November 18, 1865

Macomb Eagle

→ Our friend of the Bushnell Press, in his paper of last week, replies to our article of the week previous, wherein we quoted from the federal Constitution, the law as therein laid down, and which clearly enough shows the unconstitutionality of the discriminating tax, which seems to be the pet measure of every loyal editor in the country. Whenever an editor favors the policy of equal taxation, or opposes the non-taxation of bonds, he virtually must concede himself to be disloyal – or at least such is the howl which is immediately raised in the columns of the loyal papers. The Press seems to ridicule the extracts we quoted from the Constitution, and intimates our forefathers were not sufficiently wise to frame a fundamental law which would be applicable to the emergencies of war, and hence if it was necessary to violate the Constitution – loyal people should be ready and willing to shout “progress, freedom and no Constitutional restrictions!” This is all very nice – very patriotic – and very good logic for loyal people to think over, but we must confess we have never been loyal enough to gulp down such absurdities. Our Bushnell neighbor has a great deal of candor, and is stubborn enough to talk out the genuine principles of the radical party, without fear, favor or affection; and when he wipes out constitutional restrictions which lay in the way of the loyal party policy, he is only doing what others of his party fully endorse, but who have not the moral courage to talk out their principles only in a certain way. The Press is like many other loyal papers we have seen – perfectly willing to stand by the Constitution when it suits their policy, but when it conflicts with their ideas of loyalty, they wish it set aside, on the ground that those who framed that instrument were incapable of contemplating the trying ordeals of war, and the dangers through which we, as a people, have passed. If the Press still insists upon the right to violate the Constitution, and is unwilling to recognize the law as therein laid down, we must abandon the controversy, (so far as law is concerned,) and deal in the modern style of argument – by using “tongue” and “cheek” weapons, and defying whatever of law may curb our ideas and policy. – This seems to be a very fashionable style among loyal editors and speakers, and it seems to work charmingly.


            → The Union (Mo.,) Progress, calls Gen. Blair “a rebel clown.” The Progress is edited by a man named MOORE – who is more a fool than a wit – and who is a very fair specimen of stay-at-home pluperfect loyalists. He should be bored for the simples by some of his friends, rubbed down with a couple of bricks, and then limited to the dimensions of a “straight jacket.” Just such cattle as MOORE are foolish enough to suppose that they constitute all the loyal element of the country, and that they are the motive power which regulates the system of the federal Government.


A Bushwhacker Caught.

            We always did have a disgust for bushwhacking warfare, and those who fight in that way should he handled without mercy. We have our eye set on one of these gentry, and by the gods we intend to capture him and punish him for his bushwhacking warfare on us. For several weeks he has been in the brush, secreted from the public gaze, and pouring hot shot at us through the editorial columns of the Journal, and, now that we have discovered the bushwhacker, we intend to open our battery on him, and, if possible, drive him from his ambush. The gentleman whose name appears as editor of the Journal has a right to say just what he pleases of us, but we deny the right of bushwhackers to squib at us through his editorial columns. The bushwhacker has a right, no doubt, to fire at us if he feels like it, but if we fire into him and drive him from his ambush, he will have no one to blame but himself. – If forced to it, we will make the woods too hot to hold such fellows, and will meet them on their own terms. “A word to the wise is sufficient.”


The Vote in McDonough County.

            We are indebted to James W. Matthews, Esq., County Clerk, for the following statement of the vote in this county, with the majority for each candidate:

For County Judge – L. A. Simmons,                                  2,089
Wm. H. Jackson,                                    2,006
Majority for Simmons, …………………………                 83

For County Clerk – William Erwin,                                   2,124
Morris Chase,                                         2.112
Majority for Erwin, ……………………………                  112
For County Treasurer –     Wm. H. H. Hainline,             2,089
John W. Westfall,                            2,053
Majority for Hainline, ………………………….             36

For School Commissioner – Daniel Branch,                     2,102
T. L. Kendrick,                   2,025
Majority for Branch, …………………………          77

For County Surveyor – Jas. W. Brattle,                              2,126
Joseph E. Morris,                          2,018
Majority for Brattle, …………………………….     108

Mr. Venable, the nominee of the Republican party for the office of School Commissioner, and who withdrew from the canvass, received 10 votes.

Mr. Westfall, candidate for Treasurer, received one vote for County Judge.


            Two women engaged in shopping at Peoria last week, by some accident, exchanged babies in a store – both children being in little two wheeled baby-wagons. There was a fuss in Peoria until the mistake was rectified.


            Illinois expended for the arming, equipping and transporting troops, $3,803,449.89, $300,000 more more than any other State. Of this claim government allows $3,719,906.73.


            Sad Accident. – On yesterday, Peter Buck, who lived about two and a hald miles northeast of town, was attempting to head a cow, and was holding a rail in his hands for this purpose; when the cow ran with great force against the rail, causing him internal injuries from which he died before medical assistance could be procured. – Bushnell Press.


For the Macomb Eagle.

Autumn Time.


            ‘Tis Autumn time and Nature’s form
Is clothed in robes superb and gay:
Her calm’s the hush before the storm,
Her flush the hectic of decay.

Luxuriant in her pageantry
When “woodlands are a sea of flowers,”
But, ah! ‘tis sad deaths’ imagry
That hastens with the fleeting hours.

Soon in the chill and leafless woods
Those fair things mould beneath our feet,
And o’er our heads this tempest broods,
And Winter drops his winding sheet.

For even now the distant wail
Prolongs its melancholy strain.
And mournful clouds the heavens veil,
While Nature weeps her tears in vein!

Young, Illinois.


           Died. – On Thursday, 10th inst., Mr. John M. Crabb, aged 76 years.

The deceased was born near Winchester, Va., and had been for some thirty years a resident of this county. He was one of the noble race of men who were pioneers in the settlement of our county, who endured the hardships of frontier life, and wrought out of the wilderness the blooming and fruitful fields that now constitute the great wealth of our land. He lived to see the fruition of his hopes in the development of his adopted State. He was a man of warm friendship, of strict integrity, and endeared to all who knew him. We have too few men of the character of Mr. Crabb – honest, religious, generous, and inflexible in his hatred of everything mean or dishonorable, and as one by one they pass from this world to “the rest that remains for the righteous,” it is fitting that more than a passing mention should be paid to their memory.


            On the 12th of November, 1865, near Tennessee Station, MARGARET, widow of Chas., Waddill, aged 90 years.
She had been a resident of this County 32 years.


            Emery & Butler, of Blandinville, are receiving and opening a choice Stock of Drugs, Books, Stationery, Groceries, &c. – They are clever men to deal with. Give them a call.


            Correspondence. – Wishing to devote considerable space to the publication of local news, we solicit our friends in the different parts of the county all items of local interest occurring in their respective localities, such as accidents, deaths, marriages (with a greenback, preferred,) or anything of a local interest. A little assistance of this kind will enable us to get up an interesting paper. – Let us hear from you friends – send us the items and we’ll fix them up in the paper.


            Just received, a fine assortment of French Broad Cloths and Cassimeres at Kiefer & Lyons.


            You will always find the best quality of Tea at Adcock’s. They have just received a large lot of the choicest brands, and you can rely upon getting the best to be found in the cit. Go to Adcock’s!


            Singular, but True! – The fall of the year is upon us, and the dismal howl of old winter can be heard from afar, breathing his chilly tunes. It is meet that our friends should prepare themselves for his advent. – In order to be perfectly prepared it would be well for you to visit the popular establishment of Kiefer & Lyons, in the Campbell block, and lay in your winter supply. They have a fine stock of goods from which you can make selections, and they are the very best kind of men.


            Can’t the Chicago papers find something else than the marriage of Miss Julia Marie Rosseter of Chicago, to a Russian nobleman, (Baron Otto Van Greenenveldt!) to create a sensation? The people don’t care if all the belles of Chicago were married to Roosians. They want to hear of something else – the “Chicago” river for instance.


            The other day, while passing a house in town, we heard a young lady at the piano singing, “Who will care for mother now?” while the old mother was wearing herself out in the kitchen over the family washing.


            Teacher Wanted. – A competent Teacher to conduct a School eight miles from Macomb. Enquire at this office.


            Aurora Wagons. – Cottrell & Bro. have just received Twenty-Five of these celebrated Wagons, which they are selling very cheap. Give them a call.



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