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Vol. VIII., No. 9
. Of Men and Things in the
Public Mind.
\\ ant the John Brown Homeatead
for Preservation—Thomas to Con
vert Loneoln's Homestead Into a
"Home" for Ex-Slaves—The Okla
homa, Mad Rush for Claims—L'jrd
KiiMMell'M Royal Trial — Monkey
and a Parrot Time Before Ilia
Peers—Plead Guilty.
That the Torrington, Connecticut,
homestead of the famous John
Brown might be kept intact
and become an historic relic, a move
ment, headed by Dwight C. Kil
bourne of Litehfield, is endeavoring
to raise sufficient money to purchase
the property and preserve it in its
original state in remembrance of the
man who was more responsible for
the late Civil War than any other
human being. While the farm only
consists of an old log cabin and some
live or six acres of land wholly un
tenantable, yet the owners ask
$3,500 for it, and it is the intention
of the John Brown association to
raise funds to not only liquidate that
debt, but to make other improve
ments thereon and to prevent the
house from being carried away in
piecemeal by vandals and relic hunt
ers. Some time ago the Connecticut
admirers of the old martyr, John
Brown, importuned the legislature
of that state to purchase the proper
ty that it might pass into the hands
of the state and be preserved, but
the proposition was turned down and
since that time it has been at the
mercy of relic hunters, who have car
ried away most of the doors, windows
and flooring, by cutting small pieces
from them. Some day, whether this
property be preserved or not. it will
be considered a most valuable hold
ing and it will increase in price ten
d'old, and for no other reason than
because it was the home of the fa
mous Ossawatime Brown, who sac
rified his life for the overthrow of
slavery in the United States.
Another move is being made to
have the homestead in which one of
the men who played a leading role
in the overthrow of slavery in the
United States pass into the hauds of
an association for preservation, and
it is being urged that it pass into the
hands of an association of colored
men. The farm and log cabin in;
which the immortal Lincoln first saw
the light ,if all things work well, will
soon become the property of Thomas
T. Thomas, a famous Kentucky Ne
gro, who was left wealthy by his for
mer owners, and the same will be
converted into a "home" for disabled
ex-slaves. The property is at pres
ent owned by David Crear, a New
York capitalist, and while he has no
desire to sell the premises on account
of its historic association, yet he
looks favorably on the proposition of
converting it into such a "home,"
and it is more than likely that he
will either deed the property out
right to the board of trustees, or he
will consent for such a "home" to be
established thereon and guarantee
the promoters that the property will
not be disturbed or sold from under
them. A more befitting tribute
could not be paid to the immortal
Lincoln than for the race which was
set free by the stroke of his pen to
perpetuate his memory by making
the old homestead on which he was
born and on which he passed many
of his happy childhood days with his
parents, the home for the feeble and
disabled of those slaves he emanci
pated in 18(>3. The logs which made
tip the cabin in which he was born
are now at the Pan-American Ex
position on exhibition, but they will
soon be returned to the old home
stead, and the promoters will set
about to preserve the entire cabin
and place therein a marble bust of
the immortal Lincoln. Innumer
able small buildings will be erected
about the farm and other lands will
be bought on which sufficient prod
uce will be raised to maintain the
"home"' for all the ex-slaves who
wish to take advantage of its benev
olence. It is a most commendable
project and it should be a splendid
August 6th has been fixed as the
day on which 150,000 applicants for
13,000 homesteads will make their
mad rush to secure Oklahoma homes.
It seems almost preposterous to
think that 150,000 persons in this
j civilized country would undertake
such a struggle as the one that is
now contemplated in Oklohoma for
the sake of getting a free home. It
is barely possible that every one of
those persons, who purpose to join
in this mad rush for a home in Ok
lahoma territory, has spent more
money in the endeavor than it would
have cost him to have bougth a
home in some Eastern state, it
seems perfectly natural to the aver
age citizen to join in some wild ex
citement, and whether he is ever am
ply rewarded for it or not does not
enter into his calculations; it is sim
ply a desire to be in the push. A
homestead in Oklahoma such as one
of the 13,000 is and will be, when it
is filed upon, would not exceed $1,
--600 in value, if that much, and yet
many of the applicants, who should
be designated as "sooners," as they
have been camping on the border
line for more than a year with the
view of getting in on the ground
floor, have spent fully that amount
awaiting for the opening. Such
men, however, are deserving of suc
cess, and it is hoped that those
''sooners'' will get one of the desired
quarter sections, but, as said above,
just what the 140,000 others expect
to get is more than one can figure
out. There is not a scarcity of farm
lands on which industrious citizens
of this country can get and utilize as
homes, nor is it necessary for them
to participate in such a wild rush as
this to get them, though one does get
them practically for nothing, as they
do a government home. The misery
and suffering that these people have
been compelled to undergo to take
a part in this homestead rush, has
already cost them more time, men
tal worry and actual money, than
what such a homestead would re
munerate them were they sold
either now or five years hence, and
it is more than likely that the ma
jority of them piillod up and left
lands equally as good that would
have cost them less and in some in
stances, perhaps, sold splendid
homes and have spent the entire
amount in trying to get a home for
nothing. "What fools these mor
tals be.''
Lord Earl Russell appeared before
the House of Lords a few days ago
and plead guilty to the crime of big
amy and was sentenced to a term of
three months in a reformatory for
his crime. It appears that his lord
ship was once married in England,
but tiring of her English ladyship,
he came to Nevada in the United
States and there courted and married
another woman, and thus commit
ted the crime of bigamy, and for
which any ordinary citizen would
have been sentenced to a long term
in the government penitentiary, but
his lordship boasting of royal blood
in his veins it served as a shield and
protection to him from imprison
ment as other common mortals. The
trial was perhaps one of the most
farcical that has ever been written
on paper. With a lot of pomp, pom
posity and aping gestures, his lord
ship appeared before his peers and
after making obeisance to first one
royal nuisance and then another,
and after the charge had been read
to him, and he made three more
lx>ws, as did the reader, he plead
guilty and was sentenced to three
months in a reformatory. No won
der the people of England and other
royal governments look upon persons
with royal blood as their enemies
and as objects on which human hat
red should be concentrated, for they
are granted privileges that are un
fair to the citizenship of any coun
try. Lord Russell should have been
sentenced to a prison cell, just the
same as a hod carrier would have
been, when it was found that he had
broken the law, and then if the prop
er officials saw fit to pardon him, do
>o, but it was adding insult to injury
when the man was sent to a reforma
tory, which is nothing more nor
leas than a fashionable hotel, instead
of being sent to a dungeon as he de
served, for he well knew when he
married his second wife that he was
violating the laws of the land, not
only of England, but of the United
States, and if he ever returns to the
United States he should be arrested
and sent to prison as other criminals
Did Maclay tell the truth about
Schley. The truth always hurts,
when a lie never does.
Under Critical Eye of Ob
serving Men.
Held Union Amiocialion— No Taxa
tion Without Representation — j
False Alarm of the Mob Gong-— j
Xejcro Contributes Big Sum—Bob
Camrcb. Did It—Colored Churches
tall Court—Refaeed to Sins- Vm
erica on Account Isolated tfrle
vanees—Motives Questioned.
Recently the teachers of the state
of Kentucy, both white and black,
held their state association at Berea
College, which, according to reports,
was one of the most interesting asso
ciations ever held in the state. Be
rea College is the most famous insti
tution of learning in the South for
more reasons than one. First, be
cause it stands head of the list as
having sent out a large number of
graduates who have gained national
reputations, both as public benefi
ciaries and as private business men;
and, secondly, because Berea College
was the very first institution in the
South that threw open its doors to
white and colored students, one and
alike, and has maintained such a sta
tus ever since. At present there is
not a single school in the South ex
cept Berea where white and colored
pupils attend on the same footings.
It is one of the largest institutions
of learnfng in the South and has the
best financial backing.
If no mistake is made the State of
Virginia took an active, if not a lead
ing part, in the American Revolu- (
tion, which opposed the British gov- i
ernment because it imposed a tax on
the Amreioan colonies without giv
ing them due representation in the
making of the laws that imposed
such taxes. Now this same state has
a constitutional convention in ses
sion for the express purpose of dis
franchising the colored voters of that
state, and in order that the job would
not miscarry in a single instance it
was distinctly given out by the pro
moters of the convention that not a
colored man should be permitted to
sit in the convention as a delegate.
Thus these men are setting aside and
overthrowing the almighty princi
ples that forced their ancestry to war
with their mother country, and the
colored folk of the state are to be
legislated against without being giv
en any representation or any oppor
tunity to legally defend themselves.
If taxation without representation
was wrong in 1776, taxation without
representation is wrong in 1901, not
withstanding the fact that those be
ing taxed in 1901 without represent
ation are of a different color and na
tionality from those that were being
taxed without representation in
1776. There are colored men in thy.
State of Vilginia just as intelligent,
just as mindful of the state's good,
and just as much interested in
the financial success of the state as
any of the members of the present
constitutional convention, and these
men should have been permitted to
have taken seats in that convention
and help to frame laws in the inter
est of the state's good, without re
gard to color, class or condition.
Those colored men are, perhaps, just
as much opposed to the ignorant Ne
gro domineering in the state's affairs
as the members of that convention,
and would have gladly joined hands
in framing laws to that end had they
been permitted to have done so.
Recently 2,00 white citizens gath
ered around the city jail in Kansas
City, Mo., with the intention of
lynching two colored men confined
therein, who were accused of way
laying a young white man and lady
and after beating the young man in
to insensibility, the young lady was
dragged, more dead than alive, to
some secreted spot and outraged.
"All is not gold that glitters/ and
the young lady's evidence in court
clearly demonstrated that fact.
Though the mob howled to
wreak summary vengeance on
the accused, yet at their pde
liminary hearing three or four
days later, both the young man and
the young woman testified that who
ever started such a tale most mali
ciously lied; that neither was the
young man beaten nor was she out
raged; they were simply insulted and
neither suffered any bodily injury.
Of course the mob was right ,for all
j mobs are right, especially when there
is a Negro in connection, but there
are more cases of this kind than
there are where crime has been com
mitted, and lynching seems to be the
most applicable punishment for such
criminals. As has often been said,
crimes committed by black men are
always more henious than the same
crimes committed by white men,
which is absolutely wrong. Crimes
should be looked upon as crims, re
gardless of the person or the nation
ality that commits the crime, and
until our government learns to do
this, it will not be a perfect govern
ment, but will be one in which mob
tOcroey instead of democracy will be
its corner stone. Both of the accus
ed Negroes were discharged by the
committing justice.
Douglass, Georgia, has an ex-slave
who has startled the civilized world
on account of the fact that he recent
j ly contributed $1,000 for the pur
j pose of making up a purse of $25,
--! 000 to induce a railroad company to
extend its road through that city.
The amount, when compared with
gifts that men in the Northern states
make under similar circumstances, is
small, but when compared with those
given by men in Southern states,
whether they be white or black, is
simply enormous. It is all the more
remarkable because Eli Vickers, the
donor, was formerly a slave in the
immediate vicinity of Douglas. Af
ler the emancipation he began to
save his earnings and has accumulat
ed a fortune, and today he is report
ed as being the owner in fee simple
of twenty lots consisting of 490 acres
I each and all of them well stocked
with all kinds of livestock and farm
ing implement*. True enough he
could well afford to give $1,000 and
) even five times that amount, but un
j der the circumstances it is rather re
| markable that a Negro of Georgia
! wmiM fee\ eaU»d%pon to contribute
to a public enterprise, however meri
torious it might be ,\vhen for the
most part the Negro is looked upon
as an inferior being and as having
no rights that the promoters of that
or any other public indiistry in the
South are bound to respect. The ac
tions of this man are very commend
able and he should be placed upon
j the 801 lof Honor of Georgia's lead
ing and foremost citizens.
The personal gift of Eli Vickers,
of Douglas, Georgia, calls to mind
the donation recently made by Bob
Church, the noted Tennessee Negro
saloon keeper and real estate man,
for the benefit of the Confederate
reunion that was held in Memphis
some months ago. Though Mr.
Church had felt the iron hand of
slavery and though he had in many
ways felt the effects of the cruel war
that has been relentlessly waged
against the race to which he belongs
by the white citizens of Tennessee
and other Southern localities, yet he
unhesitatingly loosed the latch
strings of his purse and donated
$1,000 for the benefit and pleasure
of the very men who fought the
hardest to prevent him from enjoy
ing the rights of freedom, all of
which shows that Bob Church,
though a Negro, has a heart in the
right place, and is as generous as he
is fair (he is a mulatto) and imbued
with the highest type of public spir
it for the advancement of the com
munity in which he lives, even
though he was called upon to help
those who, in the past, had shown
themselves to be his most bitter ene
mies. When the poor old slave was
asked by someone from the North,
who was visiting the South, what
word he must take to his friends in
the North, he said, "Thell them dat
de nigger is rising," and he voiced a
sentiment that was far fetched and
one that has proven an inspiration
and a motto for every ambitious col
ored man in the United States.
Colored churches in court seem to
be rather common just now, and the
larger the church the deeper in court
it seems to he. According to a pa
per published in Memphis, Tennes
see, the Beale Street Baptist Church,
is now practically in the hands of the
courts of that state, owing to tha
fact that its members have been in a
constant row for the past five years
over the possession of the property.
When the trouble began the mem
bership of the Beale Street Baptist
Church numbered 3,000, but con
stant jangling among themselves has
reduced the membership to 167, and
the entire church edifice, which cost
in the neighborhood of $150,000, is
now in the hands of the state court,
and the various factions filing com
plaints and counter complaints for
the possession of the same. Such a
house may be the house of God, but
there seems to be a whole lot of dev
ils in it, and the sooner the property
is converted into some kind of a
commercial house, the sooner will it
become of some real value to the
race to whom it belongs. Those large
church establishments seem to be the
breeders of disturbances, rather than
the breeders of Christianity.
lieeently a colored preacher in
Galesburg, Illinois, refused to per
mit his Sunday, School scholars to
sing "America," because his race was
being ■ lynched, disfranchised and
otherwise mistreated in this "land erf
the free and home of the brave."
That sable-hued divine has the
wrong idea of life. He got up back
wards and has never got properly
turned around. He is a.public pes
simist, rather than a popular preach
er, and hasn't got brains enough to
drew a distinction between those
who do right and those who do
wrong. Because a few men are
lynched by mobs in the United
States, he completely overlooks the
fact that over 100,000 white citizens
of this country gave up their lives
on the battle field that the Negro
might enjoy the privileges that he is
now enjoying. He completely over
looks the fact that the Negroes of
this country have accumulated mil
lions of dollars' worth of property
and money in less than forty years.
He overlooks the fact that not less
than forty years ago the Negroes of
this country were as illiterate as the
Hottentot of Africa, but today at
least forty per cent, of them can in
telligently read and write, and that
they own and enjoy pretty nearly ev
er}' privilege that the whites do, and
they have been able to do all of this
because the' white citizens of the
United States have lent thorn a help
ing hand on every occasion. All of
these favors our divine friend casts
to naught because one or two men,
comparatively speaking, of his race,
are lynched by howling mobs. It is
just such misguided creatures as
these that turn the wheels of prog
ress, so far as the Negro is concern
ed, backwards a hundred times fast
er than all his white friends have
been able to turn forward since he
has been emancipated. Not sing
"America!" Then our colored friend
had better take his Sunday School
and leave for Africa or some other
place where he can sing of those
countries. The Negro of the United
States that cannot sing "America,"
and sing it with a vengeance, and
likewise sing it for the good it has
done for him, is an ingratc beyond
expression, for in no other country
in the civilized world has the Negro
succeeded as he has in the United
States, his years of bondage, the race
prejudice against him and the num
ber of lynchings to the contrary not
withstanding. Yes, sing "America,"
and sing it from as many mouths as
there are black men, women and
children in America, and some day
al! will be well.
Mr. Eugene Harris left for Walla
Walla last Saturday evening, where
he will act as official stenographer
for the U. S. land office at that place.
Some months ago he took an exam
ination to do stenographic work and
stood first on the list, and was there
fore given the first opening. He gets
$75 per month for the first six
six months, and if he proves satis
factory his wages will be raised to
$1,500 per year.
Main 305 is the telephone number
of The Eepublican.
Brief Statistical Wayside Notes
of the World.
Trying to Locate the Editor—Dead
Indians and Xegroei the Only-
Good Ones—The Republican Get
tiiiK Under the Plum Tree—Cayton
and Wilson's Collar—Scores The
Republican — Other Papers "Sot
Carrying Saloon Advertisements—
C'aiiNtif Comment.
It is estimated that the peach crop
of Delaware and Maryland this year
will approximate 2,000.000 baskets.
During the month of May there
were exported from the United
States 750,744 tons of coal, as com
pared with 640,343 tons for May,
During the first half of the pres
ent year the commercial failures
numbered 5,579, with liabilities of
$55,804,690, against 5,332 last year
for $74,747,452.
According to the late census taken
of the German Empire the popula
tion of the country amounts to 56,
--345,014, which is an increase over
the population of 1895 of 4,065113.
It is learned from the London
Daily Mail that the most of the of
fices in London are fitted up with
American furniture, from the door
mat to the office pen.
June's bank clearings in the Unit
ed States amounted to $10,053,822,
--769, a falling oli' of about one-fifth
over the May clearings, which month
proved high-water mark for the bank
clearings of this country.
Up to July the railroad earnings
in mis country have been the larg
est of any previous year. The gross
earnings of all the railroads m the
I'nited States are 611,687,981,
which was a gain of 10.4 over last
year and 28.2 over 1899.
The total population of the Unit
ed Kingdom at the last census was
341,454,219. The total population
of Australia according to a recent
census taken there is 4,551,651,
against 4,036,570 in 1891.
The State of Alabama has been
struck by "general prosperity," and
as a result the railroads of the state
for the year 1900 showed an earning
capacity of $20,867,853, an increase
of $3,024,853 over the previous year.
The St. Lawrence river is said to
be navigable for large steamers to a
greater distance towards its source
than any other river in the world
except the Amazon. Four thousand
ton vessels can ascend the St. Law
rnece one thousand miles.
The financial disbursement for
July, it is claimed, will be larger
than for any month for years past.
On bonds having a par value of $3,
--481,062,357 interest will be paid
amounting to . .09,333,439, against
$66,949,320 for July of last year,
and $01,307,13? for July, 1899,
$56,892,623 for 1898, $55,061,998
for July, 1897.
During the first six months of the
present year the New York exchange
handled 175,798,433 shares of stock.
During the some period last year
only 65,946,211 shares were sold.
The value of the bonds sold during
the first half of the present year was
t636»994,720, against $290,281,360
for the same time in 1900.
Bolivar is the name of a gigantic
elephant in the Philadelphia Zoo
that lias been chained in one spot for
the past thirteen years. Adam Fore
paugh made the Zoo a present of him
and warned the keepers at the time
to always keep him confined, as he
was a very bad elephant when at lib
erty. He is a perfect specimen of
the Ceylon elephant, and it is
thought he will live seventy or one
hundred years more.
Mr. George F. Catterill, one of Se
attle's foremost lterary men, return
ed from an extended trip East one
day this week, and aside from the
heat he enjoyed a splendid trip.
Price Five Cents
It is commonly reported that the
Seattle Republican's editorials (?)
are manufactured at the P.-I. office.
How about that?—Tacoma Sun
It is often said that "the only
good Indian is a dead one/ The
same thing could be more truthfully
said of the Xegro, if they were all of
the Cayton stripe.—Sun (Democrat).
The Seattle Republican is getting
right under the plum tree and the
land and county offices and shaking
the fruit right into its hat. That's
right, strengthen the hands of your
friends for you will probably need
them.—Seattle Standard.
Bro. Cayton claims to be truthful
and says he wears no one's collar —
not even Wilson's. However, phys
ically, they are about the same siie.
—Auburn Argus.
The Seattle Republican declares
it won't publish saloon advertise
ments, lif it would not have done
all it could to liberate the Consi
dines, two as bold law breakers as
ever breathed the breath of life, de
cent people would take some stock
in the Republican's loud claim to
virtue. Cayton is making himself ri
diculous.—Auburn Argus.
"The Republican is the only news
paper published in King county, yea,
almost the only one in the entire
state, that absolutely refuses to carry
any kind of a saloon advertisement."
—Seattle Republican.
Bro. Cayton is oif his trolley.
There are others; one at least, and
that is the Ballard Register. In our
newspaper career we have owned or
controlled four different papers, and
it is our proud boast that never in
one of them has appeared a saloon
ad.—Hal lard Register.
The above entitles Bro. Hitchcock
of the Register to have his name re
corded in the Hitchcock genealogical
register along side of the editor of
the Sun. The writer has also own
ed and controlled four newspapers,
and although urgently solicited haa
always refused to run saloon adver
tisements. —Sunnyside Sun.
Yes, and we too, have owned and
published six papers in three states,
and at no time or place have we at
any time run saloon advertisements '
of any kind. But that is nothing.
We never claim anything for doing
our duty: all we ask is credit for per
forming that duty. The saloon is
the product of law, and being such,
it is just as legitimate as banking or
money loaning. The saloons are as
good as the men who patronize them
and best evidence to our mind that
saloons are desirable, is the fact that
they are here. If the majority of
people were opposed to saloons, in a
very short time they would be a
thing of the past, but our reason for
not running them is that we do not
care to aid or abet them in doing a
business that we cannot approve of,
nevertheless, if they so desire, can
force a publisher to run their adver
tisements. If you have any doubts
about this, look up your application
for entry of second class, mail mat
ter. —Ellensburgg Dawn.
Of course O'Brien denies having
killed Relf and Clayson. To deny
the committing of such a crime as
long as there are hopes of getting
someone else to help deny it and
thereby save one from playing the
leading part in a necktie party is
perfectly natural to humanity.
The Puget Sound A. M. E. con
ference will be held in Tacoma Aug
ust 16th, and Rev. Bailey, the pastor
in charge of the church at that place,
reports all things in ample readiness
for the reception of the members of
the conference. While the Puget
Sound conference of the A. M. E.
('hureh is but in its infancy, still it
has quite a few thriving churches in
many ways. The church at Seattle,
perhaps, leads in membership and
importance, while Spokane, Roslyn,
Tacoma and Portland all report good
congregations and the churches in
very prosperous condition.
Speaking about criminal libel, how
about Col. Blethen of the Times? If
he has not committed criminal libel
at divers times then no newspaper
has ever at any time committed the
unlawful act or criminal libel.

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