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The Nashville Globe.
Published Every Friday in the Year, Room
- 2, Odd fellows 1M1, No. 447 fourth Ave
nue, North, Nashville, Term.,
Tek-phone 433-L.
J. 0. BATTLE Editob
Entered as second-class matter January 19,
1906, at the post office at Nashville, Tennes
see, under the act of Congress of March 3,
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ter, standing or reputation of any person,
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-; columns of THE NASHVILLE GLOBE will
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to reach this oiiice .Monday, iso matter in
tended for current issue which arrives as late
as Thursday can appear in that number, u
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All news matter sent us for publication
must be written only on one side ot the oa
per, and should be accompanied by the name
ol the contributor; not necessarily for puba
canon, but as an evidence ot good taith.
The findings cf Mr. Purdy, assist
ant to the Attorney-General, who was
sent to Brownsville, Tex., by Presl
dent" Roosevelt to gather evidence to
justify the dismissal of the black bat
talion, presents very little that has
not been made public heretofore. It
emphasizes, however, the fact that
only one side of the affair has been
The sworn statements made by the
citizens of Brownsville, a3 exhibited
in the report, show that with time to
think, the affiants have done all In
their power to make evidence for the
chief prosecutor and executioner, Mr,
Theodore Roosevelt, President of the
United States. In their anxiety to
make the case as strong as possible,
som9 of those ' who swore as to the
"shooting up" of the town have given
evidence at variance with their for
mer statements. But, as Secretary
Taft says, these discrepancies (to him'
self and his chief) are immaterial.
In his message the President, hav
ing the testimony submitted by his
lieutenants before him, takes the role
of a special pleader and with accus
tomed vigor, almost Tillmanesque in
its harshness, denounces the men of
the Twenty-fifth Infantry stationed at
Brownsville on that memorable night,
as midnight assassins. He concluded
the message with the assertion that
the men dismissed without honor will
have proved to his satisfaction that
they are innocent.
The closing paragraph of the mes
sage is the crux of the whole ques
tion. It has been before the Roosevelt
regime, one of the cardinals of our
system of government that a man is
innocent of a crime until he i3 proven
"guilty, and that the innocent should
not suffer with the guilty, but the
President thinktt otherwise and has
placed the burden, of proof on the dis
charged men. There Is little, if any,
desire upon the part Of the people of
the country to shield those who are
guilty of murder, but there is an over
whelming sentiment against the in
nocent men being made the victims
of executive lynch law.
That fire-brand of the Senau., Ben
jamin Ryan Tillman, who dubs him
self the "cornAeld lawyer," but is
spoken of almost everywhere as the
uncouth demagogic "pitch fork" rep
resentative from South Carolina, has
been parading his views of the race
problem for the past week in Con
gress. The cause of . his vitrolic ef
riBioU: ostensibly, was the treatment
of Ithe black battalion In the Browns-
ville affair. But it i3 the accepted
opinion that he was inspired mors by
hatred of President Roosevelt, who at
one time withdrew an invitation which
had been extended to Mr. Tillman be
cause the latter had engaged ia a fist
fight on the floor of the Senate, than
by any feelings which he might have
of outraged justice.
Mr. Tillman is not fully appreciated
outside of Congress. He is taken too
seriously. Thi3 rough and ready
wind-jammer really presents a humor
ous picture as he pants in an effort
to live up to the reputation he has
made. How ludicrous it seems for a
lawmaker who a few weeks before, un
der the protection of Negro policemen
and speaking against the very race to
which his protectors belonged, had de
hciared, "To hell with the law," to be
pouring out his rough, rash invectives
against a man whose acts had but car
ried to its logical conclusion the anar
chistic declaration of the speaker.
Tillman's a funny cuss.
In his inaugural address to the Al
abama legislature, Governor Comer
sought to discourage the wholesale in
troduction of immigrants. He avers
that Alabama, like other southern
states, has been suffering too long
from the low wage scale in vogue and
at this time when the compensation
piid labor is on the increase, thereby
keeping in the state competent men
who formerly went elsewhere for em
ployment, it would-be suicidal to in
troduce a horde of foreigners. He also
thinks that unless the immigrants are
selected and persuaded to come from
certain countries, the social status of
the South is in danger of being rev
Let the Immigrants come. Assist
them come, only don't bring them
here as the Negrfl was brought. Their
coming will be a real help to the col
ored people of the South, as a few
old world ideas are needed very much
in this section.
The Globe Is in receipt of the first
issue of The Horizon, a monthly mag
azine published at Washington, D. C,
by F. H. M. Murray, L. H. Hershaw
and W. E. B. DuBols. The Journal
which, reminds one very much of The
Philistine, is a creditable production
and with three such brilliant men as
owners, editors, and publishers, should
be as unique in Negro journalism as
it is "different" in appearance from
anything else that has heretofore ap
peared bearing the imprint of a Ne
gro firm. We hope, however, these
brainy men will not devote the ma
jor portion of their production to
a fight on Booker Washington. Gen
tlemen, accept the advice of well
wishing friends, though we be ne
ophytes, as it were in journalism,
and give us something "different" by
leaving off your warfare on Washing
ton and his supporters. The price of
The Horizon is fifty cents a year.
Mayor Morris, it seems, unlike the
mayors of other southern cities, has
no power to prevent the appearance of
"The Clansman" at one of the locai
theatres. If this be true, then there
is need of changes in the charter of
Nashville which will give the Mayor
power to stop such pernicious produc
tions. It is such base caricatures as
this one, such distortion of facts, such
exaggeration of the bad characteris
tics of our race by demagogues like
Dixon, who profit monetarily from
their vile work, that makes the race
question acute in this section. The
charter may not say that the Mayor
has the power to stop vicious plays,
but it certainly gives him power to
abate a nuisance and with the feelings
of the people wrought up by the race
question throughout the South, tne
production or "The Clansman" is
worse than a nuisance; it is likely to
prove a crime.
The "cornfield lawyer," from South
Carolina, is not much of a prophet.
He said in hi3 speech last Saturday
that the discharged colored soldiers
would not return to Texas. On tne
same day a former soldier of the bat
talion aprlied for re-enlistment at EI
Paso, Texas, and was refused. Mr.
Tillman is in error also as to Sergt.
Mingo Sanders being afraid to return
to South Carolina, his native state.
Sergt. Sanders, during his term of
service, which extended over a quar
ter of a century, never showed the
white feather in the face of armed
men, white or black, red or brown,
grizzled' or gray,, and he Is now too
old to learn to fear men of the Till
man stamp.
If W. J. Oliver is awarded the con
tract to build the Panama Canal, Ne
groes will be used on the Job. Mr.
Oliver declared before the recent Im
migration Convention that he had
tried almost every race and found that
the Negro was the most satisfactory
worker on earth.
Before Senator Edward Ward Car
mack was defeated for re-election he
said that Roosevelt's' natural gait was
running away. Our "red-headed,"
soon to be ex-Senator, is now defend
ing the President, but then" Ned has
been repudiated by the people of Ten
nessee. Innocent men were massacred in the
Atlanta riots. We have never heard
that Mr. Roosevelt had expressed pub
licly his opinion of the brutal out
rage. Did he enter a "conspiracy of
of silence" to protect the assassins.
Sheriff Johns is to be congratulated
for his effort to close the saloons
which do business on Sunday in the
immediate neighborhood of the col
ored churches. Keep up the good
The Hon. John I. Cox, as the time
for his retirement as Governor ap
proached, tried to break Ex- Governor
Bob Taylor's record for granting
If, as Tom Reed once said, "A states
man is a dead politician," Tennessee
would have enough statesmen to sup
ply the world, if an earthquake should
clean Capitol Hill.
The Globe is indebted to the Hon
John Wesley Gaines, the (energetic
member of Congress from this the
Hermitage district, for the daily issue
of the Congressional Record.
A Card From Mr. Thomas White.
To the Nashville Globe:
My attention has been called to the
article in your issue of December 28,
neaded, "Mother Crockett's Resi
dence Burned," which is misleading
ana nas caused considerable com
ment. The facts of the case are as
follows: Mrs. Crockett is my sister,
n J.S , 1
ouiue time ago 1 100K ner to my
home to stay as long as she wanted
to, in order that she might bo com
fortable and have some one to look
out for her in her old age. It was
my house that was badly damaged by
fire on the morning of December 21,
although stories are in circulation' to
the effect that the property belonged
to my sister, Mrs. Crockett.
1516 Hamilton street. Nashville.
From the Treasurer of the Drivers'
Mutual Aid Association.
To the Nashville Globe:
In your issue of January 11, 1907,
there appeared an account of the an
nual banquet and installation of the
Drivers' Mutual Aid Association. A
statment in which it is my desire to
correct, as it does our society great in-
justice. We feel very grateful to you
and Mr. Hart, one of the reporters,
however, for the excellent report of
our banquet. The Association, with
two exceptions, is composed of men
who make their living by the "sweat
ot their brow."
The part of the article that we wish
corrected is that which says, "Only one
feature of this organization noticeable
that deserves criticism and that is they
make all of their deposits in banks
operated by white men, ignoring en
tirely their ' dwn, the One Cent Sav
ings Bank." Our Association has done
as much for the upbuilding of the col
ored race as any institution in Nash
ville. Had the reporter made inquiries
of tho officials concerning the state
ment printed in the paper he would
have received the following facts: We
have deposited in the One Cent Sav
ings Bank since Jan. 16, 1904, $1,066.-
SO, and we are still making deposits in
the same bank, through which we do
all of our business, and I am pleased
to say that the officers of that insti
tution show us every courtesy that
could be shown. , Our Association Is
not a secret society and the officials
will be glad at any time to furnish
you with any information that will be
of interest to -you or the reading pub
lic. We ask you in justice to us to
correct the discrepancies in your ar
ticle of last week.
Treasurer of Drivers' Mutual Aid
Nashville, Jan. 14, 1907.
Miss Hester O. Brown, the accom
plished violinist of Cleveland, Ohio,
has returned to the city from a trip
to several cities in Alabama. While
away she visited tho A. and M. Col
lege at Normal, Ala., of which the pro
ficient Prof. Council! is principal.
She also gave recitals at Decatur and
After much persuasion Miss Brown
has consented to stop over here and
favor the people of Nashville with
two or three recitals. Her first appear
ance will be at the Spruce Street Bap
tist Church some time next week. It
is a great treat to hear Miss Brown.
Her selections are all classical and
she renders them with grace and ease.
The members of the Lea Avenue
i hristian Church presented their pas
tor, Elder Preston Taylor, with a hand
some suit of clothes, hat and gloves
before leaving for Florida "PIT riot Tor-
lor has1 done a grand work at Lea Ave
nue unristian Church and his mem
bers always try to show their appre
ciation in some way.
T" 1 .
eyona preaaventure, the most
Drnnant Journalistic yearling in the
race is the Nashville Globe, which
witn its last Issue entered the class
of the two-year olds. We have re
frained from discussing The Globe
during the period of its
clothes, fearing that our inrepressi
ble friendship for its editors and pub-
iisners would soften our expression
with sentiment, and would smother It
in its Infancy, but The Globe has
grown so rapidly (in fact, It appears
10 nave been quite like the Green
vine devil born with full adoles
cence, from Its horn to its terminid
appendage) that .we Bhould be par-
aonea tor the pride we feel at its
wonderful success.
This excellent . hebdomadal starteri
right. It first acquired the very best
mecnanical support, then brains: and
you may be assured that every line
01 tne editorial and contributed mat
ter is mixed with brains, sir.
It is, however, a little short of
wonderful that The Globe should
come out, a mere fledging, and in one
year take its place among the fore
most newspapers published by the
colored people in the United States.
In editorial tone it is fearless and
rings true for the race everv time
Forsooth, Editor Joe Battle in the pi
lot nouse seems to have forgotten,
or never to have known how to "rins?
backing bells." His page breathes a
tine spmt of forwardness and accom
plishment, and intelligent contention
for racial rights. Indeed, we are be
ginning to look UDOn The Globe n.s
the race's fighting arm in the South,
and a first-class fighting arm it is, to
De sure.
Withal, we congratulate The Globe
upon its successful year; we congrat
ulate The Globe and the staff that
maues it wonderful, from young
Charlie Burrill up to old Dock Hart
-ine Morning News. Honkinsville.
(Singular isn't the United States
Government has to do so much apol-
lglzing these days. Tt was never so
before. ' When the President saw fit
to discharge three companies of col
ored soldiers for alleged rioting, the
statement was given out that color
had nothing to do with the matter in
the least; the same thing would have
happened If the troops had been white.
Now it has been decided that all of
the colored troops must go to the
Philippines for duty, and at once the
statement is given out that there is
no color line in the matter, simply
that the turn of these troops has
come to do "foreign" duty.
Who said anything about color, and
why do the powers that be protest
so earnestly that there is no color in
the matter? There seems to be an
Irishman in the woodpile somewhere.
There is entirely too much protesting
about everything concerning colored
oiks these days. We simply do not
understand it at all. If the govern
ment ia doing the thing it ought to
do, what right has it to apologize for
so doing? If it is not violating any
aw or precedent, there is no need of
protesting. Let the government do
ts duty, we can stand the results.
The Baltimore, (Md.); Afro-Ameri
can Ledger.
Only African That Ever Worked In
Texas Composing Room.
Special Dispatch to the Globe Demo
crat. FORT WORTH, TEX.;' December
29. Down IV Henderson, Texas, there
is a negro considerably out of the
ordinary, from the fact that twenty
two years ago he began work in 0
newspaper office, folding newspapers,
and has developed into one of tho
best printers in that section of the
state. He not only learned straight
composition, but to set good adver
tisements and do other work in a
country office, such as can only be
performed by what is known an an
all-round man. This negro's name is
Will Cook, and for twenty-two years
he has been employed on the Hender
son Times, owned and edited by R.
T. Milner, former speaker of the Tex
as legislature, and Just appointed
commissioner of - agriculture, insur
ance statistics and" history by Governor-elect
Tom Campbell.
In order to accept the official posi
tion tendered him by the new gover
nor, Editor Milner' ha3 found it nec
essary to dispose of his newspaper,
and it is to be merged with, another
publication in the same town. This
merger will result in Will Cook los
ing his position, and the fact will be
generally regretted by those who are
familiar with his story. Following
Is Will Cook's 'story:
Began as Picklninny.
j "Along in 1885 my sister sent me
to town for some sugar, and while
on the street I met a man whose
great voice made me sLudder when
he said, 'Boy, can you fold papers?
'Don't know sir; but I'll try,' was mv
reply, and after delivering the sugar
1 hurried back to the Times office,
and found out the man who had
hired me was Mr. Milner, the boss of
the whole business. My pay for fold
ing the papers was 25 cents. They
gave me one day's work each week,
and I bought schoolbooks with the
money. After school was out I put
in all my spare time about the office,
doing odd jobs for the editor and
printers, never dreaming that I would
ever set type like those fellows. Fin
ally they encouraged me, and I
learned the art rapidly. I was espec
ially good at spelling, having recent
ly studied Webster's blue back spell
er. From the printers employed ia
the office I received lessons that have
been of great value to me during the
years that have intervened to this
day. As a result of their teachings,
for the past ten years or more I
have put in type the leading editor
ial WTitings of Mr. Milner's pen, also
all the large page and half-page ad
vertisements that have appeared in
the paper during this time."
"I have been with the paper twenty-two
years, excepting six months
when I was employed on the Rusk
County News. Now that I must sever
my connection with the Times, it
would useless to attempt to describe
my feelings. It seems like a dream
to me, but when I awake I find it all
too true. It has nurtured me to man
hood, and I love it as a man should
love his parents. I feel that its great
teachings, which I have endeavored
to imbibe, will be stepping stones to
my success in future life. God bless
the old paper. It has fought manv
good fights and won many great vic
tories for the common people."
Set Editorials and Ads.
That is all there is to the story of
Will Cook, the negro who was taken
up when a little boy by big-hearted
Boh Milner and given a very small
opportunity. On the paltry sum of
20 cents per week he bought his
schoolbooks and attended the negro
school, learning to snell and ever
thirsting to do things. He thought the
printers in the Times office were do
ing work he could never exDect to
master, but when given an opportun
ity to learn the mysteries of the art
preservative he proved an ant schol
ar and did his work so well that in a
few years he held a responsible pos
ition in the office, was setting the
editorial leaders and leading adver
Pretty good showimr that, for ttm
little black pickaninny Bob Miller
found walking down the street twenty-
two years ago.
And Will Cook had much to over
come in his effort to master the
printer's trade. No doubt he is the
only negro ever permitted to work
side by side with the white printers
in a Texas composing room. He had
to overcome the aversion to him on
account of his race, and win the con
fidence and good will of his white as
sociates. And then he had to mas
ter the intricacies of a trade that
seemed almost hopeless above him.
He fought the fight and he won.
Some one has said that RnHnp.
field has more nrettv erirla than anv
other city in ,thr Union. Tho other
fellow declares that this
blind. What sayeth thou? Spring-
neia, uu.;, Forum.

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