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Dear Mr. Editor:
It has bean some time since the
writer gave to yoaif manyreaders an
account o? his going to and frb in
Ihe^^tepesl ol tie Voorhe*3e for
mai ^and industrial School of Den-|
mark, the Tuskegie of South Caro
Our first visit for mention was made
to Atlanta, Ga., in cbmpany with Prof.
A. W. Nfcholson^principal of ^Uie
Bettis Academy of 'renton, C. The
meeting was called by Superintendent
of Bureau
ton of W;
Educ Uionv > Ctoxr j
D. &
together of the heajis of all the voca-j
tional schools from \ Virginia to Tex$s
to discuss the benefits of vocational
education upon the rural life of the
Negro.i the meeting lasted two
November ?S-19. The sessions being
held in the capitai building in the
Senate chamber, and your humble ser
vant occupying what he never dreamed
as possible, a seat | in the Senate -of
thej great State o\' Georgia, Nolens
votens, we must agree with Dr. Silas
X|Royd ,that Georgia is the firs| ancf
foremost State in the Union, We
learned at this me? ing, thatfi??t year
thei?tat?^rf T?nui ?^i^rl^^
Negro education ojrer eight hundred
thousand dollars, ijiouisiana appropri
ated two hundred aijid jsixty^ven thou
sand, and South qaroliaa
wtth an appropriatali of one hundred
and sixteen thousand for Negro, edu-j
cation. Our speech before the gath
ering was not lon?, ' Imt jw&??i this
statement recorded [inth*proceedings,
thai in Bamberg Jcounty^ wn?r? the
Voorhees School is located, that tile
Negroes in 191?
Ibi* sevem tino
the attention of the United
States government! as never before,
and soon all vocational schools will re
ceive government ajid.
Por next visit, December 10, was
scheduled for New (York City, for the
purpose of having as "face to face" talk
with Dr. Wallace Buttrick, chairman
of the general education board. En
route ,we stopped in Philadelphia, Pa.,
and obtained the following letter of
introduction to Dr. IButtrick:
Ptals.dejlphia, Dec. 14.
Dr. Wallace Buttrick,
New York Citjj.
ik$ Dear Dr. Buttrick: This will in
troduce to you Rev. E. R. Roberts, who
is the principal of [ the Voorhees Nor
mal and Industrial School of Denmark,
S. C, a school for jthe 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 State Sunday
School worker in ithe employ of the
American Baptist {Publication Society
fora number of years. His praise is
in all the churches and schools in
that part of the Sputa land.
Two years ago, he was called to his
present work as principal of the Voor
hees School. I visjited the school last
Kay and preached j the "Baccalaureate
Sermon to a splenqid graduating class
of fine young folks.! There was a great
congregation present on that occasion.
They have a number of unusually fine
school buildings asjd there are big pos
sibilities ahead of them. Their campus,
for a. school of this sort, is one of the
host that I have I seen in the South
land. They are 1 especially in need
of % new chapel tjuilding; their pres
eat building being; altogether unsuitec
and inadequate ior their needs, j
have no hesitancy! in saying that ani
money given towards their proposed
new chapel building, will be the besi
kind of investment. Any service yot
may be able to rejader to Mr. Robert
wilt be greatly Appreciated by my
self. He is a m?st worthy brother
true; tried and dependable.
With every goo? wish, I am,
Very slncj&rely yours,
S. G. Neil,
Bible and Field ; Secretary America]
Baptist Publication Society.
Before leaving jfor New York Citj
we filled the pulpit of Rev. A. R. Rot
insoa of the Shiloh Baptist Churci
Dr. Robinson was | just recovering fror.
a severe attack ok indigestion, whicl
rendered him as the French say, "nor
de combat" We preached in hi
Tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock the
second get-together meeting of Colum
bians preparatory to the great Race
Conference" next week, February 16th
and 17th, will he 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 get comfortable seats. Bring
your whole family with you.*
stead, morning and night to an audi
ence that filled the auditorium from
pulpit to , 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 ?hurch was just finishing
up 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 fronda recent letter to us from
Dr, .Robinson.
s? **1 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
hanule my work. It is really beauti
ful 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 is being looked af
ter and done for my comfort. They
do not want me to worry about one
thing,jasL they are willing to wait until
I am welL This is very kind of them.
Ail o? my needs are being taken care
of 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
early regain my
mons you preached at Shiloh will
never be forgotten. I guess the Lord
sent you here just at the time with
these two splendid messages for the
people, 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
chaplain 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 General Education
Board and returning to our habitat, we
met the Rev. H. L. Jones, D. D., who
is a graduate of Columbia University,
and at present pastor of the Baptist
Church at Yonkers, N. Y. We spent
the night at his hospitable home en
joying the many good things of life
bountifully provided.
Dr. Jones is formally of Virginia,
and he is thinking of returning South.
We have invited him to come to South
Carolina, it being the garden spot of
the world. Churches in the State in
need of a pastor might write him. His
address is No. 248 W 133d street.
The Christmas holidays being near
at hand we decided to return home
and receive our Santa Claus under
our vine and fig tree.
Our next visit found us at the Tus
kegee Institute, attending the Annual
Farmers' Conference by specila invi
tation of Dr. R. R. Moton, the princi
pal, who asked us to deliver an ad
dress ?n "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 (daily)
spoke 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
of the race. Dr. Booker T. Washing
ton laid the foundation of Tuskegee,
but 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.
?7th Annual Session, February 1647,
Columbia, ?. C.
You are cordially invited to be present at the 17th A?
nuaf Session of the South CarolinaKace Conferme to be held
in Columbia February 16th and 1/?, 1921... The following
speakers havebee? invited tjo address the meeting:
Wednesday morning, 9:30 to??~T^? Educational Di
vision meets at Sidney Park Church, ?res. R. S. Wdkinson, lead
ing, assisted b? Prof. T. L. Duckett, Benedict College, and Mrs.
C. G. Garrett, Supervisor Schools, Richland County.
Wednesday morning, 9:30 to l|:^The Farmers' Divi
sion, leader, Mr. J. E. Dickson, ?. 5. Demonstrator, Richland
County, assisted by R. W. Westberry, Sumter County, and Mr.
F. W. Williams, Richland County.
Wednesday, 9:3r\<o 12:00?State Y. M. C. A., leader, Dr.
Hodges, State Secretary.
Wednesday Afternoon, 2:30?Conference Mass Meeting.
Address by Mr. E. J. Sawyer and Dr. Hodges.
Wednesday night, at 8:00 p. ni?First Calvary Baptist
Church, address by Mayor R. J. Blalock, president Columbia
Chamber of Commerce, Senator ,Niei Christensen, G?v. 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, Mrs
L J. Rhodes, assisted by Dr. E. A. Huggins and Miss A. A.
Thursday morning, 9:30 to 12:00?State Business League
Meeting. Leader, Mr. E. J. Sawyer, |Pres. Bank Bennettsville,
5. C, assisted by Mr. R. W. Westberry, Secretary State Business
League and Mr. L. B. Woods, Treasurer State Business League.
Thursday morning, 9:30 to 12:00?Religious Section, j
Leaders, Rev. P. P. Watson Missionary Baptist State Conven
tion, assisted by Rev. J. F. Green, Rev. N. F. Haywood, and Rev.
D. F. Thompson.
Thursday, 2:30 p. m.?Official EBusiness Meeting, to which
the public is invited.
Thursday night?Address by Wm. KL Johnson, M. D.,
Charleston, S. C, Senator Allen Johnson, and Rev. Mark T. Car-}
[isle (M. E. Church, South.)
L S. LEEVY^Prettdsok
MRS. L. F.
: .
Bull Street, Between
anq Hampton Streets,
Invites you and your friends to worship with them at all of
their services. j
Sunday 10 a. m. Sunday School. j
Sunday 11 m., Morning Service.
Sunday 6 p. m., B. Y. P. U.
Sunday 7:30 p. m., Evening Service.
H. M. Moorej, A. B., D. D., Pastor.
* Lott Carey Mission,
Brewerville, Liberia,
West Coast Africa, Dec, 1920.
My Dear Rev. Carroll: I hope every
thing is runnmg smoothly with you.
? have been keeping very busy with
just such work as Rev. Burke de
scribes to you in his letter. He asked
me 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 an old 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 3iagnpsing the . cases above
mentioned as best I could, I found that
the principle medicine they needed
was something to eat. As all of them
were 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 tbem from
eternal death, the dreadful results of
Khe sin-sick diseases.
They are anxious to have, Him do
so, and listen attentively whie we ex
plain to them the wonderfulj plans of
Kindest regards to all.
Faithfully yours,
Marie E. Burke.
Lott Carey Mission,
Brewerville, Liberia,
tfrest Coast Africa, Dec, 1920.
Dear Brother Carroll.
Worjas cannot be found in the Eng
lish language with which to express
the joy that your kind and welcome
le:ter brought to our hearts. We are
ge tting along very well under the pre
vailing circumstances. The future
hore of Liberia depends almost all to;
gether upon the quantity and quality
of missionary work done here. # We
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 Liberiana and some of the na
tives, as the relation between the Li
beriana and the natives, as I see it, is
about like that which exists between
the white man and * the Negro in
There are many evils here to retard
the progress of the country, which
must be overcome. Some of them,
the la^vs of the country are against,
and assist the missionary in suppress
ing. ^ v>in name a few of the great
evils piich are hindering the prog
ress of the country: First, strong
drinfcsj The public sale of strong
drink j:s permitted, and whiskey is
imported in large quantities. Second,
the virtual existence of slavery what
I would call blind' tiger slavery, be
cause jthe laws of the country being
It. It is carried on in an un
na way. For instance, a child
Pawned for a certain sum of
money] in case: the owner of the child,
some 01 his people, or some one in
terested in his freedom fails to re
deem kirn. He is compelled to work
for the rerson to whom lie is pawned
as I?n? as he lives,* without receiving
anytnicg for his labor save the food
which he eats. The son of a chief was
in our mission. The chief died. The
next *eek his mother carried him off
and panned him for the sum of $480.
A tt?rd great evil is a society known
A Religious Congress to bo Held at
Morris College Tuesday, Feb. 22d.
|| On Tuesday, February 22d (George
yaehington's Birthday), Rev. J. J.
?tarks, president of Morris College,
Bumter, S. C, invites the ministers of
all denominations in the Pee Dee sec
tion to come to the chapel of Morris
Coliege at 9:30 a. m. until 12:00 noon,
gad hear a great se; non on "Evange
lism" by a gentleman, who comes from
the far north. Afterwards we will
have short statements by the South
Carolina brethren of all denomina
Come, A Free Dinner Given to All.
; The singing during the day will be
done by a hundred voices. Good mu
sic will be played by the best band
in the State. Your soul will be filled
with power upon leaving these hal
lowed grounds.
J. J. Starks, Pres, Morris College.
Richard Carroll, Columbia, S. C,
. Assistant for this day's meeting.
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as a Leopard Society. Leopards are
very numerous in this country. They
give the people much trouble* attack
ing their goats, sheej?, hogs and cows,
carrying them off in the bush and eat
ing them, but a leopard will not attack
a person unless he is wounded. The
Leopard Society is a set of canabals
or men who eat human flesh. They
disguise themselves by putting on a
leopard skin and crawling about pre
tending to be a wounded leopard.
When he sees an unarmed person by
himself. He carries in his hand a
dagger with which he stabs his prey.
The laws of the country are strictly
against the society, and the executives
are doing all they can to exterminate
it. But it being a secret society, it
will take- time. The people here seem
to be great believers in society. T&e
strongest society oat, here, from our
point of view, is the Grigie Bush, or
Devil Bush, as it is commonly called.
The members of this society publicly
?PIPI ^^^^^^^^^^^^
Time will not permit me to describe
this society in full. Hope to tell you
more about it at a later date, also of
our controversies with the Mohame
I I have a very bright boy, which I
hope you will support in our school.
We have several children who need
scholarships. We make $25.00 per
year support a child, and some of our
children are almost grown. A very
small sum indeed, but somehow by the
help of the good Lord we get through
by supplementing the scholarship
funds with a part of our salary.
We have just closed a successful re
vival meeting at the Zioir'Grove Bap
tist Church, of which the Rev. J. O.
Hays is pastor. Twenty-three accept
ed Christ as their personal Saviour,
among whom was a notorious infidel.
This infidel was a hard nut to crack,
as he would not visit church to hear
the gospel preached. A committee
was formed, consisting of Sisters A.
Hays, L. Smart, A Moore, C. Bowens,
i P. Bryant, Bryant again and Marie E.
! Burke. They went to his house, which
was about four miles away. At first
he made them very unwelcome. He
told them he had no time to bother
with them and they had better go
back home. When they insisted on
him, he began abusing them in harsh
language. He assured them that he
did not appreciate their interest at
all, and that it was none of their busi
ness how he died or where he would
go after death. He did not believe in
God or Jesus Christ, neither did he
believe that there was a heaven or
hell. The Bible to him was no more
than any other book. He got so an
gry'with them that he cried and tried
to drive them from his house. But
instead of going they forced him in
the house and entered themselves,
Singing "I Dreamed That the Greaf
Judgment Morning Had Dawned and
the Trumpet Had Blown." After sing
ing, Mrs. Burke read a passage of
Scripture and laid her hand no his
head and prayed as if they were or
daining him to the gospel ministry.
All of the sisters prayed. At the
close of the meeting he seemed to
have had a better spirit toward them.
?He then thanked them for showing
their interest in him, but still he
claimed that he did not have time to
go to church. Furthermore, he was
living in a house alone and had no
one to look after his things while he
was away. But the spirit of God pre
vailed and some time during that
night he became anxious about the
Notes by ^Rev.. Richard Carroll.
Since leaving Voorhees Industrial
school, Denmark, S. C, I have spent
a number of mos^t comfortabie day*
with Dr. J. W. Boykin 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 the country to look
around Storm Branch Academy. At
this school cleanness abounds.
Though six miles in the country,
where the Union met, th? 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 I don't mean of colored
drug stores, but of all drug stores in \
South Carolina. His patronage comes
from both races, from the lowest to
the highest. Politeness, courtesy and
grace abounds. In Dr. Johnson, the
Baptists of South Carolina have one
of the greatest laymen, with ability
to preside at and on all occasions
anywhere in America.
At the parsonage Rev. A. W, Hill
and his wife spared no pains in mak
ing me comfortable. As costly as
chickens are, they had chickens on
the table from their own yard. Mrs.
Hill is a good cook from "Old Vir
ginia." She is among the young
women who knows how to make corn
bread eatable when only made of
water, salt and meal. Good fires were
in my room and the study. Bro. Hill
has two diplomas; one from Benedict
College and one from the Union Uni
versity of Virginia, He is still dig
ging away at Science and Philosophy.
Say what you may, I believe he is one
of the many who is struggling to do
Rev. W. Kenner lives & this city.
He has just married a wife and is as
happy as a lark. Both he and his
wife have property and tb?y have a
plantation together.
t Kart Sunday I go to Bluffton, S. C,
hah, Ga., with my old friend as man
ager, the Rev. J. M. Glenn, of the A.
M. E. Church. He, tells m? 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 ha?ve a great meeting.
Some Notes.
The Rev. Richard Carroll states that
he was partly instrumental m get
:ing the Rev. G. A. Burke in the 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 Brewerviile, 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 are 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 be in
Columbia. She can manage the wo
men aifd men folks of Baptist persua
sion, well.
welfare of his soul. He got up the
next morning and moved everything
he had to a neighbor's house, em
ployed the neighbor to keep them for
him, arid left home for church, declar
ing that he would never return home
again until he had found Jesus, pre
cious to his soul, and that he did.
They came in contact with another
infidel, who delighted in cursing
Christ. Calling Him a bastard and
so forth, but now he is seeing the^
Saviour. He ran away from his home
when he found that a committee was
coming to see him, and went to the
house of the Justice of the Peace,
whom he thought had directed them
to his house, and cursed''him shame
fully. He dodged them like a crim
inal would dodge a possee of sheriffs.
But, like a possee of sheriffs, they fol
lowed him until they found him, and
took him by force in the midst of his
blastphemy and carried him to the
nearest house, where they read, sang
and prayed for. him. The next day he
was found looking for them to pray for
him again. t
I am asking Mrs. Burke to relate to
you another incident which time does
not permit me to do just now. Thank
ing you in advance for assistance ren
dered and remaining your most loving
brother and everlasting frien^.
G. A. Burke.

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