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The Southern Indicator
Dear Mr. Editor:
It has been some time since UK
writer gave to your many readers ai
account of his going lo and fro ii
ithe interest of the Voorhees Nor
mal and Industrial School of Den
mark, the Tuskegee of South Caro
. Our first visit for mention was mad*
to Atlanta, Ga., in company with Prof
A. W. Nicholson ?principal of 'the
Bettis Academy of Trenton, S. C. Th?
meeting was called by Superintendent
of Bureau of Education, W. D. Clax
ton of Washington, D. C. A bringing
together of the heads of all the voca
tional schools from Virginia to Texas
to discuss the benefits of vocational
education upon the rural life of the
Negro. The meeting lasted two days,
November 1S-19. The sessions being
held in the capital building in the
Senate chamber, and your humble ser
vant occupying what' he never dreamed
as possible, a seat in the Senate of
the great State of Georgia. Nolens
volens, wc must agree with Dr. Silas
X. Floyd ,that Georgia is the first and
foremost State in the Union. We
learned at this meeting, that last year
the State of Texas appropriated for
Negro education over eight hundred
thousand dollars, Louisiana appropri
ated two hundred and sixty-seven thou
sand, and South Carolina came next
with an appropriation of one hundred
and sixteen thousand for Negro edu
cation. Our speech before the gath
ering was not long, but we got this
statement recorded in the proceedings
that in Bamberg County where thc
Voorhees School is located, that UK
Negroes in 1918 purchased and pain
for seven thousand acres of land. Dur
ing bur stay in Atlanta, the first day
the delegation was most royally enter
tained at dinner by Clark University,
and on the second day by thc Gammon
Theological Seminary in their hand
some dining hall. Professor Nichol
jafln. voiced .our sentiments, -when he
exclaimed, that Negro education is
engaging the attention of the United
States government as never before,
and soon all vocational schools will re
ceive government aid.
Our next visit, December 10, was
scheduled for New York City, for thc
purpose of having a "face to face" talk
with Dr. Wallace Buttrick, chairman
of the general education board. En
route ,we stopped in Philadelphia, Pa.,
and obtained the following letter o.
introduction to Dr. Buttrick:
Philadelphia, Doc. 14.
Dr. Wallace Buttrick,
New York City.
My Dear Dr. Buttrick: This will in
troduce to you Rev. E. R. Roberts, who
is the principal of tho Voorhees Nor
mal and Industrial School of Denmark,
S. C., a school for the training of col
ored young men and young women. I
have known Mr. Roberts intimately
for a number of years. He made a
splendid record as a St-it o o,.",?..,.
School worker in the employ of the
American Baptist Publication Society
for a number of years. His praise is
in all the churches and schools in
that part of the South land.
Two years ago, he was called to his
present work as principal of the Voor
hees School. I visited the school last
May and preached the "Baccalaureate
sermon to a splendid graduating class
of fine young folks. There was a great
congregation present on that occasion.
They have a number of unusually fine
school buildings and there are big pos
sibilities ahead of them. Their campus,
for a school of this sort, is one of thc
beet that I have seen in the South
land. They are especially in need
of a new chapel building; their pres
ent building being altogether unsuited
and inadequate for their needs. I
have no hesitancy In saying that any
money given towards their proposed
new chapel building, will be the best
kind of investment. Any service you
may be able to render to Mr. Roberts
will bc greatly appreciated by my
self. He is a most worthy brother:
true, tried and dependable.
With every good wish, I am,
Very sincerely yours,
S. G. Neil,
Bible and Field Secretary American
Baptist Publication Society.
Boforo leaving for Now York City,
we filled the pulpit of Rev. A. R. Rob
inson of the Shiloh Baptist Church.
Dr. Robinson was just recovering from
a severe attack of indigestion, which
rendered him as the French say, "hors
de combat." We preached in his
Tomorrow aft er noon at 4 o'clock th?
second get-together meeting of Colum
binns preparatory to the great Rac(
Conference next week, February 16tt
and 17th, will be held at First Calvary
Baptist Church. All lovers of good
music and short and helpful speeches
should avail themselves of the oppor
tunity to attend this meeting. Come
early and got comfortable seats. Bring
your whole family with you.
stead, morning and night to an audi
ence that filled the auditorium from
pulpit lo door ; earnestly pointing to
the repentance that leads to God, and
to faith in Jesus our Lord. At the
night service, seven joined for bap
tism. The Church was just finishing
.ip a drive for ten thousand dollars;
and they collected every dollar of the
amount in one month. An after col
lection of $35.00 was given us for the
work at Voorhees. We give the fol
lowing from a recent letter to us from
Dr. Robinson.
.'I am writing to report to you my
condition at this time. I am consid
erably improved in health and hope,
ere long, to be able to take hold and
handle my work. It is really beauti
ul the patience and sympathy which
my church is exercising during my
Illness. They are doing things for me
that I did not dream they would do.
Every little detail ia being looked af
ter and done for my comfort. They
do not want me to worry about one
?.bing, as they are willing to wait until
I am well. This is very kind of them.
All of my needs are being taken care
jf by them in every way, and with
great delight. Such things as I can
eat they delight to furnish. All of this
tends to lighten my burden and make
t possible.for me to early regain my
health and strength. I enjoyed very
much your presence, ??d it came at a
time when I needed it. The two ser
mons you preached at Shiloh will
.'ever be forgotten. I guess the Lord
sont you here just at the time with
iliese two splendid messages for the
? eople, and to give cheer and comfort
to me."
We left for New York City on Wed
nesday, December 15th, arriving there
safe and sound, and found a royal wel
come to the home of Rev. J. B. F.
Coleman, who was for several years
haplain of the Voorhees School, which
he resigned to accept the Presidency
of Liberia College of Monrovia, Libe
ria. Dr. Coleman Is at present taking
a post-graduate course at Columbia
University, preparatory to his return
to Africa. After transacting our busi
ness with the Uencral Education
lioard and returning to our habitat, we
met the Rev. H. L. Jones, D. D., who
s a graduate of Columbia University,
and at present pastor of the Baptist
Church at Yonkers, N. Y. We spent
.he night at his hospitable home en
joying the many good things of life
munt!fully provided.
Dr. Jones is formally of Virginia,
ind he ls thinking of returning South.
We have invited him to come to South
Carolina, lt being the garden spot of
i.he world. Churches in the State In
iced of a pastor might write him. His
.ddrcss is No. 248 W 133d street.
The Christmas holidays being near
it hand we decided to return home
.ind rece- ?. our Santa Claus under
mr vine and fig tree.
Our next visit found us at the Tus
kegee Institute, attending the Annual
'armers' Conference by specila invi
tation of Dr. R. R. Moton, the princi
pal, who asked us to deliver an ad
dress on "Why the Compulsory School
Law as applied to the Negro child was
largely ineffective. We delivered the
same before the Worker's Conference.
The Montgomery Advertiser (dally)
qioke most flatteringly of our speech,
for we dealt with the cause rather
than the effect. '
The Annual Farmers' Conference of
Tuskegee brings to its campus not
only the farmers, but the heads of
schools and educators from the entire
South land. Not to visit the confer
ence is to miss one of the greatest
meetings annually held for the uplift
o? the race. Dr. Booker T. Washing
ton laid the foundation of Tuskegee,
bul Dr. Moton is erecting a superstruc
ture greater and grander than any
leader of the race in America ever
dreamed of. Long may he live to bless
and be a blessing to the race.
E. R. Roberts.
1 . th Annual Session, February 16-17,
Columbia, S. C.
You are cordially invited to bej present at the 17th Ai
? nual Session of the South Carolina Race Conference to be hel
i in Columbia February 16th and 17th, 1921... The followin
' speakers have been invited to address the meeting: jg
1 Wednesday morning, 9:30 to 12:00-The Educational D
; vision merits at Sidney Park Church, Pres. K. S. Wilkinson, leac
ing, assisted by Prof. T. L. Duckett, Benedict College, and Mr
1 C. G. Garrett, Supervisor Schools, Richland County, r
Wednesday morning, 9:30 to 12:00-The Farmers' Div:
sion, leader, Mr. J. E. Dickson, U. S. Demonstrator, Richlan
County, assisted by R. W. WeStberry, Sumter County, and Mi
F. W. Williams, Richland County.
Wednesday, 9:30 to 12:00-State Y. M. C. A., leader, Di
Hodges, State Secretary.
Wednesday Afternoon, 2:30-Conference Mass Meeting
Address by Mr. E. J. Sawyer arid Dr. Hodges.
Wednesday night, at 8:00 p. m.-First Calvary Baptii
Church, address by. Mayor R. J. Blalock, president Columbi
Chamber of Commerce, Senator Niel Christensen, Gov. R. H
Cooper. Reply, Pres. R. S. Wilkinson,
Address-Bishop R. E. Jones, Sidney Park Church,
Thursday 9:30 to 12:00, Health Division. Leader, Mri
L. J. Rhodes, assisted by Dr. E. A. Huggins and Miss A. A
Thursday morning, 9:30 to 12:00-State Business Leagu
Meeting. Leader, Mr. E. J. Sawyer, Pres. Bank Bennettsvill?
S. C., assisted by Mr. R. W. Weatberry, Secretary State Busines
League and Mr. L. B. Woods, Treasurer State Business League
Thursday morning, 9:30 to 12:00-Religious Section
Leaders, Rev. P. P. Watson Missionary Baptist] State Conven
tion, assisted by Rev. J. F. Green, Rev. N. F. Haywood, and Rei
D. F. Thompson. *
Thursday, 2:30 p. m.-Official Business Meeting, to whic;
the public is invited.
Thursday night-Address, by Wm. H. Johnson, M. D
i Charleston, S. C., Senator Allen Johnson, and Rev. Mark T. Cai
lisle (M. E. Church, South.)
L S. LEEVY, President,
MRS. L. F. HOLMES, Vice President,
T. L. DUCKETT, Secretary,
L. B. WOOD, Treasurer.
? Bull Street, Between Taylor and Hampton Streets.
I Invites you and your friends to worship with them at all ot" ?
?\ their services.
I Sunday 10 a. m. Sunday School.
I Sunday Ila. m., Morning Service.
I Sunday 6 p. m., B. Y. P. U.
?j Sunday 7:30 p. m., Evening Service.
I H. M. Moore, A. B., D. D., Pastor.
Lott Carey Mission,
. Brewerville, Liberia,
West Coast Africa, Dec., 1920.
My Dear Rev. Carroll: I hope every
thing is running smoothly with you.
T have been keeping very busy with
just such work as Rev. Tturke de
scribesito you in his letter. He asked
nie to supplement his letter by relat
ing this incident to you. I went out
the other day as a sister of mercy
looking for objects of pity. I heard of
a suffering family. I succeeded In
reaching their hut after wading wa
ter, and found four in family who were
seriously sick, all of whom were lying
on the ground half starved, with noth
ing under them but (tn cid piece of
matting, with no one to do anything
for them. I rendered them all the as
sistance I could. Three are better,
one of whom has accepted Christ and
will be baptized Sunday. I believe I
am especially adapted for just such
work. It is the work that I was in
structed .to do, but necessity compels
me to put much time in the class
After diagnosing the cases abovo
mentioned as best I could, I found that
the principle medicine they needed
was something to eat. As all of them
wore suffering with an acute attack
of starvation, I sent up a prescription
to Rev. Burke for a little foodstuff.
The prescription was filled, the medi
cine Met the demand, and now the pa
tients are on the go. They come from
time to time to thank us for services
rendered. I told them that their souls
are in a worse condition than their
bodies were, and that Jesus Christ,
who had sent me there to heal their
bodies, is the only physician who could
heal their souls and save them from
eternal death, the dreadful results of
the sin-sick diseases.
They are anxious to have Him do
so, and listen attentively while wo ex
plain to them the wonderful plans ol
?y.si?j^Hi.ifcXi?iK!.Ki:Ki?i ?. ?vftbfi ?fetfug^Tfefflyjy. tiffi
Kindest regards to all.
Faithfully yours,
Marie E. Burke.
Lott Carey Mission,
Brewerville, Liberia,
Wost Coast Africa, Dec, 1920.
Dear Brother Carroll.
Words cannot be found in the Eng
lish language with which to express
the joy that your kind and welcome
letter brought to our hearts. We are
getting along very well under the pre
vailing circumstances. The future
I hope of Liberia depends almost all tQ;
jgether upon the quantity and quality
lof missionary work done here. We
j have the same problem to face here
that you have done so much toward
solving in America, namely, to bring
about a better feeling between some
of the Liberians and some of the na
tives, as the relation between the Li
berians and the natives, as I see it, IK
about like that which exists between
the' white man and the Negro in
There are many evils here lo retard
the progress of the country, whicli
inui-t be overcome. Some of them
the laws of the country are against
and assist the missionary in suppress
lng. I will name a few of the greal
evils which are hindering the prog
ress of the country: First, stronf
drinks. The public sale of strom
drink is permitted, and whiskey ii
imported in large quantities. Second
the virtual existence of slavery wha
I would call blind tiger slavery, bc
cause thc laws o? the country bein]
against it. It is carried on in an ur
derground way. For instance, a chil
may be pawned for a certain sum c
money in case tho owner of the chile
some of his people, or some one ii
terestod in his freedom fails to r<
deem him. He is compelled to wor
for the person to whom he ls pawne
as long as he lives, without receivin
anything for his labor save the foo
which he eats. The son of a chief wa
In our mission. The? chief died. Th
next week his mother carried him o
and pawned him for the sum of |48
A third great evil ls a society know
A Religious Congress to be Held J
Morris College Tuesday, Feb. 22d.
On Tuesday, February 22d (Georg
Washington's Birthday), Rev. J. ,
i- Starks, president of Morris Collegi
d Sumter, S. C., invites the ministers c
g all denominations In the Pee Dee sei
tion to come to the chapel of Morrl
.{m College at 9:30 a. m. until 12^00 noo
i and hear a great sermon on "Evang<
u liam" by a gentleman, who comeB frot
the far north. Afterwards we wi
have short statements by the Sout
" Carolina brethren of all denonilm
? tiona.
. Come, A Free Dinner Given to All.
The singing during the day will b
. done by a> hundred voices. Good mi
sic will be played by the best ban
in the State. Your soul will be fille
with power upon leaving these Ld
lowed grounds.
' J. J. Starks, Pres, Morris College.
1 Richard Carroll, Columbia, S. C
Assistant for this day's ratictiug.
as a Leopard Society. Leopards ar
very numerous in this oountry.. The
give the people much trouble attacl
ing their goats, sheep, hogs and cowt
carrying them off in the bush and ea
ing them, but a leopard will not attac
a person unless he is wounded. Th
Leopard Society is a set of canabal
or men who eat human flesh. The
disguise themselves by putting on
leopard skin and crawling about pr<
tending to be a wounded leopan
When he sees an unarmed 'person b
himself. He carries in his hand
dagger with which he-stabs his prey.
The laws of the country are strictl
against the society, and the executive
are doing all they can to exterminai
lt. But it being a secret society,
will take time. The people here seei
to be great believers in society. Th
strongest society out here, from ol
point of view, is the Griggle Bush, <
Devil Bush, as it is commonly calle
.The members of this society public:
'owtr'tHe devil aa ?isrr captain". "TIM
practice witchcraft.
Time will not permit me to rtescrii
this society in full. Hope to tell y<
more about it at a later date, also
our controversies with the Moham
I have a very bright boy, which
hope you will support in our schoi
We have several children who ne
scholarships. We make $25.00 p
year support a child, and some of o
children are almost grown. A ve
small sum Indeed, but somehow by t
help of the good Lord we get throu
by supplementing the scholars!
funds with a part of our salary.
We have just closed a successful
I vival meeting at the Zion Grove Bi
tist Church, of which the Rev. J.
Hays is pastor. Twenty-three acce
ed Christ as their personal Savio
among whom was a notorious infid
This infidel was a hard nut to era
as he would not visit church to h?
the gospel 'preached. A commiti
was formed, consisting of Sisters
Hays, L. Smart, A Moore, C. Bowe
P. Bryant, Bryant agam and Marie
Burke. They went to his house, wh
was about four miles away. At fl
he made them very unwelcome,
told them he had no time to bot
with them and they had better
back home. When they insisted
him, he began abusing them in ha
language. He assured them that
did not appreciate their interest
all, and that it was none of their b
ness how he died or where he wc
go after death. He dM not believ<
God or Jesus Christ, neither did
believe that there was a heaven
hell. The Bible to him was no nc
than any other book. He got so
gry with them that he cried and t
to drive them from his houue.
instead of going they forced hin
the house aind entered themsel
Singing "I Dreamed That the G
Judgment Morning Had Dawned
the Trumpet Had Blown." After t
ing, Mrs. Burke read a pansag!
Scripture and laid her hand no
head and prayed as if they were
'daining him to the gospel mini
AU of the aisters prayed. At
close of the meeting he seemei
have had a better spirit toward t
He then thanked - them for sho
their interest in hfm, but etil
claimed that he did not have tin
go to church. Furthermore, ho
living in a house alone and hai
one to look after his things whil
was away. But the spirit of God
vailed "and some time during
night he became anxious abou
Notes by Rev. eRRnajg?? Carroll.
Since leaving Voorhees Industrial
school, Denmark, S." C., ? have spent
a number of most comfortable duyp*
with Dr. J. W. Boykln and Deacon, T
J. Boykin of Camden, and lastly, with
Rev. A. W. Hill, D. D., and family at
Aiken, the famous winter resort.
I went into tho country to look
around Storm Branch Academy. At
this school cleanness abounds.
Though six miles in the country,
where the Union met, tho church,
steps and surroundings were clean.
In Aiken, S. C., the drug store of Dr.
C. C. Johnson is one of the most up
to-date; and 1 don't mean of colored
drug stores, but of all drug stores in
South Carolina. His patronage comes
from both races, from tho lowest to
the highest. Politeness, courtesy and
grace abounds. In Dr. Johnson, the
Baptists of South Carolina havo one
of the greatest laymen, with ability
to preside at and on all occasions
anywhere in America.
At tho parsonage Rev. A. W. Hill
and his wife spared no pains in mak
ing mo comfortable. As costly as
t chickens are, they had chickens on
tho table from their own yard. Mrs.
Hill is a good cook from "Old Vir
gin-ia." She is among the young
women who knows how to make corn
bread eatable when only made of
.vater, salt and meal. Good fires were
In my room and tho study. Bro. Hill
ma two diplomas; one from Benedict
College and one from the Union Uni
versity of Virginia. He is still dig
Sing away at Science and Philosophy.
Say what you may, I believe he is one
)i the many who is struggling ts d ?
Rev. W. Kenner lives In this city.
He has just married a wife and is as
happy as a lark. Both he. and his
wife have proper'7 and they have a
plantation together.
NoxV9m*<S?y-l-TEtr to- BtUfft J?i. S.- C?T 1
somewhere on the coast near Savan
nah, Ga., with my old friend aa man
ager, the Rev. J. M. Glenn, of the A.
M. E. Church. He teils me that he has
the co-operation of the Baptists for
ten miles around and other citizens,
white and colored. So next Sunday
he hopes to have a great meeting.
Some Notes.
The Rev. Richard Carroll states that
he was partly instrumental I'n get
ting the Rev. G. A. Burke in tho Lott
Carey Convention as a missionary in
Africa. Without calling names just
now, he has reliable information that
some money is going forward to help
Rev. Burke educate ten students in
the Brewerville, Liberia Normal and
industrial school, West Coast Africa.
The editor of The Indicator is right.
Make the preachers, teachers and oth
ers who we advertise in papers, pay
for it. My writings aro free, but the
publisher should have pay for all ad
It is said that Mrs. Cora Boykin
will be the general manager of the
Negro Baptist hospital that is to bo in
Columbia. She can manage the wo
men and men folks of Baptist persua
sion, well.
welfare of his soul. He got up the
iext morning and moved everything
ie had to a neighbor's house, em
ployed the neighbor to keep them for
jim, and left home for church, declar
ng that he would never return home
igain until he had found Jesus, pre
cious to his soul, and that he did.
They came in contact with another
nftdel, who delighted in cursing
Christ. Calling Him a bastard and
io forth, but now he is seeing tho
Saviour. He ran away from his home
vlien he found that a committee was
coming to see him, and went to the
louse of the Justice of the Peace,
vhom he thought had directed them
o his house, and cursed him shame
fully. He dodged them like a crim
hal -,v--u?u dodge a possee of sheriffs.
But, like a possee of sheriffs, they fol
lowed him until they found him, and
Look him by force in tho midst of his
ilastphemy and carried him to the
nearest house, where they read, Bang
ind prayed for him. The next day he
was found looking for them to pray for
liim again.
I am asking Mrs. Burke to relate to
vou another Incident which time does
lot permit me to do just now. Thank
ng you in advance for assistance ren
lered and remaining your most loving
irother and everlasting friend.
G. A. Burke.

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