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Published Every Saturday
In this city since July 15th, 1899,
without missing one single issue. Re
publicans, Democrats, Catholics, Pro
testants, Single Taxers, Priests, infi
dels or anyone else can have their say
as long as their language is proper
and responsibility is fixed.
The Broad Ax is a newspaper whose
platform is broad enough for all, ever
claiming the editorial right to speak
its own mind. It is neither Demo
cratic nor Republican. It is strictly
or absolutely independent in politics.
Local communications will receive
attention. Write only on one side of
the paper.
Subscriptions must be paid in ad
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Address all communications to
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Phone Wentworth 2597
Kditar and Publisher
Associate Editor
Chicago, HL, May 12, 1923
VoL XXVIII _No. 34
Entered as Second-Class Matter. Aug
»*, 1902. at the Past Office at Chicago
tN. Under Act of March 8, 1879.
By Wm. Anthony Aery
Hampton, Va.—The musical pro
grams of the fifty-fifth Hampton In
stitute anniversary season, which has
just closed, brought together from the
Lower Peninsula of Virginia and from
distant cities large companies of ap
preciative citizens.
The dedication in Ogden Hall of the
"Frissell Memorial Organ,” built from
the Palmer Fund and presented by
George Foster Peabody of New York,
senior member of the Hampton In
stitute board of trustees, was opened
with the singing of “My Lor<J, What
a Morning,” a famous Negro "spir
itual,” by the Institute mixed chorus
of over 800 voices.
Chandler Goldthwaite, formerly of
Boston, who for the past two years
hast been the municipal organist of St.
Paul, Minn., served as recital organist.
He played before capacity audiences.
His program, during the Hampton
anniversary season, included Guil
mant’s "Finale” to the “First Sonata;”
Nevin’s “Will o’ the Wisp” and “The
Rosary;” Meyerbeer’s "Coronation
■March;” Bach’s “In Sweetest Joy;”
Vi erne’s “Scherzetto;” “March of the
Wooden Soldiers;” Wagner’s “Finale”
to "Tristan and Isolde;” and his own
“Scherzo in F,” “Cradle Song,” and
“The Frissell Memorial Organ,” de
signed and built by the Skinner Organ
Company of Boston, is a three-manual
recital, and semi-automatic organ, with
2,000 pipes, which includes the modern
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The Plain and Simple Democratic Mayor of Chicago, Who Has
Appointed a Colored Lawyer Assistant Corporation Counsel
of Chicago, and He Will Receive Six Thousand Dollars Per
Year for His Services.
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stops that make it possible for a
skilled musician to play colorful or
chestra scores and bring his audience
the finest symphonic effects of the
English and French horns, the string
instruments, clarinet, oboe and flute.
Negro “Spirituals” Sung
The Hampton Institute Quintet,
which recently made a successful tour
of the white schools and colleges of
Virginia and North Carolina and dem
onstrated the artistic value of Negro
folksongs that express the aspirations
of a racial group which is struggling
upward toward a better light, won
new friends for Negro music by their
singing of the following Negro folk
melodies: “Mary and Martha’s Just
Gone Along;” “Little David, Play on
Your Harp;” “My brethren, Don’t
Get Weary;” "Ain* That Good
News;” Poor Mourner;” “Down by
the River;” “Massa Dear;” and "Join
the Union.”
A corresponding service to Negro
music was rendered by a double quin
tet, composed of Hampton Institute
graduates, who sang to the members
sf the National Hampton Association
and other visiting friends a number of
aid, quaint plantation melodies, includ
ing "Wheel in a Wheel,” "I Know I
Would Like to Read,” “My Lord De
livered Daniel,” “Sometimes I Feel
Like a Motherless Child,” “Old Ship
af Zion,” and "I’m going to Talk and
Walk with Jesus.”
At all the public meetings the
Hampton Institute chorus, led by
Paige I. Lancaster of Hampton Insti
tute, sang favorite “spirituals,” includ
ing “There’s a Meeting Here tonight,”
‘Ride On, Jesus,” “Look Away in the
Heaven,” "Swing Low, Sweet Char
iot,” "I’m Going to Lay Down This
Heavy Load,” “Roll, Jordan, Roll,”
“Study War No More,” “Every Time
I Feel the Spirit Moving,” "My Way's
Men from the 28th Member of
of its Track Elevation
Cloudy,” “Couldn’t Hear Nobody
Pray,” and “Go Down, Moses."
No less attention was attracted by
the singing of the student glee clubs
and the Institute choir. The girls, un
der the direction of Wilhelmina B.
Patterson of Hampton Institute, sang
Dvorak’s “Goin’ Home,” Page’s ar
rangement of Nageli’s “The Violet,”
and Johnson’s “Since You Went
Away.*’ The boys, under the direc
tion of R. Nathaniel Dett, sang Cole
ridge-Taylor’s “Viking Song,” Combs’
“Her Rose,”’ Schubert’s “Sanctus,’
and Detts “Father Abraham.” The
choir, under the same director, sang
Tschaikowsky’s “On, On! O Thou
Soul!” and Dett’s motet, dedicated to
George Foster Peabody, “Don’t Be
Weary, Traveler, Come Along Home
to Jesus.”
R. Nathaniel Dett played on the
piano three of his own compositions—
"Beyond the Dream” from “Enchant
ment” suite, “Juba Dance” from “In
the Bottoms” suite, and “Mammy”,
from "Magnolia” suite.
According to recent advices from
the War Department, the Graves Reg
istrator, Q. M. C., at Brooklyn, has
notified the Col. Chas. Young Post,
American Legion of New York City,
that the remains of the late Col. Chas.
Young will arrive in this country
about May 20, 1923.
Tht Committee dh Memorial Cere
monies is busy prosecuting its plans
for the ceremonies, which the post
through the courtesy of the United
States War Department, will be per
mitted to hold over the remains.
The committee will invite all of
New York and as many from all parts
of the country as can attend, to join
them in paying tribute to this valiant
soldier for whom the post is named.
A committee of the American Leg
ion consisting of representatives from
the two local posts—the James Reese
Europe and the Jams E. Walker, are
making arrangements for an imposing
and impressive function upon the ar
rival in this city of the body at Arl
ington, Washington, D. C.
This committee consisting of Com
rades H. O. Atwood, Alexander Mann,
John R. Anderson, Elisha Almond,
Arthur C. Newman, Benjamin D.
Boyd, Frank Coleman, Campbell C.
Johnson, with West A. Hamilton as
chairman, is seeking the cooperation
of every single veteran organization,
particularly of color in America to
gether with a race loving patriotic re
sponse from the people at large. It is
expected that the Grand Army, United
Spanish American War Veterans, the
Army and Navy Union, the Veterans
of Foreign Wars, and the American
Legion will back the committee and
have out their full strength on the
day of the funeral.
Request for the required military
escort has been made. Efforts to se
cure the use of the great amphithea
tre at Arlington are being made. Re
quest is being made of the President
of the United States through a com
mittee to have all veterans excused
from their duties on the day in ques
tion in order to attend the funeral
Mr». Lou Ella Young, D. G. M. N.
G., and Mrs. Ella G. Berry, D. G. M.
W. R. of Eden Grand District House
hold of Ruth of Illinois and jurisdic
tion, are working hard iu order that
the coming meeting at {St Louis in
August hull be a success.
He Voted in Favor of the .Passage of
the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill
Funeral Services were held over the
remains of the late Congressman John
W. Rainey, member of Congress from
the 4th Congressional District of Illi
nois, at St. Agnes Roman Catholic
Church and at his late home, 3341 S.
Western boulevard. Tuesday, his mor
tal remains were laid to rest in Cal
vary cemetery.
Mayor William E. Dever and his
cabinet, Mayor Frank Doremus and
Judge Vincent Brennan of Detrpit,
and seventeen congressmen from Illi
nois and other states were among
those who attended the services in the
Troops from Fort Sheridan, an
American Legion post, and two pla
toons of mounted police led the cor
tege as it moved from the Rainey
home to the church.
It was estimated that more than
5,000 persons gathered about the
Rainey home and the crowd at the
church overflowed into the streets.
Several trucks were piled high with
floral offerings bearing the cards of
lifelong friends and associates in all
parts of the country as well as those
of city, state, and national officials.
Congress was represented by Her
bert G. Rosboro, assistant chief clerk
of the house of representatives.
Notables in Attendance
The following congressmen attend
ed: James M. Mead and John R.
Johnson, New York; Charles L.
Mooney, Ohio; Royal C. Johnson,
South Dakota; Stanley H. Kunz,
James Buckley, M. A. Michaelson,
Frank R. Reed, Charles E‘. Fuller,
Carl R. Chindbloom, John C. McKen
zie, Morton D. Hull, Allen F. Moore,
Henry R. Rainey, Thomas S. Wil
liams, Edward Miller, and Henry
Rathbone, Illinois. The Criminal court
was represented by Judges George E.
Kcrsten and Philip L. Sullivan. Con
gressman Rainey was once clerk of
the Circuit court and served as judge
of the Proabte court.
Congressman Rainey had the moral
courage to vote in favor of passing the
Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill and for that
one act alone he endeared himself into
the hearts of the colored people all
over this country for all time to come.
May his soul find favor in the sight of
the Gods for,, billions and billions of
years to come.
Newspapers are full of news" con
cerning the migr^ion of colored peo
ple from the South, but are overlook
ing another movement of almost as
great significance. Negroes, it ,is true,
are leaving the South in large num
bers. Figures at the Urban League
office indicate that the rate is almost
half as great as during the war period.
The only thing unusual about this mi
gration has been its size. But one of
its effects, the disorganization of rural
community life has brought into the
limelight a movement of large num
bers from counffy to city communi
ties. d*
The magnitude of this last may be
shown by a comparison of census fig
ures of 1910 and 1920. In that period
of ten years, the rural Negro popula
tion decreased 3.4 per cent while the
city population increased 32.7 per cent.
In the rural districts the proportion of
Negro children in 1910 was 7 per cent
greater, and in 1920 S per cent less
than the proportion of white children.
The movement has not been entirely
to northern cities, for among the ten
cities with large increases in popula
tion in that decade are to be found
New Orleans, Birmingham, Atlanta,
Memphis, none of which had less than
58.000 Negroes at the 1920 census.
So far as the South is concerned,
the effect on agriculture is as bad
whether the Negro farm laborer goes
to Northern or Southern cities. The
lesson is that Negroes, North and
South, in country or city, are looking
for better things, and are on the move
to get them.
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In 1911, shortly after Mayor Carter
H. Harrison was inducted into office,
for his fifth or last term, he selected
Charles E. Morrison, as his special
messenger and for four years, he
served him in that capacity and
Mayor William Hale Thompson, who
succeeded Mayor Harrison, retained
the services of Mr. Morrison, who
served those two mayors as their
special messenger, for twelve years.
And Mayor William EX Dever has
informed Mr. Morrison that he is one
of the most prominent members of
his official family and that he must
continue during the future, as he has
in the past, to faithfully discharge his
duties and honestly transact his busi
ness, for the citiiens of Chicago, at
the same old stand.
There is one thing that can be truth
fully said, in favor of Mr. Morrison;
namely, that be is very^polite to every
body; that he is accommodating and
attends strictly to his own business.
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Gourdin, World Record-Holder for
Running Broad Jump and Other
Athletes Coming
By Gideon E. Smith,
Acting Physical Director, Hampton
Hampton, Va.—Edward O. Gourdin,
world’s record-holder of the running
broad jump—25 feet and 3 inches—
will take part in the second annual
championship track and field meet
which will be held on Armstrong
Field, Hampton Institute, on Satur
day, May 19, beginning promptly at
one flj|clock in the afternoon. Ar
rangements are also being made to
bring other prominent athletic stars
to Hampton on May 19.
Last year the following schools took
part: Howard University, Virginia
Union University, Virginia Normal
and Industrial Institute, St. Paul Nor
mal and Industrial School, Bordentown
Manual Training School of New Jer
sey; Princess Anne Academy of Mary
land; Dunbar High School, Junior
High School, and Armstrong High
School, all of Washington, D. C.;
Huntington High School of Newport
News, Va.; Booker T. Washington
High School of Norfolk, Va.; and Nor
cum High School of Portsmouth, Va.
All of these institutions are expected
to be represented this year.
The following schools have stated
their willingness to enter teams for
this second meet: Lincoln University
of Pennsylvania; Livingstone College,
of Salisbury, N. C.; Wilberforce Uni
versity of Wilberforce, O.; Knoxville
College of Knoxville, Tenn.; St. Aug
ustine School of Raleign, N. C.; and
Harrison High School of Roanoke, Va.
Lincoln, with her relay team fresh
from its victory in the Pennsylvania
relays, will be a strong contender for
the relay cup trophy. The Howard
relay team that made such a great
showing in the Pennsylvania relays
will be on hand to try to duplicate its
feat of last year.
Reuben F. Jones of Hampton, cap
tain of the 1923 Hampton track team,
is confident of leading his team to vic
tory. The competition will be keener
this year and all teams must fight hard
on May 19 to win on Armstrong Field.
In February of 1920 there was in
corporated in Toledo, Ohio, the
Frederick Douglass Recreation Center
whose purpose was “to establish a
recreation center for colored boys and
young men, and to provide a place for
the moral, memtal, and physical de
velopment of colored youth.”
At the outset some $1200 was raised
among the colored citizens to initiate
the work of the Center. Toledo’s
philanthropies are combined in the
Toledo Community Chest, which
raises funds in a central drive once
each year and which aims to pay the
actual running expenses of the thirty
six angencies thta it recognizes. In
April 1920 the Chest investigated the
Frederick Douglass Recreation Center
and allotted $2400 for its years’ work.
In 1921 the Center received $3000 as
its share. In 1922, convinced that the
organization was putting over a
worth-while program, the officials of
the Chest raised the allotment to
The Frederick Douglass Communi
ty Center in its three years of actual
work has accomplished something. It
has given the boys and girls a place
for supervised play and organized
work with groups and individuals; and
it has developed a community con
sciousness among men and women of
color. This institution is seeking to
pave the way for a new type of social
work among colored groups. Already
the Center has outgrown its present
quarters and is planning to ask the
citizens of Toledo in the near future
to give it the means with which to
build a fully equipped community cen
ter building.
Nominations for persons worthy to
receive the Spingam Medal must be
in the hands of the Secretary of the
Committee on Award, Walter F.
White, at 70 Fifth Avenue, New York
City, on or before June 1, 1923.
The Medal is awardede annually to
an American Negro for the highest
achievement during the preceding
year or years in any honorable field
of human endeavor. All nominations
of candidates for the Medal must state
in detail the achievement for which
the Medal is to be awarded, and give
as full a biographical account as pos
sible of the nominee.
The Committee of Award, whose
decision is final, is composer of Bishop
John Hursit, Chairman; John Hope,
President of Morehouse College; Os
wald Garrison Villard, Editor of the
Nation; Dorothy Canfield Fisher, dis
tinguished novelist; Dr. James H.
Dillard, Director of the Slater and
Jeanes Fund; Theodore Roosevelt,
Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and
Dr. W. F. B. Du Bois, Editor of The
The Medal will be presented at the
Kansas City conference of the Na
tional Association for the Advance
ment of Colored People, at the eve
ning session of Monday, September
3rd, Ex-Governor Henry J. Allen of
| Kansas, will present the MedaL |
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Recently Appointed One of the Attorneys for the Local Board
of Improvements. So Far He is the First Afro-American
to Be Selected to Serve in That Legal Capacity, Mayor
William E. Dever Appointed Him Through the Recom
mendations of Hon. P. A. Nash, Member of the Board of
Review of Cook County and Hon. George M. Maypole, Al
derman of the 28th Ward. Mr. Randle Will Receive
$4,200 Per Year. •
Attorney James H. Randle who has
the honor and the great distinction of
being the first colored lawyer in this
city to serve as one of the attorneys
of the Local Board of Improvements
who was one among the first appoint
ments made by Mayor William E.
Dever, was born in the state of Texas
or the Lone Star state, coming to this
great city to make his future home
and to carve out an honorable name
for himself in 1898.
Prior to that time he attended school
at Washington, Texas, and also at
Vistula, Texas. After landing in this
city he completed his high school
work under Prof. Charles W. French,
who was at that time highly connected
with the Hyde Park high school.
Later on in life he entered the John
Marshall Law School and in 1916 he
very successfully graduated from it
with high honors. Not long after that
time he was admitted to the bar by
the supreme court of Illinois and right
from the start he began to pick up
considerable law business, more than
enough to keep the hugnry wolf from
the door.
On March 3rd, 1923, he was ad
mitted to practice law in the United
States courts.
For many years Mr. Randle has re
sided on the West Side in the old 14th
ward, now the new 28th ward and for
many years he has been a strong and
out-spoken Democrat, for some time
being chairman of the 28th Ward
Democratic Auxiliary organization,
and at each and every election in the
past he has always worked hard for
the success at the polls of Alderman
George M. Maypole, Alderman Joseph
Higgins Smith and Hon. P. A. Nash,
and that is one reason why that Aider
man Maypole and Mr. Nash, went to
the front for him and induced Mayor
William E. Dever to appoint him to
an honored position in the Local
Board of Improvements which has
never been held by any other colored
lawyer in this city.
Mr. Randle stands well in the esti
mation of the colored people residing
in his section of the city, and for
some years he has resided at 254 N.
Talman Ave. and his law offices are
located at 2031 West Lake street and
Mr. Randle feels very grateful inde^i
to Alderman Maypole, Mr. Nash and
to his other good friends for landing
him in a first class legal position in
the city hall.
Mr. Randle states that each and
every person connected with the law
department of the Local Board of Im
provements treats him fine and that
alt of them stand ready and willing
to impart any information to him
which will aid him in his important
duties in that department of the city
Member of the Firm of Nash Brother*, the Big and Successful
Contractors; Member of the Board of Review of Cook
County Who Stands High in the of the Colored
People on the West Side ; Who b Reedy and Willing to
Bach Up Mayor William E. Dover and His Administration
to tho.JLnat Ditch.
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