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have without getting our prices gone to other firms where no colored
men are employed, to get their work done and have had to pay more
for it than our regular prices are. We need not talk about making
business and employing ourselves unless the race intends to stand
by7 that business. Colored churches are supported by colored people
and colored business enterprises will in most cases be supported by
colored people. You say Ave ought to have banks and railroads and
printing houses, etc. What have you done to help the Fraternal
Printing and Publishing Co. to establish a business and a paper
which shall be a credit to the race? What would it profit colored
men to build railroads should colored men all go over and ride on a
railroad run and operated by7 white men? Do not ask why we have
no more business enterprises until y7ou have done what you can to
help those we have. Do not urge colored men to go into business
unless you are willing to help them.
W Q. ATWOOD,
LUMBER AND REAL ESTATE.
fHE subject of this sketch was born January 1, 1839, in Wilcox
County, Alabama. After the death of his father, his mother
moved to Ripley, Ohio, where she landed May 15, 1853. Here
he was placed in school Avhere he remained for six A7ears. In the fall
of ]X.7.) he went to California, Avhere he followed steamboating, re¬
turning to Ripley in 1801. In 1863 he \vent to Saginaw, Michigan,
where he engaged in the lumber and real estate business, in Avhich he
has been engaged ever since and has accumulated quite a fortune.
His property is estimated at more than one hundred thousand dollars.