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I A BUNCH OF TYPE OR TWO
I HUNDRED, MORE OR LESS!
WHO MADE MY SKIN BLACK?
. Who made my skin black, mother and
why is my hair so crisp T
Who made my lips so thick, mother and
give my speech its lisp!
Who was it that sweetened my heart
with love, and intellect to growl
Tell me before I go to sleep, tell me for
I must know.
Who brings the shadow to daiken life,
and. who is it blocks my roadt
Who is it brings the clouds o'er me to
make so heavy life's load!
Who is it, mother, that scorns my skin,
and frightens mc with woef
I am anxious to have a freeman's
chance, so tell mc, for I must know.
The mother she knew, but she would
not ell her darling little boy. ,
She knew if he lived and tested life
that his cup would fill with joy.
He must learn some things that troubled
his soul, and reconcile at best
Sis noblest nature with the fitness of
things, and that would be his test.
So the years went by, the boy was a
man, it takes some years to know.
Ho had learned a deal about life and its
woes, for he had had his woe.
And later when sterner years came
along with still much fairer skies,
The boy now a man had reached great
heights with hopes he could realize.
So it matters not if your skin be black,
if it is yon need not grope,
You must have some bitters and some
sweets if only you would hope.
But don't give up and lose a heart be
cause it suffers pain
Just set your mind on the furthest star,
it is written you must attain.
They can't always laugh down a man
whose mind has been trained to
They may laugh it's true, hut not at
w. llBBJEK JE-fv v ,
tf ON. A. H. ROBERTS
of the Honorable nd Popular Member of the Legitl&tare of
Illinois from the Third Senatorial District, Who b WBimgl;
Doing His Bit to Assist to Rase One Hundred Thousand Dol
lar for the Fort Dearborn Hospital. i
Superintendent of Fort Dearborn Hospital and Training School for
Nurses The Only Colored Woman Holding Such a Responsi
ble Position in This Section of the Country.
you when you're at wisdom's
And in, and through our human ways,
the humblest may be the part
God wants us to play in our black skin
to ennoble the human heart.
The humble at least for awhile we must
play without ever getting ap
plause, But no matter we must Tead our lines
and act our part. The cause
Is a wide as the world and belongs to
God who has a mysterious way
And it isn't always for me to say, when
.dawns the light of day.
BEING BACK THOSE DATS I'VE
GOT SOME SENSE NOW.
What will we do with the money
n-ben we get it? Blow itf Some
months ago everybody was happy.
Everybody working at breakneck speed,
making more money than they ever
did before. Then was the time to be
careful, frugal, and saving. Sime did
save. Most of them did not, they spent
money like water on the most frivolous
things. A few women and girls bought
fur coats. They wanted to look like
they were in easy circumstances. Of
course nearly every one has a streak of
vanity in them. A great many men
bought hundred dollar suits and over
coats. Some of the more economical
saved and bought a house or a flat as
investment. Now wc arc all looking
as hard as evr we could look for he
return of good times, and mayor
Thompson is trying hard to bring it to
us. The mill will never grind with the
water that has passed.
WATCH TOUB STEP.
The women are wearing cameos on
their shoulders, and feathers on their
shoes. Well, if it makes them look
any better than they already look the
men had better take warning, and do
something to improve their looks. If
looking like you are going to fly, and
besides having an art museum attached
to ones shoulder is the fnd; the only
advice wc can offer the man is to wear
eagle's wings on the shoulder. Others
more dainty may wear canary bird's
wings to their shoulders.
THE JUDGE APPRECIATES HIS
Pat and Mike heard a bird singing
m the tree. They got to fighting each
claiming that the bird was singing for
him. A policeman came along and
arrested them both for fighting. Pat
said the bird was hinging for him. Mike
claimed that the bird was singing for
him. The officer said he would have
the judge to settle the question at
issue. The judge after giving the mat
ter due consideration said "ten dollars
in cost for each of you; the bird was
singing for me."
HE WAS NO FAKIR.
Pclonius was eating cheese
The summer breeze
Made him sneeze
He'd caught a cold
About six day's old
One day a bunch of fellows wanted
to hear him shoot the bull
Pelonfous had been eating cheese, he
was too full.
CAN IT BE DONE?
Pat was joining a methodist church.
Church officers Do you renounce sin,
the world, the flesh, and tho devil!
Pat Bo gorra I hate sin and the
devil, but give up the world and give
up my flesh, I never thought of that.
Can it be done?
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THE PICTURES ARE BECOMING
They are talking about the moving
With an orchestra that can play the
On the level somehow we arc in the
And must have a pew, believe mc that's
The preacher has a grudge on empty
He has found a way to bring us up to
The world's about to turn to fuming
And to save us we must hear the gos
We are a lot of sinful hyprocrits of
We have wandered far away from all
They are calling us to come back, not
But today, and we may go back, and
HOW TO KEEP A GIRL FROM
One of the ways to keep n girl from
leaving home when she gets mad with
her father and mother is to be very
polite and accommodating to her.
Don't talk back to the dear heart
sick girl, and show your authority,
if you do she will grow re
bellious. Take her in the kitchen and
show her how to make an angel cake,
and incidentally tell her that she is
mother's sweet angel cake maker.
Learn to "shoot the bull" to her, and
promise her a birthday party, and talk
with her of her list of friends she wants
to attend it. Don't ever resort to
rough stuff as the girls of this period
of the world's history won't stand for
it. Take her to church with yoa, and
sit with her among the young people of
the church. If you take her to a show
buy her gum, ice cream cones and
chocolate candy. It is better to spend
a few dimes on her than to have to
spend a few dollars, and then, after
all the trouble is done.
WHAT IS A WHITE PERSON?
There are two kinds of white people
in Louisiana, wonder how many kinds
there are in Illinois! If, a person with
a sixteenth, or an eighth are as white
as any other person, by what method
of calculation can the truth be reached
or proved that all white people are not
sixteenths, or eighths! What differ
ence does it make! Is i blood! Is it
skinT la it nairT We bad some no-
tion that it was personality, roth a
degree of culture, education and wealth
that caused the white skin to look
down on other kinds of skin.
WILL WE HAVE TO WAIT?
' A thousand years from now the
whitest man will bo looking for the
blackest woman to wed, but she will be
so rare he will have to advertise for
her. A thousand years from now the
blackest man on earth will be looking
for the whitest woman to wed, but she
will be so rare he will have to adver
tise for her. A thousand years from
now there won't bo any white, nor any
black, we will all be about the same
color, and if it is that far off who in
the future cares a single rap!
NO BACK DOOR HONORS PLEASE.
Wouldn't it be beautiful if wc rould
learn to think great things of people of
our race! We must do it. When we
see a man or woman of our own, doing
the things out of the ordinary, if we
but give them a prominence we know
they deserve without waiting for some
other race to call them great, then we
will have made a start toward race
honor and distinction that would make
God proud of us. Let us stnp receiv
ing honors from others back door.
THERE WAS A WET MOON.
You never can tell about a picnic.
Leafy Grove, they say, was as wet as
Lake Michigan, for there was moon
shine and sunshine and other shines,
wo'vo been told. There were monkey
shines and fistic shines, and bottles
that were bold. There were bruised
h'eads and a few light heads, and
heads that had to dodge, and lot of
other heads were missed in the melee.
Soda pop was not the only popular
thirst killer it seems at Leafy Grove.
A GREAT REWARD.
Who has a recipe for a better drink
Has a fortune nailed down for the
MTD-SUMMER MUSICAL AT APPO
A representative and appreciative
audience greeted the star participants
on the program of this great Club at
its auditorun Pn last Sunday, under
the directionof J. Gray Lucas, chair
man of its music committee. Stand
ing room only, was the greeting to
The high standard set by Atty.
Lucas, by avocation a music lover and
patron of the fine arts, has been main
tained throughout his successful season
of musicals at the Club; growing more
interesting to musicians and lovers of
the art universal at each rendition,
thus giving the most universal of pleas
ures of the better kind impetus and
A brief review of the program may
bo of interest, since the artists who
graced tho interesting program are so
highly rated, respectively.
Miss Irene Howard, premier cornetist
of the race, just from her rural vaca
tion in Michigan was at her best; her
delicate shadings and resonant fortis
simo, with double and triple tongueing
ad libitum, touched the heart at times,
particularly in the well known "Sam
son and Delilah" air "My Heart at
Thy Sweet voice," which received a
merited encore. But in her rendition
of the celebrated Russian Hymn as a
brilliant "Fantasie" by the unmusical
name, Casey, she tickled the cars of
the very groundlings, and unwrapped
everything in tho art of cornet playing.
Mr. Lawrence Lomax, who has so
long ago only as one year been- re
garded as a lyric tenor, demonstrated
the most surprising vocal growth that
the writer has ever observed; his voice
now being a robust tenor of great
range, and his art of great and grip
ping dramatic power. He amused and
delighted his audience first, by opening
the program (always shunned by art
ists) with the celebrated and popular
Rigoletto air, "Woman So Change
able," which brought an immediate
response from the presence. He re
sponded with the beautiful "Be
cause," which produced a very marked
effect upon his audience, complacent
and subdued, until he reached his cli
max in a fortissimo which rattled the
rafters and aroused echoes. His
"Thank God for a Garden" was of
the same character, with a rousing
finale. His beautiful singing of this
song is one of his chief possessions,
which he is regularly reguircd to re
What shall be said of' Madame De-
Witt Smith, that magnetic but petite
lady of rare type! Is she best as
vocalist or reader! On this occasion
she was requested to read she alio
sang most charmingly tho little song
of the Chinese girl in her dramatic,
yet comediae reading of the "Son
Daughter." A. wonderfully drawing
and touching gem from the drama of
that name, by Belaseo. Did yon not
hear her, then read it. She was at her
best; and in the costume of a Chinese
girl of distinction and nobility. Though
lengthy, yon might have heard the drop
of a pin, so cioseiy was u
held to tho sudden end a glorious
hurst of applause to the genius of her
m V as AtiilinnO
t : rim Dickerson, a
honor graduate of a post course from
the Chicago Musical College, that cele
brated school, where so many celebri
ties havo labored for the goal, had a
fitting representative. Sho played the
great and acknowledged difficult "A
Minor Concerto" by Grieg, by some
regarded as his masterpiece, in a thor
oughly composed and scholarly manner;
from "its moody beginning to its ecs
tatic conclusion Miss Dickerson was
master of self, yet played with the
abandon which bespeaks the truo art
ist. Her rendition of this number, so
difficult in technic and interpretive
subtlety, placed her in the front rank
of the younger pianists.
The concluding number on the pro
gram, and what is regarded by art
ists as the honor place, was reserved
for the appearance of Madame M. Cal-loway-Byron,
that great artist so sel
dom heard here at her home; though
in other parts of this country she has
more frequently appeared. In Europe,
France, Germany, Sweden, Spain and
even in that land of song, Italy she
is quite well known as a most unnusual
dramatic soprana, singing in the sev
eral languages of the countries men
tioned, acceptably, too. No higher
compliment can be offered a singer of
any other nation not to speak of race
than to be able to sing to that people
in their vernacular, and to their satis
faction and applause. Such are her
accomplishments, such her experience.
Many were the persons, hearing her
on this program, unaware of the won
derful achievements and experiences of
the singer, abroad, before the Great
War forced the cancellation of her con
tracts for two seasons ahead, en
tranced, delighted and enthralled, at
her wonderful power and sway of her
audience, even for a dramatic soprano;
from her touching and timbrous low
C to her high C all thrilling, color
ful, convincing and compelling; what
ever the register whichever the tone.
Tho evenness of her scale of more than
two octaves is rare, to say the very
Madame Byron chose for her vocal
and dramatic cxpession a wonder song,
and few there be to essay it using
good judgment. It was Ponchielli's
"Suicidio" from the opera, seldom
heard, "La Gioconda." In her cxprcs
sion of the heroine's despair and de
cision that naught was left but sui
cide, no mere dramatic expression
could equal what her musical expres
sion made of and added to the tense
situation drawn about the singer, until
she was the incarnation of the heroine
herself. Sho sounded the very depths
of human despair and misery, and al
though sung in Italian, her audience
heard, felt understood.
In her encore, which was rapturously
given, when th. audience finally found
itself, the Madame came back with a
Russian "Nightingale" song, that for
delicacy of expression, nuance, roulade
and trill, was the climax of technical
expression. The song writer had ex
hausted his art in giving written ex
pression to the bird's song no part of
the singer's art was left unrecorded.
The singer sang the song, the music
as it was; but far beyond the power
of the writer, however skillful to de
pict, the Madame sang, as it could not
bo recorded, save on the phonograph,
the song of the lark; as only the South
ern mocking bird can imitate it. She
skipped not, slurred nor blurred a note
of the rapid passages, as only birds,
save few, can do; nor left unexpressed
one single interpretive thought.
The Madame 's trill! Well, there are
trills and there are trills!! Hers are
the last named. They were those of
the Mocking bird; not sometimes on,
more oftimes off tho pitch-in that
wavering and uncertain tone that
oftimes makes you fear the singer will
never again reach the pitch-evor and
anon accelerating her alternations in
her endeavor to steady herself. Some
times it was a cry of sorrow, sometimes
one of joy and sometimes it was just
a trill for the pleasure of singer and
the sought. On the semitone, on the
whole tone, and the .next phrase almost
on the third a differing coloring chasing
the other kaliedoscopically. Few color
atura soprani can get away with this
number as did Madame Byron, the
Diva. For her last number, demanded,
she gave the Suni Indian " Sun God,"
a wonderful and weird composition;
but tuneful and impressive. The num
ber ends with a simple prayer and
"Bless us." A fitting ending it was to
a perfect day and program that we shall
long again to be blessed to hear. Miss
Gussie Ruo Harris, of Birmingham,
sang an acceptable group of songs.
Mrs. Charles Burton was the grace
ful accompanist of Madame D. Witt
Smith as well as for Miss Irene Howard.
Her work was especially delicate in
accompanying tho Madame 's reading of
the "Son-Daughter," and sustaining
in the "Fantasie."
Madame Beatrice Smith-Price, a niece
of Mrs. J. Gray Lucas, was the accom
panist for Mr. Lomax and also for
Madame Byron, ner work was truly
that of an accompanist; for thangh
there was the temptation to the solo
pianist that she is, to do some brilliant
ly loud ptirases, in answer to the big
tones and larger moments of the
singers, she over and anon subordinated
her tons to that of tho soloist, and
never once forgot that she was accom
panist. Chicago hopes to hear, in solo
work, this visiting artist from Little
Rock, Ark. he is a high honor sehol-
HON. SAMUEL A. ETTELSON
Corporation Counsel of Chicago, Warm Friend of the Colored Race
and One of the Members of the Committee to Raise One Hun
dred Thousand Dollars for a Greater Fort Dearborn Hospital.
nr of the New England Conservatory
on both organ and piano, but has been
taken from the concert by the demands
of a growing family and ill health.
She accompanied Madame Byron and
was soloist in their joint tour of the
Southwest, a few years since. Her
father was the well known Arkansan,
Dr. J. II. Smith, who won fame and
honors at the World's Fair in the Ar
kansas exhibit of landscape paintings,
though it was not generally known that
these were the work of a colored artist.
In late years Dr. Smith wrote the
famous novel "Maudell," which had a
large sale. Mrs. Price's husband is
Atty. Thomas Price of Little Rock.
VISITS ST. LOUIS.
Miss Mary E. Branch, a teacher at
The V. X. & I. I., Petersburg, Va., who
attended the summer session at The
University of Chicago, left the city for
St. Louis, Mo., where she will spend
three weeks with relatives, returning
in time to take up work at the Univer
sity during the fall term.
LEAVES FOR SESSION.
Rev. E. P. Jones, a member of Eben
eezer Baptist Church, well known in
Baptist circles, left the city for New
Orleans, La., to attend the National
Baptist Convention. Rev. Jones will
stop at Nashville, Arkansas and Okla
homa before returning to the city.
PONDERS IN CITY.
James Fonder and daughter, Louise,
of- Los Angeles, Cal., arc in the city
the guest of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Met
calfe, 3409 Calumet Ave. Miss Ponder
is a member of The Universal Film Co.,
and will join the company in New York.
HON. DWARD D. GREEN
Former Member of the Legislature oruunou irom -- - -
torial District, Father of the Ann-MOD ana i-y -- Foj
Assisting to Raise One Hundred Thousand Dollars for the
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Miss Hazel Wells. :i tn u-r t a r
thorne Memorial Colli,; R t- -Va.,
is on a vi-it to tho nit -ib tr
father, R. W. Wells during h -s
she will be the guest ot Mr --! l'
Mike Harding. 3710 lr 1 jra U?
Miss Wells has iitt.l .v 'V rk
Pittsburgh, Washington. Men- i at,:?
MRS. CANNON RETURNS
Mrs. Dora Cannon, n. i kr 13 a
fraternal circles, after atti-u-' -; '"
grand lodge of S. M. T hei I -t v 1
III., and spending several nn-ks ; st
Louis, Mo., with relatnts anl fr'-j
has returned to the city Mr i; 3
was made natioaal grand orgnE:: cf
S. M. T.
RETURNS TO V. N. & L L
Miss T. P. B. Whiting a t-s t-r 1:
the V. X. & I. I., Petersb ir a wis
spent the summer in the -it a" "I
the University of Chicago, left .zrz;
the week for Petersburg, t :l Q
her fall work at the school
BUSY IN SUBURBS.
M. T. Bailey, president -f V-f C- T
Realtv Co.. 3G3S S. State r f :'
busv davs. Sundav and Lat)rr Da o
Mnrran Park where h. -,, ',vrr:,
lots and helped clients t arraige f:r ;
tho building of homes
STOP IN CITY
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Gavlan.l of Pt '
adelphia, Pa., stopped u the "'fraj
short visit enroute to their b) fK3j
Pittsburgh, Indianapolis ac I Drtr t
wn- c ik. First Se
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