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PREPARING TO DIE.
} The Negro moves Consider, ably along the line of sentiment —notwithstanding his intense re. ligious faith and his firm belief therefore in immortality and its blessedness, either because he dreads to die or besause he has a great,intense desire to die, he is always making great preparation for the dv ing day. The Indianapolis Freeman in its last week’s issue presents a sign ificant cartoon showing how our people are pouring their money into petty insurance companies, which promise a few dollars per week during a limited ill ness and after death a burial of some sort. We are making all preperations to die, providing for doctor and medicine during ill. ness, if illness there be, and for the undertaker and sexton5 of the cemetery when death shall come. We believe in insurance, we helieve in norsnns nmnarim/ against the day of poor health, but as a matter of fact there are Negroes who are working to keep up small insur ance policies which are indis criminately placed in companies which are dishonestly adminis tered. These same Negroes have little to live upon and are denying themselves many of the necessities of life to pay the weekly assestjphvts wfyich, if jud iciously expended, wound prolong life preperation to die is all, right but preperation to live Should take the precedence. Why should not our people get homes? Get homes if only small ones. A person with a family does npt realize w'hat life is nor does he appreciate the sig nificance of a home until he is sheltered by his own roof, enclos ed upon a pi«ce of land which he holds in his own right and title. If there were more preperation to live the day of our dying would be postponed and would lose much of its terror. We know of persons who are keeping up four or five of these small insurance policies and in doing so must struggle each week so that when they die there is 'the inconsistent spectacle—a gorgeous display and an elaborate funeral of an indivuahwho had lived in the direst poverty. Homes are what we need less preparation far dying and more prearation for living. So long as the Negro has such intense respect for the dead or death, so long as he can be be. guiled by the insurance agent with that hoodoo phrase, “you may die to-morrow,” so long will life not be worth the living. He is an enemy to the race who does not advise the comfortableness and cleanliness of a home. A home paid for has multiplied joys- It becomes the castle of vutue and piety It becomes the citadel for the protection of individual intergity and self re. spect Homes are what we need We venture the assertion that its a good deal more honorable flip *n a house of our own than to die m one owned by some one pIcp' We speak of our mansions all our own that are eternal in the heavns* *et us speak of out home8 a11 our own located on earth. Cet ready to live — Ponth Western Christian Advo cdte, New Orleans, Lousiaua. The New York Age, has again dressed herself with new gar ments and is eight pages of good matter, not seven pages of plate matter as too many of our papers have—The Age ranks first. Sangamon County Politics, Forecast It is now about settled who is to-be U. S. Senator— i* pers, the ward leaders and the real politician will turn to County and City affairs and begin to sur mise. In this county[the fight will be feirce and republicans may carry the county and most of the city^this fall and next Spring it all depends as to the former factions harmonizing. Roy Reece and James A. Hall will be tbejcenter of attraction in the convention, Walter Black and Chas Werner also being notable opponents—Chas Selby for Co. Judge, it is said, will probably beat Juhge Murrayf unless the Judge makes phenomenal strides, Thos. E. Lyons is also consider ed more popular than Clarance J n s, Edgar Pruitt will have a close run to beat Chas. Van Dorn, Opel, demecratic candidate for County Clerk, is also hard to beat, his opponent Addleman, is not so well known, J. D. Con stant hasa'young'popular oppon ent. Colby. Both parties appear to have good men and the winn ers will be the fittest, we hope. Hay will no doubt win easy over his opponent. The City. ‘"The man for Mayor and the men for the various othes offices will no doubt soon boom up. Some think David S. Griffith wil/1 make a good man,’*; Griffith can j win if there is no faction, which is not probable, Conklin.is spok en of as is Whipp. Reid will, we believe be the democratic coudidate for City Clerk, J. E. Smith may be a can. didate on the Republican side, at any rate, the Mayor ^of Spring field is no small job and"'with an early start, led by theproper set, any candidate can succeed Springfield Banks. The most signal evidence that there are prosperous times is the fact that every banking institu tion in the city 's, or has gone through costly repairs, either exteriorly or interiorly or both. The Farmers’ bank has budd ed a new $100,000 structure, the Illinois bank is a substantial modern structure and has recent ly made repairs on the base ment. The First National has gone through repairs, in and out, so has the State National and the Sangamop Loan and Trust Co., is "being finely repaired. The Ridgely bank is soon to repair or re-build, we understand. They must have money to ‘let’ and the times must not be so bad as some would have you believe. Booker T. Washington the Man. Since the organization of the National Negro Business League by Dr. Booker T. Washington, our people have made phenome nal business leaps. Dr. Wash JOHN L. JONES FURNITURE CO. Furniture, Carpets, Stoves. Ranges, Trunks, And all kinds of house furnishing goods. We credit everybody. Will waiton you when sick or out of employment. Onen nights until 8:30. 626 E. Adams’Street Springfield, Illinois. ington only ventures at feasible and tangible things, the results from which are perceptible. Our race will soon command the world’s attention by the places they hold in the commercial world. We beholdja once phan tasy: Negro banks, great law yers, educators, department stores, factories, etc. Le us move on under the guidance of so wise a leader, so profound a thinker and such a sagacious statesman as Dr. Washington. Forty years and sooner, will find our people high in the economic commer cial and political world. Who Will We nave ror rresiaem: It now appears a foregone con clusion that William Jennings Bryan will be the next demo cratic nominee for president, the election to take place, November 1908. It is also asserted by some authorities that Bryan can only be defeated by so sagacious a man as Theodore Roosevelt, the present incumbent. Mr. Roose velt has stated more than once, that he would not accept a third nomination, and did not make the statement conditional. Under these circumstances, we are at a loss as to who will be able to de liver us again, to the promise land. There are other able men, but the concensus of opion is that Bryan will be hard to defeat by ordinary personages. Notice Parties will please enter into no business transactions for this paper with any one save author ized agents vested with the pow er, and will pay no bills except to parties of the office personnel. Manager. 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Capital City Lodge, No. 12, K. of P , meets every second and fourth Monday night of each month, in masonic hall, on north eight street. Special meetings made known by k. r of S. Hardin Long Chancellor Com. C. Renfro, K. of It and S If you want to buy a house or lot or want to sell what you have or borrow money on your real estate, address Real Estate Agent, care of Editor Fokum, and the man will call and see you in person. Springfield is building fast, put some of your money in Keal estate.