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PUBLISHED EVERT FRIDAY. lIM MTH STREET, NEAR ARAPAHOE STREET. C. A. FRANKLIN Editor. TERMS. Onayaar IS.OO Six months 11.00 Thrsa months 10 Entsrsd st tbs postolllca, Dsnssr, Colorado, as sacond class mallmattar. A Man’s Chance Wanted. Some time ago we called attention to the brilliant work of a colored em ploye of the Rio Grande railroad in piloting a train through a dangerous flood. In our last issue we again men tioned him, this time in connection with his miraculous escape in the Adobe wreck and his subsequent hero ism in saving the lives of seventeen persons who were imprisoned in. the wreck. We refer to W. A. Watkins. The bar which is raised against the advancement of colored men has oper a ed to prevent him receiving any sub -4 antial benefit through promotion for h.'s past services and probably will be in evidence at this time. Yet in the name of justice and fair play, we can not pass over the matter without pro testing. The man who would blot out the sun and plunge the world into perpetual darkness would be an angel of mercy beside him who deprives mankind of hope. The scholar at his problem, the artisan at his handi work, the statesman in his law-mak ing are alike inspired by prospect not only of the betterment of mankind, but of the improvement of their own position. For the white man who has saved company property and human lives as has Watkins, there is sure advancement with no limitation except his ability, but for him. there is an acknowledgment of his good service and the same old job as porter. Soc rates once said that the man who is really good is he who is not inspired by hope of reward, but who does good for its own sake. By this standard the Negro is certainly good. Such meritorious service as we perform is not done for what may come out of it. In twenty-four years the Rio Grande road has lost no property by the care lessness of our people, yet the door of opportunity swings no wider for us. In no sense is this meant as a crit icism of this railroad above others, for we do believe that the present con dition is rather the making of the trainmen’s unions than of the mag nates. but we would be able to say with full heart that God still lives, if in recognition of such service it would make on opening for men who pro tect its interests regardless of their color. NOW IS OUR CHANCE. More than I year ago we called the attention of colored voters to the THE STATESMAN, DENVER, COLORADO. power which they had in their hands for forcing some kind of decent con sideration in employment from the public utility corporations which ope rate in this city. There is no good reason why we should be denied the privilege of working for the Water Company, the Gas Company, the Tele phone Company and the Tramway. There are not at present two dozen Negroes employed by all these com panies, despite the fact that we con tribute our share to their prosperity. It is not often that we are in a posi tion to get a square deal or “get even." For one of them, this is the appointed time. If we are to contribute toward perpetuating the graft the tramway has, it certainly has got to share the spoil by giving us employment. This is not politics. This is business. We deserve a chance to earn a living and we can force it by remembering that our own interests at this time are more important to us than any of the clap trap of the municipal ownership enthusiast or the corporation agent THE PRESIDENT DOES WHAT BROOKS WOULD NOT. President Roosevelt's assurance that he will name Rev. Gladden for an army chaplaincy is the first ray of light that has come to Colorado Ne groes since this has been a state. Dear as has been the President to every Negro’s heart for his manhood and fair play, this strikes home, and to our general laudation is added a pro found appreciation and gratitude. In this connection we regret to have to speak of the shameless efforts which Congressman Brooks is making to give forth the impression that the appoint ment comes upon his proposal. Just as we have convinced him of broken promises to the colored voters of this state, so we now convict him of try ing to deceive by claiming this ap pointment. As we heard out of his own mouth an assurance of fair treat ment, which he has not kept, so we heard months ago of the proposed ap pointment before he even knew of It It Is a shame that he is so ungrateful to Negroes who are the mainstay of the party which he represents. It is a double shame that the President of his own initiative had to choose a col ored man and leave to Brooks the en dorsement of him. The party organ' zation is such that a hypocrite can hide his unfairness successfully, but one in this case needs only look at past records to see how improbable Brooks’ claim is. It is the same with ARE YOU GOING EAST? If so one trip via Will convince you of its superiority of service. Through Standard Pullman Sleepers, Tourist Sleepers, Free Reclining Chair Cars, High Back Seat Coaches to KANSAS CITY 4. ST. LOUIS, MO. Through Tourist Pullman Sleepers to Chicago, Boston and points east. Every Convenience, Comfort and Luxury. SUPERIOR SERVICE LOW RATES For further information call on or address H. B. KOOSER, J .H. GINET, Jr. G. W. F. k P. A. T. P A. Denver, Colorado. the claim that he is responsible for the appointment of colored persons In the mint. How cornea it that he is bo powerful to do for us here in the mint when he was unable to make Dana, one of his own creatures, give us a square deal in Colorado Springs? How cornea it that he has deliberately broken the assurance that he would secure the appointment of a colored person every six months and still is enough our friend to land Gladden? It requires only common sense to see that in this as in everything else Brooks is following the l»nd wagon. He is the choice of the factions of the party in this state not because his merit demands it. but because he is of the caliber to ride two horses at once. He is such a pigmy that neither side fears him. Colored people could forgive him his insignificance if he would only l>e a man and do the fair thing. His friends will do his future a service to make no more claims for him. His chief cause for fear is that the state may get eyes on him and count him for what he Is. In the same degree that this ap pointment is a reflection upon the treatment accorded colored republic ans in Colorado, it is a compliment to us and to the man who has been chosen to represent us. Our virtues have always l>een on the blind side of Colorado leaders, but have l>een per manent and far-reaching enough to attract the attention of national lead ers. We congratulate Dev. Gladden on his selection and are sure that ho will ably represent us. CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER SPECIAL NOTICE. By the kindness of tbo very Her. Deau Hart th«? Deaconess of St. John s Cathedral has l»nassigned for work in the Parish of th« Redeem) r, and has already entered ui>on her duties. A reception will !» given by the wo men of the congregation to Deaconess Metzler on Sattirdny afternoon, the •list, from I to 0 o'clock, at tho Par ish rooms, 22nd Are. and Humboldt St. All communicants and friends are invited, especially the younger people, sh the Deaconess is anxious to meet everyone connected with the Mission. The Deaconess has lived in Japan, and is most happy to under take this missionary work, for which she has been thoroughly trained and prepared. April ball at Manitou Hall, Thurs day April 5. Music by the Harris Or chestra. Don’t miss it. One of tho coming events is the pro duction of the Kermess for Monday evenii g April 18, by tne ladi s of the Woman's Guild of the Church of the Redeemer, assisted by many society Indies and gentlemen.