blackmark. The same is true of the same party in the Vermont State convention. In Ohio they dodged the question; Cox is in fever of negro suffrage and advocates it openly on the stump. More than this, all the republican papers in Illinois, with a possible exception or two, are advocating the same measure. H. Winter Davis at Chicago, on the Fourth, made an elaborate argument in favor of Sambo voting. So also did Denslow, one of the editors of the Chicago Tribune, in a furious speech at Lyons, Iowa, the same day. The republican leaders are determined that this shall be the issue, and are sparing no effort to work their followers down to the notch. Whether this is a white man’s Government or not, is soon to be practically tested. We stand by the restoration policy of the President, and against the negro fanatics.

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Soldiers Monument.

            We see by our exchanges that the people in every county in this State are taking steps toward building a monument to the soldiers. We propose that the people of McDonough shall not be behind those of other counties in this respect. McDonough county stands second to no county in the State in patriotic response to the calls for men. Now let her show herself equally prompt in honoring those to whom honor is due.

With the proper effort we think from $500 to $1000 could be raised in every township in the County. – There is not a man in McDonough County but would give his dollar to such a purpose and many of them their tens. And a noble monument could be erected for from $10,000 to $15,000, which would be a credit to the citizens of the County, and an honorable memento to her gallant sons who have fallen in defense of the Union. Let us hear from the people on the subject. And any way, let something be done, immediately.

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            → The Iowa Democracy have published a call for a Democratic State Convention, to be held next month, and invite the participation of all men who are “opposed to negro suffrage and in favor of the restoration policy of President Johnson.” This is a shot in the center, and like the spear of Ithuriel will develop the black devil from the loyal toad that is now “squat by the ear” of the country, seeking to seduce the people from their allegiance to the best interests of the white men of the world. In this sign we shall conquer.

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A Straw.

            The soldiers of Keokuk held a rousing meeting, on Wednesday night, in which they passed resolutions, unanimously, in condemnation of the negro suffrage and equality doctrine of the republican party. The soldiers fought in this war to perpetuate the liberties and freedom of the white men, and not to elevate the negro to a social and political equality with those from whom Divine Wisdom had eternally separated from them in color, intelligence and moral attributes.

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            → Negro suffrage and negro suffering sound very much alike, and they will, alas! be intimately connected in the future; at least until the people come to their senses, and learn to let the poor negro be just what God made him, with out attempting to improve upon the workmanship of the Almighty.

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            → The journal says it is glad we published its editorial on the negro suffrage question. We have no doubt it does him good to see his effusions in a respectable paper.

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            → The temperance men in Tennessee are a little too fast, next time they had better wait and see what the board does before they run into print with their silly effusions.

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            → Farmers who have grass to cut should put their heavy reapers under cover and buy a light single mower. We have three on hand and for sale cheap.

Graham & Bro.

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HISTORY OF THE 84TH REGIMENT.

To the Readers of the Eagle.

            We are pleased that Lieut. L. A. Simmons has promised to furnish us with a history of the 84th regiment from its organization to its muster-out. Lieut. S. is a good writer and we have no doubt his history will prove highly interesting to our readers. We will commence its publication in a week or two, and in the meantime we trust our friends will use their exertions to give us a good list of subscribers. Let those who want to read the history of this gallant regiment send along their subscriptions immediately. For one year $2,00; six months $1,00.

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            Statuary. – S. J. Clarke & Co. have just received a fine lot of statuary, consisting of bust of President Lincoln, Washington, Clay, Webster, Greek Slave, Innocent Cupid and Pair of Angels. Also, a splendid lot of steel engravings, lithographs, photographs, both medium and card, which they offer cheap. – Call and see them.

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County Fair.

            We learn from the officers of the McDonough County Agricultural Society that the time fixed upon for holding the eleventh annual fair of the society, is the 27th, 28th, and 29th days of September next. Premium lists can be had by calling upon the president, Joseph Burton, or at any of the principal business houses in this city. So far as we know every effort has been made to make our next fair a success, and if our citizens, and particularly the business men of Macomb, will put their shoulder to the wheel there will be a display at the fair in September of which McDonough county can justly be proud. The only sound and true argument in favor county fairs is that they tend to get up an honorable strife among farmers and stock raisers, and hence prove a great incentive for them to raise or produce the best of everything. Besides, to those who are selfish enough to care nothing about any interest that does not directly touch ones pocket, if the fair is a success and can be established here on a firm basis, it will be of great advantage to our citizens and our town. Success then say we to the next annual county fair.

Since writing the above we are informed that the citizens of Macomb intend to offer a premium for the best lady equestrian. This is a good move and in the right direction. It will give a new interest to the fair, and tend materially to make it a success. We would urge upon the farmers of McDonough county to take hold of this fair in earnest and bring in their farm products so as to make the occasion one of interest. Let every person lend a helping hand and we will venture that there will not be a better County Fair in the State than the coming fair of McDonough county. By reference to the list of awarding committees it will be seen that they are well qualified for the duties imposed upon them, and we can vouch for them that no partiality will be shown in the awarding of premiums.

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            Crops. – The wheat and oat crops are about all harvested in this county. The yield will be about an average (if anybody can tell what amount in bushels) of the former, and something more of the latter. The grain is good. Hay will be a good yield in weight, and if there be fair weather for cutting, will add much to the year’s surplus. Corn has been planted in large amount, and the prospect for a heavy crop per acre was never better in the month of July. There is still a large amount of last year’s corn and wheat in the county.

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            → Mr. J. T. Webb, on the North side of the square, wishes the farmers and all others interested to bear in mind that he has a large supply of mackerel, white fish, etc., in half barrels, kegs or kits, which he is offering as cheap as any house this side of Chicago. Mr. Webb is also agent for the Champion Corn Sheller, which can be run by hand or by power. One hand with the machine can shell 100 bushels of corn in a day.

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            Sad Accident. – On Thursday last while the wife of Mr. William Wile, living near Industry, was preparing some boiled milk for her children, one of the children, which had just began to run around, climbed up on a chair and pulled over the can containing the milk, scalding it so bad that it died on Saturday last.

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            → Dr. S. Ritchey, at the City Drug Store, has a fine lot of paints and Oils which he is offering at reasonable rates, give him a call.

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            Accident. – On Saturday last a little child of Mr. John Hall’s fell off the fence and fractured both bones of the forearm in two places. They were set by Dr. McDavitt and the child is now doing as well as could be expected.

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            Chickens and Garden “Sarss.” – C. C. Clarke, on the north side of the square, wishes the farmers of McDonough county to understand that he wishes to purchase chickens, butter, eggs, potatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, etc., for which he will pay the highest market price in cash.

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            At Home. – The 16th regiment have been paid off and are now at home. They look fine and hearty after nearly four years service.

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            That’s Even So. – Watkins & Co. are still selling groceries as cheap as ever. These gentleman are always ready to supply the people with the best of groceries, and queensware. They have mackerel and white fish by the 1-2 barrels, keg, or kit. They have also just received another fresh lot of white lead, oils, etc., to which the attention of farmers and painters are invited.

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            If the journal man will only publish a few more articles in favor of negro suffrage, we will continue to please him by giving them a circulation.

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            → We have been told of a farmer in this count who lost 1,400 bushels of wheat by its getting wet and rotting. The grain was threshed last fall and placed in pens covered and lined with straw. It rotted so bad that not even the hogs would eat it. One-half the value of the wheat would have built the farmer a barn that would have preserved that and many future crops in perfect safety.

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