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CHICAGO, ILL, SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 1922
BOOK CHAT BY MARY WHITE
OVINGTON, CHAIRMAN OF THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE
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HON. JOHN TOMAN
'NEGRO FOLK TALES WITH A
By Thomas W. Talley. Published by
the Macmillan Co, New York City.
Price $25. Postage 10c Extra.
One of the Most Valuable and Popular Members of the
City Council, Who Is One of the Big Leaders of That
Body Who Always Votes Right on All Questions in the
Interest of Ail of the People of This City; Alderman
Toman Has Thousands of Warm Friends Who Are
Urging Him to Enter the Race for City Treasurer of
Chicago in 1923.
SEGREGATE COLORED AMERI
CANS AT LINCOLN MEMO
Colored Americans were segregated
in the seating of the audience during
the dedication of the Lincoln Memo
rial in Washington, D. C-, at which
President Harding spoke. This infor
mation was contained in a letter sent
the National Association for the
vancement of Colored People, 70
4 Avenue, New York, by Shelby
Davidson, executive secretary of
Washington Branch, N. A. A. C
Mr Davidson's letter says in part:
am herewith calling attention to
ledication of the Lincoln Memo
nj aere. The conditions which con
uuiued us as a race were the most
shameful and disgraceful in the annuls
of history. Platform tickets were dis
tributed to the most representative of
our citizens, colored, and when they
appeared they found segregation tun
ning riot. Platform seats reserved for
whites were in chairs and within dis-,
tance of the speakers that might be
called reasonable, considering the
crowd, while back of those seats were
those reserved for colored people,
roped off from those occupied by the
whites and placed about a block away
from the Memorial In the grass and
weeds with rough hewn benches with
out backs or supports.
"Placed at the entrance to these
seats were marines who were distaste
nil, discourteous and abusive even to
swearing in the presence of our col
ored women who accompanied their
husbands to the celebration. Some of
our people, be it said to. their credit,
soon as they saw the situation
toned and left the dedication rather
than submit to the abuses offered
THE AMATEUR MINSTREL
BOYS THANK THE PUBLIC
FOR ITS LOYAL SUPPORT
The Amateur Minstrel Club begs
' o inform their thousands of friends
Aat as a result of their Twenty-sixth
Annual Show and Dance, they were
le to turn over to the Old Folks'
Home, two thousand ($2,000.00) dol
lars. The Club regrets jgreatly, and
wisfcec in snnlnor?? to its dandng
friends, for the dance program being-i
ot short This was the fault ot tne
orchestra director. We assure yon
tbat this will not happen again.
We take this liberty to again thank
or many friends for their loyal sup
Port, and promise yoo additional tal-
ent on our next appearance.
L. V. BEtfRY.'
RUSH N, YERBY,
DAVID A. McGOWAN,
Mrs. Lottie Williams, wife of the
bte Bert Williams, "the far-famed
fttor, who is an old Chicagoan, will
w the near future return iqthis city
to reside. ' " " '
NEW INFANT WELFARE STA-
TION OPENED ON THE
All mothers who live between 31st
and 47th streets, Stewart and Cottage
Grove avenues, will be interested to
know that a new Infant Welfare Sta
tion will serve them at 3201 South
Wabash avenue in the building of (he
South Side Community Service which
is now run under the auspices of the
Chicago Urban League.
The Station is run by the Infant
Welfare Society and will be known
as the Celia Parker Woolley Station.
For the present it will care for babies
up to two years of age. It is hoped
that later on facilities of the station
will be increased so as to take chil
dren up to six years of age and to do
Mothers may consult the nurse
each Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Saturday morning from 8:30 to
9:30, and conferences to which babies
may be brought are held Tuesday
and Friday from 9:00 to 12:00.
During the week, M. T. Bailey,
pres., the Bailey Realty Co., and mgn,
the Milton Mercantile Agency, 3638 S.
State St, while enroute to Virginia,
stopped at Washington, D. G, to
shake hands with former schoolmates
and to talk with politicians. Mr.
Bailey was joined by Hon. Arthur G.
Froe, Recorder of Deeds, who made
the trip to the biennial meeting of
the Aiumni Association of the V. N.
& I. I. at Petersburg, of which Asso
ciation Mr. Bailey is president Hon.
Froe and Mr. Bailey are schoolmates.
The Negro has become so much a
part of America that there are certain
facts regarding his life that we are apt
to forget One is that Africans were
brought to this country down to the
outbreak-of the Civil War, that Afri
can lore was thus being continually
renewed among the American born
Negroes. And another fact is that
the slave lived two lives, one as a ser
vant of the whites, and the other a
life of his own with much that was
African in its traditions and its cul
tural background. This life was de
spised or good humoredly tolerated by
the whites, but we are learning that
in some respects, it was richer and
more original than the white Euro
pean civilization dominating it.
This collection of folk songs, shows
us a little of the Negro's cultural life.
It is unsatisfying because with a few
exceptions we have only the words,
and the words were of the least ac
count The pastime songs, the dance
songs, need the music and the mo
tion. Without this they compare un
favorably with the songs and games
of white children. The songs and
games that are still played by street
children, (though the silly kindergarten
and public school songs have largely
banished them from our playgrounds),
are often medieval in their origin an'
of lovely imagery. Take our May
Day songs or "London Bridge." The
African songs, as shown in this vol
ume, are poor in vocabulary and some
times reminiscent of a Mother Goose
tale, as "Goosie, Goosie, Gander," or
"Patty Cake, Patty Cake." But this
is natural as English was a foreign
tongue to the African and he had not
as yet made himself the master of it
that he is today. If it were not for
Mr. Talley's lengthy and admirable
study of these rhymes we should not
half appreciate them. He interprets
for us, for instance, such a song as
Jonah's Band Party:
"Setch a kickin up san'I Jonah's
Setch -a kickin' -up- san'I Jonah-'s
Han's up sixteen! Circle to de
We's gwine to git big eatin's here
This is a dance rhyme, and one
must first conjure up the swaying fig
ures in their boisterous dance. The
drum, the instrument that was used
for the dance in Africa, was absent in
America, and so the dancers pat hands
and feet to the measure, unconsciously
recalling the boom to which they for
merly kept time. This is a "Call" and
"Response" or "Sponse" verse. "Setch
a kickin up san' " is a solo and "Jon
ah's Ban'", the response by the rest
of the party.
We have this dance rhyme with the
music We are most grateful when
ever the music is given.
"De Jaybird jump from lim to lim
An he tell B'er Rabbit to do lak
Br'er Rabbit say to de cunnin' elf:
1119 BROAD AX
Stewart 6-8-22 M6
WILL GIVE-PROGRAM f
The Virginian Society in its regu
lar monthly meeting, June 21st will
give a program followed by refresh
ments being served at headquarters,
3638 S. State St All members are
requested to be present and bring
CLUB TO MEET
The Progressive .Club, Number
One. of which Mrs. Grace Patillo is
president, will meet on Sunday after
noon, June 18th, at tne residence oi
Mrs. Sarah Stratton, 3257 Cottage
Grove Ave. The Club will entertain
with a program followed by refresh
ments being served.
LEAVES ON EXTENDED TRD?
Mrs. Grace W. Netherland, 3558
i?)n1 "st secretary of the Virginia
Society, left the city. Thursday for
New York from where sne win go io
Richmond,- Va, to spend most of the
summer with her mother, Mrs. Geor
gia Walker, 909 N. 31st St
HERE ON VACATION
Miss Alice Baxter, 420 E 48th
Places who taught in the public
schools at Colp, 111, during the term,
is atthome on .her vacation and jnay
take no a special, course- of study et
the. Universitjrof Chicago.
'You jes want me to fall an' kill my
self." There are play rhymes where we
can guess a little the actions accom
panying them. Here is one that has
the call and 'sponse. How it was
played, we are not told, but for a
description of a nagging insect it is
"Dem old black gnats, dey is so bad
I caint git out'n here.'
Dey stings, an bites, an runs me
I caint git out'n here.
"Dem ole black gnats, dey sings de
You cait git out'n here.
Ole Satan Ml git you befo' long;
You caint git out'n here.
"Dey burns my years, gits in my
An' I caint git out'n here.
Dey makes me dance, dey makes me
An' I caint git out'n here.
"I fans an" knocks but they won't
I can't git out'n hefe.
Dey makes me wish "twus Jedgmcnt
Fer I caint git out'n here."
The African transplanted to Amer
ica as we have said, led two lives.
The first was his life at work and with
his master's people. The second was
when he was able to be with his own.
He had little time to play and none
to work at the beautiful handicrafts,
the cloths that looked like velvet the
decorated cups and water jars, the
multitude of musical instruments that
he had fashioned in his old home. He
found the fiddle and the banjo and
soon learned to play them far better
than did the whites about him. Quills,
reed instruments, he fashioned him
self from the sugar cane, and he
rigged up a triangle from an iron dive
and a pin. With these he made his
music Full self-expression was rare
ly possible, slaves must not gather to
gether, for the fear of insurrection was
always present to the whites. So we
have the Spiritual, "Steal Away to
Jesus" with its double meaning, seem
ingly only a hymn but also a call to
a meeting to be heldsoon. There
was a great deal of this, Mr. Talley
tells us, in the slave songs. He gives
us one, a pathetic call of the wife to
her husband, "The Runaway Slave."
There is another runaway slave song
that one enjoys.
"I'se done killed de boss,
I'se knocked down de hoss,
I eats up raw goose widout apple
sauce! "I'se Run-a-way Bill
I knows dey mought kill;
But ole Mosser haint cotch me, an'
he never will!"
Mr. Talley's collection has been
made with a scholar's care and industry-
His study of rhyme-form and
his careful subdivision of subject mat-
iter, make his work the more valu
able One may not always agree
with him, but his suggestions pique
the student. This volume wilt take
its place among -the important con
tributions to American folk lore
RECENT DEATHS AMONG COL
ORED PEOPLE RESIDING
Mattie Stegall, 50, 3413 Prairie Ave
Wm. R. Howard, 47, 2937 Dearborn
Pearl Berry, 35, 190 E. 25th St
Nora Dysart, 18, 3139 Indiana Ave
Charles Thaxton, 41, 3707 Prairie
Mamie Harris, 23, 1916 Fulton St
Lonnie Drayton, 32, 6313 Langley
Edward Cannon, 22, 2936 Federal St
Johnnie Polk, 17, 5318 Indiana Ave
Calvin Edwards. 47, 133 W. 4SthyPl.
Maggie Edwards, 22, 3129 Cottage
Mary Branch, 42, 310 N. Western
Sadie MeCloud. 27, 3800 Rhodes
Curtis Washington, 3, 3404 Wabash
Rube Casey, 4a 640 Bowen Ave
Mary Kemp, 6, 3721 Federal St
Thomas Hildebrand, 47, 9 E. Roose
MISS FRAZER RETURNING
Miss Johnella Frazier, a teacher at
the V N. & I. L Petersburg, Vil, is
returning to the city immediately atl
the close of school June 9th, on ac
count of the severe illness of her
father. - I . "2" '.
MRS. VINSON MOVES
Mrs. Anna Vinson, living at 455 E.
35th St, for sometime, has moved to
3650 Calumet Ave, where she will be
pleased to see her many friends.
MRS. PLACKMAN OUT
Mrs. Dollie A. Plackman', 10 W.
47th St, well known fraternally, is
able to be out again after an illness of
four weeks which confined her to her
home and bed.
Mrs. Anna Flowers, 226 W. Schiller
St, who was taken to the County
Hospital a .few days, ago seriously ill
is improving slowly.
Fact Has Been Observed.
"De man dat shouts de loudest at a
camp meetln'," said TJncle Eben, "often
loses his voice by de time anybody
asks him for a subscription to build a
Jud Tunklns says be believes the
world Is gettlnz better, nnd any Im
pression to the contrary is due to the
fact that Satan is dolus mure adver
tising than he ned to.
TWO' NICELY FURNISHED
ROOMS FOR RENT
Two modern furnished room to
rent Single gentlemen or two mar
ried couples with use of kitchen, 4328
Prairie Avenue, third apartment
Phone Oakland 6658. Adv.
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HON. PATRICK J. CARR
The Present Treasurer of Cook County Who As Such Has Made
a Splendid Record and the Vast Majority of the Men and
Women Voters Throughout This City and County Will,
This Coming Fall, Record Their Votes in Favor of His Elec
tion to His Present Position.
NEW NEGLIGEES OF CHIFFON
Summery Materials Making Appear
ance Narrow Ribbon Appliques
in Roman Stripe Effect
Summery crepe c!e chines and chif
fons are maklnp their appearance for
coat negligees. Narrow ribbon ap
pliques in Roman stripe effect make
the trimming for an interesting crepe
de chine design. On the chiffon models
little soft ruflles with beading of lace
Insertion fall down the sides and are
becomingly used as collars and cuffs.
For a slightly more elaborate negli
gee chiffon is also used, combining con
trasting shades and draped with ruf
fles of varying widths. The cape neg
ligee of the very young person Is an
othe spring development and nas re
cently appeared as a slipover model
with ruchelike collar of self-blossoms
faced with a contrasting color.
NEW WAISTCOATS OF RATINE
Fabric ! in Keeping With Character
of Tweed and Homespun Should
Be in Demand.
The frayed or fringed skirt has led
even neckwear Into the temptation of
raveling Its edges. When ratine Is
the material, and rust wbRe the
color combination, the effect Is very
smart and the attractiveness of the
sport or tailored suit Is greatly en
hanced by the addition.
Ratine waistcoats are quite In keep
ing with the character of tweed and
homespun and should be In consider
able demand as long as these suits
are worn. Pongee Is another practical
material for vestee styles, says Dry
Goods Economist Its neutral color
assures adaptability aud its launder
ing quality is a strong selling point
With the well-favored dark blue suit
the poDsee accessory Is In very good
taste and good style.
HINTS FOR THE DRESSMAKER
How to Trim the Black Sateen Morn
ing Frock Embroidery May Be
To trim the new and useful black
sateen morning frock there are several
up-to-date ways. One is to use cheer
ful cretonne to form bands to outline
the neck and short sleeves and pockets.
Another plan Is to use cretonne to
form a bib design down the front of
the frock. This brightens It up con
siderably and makes It becoming.
A third plan Is gay-colored crepe for
collars and cuffs and pipings.
One may also embroider the black
sateen with colored wools effectively.
Basket designs worked in green wool
should have blue or yellow flowers or
Then there Is the popular applique
work that can utilize scraps of checked
gingham for simple fruit or flower designs.
Sashes Are Featured.
Frocks of checked silk gingham art
combined with silk or organdie-trimmed
sashes. Many sashes are being worn,
some of brocaded ribbon, other of plain
ribbon or silk, finished with tassels.
Says Uncle Eben.
De troth," said Uncle Eben, "1
all dat counts in de long run. Tellla
a rnm de world is flat intid o round,
Imply reminds him of de fack dat It
Flrst Catly Krror.
If m ha er life U lira over arala
believe we could do better In soma
rays, avoiding the mistake, for In
stance, of trying to make our wife's
relatives feel at home the first that
they, came to visit tis. Ohio State
Journal. . .'" ' .
The Camavalet museum recently re
ceived what Is said to be the knife
of the guillotine used In Paris during
the French Revolution and the subse
quent Itelgn of Terror, and which
served to decapitate Louis XVI, Marie
Antoinette, Robespierre, and thousands
of others. It was a gift to the mu
seum from a Belgian collector. The
relic is said to have been in the pos
session of the family of Samson, the
famous executioner of the French Rev
olution, for several generations.
Altar Lights Burn 50 Years.
For 50 years seven lights have
burned day and night in front of a
statue of the Blessed Virgin In one of
the Catholic churches In Chicago.
These lights commemorate the escape
of the edifice from destruction In the
great fire of 1871.
A young man recently nked one of
the opposite sex why girls so fre
quently became engaged to several fel
lows at once. "A sumker like you
shouldn't have to ask that." she re
plied with a laugh. "When you have
only one match, doesn't it generally
go out?" Boston Transcript
The Buck Passes the Buck.
An Americanization Incident of the
West Is related: A Piute Indian with
a stick and white paint raised a dol
lar bill and passed It on a Chinaman,
who pnid a gambling debt to an Amer
ican witli it The American was ar
rested. New York Morning Telegraph.
Philip Caught On.
Philip was slow in his studies, due
to the fact lie did not apply himself,
but spent most of his time playing.
His aunt was at the house -one day,
and was telling about the little cous
ins how well they were getting
along in school, music, etc. Philip took
It all in, and us site was leaving, he
said: "Much obliged, auntie, for try
ing to put a little ambition in me."
, On the Farm.
Once the farmer swathed his wheat
"with the cradle and raked and bound
It by hand. Then the horse-drawn
reaper appeared, then the McCormlck
binder, nnd finally the great mechan
ical tractors of the present each of
which haul two binders. Once, also,
the antiquated flail "resounded from
morning to night" on the best of the
farms. Then horses were used to
tread on the straw, and then came the
treadmill thresher, the last of -which
went out some fifteen years ago. To
day tractor threshers do the work.
Seek New Supplies of Ivory.
Genuine Ivory Is exceedingly scarce,
and many hunters left Seattle last
summer to prospect the Yukon and
Norton sound tundras for mastodon
tusks, says the Scientific American.
Another source of supply Is the Bear
ing sea walrus and narwaL
Fif Thousand Winks a Day.
A nervous person may wink as often,
perhaps, as 50,000 times during thi
1G unking hours of the day.
If it's done with
You can do it
In Home, Shop
The Peoples Gas
Light & Coke Co.