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Vol. VIII., No. 4
Under Critical Eye of Ob-
serving Men.
A. M E. Church Raises Millions
for It's Own Extension—Danish
West Indianman Not Favorably
Impressed with Uncle Sam—
Howard University—Black Men
in Kansas—More Home Hospi
tality Might Save Young Men
from Ruin.
It is very doubtful whether any
church organization whose member
ship is in no better financial condi
tions than are those of the A. M. E.
church of this country has ever
raised more toward church ex
tensions than has it. At a re
cent meeting ot the financial
board of Hie African Meth
odist Episcopal church of this coun
try it was given out by the financial
secretary tnat within the past twen
ty-one years the enormous sum of
$1,060,000 had been raised through
the eiiorts of the members alone, and
the same had been expended in the
ere ction of church buildings in this
and other countries. .None of this
amount has gone for any other pur
pose, save and except for the build
ing of churches as said above. It is
most remarkable that such a sum
could be raised in so short a time and
especially from a class of people
who, lor the most part, are badiy
over-burdened with poverty^misery
• and want. Such a vast sum for such
a purpose must prove to those antag
onistic to the race who has
so cheerfully raised, it that the
members thereof have succeeded ex
ceedingly well in establishing the
fact tnat the church and race will
yet become self-sustaining from, a
religious standpoint.
There is at present a joint high
commission in session at Copenha
gen, composed of representatives
irom both the United States and the
Swedish governments, with the view
of arranging for the latter to trans
fer all of its rights and possessions
to the Danish West India islands to
the former. These are very fertile
and well developed insular posses
sions, and, owing to their proximity;
to the United States, the authorities
of this country have long desired to
become the true possessors thereof.
It is learned from a corresponrent
from one of the islands that the citi
zenship is made up almost wholly of
the descendants of native Africans,
and the face of a white man, re
gardless of his nationality, is the ex
ception instead of the rule on the isl
ands, either in the city or the coun
try. These people, however, are
highly educated, having sent their
children to the various European
countries, where they were educated,
and afterward returned to the island
as a part of its citizenship. Owing
to the fertility of the soil and the
high state of progress that they have
made there is a vast amount of
wealth among the citizens, and they
naturally hesitate over any proposal
of becoming American citizens. All
things considered, from a commer
cial standpoint, the merchants of the
islands are quite willing to become a
part and parcel of the United States,
if they be assured of fair treatment,
but they realize in doing this they
will be accepting the guardianship of
a country in which race prejudice is
the chief cornerstone, and not being
accustomed to such conditions, ow
ing to their relations commercially
and otherwise with the various Eu
ropean countries, they do not exact
ly see what the outcome of such a
change will be, and judging from the
present outcome of the race troubles
in the United States, it is far from
being very inviting to them. So
soon as the United States becomes in
possession of the Danish West India
islands then there will at once bob
up another difficult race problem
for this country to solve, and it
would appear to the average citizen
that there are already a sufficient
number of such problems before the
statesmen of this country for solu
tion without buying any more. ;
United States Commissioner of
Education Harris has given out the
statement that Howard University
takes the lead in higher education
for colored youths over all others in
this country. While this school
makes no great pretensions of indus
trial trainings, as does the Tuskegee
and Hampton, yet it has made itself
just as famous as either of those in
stitutions along industrial line?, and
far more so along other lines. How
ard University makes a specialty of
legal and medical professions, and
also in preparing young men for the
ministry, and it sends out, generally
speaking, the ablest students that
are to be found in this or any other
country among colored people. Tn
fact, no school, from a legal stand
point, ranks as an equal with it, and
the same might be said of it as to the
medical department. This institu
tion of learning for colored folk was
first established by Gen. 0.0. How
ard, and through his influence con
gress has from time to time annually
allowed the institution $30,000
and also appropriated parts of
other funds set aside for educational
purposes for its use and maintenance.
It is largely attended by students
from all parts of the country, and
from even foreign countries, and at
present it has an enrollment of 915
students. The tuition is free and
the students can get board and lodg
ing on the grounds, which is made
up of a twenty-acre tract in the
northern part of the city, at $9 per
month. A great many students,
however, board in the city proper
and) do odd jobs about the national
capitol and other places of business
to pay their board while attending
Strange as it may seem, the Jessie
Morrison; murder case, accounts of
which occupied a large amount
of space in the daily papers, when it
was on trial some months ago, and
the jury disagreed, which necessitat
ed a second trial, and which trial is
now in progress, the first juryman
that was accepted by both the state
and the defendant was a Negro la
borer. The Associated Press dis
patches report him to be a man of
average intelligence, and seemingly
possessing plenty of ordinary horse
sense. It is rather remarkable that
this man, coming as he does from the
most despised race of the land,
should be placed upon a jury which
will hold the destinies of one of
Kansas' most beautiful and talented
young women in the hollow of his
hands. This is a co-incident in the
state of Kansas which is deserving
of much more than a passing consid
eration. The reader will remember
that iti is not quite a year yet since
a colored man was burned at the
stake in Kansas merely on suspicion
of having wrongfully injured a
White girl, and now a member of the
same race is sitting in judgment on
a white girl, who is being tried for
her life, and he is considered by both
her and her attorneys to be eminent
ly suited and worthy in every respect
to pass on her fate. This is the most
right-about face of affairs that has
occurred in a good many years, even
in Kansas, where things are done
without much consulation or consid
The above incident reminds the
writer that Kansas for the most part
is one of the best states in the Union,
if notVhe very best, so far as the so
cial relationship between the white
and the black folk is concerned.
Xo state in the Union from time to
time, since it has been admitted into
the Union, has accorded the colored
people in general such fair and im
partial treatment in every respect as
has "bleeding Kansas." Her citi
zens may be feverish and fitful and
reverse themselves with the changes
of the moon, but regardless of their
Frequent change of heart in matters
of state and local importance, they
are always the same in their treat
ment of the colored folk. Isolated
cases where colored persons are bad
ly treated by enraged whites are
sometimes reported from the state of
Kansas, but on the whole from the
Mississippi river to the Colorado
boundary, the citizenship of Kansas
gives the black man to understand so
long as he will be a man and attend
to his own business, as do the white
citizens, ho will be accorded the same
treatment and given the same show
to make a living as the self same
[Continued on Page Four]
Of Men and Things in the
Public Mind.
Prince-Kennedy Murder Case —
South Has a Fictitious Progress
—Jay Gould's Influence Still
Much in Evidence—George and
Helen Gould Following in the
Footsteps of their Father— Other
Points of General Interest.
Kansas City, Mo., has been stirred
from center to circumference for the
past twenty days over the trial of
Mrs. Lulu Price-Kennedy for the
murder of her husband some months
ago, which trial resulted in a verdict
of guilty of manslaughter and a ten
year sentence in the state penitenti
ary being imposed upon her. This
was a most remarkable affair and
one m which not only Kansas City,
l)iii every locality in the United
States should feel personally inter
ested in its outcome, which prompts
this comment. Mrs. Kennedy in her
maiden days was a most beautiful
and attractive young lady, highly ed
ucated, cultured and refined. Her
striking fea litres and winning ways
caught the eye of Masher Kennedy,
and he at once set about to con
tinue her rum. Having succeeded
m ruining this most estimable young
lady, he was forced at the mouth of
a shotgun to marry her, but he abso
lutely refused to live with her as her
husband and the father of her child,
and entreat as she might he turned
a deaf ear to her. Crazed from this
brutal treatment she went to his of
fice burning under her shame and'
disgrace, demanded of him whether
he intended to protect her and her
child and receiving a cold and indif
ferent answer in the negative, she
whipped out a revolver and shot him
instantly dead and then kicked his
dead body in the face. While the
laws of this land say that murder
shall not be committed, yet, if a wo
man was ever justified in shooting
the heart out of a human fiend, this
woman was of all women the one.
The man who will cold-bloodedly,
deliberately, beguile a young and in
experienced girl in such a manner
as to bring about her ruin, make her
a despised outcast in the eyes of soci
ety and implant on her fair form and
face a life-long stigma of disgrace is
the man that should be murdered
like a dog, and that, too, regardless
of his mushroom standing in the
community in which he lives, fin
ancially, socially and otherwise.
It is a case fit just retribution,
and it is to be regretted that
there are twelve men in the United
States that would render a verdict of
condemnation against any woman
for so protecting her girlish chas
Much is being said throughout the
United States through the columns
of the press about the progress that
the South is making at present.
Some of this may be true, but on
the whole it is but a fabric of a vi
sion. It must be and is admitted that
there are sections of the South to
day that are forging ahead from an
industrial standpoint about as rapid
ly as some of the sections of the
North and the West, but on the
whole, the South is still a wretched
waste of land and wealth, and it will
require a half a centenry of the most
energetic labor to bring it back to at
least a normal condition. Ninety
per cent, of the homes and the farm
lands of the South are mere abodes,
and show no more signs of being
human habitations than the hut in
which you camped in the mountains
last season in your summer outing.
Even in those sections where much
material progress is being made the
homes among the poorer classes,
both white and black, are more hov
els than homes, and such as no ten
ant in the Xorth would think of liv
ing in even during the dog days or
August. Xo care or consideration is
given to the homes of those who cul
tivate the soil and who are the bone
and sinew of the working world of
the South, and no more care is given
to providing the working people witli
wholesome food than is given to the
providing of them with comfortable
homes. While the South may have
more industries in operation
now than it had at the
close of the war or a cou
ple of decades thereafter, yet the
general condition of the country i 3
no better now than it was prior to
the war. It is a country totally de
void of progress, save and except
here and there where some man has
either imbibed the spirit of the
Northerner or is himself a Northern
man by birth, sojourning there for
commercial reasons only.
The memory of Jay Gould, the
financial wizard of Wall street and
the railroad king, still lives, and his
will is being carried out the same
today as it was when the man him
self actually lived and was engaged
in cornering the stock mar
kets of Wall street. When
Jay Gould died his finan
cial mantle fell upon his son
George J. Gould, who the father was
wont to say, "is my son George, a
child after my own heart." While
George Jay Gould may not have all
the dash of his father, he quietly
goes about things, and in the end
succeeds, just as well aa did his
father. He is the center of both the
railroad and financial worlds of this
country. The hand of George Gould
is to be found here and there
and wherever any great finan
cial deals are being made,
and with the active aid and
support of his sister, Miss Helen
Gould, it begins to look as though
the Gould family of these latter
years will even attain a higher de
gree of success than did the famous
Jay Gould, whose deals and dealings
paralized the entire civilized world.
Should the Goulds succeed in build
ing the trancontinental roads from
the Atlantic to the Pacific, as they
now have in mind, it will place the
Gould family in the first rank of
the entire United States citizenship
and emblazon their names on the
walls of time, from which it will re
quire centuries to efface.
Mining experts are quite satisfied
at present that gold in paying quan
tities is to be found on the Aleutian
islands, which extend out from Alas
ka into the Pacific ocean toward Rus
sian territory. If gold in anything
like paying quantities is ever found
in those islands it will bring about
one of the greatest stampedes that
the United Btates has ever seen. The
stampede to Alaska will not compare
in a single instance with such a stam
pede as would be to those islands
under such an excitement. Accord
ing to a geographical report there
are one hundred islands in that
group, and they have a territory of
15,000 square miles and extend out
into the Pacific ocean some 3,000
miles west of Oregon, and they ex
tend down from the north to about
the same latitude as Washington and
Oregon. Unlike the Alaska gold
fields, these islands can be made
profitable not only for mining, but
for the raising of grains and vege
tables. In other words, they will
soon become self-sustaining, irre
spective of the number of persons
who might nock there. They are
not so cold as are the mining regions
of Alaska, and lie directly between
this country and Japan and China,
and would be a splendid half-way
resting place for ocean vessels ply
ing between the Pacific coast points
and the Orient. It is to be hoped
that this mining report is not with
out foundation and that gold in pay
ing quantities will be found through
out the length and breadth of this
great group of islands. When these
islands belonged to Russia, they had
quite a citizenship and quite an
amount of farming was carried on, in
which grain, vegetables and pota
toes were raised at a profit.
The wholesale lynching of Ne
groes in the state of Louisiana on
account of the murdering of one of
the prominent white men by the Ne
groes has been averted by the timely
interference of the governor of the
state. While the excitement lasted
it was at white heat and the country
was prepared to hear of most any
form of barbarous brutality being
perpetrated on the Negroes there,
whether guilty or innocent.
The Japanese government is com
pleting a university exclusively for
women near Tokio, which was built
by funds contributed by rich Japan
ese philanthropists.
From a Commercial Business
Former Seattle Man Tells Interest
ing Story About the Country—
Beiieves It Destined To Become
a Great Business Cemer No
Danger of Racial Troubles on
the Island—Natives Will Split
Up in Politics.
The familiar face of T. F. David
son, who was at one time a leading
merchant and business man of this
city, but who has been absent from
the city for the past* two years, has
been seen about the streets and ho
tels for the past week. Mr. Davidson
will be remembered as having acted
as receiver for the Z. (J. Miles Co.
some years ago, and as also being one
of the head men of the Going-North
up Co., hardware dealers of this city:
•'1 am now a resident of Honolu
lu," said he, when interrogated by a
representative of this paper as to his
present abode, "and 1 am connected
with one of the largest business con
cerns in Honolulu, and am delighted
with my prospects and with the
country in general. 1 am in the
states at present to attend to some
business in connection with my
house, and while here I could not re
sist the temptation of running by
and paying Seattle a brief visit. As
most everybody else who goes away
from the city and stays any length oi
time, I am astonished beyond meas
ure at the rapid growth that Seattle
is making. Vv hile the city in which
i now live may never be a Seattde in
thrift and energy, yet it is destined
to be a great commercial port, and
one from which the United States
will draw an immense revenue at no
very distant day.
"To be sure, persons leaving the
states and going to those islands suf
fer intensely from the heat at first,
but such conditions do not last long,
or no longer than a person becomes
acclimated, when he can stand the
heat just as well as the natives. Per
sons leaving the islands and going to
the states suffer from cold just as in
tensely as those leaving the states
and going to the islands suffer from
heat. After one has become accli
mated on. the islands and his blood
thoroughly thinned and he dons
clothes suitable to the climate, he
seems to ejoy just as good health, if
not better than he did in the states.
All in all it is a most pleasant and
delightful climate, and both my fam
ily and myself have learned to love
it beyond measure. We have been
there now for two years, and from
what I know at present we are there
for all time to come.
"Yes, there is quite a contention
and strife between the white men
and the natives on the islands, and
while it may appear to those far re
mote from the scene that there is
eminent danger of a fatal clash be
tween the two, yet I do not think
that such will ever come. The na
tives, of course, are largely in the
majority, and they will as long as
they hold together out-vote the
whites and elect whoever they decide
upon, but this is not probable, be
cause, as they get better educated
and more enlightened they natural
ly divide up among themselves, the
same as any other people, and I am
inclined to think that within the
next five years that they will be di
vided between the Republican and
Democratic parties, just the same as
the whites themselves.
"I cannot say that the natives are
a progressive people and capable of
any great amount of mental expan
sion, bat they are learning many
things by coming in contact
with the-whites. and the half-breed
among thorn are taking the load in
most everything in which the natives
are interested. For example, though
Representative Wilcox is a native,
and was elected to congress because
he was a native, nevertheless he is
not very much more native than the
candidate the Republicans had nom
inated for the same position. Mr.
Parker, who, by the way, is one of
the biggest-hearted fellows whom I
ever met, is the son of a white man
and a native Hawaiian, and had not
; the natives worked a most peculiar
ruse a day or so before the election,
there is no doubt but that Mr. Parker
would have been elected instead of
Mr. Wilcox. I feel safe in saying
that there is no danger in the world
of any revolution or any fatal clash
between the natives and the white
men who are on the island now, or
at any time to come.
"Perhaps na islands in the world
are more fertile than the Hawaiian
group, and they are bound to become
great trading ports for the United
States. As is well known! in this
country, sugar is the staple product,
and, permit me to say, that it is also
the most valuable product. Those
interested in the cultivation of the
sugar plant are realizing almost an
nually immense fortunes on their in
vestments. At present they are hav
ing considerable trouble in getting
their crops harvested and eared for,
which prompted a number of the
planters to import a large force of
Southern Negroes and Porto Eicians
to take the place of the Japanese and
native laborers who had deserted the
plantations owing to a misunder
standing between the planters and
themselves. Under the old law con
tract labor was used by the planters,
but when the United States laws
went into effect contract labor was
no longer legal, and owing to the bad
treatment that some of the laborerse
had received under the contract sys
tem th c most of them deserted the
farms as soon as the islands had be
come a part and parcel of the United
States government, which caused ail
of the troubles on the plantations.
"Speaking about the imported Ne
groes I find at present quite a few of
them on the islands, and I observed
that they do extremely well. While
there are quite a few on the various
plantations, yet they do not stick to
the plantations on the islands as they
do m the South, and the most of
them are drifting back 10 I*onolulu
and the other large seaports, where
they are employed by white citizens
at good wages as servants and other
kinds of menials. The natives do not
make good servants, hence the col
ored man is much in demand in the
larger cities, and like most of us,
they prefer a soft snap to a hard job,
and especially when the snap pays
better than the job. I think there
are in the neighborhood of 1,500 or
2,000 American Negroes on the isl
and at present, and they are con
stantly going there from San Fran
cisco. One of the shrewdest and
most sagacious politicians on that
island is T. McCant Stewart, a New
York Negro, who, by the way, is not
only a shrewd politician, but one of
the ablest lawyers on the island. Mr.
Stewart, in my opinion, is destined
to become one of the leaders of the
islands for two distinct reasons.
First, because he is an able, shrewd
and sagacious politician, and second
ly, owing to the fact that he is a
black man and has more influence
with the natives than has the white
man with the same amount of abil
ity and shrewdness.
"From what I have discovered, the
natives will intermarry with either
the whites, blacks, Chinese or Japan
ese, and some of the foremost people
of the island at present are the off
spring of natives and Chinese inter
marriage. Under such circum
stances I am inclined to think that
the natives will soon be a thing of
the past, and the mongrel race will
be the result. The language that
they speak is easy to pick up, and I
understand that the colored folk
from the South, who have mingled
freely with them, find it no trouble
to learn their language and speak the
same as rapidly and fluently as the
native boy, who has been taught to
read and write English; and with
the command of the language at
their hand, a great many of the im
ported Negroes will soon become so
closely identified with the natives
that they can pass themselves off as
such and thereby get favors and in
tluenee which would be hard
for the white man to get.
Summing in all up, ] am firm
ly convinced that the Hawaiian
islands promise to be one of the
greatest island possessions that the
flag of the United States ever floated
Mr. Davidson left for his home
last Monday evening much pleased
with the brief visit to his old home
and the many visible signs of im
provement to be seen throughout th*
entire city. He contracted quite a
cold while here and was quite glad
to have the time roll round for him
to take his departure for his sunny
Price Five Cents
Gathered From the Most Re-
liable Sources.
Many Pacts and Figures, Statistical
and Otherwise, of General Pub
lic Interest, Collected for Imme
diate Use for the Busy, Bustling
Business Man—Things in a
Nutshell as You Like Them—
Realm of Religion.
New Zealand has sent more sol
diers in proportion to its population
to fight in South Africa than any
of the British colonies. Canada has
sent 1,228, Australia 880, New Zea
land 335, which, in proportion to the
entire population, gives New Zealand
the largest number.
The Hatien government is gradu
ally reducing its nation* debt, which
atl present is $27,000,000. During
the past year its imports increased
Mary Maddocks, a Negress near
Opelika, Ala., gave birth May 24 to
a child with four legs. The infant is
robust and strong, and if it lives
will be a museum curiosity.
In Washington, D. C, Edward de
Duphane, giving his age as 35 years,
died in the police cell from intoxica
tion. His true name was Edward D.
Chamboard, who was the son of the
late Count Charles D. Chamboard,
of France. Having been exiled from
France on account of his imperial
istic views, he came to this country,
took to drink and died a pauper in a
prison cell.
Nebraska is said to have the largest
and most valuable mint farms in the
United States. Many farmers 'have
realized fortunes out of small forty
and eighty-acre mint farms within
the past two decades.
From the lands that are to be
opened for settlement August Ist
near Oklahoma ity 4,000 Indians
will each have the right to select 160
acres of land before any American
citizen can enter the reservation.
Should the present king of Aus
tria-Hungary die, the citizenship of
that entire country will doubtless
stand for the dismemberment of the
national combine.
It is claimed by oyster culturists
that the star fish is threatening the
total destruction of the oysters of the
entire Pacific coast. The star fish is
the scavenger of the sea, like unto
the buzzard of the land, and it is
argued by scientists that it is better
for the oysters to go than for the star
The United States officials now
stationed in Cuba deny the fact that
the Cubans are a dirty race of people
in their persons, but, on the other
hand, they are the most cleanly and
painstaking people found on the
earth as to their persons, bathing for
the most part being one of their
daily duties.
Four-fifths of all the immigrants
who come to New York City settle
in the North Atlantic states. Forty
two per cent, settle in New York, 19
per cent, in Pennsylvania, 6 per
cent, in Massachusetts, the same
number go to New Jersey, while
Connecticut gets but 3 per cent.:
but few of them seek homes in the
far West. Of the 75,000 imigrants
who camet to this country last year,
about 300 went to lowa, 600 to Min
nesota and a smaller number each to
Kansas, Colorado and Idaho and the
other Pacific states.
The clannishness of the foreigners
who come to this country is seen in
the way they settle in the various
towns of the states of the Union; for
an exampte, Buffalo, X. V., has a
Polish colony of 10,000; Rochester
lias a Russian colony of equally as
many; Albany has an English popu
lation equally as large; Troy has a
large Irish-born citizenship; Osewe
go has a large French Canadian col
ony; Syracuse has 10,000 German
born residents, and Jamestown has
the largest Swedish population of
any city in the state.
Alcohol motors for automobiles
are being built in preference to elec
tric motors in many of the establish
ments that are turning out automo
biles for general use.

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