, THE FORUM .
A weekly magazine paper devoted
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Entered as second-class matter, Feb
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Viaui The friitcy 115} Si. (Ik B.
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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