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"All things come to them that wait, providing they hustle while they wait." Charles TP. Anderson. "Get out of our sunshine," R. H. Boyd.
Vol. II.
No. 19.
Rev. Flagg Starts
Rough House
Nashville and Pulaski Carry
Off Honors.
FOLK, VA., MAY 1908.
, The Electoral College of Tennessee
Annual Conference of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church, met at
Shorter's Chapel, Franklin, Tenn... on
Wednesday, May 15. A large delega
tion of laymen were present, supple
mented by nearly as many ministers.
The attendance was very full con
sidering that it rained all the morn-
is ing. Several delegates coming from
i stations south of the place were late
arriving due to a wreck of two freight
trains a few miles below Columbia.
The train was fully two hours late and
the meeting was in session when the
delegates from points south of Colum
bia arrived.
The meeting was called to order by
J. H. Adams, of Nashville, who stated
the purpose of the meeting. D. A.
; Hart, of Nashville, moved that Mr.
; Adams be temporary chairman. The
motion was seconded by Delegate Bu
ford, of Pulaski. Mr. Adams was de
clared temporary chairman, and Prof.
Reynolds, of Franklin, was nominated
temporary secretary. The delegates
joined in singing a hymn and prayer
was offered by Rev. G. L. Jackson, pre
siding elder of the South Nashville
After singing, the house was de
clared ready for permanent organiza
tion. It was moved that the tempo
rary officers be elected permanent.
Carried. D. A. Hart, of Nashville,
was elected assistant secretary; Dele
gate Buford, of Pulaski, and W. M.
Warfield, of Nashville, were elected
After the election of officers the
chairman declared the house ready for
' business. He said that he thought it
would be in order to hear expressions
from delegates and also invited the
ministers present to say a few words
of encouragement.
Delegate D. A. Hart, of Nashville,
was the first speaker. He said that
he consdered the meeting to be one of
great importance, and that if any one
looked upon it otherwise they were
far from the right path. He an
nounced hinlself a candidate and so
. licited the support of all. Several of
the visiting ministers spoke words of
encouragement. The question of
whether it would be just to proceed
with the election before the arrival of
' the delegate who had been delayed by
' a wreck on the railroad caused quite
a discussion. While this discussion
was in progress the delegates ar
rived. There were quite a number of
them and all seemed deeply Interested
' in the proceedings. The chairman
asked that the delegates be seated in
the middle pews, after which several
delegates made short talks and each
aspirant to honors laid his claim be
fore the meeting.
The tellers and secretaries at this
juncture, were asked to prepare the
ballots, which was done, and the con
test was on In earnest. On the first
ballot Bridgeforth, of Pulaski, was
elected, having received the necessary
number of votes to a choice, but ow
ing to an irregularity the ballot was
thrown out. pn the second ballot
Bridgeforth's ' strength Increased and
he lead the delegation by a good ma
jority. He was declared elected.
Warfield, of Nashville, gained suffi
cient strength on the second ballot to
elect, only running one vote behind
Bridgeforth; Buford, of Pulaski, and
Porter, of Nashville, having received
the next largest vote,' were declared
alternates. This brought to a close
the session , of the Electoral College.
The chairman asked for a song before
the benediction.
Up to this point everything had
gone nlong smoothly, and just as the
delegates were beginnjpg to congratu
late cac& otheri Rev, T, Y, llalsler
asked permission to say a word. lie
called the attention of the ministers
present to the National Endeavor meet
ing that is to be held in Nashville in
July, and stated that he, as Confer
ence Superintendent, would be glad
to open correspondence with ministers.
He spoke of the preparation in prog
ress at his church, where the meeting
would be held.
Rev. Win. Flagg, pastor of Payne
Chapel A. M. E. Church, Nashville, se
cured the floor and announced that he
was president of the Local Union in
Nashville, and represented the Endeav
or department in every respect, pro
claiming himself the whole thing. In
his remarks he took a shot at the
Globe, saying that it was a Baptist
paper and he did not expect it to say
much about their work, and that was
as the waving of the bloody shirt, for
before he had closed his mouth, D. A.
Hart, manager of the Globe and a dele
gate to the electoral college from St.
John A. M. E. Church. Nashville, was
on his feet. Chairman Adams did not
feel that he had time to listen to any
further discussion, but Delegate Hart
yelled to the top of, his voice. "You
must hoar me; you had time to hear
the other gentleman." He challenged
any one to point out anything in his
paper to prove that, it was a denomina
tional paper In any sense. Sneaking
directly to Rev. Flagg, he said. "You
have repeatedly made this assertion,
and you are either ignorant of what
you read or you are working to some
evil design. You have further said
that I am not a loyal African Metho
dist. I challncre you to prove it. I
would be a fool to let my wife and
children starve bocause I am a Metho
dist." So what had set in as a calm
find deliberate body was brought to a
close amid howling storm words.
Quite a commotion was caused. Sev
ernl of those present expresspd them
selves as disgusted with surh tactics
as those adopted bv Rev. Mr. Flaeg,
One prominent minister said his moth
er worked for eatholies, and on the
theorv advanced bv Rev. Flagg she
would be a Catholic. Rev. Flagg
gained considerable notoriety several
venrs ago in Georgia as a "church
splitter." and his actions at the elec
toral college served to indicate that
he has not outgrown his old habit. J
Rev. Bond, nastor of Shorter Chapel'
the seat of the Convention, had prer
oared to entertain the dplegates in
voyal style, and after adjournment
they were ail assigned to their rospec
tive places for dinner. Everybody an
"eared to have been well fed when
hey assembled at the depot at 4:12 to
depart for their homes.
Last Sunday morning between (J
qnd 7 oclock, a disgraceful affair took
nlaee at the corner of Sixteenth ave
nue and Jackson street. Two pugna
cious females, after a wordy war that
lasted some five or ten minutes pro
ceeded to whip each other, and the
ioh was well done. The people of
the neighborhood are highly respec
table and were quite indignant that
such a deplorable affair should hap
pen in their midst.
Miss Sophia Jackson will deliver
the annual address to the graduating
class of Normal A. & M. College, at
Normal. Ala., May 23.
Mothers' Day will be observed at
Knowles School Friday, May 24. at
which time all parents are invited to
attend the exercises of the many de
Prof. Dawson is much Improved and
was able; to be at his post of duty this
Mrs. Eddie Dickerson has received
quite a flattering offer for her dramat
ic poem. A prominent troupe expects
to tour in one of her plays next sea
son. Miss M. B. Scales' eyes are improv
ing rapidly.
Prof. J. B. Battc is president of Wal
den Alumni Association.
The Carnation Club had its regular
meeting on Monday, May C, at the res
idence of Mrs. P. A. Sims, Jr., 007
Tenth avenue, South. After the
usual routine of business one hour was
spent on needlework. Those present
wore Mesdamos If. M. Burns, IT. L.
Pulins. Wm. Rucker, Robert Ralph.
Chas. Duff. C. S. Bond, Hal Duff. W. S,;
Amos, M. Fowler. Thos. Waddy. C. C.
Winstead, F. A. Turner. B. F. Martin.
Ward and P. A. Sims, Jr. The
hostess was psslslod by Misses .Tosie
M. McCullon::h and Millie A. K. Sims.
Some very attractive needlework wis
exhibited by ' the. members. After an
enjoyable two-course menu the meet
ing adjourned to meet, next Monday
(it, ilm rHrlcnce of Mr?, Duffr
Great Concert
in Louisville
Fisk s Famous Glee Club
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
May 9th, 10th and 11th there was held
in Louisville, Ky., a Musical Festival
under the auspices of the Musergia
Club of that city. This club was or
ganized by Mr. G. M. McClellan who
is the director. The Festival was held
under great expense, a large part -of
which was met by subscriptions from
the white people of Louisville. There
were five entertainment, as follows:
Thursday evening, Dudley Buck's Don
Munio. The soloists were Miss Elsie
Taylor, soprano; Mrs. J. W. Work,
contralto; F. J. Work, tenor, of Fisk,
and Messrs. David Barnett and Geo. H.
Hampton, bassos, of Louisville. The
Cantata was very heartily received,
arid rightly so, for both soloists and
chorus entered Into their work with
an enthusiasm and intelligence very
marked. Two members on the pro
gram were recalled by the audience,
the Choral, "Jesus the very thought"
and the duet for tenor and contralto,
"Dews of the Summer Night." Mr.
McClellan had drilled his chorus well
indeed and in interpretation showed
much insight and musical discern
ment. The success of the Don Munio
was well deserved.
The second part of the program for
the evening consisted of a piano solo,
"Nochlstnecke" Schumann, played by
Mr. Roy Tibbs, of Fisk, Dudley Buck's
"Maytime," sung by Miss Peek; "Lul
laby," composed by J. W. Work, sung
by Mrs. Work, with vocal accompani
ment by eight members of the Fisk
Clee Club, and "Negro Melodies," by
the singers from Fisk. Every num
ber was warmly received, so much so
that announcement had to be made
that no encores could be given.
Friday afternoon 2:30 p. m., was
school children's day; about 400 or
500 lively youngsters enjoyed the pro
gram in suite of the down-pour. The
Festival Chorus sang "Ave Marie"
from "Don Munio;" the- Fisk Glee
Club sang three selections, Mr. Clar
ence C. White, of Washington, D. C,
played on his violin "The Prize Song,"
from Die Meister Singer of Wagner
and African Dances, Op. 5S, No. 1, by
Coleridge Taylor. Misses Elsie Tay
lor, Marie Peek, Mrs. Work, Prof.
Work and A. G. King sang Nevin's
"Dutch Lullaby." Prof. J. W. Work
sang "On-away," from Coleridge-Taylor's
Hiawatha. Mr. and Mrs. Work
sang "Dews of the Summer Night"
and Mr. Tibbs played "Le Gallop." by
Raff. This program, though light,
was well executed and the children
were delighted.
Friday evening at 8:15 was the "star
concert." It was opened by the sing
ing of the "Swan-song," from the
Lohengrm by Wagner, sung by Miss
Taylor, Mrs. Work, Messrs. F. J. Work,
J. W. Work and A. G. King. "The
Dutch Lullaby" was repeated. "Hunts
man's Chorus" from Don Munio, by
Fisk Glee Club; "Crossing the' Bar"
Sheppard and Negro Melody, by the
same singers followed.
Misses Peek and Taylor sang Men
delssohn's Duet, "I waited on ' the
Lord." Tubb's "Lullaby" was sung by
a quartette from Glee Club. Negro
Vtlodies followed. Mr. Clarence White
nlayed "Fantasia Appasionatu" by
Vieuxtemps. Mr. Raymond A. Law
son, of Hartford, Conn., a graduate of
Fisk, both from college and music,
nlayed ten selections. Mrs. Wo'rk
sang two solos "Winter Lullaby," by
OcKoven, and "Needhani's Irish Lul
laby. The chorus sang "In Thankful
Hymns Ascending."
Saturday at 2:P.0 p. m., the audi
ence was composed mainly of subscrib
ers, among whom were some of the
most prominent whites of Louisville,
who took a warm and kindly Interest
in the Festival. The program for
Friday evening yw repeated, nfl it
improved with repetition. It was nec
essary to repeat the announcement
that there would be no encores, but
even in spite of the announcement re
sponses had to be made.
Saturday evening at the "Church of
our Merciful Savior," Mr. Roy Tibbs
gave an Organ Recital of six selec
tions. Mr. Tibbs showed the same
musical , nature in this recital that he
shows on the piano, and with study
will make a fine organist. Other num
bers on the program were: "Crossing
the Bar," sung by Glee Club; "Swing
Low Sweet Chariot," and "They shall
hunger no more," from "Prodigal Son"
by Vincent; "Father, I have sinned,"
tenor solo by J. W. Work. Duet, "They
Went Astray," by Mrs. Work and Miss
Peek. This program was the last and
the Festival was history. The Festival
was a success in every way. It was
held in Lieder-Krantz Hall, and drew
large audiences at every performance.
It is the first Festival of such magni
tude to be conducted in the South with
any such success as it attained. It
probably cost between $500 and $1,000.
Mr. McClellan, who was solely respon
sible for the affair, showed good judg
ment in selecting his performers as
well as his program. Mr. Lawson is
without doubt the very first pianist of
the Negro race. Mr. White certain
ly deserves to be given the first
place as violinist. The Fisk sing
ers have gained for themselves a
place in the hearts of the public by
their artistic renditions of the Negro
melodies, as well as the classics. This
is due to the long, conscientious study
through which they go, under the, ef
ficient direction of the head of the
musical department, Miss J. H. Robin
son, who has full charge of voice cul
ture. Some of the numbers sung by
them at the Festival were repeated
subsequently by request of the pa
trons. The company consisted of Mrs. J.
W. Work, Misses Peek and Taylor,
Messrs. J. W. Work, F. J. Work, St.
Elmo Brady, W. B. Merrill, A. G. King,
M. V. Boutte and Swan Kendrick.
. .
Indications point to a successful
close of this school on Thursday
night, June 6, at the Ryman Auditori
um. The Commencement program has
been submitted by the Principal to
Superintendent H. C. Weber and the
same has been approved. The open
ing Chorus, "Greeting to Spring," by
Strauss, is perhaps the prettiest cho
rus attempted by the school In many
years. It Is long, covering sixteen
pages cf octavo music, full of fine pas:
sages and many beautiful variations.
When rendered by the High School
Chorus on Commencement night, a
chorus of 150 voices, the audience will
realize that they have heard one of the
fines choruses ever written. Another
selection that promises to captivate
the audience Is "The Fairy Revel"
from the Comic Opera, "Pirate of Pen
zance." Both of these pieces are stand-'
ard selections, highly classical and
none better are published. "Ring the
Lily Bells," a special number for La
dies' Voices, in which Miss Emma T.
Cheairs sings the solo part and Misses
Eva Murrell and Florence Allison the
duet, will have many admirers. Every
one who has heard Miss Cheairs
knows that she has a voice of rare
sweetness and by some she Is regarded
as the prima donna of the school. Miss
Murrell sings a high soprano, has a
good, strong, mellow voice, and In the
opinion of many pupils, divides honors
evenly with Miss Cheairs. Miss Al
lison' is unquestionably the leading
contralto of the school and these three
will no doubt do themselves honor on
Commencement night. The program
1. Opening Chorus "Greeting to
Spring" Strauss
2. Salutatory Address- The Two
Washingtons . .'. .Chas. A. Greer
3. Music "Ring the Lily Bells"
1. Fancy Drill, Miss L. A. Bright,
Director, in Sixteen High
. School Girls.
5. Music "Now wouldn't it be fun
ny" . Oeibel
C. Valedictory Address
Night brings out the stars
Everil M. Frazier
7. Mus'c "The Fairy Revel," from
.nic Opera "Pirate of Penzance"
mentation of . Diplomas by
1 President of Board of Education
0. Closing Chorus "March of the
Guard" Oeibel
The following pupils will receive di
plomas, if they pass successfully the
final examinations: Wm. B. Davis,
Mansfield J. Dean, Chas. A. Greer,
Crawford C. Harwell, Percy W. Nel
son, Avery N. Peyton, Ira B. Scott.
Emma T. Cheairs, Willie T. Cockrill.
Mabel E. Scott, Sallie I. Duvall. Willie
L. Foster, Hettie T. Fowler, Everil M.
Frazier, Martha B. King, Hattie E.
Mullein, Nina E. Murrell, Blanche O.
PerKin?, Annte h flo&ertwn. ..
Roger Williams
Great Obstacles Have Been
It is rumored that the Roger Will
iams University, recently destroyed
by fire, which was on& of the oldest
landmarks of Nashville and helped in
no little way to earn for this city the
title "Athens of the South," will open
its fall term in September. Extra ef
forts have been put foi th by the man
agement, and it is gratifying if the
news is true to not only the 45,000
Negroes of greater Nashville, but to
the state at large. Indeed, this news
will be hailed with delight by thou
sands of friends to the Institution. On
just how large a scale the opening of
the University will be has not as yet
been learned. It is said, however,
that the promoters purpose to open
on a small scale on account of the
limited finances at their disposal, and
on account of the failure of the
Home Mission Society of New York
to leave any of the $GO,000 collected
from insurance or the $175,000 it is
said they collected from the sale of
the old school site, or any of the
money from the sale of the brick
from the grounds in Nashville, to re
build the University.
Those managing the rebuilding
part of the University have had to
overcome the gravest financial difficul
ties; indeed, they have met with little
encouragement and have .received
cold dealings from the treasurer of the
Home Mission Society. It is said by
some in a position to know, that the
Tennessee Negro Baptists will take
conditions in their own hands and like
the Negro Baptists of Texas. Arkan
sas, Georgia, Mississippi, and every
other state where they own a Negro
school, start a school of their own in
which they can put money and know
that It will not bo taken away from
them on some slight pretext. The
condition prevailing just now, if
looked into closely, would indicate
that a deliberate, well-laid plan had
been carried out to euchre Negro
Baptists out of the thousands of dol
lars they have put in the building of
Roger Williams, as well as to take
away even the equitable rights that
they hold to that denominational
school. The loyalty of the thousands
of Negro Baptists in the State of Ten
nessee to the Home Mission Society
of New York, cannot be questioned;
but this loyalty is apparently turning
since the Homo Mission Society has
made so many promises to rebuild the
school, but when forced to show their
hands they resorted to subterfuge
and thereby prolonged the time or
made stipulations that seemed im
possible to ' be met, Nashville will
welcome schools like Guadalupe Col
lege, at Seguin, Texas; Selma Univer
sity, at Selma, Ala.; or the Central
City College, at Macon, Ga. Those
working to rebuild Roger Williams
University have vowed to succeed.
A most enjoyable time was spent
last Tuesday evening at the residence
of Mr. and Mrs. George Jones, of
Sixth avenue, North, who entertained
Club C.
Quite a large gathering was present
last Tuesday evening to witness the
grand exhibition held at the Church
under the auspices of Prince Hen-man
for the benefit of Club B.
The May Festival of the church
will be given Thursday , and Friday
nights. May 2.J-24. A grand time for
all. Come and see.
Remarks of great credit were re
ceived by the members of tho Allen
C. B, League presented by Rev. Ellis
lilSt nday evening. ' 1

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