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Newport News Pythian Law and Its Effect—Pur year and West Not Legally s v.. Suspended. Election of Successors Null and Void. Interesting Information. NEWPORT NEWS, VA., July 1— The ringing, forceful, able editorial deliverance in the Newport News Star last week has created a .sensa tion here and has been wuimly commended by some of the loading citizens in Tidewater. They seem to feel that this kind of political work under the name of frateruaiism should cease. A leading member of the Order of Knights of Pythias in discussing this phase of the situa tion proceeded to show that under the Pythian law, Grand Vice Chan cellor F. E. Puryear and Grand Keeper of Records and Seal Eugene West have never been legally sus pended from the Grand Lodge and are entitled to all of their rights and privileges therein. HAVE LEGAL REDRESS They have a legal redress and if the facts are as stated, can oo in demnified for their humiliation and treatment at the hands of those re sponsible for It. This can be brought about only after all efforts Inside of the Order have been ex hausted. The charges filed against \V. B. P. Crowell, Grand Chancel lor: W. H. C. Brown, Grand Attor ney and Joseph R. Pollard, Grand Master of Exchequer should have been filed with the Grand Keeper of Records and Seal or his successor <>/■ substitute, to be acted upon after a lapse of th rty days as set forth in the law. This time limit is a fundamental right and cannot be le gally violated. The same is true concerning the charges against Grand Vice Chancellor F. E. Puryear and u’ii •! beeper of Records anl Seal Ft Weot. DENIED RIGHTS. As a matter o' fact the ia*\r two were denied the right to vote. Officers of the Grand Lodge must be tried bv officers of the Grand Lodge. The findings Of this tribunal must he supported by two-thirds vote of GrandLodge to be effective. Members of the Grand Lodge are tried in ac cordance with the subordinate lodge forms of trials duly modified and limited by the Grand Lodge and the Supreme Lodge law. The Grand Lodge Constctutiotn for subordinate lodges. Article V is as follows: ST'BOR DIN ATE LODGE LAW. “Any subordinate lodge or any officer or member of the Grand Lodge violating the established prlnc’ples, laws, rules and regula tions may be tried in accordance ■with the laws, rules and regulations and be punished by fine or suspen sion . Said trial shall be conducted ir. accordance with the code of pro cedure as adopted by this Grand Lodge for the government of subor dinate lodges of this jurisdiction so far as applicable or otherwise a^ this Grand Lodge may direct”. "Article XVI. Constitution of Su bordinate lodges: SPECIFIC REQUIREMENT. “Section 1. Charges or complaints made against members of the lodge under the penal provisions of ihe laws, rules and regulations shall be reduced to writing and distinctly state the cause, time and place of occurrence. The Keeper of Records and Seal shall furnish the accused with a copy thereof and a notice that the matter will be taken up for consideration at th^ next regular meeting of the Lodge when a com mittee of five members of the Rank Knight shall be appointed. * OTHER EXPLANATIONS. The expression “or otherwise as the Grand Lodge may direct” is governed by the limitations set forth in *he Supreme Lodge Constitution as Is stated in Article TV of the Grand Lodge Constitution, to wit: “Powers and jurisdiction of Grand Lodge. This Grand Lodge shall have jurisdiction over all lodges of Knights of Pythias within the State of Virginia; none of which can legally exist without its sanction or authority. It possesses the right and power of granting charters, cl suspending or taking away the same upon proper cause, of receiving and hearing of appeals, of redressing grievances and complaints arising in the lodges under its jurisdiction,' of enacting laws for its own govern ment and support—in all conform able to the laws of the Supreme Lodge.” OTHER PROVISIONS. So that “in all conformable to the laws of the Supreme Lodge. ’ The Supreme Lodge law, Section 50 Fivragraph B reads: "The Grand Chancellor or any officer of the Grand Lodge shall be liable to impeachment for Inebriety, Or for the breach of trust in connec tion with the funds of the Order or for violation of the. criminal laws O’ his country, involving moral tur pitude or for neglect of his official duties or obligations or for conduct unbecoming a Knight. “C. Articles of impeachment may be preferred against the Grand Chancellor or the Grand Lodge offi cers by five (o) or more Grand Rc X-resentatlves or by three (31 or more Grand Lodge officers. ‘•The Grand Lodge officers other than those preferring the charge;, shall be the Tribunal before which the Grand Chancellor or other Grand Lodge officers shall be tried. Tho accused shall not have a vote in the proceedings. MUST FILE CHARGES i “The articles of impeachment herein provided fdr shall specify the i offense or offenses charged w:th clearness and precision and with reasonable detail as to time and place and circumstances, and be signed by the parties preferring them and shall be filed with the Grand Keeper of Records and Seal. ‘‘No articles of impeachment ‘-bail he dismissed for want of formality. The ranking officer of the trial . Tribunal shall preside and shall fix a time and place for the trial, and at once notify the other members of the Tribunal of the time and place unpointed: thereupon the Grand Keeper of Records and Seal shall attest and issue a summon- citing the accused to appear before the Tribunal on the date and at the time and place selected. He shall accompany the summons with a cor rect copy of the charges . THIRTY DAYS NOTICE I "Service shall be by registered j letter or personal service by seme j member of the Grand Lodge, ^he j accused shall have at least th’rty ; i 30) davs’ notice of the said trial. At least twenty (20) days’ notice o* the time and place shall be given of , the tfme to take depositions All c.ueh notices must be given through the Gtrand Keeper of Records and Seal. , "In all cases, either party mav he I represented by counsel oro'vided such counsel or counsels shall he 1 momher°. of the Order In good j °tnndine. The accused officer shall j he suspended from the exercise o? i 1 all ofPo'al duties until his acquittal I | and the judgment shall not ’xtend hevond removal from office, or dls- ! nuallfication to hold office in the j Order thereafter or both, and shall j not prevent trial ond conviction in : any other department of the Order j for *hc same offense in his juris- i diction.’' __ I SUPREME CHANCELLOR’S DUTIES The Sunreme Lodge Constitution ' 1 also provides in Article T, Section i 22 as follows:' “The Supreme Chancellor***?hall see that all constitutional enact- ! ments. rules and ed’ets of the Su preme I>odge are duly and promptly Observed.” The facts are Grand Vice Chan cellor F. E. Puryear and Grand Keeper of Records and Seal Eugene Vest had charges filed against them Thursday afternoon,' June 23 1927 and were forced into a trial and suspended Friday, June 24, 1927. This suspension was null and void. They were denied the right to be candidates for office and also denied the right to vote, when it became plainly evident that they had secured the support of a majority of the i onafide delegates toi the Grand Lodge, upon a platform of retrench ment and reform. ELECTION NULLIFIED The election of officers by this act became null and void. It was a fraudulent election, in that legal voters were denied the. right of franchise. The old officers hold over bu‘ those elected are not le gally elected. F. E. Puryear is still Grand Vice Chancellor and Eugene Wes* is still Grand Keeper of Records and Seal and W. W. Foreman is still Grand Lecturer and F. G. Elliot is still Grand Medical Register and L. R. Woolridgo is still an official of the Grand Lodge. They must now exhaust their reme dies ins’de of the Order before they will have the fraternal right to ap peal to the courts of the State. GRAND CHANCELLOR LIABLE. Grand Chancellor W. B. F. Cro v.ell made himself liable to addi tional charges when he openly violated these laws, both State and National and denied fundamental Pythian rights to members of tho knighthood with the laws written plainly to guide him. It is this view of the situation that is agitating the Pythains here in this, city and the question is, “What are Puryear and West going to do about it?” In the meantime, the word disgust is a mild designation of the feeling of the citizens here in discussing the situation. Woman Kills Her Husband (Special by John Mitchell Jr.) Frank Smith a colored man, was stabbed in the left shoulder by Mabel Smith, his wife, in their room at 521 N. 7th St., Thursday evening at about 7 o'clock. He was carried into thy back yard and Ja:d out un til the arrival of the ambulance. Then he was removed to St. Philips Hospital, where he died shortly af terwards In the pen in the Police (cult last Friday morning stood a light brown-skinned woman, who claimed to be 19 years of age, but who looked much older. She told the story of the happening. j ■ DECIDED TO MOVE. i J J She and her husband had decided to move to G19 N. 6th St. He had a friend there. She went around there and asked if he was there. She was told that he was not there. She waited and watched and a short lime afterwards she saw him come cut of the house. She got after him about the statement made by the woman there. Then they walked to 521 N 7th St. where they had a room on the second floor in the rear. One word brought on another. Fi nally she struck him with the hair brush- Then a milk bottle was thrown. DROPPED THE KNIFE. She sat down on the bed. He came towards her and began chok ing her. They struggled on the bod. He had a knife in his hand and in the struggle opened it with hi3 teeth. Her struggles caused him to drop the knife. He tried to get it. She could feel it under her body and she was trying to work it under the pillow. She got the knife in her hand and he told her she had beaten him to it- She then stabbed him. He said she had killed him. Then she got up and called the lady in the house to get a doctor. WANTED TO GET OUT Hq was carried to St. Philips Hosptal, where he died. She said it. was a plain case of self-defense and she wanted to be bailed at once. She had a sister, Rosa Scott, who lived at 104 W. Marshall St. Her father lives at Radium, near Emporia Va. Frank Smfth is from Rocky Mount N. C- and he has a sister Mary joiner, living there now. A later vis’t to 521 N. 7th St. brought evut the fact that Madison Crane rents the house. Miss Virginia Crane said that Mable Smith and her husband were making quite a noise up there in the room. STABBED TO DEATH. They came down the steps and he exclaimed that Mable had stabbed :i Il m to death. Then he was carried out in the back yard and he re mained there until carried away in the ambulance. Police officers from headquarters were there then and we wont up into the rear room. There was the hair brush, the milk bottle the pillow on the bed and the bloody sheets, and more splotch es of blood on the floor. It was the chamber of death. Leaving there I met the officers again at 619 N. 6th St. No one answered the liammer ng upon the door. EVERYBODY WORKS BUT FATHER. It was opened. Everybody worked out and all inside doors were locked. In the yard a settled colored v/oman explained that she felt unwell and had remained home for the dav, while ar. elderly man downstairs said he had been s'ck for several years. They knew nothing about the tenants in front. We passed rut. Tli!? officers evidently went to headquarters and I went to the Planet off:ce to write this story of the tragedy. SHEPHERD VOTES. / A large thriving Fold which had been gotten together by Mrs. Ifiiza A. Berkley was organized on the 6th by cur Grand Presiding Shep herd Mrs. Ora Brown Stokes in company with Mrs. Eliza A. Berk ley, Mrs. Susie J. Williams, Lawyer C. A. McKenzie. Mrsv Pollle Graves, Mrs. Sus'e H. RoTjfn^olTTfhd ethers. Mrs. Berkley deserves great credit for the excellent work 'die is doinjr for our Order iii organization ot new Folds. She life also showing herself a ercat newer in the excur sion movement. j Rev Charles S. Morris and family with a visiting friend motored to Norfolk. Va. last Friday morning, where Dr. Morris was called to fill an important business engagement While there they visited Virginia Beach and other interesting places. They left for Richmond the same evening. Little Miss Faith E. Mor ris is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Lawrence, 951 Rugby St Norfolk, Va. Mr. George T. Frye has renovated his barber parlors at 627 N. ?nd St. and they are among the best in the city. He has 5 white metal en amelled chairs and has Installed the frst white enamelled cash register ir. any shop in Richmond. "The Trouble With This Dog Catching Business By Albert r «e«T JURISTS DAUGHTER HONORED. “Yes, really, I am acting Secre tary of the Commonwealth. “You havent found it out yet? , Well, I have been since last Friday. Mr Hutchinson went on his vaca tion, and I, being the senior 'Jerk iu the office, was designated to act for him. Please don’t say anything about it.’’ 1 The speaker wa$ Miss Ellen B. Scott, daughter of Judge R. Carter Scott, of the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond. She Is known to her friends as “Bunny." First among the reasons that this lis significant is that it is the first time in all the long history of Vir ginia a woman has been designated Secretary of the Commonwealth. Mr. Hutchinson is expected to 1-e back in the office this morning. Then Miss Scott, as a public official will be incorporated in that section of history which tells of women who have held high place in the conduct of government. —Times—Dispatch, July l. | _‘ %\x l MILLER’S HOTEL. The following is a lis,t of arrivals: Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Miller, Dan ville, Va.; Cheser Hopkins, Green ville, N. C.; Sampson Tolson, White Stone, Va.; Miss Maybelle Brown, Norfolk; Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Lynchburg; Mr. Clinton Walker, West Point; Felope, Yoy, Norfolk; Ben Darden, Kansas City; H. Hicks, New York; Gilbert Brown Eaglemore, Pa.; Mr. F. B. .Tones, Mrs. Toliver King, M. 0. Key, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Gill, Miami, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. G. Wj. Penn, Jr , Atlantic City N. J.; Miss Ellen Gradis, Dr. J. A. Morton, Nash ville; Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Calhoun, Augusta,* Ga.; Miss Libbie Sellars, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Thornton, Mr. John Lane, Henry Lane, George McCoy and Wife, Danville; J. E. Dickerson Columbia, S. C.: Henry Sinclair. Baltimore, Md.; Mr. Lig gin Smith, Miss Belle Davis, Buslle, Tenn.; J. H. DeLoatch, Lynchburg; Charles Smith. Lynchburg: Richard Hagans, Rocky Point, N. C.; James Lanier. Harry Lain, Washington, i). C.; Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Sears, Charlottesville, Va.; J.< A. Lewis and Wife, A. T. Shippe, Roanoke: Mr. and Mrs. A. Taylor, Newport News: William Terry Mass and Wife Norfolk; C. J. Johnson and Wife, G. T. Avington and Wife. Washing ton, D. C.; Joseph Banks, Mrs. Cora Banks. Miss Dorothy Bums, Mrs. Lucy Bums, Clinton Howard, R. N. Bentley, all of Alexandria; Willie Womack, Lynchburg; Mr and Mrs. F D James. Ashland; Mrs. Verner Jones. Jackson: Mr. H. Miller and party, Winston, N. C.; 1 Arthur Little. Winston, N. C.; Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, Hampton. Va.. [Mr. and Mrs. Aster. Newport Nows; R. Nelson. Estill. Va.; R. Burgess Philadelphia; Ed. Woodson. Plum mer, N. C.; Mrs. James Tucker, Trenton, N. J.; Clinton Wilson, Fayetteville N. C.f t IDEAL NEWS. The Ideal Outing (tf the Richmond District on Thursday, June 30th to Pay Shore (Buckroe Beach) was a grand success. A splendid crowd and the best of order. All were rnanimius in their pra:‘se tlo the lOrder for having the most peaceful and eniovable outing that has ever gone to Bay Shore. The Committee feels very grateful to all. The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors met in their regular monthlv conference Wednes iriav the 6th. All were highly pleased [with the steadv growth of the Order I I ' Great preparations are in progress 7 forward to the 15th Annual Contention to meet in Washington. P. C. September 6. 1927. Mr. A. iW. Holmes. Founder of the Order visited the National Capitol lacf week and conferred wtfth the Ideals of the District. He expressed b’mseif na being highly pleased with the interest that, is being shown, r« gnrding the Convention. GREAT UVEAL GATFDSRTNG AT ' 1ST AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH I The 15th Anniversary of the National Ideal Benefit Society of Richmond District will be celebrated Sundav. July 17th at the First Bap tist' Church, ooalnetr lod» 14th and Rrond Sts. a* 3:20 o’clock. All male members will meet at the Ideal Hall 210 E. Clay St. at 2 o’clock and march to the church . Female men hers will meet in the basement of tbp rburoh at 2?30 o’cloclc. All IdoaH are i7rged to be present wearing rpgalia. Re on time. In vite veur frtends. A good program. Sermon hr Pr. w T. Johnson. Ad dress bv Mr .A . W. Holmes. Su preme Master. The National TdPnl cho‘n wRi render special music, Mr. W. H. Cov. leader. Friends are eorrt’ally invited Read The Planet. Phone vour or ders to the office if you fail t0 get a copy at the newsstand. Randolph 2213. C. P. HAYES. Funeral Director C. P. Hayes has been stead'ly making progress, as was* attested by his skillful handling of some of the most remarkable cases in this city. The funeral of the venerable Rev. R. J. Bass tested tbe skill of himself and his asso ciates. He gave absolute satisfac tion and the family is outspoken in commend ng the excellence of the ' service. The remains is this instance were at the Duval Street residence and from there conveyed .to the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church at Wtoodville. He had the family there to the minute and at the conclusion of the services which were of a preliminary char acter. he was on time at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. W. T. Johnson had announced another feature ia the morning’s servicee. piefixing liie statement that he funeral cortege had not arrived. Some one whis pered that the people were outside i'.nd hurried efforts were made to prepare for the entry. At the cem etery. the services were impressive. The vault was handled “without a hitch.” A friend was so deeply im pressed that he authorized tuis statement without, the ‘know’edge of the hard-working funeral Direc tor C. P. Hayes. f IN MEMOR1AM. Stacked to> the mem<fry <*f <wur dear Father, Lee Miller, who di’d July 10 1926: Rest in peace, dear Father: One long year has passed away. Rut we will meet you. darling __ Father At the final judgment day. . Row we miss you. ' YJe arc in the world alone. Life seems oh, so dark without Our hearts are breaking to see you . again. —By H’e Children Moses Forsey was notified June ■ ?0. 1927 that he had passed the S<ate Board of Embalmers. He Is now a full fledged embalmer witn Ms license paid. He has been em ployed for years by Funeral Direc tor Robert C. Scott I ! Miller’s Hotel is enjoying a pr »s. perous season undeT the proprietor sh:p of Mr. Thacker F. Archer. Funeral Director A. D. Price'i new display room has attracted much attention and his display of new styles of caskets is causing much comment. The public is in v'ted and persons can come in to Inspect the goods, even when there is no death in the family. The roof garden on the Mechan ics Bank budding is being renovated and is expected to be opened Thurs day night, 14th inst. Get ready for j'your summer outing in tho air. I*1 | Miss Kate Corbett and Mr, and j Mrs Robert Price motored here last [Sunday from Durham. N. C. They returned to their home Monday. i ■ ' All of the Churches are enjoying prosperity and raising money. s V’ey. Clifton G. Cabell, of Cov ington. Va. was in thei city tMs week and called on us. | Miss Lucy B. Ch*1es. now of I Washington. P. C. is in the citv j for a few weeks and is spending the !M»ne with her parents. Pot. and | Mr? Tobn R. Chiles fio down to Rav Rhone. Tt wilT •ovn doetor’s Mils. The nlaee I* now one of the moot nonnlar places on «i,o AfionHu seaboard. Mr. °nd Mr®. Tot’n F, Hall. Jr ’■notorprt h°rp from Washington. D. C. last Raturdav to spend the Fourth. Thev were the guests of M'** and M’-s. John F. Hall. Rr. of 2300 Old Dominion St.