Steadfastness of the Negro
As a very young man my first experience in public life and
in political campaigns was in direct personal dealing with the
colored voter, and I acquired a familiarity with his character
and temperament which I think is possessed, perhaps, by but few
public men. I early learned to detect and recognize the good
points in the negro character, and I conceived in the beginning
an abiding confidence which I never have lost in his ability with
the advancing and widening opportunities presented by his
American citizenship for his development upward and onward.
I have seen the negro in every phase of life. I am glad to testify
here this evening that in close and bitter political contests I have
found many negroes who have exhibited a loyalty and honor in
the fact of temptations of bribery and corruption not surpassed
by any similar steadfastness on the part of the white people, and
exhibited in a way which reflected credit to the race and renewed
confidence in the possibilities of its future.
On account of my early experience in this way I always have
counted myself in a peculiar degree as the friend of the colored
man. When I entered politics 30 years ago the political recog-
nition extended to him hardly had begun. I think I have par-
ticipated in nearly every effort in his behalf and, frequently, have
been the individual means of securing for him ever-widening and
more ample opportunities of recognition in official employment.
I always have been glad and willing to urge such recognition and
to support any colored man for office who was, in my opinion
capable and worthy of the position he sought regardless of his
race or creed.
I realize that the colored people are an important and integral
portion of the citizenship of Philadelphia and of the State of
Pennsylvania, and that they are doing their share so far as in-
creasing opportunities permit to promote the greatness of our
city and State.
Commonsense Treatment of Race Problem
A great deal has been spoken and written about the race ques-
tion. Much of it is vain and illusory. Apprehensions are con-
jured up by timid imaginations which have no foundation in
fact or logic. Schemes of amelioration are proposed which often
are complicated and impractical. What the negro wants, what