in the Xegro, was made by Him for His glory- As Ave are
to return to Him, let there be no mistake in His identity.
This idea may be novel, but as we learn God it will be made
Much has come to us early through the media of politi¬
cal forces, but politics are not a panacea for the knoAvn and
fancied ills of which we are the victims.
Political parties have their uses. They have not as
such benefited the people to the extent that haA-e the fields,
the ploughs, the Avork shops, the banks, the co-operative
building and kindred associations.
The great mass of labor in every ciA-ilized country is
dependent for life, property and the pursuit of happiness
upon Avise legislation, equitable haws governing con¬
tracts, rather than on theories and platform declarations.
Every political organization possesses in the rank and rile
in the majority, patriotic citizens, interested in the mater¬
ial Aveil being of the community of which they are citizens.
So that, Avhile it is your duty to understand the principles
governing political parties, and your privilege to seek
peacefully the ascendancy of your party, yet their princi¬
ples don't plough fields or stock farms or heat the iron or
fashion it upon the anvil, stock the shop or sell the goods.
Recognize your duty to yourselves, and to your several
communities; courageously march forth to the discharge
of it, and this Exposition will be a great incentive to higher
achievement on the shoAvn lines and on neAV and untried
lines of material, progress.
If I have been by you understood, my presence here to¬
day will be to me a personal benefit, and to the race a serv¬
ice which I have cheerfully rendered.
To you white men of the South, if your civilization be
not a sham, but be a Christian one, you will in every Avatk
of intellect and material development associate your best
friends, the Negroes.
Remembering that the nation, a great soulless entity,
must so far differ from all other corporations as to com¬
prehend and transmute into practical acts its duty as set
forth and declared by Shakespeare, "'Tis not enough to
help the feeble up, but help him after."