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der the existing circumstances; and
rather than do so, they paid over the
guarantee money and lost the chance
of getting even for their defeat of last
We agree that the whole thing is an
unfortunate affair, for, situated as we are
the two colleges should be on the most
friendly terms; and in their sports should
enjoy a good healthy rivalry that knows
none of the petty bickering of which the
past has been so politic. It was hop
ed after last fall we would enjoy the ad
vantage of a friendly contestant in our
neighbor; but unless we can now come
to some better understanding such
hopes are vain.
At the present writing there is a
scheme under way by which a better
basis of understanding may be found;
but as yet it is not sufficiently completed
to make any definite statement in refer
ence to it.
THE RACE PROBLEM.
Delivered in the Junior Oratorical Contest, Juno 24, 1890.
Physically, morally, and politically, the Cau
casian race controls the whole world. To it we
are indebted for Christianity, and for all of the
institutions of civilization. The other races have
not largely contributed to history, for they have
not advanced materially in known time. Where
there has been contact one with the other, there
has been neither amalgamation nor league, but re
moval or extermination, our race remaining alone
the conquering and the unconquerable. So near
ly has this been the case, that, until modem times
the great divisions of the human family have been
as distinctly marked as have the geograpical di-
THE FREE LANCE.
We have refused the Mongolian a landing on
our shores, and the red man of the forest we have
pushed almost to the verge of extermination; but
the black man comprising one seventh of our en
tire population is here to stay. He has adopted
our customs, he enjoys our institutions, and in
reality being distinct in nothing but color, fur
nishes an example never before known in the
history of mankind. Ignorant not because of his
race, but from force of circumstances; entitled
under our constitution to a political and social
equality; yet from a race prejudice as old as ihe
human family, he enjoys it but nominally; so that
his immediate future is believed to present a
problem of civilization the most complex and un
precedented that the world has ever seen.
And why this question ?
Is it because our institutions are threatened
with extermination ? No. The black man has
lived with us since the beginning of our history,
and never have there been between us conflicts
leaving ineffaceable scars ; never has his loyalty
to us been questioned, as a slave, as a freedman,
as a citizen, or as a soldier upon the field of bat
tle. Need we fear Amalgamation ? Contrary to
a belief which is quite prevalent our leading
statesmen think not. In the brief period of his
freedom, since tendencies to miscegenation are
less, he has shown as well as we, a decided aver
sion to intermarriage. As a race it is said that
his skin is darker than when a slave, and is gradu
ally growing darker. Than this loyalty to his
race, what could speak better for his dignity, for
his manhood, for his citizenship ?
Do we believe that he is not susceptible of the
visions of continents.
But a new epoch of history is dawning. This
country of ours which has shown so many things
to the world, whose government at first experi
mental, has proven itself to be the greatest pro
moter of liberty to the oppressed of all nations is
to show that it can elevate into enlightenment the
race which has been considered the lowest of
mankind, the African.