OCR Interpretation

The broad ax. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1895-19??, February 24, 1906, Image 1

Image and text provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL

Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024055/1906-02-24/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

' r
Vol. XI
No. 18
Celebrated the Eighty-ninth An
niversary of the Birth of
Frederick Douglass.
Its Secretary, A. L. Williams,
Commended The Broad Ax.
Last Saturday evening the Hyde
Park Colored Republican Club gave Its
second annual luncheon at the Avenue
Cafe, 5209 Lake avenue. In honor or
in commemoration of the 89th anni
versary of the birth of Frederick
Douglass. It was in every way a
highly enjoyable affair, and every one
present felt it was good to be there.
Judge S. Laing Williams, president
of the Hyde Park Colored Republican
Club, served as toastmaster, and very
briefly -with well chosen and elegant
words reviewed the career of Fred
erick Douglass, aid his remarks were
enthusiastically applauded by those
who were seated at the long banquet
At the conclusion of Mr. Williams
oration Attorney Walter M. Farmer,
late of St Louis,' Mo., very solemnly
arose from his seat at the table, and
in the most beautiful and classical Ian.
guae proposed that each and every
one present should stand up in honor
of the memory of the great sage of
Anacostia Heights, and in an instant
every person was on' their feet.
On the eve of partaking of the re
past Rev. Clarence R. Goggin offered
Prayer, and the first speaker after the
inner man had been satisfied was A.
L. Williams, Secretary of the club,
who set forth its aims, objects and
policy, and incidentally he referred to
ibe disgraceful acts on the part of
some Afro-American editors and news
paper men in this city, who for the
sake of earning $3 or $5 as a little
easy money are ever ready to boost
up men for political honors who have
always been known to be rank ene
mies in every respect to the best in
terest of the Negro, and Mr. Williams
exclaimed that Frederick Douglass
never would knowingly support men
for office through the columns of his
paper who were opposed to the ad
vancement of the race with which he
was identified. Some one at that point
'n his speech Interrupted him, and
warned him to be very careful In what
he had to say in reference to the news-
Papers, as the editor of The Broad
Ax was present, and he might get a
scorching while passing through his
hands. Mr. Williams promptly replied
that The Broad Ax was all right, that
he was a subscriber to it, and that
Public men and candidates for office,
whether Democrats or Republicans,
unless they were favorably disposed
to the advancement "of worthy Afro
Americans, found no favor in its col
umns for love nor money, and that Its
editor would not sell his principles
fr 1 or $2 like some of the socalled
Afro-American editorial writers in
JWs city. As Mr. Williams concluded
he was heartily cheered.
Edward H Wright was the next
speaker, and he certainly .covered
Wmself with glory. His tribute to
Frederick Douglass was enobllng and
very Inspiring. As a word-painter, Mr.
bright ranks with the best public
P. L. Barnett, Assistant State's At
torney, bubbled over at the month
"lth eloquence He very toachlngly
referred to his long friendship with
j .Frederick Douglass, and declared that
. at the present time the race Is sadly
t In need of another bold and coura
geous leader like him, who was always
willing to sacrifice everything he pos
sessed on the altar of justice, and for
the upbuilding of his race along all
lines, including civil and political.
County Commissioner Oscar De
Priest came next in the hst of speak
ers, and in a few well chosen words
he sounded the praises of the mem
ory of the greatly lamented Frederick
Douglass, and declared that while we
cannot all become great orators like
he was and "become famous and
achieve greatness In the performance
of deeds which can never be effaced
from the pages of history, we can all
at least emulate his example and be
come good moral and law-abiding citizens-,
and that will be one of the best
means towards helping to keep his
memory green in the hearts of his
fellow men.
j Attorney William L. Martin fol-
j lowed Commissioner De Priest, and in
; his talk he very pleasingly referred
F. L. Barnett, Colonel B. F. Moseley,
Edward H. Wright and S. Laing Wil
liams as good timber to select from a
candidate as one of the Judges of the
new Municipal Court Oft-. Martin's
remarks along these lines struck a
popular cord. At considerable length
he referred to his intimate acquaint
ance with Frederick Douglass, and
how he spent many hours in his com
pany during the World's Fair year
in 1893; hdw Mr. Douglass financially
assisted Will Cook, the noted violin
ist, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and many
other aspiring and struggling young
I Negro men and women to achieve
greatness and prominence in all walks
of life, and that there was one great
characteristic which Mr. Douglass
possessed which greatly endeared him
to him, namely, that he never uttered
any harsh criticisms against those
who severly condemned him for exer
cising all of his rights as an Ameri
can citizen, and that among the sons
of men none were more broad-minded,
unselfish, and have been willing to
cheer and encourage their fellow
ceratures to any greater extent than
Frderick Douglass.
Ex-Congressman George W. Murray,
of South Carolina, was the next
speaker, and as a porfound student
and scholar and a man of public af
fairs, he boldly declared that "one of
the greatest drawbacks to the Negro
race to-day is that it lacks high
ideals; that the majority of those who
pose as its leaders are constantly
planning how to get away from the
race, and to become swallowed up In
the Anglo-Saxon race; that they are
anxious to wear the honors of leaders
of the race without making any sac
rifices on their part to advance its
cause. In referring to Frederick Doug
lass and the great work performed by
him in behalf of his race and human
ity In general, he declared that the
members of the Hyde Park Colored
Republican Club and Its guests hon
ored thlmselves by honoring his mem
dry, as he was one of the greatest
Who is in Favor of Taxing the Saloonkeepers One Thousand Dollars a
Year to Do Business In Chicago, Will be Re-Elected to the City Council
From the Eighth Ward.
Wednesday, Feb. 14th, Alderman the Tar-Heel State.
John H. Jones, who has ably repre- Since their arrival In the city Al
sented the Eighth ward in the City derman Jones has been kept busy in
Council for many years, and who la 'Receiving the congratulations of his
exceedingly popular witn all classes
of his fellow citizens, was united in
marriage in Washington, D. C, to
Miss Emma Wolf, of Savanah, N. C.
The. bride is highly accomplished, and
was one of the most popular belles In
characters so far produced in the his
tory of the world.
Major John C. Buckner, who owns
one of the finest and largest libraries
in Chicago, and who as a member of
the Legislature of Illinois succeeded
in having a resolution passed by that
body asking Congress to make Fred
erick Douglass' birthday a national
holiday, which movement was bitter
ly opposed by many leading Colored
men, was the last speaker of the
evening, and like an old-time orator
the gallant Major In the most flowery
language referred to the wonderful
and most heroic accomplishments on
the part of Frederick Douglass in the
interest of the race ol which he was
the noblest and most conspicuous rep
rcsentative that has so far trodden on
the soil of this or any other country.
In concluding he referred to his dining
with Frederick Douglass away back
in the days when Third avenue was
considered the Grand boulevard of
the Colored residents of Chicago. He
very earnestly urged those under
tho sound of his voice, and espe
cially the young men, to get knowl
edge and to drink in the wisdom of
such great historical characters like
Frederick Douglass.
Rev. C. R. Goggin, E. J. Brown, P.
H. Williams. Clarence Smith. W. C
Clayton, F. L. Barnett, Edward H
Wright, Colonel B. F. Moseley, S. J
Manning, L. A. Howard, Henry T
Wells, Hon. Oscar De Priest, J. li
Zedricks, Major John C. Buckner,
Benj. F. Shepard, H. W. Rhea, W. D.
Neighbors, A. L. Williams, I. B. Bare
field, S Laing Williams, J. D. Jones,
W. W. Bosmull, C. M. Giedy Robert E.
Townes, Wm. L. Mbrtln, Louis Seldon.
Walter Brown, W. W. Peters, P. H.
Thomas, E. L. McCreary, Robt. L.
James, G. GIsdell, I. E. Franklin, Robt.
W. Johnson, John W. Sagon, Walter
M. Farmer, I. Dorsey, Hon. George W.
Murray, L. W. Washington, W R. Har
ris, W. H. A. Moore, John Logan, H T.
Greenwood and Julius F Taylor
were among those seated around
the banquet table, and at the
conclusion of the feast and the speech
making all hands Joined in singing,
"John Brown's Body Lies Moulding in
the Grave While His Soul Goes Mbrch
ing On.
numerous ir.endB.
ried couple are at honjo to their
friends at 7G36 Bond avenue, and OTrs.
Jones will become an important addi
tion to the fashionable set in South
George W. Perkins and the Other In-
surance Rascals Who Contributed be overwhelming how certain is the
Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars triumph of right. In 1828 when Ben
to Roosevelt's Campaign Fund Must ! frroln Lundy, the humble saddler of
Disgorge. ; Ohio, traveled on foot to Vermont
' that he mjght persuade a young prin-
i tor tn Mnln Mm tn thn irn.l- -i.
Death of John A.
M-ll JLTU. A-
Also Implicated in Robbing the Pol-icy-Holders
of the New York Life
Insurance Company to Assist in the
Election of the Rough Rider.
The trustees of tho Now York Life
Insurnnco Company, after famillarlz-
ing themselves with the report of the
Fowler Investigating Committee of j
New York, have decided to bripg suit
against Georgo W. Perkins, of Morgan
& Co., and against the estate of the
late John A. McCall for $148,702.50,
which was tho amount of money be
longing to the policy-holders of the
New York Life Insurance Company
he contributed without any authority
whatever from any source to the re
publican campaign committee in the
presidential elections of 1896, 1900 and
Georgo W. Perkins, late vice-president
of the company, will be com
pelled to disgorge and pay back to its
policy-holders the $4S.702.50 which he
lifted from the treasury with his own
bands and turned Into the campaign
fund to assist In the election of
Theodore Roosevelt as president of
tho United States in 1904.
John A. McCall died broken
hearted the first of the week from the
exposure of his rascally connection
with tho New York Life Insurance
Company. United States Senator C.
M. Depew.has been unable to look an
honest dog In tho face since it was
learned that he drew $20,000 a year
from the company by winking one eye I
and closing the other, which was high
way robbery on his part, and unless
Cornelius N. Bliss, United States Sen
ator Thomas C. Piatt, George B. Cor
telyou. President Roosevelt and all
others who directly or indirectly pro
fited by the looting of the widows and
orphans and the other policy-holders'
in the life -insurance companies of
New York make good the same fate
will overtake them that overtook
John A. McCall.
A Notable Speech Delivered in
Faneuil Hall, Boston.
By Hon. Moorefleld Storey, Pres
ident of the Anti-Imperialist
League of the U. S.
Monday afternoon, Decemner j.1,
1903, at the Citizens' William Lloyd
Garrison Centenary celebration, which
was held in Faneuil Hall, under the
auspices- of the Boston Suffrage
League, the Hon. Storey Moorefleld,
President of the Anti-Imperialist
League of the United States, who Is
a broad-minded, patriotic citizen,
spoke as follows on the burning ques
tion of the day, namely, "the indls
puted right of every American citizen
to freely cast one ballot at every elec
tion, and to have that ballot honestly
"This celebration comes at a fortu
nate hour. We are passing through a
rPnrftnn "WaUthpat-princlplog
oi ireeaom ana equal rlgnts to ad
vance which Mr. Garrison devoted his
life, and we need assured faith. We
need to be reminded how much can
bo accomplished In a good cause by
courage, persistence and unwavering
uevouon against odds which seem to
i . .. . .
... ... ti. WA "l OtCIV
j mg tne abolition of slavery nothing
could have seemed more impossible
than that these apparently insignlfi-
j cant men would shake the institution
of slavery an institution fortified by
tho Constitution, defended by the pul-
Pit and the bar, guarded by the great
financial Interests which rested upon
it and must be ruined by Its over
throw, and protected by the instinc
tive feeling of a peace-loving people
that social disorder and possible dis
union would follow any serious attack
upon it. The love of money, the love
of peace, the love of country, were al
lied to maintain it. Worse than all
was "the frozen apathy" on tho sub
ject which was more prevalent in New
England than in the slave States,
themselves, led Garrison to establish
"The Liberator" in Boston. Against
this gigantic evil deeply rooted In the
life of the nation, what could a man
or a handful of men without money
and without social or political influ
ence hope to accomplish?
"Yet, with no arms but his pen and
voice, with no funds and without a
single subscriber to support his news
paper. Garrison attacked the monstrous
wrong, and for a generation urged un
relenting war against it. Poverty, and
hardship, abuse, execration and con
tempt, the jail, the mob, and the dan
ger or violent death, never appalled
him nor turned him from his purpose.
"It Is altogether fitting that
should honor a man of this rare mold,
but it Is not by eulogies or meet
ings or statues that we honor -him
He deserves all the honor we can pay
best, but by following his example
and showing at least of his con
stancy and courage.
"The equal rights of men, which,
when he died seemed assured in this
country, are again questioned. In
many states American citizens are de
nied the right to vote on account of
their color. There and elsewhere they
are exposed to lawless violence, are
subjected to cruel punishments with-
nltles, are denied the equal opportuni
ties which is the birthright of every
man, are taunted with Inferiority,
while many Insist that they are and of
right must be forced to remain hew
ers of wood and drawers of water, In
capable of higher things. Let us
learn from the example of Garrtann,
to resist with all our might and with
untiring persistence the ignorant and
un-Christian prejudice which is respon
sible for those wrongs.
'"Our task compared with Garrison's
is- easy. We have seen slavery over
thrown. We have learned that all tne
strong forces once enlisted in its sup
port were unable to keep 4,000,000' of
J-frfifl men.flowa-lnw.a.conntry where ..
everything that they can 6ee and
everything that they can hear
strengthens the impulse to rise, which
is planted in the breast of every hu
man being at his birth? Where he
gave his whole life can we not each
give at least a few hours? Where he
made himself heard and felt in sea
son and out of season, can we not
speak as an opportunity offers? Is
there not now "a frozen apathy" that
we can help to stir? The occasional
word of many men creates public opin
ion which is irresistable. Let us per
severe in the path which Garrison
opened for us until every man in s -j
great country, the world, has an equal
I opportunity to be and to do whatever
I his powers permit, unfettered by law
! and unhampered by prejudice, looking
j forward to the day when mankind
shall rise to his high plane, and we
' shall say with him: My country Is
the world. My countrymen are all
mankind.' " (Applause.)
Mr. and Mrs. Moses Ratcliff Cele
brated Their 20th Wedding
Tuesday evening Mr. and Mrs.
Moses Ratcliff, 4850 Dearborn street,
who are prominent members of St.
Mark's Church, celebrated their 20th
wedding annlversay In the midst of
many of their frlend3.
The real wedding ceremony was per
formed by Rev. White. Mrs-. Ratcliff
wore a beautiful and richly made
white gown, and Mr. Ratcliff whis
pered on the side that she looked
much prettier than she did when they
were married twenty years ago.
Miss Delia Johnson acted as brides
maid and Mrs. McCoy served as maid
of honor. Little (Miss Camile Cotton
was the little flower girt. Mr. B. F.
Smith was the best man.
The house was beautifully decorated
for the occasion in pink and white,
and Mr and Mrs. Ratcliff received .tho
congratulations of their many friends
under a large wedding bell made out
6t white chiffon and flowers, which
was executed and arranged by Mrs.
J. Amberg Cotton.
Elegant refreshments were served
during the evening, and Mr. and Mrs.
Ratcliff received many lovely and
beautiful presents from their hosts of
xriends in honor of their 20th wedding
- i

xml | txt