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KICHMONJ), VIBGINIA. SATUKDAY, FEBBUABY 14, 1903 F1VE 5 CEislS TWENTY-EIGHT WHITE MEN CHARQED WITH LYNCHING. A SOUTHERN JUDGE COMMITS THEM WITHOUT BAIL. Pecullar Conditions in Mississippi. A Grafflc Deseripiion of Most Brutal Murderers. Victims Had Committed N o Crime. UBERM. M.NDEO WH.TE :,EN INMOKANT OVEJT?E BUTCHERY.-SAD T.MES AT KOC.USKO. WHAT WILL THE END BE. The New Orleans, La., Times-Demo crat in its *ssue of Jan. 28, 1903, au nounoed that white men facod a court of law at Kosciusko, Miss., for the lvnching of Negroos for the first time in the history of Missipsippi. It was a habeas corpus hearing beforo Judge W. F. Stephen in order to secure bail. The correspoudent says: "The twelve men indicted for the lync hing of the Negroes, Halluin and Moore and now in custody, show that they realize the griivity of the case. At first they were inclined to sniile at the iudict i??eu* .is a merc for?"u. Theu the arrests -?ud impriEoument followed, and the disconiforts of the situation dawned up? on them. They appeared in court and witnessed the vigorous light made by the State's rcpreseutatives to reniand them to prison without bail to await their trial. Thoy found themselves face to face with the conmion fact that they were being proS ecutod by able attorneys and learned tbe seriousness of the charge. This im pressiou mirrored itself on their faces." The white men charged with the crune are J. R. Tucker, J. E. Green, J. J. Green, G. M. Oarleste, J, F Whaitey, Lee Whaitey, Noah Lindsev. Aleck Kirk, Bill JGoff, Oliver WMNO and Shelly Burton. The following is the correspondence: Kosciusko, Miss., Jan. 2?.?The sini ple story of the crime for which tho twonty-eigbt mon were indicted by the grand jnry of Attala county sufficiently explains the acting of that body. Jast about dusk of an evening in last July several Negro women made their way to a clump of trees edging an old field. Before approaching too closely they reconnoitered. There was noth ing in sight to frighten them The field was bare cf everything save dead stubble, and from the shadow of the trees came no sound. They plncked up their courage and began to scau the ground narrowly, as if in seareh of 6omething lost. They found it. Without warning they came upon a hornble spectacle. At the foct of a sniall live oak tree lay two inanimate bodies. Both were b< uad as to wrists and ankles with trace-chains secured with padlocks. The chains were looped arounri the tree, evideutly in the fear thatthe nrisonors might escape. There was no danger of escape now. Clothing and bodies punctured with bullet holes and soaked with blood told tbe tale of how they came to their eud The women released the bodies from the chains that bouud them even in death. They moaned after the manner in their race, giving vent to their grief in the monotonous chauting of sorrow that has an indescribaMe accent of weirdness. The bodies r'.islinked from the tree, they composed themselves as best they might. A wagou was suni moned that had waited on the edge of the field. The two men were placed in it and taken to what they once called home. On the niorrow they had their burial. It was the general opinion in the "CrossRoads" neighborhood of Attala county that this was the fiual scene in thetragedy. No one dreamed that any thmg could come of it. Those who had participated in the kiihng of the two Negro men slept peacefully and with clean consciences. They believed that they had put down a threatened upris mgof theblacks in that district, and had set an exaniple that would substan tially curb the insolence of certain ele ments of the Negro population for some timetocome. Had any one suggostod that there might be an epilogue to the tragedy he would have been regarded asan ldle babbler. The people of the ?'Cross Roads" neighborhood knew a thingortwo. And, besides they wen precedent8. CAUSE OF THE I.YNCHINO. Events the most spontaneous can us nally, with a little investigation, bo tracod to deflnite causes. Thero was a chain of causos leading up to the grew some speotacle in the clump of trees at the edge of the stubble field. On a certain raorning before this, two yonng men of the district had met two >-egrocs as they went about their busi nesji. Greetings were exchanged. To the indignation of the two young white irien, the Negroes addressed them by ' their giveu uame<. Promptly attentioii was called to this inexcusable breach of resjiect, The Negroes were in an ugly mood and made an msoleut answer. A nuar rel onsued, but there was no breech of the peace. , The two white meu saw in the de meanor of the Negroes a portentous sitfiiificance. They tulkod tho matter ovor with ? nuniber of friends All agreed that the teniper that the Nogroes BM sliown nieant somothiug. Had not ? sinular disj-osition beon not? d r-n the part of a urood many other membors <.f tho raeo previous to this? Was there not a secret organizatiou which held freqiieut meetings, for what purpose no oue kiiew: Wero not the white people I likely to suffer seriously from any ris mg of the Negroes, even tliongh. as a matter of course, tho latter would be annihilatcd in the end? In the reniote country districts ->t At tala county the rumor of a "rising of Negroes," which seems so incredible to one acquainted with affairs, does not proyoke the ready smile of unbelief. It is regarded as a possibility. From the little iucidents described arose the most absured reports. Bandied from mouth to mouth, they lost aJl semblauce of truth Each man contributed sonie what of his fear and his imagination to ' swell the sails of every floating rumor. The women became frightened and ad ded their shrill anxieties to the general chorus. Finally the vague, the indefinite suspicions that had floated hazily in the atmosphere for several weeks, infectiug even those who knew the utter ground lessness of it all, precipitated itself in deftnite form. And the form it took was a sottled belief on the part of many and an assmued belief on the part of many more, that the Negroes were med-1 itat ng a rising for the purpose of kill-' mg out the whites; that they were hold-' ing secret meetings to devise the prop er means for carrying out the plot most effectually; and lastly, that Monroe Hal lum and Jim Gaston were the leaders in in the plot. . MBBTINO OF WHJTTK MKN. | The word was sent out and the crowd gathered. The rumor that something' out of the ordinarv might be expected brought out; a fair attendance from neighboriug counties. Moutgomery furnished a respectable quota, and Oal- ; houn did not go unrepresented on that nieiuorable occasion. Over 150 are suid to havo gathered in the old field where ' jndgment was to be pronounced. The two Negro?s charged with being ' the mstigators and leaders of all the I trouble haa previously been arrested The men that went in search of them found them at work. They were in the woods getting out crossties for the rail road. They were all unprepared for the sudden descont, and had to surreuder at discretion. They were taken to the appomted place, after being shackled with trace chains, so ih&t escape was lmpossible. They were linked together and walked side by side, sullen and say mg little. I The capture was effected about noon. The crowd was impatiently waiting for the arrival of the prisonerg. They were ' reccived in silence. The debate began. One might imag lne himself, on hearing the discussion, I back in the times of Old England, when ' the jury was unlimited and a man was ' tried by all the people in the' district. It was at once seen that opin-1 lon was not all one way. The lines of' division were distinct. There was the element that shouted for iminediate' punishment, assuming as a matter of! course that the prisontrs were guilty of all they were charged with. Next came ' the doubtful element that had no stroiiK I opinion on the snbject. Then came the ' conservative element, nnfortt nately ' soraewhat in the minority, but making ' up for that by superior weight and re-' spectability. ? Each faction had its exponont. The ' older men arguod that there was noth-! ing in the report that the Negroes were meditating an outbreak against the* whites. The moderate ones remained ) siient. The exrreme element addnced what seemed to their minds irrefragible proofs of the truth of the general sus picion. NKGROES HAD MADE THREATS, "I won't cali no whiteniau 'mister.' '* was the remark shown to have DMB made by H llum. This fact was ostab lished beyond dispntc. Both men were known to have made threats. So they wrestled with each other u ?. til the sun went down. Fircs were lighted in the old field, and the fl ltnes warned the watchers from the liills that the debate bade fair to prolong itself through the night. The Negroes w.-re t laoed under a close gunrd. A riug of m n sat arouud tl.e.u Mtfe a;med with a rifle or a shotgnn Finally the better element imaginod that it had about couvinced the couu selors of violence. A vote was taken aiid it was found that the ninjoritv was of the opinion that the Negroe's had coinmitted no crime and had nicditntcd none. For their insoleuce a whipping would be a suffcient puuishniont. Thore was no doubt of the desperate character of the prisoners. A mimbor?of the best ftkmetit, having brought mattcrs to this satisfactory point, mounted their hcrsos and went home, leaviug the prisoners still under guard. That is always the way with "the best element." It strenuously opposes any resort to lawlcssuess, but it has an acute sense of its own persoual comfort. Still somo of the best element remain ed. The night wore on. They became convmced that nothing would be done. Mauy of the moderate oues begau to en tertain a similar opinion. The crowd dwiudled down to about sixty. The Negroes themselves did not believe they would be hurt, They exhibited no signs of fear. Thoy paid close attention to the discussion. and saw tliat nothing tangible had been adduced acainst them. ^* NKJHT SPENT BY CAMP FIRES. As the night wore on the wrangline ceased. The crowd gatherod aronnd the various little campfires that had been lighted. They might have been a scouting party of an invading army. Every now and then some one of the party would skirmish arouud and find fuel with which to replenish the fire He punched it with a wooden poker and the flames lit up the faces of those who sat arouud. Some finally lay down on the ground aud went to sleep. Others remaiued the whole night through dis cussing the quostion at issue in low tones, Only there was uut much v2 an issue to.be settled, The opposition had nearly all gone, leaving a practical un animity of opinion in those who remaiu? ed behind. Still during the night they made no move to conclude tho affair. In the dnll monotouy of their lives this lucident came like a miracle of re lief, and they were in no hurry to short en the pleasurable seusation. They felt a r-ew dignity; they were to decide a question of life or death. They felt a new power; they were to be the execu tiouers There was no need to hasten and cut short the power and the digni? ty and relapse once more into what they were. |The darkness and mysterv of the night added to their sense of the ini pressiveness of the occasion, and per haps awed them a little, so that they thought it best to wait uutil morning before doing tho deed itself. Morning came, foggy and gTay at first, but later bright and clear. They had eaten nothing during the af tornoon and night. and thore was no breakfast awaiting them in the merning. The better element were at home at break? fast. They had done their duty, and confidently hoped that reason and ius tice would assert themselves, and they would hear later in the day the news that the Negroes had been soundly thrashed and turned loose without seri ous injury. j111^^0 meu TO?"egnUty and must die That was the verdict after the morning had broadened and the time had come either to pardon or condemn. Still chere was dolay. In unexpected quarters were heard suggestious of lenity. The long vigil had relaxed the tension under which a number had la bored the night before, and they felt their mood grow softer, This unseasonable interposition con tinued with more or less effect until about 11 o'clock. Then there waa an eud to hositation. Action was at hand. NEGROES PL.EAD BOR MERl'Y. The two Negroes were made to walk ?7er^a tr^' They Wertt' cnained to it. Then they realized that thev were looking death in the eyes. TJp to that time they had not l>elioved that th.v wern m any real danger, and had re main.-d sullenly <,uiet. Now their tougues were loosened. Perhaps th. v th.?ugl,t from the preparations they were to be burned. Thev pleaded with their captors with rending protesta tums of liiiiiK-enee of any -riminal de R\i They called oa <},*? ., witrvss that they h:ul done uo wrong. "Litie np, men!" was the command that rang ont in response. An old man with a military turn was aeting as captain of the execntion scpiad. He bore himaelf with an air cf authority. His command was respond ed to by a s.-ore of men who took thoir placqs ;is ho directed. The others hunu back, amid jeers. The taunt of "cow ard caused a number to take a place in theranks. Soine left the grounds, de Hanng they would ueither witness nor have auything to do with it. Others dropped in a ditch in the old held and sjreoued themselves from the view He bore hinnelf withan air of author? ity. Mib commaad was responded to bv a scoro of men who took their places as h ? directed. The others hung back amid jeers. The taunt of "coward" c iused a number to take a place in the ranks Some left the grounds, declar ltigrhey would neither wituess m,r have anything to do with it. Others dropped in a ditch in the old field and screened themselves from the riew The guns focussed on the two men whostood against the trunk of the tree. The order waS giveu and the volley rangout. The mon sank down but were partiy upheld by the chains around their limbs. Without more ado the crowd rode away, and at dust the inghtened Negro women came to take the dead home for burial. ISDHTMENT OK THE KYNCHERS. Unfortunately the incideut gained an undue publicity. Several citizens in the neighborhood were indignant, and com municated their indignation to others. I he circle widened until the lynchers of the two negroes flually found them? selves generally condemned. The grand jury, whioh sat in Septem ber httle more than a month after the killing, received a stroug charge from oircuit Judge Stevens, who was indig? nant that the recgrd of his district should be sullied by such a crime To the surpnse of those implicated in the affair, as well as a good many other people, mdictments were returned against twenty-eight citizens of the "t,ross Roads" neighborhood. It was the flrst time in the history of Mis-ussippi that any number of white men had been indicted for participating in a lynching. These indictments, so at variance with all preoedent, filled the guilty ones with alarm. They was dulv advised that they had been four.d". I here was a stampede for the tall tim ber, participated in by principals, wit? nesses and a number who had not been indicted, but who found themselves suddenly uneasy. Sheriff Love waitedfor them to "set tle" after being flushed. Eleven came back and were arrested and lodgetl in the Kosciusko jail. One man was caught at Winona, whither he had fled, and brought back. The others are in hiding at home and abroad. The Mid-winter Oarnival will be the attraction of the season. The place is the Pythian Castle Hall, 511 N. 3rd St It wid commence on the 16th and last ono week. The Richmond Hospital will be open ed Monday Feb U\. Friends and stock holders are cordially invited to inspect. The Training School for nurses will be opened Monday March 2nd. Address all applications to Dr. D. A. Fenrason 609N.2ndSt. ?rgusou, Of course you wanfc to hear again that beautiful Quartette in Belshazzar led on bv Miss Cora E. Epps and Prof! Thomas H Hopkins. MISS BELLE EYANS QOMB. Earleysville, Va., Feb. 2, 1903. Miss Belle Evans, the youngest daugh ter of Mr. Nathaniel and Mrs. Mary Ward Evans, departed this life Jan. 24, 1903, in the 19th year of her age. She was a great sufferer, having been con fined to her room for more than twelvo months, but bore her illness with inuch patience and Christiau fortitude. Her kind and obedient disposition, her ten der and loving devotion to her pareuts j and family, made her the idol of home; while her wiusome ways won for her a ' place of affectionate regard and esteem in the hearts of all who knew her. . He fnueral took place from the Mt. i Sinai Baptist Church of which she was a fathful niember. A very touching and eloquent discourse was delivered by Dr. R.O. QuarlesofOharlottesville, Va. from Matt. 11:28, a text selocted by the deceased for the occasion The large congregation poured forth tears of sym pathy as he portrayed with great tender ness the beautiful Christian character \ and life of her, who was once the idol of the home and the centre of a host of loving friends. She leaves behind to mourn their loss a father, mother, sister, brother, and nnmerous other relatives and friends. WTe tmst that our loss is her eternal gain. We have parted Belle?thou art dead! On its last resting place we baid thy head We know that we must part, no pow? er on earth could save. Thy qniet goodiess from an early grave. Those eyes so dull, though kini each glance they cast, Looking a sister's fondness to the last. Yes. we have parted Belle, thou art gone, (Jone in thine innocence, meek and suf fering one. Thy woary spirit breathod it-self to sleop, So pvaoefully, it soemed a sm to weop. Like stars that strngglo through tlie clouds of night. Thine ey, l one monicnt caught, a glorious light; As if to thee in that dread hour t'were given, To know on earth what faith believes in Heaven. Then like tired breezes thou didst sink to rest, Nor one, one pang the awful chauge confe8sed. Death stole in deftness o'er that love ly face, And touched each feature with a new born grace. On cheek and brow unoarthly boauty lay. And told that life's poor cares had passed away. In my last hours be Heaven so kind to me, I ask no more than this?to die like thee. HerSiSTER: WANTED? SEVERAL PERSONS OF CHARACTER and good reputation in each state (one in this county requir ed) to represent and advertise old estab lished wealthy business house of solid finaucial standing. Salary $21.00 week ly with expeuses additional, all payable in cash each Wedncsday direct from head oflices. Horse and carriage fur nished when neccssary. References. Euclose self-addressed envelope. Oolonial Co., 334 DeATborn St., Chicago. 2-15-'03-18t. Who? Yes (Antonio) Queen of Bel? shazzar in tho person of Madame Fan? nie P. Walker. She never fails to please an audience. The (Jrantl Chanoellor to Speak There. The members of the Order of Kuights of Pythias and Oourts of Calanthe will have a rally at the Bank St. Baptist Church, Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 24th. CJrand Chancellor John Mitchell, Jr , will speak on the business features of the organization. All of the lodges courts and companies will be ofheially ordered out and a graud tinie is expect ed. -The condition of Sir R. B. Mosby of Samsou Lodge, is unchanged. -Mrs. S. L. Mitchell has left the city for Suffolk, Va. What is an admission fee of 25 and 35 cents, when you know you will hear Misses Tharps, Raudolph and Mrs. Winston D. Payne sing Monday night in Belshazzar. Another Court in Lvnchbnnr. Lynchburg, Va., Feb. 11th, 1903. Grand Worthy Counsellor, John Mitchell, Jr., arrivod here yesterday afternoon for the purpose of organizing a court of Calanthe which had been got ten up by the efforts of Deputy Julia Watts and Miss Susan E. Merchant. The initiation took place at the True Reformers' Hall. There were thirty three members of the new court. The foliowing filled the chairs: G. W. In pectrix, Laura Williams; G. W. O., Harriet Irving; W. lnspector. Nannie Allen; G. WT. E., Emma Garlani; G. W. S. D., Nannie Higginbotham; G. W. J. D , Katie Smith; G. W. Cond Christiua Wells; G. W. Asst. Cond"' Alice Shearer; G. W. R. of D., Annie Jones; G. W. R. pf Dep., Nannie E. Black; (J. W. H., U. S. O. Pat'orsou G. W.P., W. J. Wolls. The court is one of the best ever made in the city. It will be known as Hill City Court No. 59. The foliowing were installod as offi M lUS- w* Mar? Everett; W. Inx., M. TsbelhW. I susan E. Merchant rm!iwJMne^CVbblor: J D- Martha Crutchfield; O , Jennie Ward; R. of D Nannie fehelton; R.of A.,Ella Boulding! K. of Dep., Deliloh Fraukliu; E , Nellie Pryor, Cond., Sophia Norman; Asst ???; vSPEasas H ?Emma moiid Mit0he11 left last niSht ?? Rich ..ix^S^? hav,VVuur ?*8 on the date *eb lfith and that s alright, for all ZJ* S5 ^r that 8weet and t?hder ?w-0f ff6 Queen Re^nt(in the person of Miss Marguerite Tinsley.) - * I m_, Spoke at (harlottesville. Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 10th, 1<K)3. Grand Chancellor, John Mitchell, Jr arrived here last evoning accompanied by State Organizer, Jesse Scruggs. Sir Mitchell spoke to an euthusiastic audi euceat the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rev. A. B. Coleman, pastor. Prof B* J* <1?17e11 was ou the rostrum and Kev. Ooleman introduced the speaker He was repeatedly applau led as he dis cussed present jouditions in this coun try. as they relate to the race. The Grand Chancellor loft last night for Richmoud. During his brief stay here, ho was the guest of Rev. G. W. Lcwis. A Pythian club has been or ganized here. Sir Scruggs is still here. Rev. Richard A H. Carroll. Presid mg Elder of the Petcrshurg District of the C. M. E. church, will hold his sec ond qnarterly meeting at Bethel Chapel on Schaffer St., n.ar R scrvoir He will preach at Bethel Chapel, Rich niond. tho 15th inst at 11 o'clock and Uniou St. Station. Potersbnrg, at 7:30 P. M. All ar<> Hqoeoteg1 10 he present at tliese servics. K,.v Carroll is doiug well in the district and has opened up sonie new missions. Rev. P. A. BaLLOV, Pastor of Bethel Chapel, Richmoud, V.i. St. Valenline Tsrty. Sarah's Court, I. O. Calanthe has been quite unfortunate in the loss of niembers recently and they have feo replenish their treasury. Thej have decided to give a St. Val entino's party on Mondav night Feb lt;th, 1903, as St. Valentine's falls on Satnrday. Invitations have been m nt to nearly every society ln the East End, and the success of the entertainment ls assured, as over one hundred tickets have already been sold The commit tee has been at work like lieavers, aud Church Hill is thoroughly canvassed, while many parties will come from Shoekoe Hill and Fulton. Music will be furnisheh bv Messrs Eddie Jones and Ourtis Jordan, at St. Josephs'Hall on 31st St., between N. and O., where the affair will be given has been nicely decorated. The supiier t&ble will be under the ? ipervWon of Mrs. Lucy Epps, Mrs. S A. Stewardand Mrs. Etta Tinsley. M:s. viertie Coles, Misses M. Alice Johuson, Riwilia W. Steward and Ora Johnson will have chargo of the refresh ment table. The Donkey Party will be controlled by Mrs. Mildred Butler. The Valentine Storo and Post Office will bekept by Miss Lucy Lewis as P. M. with little girls as letter-carriers. Miss Martha Allen will preside at the Fishing Pond. Mr. Lonnie Hansberry will manage the terpsichorea pleasures. Tickets of admission at 25cts entitling the pmchaser to free supper can be had of any of the above named committee. Howsweet!! Well, what now? Oh! that powerful chorus that Belshazzar carries. What lovely costumos. Who would miss hearing and seeiug all this on Monday night Feb. 16th? McKINLEY SOUVENIRS Will Be Sent Out to Contributors to Memorial Fund. Canton, O., Feb. 11.?One hvadrod thousand souvenirs for distrlbution to contributors to the McKinley memor? ial fund have been reeeived from NVw York, and will be sent out to postm.is ter8, and when the remaining number has been flnished they will be sent to individual contributors. The souvenir contains engravlng* of the McKinley home in Canton, of the White House in Washington, a pic ture of the dead president and a repre sentation of the Goddess of Liberty. McKlnley's last words, "God's will, not ours, be done." is also embodied in tho souvenir. Life Imprisonment for Hooper Young. New York, Feb. 10.?The trial of Wil liam Hooper voung, charged with the killing of Mrs. Annie L. Pulitzer in September last, was brought to a snd den termination yesterday, when the prisouer pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree. The plea was ac ceptcd by the proseeution, and Justlce Herrick immediately sentenced Young to life imprisonment in Sing Slng prison. .Tustice Herrick, in diseharging the jury, said that Young's plea and lts acceptance had been suggested by him, because of the report of the doc tors, who had informed him that the prisoner was med'cally, although not legally insane, and that hl3 malady' was Drogressive. _ I A iirrai Day at Pine St._Bapi? Church. c.1^ * ?.mi,lfty,Wfts a ^eat ^7 at Pine bt. Baptist Church the congregation waslarge and the services were in spirlng. Their honored pastor wasatreree ably surprised at the nonclusion of the sermon when deacm Junius White. one OC the in.mt euterprising yonng business men of the citv arose as the repre?ent nive of the Ministerial Working Club mavery happy mauner preseuted to Kev M B. Hucless as a token of tre high appreciation of the members and friends of the church for the services he has reudered to the church, a verv fine blacksuit ofcloths. And upon the i>art of the officers of the church trustee Henrv Drew pre? seuted the pastor with a* pair of orav undressed kid gloves. The pastor was completely over whelmed by the unmistakable loyalty and frieudship demoustrated bv all tho good people of Suffolk, that he could not fiud words to express himself bu hoposto buable to prove hisgrateful M? bf his future intercst in the affairs of church as he has in the past How can I miss hearing the Duet in Belshazzar of Zerubbabel? (M. Sydney Mayo) andShelomith (Mrs. Carrie E Hawkins.) Knetr Nothing of the Meetinar. Normal, Ala., Feb. S?th, 15*03, The news sent out bv the Birmingham pnpen eonnecting Prof. W. H. Council With some meetiug whicli |g to tak ? place in May in refcroneo to affairs in the Bonta is tmmmomm. Prof Oonnofll has not been able |o attend to anv busi? ness for niany weeks and is not i'u tl e Sev.-mh Day A.lventist Sanitarium. at -Nashville, Tenn.. for treatmeut. He knows nothing alnuit this nieeting and hm never ratnorined nnybodj tonn bh naiiie ui coiinertion the?rewith and has never h.en . on>ulted abont ir. ? ": tenr Uuu ba bi Intarejted In wer. tninn for the unifieation of the races iu tlie South and the OOttunoa interest of all, Imt he knows nothing of this ineot mg. & L, Maben, Secretarv Hctlcr I'onted \()n. (Austin, Texas Herald.) Nelson Williams" Jr., and his anso oiated colleague S. N. Vass, no donbt have gone away back and talked th* matterover. Both of them are a little better posted on law now than before SMMi.no Paid. Richmond, Va., Feb. ?th, '03. This is to certify that I liave re< eived from John Mitchell, Jr., Crand Worthy Counsellor of the Grand Court of Vif gmia One Huudred Dollars In pavmeut OftiM death claims of Sister Hannah ?1 est, who was a niember of Rosetta' Court, No. 173, I. O. Calanthe. Signed;? his Walter x West. mark Wituesses:? A. D. Price, JOHM R. OOOMLL, N. Bera.nsenia Norreli,. Don't knockme down! ! Oh, exeuse me, but I must get to the True Re fonners Hall ro witness the Arniy Cy rus and to see (ieiierals B. A. Graves and William Isaac Johnson how they servc the Kinp (John T. Tavlor.) 8100.00 Paid. Lynciibvro, Va., Feb. 4th, 190&. This to certify that I have received from John Mitchell, Jr., Graud Worthy Counsellor of the Grand Court of Vir ginia One Huudred Dollars in paynien' of tlie death claim of Mrs. Bertha James. who was a niember of Beulab Court, No. 49, I. O. Calanthe. Signed;? Mary A. Williams, Adm. WTitaesses:? Jilia A. Watts, Ce!e>tial Court, >11 Sarah Norvell, Meridian Court, 57, Ai.icE Wrioht, Beulali Court, 4:*' W. J Wku.s, D. D. G. C. "Up Against the Real Thinr." [The Oklahoma, Ter., Freeman. Deacon Nelson Williams ran up against the real thiug when he sued Editor John Mitchell, of the Richmond Plaxkt, ten thousand dollars for libel. The jury, without any taxing of the brain, broughtin a verdict for the Dea? con of one cent damages. We hope this will feenoh all deacons and "windy" jack leg preachers a lesson, not to be too hasty in niaking war upon newspapers becMiso they don't blow a gale to suit their thoughts and opinion. Let the colored brothers help to build up rathcr than tear down. Who'll be the King of the Carnival: Some say, T. M. Crump, T. H. Wyatt, Foster L. Lucas, Chas H. Lewis, J. Henry Stokes and Willts Wyatt. Only one can win, which one? Hold on there! ! Where are you'gc ing? Why, I am on my way to Belshaz? zar, I must 9ee the King (Conway K Re:d.)