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The Negro in Business BusinessContinued BusinessContinued BusinessContinued
Continued from page 1intend 1 1intend 1intend
intend that we should all administer administerto
to the soul of each other alone he heplanned heplanned heplanned
planned that some of us should admin administer administer administer ¬
ister to the soles of our feet Today TodayI
I am here as an exponent or a as dis disciple disciple disciple ¬
ciple for the care of the soles of thefeet the thefeet thefeet
feet We have been teaching the Ne Nergo Nergo Nergo
rgo of the things unseen unse n and preparing preparinghim preparinghim preparinghim
him for eternity but now we must mustteach mustt mustteach
teach t ach him of the things seen and make makehim makehim makehim
him ready to live liveThe liveThe liveThe
The particular pursuits that I wish wishto wishto wishto
to direct your attention to is that of ofthe ofthe ofthe
the shoe business unlike most of the thecommercial thecommercial thecommercial
commercial business One might think thinkthat thinkthat thinkthat
that to undertake such means a large largecapital largecapital largecapital
> capital as well as s long years of expe experience experience experience ¬
rience in handling shoes before success successcan successcan successcan
can be assured I have only to relate r i late
talk over the meritorious points of a ashoe ashoe ashoe
shoe The average size of a mans foot footand footand footand
and women likewise and what grades gradesof gradesof gradesof
of shoes would be most suitable for forSouthern forSouthern forSouthern
Southern trades It was more than thanone thanone thanone
one week spent in the accumulation accumulationof accumulationof accumulationof
of this knowledge when we went to toone toone toone
one of he biggest and richest concerns concernsin concernsin
in the city of Boston to place our order or order 01del ¬
der for about fifty styles all in the thelowest thelowest
lowest and middle grades of shoes shoesWe shoesWe
We reached Charleston everybody anx anxiously anxiously ¬
iously awaiting the opening of this thisNegro thisNegro thisNegro
Negro shoe storeThe store storeThe
The idea of a general g neral house to house housecanvass housecanvass housecanvass
canvass over the th city presented itselfWith itself itselfWith itselfVith
With Vith the drummer idea we we carried carriedsamples carriedsamples
samples from house to house exhort exhorting exhorting exhorting ¬
ing each Negro to give us a trial trialshowing trialshowing
showing them the advantage as well wellas wellas welllas
as the quality of our goods placing placingour pl placingour cing cingour
our profits on close marginal lines and
A Leading Shoe Merchant Charleston S C
my few years of experience along this thisline thisline thisline
line to convince you ou that capital andyears and andyears andyears
years of training are not essential to toa toa toa
a successful career in the shoe world worldbut worldbut worldbut
but that Garce Grit and Brains stand standout standout standout
out as the three greatest factors factorsIn factorsIn factorsIn
In the city of CharlestonOctober Charleston October 21
1899 the firm of Seabrook and Porter Portershoe Portershoe Portershoe
shoe dealers was launched The cap capital capital capital ¬
ital stock and fixtures 500 200 re reserve reserve reserve ¬
serve fund This gave us about as asmany asmany asmany
many pairs of shoes as we could both bothclrry bothcdrry bothcarry
carry in our arms and about as many manyempty manyempty manyempty
empty shoe boxes to adorn our shelves shelvesand shelvesand shelvesand
and thus added to make a full display displayof displayof
of the goods goodsWe goodsVe goodsWe
We Ve spent a part of the month gf gfSeptember of ofSeptember ofSeptember
September in Boston where we re received received received ¬
ceived our our first schooling from a Negro Negrowho Negrowho Negrowho
who had been employed in the shoe shoefactory shoefactory shoefactory
factory as shipping clerk for several severalyears severalears severalyears
years ears This man took special interest interestin interestin
in us Each Ea + eh h night we would meet and
We carried out this method for about aboutthree aboutthree aboutthree
three months when the demand forshoes for forshoes forshoes
shoes exceeded the supply By mak making making making ¬
ing every possible sacrifice every avail available available available ¬
able dollar had been turned into into build building building building ¬
ing up our stock The empty shoe shoeboxes shoebo shoeboxes
boxes bo es had been displaced by boxes con containing containing containing ¬
taining shoes The little store which whichwas whichwas whichwas
was about five feet wide and fifteenfeet fifteen fifteenfeet fifteenfeet
feet long was filled to its capacity capacityNine capacityNine capacityNine
Nine months had passed and we must mustlaunch mustlaunch mustlaunch
launch out into deeper water with withthe withthe withthe
the same old grit and determination determinationto
to sink or swim We Ve moved into larger largerquarters largerquarters largerquarters
quarters quartersNinety quartersNinety quartersNinety
Ninety per cent of the trade carried carriedon
on is with the Negro about ten per percent percent percent
cent with whites To the white as aswell aswell aswell
well as asthe the colored colo ed people the fact that thatshoes thatshoes thatshoes
shoes can be b bought from a Negro Negroconcern Negroconcern Negroconcern
concern is a new feature There are area area area
a number of Nergo businesses support supported supported supported ¬
ed entirely by by the t white people But ButI
I 1a
I these are concerns that were estab established estab estabi establashed
i lished immediatelly after slaveryhandling slavery slaveryhandling slav ry ryI
handling h dling such commodities as the theI thewhItes tht thtwhites
I I whites thought too degrading for them thento themto themto
to handle Tnese Negroes have made mademoney mademoney mathmoney
money in their fields of business of ofthe ofthe of ofthe
the large patronage of the whites Be Because Because Because ¬
cause of such successful career today todayfinds todayfinds todayfinds
finds the whites going into the avenuesand avenues avenuesand avenuesand
and helping to awaken the onec power powerful powerful powerful ¬
ful influence of the Negro by gaining gainingthe gainingthe gainingthe
the patronage of the whites who once oncesought oncesought oncesought
sought the Negroes for these commod commodities commodities commodities ¬
ities There has scarcely been a day daypast daypast daypast
past in the history of our business businesswithout businessI businesswithout
without the attempt to sell to some somewhite some somewhite s n nI
white customers In some cases we are areturned areturned areturned
turned down because of our color colorI colorwhile
I whIle others come in and nd inquire as asto asto asto
to who carries on the business and andmake andmake
make purchases after which they express ex express express ¬
press themselves as being willing to totrade totrade totrade
trade with any one who gives themvalues them themvalues themI
I values regardless of color We note notethat notethat notethat
that whenever we place bargains in inour ini inour
i our windows the white people take takeadvantage takeI takeadvantage
I advantage and buy them up before beforethe beforeI beforethe
I the Nergo customers get around If Ifyou IfI Ifyou
you are cheap they lose sight of your yourcolor yourcolor yourcolor
I color They want the best goods forthe for forthe forI
the smallest amount I feel that where whereit whereI whereit
it shall become a custom for the Negro Negroto Negroto Negroto
to engage in all mercantile pursuits pursuitsthe pursuitsthe pursuitsthe
the whites and blacks alike flock flo floe to tohim tohim tohim
I The white shoe dealers have beenno beenno been Qeenno
no barrier to us rather a help They Theycome TheyI Theycome
come around us and council with us usas usas usas
I as to the form and best method of ofhandling ofhandling ofhandling
handling our trade In case we are areshort areshort areshort
short on sizes of a certain shoe we can canget canget canget
get this shoe from any white merchant merchantwith merchantwith merchantwith
with allowance of half the profit for forourselves forourselves forourselves
ourselves ana so in this way we keep keepin keepin keepin
in touch with the leading shoe men menstudying menI menstudying
I studying with them the greatest cre ereator creiator creator
iator ator for business which is style It Itwill Itwill
will take time and work but it will willbring willbring willbring
bring reputation to business and profit profitas profitas
as nothing else will It rests with withyou withyou
you as to whether your store shall be bethe bethe bethe
the home of stylish shoes or whether whetherthose whetherthose I
those who wear the styles must go gosomewhere gosomewhere gosomewhere
somewhere else to get them and you youlose youlose youlose
lose the benefit and profit profitThe profitThe profitThe
The shoe dealer can really do missionary mis missionaryservice ¬ I Isionary
sionaryservice sionary service Time was when hehad he hehad hehad
had one line and one last now there thereare thereare thereare
are lines and lasts without number numberand numberand numberand
and it is here that his skill comes in inThe inI inThe
crooked footwill foot footwill footwill
The man with the wide
straight shoe He Heinsists Heinsists Heinsists
I will want a narrow
insists that he has h s worn that style styleof styleof styleof
of shoe all his life As an evidence evidenceof
of this his foot is the proud possessor possessorof
of two bunions and as many corns as asthere asthere asthere
there are toes The timid dealer will willyield willI willyield
I yield to his whim but the man who is isin IS ISin isin
I in business for more than the money moneyI moneythere moneythere
I there is in it almost refuses to sell sellhim selli sellhim
i him a shoe sh that will continue a source sourceof sourceof sourceof
his hisman hisman
of annoyance He finally convinces
I man and each time has made a life lifelong lifelong lifelong ¬
long customer There is a hygienic hygienicvalue hygienicvalue hygienicvalue
value in shoes and we push itBe it itBe itBe
strictly one onepriced oneI onepriced
Be sure that you are a
priced house A twopriced shoe store storenowadays storeI storenowadays
I nowadays cannot meet with success successfor successfor successfor
I for you must have the full confidence confidenceof
of your customers It might make a afew afew afew
it itwould itwould itwould
few sales at first more quickly but
when whenthe whenthe whenthe
would onlybe only be a question of time
the public would find it out and when whenthe whenthe whenthe
can not trust to toyour toyour toyour
the people find they
longer they will look lookfor 100kfor lookfor
your honesty no
for another place to do their trading tradingThe tradingThe tradingThe
best bestpolicy bestpolicy bestpolicy
Honesty is the
The old maxim maxi
policy always holds good In case a aContinued aContinued aContinued
Continued on page 9
Nos 635 and 637 Acker St N E E7 E7r Etrioms 7 7r
r rioms > oms and bathf bath bricks handsome handsomef handsomefjonts handsomeffonts
f fjonts onts and cozy interiors houses are arejit arei arelit
lit i firstclass condition condit oIti having been beenniwly beennhvly beenntwly
niwly papered and painted Price 2 2n0 1 j =
n0 0 each each1700 1700 can remain for three threeyears threears threepars
years ars at 5 per cent interestNo interest interestiNo interestNo
No 2316 H St N W YFrame Frame cot cottqge Cotof otn otnb +
tqge b e of 9 rooms and bath lot 26x9t 26x9trgited 26 x 9 9rcPted 9ft 9ftrlted
rgited at 2550 Price 3500 3500No 3500o 3500No
No o 1806 Corcoran St N W W8roomt W8roomtfjftme W8rooms W8roomsfame 8roomt 8roomtfjame
fame lot 14x60 14x 60 finest location in inCjiy i inc 1 1c
Cjiy c Y Price 2150 2150No 2150o 2150To
No To o 1033 Seventeenth St NW NWFivei NWFiveir4 NWFive Five FiverOm E Er4m
rOm r4 r4m > m brick with frame kitchen no nojjth nobith nobath
bath lot 18x25 18 x 25 next to corner of L Lgt LS LS
gt S and key to the improvement improvem nt of ofjjne ofsJne of ofsane
sane jjne A fine speculation Now rented rentedat rentedat
at at 2050 050 Price 3500 3500Call 3500Can
Call and see us about terms Other Otherdurable Otherdelrable Otherdrable
durable terms ETAOI SHRDL CMFdirable CMF CMFdesirable C1IFd
desirable d dirable lirable properties for fOr sale saleI j jGEORGE
1410 41o G St N W WMESS tiV tiV1RESS w wi wDRESS yF yFI
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The de Lam Orton Famous French FrenchPerfection Frenehp FrenchPerfection
Perfection p fection Tailor System Mme J A ASTiallwood Asnallwood AS7aallwood
STiallwood sole agent 1513 Madison Madisonstteet Madisonscieet Madisonstreet
E EIliorning
street northwest northwestMining northwest1I
Mining 1I rning class from 9 a am m to 1 p mAternoon m mAfternoon mI
I Afternoon class cla s 2 to 5 p m daily dailyEtenings dai1yEtenings dairyEenings
Etenings Etenings from 730 7 30 to 10 oclock oclockMpndays oclockM oclockM
Mpndays M M ndays Wednesdays and Fridays Fridaysdjessmakers Fridaysdiessmalcers t tdressmakers
dressmakers and ladies who wh wish to todo tod tod
do d their own dressmaking dressmakingrr dressntakingANTEDTo
W rr ANTEDlo A vrmimi rn l learn l < aln tv the wonderful wonderfuln wonderfulDd > I ivfji ivfjiDp
Dp Lam Orton French PerfectionTailor Perfection PerfectionTfilor PerfectionT
Tailor T i1or System Seamless Basques Basqueswithout Basquesmth Basqueswithout
without mth ut one inch of visible vi ible seam in inlining inuhing 1 1liking
lining or goods not eeveu on the theshoulder theE thesoulder
shoulder E oulder Successful dressmaking dr < ssmaldng re req req reqires
q qires ires as much earnest progressive progressivestudy a astudy
study as successful work in any pro profusion
i fission fusion No detail is too small to be belocked bei beIopked
i locked lo lred after We teach you to make makedresses makeI makedresses
I dresses with or without wi thout seam andguarantee and andguarantee andgu
guarantee gu rantee perfect fits and complete completeyour completeyur completeyour
your course with a diploma diplomaIf
If it you have a spare room that you would like likerent Ilkorwt likerent
rent to desirable parties advertise them in The TheColored TheColored TheColored
Colored American AmericanPlesxso AIJ1ericanPI AmericanPlease
Please PI 0se Kelp Me Find My BrotherSauk Brother BrotKerSaunk BrotherSaunkJoyce >
Saunk SaunkJoyce Joyce was sold in Mecklenburg Virginia Virginiaseveral Vininiaeoveral Virginiaseveral
several v ears before the civil war to Cunnisan Cunnisana
a Negro trader His mother Willie was a slave slaveon slavQon slaveon
on the Joyce plantation He had one sisterBettywho sister sisterBetty sisterBettywho
Betty Bettywho > who is very anxious to find him Any information in information Information
formation will be gladly received receivedMRS receivedMas receivedMRS
44 Parker street Atlanta Ga GaWANTED GaI GaWANTEDGirl
Sci SciAN
I WANTEDGirl WANTED WAXTEDGirlfor Girl for house work insuburban in insuburban ini insuburban
i suburban home with city convenien conveniences conveniences ¬
ces family of two adults none but butfirstclass butfirstclass butfirstclass
firstclass girl wishing a good permanent perma permanent permanent ¬
nent home with good wages need ap apply apply apply ¬
ply Call or address Mrs J K KGaines KGaines K KGaines
Gaines Glen Echo Heights Md or
467 C street northwest Washington WashingtonD
9 9WantedAn
Wanted WantedAn An active man who under understands understands understands ¬
stands soliciting advertising to take takea
a position on The Coloretl American AmericanIt
It is a good paying permanent permanentposi permanentposiUon posi position posiLion =
Lion for the right kind of man Applyat Apply Applyat Applyat
at this office tf tfNOTICE tfNOTICE
The copartnership known as Carter CarterDavis CarterDavis CarterDavis
Davis doing lunchroom business at
308 Twelfth street northwest has by bymutual bymutual bymutual m
mutual consent this 28th day of Sep September s September p ptember ¬
tember 1903 1903been been dissolved Will be beknown b bknown beknown 4 4li
known hereafter as G A Carter II li
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