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This niav bo our last battle. We believe that it is the beginning of our final triumph.
%i * JOHN MITCHELL. IB MAY 17. 1923 ....... ... _ VOLUME XLIII, NO. 7 RICHMOND VIRGINIA. SATURDAY. DECEMBER 26, 1925 PRICE. FIVE CENTS CHAIRMAN M. A. NORRELL STRIKES BACK. Employs Gounsel**Disputes Legal Right of Grand Exalted Ruler**Declares Matter Local Affair. Will Widen Breach Between Two Lodges., The following correspondence has l>een received from Chairman M, A, Norrell: Richmond, Va., Dec. 18, 1925. To the Grand Officers of the Grand Lodge, Improved Benevolent and ;Protective Order of Elks of the World, and Members of the Grand Lodge: l Dear Brothers:— I am herewith appending for your information the full record to date, as result of the unprecedented action of the Grand, Hxal’.ted Ruler in issuing what is termed by his paper, a ‘‘Solemn Mandate” regarding the manage ment of the Convention of the last Grand Lodge of Elks. A SERIOUS SITUATION. He lhas precipitated a serious sit uation, the results of which cannot be foreseen, and 1 want those who .*\y\ SAYS PLANET IS INTERESTING. Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec. ^,'1925. , Dear Mr. Mitchell: -I find your Planet very interesting for the past ten years. X^eaftly en.- > joy reading it. I am.r-i&nding you:,; an order for $4.0,0 for SnyfiubBcrip- i tion for the past and present year, j May God’si Blessing continue to drop ! on you and as you pray, remember j the Widows and Orphans. 1 am an Old Roanoker. I Yours tTuly. | (MRS.) CLARA WADE, 2928 Crockett Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. __ _ | MR. HENRY JACKSON DIES IN ; RAN OYER COUNT?. STUDLEY, Hanover Co., Va.— , Brother Henry Jackson departed this : Mr. M. A NorreU, who led the committee which enter tained the Grand Lodge of Elks, when asked, to com ment on publications appeal ing in the Richmond papers last Saturday, made the fol lowing statement: * ‘It is a grand parade of ignorance envy and jealousy. The men responsible for it should have monuments erected and placed on the grounds of ev ery pub ic school in Rich mond. They are veritable fog horns.Whenever their names or voices are heard in the future, sensible people will exclaim. Beware of ignor ance’. It is a significant fact that the Grand Exalted Rul er was present and presided at the meeting in which the resolution was adopted. But this is Christmas time, anc} 1 am too busy, doing my bit to help the unfortunate, to be bothered wild such non sense’’. ,VV.ViV*. CHAIRMAN M. A. NORRELL are injerested, in the future well being of the Order to be in possess ion of the facts in order that they may be ab’e to pass upon them in an impartial manner and fix the re sponsibility for whatever may hap pen upon the responsible person. NO QUARREL WITH CAPITAL CITY LODGE. I wish, further, to advise you that our committee has no quarrel with Capital City Lodge as such, for j ! their conduct in this affair has been j inspired and such resolution as pur ports to represent sentiment of1 Capital City Lodge, Jias been thS deliberate act of someone who had no other object in view but to pro voke strife between two (2) flour ishing Lodges of Eliks. We respectfully submit the record and request your most thoughtful consideration of same Fraternally submitted, M. A. NORRELL. THE GRAND EXALTED RULER’S i SOIjEMN MANDATE. •‘December 9, 1925. “Mr. M. A. Norrell, I ‘•Chairman of the Genera i Commit tee of the Past Grand Lodge Ses sion at Richmond. Va., which c'osed August 29th. “My dear Sir and Brother: It has (Continued on page 4) life December 1, 1925, at 2:20 A. M. He was a member and officer of the Second Union Baptist Church. He had been a member for 35 years and was highly esteemed and appre ciated by all his church brethren. He had many white friends, who spoke we'.l of him. Mr W. W. Redd, one of the largest merchants in Hanover County said he was one of the best colored citizens found in his neighborhood. He leaves a wife, one son, daugli fer-in-law, one grandchild, three brothers and two sisters to mourn their loss. Their loss is his eternal gain. Done by the committee of the Se cond Union Baptist Church. REV. J. H. PAYNE, Pastor. W. R. TAYLOR, Church Clerk. HARRIS—Sacred to tjhe memory of our Mother and Grandmother, Anna Harris, who departed this life December 24th 1924: One year has passed, our hearts still sore, ' As time goes on we misis you more; Our family circle Is broken, Our mother’s voice is stifl; A vacant place in our hearts This world can never fill. LUCY CROSS. A SCENIC ACCOUNT—SOLOMON MARABLES BODY—TWO MED ICAL COLLEGES FIGURE—ED ITOR MITCHELL’S EFFORT SUCCESSFUL. The death of W. S. Selden, Rich mond’s oldest undertakes, at, the homo, df his daughter, Mrs. Theresa Carters. 719 Buchanan stjreet, in this city December 13, 1925 at 8:20 A. M. brings to mtnd (the celebrated Lunenburg Case in which he figured in a minor capacity Mrs. Lucy Jane Polard was found dead by her hus band. having been murdered and a belt containing about 5600 having been taken from her person. Sol omon Marable was arrested and up on his alleged confession, Pokey Barnes. Mary Abernathy and Pokey’s mother. Mary Barnes were arrested and charged, with being accomplices in the crime. NOT GUILTY. Manible subsequent^ recanted this confession and said that the women were not guilty. Editor .lohn Mitchell. Jr. became interested in the case and for 18 months, having emp’oyed Hon. George D. Wise, Judge Henry W. Flournoy and Capt Alexander B. Guigon to defend the women fought in the courts for a reversal of the verdict, which was that Marabie and two of the women Should die on the gallows and, that Mary Barnes should be confined in thp Virginia Penitentiary for ten years- W WHITE MAN GOT THE MONEY. But it is the Marat)le case that deals with Selden. The release of the women was finally secured, Marablle before going to the gallows testified, that a relative of the Pol lard’s got him to kill the woman and that this white man got' the money and gave him only a $20 note for his services* It was this large denomination note that led to his arrest and conviction. The other money -was never located. Editor Mitchell went to FarmviMe, Va. on the 20th day of September. 1895 to witness the execution of Solomon Mara'ble WEPT BITTERLY. Marable had lost his nerve and was weeping bitterly as the editor approached him in liis iron barred cage. Jailer Matthews was a col ored man and he had immediate Charge of the prisoner. In talking with Marabt’e, Editor Mitchell learned from him that his home was (Continued on page 4) CHRISTMAS Christmas leads us to a cradle, Wrapped in s'wadd,ling bands we find At! the world’s predicted Saviour, Man in flesh, but God in mind. —Robert DangerfleJd Crawley W'jHJTE cjtizen requests race PALLBEARERS AND SINGERS. LAWRENCEVILLE, VA., Dec. 14 The funeral of Mr. Frank W. Davis took. p ace yesterday. Mr. Davis was one of tflie best known white citizens and business men Ip the county, being at the time bf his dtath pres ident of the local telephone company and interested, also in other busi ness ventures. Mr. Davis was a staunch friend and supporter, of St.. Paul Normal- arid- Industrial Sehopl and was gi'eatly' interested, in Its work off uplift and its efforts to pro mote- better race relations. • A short wihlle before his death he expressed a wish, id which his wife joined, that Archdeacon Russell and singers from St. Paul’s be invited, to , take some part at his funeral. He ! died Saturday morning. Archdeacon Russell was in Norfolk to fill Sun day engagements in Norfolk. and Hampton. At the request of the family he was wired to return as he was desired as tan honorary pall i bearer Archdeacon Knsseh came i up Saturday night and both he and | his son. Rev. J. Alvin Russel'1, at ! tended the funerall as honorary pall bearers. The funeral services were held at the house, the Rev. Mr. Gayle, pas Hor orithe M\ E. Church South, was the- officiatibg minister. ’ By request of' Mrs Davis a mixed, sextette from St. Paul’s School sang two selections at the (house, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “Nearer My God To Thee”, and ‘‘Lead Kindly Light” a#, the grave. The incident is worth noting at showing the excellent race relations existing. The requests came entire ly unsolicited by the school and were in the nature of a surprise. A large number of friends and business associates of Mr. Davis were present and there seemed to be perfect acquiescence in the arrange ! ment. Mr. Davis was one of the I best men in the county a,nd was high y thought of by both white and black for his integrity, broad •.mindedness and likable personality It was the first time in the his : torv of tihe county that Negroes had I been known to act as pallbearers ! at a white funeral or Negro singers to appear. It is another incident that shows that it is possible for tthe races to live together in peace harmony and good feering. I _:_ ?r John H. Heines, of Winches Ky. was' In the city Last week. He had been away from home since November 24th. The loss Of bis fa vorite son had affected, him greatly and recreation was needed. The young man was precocious and had prepared himself for the practice of medicine. He left a wife and three children. They are living with Dr. and Mrs. Holmes and are happy. i DO YOU KNOW HIM? | Major It. B. Jordan, Chief of Police received a communication I from Mrs. EJva Disney, 618 W. Sar atoga Street^ Baltimore, Md. enquir* 1 ing if Albert Johnson, about 5 feet 11 inches, light brown skin, lived in this city. He died a few weeks ago at her home and she is anxious to find his relatives DIED—Reuben C. Carter, Friday, .December 18th, in New Kent Coun 1 ty, Va., after a brief illness from i parajiysis. His funeral took Diace atj his residence, Sunday, December 20, 1925 Rev. Tunstall Banks offi ciating. Rev. M. M Fislher, of Vir ginia Union University, the pastor, being present. He leaves a devoted widow, three gir’.s and ten sons to mourn, their floss. Mr. O, B. Carter, 404 N. Fifth Street ia one of tbo sons I Preston News Service.) NEW YORK CITY,' Dec. 18 — Samuel Browne, 'etter carrier and the centre of a race controversy in ,the Casti'eton Hi'd district of Staten ■Island on Thursday filed In the Richmond County Clerk’s office at St. George complaint in a suit ask irg $100 000 damages from nine white neighbors on the ground that they sought to deprive him of his home. n ‘• '|Ii'rs. Browne is joint Plaintiff in ■th4 action, and, the first of those ■named in the complaint is Musco M, Robertson, wealthy rea> estate deal er and head of the Robertson Devel opment Company, which founded the Cast'eton Hill development. Mr. Robertson is a next-door neighbor of the letter carrier, urd last August was indicted for conspiracy to oust Bnwne from the community. Five others were named as ‘llohn Doe” at the same time, EIGHT OTHERS NAMED. Whether six of the nine named in the civiL Suit Thursdiay pre these ‘‘John Does” is a matter for spec n ation. Those named by Mr. and Mrs Browne in addition, to Robert son are Lewis M. Robertson, his son; Chan'es A. Price, Harry V. ear lier. Louis Spamer, Charles A. Knei sel, William Buen, John Schime!, Jr. and Edward Hess. The suburb of Castleton Hill awoke to the spectre of a race prob'em two years ago. It was at that lime that Brownp, with his wife ai.d three children moved into the white house at No. 67 Fairview Avenue, which he had, bought for $8,500. Brown is six feet tall, muscu ar and a veteran of the Spanish American War. Mrs. Browne is a graduate of Columbia University and teaohes school. When the fam ily moved, in, neighbors decided something must be done and. Browne was offered $9,000 for his house. Later he was offered, $10,000. It was according to Mrs. Browne, while this off r—representing a pro fit of $1,50*0—was being considered, that a gang of six or seven men i descended upon the property early one morning and destroyed some shrubbery andj jbroke eeveraf win dows. .■? ^ PATROLMAN STILL ON GUARD. Since that time a patrolman has ' constantly been on guard. Robert son has been indicted and held in $500 bail. The chief surprise was the naming of the eight other residents of Cast’.eon Hill. The complaint charges specifically that the defend, ants conspired to have the mortgage on the house foreclosed, to have his insurance policies cancelled,, to have the attack made upon the houfee, which resulted in damage to his fower beds and windows and also to have him transferred from the Stap’eton Post Office to some “other remote office.'’ Browne insists that he was wiBIing to sell the house for a fair price until the intimidation tactics were employed and, that then he felt as a matter of principle that he must not move. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is understood \o have stood back of him in the protest. Browne is the only Negro resident in the neighborhood. Musco Robertson emphatically de- i nied a'l a’legations in the complaint as did, the other eight defendants. : The other eight men admitted they had met to discuss the situation, but said, they had in no way oonspired against Browne but had merely dis cussed the purchase of his property, i All said that violence against him 1 was the last thing they desired. 1 A CHRISTMAS HYMN. [By Rev. James S. Hatcher, D. D., \ Author ‘‘I Cannot Drift", Pastor Third Street A. M, E. Church, Richmond, Va.) rile shepherds keep their flock by night out on a lone plain; Ml Nature sleeps but Io a light! The ■ Star of Bethlehem. Be not afraid. Awake, Arise, Until thine eyes, Behold, the skies j Putl on the blushing smi'.e of morn, All Nature smiles, The Christ is born. I rbe wise men come with Tarsus’ j gold from Persia’s distant strand, Long tho the search,—their hearts are bold, and with a tender hand Present the Arab’s Frankincense, i and Egypt’s costly Myrr, , And worship Him with love intense, ' then turning, seek their star But find it not, for here they learn ! that they who give their best j Are blest with brighter lights | ..that burn, and lead to joy and rest ; Great God of Light and Truth and Love, display Thy power grand! | Zephyrs command, and bid them , move to ecstacy their hand, And make Lebanon’s Cedars sing, the Palms upoiv the brine, Make all in Jordan’s Valley ring. make all; the earth His shrine. Let ancient Hermon grey with snows bow down his lordly head In praise to Him, Forget your woes, GLlboah, forget your dead! Let Zion, Shechem, Mecca, all their songs to Him ascribe That love which ran^ms from the fa? give all men to imbibe See Jupiter, Mohammed. Jove, yield to His love their sway. Sins knows no rest but costant rove, the forts of hell decay; But brighter shines His gold.en Star, and louder angels sing; ‘Good will to men’’, peace near and far.—'Praise Jesus Christ the King. We as the wise men. would adore, in homage now we bow; Take Lord, our hearts and cleanse them thorough, dear Lord, accept them now. For Tarsus’ gold, rich Charity and Spiritual Gifts were given; For Arab’s Incense, Purity; for Egypt's Myrr, Truth, Heaven. □ Prince of Peace, O Star of Day, O Dayspring from on high. Accept : our song of praise, we pray, and grant this prayer, this cry. For some the hermit’s hut will choose and In seclusion dwell; And some will wear ascetic’s shoes, and macerate right well; And) many a mystic boast him charmed by spirits from, above: But we prefer our lives embalmed with Self-Repouncing Love. PRESIDENT L. K. WILLIAMS 1 SENDS HELP. Chicago, 111., December 11, 1925, Editor John Mitchell; Richmond, Va. Dear Sir and Brother: I am sending you the $2.00 due for my subscription. Thanking you, I am * L K. WILLIAMS, Pres., National Baptist Convention. ANNOUNCEMENT. The Richmond Medical Society announces that tAe new scale of fees as published in the daily press will go into effect' on and after January first, nineteen twenty edx. RICHMOND MEDICAL SOCIETY. Mr. E. Saunders had the misfor tune to lose his daughter at Clifton Forge, Va. She died in New Jersey a«t October and Mr. Saunders has lone to Clifton Forge, Va. to live. iVe wish him success. Mr. Saunders ! ormerly lived in Lynchburg, Va. J