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A National Afro-American Newspaper
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Upon the solid rock of the
rights of the individual as grant
ed by the Constitution, the Re
publican party builds its struc
ture of optimism. The Demo
cratic party, on the other hand,
in the opening sentence of its
address to the electorate, be
trays its recessional quality by
denying the right of Congress, a
right again and again confirmed
by the Supreme Court, to estab
lish protective duties for the ben
efit of American industries. It de
clares as false the vital issue of
the constitutional liberties of the
individual. Such liberties are
now assailed by those who advo
cate the overthrow of the inde
pendence of the judiciary. It
would leave the individual de
fenseless in the protection of
those rights declared inalienable
under the Constitution.Charles
D. Hilles, chairman of the Re
publican national committee.
Things have come to a pretty pass
in this country, when a lot of convicts
confined in a state prison are allowed
to lynch a man just because he hap
pens, bv the will of the Creator, to be
born black. But this is just what hap
pened at Cheyenne, Wyo., this week,
when 300 convicts lynched Frank Wig
fall, a black man who was accused
of assaulting a white woman 71 years
old. Wigfall may have been guity,
doubtless was, but he had been placed
in the penitentiary for safe keeping
to prevent him from being lynched
and the criminals confined there were
allowed to murder him. We have no
word in extenuation for Wigfall, but
we do think he should have been pro
tected by the officers of the peniten
tiary. It strikes us that if those con
victs can lynch a man at 8:30 in the
morning the management of that pris
on is very poor. And now we under
stand they threaten to lynch any one
of their number who turns states
evidence. THE APPEAL has con
stantly, for the last twenty years, de
nounced lynching as much for the
lvneair.g become so c.jmmjn iu
adav& that vciy Wtleatteiuior i^ paui
to it One ol tie latest evidences ot
the state o1*
Who Was Renominated en the First Ballot by the Republican National
Convention at Chicago.
effect it would have on whites as on
blacks, and our contentions have been
proved to have been correct in several
instances. Lynching has become so
common that it is almost as easy to
get up a mob to lynch a white man
as a black one. Lynching is wrong in
principle and brutalizing to mankind
generally. Once, years ago, in telling
of a lynching to Robert Ingersoll, he
was told that a lot of ladies were pres
ent to witness the burning of a black
man Ingersoll said., "did jou say
ladies?' "No," paid he, "not ladies,
brutes, whose children will reap the
har\est of their unwomanly act." One
of the foundation stones of this coin
try is. that eveiy man is presumed to
be innocent until he is proven to bp
guilty, and is entitled to a free and im
partial trial bv a jury of his 1(eers,
and we contend that this should apply
to the 11,000.000 Afro-Ameileans who
are nathe born citizens as to an\
others of this cosmopolitan countrv
Right wrongs no man, and what ve
sow that shall ye also reap, so it is
imios'ible for the perpertators of
these biutal outrages to go unpun
ished, tor, "Vengeance is mine. I will
repav saith the Lord" and. "Though
the mills of the Gods gund slowlj
they grind exceeding fine."
It has been a contention of T11Ethere
APPEAL ever since the Southern r.-.-.
time, lynching, got to be so fashion
able, that when the habit became con
firmed that the mob would not alwavs
hunt up a black man to practice aro*\
We also contended that the m,ril P."
feet woul I be v.ry but urcn t'io rnns,
people. Bolh
have DO"'1
men La..'
of the i i i niiit,
frpq .n:*- \crJuleJ
I 1. uc aad i\o r.ml
again within tne list decade a.i th
lvncn^K? ha\'e gme unpuii.f] ed-
mind ct th? 3oath ot De
country comet, ircm Butte, Mcnt,
v.here last week fifteen boys, rang.a
trom 12 to 1" years oi age. conf3 sed
that they attempted to lynch losepn
Meyers, a cnicken farmer whose hf-
had been made miserable and his tarn-
Renominated for Vice President by ReouMicais at ChicagoGreat Friend
ef Afro-American People.
ily destitute by the depredations of
the gang of boys. In this case they set
fire to the man's house and when he
attempted to put out the names they
overuo" s'-ed him, put a rope around
his neck and attempted to lynch him.
Tne .screams of the man's wile brought
assistance and the man's life was
saved, but the house was destroyed.
Re?t assured tint what ye sow that
'hall ye also reap There must come
a great day of reckoning Tor tne people
ol this country, and woe betide that
The la&t 5ssu3 of the Tuskegee Stu
itt cntaiis a picture of Mr. J. H.
Washington, General Superintendent of
Industries, Tuskegee Institute, stand
ing by a huge watermelon grown by
him self The exict measurement and
weight o' the melon are 27 inches in
le igth, 43 inches around the largest
pa'i, and th weight 72 pounds. Well,
if this U- the sort of melons they grow
at Tuskegee no wonder the boys are
so well satisfied down there. The
ly wonder with us is that the boys
ever let it grow to maturity. The
melon lias been cut and eaten and it
is said to have been as good tasting as
it was good looking.
Prof Franklin H. Giddings, sociolo
gist ot Columbia University, says,
will be a war between the
whites and the blacks in this country
when the latter rises to a plane where
thev can back up their claim for
equality. lie also declares that en
franchisement was a blunder, and that
i ohtica.1 rights had been a hinderance
rathei than a help. It is a great pity
mat the Professor cannot be changed
to a black man, then he would most
ak-x'rfdly s-o things differently.
Thev are- going some 11 1 Indianapo
The dancj ha"I proprietors nave
N 11 nct'hed ty f'te P^UJC authorities
U.n. ih' "B.ainj Hug," Turkey Trot"
and 'Bet.' Cat' are tabooed, and
lOwnkeepcis w,li no longer be allowed
to operate electric pianos. Pretty
so: thej will have so many lids on
the various amusements that a fellow
c?n have a good time if he's got theH
having come to do honor where honor
Mr. Orrington C. Hall who spoke as
We have met today to honor a great
man. The greatness of an individual
may be measured by what he gets out
of the world bears to what he gives
into it. Out of the lottery of life Fred-
morl and S?tt^l^2
What he put into the world will be told
,T ,,Claude J.-.. t.j
been*ambitions he did not realize 11
cannot say titles and degrees he did
Honor of the Late Lamented
FredricK Lamar McGhee
Act well yoar part, there all the*m
honor lies."
His honor was in his acts. What
we may say today are but the shadows
the echoes.
Under Auspices of Citizens of the Twin
Cities at Pilgrim Baqtist Church St. Paul
Sunday'Afternoon, September 29, 1912And
A Sad and Solemn Tribute to the Dead.
The evil a man doeth lives after remember and pray that we may
The good is interred with his bones, reached the end of life thantaesTnrlo
Whether this quotation be literallre-^im-7ndrben:ve*fdee win the prize and shar with thee the
true or not "in most cases" it certainly joy and peace into which thou art now
was reversed in the case the late entering.
lamented Fredricki Lamar McGhee.' if
have been removed
e?LfTV'if'teeTofaeTof Church last Sunday afternoon, and'
heard the eulogies pronounced upon1
him by his fellowmen.
in.honor of the distinguishe, dead,
under the auspices of citizens of th
Twin Cities, without regard to race or
The occasion was a memorial servicee
church was packed to overflowing by Jo
was due. can you mustr Andif~ourtlong jnsars
At the appointed hour the meeting
was called to order by the chairman e.
rick L. McGhee drew a black skin, a JS?
slave's miserable hut raeeert ninths
Rev. E. H. McDonald, pastor of the organizations and social societiesAh
church was then introduced and offer- the women will miss him here but I
the invocation. must not single out thesethe occasion
The Cosmopolitan Quartette, com-' calls for more than that I could spend
prising Mesdames Addie Crawford- much time speaking of that peculiar
Minor anid ^Hasro-iet 'Grisom-Hall characteristic of his that he must
Messrs D. Jackson and Charles
Miller then most beautifully and or to her
effectively rendered "Rest pomes at Merest
A. H. Lealtad, pastor of St Philips
Eve.' butt thle! occasion calls for more -than
Chairman Hall then introduced Rev. I
memorial. That Mr. McGhee's depar- perhapsno, not here I can not.say
McGhee's presence was there in spirit,
he asked all to stand for a moment
and silently bid that spirit welcome, to ^l^ZTioms-oT communityof
which request all responded.
Rev. Lealtad said in part: a religionh ofa humanity.h
"Truly he has won for himself thej He worshipped his God with fervor
title of greatness. And of all the he lov ed his race with an unspeak-
greatness that he has* achieved and 1 able devotion tut he lived for human-
being a christian, and his christian life but humanity before all and when
began with the days of his childhood. 11 think of him as friend I am reminded
Beside being acquainted with the teach- of Him whom he served and imitated
ings of the church which was the in his lover for humanity
choice of his years in this city, Fred' I have ever personalln known.
McGhee was a wonderful biblical'. yc-v,,,
0,.+a i +r. 1
scholar, and he often used the holy!
of localism or Catholicism. Whatever day but every hour, nay, every mo-
he could do to lend aid to any christian' ment that he could not only spare
congregation in this city and in the but steal from his personal affairs,
city of Minneapolis, Fred McGhee was' was devoted to the advancement of
ready and willing to give his aid. There his race, his people, hisL friends, of
may have been heights he did not the community,
reachwho knows? There may have
not acquire. But he has left inde
structible to his family ana acquaint-,,
all, that of friend. Though we love
him we would not wish him, to return.
We shall say to him "On and on. Enjoy
thy triumphs which thou hast won. As
we remember thee and see thee and
because thou art nearer to Him than
we are, may thou also, with the Saints,
when we shall
i MrPhoo *nA
i Thee"
an audience representing all walks of wheremindedase I said mucwha
from the highest to the loliest, all
Loomis-Oliver then
beautifully "I Come to
She was followed by Mrs. Valdo
Turner who said of
"McGhee as a Friend,."
At firot fh^.o-v, j~, vituera tne man wuu seenss
The spacious auditorium of the I couWh coUro'^fseK eZTt^""o the baMe of Ufe
a subject and occasiono but
to Mrs. McGhee
of he would say
here: he would say "Of course you
ey mus mean to
friendship are to mean anything to
strive to imitate his indomitable will
his power to accomplish the seeming
impossible his courage to say "I
can-I will."
And indeed I ought to be ablse
say something of Mr. McGhed as friend
for he has beewne that and more to me
people that have thronged his house
_, and wept saying. "He was my friend
W,e meet to honor Fredrick L. he was my best friend he has helped
McGhee but we cannot honor him, for
i time of great trouble, he has
as Longfellow says, Honor and fame clotne
from no conditions rise ,m
Mr. McGhee, friend: I could spend
children he has fed them."
telling of him as a personal
t^an that.
I could dwell at length of his worth
as friend to our little clubs, church
friend to thheo outcast to
thatt al1oothersefelt, in th
societl must ostracised,e
tha a
Episcopal church who told of wayward boys and girls indeed I
M~r*h.. ru should like to dwell upon this how he
McGhee as a Churchman." alway
A touching feature of the address of patiencea with them how he saw that
Rev. Lealtad was in the nature of a each had more than a fair show and
request which he made to the' trial how he always insisted that the
audience. He stated that he felt that boy was all rightjust give him a
God in spirit was present at the' chance. It was here I knew him best,
|ture from this life was but a drawing' what particular I knew him best as distinction between her children, who
nearer to God, and not a separation, friend nor can I dwell longer here for I
and believing that to be truethat the occasion calls for more than that 1 solation, and gave him her most
I must just put them all together
and speak of him asthe^
friend friend
won, the greatest is that attribute of ity he put his race before himself 1 duced and she sang superbly "Ave
scriptures in pleading his cases before' f.hf fn
the bar I friends and I feel as I 1
I know many others of you feel that
He was a Roman Catholic, but he this really applies to Mr. McGhee for to a time-honored custom and in.
was also more than that. He was in if he had rested after business hours obedience to the most humane and
every sense of the word a christian, or devoted himself only to his business sympathetic impulses of human nature
His Christianity went beyond the bonds he might be with us in the flesh to- to pay our respects to the character
kindness than is ever spoken this is
true, perhaps and if so is in a meas
ure at least, at fault and herein lies
*the greatness of him we have called
He had a wonderful gift of showing
his friendship of creating a feeling
of trust in those he served of letting
you know he believed in you and so
bringing out the best and strongest
in you.
He was never too busy to listen to
the smallest matter that perchance
interested a friend of his to write
a letter of caution, of help, inspiration
or advice upon any matter that came
to his attention.
in wondering wherein his great
ness as "friend" lay in looking bacg
over years of knowledge of him and
our love for him as friend, I bow to
the greatness of his friendship for I
now realize as I had not even thought
before, how little, oh! how very little
he ever asked for himself. If he asked
a favor it was never for himself but
as he loved to phrase it, for my people,
my race for the community and I
believe that he now stands or will
fctand in that same relationship to his
Master that he held so dear with us
all, as John put it, "Henceforth I call
!you no more servant for the servant
knoweth^not what his Master doeth
but I have called you friend." And
shall not we who have gathered
here today, to do him what small
honor we can, strive to emulate him
in this great particular to be worthy
of him we have called "friend and
in an effort to show our friendship
dedicate our future lives to those great
principles of love for humanity and
duty and service for our race, of which
he was so great an exponent that,
though dead, he yet liveth and speak
eth through, his friends!
There may have been heights he
did not reachwho knows? There
may have been ambitions he did
realizewho can say? Titles and
grees he did not acquire but he has
left indestructible to family and
quaintances that greatest of all titles,
the title "Friend."
Mr. Claude D. Jackson then sang
very effectively "Hamlet's Soliloquy."
Following Mr. Jackson the chair
man with very apropos and fitting
remarks, which, in fact, he used in
each introduction presented Hon. C.grave.
D. O'Brien leading lawyer and ex
mayor of St. Paul who spoke of
"McGhee as a Man."
He said in part:
A man is not remembered, nor is
I his memory respected because he has
in his life time accumulated a large
amount of money neither is he
respected or remembered because he
has attained high station and sought
to be the ruler among his fellowmen.
We know such people. They come
they die, and their memory passes
away. But it is the man who lives a
useful life within the circle and radius
of his sphere, who has done good to
those who have come within his
reach. That is the man whose mem
ory we honor. The man who seeks
prominence in order that we may help
others the man who seek to equip
nom other
sl cJ
keep an. appointment to speak at some
small church or social affairjust to
ances, to his race, the title greatest of J "S .**-I
know there arise in your minds num
berless like occasions.
The word "friend" to us means one
we can love and trust to him it
ta order
that he may be ot servicehe is the
man that we remember, remember in
our hearts, remember in our affections,
and raise to him a monument that is
so much better than one of brass or
Fred McGhee was a remarkable man,
to my mind. He faced conditions
when he was born."thate would have
appalled almost The sin
that this republic,
and for which we are still suffering,
andf justly sufferingwas a shadow
across his pathway. He belonged to
what was regarded as a despised race.
Advancement was denied him. How
1 ^ring
through a long period of years:
0 ^S
ensianybody. of his
til he became a prominent member
of my profession, is amazing, marvel
lous, when we come to think of it.
There must have been some great
qualities in this ma toeenable him
to achievee what he did to enable him
exampln is to men
have been much in him that we only
now feeoly commence to/- recognize.
Hew proud anj man might be whoscatteied
could have the record left by him, the
memory of his life, the memory of
his achievements, all for the bettei
ment of his race and of his fellow
men. Where did he get it? He got
it, as I reverently believe, from the
fact that Fredrick McGhee was a
in industry and integrity. There must
christian, a profound believer in
thought wasted with
i/gentleness and
He loved and feared and
th almighty God, and it
was that master power of the grace
of God, who recognized this man's
devotion to him that endowed him
with the power that enabled him to
go through this life with the power
that we cannot appreciate and cannot
You do well to preservh his memorn
to teach his example. And when he
died, thei old
bible he
who had echurch
'solemn and complete ceremonies No
i coul
mor hav
solem nig
hime within hesr consecratedb an
He will be awakenedt only witlh
pac ethe
eloquently told of.
"McGhee as a Lawyer."
He said in part:
We have gathered here in obedience
and the examyle, and the life's labors
of our honored citizen and professional
brother, Fredrick L. McGhee, who will
be with us no more, except upon
memory's tablet. It is reported that the
great English actor, Thomas Keene,
was once asked the question: "Who
i3 the greatest actor, he who takes
the part of hero, or he who plays the
part of villian?" And the actor re
plied, "He who best performs his part,
whatever that part may be, in the
performance of his duty,he is the
greatest actor." If the performance of
duties in simple places, or in any
Responsible place where loyalty and
meant all that and more it meant 1 truth were required if the exhibition
also one whom he could serve. It is of an example through life that is en-
said by one that we all have more couraging, inspiring and enobling, is
an indication of the greatness of hu
man nature and of human character,
then may we say that our departed
friend was not only entitled to all the
kind words that have been spoken, but
all the kind thoughts that have been
thought concerning him. In his labors
in this city he is entitled to be con
sidered one of the truly great men of
his people and of his race. It is im
possible to reflect upon the difficulties
that a little colored boy of 40 years
ago had in securing an education in
the southern part of our country im
possible to reflect upon the ambition
that in later 3rears
voice of the Master "Come, thou good strongest and at the samea time oneo
and faithful servant, enter thou into i
the reward prepared for the just." the most unique characters our racc
friends and at times a few enemies
Mrs. E. O. James was next mtro- bu
prompted him to
undertake the study of one of the most
laborous of professions and yet per
haps the most honored, without being
convinced that he possessed in a
marked degree those characteristics
that make for greatness of purpose,
greatness of character and greatness
of accomplishment. During the long"
years I have known him in his pro
fessional career, I saw him day after
day, and week after week, I learned
to appreciate his character as a man
and as a lawyer. I learned to appre
ciate the charitable, generous and
silent, thoughtful man who never
made much ostentation about his good
and generous acts. Because of these
facts, I accepted with unusual pleasure
the invitation to bear my testimony on
this occasion. I never knew him to
be untrue to a trust that was imposed
in him. I never knew him to betray
or deny a trust that was once given.
Although he never held public office,
he was distinctively a public character.
He was always watchful and vigilant
in any movement that made for in
crease in the development and the bet
teiment of his race always ready to
/come forward with all the strength
of his intellect against any proposi
tion which sought to restrict the
privileges of his race. He recognized
the weaknesses of his race, and some
times he criticised those weaknesses,
always the glance of his eye, the
of his hand, the music of his
voice, his example, still remain with
Death is the debt we must pay to
Providence for giving us life, but the
use that we make of that life, the
duties that we discharge, the manner
in which we perform them, constitutes
the amendment that can smile at the
drawn dagger of death, because it
lives on and over and outside the
For long years his smile will
be remembered, his enthusiasm and
liberality will be felt, and what higher
tribute can be paid than to say he
fought the fight, he kept the faith?
He has performed a man's task and a
man's work. He has shown the
soldier's courage, and when the bugle
I sounded the evening knell, he retired
to rest, and can we not say with con
fidence at this hour that the moment
I that signalized his departure from the
scenes of activity here below an
nounced his entry into the realm ol
final reward.
Mrs. Addie Crawford-Minor sang as
only she can "One Sweetly Solemn
Following Mrs. Minor came W.
Francis, Esq., who most feelingly said
among other things of
"McGhee as a Citizen."
We, the colored citizens of St. Paul,
have met in many notable gatherings.
Gatherings similar to this point of
interest. Gatherings having for their
purport the uplift of the race gather
ings of welcome and of memorial. All
greatly similar to this but with one
exception, a tall commanding figure
the central figurewill not rise here
today. There is one face that will
not shine with earnestness and zeal
and one voice that will not be heard,
for our friend has passed into the
great beyond.
Some months ago many of us gath
ered in a banquet hall to do honor
to our departed friend while yet he
lived. An occasion long to be remem
bered. Old friends were re-united, sin
cere words of praise and appreciation
were spoken. Let us thank ood for
and continue to have such gatherings.
Let us thank God for reconciliations
'and messengers of peace.
Some one has said: "If you have
flowers to bestow, give them to me
while I live," and many of us can
reflect with pardonable pride upon
that and other occasions when we
the flowers of appreciation
and encouragement upon the pathwaj
of the busy life of our deceased friend
Fredrick L. McGhee.
Among the beautiful floral tributes
which were sent at tokens ot respect
and esteem upon the death of our
friend was one whose import im
pressed me deeply. The beauty of its
designa broken columnwas en
hanced by this glowing tribute,
"He was like the rock of Gibi-altar.
So earnest and devout,
And our pillar of progress seems
When this dear life went out!
Few men have passed away in re
cent years who will be more sincerely
and deservedly regretted in this city
than Fredrick L. McGhee, and none
will lament his death with deeper sor
row than his personal friends and the
rank and file of his race to whom the
greater portion of his life as a
was devoted. Trultyh can it be said of
him, as a citizen, thawt he lived a life
of service to his friends, service to
eground. an hlus.
ced had host
va ro
wh0se veinTflowsan the red bloodo ofl hope ambition
(courage can pass through 51 vears
The chairman then announced Hon. of struggling, hustling and successfullv
Thos. R. Kane, president of the Com- battling with the difficulties of a pub-
mon Council of St. Paul, who most ijc life, and for the rights of his people
without making a few enemies.
Public-spirited in the highesdt degree,"^a
his whole soul wrapped uap in the
interests of this community and of
the race at large, he
"je purple, and it
fr 1
one of the
born to
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greatest fighter I have ever known,
he grew to know greatness but never
rest Success was his, yes to a high
degree, but never ease. Power he
wielded, yet he was as gentle as a
woman in the presence of trouble, in
sorrow, in hardships or distress. Little
children, all of whom he loved and
fondledand even the dumb animals
seemed to invite his caresses. His
life was like that wonderful portrayal
by Joaquin Miller of the sublime faith
of Coumbus who gave to us the lesson
"Sail On!"
"Behind him lay the gray azores,
Behind the gates of Hercules
Before him not the ghost of shores
Before him only shoreless seas.
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