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A THREE-SIDED DEBATE.
A Queer Subject Discussed by Ne
groes in the County.
The following debate took place in
the county by a negro debating so
ciety recently. The account given
here was written by one of the
"among those present."
J. V. Davis. presiden:; J. F. Abney,
Exercises open by singing "Jesus
Lover of My Soul," and "We shall
meet one another up in Heaven."
Mr. Davis introduces the speakers:
Dear friends we have a most im
portant subject :o introduce to you.
'Wilile I attempt to speak to you I
-wish you would give me your best
The subject to debate is: There
was a lady that was carried way of!
ova storm and lost, and in that time
-three men came along on the sea
shore; the first man, he spied her;
the second man he went after her
-and the third man he cured her.
Now, the question is "Which man
haves the most right to that lady?"
(Mr. Davis sits down and he is
then introduced by Mr. "Reuben.")
The speaker That I will introduce
to you is the man that spied her,
whic h will be Mr. J. V. Davis.
Mr. Davis: Jentlemen, while I
shall attempt to speak to you I wish
you to give me your best attention. I
am speaking about the man that spied
her, which was John, because if the
first man had not have spied the
woman lie second man cc tld not
have went after her. For that reason
I say that John ought to have that
When the world was in darkness,
t en Christ looked down the line of
tirne and .aw the condition of things;
he -aid in four :housand and four
years he- would come and redeem the
world from darkness. He saw man's
cond:ton and that is 'he reason I say
!John ought to have that woman. If
Christ had not have saw man's condi
tion the world would have yet been
in darkness, and for that reason I
say that the -man what spied her
ought to have that woman. There
fore I say if John had not have
tound this w nan way off in the dis
tance Bill could not have brung her
Now if me and two other men were
-w'alking along and I spied a ten dol
lar bill, and if one of them picked it
up and give it to the other one and
-didn't give it to me, there would be
-somebody to go to the graveyard
right away. Therefore I say that
Tom had no right to that money;
Therefore she should have the man
that spied her, for he hnaves the most
right to her. For that reason I am
goingz :o impress upon vou that
lohn ha-:es the most right to her.
N.wif this lady was way off there
- o st. :>e other men having. as long
-y V a, Joh~n, neither o'ne beitng blind,
an-;ing the samte kind of eyes. nlow
I :. ta: John was a Godsend to
hi nman : he looked clost on the
watet and spied her. Therefore I
Dear friends. l am here to tell you.
that whatever you: do look at John.
the man that spied her.
I want to state to you in co nclu
sion rhat John ought to have that
Dear friends, the next gentleman
that I wiii introduce to you wvi llbe
Master J. L. Lake.
Mr. Chairman, gentlemen of the
juror and gentlemen and friends like
wise. I am before you to tell you
which has the most right to this
'lady. The man what went after her
Ihas the most right, meaning old Bill.
What man would have done this?
Of course you know, gentlemen, that
now she should have belonged to old
Bill. Then think of it again. Think
of the distress that lady was in if it
hadn't of ben fur old Bill. T'hen
ihink of it agin! I tell you is the
owner of this waggen (their plat
morm was a wagon) the one whut seed
hit? No, he ain't. The doctor don't
own hit: the man w'hat found hit
doan: own nit. The man whuY went
after hit that's the wun hut owns hit,
That woman had the moest dis
:rucinating aggonies. Friends think
-about hit, when you air sick in bed
:and none there but That man whut
hiaves come to me in the fall of the
year. That is t!he reason I say she
it! I will state the view more cor
rect. When Abraham Lincoln
bought that Washington chur he
could not have got that chur, that
government chur, if he had not have
went after hit. Let me tell you, my
Jear friends, she belongs to old Bill.
If you was in distress and nobody to
took you away and take keer of you
-friends think about hit. That is
the reason I say s'he belongs to old
Bill. Look at the man whut do the
favor, whut run to get you in the
With these few remarks, I will
leave you. but vou will hatter go for
Now the next gentlemen that I
will introduce to you will be Mr. J.
Mr. Chairman and gentlemens of
the juror and ladies likewise: I come
bfore you to investigate the matter
about the man whut cured the wo
man: he is the man whut haves the
moest right to her, the ma'n whut
cured 'her. The reason I says that,
he umbled hisself. Gentlemen, the
doctor that went and entirely cured
her-look at hit. I want to drill in
your minds the hunt for the doctor
and that woman on her bed of af
liction. The doctor jes*t cum and
dwell with her until sihe become jenu
ine well. That is the resaon that she
belongs to that good old gingerwine
doctor. When people are in ther bed
of afliction they are obleged to have
that. good old gingerwine doctor,
Tom, and that is doctor Lake. Gen
tlemen, I am here to tell that I wants
that one too. I wants the adjueist
ance of that good old gingerwine
Mr. foreman, you talk about Tom
and the man whut seed 'her has the
moest right to that woman. As fur
as I am consarned nobody ought to
have that woman but That good old
gingerwine doctor, and that is- old
Tom. I am here to tell you that that
good old gingerwine doctor whut
dwell with that woman haves The
moest right to her. By these few
remarks I will leave t'he subject with
D ar friends,'we will introduce that
geteman what represents the man
hat spied the wo>man. Mr. J. IH.
Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of
the juror and friends likewise: Talk
ig about this old doc-or. Tom. and
the man whut fotch her away having
moest rig'ht to this woman, gentlemen.
I wan-ts you to look into this, the man
whut seed her haves the moest right
to her. How in the world could you
cure a person and not fust see them.
Talk about this man whut went aftrer
her. 'how could he have went after
her and not have seen her? No doubt
he did not know the way to the ocean.
Talk about the man whut went atter
her had the moest right to 'her.
Anything that you went atter do you
haves the moest right to hit? If
you go out and cure anything do you
have t'he moest right to it? Now,
talk about this kuring business, whut
good you going to do me and you
way off and you doan come to me?
Now 'that way seldom kures one.
Now you talk about this man that
never seed her. If you goes out there
to play ball and can't see how you
going to play ball? If a man gives
yo a ten dollar bill and ycou blind,
what good that money going to dc
von? you can't see.
Gentlemen. I wants y-ou to look~
into this thing. And talk about not
seeing. How many here can't see?
Talk about the man who can't see
How many of you come for hash
and didn't get it, waiting for you tc
fetch ;i to them. Gentlemen, of the
-y Fine 4
juror, I wants you to look into this
thing. Spose a man that "had -co pay
you, spose he had to take and sell a
bale of cotton, you can't see, wha
good the money going to do you? If
you go into town and have to cross
a bridge, how do you know there's
a bridge there until you 'hears it?
you can't see. Talk about the man
whut went atter her having the moest
right -Eo her. Gentlemen, look into
Song-"We will meet one another up
Dear friends, our next gentleman
will be Mr. N. H. Pitts. and the sub
ject will be the man w'ho went atter
Mr. Juror and -gen-tlemen. likewise
of course the first man was blind, but
we haven't anything to do with a
blind man. And you may talk about
spying a woman. Now. I would not
give the snap of my finger for any
man. but the one whpt went atter
her is the one I would cleave to.
Now talk about the man whut went
at-cer her, not the one whut cured her.
Whut did he hisself know about
medsen? For all we know he mout
have had a sack of maypops. Not
tle one that seed her but the one
whut went atter her and consoled
her, and I wants dac one too. The
last words she said when she went to
make up her will, she called together
the gentlemen, and she made her will
and she said: "Bill, you has the moest
right to me, because you come in the
deep waters for me, and Tom and
John didn't know anything abot it.
But the one whut seed me and didn't
go atter me, that doan do me any
good until you come atter me." Now.
spose you fall down in t'he dust and
die and -they has the doctor there
and he haven't anything but a sack or
maypop roots. Now. the one whut
kured her not the one w'hut went atter
her has the moest right -to her. No.
friends, the one whr.t rendered the
moest services to her wus the one
whut went atter t'he physician. She:
could not have been cured of V(Mtr
physican' if he had no-t have been
went atter. The one t'hat went atter
her he has the moest right to her.
Dear friendsl. n'ith these few remarks
I leave the subjec-t with vou.
Dear friends, our next speaker wilP
be Mr. W. M. Moore. He will speak
on the subject of the one whut curedl
her. Mr. Moore will tell you that
the one whut cured this woman has
Ithe moest right 'to her.
'Dear friends. I am before you all
this afternoon nowv to tell you all
which ones of the mens haves the
moest right to this woman. which
uz old Tom. That old man Tom
is the one whut cured her and he is
the one wvhut haves the moest right
to her. You take and bring the wo
man anywhere and you aint got no
kno1edge to kure her, wvhut good that
goin to do her? Old Torn he got the
moest right to Iher, that man that
kured her, 'but this man that seed her
haves no right to 'her. I wants youenls
to look into this bisness. Talk about
the man whut come along and
brought 'her awa~y and laid 'her down.
hut good did he do? But old Tom,
the man whut had the intelgence to
work on this woman and cure her;
of course will be old Tom what haves
the moest right -to her. The one
whut aint got no intelgence aint got
no right to her. For that reason
I says that old Tomn haves the moest
right to her. With these few re
marks I leaves t'he subject t'. you.
A bachelor gets very little real en
joyment out of a club because he can
o thr any nigh-r he wants to.
IS ALL THE
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