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VOL. 5.
Iowa Stats laetander
2XAV DEB prauaaare OOKTAXY.
Ira. Louisa Denney has been suffering
»h the neuralgia this weeks.
Frank Claudin, is quite aiok at hismoth
home, 607 Grand avenue.
Mra. Debarry has been very siek at
her home 1338 Des Moinea St.. this week.
Remember that the Afro-American day
at the Omaha Exposition the 19th of
It was a jolly orowd that went down to
Keokuk last Thursday and they had a
'good time.
Mrs. L. P. Blagbum, went to Chieago
on Thursday, to visit with her daughter
Mrs, Joseph LaCour.
One of the very best crowd that eve*
leit tbis eity on aa excursion train was
the one that went down to Keokuk.
Mils Fannie Harding, will go to Omaha,
tomorrow, on an extended visit of three
or four weeks, with relatives and friends.
Mr. Fulton Washington, started to Lin
eoln, and Omaha, on a pleasure trip, last
Tuesday, where he will spend several
Mrs. Sadie Breeden went to Omaha
last Saturday to visit her sister MISB Eva
ftoblnfton who holds a position in the ex
Presiding Elder Bundy held the fourth
and last Quartly meeting at the A. M.
church preaching both morning and even*
All those who want to hear good pa
person both sides of the Negro question,
should attend the A. M. E. ohurch Mon
day and Tuesday evening.
A jolly evewd, of about seventy people,
went up the river, on the boat Wednesday
vening. It was the hotei porters excur
aion, they had a delightful time.
Mia* Mary Bell had the misfortune to
aoauld hec wrist very badly last week,
whioh has been very painful at first but
ia much better at this writing.
The program of the P. L. D. Aug. 15,
ia as follows: Recitation, Wm. Frazier
Solo, Mrs. Blagbum paper, Mre.Pierson
Selection, Orchestra Journal, I. E.
Williamson. Meet with Miss Stewart
lOli) 25th., street*
Mr. Newton Orange and Miss Sarah
IClizabeth Shultz, were united in marri
age Wednesday morning at the Parsonage
Rer. Reevea officiating. They took the
•arty train for Omaha where they will
•pend their honeymoon.
The Dumas Choral Society at its meet
ing Tuesday evening, elected Prof. J. D.
Stanley for their instruotor. Mr. Stanley
oomea to thia society highly recommended
as a teacher, he is a graduate frem Prol.
St. Clair Conservatory of music. Mr.
Stanley will begin with this soelety where
Prof. Holt left off. We predicta bright
future before them.
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Communication* miut bo written on oao
aide of tho paper only and be of intereetto
the publio. "Brevity to the soul of .wit,"
I,', We will not return rejected manuaorlpt
jWaloie accompanied by postage scamps.
Foer Good Barber*. Cigars and
Laundry Offlca
Wilson I larton's
Barber Shop,
Watch This Space.
Mra. E. T. Banks is improving.
Read Miss Whitsett's poem on the fourth
page of this issue.
F. L. Smith of Omaha addressed the A.
M. £. Sunday school last Sunday.
The committee of ladies, who are pre
paring useful aitloles for the company
from this city, sent a box containing 100
house-wives' bandages, pillowslips, need
las, thread, and many other things, to the
boys last]Wedneaday.
On last Monday afternoon the First and
Third Battalions ot the Fifth Regiment
sailed trom Savannah Ga., for Santiago
where they will re-enforoe General Shaf
fer. Colonel H. H. Sergeant was in
Mesdames Blagburn, Basfield and
Coalson, B. H. Lewis and Biroey and
Messrs. Blogbnm, Basfield and Coalson
stopped at the Hawkeye House while in
Keokuk, they report a fine time and the
royal treatment by the proprietore which
was asurprise to them as they had heard
that colored people could not be aocomi
dated in that city.
Trio, Mesdamea Coalson, Blagburn and
Blaney who composed the trio that sang at
Keokuk last Thursday evening, did them
selvea great oiedit aa well aa the city they
repreaented. So well pleased was the
Gate City people with tbeia singing they
gave them a very hearty encore, and the
aingingof theae ladiea will alwaya be
appreciated by a muaioal loving audience,
and will characterize aa leaders in this
The surprise party given on Miss
Nina Hamilton, Thursday evening
lead by Maud Williams and Messrs.
Edward Weeks and William Walker was
one of the finest ever given by the
/oung folks, everything was so arrang
ed that it was a complete surprise to
Miss Nina, the evening was spent in
games, social conversation and danc
ing. Refreshment was served to the
delight of all. about twenty couples
were present and they did enjoy them
Remember that on next Monday and
Tuesday evenings the I5th and ICtili, that
those four great race question will be dis.
cussed, at the A. M. E. Church, J. L.
Thompson and Mrs. Lizzie Palmer will
prepared to present their views on the
first. Mr. Wm. Frazerand W.H. Hum
berd will address themselvesto one of the
other subjeet), that was publish in our last
issue. We did not get the names of those
who will take part on the same program.
Eaoh one will be prepared to present their
views on these important questions, and
we are satisfied that they will interest all
who may hear them.
Hon. F. L. Smith of Omaha arrived is
the city Saturday!.' lie is here in the interest
of the Trans-Mississippi Exposition now
open ia his city and especially ia he in
terested in the day set apart for the Afro
Amerioan, he wants to make that day the
greatest in history on the account of the
gathering together of the greatest number
of colored people. They are to have ac
cess to all the buildings. A very Interest
ing program will be oarried out on that
day the 19th as it is the day set apart for
the colored people. Leading race men
and women will be there and take part
in the exercises and that great educator
Booker T. Washington will speak.
The truoki gardners and others that
are interested la a market place, held a
meeting at the Commercial Exchange
and decided to have a market. Market
Maitec Blagburn was ehosen chairman,
he then stated the object of the meeting
and he requested an expression from each
one present on the subject letters were
read from the market mosiers from other
oitlea showing the benefit that both buyer
and aeller would reoeive by having a
market place. Mr. Blagburn ha. made a
study of this question and his knowledge
pointed him out as the proper peraon to
be chairman, the color line was notdrawn
and we congratulate those who attended
the meeting for their good judgment.
The Tenth Annual picnic of the Old
Settlers at Union Park was the best in
history of this society and it was a de
lightful day after the usual handshak
ing and social conversation, dinner
was spread and all again had a jolly
good time. The exercises was open
with music. The president, R. N.
Hyde with a few introductory remarks
introduced, Mayor MacVicarwho made
a short but very interesting address,
following him was Mr. F. L. Smith of
Omaha vho spoke in the interest of
the Afro-American day at the Exposi
tion. So delighted was many with
their day outing that they stayed and
enjoyed a supper in the park with the
same relish as they did their dinner
and thus closed one of the happiest
meeting that this society has had.
The Watter Work question Will aoon
be submitted to the voters for an honest
decision, aa to whether the city will buy
the preaent plant that ia aupplying the
eity with water. Theae are some of the
queationa that each voter must deside be
fore casting his vote. Can the oity furnish
the water to theconsummer cheaper than
a private corporation? Can the present
worka supply a growing oity like ours
foi a number of yeari to oome? Is the
oapasity of the preaent worka suficient to
supply *he oity? Is the present plant lo
cated where it should be to supply the city
properlff If this plant is to be soon re
moved, what will it oost to move it?
Whioh will benefit you the most as a
tax payer for the eity o» for private cor
poratlon to own it? You will be called
onto deaide these important queationa.
Conaider them well.
ffiV 1« W
Why can't we get together as a people
here in Des Moines and have a business
of our own?
Why don't the colored people give E
S. Willett credit for the noblo stand ho
taken during the soldiers' controversy?
Why, did not more of our people go to
the Emancipation Celebration at Keokuk?
Why do not more of our subscribers
pay up? Do they think that it cost noth
ing to ruu a paper.
Why can't Dos Moines have a market
place like all other large oitias?
Why do our people buy so many church
es when leas than one half the number
would do?
Why can't we have an £manoipation
Celebration on tbw 22., of September?
Why don't more ot our young men
take the young ladies to church.
Why do they wait out side to ask for
their company home?
Why can't Des Moines have a colored
band, suoh aa Colfax and Muohakinock?
Why don't more of our good oitiaeaa
read the papers published by colored men?
Why is it that we don't have more col.
ored pupils in High School?
Why is it that more of our ohuches are
not out of debt?
Why can't some one answer these ques
Special to tho Bystander.
Jefferson Barricks Mo.— To the Editor
of the Iowa State Bystaodar—While you
have been so very kind in senjing your
paper to many of the boys in on* company
I thought I would give you a diseription
of our uew home. It is situated on the
Mississippi river on a high hill about eight
miles south of St. Louis, the street cars
run here every five minutes aud the Iron
Mountains run right^through our camp.
Our boys all Eave iEoir uniforma and
Sargent Taylor has just got his new uni
form and he is one of the largest offioers
here and the boys think that Geo. would
not exchange plaoe with Gen. Shafter.
Ben Hall and Eugene Brown has opened
up a soldiers' barboa-sbop and a hiokory
poles takes place of barbor ohairs, they
have did away with mugs and towels,
sheap-shears takes the place of dippers
and the boys claim that Ben is honeing his
razors on a briok.
Mrs. McAfee is assisting the uncommis
sioned officers in putting the stripes on
their uniforms. Lieutenant McAfee has
been promoted and he now gets $140.00
a month, Lieutenant Wilburn was not at
roll call yesterdsy evening and when the
oompany was out drilling we saw an
officer oome walking up, we at first
thonght it might be Dewey or Sampson,
bat when be oame nearer we found it
was filax. with his new uniform on, he
said that he would give $5.00 to have his
wife and Des Moines friends to see him in
his new uniform.
Yesterday While a number of our boys
was in swlming a very ^large eteam-boat
oame down the river and washed a large
cat-fish on the shore the boys taken him
to eamp and it weighed 125 ponnds this
may seem a little like a fish story but it ia
trne, Sargent Tayloi vouched for the
truathfulness of it, Lieutenant MoAfee
has been appointed as R, A. J. G. ha has
not got his trousers on account of his legs
being so long, Ed. will make a fine look
ing officer.
E. Todd |i» cook for the
company each member of the oompany
pays him fifty cents a month and he draws
$10.20 a month lirom Uncle Sam which
makes about $65:00 for him, Jim changes
the bill of fare every meal for breakfast
we have baoon, beans and coffee and
at dinner coffee, beans and bacon and
supper, bacon, ooffee and beans this is
the game Jim places on us each meal.
Sargent Lewis can be seen standing at
each meal under a tree lighting flies and
handing out sugar by the spoonsful to the
boys. Captain Amos Brandt makes a
good officer and the boys all like him and
Amous is very good to each of the boya.
The boya all attended church laat Sun
day. We have excursions here every
Sunday from all parts of the atate and
thay bring large baskets of chlokens and
sueh things to their ftlends but oompany
M. is not in it because we are from the
North but ere boys are waiting until
Dick Winsor runs his excursion down
here and we know that we will have
ohlcken just the same and if you sea Diok
tell him to work hard for the exoursion
and when he gets here we will ahow him
soldlera of all diseription and in the mean
time we will be content with Jim Todd's
bill of fare.
Keep Quiet
and use Chamberlain's Colic, cbolera
and Diarrhoea Remedy for all pains of
the stomach and all unnatural loosen
ess of the bowels. It always cures.
Spain has at last yielded and has
accepted our terms of peace offered
by the President. Never before in
history of war has the conqueror ever
treated the conquered more gener
ously, no money indemnity is asked
from an exhausted and impoverish
ed people and no humilation pressed
upon them other than that which is
entailed upon defeat in battle.
So far as the exaction of territory
is concerned it is nothing but what
the world foresaw at the beginning
of this war when the Spanish govern
ment diniissed our minister at
Madrid it placed its American pos
sessions in the scale. The war was
entered upon, on our part to give
independence to Cuba and as a cor
ollary to that followed Porto Rican
possession. There could be no
other out come, to leave Spain in
possession of Porto Rico would be
cruel to the natives, it would be to
leave the seeds of a disease that
would soon break out, and again
demand our intervention.
Aud now that peace is
the American people must
themselves to the solution
problem and we may have much
more difficulty than it may at first
seem. Some believe that all the
Cuban need was a chance to assert
themselves free from Spanish ty
ranny and that they would set up a
government of their own and others
doudt their ability of self govern
ment and there is others who says
if we go to far we will have to pay
the Cuban debt, but as a matter of
fact there is no Cuban debt, Spain
has contracted certain indebtness
for which she has pledged the re
venues of Cuba but that indebtness
was not contracted by, nor with the
consent of the Cubans nor for their
benefit and it would be criminal in
justice to compel the people of Cuba
to pay any part of that debt. The
American people and congress will
back the administration in seeing
that these people be treated farely,
and until that is done we will not be
doing our duty.
of this
About one month ago my child, which
is fifteen months old, had an attak of
diarrhoea aecompained by vomiting. I
gave it such remedies as are usually
given in such cases, but as nothing
gave relief, we sent for a physician and
it was under his care for a week. At
this time the child had been sick for
about ten days and was having about
twenty-five operations of the bowels
every twelve hours, and we were con
vinced that unless it soon obtained re
lief it would not live. Chamberlain's
Colic, Cholera and Diarrhoea Remedy
was recommended, and I decided to try
it. I soon noticed a change for the bet
ter by its continued Use a complete
cure was brought about and it is now
perfectly healthy.—C. L. BOGGS,Stump
town, Gilmer Co., W. Va. For sale by
all Druggists.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown has return
ed from Crystal Lake.
Mra. G. H. Wade, Miss Emma Oliphant
and O. B, Clair were among the many
who went to Clinton laat Sunday on the
excursion, they all report a good time.
The A, M. E. ohurch was packed last
Sunday evening. Rer. Loveland of the
West side M. E. ohurch preached and
Brother Ward of the Sunshine Mission
willoonduot service for Rev. Rhinehart
next Sunday evening and ihe choir will
be on hand with new aongs.
Mrs. Henry Davis is ..visiting in Dav
The Light Hoase Society met Friday
evening with Mis. Clair. Quite a numbe)
were present and the program was very
complete Geo. U. Wade read a very
thoughtful paper of whioh the following
is a synopsia. Subject, An Afro Ameri
can Hiatorian: In theae days of the clash
log of arms ot nations, internal upheavals
and rebelions, when the weaker kingdom
and poweis are seeking friendship and
alliance with some gieat power and to,
when the ohier object of ail are to gain
power, honor and wealth yes when men
rush madly but hcroioly on to Cornagc
and bloody war. I ask who is writing
the history of the Afro American Joseph
us was a criterian as to who should
write or who was the proper person to
write a nations own history. The French
German, English and Romans wrote their
own history, who writes the Negroes?
He leaves it to ot or people.
The Rev. W. B. Costley, of Stock
bridge, Ga., while attending to his
paBtoral duties ntEllenwood, that state
was attacked by cholera morbus. He
says: "By chance I happened to get
hold of a bottle of Chamberlain's Colic,
Obolera and Diarrhoea Remedy, and I
think it was the means of saving my
life. It relieved me at once." For aale
by all Druggists.
The 54th West Indies Emancipation Ann
versary and 35th American Anni
versary Celebrated-
Executive committc—W. Jones.
Rev. W. E. Helm, Erank Fields, Rev.
Phillips- Rev. .1. W. Muse, It.
Krys, Rev. (i, (i. Middlctown, A\ in
Mott, Orang Fields, Chas. S. Sager, Rev
(J. M. Tillman, Alonzo Draine, A. A.
Bland, F. D. Bland, W. C. liuckner, .1.
W. Draine, George T. Kendrick.
Reception committee—Dan Anderson
Thurman, Ed. Martin, Archie Washing
ton Hamilton Woodard, Emanual
Aiken, John Smith, Selby Johnson, U.
W. Foster,
The morning was devoted to the re
ception of visitors and viewing the var
ious points of interest about the city.
Shortly afternoon the parade formed
on Sixth and Blondeau' streets and,
headed by the celebrated Colfax band,
marched out Blondeau to Twelfth,
down Twelfth to Main and down Main
to the Curtis statue, where the parade
disbanded. Dinner was served by the
ladies of the Bethel A. M. E. church,
Episcopal, Pilgrim's Rest and .Seventh
Street Baptist churches. Street cars
were than taken to Ilubinger Park,
where the afternoon cxercisos were
At Hubinger Park,
The exercises
Eloquent Addresses and a Splendid Presentation of Charic
S, Sager's "South In Slavery.''
On last Thursday Aug., 4th, the col
ored citizens with their white friends at
Keokuk held their Emancipation day
at the beautiful Ilubinger l'ark. The
day was a beautiful and typical one,
all that man could hope for: as the rain
two days previous laid the dust, so that
nature seemed to arrange everything
for the enjoyment of the people
Everything was suceessful and highly
satisfactorily, except the failure of a
larg crowd from other towns to put in
their appearance which was due to the
railroads in failing to grant special
rates as promised, yet those that were
present were highly gratified at the en
tertainment, and spoke in compliment
ary terms of the manner in which tho
local committee provided amusements
for the day. The committees are as
Albert Fields.
W. h. (ireen, Emanuel l'roctor, Adol
phus Fossey, Mrs. \\. E. Helena, Mrs.
W. II. Jones, Mrs. G. M. Tillman, Miss
Narcissa Phillips, Mrs. French Bland,
Miss Ella Draine, Miss Lena Torey.
W. 11. Jones, president Orange
Fields, vice president Alonzo Draine
secretary W. C. liuckner, chief mar
shal of the day 11. Krys, assistant
marshal W. E. llelm, master of cere
monies Chas. S. Sager, corresponding
secretary and general manager.
Hubinger Park were
well attended. The platform had been
erected in the center of the amphi
theater and was occupied by prominent
citizens of both raccs. The stand was
well filled and the closest attention was
paid the various speakers.
Rev. llelm called the meeting to ord
er and announced the object to be the
celebration of the
versary of the emancipation of the
slaves of the West India islands. He
announced as the opening number "My
of Thee" led by Chas. S.
Sager. This was sung by the audience
standing. Rev. G, U. Middleton of St.
Mary's Episcopal church rendered
thanks to the Almighty for the freedom
of all people in this country and for
other blessings. He invoked the divine
blessing upon the excrcises of the day.
The audience then joined in singing
'Nearer My God to Thee."
Mayor J. L. Root then delivered the
address of welcome. He said it was a
pleasant duty and that he welcomed all
to the Gate City, not only of Iowa, but
of the preat golden west. He said, "I
have had the pleasure of making such
addresses on numerous occasions
While the attendance to-day is not as
it might have been, yet it is represen
tative of the finest intelligence of the
African race. I welcome you to the
city that in the last year has sent out
the flower of its young manhood in
answer to the call of humanity the city
that in 1801 sent out ao many brave
boys that we couldn't organize a volun
teer fire company with what were left*
They went out in answer to the call of
the grandest man this country ever
saw—Abraham Lincoln. We have
local attractions and we welcome you
to them, our parks, cemeteries, fire
stations and other places. I'm sorry I
can't offer you the key to the city, but
it was purposely mislaid last night af
ter all doors had been unlocked. They
swing both ways and if you don't see
what you desire, ask for it. Again I
welcome you in the name of the city."
Rev. Helm replied and thanked the
mayor for his cordial welcome. He
thanked other citizens for their aid and
presence. He stated that through
some misunderstanding the railroads
had not grantad tae rates that they
believed would be granted. He spoke
of the wonderful progress of the Negro,
and said he is the coming man and it is
Mr. J. L. Thompson of Des'Moines
and editor of the Bystander, was in
troduced and spoke very feelingly aad
forceablv for nearly thirty minuets, at
times holding the vast audience spell
bound, lie was hartily applauded and
received many complimentary congrat
ulations for his address, which was
printed in full, in both, the ,'Daily
Evening Press" and "Keokuk ate
City," the former also running his cut
after Thompson's oration the band ren
dered a beautiful selection. Then Hon.
Geo. E. Taylor of Oskalocsa and editor
of the "Negro Solicitor," delivered a
very fine address, which by his wit and
humor held the audience. He said in
1 know that it is customary for
speakers on an occasion of this kind to
laud the people to the skies and to hold
up before their eyes the wonderful ac
complishments they have acquired and
the great progress they have made. I
don't intend to do it today. I am on
Senator Tillman's side in some things
I firmly believe that one of the greatest
obstacles to thb progress of tho Negro
is his over estimation of the advance
incut, he has made already. He has
done much, but he shouldn't be content
to rest with that. He should presn oil
until he has reachcd the top of the lad
der and then reach up to see if there
isn't another ladder on top of that one.
We are in danger of thinking too much
of ourselves. I believe that George
Taylor is the greatest Negro editor in
the world and on account of that, I
will never be any greater than I am.
I have had an original idea, the only
one I ever had, and it is this: Don't
go down to Alabama to solve the Negro
problem. Begin right here on this
platform. Convince your Caucasian
neighbor that you are his equal man
to man. Don't go away south to do it.
Begin here and then show Illinois and
Missouri the record of Iowa and spread
it all over the union. Booker T. Wash
ington in the greatest speech he ever
made, said the same thing. Jlis text
was "Put down thy bucket here."
The next speaker was Rabbi Faber,
a native Hungcrian and a very scholor
aly gentleman- He spoke very feel
ingly of the suffering and oppression
that his race and ours had suffered and
said that the only way to stop it was to
fight—not with fist and tongue, nor
with pen or tongue, but by his honest
upright actions. After Mr. Faber's
address a very interesting concert was
rendered by the Colfax band. The
base ball game between the Keokuks
and I lannibals resulted in a score of 33
to 5 in favor of Keokuk. The greased
pole contest was highly amuseing and
was won by Harry Cook.
"The South In Slavery."
Chas. S. Sager, who was responsible
for muoh of the success, having given
his entire time for several weeks to the
celebration, is the author of the playj
The South in Slavery." It was pre
sented at the Casino last evening undo
his direction before a large and appre
ciative audience. The play has been
given in Keokuk before and if anything,
this performance was even a greater
success. The first act shows a typical
plantation scene with the festivities of
the slaves in progress. Singing and
dancing furnished the amusements and
the scene was very realistic. Mr. Sag
eras Uncle Pete and later as Sal Skin
ner was the real thing. Messrs. AFos
sey, E. Proctor, H. Banister, B. Holt,
Will Martin, Mrs. A. Holmes and Miss
Jennie Turner were excellent in their
respective parts.
The intermission between tho acta
was taken up with a military drill ex
ecuted with marvellous precision by
Mrs. Carrie Brown Misses Mary Rob
bins, Carrie Wright, Florence Jackson,
May Mitchell, Bertha Alden, Mauda
Harris, Ida and Clara Low, Carrie Tur
ner, Fern Harris, Bertha Middleton,
Ada Smith, Anna Holmes, Georgie Tol
bert, Anna Hurd.
The concluding portion of the pro
gram of the evening was in charge of
the Toussaint 1/Overture Musical club
of Keokuk and consisted of carefully
selected and well prepared musical and
comic numbers. The principal char
acters of this division of the entertain
ment were Alonzo Draine as the presi
dent. Mrs. Mayme Green as secretary
Charles S. Sager as Jasper Snow and
B. Holt as Irene Johnson.
The opening number was given by
the Des Moines Lady trio who render
en two choice musical selections in a
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.'•••• -r '.' Y'- '/.-'1- /v^^Y'-vi-•. -\k-:
only a question of time until he has his
hand upon the topmost round of the
ladder. He said it was not the fault
the Negro that more of them have not
taken part in the war they tried hard
enough to get into the army but were
not taken. He closed with an eloquent
and patriotic ponegyric on America
and all her sons, boath black and white
No. 10
most excellent manner. The singing
of every member of the organization
was of the highest quality and elicited
generous applause from the audience.
A number which eucceded in making
a decided hit with the audiende was
the song "Whose Little Girl Arc You,"
rendered in a marvelously sweet and
pretty manner |by the child soprano,
Amanda Clark, who was received with
such favor on the first performance of
the "South in Slavery" in this oity
last year. The young lady's singing
was even an improvement on that with
which she favored her audience on the
former occasion and was enthusiastic
ally received by those present.
The popular song "The bridge at
Midnight," was given with excellent
effect by the entire musical olub aa
their contribution to the enjoyment of
the entertainment. The rendition of
this number showed unmistakably the
general .proficiency of the organization
secured through the ability of its mem
bers and consclentions training, The
clnb added much to its popularity in
Keokuk by its performance of yester
day evening.
The following number was a descrip
tive cong entitled "My Son," which
was given by Mr. Sager with the assis
tance of W. Martin and Master Phelps
Jones. The chorus was rendered by
musical club. The selection was given
with much dreraatic effect and was one
of the best of the evening.
A oornet solo by A. Wilson was next
on program and was well received by
the assemblage, At the conclusion of
this number announcement was made
that owing to the lateness of the hour
and the desire of many in attendance
to leave the city on the evening train,
a portion of the program would be o
mitted and that that the entertaiment
would conclude with a specialty act by
Messrs, Sager and Ilolt.
The performance given, as announce
ed, was entitled "The Lightning Cat*
chers," and was given with humorous
effect by both the gentlemen concern
ed. It was given excelent applause
and made a most fitting finale for the
Celebration NoteSi
Mr. Chas. S. Sager is an excellent all
around man and as an actor has but
few equals and less superiors.
Hon. Geo. E. Taylor made an (excell
ent address filled with good points.
Keokuk has more wealth, more grad
uates and good looking young colored,
girls and boys then any other town in
Mrs. M. E. Dixon and Draine'a iee
cream parlor done a rushing business
no Emancipation day.
Rev. Helm made an eloquent and
brief address in his welcome address.
The Des Moines Ladies trio made a
decided hit singing at the Casino.
The colored people of Keokuk was
very sociable to their guest.
Tho Keokuk colored band of fourteen
pieces was not cut at all.
J. H. Rogers kept the Capital City re
cord up high at the dance on the ball
•T. L. Thompson received many com
pliments for the way he delivered his
It was very nice to see all the church
es to unite and serve dinner at the
park. The ministers are united and
broad minded in Keotuk, good for that.
Mrs. Chas. St. Clair had a stroke of
peralysis and apoplexy last week. At
first her recovery was doubtful, but at
the last report she was better,
Mr. L. Mason of Arnold's Jubilee
Club, arrived in the city last week, to
visit his parents and other relatives.
J. L. Thompson Editor of the By
stander spent a few hours in the city,
Tuesday in the interest of his paper.
The Women's Aid Soiety of the Sec
ond Baptist church held a picnic on tho
fourth in Sauders grove. Rev. Rogers
addressed the large audience on the
Ideal Christain.
Mrs. J. Tally, bothered with throat
Mrs. Ed. Thomas and little daughter
Helen, returned to her home in Chicago
last Tuesday.
very fine program was rendered,
by the little children, in a conoert given
under the auspices of Woman's Aid
the Soiety of the Second Baptist
church Angust 4th, much credit is due
Mr. and Mrs. H. Stewart, for their gn
tiring interesting in training the chil
Mrs. Jno. Greenup, of Lockridge Ia.
who was called to the bed side of her
mother, Mrs. St. Clair, has aeturn to
her home.
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