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Last Sunday marked an epoch in the
newspaper history of the Northwest.
The Globe issued a forty-page paper
from its new ten-story building. Though
the Globe does not represent our politi
cal sentiments, we feel proud of the en
terprise shown by its managers and of
their wonderful success as a lasting mon
ument of the material advancement and
prosperity of this great city. At the
same time we were considerably elated
to see the Pioneer Press establish the
fact of its solidity and capabilities by al
so issuing a forty-page paper. The Press
is considered the leading Kepublican
organ of the Northwest, and its value as
iuch is beyond question.
T-he Press being the organ of the
party in which a large majority of the
good colored citizens have been tried
and true members, we naturally expect
more courteous treatment in its columns
than in the columns of papers represent
ing different political parties. We are
very touchy and take exceptions very
much more readily to sentiments ex
pressed, or treatment received from
those- we consider our friends, than
from those who are known to be op
posed to our general advancement.
The Globe and the Press being under
discussion last Sunday one of our intelli
gent ladies, and a close constant reader
of both papers remarked, that the col
ored people received better treatment
at the hands of the former than the
latter and our attention was called to the
following editorial paragraph in the
"The negroes of the United States will
meet in national congress at Indian
apolis, June 1st, to consider their grie
vances. All poor white tr^sh ought to
keep away so as to give the negro a
supreme opportunity to talk out in
meeting unobstructed."
There is nothing very bad in the above
but it smacks of a certain kind of ridi
cule, that is very obnoxious to us and
is made more so, by the fact, that it
comes from a source whence we look
for encouragement and good, kind ad
There are a great many things that
would be just as well unsaid, and the
second sentence of the above excerpt, is
one of them.
Barring this little exception, which
we credit as an over sight on the part of
our able contemporary, the Press is en
titled to, and we heartily accord, un
qualified praise for its admirable show
ing of pluck and business enterprise last
Sunday, as well as on all other occasions
that present themselves, to show to the
world the wonders of the great North
The fact that we need a thing is prima
facie evidence that we do not possess it.
There are several things we colored
people need, and must have before we
amount to much in this world. For
years we have been singing:
"Take all the world but give me Jesus,"
and it seems that the whites have not
only taken all the world but got their
hare of esus also. We have not a word
to say against serving God according to
the dictates of ones conscience, but we
wish to arouse our readers to the im
portance of looking after their worldly
welfare and, upon this subject, we have
noticed that a number of our contem
poraries agree. The Atlanta (Ga.) De
fiance says: "The Negro must have
wealth, education and morality and
whatever pushes these things forward
must be aided." Smith's Broad Axe,
(Pittsburg, Pa.) says: "We ould like
to see the colored people move out to
the edge of the city and buy homes.
Whats the difference if you can't go to
church, and all the high-flung parties."
The Cairo (111.) Gazette says: "The ele
vation of the race depends upon its self
development and not on the success of
any political party. No outside force,
however powerful, can do the work of
self-help, a A dependent race merits
only contempt in the world, but self
development and manly achievements
win honor, respect and admiration."?"J
We most get hold of the almighty
dollar and then put the dollar to work
to bring in other dollars. We must co
operate, we must help one another in
our enterprises. When one of us wishes
to buy anything and any colored man
has what we wish, buy from him. If no
colored men have what we wish, buy
from those business house ^at advefe
tise in coloted papers. We should get
up syndicates and buy some f the
valuable properties around us. We
should form building associations and
erect homes for ourselves and in every
way possible, help to build up each
other. We must own real estate get
one lot and you will soon find away to
get another. Three things, wealth,
education and morality will open all the
avenues to earthly happiness to us.
Lets work for those three things.
Three colored men, brothers, named
Sylvester were fund hanging to a tree
near Proctor, W. Va., last week. A
little fourteen-lme paragraph in the
newspapers tells the story, and no ar
rests have been made. A white servant
girl in Louisville, Ky is knocked on
the head by burglars and two colored
men are arrested on suspicion, and the
whole city is up in arms crying for the
blood of the men before they have had
a trial. A fund for the benefit of the
assaulted woman had reached nearlv
11,000 last Sunday. Nothing is heard of
the families of the three murdered
brotheis in Virginia. Why is there such
a difference in the actions of the justice
loving public? Because of the dif
ference in the color of the skins of the
assailants, thats all.
Things are changing up in "Old Kain-
tuck." A short time ago Lew Doyle a
brakeman on the Kentucky Central Ry.,
refused to allow Mr. D. Wilborn, colored,
an agent for the Cleveland Gazette to
enter a first-class car, though holding a
first-class ticket. Last week Mr. Wil
born received a letter from the Gen.
Pass. Agent stating that the brakeman
had been suspended foi sixty days on
account of his conduct, and admonished
that for a repetition of the offense would
result in his dismissal.
There is no getting around it, civil
rights must be accorded to all men alike,
colored people are too intelligent now
a days to accept less than others receive.
Terror has struck the hearts of the
Missouri BaldKnobbers on account of
the indictment of eleven of their num
ber for the murder of George Edens.
Their mid-night raids behind black
masks will not be so frequent now that
they are convinced that their crimes
will not go unpunished.
The oldest inhabitant was knocked
out in one round by the terrific hail
storm last Sunday. We have often
heard of hail stones as large as hens eggs
but never saw them before last Sunday.
Twenty thousand dollars would barely
repair the damages done in this vicinity.
Washington, C.
At the meeting of the Baltimore con
ferencesof the African Methodist church
in session here Bishop Turner referred
to the denial of eiyil rights which the
colored people still suffer in the South.
He said that the supreme court was re
sponsible for this state of affairs. He
mentioned the chief justice and Justice
Bradley in this connection. Rev. Mr.
Mossell said: He thought the bishops of
the Episcopal and Methodist Episcopal
churches in the South who favored such
laws ought justly to be placed in the
same category. It was time that a test
be made of those who were hostile to
the rights of the colored race. Reso
lutions of regret at the death of Gen.
Logan and Mr. Beecher were adopted.
7 Hacine, Wis., April 28th, 1887.J,
Mr. Damascus Fite has been granted a
divorce from AlviraFite nee Pendleton,
of Neenah, Wis. It may be remembered,
she is the one Posey shot one year ago,
to rid himself of her and, while a sum
mons was being served on her, it was
found she was living with another man
at 1612 Dearborn street, Chicago, as man
and wife.
VOL. IL-NO. 49. afc?^ ST. PAUL & MINNEAPOLIS^MINN., MAY 7, 1887.
According to a promise' set forth in
the last issue of the APPEAL, I shall en
deavor to give at least a synopsis of my
trip to the city of Old Mexico, and, in
doing so, shall strive to make it as in
teresting as possible by handling the
truth with due care, so my readers may
be well assured that any statement
made here can be relied upon.
I left Boston (that being my starting
point) on January 17th, 1887, in the
midst of a driving wind and pelting
snow storm which ..made the beautiful
city of Boston wear a dismal and forlorn
aspect. But, however, my journey
being to a much warmer clime I could
well endure the cold for a short season.
My first stop of interest was made at
Cincinnatti, but this pretty little city
being so well known to all of my readers
I will not take up time in describing
any of its pleasant sights and many
hospitalities, but shall hasten along over
the Queen & Crescent Route until I ar
rive at Chattanooga, Tenn., where I
spent a very delightful day, having by
this time left the cold chilly winds ami
snow, capped hills of the North, and am
now enjoying the warmth and beauty of
the Southern sun. The first thing that
particularly strikes my attention is the
co-mingling of the colored and whites in
there general avocations and in a great
many instances I found our race doing
remarkably well. It was here also that
I visited the battle field where General
Hooker fought his great battle above the
clouds. Also the battle field of Chiek
amauga where Gen. Bragg commanded
the Confederate forces on September
19th, 20th and 21st, 1863. Next in order
was the National Cemetery where the
bones of 12,982 heroes lay beneath the
sod. These and many other minor
places of interest were yisited during
the day. In the evening I hear the
sound, "all aboard," and find myself
whirling on toward the "Crescent City,"
and as I sped along I noticed the vast in
crease of colored people as I got farther
South, but another noticeable fact is, as
their numbers increase their condition
lowers and to such an extent that they
are as the Israelites were in Egypt al
though far superior in point of numbers,
yet they are comparatively slaves to
their taskmasters, and you will find
them in some parts of Georgia where
they hardly dare to own themselves,
however, it seems to the writer that the
time has come when such a state of af
fairs should not'exist, and With the as
sistance of a little means raised by those
colored people that to-day, and for
years, have had the freedom of thought,
speech and action, and this means
placed in the hands of a few true and
honest men, to be sent amongst them
that better times would speedly exist
through a greater portion of the South.
Was there one half the amount that is
annually expended in foreign missions
spent at home, in the directions just
stated, many homes would be made
happy, many hearts would be made glad,
and the good work would still go on.
Now I do not wish this to be under
stood that this state of affairs exists
throughout the whole South, for such is
not the case. When I enter a city or
large town I find the scene changed, I
find the state of affairs much different,
they have very many advantages which
their brothers in the country and
smaller towns have not, yet they are
limited to such an extent that they have
but little chance to help their friends.
I next arrived at the "Crescent City"
or Southern Metropolis, which is said to
be-the largest cotton mart in the world,
although New Orleans is rather a hand
some city and has many points of in
terest, yet there is nothing that would
particularly interest my readers, except
ing the fact that our race is doing re
markably well, having nearly as many
advantages as we can boast of ourselves.
So I shall leave the beautiful city of
New Orleans and I soon find myself
among the great rich sugar plantations
of Louisiana where the most appalling
sight that it has ever been my privilege
to witness met mv gaze. There,on those
large plantations you can see from
seventy-five to a hundred of our race,
both male and female alike, trudging
wearily along from morning to night
with scarcely a sufficient amount of
clothing to prevent exposure, working
equally as hard with no better clothing
and with scarcely any more to eat than
in the time of public slavery, but that is
not the worst, you will see, also, the
overseer on his horse with a cow-hide
whip hanging to his side, and a shot gun
strapped on his back riding amongst
them with an air that we suppose only
on overseer can assume. Look still
further and there you see lazily loung
ing around the porch of the house, the
real blood hounds, and even in the
midst of them you will see gently re
clining in an easy chair watching the
work as it is going on in the fields, the
wretch those poor people call master.
Then I ask, is this a free country Is
this the country in which the Republi
cans claim they have abolished slavery
and, even remained in power twenty
odd years and never took cognizance of
this-. But I digress, I must come again
to my subject, but kind readers, let me
assure you that such a state of things
does actually exist in the State of
Louisiana. 3^#ffyjjfRK
But let me hasten on from this scene
of wretchedness, a sight that I had long
hoped would never meet my view.
I next stopped at San Antonio, Tex.,
where I first met with that strange
co-mingling of American and Mexican
Ufaand custom, here I found but fan of
our colored people, but those that are
here are all hardy and robust people,
who have adapted themselves to the
rough usages of Texaa life, and conse
quently are doing well. I visited the
Alamo Plaza which is bu a short dis
tance from, the depot, and there wit
nessed the spot where I Santa Anna
slaughtered Travis, Bowie,j)avv Crocket,
Evans and their entire little band of
Patriots, 144 men altogether, not one of
the little band survived. |A shaft erect
ed to their memory, bears this signifi
cant legend: "Thermopylae had its
messenger of defeat, the, Alamo had
none." $
Space will not permit us io continue
my travels any farther at this date, but
I shall endeavor to carrjr saur thoughts
into the interior of Mexico in my next
A long felt want amongst the colored
population of this city has at last been
filled in the formation of a library and
free reading room, donated exclusively
by Mr. H. H. Kohlsaax of this city. It
is an institution that should be well
patronized by our young men, as i* is a
comfortable, cosy place and well stock
ed with a choice selection of well bound
books. It has as its head: F. L. Barnett,
Esq., president J. C. Taylor, vice
president, and J. W. Moore, secretary.
The Morris Literary Association met
on last Wednesday, 27th inst. for the
election of officers, but on account of
poor attendance the election was post
St. George's Commandry K. T. will
hold their eighth annual May party on
the 10th inst. A good program has been
prepared. A testimonial concert will
be given in Quinn Chapel on the 9th
inst. by Miss O. Lucas, Miss S. Robinson
and Mr. F. C. Warren, the names of
those are sufficient to assure a good
Cards of invitation are out for the
seventh annual May party of the Autumn
Club, at Central Hall on the 16th inst.
Mr. Freeman, of San Francisco, Cal.,
is in the city.
Miss Alice McCrackin is visiting
friends in Milwaukee.
Mr. I. C. Pitman has returned from
Madison, Wis., where he has been stay
ing for three months.
Mrs. A. A. Russell is expected home
in a few days.
A. A. R.
The Blind Festiva l.
With the installment of Rev. William
Gray as pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church,
the characteristic, activity and spirt of
progress which are his, seems to be per
vading the church and congregation,
and numerous efforts are being put in
operation to relieve tne church of the
burden of building the magnificent
church now nearing completion.
Among these efforts is to be a "Blind
Festival" which will be held in Pfiefer
Hall, Thursday and Friday evenings,
May 19th and 20th, which promises to
be, not only something new, but quite
pleasant and enjoyable.
The affair is conducted as follows: A
number of ladies will provide them
selves with lunch baskets filled as their
own tastes dictate these ladies will be
formed in lines and then all the gentle
men who choose will be blind folded
and at a given signal will be allowed to
catch any of the ladies they can, and
each one caught will have to eat lunch
from her basket with the gentleman
catching her. The second night the
ladies wid be blind folded and will have
the privilege of catching the gentleman
to lunch with them. There will also be
other refreshments and notions for sale
at reasonable rates. The ice cream
tables will be in charge of Mrs. Martha
Stevens and Mrs. Washington with Miss
Bertie barker as cashier. The refresh
ment tables will be in charge of Mrs.
Abbie Jackson, Mrs. Owen Davis, Mrs.
Anna Giles with Miss Birdie Parker,
cashier. The notion tables will be in
charge of Mrs. Annie Lee, Mrs. Thos.
H. Griswold, with Miss Ella Smith as
cashier. The blind folding committee
for Thursday night: Messrs. Charles
Martin, C. P. Johnson, Chaa. James, J.
Q. Adams, John Talbert For Friday
nifcht: Misses Maggie Fogg, Rosa Hill,
Lula Griswold, Alice Thompson and
Mrs. Ida Henry. Mr. John H. Hick
man will sell tickets and Messrs. W. H.
Stevens and Phelan Combs will be door
The doors will open at 7:30 o'clock.
Admission 25c., children under twelve
years of age 15 cents.^^$T
A big turn out and a grand time is ex
pected. Let all lovers of enjoyment be
on hand.
Baptist Church, May 15th. Rev. Wm.
Gray will be installed as pastor of the
above named church at 3 o'clock p.m.
Rev. S. P. Anderson, pastor of Central
Baptist Church, will preach the instal
lation sermon Rev. C. S. Jacobs pastor
of the A. M. E. church will read the
scriptures and pray the prayer Rev.
Henry C. Mabie, D.D., pastor of First
Baptist Church, will deliver the address
of welcome Rev. Robt. Hickman will
give the new pastor the hand of fellow
ship. Miss Ella Smith will sing a solo.
The A. M. E. church choir have been
invited to sing on that special occasion.
The public are cordially invited.
REV. C. S. JACOBS was suddenly called
away from the city last Monday by a
telegram from Milwaukee, Wis., stating
that his son was very ill.
Mas. RALPH: GUONN, of Washington,
is in the city visiting her daughter Mrs.
W.H^Ptela^olBitsatwkwnav kill.
^On the 18th of April tbe "colored citi
zens of Washington celebrated the 25th
anniversary of the Emancipation of
Slaves in the District of Columbia. The
day was cold and rainy, yet, notwith
standing the drawbacks in the way of
drenching rains, cold winds, and mud,
an eager throng of sightseers crowded
the streets to witness the parade and to
crack jokes at the paraders. The pro
cession, after a long, rather disorderly
march, finally passed into the White
House grounds and was reviewed by the
President. Your correspondent station
ed himself near Mr. Cleveland on the
White House portico and narrowly
scanned his face to Itm71fflbs1nlfi
the drift of his feelings. He looked like
a very much bored man as he stood on
the cold, damp, stone floor, and doubt
less as the cutting winds whistled by,
thought of his rhumatic knees and
wished the apparantly interminable
procession of cavaliers, carts, carriages,
soldiers, wagons, busses and hacks
would hurry by and let him get inside
by the warm fire of his office room, and
tell "little Dan" what sacrifices he was
making to catch the colored vote. At
night the Emancipation was further
commemorated by an oration and ad
dresses by Col. Geo. H. Williams, Prof.
J. M. Gregory and others. They [all
spoke politics and all advised the negro
to remain a Republican, especially un
til the Democratic party had done some
thing more worthy of our confidence
than te defraud us at the polls and mur
der our brethren unarmed and defence
less at their homes.
On Tuesday the 26th of April.the color
ed citizens and soldiers celebrated the
65th anniversary of Gen. Grant's birth
day. The occasion was a memorable
one. The largest and finest colored
church in the worldthe Metropolitan
A. M. E. of this citywas crowded to
its-full capacity, probably no less than
three thousand of the best people of
Washington came out to pay their tri
butes of respect to the [memory of the
distinguised soldier of the Union. The
speeches were good, but,as is usual with
the speeches of Washington orators,were
too long. Col. Williams in his speech
told of the plan and probable success of
the colored soldier and sailor monument
bill. He drew up the bill and Senator
Hoar introduced it in the Senate, it was
approved by a joint committee of the
House and Senate. For some reason,
however, it did not come up for general
action, but Senator Hoar has promised
to bring it up the first hour of the next
Congress, when it will, in all probility,
pass both houses and receive the Presi
dent's approval.
I send herewith a
cut of John L. West,
formerly a $1,600
clerk in the Pension
office. He had
charge of a room in
the Pension office
and was over four
five ladies and sev
eral men, all white.
It seems that he took quite a fancy to
one of his subordinates, a pretty widow
named Page, and used to make her
presents, write her notes, kiss her hand
etc., all of which she seemed to take
very kindly. One night, it is alleged,
he broke into the house where she, her
little daughter and her mother lived,
and after brutally striking her about the
face made his escape. Her screams and
cries aroused the neighbors and soon
the room was crowded with people eager
to know what was the matter. She said a
white man had been tiying to rob her
and on her waking and grappling with
him, he had struck her in the face and
mouth. The next morning West called
around to see her about 6 o'clock, on
being told that she was too sick to see
him, he insisted, urging particular busi
ness. She finally came down and he
told her he was out of his head last
night and believed he had done some
thing terrible. She said "you ought to
be in the penitentiary." He replied,
"do with me what you will God knows
I could not help it." She asked him to
give her back all the letters she had
written to him. He went and got them,
delivered them, and then fled to New
York, Boston and finally to New Bruns
wick. He eluded police and detectives
for a week, they giving him up for dead,
when he finally re-appeared and sur
rendered himself up. He was tried,
convicted and sentenced to the peniten
tiary. There is a strong move making
to get the President to pardon him, and
it may be successful. His friends claim
that all the facts did not come out in the
trial. Meanwhile Mrs. Page who used
to make and receive presents, write him
notes and allow him to kiss her, is still
employed in the Pension office.
A quarter of a century ago there were
11,000 free negroes and 3,185 slaves in
the District Columbia, now there are
80,000 colored freemen here. They
have 14,000 school children, 191 school
teachers, pay taxes on 18,500,000 worth
of real estate and own $1,500,000 worth
of personal property. Two men pay
taxes on $200,000 worth of real estate,
four on $75,000, and hundreds own pro
perty valued at from $5,000 up.
There were in round numbers 187,000
colored soldiers in the rebellion of whom
36,000 were killed or missing. The pro
posed monument to colored soldiers and
sailors will cost $100,000. There will be
four figures at each corner of the main
shaft representing the Negro as a
cavalery man, as an artillery man, as an
infantry man and as a sailor.
2 0,
St. Paul,
Lace, Patent Leather,
Congress, Patent Leather.
Low Button, Patent Leather,
Real Estate and Loan
For Bargains in Real Estate which cannot be Duplicate
take a Glance at this List.
6 0 Lots in COMO PARK, only three blocks from the station on the N
P. Ry., $40Q each, $100 down balance in 1,2 and 3 years.
2 Lots in WALCOTT and COTTAGE HOME ADDITION, lying between
the Northern Pacific and the Manitoba Roads, for only $450 each, one third cash,
and the balance in 1, 2, and 3 years.
Some very beautiful lots in WEST ST. PAUL, all lying well. In fact, have
property listed in all parts of the city. No matter in what locality you wish to
buy, call and see me before purchasing, as I can offer the best inducements.
I have a nice desirable piece of business property on the Corner of WES"
TERN AVENUE and CHARLES STREET. Lot 60x80 feet-the size of all lots on
that streetwith a Good House on it, for only $2,200 cash. The Cheapest and best
piece of business property in the city.
3 NEW 7-R00M HOUSES just building with all the modern improve-
ments, bay windows, marble mantles, drop grates, bath-rooms, etc., etc. Street
all graded, sidewalks laid, all handsome new buildings in the neighborhood. On
the South side Charles near Western Avenue, two streets north of University
avenue. Lots 38x132. Price $3,500, $500 cash, balance in monthly payments.
3 NEW HOUSES 5 rooms each, just building in modern style throughout.
Lots 38x132 feet at $2,500 each, $300 down, balance monthly payment.
ONE SEVEN-ROOM HOUSE, on lot 22x130 feet on Fuller, between Jay
and Farringtonnear A. M. E. Churchwith good well and cellar. $1,800 terms
to suit purchaser. A Snap.
ONE NEW SEVEN-ROOM HOUSE and lot 41x100 feet on Martin, between
Jay and Lewis, with 5-room house rear, all for $3,200. $1,200 cash, balance in
1, 2 and 3 years.
Bargains in Real Estate in all Parts of the City.
Also a full line of SHADES, OIL CLOTHS, MATTINGS, eto.t at Price*
that Defy Competion. CALL AND SEE US.
To Secure one of those Really Great Bargains in
Chamber Furniture,
We have just received Several Car Loads of Medium Priced
Which we are offering at the following prices,
$18, $20, $26, $27, $28 EACH.
These goods are Handsome and Reliable in Quality. All of the latest styles.
BrarlsirEEi, ThnrhEF 5 En.,
Boots and Shoes.
We have just received a full line of Ladies and Gentlemen's
ggg. Patent Leather Button Bootsf
I Patent Leather Oxford Tiee,
jp| Patent Leather Opera Slippers.

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