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VOLUME VI. NUMBER 42. - KANSAS CITY, MISSOUJlI, SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 19U. PRICE, 5c.
Negro Musicians Should Play at the Commencement or Close Hp Lincoln "High"
PROF. WM. H. DAWLEY,
who Is being prominently mentioned for Royal Grant! Patron of the Grand
Chapter Order of Eastern Star.
TRADE WINNING CAMPAIGN.
GOOD MEETING AT THE METRO
POLITAN BAPTIST CHURCH.
Hon. Wm. B. Bruce, Hon. C. A. Frank
lin . and the Secretary Speak
Many Additions to the League.
Kansas City", Kans., Is responding
grandly to our plea for a united peo
ple. Day after day we are given
stronger reasons, better results and
better prospects for success. As a
leader, a steam laundry-and sorao oth
er project may be encountored by the
.good people some time In the near
future. Tangible things are very-evident
at this time and we entertain
the very best hopes for the future.
Show your colors, stand erect. If you
wish to aid, get off the fence. Join
the League. You are either for the
race or against It. Rise above self,
shun disloyalty and be not among
,,traltora. fVo propose here 'after to
-acquaint ,our ' people with- the facts
and if you' are helping to hinder Ne
gro uplift, Negro unity and organiza
tion among us, you may feel your
own medicine. If you are so big you
need no part in an organlpatlon de
signed for the good of the race: you
may remain apart. But the race may
decide to stand apart from you. f
you can exist without the Negro, he
can live without you. The racu '.s
greater than any man or set of men.
Take a stand. Let the people know
"that stand" by joining the League
The League Is known and hon
ored from sea to sea. Get busy.
Away with excuses. Do not make
excuses. Slake good, Do your duty
and the Afro-American people shall
proVe their moral, mental, civic, in
dustrial, commercial and religious
worth to the civilized world. Chas.
Slaughter, Rev. C. J. Ferguson, Prof.
Woody E. Jacobs, Winston . Holmes,
S. Matthews, Bob Robinson, Lena B.
Downs, Rev. Preston Kyles, W. C.
Carroll, J. L. Williams, H. J.. Splg.
ener, Nellie Falls, Jno. Frazler, Flora
Johnson, J..G. Ashcraft, Harry E. Tas
well, C,. A. Young, C. E. Taylor and
C. J. "West Joined the League. Mr.
Wm. Johnson and Mr. G. M King
raised the collection for the church
after the speaking Sunday the final
meeting for this campaign will be
held. Every member should turn out
The meeting will be held at the A. M.
E. Church located at the corner of
8th and Nebraska, Kansas City, Kan.,
Rev. J. R. Ransom, Pastor. Speakers,
Hon. W. C. Hueston, Hon. E. A.
Shackleford, Prof J. P. King and Dr.
J. Edgar Dibble, Master of Ceremo
nies. Everywhere the people were
aroused. Negro business is picking
up. Open one shoo store, one gro
cery and one restaurant in a locality.
Series of the same business In the
.same locality is unethical In appear
ance, unwise and more destructive
than otherwise. Let a hint BUfflce.
The fourth1 Tuesday of June, at 1803
East 18th street, Kansas City, Mo.,
the Negro Business League will select
delegates to the National League con
vention which is to be held in Mus
kogee, Okla., during the month of
August. Let every member be arous
ed. St. Joe, Topeka, Leavenworth,
Atchison and nearby towns should
charter a coach and go down in class,
properly designed and perfected in
notion, befitting the glory of our mem
bers, whoso works are speaking like
peals of thunder. "A man is a man."
mus shall we do our duty. No man
can do more. No man should do less.
Hon. C. A. Franklin, the printer,
the secretary nnd volunteers will lmirt
after meetings for churches yet to
Yours for iNegro enterprise,
B. A. ROBINSON,
; UIVE ON A BOULEVARD.
Beautiful lots south of 27th street
Parkway on Vino, overlooking Troost
Park. lake. Most exclusive colored
residence property In city. Equals
Country Club lots bringing $100 foot.
No other colored property compares
with U. Will sell on terms nt bar
gain, but only to high class people, as
it will be the aristocratic colored
neighborhood and grov more valuable.
Ask Douglass, 217 Glendale Building,
Phone Main 580.
VINE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH.
Morning and evening services were
well attended. There were three ad
ditions to the Church. The Industrial
Association of Benevolence meetR
every Tuesday evening in the Vine
Street Hall at 8 o'clock. This asso
ciation is working hard for the uplift
of the race. We hope them success-
The oHlcers are: Wm. Reynolds,
Pres.; Chas. Saunders, Secy; A. T.
Thomas,' Treas.; H. B. Terrell, Gen.
Mgr. Come and see what these gen
tlemen are- doing. Mrs. P. L. Black
well entertained Saturday In "honor
of her daughter. Miss Wertle Black
well, "who was reared In our Sunday
School. She also spent four years at
the Howard University at Washing
ton, D. C, receiving the B. A. degree.
The guests of honor were: Miss Fred
die Chase, Miss Beatrice Burson of
Dallas, Tex.; Miss Beatrice Hardle
of Denver, Colo. If the race had more
such women the dawn of success
would break upon our horizon. We
hope her "a bright and prosperous fit'
PROF. T.W.. H. WILLIAMS,
Principal of Bruce School and one
of our leading educators.
Mr. S. Wallace McDonald, Mrs. Will
iam Maxwejl and Mrs. Junius Grant
were hostesses at a formal whist
party Thursday, June 4, at the Stu
dio. The veranda from which the
punch was served was lighted with
Japanese lanterns. The card rooms
were decorated with garlands of pink
roses. After .the games an elaborate
luncheon was served and the color
scheme of pink and green was beau
tlfully carried out. The prizes were
won by the 'following ladles: First
prize, Mrs. Mosely, hand-painted
plate; second prize, Mrs. Finley, half
dozen punch cups; booby prize, Miss
Louanna Golf, barometer.
MOON'S PRODUCE MARKET.
I am. fully prepaered to bring the
producer and consumer face to face.
We have fixed our prices so each and
every person, rich or poor, can buy.
We ship our goods from our own
farm direct to our store. We serve
the same fresh goods at our restau
rant at 1223 Baltimore. Remember
the place, 1335 East 18th street.
W. C. MOON, Prop,
NO MIDDLE MAN'S PROFIT.
If you have not time to bring your
printing to my office phone me and I
will send after it. I use no solicitors
Tho cost he would foe I give to you
directly in material and good service.
Persons have complained recently that
some one is soliciting, printing in our
name which is a false representation
C. A. Franklin, the printer, 1409
Main Street. Bell Phone, Grand 2938
The District Conference and Sunday
School Convention of the North Mis
souri District A. M. E. Church, will be
hold June 16-19 inclusive. Rev, P. C,
Crews, Is Presiding Elder of this Dis
trlct, There will be a large represeii'
tatlon and excellent programs ren
derod each day.
Subscribe for the SUN
Bell Phone East 999 '
1803 East J 8th Street
Only $525.00 more Is needed to re
ceive Mr. Rosenwald's check for
A young man that recently married
had subscribed and paid $10 to the
building fund, in consideration for
what the Y. M. C. A. had meant to
him his bride insisted that he increase
the amount to $20. This ho promptly
did. We sincerely wish for more such
In the study of the vocations of the
subscribers to the building fund many
interesting facts aro found, viz.: 95
employes of the Kansas City Board ol
Education subscribed $2,095, an aver
age of $22.58 per person. Of this on
tire amount $1,954.50, or 93.3 per cent
has been paid. In five of the schools
the percentage of payment is 100 per
cent. By the close of school every
school is expected to reach the 100
''Twentieth Century Demands of the
Ordinary Man." This is thq extraor
dinary topic to bo discussed in a ser
ies of three addresses for the next
three Sundays by Dr. C. B. Miller, of
the Central Baptist Church, for the
Paseo Y. M. C. A. "The Man 'Him
self," Sunday, June 14; "Intellectual
and Religious Life, Juno 21; "Civic
nnd Social Life," June 28. Meetings
will be held in the C. M. E. Church,
1830 Paseo, across the street from the
building site. Dr. Miller Is a most
forceful and eloquent speaker. These
addresses are in great demand at com
mencement exercises. All men are
cordially invited to hear this series of
talks. The time is 3:30 p. m.
Prof. D. Archer Gregg of Western
University and a- former president of
the Kansas University Y. W. C. A.,
will address tho Vesper meeting at
the Y. W. C. A., Fifth and State on
Sunday, Juno 14. Miss Viola May
Jackson will render a solo. The ser
vice will be from 3 to 4 o'clock. All
women and girls are invited.
Miss Mildred C. Mitchell, general
secretary of the Central Y. V. C. A,
delivered an interesting an instruc-
tlve'address to a splendid gathering of
young women jast Sunday. AH of
our girls would have been helped
could they have heard this address.
Mrs. Lucinda Day probably better
known as the Mother of the Paseo Y.
M. C. A., has recently been elected to
membership in our Association and we
are just so glad to have Her. Any wo
man can join the Association on the
payment of $1.00., The girls pay fifty
The June meeting ofthe Board of
Management of the Yates Branch Y.
W. C. A. was held on Friday last week.
Mrs. F. K. Douglass presided. The re-
ports showed 150 paid up members
and a total enrollment of 328 They
also showed that tho rest room and
other advantages of the Association
were more in demand during the
month of May than in any previous
The General Secretary was called
over the phone last Wednesday to an
swer the following: "How is the Y. W.
C. A.?" Alright. "I suppose I am not
a member now?" Oh, yes, said the
Secretary; we count you as a member
and awaltyour renewal. Several
times our members have shown that
they misunderstand the renewal cards
which are but a, gentle reminder that
we are not willing to lose one member.
Aany member can com eto the office
or send a check for $1.00 to the Yates
Branch Y. W. C. A., Fifth and States
avenue, Kansas City, Kas., and Sec
retary will mail your, membership
card,' which servos as a receipt and
an admittance to any Y. W. C. A. in
any city in the world.
MEETING AT GARRISON SQUARE.
The federation of Colored Charl
ties met at the "Garrison Square" and
took advantage of the splendid com.
mittee rooms provided for such pur
poses in the largo building which
graces the playground for Negro chil
dren. This in itself is an Initial step
and it is hoped that our people will
take advantage of these public utili
ties. , The work of tho above named
committee was fruitful inasmuch as
a practical plan was Instituted to
bring home to the Negro his duty to
his own charitable institution. Blanks
are being Issued to those willing to
aid-those such as; the Child Protec
tive League Domestic Training
,School Old Folks and Oruhan's Home
St. Simon's ..ursery House South
Side Day Nursery Wheatley Provi
dent Hospital Association and Work
ing Girls' Home. The beautiful part
of the, whole thing Is that the broad-
guaged white people of this city have
agreed to give two dollars for every
one dollar the colored people raise for
the maintatnence of these charities,
O. J. JIM, President; II, O. Cook,
Vice President; D, A. Donald, Treas
urer; Fidelity Trust Co., Mrs. L. V.
DeFrnntz, Secretary Board of Public
Welfare, f STARKS.
In the next issue of the Sun the
names of all business, professional
men and school teachers will be
published who contributed to the
Ebenezer Church Rally.
CHURCH REFORM THE ORDER OF
Our Institutions Too Indifferent
Should Seek Quality of Membership
and Not Quantity.
By CHAS. A. STARKS.
In the following article the writer
seeks to give light rather than cen
sure, and though he makes no war
on men or Institutions, he Is uncom
promising In dealing with false and
corrupt practices, believing that
Truth and Fact when rightly assert
ed get better. results than any of the
The Church has played no small
part In the affairs of mankind and Its
history dates back in the centuries
gone. Its progress has been slow,
and at times very painful, supersti
tion has ever hampered it, so that Its
movements have' been so retarded
that the day has been pushed back
when Its adherents must wake to a
clearer understanding of life, and
thus partake of the "glorious liberty
of tho children of God."
It was said over a century ago by
pno who hnew Itiat: Time brings
more converts than reason," but In
our own time, It has been more un
derstandlngly said that: '!Tho time
for thinkers has come," the same
voice proclaiming that "Truth Inde
pendent of doctrines and time hon
ored systems knocks at the portal
of humanity," seeking "to make plain
to benighted un lerstandlng the way
of salvation." We believe that this
day Is upon us and now is the ac
cepted time. ;
The thoughtful will read the fal
lowing serious reflections and will
weigh and conilder. The heedless
will qo onrf'anrt$contInuo to walk In
the beaten paths; have no glory but
that of unprogressive custom Jill time
small bring them at the throne of
Truth where sooner or later "all
must plant, themselves."
CHURCH , MEMBERSHIP.
One of the thlng3 that Is being
much, discussed .is: the decline of
membership in Churches. True
enough .they all boast of Increases,
but an attendance at any of these
will discover a lack of verification
when one sees the meager audiences
that greet the Minister. This is aver
agely so, which leads us to conclude
that large memberships chiefly con
sist In so much ink used In writing
down names. Also that there is
something fundamentally wrong some
where. May it not be In our lack of
power to demonstrate the spiritual
over the material or the unwilling
ness of the Churches to Insist on a
higher standard of life? An examina
tion of their mode of securing mem
bers will perhaps reveal one of the
Church's "errors" in trying to gain
qualified Christians to its ranks.
First a frenzy Is worked up In the
emotions, then Gospel of intimidation,
then the invitation which nets gen
erally two or three "converts." Then
all are asked to stand, those who are
members of the Church are command
ed to sit down and the sinners and
non-members are requested to remain
standing, this makes them the direct
object of persuasion, remonstrance
and coercion. Willing to please and
be led they go up without any pre
vious thought of the step, (often) and
not of their OWN VOLITION. Their
names are taken with dispatch and
short mumblings of "an experience"
and the thing is over with. This may
be diplomatic, but it is not Christ
like; It may be effective but It has
no permanency. This is shown In the
lack of understanding on the part of
the "enlister," his subsequent Indif
ference to his church, and his general
unfrultfulness. Why not make tho
Church so beautiful in love. So far
reaching in spiritual good that men
wlll be attracted unto it by virtue
of their neen and the ability of the
Church to supply it. This is best
brought about by seeking in mem
bership, ' (
QUALITY AND NOT QUANTITY.
The Negro's tenacity in holding on
to outgrown beliefs is at once admir
able and reprehensible; admirable, be
cause there is a fine grain of loyalty
In lria make up and to b'is teachings.
Reprehensible, because of his unwill
ingness to advance when reason leads
the way. This is none the less true
of all races. Reason shows that qual
ity counts in membership more so
than quantity. One hundred loyal
Christians seeking that mind which
was also in Christ" can do more good
than one thousand indifferent time
serving and "figure-head members."
And by a spiritual understanding
a high moral standard and a well or
dered business method of self taxa
tion in financing, the hundred can
spiritualize tho community raise the
morality of Its people and promote
the material welfare of the Church,
and they won't have to heg to do It.
how can these kind or members be
secured.? My answer is; By Insist
ing on certain reasonable qualifica
tions and these should be Intelligent
and moral to the iextent that an ap
pllcant would know Just what was ex
pected of him or b,er. This idea can
not' be emphasized In our present
mode of securing members as wo
have already shown., Tho first step
should be taken by tho "would be"
member himself. Common sense
should govern tho "?ommltte" who
nets upon tho case nnd they should
Beek to "Judge Righteously," accord
ing to their understanding, then it the
applicant's efforts "proved of men"
they would pass away, but if of God,
they would stand.
. It eloquence and the power of
speech could make a Church mighty
for good, then our Churches' would be
the most advanced In the world. The
Negro's native genius would allow
this. But such is not the case. Love,
Harmony and Understanding these
are the elements that worketh good.
The Negro preacher in his own pe
culiar way has no superior in oratory.
Elucidation of text and apt illustra
tion. This is locally true. Whether
It be a highly temperamental Keal
Ing or a deep resourceful Bacotc.
Whether it be a concise arid a per
fect illustrating Thomas or a power
ful and soaring Bowren. The stabil
ity of tho Church by no means lies
solely In the direction of any type
of orator or preacher but In an In
telligent laity and as he we have al
ready sajd: Love, harmony and un
derstanding. One of the last com
mands the Master left His Disciples
was "Love ye one another." He knew
the importance of this In promoting
God's noblest idea. In music, har
mony is the perfect blending of
sounds. One discord disturbs Is per
fection. So In Church unity, one bad
element has a contrary effect and
breaks the religious and social har
mony of Its life, lfowever, we Should
learn by understanding to link the
broken chains of our Church system
with Truth's indissoluble welding.
We have shown how the preacher has
advanced In the elucidation of his
text. We might add that the Church
has made wonderful and solid strides
in sacred music, but In Church Unity
the ono thing that best expresses
love, our showing has been poor. Un
derstanding Is the quality to recog
nize the ever presence of Divine love,
could every Christian realize this
Truth and act accordingly. In har
mony, discord, and all disturbing ele
ments would he banished, there would
bo no desire to practice "unchristian
comment" talk about one's neighbors
and doing evil. The consciousness of
God excludes all but harmony.
SOME DOCTRINAL HINTS.
If we may even appear to criticize
Church doctrine it would be along the
line of accepted customs. First, we
are not practical enough in our re
ligion, the writer believes in enthu
siasm but that enthusiasm should be
in doing, good and not in mere sing
ing and shouting. Talk to the aver
age church member about 'being good
(demonstrating It) and he will tell
you "I don't care how good you are,
If you haven't got faith you ain't noth
ing." We ask when was there ever a
good thought or a good act that God
did not inspire It? Speaking of man
it is said: (in Job) "the Inspiration of
the Almighty glveth him understand
ing." It seems here that It Is good
that Inspires faith. This much. Good.
Whether we have faith or not does
not alter this truth. To seek to dem
onstrate good is the duty of man.
The very fact that evil Good's "sup
positional opposite is so apparent
teaches us that we are not In danger
of being too good. As an excuse for
not being moral many say: "We are
saved by faith, as an apology for not
being intelligent and knowing some
thing about their God they say "His
ways are unsearchable." Ignoring the
fact that ''God Is all" "and whom to
know aright is life eternal."
REV. E. S. WILLETT,
Rector of St. Augustine P. E. Church,
who will coon have a new $25,000
edifice at 26th and Woodland;
CARD OF THANKS.
On behalf of the many members of
our family, we desire to extend our
sincere ' thanks to the many, friends
and neighbors who so kindly and un
selfishly aided during the long Illness
and death of our beloved one, Mrs.
Amy Green; and for them shall ever
pi'ay. We aro also deeply gratified
to the Negro Business League of Kan
sas City; Lone Star Chapter of Kan
sas City; the famous Weaver Floral
Co. of Kansas City; Mesdaraes Hick-
lln and Hughes of St. Joseph; Golden
Rule Lodge No. 77, A. F. & A. M
Chllllcothe; Mrs. Llna Branham of
Des Moines; Mrs. Ida Johnson and
Mrs. Ella Gross of St. Louis and sev
eral Chlllcotheans whose names were
not attached for their lavish and beau
tlful floral' offering. Also all the mln
isters -who assisted In the services
and all others for the uniform kind'
MARY SCHUMACHE, paughter.
REDDICK GREEN, HiJBband.
NELSON C. CREWS. .Brother.
F. J. WEAVER, '
Kansas City's foremost Negro buslne ss man, who underwent a painful and
'difficult surgical op eratlon this week.
Mr3. Amy Penniston Green is dead.
To thousands of our readers the state
ment means nothing except that an
other soul has passed into eternity,
but to her relatives and hundreds of
her friends who knew her saintly life,
her self sacrifices, her devotion to the
poor, the sick and the needy, it means
that one of the ibest and dearest
souls in the world has entered into
a well earnest rest. She was our eld
est sister, "2 years of age, fifty years
of which was given to the service of
God and suffering humanity. Like a
ministering angel she was ever near
when sorrow came into our homes
and always brought words of encour
agement and good cheer. Mrs. Green
lived in Ottumwa, Iowa, but satisfied
within herself this was to be her last
Illness she asked her husband to take
her to Chllllcothe, Mo., her girlhood
home and in the plain little four-room
home where her father and mother
died many years ago, surrounded by
husband, son, brothers, sister, grand
children and that faithful and devoted
daughter, Mrs. Mary Shumache, who
left her home In Troy, Kansas, and
for ten weeks without intermission
kept vigil at the bedside of her moth
er, she peacefully closed her eyes at
3:00 o'clock Tuesday morning and
went home to God. She leaves to
mourn her loss a daughter, Mrs. Shu
mache of Troy, Kansas; a son, John
Penniston of Omaha, Nebr.; a hus
band, Reddlck Green; two grand
daughters, Mrs. Lillian Webster, of
St., Joseph, Mo., and Mrs. Nell How
ard of Troy, Kansas; three great
grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Anna
Saunders of Chllllcothe, Mo., and Mrs.
Nancy Murray of Des Moines, la., and
five brothers, Rev. Chas. Crews of
Chllllcothe; Rev. P. C. Crews, Pre
siding Elder, Columbia, Mo.; Smith
Crews of St. Joseph, Mo., and Jas. H.
and Nelson C. Crews of Kansas City
and many nieces and nephews. Her
funeral was held from the simple lit
tle A. M. E. Church In Chllllcothe
where she joined nearly fifty years
ago and was conducted by Rev. M. S.
Bryant, P. E. St. Joseph District, as
sisted by Rev. Oaks, Talley and Long
don and amidst the glint of the set
ting sun in the quiet little graveyard
owned by our people she was burled
by the side of her mother and father
our mother and father whom we
shall join In "just a little while."
And amidst It all there comes to
our mind our sainted mother's song.
"Bye and Bye, when the morning
comes, all the saints of God are gath
ering home, we will tell the story
how we overcome, for we'll under
stand it better bye and (bye."
NELSON C. CREWS.
' GUESS WHO?
Guess who did the printing for Lin
coln High School, Lincoln Ward
School, Wendell Phillips School, At-
tucks School, Douglass School, Sum
ner School, Penn School. The one
giving correct answers will receive
10 per cent discount on all printing
matter at the Harris Printing Co,, 1515
East 18th street. Bell 'phono. East
At the annual election of officer
this month, John Turner Lodge went
on record, as strongly favoring a more
progressive course of action on part
of the Building Association. This
lodge instructed its members of tho
association to use all means possible
looking toward larger and more con
venient facilities not only for the meet
ings of the craft, but for the use o
Several plans were suggested by
members of the lodge and by tho
Grand Master who was present at tho
meetinpj It now looks like a new
Masonic Temple is a near probability
and other lodges should follow up tho
Idea with their approval.
The suggestion of Grand Master
Crews that the Masons of today
should not only plan for the Masons
of tomorrow but should also enjoy
the comforts which shall be handed
down along with some of the respon
sibilities Is tho most practical busi
ness sense and need3 no strengthen
Let us have a new 'building. Let
us pay our partupon it and hand it
on to our successors to complete as
wellas to enjoy.
MR. W. C. MOON,
who has opened an up-to-date "from
the farm to the consumer" market
at 1335 E. 18th street.
Miss Roxle Murphy was overcome
by the heat Wednesday morning
while at work in the Fern Laundry.
She 13 at homo, 3900 Lloyd avenue.
....Miss Ida Craig, 121 Westport
avenue, has returned from a very
pleasant stay with Miss Hazel Lacey
in Topeka, Kansas.... The play givem
by members and friends of the St.
Paul A. M. E. Zlon Church Friday
evening was very good owing to tho
efforts of Mrs. Brazzie Strickland and.
Mrs. Adolph Washington. Mrs. Strick
land was Captain of Club No. 1 and,
succeeded In raising $44.15 for tho
Conference Claims.... Re v. D. Nor
fteet will preach at both services oC
the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.
Sunday, June 14. Rev. Norfleet Is a
splendid speaker. Everyone come and
hear him.... Mrs. Nellie Davis Is til
at her residence, 41st and Lafayetto
Why Ho Remembered. '
"I don't believe any man remembers
the first dollar he ever earned, though,
a great many claim that they do." "I
do." "Now, what was there about It
that fixed it so firmly In your nea.
cry?" "Because all I got was
nickel." Houston Post
No Vacuums !n the Household.
"I would like to show jou our new,
vacuum cleaner," began the bsbM
when the door opened. "We ain't go
no vacuums to clean," snapped th
hard-faced woman as she slammed thv