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SATURDAY, ..DECEMBER 6, 1924
REV. DR. E. P. JONES, ex
President of the National Baptist
Convention, unincorporated, died
suddenly at his home in Chicago
November 24th. The immediate cause
was apoplexy. Dr. Jones had been
a ‘stormy petrel’, both in religiou |
and fraternal circles. He was a
natural born leader of men and he
held his followers with ‘hoops of
steel’. It will be some time yet be
,fore his true place as a great church
man can be ascertained.
THE DEATH of Hon. Charles A
Cottrill, at Toledo, Ohio remove*
from the field of action one of our
ablest political leaders. He possessed
rare qualities and his demise Wtill
cause universal regret among our
people throughout the country. He
never fully enjoyed the confidence of
Hon. Warren G. Harding, who he
strenuously advocated and supported
»nd yet during the long mouths fol
lowing he was held outside of the
political breastworks, so to speak.
So far as known, he never voiced
any complaint and he evidently went
to his grave, like Bishop Alexandei
Walters, a thoroughly disappointed
•SHE LONGED TO GENERAL LEE’
THE EDITOR of the Richmond,
Va. Tlmes-Dispatch, in its issue of
the 3rd inst., under the caption, ‘She
’Longed to General Lee’ explained 3
condition in this State relative to
colored people that we never thor
oughly understood. It betook ithell
iu a saintly veneration for the Con
federate chieftain, General Robert E
Ue and a noticeable antipathy and
aversion to his Commander-in chief,
President Jefferson Davis. It is all
as plain as day now in vieiw of the
‘’A brief dispatch from Washing
ton, D. C., dated December 1, an
nounced the death of a Negro womar
102 years old, who was said to hav<
been a slavo of General Robert E
Lte. ‘She came to Washington,
continued the dispatch, when givei
“In ordtr that the record may b
kept straight, from time to time, for
the benefit of those who either never
knew or who have forgotten, atten
tion is directed to the careful word
mg of the news story1—‘She came to
Washington when given her freedom’
She did not go t0 Washington when
the Emancipation Proclamation stet
her free, nor yet at the close of the
War Between the States: she went
there ‘when given her freedom.’ Who
gave her that freedom? Why, General
Robert E. Lee. the greatest and su
bliraes,- figure in that army which is
supposed by the uninformed to have
fought to preserve slavery.
’‘For, long btfore the first shot
was fired at Fort Sumter, years be
fore that, General Lee had freed his
slaves. And—if by chance this wo
man was a Custis slave—be it re
membered that, after the war fiud.
begun General Lee took the time
from h'3 manifold duties to execute
the will of Mr. Custis and to place
in the hands of all the slaves manu
mitted at the appointed time by
that will their ‘free papers'.
In order that the record may fur
ther be bept straight for it will not
do to permit the youth of the land,
no matter what seo.ion, to grow up
in the belief that the War Between
the States was a war to free the
slaves, let this be said. General U.
S. Grant, the outstanding figure of
the army w’hich Is supposed by the
uninformed to have fought to abolish
slavery, owned slaves in Missouri un
til the Emancipation Proclamation
set them free.
•’In h$s famous report of October
12, 1S99, the late Dr. Hunter Mc
Gu're, ‘Stonewall’ Jackson’s great
surgeon, quoted: ‘These slaves,’ said
Mpfe. Grant, ‘came to him from my
father’s family, for I lived in the
West when I married the general,
who wtas then a lieutenant in the
“All the wounds of last century s
great aivll conflict have been healed
but truth and justice and a proper
Dride demand that even now the
causes of that conflict should not
be misstated and misunderstood’’.
Personally. General Lee had an
antipathy to slavery. He. was a truly
great man, possessing attributes and
Qualities, which have been more
clearly emphasized and outlined with
the passing of time and the advent
the centuries, but this cannot be
said of tihe vast majority of south
erners. who followed his leadership.
They believed in slavery for thd
reason that their wealth, their life
time holdings were counted in slaves,
The Southern States upheld property
t'ichts. whether that property was in
land, money or slaves and they ac
(cordpngly believed in State’s rights.
No great moral principle wa^
predominant, akin to that which ex
’sted in that master mind, Robert
r. Lee. who saw far into the future.
It is hardly faiir or just to load Gen.
U. S. Grant with the responsibility
of his wife’s parent’s slave property.j
When it comes to home affairs, the(
accomplishievl editor of the Times
Dispatch has evidently had enough
• personal experience to know that a
line must be drawn. General Gran |
could control armies and the mem
composing those armies, but wTh«n it'
t ame to his own wife.—well. we had
,j>e-.ter not pursue this l'.he of reas*
oning further and we conclude with,
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C.; Mr. DeLucy SnU(th, Waynesboro
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Va.; Rev. iGeprge L. Rollins, Mr.
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Miss Jessie B. Harvey, Owenton, Va.;
Mr. John T. Taylor, Mr. J-. W. Ro
binson, Mr. Edmond Smith, Mr.
Watt: Terry, Brockton, Mass.; Mr.
G. L. Skipwith, Buffalo Junction,
Va.; Mr. R. S. Taylor, Ruther Glen,
Va.; Rev. R. Spiller, D. D., Durham
N. C.; Mr. E. F. Scott, Clifton
Forge. Va.; Mr. Aubrey Taylor, Mrs.
Vira nia E. Dabney, Ellerson, Va.;
Dr. Carrie Jane Sutton, San Antonio
Texas; Mrs. Rosa Turner, Captain
Chisholm. Mr. Albert Spriggs, Wash
ington, D. C.; Mrs. E. M. Hebron,
Wythevillo, Va.; Rev. Wi. B. Ball,
Rev. J. A. Martin, CapevUle. Va.;
B. L. Teycer, Ph. C., Greenville, Tex
as; Mr. William H. Talbert, Saginaw
M?'ch.; Mr. W. D. Laws, Avalon, Va.
Mr. James Johnson, Mr. Edward
Smith, Mrs. Annie Sharrow, Mr.
Floyd Spender, Mr. A. D. Price.
VIRGINIA—In the Hus lngs Court,
Part II, City of Richmond,
November 4th, 1924
MARY V. GADSON..,- Plaintiff
The objeci of this suit is to ob
tain a divorce from the bonds of
matrimony by the plaintiff from the
defondam upon the grounds of de
sertion and abandonment for more
than vhreo years prior to the com
mencemon'i of this suit. And affida
vit having been made and filed that
the defendant Georgo Gadson is not
a residen* of the State of Virginia,
it is ordered that tho defendant do
appear here within Sen days after
the due publication of this order and
do what may bo necessary to protect
his interest heredn.
W. E. DUVAL, Clerk,
by H <}. DUVAL, D.C
C. MIMMS, P. Q.’
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By 'THE CAMERAMAN."
1—PHILANTHROPY! WATCH YOUR STEP.
3—BYE BYE. "HIGH BROWS”.
2—GOOD NEWS FROM DIXIE.
(FrfSum News a*rvice)
WATCH YOUR STEP.
Arguing that placement work among un
employed colored people can best be done
by members of their own race, and recom
mending the establishment of a nation-wide
system of free employment offices for Negroes
the Russell Sage Foundation has just issued
a report which essays to open greater em
ployment opportunities to the noble children
of Africa. The Russell Sage Foundation
an influential) philanthropic organization of
; untold wealth, with headquarters in New
York City, has done much good work among
the American masses, black and white, but
m advocating placement Dureaus iur cui
ored only”—|Well, to use the vernacular of
slang, the Russell Sage Foundation has fall
en off i'.s horse.
The Foundation, in th's paiticular in
stance, has followed the philosophy of Mark
Twain’s Tom Sawyer, who explained t<
Huckleberry Finn that a cow is a cow and
a cat a cat; and that each is an animal* but
that neither is the same.
In the placement of jobless men and wo
men, however, ‘‘Mr. Work” is the animat
which is sought as the sustainer of the full
dinner pail and guarantor of the rent receipt.
So far as ‘‘Mr. Work” himself is concerned,
he doesn’t give a pickayune who catches
him first. But the people who manipulate
him try to juggle him from a white shell to a
black one, and vice-versa. And this seems
to be what the Russell Sage Foundation is
hoping t0 do.
Unemployment is a common problem in
this country. It knows no color line. It
should be treated as a common and not as
^special” ill A public employment bur
eau, whether fostered by Federal, State or
Municipal Government, should be adminis
tered as a public necessity for all the people.
There should be no separate bureaus for
black, yellow or while applicants, and the
man or woman who enters its porta.'e should
be permitted to retain the humble trend of
thought which he or she had when starting
job-hunting, namely, that fact that he or she
needs a job and needs it badly.
And if 4hew applicant were white and. had
to stand in the jobless line, right next to a
BROTHER or SISTER, think what a
fine example that would be of the joint ten
ancy phase of unemployment—unity of time,
unity of title, unity of possession, and unity
*cf interest. If you think you can beat that
combination, you’re fooling yourself, Mr.
GOOD NEWS FROM DIXIE.
North Carolina is fast gaining the leader
ship of the South in matters of real progress
ion, especially Where regard for law and or
der is necessary. Last) week, Governor
Morrison displayed fine public interest by
calling out the Newbem National Guard to
give protection to a Negro prisoner in the
Craven county jail, which was surrounded
by a mob demanding his life. The accused
was alleged to have driven an automobile
into a group of school children, fatally in
juring a twelve-year-old g.rl. For this of
fense a “Tarheel” mob sought the life of
the offender, and Governor Morrison proved
himse'f to be an executive who lived up to
his oath of office.
At times, fire is the only weapon which
can be effectively used for combat with the
devil; and militias are usually needed to
quell mobs, which are but instrumentalities
of the Saint of He'll. But under many of
the governors of “mob” states, militias are
used on parade only. They are kept sleeping
in the barracks when they could be used to
thwart blood-thirsty mobbists.
Governor Morrison’s example is a fine one
for some other governors to follow. It gives
encouragement to a struggling people whose
representatives have had the highest percent
ges in fihe toll of mobs during the past half
century. The policy of Gbvemor Morrison
in the respect of mob repulsion, along with
present decrease in lynching activities, is a
bright sign that some time all of America
wifi be civilized.
BYE, BYE, “HIGHBROWS”
Anthropology and allied “skull-tesCing
sciences will soon become ancient and ir
relevant matters of history unless the anthro
pologists can put a stop to the hopeless di
visions which, of late, have been appearing
so frequently in their theories. Prof. Franz
Boas, of Columbia University, recently put
a dent into some long-established theories as
t0 racial* supremacies. And now, bless our
hearts, here comes Dr. Ales Hrdlicka, anoth
er eminent anthropologist, and cautions the
innocent world against accepting the theory
of “high” and “low!* brows as marks of su
periority or inferiority, respectively.
Says Dr. Hrdlicka: “Long flarrow heads
with high sloping foreheads, are currently
supposed to denote a high intelligence and
low, broad foreheads with rounded craniums
similarly lpw degree of mentality. This is
absolutely a fallacy, and scientists are now
convinced that such characteristics have no
bearing on a man’s mind. Five years ago,
even the scientific world accepted such a
theory.' Later investigations proved the
theory to be without foundation, although it
is persistently held by a large body of ignor
ant persons and misinformed scientists.”
The Songs of Solomon must flit through
gleeful minds of the despised “low brows**
who may learn of Dr. Hrd'icka’s conclu
sions; and consternation must pervade the
musings of supreme satisfaction serenely in
dulged in by the self-acknowledged “high
There’s a good lesson for our family circle
too, in the new finding; for, alas, we, too
have been busily engaged in imitating “hjgh
brow” inclinations. After all, though, ev
erybody knows, upon reflection, that God
made man in His own image—and He is
the greatest of all anthropologists.
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“Attention Colored—For sale in splendid
neighborhood; fifteen hundred dollars, cash;
eighty dollars a month. Owmer has bought
another home and will give possession at
The above announcement is typically il
lustrative of the game of “home** economics
in many of the principal cities of the country.
The “owner” is a white man, who is fleeing
from the trickling stream of black seekers of
residential property. Probably a son of Ham
has purchased somewhere in the b'Jock. The
brickbat and stone campaign, as recently
carried on in Washington and Baltimore by
the “chestnut-pullers” of “disgusted” white
properly holders, Jias failed to check the
oncoming current. The law of economics is
more gentle weapon and quite as effective.
The departing white tenant doubles the price
of his cottage, writes up heavy monthly notes
and announces his emigration. And from
a vacuum, as it were, along comes another
son of Ham who has cash enough and nerve
enough to tackle the “buy”. And the evO|
lution goes on. Pretty soon the whole blocl
is black, and white tenants in adjacent dis
tricts begin to sleep uneasily at night; for the
stream cannot be stopped.
Mass meetings, litigation, white suprem
acy programs, exorbitant prices, an economic
warfare based upon low wages, and job ex
clusions. Surely these will stop the progress
of America’s Negroes. No! Alliances with
and financial contributions to the back-tO'
Africa movement? They’ll stop it. No
All these have failed. Perhaps God Al
mighty has some plan for these humble people
other than a complete stifling of their aim!
and hopes. We honestly believe He has
and we believe its almost public knowledge
now. If it isn’t, it will be soon.
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Shown above are Rev. C. V. Sheatsley, Lutheran Minister of Cohua-J
bus, 0., who found the partly cremated body of his wife burning iffl
the furnace at their home; the wife who burned, and one of the sons
who first discovered the body but went away to play without tilling ;
anyone. The theory advanced by the minister that Mrs. Sheatsley was '■
a religious fanatic and threw herself into the roaring furnace is dia- !j
believed by authorities. She was a small woman* but oouU aha have
crawled through the 14-inch furnace door! b
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