March 2, 1868


The Dispatch informs its readers how important it is to register. Not registering would be ignoring one's duty because without the right of the white man's vote the "negroes" will take over. Not registering is equivalent to letting black men become more powerful.


Registration. To-day registration will commence in this city. We suppose it is hardly necessary to remind the voters how important a duty this is. Those who will take the pains to recall to mind the deep interest which was manifested here last October while the election was going on, and the importance which was then attached to a single vote, will need no stronger argument to convince them that they should not neglect to register their names. Whilst that election was progressing there were some men who had not registered who would have been willing to pay liberally for the privilege of voting. But they could not. None vote except those who register. We should all act in the spirit exhibited by Mr. Southall, of Albemarle, in his recent speech in the Convention. With the kindest feelings towards the negroes, who are duped by designing men of our own race, and with the purpose to do all we can to better their condition, we must nevertheless remember that "ice are white men." There is no middle ground. There is no chance for union with a party made up of negroes only. We must take care of ourselves. We can do so if we will. All that is necessary is that every man should register his name as a voter, and when the election day comes, cast his vote as one who knows his rights, and knowing, dares maintain them.
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