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Franklin's Paper The Statesman
Twentieth Year POLITICAL SUFFRAGE AND PROPERTY RIGHTS WHAT OF THE FUTURE—IB THE NEGRO SECURE? There are those who (eel that the quiescent altitude of the Negro. and hi* teeming willing submission to his political effaccment In the South, glres cause for Just (ear that his rights are not secure; that bis elimin ation from politics In the Soutn. it permitted to go on without a protest, will ho Mhsst fay his elimlMUon frets polities In the North. That to exclude him from the activities or politics In any part of the country at all. Is both a mistake and an Injustice which under no circumstance's ought to be permitted by the great body of the Negro people throughout this country. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. With the Negro practic ally eliminated, with the Judicial and legislative power In the hands of an other race, not colored like his own, what Is to prevent those who have tne power so to do from confiscating his property. This has already been done In states where Negroes, by their In dustry and thrift, had acquired homes and farms, and were engaged In gain ful business enterprises, which ex cited the avarice, envy, and cupidity of Jealous whites who first terrorlxed, then drove them awaj from their property, confiscated It or purchased It at ridiculously low prices. This has happened In Arkansas and Georgia. In Wilmington. N. C.; In Springfield, Illinois. In a Western city not long ago sixty Negro servants of a wnlte hotel were warned to leave so that white servants might take their places, and the hole! was dynamited when no heed was given to the warn ing. Southern white miners In Tenn essee drove out colored miners and laborers, and their places were taken by whites. In another city of the South Negro carpenters working on a Job were ordered to leave on penalty of death, that whites might do the work. In a lumber camp In Louisiana Negro lumbermen were driven out, and their places given to whites. As DENVER, COLORADO, SATURI AY APRIL 3 1909 long as Negroes anywhere are sub Ject to this form of rapacity the dan ger is not past. For there will come a lime when the occasion for it will be more general and pressing, viz.., provision for whites. If a revolution were to drive all Negroes out ot v'ir ginia or Georgia it would make pro vision for 1.000.000 whites. If a mil lion whites needed 6uch provision they would so seek it If a million while* pledged the white* of Virginia or Georgia perform the labor now being performed by Negroes in those states, they would speedily get nu of the Negro population. Even if Ne groes became too independent to need to wor\ for the whites they would be ha**-d infinitely more than they now are ind could not be borne at all. W.hln th«- past ten years the South •■as decisively made up its mind. Strong representations, not a word ot which have been printed or spoken, have been made to former President Roosevelt and to President Taft. The editor of the Charleston New. and Courier had a private conversation with Presidentelect Taft—the nature of which may well be surmised. The fact is the Negro race cannot go tur ther in acquiring property and educa- i lion in the South without becoming! the leading people down there. And: the average Negro cannot make pro-1 gress In either of these directions | without making an awful noise with his mouth to call attention to himself. As though men with ordinary intelli genre are lacking in the power of ob servation. The whites have private codes of persecution, ostracism and death for any white person who open ly sympathizes with Negroes, as against them. Sumner was struck down by Brooks of South Carolina in the United States senate. Garrison was led through the streets of Boston with a rope around his neck. Phil lips was threatened and intimidated. Lovejoy hud hla printing office de stroyed. Lydia Manchild was insulted by the wife of Senator Mason of Vir ginla for her friendship for John Brown, he friend of the blacks. Jos eph Be: son Foraker bad a whole ad tDinialr: tlon against him when he de fended he Negro baltallion and when he prot ed his case he was defeated for re-e ection to the senate because of his | rrniclous activity. Surely the Negro s not secure with all these secret orces working against him, With e- ery pulpit as silent as a clam, and t 'ery newspaper tentatively against him, he is Indeed, without pep haps ft iy realising It, in a bad way. Ills hot se is on Are. He can put out the fir* himself if he wakes up in time. Fill he? Brethren. “The Phil Istlnes ie upon us!" SAMUEL. THE BLACK.' REV. V ALLACE OF SCOTT’S M. E. CHUUCH MAKES GOOD—MEM- B! RS SHOWER WEDNES DAY NIGHT. Sundt y at both services a fair-sized audiene ■ greeted Scott's new pastor, he tor r his text on "Faith." and proved o be up to the responsibility of the i rxt. "Faith evidence of things hoped or. and substances of things not set u." was proven historically, biblical y. financially, physically, in tellectu illy and morally. In his dis course he Reverend proved himself well ai quainted with the classics, mental laws and a keen observer of humanl y. He is congenial, hopeful and alv ays wears a smile of greeting. His wl e, with her two babies. Im medlatt y endeared herself to the con gregath n. She has a pleasing manner and wl 1 easily win for herself and husbam many friends. On Wednes day nig it one of those old. flery pray er mee Inga was had and a general good tl ie the consequence. Many of Shorter and Central members Joined In the t errlce. After which a shower of good things was made at the par sonage. 106 Blast Twenty-sixth avenue. There 1 1 no question but that Denver will ha ’e a strong adjunct for good during Rev. Wallace’s stay In our city. 'he Statesman congratulates Scott's M. E. church on Its good luck. Five Cents a Copt AFRICA'S DAY HAS COME. Worldwide Awakening For Redemption of Dark Continent, Says Hartaell. Bishop Joseph C. Hartaell, one of the missionary bishops of the Methodist Episcopal church. Is endeaTorinf to raise 1300,000 as a fund to commomo cats the seventy-fifth anniversary of the denomination's work in Africa. The fund has already passed tbs 1100,000 mark and when secured win be nsed to further tbs work of the de nomination on the dark continent. The 1300,000 will be nsed to support missionaries, establish mission sta tions, build schools and In erery way posaible be used to uplift tbs Africans and preTent their becoming disciples of Mohammedanism There are millions of Africans yet ameched who speak hi <OO ten <ns«et sad dialects. To npOft thaat is the etapendoae talk which the Metho dist church desire* to accomplish on a large scale. Though hampered by the lack of funds, the pood cause hss consecrated men and women working with seal for the betterment of the natives. Mis sion stations and schools have already been established and ns tire mission workers educated and sent out Bishop Hartxell in his report to the general conference In Baltimore in May. IbOS. said: “Africa’s day has long been delayed, but It has come at last The silent and mysterious sphinx of Egypt is no longer the symbol of Africa. “For long millenniums the whole continent, except a little part along the Mediterranean and some fringes along the coasts and in extreme South Africa, was relied In mystery. Bat that day Is lifted. Not simply has a' nation been born in a day, but a continent! •The explorer hss traversed nearly every part of its domain. Modern sci ence is mastering its tropical diseases, developing its agriculture, making the mines of gold and other minerals of untold value. Diplomacy has parceled out the continent, and everywhere there will soon be protection and op portunity for all race*. The barbaric and Mohammedan millions of Africa ale sharing In the worldwide awaken ing that has come to all people. They are anxiously waiting for something better. They may not know what it Is, bat they know it la in the possession of natives outside themselves, and wt know that clvilhmtkm la never Indige nous The heathen of the world will never hare Christ onleas taken to them by the missionaries of the croes " The first missionary to Liberia eras Melville B. Cox, who sailed from Bal timore in 1832. Until 1886 the work ol the denomination In Africa was con fined to Liberia.