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Address to the Afro-Americans of Ohio
			
ITIES WITHIN HIMSELF," HE ADOPTED THE METHODS OF
THE  SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS TO CARRY HIS ELECTION.
ON ELECTION DAY.  IN OCTOBER, 1895, HIS HIRED GANG
OF  THUGS, SOME OF WHOM WERE POLICEMEN, COM-
MITTED UPON OUR RACE AND THE BALLOT-BOX  THE
MOST INFAMOUS OUTRAGES THAT EVER DISGRACED
THE GREAT STATE OF OHIO.
HIS AGENTS  AND  CRIMINAL HIRELINGS CLUBBED AND
MOBBED OUR PEOPLE AT THE POLLS, AND IN ORDER TO
PREVENT THEM FROM VOTING, ARRESTED THEM BY
WHOLESALE AND CONFINED THEM IN A DAMP AND DARK
CELLAR, A VERITABLE "BLACK HOLE," UNTIL AFTER
THE POLLS WERE CLOSED WHEN THEY WERE RELEASED.
THESE MEN, BEATEN, MOBBED AND CONFINED IN THE
"BLACK HOLE" WERE NOT EVEN SUSPECTED OF CRIME,
BUT WERE RESPECTABLE MEMBERS OF OUR RACE WHO
COULD NOT BE BOUGHT WITH BOODLE TO VOTE FOR
THIS MAN WHO IS NOW POSING AS OUR "TRUE FRIEND."
    Some of the brutal gang were arrested and sent to the penitentiary
for their lawlessness, and the man who "represents within himself all
the good qualities" suddenly went to Washington, D. C., where he has
since resided. You know that Washington is a Southern city with all
the prejudice of any city in the South. Would his
       Living in the South for the past Fourteen Years
tend to increase the "good qualities within himself " so far as we are
concerned ? Would you vote for such an alleged "true friend" for Gov-
ernor of our State?
   When we vote on November 7th, let us think of the past record of
the Democratic party in the State and the record of its candidate for
Governor before he hastily left the State.
   Remember a Republican legislature enacted into law all the anti-
lynching legislation on the statute books of the State of Ohio.
   When you vote, compare the record of John R. McLean with that
of Hon. George K. Nash, the Republican candidate for Governor.
   During all these years McLean was fighting for the degradation of
our race, Judge Nash was on the other side fighting for our civil and
political elevation.
   Judge Nash was born of the very Abolitionists the Demo-
     cratic Party so bitterly denounced in its platform.
   He served honorably in the War of the Rebellion, and was an active
supporter of the fifteenth amendment which John R. McLean opposed.
The latter now begs the vote of which he tried to deprive us.  Will we
give it to him?
   McLean has always been against us, Nash has always been with
us.  Which candidate deserves our support ? Let us think well and act
prudently on election day.
                              WILLIAM R. STEWART.




			
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