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HKLENA.MONT.. SEPT. 1, 1894.
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COLOREDCLTl/.EN PUB. CO..
PerJ. P. Ball, Jr.,
TheColored Citizkn, a paper de^^voted to the social, moral and indus^^trial interests of the colored Ameri^^can of this state, is a new venture. It^is an enterprise that should receive^such hearty support from all classes^irrespective of race, politics or creed^that its assured success should he^guaranteed from the outset. It can^^not be denied that our people, through^force of circumstance, occupy a pe^^culiar status in this country. We are^not thoroughly known. Our better^qualities are not presented fairly to^the public. Our infirmities and short^^comings are constantly magnified and^dwelt upon, while our better attri^^butes remain unpresented. Ia It^strange, then, that our people should^endeavor to secure a mouthpiece^a^newspaper^wherewith to educate the^public to a full appreciation of our
worth,that we may be judged impar^^tially and not have Imposed upon us^as a people harsh criticisms that^should rest upon individuals only^ The^state of Montana has just right to^teel proud of its twenty-rive hundred^colored citizens found in every county^of this fair and prosperous common^^wealth. They are to a man wealth-^producers. They are of the brawn^that have unfettered and exposed to^the sunshine of our unsurpassed clime^the treasured wealth of ages^they^are of the men who made known and^demonstrated to the outside world the^possibilities of this vast empire preg^^nant with unlimited resources^they^are of the men who will ere long come^here by thousands to help develop the^wonderful Industries lying dormant in^this state. They are of the men who^will In future, arm In arm with capi^^tal in unison and harmony and free^from bickerings, discord and unrest,^develop and make bloom as the rose^the entire expanse of thlsOod-favored^land of promise and plenty. Our peo^^ple are sympathetic, sensitive and^tractable and hence are a desirable ac^^cession in all well-disposed communi^^ties. Because of the cordial relations^existing between all classes populat^^ing this state and the colored citizens^thereof, they are exceptionally pros^^perous, happy and contented, which^probably accounts for the constantly^increasing population of color who,^with rare exceptions, are very worthy^additions to the community. We be^^speak for our people a bright future.^Slowly bnt surely their sterling quali^^ties are becoming known, and ere long^the ban of prejudice which overhangs^them like a pall will be dispelled by^the light of favorable public opinion,^and then will the future blossom and^ripen into fruit that will only^await our efforts. Hedged In^on all sides by adverse cir^^cumstances our people are bound to^evolve into usefulness and greatness.^Barriers must be surmounted and pub^^lic seutiment won over in our behalf.^We ask the aid and co-operation of^our fellow citizens In behalf of our^people and of this enterprise. Just In^proportion to the aid received will re^^sults be obtained. We launch this^venture with no enemies to punish but^very, very many kind friends to favor.
Itmatters not to the average citi^^zen whether the tariff bill became^law with or without the president's^signature. What Is wanted Is a ces^^sation of tariff tinkering so the busi^^ness interests of the country may re^^vive.
PopularTidr Put PluwiD* llelcnaward I nder^thr llik MHiiusenieiit ^if the Cap^^ital Committee.
Republican are feeling very com^^fortable. See
Agreat deal of quiet and effective^work in the interest of Helena for the^permanent capital has been system^^atically and thoroughly prosecuted in^every section of the state duriug the^uast few week., by our able capital^committee, the presiding genius of^which is that thorough and energetic^organizer Hon. .). P. Woolman, ably-^assisted by the.ubiquitous Hon. Win.^Muth, Its genial and affable secretary.^Every member of the committee is^enthusiastic in the endeavor to con^^duct an active, vigorous and winning^fight, hence the steady and growing^popular tide in favor of Helena.^Having conducted a very successful^still-hunt campaign^a campaign of^cold and incontrovertible facts in^favor of Helena^a campaign of edu^cation^the committee are now turn^^ing their attention to the popular and^effective excursion mode of campaign.^The recent invasions of the^capital city by thousands of de^^lighted guests who, after en^^joying the royal hospitality^of our genial citizens, returned home^with none but words of praise of the^kind treatment received from our^citizens and of the superior claims of^our city over all others in the state^for the permanent capital, can but^result in untold good, and will surely^do much towards scattering broad^^cast throughout the state the fair^fame of Helena and her claim on the^votes of all thinking men for the per^^manent capital. Keep up the good^work, gentlemen of the commi'.tee,^and on ths Kth of November your^splendid efforts will be rewarded with^an overwhelming victory for our be^^loved city.
Beforeus lie some interesting mem^^oranda, at least to us. The sunshine^and shadow of our efforts to start^this paper are therein unfolded.^What a variety of types compose the^human family ! They differ in size^^(no reference to avoirdupolt). They^differ In temperament, self-import^^ance and general contour. Some^have received us with a hearty hand^^shake, encouraging words, valuable^advice and substantial aid. Others^turned loose on us a cold shower bath^as soon as we were ushered into their^frigid presence. Not a few listened^to us as we unfolded our plans with a^bored air, a cynical smile and a^please-go-qulck expression. Some^couldn't see what need the colored^people had for a paper. A few, just^a very few, thought it was the worst^thing possible to have a colored pa^^per, as It might have a tendency to^cause ^our colored brethren^ to draw^the color line, which, of course, would^be un-American. Some friends when^seeing us coming, would have some^Important business just across the^street and we would lose track of^them. Oftimes when trying to^whistle up courage or catch our^breath, up would come some whole-^souled ^vlr^ with a twinkle in the^eye, a hearty grasp of the hand, a^kind word for the paper nnd a ^come^and see me again if necessary.^ We^^hall ever feel grateful to kind^friends who have given this venture^encouragement, advice and aid, and^we take thU means of publicly thank^^ing them. We know there are many^friends who has e not had the oppor^^tunity of extending a helping hand^because of our inability to see them.^We trust that no umbrage will be^taken on that account. To square^ourse Ives before such, as well as all^others who may desire to make this^enterprlze a success, we kindly invite^every well-wisher of the Colored^Citizen to either call, write or send^for us. By the co-operation of the^general public we hope to make this^a useful, live readable paper that will^reflect credit upon the people it rep^^resents, the city of Helena and the^state at large.
thither.Is it strange that the for^^mer is commencing to take the the^cue and dc likewise
Centlemtnof the republican party,^of which we are proudly a member,^allow your attention to be called to^the necessity of courting and prop^^erly treating the colored vote just as^considerately as are other integral^factors of the party of progress and^reform. Perhaps we may ruftle the^feelings and serenity of some of our^republican leaders because we are so^outspoken in demanding just consider^^ation and proper treatment for the^colored voter. But don't chafe and^lose your temper, gentleman, tor it is^better that you should be rudely dis^^turbed, even by us, in your erroneous^^ly supposed mortgage or ownership of^the colored vote, than to have the^party suffer th rough your oversight,^overconridence and lack of humane^political sagacity. Th,. up t^ imt*^leaders in politics are those who can^and do read the signs and steer the^ship of state accordingly. The polit-^cal horizon is aglow with an urgent^demand for justice, fair treatment^and political recognition of the col^^ored Americans of this country. Thk^Colored Citizen is with the party if^progress but is not afraid to bring^some of the leaders to taw when it^thinks the party will be jeopardized^by holding its peace.
Congressadjourned on Tuesday,^Thanks.
Wenote with pleasure that the re^^publicans at the recent city primaries^elected four delegates and five alter^^nate delegates from our colored citi^^zens, who shall represent tue interests^of the three hundred colored voters of^this city in the coming county con^^vention. This is a step In the right^direction and should only be the enter^^ing wedge to a fuller and more just^representation In the future. It has^been a mistaken policy of the several^political parties to Ignore the colored^voters. The republican prophets in^making forecasts have very generally-^put the colored vote down In the ^cer^^tain republican^ column. Kecent ex^^perience should teach them that the^colored vote is fast becoming an un^^known factor in politics. He can no^longer be held In line by the ^grati^^tude^ plea, it has become stale and^threadbare. The average colored^yoter of to-day Is as thoroughly prac^^tical and sagacious as the white voter^The latter drifts politically hither and
HON.T. C. POWER HOME.
SenatorPower has received a^hearty welcome by his hosts of friends^from all parts of the State, who were^pleased to grasp his hand and con^^gratulate him on his excellent ap^^pearance, notwithstanding his ardu^^ous duties, incident to a long, active^and tiresome session of Congress The^senator is always on the alert to sub^^serve the interests of our state, hence^it is that though single-handed and^alone he has carefully guarded and^protected the many and diversified^Interests that have arisen affecting^the welfare of the people of Montana.
NOMINATEONLY THE BEST LEIilSLATlVF^MATERIAL.
ASolhl Kepubliran Delegation Can or Fleeted^Rule all Scrubs Off thr Trark.
Ongeneral principles political slate^mak ing is objectionable, but some^^times it becomes necessary and ex^^pedient. It is a matter of record^that the Republicans of this county^in recent years have for cause been^unable to elect a solid legislative^delegation.
Itis high time that the leaders^should get together and remove this^cause. It is useless to presume upon^the loyalty of the Republicansof this^county. They will enthusiastically^support and elect good legislative^nominees but they will weed out and^knife names that fall below the high^standard demanded. Therefore we^advocate slate making when it comes^to legislative nominees. We take it^for granted that there will be at^least two senatorial factions in our^coming county convention. Let each^faction select for presentation to the^convention the necessary names-^able men of experience in matters of^state; incorruptible; strong individ^^ually; strong collectively^this done^let all others be barred. Do away^with the free for all scrub entries.^Demand that only first class material^and none other shall be presented for^entry- This arranged there can be^no chance for scrubs to rush by in the^general confusion and enthusiasm^that sometimes warp the cooler and^sounder judgment of men huddled in^convention. As to which faction^shall have the majority on the tisor^of the convention cuts no figure as to^the pith of this article nor to the^mass of the people, we opine. No^matter which way tne current shall^flow the majority would nominate^an invunerable ticket. To this ex^^tent we advocate slate making and it^is hoped that it will be acquiesced in^and that the result will be so satis^^factory that public opinion will en^^dorse its propriety and advisability at^least when applied to nominees for^the legislature.
Tothe manor born, always thor^^oughly American, patriotic, industri^^ous and reliable, the colored citizen^deserves favorable public opinion.^^Be it said to the shame of a large ma^^jority of the people of this country^that there is a strong disposition to^^count out^ the colored citizen. As^long as he confines himself to the^groove of a menial this disposition re^^mains quiescent; by general consent^it is agreed that this narrow sphere^should circumscribe his aspiration.^If perchance he seeks the trades or^professions for a livelihood, immedi^^ately his color arouses the antagon^^ism of the masses. True it is that^there are laudable exceptions to this^skin-color prejudice epidemic, but the^malady is so deep seated in the rank^and tile that we meet from day to dav^and who delight to flaunt in our faces^their race rancor that we are forced^to the conviction that the latter re^^flect the general unfavorable public^opinion prevailing against us as a^people' This is not as it shonld be.^Point out, if you can, a single Integral^factor of the body politic of this^country so thoroughly American as^our colored citizen. He knows no^home save his America. He fondly^loves this country for he knows of^none else. He has borne arms for the^independence of his country and for^the preservation of our Union. He^has contributed by his unceasing in^^dustry to the upbuilding and estab^^lishment of the most prosperous coun^^try on the face of the earth. He has^ever been a producer^he is of the^bone and sinew of the country. Added^to these excellent essentials he can^always be counted upon the side of^law and order. Anarchy and com^^munism find no abiding place in his^patriotic heart. He spends not the^midnight hour loading dynamite^bombs to destroy the property of his^fellow citizen. He is not found in^secret conclaves conspiring to over^^turn and destroy the institutions of^his country. He does not ally him^^self to marauding hordes who delight^to levy tribute upon the industrious^citizen through whose country they^rove. He does not spend his time saw^^ing the air in a vain endeavor to pros^^elyte some sensible citizen to imprac^^ticable political dogmas. To the con^^trary, he fills the bill of the ideal^American citizen. Why then exists,^or is permitted, the ever-present,^never-ceasing, all-pervading preju^^dice against the colored citizen that^is a disgrace and nlight to the fair^name of this country. Down with it.^It should be declared un American.^The abuse must be corrected. Pub^^lic sentiment and opinion must frown^it down. The initiative to accom^^plish this must be taken by the better^class of people. Their example will^soon be followed by the rank and file,^and soon there will be none in this^fair country so unmanly as to vent hiy^prejudice against the colored citizen^on account of his race, color or pre^^vious condition. Let good citizens^take the matter in hand al once all^over the country and wipe out with^one fell swoop this national race^prejudice against the colored citizen.
WHYWC WANT a PIPER.
Ithas been asked why do we wish^to draw the color line and issue a pa^^per devoted to the interests of the^colored citizen^ The question ans^^wers itself. Why do the Germans,^Scandinavians and other nationalities^have their own organs^ So it is with^the Afro-American, he can be^reached and convinced quicker and^better through a paper of his own.
Kverypeople have modes peculiar to^themselves and the Afro-American is^not an exception to the rule. Then^we have a race pride that has clung^to us from generation to generation,^that time can not eliminate.
Thepolitical pot should be skimmed.^So much harmony is unAmerican for^these parts.
Thereare about 500 colored people^in this city.
A.NANALYSIS OF CANDIDATES.
Ananalysis of those who are offer^^ing themselves as sacrifices on the po^^litical altar leads u^ to the conclusion^that they are composed of several^distinct types though all have an eye^single to the same goal. The candi^^dates who profess to believe and stren^^uously endeavor to impress upon en^^forced auditors that they are espec^^ially made to order for the place^sought and possess rare ability there^^for are probably the most numerous.^Then comes another class who do not^prate so inordinately upon their spe^^cial qualifications, but they are spell^binders in their way and when one^has finally disentangled himself from^their grasp he has had an up-to-the-^muzzle dose of what is familiarly^known as an ^old timer's^ record.^Vet strange as it may seem there is^a general disposition among a large^class to underrate and belittle the^services and acts of heroism of these^^bull team^ Nestor*. Quite a numer^^ous class seems to be of volcanic ori^^gin^projected as it were upward and^deposited as the result of the recent^financial panic. They look cadaver^^ous and anxious and seem so willing^to sacrifice their personal wishes to^the wants of the people. After care^^fully studying all these different^types individually and in group we^are forced to the inevitable conclu^^sion that never before in the history^of their county have the republicans^had such a bright galaxy of talented,^well qualified, patriotic, zealous and^self-sacrificing array of candidates to^select from. There is, indeed, an en^^couraging manifestation of growing^patriotism among the gifted citizens^of this community. Time there was^when men good and true were slow^and loath to allow themselves to be^dragged into the vortex of politics^with its uncertainties and disappoint^^ments. But thanks to the noble men^and self-sacrificing disposition of the^rank and file of our citizens, we have^lined before us a grim and de^^termined array of pent up talent only-^waiting for the word to step forward^and don the yoke of obedience to the^demands of an insisting constituency.
CoiijmwinaiiHartman tc br Kriiuiniiiatnl^By Arrlamution.
TheHerald has been selected by^the Afro-American club as Its offi^^cial paper. This is a merited tribute^of recognition to an able, fearless^and staunch republican journal that^has successfully weathered the ad^^versities of twenty-seven years. At^all times ably edited, bright and^sparkling, it is a welcome visitor not^only to the business men but to the^household. The Messrs. Fisk. sons and^nephews are apparently on their^mettle, since going it alone, judging^from the unusually attractive ap^^pearance of their always more than^ordinarily Interesting paper.
Thestate convention to meet here^on the fiiii will no doubt be compose^^of many of the most distinguished cit^uens of the state. The indication*^point to a large, harmonious and en^^thusiastic gathering The proceed^^ings will partake largely of a love^feast. U is conceded on all sides that^the splendid and brilliant record mt^Congressman Hartman deserves^special recognition by his party, and^that he should be renominated l^v iu -^damatlon. which will undoubtedly he^done with such genuine enthu^,.lMli^that our distinguished representative^will have a practical reminder of^the high esteem in which he is held^by his fellow citizens. Several di^^tinguis'hed and learned jurists will he^presented for associate justice of t|le^supreme court A Mff state CeatrsJ^committee will also be chosen.
republicannil vn ciinvfyhuv
ManyArr Cullnl Hut Few Will Be i li0yn:
Therepublicans of this county will^convene on Tuesday, the 4th, for the^purpose of nominating members of^the legislature and county officers^and also to select delegates to the^state convention. Judging from the^list of delegates it will be composed^of a larger number of distinguished^gentlemen thai have ever assembled^in the county on a like occasion. It^will undoubtedly be such an enthus-^iastlc and harmonious gathering of^leaders that the party will enter the^campaign cemented as a unit. While^the candidates for the various offices^are legion, yet good feeling seems to^prevail on every hand. a^ui while^many will be disappointed, ,ve are safe^in the prediction that none will sulk.^On the contrary, we are led to believe^that the successful candidates will re^^ceive the hearty and earnest support^of their less fortunate brethren, and^that all will unite to roll up a regular^old time republican majority.
BigCrowds. Fine Knee*. Exerllenl Fxliibili.
THEPRINCIPLE IS THERE.'
Onlythe Core Left.
Thenew tariff bill has become a^law by the failure oFthe PresTdehFto^veto It. And now the magnates of^the Democratic party are condoling^with themselves and the disgusted^public. After sifting the matter and^analyzing the results Mr. Wilson, who^as the unwilling sponsor of the abor^^tion, probably knows more about the^almost unrecognizable corpse than^anyone else among the Democratic^jury of inquest now seeking to estab^^lish the identity of the shapeless af^^fair, after careful examination, re^^peated verifications and much mental^effort has finally consented to make^public as the result of his researches^concerning the status of what was^once known as the ^Wilson^ bill that^^the principle is there.^ That is,^that the care is intact, or partly so,^and that the balance has been nibbled^away a la monkey and cat style.
TOIII K MERCHANTS AND BISINES8 MEN.
Owingto the press of business inci^^dent to getting out our first issue we^have been unable to make the rounds^of our merchants and business men to^solicit advertisements. We rest as^^sured, however, that when the rounds^are made that a goodly number of^ads. will be secured. This paper will^start with a circulation of about 760^in this city. It will be placed in the^hands of every colored f imily in^Helena. It will also reach the homes^and offices of over 400 of our best^white fellow-citizens. Our circula^^tion in the surrounding cities and^towns will be fully 500 each week.^Therefore our business community^should respond with alacrity, if only^for a small card, in aiding us to con^^duct a live, energetic and readable^paper devoted heart and soul in the^interest of Helena for the capital.
SenatorMills^and he is an author^^ity on the matter^in a recent speech^before the senate, the pending ques^^tion being the recently enacted tariff^bill, said; ^The whole history of^tariff legislation demonstrated that^reduction of duties resulted in In^^creased importation and increased^revenue.^ We would like to inject^this sentence^full to the brim with^solid truth and facts^ iutu trie empty^craniums of some of the blatherskite^jawsmiths that we have heard stand^up before audiences of honest unso^^phisticated workingmen and try to^make them believe that there should^be a reduction in tariff duties be^^cause it would inure to their benefit,^and that therefore they must be dem^^ocrats to protect themselves and be^prosperous. What intolerable bosh I^Mills, who Is a representative expon^^ent of democratic tariff reform, de^^clares in explicit terms that in^^creased importation will result from^reduction of duties. What do In^^creased importations mean for the^American wage earner^ It simply^means that there will be a reduced^demand to buy his labor, or if bought^at all it must be had at a redneed^rate. Why V Because our manufac^^turers cannot afford to pay more for^labor used in producing given com^^modities than the same labor is paid^abroad for like commodities, for the^simple reason that they mnst compete^in price in order to stay in the market.^It matters not with the wage earner^how tariff theorists differ on techni^^calities or whether duties are specific^or ad valorum. but let him keep both^eyes open and pencil in hand, and^when he is approached by tariff^butchers and quacks, let him write^down for his answer in large plain^letters, ^Give me a high tariff, for it^decreases foreign importations, raises^domestic wages and guarantees steady-^remunerative work for American^wage earners.
Underthe able management of its^efficient directors the Twenty-fifth^Annual Kxhlbition of the Montana^State Fair, has been the most succes-^tul yet. The grounds, exhibits and^general aspect of things gave evi^^dence of careful and skilful prepara^^tion, reflecting great credit on ail^parties concerned. The crowds have^been large, nine thousand being pres^^ent on Thursday, and everyone seemed^highly pleased. The races have been^exceptionally line and the general^exhibits were fully up tothe average.^On the whole the city has just reason^to feel highly flattered at the success^attending the fair, and visitors have^had their most sanguine expectation^realized.
SENDIN THEIR NAMES.
TheNames of All Colored Citizen* in the^State Wanted.
Wedesire to obtain a complete list^of colored citizens residing within the^state. We therefore kindly ask that^friends in the cities and towns^throughout the state send us the^names and postottice address of the^heads, male or female, of as many^colored families as can be convenient^^ly obtained. Persons so favoring us^will have acknowledgment thereof^made through the column^ of this^paper.
Alarge and enthusiastic meeting^of this club was held last Wednesday^night. Prof. Cole's excellent band^enlivened the proceedings with patri^^otic airs. President J. P. Ball, Sr,^delivered his inaugural address, which^was an able paper full of wise and^sound advice to the members of the^ciub, as well as to the colored voters^throughout the state.
Weregret that want of space pre^^vents us from producing it in full.^Interesting addresses were also made^by vice-president Jas. ( rump, b^ p-^Hooper, W. P. Hough, Mr. Wheaton^of Livingston and others. The club^will meet again Wednesday night.
Thecapital fight is warming up^and our people are mixing up fire^^works, hurrahs, brass bands and the^like as side dishes to the cold and^stubborn facts why Helena should be^the permanent capital.
TheSeattle Republican is one of^the brightest, best edited and newsi^^est colored papers published. Mr. H.^R. Cayton, its editor, Is a gentleman^of very considerable newspaper ex^^perience, having climbed the round*^from editor and proprietor of a cross^^roads hand bill In Kansas to local re^^porter of one of the leading dailies of^Seattle, Wash. He is made of j^*1^the kind of stuff that constitutes ^^typical journalist. He is an ener^^getic rustler and don t down at ever^^blow though aimed with a strong ar*^We predict for him long and ^^tinued success.