Disunionists in Rock Island.
Yesterday morning (Sunday, the 10th.) about 1 o'clock, a few black republicans took the cannon (belonging to certain citizens of Rock Island,) which was last fired in honor of the election of Lincoln, and hauled it over the ice to the island, and planted it on the high point of rocks at old Fort Armstrong. They then raised a Palmetto flag on one of the old block forts, fired the cannon seven times, and — run away!
They probably thought they had achieved a splendid black republican disunion victory, and that it would be noised abroad that the secessionists had taken Fort Armstrong, in Illinois, thus increasing the alarm and agitation now pervading the country, and aiding in bringing about what they so much desire — civil war and a dissolution of the union.
But they were doomed to a terrible disappointment. There was "a cheil among them taking notes," in the person of Mr. Cyrus Conkling, a good union democrat, who lives in the government house, near the point of the island. He observed the sneaking midnight cow-stable warriors, and may, perhaps, furnish their names to the public at some other time. As they fired their last gun and valiently run away, Mr. Conkling pulled down their disunion flag, came over to the Argus office and got our star spangled banner, and raised it on the old fort, in place of the Palmetto flag.
It is rather supposed that this silly act of Rock Island black republicans has not reflected any great credit upon its authors at home, and will not procure, for them, any remarkable honors abroad.
To those who are not acquainted with the old fort site, we will state that it was abandoned by the government, as a military post, some twenty-five years ago; that the buildings were, years ago, all removed or destroyed by fire, except two old block forts, which are now used by Mr. Conkling for a cattle stable.