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No Heaven for
Colored Man THE COLOR LINE IN HEAVEN. (Written expressly for The States man. I 50 much has been said and written about the color line on earth, that one would hardly expect to find anything of it in the great "Up Yonder,” and yet —and yet, lo! and behold, it was there temporarily at the gate of the City Beautiful for the space of ten or twenty minutes —once. ft happened on this wise: Kttnnel Fairfax of Southampton, Virginia, one of the P. F. V.'s, Known far and wide for his radi cal views on the subject of Negro equality, and who maintained with a vigor and positiveness which left no room for doubt that the Nigra wuz an animal, that he never did and never could belong to the human family, and therefore could never rank as the equal of the white man, that God in His wise Providence intended the Nigra to be a servant, a hewer of wood ami a drawer of water, that his “natural normal con dition was that of subordination to the superior race.” The colonel always en forced these views with many pic luresque adjectives which would not look well in print, and then he would take out his silver-mounted snuff box and fill his nostrils with Rapee, adding, as a parting shot: "By Gad, salt. Ah kilo's whereof Ah speaks. The Scriptures air my authority, an’ will bar out all Ah have stated. The Nigra is not even a subject of nat’ral hlst’ry. He cum fum nowhar an’ we got him; he’s ottr’n, predestined fum de begin ning. sah, to wait on us white people, w’ich is th’ s’perior race—God-blessed and invincible, onconquered an’ on conquerable, sah. T-I! me ’bout the Nigra bein’ the t kal of a white man. sah. I’m s’priscd at yo’ ignunce!” In the fullness of time, Kunnei Fair fax laid down one day to rise up no more of his own volition, and was planted in the six feet of earth that makes us all of one size. Arriving at the pearly gates of the City Beautiful he alarmed the outer gate, and St Peter, the venerable galekeept r, ap proached and desired to know the na ture of his business. Advancing a few steps toward St. Peter, the colonel asked if that was the gate of heaven? “It is,” answered St. Peter. "Well, Ah’d lak ve’y much for to git in." said the colonel. “Ah bin travelln’ a long time an’ Ahm v’ry tlahed an’ thusty." “Where do you hail from, my good friend, and by what right do you seek admittance here?" “Ah hail fum Ferglnny, an’ Ahm Kunnei Fairfax, sah: a white man." 51 Peter stepped back Into the little lodge at the gale, and taking down a big record book, ran bis eye quickly down th" columns of the F’s, and found this record: “Colonel James Winter Fairfax: Man stealer, slave owner, very cruel master, guilty of scourging and killing many of the saints who have come up through great trials and THE STATESMAN, DENVER, COLORADO. tribulations, and whose robes have been washed in the blood of the lamb —ineligible.” St. Peter informed his visitor that he had found a record concerning him which showed that he was ineligible— persona non grata, and that therefore he could not admit him. "Huccum thet” asked the colonel, anxiously. “Well, the record shows that you were a man-stealer, an owner of slaves; that you were cruel to them, beating and killing them from time to time, thus inviting the wrath of God." "Air the Almighty kolng’ to keep a white man out’n heaven jes’ fer killin’ a few wuthless Nigras, sah?” "A Negro’s life is just as precious in His sight as a white man’s, (as you style yourself, sir). Their souls are im mortal and they are God’s children. He loves them as tenderly as He loves all His othei children. He Is no respecter of persons. He is a just and merciful God. and His love overshadows the whole human family.’ “But Nigras air not human; they ain’t i>eople, they is animals; they come fum monkeys and baboons; they cain’t be ekal to white people; ef they wuz they’d be white, wouldn’t they?” "Your people have made sc no of them white. Arc they not your equals? Come, now .” “No. sah; they is Nigras. no mat tah how white they is. Ef they has any of that black blood in 'em they is Nigras.” "Well, my friend, you are incorrlgi ble. I cannot admit you hero: you have not the mark in >our forehead, nor any thing else to show that you have been redeemed." "Why. I wuz a deacon in the Baptist Church down home, sah, an’ we used to sen’ money to convert the in China, an’ Ah have pussonly given a thousand dollars fer home mission work. Ef thet ain’t ernuf to entitle u white man to pass through the gate, Ah don’t know what is.” But. my friend, you would not be .lappy here if you were permitted to pass in.’ “Why. ain't this heaven?” "Of course, it is heaven." "Then why do you thing I would not be happy here among all the good white people who inhabit It?" "There Is where you are mistaken, my friend. Here you will find men of ev ry race, kindred and tongue, and the poor blacks whom you cruelly mur dered on earth. Look! (Here St. Peter opened wide the gate, permitting the colonel to catch a glimpse of the City Beautiful*—the strains of angelic music wafted upon the air. and the vis ion that he got transfixed him to the spot wheron he stood. The walls of jasper, the golden-paved streels, and 'lie myriads of angels that flitted .ilthor and thither, the great throngs of the elect mingling In splendid al llance was a sight which palsied his tongue ami dazzled his eyes. Presently the black bishops of Af tica —they of old-time Cyprian, Orlgen, Tertullan, Clemens, and the great Aug ustine in flowing robes, passed In re view before the great white throne and made their obeisance to the King of Glory. Then came Slmeon-Nlger, the black, followed by Simon the Cy renian, he who bore the cross on which the Christ was crucified. Next came the Magii from the East, one of them a tawny black. These were followed by a splendid company of Nubian princes arrayed in magnificent robes, with palms in their hands, singing praises to the King of Glory. Then there was a short lull. Soon there was heard a great commotion and the sound of many voices singing ‘Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.” A chariot of gold drawn by six while horses, and which was preceded by an angel choir dressed in spotless while, passed. Seated in the chariot was Sheba, daughter of Jokshan, and granddaughter of Abraham by Ketu rah, she of old time and come from "the uttermost parts of the earth to Jerusalem with a very great company to hear and see all the wisdom of Sol omon”- and she was black. Following behind her came her treasurer, be whom Phillip met on the way, di verted and baptised, and he was black. St. Peter closed the gate and said; “Well, my friend, as you cannot en ter here, I must now request you to re tire; we are ex|»ecting u great many arrivals to day from German South Af rica the Lord's annotated. who have been killed in battle there, and we shall need all the floor space In the outer chamber.'' "So you really allow Nigras to en ter heaven, eh” and won't let a white man in because he's killed a few of ’em?" "No. w« do not have nigger* lu heaven, my friend: we have human souls, the spirits of Just men made per fect. blessed and sanctified by our com mon Father, redeemed by His blood and saved by Ifi* grace. There arc no niggers here, only kings and princes, tin* chosen of the Ixird (he sons of God.” "Well. Ah seen Nigra- passing tin gate Jest now when you had It open nn‘ the. wuz real black Nigras. too As a southern man an a gentleman, sah. Ah couldn't lo we rate myself by mixing with that mongr#l crowd of black and tans Ah seen passing the stale Jest now. We of Ferglnny—we white people, sah, has ouah notions l»out Nigras an’ social equality, an' we won't stand for it. Ahd rut her go to hell and stay »har for forty thou sand millions of years than to spend one minute in yander with them buck Nigras that Ah seen floating around among the white people. Kf we had them Nigras in Ferglnny, sah, they’d be strung up 'fore night!" “Michael! Michael!" called St Pe ter. A beavlly-bnllt attendant re sponded. Pointing to the colonel. 81. Peter said; "Remove that person lo the parapet and dash him Into the hottest corner of hades. Tell Refoebub to roast him to a turn; l.« Ik rt southerner and a Negro hater." Quick a Hash Michael gathered up the colonel's shroud, tied him In It and carrying him to the parapet, he swung the bundle around his head and sent If speeding down the chute marked "Hades." There was heard a demon leal yell below, followed by a dull, sick eulng thud, the opening and closing of furnace doors, from which the sparks flew upward and the fumes of brim stone filled the circumambient air. The colonel bad reached his home. JOHN E. BRUCE. Yonkers, N. Y., Nov. 21, 1905. Making It Easy for Him. "The most difficult part of a pas tor's duty,” said a well-known preach «r. “is the pastoral calls. I have al ways remembered one of the first 1 ever made, w hen I was a green youth. Just out of theological seminary. I had been called to the bedside of a mem ber of my church, w ho was well known for his peculiarities and crankiness After talking with him a few minutes, 1 said: “ ‘Shall I offer a short prayer with you?" “ ‘Short or long, use your own judg ment,‘ he said. "More and more embarrassed I hes itated. and then said: What shall 1 pray for?’ “ ‘Exercise your own discretion a to selection of topics,' said he." A Steeplejack’s Experience. Some years ago a steeplejack was eraplowM t'» mnow the .scaffolding from the chimney of a Yorkshire mi!’. When be had nearly completed In work he unfortunately lot the roi e drop by which he should have de scended. and. to the consternation of thp spectator* below, he was held a prisoner at the top of the chimney. But the Yorkshlreman was not to be beaten. He unravelled his sock and by this means let down a no’- asking them to fa?*ten some string to the end of the wool. When he had pulled tip the one end of the string the rope was lied to the other, and *c he descended safely. The Solvers. Four 'core of on* |u«d drifted whit* The heard u|>on hi* htraßl. Bin »ttll hr hf«l and ever ■ fbl Earth’* long unauewrred qurat Hr weighed all old (ihlloAopiii^a, K-uh faith, each hope. r*«ch talc. And «mil> 'lVrirP mocked hl« rry. "What lira heyond the Veil r ’ A Utile rM)d there w« wl . run iljid marre outrun llfo’a dawn Who played a mononl on thr wny. Who prattled, and wn* gone Hull • tka the ‘ y of KU- and lod Ht til question a he. for lo! Thr on* who r <•. rr u*ke»l at all r.srtme the flr>t to know New York Sun Senator on Investigating Tour. Kx-Senalor Cockrell of Mlaeuurl, now Interstate commerce commission er, and one of bin colleagues on th• commission will start for St Ixrais and the southwest In July to make a study of transportation questions This study will he exhaustive end will deal with Important tranche? ol the rate problem Mineral Matter In Sea Water. The laudmaking power* of the fm »ro strikingly Illustrated In the recent estimate of a Scottish geographer The amount of mineral matter In n a water Is found to he sußlclent to form a solid layer 125 feel deep over the whole earth and to eutial North Aim ri ca, Europe and Australia together or nearly one fifth of all land above s . a level. Even more mineral matter has been taken from the sea. Most of the and salt has ttieu derived tr'e- sea water, and o also has been much ot the cementing ma terlal of the sedimentary rocks.