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Colored American Republican Text Book
			
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             Register Lyons on the Situation.
  "Have the colored voters, in Ohio or elsewhere, any ground of
complaint against the Administration?"
  "There have been two complaints urged.  One related to the
apparent neglect on the part of the President of the colored sol-
diers whose brave conduct at El Caney and San Juan excited the
admiration of the world.  The President has been anxious for
many months to reconnect these men in some wasy that benefits
their gallantry and is commensurate with the hero-soldiers of the
world, and he has at last found his way by conferring upon them
the highest commissions ever issued out of the War Department
to colored soldiers.  So that all foundation for this criticism has
been removed by the appointment of these heroes to captaincies
and lieutenancies in the colored regiments by the President, who
has thus shown his willingness to deal rightly with the colored
people.  The second complaint has been that the President has
not taken an openly pronounced stand against the lynchings in
the South. I answer this criticism by referring to his inaugural
address.  He used as strong words for law and order and against
mob violence of all forms as ever fell from the lips of a man
charged with the duties of a high office.  It would be well for
our people to refresh their memories by reading that very able
and eloquent State paper at this juncture.  President Grant
tried  force and  failed.  President  McKinley,  taking  ad-
vantage of the lesson of the past, is trying moral suasion.  He
has been among the Southern people and knows the regard they
entertain for him.  If he can, through his own personality, se-
cure happier relations between the white and the colored races,
he will deserve the highest praise.  In doing this, however, he
can not be expected to make much noise.  If he succeeds, he
will have accomplished what we want.  In any event, he will
be entitled to full faith and credit.  What we want is law and
order, and the nation will laud whatever agencies may bring
them about.
   "You must judge the present by the past," continued Mr.
Lyons. "When Mr. McKinley was governor of Ohio he did




			
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