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VOL. XI. NO. 15.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 1895.
TRICE, 5 CENTS.
I IVE THOUSAND I'KO
\ MAGNIFICENT TRIBUTE.
REV BROWNE'S LET?
A Harmonious Meeting.
W. M T. FORRESTER PRESIDED.
k Hon. Robert T. Teamoh.
The attack made by Rev. W. W.
V Browne upon Editor John Mitchell, Jr.,
^A lr the is of the "Kiehmond Dis
i^L^ r*nd ''Dally Times" has e*reated
i^^**** widespread commotion in this city.
i^P On tlu corners, in the* shoe
shops, burlier-shops in fact in every
W place that the colored people gather
the cry that "Browne is lighting John
Mitchell" has been heard. Kev. Browne
has bean condemned almost unani?
mously. There bas not as ye?t appeared
t t business or a prominent man who
1 hus defended his ooaree.
|a ditor John Mitchell, Jr.'s reply in
the Kiehmond, Va.. "Daily Times"
and which the "Richmond Dispatch"
vvould not publish, was commended on
e-very side, many white people com?
mending the spirit in which it was
written and the straightforward logic
anel facts which it contained.
Bven the closest friends of Rev.
I Browne contented themselves with tbe
statement, -'Browne bas made a mis
l I lake. He haul nothing to do with it
f and should not have interfered."
A Keb tor Mitchell succeeded in secur
* ing the Second Baptist Church for
Tuesday, March 28th, and notice that
a meeting would be held was given out
in such churches as could be reached
in t line.
THE C 'NFERENl'E AT THK PLANET OFKIl K.
A e^all for a conference at the Pi.an
i: r (>Hice Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 P.
M., v.aa responded to with alacrity and
by some of the leading citizens.
The sentiment was unanimous.
Among the present were Rev. A. Bin?
ga, Jr., D. D., pastor First Baptist
ch of Manchester, Va.; Rev,
Jentoa H. Holmes, pastor First Church,
Richmond; Rev. R. Wells, pastor Eb
*r Baptist Church; Rev. Z. D.
s pastor, Second Baptist Church ;
E. Rawlings, pastor Presbyte?
rian Chareh; W. M. T. Forrester, ex
Master Odd Fellows ; Major J
B. Johnson, Thomas C. Johnson, Esq.,
II. Dickerson, W. G. Singleton,
Oliver, Dr. P. B. Ramsey, Wil?
li Custalo, Rev. Evans Payne, pastor
4th Bapt. Church, Rev. S. E. Griggs,
?aeon Abner Cooley, Alexander
lies, R. J.Bass, Lewis Braxton, J,
V- Cary, Peter Riley, Councilman
Morton Deane, Councilman J.R. Grif?
fin, Councilman William B. Smith,
Johnson, Kev. Thomas
p I . Farley, Rev. J T.Russell,
:nas P. .it-ter, Peter Thompson. A.
W ashington, Rev. A. Ferguson, B. 1'.
After tbe arrangements had been
made, the conference adjourned. The
Second Baptist Church was packed
from "pit to dome." At 8 o'clock
islanding room was at a discount. The
?s were crowded, the galleries pre?
sented asimilar appearance, and yet
Ihe surging mass of humanity from the
Vataide continued to endeavor to gain
[mission. It was a night long to be
bmeinhered. It is a conservative esti
to place the number of people at
'thousand who hastened to hear the
with reference to this momentous
*tion. Rev. Z. D. Lewis announced
the meeting was ready to proceed.
j a as offered by him. On mot ion
VV. M. T. Forrester was unani
isly elected permanent chairman,
>mmittce was appointed to escort
tei the chair. As he appeared an
[thurat of applause greeted the man
io had wedded the gavel over a body
that rapraaented 150,000 Odd Fellow*
this country. Mr. Forrester ex
fr*eiflod~tbanks for the honor tendered
He said that they were there to ex
heir condemnation of the ae'tion.
|f one man, William W. Browne whe
?d to speak for them Thf
not yet ready tc
ives any one man'*
They had no war to make upor
ly organization, but would unquali
lly condemn tbe usurpation of pow
by one man. Ho instructed the
>tary elected, Mr. Ben j. P. Vander
read the letter of Rev. William
rwne. This waa done,
imittee on resolutions was ap
as follows: John Oliver, chair
man; Kev. K. Wells--, Rev. J. E. Raw?
lins, Morton Deane, Dr. P. B. Kan
On the rostrum were Kev .1
Jones. D D., Kev. R. We*l!s. Kev. Jas.
ll Holmes, Kev. Z. D. Lewis, B. D.,
Rev. Thomas Briggs and ot be'
BDITOB MITCHELL SI'KAKS.
Chairman Forrester then introduced
Alderman John Mitchell. Jr.. the man
who had been so unceremoniously con?
demned by Rev. William W. Browne.
Tbe applause which greeted the Alder?
man was enthusiastic and prolonged.
He said that the attack which had
been made upon him in the Dispatch
and Times of the 22nd inst . bad led to
the enquiry on his part, "ls Browne
He had been summoned as a wit
in the Porter ease. He learned that
this was done at the instigation of
Mr. Porter himself He was to testify
ai to the report in the Planet of the
meeting which took place at the True
Reformers' Hall condemnatory of the
Porter "scheme*. Ylo. had long since
learned that when the sheriff of Rich?
mond summoned a person to court, he
must go there or be fined and impris?
Mr. Mitchell said that his testimony
was in favor of Browne It was well
known that the* Planet had been for?
ward in condemnation of tbe scheme
When Rev. Browne had denoune*?4t
him at the meeting referred to he* Waa
much surprisepd although he bad l>ee*n
previously advised that such a thing
would tie done His remark was that
he did not believe that "Rev Browne
would be as big a fool as that ** The in?
formation given proved however to be
The meeting however bad voted that
Rev Browne* and himself shake hands
They did so He tbenight that this
meant a ce*ss:ition of hostilities, that
there would be no more abuse of bim
Acting In conformity with thia under?
standing he had with-held all re*f?*r
enoe to it from the* Planet, and not a
line appeared anywhere in its columns
with referenc; ^<^it. His surprise and
indignation cou K?* be readily imagined
when he found that Kev Browne* had
made an attack upon him through tha
daily press ol the city. Alderman
Mitchell saiel that thi 'ol a sin?
gle business or preifessional man, not a
ministe'r SO far as h.* had l>een able to
learn, that endeirsed that letter, and
the masses of the* pecjpla were solidly
against it. He* then de scribed how he
came to accompany Representative
Teamoh and the committe*e*. being in?
vited so to do. He described ethe visit
to Allen A Ginter and T. C. Williams
tobacco factory, r?'ee>ptie>n at the* Gov?
ernor's Mansion and in a most enter?
taining way spoke of the drive*. He
declared that eedore*d men could not
afford to fight one another. The race*
had not eneuigh leaders to allow any
one to kill them off. He de*clare*d that
Rev. Browne was too desirious of fight?
ing prominent men. It would'nt dei He
[Mitchell] bad defe*nded the* colored
people at ev?*ry opportunity. His roc
ord in the* Board of Aiermen woulel
THE TEOPLES' ENQl'IRV.
lie declared that everybody was ask?
ing the question "what did Browne
have to do with it?" Each leader had
his duty to perform. Rev. Browne
was over the finance It was intended
that he should attend to that The
ministers had to do with the moral,
educational progress of the colored
people, while he had charge of the
journalistic department to defend the
race against the aspersions of the Ne?
gro hating prejudiced white element
THE SPEAKERS' LABORS.
There was a liberal minded white
element made up of some of the best
persons on the globe. The officials in
the city and state government knew
that he was constantly trying to aid
some unfortunate colored person
This he did free of charge About
forty per cent of his time was taken up
in this kind of work He declared he
could not fight prejudiced white men
and vindictive and jealous colored
He would go on with his labors and
leave the people to keep them off him.
He closed amidst deafening applause.
REV. PAYNE SPEAKS.
Rev. Evans Payne was introduced
and was warmly received He ex
plained his position in the Porter
scheme. He declared that at the time
the Grant Monument and Old Folks
Home was endorsed by the Ministers
Conference, nothing was known of T
W Porter, in connection with the af?
Rev Browne had come to the Con?
ference in a manner to drive them to
retract He for one was not used to
bossism and would not be buldozed
If Browne had come as a Christian
gentleman, there would have been no
trouble. He did not know whether or
not he should call him ?'Rev." for he
had taken his commission, handed it
back to God and gone into the money
A PERSONAL EXPLANATION.
He explained how he was summon?
ed to court by the Sheriff of the city of
Richmond. Ile knew he had to obey
so he went. Rev Browne, he declared
talked very big at the True Reformers
Hall, but he did not do any of that big
talking at the court
He declared Rev Browne's asser?
tions relative to his having joined Por?
ter to swindle and rob the colored peo?
ple to be a lie, also the charge that he
had contributed so mach as even one
cent to defray the expenses of the suit
" He's got to take it back " he sol
emnly declared. He condemned the
criticism made by Rev. Browne, con?
cerning the salaries received by the
ministers of Richmond His people
had raised his to $100 per month and
wanted to do even more than that,
REV. BROWNE'S MALARY.
Rev. Browne said nothing about tin
*1,800 or $2,000 per year which ht
[Browne] was receiving not inc Iud in j.
expenses. He had sold the regalia de?
partment of the Order to the Order fen
$3,000 and now wanted to sell the plant
and copyright of the True Reformer!
to the True Reformers, he heard foi
$15,000. If it belonged to the Tm.
| formers why should they ha\
He spoke of t! ship of the
Kroperty. ejcclared th.
a would finally come into pot
sie>n of it.
?tiikk hitter OOVDBKXaTK
He was bitter in dealing with W. I'.
Burrell, declared him to lie a enamel -
that animal that changes to the
color of whatever object upon which it
alighted. He e*ompared him toa lizard.
Hy* referene*e to how he was howled
down in an alleged citizens' meeting at
True Reformers' Hall was amusing,
designating the head of the organiza?
tion as "Boss Browne.'"
He referred toa sharp head l>oy at
the True Reformers' building that
clapped him down, declaring that then*
were people in Richmond, who had
not received their sick dues in twelve
Rev. Payne imitated "Boss Bre*.w i
antics on the rostrum, lt created
much amusement. Keir nearly an hour
he delivered one of the* most scathing
denunciations ever poured upon an in?
dividual. He charged that the last
grave offense of Rev. Browne was the
injury he was doing John Mitchell. He*
had endeavored to kill him with a
He refe>rr?*d to the* handshaking and
quoted scripture* setting forth that
you should not make friends with an
adversary while he is in anger.
Rev. Z. I?. Le*! in the* article*
which appeared in the daily pap
declared it a shameless sacrifice* of
principle and lietrayal of the m
He* wanted tei know \vhe*re Browne
came from. He had put himself up as
lord. He* than reve*rteet tei the* Porter
case, declared that Mr. Porter hael
never lieen inside* of bis lmuse thai he
bad not furnished him any mon.
conduct the suit aga Browne*
anel denounced as a lie all statements
that he was in league with a swindle
anel a scheme to rob the* i*olored [x*e>
He* compared Rev. Browne with the
snake* of hat had been
taken np by tha e*e)lor?*el people* anil
Wanned anel then was a'nout to sting
them to death. He de*e*lared i
W ne*'s letter to be .**. shaun
riiice* of the* rights of the e*eilored peo?
ple He declared ths
today could never ge (con?
dition of the* ante-liellum N
Ha referred in burning langna^*
champion and defender of the
of this country John Mitchell, Jr. He
referred to Bal tor Mitchell's labon
liehalf of his race, declared that h>
known over this entire* e-ountry. for his
fe?ari .-md devotion to his race
and that for any man to attae-k him in
this maimer was an OUtraf
why he e'oMri.vr
He would never COnoede the inferi?
ority of the Negro. No, the trouble
was that Browne wanted to let the
white people know that h. on?
ly Negro in Richmond. If they had
sent for Browne instead eif sending for
John Mitchell, nothing would hare
If Mr. Teamoh had callee! to see Mr.
Browne, it would have been alright.
After making a brilliant oratorical
peroration on Editor Mitchell, he
closed bis remarks amid "big
The committee on resolutions
through its chairman, being ready to
report, submitted the fedlowing i
Whkkkas a communication appeared
in the Dispatch and Tinie*s of this city,
professing to be written in liehalf of
the t-irand Fountain United Order of
True Reformers and the race*;
Whkkkas much of the sentiment
therein contained and expressions
which bave been sent forth are antag?
onistic to our principles and in viola?
tion of the fundamental rules of official
\Yukkea8 the aforesaid article em?
braces an insult upon a member of the
Massachusetts Legislature and a mem?
ber of the Board of Aldermen eif Rich?
mond, in falsely alleging that they in?
truded themselves where they were
not invited ; and
Whkrkas the official recognition ao
corded these two representative citi?
zens was in no wise a private social
affair, but was formal and in conform?
ity with the strict rules of etiquc
W. the communication in
question has a tendency to place us in
a false light, and enunciates cringing
concession which we can neither favor
nor endorse ; therefore be it
Resolved, That we disclaim any re?
sponsibility for the article in question
or the admissions and insults which it
Resolved, 2d, That after hearin
fully the facts relative to the otticia
courtesies extended the legislator of
Massachusetts and the Alderman of
Richmond, and their conduct in con
nee*tion with the same, that we endorse
their actions and commend them for
their conservatism in the face of un?
Resolved, 3d, That we disclaim any
desire for-'social equality" or private
recognition in a social way, realizing
that it is a condition that will regulate
Rksoi.ved, 4th, That we deprecate and
condemn all efforts to belittle or crip?
ple the influence of the clergy, realiz?
ing that it stands for the social, moral,
educational and religious elevation of
Resolved, 5th, That we discounte?
nance and condemn all efforts to dis?
criminate between the colored people
of the North and those of the South,
realizing tbat only by their combined
efforts can the final elevation of our
people be assured
Resolved 6th, That Rev. Brown
only tbe head of the True Refori i
a benevolent and insurance organiza?
tion and is in no wise authorized to
speak for the colored r
Resolved, 7th, That the letter is cal
; culated to mar the peaceful relation
shin now e'xisting between the* white
ana colored people of this city.
They were adopted by a rising \
In calling for those who oppose-d, hut
one man arose in the antin* audie
Benediction was announced ariel
large audience retired from the B]
ious church edilie
CHURCH HILL NOTES.
The Surging ?ans of Humanity at
the Fourth Baptist Church ea Last
Sunday?The Funeral of Mr.
J no J fT-rsoa?S* ws la Brl?-f
A very impi -ervice was held
urth OhOTCh, "-'Sth *V P. streets on
Sunday evening last, when three fun?
erals we*re preaceed by Evans Payne,
the pastor. Two of which were t
e?f Brother John Fields and his wife,
Mrs. Lucy Fie'lels. The latter died on
Wednesday night the 90th inst after a
brief illness to typhoid-pneumonia.
Her husband, whose protracted ill?
ness was mentioned in these columns
a short time since, passed away on Fri?
day morning. Both of them
were* memhen eif Fourth Bapt. Church
for more than twenty years, and fe>r
an equal number years had been con?
nected with tbe organization?
and daughters of Hamlin, which
in attendance to pay the* last sad
bute* of reaped to their mentor
becca" Fountain, No. .r>07 of T. K. of
which Brother Fields was a r:)e*nil>er,
waa also presemt.
As a deacon of Fourth Bapt. Church,
brother Fields was well known fe>r his
exemplary christian e-haraeter, and as
a peaceful, and highly respected citi?
zen was held in high esteem by all
who knew him, as was attested hy the
letter of condolence read bv deacon
The* third funeral was that of Mr.
yo. who departed this life on
Friday, 22nd inst., after a sickness of
or about a week's duration. He
Die son-in-law of deacon Jame*s Wilder
and was well known in this city
For quite a numb very
successful business as a blacksmith in
Fulton. Ot late his shop was down on
the Rive*r Re>ad, at Vari ne drove, Hen?
rico Co. In religion. Mr. Maye) was of
the Methodist faith, hut had not since
th** war, connected himself with any
church here, liewa- visi?
tor of the Fourth Baptist Church in
which he ha- tis?Johnnie and
The attendance on til is very sail
casion was one eif the lar^. wit
el by many eif the old'
Thei' nd white; yoting
and old, from all parts e>f the* city.
The sermon was deeply patin
and was to with most euigag
ilig attention. Re*\ I'a\
eel b; .ind I.. H. Dick
The interments w?*i-e all in the Ev
~e* and William Isaac Johnson re
The sad intelligence of the sudden
eb?ath of Mr. John Jefferson, in Wash?
ington, D C. on Saturday last, was re
eCaVed here on Sunday morning, and
arrangements were* at once* fm thoued
for the* fune*ral.
The following momliers of the family
and friends accompanied the remains
which arrived here on Tue*sday
last, via?the R. A D. K. R.?Mrs. Fan?
nie Jefferson, wife of the deceased,
and her son?.Joseph, Mr. L. L. Wil?
liams eif Boston, DTOther of the de
-?*d, Mr. Eddie* Anderson and wife;
Porter Freeman and John
Messrs. A \V. McCormick and E. A.
Washington of this city, assisted
Messrs. Willie and James Anderson in
the funeral arrangements.
The funeral took place* fremi the 4th.
Baptist Church, on Wedneeda! even?
ing, the pastor, the Rev. Evans Payne
officiating. His discourse though
brief, was profoundly imp In?
vocation was offered by brother E. A.
Washington. There were many friends
present, colored and white, by whom
the deceased was held in high esteem.
"As porter at the then York River De?
pot, Mr. John Jefferson was well
known to hundreds of the citizens of
Richmond, and elsewhere. During
the last se*veli or eight years he has
lieen residing in Washington, with his
The handsome casket was literally
covered with beautiful floral designs.
The pall bearers were: Messrs. Law?
son Jones, Grenville Fleming, Stewart
Jackson, Johnson Young, Robert
Johnson and-Charles Lewis
Mr Henry Cook's son, La Vassyre,
was funeral director.
On account of the three funerals at
his Church on last Sunday, Rev Evans
Payne could not fill his engagement
with Rev Harris, pastor of the First
Baptist Church, of West Point, but
sent a young licentiate of his
Church, brother Percy J. Wallace. We
are glad to know that Rev. Harris
raised in the '-Rally" on that occasion
the neat little sum of *f 143.95. May his
people soon liquidate the indebtedness
on their Church property.
Another accident occurred at the C.
& O. shops on last Monday, in which
Mr. J. W. Woolfolk, received a heavy
blow in his face by a piece of iron.
The hundreds of citizens of Church
Hill, who touched elbows with their
many brothers and sisters of Shockoe
Hill, in attendance upon the very en?
thusiastic meeting Monday night, says
"long live our fearless Editor of the
net and the cause he represents."
and woe be unto the man who would
b to malign our tried and true
"Race Defenders," such as the Bishop
of Church Hill, than whom a more out
spoken and indefatigable personae
unknown to us, and "don't you forget
it! " He is a man wherever, and
whenever you meet him.
Te) the Samaritans of the* State* of Ya.
You are here*by nottfled to send all
monies doe the Grand Lodge* to the
Wm M. til Man
All stockholders* and section owner
Cemetery will please
i hirty da -
Secretary of I ipany fe>r
tion, at i time presenting d'
By order of Board of Managers,
217 W. B
Can be seen from 6:30 to 10:00 P. M.
Sundays all day.
Personals & Briefs.
-Mrs. Dianna Pollard is quite sick
nee* of her daughter in
-If you wish first-clans groceries
feirt little monev, call on Mr. G. K.
Pollock, WI N. 3rei
?-Re*v. David S.Cincoreof Phila.,Pa.
is in the city. He will remain with us
about a month giving a series of enter?
tainments. He is particularly fine on
tiona from Shakespeare.
-Did you borrow this journal ?
Why not subscribe ? Only $1.50 per
-Mrs. J. C. Herndon of Buckners
Va. called on us. She left Friday 22,
inst, for New York.
-Mr. L. L. Williams who was in
the city this week, is a member of Cris
pus Attucks Lodge, K. of P. of Boston.
-Mrs. Charles H. Lewis, 1000 N.
8th Street who has been very sick for
the last week or ten days is now gradu?
-Read our grand offers, and take
advantage of them.
-There will be a grand lecture at
the* Mt. Carmel Baptist JChurch, Rev.
W. H. VVhite pastor, Tuesday night
April 2nd., bv Rev E. Watts. B. D. of
Petersburg. Va., Subject:?"TheChris?
tie Devil Si<*k Nur I mis?
The Cadets Picaic.
Monday night a large ajid apprecia
sudienee gathered at the Ebene?
zer Baptist church to witness the new
and popular play, "The Cadet's Picnic"
This is the second time it has been
played here and all were well pleased
the entertainment. These young
-e*s and gallant lads deserve much
lil for the manner in which they
performed their parts. The gallant
who we're- so magnificent ly dre
In their soldier costume were under
Command of Capt. Dallas HUI Wat?
kins. The solos by Miss Clara V.
Johnson and Annie Moss we're- very ex
The whole affair reflected great cred
i: on Meeds mo* Faun and
Lillian Payne for the* careful training of
tha children. tertainment waa
under the auspicies of Improvement
Club, No 1 of the allene named church.
The committee, M< im'l Ba?
ker, R. II Thurston. "J. H. Braxton, E.
W. Johnson in behalf of the Club thank
their many friends for their patronage.
The work of largening the rostrum was
a charitable presentation from Me
Farrar and Moore*.
J. R. B.
-You like the Planet? Then Bob?
be te) it. Send us SOctS., if no more
and it will come to you.
Le'fh St. Methodist Episcopal Church.
ll A, M., preaching Jdy the pastor;
:* P. M., preaching by Rev. Charles
Blunt; 8 P. M., preaching by the pas?
tor. A ll are invited.
W. H. Fax. Pastor.
-Richmond Steam Laundry, Geo.
W.Bragg, proprietor, 318 N 7th St. is
the place for fine launduy work.
Motto'Fine Work," 'phone 1208.
Resolutions of Condolence of Mrs. Pat?
Whkkkas, It has pleased the Meist
High of the U*niverse to remove from
our midst our beloved sister, Mrs. Pat?
tie Stewart, and
Whkkkas, The intimate relations
long held by our deceased sister with
the members of the Friendly Aid Soci?
ety render it proper that we should
place on record an appreciation of her
services, she being the founder of our
society; therefore be it
Rksoi.vkd, By tin* Friendly Aid So?
ciety, that while we bow in humble
submission to the will of the Most High
we* do not the less mourn for our sister
who has been called from this earthly
habitation to the one of eternal rest.
Resolved, That in the death of Mrs.
Stewart, this Society has lost a mem?
ber who was always active and zealous
in her work, ever ready to do what she
could for the advancement of the Soci?
ety ; she was wise in counsel, and fear?
less in action an honest and upright
Resolved, That this Society tender
its heartfelt sympathy to the family
and relatives of our deceassed sister in
this their sad affliction, and olso that
those resolutions be entered upon the
minutes of this Society and a copy be
sent to the family of our deceased sis?
ter, and also lie published in the "Vir?
ginia Baptfst" and Richmond Planet.
Mrs. Mattie P. Tyler ^
Miss Kate J. Cooke !> Committee.
k Kemi* J
Rev. P. 8 Lewis B. D. pastor of the
First Baptist Church of Salisbury, N. C.
haa been inviteel by the faculty of Shaw
University, Raleigh N. C. to deliver an
address before the literary societies of
that institution in May. He was also
ntly elected by the N. C. Legisla?
ture*, a member of the school board of
the* "State* Normal School" at Salisbu?
ry. The board has been composed en?
tirely of some of the meist prominent
white men of the community, and Rev.
Lewis b the first colored man who has
; bien elected on that board. He
graduate eif the Richmond Theolo
uinary, Richmond Va., of c
'89?Composed of Revs. Z D. Lewis, B
D.E. t Howard B. D. and W. M.
D. all of whom are shining
lights, ind able divine*,. Rev. P. S.
,1-i-ie'il Mi>s Mary E. Reese one*
the- : tninent and accomplished
lie sf lu xii teachers of thia city. He
was in 1 ichmon t wei vs eeks ago on bus
Wu e*d two pewerful
urns at the Sharon Baptist Church.
Richmond Theological Seminary
is just I? proud of her son.
William Texnamt was born s slave,
in Bowling Green, Caroline Co, Ya.,
Nov. 14,1854. and lived in the county
until 1881. when he was carried to
Weest Tennessee, snd lived with bis
owners until about 1886. He then
went to live with his step uncle in Hey
ward Co. Tenn., until '67, st .$40.00 s
year. At the end of the year he was
$4.00 in debt to him. He paid this
amount and left him.
He worked with a white man at $18
per month, for four months, bit he
paid him nothing.
He then worked st different places
and accumulated $7.00 in money.
He went to Brownsville, while en
route to Memphis and lost $4 00 of his
treasure. He then had $3.00 left, and
he paid $2.50*for a ticket to Memphis,
arriving there with 60 cents in his pock
et and knowing no one.
He met an old Irishman, named
He asked him where he came from
and upon his telling him, he told him
he would take him to his house in the
He took care of him for about three
weeks and upon his expressing a desire
so to do gave him $2.60 for him to
return to Brownsville.
After getting the money he changed
his mind and thought he would go in
an ot her direction, so he walked the dis?
tance so his money would be saved
and be reached Humboldt, Tenn.
Three days afterjreaching there, he
was taken sick and had to return to
He was sick at his sister's near that
place for about six months.
Upon recovering, he had an aunt liv?
ing in tbe county and he stayed there.
One night bis cousin and himself
were lying in the bed at her house and
he was at the widow, when Ku Klux
rode up to the window and said: "Boy,
get up and open that door! " He said
to his cousin Austin "This man says
open the door there." He did so.
The Ku Klux rushed in?one looked
up the chimney and another looked un?
der the lied.
His aunt's husband, Monroe .Palmer,
was under the bed. They told him to
come out. He did so, and they carried
him out. He did not show any fear al?
though they were masked.
They carried him under a big oak
tree and threw the rope up over the
limb. Tbe prisoner seemed to have
given up all hepes, being resigned to
the hanging apparently, when all at
once he jumped right from under them
and went over a ten rail fence, and es*
caped They fired at him' seven times
but missed him.
They made Tennant and his cousin
get up and put on their clothes, go in
front of them and open the first gate.
"When this was done they said '-Trot
to the next gate." They <Hd so. When
they got to the front gate, they said,
"Now, ;you boys go back and go to
Young Tennant did not get scared
until it was all over.
After many years, Tennant's aunt's
husband who had been thus treated,
Having secured some money, young
Tennant went to Paris, Tenn.
He moved some dirt and secured
$2.00, this being his amount of capital.
He worked in a blacksmith shop, with
an Irishman as striker.
The Irishman got angry and struck
at him. He knocked him down, ran
out and laughed at him, so he lost
He had made up his mind to raise
$100 to go into the grocery business,
when about the end of the year G. A.
Bugg, a barber, took him as an appren?
tice in his shop. He made $120 black?
ing shoes during that year. This was
the first money he made.
He learned the barber's trade in 12
months, and worked with bis boss
three months afterwards, clearing
He returned to Virginia to see his
motlier in'71, and the same year visited
New York, Portsmouth,Va..Knoxville,
Tenn.; and returned to Paris, Tenn.,
where he worked ll months at the bar?
ber's trade, during which time he
saved $750.00 for tbe purpose of going
He left July 9, '72, expecting to have
a little time off before going to school.
He visited Paducah, Ky., Columbus,
Ky., St. Louis, Mo. Humboldt, Tenn.,
attended the State Fair at Nashville,
Memphis, and then Grenada, Miss.,
then to McKenzie, Tenn, remaining
there about five years, and accumula?
ting enough to build one house, $940,
and bringing $900 when he came to
Richmond, April 19, '79.
By this time he had spent all of his
money but $85.00 which was not
enough for his schooling. He had
some instruction in Corinth,Miss., and
He conducted a tonsorial establish?
ment for 8 years and 9 months. He
engaged in the retail grocery business
for three years and nine months.
He sold^out to Mr. George S. Boone,
since which time he has lived in com
fiarative retirement.engaging in specu
ation from time to time.
He purchased his present attractive
residence at 209 E. I,eigh street in '92.
At present Mr. Tennant owns 13
Mr. Tennant's marriage was not at
all pleasant and he was Anally di?
vorced. One son, Albert, resides at
tice:?The members of the Alum?
ni are requested to meet at the resi?
dence of Prof. James H. Blackwell.
Monday evening, April 1st, at 7:90 to
transact business of importance.
>. R. Cogbill, President;
C. Henry Jones, Cor. Sec'y.
The True Reformers and the best
thinking people of our community are
terribly "worked up" about the out?
rageous set of Rev. Wm. W. Browne,
who published the article that appear?
ed in the Richmond Dispatch, a
staunch, outspoken, Negro-hating jour?
nal, on March 23rd, 1896. We ven?
ture to say that he (Browne) will never
be known as a great leader, 'though he
boasts that he is one now. As for our
people in Manchester, they are com
de*mning Browne on all sides for hav
ing done such a low dirty trick and
saying that he speaks in .defense of the
Negro race. Away with the vile
wretch ! Away with him !! The name
of Browne has been buried forever.
The voice of the best people now is
"Browne, who tried to jump into fame,
has fallen like lucifer, never to rise
The True Reformers will hold a
meeting at the 22nd Street Baptist
Church on the 3rd of April to do honor
to the great hero, Hon. F'red. Douglass
All are invited.
A night of enjoyment was spent at
the* residence of Mrs. W. H. Smith,
No. 16 W. 20th ri the night
of March 25th, by the "Violet German
Club." A large number of ladies and
gentlemen were present. Amuse?
ments of all kinds were indulged in.
Promptly at 12 o'clock refreshments
were served the guests, after which the
social chat was continued until an ear?
Miss Lula Bland has been very -
but is improving.
The concert given at theist Baptist
Church on last Manday and Tuesday
nights by the small children of the
public school, under the control of
Misses Ida M. Binga, Mary E. Wash?
ington. Lelia A. .bihnson and Amanda
Johnsem, was a grand success They
should ri'ceive* unlimited! praise for
having brought before the public tl
JACK40H WARD BREVITIES.
The article which appeared iu the
Dispatch of the 23rd inst, written by
Rev. W. W. Browne has created a
great sensation in this Ward. Many
were the comments made concerning
the article, and with a very few ex?
ceptions (but we couldn't expect any
more of them :?poor fellows) it was
condemned in the bitterest teri:
Mrs. James H. Holmes who has been
quite ill, is convalescing.
Mr. Joseph Waller who has been
absent from the city for quite a while
Miss Lula Watkins who has been
quite sick is improving.
The people surely rallied to the call
of Editor Mitchell and the pastors last
Tuesday night. Some of the most in?
telligent andibest thinking element were
present. Resolutions were adopted
condemning the article which appear?
ed in the Dispatch of the 23rd inst.
We are anxious to know the sharp
headed fellow referred to.
~Young man you acted wrong last
Tuesday night. As you had made an
engagement to accompany her home,
you should have d9ne so. You will re?
rhaps young man if you would
spend less time in barrooms at night,
and more time at home, you would not
sleep so much in that young lady's
presence when you go there Sunday
The grim monster death laid hands
on Mrs. Lucy Ammons last Monday
morning and carried her to her final
Sister S.?What do you think about
the brudders eating at the Guvnor's
Sister G.?What ? Eating at de Guv?
nor's table ? Dats out of sight. I
told you we is coming.
Sister S'?Well, every one is not in
favor of it.
Sister G ?Lord a murcy, who can
object dat ? As dey wasjiiivited dar
was nutting for dem to do, but to go
and eat and drink to the health of the
JACKSON?Departed this life Thurs?
day March 21, 1895 at 5 minutes to 1
o'clock p. m., of marasmus Florence
Naomi, beloved daughter of John B.,
and Ellen W. Jackson, age 13 months
and20days. Funeral services were con?
ducted by the Rev. Cooper. Funeral
director Mr. William I. Johnson.
We loved her well but Jesus loved
DAVIS?Died in New York, Monday
morning, March 25th at 8:30 o'clock,
Mrs. Martha Davis, daughter of Mrs.
Sallie Black of this city. Her remains
were interred in New York.
A revised and enlarged edition of Dr.
Humphreys' Specific Manual will be
sent free to any address. Humphreys'
Medicine Company, William and John
Sts., New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Dabney of
1011 N. 4th St., celebrated their twen?
ty-fifth Anniversary on Thursday night
March 21st. Mr. and Mrs. Dabney
have lived in Richmond ever
since they were married and had a
large number of friends who called on
last Thursday evening ,and assisted
them in celebrating their anniversary,
and in token of their esteem left many
Lunch was served, after which the
guest took their leave, hoping that this
happy couple may live to celebrate
their Fiftieth Anniversary.
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go to Mr. G. K. Pollock's, 901 N. 3rd St.
Ex-Senator Dawes on the
PRINCIPLES YE RSL 8 DOLLARS.
Should Nat Hara Igaored Mr. Teamoh.
[Boston, Mass., Journal.]
The treatment which Representative
| Teamoh has been said to have received
on account of his color, during his re?
cent trip South as a member of the
Massachusetts Legislative Committee
on Mercantile Affairs, as told in the
Journal, has caused great indignation
in some quarters. Ex-United States
Senator Dawes says, in an interview:
"I have read the acccount of a South?
ern trip of a committee of the Legisla?
ture with a good deal of amazement.
I sincerely hope that they have been
misrepresented. If that account is ac?
curate, I shall be greatly surprised if
the people of Massachusetts do not
hold them to a strict account, and they
may find great difficulty in satisfying
the people in a matter of greater im?
portance than any opinion of the safety
of Massachusetts dollars in the South.
One would think from that account
that all they represented of Massachu?
setts was the anxiety of some of her
people over the fate of her invest?
ments there, lt is difficult from that
account to come to any other conclu?
sion than that they forgot that tbey
represented anything else. One looks
in vain through the whole account for
the slightest evidence that they sup?
posed they represented Massachusetts
traditions and principles as well as her
dollars. It would seem as if they for?
got that the Constitution had ordained,
the official equality of all their mem?
bers, and thai Massachusetts had or?
dained that on his merits Mr. Teamoh
was their equal, snd entitled to all the
respect to which they themselves were
"When they found themselves em?
barrassed st a railroad station in North
Carolina, their embarrassment did not
0 to arise from tbe fact that one <><
the number was insulted, but as to
how they could get along and pocket
the insult. Is there anybody in Massa?
chusetts who had to be told that there
is no difference between permitting an
insult to one's friend and associate,
and insulting him themselves ? Has
Massachusetts sense of manhood so
disappeared that these men hadn't
spirit enough to come home and report
that they could not look after the dol?
lars of Massachusetts in any part of
this country without leaving at home
her principles ? Such a report as that
would bave been of more value to
Massachusetts than any of their cipher?
ing on dividends.
w tat they should havk dons.
"If they must go on after that result
why didn't they hire their own car and
cook, and live and sleep as they do in
Massachusetts ? The insult which
they permitted to be cast on their as?
sociate and equal at home would not
have been greater if they had consent?
ed with the Southerners, whose hospi?
tality they seemed so anxious to ac?
cept at any cost. It would have satis?
fied the Southerners if they bad made
a valet of their associate and given him
their gripsacks to carry; and given
him, too, a quarter every little while
when the Southerners were .around.
One would think from reading this ar?
ticle that they would readily have gone
to that extent rather than to have giv?
en up their trip. It seems, according
to the account, when they got back to
Washington, they did receive their
colored associate in the lobby of the
hotel, and treated him exactly as they
would Under similar circumstances in
Boston. !\am glad to know that they
did that muet ia vindication of Massa?
chusetts principles, veven if it was done
in the lobby. Ont* looks in vain
through the whole account for the
slightest protest against this indignity
thrown on their associate, and this
contemptible defiance to tW^rinciples
which are to Massachusetts <R!fc**er than
all her cotton factories.
"I am quite sure, however, that
have been misrepresented, and
take the earliest opportunity to satisfy
our people that they upheld the honor
of the State they represented as well
as her industries. Massachusetts can?
not afford to go back to the days be?
fore the war, when there were many
willing to crawl before Southern pat?
ronage and barter Northern principles
for Southern gains."
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There was a musical entertainment
given Monday evening, March 25th at
1204 West Leigh Street at 8 o'clock p.
m. in honor of Mr. James E. Ellis' 21st
birthday. It had a .large attendance.
Music was furnished! by "The Ellis'
staff." Mr. James Miller, musical di?
rector and Messrs. Frank Nelson, Wm.
Baker, Samuel D. Jordan, Bonnie
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