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Hew to the Line.
Vol. I.
No. 12.
The public mind is kept con
tantly agitated over the horrible
scenes of lynch law, -which are of
such frequent occurrence all over
tTip TTmtftd States, and which are a
blot and a disgrace to any commu-
nity. It is also true, tuat just
about election time, the Republi
can press teems with blood-curdling
accounts of Southern outrages
upon the poor colored people of that
section, many of which are true,
but a great number are exagger
ated, colored ap and actually manu
factured for campaign purposes.
"We deprecate mob law as much as
anyone; we believe, in every case,
the law should be permitted to take
its course; it is the only safe maimer
of dealing justice to the law-breaker.
Whenever a community becomes
seized with a frenzy to resort to
mob violence, it at once becomes
dangerous to all classes of people.
No one is safe from a mob. The
innocent are as likely to be hurled
into eternity as the guilty.
We condemn lynch law under
any circumstances; but we assert
that it is not less wrong when per-
tfetrated noon a white man in a
Northern State than when it is re
sorted to by a Southern community
upon a Negro rapist or murderer.
The wrong to the law and to
society is the same in both cases.
While it may be true, that they are
a little more frequent in the South
than in the North, yet there is a
natural reason for it.
Civil war is demoralizing to any
community, and the South was the
battleground for the late rebellion,
and as a consequence society there
received a greater shock than
in the North. It is true, also, that
the sudden freedom conferred apon
the slaves of the South, and in
vesting them with all the civil aad
legal rights of the whites, while
they were in an igaoraat condition,
tended largely toward inviting them
to become criminals, aad casse
them to become the objects of dis
like with the law-abiding people;
hence it is sot to be woadered at,
that mobs shoaH seek to jegalate.
the peace aad order of the com
munity. ,
Mobs take place inallcemmBfiitM
to some extostvas the stastitk
show, there hoiag 190 lynchikga ia
the whole UaHed States ferthe
year 1804, extra fling ever almost
all the states aad tenitcoes, sfcewr
uag a decrease aamber from
prior yean. U QKcay.JVJiiwn
of J.let, ltti,whea-k fcefort
as, has a
lynched er the
with a statement of the number
for each year since 1885. This
compilation shows that under Presi
dent Cleveland's first term of four
years, there were 586 persons lvnch
ed in the United States; while
under President Harrison's adminis.
tration there ivere 730 persons
lynched; 235 unfortunate victims
being in. the list in the last year of
Harrison's term. Under Clevelands
present term they are decreasing,
especially in the South, as these
figures show. We hail with de
light any improvement in this re
gard. As the negroes of the Sonth
become more intelligent, they will
become less criminal and will be
more law-abiding.
Another fact we will just speak
of in passing, that is, that a large
number of cases of mob violence
inflicted upon negroes in the South,
it was perpetrated by the negroes
themselves, thus showing that it is
not always the result of race pre
judice. The old charge by the
Republican papers, that the Demo
crats are responsible for so many
colored people being mobbed in the
i Sonth, is only a campaigncry, to
induce the race to hate and fear
their white brethren, and try to
make them believe that the Repub
lican party is their only friend.
The figures in the. Chicago Tribune,
show that the Democrats have been
more vigilant in protecting the
negro from mobs than the 'Republicans.
good work now being done by our
little paper, and show their faith by
their works. If others in Salt
Lake City, and elsewere in Utah,
will give us just a small amount of
aid, we will be able to maintain a
live, crisp newspaper, which will
accomplish a work for the cause of
true Democratic principles that can
not be reached as effectively by
any other raedium. Read our ap
peal in another column and make
an effort to do something to help
along the cause. If all our friends
would only speak a kind word to
their friends and neighbors in our
behalf it woufd do us much good.
We ask you to emulate the example
of these noble gentlemen of Ogden,
and then the success of the Broad
Bx is assured.
Tax BaoAD Ax is enabled to an
nounce this week, that our prospects
are growing brighter every day. A
great many persons have predicted
that yre would suspend after the
election; and that the Broab Ax
was only a campaign venture, but
from the encouragement received
during the last few days, we feel
j as tilled in saying, "we are here to
stay." Besides many kind words
and substantial help from Salt Lake
City,, we have received the support
aad hacking of a number of prorai-
tnent citizens of Ogden city, aajoag
whoa we desire to mention the
Hoa. HH.Spepcert; Jadge H.
H'.Roiapp, Hon! David .Evaas,
Jadge Thomas D. Dee, M. S.
-Breanuag, Joseah Walkee, Joha
A.-Soyk; p:H. Peaty, A J.e-
W H. W'WilKaps, J. D. Bafli-
Heward Carpeeter, Jeha
Peojmattsc Jaiaah, Hoa.
.Idaioaey, J.,P.Lederidfe,
HS.JHidom, ,CeL W. L. B.
Peftea aad maay-otfceet,
"Albany, N. Y., Nov. 8 James
C. Matthews, colored, recorder of
deeds in Washington in President
Cleveland's first administration, has
been elected judge of the. recorder's
court of this city which office car
ries with it powers of supreme court
judge. His.majonty is overJ2,000.
He was nominated and elected on
the regular Democratic ticket. It
is the highest judicial office ever
held by a man of his race in this
The above, taken from the press
dispatches, is another illustration of
the truth of what the Broad Ax
has maintained all along. Such aa
occurrence is a pleasing incident to
the colored people everywhere; it
shows that race prejudice is disap
pearing. It also shows the liberality
of spirit on the part of the Demo
crats; such a thing as the election
of a colored maa for judge, has
never happened in any Republican
district in the whole United States.
Have ire not always said that the
Democrats were the best and truest
friends of the colored, peopled
How loag will it take to convince
the negro, that his interests demand
that he cat loose from the old false
notions of the past?
Tse Bboab Ax desires to state
the case pkkly aad trathf ally, to
oar frieads aad the pa Wic geaeral
ly. We began the jwhlicatio-a of
the Bboab Ax last Aagast, ia the
iaUrest of. trae Deaaeorafec vpria
eteks, aad for the aaeeese of the
imrnrtal party of Jomsrioa- jad
Jseksem. We -were compelled to
rely fB-as Pr,,T3?Mc for
oar aeenrt. Darg the pt
liiTrr- we aavt districted
gfcwsjiiMiiif &&fi:SJi
Utah. We have sent our paper
free to every colored man in Salt
Lake City, aad the effect has been
of benefit to the party, as seen by
the large Democratic vote of the
colored men. While, during the
campaign, we made an especial
effort to reach the colored voters,
yet. we claim to publish a paper that
hashad its influence with all the
people, and" has been read and ap
proved by ail classes. We have
come here among you to stay, and
if the people of Utah will give us
the support we think we deserve,
we will improve the Broad Ax in
every particular, and continue to
advance the cause of Democracy,
and the interest of Utah.
We therefore appeal to .the gen
erosity and judgment of this people,
to give us a share of your patronage.
We believe the people of Utah are
as just, honest and wide awake
people - as can be found in this
country,. and we, therefore,feel that,
they will still continue to aid us in
this good came. Let us have your
subscription for one year, or at
least for six months. Let, us ad
vertise your business, and thereby
help us and at the same time help
yourselves. Use the columns of
our paper for the expression of
your individual opinions upon any
public question. Help to get us
readers,and give us your encourage
ment, and wo will give you- a
bright, lively up-to-date news
paper. So far, we have had to rely
on our own limited means and a
few donations from kind friends,
who have nobly stood by us in this
struggle, and for whom we shall
always cherish the kindest recollec
tions. :
We propose now to sustain the
Broad Ax on business principles
aad by business methods.
- Will every reader efthis number
try to help us in seme may to suit sin
tkis paper? If it is ever so small,
do something for the Broab Ax, aad
we wfll soon be on a solid bask.
We propose to ealarge the paper,
aad add several new features
which will be pleaeug to
all. Give -as your helping haad,
frieads, aad we will give yoa a
good pager.
Jultds P. Taylor,
' Editor.
, 4?sb iLepabiicaas of Utah say
they doa't oare to jahflateQTer
tisir rsceat rietery. What M.jthe
ImaMae? .Am they ashamed e,th
ataaaerhy which "they saeeeedadf
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