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Vol. VIII., No. 28
PASSING
EVENTS
Of Men and Things in the
Public Mind.
Grapes in California.
Though a number of states have
endeavored to not only equal, but to ]
even outstrip California in its grape ]
production, none of them thus far has
been able to make evea a favorable
comparison with her. It can be truth
fully said that California produces
more grapes than all of the other
states of the Union put together,
though the state of New York is noted
for its Concord production. Speaking j
about California and its grape produc
tion, the following statistics, which
have recently been compiled by a
well-known wine dealer, will prove in
teresting to the average reader:
"There are over 400,000 acres of land
in tliis country planted in vineyards,
and of this immense aggregate the
state of California claims 250,000
acres, or over one-half. The great
bulk of domestic raisins bought in
the markets of this country are made
Ironti-California grapes, and there are
40.000 acres devoted to this culture
• alone. Only four counties in the state
furnish grapes for raisins, but this
year the output for the state will be
something like 2.000,000 boxes, valued
at $3,000,000. California raises all of
-tb.fr varieties of grapes that are pro
duced in European countries, includ
ing the Cabernet, Sauvignon. Carba
net, Franc, Malbeck. Tarnat. Merlot
and St. Laurent grapes from the Bor
deaux districts of France; Martaros
grapes from the island of Palos;
Semillons and Sauvignons from Sau
terne; Pinot and Petit Sirrah grapes
from the Burgundy districts; ibhan
nesbergers, Trammers and Franken
Rieslings from the storied Rhine;
Chasselas grapes from Alsace-Lor
raine,, and the rich Bergers from Mo
selle. The famous Chaliosa and Folie
Blanche cognac grapes are also large
ly grown, the wine from them being
made into brandy. Then there are
rich Spanish Muscats and the favorite
Hungarian table grape, the Flaming
Tokay. In no other vine region in the
world are all these splendid grapes
found growing side by side. But it is
a fact that with all their royal lineage
these Tamous vineyards would be of
no account at all if virility were not
given them by grafting upon varieties
of our native wild grape, which alone
resists that deadly enemy of the for
eign grape vines, the phylloxera, and
which transmit their resistant quality
to the alien vine."
Dying Confession.
According to a dispatch from Lin
coln, Neb., Sheriff Bronson has re
cently received a letter from H. D.
Long, mailed at Whatcom, Washing
ton, to the effect that a miner had
died in the Klondike who claimed to
have been the man who murdered
Chicago's multi-millionaire, A. J.
Snell, some years ago, and who so
completely dropped out of sight, not
withstanding the army of detectives
that was on his trail, as to never
have been definitely heard from since
that time. According to Mr. Long's
story, he made a complete confession
to him before he died, and he told
him where a number of valuables
might be found, which were taken
from Snell's apartments at the time
he was murdered. This man, who
called himself John Smith, seems to
have given a pretty straight account
of himself, and some of the things
that he told Long on his deathbed
have since been verified by the
sheriff of the county in which Lin
coln, Neb., is situated, where Smith
once lived and where he and his part
ner in the Snell crime once served a
term in the state penitentiary. Long
seems to have a longing to make a
few dollars out of the information
that he has thus so strangely come
in the possession of, and offers to di
vide The spoils with the sheriff pro
viding he will not let anybody else in
on the deal. It would be the clearing
up of a mysterious murder if it should
be proved that this man Smith killed
Snell, and yet the story is very much
doubted by persons acquainted with
the facts surrounding the murder of
the Chicago millionaire. The sheriff
is waiting for further developments.
tnit thus far have come to no under
standing with Long one way or the
other.
Gross Carelessness.
The horrible railroad accident
which occurred in Michigan last Fri
day is said to be the results of gross
carelessness, which, if true, the per
sons responsible for the carelessness
should be sent to the the penitentiary
for life. During the year that is rap
idly drawing to a close there have
been altogether too many fatal acci
dents in this country, and if some of
the persons who are responsible for
them would be sent to the peniten
tiary or to the gallows perhaps there
would not be so many in the future.
Most of the horrible calamities that
have occurred on the railroads during
the past year, as has been said above,
were the result of criminal careless
ness, which to say the least is one of
the most diabolical crimes that can
be committed. When a person hold-
Ing a responsible position, in which
the lives of hundreds of persons are
The SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
in his hands, grows careless in such
a position, he is a worse murderer
than a man who will deliberately
shoot dow-n his antagonist or shoot
recklessly into a crowd of persons
whom he considers his enemies. But
a few days ago the writer saw a rail
road crew leave their posts of duty
and go into a saloon and take a drink
while they were waiting for a pass
ing train, their train being on the
switch. These men were at that very
moment guilty of criminal careless
i ness, for no man can drink distilled
! liquors while on duty and hold his
head as he is expected to do in oases
of emergencies.
"Poor White Boy."
A hue and cry has gone up from
the South, and has been taken up by
some of the people of the North with
a philanthropic turn of mind, for the
industrial education of the "pooi
white boy" of the South. According
to Richard H. Edmunds, of Baltimore,
the poor white boy of the South is
without educational opportunities
wherein he can learn industrial arts
and technical information. While on
the other hand the colored boy of the
South has opportunities galore for
these, and he is making the best of
them. Hampten Institute. Tuskegee,
and a hundred and one other similar
institutions making less pretensions
but accomplishing almost as much,
have been established for the colored
boys of the South, and the advan
tages which they obtain from these
schools are producing good results.
These schools are teaching them to
use the hand as well as the head, and
the skilled labor of the South will
soon be done almost entirely by them,
while the white boy of the South is
learning nothing but politics and how
to disfranchise his brother in black.
For years and years the poor white
boy has been taught that it was a dis
grace for him to labor, whether as a
skilled mechanic or as a common
laborer. This has been instilled into
him so long that it has become a sec
ond nature to him and he yet looks
upon it in derision, and while a few
here and there show some signs of
wanting to break away from the old
school, yet such are few and far
apart, and though it be heart-rending
to the leading Southern white man
to see the black boy becoming the
real dependence of the land, and his
own boys idlers, yet it is so, and it is
so because they have taught them to
be so, and for them to make any im
provements over their present con
dition it will require half a century
of teachings just the opposite to what
they have been teaching them for the
past two hundred years.
Those Sunday Saloons.
The Sunday saloon question is
again being widely discussed by the
newspapers, pulpit and the public in
general since the defeat of Tammany
Hall in Greater New York, which was
responsible for so much Sunday dese
cration existing not only in New York
but in a great many other cities and
towns of this country trying to fol
low in. her wake. The Republican hajs
always maintained that there was no
more need of saloons staying open on
Sundays than for dry goods stores;
clothing houses or grocery stores, and
by no means as much as for the lat
ter. If a family can get on Saturday
all the groceries they need for Sun
day, they can likewise get on Satur
day all the drink that they will need
for Sunday, and there is no more
necessity for men, women and chil
dren to collect in saloons on Sunday
for all-day brawls and disturbances
than there is for them to collect in
grocery stores and chew the rag on
the topics of the day. If the country
must have saloons, it seems that the
saloons should be conducted just as
other business houses, and if Sunday
is to be respected by other business
houses, let the saloons respect it in
the same way. The saloon man is
deserving of no more privileges than
the grocery man, and when the one is
compelled to close, the other should
be compelled to follow suit. More dis
turbances and murders are the results
of wide-open saloons on Sunday than
any other day in the week, and all
cities should take steps fo close sa
loons just the same as other business
houses.
Roosevelt Steadfast.
President Roosevelt is not swerving
from his well-known civil service pol
icy a single iota, and he has given
the public to understand that any
federal official that violates the civil
service law will suffer the conse
quences of being removed from office
for such a breach of official position.
Recently C. E. Sapp. internal revenue
collector at Louisville, and Moses Dil
lon, collector of customs at El Paso.
Texas, were both removed from office
tor violating the civil service laws.
Sapp was charged with giving infor
mation to applicants who intended
taking the examination, and Dillon
was charged with a similar offense.
Sufficient evidence was presented to
the president for him to cause their
removal at once and it was so
ordered, and their successors have
been appointed. The president, as
has been previously said in these col
umns, is strictly for civil service, and
Jie proposes to stand by his guns,
even if he fails to secure the nomina
tion for the presidency in 1904. Such
moves may militate against . Mr.
Roosevelt's nomination, but it is not
very generally believed, and Re
Seattle's Iron King
J. M. FRINK
President of the Washington Iron Works, second
largest Iron Plant in the Northwest.
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publican is of the opinion that it will j
strengthen him in every part of the
United States wherever there is a j
spark of civilization in existence.
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A Billion-Dollar Product.
The United States is a billion-dollar j
country in mineral products. Govern-!
ment reports recently published show
that for the calendar year 1900 our
mineral ; products had a value of
$1,070,108,889, against $535,000,000 in
1887, and $356,000,000 in 1880.. Of the
total in 1900, $553,418,627 consisted of
metallic products, and $516,690.2' 2 of
non-metallic. First in the list of min
eral products stands pig : iron, with a
value of $259,944,000. Bituminous coal
had a. value of $221,133,513; copper,
$98,494,000: Pennsylvania anthracite,
$85,757,851;. petroleum, $75,752,691.
Our gold product was $79,322,281, and
our silver product was $77,070,461.
In 1900 our copper product was more
valuable by $18,000,000 than our gold
product and was more valuable by
$21,000,000 than our silver product,
and yet there was such a demand for
copper that in the fiscal year 1901 we
imported copper, including ore and
regulus. to the value of $20,581,000.
There has been a great increase in
our gold product, but the greatest in
crease in minerals is in those prod
ucts that enter largely into the man
ufacturing industries! While our gold
product was $36,000,000 in 1880 and
our silver product $38,450,000, our to
tal of mineral products had a value
of only $356,000,000. In twenty .years
the gold product has increased in
value to $79,322,000. and our total
mineral products have increased to a
value of $1,070,000,000.
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About Fake Advertising.
The following excerpt taken from
White's Sayings on fake advertising
should be carefully read by every
business man:
"The advertising business looks
easy and the fake part of it is easy.
Put a fakir on a legitimate propo
sition, such as a newspaper where he
has to face his customers day after
day and year after year, and he is up
against it. There are very few excep
tions where a fakir has been able to
make a success of a legitimate prop
osition. Newspaper advertising re-
training, it requires business
judgment, it requires integrity. Fake
advertising is open to butchers, bak
ers, barbers, salesmen, dry goods
clerks, whether they are honest or
not. The fakirs make more money
' than the legitimate advertisers sim
ply because the merchants of the
; West have, in many instances, wrong
ly attributed their success to good
judgment in advertising rather than
• to its true cause, the natural growth
• of the country. A quick talk wins
1 them on any deal. Some of the
• merchants have learned to look upon
'■ themselves as wonders in the adver*
• ;tlBing field and feel that nobody
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1901
could influence them into a poor prop
osition. These people are the easiest
marks for the fakir."
ITEMS OF INTEREST.
Under the Carey act Montana is the
first state to build an irrigating canal
for the reclamation of arid lands. The
state has Just built a ditch which irri
gates 33,000 acres of land, and the
same is to be sold to actual settlers, !
the receipts from the same to go into
the state treasury.
I
A square foot of the best Persian j
rug is worth about $10. It requires a j
woman twenty-three days to complete j
it, which is about forty-four cents per I
day for the wool and her labor. The
wool being the more expensive of the
two, it leaves her eleven cents a day
for her laJjor.
Wyandotte county is the lowest
county in the state of Kansas, 700 j
feet above the sea level, while Chey-!
enne county, near the Colorado bor- j
der line, is the highest. 4,000 feet I
above the sea level.
It was Jim Fisk who coined the ex
pression, "gone where the woodbine j
twineth." because he had so frequent- j
ly seeu the woodbine in his native
state, and it meant that his business !
opponent had gone up the spout or
gone to financial ruin.
For the first eight months of this
year there was 6.995 tons less of steel
rails exported from the United States
than in 1900. and yet this is greater
by 90,244 tons than in 1899.
In Corea a queer custom prevails.
If a man meets his wife on the street
he passes her as if she was a total
stranger.
The deepest bore hole in Prussia is
6.572 feet, the diameter of which de
creases from 3.6 inches at the top to
2.7 inches at the bottom.
A steel plant is to be completed at
Monterey, Mexico, at an expenditure
of $10,000,000, and it is an enterprise
fostered by United States financiers.
Within the past fifteen years the
Christian Protestants of the Island of
Ceylon have increased from 44;i.780 to
753.641.
The world's coffee production for
the present year is 24.000.000 bags.
When the Nicaragua canal will
have been completed it will Jessen
the distance between New York and
San Francisco 10.000 miles.
Commissioner Jones says that dur
ing the last thirty-three years the
United States government has spent
$240,000,000 on the Indian population,
which population now exceeds 180,000.
The sum of $56,430,000 is spent an
nually in the British empire for the
relief of the poor, and $10,000,000 of
this sum is spent in paying the sala
ries of the relieving officers!
5
Th» Pan-American exposition build
ings have been sold to a house '
wrecking company for $92,000.
Chestnut farming is quite an in- *
dustry in Pennsylvania, and one farm '
has an orchard of 100,000 chestnut *
trees on 250 acres of land, which is J
the largest chestnut orchard in the 1
United States. These trees yield in t
round numbers about 3,125 bushels i
of chestnuts, which are sold at $6 per I
bushel, and after deducting the ex- t
pense of caring for the orchard the '<
farm annually nets about $15,000. (
The Fort Hall Indian reservation,
containing about 400,000 acres of land,
is soon to be thrown open to settlers.
The reservation is near Pocatello,
Idaho, and is said to be valuable for -
mineral, agricultural and grazing pur
poses.
Since the purchase of the Alaska! i
territory this government has realized s
$70,000,000 from its fisheries. $35,000,- 1
000 from its fur industry, and $40,- i
000,000 from its gold mining indus- i
tries. The territory only cost the i
United States government $11,000,000. <
The election in Greater New York ]
cost the city government $676,000. or .
about one dollar for every ballot cast. ,
Itemizing the expense account, it runs
as follows: $35,000 were spent for
clerk hire. $121,000 for polling booths,
$35,000 for printing of ballots and
registration books, $55,000 for official
publication. $75,000 miscellaneous.

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iday presents at Goldmans' jewelry
store, corner Second and Marion. .
Ladies' baths a specialty. . Hen
derson's.
The office of The Seattle Eepubli
can is "now at 1411 Third avenue.
Main 305 is the telephone number
of The Seattle Eepublican.
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IN BLACK
Under Critical Eye of Ob
serving Men.
An Awkward Debate.
In a joint debate which was par
ticipated in by colored men only of
this city on Thanksgiving evening
and by the members of the Evergreen
Literary Society, the following very
unique subject was up for discussion:
"Resolved, That the citizenship of the
Negro in the United States is more a
theory than a reality." Much was
said on the subject by the respective
speakers pro and con, although it
must be admitted very little was said
germain to the subject. Such sub
jects are not discussable, for there is
no negative to them. The Negro is a
citizen of the United States and his
citizenship is not a theory, and no
one knows that better than the Negro
himself; but granted for the sake of
argument that it is only a theory, the
discussing of it among Negroes them
selves will by no means better s»ch
a condition. If the debaters of such a
question were Addressing mixed racial
audiences it might serve some pur
pose. It is very generally considered,
so far as the Negro is concerned, if
he is not granted all the rights of an
American citizen he is not to blame
for it, for Barkis is willing, but, as
said above, the Negro is a full-fledged
citizen of the United States, possess
ing all the constitutional rights and
privileges of any other American citi~
zen from a public standpoint. If he
were not, it would have been utterly
impossible for him to have within the
past four decades started from noth
ing and accumulated property valued
into the billions, of dollars at the pres
ent time. It would have been impos
sible for him to have started ignorant
and illiterate and to have educated
45 per cent, of the entire race since
he has been emancipated. It would
have been utterly impossible for him
to be able to compete in every busi
ness avocation known to any other
citizen of this country if he were not
a full-fledged citizen of the United
States the same as any other man.
The very idea that his citizenship is
theoretical is preposterous, absurd
and ridiculous, and for any educated
colored man to deny that he is a citi
zen is likewise absurd and ridiculous.
It Is Not a Theory.
One of the persons taking part in
the discussion used as an argument
that the citizenship of the Negro was
theoretical, because he was not ad
mitted into hotels on an equal footing
with the white man, that he could not
a;et accommodations in the theatres,
railroad trains, steamboats and other
places of public amusement, enter
tainment and conveyance, all of which
are too true, and while the keepers
of hotels may refuse to admit colored
men as guests, the courts of the land
protect the colored man in buying
that selfsame hotel and running it to
suit himself, and in case he cannot
purchase that one, if he has money
snough he can purchase one across
the street and run it to suit himself.
The same is true of theatres, rail
roads and steamboats. Again, the
speaker dwelt long and loud on the
fact that colored girls and boys were
not given places in stores and mer
cantile institutions in general, and in
those places, too, where colored men
spend hundreds and thousands of dol
lars. That is quite true, but the con
stitution of the United States and the
constitutions of the various states of
the Union give the colored man the
right to build a store by the side of
his white neighbor, and the same con
stitution likewise protects colored
persons who wish to go there and
trade exclusively. The constitution
gives the black man the right to trade
wherever he desires, and no restric
tions are made as to where they trade
and spend their money. Now, if the
colored men of this country want
their sons and daughters to have
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Tailor Made un-Gaiied-Por Suits and Overcoats.
#20.00 Suits or overcoats now $ 9.00 , x ,
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UNIQUE CLOTHING AND TAILORING HOUSE
110 FIRST AVENUE, SOUTH. Opposite Northern Hotel. y
places of business, why do they not
build stores and mercantile houses
and employ the girls and boys of
their own nationality for their
clerks? If the colored man will stop
and consider for a while he will find
that a great deal of his misfortunes
are due to his own negligence and
biasness. If the colored man has as
much money as one of the speakers
would have us believe to spend in
stores and places, why'not spend it
with his own color instead of with the
other color, and thereby make an op
portunity for his children to get
places?
Be True to Yourself.
That the black men of the United
States have a hard time to make
their way among their white brethren
is a self-evident truth; that they arc
often murdered and massacred with
out cause or provocation is also self
evident, and that it is impossible for
them to attain high official honors on
account of their color is also quite
true, but none of these things detract
from their citizenship. He may not
be able to do thus and so in this town
or in any other town, but in as much
as there are between ten and twelve
million colored folk in this country, if
they desire these things it is an easy
matter for them to form communi
ties of their own and enjoy these lux
uries. Such a course is not here ad
vocated, but is brought out to prove
that the citizenship of the Negro of
this country is not a visionary theory.
The Negro makes his money and
spends it in some cases more lavishly
than he makes it. He seems to enjoy
spending it that way, and putting up
for a rainy day seldom ever comes to
his mind, and the spending of his
money in those stores and places of
business that will recognize members
of his race is never given a considera
tion by him. Though there are, com
paratively speaking, but a few col
ored folk in the city of Seattle, the
assertion is here ventured that if
they would concentrate their trade in
one or two stores, such stores would
fall over themselves to give some
young colored man or woman a clerk
ship. The average American, regard
less of his color, is looking for busi
ness, and when the black man can
demonstrate to him that he can turn
business his way, he is going to do
business with him just the same as
with the white man, but when the
black man goes in, buys what he
wants, makes no demands nor asks
no favors, but spends his money,
there are no favors to be granted.
Masonic News.
The number of colored Masons in
the United States and Canada is 62,
--000; the number of colored Royal
Arch Masons in the United States
and Canada, 13,000; number of col
ored Knights Templar in the United
States and Canada, 11,354; number of
white Masons in the United States
and Canada, 754,310; number of Ma
sons in England, Scotland and Ire
land. 250.000; the number of non
affiliated Masons in the United States
and foreign countries, 215.000; num
ber of Masons in North America,
Mexico, -West India Islands, Africa,
138,000; total number of Masons in
the world, 1.555,000.
E. R. Overall, a prominent Mason,
and for over twenty-five years a letter
carrier at Omaha, Neb., and at one
time Worshipful Master of North Star
Lodge, No. 1. of Chicago, died recent
ly at Omaha.
Some Negro Orders.
The Southern Negro's love of pomp
and circumstance is nowhere exem- ■
plifide more forcibly than in the man
ner in which he multiplies his char
itable organizations, writes a resident
of Charleston. Inordinately fond of
company, he has few societies found
ed with the sole view of promoting
social enjoyment. For the most part,
whatever foundations he makes have
a semi-religious trend, the dues en
title members to sick benefits and
funeral expenses. There is usually
an elaborate regalia and an intricate
ritual. Not a few Negroes of a South
ern city, such as Charleston, belong
to no less than a score of these or
ders, the names of which are often
times curiously and wonderfully
Price Five Cents
THE CANADIAN BANK
OF COMMERCE
With which is amalgamated
THE BANK OF BRITISH COLU/IBIA
Head Office Toronto. Established 1867
Capital paid up $8,000,000 00
'Eight Million Dollars)
Surplus $2,000,000 00
Assets nay 3i, i9oi $67,553,578 13
Accounts of Banks, Corporations Firms and
Individuals solicited.
Drafts issued ovailable in any part of the World.
Interest allowed on Time Deposits.
Having established branches at DAWSON,
WHITE HOKSE, SKAGWAY and ATDIN, this
Bank has exceptional facilities for handling
YUKON and ALASKA business.
A General Banking Business Transacted.
SEATTLE BRANCH D.A. CAHERON,
Cor. Sec. Aye. and James St. flanager.
made. What, for instance, would the
ordinary patron of secret organiza
tions think of possessing membership
in "The Sons and Daughters of the
Seven Golden Candlesticks in Char
ity," or in "The Sons and Daughters
of "I Will Arise.'"?
The sons and daughters idea is
worked to the limit of endurance.
There is scarcely a well-known name
in Biblical history that is not tacked
to it. There are in Charleston alone
no less than seventy-five of these so
cieties with charters from the state
of South Carolina, and how many
there are that have no legal status no
man may say with confidence. Dues
are paid weekly, and, strange as it
may seem when the great poverty of
the Negro in the South is considered,
the arrears list is a brief one, indeed.
O£ course, the charges are small, usu
ally about 25 cents a month, but when
it is remembered that many individ
uals belong to six or eight, or even
more orders, it is little short of mar
velous how the funds necessary to
meet the demands of the collectors
are found; and yet it is so deep a
disgrace to be expelled that instances
of the kind are very rare. To hold
membership in a number of societies
is regarded as a badge of honor.
Among the societies here are the
Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims,
the Sons and Daughters of the Twelve
Disciples, the Sons and Daughters of
the Bearer of the Red Cross, the Sons
and Daughters of the Evening Star;
the Sons and Daughters of the Celes
tial Travelers, the Sons and Daugh
ters of the Good Samaritan, the Sons
and Daughters of the East, the Sons *
and Daughters of Lazarus, the Sons
and Daughters of Christian Love, and
there may be added to these fully two
score of others.
The funeral of a colored man or
woman who holds membership in a
half dozen of these orders is a spec
tacle worth witnessing. Occasionally
bitter feuds arise between rival socie
ties for the possession of a corpse, for
the Negro's love of a funeral is not
second to his love for melons. The
ceremonies usually begin the night
before the actual interment is to take
place. There are sermons and pray
ers and personal experiences inter
spersed with wild bursts of incoher
ent melody, which arouses religious
fervor to fever heat. Men and women
faint in the course of the exercises^
many others fall into trances and talk
of visions of their dead friends en
throned in glory- Residents for blocks
around swear vengeance against the
sons and daughters, their children,
and their children's children, and ap
peal to the city authorities to put a
stop to the orgy. The ceremonies
culminate in a formal procession.
Negroes from the uttermost parts of
the city gather in the streets. The
members of the organizations to
which the dead person belonged'stand
in solemn order clad in elaborate uni
forms and bearing the banners and
other insignia of their respective or
ders; and when the cortege finally
moves, wending its way at times
through miles of the city's streets, it
is followed by a mad rush of men.
women and children, who block the
thoroughfares, and traffic for a time
being has to be suspended. The hope
of such a funeral is the inspiration
of many a Negro's whole life. H?
slaves and deprives himself of actual
necessities for years to meet the de
mands of the collectors of the socie
ties in order that'he may go to his
last resting place in the midst of such
strangely weird pageantry. — Ex
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