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 - on Problem En log tee by Robert H. noosevelr....
on Problem En log tee by Robert H. noosevelr. Dr. Frlesel, end Prof. Wilson. The birthday of Alexander Hamilton was celebrated last "night by the Hamilton Club of Brooklyn with a banquet and speeches. The club has thus commemorated . the natal day of the first Secretary of the Treasury for thirteen years. The special guests of the club last nfght were Robert B. Roosevelt, ex-MInlster to Holland; Edward S. Barrett of Massachusetts. CoL W. R. Griffith of Maryland, and CoL George A. Pearre of Baltimore, representing the - Sons of the American Revolution; Prof. Booker T. Washington, who has been called the V Moses of the Colored Race "; Dr. H. P. Frlesel of Hampton Institute, Virginia, and Prof. Wo 3d row Wilson of Princeton College. James McKeen. President of the club, presided over the dinner. Among those present were - Surrogate George B. Abbott, Frit Achells, Hugh Boyd, Supreme Court Justice Wlllard Bart-lett. Prof. Truman J. Backus. ex-Flsb Commissioner Eugene O. Blackford. George M. Colt, Isaac H. Cary. Supreme Court Justice N. H. Clement, F. B. Candler, Public Administrator . W. B. Davenport. E. A. Doty, J. G. Dettmer, H. C Du Val, F. L. Eames, E. R. Greene, A. Augustus Healy. Henry Henta, C. W. Ide. Dr. J. G. Johnson. Alexander Hutchlns, Crowell Hadden, J. T. E. Litchfield, President C. A. Moore of the Mont Auk Club Superintendent of Public Instruction W. H. Maxwell. A. O. McDonald. M. C. Ogden, W. L. Ogden, Calvin Patterson, Edwin Packard, Royal C. Peabody. C. A. Rosslter, ex-Park Commissioner Frank Squler. R. F. TUney. J. M. Van Cott, W. L. Van SInderen. ex-Judge John Wlnslow, Stephen V. White, ex-City Treasurer A. D. Wheelock, Jackson Wallace, C. Zabrlskie, and Gen. Stewart L. Woodford. The principal address was delivered by Booker T. Washington. He sketched the history of his on life and struggles, and ppoke In detail and -with strong commendation of the work of the Hampton Institute. He also talked of the race problem In this country. Some of his more striking sentences were as follows: " The man that has the property, the Intelligence, the character, is the one that Is going to have the largest share in controlling the Government, whether he Is white or. black, or whether in the North or South. . . It is Important that all the privileges of the law be ours. It Is vastly more important that we be prepared for the exercise of these privileges. " We shall continue to work and wait tllL by the exercise of the higher virtues, by the products of our brains and hands, we make ourselves so valuable, so attractive to the American Nation, that. Instead or repelling, we shall draw men to us because of our Intrinsic worth. It will be needless to pass a law to compel men to come Into ZVPiTL1?1. a ,ne5ro wh Is educated and nas SJOu,OUO to lend. " In some reap-ts you already acknowledge that as a ruce we are more powerful-have a greater power of attraction than your race. It takes 1X) per cent, of Anglo- a,X.0blo.01.i0.n?al5e a wh'te American. The minute that it is proved that a man possesses one one-hundredth part of negro blood In his veins It makes him a black JTa" ! he 'all Jo our side: we claim him. The 0J per cent, of white blood counts for nothing when weighed beside 1 per cent, of negro blood. , " None of ns will deny that Immediately after freedom we made serious mistakes. We began at the top. We made these mistakes not because we were black people, but because we were Ignorant and Inexperienced people. We have spent time and money attempting to go to Congress and State Legislatures that could have better been spent In becoming the leading real estate dealer or carpenter In our own county. We have spent time and money In making political stump speeches and In attending political conventions that could better have been spent In starting a dairy farm or truck garden, and thus have laid a material foundation, on which we could nave stood and demanded our rights. When a man eats another person's food, wears another's clothes, and lives In another's house. It is pretty hard to tell how he Is so'ng to vote, or whether he votes at all. . , The negro can afford to be wronged In this country; the white man cannot afford to wrong him. In the South you can help us prepare the strong. Christian, unselfish leaders who shall go among the masses or our people and show them how to take advantage of .the magnificent opportunities that surround them. In the North you can encourage that education among the masses that shall result In throwing wide open the doors of your offices, stores, shops, and factories In a way that shall give our black rnn and women an opportunity to earn a dollar. " There is plenty of room at the top. The workers up in the atmosphere of goodness love, patience, forbearance, focgiveriess. and industry are not too many or overcrowded. If others would be little, we can be great; if others bad. we can be good; If others try to push us down, we can help push them up. " Men ask me if measures like those enacted In South Carolina do not hurt r.nd discourage. I answer nay; any. South Carolina nor no other State can make a law to harm the black man that does not harm the white man In greater measure. Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of mankind." Robert B. Roosevelt spoke on financial topics. Of Hamilton he said: " Few abler men than Hamilton ever lived. He had that greatest of powers, creative genius. His was the capacity for bringing forward new Ideas, of providing original systems, of starting- new thoughts, of setting whole nationalities on new courses of action. Much of our Americanism Is due to him. from the language of the Constitution and the results of its Influence, to the management cf National-finances." Addresses were also made by Dr. Frlesel and Prof. Wilson. 1 The latter defended Hamilton from the charge of un-Americanlsm. ,

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 12 Jan 1896, Sun,
  3. Page 3

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