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From our archives: ‘Decisive’ elections rout the copperheads

What we thought: 150 years ago

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorials appeared in the Gazette on Oct. 17, 1863.

Victory! The loyal North speaketh!

We chronicle glorious news to-day – a victory over those who have been striving to create dissensions at the North, and giving, whether intentional or not, aid and comfort to those now in arms against the Union.

To-day the freemen throughout the North are rejoicing over the result of their loyal endeavors to frustrate the schemes of those who have attempted to prolong the war and make it eventually result in favor of the rebels.

From the rocky coast of New England, across our broad prairies, to the golden strand of the Pacific slope, the grand cry of “Union and liberty, now and forever, one and inseparable” reverberates, and the mountaineers of Maine shout words of kindly greeting to the Quakers in Pennsylvania, the ploy-boys of the West, and the daring adventurers beyond the snowy cones of the Sierra Nevada, echo and re-echo the shout with hearty good will.

The elections which have been held this fall are decisive. By a Union majority of 300,000 votes, the policy of “Honest Old Abe” has been endorsed, our soldiers honored and encouraged, and decisive rebuke given those who have striven to bring to our own doors all the horrors of civil war.

In Pennsylvania, the Union ticket is elected by from 20,000 to 25,000 majority; in Ohio, with the soldiers vote by over 100,000; and in Iowa by about 25,000 majority. Our soldiers will now feel that they have friends at home who will sustain them in any emergency, and when again they meet the enemy, it will be to as completely rout them with the bullet as the copperheads have been by the ballot.

Why they have

riots in New York

At an address recently delivered before the Young Men’s Christian Association in New York, the following startling statistics were presented:

There are in New York 100,000 German Infidels; 350,000 persons who don’t go to church; 12,000 families without Bibles; 60,000 children who never attend school; 15,000 vagrant and homeless children who graduate thieves and vagabonds; 6,000 sailors in port all the time; a floating population of 50,000; all sorts of bad books in circulation, and in any quantity; 99,283 arrests by the police last year, three-fourths of which were traceable to drunkenness; 6,000 places where liquor is sold; 25,000 abandoned women keeping up their end of the so-called “social evil” (or one to every six young men in the city); 2,500 brothels; arrests in 1862 equaling one in every nine; commitments to prison one in every 22 of the entire citizenship; the cost of crime, pauperism and moral obliquity more than $3,000,000 this year; half a million people living in tenement houses; 25,000 persons living underground.

Bless us! Talk about riots – isn’t it a miracle that they don’t have a riot every few minutes instead of one every 10 or 15 years?

Rebel barbarity

In Fort Wagner, a sick rebel was found, holding in his hand a string connected with a fuse leading to the magazine.

The rebels had so placed him, telling him that he could not live, and that after the fort should be full of Yankees, he must pull the string, and so send them all, himself included, into eternity.

But the wounded rebel, although most dead when our men entered the fort, had a faint hope that perhaps he might live if properly attended, and gave that as a reason for not pulling the string.

He was taken to an ambulance, and died while being conveyed to the hospital.

Tired of dunning

John Stammers, of Garden Plain, Whiteside County, refuses to take the Gazette from the post office. Like many others, whose names may be mentioned in due time, Mr. Stammers has taken our paper for more than two years, and has not paid us one cent.

The law allows us to send a paper until all arrearages are paid, and whether one so indebted takes his paper from the office or not makes no difference; he is responsible for the subscription.

Mr. Stammers’ indebtedness now amounts to $4.65, and he will please remit us the amount and save further costs. We do not wish to be too “brash,” but are tired of dunning, and must in future pursue a course which will enable us to collect our just dues.

Those we owe must be paid, and those who owe us must pay too, or there’ll be a muss of some kind. We are getting desperate and may call names by-and-by, but those who have seen fit to pay us, wholly or in part, need not fear, as we don’t mean them.

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