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to better their condition ; some come direct from the
plantations, others from the cities and tobacco fac¬
tories. As a rule, all are hard-working people, and
where they get fair wages and kind treatment they
will work themselves nearly to death.
In the South, their great social and religious
enjoyment has come through their church life.
And naturally they seek such affiliations as soon as
they arrive. In many places they are too poor and
too few in number to have a self-sustaining church,
and ought to remain as a mission under some white
church that is willing and able to instruct and assist