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, THE FORUM .
A weekly magazine paper devoted |e the Interests of the whole people. Entered as second-class matter, Feb toary 24, 1904, at the postoffice at fpringfleld. 111., under the Act of Oongress of March 3, 1879. minimum • • • One Year.11.50 On* Month.15c Per Oopy. 6c flFFICI: *5 1-2 iT Sixth St. hm Mais~MI TNI FORUM'S STAFF. B. L. Rogers, Editor and Manager. Will H. arbour. Associate Editor aad Secretary. B «. —n rn Thompson Bros., - Vtranch Office. Viaui The friitcy 115} Si. (Ik B. EDITORIAL .u .... O. ceiuu i i lyuti And Tinman s, “to hell wiin the law. ” And Roosevelt sa.vs, “there most be new facts presented and not mere deductions and theories Emranr, J. Su >tt and Chas. An. dersun interviewed Roosevelt on the soldier question this week And Congress convenes Mon day. And there are too many Negro leaders(V) in Springfield. The management of the Forum do* s not discontinue vour paper unless expressly notified and that you have paid up—that is the law. If it were the colosalness of a man. per se, we would not be in such dire circumstances to find public men who had brain and morality enough to stand tin test. Yes, we demand that the pulpit, the press and the forum, be expergated and let clean men proclaim Christ and Him cruci fied. Tup Oklah mu i state constitu tional convention would have showed more wisdom had they rejected Senator T> 11 mail as a speaker instead of Col. Henri Watlerson, an able statesman, who would utter some things of eternal potency. The tire-eaters over there want to begin tire eat ing speakers. Shame on them. People ofc >lor should not as many of them do and as the con. census of opinion is among the white people, and as is charged against us frequently by the white people, expect Negro pa. pers to suppress crime commit ted by them, nor to run papers just as tlie laity thinks best The Negro we must legrettingly ad. mil, is guilty to too far a degree to this accusation. Th< y must alsoconsider an airingof thoirsins not dragging U ec race down, as in trutn and reality, tin* condom, n ttion of the evil things which men do invaiiably raises the standard of thu nee and the citizenry. It might have been. ^ ^ I We should not underestimate the importance of good manners. Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon them in a great measure the laws depend. The law only touches us tnre and there, now and then. Manners remain with U6 continu illy, and vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or re tine us by a constant, steady, uniform. insensible operation like that of the air we breathe in. They give their whola form, and color to our lives. According to their quality, they aid morals, they supply them or destroy them.—N. B.Uniou. Negro Balance of Power The Washington correspon dent to the Louisville Courier Journal in a long and well con sidered summarization on the soldier dismissal episode, says Congress will probably investi gate the afftir. looking to a | peaceful adjudication of the same. The writer further avers thai republican politicians are troubled over the affair on the primary account, as a wnoie, tnat it may h«ve caused :he shift of the Negro vote «i|* a possible division <o the Negro vote, wh cn d.vision he aver* would b * detri mental to the lepubiican pari\ — counting tie* large Negro vpo* ot (-w York, Indiana. Ohio, Pen nsylvania. Kentucky, Missouri. Illinois and other nor hern states which vote he deciare>J had ;t not gone, so near 1> republican would have elected Bryan noth limes, Parker and defeated Harrison iu 1888. He declares that which ever way the solid Negro vote ■ f these states go, the m«n for whom they C ist their vote will dominate. This is a very sig nificant assertion and the Negro should not lose sight of the po tency of these facts. The Mayoralty Futurity. The Forum voluntarily and un authorilively mentioned Logan Hay lor mayor of Spi iugfieid ai d believes he is the available man, yet we have no knowledge what he or the general public think of the man as a candidate, and we are therefore desirous of hearing the opinion of indiv,duals and bodies of men. Since our naming Hay, several other men s names have been brought to the surface All of these men named are good men. among whom are J L. Phillips. H. Ciay Wilson, William H. Conkling and even ex mayor and preseut Postmaster, L B. Wheeler. We think as we said prior, that the best thing to do is for the leaders to consolidate on a man without causing so much friction as is usually 'he custom of so many meu running for the nomination and the defeated ones claiming a conspiracy and fraud, getting even at the general elec tion by supporting the opposite party nominee, is the cause of said friction. S me of he above nan ed wouldiot bj available can. didai-s and the reasons are ob vious. The democratic proble. m'atical. they say are: John Vredenburg, Mayor D^vereux, and Alderman Frank H. Bode. Immoral public men have pro ven to be the greatest contamina. tion to our social and religious(fa brics and the body politic. READ THEFORUM PUBLISHED WEEKLY u'gest Colored Circulation in V mty. Price: per nnrrum. $1.50; t 1jx months, in advance, 40 cents; per month. 15 cents. | Office: 305 1-2 South Sixth Street. TELEPHONE MAIN 998, INTER-STATE 1092. WRITE ALL MATTER TO THE FORUM t. L. ROGERS, Manager. I I ____ If you're in doubt let us lead trump to you? | The “Imperial” is always the proper hat— never alike two seasons together--except in price $ —$3.00. / PETER MYERS & CO />29 North Side Sauare For Fine Commercial Work HAMANN p 803 SOUTH SIXTH ST. Telephone 998 When you waul a copy of the Forum, The Freeman.or the Ne gro magazines, drop in at The Keystone, 121 So 4ih St. Four Negroes* are employed as motorm**!) and conductors, res. peeliveiy in *tr et railway ser vic j at C eveiand, Onio. ...CAPITAL LAUNDRY GEO. BOLLMAN, Proprietor, duality of work and prompt de livery. 723 E. Washington Street. Both Phones, 207. i ' r , • ■' The fundemental protection forev^ry man is to obtain a good education and a good home, a go.id wife and to be good himself —to obtain these essetials is no easy thing and especially a part of them. Come to Sangamon county and locate on these rich farms, O my people For rent—Nice furnished room in good loc ktion. A pply toEffie Graves, 1529 S. 14. 11 24 8