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THECOLORED CITIZEN, SEPTEMBER 24, 1894
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Enteredas second class'matter Septemher^1st, 1H^I. at the Helena, Montana, PoHtofflce.
HELENA,MONT., SEPT. 24, 1894.
Wecertify that our total issue has^aggregated 7/500 copies.^COLORED CITIZEN PUB. CO.,^Per J. P. Ball, Jr.,
Man1h liorn unto trouble, .is the sparks^fly upwards.
Trulymay these words be applied^. to colored Americans. We have only^to enter the pathway of everyday life^to learn the peculiar force and appli^^cability of the above concise state^^ment ot our case. Every man's hand^is apparently raised against us. No^matter what our abilities, qualifica^^tions or merits may be, the very mo^^ment we launch our bark into the^current of daily life we meet with ob^^stacles and counter currents. We^would not have reason to complain^of them were they of the same gen^^eral character as encountered by our^white fellow-citizens, for we ask no^extra privileges or seek to avoid the^adversities that beset ordinary^mortals. But when in addition to the^hardships Imposed generally on those^who strive to contend for the honor^and reward of exerted energy, wc are^confronted and obstructed and barred^out by the hand and bulwark of preju^^dice on account of color, we are^forced to realize the decided disad^^vantages that beset our pathway.^The oppressive weight and demoraliz^^ing effect of the ban of prejudice can^^not be fully realized or comprehended^except by those who are the victims^thereof and smart thereunder. It Is^strange that America alone should^be the chosen hotbed of prejudice on^account of color. Surely we have^earned, by devotion, patriotism, In^^dustry, thrift and assimilation, true^citizenship and a place among the in^^tegral component parts that make up^our body politic. Why bar us out I^Why crush us down V Why deride us^^Why discriminate against us on^every hand and on all occasions V^Have we not done as much for the up-^butlding and welfare of this country^as other engrafted elements of our^population^ Can it be pointed out^that we have ever been weighed in^the balance and found wanting^ Why^then treat us as Ishmaelites and down^us at every opportunity^ Shame on^our boasted civilization I Will not^the hand of Providence in rebuke be^raised against this republic)! Who^would then be with voice to complain^thereat t
MOCOLOR LINE IN HELENA.
Ihe Colored Votrn All Right
Thereare several colored Anacon^^da strikers in Helena. They are not^doing any harm, however, though a^few of our over-credulous citizens^have been somewhat discomforted^because the said emissaries have told^them confidentially, you know, that^some of the colored votere of this city^intended to vote for Anaconda. We^hope no one will lose courage and^give up the fight on the strength of^these unfounded reports. Our citi^^zens may rest assured that there is^no more loyal class of voters in the^city than the three hundred colored^men who will deposit their ballots solid^for the city of their residence and^choice. So eat, drink and be merry^for there is no reason to doubt the^loyality of the colored voter.
THANHSFOR KIND WORDS.
Kindand encouraging words, verbal^and written, have been bestowed on^us so lavishly that our columns are In^^adequate to allow Insertion. We,^therefore, tender in this general man^^ner our hearty and grateful appreci^^ation of the numerous and un'ooked^for compliments. The public craves^for something fre^^a, spicy and home^made, and its wants must be catered^to. The paper that in these days of^push and pluck lifts its oars from^the water and allows the craft to^drift in the sluggish current,should not^murmur if an over Indulgent and^lenient public grows weary of its lack^of life, vigor and vitality, and de^^mands an adequate consideration for^the pestiferous collector's receipt.^The sooner this community brings^about this needed reform the better^for the reputation of Helena.
AMIINIiRESPECTABLE Bl SINESS MUSES.
Onlytt h-M Joint* ami Dive* Miikin: toln^Fur AnHroridH.
Asthe subsidized Anaconda papers^of this state are raising a hue and^cry against Helena on the alleged^ground that her five hundred prosper^^ous and contented colored citizens are^discriminated against in public places^on account of their color, the Citizen^made the rounds of our principal busi^^ness houses and places of public re^^sort, for the purpose of unfolding to^our people in this state, as well as^elsewhere, the true state of affairs.^Everywhere we were received with^the utmost courtesy and full informa^^tion given on all points desired. We^will state to the credit of our city^that in no single instance did we find^a place where the color line was^drawn or had been, save in one or two^joints that no decent colored man^should frequent. One of the charges^is that our best sample rooms refuse^to accorI nodate us. We regret that^our path of duty rendered It neces^^sary to cover this class of business,^for our earnest wish is that such re^^sorts should be entirely shunned and^ignored by colored men. Were it not^for the principle involved we would^be glad if every saloon door was shut^against colored tipplers. The friends^of Anaconda are trying to prejudice^colored men against Helena in the^capital contest; therefore all kinds^of vague charges and rumors are put^in circulation regarding the preval^^ence of unbearable color prejudice^against our people here. We hope^that such rot will have no weight and^that Marcus Daly will find out that^the colored people of this state are^not as gullible a set of chumps as he^would reckon them. Now is the time^for us to demonstrate our boasted^sense of good judgment. Colored men^will find prejudice everywhere. Should^Anaconda be selected as the capital^it would soon become the hotbed of^colorphobla, and colored men would^not even be allowed to monopolize the^time-worn snap of spittoon cleaners^^such things would be parcelled out^to favorite dagoes. As a people we^are too easily softsoaped. It should^be otherwise, for we have been duped^so much that we ought to know better^by now. We therefore appeal to our^people In every locality in the state^to stand by Helena and its colored^people, and instead of allowing a for^^eign corporation to rope them In that^don't employ a single colored man,^stand by and vote for the city that^gives five hundred of us steady and^lucrative employment. Men, do your^duty. Let the women take a hand in^the struggle and we assure you that^Marcus will get left in his well-laid^scheme to capture Ihe colored vote of^this state for his town.
N ^'JIM CROW^ DAY FOR Til El.
Thecolored citizens of Washington^state deserve and are entitled to the^highest commendation for refusing to^accept or to participate in celebrat^^ing a day set apart especially for col^^ored people by the management of^the Interstate Exposition now being^held in the city of Tacoma. Just^such schemes or jobs are conceived,^hatched and launched with a view to^promoting and perpetuating race^prejudice and maintaining the color^line. We are American to the manor^born. We want no recent importa^^tions to dictate to us. We are of the^people. We have helped to make the^history of this country. We want^nothing separate. We will take our^chances with the rank and file of the^American people and find no fault.^We don't ask any special favors,^neither do we want their thrust on^us.
ANACCEPTABLE LEGISLATIVE TICKET,
Thelegislative ticket nominated by^the late republican county conven^^tion is generally regarded as fairly^strong individually as well as collec^^tively. There are one or two weak^spots that reduce the general aver^^age a few points, but it Is doubted^whether a stronger and more homo^^geneous combination could ha^ve been^selected. The contest for the legis^^lature, undoubtedly will be very^spirited, hotly contested and cleverly^fought, for big game is at stake. It^is, therefore, incumbent upon the^pa~ty to marshal the forces with such^care and tact that every element^shall become an active,aggressive pro^^moter of victory, and that no part or^parcel shall sulk or even play a pas^^sive part. Let such harmony and en^^thusiasm prevail for the legislative^nominees that there shall be no fight^against any individual, but a strong,^hearty and winning pull for the whole^ticket,
Wewelcome upon our exchange^table the Colored Citizen, published^at Helena, Montana. It Is well edited,^spicy and brim full of Interesting^news.^Indianapolis Conrler-
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Solong as race prejudice exists^there will be need and urgent neces^^sity for race journalism. There are^many who condemn Cue idea of fos^^tering and promoting papers devoted^to the interests of our people^they^would help obliterate the color line^by first suppressing every colored^paper. We, too, would be glad to^see the color line wiped out, and we^agree that when such is done that^there will be no further need of papers^conducted especially in our behalf.^We need papers of our own for we^have peculiar interests that must be^handled from our standpoint. We^have grievances that we want to^present to the world. We endure^wrongs that demand redress. We are^debarred of privileges that should be^accorded. We are hampered by the^ban of prejudice. We are not granted^an even show in the race of life. We^are discriminated against in the^trades and professions. We are rele^^gated to the rear on all occasions.^Our grievances are many^as long as^they shall exist, so long will race^journals devoted to our interests be^demanded. '
NUCOLORED CITIZEN NEED APPLY.
WE'VEITT THE1 OFF.
We'vecut off a number of our ex^^changes for cause. Some are very^sorry specimens of the modern news^^paper and are not worth the unfold^^ing. Others are so glaringly Daly^cuckoos slopping over with boodle^bosh that the average fair minded^citizen intuitively turns away in utter^disgust. A few are so tinctured with^prejudice that they are intolerable.^While we are a little off color, we are^somewhat particular about what kind^of visitors we allow in our sanctum.^We don't desire to hurt anybody's^feelings, yet we are compelled in self^preservation to draw the line in these^particular cases. Don't get drunk^about us drawing the line on you,^Brother Eds.^it isn't the color line ;^it's the line of merit, decency and im^^partiality. We are willling to associ^^ate with you if you will renovate,^ablute and shape up. Index your^^selves up to date and you'll know how^to behave in company. ^A lost good^name is ne'er retrieved.
THEYEAS AND NAYS.
Theheat and tumult of excited dis^^cussion have given way to calm de^^bate, and now the people of the state^are commencing to critically examine^facts and figures presented by the^rival candidates for the permanent^capital. This is precisely what Hel^^ena desires. When it comes to noise,^bluster, braggadocio, chinners, lan^^tern fakes, song and dance shows,^falsehoods, vilification aud indiscrim^^inate prevarication, Anaconda has^the call. But the people have tired^of this, and now ask for a sober and^dispassionate arbitrament of the^merits of the respective capital as^^pirants.
Thequestion has been called for,^the yeas and nays have been de^^manded, men will have to go od re^^cord, and it may be depended on that^when the final footings have been^cast up, that Helena will secure a^clean, well earned and decisive ma^^jority.
THEY ARE OCRS.
It'sa safe proposition In politics,^as well as business, to figure on min^^imum-. It Is also a wise plan to court,^properly treat and give due recogni^^tion to component factors of a politi^^cal party. It's a more certain course^than to go about thinking ^They are^ours.^ It is a mistake for any party,^now, to think that the colored vote^belongs to it, soul, body and other^^wise. Such is not the fact. True a^very large majority of our colored^citizens are predisposed to republican^^ism, but in these days of political^Hopping, does it not occur that the^colored voter, too, may want to be In^the swim^ So we say to our leaders,^look after the calored vote^see that^It is not ignored^see that it Is re^^warded with something more substan^^tial than sweet soft words and broken^promises.
WECARE NOT FOR PARTY.
TheSabbath was made for man, not man^for the Sabbath.
Thatis a biblical metaphor that^covers the colored voter's present pol^^itical statues. We desire to go on^record as not being the political chat^^tels of any party. We have general^^ly allied ourselves to and supported^the republican party because Its plat^^form, principles, precepts and pro^^gressive course have been in accord^with and conducive to our Interests.^Now-a-days men weigh parties as well^as persons and things. So It Is with^the colored voter. So it has been in^the pas* with him, and so It shall be^In the future. As lone as the repub^^lican party demonstrates, as it has^uniformly in the past, that it shall^continue the party of progress and^will best subserve our race Interests,^just so long will colored voters have^the sagacity to stick to it, stand by It^and vote for it.
TheAnaronda Company Employs only W hitr^Men and Dapim.
^NoNiwrnt Allowed id Our Works.''
Weare reliably informed that^though Marcus Daly and the Ana^^conda company give employment to^thousands of men, not a single colored^citizen can be found among them.^Yea, even more, we learn that ^No^niggers allowed in our works,^ is the^unanimous sentiment of those who^control the company as well as of^t'uuoc who are employed by the com^^pany. If Daly is such a friend to our^colored citizens, why don't he give^some of us employment in his exten^^sive works^ That's carrying his^friendship too far, Marcus thinks,^and besides he wouldn't like to see us^mobbed and killed by his imported un-^American serfs that make up a large^part of hi - employes. No, Daly wants^just as little of the colored man in his^daily diet as possible. He will hobnob^and coddle us now, for he says to him^^self, ^I'll give the niggers a little^taffy and lots of promises now in order^to get their votes, and then they can^go to Helena.
Wehope that our people through^^out the state will give the capital^question calm and sober reflection.^Helena employs colored citizens in^nearly every walk of life from the^professional man down and all of us^are patronized and encouraged by all^classes of citizens.
Whatcan Anaconda show for our^people^ We challenge comparison^and joint debate. Let our people be^governed by facts and not by preju^^dice. If Anaconda were to be se^^lected as the capital, colored men^would be turned down as soon as the^official result was declared. We've^been made catspaws of enough al^^ready, so let us be on the alert this^time and vote against the corpora^^tion that, though employing thou^^sands of men, allows none of us a^chance to earn a dollar at a time^when a friend is a friend indeed.
Awaywith corporations and bosses^that treat us thus.
Whisky-ShopPrrjudire No Criterion ^ Let^Colored Men Patronize Colored Men.
Everynow and then some stranger^^and we judge that most of them are^Anaconda strikers^comes In with a^tale of woe about being refused a^glass of whisky in this joint or that^dive. We are sorry our people, or^some of them at least, seould pick out^whisky shops as targets to test the^color line. We wish they would boy^^cott every whisky shop run by white^men. We have decent places of the^kind run by colored men. Go there^and spend your money, if spend it for^whisky you will. Stop hgwliag and^whining about this one or that one re^^fusing to take your money. Don't^thrust your trade on those unwilling^to receive your money, but patronize^those who are your friends. Money Is^scaice and It's a hard pull for ordi^^nary men to meet current expenses.^Why then not throw your extra dol^^lars into the till of friends instead of^begging some prejudiced and un^American plug to take your money-^Men, get out of this rut. You spend^too much money anyway for wLlsky^and tobacco. In many cases your^family or your creditors need the very^doilars that you are begging some^whisky bloated dude to accept. Be^men and stop this nonsense. Patron^^ize your own people. Stop begging^people to take your money. Spend^your money with friends and use your^Influence against those who are our^enemies.
YOU'VETOO MANY CAPTAINS.
TheSeattle Republican, in a well^written article, deprecates the fact^that the colored citizens of that city^have not received proper political^recognition at the hands of the sev^eral parties. We concur with the^Republican, but whose fault Is it^^Do you wish us to tell you ^ In the^first place you have too many cap^^tains and not enough privates. Then^each man carries a small, short polit^^ical dagger that he thrusts at every^opportunity into the side of his^brother for the purpose of killing hi m^off and ridding himself of competition^in leadership. Now, gentlemen, stop^this suicidal course. If the whole lot^of you were brought before a jury for^the purpose of having a worthy leader^picked from you, it s doubtful if light^^ning would strike a single one. With^^out further urging, tear off your self-^placed shoulder straps and get back^in the ranks and learn to keep step^with public opinion. Stop knifing^each the other. Help your best men^to the front. Say nothing of your^brother If not something good. Be^men and not sycophants. Then, and^not till then, will you deserve political^recognition. Get down to business^and put your political household in^order.
Therecould never exist greater ur^^gency than has during the pendency^of the present capital contest, for a^clear, conci.e, forceful and original^presentation of a case. The people^of the state have been clamoring to^hear and have presented to them^Helena's side of the case, and of^course they have rightfully expected^the tale to be unfolded in her dailies.^Never did a paper that pretended to^be the spokesman and index of a live^and progressive city have so large,^fertile and varied a source of advan^^tages and incomparable and incon^^trovertible claims to draw upon as^Helena's. Instead., of showing our^goods to the people of the state and^working ior the interest of the city it^would appear from the face of affairs^that tnere was either an indifference^in the matter or a lack of the neces^^sary essentials expected of newspa^^per men. However there appears to^be an improvement within the past^few days which no doubt is due to Xht^infusion of new blood. We hope this^condition of affairs will be cantinued^during the remaining weeks of the^capital contest.
MOSSBAIkS. BOURBONS AND CROAKERS.
HaveOutlived Their f sefulncxs and Would^Now Down ine City.
Worsethan lazzaronl in our midst^are they who by every word, action^and deed are unceasingly working to^down this city. Skulking in by-ways^and dark places their grim and un^sightly visages appear as a night^mare. Their husky voices saw the^air in faultfinding and deprecations^Their serpentine coils would entwine^and crush out every enterprise. Their^venomous fangs are ever ready to^thrust themselves into the vitals of^all that bears semblance to life and^energy. By subtle devices, cunningly^worded innuendoes and often plainly^outspoken opposition, they block the^highway of progress and drive away^men who would invest their capital,^energy and time in furthering, build^^ing up and promoting the interests of^this city. This element must be^squelched or neutralized before this^city can ever attain its destined^gieatness. Happily this element is^rapidly dwindling away, and may the^day be near when it shall be entirely^obliterated.
TheHelena Proreuion Steadily Urows.
Fromevery section of the state^comes news of new and increasing ac^^cessions to Helena for the capital^procession. The injected Anaconda^enthusiasm, which like all artificial^stimulants soon wears off, is fast sub^^siding and now even the most blatant^booster has commenced to tack his^sails with a view to finally dropping in^on the winning side. Truth crushed^to earth will rise again, even so will^the fact that the thinking, sensible^and respectable citizens of this state^will be just as duty bound to vote for^Helena as against Auaconda as they^would to support the republic as^against an attempt to establish a^monarchy. Let not our colored citi^^zens be deceived by false representa^^tions. The Anaconda company is no^friend to the colored man. Not a sin^^gle black face can be found among^its thousands of employes.
Itis encouraging to learn that our^people are making steady and sub^^stantial progress all over this coun^^try^that fewer of them pro rata are^idle than their more favored brethren^^that they are accumulating and^adding to their belongings^that they^are happy, contented and hopeful of^the future. Our people of this city,^about five hundred in number, send^greetings to their brethren through^^out the country, and would inform^them that they are faring well^that^they have steady and lucrative em^^ployment^that thev have been able,^through favorable surroundings, to^accumulate some of the worldly goods^^that they enjoy the confidence,^respect and esteem of their fellow^citizen^that they have accorded to^them all the rights, privileges and^immunities enjoyed by other classes^of citizens, that the ban of prejudice^which nearly everywhere rests so^heavily on us, is but little if at all^manifest here, Come and abide with^us, we will give you a hearty wel^^come as will all of our citizens.
Weof the Queen of the Rockies^can well exclaim, ^I pity the man^who can travel from DantoBeersheba^and cry, ^Tls all barren.'
ThePopulists of this county held^well attended, harmonious and en^thusiastic county convention iaaj^I'uesday and nominated a full 8trigat.^out ticket. Good judges claim that^their ticket is strong and will poll the^full party vote. The following Con.
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Wewelcome the Colored Citizen^a new and interesting paper published^at Helena, volume 1, No. 1 of which^is at hand. While It is a little off^color on the capital question, in other^respects we find it quite acceptable.^Success to you, and may you always^lead In the race for your race.^Sll-^verite (Missoula.)
stitutethe gentlemen who wil
therace and endeavor to secure the^political plums, viz.:
CountyCommisskaers^Wm. Ken-^drick and Thomas Travis, four year^term; W. W. Arnold, two year term.
SheriffJ. Henry Jurgens.
TreasurerAlex. F. Burns.
CountyAttorney^T. E. Crutcher
RecorderF. E. Adams.
AssessorS. C. Hudson,
Auditor-P. H. Campbell.
SurveyorA. G. Lombard.
LegislatureJoe Oker. ('. K.Brown^John Shober, John Huseby, Mart^Mitchell, Phil Manlx, Michael Cor-^bett and B. J Berger.
Justiceof the Peoce^J. W. Rose.
ConstablesJ. Y. Bennett and Law^^rence Schranslager.
Wewish the Colored Citizen sue-^cess in its journalistic career and^hope that it will keep its people here^and throughout the atate in good dis-^cipline. They are not of that class^of people who know not when and^where they were boru, like a good^many of those ^whites^ who were re^cently admitted to citizenzhip by^Judge Speer in Butte. The colored^population of Montana are an intelli^^gent class of people who take an in^^terest in all public enterprises and^who are throughout busy, industrious^and enterprising people, and wide^awake in business affairs. '1 he new^publication devoted to their interests^has a good field, as from 2500 to 3000^colored people are located in Mon^^tana, the majority of whom are prop^^erty holders, and as free citizens in^this republic of ours they enjoy the^same privileges as the white people.^In the coming election the colored^people are a main factor, as well in^political tendencies as in the capital^fight. We hail the Colored Citizen^as a step in the right dlrection.-^Staata Zeitung (Helena).
Wewelcome with much pleasure to^our exchange table the Colored^Citizen, of Helena, Montana, under^the able management of Hon. J. P.^Ball, Jr. The Citizen at once takes^its place as an able and strong race^journal devoted to the Interest ami^cause of the colored citizens. * * I^Again the Republican welcomes the^Colored Citizen to the journalistic^field of the Northwest, for hereto^^fore we have fought the battles of^the colored citizens of this section^single and alone, and the appearance^of reinforcements under an able gen^^eral assures us of success, not only^for ourselves, but for the Negro in^the Pacific Northwest in general.^Editor Ball is an able writer and^will handle the public questions w ith^perfect ease. Long live the Coloeed^Citizen.^Seattle Republican.
Wenotice from our Seattle ex^^changes that our former townsman,^Mr. Oscar Stenstrom, has been nomi^^nated on the republican ticket for the^legislature from the Twenty-ninth^District, Seattle. Mr. Stenstrom re^^sided in this city for several years,^and is very well and favorably known^here. He is a sterling republican and^has stumped this state several times^in the interest of his party, and as a^Scandinavian speaker has few, if any,^equals in the state. His numerous^friends in this state sincerely hope^that Mr. Stenstrom will be elected by^an overwhelming majority. Among^our people here he was a great favor^^ite, and we hope the colored voters of^the Twenth-ninth District will give^him a hearty and unanimous support.
Thetrue status of the colored man^in Anaconda is seen In a flippant^criticism of an article lately pub^^lished by the Colored Citizen,^which appears in the columns of the^leading smelter-town organ, ttl^Citizen is an excellent journal, well^and forcibly edited, and has been^generously welcomed in the field by^the state press in general. It is the^desire of every patriotic person to see^the Afro-American element of the re^^public attain to a high plane in our^citizenship, and every step taken by^them to this end houkl be encour^^aged. To lampoon the Citizen, infer-^entially or otherwise, is not the bet^^ter part of wisdom.^Missoulian
Abright and newsy exchange comes^to us this week in the shape of the^Colored Citizen, a new venture in^the wideawake western town of Hel^^ena, Montana. It is edited and ma^^^aged by J. P. Ball, Jr., formerly of^this state. Mr. Ball will be remem^^bered as the clerk of court of Con^^cordia parish in republican days, and^was noted for his efficiency and worth.^From the columns of the Citizen *e^glean that several former Orleaniani^are doing well In Helena.^New Or-^leans Monitor.