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VOLUME YLVlTlTNumberT' RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, SATURDAY, DECEMBE 27, 1930 $2.00 PER YEAR; 5 CENTS PER COPY Purity Squad Raids Local “Gin Mill” ***** **999 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 #*999 * " Place Five Under Arrest Sergenat Dan Duling ami his squad descended upon Richmond’s famous gin mill, located on Leigh Street in the exclusive apartments, owned by a local insurance company and broke through a steel burglar chain, smashed in the door and placed three men and three girls under arrest. Much interest was at tached to this raid because of the exclusiveness of these apartments, only recently have members of Richmond’s underworld been able to ply their various activities at this location. It has been the home of some of Richmond’s business and professional men since its erection about seven years ago. It was generally understood ^ around these parts that rum drinking and number playing had invaded one of these apartments and it is averred by reliable parties that the insurance officials and the real estate agent had been apprised of this fact. The Planet's informant says it is also * very generally known that the king of the numbers racket here had his abode in this apartment. Sergeant Duling reports that he found a small quantity of gin, but that all of the faucets in the apart ment wfere running when his men succeeded in breaking through. In addition he said three numbers books were found, one on the person of one of the men, and two in the house, one being in a trap in a table. More About Church Union The recent agitation here con cerning the union of certain churches in Richmond for better administra tion and economy of operation has caused much speculation, as to which are the logical churches to unite and what chances are there for any organic union. The presentation of a resolution in Ebenezer Baptist Church recently in which efforts were made to have the church approach Sharon, Mt. Hermon and Goodwill Baptist Churches caused this commotion. Then the rumor that 0 members of two churches in Fulton were talking about union added to the gossip. These reports bring to mind that an effort to unite Fifth Street and First Baptist Churches died aborning about three years ago. One of the Trustees of Fifth Street was very active in trying to get the boards to begin negotiations leading to such a move. At one time Reverends W. T. Johnson and Charles S. Morris had a working agreement to combine partially the prayer and communion ■ services of the two churches. This was a fine move in the right direction. First and Fifth Street Churches could easily be united, as they were once one organic body. Then there has been some agitation in First Church by the younger element to move uptown. Union with Fifth Street would fill this bill to a nicety. Its spacious and conveniently arrang ed building could easily accomodate both congregations under one over head. Again, Fifth Street is laboring under heavy obligations and help of this nature would about solve their problem. The Planet’s investigators are investigating this problem of the churches and will bring certain ^•statistical facts to the attention of the church people, which will en lighten them on this subject. EMANCIPATION SERVICES AT EBENEZER Emancipation services at Ebenezer Rev. J. W. Kemp will be the prin cipal speaker at the Emancipation Day Exercises to be held at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on the first Sunday night, January 4th, at 8:00 o’clock. These services are held here Leigh St Church To Hear Morris According to an announcement by his secretary here today, Charles Satchell Morris, Jr, dean of the col lege of liberal arts at Virginia Semi nary, Lynchburg, will deliver the an nual Emancipation address at Rich mond, Virginia, next Sundar night, December 28th at eight o’clock. The att'air which is fostered by the Leigh Street Methodist church corner of Leigh and Fifth Streets will be staged in the auditorium of that church. Prof. Morris has chosen as the subject of his address: “The Negro In A Changing World.” Per sons of both races have been invited to attend the celebration. It will be the last address of the famous orator before he becomes a Benedict at To Speak Here Sunday Roanoke on the following Wednes day. A former professor at Virginia State College, Petersburg, and at Tennessee State, Nashville, the youth ful college dean is regarded as being one of the most eloquent spokesman in the country. It was also revealed that more than a month ago he had received and ac cepted an invitation to deliver one of the chief addresses at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Negro Educational Association .probably the largest state group in the country at Louisville on Friday, April seven teenth, next. The meeting will bring together more than two thousand educators from every section of the state. Returning from Richmond Dean Morris will be accompanied by his mother, father, sisters and brother who will motor to Roanoke for his wedding at the First Baptist church there on December 31. Robbers Enter Drug Store The front plate glass of Ferguson and Galvins drug store located at fourth and Leigh St. was smashed by a robber who threw a brick through the glass early Friday morning. The robber took about two hundred dol lars ($200.00) worth of goods out of the window but made no attempt to get inside the store, the gods taken consisted of articles that were on display as Christmas gifts, perfumes, toilet sets, watches, etc. This is the second time this year, that the store has been robbed.. A brick was used the first time to smash the plate glass in the front door and the robber gained entrance to the «tore, at that time the robber left the 'tore in complete disorder when he ■ould not reach the narcotics and liquors. each year under auspices of the Wil lim A. Hankin’s Camp, Spanish America War Veterans and its aux iliary, assisted by the semi-military organizations and World War Veter- j ans. The public is invited to witness | this program and join with these I military unities in celebrating the an- j niversary of the Proclamation that brought our freedom. Young Man Leaps To Death Howard Gatewood, age 30, of 405 W. Baker street, leaped to his death Sunday morning about 3:30 o’clock from the sixth floor of a local hotel here where he was employed as a bellman. Gatewood had been in the employ ment of the hotel for a number of years. It was at first believed that he had met with foul play with a number of his fellow employers stated that he had been worrying for sometime over some conditions that he failed to make known. He often intimated that he would be better off dead and would commit suicide. Mr. Gatewood was single and lived with his aunt on West Baker St., where the funeral services were held on Christmas day. Mr. Gatewood was a member of the A. F. and A. Ma sons. Governor Speaks At First Baptist Mi Hon. John Garland Pollard, Governor State of Virginia addressed the colored citizens of Richmond at the Old Historical First African Bap tist Church of which Dr. W. 1. Johnson is pastor, last Sunday, nee. 21, at 3:30 o’clock. The programme consisted of Mr. Horace H.“ Scott, Master of Cere monies, and also member of the committee of the Usher Board und Excelsior Bible Class under whose Auspices the program was rendered, the other members of the committee being Richard Thompkins and C. W. Robinson. The First Baptist Church Choir, The Richmond Choral Club, and the Crusaders Literary Club rendered music and Mrs. Ella Carter gave a selection. A brief sketch of the church’s history was given by Chas. W. Robinson. Dr. W. T. Johnson introduced the Governor. He said that First Church felt proud to have his honors presence and emphasized the Governors work among the colored people in the State. The governor espressed sorrow as lo the conception of the public in regard to the State and Church. He also stated that he would muster every power as governor to lessen human surfering and in the estab lishment of uniform educational facilities for the youth of the state. The audience expected the Governor to discuss race relations but the Governor stated that due to the frequency of his public appear ance and formal speeches he con sidered it a pleasure to address this audience, not on race differences, but of the only way that these differences could be remedied—a strict adherance to religious princi ples. Medical College To Establish Clinic Tor Colored Doctors Dr. W. T. Sanger, President of the Medical College of Virginia an nounces that a post-gradurate Clinic for Negro physicians of Virginia will be established by the Medical College of Virginia in connection with St. Philip hospital. This is the first edu cational venture of its kind in the South. The Clinic will supply post gradu rate courses for the colored doctors in the State, and is to be backed by the full facilities of the College and will receive outside aid from one or more of the big foundations for Negroes. The State group of Negro physi cians were asked to co-operate. Dr. Blackwell is secretary of the State body. The Clinics shall begin June 1G, a five year program is planned. White Reviews Negro And Supreme Court New York, Dec. 19.— The United States Supreme Court offers |he surest means of obtaining justice for the Negro in this Country, according lo Walter White, Acting Secretaiy of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who writes in January Harper’s Magizine on “The Negro and the Supreme Court”. In his article Mr. White tells at length of the sucessful fight to pre vent confirmation to the Court of Ju dge John J. Parker of North Carolina, who as “lily white” Republican had pubicly expressed opposition to the Negro’s participation in politics. The struggle, which resulted in a Senate vote of 41 to 39 against the Parker nomination, stirred Negro po litical consciousness anu souuumy, says Mr. White in the article. More than that, he continues, it “marked in strtling fashion not only resent ment by eleven million Negroes again at a rapidly growing disregard of their political rights but signalised as well that the Negro no longer intends supinely to permit the whittling down little by little, of the constitutional rights which, theoretically, belong to him as an American citizen.” On no issue have Negroes worked o unitedly since the Civil War, says Mr. White of the Parker Fight, citing the united front presented by colored editors, by the N. A. A. C. P., by the National Association of Colored Wo men, by church groups, faternal or ders and hosts of individuals. And the victory, it is universally conceded, was won by the Negro. The importance of keeping off the Supreme Court such men as Judge Parker, is emphasized by Mr. White who lists the important cases affect ing the Negro’s civil status which the Supreme Court has had to pass on and which the Supreme Court vill hare to continue hearing. These cas es include the celebrated Grandfather Clause case, in which the late Presi dent of the N. A. A. C. P., Mr. Moorfield Storey, presented a brief, ar.d cases on residential segregation, “white primary , and other essential issues. Says Mr. White; “Negroes and their friends know that within the next few years cases testing other forms of disfranchise ment, cases challenging unequal ap portionment as to race, of public funds, state and federal, for educa tion, issues of the Jim Crow car sus tem and of segregation by means of private property holders’ covenante will be carried for decision to th? upreme Court. Negroes have noted le considerable number of five to our decisions within recent years by the Court. And they know that one vote by a justice holding Parker’s anti-Negro views might easily mean an appreciable increment to their al ready heavy load. “Immediately, Parker’s rejection menas a number of things. It has gi ven hope to Negro voters in demon strating that intelligent, Sustained struggle for a principle can be suc cessful. It has created a new and wholesome respect for the Negro a mong infirmed, fairminded whites. It has forcibly reminded Americans that the 14th and 15th Amendments to the federal Constitution are not yet whol lydead. And it has served notice convincingly upon politicians that it is no longer wise to attempt to climb lo high office on the backs of help less blacks through violent Negroph obic attacks.” -o J. E. SPINGAARN TO ADDRESS N. A. A. C. P. MASS MEETING NNew York, Dec 19.— The first presidental message to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People by its newly elected President, J. E. Spingarn, donor of the Spingarn Medal, will be deliv ered in an address at the Annual Mass Meeting of the Association in St. Marks M. E. Church, St. Nichoals Avenue at 137th Street, on Sunday There is a good deal being written on what the atheists are trying to do to Christianity. There is not so much said of what atheism has done to the atheists. The gun not only shoots a bullet but it recoils or kicks back. Atheism’s kick-back on the atheists is startling, tragic. A man who knows what he is talk ing about, from bitter experience, is writing a series of the most sensa tional disclosures in this field that have ever been published. He used to be a radical newspaper man, editing a labor organ. Of brains and intel lectuality he has more than most men. A college graduate, with the degree of Bachelor of Science, he became an intimate member of a loose-thinking, loose-living communi ty of journalists, artists, agitators, “freed” from the shackles of traditionalism and the beliefs of our grandfathers! He became editor of a labor organ. Jack London was one of bis acquain tances. This brilliant novelist and traveler wrote: “I believe that when I am dead I am dead. I believe that when I die I shall be as completely obliterated as the last mosquito that you or I smashed.” That was the creed of this man, who says: “It was the creed of Jack London’s section of the literary world. It was and is the creed of thousands of artists. It was and is the creed of the radical wing ol labor’s vast army. It was my creed. It is the creed of despair.” But this man became a Christian, and the story of his conversion was published in the Sunday School Times. He has now written a new series of articles that will appear ex clusively in the Times. Remember, he knows the world of which he writes intimately, from the inside, from personal acquaintance w’ith its leaders and with those who are still its devoted members. He is not writing theory but stark, black facts. To secure material for these articles he has had interviews with notorious criminals now behind the bars in San Quentin Prison—their names cannot be mentioned, but they are known to newspaper readers throughout the world. He has talked with Jack London’s old neighbors, and with his widow. True stories of typical men and women will be told, including such as those now serving life sentences; a brilliant intellectual society woman who accepted and fostered radicalism; another woman, wife of a journalist, who fell in love with a clever agitator and started out to “live her own life” in the “new way”; a man of power, once a preacher and once a candidate for mayor in a leading city. The writer Is a personal friend of the Editor of THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TIMES, and says in a recent letter: “The atheists being influenced by the American Association for the Advancement of Atheism are mostly a lot of misguided young enthusiasts '•ho do not realise what they are doing. They are sowing to the wind, and will in their own lives, sooner or later, reap the whirlwind. I belong to a generation of professional unbe lievers who are past or fast passing —a generation who have paid the price in broken lives, broken homes, and who have nothing to show for their godless propaganda but the ashes of gloom and pessimism. I in tend to show t>y actual facts how this thing works out in human lives.” afternoon, January 4, at 3:30. Mr Spingarn will speak from the same platform as Senator Robert F. Wagner of New York, who was the only Senator to make a speech during the Parker fight specially opposing confirmation of his nomination to the Supreme Court on the ground of Par ke’-’s anti-Negro utterance. The third speaker at the N. A. A. C. P. Annual Mass Meeting will be James Weldon Johnson, the Associa tion’s Secretary. A musical program is being arran Moore Street Chirch Pastor Sponsors The Appreciation Service Last Sunday morning’s service at Moore Street Baptist Church, developed into one of the most im pressive and beautiful ceremonies yet witnessed by that congrega tion and visiting friends. After the regular church open ing service the gathering was elec trified when the pastor, Rev. Dr. when the pastor, the Rev. Di. Gordon B. Hancock stated that the church by unanimous consent had selected to honor and pay de served tribute to one of the most distinguished, outstanding charac ters of the Race known to history, and had thus invited Mrs. Maggie MRS. MAGGIE L. WALKER L. Walker to be the church’s honored guest on said occasion. Dr. Hancock’s personal tribute to Mrs. Walker—“I have observ ed and studied Mrs. Walker and her life’s work and to my mind there is no other woman her equal along lines of her accom plishments. I have wanted to make such public > acknowledge ment; I have wanted her to know what I have thought of her worth and value; what initiative and in spiration she has been to a strug gling race and the hope of her life’s work and achievements hold out to those who dare to do. Moore Street Baptist Church re joices in the opportunity and privilege to pay honor, tribute, homage to this beloved personage and to thank God in this Prayer Service for this inspired life. We are pleased to have you with us as distinguished guest to day and we invite you to talk with us from the fullness of your heart” The extraordinary and Deauti ful tribute extended was accepted by Mrs. Walker in an extempora neous but telling address on “Encouragement,” after apprecia tive reference to the remarks by Dr. Hancock. The speaker, with telling force brought home the fact to her lis teners through her subject that the economic progress of the race and its posterity rested within said confines and we’d do well to begin to more fully recognize this fact. She pleaded for “Encour agement” by deed for all the struggling businesses fostered as race enterprises. The climax to a very perfect program was reached in the pre sentation of beautiful flowers to the guest by Mrs. Clarissa Kyles Dillar and a simple acceptance on the part of Mrs. Walker. The service was out of the or dinary; unique, beautiful, impres sive; Dr. Hancock was sublime in the carrying out of this project— his heart’s desire. ged for the meeting with the assist ance of Deacon Johnson who furn ished pit orchestra for the N. A. A. C. : last year. Included on the program are S- Coleridge Taylor Concert En semble and the celebrated St. Mark’s Choir led by S. Aldama Jackson. CORRECTION: In last week’s re lease it was erroneously staded that Mr. Spingarn was an honorary cit tizen of the City of Munch. He is an honorary citizen of the Universi ty of Munich, of which Richard Str , auss, celebrated operatic and orches tral composer ie also on honorary Accused Thought Officers Were Hold James Newton Wood, State prohi bition officer was shot to death Fri day Dec- 19, about 2:30 o’clock by Randolph Cox, 39 colored farmer of Richmond County Cox said that two men came to his house, knocked on his door and or dered him out. The men being stran gers to him, he refused to come out and told them to go and get Sheriff Bryant whom he knew. Fearing he was being held up he loaded his gun and stood at the upstairs window. Cox said he did not fire until one of the men fired from behind a car and shot him. Then he fired twice but didn’t know whom he hit. Cox firmly insisted under the grill ing of Sheriff Seay that he did not fire until he was shot. Cox was brought to the Henrico County iail here by the order of Commonwealth Attorney A-N. Weel ford and Sheriff W.L.Bryant who feared violence on the part of the people in the neighborhood of War saw. Inspecter Durrette said tnat ne ana the two Wood brothers w'ent to Cox’s home with a search warrent and found no one on the place. They searched and found five gallons of liquor. After leaving they learned that Cox was on his way in a car with another man said to be Henry King. Inspector Durrette stated they followed Cox home and went to the house after he entered. Officer Wood called to Cox to come out as suring him he would not be hurt. Cox is then said to have appeared at the upstaires window saying he wouldnot come down. ‘Wood saw he had a shot gun, officerDurette said, ‘and told me to get our shot gun 'Hit of the car. I went to the car loaded the gun with buckshot and remained standing be hind the car. Cox is said to have re fused to come down until the officer had put away his gun. Officer Dur ette stated that Cox fired straight dawn at officer Wood and fired the second shot at him. He then shot back at Cox. Fearing Cox was re loading the officers went to War saw for help and returned wun uie Sheriff. A crowd of fifty or more, ! many armed, went back with the of fjeers, Cox refused to come out un til the Commonwealth Attorney and Sheriff Bryant came into the house Knowing the two he quickly surren derd. No violence was attempted by the citizens and Cox was brought to Henrico County jail. --o-— NOTABLES IN NEW BRITISH “WHO’S WHO” New York, Dec. 19.— Paul Robeson, whose acting in the part of Othello in Shakespeare’s play of that name created a furore in London, is inclu ded in the nem British edition of “Who’s Who”, according to a special cable to the New York’s Time, relay ed by the N. A. A. C.P. Among the other Americans so lis ted are Charles Lingbergh, Helen Will the tne tennis champion. Senator William E. Borah, J. Pierpont Morgan Thomas A. Edison, Ambassador Cha lks G. Dawes and Mary Garden. citizen. Honorary citizenships are bestowed by German universities as wetl as by cities. The Annual Meeting of the N. A A. C. P-will be held on Monday after noon, Janurary 5, at the National Offices, G9 Fifth Avenue, at which elected and a report read by Walter White, Acting Secretary, on the work ; of the year. The meeting will be opened promptly at 2 P. M. To this meeting, as to the Annual Mass Meet j ing, the public is cordially invited.