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VOLUME XLIV, NO. 27 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, SATURDAY, MAY 7. 1927 PRICE. FIVE CENTS.
SENT TO THE GRAND JURY Gharles H. Smith Gharged with Killing Iceman Branch--Two Witnesses Iden tify Him--Tw o Others Testify He Was at Home—Lawyer English is Gounsel. The hearing in the case of Charles H. Smith, charged with the killing OL W. E. Branch, the ice-man, took place Friday, April 29 th before Judge John L. Ingram, of the Po lice Court. Witnesses were exam ined at the conclusion of which, Smith was sent on to the grand jury of the Hustings Court. Attorney Edgar B. English appeared for the • defense. Dorothy Lee and Irene Mitchell, who went into Irene He l ion’s apartment on that fateful Sunday afternoon, testified that Charles H. Smith came there, while they were there and that they went ir. there for one of them to use the telephone. ' CONFLICTING TESTIMONY. W. E. Branch is said to have come in there at the time and he had some words with Irene Hebron, after which he left. Irene Hebron said Branch was there, but Smith had not been in her apartment. A. WJalker and R. B.. Sterling are reported to have testified that they recognized Charles H. Smith wrhen he struck Branch and ran away in the direction of Third Street. Irene Hebron was represented by counsel. AT FIFTH ST. BAPTIST CHURCH Then the defense showed .ts hand. Mrs. Bertania Miller testified that Charles H. Smith was at home that fateful Sunday afternoon and did not leave there until he went with them to the Fifth Street Baptist Church at about a quarter to 8 o’clock. James H. Frye testified that he was with him at the Fifth Street Bap tist Church. This established an alibi for Smith. Counsel for Smith was of the opinion that the case could be s.topped in the Police Court but Judge Ingram thought otherwise and sent it on, allowing bail in the sum of $ LOOO. 00 with John H. Braxton as surety. » MR. \V A. JORDAN SPEAKS PLAINLY. No Political Aspirations. Richmond. Va., April 30, 1927. Mr. Theodore W. Jones, 1401 W. Leigh Street. Richmond, Va. DeaT Mr. Jones: The reference to me in your very fine letter in the Forum section of the News Leader of Richmond. Va., Thursday, April 28, 1927, makes It necessary for me to write you in regard to the mat ter: and also gives me the oppor tunity >to express in writing the pleasure I have had in reading your several letters in the daily press. They show a breadth of view and a knowledge of conditions in America and especially as these conditions afreet our people, that are seldom displayed by writers of either race. THE SPECIFIC MATTER. Coming now' to the specific mat ter I state that from the comments which have already reached me, I feel that a TVrong impression has been gleaned by many persons as to my true position on the matters on which you touched in your letter. Therefore, wi’hout any intent to criticise you or your viewpoint, but 'solely as a means of putting myself ou record wi’h you and the public as to my wishes or position on local political and other mafers. 1 now say that I have no polFical aspira tions, and doubt seriously the ad visability of the qualified and am bitious ones among us aspiring for office, until our people have qualified themselves through payment of poll taxes and registering in such num bers as to warrant them in seeking office. NOT READY FOR OFFICE. That is. I believe that all of our efforts for the present, in *he polit ical field should be to arouse our indolent and indifferen* people to the absolute necessity of qualifying as voting cFisens before they attempt to elect anyone of their number to office, or to expect *o have any voice or much consideration in the ad ministration of the affairs of the city. I think we appear ir an un favorable light to informed people, when we aspire to political prefer ment or consideration before we have met the first requirement of citizens to exercise such righrs or to compel recognition of them. NO CONSIDERATION FROM WHITE FOLKS. , Furthermore, I think that it is useless to expect, any help or con sideration from white people, espec ially ot the South, toward electing colored men to office; and thus it becomes more pressingly necessary for us to bend all of our'energies on preparing our people generally to meet i‘he requirements of full-flodged citizens. Then those who aspire to political office or preferment would have a constituency that could hack them in such aspirations. A BROAD PLATFORM. In closing, I state that I 3‘and firmly for the exercise by our peo ple of every right and privilege to which any other American citizen is entitled, whether it is in tne ex ercise of the ballot, the ownership of property, or any other civil, polit ical, economic, religious or personal right or privilege. Trus ing that you will understand and appreciate my effort to present my true position on the above mat ters to you and the public, I am, Sir, with great respect, Very truly yours, W. A. JORDAN. . THE MINISTERS’ CONFERENCE ENDORSES LOCAL TEACHERS EFFORTS FOR MORE PAY. The Ministers’ Conference i, of Richmond and Vicinity was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church oh Monday at the u^ual hour Rav. J. E. Foun tain. B. Th., President. Reports of ‘he brethren indicate a healthy con dition of affairs in the church life of our city many of them reporting unusual success spiritually and fin ancially on last Sunday. Perhaps, the outstanding recent; e>ent in the church life of Richmond was 'the revival at Fifth 3aptist Church, West End, Rev. A. D. Daly pastor. Rev. Daly conducted his own meeting during which there were 97 conversions and 25 addi tions other than by baptism. Rev. Daly received the congratulations of his brethren in the Ministry upon the accomplishment of this almost herculean task, and Fifth Baptist is to be complimented upon having as its pastor a man of such rare ability and spiritual power* During the session the efforts on the part of our school teachers to secure better salaries was presented to the body. It was brought out that this matter should have been presented several weeks ago, but owing to the funeral of the wife of Dr. R. O. Johnson, the Conference, in respect to him adjourned with out transacting any business. The following Monday being a holiday no session of the Conference was held, consequently this matter which so deeply concerns, not only our teachers,' but all who have ‘he wel fare of our people at heart, did not present itself until last Monday. All the Ministers expressed them selves as being in sympathy with the .teachers in their efforts and a mo jtion was unanimously adopted en dorsing the movement. Feeling th^it Jit should do something tangible to ! Help in this most important matter, I the Conference elected a committee jtc- draft a peti‘ion to the school board ; in behalf of the effort, which will j be presented to every member of .the Conference for his signature, after which it will be personally presented ■‘o the school board by the committee, consisting of the following Ministers; Rev. J E Fountain. President of the Conference; Dr. C. S Morris, pastor Fifth Street Baptist Church, Dr. W L. Ransome. pas‘or First Baptist Church, South Richmond; Rev. J. W. Kemp, pastor St. John Baptist Church d —Rev. O. B. Simms, B.Th., Reporter. FLOOD BENEFIT AT REFORMER HALL SUNDAY. A special program will be rendered at True Reformers Hall, Sunday, May 8, 1927 at 4 P. M., for the benefit of rescue work being done by Rev. S. A. Morgan, in charge of Episcopal Missions at Mound Bayou, , Greenville and Vicksburg. The col ored people of these localities have been hit hard in the terrible Missis sippi disaster. The offering raised will be sent to the sufferers at Vicksburg, where more than ICjOOO refugees are being cared for. Dr D. A. Ferguson, who had been in two floods during his boy hood days ha« volunteered to de liver a lecture on “The Ohio Flood of 1 884.” At the time his parents resided in Portsmouth, Ohio. He says, “It was a dreadful experience which I shall never forget.” The entire city was inundated.i Dr. Fer guson will make some interesting statements regarding the present conditions in the Mississippi flood. The program will contain other interesting^ numbers. A silver .of fering will oe taken. The public is urged t0 he present. WINS FIRST PRIZE. Mr. Junius E. Byrd, son of At torney J. E. Byrd of this city has been notified by Mr. Guy B. John son of University of N. C. 'white) chat he has been given the highest ranking by the judges and awarded the first prize, 510, in the contest on the “John Henry” songs4 He was congratulated upon his ability in this matter and asked to secure ithe tune, the melody in the production 01 these songs. Young Byrd is, an academic senior at the Virginia 9 ate Normal, at Petersburg. FULTON NOTES. UNION LEVEL NOTES. Sunday before last being Rally Day, we had a great time. The Pas tor preached Sunday moniing. The collection for the day was $285.86.« At night we were glad to have Rev. W. L. Tuck and his choir from Gravel Hill with us.„ Rev. Tuck preached a wonderful sermon. Last Tuesday night we were glad to have some of our white friends with us. Rev, Edwards and Mr. J. Doc Sears made short addresses. Jackson Brothers Quartette gave us several selections. Everyone en joyed the program of the evening. Our Sunday School last Sunday was well a» "ended. Sunday morning Rev. E. Charity preached a wonder ful sermon, using as his discourse, “A Tried Saviour.” We also listened to a wonderful sermon Sunday night We are always glad 'to have our vis iting friends with us. Sunday, Pastor Rev. B. J. Ruf fin •will preach. All come out. Pastor C. A. Cobbs preached at Mt. Calvary last Sunday and admin istered the Lord’s Supper in the af ternoon. At morning service Sunday the females will be seated on one side and males on the other and the pastor will deliver a special message to both sexes. ' 1 Rev. S L. Bush, of Shiloh Bap tist Church left last week f.o con duct several weeks of services at the Macedonia Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon. N. Y. He was founder and first pastor of the same. He left Rev. C. B Jefferson in charge of Shiloh. Rev Jefferson preached last Sunday morning and Rev. G. W. Coleman preached at night*, Mrs. Alice Tuck’s sister, A.da has returned to New York after spend ing sometime here waiting upon her mother, Mrs. Rebecca Jackson, who is much improved. Miss Virginia Jefferson, the aunt of Rev. C B. Jefferson, correspond ing secretary of the Richmond Bap „ fist Sunday School Union, died April 28, 1927 in Melrose, Maps. She was a member of First Baptist Church (white). Mrs. E. S.> Webb had her remains interred beside her own mother, in order that she may look after fhem. Some people complain about life, but thev pra’se death when the re mains are handled by Funeral Di rector r P. Haves. His increasing popularity is caused by prompt ser vice and up-to-date equipment. Phone Madison 2778. CLA> ST. BAPT. ! ChURCH BUYS ! STRUCTURE _____—— White Goa£re£ation Accepts the Offer***Fine Site**Great Build* in&*Rev. J. A. Brinkley Makes Great Deal for His People. * Rev. J. A. Brinkley, pastor of the Clay Street Baptist Church, which is better known as the New Baptist Church and his officers have scored heavily in the purchase of the Ran dolph Street Baptist Church. The congregation of t white church has ratified the purchase and Rev Brinkley and his congregation will take charge of the s ructure Septem ber 1st 1927. The value of the church and its equipment is placed at $150,000.00 and it was obtained for less than half this amount. It is provided with 2 ply oak pew3, v hich are not on the market at the present time. . I OTHER ADVANTAGES. It lias 14 individual rooms in the Sunday School department and the main auditorium, which seats 900 persons comfortably, is steam and gas heated, either system being available. The ore'"-1 cost originallv SO,500. The lecture room seats 700 persons. It has a ’ room narson age of brick construction and also two garages. It has a frontage of approximately 120 feet and is said to be the most inode’’?,lly built church structure owned by any congregation in this city. The pastor and congre 1 gation are being congratulated upon | this acquisition of church porperty. 3RD ST BETHEL A. M, E, NOTES Rev. James S. Hatcher was re turned lor the fourth year to us. Last Sunday he preached at 11 A. M. Subject, “A Voice from the Mounfair . ” At 3:30 P. 1VI. accompanied by Mrs. Ha^cV.er and the famous Beth el Quartette he went to Petersburg, where he delivered his great sermon on “What Will Happen at the Judg ment Seat of Christ” to a crowded house at Oak Street A M. E. Z. Church. At 8 P. M. a meditation of the Children of God was given just be fore the Communion. Sunday is Mothers Day. Dr. A. J. Nottingham will preach at 11 A. M. Tne Quartette will sing “O Mother When I Think of Thee.” Come early. Quarterly Conference Monday night. Each member is asked to bring 25 cents extra for Presiding Elder support. / One hundred’ new members in the Sunday School are expected Sunday May 8. Don’t forget your promise. Dr. C. S. Morris, pastor of Fifth .Street Baptist Church will preach at Bethel A. M. E. Church Sunday 3 P M. Come hear this great preacher SUNDAY SCHOOL AND B. Y. P. U. CONGRESS AT BIRMINGHAM. Arrangements have been made and requirements, locally complied with to have the National Baptist Sunday School and B. Y. P. U. 'Congress to meet in Birmingham, Alabama. We expect and homes for more than 5,000 messengers have been -secured. All messengers are urgently request ed to write Rev. W. M. Bryant, 812 South 17th Street, Birmingham, Ala. at once and you will be as signed your reservation here before you leave home. If you will do this we shall be relieved of much work and worry and you great embarrass ment. Yours for the Master, J. H. EASON, D. D. Chairman Publicity Committee JESSE H. WRENN Secy. ! Mrs. A. M. Toler, of Cumberland ! Va.; is in the city with her son. They expect to return home shortly. J Funeral Director Robert C. Scott’s i fine office was the scene of a wed ding Monday, May 2, 1927 when, Miss Annie May Turner of South Carolina and Mr. Seymour Massen I burg of the same S ate were united ! in the holy bonds of matrimony by I Rev. J. H. Roots. The couple left J that night at 8:15 rnr Newark, N. j J., where they will spend their j honeymoon. j A memorial window in honor of ' Mr" E. C. EH was unveiled ! recently in the b00,,+iful Leigh St. M. E. Church. M— Eldridge has been for years a tireless worker in behalf of the yo^r- of Rich mond and memb"” ,T,d friends of the church chose this means of ex nressing their love *'>r her. ANNIVERSARIES OBSERVED The 106th anniversary of the First Baptist Church, South Richmond, and the seventh anniverstry of the pastorate of Dr. William L. Ran some were observed on last Sunday Mty 1st. The program was well ar ranged and all participants respond ed to their parts, admirably. Deacon D. S. Lee presided at the morning service. Expressions were heard from the Binga Home, and Foreign Missions and Women’s R|is Sionary and Educational Circles by Miss Helen Cogbill. From the Board of Deacons, Trustees and Fi nance Committee, by Mr. J. R. Hobson. Sermon by Rev. Dr. A. S. Thomas. Prof. J. H. Blackwell presided at the 3:30 services. Music was furn ished by the Ebenezer Church Choir. Expressions were heard from Earnest v\ orlier« Pastor’s Aid and Parsonage Interest Circles by Mrs. Florence Cogbill; Young Men’s League, Mr. Arthur Davis; Young Women’s League and Junior Missionary Cir cles/ Miss Notis Meade; Sunday /School and B. Y. P. If., Mr. Loren :<) Graham. Sermon, Rev. Dr. Wm. H. Stokes. Mrs. Sallie B. Cogbill presided at the night services. Music was furnished by the First Baptist Choir of North Richmond. Expressions were heard from Pastor’s Cabinet, by Deacon C. H. Howlett; Board of Fshers. Mr. Herbert Brooks; Choir, Miss Pauline Wynder. Sermon by Rev. Dr. W. T. Johnson. The de votionals for the services were con ducted by the Rev. J. Walter Har ris, Rev. E. W. Langon and Rev. A. L. Britton. The committee, of which Mr. William H. Fox was chairman and Miss Martha A. Fowlkes secretary deserves great credit for the arrangement of the program and the excellent manner in which it was conducted. INSTALLATION OF THE PIPE OR GAN AT MT. OLIVET, GIVEN BY MONUMENTAL CHURCH The public installation of the pipe organ, given to the Mount Olivet Baptist Church. 25th and S Streets, by the Monumental Episcopal Church of this city, will be given on the 3rd Sunday, May 15, at 4 P. M., when the choir, organists, officers and Rector of this church have kindly consented to be present and render a programme of their own selection. Friends, come and see, and hear for yourselves. i?EV. J. ANDREW BOWLER. Pastor W. B., WEST, Church Clerk. MRS ADD1E HUNTON HERE. Mrs. Addie W. Hunton will be the guest of the Y. W.| C. A. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority cf which she is a member, May 6th 10th for the Vocational Guidance Conference, and the Mo'her and Daughter Week. Mrs. Hunton is well known as a Social Worker, Lecturer and Writer. She is a graduate of the Massachu setts School of Teachers and has done graduate work in the City College of New York and two years at the University of Straussburg, Germany. As a pioneer worker and adviser of the Na'ional Board of the Young Women’s Christian Associa tion, Mrs. Hunton’s services were inestimable In laying the foundation for the Y. W. C. A.' work among colored women in cities and colleges A<t present she holds the distinct ion of being the only colored mem ber of the National Girl Reserve Committee of the Y. W. C. A. Re cently she served on a Commission of Women sent to Haiti to study conditions under American occupa tion. At present she is president of the International Council of Women of the Darker Races. Mrs. Hunton speaks at Hartshorn Chapel Friday A. M.; at Armstrong Monday, and Virginia Union, Tues day, May 10th. Her principal ad dress will be made at the Leigh St. Methodist Church on Sunday, Moth er’s Day, at 3:30 P. Mto which M;e public is invited. SHEPHERD NOTES. COME AND GO WITH THE SHEP HERDS TO BAY SHORE ON THE 19TH OF JULY. On the 3rd of May at the Girls’ A Brutal Lynching in Arkansas — A Demented Golored Man Mur* dered*=Troops Arrive too Late I Home, 502 W. Clay Street, the gen eral excursion movement of the Im proved Order Shepherds and Daugh ters of Bethlehem was launched with A.. C. Clark, general manager; Mrs. S. S. Sparrow, assistant general manager; Mr. Thomas Lecoss, sec retary; Mrs. Lillie Baskerville, as sistant secretary; Mr. Archer Ander son, treasurer. The. important committees headed by the following persons, Mr. Roscoe C. Mitchell, (Mrs. Lillie Baskerville, Mrs. Mary E. Cousins and Mr. S. S. Sparrow supported by representatives from all of the Folds promoting the ex cursion. The meeting indicated, that this is going to be one of the best 'and largest excursions ever run by our Order. \ Every one who was privileged to attend the ‘‘Opening of King Tut’? Tomb" at the Armstrong Hi;gh School Auditorium on the 25, 26 and 2 8 of April, expressed ‘themselves as having enjoyed the play in every way. Mrs. Stokes, the general man ager of the play takes this occasion to thank, all of the participants as well as the patrons who assisted in making the play what it was. On the second Sunday in May at ♦ he Fifth Baptist Church, corner J-iarvie and Cary Streets, Rev. A. D. Daly, pastor, will be given a Shep herds’ Program by the Folds of the Order in the West End at 3:30 P. M. All of the members of the Folds of the city of Richmond are asked to attend. The .principal address will be delivered by our Grand Pre (Continued on page 8) Mrs. Sarah Wilson, who was re cently paralyzed, is slowly improving Mrs. Georgia A. Price returned this week from Washington. She is scmewhat prostrated over her long vigil with her ill sister. Mrs. Lucas, who subsequently succumbed to the disease. ‘'til s You may stumble and fall hut you will look all right if you get your appearance corrected at the Southern Barber Parlor by Mr,. J. C. Cooper or one of his expert assistants. You want the best food, not the cheapest, if you wish to “live long in the land, which the Lord, thy God giveth thee" and this is why Mr. Edward Stewart is able to please his customers and continue to do business. 203 S. Second Street is the place and Madison 1637 the telephone number. You may sav what you will but when 'Robert C. Scott serves you.) your wishes will be gratified. Death is solemn and distressing, but sat isfactory service tempers the pain and cases the heart aches < He has two establishments outside of his residence and orders will be received and promptly attended from all three places. Funeral Director F. H. Hayes reports that he located the aunt of James Crawford, of Atlantic City.' H.er name is Nannie Patterson, 823 W. Marshall Street. The father of the deceased is Rev. Joe Frayser, of Lancaster, S. C. FIFTH ST. BAPTIST CHURCH. Rev. Charles S. Morris, Sr. Pastor The Great Big Folks, whom all Richmond will delight to hear will be heard at Fifth Street Baptist Church Monday night. May 9th 8 o’clock, in a great mass meeting for 'he Virginia Seminary. Rev. Dr. King, the honored and beloved ex pastor of Fifth Street, will be one of th» f-:peakers. Rev. Dr. Powell, Presideni of the school and a bril liant orator, will be another. Dr. Powell has thrilled all the cities of Virginia with his message. Rev. Dr Galvin, former President of the Vir ginia Baptist State Convention and now Chairman of the Executive Committee of the school, who has many friends throughout the State, will he present also. Last, but not least Rev. Dr. James, President of the Virginia Baptist State Conven tion, thru whom the great move ment is now taking shape will also •LITTLE ROCK, ARK., May 4.<— The body of a colored man who had been hanged and riddled with bal lets for an attack upon a white woman and her daughter early to day, tonight was,1 dragged behind an automobile through the main street of the city and then saturated with gasoline and burned at one of the principal business corners in the col ored section, while thousands of persons looked on. As the llamesi leaped high into the air the firing of guns mingled with the cries of women and children fleeing from the scene. Negroes scattered as the mob, their loud cries echoing for blocks, dragged the body to the corner and made a huge bor fire of it. Police many times outnumbered1 and powerless to act. directed traffic which congested the ptreets for blocks aiound the scene. John Carter, 22, surrounded b.y a mob numbering several thousand men. who found him in a tree after an all-day search, confessed that bo had attacked Mrs. Et Stewart and her 17-year-old daughter, Glen nie as they rode along the road near ihe citv in a wagon early today. Miss Stewart, her head in band ages. identified the assailant at the scene of the lynching. be on the program. This wonderful combination of strong men will be a rare treat to Richmond. The Seminary faces a real crisis in its history. All tho money and all Hip sacrifices mado for nearly fifty yeWfs will he thrown away, if these obligations are ipt met properly. 'Nothing will excme the Negroes of Virginia from pm serving this school at this timoi The churches of the General Asso ciation, as well as those of the Stale Convention, rocked the cradle of tffe school. Drs. Armstead, P. F. Mor ris. Z. D. Lewis, Holmes, Williams of Petersburg, Wells of Ebenewr r.r.J Graham of Fifth Street are among the mighty founders. What they founded and fought for, we of today must preserve. Last Sunday morning Pastor Mor ris preached "The Dangers Ad Harm That Come from a Div^Bi Church.” I Cor. 3:3. Dr. seemed at his best with diviixf' in spiration. eloouenee and power. The story of the Lord’s Supper was sung by the Y./ W. C. A. Choral Club, of which Mr. Preston Johnson is director at 8 P. M. Tkis Oratorio was written by Hiram Sim mons. a colored composer of Ports mouth, Va. The Pastor will preach a special sermon to young men next Sunday morning. The Kings Daughters, of which Mrs. Lena Williams is president, will nresent a Candle Light Canthta at R P. M. This fine group of young Indies will br»ng to us another grea* story as found in our Lord’s Blessed Word Don’t forget the City* Auditorial next Sunday, the lf»th at 3:30 M. when Dr. Morris will speak ofr Evolution. Rev. Dr. Wood of the Bonlevtbd Baptist Church (white) preached :v die Prayer Meeting last Thursday, i A large number of white frietads w-flro present. The funeral service of Sister Manr PoH,r,«°n wa«? Held at the church Thursday at 1:30 P. M. Pastor Mor ris bpine out of the citv. Rev.. Mr. Rurnham preached the sermon. Sis ter Robinson had been a faithful member of this church fo’* more than 30 vears. Our stptr are improving. Trust00 R . W. Mors is leadino a nio,,°meet with 300 members organ i7°d °s Gideon’s Rand to raise $3000 *v.r t*>° ■R”tM»ng Fund bv the fourth Sunday in this month. Our obliga 4*oiv? n'-osrfYir and the monov runs* bo votcod . Evprv member and fr'ond of F-'ftb Street is called noon *r, rallv fnithfullv from now until ,Tnr>° when wo tuuct stand the text. ''fore wbi'e hutfon onntrlhu tor°, to our Bufidtng Fund- 'r R. Seott. Simmons John E. Woltpr Sm’^Il Tnd’° Pw(fb Flizabeth Thomas. Bax ♦ °r G. TVnruton. James H. Trihue. More nex4 week. M Thelma Ward. Reporter.