every plank of the platform upon which he was elected, and will
go on with the work of reform until every agency tending to cor-
rect existing evils has been exhausted.
In the conduct of the war with Spain, Mr. McKinley has ex-.
hibited a quality of generalship, the most potent encomium upon
which is the speedy and satisfactory termination of the exasper-
ating conflict. In this struggle the Negro was given a man's
chance, and a lion's share of the glory is his. The President's
prudence, sagacity and inflexible determination here stamped
him as the peer of the greatest military commanders of any age.
The waving stars and stripes, unfurled over the ramparts of
Cuba, of Porto Rico, of Hawaii, and the Philippines are mute
but eloquent witnesses to his wise and patriotic leadership. "Mc-
Kinleyism" has come to be associated with protection to labor,
the elevation of the citizen, sound finance, enduring prosperity,
and, best of all, to be synonymous with a "Greater America,"
upon whose expanded soil the sun never ceases to shine.
While Mr. McKinley has been deeply engrossed with the
most intricate problems of statecraft, he has not been unmindful
of the just claims of party workers. He has distributed the of-
ficial rewards with rare tact and judgment, and no element which
assisted in the masterful triumph of 1896 is without representa-
tion. The Negro vote has fared handsomely at his hands. Col-
ored men of intelligence and character have been selected from
every section of the country to fill positions of trust and profit
under the Administration, and the instance has yet to be re-
corded where the honor has been bestowed unworthily. Indeed,
while it is a fact of great significance that the President has
within nineteen months appointed fully twice as many Negroes
as any previous Administration, developments are now being so
shaped by him, through a revision of the civil service regula-
tions, that the number of Negro officeholders will be increased
fourfold. Not only this, but the constitutional rights of the
Negro will continue to be sacredly regarded and his future in the
new possesions will be surrounded by every guarantee calculated