Thursday, March 19, 1897
The most interesting of all things within the scope of human observation are the young people of any community. The teachings of history illustrate and confirm this significant fact – that it is usually the case that when the youth of a nation become frivolous, reckless and unpromising then calamities are sure to follow, and will continue until all are corrected by stern discipline administered. There are no surer omens of impending national evils than when pride, idleness and fullness of bread (mere sensual enjoyment) become the fashion of the times…
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The most important newspaper published by and for colored people is the Richmond Planet of which John Michell, Jr. is editor and proprietor. He has a magnificent printing office and gets out a fine weekly paper, each edition of which comprises about ten thousand copies. There are about 20 printers employed in the office. Besides its circulation, the plant has an important advertising and job trade… Of the original matter of its columns, those relating to the colored race are, of course, of the greatest interest. We append several extracts:
“Colored men should be encouraged by the outlook. Our friends are multiplying. It is only ourselves that we must learn to control.”
“Some of the lower classes of white people in the South are mean enough for the devil to run off with them to his dominions without waiting for them to undergo the usual operation of dying.”
“Colored men should aspire to public office, but should not neglect their legitimate employment in so doing. Our advice is, that our people should seek for every thing that the white man seeks for, both in science, art, religion and governmental management.”
“Colored men, let us be respectful and courteous to white people. Let us be equally so to each other. It will pay in the long run, when unaccompanied by the elements of servility, but sparkling with the principals of true manhood and common sense.”
“The lower branch of the South Carolina legislature has passed a ‘Jim Crow Car’ bill and it now goes to the Senate of that State. The patron of that measure had better tar and feather himself and roost on the spire of the State House until his ardor cools, and his prejudice is wafted away.”
R. L. Crummett, the road contractor, is getting along fine and doing good work. He had some excitement on Saturday. While getting rock from the hillside below the splash dam, he discovered a rattlesnake under a large rock nearby. After capturing this one, he began looking for others, which resulted in a find of four of the finest you ever saw. This is the first snake story of the new administration. – SALLY WHITECOTTON.
Lots of rain and mud, and a few people making sugar.
W. McClintic was at home from camp on business a few days ago.
Oliver McKeever has moved to Huntersville.
Douglas McNeill’s writing school is a success. He has thirty-two scholars enrolled. – CROCKETT.
The weather is so changeable that farmers don’t make much speed making sugar. Not much plowing done yet.
Young men should not have their gum shoes so large that they pull off in the mud late at night.
The debating society at this place is in a flourishing condition. The subject on last Wednesday night was: “Resolved, that West Virginia should have a compulsory school law.” Affirmative – J. A. Friel, W. B. Sharp, O. B. Sharp, Dr. Guin and S. Curry. Negative – H. S. Guin, T. J. Lantz, C. Harper and W. A. G. Sharp. O. Williams, President; J. A. Hannah, J. L. Herold M. F. Herold, Judges. Decision given in favor of the negative.
We wonder if the man who is doing so much stealing in this neighborhood will go to work after he has got a supply of tools.
We congratulate The Times on its enlargement.
We remain, H. & M.
John Sharp and wife are on a visit to Point Mountain.
Floyd Ware will move to Elk.
Clark Sharp has gone to the railroad after some baggage for Miss Hebden.
Martin Crummett has built fence all winter and spring and expects to build fence the balance of his days. He calls his only son Joshua Jonah Solomon Saul. –TOM THUMB.
Oak Grove 2; Frost 1.
On March 6, a game of football was played at Mr. Clark Dilley’s between the above teams. Altho the day was unfavorable, there was quite a crowd out to witness the game – among them several ladies – who kept up a lively cheering for both teams.
Half-time was called, the score standing 2-1, Oak Grove’s favor. No scoring was done in the last half, tho the playing was hard and fast.
The game was called at 1:20 p.m., and was hotly contested from the start…