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THE COLORADO STATESMAN 4'i: sip\il ~aa / F7<££ / VOL. XX. Memorial To Harriet Tubman Auburn, N. V , June 16. —High tribute was paid to the memory of the late Harriet Tubman, familiar ly known as “Aunt Harriet,” on Friday evening, June 12, when a large bronze tablet, a token of love and esteem of the citizens of Au burn. was unveiled at the Auditor ium Theatre. The tablet, which has been placed in the County , Court House, bears the following inscription: In Memory of HARRIET TUBMAN Born a slave In Maryland about 1821. Died in Auburn, N. Y. March 10,1913. This Tablet Is Erected by the Citizens of Auburn, 1914. Called the '‘Moses” her people during the Civil War, with rare cour » age, she led over three hundred Ne groes up from slavery to freedom, and rendered invaluable service as nurse and spy. i With implicit trust in God she braved every danger and overcame , every obstacle, withal she possesed ex traordinary foresight and judgment so that she truthfully said: “On my un derground railroad I nebber run my train off de track and I nebber los’ a passenger.” The unveiling was marked by appropriate exercices. prominent men of both races participating. The principal address was deliver ed by Dr. Booker T. Washington, who eloquently recited the achieve ments of Harriet Tubman, glorified her life and characterized her cour age, constancy and wisdom us models for the races of the world. ** The speaker also extolled his race for the great progress made in fifty years of freedom and predicted for it a bright and happy future. j Mayor Charles W. Brister paid a glowing tribute to “Aunt Har riet,” as did former Mayor E. Clar ence AUen, who presided and made the presentation address. Mrs. Mary E. Talbert of Buffalo, president of the Empire of the Empire State Federation, read un excellent and interesting paper on the life and deeds of Harriet Tub man. The spucious lower floor of the theatre was filled and all the boxes were occupied. Seated on the stage were the speakers, the mem bers of the Auburn Festivul Chor us, an orchestra and guests. In one box was a group of Civil War f veterans, while another was occu pied by a party of prominent so ciety women of Auburn. Con ♦ spicuous in a front seat of a lower box was Emily Howard of Sher • wood, to whom a tribute was paid during the evening by Dr. Wash , ington for her kindly interest in the Negro. Delegations represent ing colored societies, occupied boxes, and colored citizens from adjacent cities were present. As the curtain rose Olmstead’s orchestra played a selection from “Adelle” which was followed by a solo, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” by Miss Lena J. Broogs assisted by the Festival Chorus and audience. Prayer was offered by the Rev. John Quincy Adams of the seminary. The Festival Chorus then sang “Jerusalem the Golden.” In making the presentation ad dress former Mayor Aiken said: “We are gathered here this ev ening to pay tribute to one of the noblest and greatest -character of Civil War, a woman who braved countless dangers and risked her life in service for her people and country. “There have been very few mon uments erected to slaves and very few to the memory of Negroes and J believe but one to a Negro wo man and a slave, but Auburn is erecting this tablet. “A great philosopher has said that nothing is settled until it is settled right. Today we are erect ing a tablet to her who knew what was right and did her share in sett ling things that way.The people cf Auburn are proud to lienor this woman of courage who rendered such wonderful service to her peo ple and her country. “We erect this tablet to her memory us a heroine and patriot, and it is with a feeling of pride that we unveil this tablet to her memory.” At this point the lights in the house were dimmed and Miss Alice Lucas, a grandniece of Aunt Har riet, stepped forward and drew back the flag. In the light of the colored electric bulbs the effect was most pleasing. “Auburn is reprented nt this cer emony by its Mayor who will speak for them,” said Mr. Aiken aud in troduced fylayor Brister who wus greeted with applause. He spoke as follows: “By the occasional illuminating flashes of greatness originating from unexpected and often times obscure sources are we continual ly reminded that in the divine con ception of the universe provision was made for the proper guidance of the human race. “History teaches us that the at tribute of courage and a conviction of duty toward humanity have very little regard for race, creed or coloi, that greut crises always develop great leaders to conduct the people through the Red Sea of their difti culties In accepting this tablet today the City of Auburn recognizes the merit of her to whose memory it is - ' ___A _ w ' <*!■'" - - ■r rir. JO u/LN-AE ■t>ja w-cs-r. DENVER COLORADO SATURDAY. JUNE 27, 1911. dedicated. In accepting this tab let we reaffirm in it public way our belief that in the fullness of time character shall be measured by ite true standard irrespective of its or igin or its surrounding. “Indolent luxury and irrespon sibility are not character builders; only by conflict with difficulties can be shown the metal of which is made. “Having in mind a purpose which carries with it a conscience ness and a conviction of right de velops an element of character which must be the measure of the man. “Measured by such a standard, the woman whose memory is to day honored and perpetuated must be ranked with the great charac ters on history. “The spirit of devotion to her race, tae skill displayed in carry, ing out her purpose and the suc ci ss achieved won for her not only the admiration of the great men of her own time, but a not inconspic uous place in the hall of fame. “Not because the subject of this memorial was a woman, nor be cause she was black, is this tribute tendered but rather to commemo rate the inherent greatness of her chan cter. “Born as she was in the obscur ity of slavery and bound by its shackles, the memory of this wo man should be object of reve rence to every member of her race, and the example i a her achieve ment an inspiration to every mem ber of our great nation.” Dr. Washington in opening his remarks praised Auburn for the way in which it was commemorat ing the lifeof such a noble woman. He spoke of the wonderful hard ships and dangers that she had en dured ai il said that he had exper ienced some of them. He had known what it was to be hungry. He had known wbut poverty was and he hud known what it meant to be of dark skin. He said that Harriet Tubuian had been spoken of by some as be ing ignorant, “but.” said ho, com ing in uontuct with people and the realities of life educate one and through In r coming in contact with people and problems I be- ' lieve that she was one of the best educated women in the world” Dr. Washington Bpoke of An burn and its immediate vicinity as having pio luced many great men. He lauded Seward and others aud paid a glowing tribute to Miss Emily Howluml of Sherwood, who has done much for the colored people and although 87 years old, occupied a box and was one of the interested among the audience last evening He pointed to the great advancement that the Negro had made in America. Quick Thinker. "But I've heard that you proposed to three other girls this month.” "I — dr —er —was merely rehearsing for my proposal to you.” SAN ANTONIO TEXAS NOTES Adam Irvin, one of our highly respected cirizens, was shot aud killed on the 13th inst., by a Mex ican policeman who was off duty. The cause seems to be shrouded in mystery. Joe Macklin of 211! Dawson street royally entertained a few friends Tuesday evening of last week. While whist and checkprs were interesting features of the oc casion the very excellent music whicn was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Waller Markham, brought forth applause aud flattering com ment from the guests. Choice re freshments were served and the evening proved to be one of bliss. After an illness of a few months, Mrs. Hannah Hard .way died Mon day, June 15th at her late resi dence, 513 North street. The fun eral services were held Wednesday afternoon from Second Baptist church conducted by the F. E. Lewis Undertaking Co, under the auspices of S. L. Reid Tabernacle No. 32 Knights aud daughters of Tabor; Golden Gate Temple No 113, U. B. F. and S. M. T, and Christian Aid Society of Second Baptist church. Rev. I. H Kelly officiating. Deceased was a faith fill and influential member of above named church, and her sad demise leaves a vacancy that can not be easily filled. The many costly aud beautiful floral offerings which covered the handsome S3OO plush casket of purple hue and the large procession that followed the ieuiains to the cemetery, was indeed u token of evidence of the high »steem in which she was held. Besides four daughters, one Son and'other relatives deceas ed leaves a large circle of friends to mourn her sad demise. The boys say that “Brother Markliani, the tonsorial artist and proprietor of the Alameda Barber shop, is becoming to be quite fam om as a lawyer from trying cases of the Kangaroo Court which is frequently held ut his shop. Missed Opportunity. Another precedent has been broken. A New York trained nurse married a wealthy patient, and then let him get well. —Washington Herald. Aeschylus at Syracuse. For four days in April dramas of the Athenian tragic’ poet Aeschylus were performed in the old Groek theater at Syracuse, in eastern Sicily. Aeschylus has long been popular in Syracuse. Twenty-three centuries ago Athenian prisoners taken in the great defeat be fore that city, and sold as slaves after the custom of the time, earned their freedom by reciting the verses of their great poet. Perhaps some of*the men ♦bus set at liberty organized a com pany and acted “Prometheus Bound” or "Tho Persians” in the same theater where the same plays will be pre sented next spring. The poet who is held ir. favor for 2.500 years in one place cannot complain of public fickle ness. ANTI-TIP AGITATION AND PULLMAN PORTERS BY WM G MAY Special to Colorado Statesman. It is not my purpose to discuss here the salary phase of this prop osition, preferring to leave it solely to those whose business it is and whom it only should concern—the Pullman Co and the Pullman Por ters. Neither is it my desire to puss upon the propriety or ethical features of the general system of gratuities. I merely wish to propound some pertinent questions of information to those who have singled out pull man porters as objects of their spasms. If the system of gratuities is uni versally iecognized, countenanced and practiced by all classes from millionaire to tramp, why have pullniun porters been singled from otner recipients of gratuities, for all this voluminous agitation? If, in their capacity, they serve as faithfully and satisfactorily as recipients in other capacities, are they not as much entitled to a fee if the party served is disposed to donate? And if not, why? When a pulhnan porter con scientiously serves in his capacity of administering to the comforts of the same passengers for from one to four consecutive dajs and nights, if any hotly is, who is more entitled to a fee than this same pultman porter? Considerable capital has been made of a grouch, (which inmost instances is purely imaginary) that porters are alleged to express when offered small fee In rebut tal it needs only be suggested that it is a matter of general informa tion to those of public experience that pulhnan porters and colored waiters are more profuse in their appreciation of small fees than any other class of servants with whom they come in contact. We have hesitated to believe that pullmun porters were singled out designedly because the position is ordinarily regarded as a colored man’s job, but deveiopements tend slowly, if at all, to dissipate such suspicion If this agitation is for the sake of economy, why not begin first where the most can be saved? Waiters in taverns, cafes, large ho tels and bellhops therein are greuter beneficiaries of the fee sys tem than pullmau poitors, in that they expect more and somehow get it. If it is presumed that the Pull man Co. has and is reaping a bar veßt and can amply afford to pay larger salaries, why not logically choose employes of corporations j with capital double and triple the capital of the Pullman Co. whoare \ / UACX coLurrHY NO 44 salaried at less than pultman por ters ? 1 refer particularly to pages or redcappers in stations owned by large railroads and union stations, operated by syndicated railroads where in many cities they receive salaries merely sufficient to legal ize their services. If, as they contend, expectation and acceptance of gratuities be base and demoralize and that it is for moral and humanitarian reas ons they agitate, it would only seem logical and reasonable that they begin where tipping is most general and most generous, thus beginning where the danger of de moralization is most imminent aud working around to puliman porters. But as blind as we would be, we see everything. Only casual analysis will suffice to convince one that this unfor tunate agitation is conveived in and born of a prejudice that is a rank injustice to puliman porters. They are a class of servants that deserve much better. Of course wants all he can get for his hire, but we must admit that the hysteria of these agitators will be accepted with better grace when they decide to share their uncontrollable sym pathies witli those of their own bloo.l who are serving us waiters on $25 00 and $30.00 salaries and those serving ns redcappers for corporations that can buy and sell the Pullman Co. for less salaries than are paid pullmau porters. Then and not until then will we appreciate as we would like to, their oratory aud ink. VANCOUVER, B. C., NEWS. (Special to Colorado Statesman.) The Pacific Coast Ad men held their coii\ention in the city a few day 8 ago. It was very success I ul, but nothing to compare with Den ver in handling conventions, but Denver is a convention city anti Vancouver is not. Some of the floats were very pietty. Mr. H. H. Cottrell and Mr L. F. Kerr of the Great Northtrn were in the city Tuesday of last week. Mrs. Oliver of Duvie St., is still boarding the C. P K. l>oys and they all spenk in the highest terms of her cooking. Mr. ami Mrs Geo. A* derson are living in their beautiful residence on the King's Highway. Mrs. E! C. Kcss of 2(51 Ket fer St., is eon lined to her home with a bad spell of rheumatism. We hope to see her out soon. H H.