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THE MONTANA PLAINDEALER
Vol . I ______ Helena, M Friday, July 3O /909 ffii NTANAI1LAIND ALEB publishe Weekly by The Montana plaindelter C.mpany. 1;I BASS, . . . EDITOR. Sabscription $2.00 per year, Strictly in Ad vance. Advertising Rate- on Application. Entered as second-c1as' matter April 12, 1906, .t the Post 0ice aSI Helena, Montana, .under the Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Address all Communications to The Montana elaindealer, 19 Soutl. Main Street, Helena, Mom lna. PEACE! PROSPERITY I UNION !! Senator Dixon fL am Montana is ituch in evidence in framing the tariff legislation; he is one of the senate's leadrig spirits of whom all Montana is proud. We do not think that the gov ernor who signed tie Jim Crow bill in Montana is any better than the republican senate that passed it. The efforts of litany of our citizens to procure a homestead ini the Plath.eaA ***-t-a'^- * -* able omen. And the farm is the road to independence. And now what has become of the Protective Leag w and shall they wait until an. her election is in sight to get bu-y. In relation to the seeming dis content of some of cur people as to the administritionl .f St. James during the past confl-rence year, we believe the presc ,t pastor to be a conscientious wo ker for the church and the uplift of the race. A. consistent race ma:n who be lieves in patronizing tnd encour aging race enterprisi ,. CONFERENCE BOON TO MEET The time is rapidly approach- . ing for the Puget Sound A. M. E. e conference to meet in our midst c and it behooves all u. our people ti to be up and-doing for the suc- s cessful entertainment ,f the same 0 so that Helena will n "t suffer in comparison to the rec, tion which this body has been gi en in other I cities. While Hleleio does not come up in numbers f our race as in other places wbere this con ference has met, it cc Iainly will 'lot be found wantili in its zeal to welcome the chu. ih builders and all efforts for t! o progress of a struggling race nutI to prop erly meet these requirements it is well that all shouhl put their shoulders to the wheel and help. Bishop Grant, one (. the great est men of our race, N1ill lecture while in our city 1 all the people, both black and white. should avail themsel' - of hear ing this great divine. WILL LECTL E. While here holding )nference, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Abraham Grant has consented to deliver a lecture, the subject of which will I be "The Value of Discontent ment." The lecture will be under the auspices of the Progress club Fri day night during conference. The bishop stands in the front rank as a speaker and no one should fail to hear him on this occasion. Announcement of place and price of tickets will be made later. e It is possible that a banquet will I be given after the lecture. r s Offical Call Western Negro Press ( Association. Des Moines, Iowa, June 30,1909 Pursuant to a general custum and by virtue of offical power vested in me after conference with the ax ecutive committee and other off icials,we have called our thirteenth I annual convintion of the Western Negro press Association to cony ene in regular session in Kansas, City, Mo., Monday and Tuesday August 22and 23,1909, foI the pur pose of disccing all things pertian ing to its growth, developamint and advancement of human sociaty and especially theAfrican race,real zing that the pen is the most po tent power when rightly used for the betterment of American civila tion and the ultimate solution of , all social,industrial,economical and political problems of th.s century. I Thercfore let us all, editors,cor. respondents, journaiists,publicers and co-workers, meet here duriug I the first days of theSuprcme En- i campment of theK. of P. sno join together for the discussion of the wnroatuti nnl -t --- a1'- tn den,strugliflkrace. All the Sess n will be interesting with prepared papers, addresses, solos and discus sions. All publication west of the Mississippi river are eligible to membershep. Annual dues Vi. Wittness my signature the 1st day of July 1909. 'John L. Thomas, Pres. Editor of State Bystander. Des Moines, loma. Abraham L. De Mond, Corresponding Secretary, s Editor of the Baxton Cazzett, I Saxton, Iowa. Golden City Lodge G. U. 0. of 0. wh eVt F. Entertains Household inl of Ruth. On last Tuesday evening at the Or A. 0. U. W. hall on sixth Ave. the mzembers of Golden City Lodge in honor of Naomi lodge put on one ca of the most elaborate banquets iin ever given by our peoule in the ol city. It was a return compliment ra to the sisters which they gave ti sometine ago and the brothers i"l outdone themselves to make this is to come up with them. The fol- ui lowing was the menu served. hi Cherry Salad and Lettuce ;1 laked Chicken Cold Tongnue ii Ila (Bkked B eaus Vanilla I(e Cream Cakei Black Coffee. n After which J. L. Ellis of the coimiittee called on Noble (Grand J. I. Bass who in a few well chosen remarks welmined the sisters, who was respondelh to by the Noble Governess of Naomii, Chapter. Sister XWii. I rvini. wis was equal to the occasion and coiuplimented the brothers io their effort. The evening was spent in a social way and all, both yoing and old. seemed to have the tiue of their lives. The eomnuittcc. consisting of J. X. Cr'rnip. J. L. EEllis and W. 'utters, are to 1e congratulated for the grand suc cess which attended the efforts of Golden City lodge to entertain ' their sisters. n T .ije AwtIele On Lai, Inem1 Changing Issues. Political issues have deeidqily 1 changed within the past few yet'. I All classes of citizens see M.to I realize it except the Negro. Ie still votes under the influenee of 1 1863 and the abolition of slavery. I Our people are apparently sted- 1 ing with their mack to the i re, I gazing in rapture at the faste- i clining rays of a setting sod. The principles and isms of our early freedom have long sine, be conme history. New questios of public policy occupy the " stage and we must face about and un derstand them. Over at Wahidag ton just now the spectacle of the House and Senate endeavoring to "revise the tariff downward" so as to take the wind out of Demo cratic sails, and yet keep it high enough to satisfy "the interests" and protect American Labor. And this is the kernel of the nut. In this "protection to American Labor" the Negro has no lot or interest. The colored orators r sent out by the party bosses still t tell the dolorous story of emanei pation and Democratic hypocrisy. If it were possible to eliminate a few discredited fireeaters from the Democratic party, the best trained Negro with a microegope could not find the line of diw t ence between the two old p question only crops ou, convenient ghost of the Witch of Endor, when called forth. The trust, the tariff and American la bor is the absorbing topic at pres eent and it behooves the Afro American orators to get busy along these lines. The great struggle of tomorrow will be between labor, organized and unorganized, on the one hand, and combined capital on the other. A few years ago the world roared with laughter when Ig natius Donnelly in his "Caesar's Columrin" drew the dismal picture of the coming struggle. But those p who have followed the trend of events can see the shadow of com ing trouble. Where will the Negro be in the struggle? Organized Labor and the I: Negro. The struggle between labor and o capital has been of long stand- F ing. Organized labor is centuries f oll. In its ineeptionI it a1new no 1 race no creed; no nothing, but N the betterment of the laboring I chass. In this day orgilnizeld labor I is for the uplift of the w orking- t man, and has done much to make I his arduous eondlitions more bear- I able. uiit it is no longer the all- 1 inclusi\'e or~gantizetion of yore. It is for the laboring ma1n11--ut mote espeially the white nanh. It is nototlilos that alhost ei+ry labor 11111on hors the Negri. ano1 meagre are his Ihan j es for a plue' as an age4ni' 01. ThI 1uni secares better hou1rs. better \arges. anid strives to raise the Stan ard of work mia tishiji. 1' all th'-' bene fits the Nigri i ,xlul0 ii. We kf oo 111114041 i11 laIh r 4411 s in the i West. (),It her li'ist \ ry form of labor is ,r'gai4 11 ,111 then a felerateil And trill ti iln's. g xi pit hld-earr . th Negril is i" barredi ThIi. ýi 2 fl a hanstr , ii' t urdi kn ur r. i it any tr.r ex1.e'1' L. 11 1 1 lr1 1 1i +: I'''1` ' Il p h y sl "e nl eIIll rg1o +iid 11'11Ir . , all ap nieal knowh\\ 111,11"of troy troale. Tiht great mass of the Negroes are la borers. They are a very potential factor in the labor market. Where will they be in the coming strug gle? Excluded from the unions, and hounded by the petty, spite ful hatred of ignorant labor clae quers, will they stand shoulder to shoulder with those "who toil in the heat of the day," or will they be forced to those "who toil not, neither do they spin"? Ignorant Prejudice. Elsewhere on this page we re produce an editorial comment from the Miners' Magasine relat ing to the very recent decision of the Georgia Board of Arbitration in the case of railroads employing Negro firemen. It is a splendid rebuke to the carping prejudice of the labor union and a strong appeal to the manhood of the na tion. The Brotherhood of Loco motive Firemen of Georgia pro tested against the employment of the Negro, and the railroad com panies checked the question up to the State Board of Arbitration, and the board decided in favor of the Negro. And the howl goes on. If the labor unions of the na tion were honest in their expressed desire to he th trualint 1a insist n the Negro firemen be ing paid the seale. Over in Wy oming a short time ago a Japanese construction company secured the eontract for building the water works system. The vision of sev eral thousand Japa flinging dirt and taking in the equivalent roused the ire of the "laboring classes" and a strong protest against the winners of the con tract was made. Canada has re moved some of the restrictions on Chinese immigration and the con ditions confronting the clans of organized labor become daily more complex. And, where will the Negro be in the coming strug gle? He's rising! 0 p( Intelligent Understanding. Is An intelligent understanding "n of current questions is what our to people need. They must turn to from the contemplation of the aI sad-faced martyr and grapple tl with the present. The Negro must s' know the causes of financial de- 0 pression, and have a full knowl- F edge of his relation to labor. lie 0 must know these things not as a beautiful theory, but as hard V facts. And knowing these things u he must place his ballot and his L moral influence where it will do the most good. The getting of wealth alone will not solve the problem. We must get ALL that goes to make a people. The law yers. the teachers, the editors and orators must bring these things clearly before the masses of our - people. Race hatred will pass away when both sides can see and intelligently understand the rela tion they bear to each other. La bor cannot succeed without giv ing a square. fair deal to ALL the laboring elements. So long as present conditions prevail the ef forts of organized labor will be ineutralized by the laboring ele Iment outside the order. The Negro. as well as any other class. e will be forced to stand with his I friends. Let us labor to eliminate 1e race hatred in the labor world. The New York irg oeods (tere Helena, Mont. Headpuarters Trnnks Suit Cases And Bags a.all If you i i } 1 I( aitis r t, ca vacation, remember our assortment of these articles is larger, and the prices lower than you can get elsewhere.Come and see. The comparison will cost you nothing. Take elevator to second floor. Suit ca A splendid Trunk, metal bound, metal bottom, linen lined, good lock, heavy straps; $12.50 value for ........ ......... $io.oo 3- ply Veneer Trunk canvas covered, linen lined straps, locks and catches ...............$16.oo $9.00 Ladies' Sole Leather Cases Leather Cases; Sale pricc...$8.5o BAC= HATRED MUST the BE STRANGLED. wO the uni The Arbitration Board has ree practically settled the strike of san the Brotherhood of Locomotive wa Firemen in Georgia, and it is or needless to say that the railroad company got the best of the set- tiv tlement. The Brotherhood of its Locomotive Firemen nmade a ser- loj ious mistake when the organiza- Llt tion raised the barriers- against tin the black man, thereby bringing an about a race war which could on- the ly end in an advantage to the ex- re, ploiter. The black man filled the ke position of fireman for one dol- p, lar less per day than the white tit man, and the Brotherhood permit- i ted this injustice to be meted out to a race that is struggling dt against all the prejudices born of ti, the centuries. The smaller para- u, site in comniervial tcirtles in Ge- w orgia was in sympathy with the bt Brotherhood of Locomotive Fire- w men in the fight against the r; Negro, not because the parasite h 1 was in sympathy with the labor c; s movement but because ~f a race tl s hatred, and because the dollar h less per day paid to the Negro t fireman forced him to economize a on the necessaries of lifi. The pa- 1 e rasite of the South realized that v - the white mat % ith a salary of d $30 per month above that of his black brother was a more valu able customer amt his patronage r was more to be desired than the d patronage of the miserabbl w ret Ii I who, on account of his color* anl i a- the hatred against lini, was forced V- to acept in silence one dollar per d day less thani the white fircimat, rregardless of the fact that this i 1" colored slave of the tteorgia Rail ie way ('ompaiy pert mrme the I- salmle service. he- lad the IBrotherh m d il I la] way Fireman of Gieorgia beeu permenated with a spirit ft ju, his tice and had the meiibershiip of the organizationl a broad grasp of TImS $2o.oo Black Enainel Ttssnk heavy steel bumpers fiber bount metal bottom, good look, catches, heavy straps, linen lined ... $57.5o $ i 5.oo Sole Lether Suit Case, linen heine' shirt fold in lid, brass lock and catches a swell case Sale price ............... 50.. 0 , Sale price.. .... the industrial problem, a battle would have been waged against the Georgia Railway Company until that arrogant corporation recognized the same pay for the same service, whether the servios was performted by the Caucasian or the African. if the Brotherhood of Loeo - tive Firemen does not reach dom its hand to lift the man from be low then the man below will drag the Brotherhood to his level and the railway companies of Georgia and every other state in which the Negro beeomnes a factor to be reckoned with in the labor mar ket, will give their aid and sup port in bringing about a condi tion of almost absolute servitude in the railway service. The labor organizations of to day must have a broad founda tion, and the doors of unionism Bakst be opened wide to every wage earner, no matter what may be his color or creed, or no matter - whether he comes from Southern Europe or t he Orient. The time has passed wi.en the white man I can afford to lock the doors of e the labor organiizatioU against the r black, brow ii and yellow raCes. ";These races are here, in America, c and organiied labor must assimi i- lat these races, or else Capitalism t will utilizi these races to crush unionism whberever possible. 'sMiuers' Magazine. i' Mrs. Clay of Kansas City Mo. Nra, ,l Hickman of St. Joe Mo. and Mrs. il Nicholson cf Livingston are vision in 1 our city having arrived here Wednes r day, they are ..i route to Seattle and i, have stopped , ver for a week fle the is guests of NI r, Geo. NI. Lee anc Mrs. it Win Mason. Social functions are the le ordet of the week, commencing with Mirs. SauLshuag . ud Clark Wednesday evening an aftrernoon tea by Mrsec COLcc oil Thursdiiy ad the big recep ition by Ms. Mason on Friday night at G rmania bah It will indeed be a of f.s venous week.