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VOLUME YI1. NUMBER 10.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1911.
NOT ASK THE GOVERNOR
THE NEGRO AND THE WEST
An Entertaining Account of the Recent Trip of the
Grand Master and Other Masonic
NOTABLE7 PERSONS AND CITIES VISITED ON THE TOUR
By DR. M. O, RICKETTS, ST. JOSEPH, MO.
Past Grand Master of Masons.
On September 24 I received a let
ter from Most Worshipful Grand Mas
ter Nelson C. Crews Informing me
that he was malting up a party for
the purpose of going to Douglas, Ariz.,
to do some Masonic work and ask
ing me to make one of said party. Ho
Informed me that the party would
leave Kansas City Wednesday, Sep
tember 30. I answered at once, ac
cepting the splendid offer of the trip
and assured him that I would report
In time for tho start. On the date
fixed George W, K. Love, E. S. Ba
ker and myself, with the Grand Mas
ter, boarded the Rock Island Golden
Gate Special and pulled out of the
Union depot at 10:15 p. m. for Doug
las, Ariz. Wo had gone but a short
distance when Grand Master said to
me that the trip might develop Into
one which might interest the read
ers of his paper and requested that
I become tho historian of the party.
One gets a line line upon the charac
teristics of his fellows by contact,
and as the individual units of this
' party had only studied each other at
a distance, each expected a closer ac
quaintance from the more intimate
contact which this trip would in a
large measure supply. Love and Ba
ker retired before we reached Tope
ka, while the Grand'Master gave evi
dence of the first of his peculiarities
which wa wero to meet an Insatiable
appetite for pie, anl he remained up
until he was able to secure a generous
peach pie, which ho and I ate. The
fact that wo disposed of this pie with
out calling In the other members of
the party must not be looked upon as
an act of selfishness, for lust the con
trary Is true. Our two friends were
so sweetly locked In the arms of Mor
pheus that It would have been a shame
to have disturbed the sweetness of
their dream. We desire to say right
hero to save repetition that the Grand
Master never missed an opportunity
to purchase a pie and no matter how
. depleted our commissary department
became wo could always count upon
finding therein a pie. Nothing worthy
of mention transpired until we reached
Pratt, Kas., tho breakfast station,
where we experienced some difficul
ty in securing coffee to go with the
splendid lunch with which tho lore
thought of Mrs. Love had provided
us. This difficulty provoked the
Grand Master into telling a car load
of white men his opinion of a damn
able caste prejudice which would deny
human beings the right to eat purely
on the account of the color of their
skins and the texture of their hair.
We have never listened to a more
scathing rebuke, and his truths were
poured forth with such eloquence that
several very prosperous whlto men
were moved to the extent of so In
teresting themselves that we got all
the coffee we wanted. We arrived at
v Liberal, Ka., at 12:62, where we se-
cured a fine dinner and we had tho
"Satisfaction of leaving tho state that
was. born amid the struggle and an
guish which brought us liberty on
full stomachs, for'one needs just that
sort of satisfaction when he Is going
in travel in Oklahoma. To maka our
history complete wo must record tho
fact that the Grand Master bought his
usual pio before leaving Liberal and
we had his assuranco that It looked
good and from tho seeming pleasure
lie derived from eating It, wo must an
mlt that it seemingly, came up to his
expectations. When" wo reached tho
Oklahoma lino we expected to see a
general exodus from tho coach in
which we were sitting, but we saw
nothing of the kind, and so far as we
were concerned we could see no dlf.
ference between riding in that state
and in riding through Missouri. From
Pratt, Kas., far into Oklahoma we did
not Bee a single colored person. Just
before leaving Oklahoma for Texas
a Mr. Seymour, an old friend of Mr.
Crews, and an employe of the dining
car service, came through tno train
and invited us to be his guests at
supper. It is needless to say the
party had no desire to offend, and of
course accepted the Invitation. We
, found no attention paid to the sepa
rate car law in Texas, and we were
unmolested the two hours we were in
that state. This may have been due
to the dignified appearance of tho dis
tinguished Baker of our party. Wo
arrived at tho historic old city of El
Paso about 8o'clocTc Friday morning,
tired, and as usual, hungry. After a
good breakfast, of ham, eggs and cof
fee wo started out to seo tho sights.
Wo went across what some people
v are pleased to call the Rio Grande
ilver into Juarez, Mexico. On every
the Far West.
hand we saw evidences of war. Tho
expression on the faces of tho citi
zens of this strife torn country was
one of Inexpressible sadness, and
when we saw mere children in uni
form and doing" pickt duty, and we
saw the women in mourning and the
great gashes which had been torn
Into many of the buildings by the
shells of contending forces, we had
no great difficulty in accepting Sher
man's estimate of war. The people
showed every evidence of poverty,
and many of them looked as though
they had never used water for any
other purpose than for drinking, If
at all. The country Is tax ridden to
such an extent that It costs 4 cents
to mall a postal card. We went to
the Juarez postofflce to secure stamps
with which to mall our cards. Hav
ing completed our purchase and
mailed our cards, we were making
for the door when I heard Baker mut
tering to himself: "Wo don't have
anything like this in the postofflce
department of tho United States, and
I am surely glad that there is noth
ing like that out at Station B."
I said: "What are you talking
And he said: "Did you not see it?"
"See what?" I asked.
"That stamp clerk," he replied,
"God might have made something
moro beautiful und more charming
than that had he wanted to do so, but
I am sure ho never wanted to."
Just think of that, and he a mar
ried man, too. The Grand Master
had seen the vision and was letting
drbp this observation:
"Enough to make a fat man walk
ten miles In dog days and crawl
through a barbed wire fence Just to
look at such loelIness."
George had not finished his work
on the Inside, for he had suddenly
decided to write all his cards before
leaving. I was thinking that the man
who would not sit up and take note
In -such a presence had a bad case
of leucocythaemla of tho polymor
phonuclear type. When wo finally
persuaded George to come with us
wo had to run to catch the car, and
I am unable to give the benefit of
his valuable opinion on the subject.
'They have adopted so many expe
dients for a medium of exchange that
one can not tell whether his money
will remain good over night. One
of the" peculiar customs of the coun
try Is for the women to go barehead
ed, and It was tho rule for them to
wear black. Every woman carried
about her shoulder or over her head
a thin veil. AVo saw some evidences
of jlmcrow cars in the street railway
service In El Paso. Colored people
are required to sit In the rear end
of the cars', and as humiliating as
all this is, it has just one redeeming
feature they make the other fellow
move and give you a seat. El Paso
Is to all Intents and purposes a Mexi
can city. Tho population is largely
Mexican, and all the public work and
much of tho private work Is being
done by them. There you will find
four negro churches, all sorts of se
cret societies. While the Mexicans
furnish as great a variety of color
as do tho negro race, they are per
mitted to attend the public 'schools,
while separate schools are main
tained - for colored children and for
their education six negro teachers are
provided. We find no negro business
enterprise to speak of. They have
barber shops, restaurants and clubs.
Tho competition with the labor of the
Mexican peons Is hard and from the
negro's viewpoint the outlook Is any
thing .but cheering. One of our great
troubles Is a lack of the pioneer spirit
among the 'better class of negroes.
Tho class which believes in clubs
Is usually the first to get to a place,
and when tho other class gets there'
It is to find themselves measured by
the class which will not work, and
Is on this account looked upon as un
desirable. At 2 o'clock Friday, afternoon we
boarded tho train for a run of 217
miles, which separated us from Doug
las, Ariz., our objective point. Wo
arrived at 8 p. m. amid a downpour
of rain. We wero met at the station
by ten men from tho Ninth cavalry,
and all these men wero non-commissioned
officers except Chaplain Pre
liou. We were placed in automobiles
and hurried to tho splendid homo of
Captain Woatherly, w'here we found
a good supper awaiting our arrival.
Tho wlfo of Captain Weatherly proved
to be a most charming hostess and
soon made us feel at homo. Mrs.
Weatherly was exceedingly entertain-
lng and delighted uo with accounts
of the experiences of a soldier's wife.
Sho had traveled very extensively,
having made two trips abroad. They
own their homo in Douglas and to
our surprise It was modern. To her
many other accomplishments Mrs.
Weatherly has added that of being a
first class cook, and the way sho, In
the language of our friend Baker,
"brought down tho corn cakes" was
a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
Douglas was a surprise to all of us.
Wo wero oxpectlng to seo a llttlo vil
lage, such as is characteristic of fron
tier settlements, and we wero credu
lous enough to believe Loxe when he
told us that In all probability wo
would have to sleep In tents, and you
can Imagine our surprise when wo
saw a modern city of 15,000 Inhabi
tants, with electric light service and
street cars. The principal Interests
aro mining, and It must bo a great
mining country, for here are located
the most important smelters In the
whqle Southwest. Here as In El Paso
most of the work Is being done by
Mexicans, yet there Is a demand for
first class colored people who know
how to work and who are willing.
Women who work by the day receive
?2 per day, and those who work out
at service recelvo from $23 to $40
per month. We were made to won
der why It Is with such excellent op
portunities awaiting them so many of
our people persist In leading precar
ious existences in the cities where
tho competition Is acute and where
the wage Is Inadequlte to permit of
saving anything for the proverbial
rainy day which Is sure to come.
There are three colored churches In
In Douglas and a separate school Is
maintained for colored children. We
came near to forgetting to state that
men who work' by tho day receive
from $2.50 to $3, Douglas Is right
tan the horder line between tho Unit
ed aiaies ana Mexico, nie .uuailuii
city just acrosstho lino Is called Agua
Prleta (Pretty Water) and has been
the seat of several fights between the
contending factions in Mexico. We
went to Douglas for tho purpose of
doing some tMasonlc work for the
members of Joppa military lodge of
the jurisdiction of Missouri. Texas
has a subordinate lodge in Douglas
as well as an Eastern Star chapter.
Wo orcanlzed a Consistory and a
Temple of Shrlners, and we had a
fine lot of men with .whom to work.
and while they were delighted with
tho work done, we had lots of fun
while doing it. On Sunday evening
wo attended a public meeting at the
camp and Grand Master Crews and
your humble scribe made addresses.
The audience was largo and enthu
siastic. Mr. Crews made ono of his
characteristic eloquent addresses-
which brought forth frequent ap
plause The pleasing feature of the
evening was the concert given by
tho now famous Ninth cavalry band,
under tho leadership of the renowned
band master. Wade Hammond. This
is one of the finest musical organ
izations to which we have ever lis
tened and to provo that we were not
alone In the estimate which we place
upon It we desire to relate this fact.
(Continued next week).
Among the many presents given Mr.
and Mrs. Crews at their recent wed
ding tho following were either omit
ted or received too lato for last week's
Half dozen Crystal Champagne
glasses, T. H. Qulnn and Jas. H. Bur
ton, Chllllcothe, Mo.
Silver engraved Salad Spoon, Mr.
and iMlrs. J. B. Rush, Des Moines, la.
Chocheted Irish Linen Center; Piece,
r. and Mrs. W. W. Payne.
Embroidered Satin Spread, Mr. and
Mrs. Chas. Pitman.
Fancy Hand Embroidered Linen Pil
low Cases, Mr. and iMlrs. A. Frank
Neal, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Crisp Paper Dollar, Rev. C. H.
Crews, Ohlllicothe, Mo,
This gift was highly appreciated by
the recipients, coming from their eld
est brother who Is more than 77 years
of age, a retired minister and having
Just returned from the Ministers'
Home In Colorado. He said he wished
to give something to "baby brother,"
although said baby brother Is forty-
eight years of ago.
Hand painted Initial Salt and Pep
per Set, Prof. W. E. Jacobs.
Silver Cream Ladle, Mr. and Mrs.
C. G. Byas, Bunccton, Mo.
Whlto Savery Cake Box, Miss Ethel
Pair Linen Guest Towels, r. and
Mrs. J. Louis Gamble.
In tho list of donors of the Silver
Candelabra tho name of iMire.J, S,
Gardner was omitted.
Pair Embroidered Pillow Cases,
Mrs. Melissa, E. French and Mrs. Ben
ford. In the list of donors of the Crystal
Glasses and Crystal SJierberts the
name of Mrs. Rosa Bradley was omit
ted. In tho list of contributors to tho Cut
Glass Orange BowI and Vase tho
names of Mesdames Emma and Ar
thur Pullman were omitted,
Mr, and iMrs. Crews would bo de
lighted to know the names of tho don
ors of a beautiful pair of ombroldorod
pillow cases in -which, was wrapped
boquet of roses and to which there
was no card attached.
Mr. E. A. Robinson received the sad
news of the death of his brother, Jas.
Robinson, at Great Falls, Mont.
ANOTHER NEGRO REA'L ESTATE
BUSINESS f OR KANSAS CITY.
Stewart &. Smith, Who For The Past
Twelye Years Have Been Engaged
In the RealkEstate DUslness In Win
nipeg, Man., Canada, Open Offices
at 1515 E. 18th Street, Kansas City,
The Kansas City Sun takes especial
pleasure In Introducing to Its many
readers the personnel of this company
as both are Kansas City products.
L. C. Stewart of Stewart and Smith.
Mr. Stewart tho senior member will
bo remembered by many our citizens
as an active member and official of
Allen Chapel some fifteen years ago;
and ulso, as the pioneer Negro grocer
of Kansas City, ' having successfully
conducted the business of Stewart and
Bean for a number of ,years; In fact,
until the Illness of ijlB wife necessi
tated a change of climate. As a result
whereof Mr. Stewart remdved to Can
ada some fourteen yeajs ago 'and en
gaged In tho real estate business at
Winnipeg, where lie became an ac
credited member of the real estate
fraternity of that city: but being a
race man, in every true sense of the
word, he felt the call of the people;
and believing Kansas City one of the
most Ideal places In which to cast his
lot both from a business and social
standpoint, he hias taken the step
L. C. Smith of Stewart and Smith.
Mr. Smith, the Junior member, Is
also well known, having attended the
"public schools here, graduating from
Lincoln High School In the class of
'97. For two years thereafter he pur
sued the study of medicine; and then,
took up residence at Montreal, Canada
with the intention of entering McGlll
University there. But as is so often I
true with our youths, circumstances'
and conditions caused him to drift
Into .lintinald nt!mli- .Hffnronf in hla '
chosen avocation. With the result,
that In the year 1902 he became as
sociated with Mr. Stewart (aforemen
tioned) In the real estate business at
Winnipeg. Since which time tho firm
of Stewart & Smith has been engaged
In business there. The ties of home
and a desire to be of service to his
race have been Instrumental In in
fluencing Mr. Smith in continuing to
partnership here which had Its incep
tion in Canada some twelve years ago.
Our representative had. tho pleasure
of interviewing these gentlemen on
Tuosday last, and it Is his belief that
this company will fill a niche in the
Negro business world here that will
work to the advantage of the race gen
erally. The Kansas City Sun wel
clmes, yes heartily welcomos the firm
of Stewart & Smith.
The funeral of Mrs. Pocahontas
Sullors who died last Sunday night
was held Wednesday at 3:00 P. M.
from the residence of her parents,
Rev. and Mrs. O. T. Redd, 2642 High
land' Avenue and the remains were
taken to. (Macon, Mo., for interment In
the family burying ground. She
leaves a husband, 9 months old baby,
father and mother, 6 'sisters, 2
brothers, and many other relatives
and friends to mourn her loss.
Mond&j evening, October 2C, the
following friends wero delightfully en
tertained hy Mr, and Mrs. Preston Por
ter at their home, 1014 Virginia: Mr.
and Mrs, J. Dayton, Mr. and Mrs. L.
Caldwell, Mr. and Mrs. R'. Adklns,
Miss .Maude Olden, Miss Eliza Tyler,
Mrs. Lizzie Walker, Mr. C, H. Counteo,
Mr. M. Caldwell.
By Chas. A. Starks.
Note Men would assign to women
an inferior place In the world of art
or the field of genius, but down the
long centuries, hero and there, our
sister In some way has distinguished
herself and elicited more considera
tion from the narrow sex. Alda Over
ton Walker's message to the world
was a high grado professlonallty cou
pled with the sweeter qualities of
womanliness that endeared her to her
thousands of patrons. Sho elevated
the stage and she gave to her race
a better rating In tho annals of pro
Lo! Breathless silence all Ethope en
thralls, And hushed the happy voice that
Night's sable garment enmant'llng
Eternity proclaims another soul ad
vanced. No! Not one tear would we dare to
Or attempt sad sorrow to express,
Rememb'ring as ono living and not
Immortal famo is life and nothing
But tears will como when deep friends
Though we seek to steel the
And thinking on thee dear Alda, the
Must burst If expression It does not
So lovely in form, In deep art skilled,
Hailed a dusky queen where ever
Thousands drank thy charms that al
With hlstronlc graces which you
Thy fnce with its marvelous expres
Haunts us. Nor do we seek to rid
Indescribable as a treasure filled
Rich and deep as the living well.
The goddess Terplschore with grace
ful art and style
Your songs were delights which
shed their flowers,
Your Bweet personality was one en
Oh Art! Enthroned on thy topmost
Watching o'er thy children in ev'ry
Great Is thy genius which flows from
Peaceful thy daughter's sleep, Alda
Peaceful in that mystic and unknown
Where each undlmmed soul takes
its solemn placo'
Swelling and adding to that Immortal
Joining fame's great ranks of a
Mr. Thaddeus S. Hulsey, who has
been suffering with a slight attack
of pneumonia at his residence, 111C
Armstrong avenue, is Improving.
JUDGE OASIMER WELSH.
Candidate for re-election as Justico of tho Peace in tho Sixth
District, comprising a part of th 0 Eighth and Ninth "Wards of the
City. Boundaries: 13th street on the north, 20th street on the
south, Grand avenue, on tho west, and Cleveland on tho east, richly
deserves thq support of all (Colored) peoplo in this district. He is
our friend for all that terra menn s. "Wo aro not wanting in loyalty
to our friends and wo will provo i t to tho judge on election day.
Remember Judge Welsh for Justi co of the Sixth District.
Thos. W. Howard Prof. T. BJ Steward
J. Silas Harris Dr. Win. J. Thompklns
Nelson C. Crews Leon II. Jordan
Prof. A. M. Wilson Dr. Luclan P. Richardson
Olllo J. Brooks R. E. L. Bailey
J. C. Hobbs C, H. Calloway
MISS MARGARET ANN BASS
Who became the bride of Mr. Nelson C. Crews the 21st Inst. Miss Bass
costume, which attracted favorable comment, was the handiwork of Kansas
City's famous modiste, Madame Jackson Andrews, and was a beautiful whits
hand-embroidered lace gown over chiffon with pearl trimming, with white
satin pumps to match. Her ornaments were a string of pearls from which
hung a diamond pendant. She carried a bouquet of white roses and lilies
of the valley, furnished by the Weaver Floral Co., while the house decora
tions, which were extremely beautiful, were by Mesdames Emma Payne, C. A.
Franklin and D. A. Willis, assisted by Mr. D. L. Houston and the Crosthwalt
COL. KNOX BANQUETTED.
The banquet In honor of Col. L. A.
Knox of Kansas City, Mo., command
ing the Second regiment, Uniform
Rank K. of P., at the Keystone cafe,
Saturday, October 17, will go down
in the history of the uniform rank
K. of P.'s as one of the most brilliant
and elaborate banquets served In the
Plcturo in your mind forty-five dis
tinguished men sitting around a table
gaily decorated with roses. The beau
tiful lights, with a blaze of fire glit
tering from the uniforms, will be a
sight long to be remembered. The
banquet table arranged like the let
ter L was certainly beautiful and too
much credit can not be given to Chas.
A. Mills, owner of the popular Key
stone, and assistant commissary gen
eral on Gen. W. H. Butler's staff. Es-
corted by the first regiment cadet
band, 3.0 strong, under the leadership
of Col. W. H. Hughes, the staff and
officers, with their distinguished
guests, marched from the K. of P.
hall to the Keystone cafe. Such good
fellowship Is bound to work havoc in
bring out success. When Gen. W. H.
Butler, the toastmaster of the even
ing, arose from his chair at 9:30
and opened the social gathering with
an eloquent speech, he had struck
the keynote of sociability and good
fellowship of the uniform rank of K.
of P. of St. Louis. Following In or
der, Capt. We H. Shackelford, who
delivered the address of welcome,
should bo highly commended. In re
sponse, B. C. Katkins made a most
brilliant speech, a credit to his ex
cellent ability. Short talks were made
by Dr. T. A. Curtis, F. J. Brown, A.
W. Lloyd, W. C. Ancell and Charles
Baker of Farmlngton, Mo. Colonel
Knox In delivering his address spoke
on conditions of the Second regiment
of Kansas City, paying high tribute to
Col. B. J. Riley, commanding first
regiment uniform ranks, K. of P. of
A musical program was rendered by
the Keystone trio, Miss Edna Free
man, pianist; Mr. Leroy Morton, vo
calist, and a few selections on the
piano by Mr. Shelton pf Fiddler and
Shelton, which closed one of the
grandest affairs seen in St. Louis in
years. St. Louis Argus.
The wise business man advertises
his merit. Business is good with him.
He uses printer's Ink. The Kansas
City Sun will tell your story. You
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Flowers for all occasions,
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