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manner. An earnest, constant, systematic course of instruction
from an economic standpoint in these schools, on this subject,
which the students are in turn to impart to the people, is of vital
importance, would be far-reaching and beneficial in its results;
that association can wield a great power for the spread of tem-
The National Press Association (representing over one hundred
newspapers) which met in Cincinnati last month, speaking weekly
to a constituency of perhaps a million readers, as an organized
body can revolutionize public sentiment by showing how intem-
perance is sapping our physical and financial resources. The
writer knows one secular journal which has lost many dollars by
refusing to advertise saloons. That is the action of one sheet.
There is needed, however, harmonious and consistent combina-
tion of agitation and effort from the entire body.
Nor must the ministers of the gospel, the most potent agents,
who directly reach the masses, cease to preach temperance in
their lives and pulpits, line upon line, and precept upon precept.
The Negro's greatest lack is his seeming incapacity for
organization for his own protection and elevation. Yet every
reader of these lines, who loves his race and feels the force of
these statements, can make himself a committee of one to influ-
ence some one else. One person does not make a race, but the
nation is made up of a multiplicity of units. Not one grain of
sand, but countless millions of them, side by side, make the ocean
bed. A single stream does not form the " Father of Waters,"
but the conjunctive force of a hundred streams in the bottom of
the Mississippi Basin, swells into the broad artery of commerce,
which courses the length of this continent, and sweeps with re-
sistless current to the sea. So, too, an organized combination of
all these agencies for humanity's good will sweep the country
with a wave of public sentiment which shall make the liquor
traffic unprofitable and dishonorable, and remove one of the prin-
cipal stumbling blocks to race progress.
THE EDUCATORS OF LITERARY TASTE.
BY R. K. POTTER.
"READING maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and
writing an exact man," wrote Bacon, several centuries ago, and
his propositions are finding abundant illustrations in our own
century. A homely conclusion readily derived from Bacon's
premises is that a mixture containing the correct proportion of
these ingredients is calculated to produce a mentally well-balanced