GALENA DAILY GAZETTE
OLD SERIES---VOL. XVI, NO. 157
NEW SERIES---VOL. I, NO. 38
Tuesday morning, March 29, 1864
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ELECTION OF OFFICERS Tuesday, April 5th
"As our readers are aware, a very important election will be held on next Tuesday, April 5th.It is highly important that Jo Daviess should maintain its well earned reputation as a Union county. Though the Union majority is very decided, yet the arrangement of the townships is such that the two political parties are almost equal in strength in the Board of Supervisors. There is a Union majority of two only, in the present Board. If, therefore, the Union party should lose one township at the coming election there would be a tie in the Board; and it would be forthwith heralded to the world that good old patriotic Jo Daviess had turned copperhead. Now, there is not the least danger of such a result if the Union men of every township will do their whole duty. Let there be a vigorous effort at once to rally every patriot, and bring out our full strength at the polls. The enemies of the Government are on the alert, and will use every possible means to defeat the friends of the Union. But the latter, with the proper vigilance, may gain an honest and complete victory. The material interests and the political honor of the county are at stake. Rally, Union men, and do your whole duty, and all will be well!" RAT-SKIN GLOVES "An exchange says: 'It is rumored that a company of Frenchmen has been formed in Chicago, for the purpose of catching all the rats possible, curing their skins and exporting them to Paris to be used in the manufacture of gloves. For years what is called 'French kid' gloves, have been made from the skins of these animals, caught in Paris and other parts of Europe; but the demand being greater than the supply, it has become necessary to extend the rat-catching arrangements to America, and no finer field than Chicago for such operations can possibly present itself.' Page 2 Col. #2 PEN AND SCISSORS --"Cents hereafter coined will be composed of ninety-five per centum of copper and five per centum of tin or zinc." --"An Englishman proposes aerial railway locomotion, or, in other words, balloons fitted up for passengers, which are to be drawn through the air from station to station by ropes worked and drawn in by stationary steam engines. No grading, no rails, no expense to be incurred, but for stations and the balloons." --"President Lincoln is the recipient of a pair of woolen socks, knit by Miss Addie Rockway, of Newburyport, Mass. On the bottom of each sock was knit the Secession flag; and near the top the glorious Stars and Stripes of our Union, so that when worn by the President he will always have the flag of the rebellion under his feet." --"Gen. Smith's victory at Fort DeRussey is but the beginning of a brilliant campaign in Louisiana. Gen. Banks having established a government for the State at the ballot box, has gone to work in earnest to sweep every armed rebel out of Louisiana. By the time his column forms a junction with Gen. Smith, the work will be pretty well over.---The opening of Red river to Shreveport will be one of the glorious results of the victory at Fort de Russey, for Alexandria and Shreveport, drop like ripe fruit into our hands. A few more such victories, and we shall hail the rising of a brighter sun upon the Union cause." Page 2 Col. #4 Cairo, March 26. "The enemy, four thousand strong, attacked Paducah yesterday. They occupied the town. Colonel Hicks, with five hundred men and two gunboats, fought and beat them, the battle closing at midnight. Paducah was battered by artillery, and is still in flames. The defense was a gallant one. Reinforcements have gone up to meet a new attack, but I think Hicks finished the contest." [Signed] M. Brayman, Brig. Gen. Com'g. Page 3 Col. #2 WORKINGMEN'S MEETING "At a meeting held by workmen of Galena, in Wierich's Hall, March 26th, 1864, the following proceedings were had: The meeting was organized by calling T. McINTIRE to the Chair, and A. J. CAUFIELD to act as Secretary. On motion it was resolved, That this organization be called the Workman's Association of Galena. On motion the Chair appointed A. J. CAUFIELD, J. H. BARRY and T. HARRINGTON, a committee to draft a constitution and bylaws, and report the same Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock." A. J. CAUFIELD, Secretary DEATH OF A FORMER CITIZEN OF GALENA "The Virginia Union, published in Virginia City, Nevada Territory, gives the following account of the melancholy death of Mr. RASSETTE, formerly a well-known citizen of Galena. Mr. RASSETTE came to Galena in 1840, and was for several years proprietor of the old American House on Main street, where J. M. SPRATT's store is now kept. While here he was engaged in several different enterprises, and was a very active business man. Terrible accident at the Chollar Mine ---A terrible accident occurred at the Chollar mine about 9 o'clock last night which resulted in the instant death of Mr. RASSETTE, one of the trustees of the company and well known in California as proprietor of the Rassette House in San Francisco. He was let down into the shaft alone and as far as the first station, upon the platform or 'stage' used to raise rock to the surface. This station is two hundred and fifty feet from the mouth of the shaft, and one hundred and seventy feet above the bottom. Wishing to descend to the next station, a distance of sixty feet further, he gave the required signal, but neglected to take off the brake which holds the cage fast and prevents it from descending. The rope came down in loose folds until as usual the foreman was satisfied that it was down far enough. It is supposed that at this time Mr. RASSETTE unloosed the brake and the cage immediately fell to the next station, carrying him with it. It was evident that something unusual had occurred, and a workman descended immediately. He found the unfortunate man dead, his skull being crushed in and he was otherwise terribly mangled. The body was carried up to the surface and was laid out last night at the Chollar works, where an inquest will be held to-day before Justice ATWILL. Mr. RESETTE was about sixty years of age, and has a family in San Francisco. This is one of the most terrible accidents that ever occurred in the Territory." Page 3 Col. #4 BY TELEGRAPH MORNING REPORT --ALL OFFICERS ORDERED TO THE FRONT *********************************** --FREMONT AND M'CLELLAN TO HAVE COMMANDS **************************************** --REBEL RAID FRUSTRATED--PRISONERS TAKEN--SPY CAPTURED ****************************************************** --"Thirty-two vessels are detained from service, awaiting seamen, the War Department not allowing transfer from the army to the navy." --"General Grant favors the employment of all inactive Generals, and both Gens. Fremont and McClellan will sooner have commands." --"It is understood that the Ways and Means Committee will recommend a tax of one dollar on spirits, to take effect in May instead of July, and will also recommend a heavy tax on tobacco." --"A rebel scout was captured at Elly's Ford, who was dressed in our uniform.--On being tried by drum-head court martial, he stated Lee had given orders to strip the bodies of Union soldiers, and that the only clothing the rebels had for some time was olt_n_d in the _ane way."