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THE BURDEN

COLORED MEN AND WOMEN LYNCHED WITHOUT TRIAL 

1885 - 78 
1886 - 71 
1887 - 80 
1888 - 95 
1889 - 95 
1890 - 90 
1891 - 121 
1892 - 155 
1893 - 154 
1894 - 134 
1895 - 112 
1896 -  80  
1897 - 122 
1898 - 102 
1899 - 84  
1900 - 107 
1901 - 107
1902 - 86
1903 - 86
1904 - 83
1905 - 61
1906 - 64 
1907 - 60
1908 - 93
1909 - 73 
1910 - 65
1911 - 63
1912 - 63
1913 - 79
1914, 10 months. - 44
Total - 2,707

In the July CRISIS we published a most diverting tale from Kentucky of a colored man who was to define "jeopardized." He answered after thought that the word "would refer to any act committed by a jeopard."

We have since received this letter:

"Dear Sir:

"In your July issue of THE CRISIS under the topic 'Opinion,' you say that the answer to jeopardize, according to the Saturday Evening Post, was given by a Negro.

"It was given as you have stated it, but by a white man, Orville Stivers, who was or is county superintendent of schools for Jefferson County.
"S. BOARD."

We beg Mr. Stivers' pardon.

From a Shreveport, La., daily paper:
"Sept. 19, 1914.

"In justice to the voters of the City of Shreveport, and especially to the laboring class, as well as Mr. Leon I. Kahn, who is running for Superintendent of Public Utilities, to be voted upon next Thursday, the 24th, I would like to ask Mr. Kahn as to whether or not he has always used union labor in the building of and repairs to the different property in the city which he controls.

"It has been persistently rumored upon the street that he has used non-union and Negro labor wherever it was possible to do so or, in other words, he has not used union labor except in such cases as it was impossible to get the work otherwise done. In further justice to himself would appreciate a reply from him in these columns.

"Sincerely yours,
"T.J. LYTLE."

May I submit to you an incident occurring on Tuesday following Emancipation Celebration in this city? I am employed as chemist for Glenn and Selzer in the heart of the city who are reliable in ever sense, and it is a credit to be connected with such a firm. The employees had repeatedly used the word "nigger" and "coon" in my presence after learning why I lost my previous position. Many of my Negro friends followed me to the Glenn and Selzer store to deal with me. On the above morning a clerk came to me soon after I went on duty and said, "Every nigger in town was at Luna Park yesterday." I asked him not to speak of them in such terms and walked away; fifteen minutes later he came up to me again and said, "All the coons were out at Luna yesterday," and as he said it I quickly gave him a punch in the nose and eye. The proprietors gave him so many hours to apologize or go home. When he did I took his hand saying, "I accept your apology in behalf of the 20,000 Negroes in Cleveland; as for myself a man like you can't insult me."

A delegation of prominent Negroes here in connection with the Negro State fair, with President J. E. Dudley of the A. and M. College for Negroes at Greensboro, called on the Corporation Commission to-day to make formal complaint as to the "Jim Crow" service that the railroad companies are furnishing Negroes who travel.

Their principal complaint is that the railroad companies are using old wooden cars for the "Jim Crow" service and sandwiching them between the big steel coaches for the white people and the steel express and mail cars and powerful locomotives where, in case of wrecks, they are smashed and the lives and limbs of the Negroes far more greatly imperiled than any others on the train.
-Norfolk (Va.) Pilot.



THE BURDEN

The local republican campaign folder is being issued this week by the county central committee, distinguished by a further affront to the colored voters of the county and by several bits of humor.
 
The folder has the picture of every candidate for county and legislative office, with two exceptions. One is C. J. Karbach, candidate for senator, who is not being enthusiastically supported by some of his colleagues. The other is J. W. Long for state representative, the sole Negro candidate on the republican ticket. 

"Oh, Long couldn't take time to have his picture taken," was County Chairman Thomas' explanation. "He's very busy as porter on the Burlington and couldn't get to it." 
- Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald 

"At Albany, Ga., some days ago I went into the lunch room at the railway station and at the news counter--not at the lunch counter--requested a purchase. The white girl in charge looked up and with all the contempt possible pointed to the door and said: 'Get out of here.' I asked if Negroes were not allowed to make purchases at the news stand and she said, 'Get out of here.' I went. 

"I immediately wrote the Parker News Agency enquiring whether she interpreted the policy of the company toward its Negro patrons. The enclosed is the company's reply. 
"WM. H. HOLLOWAY. 
Talladega, Ala."

"The treatment accorded you, as described in your letter, is not at all in line with the Company's policy concerning its Negro customers. It is the purpose of the management to extend a friendly reception to Negroes desiring to purchase such things as are sold at our several places of business, which do not require service at our counters and tables. We note from your letter that you did not expect service of this latter character. Any Negro entering any of our places of business is welcome to check parcels, purchase any articles of merchandise, and such articles of food and drink as can be taken from the place so as not to be served at the counter or the tables. 

"We regret very much that any employee of ours has acted in any measure offensive, and the incident reported will receive our careful attention, and be thoroughly investigated. 
"THE PARKER RAILWAY NEWS CO."

We are unable to compose an altogether satisfactory comment on this matter. 

In the July, 1913, number of THE CRISIS is the story of a colored teacher. The author, a white man of wide experience and sound judgement, calls Laurence Jones, "well educated" and "thoroughly equipped." Mr. Jones is a graduate and honor man of the Iowa State University and he has, to quote Mr. B. T. Washington, done at Braxton, Miss., a "big definite piece of constructive work."

Now read this from the Mankato, MINNESOTA, Morning Journal:

"Laurence C. Jones, a colored gentleman from Mississippi, arrived in the city at a late hour Monday night, for the purpose of doing a little work in Mankato for a school at Braxton, Miss., of which he is principal. Upon seeking a hotel, or room for the night, Mr. Jones was refused admittance at the various hotels, also the Y.M.C.A. Not wishing to wander the street he preferred to go to the police station where he put up with the iron bunk the best he could."

The Journal says, sympathetically, "It seemed a little rough." A little rough!

"When the black man is being kicked around like some hound dog, I am often inclined to give him just a few kicks myself, for I know that, in many instances he brought it upon himself...

"If the average Negro were permitted to do so, he would climb right out of the ditch into a Pullman Palace Car, and fight the first man who even looked as if he didn't like it. He is under the impression that if he pays his fare or rides on a pass, that he is not required to be decent in dress and conduct, and mindful of the rights and feelings of others, but that a ticket or pass gives him permission to trample upon other people's rights and make a general fool of himself."
- Dr. Socrates in St. Luke's Herald. 

"We are deeply indebted to the ladies who were the instigation of such good books falling into our hands as was landed at our office a few weeks ago. It brings tears to the eyes on nearly every page. It will be a more splendid day for our race, when more of us wake up to feed the intellect on good christian reading-matter." - Colored Churchman, Luray, Va. 
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