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__ “Be ye doers and not sayers only.” VO. 5. NO. 30 SPRING-FIED. ILL., SATURDAY. JULY 4. 1908. 15C A MONTH. Harry B. Harts. A Candidate for Probate Judge. Harry B. Harts has announced his candidacy for the office of Probate Judge to be filled by the vacancy caused by the resigna tion of Judge Clare uce A. Jones. Mr. Harts was born in Spring field, 3o years ago aud is of a a lamily of pioneers, and one of our most respected and honored citizens, the son of Capt P. W. Harts. He is a young man in whom Springfield can be justly Proud; a graduate of the' high school, also took a literary course in Princeton University aud graduated from the law school, Ann Arbor, Michigan. His temperate habits, energet icness, affability and exemplary deportment, make him the most fit man to occupy this important post—a position most frequently visited by ladies, old aud .young, rich and poor—from all walks in life. Without exaggeration in the least, The Forum knows of no young man in Springfield with a higher politi ca 1 arid moral integrity—he is the kind of young man we advocate for taking charge of political port, folios, and thus raise our political standard to that high plane where once it was. He has been actively engaged in the practice of law in this city for live years, principally in probate and chancery work. He has never held a public office nor been before the public as a candi uate, but has two years exper ience as an assistant to the state’s attorney under the admiuistra tion of Mr. Hatch. Mr. Harts is an energetic and industrious young attorney with an evident ambition to make his talents count in the legal world. If accorded the nomination he certainly would be heard from as a live candidate. He has shown in his law practice that he is not one of the kind to wait for something to turn up. He goes after things in an aggressive fa'hion which always counts in a political campaign. To our colored readers and friends, we can but say: Mr. Hars is a MAN. The 4th of July And the Transforma tion of Politics. G-radnal ascent ol a mighty Nation. By Wesley Edwards. I'oday tills country will again enjoy I'ourth i f July fever. Cannon crack ers and sputtering fire crackers and sky rockets all day and at night fireworks during the evening, exploding in every hamlet, town and city, will set the youngsters wild with amusement, ex citement. and pleasure. I oday we may hear the Declaration of Independence, and the struggles of the colonies recited, praises of Wash ington sung, and of his deserving honor and glory. Also flip daring deeds and death losses of the brave soldiers that were killed in battle so that we may have the privilege of commemorating this day. Crispus Attucks was one of tiie first to lose his life and The Crispus \ttucks Springfield club will celebrate today in their twentieth style and glory. Since the 4th of July, 1776, thousands of names have been known to fame. And many have been dis honored and disgraced. Establishing new political parties and shamelessly burying others. We have seen political human fire crack ers astride their provincial remedies prancing and charging, and' giving vent to profound and pessimistic utter Since that time we have had the birthday and death of events, personal glories, institutions and local govern ments. And of kingdoms and monarch ies and republics, and we have had the comedy and tragedy of various fast and slow fashioned business methods, dif ferent schools of political economy that have aroused citizens arid communities and bestirred them into a hit of uncom mon and hostile action against munici pal, national and state. Vast changes have been witnessed in mankind’s affairs, struggles, battles and victories in the commercial, social, industrial, political and financial world. The Negro problem lias turned somer sault after somersault and yet a large number of Negroes have outdistanced some of the thoroughbreds racing in every county and state in this coun try, prejudice, exclusion, discrimina tion, peonage and jimerow car laws. Their success is due to their intelli gence, thrift, ability and their love for mankind and their faith in God. There are two factions in the Re publican Party of the state, known as the “Deneen” men and the “Yates” insurgents. Gov. Deneen is made out of the statesmen metal, courageous, and with settled convictions and strong moral principles. He believes in the old land marks of the Republican Party. And yet he has stored in his national brainy mental reservoir, pasternized drastic measures that are genuine healing remedies for the body politic, or for the most peculiar, serious and puzzling governmental conditions extant when applied according to the “Deneen” specifications. There are (686) elective officials to be voted for at the August primary. Normal Jottings. Mrs. M. Bradshaw of East Cherry street, will have a lawn social at her home next Tuesday evening, July 7. Miss Alberta Duff has returned from the convention at Cham paign. Miss Duff went as a del egate representing the Filathea Class. Fred E. sterling For Secretary of state. No man in the state is contributing more to the liveliness of the present campaign than is Fred E. Sterling, editor of the Rockford Register-Ga zette, one of the leading republican newspapers in Illinois, who is seeking the republican nomination for Secre tary of State at the primary election, Aug. 8th. He did not consent to be come a candidate until after he had been pledged the active friendship and support of leading men in many dis tricts and when he entered the field it was with an uncommonly line record and the active support of a host of friends and with backing in every por tion of the state. Mr. Sterling has been fighting the party’s battles editorially, in season and out, for many years. He is a na tive of Illinois, having been born at Dixon, in Lee county, June 29th, 1869. For a dozen years or more he has been secretary and chairman, respec tively, of the Winnebago County Re publican Central committee, a hard party worker and has never asked for an office. Mr. Sterling's candidacy appeals to republicans in all parts of the state from the fact that he comes from one of the greatest republican counties in Illinois which has never had a nomi I nee on the republican state ticket and tlie present Incumbent, has held the office for three four-year terms, twelve years in all. Republican leaders be lieve it good party policy to pass these honors around. Today Mr. Sterling's friends do not see how any combination of circum stances can keep him from being a winner. Northern and central Illinois, where the big republican vote is cast, will line up almost solidly for him, with Winnebago county as the keystone. Mr. Sterling is conducting a personal cam paign of tlie state and makes, friends wherever he goes, for he is a good mixer. Young, bright, virile, active and enterprising, experienced in politi cal counsels, a resourceful campaigner, popular with the masses and a man of proved capability in many positions of trust and responsibility, he seems an ideal candidate and merits the heavy support he is certain to receive for a place on the next state ticket. Several hundred of the best country newspapers in Illinois are giving him their most hearty and enthusiastic j support and this means much to any candidate under the new primary law. The Latest Bishop Potter is seriously ill; ex- ! pected to expire at any moment. Joe Gans will convince Nelson again to day. Roger Sullivan has declared him self for Bryan. W. E. Waite is out for Recorder. Surely the editorial page of tlie Springfield Reaerd has not been sub sidized by the anti Deneen propagan da? W. D. Ryan fell and was hurt at Indianapolis yesterdaX. Locals, Continued. i - The entertainment given by the choir of the Pleasant Grove Baptist church, last Monday evening, was in deed a success. An excellent pro gram was rendered. Mrs. Etta Starnes, organ Bt for the above church, deserves much credit. The Live Pig contest, given by the Home and Foreign Missionary Club of tha Zion Baptist church, was a success in every particulay. Mr. Ed ward Thompson, the popular grocer, held the lucky number and received the pig. The neat sum of $28. 00 was cleared. The Zion Baptist church has been newly covered and papered and is looking beautiful. Mrs. L. E. Barksdale, 1010 S. 17th St, , is now Forum reporter for the East end. All residents of that part of the city please report your items for the paper to her by Wed Rev. Bloodworth, pastor of the Pleasant Grove Baptist church, will preach a special sermon to the men of die city, Sunday, July 5th, at 3 p it tlie above named church. All nen young and old should avail diemselves of this opportunity. Rev. Bloodworth is an able speaker and will tell you many things worthy of note and interest. The Home and Foreign Missionary dlub of the Zion Baptist church met at the home of Mrs. Carrie Me Cullock, 1428 E Adams St. They will be entertained next Wednesday afternoon by Mrs. L. E. Barksdale. Class 5 of the Zion Baptist Sunday School, their teacher, Mrs. A. W. Williams, and a few invited children went on a fishing excursion fast Tues day and report a royal time. The sermons at Zion Sunday by the pastor were indeed excellent. The topic for the morning service was “Go Forward.” Night service, he preached on “The Parable of the Mnu/pr O Miss M. Retta Davis and Mrs, Osborne were elected as deleg ates to represent Excelsior Lodge Daughters of the Elks, which convenes in St. Paul, Minn., the last week iu August. Mrs. Eliza beth Morgan was elected alter nate. John Juneman has declared himself a candidate for the Leg islature. Miss Courtney De Joie is office girl for the Leader, Hon. W. T Scott left this wk. for Denver, where he will take a conspicuous part in the Con vention, andpresideover a conven tion of Negroes opposed to Taft. NEGRO CTRL VICTOR. A colored girl from Cleveland, Ohio, won in the National Educa tional Association’s spelling bee at Pittsburg this week. What manner of race is ours? They are bettinu 2 to 1 on Den. een. Where is Vires ‘ at”?