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The Muskogee Cimeter.
Muskogee, Indian Territory, Thursday November 3, J 904.
"THK KKPUHMCAX PAIITY IS THE
SHIP, ALL ELSE IS SEA."
Roosevelt the Champion of Right and
Justice The Candidates Compared.
In these times when there is so
much talk about the doubtful states
giving their electorial vote to Park
er, it is gratifying to be assured that
the Negro voter remains loyal to the
party of liberty and progress.
Fred Douglas once said "The Re
publican party is the ship, all else is
sea" and if anything, this political
appraisement of party's, as concerns
the Negro is more true today then
when it fell from the 'lips of this
As was pointed out in a previous
letter, the effort to corner the Negro
vote for the Democrats, however well
conceived and with whatever of good
and noble purpose, resulted to the
most natural possible way, which is n
larger, more loyal and ever increas
ing support of the Republican party.
Although the issues are not so
strictly defined in Colorado, or so
unblushingly paraded in the eyes or
the public as they are in Maryland,
the principle behind them and which
gives them life is one and the same
in both places.
There is many a Tillman and Gor
man in this grand and beautiful state,
who only needs the encouragement
which a knowledge of political powei
would give them to come out as bit
terly against the Negro as even those
high-priests of prejudice and injus
tice could wish.
It seems all right and perfectly
sensible for men to vote one way or
another according to the issues or
their Individual preferences, but un
til sentiment and conditions affecting
the Negro change, he must remain an
exception to this rule and by voting
solidly for the Republican ticket se
cure and retain for himself the protec
tion of the most powerful and pro
gressive organization known to mod
Ex-Governor Brown of Maryland in
a recent speech used the argument
that'if Roosevelt was elected the Ne
gro Cummlngs of Baltimore, who
made a speech seconding 'his nomina
tion at Chicago, would be given a po
sition and for that reason, if no other
he should be defeated.
It is to just such trivial and flim
sy pretexts as this that the party of
which Parker and Davis are the stand
ard bearers, is driven to show, even
a pretense of a cause and reason for
The Democratic nominees are both
eJc611ent gentlemen no doubt the
one a gifted legal light the other a
wealthy and fatherly old philanthro
pist, who is quite an honor to the com
mon-wealth of W. Va. But comparo
them for a moment with the Republi
can candidates and from whatever
point of view, how utterly tame and
Insignificant do they appear. High
ly respectable to be sure and eml--notly
useful In their accustomed
when the broad duties, privileges ana
responsibilities of the high places to
which they aspire are considered.
The Nation Is now honors '
ing a man for Pre' . j
nlzes neither crer y
a passport to p - ; .
measures nil men by the level of
abilty and the square of exact and
It is this man, this honest, courage
ous and loyal American, who is afraid
of no issue and slave of no prejudice,
a lover of humanity and is positive
and progressive force on the side of
all that is right and good and true
It is such a man as this that the
Negro votnr is asked to support. One
who has given abundant proof of the
strength and tenacity of his friend
ship. Wihose every act has been con
sistent with the loftiest patriotsim
and the strictest regard for the right
of the case, whether the individual,
a race or a nation should be affected.
A man whose entire public career,
whether as a member of the New
Vork legislature, Civil Service Com
missioner, President of the Police
Board of New York City, Assistant
Secretary of the Navy, the hero of
San Juan, Governor of Now York, or
Vce President and President of the
United States, has been without a
blemish and is crowned with the most
honorable and patriotic achievements.
A man who is unwilling to close
the door of opportunity in the face
of any honest citzen and who beleves
that the largest measure of civil free
dom is the inherent right of all and
should be secured to each and every
citizen of the Republic.
An Appeal to Young Men.
Fifty years ago before your time
and mine, young men, the Republican
party was born. I appeal to you, the
young colored men directly, because
it is not necessary to ask the old men
of the race to do their duty, for they
can never forget the horrors from
which the Republican party emanci
pated them. Its corner stone was the
destruction of slavery, the establish
ment of universal freedom. Blood
and treasure alone could accomplish
Its holy purpose. Is the cure perman
ent? It's up to you. The withered
hand is only palsied, it is not dead.
It has still life enough to throttle
liberty and establish peonage. Facing
conditions as the race does, is there
a conscientious colored citizen who
can hesitate as to which national par
ty he should favor by his vote. If
there is, then let him view this pic
ture. Every law for the uplifting and
betterment of the condition of the
Colored citizen has been written by
the Republican party. Every law to
degrade, humiliate and oppress the
colored citizen has been written into
statutory laws by the Democratic par
ty. Does this campaign pressage
that the Democratic party has a
change of heart and has forsaken Its
idols? Can there be any honest dif
ference of opinion among colored cit
izens wnen the roll of the ".Warwisk"
behind the throne of Democracy is
called? can any colored citizen look
with complacency and with equinl
mil. at the spectrcss of Yardaman,
Ca .nack, Bailey, Gorman, Williams
and illlman? Can any colored citi
zen read without a shiver the latest
effusion of John Temple Graves,
whoso malignity is now madness, and
whose unblushing advice to lynch Ne
groes and to reorganize the Klu-Klux-Klau,
reuches the height of
maniacal frenzy, and invites the com
ing of a new word for diabolical.
The nominee of the Democratic
party, notwithstanding his excellont
personality cannot b' judged alone
because of personal nuticcdonis. but
must stand or fall with the forces
back of him who securoi his nomin
ation, and whose nornlneo he is. A
tree is known by its fruits.
For the colored citizen to uphold
the principles of the Riml)lict:ii party
is not a heritage only, but a splendid
and sacred trust. Bemuse ot the
cr'nrious past of this grand organiza
tion, and the knowledge that the hope
and opportunity of every colored cit
izen in the South as well as the
North is wrapt up In its future, should
nerve the hand of every membnr of
the race, so that he might firmly
grasp and raise overhead the banner
of right, justice and equal privileges;
hold aloft the banner of a storied
Thero was a time when the Repub
lican party appeared to halt between
two opinions to remain true to the
Faith of the Fathers, or to abandon
the fight for human rights when com
mercialism seemed to swing the pen
dulum of fate. But he harkened to
the Macedonian cry, and back to its
mooring floated proudly the Grand
Old Ship of State.
In the great crises which confronts
the nation today we should not con
template a question of color. But,
if perforce it be injected In the cam
paign, then listen when I say that no
race of people who ever inhabited the
earth or ever will, In my judgment,
would forgo the opportunity of do
ing its utmost in the interest of a
party that has done so much for them
as a race as the Republican party has
done for the colored citizen, as against
the determined, consistent and con
stant opposition of the Democratic
party to tho rise and progress of tho
manhood and womanhood of tho col
ored citizen of tho United States.
A Rejoinder to CI i urges Made Against
By M. G. Lewis.
To tho Muskogee Cimeter:
I notico in most every daily or
weekly paper something is said or
quoted about the Negro, which is not
gratifying to those of us who under
stand tho significance of assertions.
We can perform no duty more use
ful to our race and humanity, or moro
agreeable to our own feelings than
that of making reparation for the uu
In making these statements in jus
tice to my race I purpose to do full
and sequal justice to those who think
the Negro is a livery of servitude.
Tho Negro haters who are advo
cating a separate partition and separ
ate and -heaven for tho Negro trying
to keep him out of nil positions of
honor and trust wanting to thrust
him in all places of degradation are
not tho sentiment of our civllazation
and Christian societies.
Permit me to acknowledge that
other races feel themselves superior
to the African race and maintain an
unfavorable opinion of that race be
cause they are kept in survile labor
and tho abject condition in which
they see them from their childhood
has a natural tendency to create in
them an idea of superiority and in
duces many to look upon them as an
ignorant and contemptible race of
Thoso who dislike the Negro should
have a reasonable dislike and their
dislike should be removed by reason.
It is tho duty of tho Negro to ex
press an opinion to the daily charges
(Continued on page 12.)
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