One of the most commendable facts noted when reviewing the
appointments of this Administration, is that a large majority of
the appointees are men of reputed and accepted high intellectual,
moral and social standing. Among the many to whom the race
may point with pride, and without a trembling conscience, are
Senator Bruce (deceased), Judge Lee, of Florida; Register J.
W. Lyons, of Georgia; Major John R. Lynch, of Mississippi;
Supt. J. P. Green, of Ohio; Assistant State Attorney Barnett,
of Illinois; Major R. R. Wright, of Georgia; Consul J. N. Ruf-
fin, of Tennessee; Consul G. H. Jackson, of Connecticut; Con-
sul C. L. Maxwell, of Ohio, and many more of like standing.
When the sum total of the noble manhood of the above-named
galaxy is properly approximated, duly appreciated, and added to
the nobility of the hundreds known, but unnamed other ap-
pointees of this Administration, the resultant thoughts will
cause any man to subjugate selfishness, and admit his pride and
his satisfaction at the representation of the race.
THE WAR DEPARTMENT.
"Would a war with Spain benefit the Negro," was a popular
question for debate. Some thought it would benefit; others
thought not. In many respects it has been a God-send, and be-
yond dispute a great benefit. If in no other way, 15,048 pri-
vates have shown their patriotism and their valor by offering
their bared breasts as shields for their country's honor; 4,114
(the regulars) did actual, noble and heroic service at El Caney,
San Juan and Santiago, while 266 officers (261 volunteers and
five regulars) did similar service and demonstrated the ability of
the American Negro to properly command even so well as he
does readily obey. When we have learned to appreciate that
six months ago the Negro had in the army only five officers and
4,114 privates, and to-day we have 266 officers and 15,048 pri-
vates, we must know that inestimable benefit has come to the
race. Among the officers are to be found many of the brightest
minds of the race. Fully 80 per cent of those in authority come
from the best known and most influential families in the land.