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Franklin's Paper The Statesman
Twenty-First Year
In your issue of November 2Uth
you advert editorially to a new spec
ies of race prejudice which has crop
ped out in Arizona, and you seem to
think that the condition complained
of can be remedied by the interfer
ence of the president. Out the presi
dent will not "uct” in this particular
case for obvious reasons which shall
presently appear.
The Negroes of the United States
are still laboring under the delusion
that they an* really citizens of thin
country, and in support of their claim
to citizenship point to the fnct (?)
that they are property owners and
taxpayers. The red Indians were at
one time the largest land owners on
this continent. Some of their lands
they gave freely to the white men.
and as soon as they over populated
this they took the rest, leaving the
confiding Indian nothing The Indian
has so far been the first victim of
over - population and Anglo-Saxon
greed. The N» gro is about to become
the second. The Indian would have
been preserved had he submitted. He
resisted, and his glory, like Ichobad's.
has departed The Negro citizen (?l
can acquire no hereditary rights in
this country. The problem of hered
itary rights was the cause of the en
slavement of his race. The whites
needed strong labor. Hut the estate
of the country they meant to keep en
tailed to whites Neither Negroes nor
Indians could lie employed ms free
men without their ever increasing de
scendant a acquiring the precious her
editary rghts. Foreseeing that from
natural increase of population, white,
blacks and Indians in the course of a
generation should multiply in such
numbers as to become competitors
for estate in. and business in the
country, a provision was made that
neither Indians nor Negroes should
ever he such competitors with whites
for possessions This provision was
slavery—a condition in which the
man neither has nor can have any
thing whatever The Indian was of
fered either slavery, exile, or extinc
tion. He chose extinction. A free
man he could not be without ills de
scendants competing with whites.
The Civil War was not fought to free
the Negro, but to prevent the splitting
of the confederation into two per
petual hostile countries which would
be an everlasting menace and ex
pense to e;yh other. The failure of
the confederacy was the greatest mis
fortune that ever befell the Negroes,
but they are far from yet seeing it.
Had the South won it would have
been both at the domestic mercy of
the Negroes and unable to keep them
enslaved, and politically dependent
upon them for strength The emanci
pation was affected by Lincoln sur
reptitiously as a war measure. After
emancipation, the peace and security
of the country against domestic dis
ruption made necessary an enfran
chisement of the Negroes, against the
natural feelings of most of those who
voted for it. This status of the .*e
gr(n i s was imposed upon the white
people of the South against their dis
sent. In denial of the right of tit©
nation to give their country to
••rs the Southern whites sinoriKfl
have adopted a number of domestic
policies, the common object of which
Is to hold off the Negroes in the char
acter of a stranger without rights so
journing in the land. This is the crux
of the Arizona case which you cite
editorially. Mr Taft has been so
journing among these people of the
South .and they have made it plain
to him that the Negro is persona non
grata to them as citizens and office
holders He has respected their pro
test and appointed no Negroes to of
fice in the South, and will apj»oint
none The Freemasonry of race pre
judice is extending North, East and
West, and before a great many years
will have passed by Negroes will
have become just as unfashionable in
the sections above Mason and Dixon's
line as those below It. The combined
enemies of the Negro in all sections
of the country if they are so minded
could influence the enactment of leg
islation in their state legislatures to
confiscate every foot of land which
Negroes believe they hold clear title
to. and they would hnve no remedy
legally, however much they might
have morally. The white man regards
the problem of race more seriously
than does the average Negro. There
is a school of Negroes whose spokes
men are loudly prating about the
merging of the destiny of the white
man and the black man. and who re
ligiously believe this is possible.
There is another school which be
lieves that the merging of the races
politically and socially, industrially
and commercially, Is simply out of
the question. The friendliest white
man who declares his faith in the
Negro as a man and wishes to see
him treated fairly nnd justly, does not
in his heart believe that the mergtng
of the races along the lines indicated
would be good for either race. The
i white man, ignorant o cultured, is a
white man, and belie es in all the
j traditions of his race, c oe of which is.
: that his is a dominant race and that
| its business is to dom nate wherever
’it exists in large oum ers. And this
| is true in India, in Afri a, in the West
I Indies, in Europe and in the United
| States The sooner tte Negro gets
rid of his illusions an closer to his
own race, and stops ragging about
his possessions and 1 s rights as a
citizen. the better it v ill be for him.
For in his present hel dess condition
(and his condition is truly pitiuble)
he is as n*ljrfpHS as a baby. He
repres* ntative in any
i • gislatiire. state or i ational. nor a
| single Judge in any c< irt of justice:
he cannot, individually or collectively.
1 influence the passage >f any law or
the repeal of any law which is now
inimical to his interes s. There are
nine or ten millions c ’ Negroes, ac
cording to the censu (but really
about 20.000.00). and t lese have not
shown sufficient public spirit or pride
of race, or whatever -ou choose to
call it. to file a vigort us and united
protest against the n m-enforcement
of the XUlth. XlVth an 1 XYth amend
ments. or the enforcen ent of the in
iquitous disfranohscme it law, which
robs thousand of Ne. roes in the
South of the right to ote. Citizens,
eh? If the white race ad been legis
lated against as the 1 lack race has
, been in the past fort • years there
would long ago have be ?n a bloodless
political revolution in this country
which every one part: -ipating in it
would have rpmemberei with feelings
of grateful emotion or incere regret.
! The Negroes are aslee; !
Mrs George Gross e itertained the
Undies of the N. U. ( Club of La
•iunta at an elaborate 1\ ncheon at her
home in Swink. Colo. The ladies de
parted expressing a de ;ire to return
again soon.
The ladies of the N. 1 . G. Chib met
at the residence of Mr i. J. W. Mar
shal Thursday, Dec. 1, 1909. An in
teresting programme as rendered.
A paper on the life of fames Russell
Lowell was read by Mis. J. W. Mar
shall and discussed by drs. Winches
ter Watson Lenox. A solo was ren
dered by Mrs. Harry ladgett, after
which a two-course lunt \ was served.
Five Cents a Copy
The club adjourned to meet with Mrs.
McKenney on Dec. 9.
Mesdames Satt and Kelly, of Pue
bio, were the guests of Rev. and Mrs.
Watson Friday, Saturday and Sun
day. They seem to be overwhelming
with the holy spirit and preached two
able sermons while in our little city.
Mr. Harry Wilson is able to be out
again after a short illness.
Mrs. Zack Badgett, after s severe
attack of rheumatism, is able to be up
Misses Ida Davis and Hazel Win
slow. of Rocky Ford, were guests of
Miss Vetnar Jones Thanksgiving Day.
Mr. Martin, of Colorado Springs,
was the guest of Miss Daisy Berry.
Mr. John Marshal has returned after
a two-weeks’ visit in Galton. Mo., his
old home. He reports it very rainy
Mrs. Ida McCalasites and daughter,
Elsia Euper, have returned home from
Denver. Colo., where the latted at
tended the bedside of her mother,
Mrs. Griffin. She reports her as im
proving slowly.
Mr. Zack Badgett, of Pueblo, was
the guest of his family Sunday.
Madam Green made a flying trip to
Pueblo Saturday.
Miss Tillie Western will entertain
the Sewing Circle Friday from 2 until
5 o’clock.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon entertained at
an elaborate dinner Sunday at their
home on South Second street. Cov
ers were laid for Mesdames Badgett,
Watson and Jones.
Master William Berry entertained
a number of his young friends Mon
day evening in honor of his 15th birth
day. The house was prettily decorat
ed with pink and blue. Those present
were Emma Green. Craig Henderson.
Uaura Gulaford. Charlie Green. How
ard Berry Alta Moore. Victor Tylor.
Elsie Euper. Bessie Vernon. Arthur
Vernon and Bessie. After a generous
lunch was passed the little ones de
parted. wishing Master William many
happy returns.
Thanksgiving Week at Zion Cmircn.
The Jackson Memorial Ziou church
at Hempstead. N. V.. held special re
ligious and literary exercises during
Thanksgiving week, which attracted
large crowds nightly The Rev. R. H.
Otterly. pastor of the church. Is one of
the most energetic ministers of his de
nomination in Greater New York and
is doing a splendid work among our
people In Hempstead. He Is also in
terest ed in other lines of work for the
benefit of the race and has a large cir
cle of friends, from which be receives
much encouragement

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