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HEBE enALi THE PRESS, TDE PEOPLE'S RIGHTS MAINTAIN, CNAWED BY INFLUENCE AND UNBRlliKT) BV GAIN." ESTABLISHED 1882. M ARTINSBURG, W. Va., SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1912. VOL. 32. NO. 3G John Edward "Bruce-Grit." ^Editor-Pioneer Pi tee: For a number of years, among the moat timely, the most, Icgicnl, oaoe and instructive aniclas upon current topice?especially those portaining to tbe Negro race that have attract ed my attention while perusing the leadiug newspapers and otlit'r peri odicals hare borne the signature of *c Bruce Grit,'' At times those con tributions from the pen of this great ?writer were poetic, smooth and gen tie in their flow; and lika suothing zephyrs lulled tbo troubled mind into optimistic repose,inspiring hope and confidence in a coming glorious 'future for this peculihrly environed Tace. Then again, ever}' pulse would vibrate &nd the blood heated to boil ing point would go madly rushing through tbe veins, as contending ?with the enemy *nd in condemnation of lome injustice, warding off some cowardly stroke; his invectives ?coached in superior rhetoric sparkled -and glowed ao if tbe pen that traced them were dipped in venom sur ?charged with blood and fire. ''Bruce Grit's" biting sarcasm,ke*n repartee, witty rejoinders bf.cked by thorough knowledge of bis eubj<ct made him a snatch for the keenest, most learned *and resourceful traducer. The po litical upheaval in North Carolina in '98 was to the American N?gro fcLa gloomiest of any period in his histo ry since the dayo of slavery. Intcx ication, riot, murder, pillaging, ban ishment and othor inhuman persecu tions broke out in sections of the 'Cointry heretofore tranquil and "friendly in the treafenontof iho black American citizen. The groan*, prayers and petitions for sympathy -of those persecuted NecroeB of North Carolina fell upon deaf ears the ?country over. "lis a wbito man's countryl A fight for *hile eupicm acy, a struggle to prevent Negro ?domination;" and with ftw exc-. p tions every newfpapur in the country sounded the sumo note. Tillman, D ixon, Graves invaded the North ?nd West and with fiery eloquence fanned thone seotiona into flame; and *-Ue gro intimidation and murder bs 'Came rife in the very home of Lin coln. It was then John Bruce, T, Thomas Fortune, Wm. Monroe Trot ter and John Mitchell atood cut like great beacon lights before a much maligned and disheartened people. Not at that time editing a newflpeper of his own, John Bruce waged war -on the enemy through the columns of the leading periodicals and tbtre by preached to a greater number of people?ihe entire world beard him. ^One of his roost telling blows was an article from hie pen which appeared in tbe New York 8?n in reply to a epsech by Benjamin Tillman from -tfce floor of the U. S. Senate in ad ?ocsoy of annullment and disfran chisement Liko the great Nubian ?Giant this intrepid champion of free dom strods into the arena, silenctd and vanquished this arch slanderer and traducer. Although for a nnm ber of years ??n admirer of tlie writ ings of John Bruce, and althougu I Tead his criticisms of my own story of the Wilmington r;ots in three newspapers it wt-B jubt two years ago j'tbat the privilege of meeting and 'Conversing with thie brave race de lender presented f \ self. He had moved from Albany wbera he had lived for a number of yvars to Yoo kors, N. Y. I waj much pWated when in reply to my bumble letter beggiog au interview a breezy note otins bidding me come right up 4,and enjoy some of my wife's good cook in?." In spite of Ibis very pleasant metsogo however, I did not taks the jouruey wifchoat many miugivingo. My feelings as I n&ared my destina tion were, I am sure like unto those of friend or foo about to be ushered into the presence of Oliver Cromwell, the stern and relentless m?n of iron who dissolved a Parliament and bo beaded a king. But thero crnis no rough challenge from within in reply to my timid knock; the door opened almost intently and a tall, handsome, athletic man stood before me. He w?e of brown complexion and a heavy mustache of gray covered Lis lip. Upon bio massive head be wore a skull cap of velvet beautifully or namented with gold. This man who had thundered a? it were frcm Mount Sin?ii an 1 made men tremble, looked at me from soft brown eyes whose twinkle bespoke humor rather thm sternnessi, gentleness rather than seventy The upeiing fingers of an aristocrat were extended and a voice gentle and refined said: '*1 am glad to t?e you Sir; Como in." There was nothing in the epeech and man ner of my host during that pleasant evening's chat that substantiated or bore out his reputation as a man of iron. It was only when touching upon some nubj'-ct that stirred bis soul to the dep lis that one could Q?e ih<* lion in his nature como to the surface; his brigbi eyes would sparkle ?zid be would rise up suddenly, lean forward in hie chair; then settle back again in repoee. This very pleasant Qid instructive interview wiih the greet writer whs the beginning of a friendship thnt has riponed into kin ship a? It were; for frequent are my visits to Sunny Slope Farm, now the remdoaoe of Jobn Bruce "Grit.'' There is real congcaial companion ship: for in our race love we are almost one im thought, one in dooire, one in aspiration. Bruce ' Grit's'' 8' urco of strength as a race cham pion is bis thorough knowledge of its history *nd achievements; be knows every hero, every man of distinction of the Negro rac* and of its friend?. He loves to recount tbe heroic deeds o! great warriors in the cause of liberty, ehout their battl* crias upon tlie hilltops, Yet in bis heart there is as strong a love for those who have won victories by love, gentle ne?a, goodness, In bis hours of repose ai.d sober thought, Longfel low's Psalm Of Life has a stronger appeal to his soul than Milton's Par adise Loet, and Tennyson's ' Cross ing the Bar" than passages from Daute's Inforno. Thtrc i* a woman's heart in this ra*n of iron, who to tried friende is a Mend indeed Unlike moat men of literary genius?condescending, big oted, jealous of the aspirations nod accomplishments of others. John Edward Bruce ''Grit" is quick lo discern the qualities dominant in an individual; and if those that are ennobling are striving for the mas tery that individual will lind in bim a most uneelfiab champion ?nd friend. There are men wbo perhaps are blighter Jsbioing literary lights thau bo wbo get thtir first boost iD Anecdotal Literature By W. G. Booze And Business. We linve thought sometime that the temperance question ought to eutlle Urulf, wi'.hout tb? passing of stringent law* t-? banish the saloons. If pr. j'vr precuu'inn would lie t xer cistd tp all lines of business in the help th^y employ, as weil as eet an exnQjple iheiuselve*, saloons could i o' exist, and the avenuea to drink ing refioit* would be mtletially Closed. No un plover of m-o *nil a drnokf.rd or a sippbr if I)'' c*n tfTjrd i', and |j?* w!o in l-.ppingup li gwhUt io until hih! can not accept ond fill a position that requires man agement. Tfoerufore the drinking parson is fairly well tiliminated from the ranks of employer ar.fi employed, for useful manhood is nearly tmpoo sible for '.boeo who indulge in liqnots. Wnen au* ject ia viewed by all men in ihis lulu there will bo no place for the Pquor buainoea, except a9 a nivdicine. * * o Both Tuk Hame Sex, Mark Twain walking along a Ilan ? niba! Street, met a woman with her youthful family. "So this is a little irlt eh?'' said M&rktoher bh Gi.e displayed tnr children. "And this sturdy littla urchin in the bib btloncfl I fuppo^e to the conirtry six?'' said Mark. ?'Yftfisuh," the woman replied, ''Yass.ih dai's girl too," * * o Why Dog Was Named Fish. "Fishing?'' inquired a man. "Ye*,'' answered the boy. "Nip.s dog you1vo got, what Li a name?" "Fidi,'' anewcred the boy. "What do jcu call biro that for?" "Cause he won't bit*." * # o Thk Shihld. Miss Orac? S r*chr.n, president of a Teacher's Association in New York, woe being congratulated on her successful figbfc for equal p?y for women teacher*. *^11 ia odd," said 6he, smiling, "but the m?n who most Continued on e^ennd pope. public estooiri ihioayj) the unselfish ari'i unstinted *fforls of I'ruce 'Grit ' The huso ingrati-ude so often dis plcytd by the Negro towards those vrbo labor io bis cause h*s never dampened tbe ardor of John Brnce whose love for bis race is ocean deep aud whose faith in their fu'.nre is aa strong as Gibraltar. My friend is he who with mo shares, Each weight of woo I bear ; Each sigh, each heart throb?every wound, Each song of joy, each tear. My friend is he who all my faults, With charity dipcems; My friend is gentle in rebuke; lie, arrogancy spurns. Who would not quench the flmoking flax, Nor break the bruised reed; Nor make ono wound, nor cause one tear; Huoh is a Friend Indeed! .Jick Thorne. New York Ci'y, N. Y. Colonel William Seym oar K?1 wards. William Seymour Kdwurdt?, i lender of tbe progreaflive movement, a typical, ragged prodnc' of the WeBt Virginia mountoins, author, world-traveler and eincere ndvocate of the oplift movement in '.be po lineal and social world, reiterated today bib pre election nnnouncempp.t that he would auk; the new State Legislature to cleot him to tbe United States Senate ao tbe ancceseor of Clarenoe W. Wateon, the over thrown Democratic leader. "My announcement bb a candidate for tho United Slates Sena'e was made oeverul weeks prior to the election," eaid Colonel Edworda to day, 41 I came out iu the opvn na a candidate against Mr. Watson and made a declaration to that tfi>ct in nearly all the prinoipal cuies of the State where I epoke for the Progrpc aire caase and the success of the Progressiva-Republican Stats and legislative candidates; I fol if sleeted, vhot I can be of some ?er vioe to West Virginia, for I was rearad among tbtee Meon'aina and have EQ*?r gotten oat rf touch vitb oor plain people. It is wi'b tl:rm thai I like to aseocift'p and it w?? for tbem that we made the br*vc sincere and effective ficjht which terminated a few dsys ago in th* election cf a Progr*i*iv* Rppnb'im State ticket and a Progressive Republican legislature. "This wa? a notuble victory that was won in West Virginia. We gave Mr, Wileon ao rfcrnpst battle for first place in the PreRid?r. ?i*l contest and we recovpffd ? S*'p Legislature from a misguided dpm ^ ocracy wbich bud fcilrd to kp note of the onward movement of the people and made the miptokp of electing two rescMoParip* ?o the United 8'ates Senate in 1011, "It is preposterous to tb:nk for ? moment thai the mistake of the* Democratic party will be repra'ed by tbe inooming L^eisUture **hich was choeen by tbe people in d'muod for better Ihing3. Tbe defeat of Mr. Watson proves c"oc!r>*ivplv tbat tbe voters of West Virginia arp in accord witb tbe grpa? onward move ment Ipd by Theodore Kooepvplt, and which hes e?irr<d r>nt only ?hf? people of this coun'ry, bo l tbp pen p.ea uf fort-111 nations us well, and they will neither oanction, condone nor forgive th.'ir betrayul of tbe public welfare by uny political party. 4 bo f?r ad I cm concerned thia wm!) be ? clean contest for the high cllije of Senator of the United ft ates. At the very inception of my candidacy 1 announced tnat there would be no suoh saturnalia of debauchery in tbo new Legislature uo cbaraoteriz d the session of 1911, andjthe close of men who wera (-beted to ibe new Legislature ia sufficient verification of my forecast. The day of the 'golden harvest' ia paat unci the new Legislature will chooee a man for tho Senate who ia in accord with thia onward move* ment which our people demanded and have sanctioned. I expeot to be that mun end the next senator of ?he United Slates from West Va. Col. Edwards ia a man of ripe experience in the political world. Iia baa been active in thesapport of tbe Republican party for many yeara and ia a former speaker of the W,Va# House cf Delegates. In the late oampiigo Colonel P>Jwards was ao cire and (ffedive, and without bia efforts und ?id the ^reat victory won could not have been aohieved. The Kanawha leader is thorough ly acquainted witb ths industries of ? he State, lie is one of Ibe pioneer oil arid pHB producers in West Va. and ik responsible for the re disoov* ery of ibe immense gas fields in the southern section of tbe State. CJoI. Edwards, also has been aotive in tbo c jui busings*, and the famous Uo^l burgh eearn of coal was first discov ered hy bie family al Ooalburgb K-*ti?wna county, where he s'ill maintains bis residence. A gradu. Mte (f ibe Columbia Jaw school, I brougb which institution he worked hi* way, Mr. Edwards is a lawyer by profusion, but his life bas been devoid to tne development of bia 5 a'e and it has been partly through his energy and resources that Wm?, Virginia ha* rinen to tbe front rank in ibf development of her natural resources. He is tbe suthcr ot pf,v er.il popular books of travel, i$ a ecnolar, -?nd a man of fin#* literary e*. His charities and benevo lences are m*ny and >arge. He is i* man (if original ideas and a mm who does things.