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Pierson Murder Trial Delayed
The National Baptist ranks were
swept by the gruesome murder of
Pierson on the morning of April 16,
and are awaiting the verdict of the
court which will assert tne guilt or
innocence of George Washington, In
diana racketeer, and Rev. B. J. F.
Westbrooks, prominent Indianapolis
minister accused with murder and
conspiracy respectively.
r.a.o>-ts of the Counsel for the
Rev. Westbrooks to eliminate the in
dictment with an appeal before
Judge Carney met with falure when
the Judge after a special hearing
refused to lift the bond.
Dr. A. |M. Townsend, Secretary
of the Publishing Board at Nashville
and his son A. M. Townsend, Jr,
Chicago 'Physician, haling won a
decision over the Indiana authorities
who attempted to secure their ex
tradition, remain in Nashville in ap
parent exile. Further action it is
beleive will not be taken until the
successor of Judge Carney takes the
circuit seat. The delay of the case,
touch’’’0* so vitally the BaDtist fam
ily still leaves a shroud of mystery
hanging like a pall over the marshes
of the Muscatatuck river, scene of
the tragedy.
The Most Worshipful Grand
"Lodge of Virginia A. F. and A. Ma
sons met in its 55th Annual Commu
nication in New Sit Baptist Church
ct Fredericksburg, Va., as the guest
of Prince Hall Lodge, No. 61.
G’-and Matser Irvin W. Taylor was
?*> tho Fact and a1! Grand officers
•wtTe present. The Honorable Mavor
of the city extended a cordial wel
come in an address of unusual mer
The scholarly address of the Grand
Wantor with ev<vrv phas° if
the work laid out on the trtstle board
and showed that great progress had
been ado hv the craft during the
Vp** i|iv+ nlocpd.
The Grand Secretary’s report was
?*> ovow derail and a^cnrato
to the last penny. It carried with it
the v°rv favorablo comment of the
Gnw»tniss!oner Insurance of the
State. 1R9 deaths were reporttd. 152
death claims were paid.
The Grand Treasurer reported a
1 ^17.9^6,91 HlS”
tributed in eight different banking
institutions. Tht total Grand Lodge
eop»,m4ig* i«n lodges end a
membership of 7,271 were reported.
■Pa-aI,.*-;a—c worn adopted endors
ing Past Grand Master Rev. S. S.
Morris for the B’shonric in the
African Methodist Fnisronal Church
and Grand Stnior Warden Rev. L. L.
Rerrv for the office of Secretary of
The following officers were re
•nlonted •
Grand Master. Prof. Irvin W.
Taylor, Danville* Demit,v G^and Mas
tnr‘ Dr. G. S. Faccpttt, Hamntou:
Senion Grand Warden, Rev. T. L.
• ...... Ti^inr Cra-d War
den . W. L. T ee, FredorioVchprcr •
Senior Grand Deacon, J. E. Fulford.
>*,..<•..11- n^ord Deaeon. Dr.
J H Blackwell, Richmond
Secretarv. U. V. Wilson. Lynchburg;
C-and Treasurer. M. G. Martin, Dan
In Local Courts
LeRoy Coker, suspected of boot
legging, case continued to Friday,
Nov. 21st. Walter Robinson, using
profane language drew a fine of ten
dollars and costs. Madeline Price and
Mary Newkirk were dismissed on
payment of costs, the warrang charg
.ng street fighting, having sworn
out by Mary Newkirk.
uesday, Nov*. 18th, only three
case* were tried in Hustings court,
the defendants in each case being
In Police court, WedneUsday, No
vember 19th, Mabel Harris was fined
$50 and costs on a prohibition
charge; Henry Knight, on a charge
of felonius cutting of one Wesley
Nichols, drew a fine of $27.50;
Norman Cannon, sent on to Grand
Jury on a charge of burglary: Sam
Winston, on a theft charge was
fined $12:50; Robert Mitchell, felo
nious cutting, fined $10; Maude
Harris, charged with being a sus
picious character and suspected of
grand larceny, case continued to
Nov. 25th; Henry Johnson, suspi
cious character and suspected of
petty larceny, $25; Alberta Gray,
charged with being a suspicious
character and stealing a hatt from
Thalhimer Brothers, case continued
to 25th; Herman Crawford and
John Wm. Russell, arrested on va
grancy charges were dismissed by
Judge Haddon. Robert Bell, prohi
bition charge, continued to 26th;
John Fauntleroy, careless and reck
less driving, fined $10 and costs;
Watson Rollinson, on 'a similar
charge, case marked on the docket:
“Continued” to—; William Powell,
careless and reckless driving, bailed
for his appearance on the 28th;
Richard Wood, James Williams, Er
nest Fleming and Willie Thompkins,
each drew a fine of $10 and costs
of $6.50 for being drunk.
In Husting Court, Wednesday,
vov. 19th. Ernest C. McBride was
fined $100, given 30 days in jail
and his driving permit revoked for
twelve month on being convited of
driving an automobile whiie under
the influence of liquor. The jail
sentence was suspended by Judge
Lola Mae Morris, held on a charge
of grand larceny was dismissed by
the Judge.
Wilbert Moore, held on a prohi
bition charge was dismissed on pay
ment of costs.
Taga Williams charged with driv
ing a car while under the influence
of intoxicats, was acquitted of the
The Hampton Institute Choir, un
der the direction of Dr. R. Nathaniel
Dett, rendered the music for a radio
program on Negro education broad
casted from Washington Wednesday,
November 12, from 5 to 5:30 over
the National Broadcasting’s coast to
coast network of stations under t.he
auspices of the United States Bur
eau of Education. “Listen to the
Lambs” and “Let us Cheer the Weary
Traveler” were two of the selections
given by the Choir.
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See Hopei Me
for American Ip
Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 15:—-The
American Negro has achieved in a
few generations what it usually takes
centuries for a racial group to at
tain. according to Hon. Graham Bal
lenden, head of the native affairs de
partment of the city of Johannes
burg, South Africa, who is on his
first visit to America studying the
condition of Negroes in this coun
‘“With all the disadvantages and
hardships to which the group has
been subjected in America,” said
Mr. Ballenden in an interview giv
en to the press,” the gains have
been astonishing when one consid
ers the relatively short period in
voked. Jn no other country that I
know of has so great a measure of
;u tice and opportunity been ac
corded a minority group of another
race. Conditions, of course, are
still far from ideal, but much bet
ter than I had expected. The need
ed improvement, I am confident, is
only a matter of time and of friend
ly cooperation between the best
types of the two races. Indeed, ob
servation and experience leave me
no doubt that, whether in Africa or
*n America, cooperation is the only
m°ans by which genuine progress
can be made.
I have been especially interest
ed in the educational progress which
American Negroes have made, as I
have seen it at Tuskegee Institute
and other of your great Negro
•chools. There is only one word of
warning that I would venture to
''tier, namely, that in the pursuit of
higher education for Negroes con
sideration should be given also to
Lhe great mass who cannot hone
for this special privilege, but des
perately need practical training for
efficiency and success in the com
mon pursuits of life. It is not a
question of neglecting either type
of education, but of making proper
provision for both, and of recogni
sing that in their respective places
►he” are equally valuable and im
“For the American Negro, in gen
eral, I have onlv words of congratu
lations and of hope. As contrasted
with conditions in Africa, the
American situation is certainly a
hundred times more favorable to
the race. Nor is the future over
here shadowed bv any insoluble or
extremely difficult problems, so far
as I can see. The only real problem,
as I indicated before, is simniy
that of normal human adjustments
and cooperation for the common
welfare. Proceeding along these
lines neither whites nor Negroes
have anything to fear.”
Morning, Rev. C. H. Pearson will
preach. The meetine will be pre
sided over by Deacon E. F. Johnson.
Music by Second Baptist Church
choir. . , ^ „
Afternoon, 3:00 o’clock, Dr. Henry
Allen Boyd, Secretary of the Nation
al Baptist Publishing Board of
Nashville, Tenn., will be the speaker.
Mr. Boyd is the most outstanding
Negro business man in the race.
Hear him tell us “HOW.”
The speaker will be introduced by
the Pastor.
Music furnished by the Metronom
is Glee Club. Prof. W. I. Hopkins,
Night—The Honorable James 1.
Carter, will speak—a home product.
Hear him.
The Musical Saw artist, Mr. Willis
Rozell and Solo by Mr. Jas. Cheat
ham, and Dr. Hill will be hear. The
men are having a pew rally at this
service and a large crowd is expect
ed. Mr. R. E. Brown, is general
chairman, and he has left no stone
unturned to make these meetings
Chief interest centers in the
opening meeting of the Forty
third Annual Session of the State
Teachers’ Association of Virginia
which tonvenes in Richmond, Nov
ember 26, 27, and 28. Dr. William
C. Bagley, internationally known
educator will address the associa
tion and the general public in the
auditorium of the Armstrong High
School at 8:00 o’click, Wednesday,
November 26.
Opening Program, W ednesday,
8:00 p. m.—Dr. J. M. Gandy pre
siding; Negro National Anthem;
Invocation, Rev. C. A. Lindsey;
Music, A. H. S. Orchestra; Wel
come in Behalf of Richmond
Teachers, Welcome in Behalf of
Armstrong High School, Princi
pal W. W. Townsend; Welcome
in behalf of Richmond School Of
ficials, Mr. Jesse H. Binford,
Assistant Superintendent of Rich
mond Public Schools; Selection,
A. H. S. Glee Club; Introduction
of Speaker, Prof. R. P. Daniel;
Address, Dr. William C. Bagley;
Solo, Mrs. C. Bernard Gilpin; Re
marks, Selection, A. H. S. Orches
Theme of the Convention is
“The Guidance of the Negro
Youth in Virginia.”
On Thursday night T. Arnold
Hill of the National Urban Lea
gue and C. J. Hyship, Director of
Guidance, State Department of
Eudcation. On Fridav night, Dr.
Carter G. Woodson, Editor of the
Journal of Negro History. The
public is invited to attend all gen
eral sessions of the convention in
the afternoon and evening periods.
Precedin'* the opening session
of the convention session of the
convention proper, there will be
an all day session of high and
elementary school principals and
college administrators. This meet
ing will be held at Va. Union
University with a general session
at 10:00 o’clock and group meet
ings at 2:00 o’clock. Mr. N. C.
Newbold, Director of Ne°*ro Edu
cation for the State of North
Carolina and Mr. J. L. B. Buck,
State Department of Education
will be the principal speakers
'during the general sessions. The
groun meetings in the afternoon
will be of special interest to the
principals and college heads as
problems of guidance will be con
sidered as it relates to the youth
of the elementary and high school
age. Dr. William J. Clark, presi
dent of Virginia Union Univer
sity will be host to the visiting
school officials at dinner in the
institution’s dining hall at 1:00
o’clock. George Peterson, Asst.
Secretary; B. L. alien, Corres
ponding Secretary; C. A. Lindsey,
The Committee on Arrange
ments for the Convention con
sists of the following chairmen:
Housing—Miss Rosetta Mines
and Miss Hattie Gray.
Local Program—Mr. 0. A. Mor
ton and Miss Ethel Thompson.
Sponsors—Mrs. E. C. Sharp.
Publicity—B. L. Allen.
Entertainment—Messrs. Thos.
Barett, Thos. Henderson, George
Place of Meeting—B. L. Allen,
C. A. Lindsey, R. P. Daniel.
Music—John L. Nixon and
Clarence T. Wright.
Officers of the State Associa
tion are Dr. J. M. Gar.dv, presi
dent* L. F. Palmer, Newport
News, Executive Secretary; Mrs.
Amelia J. Felton, Portsmouth,
Treasurer; Prof. R. P. P^iel,
Richmond, Secretary of Educa
tional Research; and Mr. W. N.
P Harris, Harrisonburg, Reg
istrar; Mr .S. H. Clark Ports
mouth is chairman of the Exe
cutive Committee.
Atlanta, Ga., Nov. .,15
twenty-one Southern white women
representing eight states, who last
Saturday issued a public statemen.
denouncing lynching and repudiat
ing the claim that it is necessary as
a defense of womanhood,” followed
up their statement Tuesday with a
telegram to the governors of thirteen
states, calling upon them to take vig
orous steps for the complete sup
pression of such crimes.
The message was signed by all
the members of the group, who
pledged themselves 'to cooperate
with public officials in support of
the law, and was sent to governors
of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama
Florida, Georgia, (the Carolines,
Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mis
souri, Arkansas and Indiana. The
text of the telegram was as follows:
“We, a group of white women
drawn from religious, ' educational
and political groups assembled at
Atlanta to consider shocking resur
gence mob violence during current
year appeal to you as chief execu
tive your state. Decrease in lynch
ing noted during past ten years
largely due to aggressive and de
tei mined attitude of governors and
sheriffs of southern states. During
this year notable examples of
courageous and prompt action on
part of governors preventing lyn
chings encourages belief that every
governor has power and influence
largely to erase this crime from
record of his state. We pledge our
selves to support governors, sher
iffs, and judges upon whom respon
sibility rests.”
The women composing the group
were convened by the Commission
on Interracial Cooperation to con
sider the lynching situation. In ad
dition to their public statement and
telegram to the governors, they
mad'' plans for a systematic ami
lynching crusade through the vari
ous agencies and organizations of
women with which they are con
Proposes Air flit To
Herbert Julian, who has just arriv
ed in this Country from Abyssinia
"•ropose to return to the African
kingdom via the aerial route. Julian
o’ourn in Abyssinia was chocked
?ull of nos and downs according to
reports he gained the ill will of the
“higher-ups" in the Abyssinian air
service because he (Julian) would
not put his stamp of approval upon
certain junky planes purchased by
‘h° Fmneror in this Hickness at
tempt to build up an air fleet. The
ranks of Colonel had been confer
ed upon Julian by the Emperor. Haile
^lassie, nod he had the additional
honor of being nobel Abyssinia air
Minister from which he resigned be
iOre d. parting from this country.
It had been rumored that Colonel
Julian and the Emperor became
enemies when the best place owned
bv th • empire suffered a smash up
with Julian at the control.
Tt will be remembered that Julian
attempted to fly to Liberia some
ime a o but was unsuccessful when
the plane went only a short distance
before a mishap occurred.
He was born in the Dominion of
'"'a a ’p and obtained his training
and pilot's license in the U. S. He
recently became a citizen of Aby
ssinia and was then selecttd as air
minister. He now proposes to fly
back to the country of his adaption
in a plane of his own in the near
In a statement to press reporters
upon his arrival here ht stated, “I
left Abyssinia for fear of my safety.

Thank N.A.AX.P.
New York, Nov. 14.— Three Sena
ors, one Republicican, two Democra
ts, a Demacratic Lieutenant Gover
nor and a Republican State Senator
nave expressed their thanks to Wal
ter White, Acting Secretary of the
National Association for the Alvance
ment of Colored People for aid ren
dered them in the recent election by
colord voters.
From the Republican Senator, Ar
thur Capper, of Kansas, who kept
faith with his colored constituents
by voting against the seating of Ju
dge John J. Parker on the Supreme
Court bench comes the following: “I
wish you to know that your assist
ance is greatly appreciated. I think
the Negro vote was pratically solid
for me- I shall continue to stand
for justice to the Negro as I have al
ways stood. Do not hesitate to com
mand me whenever I can be of ser
vice to you or the Association.”
Robert J. Bulkley, Democrat, elec
ted in place of Roscoe C. McCulloch
in Ohio writes: “I am very much a
ppreciative of the important part
which pou played in bringing about
the splendid result on election day.
Please keep in touch with me as you
know that I want to help all I can
in your work”.
Senator Thomas J. Walsh, of Mon
tana, Democrat, endorser by the N.
A. A. C. P. for his vote against Par
Ker, writes: “Thanks for your mes
sage and more for your loyalty and
invaluable aid toward the gratifying
result. It was a smashing vistiry.”
Lieutenant Governor Herbert H.
Lehman of New York, writes as fol
lows: “I want to thank you sincerelp
and very heartily for the splendid
support and cooperation I received.
I can assure you it was very helpful
and I am grateful for your confidence
.n me I
From State 'Senator Samuel H.
Hofstadter of New York, comes the
following telegram: “You have my
abiding and profound gratitude for
your assistance in the campaign.”
At a meeting of the Richmond
Branch NAACP, held last Thurs
day night, it was decided that
the Branch conduct a membership
campaign for the purpose of se
curing new members, and thereby
assisting the national office in
its work. The campaign began
Monday, November 17th and will
close on or about January 1, 1931,
in conjunction with an emanci
pation program. The contestants
are persons who were suggested
by the pastors or leaders in the
various churches and are display
ing great enthusiasm as the cam
paign gets under way.
The public is requested to give
these contestants their hearty
support by securing membership
in an organization which has done
more to safeguard the rights of
the Negro than any other organ
ization in America it has been in
the forefront, both in supplying
the money as well as the leader
ship whereever Negro rights are
challenged, whether in Mississip
pi or New York; and what is
more important, it has stayed on
the job until justice was done, al
though this has meant in several
cases fighting through all the
court9 up to and through the
United States Supreme Courts.
Membership fee is $1.00 per year;
while membership fee with the
Crisis for one year is $2.50.
Roy Johnson and Edward “Beans”
Fleming, manager and trumptter,
respectively of the famous Johnson’s
Happy Pals Orchestra were slightly
injured and Miss Amelia Payne
popular entertainer, accompanying
the Pals to Washington to fill an
engagement, is in St. Phillips Hos
pital suffering facial abrasions and
a 'fractured knee as a result of a
hectic smash-up Thursday atternoon
two miles south of Ashland on the
main highway to Washington.
Travelling at a fifty-five mile
clip, a white tourist attepting to pass
a southbound truck wsa confronted
with Roy Johnson’s coupe and man
aged to veer across the road to a
void a head clash. In the effort to
swerve Johnson’s Ford coupe slashed
into the side of the large sedan
flinging occupants of both cars vi
olently against the windshield, and
wrecked Johnson’s Ford. The in
jured received first aid attension in
A. ill lard and Miss Amelia Payne
was rushed to St. Phillips hospital
where her condition is reported
grave, “Beans” Fleming returned
to Miller’s Hotel with slight injuries
while Roy Johnson made the engage
ment in Washington via Greyhound
The accident will leave the Trump
et player’s position vacant for two
Dr. W. T. Johnson Leads Local
Preachers In Discussion of
Modes of Conduct.
On Monday, November 17, the
order of the day at the . Baptist
Ministers Conference of Richmond
and Vicinity, was a discussion of
“Ministerial Ethics” and Dr. W. T.
Johnson, pastor of the First Bap
tist Church led in the discussion by
vote of the Conference. We present
herewith the gist of the address by
the learned Doctor at this session
held in Ebenezer Baptist _ Church,
omitting the many definitions for
ethics and the theories extant today
concerning this subject:
The introduction of Christianity
brought a new element into ethical
speculation; among Christians eth
ics was intimately connected with
Theology, and Morality was regard
ed as based on and regulated by a
definite code contained in the Seared
Most modern ethical systems con
sider the subject as apart from the
ology and as based on independent
philosophical principles. To sum it
all up. Ethics as we understand it
means the application of the princi
ples of right and wrong to the ac
tions of men. With this simple ex
planation we come to you with the
statement that Ministerial Ethics has
particular reference to the conduct
of the ministers toward each other in
the prosecution of their God-given
I. In Private Life.
II. In Pastoral Life.
1. In Private Ministerial Life.
(a) It is unethical for a minister
to gossip about a fellow minister in
a manner to curtail his influence and
lessen his popularity in the commun
ity- . .
(b) It is unethical for a minister
to cast reflection upon the faithful
conscientious work of a fellow min
(c) It is unethical for a minister
to underrate the ability of a fellow
minister in the presence of his
friends or enemies.
(d) It is unethical to indicate in
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