November 11, 1865

Macomb Eagle

Overcome, but not Disheartened.

            The result of the election in this County shows the success of the Republican ticket by majorities elsewhere stated. This result, to say the least, was unexpected; but it is susceptible of explanation. – While it may give the prestige of success to the Republicans, it can also be made barren of any further benefit to them.

The smoke of the battle has scarcely cleared away, but we can see enough to point out where the fault lies. In the first place the leading Democrats – we mean particularly those in Macomb – are chiefly to blame for the result. They figured up the nominations, or assisted materially in controlling them, and then, supposing they had discharged all their duty, they took apparently but little further interest in the contest. The candidates were left to work almost along; they did what they could do in the short time between the convention and the election, but that time was much too short for them unaided, to properly canvass, in their way the county.

In the second place, there was no organization or system by which to work. – No meetings were held, no speeches were made, by which the efforts of the Republicans could be counteracted, their designs exposed, and their falsehoods refuted. – There were no unusual exertions put forth by our men to secure a full vote. Indeed there were scarcely the usual efforts employed that are ordinarily called into requisition on such occasions. Suggestions were repeatedly made that meeting should be held and speeches delivered in every township, which, if they had accomplished nothing else, would at least have aroused every Democrat to the importance of polling his vote. Had this been done – and had a vigorous, aggressive canvass been prosecuted, and a full vote of the Democracy attained, at least two of our candidates, and we believe the entire ticket, would have been triumphantly elected. – But other counsels prevailed, the do nothing policy was adopted, and the country people, seeing the apathy and indifference of those whom they are in the habit of seeing foremost in political campaigns, naturally enough became careless about the election. Thus in one township 25 or 30 Democrats stayed at home all day; in another 10 or 15; in another 15 or 20; and in every other township we can hear of Democrats, more or less in number, who did not go to the polls. There were enough of these to have overcome the Republican majority. Had they been aroused by a public meeting or speech – had they seen activity, and zeal, and the most earnest efforts put forth by men who held offices, and who expect to again hold offices, by virtue of the Democratic voters of this county, the result would have been far different; and instead of now bowing our heads in shame at our defeat, we would all have been jubilant with victory.

Thus it will be seen there is no reason for the Democrats of this County to be dismayed or discouraged. We must pick our flints and try it again. With a full vote we can always carry the county. – The principles of the Democratic party, which now underlie our system of government, they have been the chief stone of the corner from the inauguration of Washington down to the present day, challenge the admiration and support of a free people. A temporary reverse must not discourage. The result of Tuesday will be a lesson and a warning. Next year National issues cannot be ignored, and Republicanism stripped of its specious covering, will be exposed in all its black deformity. – When we make an aggressive canvass – when we move on the enemy’s works, instead of suffering them to move upon ours – we shall redeem Old McDonough from the blackness that now surrounds her.

We have thus spoken freely, as we believe it to be our duty, of the causes of our defeat. We have said it with the kindest of feelings and with the best of intentions towards all. We are comparatively a stranger here, but we cannot be blind to facts patent as the noonday sun, nor can we ignore our duty. Trusting that our reproof will be received in the same spirit in which it is given, for the benefit and triumph of our principles, let us all take courage anew and work with greater earnestness than ever, to make this Government, not only in name but in fact, a white man’s Government.

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Our Paper.

            During the few weeks that we have had charge of the Eagle, a political canvass has been upon us, and our columns have been almost monopolized by political reading, which is not always interesting to the general reader. This, of course, is not only the case with the Eagle, but it is the case with all party papers before elections. The election is now over, and we hope now to have a little time to turn our attention for a few months to the general interest of our town and county, and make the Eagle a more readable paper. We never did like politics, – especially when defeated – if for nothing else that that as editor of a paper it often becomes our duty to deal rather harshly with our fellow-man, and speak unkindly of our opponents. We wish it were so that we could speak well of all mankind, as there is no one who would more readily carry out the scriptural injunction, “do unto others as you would have others do unto you!” – But politics makes “strange creatures of us all.” Differences of opinion will exist, and it is but right and proper that they should exist. We are all fully Americanized enough to “agree to disagree.” And as the smoke of the canvass subsides, let us all – without distinction of party – put our shoulders to the wheel and do whatever is in our power to build up and advance the interest of our county, and the general good and welfare of our people.

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Temperance.

            We have always been friendly to the temperance cause, and we admire consistency in temperance people. We have had something to do with temperance organizations in days past, and unless the principles of the several societies have been greatly changed or modified within a year or two, we think we can detect something wrong, a stultification of principles, and very serious incroachments or innovations upon what used to be the true principles of moral and social reform. We have no right to question the motives of others, but so far as we are concerned, we have never, nor we will not support and elevate to power, those who are habitually inclined to the “weed.” It should be the mission of all temperance orders, to carry out in good faith the principles they profess, but where they fail to do so, it is only holding out premiums to those of intemperate proclivities. We hope for the sake of consistency, that these remarks may not apply to any member of a temperance order in this city.

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            “The Chicago Convention met on the 29th of August, A. D. 1864, and the “great unready” was nominated for President by the unterrified Vallandighammers. Presto! Mr. Lincoln’s name disappears and the hero of the Chickahominy is brought forward. – [Macomb Journal, 4th.

Very well, what of it. It only shows us to be a better kind of a loyal man than you, although we don’t make such a bluster over it. You might have added that while Mr. Lincoln’s name was at the head of our paper, we were chosen by the Democracy of Andrew county to represent them in the Democratic State Convention of Missouri, which met at St. Louis last fall. We did attend that Convention, and Senator Robt. Wilson and ourself cast the vote of Andrew county in that body for the gentleman nominated on the Democratic State ticket – and voted for them on the first ballot. It was well known in the Convention that Mr. Lincoln’s name was at the head of our paper, and you will doubtless be surprised to find out how we got to be a delegate of the Democratic party of Andrew county in said Convention. However, we can’t see that that part of it is any business of yours. If it is, maybe we will enlighten you upon the subject. Mr. Lincoln’s name remained at the head of our paper three or four weeks after the adjournment of the St. Louis Convention, and when we got ready to take it down, we did so. Our Democratic friends knew their own business, and we thought we knew ours. That’s all.

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            The General Result. – The Republicans seem to have carried everything by storm. – They have doubtless carried all of the following States: New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. It is something unusual for New Jersey to go that road, but we presume it is all right. In this State the Republicans have stormed the Democratic breastworks, and carried the main strongholds. The city of Quincy gave about 100 Republican majority. Fulton county went largely Republican. Ditto Peoria county. – Indeed the victory seems to be a general thing, and they will not, hereafter, be afraid to sail under true colors, and come out square on the nigger issue. We hear it hinted already that a plan is now on foot to secure land for a negro colony in this county. So the work will now go on swimmingly.

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A cow that helped Conquer the Rebellion.

            The New Albany (Ind.) Ledger gives the following: “At the agricultural fair at Charlestown a certain cow, decorated with blue and red ribbons, was the observed of all observers. She was captured from the rebels by Sherman’s army, near Corinth, Mississippi, in the summer of 1862 and has accompanied the army in all its marches, raids and expeditions from that time up to the final disbandment of the army at Washington. She is the property of General Clark, of New York, who, expecting to go on duty at New Orleans, had his noted cow sent westward, with a view to taking her to his field of duty. But the General being ordered back to New York, the cow will be sent thither and placed in the great Central Park. This cow, during all her journeyings through Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia – a period of three years – has never ceased to give milk, averaging three gallons a day, which she still gives. She is certainly a noble animal, and wears her ribbons gracefully. She is now in the care of Mr. George W. Lee, of Clark county.

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PUBLIC SALE.

I WILL SELL, at my residence, 3 miles east of Macomb, on Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 1865, the following described property: 3 horses, 30 head of Sheep, Milch Cow, 1 Sulky, 1 Two horse Wagon, 1 Self Raking Reaper, 1 Prize Mower, 1 Corn Planter, 2 Sett Double Harness, Plows and Harrows, Hay in Stack, 50 Acres of Corn in Field, Household and Kitchen Furniture, and other Articles. Terms of Sale: All sums of ten dollars and over, a credit of twelve months, purchaser giving note with approved security; all sums under that amount cash.

GEO. A. TAYLOR.

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            Old Accounts. – In purchasing the Eagle office, all the past subscriptions fell to us, and on examining the books, we find that there are a great many people in the county who are owing for two and three years subscription to the paper. We desire to settle up all these old out-standing accounts, and will be under obligations, if our friends will bear it in mind, and walk up. Those who know themselves indebted to the Eagle for past subscriptions, are hereby notified that those accounts are in our hands.

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            How to Get Your Paper. – All subscribers who have been getting the Eagle from our office delivery, are hereby notified that after this week they must come themselves, or send a written order for their papers. During the few weeks that we have had charge of the office, we have been compelled to supply two or three papers per week to each name upon our “office list.” – The cause of this is that persons, without any authority whatever, knowing their neighbor takes the Eagle, call at the office and ask for John Jones’ or John Smith’s paper, and it has been the rule to give them the papers without any questions. They carry the papers home, and John Jones or John Smith never get to see them. Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith call at our office a week or two after, ask for their papers, and we are of course expected to supply them. All those who want to read the Eagle without paying for it, must hereafter borrow of Jones and Smith, as we will not deliver – after this issue – any paper unless a written order is sent, or the individual who takes the paper calls in person. We are necessarily compelled to adopt some such rule, in order to keep the Eagle in the hands of its actual subscribers. Bear this in mind.

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            Sherman House. – Those of our friends visiting Prairie City, will find the Sherman House a very desirable place to put up. Daniel Frank, the popular and accommodating landlord, knows how to “keep hotel,” and keeps everything in trim about the premises.

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            Something New. – Geo. Jehlinger, the enterprising clothing man, in the Brown Hotel Building, determined not to be undersold by any House in his line, has “marked down” his price to an astonishingly low figure. Jehlinger has a fine assortment of clothing, made up after the latest and most fashionable styles, and will not fail to give satisfaction to his customers.

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            Just the Place. – “When the Autumn leaves are falling and the days grow cold,” many of our readers will be enquiring the best establishment at which to purchase a suit of clothes, or any portion thereof. In advance of the enquiry we would recommend the popular Clothing House of Kiefer & Lyons, west side of the Square, in the Campbell Block, as an institution possessed of the latest and most fashionable styles of Ready-Made Clothing, and one whose “presiding genius” has established an enviable reputation as a liberal and fair dealer. Bear this in mind when you contemplate purchasing your winter clothing.

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            Our Town has been unusually brisk this week – streets crowded with wagons – merchants receiving new goods, and their stores crowded with customers. Truly everything is moving along in this locality with railroad speed.

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            Prof. Sands, the Magician. – This celebrated Magician and Ventriloquist will favor our citizens with an opportunity of attending one of his recherché exhibitions at Campbell’s Hall, on Saturday night, 11th inst. Prof. Sands has acquired a world-wide reputation as being the most skillful Magician and most thorough and accomplished Ventriloquist now traveling. He has but recently been performing at crowded houses at Louisville, Ky., Cincinnati, Dubuque, St. Paul, &c.

The bad character of the generality of traveling exhibitions has had the tendency in Macomb to keep ladies of respectability from attending even the most popular and worthy amusements. We wish to say to the people of this city that this exhibition is not characterized by anything to mar the feelings of the most fashionable and respectable. He never fails to draw crowded houses of the fashionable and elite wherever he goes.

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            Accident. – On Saturday afternoon a team belonging to Mr. Benjamin T. Naylor, of Emmett Township became frightened and started to run, throwing Mr. Naylor from the wagon, and the wheel passing over his right leg causing a bad fracture and otherwise bruising him considerably. He was taken to the Drug Store on the south side of the square and the leg set by Drs. Bane and McDavitt. Mr. Naylor is an old man, and this, we are sorry to say, will go very hard with him. – We are informed that he is doing well, at the present time, as could be expected under the circumstances.

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            Groceries. – R. & J. Adcock, on the Southwest corner of the square have just received and opened a very large and choice Stock of family Groceries, such as Sugar, Coffee, Tea, and indeed everything which goes to make up a complete Stock of Groceries. They keep also on hand all kinds of produce which they sell at the lowest market price. Farmers and others having produce to sell should recollect that these gentlemen are always in the market, and that they pay the best prices; while it is an admitted fact that they sell Groceries a little cheaper than the same quality of goods can be bought elsewhere. They are clever men to deal with, and those who buy their Groceries of either “Bob.” Or “Joe.” May rest assured they get the best; and a little cheaper than is usually asked for the same goods. Give them a call.

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            The Want of our City. – One of the greatest drawbacks to the rapid improvement of our beautiful city is the lack of suitable dwelling houses that may be rented by the mechanic and artisan, the small manufacturer and the business man who may desire to locate here. People are constantly coming to this city, looking up a location for their business, frequently having just capital enough to establish them in it, being unable to purchase such a dwelling house as would suit them, and finding it impossible to rent one of any description, even at the exorbitant rates required by many landlords, they go elsewhere and locate, or return to the place from whence they came, taking with them the opinion, justly formed, that Macomb is no place for a man of small capital, or for a mechanic or laborer, as the profits of his business or labor must necessarily be swallowed up by the rents he is compelled to pay – if he should be fortunate enough to find a house – and that opinion is freely comunicated to every person they may meet, who talks of coming here. The consequence is that the disadvantages of the city as a business point for people of small capital, is widely and too successfully advertised; while on the other hand our wealthy real estate owners (who should certainly fell an interest in the rapid growth of the city) do nothing to counteract this influence against our material wealth, when it is in their power to add largely to the growth of the city, and their own incomes, by erecting upon their vacant lots, suitable tenement houses for the class of which we speak. The policy of holding unimproved real estate at high rates, and calmly awaiting for some more enterprising man to build and improve around you and thus enhance the value of your property, making it worth what you have asked for it for years, is decidedly “old foggyish,” and we have but a poor opinion of the public spirit and enterprise of that class of people. Yet there are many such who sit like an incubus in the way of our city’s progress. There has been for the past four years a constantly increasing demand for tenements, until now it is almost impossible for many families to find any suitable place to live in. The growth of our population is undoubtedly impeded on this account. Vacant lots are numerous throughout the city – many of them owned by men abundantly able to build upon them, and in this way advance their own interest, as well as that of the city, and by so doing have the satisfaction of knowing that they hace been, to some extent, public benefactors. We honestly believe that our city would have doubled its population in the last five years had our wealthy real estate owners “an eye to the public good,” as well as to the “main chance.” Let them think of this hereafter.

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            We have been requested by one of our lady friends to publish the following. Whether she has any particular grievance whereof to complain, we know not, but of one thing we are certain, that we agree most cordially with the sentiment of the lines she has so kindly furnished us for publication.

“Is it anybody’s business
If a gentleman should choose
To wait upon a lady,
If the lady don’t refuse?
Or – to speak a little plainer,
That the meaning all may know –
Is it anybody’s business
If a lady has a beau?
If a person’s on the sidewalk,
Whether great or whether small,
Is it anybody’s business
Where that person means to call?
Or, if you see a person
as he’s calling anywhere,
Is it anybody’s business
What his business may be there?

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