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VoL VII., NO 44
As Critically Observed in the
United States.
It Predominates in Cuban Conven
tion—lt's Rapid Increase—Plant
ation Preacher—Negro and the
Jew — Philippine Missionaries —
Multi-Murderer — Thoughts from
Exchanges Commented On.
It is going the rounds of the "col
ored press" that a majority of the
members of the Cuban constitutional
convention are Negroes; that is, per
sons of African-Spanish descent.
There seems to be quite a number of
conflicting reports on this point, and
to settle a long-standing dispute, it
would be wise for some one to report
accurately as to the nationality of
each of the members of the Cuban con
stitutional convention, as well as the
exact proportion the two races
in the convention bear to
each other. If it be true that
a majority of the members of that con
vention are colored men, they prob
ably feel as if they have person
al grounds for not ratifying the pro
posal made by the United States in
the organizing of a free republic in
Cuba, and, again, if it be true that a
majority of the members of the Cuban
convention are colored men, then the
former assertion made concerning the
status of the population on the islands,
as to the colored race far out-number
ing the whites is quite true, which ac
counts for them being in control in
the convention at present. If the Cu
ban convention in its present racial
condition is opposed to the United
States, it is because a majority of the
members thereof who are colored
think that they have a just and suffi
cient cause to suspect Uncle Sam, ow
ing to the treatment that he has per
mitted members of the colored race in
the Tnited States to be subjected to,
since and before the Lincoln emancipa
tion. However, it is very doubtful
whether a majority of the members of
the Cuban convention are colored folk,
and The Republican is inclined to be
lieve that such an assertion is a mis
take. That the question may be set
tled once and for all, it is hoped that
some one interested in the matter will
look it up and accurately report the
same at an early date.
If what Bishop C. H. Fowler is re
ported to have recently said as to the
natural increase of the Negro race be
true, the Negro problem of the United
States promises to settle itself in the
very near future, and settle itself by
the Negro becoming the dominant race
of the entire continent. Bishop Fowler
is one of the Methodist Episcopal
church's leading divines and foremost
thinkers, and when he makes a state
ment it can always be relied upon.
He is of the opinion that in one hun
dred years from now there will be
100,000,000 Negroes in the United
States, and that, too, without emigra
tion, and from that number an army
of 20,000,000 can readily be raised.
"Moses when the bullrushes!" what
will the Southern lynchers do with
such an army as that to confront
them when they start out on one of
their nefarious lynching escapades?
The article in full has not been seen
by the writer hereof, hence it is not
known by him by what source Bishop
Fowler reaches his conclusion, but he
seems to have reached it. Such an in
crease as that would appear to be
pretty rapid, and even more rapid than
the statistics of the past would war
rant. While the colored race may be
rapidly on the increase, it does not
seem that it will increase as rapidly
as that, Bishop Fowler to the con
trary notwithstanding.
It is learned from a correspondent
of the Colored American that th«
Tuskagee Institute, at the head of
which is the famous educator, Booker
T. Washington, has twenty-eight dis
tinct industrial departments, which
teach the young men and women
trades, the graduation from either of
which means for them ready employ
ment and lucrative salaries in most of
the states of the South. Nothing
should be more gratifying to both the
white and the colored folk of this
country than to note the fact that the
colored folk have awakened to their
duty to learn something for their
hands to do as well as their heads.
While the Tuskegee Institute is not
exactly the pioneer in this matter, yet
it has done more toward bringing it to
a successful climax than all of the
other schools established for the bene
fit of the colored folk in the United
States put together. Prof. Washing
ton doubtless fashioned his school
after the Hampton Institute of Virgi
nia, but his school has been crowned
with its well-known success on ac
count of his own personal efforts,
while the Hampton institute is the
protege of the government, and ;is
largely supported by it. Prof. Wash
ington has successfully demonstrated
to the colored folk that a colored man
with pluck and stick-to-itiveness can
succeed in even a hostile country. The
foundation for continued industrial
success among the Negro boys and
girls has been laid by him, and it is
hoped that every section of the South
will teach their boys and girls to do
something as well as to think some
thing. To think is primary, but to do
is necessary, and the boy who starts
out in life with no definite object in
view, and with nothing to do except to
hunt for soft snaps will either end up
in the poor house or in the position
of a menial to the man who has learn
ed to do as well as think. What are
you going to do? should be propound
ed to every boy and girl, and each of
them should be able to answer that
question in some way or manner bene
ficial to himself.
A most remarkable Negro criminal
has been brought to light in Clarks
dale, Miss., who is now in the pest
house there, suffering with the small
pox, and it is believed that he cannot
recover. The Negro himself, laboring
under this belief, has confessed to be
one of the worst criminals in the
country. He claims .to have killed
Capt. John D. Day, Patrolman Peter
J. Lamb and ten other persons, as well
as wounding thirty men, women and
children in New Orleans from July 24
to July 27, 1900. When arrested he
gave the name Levi Charles, but he
aas a number of aliases and his real
name is thought to be Robert Charles,
who was responsible for the New Or
leans riot last Juiy. when the house,
in which he and his companions were
barricaded was set afire and burned,
it was thougnt that Charles was killed,
.n* fact • the police say that his body
was identified by his friends, but this
man who is dying in the pesthouse at
Olarksdale declares that he is the real
Robert Charles, the notorious despe
rado that the police thought to have
oeen ki led at the time.
The pasing of Rev. John Jasper, the
celebrated Negro preacher, on account
of his world-wide sermon "The Sun
Do Move," in his eighty-second year,
recalls to mind that the Southern Ne
gro of his caliber, calling and age in
life are rapidly becoming extinct. Rev.
Jasper represented what was common
ly known in the South in ante-bellum
days as "tne plantation Negro preach
er," who, without having been taught
or tutored in any shape or manner,
was able to preach and lecture to the
Negroes, and, in many instances, even
to the whites, with an understanding
and intelligence, which, to say the
least, was very very remarkable. In
every section of the South there was
to be found that "remarkable colored
preacher," rich in language, eloquent
.n words and wise in wisdom, who
were depended upon by the whites to
advise pacificness and patience among
the members of his race for their own
betterment and who ware depended
upon by the colored people themselves
to impart to them all the necessary
knowledge and information on all sub
jects, whether public or private, finan
cial or otherwise. It is remarkable
the amount of tact and talent that
those colored preachers displayed at
chat time, and even at this time, for
in many instances they continue to be
powers among the colored folk in the
directing of their public destinies,
rtev. Jasper, was one of those, and
perhaps the most noted of all, for
while his sermon is generally looked
upon as an amusing prattle, yet it is
said by those who have heard him in
person talk and discuss that he was a
most remarkable man and endowed
with a degree of intelligence far above
che average man, regardless of his
color, education, culture or his nation
ality and environments..
That was a rather remarkable re
view of the Jewish race which appear
ed in last Sunday's Post-Intelligencer,
by Richard J. H. Gottheil. Prom the
reading of it, there is no doubt but
that there is another race in this
world besides the Negro race that has
been subjected to some pretty rough
treatment, and, it would appear that
that rough treatment, so far as the
Jews are concerned, has not wholly
jpassed as yet, though it is slowly
Jading away. The Jew, judg
ing from this review, has
been made the serf, the slave and
the stink-pot for all nations for cen
:uries and centuries. "The Wander
ng Jew," it is clear to be seen, does
lot mean that individual Jew that
Jhrist personally rebuked, but is ap
plicable to the . entire Jewish race,
A-hichh as been driven into a wander
ing Jew condition, wandering from
pillar to post, trying to find some place
where they can live and follow the
pursuits of peace and happiness pecu
liar to themselves without being dis
turbed by other nations and national
ities, which is a hard place for them
to find. Practically speaking the
hands of the world seem to be against
them, and wherever they light some
race form of prejudice always crops
out against them on the part of the
natives. The Jew perhaps is doing
better in the United States than in
any other country in the world, save
Jerusalem, and on account of that fact
it is said that pretty near a million
Jews that are oppressel in European
.countries at present are struggling
with might and main to raise money
enough to come to the United States,
because they have learned from mem
bers of their race who are already here
that there is but little prejudice
against the Jewish race in this coun
try. However, it is most likely that if
any great number of Jews come to the
United States that anti-Semitic feel
ing, which runs riot throughout the
European countries, will begin to show
itself in the United States just the
same as there. If there is any race of
people in the world that should be will
ing to go to the assistance of an op
pressed race, it certainly should be
the Jewish race, and while the Jewish
and the Negro races may not have
anything in common from a racial
standpoint, yet the two should never
jhave any enmity in general from a
racial standpoint between them, for
they are both oppressed to a certain
extent, and they are both numerically
weak in comparison with the Anglo-
Saxon race. It is quite true that the
Negro is the doubly despised one of
the two in this country, nevertheless,
even in America an anti-Semitic feel
ing is now apparent, and any move on
the part of the Jews to become dis
tinct factors will see the same race
prejudice spring up against them as
are the Negroes of this country now
experiencing in all of the Southern
and many of the Northern states:
"All coons look alike to the," and like
wise will "all Cohens look alike to
Bishops Turner, Grant and Tyree,
of the A. M. E. church, have united in
a proposition to send a competent di
vine of their church to the Philippine
islands to organize a branch of the
African Methodist Episcopal church
in those islands. This can doubtless
be looked upon as a missionary move
and a missionary move which is quite
commendable on the part of that
church, but looking at it from a cold
blooded business standpoint, it appears
rather impracticable. The natives of
those islands do not take to organiza
tion or institutions fashioned after
the American colored man's ideas,
and, if the writer has been creditably
informed, they do not care to be
known as a part and parcel in any
shape, form or manner of the Ameri
can Negro. Whether such a proposi
tion on their part be right or wrong it
is theirs to decide and by no means the
American Negro's. If those people
wish to hold themselves aloof from the
American Negro, it is their right and
prerogative. They seem to want to do
30, hence it is but a mere waste of
time, energy and money on the part
of the African Methodist Episcopal
church to make efforts to organize
these people into their church and re
ligion against their will, to say noth
ing of the undying loyalty of the Fili
pinos for the Catholic church. Other
Protestant churches have failed to in
terest those people in their religion,
and it is more than likely that the
ministers sent out by the African
Methodist church will as signally fail
as has the other Protestants.
The two leading papers of Washing
ton City, published by Afro-Americans
are in quite a controversy over the re
tention and removal of Public Printer
Palmer. 'The American" openly de
clares that Palmer is unfriendly to
the colored race, while the "Bee" de
nies the allegation and defies the alli
gator. If the Bee is to be relied upon
Public Printer Palmer has now in his
employ in the government printing
office over 200 colored folk on the regu
lar payroll and he promises to even in
crease that number in the near future.
Without taking any part one way or
the other in the controversy this paper
is glad to note the fact that so many
colored folk have been given positions
in the government printing office, if
for no other reason than because under
the public printer in the Cleveland ad
ministration the most of the colored
employes were let out and let out for
no other reason than on account of
their color. If Mr. Palmer has righted
that wrong and is continuing to right
it .there should be no sufficient excuse
on the part of either of the colored
papers to either want or ask his re
moval. Persons should be employed
on account of their fitness for the posi
tions they seek, and not on account of
their color. It is noted in a recent is
sue of the Bee that in a competitive
examination for a position in the pub
lic printing office ten young men took
a very rigid examination, and of the
ten two were colored. After the pa
pers had been carefully marked and
graded, it was found that one of the
young colored men had made the high
est average, and as a result he was
given the coveted position, which
meant $4 per day or some $1,300 a
yetar. He was at once put to work by
the public printer, not on account of
his color, but on account of his fitness,
which was right and proper, and it is
hoped that more colored men will as
pire to accomplish j ust what this
young man has done —win an honor
able place by their wits and wisdom,
instead of by their pull and chicanery.
Andrew Carnegie himself made a
no less princely gift nor a less merit
orious one, notwithstanding the multi
plicity of his gifts, than that made
by the family of the late P. D. Armour,
in which the Armour Institute of Chi
cago received $1,000,000 in memroy of
the late Mr. Armour, who first founded
the institution. Accumulated millions
can be put to no better use than the
educating of the young people of this
country, and the Armours have set a
most excellent example, and when
placed at the disposal of universities
of general learning and education it
certainly does the greatest amount of
good to the greatest number of per
Of Things in General for the
Past Week.
Bubonic Plague Spreading — Oil
Promises to Become King—Cuba
Rejects the Platt Amendment-
Sends a Committee to Washington
City Mormons' Loss in Apostle
Cannon's Death.
From the reports sent out from
Washington City, it would seem that
the bubonic plague is spreading
throughout the world at an alarming
extent, as since November Ist last
there have been thousands of cases of
bubonic plague reported from all parts
of the world. It has made its appear
ance in Cape Colony, London, Paris,
and many other densely populated
communities and countries, and unless
the authorities in those communities
be able to stamp it out, it will become
an epidemic and prove as fatal, per
haps, there as it has in the far East.
It is a disease to be dreaded, and it is
a disease that the authorities of any
country should endeavor to prevent its
spread when it has been detected in in
dividual instances. In Bombay, British
India, during the week ending Febru
ary Bth, there occurred 1,770 plague
cases and 1.239 deaths, which is an
awful condition of affairs. The
plague should become an international
consideration and study, and a united
effort should be made on the part or
all nations to check its headway and
prevent its further spread, for there
is no doubt but that if the leading na
tions of the world would take this mat
ter up in a diplomatic way, its rav
ages, as well as its spread to some
extent at least could be headed off.
Regardless of the commercial damage
that may be done to any country or
community, if such is affected with
this loathsome disease, such country
should be strictly quarantined against
by all other nations and thereby pre
vent her citizens from carrying it to
other places. Already the plague has
made its appearance in San Francisco
and there is no telling how soon it will
be in other points along the Pacific
•joast, even spreading to our own East.
If San Francisco has cases of this
disease the health officers of the other
cities on the coast should see to it that
the proper quarantine be placed about
things coming from San Francisco, lest
the disease be spread in other cities by
such means.
It was but a few years ago that this
country was excited from one end to
the other over natural gas, and thou
sands of companies as well as millions
of dollars were organized for the pur
pose of boring into mother earth in
order to find a store room of natural
gas by which the wheels of commercial
enterprise could be more cheaply
moved. While the natural gas craze
has to some extent died out, it never
theless did prove to be a great thing
in the business world, and many cities
in this country are today being lighted
with natural gas, and to some extent
the homes therein heated. From all
parts of the country come reports to
day that companies are being organiz
ed for the purpose of boring for oil,
which is thought to underlie a great
many of the sections of this country.
To the casual observer it would seem
that there is as much probability of
finding oil in large quantities under
lying certain sections of tlusc ountry
as coal, gold or any other mineral sub
stance. What or who put it there no
one seems to know, nor do those bor
ing for it seem to care. The mere fact
that it is there is all they care for and
they want it. Scientists are in quite
a controversy just now as to what is
the origin of the great deposits of
oil that are being found in many parts
of the country at present, some declar
ing it to be a mineral, others a vege
table, still others a freak of nature;
but like gold, silver, coal and other
things that are found in the bowels of
the earth, its origin is wholly unex
plainable by man. No one knows rrom
whence gold came, and no one seems
to know from whence oil came, and
though scientists may dispute over the
freak, yet nature itself remains silent
on the subject and will continue to do
so. But this can be truthfully termed
an oil age. The United States has had
her coal age, her natural gas age and
now comes her crude oil age. Nature
seems to be determined that the world
shall not lack for some kind of a com
bustible material to use as fuel for
man's happiness and comfort.
The most notable man, so far as the
Mormon church ts concerned, since the
death of Brigham Young, has just
passed away in the person of Apostle
George Q. Cannon, who died in Mon
terey, Cal., April 12. For many years
Mr. Cannon has been the practical
head of the Mormon church and has
directed its financial affairs almost in
detail. Not only has he directed the
affairs of the Mormon church, but he
has likewise directed to some extent
the political affairs of the territory,
and his wishes as to the recognition
the Mormon churcn should receive at
the hands of the politicians, both Re
publicans and Democrats, was carried
out almost to the letter. It was his
son, Frank Q. Cannon, that was made
one of Utah's first United States sena
tors by the Republicans, and, who, by
the way, made a very able representa
tive and doubtless would have been re
elected had he not have switched in
politics by taking up the Bryan cause
and the free silver craze, and he was
elected to pleace Apostle Cannon. Thus
from time to time it has been very ap
parent that the Cannons led by Apostle
Cannon, were very important factors
in the affairs of the new state of Utah,
and he who figured on ruling political
affairs in that state without consulting
tne Cannons, generally counted with
out his host. Regardless of the reli
gion which Mr. Cannon represented,
there is no denying the fact that he
was a very able statesman, an accom
plished and refined gentleman, and he
has reared a family there who partake
largely of the propensities in these re
spects of their father. Mr. Cannon
was an Englishman by birth, having
been born in Liverpool, England, Jan
uary 11, 1827. He was converted to
the Mormon religion while yet in Eng
land, came over and at once became an
active worker and leader in its affairs
in Salt Lake City. Without regard to
religious creeds, political faiths or dif
ferent nationalities, the dath of Mr.
Cannon will be mourned by every
man. woman and child in Utah, as well
as other states in close proximity
The report that the Cuban conven
tion had decided not to accept the
Platt amendment, which was passed
by the United States senate a few days
prior to its recent adjournment, wilZ
cause many of the leading statesmen
of this country to stop and consider,
as it may mean that the United States
is on the verge of war with the Cubans,
thus having to do what the Spanish
tried for so many years to do —whip
the Cubans into subjection. The in
habitants of the West India islands
and all of the South American coun
tries always appear rather war in
clined, and will take up arms to fight
at the slightest pretext. The Cubans
may feel that this country is attempt
ing to make vassals of tilem, instead
of independent citizens, and having
spent so many years in constant war
fare for absolute freedom there is no
doubt in the world but that they will
go to war even with the United States
before they will surrender one scintilla
of prospects to their long-cherished
hope of freedom. However, it is hop
ed that the better judgment of the Cu
bans will prevail and that the affairs
will be amicably settled, that Cuba
will be free and at the same time the
United States maintain her dignity
and protectorate over the islands.
There is nothing else for the United
States to do but to maintain the pro
tectorate over the islands, not only for
the present, but for all time to come,
if for no other reason than to prevent
European powers from getting the
same foothodld in those islands as did
old Spain have for so many years. The
Monroe doctrine covers Cuba and all
the islands in that section the same
as it does South America, and when
once the power of European countries
has been broken at any point in Am
erican waters it should be broken for
all time to come, and the United States
should stand by the proposition, if it
has to go to war to do so. If Cuba is
wise she will accept the proposition of
freedom as laid down by the United
States government and be a friend to a
nation that wants to be a friend to it.
At a meeting of the Irish Literary
Society Mr. F. A. Fahy gave an inter
esting lecture on "The Irish Language
The Irish language, he said, belong
ed to the Celtic group of languages,
and had been spoken for more than
2,000 years. It had a vocabulary of
about 80,000 words, nearly all home
made, and was extremely rich in na
tive idioms. It flourished until the
commencement of the nineteenth cen
tury, when the process of decay set in.
The so-called national system of edu
cation founded in Ireland in 1831 was
opposed to the teaching and speaking
of Irish in schools —in fact, the nation
al schools had been declared the grave
of the Irish language. The famine of
1846-47 and the rush of immigrants
from Ireland to the United States and
other parts of the world had also con
tributed to the ruin of the old tongue.
The result was that, while in 1831
some 3,000,000 persons in Ireland
spoke the native language, in 1891 only
about 800,000 persons, or one-fifth of
the population, were ab.e to do so.
During the last century there had
been a steady growth in Ireland ot
English thoughts, manners, customs
and ideas, and the Irish people had
abandoned the ways of their fore
fathers and taken to their hearts those
of the Saxon. —London Chronicle.
The late Collis P. Huntington has
been made the hero of a dime novel
entitled "The Octopus." Who would
have thought that Mr. Huntington
would gain such fame and notoriety
as this after his death? None of the
remarkable financial feats that he
accomplished while alive can compare
with this fame that he has unexpected
ly gained at the hands of a dime novel
Weekly Snapshop Report and
General Roundup.
Clise-Smith Shipbuilding Concern
—Mrs. George's Death Discussed
—Martin V. B. Stacy's Life Worthy
of Emulation — Ex-Congressman
Could Not Stand Financial Re
verses—Police Matron Taylor.
The announcement that the Globe
Transportation Company, with a capi
tal stock of $100",000,000, had been
formed in New Jersey with the direct
intention of doing business on the Pa
cific coast and more especially in Se
attle, was quite a surprise to the citi
zens of this city. The leading per
sonages or this company are: W. M.
Nottingham and L. C. Smith, of Syra
cuse. New York, and J. W. Clise, of
this city. It is the intention of the
organizers of this company to enter
extensively into the ship building
business in and about Seattle, and
when they shall have begun active
operations it will mean that hundreds
of men will be employed therein and
thus create a bucket brigade for Seat
tle such as no other city on the Pacific
coast can boast of. The city that is
strong in bucket brigades is always
the thriving city, and the city in
which business is always exceedingly
strong and active. This new enter
prise, taken in connection with the
Moran Bross.' enterprise, assures Seat
tle of being the greatest manufactur
ing center of the Northwest.
>ins. geokge: killed.
Though a coroner's jury found that
no one was to blame in the accidental
killing of Mrs. J. R. George at Lake
Washington last Saturday by a run
away team, nevertheless public opin
ion is much divided on the subject and
it is believed by many that the team
was lett unhitched by the driver
thereof. Unhitched teams have caused
so many fatal accidents in this city in
the past that the city council passed an
ordinance imposing heavy fines upon
persons who leave their teams un
hitched, and many of the teamsters
have been fined tor the offense, and any
disposition on the part of the team
sters to override the ordinance the
citizens are ready to censure the ag
gressor in the severest terms. Any
driver caught leaving his team without
hitching it to something which will
prevent it from taking flight and run
ning away should be doubly fined. II
this lady met her death on account of
the carelesness of the driver of the
team which ran over her, and tram
pled her to death, then somebody
should be responsible for it, not that
The Republican wants to see a hard
ship worked on anybody, but to con
vince those having charge of teams
that it is their duty to securely fasten
them before leaving them. The owner
or" the team, if it was the carelessness
of the driver that caused the lady's
death, should be responsible in per
sonal damages to the family of the
lady who was killed by his runaway
The pioneer residents of this city
seem to be passing away unusually
fast tlus season, as already since Jan
uary, 1901, many deaths among them
have been reported, not only in this
city but all over the state. One of the
most notable of the pioneers who have
recently passed away was Mr. M. V. B.
Stacy, who for many years was one of
Seattle's most noted real estate deal
ers. Mr. Sta:y died at Green River
Hot Springs last Saturday, which was
quite a shock to the many persons who
Know him in this city, and was buried
undtr the auspices of the Masonic
fraternity in this city last Wednesday
afternoon. The remains were follow
ed to their final resting place by a
host of old pioneer friends and ac
quaintances. Speaking about Mr.
Stacy to a large number of old pio
neers, all were of one opinion as to
him being one of God's noblemen.
'The greatest compliment that I can
fay him," said an old pioneer, "is that
his word was his bond, and if he would
give you his word to do a thing or to
pay a certain sum of money or to
make a transfer of property, it was
just as good as his deed, or his check,
or the cash. Before the transaction
was closed he might see that he had
made a bad bargain, but he never
changed, but stuck to his bad bar
gain. He was one of the most reliable
real estate men that ever walked the
streets of Seattle." The same strain
of kindly words were heard during
the entire week, not only from pio
neers, but from persons who more re
cently have had dealings with him. He
lived a most commendable life, and
one that most young men should feel
proud to take as an example to fash
ion their lives after. Mr. Stacy never
had an ambition to "skin a man," as
the vulgar term runs, but his ambi
(Gontinued on page 3.)

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