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F1VE 5 CEislS
Pecullar Conditions in Mississippi. A Grafflc Deseripiion of
Most Brutal Murderers. Victims Had Committed N o Crime.
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
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
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
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
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. .
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
"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. ^*
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.
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.
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.
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
(Jone in thine innocence, meek and suf
fering one.
Thy woary spirit breathod it-self to
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
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
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
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.
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
-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?
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
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?
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
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
& 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.
Walter x West.
A. D. Price,
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.
Mary A. Williams, Adm.
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

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