TALKS FOR THE TIMES.
native forests, can appreciate the remark and feeling
of that man. But I am digressing, for I was telling
you that the Negro has gotten him some clothing. I
may also add he has bought him a little land—692,-
335 acres in the State of Georgia alone—quite a little
farm. He is cultivating this land. On this land he
is establishing Christian homes—comfortable homes ;
not log cabins, not shanties, but real houses with
doors and windows to let in the air and the light, and
with chimneys built on the inside to let out the smoke.
You would be pleased as well as surprised to see the
number of comfortable homes the colored people now
own in some parts of the city of Atlanta—homes with
front yards and shrubbery and croquet wickets stick¬
ing up in the grass. Here and there, too, you will
find one who is tired of living on the first floor, and
so has built him a little two-story house. You see
we are getting up in the world. I am glad to say
this of Atlanta, although it is not my native home.
I feel a little bit interested in Atlanta. I have labored
hard there many years. I have studied there and
taught there. My little children were born there,
and I do hope that they will yet grow up to reflect