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NASHVILLE, TENN.. FRIDAY. MARCH 13. 1908.
MEETS MAY 4
AT NORFOLK, VA.
General Conference of the
A. M. E. Church.
GREAT MEETING ANTICIPATED.
THE HISTORIC VIRGINIA CITY
PUTTING ON ITS BEST TO EN
TERTAIN THE GUESTS BRIGHT
LIGHTS OF THE AFRICAN
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
MAKE UP THE DELEGATIONS
SOME OF THE BEST SCHOLARS
IN THE COUNTRY REPRESENT
ED IN THIS BRANCH OF METH
ODISMELECTION OF BISHOPS
AND GENERAL OFFICERS A SPE
On the fourth day of next May there
will assemble In the city of Norfolk,
Va., a body Of men that cannot be ex
celled In the world In their respective
fields of labor. Men who have labored
hard and at great sacrifice for the up
lift of humanity; men who have made
marks in life that would do honor to
any potentate or king. The city of
Norfolk has never been more highly
honored than it will be when it opens
its arms and receives these heroes for
the spreading of the kingdom of
Christ. These churchmen represent
that manhood of the Negro race that
knows no fear as long as they are con
vinced that they are in the right. They
are always ready to take their stand
in the thickest of the fight and sacri
fice all for the race.
These ministers and church work
ers meet for a three weeks' session.
During that time they will review the
work of the past four, years. Some
will have glowing reports to make
while others will have stories full of
sadness, but all will report efforts in
the endeavor to better the human
family. Every state and territory will
be represented, and also the several
conferences in Africa, the West In
dies and South America. Some sixty
odd conferences cqmpose the General
Conference -with a representation of
nearly a thousand delegates. All
changes in the law of the church are
made by this body, when any are
made. The Bishop and General offi
cers are elected, and. all business of
the church is given a careful scru
tiny by this law-making body.
From all reports, there a large num
ber of competent men for most every
elective office, and a hot fight is an
ticipated when the time arrives for
It seems to be the general opinion
that at least four bishops will be
elected. Prominent among the candi
dates for the high honor is Dr. W. D.
Chappelle of this city, who is at the
head of the Sunday-school department
of bis church. Dr. Chappelle stand3
well among the business men of Nash
ville. He has been conducting the
Church Sunday-school printing plant
here for eight years and has made a
Irreat record. It is generally conced
ed that he will be elected on the first
Quite a large delegation will go from
Nashville. Among the number will be
the following: Rev. B. G. Gordon
leader of the State delegation: Dr.
A. Lewis and wife: Rev. A. L. Pink
ston and wife; Mr. D. A. Hart
Manacer of The Nashville Globe; Dr
T. W. Haider, presiding elder of the
Nashville District of the Tennessee
Annual Conference: Mrs. E. Tyree and
Dr. W. D. Chanpelle and wife. Bishop
Tvree will go direct from Texas, as he
will not have time to make the trip
to the Lone Star State, which com
prises a portion of the Tenth Episco
pal District over which he presides,
and join Mrs. Tyree and the party
leaving this point.
Arrangements are under way to se
cure a private sleeper or tourist car
in order that the delegates can make
' the long trip comfortably. The most
of those who contemplate going are in
favor of the tourist car, with kitchen
attached. In this way the party will
he enabled to have tea and coffee with
This session of the General Confer
ente promises to attract wlfle-ssoread
AtWritBui :tn many .respecta. Many
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mportant things will come up before
this body for settlement, and one, that
is being as much discussed as any, is
the management of the Sunday-school
printing department located in this
city. This department was organized
in 1S82 by Dr. C. S. Smith, now
Bishop Smith, who was the first
Negro in this country to attempt
ishop Smith proved to the oth
er religious denominations among
Negroes what it was possible to do.
lie remained at the head of the de
partment eighteen years, being elected
Bishop in 1900. His successor, Dr. W.
D. Chappelle, has had charge of the
department only eight years, and it
ooks now as if he will be promoted
to the bench of bishops. There seems
to be a growing sentiment in favor
of electing for his successor a man.
first, who is a practical printer and
usiness man; and, second, a man who
s not eligible to be elevated to the
position of bishop. The best minds
are beginning to realize that it is im
possible to keep that department up to
its present high standing and abreast
with the publishing fraternity if the
head of the concern is to be changed
every eight or twelve years, and that
in this age of modem and constantly
changing of the mechanism of print
ing machinery an untrained man can
not compete with twentieth century
publishers. Mr. D. A. Hart, who is
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The eighth anniversary of the pas
toral service of Rev. V. S. Ellington,
A. B., with the First Baptist Church,
of Eighth avenue, North, was fittingly
observed last Sunday morning at
eleven o'clock by an appropriate pro
gram arranged for the t:casion. The
day opened fair and beautiful an
ideal spring morning which, coupled
with the announcement of the special
service in honor of the pastor, acted as
a compelling incentive to the outpour
ing of the people. The auditorium was
filled with a 'most intelligent and cul
tured audience one that would have
honored any occasion and inspired
Deacon V. H. Hightower, Master of
Ceremonies, in his general remarks,
gave a splendid review of Ihe work
of the church under the pastorate of
Rev. Ellington. He said that as pas
tor Rev. Ellington has filled his sacred
charge with admirable fitness, credit
able to himself and beneficial to all.
"The church," said Deacon Hightower,
"should congratulate itself on having
as able a pastor as any church in the
Deacon C. B. Lowe, speaking "On
Behalf of the Church," said that the
pastor had borne himself as a Chris
tian gentleman whom all delighted to
honor. He spoke at length upon the
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Discharge of Negro Sol
diers Worrying President.
SENATE COMMITTEE INVESTI
GATING THE AFFAIR.
MAKES FOUR REPORTS MR.
FORAKER, SENATOR FROM
OHIO, MASTER OF THE SITUA
THROWING OUT BAIT TO
CATCH NEGRO VOTE FOR TAFT
MAJORITY REPORT MYSTIFY
1NG TO STUDENTS OF CURRENT
EVENTS "PITCHFORK" BEN
PLAYS LEADING ROLE-JUSTICE
KNOCKING AT THE DOOR
Washington. D. C. March 12. The
c'enes enacted in the Senate to-day
will long be remembered. There Is
not one of this venerable body but that
ciw the gravity of the situation, which
wm ever be green in his memory.
That famous Brownsville affair was
n n, and with it came four renorts with
the presidential message as the climax.
The President, was unable to remain
in hiding. He was forced out by thre?
great forces. The first being public
sentiment, which has been worked up
to its highest pitch. This Ins been
keenly felt about the National Capi
tal ever since the affair has been un
der consideration, and the dullest
mind could not fail to eomnrehend
this. The second is that force of the
senior Senator from Ohio, Joseph Ben
son Foraker, the chamnion of Ameri
can citizen's rights, and the eynoneni
of fair play. And the third, which Is
last, but not least, the conscience of
ihe President.- It, too. hns heen at
work, but in spite of his dogred ten
acity to uphold his actions, his con
science, with . the other two great
forces, is slowly but snrelv bringing
out what is right, and what would he
justice an admission Hint he is
wrong. . -.
The President, in ottemrting to pre
vent a unanimous remit-lin iHinn in
the Senate, hastens as onlv Roosvelt
can with another hstv rn,!i!!r to
Congress in an attemrt to flank For
aker's movement, trying to pour oil
on the troubled waters. His message
declares the injustice of the act, but
he clings to the wrong, like Ephraim
to his idol. .
It was the order of the Senate in
having a committee on military affairs
to investigate the wholesole discharge
without honor of the soldiers, that
Dlocked his game in his order issued
December 12, 190G, through the Sec
retary of War, which was as follows:
"Applications to re-enlist from form
er members of Companies B, C and D,
Twenty-fifth Infantry, who were dis
charged under the provisions of spe
cial order No. 2C6, War Department.
Nov. 9, 190C, must be made in writing
ana De accompanied by such evidence,
also in writing, as the applicant may
desire to submit, to show that he was
neither implicated in the raid on
Brownsville, Tex., m the night of
Aug. 13, 1900, nor withheld any evi
dence that might lead to the discovery
of the perpetrators thereof."
The message itself shows that that
passage of Scripture, "Pride goeth be
fore destruction, a haughty spirit be
fore a fall," is the exact position of
Mr. Roosevelt. His pride will not per
mit him to make an honest confession
of his wrong-doings, but his haughti
ness is certain to be his downfall. Not
only his, but the overthrow of the re
publican administration is evident un
less the Senate reverses his order in
ihe Brownsville affair.
There were four reports from the
committee, the majority being signed
by Senators Warren. Lodge, Warner,
Dupont, Taliaferro, Foster, Overman,
Frazier and McCreary. A minority re
port was signed by Senators Fo raker.
Scott, Bulkeley and TIemenway. The
majority report found as follows:
"That in the opinion of the commit
tee the shooting was done by some of
the soldiers belonging to the Twentv-
fifth Infantry; that the testimony falls
to identify the particular soldier or
soldiers who participated in the af
fray." It is stated that there Is rnn.
siderablo contradiction in the testi
mony, but that taken as a whole and
reconciling it wherever possible, It
nroves the case outlined In the major
ity decision. The principal minority
report was presented by Senator Scott
and takes the position that it was im
oossible to ascertain who did the
shooting and makes the recommenda
tion that the negro soldiers be re
stored. Tn addition to this minority
report, Senators Foraker and Bulkele?
joined in a supplemental report which
was presented by Senator Foraker.
FORAKER' S STAND.
Senator Foraker's report declared
that the testimony of the eye witnesses
acainst the negro soldiers is not reli
able, and that no motive for their al
leged connection with the affray had
been shown. He summed up the testi
mony taken by the Senate Committee
"That It wholly fails to Identify the
particular individual or any of them
who participated in the shooting; that
it falls to show that any of the dis
charged soldiers of the Twenty-fifth In
fantry had entered into any agreement
or so-called 'conspiracy of silence,' or
that they withheld information pos
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"FORCE THAT WINS."
PREE LECTURE BY REV. W. S.
Thio Negroes of Nashville are fast
learning the value of lectures. This
fact is evidenced by fhio interest man
ifested. But thero are many who do
not feel able to pay an admission fee
lo hear them. Realizing the scarcity
of money, the committee having this
matter in charge, ifet about to find a
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remedy, ihe object was to arrange
the dates and hours so that as little
excuse as possible might be incurred.
Their efforts have been successful, as
they were able to secure the St. John
A. M. E. Church three Sunday after
noons at an hour when light?
would not have to be used and the
house would already be warm.
The first of a series of three lec
tures will be delivered next Sunday
evening by Rev. W. S. Ellington, pas
tor of the First Baptist Church and
editorial secretary at the National
Baptist. Publishing House. Rev. Mr.
Hinsrton will lecture to both men and
women, and not to women onlv, as
wis stated in the last issue of Tho
Special music will be a feature at
each lecture. On next Snndav Miss
Lav'nia MeLomore will render a se
lection. Miss McTemore is an excel
lent singer and ranks with the best in
the city. Her renditions are pleasing
and are well executed.
Of National Baptist Con
vention Will Be Here.
PLAGE FOR NEXT NATIONAL
MEETING TO BE SELECTED.
NATIONAL CONVENTION OFFI
CERS AND SECRETARIES AND
CHAIRMEN OF THE SEVEN
BOARDS CONSTITUTE THE OF
FICIAL BOARD SEVERAL CIT
IES BIDDING FOR THE MEETING
NEW ORLEANS SEEMS TO
HAVE STRONGEST CLAIM
NASHVILLE RUNNING A CLOSE
CONFERENCE POSITIVELY DE
CIDES TO EXTEND INVITATION.
The official board, consisting of tho
officers of the National Baptist Con
vention, with the secretaries and
chairmen of the seven boards in this
convention, will meet in Nashville
Thursday, March 2G, for the purpose of
selecting a place for holding the 190S
session of the National Baptist Conven
tion. This information was given out
at the Baptist Publishing House. Mon
day, having been received from Presi
dent Morris, of Helena. Ark., and See-
retary Hudson, of Selma, Ala. This
meeting will bring to Nashville a gath
ering of distinguished officials of a
The boards to be represented wtn
be the National Baptist Benefit Asso
elation Board, Foreign Mission Board.
. umaus .fiuMiiary uoard, Education
al Board, B. Y. P. TJ. Board TTatti a
Mission Board and tho PuMIcm
Board. Each of these has a secret rv
and a president, who are looked upon
as members of the official family of
Baptists, and who are expected to at
tend this meetlncr. AsMn fm
there will be the presidents and the
vice-presidents from each state, the
four secretaries, the treasurer nnd th
auditor. If all of them are represent
ed Nashville will have quite a delega-
null ui uisunguisned divines.
Among the more prominent expected
here for this meeting are Rev E r
Morris, D. D., Helena, Ark.; Prof R
B. Hudson. Secretary, Selma, Ala.-'
Rev. T. O. Fuller, D. D.( Assistant Sec
retary, Memphis, Tenn.; A. J. Stokes
D. D.; Treasurer. Montgomery, Ala '
S. W. Bacote, A. B., Statistician, Kan
sas City, Mo.; Rev. Robert Mitchell,
A. M D. D., Auditor, Bowling Green!
Ky.; J. II. a. Cyrus. Assistnnt ?!
retary, Ronnoke, Va.; Rev. A. A. Cosey
Src'y National Baptist Benefit Associa
tion. Helena, Ark.; Miss N. II. Bur
roughs, Secretary Woman's Auxiliary
Louisville, Ky.; Mrs. T. W. Laytonj
President Woman's Auxiliary, Phila
delphia, Pa.; Rev. L. fj. Jordan, D.
R, C. IT. Parris, D. D., Secretary and
Chairman respectively of the Foreign
Mission Board, Louisville, Ky.; Rev
D. S. Klugh, Secretary Educational
Board, Princeton, N. J.; Rev. J. P Rob
inson, D. D.. Chairman Home Mission
Board. Little Rock, Ark.; Rev P T
Bryant, D. D Chairman of B." Y,' P
tJ. Board, Atlanta. Ga. Those In 'the
city who are entitled to membership
will be Dr. E. W. D. Isaac. D. D of
the B. Y. P. IT. Board; Rev. R. II. Boyd
D. D., of the Publishing and Home
Mission Boards; Rev. C. II. Clark D
I). Chairman of the Publishing Hoard'
There is a vice-president for each state
in the union represented in the Na
tional Convention, but it conhl nnt i.a
learned whether these
will come or
llOt. Louisiana.. Alnlmnm ATK,..i,,i....i
Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas may
The important question tn bo
f ided will interest Nashville uttin
as she will be in the race for the 1908
convention. Lexincton. TO in
race. Louisville. Ky.. Atlanta, Ga,
Boston. Mass., and Indianapolis are
strong competitors, but New Orleans
seems to have a decided advantage.
The National Baptist Union, the of
ficial organ of the Baptists of the
United States, will contain a resolu
tion sent up by the two executive
boards of the two Baptist State Con
ventions of Louisiana, setting forth
their claims to entertain this body.
New Orleans proper, through its Min
isters Conference, is expected to fur-