Mr. Lyon to Mr. Hay.

No. 53.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose an editorial which appeared in one of the newspapers published in Monrovia, Liberia. This is one of many editorial expressions in approval of the position we have, taken upon the subject of emigration.

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I have, etc.,

Ernest Lyon.
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liberia and west africa.

The attention of the people has been naturally drawn to Liberia, since this country was founded by American philanthropy as an asylum for the oppressed of the negro race.

We seriously question some methods employed by radical American, negroes to obtain recruits for Liberia. They will not benefit Liberia if they do not prove disastrous to the immigrants themselves. We are not opposed to immigration if the right sort can be had. For one or two, families to come at a time with sufficient means to be independent until a foothold can be secured, is the course we would advise. There are avenues open here where, with a little money and common sense, one can make an independent living. Prospective immigrants need not be led astray by being told what the old settlers have done with almost nothing. The conditions have changed. The old settlers who accumulated small fortunes did so in trading and at a time when conscience was not considered in trading with natives. Those were times when traders were few, and returns on investments were expressed in three figures and sometimes four. Fortunes must be made in other ways now.

We think President Barclay understands what he is talking about, and the sentiments expressed in his inaugural address are well worth considering. Referring to the question of immigration on a large scale, he said: “It can not be denied that the country is not prepared for the movement. While preparing a home the immigrant must have facilities for procuring work. At present these do not exist.”