WHO SHALL SUCCEED MR. GRADY?
BY JOHN DURHAM B. S. C. E.
If Barnum's advertising man paints forty-three stars on the
flag of the United States, people smile at his effusive pa
triotism on British soil. When Mr. Grady painted pictures of
his New South for Northern audiences, his hearers made full
allowance for the extravagance of the devoted Southerner. They
saw only his art-reviewed facts through the rose or amber tints
of their wine-glasses, and forgot, for the moment, that other pic-
ture, not fancy-made nor magnified, of Judge Lynch striding the
South, with the scales of justice sticking out of his coat-
tail pockets. Barnum's advertiser betrays his ignorance, or dis-
plays a harmless effusiveness; the late apostle of the New South
was dangerously effusive, and deliberately a false witness
against his black neighbor.
Mr. Grady must have a successor. The industrial develop-
ment of the South requires that. What kind of a man shall the
Negro expect ? What kind of man may we reasonably hope
for ? The North must decide upon the new apostle, for he will
remain inglorious, if not mute, until Northern banqueters give
him recognition and applause.
It would be unreasonable to expect that Mr. Grady's successor
shall be free from all of Mr. Grady's faults. Mr. Cable has been
the pioneer of Southern white men, in attacking the Negro
question as purely an economic problem. He has been merely
fair, and just, and studious. Because of the exhibition of these
qualities, he is an exile from the South he loves so well. His
new home is in New England; yet New England diners and Bos-
ton merchants turn from their neighbor to do honor to the
Atlanta apostle. Mr. Grady's successor cannot be a George W.
Cable, because he would be boycotted at the South and not ap-
preciated at the North. It is to be expected, therefore, that the
new apostle will have many of Mr. Grady's peculiarities. He
must be an exponent of the sentiment which regards the Negro
as constitutionally inferior to the white man. However unfor-
tunate this may be for us, it will be necessary, in order that he
may have extended influence at home. No man of this genera-
tion can lead or even represent the Southern people, who shall
have the courage to assert the doctrine of manhood equality
from the pulpit, the forum, or the press.
He must be bold. It was Henry W. Grady's aggressiveness
which, provoked the admiration of the North. No Negro can con-