Evangelists and other denominations among us. Each home ought to
have its church paper. Next to that stands some good clean helpful
race journal. Get one, in the columns of which the editors are seeking
to help the race up, and not working to pull it down. When you sub¬
scribe for a race journal get one in which the editors display7 not pes¬
simistic, but optimistic views of the race.
It will be well to remember that it takes brains to edit a newspaper,
and men who have not been trained to think are hardly men to be en¬
trusted with the perilous task of giving direction to public opinion.
The editorial chair requires more than that culture gotten from the
reading of newspapers. The editor who is sending out week by week
his paper into the world ought to be able to grapple with the prob¬
lems of the day and think them through. There is too much guess¬
ing on the grave social problems of the day7 b37 editors. Riots and
mobs are the result of false teaching, both on the part of the hot¬
headed anarchists and incompetent editors who are not anachists.
In selecting your race journal for the next year find one whose edito¬
rial columns show moderation, and one which is not alwa37s squared
off with a chip on its shoulder daring someone to knock it off. The
paper which busies itself with fighting its contemporaries cannot be
of very much help to 3rou. When 37ou raise the question about taking
a race journal remember there are tw7o reasons especially to be re¬
membered why you should. The first is a duty you owe to 37ourself
to keep up with the movements among- y7our own people. Second, you
owe it to the race to support laudable enterprises w7hich look to the
betterment of the race. Let us remember, too, that the press, the
pulpit and the platform have been the great liberators of the nations
In this land of ours we need the influence of all of these to plead our
cause up and down the length of our land. Put some good race
weekly on your list for 1895.—Cleveland (Ohio) Gazette.