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Vol. VIII., No. X)
Of Men and Things in the
Public Mind.
The sensation of the season is the
Schley verdict, the results of the
court of inquiry appointed for that |
purpose some months ago by Secre- j
tary Long. Two members of the!
court decided against Admiral Schley, i
to the effect that he was vacillating*
as a commander and unwilling to obey
orders, while the other member, Ad
miral Dewey, decided that he was in
full command at the battle of Santi
ago and that he did everything be
coming a marine commander. As
the verdict stands, however, Admiral
Schley will go down in history as a
condemned man, though he has the
of one of the greatest sea
captains of the age. Where there is
so much smoke there must be some
fire, and The Republican firmly be
lieves that the court of inquiry has
honestly reached the conclusions that
it has given to the public, and it ac
cepts the same as a fair and impartial
verdict. Admiral Schley is not only
deserving of the censure of the court
of inquiry, but, in the opinion of The
Republican, the court of inquiry
should have gone a step further and
recommended that he be dishonorably'
discharged from the navy. The
Democratic friends of the admiral in
congress have already introduced bills '
in both houses asking congress to in- '
vestigate the affair. This is nothing '
more nor less than a political boom, !
looking forward to Admiral Schley '
becoming the Democratic candidate ]
for" president of the United States. If !
The Republican makes no mistake, (
this has been the sole object of all ]
this Schley agitation. The Demo
cratic party was at. a loss for a candi- '
late for president and it hoped to use
Admiral Schley as a catspaw to pull i
their political chestnuts out of the *
fire. The Republican papers that are i
giving much space as well as consid- '
eration to this Schley matter will re- '
gret very much before many months i
that they have done so, for it is a po- 5
litical trick pure and simple, and all 1
of those Republican editorials that *
have been slobbering over Schley's <
imaginary greatness will be used by
unscrupulous Democratic politicians '
to boom Schley's nomination and s
election for president of the United
States in 1904.
Unless all previous war signs fail,
the roaring dogs of war of both Ar- '
gentina and Chile will be baying each '
other at Hong distance before many 1
more hours. Territory, which has i
long been in dispute between these J
two republics, is causing the preseut <
Though treaties have been re- 1
peatedly signed looking forward to a «
peaceful settlement of the matter be
tween the two governments, never
theless they seem determined to go to
war, not so much over the disputed
territory as over the phraseology of
the treaty, which each nation con
strues in its own peculiar way. From
a fighting standpoint Chile and Ar
gentina are about equally divided,
and, if it should happen that they
would finally decide to arbitrate their
differences by the bayonet and the
cannon instead of by diplomacy, a
bloody war will be the result. Our
South American sister republics seem
to be eternally involved in some kind
of an international dispute and war
is always being threatened between
some one of them, which chaotic state
will continue until the United States
sees fit to go down there and arbi
trate their differences and forcibly
assume a protectorate over the entire
lump lot of them.
If Marconi's wireless telegraphy ex
periment proves to be what it really
seems to be at this writing, an inven
tion and scientific discovery will
have been born to the world which
will be the greatest of all the scien
tific discoveries of modern times.
Marconi declares that he has received
distinct signals from the coast of
Wales on the coast of Nova Scotia in
this country. Powerful electrical ma
chines were built in England and
from these signals were sent across
the ocean, which were received by
delicate machines on this side of the
waters. It is further stated that the
steamers Etruria and Umbria, while
in mid-ocean were in communication
with each other five hours before
either vessel had sighted the other,
which was done by the Marconi wire
less telegraphic system. These ves
sels exchanged greetings, told of their
passenger lists, and exchanged the
news from the two countries in mid
ocean, just the same as would two
telegraph operators on land. If Mar
coni's system proves a success, and
there seems to be no doubt of it, sim
ilar machines as have already been
built in England will be built in the
United States, and these will receive
and send messages across the ocean
under the new system. Marconi
hopes that he will have the system so
perfected by the time of the corona
tion of the king, June 26th next, that
the entire proceedings will be sent to
this countrw by the wireless tele
graph system.
From the London Liberal Review it
is learned that President Roosevelt
contributed the following short article
for publication in that paper on the
subject of "Political Integrity:"
"We have lived 1900 years in the
Christian era, and as yet we have tc
make progress step by step, with in
finite pains and with infinite labor.
In spite of halting and shortcomings
we have been striving onward and
upward. And as we have made prog
ress in the past, so shall we progress
in the future. You will not find any
royal road in patent legislation or in
curious schemes by which everwbody
gets virtuous and happy. Not a bit
of it.
"We are going ahead; I trust a lit
tle faster than in the past, but only a
little faster. We hope to keep going
forward, but by steps, not by bounds.
We must keep our eyes on the stars,
but we must also remember that our
feet are on the ground. When you
get a man who tries to make yon
think anything else, he is either vis
ionary or a demagogue, and in either
event he is an unsafe leader."
Drilling for oil in California is be
coming so common that there are but
few counties in the state at present
that do no have heir would-be oil
operaors. It is estimated that South
ern California has a complete oil
stratum underlying the entire terri
tory. Already so much oil has been
found in that section of "the country
that it is being sold at twenty cens
a barrel, while he consumers of the
same oil in the state of Washington,
not over a thousand miles, if that far,
away, are compelled to pay twenty
five cents per gallon for it. While
drilling for oil in Los Angeles a few
days ago, all of a sudden, after the
drillers had reached a depth of 500
feet, a sudden hissing of steam and
sulphuric acid rushed from the mouth
of the boring and in a few seconds
more the drill and all of its attending
fixtures dropped out of sight, and
then a tremendous rush of steam
poured out of the mouth of the
would-be well, and it was very appar
ent that a subterranean volcano had
been tapped. While oil had been
found in the community, it was very
apparent that there would be no oil
found in that particular place, which
s from 200 to 300 feet below the sea
exel. It is at he base of Mount San
Jacinto, which is 10,997 feet above the
level of the surrounding country, and
which it is thought will soon become
:he crater of a burning volcano. Ac
cording to geologists, who have since
visited the country, the entire section
is a slumbering volcano, which will
sooner or later break out and prove
very detrimental to the surrounding
The Hay-Pauncefote treaty has
been ratified by the senate, and if it
meets a like approval in the house of
parliament it wkill become an inter
lational law so far as this country and
England are concerned, and the Uni
ted States as a result will at once
become mistress of the entire West
•m world. With the title of -.he
Danish West Indies islands in her
possession it would be worse than
!olly for any European power to
nake war upon the United States
with the expectation of doing more
;han harass her vessels of com
merce in foreign waters. The Nica
■aguan canal will now be constructed
icross the isthmus of Panama, which
will be guarded by United States
;roops, and the same will be used by
3ur government as a commercial in
vestment in times of peace and as a
strategic stronghold in times of war,
jspecially when the United States is
Before another issue of The Repub
lican will greet you the most of the
concerts, musicals and recitals will
tiave taken place, and it is probably
fitting at this time to suggest that we
cherish the hope that all vulgar "coon
songs" will be omitted from the
Christmas programmes, such as "Just
Because She Made Dem Goo-Goo
Eyes," "Coon, Coon, I wish My Color
Would Change," and "If You Ain't
Got No Money You Needn't Come
Around." It is a mistake to say that
the above songs portray the charac
ter of the Negro, and no higher au
thority than Bob Cole and Johnson
have disapproved such rot. The
above named gentlemen are today
the greatest song writers of the age,
and to have them put the ban on
such vulgar, meaningless conglomer
ation of nonsensical stuff means much
for the race. It does not mean the
Negro will be lost sight of in this
change. It may interest many to
know that all of May Irwin's next sea
son songs will be written by Cole &
Johnson, all of her successes this sea
son she attributes to her singing of
"Louisiana Lize," "Mississippi Belle,"
"Magdalene, My Southern Queen,"
"Why Don't the Band Play?" "I've
Got Troubles of My Own," all of
which were written by the above gen
tlemen, which proved that the public
was desirous of Negro songs artisti
cally written. They also composed
"Nobody's Looking But the Owl and
the Moon," now being sung by Miss
Christie McDonald, also in the great
English extravaganza "The Sleeping
Beauty and the Beast," also "My
Heart's Desiah," now being sung by
Miss Virginia Earl, Fay Templeton
and Lillian Russell. If any of our
local talent are ambitious to be in the
front ranks, they'll buy some of the
songs themselves at Sherman, Clay
& Co.
The Clark Delivery Company will
soon be installed in their new quar
ters on Post street in the Globe
Under Critical Eye of Ob
serving Men.
A number of prominent colored
men of Alabama, lead by Rev. William
McGill, of Birmingham, have decided
to test the legality of the new amend
ment to the constitution of that state
which took effect last Thanksgiving
day, passed ostensibly for the pur
pose of disfrar»chising the colored
voters of that state. If The Republi
can makes no mistake, the constitu
tionality of similar laws have been
tested in the courts before, and the
highest court in the land has decided
that the act was constituional. Per
haps these men have some new ground
on which to base their case, but unless
they have, it seems a waste of time
and money to undertake a long legal
altercation over the matter, as it can
but result as have other cases of a
similar kind and character. There is
but one thing for the colored men of
Alabama and likewise other states
where they have been disfranchised,
from an educational standpoint, to do,
and that is to prepare to meet the
conditions as they exist, and, if the
men of the present generation cannot
be taught to read and write suffi
ciently to become voters, it is their
duty to see to it that their children
are properly prepared to meet the
new citizenship emergency, and if
they successfully do this they will
have done well.
From the Pacific Journal, a weekly
published- in the state of Washington,
the following excerpt has been taken:
"Now that a Negro deserter from
the United States army has been
'lynched' by the Filipinos, some of the
sympathizers for that race will be
writing essays on the race problem
in the Philippines." And is the pub
lic to understand, my dear brother,
that you are not not a sympathizer of
this down-trodden race? Owing to
the many disadvantages that the race
labors under it seems it is the duty
of every well-thinking han to write
essays or anything else that will help
to better his condition in this country,
and no man running a country paper
is more able to do this than you; so,
why not?
Editor" J. C. Williafms,"of th<f-Kan
sas City Observer, a well-known Afro-
American journali' t of that section,
was recently stabbed by a man with
whom he had an altercation, and died
from the effects almost immediately.
Strange to say, Editor Williams was
stabbed with a pair of scissors, the
article which he perhaps used more
than anything else in connection
with the editing of his paper. Mr.
Williams was a versatile writer of his
kind, and ran a rather spicy journal
during his life and he will be greatly
missed by the citizens of that com
munity. n
Norman F. Lambert was recently
arrested in Michigan City, Ind., on
suspicion of having committed a
murder some months previous in that
city. The circumstances against
Lambert were very strong and it look
ed as though he would be found
guilty of murder in the first degree,
and all because he refused to tell of
his exact whereabouts on the day of
the murder. It finally transpired
that Lambert knew nothing of the
murder, and was not even in the
country when it was committed, but
at the same time was in China serv
ing as a United States soldier. Tir
ing of army life, he deserted, and for
that reason he tried to keep his
whereabouts a secret, in order that
he would not be punished for the les
ser offense; but he was finally forced
to tell his story to save his neck,
which was verified from the army
records. He was at once taken to
California, where he deserted his
colors a few weeks prior and plead
guilty to a charge of deserting from
the United States army.
Lynching colored men in the state
of Nevada does not pay very well, as
some of the citizens of that state who
attempted to perform such an un
lawful act have been indicted by the
grand jury and are now confined in
the county jail, while others were re
leased on $3,000 bonds. The officials
are not leaving a stone unturned to
bring every one who participated in
the brutal act to justice. Though the
man was not actually killed, it was
not the fault of the would-be lynch
ers, as they did their best to accom
plish their purpose. If other states
would take example from little Ne
vada there would be less lynching
carried on throughout the United
Robert C. Ogden has contributed o:
his personal funds $80,000 toward ex
tending the propaganda of educatioi
in the South. It will be rememberei
that Mr. Ogden in company witl
other capitalists educationally in
clined toured the Southern states ;
few months ago with the view o
looking into the educational statu
of that section of the country, and i
was decided by them at the time tha
there was imminent need of bettering
the educational facilities of the
South, in order to make better citi
f zens out of the young colored chil
dren who were ripening into man
hood and womanhood. One of the
speakers at the gathering when the
donation was reported used the fol
lowing very laconic, but quite appli
cable remarks: "The people are
poor because they r.re ignorant, and
ignorant because they are poor," all
of which is more than true; but so
I far as the colored people are con
l cerned they would ;iot be that way
I were it not for the oppressiveness of
• the whites of that section.
Speaking about iLe disfranchising
of the colored voters of the South, the
following figures taken from the
United States census report touching
the disfranchised conditions of the
state of Alabama will prove of much
interest to those not acquainted with
the exact facts: "Alabama has a popu
lation of 1,828,697, a growth in the
last decade of about 315,860 people,
or 21 per cent. Of that entire num
ber there are 82",5*5 colored people
an increase of 150,000, or nearly 22
per cent., while the whites number
1001,152, an increase since 1890 of
20 per tent. Of the whole number of
colored people in the state 181,500 are
males ever 21 yeirs of age and all
voters under the old constitution. Of
that number 108/JOO are illiterate.
The total number of white men en
tiiled to vote if they, choose to exer
cise the privilege is 232,296, but at
the ast general election the entire
white an^ black vcte only numbered
162,900. Of the entire number of
white voters 31,600 are illiterate,
wliul., added to the illiterate colored
voters, gives the stale of Alabama an
illiterate vote of 140,000, and if the
present law is rigidly as well
as religiously enforced, not one of
that number will be able to cast a
vote at the coming election. While a '
great majority of the colored voters
have been disfranchised, nevertheless
it will be seen from these figures that ,
73,500 colored men can exercise the
franchise rights in that state, and if '
their privilege be not abridged it will
be further seen that they not only '
holi the balance of power in case
there are two partisan tickets in the
state, but they can elect their ticket
from top to bottom if the whites hap
pen to be divided on political issues.
Two bills have been introduced in
congress, which may be termed abso
lutely useless, as neither one of theai,
though they- happen to run the gaunt- !
signature of the president, can ever .
become f.-ffective. Representative
Kicthm of North Carolina has intro
duced a bill asking for the repealing (
of the Fifteenth amendment to the j
constitution of the United States. |
Granted that congress will pass th«
measure, the amendment would be
no nearer repealed than if nothing
had been done along that line. The
amendment to the constitution was
put there my a majority of the states
favorably voting for it, and if it be
removed it must be either voted down
by a majority of the states or decid
ed unconstitutional by the United
States supreme court, and when Mr.
Kicthin introduced this bill he did so
for no other purpose than to try in
his feeble and insignificant way to
offer an insult to the North
for- its passage. and likewise j
insult President Roosevelt for
entertaining a colored man at
dinner not long since. Representa
tive Moody has introduced a bill, hav
ing for its object the protection of
colored citizens against lynching in
default of state protection. In order
for Mr. Moody's bill to become effec- i
tive, he must first have a bill passed j
abridging the rights granted to the
various states by the constitution of
the United States, and in order to do
this a majority of the various states |
of the Union would have to cast a !
favorable vote on this proposition.
This will not be done, but unless it
is done, it will be impossible for the j
United States to protect citizens in
the various states from mob violence,
unless it first declares such common
wealth in an insurrectionary state
and put the same under martial law.
Perhaps Mr. Moody's intentions were
good, but it sounds more like politi
cal buncombe than a meritorious act.
There are things that Mr. Moody and
his associates can do that will really
benefit the colored people, and among
them is the reduction of the number
of congressmen from the South, and
if they will do this they will take a
long ttep toward bringing peace and
harmony to the Southern states.
Be good to yourself, buy your hol
iday presents at Goldmans' jewelry
store, corner Second and Marion.
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