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VOLUME XL1I. NO. 19 RICHMOND. VIRGINIA. MARCH 21. 1925.___,
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John Mitchell Wins j
Appeal in Supreme
Granted New Trial by Decision
of High Court-Error on
Fraud is Not Shown*-Opinion of Tribu*
nai Holds Record Fails to Prove
False Entries. __
John Mitchell, Jr, convicted in the
Hustings Court of false and fraudul
ent entries with intent to defraud
the Mechanics Savings Bank, will
have a new trial, the Supreme Court
of Appeals today reversing his case
<n several grounds.
The original indictment against
Mitchell contained eighteen counts.
These were reduced to three . On a
motion to quash, two of these,
charging larceny of $19,000, were
eliminated, leaving the matter of the
entries to be determined by the jury.
The appellate court today held
»hat having charged that the entries
were “false and fraudulent*’ it was I
necessary for the commonwealth to j
prove this and that on the face of 1
the record there was failure of proof
on this point It was also held,
among other things, that the trial
court’s instruction on the weight of
character evidence was erroneous.
(Richmond. News Leader, Mar. 19)
FLORIDA’S “WHIPPING ROSS” j
ON ANOTHER MURDER CHARGE
(Brwton Newi S*r>'lop)
CROSS CITY FLA., March IS.—
Evidently T. W. Higginbotham, the
notorious “whipping boss” of the
Putnam Lumber Company, did not
learn a lesson from the humiliating
experiences and wide publicity given I
him in connection with the death of j
Martin W. Talbert, a white youth,
alleged to have been caused by beat
ings administered by “Brute" Hig
ginbotham. who is to face dharges of
murder in connection with the recent
death of Lewis Barker, who is al
leged to have been the victim of the
It is said that Barker has been
missing since October, 1924 and re
«en*ly his skeleton was found on the
property of the Putnam Lumber Com ,
pany. Higginbotham is alleged to
have severely beaten- Barker several
times early in October.
Higginbotham was convicted in
1923 on a charge of second degree
murder and sentenced to 20 years in
the penitentiary. He appealed the
case and was granted a new trial and j
was subsequently released pending a
new trial. poildowig the finding of
the skeleton of Barker the “whipping
boss” was arrested and granted his
liberty again on- a $20,000 bond.
A Hl'MAX MECHANICAL WONDER.
When in the city recently. Mrs. M
C. Adams, w fe of Rev Dr. R. G
Adams, gave an interesting account
of a human mechanical wonder. A
colored man, who is badly crippled,
has a natural ability for repairing
e ther clocks or watches. He can tell
the time of day at any moment with
out consulting a timepiece. He can
be called at any hour of the night
and can do the same thing. The
information gXren is accurate as be
specifies the minute of the day and
he has been subjected to all kinds of
rests by white and colored people.
He has never received any instruc
tions along this line. He resides at
Portsmouth. Va. and his name is
Personals and Briefs
—Mrs. Willie Lewis lett the city
last week for Charlottesville, Va.
--Mrs. Alease Sully, 611 N. Sev
enth street, who has been confined
to her room is slowly improving.
—Mrs. Alberta Jenkins Stevenson
and her little son, Joseph returned
from Washington last week They j
attended the inauguration.
—Mrs. Ardelia Patterson, of New J
York C ty was called to the city last i
week on account of the death of her (
brother. Mr Edward Johnson. Sr.
—Dr. A. H. Robins 100 in 1 is 1
magical in its effect upon the human
i body. It. will pay you to keep a j
bottle on hand with the full strength. |
—Dr. W. J. Pettis is dong a |
thriving business in his pafatial o<fi-;
1 ees at second and Clay streets. His
patrons are well pleased.
' —Mr. William R. Cogbill left the
; city last Thursday for his home in
Boston, . 1
—Mr. Ray Hollinger is keeping the
Globe Theatre up to its record of
high class amusements and its crit
ical patrons are all iwjell pleased.
It is necessary to go early now in
order to secure a choice seat.
—Messrs. Miller and Archer have
a large and steadily increasing rental
list and they are inviting the public
to take advantage of their services.
—Dr. H. A. Allen is steadily in
ereas'ng the number of his patients.
I who come to Irm for treatment, by
[the prompt service he is rendering.
He answers day or night calls.
—Dr. Albert A. Tennant had a ;
slight n<’c5denr to his car recently,'
but t did not interfere with his ■
movements. He is so busy that he ,
is pressed for time to take his meals. |
H s Madame looks the picture of
health now. despite the recent sur-j
g?oa! operation to wliicli she was
subjected in Washington.
—Dr. L. J. Hayden i? “a seven'
clays wonder ’. His preparations havej
stood the test for more than twenty,
years and he is sti’l curing the ,
people. Ca’l and see him.
-King’s Confectionery on Second
«t ref r is one of the most attractive
establ'shments in the city. It is kept
as “neat as n Pin” tbe service
rivals the best in the city.
—Mr. John A. Hines has a green
grocery, wood and coal qu ck lunch
room, all combined in one. Mrs.
Harris is the manager. His clean’ng
;.ml pressing establishment and the
shoe repairing department is next
—Grand Exalted Ruler J. Finley
Wilson announces that the trouble
with Manhattan Lodge of New York
has been adjusted, a slight fine was
t assessed and the lodge re-elected its
—Pa nting time is at hand and
you can cut your painting bill in
i BIG D1 THIS WEEK
Richmond colored people this week
and next are being asked to give
$50,000' to Virginia Union University
and Hartshorn Memorial College as
their part of a building and endow
Imervt fund of $600,000. Negroes
I throughout the State will be asked
I for an additional $50,000 and later,
[white friends for $200,000. The [
j general education board of the Bap
tist Church will then give these
!schools $300.00'0 more, bringing the;
entire amount to the $600,000 needed ;
! Because Negroes are to be asked to
give onOy $100.0'00 of the sum sought
! the campaign committee selected “5
for 1” as the slogan for the appeal.
A campaign- organization has been 1
completed, which is combing every
| nook and corner of the city because,
as officials have pointed out, it is
absolutely essential for the colored
people to raise thd r part of the fund. |
“Give Negroes self-sacrificing, far
seeing, industrious, upright, thought- ,
fully trained leaders and the race :
will work out its own future”, Rev. i
W. T. Johnson, D. D., president of ;
the board of trustees, declared.
Two dormitories, one for girls and j
one for boys, an-d a science hall are
badly needed, Dr. Wfliiam J. Clark,.
president of the university, stated.:
The present enrollment is nearly 700.
students, 200 more than have been,
graduated from Hartshorn since its,
beginning 46 years ago.
A short time ago, Virginia Union
Un versity was recognized by the
state board as a standard four year,
college and it is the only place in,
Virginia where colored youth can re- ■
ceive any college education or train-,
ing that will prepare him to teach in^
[colored high schools, Dr. Clark j
half. The Rubens Pain-t and Glass|
Co. tells you all about it in their;
advertisement. You can get two>
gallons of pain-f out of one gallon,
sinply by following directions. Write;
to them about it. 1426 E. Main St- j
is the number. Call an-d see them.
DEACON JOHNSON PASSES AWAY
The funeral of Deacon Edward |
John-on. Sr., who departed this life
Wednesday. March 11th at his res
idence. 29 E. iSth street took place
Friday at 2 o’clock from* the Morning
Star Baptist Church, Rev. Thomas
Smith, the pastor, officiating.
Mr. John-son had been an off cer
in this church for a number of years
and was well known- by the church
going peonle of the Nrtrth and South
side. So kind and courteous in his
i manners, he was familiarly known
| a.s “Sunny Boy" Johnson by his most
intimate friends. j
The deceased had been failing n
health for more tH'tn 18 months, but
he hare it nil w th Christian patience.
He leaves many relatives and friends
to mourn- their loss The interment
was made in Mt. blivet Cemetery. .
the colored section of Maury’s.
“Rest in peace”.
aiJJLJUJl"!!!-1 -L' --■
WILL DISCUSS NEGRO |
CM iT Dili ■
SCHOLARS OP ROTH RAGES
SCHOLARS Op BOTH RACES TO
MEET AT DURHAM, N. C.
Under the auspices of the Assoc'a- j
tion of the Association- for the Study •
of Negro Life and History, students
and teachers from all par's of the
country wifi meet in a Sprin-g Con
ference at Durham, North Carolina,
on (the first and second of April to
discuss the Negro. The day sessions
wia be held at the Durham State j
Teacher's College and the evening j
sessions at the White Rock Baptist;
Church. Schools,, clubs and cooper-i
lative organizations from various parts.
|of the country will be represented. I
! What has been done ih these fields1,
j will be reviewed and plans for fur
ther efforts will be worked out and
pot into execution.
The speakers will be representative
of both races. There will appear
tProfessor W. K. Boyd of Duke Uni
Iversity to speak on jhe Negro in
i Durham. Professor William T. La
Prade of the same institution to de
liver an address on thfe “Negro Be
fore the CiviL .Waf'V-jfcpf^or J. R
Hawkins to ‘'import'
imce of the Past of the Negro”, and
Professor R. H Taylor of the Uni
versity of North Carolina to give a
resume of “Plantation Economy”.
A special session, at which Mr. W,
A. Robinson will deliver the opening
address, will he devoted to the teach
ing of Negro History. Professor D.
M. Jarnagin of the State Colored
Normal School will read a paper on
“Valid Claims for Teaching Negro
History”. Mr. N. C. Newbold. head
of the Department of Negro Educa
tion in North Carolina, will follow
with appropriate remarks.
The morning session of the first
day will be devoted to a discussion
of the present social and economic
condit on of the Negro. Professor T.
E. McKinney of the Agricultural and
Technical College will read a paper
on “Our Uniting Forces” and Dr.
R. c. Brown, of the North Carolina
Mutual Life Insurance Company will
enlarge upon the present status of
The Conference will close with the
evening session of the second day,
when Dean W. S. Turner of Shaw
University w111 deliver address on
“The Development of Negro Leader
ship” and Dr. C. G. Woodson will
speak on the “Negro in History”:
Dr. James E. Shepard, president of
llie Durham State Teachers College,,
;s doing everything possible to '-d~er-j
tise the meeting and to mak-' the
visitors comfortable. Profeeso*- E
Smith. Dr. James B. Dudley. D". ? \
G. Atkins and President Frr.r.k rrrir
are givng the effort their cor’ial co-|
DR SKIPWITH’g GREAT WORK.
Rev. Dr. W. H. Skip With, the
great national evangelist concluded
his revival services at the Moore St. I
Baptist Church last Sunday night. 1
The church was packed and hundreds
were turned away. He spoke °n the
subject. “Where Is Thy Brother?”
He was warmly congratulated by
those who heard him.
There were 154 conversions during
the meetings. There is an under
current here among the people to lo
cate Dr. Skipwith in thlis c'ty
permanently and many are hoping
that he can so conform his engage
ments as toi he able to comply with
the wishes of a large number of his
admirers, who desire to have the
benefit of his weekly deliverances.
GENERAL OFFICERS WILL VISIT
SALVATION ARMY HERE.
Brigadier General William Barrett
flip Divisional Comniander of the Po
itomac Division of the Salvation Array
accompanied by Adjutant George
Rose, D visional Young People’s Sec
retary, will visft the Colored Branch
of the work in this city on Sunday.
March 2 2nd. at 1:30 P. M.
The 'General will deliver a stirring
! address on the work of the Army in
the Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Captain Chisholm, who has been la*
! boring In. the cf.ty for nearly five
! years kindly asks the cooperation of
one and all by their presence.
YOUTH FIRES BULLET INTO
HIS OWN MOUTH
Tongue Split-No Powder Marks
on the Outside
Too Drunk to Know What He Was Doin&
MISS HALLIE Q. BROWN
OF I INTO COURT
STAUNTON, VA., March 12—With
the door literally closed in- their
faces, nine men sought (today to have
U reopened by the City Corporation
Courc pp the outgrowth of a mandate
of tho jtrand Lodge of Masons in
Yiirginio. suspending them from
memtei ;hip 'in- the local lodge for
> rve 10 comply with a duly enacted
l.iw c" that frpiernal society.
•iiR. S. Ker heard the pleas of
the n>'*- through thei'r counsel, set
ting up he contention that the order
of (the Grand Lodge was invalid, and
will hand down a decision at a later
Complainants in the suit against,
the local dodge and the Grand Lodge
at Richmond are: Dr S. It. Scott.
A. C. Mabrey. L. C. Jones, John
jCh lds, Coleman Jackson, Noah Brown
Ip. B. Wilson, Edmund Scott and
Some months ago the Grand Lodge
passed a law directing that members
of subordinate lodges take out an
endowment policy, payable at death
to their widows and orphans. Ap
proximately one year’s grace was
granted for compliance wiith the or
der. which terminated early in
The complainants refused to abide
by the iGrand Lodge’s direction on
the ground that the law was invalid,
but. when they learned the local
lodge had shut them out ipso factd
and refused 'to recognize their prev
ious good standing, they resorted to
the court to reinstate them.
Counsel for the pla'ntiffs based his
fight for their reinstatement on the
same grounds which the complainants
refused to comply w'th the mandate,
that it was invalid.
The action was demurred by coun
sel for the lodges, setting up th*
contention that a civil court has no
jurisdiction in the matter, there be'ng
no civil rights involved, and the only
quest-’ton presented being purely a
social or fraternal right and a matter
of internal management of the lodge.
It was contended that, the .court had
A ilarge number of speqtators were
present to hear the case as it was
Miss Haliie Q. Brown will deliver
jan address Sunday, March 22, 3:30
j P. M. at the Ebenezer Baptist
Church. Interesting program will
be presented, with excellent music.
! Prominent men and women in all
l walks of life will honor Miss Brown
with their presence.
Miss Brown has traveled extensive
ly abroad and in till's country. At
present she is the Honorary Presi
dent of the N. A. C. W. Clubs and
'in charge of Republican activities
amcng Negro women, having directed
successfully that department In the
Music by the University Glee Club,
Prof. W. H. A. Booker, director.
Mrs. O. B. Stokes is chairman of
this great occasion.
propounded by the lawyers. Any num
ber of them showed their fndignaUon |
at (the action taken- by the compla'n
lants to attack the organization.
REV. HATCHER WILL PREACH
SPECIAL SERMON SUNDAY P Jf j
Rev. Janies S. Hatcher, pastor of
Third Street Bethel A. M. E. Church
by special request. Sunday night,'
March 22nd. 8 P. M., will preach.
“The Sun- Do Move and the Earth
is Square”. Visitors welcdme.
-a i • ■ >
AIR ROBINSON’S AIISHAP.
A letter from Mrs. Henry Robinson
of Bedford. Va. tells of a serious
mVhap to her husband He has been
’ll for three years. He had three
sawed logs to roll over his head an-.lj
during the last freeze, he had a fall
and three of his ribs were fractured, j
He Is still in n bad condition-. H a
wife is much worried about him.
ATTORNEY NEWSOME WINS CASE
IN SUPREME COURT OF VA.
Attorney J. Thomas Newsome was!
in Richmond this week and appeared .
before the Supreme Court in the case
of Matthew Riddick v. City of New- [
port News. Lawyer Newsome won J
his case and then- c/me around and '
heartily congratulated Editor Mitch-j
Addison- Scott, 19 years of age was
lying on a “cooling board” of W.
A. Price’s undertaking establishment
701 N. 17th St. Monday. 16th inst.,
although ithat time the day before, he
was living and the picture of health.
The story told by Danton Clintoi», of
70*8 Buchanan street is interesting.
She says they had been together that
Sunday and had a “drink or two ”.
In fact, both were in- such a condition<
that they fired, each of t’xem, the
revolver one time each in the street
that night and before they were <te*
! tected. they went to 901 Short 19th
9t, where Addison asked her if she
wanted to see him do something
FIRED IN HIS OWN MOUTH.
i He put the muzzle of ithe revolver
j in his mouth, closed his lips upon
! the barrel and pulled the trigger.
Death was Instantaneous. There
were no powder stains anywhere and
as he tlay there at the undertaker’s
establishment;, he looked as peaceful
and as un-disfigured as though he
had died a natural death. Only by
opening hite mouth could it be seen
that his tongue had been split by the
explosion. The conclusion reached
! was that he was so drunk that he
‘did not know what he was doing.
WILLIAMS—In memory of my
beloved son, John Williams, who died
nine years ago, March 15, 1916:
I sit ofttime? lone and weary.
After the toil of the day,
Thinking of my darling boy
Who is far, far away.
Called in the bloom of manhood,
Just in the prime of life.
Away from this world of sorrow
To the land where all Is bright.
The stars are dimly shining
Upon the lonely grave.
Where sleepeth without waking.
One we loved but could not save.
: Sufferings, are over,
! Trials are done: ..
• Rest in Heaven
Until mother comes.
I His mother,
MRS PEARL WILLIAMS,
4115 Williamsburg Ave.
BOOKER—In* sad but loving mem
ory of my dear husband. Joseph H.
Booker, who departed this life two
years ago today, March 9. 1923,
A home that once was bright and
Now is always sad and drear.
Loving hearts that once were happy
Now' are always aching here.
His wife and children.
SAVANNAH COGBILL BOOKER
DOINGS OP THE V. M. C. A.
Sunday. March 22, 3:30 P. M.,
special services. Women* and men are
mvited. Dr. George W. McDaniel,
pastor of the First Baptist Church
(white) will preach a special sermon.
The choir of the church will sing,
directed by Mrs. Louise Deane. In
vite „ friend. Sixih Mt. Zion* Baptist
Church, auspices Y. M. C. A.
Success—“I burned the midnight
oil—and I succeeded”.
Youth—“eh—'YI burn it now ar>i
get pinelied for speeding”.
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