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PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY. 1026 19TH STREET, NEAR ARAPAHOE STREET. C. A. FRANKLIN, Eoitob. TERMS. Onejear P.OO Six months 11.00 Threa months 50 Entered at the postofflce, Denver, Colorado, as second class mailmatter. Black 220 J. •j Phone us your news. Phone us your printing orders. Negro Leaders Ought Not Be Purely Selfish Barnum, the great showman once said that the American people liked to he faked and the truth cf that statement is certainly evident in this city. On last Saturday there ap peared in this paper an article which discussed the grievances which the Negroes of the state and more espec ially of this city are giving vent to, and ending by saying that it was up to the “leaders” to guide the lost ones out into the promised laud. Few is- SU!B of this paper have been more warmly comm nded and it is of that we would speak. There is a growing number of our people who recognize that we will ad vance only by intelligent effort and all these are ready to assist in im proving matters. But there is still a great majority who complain and that is all. They have the faith but not the works. Let us all hope that they will progress in works and finally be come living stones in the great struc ture the race is building. Unfortunately for Ihe good efforts of the one class and the good inten tions of the other, there remains a third class, few in number, but tbor roughly unscrupulous and selfish. We refer to the small corterie of Ne groes who profess great influence in THE STATESMAN, DENVER. COLORADO. politics but are famous only for ad vancing themselves. Let us illustrate. Both by report and from his own lips we have the commendation of J. D. D. Rivers of the Colorado States man. By his ow« profession a “lead er” of his people and having a paper through which be can speak, in all reason it would seem that Riveis would give voice to the same senti ment especially as he devoted his pa per to the success of the present of fice holders and made promises in their names ft was only a year ago when he was an appointive officer under City Au ditor Barton then a republican. He supported the election of Springer for mayor and with him the republican ticket in the beginning of the cam paign. Later he raised the civic ban ner and under it said: “The above candidates are all good men and will fill their office with credit when elect ed,” From this and from the fact that he was a candidate for reappoint ment under Wilson, a democrat, he hardly seems to be such a s rict parly man that he cannot now criticise the short comings of the county officials Let us seek the motive in his past ci reer, and in that which is so recent that he may fairly be judged by it. Though a number of the leading citi zens sacrificed their time and some even money in the election of Mr. Keely to the rchool board because A Grand Picnic. . Given by Columbine Court No. 279,1.0.0. C. • 'AT ROCKY MT. LAKE. ■ A good time assured for everybody. Re freshments served on the grounds. Come and bring your friends. HOLLEY’S ORCHESTRA. Cash prize waltz. Monday, Aug. V ADMISSION 25 CENTS. they felt that it was worth any sacri flee to have colored girls accorded e<iual opportunity with whites in the schools as teachers, and though our people in an astounding degree Jwent to the polls and voted to that end. Riven said flatly that he would not lend hie presence to the committee | engineering the move because ho was ! going to get money for his support | and would not sacrifice his private! gain (or such a cause. Ho went fur ther and refused when the election was over to join in representing to the board of education the fairness of the proposition. Had he stopped here it might be said that he is igno rant. But later when on credible au thority we find he was one of those who went to the length of saying that it was an attempt to inaugurate separate schools a ’gratuitous false hood of the simon pure type—it is dear that not race advancement but personal profit is his creed and that he does not mix them. As usual he is up for office and is silent not to jeopardize his chances for appoint ment at the county jail by criticism but is very willing to have somebody else shake the tree that he may gath *r the fruit. In this hr is typical of his class. They do not ask a square deal but that “me and my wife, my son John and his wife, these four and no more,” may be taken care of. This paper is willing to fight tor the race's rights and is willing to serve as a spring board for someone to leap into office but we do insist that a real race man use us, not some one with a black skin whose whole talents are used ia serving whit# politicians ami in no way benefit thejpaople he claim* to represent. Petty vice is mole dangerous than the more virulent kind because it is more insidious. Of this type is poli cy playing. It only requires a mo ment to convince one that it does not pay the player for there is no form of gambling unless it is the "sure thing" kind tbal will make a profit for the operator* and also pay 20 per cent to a middle man. Vet this is what poli cy docs The habit of spending small change on policy has assumed such proportions among onr Denver people that the church even furnishes pat rons. Religion and morality art ir reconcilable with gambling and those who have slipjied over into policy playing would do well to condder their action both as to the effect on their own character and the example they set, The Denver policy mag nates have come to bo considered as iiankers and to hear the players di late upon their winnings, none ever paid better. Yet, strange as it may so in, poor whiles and ill dressed Negroes arc the majority of patrons and if the game pays, they certainly Ido not show it. The city authorities 1 ought in protection to these pour un -1 fortunate" who are too weak and fool ish to protect themselves, close up ! these shops wherein women and men j and even children congregate. The pulpit will do well to take np the : matter and see that representations j are made that will enlist the law on j the side of decency and morality.