“By sense and science; by the White
man's power of putting this and that together.
In certain counties we are too weak to fight.
What is the use of running seven men in Beaufort County
, where the Negroes stand at six to one, or three in Georgetown County
, where they stand at seven to one?
Why try for eighteen seats in Charleston County
, seeing that the Negro voters stand at three to one?
Till we can seize Fort Sumter
and the Citadel, we cannot change these voting lists.
Then why not try a compromise?
That is the question we asked each other.”
“Yes; and the reply.”
“Some said it was no use to try; others believed there was a chance.
You see the Negroes have their leaders, and these leaders want to push their way. It is a great thing for a Negro to have a talk with gentlemen; and after all that has been done to set the servile race against their old masters, Negroes have the common feeling of attachment to the places of their birth.
Most of us thought a bargain might be struck.”
“ You tried the scheme-?”
“Yes; Captain Dawson
, one of our shrewdest ”