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We Wish A Prosperous- New Y ar To All
Purity Squad Raids Local “Gin Mill”
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Place Five Under
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.

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