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NASHVILLE A CITY OF OPPORTUNITY THE LEADING NEGRO JOURNAL IN TENNESSEE.
NASHVILLE. TEN Pi, FRIDAY, MAY '0, 1918.
!. U. 0. OF 0. F.
OF Y. NL C. A.
10 METHODISTS IN GEitj ENTHUSIASTIC PYTH1ANS "
CONFERENCE j HOLD PATRIOTIC SERVICE
ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT OF
MEHARRY MEDICAL COLLEGE
MAGNIFICENT AUDIENCE AT RYMAN AUDITOSIUJI KOBE TIIAK
ONE HUNDRED GRADUATES GIVEN DIPLOMAS
DISTINGUISHED VISITORS PRESENT.
Genuine patriotism marked the clos- Lennox. James D Merida A B Ernest
ilig of the great Meharry C. Martin, A. B., C. F. Nail, Blaine
Medical College, which' exercises were j New, W. F. Noville, I,. T. Nichols, S.
held from the Rymnn Auditorium B. Northcross, George A. Patton,' F.
Thursday night, at which time more Melvin Payne, Clifton L. Peebles, R.
than one hundred graduates received ! A. Poguo, Cecil C. Porter, Jesse' W.
their diplomas for medicine, dentistry, Poweli, Chas. W. Quarlos, R. R. Rob
nurse training and pharmacy. The inson, B. Agri., R. W. Richardson,
magniucier.t auuience mat witnessed V llliam Richmond. A. B.. R C. Rldille.
the closing exercise was held spell
bound by the scenes incident to the
occasion. Distinguished visitors from
various states in the Union were pres
ent and were noticeable In the
The class this year was among the
most cosmopolitan that has finished
from this institution, nation-wide,
which can boast of having sent forth
more than four-fifths of all the train
ed physicians, nurses, dentists and
pharmacists following their . profes
sion in the nUited States. While the
commencement proper began last week
with the baccalaureate sermon at the
Meharry auditorium last Sunday, the
climax was reached Thursday night.
Promptly at the time appointed the
processional march was played and the
long line of graduates filed down the
aisles, and as each passed they were
EJCELLENT RECORD MADE
BUSINESS MEN AND FIRMS OF
CITY PRAISED FOR GENEROSI
TY OUTLOOK BRIGHT FOR
NEW OFFICERS MAKE ENVIABLE
RECCED ENEOWl'IENT TO IE
REBUILT ALL HEEEER5 A? 2
URGED TO DO THE WHOLE
t- ' X?
B. S., W. O. Rouse. J. W. Smith, W.
B. Stephens, C. F. Turney, J. V. Til
don, Stacy C. Thompson, K. T. Thomp
son, B. S., J. S. Thompson, R. R.
Trotter, John W. Walker, A. B. John
H. Wallace, James H. Walters, J. F.
Wells, Albert Williams, F. E. Williams,
W. J. Williams, Samuel J. Wills, R. T.
Wise, M. W. Withers, J. C. Wright, J.
HI. R. BoPon, J. E. BrooKs, J. E. liurke,
Everett Cadenhead, S. D. Duncan, C.
B. Ford, A. L. Frazier, A. B., S. C.
Hamilton, T. F. Harmon, Grove
Hickman, M. B. Hutto, J. W. Johnson,
B. S., .1. C. Marshall, W. E. Mayo, W.
0. McGill, W. C. Nixon, B. S. R. E
Parish, J. T. Rosser, M. D. Shields C
C. Smith, W. O. Terrell, T. W. Tobin,
Wm. Turner, D. H. Turpin, D. F. Wal
lace, A. B., W. J. Walker, W. P. Walker
a. u., m. L. Walton, H. J. Warren G
W. West, E. M. Williams.
Annie May Ray, Elizabeth O. Miller
reiry L. Miles, Alethia Hamilton,
Olivia Hamilton, Mary C. McCullough.
r. 71. Cook, E. B. Coffee, T. A. Irvin,
P. B. Johnson, J. W. Roid. W. S. Scott.
l W. V. Slmpkins,
CLOSING FIRST YEAR'S WORK.
At the clnse of this month the local
Colored Y. M. C. A. will have round
el out its firs; year's work in the new
home located on the corner of Fourth
.-e.. and Celar St., just across the
s'reet from the street car railway
transfer station. The work has been
elementary for the most part., but
those who have watched the develop
ment of things about the Colored "Y"
are reasonably sure that a better
lecord could have hardly been made
under the circumstances. It will be
recalled that men of good judgement
ere profuse in their criticisms of the
purchase of the property which is now
the home of the Colored Association.
They predicted that it would take
about twelve months to demonstrate
that the Board of Directors, the Com-
' 'ce of Management, along with the
Advisory Board had on Its bands a
'white elephant without a circus."
When the Committee of Manage
ment, along with the Joint committee
made up of white and colored citizens
ret a little more than a year ago to
work out plans to determine the bud'
?ret for the first year's trial at Asso
ciation work in what was then known
as the old Duncan Hotel, little did
they think that the $8,000.00 budget,
which they deemed necessary t6 keep
the building open for the first year,
Memphis, Tenn. May 3, 1918
Special to the Globe:
L. C. Moore, 1). G. M. says that when
lie and Prof. E. Alston, n. c. s. were
uumlucicl into ofiico. there was not
a book or a roll of the Lodges tunica
'.er to them, therefore the.- had m,
vay of knowing the name, location oi
randing of any of the Lodges. Hut
ihey set about as best they could and
submitted the Endowment Plan that
.vas adopted by the Grand Lodge to
is many Lodges as they could reach,
ind practically all of the Lodges
adopted it. nut when the S. C. M
I'ticuiveu me votes ana compared them
with the roll of the Lodges in the
';ate they saw they all of the Lodges
nau not voted. hTeretore the S. C,
M. advised that we resubmit the En
dowment Plan to the Lodge to vote
on. Then we wrote Grand Secretary
N'eedham to send us the roll of the
Lodges in the Sate and addresses of
the Secretaries which he did. Prof.
Alston, D. G. S. communciated with
all of the Lodges, and it is surprising
to know how readily they responded
with their Grand Lodge taxes and Con
structive tax, and how anxious thov
are to have the Endowment re-esta'j
They have learned that the Endow
cent department or an order increas-
would be so well met by the young e the stability of its members and
men themselves. There is every good raises the moral tone of the order and
& The Bacculaureare Spi
" ? livored by Bishop Scott, last Sunday
fc-y?; 11. nn n. . . .
no.B imuu appropriate and befitting
the occasion. The reception given
by Dr. and Mrs. Hubbard to the
Faculty and graduating classes, on
Thursday night was a notable event.
Nashville's "Elite" was out in great
numbers. The following speakers
represented the different Depart
ments of the College Nurse Train
ing, Miss Perrie Lee Miles; Dental,
Mr. W. J. Walker; Pharmacy, Dr.
William Sevier; Medical, E. C. Mar
tin., Dr. J. A. Napier spoke for the
Dental Faculty. Dr. Hale for the
Medical Faculty. Mr. J. C. Napier
spoke for the Trustees of the school.
Fisk and Walden were ably repre
sented by their Presidents, Dr. Mc
Kinzie and White. Dr. Utley also
loudly applauded by the audience. On The Alumni Association held its
the countenance of every one there! Annual session in the Freshman
appeared determination to succeed. I Room of the college, on Monday,
Hundreds of the audience had parti- afternoon, April 29th, at which nieet
cular interest in this or that student, Ing much interest was manifested;
all of whom had spent from two to , Dr. Porter of Bowling Green, Ky.,
eight years in Nashville pursuing their i was guest and made very timely re
li'erary as well as professional train-j marks. The Association went on
ing. Dr. Geo. W. Hubbard, the pre3i- record as highly approving the
dent of the college, called the meet-, course taken and work done by the
ins to order, after the audience had President, Dr. Hubbard. The annual
sung an inspiring air. Invocation by ' address was delivered by the Associa
DR. GEO. W. HUBBARD.
President of Meharry Medical Col
lege, who awarded the diplomas to
the 1018 class of more than 100
Rev. S. M. Utley. Dr. stated in the
opening remarks that Meharry had
been among the first schools in the
country to offer its service and the
service to the entire student "body to
the President of the United States,
the Commander-in-chief of the army
and that nearly two hundred Meharry
graduates are now holding commis
sion in the United States' army, and it
was learned that the entire graduating
class has already registered, subject
to call for service. The principal
speaker of the evening was Dr. Cary
E. Morgan, pastor of the Vine Street
Christian Church. His was an elo
quent as well as a patriotic address.
Dr. Morgan will be remembered by
the clti-ens of Nashville as being
-mong those who were in the van of
the organization of the Law and Order
League, and has been Instrumental in
many advanced movements in the
Dr. Morgan said, "I rejoice when I
know you are needed especially, and
that you are equipped efficiently to
beln in this great war. I am sure you
will make your efficiency felt in the
cause of freedom. The word free
dom is coming into our daily conver
sation, coined as it was in the faith
of our fathers. It is to be interpret
ed by you. My heart is on tip toe
when I think of your preparedness to
answer the call for service." Through
out his address he punctuated his re
marks with compliments for the great
work done by President Hubbard and
faculty. Dr. J. A. Kumber of Ham
lin, Ohio, Mr. Wm. Nelson a trustee
and Dr. F. A. McKenbie of this city
were introduced and made remarks.
The awarding of the diplomas were
made by President Hubbard,' and the
prizes won by various members of the
class were presented by the head of
instructors in the several departments.
.- Following is a list of the graduates:
' William L. Alexander, Clarence H.
Alexander, John R. Arrlngton, Veo
L. Beck, A. B., J. Z. Bargyh, J. E. Bell
Estelle O. Brown, Theon E. Bowman
Emmet Burt, Milford D. Brooks, A. B.
D.-T. Cleaver, John R. Coasey, A. B.,
F. F. Clay, A. B.( W. T. DeVane A. B.,
E. A. Davis, Wanzle Allen Davis, A.
B., M. M. Billard, S. D. Dillard, John
F. Dove, J. Rufus Dalton, Samuel De
Ramus, Edward L. Dunnings, A. B.,
George H. Easterly, John Edward Eve,
B. H. Grant, James ' Allen Grant,
Frank C. Greer, A. B., Robert O.
Gathings, Ludie T. Gilmer, Henry W.
' Hall, Eugene A. Harris, C. M. Hinds,
Frank J. Hugh, Robert M. Hendrick,
C. F. Hopson, Walter J. Hughes,
Wesley B. Jones, Ahijah O. Lee, G. B.
tion's President, Dr. S. S. Caruthers
was very pointed and impressive.
Wednesday of this week, at 3 p. m..
there was a meeting of the Board of
Trustees of the College, held in the
OiTices of Dr. H. W. Morgan. Among
those present from outside of Nash
ville, were Dr. J. A. Kumler of Mam
ilton, Ohio. Ho is an ex-president of
Waldon, Also Mr. L. N. Gatch of
Cincinnati, Ohio, Drs. II. W. Hall
and C. L. Peebles are soon to leave
for Kansas City, where they will
serve as interns in the Hospital. The
following seniors have already left
the city for Little Rock, Ark., where
they are hoping to pass the Medical
Board of that State, F. E. Williams,
R. C. Riddle, J. P. Yerger, E. L. Dun
nings and J. D. Merida.
Dr. M. Melendez, '17 has recently
passed the Medical Board of Porto
Rico with a general average of 95
per cent. It will be remembered that
Dr. Melendez passed the Medical
Board hero last year and he also
holds a commission as First Lieut., M.
R. C, U. S. A. For all round schol
arship Uie records of the College
shows that the Class of 1917 has not
been equaled. Dr. F. A. Stewart of
the Faculty is guest this week of the
Arkansas State Medical Society, now
in session at Hot Springs.
The following Alumni have visited
the city recently: Drs. T. II. Bullard
of Springfield, Tenn., A. L. Spauld
ing, Louisville, Ky. D. W.-Clayborne,
Brownsville, Tenn and J. B. Dillard
of Louisiana. All of these men show
signs of prosperity. It is pleasing to
note that most Meharry men make
good. The following nurses, '18 have
already been assigned to duty, at
Muscle Shoals near Florence, Ala.,
and have gone to their post. Misses
Hamilton, Miles and McCullough.
Can the relations of Meharry to the
U. S. Government be justly regarded
as one of minor importance? Her
large "Service Flag" is now bedecked
with 119 bright stars, representing
officers from the rank of First Lieut,
up to and including that of Major.
Of this number the departments of
the college are represented as fol
lows: Medical, 101, Dental 13, Phar
macy 6, nor does she stop here, but
stands ready to give more until the
world is made safe for decent people
to live in. The boys stand back of
the President, Dr. Hubbard, who
urges them to take a full share in
the Interest of the government and
that lasting honors can come only
through service. Dr. J. Q. Taylor
has been promoted to the rank of
Captain. He is at present at Camp
Dodge, Iowa. Capt. H. H. Walker,
192nd Division, Camp Funston, Kan.,
has sent us quite a number of his
photographs. Thank you Captain.
reason to believe that at the close of
he present month an annual record
will be disclosed covering the doings
of the past year which will be an
preeable surprise to all friends of
The Committee of Management in
"s meeting a few evenings ago was
h ud in its praise of the business men
and firms who had so generously
shown them favors during the past
twelve months. Among those who
stood highest on the list was the
Onssetty Coal Company, Phillips-Traw-ick
Co., Cain Sloan, Phillip and
Cutoff, H. J. Grimes and oC, Crone
and Jackson and Hermitage Hard
The Executive Secretary, Wm. N.
vs, called the Committee's at-
tentio nto the fact that the Central
M. C. A. and the entire employed
staff had watched while the committee
worked away. He said further that
they had stood by them as big brothers
It will be recalled that the Board of
of Directors, immediately upon turn
ing the building over to the Committee
insisted that they would be expected
to manage th einstitution and to look
!'ier the operating expenses. It is
stated that the record shows that, pay
ments amounting to more than $100.00
of current fund money have been
'urned over to the building fund ac-
ount. So it would seem that the
Ci;nnnitteo, In a measure, has proved
vorihy of the trust imposed upon
A more detailed account of the year's
work will be made later. White and
lolored friends, who for a long time
have been anxious to put Nashville
on record as the first Southern city
to do Association work in a building
commensurate with the needs of the
community, are proud of the inter
est which is so very manifest on the
part of the young men. The prospects
r the second year's work are bright
and plans are already under way for
perfestiiiR a 1918 and 1919 program
which will to a little greater extent
Mian the former year meet the needs
of the local young men.
EVEN BISHOPS PRESENT
STRONG SERMONS PREACHED
BISHOP C0TTRELL EFOSE ON
BIJOU THEATRE THRONGED SUNDAY AFTERNOON PYTHIAN
SERVICE FLAG WITH 335 STARS DISPLAYED RCSCOE
COIiKLEN SIMMONS ORATOR OF THE DAY.
The twelfth session of the General
onference of the Colored Methodist
episcopal Church of America held its
rst session in St. Murk M. E.
hurch. Seven Bishops and General
DR. R0B11TSCN TELLS OF HIS
! CONFERENCE WITH THE PRES
i Rev. J. (. Robinson. D. I)., of
officers, about four hundred clerical ! iM'oxviue. lenn., presiding eider oi
ml lay delegates compose this body. Ul Kpoxville district of the African
ishop L. II. ilolsey, of Georgia. ! m l"'""-1 "urea, delivered an ad-
Senior Bishop of the church pre- (I10SK ?'naay evening at 4 o clock at
ided. Fervent devotional exercises 1 nl- """ -iiurcn, to a large
conducted by the several bishops!11""10"00 or -Negroes. His subject
marked the beginning of this aus-! was- President w llson. the ar, and
nicious opening. Bishop E. Cottrell, j the Negro after the War." Dr. Rob-
llolly Springs, Miss., was introduced ! wi,s secretary ami spoKesman
md preached a strong forceful, spir- ul " cummuiee mat was sent ioasn-
iimuin recently uy tne A. m. i.
Bishops' Council to lay before the
President the grievances of the Ne
gro. They had an audience with the
President on March 14, and accord
ing to the statements of Dr. Robinson,
the President gave the committee
In his address Dr. Robinson was
patriotic and urged the Negro people
to be patriotic and do everything to
help win the war.
He said, in part: "As a part of
America's citizenship the Negro has
answered the call of President Wil
son and gladly gone forth to help
fight for the cause of democracv. As
a committee we went to Washington
and reminded the President of the
Negro s loyalty in all of the wars
that the country h;is ever engaged in.
We told him of the unjust and in
puts a premium upon thrift and sav
ing, which is so essential to the wel
fare of our people. Our boys are call
ed to arms, our boys are going to war
giving mem as a patriotic duty. Many
tnoir mothers, sisters and wives ai
who go with brave hearts, carrvin
d them loving memories will not
return. It is our duty to rebuild on
endowment and throw it's strong and
nclplul arms about their dependent
ones, while their boys give their live:
o make it safe for democracv, lei
a do our best to make it safe for
the dependent ones. Could we ever
main be happy, knowing that we had
failed to do our duty, whilo they are
doing theirs? We are now resubmit
ting the Endowment Plan to the mem
ers for their approval. This Is the
time for the drawing together of all
of our enrogies and making it safe for
our widows and democracy. Let there
io no slackers.
Good loyal, active Brothers and
Ruthltes wanted for deputies.
tual, introductory sermon. He chose
as his theme '"Christian Leadership,"
and declared in his opening senten
ces that God always had a man pre
pared for any emergency that may
arise, but experience ana ooserva-
tion, which had come to him, led him
to believe that God chose a man to
lead his people and his cause who
had been faithful in small things
before being called to fields of great
er usefulness. He did not believe
that it was in the province of human
activity to do effective work without
some mistake, but he did believe that
men called of God to do heroic serv
ice were men of clean hearts and the
errors which they would make were
rather errors of the head and not of
the heart. He gave examples, Moses,
Elijah, Daniel, Gillian as God's
chosen men whom he selected to do
the work for the world in their day human treatment meted out to us in
and generation. various sections of the country. We
After the sermon Bishop Lane, ot asked him to lift his voice in our do
Jackson, Tenn., often designated as i fonse. The President sent us away
the Missionary Bishop of the church, i from the White House filled with
led in fervent prayer. Then followed j hope an encouragement for the
thi administration ot the Lord's ; future. His words to us were words
Supper in-which the above five him-, of cheer ami were like music to a
tired persons participated. suf'oring and helpless people.
.Now. let us do our part in help
ing to win the war. Let us be proud
Aftsr an intorm'.ss-on of thirty to give our sons to die, if need be, on
minutes tils organization of the Gen- J the battlel'ront for the establishment
eral Conference began. Bishop Hoi-1 of democracv (such as defined by
sev. the Senior Bishop presided. The President Wilson) in the world.
Siinday afternoon May 5th, was a
'.ay Id g to be remembered by the
memli'Ms of the nKights of Pythias
and their friends in the city of Nash
ville. The central figure at the great
patriotic meeting held under the
ausir-ce of the Knights of Pythias,
.vas ths sroa'est of American orators,
K"sc e Conklim; Simmons of Louis
Long before the speaker arrived
leirly every seat on the lower floor
f the Bijou theatre was taken. The
illeriei were utilized t otake care of
he ever-fiow crowd after the ar
rival of Col. Simmons. While the
nrnwd was assembling the audience
.vas entertained with music from an
A most pleasing incident in the
neeting prior to the speaking was
he raising of the Pythian Service flag.
As the flag was being raised the crowd
bnke into a Btorm of applause. The
service flag as presented represented
385 pythians who are officers in the
Yatioual army fighting for their coun
'ry This flag Is now on display at the
Y. M. C. A. on the Fourth Ave., side
jf the building.
following Committees were appoint
ed: (11 Credentials. (2) Committee
on Public Worship. (3) Committee
on Rules. (4) Election of Secretr
ies. (5) Secretaries were elected as
Dr. M. J. Brenson of Georgia; Mr.
W. M. Bobo of Arkansas; Prof G. S.
Goodman of Mississippi; J. E. Raine,
Dr. J. A. Martin was elected official
HENRY A. BOYD AT NEW
Rev. H. A. Boyd, D. D., Secretary
of the Sunday School Congress and
Assistant Secretary of the Publishing
Board at Nashville, Tenn., delivered
the goods in New Orleans, Sunday
morning. At 9:30 the flying squad
ron, composed of the following
parties: Drs. H. A. Boyd, E. W.
White, Bros. J. H. Denson, P. A.
Lnndix, Supt. F. C. Butler, Rev.
Columbus R. Foreman, Mrs. Eva B.
White, Misses Ruth Wilson, Susie
Denson, Geneva Staltz with two big
seven passenger autos made twenty
seven Sunday Schools, making shori
speeches in each, and was back in
the morning services at Tulane Ave
nue Baptist Church at 11:30 a. m.
It was a high day in Sunday school
At 3:30 p. m., Dr. G. W. Lucas in
his auto drove the guest and party up
to the First African Baptist Church
door which at once opened the en'
thusiasm of the big Mass Meeting.
Frof Tulane Avenue Bulletin.
MR. HENRY FLOYD DEAD.
Mr. Henry Floyd, a valued employ
ee of the National Baptist Publishing
Board of the National Baptist Con
vention (unincorporated) located at
523 2nd Ave., N., died Tuesday night
and his funeral was held Friday after
noon from the iNew Hope Baptist
Church, .South Nashville.
Mr. Floyd, who waa a quiet Chris
tian gentleman), had been employed in
the presia room for a numlber of years.
A few days ago he resigned and went
to work at the great Powder Plant
that the Government is buflding at
Hadley's Bend. IHe was taken des
perately ill and several physicians
were called in to attend him. It was
thought best to operate, which was
done, but so seriously 111 was he that
he could not recover a,nd death reliev
ed him from his sufferings-..
Mr. Floyd leaves to mourn his loss
a mother, iwhose only child he was, a
wife who was at one Time employed
at- the same institution as her hus
band, and two children together with
a host of friends. -
SUNDAY, MAY 12. IS MOTHER'S
"Let us buy Liberty Bonds and
purchase Thrift stamps to the limit
of our ability. Let us help in the
conservation of food and other sup
plies, so that the American soldier
and the Allied armies may be sup
plied whilo fighting the battles of
"But while doing these things, let
us of the South remind the white man
of the South that the Negro is anx
ious to show to the world that right
here in the South is where we are
looking to receive help and friend
ship. We have given our toil and
we have shown our white friends of
the South that we are patient and
that we trust them, now when thous
ands of our sons must go and fight
side by side with their sons, we want
j Bankhead, of Alabama, and not
I Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts
' w v" h--
DR. J. P. CRAWFORD,
Grand Chancellor K. of P., Jurisdiction
r-f Tennessee, who was Master of
"Honor this father and thy mother that
thy days maybe long upon the land
which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
At about, three thirty o'clock the
llstin.'-Tiilslied speaker of the evening
nppe-i-el amid a storm of deafening
Immediately upon the arrival of Col.
Summons. Dr. J. P. Crawford, the pre
i li:ig oCcer started what proved to be
t- 'realist patriotic meeting ever
to take the stand at the bar or public i n Xashvtllo by a fraternity by
defense for our cause. Wo want ' levins Hie vast audience sing America
Governor Henderson, and not Frank ))v Dr. S. S. Caruthers. Rev. Pres
O. Lowden, to speak for us. We want : t,, T;;vlor Brig-lien, of the uniform
llelfin, and not Longworth, to see ...v nli'ered praver. The groat Fisk
some good in the Negro. We want
WORSHIP AT SOME CHURCH SUNDAY-HONOR
GREAT FOLK SONG MUSICAL
Add Several Thousand Dollars to Y.
M. C. A. Building Fund Mr.
David T. Howard Breaks
"An audience of over five thousand
people last ni.ght heard a selected
chorus of Negro voices render their
ever popular old time melodies in a
manner which has, probably never
been equalled before in our city."
Thus betian the Atlanta Constitution-
in its issue of May 1, in comment
ing upon the big musical that was
given at the Auditorium-Armory1 on
the evening of April 30th for the
benefit of the new building fund of
the Y. M. C. A. In addition to the
$2,500 that was taken in at the door
on the sale o tickets, $9,750 was
iaised on the inside, making a total
for the evening of more than $12,000.
This unannounced feature was car
ried out by Mr. J. K. Orr, President
of the Red Seal Shoe Factory, and
reporter to public press and Miss
Maggie M. Clark of Birmingham,
Ala., as official stenographer.
Provision is made that the daily
Christian Index will be published
each day during the session under the
direction of Dr. J. A. Martin as Gen
eral Manager, Rev. P. A. Ilryson as
Editor, Dr. J. A. Lester of Nashville,
Tenn., Rev. A. W. Womack, Camp
Pike, Ark., as editors.
(Continued on page 4.)
Dr. R. H. Boyd, the Secretary of the
Publishing Board, who has been indis
posed for tho past month is reported
be improving but. not able to spend
the time In his office. His physician
advises a complete rest.
solo work of Miss Violet Thomas of
Cuthbert, Ga "Her voice and its
precision might well serve as a model
for mora widely known singers."
One of the greatest surprises of
the evening was the giving of an-
Rev. P. James Bryant, pastor of the j other thousand dollars by Mr. David
Wheat Street Baptist Church. In a
few well chosen words Mr. Orr stated
the present needs of the Y. M. C. A.
and then introduced Dr. Bryant, who
made a masterful appeal which re
sulted in the above figures. Twelve
thousand dollars in one evening's ef
fort makes a new record that is
hard to beat for a musical. These
figures sound like Grand Opera, and
since Atlanta did not have Grand
Opera this year this musical was
used in Its plaoe and on the same
Here is the heading of a double
column article that appeared in the
Sunday Atlanta Journal, April 28th:
"HERE'S ATLANTA'S OWN SUB
STITUTE FOR GRAND OPERA."
And among other things this same
article said: This concert by our
Negro people, for our Negro young
men is a great idea. We want all
Atlanta to help put it over his."
The Georgian in referring to the
T. Howard, one of the leading under
takers of the race. This makes
$3,200 Mr. Howard has put into the
Atlanta Y. M. C. A., which makes
him the largest single contributor of
color in the United States.
The big chorus of three hundre l
voices was trained by Prof. Kemper
Harreld, musical instructor of More
house College. Mr. W. J. Trent,
Secretary of the Y. M. C. A who act
ed as manager of the chorus, feels
very proud of the receipts as well as
he does' over the fine Bhowing the
chorus made upon the big audience.
iThe whole affair was largely pro
moted by a committee of leading
white citizens under the chairman
ship of Mr. J. K. Orr, who had the
hearty support of several of the lead
ing ministers and laymen of the race.
Among some of the' most prominent
citizens who occupied boxes were
Governor and 'Mrs. Hugh Gorsey and
Mayor Candler. -
Rev. George R. Stewart, the Sodth's
frrcatest preacher, to thunder out
against the wrongs done us. and not
Ouns-iiilus. of Chicago. We want
Woodrow Wilson, of the Smith, to see
in us the value of cil izenshin as well
as Theodore Roosevelt. When that
lis done the Negro will prove to the
i South, and to the whole countrv, that
I we are the most grateful people on
I the slobe. If tho Southern white
I man will join in the lltflit to wipe
ffom the status books the laws Hint
are placed thereon to degrade us, and
will give us justice before the courts,
i'nd decent and eoual aceominoda-1
tions on the railroads, and stop lynch-!
ing the members of our race for every j
frivolous oi'ense, we will show our i
patriotism in this struggle by lining-i
the banks of the Atlantic and, if ships I
are not at hand, we will attempt to i
swim to Germany to get the kaiser.
"The white man has been too good
to the Germans ar.d everybody else
who came to this countrv, and he his
done so much to keep the Negro
down, until wo at times become a ,
little suspicious. If the white man
wishes to know the heart, of the
Nero he can't find that out by styl
ing one Negro a leader without the
consent of the Negroes. Ho has tried
that. They made one great Negro
the leader of the Negro race, and
nine-tenths of the Negro race never
did recognize him as their leader.
Let the white man know that the
Negro will follow men like Osrar W.
Adams, Ben J. Davis and others like
the great Bishop Connor, who spoke
at the Sociological Congress, and not
men net up for the purpose of bossing
him. My mother used to tell me that
the slavery-time Negro would always
love the big white man, but a hired
"Tell the white man that we help
ed Washington at Valley Forge, we
helped Perry at Lake Erie: we helped
Jackson at ew Orleans', wo helped
Grant at Vicksburg and Appomattox;
we helped Lee during the entire
struggle of the South by obediently
staying on the farms and feeding his
army, and caring for his women ana
children. Tell the white man we
followed Dewey and Shatter and
Roosevelt through the Spanish-American,
war. We went with Pershing
down in Mexico, and in all of these
struggles the records at Washington
show that we made good.
And what do we see as part of our
pay? Jim crow cars, segregation
acts and disfranchisement clauses to
keep us from participating in the
government. We see upwards of
three thousand Negroes lynched since
the Civil war. But having faith in
the government, believing in the
final triumph of right as written in
the Constitution and the Declaration
of Independence, we once more eager-
I " n'.? e,n.i;-"ettc sung several selections
iini'itm which was Prof. Work's latest
I var sr.v;, "Oh Freedom don't you
-r'.p." Another pleading number was
Remember now thy Creator." The
:r:. 'id Chancellor then introduced the
'-,!. .!. ('. Napier who in turn intra-
; I've! Cd Roscce Colliding Simmons,
! patriot and oiator.
! V -.r more than an hour and thirty
1 u'i;r,i'e:-; Col. Simmons held more than
'Teed lnni'ired prisons spell-bound
I ',.v h:! matchless oratory. He urged
I hi", pe: pie to stand by the government
'i !( o'T' y v.'ny possible that the war
might be won and liberty be insured
I to a'l i-eeplo. During his remarks he
".al'j it" very plain that the Negro had
!.r word and had always been
loyabo 4ho central government in
:. e ::f war.
That which appealed most to his
bearers was his frankness and the
ne.ty of his purpose in regard to
lie. ;ro;t problems confronting tho
'Ihe distinguished speaker ended
b's eloquent address by making' a
;u;.n;; appeal lo every patriotic Ameri
'ui to d i all that he could to help
'.is e utitry to win the gigantic war
.u'.v ra.;lns in Europo.
A:;i,i:,:r tho distinguished citizens
:l:u were i;ii the platform w-ith Col.
. iur:u; were: .1. P. Crawford, A. W.
I'Uo. T. Clay Moore, J .C. Napier, R.
T. l'.oy.l. Bishop I. B. Scott. Dr. S.
VV. Crostwaite. A. M. Cackrell. Dr. J.
. Mi-pier. J. R. Kenan, Rev. Treston
Tay'ior, N. W. Ryder, Prof. J. W.
W'H'l: Dr. S. S. Carulhers, J. W. Work,
iv. ! 10. W. White. Walden I'niver
!'y, ,T. A. Jones, D. 1)., T. A. Williams,
Fra:'l;Hn, Tenn., E. V. Anthony, Gal
r.')a. Tetin., Dr. C. V. Roman, Mrs. D.
Wellington Berry, Rev. Allen Charles
The Pythians of Nashville feel that
i"h good has bejn done by bringing
Cnl. Simmons to Nashvilie and he will
In nil probability return to the city
in July at the time ot the Grand Ses
sion of the order.
ly grab the sword and the rifle, and
don the American uuiform and follow
Wilson and Pershing to France, and
there wo will mix and mingle our
blood with the blood of the proud
white American, and we are coming
home wtth victory for the flag of our
great republic, an dif we are not ac
corded the rights that follow sucn
struggle, and that have followed such
efforts throughout all of the ages of
the past, the democracy for which we
say we are fighting will be a farce,
and will become the laughing Btock
of the world."
Dr. Robinson spoke under the aus
pices of the Colored Citizens' League.