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-JjfgZfS. ts r- V-J HEW TO THE LINE; LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY JACQPHBHlk SaSscV 55fcw - I mL. mF m .BBta S BlBPl tflS - Vol. XXII. The Full or Complete Eloquent and Patriotic Oration Deliv ered by the Hon. rrin N. Carter, the Hon. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois at the Official Farewell Gathering in Honor of the Eighth Illinois Infantry, Col. Franklin A. Denison Commanding. ; Last "week, extracts were printed in these columns from the most eloquently, 60und and logical oration delivered by the Hon. Orrin N. Carter, chief justice of the supreme court of Illinois, at the recent farewell gathering in honor of the Eighth Illinois Infantry, CoL Frank lin A. Denison, commanding, on the lake front, on which occasion, more than twenty thousand people were present and joined in the farewell exercises. The oration by the Hon. Chief Justice fceing very remarkable in every way and full of that broad spirit of true Ameri canism; that we take great pleasure in producing it in full in these columns which follows: "We are gathered here this evening to show our belief in you. There are now only two classes of citizens in this coun try. Those who are for America and those who are against it those who are loyal and those who are disloyal. In these days those who are against the govern ment should be placed in theJafter class. There is never any difficulty in classify ing the Colored people. Since the emancipation of that race they have always been for the government; always loyal. If there is any race to whom the word loyalty can be properly applied it is the Colored race. The Black man is never false to a friend; never false to a principle; never false to his country and never false to his God. He is never a hypocrite; he is always what he seems to be. He is ever a brave soldier but never a good detective. "The Black people have made won derful progress in the last fifty years in this country; perhaps the most wonder ful progress in every line of civilization that any race has ever made in the same length of time. But they are on trial now perhaps more than at any other time in their history. This regiment has an opportunity of doing a service for the Colored race such as no other like body of men has ever had for any race. "Wo arc all aware why the race is on trial. Ordinarily during these great up heavals and race conflicts both races are to blame; generally speaking in these race clashes the Colored race has been misunderstood and misjudged. I think that is trne not only of the troubles in this state but in the southern states. "In weighing and considering the ter rible tragedy that has taken place re cently at Houston, Texas, I wish the public could remember that it was this same 24th regiment of Colored regulars that did such commendable work in the army's recent advance into Mexico. Not only that but I wish the public would remember that it was this same regi ment that furnished during the Spanish Cuban war an example of possibly tho bravest deed that men have per formed in our history. General Burt of the regular army has given us this ac count in a lecture that he gave a few years ago at Boston' as to the Colored race: 'In Cuba after the battle of San tiago the yellow fever broke out among the white troops and many of them were stricken with that dread disease; regu lar nurses could not bo obtained to care for them. Tho Colonel of this same 24th xe&ent received a request for vwwiu men to act as nurses. Bealiz jB the peculiar work that was required called the entire regiment to the Parade ground and told them what was needed; that ho wanted 60 men tore rJVhf" re5lar hospital nurses who been attacked by yellow fever, a to th f,whom had died a he saia em, "i am not going to commana "J man to undertake the work, but I going to call for volunteers,' and fd, 'Soldiers of tho 24th, I want volunteers of this regiment to nurse iift i comrades wh are suffering PacL.rever' Vomers, three - xront, March.' And every that regiment stepped to the front! But that is not all. "Word came to the Colonel shortly thereafter that one-half of the men that had volun teered and been sent to nurse had been stricken down with yellow fever and that a number of them had died. More nurses were wanted. Again the Colonel called out the entire regiment of Colored Soldiers. Again he told .them what had happened, and again he commanded: 'Volunteers, three paces to the front, March,' And again every man in line stepped to the front. This is not only an example of bravery but of loyalty in the highest sense of the term. Much greater courage was required for these black men to volunteer for that service than is required to be exercised at the battle front. in the trenches, or in a charge. "If I could say a personal word tc you soldier boys to-night that you would carry away with you I would say thai under all circumstances, no matter what the provocation, be-patient and self -controlled. If you obey your officers I know you will do the right thing. I know most of these men that are leading you. Some of them have been my warm personal friends for years. No braver soldiers or more courteous gentlemen can be found. If you follow their leadership you can not go wrong. If you go to the south, as now seems certain, to the scene of this unfortunate tragedy in your race's history be sure that you bear yourselves as freemen and soldiers of this great Bepublic no matter what is said or done to you. Be sure that you are never the aggressor, no matter how trying the sit uation. Keep in your mind always that old biblical proverb that 'he that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city.' We know if you cross the water to help in this great conflict for the right of people to govern themselves that you will acquit yourselves bravely and well, but we want and expect you to acquit yourselves in that manner in every position you may be placed. You are going to assist in bringing about a peace that we hope may endure for cen turies to come; an ignoble, cowardly or dishonorable peace is far worse than a just war; and if over a war was entered into by this people for a just cause this is tho one. If you doubt it, read and study with care the great announcement just made by our president. I deem it most fitting, in this connection to ask you to remember what the emancipator of your race, Lincoln said, during tho great struggle to give you your freedom. Ho wrote in 1863: 'Peace does not ap pear so distant as it did. I hope it will come soon, and come to stay, and so come as to be worth the keeping in all future time. It will then have been proved that among freemen there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet, and that they who take such appeal are sure to lose their case and pay the cost. And thero will be some black men who can remember that with silent tongue, and clinched teeth, and steady eye, and well poised bayonet, they have helped mankind to this great consummation; whilo I fear there will be some white ones unable to forget that with malignant heart and deceitful speech they have striven to hinder it.' "I am sure that tho 8th Hlinois regi ment when it is on tho firing lino in France will bo remembered because it done something for freedom, and I am also sure that there are some white men in this country, and in this community, who will be remembered because of their malignant opposition to America in this great struggle for liberty. I want you to remember also that when you are away from home that not only your race but all the loyal people of the country are back of you with their good wishes, and that you -will to backed by this government and the entire people the CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 15, 1917 7 ..' HON. OEEIN The Hon. Chief Justice of tho Supreme loyal and steadfast friends of the same as the regiments of white soldiers who are engaged in this war. "The people of this country are fre quently charged in these days of think ing only of obtaining the almighty dol lar; that this mad race after money has stifled all the higher ideals; has par alyzed the hands, corrupted the brain and stagnated the hearts of our people. "When our soldiers have crossed the water into France these critics will find that they are mistaken. You are going to have presented to you a flag which you will take with you. I know you will preserve and protect it and bear it with unstained hands wherever you are called to go. "We who are left behind will say and pray both as to you and that flag in the words of one of our poets: " 'God bless the flag and its loyal de fenders, "While its broad folds o'er the battle field wave, Till the dim star-wreath rekindles its splendors "Washed from its stains in the blood of the brave!' "As we bid you good bye and God speed, remember that " 'Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears Our faith triumphant o'er our fears' are all with you, and we will all be with you to the end." TWO THOUSAND MEMBEES OF THE EIGHTH TT.T.TNOIS INFANTEY SANG TOGETHER IN THE "COM MUNITY SING" AT THE EIGHTH REGLMENT ARMORY WEDNES DAY EVENING. As further evidence that the Eighth Illinois Infantry, Col. Franklin A. Den ison, commanding, stands very high in the estimation of tho best citizens of Chicago. For on Wednesday evening several J thousand of their friends, both white and colored, joined in a great "Com munity Sing" with the members of the regiment in tho armory. Music was discoursed by the famous Eighth Regi ment Band. Miss Jane Addams was chairman of the committee which had charge of the affair. Judge Edward Osgood Brown and Hon. Bobert Mc Murdey, vice chairman. Tho following friends of the regiment composed the reception or war recrea tion committee: Miss Jane Addams, Mr. and Mrs. Ar thur T. Aldis, Mr. ar . Mrs. J. Ogden Armour, Mr. Allinso Mr. and Mrs. Max Adler, Mr. Louis . Anderson, Dr. k N. CARTER Court of Illinois, who is one of the most Colored race in the United States. Charles E. Bentley, Mrs. Emmons Blaine, Miss S. P. BreckenridgeJ Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Brewster, Mr. Horace J. Bridges, Judgo E. O. Brown, Mrs. Jo seph T. Bowen, Judgo Orrin N. Carter, Mr. Joseph M. Cudahy, Mrs. Elizabeth Lindsay Davis, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Dum mer, Professor George B. Foster, Mr. James B. Forgan, Dr. Frank W. Gun saulus, Mr. William C. Graves, Dr. and Mrs. Emil G. Hirsch, Dr. and Mrs. George C. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hamill, Mr. T. Arnold Hill, Mr. Charles L. Hutchinson, Mr. A. L. Jackson, Mrs. Jessie E. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan, Mr. A. K. Maynard, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Mason, Colonel J. B. Marshall, Mr. Cyrus H. McCormick, Miss Mary McDowell, Judgo Bobcrt McMurdy, Mr. Arthur Meeker, Dr. and Mrs. Bobert E. Park, Mr. and Mrs. George Packard, Mr. James A. Patten, Mj and-Mrs. Edward L. Byerson, Miss Amelia Soars, Miss Daisy Sampson, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Eosenwald, Dr. H. Eeginald Smith, Mr. Harold H. Swift, Miss Harriet Vittum, Mr. Charles F. Weller, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Wentworth, Mrs. Mary Wilmarth, Miss Edith Wyatt, Mrs. Celia Parker Wooloy. FEDERAL LEADERS GIVING COL ORED PEOPLE "SQUARE DEAL." Secretary of the Treasury William Gibbs McAdoo, ably assisted by the Hon. Byron E. Newton, assistant sec retary and frequently called into scrv ico as acting secretary, Hon. Joseph E. Balph, director of the bureau of engrav ing and printing, and Hon. Cornelius Ford, public printer, arc receiving the warmest commendation at the hands of the colored people of the whole country for their genorous recognition they are giving almost daily to the capablo and aspiring colored men and women in the I way of well-paying appointments and substantiaF promotions, Our people are passing tho civil servico examinations and the officials here mentioned, as well as many others with fewer positions at their command are seeing to it that the worthy ones get a square deal. Wars and rumors of wars havo their compen sation when it is considered that our people aro securing unprecedented op portunities for honorable service and unusual distinction in civil and military life by reason of tho existing conflict for liberty and democracy. The colored people aro anxious to do their bit in every line of endeavor and the leaders of the nation seemed disposed to utilize their talents in every department of the government. Ex. NEGRO TEOOPS TO BE TRAINED BY THEMSELVES. Will Mobilize in Same Camps with White Regiments. Washington, D. C. Special Illi nois Negroes of the draft army will be trained at Camp Grant, Eoekford, for service in the fighting line in France. The colored men will not bo called out, however, with the Sept. 19 contingent, but will go in a body on a later call. Michigan colored men will go to the Battle Creek cantonment, and Iowans to the Des Moines cantonment. What disposition will be made of the colored drafted men of Indiana, Wisconsin, and .Minnesota, in which states there are no cantonments, remains to be determined. Secretary of War Baker has an nounced final decision as to the policy to bo followed in dealing with the colored troops question. The effect of his de cision -will be to dispose finally of the efforts of southern congressmen to pre vent the assignment of any colored troops to southern camps. Will Train Separately. ' All national army colored men of the southern states which have cantonments will train at those cantonments. All col ored troops of tho northern national guard will train at the camps to which the troops of their states have been assigned. But the training of the national guard and national army colored regiments will be conducted separately from that of tho white troops. Whether they will be sent to France with the divisions of which they form a part, or whether they will go as a colored division, remains to be determined. Southern Pleas Turned Down. Secretary Baker made the following announcement: "The call for colored men will be postponed until one of the later calls, so Lhat they will be called at a separate time, giving an opportunity to tho offi cers at the camps to assemble tho or ganizations of -which they are a part substantially all at one time. They will not bo the last called, but they will bft called separately." Pressuro has been brought to bear on Secretary Baker by Texas congressmen to amend the orders sending the Eighth Hlinois Infantry to camp at Houston, Tex. Congressman Dent of Alabama en deavored to havo Secretary Baker order tho Ninth separate battalion of Ohio, a colored organization, fromMontgomery, Ala., to some camp in the north. He feared race riots. Other southern mem bers raised similar objections. Secretary Baker turned down these appeals. NEGRO SOLDIER RIOTERS ARMY GRILLING. FACE Fort Bliss, Tex., Sept. 14. Headquar ters for tho army board of inquiry in vestigating tho Houston riot of Aug. 23 wero established here today. Tho in quiry will bo resumed tomorrow morn ing. There are 164 Negro soldiers of tho Twenty-fourth infantry held in the stockade here. The board consists of Capt. Homer N. Preston, Lieut. Tom Fox, and Lieut. Alexander J. Levie, all of the Twenty fourth infantry. The members arrived here from Columbus, N. M., late yes terday, where the board has been ex amining witnesses among the soldiers of the Third battalion, Twenty-fourth in fantry, which was stationed at Houston at the time of the riot. Having completed the examination of the witnesses at Columbus, the boara will examine the soldiers of the same battalion who are being held in the stockade here. No. 52 MAYOR FRED W. MOLLMAN OF EAST ST. LOUIS, ILLINOIS, IN DICTED FOR STANDLNG LN WITH THE RIOTERS IN HIS HOME TOWN. The first of this week the grand jury of St. Clair County fixed up the Hon. Fred W. Mollman and his secretary for the part that they played in permitting the rioters to run at largo in tho race rioting in that city the latter part of May and the first part of July, at which time many white and colored men wer shot down in coldblood. Mayor Mollmna is charged with mal feasance in office and Ahem with con spiracy. Tho indictments wero returned by the grand jury in its final report to Judge George A. Crow of tho Circuit court at Belleville. The grand jury in its report declares the resignation of the mayor would b "the greatest good he can do." Thirty-nine Others Indicted. Li addition to the indictments against Mayor Mollman and Ahem, seven other indictments were returned against thirty-nine persons, the names of whom will bo withheld until those named shall have been arrested. The grand jury which investigated the riots was under the direct charge of Attorney General Edward J. Brundage of Illinois, who assumed authority im mediately after the riots. Previously the grand jury had returned indictments making 345 charges against 105 persons. Charges Against Mollman. The specific charges against Mollman, it is said, are that he failed to do his duty as mayor by not directing the militiamen to stop the rioting follow ing their arrival in East St. Louis on July 1, and that he further failed in his duty as mayor by not calling on the sheriff of St. Clair county for aid in suppressing rioters and in not asking tho sheriff to deputize many of the rep utable citizens who offered their as sistance to him as deputies. "If his Mollman 's failure to act was because his sympathies were with those who sought to drive the Negro out of East St. Louis," the report adds, "he should make room for a chief exec utive who is in favor of enforcing 100 per cent of the laws. The law abiding citizens and great industries, and the respectable laboring men of East St. Louis should unite and demand the re signation of the mayor, as the greatest good he can do to his city." MILITARY SMOKER AND CABARET IN HONOR OF 8TH REGIMENT. This evening the members of the 8th Regiment belonging to the Appamattox Club, 3441 South Wabash avenue, will be entertained with a military cabaret and smoker in its club parlors. All tho club are invited to attend the affair which will be in the nature of a fare well to the members of the regiment which will soon depart for Fort Logan, Texas. Eev. J. C. Anderson and Ber. W. D. Cook should be returned to their re spective charges at Quina chapel and Bethel church. The A. M. E. Annual Coafere&ee for this district will be held at St Paul, Minn., the coming week and Presiding Bishop Coppin, in our humble opinion, will mako a gravo mistake if ke does not return Bev. J. C. Anderson to Qni&n chapel and Eov. W. D. Cook to Bethel church, for tho vast majority of the people residing in Chicago feel that they are two A. M. E. preachers who are honest and are in the right place. i i j VNgyi? n& tmsg -?r j- . -.