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It Pays to Advertise In the Rising Con
fall of Nelson C.
Standing as It were before the
great body of Negroes, one can watch
the trend of circumstances and the
changing of history.
Great men have their rise In the
advocating of some great principle.
When the men who have risen through
the combined effort of the people
to push them forget from whence
theli power comes; the wheel of time
begins to roll with them down the
hill of life. When a man is rising,
everybody is inclined to help him up,
and when a man's feet begin to go
down the ladder, so it is everybody
begins to help hLm down. When a
man stands for a strong principle that
will 'benefit the people, the people
get behind him and make him a lead
er and tha stronger he fights for
right the greater his leadership
among his people. In all periods
great men have risen art df alien. In
all Instances where-" mew-have stood
for or against certain public questions
they have been Judged in proportion.
So It Is with Nelson C. Crews. Some
18 years ago Crews began his polit
ical career in this city. For a num
ber of years he has had the great
body of Negroes with him, but little
acts from time to time in this com
munity they began to tear him down.
In every action of his career he has
always followed his impulse. Like
some god of old he forgot from
whence his power came. Many and
many a time Crews has risen up to
strike men down whom he thought
aspired to the leadership of his race.
Abraham Lincoln Bald, and his state
ment holds true to this day, "You
can fool all the people some of the
time, some of the people some of the
time, but you can't fool them all all
the time." Crews has been fooling
some of the people too long. Too
long has he held the bounded yoke of
political tyranny in his hand, but the
people have at last found him out.
In his attempt the other evening to
crush the rising generation of younger
Negroes every Negro throughout the
breadth of this city has risen up
against him. Not only did he, as a
so-called loader, strike a blow at' the
young man In this community, but he
struck a blow at the entire race that
made It tremble from end to end. For
the younger men to have allowed this
without retaliation would have been
for them to have sunk their manhood
Into the earth and walk away like a
cowardly hound beneath his master's
lash. Ah! thank God they did not do
it, but Ilka men as they are have risen
up and presented a solid front to the
enemy. Eighteen years Crews has
ruled this city like a god. But never,
never more, will the brave Negroes
submit to his dictation. The great
mistake of his life was his Bpeech for
the defense of corruption. This
speech will prove his Waterloo. He
has Injured himself greater than any
man could have done it; listen at him
at the mass meeting, standing as It
were for the corrupt actions of other
jnen, calling on the people to de
nounce and repudiate the Editor of
this paper because he stood for right.
It is the same old speech of Brutus
asking the people to accept his
bloody deed, because he, Brutus it
was that stabbed Caesar. Therefore
he wished the people to accept the
situation because he, Crews, had
spoken. Doing the eighteen years of
his political career in this city he
has not contributed one single thing
for the benefit of the Negro In this
community. All he has done was to
make speeches from time to time.
Let us now search the doing of his
political career. Eighteen years at
the Pie Crib and he doesn't, to the
knowledge of anybody, own one single
of the Down
piece of property. Every Negro who
he has tried to crush has excelled him
in every manner.
He has never given a single Negro
who possessed a small amount of abil
ity any kind of assistance. He has
never been a true nice lender, al
ways leading for a selfish purpose.
His only power Is his gift of gnb.
but the moment that he uses it for
any puriose save a righteous one, he
Is shorn of his strength. Like Samp
son, when he allowed his hair to be
clipped, he lost his strength and was
weak as a child, so -It was with
Crews when he mnde Jhat speech In
defense of wrong. His great following
of Negroes left him. There was even
a mob demonstration against him.
Like the Raven in the poem of Edgar
Allen Poe, "Never, Never more shall
he regain their confidence. One of
his first political actions "was the
crushing of Minor Bass. Then came
lawyer Sulilett and Dr.- Henderson.
His fight against Willis Mosley and
J. F. Cole now mail carriers. Then
came his fight against J. Silas Har
ris, Jone Rone, Monholland, John
Wheeler, and R. W. Alexander and
by misrepresentation he engaged oth
ers in his fight against Alexander.
For ten years he has made a contin
uous fight against the principals of
the Negro schools and the teachers.
He has them at his mercy. He made
an open fight against R. W. Foster,
crushing his son; refusing to allow
Dallas Foster to accept the position
as assistant to the clerk of police
court. In all cases the men whom he
has tried to crush are buying or own
ing property. Most every Negro with
his exception who are holding Jobs
under the administration have either
bought or are buying property. So
you see that from 'a material stand
point he has contributed nothing to
the welfare of the Negro race.
Every time the white Republican
leaders have picked him up and made
him the leader of these splendid Ne
groes who nre earning their bread
by the sweat of their brow. These are
the things t'.iat point toward the be
ginning of hla downfall. No man can
be a leader of the people long who
has not ma le good. Now as to
Crews and Win. T. Washington,
Crews completely crushed this young
.man's political aspirations. Fresh from
Williams' college, this young man
sought to rise in his home town. He
went to Nelson C. Crews, whom he
thought was the Negro political lead
er and to whom he swore allegiance.
This young man stood with Crews in
all his actions of right and the first
fight against Washington when he
received a commission to stump the
state of Missouri for the Republican
ticket in the fall of 1904. Crews in
an underhand manner fought him in
receiving the commiBHion. When the
young man in a manly manner asked
him about it he denied the assertions.
After allowing the young man to
serve In the capacity of clerk of the
police court during his Illness, the
next three times of his absence from
that office he refused to allow him
to serve. Again Crews In a combina
tion with T. C. Vnthank fought him
when he filed his application for a
county position after his splendid
work for the party in 1904. Coming
on to the city election in which Henry
M. Reardsley was elected, Crews
fought Washington so viciously that
after 8 or10 speeches he was com
pletely silenced In the campaign.
After the election the young man filed
his application for a Job, and the
white men, believing in the leadership
of Crews, consulted, him about the
matter. Crews, Knowing that T. C.
Unthank was fighting Washington, re
to Carry on
for It Reaches More
KANSAS CITY, MO.. SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 111(17.
fused to assist him in getting a Job.
When Crews found out that Wash
ington had filed an application for A.
E. Holmes' office, he told that gen
tleman that he couldn't hold the Job
because he had one leg and could not
get around. His last act committed
against Washington was in the mass
meeting of Sunday night. When he
denounced him as a black scoundrel,
pimp, thief and renegade. Will the
public let these things go unnoticed?
Because Crews can make a speech
does the public think that they can
not do without him. No! Every young
man and old man, for that matter,
have decided that Crews Is not a fit
man to lead his race. From silent
opposition they have risen up to out
ward and open protest.
Crews never proved faithful to his
supporters. He has always acted
purely from a selfish motive.
Crews has always been known as
a mud sllnger and a bluffer. During
the contest between Davenport and
Benrdsleyl Crews threw sp much mud
at DaveniHjrt and his friends that the
I'pper house men refused at first to
confirm his apKint.nient. . Notwith
standing that the man he supported
won the election. Two thirds of the
Negroes were against Crews and ln
thank, sf He lost his ward on account
of the hitter opposition; Unthank lost
his ward for the 'same reason. A man
In order to hold the leadership of his
race must do something for there.
Crews has in a ereat meat'' re (failed
to do this. For his ungrateful actions
he Is at last reaping the whirlwind.
A drowning man grasps at the last
straw. He, Crews, at last has
reached the zenith of his Kwer.
Now co.mes the descent.
Farewell, n last farewell to all my
greatness. If I had served my race
as I have served myself In my last
days of prosperity. I could say that
I had lived my life and Berved my
A LARGE CROWD OF NEGRO CITI
ZENS HEARD CREWS' THREATS
TO SHOOT THE EDITOR OF
THE RISING SON.
Last Tuesday evening about C
o'clock, Nelson C. Crews, Clerk of
Police Court, walked to the office of
the Rising Son. on twelfth street, and
with loud tones and great demonstrat
ing threats, swore he would shoot W.
T. Washington. Editor of Rising Son,
If anything appeared In this week's
paper about him. Such actions on the
part of one high in authority should
be Investigated, and further as clerk
of the police court, with power to
carry a gun, it should be brought to
the hearing of the mayor. The Ne
groes do not want any one In such a
responsible position, who is carrying
a big cannon os ills hip, threatening to
shoot on sight. . This thing should
bo brought before the mayor.
OFFICE OF CITY ATTORNEY.
Kansas City, Juno 10, 1907.
To Whom It May Concern:
This Is to certify that I have
known Mr. William T. , Washington
for over three years.
I know Mr. Washington to be a
good, honest and upright man and an
honor to the colored rare
At no time has complaint been
filed with me against Mr. Washing
JOHN N. SWENSON..
The Lincoln High School O. O. C.
gave a very entertaining program nt
the New High School building last
Wednesday noon. Siieeches were
made by old ex-graduates, Geo. Mar
tin, first secretary of the Grlsliam
Oratorical Club; Edward Thompson,
first president of the club, and Wm.
T. Washington, first vlco president,
and second president. Speeches
were also mnde by members of the
club. David Emery, Win. Rica and
Mr-. Fields, now president.
Mr. John Ford, one of Kar-s's
City's most aggressive young men
and a waiter at the Baltimore Hotel,
was married last week to Miss Erma
Its Great Fight for the Negro Race.
Homes of Colored People than any othei Paper In the State.
The Metropolitan Street Railway has
Made Good in Its Offer to the
City on the West Traffic
Before the election of Mayor Beards
ley one of the main issues in the cam
paign was the Metropolitan Street
railway proposed offer on the West
Truffle Way Const met Ion. From a
Caucasian standpoint this issue was
one of Mr. Beardsley's chief weapons
win his election, as his propositions
held out great possibilities to the peo
ple. Mr. Beardsley became mayor,
and sincf that time conference after
inference was held to arrive at a
fair settlement where all concerned
would get Justice. A letter no later
than February 1 from the mayor to
President Corrlgan. It remains only
for the Metropolitan Street Railway
company to improve its street car
service on the Twelfth street line and
build Its own tunnel and viaduct on
West Tweirth street. Mr. Cprrigau
slated that he did not see through
that part of the mayor's letter Insist-
i'Vr'.that Mi- Metropolitan shall ba
kept on tlie south line of Twelfth
street from Mulberry street to the
Bluffs A part of President Corrigan's
letter to Mayor Beardsley was as fol
"In answer to your second proposi
tion in which you have arbitrarily
fixed the sum of $23ii.ono ns the Me
tropolitan's share of the cost. It Is
not Indicated In your letter ns to Just
how you arrived at that amount as
our Just proportion. You have made
It Just $140,000 more than we estimat
ed a viaduct for our own use would
cost. I note also that you cite tue
Rook Island's offer as Justifiable of
your demand on us. I can only say
that when It was proposed to have the
Metropolitan pay all the cost that the
Rock Island rcfust'd to contribute
more than $100,000 for the same privi
lege. You evidently have been able
to bring other pressure to bear upon
them to Induce them to double their
"In conclusion. I will say, that at
any time the city will cive us a rea
sonable ordinance to build a tunnel
for our own use we will proceed to
do so." ,
Mr. Corrlgan, In answer to a ques
tion as to the chances of the city and
tlie Metropolitan coining to an agree
ment said: "If the city will deal with
the Metropolitan in a way one busi
THIS IS TO BE A GREAT ORGAN
IZATION. Tho Kansas City Mercantile Co.,
REV. G. T.
was organized January 1, 1907, with a
capital stock of $2,000 la shares which'
ness m.in should deal with another,
we would certainly get together, but
the trouble is the mayor seems to only
have a scheme and lie wants tho Me
tropolitan and Rock Island to furnish
all the money, and the trouble with
us is that we don't get anything out
of it except the privilege of spending
over n half million dollars more In
building a tunnel. In other words,
the mayor asks us to pay $ I io.imik
more than a separate viaduct for our
own use would cost, and In addition
loan the city $223,000 on what we be
lieve would only bo a moral obliga
tion on the part of the city, and It
must be remembered that the lender
Is always more careful about the siv
curlty than the borrower. Can any
thing be fairer than the offer 011 the
part of Mr. Corrigun?
Should the mayor continue to put
tlie people off from time to time?
Doe the mayor seek to posSione
from time to time these propositions
In order to let them carry over to
anot Iter campaign?
Does he Intend to Inject this same
issue in his next campaign when It
can be properly adjusted?
What are the circumstances sur
rounding the matter?
Corporations have rights. Munici
pal t'tllltlvs should not be always sub
servient to arbitrary .administrations.
Why not come to some agreement?
There are nr,00( Negroes In Kansas
City nuil 15.000 do manual labor.
Therefore in tho beginning of the
construction of the West Traffic Way
thousands of Negroes would have
work to do whereby they could sup
port their depending families. Every
one of these Negroes are voters.
Thousands of them don't play politics.
They only vote. They vote I heir sen
timent in ho much us they and their
families call be benefited. This pro
position therefore concerns tlie Negro.
The Metropolitan has made good in its
proposed offer. Let Home agreement
be arrived nt whereby tho city, tlie
company mid all the citizens, lniTIi
bl'ick and white, can bo benefited
This proposition has coutiiimi! for
too long n period. Don't drag It Into
the next campaign. For It may net
in a bommerang. Ict the Metropoli
tan mid the mayor get together.
are selling very fast. Rev. (1. T. Mos
by, who Is president, Is a well exper
ienced business mail, and will carry
tho company to success. Geo Johnson
secretary; G. A Smith, treasurer
11 I I ill ll'i II 111
Thousands of Negroes Read the
last Issue of the
The people last, week were very
eager to secure copies of the Rising
Son. All over town streams of peo
ple came to the various places where
the paper was on sale to Inform them
selves as to the many doings of the,
people In the city. The publishers
put out 5.000 copies more than our
Every one of them had been di-i-posed
of in a very short time. Down
on Independence Ave. people were
standing In line to await their turn
to get a paper. Over on ISth St.. It
was the same way. Thirty newsboy
were carrying the p;,,.rs n((, ov,.ry
hamlet or the Negroes they could
reach. At our office wo had to have
extra forces for relief. The people,
are aroused. Public sent Inn nit has
been deeply touched. Everybody who
read the paper knows the paper's po
sition and stand on certain questions
were linperallvelv sincere. The now.
er of the press Is mighty, but the
power or public opinion is mightier.
An aroused public conscience
Is a dangerous thing to trifle with.
Whosoever would trv to check nnh.
lie opinion In Its onward course for
netter conditions, will be swept n1d.
like n frame house In a tempest. Last
weu tho people were stirred up. They
walked blocks and hlocku t 11 cellr
copies of our nailer. If vmi vnnlJ
conquer, you must surrendiT. God
moves the public nnd the public re
moves existing condition. TherefoN.
every Negro who r-nd last week's pa
pers have made up their minds.
WHITE CITY ELECTRIC PARK.
Mr. J. J. Helm, owner nod controller
of Elect ilc Park, or as Its new naino
goes ' White City has hu kind
enough to throw open its gates to the
well behaved ami respectable Negroes
as a place to go for recreation. Mr.
Holm belongs to that el nt of Pure
white people who believes In tlie Ne
gro. This place should bo well attend
ed by our people to show him that.
he will not lose anything for his kind
ness toward our race. Every good
white man should be exalted.
NATURAL GAS TO EVERY DIS
TRICT INCLUDING THE HOMES
Natural gas has been turned on In
every district of tlie city. There are
:i,ri,0i0 NcgrocH in Kansas City and
out of that' number a great number no
doubt will take advantage of the cheap
ness of natural as to have their
homes nnd houses supplied with the
benericlal fluid. For full particulars
watch a later edition of this paper.
The Negro should make nn example
of some one, so let lis begin flow.
Now is your time. Lot the work go
The sooner the people are lid of all
tho NVgro linposters In the various
public positions, tilt? better for tho
A copy of this paper can be secured
at !H1 E. 12th stroet. phono your or
der and we will send one of our news
boys to your home.
COPIES OF THE RISING SON
CAN BE HAD AT SMITH'S THREE
DRUG STORES. 805 INDEPEND
ENCE AVE.. 908 E. 12th ST. AND
1307 E. 18th ST.
If you want tho best worlc done
cheap bring all of your Job printing
to tli a Wising Son.
The Son has a lady attendant who
will be hero to transact all business
along the newspaper Hue.
Have you been to the new Arling
ton Theatre? If not, why not, and
when are you going?