by the best scholarship of the Negro race, and not only are our people
in the cities made glad, but the law applies all over the State, and the
colored teacher now thrives abundantly in localities that once knew
her not. The system thus established rivals in usefulness and equip-
ment the splendid institutions of Washington, and the generous-sized
pay roll carries oceans of sunlight into many Afro-American homes.
The elevating tendency of this one feature, adopted by the Republican
Administration, entitles it to the deepest gratitude of which the heart
is capable, and it bids fair to bring to our race more real profit than
anything the Democrats would do in the next century, had they full
power to act.
The Negro has enjoyed, under Republican rule, a degree of official
recognition impossible under the reign of the Democracy. In the
palmy days of Gormanic ascendancy, not a dark face was known to
present to any disbursing clerk a salary voucher. The Republicans
have given us in the city of Baltimore three street forces numbering
hundreds of men, all colored, and placed over each of the forces Negro
superintendents. This means bread for hundreds of Negro families
and education for more hundreds of children, the future leaders of
The Republicans have given us a clerkship in the office of Register
of Wills, besides several janitorships, watchmen and messengers in
the Baltimore city departments. Several Afro-Americans have been
elected to the city council, and one, Hon. Hiram Watty, is now a mem-
ber of that body. We have had some recognition in the State house
at Annapolis, including a committee clerk and a force of janitors, mes-
sengers, laborers, etc. A long step has been made in the right direc-
tion, and the Negro should support and encourage the administrative
powers by proper appreciation to take other and longer ones. Hon.
H. S. Cummings is an honored member of the State executive com-
The State administration has made provision for the higher edu-
cation and for the industrial training of our youth, and has also in-
augurated a plan looking to the establishment of an improved char-
itable institution, where the sick, poor and helpless may be given at-
tention and good care.
This is in part the record of the claims the Republican party has
upon the support of the Afro-American voter. It is as much what
continued Republicanism saves us from as what it gives in actual emol-
uments, that it deserves favor at our hands. It stands for the most
exalted patriotism, the sternest moral code, for obedience to the law
and justice to every citizen.
Hon. Lloyd Lowndes will succeed himself as governor. He has
given the State a clean and prosperous administration. He is honest
and straightforward, and is faithful to every trust reposed in him.
While he has done much for all the people, and has not been unmind-
ful of the Afro-American, his continuance at the helm will enable him
to accomplish still more for us. At the first term of a party long out
of power, it is impossible to satisfy the demands of all, no matter how
just they be, and if there are imaginary shortcomings here and there,
the true Republican will look beyond selfish interest to the great good
the people will derive from the triumph of Republican principles.
Factions that threatened disaster earlier in the fight have disap-
peared. The enemy will be compelled to face a united party, and with
the aid of the form elements which Mr. Lowndes can always command
and the united strength of the loyal black voters, all things point to
a glorious victory for the Republicans in Maryland. Governor Lowndes
deserves a vote of confidence. His admirable administration should be
cordially approved. If the white Republicans do their duty, the col-
ored voters will do the rest. Put it down then as a safe proposition:
MARYLAND'S NEGRO VOTE WILL NOT DIVIDE.