Organ of the Worth Carolina Industrial Association.
J. H. WILLIAMSON, Editor.
RALEIGH, SEPTEMBER 26, 1885.
Volume I, .Number 15.
DEDICATED TO GKN. U. S. OKA NT.
jinu My country 'tis i thee.
Great General 'twas of thee
That give u- liberty.
Thy voice we love,
We love thy name to sing,
And to thy work, we cling,
For thou dii freedom bring,
From him above.
Long did thou suffer in pains.
'Til God to thee explains,
Hi-, glorious love.
On thee he placed his hand.
While angel-, around did stand,
lie will protect thy land.
Like that above.
C. N. WILLIAMS.
Forest ville, N. C.
Our canvass in Western Carolina
has been one continuous role of
success, hard work and enjoyment.
The hospitality and warm recep
tion extended to us by the good
people in this section, together with
our love for the work, give it a
zest. Especially is it our pleasure
to mention the kind reception ex
tended us at Durham by Mrs. Caro
line Barnett, and the exertions on
the part of Rev. W. D. Cook and
Rev. W. T. H. Woodward to adver
tise our meeting and make our stay
in Durham as pleasant as possible.
At Lexington it was our pleasure
to fall into the hands of our excel
lent friend, Rev. L. D. Twine. He
is a competent and efficient leader
for our people at Lexington. We
were also very cordially entertained
by Rev. G. W. Johnson. These
gentlemen present to the colored
ministry of North Carolina an idea
of what unity can do. Though of
different denominations, they are
christian brethren and work togeth
er in harmony. They lead and the
people follow. It would be our pleas
ure to find a number of towns in
which the colored leaders work to
gether in such happy unity.
Lexington, although an old town,
is by no means behind the times in
enterprising spirit. It is a pleasure
to work amongst a people where
we can enjoy that home like free
dom that is so necessary to comfort.
At Greensboro we were enter
tained by Mrs. Jones. We
spent a pleasant visit at Salisbury
under the hospitable roof of our
excellent friend, Rev. J. O. Crosby.
Having made our return to the
"City of Oaks," we would like to
get out on the dome of the capitol
and throw a kiss to our friends in
the West for their kindness.
Our reception at Chapel Hill was
cordial in the extreme. The kind
ness from Rev. W. II. Capeheart
and his landlady, Mrs. Hargrove,
calls forth our heart-felt gratitude.
In Charlotte we were cordially
received by Mr. L. P. Perry and j
wife. Our stay under his roof was !
so full of that home-like pleasant-1
ness that we were loath to leave
At Winston we were entertained
by our hospitable friend, Henry
Pringle. Mr. Pringle is very, very
clever, and through his kindness
our visit to Winston was a very
pleasant one. Several new names
were added to our subscription list,
and some handsome donations were
given at Winston.
In the mountains we found the
generous hand, of friends to the
Fair, open to receive us.
Our stay was in every degree a
pleasant one. We expect a large
attendance from the West in No
vember. " Ralph."
Raleigh, N. C.
OUR WASHINGTON LETTER.
Sir: In fulfillment of my prom
ise, long deferred, to write an occa
sional letter for your paper, I now
proceed to do so ; but before at
tempting to write anything that
may interest your general readers,
allow me to return my thanks to
the Gazette, Mr. W. H. Bonaparte
and your interesting correspondent
" Ralph," for the favorable notices
which appeared in your paper of
my satire on the attempt of the ed
itor of the People's Advocate to make
an unfavorable comparison between
the colored men of North Carolina
and those of Virginia; and to as
sure your patrons that whenever
an attempt is made to traduce the
colored people of the Old North
State, let it emenate from wdiatever
source it may, I shall ever deem it
my duty, in so far as I have the
ability, to give a " Roland" for an
" Oliver" ever' time. None need
lay the " flattering unction to their
souls," that the sons of North Caro
lina will be found wanting in their
duty wThenever slanderous tongues
are wagged, or venomous pens are
wielded against her people, for poor
she may be in this world's goods in
comparison with some of the States
of the Union, yet in manly men of
both races she is rich, and in this
she glories like Cornelia and prizes
them above all her earthly posses
sions. As one born in North Carolina, I
am proud in the belief that there is
not a State in the Union where
more amicable relations exist be
tween all classes and races than in
the Tar Heel State, and that in
none of them has there been mani
fested so much interest in the ele
vation and advancement of the col
ored people by the whites as is the
case in that State ; and in confirma
tion of this assertion, I point to the
many eleemosynary institutions for
the unfortunate colored people, the
institutions of learning supported
in whole or in part by public taxa
tion, the whites bearing the heavier
part of the burden, and last, but
not least by any means, the North
Carolina Industrial Association, the
conception of which and successful
establishment and management all
emenating from the intelligent
brains and indomitable energy of
colored men, and encouraged in its
upward and onward tendency in
the welfare, elevation and progress
of the colored citizens largely by
the better class of whites. The col
ored people of North Carolina ;
should feel proud of the position j
they occupy in the eyes of the out j
side world, made enviable largely j
through the instrumentality of your j
Industrial Association, in showing ;
at its annual expositions the won
derful progress the have made in
their intellectual and material ad
vancement, and every colored man,
woman and child in the State ought
to bend their best energies to have j
your next Fair eclipse all its pre
decessors, grand and unparalleled
as they have been. But enough on
It is a well known fact that the
worst abused and least understood
class of people by the " Outs" are
the " Ins," or those who have been
and are holding positions under
the government, especially those in
the Departments here in Washing
ton. To remove the false impres
sion in relation to these employes
in the Civil Service made by the
campaign cry of " turn the rascals
out," you will be doing much to
enlighten the public mind on this
subject by publishing the followingj
clipped from a recent issue of the
Evening Star of this city :
" In a reported interview with
Secretary Manning that officer is
quoted as saying: ' I'm very much
surprised to find so many bright,
capable men in the Treasury De
partment. Why, I meet them by
scores every day, sharp as briers,
energetic, and with the details of
their duties at their tongues' and
fingers' ends. From what I have
heard I really expected to see a
great deal of incompetency and
corruption in this place. It ap
pears, however, that the efficiency
of the service has been growing
better and better every year, until
it is astonishing how perfect the
" Whether the Secretary was ac
curately quoted or not, we cannot
say, but we can say that his alleged
utterances are exactly true tothe
facts in the case. It has been the
fashion for years among the demo
crats to denounce the departments
at Washington as corrupt and idle.
No doubt the Albany Argus, Secre
tary Manning's own newspaper, has
had columns on columns of elo
quent denunciation of this sort.
We have heard much of ' official
rottenness,' of Augean stables,' and
the like, all of which is vej-y fine
party rhetoric, but very false and
" Not only is the civil service of
this government the most honest,
most capable and most courteous of
any public service in the world, but j
there is no private business of equal j
magnitude where the honesty and '
efficiency of the service is on such i
a high level. If the democrats in-1
tend to upset the service, as a re-1
ward for political activity, let them
say so, honestly. To mask a grab
for salary under a lofty regard for ;
4 reform,' is a very cowardly cant.
Of course, in such a great multitude
there are some drones and some
rascals, and they should be weeded ,
out ; but the charge that the ser
vice as such, is on a low level is as
false and almost as wicked a libel
as that other which assails the char
acter of the ladies who are in the
employ of the government."
I close by making mention that j
the colored North Carolinians in !
the civil service are holding their
own, and as employes of the gov
ernment, compare favorably with At S: 0 p. m., we wer- mi our
those of any other section of the i way to the Court IIue in mn
country. pany with Mr. Johnon. Winn
We are all delighted at the ap- we arrived, we reoived ma o! the
ointment of Rev. M. A. Hopkins : grandest ovations ever wittu-sed
as Minister to Liberia. n such an occasion. The States-
W. R. Davis, of the Pension Of- ville colored band wa standing in
fice, O. M. Roan and myself expect 'front of the Court ILu.-e tilling the
to attend your fair.
Wm. V. Turner.
A VISIT TO WESTERN NORTH CARO
LINA. Since our departure from Raleigh
on theSth inst., there has been un
usual demonstration, and we have
received a very cordial welcome
from our friends, who are interested
in the progress of the negro and
the North Carolina Industrial Fair,
yet there are places along the line
that need special mention.
Among these is Thomasville, N.
C, where we arrived Tuesday, the
loth inst., and were met at the de
pot by Mr. Jesse Gossett and car
ried to his residence, about two
miles in the country, where we
found one of the best regulated
farirjs in Davidson county. Mr.
Gossett owns about 300 acres of
land, and his farm products and!of our race, and we left with tho
stock are amongst the best we saw j impression that the West was fully
in this section. After enjoying aaroused to their (llUv 1111(1 woul(1
most excellent dinner prepared by I attend in large crowds, and send
our hostess, Mrs. Gossett, who cer- larK quantities of their farm pro
tainly cannot be excelled in this 'ducts, stock, mechanical skill, Arc,
department, the afternoon was very tto be Place(1 011 exhibition.
pleasantly spent with Mr. Gossett!
in walking over the farm, looking
at the many modern improvements
in farm implements, &c.
We took tea at Mrs. Taylor's, who
desired to show her appreciation of
our mission. She has our sincere
thanks for her generosity.
At 8:30 p. m., we went to the
Presbyterian church, where we met
a very large and intelligent au
dience of white and colored citi
zens of Thomasville. We spoke
about two hours on the Progress
of the Colored Race, and the ap
The next morning we bade our
manT friends of Thomasville adieu,
and took the train for Statesville,
but failing to make connection
with western trains, we were de
tained in Salisbury until the next
daT, Thursday. At G:30 a. m., we
took the train for Statesville in
company with Mr. E. A. Johnson,
and arrived there about S:30 a. m.
After partaking of breakfast at Mrs.
Nancy Gay's, we proceeded to can
vass the town, and found that
Rev. A. S. Billingsly, Rev. David
Brown, Mr. Chambers and others
had worked up considerable inter
est amongst the citizens of States
ville as to the Fair, and had a verv
large audience to greet us at the
Court House. Wednesday evening,
according to appointment, notwnn-
V.. . ,
standing our iaiiure to oe present,
when these gentlemen learned that
we were in town, they showed their
appreciation in our work by going
all through the town and inform
ing the people we had arrived, and
would speak at the Court House
air with some of t lie tinet music
ever heard, and as we ,entend the
court room we witne-sed what wm
least expected every seat occupied
and many standing, who had as
sembled to hear our address on the
race problem ami fair. We spoku
about three hours to an audience
who gave us their undivided atten
tion, which was only interrupted
by occasional applause. Many
thanks to the citizens and band for
the very cordial greeting we re
ceived. It will ever he remem
bered. The next day we left for Hickory,
and spoke at 8:30 p. m. in the A.
M. E, Church to a very respectable
We canvassed the towns of Mor
ganton and Asheville thoroughly,
and the people are manifesting
much interest in the advancement
Permit us to return many thanks
I to Rev. J. B. Messiah, Mr. Charles
E. Law and others who made our
visit so pleasant whilo in Asheville,
and have used their influence to
arouse an interest amongst the citi
zens in behalf of the North Caro
lina Industrial Fair.
Yours for success,
E. W. Turner.
Charlotte, X. C, Scjt iS, 1 88 .
Bro. Wilson McCombs died Sept.
15th, 1885, at his residence in tho
third ward of this city. lie had
been confined to his home for fivo
months, and had been taken care
of by the Brotherly Association up
to his death. He was a member
of that society for 10 or 15 years,
and was also a member of the Z. A.
M. E. Church a number of years
and died in the full faith of our
Lord Jesus Christ in his 75th year.
His funeral took place at the Z. A.
M. E. Church at 3 : 30 o'clock, p. in.
The services were conducted by
Rev. J. W. Wells, pastor of the
M. E. Church.
The Brotherly Association bore
all expenses of the funeral and put
him awav nicelv. Tin Society
turned out in full force.
lie leaves a large family to
mourn his death. His widow will
receive her monthly dues so long
n c elm romniiw nnnmrrhwl in iturvA
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! standing, and all children under
10 years of age.
J. M. Goo dk, PrtHiihnt.
J. C. North, Secretary.
A cynical old bachelor says that
lovers are like armies they get
along well enough 'till the engage
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