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REV. W. H. HEARD, - - - Editor.
A. W. BURNETT, - - - - Manager.
5 4 TURD AF, FEB. 24. 1883_
To the Readers of The De
This paper having changed
hands.it will a£fcer this date, be
edited by gentlemen of the com
pany that have bought out Mr
Burnett. The paper is on a sure
basis, and will be published a<
usual, on every Saturday. It is
the intention of the company to
make it the best advertizing
MEDIUM IN THE STATE, tn politics, it
will be strictly Republican and
independent of cliques and, rings.
It is their intention, after this is
sue, to change the name of the
paper from Defiance to Thf Vin
dicator. We hope our friendsand
the public in general, will give
them their support under the new’
name and management. They will
vindicate thecause of the oppress
ed and advocate their rights and
give the paper their strict atten
tion for the benefit of its patrons.
Thanking my many friends for
the support given the Defiance,
I respectfully ask the same for
The Vindicator.
W. H. Heard, Editor.
Valedictory of the Publisher
Atlanta, Ga , Feb. 24th 1883
To the Public :
Since the establishment of th.
Defiance to the present, I have
had the management of the
publishing department. I lost my
friend and partner. J. H. Brown, and
have, fora considerable part of the
time since, labored under some disad
vantages and embarrassments. But
j have never succumbed to these dis
advantages and embarrassments. I
believed that Atlanta should have a
good journal edited by colored men.
I have held on hoping and trusting,
and not in vain. A company of gen
tlemen have purchased the types,
presses and other material, and have
met and elected their editors, and se
lected their general travelling agent,
and will, next week, give the public
.such a journal as I have prayed for,
The new paper, under the management
o! the company, changes its name, but
but by agreement all my subscribers
are to continue to get their paper at
before. All advertisements now in
the paper and paid for will be carried
And all amounts for subscriptions and
advertisements clue the Defiance will
be sent to the Vindicatol, and receipt ls
will be duiy issued, I ask that
hearty support to ths enterprise
as it now stands that you gave
me. Tb£ company has elected as edi
tors, Hon. W. A. Pledger, W. H. Heard
and B. H. Carter; and local editor, H,
L. Walker. The general travelling
agentjs A. W. Burnett. After again
thanking you for past support and fa
vors I am,
Respectfully yours
A. W. Burnett.
Men should act as men and not
as so many grown up boys in
whatever position placed, and
then they will be respected by
their fellow-men. When a man
is elected to any position ho
should perform the duties of that
office unbiased, and with ablitj,
and then he receives the applause
of the public. While he may be
condemned by a certain class 01
clique, yet he should not be mov
ed from his course; it may cause
him to fill a martyr’s grave, but
the course pursued will be follow
ed, partly if not wholly, by his
successor, for public sentiment
will certainly go in the right di-
rection. When an officer selves
in a subordinate position he should
be courteous to (his superior and
do his whole duty, yet he should
not be a boot lick to his superi
or to retain his position; for if he
is a man, and competent and is
thrown out of employment for
not being a boot lick he will find
something else awaiting him to
employ his time and to furnish
him a livelihood. If colored men
appointed to position would show
themselves competent to fill
them, and then, not be tht*
boot-lick of their superiors or em
ployers, they would prove a surer
promoter of the race and they
would be employed for their
worth and not merely to quiet a
faction or to do the dirty work
tn conventions and ward meetings.
If they would move on this plan
they would solve the negro ques
tion, and whenever they had
grievances, would petition those
in authority, and stay at the door
and continue to knock, they would
bo admitted and their cases at
tended to, if only for their im
portunity. Manhood says I have
rights as h citizen of these Uni
ted Slates and those rights must
come. I am a part and parsol
of this nation, and I intend to
trouble it until every right
comes. We want no petty office,
that is only a bone of contention.
We want our rights, and nothing
less and nothing more. We want
our rights as citizens, and as of
ficers and the same recognition as
other citizens in every depart
ment of life. Until this man
hood is manifested in the colored
people, and respected by every one
in authority there can be no set
timent of the question of what
and how we are to get this
race, where it will not be the
only question in politics. We
have only this to say. in our con
clusion. that until we are recog
nized as men, we will never cease
to agitate this question. The ne
gro is in fault in many instances,
for, in most cases, only those of
1 the race that can be used, are
employed and allowed to rest upon
the bed of ease, while many hold
positions who w’ll speak out, yet
they are only given positions to
shut them oft’. But there is no
manhood in holding on to a petty
office and seeing your race out
raged and not say stop, you op
4ft. <
On The wing.
Atlanta, Feb. 22d. 1883.
To Readers of the Defiance:
We boarded the Central Rail*
road 4a. m. trian on the Lord’s
Day. Ah hough it was the Sab
bath, and at that early hour, the
hurry and bustle of city life were
perceptible as well as the disre
gard of the sacred day.
Nothing worthy of note occur
red between this city and Macon,
except the Agent throwing up
his catch at each station, as the
postmaster stood by with lamp in
Arriving at Macon he received
a new cargo of mail, and then the
idlers and street loungers, and
others who were off duty throng
ed to see the arrival of the train
as though it were the middle of
the week and not Sunday.
Moving on toward the Forest
City, we saw nothing to remind
us of its being the Sabbath, until
we reached Toombsborough, there
the crane was empty; the postmas
e r had laid aside his every day
duty for one more pleasant and
suitable to the day. The mail agent
cried out mail, and the answer
came, “We want no mail on Sun
We take this occassion to say
that .the United States Congress
with its exalted ideas of civiliza
tion and Christianity by statutes,
should abolish handling of mail
at post offices and postal cars on
borne one will argue that the
mail accumulating on the Sabbath
could not be distributed on Mon
day by the some force.
This would only be the case for
a short while, for persons learn
ing that their mail would not be
dispatched on the Sabbath would
not mail it. While if it were the
case, men could be detailed to do
work on Mondays. >
Having reached the city by
the sea, a few persons were gath
ered at the depot. The masses
there seemed to have a higher ap
preciation of the Lord’s day, and
were at their places of worship.
Our landlady, in company with
our old Charlestonian fiend, Rev.
J. E. Adams, was attending con
firmation at the Episcopal church,
which was being conducted by
Bishop Beckwith, of Atlanta.
Rev. J. E. Adams was visiting
the Forest City for the purpose of
overlooking the mission work of
the Presbyterian church.
We supposed that our board
ing house was deserted, but on
entering we found we were mis
taken; for our talented young
friend E. R. Belcher, esq J was
keeping house and enjoying him
self reading William Cullen Bry
ant’s works. We asked him why
ne was not at church. He replied
“I feel bad this afternoon”—“as
Mrs. Lafayette is an Episco
palian, and this being the time of
“Lent,” accounts for the scarcity
of bacon at our boarding place.
She does not restrict her boarders
as she does herself, but treats
them to all the delicacies of the
After a plentiful repast we
wended our way to St. Philips;
on entering we saw seated at the
desk, and near brother Moses, a
portly, intelligent looking dark
man. Our enquiry, “Who is that
brother?” was answered, “Bishop
Wayman.” We were happily sur
prised. We tuned for a sermon,
and din’t tune in vain. Upon the
whole, the colored people of Sa
vannah are up with the times
but the post office,at Savannah
is the most miserably managed
concern in the United States, of
’ its size. There are thousands of
clamors raised against the present
incumbent and his management
of that office. Everything is done
for the ease and convenience of
> the employees, nothing to iacili-
• tate business.
Monday morning we boarded
. the Central train and were re-
• tur ing homeward. At Tenvilb*,
on that road, we received a let
ter which read as follows :
On Tuesday night, Feb., 13th,
Richard Hook was tied hand and
foot and a lock ahd chain around
his nck and whipped nearly
5 to death with a plow line by
. a white man named Harry
5 Adams, who had a girl and
} her mother living on his place.
' He beat this gir' with a buggy
trace. The mother in entreating
for her child, was threatened with
the same treatment. Hooks could
’ not secure any protection, lor he
> had no money to pay the lawyer’s
’ fee with. The colored ladies are
very indignant over the matter
and say that they will have the
j case investigated.
Thus citizens and freemen are
treated in a county which boasts
’ of the name of the president
I whose birthday is celebrated to
day. Respectfully,
Old Pelican’s Letter.
Visits Conferen?e at Sandersville, Ga.
s Outrage of a Railroad Condu -tor—
He Answers to Questions Pro
pounded to him.
Jug Town, Wnlton Co. Ga., (
February 15th. 1883, f
Editor Defiance.
On the Ist. inst. in Jcompiny
with several ministers, we visited
the A. M. E. Annual Confer
ence, seiting at Sandersville,
Geonia. We met many of our
old friends and schoolmates,
among thorn, Revs. J. S. Flip
per. P. B. beters, and Prof.
Butler, principal of the school at
The Macon, or Middle confer
ence of the A. M. Church, Ims a
great deal of intelligence in it,
and we were informed that *it
would compare favorably, in point
of intelligence, with either of the
other GeorgisrConferences of the
said Church. The best and most
learned reports it has ever been
our pleasure to hear, were read
by the different c< mmittees. The
minister also read some fine es
says. Revs. E. P. Holmes, and
R. A. Hall. respec fully of Co’um
bos, Ga., and Macon, Ga , ca red
oft’the laurels for the best essays.
The firsr prize was $15,00; second
$lO. . ,
Everything passed oft nicely;
the people did all they could to
care for the ministers and succeed
ed finely, and nothing would have
occurred to mar the pleasure of
the conference had it not been f<«r
a brutal conductor who coward’y
insulted Bishops Campbell and
Dickerson, together with about
fiftv other ministers
This chiva'rie (?) conductor
wanted the Bishops, wi;h the oth
or ministers, to go into a box
car that c«»uld not accommodate
them and they refused to go.
whereupon he abused them at a
rate hitherto unknown in the circle
of gentlemen. The question may
be asked, why did he want them
packed away in this dingy little
box like so many sardines; simply
because one poor old country
white woman was in the car.
On our way back home a white
man, who had, no doubt, heard
of the way the conductor treated
us, questioned us concerning our
restiveness in regards to our biu—
tai treatment on the rad reads in
‘•Why is it that you colored
people are always clamoring for
‘first class’ fare, and fussing be
cause you are not allowed to ride
in the car with onr white ladies;
d-m’t you know you can’t ride
with us, and that you would be
better treated if y<m went on and
said nothing ?”
To this eloquent interrogation
we replied with all the energy
and ajrogance we could muster.
‘•Sir, we do not clamor to ride
with your ladies, nor with you;
but we d<> clamor, and shall ever,
‘until Gabriel blows his trumpet,’
for our ights on these internal
railroads Sir, we simply want
what we p >y for, and it agitation,
clamor and quarrelling will give
it to us, we intend hencefortn to
play our part well. Remember,
sir, it was agitation that rided
Europe of the iron grasp of the
monster Catholicism, in the 15th
century. It was agitation that
threw off the tyrannical yok** of
Great Britain, and it was agita
tion that broke the hellish, slavish
chains of Ameiican slavery, which
held four million sable sons and
daughters of Afiica. ’lheiefi re
we concluded that agitation will
give us our rights as treemen, and
we will agitate them in the pul
pit, upon the slump, upon the
highway and in the home circle,
until the last semblance af Ameri
can prejudice is buried in the sea
of oblivion, never to be resurrect
ed again in time nor eternity.
After recovering the shock, our
genial interrogator essayed to
propound another question.
“Why is it that your women
are not more moral and virtuons?’‘
Winding our ball up and ram
ming it as tight as pos-ible, we
hurled it at our adversary with
all of the force and vehemence
under our command,
‘‘Sir. when you white mon stop
prowling around like a ravenous
lion, seeking to ruin every nice
colored girl in the State, then
our people will be more virtuous.
It comes with bad grace from a
party, ves the piime party to a
peoples’ degradation and immor
ality, to throw up this immorality
to them, or to ask why they aie
in such a statr. You are aware
sir, that nine-tenths of the color
ed girls who losh their fair nam s,
are thus basely robbed of th» ir vir
tue by th- cunningly devised
schemes and satanic lies of some
brutish, hellish white man. whose
deeds of murder and rapine are
as black as his he»rt, and his
heart is rs black as the midnight
shades of the infernal regions be
low. And. worse than all. we
have no place to which we may
flee for redress in these matters,
as the jury, councellor, and, in
many instances, even the judges
are guilty of the same foul deed,
and will side with the guilty and
let them go free. ‘*Men who live
in glass houses, should never
throw stones.”
The train having arrived at
Millen, I bowed to my gentle in
terrogator and bid him a sadder,
if not a wiser adieu. Okd Pel.
Remmember we go to press
early on Sniuruay morning. Ad
vertisers will please send thvir
fadors early on Fridays. We are
compelled to leave out several
this week,
ffl > MillTl
BOot &) Shoe House I
And I offer to the public a choice line of
Cl* Mt Bills ill SlliS,
Consisting of all styles Ladies’, Misses’, Childrens’, Men’s, Boy’s and
Youth’s BOOTS AND SHOES of every description, all fresh and
new, made of First Class Material, and of the Letest Styles, which I
am offering CHAP FOR CASH. Call and make your own inspection.
Ail goods marked in plain Figures.
73 Whitehall Street.
Window Shades
Atlanta, Ga.
If you should visit Macon, Ga.,
at any time, and wou.d like to
get a shave, just ask for R. II
Hart, the popular barber, you will
find him always pleasant and ac
commodating to strangers,
july 22, tf.
No. 30 Whitehall Street.
Sial Eunra,
Manufacturer of
Rubber Stamps, Stencils,
Seal and badges for 8. and D. of J. a specialty
Will send send sample of the new and elegant
Badge of the Order of S. ana D of J.,
on receipt of 75 cents.
Atlanta, Ga.
78 Deca tut St-
To the old and young men : If you wish ot
get a clean and easy shave, call at 78 Decatu
48 Decatur St.
Biz Boom in Clothing. Gents’ FuanMdng
Goods. The Latest Stoe of
Bate, Cajs. Boats. Shoes. fc
You can save at least twenty-five per cent
by buying your goods from 8. ROSENFIELD,
No. 17 North Collins street.
Working. Making ana Repairing Gvutiemcn-e
Clothing. Perfect fits guaranteed. *
Jan. 28-3 m.
The Old Reliable
S lits made to order. Repairing and clean*
in' a specialty. 37*4 Peachtree street.
J. B< Jones- Proprietor.
Meals at all hours, and good Lodging.
Table supplied with the best the market af
fords. Give the Jones House a trial.
ang 19 3m.
'Hol and Cold Lmhfis
Everythingkept in ample order.
They also take boarders by the
week. This is the place for young
men that desire a * nice place to
Sell Furniture on installments
Buy, Sell and Repair
Baby Carriages
Dealer in
luiiwM & Domestic ffiws
No. 11 Mitchell & 52 Peachtree sts
Cor. Wheat and Butler*
T, Brown, 'Prop
fl am prepared to do all kind of Shoe Work.
All work guaranteed. I will make the best
shoe of any man in town, for 92.50. Give
me a call at once. Repairing a specialty.
Don’t forget the place, corner WHEAT and
BUTLER Streets. sepL9-1883.
The neatest place in TOWN. You can get
Oysters served to order. I have just pur
chased a New and Fresh Stock of Confection
eries. Keep always on hand ICE CREAM
71 reach tree St
(54 Decatub SrHßir
Just opened with a full atcek of fresh gn>
eeries and country produce, cigars and tobsa
co. I solicit the patronage of the public la
general. ~
c. W. BEAL Prop. 4

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