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Mitchell, at Sll N. 4>h St„ Richmond Ya. _,___1 One Year Six Months __- U0 Three Months- 60 Xll communications Intended for publi cation should reach ns by Wednesday. Entered at the Post-office at Richmond Virginia, as second class matter. __ _ ___ -— ----—% ■ > •- Help Buy a Rainbow ^ BOY ' | ^ CHRISTMAS -! HEALTH il I he campaign conducted each year i0i cue sale ox Tubercolosis Stamps io a movement worthy of our se nous nous efforts. Tuberculosis is u uxcaued foe of the human lace and its ravages have been a source ox worry for years. Many of our iellow citizens in Richmond have succumbed to its attacks, and many tu es we k have watched friends aicwly pas saway. Medical science mobilized its forces and succeeded in mapping out a program that has decreased the deaths from this cause to more than half of the casualties usually recorded in a year’s period. By buying these stamps we aid m financing the forces on the front line fighting this monstrous enemy, and we take this time to thank the faith ful and untiring warriors of the dou ble-barred cross for their sincerity and devotion to the great task of saving humanity from the early grave. They have demonstrated be yond a doubt the truth of a state ment originally intended as a lie. • Thou wilt not surely die. The organization has secured *he aid of a colored divisional group, un der the leadership of Mrs. llham H. Hughes and we hope the Negroes of Richmond will help bring a rainbow, from which eminence we may sweep the clouds of despair away. i I O. KING DAVID MAKE FINE PURCHASE The Imperial Order of King David, under the leadership of Mrs. Ade laide G. Taylor, purchased the form er home of the Richmond Industluai Club, Inc., between Adam and Prentiss on Clay Street. Mrs. Tay lor stated to our reporter that she would not use the site for official headquai'ters of the organization, but that the lodge rooms there would be utilized for lodges of the Order. The King Davids are making vapid strides and have x-eceived high commendation for their work from the State De is’ tment of Insurance. negro mechanics at work. There is being erected on the corner of Second and Jackson Sts., a modern and up-to-date- service station. Its beauty and general con venience are marvels to the eye. It is a very inspiring sight to see ^*eSr.® mechanics busy at work erecting thi^ modern automobile emporium ox service. Mr. John H. Braxton . i^ erecting this station and is sparing no pains to make it one of the best in the city. It will be operated by Mr. W. T. Gray. But we are away from our point; we intended to sayi that it looks mighty nice to see those I .noied mechanics at work. ^ What Happened In Police Court news from Decem ber 2, through December 10th. Leroy Wiley, sent on, on a burglary ciiaige, given twelve months in jail and hn<-d $250, on a petty larceny cnaige; William Brown, theft charge, ou uays in jail; Clarence Lewis, as saulting Herman Allen and cutting m.s tnroat, sent on; Albert Gregory, transporting, sent on; Geo. Win chester, theft, sent to jail for 20 days; Lindsey Johnson and Henry Joiinson. theft charges, each given 60 days; Cora McCauley, storing at 622 Prentiss Street, sen to jail for three months, fined $50. John Burnett, threatening Bernard Toliver, $10 and cost; Lee Davis, careless and reckless driving, dis missed on costs of $2.50; Louis Hill, disorderly, abusing Susie Downey, dismissed on costs of $2.50; Clar ence Coutts, dirving without per mit, '.dismissed; E. L. Williams, drunk, $10 and cost; John H. Tur ner, drunk, $10 and costs; George W'instjdn, kc.areles# and reckless driving, $10 and cost; Ernest Washington, striking Rosa Mankins, cont., 16; Alfonso Jackson, careless and reckless driving, dismissed on cost of $2.50; Floyd E. Hill, cdear ing house, $50 and cost; Daniel Gret na, drunk, $10 and cost; Jonie John son, disorderly, $2.50 and cost; Ar thur Widmark, disorderly, $5 and cost, sent to jail in absence of funds; Sidney Johnson, assault., and strike John W. Denny, dismissed on costs of $7.50; M. T. McFram, earless and reckless driving, cont. 12; Robert Fields, disorderly, firing pistol in street,, continued to—; James Grand erson, striking Minnie Washington, cont. to 9; William Glasgow, clear ing house, cont. to 20; William Car rington, lottery, $100, costs, 20 days in jail, he notes an appeal. Lillie Fleming, assulting Lillian Harrison, $20 and costs; William Booker, careless and reckless driving, continued to 19; Joseph Talifero, policy, $100, costs, 20 days; Thomas Johnson, disorderly, $15 costs; Thomas Bradley, disorderly, $2.50 and costs; George Gates and Irene Thompkins, disorderly at 2528 E. Broad St., $2.50 and costs each; Ed ward Leonard and Buster Brown, dis orderly, $5 and costs each; Madeline Harris, drunk, $10 and costs; Orvell Jonathan, Samuel Chiles, drunk and disorderly, Jonathan’s case contin ued to 31, Chiles fined $10 and cost; George Bagby, drunk, $100 and costs; Willie Hicks, drunk and dis orderly, $500 bond for 10 days; Norman Edwards, drunk and disor derrly, $10 and costs; Edgar Moss, storing, continued to 9th. Leonard Mason, storing, sent on; S. Lee, forgery, sent on; Joe Webo, fugitive from James City County, continued to —; Dewey Conway and Clarence Coutts, vagrants, $250 bond for 12 months; Adolph Jenkins, held as material witness against Le Roy Wiley and James Dobbins who are held as suspected of burglary, continued; William Brown, theft of overcoat, 30 days; George Win chester, theft of coal from C. & O. 30 days; Clarence Lewis, stabbing Herman Allen, sent on; P. Wilson, assault with intent to kill Alfred Lewis, operating car under the in fluence of liquor, sent on. The Emancipation Celebration At Ebenezer Baptist Church, January 4 Emancipation will be celebrated by William A. Hankins Camp, U. S. Spanish American War Veterans and its Auxiliary at Ebenezer Bap tist Church, the First Sunday Night in January, 1931, with an appro priate program. The public is cor dially invited. World War Veterans are especially invited. The following committee is in charge: Mrs. R. A. Logan, president Mrs- Nannie J. Howard, treasurer, and Mrs. Augusta I. Johnson, secre trry, for the Auxiliary; Comrade George A. Walker, camp commander Lucius Storrs, quartermaster, F. E Mangrum, adjutant, for the Camp; George L- Branch. -o Its Wise To Read A Paper Its Wiser To Read A Richmond Paper Its Wisest To Read The PLANET Dr. W. L. Ransome On SOCIOLOGY I III ■ - The Negro And His Newspaper . Why should the Negro have a newspaper? This question seems obsolete to many minds, yet there are thousands who, by their attitude and practice, show that they either do not know that there are any Negro papers, or they thin* that Negroes should not publish newspapers and periodicals, into some of the supposed intelligent Negro homes Negro newspapers and periodicals never go. The excuse often given is that these Vegix) papers contain no “news." Grant that all the white papers contain news, Whom is the news about? If any news appears about the Negro, what phase of Negro activity is usually depicted > If anything good happens to appear, where in the average white paper does it appear? > . n It becomes necessary sometimes to think over even old well known thoughts lest we forget, and that we may have better rea sons for doing things, even if we make no improvement in the doing thereof. Following are some of the reasons that make nec essary Negro newspapers and periodicals: (1) Segregation Is Forced Upon the Negro As long as segregation exists as it does now, a separate Ne gro newspaper must be essential. We pass over the fact that Negro newspapers create jobs, afford an outlet for literary ex pression and form mediums for advertising. All this is true, but the Negro needs a newspaper and periodical to let the world know that Negroes really exist in America. If there were crimes com mitted by Negroes, judging from the little else that is said by the average white papers, the world would not know that Negroes lived in America—except for statutes making more rigid jim crowism. As the rise and fall of the infant s chest tells to the mother in the distant corner of the room that the babe in the crib still lives, so does the appearance of the Negro Newspaper— whether weekly or monthly—tell that the Negro is at least alive. (2) Negro Shortcomings On *ront Fage During a course in race relation, the writer was assigned the task to read many newspapers, and to make report at the end of a month as to the Negro news in white dailies. This report would make interesting reading. Negro crime and white man’s lynching of the Negro received great headlines on front pages. Anything that served to lessen the worth of the Negro and to inflame ha tred owards him was front page matter, while all that was oppo site, if it appeared at alb found itself in the most obscure place. Whenever anything good appeared about the Negro, on the front page, it was either something about “an old-time darkey,” or about some white movement in behalf of the Negro, or some Ne gro had sung before some white people. Something “white” had to be in it to get it worthy of front page location. (3) Negro Faces ^t'ldom do Negro faces appear in white newspapers, unless they be the faces of criminals, or unless the Negroes are connected with some movement managed by white people. The only Negro faces other than criminal the writer recalls seeing in the Rich mond white newspapers during the last ten years have been those in connection with the Community Fund Movement. On the other hand. Negro criminal faces appear frequently. But for the Negro press, the Negro boy and girl would have little or no idea of the .ikeness of great Negro men and women. Are There Too Many Negro Papers? The writer is of the opinion that there are too many Negro papers, as there are too many other things. One good newspaper in any city is sufficient for the Negroes. The idea of combination is becoming popular. It is hoped that the Negro newspaper will profit by this possibility. Many Negroes do not buy Negro papers. If all the Negroes in each city bought Negro newspapers, even then the circulation would be none too great. The white papers can count on Negroes among^their subscribers, but Negroes can rot anticipate white subscribers to any great degree. Since it is the matter of circulation that determines adverising rates, and it is advertisement that suppors the paper, all depends in he last analysis upon the support that Negroes give their own press. Even if the Negroes do not care to read their own papers, hey should buy them none the less. THE WATCHERS By WILLIAM LEE BURTON Wc also serve ... on porches, cold and still; Beneath the frosty stars our beds are white, A long, dim line; there’s snow upon the sill . . . We think of home—of Christmas—here tonight. Wc think of wives and sweethearts left behind: For their dear sakes we must, wc must, get well! But these long months, this weary, hopeless grind , , . And yet we must go on; must not rebel. Some day, perhaps, our bodies will be strong; The world outside will know us once again, And these dim nights that sometimes stretch so long Will lie a memory of vanished pain. And you who hurry by on Christmas Day, With Christmas peace and gladness in your heart, Think once of us, before you go your way— We also serve. We also do our part! (This poem was written expressly for the 1930 Christmas seal sale by William Lee Burton, who has spent the last five years of his life in an Iowa fuberculojtj sanatorium.) R HITS AND BITS BY JOE SIMPSON It has occurred to us that there are thousands of Negroes in these United States in general and in Rich mond in particular that have never read the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES; therefore, begin ning next week we will publish in this column one section of the Con stitution each week, together with the number of the article under which it is to be found. This prac tice will continue until the first seven original articles as well as the nine teen Amendments will have been printed. LOCAL ANESTHETIC Hundreds of people have asked me why we so seldom laud the race for its ATTAINMENTS, or point out to it its VIRTUES? The reason for this is obvious, “A LITTLE PRAISE now and then acts as a STIMULANT to a race or an individual, it urges him on to greater heights, but an OVERDOSE of PRAISE bestowed either upon a race or an individual is a DANGEROUS THING; it has n tendency to pervert the MIND, de stroy the PERSPECTIVE and stifle the AMBITION and WILL-POWEPv of the race or individual upon whom it is bestowed. That’s why we do not not administer this SLEEP PRO DUCING DRUG; he has had an over dose of it already. ON ITS LAST LEGS The recent meeting held in the Washington Auditorium, in the “NA TION’S CAPITAL,” and the recent happending in the famous and fash ionable Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York, the Leigh Street Church affair this week, cou pled with many other notable inci dents that have happened during the past year, has only served to con tirm our belief that organized Chris tianity is riding for a fall, it is trav eling like a locomotve at full speed, headed straight for a stone wall, and if something is not done in the near future to divert its course, the end will be nothing short of a calamity. ONLY A PART OF OUR DUTY EVERY NEGRO in the city of Richmond is hereby urged to make it a point to go to the CONSOLI DATED BANK AND TRUST COM PANY building, corner First and Marshall Street, and start a CHRIST MAS SAVINGS CARD, and to do their level best to keep up some un til the end of the year. This insti tution is OWNED, OPERATED and HOPES TO BE FINANCED BY NE GROES; it MUST not be permitted to suffer the same FATE as the LAWN-TOWN SHOES COMPANY. NOT WHAT’S ©N TOP, BUT WHAT’S INSIDE “Among the latest patents issued by the U. S. Patent Office that was assigned to Aeronautics, was one granted to HUGH J. ROSS, a NE GRO of Cliffwood, New Jersey, on a new and IMPROVED type of air ship, which provides a much SPEED IER and SAFER passenger carrying craft, than has ever heretofore been constructed.” “he ship is of the ighter-than-air type, and can be an chored IN MID AIR. Passengers and freight can be transferred from ship to ship as they bridge one to the other at a standstill, that insures perfect safety,” all of which goes to show that “GENIUS KNOWS NO COLOR,” and is not averse to re posing in a brain that rests in a skull on the top of which grows a generous crop of KINKY HAIR. GONE TO THE DOGS Many fathers and mothers today lament the fact that their offspring ire not turning out to be what they expected them to be, never once bear ing in mind the fact that they are to blame in most instances. Punish ing children for doing the things that they see us do is no way to raise children; we must so live that t will be a source of pleasure and pride to see our children follow in j our footsteps. If they go to THE DOGS, they’re following YOU. GOODWILL BAPTIST CHURCH. Rev. W. B. Bell makes tour to Washington, D. C., and New York Citv, attending Church conferences in 'the latter, making a study- of Church life. Preaching at The Abys sinia Baptist Church on Dec. 30. Church New* Services at The Goodwill Baptist Church, 410 North Monroe Street, Sunday, Dec. 14: 10:00 A. M.—Sunday School. 11:45 A. M.—Subject, “Why We Should Give.” 3:30 P. M.—Program by The Peer lcs: Four of Norfolk, Va. 8:30 P. M.—Subject, ‘The Kind of Giving That Counts.” REV. W. B. BALL, Pastor. --- THE THIRTEEN most (itfteii jSegroes ®ntte& States! BY EUGENE GORDON, Brilliant Essayist An extraordinary article promised our readers some time ago, will appear in the planet” at an early date VIEWS OF THE PUBLIC ______ - «-■ A ONK-CKNT CHRISTMAS STORY i won't buy a stick of candy. 1 buy no newspapers nowadays. 1 can't even go to Sunday-school alone l car think of more things I used to do that I am no longer allowed to do than any uusband In the world Eleven months in the year 1 am good for nothing. But in December—oh, boy! Then I come into my own. 1 buy the mo3t beautiful decora tion for a Christmas gift package. 1 buy hope for the sick. J buy health for a child. I buy happiness for the man that spent me to buy hope and health for someone else l buy a CHRISTMAS SEAL. “STOP!” SAYS SANTA CLAUS Among the thousands ol children hurrying daily to school or play many need to heed the signal of Santa Claus, who directs the Christ mas seal traffic. "Yvatch ror the red light.’ says Santa “YVhen you see it, stop. The red light means danger to health; It means too much strain; short Lours of rjiccp, urtuuncu food; neglected teeth and tonsils: too little sunshine. “Tuberculosis usually begins in childhood, and may be endangering health long before any symptoms appear. Fully naif the cases of adult tuberculosis in later years show X-Kay signs of having had this early condition called child hood tuberculosis at an age under 15 Such children can usually be discovered by the X-Ray and the tuberculin test and given special cvre. “Parents should see that chil dren take the well-marked detours around the steep grades during the years when the child is becoming a man; when school life Is most intense and the temptation to ex cess is greatest.” \ MERRY CHRISTMAS ? C HEALTH TO ALL? 1930 Christmas Seal This is the 1930 Christmas seal. Santa Claus has given it his official approval by uplifting his hand to emphasize the holiday greeting, “Merry Christmas—Health to All." Everybody buys Christmas seals which raise the money to fight tuberculosis, but few know tliat the original seal designed by Howard Pyle In 1907 is now treasured by stamp collectors and has a value ot |5 00—5000 per cent, of the orginal cost of one cent. This is the twenty-fourth seal sale. Practically all the returns are used in the community where the money is raised. Some of It goes for national purposes, such, lor ex ample, as the work of the national committee on medical research which is conducting extensive labo ratory experiments HEALTH CAN BE BOUGHT Health Is not an accident Sci ence has shown us that certain dis eases are unnecessary. Among these is tuberculosis, taking a toll twenty years ago of two hundred lives out of each 100,000. since re duced to less than 80. An organized army Is devoted to extirpating this disease euttrely from society. The attack is cen tered on tuberculosis because of its Insidious character as well as the extent of its onslaughts, for those who die because of it usually waste away slowly, and the life of the community is perm.a’ed with tto by products of the disease in de pleted energy of workers, and pov erty. There is another great reason why the forces arrayed under the banner of the double-barred cross financed by the annual Christmas seal sale, concentrate on tubercu iosis. This is because the measures that prevent tuberculosis also pre vent many other diseases. Annihi late It and the danger of other diseases is reduced proportionately How may this be done, or rather how has it been half-done already? The cure of the disease is by rest, fresh air, wholesome food and sun shine. The prevention is by rest, fresh air, wholesome food, sunshine and exercise. It is so simple most people don't believe it—they would be Inclined more to see value in the sudden and mysterious “discovery” of a sure panacea. WILL LAMBAST MINISTERS. (Continued from Page 1) Dr. Williams accepting the state ment of Rev. Josephine Becton flung wide the doors Wednesday night to continue the revival services. Agree ing to the proposal made by the Evangelist that she be given complete charge of the services Rev. Williams said: ‘ , . . “The devil has been cheated, as Christians we possess that religion that make us get together that the kingdom of God might go forward. The misunderstanding between Mr3. Becton and myself has been thor oughly straightened out. It is the policy of this church to give to the citizens of Richmond the very best that can be given, such as Emancipa tion exercises, Civic, Inter-racial, and public forum meetings. But the saving of souls is more important. I extend an invitation to Rev. Jose phine Becton to come to this city. She was recommended by such per sonages as the Rev. John W| Robin son, Rector of St. Mark’s Church, Now York City; Rev. Cullen of Sa lem Methodist, and other divines in New York. I turned over my pul pit to her, giving her full swing, that she may no tbe hampered. I in vinted her here and mean to stick by.” J . . ‘ This statement was accepted with loud applause by the packed au dience. He further stated “I regret what happened last night. I thought an attack had made against the Ministerial body of Richmond and immediately sprang to my feet. I wil not allow anyone to attack any denomination or its leaders from my pulpit. Mrs. Becton assured me she did not mean it the way I took the statement. I have got to live in Richmond and any statement made against any profession here, will af fect m eand my church.” Dr. Williams related an instance where he had to stop a young up start who made an attack from his pulpit. Rev. Williams said, “I found in Mrs. Becton, a Christian woman. I wouldn’t do anything to hurt her. I know that certain forces are after her now. My actions were merely to protect the interest of this church. Certain forces in Philadelphia want her to fail. There has a reporter from Philadelphia, here for the past week, this reporter, having visited my home. I 'wouldn’t have thtt re flection on her. We are here to close this meeting in a Christ-like way. We can get together and straighten this thing out, try to be broad-mind ed and broad-hearted, and not have any prejudice against and denomina tion. I wouldn’t raise my hand to hurt this woman, we have settled our disagreement. I am ready to go forward. She is willing to let it drop and so am I. Rev. Williams, in a statement to The Planet, said that his action to ward the Becton party was caused by what he considered an unjust at tack by Rev. Becton on the Rich mond ministry. He further stated that he did not know Rev. Becton prior to her coming here, and there fore had no motive, except that he felt that it was his duty to ask her to discontinue her practice, in view of the fact that much pressure had ' been brought to bear upon him by influential members of his congrega tion relative to the nature of her conducting services and flaying the Richmond ministry. Rev. Josephine Becton, in an in terview with the press, said that she did not prpach denominational issups, hut the religion of Jesus Christ, and that she spared none, telling of their sins and wrong-doings. -o DR. KING AND THE NEGRO. Radio listeners hereabouts were greatly pleased last Sunday night as Dr. C. L. King (white) pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church preached a sermon from the text: “Out of one blood God created all nations of men.” It was one of the most noble gestures made from the white pulpit and was courageous in its interpretations. He asked for a better relationship between the races and especially for justice towards our group. These letters followed: Dec. 7, 1930. Dear Dr. King: I have long been a member oi your radio audience, and have al ways enjoyed your sermons. Your sermon tonight on the “Considera tion of the Other Race” was a mas terpiece in its presentation of our cause. I had begun to think that the white man’s Christianity was a sham when it came to applying those noble principles to the treatment of the Negro, but after listening to your masterful handling of that delicate problem, I am somewhat convinced that God still lives, even in the hearts of white men. I am cognizant of the fact that it akest moral courage, a high degree of fearessness and he noble spirit of Godliness to stand before a white congregation and de nounce the unfairness of discrimina tion and segregation as meted out to my people. May God crown your efforts with success, and give you more power to preach the truth. You stated our case very simply and plainly—Fairness, justice and a man’s chance. I admit the problem is delicate and complicated, and a suitable solution not yet in sight, but with the help of God and such fear less men as yourself, I believe that w'ith a sincere co-operation of the two groups here in Richmond we will be able to solve our problem. Respectfully yours, J. HENRY PETERS, Jr. December 9, 1930. Mr. J. H. Peters, Jr., The Commercial Bank and Trust Co., 529 North 2nd Street, Richmond, Va. My Dear Sir: I thank you for your letter of De cember 7th. I am much pleased to know that you have been a member of my radio congregation and have found my sermons helpful. We must all work together with earnestness and sincerity of purpose for the so lution of many difficult problems that are before us. Sincerely yours, C. L. KING.