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ored journalists in the United States. It is vigorous in tone, fearless
in its defense of right, an uncompromising enemy of predjudice in all
its forms, a strong advocate of equal rights to all men without dis¬
tinction, and a staunch Republican in politics, with principle rather
than expediency as its basis.
Mr. Smith has always wielded a fearless and able pen for right
and truth. He has fought squarely in behalf of his race, demanding
for it recognition wherever denied. No other proof of this is needed
Hon. H. C. Smith.
than the Gazette itself. The Hon. Frederick Douglass wrote: "In the
midst of hurried preparations for a long tour in Europe, I snatch my
pen and spend a few moments to tell you how completely71 S37mpa-
thize with your political attitude." Then, again, he adds: "I do ex¬
hort your readers to stand by you in your effort to lead the colored
citizens of Ohio to wise political action."
Though at times Mr. Smith has been severety criticised, he has
never varied from what he cons, 'ered his duty. He believes that the
Republican party conserves the best interests of the Negro, and
thereupon he becomes its able and active defender. His articles are
read with both pleasure and profit, to which fact is largety due
the increased and increasing circulation of the Gazette.
The Republican governors of Ohio are indebted to Mr. Smith about