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VOLUME XL.V, NO. 25 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA. SATURDAY, APRIL 28,1928 _PRICE FIVE CENTS.
MICHAEL LEWIS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY HERE. White Resident Alleges Enemies Are Hounding Him. Go lore d Man Sent Here Remains Silent ► - One of the most peculiar cases ever known in th s city i8 linked up with the wounding of a colored man "ho gave tho name of Michael Lewie and who was Bhot three times by . George L. Suhor (white), whose residence at 3604 Chamberlayne Are nue he attempted to enter and rob, Wednesday nignt, April ISth. The wounds were not fatal, Lewis wore on aviat on cap, to wh ch a dark and almost transparent veil was at tached. which veil concealed his identity. Lewis fired at Suhor six times without do ng any material injury, wh-le the lntcer was pursuing him. Suhor alleges that Lewis was Bent by his enemies in New York to se cure from his home certain papers. Th0 police have disarmed 8uhor. forbidding liis having firearms in his house. In lieu of this protection, ) Suhor to protecting himself with an axe. Suhor captured Lewis after wounding him and sat- en him until the police arrived. Large Crowds There ) The Mosque ThealTe was packed iu the balconv last Tuesday night with Doth white and aolored patrons, I The number of the latter approxi mated one thousand. The program created unbounded interest and sat i lsfactitn. The two-way entrance was L used and there was general satisfac [ tlon with the change. By the revised arrangement colored patrons can 1 enter the able entrance of this pala tial playhouse without entering from the rear as they must necessarily do if they enter from Cherry Street. City Council has changed the dee ignation of the alley on the north side of the structure and adjacent I to Grace and Holy Trhihy Church to a street known as Mosque Court. The change does not stop here, for the will b0 paved and made a street in deed and in fact. The en trance to the Manager’s Office opens on this street known as Mosque Court and colored people enter the theatre from Laurel Street through • a double doorway up a marble stair woy and with a brass rail, similar in every respect to the Main Street . entrance. There is no color-line designation whatsoever at th*s point. A sign labelled “Balcony Entrance” tells the story and either white or colored people can reach the balcony through this entrance. The colored ticket seller has been transferred from the ► WILLIAM’S LODGE ELKS HOME—To Be Re-dedicated Here Sunday. ground floor to this upstairs hall way. That the new arrangement meets the objections raised previous lp seems to be generally oonceded. This concession has been brought about by the representations of lib eral white citizens and the protests of prominent colored ones. This leading playhouse and borne of the Shrtners now stands forth as a mon ument to the enterprise of the white citizens and an example of goodwill and speo'al consideration to the col ored one*. The ruling current price of one of the finest vaudeville and movie picture programs in this country is only 25 cents in the haS qony. Williams’ Lodge, Elks Rededicates Its Home Williams’ Lodge, No. IT, T. B. P. 0. E. of W., will formally re-open its home to the public during the week beginning Sunday, April 29th. The rededication exercises will be held at 4:00 oclock P. M., on Sun day, in the new auditorium, and [ DR. W. T. JOHNSON. Pastor Fir*f Baptist Church, Richmond. Virginia the principal speakers will be: Grand Exalted Ruler, J. Finley Wil son, Grand Secretary; George E. Bates, and Grand-Treasurer, James T. Carter. On Monday night, Williams Lodge will have charge of the pro gram. A street parade headed by Williams’ Lodge Concert Band will precede the exercises at the home. The Queen Esther Temple will be hostess on Tuesday night. Capital City Lodge and Benjamin Temple will entertain on Wednesday night. Thursday night the Willing Work ers’ Club of Queen Esther Temple „nl1 render o soecifll nrotrram. Fri day night is given to fraternal or ganizations and clubs of the city, and Saturday night is taken by the bands of Capital City Ledge and Williams’ Lodge. Invitations hare been sent to all of $he State lodges and State associate members and it is expected that a large number of out of town Elks will be present for the occasion. The homo has been thoroughly renovated and an auditorium seating 600 persons has been installed. Mr. George N. Evans was the general contractor; Prof. Chas. T. Russell, architect, and Mr. M. A. Norrell had charge of the remodeling for the lodge. The repairs were commenced during I the administration of Past Exalted i Ruler, John T. Nebblett. Mr. Rich ard A. Eggleston, present Exalted Rulex*, has recently added nearly five hundred new members to the lodge in a membership campaign, and will direct the re-opening of the home. Mr. Ashby Lucas is [chairman of rededication commit itee, and >lr. James H. Ammons, Jr., has charge of the program on the 'night given the Williams’ Lodge. !The officers of the lodge are as fol | lows: Richard Eggleston, Exalted [Ruler; Julian Jones, Leading Knight; Thos. L. Patterson, Lectur ing Knight; J. A. Jones, Secretary; J. W. Watts, Treasurer; James H. i Walls, Tiler; James H. Chiles, Chairman of Trustee Board; and M. A. Norrell, President of Board of Governors. • - Shepherds’ Notes j The Free-will Offering to the Wei-' fare Department is increasing every week. We sincerely trust that every member of the Order will avail him self of the opportunity to contribute to a department that is going to serve as a b’" ng to our orphans and un fortunaf' members. Every True Shepherd and Daughter of Bethlehem will v-f ■ have a hand in this great uplift progr*am. We lay great emphasm rn our Christianity. Well, here is an opportunity +" show it. As mem’ s of one great fraternity we bo? ' * ''ur love for our brother. (Continued on page 8) Semi- Gentenniai ' A me \ ! 1st Bapt. Ghurch ' DR. JAMES H. HOLMES, First Colored Pastor, First Baptist Church. 1 _ . . - i f The First Baptist Church will cel ebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its occupancy of the present edifice, in a series of services beginni«$ Sun day morning, April 29th and ending Mionday night, the 30th. An unique feature of these services will be the delivery of three sermons at the Sunday morning, afternoon and ev ening services by Dr. Walter H. Brooks, Rev. J. Andrew Bowler and Dr. A. W. Brown, respectively, from the identical Biblical texts used by the great sainted triumvirate. Drs. James H. Holmee, John Jasper and Richard H. Wells, upon the oc casion of the ded'cation. The services will conclude with a pageant Monday night. Mrb. Mar garet R. Johnson is in charge of the general committee and the plans have been carefully worked out. It is one of the most unique events in Richmond's history. During these fifty years the Church has had only two pasture, the Rev. Dr. W. T. Johnson, present pastor, who has served nearly half of the period, and the late Dr. James H. Holmes, who was the first colored pastor of this Church. Mrs. Eva Elizabeth Gordon, wife of Rev. Alexander Gordon. D. D., | died in Philadelphia, Aoril 7— 19°V after a brief illness. She was well known in this State, and the sym pathy of their large number of friends has gone out to the dis-j tinguished divine and bis farm’y. i She was a woman of sterling qu*',!-| ties and was a tower of strep'''"' in religious work. The nbl^ Pe-\ Dr. W. Grahdm preach-><.1 the neral. R. Nathaniel Dett, of Hampton Institute is a musical prodigy with a worldwide reputation. The aggre gatton of s'nger? accompanying him has been carefully selected and mus ical critics give all of them high rank. Go to the City Auditorium tonight and hear them. I ( Dr. Motea M. Lewis, 408 Bast Leigh Street has one of the best oquipped pharmaceutical and surgi cal offices in Virginia. He has a large stock of all kinds of drugs, X-ray and olectrieal apparatus and drugs for both allopathic and homeo pathic treatments. His apartment is kept scrupulously clean and is £ surprise to the visitor. He has a large and steadily Increasing prac tice. MRS. GOEBACK ENTERTAINS. Mrs. E L. Ooehank r^nve a Tea Party in honor of Mrs. Gertrude T. Byrd of Philadelpha Pa., at her residence 217 E. C’ay St., Wednes day even'ng April 25. 1028. Onlv invited guests were present. The -V'rein’a Baptist State Con vention will meet n°xt month at fhe F'fth St. BnoHst Church. A larere committee has been working for many weeks under Chairman W. W. B’ackwell to perfect arrangements for entertaining the convention. Th^ conclave w’ll open May 8th. STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! The Junior Council of Colored Vomen presents the “Trials of a Hostess,” a three-act comedy. Every tousewife should see it. Armstrong Yuditorium, Monday, April 30, 1928, at 8 P. M. Musical numbers between acts. Admission, 25 cents. Mrs. Annie G. R. Carthran died at Roosevelt Hospital, Friday, April 20, New York, at 6:25, after five weeks’ illness. Her sister, Mrs. Susie G. Denny, w*fe of Attorney Wm. F. Denny, of Richmond, Va., hastened to her bedside and remained in New York until her death. Desperate ef forts were made to save her, three transfusions of blood being resorted to. Her remains arrived in this city ast Tuesday morning. Her funeral took place -Tuesday afternoon from the Third Street Bethel A. M. E. Church, Kev. W. E. Spratley officiating. Funeral Director C. P. Hayes had charge of the re mains. The deceased leaves six sisters, i three brothers and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their 1 loss. I Mr. H. N. Rutherford, of Macon, I Ga.; Mrs. Ca . Kelley, of an a and Mrs. Lille R. Boatwright of [ Tcnnille, Ga. and Mrs. Einora R. Lockett, of Savannah, Ga., and Mrs. ! Irma Denny Royal, of New York, J spent the week here. | % J M'ss Axlie Lee of Amelia County, Va. is visiting Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hill, of 2108 Stockton St. j REV. GOW SPEAKS. Rev. F. H. Gow, of the Trans vaal, South Africa, spoke to a large and enthusiastic audience last Sun day night at the Fifth Street Bap tist Church. His madam sat on the rostrum with him. Rev. Charles j S. Morris, D. D., introduced him. j pev. Morris grew enthusiastic as he ‘ told of his visit to South Africa' many years ago and his introduc-1 ion to Hon. Cecil Rhodes, long i since dead, but who at that time I controlled affairs in South Africa. J Rev. Gow told of the missionary | ahors in the Transvaal. He is in charge of Wilberforce Institute there. He threw on a screen some of tlje pictures he had taken there. He praised Mx-s. Gow, whose maiden name was Ballou. She is an accomplished violinist and rendered a selection that elated the audience. Upon the asking for a -cholarship in Wilberforce Institute 'or a native at the cost of $50, lev. N. A. Robinson, B. A., gospel inger and pastor of Providence C. E. Church, - Rockfoi-d, 111., hedged to support a student there. Rev. Robinson has a fin ' ri me voice ' *flnv ”-pV» • effect}, f,It Pays To Serve Jesus.” e will co. j t evangelic r oo here veek m nv Miss Estelle D. Ward was mis i-ess of ceremonies. i DR. WALTER H. BROOKS. Washington. D. C., who will preach the Opening Sermon Sunday morning in tlio First Church’s Sem.i'Centennial OBSERVATIONS THE POLICE COU T The Police Court, Judge John L. Ingram, presiding, r ith Mr. Ben Tucker, clerk, is a "t’.dy. The ma chinery moves quietiy and smooth ly. There is no levity. Rarely are the decisions or the testimony utter ed loud enougtf to be heard as much as four yards from the pre siding jurist. The crowd of specta tors and witnesses in the rear see, but they do not hear. The de fendant walks either towards the cage or pen or to the exit door after a decision has been rendered. Fines, bonds, jail are the penalties. Judge Ingram knows the classes which are to be dealt with. He! scans a countenance and forms an opinion as the person testifies. The oath is not administered. There are those, known as confirmed vio lators of the law. There are those meriting sympathy and indulgence, these being in a hopeless minority and there are others who are repu table, but have fallen from grace for the first time. Judge Ingram, coached by Clerk Ben Tucker, knows just whom to extend credit, and when a man is unable to furnish bond (whiskey cases excepted) or to pay his fine, he is given an op portunity to go and report at some future day. When that day comes he had better be present to make good his promise. This is closely akin to the honor system operative per-a! institutions. It is remarkable to note the ability of both of these officials to remember faces and previous charges against an offender. The court record is there at the clerk’s finger and to confirm a recollection and to embarrass the defendant. Vi as. i». M. B. Hodge, State Welfare Guard, of Danville, Va., made a short visit to the city this week, bringing a little boy to the State Detention Dome. FOWLKES—In memory of our mother, Mrs. Anna Fowlkes, who departed this life four yean ago today, April 28, 1924: Wo that love you sadly miss you. As it1 dawns another year; Loved, remembered, longed for , always, Thoughts of you are always near. HER CHILDREN. GRAND SACRED CONCERT A grand sacred concert and pew rally at Sharon Baptist Church, Sunday, April 29, 1928, at 3:30 P. M„ benefit of Building Equip ment Fund, National Ideal Benefit Society, Inc. 1 * Program: Mistress of Ceremonies—Mrs. Susie B. 'Williams. Dsvotionals—Rev. R. H. Johnson. Negro National Anthem—Azelia Choral Club. Review of Mme. Azelia Hackley’s Musical Career—Mrs. Winston. Sola—Mrs. Olivia W. Smith. Address—Miss Lillian Pearl Jack son. Solo—Mrs. Carrie T. Deans. Offertory—Mrs. Lucy B. Lewis Mr. Jordan A. Jones. Instrumental Solo—Miss Margaret Braxton. Solo—Mrs. Carrie C. Hawkins. Reading—Mrs. Ella P. Carter. Solo—Mme. J. Alverta Gilpin. Remarks—Mr. A„ W. Holmes, Su , preme Master. Mrs. Rose Walton and others. Female Quintette—Azelia Choral Club. Report on Envelopes—Roll called, Miss Lelia B. Robinson: - c ' Tellers—Mesdames PM- A* Poki dexter, Carsie I. Fleming, Mary E. Hopson, Hallie Callahan, Messrs.; J. H. Mabrey, John E. Bankett. Ushers—Mesdames V. S. Minor, Pearl Peters, Maggie M. Hill, Ftotr c.'.ce Evaii*. i,—... Holmes, Fannie Bradford, Lillian Harper. Lelia W. Bankett, National Lec turer. Mme. J. Alverta Gilpin, Musical Directress. Mrs. Mabel M. Winston, Pianist. A. W. Holmes, Supreme Master. / EBENEZER ENJOYS S007AL EVE, _' [ Ebenezer Baptist1 Church held a Better Acquaintance Social Wednes day night, April 18. A great and enjoyable time was the verdict of tire more than 500 members present. A banquet was served at the con clusion of the evening’s activities. Deacon George L. Branch headed the committee in eharge. Other mem bers were: Mrs. Ora Brown Stokes. Prof. J. W. Barco, Mr. W. D. Jones, Mesdames Battle McCrajr. Lucy Peters. Dr. W. H. Stokee Is elated over the success of the oesa sion and states that the church will benefit greatly by this movement. REV. J. A. BOWLER. Preaches in First Church’s Semi-Centennial. y