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*t 311 North Fourth 8treet. Richmond, Va. JOHN MITCHELL. JR.EDITOR alt Axnuuimcationn intended tor publication ahould be sent to reach ua by Wednesday. Entered the .'cut Office at Richmond, Virgin:a. us second chu? matter. One Year .$ 2.00 Six Months . 1-10 Three Months .60 Foreign Subscriptions . 2.50 For. C" Vlvc. Msing Representative, W. B. /ill (otnpt .. '•»> 'H-arhorn Street, Chicago: 3*.*1 Victor.a Building, St. Louis, Mo ; 4_*i> Longacre Building. New York. SATURDAY. .DECEMBER 26, 1925 l THIS IS AN’ AGE of hypocrisy 1 and deceit, just as it was during J ( hrist's time. AFRICA IS ALL RIGHT. That is why tfhe Europeans are struggling for possession of it. SEND THE PLANET to your trienj foi one year. It will prove to lie a most acceptable present. READ RACE JOURNALS and pay for them. Your children will draw an insnmCion that will repay you <"(l th9tn ten-fold. \N AMERICAN DOLLAR is now worth about 40 cents in this coun try If you would Prove »*, try and go shopping with one. W)E HAVE HAD a rather mild, Winter, despite gloomy predictions to the contrary and the prevalence •of an anthracite coaf. strike. COLORED FOLKS, teach your children politeness. If they are po lite and obliging to white folks, they will b0 the same way towards colored ones. PROSPERITY Is here. If you would know it, read the newspapers. Any other way will convince you Chat times are hard and that they are getting harder. WHITE FOLKS are becoming more friend y towards the colored ones and the colored ones are realizing that) they hav© staunch friends end supporters among white ones. It wou’d be wefl for some of these people hereabouts to realize that wrong-doing, injustice and, tihe like will return, to plague them even be fore they go the way of a’4 the earth THE JBL.KS of this city have been “scrapping” among themsolves. The mandate of the Grand Exalted Ruler indicates that the controversy will later be transferred to the floor of the Grand Dodge at dlevdland, Ohio next year. GOV. B. LEE, TRINKDE’S address at the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church last Sunday afternoon was practical, wholesome and timely. If the colored folks could, put into ef t'e»; ala that he was kind enough to say, a veritable reformation and a new day would dawn for them all over this country. IT DOES SEEM strange that a commutation of sentence should be issued to Gera’^ Chapman, admitted ly the most notorious crook in tho country, who does not want it and who persistently refuses to accept it and that a pardon or commutation of sentence should not be granted to Marcus Garvey, who does want it ond who wou'Id, willingly accept it WiR HAVE RECEIVED from the Department of Commerce at Wash ington the farm census for Ha .O" er County, Va. It shows that then tre 1,,772 white farmers in Hanover County and, colored. In there were 1,787 white farmer* and 860 colored. The farm acreage has been reduced, it being 222,018 acres this year, while it was 243,999 aeu in 1920. The v.we of the land anc buildings hi 510 2/1,070. W. S. SELDEN (Continued from Page 1 > in North Carolina and, that he had a wife and two children. These $wo hoys ‘seemed to have caused ft Uonging on his Part to live* By this time, they have grown to manhood. After doing what he could to console him, Editor Mitchell promised him that he would, se® to it that his bodv was shipped 'to Jiis wife in Xorth Carolina THB1 HANGING OP MARABLE He had no idea as to the cost and trouble that! would be entailed in carrying out this promise. Maraboa was hanged inside of the jail. A gallows had, been buillt on the stair way opening and, being six feet tall when the trap was sprung, MaraWe’s feet toudhed the steps below and he ulowly strangled to death. When ap plication was made for the body, it haj been turned over to the Ana tomical Board, in this State and the secretary refused to permit the re moval of the same to North Caro lina. He assigned it to the Medical Department of the Medical College of Virginia, corner 12th and Clay streets. Richmond. Va the body arrives - ... „ ! Not tb be outdone, Editor Mitch ell cal ed up President Hunter Mc Guire and he authorized the de.iver-v of the body to John Mitchell, Jr. When the body arrived on the grounds, Editor Mitchell had Fun eral Director W. S. Selden present ' and he carried the body to his estab lishment and, prepared it for burial. The secretary then changed the or der to the Richmond Medical Col lege. They went down to W. S’ [Selden’s establishment and took the ! body away and carried, it up to the Richmond Medica College, threaten ing Selden at:d Mitchell with arrest. Editor Mitchell informed Undertak er Selden that he would back him and Selden carried out orders. THE BODY IN A BARREL. Editor Mitchell then made an ap ,ea! to President Christopher C ’ompkins and he directed that the lotly be turned over to Mitchell It ^as after 12 o'clock at night that. Tudertaker Selden and Editor Mitch ,1 entered the embalming depart cent of the college and the weD .nown Chris Baker was apparently n his glory as he rodiled a barrel ,ut in which Solomon Marable had ,een “pickled”. He got the body ,ut of the barrel and turned it over o William S. Selden, who in turn ook it back to his p ace of business, prepared, ft for burial in a zlrvc ined container. •SHIPPED TO NORTH CAROLINA He shipped it to North Carolina ing with the remains and Editor itched paid the expense of the neral out of the funds he had ised. Many a time after this, litor Mitchell would, discuss this cturesque incident. His undertak ir business Is now operated b> h s ■andsor.s, the Randolph Brothers. It was more than thirty years ago, id on the morning of December 5th, 1925 another of the a I de characters in this a i« u u. •ama “d,rew the drapery of his ,ueli about him and laid down to easant dreams" n1 nu keen brought to mv attention that •ou have and you are now col ecting binds from the genera public for he purpose of covering a leged ex penses of our past Grand Lodge isession in the city of Richmond Lyirginia. A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT. “Now, Brother M. A. Nerrell, oe advised and Informed that you arc setting a dangerous jyreeedent and one that is a reflection upon the Convenern that we hav° o.^r h■.<«, and do .an injust’ce to your 'L'.dge. and yoor sister Lodge «.nd eve- v Lodge in the State as w*»" as every Lodge in the jurisdiction in cluding the Grand Lod,ge, the ^rand Exalted Ruler and his cabinet and Grand Lodge Officers. WITHOUT OFFICIAL AUTHORITY “I want to further advise you that this Collecting of funds is un authorized by you or anvl o her brother or person in the name of the Gerera’ Committee and you will /orthwith and, immediate y des < from collecting. “I hereby as Grand Exa ted Ruler direct that you make to me at once a ful . correct ard. accurate report of all monies received by you, from every source and what disposition you have made of the fund- to lected,. AN OFFICIAL ORDER “l further direct that you inform mo Why you proceeded to 00 eot this money and from w*>at author ity, if any under our ’aws, you are operating. “Fai not. in executing this m-n datc under the by-laws and constitu tion which is covered in Artie e 0, Section t. Article 6 Section 1, pages 6 and 7 of the *92? Uonsti tution of the ’aws of our Order as made and provided. “Given under my hand an seal this 9th day of December. 1°°' (Signed) “J FINDFY WIT SON ‘‘Grand Exa ted Ru er. (seal) “I. B. P: O. E of W.*’ NORRELL REPLIES TO WILSON. December 11. 192^ Hon. J. Finley Wilson, Grand Exalted RuJer, I. B. P. O, B. Of W, ‘907 You Street, N. W.. Washington, D. C. My dear Sir:—-I wish to acknowl edge the receipt of your letter of December 9th, 1925, over your sig nature as Grand Exacted Ruler of the Improved Benevolent and Pro tective Order of Elks of the World, in which you charge that some act of mine is an injustice to the Grand Exalted Ruler and others. •EMPLOYS COUNSEL In view of the covert threat con tained, therein 1 have determined in order that my rights both as a member of the Order and as a citi zen of Richmond, Virginia, will be ful y protected, that I should avail myself of legal' advice before sub mitting to the distinguished Grand Exalted Ruler a detailed answer. As a consequence thereof, I have retained the services of Mr. Armond W. Scott, of Washington, D. C., who wi'll have associated with him. my 'oca/ attorney, Colonel John A. Cut chilli SEEKS DELAY. I, therefore, request the indul gence of the distinguished ' Grand Exalted Ru ,er until after I can have a conference with my lawyers, which willl probably occur on Mon day. since Mr Scott wi'Jl not arrive in Richmond on Saturday early enough to arrange a conference with Colone*' Cutchins. I presume, how ever. that the distinguished Grand Exalted Ru’er wi 3 not object v. to furnishing the names of his inform ants who have brought the matter to his attention, and who have in spired; hity ’Unprecedented ^interfer ence in the business matters of a local committee composed, as it is of Citizens of Richmond. \ irginia, some of whom are Elks and some of whom are not. WANTS INFORMATION 1 am convinced thaf the distin o'uisfied Grand 'Exalted Rulei will i-f adly furnish this information, since he can have no motive for his action except that exact justice be clone to ali parties concerned in this matter. This information is neces sary for the record, which shou’d be complete when my answer is sub mitted and thus avoid extended cor respondence. I am sending copies r>f this correspondence to all of the Grand (Lodge Officers and to our Grand Legal Adviser. Honorable , Perry Howard. I Awaiting your advice on this and assuring you of my most distin guished consideration*. I am Respectfully yours, M. A. NORRELL. (Washington, D. C. Eag'e) GRAND EXALTED RULER ISSUES SOLEMN MANDATE. Tells Richmond Committee That Grand Lodge Is Over As Far As That Burg Is Concerned. Warns Against Public Begging. By Bill Lawson, Fraternal Editor. Big headlines in the Richmond News-Leader, “Negro E k 'Conven tion Fund now Lacks $3,367”, fol lowed by the significant underline, ‘‘Contributions for Payment of En tertainment Expanses Being Sought by Local Committee”, caused the office of the Fraternal Editor to look for the Ricnmond, Times Dis patch to see if were general talk in the Virginia Capita1 that the Grand Lodge was so'iciting funds to pay the expenses nf its ate (onve - tion. THAT TTVES DISPATCH HEAD-LINE. The Times D’spatch lmd a. he d line that wou’d have made old B. F Howard turn over in ms mauso leum. It read,. ‘‘Meeting to Wipe Out Elks’ Deficit”, and then under Heath the broon$ Fas indicated by "which the wiping night be effect ively done—“RosdoG Simmons, Lead ing Negro Wrifbr, to Speak Here November 2 3”. , THAT RICHMOND COMMITTEE. . Here ia more of the truck parad ed around in the white newspaper: “America’s Colored, Elks trekked to Richmond last August. Forty thous and persons were added (to* Rich mond's! population for several days. The Richmond Committee in charge of arrangements collected all the money possible from their people They gave entertainments and tried by all means to get enough to pay expenses. THOSE WHITE RESERVATIONS. “However, wdieu all the bills were in and the tumult and the shouting died the Richmond Committee faced an indebtedness of $4,000.00, At a public meeting to be held in Rich mond, auditorium on November 23, where Colonel Simmons will speak, . special reservations are to be made for white people”. DANGEROUS PRECEDENT. All of this activity in Richmond is regarded as a very dangerous precedent. It is opposed by Capital City Lodge and is the subject of caustic comment in all parts o? the city of Richmond where M. A. Norrell, who headed the unsuccessful convention, is recipient of the prin cipal blame for its failure. CANDIDATE FOR GRAND EXALTED RULER. It is said that if Norrell had at tended to business and not spent so much convention- and pre-conventfon time endeavoring Co be elected Grand Exalted Ruler, it was a'to gether possible for expenses to have been made. Rut all through the convention, while Norrell was cau cusing to defeat the men w'ho had made him, there was no one to tel the crowd where to go to spend tlieir money. • AN ACCURATE ACCOUNT. A full and accurate account of all monies received to defray the Grand Lodge expense must be made forth with to the office of tjhe Grand Ex alted Ruler by Chairman Norrell together with a statement as to authority for procedure in collecting funds without proper dispensation. i / ‘ A REPLY TO BILL LAWSON. t : ^December 15th, 1925. Mr. Bill Lawson, Washington Eagle, Washington, D. C. Dear Sir:—I have before me an ar ticle publisher in the Washington Eafe'e, under the /caption, “Grand Exalted RuJler Issues Solemn Man date”. A CROWNING SHAME. I wish to advise you that you and the pub isher of the Washington Eagle wi I be held to strict account ability for this article and for any other reference you make of me in this yellow sheet. It is a crowning shame, Lawson that a young man of vour abiUtv shou d( be wil ing to stu’tify himse f for the poor pay you ro(eive. an-i all the more shamefu' Mr't you brareniv sign your name to these puerile diatribes which have > (■]v aT>ne'ir"'d in The Eagle You have dishonored yourself and dis graced the great profession, wh;ch is poorer. b°caup or vtt U’enUfl cat’on with it. Of course, the mo ive behind this artid’e is too palra »i o to ^e’v aw pers n with cotn -on «ense. Th s is an age of thought i mu"t admit t^at them lift, p 'bought in evide’o.o -vftijrd "no? You Street N W. Washington D C” IN ABLE HANDS The affairs of the General Com IS IT TOO BIG A HANDICAP? JL mittee are in able bauds and will be taken care of. In regard to the •‘Solemn Mandate,” l wish you and Urn Brotherhood, to know that the Committee has nothing to fear from any source; it has the solid, backing of the best thinking people of this community and that, at t,he proper time, it will put to eternal shame and condemnation alii sycophants ike this “Fraternal Editor” who cares nothing for fact and truth but, like a scavenger, feeds on the things which decent people abhor. WORKED FAITHFULLY FOR WILSON If you are in doubt as to what really happened, at the Richmond Conven tion, ask the 'Grand Exalted Ruler 1 and he will tell you that instead of campaigning for myself as you ul ege I worked faithfully for the' re-e'ection of the present Grand Exalted Ruler. He will tell you that with tears in his eyed, he told me he was “heart-broken” and, request ed that I do what I could to have the vote of Virginia cast in his fa vor. The record speaks for itself. I cast the solid vote of Wiliams'] Lodge No. 11, twenty (20) in num ber, for him, and led the way by which he received the vast major'ty of the vote of the Virginia De ega tion. The wisdom of my course id a matt'er of debate but the fact, nevertheless, remains. ABLE TO PAY BILLS Richmond. Virginia or that ‘B”rg’ as Lawson contemptuously refers to it. gave its best to entertain cu” guest, the recent Grand Lodge of Elks. She is willing and ab’e to pay the bill’s. She is asking no f-rrs. She is not disturbed over * Solemn Mandates” She knows her right? in the premises and, will sternly ■ resist anv interference or medd ’‘ns : in her affairs. Let the “Fraternal (Continued on page 5) ] What Has It in Store fir *r°w? Cn Ll 7V V F C. (Successor to • r* H/A 1 L09 A. Hayes ($L Son) 727 N. 2d St., Richmond, Va. latest improvements in funeral equipment. Automobiles Furnished for Funerals, Social Affairs or Short or Long Distance Trips—Fine Caskets—Chapel Service Free. 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