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Trie people's journal is the Bee.
Subscribers are requested to pay
If you want a live paper read
For Chief of Police, the editor
of the Bee.
We want 10,000 subscribers by
the middle of next year.
If you want first class job work
patronize the National Printing
Co., 1109 I St., n. w.
The night schools are fulfilling
all the prophecies of their most
Free trade will now take a back
seat and let Protection have a
place in the amen-comer. The
question is, who will occupy the
The report of the 6th Auditor is
one of the most complete and accu
rate reports ever made by that of
fice. It is full of interesting data
and systematically arranged.
It is suggested by North Caro
linians to lynch Mr. West. This
section of the country is not Miss
issippi or South Carolina. They
will have 60,000 Negroes to lynch
when an attempt is made.
Freedom of speech in Ire
land is not one of the boasted pos
sessions. Epigramatic effusions on
the tyranny of English govern
ment is a product taxed by the im
prisonment of the author.
The Bee is the oulv colored
newspaper in the city. It is the
greatest advertising medium in
Congress will meet Monday and
its first duty after the reception of
the President's message is to con
firm Mr J. C. Matthews.
We have a stinger that will
force Congress to make an appro
priation without noseing the mem
bers to assignation houses. Give
us a chance Mr. Webb.
Mr. Geo. H. Richardson, will
read before the Philomathiau lite
rary next Thursday evening. His
subject is "The Negro Pulpit."
Everybody should come and hear
The Blair Educational Bill is
what the people of the country
want and are clamoring for but,
our wise and economical statesmen
can't see how the expenditure of
so vast an amount will lubricate
party machinery and hence will
continue to li think about it."
With coercion in Irelan ', Ab
solutism in Germany, Anarchy in
Russia, Socialism in France, Rev
olution in Bulgaria and hard
times in this country, the students
of practical political economy will
have their hands full.
are all agog over the prospects of
this winter's harvest and the
44voodoo doctor" plies his mystic
roguery undismayed by the frown
0i Judge Snell.
MB ft vX'
The President should feel grati
fied with his colored appo'mtees.
Dr. Thompson fills his post with
dignity and success, while Mr.
Matthews holds his own. We hope
that the president may find it-
convenient and profitable to give a"
few more young colored men a
chance. "Bread cast on the water-"
It is to be hoped that the facili
ties for instructing our youths
may be increased during the com
ing year. With proper and sys
tematic effort on the part of the
trustees, Congress can be induced
to contribute adequately toward
the full accommodation of the pu
pils and the other interests of the
The office of the Kecorder of
Deeds is in excellent condition
and attests the competency and
executive ability of Mr. Matthews.
The colored people are satisfied
with him and the Senate would
do the handsome thing if they
would confirm him at once.
Neither republicans nor democrats
can afiord to ignore the wishes of
the colored people. They are
learning to score.
Mr. Geo W. Jackson of the
Post Cffice Department, received a
telegram on Wednesday announc
ing the death of his father who
died of paralysis at Summit Hill,
Ohio, Nov. 30. Mr. Jackson has
our heartfelt sympathy in this
hour of bereavement. Only those
who love'their parents can feel
the pangs'of deaih when it comes.
"Sorrow n ver could revive the
dead so we weep, because we
weep in vain."
The Washington P-ee say?, '-If
you want a live paper, read the
It it is 38 lively as some bees
we've seen and felt, it must be
a ihoop-em-up-lively-at-a 2.40
s:ait kind of a paper. Denver
Bight you are brother Braxton,
the Bee is like the bun, too now-
ertul for small men. We can feel
the efiVcts of the Denver Sun,
here in Washington and have no
doubt that you are perfectly com
petent to "whoop em up livery,"
when you are attacked unjustly by
the hundred eyes. We hope the
Sun may continue to throw its
brilliant light over thecitvofDen
ver. HELP US.
It is the desire of the editor of
the Bee to enlarge his paper, as
he finds that the demands for its
columns are mad quale to satisfy
his patrons. To do this he appeals
to the people throughout this
couniry to aid him by sending in
their cash subscription at once.
The editor is also arranging to
purchase a newspaper press and
steam fixtures. Do the colored
people want a first class office,
equal to any in the United States,
where colored young men can
learn all brauch.es printing?
Help the Bee then. 10,000 sub
scribers we must and shall hive.
FOB THE PUBLIC EYE.
The National Printing Co., at
the Bee office 1109 I st., u. w.,
having purchased a new job pi ess
and several huudred fonts of new
job type claims to have the only
first class colored printing house
in the city The company em
ploys more colored printers than
ail the colored printing offices in
the city combined. It makes a
specially of widding invitations,
visiting cards, programs, dodgers,
circulars, constitutions, by-laws &c.
Every job brought to this office
eutitleB the person to one free local
notice in the Bee. Call and in
spect the office and decide for
yourselves. If it is not the most
first class colored office in the ciiy
the managers will forfeit 5 dollars.
TAKE A FRESH HOLD.
Notwithstanding the reasous
which lie at the bottom of our
iuterests, the colored people nave
uot thought it wise to apply them
to their wants. They seem dis
posed to drift along, like so many
balloons, with every current which
passes without any regard to the
effect which it might produce on
their interests. We seem to admit
that we are entitled to nothing as
the result of our peculiar position
in American society. We accept
aB feasible all the lame excuses
which are being made by the
whites for not accepting us as co
workers aud partners in the great
harvest field of politics. We en-
force a sort of guardianship upon
the whites who use that relation
to further their own ends and who
know full well that they will find
vindication in the verdict of the
common sense of their white
brothers for using such advantage.
Sustaining, such relation, should
we rise at all. we do so in propoi
tion as our elevation affects the
interests of this or that man or
party which has us in charge.
We seem to be content to clump
by clinging to the nether side of
the white', man's interests as his
parasite, while we must submit to
being dropped at his bidding.
Now what is the use of this
serfdom when it is not claimed as
a condition precedent to our ele
vation? Can we not say what we
want without first asking ourselves
whether the whites will like it?
Are we not able8 to think and act
tor ourselves? We can not rea
sonably ask for anything which is
not justly and rightfully ours
Are we uot bold enpjugh to ask
for our rights and seek to secure
and maintain them without first
getting a definition of them from
the whites? This system of fawn
ing has been set in operation by
men who still retain the idea that
it is necessary to have 6ome white
man vouch for everything they do
or say. And we are sorry to say
that this idea is being engrafted
on the mind of young men.
This is an unfortunate fact and
must be eradicated. It must be
renumbered that it is to the young
men that the people are looking
for the forces which will lift the
race to that social and intellectual
plane which will .insure a recog
nized respectability. To them i
assigned the task of breaking
down barriers and removing in
vidious distinctions and it be
comes necessaty for them to s'rike
out for themselves together and
under intelligent direction.
Since Reconstruction the genius
and capacity of the young men have
been hampered by the blasting
influences of political ostracism.
They have had no encouragement.
They are frowned down by the se
niors of iheir own race and all the
white race combined. As a cou
sequeuce if the young men are to
occupy a respectable place in par
ties, in power and ii fiuence, they
must dispense wHb the prejudices
and fogyism ot the old school and
be meu enough to say what they
want, give their reasons for it ana
then press forward with all their
might, boldly and persistently
and unitedly until they have
gained their posts. Let us not
stand on party, but by a manly
independence and judicious party
alliances follow the line of the
German who has made his way to
recognition by his boldness and
intelligence. Let the young men
take a fresh hold.
CLARA TO LOUISE.
Dear Loir. Tour letter to the
Household last week was read
with a great deal of interest. I
never was made more surprised
in my life than I was at the elope
ment of Miss Lulu Francis with
Mr John G. Cragwell. I knew
that Mr. Cragwell was in the city
and endeavored to pursuade Mr.
Francis to give his daughter to
him. This was known to Mr.
Sneed, who had all the chance in
the world to prevent it, but I sup
pose that he had no idi-a that Miss
Francis would break the engage
ment with him after the invita
tions had been issued. Mr.
Cragwell remarked that he never
would leave the city without Mis3
Francis. Finding that he could
not persuade the parents to con
sent, he returned to Harrisburg.
He could not rest there so he re
turned again to the city and
inaugurated another scheme. This
time he solicited the services of
Mrs. Turleigh, sister of Miss
Lulu, who fixed the business.
Miss Francis informed Mr. Sneed
that Mr. Cragwell had sent her
letters, but said that it was too
WAS IT TOO LATE?
No, svhile out walking with
Mr. Sneed, she called at her sis
ters on M street and told Mr.
Sneed to wait outside, as she
wanted to see her sister about a
dress. Mr. Cragwell was there,
who pleaded with her to become
his wife., It was settled and poor
Mr. Sneed was made a victim of
despair. It is true that Mr.
Cragwell had been engaged to
MisB Francis, but was persuaded
to break the engagement by a
mmsmmmamm . . gg i ,lll
lady connected with the. family
who claimed to be a friet d to
Miss Lulie. When Miss Francis
went to Harrisburg on a visit Mr.
.Cragwell did not treat her with?
any respect nor did he write to
her for over a year. ;Still the lady
said that lie was the only man she
ever loved arid if she married
another it vould be for spite.
The lady was told by a friend not
to marry for spite aud when
Cragwell came to the city two
weeks ago and was curried to see
her by this friend, she asked him
"would it be wise to give him an
invitation to her marriage. She
was told no, notwithstanding
Cragwell was determined to have
her, although it was her intention
to marry Sneed In the afternoon
of Wednesday Nov. 2. the mar
riage license had been procured
and the lady in. company with
her sister, Mr. Noble Harris and
another went to the residence of
Dr. Sunderland and were married.
Di Sunderland said that he
thought the affair a romance, but
did not consider it enough to ex
cite his suspicions. Just
I have been told that Mr. Sneed
has received a just retribution.
It is said that he has made love to
many a young lady and disap
pointed them, but wThether this is
true or not I am unable to say, if
true he deserved the rebuke. Mr.
Cragwell is a young man ol fine
appearance and address. Mr,
Sueed wears spectacles which tend
to give him a classic appearance.
He had many sympathizing
friends who legretled that he
was disappointed and many rouug
ladies who were pleased.
THIS IS SNEED' S LAST SONG.
Where has my Lulu gone,
Ib the song I shall sing,
The chestnut bells are ringing,
And the boys ihey are singing,
Sneed, Sneed, Sneed O! Siued,
Where has thy Lulu gone?
It is not my intention to cast
any refh ctiou on Mr. Suead nor
do I desire to discourage the
young lady who was fortunate or
unfortunate enough to render
unto Sneed the things that are
Sneed's or unto Cragwell herself.
I am opposed to young men
introducing white men into our
society. I have in my mind now
a young man from Minnesota.
who has been enjoying the hoB -
pitalities of the social circle for a
number of years aud on account
of his friendship and acquaintance
with thiB man, he introduced him
to the Household. "What was the
consequences? I saw him at a
social gathering a few months
ago, with a class of silly girls en
chsed within his amis iu a waltz.
He has heen given a position in
the War Department, where he
has kept himself secluded ever
since his appointment there. The
colored ladies with whom he use
to associate are below his digni
fied (?) position. Our society la
dies have been imposed upon aud
the sooner they fiown down such
intrusion the better it will be tor
them. Be it said greatly to the
credit of the Misses Jones on K
street n. w., they refused to leceive
an introduction to this pale face,
who was thrust upon the House
hold. Mr. J. C. Asbury vas married
Wednesday afternoon at half
past five o'clock in Norfolk Va.,
to Miss Kate E. Allen of that
place. A reception was held in
ihe evening. The bridal party
left for this city and are now the
guests of Miss Alice Strange on P
street, n. w. I had a pleasant
chat with Dr. Dorsey a few days
ago. He had just returned from
Philadelphia, where he had been
settling up his mother's estate.
He has been left a well to do man.
In fact he was worth money long
before the death ot his mother. I
shall meet you at the Household
Sunday afternoon, until then
On account of the great demand
for teachers in our public schools,
it is asserted that any female can
fall from grace and be put in our
public schools. We uuderstand
that one of these females will be
soon appointed in the 8th school
division A hint to the wise is suf
ficient. We understand that Mr. John
son's object is not to deprive Sum
ner School pupils of school accom
modations, but merely to accom
plish an object which others hay-
fail to see. UU CBllftW
THE NEGRO PROBLEM DISCUSSED BY
COL. GEO. W. WILLIAMS. HOW
THE GREAT QUESTION WAS SOLVED
BY THE HISTORIAN. HE IS GREET
ED WITH A LARGE AUDIENCE.
Week by week this literary socie
ty5 is growing into popular national
tavor. Although last Thursday
evening was cold and windy, Col
Geo. W. Williams, the colored
historian was greeted with a large
and enthusiastic audience. The
meeting, having been called to or
der by the president, Mr. Chase,
a piece was sung by the society,
under the direction of Mr. Max
field, atterwhich Mr. D. F. Batts
offered prayer. The minutes of
the previous meeting were read by
Miss Lizzie Mason, secretary, fol
lowing which was the introduction
of Col. Williams, who was greeted
with a tremendous applause. He
It is a high compliment to the
fine temper and good sense of the
American people that an institu
tion like the slave powei has been
overthrown by the shock of em
battled arms, and the results ac
quiesced within the briet space of
There is no longer occasion for
alarm about the enemies of the
Negro, since the current literature
of this problem proves them sin
cere in their doubts and honest in
their convictions. But notwith
standing the many signs of the
breaking down of the almost im
pregnable lines of lace antipathy
many of our countrymen are still
stubbornly entrenched behind ab
In short both the friends and
foes of the Negro have reached
common ground, and adopted le
gitimate means of inves igation.
The provisioned military govern
ment for the soutn, immediately
at the close of the rebellion, was,
while military in name, a patriae
chial interregnum. The United
btate3 government placed bayo
nets at the poles, and sought by
vigorous millitary mfasures, the
enforcement of political laws.
But blind political ambition and
public sentiment strangled the
Eufoi cement act, although the re
publican party was in the ascen-
1 dency in both houses of Congress.
Pacification and conciliation ex
tended the olive branch of peace;
and an ex-confederate general be
came a trusted adviser of a repub
lican president. And although
states were given to the party nu
merically important to carry them
by an honest vo'e, there was nu
appreciable good accruing to the
.Negro. For various reasons not
proper to discuss in this paper,
the white men in the Republican
party in sections ot the country
where the $Tegro resides in great
numbers have seceded until, with
in a few years, the republican
party at the south has become a
black mau's party. There has
been an attempt in "Virginia to
WHITES AND BLACKS
nearly equally, hoping thereby to
wipe oul race ieenng ana secure an
honest vote and a fair count. But
even this brave movement has
found an inhospitable grave, much
earlier than its friends dreamed.
We have supposed that the mere
giving of official positions to Ne
groes would -solve the problem.
100 Negroes holding positions at a
salary of $6,000 per annum each,
would have no effect whatever upon
the struggling masses of Negroes
in the rice and cotton fields of the
Caroliuas and Virgiuias; except,
forsooth, they contributed one sixth
of their salary each year to employ
counsel to defend the rights of
those laborers. But Negroes are
republicans ; and they are likely to
remain with the grand old party
eveu though it should reduce to
nothing more than a memory.
I assume the responsibility of ad
vising aud urging him to go out of
the republican party into any other
party that he may find that he will
secure to him the full and free ex
ercise of all his rights as a laborer
as a citizen aud as a voter. For a
party chat does not or cannot se
cure to its members their rights,
ulife, liberty aud the pursuit of
happiness" does not deserve sup
port. The Negro knows what par
ty to trust. The Col. discussed at
some length as to how the great
race could be a power. Unity of
action and individual advancement
&c. are solutions of the race prob
lem. At the conclusion of his re
marks the paper was discussed by
Mr. A. S. Bichardaon, who did
not quite agree with Mr, Williams.
He thought that the ouly and best
solution to the Negro problem was
fori tha Negroes to - put money in
their purse and secure proDer
Mr. J. a PTnfM.; fS-
Mr. Williams to some extern
r. Williams to some 1" wl
thought the NWmoQ 0kM,. 9
and go to any party they aawfit j?
Masfaeld m a ceremonial tone q -5
God was not. dparf . T?ne
and So toanv 2 TL "!"u
solve the Negro problem.
es were made by others '
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Next Thursday evening Mr p0
H.Eicharson will read a nanr
titled "The Pulpit.- A?t re
eee'd6. amDg miDi
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