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SECTION TWO OF THE CHRISTMAS ISSUE OR THE TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE BROAD AX, "STILL LOOKING BACKWARD AND FORWARD'
THE BROAD AX
THE BROAD AX, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1922
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President of the Women's Permanent Republican Club of Cook Coun
ty; Vice-President and One of the Directors of the Chicago Real
Estate Mortgage and Bond Corporation; She Is Also a Heavy
Stockholder in the Public Life Insurance Company.
Mrs. Bertha Montgomery is one of
the best and most favorably known
colored women in this city and coun
ty. She is deeply interested in every
thing for the advancement or the up
building of the colored race.
Within the last three or four years
she has succeeded in placing quite a
number of colored women in respon-
ments in the city and county govern
ment For more than three years Mrs.
Montgomery has efficiently served as
one of the clerks in the offices of the
Board of Assessors of Cook County
and she is a great adnyrer and a
strong follower of Hon. Charles
Krutckoff, and at all times, she has
his fullest confidence, and by her
agreeable and pleasant manner, she
has won the respect of all the clerks,
both men and women, connected with
the Board of Assessors.
She is a heavy stockholder in the
Public Life Insurance Company, and
her husband, Mr. W. H. Montgomery.
is superintendent of the South Side
branch of that company, with head-
quarters at 39th and State St.
As stated above, Mrs. Montgomery
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HON. ADOLPH MARKS
Ok of Chicago's Most Proasaeat Lawyers, Member of tie
State Seaate from the First Senatorial District of miaou.
Semator Marks Desires to Express His Thanks to All of Hk
Friea Residing i His District aad Hopes That His Frieads
Will Spead a Royal Time at This Seasea ef the Year.
is prominently connected with the
Real Estate Mortgage and Bond Cor
poration. Aside from being vice presi
dent of the May Flower Club, she is
prominently identified with the Easter
Lily Club, which has more than thre
thousand members and which is one
of the greatest organizations among
colored women in the United States.
She is president of the Woman's
Permanent Republican Club of Cook
SoTrresTderit "of the
John R. Tanner Auxiliary. Spanish
American War vcterais. She has the
honor of being the first colored woman
in this country to serve as Depart
ment Chaplain of the United Spanish-American
veterans of Illinois; she
took an active part in the presidential
election in 1920, and raised one thou
sand dollars to aid in the election of
Hon. Warren G. Harding; during the
late war she sold rc thousand dollars
worth of Liberty Bonds.
Mr. Montgomery must also be
gien the credit of serving a first-class
position in the office of Hon. Edward
J. Brundage. Attorne General of Illi
nois and Miss Dora Beard was select
ed for that position through the in-
fluencc of Mr. Montgomery; she is
0 the directors or tne iuiox
Beauty College, she is also highly
BOOK CHAT BY MARY WHITE
OVINGTON, CHAIRMAN, BOARD
OF DIRECTORS, NATIONAL ASSO
CIATION FOR THE ADVANCE
MENT OF COLORED PEOPLE.
By Georgia Douglass Johnson, Pub
lished by the J. B. Brimmer Co, 79
Myrtle Street, Boston, Mass. Price
This charmingly printed volume of
verse contains many selections familiar
to readers of "The Crisis." Quite ap
propriately, it has a preface by Dr.
Du Bois, who has encouraged the au
thor in her writing for many years.
"As a revelation of the soul struggle
of the women of a race," Dr. Du Bois
says, "the book is invaluable." This
soul struggle is indeed its theme. One
sees it in the titles of the various sec
tions: Exhoration, "Supplication,
"Shadow," "Motherhood," "Pres
cience," and so on. The book, as the
author says in her foreword is, "the
child of a bitter earth wound."
Mrs. Johnson uses many poetic
forms, some with poor success. She
does not get the cadence of free verse,
and when she writes in conventional
form she at times trips and halts as
though in deference to today's lack of
rhyme and rhythm. Her imagery,
however, is often clear and beautiful.
"Let me not hate, though girt by
Green and hissing through the dark."
And this of the Sorrow Singers:
"Hear their viol-voices singing
Down the corridor of years,
As they left their twilight faces
Through a mist of falling tears 1"
I am sure the "viol-voices" means
the bass viol upon whose depth and
strength the whole orchestra rest.
connected with many other clubs and
societies. During the late election, she
delivered many telling orations in all
parts of Illinois, in the interest of the
Without the least doubt, she is a
great honor to the colored race of
STATE STREET BECOMES THE
NEW WHITE WAY ON THE
Many of the leading business men
on State street between 30th and 39th
street about one year ago decided
that it would improve the business
conditions in that section of the city
if State street had a better lighting
system and as a result of their con
clusions in that direction they began
anouncernent to contract for the in
stallation of new lights extending from
, to 39 street and the new system
cot in the neighborhood of twenty-
rie thousand dollars and the lights
were turned on last Saturday evening.
by Mr. Michael Levy. President of
South State Street Commercial Asso
ciation, causing the street to become
as light as day.
In honor of the occasion Mate
treet decorated with small American
flags extending across it and the fam
oh Knieht Temolar band marched -p
and down the street discoursing en-
ching plenty of good music
The followme are the omcers oi
the South State Street Commercial
Michael Levy, President; A. B.
Stiefel, 1st Vice-President; L. Kap
lan, 2nd Vice-President; Jerome Stie
fel, Secretary and Hugo Herbst
Board of Directors. Michael Levy,
A. B. Stiefel, Hugo Herbst, Jerome
Stiefel, Chas. White, C O. Hammond.
W. H. Johnson, M. J. Brownlee, Paul
E. Van Valkenburgh, Wm. Adams,
Wm. Riley and L. Kaplan.
IT WAS NOT THE INTENTION
OF CHARLES E. STUMP TO
RUN OVER MRS. J. B. BLUIT
The writer regrets very much thst
Charles E. Stomp, the regular travel
ing correspondent for this newspaper.
failed to mention the name of Mrs.
J. B. Bloit of Fort Worth, Texas,
who was one of the prime movers or
one of the leading factors in the way
of causing the banquet and the enter
tainment in honor of Rer. H. 5.
Simms, the able Pastor of Fort Worth,
Texas to be a grand success, and
Mrs. Blnit is one of the leading Christ
ian ladies of that city.
And this picture of "The Passing of
"Swift melting into yesterday.
The tortured hordes of ebon-clay;
No more is heard the plaintive strain,
The rhythmic chanting of their pain.
"Their mounded bodies dimly rise
To fill the gulf of sacrifice.
And o'er their silent hearts below
The mantled millions softly go."
Among a group of "Appreciations"
is one to the memory of Inez Milhol
land, glorious daughter of a glorious
father, who inherited a passionate love
of humanity that was utterly indiffer
ent to any color line. One gets no
sense of this in the two slight verses,
and yet how lovely the first two lines:
"Folded in silent veils of sleep,
You calmly rest."
In the section upon "Motherhood"
Mrs. Johnson is at her best Here are
ten poems voicing the love, the fear,
even the despair of the Colored
mother's heart I quote one in its en
tirety: "The mother soothes her mantled
With incantations sad and wild;
A deep compassion brims her eye,
And stills upon her lips, the sigh.
"Her thoughts aic leaping down the
O'er brimming bars, through seething
Her heart is sandaling his feet,
Adown the world's corroding street
"Then with a start she dons a smile,
His tender yearnings to beguile,
And only God will ever know,
The wordless measure of her woe."
On Monday evening, Jan. 8, 1923, a
great banquet and ball will be given
at the Eighth Regiment Armory by
the Public Life Insurance Company
Land Mrs- -MontgonieHi will -assist in
leading the grand march at which
time she will be ablaze with many
laces and costly diamonds.
By Dr. M. A. Majors
I loved a girl so much once, and fan
cied she loved me
But she was shrewd,
A friend or two gave me a tip, I was
blind and couldn't see
I wooed, I wooed:
You know yourself how a fellow acts
w hen love gets in his knee
Twas fun for the man who thought
she loed him, and he said
Let him try.
He was so strong in her love he
This nice guy,
Well I tried alright and you can bet
we wed. He's gone dippy
You never can tell what a girl will do
At first she may laugh and poke fun
But if you arc wise and want her real
And try very hard you may be made
YOU CAN WIN
You are not through, they may count
you out and pass you up as dead:
If the tiniest spark of life still lingers
and your blood's still running red,
You may come back strong and win
your battle no matter how hard it
If only you summon your utmost
strength and the will of a man to be
The victor ofttimes gets hootch in his
noodle, or feels the pride of his
And flashed with a victory over yon
presumes on the word they call
But losing once in a hard foaght bat
tle yon doable your energies to iris.
And the battle is over aad yon axe the
victor because 70s came back again.
HELPED BY NEW HAMP
Hampton, Va. In response to the
public demand for non-technical,
brief, and interesting pamphlets,
which can be used by class-room
teachers and supervising officers,
Hampton Institute has issued some
new leaflets and revised editions of
leaflets that have been widely used
in both white and colored schools:
(1) "Handling Hens for Egg Pro
duction," by F. S. Gammack, Instruc
tor in Poultry at Hampton Institute;
20 illustrations. 58 pages; topics:
How to Know Good Layers, Poultry
Parasites, Poultry-House Construc
tion, Poultry Disease Control, Hatch
ing and Brooding, How to Teach
(2) "Games for Elementary
Grades." by Julia E. Davis, Teacher
of Physical Training, Washington,
D. C. and Charles H. Williams, Di
rector of Physical Education for Boys
Hampton Institute; 32 pages; de
tailed descriptions of singing and ac
tive games with references to appro
priate music and books for study;
rules for a public-school athletic
league; and point-system for scoring
(3) "Reading for Primary Grades,"
and "Reading for Upper Grades,"
both by Sarah J. Walter, formerly
Principal of the Whittier Training
School, Hampton Institute; detailed
suggestions and materials for teach
ing reading throughout the elementary-school
(4) "American Authors' Birth
days," by Emily Harper Williams; 73
pages of materials and programs;
authors chosen, Eugene Field, James
Whitcomb Riley, Joel Chandler Har
ris, John Greenleaf Whittier, James
Russell Lowell, Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow, Booker T. Washington
and Paul Laurence Dunbar.
(5) "How to Teach Cooking in
Rural Schools," by Amelia Avery
Cooke, formerly in charge of the Do
mestic Science Department, Hampton
Institute; 36 pages; topics: The
Cooking Stove, Dishwashing Rules
for Cooking; 100 Recipes, Rules for
Table Service, Cooking for the Sick.
(6) "How to Teach Sewing in Rural
Schools." by Caroline D. Pratt, Di
rector of the Domestic Arts Depart
ment, Hampton Institute; 15 pages;
topics: Work for Small Children, Re
pairing Garments, Outline for Talk
on Dress, Baby Clothes, Millinery,
Clothing for School Girls, Caring for
Clothes. Books and Magazines.
(7) "Home Decoration," by Leigh
Richmond Miner, Director of Applied
Arts, Hampton Institute; 14 pages, 12
illustrations; helpful suggestions for
interior and exterior decoration.
(8) "Fifty-Six Years of Negro
Progress," by Monroe N. Work, edi
tor of "The Negro Year Book;" 11
pages; topics: Economic Progress,
Educational Progress, Religious
(9) "Manual Training for Rural
Schools" (three parts), by John H.
Jinks, Head of Department of Man
ual Training, Hampton Institute; il
lustrated; topics: Care of the School
house, Comshuck Matmaking, Knife
work, Benchwork, School Gardening,
Chair Caning, Timvork, Shoe Repair
ing, Simple Carpentry, Book Repair
ing. Basket Making.
(10) "How to Teach Canning and
Jelly Making," by Carrie Alberta Ly-
ford. Director Home-Economics
School, Hampton Institute, and Alma
Kruse, Teacher of Domestic Science.
Hampton Summer School; 42 pages;
topics: Food Preservation, Principles
of Canning, Methods of Canning,
Canned Vegetables, Pickles and Rel
ishes, Canned Meats, Canned Fruits,
Jelly Making, Jams and Preserves,
Other Hampton Leaflets, issued at
cost cover academic subjects, agri
culture, cooking and sewing for high
schools, health, home- and school
improvement programs, industrial
work, nature study, and programs for
special occasions. These leaflets are
distributed through the Hampton In
stitute Publication Office.
PLEASANT HOLIDAY GREET
INGS TO ALL
The many warm friends and the
steadfast supporters of this newspaper
are now in the midst of the pleasures
of this memorable season of good
will and cheerfulness, it is the time
when all of us mortals should feel the
spirit of love and friendship for each
other, that we should be willing to
forget all the unpleasant things which
have crossed our pathway the past
With these few simple reflections,
we wish our hosts of friends pleasant
Hon. and Mrs. S. W. Green of New
Orleans, La, visited some of their
friends in this city the past week.
The new sweet voiced song bird
forge to the front in
Among the younger colored sing
ers in Chicago is Miss Eleanor Gaines,
who is rapidly forging ahead to a
place in the first ranks as a solo artist.
Miss Gaines possesses a soprano
voice of beautiful quality, thoroughly
trained, and with her pleasing per
sonality she is bound to meet with
much success in the musical world.
Miss Gaines has received her entire
training from Prof. Martin D. Mahcr.
who has to his credit many successful
In addition to church work Miss
Gaines is available for recitals, music
als, etc. Address 4005 Calumet ave.,
phone Atlantic 2008.
Prof. Maher is a teacher of 20 years'
teaching experience. His sen-ices were
secured for Miss Gaines by Miss Minor
of the Fine Arts Institute. By his
careful and special training of Miss
Gaines, five students in her midst are
added to his training list Prof. Maher
is a perfect gentleman and courteous
to all students and he deserves much
credit for his accomplishments in the
training of Miss Gaines. The latter
secured a splendid position with the
Central Electric Company during war
times. She is one of the first of our
race who has made good, and is at the
FREE XMAS FESTIVALS
The Metropolitan Community Cen
ter Choir under the direction of J.
Wesley Jones, will render a special
program Sunday, December 24th at
7:30 P. M. Mme. Clara J. Hutchison,
soprano, Ernest L. Williams, tenor,
will be the soloists. A new feature
of the program will be a Male quar
tette, composed of E Grundy, H. B.
Woodfolk, G Geiger. and T. B.
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MRS. EMILY M. SCOTT
Maaager of the LaProvideBt Co., Importers Md Wholesale Dealers
m Hbbu Hah- Goods aad Beaaty Parlors, 4956 S. State Street
Mrs. Scott Is One oi the Maay Saccesarel Barnes Woaaea at Thk
of Chicago, who continues to
the world of music
present time at her post. She is
thrown in contact with salesmen in
every business line and her conduct
has won her much respect and trust
Prof. Maher is very much pleased
with the progress made by Miss
Gaines in the training of her voice.
She appeared in her first recital at St
Mark Church, 50th and Wabash ave
recently. The greater part of her large
audience were fellow employes of the
Central Electric Co. Also present
were some music teachers from the
North Side, who declared Miss Gaines
is a credit to tne enorts ana skui ot
her music teacher. Dr. Robinson, of
St. Mark declared that Miss Gaines'
program was one of much merit
Each of the two recital programs were
fostered and accompanied by Prof.
Maher, the accomplished and efficient
teacher for Miss Gaines. Many effi
cient teachers have expressed candidly
that the quality of the voice of Miss
Gaines is beautiful and pleasing to
The writer has known Miss Gaines
for some years and we honestly feel
that she has a very bright future be
fore her in the musical world.
She reflects much credit on the
true womanhood of the Afro-Ameri-
Banks, will sing The Prince of Peace,
a Christmas carol, recently composed
by Mrs. Parilee Ridley Woodfolk.
Other numbers on the program will
be the Treble Clef Choir and the big
Chorus Choir. This program prom
ises to be the best yet ever rendered.
Miss Thelma O. Simons, the young
talented pianist will accompany the
soloists. Dr I. H. Holloway and Dr.
Wm D. Cook, will deliver short addresses.