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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
                  A RAY OF LIGHT.                361

ing over the numerous books and drawings belonging to Maud.
  At luncheon, she met Lady Rossville, and also the gentlemen
of the family: Mr. Ashley, Lord Rossville, and the Rev. Mr.
Grey Master Arthur's tutor, who were all extremely polite to
her.
  "Cousin Helen," said Mrs. Ashley, addressing Lady Rossville,
after all hall been comfortably seated at the table, "did you enjoy
your ride this morning ?"
  "Very much," replied her ladyship; "the scenery reminded
me of home." "Dear Mary," she continued, "I wish you would
consent to to out occasionally and enjoy yourself."
  "I don't need to go out to find enjoyment, Helen," returned
Mrs. Ashley, cheerfully. Then seeing that every eye was in-
stantly turned upon her, she continued: "I have experienced
more enjoyment in my own apartments this morning, than at
any time since leaving our native land."
  "Our native land!" repeated Master Arthur, clapping his
hands softly.
  Lord Rossville put his delicate palms together, as if he would
follow his example.
  "Bravo, mamma!" exclaimed Frederic; "I have great hopes of
you.  I shall start on my journey soon, provided your lordship
is ready," he added, turning towards Lord Rossville.
  "it am your most obedient servant," replied his lordship,
bowing.
  "I am afraid you will suffer much inconvenience in travelling
Frederic," remarked Mrs. Ashley, thoughtfully.
  "Now, dear mamma, do not give yourself the least uneasiess
on my account," replied the young gentleman, laying down
his silver fork and looking intently at her. 
  "I have an extract here from an American joural that I
would like to read," said Mr. Grey; and, producing a paper, he
real a statement such as one almost daily finds in looking over
a newspaper; how a clergyman had been rudely and forcibly
ejected from the table, on board a steamboat after paying for
the meal, because of his color.
  "It's a disgrace to humanity!" said Lord Rossville, severely;
"and yet, that journal tries to justify the act."
  "I have examined many of their public journals carefully
during my residence here," said Frederic, "and I have never
found one that really defended both the political and social
rights of the black man."
  "Perhaps we haven't seen the right one, Mr. Ashley," re-
marked Mr. Grey, mildlly, "We must have charity for all.
Can you give us any information, Miss Leland?" he asked.
  "I am sorry to say I cannot," she replied." "Some of the
republican journals advocate  freedom, and impartial suffrage;
but, at the same time, feel so alarmed lest this feeling of preju-
dice should become extinct, and all enjoy equal rights, that
they frequently adorn their columns with statements as in-
decent and insulting towards colored persons as those of the
other party."




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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