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VOL. XV. NO- 31
A Colored Man Dealt
the 1
A Brutal Mure
No Efforts
Charlottesville, July 12 ?John
Henry James, the oolored msn who as
saulted MisaHotopp near here, was
lynched near here by the infuriated
citisens of Charlottesville and the
county Yesterday afternoon James
was taken by the officers to Pen Park,
where he waa identified by the young
woman aa her assailant. They aluo
carried him to the scene of the out
rsge. snd sscertsined by trying his
snoea in the tracks found there that
they oould have been made by no oth?
er. He was then brought back and
lodged in jail, a large crowd following
the entire way. The officers were cha?
ry of admitting thst he hsd been iden?
tified, but the crowd could not be de?
ceived, and angry mutterings and
threats of lynching were heard on ev?
ery aide.
Inconsequence of this it wss thought
best to remove the prisoner to Staun
ten for safety. This was accomplished
in this way: About 8:30 o'clock in
charge of Messrs. Nst. Martin, D. C.
Grady, snd Chief of Police Perish, the
colored msn was taken over the north
wall of the jail yard, through some
private premises, snd out by the wine
cellar, up the Southern rsilwsy to the
Union Ststion. lhere he wss put
aboard the west-bound freight on the
Chesapeske snd Ohio, which .left st 9
o'clock, and was away on the road be?
fore the people knew anything about
it. People were gathered in snots on
the streets as late ss ll o'clock, dis?
cussing the subject, snd itbecsme nec
esssry to take some of them through
the jail to satisfy them that the man
hsd really been taken away.
In the mean time Judge John M.
White, of the County Court, realizing
thst prompt and efficient means would
have to be resorted to to calm the ex?
cited populace, issued summons for a
grand jury to meet at 10 o'clock this
morning. It was about 10:45 when
the following gentlemen were sworn
in: H. C. Marchant (foreman), Reuben
Maury, John T. Antrim, J. D. Watson.
R. H. Fife. H. C. Witt, and J. Z. Hal
laday. ' Captain Woods, Common?
wealth's Attorney, thought it unneces?
sary to introduce any other witnes?
ses thsn the young woman and
her sister, snd the [jury retired to
their room to mske their investiga?
tion. Before the investigation wss
concluded, or they had rendered a bill,
news arrived thst James had been tak?
en from the train at Wood's Crossing
and lynched.
Chief-of-Police Parish and Sheriff
Lucien Watts srrived with their pris?
oner st Staunton at 11:30 Isst night.
The prisoner wss lodged in the city
jail. Chief Parish bought him some
sandwiches, which Jsmes ssid wss tbe
first food he hsd hsd since yesterday
morning In the morning be professed
tojhave rested well snd smoked s cigar
ette with cool indifference. He didn't
seem disposed to give the officers sny
trouble, snd when they bosrded the
trsin this morning for Charlottesville
it was not considered necessary to
handcuff him. He wss brought down
at 8, due here st ll :40.
When the trsin wss nearing Wood's
Crossing, about four miles west of this
city,the officers noticed a crowd at the
station, snd at once took in the situa?
tion. Chief Farish immediately went
to the front dcor of the smoking-car.
As soonl ss the trsin slowed up s
number of men, unmssked, bosrded
the platforms, front snd resr; all were
armed with pistols, and there seemed
to be about 150 in the crowd.
Chief Farish closed the door snd held
the knob; in s twinkling he wss push?
ed slide, the crowd rushing into the
esr against his protest, and in perfect
indifference to his presented pistol.
Sheriff Watte hsd a similar experience
With?Taken From
ier?Mob Makes
at Disguise.
in the rear of the car. The crowd then
seized the man, and bustled him, along
with Mr. Farish, outside of the car,
where they bound Mr. Farish's hands.
In the mean time Mr. Watts was plead?
ing with the mob to let the law take
its course, but he waa powerless in the
hands of so many. Ilia*
As soon ss James reached the plat?
form a rope was thrown over his head.
and ke was carried about forty yards
to a small locust tree, near the black
smitbshop. He was asked if he wished
tima to pray. He replied: "Before
God, I am innocent." But when the
officers pleaded with the mob to let
him come to a trial, he grasped at the
hope thus extended, and made the
sbove declaration.
The rope was thrown over a limb
about three inches in circumference,
and Jsmes was drawn up.
The limb jutted out from the tree at
s sharp incline, so that the rope slid
downwards towards the body of the
tree, and when at rest the man's body
was almost touening the body of the
tree. Under the tree was a bench, and
his feet were only a few inches above
it. As soon as he was elevated the
crowd empied their pistols into his
body, probably forty shots entering it.
When it became evident that the
man was dead the crowd dispersed,
leaving the body hanging on the tree.
The people in the city before the
train came, heard rumors of the in?
tention of the mob to lynch James at
the crossing, and a number of persons
started for that point, hut few reached
it before the deed was done. Among
these was the brother of the joans wo?
man, who arrived about ten minutes
after the hanging and emptied his pis?
tol into the body.
The ^rand jury were still in session,
and had rea'ched the conclusion to
bring in a true bill just as Mr. Cloud,
of the Chesapeake and Ohio railway,
reached the court-house and announc?
ed that the prisoner had been taken
from the train and was probably lynch?
ed. The court was immediately ad?
journed, snd the Judge snd Common?
wealth's Attorney rushed down the
street to get more informstion, and, if
possible, to devise means to prevent
the lynching. They soon found, how?
ever, that any effort in that direction
would avail nothing, as the evidence
that the deed waa done was volumi?
Coroner W. G. Brown was notified,
snd he proceeded to the scene of the
tragedy at 2 o'clock.
Csptsin Woods, sttorney for the
Commonwealth, was seen, and was in?
disposed to say much about the affair.
He deprecated deeply the violent meas?
ures that had been taken, saying that
he had positive evidence of the guilt of
The body of James was left hsnging
on the tree about two hours- Hun?
dreds of people visited the scene this
afternoon. Many of them gathered re?
lics of the occasion, taking soma por?
tions of his clothing, etc. His coat was
riddled with bullets.
While the body hung there No. 4
passenger train passed the crossing,
and ths improvised gallows being in
view, the passengers were forced wit?
nesses of a lynching.
When the mob dispersed they came
swsy in any direction thst suited them
?some coming on to the city. oth?rs
returning to their homes, sll with s
perfect indifference ss to any future
Yes, we wsnt colored officers for col?
ored troops wherever we can secure
Spanish Refuges Receiving Food Near Santiago.
Y. MO- A. Notes.
The meetings in the rooms Sunday
were vory impressive and Interesting.
The men were addressed by Mr. V. L
Hawkins who gave s good practical
The boys who attended the meetings
Sunday numbered fully one hundred.
A short talk was made by Acting Sec?
retary, T. H. Wyatt, after which those
who were not interested in the outing
were dismissed while the others re?
mained to perfect arrangements con?
cerning it.
The men will be addressed next Sun?
day st 5:30 P. M.. by Mr. Robert
Holmes. We have been informed that
Mr. Holmes is an eloquent speaker and
all will do well to come and hear him.
The silent hand of death hss again
visited the boya' department Y. M. C.
A. Only a few months past our es?
teemed and beloved brother snd co?
worker, R. T. Gilpin wss called from
labor to reward snd sgsin on Isst Sun?
dsy our esteemed snd beloved Jessie
C. Smith after considerable illness
passed away. The funeral services
which were very impressive took place
at the Leigh St. M. ?. Church. Tuesday
evening at 4 P. M.
Memorial exercises will be held by
the Y. M. C. A., in the nesr future in
honor of him, b?ing one of the grand?
est snd noblest characters of manhood
thst the Y. M. C. A. hss yet produced.
International Secretary, W. A. Hun?
ton gave the men some very interest?
ing facts Sunday concerning the Y. M.
C. A., tent among the troops of North
Carolina now ststioned at Fort Macon.
He has also made srrsngements for
commencing the work among the Vir?
ginia troops now encsmped st Single?
ton's fsrm. who will be put in .charge
we are not able to say at this writing.
A Conscientious Governor.
[New Orleans, Southwestern Christian
Our esteemed contemporary, the
Richmond Planet, John Mitchell, Jr.,
editor, has made s brave snd interest?
ing fight to hsve Virginia's two bat?
talions of Afro-American troops mus
tered into service under their own of?
ficers. This included two majors, who
are considered as efficient as any in
the State. Strong influences were
brought to bear upon the Governor to
have all their officers removed and
whites appointed in their stead, but
Mitchell stood his ground under the
watch word,''No officers, no light!"
Mr. R. J. Babs.
President of the People's Relief Ab
sociation ;
Allow me to extend to you my heart?
felt thanks for the kindness rendered
Frank Harris by your company during
his many weeks of sickness ; and also
the Thirty Dollars I received on ac?
count of his death.
May you livelong snd continue Sin
such noble work.
Mas. H Kn bi etta Lee,
506 Louisisna St.
Richmond, Va., July 1. 18P8.
Mr. E. A. Washington.
Dear Sir:?Allow me to thank you
kindly for the prompt attention I re?
ceived from your company, the Peo?
ple's Relief Association during my ill?
ness. Sir. I must confess thst your
Company is strictly a reliable one, and
I hope that your membership may con?
tinue to increase.
Yours for the advancement of tbe
Company. Joshua E. Brown,
1834 William St., (Sidney).
Richmond, Va .July 12, 1898.
This is to certify that I received of
the People's Relief Association the
sum of Nine Dollars cash, birth bene?
fits, so therefore with many thanks
to the Company, I wish them a speedy
(Mrs,) Laura Johnson.
1115 N. 29th St.
Stop this war talk snd hear thst
grest sermon thst Rev. Evans Psyne,
the Bishop of Church Hill, will presch
at Amelia Courthouse Mondsy, July
Miss Ada G. Foster is visiting in
Amelia Co.
-Miss Virginis B. Harper is visit?
ing friends and relatives in Washing?
ton and Philadelphia.
-Mrs. Nannie A. Martin and her
niece. Miss Emma E. Jones, left Mon?
day, the 11th, to visit friends in New
York and Astoria. Long Island.
-Miss Nannie B. Crump, of 603 W.
Leigh Street, is at present in Philadel?
phia. Ps., visiting her brother Mr.
Win. Isaac Crump and her parents'
friends, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander W.
j Bell.
-Miss Lucy A. Trent of Cumber?
land Co., Vs., hss been visiting the
city during the psst two weeks the
guest of the Misses I sham. 809 N. 5th
-Miss Lucy E. Brown of Freder
icksburg, Vs., wss in the city this
-Mrs. Mynor H. Bass of Boston
and Mrs. M. E. Faulk of New York are
in the city.
-Little Miss Arsena Robinson,
daughter of Mrs. R. Eleanora Wesley,
is spending the summer at Brook Hill,
the guest of Mr. and Mrs. John Beard.
-Miss Julia A. Holmes left last
Thursday to spend several weeks in
-Miss Lizsie Burrell, who has
been indisposed, ie out again.
-Mrs. Rosa K. Jones is visiting in
Washington, D. U. She will return
next week.
-The friends of Mrs. Sarah Jack?
son, 121 W. Duvsl Street, sre sorry to
know thst she is indisposed snd glsd
to know thst she is improving snd
hope for her speedy recovery. She is
under the skillful trestment of Dr,
Go with the Working Sons of Hope
to Staunton on Ssturdsy night, July
23rd. The fare is only |1.50.
?"he Elder Answers the
Qu: st ion--Caustic
He Does Not Travel to Secure
Office?A Crushing Re?
In snswer to an anonymous letter
said to be from New York in last
week's''Reformer," Mr. E W. Brown,
editor of the 'Reformer," Chief Bu?
reau of Information of the Grand
Fountain, easajs to give out some in?
E. W. Brown is a broken down poli?
tician from Prince George County, on?
ly a few years ago was plowing corn
and picking peanuts, begged for some?
thing to do in an institution that I bad
helped to build, an editor without ex?
perience or discretion. Chief of Bureau
of Information and giving out false in?
formation because of ignorance of the
hiritory of the institution. I am in?
formed that on one occasion he made a
mistake and insured his 80 year-old
grand-father in the order for |500. giv?
ing his age at leaa than 50 years. No
wonder he made a uiiatake in my his?
tory which is as follows :
I waa born in Louisa County, Va.,
May, 1857, of slave parents. My fath?
er was a colored man named Jacob
Phillips, who had been duly married
to my mother, Julia Phillips. I found
myself free on the plantation at eight
years of age. I began work in a to?
bacco factory at Fredericks Hall, Va
At 15 yeara of age I came to Richmond
where I followed my trade as a factory
hand in several of the largest factories
until I was about twenty years of agc.
rev. Jasper's preaching.
I was convicted under the preaehing
of Rev. John Jasper and professed re?
ligion at the age of 21 years. I was
baptized in Covington, Va., by .Rev.
Fiat Beale.
After a few months I removed my
membership to the Mount Garland
Baptist Church, Louisa County, where
I was licensed to preach. Returned
to Richmond alternately as a factory
hand, janitor of Wilkerson's Hall and
as a wagoner on the streets. While
working for my daily bread I gave all
my spare timetojstudy. I often preach?
ed for Rev. Jasper and many ol the oth
er pastors of Richmond.
In 1878 I was married to Miss Melvi?
na Dobson in Richmond, Va.
In 1884 I was called to the pastorate
of the Union Baptist Church at. Beaver
Dam. Vs. Thst charge is yet held by
me aa well as being paster of the Mt.
Carmel Baptist Church at Noels, Vs.
I have been snd sm now the Presi?
dent of the Mattoponi Baptist Associa?
tion, composed of Baptist Churches of
the counties of Hanover, Louise,
Caroline, Spottsylvania, Stafford. King
William. Henrico, Chesterfield, Essex,
King Georsre, aud the cities of Rich?
mond, Manchester and Fredricksburg,
The record of this association for
work is second to none in the state
snd is considered by competent judges
to be one of the besr. It has contrib?
uted largely for mission work, both
Home and Foreign. It gives special
attention to the educational interests
of the Baptists and has contributed
over $500.00 to the Virginia Seminary
as well as fitting up two rooms at that
institution. It is now raising an addi?
tional $500 to be paid in the near fu?
Since resigning my position as depu?
ty of the Grand Fountain, I have given
much of my time to evangelistic work,
having conducted large and successful
meetings in various points in this state
as well as in Washington and New
York. I hsve worked for some of the
sblest divines in thedenominstionsnd
from the results, I am satisfied that
aomething was accomplished for the
Master's cause.
I sm President of the Progressive
Joint Stock Associstion of rianover.
Louise, Csroline ana Spottsylvania
Counties. Deacon R. F. Robinson is
one of the Directors.
It has never been necessary for me
to travel from place to place advertis?
ing myself nor asking for office. God
whom I serve has always found a work
for me to do.
Id 1885 I became acquainted with
Rev. William W. Browne, whom I met
on the train to Beever Dam. I did not
know him nor did he know me. On
srriving st Besver Dam, we both got
off and he came up to me and asked
strangely enough, "Who is C. H. Phil?
lips and where can I see him?"
I introduced myself to him and after
learning his mission, I agreed to take
im to Mr. Samuel Taylor's house
irith me. We were both cordially re
eived by brother Taylor. After rest
ng Rev. Browne explained his plans to
ne in detail and as I was impressed
vi th the same 1 asked him to sceom?
lany me to church next day and preach
br m?? after which I would Rive him
in opportunity to speak to the people.
)n Sunday, he preached an acceptable
lermon and afterward* lectured to my
jongregation. A convention of 26
netnhers was formed and of that nam
>er Rev. W. L. Taylor was one.
rrv. Browne's appointed.
Rev. Browne immediately appointed
ne a deputy to help him spread tha
irork in the adjacent counties. As
neither of us had money to hire eon?
?reyances, we walked from place to
place going sometimes aa far as eight
miles to meet appointments. Aa food
waa scarce and no money to pay for it
sre feasted on wild grapes.
The Fountain at Beaver Dam was
?irganized about thirty dsys after the
convention wss started. I opened a
convention st Frederick's Hall. Va ,
where I waa assisted in organizing the
Fountain by W. P. Burrell I organ?
ized five Fountains in Louisa County
before I attempted to go out on the
field and travel for the order.
I waa assigned to duty in Weat Vir?
ginia where I succeeded in organizing
ona Fountain and putting over fifty
members io the Glasse *?.
At Ashland, Ky., a Roiebud was or?
ganized ny me as well as a Fountain at
I ron ton O.
At Pittsburg, Pa., I introduced the
work of the True Reformers and on my
first visit organized two Fountains.
When I left Pittsburg there were ten
Fountains organized by me snd one
Rosebud. At Middleton snd Kennet
Square, Ps., I also organized Foun
I wsa at no time Chief of Philadel?
phia, Pa-, but aa Deputy General in
charge of Division. No. 1.1 made my
headquarter for a time st Philadel?
phia where I organized the first Foun?
I waa the first to introduce the order
st Wilmington. Dei., snd st Chester,
Ps. I organized the first Fountain at
Newsrk. Del . whioh hsd been worked
up by R-^v E. T. Anderson.
In New York City, I organized one
In the winter of 1893-41 traveled
with the Grsnd Master on a tour of in?
struction, visiting several lsrge Di?
visions ; afterwards I was assigned to
look after the work iu Caroline, Spott?
sylvania and King George Counties.
In April, 1804, in ooedience to ur?
gent orders from the G. W. Master L
reported to the office at Richmond,
where, after a conference, it was de?
cided that I should take charge of
Washington. D C. I was not in favor
of thia, but yielded. On arriving at
Washington we found the whole Divi?
sion in favor of a Washington man for
chief Against the protest of the Di?
vision I was installed snd I put my
whole heart into the work. I attend?
ed to the business of the D. vision and
orgsnized several convert ons in
Maryland and Virginia and Dot many
members in Classes. When I was in?
stalled aa chief Rev. Browne present?
ed me as a token of his confidence and
esteem with a suit of clothes, an over?
coat, a hat and a pair of shoes.
At Washington, I met and trained
Mr. J. W. Branson, who was then one
of the canvassers and deputies.
At the session of 1894 the Washing
ington Division elected one of their
own number as chief and I was re?
turned to Washington at an officers
meeting held in Richmond Rev.
Browne complimented my record snd
said that as a builder I had outstripped
every one else in spreading the work
abroad where it had not been before
After returning to Washington I
found that for the compensation I was
then receiving I could not afford to
leave mv family as I had done before
and I so reported to the Grand Master
and other executive officers. They
could not see their way clear to give
me living wages so I resigned at once
and sent in my resignation in writing.
Thus my official connection with the
True Reformers enced, but I have at
all times upheld the principles of the
Order and maintain my membership
in all the departments.
I am at present general agent for the
'Virginia Baptist." To this I am giv?
ing ail my spare time in order to ad?
vance the interests of the Baptist
cause. While traveling in the interest
of the Baptist I hsve, wherever conven
ient, spoken in the interest snd for
what I oonceived to be the best interest
of the Grand Fountain.
For further information as to who is
C. H. Phillips, I beg to refer to the
Baptist ministry of Virginia, especial?
ly those connected with the Mattaponi
Association, and the Baptist State
C. H. Phillips,
Beaver Dam, Va.
-bs b aa
Editor Barnett's Tribute.
[Omaha, Neb.. Progress.J
The Richmond Planet made ita ap?
pearance this week in an enlarged
form, both in size, local snd editorial
metter. The Planet essly out ranks
all competitors, and the patronage it is
receiving is evidence of the fact that
the people of Richmond spprecistes ft
good newspaper,

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