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NASHVILLE A CITY OF OPPORTUNITY THE LEADING NEGRO JOURNAL IN TENNESSEE.
VOLUME Tilt '
CALL TO MEET
WASHINGTON TO ENTERTAIN
MEETmer-jrrarE 24-29, dates
ORGANIZATIONS URGED TO
SEND DELEGATES AIM AND
New York, N. Y.. May 11, 1918
To the Colored Americans of the
Republic of U S. A.: By virtue of
the vote of the National Colored Lib
erty Conference in national conven
tion assembled at Boston, Mass
June 13, 1918. to wit: '
i T , f vujblt oi this Na
tional Colored Liberty Congress is to
press the just claim of the Colored
tSt a"261?8 of tht United
States of America to share in the
i na , a l w n ri ri. j a. m ...
' raocracy for which they are
S"S "S" e of the
Republic, and to take positive
measures to .secure from the Gov
ernment guarantee of the abolition
of disfranchisement and of all caste
discriminations, civil and political."
We now send forth this CALL to
uon- ln Color and ln ProscrlP;
S Colored Churches, business,
civ c, literary and fraternal societies
and organizations, greetings: Th&
Na ,o,ial Colored Liberty Congress is
ni? t0 on8-,der among ourselves
and ay before U. S. Congress meth-
, rresment Wilson and
the Government may best carry out
.s,reatwar slogan "To make the
world safe for Democracy, tn mi,i
tne world a fit place to live in." And
we would also add to them "To
make Democracy safe for the world,
to make the world a. fit place for all
. people to live in."
hlVIk,n(n! lhat the present contains
tory rS 016 world'8 nls"
-"u or. violence, pain
and sorrow; of bitterness and hate
Many people are in a state of per
plexity; their hearts are fail
ins them with fear because of the
nnrt h JCh Stalk abrad . by night
7 u ,., . "ur PeoPe are trying
to hold fast their faith in God and
-'v 'ui 10 'many God
seems to be far away. and the gov
ernment strangely indifferent to the
manv wrongs and injustices done to
our people. And it is certain beyond
question, that . neither culture, re
iiglon, nor . even our boasted Chris
tian civiliztiaon has saved our na
tion from many deeds and traits of
autocratic barbarism. In the mids
or much suffering and. oreiudiciai
wrongs for centuries, we have been
patient and loyal to our country. ;. In
united" nation, we have mJcZn
fought in the rrori 4
lougm in the front ranks. ' "When
disaster clouded TTn--
we volunteered 200,000 strong, and
served without pay for eighteen
months till given that of white
troops; Faced threatened enslave
ment if captured; were brave in
action, patient under heavy and dan
gerous labors, and cheerful amid
hardships and privations. Surely we
have given td the nation and the
world undying proof that Americans
or African descent possess the
pride, courage and devotion of the
patriot and soldier." That is the
compliment paid the Colored soldiers
at the close of the great Civil War.
We are no less patriotic- and loyal
today; we serve our country and its
flag; we know no other.
Representing as we do, more than
one-tenth of the fighting strength of
the U. S. we. desire in Liberty Con
gress to be assembled, place and
date as above aforesaid, to ask
President Wilson and Congress at
this time to remove from the statutes
Of our Country all proscription laws
of race discriminations of whatever
kind, that we may have at home
for ourselves, our wives, our chil
dren and our posterity, that which
we are fighting and dying in a
land' to secure ior others. We are
ready to fight to victory for a world
wide democracy which offers equal
opportunity and equal protection for
every man, woman and child, Ameri
can citizens at home and beyond the
Beas. With this covenant we stand
ready to pledge to the government
our fortunes, our lives, our wives and
children, to the last dollar and the
last man in win fv.a . - . ,
wide democracy and to make the
world a fit place for all people to
ve in. uvieet in John Wesley Zion
Church, 4th and Corcoran St., N. W
Washington, D. C, June 24-29, 1918.
A Clayton Powell, N. Y., Prea
Allen W. Whaley. Mass., National
Organizer: .Mnrfrm V aAv D i
Recording Secret try; D. S. Klugh
Mass, Treas.; H. H. Harrison. N. Y
Chairman of Board; Mrs. S. J., AlUm,
Mass., Cor. Sec.; L. G. Jordan, Penn.,
....... ii-uner, executive sec
"ouuHunireu o vvorn-
un, uuston, Mass.
. TERS' ALLIANCE ELECT NEW
Te .fctjrtOTomtaaUonal ' Alliance
Friday May 9th, elected Rev J H
Smith, pastor of St. John . A.' m ra"
Church to succeed Dr. W. R. Steven
who has been ' transferred to Jack
sonville, Fla. The new president will
he Installed Friday May 24th, at
10:30.. a. m. '
A3 TO "THE BIRTH OF A NATION."
The. Ministerial Alliance' Protest
': Editor: , I note that you sail
in your last issue that you made sure
that the Ministerial Alliance knew
they were wasting their valuable time
when they, called upon Mayor Gun
ton to protest the ''Birth' of a Na
tion. And then you close your
comment by saying, "Let them show
It wherever they will. . It harms the
whites much more than It does the
' Allow me to say: ih the first
place, I do not consider It a wane
of time to make an honest fight
against any evil. It is not a ques
tion as to whether the Mayor, who
is a more man, heedod the protest of
the ministers, or not. But it is a mat
ter of letting the public (white peo
ple) know that we have sens enough
to know when we are insulted, and
that we have the courage to resent
Furthermore, we insist that the
only way to finally demolish any great
evil is to keep hammering at it. The
one "besetting sin" of the Negroes
of Tennessee, and of Nashville espe
cia ly, is that they are too easily
satisfied; too quick to "lay down"
on any proposition that the white
man does not favor; he asks for noth
ing, demands nothing and gets noth
ing, save that which the white man
sees fit to "hand out" to him.
I want to tell you why the Mayor
treated our protest as he did and
allowed "Birth of a Nation" to pro
ceed unmolested. He knew that the
A. M. E. ministers who waited on
him Represented only, a part of the
Negro citizenship of this city, and
that the masses of the Negroes, led
by the other "leaders" were satisfied
or did not care a snap what was to
Suppose every race organization in
this city had joined in a vigorous
protest against the show of "A Birth
of a Nation," do you say that the
city authorities would have been
silent? Not a bit of it.
In things of this kind, our Negro
population are too much inclined to
act as white men do about lynching
Our white citizens wiU remain silent
and inactive, during a man hunt, and
after the savages have hung and shot
and burnt their . victim, then they
come together protesting against
mob violence and deploring the evil
times unon whinh tha oiot.; i, ..,
A waste of time to protest! Must
we submit to everything t mean and
degrading to the race simpjv because
.we can't help ourselves? No If a
man maltreats me, I will let Mm
know I do not like it, even though I
can't help myself. He must know
that I am a man like he is, although
he may have the advantage of me
Now, you say th. the "Birth of a
Nation, as a show, "harms the whites
much more than it does the blacks."
pur protest was not based upon the
idea that the show does the race ex
ceptional harm, but we insisted that
the exhibition of the play in a
Southern city, before a mixed audi
ence, tended to stir up race fric'ion
and is a breeder of strife, leading to
possibly additional mob violence and
other outbreaks, in which the Negro
is naturally the greatest sufferer.
This Js still my contention. I fail
to see wherein the-evil results com
ing from a show nt tha "nt-ti,
Nation" could possibly bring' more
harm to the whites than to the blacks:
'T1" WM b,Ued to turn to this
i?i,ty "ext I would readily, join
yu.i i it rue B rtn nf n
in wun any set of courageous, peace
JOVlIlff men tO nrntAnt nvaln Tr
it up, for God's sake, for the race's
sake, keep it' up.
J. a. Jones.
Presiding Elder N. Nashville Dis
trict. METOKAS OF FIFTEENTH AVE.
The Metoka. class met last Wednes
day night at the residence of the
President, 'Mr. T. H. Cannon of 303
11th Ave., N. The meeting was
called to order by the President with
song and prayer. After a few re
marks the President discussed the
lesson for 40 minutes, which was en
joyed by all present. .
The president of the Galeda class
was present and spoke a few words
after quotations and dues the visiting
Galedasi, Misses Wilbie' Reed, Fannie
Bowen.and Lillie Howard also spoke
a few words of encouragement to the
class, after all business and the class
had been dismissed. Mrs. Mnmv Rnvri
assisted by Miss Maude Cloyd serv
ed a very tempting 2 course menu.
Members present were: Messrs Archie
Sutton, Walter Ballentine, Wm.
Walker, Lewis Carney, John Hensy
FOR THE RE-ELECTION AS
TREASURER OF TURNER
'. COLLEGE. .
To the trustees of Turner College.
Dear Brtheren: '
You have honored me with the
treasurership of our beloved Turner
Collegd for nine years. While I ap
preciate the honors that you have con
fered upon me from, time to time, but
I feel that it is time to give this honor
to another one of the Tennessee's
"Mountain Climbers" hence I will not
Btand for re-election at the general
Board next week. - . . -: .
I believe that, "If you have had a
kindness shown pass it on." ' .
; Yours for Turner College, , '
J. H. Smith, Treasurer.
MR. ELMORE PATTERSON DIES
AT, GALLATIN. '
; Mr. Elmore Patterson, aged 78, one
of the oldest and bes- known citizens
of Gallatin, died at his home Sunday
night and his funeral was held from
his late residence Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Patterson, who was a devoted
Christian, had resided ln Gallatin for
a long number of yaars and had rear
ed a family of five boys and four
girls, all of whom were present at
the funeral services and paid their
iasti tribute of respect to 'their be
loved father. ,
One of the sons of the deceased li
now "somewhere In France" doing his
bit for. the, land of his nativity. An
other son, Mr. Peter Patterson, is a
deacon , of the Mt.. Olive Baptfs'.
Church and is .wel) known in the
City. , . '; '
Many friends and visitors : were
present when the last sal rites were
said over the deceased. Dr. C. H.
Clark, pastor of the Mt. Olive Baptist
unurcn, Mr. ana Mrs. Peter Patter
son, Mrs. H. A. Boyd and Mrs Phil
Douglass left the city Tuesday morn
ing to be present at the funeral serv
ices. They returned to the city late
in the afternoon,
REPRESENTED "Y" NOW A
FIXED FACTOR YOUNG MEN
AND BOYS HOUSED.
The white and colored friends of
the Colored Branch Y. M. C. A. who
since. 1912, have constantly been
preaching the goBpel of Association
service for colored men and boys are
Jubilant over the report which the
Committee of Management will
soon make to the public of the past
year's work. The local business
men have not forentten tha
which these men advanced in favor
or their making large donations for
the purchase of a Colored "Y" build
ing. The building is a reality. Each
year will serve as a chapter Justify
ing the reasonableness of their con
tention. The thousands of young
men who have enjoyed the conven
iences and comforts provided, have
already begun to manifest their grati
tude td not only the men who have
ceaselessly toiled to popularize the
movement, but to the men who final
ly loosened their purse strings in
order that the experiment might be
tried out. It is said that such in
stitutions as the Young Men's Ohris
tion Associations represent the bene
volence of a commuuity. Until Jan
uary 1, 1912, there was not tangible
evidence of this spirit beiug very
manifest toward colored boys and
men. The use of these institutions
represent the high esteem and regard
which young men have lor the
higher things in life. It appears that,
both the business men and colored
young men of Nashville are up to the
standard set by other larger and
more pi-esperous cities in this
respect. One need only to re
late a few facts relative to the use
which the fellows are putting the
buildine to to find how well satisfied
the donors of the work are with the
Investment which the yhave made.
It is the hope of all concerned that
the 'Commltte of- Manaebment will!
prove equal to the big task which is
theirs for the working out and put
ting into operation and adequate pro
gram for the second years' work. A
program which will fully meet the
needs of the normal young man and
boy and at the same time excite the
admiration of the big business men
of the community, men of ability and
large means, who are accustomed to
do things on a large scale. If the
Committee of Management, who Is
backed by the Board of Directors,
can prove itself eaual to this task
it will go on record as renderine
type of very much needed service to
tne community such as no s milnr
group Of men have vet had an nnnnr
tunity to render in the Southland. It
is growjng more and more evident
that the Nashville Colored Rrnnrh V
M. C. A. is distinctively a community
movement for the betterment of
young men. Even men who have done
nothing more than
Uon card are freguently heard to say
"This is our Young Men's Christian
Association building." To the extent
that the affairs of the Association are
conducted in a manner to make both
the low and the exalted alike layJ
ciaim 10 it, win it become a fixed fac
tor for good in the communitv Hf
Men who do this must be not simnlv
men of ability, but men with large
ana generous nearts and men of vision
who can, because of their knowledge
of the past and the present, nredict
and prepare for the needs of tomor
There is probably no local business
or institution whose field for achieve
ment in any wise compares with the
Association s opportunity for useful
ne3S. The more fully the men who
are responsible for the iii.vninnomo.,1
of the movement realize this the more
unselfish and effective will be their
work. While Nashville rejoices at
what has been done, it is also ap
prehensive as to the work yet to be
done for - the benefit of the Negro
men and boys and the community.
METHODIST SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Methodist Sunday School Al
liance held its monthly meeting Sun
day. May 12, at the A. M. E. Sunday
School Union, corner Lea and Eighth
avenues. The Training for Service
CI iss conducted by Mr. W,. H. Shack
leford is .growing more interesting
with each monthly meeting which is
shown by an increase in attendance.
St. John A. M. E. Church won the
attendance banner by having sixty
four members at the Alliance. Much
credit is due Dr. A. L. Whittakcr, the
superintendent. General attendance
wa3 one hundred seventeen. Le. all
superintendents keep up this en h'i
sidsm bv hivine as. many members
as possible jrasent at the next month
CORINTHIAN BAPTIST CHURCH.
' The Corinthian Baptist Church
landed in tieir new church oi 32nd
avenue and CI :ton pike S nday after
noon. May 12, T918. Beforo leaving
the old chur .h t ie morning rally was
held and a farewell Ber.non pieached
byjtev. A. ,W. Porter, pastor of the
J f'eenth Avenue Bap. 1st Church.
Mornin.-?. lesson, a few versw of the
20th.chapter of Mat hew, read by Rev.
A. Murry, pastor, abng b Deacon
James Dkglna. Prayer bV Deacon
Henry Hayes. Next, the pastor rose
singing "Jesus. --won't you stop by
hers?". Naxt, Rev. Porter. rose and
made a talk, also sang a good old
timr. hymn,. "How can I sink with
such a prop as my Eternal Girt?'
He than took as a text, "Let all of
us be glad that we are going fnto the
house ,of ha Lo-d " Then you may
know he told us all about it. A col
lection was lifted by Deacon James
rtigeins aid Captain of the SlnnerV
Club No. 2, Lizzie Hopkins, an 1 Pea
con Rober B"ldes and Capta'n r-f
the . Christians' Club- No. 1. Ma' tie
Allen. ' . - i
We marched to the new cUurch
NASHVILLE, TENK, FRIDAY, MAY 17, BIS.
singing in the afternoon at 3:30
o'clock. After getUng in the new
church, reading for the evsains los
son a part of the 8th Division of the
Psalma by Rev. Dr. Spars, after
which prayer was ottered by Rev.
TunBtil. Next, sermon for the eve
ning by Rev. Horace Burns. He rose
and sang "Go preach my gospel, salth
the Lord, then the text reading, the
100th Psalm. He sure did open hia
mouth and strut. Song by master of
ceremonies. A collection was lilted
by Deacon Isaac Collier, DeV on .las
Digging, Mattie Allen, Lizzie Hop
kins, Rev. Henry Brown, deacou of
Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Houston
Frterson and preachers' UbJe, Hev
A. Murry and wife.
Collection for the preacher'
tao'e $ 25 00
Christian Club No. i ; joi 07
Sinners' Club No. 2 loo 00
Total collection , . $226 07
Financial members, only 25. Even
sinners and white friends extended a
Rev. A. F. Murry, Pastor.
Sallie DIggins, Clerk.
ARMY OFFICERS VISIT.
Two commissioned officers In the
United States Army visited Nashville
during the past fortnight. Tliey were
Captain M. V. Boutee and Lieut. H. A.
Cameron, both of whom are stationed
at a northern camp. Their visit to
the city on a ten days' furlough was
mingled with pleasure .nnd business,
so it was stated before they left. It
was Lieut. Cameron and Capt.
Boutte's second visit since they re
ceived their commission, and through
out their stay they mingled with
friends and on each and every oc
casion they expressed themselves as
supremely confident that when they
get "over there" with the toys in
the trenches, victory will be perched
upon Uncle Sam's banner. It is not
known whether Mrs. Cameron will go
wi h Lieut. Cameron or not, but Mrs.
Boutte has been with Capt. Boutte
in the vicinity of the camp sinco hia
departure, and it is stated that she
has been instructress in French, be
ing the only colored woman in the
United States instructing the soldiers
hi this language.
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DR. EDWARD F. AARONS, !
Dr. Edward F. Aarons. nf AnnlArM.
cola, Fla., a graduate of the Meharry
ivieuicai class of 1917, spent com
mencement week in the city visiting
his Alma Mater, also mlnirlins with
old friends. Dr. Aarons has had un
precedented success during his one
year of active practice. He has also
been coninVsaioned First Lieutenant
in the Medical Reserve and will no
doubt be calleu to the colors in a
few days. He has a host of friends
in Nashville who were indeed" glad
to shake hands with the young phy-
DICKSON CITY SCHOOL CLOSING.
The Dickson City School held its
school closing exercises at St. James
A. M. E. Church, Friday evening, May
10, 1918 at 8:30 p, m. with Mrs. Lena
Dunn as teacher.
The music, plays, dialogues should
painstaking and was enjoyed by
The closing of this school marked
a new ear in the city schools of Dick
son, in that the citizens pledged
ihcmselves that the.y would go on
record in having a school house built
in tho corporation never before in the
history of Dickson have we had a
city school taught.
In the closing of the exercise there
was inspiration as well as expira
tion put into the hearts of the people,
several short talks were made by
Rev. W. H. Richmond, Mrs. W. H.
Richmond, Mr. J. Porter, Dr. Miles,
Mr. Springer, Mrs. Breedlove, Mrs.
Marsh, Mr. Will Thompson,
! Whltlong, Mrs
ueui KiM i.ui I . i lie
exercise was enjoyed by all. Mrs.
T. fllpnvaa Mlloa nroalflAd tir rhft '
piano. Mr. Hugh Box, Mrs. Nora
Sanders of St. Louis, Mo., and Mr.
Wayman 'Box of Nashville are here
visiting , parents. . Mrs. Charity
Moore is with us again. Dr. Humble
spent a few days in Dickson. I
i ' CHURCH.
A native Japanese minister, Rev.
Matsushita, 'will occupy the pulpit at
the regular 11 o'clock, worship Sun
day morning. Japan is playing an
mpor:ant part in tha pres?.nt worlJ
condict, particularly ln the f.ir enst
For this reaion it will be .well for
the Nashvil'e public t heir a repre
sentative of that powerful !I tli na:
tion. He is to sneak on his ndtlvn
country, Japan. It is hopel that a I
large number will be present. E-.ery-J
body Welcome. ,
BIG RALLY AT
$9,000 NEEDED FOR COLORED
"Y" STRONG ADDKESSES DE
LIVERED DR. W. SAMPSON
BROOKS MOVING SPIRIT.
Baltimore, May 16, A Dig rally
in the interest oi raising line nearly
$3,(U needed to wmplete the $100,
0&t lmildiug funfl of the 'Colored Y.
C. A. -was bdftd at Ford's Theatre
last Sunfray afternoon. Strong ad
dresses arglng the projRct were de
livered '.by Judge John C Rose of the
United. States District Court; Dr.
Jesse JC MooiFand, who presided;
Eiev. Ir- Willhvm A. Creditt, of Phila
delphia; S. S. Booker, general secre
tary of the association, and Harry T.
Pratt, who pfckided. Music was tur
ilshed by tht: 368th Infantry Bund.
Nearly $1,001 was secured.
The Executive Committee of the
!Lott Cary Fi-reign Btptlst Conven
tion will holti a platform servitw at
Aharon Baptist Churct next Tuesday
veriiig. Rev. Dr. W. M. Alexander
is the entertaining pastor.
The anmu'l meeting of the Mary
land ColoreifVyeclieal Association will
'oe btld at 1 idence Hospital next
Tuesday and Wednesday. Clinics will
e cut ducted by Drs. A. M. Curtis and
Tarson, of 'Washington; Harry - M.
'Alinton, of Philadelphia, and W. J.'
Howurd, Jr., uf Camp Meade.
John H. Mjirphy, tbu veteran pub
lisher of this Afro-American, is re
covering from a five weeks illness.
Bu't'lMl A. 'M. E. Church wil hold a
JIO.Okp rally on the first Motday
night in Junt. The membership has
Veil divided into what are culled
conleiHinces and are making a big
drive for the amount needed. The
Rev. W. Sampson Brooki, the pastor,
raised $28,000 during thi- past con
siclan. When quastieiei h'i did not
hesitate in stating that ho was tiling
liiu a little business with his trip,
and while he expects to be called at
an early date, he thought it just as
essential to be prepared lor it in
enicraeiici-. He was looking over
some additional equipment with a
vii;w of making himself capable of
n'lowin-: lor his growing practice in
his ttwn. He returned by way of
Fensacola, spending several days
with his mother, returning from
thence to his field of labor.
SEAY CHAPEL M, E. CHURCH.
A great day at Seay Chapel M. E.
Church Sunday, May l&th. This is
a rally to clear the church of its
debts, if possible. The pastor, Rev.
F. N. Collier, has secured the serv
ices of the following ministers: Dr.
J. C. Sherrell of the Board of For
eign Missions of the Methodist Epis
copal Church, will preach in the
morning at li o'clock, also at 8 p. m
Dr. J. H. Smi,h, U:e p..s:or Of St..
John A, M. E. Church, will preach at
3 p. m., and the choir o: his church
will sing at this hour. The captains
are asking th3ir fi lends to come out
and help them, as they are striving to
"ake this rally a suces. Mrs. Jolly
Shelton, Captain Club Mo. 1; Mrs.
Burtha Tailey, Captain Club No. 2;
t.Vrs. llosia Vi stead, Cai:tai.i Club
No. 3: Mrs. Mary Owens, Captain
Club No. i.
Our revival will begin Sunday and
will last two weeks. Rev. A. Ran
som of Shelbyville, Tenn., will as
sii . ths castor in :hls montim All
of the Christian workers of the city
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'f lnvlteJ t0 attend 'nis great meet
The sun never shone more brightly
than last Friday morning when fif
teen little children belonging to the
kindergarten at the Bethlehem House
set put on their picnic to Hadley
Park, This rare treat was given
them by Mr. H. Boland, the father
of one of the tots, and it was diffi
cult to decide which received the
most pleasure and happiness, the
donor of the treat or the children
who made up the company o pic
nickers. . . f
The wagon to carry them to the
park was crowded with the young
sters and their chaperones, and the
large lunch box and ice cream freezer
were tucked carefully under the seat.
From ten in the ' moraine until lnfp
in the afternoon, the children played
games and frolickel'to their wt.
content, and the supply of good things
t0 eat geeme(, lilnIte(18 p,,
little bodies laid themselves wearily )
on their beds that night, . but they
had had one glorious time spent in
God's out of doors.
, Instead of having the regular an
nual exhibit of the work done during
the year, the settlement will observe
a Field Day at Greenwood Park on
Saturday, June 1st. Great plans are
being made for that day and a large
crowd is expected to attend. The
Pearl High School will be present in
a body and will have charge of the
Athletic Stunts; the Dramatic Club
of the Negro Public Library will ren
der several selections, and a con
tinuous program ' will be rendered
during the day. All amusements will
be open to the publTc at the regular
price, but there will be no admission
fee charged for entrance into the
Everybody who reads this an
nouncement is appointed a commit
tee of one to tell somebody else. Let's
make this Field Day of the Bethle
hem Houso the biggest success of the
year. The proceeds will be applied
to the Sallie Hill Sawyers Memorial
fund which is steadily growing.
The Mothers' Community Club will
be entertained by Primary, Intermed
iate and Advanced Sewing classes on
next Monday ntutit in the parlors of
the Bethlehem House at 8 o'clock.
Those children who are to be pro
moted will receive their certificates
and a splendid program is being ar
rangnfl by Miss Fairfax Butler and
her assistants. All who are inter
ested in these little folks are cordial
ly invited to bo present next Mon
day evening. .
The IJiJde Story Hour which has
been held ea-h Sunday afternoon at
the Library has been discontinued
tor the slimmer. The cooking cl.iss
aiso will close until the iirst of Sep
tember. Plans are on loot for the
summer whik which will open u ear
ly in.Jaue :at the Bethlehem House.
TENTH AVENUE BAPTIST
There was a Joint rallv at tho
Tenth Avenue Baptist Church Sun -
day, .May .12, 131S, given bv Club No
1 and CJnb Ko. 2. Rev. Whit taker,
pastor ot St. John Baptist Church,
luearhed a very forceful sermon from
2. Kings 38::!2. His subject was:
"Hear ine, O Lord, hear me." We
wish to thank uur manv friends tor
their kind assistance in helping us
to raise the sum of $57.
Rev. Hudgins preached a noble
aermon Monday night, May 13, in
the beginning of a week's financial
rnllv given for the benefit of com-
pacing the Jackson Street Baptist
Chwch. We hope to raise the sum
Tuesday night, May 14, Rev. J. C.
Harding, pastor of the Hawkins St.
Baptist Church and moderator of the
NashviHe District City " Association,
was present with us and preached a
noble 'sermon. He took for his text
Rev. Porter, pastor of the Fifteenth
Avenue Baptfst Church, will preach at
Twth Avenue Baptist Church Wed
nesday night, May 15, in the finan
THE WOMAN'S AUXILIARY.
The Auxiliary of the 15th Avenue
Baptist Church was ln their regular
meeting Monday evening, May 6,
1918 at 8 o'clock at the" residence of
Mrs. Paralee Hughes, 911 Hth Ave.,
The President, Mrs. Moore opened
the meeting with song, "Just over in
the glory land." , Prayer by Sister
Moore. Song, "Give me this old time
leligion." Scripture lesson 22nd
chapter Matthew. Minutes, quota-
nun unu uues were next in order.
Business of importance was discus
sed by the President. Bro. W. O
Moore came in late, hut we were glad
to have him with us. The Auxiliary
will celebrate its 1st anniversary on
next Sunday at 3 o'clock p. m. at
the Church. Come out and be with
us. Rev. Swift and other ministers
will be with us on Sunday, May 19th,
A very appropriate program will
be rendered, after all business, the
President closed the meeting with
song Dismissed by Bro. W. O. Moore.
Mrs. Hughes in a very pleasing
way served the guest to an ice course
She was assisted by Mrs. Julia Cheat
ham. All thanked tho hostess and
were on their way home at 10:30.
NEGRO POET AT RIVEROALE
A Herald reporter visited assenv
bly at the Colored orphanage, 251st
street, yesterday., and was delighted
with the patriotic singing and sa
lute to the Hag. Miss Alice Halpin
is the principal. During the exer
cises, Theadore Henry Shackleford, a
colored man about 30 years old,- em
ployed by Dr. Pittman at the or
phanage, read several poems he had
composed and expects to publish in
book form. Mr. Shackleford bids
fair to be a second Paul Laurence
Dunbar. His clear enunciation, with
the rich voice peculiar to the race,
add much to the force of his poems.
, Here is one of them:.
Doing Their Bit.
Gee! we orphans sure are working
.hard this winter.
But some how or other we don't
" . seem to care,' i
'Cause you see we're nyikln' things
to eive the Red Cross,
to help the wounded soldiers "over
Some folks seem to think that just
'cause we are orphans,
That in life's, big doin's we don't
have a Phare; ,
I wish that they cauld see us knit
To help the wounded soldiers "over
That's not all' we try to do to help
For besides the little things that
they can wear,
We make bandages and funny things
EXECUTIVE BOARD WILL MEET
AT ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA
OFFICERS AND CORRESPOND
ING SECRETARIES TO BE
VIcksburg, Miss. Owing to many
persistent rumors relative to the
change of the meeting place of the
Executive Committee, President E.
P. Jones, of the National Baptist Con?
ventlon, was called on today and re-'1
newed or re-alflrmed his first call,
wherein he asked the Executive Com
mittee of his convention to meet in
Alexandria, La., at noon Wednesday,
June 12lh, at which time the Sunday
School Congress will be in session.
"I have' always endeavored to
carry out the wishes of the conven
tion," declared President Jones, "but
after the Memphis Conference the
impression got out that the Execu
tive Committee should be called at
some other time, so I tcok it up with
the members of tho Committee. As
a result I was deluged with requests
to allow the tir.u call to remain, and,
according to th ; requests of the'
brethren, the meeting will remain fcf.
President Jones seems much en- -rouraged
over the outlook of a gve:it
gathering both at Alexandria, T.. .
and a;. Little Rock, Ark., next Sep
tember. The -dli is a.; f.illows:
"TO THE .VKMiiKUK OF THE HX
KCUT1VE BOARD OF TIMS NAT'ON-
j AL BAlM'ISi' CONVENTION:
'This is to certify that on WedneS
j day, June 1-th, at. 12 in., at Alex-
andria, Ln., the Lxocutivc lio.trd of
the National Baptist Convention will
I convenu with the Union Baptist
I Church, pastured by lie v. G. W. Da
vis. It is pleasing to announce that
our Sunday School Congress will be
In session at the same time, and the
! nion;b?rs of the Committee will be
cordially and heartily welcomed to
attend tho session. I arm stly insist
that this meeting, of the Congress
engage the attention of our entire'
ministry to the end that the twenty '
thousand Sunday schools of tlr
count) y, may be represented. InspK
ration and vision must follow where
perfect preparation has been made to
uplift and enlighten. The session of
the Executive Board, aside from ar
ranging a program for the conven
tion which convenes at Little Rock,
Ark., Sept. 4, 191 S, must consider
vital questions now discussed
throughout the country.
"This i Board is composed of the
officers and corresponding secreta
ries as Well as the vice presidents ot
the National "Convention, and each
member is urged to be present, ln
the midst of the darkened hours of
the most : cruel war known to his
tory, President Wilson requested that
all assemble at their varhbus
churches on May 30th, and there seek
assistance through prayer for Divine
guidance, that righteousness and
liberty may prevail, and I heartily en
dorse and urge our pastprs to see
that this order is obeyed, and at the
same time, remember that an 'Abid
ing Peace' is to be coveted ln our own
ranks, and that God's assistance
must be Implored.
"Assuring you of our earnest hope
to meet you at Alexandria, 1 am,
"Yours to serve.
"E. l'. JONES, President,
C. P. MADISON, Secretary."
Sunday April 2Sth was a 'sad day
for us when the 24 colored drafted
boys met at the exemption office to
register after which they all went to
the County House where they were
entertained by Dr1, Patton. Edgor
Evans Judge Drake, Prof. Woods,
Pror.. Edmondson, Rev. Luke Patter
son and S. M. Patter and Rev. New
of Cookville. The ladies had pre
pared lunch for the boys and their
wives Sisters and other relatives, all
seemed in high spirit and enjoyed their
lunch much. At the close all the
boys were presented with abath
towel and a cake of soap, and on
Monday, April 29th, all reported at
the P. O. Where wives, sweet-hearts
mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and
friends met to bid them goodbye and
God's speed. We wish for our boys
a great success. We hope the war
will soon be over and back home to us
our boys wil come.
Miss Eliza IThompson entertained
with an automobile rlV in honor of
Mrs. Julia Bramlett's friend, Mrs.
Margaret Ogleton Gaines, of Chicago,
111. Those present were Mrs. Mar
garet Ogleton Gaines, Mrs. W. H.
Gantt, Mrs. Allen Berry, Mrs. Julia
Bramlett, Misses Edmondson and
Eliza Thompson. These ladies enjoy
ed a couple of hours sight seeing,
which was very much enjoyed.
To help the wounded soldiers "over
'Cause it ain't no fun when you are
shot an' crippled.
An' besides we wouldn't think that
it was fair
If we didn't try to ease their pains
An' help the wounded soldiers "over
An' we've got the nicest teacher in
She is always gentle too. an' on the
' square. . .
'Specially when we're nvtl.ln' things
to give the Red CrosJ
To helo the wounded soldiers "over
, there." 1 ,
But we're prayin that the time will
soon be comin'
When there'll be no cannon's roar,
nor bugle's flare,
When there'll be no need tor all
these things we're makln' '
When there'll, be no wounded sol
. diers "over there."
Yonkers. .Herald. ,"