204 AFRO-AMERICAN ENCYCLOPAEDLV.
All of our leading business men OA7er the South should follow the
Constitution''s lead. If Ave Avould make the average Negro a safe
voter, good citizen, a representative of Southern acquisitiveness, and
common comforts of our civilization, we must stimulate the pride of
self-respect of the race, by all proper means.
The Negro is our American citizen ; the white race ser\7es its OAvn
interest in making him a g< >< id and useful man. He fills the rank of
one-fifth of the regular army; he absorbs a large' per cent, of the
Southern school funds. The white' people have built colleges for the
race, and urged on the leading and wealthy7 Negroes the creation of
industrial schools, for the Negro boyTs and girls. All of these benef-
icencies should have brought forth creditable fruit, and the Avay7 to
do this is to induce the Negro to display7, in the aggregate, specimens
of his agricultural and mechanical acheiA7ements.
We hope the Negro exhibit will be something of which the intelli¬
gent men and Avornen among them can be justly7 proud ; and it will be
that if the white people take in it the kindly7, helpful interest they7
should take.— Cliattanooga Times.
TRADES FOR YOUR CHlUDREri.
HE Boston Banner say7s, "The white man takes his children at
an early7 age and apprentices them to a trade, and when they7
grow to man s estate, they are armed for the battle of life. The
colored man takes his children at an early7 age and hires them out for
a sum of money7 that is hardly sufficient to buy7 them shoes; and
when they grow7 to man's estate they7 are common, yes, A7ery com¬
mon laborers, eking out a very7 meager existence, and when old age
comes upon them, they7 go to the poorhouse. Teach your children
a trade." Good advice. Heed it.
It is estimated that 12,000,000 square miles of the land area of the
globe are still uninhabited.