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The State Journal.
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toward us, and desire our patronage.
Please mention the JOURNAL when vou call.
State Journal, the only general
newspaper devoted to the interest
of the colored people in the State
of Pennsylvania, Published week
ly, at Harrisburg, Pa.
Hereafter all subscriptions to Tur
Stare Journarn will be in advance.
We are now printing the only news
paper devoted to the interest of the
colored people of the State of Penn
sylvania. That we may be able to
successfully do this, we are compelled
to exact payment in advance. All
bills for back subscription should be
paid without delay. :
The Number of Citizen who Spoke
for Himself. |
There are always in every commu
nity a species of humanity who are
moved by a spirit of jealousy and
selfishness to disparage any move.
ment, no matter of how grest an im
portance to the people, that may be
in operation. We are compelled to
admit, and we do it with great reluc- !
tance, that among the colored people
of this city this species of snske in
the grass and dog in the mauger has
a very tangible existence. Its cow
ardly hand, which is all of its obnox
ious form which has been seen more
than once, to the detriment of the
people’s interest, we will yet expose
and hold up to the view of public
opinion this genins homo, where it
will finally receive the condemnation
it 8o richly deserves.
The Journal hzs honestly endeav
ored to contend for the rights of the
people with whom it is so closely
identified, not upon the color line but
upon the broad platform of citizen
ship. We take the same position
that any other newspaper would take
devoted to its people, and it is not an
assumption but a conceded right to
express in our columns the sentiments
prevailing to the greatest extent
among the people whom we claim to
know as much about as any other
paper. We have had the courage to
openly demand that which as Repub
licans (faithful and tried), the colored
men of this city are entitled to, and
we will not desist in this demand of
justice and right to representation
until it is accorded us. We have no
sympathy nor regard for the weak
kneed, canvas backed, double faced
men, who by word or action would
throw a stumbling block in the way
of securing justice. It is amazing
what love some men profess to have
for their people, but with all their
love they lack courage. They are
either false in their profession of love
or they are cowards and unfit to rep
resent the people which an unfortu
nate chain of circumstances has lead
them to be looked upon as the peo
ple’s representatives. In this gov
ernment no man need draw a color
line; a power over which we have no
control has seen fit, in his wisdom, to
create people different in color and
place them in juxtaposition under
one flag, and so long as these different
colors exist, one in the minority and
the other in the majority, just so long |
will the minority, whenever it in
creases in strength, be compelled to
call the attention of the majority to a
proper recogpition of such increase,
and especially in those sections where
the majority is divided into factions
and cannot control except by and
from the minority. Some men are
born fools aud some turn feols after
they are born, and it is our sincere
belief that the writer of the artigle
“Upon the color line,” in last Sun
day's Telegram, is fast approaching
the brink of dotage. We farther
believe that the sentiments of that
article represent unanimously the
views of a plausible excuse for a
man, a coward, who feared to sign}
his name to the anonymous article,
one of a kind who have used every
effort of meanness, trickery and da
plicity, to check the growing infla.
ence and popularity of the JourNaw,
pouring water upon a duck’s back
and kicking against the prick may be
amusing in the one isstance, but in
the other it is apt to be very hurtful.
If a delegate to the State Convention
is not secured by the colored ' voters
of this Republican district, the peo
ple shall have the satisfaction of at
least knowing to whom to charge the
failure, whether upon the Jour~aw or
to the underbanded trickery of the
very class of men who profess so
much love for their people, and so
much dislike for the color line. A
man whose whole life has been spent
as a sponge upon public patronage, &
man who.has received abroad.a pau
per'seducation at th® expense of atrust
ing people whom he has auped, a
man whose whole life has been a
blank, a political tramp claiming a
home here, there, anywhere that af
fords him a chance to indulge in
iudolence, is a fit subject to claim
thst he represents several citizens and
to eriticice an honest effort to secure
that which we ought to have without
asking for. If there is a colored
citizen in Dauphin county who thinks
we have erred in asking of the Re
publican party of this city and county
a delegate to the State Convention,
our columns are open to him to make
the charge among his own people.
Presidential, Gubernatorial, Sena
Some of the papers have been dis
posed to reflect upon Pennsylvania
for having no available or suitable
material in her borders to fill the sev
eral positions above mentioned, with
any degree of creditable representa
tion. We would state to these much
anvoyed journalists, that when they
make this declaration they show a
Jack of knowledge of I’ennsylvania,
and some of her most valuable citi
zens, and in our opinion the old Key
stone State compares favorably with
any in the Union in point of ability,
statesmansbip, literary and political
attainments, and we dety contradic
tion. When such gentlemen as Kd.
win I. Fitler, John B. Packer, Chas.
Emory Smith, Thos. V. Cooper, M.S.
Quay, James A. Beaver, Levering
Jones, and a host of others too na
merous to mention, grace a State,
said State has great cause for rejoic
ing. Some have been long and favor
ably known in politics, while others
have quietly pursued the even tenor
of their way in the commercial world,
in each instances paying due defer
ence to State and National affairs,
thereby keeping pace with the ques
tions of the hour and the momentous
events of the times. Such men as are
herein named are fully equal to the
emergency and demands of the coun
try, and in cither of the above named
parties, if called. would reflect credit,
not alone upon their State, but the
Nation. As P’ennsylvaniang, we are
proud of our citizens, and the people
in geeking for suitable candidates can
unquestionably go farther and fare
worse than in making a selection from
this most estimable number of true,
tried and honorable names.
A Sunday contemporary waris us
of an approaching contest between
the machine and the people in the
selection of a Congressman for this,
the Fourteenth Congressional Dis
trict. Mr. S. F. Barr is said to repre
gent the machine, and Mr. Gilbert the
people. 'We should wholy deprecate
any such contest, for the reason that
it would create a disaffection in the
camp. We think Mr. Barr should
know when he has enougb, and when
to gracefully step down and out, but
if it comes to the worst, as predicted,
Mr. Gilbert must win. As this repre
sentation heretofore has been mana
ged, custom we believe entitles North
umberland county to the candidate,
and if adhered to in this case, no bet
ter person can be selected than Hon.
John B. Packer, if he can be pre
vailed upon to serve his State in that
capacity once again. eis the choice
of the people, and his vast knowledge
and experience would add tone and
dignity to the position.
Cuarges have frequently been
made by some of our leading colored
men that the leaders of the Republi
can party in this city, such men as
Mr. John Weiss, Col. W, W. Jen
nings, Hon. A.J. Herr, Lane S. Hart,
J. C. Herman, and others, have been
untroe to the colered men, and have
treated with contempt their appeals
for representation. These gentlemen
will have a chance in the coming
county convention to establish the
truth or falsity of these charges.
So far as the colored Republicans
of this city are concerned they are a
unit for a delegate to the State con
vention not upon the color line but
upon the strong claim they have
against the party as Republicans. If
there is a traitor in the camp he shall
not escape being held up to the indig
nation of an oft deceived people.
Wuere is it, from Louisiana,’enn
sylvania, the District of Columbia or
where? No matter from whence it
comes or whence it goes it is always
playing some short hand game. .
Are the colored Republicans of
this city going to desist in their ef
forts to secure representation to the
State Convention ?
DavrniN county’s convention will
be controlled by the people, into
whose hands we submit our demand
for representation.
GRANT says it will either be Blaine
or Arthur, bat does Grant know?
Want of Thnity.
Men engaged in a mewspaper ¢n
terprise are affo: ded great opportunity
to see the want of unity and encour
agement, and to discover the exist
ence of much sordidness from those
of whom much better things are ex
pected. There are a class of people
who look with contempt upon their
fellow-beings, who are not so fortu
nate as to hold similar positions, and
to have attaired or enjoyed scholastic
and social advantages, such as they
boast of. When a newspsper, the
acknowledged source from which con
clusions are- drawn and opinions
formed, is published ostensible to
enhance the opportunities and sur
roundings of this less fortunate class
to open up, as it were, an avenue
direct for the youth to become con
versant with the printing and type
getting, and all things pertaining
thereto, we think it should be encour
aged by the more radiant lights, since
all trades union are closed azainst our
youth, instead of which, as we have
fouod it in onme or two instances,
prominent school teachers entrusted
with the great care of “teaching the
young idea how to shoot,” will have
a paper sent them for a time and
when requested to pay for it that the
paper may be kept on its feet, and
that the object desired for the good
of many may be realized, they posi
tively refuse to pay and want it dis
continued. Now, such meanness and
lack of united effort is what has re
tarded and generally injured a whole
race. When persons become so bom
bastic that they cannot stoop to aid
in elevating the race with which they
are identified, they are void of the
rudiments of manhocd snd principle,
and are deserving of pity rather than
censure. May they soon learn wis
Hacersrowxs, Md, March 14, 18841
Mr. Editor:
" Dear Sir:—lt has been a long time
since I have had eccasion or opporiu
nity to express afew thoughts in your
valuable paper. After reading in the
last issue of the Sunday Telegram
the article styled the ¢ color line,”
which attempts to reflect upon the
efforts of Tur Journan for its advo
caey of a colored delegate to the State
Convention, I beg the liberly to state
that the nincompoop who i 3 the
author of the article, is personally but
unfavorably known to me. Ileisin
the fullest sense of the word a cos
mopolite, and therefore is of no spe
cial service in any community other
than that to which all tramps are ad
dicted, making mischief. Ile, of
course, has no coacern of the matter
he so wantonly attacks, and he de
serves the execration of all citizens
when he attempts to belitt'e so neces
sary an object, and assails the methods
employed to attain it. Surely it must
benefit the whole race, if successful.
If this fastidious writer has ever held
a position it was surely not accorded
because of his consanguinity to the
whites, if so, the appcinting powers
were color-blind. I know of a fewthings
he picked up because of his being col
ored. The fact is this delegate move
ment promises to be a success, and
he is therefore jealous of the credit
that must ultimately rcdown to Tue
Jourxar, the only medinm of the col
ored people in your State. This man’s
much abused life, wasted ta'ents, and
the impetus which underlie his ram
bles are unmistakable, having a bad
effect. During-his moments of hal
lacination he always tries to do some
thing that tends to retard the race
with which he is identified, and to
which he is no earthly eredit. I‘or
many reasons I think it advisable for
him in future to keep “ bands off,” or
some very unpleasant facts may slip
into public notice. If he has wisdom
enough to keep quiet, or to do some
thing worth noticing, we may not
have to write of him till we are in
formed that the good Lord, or good
devil, needing another angel, has sent
for him.
I think it properand right that you
be accorded a delegate, whether as
colored men or citizens, you have cer
tainly earnedit,and your efforts should
be indefatigable to secure one. This
done, you can charge him up to the
white or any other race. I have not
seen in any of your articles where you
threaten (as stated by this malcontent)
the party with dire calsmity should
they fail to aid you insecuring a dele
gate, but I have seen, and gladly too,
that there is no uncertainty about the
determination to be recognized, and
the wish of your correspondent is,
that Tur Journar and the people
may trinmph.
“«OxE Who Kxows.”
Tuere is no fair minded citizen,
black or white, who will deny the
right of representation to the true,
tried, unswerving colored Republi
cans of this city, and as long as the
right is conceded, let our friends show
their appreciation for our fidelity by
carrying into effect the many promi
ges they have made.
The pusillanimous sca mp who soin
gloriously availed himself of the priv.
ileges of a Sunday contemporary and
therein had published a libelous arti
cle which alleges that there is marked
dissatisfactionexisting among the col
ored people of this district, as regards
their purpose to seeare a delegate to
the State convention, is cartainly be
yond the pale of respe:tability and a
thoughtless ingrate. He secms to be
forgetful that he is greatly indebted
to the peop'e here about for sileace,
regardingsome past transactionswhich
if made public would injure him in
the estimation of the public, in his
new official role and bring remorse
and chagrin upon his venerable gray
haired alliances. =~ The great respect
in which his relations are regarded by
us serves to save bim from an ex
posure at this time. lle had better
be warned and discontinue his efforts
to create dissention in this community
as seems to ba his want, or our respect
for his family connections will cease
to be a virtue. 'We are burdened by
a great sin in concealing flagrant
commissions, in as much as he is in a
position to repeat his old game. We
admonish his cofficial associates to be
careful and watchful, his having
no iuterest in anything here
abouts, save transient room and board
is the underlying motive, combined
withtreachery to his racathat doubtless
prompted the attack, for there is not
one scintilla of truth in any part of
his effusion. Wo are filled with a
purpose to fight it out on this
line if it takes all summer, his asser
tions to the contrary nctwithstanding?
AF'_l‘TR—’l"—l-;;: Vl".\'NA MITERS.
United States Attorneys and Marshals
Ordered to Keep Eyes Open.
WasnixaTon, March 13.—The follow
ing circular has been gent to all United
States attorneys and marshals:
ToN, D. C., March 12.—T0 the District
Attorneys and Marshals of the United
States : Dy direction of the President I
have toinform you it is reported that cer.
tain persons arc aiding in the prosecu
tion of heinous crimes by shipping to
foreign ports explosives dangerous in the
highest degree to life and property. No
proof has been adduced that this rumor
is founded upon fact, and the President
cannot believe its truth. The honor
of this Nation, however, requires
that it should not be opened. to
the imputation, unfounded though
it be, of the slightest appearance
of tolerating such crimes, whether to be
committed against onr people or those of
other countries. Your attention is there
fore called to sections 5353, 5354, 5335,
4278 and 4279 of the Revised Statutes of
the United States, which regulate the
shipment of explosives, and the punish
ment of those who infringe their provis
ions, and you are instructed to be dili
gent in your eflforts to prevent the offen
ses described, and to detect and prose
cute those who have or may commit
them Very respectfully,
Progress of Work on De Lesseps’ Enter
WasnixatoN, March 13.—The Secre
tary of the Navy sent to the Senate yes
terday, in compliance with & resolution
of the 26th of February, copies of three
reports of naval officers respecting the
progress of the ship canal across the
Isthmus of Panama. In a letter of Jan
uary 27th, 1884, Licutenant Rodgers re
ports having passed over the line of the
canal in obedience to instructions from
the Secreiary of the Navy, and says that
he found the work of construction pro
gressing, threc dredges being at work on
the first segtion, anrd excavating three
thousand to five thousand cubic meters of
material a day, and working upward of
twenty days in the month. He found
about 15,000 men employed on the entire
canal, and says that the amount of exca
vation had reached 700,000 cubic meters,
and would be increased to 1,500,000
meters within the month of February.
He says he does not think it possible that
the canal can be completed by 1888.
—_—— e g —————
Opening of the Debate in the Senate.
WasnixeTon, March 13.—1 n the Sen
ate yesterday, after the expiration of the
morning hour, everything was laid aside
for the Fitz John Porter bill. Senator
Sewell, who has charge of the bill, called
it up and made a long argument upon it.
He went over the history of the case
and declared that the bill was merely an
act of justice to an injured man. Senator
Wilson followed with an attack on Porter
and a repetition of the story of disobedi
ence. Meanwhile the packed galleries
above waited patiently, expecting to hear
Mr. Logan. They waited for three mortal
hours and then went home in disgust.
The Senator from Illinois has a long
specch and will get the floor after Man
derson, who wi:il speak first to-day. The
debate is expected to last several days.
In the House the postoflice appropria
tion bill was considered in committee of
the whole. Pending action on the bill,
after several hours the committee rose and
the House adjourned.
e e
GiLseERrTON, Pa., March 13.—Thomas
Close, of this place, a member of the Cass
township school board in 1882, was ar
rested here yesterday and taken to Potts
ville prison in default of $l,OOO bail to
answer the charges of fraud. The other
members of the board have given bail for
their appearance at the next term of court,
They are charged with expending thou
sands of dollars more than the income of
the district, unlawfully increasing the
debt and failure to pay the teachers.
- esisnsrome. i) e e——
LaxcastEß, Pa., March 13.—After a
trial lasting three weeks the jury in the
suit of Gottschalk & Lederman, of this
city, vs. the North British and Mercan
tile Insurance Company of Philadelphia,
to recoyer on a policy of 5,000 held by
the firm in the latter company, returned a
verdict vesterday for the plaintiffs for
&2 516 92, The defendant company re
sisted payment on the ground that the
firm set fire to its own store. The verdict
affects other insurance companies holding
policies aggregating nearly $24,000.
il asin (et ac——
Bripeerort, Conn., March 13.—An
other raid was made on the Salvation
Army on Tuesday night by the police for
parading without a permit. Wesley Paul,
Mary C. Innes and Waldom Neilson, ar
rested during the afternoon for paradin g
the night before and released on bondg a
short time afterward, joined the other
members in Tuesday night’s parade, and
were again arrested with the others. They
were each fined 817 and costs, and ap
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