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VOLUME XLIV. NO. 5u
THREATENED BY LYNCHERS Race Man Charged with Heinous Crime—Mentally Unbalanced To be Tried Nov. 1st at Newport News. SUFFOLK, YA., Oct. 15.—Charged with murdering a 14-year-old girl after attacking her on the road near Smithfield yesterday, a Negro believed by Isle of Wight authorities to be Shirley Winnegan, was spirited out of the county today and lodged in jail at Portsmouth when feeling was re ported running high in the home town of the girl. Winnegan’s arrest came soon after a Negro youth named Godwin in formed Sheriff W. M. Chapman that Winnegan had been seen near the scene of the crime, one of the most brutal in the history of Isle of Wight County. So far as can be learned there was no outcry from the young girl, but when David Godwin, father of the youth, who had seen Winnegan close to the Barlow home, went to Sheriff Chapman and told him, he felt there was something wrong. An investiga tion disclosed the dead body of the girl. At the scene of the crime there was every evidence of a terrific strug gle, it being the theory of those who were there that she was unconscious when attacked and then was choked to death. Dr. Rae Parker; county coroner, is sued a statement after the body had been found that there was no doubt of the double crime and that the girl had put up a terrific fight for her honor and life. He also was of the opinion that the girl had been at tacked in the roadway leading to her home and dragged into a cornfield. The Negro had been employed on a farm near that of the Barlow’s about a mile from Smithfield. He wras mar ried and had children. He was about 25 years old. He had lived in the community all of his life, it was said. Funeral services for the victim were held this afternoon at Mill Swamp Church in the upper part of Isle of Wight County. Even though the accused is out of the town the fury of the residents over the attack has not subsided, it was stated in Smithfield today. I REV. BROWN PREACHES Rev. A. W. Brown preached at the Sixth Mt Zion Baptist Church last Sunday morning to a large audience, even the galleries of the spacious edifice were filled. Clerk N. W. Bouldin gave detailed information of the church work. Chairman Branch, of the Deacon Board, announced that a valuable ring lost in th| church had been found and the ovrmr could get it by calling on him. He declared that this church could guarantee the return of any article lost there. Expressed Thanks I Deacon Brown, who had been sick, expressed thanks to the church for favors shown. Deacon Quinn Shelton made a powerful appeal for funds, after which the collection was lifted and then Rev. A. W. Brown em phasized the necessity of giving God the best for sacrifice. Great Discourse 1 For more than thirty minutes he delivered a sermon replete with, logic, rhetoric and genuine eloquence. He aroused enthusiastic responses from the pulpit to the door. He is a mas terly orator and he possesses a rare gift in his magnetic oratory in the pulpit. He expressed his gratification at seeing Editor John Mitchell, Jr., present and insisted that the editor have a word to say. For about five) minutes the visitor gave his im-j pressions of both the speaker and the I church. Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist | Church is making great progress under its present pastor. MANY MEMBERS INITIATED Prophet Elijah Lodge, No. 701, was set up about eleven months ago at Crewe, Va. Capital City, No. 11, Degree Team journeyed to that plaee September 30th and initiated twenty one bucks into the Improved Benevo lent Order of Elks of the World. The hospitality to the visitors was mag nificent. The repast was heartily en joyed and the members of the Order at Crewe as well as the candidates were delighted. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PLANS BIG DAY. After worshipping in the lecture room for three months, the congrc gat ion of the First Baptist Church will worship in its most beautiful auditorium Sunday, October 23 After extensive improvements the church presents a very attractive appearance. There will be three great cervices rex Sunday, when large numbers c.i members and friends are expect ed. The public is very cordially invited to attend. At the l i o’clock hour the pasto» Rev. W. T. Johnson, D. D. will preach a special sermon. The choir has prepared excellent music. At 3 P. M., all the men of the church t re requested to meet in the lecture room to t'cirm one great chain o." men and at 3:15 march to the main auditorium. The men’s program be gins at 3:30 P. M. Dr. G. B Han cock will speak. Music will br ren dered,1 by *he Sabbarth Glee Club, F B. C. S. S. Orchestra aid the First Baptist Church (white). The men of the city are invited to this service. At the S O’clock hour, the women ol the church, led by Mrs, M. R. Johnson will present for the first t'me on record the Women’s Chain, and promise the largest sacrificial offering ever made by the women of the church. Great riialry exists between the men and the women. The answer to the question, Who is is Who in the Church, the Men or the Women? will be solved in the result of the effort next Sunday. Much enthus i insm has been in evidence on the pari of the various committees working fo? the success of Sunday’s services. The pastor, officers and members will be happy to greet the friends of this great occasion. | TOURIST CAMP FOR RICHMOND Federal Automobile Association Pro motes Touring. A new tourist camp for Richmond 1 has been established at the Monroe place, located at Stop 12, Petersburg Pike. The Federal Automobile Associa tion, a National Organization of col ored motorists, headquarters at Wash ington, D. C., has been active during the past week in this city. The F. A. A. was established nearly two years ago, as a result of the policy adopted by its contemporary organization, the A. A. A. , in limiting their member ship to the white race. It was deemed expedient by a group of influential men in Washington that Negroes should have the benefit of a National Organization to promote good will and provide facilities and accommodations for touring. It is seldom that Negro tourists are seen on the magnificent lighways that were built to induce taxpayers generally to enjoy some of the wonders of our own scenery. The Federal Automobile Association, in establishing a tourist camp at Rich mond, is adding another link in the chain of camps that are being estab lished throughout the country, and with its vast membership will be a powerful factor in influencing cross country traveling. HIGH DAY HAS BEEN PLANNED AT FOUNTAIN BAPTIST CHURCH, 32ND AND P STS. Sunday, October 23rd, marks the closing of first anniversary of the pastor of Fountain Baptist Church. All day there will be different quar tets, pastors and their congregation. Each night the church has been filled to its capacity. All St. John’s Watch men will be present at 3 P. M. Grand Master W. R. Wright will address the congregation. The public is cordially invited. Rev. A. R. Vanlandingham, pastor. Vanilla Shaw, church reporter. The boys were yelling. They told of the Harvest Sale at the J... F. M. store. ASK INJUNCTION ON ASSESS MENT TO PROTECT MONEY (Atlanta, Ga. Independent) Petition for injunction to protect the sum tied up in a $1U,000 check, to prevent further assessment by the Supreme Lodge of Knights of Pythias, a colored organization, and to restrain several banks from paying out any funds, will be filed in Superior Court today by S. S. Humbert, and fifteen others, against Mary Nelson Jones, of Augusta, Grand Commander of the Order of Calanthe in Georgia; W. L. Powell, of Savannah, Grand Keeper of Deposits, and other officers, as well as the Wage Earners’ Savings Bank, Savannah Savings & Real Estate Cor poration, Citizens & Southern Na tional Bank, and the Fourth National Bank of Macon. Judge J. Saxton Daniel signed a re straining order in the case yesterday in Claxton for Kravitch & Wiseman, and J. G. Lemon, attorneys for the plaintiff. It will be made of record today. The order is returnable in Savannah on October 26, before Judge Daniel. He has th».yivrtege of hear ing the case since Judge Meldrim-was without the jurisdiction when the case] was first presented. Negroes in several portions of Georgia will be directly interested in the litigation. The Supreme Lodge of ! the Knights of Pythias, the Negro or ganization, whose headquarters are in Chicago, is alleged to be erecting a new building known as the Pythian ! Temple at a cost of $1,000,000. An assessment has been made against the K. of P. Lodges in Georgia for $35, 000, and also a similar assessment has been made against the Order of Ca lanthe, the latter organization being for men and women. The K. of P. Lodges are men’s bodies. The two are fraternally connected. The Calanthe organization, the pe tition states, paid $15,000 last year, and also drew another check for $10, 000 on July 29 as payments on its assessment. But a stop was put on the $10,000 check. In June, the Georgia Galanthe had a membership of 23,295 and outstand ing insurance on these members at $150 each, making a total of $3,400, 000. In the treasury at that time, the organization had $55,000 for ad ministration and to take care of death claims, unpaid at that time were $3, 000 in checks and $10,000 in death claims, leaving $43,000 in the treas ury. From that amount was sub tracted the payment of $15,000 to the Supreme Lodge, leaving a net total of $28,000 in the treasury. The membership is taking the pres ent action to protect the insurance department of the organization since there are policy holders to the amount of $3,400,000 with only $28,000 ready to meet any occasion of emergency. Further allegations state the Grand Lodge has assessed the Knights of Pythias one dollar per capita, and there are 40,000 members in Georgia. This assessment of $40,000 is due on November 1. At some length the petition sets forth the act of the officers is with out authority of the Subordinate Lodges, erection of the structure in Chicago is illegal because the organi zation hasn’t authority to invest the money in that manner, and also that it is a risky investment because the organization lacks the authority to use the money as trust funds. I 1 The Shepherds Chorus was enter Gained by Miss Nannie Bowers, in her home. 908 1|2 W. Clay Street. After rehearsal the Chorus was ushered into the dining room, led by Mrs. Louisa J. Lewis, where the table was ladened with delicacies of the seasim. Messrs. John Bnsfleld, James KyJe, Thomas Lecoss and others were presented. Mrs. Mary [Morgan presided at the punch bo»wl. At this point Miss Emily O. Lewis was presented with a handsome Leuquet of American Beauty roses rnd cut flowers by Mr. Georg? Oliver V3, 11;30 A. M. and 8;00 P M. Among those present were Mrs. Julia Austin of Asheville, N. C., Mrs. Ora Holmes, Mrs. Mary Crump Mrs. Sara'i Best, Mrs. Mary Wilker son, Mrs. Martha Young. Mrs Louisa J. Lewis in befitting words wished the Chorus a successful year Supreme Chancellor i Green Makes Reply | Denies Alleged Statements-Bitter, Dennnciation oi the Far Sontb Opposes Racial Conditions. New Orleans, La., Sept. 20, 1927. Editor, The Houston Informer, 409-11 Smith Street, Houston, Texas. Sir: Copy of The Houston Informer un der date of August 27, 1927, was re ceived by me while on my vacation after the close of the supreme lodge session held at Chicago, Illinois, August 16-20, 1927. I would not depart from my rule of ignoring criticisms of my course in the supreme lodge of the Knights of Pythias of North America, etc., by newspapers or otherwise, were it not for the fact, Mr. Editor, your columns contained the following words charged against me as having been uttered by me during my address to the supreme lodge in opposition to holding the ses sion of 1929 in Dallas, Texas. Answering the Charges In your long editorial containing more than half of the editorial mat ter of your newspaper, I find the fol lowing: “Going a bit further, Mr. Green charged that the white South would insult every Negro woman who might attend the supreme session at Dallas.” You know", Mr. Editor, if you heard » my address, that I made no such charges against the white South, and you also know, and I know that any colored lady is as safe from moral i insult in any city in the far South as 1 she would be in any city in the North, East or West. , ■ ... I also note in quotation- marks, the following: ' “The South is no decent place for any black man’s wife, daugh ter, mother or sweetheart.” Did Not U»e Word* If you heard my address, Mr. Edi tor, and I presume you did, you know I did not use the words quoted in your editorial, and if anyone else told you I used such words, you know me well enough to know I did not use such words, and if you had believed that I used such words, you could have easily ascertained from me as to whether I had used such words or not in referring to the South. I not only did not make such a state ment in my address, but did not use any words that could in any way be construed as expressing such a senti ment from me concerning the South. ! No person but a fool would insult : their audience by using such words, 1 when fully half of the audience he was addressing lived in the South, in cluding the speaker himself., You are hereby requested, Mr. Edi tor, to publicly withdraw the charges made against me in the above quota tions from your editorial columns of August 27, 1927. Word* Misrepresented I hope, Mr. Editor, you would not consider your case so weak, or your cause so desperate, that you had to misrepresent the words used by me in opposition to the supreme lodge holding its 1929 session in Dallas, Texas, as an excuse for your defeat. I have no objections to you quot ing what I did say in opposition to the supreme lodge meeting in Dallas, Texas, in 1929, because I expressed my opinion concerning the supreme lodge, and the supreme court and the uniform rank department meeting in Dallas, Texas, in 1929, and have no apologies to make, and no excuses to offer for what I actually said. In the beginning of your editorial, you mentioned the injection of sec tionalism into the contest for the next convention city of the supreme lodge at Chicago, Illinois. If any sectionalism was injected into the j contest, it was done by the repre sentatives of the grand lodge, Knights of Pythias of Texas, and not by those j opposing the supreme lodge meeting in D^las, Texas, in 1929. It is true, “That the supreme chancellor is himself a Southerner, and the grand chancellor of a Pythian jurisdiction in a Dixie state.” Proud of the Fact I am proud of the fact that I am a Southerner; I was born in the South, and have always lived in the South, and expect to continue living in the South, and therefore know the South, and was in a position to advise the supreme lodge as to the matter of conditions and to give good rea sons why the supreme lodge should not bring the supreme court and the uniform rank encampment to Dallas, Texas, or any other city in the far South. Your pretended surprise, Mr. Edi tor, at my attitude in the matter of the meeting of the supreme lodge (Continued on page 8) Editor Richardson’s Caustic Remarks Is Merciless in His Criticism ol S. W. Green—Delends Dallas. Texas. I In a lengthy and voluminous letter,' which appeared in last week’s issue of The Informer. Hon. S. W. Green, of New Orleans, La., supreme chancel lor of the Colored Knights of Pythias of North America, South America, etc., took umbrage at and disagreed with the editor of this paper anent reported statements made by the Pelican City fraternalist during the supreme lodge of the order, which ap peared in The Informer under date of August 27, 1927. These reported remarks were made by Mr. Green when he took the floor at the Forum Hall, 324 East Forty third Street, Chicago, Illinois, Satur day evening, August 20, 1927, and “low-rated” the South as being wholly unfit and too uncivilized for the su preme body to hold one biennial ses sion at Dallas, Texas, or any other city of the “far South.” Now, after his speech is a matter of record and almost ancient history, Mr. Green becomes incensed and de mands The Informer to make a public retraction of his (Green’s) reported scurrilous attack upon the South; charging that his remarks were in correctly quoted, and, apparently en deavoring to so muddy the waters as to conceal the real issue in this would be controversy. Editor Present The editor of The Informer was present when the 1929 convention city was selected, and .heard all the speeches made in defense of Dallas and Indianapolis', the two contesting cities for the next biennial session of the Pythian order; lift'd wehfeofthe opinion that Mr. Green was so per turbed in body and mind that he did not really know what he was uttering at the time ho made the remark that “the South is no decent place for any black man’s wife, daughter, mother 'or sweetheart.” Since this utterance of his has, per force, escaped his memory, we wish to remind the supreme chancellor that when he made this statement the supreme representatives hissed and booed him to such an extent that the presiding officer (the grand chancellor) of West Virginia jurisdiction) was compelled to stop his (Green’s) speech and beg the brethren for order and proper respect to the speaker; and then Mr. Green added that he had listened to the proponents of Dallas and he thought they ought to listen to his reasons why they should not consider Dallas for the 1929 supreme session. (We wonder does the su preme chancellor recollect this tense and ticklish moment in the delibera tions?) That Near Lynching Mr. Green further contends that he did not wage a “most bitter and subtle fight against Dallas and the I enft're South;” when, as a matter of fact, the supreme chancellor recited a near-lynching bee in Florida, with him as the principal character—when he was ejected from a Pullman draw ing room and threatened with a neck tie party, for daring to ride “like w'ite fokes” in said Southern State. He cited this incident to show the dele gates how dangerous it would be for them to invade the South in Pullman cars, and further stated that he was always glad when an opportunity af forded itself for him to cross the Ohio River. Anti-Texas and anti South propaganda was dispensed freely at both convention halls by Green henchmen and hangers-oji, and many wild, inflammatory and lurid statements made about Texas and the South. The veracity of this reported utter ance of Mr. Green can be verified by any number of the supreme repre sentatives—even by some of the su-' preme chancellor’s erstwhile staunch . supporters, who left the Windy City ■ session -with a different opinion of I their worthy leader and fraternal 1 chief taip. . / ,.:A . Without being accused of violating any proprieties, but in order to estab lish the truthfulness of our editorial ■ contentions, we herewith reproduce a letter, verbatim, from the grand chan cellor of the Colored Knights of Py thias of Tennessee jurisdiction, which corroborates what The Informer said about the supreme lodge. The letter follows: j rulaski, Tenn., Sept. 29, 1927. ' Hon. C. F. Richardson, I Editor-President Houston Informer, [409-11 Smith Street, i Houston, Texas. Dear Sir and Brother: I am so highly pleased to have read the article and editorial in your valu- | able paper touching on the action of the supreme lodge at the session just j closed in the city of Chicago. I am j certainly in hearty accord with the ideas conveyed therein, and I am de lighted to inform you that every ex pression meets my full approval. I was present at the meeting, and I am in position to know that you have A Frightful Auto Accident Mrs. Ophelia Jackson Kill* ed^Others Badly injured Body Shipped to South Carolina ---*—-—*—-—*-* -- stated facts in every utterance, and i you may rest assured that the repre sentatives of this State can be relied upon to help adjust all matters per taining to Pythianism and the general welfare of the people at large. We are certainly proud of the fight we made in defense of right, and we intend to continue to hold up the principles of Pythianism as long as friendship warms the heart of man. Enclosed find my check for sub scription. Yours in F., C. & B., N. N. REYNOLD, Grand Chancellor. The supreme chancellor also sug gested that The Informer inform the reading public that Indianaoplis won over Dallas by 60 to 47, rather than by 55 to 47; and yet his victory in this respect was an empty one, par ticularly in view of his hostile and obstinate attitude towards Dallas and the South, and with the delegates be ing forced to vote their choice of con vention city by acclamation. To be frank, Dallas, Texas, and the South really won a moral victory! No Secret Ballot Since the only free expression of a man’s suffrage is by secret ballot, why didn’t the supreme chancellor spbpiit the motion made and duly seconded that the method of voting for the 1929 convention city be done by ballot? Why did the supreme chancellor re fuse to put this motion before the su preme body, if he felt that he had his case already won after his tirade and invective against Dallas, Texas, apd the South? Why did Mr. Green dilly dally and act like an amateur presi<J-' ing officer when this motion was prop erly submitted to the supreme .body? Let him answer these queries! During the course of Mr^ -GfteehV remarks against and libjiJ of; Texas t and the 'Smith,' he was ’sep^ate'dly in terrupted ' hy: delegates-AoWt* all from the South, either—who .shouted “Why j don’t you leave the Soifth, then?” , ' , As a matter of fact, so bitter, vitriolic and sulphuric was the Green attack and box barrage against Texas and the South, that Dt. A. S. Jackson, commissioner of education of. the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a resident of Waco, Texas, who answered the Green charges and oral fusilade, opened his rebuttal and reply with the statement that any man who is ashamed of his wife, should divorce her; meaning that any man who lives in a section of the country and enter tains such ideas against and about his section as the supreme chancellor does, should remove to some other section of the country. Mr. Green should bear in mind that he does not head nor direct a sectional order, but a national organization; whose main financial and numerical strength lies in Southern jurisdic tions; and that people who bear all the freight, should, at some time, have some say as to how their goods should be delivered, and the like. (To be continued) REV. DR. R. V. PEYTON TAKES CHARGE Rev. Dr. R. V. Peyton took formal charge of^Mt. Moriah Baptist Church last Sunday. Rev. M. H. Payne preached in the morning and Rev. Peyton in the afternoon and at night. DIED SUDDENLY After attending services at the Fifth Street Baptist Church last Sun day night; just a few steps from the entrance to the church, in front of 619 North Fifth Street, Cora Lee Jones, who is employed at 1627 Monument Avenue, collapsed and expired almost immediately. She was a nurse and had previously suffered from heart trouble. Mr. C. L. Skinner, of the Washing ton Eagle, was in the city last week 1 accompanied by his madame. A Harvest Sale appeals to farmers. That is why we are urging you to visit the L. F. M. store and take ad vantage of the bargains there. Ruben’s Paint and Glass Co. offer prices that will pay you. Countrymen can send in orders or come to the store and get them. See advertise ment. An agreeable surprise was led on Miss Lavinla Cbgbill on FYiday night, the 14fh inst. A number of her friends banned together and pitched a party at Y, M, L. and TT, Home in honor of her birthday. A fine (time was had. ’ .. A frightful automobile accident took p’ace about one mile this side of Powhatan Courthouse, Va., when a Buick car, driven by Willie Stucky, left the road on a curve and turned somersault, two or three times. The chauffeur was least injured of the car full of people. They were all brought to this city and placed in St. Philips Hospital. Mrs. Ophelia Jackson, of 604 North Sixth Street, was killed in stantly. The clothing of those in the car was literally torn to shreds and covering had to be furnished to cover their nakedness. Great Speed A man in the neighborhood is re ported to have said that he saw the accident, and the car was running at about sixty miles per hour when it struck the curve. Mrs. Jackson and her party were en route to Chase City, but decided to go by Thyne Institute to see her son, Edgar Jackson, who is a student there. She leaves a son, mother, three sister and two brothers to mourn their loss. Her body was shipped Thursday to Darlington, S. C., by Funeral Directors W. I. John son Sons. One of Mrs. Jackson’s sisters is Mrs. Alma BroWn, of 315 East Leigh Street. The car was one mass of wreckage. Sam Donaldson was badly injured. A party named Bruce was also in the car, „ ... SHEPHERD NOTES. — [ We received the sad intelligence r* the death df Director Austin John pon, of Fredericksburg, Va., Friday, .October 14. The Grand Shenh.'-d 1mme<fiately Issued a call for the Executive .Committee to mee? In tbj? Home. Office Saturday 3:30 P. M perfect 'plans-for Director John 'soft's funeral. Suitable plans were tfortfed -out. Including the ordering rtf <a YeVv’beautiful design In the f,crm-; of tile"'emblem of the Order tbe; “Shepherds Crook.” A party in -fiye auiomobtflos attended the funer al, irirluding members of the Execu tive Soa-rd. the Advisory Board and Grand Lodge Officers. .. . Promptly at 12; 30 last Sunday the party left the home of '.(he Grand Shepherd. Mrs. Ora Brown Stokes, 1 fi07 Brovk Road. The following per sons were in the party, Mn Ora Brown*Stokes. Mrs. Leila WYnn, Mrs. C. B. G'lpin. Mr. Walter Wal ler, Attorney C A Mckenzie, Mrs. C. A. McKenzie, Mrs Eliza Berkley. Mrs. Mary E. Cousins, Mrs. S. S Sparrow, Miss Kulah N. Cunningham Mrs. Louise Lewis, Mrs. Emily O. Lewis. Mrs Susie J. Williams. Mrs. Lillie Backerville, Amos C. Clark, Frederick D. Clark, Mrs. Susie H. Robinson, Mrs. Amanda Randolph. Mrs. Addle Johnson and Roscoe C. Mitchell. The paitv reached Fredericksburg promptly at 2 o’clock and went d! rectly to the home of the deceased. Under the leadership of the Grand j Shepherd the Shepherds want thru the burial services. Then the body in charge of Undertaker Kay w°.c convoyed to Shiloh Baptist Church. Old Site, of wfr’ch the deceised was :i member of the Deacon Board Telegrams from Directors who could not be present and a letter of condolence from tfce Executive end Advisory Boards were read bv ‘Secretary A. C. Clark.- A number of letters of condolence were road from the various organizations of wh'ch (he decaased was a ffiember. Folds of the j>unounding districts also sent test’inonials. Madam C. B. Gilpin sang a very ' sweet and soothing solo. Rev. B. H Hester, ihe pastor, then delivered a touching and sympathetic eulogy He pictured Austin Johnson as a Christian gentleman of altruistic tendeucy, one who valued n«/t his life as dear unto himself. It was a true portrait The Grand Shepherd then made some very appropriate remarks. The funeral cortege then proceeded to the cemetery where the rema'ns of Director Austin Johnson were laid in their last resting place. In the death of Director Auctln Johnson, the Improved Order Shep | herds and Daughters of Bethlehem lost one ot its founders and build ers Eureka Fold, which has teei. for a number of years and is at the present time the largest Fold in the Brotherhood, stands as a 1'vinp me morial to the life and .verth of Shepherd Austin Johnson. You may make a horse l*?ngh but he’ll be standing in front of the L. F. M. store. Broad Street, between Third and Fourth Streets.