Newspaper Page Text
THE COLORED CITIZEN.
InSURD EVIRY MONDAY - - BY- THE COLORED CITIZEN PUBLISHING 00. Olrrc Is N. MAIN STRIEr. Advertising rates furnished on application. TERMS: One Year .................................................... 0 Six Months....... .......-............... ..... . I 00 Three Months................ ................ 0 -- * ) Entered as ,econd classamatter September 1st, 1104. at the Helena, Montana, Poetomce. HELENA, MONT., SEPT. 24, 1894. We cerhfy that our total issue has aggregated 7500 copies. COLORED CITIZEN PUB. CO., Per J. P. Ball, Jr., Ediuor esd Masegr. INIAMII All WL. "Man it born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upwards." Truly may these words be applied to colored Amerieans. We have only to enter the pathway of everyday life to learn the peculiar force and appli cability of the above concise state meat of our case. Every man's hand Is apparently raised against us. No matter what our abilities, quallca tions or merits may be, the very m. mant we launch our bark into the current of daily life we meet with ob stacles and counter currents. We would not have reason to complain of them were they of the same gen eral character as encountered by our white fellow-citisens, for we ask no extra privileges or seek to avoid the adversities that beset ordinary mortals. But when in addittlo to the hardships imposed generally am those who strive to contend for the henor and reward of exerted energy, we are contfroted and obtructed and barred out by the hand and bulwark of prol diceo a ccount of color, we are fdred to realis the decided adsad vantage that beset our pathway. The oppressive weight sad demralis tlg elect of the be of prejudice can ot be fully realised or comprehended ecept by those who are the victims thense and smart thereunder. It Il strange that America salNe should be the choesl botbed of prejudice ae account of color. Sbrely we have S . seaned, by devetle, patriotism, in dutry, thrift and assimilation, true citlumehip and a place amoug the in tegral compqesnt parts that make up ear body politic. Why bar us out Why crush us down ? Why deride us? Why discriminate against us eo every hand and on all occaslons? ave we not dae as much for the up btding and welfare do this country as other egrafted elements of ouar pOpuiw. e r un it. po0te.e -as that we have ever been weighed i the balance and found wanting? Why them treat s a Ishmaelites and dwn us at every opportunity? Shame o our boasted civilisatl I Will not the an d of Providence a rebuke be raised against this republicl Who weaould then be with voice to complain thereat There are everal cloued Anace. da strikers In Helena. They are noet dolag any harm, however, though a few of our overcredulous citlasou have been somewhat dlscomfrted because the said emi.aries have told them coaddentially, you know, that some of the colored voters of this city intended to vote for Anacoda. We hope no e will lose courage and give up the ight on the strength of these unfounded reports. Our citi las may rest assured that there is no more loyal class of voters in the city than the three hundred colored men who will deposit their billots solid for the city of their residence and choice. So eat, drink and be merry for there is no reason to doubt the loyality of the colored voter. EWA1 nit IlO nu Kind and encouraging words, verbal and written, have been bestowed on us so lavishly that our columns are in adequate to allow insertion. We, therefore, tender in this general man ner or r hearty and grateful appreci ation of the numerous and unlooked for compliments. The public craves for something fresh, spicy and home made. and its wants must be catered to The paper that in these days of push and pluck lifts its oars free the water and allows the craft to drift in the sluggish current,should net murmur if an over indulget and lenient public grows weary e its lack of bis, vigor and vitality, and mandl an adequate ceudderatise for the pestiferous cellectos receipt. The -smer this ceommenlt brigs about tis nsde refrrm 0e better ar the seputatm ef Helma. MO COLOR LINE IN HELENA. ONC IWSPECI'BL BRLtESS HEl 8SK-L Odly a Few Juilats ad lives Making Vrs For AIesa. As the subsidized Anaconda papers of this state are raising a hue and cry against Helena on the alleged ground that her five hundred prosper ous and contented colored citizens are discriminated against in public places on account of their color, the CITI.EN made the rounds of our principal busi ness houses and places of public re sort, for the purpose of unfolding to our people in this state, as well as elsewhere, the true state of affairs. Everywhere we were received with the utmost courtesy and full informa tion given on all points desired. We will state to the credit of our city that in no single instance did we find a place where the color line was drawn or had been, save in one or two joints that no decent colored man should frequent. One of the charges is that our best sample rooms refuse to accommodate us. We regret that our path of duty rendered it neces sary to cover this class of business, for our earnest wish is that such re sorts should be entirely shunned and ignored by colored men. Were it not for the principle involved we would be glad if every saloon door was shut against colored tipplers. The friends of Anaconda are trying to prejudice colored men against Heleua in the capital contest; therefore all kinds of vague charges and rumors are put in circulation regarding the preval ence of unbearable colnr prejudice against our people here. We hope that such rot will have no weight and that Marcus Daly will fnd out that the colored people of this state are not as gullible a set of chumps as he would reckon them. Now i. the time for us to demonstrate our boasted sense of good judgment. Colored men will And prejudice everywhere. Should Anaconda be selected as the capital it would soon become the hotbed of culorphofla, and colored men would not even be allowed to monopolise the time-worn snap of spittoon cleaners --uch things would be parcelled out to favorite dagoes. As a people we are too easily softsbaped. It should be otherwise, for we have been duped so much that we ought to know better by now. We therefore appeal to our people in every locality in the state to stand by Helena and its colored people, and nlastead of allowing a for eign corporation to rope them in that don't employ a single colored man, stand by and vote for the city that gives Ave hundred of us stely and lacrative employment. Men, do your duty. Let the women take a hand in the struggle and we assure you that Marcus will get left in his well-laid scheme to capture the colored vote of this state for his town. - I. 'fJ~l mew' Mt - The colored citizens of Washington state deserve and are entitled to the highest commendation for refusing to accept or to participate in celebrat tag a bay set apart especially for col end people by the management of the nlaterstate Exposition now being held in the city of Tacoma. Just uach schemes or jobs are conceived, hatched and launched with a view to promoting and perpetuating race prejudice and maintaininag the color line. We are American to the manor born. We want no receut importa tions to dictate to us. We are of the people. We have helped to make the history of this country. We want nothing separate. We will take our chaaces with the rank and file of the American people and fd no fault. We don't ask any special favors, noither do we want their thrust on .s in AU I.A.mLII illTIV illYM. The legislative ticket nominated by the late republican county couven tis is generally regarded as fairly streag individually as well as collec tively. There are one or two weak spots that reduce the general aver age a few points, but it is doubted whether a streoger and more homo geneonu combinatlis could have been selected. The contest for the legis lature, undoubtedly will be very spirited, hotly coatested and cleverly fought, for big game is at stake. It Is, therefore, .ncumbent upon the party to marshal the forces with such care and tact that every element shall become an actlve,aggre. lve pro meter of victory, and that no part or parcel shall sulk or even play a pa alve part. Lt such harmony and en thdeasm prevail for the legisLative nminu s that there shall be no llrht against any tndividual, but a strong, hearty and wlnning pull for the whole ticket, We welcome upoe our eochange table the .-om Crsn mt, publihe at Heenaa, Meotana. It Is well edited spicy sad brim fall of Interesting news.-IdaluapoUs Courer. ***A. e b ems. enp a-r as. RACE JOCBALIS.M. So long as race prejudice exists there will be need and urgent neces sity for race journalism. There are many who condemn the idea of fos tering and promoting papers devoted to the interests of our people-they would help obliterate the color line by first suppressing every colored paper. We, too, would be glad to see the color line wiped out, and we agree that when such is done that there will be no further need of papers conducted especially in our behalf. We need papers of our own for we have peculiar interests that must be handled from our standpoint. We have grievances that we want to present to the world. We endure wrongs that demand redress. We are debarred of privileges that should be accorded. We are hampered by the ban of prejudice. We are not granted an even show in the race of life. We are discriminated against in the trades and professions. We are rele gated to the rear on all occasions. Our grievances are many-as long as they shall exist, so long will race journals devoted to our interests be demanded. * WE'VB CUT TIEI OFF. We've cut off a number of our ex changes for cause. Some are very sorry specimens of the modern news paper and are not worth the unfold ing. Others are so glaringly Daly cuckoos slopping over with boodle bosh that the average fair minded citizen intuitively turns away in utter disgust. A few are so tinctured with prejudice that they are intolerable. While we are a little of color, we are somewhat particular about what kind of visitors we allow in our sanctum. We don't desire to hurt anybody's feelings, yet we are compelled in self preservation to draw the line in these particular cases. Don't get drunk about us drawing the line on you, Brother Eds.-it isn't the color line; it's the line of merit, decency and im partiality. We are willling to associ ate with you if you will renovate, ablute and shape up. Index your selves up to date and you'll know how to behave in company. "A lost good name is ne'er retrieved." UI T1A D NATIII. The heat and tumult of excited dis cussion have given way to calm Ae bate, and now the people of the st4te are commencing to critically examine facts and fgures presented by $he rival candidates for the permanent capital. This is precisely what Hel ena desires. When it comes to noises, bluster, braggadocio, chinners, lan tern fakes, song and dance shows, falsehoods, vililcation and indiscrim inate prevarication, Anaconda has the call. But the people have tired of this, and now ask for a sober and dispassionate aobitrament of the meriu oftte relipetive capitaI-i pirants. The question has been called for, the yeas and nays have been de manded, men will have to g on re cord, and it may be depended on that when the Anal footings have been cast up, that Helena will secure a clean, well earned and decisive ma jority. TIEET Ni mI" It's a safe proposition in politics, as well as business, to igure on min Imnus. It is also a wise plan to court, -proper:y treat and give due recogni tion to component factors of a politi cal party. It's a more certain course than to go about thinking "They are ours." It is a mistake for any party, now, to think that the colored vote belongs to it, soul, body and other wise. Such is not the fact. True a very large majority of our colored citisens are predisposed to republican ism, but in these days of political Sopping, does it not occur that the colored voter, too, may want to be in the swim? 8o we say to our leaders, look after the colored vote-see that it is not Ignored--see that it is re warded with something more substan tial than sweet soft words and broken promises H CA R M! NI PATT. "The babbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." That is a biblical metaphor that covers the colored voter'spresent pol itical statues. We desire to go on record as not being the political chat tels of any party. We have general ly allied ourselves to and supported the republican party because its plat form, principles, precepts and pro gressive course have been in accord with and conducive to our Interests. Now-a-days men weigh parties as well as persons and things. 8o it Is with the colored voter. So it has been in the past with bm, and so it shall be in the future. As long as the repb Ilcan party dem strates, as it has uniformly in the past, thatt shall continue the party at progress and will best subeerve our race Interests, just so leg will colored voters have the sagacity to stick to it, stand by it and vote for it. NO COWIEI CITIZEN IlEl APPLY. The Aucsada Csopaiy Implop suly White In sad lesgh. *No Niggers Allowed i Oanr Works." We are reliably informed that though Marcus Davy and the Ana conda company give employment to thousands of men, not a single colored citizen can be found among them. Yea, even more, we learn that "No niggers allowed in our works," is the unanimous sentiment of those who control the company as well as of thosc who are employed by the com pany. If Daly is such a friend to our colored citizens, why don't he give some of us employment in his exten sive works? That's carrying his friendship too far, Marcus thinks, and besides he wouldn't like to see us mobbed and killed by his imported un American serfs that make up a large part of his e mployes. No, Daly wants just as little of the colored man in his daily diet as possible. He will hobnob and coddle us now, for he says to him self, "I'll give the niggers a little taffy and lots of promises now in order to get their votes, and then they can go to Helena." We hope that our people through out the state will give the capital question calm and sober reflection. Helena employs colored citizens in nearly every walk of life from the professional man down and all of us are patronized and encouraged by all classes of citizens. What can Anaconda show for our people? We challenge comparison and joint debate. Let our people be governed by facts and not by preju dice. If Anaconda were to be se lected as the capital, colored men would be turned down as soon as the official result was declared. We've been made catspaws of enough al ready, so let us be on the alert this time and vote against the corpora tion that, though employing thou sands of men, allows none of us a chance to earn a dollar at a time when a friend Is a friend indeed. Away with corporations and bosses that treat us thus. aIl IIGIT. Whikyl-tp hduies M. CrItbres - let Cdelaud Em Predrs enred s., Every now and then some stranger -and we judge that most of them are Anaconda strikers-comes In with a tale of woe about being refused a glass of whisky in this joint or that dive. We are sorry our people, or some of them at least, sould pick out whisky shops as targets to test the color line. We wish they would boy cott every whisky shop run by white men. We have decent places of the kind run by colored men. Go there and spend your money, if spend it for whisky you will. Stop hgwlbng and zhinlagntbont this one or that one re fusing to take your money. Don't thrust your trade on those unwilling to receive your money, but patronise those who are your friends. Money is scasce and it's a hard pull for ordi nary men to meet current expenses. Why then not throw your extra dol lars into ,the till of friends instead of begging some prejudiced and ua American plug to take your money Men, get out of this rut. You spend too much money anyway for wLisky and tobacco. In many cases your family or your creditors need the very dollars that you are beging some whisky bloated dude to accept. Be men and stop this nonsense. Patron ise your own people. Stop begging people to take your money. Spend your money with friends and use your influeace against those who are our enemies. TOWIf TN iNTll CAFFAIR The Seattle Republican, in a well written article, deprecates the fact that the colored citiens of that city have not received proper political recognition at the hands of the sev eral parties. We concur with the Republican, but whoser fault is it Do you wish us to tell you ? In the arst place you have too many cap tains and not enough privates. Then each man carries a small, short pout ical dagger that he thrusts at every opportunity into the side of his brother for the purpose of killing him of and ridding himself of competition in leadership. Now, gentlemen, stop this suicidal coure. If the whole lot of you were brought before a jaury for the purpose of having a worthy leader picked from you, it's doubtful If light ning would strike a sdngle one. With. out further urging, tear od your self. placed shoulder straps and get back in the ranks and learn to keep step with public opilaio. Stop kniang each the other. Help your best men to the freat. Say nothing of your brother if not something good Be men and not sycophants. Then, and not till then, will you deserve political recognition. Get down to businem and put your political household in order. 0a. sewm, as. 4ibpe 5WIILE V&S. BAINS. There could never exist greater ur gency than has during the pendency of the present capital contest, for a clear, concie, forceful and original presentation of a case. The people of the state have been clamoring to hear and have presented to them Helena's side of the case, and of course they have rightfully expected the tale to be unfolded in her dailies. Never did a paper that pretended to be the spokesman and index of a live and progressive city have so large, fertile and varied a source of advan tages and incomparable and incon trovertible claims to draw upon as Helena's. Instead_ of showing our goods to the people of the state and working for the interest of the city it would appear from the face of affairs that tnere was either an indifference in the matter or a lack of the neces sary essentials expected of newspa per men. However there appears to be an improvement within the past few days which no doubt is due to the infusion of new blood. We hope this condition of affairs will be cantinued during the remaining weeks of the capital contest. _OsnACI , iOUliONI AND CIOAIKLa. Have Outlived Their Uudhlnlm and Woald Now Down die City. Worse than lazzaroni in our midst are they who by every word, action and deed are unceasingly working to down this city. Skulking in by-ways and dark places their grim and un sightly visages appear as a night mare. Their husky voices saw the air in faultfinding and deprecations. Their serpentine coils would entwine and crush out every enterprise. Their venomous fangs are ever ready to thrust themselves into the vitals of all that bears semblance to life and energy. By subtle devices, cunningly worded innuendoes and often plainly outspoken opposition, they block the highway of progress and drive away men who would invest their capital, energy and time in furthering, build ing up and promoting the interests of this city. This element must be squelched or neutralised before this city can ever attain its destined greatness. Happily this element is rapidly dwindling away, and may the day be near when it shall be entirely obliterated. FAIL II II. The oudrm mmIe hmily s. From every section of the state comes news of new and increasing ac cessions to Helena for the capital procession. The injected Arnconda enthusiasm, which like all artificial stimulants soon wears of, is fast sub siding and now even the most blatant booster has commenced to tack his salwit..t - ewtliJl-y d-ripp ag o on the winning side. Truth crushed to earth will rise again, even so will the fact that the thinking, sensible and respectable citizens of this state will be just as duty bound to vote for Helena as against Anaconda as they would to support the republic as againslat an attempt to establish a monarchy. Let not our colored citi sens be deceived by false representa. tions. The Anaconda company is no friend to the colored man. Not a sin gle black face can be found among Its thousands of employes. MUT 1 UUNINIII. It is encouraging to learn that our people are making steady and sub stantial progress all over this couna try-that fewer of them pro rata are idle than their more favored brethren -that they are accumulating and adding to their belongings-that they are happy, contented and hopeful of the future. Our people of this city, about ive hundred in number, send greetings to their brethren through out the country, and would inform them that they are faring well-that they have steady and lucrative em ployment-that they have been able, through favorable surroundings, to accumulate some of the worldly goods -that they enjoy the confidence, respect and esteem of their fellow citizen--that they have accorded to them all the rights, privileges and immunities enjoyed by other classes of citl en~, that the ban of prejudice which nearly everywhere rests so heavily on us. Is but little if at all manifest here, Come and abide with us, we will give you a hearty wel come as will all of our citizens. We of the Queen of the Rockies can well exclaim, "I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba and cry, "Tis all barren.' " We welcome the O(ouDn Cfnzir, a new and interesting paper publishel at Helena, volume 1, No. 1 of which is at hand. While it is a little of color o the capital question, iL other respects we find t quite acceptable. saccess to yo, and may yeo always lead in the race for your race.--.J. verite (Missesla.) 1 .OPULISiT WUYT. (flNTyIH. The Populists of this county held a well attended, harmonious and a thusiastic county convention last Tuesday and nominated a fullstright. out ticket. Good judges claim that their ticket is strong and will poll the full party vote. The following c . stitute tLe gentlemen who will make the race and endeavor to secure the political plums, viz.: County Commissc.uers--Wm. Ke. drick and Thomas Travis, four yer term; W. W. Arnold, two year term. Sheriff-J. Henry Jurgens. Treasurer-Alex. F. Burns. County Attorney-T. E. Crutcher. Recorder-F. E. Adams. Assessor-B. C. Hudson, Auditor--P. H. Campbell. Superintendent of SchoolsMi Turnley. Adminstrator- John Workman. Surveyor-A. G. Lombard. Legislature-Joe Oker. C. K.Brown, John Shober, John Huseby, Mart Mitchell, Phil Manix, Michael Cor. bett and B. J. Berger. Justice of the Peoce-J. W. Rose. Constables-J. Y. Bennett and Law. rence Schranslager. We wish the COLORED CRITZEN su. cess in its journalistic career aad hope that it will keep its people here and throughout the state in good dis.. cipline. They are not of that class of people who know not when and where they were born, like a good many of those "whites" who were re. cently admitted to citienzhip by Judge Speer in Butte. The colored population of Montana are an intelll. gent class of people who take an i terest in all public enterprises and who are throughout busy, Industriou and enterprising people, and wide awake in business affair. The new publication devoted to their interests has a good field, as from 2500 to 501 colored people are located in Mo tana, the majority of whom are prop erty holders, and as free citizens ia this republic of ours they enjoy the same privileges as the white people. In the coming election the colored people are a main factor, as well Is political tendencies as is the capital fight. We hail the COLORED CrTsla as a step in the right directiom. Staatd Zeltung (Helena). We welcome with much pleasure to our exchange table the CoLoars Crr.zzE, of Helena, Montana, uider the able management of Hon. J. P. Ball, Jr. The CrniaN at once takl its place as an able and strong race journal devoted to the interest sa cause of the colored citizens. * * 0 Again the Republican welcomes the COLORED CITIrEN to the journalistic feld of the Northwest, for heret fore we have fought the battlese the colored citisens of this section single and alone, and the appearance of reinforcements under an able gen eral assures us of success, not only &oor r.st, -r f.thie Negro Tn the Pacific Northwest in general. Editor Ball is an able writer and will handle the public questions with perfect ease. Long live the CoLosl C.TIrZn.-Seattle Republican. We notice from our Seattle ec changes that our former townsman, Mr. Oscar 8tenstrom, has been noali nated onthe republican ticket for the legislature from the Twenty-ninth District, Seattle. Mr. Stenstrom re sided in this city for several years, and Is very well and favorably knows here. He is a sterling republicananl has stumped this state several times in the interest of his party, and as a Scandinavian speaker has few, if any, equals in the state. His numerous friends in this state sincerely hope that Mr. Stenstrom will be elected by an overwlming majority. Among our people here he was a great favor ite, and we hope the colored voters of the Twenthnainth District will give him a hearty and unanimous support. The true status of the colored mga in Anaconda is seen in a flippant criticism of an article lately pub' lished by the OOLORED CrrIzrN, which appears in the columns of the leading smeltertown organ. The CITIZsN is an excellent journal, well and forcibly edited, and has been generously welcomed in the field by the state press in general. It is the desire of every patriotic person to see the Afro-American element of the re* public attain to a high plane in our citizenship, and every step taken by them to this end should be encour aged. To lampoon the CrrizwN, infer entially or otherwise, is not the bet* ter part of wisdom.-Missoullan. A bright and newsy exchange comes to s this week in the shape of the 0OLORED CITZEsx, a new venture is the wideawake western town of Hel ena, Montana. It is edited and ma aged by J. P. Ball, Jr., formerly of this state. Mr. Ball will be remew bered as the clerk of court of CaO coi parish in republican days, as1 was noted for his efciency and worth. From the columns of the CrrtiIEN glean that several former Orleaniam are doeng well in Heaena.-New 0 leans Mealttr.