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DISTRICT CI 1LIZATI0N.
If there ever was a disgrace and
mockery to civilization in the Dis
tict of Columbia,, it w& fully dem
onstrated on last Monday, when an
attempt was made to have a street
parade in honor of the 35th anni
versary celebration of the Emanci
pation of slaves in the District of
Columbia. And to the surprise of
the many thousands intelligent cit
izens, the board of school trustees
assisted in augmenting the disgrace
and mockery by closing our public
schools all day, thus permitting
thousands of young children to
parade the sidewalks, the cross
streets and every other available
pace to wituess the farce of a pa
rade. In years gone by, when parades
were looked upon with admiration,
when reputatble citizens took part
irrespective of color, our schools
would only close one-half a day.
What was demonstrated on Mon
day? A display of ignorance.
"Was there the slightest attempt to
show to civilization that the negro
had improved since his 35 years of
freedom? Did that parade set up
the standard of District civilization
among the colored people? For
four months or more a set of sharks
have been soliciting funds from the
white citizens, ostensibly for a
There was at least 15000 or more
..dollars collected and not one-15th
was appropriated to the manage
ment that had charge of the cele
bration. If the white people, in
this community would cease con
tributing to irresponsible persons,
their money, the community would
not be disgraced by these street
parades. The Bee ventures the
assertion that not one colored per
son contributed five cents to that
apology of a parade on Monday.
The best portion of the money
that is collected is put into the
pockets of the collectors. They
either spend it for whisky, new
suits of clothes and indeed some of
them go so far as to pay their
house rent or purchase bed room
We blame the colored school
trustees for recommending to the
Commissioners the closing of the
schools. The specticle in both
of the Police Courts on Tuesday
morning was disgraceful. Some
were charged with snatching money,
others with disorderly conduct,
while some others were charged
and convicted of carrying guns and
shooting. There were fights on
the grounds and elswhere. We
don't condemn the celebration of
the Emancipation of the slaves,
but we do condemn the -manner in
which it is celebrated.
One would suppose that the pro
gress of the negro would b& shown
Bince his emancipation. His pro
gress in industrial and mechanical
arts, in literature, in art and in
science. The money that is con
tributed should be appropriated to
the Home for Friendless Women
and Children, or to the Colored
Orphan's Home. Instead of closing
the schools on such occasions, let
appropriate exercises be held in
commemoration of the dav. in
stead of a Douglass, Brnce and
Langston day in our schools, let
their memories be celebrated in
connection with Emancipation day.
Select some large hall and have an
industrial fair and exhibit the pro
gress of the negro shice his eman
cipation. Let street parades be
The President and Congress
have at last come to an understand
ing and war is practically declared".
The system of mobilization is going
on rapidly and patriotism is in
creasing in intensity every day.
Spain in her dastardly conduct has
diplomatized itself into a.delemma
out of which she will hardly emerge
without much smoke and rents in
her garments. The President in
his usual wise manner will conduct
a vigorous campaign and Congress
will not be behind in responding
to every demand. The colored
soldiers are at she front and thous
ands of valiant colored men are
only waiting for Uncle Sam to say,
"come on ooys, ana a nownng
response will be forth coming.
A FRO-AMERICAN LEAGUE.
There has been a great deal of
talk of organizing an Afro-American
League. We have a very
strong cue in the State of Pennsyl
vania, and it is composed of young
representative oolored men. Our
goodfrisnd. Mr, James L. Goodall,
is chairman of the executive com
munity, and he is a very level
headed man. Now, if there could
be a national organization with a
level-headed man as its president,
we have no doubt buD tnat it would
amount to something. We need a
man at its head who is not looking
for an office, and one who will not
attempt to sell out to some politi
cal party in consideration of the
hope of getting an office. That
has been the trouble with all ne
gro organizations. We have good
material, fiom which we can select
some good man, and it is hoped
that immediate steps will be taken
to establish a national body.
Lawyer Thomas L. Jones, a
young member of the District bar,
is being urged for Congress frem
his district in Virginia, where he
was born and reared. Mr. Jones
is a young man of brilliant parts,
and it is hoped that his constitu
ents may be successful in electing
him if nominated.
There is one thing certain. Mr.
Jones is a progressive young man,
and if he succeeds in securing the
nomination he will have the sup
port of The Bee. ,
THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE.
The message of the President
that was sent to the Senate in the
last few days was no doubt a
surprise to both branches of Con
gress as well as to those who want
war. President McKinley is only
a man after all, and he was right to
throw the responsibility of a war on
Congress. Now that Congress has
it, let it act.
TOO MUCH SENTIMENT.
There is entirely too much senti
ment in the personel of the colored
public schools of this city. Some
of the eigth grade teachers should
be changed to enable the principal
in the High School to turn out
competent pupils. Some of our
trustees are aware that a change
in some of these schools is abso
lutely necessary, and yet they will
not remove them. The colored
High School is in need of reforma
tion. There should be a few
changes there for its benefit. The
four colored trustees, who have
been made a sub-committee of
their own High School, should cer
tainly make a move towards ref or
Tne colored soldiers will fight.
There is a disposition to put the
colored soldiers in the lead.
The white schools will receive a
large appropriation for the indus
trial department, while the colored
schools received only a small one.
Emancipation Day parades are
coming to be nuisances.
Again Emancipation Day . has
been celebrated, and once more we
have had an exhibition of folly and
almost madness never shown be
fore. With everything in its favor
the procession proved to be a dis
mal failure, being no longer than
the length of a short square and
a3 motley as anything ever before
seen or heard of. The manage
ment may find something to be
proud of, but they can gather no
consolation from the better class
of people, who have had no scru
pies about calling it a mere farce
and a disgrace to the city of Wash
ington. Monday's proceeding fur
nishes a very strong reason why
such parades should be discontin
ued. We have contended for years
that street parades never have and
never ivi.l amount to much as an
expression of thoughtful apprecia
tion of an important event. For
the most part, such demonstrations
merely furnish designing men the
means of cheap advertisement,
with a resultant loss in many ways
to the people whom they profess
$o represent, The Bbb suggested I
last year aild in previous years the
propriety of discontinuing street
parades and the importance of
holding appropriate exercises in
public halls. Bv this means the
event may be fully analyzed and
discussed and the lessons growing
out of it fully emphasized. Our
children, iustead of being allowed
to ruu the street after a miserable
and half equipped brass band
might well hold exercises iu the
schools commemorative of the
GIVE US A CHANCE.
An open letter to the judges.
To the Judges of the Supreme Court,
District of Columdia.
Having the most abiding faith in
your honesty, integrity and fairness,
I desire to suggest to you for your
immediate consideration a few remarks-
Ever since the foundation of
this government and the judiciary, the
Afro-American members of the bar,
have been very considerate and un
selfish in their demands for recogni
tion. Your bar associotion is com
posed of some of the most brilliant
men in this country, and I believe that
they are conservative enough to in
dorse the sentiments of this letter to
your distinguished body.
You are 'aware that every branch of
our judiciary is presided over by an
Anglo-Saxon and is liable to be unless
you see fit to give one member of the
Afro-Amenican legal profession a
chance. During the summer months,
the honorable judges of the Police
Court, will take a month's vacation.
One will go to the cool and placid
hills of Maine, while the other will
summer at his home in the mountains
of West Virginia.
I thought that it would not be out
of place if your honorable body,
would place on the bench an Afro
American member of the bar
and see with what dignity he
he will display and the diposition of
fines or sentences on persons who
may be brought before him. I hope
therefore, that you will consider these
suggestions in the most friendly man
ner and believe me to be,
The committee of colored residents
of this city, purporting to repre
sent every State and territory in
the United States, called upon
President McKinley on last Wed
nesday morning and offered the
services of 9,000,000 negroes for
Cuban independence, and to assure
the President that these negroes
are all loyal to the flag.
If this self-constituted commit
tee would only reflect for a moment
it would see how ridiculous such a
Every negro who is an American
citizen is pledged to suort the
constitution of the UniteiMStates,
and oy virtue of that pledge he
standa ready to fight to sustain
the constitution. What The Bee
contends is that the American ne
gro needs protection himself, and
he docs not hesitate to fight his ene
my or offer his life for his country
if his government will guarantee
protection to him.
We have had enough of a few
colored men, who have no constitu
ency whatever, arrogating to them
selves to speak for the millions of
loyal negroes inthe United States,
H. S. ADLER.
Are you ready to save money, if so,
call at Adler's Shoe Store, who keeps
the larges Shoe Store in the South
west, his place is on the corner of 44
and E streets Southwest.
W. L. PRICE.
One of the best, if not the best pho
tographers in this city is Mr. W. L.
Price, at 723 7th street northwest.
This is the only place in the city
where pictures of citizens are properly
taken. Mr. Price with his competent
corps of assistants, will give you satis
faction. Give him a trial.
. Drawing the color line;
The following is a copy cf an invita
tion received by Gen. H. L. Street,
ana his answer to it. . f
Hdprs. Committee on Visitors Ma
. City, April, 4, 1898.
Commander-in-chief, U. V. U.
Dear Sir: A cordial invitation is
extended to you and through you to
the officers and members of your va
rious unions, to attend the National
Masonic Fair and Exposition -on the
evening of April 22, which has been
set aside as the night on which to re
ceived your and kindred organizations
Permit me to inform you that this in
vitation is only intended to apply to
the white organizations, kindly in
form me if it will be your pleasue to
Thomas P. Morgan,
Chairman on Visitors.
Hdqrs. National Command Union
Vet. Union. Washington, D. C.
Thomas P. .Morgan,
Sin Your kind invitation to yisit
the National Masonic Fair and Expo
sition April 22, at hand, we should be
most delighted to do so, only your in
vitation excludes some of our mem
bership, (those of color.) During the
dark days of the war these comrades
of color stood shoulder to shoulder
with us and did their share of the
fighting, we as comrades cannot con
sent now in time of peace to ignore
H. L Street,
Commander-in-chief, U. V. U.
A COURT OF JUSTICE.
Judge scott's good advice.
'There is no man on the bench thar.
seems to win the plaudits of the peo
ple more than his honor, Judge Scott,
who is now presiding over the lower
branch of the Police Court. During
the week Judge Scott has tried several
hundred disorderly cases which has
distinguished him. In disposing of a
case in the Police on Tuesday, he re
marked in vigorous language; ad
dressing himself to the officers, said;
he wanted it understood "that his
court was a court ol justice and not
one of persecution; that he didn't
know what the officers insructions
were, but he didn't want police officers
to make cases, or go around hunting
up cases, because some one informs
an officer that he heard some one
swear or use indecent language would
not be sufficient. He didn't want arrests
made for disorderly conduct, unless
the public peace was disturbed. It is
important to have witnesses when an
officer makes an arrest. I am dis
gusted, said Judge Scott, with the
number of disorderly cases I have
tried yesterday, Monday and to-day,
which were very trifling. I again state,
this is a court of justice."
COLORED EDITORS SPLIT.
PLEDGER OF GEORGIA,
HIS PARTNER OUT.
From the Augusta, Ga., Union.
We see from the Southern Age of
last week that Messrs. Hagler and
Ple'dger have dissolved partnership.
Col. Pledger taking the entire outfit,
leaving Mr, Hagler the office. We
regret the rupture between these gen
tlemen and hope for an amicable ad
justment of existing differences.
Editor Hagler who assures the pub
lic that the Age will continue to issue,
gives his version of the affairin a long,
hot-tempered editorial. We have not
vet seen Col. Pledger's side of the af
fair, hence we are not disposed to say
who is right. In fact it is a business
transaction between two individuals in
which the public is not greatly inter
ested. However, it seems from Edi
tor Hagler's statement that Col.
Pledger had bought and paid for the
plant, hence his right to remove same
at will should not be questioned.
Perhaps Col. Pledger was opposed
to furnishing the outfit for a paper
which was constantly abusing and
misrepresenting the trusted party and
race leaders of this State.
THINKING OUR WAY.
From the Indianapoli, Ind. World.
Brother Benjamin of the Standard
as well as Brother Chase of the Bee'
are right. A newspaper to amount to
anything must have opinions of its
own with the courage to express them
boldly and the ability to maintain its
views. The lickspittle, slobbering
kind of newspaper is a nuisance.
Above all, a newspaper should be in
dependent in the true sense of the
word. That is, it should have the
nerve to express its honest views,
without regard to outside considera
tions, especially those of party. What
ruins 'most so-calleJ newspapers is
that they are servile organs of some
party. They make all their contests
subservient to what they regard as
their duty to their party. They lie for
it, suppress facts for it, cringe for it,
deceive for it and in every way make
themselves slaves to it. They are
afraid to call their souls their own un
til they have consulted some party
boss or local leader. A thick and
thin party organ is simply a paid liar
whose views cannot be excepted or
trusted by people who want to know
theactual facts of a particular case;
let it hurt whom it may. This is true
not only of the negro press but of the
white press as well. The organ bus
iness has ruined thousands of papers
and is the bane of the press. You can
tell twenty years ahead what an organ
is going to say on any public question.
It will always be for party.
Col. J. W. Lyons, Register of the
IfrUr.1LrladZto Se a regimen?
Col. M. M. Holland will g0 provided
kiUed. eSn ' exPect to be
editor of TheBi,,?,h Ws J&8
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THE BEE WOULD LIKE TO SEE.
Colored patriots cut their strings.
John Nalle supervising principal.
District republicans taken care of.
Bob Keys appointed to a good
Emancipation day parade abolished.
A colored judge fill the recess term.
T. L. Jones come to Congress.
Reforms in the High and Normal
The colored press independent.
Chief Clerk Sylvester promoted.
License Clerk Montague promoted
to a good place.
A few colored men in the Health
How long the black and lily whites
of Louisiana will remain in the city.
If colored officers will be recognized
in the army.
Why the Bethel literary didn't pass
Why colored lawyers cannot unite.
What the democratic party will do
When the civil service law will be
If the new Surgeon-in. chief of the
Freedmen's Hospital will reorganize
IT IS RMMORED.
The civil service law
fied May 1st.
will be modi-
Public Printer Palmer will stand by
A colored bailiff will be ap
pointed in the Police Court some day.
C. Maurice Smith will be recognized
More changes will be
made in the
The attention of the citizens Wash
ington, societies, churches and other
organizations, is called to the opening
of Round Bay, the Palasades of the
Chesapeake Bay. In another column
of this paper will be seen the adver
tisement of this popular summer re
sort. This beautiful place, will be un
der a new management this year
Rev, S. R. Hughes, of Baltimore, Md.,
will have full charge of arranging for
picnics and excursions. The citizens of
this.city are requested to apply at the
office of The Bee for any information
they desire for "the renting of these
grounds. Rev. Hughes is one of the
"best known divines in Baltimore, and
will do all in his power to make the
people satisfied when they go to
IN THE COURTS.
Lawyer Ricks had an
Justice E. M.
Attorney R. S. Smith was busy in
the equity court. J
Attorney Sellers was
the present week.
not so busy
Attorney Campbell Carrington, has
been doing the races, but not so much
so that it has taken him out of the
Mr Frisby is becoming quite active.
His business is on the increase,
Lawyer Thomas L. Tones is devotine
some time to his canvass in Virginia.
He will make the run-
h,,ThHt?iitaCfflthe ministers has had
but little effect on the WfH oft.
neys. Their business seem to be on
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Ration chartered uuder
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suitahlp wn -Pl,r
rwym.y an(j cc
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On the Chesapeake R-,.. j
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the electric ca from 0?! b'
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There is no finer beirh
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bath-house, containing fifty
Just think of it
There is no Resort for colored
people in the United States.
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