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Vol. II.
BEAUTIFUL
GREENWOOD PARK
STRUCK DOWN BY CLASS LEG
ISLATION.
AN UNWARRANTED LAW
A MEANER PIECE OF LEGISLA
TION WAS NEVER RAILROADED
THROUGH BY ANY LAW-MAKING
BODY THAN THE ONE AIMED
! AT THE
EXISTENCE OF THE
,ONLY PARK FOR COLORED PEO
PLE IN THIS VICINITY.
A local bill entitled "To resrulatine
the location of parks and places of
amusements" was passed by the legis
lature or the state of Tennessee,
Thursday night, April 4. The passage
or tnis bill blotted out the only breath
ing place where the colored citizens of
this place could go to get out of the
dust, grime and foul gases of the city
and get a little fresh air and enjoy
tnemseives.
The bill was hatched up solely to
affect Greenwood Park. It was so
worded as not to affect any of the
amusement places or parks of the
whites. It was a gerrymander of the
worst kind. It provides that no park
or amusement place outside the, cor
porate limits of Nashville, shal'l be
maintained, used, or operated within
two miles of a cemetery, in the city
limits within a quarter of a mile. So
you see it was to put out of commis
sion "Beautiful Greenwood Park."
What will be the next curtailment
inflicted upon us by that class of pre!
udice-ridden whites who are having
nigntmares over what the Negro is
doing? That class of whites is not
bothered by the low,, worthless Negro:
it is the intelligent, thrifty, progres
sive, law-abiding Negro that looms up
so disturbinclv in its lirfams.
The colored people have been shut
out from the parks and places of
amusements frequented by the white
race, and now they are forbidden by a
law ,to have one and the one they have
is struck down by this unwarranted
act. The class behind this law admits
by its passage that the Negro must
be checked in his progress. Every
city in .this- country encourages the
building and maintaining of parks and
places, where its people may go to
amuse themselves. They are whole
some and civilizing influences which
affect all people alike, and one race
has as much right to own and mainr
tain parks and places of healthful
amusement in a given community as
another, whatever may be said to the
contrary notwithstanding.
The solons representing Davidson
County in the state legislature deemed
it wise and expedient and for the best
interest of society and the community
.to legislate out of existence a beauti
ful park already in operation.
Greenwood Park is the gift of Elder
Preston Taylor for the free use of his
people as a place of amusement. This
generous, prosperous, public-spirited
man saw the need of such a refining
influence for his people and his great
heart went out to them to the extent
of this magnificent gift which to them
cannot be measured by dollars and
cents, though it cost him twenty thou
sand dollers to put it into its pres
ent excellent condition. It is Indeed
a beautiful pleasure resort with every
thing conveniently and tastily aranged
a pretty club house, with several
apartments and a large spacious open
court or veranda, where hundreds of
people, if they choose, may be seated
and served with refreshments; a splen
did skating rink a large amusement
hall- beautifully seated with costly
seating on an inclined floor and a spa
cious stage for concert, minstrel or
dramatic performance a bountiful
spring with a covered, open platform
and two pumps to raise the clear wa
ter therefrom to slake the thirst of the
thirsty healthy sanitary conditions
were not forgotten and ample arrange
ments were made.
Six hundred trees have been planted
which add materially to the beauty of
the landscape; in short, everything
Ins been done to make it an ideal
place where the colored people could
meet and enjoy themselves as do the
whites at Glendale and their many
other parks and places, against the
existence of which there Is no law.
Nathan the Prophet's exposure of
King David's meanness and selfish
ness in taking Uriah's only wife, while
tn thtun ti nU j.i t
w,fc yiu,xuiuB luejr
he himself had hundreds would aptly
ui me meanness that characterizes the
act of the powers that be which takes
from the colored people their only
pane.
David was awfully wroth when Na
than told him of the fellow who had
a flock and then took the other man's
one lamb. He wanted to kill something,
inn wnen the prophet, pointing an ac
cusing ringer at him, said: "Thou art
the man," then David wanted a chance
to repent in sackcloth and ashes
Davidson County's statesmen would
have a chance of getting by St. Peter
into the Celestial City were they as
capable of seeing the "smallness" of
their law which strikes down Green
wood Park, as David was in striking
down Uriah to get his wife. The
meanness in both instances transcends
reason.
ine law says for Its authors: "We
dont want you Neerroes to be trood
citizens, therefore, we take from you
one or tne agencies which would tend
to make you such. If you take any
amusement you must take it on the
curbing under police surveillance in
the tenderloin districts or sweat it out
within the compass of your homes
You shall not have a park inside cor
porate limits nor shall you have one
outside of it, and you better not think
of peeping through the fence of ours
This law, which was aimed onlv at
ureenwood, is a microbe of the black
est prejudice, and it was railroaded
through in one night. Like the owl, it
was conceived In the night, born in
tne night, presented in the night and
passed in the night; so it is a mal
formation of the night.
Booker T. Washington savs be on-
umistic, be hopeful, yet such laws,
ranking in hatred, make the thousht
ful stop and think loud enough to be
heard, What's next?
A BRIEF VISIT.
The noted newspaper correspondent.
Mr. Chas. Stewart, with Northern
headquarters at Chicago and Southern
headquarters at Normal. Ala., passed
through Nashville Monday morning en
route to Normal. A Globe renorter
earned that he was in the citv but
could not reach the station in time.
However, he had a talk with him over
the 'phone.
When asked by the Globe man
where he had been, Mr. Stewart re
plied: "Oh, I have just been rldine
around over the country. I spent a
month in Texas with my family,
whose home is in Lamarque, Texas. I
nave been to Chicago, Washington,
miadeiphia and a hundred other
places. I am now slated to take care
of the medical association, which will
be in Birmingham this week."
"What are your plans for the sum
mer," was the next question asked Mr.
Stewart.
"They are not all. formed yet." re
plied the newspaper man. "I do know,
however, that from June 2G and the
28, I will be in Mississippi attending
the Negro Business League of that
state, and I promised the Sunday
School Congress management that I
would be in New Orleans from the
28th to the 30th. Other than this I
shall not be busy, except attending
the regular annual meetings."
Mr. Stewart's famous typewriter
was with him on this trip as usual.
le expects to make Nashville some
time during the summer.
NASHVILLE LOSES THE SUNDAY
SCHOOL CONGRESS.
Nashville, by its inactivity, has lost
another big annual meeting. New Or-
eans has gained one by its activity.
This meeting is the National Baptist
bunday bchool Congress and Young
eople's Chautauqua. A call for this
second annual meeting has been is
sued to convene in New Orleans, La.,
une 26 to 30. This is one of the an
nual meetings that brings hundreds of
cultured young people from all parts
of the United States. It is to be re
gretted that it could not hold its sec
ond session in this city, as it was con
templated at the inauguration of this
movement to hold its regular sessions
here. But it Is learned from the man
agement of the Congress that so little
nterest was manifested in Nashville
by the churches and citizens to insure
the sessions, it was forced to go where
better inducements were offered. New
Orleans has guaranteed the manage
ment that every attention will be
given Its delegates and visitors.
ENJOYABLE OCCASION.
Miss Birdie Grant, of lfiOG Jackson
street, entertained a limited number
f her friends Inst Thursday evenlnir.
Games and music were the features of
entertainment. A light menu was
served at a late hour. The partici
pants were Misses Thomas, of North
Carolina; Grayce Frank. 'Ruth McKin-
ney, Lftarley Rosenberg, Ethel Spence,
Belma Mahan. Messrs. Jasper Phillips,
CL'i t' Bat,tlG' D WGS,Py
Crutchep d. Lndan Searcy,
ney, Charley Rosenborg. Ethel Spence,
m. .. ....
uusue wnne tney wait.-CAarlM W. Anderson. "Get out of our sunshine. - -
NASHVILLE. TENN.. FRIDAY. APRIL
SURPRISE PARTY GIVEN MRS. J
J. BENEFIELD, OF HOT
SPRINGS, ARK.
A number of young ladies, under
the leadership of Miss Belma Mahan
arranged and gave in honor of Mrs
J. Beneficld at the home of her par
ents, Dr. and Mrs. R. H. Boyd, a very
enjoyable surprise party, Saturday
evening, April l.
Mrs. Benefleld, who resides at Hot
Springs, Ark., came to attend the mar
riage ceremonies of her brother. Mr.
J. Blaine B( yd, and also to pay a visit
of several weeks to her parents and
many friends. As the time drew near
for her return home, the young ladies
planned this social treat that . she
might carry with her the pleasan
memories of it as a token of their re
gard.
Mrs. Benefleld, before her marriage
and taking up residence in another
state, was very popular and prominent
in the social life of the city, having
numerous mends who still cherish
their frienship for her and she al
ways finds a welcome reception when
she returns. She expressed herself as
having enjoyed this visit passing well
having been the recipient of many so
cial courtesies, but none which she
enjoyed more or will live longer In ap
preciation than the one so successful
ly arranged, without her ha vine an
inunng or knowledge, by the younsr
ladies for her pleasure on the eve of
her departure.
The young ladies with their escorts.
according to prearrangements. met at
the residence of Mr. and Mrs. George
Jackson, 524 Third avenue, North,
where a pleasant time was spent in
emitting, games and music until all
had arrived. Then the merrv nnrtv
proceeded to the residence of Dr. and
Mrs. Boyd Qn Second avenue. North.
t- ...
taking Mrs. Benefleld completely by
surprise. The parlor was lighted up
and thrown open and soon, as if bv
magic, the scene presented was one of
animation and pleasure. Conversa
tion, music and song were the order
of the hour. The genial Doctor, after
getting over his surprise, and his affa
ble wife, who had been given a "tin
as what was going to transpire, were
soon around and among the iollv sur
prlsers, smiling and. chatting, and as
gay and happy as any. Those present
were Mrs. J. J. Benefleld. of Wnt
bprlngs, Ark.; Dr. and Mrs. R. H.
i-Joyd, Misses Belma Mahan. Nellie E.
King, Bertha Lee, Ruth McKinnev.
Georgia Bradford, Nannie I. Sumner,
uessie Martin, Janie E. Benson, Ethel
i. Spence, Wertie Harris. Dewitt
Shorter, Katie Shelton. Emma Short
er, Margaret L. RoUinson, Reha La
than, Estella Montague, Georgia Wat
Kins, Mary Clark and Rebecca Mc-
Cants, Mr. and Mrs. J. Blaine Boyd,
Mr. ana Mrs. A. Ju us W
Messrs. Henry Floyd, D. Weslv
urutcner, J. Frank Battle, A. T. Lan
ders, Geo. O. Boyd, J. D. Crenshaw,
Joseph O. Battle, Lucian Searcy.
Tenry Allen Boyd, Wm. Boger. Hon.
R. L. Mayfleld, Samuel Carter. Fred
J. Ewing, John H. Kelly, Eugene
age and Jasper T. Phillips.
About eleven o'clock a four-course
menu was served, which, as the even-
ng grew on apace, came as a welcome
feature of the occasion and was
heartily enjoyed by all. After the
delicacies had been partaken of the
surprisers prepared for home-going.
They, congratulated themselves on the
success of their plans the complete
surprise given Mrs. Benefleld and aft
er expressions of the pleasures of the
evening, bade the family adieu.
-
PRINCE HERRMAN.
Because of the heavy rain all day
and at night, the crowd at Meharry
Auditorium last Friday night did not
number more than 500, but those who
attended were more than pleased and
many valuable presents were awarded
the fortunate ones who held the lucky
numbers.
Next week Prince Herrman and
Duke Berryman.play
At the Court House, Lebanon. Tenn..
for the benefit of Mt. Zion Bantist.
Church, Rev. J. C. Holt, pastor, Mon
day, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
April 15th. 10th and 17th.
Salem Chapel, A. M. E. Church,
hursday night, April ISth.
Seay's Chapel M. E. Church. Friday
night, April 19th.
Brentwood, M. E. Church. Saturday
night, April 20th.
COLUMBIA NOTES.
Mrs. Braxton, of Brunswick. Ga.. ar
ived the first of the week, havimr
eon called here by the serious illnoss
f her son. Dr. A. T. Braxton, who died
a few days after her arrival.
A 'day. "The Spinsters' Club." was
presented April 12. for the benefit of
the Presbyterian Church, under tho
management of Mrs. P. J. Armstrong
Mr Albort Voorhies "of CI
visiting relatives S
Mr?Sadieh43uhrcf Nas
Tls,tln? xmm
Mr. Albert Voorhies, of Chicago, is
Nashville, is
12, 1907."
Mr. Barton, who recently bought the
late Rev. Daniel Maurry place on East
Seventh street, is making extensive
improvements, and, when finished, will
be the finest residence here among our
people.
Rev. Mr. Darden, of Nashville, i3
visiting Rev. S. L. Howard.
Mrs. Green Shepard. of Hill strPPt
is improving after a long spell of sick
ness.
Mr. Tucker Hedgepeth, of Tenth
sireei, aiea March 30th.
EBENE2ER NOTES.
Dr. E. W. S. Hammonds, of Walden
University, will preach at Ebenezer
next Sunday at 11:00 a. m.
Miss Hattie E. Henly is to leave for
Lmcago soon.
Messrs. uazzle Huggins, Elmore
Tilford, Andrew Mcintosh and Henry
n. waiKer nave joined themselves into
a club for the purpose of starting into
some business which one alone could
manage.
Henry H. Walker sang a solo for
the Epworth League of St. Paul last
bunday evening, accompanied bv Miss
Beatrice Stewart, of Walden Univer
sity. The daughter of Mrs. Coneland h.ns
been very sick.
MR. ALBERT SEXTON IN ST.
LOUIS.
Nashville has lost Mr. Albert Spx-
ton, who opened up the Temnle Stu
dio under the name of Sexton &
Ilynes. Mr. Sexton has gone to St.
Louis where he has taken charge of
an up-to-date photograph establish
ment. His journey here was not to
be permanent and this was thoroughly
understood, but it was hoped that he
would remain in the city until the
summer, but to no avail. The Temple
Studio is now closed. 'Whether it will
be opened or not is not known.
MRS. STEPHENS ENTERTAINS.
Mrs. Stephens entertained at dinner
Saturday evening the Misses Curtis.
of Hot Springs, Ark., both of whom
are students in Fisk University. They
are tne daughters of Dr. A. M. Curtis.
of that city, who is one of the best
known physicians of the race. Mrs.
Stephens Is the wife of Dr. Stephens.
of Texarkana, Ark. They have recent-
y purchased a beautiful home on
Eighteenth avenue, North, just across
irom Livingston Hall. She is here in
the interest of her children, who are
attending Fisk University.
VISITOR ENTERTAINED.
Mrs. Emma Battle entertained in
formally a few friends Tuesday even
ng at her residence. 922 Blank street
the guest of honor being Miss Willie
Griffey, of McMinnville, who has been
visiting in the city for several days
The evening was spent in playing va
rious games, after which ices were
served. Those present were Misses
Willie Griffey, Elnora Berry, Charley
osenberg, Ethel Spence, Belma Ma-
ian, Anna M. Tate. Ruth McKinney.
Willie Battle, Eleanor Battle, Messrs.
T. Landers, D. W. Crutcher, Wm.
Boger, Geo. O. Boyd, Fred J. Ewinsr
J. O. Battle, J. Frank Battle.
REV. PAGE NO BETTER.
Rev. Robert Page, one of Nashville's
old and much beloved preachers, the
pastor of Mt. Gilerwi Baptist Church,
who was so painfully hurt by the run
ning away of his horse on Tuesday,
April 2, as was reported in the Globe
ast week, has not shown very much
improvement in his condition. The
attending physician is of the opinion
that it will be several days before
there will be a change for the better
and it will be a long time if ever be
fore he will be able to be out.
AN URGENT REQUEST.
To Alumni and Students of Roger Wil
liams University:
An urgent request is hereby made
to the alumni and undergraduates of
Roger Williams University, particular-
y those who were students at the
time of the fire, to meet in the Chapel
t Walden University, Friday night,
April 19, 1907, at 7:3.0 o'clock. Bus!
ne-ss of immediate and vital impor
tance to us demands your presence.
Please do not fail to be present and
on time.
A. M. TOWNSEND. M. D.,
President of Alumni.
UNION- MEETING B. Y. P. U.
The City B. Y. P. U. will meet with
the First Baptist Church, East Nash
ville, Sunday, April 21. The.following
program will be rendered:
Song First Baptist Church Choir;
Scripture Reading Study of 1 Tim
othyRev. J. C. Fields; Prayer Rev.
G. B. Taylor; Song First Bantist
Church Choir: Pnnor Miss Maggie
Tall ; Discussion: "My relation to the
meetings of my church" Rev. Wm.
Inynes; Solo Miss Geneva Bender;
Missionary offering; Solo Mr. J.
Blaine Boyd.
. Z7. Z?oyi.
No. 14.
UNION TRANS
PORTATION CO.'S
INTERESTING MEETING MON
DAY NIGHT AT
NAT L BAPTIST CHAPEL
A NUMBER OF STOCKHOLDERS
PRESENT AND EXPRESSED
THEMSELVES SATISFIED WITH
THE MANAGEMENT OF THE
COMPANY'S AFFAIRS UNDER
THE PRESENT CIRCUMSTAN
CES ANOTHER MEETING SOON.
The stockholders of the Union
Transportation Company held a meet
mg Monday night in the chape o?the
National Baptist Publishing Board
corner Second avenue, North, and Lo
oust street. The ' inclement weatitr
prevented a full attendance, yet a suf
heient number of the stockUders
was present to open the meeting and
ransact such business as was press
ing. President Taylor presided Tho
future of the company seemed' JJf
no mom ,.. portant matter coming up
or -discussion. Every stockholder
-recent expressed himself as having
Gen 1 J)leasea witn e slow pro f
innv Thi8! been !"ade by tlle co
pany. ihe susnpns nn nt v,
Jion of the cars has by no S
broken down the confidence of t
stockholders in the management and
the officers, who have been handi
capped by lack of finances.
It is learned that the failure of
many of the subscribers of stock to
pay up their shares has to a great
hDt tm.5aIrsed the company, al
though it has through tWr t.
officers met every obligation upon it.
It is freely asserts tw . A :
- wu.w cvu tilt; iipxr
meeting of the stockholders an expres
sion will be had as to what is to bV
months 5 th CmlnS summer'
lT !!en.rl A' Boyd' the secretary,
stated that he had possibly a dozen
L hS ofiD(1Ulrl from different cities
wanting to purchase the cars. A firm
m Owensboro, Ky., another in Mem
phis one in New Orleans, and several
! m ne,t,1te ,0f Tennessee had made
propositions in writing. These were
taken up by the stockholders and dis
cussed, and by unanimous vote they
decided that a sufficient number of
ears could be sold subject to the ori
ginal purchase mortgage. Just who
the lucky people will be in purchasing
the cars is not known.
A Globe reporter asked Rev Mr
Taylor if it was the intention of the
Company to dispose of all the cars?
- , y,.y aans" responded Pres.
nylr- We Layo Put the cars here
r the benefit of the colored people.
They want them; all they will have to
lo is to get in new batteries and the
cars are ready for service "
Another meeting is called for an
early date and a full attendance is re
quested, not only of the paid up stock
adders, but of all subscribers of stock
and any of those interested in the
project. :
WILL NOT GO TO MOBILE.
A few weeks ago rumor was afloat
hat Dr. R. II. Voorhees, who has den
tal parlors in the Pythian Temple,
would leave Nashville to locate in Mo
bile, Ala. A Globe representative has
been trying to find out whether this
was true or not. In a recent inter
view with Dr. Voorhees he stated that
while it is true he has had flattering
inducements to locate In Mobile, with
Jn assurance of a lucrative practice
he could not accept the offer for sev
eral reasons. The first, because he
has been in Nashville so long that he
did not care to break up and leave.
Second, the continued poor health of
his father, who is aging very fast and
who, in his advanced years, becom"i
more attached to the children. T tr1,
but not least, because of the prcssu
brousht to bear by his host of Men ' ?
as well as his practice. Thus he state 1
that he had positively declined the of
fer, after giving It due consideration.
.
FOSTER BUNCH.
Dr. John W. .Foster and Miss Eu
'thonia Bunch were quietly married
Tuesday evening, Aprils, at the home
f the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs
'Mer Bunch, on Cartwright street
Kev. Mr. Par performed the ceremony!
The bride was beautifully gowned in
i dress of white lace over silk. Aftet1
tho ceremony the bride and groom left
for their future homo In Jacksonville,
Fla, '

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