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The Statesman
C. A. FRANKLIN, Eoitob.
Onejear P.OO Six months 11.00 Threa months 50
Entered at the postofflce, Denver, Colorado, as second class mailmatter.
Black 220 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
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.
■ A good time assured for everybody. Re
freshments served on the grounds. Come
and bring your friends.
Cash prize waltz.
Monday, Aug. V
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.

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