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Take a day off so as
Four Good Barbers. Cigars and
Laundry Office
Wilson & iarton's
Barber Shop,
Watch This Space.
to attend the
Rumor has another wedding vibrat
ing the atmosphere again, in our city.
On next Thursday the A. M. E. Sun
i1»v School will picnic at Greenwood
1 The wedding bells -will soo® ring
again, turn your face toward Crocker
Remember, that the car will leave
the church, at 9 o'clock sharp, for the
picnic ground.
Chas. J. Roy. one of our young ton
sorial artist, has opened a new shop by
himself on 1409 Sixth avenue.
Mrs Annie McAfee left Tuesday to
join her husband in St. Louis, who left
with the colord company, as first Lieu
Thomas Williams, return from Oma
ha last Monday, where he has spent
several weeks, he says there is no-better
town than Des Moines.
A very pleasant reception was given
the A. M. E. church choir last Friday
evening, by Mr. and Mrs. Douglass
Miller at their nice home on Park St.
Prof. Augustus Clark left this week
for a short visit in St. Louis, Mo., and
a tour through the south stopping a
while in Kentucky.
The Chautauqua was a financial suc
cess, as well as very instructive this
year. VVe hope that it may continue
better each year.
Mr. A. L. Lucas of Chesterfield is one
of our most successful and prosperous
gardener near Des Moines. lie is work
ing several hands, and has the best,
nicest and finest vegetables, that retails
through our city. He is a rustler.
Mr, James E. Todd and Alex. Wil
burn resigned good positions to enlist
in the colored company, the latter re
ceived Second Lieutenant but as yet
Mr. Told has nothing, he is very de
serving man and should be remembered.
Mrs. Frank Blagburn, who possesses
such a beautiful and sweet as well as
a eultured soprano voice, has accepted
the choristership of the A. M. E. Sun
day School, Mrs. Blagburn with her
ability will add much to the school,
and all lover of good music should at
tend the school.
John Earley who has three sons in
Captains Brandt company, received a
letter from his son Quincy, stating that
they would soon go to Santiago, and to
tell the members of his class that he
intended to carry Jesus with him to the
The Stewardess Hoard will give an
entertainment Thursday evening the
21st. They will serve supper. The
menu will be: Fried Chicken and Peas
Cream Potatoes,
Hot Coffee
and Biscuit,
all kinds of salid. All are invited.
On last Monday evening, quite a
largo number of the members and
friends of Paul Laurance Dunbar Lit
erary soiety. picniced at I'nion Park.
The afternoon, and evening was spent
in a social way, the six o,clock dinner
was served by the committee in abun
dance. An excellant time was report
Mrs. E. F, Johnson the wife of Dr.
E'lward Johnson who has located in
Indianapolis Ind., left last Saturday to
join her husband. Mrs. Johnson will be
greatly missed as she was an actiye work
er in literary, church and Sunday School,
the latter of which she was choister for
several years we trust that she will be
as successful ia her new home as she was
in our city.
Mr. E. T, Banks feels much disntiafied
in the way that he was turned down
in the election ot his military company
olliccrs in which ho was the prime mover
and organizer. Tho unfair methods that
Brandt or some of his men took to not
let him know when the election would
occur. It was no doubt unjust as they
did nob give him as much consideration
that the company did which has a colored
captain, the officers elected were E G.
McAfee First Lieutenant, Alex. Wilburn
Second Lieutenant.
Mr. Gus Watbins of Albany Mo., who
recently visited this city with the object of
locating in this city or state in his trade
that ot a blacksmith has decided to make
the capital City his home. He returned
last week and purchased a blacksmith
shop owned by J. \V. Dawson at number
312 W. Grand Avenue and assume con
trol Monday, the shop to be known as
N. Watkins and Son. Mr. Watkins's
father and folks may not move up from
Albany Mo., until fall, we are glad to
have such persons come to our city
and trust that they may be successful in
their new iield.
On last Monday afternoon quite a large
crowd listened to a special concert, in
which many of our leading local talents
contributed they were assisted by the
Arion Ladies1 quartett, this was the first
appearence of the ladies' quartett this year.
Their singing has been so cordially re
ceived by the Des Moinos' audience. The
most complimentry feature, which should
be received by each race loving parson
with. delight, wa9 the ovation given to
our celebrated tenor singer, Mr. Geo 1.
Holt, he first rendered, "O, Vision En
trancing." Mr. Holt was so enthusiastic
ally encored that he could not escape sing
ing a solo he tried to excuse himself by
bowing as the other singers bad done.
His second peice had more effect upon
his hearers then the ti.ist We have
watched his progress in music with much
pleasure. In a few weeks Mr. Holt will
go to New York to join Black Patti's
Troubadours eompany as the star tenor
Resolutions of Condolence
on the Death of Miss
Eva Baker.
At a oall meeting of Mr. Frank Blag
burn's Sunday Sohool class of St. Paul's
A. M. E. Sunday School, held Sunday
July 3rd., the following preamble and re
solutions were unanimously adopted.
Whereas—It has pleased our Supreme
Ruler to remove from our midst our late
class-mate and friend Eva Baker and
Whereas—The close relations long held
by our deceased sister with the member
of this class and Sunday School render its
proper that we should place on record our
appreciation of her service as a scholar,
therefore be it
Resolved—By her class'and St. Paul's
A. M. E, Sunday School, that while we
bow with humble submission to the will
of the Most High, we do not the less
mourn for our sister and class mate who
has been called from her labor to rest.
Resolve—That this class and Sunday
School tender their heartfelt sympathy to
the family and relatives of our deeeased
sister in this their sad affection
Resolve—That these resolutions be en
tered upon the minutes of this Sunday
School and that a copy of them be sent
to the family of our deceased class-mate
and sister.
A. M. E. Church Holds Its
26 Anniversary.
On last Wednesday and Thursday the
members of the A. M. E. church ot this
city held their Twenty-sixth Annivbrsary.
The first evening session was held in the
church and it consisted of music by the
choir, then Mrs. Anna Allen gave a his
of the church, Mrs. Wilburn of the
class leaders and Thomas Blagburn of tho
Trustees. The Sunday School Superin
tendant's name was read by Rev. H. M.
McCraven, the history of tho choir was
read by I. B. Williamson and Miss Lillian
M. Jackson of St. Joseph Mo., presided
at the organ. Thursday evening an in
teresting program was rendered at the
Y. M. C. A. Auditorium where Rev. Em
ory Pearson (white), spoke on the "Ne
gro Problem," he briefly reviewed the
early history of this country and the slave
trade and then stating that the.negro pro
blem might be solved by the acquisition
of those new Island allowing the colored
especially from the south to go
and control those Islands under the
American protection, if they should choose
to go. The full church choir rendered
some ol its olioicest selection. Miss Bessie
Stewart organist and Prof. Holt director
then Tacitus llusscy the Cornier Honsier
poet but now our Dos Moines poet ren
dered some very interesting and beauti
ful poems to the delightof all, alter which
the famous Dumas Choral Club sang se
veral pieces then Rev. Timothy Reeves
thank the people for their assistance and
The months of June and July we
will begin our annual tour of collec
tion as most of our annual subscrip
tion list comes due, we ask every sub
scriber that has not already paid to
please lay away the amount that you
owe for the Bystander so that when
our collector calls you may pay
your delinquent. Several failed to
pay their dues last year which mak
es them owing for two years or more
We know that you like the Bystand
er for its news, you know that you
owe for the Bystander and we
the money very much, as we have
been moving and buying some type.
Therefore with this brief notice, we
hope to receive your dues by remit
tance or that you be ready and pay
when our collector calls this means
all of our subscribers in the city and
The following is a partial list of the
loses sustained by the four regular
regiments of A fro-Americans in the
fighting about Santiago as gleaned
from the press dispatches. List of
Twenty fourth Infantry, Lieuts. Jos.
M. Augustin Jr., A. C. Dueat, John A.
Carney, 25th Infantry, Lieut, llenry
M. MeCorkle 9th cavalry, Col. John
M. Hamilton 10th cavalry, Lieuts. W.
E. Shipp, William II. Smith. List of
the wonded:
Twenty fourth Infantry, Capts. John
J. Brereton, James E. Brett, Charles
Dodge. Private Richardson, Alex.
Iliggins, company Win. Hues, comp
any Charles Jones, company
Lieut. Col. Emerson Liscum, 1st Lieut:
II. Lyon, Private C. L. Pope, company
A Capt. J. Prenton, Private W. Wash
ington, company E: 25th Infantry Pri
vales George Cooper, eompauy John
Ledler, 0th cavalry. Privates J. Gands,
troop C: W. Conroy, Capt. C. W. Tay
lor, Lieut. Winthrop, S. Wood, 10th
cavalry, Capt. John Iligelow, Jr. Pri
vates Benjamin Franklin, U. S. Gunter,
Wiley Hipsliur, troop A: Thomas W.
Ilardy. troop G: Lieut. McCoy, Privates
Charles Robertson, Frank Ridgeley,
troop C: J. O. S. White, troop E.
Recommendation of PastGrand
Master James Washington
at the Meeting of United
Grand Lodge*
James Washington and T. 11. Sturgls
have returned from Des Moines, where
they attended a meeting of the United
Grand lodge, colored, A. F. A. M. of
Iowa and its jurisdictions. Mr. Wash
ington retired from the office of grand
master, which he has held the past
year. In his annual report Mr. Wash
ington presented a plan for the estab
lishment of a national home and in
dustrial school for the widows and
orphans of members. His plan has
been approved by twenty-five grand
masters, including the grand master of
the grand lodge of Liberia on the west
coast of Africa. In his official report
to the lodge Mr. Washington unfolded
his plan as follows:
"My plan is to call all the grand
masters of America together in a con
ference that we may be able to get
closer in toueli and that our work may
become more uniform so that we may
organize and establish a national
home and industrial school for the
widows and orphans. While there are
some jurisdictions which are able to do
that in a degree, there are others that
are so small that It is impossible for
them to do so. So if we had a nation
al home these jurisdictions could be
taken care of. According to the re
port of iS97 we have 54,000 colored
Masons in America, an assessment of
20 cents each would rais an amount of
$10,000 which would enable us in the
course of four years to build a large
building and have plenty of land to
answer our purpose."—Sioux City
Colored Company Un
der White Captain
has gone.
About Seventy Left for Jeffer
son Barracks Mo.
On last Sunday morning it became
generally known that the colored com
pany under a white captain which was
mustered in as imriiunes recently would
leave Sunday evening at 0:45 P. M.
over the Wabash Ry., for St. Louis
thenee to Jefferson Barracks. A
large crowd called at the old hall on
4th., street to see the boys and bid
them good by. In the afternoon lJevs.
Timothy Reeves, 11. M. McCraven and
J. U. Bates each delivered patriotic
speaclies to them, several others spoke
alter supper they formed a line and
marched by two's to the depot preced
ed by Morton's Drum corps where
need nearly 2,000 people awaited them about
1500 were colored, some cheered, some
cried and some fainted. It was
rather sad scene to see them, bidding
the last sad farewell and good by, to
hear the sweet voice of eternal love as
mothers and fathers part from tlieir
sons, sweethearts from lovers and wives
from husbands probably never again to
meet: the scene was indeed a memora
ble and sad one, yet the noble cause
they were going for was just one below
we give you the officers as elected, also
a roster ofnames that left:
Captain—Amos Brandt.
First Lieutenant—E. G. McAfee.
Second Lieutenant—Alex. Wilburn.
Privates— Fred Hurrcll. Ben Hall,
Frank Strawther, Henry Seurloclc,
Charles Drenshaw. Wm. Churchill,
Robert II. Jones, William E. Battle,
Wm. Johnson, Geo. S. Taylor, L. W.
Woolridgc, Andrew Early, Robt. »Rob
inson, A. J. Stewart. Wirt Early, Moses
Strawther, Thomas Anderson, Thomas
Mullen, Richard Stahlman, Geo. E.
Powell, Robt. Miller. J. Baker, Lee
Shaw, Sheridan Burley, Geo. Parks,
Ben Lee, H. Swan, Robt. Webster, C.
Hopkins, J, Davis, A.Patterson, S. L.
Johnson, H. Burrows, Robt. Evans,
F. Jeffries, J, Railey, A. Edwards, D.
Dowdie, B. R. Brown, Alex. Gray,
F. Asheville, J. Cole, E. II. Carter, J.
Burrows, James "Qillenwater, J. II.
Hudson, John Johnson, R. Luther
W. Woods, P. Swan, E. Webb, William
Primes, Lewis Homer, II. Lankford,
A. Lobbins, R. Samuel Earnest Jones
P. Ward, Arthur Hamilton, C. Crider,
D. Timberland, Charles Bolinger, Abe
Crocket, (juincy Early, li. Crosby, D.
Jackson Brown, C. Johnson, T.J.
Hunter, W. Collins, C. A. Tollef, Wm.
Johnson, H. Dickens, Wm. Shafus and
.1. E. Todd.
What is Our Status and What
Used to De­
termine it?
In Iowa the political luminaries are but
few, yet many have striven to reach a
prominent place in political oouncil of the
Democratic and redublican party, alter
reaching a certain height they fail to go
higher, there must certainly be some
cause for it. We think there are several
causes one is that we are not united upon
anyone point in issue then again our
leaders try to push themselves to rapidly
to suit the conservative element of both
colored and white, then again unlit men
of our race forge themselves on a oom
mumty, then again we are sorry to say
that a majority of the white men ot Iowa
are color prejudice and do nob wish to
vote for a colored man at all, as was re
cently demonstrated in Mahaska county.
In this county both parties had a chance
to nominate a colored man on their ticket
but their convention have come and gone
and the oolored man is left with nothing
except the empty honors of a large com
plimentary vote iu the convention.
Editor Geo. E. Taylor an able editor a
bright man, intellectually and a hard
democratio worker, was defeated for
nomination of County Clerk by only a
few votes. Attorney Geo, H. Woodson
who has been in Mahaska county only
a few years yet no one doubted his lergle
ability and qualifications and his republi
canism, yet he felt short twenty votes to
give him the republican nomination for
County Attorney. We must as a race de
fend our own candidates and continually
make those demands from year to year.
Mrs. E. T. lianks, is some better at
this writeing, she rested very well last
soldier boys has gone into camp.
Tnihlon Note».
Spring millinery is attracting the at
tention of women ot all classes, a-ici
one can only wonder who designs all
the hats, as there seem to be no two
alike. A favorite style has a rather
v.-ide brim rolled up at the back and
is profusely trimmed with ostrict Up#
*•10. fans of chiffon.
The sociable Saturday evening, given
by the Stewardess board was a success.
Mrs. A. Hayes has been seriously iil
but is improving.
Fred Green was a Capital City visitor
last Wednesday.
Rirs, W. E. Fine was a Monroe visitor
ast Saturday where she met her brother
from Ottumwa who will make an extend
ed visit here.
Little Ethel Hudson has been quite iil
with cholera infantum but at writing is
much better.
A SOLDIER, For Railroad Commissioner.
We take pleasure in announcing* .it name of Colonel J. D. Palmer for
railroad commissioner for the short term, to fill the unexpired term of Hon.
C. L. Davidson, recently deceased. Col. Palmer was born in Pennsylvania,
in 1839 came with his parents to Iowa in 1 and when the war broke out
he was but a youth, vet he volunteered his service, and enlisted in Company
Eighth lowa volunteer infantry, and was engaged in some of the hardest
battles of the war, He was shot through the brest at the battle of Sliiloh and
was taken a prisoner, but soon escaped and was discharged on account of dis
ability. After his wound had fully healed he returned and joined Company
A of the Twenty-fifth Iowa, and by.his gallantry and bravery at Vicksburg he
was promoted to Lieut. Colonel: he was also iu the famous march to the sea.
At the close of the war he settled down on his farm in Washington county,
where he has remained every since, except the times when he was called to
public offices. He served two terms as county auditor and several terms in
the state senate, where lie was considered one cf the ablest sonators in the
senate. Col. Palmer eoincs from a staunch republican family and has been a
hard working republican all his life he is a special friend to the colored race
and its progress, and if nominaten will make an ideal railroad commissioner.
He is fair minded, level headed, and thoroughly familiar with the railroad
problems of this state. Governor Shaw appointed him last spring to fill the
vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Davidson, and his work as commissioner
is now before the people and is highly satisfactory in every way. He is care,
ful, painstaking and punctual, with his business, and deserves the support of
his party.
Glorious Emancipation
Colored Citizens of Keokuk
2J..- -T7—
£xtei?d at} Ij?vitatioi? to Ad­
jacent Towps to Joi»?
it) Witty Ttyerq.
Prof. Booker T. Washington, of Tuskeegee,
Ala., Geo. E Taylor, of Oskaloosa and John
L. Thompson, of Des Moines are the
Orators From Abroad.
On August the 4th the colored citizens will hold one of the
largest celebrations, in commemoration of the emancipation of the
West Indies and our own liberation.
The celebration will be held at the beautiful Hubinger Park
grounds and Casino. The street parade will be led by Field's Mili
tary Band of Keokuk, and the famous colored band ot Muchakinock.
There will be a Company of colored volunteers, of the U, S. army,
Masons, Odd Fellows, Knights of Tabor and other secret orders
also Sabbath Schools from each church, and twenty young lady
drillers, from the A. M. E. church at Quincy, 111.
The programme will consist ot orations by Frof. Booker T.
Washington of Ala., Geo. E. Taylor of Oskaloosa and John L.
Thompson, of Des Moiue, la. a'so speeches by Rovs. J. W. Muse,
W. E. Helua, G. M. Tillman, G. G. Middleton. Hon. J. L. Root,
Mayor all of Keokuk. There will be a base ball game between
Hannibal, Mo., and the Keokuk Giants, foot races, blindfold wheel
barrow race, greasy pole climbing and a grand specatcular production,
afternoon and eveding in the Casino of, ,,The South in Slavery" or
the marvelous "Progress of the American Nogro" from 1863 to
1S9S. A grand chorus of 100 voices, special scenry, 150 people in
the cast.
A barbecued dinner served by the ladies of the A. M. E. church,
Pilgrim's Rest Baptist, Episcapal and the (3th St. Baptist church.
There will be excursion trains from Peoria, Quincy, 111., Hannibal
Mo., Burlington, Centerville, Oskaloosa, Muchakinock, Ottumwa,
Des Moines, and other small towns. All are cordially invited to
Miss Lottie Green has returned lrom
her visit to Des Moines, and report a de
lightful visit.
Several of our young men expect to
leave for Marshalltovn this week where
they have received employment.
Mrs. Waldon has nearly recovered from
her recent Illness.
Mrs. Lottie Lucas ot Grinnell is [in the
city the gnest of her grand-daughter
Mrs. Fred Green.
Miss Helen Blackwell will leave for an
extended visit in Colorada and Arizona.
Rev. Cowea and wife entertained Mrs.
Lucas at dinner Friday,
Benten Harbor and St. Joe it is call
ed, are two lovely twin cities surrond
ed by lovely shade trees and on a hill
overlooking the great:Lake Michigan,
you can stand on the Bluffs at St.
Joseph, and look about you for miles
are broad sheets of water. There are
only two denominations of churches in
these two cities, the Methodist and
Baptist, as there are no colored people
in Benton Harbor, St. Joe has only
one church and that is a Methodist,
hence they are term the stuck up peo
ple." On inquiring of a well known
sister of the Baptist church aboutt
some of the people in St. oseph she
replied, "Well I do not no much abont
the colored people in St. Joe because
they are so( stuck up, the people in
Benton Harbor do not go over there".
I found them very courteous and re
fined, but it is to be deplored that in
all of these smaller Michigan towns
you can find but a very few young men
that are realy fit for any business life
those that have a tendency to soar
above the common plains of life, seek
and larger cities, hence you seldom
find any but a loafing class in the
smaller places now and then you will
meet a bright young man.
Niles is a queer little town of about
000 inhabitants, it is also shaded with
beautiful trees, situated on the St.
Joseph river, but it is ancient aciord
ing to its size and age there is nothing
there to show a progressive people at
all it is simply a1place to sleep in. I
stop at an old gentleman's house by
the name of T. J. Jones the only avail
able place I could get to stop at for a
day, as Mr. Jones saw fit to go to an
Odd Fellow entertainment and also
Mrs. Jones. I had to go also regardless
of benig very much tired out and sleepy
as I was a stranger to Mr. Jones he
did not know whether his house would
be tnere or not when he return, if I
was left alone so tired. and worn out
from my naps journey
No. 7
Editor of the Bystander—Dear Sir
There area few more peculiar sayings
I would like to say in this edition,
have done quite a bit of rambling since
you last heard from me. I have been
to Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Niles,
Calvin, Cassopolis and South Bend,
all of them Michigan cities except
South Bend.
sought releif
in the Odd Fellow's hall until Mr
Jones saw fit to go home. I will not
attempt to tell you of my trip ten miles
in the country from Cassapolis to Cal
vin thinking I was going to an Island
Town and found it to be only a Town
ship, bit by bit in my future corres
pondence I shall tell you of my adven*
ture "Ten miles in the woods." South
Bend Ind. is the city of plows and
wagons, this is the place where Studa
Baker's famous wagons and carriage
factory stands the largest in the world
also the Oliver Plow Companies Piant
it would take two columns to bescribe
their two tremendous plants where
they employ from two-thousand to
twenty-five hundred men it is the
most progressive little city that I hare
had the pleasure of seeing with its
stately public buildings and its lovely
shade trees it is an ideal town of hap
py homes there are only two colored
churches here, methodist and Bap
tist. The colored people here are all
very well to do.
I am all alone at a meal time,
Not a sound nor a step do
And I feel as if any thing could cheer
If the voice of a child I could hear*.
It seems like all have forsaken me,
Not even a voice do I hear,
But God's tender mercy shines over ine
And some time his voice I shall hear*
So don't get forsaken dear friends,
And think not a friend in ttlie world
you have got,
But simply put your faith in Jesus
And he wiil carry you safe through
O many a time I have felt discouraged*
And I felt like alone I should be.
And I finally felt so discouraged
That it seemed almost dishearten
for me.
But just as I am about to finish,
I see by the lamp light so clear,
That all depends upon Jesus,
When no other friend is so dear.
Greenfield Ia,
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