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tWith this edition we present to
?tfce.good people of Utah, the ini
rtkl numher o! the "Bboad Ax."
'lanched upon the perilous sea of
r iownalistn, with a firm belief that
it'-wjll be appreciated by those who
"wfll take the pains to peruse -its
colmaaBS, we desire to say, this
": v jourBal, will stand for the equal
rights of all men before the law, for
the interests of Salt Lake City, and
- the new State of Utah. It will be
Democratic in politics, advocating
the immortal principles of Jefferson
asd Jackson; it will stand for the
. " Hokkst Silver dollar of our fore-
' fathers, to be coined free, at the
rao-of 16 to 1, without asking
'-peisaissioa of any foreign nation,
prince, poteatate, or banker; we
v ' wiH also strive to aid and advance
the caase of the working man, in
tfee great straggle bow on through-
g i -:
In -
strive tonfuse a spirit of liberal
' iadepesdence into the mind of the
- colored voter, ia the consideration
o all political questions. "With
charity for all,, and malice toward
none," we cosae before you, asking
jour- co-operation and support in
. eedeavoring to "hew to the line,"
and in advanciag the reforms de
manded ia this country. To this
esd, we invite a full aad free dis
oasaioa through our columns, by
ixay oae, of the qaestioas now be
ffore he people, and me will be
. jloaioii io pablUa Jtay eoatribution
" cxpresslag an individual opinion if
aad, free from personality.
ToSfi.tfeose who are in accord with
the, spirit aad purpose of the
;SaoB Ax," we aek you to rally
tthe sapport of the objects and
To the colored people pfUtah
we have a word to say.
The editor of this little journal,
being himself a colored man,:feels
at liberty to address his people on
terms of candor and equalityyahd
therefore we ask you' to command
"let tis reason together.-
There has been no race of people
on earth, since the flight of iime,
who have been so much despised,
downtrodden, and misused, by .their
fellow men " as the negro race.
unematme in tne jungles ot a
savage continent, they have "been
brought to civilization through Ihe
portals of servitude, and at last
through the law of the "survival of
the fittest" they have finally reach
ed the goal of' liberty and equality
before the law. His progress in
the past has been slow but certain.
When he looks back over the
pathway of- his ancestors, and the
trials they underwent, he but natur
ally feels a tinge of indignation at.
out the whole country. This paper 1 the wrongs .roeivedjHrwhic.w'.iwe.,
,v-.-, - .iih ' JL p m
o 'ceaceaa jor-tne liberation
of the jainds of he colored people
from "political slavery, and will
It. jhh wa. have aadicaca', aad ia
ueh ;U patrieticcitiaeas should
i lieep eoaeern.
--? ivava P. Taylor.
iVfrra a Srm tat Idadlv
rMtJK exaae taw wounds aad screu
LigJ wa4tjMjM.
Wx: lelieve that Jasti
ick mi ma. The dii
tijm ia the worW is kat
But the time for looking backward
has passed. Let us now deal with
the present, and look to the future.
Those who would liave you ever
recurring to the memories of the
past, do so with the motive of ap
pealing to the prejudices, for sin
ister aims and. purposes. For ex
ample, the Republican politician
has -always claimed the colored
people should vote with the party
who gave them their liberty that
they were their only friends and
benefactors that the Democrats
tionary war. It "is true that the
people of New England washed
their .hands of the sin, Pilate-like,
by selling Ineir slaves to their
brethren of Virginia, Georgia and
the Carolinas, because it did not
pay to keep them so far north. It
is true, many of them then turned
aboushionists, and clamored for
the liberty of the blacks, thus
showing they were rst actuated
by a mercenary motive, and then,
envious of the apparent prosperity
of the southern planter, made a
virtue of their jealousy to despoil
their neighbors.. .
There is no logical reason why a
colored man.sbouM be aBepublican,
any more than he 'Bhould be a
Mormon, a Methodist, or a Baptist.
It is time the colored people should
act from reason, and not from im
pulse and prejudice. This is an
active age; new questions have
arisen; the old have passed away,
and if we would 'keep pace with the
progress of the age, we must deal
with live questions, aad not wkh
,those that -are dead
long -as the colored people -align
themselves with any political party,
for no other reason than for a
prejudice or for a .sentiment, so
long they show to the world
they are not as broadminded and
intelligent a class of people as they
ought to be, and must be, before
they are entitled io the recognition
they deserve.
Op all the names suggested as
candidates for seats in the U. S.
Senate, from the new State of
Utah, there is a unanimity of sen
timent among Democrats that the
senatorial toga, should resl upon
the shoulders of Hon. J. L.
Rawlins, .pf Salt Lake, and Hon.
Moses Thatcher of Logan. They
are the logkal candidates of the
Democratic party. To Mr. Rawlins
the people of Utah owe a debt of
gratitude, for which a seat in the
Senate would be but partial pay
ment. As 'a' champion of the. in-.,
terests of our people, and the work
accomplished by him, while a dele- .
gate from this Territory, he" needs
no. asseveration, for it is fully re- '
cognized l)y every intelligent maa;
or woman' within our borders. A
ready debater, a logical speaker, a
profound lawyer, a coarageoas
leader, and aa hoaest man, he is at
once fitted by nature and training
to represent in, that dignified body
the welfare -of. this inter-mountaia
were the negro's enemies, etc.
The result has been, the colored
people, thinking of the past, only,
disregarding the present and future,
have as a class blindly followed
that great party -with a devotion,
unequaled in the history of man;
forgetting the fact, that it was the
fortunes d war, and not the design
of the Republican party to free the
"Slavery, existed in the south,
the south Is Democratic; slavery
did not exist in New England,
which is Republican; hence the
soath the natural, foe of . the
tBegro, ana t&e norm nis natural
friend." xha is a-.sample or tne
aophistry used to "pull the wool"j
over, the eyes of" the colored man.
Have ire not overlooked the fact
that the rcasoa slaverv was not I
established in the northern states
was that it was not profitable to the
whiles, as it was la the south? It
was reaogaized aad practiced in
most 'all ef the states-and coloaies,
fCtsYmili. MiSmkmu - Beth before aad after the Revola
man just named", the eyes cf Utah
naturally tura to the. Hoa. Moses
Thatcher, the, eloquent and scholar
ly defender of Utah, whose very
name sends a glow of pleasure' to
the hearts of the people of this'
commonwealth. Aaaauwhoseoal ' :'j&Bk
ana syrapauues. .are in. xhji aecora
with the best interests of Ufeh,
with a Kioral character without a.
The Broad-Ax will endeavor to ataia, his political career without a-(" tTr
infuse a spirit of liberal and honest
enquiry into the living questions
of the day, and to lead the minds
of the colored people away from
false notions, old prejudices, and
disagreeable memories. We want
you to "act for the living present,"
to exhibit yoar independence "of
thought, aad do the right, and;
ihereby assist to break down the
race prejudice that yet lingers with
the American people. While do
ing this, we shall advocate the in
terests of the Democratic party, and
askyouto.be Americans, and not
negroes, and to join us in an effort
to discuss public questions, aad
public men upon, their - merits.
Will joa do thk? Jf you will, we
shall be ike meaas of accomplish
ing & great adraaee amoag oar
race in Utah, aad eaabk you tox
ercise yoar maahod aad freedom.
Tax .most formidable weapqa
agaiast errors o every kind is
reasba. I have aever .sed aay
other, awl'I trust I MvacikalL.-
HmMsitv is aa'artk which faluV
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aakaa eaote aactaawatas e n.
blemish, and bis-intellectual attack-
ments the equal of any mas ia the
Wot. With sacB an eloqaeat
rhetorician, fearless advocate," aad'
polished gentlemaa ia the D. S.
Seriate, the destinies cf this people
would be secure. With ach a '
splendid team represeatiBg Utahr
at Washingtoa, we-weiild he.'ihe
envy aad pride of the whole, coaa
try. Sach men would do grace
and hoaor to the aames of Weh-.
ster, Clay, Bentoa, Saianer, Doag .
las, or any of thelamiaaries of. the
past, whose star i glory yat sheds
its-historirglem from tbeeseateh
eon of Americaa. atatesmea. The
proadbftt day Utai can have, wiM
be whea these two giaats of the .
Rockies take, their seats as the -Irst
Senators frap thts magaii-- -ceat
State. And if the vaice eftie
people m. followed, thk evaatTwiU
surely coaia.
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