and the Democrats offered to assist us in doing, our State
to-day would not only have been a glittering star in the na¬
tional galaxy, but every house would have been enshrined in
the bosom of protection, and blood's crimson flow would have
never stained the verdant soil of our great State—instead
thereof the Olive Branch of peace, the Lilly of the Valley,
and.the Rose of Sharon, would have been blooming in the
glow of eternal fragrance.
I have said enough. I trust to present vividly to your
minds, the importance of the coloretl race, observing the
morale of an old adage, vulgarly expressec!, "Root hog or
die," "for these sentiments must be on;- shibboleth before wo
can realize what Providence has in reservation for us, and it
is high time the negro had found out that fact.
But I tell you to-day, that so long; as we accept of the
pack horse position, and thus allow ourselves to be saddled
up by every political trickster, we will be valued only as
political asses to gallop the ingratesof the world into power
and respectability, who will reciprocate the compbrsent by
throttling you on the first opportunity.
It is customary to ask, 'Ts that the kind of gratitude you
colored people have?'' I would, in reply, say, the colored
people owe no gratitude to such a herd of cattle. T won1 .1
rather thank the mosquito that sings Cousin to, mv ear one
moment,, and goes for my blood the next.
I honor the sons and daughters of liberty Yes, 1 could
be tempted to thank them for services rendered, were I to
meet them in pandemonium. Why, I fancy, I could walk
up to the gates of perdition and tender lion. Thadeus Ste¬
vens my heart-felt gratitude, if I could believe he was
among the lost. So with President Lincoln, Wilberforee
and a host of lesser lights. '
But for a man, be he white or black, to assume a false po.
sition, merely to deceive the unsuspecting and credulous
negro, is to merit my most bitter detestation.
But, gentlemen, the signs of the times, the contingencies
of events, the ingenuities of necessity, yes, llcaven and