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ment with credit to himself and profit to his hearers. He is char¬
acterized by a lucidness of speech and a forcefulness of utterance
wiiich mark for him a towering place among the leaders of his church
as a preacher and public speaker, and his logical and earnest style
together with his sterling integrity guarantees to him no decline in
his ascent of the higher heights of Zion.
HON. H. C. SMITH
[For eleven years editor and proprietor of the "Cleveland Gazette," and a member of
the Ohio Legislature.]
BY PROF. W. S. SCARBOROUGH.
HE well known subject of this sketch was born in Clarksburg,
West Virginia, on the 28th of January, 1863. He w7as taken to
Cleveland, his present home, in 1805. Here he attended the
schools of the city from an early7 age, finishing in 1882. During the
next year he devoted his entire time to the study7 of band and orches¬
tral music. In this he also reached distinction. The same desire to
rise above mediocrity and thereby7 demand respect for himself and
race because of his fitness and thorough preparation for the work of
life, took possession of him here as in his earlier life. He lost no time,
but continued to plod upward. The result is, that as a y7oung man of
scholarly attainments, of comprehensive views, as a journalist and
musician—especially7 a cornetist—he stands to-day7 facile princeps
among the first colored citizens in the State of Ohio.
In addition to his editorial duties, for years Mr. Smith w7as leader
and musical director of the famous Excelsior Cornet Band, of Cleve¬
land, Ohio. His compositions have found ready sale, especially7 his
song and chorus, "Be True, Bright Eyes," now7 known throughout
In August, 1883, H. C. Smith, with three other gentlemen, launched
the Cleveland. (Ohio) Gazette upon the sea of journalism. Since that
time, however, he has become sole owner and proprietor. This paper
has proved a success, and is now7 by far the best colored paper pub¬
lished in the State of Ohio, and is one among the best edited by col-