Collection: African American Newspapers
Date: July 13, 1882
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Only to keep our readers posted in what might fitly be termed the “Bishop Payne Outrage Literature,” do we make room for the following. It largely explains itself. Dear Sir- I was surprised on looking through THE RECORDER of April 28 just to hand, to see a letter for the editor of THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER, giving an enormous account of a circumstance that is well known here. With the good qualities, ability, and general usefulness of the Bishop I fully agree, and if he had been “rudely rejected,” as stated, it would have been sufficient “to arouse to white heat that sense of British Christianity, so well known to the world' and to have made “the Christians of our country blush.” But why was he ejected? The facts are these. On the line in question there is only one class, the accommodation throughout the train being the same, but separate care are provided for white and colored people, and I believe this arrangement was made quite as much in the interests of the colored people as the white indeed, it gives satisfaction to all. No white is allowed to ride in a car set apart for colored people and vice versa . Those who know anything of the South will understand this arrangement. The two races will not mix; there is a mutual desire to keep apart. The Bishop wished to ride with the whites; of course he was refused. He then asked to alight which he did at the next station, stating his determination to return. He was informed that there would be a train in an hour or two, but he preferred to walk, and did so. It is only fair that the truth should be known. I am, Sir, yours truly, JOSEPH OSBORNE. Lake Como, Florida, U.S.A., May 15 Who Joseph Osborne is, we do not know. We have an impression, however, that he is a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. As the editor of the London Methodist Recorder did not see proper to say one word in regard to the outrage, to the latter, we wrote, nor to the letter of Mr. Osborne, we did not feel like further troubling his columns nor his conscience. But what equally surprised us was that not a single Wesleyan minister had sufficient interest in the Bishop and the millions he represented in that Florida affair, as to say one word pro or con . Verily, thought we, and do: Great is Diana of the Ephesians.” Our Diana is the white American representation in the Ecumenical; the Ephesians is the Ecumenicat itself. But Brother Osborne's letter can very safely be allowed free circulation in England. The following is what The Good Templar's Watchword has to say The Methodist Recorder and of Mr. Osborne's letter in its issue of June 11th: Where is the sense of humanity, to say nothing of Divine principles, when such a letter as the above is found without a word of comment in the columns of the (English) Methodist Recorder? “As much in the interest of the colored people as the white” forsooth; that may do for Florida. We might as well say that pigs are killed for their own advantage, and that they squeal because they like having their throats cut. Such rubbish in an English Christian paper makes us feel half wicked, and we want to know what to expect in chief quarters.






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