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RICHMOKD, VIBGINIA. SATUKDAY, FEBBUABY 21, 1903 R'CHMOND fKICE,FIVE 5 CENIS IMMENSE CROWD _ THFRE. PYllilANS KaLLY. FINE SPEECHES. THE WORK OF ORDER. rRESEST PKESEXTED i.HAMt CHASCELLOR f The spacioos Sixth Mount Zion Bap? tist Ohurch was packed Thursday, Feb. 12th from the rostrum to the doors. Even the galleries were similarly con gested by people who had come toattend the rally of the Knight cl Pvthias and and the Courts of Calanthe. Grand Chaneellor John Mitchell. Jr., was raas ter ol wremonies. On the rostram was Revs. Scoti Burrelland J. Andrew Bow ler. while Rev. W, F. Graham, D. D Rev. D. W. Davis, A. M., Rev. W. h! Stokes, Rev. A. S. ^Thomas, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, Rev. D. L Cos bysat.with thefaudien.o. THE STAFF ANI) THE t\ R. The spectacular bngade and regimen tal Btaff sat around the rostnm aa fol lows: Ool. John R. Chiles, Col E F. Robinson, Col. D. W. Johnson. Ool. Augustus Taylor, Ex-Brigadier General W. R. Grven, Lieut-Oolonel E. A.Wash ington, Capt. W Henry Joues. Major J Hemy Stokes aud Capt. Willis Wv att Kuroka Co. Nn. ].. waa conmianded by Capt. R. S. Nelson, Planet, Co.. No. 8, by Capt. T- M. Crnmp. nnd Bloom ing Lily Co. No. by Capt. Chas. Stev - ard. The scriptures were read bv Rev. A. S. Thomas, pa-tor of Sharon Baptist Church and prayer bv Rev. S. C. Bur rall, secretary of Y. Sl. C. A. "All hail the power of .Tesus name," was sung. Mr. Thoinas H. Wyatt, rashier of tbe Merhanies* B**fog| P>aiik, then made an luli^imulc reporr on tbe Oonditioa of .m institntion. A.<? lu> prooeeded, he was frequontly interrupted byapplause. OTHKB SPEAKER8. * Rev. D. W. Davis spoki on the Kmghtxof Pvthias u pow r for good. Hemadea most entertaininK address, telling of the good done by the order aud his reniaks awakened innch inter ?st. It was at the conclusion that the Cirand Chancellor led tbe oongregation in siuging '-Hide Thou Me." Rev. J Audrew Bowler. pastor of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. iu sjxjal: ing on the subject "The Courts of Ca? lanthe, the prop of the order," created aniuH.-in.-nt from start to flnish by his humorous remarks and quaiut illustra tions. Madam S. Alice Kenip Bunell sang a solc with charmiug grace and entranc ing sweetness. Mise Eva G. Davis reudered an'admir able selection. Her voice was clear, enunciation good and mimiery fine. She won the house at the comniencement and beld it to the close. THE BUSIN'KSS FEATURE8. Grand Chancellor John Mitchell. Jr., spoke on the business featares of the order. He gave a plain statement of the financial condition of the various departnients and made a telling appeal to the xuembers to rally to the support of the business department. When the speaker stated that the deposits in the Machanics Savings Bank had aggrogat ed $140,000. in one year and one month there was much surprise rnanifested. He then asked each one to answer the qnestion to himself and state how mnch offthis had they contributed.* If every niember had doue his duty, the amonnt would have easily reached 1200,00. The Grand Chancellor was frequent ly applanded, and during his remarks created much laughter by his humorous allutaons. THE CASHIER CAME hXJRWARD. Cashier Thomas H. Wyatt stated that apleasant duty had beon assi^ned him and he presented the Grand Chan? cellor with a flne gold Pythian wath charrri. This was quite a surprise to him and he was profuse iu his thanks to those who had ccntributed to the fund raised to purchase the same. It was brought out during the course of the ente.-tainment that the accom plished Grand Worthy Register of Demls, Mi8s M. L. (^hiles had sccceed ed in selling #1000. worth of bank stock during the past year and that the Board of Directors had voted special resolu tions in recognitions of her services. Beuediction was announoed by Rev W. F. Graham, D. D. Refreshments were served in the basement by Mrs. Mildred Johnson and her comniittee Virsrinia Lodiri- Supprised. On Monday ni^ht Jant 20th, being the Fourth Anuiversary of Virginia Court, its uiembers met at the residence of sister Jane Anderson, on 2nd St. and from there'weuded their way to the Py? thian Castle Hall on N, 3rd St., which was reached just as Virginia Lodge was about to adjonrn, The door was storm ed and the Court gained adniittance-' They were welcomed by broth.-r J Thomas Hewin, C. C, and responded to by sister Patsie K. Anderson, R. of D of Virginia Court. The surprised Knights were bountifully served with the aeason'8 delicacies by the excellent committee, sisters Laura Williams, Ofl berta Hardy, Julia Berry, Maud Jauies and Jane Anderson. All enjoyedthem selves, and left determined to keep the Pythian colors floating in the breeze. Gn^BERTA Hardy, W. O. Laura B Staves, R. of D. A Sad Funeral. The funeral of Mrs. Mary A White who died the 2d inst in New York City took place at Mt. Tabor Baptist church, Woodville, Va., the 5th inst. It was one of the saddest funeral ever wit nessed. Rev. R. J. Bass preached a very soothing sermon. He was assisted by Revs.IXW. Davis, S O. Burrell aud Joseph Turuer. The ediftce was fillei with relatives and sympathizing friends. The deceased was living with her old ost daughter, Mrs, Emanuel Bowman inN. Y. City. She seemed in her us ual good hoalth about three quarters of an hour before her death. An attack of acuto indigestiou was the cause of her sadden death. Two other of her daughters, Mrs Martha E. Spencer, and Mrs. Mary A. Dandndge, and one son, Mr. Joseph White, were present and did all in their power to relieve her suffering. When the doctor arrived she waa out of the reaoh of his skill. She seemed unus ually happy before the attack and died in the full triumph of faith. Mrs. White was the mother of Rev. Thomae H. White. of Clifton Forge, >a.; Mrs. Emanuel Bownmn. Mr*! Martha E. Spencer, Mrs. Mary a. Dan? dndge and Mr. Joseph White, of N. Y. City. and Mesars. Robert and William AVhite and Mrs. Lizzie Jones of this city. OmcK? Anderson?Mr. James E. Ohick was niarried to Mrs. Lizzie An? derson at Mangohick. Va., Feb. 17th 1903. Rev. W. H. Ford. officiating. At the residenee of the bride was celebrat ed the rights of matrimouy between James E. Chick and Mrs. Lizzie Ander? son, of MaiiKohiek. Both nre highly raqwctod by both wbJte and coiored ci tiz.Mis <>f KfaM Willmni Co.. Va., and beloved by all wl.o kuew them. I'AitiUMiToN-RoiuNsnx- The mar rta? of Miss Fanuie E.Robinson to Mr. Ditvid Carrin^ton is announeed for 'luesdav evoning Feb. 24th. atTo'clook P. M. Rwaideneo W.\ N. 9th St. Reception froin 7;8o to 9;80. Friends invited. No cards. A Yoice Froin >en Jersey. Montclair. N. J., Feb. 13, ISQt, Mr. John Mitcholl, Jr., Dear Sir:? Please liud enclosed $1.60 for your valuable paper. I enjov every line of it. Bro. Mitchell, I ?m" pleaaed to hear that you won the snit aud Bro. W* I hope is educated aud graduated in law suits. I wish you God spoed. Prav on aud you will fjet your reward. I remain your loving brother P. F. Faisom. Rev. ?r. Uraham (ione-Other?* Will Preaeh at Fifth St. Baptist Church Rev. W. F. Graham, D. D. Pastor of the Fifth St Baptist Church, left last Mouday for Tuskegee, Ala.. and Forest, Miss. Tomorrow morning at 11:30 his pulpit -will be occupied by Rev. Dr. Joseph Perry, pastor of the Fifth Bap? tist. At 3:30, the communion will be administered by Rev. W. R. Ashburn. of Manchester, and at 8. P. M. Rev. J. Andrews Bowler, pastor of the Mt Ohvet Baptist Church, will preach The public is invited. The Mutual Aid aud Protective Asso ciation, of Richmond, Va., at itsregclar monthly meeting. elected the follow.ng ofncers for the enfcuing term: Presi dent, W. T. Wright; Vice-President, A. J. Brown; Secretary, J. L. Burrell Assistant Secretary, W. A. Johnson Treasurer, E. R. Carter; Chaplain, W ' B, F. Thompson; Sergeant-at-Arms, R. C. Bolling; Banking Committee. J. F Wright and W. T. Hopkins; Relief C mmittee, W. B. F. Thompson W H. James aud C. H. Wells. -For Nst of gradaates of Richmond Normal School, see page 6. -Grand Chancellor John Mitchell, Jr., will speak in Norfolk at the Bank Street Baptist Church next Tuesdav nigbt. -The Frank Shirt Factory which was burned out recently will resume operations in about five weeks. In the meantime arrangements have been made to employ many of the Rich? mond operators in Manchester and they are requested tc report at the shirt factory over there. A Lively Time is Promised. There will be a grand Mock-iuarriage and Coucert to be giveu Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 1903 at the Leigh St. M, E. i Jhurch for the benefit of the said Church. Come and have a good time as I know you cannot help enjoying the little ones. Adnnssion, lOcts. Refreshments will besold. E. O. Ei.oridok, Manager. Concert commencesat 8;30 o'clock. A Pretty llomr Wcriding. On Tnesday evening last at No. 904 Kleventh St., Berkley, Va., Miss Neva U Dixon, of Caperville, Northampton, l?.,\a, was married to Mr. Narrio Riddick, of Berkley, Va. The matri monial ceremony was performed by the Rev. I. L. Butt. This youug couple will reside for the present with the parents of the groom on Liberty Street Berkley, Va. President's Secretary Head of New. Department of Commerce. PLACE FOR JAMES R. GARFiELD 8on of the Late President Appolnt ed Commissioner of Corporations Unde- New Act?Cortelyou Young est of Cabinet Officers. Washiugton, Feb. 17.? The presi dent yesterday sent to the senate the nomination of George B. Cortelyou, of New York, his offlclal secretary, to be -4. &s ? Ct^Ttna B. OOBTKLTOU. secretary of eommeree and labor. The nomination was referred to the com mittee after fhe senate went into ex ecutive session. and the eommittee was polled on the floor. Senator Depew re port^d the nomination with a favor able reeomraendation. He asked for immediate action, and, as there was no oppositlon. Mr. Cortelyou was con flrmed. The act e.reating tho new department and the cabinet offleo was passed only last week. Mr. Cortelyou is the youngest man who haa ever held a cabinet ofllee. Presldent Roosevelt today sent to the senate the nomination of James JAMBS B. GARFIEUX Rudolph Garfleld, of Ohio, to be com? missioner of corporations in the de? partment of commerce and labor. Mr. Garfleld is a son of the late President James A. Garfleld, and ls at present a member of the civil ser ?iee commission. or some time the president has had him under consid eraiion in connection with the posi tion of commissioner of corporations, whioh is rcgarded as second only to the secretary in importance and power in the new department. Teacher Saved Her Pupits. Springfleld, 111., Feb. 18.?Miss Mary Martin, teacher in the new Caldwell school at Thayer, 111., by her bravery and presence of mind in a flre which destroyed the school, saved the lives of 60 of her little pupils. With egress by the stairway cut off by the flames. Miss Martin dropped her pupils from a second-story window to the ground. After the last of the children had been re*cued the plucky instructor swung herself over the window ledge and dropped to safety. Although several of the children were painfully hurt. none of the injuries will result seri ously. Girl Dies From Shock. Plainfleld, N. J., Feb. 17.?Miss Delia Haley, 19 years old, daughter of Dan lel Haley, a resident of Pennsylvania, is another vlctim of the recent railroad wreck on the Central road at Grace land. On the night of the collision Miss Haley was visiting hero and hap pened to go down to the railroad sta tion when the dead and injured were brought in from the wreck. She re ceived such a shock from the slght that she became seriously ill and contlnued to grow wor3e until yesterday, when *he died. Her death was attributed to ?hock to her nervoua system. AN HONOR TO THE PRESS. Editorial Reflections Inspired by the Life and Work of Editor John Mitchell, Jr. An Ifonest and Sincere Press?The Xegro's SUr of Hope. [Lynchburo, Va., Christian Oroanizer. ] There is scarcely a more potential factor in the eqnation of human pro gress than the jonrnalists. The lever that moves the world is popular senti ment. It is designed in the school room, echoed from the pulpit, but is given form and vitality and crystal lized into definate action by the power ! of the press. The offive of the editor is' trnly an exalted one. By virtue of his position he holds within his grasp the ' destiny of nien and movements. He speaks to thousands while the layman ' talks to individuals. Thus he* may make or mar the fortunes of those who live in the public eye, and seek to in- ? fluence the activities of mankind. How : essoutial then, is it, that about the edi-[ torial sauctum there should hover the ' atmospere of honesty and pnre motive. I No race or people can foraver be kept beneath the iron heel of oppression or remain discredited in the minds of its fo*?s as longasit is fruided bv an un- ' nlflab, liK-urruptible, aud uncompromis ing aud iutelligent press. ?O priee should be too mnoh, no sacnflce too great. in order that those of the best mental eudownients may be kept nt the helm of the race's precious craft of joumalisni. Tbe race does itself proud whcn it yialds choerfully to tht suppprt of the RiAmioiut Pl.ANKT. edited by the fear leas John Mitchell, Jr. Editor Mitchell was born of exceptional Negro purents in Hanover couuty, Va., nearly fortv yearsago. His flrst newspaper work was in the capacity of eoirespoiident to tbe New York G ob*\ (now the New Y'ork Age) published then as new by T Thomas Fortuue. While on the starT of theUlobo, Editor Mitchell's coutribnt ions were an importnt foature of that paper. Nearly eighteen years ago, Editor Mitchell became editor and uianager of the Richmond Planet, then (in its infancy) owued bv a stock com pany. Beiug a boru (uot made) journ alist, he soon placed the Planet in the front ranks of our best race journals Soon afterwards, the stock company was dissolved, and Editor Mitchell be? came editor and owner of the Planet. By his forceful writingon all the buru ing topics of the day, the Richmond Planet is a household name, and is widely read by white aud b.ack alike. The phrase, "Lynch law must go " has made Editor Mitchell famous through out the country. He brings to the editorial chair, a mind that is mellowed and moulded with a nnished edncation. He has the courage of his convictions. He is fighting a good fight. He is ser v ing his race, day and generation well. Milton L. D AVIS. -Sl ? Sl -_ Rejoiced his Heart. Edenton, N. C, Feb., 10th, '03. Mr. John Mitchell, Jr., Richmond, Va., Dear Sir and Bro:? It rejoiced my heart to learn that vou were victot ious in that $10,000 suit. You are right, my brother and don't hesitate to speak the truth as (^xl is on your side. Find enclosed sub scription for which you will forward the Planwv to Rev, W. A. James at Darc'ens, N. C. Long live the Planet. Yours for the truth. C. M. Cartwrioht. Mrs. Roosevelt In Philadelphia. Philadelphia. Feb. 18?Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, wife of the president, ar rlved In thls city yesterday afternoon and Is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. John William Brock, 1417 Spruce street. She ?wlll remain here until late this after noon. She attended the opera last night at the Academy of Music with a party of friends. Drowned In the 3aths. Richmond, Va.. eb. 18.?Miss Mary Klncald, a well-known and very hand some young woman, was drowned ln the baths in the Hot Springs. Miss Klncaid was learning to swim and was dressed ln a bathlng suit when found. It is believed that she ventured ont too far. Rev. Dr. Curry's Funeral. Richmond, Va., Feb. 16.?The funer? al of the Rev. Dr. J. L. M. Curry, ex minister to Spain, and general agent of the Peabody and Slater funds, took place yesterday afternoon from Rich? mond College chapel. Ifce Rev. Dr. C. A. Bittlng, of Mount Morris, N. J., a former Richmond pastor, conducted the services, whlch were very simple. The interment took placo In Holly wood cemetery. Among those present were Pierpont Morgan, President Cas aatt of the Pennsylvania Rallroad, Mr. Ogden, who is prominent in the South ern educational movement, and several trustees of tbe two funds. An InsiriioMs Attack Upon Fditor John Mitchell, Jr. [Lynchburj?, Va., Christaiu Organizer. ] Many of the readers of the Organizer have *'doubtless often seen those little picture-puzzles, variously 1 a b e 1 e d, 'Where is the cat, mad bull or burglar, or policeman, or snake in the grass?" etc, in which the thing named aud to be discovered is formed by branches and foliage, and by running water aud drapery and lights and shadows in the sketch. At flrst, one finds it extremc ly difficult to detect this picture within a picture; and at last with the sndden ness which one iuvariably detects a dull-colored snake, seen-previously, but not distinguishi.d the object sought for appears, and is thereafter so plain to the eye that one cannot look at the sketch even held at a distance withcut seeing the cat or policeman. or what ever it happens to be, and after patient lv studying some scores or hundreds of these puzzles, one gets to know How to find the I hing concealed. and finds it quickly, almost at a glance." So it is in the drama that has been played for some time in our State on the part of Negroes who have decided to play this hide-and seek game with the interest of the people. They had been in the pic ture-puzzle, playing on both sides of the question. while their real ideutity has been hidden. Some of these Negroes have been op erating or have been assistants in the development of great Negro enterprises aud intere8ts. They have received praise and encomiums for a seeming couridence in racial possibility. They have tilled their pocket-books, and have baOQBBt fat and importiwit entities in the communities in which they have lived. Their relationship to these or ganizations hns gm n th.'m a certai . amount of power and iulluenee in the eoininunity. They have becoine itof tors of the people, hecnuse the people have pennittod thn to wm their money, and thus they have sought di reetly and indiroctly, aud have attempt ed to pull dowu such institutions as did not meet their fuvor, uperated by their own rare. They have nialigned and niis npsented others, and have attein])ted co operations to the extent as far as their power would go, ?o the |<lestruction or other iustitutions. They have occupicd plaees in the puz zle-picture, and they ha\e l)een a puzzle to many iui houest soul who was ui able to dihtinguislied them from the foliage, the branches, the runniug water and the drapery. They could not be differei: tiafedjjin the picture, for they seemiiif, ly foruied in the picture, a part of the whole. But lights anrt shadows do not always throw off those who have btBB steadi y pdati and at last with a snd denness, the images of these skulkers are breaking npou the vision of the ma8se8, and they are beginniug to see them as they are. The recent attack madc upon the Hon. John Mitchell, Jr., by a sot of would-be leaders, the mainobject of which was revealed to have been a subtle and well defiued purpose in the hearts of these men to use what they regarded a prejudice in the hearts of the white people against John Mitchell be cause of his defense of the race, to over throw him, and sell out the organ which has fought for them and all of us when we had not hing to fight for us. No man who read the plcading of Harry Smith in that court-room would need to be further convinced of a deep and dirty scherae to disrupt, tear down, and completely shatter a business which it has taken this yonng man a life-time to get on the way. And to give char acter to their pretensions, they have inaugurated this fight upon him under the shadow of the church. They had hoped to elude and delude the masses of the people of our State by this cun ningly devised puzzle-picture which was inaugurated with the hope of de tracting the attention of the people from their infamous scheme to the church bell and the steeple, and the fair proportious of the honse of God. But it did not work, and the white men who were high in authority assur ed Johu Mitchell that this sliming, this crawling aud cunuing, this seekiug to gain the favor of the court by uutoward meaaures, would fliui no place in the category of proceedmgs. These geutle men were too dignltied to stoop. But it is our purpose to spell out these individuals m a puzzle picture. Who are these men who have been leaders in the effort to destroy this yonng man aud his business and his home aud his prospe-ts? Who are these men who are unwilhng that John Mitchell shall have a printing house and some where to live to call his own, a shelter for his aged mothor?the one ho has so teuderly oar ed for from his very boyhood? Who are these men in this picture? Are they not those who have gotten about them some of the comforts of life? One of them especially has built for hiinself a niost imposiug residence, roomy, spacious. commauding. He has left the quarters which h;.ve hedged his family in for a number of years. Some of us knew him when he did not live in a mansion. Some of us knew him when he was as poor as we are, when he could not buy a ten or twelve thousand dollar houso- Who has made it possible for him to live in such exqnisite fash ion? Who has thrown these comforts at his feet? Who has made him the cynosure of all eye*? Why is he^such an enemy to the hnmble efforts of his race? Why would he lend an influence to take from John Mitchell his humble iflme while he revelled in luxnry in his mansion of brick, trimmed with granite? this is a sad picture. Are we to pull down the ladder by which we climbed? Are we to cut the rope of possibility out of the hands of an humble climber? We purpose to dedicate a part of our life to mlll *tattentlon to some of these big men of onr race who are seeking in SLW7.,BVailable to ftlch from the TSnni2?r|t,5e*P0<,r their hftrd ?? pemi es that they and their cbildren ShJmTh1" *Pwac?- wh?? those from whom they have taken all may drag 2&7E2 1-en?th8 alo,,?- This broth er thiuks be is a Christian. From the colurnns of the newspapers and from the hustings, we shall call the people's attentionto these men, and it will be ouIJntention to hold them up. ti,2v! ? 8how yoa 8'Jother fellow in t-iie picture uext week. K.of P. XOTES. The <;. W. Lecturer in>nffelk. SnfTolk, Va., Feb 14, 1903. On Wednesday morning, Feb 4th we were at last risited by onr G W. ^ecturer, Mrs. S. L. Mitchell. ' Sir Knights, Isham Powell and J M Booth wore at the depot and she was at oncednventothe home of Mrs. r?fi A. Powell, Deputy of Suffolk The news of her arrival spread like wild nre and preparations begaa for a livelv time among Calautbeism iu SnfTolk" Noticesiwwr,.K,venin the churches of her arrival and sh,- ;ippeared on Sundav mgh and[ spoke OOOOernia, her leeture on Thursday night, Feb. 12. She 1,-? tured to Bethel Court Tuesdav Feb 10 aud encournged the inembers to rally to the work of the Order. And on Thurs S^SrtJlK?1 a larp0 ?Umc* she poured for h the work of the order in ? manner that is ?ndMOltliSd. It was md.-ed a treat to thii district The aud.ence was at times spell bound to ote the p..,, k of sncb a uoble woman M she ?,,?,.,, ,1,1 pru1(1I,lesnfCalan ir,sm-f#Al,?l rlK,ko 1!1 ???* Blowing tern.softlH-ord.r und.it. pro^ress m, denesetb.u-nt leader. J?bn Mitehell. Jr. The descnption of the bank and its 5H ? "'.Parall,-,!. And yon and . ' i \,f1t!,;,,nU'rsh:l11 "? "5 J?er *ords sball b? as seed wwn in good Kround-shnll sprin^ ?,, and be V-ei, af.er mai.y days Wlnl- here she left no stone umurned. |ln company with and aroused every one in SnfTolk on Calautheisni and feft t elub in the haiidsofMster Powell, whi.-h we hope to rorm in'o aeourt very soon ??i5f?s?i ?*, P&X* of Thnrsdav niKht, Bethel Court. No. BQ; J M Booth, W. G, Mattie Morris, R. of D. Julia Powell, Deputy. PROgraM: Master of (Vrenioni,-s?ReV. Garner Singing by choir A M. K. church Scnpture Readiug-Prof. Wilson. landL Roaain8~Miss Arleise Hol Remarks on behalf of Bethel Court? Mr. Wiley Crocker. WI.nTr?Fuile?n ?f ?" W' Lectnrer-Dr T Q^totte?Pine St. choir. led by T. Li. Black. * Our Order and its work?Mrs. S L Mitehell. The Grand W. Lecturer lectured to Herhel Oo?n on Feb. 10. The meeting was well attencU.t and all was aroused muehm the grand and noble work of the Order. Bethel Court decided to de posit flfty dolUus in the Mechanics' Savings Bankand will take ont shares lateron. The work of the order must goon. Trylng to Get Him Out. [Charlotte, N. C., Star of Zion.] For quite awhile some of the church people in Richmond, Va., have been trying to get Editor John Mitchell, Jr out of the Baptist church, and one brother sued him for $10,000, but the gallant editor won his suit and his money will not go to other hands. Now let the Plankt shine as it did a few years ago when it woke up this Nation to the horribleness of lynch-law. Xeed .Not be llullies. [Washington, D.C.. Colored Americau. White men the world over admin- a fighter, theyadmire courage and have respect for manhood that insists on be ing reapected, but they hate cravens and bcothcks and cringing, crawlinir creatures, who turn the other cheekand apologize for being Negroes. Jonn Mitchell s bravery in Virginia has done more to inspire respect- for Negroes in th??t State thanall the apologetic and cousorvative utterances of the Negroes in that State on the race qnestion The white thugs of Virginia have oeen brought to a realization of the fact that John Mitchell will endeavor to tjike company with him into the other world whenever he is attacked. We need not be bullies or braggarts anywhere or at any tinie, but we can always be men if we try ?Bruce-Grit. "Npeak For Vs ForWe Dare Xot." Asvi.i^f, Miss , Feb., 9th, 'O.'L Hon. John Mitchell, Jr., Dear Sir;? With great pleasure I enclose to you for another year's subscription $1 50 for your valnible paper. And 111 say to yon as did tho children of Israel Most s speke for us for we dare not. All glory to yonin your recent vietory for justice and right. May God ever guide you. Respectfully, -Have yon paid[y3nr snbacriptionT Tf not do so at onoe. FIFTH ANMYFKSARY Gravd Time There-Excellbict FlNANCIAL RKPORT. -**- Anmversary of fthe | Starhgh* fe,eKln- On Sunday af ternSo^ Feb 9th, theAnnual Sermon of Sto? SSr'w'nSt; <?<"<* fcy its able diviai. Rev, R. O Johnaon. Several visitinie clubs accompanied them, among wbiefc Were the Little Dove Olive Leaf oix fielo, Porter's Union. The annual re port, read by the Assistant Secretarr showed 60 benefitted members, a haak account of $628.24, and a balance ixt treasure of $25.00. A collectior. of *I4_ 10 was raised for the church and a ebacar was presented the pastor from t o Cla&L. l he lustallation exercises were held at the residence of Mr. W. P Burrell Feb3S13rhJ?hn St" ?D Friday ?*?* FINK 'PROC.RAMMK. A fine programnie was preparod for theoccasiou. Mrs-W. P. Burrell wtJ OOOMd the club to the house in woff OhoMfl wordsafter whieh she read nn excellent poem. The response was bw Mr. Jno. Bell, nresident of the Messiah Ass<Kiation. The presidenfs addres* was exeellent ??lso the solo of Prof T H Hopkins. Mr. W. G. Carter read a paper. subject ? Iudolence, and want of Ord.T." It was full of thought aud showed that it had been well preparod PfOf. \\ B. Smith, Jr., entertained th?_* club with his clavrouet accompanied bw Mr. Henry Jones on the piano. OTHKRS SrEECHES. Short specohes were delivered by lawyer J. Henry CrntchfieM, MV l'erry Snnth, of the (Jarfield ehUt Mesaers A. B. Hawkms, J B. Sw*i .!<*. Fountaiu and others. Installatioa addross was by Rev N. B. Brown. The ofiieers, most of whieh have been continually ro-elected annuatlv are a* foll^ws-.-Jno. H MaUy. j'.residen!. Jos. bouiit.uu, vice-president. secretary M. P. Tyhr. a^'t seerciarv W <; Carter, treasnrer, W. B Smith Kitnk nomiUbM W. A. Kylts, \V. P F>XIw rell and M. P. Tyler, sergeant at arms I^ewis Scott, siek ehairnian, W. Jf_ t'oleinan. nia shnls, K. S. Harris ?H B. Ij Norrell. Theelut) then ninrhed in the dining hall and enjoyed the delicacies of th?> season that had lx-eu prepared bv th* e-oininittee. That Ten Thonsaml Dollar Suit The man who eternally exclaims -f told you so." is usuallv voted to be the most disagreeable of al^ar<iuaintance?frr eoinpanions. With a full knowledg^ of this fact, 1 owever, we are compelled tc sayto thebrethren of the First Baptist Church. of Richmond, Va , who en eouraged Nelson Williams, Jr., in th* prosecution of his suit for $10,000 dam ages against John Mitchell, Jr., "Wa told you so " Some time ago, we point ed out in these columns that the trial of this suit would only result in bringinr down ridicule upon the church and race and that the case itself would be finauV laughed out of court. This has hap pened. Nelson Williams, Jr., gets one cent damages and the privilege of paymg court fees to the tune of at least acouple of hundred dollars together with attoruey's fees to the amount of at least three hundred dollars more, andi all for the privilege of being laughed at at and brinsring the relitf ious affairsof the Fir?t Baptist Church. to puolic derision and scorn. As wa have said before Williams and Walker or some rag time specialist will make this matter the subject for one of tha popular '4coon songs" and cause it tobe sung from one end of the country to tha other. We imagine that it would oon tain spicy references to "dat private lettah to 2.r)0O membahs, hind quataks Williams whose repertation wna onU wuth a cent," and de mo deniggah pla? de fool de richer de white man git.'' The whole business is discreditabfc to the Negro race and the Baptist Church It seems asif rhe little sucoess the LordL has given the Baptist denominatiow has turned the heads of both oar uational and hx-al leaders, and we are doing all we can to destroy ourselvea There is a fight in the National Baptist Convention. The Lott Cary-ites flocic bv themselves. There are co-operatiouists who co-opcrate with the Northern whites; co-operationists who co-operate with the Southern whites; Negro Bapt ists who co-operate with each other and still other Negro Baptists who flock by themselves and won't co operat^ with anylKKiy, not even one anether. Aud all this in the uame of the meek and lowly Nazarene. How disgnstiuj; I Howreprehensible! What a pity it i^. wecan'tput some of these would be Umders to mule driving.-Philadelphia. Pa., Odd Fellow Journal. The (,'host Lecture. Rev. D. W. Davis, A. M., will hw?*?i^ at the Sixth Mt. Z.on BaptisT & Tuesday, Feb. 21th, at 8 P. M ? <*T t?l subject"TheGhostthat IhavechSd - ^ ? ?_ I>o Vom Know Tliem: Ithaca, N. Y., Feb. m m I have jnst lost my wife and rf*-*^ know the whereabouts of'vSTiHl barah Hunter and Margarefc "in.^^ want twoof the girlatoS; out W' and keep house for me. Anv ??# *"* tion willbegladly S^aV3Et ing Rev. T. N. Allen, No lli wv*^ St., Ithaca, 4 Y. 1H ^wt