1896-11-07-p4-TheRecordership

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1896-11-07-p4-TheRecordership - THE RECORPERSHIP. v The office of recorder of...
THE RECORPERSHIP. v The office of recorder of deeds is distinctly a local office supported entirely out of the fees that come into the office from the transfer of property in the District of Columbia. From the time the late Frederick Douglass was transferred ay from the marshal's office, who had been appointed there by President B. B. Hayes, to the office of recorder of deeds by James A. Garfield there has been a national scramble for that office by outside politicians. ..These scrambles have been political disgraces which have reflected no credit upon the parties who have used this office as a political menace to thoje who have had opinions of their own but dare not express them for fear that this great office would all from under them. Mr. James C'. Matthews, of Albany, New York, succeeded Mr. Douglass, and he made one of the best recorders the district ever had. Mr. Matthews failed of confirmation when he was first nominated, so President Cleveland again sent his name to the senate and again he wis rejected. Nothing could be done but to nominate another rrian, so James A. Trotter, of Hyde Park, Mass., was nominated to suc- i ceed Mr. Matthews and the senate immediately confirmed him after a little contest. After the defeat of Mr. Cleve- land by Mr. Harrison, Hon. B. K. Bruce, of "Mississippi, was nominated, who subsequently became a district man and who made a very acceptable recorder, giving full satisfaction to all who had business with the office. After the defeat of Mr. Harrison, a strong fight was made by republicans and democrats to have a district man appointed, but no influence could be brought to persuade Mr. Cleveland that a home man would be acceptable to the people although 200,000 residents, which is the entire population of the district wanted a district man appointed, but to the surprise of the people, a gentleman, a scholar, statesman and citizen, wa's succeed-ed by a man called C. H. J. Taylor, of Kansas City, Mo. y and was asked at the time, he was inducted into office, by Lawyer J. H.Smyth, who was present at the time "with the editor of this paper, whether the cliair which he was about to take was large enough for him. It was subsequently shown that not only the chair but the office was too large for him. So it can be seen that the office has been thrown into disrepute by attempting to make it a colored corner for Afro -Americans. The people of this city doVt want any particular office set up rt for them ; they are broad and liberalenough to declare their citizenship and qualification for an office over which there has not been so much scramble and one that has not been disgraced by the importation of people who have no standing at their own home or in their own state The Bee suggests and it will make the declaration and it is its opinion and the opinion ol the citizens of Washington that the district marshalship will be acceptable to them and the registry of the treasury, an office that was once filled with dignity and trust. The fact is we are entitled to a cabinet portfolio and when we ask for these minor p'aces we expect to get them even if one of our number is not appointed in the. cabinet. At any rate we do not want the recorder's office to be considered a colored corner. We appeal to the dignity of the American race and the patriotism of the President elect. We "fehall discuss this question fr.in now until the President ontlines his policy so far as the people ,of this district and Afro Americans are conrerned. i

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  1. The Washington Bee,
  2. 07 Nov 1896, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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