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Frederick Douglass at Springfield, Mo.
			
8                      THE REVIEW

favored, honored and sought after more than any other man
On every great occasion or function, where it was fitting for
the elect to be,Mr. Douglass was an honored guest.  Not
only on the great occasions was he the most observed of
guests and fascinating of speakers, but he generously  went
whenever and wherever called by his own people either at
their churches or other public gatherings.
    At the close of the Exposition, Mr. Douglass  did not
seem to be fatigued or in any way  worn  out by the six
months of active participation in all the large and small festi-
vities and congresses of the Fair. He had fully earned the
right to return to his beloved Cedar Hill home at the National
Capital for rest and quietude, but his generous impulse to
serve the people was stronger than his inclination to enjoy
the poetic quietude of his home.
 The people of the Western States won from him a promise
to make them a visit and deliver some addresses. Then again
he was strongly impressed by a sense of duty. The only
shadow over his buoyant spirits, awakened by the marvelous
revelations of human progress as shown in the Exposition,
was the growing prevalence of lynching and the seeming lack
of a sense of horror on the part of the people of all the coun-
try. It was from a strong sense of duty then, that he disre-
garded his need of rest and home recreation, and said "yes"
to the people of Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. The itinerary
of his lecture tour of the great Douglass included the cities of
Des Moines and Atlantic, in Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; and
Springfield, Mo.
   The writer of this sketch accompanied Mr. Douglass on
this last tour and had a rare opportunity of knowing how





			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 23, Num. 1

Frederick Douglass at Springfield, Mo.

Laing

Volume:  23
Issue Number:  01
Page Number:  07
Date:  07/1906


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