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Franklin's Paper The Statesman
Dr. DuBois,
dares to
The v orld has Iwn anxiousl) wait
ing for »om • word from Dr W K B
Dußola upon the tragedy of Atlanta.
Georgia last week In the New York
Independent that word wa» given It
la the moat powerful arraignment of
the white man and htx tyranny and
wrong that haa ever been given to our
country la making a atatement In de
fenae of bla rare In auch an hour In
the heart of the Bouth Dr. DuDola lias
shown a courage greater than Garri
son and worthy of Jeaua Christ Will
the nation hear him* Will It pause
In iti mad rush for gain nnd blood to
think of the chastn that awaits It un
leas It goes back to Its moorlngr' But
whatever may come. Dußots li the
hero of the hour, standing In the tierce
glare of southern barbarity demanding
a man's chance.
Dr. Dußola will not live to s>k> 11.
but hla Indictment of the South and
of the North at this crucial time will
raise up leaders for hla rnce Hi- has
risen aoove hla fellows nnd sounded
tae clarion call. Shall we sleep* Will
we not be as brave na he la there?
Courage, brother, courage. The night
la dark, but we have a leader now.
armed with a never falling com age;
a man who would be more powerful
were he banished or struck -town
than he Is sitting on the heights of
Atlanta University directing the bat
tle of the weak against the strong-
We are with Dr. Dußola, tho Mar
tin Luther of the twentieth century.
All along the line we call for cour
age Courage to stand erect like a
man for all that is pledged in the law
and by necessity inheres in the nature
of our government Courage, courage,
During the Atlanta massacre Mr. H
J Plnkett, who is connected with the
Press Bureau, sent a letter to J Max
Barber, editor of the Voice of the Ne
gro. to # ascertain how he had stood the
storm, and received a telegram which
rend "Safe and unmolested *’ This
news had Just reached Mr Pinkett
when word came that Mr. J. Max Bar
ber had been forced to leave Atlnnta.
The reason given was that he had ex
posed the lies of white men Thin does
not come as a great surprise to us; for
we knew nil along that it was only a
question of time when Mr. Barber
would have to leave the South and is
sue the Voice of the Negro from the
North or West We know the South,
and knowing It. understand that there
can be no free speech in that section
of the country. White men can not
exercise It. and black men can only do
so for a time. It is but another evi
dence of the barbarism of the South,
the low moral tone, the beastly crav
ings of her men and the hysterical hy
pocrisy of her women. But J. Max
Barber emerges from that land a man.
full of the strength and vigor of youth
and courage. His voice will uot cry
'out from the wilderness, but he will
sound the call to *“‘y from the free
Northwest; free speech will not be
As t result of Mr. Barber s forced
exit from Atlanta the Voice of the Ne
gro will very likely lose all of Its prop-1
; erty, which Is situated there Flnan
j clal aid is needed for the re-establish
ment of the magazine in Chicago.
| w hither Mr. Barber has gone to labor
| for his race All true men and wo
men of the race-loving type will re
spond to thegood cause of helping this
great vo.ee of our race. On October
23d Mr. J. Max Barber will speak at
Bethel library In the Metropolitan
Method let church on the Atlanta mas
aaere. It s hoped that all who ran
will be present to hear Mr Barber and
take advantage of the opportunity then
to contribute to the Voice of the Ne
gro whlrn a rabid South has tried to
destroy .1 Max Barber is an exile and
a hero Um 11s stand by him and hold
up bis hands. His service has been J
great It will be greater If we will
stand up and help hint lxd us all do
our duty.
T Thomas Fortune most viciously
attacks J Max Barber for leaving At
lanta. Georgia. In substance he calls
him a coward. How sad It Is’to see a
man like Fortune, grown old In the
battle of life, trying to strike down a
young man like J Max Barber. How
much better It would be If he In a time
like this to give a young man. If he
has gone wrong, the benefit of his
years of experience. But he stops to
blight the future of the greatest Ne
gro of his age in the world today.
No, Mr. Fortune, this Is not the way
to help mankind. We know you are
bitter; your genius has gone unre
warded and has bowed to the god of
Bacchus; but do not let this fact make
you bitter against those young men
w-ho have placed themselves upon the
altar of humanity that ten million
members of our republic may Borne
day see full liberty.
Mr Fortune says be can not live In
the South because of his temperament
We can say the same of Mr. Barber,
w-hose clean life and Roman courage
will lead him on to better and higher
things in the life of the race aud na
tion. Mr. Fortune may criticise, but
Mr. Barber will go on, fighting and
winning battles in the future as in the
past Suffice It to say that the Voice
of the Negro Is the greatest race paper
in the world to-day. and it has been
made so very largely through the ca
pacity and character of J Max Bar
William i- Houston, according to
the prediction made by the Press Bu
reau. was elected grand master of the
Odd Fellows of Ameilca at Richmond
two weeks ago. In this connection It
will be recalled, the Atlanta Indepen
dent stated that the tight at Rleb
?° n „ d , a battle between the
rrfends of Edward H. Morris and
j friends of Booker T Washington for
control of the order William L. Hous
ton was supiioried by Edward H Mor
ris and won. But one thing that ia
most gratifying in this alfair is that
there was not a man seen drunk on
the streets during the whole week
that the B M C was in Richmond,
there was not an at rest, and the offi
cials of the city treated the visiting
delegates very courteously We again
congratulate Mr. Houston upon Ills tri
umph and thank Mr Edward H Mor
ris for the service he has rendered the
order and the race by standing by Mr.
Houston and seeing him safe within
the gales
Mr George C. Sturgiss, candidate
for Congress from the Second district
of West Virginia, is one of the wealth
lest men in the state of West Virginia.
At present he is chairman of the
Slate Board of Trade and a man of
wide and helpful influence in his state,
and if he is sent to Congress will have
great influence In the national coun
cils The colored voters of the Second
district are for him. If he is for them.
They want to know how he stands on
the fourteenth amendment to the con
stitution of the United States. They
are demanding that he pledge his
strength to support the reduction
clause of the fourteenth amendment.
Mr. Sturgiss can not go to Congress
without the colored vote of his district,
he can not get the colored vote unless
he will stand by the fourteenth
amendment What will Mr Sturgiss
do about It ?
NO. 12

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