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Published every Saturday at 1109 I Street, Northwest, Washington, D. t fEateredatth. P-t Office Wasnington Becond class aiait matter.l W. CALVIN CHASE, Editor. EDITOR CHASE TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. o no One copy per year vr" Six months 1 Three months -- '" City subscribers, monthly -u All communications for publication, business, or otherwise must be addressed to The Bee Printing Company,, 1109 I street, n. v., Washington, D. . THE WHITE MAN'S PARTY It seems as if the Afro-American is no longer a factor in the lrody politic of this country. Ever since the organization of the republicans in this city he has been more or less asked to participate in the councils of the republican party and aid in ratifying the nomination of republican candidates. In the make-up of the several committees for the great ratification parade and -meeting the representative republican Afro-Americans are counted among the missing. What does it mean? It means that the white republicans have no further use for their faithful black allies. It means that the day has come for the republican party to elect it3 president without the aid of the colored vote, and if the Af. ro-American feels disposed to cast his vote -without any understanding or promise from either candidate he can expect to receive just what either president elect gives him. Afro-American republican "domination" in the District of Colum-bia is a thing of the past. He will no longer control the des tiny of the republican Tarty in this city. Like Othello, " his occupation is gone." The A fro-American was his own assassin. History has only repeatei itself. When we had suffrage in this citv, the strikers did not rest till the elective form of government was abolished and Afro-Americans who held responsible positions were soon thrown from the topmost rounds of their popularity and brought upon a level with the dust. The present campaign looks like the white man's battle. The advocacy of human rights and human liberty which are sacred and dear to Afro-Americans have banished for posterity to re ord among the archives of obliterated constitutional privileges. The present campaign is one in which the proud Caucasian holds the winning card and the cowardly ' Afro-American, like the Jack of spades, when hearts are trumpts. OF THE WASHINGTON BEE, WRITES LETTERS TO MCKINLEY AND BRYAN, ASKING THESE PRESIDENTIAL CANDI-DATES SOME PERTINENT QUESTIONS. Hon. W. J. Bryan has answered the Editor's letter. Both letters will appear in The Bee next week. OUR WOMAN'S COLUMN. We introduce to the readers and patrons of The Bee this week, Mrs. Ella V. Chase Williams, who will from this issue edit the Woman's Column, which is to be made a feature of this paper. We invite any and all ladies who are interested in the upbuilding and advancement of the women of this country to contribute to this column. All articles for publication for this column, must be addressed to the Editor of the Woman's Column. The Bee takes the lead in Afro-American journalism. Don't fail to read our woman's column this week. The National Convention of Af-ro-Americans will be one of the greatest events in the history of the Special dispatch to the Daily Cincinnati, O., Enquirer. Washington, D. C, July" 22. In order to ascertain the attitude of the candidates of the Republican and Democratic parties towards the colored people of this country, W. Calvin Chase, of the Washington Bee, of this city, has written letters both to Mr. McKinley and to Mr. Bryan. In a letter to the former he says : "There is a question that is more important, to a certain class of your fellow citizens, than gold or silver, a question in which the personal liberty, the political and legal rights of the people are involved. While your platform declares against lynch law, we have yet to see the Executive of any party enforce the amendments to our constitution, which guarantee equal rights to all classes of citizens irrespective of color or condition. Further, Mr. Chase asks this question : "Should the party succeed in electing you, or the American people decide that you are the choice for President of the United States, what part will Afro-Americans play in the councils of your Administration, or what consideration will they receive. In conclusion, Mr. Chase expresses the hope that the dignity of Mr. Mc-Kinley's position will not preclude a reply. In his letter to Mr. Bryan, Mr. Chase alludes to the class of citizens known as Afro-Americans, and makes the statement that this--class has been oppressed by the Democratic party. " And in that party they have not been welcomed, except the innovation madeby Mr. Cleveland, who must be given credit for the courage of his conviction and the interest he has taken in certain representative Afro-Americans in this country. In the Democratic or free silver platform nothing is said in behalf of Afro-Americans, nor did your party deem them of sufficient importance to elect one a delegate to your convention There exists, in certain sections of this county, a law not on the statute books, but an unwritten law known as lynch law. This law is particularly applied to Afro-Americans who are suspected of crime, and lynched without Judge or jury, in violation of our constitution and contrary to the laws of the states in which these offences are committed. It is to be deplored that the Democratic Convention did not see fit to give utterance to any expression of opinion on this subject." In conclusion he asks Mr. Bryan to state " what place will the Afro-American occupy in the councils of your party and administration, should the American people decide to elect you ?" "Mr. Chase of whom the Enquirer makes mention in the above, quoting the leading expressions contained in his letters to the candidates of the two great parties for president of the United States, is the editor and proprietor of the oldest Negro journal published in Washington City and the District of Columbia ; is an educated and shrewd gentleman with the courage of his convictions ; supported at the last presidential election Mr. Cleveland for the presidency, but bitterly opposed the appointment of Mr. C. H. J. Taylor to the office of Recorder of Deeds of the District of Columbia, which terminated in the Courts. Mr. Chaseis a wide-awake newspaper man, and it can be said of him and his paper that they have done much in beating back that rank prejudice and race discrimination which has been so prevalent in the District, and his efforts to obtain an impression from the men who head the national ticket of the two great political parties, is not altogether premature. The time is certainly at hand when the Negro should command some expression as a political factor. Their liberation and enfranchisement was the result of a necessary war measure, else political history is not reliable. Mr. Lincoln is accredited with these words: "Whatever I do is to save the Nation. If saving part of them and leaving the others will save it, that I will do; if leaving all of them will save it, that I will do ; if freeing all of them will save it, I will do that. What I do is to save this Nation." W e would not attempt to condone a breach of trust or confidence in the Republican party by advocating its cause though it offers to the Af re-American citizens no more protection in the exercise of their rights than the Democratic party, yec we see no necessity for swapping the witch for the d 1 ; but it cannot be denied that is a growing necessity for further expressions by these political parties relative to the American Negro." !

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  2. 15 Aug 1896, Sat,
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