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Rev. W. L. Taylor, D.D., Grand Chief of the United Order of True Reformers, will deliver the Annual Address at the coming Fair Thursday, October 27th. Mr. Tyalor is the head of the greatest benevolent and business enterprise of the race and will come with a message of hope and cheer to his struggling brethren. Let every member of the order turn out and do him honor. Let every member of the race turn out and catch inspiration from him who stands at the head of an enterprise representing millions of negro money. The True Reformer organization is a living, concrete, self-assertive vindicator of the capacity of the negro to inaugurate and successfully direct great business enterprises. We invite the people of all races to come out and see and hear the Negro who, in the business world is to the race the counterpart of Booker T. Washington in the educational world. He is not a dreamer. He is not a visionary. He is not a meaningless babbler. He is the embodiment of a development the possibilities of which cannot be computed. We should give Dr. Taylor such a rousing welcome as will cheer him in his great work.
Hon. John H. Smyth will speak on Thursday on the part the Negro Will take in the Jamestown Exposition.
The Executive Committee of the N. C. Industrial Association take great pleasure in announcing that the 26th Annual Exposition of the educational and industrial progress of the Negroes of North Carolina will open in the city of Raleigh on the 24th of October and continue during the week. The committee is sparing no pains and remitting no effort that give promise of contributing to their purpose to make this Fair one of real value to the race and the State. The Industrial Association was organized more than twenty-six years ago. It grew out of the conviction of a number of thoughtful and enterprising members of the race that education and labor are the mainsprings of healthful growth and progressive enterprise. The thought is comprehensive. It takes in every phase of education and every field of industry. Upon these elements is founded our splendid civilization. It can boast of no achievement that is not traceable to well directed and persevering work. Education is the development of power. Power means ability to do--to accomplish results by labor. These are the elements that attract the respect of mankind. If the Negro would share in the munificent rewards which are crowning intelligent endeavor in every department of human activity, he must educate--that is, he must develop power to do, then he must take his place in the ranks of those who are doing the work of the world.
We need not encourage the hope of attaining high position among the races of mankind by any other means. "There is no royal road." We must tread the path beaten hard by the tramp of all the great races in all ages and in every clime. "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread," is the decree of Omnipotence, the very law of our being, and the condition of our prosperity in the earth. Is it not important then, that the emancipated race now just beginning its mighty march to higher plains and it grander life, turn with resolute purpose to the pursuit of these essentials? At no time since the flaming fiat of freedom went forth bearing in its train the shattered shackles of four million bondmen, has there been so urgent a demand that we educate and labor. This carries the inspiring promise of a sure antidote for most, if not all, the ills that afflict us is a race. The race itself is not amenable to the charge of idleness. The astounding figures which tell the story of our thrift, frugality, economy, and sacrifice during the years of our freedom, stand forth unparalleled in the history of human progress. And yet, idleness is our greatest bane. It is doing its work of corruption, desolation and death everywhere. The inmates of our jails, prison-pens, and penitentiaries, are not furnished from the ranks of the intelligent, the upright, and the industrious. Men and women who are engaged in doing their duty seldom get into trouble. It is in the minds and hearts of the idlers that Satan finds lodgment for his schemes of woe. We wake an urgent appeal to the Colored People of North Carolina to join hands with this Association in its efforts to dignify labor and elevate the laborer. By its Annual Fairs the Association hopes to stimulate our people to their very best efforts. By inviting an inspection and comparison of the products of our labor we hope to show the world the capabilities of the race. Each year we should do better and better.
The white people of the State have been generous in extending to this Association their sympathy and money. We have never appealed to them in vain. Their newspaper have been active agencies in promoting the objects of the Fair. Without them long since failure would have come. We thank them and express the sincere desire that they continue with us in the future in our efforts to compass the purposes which they understand so well.
We would also extend our thanks to the railroads of the State for their valuable aid and many courtesies. We hope to requite them in some measure by the thousands which we are endeavoring to have pass over their lines.
There is now every indication that the coming Fair will become grand and historic as the inauguration of a great movement of the Negroes of North Carolina along the lines which are the central thought of this address. With this there will dawn upon the race and the State a new and a splendid era. Clouds will disperse. Difficulties will melt away. Obstacles which now seem insurmountable will vanish. Friendships will spring up on every side. We will no longer repel but attract. The just judgment of mankind will render its verdict and assign us that rank to which our genius may give us title. There will be a cessation of strife. Race antagonism will give place to the beautiful precepts of the Prince of Peace. Our State will grow great under the magic touch of enlightened labor, and above all her sons and daughters she will throw her proud Ægis of Liberty and Law, Prosperity and Peace.
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
We desire to see the farmers of our race present in large numbers at the Farmers' Congress, to open Wednesday, October 26th. It is needful. Matters of special and vital importance to the farming interest are to be presented by some of the ablest agriculturist of the State. Thousands of our farmers should come and profit by what they will see and hear. There is an inspiration, too, that comes from individual contact of those of the same calling. This of itself will prove highly beneficial.
We send this message to the great farming class of the Negroes of North Carolina, cordially inviting each of them to spend a few days in trying to learn more about his work--how to economize his labor, and obtain larger results. If we succeed in life we must do the things by which alone success can be attained.
We must study our work. The lawyer, the doctor, the teacher, the preacher, the banker, the merchant, the miner, the manufacturer have to study their work. It is a rule that pertains to all professions and occupations. The farmer is no exception.
Farmers' Day, and the conference of farmers will be under the direction of Rev. B. B. Hill, who is now traveling the State working up the meeting.
Principal Imborden of the Joseph K. Brick Industrial and Normal School at Enfield, writes that he will have a full display of the work of his grand school.
Dr. Chas. F. Meserve, writing from . . . says: "I shall be glad to render you any assistance by which I may help to make the Fair a complete success. Will be glad to see you on my return to Raleigh."
Rev. E. G. Jones, one of the finest bakers and caterers in North Carolina, will put in some of his fine ornamental work.
Mrs. C. N. Hunter will install a beautiful exhibit of household supplies.
Jno. P. Arrington, Esq., of Nashville, N. C., has been appointed Chief Marshal for the coming Fair. Mr. Arrington is an energetic, intelligent gentleman, and his appointment is, in every respect, a fit one.
Mr. J. J. Braan: "I hope the Fair of 1904 the greatest measure of success. I am at your service for any help that I call render."
President A. R. Middleton writes that the Fair is booming in his sections and requests that literature be forwarded. A good exhibit may be expected.
Rev. S. B. Barker, Gulf, N. C., desires to be placed on record as working for the Fair.
Miss Lizzie Whitley, Thurman, N. C., writes for more literature, and says that a large crowd may be expected from that place and section.
Dr. J. B. Dudley, A. and M. College, Greensboro, is busy arranging a grand program for Educational Day. President Dudley is in charge of this feature, and its success is assured.
Mr. E. Abbott, Grifton, writes: "Put me down as a worker for the Fair, as I earnestly desire its success. A large crowd from here."
Rev. B. B. Hill, in charge of Farmers' Day, writes: "Expect the largest gathering of Negro farmers ever seen in the State. I am constantly on the go lecturing and organizing all over the State."
Hon. W. Lee Person reports that the East is alive and will be represented by a large delegation.
Mr. Edgar M. Ransom, Warrenton, writes: "Send me Fair literature. I will see to its distribution. There will be a large crowd from Warren."
Mr. J. J. Still, Matthews, N. C., writes: "I received your papers and will do all I can for the Fair."
Mrs. Bettie Harris-Johnson, Raleigh, says: "I hope you abundant success and will do all in my power to bring this to pass."
Mrs. E. H. Lipscomb, Wadesboro, writes: "Send me some literature and I will do all I can to awaken interest in our people in this section. Our school will have an exhibit."
Prof. Rhoden Mitchell, Windsor, writes: "I have placed your bills where they will do the most good. I am doing all I can for the Fair and hope you great success."
Miss Julia A. Amie, Goldsboro, says that she is doing all she can for the Fair and will be present should nothing prevent.
Mr. Omega Watkins, Wake Forest: "Put me down to assist in making the Fair a success, and to aid in all educational and industrial work. We will give an entertainment on the night of September 30th and have some good speakers, who will call attention to the Negro Fair. Please send me some literature that I may distribute it on that occasion."
Miss Sylvia V. Blake, Cary: "I will attend the Fair this fall and will do all I can to have others come. Please send me a Premium List."
Mr. J. P. Arrington, Chief Marshal, passed through the city a few days ago and reported that Nash County will send a full delegation of her best people to the Fair. The crowd will be larger than ever.
Miss Lossie B. Roberts, Goldsboro, writes: "I am always interested in every good work, and especially in the next Fair. Am ready for any work I can do. Send me a copy of the Premium List. I am coming; a large crowd from this section."
Rev. J. E. Ring: "I hope the Fair will be a great success as it deserves to be."
Lewis Brodie, Wake County: "Our choir will attend the Fair in full and will render some of its best music. A great crowd from our section will accompany us."
Rev. C. H. Williamson: "I have just returned from a trip to Roxboro. There is great enthusiasm and a large crowd will attend."
Among the attractions of the Fair will be an old-time walking match. Now is the time for pedestrians who pride themselves upon their powers to come to the front. It will be a "go as you please" contest, and under such rules as the judges may prescribe.
At the first Fair of the Association there was such a contest, the winning entry being our old friend James Floyd. Where are our college athletes? Come out, boys.
Present indications warrant the assurance that the Fair of 1904 will be a grand success in its every detail. The people all over the State are taking a deep and active interest. They write us words of cheer from all sections. This is as it should be. This enterprise has a great work to do. It was organized for the accomplishment of a mighty advance of the race along educational and industrial lines. One cause or another has, heretofore, operated against it. At last the time has come when we may give single-hearted devotion to our educational, moral, and industrial uplift. The call upon us is loud and imperative. It may be in the line of a special providence that we are reduced to the necessity of devoting our time, our talents, our thought, our enterprise, our inventive genius to the specific purpose for which the North Carolina Industrial Association came into existence. These form the foundation of all greatness. We must educate. We must educate not with a view of escaping work, but that we may work more intelligently and more efficiently. We must educate that we may gain a clearer conception of moral obligation. We must understand our relation to society and government. We must learn to place some proper estimate upon the value of time that we may employ it in the attainment of proper ends. We must learn that it is the duty of man to worship God and keep his commandments. These are the definite designs of the North Carolina Industrial Association. Our Annual Fairs are simply means by which it is hoped to give firmer set to this ambition and accelerate our effort. Devoting ourselves as we should to these primary principles of individual and race progress we have no time for anything else. "Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness and all these things shall be added unto thee." Likewise we would urge--Do these things we have indicated and there will follow a train of blessings that will leave us no lack.
Special attention is directed to the Address of the Executive Committee elsewhere printed in this number of The Bulletin. Every Negro in the State should give it a careful reading and act accordingly. The spirit that pervades it from initial letter to final period is highly commendable. The officers of the Industrial Association are striving to have our people address themselves to that work by which, and by which alone, they may reach that condition which is the object of our ambition. We should not take fright at the word work. There is no excellence without labor. All labor that contributes to the wealth of the world and the happiness of mankind is honrable. Our standard will move onward and upward in proportion as we work intelligently and perseveringly. Then there comes to the steady, efficient workers not only the rewards of industry as measured in money but satisfaction, peace, hope, home, enlargement of soul, character. People who possess the right kind of character are sure to win their way to the respect of all other people. John Mitchell, in the Bankers' Convention in New York some days ago, but echoed the sentiment of the Committee's address when he said that there is no trouble between the industrious, earnest, honest people of the two races in the South. That the trouble comes from that low and vicious class of both races who owe their degradation to idleness. Work is a remedy for many of our ills. The performance of duty is the highest achievement of man. Unto such must surely come the--"Well done thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things. I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." Let us, then, be faithful, be diligent, be earnest, in the use of such opportunities as we now have. This is the only condition upon which we may base a hope of exaltation of life and the expansion of the area of our activity.
Read the address. Ponder it well. Act accordingly.
The above company will be one of the great attractions at the Fair. It is a combination of high-class artists rivaling Williams and Walker now famous on both sides of the sea. They bring a magnificent band and orchestra and twenty-five shining lights. They will present a full and clean bill at every performance and should be greeted by crowded houses. They will have space on the Midway find give entertainments at the Opera House.
Every wheelman is invited to join the big parade Thursday. Come out with wheels tastefully decorated. This should be a special feature and a grand one. Every one desiring to take part should notify the Secretary at once.
A letter from Dr. H. B. Frissell, President of Hampton Normal and Industrial School, brings the gratifying information that he will attend our Fair and speak on Educational Day, Friday, October 28th. No living white man to-day occupies a more significant position with respect to the Negro race of America than does Dr. Frissell. Hampton Institute stands for a principle in the education and preparation of our people for the great responsibilities of life which has found general acceptance all over the country. When General Armstrong laid the foundation of Hampton School upon intellect and labor many there were who dissented. They did not like the prominence of the idea of work--work with the hands--in the plan and curriculum of the school. They took it that the chief object of the enterprise was to prepare Negroes for the domestic service of the white people. The writer was, to some extent, under the same impression. How different to-day. Instead of condemning industrial training it has become a special feature of every school in the country whose facilities are such as to afford it. And everywhere the most thoughtful people of the country of both races are singing the praises of Hampton for the grand work that it has wrought. It has infused new life, nobler spirit, grander purpose, an all-pervading principle into our educational system. It has sent its students and graduates into every section of the land as torch-bearers of a better life. Above all, it has given us Booker T. Washington, one of the greatest and grandest characters the century has produced. From the distinguished head of Hampton may we not hope for a message to the race that will energize and cheer, and awaken right ambition, and stimulate higher purpose? That such will be the effect of his presence and words is in assurance warranted by every view of the circumstances. We appeal to all our people to turn out and hear him. We make special appeal to all our schools and school workers. The fathers and mothers should be there. They have in hand the destiny of the race. They need the wisest counsel it is possible for them to obtain. We appeal to our white citizens to come and hear Dr. Frissell. His work has a direct and a vital relation to the life of the South. There should be a touch of sentiment and a union of spirit on the part of the best people of our Southland respecting the work Hampton and similar schools are doing for the Negro.
The Southern Railway announces on account of the above occasion a low round-trip rate of one first-class limited fare for the round trip, plus 25 cents, which includes one admission to the Fair grounds, rate applies from all points in the State, including Norfolk, Richmond, Lynchburg, Danville, and intermediate points in the State of Virginia.
The following rates apply from points named, proportionately low rates apply from all other stations.
|Charlotte, N. C.||$6.15|
|Salisbury, N. C.||$4.80|
For military companies and brass bands, 20 or more on one ticket, a very low round-trip rate will be named on application.
Tickets on sale October 24th to 28th, inclusive, also for trains arriving Raleigh before noon October 29th, with final return limit October 31st.
For rates from points not quoted, or any other information, call on any agent this company or address
T. E. GREEN, C. T. A.,Raleigh, N. C.
Every colored farmer in the State who can possibly do so should be present at the Farmers' Conference, to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 26th. The subjects to be discussed are of immediate and pressing importance and will be presented by scientific agricultural experts. If farmers would secure the best returns from their labor they must study and apply the laws governing their calling. These are as direct, as forceful, as applicable as the laws of any other business. In fact, the farmer is in closer touch with nature than any other class of workers and is more than others subject to nature's laws. Come out Negro farmers and let us see if we can not advance to higher ground.
The lady committee met Thursday afternoon, the 13th, and effected an organization for earnest work. They propose to make their part of the Fair even more attractive than in former years. Should they succeed in their purpose their names must go high up on the roll of honor.
It is noticeable in every city, town and village of the State that the Negro is rapidly turning his attention to business ventures. It is also noticeable that he is meeting with the most encouraging success. Along this line there is a strong and a steady growth from which must come a rich fruitage of happiest consequences. Mercantile houses, insurance companies, drug stores, real estate companies, banking institutions, are springing up everywhere. It has been suggested that our business men have a conference during the Fair. The end in view is an improvement of methods, a strengthening of security, and a sort of unification of effort and spirit. The idea is a most commendable one and we feel to urge all Negro business men to join in the movement. If there be no other result than a general acquaintanceship the meeting will not have been in vain. But there are limitless possibilities of good to flow from such a meeting and no time should be lost in effecting a permanent organization of our business men and the adoption of plans looking to elargement and protection.
Every colored school in the State that can be reached should send to the Fair specimens of its work in every grade. If this were done from year to year we have no doubt that it would result in the very highest possibilities of our schools. Teachers would work harder. Pupils would be more diligent. Parents would take a deeper interest in school work. There would be a general forward and upward movement. Many schools will be represented this year by exhibits. The number will grow greater from year to year, as the matter is pressed upon the attention of our school workers. Next year there should be a much larger exhibit of school work than this. Let it go out that the schools of the State are to have a special department and that special space will be given each. Urge teachers and school officers to take the matter in hand and push it. This done and the schools of the State will make a display which, of itself, will prove marvelous.
The Seaboard Air Line Railway announces that on account of the North Carolina Industrial Fair, Colored, to be held in Raleigh, October 24th to 28th, 1904, they will have on sale tickets at special rate of one fare, plus twenty-five cents for the round trip, this including one admission the Fair Grounds. These tickets will be on sale October 23rd to 27th, inclusive, and for trains arriving in Raleigh before noon on October 28, 1904, with a final return limit of October 31st, continuous passage in each direction. There will also be on sale special reduced rates for brass bands, military companies, etc., when in uniform. These tickets will be sold from all points in Virginia and North Carolina.
For further information apply to your nearest Seaboard agent.
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Plans are now maturing for a horse show on Thursday, October 27th. It is desired that every Negro who possesses a fine horse of any pedigree or no pedigree, put him on exhibition in the great parade. To the one adjudging to be the finest an award of $5.00 will be presented. Quite a number of our people are the owners of splendid horses. We know of some specially fine horse in the Louisburg and Warrenton sections owned by colored men. Bring them out. The public want to see them. If all who own such stock could be induced to place them on exhibition that feature of the Fair alone would make it a charming success.
At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Industrial Association, held Monday night, October 10, 1904, the following appointments wore made: Mrs. Julia Young, Mrs. Stewart Ellison, Mrs. M. G. Noble, Mrs. Bettie Johnson, Mrs. W. A. Jones, Miss Sarah M. Flagg, Mrs. Maurice Watts, Mrs. H. C. Mabry, Miss Eula Rogers, Miss Eliza Raynor, Miss Sallie Holman, Mrs. Willis Thornton, of Raleigh; Mrs. E. H. Lipscombe, Wadesboro, N. C.; Mrs. Robert A. Burns, Selma, N. C.; Miss Hannah Middleton, Goldsboro, N. C.; Chief of Police, Maj. A. J. Haywood; Clerks, H. S. Smith and W. A. Robinson; Gate-Keepers, Rev. W. A. Jones, Rev. C. Johnson, Nick Blount and Rev. Thos. Parker, Warsaw, N. C.; Ticket Agents, S. H. Towns, Raleigh N. C., and Prof. I. W. Holden, Youngsville, N. C.; Watchmen, Simon Riddick and Frank Thornton, West Raleigh, N. C.; Attendants, Charles Evans, Cary, N.C.; Isaac Cheshire, Method, N. C.; M. Curtis, Raleigh, N.C.; Jacob Stancil, Raleigh, N. C.; Brassel Johnson, Raleigh, N. C.
Mr. John Stredwick, of West Raleigh, has invented an incubator which he will have on exhibition at the Fair in full operation.
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The members of the Grand United Order of True Reformers in North Carolina should turn out in a body and make memorable the visit and oration of Grand Worthy Chief W. L. Taylor. Chief Graves should take immediate steps looking to the calling out of the Raleigh Division in full regalia to escort their distinguished Chief, and our distinguished guest, to the Fair Grounds. The procession should be the longest and grandest in the history of the Fair. We would further urge that our Colored Fire Department turn out on that occasion. It will be Raleigh Day at the Fair and Raleigh should put her best foot foremost. Our boys and girls, and the world generally should see how we honor the men and women of our race whose ability and character raise them to positions of honor and usefulness.
The above gentlemen will have charge of the parade and all matters pertaining thereto. Both are gentlemen of exceptional qualifications for their respective positions and will do their full duty. The Assistant Marshals will come from all sections of the State, and the list is not complete. Any gentleman who can furnish his mount and who stands well in his community will be accepted as an assistant marshal. Report to the Chief.
There will be a meeting and reunion of all the North Carolina graduates of Harvard University during the Fair. Every such person who can be present should report to Rev. T. M. Nixon, of the First Congregational Church, Raleigh. Would it not be a good idea to have annual reunions of the North Carolina alumni of all our colleges during the Negro Fair?
Secretary Hamlin was out the most of last week circulating Fair literature and booming the Fair along the lines of the Seaboard Air Line Railway. Mr. D. Henry Harris was on the Southern doing the same work. Both these gentlemen report that large numbers of people will attend the Fair and that the exhibits will be splendid.
Read the advertisements in the Premium List. When in need of anything in their line call on these houses. We can recommend each of them without reserve. Besides, they deserve our patronage. They are trying to help us in our efforts to help ourselves. And this is the best of all help. It is the only real help.
Mrs. W. B. Hunter and Master Rendall will display some of their fine drawings. We have seen them and pronounce them splendid.
Hoover's Department Store will make a beautiful display at the Fair. Do not fail to see it. This will be the first of the kind yet made. In this connection it gives us pleasure to say that this enterprise is doing a thriving business.
The Horse Show should bring together an aggregation of fine stock. Some of the finest horses of the State are owned by Negroes. Bring them out find let the world know what Negroes are doing along this line.
The foot ball game on Friday the 28th will be the most hotly contested of any yet had. Let the lovers of this hardy exercise come prepared to see a splendid battle.
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On account of the World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo., the Seaboard Air Line Railway, in connection with the C. & O. Route via Richmond and the N. C. and St. Louis Route, via Atlanta, will sell Round-Trip Tickets to St. Louis, Mo., at greatly reduced rates from all stations. Rates from principal points as follows:
|Charlotte via Atlanta||$36.10||$30.10||$24.65|
|Durham via Richmond||$34.10||$28.40||$23.30|
|Durham via Atlanta||$38.75||$32.30||$26.30|
|Henderson via Richmond||$34.10||$28.40||$23.30|
|Henderson via Atlanta||$38.75||$32.30||$26.30|
|Maxton via Atlanta||$38.65||$32.25||$26.25|
|Raleigh via Richmond||$35.60||$29.90||$24.80|
|Raleigh via Atlanta||$38.75||$32.30||$26.30|
|Hamlet via Richmond||$37.60||$31.90||$26.25|
|Hamlet via Atlanta||$37.60||$31.90||$26.25|
|Wilmington via Richmond||$38.65||$32.25||$26.25|
|Wilmington via Atlanta||$38.65||$32.25||$26.25|
Season Tickets--Good to leave St. Louis up to December 15, 1904, will be sold daily, commencing April 25.
Sixty-Day Tickets--Good to leave St. Louis up to and including 60 days from date of sale, will be sold daily commencing April 25.
Fifteen-Day Tickets--Good to return up to and including 15 days from date of sale, commencing April 25, and continuing during the Exposition.
Additional information will be furnished promptly and with pleasure on application to
C. H. GATTIS, Traveling Passenger Agent, Raleigh, N. C.
EDWARD F. COST,
CHAS. B. RYAN,
G. P. A.
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