Thursday, May 10, 2007

Many Spicy Hits



The Black Mountain Farmer's Alliance met Saturday, May 10, [1890]. The choir opened the exercises by singing, 'Sweet Hour of Prayer,'...

The silver-tongued orators and the audience were then made welcome by Mr. T. R. Randolph, our popular and suave young teacher, who in a neat little speech made many spicy hits. ...

Gen. R. B. Vance kept the audience interested for two hours...
His talk was doubly interesting by the scientific and indisputable data brought to bear out the fact that as things now are legislation exists for the favored few. He implored the Alliance to cling and work together and be no longer like 'Issachar, who bared his shoulders to the burden,' but to cast off the yoke in order to become freedmen. ...
This address ended in a masterful manner and reached the tender depths of pathos by reciting that quaint Scotch poem, 'John Anderson my Joe, John.' ...

Gen. Vance's speech was followed by an address from Maj. D. A. Blackwell, the President of the County Alliance, who in a happy manner gave both valuable instruction and good advice, which it would be well for all interested to heed. He won many friends by his gallantry and tender reference to the fair sex and the bright jewels of happy childhood...

The choir sang 'Sowing the Seed,' then Mr. Stepp introduced Mr. T. F. Reeves, who made quite an eloquent speech...
Little Bertha Clements entertained the crowd after dinner by reciting very sweetly, 'Deliverance Will Come,' by Rev. B. A. Clark."

(From the Asheville Democrat, May 15, 1890)

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