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THE ED JOHNSON CASE.
The death last' Sunday of Miss Ne
vada Taylor, at Findlay, O., where she
had been residing since the stirring
times of the Ed Johnson lynching, has
awakened interest in that now fam
ous case, and directed attention to the
charges against Sheriff Shipp, his dep
uties and the alleged lynchers of Chat
It will doubtless be remembered
that Ed Johnson, who, It was claimed,
criminally assaulted the young woman
while on her way home from work,
was adjudged guilty of the crime after
a trial, the fairness of which had been
called into question. The attorneys
for the condemned man being unable
to get the case reviewed by the su
perior courts of the state, appealed to
the Federal Court. The case finally
. reached the Supreme Court of the
United States where a stay of execu
tion was granted, and Sheriff Shipp
duly notified to hold the prisoner
Though the Sheriff had received, the
proper notification he failed to take
any precaution to obey the mandate of
the court; consequently a mob various
ly estimated at from eighteen to fifty
men, entered the jail, overpowered the
one man who seemed to be expecting
them, took Johnson to the county
bridge and murdered him.
The Supreme Court finding its man
dates set at naught by the officers
and citizens of Chattanooga after
due deliberation and an investigation
by the secret service, issued an order
summoning the Sheriff, his deputies
and some of the members of the mob
to show -cause why they should not be
held for contempt.
A special commissioner was appoint
ed to take the evidence in the case and
for several .days during last February
evidence, some of which was of a sen
national nature, was heard from the
defense and the prosecution. Owing
to the mysterious disappearance of
several of the most important witness
ea for the government, the case was
continued. It was understood, though,
at the time that the trial would be
resumed in March or April. Since
then It seems that H has been allowed
to sleep with the chances for a convic
tion considerably lessened.
This slow procedure is to be ex
pected from that august body the
Supreme Court, but how can the 1m
petuous Mr. Roosevelt, who has prayed
for an opportunity to get a few lynch
ers into the Federal Court possess
himself with patience? Couldn't he
bring the powers at his command to
bear upon the situation and at least
convict that "molly-coddle," the night
jailer, of entering "a conspiracy of
silence" to prevent the members of
the mob from being prosecuted? Per
haps, after all, when the participants
in the lynching are dead, a decision
will be rendered by the Supreme
EXCEPTIONAL COllVORA TIONS.
Soiuti corporations may be heartless;
seeking always to benefit the owners
at the expense cf the public and with
no thoughts of the employees in the
minor positions, but it is not so with
two in this city. The old veterans'
banquet last week, given by one of
the local railroads, brought together
men who had been in the employ of
the road for over fifty years. In the
gathering which contained about
eighteen men who have spent nearly
their entire life in the service of the
road, were two colored men. At an
early date, as outlined in the last issue
of the Globe, a veteran employee of an
other road will be given a barbecue
at Watkins Park, to which men
prominent in the affairs of the city
will come to testify, if paying tribute
can be designated as such, to the faith
fulness of this man. Both of these
affairs may seem small and trivial to
the busy man whose ambition runs to
what Is called he higher things in
life, but they contain a lesson that, if
learned, would be of inestimable value
to other corporations. The policy of
these railroads in honoring faithful
service while the employee lives, even
though he possess a black skin; the
interest they have shown in the per
sonal affairs of their employees, have
built up a mutual regard which has
freed these corporations from the la
bor troubles that have afflicted many
other institutions engaged in a like
THE BROWNSVILLE INVESTIGA
TION. The Senate Committee on Military
Affairs met in Washington Wednesday
and re-opened the investigation of the
Brownsville affair. The government
is now presenting the evidence upon
which President Roosevelt based his
now famous order of dismissal with
out honor. The first witnesses on the
stand have really proved by their tes
timony that they did not know wheth
er or not the town was shot up by
the colored troopers. Their evidence
tends to clear the troopers.
One witness who could scarcely
speak or understand a word of Eng
lish heard the men say, "Hurry up."
Another, whose deafness was so pro
nounced that the members of the com
mittee had trouble In making him
hear the question propounded and
whose eyes are so afflicted that he can
see only from one of them, testified
that he both saw and heard the sol
diers on that night in August. This
half-blind and semi-deaf man heard
and saw these things on "a very dark
night" at about the distance of 150
feet! Unless there Is better evidence
brought out in the trial, every one
will be convinced that the troopers
The pet dog of President Roosevelt
received a first-class walloping from a
common cur the other day. This prob
ably presages the reception Roosevelt's
man Friday Taft will receive if nomi
nated for president by the republican
party. Taft wont be compelled to face
a conspiracy but a revolution.
Owing to the rush in preparing copy
one or two articles in last week's issue,
which were clipped from our exchang
es, failed to receive proper credit.
The colored brother is awakening to
the fact that he must get into the
fight for the political pie or be read
out of the republican party by his erst
while friends. The white brothers are
organizing to get rid of us, we should
organize to protect our interests. And,
furthermore, one of the delegates from
the state at large should be a Negro.
Kansas City, Kansas, ha3 a Negro
street commissioner. Baltimore, MdL,
ii the recent election, elected a Negro
councilman. The colored vote is re
ceiving 'recognition In the North and
Nashville should be proud of its
public schools. The teaching corps has
a record for efficiency that gives the
city a good reputation throughout the
whole country. A Memphis teacher
who visited this city recently, in a let
ter to a paper in his home city, com
plimented the system and eulogized in
the highest terms the teachers of our
high school. The addition 0 the reap.
ual training department, which came
through the manly stand Prof. Smith
took in his appeal to the School Board
in his address to the graduating class
of 1906, will still further increase the
usefulness of the schools. With this
department perfected as a branch to
the present curriculum, the colored
public school of Nashville will be in a
class with the very best schools in the
The Jamestown Exposition is
opened, but as yet few of the buildings
have been completed. The tercenten
nial celebration seems to be a fit com
panion to the Panama Canal.
The Governor is still handing out
pardons at about the rate of one each
day. He will have a hard time turn
ing out the men who commit such
felonies like stealing chickens as fast
as they are sent up, but he won't be
bothered with many murderers. The
"unwritten law" tuvns these loose.
We wonder if the Nashville police
have begun their annual target prac
tice? One of these officers shot a man
this week. Of course, the victim was
a Negro and the officer shot in self-defense.
The same old tale.
Henry Watterson, of the Louisville
Courier-Journal, has a dark horse as a
democratic candidate for the presiden
cy. Surely Booker Washington has
not turned democrat!
Oklahoma's constitution ought to be
turned down, not because the state
will elect a democratic delegation to
Congress, but because it is the work
The decision handed down by Judge
Hart this week declaring the recently
enacted vagrancy law unconstitutional
is a welcome one. The law as enacted
placed the power in the hands of
the justices of the peace to send
men to the workhouse without a
trial by jury. Likewise it opened a
field for fee grabbing by unscrupulous
officials. Such a law is open to many
abuses as was shown by the arrest and
conviction Monday , of a fifteen-year
To the Nashville Globe.
Of late it seems quite a nooular mode
of personal attack to write the person or
persons aimed at, directly or indirect
ly, an anonymous letter, in which the
nameless author, generally uosinc as
a friend, pours forth the most bom
bastic and misrepresenting vitupera
tions that a slanderous and malicious
malefactor can conceive, for no other
visible reason than to do rjersonal
harm to some inoffensive and unsus
pecting fellowbeing. who. in most
cases, is moving along in tho "even
tenor of his way." And in his or her
irau attempt at disguise, ear-marks
of would be "best citizens" are verv
visib'e which serve only to show him
or ner up as a "wolf in sheep's cloth
ing," a menial of the loweat tvDe or
an immoral ingrate of the deepest
The several recent cases that have
come under the observation of the
writer are of the most ridiculous type,
because of the high (?) source from
whence thev come, the susnects beinir
among some of tho people filling high
stations in life. Now, this guerrilla
and "under cover" method of warfare
is a disgrace to the neruetrators and
each thrust made at their would-be
victims only serves as a boomerang,
which will in the course of time indict
the intended wound upon themselves.
Again, it is in abiect defiance of the
postal laws, and it is said that a case
will be reported to the postal authori
ties, and that no pains will be spared
by the government officials in locating
these notorious . blackmailers and
bringing them to justice. Beware lest
your sins find you out.
Nashville, May 15, 1907.
DAVIS OUTRAGE FURNISHES THE
To the Nashville Globe:
The authorities of the United. Slates
are conducting an investigation of the
brutal treatment of Mr. Davis,, one of
its citizens, at the hands of Nicarau
gan soldiers and llonduran police.
This is what should be done and in an
elective way, and the riotous, drunk
en, guilty marauders should be meted
out punishment commensurate , to the
outrage. That there will be a thor
ough sifting of the affair to ascertain
the facts relative thereto may not be
doubted. This Government is going to
see to it that Honduras does the right
thing. It is going to know the' reason
why one of its citizcn,s has been so
foully dealt with in the little Isth
mian republic. It has been nosing
around in that neck of the wood lor
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sometime, especially so since the little
impulsive republics, Nicaragua and
.rtonduras, have been spitefully scratch
ing at each other's throat. At last the
opportunity was furnished in the at
tack on iir. Davis for the landing of
iiaiined and bluejackets and embroil
ing the situation more acutely with
this government, the party to be reck
It is to be doubted whether the 'ac
tions taken had Davis to think of as a
real American citizen; but technically
lie was and that was .the point. With
almost incredible alacrity soldiers and
police concerned in the outrage upon
Davis were hustled aboard United
States men-of-war, put in irons and
held pending investigation and action
in the matter. And when there seemed
to ue a probable resistance by the
iSicaraguaus and llondurans to thi3
procedure on the part of Capt. Fullam,
of the Marietta, tlie United States war
vessels moved in front of the barracks
occupied by the soldiers and . cleared
ior action in case there was any fool
ishness on their part. Enough men
were landed from the vessels to carry
into execution the command of Capt.
Fullam, and Mr. Davis' assailants were
arrested and put aboard. The outrage
j untitled this procedure which was
Mr. Davis is a citizen of the United
States and was in the employ of a com
pany of Americans doing business in
Honduras at the time he was so fright
fully maltreated by marauders in that
country, liis rights as a citizen of this
overnmeiit were at once recognized
and inspired prompt and decisive ac-
Lion on the part ot those representing
;ts sovereignty and power. Now the
governments of the two Central Amer
ican Republics will have to make a rep
resentation to this government for the
treatment of one of its citizens at the
hands, of subjects of theirs.
There is signilicance in all of this
promptness of Davis' government.
Vould his righs as a member of it
nave been recognized as readily with
in the confines of his own country,
had he betn set upon by as murderous
a uang (mob) as those foreigners?
Can lhis government protect the Ne
gro in. any civilized country in the
World except its own? Will this al
ways be true?
it has uetn a subject for comment
by others tnat this country can take
care of the rights and furnish protec
tion to its Negro citizens everywhere,
except at home. This is a sad com
mentary on the boast of being a self
governing country. This is a boast
which has been exploited far and wide
even to the ends of the earth; yet it
is a hollow mockery proven too often
insofar, as the Negro is concerned. An
instance may be recalled which should
always cause a blush of shame, was
the "Wilmington, North Carolina,
Alassacre." Alen, guilty of no other
ciime save that of being members of
the Negro race, were shot clown in the
streets and at the places where they
were peaceably at work, trying to pro
vide for their families. The Presi
dent of this government was appealed
to for protection against such whole
sale slaughter, but he held no remedy
nor any hope of a remedy. But thi3
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