The editorial of the 17th inst., ought to be carefully read and seriously pondered over by every true member of the native section of this community. The facts revealed therein, in the matter of native "incompetency and weakness," along with those indicated in the account given in the same issue, of the regrettable failure of a scheme for the amalgamation of two African Societies[2
] in the heart of the British Empire, ought to send a sensation of bewilderment and dismay to the pride and aspiration of any self-respecting people, who, if they must take their God-assigned position in the forced marches of progress and advancement, [which] the leading nations of the world (including the Negro of America under the vigorous and ideal leadership of Marcus Garvey—a modern Joshua only of about 33 Summers[)] are just now engaged in[,] should, without any further delay, put away childish things,
think, decide, and set dead to action.[3
] After the fact has been admitted in all fairness that the Sierra Leone Negro from the beginning has been seriously handicapped in the nature of the educational "gifts" he received from the philanthropy and humaneness of the British Nation, in that he has not been able hitherto to make any outstanding achievement at his own expense,
he must be rudely awakened and compelled to borrow a leaf out of the pages of illumination afforded him in the scheme of co[o]peration and go-a-headedness so very successfully launched out by his indomitable and resourceful compatriot, the Hon. Marcus Garvey, relative to the accomplishment of the project of launching, on the sea of commerce, a regular run of the Black Star line of steamers. Those who have closely followed the pages of the Negro World,
would bear testimony to the fact that coolness, confidence,
have been the dominating principles that have influenced the soul of the originators of such a praise-worthy endeavour to the goal of success they have already attained. Every one who caught the flame of inspiration which flowed so profusely out of the heart on fire of that now world-famed Negro leader, has had to put in his or her, 5[,] 10, 20, 50, 100, or 200 dollars, and so become a "lively" entity in the effectuations of the great scheme. It is by this way poor people, however handicapped, can become rich and great, and it is in this direction the path is opened for the Sierra Leone Negro of the present day, to lead out into the channel of progressive action and compel his detractors to stand at bay. The reason given by Mr. J. E. Taylor for his failure to identify himself with the movement so wisely begun, to effect a co-ordination of action in the struggle for the moral and political emancipation of the black race of the world, does not appear to us to fit in with the spirit with which he so chivalrously and praiseworthily faced the recent libel suit, that has already won so much for his race, despite the fact that he is mulct in damages of £400 with cost.[4
] Some thing else appears to be still at the bottom; the cloven foot of which, may be detected in the suggestion to "play fair," in the closing portion of his last correspondence on the matter. This is regrettable. But let the Sierra Leone Negro, at home or abroad, be alive to this one tremendous fact, that he is in no way in the reckoning, if he cannot, however poor and handicapped, " play fair, " co-operate, and go for doing things at his own expense.