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The third subject of the "Beast in
the Negro’s Jungle” is "The Profes
sional Men.” There are no lions,
rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, ele
phants, tigers and those of the fero
cious type in the Negros jungle, and
we have no Booker T. Washington.
Debols, Kelly. Miller, or men of na-j
tional note in Colorado, so the burden
of proof of prosperity of the negroes
in Colorado rests upon the shoulders
of the professional men. Who are
they, and where are they?
Yawning and gapping in their of
fices, waiting for customers, I sup
pose. We never hear of them until
Ben Lindsey s Beast in the Jungle
herders sound the tom-tom for roll
call—an election is on—all leading
Negroes to the front! If there ever
was a good live field for professional
men. Denver and Colorado is the
There is an opportunity for good,
live, active professional men in all,
lines of professions, because there are,
no Negro business enterprises of any .
Importance in Colorado, and there are
30.000 Negroes for customers.
When a business enterprise is pro
moted. professional men are among
th<* first to be benefited Alive, hus
tling professional men are always In
terested in Negro enterprises. In
states where Negroes are prospering,
the professional men are in th« lead.
Why are the Colorado Negro profes
sional men asleep? Why are they so
discouraged? Why have they no con
fidence In themselves and their pat
Approach one with a proposition
that means the injeetlon of new life
and blood in the community, by the
establishment of some up-to-date en
terprise that will attract people from
other states, and encourage race pat
ronage. he will tell you at once.
"Oh. it’s no use—these Ncgroe." won't
do anything’" He commences his
down-trodden talk, and will cite you
to every failure of the Negro since the
failure of the FYeodmen's Bank. He
has not the time to do a little figur
ing on present opportunities He is
discouraged and sore to the extent
that he cannot even see why he does
not get Negro business He does not
even atop to question himself why
be is not more popular His only
thought is that be has passed ail ex
aminations of his profession and is
well qualified to do business I won
der If he ever stops to think that he
is not himself patronizing Negroes;
that he is not doing anything for Ne
groes that puts them under any obli
gation to patronize the professional
man of his race, that he has not
gained any prominence in the com
munity by anything that he has done
to lift the negro up and place him in
a position to patronize his business.
The Negroes of Colorado should not
be criticised too severely for patron
izing while professionals; because if
a Negro wants a job he has to go to
a white man for reference; if he
wants to borrow money or rent a
house, he has to go to the white man;
If his family gets sick and he has to
get medicine and treatment on time.
It's the same If he gets sick he has
to go to the whit, man s hospital; If
he gets In Jail, who gets him out?
Now, Just suppose the white man
would any. "No; go to your own peo
ple for relief"? Where could he find
relief among the professional Negro
men of Colorado? No relief organiza
tions. The lawyer won’t trust him;
the doctor can’t afford to; the preacher
is too poor. There are no negro busi
ness firms to give him credit. So.
poor Negro, he is driven from his own
by the narrow, selfish professional
men of his race and damned because,
he don’t help those who arc not able
or willing to help in return.
The Japanese race have not been
in our state in any great numbers un
til the past few years, they are away
in advance of the Negro along lines
of self-support. They have many of
the Negro’s jobs, and they spend their
money among themselves. They have
every means for their protection that
the white man has —they have their
own doctors, lawyers, hotels, banking
systems, stores and places of amuse
ment. They don't have to force them
selves on white people. They lease
thousands of acres of land from white
people and at a much higher rental
than Negroes or white nun will pay—
they raise larger crops per acre than
other races. Their professional men
are at the head of their industries,
and they are encouraged by the white
commercial and political influences,
because they are self-supporting and
producers. They always look neat
and healthy, and you never hear them
grumbling about prejudice and not
having a chance—they take a chance
and make it possible. The Negro pro
fessional men grumbles about preju
dices. and no op port unities—tells his
less fortunate brother that there is no
use trying, there is no hope, that
prejudice is growing stronger every
day, that he (the professional man)
dot's not know what’s going to become
of the Negro, and some have even
said that if the Republican party does
not get back in power soon, we will
starve to death.
A nice predicament for free Ameri
can citizens to be in. with 3JKMJ.OOO
acres of vacant fertile Government and
State lands.within 50 miles of Den
ver the best market in the world!
Oh. thos* Beasts of the Negro’s
Jungle Judge Ben Lindsey's Beast
of the white man s jungle has retarded
the progress of Denver and Colorado,
•old the Beast of the Negro's Jungle
has almost wiped the Negro off the
To whom s hall we ap|>e;il for as
sistance? The white man is too busy
with his own to bother with us, and
the professionals oi our own race have
lon heart and allowed themselves to
be beaten back into th« jungle by the
y. They 1
and" given up all ho; « ~he "higher
ups’* are too busy wf i society, u..
educated young have no hnowiedr*
of business; the old folk have no busi
ness. no bonus, no farms. Where are
we at? in the Jungle?
There is to be a call for a confer
ence of the N ‘utoes of the State of
Colorado. I hope the professionals
will step to the iron; and assume the
!>osilion which they have been edu
cated to All, without any regard as
•o any thought of the Beast of the
Jungle. They should esteem it their
opportunity and a duty to
those who have spent thousands for
education, that they might be
prepared to lead in matters of inter
est to the race. That weak-kneed
professional man who is willing to
be beaten back by Jungle herders, po
litical trucksters and jack legged
preachers is not worthy of the patron
age of the Negro When he takes a
stand for the masses, he is in a posi
tion to command their respect and
The Negro colony plan that is
launched has not one professional
man on its bona fide subscription list
of about 70. which represents more
than 1,200 shares sold. The profes
sionals who were the flrst to receive
benefit from the establishment of a
colony, were the most ardent knock
ers, without any other excuse than
personal, and lark of business fore
sight. One objected to the president's
politics: another objected to the
treasurer's bond: another the preach
ers (which 1 agree to. from experi
ence); another that he has no faith
In Negroes doing anything—yet he
still has his shingle hanging out in
a Negro district and his advertise
ment for business in a Negro paper.
and is consj icuous in the big church
for trade in uence. “Oh, thou Beast
of the Jun* e, wilt thou please de
part!” shoul 1 be his prayer. I want
SSO or S6O vorth of dentistry work
done right i ow, and I am just halt
ing betewer two decisions—whether
I shall give t to a Negro dentist with
whom I hav no possible hope of any
i exchange in commerce or business as
sociation, oi a white dentist in Boul
, der who hi s spent and sent many
dollars to ny business. My teeth
have been it bad shape for 15 months,
and I have suffered much at times,
just waiting to see If there would be
a change o! heart among the Denver
Negro dent' ts towards self-help. One
dentist eubt bribed to the colony com
pany’ and efused to pay; another
was written soliciting his support, and
!he refused to answer. What would
you do in t is case?
One disa< vantage to the young Ne
gro being educated for professional
i duly is thi t he has no professional
association or influence while being
educated, tnd when he has received
his diploma he has to rely on preach
ers. barber . restaurant keepers, and
i join secret societies to get his busi
ness know »dge and influence to get
a start in tisiness: consequently, no
matter hov well equipped he may be
for his pro ession. he never strives to
get higher than his surroundings, or
: his first a visors. Any man in pro
fessional v ork can only expect to re
• eive from the people just what be is
willing to give in return.
The an: ual meeting of the Fecit ra
tion of Ci oratlo and jurisdiction will
he held i; Denver JuJne 14, 13 and
Please end names and addresses
of persoi intending to attend the
sta’o in eting to Mrs. Florence
Cooper. 2 27 Trewont Place.
Certific Us must be sent to the
poi Ung' S monc
the jrer.
The f< Mowing amendments have
been pixij osed to the Constitution:
"That io Club shall be admitted
into the : late Federation without hav
ing first i(filiated with the City Fed
eration. f there be o.;e in the city
where sa d club is organized.”
“That lominations and election ot
offices s tall be by ballot”
"That .-aid election shall be held
in the o d years atie. this vear or
The cc ntest by the Eureka Literary
i Society, o he held Tuesday. May 24.
is limit d to six participants, four
have al eadv given in their names.
They at ?: Miss L. Fisher. Messrs.
Handy, iorrison and Briton. The next
two whe give their names to the pro
gram c< mmittee will have the other
two pla» es. IX) not put it off too late
First pi re is a gold medal. Second
prize is a set of hooks.
Potted Plants of All Kinds
834 15th St, near Welton St. DENVER, COLO.
Passing of a Pioneer
After eighty-four years of buffeting
upon Che stormy waves of life, the
soul of Augustus Mosby has crossed
the waters of Che Jordan and reached
the brighter shore. After an illness
of two years, complicated because of
his age, death came quietly Tuesday
afternoon at his home on Arapahoe
street. Forty-two years of his life he
had spent in Denver, and thirty-eight
of them he was in the employ of C. B.
Kountz of the Colorado National
He leaves a brother, Edward Whip-
pit*, and his devoted wife. Rebecca
Mosby, who for forty-eight years has
•in his loving companion. The rela
tives further removed are many. The
funeral will take place from Zion Bap
tist Ctourcb. of which he was a mem
ber. Sunday afternoon at 2 p. m. f with
Undertaker La whom in charge. The
interment will be a f Fairmoiuit.
Rarely is a community so thorough
ly grieved over the visitation of death
as it is by this one. Few men live so
long and enjoy such a targe measure
of public good will as did Mr. Mosbv,
and his last years were his best in
this respect. What weight age laid
upon, never dimmed his smile or les
sened his cheerfulness. He was one
well beloved, and the community pays
its farewell to him. with grief not
unmixed with joy that it has known
one of nature's noblemeu.
Among the sick are Mrs. Dan Mal
lory and Mrs. Sallie Stills.
Mrs. J. B. Moore has gone to Salt
Lake to join her husoand.
Wm. Price continues ill.

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