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The Fort Dearborn He--pital
is Still in the Public
CHICAGO. ILL, SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 12, 1921.
in Monday, November 7, Which Was Tag Day for
the Fort Dearborn Hospital and Training School
for Colored Nurses; Whereas If One Thousand or
Fifteen-Hundred Colored Women Would Have
Tagged on that Day Twenty-Five to Thirty Thou
sand Dollars Would Be Laying in the Bank at the
Present Time to the Credit of that Institution.
lfonda, November 7, has come and
passed wto history and it -will in the
tnture be known as tag day for the
Fort Dearborn Hospital and Train
ing School for Colored Nurses. It
was ibe hrst time in the history of
Chicago that the colored people were
etcr permitted to have or to enjoy a
at wide tag day and it is not our
funeral if those who were actively in
charge of the affair failed to rake in
a!) the money that their hearts de
stred It mut be distinctly remembered
tht it was almost solely through the
effort- of the writer that the request
for a ty wide tag day for the col
ored peoph passed through the city
coun ' without one alderman voting
"nay " for it was Alderman Thomas
F Bvmc of the 29th ward, the noblest
Roman of them all, and the writer
after several of the big City Hall poli
ticians, both white and colored, failed
or were unable to turn the trick or
pot the -thiRR Uiycc-then. ut decided
to put the city fathers on record as
to their friendship for the colored peo
ple Then wc ran down Alderman
Byrne and laid our cards on the table
nght m front of him and then and.
there he promised to introduce our
request for a special city wide tag day
for the colored people at the meeting
of the City Council Wednesday, Nov.
2 and deliver a peech in favor of
its passage, which he did. In the
meantime we got real busy and on
Tuesda and before the City Council
met Wednesday afternoon we had
come in contact with every member
of the City Council and they all
promised to fall in behind Alderman
Bvrne and put the special city wide
ag da over for the Fort Dearborn
f course, it is understood that
Alderman Louis B. Anderson and
Alderman Robert R. Jackson assisted
in the matter, but the real fireworks
came from Alderman Thomas F.
Byrne of the 29th ward, who was
strongly backed up by the writer.
It is claimed by the head managers
for the special city-wide tag day for
the Fort Dearborn' Hospital that
more than seven hundred women had
given their word and honor that they
would be on hand bright and early
Monday morning and assist in the
tagging, but when that morning ar
rived less than two hundred showed
HOWARD'S DEPARTMENT OF
DR'AMATIC ARTS AN
NOUNCES AMBITIOUS .
Washington, D. C The Depart
ment of Dramatic Arts of the Howard
Vniversity announces a busy and
Progressive program for -this season.
Having in one year of activity' won an
enviable position in American drama,
The Howard Players are ambitious
for more notable triomps. A num
ber of the leading dramatic critics of
the country are enthusiastically call-'
mg public attention to their efforts.
Mr. Kenneth. Macgowan in "Shadow
land" for July 1921 stresses the won
derful opportunity fof a Negro drama
and points out that Howard Univer
sity is making rapid strides in that
direction. "Life," 'The Nation "The
New Republic," "Ainslie's," and "The
Theatre Magazine" are" expected to
carry editorial appeals during Novem
ber for a larger public support of the
work of The Howard Players. This
is In line with the University move
ment to .secure a handsome auditor
ium which will contain a modernly
appointed and equipped theatre where
the Department of Dramatic Arts may
Eighteen Hundred Dollars Was Gathered
up. It is asserted that the churches
furnished only a few of the taggers;
that St. Mark church, Rev John W.
Robinson, pastor, and Olivet Baptist,
Rev. L. K. Williams, pastor, furnished
more taggers than all the other
churches combined. It may not be
true, but it is said that when Rev.
W. D. Cook was requested to permit
some of his women members to assist
in that direction, simply responded
that charity begins at home first and
that he wanted all of his women
members to bring in all the money
that they could lay their hands on
for his own church.
It was a perfect day, and if there
had been one thousand or fifteen hun
dred real live women in the field tag-,
ging twenty-five to thirty-five thou
sand dollars would be stacked up in
the Roosevelt State Bank belonging to
the Fort Dearborn Hospital, and then
its white and colored friends would
have been in a position to buy a per
manent home for the young colored
women connected with that institu
tion. Early on Monday morning we
struck the downtown district, just to
see with our own eyes just how the
white citizens would take to colored
women taggers for a colored insti
tution and when wc beheld German-
Americans, Irish-Americans, Polish-
Americans, Jewish-Americans, mount
ed policemen, rushing or walking
along the streets wearing tags, and
even Italian street sweepers with tags
on them and with dozens of the
friends and readers of this paper
waiting and watching for a chande to
be tagged. We were more firmly con
vinced than ever that Chicago is the
most Cosmopolitan city in the world;
that its white citizens are friendly
disposed toward the colored people;
that the great mass of them are more
than willing to help the colored peo
ple in a substantial way whenever the
colored people make up their minds
to wake up and help themselves; that
on Monday, November 7, 1921, the
Colored people of Chicago lost a
golden opportunity to anchor one of
their public charitable institutions on
a solid financial foundation, which
will never come again, or at least, not
until after the present generation of
Colored people, residing in Chicago
have passed away, and crumbled into
earnestly urged to become active in
this attempt to place the University
at the forefront of American colleges
in the field of dramatic art.
The season's offerings of plays by
the Department of Dramatic Arts is
of even more interest than the mem--,M
nrrvYnetions of last year. The
Players will introduce to the public a
new dramatist a public school girl of
Washington, whose drama, "As
Strong as the Hills," has been en
dorsed by leading" critics. It is a
Persian historical romance and its rich
and colorful setting is combined with
a plot teeming with love and action.
c.:mon the Cyrenian" will be pro
duced in special performances for
visitors and delegates to Uie winicr
ence for the Limitation of Armament.
Patrons of the theatre will be pleased
to know war utii, "; -
n...n.'i! Greatest tragedy, will
also be produced this year at Howard.
This generation of play-goers nas ou
no" opportunity oi srcui6 - , ---acted
in which role Salvini, Kean,
Booth and Henry Irving reached their
greatest dramatic success.
The Department of Dramatic Arts
is in a better position this year than
previously to realize its ideals Prof.
rAntcromerv Gresrorv the . Director;
Mrs. Marie Moore-Forrest,-one of the
nation's leading- authorities on' dra
matic art tantUMr. UeonAnrowj!
morton, TnTcaTD&ector of WThe
Mrs. Elizabeth Lindsay Davis, who
has been prominently in the public
eye in this city and in many parts of
this country for some years, was
ushered into this hustling and breath
ing old world with all of ist pains
and sorrows, joys and pleasures at
Peoria, I1L, and she is an honored
graduate of the Princeton High
School of this state. During the first
years after emerging from high school
she taught in the public schools of
Louisville, Ky., New Albany, Ind.,
and Quincy, 111., and in 1893, she
and her husband, Dr. William H.
Davis, landed in this great city, where
they have resided from that time to
Provincetown Players of New York
Citv. will aeain be associated with
The Howard Players this year. Miss
Evelyn Lightner and Mr. T. J. Hop
kins will assist in the execution of the
costumes and scenery.
DR. GREGG OF HAMPTON PAYS
TRIBUTE TO NATALIE
Weil-Known Student of Folk Music
and Folklore Is Fatally Injured
While in Pans.
"Mrs. BurHn Was a True Artist"
Hampton, Va., Nov. .Natalie
Curtis Burlin, well-known student of
musical lore, song-Poetry, and decor
ative art of the North American In
dians and. of folk-lore and music of
Africans and American Negroes, was
recently injured fatally while in Paris.
Dr. James E: Greggr principal of
Hampton Institute, recently paid a
warm tribute of honof and'effection
to the memory of Mrs. Burlin, who
was a devoted friend of Hampton, of
American Negroes and Indians, of
Africans and of struggling men and
women, regardless of race or creed.
"Natalie Curtis BurHn," said ur.
nmnr.ln bis address to the Hampton
staff of workers' and'stndents and to
H ttySfiftE. Tot Hk
ELIZABETH LINDSAY DAVIS
President of the Phyllis YVheatley Woman's Club and Chairman of
the Board of Directors of the Phyllis Wheatley Home, 3256
Rhodes Avenue, Who Has for Some Years Been Active and
Prominent in Civic and Uplift Work Among the Colored People
Residing in Chicago.
She almost immediately engaged in
women's club and social service work.
She organized the Phyllis Wheatley
Women's Club 21 years ago, and with
the exception of one year, has been
its president ever since. She helped
to organize the National Association
of Colored Women at Washington,
D. C, in 1896, and was its national
organizer for nine years. She served
as president of the State Federation
of Colored Women's Clubs of Illinois.
With the aid of the Phyllis Wheatley
Club, she founded the Phyllis Wheat
ley Home, which is now located at
3256 Rhodes avenue. Mrs. Davis is
many visitors, "was a true artist in
literature and in music, and somewhat
of a seer as well, discerning inner
meanings and hidden spiritual values.
Her genius chose folk-lore and folk
music particularly as its principal
field of exploration and exercise and
with respect to the folk-talejs and
folk-songs of the American Indian
and the Negroes she became one of
the first authorities.
"Her books are really hers. She
is more than a compiler. She may
truly be called their author, because
the wealth of interpretative comment
and its individuality is such as to
make these books really her own.
They are 'Songs of Ancient America,'
published in 1905; 'The Indians "Book,'
1907; 'Negro Folk-Songs,' 1918; and
'Songs and Tales from the Dark
Continent,' 1920, recorded from the
singing and the sayings of two Hamp
ton students Kamba Simango and
"Mrs. Burlin hada strong interest
in Hampton Institute and much of
her study of the plantation songs
was done here. We at Hampton
mourn her loss and we shall remem
ber her with grateful admiration."
The Hampton Institute chorus of
over 800 voices sang the following
Negro religious folk-songs, which
have found a place, in Mrs. Burlin's
notable collection of "Negro Folk
a member of many women's organi
zations among which are the Chicago
City club, of which she is chairman
of its 2nd ward branch; the League
of Women Voters and the Woman's
Aid. She served as the colored rep
resentative on the Chicago Council of
Defense during the World War ac
tivities. She s chairman of the Board
of Directors of the Phyllis Wheatley
Home, and is a member of St. Mark
M. E. church.
Dr. and Mrs. Davis own a nice
home in the 32nd block on Prairie
avenue, which they rent out, and they
reside in a fine, small apartment at
3710 Indiana avenue.
Songs" Hampton Series in four
parts, published by Schirmer of New
York: " Tis me, O Lord," "Go Down
Moses," "Every time I feel the spirit,"
"Steal away," "I couldn't hear nobody
pray," andf'Nobody knows the trou
ble I've seen."
Rev. Cecil Fisher was entertained
at a farewell dinner, given on Thurs
day evening, October 27th by Miss
Margery Wilson of Morgan Park.
Rev. Fisher left on Monday, October
31st for his new pastorate in Louis
ville, Kentucky. Among the guests
present were Miss Elsie Wilson, Rev.
and Mrs. Harvey Walden, Miss Cecilia
Fisher and Mr. Merrill Cobb. Rev.
Fisher is one of our promising young
pastors, and his host of friends bade
him a fond farewell.
The Keystone Club of Evanston,
gave an old time vaudeville and dance
on Monday, the 24th day of October,
the proceeds of the dance and enter
tainment went to the Dunbar Child
ren's Day Nursery.
The week beginning October 31st
was a great festival week in Evans
ton at the Ebenezer A. M. E. Church.
This week marks the third Annual
Harvest Week" for Ebenezer. Ac
tivities throughout the week in the
By Mary White Ovington.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People.
Author of "Half a Man," "Hazel,"
"The Shadow," etc
It was my very good fortune last
winter and early spring to travel
across the continent stopping on my
way to and from California, speaking
in all in twenty-nine cities. In many
of these places I had the opportunity
to address not only branch meetings
but clubs and other gatherings of rep
resentative people. I found, quite
unconsciously, that when I was not
telling of the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People.
I was calling my hearers' attention to
books and articles on the Negro ques
tion. Of course. I would not have
kept on doing this, had my hearers
not been interested, but everyone was
Interested. TwuT nol 'dw'ell hwr tfpotr
my white audiences save to say that
they were eager to get the names of
the latest books, but I want to say
how often I was impressed with the
love of reading among the colored
and their deep interest in learning of
the best books regarding their own
On my return to New York, how
ever, when I spoke to publishers of
this interest they shook their heads
and said emphatically "the Negroes
don't buy books. There is no Negro
reading public to rely on in marketing
a book. We know, we've tried."
Now this is very discouraging. Of
course publishers won't print books
on the Negro question unless they can
sell them. Wc can't blame them for
that. And outside of a few important
names, like Wasington and Du Bois,
it is true that books on the Negro
question won't sell simply because
of the unpopularity of their subject.
To make them pay. the publisher
must rely in part on a special buying
public, that it, on a public that is
interested in the subject under dis
cussion. Thus, a book on the Sinn
Fein in Ireandwfll appeal to a group
of Irish-Americans. A Christian Sci
ence story has at once a clientcllc of
its own and I for one would have sup
posed, from my knowledge of the in
terest in race matters of the reading
colored public that a book on the
Negro would also have a clicntelle
among the twelve million colored peo
ple in the United States.
But I am afraid the publishers are
right. Judging from the returns on
orders of such publishers as I have
questioned, not enough buyers are to
be found in the colored world to pay
for the paper alone in any of the
recent Negro books (except Dark
Water.) I am afraid there isn't
enough to pay for the paper in a
chapter. The Negro buying public.
I am assured, does not exist
Of course there are books, some
nature of musical programs and splen
did sermons held the undivided at
tention of alL On Sunday, Novem
ber 6th, the dosing services were
held. The usual Sunday morning
services were held at 12:00 o'clock
M.s In the evening. Miss Martha J.
Keys our noted young evangelist de
livered a splendid sermon, followed
by the "Candle Light Service" and a
delightful musical program given by
the noted talent of Evanston and
The grand opening of the Mason
Eat Shop of Evanston was held on
Wednesday evening,; November 2nd.
Mr. Charles Mason, one of Evanston's
oldest citizens has-been the proprie
tor of the Mason Eat Shop for the
of them excellent ones that arc not
published in the sense in which I am
using the term, books that are printed
and sold by the authors, of which
this is not true. When the author is
a public lecturer and himself disposes
of his book, he runs all the risk, but
he also gets all the profits. It is of
the book published in the regular wav
that I speak.
Last year there were eight especial
ly noteworthy books on the Negro
question. I list them alphabetically
by their publishers.
The Children of the Mist, George
The Cornhill Pub. Company
Rachel, Angelina Grimkc
The Voice of the Negro, Robert
Harcourt, Brace and Howe
Darkwatcr, V. E. B. Du Bois.
The Shadow, Mary White Ovington.
The upward Patlr. A' Headerfoi
Colored Children. All selections
by colored authors.
The Negro Faces America, Herbert
The Soul of John Brown, Stephen
How many, Gentle Reader, as they
loved to say in olden times are in
your library, or yours, or yours? Every
one of them would interest you tre
mendously. But you haven't got
them. A few may have one or at the.
most two. But there they are good
books all, showing the Negro as a
man and an important factor in Amer
ica. Not always dressed up in his
best clothes, but as a living, loving,
human being, not as too often for
merly a diseased rapist or a buffoon.
I believe it is just not knowing how
to get at books, a most usual com
plaint, and not knowing just what
the books are, that makes it possible,
for the publishers to say that they do
not find a Negro reading public The
public is there but the publisher
doesn't yet know how to Teach it
Now what surer way could there be
of reaching it than to tell in the col
ored press the local press, that the
reading element in the race always
sces, what books are, and how to get
them? Many people suggested this
to me as I went over the continent,
and the press has generously respond
ed allowing me from week to week
space for my Book Chat I want to
tell a little of how books are written,,
of the book itself and how to get it
And in my next paper I plan to start
with "The Voice of the Negro," the
volunic by that courageous spirit, who
dared to urge the Governor of Arkan
sas not to murder the Elaine men,.
and who has been expelled from his
position as professor in the Virginia
Military Institute, Mr. Robert T.
last fifteen years. Ill health has made
is necessary for Mr. Mason to give
up his work. Mr. E. McClellan of
Chicago has taken over the proprietor
ship of the shop. The opening was a
beautiful one and was attended by
many Evanstonians and Chicagoans
The Young Ladies' Culture Club is
planning a musical and literary pro
Scam for the last Sunday in this
month. Talent from the Clah and
also outside talent will be the partici
pants. All are invited to attend this
program and inspire the young- ladies..
The dub- is planning great things
for the coming winter and the co
operation of all who are interestecTia
its -welfare will be appreciated.
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