THE NEGRO'S NEEDS.
too thick, whose heels were too long; those who had
upon them the curse of Canaan, and were only fitted
to be the servant of servants. But true to God and
to humanity, and nothing daunted by difficulties and
discouragements, they have kept on laboring and toil¬
ing, with a patience rivaling that of the man of Uz.
Like the coral insect they have been working deep
down at the very bottom, while the waves of public
sentiment have been raging tumultuously above their
heads. But they have builded well. They have
laid good foundations. They have had some
success. Points of their work are beginning to show
very conspicuously here and there in the surface of
society. Indeed, it has become a fact too patent
to be denied, that a mighty work has been done in
that Southern laud for God and mankind. Somebody
has done it. God bless that somebody ! God reward
that somebody, in this life a thousandfold, and in the
life to come with joys evermore !
But it is too general a remark to say that a mighty
work has been doue. Let us be a little more specific.
What was the condition of the Negro at the close
of the war? Was he not laudless? Was he not
homeless in the fullest, broadest, most important