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Protection and Prosperity for ColoraKb
Require the Election of- the Whole Republican Ticipp Franklin's Paper The Statesman Twenty-Third Year A Revolution Is Proposed in Colorado’s Constitution Judas Up-to-Date The big-hearted men who come to the aid of our downtrodden race are entitled to our gratitude. Such a man is Lyman* J. Henry, a Pueblo lawyer, who undertook the defense of the Rocky Ford family who were indicted for murder of two police officers last July. With only a few hundred dol lars, all of which was needed for the actual costs of the defense, he has succeeded in getting the case of young Harris into the Supreme court, thereby saving him from being hanged as wag decreed by the trial judge, and has frightened the prose cution into delaying the case of the aged mother, notwithstanding it had convicted the aged father instanter on the very samt vvtdence it had gainst her. We have a right to be grateful to him, the more so because he has had to fight not only the court in which the trial took place, but also public sentiment, which sought to os traclse him for his efforts on behalf of Negroes. In the light of these facts. It Is with shame that we tell the people of Colorado that Mr. Henry, who is now a candidate for district attorney In the district wherein Pueblo and Rocky Ford are situated, has not re ceived ono word of support from either of the Pueblo colored papers, thoygh one of them. The Colorado Times, edited by M H. Brooks. Is sup porting others on the Republican ticket on which he runs. On tile con trary. It Is ostentatious In Its support of his opponent The Statesman feels that it must take up the work that these Pueblo race papers have left undone, though our location in Den ver lessens our effectiveness. Residents of other districts should urge their friends in Mr Henry’s dis trict to work for him without stint The man or the race that does not cling to the friend deserves none. As for Mr. Brooks ami his Demo cratic contemporary there, it is with Him me we record their actions. We know they need money to run their papers, but we believe that the race whom they claim to represent should mark their easy neglect of a most sacred duty, and should allow no claim of need of money to serve ns their excuse. Doubtless Judas need ed the thirty pieces of silver and Ben edict Arnold craved the honors that (Jrcat. Britain would pay him for the betrayal of his country. But the loyal Negro, famed for generations for his love of his friends, will not follow traitors and self-servers into the quagmire of ingratitude by rejecting Mr. Henry. For Your Sake! KEEP YOUR SELF RESPECT. It 1h necessary that one keep solf rospect. It la also iloslrablc to gain Iho respect of others. For years It has been a favorite insult burled at colored citizens thut their votes are purchasable, lad us Ibis year, what ever our political faith may be, rlso up early and vole In the morning, tho sooner tho better. l,ot us walk to the polls. Let us avoid ovory net thnt might bo twisted Into meaning thnt wo are subject to Improper lntluenco. Lot. us slintno those of us who would act otherwise. Lot us retain our own Bolt-respoct and win the good will of others. WALK! WALK! WALK! AND VOTE EARLY. by the Progressives of the Third Party Read and Consider Our Opinion of the Change in Law Which Roosevelt is Sponsor for. If You Think We Are Right Do Missionary Work among Your Neighbors to Defeat It Giving as their excuse the corrupt conditions prevailing in the court-, certain "Progressives" have caused to be “initiated" an amendment to the Constitution of Colorado that will make a majority vote of the people superior to the Supreme Court of the state so that when the court declares a law to be unconstitutional, they may over ride the court and declare it constitutional. They seek to secure the adoption of this revolutionary measure partly through disguising its real meaning, and partly through criticism of present conditions. We will not defend present conditions. , But we do intend that col ored people in this state shall understand the full meaning of the amendment. The Colorado Constitution now has to be in conformity with the Constitution of the United States before it is law. The l . S. Con stitution guarantees to all citizens equality and proper redress for any wrong If Theodore Roosevelt should win out seeking election on the issues of recall of l’ S. Judges and recall of decisions of U. S. Courts, the enactment of a similar amendment to the Constitution of this state will make possible any change the majority of people of the nation and of the state desire Every Constitutional safeguard, including War amendments, the 13th. 14th and 15th amendments which make the Negro a citizen, can be swept away and the ballot box can strip tis of every right and reduce us again to that servile state which the amis of the Confederacy could not maintain. But the friends of this amendment, the "Progressives" who have thought out this most ingenious method of annulling the Constitu tion of the United States, claim this is not the intent of the law. We hope not, hut it is within the memory of men still living that the rights which black people now enjoy were forced upon certain states only by armed troops, and were passed by other states in the North onlv I>ecause it was then thought that the freedom of the slave was the price of a united country Mark well the careless indifference with which this country has heard Tillman boast of the murder of Negroes bv mob violence; mark the sanctimonious hypocrisy of the North in saying that the South should he left alone to solve the Negro problem: mark the black laws of states like Colorado; mark the failure of Pennsylvania to convict identified lynchers: mark the exclusion from Illinois of black laborers; mark the lalxir laws of the South which make* peonage possible: mark the convict camps of Georgia. These all show better what is the state of public sentiment than does the explanation of the intent of the amendment by "Pro gressives." none of whom have protested against the iniquitous con ditions under which we live None of them urged the "recall” against Governor Charles S. Thomas when a Negro boy was burned at the stake in this state. None of them stopped weeping over the outraged Jew s in Russia so that they could sympathize with the out raged Negroes in Oklahoma. None of them rushed into public print to sav that the rights of property should he respected in Denver when Negro property owners have been threatened with mob vio lence. Yet now w e are asked to believe that this law which is going to make the Supreme Court of the state and nation subordinate to popular vote will show higher idealism than docs the every day life of the people. This is by far the most dangerous proposition ever offered for public approval. It is dangerous to white Americans, for it substitutes the hasty judgment of clamoring partisans for the long established customs and laws which ages have shown to be equitable. The Statesman gives solemn warning to the colored people of the state, that the policy of reconciliation of the South instituted by Wil Last Republican Rally at Old Colony Hall Monday Night, Nov. 4. Speaking. Music DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, NOV. 2. 1912, iiam McKinley at the price of the Negro’s rights, will have been ac complished when Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive party in the nation, and the Progressive or Bull moose party in this state make the Constitution and the Supreme Court of less moment than a vote at an election, as they now propose. Let its illustrate: Suppose that recall of decisions had been the law of Colorado at the time the Clayton Addition people objected to the Negro doctor building his home there. While he might have taken his case into court and proven his right to build and occupy the property and been sustained by the Supreme Court of the State, yet not a Negro Ix'lieves that the majority of people in Colorado would have sustained him against the Clayton Addition people when they sought to have the court decision set aside as this new legisla tion would make possible. Then if a Negro cannot own property in ne section because it is contrary to good public policy or some other -licit reason, he cannot own property in another. Then we would be situated as are the Japanese in California, denied the right of own ing property, with absolutely no redress at law, and certainly none in torce-of arin> Similar restrictions could he placed upon the rights of Negroes to labor. Do not think this mere fancy, that can never become a fact. Remember Baltimore. Consider how easily Negro '■wners have been dispossessed of their houses there and denied the : ight of purchase where they choose. Under law as it now is. our hope is the Supreme Court of the United States. Surely no one is foolish enough to claim a popular majority would declare it wrong. We cannot console ourselves that whites are segregated as much from Negroes by such laws as we are from them. The Jim Crow car laws of the South have never stopped degraded white men from forcing themselves upon colored people. We seem to be victims of a deliberate conspiracy to drive us troin employment. We are herded into unsanitary homes. Then when hunger forces us to steal, we are declared criminal, and when disease fastens upon us we are the weaker race. The shameless hypocrisy of a Christian nation which sends missionaries to Africa and maintains charnel houses and schools of crime for us in this country, needs no denunciation before Negroes who know nothing but suffering from their childhood up. The wonder of it all is. that some of us who know full well the ease with which sentiment crys tali/es against us. -till are so blind as to follow a man. Theodore Roosevelt, at such a sacrifice of self, of sanity, and of the future welfare of our country. The Statesman consider Brownsville and his treatment of the Negro soldiers too small to he discussed, when such monstrous crime against the minority is proposed by him, in the name of popular government. He cannot Ire serious in holding that voters unskilled in law. ignorant of the results that may come out of a decision on points of law. are better and safer to trust with the destinies of the country than judges and courts. He might as well say that the patriotism of the soldier warrants his leading an army better than the general, and the voice of the majority of the army is a surer guide to vietorv than the training of the general. t herefore, judged hv the possibilities which this tneasure offers ppression of tire minority by the majority, since it removes all led res s and judged by the men who support it and their record of contempt for us here in Colorado, we believe it the solemn duty of colored voters to seek out this dangerous amendment and vote NO! \Yc believe they should keep out of power the men who would take such an unfair advantage of their fellows! Five Cents a Copt Denied a Place The Bull Moose or Progressive party in this county has had an oppor tunity to show what it thinks of the colored citizen. We announced in our news columns early in September the possibility of A. J. Fitzpatrick being placed on that ticket as a race repre sentative. Later, however, it became evident that hope was vain. Later other names were mentioned and to show what ie thought. The States man editorially promised to support any one whom they might name. Up until last Saturday, when their ticket was filed, there was still one vacancy jon the legislative ticket and colored supporters of that party tried in vain jto get them to name a colored man. None of their own supporters suited . them, and they would not cross over ; the party line to pick any other col ored person. But they did cross the line of the party when they picked a white Republican nominee tq fill out their ticket, saying by their action that he was a better representative than any Negro who was affiliated with them. Thinking voters need no comment from us on actions so easily interpreted. THINK THEN VOTE The voters are much mystified this campaign by the changed conditions caused by the third party. Many do not understand that Roosevelt and his followers are not Republicans, vbut in sist upon calling them Republicans because some of them once belonged to the Republican party. These per sons should know that the “Progres sive” or “Bull Moose” party as is dis tinct from the old parties as was the Populist party when it existed. Its candidates run upon a distinct plat form of their own and are uot pledged to the protective tariff or Republicans Just as the people of Denver who voted the Citizens* party into office last spring did not expect to build up a local Democratic machine, but ex pected to get a business administra tion with no partisan tendencies, so now some persons who are listening to the siren song of the Roosevelt party do not understand that they are bartering away every business bul wark for Colorado, every protection |of their lives and property that rests in constitutional law, in their wild en thusiasm for Teddy. The magnetic leadership of one man is causing them to go tumbling down from the firm I rock on which rests national security | and state prosperity just as sheep go blindly over a precipice. When the ! election is over, and the wild dreams lof the new party are found impracti | cal. then Colorado, out of its misery and lost prosperity, will see clearly 1 what Denver now sees in the Arnold I administration —that all is not gold that glitters. The election of two senators in this state, both of whom should be pro tectionists if Colorado would be true to herself, is to be hoped for. Espe cially since in Clyde C. Dawson and C. \V. Waterman, the Republican party, the only protection party, of fers two men who are of character and ability superior to any of those pitted against them. That means that it is necessary for the people to elect a Republican legislature. Watch well your legislature, voters, for it is the hope of the state. Republican state officials deserve your vote, but the congressmen and senators are vital to state prosperity. DENVER PERSONALS. The East End Literary Society decided the debate on Tuesday night in favor of Mr. Roosevelt. On Tues day evening. Nov. 19. the Society will handle another great subject—“ Se parate Schools " Everybody welcome. Tliirtv-second avenue and Lafayette DANIEL REASE. Pres JOE HASTINGS, Sec’y.