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VOLUME XLV, NO. 19 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA. Y, MARCH 17, 1928 PRICE, FIVE CENTS. L _ ———I — .— —.-I I -- si' -■ L-L, II 'Sg5SgSg5g"l,Sl’-S r ALMOST SEVERED By WILLIE RIGGINS A GRIM TRAGEDY HERE—RAZOR USED WITH A DEADLY EFFECT * - ■ I (Special by John Mltchety, Jr.) Information has been gjven that Joe Morris always carried ki knife. He had a habit of whittling sticks \vi h it. It is also reported that two persons saw a knife on him after ho fell at FirsJ and Duval1 Streets. Willie Riggins alleges in his state men J that Joe Morris had a knife. Joe Morris, a well-known char acter in the underworld, was fatally cut with a razor by Willie Riggins, alias Bunglesom Greer., on the north- i | west corner of Second and Duval j Streets, Monday night, March 12th. : Morris, after being cut, ran to the 'southwest corner of First and Duval Streets, where he dropped exhausted, having left a trail of blood .from the point of attack. A hurry* call for the ambulance was made at the How ard Pharmacy. Benjamin Kersey was there at the time and hastened to the dying man. Two Gasps. Morris gave two gasps after his arrival there and died immediately. The man had been cut once on the left side of his neck and throat and a hideous ghastly wound was the re sult. Willie Riggins appeared in the Police Court, Judge John L. Ingram, presiding, Tuesday morning, March 13th. He was entered on the police blotter as being 39 years ot e. barber, residence 807 Nerth Second Street, being employed in a barber shop at 823 North Second Street. Undertakers Nearby. At the point where the tragedy oc curred, almost directly across the street, Avas one undertaking estab lishment and a half block further was another, Funeral Director C. P. Hayes, who took ~l.~.:ge of the .e mains. Willie Riggins upon being inter vieAved said: “I work at 823 North Second Street. The barber shop is owned by Robert Wright. The affair happened on Jie northwest corner of Second and Duval Streets. Morris came into the shop and Airanted me to give him a dollar. When I did not give him the dollar, he started a fus3. It started in the shop. He went out and got “Crow” (Oscar Jones). CroAv had a pistol. Morris waited across the street until Ave closed the shop. I went over to Second and Duval Streets to get a pocket hand kerchief. Alleged Morris Threat “ Just as I came out of the store, Morris came up to me and told me that he was going to cut my head off. He had a pocket knife in his hand. I had a razor in my pocket. Morris cut me in the hand.” (He exhibited his hand, which had a slight cut in the palm). “I took my razor and cut him. I cut him once. I walked down j Duval Street toward Third Street. I I went on to Leigh Street. I was ar-! rested at the big garage at Seventh Street. I came here from Summer ton, Seuth Carolina. I have been here four months. A Relative Her*. “I have a first cousin here, named Ernest Riggins. I do not know what time it was.” ‘ The body of Joe Morris rested on a couch in the funeral parlor of Funeral Director C. P. Hayes, 727 North Second Street, and many filed in to take a last look at the slain leader of the underworld. ! Coroner Whitfield Investigated. An inquisition taken in this city this 14th day of March, 1928, before me, Dr. Jas. M. Whitfield, coroner, upon the view of the body of Joseph Morris: Robert Wright was sworn and de posed: I live at 1009 N. Third Street, and work at 823 N. Second Street. Joseph Morris was cut by William Riggan (also known as Bungling on t>’'> tddr>w"1v n the northwest #*rner *f Se«ond and Duval Streets about 11:30 P. M. on I- ~ (March 12, 1928. At the time of the cutting, Harvey Racks, Joe Morris and Riggins and I were standing on the corner. Joe said to Bung, “You treat me wrong. Why can’t you treat me right?” Bung offered Joe a pocket handkerchief, but Joe said, “I don’t want anything you got.” I turned around and saw Morris run ning up Duval Street. .Joe turned and started back towards Second Street and Riggan started toward Joe. Then Joe turned again and went towards First Street. Riggan went east on Duval Street. There were spots of blood where Joe had been, from Second Street to First and Duval Streets. Joe and Riggan had been arguing some time before Joe was cut. I don’t know what the argument was j about. I did not hear either one make any threats. I don’t know what j was Joe’s business. Riggan was a' barber. Joe died on the corner of First and Duval Streets.—Robert Wright. I Harvey Racks was sworn and de posed: I live at 905 North Second Street. I was on the northwest corner of Second and Duval Streets when Willie Riggan cut Joe Morris. Saw Riggan Strike. I saw Riggan hit Morris, but did not see what he hit him with. I don’t know' whether Morris had any weapon. I don’t know what they were arguing about. After the cut ting Morris ran toward First and Duval. Riggan ran after him about 30 feet and stopped. Morris turned and started toward Riggan and then turned again and started away from Riggan, who then went toward Third Street.—Harvey Racks. Coroner James M. Whitfield con firmed the report thaJ the head of Joe Morr s wap nearly severed from his body at one blow with a razor by Willie Riggins, alias Green. It is a remarkable thing that he was able to run from Second to First Street after the injury. Tho blade of the razor went to the bone. DR. R. F. TANCIL GONE The funeral services of Dr. R. F. Tancil, one of the best known phy sicians and public spirited citizens in this State, took plaee from the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Rev. J. Andrew ^Bowler, the pastor officiating. The services were inspiring and sym pathetic and a large crowd thronged the church edifice and packed the streets surrounding the place of the impressive ceremonies. Funeral Di rector Robert C. Scott, the well known transporter of the dead, had charge of the remains. Rev. Bowler was. at his best and coupled with the solemn anthems of the choir and other selected singers, the exercises will long be remem bered on Church Hill. It would fill a book to give a detailed account of Dr. TanciPs work among these peo ple, where he had chosen to l-eside. He left a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Tancil Langston, who is now a resident of Philadelphia; a son, Richard F. Tancil, Jr. Mrs. Tancil had preceded her husband to the grave. The services took place at twelve o’clock laarj Sundoy. The Planet is only $2.00 per year, 5 cents per c*py. I WISHES IT TO CONTINUE Rev. C. M. Cartwright, D. D., pas tor of Olive Branch Baptist Church, Elizabeth City, N. C., sends in his subscription to the Planet for two years and says: “I’ve been a con stant reader of the Planet since 1.81)1 and wish it to continue. My church worJ: i'* in splendid .condition. V\V have a rally staged for the 4th Sun day in this present month. 1 read your editorial regarding the Indian, who had rather drown himself in the James River than to be classified W'ith our group. “Long may you live to champion our cause.” I - FULTON NOTES t 1 At the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church last Sunday the sermon was delivered by the Rev. Vergie Meade, one of lour own men and a product of the Virginia Union University, former pastor of Battle Creek, Michigan. A grand sacred concert was held ot the church at night Regardless of the inclemency of the weather, we had a fine time. The revival services will begin to morrow at Calvary. These ser.-ices will be conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. A. Cobbs, assisted by the Rev. J. J. Woodson, of the Providence Bap tist Church. A cordial invitation is extended to all who will come and help pull down the strong-hold of Satan and fight for Righteousness. Tomorrow morning the Rev. C. B. Jefferson, the corresponding secre tary of the Richmond Baptist Sunday School Union, will preach at the Macedonia Baptist Church. The Rev. W. L. Tuck has been conducting the revival at the Gospel Baptist Church, this city. The people had a joyful time. Several persons accepted Christ as their Saviour. Rev. Gus Coles is pastor. The Rev. Wm. Wilson, one of Shiloh’s own members, preached last Sunday, during the illness of Rev. Bush. Revs. Maye and Brown, of the Vir ginia Union University, and members of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, are doing a great work in Calvary’s Sunday School and Church. May Walk, under the auspices of the Richmond Baptist Sunday School Union, will take place the first Sun day in May at 8:30 P. M., at the Old African First Baptist Church. i_ I ; Huntington, W. Va. Rev. Miles Mark Fisher, the bril liant young pulpit divine and edu cator, sends to us a most interesting program of his installation, which has been under, way since March 4th, and will close March 23rd. Rev. A. D. Lewie, paator-emerltiis of 16th Street Baptist Church, has been a patron of the Planet for more than thirty-five years. Old Colony Market is mak:ng spe cial offerings to its laige line of sa'^sfied customers. The fresh meat and cured ham, including Smithfield depa^ment, contains nvmv d^^acies to tempt the appetite and at prices way down. This is the one place where you get one of two things, satisfaction or money back. All supplies guaranteed as repre sented. See notice. . _ .. ........—I Rev Dr.,Morris Meets > V- '-"X"' -all til ! the Issue Squarely j Refuses to Sign Papers**’Investigated \ the (Charges. _ i February 29, 1928. Mr. C. S. Morris, Richmond, Va. Dear Sir: Perhaps you are familiar with the petition that was presented to the Board of Directors of the Friend’s Orphan Asylum, requesting the ex oneration of Mrs. Edith L. Bradford, and Rev. D. J. Bradford. A certain rumor was spread about Rev Brad ford regarding one of the inmates of that institution, which, upon investi gation, proved to be groundless. The following ladies and gentlemen on said board have signed the petition exonerating Rev. Bradford, and en dorsing the competency and good conduct of Mrs. Edith L. Bradford, namely S. W. Turner, Wm. H. Stokes, J. J. Carter, W. R. Minor, W. T. Johnson, George T. Walker, Anderson Knox, E. F. Johnson and Mrs. Ora Brown Stokes. The only two names which remain to be signed are yours and E. C. Burke. Mr. and Mrs. Bradford have no inclination, unless compelled to do so, to institute suit for damages against those who have not signed this petition, and unless I receive a favorable reply from you. I shall govern myself accordingly. I shou’d be glad to have an inter view with you at your beck and call. I am satisfied after the matter is ex plained, you will not hesitate to sign the petition. Very trmy yours, BHNJ. LOVENSTEIN. Richmond, Va., March 8, 1928. Benj. Lovenstein, Attorney at Law, Richmond, Va. Dear Sir,: I received your letter of the 29th ult., demanding that I sign an ex oneration of D. J. Bradford of cer tain charges. If I believed Mr. Brad ford innocent, y»u would not need even to ask me, for gladly and of r?y own volition. I would do all I could to clear him of the slightest sus picion. I was chairman of a com mittee of which Mr. Burke was the other efficient member appointed by the Board of Directors of the Orphanage to investigate this mat tea We did this fairly and without prejmKee. We agreed in eur find ings We had before us the sworn restinMny furnished by Mr. Bane, Director of Child Welfare Work in Virginia. After fairly and honestly weigh ing Jhe evidence before us, w« were compelled to recommend a change of administration. This recommenda tion was approved and acted upon by the Board of Directors of the Orphanage. So far as I am con cerned, the matter is closed. Your veiled threat of instituting a suit for damages, I regard as an insult. What right have you to dictate to me what • I should do in the conscientious iiis charge of my duty as a Director of a Colored Orphanage? People, whoi commit their children to an orphan-! age, by Christian men and wwnien, ought T»e permitted to die withouut my fear that their mother less children will suffer harm while under the roof of that orphanage. I do not want to be sued. I abhor and dread ,?uv suits, but I would suffer something worse than a law suit beforp I would allow myself to be but’-'toz"'1 in the signing on the dotted line a* vou demand. You can gevern yeurself accordingly. R^mectfullv, - . Cw VRLBS S. MORRIS. t MINISTERS’ CONFERENCE EN JOYS GOSPEL FEAST Rev. R. C. Yancy Preaches Splendid Sermon. The order of the day at the M:a isters’ Conference of Richmond and vicinity was a sermon by the Rev. R. C* Yancy. of Boyton, Va. Dr. Yancy’s sbject was, “The Value of Simple Testimony.” Briefly the speaker mentioned his work during his long pastorate of over forty years on his present field, reciting many in teresting experiences through which he has passed during the years. Introducing his subject!, the preach er directed the attention of the con ference to 2nd Kings, 5, in which Naaman is directed to seek the man of God, Elisha, and through him find a cure for his leprosy. Rev. Yancy stressed the statement of the little slave girl, showing that it was her simple testimony that led Naaman to the prophet, thence to the Jordan and health. Continuing the preacher pointed out several balances in Holy Writ 'r. which the simple testimony of in dividuals led to startling results. At the conclusion of the sermon, Miss Sadie Johnson, of New York, was introduced. Miss Johnson is lead ing the singing at First Baptist Church, where a revival is in pro gress. She rendered several selec tions wtth such fervor and spiritaal power as to cause the brethren to rejoice. Rev. W. H. Skipwith, our own sing ing evangelist, was next introduced and by request led in song. As Brother Skipwith sang the brethren blended their voices with his and truly the “Spirit of God filled the temple.'’ Such was the effect that several of the ministers were moved to tears. As the conference adjourned it was generally agreed that this was the most spiritual and beneficial session held for some time. At 8:30 the conference again as sembled at Fifth Baptist Church to conduct the closing exercises of the 63rd anniversary of the church and the closing of the 15th year of the pastorate of Rev. A. D. Daley. Rev. Daley’s life and work in Rich mond were spoken of in glowing terras by speakers representing the conference. The departments of the church showed the esteem in which this man of God is held by hia good people in a tangible way, a suit of clothes from the sisters, a purse from the cheir, another from the ushers;j it was, simply a shower, and amidst it all Sister Daley, who has stood shoulder to shoulder with her hus-1 band, thi-ough the years, was not ] forgotten. At the close a tasteful repast was served in the recently renovated basement of the church. The conference "wishes for Rev. Daley and the good people of Fifth Baptist many years of continued srood fellowship together, and is just ly proud of this spiritual giant, who without ostentation and with meek ness and humbleness in keeping with his deep spirituality has wrought so well in the West End of our fair city. 0. B. SIMMS, Reporter, i _ !| 1 TOBACCO or SNUFF habit cured or no pay! $1.50 if cured. Sent on trial! FRANCES WLLLARD, Bex 796, Los Angeles, Calif. I DO YOU KN«W HIM? ! In Re Alexander Taliaferro, Al*. Tyler, Colored. j Washington, February 34, 1928. iTo the Chief of Police, Richmond. Va. I Dear Chief: | On the 15th of February, 1911, 1 we transferred the above Alexander Taliaferro, als. Alexander Tyler, a colored man, who was insane, from the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, this city, to your office where he was taken charge of by you or your pre decessor, Major Werner. We have just learned from the above 'St. Elizabeth Hospital, this city, where the patient was at the time of his being returned to your city, that this patient left at the hos pital a watch and fob, which the hospital forgot to give us at the time of his transfer, and they are anxious to locate this patient if possible, so his belongings can be returned to him or his relatives. Do you think th<»re is nnv chance in your locating the above patient or his friends (we believe his relatives were dead at the time), so the above watch and fob could be returned to him. Yours truly, GEO. S. WILSON. HENRICO COU iTY, VA. Gravol Hill Baptist Church. Rev. W. L. Tuck, Pastor. 1 Superintendent C. V. Brown and Assistant A. Young incharge of Sun day School. Pastor Tuck had charge of the T. E. L. Bible Class. At 11:30, Pastor Tuck preached a powerful sermon. Text, “Let Me 1 Alone.” After which he went to First Baptist Church, Bermuda, to preach to his flock there. He is get ting along nicely, although his eyes I are failing him. 1 At 8 o’clock, I^jv. P* H. Rooks brought a good yit&feqg to us. He preached for Builmftg Club, No. 4. His sermon was enjoyed. ' On the fourth STO&&F night there will be a sacred oe^jirt given. Sister Dilsie Whit* is sick. Don’t forget prayer service on Wednesday. Ceme owt and help us, for we are trying to |HSt the program over with God’s help. J. M. ANDERSON, Reporter. To the Public and Constituents of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society: I very much regret the impression that was made by the article that I wrote in the Richmond Planet. I am still with the Lott Carey. The article was written for the express purpose of correcting some misleading state ments that had been made concern ing us. Yours truly, C. C. BOONE. The well-known Mr. John A. Hines has been indisposed at his residence during the past week. f ■ ---- Colored Virginia Artist Receives High Honor Outstrips Noted Artists***Natural Gift tor Painting. NEGRO NOVICE WINS O.V|R NOTED ARTISTS; ELEVAjfc , MAN’S PAINTING IS FIWT , SOLD. ' NEW YORK. March 13, 19$jfc— A painting by a negro ele^mrr operator won over a drawing by Sargent and oils by other well-known American artists as the first pitttite to be sold by the newly opened art galleries of Thomas Russell at & East Fifty-seventh Street. The ture is the first attempt at painting by John T. Haitstalk, 32 years jdii, 117 West Sixtieth Street, who ms been elevator operator, furrfate tender and general handy man at $1 East Fifty-seventh Street, wfcgph houses several ait and antique i|»' ers. ’*2 Some time ago, after stmMfeg canvases by radical painters WHfc he carried up and down in his effia tor, Haitstalk made the boast tftit although he had never touched j»l . ette or brush he could paint a get ter picture than some of those he handled. Some sloe weeks terday, he started ing to portray • ...mcrici u. pgr renton, Va., where he was born and brought up. Every evening at homo he did a little work on the catiVa.w Last week he brought it, still to Mr. Russell, who was formerly .as sociated with the Ferargil Galleries in the same building and whom he had known several years. Mr. Russell said yesterday that he became interested in the worked*, once as au example of primjme self-expression that “out-moderned the moderns.” He spoke of it to several persons whom he knew to be interested in this type of work, re ceived several bids and finally sol! it to Miss Lauren Ford, painter fer children. The picture is a 28 by 30-iuck landscape panorama, with houses’ ;>id barns and winding roadways is bright colors. An old-fashioned pump is a conspicuous feature of the landscape. Children are depicted rolling hoops, a terrier is barking, and bright-colored automobilesjjbmc and go. Haitstalk said that wffien he had finished the picture the children looked so happy that he decided to call it “A Happy Day.” it.'ifcv I V _% . . RISING MT. ZION BAPTISE CHURCH :*•' ~ » -r-r-. " ’ . Rev. O. 1. Simms, B. Th., Pkf^or i The services Sunday were couraging and spiritually. - , AH 11:30 the pastor preachedtEms the 1st ehapter pf St. John,,J'M*»g for his discourse, "Jesus the Light of the World.” At 3:80 P. M., the communion Ser vices started. A sister from J9t, James Chifrch sang a soul-stirring hymn, in which the whole chuarh was rejoice*. The pastor ropresejMfci the Death and Suffering of Our otrd and Saviour Jesus Christ. Every Wednesday night at 8 P. M. are prayer services. All are weleeme. MRS. JEROME A. DEANE. • Repottw. WOMEN—Barn $16 dozen aewln ..home. Jfcrperience nnne Steady work. Cat material piled. Stamp** envelope brings ticulars. STEWARD DRES8, Mercer, New Yhrk.