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The President is still obstinate and
has nominated another colored man
out de of the District of Columbia for
Recorder of Deeds. Mr. James M.
Trotter is in every way qualified to fill
the position and as he was a good Re
publican for eighteen years he cannot
be very much of a Democrat. We will
not kick if he is confirmed, nor will we
kick if he is'nt. We do not care to
have any special places made and re
served for colored men, but in view of
the fact that it seems to be the general
feeling that a colored man should hold
that office, we hope one will get itwe
have so few holding respectable, paying
positions. Yet, we would rather see
some man from the District appointed,
we would then have the Senate place
its self on record as to whether or not
the color of the appointees is the main
objection to confirmation. Somo of us
are suspicious enough to believe color is
the greatest objection in the minds of a
majority of the senators. We'll see!
The action of the city council in pass
ing an ordinance through which it was
hoped, by the liquor men, to escape pay
ing the $1,000 license next July has
been promptly nipped in the bud by
the passing and signing by the governor,
of the act to enforce the high license
law. It is a burning shame, that the
beautiful city of St. Paul, is virtually in
the control of a set of men, who are in
league with the liquor men so closely,
that they lend them all the aid in their
power toward furthering the schemes of
these emissaries of the devil in their
work of entailing crime and miseiy up
on our citizens by the liquor traffic.
Whatever else the legislature may or
may not have done, the good citizens,
all over the state, have cause to feel
gratiful to its members, who so heroi
cally grappled with the hydra-headed
monster, Intemperance, and though
thev did not destroy him, at least hin
dered his progress so materially.
The young Republicans of the State
met in this city Tuesday night, and
formed the Young Men's Republican
Chib of Minnesota. The object of the
cjfeb is to keep alive the principles of
republicanism in the hearts of the young
men throughout the State, and earh
member is pledged to support the
nominees of the party from President
down to county officers. Several mug
wumpish propositions were offered by
weak-kneed Republicans, but were
promptly voted down. The clubis to be
stalwart, and so much the better, for,
but for the milk-and-waterish Republi
cans throughout the country Cleveland
would not now be warming the Presi
dential chair. The Young Men's Repub-
licanClub of this city was a prime factor
in the recent victory in this State, and
now that a State Club is formed greater
and better work will surely be done.
The Tennessee legislature hlsasie*
a bill, pensioning all ex-Confederate
and ex-Federal soldiers belonging to
the State who have lost limbs and have
not yet received pensions from the
federal government. This is plainly a
very slightly disguised scheme to re
ward treason. The "last ditch" has
not as yet been reached and the rebels
are still fighting.
Gentle spring paid us a visit this week
and as she was wafted hither on balmy
breezes we were very much inclined to
sing: "The flowers that bloom in the
Spring tra la," but for the fact that it is
a hoary-headed chestnut.
The Congress of the United States
and our dear little Legislature adjourned
simultaneously Thursday night, may the
good which each has done like the light
from an extinguished star be seen for
The Richmond Planet is still wrest
ling with the bane of colored society in
the South-immorality among the women.
Hew to the line, let the chips fall where
Since the danger of an extra session
of Congress seems to bridged over, we
don't knew whether to be thankful or
Inditing- with the Scissors.
The above remark is frequently made
in connection with newspapers, and is
too frequently meant as a slur. On the
contrary, under proper circumstances,
it should be regarded as a compliment
of a high character. The same paper
may be ably edited with the pen and
miserably edited with the scissors. A
mistaken idea prevails that the work of
the latter is mere child's play, a sort of
hit-or-miss venture, requiring hardly
any brains and still less judgment, that
the promiscuous and voluminous clipp
ings are sent in batches to the foreman,
and with that the editor's duty ends and
that of the foreman begins.
Instead of this, the work requires
much care and attention, with a keen
compreuension of the fact that each
day's paper has its own needs. The ex
change editor is a pains-taking, conscien
tious, methodical man, always on the
alert, quick in appreciation, retentive
memory, shrewd in discernment. He
reads closely, culls carefully, omits and
amends, discards and digests, never
ignoring the fact that yariety is a great
essential. There are sentences to re
cast, words to soften, redundancies to
prune, errors to correct, headings ta be
made, credits to be given, seasons to be
considered, affinities to be preserved,
consistencies to be respected. He
knows whether the matter is fresh or
stale, whether it is appropriate, and
whether lie has used it before he re
members that he is catering for many
tastes he makes raids in every direction,
he lays the whole newspaper field un
der contribution he persistently "boils
down," which with him is not a process
of rewriting, but a happy faculty of ex
punging without destroying sense or
His genius is exhibited in the depart
ment, the items of which are similar
and cohesivein the suggestive heads
and sub-heads, in the sparkle that is
visible, in the sense of gratification
which the reader derives. No paper
can be exclusively original it would
die of ponderosity. Life is too short,
and hence an embargo must be laid up
on the genius of its rivals. A bright
clipped krticle is infinitely better than a
stupid contributed article. The most
successful paper is the paper that is in
telligently and consistently edited in all
its departments, whether by pen or
The New North.
When Mr. Grady heard the New Eng
land Society cheering his allusions to the
Cavalier, and to the beaten but not
crushed or disheartened Confederate
soldier who turned his charger into a
plow-horse and went to work to create a
prosperity more firm and desirable than
that which was based upon human
slavery, and when he heard from Del
w,h familiar and in-
spiring strains of "Dixie," his surprise
at the New North may have been quite
as great as that of any of his audience at
the New South pictured in his own fer
vent and patriotic oratory,The Cen
tury for March.
HITHER AND THITHER.
A Record of the
-11^ Parts of the Union.
Travels of the
of Passage in all &
mm Winter Wandering's.
Miss Mary Gray, of Paris, 111., is visit
Miss Lulu Tripp, of Forsyth, is visit
ing Macon, Ga.
Dr. J. T. Whitson, of Cincinnati, is
Miss Ida Bruce, of Louisiana, Mo., is
visiting Mason, 111.
Mrs. Alice Dugged Carey, of Atlanta,
is visiting Athens, Ga,^^^^^^^
Miss Callie Alexander, of Detroit.
Mich., is visiting Chicago.
Miss Mary E. Ligon, of Natchez, Miss,
is visiting New Orleans, La.
Mr. R. R. Church, of Memphis, Tenn.,
is visiting New Orleans, La.
Miss Cora C. Calhoun, of Atlanta, Ga.,
is visiting Birmingham, Ala.
Miss Lizzie B. Simms, of Little Rock,
Ark., is visiting Bastrop, La.
Miss Willietta Johnson, of Boston,
Mass., is visiting Richmond, Va.
Miss Katie S. Morris, of Cleveland,
Ohio, is visiting Kansas City, Mo.
Miss Rosa Phillips, of Federalsburg,
Md., is visiting South Chester, Pa.
Miss Julia Johnson, of Lawrence,
Kan., is visiting Kansas City, Mo.
Mrs. Silvia Robinson, of Santa Fe,
N. M., is visiting Wyandotto, Kan.
Miss Minerva Turnbull, of Baton
Rouge, is visiting New Orleans, La.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Deplessis, of
Cincinnati, are visiting Louisville, Ky.
Mrs. David Molton and daughter,
Miss Linnie, of Cincinnati are visiting
St. Louis, Mo.
When pride of race is the theme, one
must be able to point with pride to re
sources developed, victories won, con
quests recorded or the achievements of
the race in question, in letters, arts and
The torch of civilization was lighted on
the shores of our fatherland ages ago
but in the darkness that has since en
veloped Africa for centuries, the world
has almost forgotten the deeds of which
she was once so proud just as England,
"the mistress of the seas," has forgotten
that at that time she was in as degraded
and ignorant a condition as Africa now
As a race, of what have we to be
proud What have we, as our peculiar
inheritance, to rejoice in? Our col
The Negro is not broad enough for that
he meets much every day that makes
him think his color a disgrace. Our en
slavement? Hardly, for slavery is a
badge of inferiority and the fact that
our ancestors captured and sold each
other, makes the thought execrable,
and it is said no other race would so
tamely have submitted to years of ser
vitude and waited permission to strike
for their freedom. Nor can we be
proud of our remaining peculiaritythe
disunion that has characterized us from
beginning nd is our bane to this day
for without the aid of the coast tribes,
who warred against the weaker ones,
the slave ships would never have cap
tured and enslaved so many Africans.
These are the race peculiarities and
in none of them is there much material
tor pride. I mean the race, every son
and daughter of Ham taken as a whole
not the few for it is the trend of the
mass that is typical of race pride or dig
honor. There have been instances of
heroism, of revolt, of bravery, as grand
as any in history, but with the exception
of San Domingo, history does not furn
ish an instance of united race action
nor can we point to any other time we
have originated and acted with the
unity and purpose of one man.
No, we have nothing of which to be
proud, as other races have we area
disorganized, divided mass of power
and intellect. But we can be proud of
our opportunity to make the most
glorious success, the most rapid advance
ment in all things of any nation under
the sun. Because one's ancestry have
done nothing to which he can refer with
pride, is the more reason he should
labor to be proud of himself. A proper
self-respect is expected of races as of
individuals. We need more race love
the tie of racehood should bind us as the
tie of brotherhood, beget a tenderness
and helpfulness for the weaknesses and
failings, and a more hearty appreciation
of each other. United we could with
stand any foe, break down any preju
dice as neither Byron's withered foot
nor Milton's blindness prevented them
becoming two of the world's greatest
poets, neither will our color prevent us
rising to as great heights as have been
attained by any.
Unity among ourselves is desiredlbut
not isolation from those around us. We
are Negroes but we are also Americans.
In numbers, wealth and intelligence is
the strength necessary to a concession
of our rights. Get wealth among our
selves by dealing with each other, and
prove our race bv supporting and pat
ronizing them. Backed by the support
of each other we can demand what we
The unity existing among the Jews,
Irish and Germans in a community, is
the secret of their wonderful success, in
establishing themselves as American
ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., MARCH 5, 1887
citizens. Thev have their own nouses
df worship and social circles yet those
three factors, numbers, wealth and in
telligence have opened all the avenues
of trade, politics, civil and social equality
to them, and in making up the teachers
of our public schools all these nation
alities are represented.
In this town we have an Irishman and
a Jew as editors of two of our dailies
also an Italian is representing America
in the State Legislature. The wealth,
united effort, and intelligence of these
different peoplestogether with their
own brains placed them at the head of
American institutions, as much Ameri
can as any native,Iola, in American.
Rev. H. H. Lucas preached
Sabbath to quite a congregation.
E. G. Cole's string band furnished the
music for the social hop last Tuesday
There has been very few trains
through here on account of the snow
Those on the sick list are: Miss %ma
Crump, Mrs. Brown, Mr. Wm. Bradley
and Miss Alpha Scott.,
John Allen, while going to his work,
picked up a roll containing $70.00, no
owner has been found as yet.
A. E. Smith furnished the supper for
the grand ball given by the Knights of
Labor, which was the finest supper given
The snow is very deep and the loss of
cattle is very great, they are dying from
three to five hundred a night and the
snow is so deep that it is impossible to
get them assistance.
We are holding Sabbath school and
church in the court house, which took
fire, or some one set it on fire last Fri
day night. The fire was extinguished
before it had gained much headway.
The Central Beer Hall and Lodging
Rooms took fire last Saturday night by
a defective flue, and had gained quite a
start before discovered. One man
suffocated in the smoke, and two were
burned quite severely.
I thought I would send you a few
lines to inform your readers of our
church work here.
I came here last August and found
the people worshiping in an old dilapi
dated building, and at once set to work
to build a new church. God favored
me and now we have a nice two story
brick building almost completed. We
have raised about $1,500 and the work
is moving on nicely.
The ladies of the church gave a fair
recently and netted $145.00. They also
gave an entertainment a week or two
ago which cleared $50. They also gave
me two pound parties for which they
have my grateful thanks. The dear
people here are very kind to us and
make every thing as pleasant as can be
for which we are very grateful.
W. R. ALEXANDER.
Thats What the Matter.
The United States are making more
fuss about the cod fish than they ever
have made over the murdering of color
ed men, women and children on their
own soil, bv their own white Southern
citizens. Uncle Sam, are not the human
lives of your own citizens worth more to
you than English or American fish. It
seems that 8,000 colored citizens, and
over that number, have been killed in.
various ways in the sight of your so
called law, and not one of your white
citizens punished for it. Uncle Sam
should straighten up things at home be
fore he launches into war with other
countries. Our own house is divided
against itself and will be as long as the
law allows the continuation of the mur
dering of our colored citizensC. W.
Hines in New York Freeman.
A $20,00 BIBLICAL REWARD.
The publishers of Rutledge's Monthly
offer twelve valuable rewards in their
Monthly for February, among which is
We will give $20,00 to the person tell
ing us which is the middle verse in the
New Testament Scriptures, (not the re
vised edition), by March 10th, 1887.
Should two or more correct answers be
received, the reward will be divided.
The money will be forwarded to the
winner March 15th, 1887. Persons try
ing for the reward must send 20 cents
in silver or postal notes, (no postage
stamps taken) with their answer, for
which they will receive the monthly for
April in which the name and address
of the winner of the reward and the
correct answer will be published, and in
which several more valuable rewards
will be offered. Address, Rutledge Pub
lishing Company, Easton, Penna.
Mr. Jas. A. Ross has been cluly author
ized to act as agent for the WESTERN
APPEAL in Minneapolis. News, sub
scriptions or advertisements forwarded
to him at No. 224J Hennipin avenue,
will receive prompt atten^m
Mr. Charles Winter Wood, thfe iTpng
young colored tragedian of CJSeago ||pd
the honor of reading at* banrju** gfjen
to Madame Januschbk, at tit4 gheitpan
House recently. He a^so re-id for Ifrrs.
Langtrywho requested hisjpotaggtp
as a token of remem
MARITAL MAM S.
Twains made one by Law and
Legal Linking. ipK^JrZ
Pause, Peruse, Ponder^^
Mr. Peter Chapel and Miss Cora Long,
of Macon, Ga.
Mr. Henry Lee and Miss Mary J.
Hall, of Baltimore.
Mr. John R. Banks and Miss Julia
Curtis, of St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. Chas. W. Hobba and Miss Sadie
D. Williams, of Chicago.
Mr. R. A. Hall and Miss Emma Jack
son, of New Orleans, La.' V^
Mr. Benjamin Smith and Miss Ella
Pearce, of Camden, NTJT^"""
Mr. Harvey Housten and Mrs. E. J.
Hopson, of St. Louis, Mo,
Mr. Henry Weaver and Miss Angeline
Frazier, of Louisville, Ky.
Mr. Richard Owens and Miss Rachel
Dorsey, of Baltimore, Md.
Mr. Chester S. Williams and Miss
Lila A. Wright, of Memphis, Tenn.
There were 229 arrests by the police
It has been decided by the committee
on fire department to erect three new
Clerk Dunn, of the municipal court,
shows by his monthly statement re
ceipts as follows: From criminal busi
ness, $604.50 from civil business, $412.-
Chief Stetson reports eighteen fire
alarms during Februarv, and places the
loss on buildings at $12,239, and on con
tents, $9,620 insurance on buildings,
$65,050, and on contents, $31,800.
The real estate transfers for the
month of Februarv show a gratifying in
crease in that department of trade.
The number of transfers was 1,087, as
igainst 883 the previous year and 540 in
February, 1885. The total considera
tions for transfers of the past month
were $2,280,332, as against $1,806,968 for
February, 1886, and $1,598,059 for Feb.
E S. C.
The Twin Cities are among the won
ders of the Nineteenth Century and
when they do any thing they always en
deavorto use a Bostonian version of a
slang phrase"to remove the dilapi
dated linen from the shrubbery."
Minneapolis did herself proud last Tues
day evening on the occasion of the in
augural soiree of the Excelsior Literary
and Social Club at Northwest College
The officers of the club are: H. W. B.
Greer, president A. Plummer, vice
president M. W. Lewis, secretary H.
M. Weaver, ass't-secretary L. F. Bon
The entertainment Tuesday evening
began with the following:
Instrumental selectionMiss Lulu Gris
Address of WelcomeH. W. B. Greer.
Solo"Cricket on the hearth," Miss
Basso SoloJ. H. Adams.
Soprano Solo"Sweet Alpine Roses,"
Miss Lizzie Geddy.
Instrumental Selection Mme. Alice
Essay"The World Moves," A. G.
Contralto Solo "Jamie Dear," Miss
Duette"The Water Fall," Misses Lulu
and Nellie Griswold.
Basso SoloDayid C. Cotton.
Remarks were also made by Revs. W. H.
Coston and L. H. Reynolds.
This portion of theprogramwas listened
to by a highly delighted audience which
completely filled the hall, and testified
their appreciation of the rare excellence
of the same by rounds of rapturous ap
plause. The address by the president,
the essay by Mr. Plummer and the re
marks by Rev. Coston were particularly
noticilbe for excellence.
Elegant refreshments were then
served to all present after which the
hall was cleared and given up to the
terpsichorian devotees whose soulsand
heelswere in arms, and eager for the
fray having been inspired by the en
transing strains of Prof. Danz' orchestra.
A program of twelve dances was gone
through with most delightfully every
one seemingly enjoying himself better
than any body else. At 2 o'clock "Home
sweet Home," set all $0 hunting up
wraps, etc., and all retired to their
homes voting the entertainment the
most delightful Minneapolis has enjoy
ed this season, and fairly entitling the
club to the title of Excelsior.
That the beauty and chivalry of the
Twin Cities were will represented the
following list, of those present and the
costumes of the ladies will testify:
Mrs. H. W. B. Greer, black silk, jet
trimmings, natural flowers, diamonds.
Mrs. W. H. Wundus, ashes of roses
silk, lace and flowers, garnets.
Mrs. C. L. Britton, sapphire blue silk,
white lace overdrees. &, 4^.
Mrs. H. Turner, blue nuns veiliniltd
satin, natural flowers.
Mrs. C. L. Hunt, cream albatros, pink
satin, gold, flowers, m/^
Mrs. Katie Mason, light blue nuns
veiling and satin, natural flowers,
Mrs. M. W. xjewis, cardinal and blue
brocaded satin, natural flowers, dia
monds. gpi^ggi p^ipigp ^f^
Mrs. Georgie McCullough, pink satin
decollete,oriental lace, feathers, flowers.
Mrs. T. Rice, black satin and lace,
feather trimmings, flowers.
-uice. -4 -&. *"Jfr. V
Mrs. A. Hopson, blue satin, swans
down, flowers, pearls. X?
Mrs. Fannie Cunninghaffi, black silk,
Mrs. Julia CromwelJL^dregs pf wine
silk, flowers. g*--*^ ~A.J"\
Mrs. Carrie Weaver, old gold satin,
ecru lace, diamonds.
Mrs. Chas. Lucas, maroon velvet,
Henriette skirt, flowers.
Mrs. S. P. Chanceleor, dregs of wine
brocaded silk, black Spanish lace, jet,
Mrs. C. H. Gatewootf, blue silk, velvet
Mrs. Elizabeth Richardson, black
satin, canary ribbon trimmings, flowers.
Mrs. Emma Morgan, striped ladies
cloth, (tailor made,) brocaded velvet,
Mrs. J. Morgan, black cashmere,
Mrs. E. T.Watson, black silk, jet,
Mrs. Maria Liverpool, black silk, lace,
Miss Carrie Young, lavender cash
mere, swans down, natural flowers.
Miss Bf lie Culbreath, pink satin bod
dice, cream cashmere skirt, Spanish
Miss Hattie Moore, black silk, natural
Miss Addie Brooks, blue nuns-veiling,
Miss Jessie Brooks, blue satin, lace,
Miss Lulie Cannon, brown
Miss Florence Johnson, cream cash
ss Ella Duncan, blue striped satin,
Miss Jessie Smith, black cashmere
Miss Mamie Samuels, blue satin, lace
Miss Fannie Johnson, blue satin, lace-,
Miss Mamie Myrick, garnett silk and
MissLina Duncan, blue satin waist,
tan silk, lace, flowers.
Miss Rosa Robinson, peacock blue
brocaded silk, snow flake silk skirt,
Miss Alida Smith, tan silk lace, chang
eable silk skirt, diamonds.
Messrs. A. G. Plummer, Chas. Britton
S. Chanceleor, M. E. Singleton, W.
M. Helm, Will Price, T. Rice, A. Hop
son, Wm. Jordan, Fred. E. Wilson, J.
P. Ball, Chas. Lucas, Elmore Vinegar,
W. Smith, G. McCoy, M. Weaver, Henry
Vinegar, Chas. Johnson, Abram Myrick,
Willie M. Smith, Lewis Hurd, T. J.
Jennings, L. V. Purcell, C. J. Liverpool,
Levi Spencer, Will Turner, R. Jackson,
H. Jackson, H. M. Hurst, S. Light, C.
Standsul, M. W. Lewis, L. F. Bonner,
H. W. B. Greer, Jas. A. Ross.
Mrs. R. C. Howard, lavender silk,
hand embroidered and fringed crepe
over dress, ostrich tips, pearls,
Mrs. Ella Berry, black satin, black
lace overdress, pink and white ostrich
Mrs. William Gardner, black satin,
lace and jet, trimmings, diamonds.
Mrs. J. H. Waldren, black silk, cash
mere, overdress, flowers.
Madame Alice Mink Cooley, black
brocaded satin, guimp trimmings,
natural flowers, diamonds.
Mrs. M. D. Pettis, black silk, cut jet
trimmings, natural flowers, diamonds.
Mrs. Cora Jeffers, checked ladies
cloth, (tailor made,) natural flowers.
Mrs. J. K. Hilyard, black silk, lace,
jet, natural flowers, diamonds.
Miss Maggie Fogg, Turquoise blue silk,
oriental lace, natural flowers.
Miss Rosa Hill, wine satin, cream
nuns veiling, flowers.
Miss Bertha Heathcock, pink satin,
oriental lace overdress, flowers, dia
Miss Alice Thompson, white mull,
white lace drapery, flowers.
Miss Mary Godett, cream albatros,
Spanish lace, natural flowers, diamonds.
Miss Blanch Parker, lavender silk,
cream nuns veiling and lace overdress,
Miss Nellie Griswold, blue satin, lace
Miss Lizzie Geddy, white nuns veil
ing, swans down, natural flowers.
Miss Courtney Dover, pink cashmere,
lace overdress, pearls.
Miss Ida Mink, pink satin, draped in
Spanish lace, natural flowers, diamonds.
Miss Lulu Griswold, navy blue silk,
Spanish lace, natural flowers.
Miss Ella Smith, cream surah,
necked, Spanish lace drapery .diamonds.
Miss Leona Landre, blue silk boddice,
cream cashmere ^skirt, natural flowers,
Messrs. William Gardner, R. C.
Howard, C. Covington, C. Wilkins,
J. D. Underwood, C. W. Mason, Chas.
Bloom, JohnTalbert, D.C.Cotton, T.
H. Taylor, W. M. Turner, F.L.DeLyons,
Thos. Griswold, C. H. Bush, R. C, Beau
mont, C. D. Matthews, J. K. Hilyard,
L. Wilson, O. D. Howard, J. Q. Adams.
The gentlemen as a rule were in full
dress low-necked vests, high-necked
collars, patent leather, etc., etc., and
were as gallant looking as any set ever
gathered to pay homage to so large
a concourse of beautiful ladieb as the
Excelsior Club entertained last Tuesday
Extracted from the Mine of Mis
cellaneous Matters, on our
jg Claim,and Assayed for
IH, our Del vers after ^-^fe^
Knowledge. P?*~ -s^-
Notice the Output.
Ohio has 221 colored scfiocfl teachers.
Morgan City, La., has a female lodge
of colored Knights of Labor.
Mrs. Sylvia Scott, the oldest colored
person in Indianapolis, Ind., died a,few
days since, aged 105 years.
A colored boy in Rome, Ga., was
bitten by a vicious stallion a few days
ago from the effects of which he died
Mr. John Franklin, a por^r fn^&
cantile house in Louisville, Ky., found
an old army canteen in the cellar last
week in which he found $3,625.
Mr. W. D. Kelley, the colored man
who was recently defeated for Auditor
on the Democratic ticket in Kansas has
been appointed to a clerkship in the
railway postal service.
Mr. Alex. Garner, colored, nine years
ago bought 60 acres of land three miles
west of Wyandotte, Kan., payingforthe
same $800. A few days ago he refused
$1,000 an acre or $60,000 for the same
The executors of the estate of the late
Nathan BJoom, an Israelite, of Louis
ville, Ky., have given $200 of an amount
willed to five Orphan's Home without
regard to creed, to the Colored Orphan's
Home of that city.
Among the jury men for the February
term of the United States Court at
Louisville, Ky., are the following
named colored men: Thos. Cruthfield,
D. T. Coates, Chas. H. Johnson, G. L.
Moore, Chas. Magruder and Henry
In the criminal court of Washington,
D. Jofin L. West, ex-clerk in the
general land office, was sentenced to
six years in the Albany Penitentiary for
entering the house of a white widow
Mrs. Irene Page in Nr vember last, and,
as alleged by her, attempting to assault
herand principally for being a colored
Cynthia Hesdra died several years ago
in Nyack, N. Y., and left her estate, val
ued at $150,000, to her husband. No will
was found when he died, thre years
ago, and litigation ensued. x&Wyer
John V. Onderdonk died a few days ago,
and just before his death he gave his
son his private papers. Tied up a
package with his life insurance policies
was Mr. Hesdra's will. The Hesdras
were colored people.
St. Louis, Mo.
The class soon to graduate from the
Sumner High School have selected their
subjects, and as June approaches, begin
to feel that in the near future they must
bid farewell tg school life. There are
seven to graduate.
The No. 1. School, is arranging to have
a "Parents Day," Monday. The chil
dren, under the supervision of Hale G"
Parker, the principal, have been con
stant practice for a week or more and
much fun is anticipated.
The No. 1. Evening School will close
the yearly session next Friday evening,
with a literary and musical entertain
ment. The school has been very Pros
perous under the efficiemt .management
of the principal, A. D. Langston.
The Oblate Sisters of Providence are
preparing the drama "The First Ameri
can Nun." These great workers are la
boring now, in the interest (financially)
of the Negro priest Father Tolton. The
following appear in the cast Misses C.
V. Wilkinson, S. R. Buckner, Minnie A.
Crosswhite, Bella C. Thomas, Edith V.
Mr. James A. Johnson, the proprietor
of one of the leading barber shops here,
and an influential citizen, dropped dead
at his place of bnsiness, Tuesday. He
leaves a prosperous trade for his wife
and daughter, who are prostrate with
grief at their terrible loss. Mr. Johnson
belonged to our celebrated Home Club,
being its secretary at the time of his
death and formerly its president. He
was also a prominent mason.
Recorder of Ieeds#
Washington, D. Feb. 28.James
M. Trotter, who was to-day nominated
by the President to succeed Mr. Mat
thews, of Albany, whose nomination forg^
recorder of deeds at Washington wa%
twice rejected by the Senate, is a color-|Lt,
ed man of Boston. Mr. Trotter, who isfp?
48 years old, was born in Ohio, but haF
resided in Massachusetts for the past 25ft.
years. He enlisted as a private in the^
55th Massachusetts Colored Regiment,
and came ont of the service at the close
of the war a lieutenant, having beent^
promoted for bravery on ibe field.
Eighteen years he filled the position of
assistant superintendent of the register
ed letter department in the Boston
postoffice, from which position he was
retired in 1884 on account of supporting
Mr. Cleveland for the presidency. H
was strongly recommended by the citi
zens and press of Hyde Park, Mass.,
where he resides, for the position of
postmaster of that place. Mr. Trotter
is generally regarded by those who
know him as a man of high character
and marked ability. He is the author
of a volume entitled, "Music and Musi
cal People of the Colored Race.
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