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THE RISING SON.
HARRY II. GRAHAM, Editor. FRED A. TURNER, Associate Eld tor. LEWIS WOODS,"."'. httMwa MaoAgeK Published Every Work RISING SONHUBLISHINC CO srsUKSCHUTlON RATES: On Tor H f ;i month. 79 t'trrr uimittu M One muntb U Strictly pnld In dinoe Enttnd at the ',( Ojffirt at Kanms CStj, at .sni,ii ClttM Matttr. Correspondents wanted In every city ana town iti this mate. Write us. All new mutter Intended for pub lication should reach our ollii'e not In ter th.w Tutcdity, of each week and must tie signed by tho writer not for publication, but a. fc'uaranue of auth enticity, OFFICEl-No. 117 West Sixth 8t., Kima City, Mo. t , - L IM. n. AUvrrtmliiK Rtf, for on lh. one lnrrtlin W ('or one Inrli, t'nch .utwtjiiFQt Insertion. Y"t two !Brki', thn r ruotnli i.uu For two iDiliri, mi month B nu For two lrn'hr, nlnft month. UMW For two lucue. twrive month. IS 00 OLDEST NEGRO JOURNAL ... IN KANSAS CITY, TWICE ALL THE RFST. ifc The paid circulation of The Rising Son is more than double the combined circu lation of all the other Kansas City Colored weekly newspapers. In South Canilir.it there are 1 r,."i.iM ccilottil it'lnlls. ami i:i.m white adults. In I In- l'-t'i.-lat urf. t'oiniitei of iiii niluMs ainl iiiuinimoti.-ly lletno ( laiir, there is not one roloml man in i i'lii r lionsf. This has not. been tho la. i licl'uiv hinre Ni uro nil'run- hi.-i iiii nt. Well, iliis is simply In ki plni; weith itn iialiii' eomlitions. I In- more Hie Ne. kio i , s 1 1 1 and unresist inuly retires, Hie more he Will lie eonipelleil to give iil. Retreating has never won a hat tie, riimliiil a mountain nor overrome an oli-taele. - St. l.uWo Herald. The Rlsinj. Son a devoted to the best interests of our rase, a fearle.su ndvorato of i iu'ht ami rair play. There are those in high places, who read nml receive this paper and Its benefits who think that, printers' Ink mid labor lire produced by wind anil talk. Now, to nil men wo nsk you asain to pny us what you owe. Some of you hnvo gained your notoriety through this paper. Come and fee us with tin; money. The man who has learned to do something itt, . than any one else, who has learned to do a common thing in an uncommon manner, is the man who has a powi r atid influence that no adverse surroundings can take fr.m him. It is bitter to show a man how to make a plan- for himself than to put him in one that some one else has made for him. THIS TRUE AS GOSPEL. We advise some of our white friends to be a Negro for an hour or two. and then honestly tiny what you would do, if you hail to remain a Negro. Strange as it may seem, a Negro Is a human being, made of flesh, blood and bone, and can feel pain. hate, contempt and outrage, Just exactly like other people. This is really true! St. i.uke Herald. Of course, you would fight. WARNING. There are ho many false leaders and hypocrites In our churches thai It has become our duty to investigate and from now on the Rising Son shall ex pose a few of these impostors. To the good man you need not fear, do your duty; to the renegade and Immoral one we ask you to move and net right, l-ook for the Son. "THE AFRICAN LEAGUE." The monovla business men's edition eame to our office this wek. It is a splendid paper, ably edited, with ruts or the leading men of the I.Iberian Republic and a host of business and professional advertisements. From the appearance of the paper It appears that Etheopia Is about to stretch forth her hands. Success to the "African League." THE SUFFRAGE CONVENTION. A national convention of Negroes as advocated by the "Negro Advocate" of Virginia meets our approval. We are for a united effort on the part of Negroes for an even brake as positive American citizens. He who would be lice should ami must take action. Let us have the convention by all means, but how about Cleveland or Indianap olis. W A NT Elv S EVER A 1, 1 K R SON S of character an good reputation in each Ktato (one in this county re quired) to represent and advertise an old established wealthy business house of solid financial standing. Salary $21. ut) weekly and expenses additional, all payablo in cash each Wednesday direct from head office. Horse ami carriage, furnished when necessary. References. Enclose self-addressed envelope. Colonlul Co., 334 Dearborn St., Chicago. IF NOT, WHY NOT? We have often been told that a Col ored professional man could not sue reed In Kansas City, Mo. We have lived to see the contrary established to the full satisfaction of all who have held the contrary opinion Col. (Seo. O. Wassom came to Kansas City In October. 1901. a stranger, but well Indorsed by men of reputation, who stood at the head of the legal profession, where he had lived for years. For six months after he and family landed here bnt little was known or seen of him, until he had gone before the examining board of the Jackson County liar, where he was admitted to the practice of his profes sion. Since which time he has been employed In quite a number of leading cases and acquited himself with great credit and Is an honor to the bar of our cosmopolitan city. It Is a fact that he to-day does more business than all the other Colored lawyers combined in our city- -and does It In an honor able professional way. He is a moral man, with a refined and educated family: his wife Is a graduate of Ohciiln, . His daughter is a graduate of the Austin High School. Shaw I'niverslty, and lonard Medical College; also of Rellvlew Hos pital of New York City. The Colonel Is a graduate of Maryvllle College, and bears a personal letter of Indorsement from the old president, who has known him for nearly forty years. He Is a member of our city board of associated charities: also a director of the Col ored Children's Orphanage of this city. We need more men who have a fixed purpose In life, and Is willing to ex tend a helping hand to a weak race, He Is honorable, polite and the white members of the bar treat him with all respect that any good and respectable citizen could, or should demand. He Is a good lawyer, a Republican In poll ties, a gentliman by nature and we wish him many years of usefulness among our people. HE IS HOPEFUL. Archbishop Ireland Write Encourag ingly to Prof. J. Silas Harris. St. Paul. Minn., Feb. 2), 1!)03. Prof. .1. Silns Harris, Kansas City, Mo. My Dear Sir: I thank you for your kind letter con veying to nie your approval of the words spoken by me in Chicago. I am not discouraged over the prospects looming up before the Negro race. Theie Is na eddy in the current which seems nl times to flow back wards, but this only to flow forward again with greater strength. Sincerely. JOHN IRELAND. It Is reported Hint Prof. Harris has been offered the principalshlp of one of the St. Willis schools. Kansas City, Mo March 3, l!Hi3. Office of the Postmaster, Publishers, Rising Son, Kansas City, Mo. Sirs; In response to your Inquiry. I beg to say your publication is duly entered as second class matter at this office and regularly mailed. Very respectfully, J. 11. HARRIS. Postmaster. The Rblng Son Is the only paper published by Colored people in Kansas City. Mo., that Is entered nt the post office as second class mail. FOR THE OLD COLORED PEOPLE'S HOME. Friends of the Old Colored People's home, an Institution for the support of aged Negro men and women and for orphans, situated between Twenty fourth and Twenty-fifth streets on Michigan avenue, will give an enter tainment for the benefit of the home Tuesday evening, February 24. at Tur ner hall. Vaudeville work will be put on by the Hailey children, stereoptieon views will be shown by Mrs. M. Isee. It Is said that the home Is In especial need of funds just now and this enter tainment s given with a view to re lieving the situation as much as possi ble. The Old People's Home Is a worthy cause and should be patronized. Mrs. liosee is one of the charitably Inclined ladles of the city. She has given this entertainment before for charity. The effort should be appre ciated, i ALL SORTS. Lying may be wicked, but It Is still fashionable. The faster a man Is the slower he Is about paying his debts. Luck Is a mighty uncertain thing to Bit around and wait for. Cilrls who would buy titled hus bands mubt have legal-tender hearts. A piece of a woman's mind Is not good for her husband's peace of mind. Every cloud may have a Bllver lin ing, but only au optimist can believe it. A man is not in a calm condition when he finds it im possible to raise the wind. It Is tllfllcult for some men to keep their mouths Rhut when they have nothing to say. There are more ways than one to kiu a cat, also a Rube. Subscribe fur your local paper and keep posted. Enough whisky Is made In Ken tucky every day to float a Fteamshlp but, of course, It never gets a chance io do It. Other Way Round. People In New York have been ar rested for smuggling cigars In hay. Some of the manufacturers should get their bumps for smuggling hay Into cigars. .... y3S& NEGRO SUFFRAGE. A Letter from Hon. John 8. Wis Re plying to a Virginia Judge. An Indictment Against Virginia- Methods and Unlawful Acta. New York. December 22, 1902, My Iear Judge: Thank you once again for that aweet kind letter so grateful at this particu lar time when so many folka are say Ing mean things about me. They do not disturb me, because I know I am right and that they are wrong. When a man knows he is right he Is serene and abuse does not ruffle him. The knowldege that they are violating plighted faith, and the dolrg mean, disreputable and dishonest things makes them Irritable and abusive. In a sense their wrath amuses me. In another sense I am moved by pity for their narrow-mindedness and vlndlc tlveness. They cannot turn back the hands of time or obliterate history. I agree most heartily with all you say about the Importance of denying suffrage to Ignorance, and limiting It to Intelligence. Any fair limitation of the right to those sufficiently educated to possess understanding as well as character must be approved by every right-thinking man; but when the Urn nations are not Imposed In good faith; when they are applied with the con fessed purpose of race discrimination; and when they are enacted by fraudu lent abandonment of pledge and In defiance of all authority; the ques- tlons resulting are broader than any question of party or color and recur to the proposition whether, in defiance of law and precedent, a fractional oli garchy, In perpetuity, can establish Itself, by ove rthrowing all Democratic- Republican government In any state of the Union. That Is the question presented by the Virginia situation. We are Just at the threshold of the Inquiry. You are much mistaken If you consider my cause Is lost. I went to the courts simply to have a judicial determina tion whether the courts have power to redress this character of wrong. If the Supreme Court sustains the views of the court below, Congress will confront this Issue with no pretense for saying the sufferers have redress In the courts. It must meet the re sponsibility, and cannot shut Its eyes to the fact that every promise of the nation to the Negro race si anils brok en. In defiance of the pledges which the slates gave the nation thirty years ago; and that if they are to remain broken, the nation stands guilty of a wrong and a crime to these people. No people can exist In a free com munity without the power of self-protection. The Ideas of freedom and political serfdom are Inconsistent. The men who freed the slaves Baw this so dearly that they bestowed suffrage upon the NegroeB. as a means of poli tical self-protection, pre-maturely. NEGRO SUFFRAGE A CRIME. . Negro suffrage, as and when It was conferred, was both a crime and a blunder. It never ought to hnve been conferred at the time It was. It ought to have been made gradual. But It was conferred, wisely or unwisely. And the Southern States solemnly cov enanted to accept It. At the present time It Is nothing like as dangerous or as monstrous a proposition as It was then. There are thousands and hun dreds of thousands of Negros fully qualified for the exercise of suffrage. The element of uplifted ignorance might easily be reached by equitable laws if they were fairly administered; and the evil might thus be practically eliminated. Hut a foul device, thinly disguised, but universally admitted, whereby It Is sought to remit every Negro possi ble to political slavery, without touch ing the lowest or most Ignorant white, Is repugnant to every sense of man hood, of far-sightedness, or good faith. The Negro is not what he was thirty years ago. We, as much as anybody else, have encouraged in him the aspir ation for liberty and the sense of manhood. With those feelings stimu lated and those rights acknowledged by us, we have seen him rear children, pay his taxes, accumulate property, vote, serve the state as her soldier and grow up not only with the pride of citizenship, but bearing Its burdens along with his white fellow-cltlzens, Is it manly, Is it just, Is It honest, to seek now to filch him out of bis rights, to trample out his ambitions, to remit him to a servile position? Would any white race stand It? Can we expect him to remain with us, so degraded? Can we afford to lose him? With his place vacant where would we be? Do we not boast that he Is the best of servants? Are we not spared the tyranny of more exciting laboring classes? Would not our con dition be pltable If by a course of mean tyranny and the denial to him of rights which we are pledged by every consid eration of honor and of Interest to re spect. If wo drove him from our midst? No, sir, we could not afford It. Thore Is not a pig-headed, bourbon, fool, Negro-hater living who, when pressed, will not admit these truths. And If it be true that honor and self interest make it so that his lot Is cast with us, in the name of reason and humanity, I ask, what have we to lose by being Just and humane to him, or by according to him those political rights which white men deem esentlal to the protection and the preservation of their liberty? God help the state that falls within the control of small souls who cannot see these great truths through the bloody mists of race prejudice. If Vir ginians are not large enough and broad enough to see them, then her old race of statesmen Is extinct, and the pig mies and degenerates who guide her destines now will have to be curbed and led away from political and eco nomic suicide by the stronger and broader and truer humanity which controls the nation. Our people can not Ignore the existence of the nation. Dy bitter and bloody experience we learned wo) could not dissolve the Union. Against our will and In spite of us, these black people were made freemen. SOUTHERN PEOPLE NARROW. And, once more, If the Southern people are so narrow and behind the advancement of the age, as to seek to violate their plighted faith, and to re mand this race to slavery, they may bring down upon themselves the heavy hand which has never smitten them without carrying Its point. We hear a great deal of fine talk about the soverlgnty of these eommun 'ties nowadays, and about their right to regulate their own social and poli tical problems. But Virginia's son, John Marshall warned them nearly a century ago, that the soverlgnty was subordinate to federal authority, In matters which federal laws reach, and the federal laws Is supreme on ques tions or citizenship. They have paid bitterly In the past for Ignoring these warnings. We heard much also of the duty to maintain white supremacy. This talk springs from no honest fear that white supremacy 8 Imperilled. It la Intended to enlist race sympathy from those who will not take the trouble to Inform themselves upon the problem. But I say God help a white supremacy attained by breach of plighted faith to the nation; by cruel and unjust race discrimination against the blacks; by taws ordained without any legal sane tlon; lacking In any broad annrehen slon of the true relations between the races; dictated by vicious and half civilized race prejudice, and com muted, for their administration, to willing tools, whose only Idea of civic duty or loyalty Is to work to perpe tuate the rule of the faction which installed them. Do not tell me that government un der any such auspices will be better. No government so conceived or so ex ecuted, win he better than the bad men wno sieze It. or the worst men who administer It. It Is not democratic or republican government. It Is the dom ination of a fart Ion which neither re spects the principles of government it pretends to administer, the rights of the governmed. nor Its own pledges. "Doing evil that good may come of it" lias been the pretense of usurpers and tyrants from the time that govern ment began, with the invariable re sult thnt the evil has been done and the promised god did not come of It. I feel a contempt for the expression so often heard that even If the method resorted to, to eliminate the Negro vote, was bad and vicious, the results will emancipate thought In Virginia and build up what the parties using this argument of con enlence are pleased to predict, will be two respec table parties there. In a word, that with the Negro vote removed as a fus. Ing Influence upon the whites, the whites will divide upon public issues. as they have not done before. Those who talk this way are of two classes they are either Democrats. who do not believe what they say, and say it as a consoling balm to their own consciences, or in order to reconcile credulous opponents; or they are peo ple who hope always for better thlngt and do not know the men who de vised and are executing the scheme. Verily, the man Is gullible who with knowledge of the career of the people, who have been piloting the politics of Virginia for the past thirty years. thinks that they have done anything or planned anything which will per mit the power which they have seized, and In which they have intrenched themselves with such care and cun ning, and toil, to slip from their grasp now or hereafter. Have not forty-seven of these men ordained a constitution which they were solemnly pledged to submit to the people for ratification or rejec tion? Have they not, while refusing to take any oaths themselves. In di rect defiance of the law under which they were assembled, exacted oaths of fealty to their work, from every officeholder, great and small, In the commonwealth, under threat of vacat ing his office unless he acknowledges their supremacy within thirty days from the time they asserted It? Have they not deliberately, by ordi nance, provided for the amendment of ail existing registration laws and the disfranchisement of at least two-fifths of the electorate which chose them, without consulting that electroate, as they promised to do? Did they not so jealously regard this new enrollment of voters that they consulted their partisans In every part Z0M0D0NE, Makes the plo is not for $1.00, Aetval Rstslts Iroai Bstd 7 i o4& ry ,L - zoonV-THE HELEN MARTIN TOILET CO., 910 PLEA8E MENTION THIS PAPER W of the state and named personally every member of every registration ! board In every magisterial district and In every ward of the state. Who ever saw such an act or ordinance as thla before? Were these men chosen to carry out the plans of these consnlra tors, or for a fair and exalted purpose? LET VIRGINIANS ANSWER. Let every citizen of Virginia, af fected by the work of these tools of this conspiracy, answer this last query In the light of his knowledge of the character and attainments of the In dividuals chosen at his home to do this deed of political murder. And finally, has not every appointee, beneficiary and recipient of prefer ment, since this alleged new constitu tion has been put Into operation, been one of those who planned It, and for whose benefit Is was devised? Read the list and answer me. Do not tell me they Intend to lose their grip. The statement is a reflex tlon upon your Intelligence or upon mine. I tell you they gained this power, corruptly, to enjoy It them selves; and will retain It as unscrupu lously as they gained it. Under the plea of fettering the Ne gro they have fettered all the whites also. There Is no more hope of white men successfully overcoming their fac tlonal domination than there was that black men, or black and white men, would do so. The poor deluded people of the state have, under the false fears excited by appeals to their race prej- uniees, allowed the coterie of Bourbon politicians, typified by the leaders In this convention, to fix upon them a thraldom, the end of which no man living can foresee, unless it Is broken by the power of the law; and Judicially declared to be, as it is, an outrage upon the rights of the people. It Is worse than any monarchy, for It has no single head to chop off. It Is as speci ous In Its pretences of benefits, and will be, If it is permitted to stand, as tyrannical and corrupt as the Vent tlan Seignory of Forty. In spite of all these people say to the contrary. I love Old Virginia better than any spot on earth, and her old glory is as dear to me as to any of her sons. I am heartily ashamed of what has been done there. I will break It up root and branch if I can, as a duty which I owe, not only to my clients, but to my native state. If I cannot, that is all: but I am neither afraid nor ashamed to try. even if I be the only white son of Virginia who feels as I do. Is It or not natural that the Negroes, who are wronged by this thing, should seek in every way in their power, to obtain redress? Are they so beneath the notice of the law that they are not entitled to seek its protection? Are their claims so preposterous and outrageous that a reputable lawyer cannot present and urge them without aspersion upon his character and abil ity? These questions bring their own an swers. A negative answer must come from every honest man. lawyer or lay man, for It Is the boast of our profes sion that no man is so humble, or even so base, that he Is not entitled to have the best aspect of his case presented to a court for Judgment; and that no human being is so low In the scale of human rights or political consideration, that the highest court in the land should turn a deaf ear to his prayer for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I took their case, knowing full well the unreasoning and brutal prejudice my actions would excite. How could I doubt this would be bo, when I re called that my father's life-long serv ice to the state did not protect his gray hairs from villainous aspersions when he defended Calhoun In the may oralty contest In Virginia in the sev enties. MILLET AND CANE BLUE ORASS LANDRETH'S Qarden CLOVER, TIMOTHY SEEDS If Ills galore affect you sore And pains beset you more and more, Then do not stop; run, skip or hop To SMITH'S Apothocary Shop. 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They are play Ing for political power. i But my clients, a throng of 100,000 of God's creatures, who have been taught to think they are men and promised manhood by their state and nation, are not playing; they are pray ing and struggling and antagonizing In the inquiry whether they are freemen or sefrs and chattels. At the end we shall know who la right and who Is wrong; and, what ever that end may be, I know I am on the side of the weak against the strong; of humanity against bigotry and prejudice; of advancement and progress against obstruction and nega tion; of good faith against broken pledges of honor; of popular rights against unscrupulous usurpation; of experience and enlightened civiliza tion against the besotted prejudices of the ex-slave-owner and the provincial Jealousy of a lower type; upon the side of God aglnst man's Injustice and the heartless, selfish trickery of small politicians. In all my life I never had a cause In the justice of which I felt more confi dence, or advocated a measure which I felt was more surely for the benefit of all the people concerned. Thus feeling, I am unaffected by adverse criticism and more and more resolved to go on with the good work. And the time will come when every body friend and opponent will see. that 1 was right right as God's pre cept "Do unto others as ye would) they should do unto you." Let this be my answer to all that has been said. I trust to time for my vindication, and In the meantime am Just as well, just as prosperous, and as happy as If the heathen did not rage furiously against me. Yours truly, JOHN S. WISE. No man Is absolutely truthful when it comes to repeating the bright things that his children sayp. Clothing Cleaned, Pressed and Repaired in Good Order PRICES REASONABLE, AARON TOLBCRT, 123 E. 6th Street. 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