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Hampton Negro Conference. Number III. July 1899.

1899VA-State-Hampton_Proceedings (18).pdf

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tion." Parents should lay these facts to heart and profit by them. "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread," is a law that should be recognized and enforced in every home. And so in reference to apparel,—the adorning that our girls and young women need, and which they should betrained to set the greatest store upon, is the adorning referred to by the apostle Peter, "Not that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and we aring of gold, or putting on of apparel; but the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price."

The love of dress is natural to the human heart, especially to the female portion of humanity, and therefore in a sense, under proper restrictions, it is all right. The desire to look well, to be neatly and tastefully attired, is commendable, and should be encouraged. It is only when, in the effort to gratify this desire, higher interests are sacrificed, that it becomes wrong. And there is always danger of this where there is poverty. Hence the importance in our present condition of seeking very early to form the tastes of our young people upon a simple and common sense basis. To dress according to our means, is all that a self-respecting manhood or womanhood requires. To dress beyond our means, is not only a very silly thing to do, but it shows that we are deficient in good hard sense,—and more, that we are lacking in principle. This we should seek to get our young people to see and to accept, if we would keep them from one great source of temptation.

Your committee is strongly of the belief that the future of this race depends more upon character than anything else, and takes this opportunity, therefore, of urging upon all the importance of setting into operation every influence and agency that will tend to build us up morally and spiritually.

Report of the Committee on Business and Labor.

ANDREW F. HILVER, CHAIRMAN

Your committee deemed it advisable to secure in the first place some reliable data concerning the actual status of the colored workman in the various sections of the country. Accordingly about twenty-five letters were prepared and sent to persons, who, it was thought, would furnish the desired information, in Boston, New York, Albany, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburg,

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