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» THE FORUM,
▲ weekly magazine paper devoted |o the Interests of the whole people. Entered as second-class matter, Feb ruary 24, 1904, at the postotflce at Springfield, 111., under the Act of Oongress of March 3, 1879. WEIS lOOll • • • Proprielon One Year.•1-50 One Month.15c Per Copy. 5c IFFICE: 305 1-2 ^'Slxth SI. Aunt Mala Ml THE FORUM’S STAFF. B. L. Rogers, Editor and Manager. Will H. arbour, Associate Editor and Secretary. B E; '."■»««tar Thompson Bros., • Branch Office. Ihihi Ike 1D5J St.tlli a EDITORIAL - Saturday February 9‘ 1907. Don’t exp ;ct the Forum to say a democrat is a viUiau when be isn't. Don’t forget that a man can kill a man and not be a murder er. How sorry are tlie moochers— O how sorry. Mr. Black should not have pulled off. The Register should at least, be fairly fair. The Republicans are not trying to stir up any ani mosity within the democratic party. Griffiths gets the nomination without opposition—now let them not fail to get m line with the representative people, all co operating for the par y success, Frank T. Reid as city clerk, collected #10,000 more for license during his term of office than any of his predecessors. Remem ber triat when you go to the polls.—The Leader The Clansman. Did you know that the Clans man is again advertised to ap pear in this city. Monday. Feb ruary 11th? Tnis is one of the rottenesi plays, calculated to stir up race friction, that has ever oeen aramanzea. 11 ougni, to be suppressed by the good people by their not patronizing it. It is a disgrace to our civili zition and Dr. Lane should pre pare a bill prohibiting that de mon act to be shown in Illinois. One hundred and forty babies were born in Springfield during the month of January 1907. If the same number were born every month of this year, there would b^ 1080, 1907 kids ' Win suys Springfield is not up about her ‘father's’ business Inter years at this same tale our popu. latiou would increase 10.800, without any external assistance and counting on a one-third in crease bv virtue of the increase of population there would b< 22,400 babie s born in ten years hence. That’s going some more That Gridiron Club Feast. Last week at Washington at , what is know as the Gridiron club, a high class place for high potentates and diplomats, there assembled the brain of this na tion. Tillman was either absent or silent—he must have been ab sent. President Roosevelt was there, and that mighty old cham pion of justice was there—J. B Foraker The blunt speeches were not supposed to be publish ed — people were supposed to say idiosyncratic things to make their points The President made his speech and for some cause referred to the senate discussion of the famous unrecorded in history, battle of Rrownsvilh, making sharp in. uendoes and insinuations, prob ably good naturedly and conver sely, at J. B. Foraker, et al, and to make a point, not premeditat ingly no doubt, said, according to newspaper report: “All coons look alike to me.’’ This it is supposed, had reference to the i senate, the corporations are any thing else. Yet many Negroes will use this as a slur the presi dent was slinging at the race— we don’t, tho lie may have meant it thusly. Foraker, that Charles Sumner of this age, retarted in a manner bespeaking the rare abil ity and courage or the man. Mr. Foraker said: “Not only ‘all coons,’ but all persons look alike to ine1 the president not except ed.’’ ‘•The oath oi a United btates Senator is as sacred as the oath of the President and as high a sense of duty may inspire a Sen. I ator as that inspirit g the occu pant of the White House.” That Japanese War Cloud not Yet Visible. This rumor of our war with Japan ab >ut school children go ing to the same school is just plain ‘hot air.' Of course we ad j mil that most of these conflicts I are precipitated from small things or great effects come from the smallest causes. The cack ling of geese saved Rome. A man in a crap game will kill you for 5e, etc. Yet we hardly think there will be war—war is no play thing. The government at Tokio thinks such talk is unthinkable— Americans are so quick toampli1 f\. but; if war is to come, let it come. We have no ill feeling to ward Japan for wanting the gol den rule applied. In case of war, shall the three companies of the 25th infantry ! be re-enlisted? we nave open dumoriiaueiy i info’med that Lawyer I L. Pur cell of Jacksonville, has secured a decision from the Supreme Court of the state relative to Negros being drawn for grand and petit jury service in all the counties in the state. Through Mr. Purcell’s efforts, colored men are drawn for jury duty in Escambia, but the latest supreme decision covers the entire state. Lawyer Purcell has accomplish ed some good work in Florida in behalf of the race.—Florida Sen tinel. It will be remembered that the U. S. Supreme Court has de. cided that Negroes must be on juries where members of that , race are being tried, and we , should not lose sight of the fact, , north of the Mason & Dixon line also. A Grand Valentine I Ball. GIVEN BY THE Mendell Club. Thursday Eve. Feb. 14 1907. I § At Masonic hall. Adms. 25cts Music. Prof. Nix’s Orchestra. Come out and have a good time, as the committee will spare no paines to make this entertainment a success. Committee: E. E Perkins, Ja^. C. Adams. Lonis Baker. | 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 529 North Side Square For Fine Commercial Work BSHHw-s nor, SOUTH SIXTH ST. Telephone 998 Please don’t put the collectors off by telling them you want to see the editor, we employ them because we have not time for that ourseves, when the collectors come pay them. A iso don’t say yon will pay at the office nnless you mean it and do it. It might have been. ...CAPITAL LAUNDRY GEO. BOLLMAN, Proprietor, duality of work and prompt de livery. 723 E. Washington Street. Both Phones, 207. The Forum is the best for advertising.