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THE NARTIVU.T.P. OT '
NASIHILLE GLOBE, FRIDAY, . NOVEMBER 8, ISO?.
The Nashville Globe.
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i. Odd Fellows Hal), No. 447 Fourth Ave
nue, North, Nashville, Teno,
y
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NEGRO BANKS.
It is worth, noting that while the
banks of the country are undergoing
possibly the severest strain since the
Vanic 01 lsuo, not a single msuiuuuu
fo'run by colored men so far has been
forced to suspend payment. In fact,
j,0 while the depositors of white banks in
New York City were withdrawing
their money from one of the strongest
. . .i 1 ... . - 1 ii- - x 0
banks in tne country at me rate 01
$44,444 a minute, the colored business
men of that city were organizing an
enterprise for colored depositors. And,
since tlien another bank has been or
ganized in Philadelphia. This adds a
feather to the cap of the colored bank
er and his banking methods.
At the time when the National Busi
ness League held its meeting in Tope-
ka, Kans., there were 31 banks owned,
1 controlled and operated by Negroes in
the United States, thirteen of these
being in one state Mississippi. Since
UlcU, Ullltl mall iuc i,vvv iiicunuutu
above, one has been organized in Tex
as, one in Oklahoma and others have
been prevented from opening in Mis
' sisippi by the refusal of Governor Var
r daman to issue charters to any more
" Negro business enterprises in that
state.
These colored banks are all enjoying
prosperity and the colored bankers are
to be congratulated tha-t unlike the
New York bankers, whose reckless in
vestment of the funds of the deposi-
I tors in venturesome business enter
prises destroyed the confidence of the
public and brought about the financial
flurry in Wall street, they , have been
conservative in conducting the affairs
of their corporations. The colored
banks will come out of the flurry
stronger in the people's confidence for
having withstood the strain and will
- command and deserve more business
' .lan ever before.
77 ELECTION AND MIOWSH
TILLE. I Theodore- Roosevelt and William
Howard Taft, when they examine the
j returns from the elections held Tues
' day and think of Brownsville, can well
exclaim in full accord whh Lady Mac
beth: "Out damned spot."' For they
will find cold comfort from the re
turns. In most of the states where
the republican party was successful,
the reactionaries were in the ascend
ancy. In Ohio, Mr. Roosevelt's candidate
for Mayor, the Hon. Theodore Burton,
was undoubtedly defeated by the votes
.of Negroes led by Harry Smith, the
veioran editor of the Cleveland Ga
zette, li: Cincinnati the Cox machine,
which Secretary Taft defeated in a
previous campaign, landed a republi
can victory. In Pennsylvania, "the
gang" which has no particular love
for Mr. Roosevelt nor his policies, won
in a walk. New Jersey, which has
been counted as safely a republican
state for a number of years, is so close
that it will probably take the official
count to decide which ticket won. In
New York City the republican Inde
pendence League fusion ticket which
was engineered by Mr. Herbert Par
sons, a man whom It is claimed was
mads chairman of the republican com
mittee through the influence of the
administration, waa snowed under by
Tammany. Even Little Rhode Island
re-elected its democratic Governor.
Perhaps though the President and Mr.
Taft can extract some consolation
from the fact that Kentucky, one of
the states of the solid South, has been
brought into the republican fold.
That Brownsville has" played a part
In the election is evident from the in
structions sent to campaigners In New
York previous to the election: "Don't
mention Roosevelt's name when ad
dressing Negroes." In Cleveland, Bur
ton'a opposition to Foraker, because of
the latter's break with the President
on account of the Brownsville Investi
gation, was made the basis of the col
ored voters' opposition to the republi
can ticket.' In Kentucky though the
colored voters supported the ticket it
was only after the state convention
had refused to endorse Taft for Presi
dent. The Brownsville injustice has made
itself felt at the polls and it should
cause the republican party to sit up
and take notice. A party name will
not make all men vote to endorse
wrong doing.
THE REFORMATORY.
A majority of the people of Tonnes-
see don't care a fig where the state re
formatory is located just so it is built.
There may be several good reasons
why the institution should not be lo
cated at the Hermitage, but the one
advanced by the Hermitage Associa
tion seems far-fetched. "Ninety pel
cent of the 'dear bad boys' are Ne
groes, and to have this class seen in
the fields, working on the farm, flock
ing around the building, ' hanging
around the Hermitage itself, would be
a disgrace to the State of Tennessee,"
says the Regent of the Ladies' Hermit
age Association. A criminal is a crim
inal no matter to what branch of the
human family he may belong and it
would be no more nor no less a dis
grace for a Negro of this class to hang
aroun.d the Hermitage than it would
be for one of another race. Any ob
jection to the location of the reforma
tory on this historic ground should be
on account of the placing of a state
penal institution, per se, on grounds
hallowed by the memory of Tennes
see's greatest statesman, and not be
cause "ninety per cent" of the inmates
of the establishment will be Negroes.
The Regent of the Ladies' Hermitage
Association doubtless forgets that dur
ing the life of "Andy" Jackson, who
enjoyed the love and respect of "his
Negroes" and reciprocated the same,
more than ninety per cent of those
wno hung around the Hermitage and
worked on the farm were Negroes
The question of locating a building for
the reformation of boys who have
strayed from the paths of rectitude
should be above that of race, color or
previous condition of servitude.
Mississippi as usual elected the en
tire democratic ticket. There is one
redeeming feature to this though, it
retires Vardaman to private life.
Too much Johnson, too much
Brownsville and too much Foraker de
feated Theodore Burton in Cleveland,
Ohio.
With the price of the necessities of
life soaring up near the Milky Way,
the Thanksgiving Turkey will be out
of the range of the average man's tele
scope.
Mrs. Mary Church Terrell is saying
some things about the conditiDris
which the. average servant girl must
face in many of the homes of the
South, which make very bad reading.
yet we would take her word for it in
preference to some of the preachers
who place her In the same category
with Ben Tillman. That there is
much truth in Mrs. Terrell's charge?
is evident from the number of white
men daily seen consorting with Negro
strumpets. To find just how much
truth there is in her statement though,
we think it would pay those, who fear
that the line of demarcation between
the races will be crossed, for an investigation.
The Richmond (Va.) Planet thinks
that the colored plasterers of De
Moines, Iowa, who presented Roosevelt
with a walking cane should have
called in a minister to make the pre
sentation speech. We wonder if .1 dele
gation of colored bankers or newspa
per men, in both of which callings
Editor John Mitchell is a leading light,
would be advised to call in a minister
to make the presentation speech in
the event either should decide to give
a present to the President?
One of the best and most prolific
writers to the colored press of the
country has begun a war on the con
tributors to colored newspapers who
torture good usage of language with
such senseless titles as "Mrs. Dr.,"
"Mrs. Bishop," "Mrs. Lawyer," etc.
This purist might add a few editors
and lecture them on the phrase "pres
ent incumbent."
Almost every business man in the
city recognizes the need of an organi
zation composed of bona fide business
men. Almost every one can see the
advantage to be derived from such an
organization; then, why not get to
gether, bury petty jealousies and fprm
such a body?
THE NEGRO AND JUSTICE.
In respect to its history, the negro
question has little in common with
the race's famous representative in
fiction who "jes' growed;" wherever
one may incline to place the responsi
bility for its birth, the fact remains
that s'nee it was begotten it has been
nourished and guarded against disso
lution as carefully as an incubator
baby. However, the nation as a whole
may busy its fickle mind from sea
son to season with trust investiga
tions, trades' unions, polygamy, social
ism and woman's rights, one section of
it steadfastly and with ever-growing
enthusiasm has' invited the country's
contemplation of its own pet issue,
and has labored night and day to
adorn in scarlet hue the race question
which it itself has made.
It is an old saying that any lover
may win the most reluctant sweet
heart if he but persist stoutly and
Jong. If the plan pursued by the
South has been evolved from this
primitive principle of courtship, re
sults would seem in a fair way to
justify the soundness of it. There
can hardly be a doubt that the South
ern view of the negro's character and
destiny is gaining a wider acceptance,
and it does not need the Southern
newspaper's jubilant comment upon
every exhibition of race prejudice out
side the borders of the Solid South to
convince candid persons of the dis
tasteful fact. Until recently I had be
lieved and argued that Northern anti
negro sentiment was confined to the
ignorant, who resented his competi
tion in labor, and these sweet-tem
pered-individuals whom a real desire
to show a kindly and sympathetic
spirit toward the South had led to be
lieve that acquiescence in its views
was "broad-minded." I am forced to
admit that the latter class at least is
very much larger than I had once sup
posed. As these amiable people are
presumably always especially open to
conviction, it is to them that I would
particularly address myself.
The ardent supporter of a theory
rarely sees its defects; far less is he
able to give any just presentation of
it when peculiar circumstances have
led him to elevate the theory to the
dignity of a cause for which he is
being persecuted. This is precisely
the Southern tuition in respect to the
race question; hence it may be judged
how large a grain of salt must be tak
en with all Southern descriptions of
existing conditions. The most schol
arly men of the South, calm enough
reasoners upon other themes, speak
and write of the negro in the inipas
sioned, white-hot style of the popu
lar orator. W'hen the subject, thus
upsets the man of learning, a judicial
attitude is hardly to be expected from
the multitude or the partisan news
paper. One of the latter, commenting
bitterly upon some reproof adminis
tered to the South by" a Northern
Democratic sheet desirous of blaming
somebody for the results of the last
Presidential election, said:
"The South will ioin no party . .
. that wishes to treat negroes as gen
tlemen, and to compare 'negro schol
ars' witli 'white ignoramuses' or 'ne
gro gentlemen' with 'white black
guards.' "
O. A.- uukTCH,
FURNITURE
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CASH OR CREDIT.
Your Old Furniture Taken In Exchange.
TELEPHONE, JIAIX 482.
JS. E. Corner Broatay anil Third Avcnne,
THE
Little Gem
We wish to 6ay that we are now better prepared
to accommodate our patronage, as we have two
barber shops. We are, successors, to M. W. Bu
ford, 117 Fourth aven'ne, South This shop is
known as "The Hee." The Hee is a beautiful shop,
supplied witli entirely newdxtures The best feature
of it is it has tnree of the best South Nashville bar
bers. Charles Stringer conducts this shop; and
our other one, "The Little Gem." located at 417
CHAS. STRINGER.
Fourth avenue, North,, is conducted by Fred Thomas. The Little Gem is yet the leader
of the up town shops., L'all to see us at whichever shop is convenient to you.
STRINGER &t THOMAS, Props.
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Such is the admitted platform of
the section which "only asks to be let
alone" to "work out its own problem."
Does its just and temperate tone ap
peal to Northerners inclined to accept
the Southern view of the race issue?
It is not, under ordinary circum
stances, an admirable thing to at
tempt to mind other people's business,
but when your neighbor , beats his.
wife or drags her around by the hair,
interference is not commonly an un
justifiable impertinence. And that,
too, tho he may defend his methods
of discipline by a very truthful asser
tion that he knews her failings better
than anybody else because he lives
with her. Proximity, when once con
jugal affection has begun to give way
to irritation, may be the very thing
which blinds him to all else but her
failings. Very similar, it seems to
me, is the case of the Southerner and
the negro. The credulous outsider,
especially if afflicted with the prevail
ing arrogance because of his descent
from a tribe of German barbarians,
lays all stress upon the closeness of
their relations, totally overlooks the
fact that here too proximity has bred
Irritation rather than any real ac
quaintance, and "swallows whole" a
one-sided account of conditions In the
South. So a Northern paper, in com
menting upon the late Atlanta dis-H
turbances, expressed surprise that
Southern men had shown as much
moderation as they had, altho it did
add the saving clause, "if what Atlan
ta papers say is true."
But passing over the now familiar
episodes of the Atlanta massacres, let
us see what is done in cold blood,
when no reported "assault" has
roused men to what they may regret
in saner moments. In New Orleans
they substitute for the Jim Crow car
proper a screen in all cars between
the ends designed for white and col
ored passengers. Last year, in course
of extended reconstruction of the car
tracks, the switching of cars to other
routes was frequently necessary. In
the case of one line this involved the
reversing of the cars, and thus arose
a (to the Southern mind) complica
tion which can be best appreciated
thru extracts from a half-column ar
ticle in one of the leading dailies:
"Complaints have been received be
cause of the disagreeable and annoy
ing conditions created by the change
in the route of the Prytania street car.
It is urged that unless remedied bad
blood is bound to result, and clashes
between the races are probable. . .
The Jim Crow law provides that the
separate compartment for negroes
shall be located in the rear of each
street car. . . When the car is re
versed, in switching into Poryfarre,
however, the negroes are in the front
of the car. Yesterday the conductors
transfered the screens, dividing the
white anil negro passengers; when the
change was made and required the
passengers to change seats, necessitat
ing a general move upon the part of
white and negro passengers. . . .
Frequently In the evening the Pry
tania cars are crowded with theater
goers in evening dress. If the negroes
are allowed to retain their seats, they
will be obliged, on entering or leav
ing, to crowd through the car from the
rear to the front, elbowing the ladies
and creating almost unendurable con
ditions. If, as was practiced yester
day, the whites and blacks are re
quired to change seats, the same dis--agreeable
crush and shouldering of
the two races will ensue. When seats
and aisles are crowded, as is often
the case, bad temper and bad blood
are sure to. grow out of this attempt
of the blacks to crowd through the
aisles, or in the interchange of seats,
and clashes between the races are
not only possible but very probable.
. . . Patrons of the line are indig
nant at the method in use yesterday."
The Prytania car line runs through
and The Bee
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the most fashionable residence por
tion of New Orleans, and, because- of
its route, is naturally the least patro
nized by negroes of any in the city.
The small compartment reserved for
them is rarely filled, and at the hour
when ''the cars are crowded with the
atergoers in evening dress" there is
frequently not a Negro in the car.
To this providential circumstance is
doubtless due the fact that the recon
struction of the Prytania street
tracks was finally accomplished with
out the precipation of a race war!
This eagerness to cross the bridge
before they come to it, this sensitive
ness to the prospect of possible
"shouldering" by a negro passing to
a front seat on the part of people who
without a qualm risk the same con
tact -when ttrey crowd past him in a
rear seat is a type of the manifesta
tions of the race issue in its larger
aspects. For that reason I have
quoted it. It may be readily gathered
from this how easily every suspicious
movement , is converted into an "as
sault." My personal observation iri
dictates that the reiterated cry of the
Southern newspaper that "conditions
are becoming well nigh unbearable" is,
to say the least, a conspicious exagger
ation. And I think that my observa
tion should count for something, for I
am a white woman, living in one of the
larger, and, by common consent, one
of the wickedest of Southern cities
in which I go about unattended day
or night whenever occasion arises
as it does very often. At all times I
meet negro men; my only approach to
an unpleasant experience in all my
life has been on two occasions when
I was spoken to by fashionably dressed
young white men. I know a very con
siderable number of other women who
go about alone as I do, among them a
young physician, who answers all her
night calls unmolested. Such "con
ditions" seem hardly "unbearable."
Doubtless so long as woman con
tinues to be looked upon as the pet of
the respectable man and the prey of
the vicious, she must everywhere run
a certain risk whenever she ventures
abroad alone, but women have met
more ghastly fates in Chicago and
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