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TO STAND SOLIDLY FOR MCKINLEY
Lawyer Jones Says This is the Duty of
the Negro in the Present Campaign
and a Throng of Representative Citi
zens Agree with Him Mr Newsome
Wants Bryant as an Experiment Prof
Hershaw Argues for Roosevelt
Eight hundred enthusiastic people
crowded into the Second Baptist
church laBt Sunday afternoon to listen
to a discussion of the all absorbing top
ie The Duty of trie Negro in the Pres
ent Campaign under the auspices of
the Lyceum President R W Thomp
son waa in the chair and in introducing
the speakers said that the meeting
was not a political one in the general
acceptation of tho term but was au ed
ucational review of a highly important
Issue now up for settlement He
thought that it was a sacred miBBion
for an organization to select an appro
priate time to assemble and in calm
and tolerant vein go over the faotB and
theories presented by the opposing par
ties to the end that an intelligent
course of action might be disclosed
He insisted that ihe truth could tahe
care of itself and that to give both
sides a fair hearing was the beat evi
dence of the progress of 3 race toward
culture refinement and generosity of
judgment
Lawyer Thomas L Jones waa the
principal orator and he was introduced
as a barrister who had made the ability
of the Negro attorney respected in eve
ry court of the District Mr Jones
addreES was a Echolarly presentation of
the issueB It was well tempered up
to date and wag delivered in the pol
ished engaging and forceful resnner
for which the protege of the late John
M Langston is famous H9 argued
strongly from the republican stand
point and urged the Negroes to stand
firmly by McKluley and Koosevelt as
the best means of preserving our liber
ties and assuring material prosperity
Mr Jones reviewed the history of tho
Negro race in the United States through
the days of slavery to emancipation
and the enactment of the fourteenth
and fifteenth amendments to the Con
otitution For forty years he said
every enactment that has benefited
the colored race has been the instru
ment of tho republican party Ho
charged upon the Negroes the necessi
ty of not only reading the platforms
and listening to the utterances of the
two great political parties but to ob
serve closely the actions of both The
issue of imperialism was taken up by
Mr JoneB who severely criticisrd Sen
ator Tillman Democratic victory the
speaker considered would be a vindi
cation of oppression of the Negro and
mark of ingratitude to those equal un
der the laws The sins of omission
lodged against the republican party
were due to the sins committed openly
by the democracy
Mr J T C Newsome of Texas for
merly editor of a leading race paper
presented a brief rejoinder offering
reasons why the democratic party
should receive Negro support Mr
Newsome stated that he realized that
he was on the unpopular side of the
argument aB far as a colored audience
was concerned He was not 8n apolo
gist and bad no wish to defend these
measures that had been taken against
the colored race The republican parly
he urged had had it within their pow
er to prevent the oppressive acts against
his race and the republican party bad
failed to exercise that power The ad
ministration of President MoKinley
ww severely criticised for its Porto
THE COLORED AMEEIOA msmffGTOK D 0
Rican reversal for continuing warfare
in the Philippines and non interference
in the South Mr Newsome quoted
the passages in the magazine article
appearing under the signature of Gov
ernor Roosevelt in which he criticised
the Tenth Cavalry He cited an au
thority in defence of the colored troops
in their rearward movement who states
that they were ordered to fall back by
a commanding officer
Mr Bryan said the Bpeaker had
promised to proteot eyery right of every
citizen as far as his power extended re
gardless of color The same promise
had been made by McKinley the speak
er oonceded but that promise had not
been kept
A lesson might be learned from the
Germans whom no party own d be
thought Their attitude was compared
with the statement of Lemuel E Quigg
who had declared that -the Negro oould
not be driven from the republican
ranks with a club The duty of the
Negro Mr Newsome conceived was
to vote for the democratic candidate
this time in the iuterests of his own
race if for no other reasou than aB an
experiment Mr L M Hershaw made
an eloquent spaech saying the audi
ence did not appear to need any mis
sionary work to hold it in line He
took occasion however to make a ring
ing defense of Governor Roosevelt and
stated that the Scrlbner article reflect
ing upon the colored troops had boen
garbled and so dietorted by omission
that the meaning had been completely
reversed
Tho occasion was an ovation to Mc
Kinley and Roosevelt
COL MAT N LEWIS
The Successful Daily Negro Editor A
Strong Character A Successful Career
A Power in Virginia
No few Negroes have had the am
bition to begin the publication of a daily
paperin the interest of the Negro a
consummation devoutly to be wished
bo say they just a few have attempted
to materialize this seemingly terrible
task and fewer still have succeeded
Virginia with Norfolk as the lucky
town claims the pioneer in this step
the most successful of that fewer and
every one knows Col Lewis of the
Daily Newport News Recorder The
Recorder is the acknowledged leader in
its line of journalism Though pub
lished m tho southern part of Virginia
tho editor Col Lewis makes no pre
tense at apologizing for the wrongB
perpetrated upon the southern Negro
by the southern white man as some of
our papers are wont to do here of late
Clean aggressive yet conservative the
growth of The Recorder under the ef
ficient management of Col Lewis has
been wonderful From a four page daily
with three fourths of the matter plate
it has grown to a four page daily with
two thirds of the reading matter origi
nal and the remaining third taken up
in legitimate paying advertising thus
demonstrating that it does not require
50000 subscribed by Negroes to run a
daily but that the man with the ever
lasting qualities of Col Lewis can con
duct a Negro daily forever make it re
spectable readable and a success fi
nancially The Newport News Re
corder is a power locally and is felt so
far aB the Negro vota is concerned
throughout the state To attempt to
legislate in around Newport News
without consulting tho editorial rooms
of The Recorder Ib like attempting to
become a factor in the republican nartv
without consulting Marcus Amelias
Hahna
Col Lewis outside of being an extra
ordinary successful editor is a success
ful lawyer The eases those that ro
quire pure legal thought and work
which he has successfully handled be
fore the Virginia bar can hardly be
counted within the hundred mark He
is reoognized as one of the best lawyers
in the whole commonwealth- Nor
does he have to confront so much pre
judice as is often the case with the col
ored lawyer in the South The man
himself is so fine m character so gen
erous m spirit that his most sincere
enemies in politics and policy recog
nize at once his ability and if under
law he is right as is the Southern term
It is so and Is hereby ordered
Col Lewis had been the candidate
for federal office but finding that he
was going to be defeated instantly
gave up his own campaign and started
in the interest of some good man of the
race So much unlike the average col
ored politician who finding that he is
not going to get a piece of the pie be
lieves in turning the whole thing over
to -my friend Capt Jones for an ex
ample The Colonel is free from such
hypocrisy If the republicans In the
New Port district waut an independent
candidate for Congress it has often
been suggested that Col Lewis wonld
be -the man elnee he alone can win the
entire Negro vote and the independent
white suffrage
In manner the Col is indeed a gen
tleman easily approached congenial
in nature almost sweet in disposi
tion generous in spirit a shrewd law
yer a successful editor a living exam
ple of our unlimited possibilities He
has expressed his desire to run an
eight page daily scon with a sixteen
pace Saturday evening edition We
look forward for the paper A thought
along this line according to Col Lewis
standard means it is halt done The
Colonels recent visit to Washington
was the occasion for much joy on the
part of his hundreds of Washington
friends
If McKinley is elected and we are
just as sure of that fact as we are that
Wilham Jennings Bryan is an expo
nent of Southern barbarism in all prob
abilities the Col will likely not be for
gotten when it comes to rewarding the
fait bful His lamp was found burning
and for that matter is burning etill
Mr Lewis baB worked faithfully for
the party ever since he has been a vot
er His eervice has always been at the
command of the party and right
proudly has ho responded to every call
When the saints are marching in
we trust that our distinguished friend
will be one among that number and
the outlook is favorsble since he has
kept the faith
LET US REASON TOGETHER
This is thefirtt week In October and
every subscriber and agent knows what
this means It means that all monthly
bills must be paid It takes money to
pay bills and The Colored American
has a great many of them Subscribers
who know themselves to be in arrears
should send their subscriptions m at
once This applies aleo to our great
army of agents who have not eettled
for September Dont wait to be dunned
and then get mad about it Settle un
now and this means YOU
Mr Clarence C White as violinist
possesses the artistic temperament to
a marked degree as well as the in
dispensable gift of sympathetic inter
pretation His tone is full and his
fa eilily cf execution is wonderful
Elviria O Dally News
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