everything in his power to punish persons concerned in lynching
affairs. As President he has actually less power than a gover-
nor, except where the case affects Federal interests, and in the
single instance of this kind--the murder of the postmaster at
Lake City-he put the whole machinery of the Government in
operation to capture and convict the offenders. I think when
the colored people realize the President has done and is doing
all in his power for their advancement, their criticism will cease.
"Of course," added Mr. Lyons, "if the disaffection is based upon
disappointment in not getting offices, I can only say that I regret
there are not enough offices to go around. At the same time the
colored people have been recognized, and party interests ought
not to be made to suffer because of the inevitable insufficiency of
offices to accommodate all applicants.
GRANT AND EXPANSION.
The veterans of the Civil War, both South and North, will
readily accept the views of President U. S. Grant, as expresed in
his second inaugural address, on March 4, 1873, as follows:
"I say here, however, that I do not share in the apprehensions
held by many as to the danger of Governments becoming weak-
ened and destroyed by reason of their extension of territory.
Commerce, education, and the rapid transit of thought and mat-
ter by telegraph and steam have changed all this. Rather do I
believe that our Great Maker is preparing the world in His own
good time to become one nation, speaking one language, and
when armies and navies will be no longer required."
This statement was made in connection with the recommen-
dation that San Domingo should be annexed to the United States.
COMMISSIONER U. S. LAND OFFICE.
Hon. J. M. Townsend, of Indiana, was the first Negro to oc-
cupy this important office. He was appointed by President Har-
rison, and was succeeded by Dr. D. P. Roberts, another colored