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The National Baptist Convention
net at 8:80 P M., 14th inst. Pres. E. O.
Morris, presiding. Prayer bj Rev. E.
Bird af ISew York oity. Beriptnre
-reading by Rer. L. M. Cbeek. The
President introduead Rer. r7. Bishop
JohJBion, D. Ba* af Waahington, D. O.,
who made the report of the Edaea
tiesal Board?Ker. W. A. Oreditt,
ehairman; Ber. W. Biahop Johnson,
seeretary. During the reading of this
report. Governor J. Hoge Tyler enter*
ed aad .wm loadly applaaded by the
President Morria said: We are
bighly favored this afternooa by hav?
ing present with us Dr. H. O. Mabie,
of tht Ameriean Missionary Union.
He declined for the present in favor
of Got. J. Hoge Tyler ot Virginia, who
oon*ing to the front of the rostrum
?? It was more to atteat by aty pres
enea than what I have co say. I want
to firat oompliment you and oongratu
late you upon your liberality. lt seems
that you are the most liberal Beptists
I have ever met, for you have gone
out of your way to sprinkle a Presby?
terian Elder Governor. I do not know
wha*> you would do were you to have a
?ura enough Baptist "
One brother remarked that you are
all things to all men.
"Borne of the ministers of this eity
invited me to be present to address
yoa. I Boeepted looking forward wlth
pleasure to the opportunity, but other
things prevented. I have not been
abla to make preparation, so I oome
before you with erude, haety and im
mature suggestions.
"1 would not exaggerate were I to
aay that no people oould be engaged
in a more noble work thsn that in
whieh you are engaged and with great?
er promise of reward before you. From
your faees 1 see that yea appreeiate
the work before you.
Ednoational and moral training has
been the great instrumentality whioh
has raised all races to prominenee aad
power. The influenee whieh we have
endeavored to extend, eommeneing at
the beginning of the Garden of Eden,
has been beltiog the earth between tbe
80th and 50th degrees of longitude,
giTing influenee and we flnd this re?
ligion leaping across the Paeiflc and
dashing itself againat the shorea of
heathen lands. Extending from the
?outhern sones to Afrioa aod north
ward to tbe aretic regions of Afa-k*,,
oarrying sleft ihe benners of Onriat
and ita toea are gi*m g away io tv<*iy
*You have a greet work. A greate ?
respoosibitity rests upon you than up?
on any other people.
'?We dn not know what may be the
future You Iiave been called upoa to
go through the waters of trial and af?
fliction, but you will be ensbled to
wear a brighter erown.
''Other racea are waiting to welcome
every heart and 1 believe every Chris?
tian here wishes you a moat hearty
suouesa. Thia thought fllled my bos
om even before 1 had arrived at ma ?
hood years. After the eurreader 1
went baek home. I realized what waa
the reault of the war. God in Hia
wondertul progreaa,?or the reault of
the war would Le to bring freedom to
your raee. I ealled my servanta who
had been faithful to me and have baen
ever since, thank G.->d, and 1 tried to
picture to them some of the difficul
ties whieh lay before them.
"1 aaid that they would be free. I
did not know it. but from thia mo?
ment you are aa free as I am. Anoth?
er thing 1 mentioned. I divided with
them every cent of pereonal property
I bad. I gave to every famiiy a eow
aud a team of hortes, and told them if
they were not satiafled with the houses
it* whieh they lived, they oould suleet
any other and 1 would eecure it to
them and tneir children.
I shall uever forget tbst scene.
They manifested their apprecistion of
joy. Tht y almost rolled in the grass.
"Mv old msmmy, who narsed me
when my mother died in giving me
birth. threw her arma around them
and around me, endeavoring to bind
us together, deolaring that the separa
tion should never be. Wben she died,
I buried her and ereeted a monument
over her grave, and it msy be seen
from my front door today.
VThey left and my old mammy was
weepiog and wailing. But in lesa
than a week they were all baek, say*
ing that they had had their freedom
long enough and that they wanted to
enter into a contraet with me. I had
three farm* and I aaid to Uncle Abe
that I would give him one of them and
he aaid that he thought thst he would
be satisfied with the Kirk property?
that waa about a 1G00 acres?and a
pair mules, yoke of oxen and a eow.
Well, 1 divided up the property and
made out the contraet. He eame
baek to hsve a stamp put npon it. The
Provost Msrshal required lt. I had
no stamp st thst time, ao 1 pnt ar. old
Confederate revenue stamp upon it,
and it answered the purpoae.
"Kow, I aaid I want yoa to give tha
flrat fruita of your farm to God. I
gave them a plaoe for a ehureh and a
tohool-heaM aad a grave-yard. This
??aas -???**>s*a?-***aa?.*?a*a?
Governor Tyler Spoke to Them. Eminent Divines.
Learned Discourses.
The Greatest Meeting Ever Held Here. Loud in their Praises. A Gold Headed
TJmbrella for Dr. Graham. Gift of the Baptists of the United States.
Rev. E. C. florris, D. D.
President of the National Baptist Convent (Colored), the Greatest Negro Baptist Organiza?
tion in the World. The rules were suspended and he waa unanimously re-_lected_
waa the firat ohureh areoted aoath ot
the Mason and Dixon line. A . I waa
going to my farm, I saw aome partiea
diggiog a gjrave. I enquired whoae it
was and they told me Lixzie Riopley
died of typhoid fever and ahe wanta*
to be buried by the aide of her motber
and her siater. I felt that I was at
the grave of my old family a-rvanta,
who loved ma; yea wbo would lay
down their llvea for me.
What hope for yon? What for any
people if we are eut off "rom the _ o
riea of the aospel of heavenT We have
the promiae that He will govern and
direot and make the rugg-d way
Let not a one of you beeome die
oouraged. Eaoh one nrge aome other
to beoome a oo-worker in oarrying for?
ward the gospel to your people.
I believe that in the hearts of the
eolored people of the South thera ia
deep appreoiation ol the efforta whioh
have been made to help you along on
edoeational linea. The Soutb waa
poor, atripped of everything; yet, I
think if all of the amounta given eould.
have been oolleoted together, they
wonld be monumenta to our people,
"But you are flghting the battle
man fully youraelvea. Never grow
faint heart ed. but go forward and
trnat Ood aod He wiil help y.u."
A eontinued ovatioo followed.
H. 0. M-bie, D. D., of Masaaoh usetta,
aeoretary of the Ameriean Miasiouary
Union, aaid that it waa worth the trip
from Boaton to eome in eontaot with
suoh a man. 'lt ia good to be here.
beeauae there sounde forth strong aod
true languase
It waa at the oonoluaion of the re?
marka of the Govornor and Dr. Mable
that Bev Dr. Creditt made one of the
moat tbrilling and eleetrifying apeeeh
es of the oonvention. He stated the
Negro'a oase in equity with oharming
language, rn.gniflce.nt in its oonoep
tiona and punetuated with oratory ot
the highest order.
The applause whioh greeted him
ahowed that he had made a auaeasaful
atatement of exiittng oonditions eveo
though he had surprised everyone by
the boldnesa of hia utteranoes.
During the day Rev. R. O. Fox of
Pittaburg. Pa preaided. Rev. Dr. E.
P. Harria made the opening aadreaa.
Rev R. Miteheil, D. D., of Frankfort.
Ky , ably diecussed the "Influence of
Literature upon a Nation" He urged
the colored people to devote more
time to making literature for them?
aelvea, eduoating tbeir boys and girls
for that purpoae.
Rev. Dr. Harvey Johnson of Balti?
more ereated a aenaation by deliver
ing an addreaa whieh attacked the lit?
erature of th?* white man. He was
___.eroileaa in his analyaia of Homer and
hia Illiad and Odyasey, expreaaing a
doubt whether auch a writer ever lived.
He oreated much amuaement and ear?
ried hia audienoe with him from the
atart to the finiab. He waa out?poken
in hia advocacy of racial enterpriees.
Bev. Dr. ?. A. Moaeley of Pine Bluff,
Ark., preaident of the Arkaneaa de?
partment of the eonvention made an
"The Goapel in all Landa," waa the
theme discussed in the morning ses?
sion of the National Baptiat Oonven?
tion, Thuraday. l_lk inat. R?-v. Dr. J.
J. Durham. of Ueorgia, the vi.e-Preai
dei.t waa in the ehair.
The li-.-t addre.a waa made by Rev.
M J. Maddox. of Savannah. Qa. Rev.
Jordan. in a short addreaa. atated that
the paat year had been a aueceasful one
for the oauae of miaaions, and that the
eolored people had done their duty by
giving to aend the goapel to Africa.
Rev. Dr. Charlea S. Morris had made
a trip to Africa. and had been instru
mental in many being added to th}
fold. Other'apeakera were Rev Geo.
W. Lee, D. D., and Rev. Walter Brooks
D. 1)., both of Waahington ; Rev. John
?. Fotd, of Denver, Col., th-* flrat Ne?
gro to graduate from the Ut i.ersity
of Chieago; Dr. P R Neal, Nannie
Burrell of Louisville, the ouief elerk
of the Foreign Misaion Board. and Dr.
C. H. i'_rr ah. Preaident of tbe Ex stein
Nort.n University.
The addreaa of Rev. Dr. Brooks em
braced atatiatical information and a
hiatorical -t.tement of the eondition of
the eolored Baptists in thia oountry. It
ereated a pr ..found aenaation and has
been the aubjeet of mueh eomment
everaino .
Dr. Brooka waa offered $150.00 for hia
paper, but aa he expecta to enlargen
ca the subject, he deolined to aooept
The paper plaeea him in the fore
front of the aivines who are gathering
information ooneerning this powerful
Dr. R, J. Willingham, Secretary of
the Southern Baptiat Convention. was
innodueed for the purpose of addreaa
ing tha oonvention on miaaions. He
delivered an able addreaa giving in de?
tail the work done by hia aoeiety and
ahowing tbe eolored people their duty
in thia work.
Rev. Dr. E. M. Brawley, preaided
dor.ng the afternoon seasion and the
time waa apent in hearing reports and
the like.
na. botd'a carbbb.
Dr. R. H. Bojd. of M-.ah.ille,Seore
tary ot the National Baptiat Pablishiog

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