A.P. Hood writes about apparent low interest in The Basis

One letter received by Tourgée must have driven home the points made by Chesnutt in his letter.

The correspondent describes the African American citizens of her county, struggling in their own ways to effect changes, but they would never succeed, nor would many even try to venture to succeed, as long as the attitudes of the white citizens remained unchanged.

A. P. Hood, writing from Oakwood, Mississippi in December 1895:

My Dear Sir:

By the merest accident, the Basis, of the date Oct. 26, 1895 addressed to F. B. Hood, Gloster, Miss. Came into my hands…

I am indeed sadly surprised to find that you had not been informed of his death at the hands of an Amite County mob, in this state, on the 2nd day of July, 1894.

The "crime” for which his life was forfeited consisted in the writing to the County Supt. of Education, of Amite County, two letters, copies of which I enclose herewith.

These letters were construed by the said Supt., Geo. A. McGeehe, as insulting or, at least impudent, and an attempt was made to "chastise” F.B. Hood for writing such letters to a white man.

The result was that Hood was killed, not, however, before killing one, possibly several of the mob…variously estimated at from 150 to 300 men…

At the time of his death, he was engaged in teaching in Amite County. And it was at his school house that he was killed, at 12 o’clock broad daylight…

The deceased was my brother and if the Basis has any claims against him, please forward a statement of the same to my address and it will be settled…

I had meant to do some canvassing for the Basis, but the conditions here have been such that nothing could be accomplished in my settlement.

The people from whom I could safely solicit subscriptions…are those who unfortunately have no rights that are bound to be respected and consequently handle very little money…

As a general thing, however, I am convinced that it is a hard matter to get even the colored school teachers of this county to interest themselves in reading and supporting journals devoted to contending for their rights…

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