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Progress of the Negro Race: Address at a Patriotic Race Service, Philadelphia
			
proposal. Although they are not now flocking together, yet steps
were taken to so distribute them as to give them the most un-
desirable places, mostly in the hallways rather than in the offices.


             Removal of William H. Lewis
  In the Postoffice Department inadequate toilet facilities are
provided for the colored employes and in the Bureau of En-
graving and Printing, instead of a lunch room  such as is fur-
nished the white employes, they are given the privilege of eating
their lunches in the washroom. In one of the other departments
they have been herded together in an attic room, the only opening
to the outer air and sunshine being through a transom. In the
Treasury Department, where piece work is done in certain
branches, the colored employes are given only the most dif-
ficult and laborious tasks to perform. And similar instances of
"giving the negro the worst of it" could be cited in other
departments.
  One of the first acts of President Wilson's Attorney Gen-
eral was to demand the resignation of William H. Lewis. This
man is a credit to his race. He was educated in Boston, studied
law, and was admitted to the bar of that city. He showed great
ability in the practice of his profession and was appointed by
President Taft an Assistant Attorney General, the highest po-
sition in the executive branch of the United States Government
ever held by a colored man. He was well qualified for the per-
formance of its duties and made a splendid record.  But the
Democratic administration got rid of him at the earliest oppor-
tunity. He was replaced by a white man.

            No Federal Offices for Negroes
  In the Treasury was another colored man in a high place,
John C. Napier, of Tennessee, who held the responsible position
of Registrar of the Treasury at a salary of $4,000 a year. He
promptly was removed and his place given to an Oklahoma
Democrat. For nearly twenty years, since William McKinley
entered the White House, the office of Registrar had been filled
by a man of your race.
  Henry W. Furniss, a colored man, was Minister to Hayti,
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