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JOHN JAMES WHITE
MCCOMB CITY, MISSISSIPPI
THIS BOOK OF BENEFICENT INTENT IS INSCRIBED
AS AN EXPRESSION OF SINCERE FRIENDSHIP BY THE
My purpose in writing this book is found in the book itself. Some seventeen years ago the governor of a Southern State asked the author " what the sentiment of the people in his part of the State was concerning the lien laws." After inquiry of quite a number of furnishing merchants, the fact was revealed that all these merchants except one were opposed to the repeal of these laws. This inquiry led to investigation not only of the business system, but of related subjects. The result of this inquiry is now given to the public.
The book was written in no hostile spirit to any class of men.
Its generous intent will disarm criticism. A condition of affairs exists that can not con. tinue without serious hurt to all the people. General prosperity there is none. To call attention to the causes that underlie this condition, is the aim of the book.
I am indebted for valuable information concern. ing the education of the colored people in the States of Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Arkansas, and Texas, to Hon. S. D. Bradwell, John C. Scarborough, W. N. Sheats, J. H. Shinn, and J. M. Carlisle, Superintendents of Public Instruction in these States; also to Hon. W. T. Harris, Commissioner of Education, for the latest educational statistics.