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Poor old Uncle lN olished tle
specs a1-ain to no avail, i th Own shut
ting his eyes tight, he loundered
''It. isn't p; it's d, and I (lol't I
think that you kucw this le.son at all, V
so take the hook and learn it.'' .
This was but a repetition of many i
old-time defeats. Poor old Uncle Ned 1:
could not learn his letters. Crushed t
and humbled, he took the little blue
book and in silence restored it to his a
By this time the cows had all come f
home and Susan was milking in the t
'lot. The soft wind that came with g
the sunset rustled the ripe persim- Ic
mons off the tree almost into Uncle hi
Ned's hands. And. Uncle Ned said: o
''Nebber mine, little marse, I wants g
to get de larnin' slow lack, case den I a
caint furgit hit.'' S
But the awful strivings and groan- p
ings of Uncle Ned over his education r
were as a sealed book to his own peo- f
ple, and down in the ''quarter'' his a
influence waxed greater with each T
succeeding year. And then the age i
of limitation came to Uncle Ned and
he was measurably manumitted by old o
iss, according to her custom. p
After Uncle Ned's parmanumis- rI
sion, he became more and more re
nowned, and Aunt Keziah said to ai
mamna in the nursery, ''de hoodoos ti
s dey git (iey larnin' outen dey head,
but Une' Ned git he larnin' er de c,
c white folks an' de niggers too.''
And finally a rival came into Uncle k
6Ned's field, '' a zorter an(d a 'spoun- N
e 49dvdqQ93ld call upl) the mourn- w
el es'' by the hunreds simply by a
wa,ve of the hand. s,
ti 'lhe "quarter'' was excited over I
te alntiillbelnit and Iile Ned ' b)
tlreche a pnwerful sermon of warn
- ing nainlst ''the devil's angel of
t uint Keziolh averred that the new
1-aheller was -1 kunjurer." and that 't
"'kun.e(r balls"' had biein found under Pa
heri eahini st eps. Th is '"kunier bi alIs ''
ne had failed i'' their (evil ettect upon e'I
v Aunt Kezia h her'a ue heir faithI was mn
And fiinally the newpreac her, whlomi
s't Incle Ned sqti ized as "a sara- H'
're mnitious' ni r'' cha llenIe the old Ih
Pashtor Methodist Church.
Darson to a pulpit contest. Uncle Ned a
lie wa obliged to accept the challenge y
tior of the ''sacrament ions niigger.'T
haa Then the SabbaIth for t he moment
uls cont est arrTived and thle usual con,
tre regnti,1n was augmented lby 500 ex
ted0( worsh,il pers fi'rm ( (v. 'i(eken' r
ste Nntaat ion adljoiinig. "UnTiker' lar-'I
-is ie, 'ov. P'ickeus' coachiman, a
hishuin and a Gideon, had4 ''come l1
~, trough '' anew uinderu the cxhboirta
t 1ns of thle " 'sacrament 1ios ni." '
djr he rwdgahered eal,and
iind(reds oaf nursing imot hers fondIlyV
ack .ekled their pieka ninnie's. "'Main-r
tes"' Ihushed their little oneIs, andl 1
,,daddies'' forgot to brag. Thlere
old be no gossip save of (lhe wonder
me; Ine1w preacher. Hie had' never been
lel slave, although he was coal blackt
d had "'blue gums." Aunt Keziah
hutddered amit ext-limed: "Jes
Ill-ter, tek mle way henm bile I
il t UIe' Ned sho ' kin eIat hiin
1r 11l dat,'' siiud Aunt Keziah1 to ai
Itelltive tihn n, for Aunt Keziall
a ktiNv 1o have piwers herself'
!)d had tven b-ee Snt.;:eeted or pult
i- "ktiuner halls'' inl o her women'
eds to cause tIhem to losc the affec
ions of their husbands.
A platform had been erected in the
tidst of the log seats and the "sacra
ientious nigger,'' by courtesy, came
rst. The pickaninnies had sucked
iemselves to sleep, and the congre
ition held its breath. The stranger
ioked in pity upon the assembled
ippy people, then rose in the dignity
his mysterious and ill-boding blue
ms, he swayed them witi allegorical
lusions, which they did not under
and, pompouisly citing book and
we; then log and unfamiliar words
11led off his toinue as easily as
'oM a newly-oiled pendulum. The
ldience was carried beyond itself.
hat it did not understanid, it was all
te more clarimed.
"Philosophy," shouted tle spirited
rator, 'shall eleirele tle universal
lan ! There is no (eti it shall not
1acI. nor mystery it shall not
ithom! WIonder-workers shall sink
v in tle sunlight of its day and
leir works shall (lie with them!"
And Aunt Keziah exclaimed: "Dis
Idicated ni-ger lie call Une' Ned a
uIiderer wlucker. What dat? You
iows bredderin an' sisterin (lilt Une'
ed ain't I) wiunderer-wueker. Dat
usser den a kuinjurer
The hoodocs in the back ground
lorted, for they un11derstood enough
know that this sntth-t.ngued,
lie-'1nm-eiU Id sta::inge was strivillg" to
Meci awa, t Ileir str dnlli hIs.
Time was vi:lle,] cn ! e loquent
ni.inter, and tie grea1 m1n look his
1t. I-b11 ahis! ill I'e .i-rndeur olf
i1 s-lf-iIIil141'inile Ilie prnmi-her had
l'ue; ten I8 ld ni in till'.---to impress
the nuillrliel . '' .\ ud '' lie m'uru
s'' st Ii ket stck. un pming mi open
inthedd aid fri2id w:rider. The new
ench'ler had( not even exlhorted t hem
' "kick naaiinsI the pr'ick s"' nor
"quenchi thle spUiriI."' Too late the
noe-igumnimedi rt or saw t hat the
4 urn'iers ' beiichies were empty, for
e mour11ners did net understand.
Thhe Br*er Enik and Brer Li!e
uit Kezinh said they were named
'Ier " demi two menCs ini de scripter
if wvas t rancelatered"'-rose ump and
illedi up Uncle Ned.
Unce Ned, overcome by the gran
loquence of the straniger, felt that
is was the occasion of his life. These
er*e his chosen people; here lhe was
irn and1( bred: ''old Mase trusted
m like he was white. and "Mss
id given him "old Mases broad
ol suit. And should a limberton
led, blue-gnmmed stranger-" a
mmnon free nigger" -wrest his lhon
.s from him without a mighty ef
rnt 7 UTncle Ned knew his people. Re
emberiing the victories of the past,
on without question, lie plneed his
ilile (in which lhe could rend no let
'r or li ne) under his nrim bef'ore
onnt inr the plat form, and drew the
vsterious (to the neuroes) little blue
riok from out of his bossom.
"Dlat plee'-tekked free nieeer got
r' h)iQ(Pr Bibile denl TTe Ne. whis.
erecd A unt Kezinhi to nmanma and
rer Eniik and Brer iiev. "hnut Une'
e, shia. egw i' nari7e 'im wid de lit
e blu bi ook."
"D)e '-Iranhe i r h''i'le nmk er
tiwerfu'l shiow-down."' whispered
re F''ilk Ii' m,llmal hu'hind the rudte
mloi. ii"hnt Un.',1i No'I !Ile bu
iik eba'l 'ei ' llo oenn
Sion t ?i'' . fo .i't U e e
l'oi I nclerh Nmil 111 19'61 i Blih!
nion thle CI and. W; h lhe linite blue
ook noonl it. noeni i t firdt pntre.
['e it fori "i fr tho chireunieler of
heqe 'niple aivirulc in t his timie of nn
uilief. scoffino-. and doubt of evvV
hiine, to analyze on even question the
hicoloovy ohf Uncle Ned-albeit his
Bible was upside down and the fir
pag-e tif lie open bitue book had a wa
of hopelessly blurring itself even b<
fore the dignity of the great brai
spectacles-but, siffice it to Saly, I<
C1ording- to the lights of their old-til
reli-zion that their fathers, trained b
-1 (od-fearing m1aster and mistres
luuld tried to live nd die by, thoug
n1i.-d with superstitifin anld strangv
rin's ':I1 still trete- vinlthevconvi
n e geun(f-Irut. U'neiv Nvid had th
!,*:1.1v had wacmhod hli-, tirs( pel
dcl. and b)y Ohe sn:a i .o
!"T''' "(Ilwo' Vv' Silners !or an
N v t h y \v N\ erv (l, \v. I ill (t
-tr w, n,l 1- Lem-he'4 we -vrad
S:w!l:naakno h-W ne\er hee
hI'd before.. , :! it wa, .!-(d Smi-11
ranllckIelrd, called thve cintes
at an ('nd].
I'lvi Ned, smiiiln and trillmphl
W. C. SCOTT.
ant, and asking- Brer EIik and Brei
L.ige for ''er chaw er terbaecker, re
tired to the rear with the voices oi
the IoirnIers and shouters rin.ging ir
his car-stmelic bitterly bewailil
their sills and Some avovwin.g that the
were standinii safely ''on the baik
of sweet deliverance.''
Baffled and trembling with ragn
and disappointment. the eloqueni
blue-gummed preacher rose to hi!
'B:Ithren 11 and sistc-s.'' he sai(, ''I]
woN'I detaill You long, bt let me sa.
j.IIt one Word before we break lp thh4
.sm'ly. I do not que'tA.ni thet .J.
(.isionll C,i e jiud"es. EnJi , : d EIij .;I
.-'d I th-lowledg- tile d'v:',. 'or t1.
i.-loont oild parsmn Y().I1' hll kn >w
7ll otoc lives has ealle -q a Imit':
.1er " )I\ my 1n ne.' , . - . mlend't ,
''I aekn:wled'e all thi:.'' Sai.d th
saretins mantl. ''hnlt bvhlre w\e
4 1( id--bye I wa n11iOt lift Ih veil
of yn popl: fora the lit tIce book that
yourt fooItli-h old parlStn ots "'o ionieh
storte by, andl lays besi<h-s h;is Hile
Iwhen lie ''oes to preach('l. is it nting bt
a lit tle blouelback spje': b'i ook that
t hey teachl to littl hibulren at any~
lit tle schoal.''
Thleire wa':s no ap~plauise. he homuily
had Callen'i upon boving earis that
wouIld not3 hear, for thle f'ailbfiil grave
honoii~r to4 the p)rophet of their owni
Icounlitriy, and( followed biy 11l:e boots9
andt jeeis of 700 ove'rwrough~lt wor
shippers, the 1blue-gummed ' 'free nig
ger'' was forced tt heat a hasty re
But. this was thle final graduation
of Uncle Ned. With many a sigh, the
laid itt : a t t t t t j c''- l!-a I1 W it! Iiis
<h4 ald I: .\itndy's chtheIs and hend0i and1(
tin4t':.tc --l '1ll 14bu V'' un(' no11 tnoe
''mp41rinnedk~ t h'art the alpabt (h-S
and1 thteitr r'ewardsl, to the .ireat spuii
tiUl ('omfor4tt oft his car dus1ky old
;1 And *12 months later on-within
y tell days of Christmas-a grave in the
negro burying gronid was waiting to
Is be filled, and '' Miss,'' with her black
bonnet pulled off and her snow-white
tIair showing, stood beside it with
y tears upon tier cheeks; and Brer Enik
3, and Brer Lige and Brer Sampson and
It lirer li Iar-per bore the black pille cof
-e Hin. Andil Aunt Keziah raised, "11How
- . !wum, Flr Foundasuin.'' And
e "' Miss'' knelt down1 by tlie grave at*
ter it vas 'illed up aid raisinl'g her
--1 thir-1 li11is li-:hIt li tioevenl, said
d simply .111iui humb1illy: "(1, almiighty
" and n111 si merl"l (14d. receive (lite
e oul ot miy ithul Ned !,'
y Aid befo4e (Ite grass was green on
ilie litle it'-1imid, t1here was placed alt
ait. hial a .1 w-white stone; but, nt.
[wilminldf'lll of the stir1gles of the
,iuble pal tiahtt a mid his haffled am
hitilln, "Aliss'' had carved upon its
top an open hook that hears its legend
Seven to this day:
"lle that overcoietih, the same
shaltlie clothed in white raiient; and
I will lno(t lit his n11amue out of tle
bw(lk ill life.''
BECKY ANN JONES.
Writes of the Endless Chain Pray
er-Jemes Does not Believe in
Praying in any Such Way.
Well Mister Editor:-I bin a suf
ferin' jest orful here lately with the
rumatiz in mi rite hand an arrum an
haint bin able to rite. When it cums
to usim' pen or pencil I don't let mi
left hand no mi rite uns bizness. It's
a orful inflixion, too, eawse for the
last 9 daze ov it, wihle I sot an cride
an bathed mi arrum in awl kinds of
stiikin' fizzie, an' pore Jeemsce sen
sitized smellin' apparatus got sot in
a mitcy elevatid an scornful, tho
fashionable, eurve. I was runnin' the
risk ov havin' a terribul misfortinate
ealamity ov sum sort a desCendin'
down to mi alreaddy akin' should
ders. Ever time Jeems went out I
catiioned him to take keer ov him
self; to keep away frum deep waters;
to stay offen the mewls (Moll an'
3ill), an' to he shore an' not go under
ded t reeze, fer a limb mite fall off
an' leve me a widder-an' ov awl
hinigs, deliver me frum hein' a ru
Peared to me that any orful calain
ity wuz hound to hit me threw
Jecmns, fer to loze him wuz the orful
est thing I could think ov-an' I had
him inshored that if I didn 't do so
an' so, I wood hav sum grate misfor
tinl. Will explane.
Hont 2 weeks ago T perceived a let,
tr wh ich red 1th1slv: "0 Lord Jesuis
Chrisl. we implore Tliee, 0 Eterial
tml. ill h1"ve mer-y on all mankind;
kevp uis frmi sin and bIrtnn us withl
Thce tihud- eteriit.y.'' This prayerl
set itut by iisliop Lawrece, of,
:.. askinIl that it bl. copied anld
i to 9 persons. ~Thloe who ~will
wtrite this praOyer for 9 dayvs and( send
l'o ' p"rsonms, hec.iningii itn (lie day' it
w io or before thle 9thI dayv experi
noat do so'. will have some great. mis
f- innie1(. nd'i~ a copy ie(ach day tor' 9
dlays toi keep Ithe chtaini unbrokecn.
Witch'I the ( re'sulht an b11le not d evioid
(if faithI. A Friend.''
A.in' I hare T wmtz completecly dis
abild bii rumat iz!I The bishop mnade n1o
e'xcepishunis an wvas goin toi bless or
en11s tie aiccordin ' to how T dun. no't
*tec'rdlini' to mi hart's desire. T thort
* v the words in 1 Sama. 16-17: ''For
the Lord seeth not as man sect h; for
man looketh on the outward appear
anuce, but the Lord looketh on the
hteart.'' T tride to git Jeems to rite
themt letters, as he wvuz my tothier
haof an' T so inflictid. I wuz shore it
wvood1 be just the same to the bishop
as if T rite em miself. But Jeems said:
" Becky Ann, if yew wern't so uisea
up1 an yore mind so conufuddled bI
rumat iz, y'ew 'd have mor'e sense than
t(i not is that Icter yew'd(1 recormem
Iber thait, t Io t his is a mitev iest,"-.
sivye ace. we hin i't got a mail romn
to hoeveti yit. on we can't expect.
Untile Saim to dlivert meissages up
hoare, alt ho lie's mitey aicomoedat in
ol' chap. Male a prayer' to God ! Why,
Becky Anti, prayer' is jcst like a.
t eleIfome wire f'rim ouri hearts t.o
heven an fa ithI is thle ba tter'y wtmrks.
TTit 's the grand privilo!en ov every
ertitIter lieri bel o to oiuwn ex('lnsive'ly
his o wn sp eshiill ine. We enn rinigri up
hteren an allors eit a hlearini: t hare
cr y'!l. 'v:ate ow'ilr' - tI lIhe is. hutsy.'
N'. Beck .\nmn. I ain't i -r''ini' to co(py
!-Ier. Ilii's ai liHll I ' mnch fir
n,o ti sw:'ller for a rm a in pp tip
! - tur inl. iit ' I b ly or~ f Om n '
n' wonai els'' woe.d b ofitied. I d't'
ie ni eend nor st oppin p lace to t his
iiorposcd '('han' an the stnamps 'till
lbe spet in thliis rotichedl fooliishiness
hii smuperst itIins peuepil would bild n
Rtnte Recformntorv fer hnl hatos edi-.
cate a preecher, se-port a irrin Im1is
blionar-y or clothe an I'ved a lot (Iv,
Iatherless an m0teless orfins.
'' eckyN AtnI, I *'lI peIrIil t hat this
wild is a1 prgresin I yitt) Cast. The
Ch al111,te ( )bseVVr Iles W've rot ('vi
den)se ov i ini f:a.t tht -ils rille
man1('ll I now1 -i 4 anl it's aw 6 r
whenI tenl year an if ih a (Ilinv-.
had happiwned I e n1illit ill vood a bin
ordered out. Yes. we air a pergres
sin; but I low God is equil to the
occasion al' will perceed to manage
things in own good way. le will rule
an jedge, reward and punish, regara
less ov eny week wurn ov the dust
who is persumin' enuff to want to t
make changes, or axo God to sur
render the whole bizness an He take
a rest. Mind now, I ain't a findin'
fault with the prayer. Every treu
christin prays it. It's the mode ov
semlin it thalilt I'I a heIejectinl' to so
"Ani'( that '(-hante' well, I feer
it'1 be for-ed inl ite shop or super- I
stition an' he f'ill ov rusty rotten s
links! Beeky Ann. its mi candid com
pillion that if yew keep the fille line
frm 1 oi har to heven leeterfied
hi faith yew w. ot le sorry yew stiek
Io the old reliable aly (IV relachill
(od andm gitiin a learit. Leastaze,
Ithat 'S lli inrwie lil olest helee 1
alnt' compilion. I
Weel, Mister E'ditilr, it Wu,1z onle '
time I had to lissen to .elems and ike <
his advisinl, heil4 so disabled hi iua
tiz 1 conlhil't rite. Those 4ru d1a(11 ze
of suispecve atir now past, and outsi,.le
UV hein skbv verd il -t N Ili to (kth (11
il Ile itlne. I'm bin let'ed tit say tlhat
sti(Idv of IlishOp 1lwence Seldin
rlt Illist'i'inls on calait titi t
las hilli l111is1:111 v !1td aif1t -I"tl]itlls h
anll' lins wnlerfully b4ed u11' s in1
vNpv'.l;'I. Isi il(-l ' -. m l t y
'11rub -. wth. k *' --h':o' or Em-m . hm-4-4
s ' I 1 ,1 1 |t
\\' lI 11: 1i r If In,lth i th
4,,n n- ar nntoW h
.\lI I 11I)IYI'S
(4u1k 14 nloio jto trad(e \l'll ani HillI
rnlIes k(eeps 1441 as. btte ba4'hlls onti
je'st whlat won44 hiorse wood4( ('te, 44n air4'
the~ lest 44n4wls t hat I e'ver seeni.g
.JPe'4ms i: plumii 4'razy to wan4t to4 t.radi~e
''4r4 an4 when'4 he4 ?4ways1 '('m4 an4 gits 44
'- m444 pt'.ky: icinii en'4 rs an'4 144 its
k Illed, I ene4'.se he'll reo men e mi h
I1ekv \un J n.s.
4ih1 is- t.o lan.c?
TheI 441 '. 44, e .' !. e h
it r no .b 4t hU' -vi li:-reb n i t r un.1
hsle ote rier who' haIS found Ii t'al- -t
ari*v niegro to et. htimself '"furnish- Ii
- 1.' ' 1h1 1i
1.1 lt, l iv. T he N t,%whetr% It, i.,11,11
Itll l slilt vIey -v tl1 Ithe
.1u4: side lilt, I ai im ii
li 4441~4'In ; Ii .t I' *is bt 1n. M
*44ti 4' .. ili 14.4 \ - h t i e 41 1 0il .
will ''p..' Nm.lievv :til ..,qw
Ithe Ilien :and kindi-( ccl no a
i(Inl that they waint. Werie it Iot. for
onlditions like these, the white man
01111d conltrol labor; as it is, control
- almost impossihile, and we must
ent our lands to the icgroes or let.
hem1 lie out.
The fact that it has become so
asy for (te ornlinary negro to go to
iZewherry vo(r 4111-f he towns and
Inuikhe I'ngl f il1111'411I ' Is 11 gross Ili
III( lo fihe whiit nwn.. 11m141n1g us., Who>,
ogether. with an illulstrious 11ncestr-y,
Ilve made.thiis grea4l oiutr'y What it.
s. The white n111111 (.()[uild 4,.mTlI*vII all
his. lablor 111141 111:1ke a livinl"- 1*41r hi1n1
('11 Iand hlis nbrs,and( the mler
Iui woild ilwvn lie paid. As it is,
Ie while ImI (.;Ili 't mlke mllonley with
11 bahins an n41li labor, 11141 Ihe ne-n)
lnt ' m a11 e mneiy-N. wil h a llin inn4
it brains; anml -o heiweenl the upp114-r
IIi n t r iliktinie Iw t mllern.1'1t
ISSPS. A iI -ilt Is III b1111nw? Is not.
he(' m nvi-ha11ul wh4l is sit anixiols to
'I'll-nish" IheIerv whivih 1) that
xt(It mialikes him imlellelilnt of the
blile nun , lruelyN n-spoillsible for11 thIe
Ile I I n 1-dlilar iv -i:I, an1 in h 1111 d
1 wVill tak1he a mtilIv. ,vi him gelt a
iil mr iade, .11141 1!n i these 111
Jil -_,t him a.lg anld InIrneIIss and
I1h'!. I 1n14--S. :11 n h 1j r4 I h.ve Ihe lm.-ve
I'y b heil 1 li-4 'Il mI rtga e
ha i l il -,11. 1 hem p!a the
i ' a l . I .1.\ I I , I t(l.s
I I l - I 1t II :j h i
IV in- 11 lies
- V. - ; ;si i e s
4/1i e )
('s 11i 1('n 4 v. ih 142 oh- 1 io. hut . har-1
n1id f4:r. 4riiiW ill style with kid
h>v'..' 14nd 4'i.!:rettes4 444 dIisplay, iand
I li141 441d . a l Inn leS i ld'. 444 yV0j14
myV(VIII' '' even re 414m ' the sne that they
1w rond1( : 1n1wh1 1-55 te l'1rn5 i t heir
o141 i' '.- bea 4 i ai's chamt 4lI .'I V44
I:' :; 14 - I(ed I irIs, whIitIe
b n: i 11 to ri i t 4I(',
u41 i 'I4:4( 1 hb' Iinerehm. ' an
I ' b x Ihn their:4 money4!'
444l il pe'eihgi ilnqtitny nfethe