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Charlotte messenger. volume (Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., N.C.) 188?-18??, March 24, 1888, Image 2

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CHARLOHE MESSENGER. ryucM •T^;aKatf4r MT^cbrnnoM, v. i By W. d. Smith. OD«YMr....^..tl 8011 8 nonUu^../... 1 001S monttu.. 6 monthi.^.... 7S | Single Cop*. KotlQr ^ tt onoe of ell foilores of this paper to reach yau on time. All jBoo^ mint be aent bj ngiitered letter. ’ monejonler. or postal note to W. C. PIMITH. Charlotte. 5. C. Short comsfiondonoe of inbjects of interest to the public la aollcited but persona li(i (imiipnliilnl Ifrlirf fniltn nrr Ibe articloi in oor coluinna. We arc not rcapotudblc for the TieWB of correspondents, Anonymous comniunicationa go to the waste 4nakct, WHf ] J THEl- LEAVE! The question is. often asked: why do' the colored people lenfc the South ? The reason is not the ill treatment at the hands of the whites ; for while the treatment is cruel in some localities at times, it is not as bad as it was some y?arB ago. It is not bccansc they arc tired of their old homes and want to seek new ones: for oar people are as fond of Dixie and the sunny South as the whites arc. They leave the South because they arc paid such poor wages here and have such fine induce* menu offered them in the western cottnlry. Wo have always advised our people to remain in the South, for they are not only naturally adapted to this climate and the labor needed here, but destined to rule this section of , the country os soon os wc prepare oonelves to govern. But how can wc. continue to toll oor people to stick to the old plautatioD, ^ben the wages they get will not enable tbom to pay their debts and wear decent clothes, much less buy homes and educate their children ? In the west they offered such inducements os to hope to have a few dollars at the end of the year and bring their cbildreu up nnder freer ond more favorable eir* cumstanecs. It would be better for us and for our white friends if we staid here in tbo South. The colored people go west fur the same rcasop that for eigners come to America. They think they arc too thick to do well hero in the South. They think they can do belter by leaving, and while they think so. they arc justified in going. It is with the white people of the South to correct this erroneous idea, if it is an error. Thousands of colored people have gone from the Corolinos to the western States in the lost few years. Many fields arc growing up into forests again on ac count of the colored people leaving Many farms have become worthless because there is no one to cultivate the farm. There is a remedy. Let it he applied. Treat the Negro a man. Pay him living wages, stop forcing him to buy needless fertilisers and stop cheating him out of his c iags. Let Iiiiu sec the condition proving and he will be more honest an trusty. If he wants to buy land give him a fair chance. Kneonrage in him the elements that make men and women : Indu.stry, economy, mo rality, prudence and iotclligcncc. The colored people leave the South because they think the condition of some is but little better than slavery. If a man makes just enough to feed and clothe himself and family and works all the time for some one else, how is his condition better than a slave t They leave because they are anxious to better their condition and the propositions made them by west ern farmers arc tempting. Stop their going by paying better wages in cash and ftwer store orders. When theso things arc done the Negro will not want to go west or any place else, but will live and die in the Sunny South. Negroos ore making no vklble pro- grew, but there ore tbouauds and hnndreda of thouwodt of ebildren in oor eoBBODNseboob, oeaderoiea and legH. Million of acres of land b owned by the Negro in the Sonthem States, and the oondition of these Boat be improved. It ahnnld not be expected that every individnal Negi will be improved in morob. intelleet or otherwise The^ is an indolent class, and on account of tbo evils of slavery that class is expected to bo larger among colored than the white. That class of colored people will never be improved. Some of them ore worse than they were in slavery times. They have bnt little sense and their liberty mskea them mad. This is not peenlbr to the Negro race. Tbe way to SCO whether or uot the Negro is makir-ig advanoemont is,com pare the Negro of to-day with the Ne gro of 1805,1808-1870 and 1880. In 7805 they bad nothing. To-day, in North Carolina be poys taxes on six million dollars worth of property, os an evidence of his industry and econ omy. Wc have in this Stale twelve normal schools with an attendance of about thirteen hundred (1300) young ocn and women ; five colleges with an iltcndance of about six hundred. IVe have three schnob of theology and one of m(dioinc. Would any one dare soy these aehools ore not improv ing the Negro ? A higher standard of morals is bo developed in the home and' in the church. He buys pictures and books and newspapers. He loves music and we venture to say there ore' hundreds organs in tho homes of the colored people of this State. Wc have number of practicing physicians, aad bwycra and scores of learned preach ers and teachers. The man that not see the improvement in the Ne gro, is blindod with ignorance or prejudice. KCHOOL CLOSING IK BICHMOKU. WHIT ABB WE DOllTO. It u strange to see how bard it is to eonvinoe some people oflheability of the Negm to advance in tbe world. Some old fogy b trying to prove now that tho Negro is actually dying ont in tho Sonlb and that within a hundred yean the race will will be extiDot. The same parties deny tbe statistics of the Sbtes and shut them eyes against ail evidence of material odraDoement of the roee. We arc sometimes asked by intelligent colored men if we think the Negro b making any real odvaoee- mcot. Mr. Editor:—It was my pleasure to bo present, and witness tbe closing exercises of the Rocky Mount public school, which took place on the 0th inst. I may add that the exercises spoke well for tee principal, (J, W. Alman,) the son of Hon. J. C. Al- man, of Marlboro county, S. C. There was a very large asscroblagi for eatSbles it is almost in possible to make so cstimaU*. And during tho day classes were brought forward in tbe difiTercnt branches of study: Spelling Bee, Reading, Geog raphy, Grammar, History, Arithme tic, Ac., and the recitation in each branch was very good indeed. There were several of the pupils of the school that went even beyond ordi nary, and fully deserves credit, vis : Misses V'irginia Covington, Jnib Cov ington, Florence Dockery, -Nesllic Dockery, Mary A. Ellerbee, Csrrinna Linck, and Rosa Ingram. And the day posses by gently, and light db- appears, so lighted candles are sect in tbe school-room, and now tb grandest of all was tbe declamations, and dialogues that would make one feel good w.itbio and without to Ibten to And next especially the onci delivered by Mr. Jos. Gillb, and Miss Helen Covington. Visitors pres ent on thb occasion were Hons. W. H. Quick, J C. Alman, of Bcunetts- villc. 8. C.. and each of the above named gentlemen made very encour aging speeches, after exercises of tbe school were over. There snbjeots were colored race maintain a good eharae- ter, and buy land and get property. Before 1 close I will state that there are a good many subscribers to the Mxsra.v- Es in our vicinity, and still there onid be no tranblo in seonriog os many more. The Mbbsekoeb is ai- wsys oecepUblc with ns it U Rbb- mood eonnty's favorite. I am now taking and paying for three nowips- pen, and the most weleome one b the Messnota. A. W. CovisuToa. Rockit^tbaiB. V. C. March Uth. 1888. poses, and have ceiled the ehtueh, nd we are now making preperations to parohaae a bell and stove. My oAe^ ohnrehes arc moving- along nldy. On tk» 2Atb and 36th ef Feb.^ie presiding elder Rev. R. H. Simons was with ns at Benettsvillo church and we were pleased to see him look ing so well. We also hod e nice quar terly Conferenoa, bnainese all mitTsd along pleasantly, no lengthy discos- sions on any subject came up daring tbe session. We also recieved a very nice little sum of money on Ssturday and Sunday. The total amonnt col lected daring tbe elders stay with ns was ^6. I am pleased to ssy that paid onr presididg elder every cent dno him on hb fint round. So stations look out bow many can exclaim with Horrisville Cironit that yon have paid your presiding elder every cent due him on his first ronnd? Ho not only works after his salary or quarter age, bnt thinks of tbe pastor meantime, and docs ovyy thing that possibly can bo done in tbo pastor'i favor. The public schools are all closing ont now, after spending three months in school tbe children arc real Iona to continue going: but I b> chance ; the parents need their chil dren, BO they say, and we won’t ssy anything to them concerning a sub scription school. On tho 3d of March we were called out to witness closing cxercbcs of Mr. W. J. Side's school, which was uertainly grand. Tho exercises were excellent from tbo beginniug to tho ending. Opened at 11 A. M., and closed at 2 F. Afterwards the parents of tbe children came forward with their baskets and buckets laden with rich something eat. A long tabic was then appro priated for tbe occasion where all the children and visitors walked up laugh- iug and talking and eating the very riobeat kind of goodies and provisions that could be bad for tbo time of a yen After tt refreshment of an hour wo were called in where wc were enter tained by a lively spelling match After a bard contest between tho two Captains one of them came ont vie- toriouo. Then we were dismissed un til! night. After having an iutcrmiK- sion of an hour and a half or two wc were called together rfkrc we were entertained by spcecucs, dialogues, music and so on. Afterwords Bro. Sides came forward before a very ap- ^eciated and intelligent audience, and made use of some very interest ing remarks, saying wc tnog to see the day come when ignoranec, vice and superstition shall be done away, with, and tho refulgent rays of tho beautiful sunlight of cducatiou shall burst into the bcsrCs and minds of every boy aud girl in the United States, Stating that no belter way conid be thought of or reached, to give our boys nnd girls a common ucation than by the passage of Blair educational bill. Let us inr voices in prayer to God that we may have tbe bill passed for tbe benefit of our poor boys and girls. Then if Congress wilt not moke some provision for tbe poasage of the bill God will. I am yours in Christ, J. S. McRab ;'o(tnnviIl«. N. C.. Marrii 14(h, IBW. Tke Yendetu. CH17BCH AlTD HCHOOL WOBl. Mr: Editor:—PlooM allow me spoee enough in yonr volnable paper to iafom yoor BMay readers, aod the public whst we are doing ia this part of the eomtry: epiritaellj aad into-1 araeail. leeaally. 1 sb havlag a glorioae! ihot dowa bat Stoektoo caiae ent an- tiae over here 00 thU work. SiMelbart. Geataaoae we have goae to work and! If the "old gradge" eoald huva' Id some parts of Europe when fam ilies of high degree have a disagree ment is is called a vendetta. Id old times in Miseitsippi, when rich plant- era became angry with each other, il called a fued. In this communi ty, tbo disagroementH between ne groes and wbitgs is called "an old grudge.” A veodetU, a fued, or an 'old grudgo” cun only exist between individuals who aro on equality so cially, mentally and othcrarise. For some time there has been an old grudge” between Bill Stockton and a family of colored people nwied Moores. They met on oor sirccU lut Saturday and proceeded to set tle this “old gradge.” The Moores thought they were oe good as Stock- ton, aod the Stookton thought be woe Bc good oa the Moores. And they both were eorreet la their Mtiatate of each other. The Mootfie were nn- sTBod, while SteekloD UtM a walking Ooe of tbe Moores was been ^ end of H, hat other pertiee got involved. A rerenuo officer sp- **1, Ira^ishi^ a large, stoat in the |ke of Ac en^ oolorad pepala- tloDtAud cAer red^table whitw cit- isens took port to. keep the elever reveone officer from being hurt. In the meantime, tbe colored race be gan to osseBiblei and seeing one of their nassber lyiag.on the pavement bleeding like a bog. they became on- reged. While all this was going on tbe police were so anxious that they allowed him to coolly reload his pistol. Finally the riot cooled down from exbanalioD. The cootending parties were invited and coaxed to go to the magistratea office, and their trials were postponed until next S||arday. The United Slates Goverment was convenicutly near by to go Stock ton’s security. Tbe Negroes applied to all the magistrates in town for peace warrants for Stockton, and not a magistrate would issue the warrants. The result was thatBtock- ton was in town Monday inoming, aud had another "nigger" bleeding by early sonrisc. In the iotercst of our coiumnnity wo arc compelled to defend tbe ac tion of the magistrate in not issning peace warrants for Stockton. Wa vering our character for veroeity just a little, we assort that the magis trate did uot act from corrupt mo tives in not putting Stockton under a peace bond, but it was because they were afraid of him. | But the colored people don't rensuu like wc do. They say : "The police stood by and allowed him to shout us down, the magistrates refuse to make him keep the peace because they want him to shoot us down, the United States Oorerment goes his bond so be can bc free (o shoot down, nnd when the whole mat ter conics to the court, he can pull the Xoix/ninrl-out of bis pocket and show that tho Mayor, in sukuowl- edging the rcucipt of a Christmas bottle, bos given him a obaracter for being Q good an orderly citizen nnd bar-keeper. What arc wc to do? If we kill bin wc know from experience that wc will go to jail only long igh to allow his fricndA to pre pare the ropes to lynch us. The ]og- of circuinstauees has furced us to our last resources. We can vote him out of the township. He can't oything in this conimuDity but make and sell whisky, and he can only do that hecnusc tbo negro vote has given him the privilege. Wliil have always voted the liquor ticket, we arc compelled to vole iIk prohibition ticket to clear of .Stock- n, aud wc are going to do it.” The above is a true account of the prohibition movement set on foot town since last Munday morn- Tbo idea was not tbonghl of .'a’nrJay evening nor Sunday, anc 08 it was a full grown seutiincnt ear ly Monday incrniiig, it may bc possi ble that while the Almighty was here Sunday, He caught the devil movio{ around in the fout prints of the Rev Mr. Fcarson, and He concluded ti crush hiui —.Slalrtcillr Miiil. GRAND DISPLAY O s* 4F LADIES’ D^EBS MATERIALS, BtlOc.. iMe-. Uc., 9K., SSr. and np.'fn ISeT IhenewetfMiadea. SURAH SILK, tUtade*, at SB cents per ysnl. MOIREE SILK, | H Sbedes, at 68 cents per jsrd. I BUSTLES I I 35 cents each. These stand nnsurpend. I CORSETS S8 cents a pair. Parftet ftttinx. LADIES’ MUSLIN UNDER-WEAR, CHEMISE at 25 cents and up. DRAWERS at 25 cenu and up. CORSET COVERS at 25 cents and np. SHIRTS, fall long. 30 eenta and up. CORSET COVERS 25 cents and up. BRAND NEW STOCK^ Gentlemen’s Clothing has arrived. NO SHODDY GOODS. I AT-18 uents you buy- a man’s nnlaundricil IN THB I Drem Shirt, linen bononi, re-inromd lack HAPPY HIT SHIRT I and front and Patent SeaniR. H. BARUCH, Regulator of Low Prices, E. M. ANDREWS, Has the tersest and Moat Complele Stork of . In North Carolina. C^FINS & METALLIC CASES, t Pianos and Qrgans Chickertag Pianos, Arion Pianos, Bent Pianos, Mathushek Pianos, Mason & Hamlin Pianos. Mason & Hamlin Organs, Bat State Organs, Packard OrganiS, E. .\I. ANDREWS, : Trade Street, Charlotte, N. C. VIRGINIA HOUSE, CHARLOTTE. N. C. Accomroodsllnns fumislieil travelrrs at reoiionahle retoi. Coinforlable l•ed*■ and rooms. House located in Ibe central aud business pelt of the citv. Table fundshed with tlie best of the market, Minis at nil hoiin. J. M. GOODE. - PRtiPUlETOR. CHARLOTTE, *V. C. BOAllDING HOUSE. CONCORD. N. C. The irareliiis pnplic will be arcommodated with comfortable rooms and board. House situated on De|>ot street, in trout of the sem inary, near le|>o, and convenient toallviM- Ion. Terms reosoiuiblr. 3. E. JOHNtiON. edrjor CoMrA ie tho I (e mi aad Cbaapaat. I CATAR R H ■ims BMA STEEL PBIS TVIwii net far Mis hr teeal dMfan, wa wDl mP lilaadlng Mytas la ii beoMofi Mas a^, or racalpt ereS-M. «(rTiMSchaal>M4beM,IM.aad>. M-dt « - Si'ilaii! fatfabs.« » d—■ «»«h» ^ THE! — Messenger I is published every Saturday at CHARLOTTE, - - N. C., in the interests of the COLORED PEOPLE REPUBLICAN PARTY. It is the only Republican paper in the Western end of the sixth Congressional District. Subscription, $1.60 per year. W. C. Smith, Editor and Proprietor, Charlotte, N. C. SEND, YOUR ORDERS FOR of any and every deecriptien to R. B. BXjA-KETT

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