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ble for the opinion expressed by any of
its correspondents. Neither will they
publish any matter to satisfy personal
Mr. Andrew F. Hilyer our talented
young citizen has passed his examina
tion at the Washington Law school, and
has been admitted to practice at the Dis
trict court bar, success to you Andrew
when you get tired of Washington life
come home, we will welcome you, and
assist in giving you a "boom" in your
We are pleased to mention the fact
that we will have another colored mem
ber of the high school next term, Miss
Florence Frinch having passed a very
creditable examination, will enter that
department of learning as our represen
tative and a worthy one we will have in
her, for if diligence and aBsidious efforts
will accomplish the end, we predict
for her the highest honors of her class
when they graduate. We might say a
word here to encourage the rest of our
children attending school. The aver
ages attained by them all was very
exceptionable as they passed their exam
inations with credit and in a manner
that speaks well for the young men and
ladies of St. Paul.
Kentucky Coming To The Front.
On June 20, Judge R. H. Thompson
of Louisville city court, of his own acour
cord saw proper to create a temporary
Judge of the city court, and called a
colored lawyer N. R. Harper of that
city to preside, this is the first instance
of the kind ever occurring in the state
of Kentucky, and we call on all persons
to notice the fact that Kentucky at last
is alive to the advancementof the negro
and is disposed to give them a chance
where they merit it.
Hon. B. K. Bruce ex Register is
still in Washington and will remain un
till October, when he goes to his home
in Mississippi, we hope to be returned
to his former place in Congress.
We have secured the services of Mr.
M. W, Lewis as correspondent from
Minneapolis, and our readers may look
for something rich from his pen, he was
formerly the Chicago correspondent for
the Cleveland Gazett.
Thomas Hanly the blacksmith who
shot and killed his partner Thomas Ryan
in this city about three years ago, was
sentenced on Tuesday last at Minneapolis
where he had taken a change of venue.
In sentencing him, Judge Lochren said
The court is ofthe opinion that because
of the weakness of intellect ofthede
fendent, though clearly short of insanity,
the case is not one in which the penalty
of death should be imposed. It is
therefor considered and adjudged that
you, Thomas Hanley, be punished for
the crime of murder in the first degree,
of which you have been convicted, by
imprisonment at hard labor in the state
prison at Stillwater during the remainder
of the term of your natural life, with
solitary confinement upon bread and
water diet for and during the last three
days of the months of February, May,
August and December-of each year.
If the authorities propose to adopt
the course pursued two years ago of im
posinga fine upon the women who keeps
open houses, $100, or more each month
as was done on Wednesday in the Po
lice court, we ask you not to look
over the women of our race that keep
open house but bring them to the
scratch the same as other women for
like offenses, and if they cannot dance
the music, then they must get.
The Hotel Astoria closed its dining
room to boarders on Wednesday, the
Ryan seems to be doing the hotels up
in great shape, "Anew broom sweeps
clean, but it takes an old one to find the
dirt," is an old but true saying.
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THE LIFE-LONG AIM OF
By Solomon G. Brown, Washington D. C.
May 25 1885
Whenever, wherever he chances to
It is with an aim,it is always to seek,
In eloquences of lofty flights,
To say a word for human rights.
For public rights, not social, is his plea,
All else will follow as rivers to the sea,
That through creation man should be,
Unfettered to full equality.
Free as the air which God has given,
A fore-taste of the bliss of heaven
None to own or claim his toil.
But he allo^ ed to own the soil.
That no distinction can be right,
No poor no rich, no black, no white,
Each his own choice must denote,
And every woman have a vote.
The right to live and choose his mate,
Such as his own heart to have may state,
That heart and head may all be free,
To worship God in liberty.
Suppose he's black, suppose he's white,
Suppose he's brown, suppose he's light
Suppose he's short, large foot and hand,
Long hair or short, yet he's a man.
Full forty years, or even more,
All over this land, and foreign shore,
His plea has been, and will ever be,
To bless this land, all must be free.
Socially kind, polite and free,
Respectful, courteous, as one need be,
His manly form, his pleasant face,
His fame is known in every place.
All hail to nature's noble son!
Yes! Frederick Douglass is the one,
Whose plea at home or foreign shore,
Has filled the cup of freedom more.
God grant that in the years allowed,
His tongue of fire mav cry aloud,
Until the blight of racial strife,
May be rooted out by noble life.
The Pioneer Press of June 30, informs
its readers that the Civil Rights Bill
passed by the republican Legislature
last winter, was a farce. We know the
Press is glad that a flawror
been found, where it is made possible
for all offenders of the law and insulters
of colored men, (when exercising their
rights as men and citizens) to escape
punishment. Had the Press with true
spirit of republicanism, when this bill
was first proposed, taken the proper
course in its criticism and showed where
the faults were, without holding the
measure up to ridicule, perhaps some of
leading representatives, (who at
election times can always know you and
cause you to be treated as a man for the
time being) would not have taken the
bill and passed it from one to the other
until it was passed out of existence,
which compelled another one to be
drawn, but not so severe in its nature as
the first, and this is the result the first
real case that comes up for trial or exam
ination, it is declared of no force. Now
this is the way the republicans have
been treating us ever since we have
ceased to have a champion in the halls
of Congress. With Wendell Phillips, the
last* of that school of great advocates,
passed away, we have had none who
dared to step out from the throng and
say or advise wha$ should be done for
our further benefit no, but like the
Pioneer Press they, as the represen
tatives of republicanism in this section,
declare that we are doing well enough,
and we are always wanting something.
Yes, we are always wanting something,
and will continue to call upon advocates
of rights and liberty, until we get what
we want and can care for ourselves, for
we are now like a child that is beginning
to walk, so long as you hold its hand its
steps are rapid, but let go and you will
find it is wavering and hesitating with
uncertainty, encourage it and it will re
gain confidence in itself and so go along
without your aid, so it will be with us
just aid us a little longer and you may be
at liberty to let go your hold, but in the
name of humanity don't hamper our
progress with measures as bright as gold
but as hollow as a gourd, and, to be
frank, if" the republican party of this
state, or any other party, expect the
support of the Negro in the future, it
must bring forward some measure that
will benefit them and not do them more
harm than good, as this contemptible
act that is a disgrace to the statutes of
any state claiming the record that this
state claims for dealing squarely and
rightfully with all men.
The Silver Moon Restaurant which
opened a few week ago under the able
management of Mr. Frank Webb has
passed into the hands of our worthy
townsman Mr. Fielding Combs Jr. The
new proprietor will spare no pains to
make it first class in every respect to
satisfy the wants of his patrons, Mr.
Combs is an old resident and a worthy
citizen and we hope that he may receive
the patronage that he so richly deserves.
On Thursday evening July 2, about 25
members of Stevens' Lodge No. 113 A.
F. and A, M. Banqueted at the Hostelry
,of one their fellow-members Mr. Field
ing Combs Jr, at 878 Minnesota street.
The boys' feasted plenty.
IIUI.V^.MEIIIMJ I iNii-iMuimiii, ^g,i ij .urumwi nS..
THE DAY WE CELEBRATE.
The advent of the Fourth of July is
evidenced by the profuse display of
fire-works in our many store windows.
The youth of the period, the promise of
the nation's defenders of the future, are
already aroused and up in arms for the
fitting ceremonies of the day we cele
brate. The demands of these paper and
powder warriors must not be overlooked
and come what will, the "Fourth" must
be celebrated by them in true republican
spirit, that the fires of patriotism kindled
by their forefathers, may never die in
their young hearts. The festivities of
other occasions may be ignored and
other pastimes be denied them, but
never the privilege of powder-begrimed
faces, burned fingers and scorched
clothes, on this annual arrival of as im
portant an epoch to young America, as
was the day on which it was inaugurated
to our forefathers. This year, although
the authorities may be more strict in
prohibiting the use of fire works in this
city, it is formally conceded that the
youngsters will be permitted to migrate
to out of the way places, for the indul
gence of their fun, while the more
prudent, but not the less enthusiastic,
of larger growth and years, will partake
themselves to parks and suburban pleas
ure grounds, to gratify his inveterate
thirst for bombs, blazes, blue lights and
explosions of all hues and magnitude,
where elaborately constructed pieces
representing many novel situations and
combinations of the harmless explosives
consisting of scenes from nature, mottoes
and tableaux, many of which partake of
a national and historic character. Thus
will the day be spent by young and old,
reviving the times that tried men's souls
until, perhaps, midnight draws its cur
tain, or thunder-storm scatters its fires
COLORED MEN ASSERTING
DES MOINES, Iowa, June 30.The
first political convention of colored
voters ever held in this state
has just been held in Mahaska county.
The attendance was large. The session
resulted in the nomination of John
Priestly, a colored man, for represen
tative. Representative colored men
made speeches, and all claimed that
they had been under the control of the
Republican party long enough, and that
unless the Republicans would adopt their
canditate for repiesentathe they would
bolt the straight Republican ticket,
placing a straight colored ticket in the
field this fall. The Republican cam
paign in that county looks precarious.
They have but 500 majority in this
county, and cannot well spare the color
ed voters, who number 1,200.
The position taken by the colored
voters of the state of Iowa is a correct
one and asserts itself to the Republican
party that taxation without representa
tion is unfair and unjust, and it will be
well for the leaders of the party in our
own state to consider this question
seriously, for they have ixromised several
times to reward the negro voters of this
city and state with something more than
a janitor's position, and have broken
faith each time. Now gentlemen, be as
true to your black allies as they have
been to you, and Minnesota will continue
to be the Banner state of the Northwest.
If you fail to do something for us, then
the result must not be charged to our
unfaithfulness, but to your own neglect
and indifference of how the 2,000 negro
votes are cast.
Doubtless many who visited the New
Orleans Exposition this past winter will
call to mind a very remarkable and
handsome picture of work in the color
ed Department, the Toussaint L'Over
ture sofa which won much praise from
the thousands that visit the Exposition,
the lady that done this remarkable
work, Mrs. Sarah Shimm, we regret to
announce, past away after a brief illness
at her home in Washington and a host
of friends mourn her loss. The
family have our sympathy in their bere
The injustice practised by monopolies
toward the laboring man is making itself
felt all over this western country, at this
time, and the laboring man has stood
the imposition until patience has ceased
to be a virtue. While we do not advo
cate strikes or any kind of labor strife,
because more harm generally results
in place of the good that is intended, but
aristocratic nabobs muBt be given to
understand that laborers have rights
that are to be respected, and wants that
must be met.
The Masons are making very exten
sive preparations for the meeting of the
Grand Lodge, here on July 16,the
parade and reception will take place
during the week at college Hall, and a
fine affair i&anticipated. It is hoped that
all citizens will assist in making this
meeting a grand succeaa.
Mi-". i Jim ,,ii^falMl.H Mt
ST. PAUL MINN. SATURDAY J^LY 4, 1885. NO. 5.
Washington D, Cj June 23
EDITOR^F WEsrEKN APPEAL. SIRS:
Permit me to congratulate you on your
new venture, yottr worthy sheet has
thus far presented a bold front and
comments itself to the patronage and
high appreciation of all lovers of pro
gress. While the west and northwest do
not stand! in need of the reformations
so essential to i proper government at
the soutflf, yet your efforts, appealing to
the bette| sense of the people of the
north to Aee that in no portion of our
common4eountry shall the rights of Am
erican citizens be nullified or abridged,
may do much to bring about that reci
procity of brothej-ly feeling at the south
and other parts 01 our country, so essen
tial to proper social and political organ
ization. Your effort is a mark of high
appreciation of the duties which devolve
on you as citizens and as colored men.
The norih must be aroused to a sense of
its duty^toward the humiliated, disfran
chised, though taersistent, progressive
and hopeful Negro, and the louder and
clearer vou sound the tocsin, the sooner
will liberty-lovikig people be aroused
and the better Will it be for the race.
Keep up your gallant fight. Let your
banners always hang on the outer wall
and by persistent and inteligent agita
tion and by healtjhful cooperation we will
reach the high Mace of civil, political,
educational and material equality.
GEO. H. RICHARDSON.
Our Minneapolis Correspondent.
Minneapolis has a colored population
of some eight or nine hundred, many of
whom have homes of their own and are
in comfortable circumstances several are
said to be worth from five to fifteen
thousand dollars. We have no beggars
and but few laisy people among us, and
we are informed of but two being cared
for by the county, while we pay into the
treasury something in the thousands.
We have two churches, Methodist and
Baptist, and both paid for, two Sabbath
Schools, two lodges, Good Templar and
Masonic, a cornet band, a number of
first-class barber shops, several dress
makers, two hair-dressers several laun
dries, two boarding houses, and one
saloon, each of which contribute to this
great northwestern metropolis.
Our A. M. E. church is presided over
by Rev. C. W. ^ewton, the Baptist by
Rev. A. Brown. Both report encourag
ing work in t'bieir respective fields of
We have two Sabbath Schools, one
under the supervision of Rev. Newton,
the other, a mission, under Mr. J, L.
Neal. It is named in honor of its
founder, Neal Union Sabbath School.
The two united Thursday in giving a
picnic at Lak3 Harriet, where all le
turned from the woods happy over
their day by the lakes and their unity.
Rev. C. W. Newton leaves us August
the 3rd for the conference which con
venes at Chicago. The Elder is Bishop
Brown's secreiary. He leaves this com
munity with the best wishes of all who
know him, and doubtless a petition will
follow to call 1dm here again, where he
has done such noble work the interest
of the church, and the cause he repre
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Oliver of
Chicago have taken up their abode with
us, and opened a first-class lodging
house at 427 and 429 Hennepin avenue.
Mr. F. L. Anderson, of St. Louis, Mo.,
our only representative in the high
school, passed a very creditable examin
ation^ next year he graduates, and will
take up the udy of some profession.
The stand taken by the APPEAL against
vice and immorality, meets the hearty
concurrence pf your many readers here,
and it is to be hoped that its columns
will continue to cry out against the
wrong, not only political but moral.
Our police officer, Mr. G. Brady, is
said to be one of the most efficient in
Somebody says a St Paul lady, well
known in tie society world, is soon to
take up he]' abode in a well furnished
house here, as her future husband's
business, wiich is a splendid one,, is
here. I [Dr. J. E. Henderson, who has been in
our city the past two weeks, the guest of
our geniat Will Turner* leaves us in a
few dajjs for an extended tour in the
north and west. The Doctor is a grad
uate of on of the best medical schools
in Chicago, where he has been prac
tising for the last two years, and meeting
with much success by hard struggles,
Dr. Hendeison has now a place second
to but few of his race in the profesion.
He secured the second prize in a class
of thirty. He is a frequent contributor
to medical journals, being, too, the only
colored physician in fhe northwest who
is a member of the "Medical Association
of Chicago jmd the Northwest.
our help from the APPEAL
Whatever Is Worth Doing at All,
& Worth Doing Well.
Prince Albert Victor, the prospective
heir to the throne of England, made his
maiden speech the other day to an as
sembly of lads of his own age. "What
ever is worth doing at all is worth doing
accurately," he said* "whether you
sharpen your pencil or black your boots,
do it thoroughly and well."
A young lad who was a pupil at Rugby
school was noted for his bad penman
ship. When his teachers remonstrated,
he replied: "Many men of genius have
written worse scrawls than I do. It is
not worth while to worry about so tri
vial a fault," Ten years later this lad
was an officer in the English army, doing
service in the Crimean war. An order,
he copied for transmission was so illegi
ble that it was given incorrectly to the
troops, and the lesult was the loss of a
great many brave men.
A few years ago the keeper of a life
saving station on the Atlantic coast
found that his supply of powder had
given out. The nearest village was two
or three miles distant, and the weather
was inclement. He concluded that as it
"was not worth while to go so far expres
sly for such a trifle," he would wait for
a few days before sending for a supply.
That night a vessel was wrecked within
sight of the station. A line could have
been given to the crew if he had been
able to use the mortar, but he had no
powder. He saw the di owning men
perish one by one in sight, knowing that
he alone was to blame. A few days af
terward he was dismissed from the ser
The experience of every man will sug
gest similar instances that confirm the
truth of the young Prince's advice to
the lads of his own age.
Whatever is right to do should be done
with our best care, strength and faith
fulness of purpose. We have no scales
by wtoch we can weigh our duties or
determine their relative importance in
God's eyes. That which seems a trifle
to us may be the secret spring which
shall move fhe issues of life and death.
A POLITICIAN'S SUICIDE.
NEW ORLE VN, June 30.A. J. Dumont.
late naval officer of this port and chair
man of the Republican state central
committee, blew his brains out to-day at
his home at Algiers. Family trouble is
said to have been the cause. He was
forty-one years old. After his term as
naval officer expired. Some months
ago he went to Central America, and
had but recently returned. He has fre
quently complained of heart disease and
threatened to kill himself. He returned
yesterday from a visit to his father-in
law in Point Coupe parish, and to-day
again threatened to kill himself. His
wife took his pistol and locked it up in a
chest. Dumont forcibly took the key to
the chest from her, obtained the pistol,
and while she was endeavoring to take
it from him, stuck the muzzle of the
weapon into his mouth and fired with
almost instantaneous fatal effect. He
leaves a wife and two children. Domes
tic infelicity, it is said, caused the act.
Dumont's father alBo committed suicide.
He was a member of Maximilian's army
in Mexico, He has been chairman of
the Republican state central committee
since 1874, and a member of the last two
national Republican conventions.
The above speaks for itself and is
much deplored as Mr. Dumont was
one of the most cultivated gentleman in
the south and was a staunch advocate of
Republican principals, his death will be
a loss to the party in his own state and
the young men have lost an earnest ad
viser and hearty worker for their
The Iiast of Earth.
The funeral services held on Tuesday
last over the remains of Lt. Col. W. P.
Gentry of the 25 U. S, Inf'y. who Died
at Fort Snelling June 28, was solemn
and impresive scene. The services
were held at the Post School House the
Rev. M. N. Gilbert of this city officiat
ing. Four Companies of the 25, U. S.
Infy. constituted the escort. The
Casket contaning the remains borne by
six Non-commissioned officers followed
by the Paul bearers (consisting of the
officers of the Department and the
Loyal Millitary legion of this state fol
lowed Jiy the escort took up their line of
march to the silent city of the dead)
which is not far distant when the last
sad rite was performed according to the
usual Millitary custom.
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COMMENTS OF THE PRESS.
The first number of the WESTREN AP
PEAL, came to us in a beautiful dress. It
is a six column folio, edited by Messrs.
Parker, Burgett, and Hardy. Mr. Fred
erick Douglass Parker, is an Ohio man
born in Cleveland. To the gentleman
editors we wish them all the success
their enterprise richly deserves, "come
early and stay late."
The first number of the WESTERX
APPEAL was received this week, with
its patriotic sentiments.
The WESTERS APPEAL is the latest
venture in the newspaper world. It is
published at St. Paul, Minn., and starts
out under fair circumstancesSilver and
gold have we none, but such as we have
we cheerfully extend our best wishes for
along life and prosperity.
The WESTERN APPE\L. published at
St. Paul, Minn, by F. D. Parker, J. T.
Burgett and S. E. Hardy, is the latest
addition to colored journalism.
(New York Freeman.
From all parts of the country we hear
the glad tidings of the birth of colored
journalistic enlerprises. This time we
are glad to hail the advent of the
"WESTERN APPEAL," published at St.
Paul, Minnesota, and edited by Messrs.
F. D. Parker and J. T. Burgett. We
extend the right hand of fellowship to
our youthful contemporary, and wish it
a hearty "God speed."
The "WESTERN APPEAL" is a good name
and chimes in well with the Advocate.
May they walk hand and hand to the
betterment of our race and the credit of
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NOW IS THE TIME TO GET
A HOME CHEAP.
Persons desirous of buying a home
for themselves will do well by calling at
the office of the WESTERN APPEAL before
purchasing of any other agencyYou
can save^ money and ^ill find it greatly
to your advantage to examine our list,
which is the most extensive of any cheap
property there is in the city. This prop
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the licher, and there is no reason why
every colored man should not own a
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Stinson, Brown & Ramsey's addition,
cheap small payments down, the balance
in monthly installments. Two corner
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