October 13, 1865

Macomb Journal

In New Quarters.

            The Journal office is now removed to the new Post-Office building at the northeast corner of the square. For two or three months past our time has been so taken up with building, repairing, &c., that we have not been able to give that attention to our editorial duties that we should have desired to. Our private correspondence has been somewhat neglected, and several letters remain unanswered. We are now comfortably settled in our new quarters, and with the aid of additional help in both printing office and post-office we will be able to do justice to both institutions, and have a little leisure in which to chat with a friend, or write the name of a new subscriber upon our books.

The late pressure upon our time has compelled us to lay over until next week the continuation of our chapters upon “army life.”


The Coming Election.

            The new registry law provides that the names of all legal voters be registered three weeks previous to any State, county, city, or town election. The board of registry will meet in their respective townships on Tuesday next, 17th inst., at 9 o’clock, A. M. and make a registry of the electors, giving accurately their places of residence. This matter is important, and every Union voter should see to it that his name is properly registered. Any person whose name is not on the list, offering to vote on the day of election, must make affidavit in writing that he is entitled to vote, and prove by the oath of a householder and registered voter of the district that he is a resident of the district.


Newspaper Change.

            Owing to the pressure occupied by moving last week, we omitted to mention that Mr. C. H. Whittaker, formerly editor of a newspaper at Savannah, Mo., has purchased and taken possession of the Eagle establishment in this city. We shall expect an improvement in that paper. The late editor, Mr. J. B. Naylor, while personally on friendly terms with us, seemed to think it perfectly justifiable to make the most unfounded and unwarrantable attacks upon our private acts and character through his paper. He appeared to forget that he lived himself in a glass house, and the first stone we threw demolished it. He now retires, thanking us for the courtesies we have shown him.

The new editor starts out very fair for the new conductor of a Copperhead sheet. He is disgusted with Missouri, and upon leaving that State shakes the dust from his feet. He thinks Missouri has become thoroughly abolitionized, and too much given to spirit-rappers and women’s rights. He comes to McDonough county, Illinois, to find an atmosphere more congenial to his conservative tastes.

The tone of his paper shows him to be decidedly a Democrat, according to modern interpretation. He is in favor of one principle, viz: taxation of the United States Bonds; and he is opposed to one principle, viz: negro suffrage. This is now the head and front, top and bottom, of all copperhead platforms all over the country.

Mr. Whittaker has our best wishes for his pecuniary success. We couldn’t afford to do without a Democratic paper in this county, and Mr. Whittaker is just as good a man to run such an institution as has left Missouri since the adoption of the new Constitution.


The Possum Democracy.

            Was there ever such an unlucky party as the Possum Democracy. In order to give their tickets some show of loyalty and respectability they endeavor to plaster it over now and then with the name of a soldier. Nearly every exchange that we see contains a card from some soldier declining to stand as a candidate on their ticket. In Hancock county they nominated a soldier then absent in the 118th Ill. He returns them the following broadside:

Baton Rouge, La., Sept. 27, 1865.

           J. M. Davidson, Esq. – Sir: Your letter bearing date Sept. 13th, in behalf of the Democratic Central Committee, notifying me of my nomination as a candidate for “County Superintendent of Schools,” and asking my acceptance of the same, has just been received. In reply, I beg leave to decline said nomination. I cannot allow myself to become a candidate of a party whose leaders in Hancock have been opposed to the suppression of the rebellion, and have denounce the Union soldiers in terms of reproach. Neither does their new-born zeal for the “returning soldier” blind me to the fact that we soldiers in their opinion are “heroes” before, and “Lincoln hirelings” after the election – especially the latter, if the Democracy is beaten.

Your most ob’t servant,
Isaac R. McLaughlin,
Private Co. E, 118th Ill. Mounted Inf.


A Splendid Compliment.

            The Fulton Democrat welcomes the new editor of the Buzzard to this Congressional District. It says:

“Right gladly do we welcome this talented man to our Congressional District. He is just the man to take care of the dysentery editor of the Journal.”

We are right glad to hear this. When our dysentery comes on we will send immediately for “this talented man,” and nobody else shall do the chamber work.

N. B. Bring along two or three copies of the Buzzard.


            → The candidate of the coppinger Democracy for county judge is not very widely known in this county. Some people mistake him for Squire Jackson of Colchester. This does great injustice to the Squire, who is really a worthy man of respectable attainments. This copperhead candidate is represented to as a “gassy” sort of man, and as vindictive toward “abolitionists” as a viper. He has in his time made some poor attempts at preaching. Not long ago he was holding forth at a school house near Pennington’s Point, in this county, when come boys of a larger growth, not having that respect for the preacher that perhaps they should have had, tipped over a bench, and one of them was plunged headlong out on the floor. – The preacher paused a moment for fitting words to express himself, and then looking at the irreverent youth, he exclaimed, “The next plunge you make will be into h – l, and I shan’t care a bit.” Mr. Nasby then continued his discourse without further interruption.


Whereabouts and Strength
of Illinois Regiments.

   Springfield, Ill., Oct. 6. – The following is a revised list of Illinois regiments, with the location of each at the last report received at the Adjutant General’s office, and the strength of each, as reported previously to August 28:


8th – Marshall, Texas, 286 men,
18th – Little Rock, Ark., 798 men,
21st – New Orleans, La., 227 men,
28th – Brownsville, Texas, 583 men,
29th – Houston, Texas, 522 men,
33d – Vicksburg, Miss., 521 men,
36th – New Orleans, La., 459 men,
37th – Sabine Pass, Texas, 705 men,
38th – New Orleans, La., 370 men,
39th – Norfolk, Va., 616 men,
42d – Camp Irwin, Texas, 588 men,
43d – Little Rock, Ark., 923 men,
44th – Camp Tyler, Texas, 454 men,
46th – Grand Ecore, La., 1,037 men,
47th – Selma, Ala., 391 men,
51st – Placido, Texas, 493 men,
52d – Fort Smith, Ark., 654 men,
58th – Montgomery, Ala., 792 men,
59th – Green Lake, Texas, 820 men,
62d – Fort Gibson, Ark., 663 men,
147th – Albany, Ga., 700 men,
149th – Dalton, Ga., 869 men,
150th – Griffin, Ga., 812 men,
151st – Columbus, Ga., 856 men.


2d – San Antonio, Texas, 578 men,
3d – Fort Ridgely, Minn., 898 men,
5th – Hempstead, Texas, 566 men,
6th – Montgomery, Ala., 945 men,
7th – Decatar, Ala., 1,213 men,
9th – Gainesville, Ala., 1,264 men,
10th – Merritt’s Command, Texas, 992 men,
12th – Custer’s Command, Texas, 1,006 men,
17th – Humboldt, Kansas, ordered to Plains, 1,063 men.





Our Unemployed Soldiers.

   “The great war of the rebellion has closed, and our braves who have carried the flag of our country through fire and blood to victory, (those who have survived the dangers of battle and imprisonment and exposure) have returned to their homes. They are now private citizens, whom we should delight to prefer and honor. Many are poor, who gave up lucrative situations at the call of patriotism. Many are now in our midst vainly striving to secure situations or employment of any kind. Many have lost a leg or an arm, or carry bullets in their bodies, or wounds on their persons, from the effects of which they will never entirely recover. What is our duty to these noble men for the generous sacrifices they have made? Every storekeeper, every banker and business man in this city should respectfully listen to every application for work coming from a returned soldier. Do any vacancies exist in their establishments, they should be at once filled. If a soldier would answer as well in positions already filled, room should be provided, even if able-bodied clerks are removed to do it. A more than ordinary effort should be made to accommodate him. The man who has a wooden leg, if competent, should be preferred to the hale and healthy incumbent you now employ. Turn the civilian with two arms adrift whenever the one-armed soldier can fill his place. To all public offices or positions of trust the soldier who has served his country has the best right. It is a duty we owe each and all these brave men, that with cheerful alacrity we give them every chance in our power to earn an independent and honorable livelihood. It will be simply an act of justice when we have done all that we can for this class who have done so much on their part to sustain those institutions upon whose existence and perpetuity depends the material prosperity and progress of every private firm and individual in the nation. – Chicago Post.


Post-Office Removed.

            The Post-Office has been removed to the new post-office building, north0east corner of the square.


Bryant, Stratton & Bell’s Busi-
ness College, at Quincy, Ill.,

Will be open for the reception of students on Wednesday, the 11th of October inst. The school is under the supervision of D. V. Bell, the founder of the famous “Bell’s Commercial College.” Scholarships good throughout the great national chain of forty colleges in the United States.

Send (with a stamp) for circular, and address Bryant, Stratton & Bell, P. O. ‘drawer’ “C,” Quincy, Ill.


A Successful Machine.

The Washing Machine on exhibition at our Fair by J. W. Leach, of Industry, is demonstrated as a successful Washing Machine. Any thing that will lighten the labor of women is really a desideratum. This machine we believe to be superior to all others for heavy washing, such as quilts, etc., etc.


Fatal Accident.

We learn that on last Friday night a man was killed on the railroad track near Colchester, in this county. We are told that he was a passenger on the train going south intending to stop at this place, but getting to sleep he was carried on to Colchester. Some reports say that he was intoxicated. He was discovered during the night lying dead upon the track, the evening train having run over him. There is some suspicion that he was murdered and thrown on the track, a valise and other things being miss- which he had when arrived there. The Bushnell Press says that his name was James Seaile and that he leaves a family living near Vermont in Fulton county.


            → “Perfectly delightful!” “What is perfectly delightful?” “Why, those extracts and perfumery, for sale at Clarke’s Book Store.”


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