me in Philadelphia
, whose name was Henry Griffin
, whose craft was door-keeping, whose desire was legislation.
A shrewd fellow, thirty-five years old, and yet obliged to mind a door for bread, Griffin
thought the time had come for him to rise.
His neighbours shared the public spoil-why should not he?
Hence, to the amusement of his employers, he was running as a candidate in the seventh ward of Philadelphia
“On which side in politics do you stand?”
I asked the candidate.
“ Republican, Sah.”
“Republican! Then you are running against Bardsley and Patterson
, men of your own opinions, giving your enemies, the Democrats, a chance of slipping in?”
“ Guess that's so,” he answered; “but we like to have our share, and the Republicans cheat us every way.”
“Indeed! I thought they gave you liberty, and fought for you against their brethren in the South
“Guess that was long ago. That dead and buried.
I am speaking of to-day.
We coloured people vote the Republican
When they get ”