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Sedalia Weekly Conservator.
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When Tour Subscription Is Due One Year
mx monuis
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panied by name as an assurance
vfjfood faith.
Allarticlcs for publication must
lie in by Wednesday.
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From Ilelilrt bj otlicrii sowu.
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Our Thanks
The Editorial Stuff and Management, of the Conservator,
wish to thank the public in general for its encouragement &
the Business Enterprises particularly for the confidence uii'
posed in un. We, also thank our contemporaries, for their
kindly mention in their columns and hope that we may be a
"ble to reciprocate their kindness in the near future.
The colonial that, Every man's house is his castle, worthy
o ur considsration, even now. They borrowed or inherited
this idea from their English Ancestry. Hence, it was' indeed,
an expression that gave to the world their appreciation of the
liomc. The castle, in the Feudal ages was a strongly fortified
building capable of with-staiidiug the severest attacks of all
assailants. Atid,tlie English idea, later, the colonial idea of the
liome could not have ben expressed in stronger terms than
that of a castle. Since the castle had elements of strength that
made it strong and capable, even so must the American home
acquire elements of strength and endurance, for it is being as
sailed daily by influences of demoralization, study the inter
est of the home, strive to give to it those elements of strength,
virtue, and industry', intelligence, push and energy. By doing
this, every homo may bo made a veritable castle, a bulwark of
strength to the race, a comfort to the Nation, and, a glory to
Duties of the Sedalia Citizens
The Conservative, tho young in the world of americau jounr
linlisni, may feel temerity in discussing flie Social, Education
nl, Political, Religious and,othcr problems, of the whole body
politic, of the Republic, yet we sliall not feel the least trepi
dation to enter upon the discussion of any question, that may
involve the public interest of Sedalia. Therefore, we shall brief
iy state our tho'ts of some of the urgent duties of our citizens
It is the imperative duty of every citizen to study dispass
ionately every question that concerns tho administration of lo
cal laws. For, it is not the administering of federal or state au
thority, thru national or state officers, that we feel but, the,
coming into immediate contact with the local or municipal pow
cr that, shapes our happiness or sorrows. Hence, local ques
tions should and must claim the attention of the Sedaliau. Af
ter, studying those local issues, nothing should be allowed to
swerve us from our purpose to act justly, and as only true A
jnericans shuold act. That is, act for the good of Sedalia Since
the progress of Sedalia means the elevation of her citizens they
sliould let their energies be directed, not by selfishness and
greed sacrificing the public interest for self-aggrandi?omeut
but, by that nobler sentiment, The good of The Municipali
ty. The Conservator stands, with sanguine hopes for, Seda-
lia's future, pledged to every progressive movement. And with
a pujssant arm raised against nny and all retrogressive teuden
The Conservator Encouraged.
Our Contributors.
Wnnro pleased withourcontribiitors
Xltsf which aro of a thouRlitfulnuil lit
erary mot it. Ami wo urge our reader
io carefully rcrd tho articles ou our
f rout pflK vm weeK. .ook caroiuiiy
lltru' our, Youtiig'CoJum, fo'v. yo fee! that
L5 ,. ti I- Ajo VftU-thoro see tiitpga JIM vUI bqtU
WMnefeVttd !
It was, indeed, gratifying tothsOonjer
tor's Staff to receive tbo following com
munications Ibis week from Kamas City
and Si. Louis. Kansas, Mo. May, ij
"03 Mr- W,H. Huston, Editor of Con.
jervator Sedalin, Mo.
Dear St'rt Jly daughter is wel I
pleated with your piper and I tbjoU I
shall try lo secure many subscrlbtrshero
here1 Yimrs truly, Amanda TrJivia. -"
Mr'. B..II. Wall alto writes ui 'encour
The Negro's Riso,
T lie human mind is so constitu
ted that it never can allow a ques
tion to rest until it is Settled right. It
is the order of progress, demanded
by the nature of tho mind itself.
Philosophers and scientists have
from time to time given solutions
to certain cosmic questions, and
have rested back upon their labors
its complete. But restless inquiry
has soon entered to disturb them
with observed irregularities, contra
dictionsand unexplained mysteries,
demanding a reinvestigation, a re
adjustment looking toward a truer,
larger and deeper understanding of
things. God thrusts man out of the
comfortable sclfsatisfaction of his
immature accomplishments and
drives him on toward a progress in
harmony and totality At limes
many sink by the way into discou
raged indifference or militant pess
imisin, exclaiming, vanltasl Dut
the heart of humanity ischargedwith
a quenchless hope and an invinc
ible courage that bars deep the un
shaken conviction in "an upward
path to a great end." And this ex
perience of disttnbances and convic
tion holds good as much, or more,
in practical as in theoretical con
cerns. Human society has met its
problems and progressed in the
part; it can and shall met them and
progress in the future. There is no
difficulty in the affairs of men too
dark or too hard to grapple and
solve. Only, there are two funda
mental elements that must be rek-
oncd with from the start before the
efforts of iutelegcnceand honest mo
tive can come into their own. The
first elment, which is independent
of man, is timc.fro which the sec
oud arising, dependent upon man,
is patience.
In time and with patience we may
fairly hope that the light of reason
and the sense of justice will enable
us to deal with the ever recurrent
negro problem. To begin with, we
ought at any rate, to rid ourselves
of imaginary difficulties that tend lo
cling to thequestionsuchasthebug
bear of social equality or long dis
tance theories and the like. Social
equality will take care of itself, and
theoretical solutions from a distance
are simply to be replaced by actual
accomplishment on the spot.
The address of cx-Presidcnt
Cleveland in New York City the
other evening, at a meeting where
industrial education in the south
was under discussion, presents
some simple, perhaps commonplace
and yet sound ennsiderations,
, After declaring himself to be
'such a friend of the negro," Mr.
Cleveland points out the immense
and real problem of the South in
eight millions of blacks among
whom there "is still a grievous a
mount of ignorance, a sad amount
of viciousncss and a tremendous a-
mount of laziness and thrif tlessncss,
and while sympathy and help can
be given from the North, the solu
tion of the problem 'mainly depends
except so far as it rests with the
negroes themselves, upon the seuti
mcnt and conduct of the leading
men of the South.' Recognizing the
attidude of the white people as pre
judice or as a deeper race instinct
Mr, Cleveland also oecognizes the
honesty and sincerity of the south
jn dealing with the negro problem.
The people of ths Nortli may give
sympathy and help, but cannot in
any way force a solution upon a peo
pie who alone can solve and are en
deavoring to solve the problem,
"As friends of the Negro," he
says, "fully believing in the possi
bjjity of his improvement and ad
vanccmcut,.sihcerely and confident
ly laboring to tliaV end.it folly for
us to ignore the importance, the uu
this work. Labor as wc will, those
who do the lifting of the weight
must be those who stand next to it.
This cooperation cannot be forced
nor can it be gained by gratuitously
running counter to firmly fixed and
tenaciously held Southern ideas, or
even prejudices."
The chief emphasis of his, adrcss
Mr. Cleveland laid upon the one
rational asd practical method in
dealing with the Negro, and that is,
the method of Booker T, Washing
ton; teach the Negro to do some
useful service for the community,
and do it well. In consequence, the
Nego.s rise to competence, position
and self respect will take care of.it-
At the same time Booker T.Wash
ington spoke' introducing his sub.
jeet with these wise and noble
wordst "In the case of my vace, I
I believe that both the teachings of
history, as well as the results of ev
ery-day observation, should con
vince us that we sliall make our
most enduring progessby laying
the foundation carefully, patiently.
in the ownership of the soil, the ex
crcise of habits ol economy, the sa
ving of money and the scouring of
the most complete education of
hand and head, and the exercise ol
the christian virturcs. Standing to.
night before this audience, when
very soul of my race is aching and
seeking guidance as never before, I
say deliberately that I know nooth
cr road. If I knew how to find
more speedy and prompt relief, and
did not point tho way at any cost
should be a coward and a hypocrit.
"One farm bought, one house
built, one home sweetly and intclli
gently kept, one man whoisthc lar
gest taxpayer or has the largest
bank account, one school or church
maintained, one factory runningsuc
cessfully, one truck garden profit
ably cultivated, one patient cured
by a negro doctor, one sermon well
preached, onelifecleanly lived, these
will tell more in our favor than all
tnc abstract eloquence that can be
summoned to plead our cause. Our
pathway must be thru the soil, up
thru swamps, up thru forests, up
thru the streams, the rocks, up thru
commerce, education and religion
The soutidwisdomofthcse words
is not applicable merely to the tie
gro's upward struggle, but to the
upward struggle of cv-vy race and
man. The Great Round World.
Thos. Smith Injnred At Prai
rie Lick, Last WeeK,
Mr. Thos. Smith, West Morgan
Street the old reliable Katy porter
has been detained in the city for the
past ten days, on account of nn m
jury of the hand received in an acci
dent at Prnire Lick Station on the
M. K & T System. We are pleased
to announce that his hand injuries
arc much improved.
Mr, Solmon Dixon and Grand.
Daugther, Lueile, to visit
Chioago 111.
Mr. Solmon Dixon, Sedalla's most
highly esteemed citizens and his
Grand-daughter Luetic, a pupil of
Lincoln school, anticipates an early
trip to Chicago.Ill. to visit Mrs.Car-
rie B. Cotton, of 4714 Dearborn St.
The Conservator assures them that
they will have a pUasant outing, for
Mrs, Cotton, Mr. Dixon's daughter,
we are informed is an excellent hostess.
aw in t ' -1..--.. mr. , w.mKtMvwwii
Paper Hanging.
PTjABTEHINO, patching,
Tho Quality of thoNegro.
Much has been written concern
ing the Ncgro--his condition, past,
present, and future; still but few ar
ticles appear respecting the quality
of the Negro. What is of more im
portance concerning a thing than its
quality? Does not quality deter
mine the worth or worthlessncss of
things? What, then is the quality or.
disposition of the Negro?
Quality as I now use the word,
refers to attributes of things rela
tively considered, atld not merely to
rank. The attributes considered are
three, viz: Morality, Intellectuality,
and Religion. In what degree does
the Negro possess these attributes,
and are these attributes undergoing
anyobservable dcvelopcnicnt? This
question I now attempt to answer:
not from supposition, but from act
ually existing facts.
Whatever may be the Negro's or
igin, he certainly possesses a great
er degree of Morality, Intellectual j
.... 1 r. 1 ; - i..t. r.. a r
uy iiuu .Kcngiuu, uoui 111 America
and in Africa than he did prior to
the time of the Kmaticipatiou.
Before the Kiuancipation, the
Negro in the South had many ideas
tho,t were purely African; his rela
tion toward hia fellow-mau was sim
ilar to the relations which were sus
tained by his brothers of the "Dark
Continent;" his intellect, excepting
his knowledge of a few trades and
his acquirement of a few experien
ces from the white man, was prac
tically undeveloped, his religion had
become somewhat changed, nltho
he was almost as superstitious as
his African ancestors. Such was tho
quality or make up of the ante-bellum
Negro; but is he so today, or
has he advanced from that stage? A
consideration of his past and pres.
cut conditions will convince you
that he has.
To cuter into the minutiae of the
morality ol theNegto is out of place
as well as unsuitcd to the subject at
hand, and I nm sure if those who
justify the statement that the Ne
gro is immoral, would avail them
selves of the opportunity to thor
oughly investigate his moral status.
they would, if free from prejudice,
speak more favorably of Negro-morality,
lias tho Negro improved intellcc
tually'f Let us sec. There are now
doctors, ministers, lawers, dentists,
inventors, professors of the various-
sciences, artists, musicians, cct.
these wore practically wanting be
fore the Kiuancipation but arc now
very numerous. From nothing to
something, is that progression or
retrogression? It seems that the
Chinese would prove an interesting
subject for discussion instead of the
Nigger;" for the Chinese have had
years before theui but are, neverthe
less, intellectually inferior to the
American Negro. Do you see how
quality manifests itself? Consider
how the Negroes of Haiti have pro.
gressed siuce the revolution of 1791
'93. The Republic has now 9Q0
000 Negroes, over 400 national
schools and lycees, executive gov.
ernutct vested in president, legisla.
tive in National Assembly, of two
houses and an army of 6,828, chief.
ly infantry. Remember the Negro
was bro't to the islaud as a slave.
No race upon earth can boast of
Such rapid progress as that made
by the American Negro. That the
Negro has improved religiously can
be seen from numerous ministers of
the gospel, in both Africa and A
mertca; from missionaries in foreign
lands, and from the establishment
of various religious Institutions, If
"improvement is the order of the
age, then the Negro is truly 111
order, Gjve him a fair chance and I
kuow Negro quality will prove it
self a parent factor of American
citizenship and) not. as some prcju-
fir J
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