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The Wisconsin \ y Blade ■ f * fill* A NATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPINION AND HON MILWAUKEE MADISON BELOiI VOL. 1 —_— , : ——— V jjA MBBKSw.aKyvvlMm'' B H W tow f" • is HON. M. C. CLEARY, Wisconsin’s Popular Insurance Commissioner. Who by his decisions is saving- the people of Wisconsin many thousands of dollars, and placing the state in the front rank in the insurance world. FROM PEORIA, ILL. Rev. T. W T . J. Tobias, D. D., Field Secretary and Financial Agent of the Enterprise Institute of Chicago was in the city last week on business. The John Brown Progressive Club will hold a big mass meeting on next Monday evening. All voters of the Third Ward and other Wards are cordially invited to attend. Ladies especially invited. Mr. Robert C. Marshall of the 111. Traction System will leave for Cali fornia on Feb. 22 with the Vice-Pres ident of the road. They will be gone about two months. The Central Illinois Republican Club, at its regular meeting held last Wednesday evening, passed a reso lution and it was presented by the Son. Chas. S. Stubble, upon the death >f the Hon. James I). Putnam, late representative of the Fiftieth General Assembly of the State of Ililnois. Rev. H. W. Jameson, presiding el ier of Peoria District of the A. M. E. church, was home from Lincoln, ill., where he has been holding quar erly meeting. The Maceo Lodge No. 10, K. of P., rave a grand mask Masquerade Ball it the Company “K’’ Ilall on last Thursday evening. The Woman’s Aid Club is still do ng things. Last Friday night there cas a Grand Douglass Memorial held it the Company “K” armory under he auspices of the club. On the 26th, 27th and 28th of Feb ruary the different clubs of the City ire going to give a grand bazaar at he Ward Chapel A. M. E. church for he benefit of the church. The Art Club was entertained by >trs. P. Walburg at her residence 520 Ireenleaf St. last week. Mr. A. Hughes has returned from he bedside of his sick Sister, leav ng her very much improved. Mrs. Thomas Winn is seriously ill ind was taken to the St. Francis Hos ntal for an operation last week. MR. TAPP H. ROYAL. Milwaukee's Most Popular Tailor, Visiting in Atlanta, Ga. On account of the illness of bis Mr. Royal left last Monday Bt his old home, Atlanta, Ga. His Bany friends will be glad to welcome Bm on his return and to know that w has made good in the Northwest, business is in charge of Blanston. patronage consists of the best of I ■T’aukee citizen. While in Georgia be at 220 Auburn Ave. with and two children. On his he will spend a few days in jßcinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago. DO YOU KNOW HIM? ■•\e would like to find the where *Jts of Edwin Carmicheal. He left i nta, Ga., about 17 years ago. We ft informed that he is ir. or around Anoit. Mich. Any information will jplady received and appreciated. 1 The Wisconsin Blade, V Madison, Wis. MILWAUKEE NEWS NOTES The Woman’s Improvemetn Club gave their regular anniversary pro gram in connection with the celebra tion of the Douglas Centennial and the affair was a splendid success from point of attendance and finance. Avery neat sum was realized to ward the twenty-five dollars the club wishes to raise for the National Asso ciation of colored women in their ef fort to buy the Frederic Douglass home as a memoriam to our race. The anniversary of the club in itself is always interesting and an event to which the community looks for ward and this year the efforts were well worth while. The program con sisted of papers by Mesdames Carrie Horton, Rebecca Logan, Adeline Mer ritt, Ida B. Herron, readings by At torney G. H. De Reef and Marie A. Burgette and Music by Miss L. Scott and Mrs. Gladys Sellars Smack. Mrs. Carrie Horton left on Friday afternoon fo an extended tip through the sunny South. She will go direct to New Orleans to attend the fete day of the Vardi Gras and on her return trip will visit at Tuskeegee and other points of interest. Mrs. Gertrude Montgomery, who has been visiting friends in Milwau kee was called home by the distress ing news that her home in Oshkosh had been burned to the ground. The stork limited, so often accused of grossly neglecting this (vicinity, left a beautiful baby son for Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Czerwinski at St. Mary Hospital last week. Mother and baby are doing well. Mrs. Czerwinski will be remembered as Miss Mamie How ard, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Howard and formerly a prominent society girl. An indication of what our young man can do in the business world is exemplified in the success of Mr. Wil lard Kinner who is employed by the Johnson Mfg. Cos. In the past year Mr. Kinner has received three sub stantial raises in salary and at Christmas time reecived a life insur ance policy or one thousand dollars for as long as he remains with the firm. Mr. Kinner, representing the Palmolive products of the firm led all the other employees last summer in Milwaukee’s monster preparedness parade. It sometimes pays our boys not to follow the crowd. The Misses Burgette were at home on Sunday evening to a large number of the young people in honor of the Tuskeegee Jubilee Singers who are engaged in musical renditions—solos were sung by Misses Sarah Woods Alma Cammack, Lottie Jackson and Jessica Burgette, Misses Sarah One lia Colin and Katheryn Reeves accom panying. Miss Marie Burgette by re quest red her latest poem on Lincoln recently rendered at the Patriotic meeting of St. Mark. The singing w r as a compliment to Mrs. A. C. Bur gette who has just recovered from a serious illness. Mrs. Mabel Wilson is still seriously indisposed but is able to sit up with her affected knee in a cast. On Thursday she was the recipient of a beautiful basket of fruit from her club, the Culture Circle. Mr. Hovey Stith expects to leave shortly to attend the bedside of his mother who is quite ill. The splendid orchestra under Prof. Robert Merritt which rendered such excellent music at the monster Pa triotic meeting Feb. 11th, will be known as the Kultur Klub. We do not know the reason for this very dis tinguished title less it be that all of the gentlemen lean toward the Culture Circle for very evident reasons. Milwaukee is a very, very geomet rical city. It has a B-square and a C. Circle, the K. K. becomes the mu sical sphere. HEADING AND MOTTO CONTEST Send in your suggestion to the con test editor, get busy and win the prize. Remember the contest closes March Ist. Advertise yrur Rooms, Restaurants, Wants, etc., in the Wisconsin Blade as the best people in the Northwest read it regularly. Our collector will call to see you next week. Be prepared to pay your subscription. MADISON, WIS., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1917 CREAM CITY NEGRO PASTOR'S BURIAL SER VICE LASTS FOUR DAYS Macon, Ga.—(Special)—What is thought to have been the longest fu neral service ever held in Macon came to an end when the Rev. R. B. Williams, pastor of the Macedonia Baptist church, colored, was buried in All Saints’ cemetery near Macon. The minister, who had been pastor of the church for twenty years, died recently. His funeral service began Wednesday and lasted through Sat urday. Continuous services were held all day and thousands of Negroes from all parts of the state attended. Never before have so many Negroes been gathered in Macon. There were so many of them that in order for all to attend the services it was neces sary to hold one service, clear the church, and then hold another one and so on until all of the thousands had been permitted to attend. Williams was the originator of the “holy rock,’’ a unique service which the Negroes practice on Christmas eve. He was fairly well educated and had an immense following among his own race. This was largely due to the fact that when one of his congregation died Wililams always took up a col lection at the funeral and presented it to the family of the deceased. In this way he is said to have befriended most of the Negro families in ROCKFORD, ILL. Mrs. C. W. Stamps was poisoned last week by drinking pop, but is much better at this writing. Mrs. C. R. Gorum entertained the Nonpareil club last week. Lunch was served consisting of chicken salad and cakes of pink and green, which car ried out the color scene of the club. A Martha Washington party will be given at the home of Mrs. B. F. Robinson, 1224 Benton St., February 22nd, in honor of the Nonpareil club. Mrs. Clara Monmoth returned home after assisting Mrs. Payne with her husband, who has been critically ill but is now on the mend. REV. Z. P. SMITH, D. D., Pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Madison, Wis. He is during untold good for the race, and attracting many friends to his cause. He is planning with the rfa dr* jmift DISTRICT GRAND AND MOST NOBLE GOVERNOR, AL FRETTA MILLER. G. U. O. OF O. F., ILL. A NL> WIS. JURISDICTION. DISTRICT GRAND MASTER GEO. T. KERSEY, ILL. AND WIS. JURISDICTION. Who urges every Lodge and Household through their jurisdiction to celebrate Ogden day in keeping with the General laws oft! e order. If"- ■* - Presiding Elder Higgins held a very interesting quarterly meeting last Sunday. Mr. George Williams is on the sick list Mrs. William Cobby, of lowa, stop ped here a few days last week to visit her father, who resides on Byron St. and has been very ill. The H. H. R. 1973 will observe Pe i ter Oguen Day the first of March, i with a splendid program. The Negro Association gave a Fred erick Douglass violin recital at the First Baptist church, February 19th, which was a grand success. Mr. Samuel Revell has returned home after spending several months in Chicago. AN UP-TO-DATE FUNCTION Mr. and Mrs. J. Dale —Brilliant Af fair.—Tenth Wedding Anniversary. ' " One of the most brilliant affairs iof the season was the 10th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dale, 118 N. Frances St., on Feb. 16. The decorations were one of exquisite taste and beauty, the color scheme being blue and gold. Capt. S. S. Steele acted toast master and deliv ered himself with glory, whist was indulged in until 12 oclock when for more than an hour the guest tipped the light fantastic toe. Refreshments were the delicacies of the season. Many beautiful gifts were present ed the host and hostess. Many were Ithe congratulations extended. The following guests were present: Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Gentry, Mr, and Mis. Harry Allison, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Rich, Mrs. Martha Harris, Mrs. Mil dred Davenport and Miss Ethel Page, Messrs. Henry Walters, Herman Jor dan, Sam Wilkerson and Wm. Todd. *<’' , * :— -r. —— NOTICE St. Benedict Settlement is a home for colored working girls and women of good morals. Anyone found in ducing them to an immoral place or play will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Mrs. Laura Duncan, 823 Winnebago St., Milwaukee, Wis. aid of his officers fo launch a cam paign to raise $300.00 to commence the work on their new edifice. It is characteristic of Rev. Dr. Smith to make himself conspicuous only when and wherever duty demands. . .. - 'MR < BELOIT, WIS., NEWS. Baptist Mission Notes. living parents, admiring and de voted friends are leaving no stone un turned to see that their respective candidate is successful in landing the handsome gold watch offered as first prize in the great baby and Children's contest being conducted in the city under the auspices of the Baptist Mission recently started by Rev. G. J. Fox. The contest promises to be a j lively one and the spirit of the friend- j lv rivalry is intense. Trojanie efforts j are being made to get the largest number of votes, and thus land the child of their choice on the plane of success. In conenction with the con test which closes Margh 15. There will be an excellent program rendered under the direction of a committee composed of Mrs. Prince, Mrs. Paul Strothers, Mr. Prince, Mrs. Edw ! Strothers, Mr. Shelby, Mr. W. S. j Williams, Mr. P. Strothers, and oth ers. Those taking part in the baby and children’s contest are Velma Bell, Ella M. Stevens, Theodore Mims, Ernest Mims, Minnie Bell Mims, Jessie Mims, Homer Bandy, Shelby Bandy, The Twin Brothers of Mr. and Mrs. W. Everton, Jerome Wesley, James Bedford, Everton, Oli verd Hobson, Margaret Cobb, Jno. T Petterson Jr. and little Miss Annie May Douglas. Around the hands and feet of loving ones will for the com ing weeks be active. The time is too distant to predict who or which will be the lucky ones. The recent social given by the W W.’s of the Baptist Mission was a grand success. And at this early date from the starting of the Mission we are able to report a snug little sum, safely deposited in the bank. The social under the /uspices of the W. side CTub on behalf of the' A. M. E. Church was a success. Sev eral given in the past week were like wise successful. The present month finds many cases of sickness in Beloit. Mr. and Mrs. Hobson of Mississip pi arrived in the city last week and are stopping with their son in South Beloit. We are glad to have them in our city. Services are held each Lord’s day at Kent’s Hall, South State St. S. S. at 9:30. Mr. Geo. Barr, Supt.; Miss Bell, Sec.; Miss McCord, Treas.; Preaching at 11:00 A. M. by Rev. G. J. Fox also at 8:00 P. M. Prayer meting every Wednesday night at 8:00 o’clock. Over 50 members of the race ar rived in Beloit from The South in the past 10 days. An invitation was extended to the colored people of Beloit fo attend a banquet at the Armory Feb. 22 under the auspices of the G. A. R. Quite a number are expecting to attend. Mr. Henry Cowan is expected to be with us with his famous quartett to furnish several selections and Mr. King and others are to give short ad dresses. LANCASTER, WIS. (Special to the Blade.) Last Wednesday evening was en joyably sjient at the home of Mrs. Jo seph Grimes where the junior and sen ior sewing circles gave a Lincoln- Douglass program. In connection with this the junior members served coffee, oyster soup, sandwich'- and cake. The proceeds go to the junior treasury for ehurch purposes. The Busy Bee sewing circle meets next Friday at the home of the Misses Amelia and Olive Greene. Misses Linda and Gertrude Grimes spent the week-end visiting with the Misses Verna and Mildred Greene. Last Saturday afternoon the Sun shine Sewing Circle of which Miss Verna Greene is president, met with Mildred Greene. Luncheon consisted of chicken sandwiches, beets, pickles i and orange rice, which is a domestic dish and very delicious. The Ladies of the Autumn I/eaf Club have organized a Glee Club with Professor Bennett of Chicago as mu sic director. Callers at Mr. and Mrs. Walter Grimes Sunday were the Misses Cla rissa Shepard, Olive Greene, Linda Grimes, Mildred Greene and Mrs. S. C. Craig. The recently appointed building committee of the First Baptist church ere Chas. Klarman, Abe Ward, Er- } van Vesperman and S. C. Craig. We expect in the near future to have a fine new cr.urch so this soliciting com mittee are busy. Mrs. Joseph is indisposed with ton silitis. Mrs. S. C. Craig. A SQUARE DEAL TO ALL MEN $ jagS; * HON. WALTER C. OWEN, Attorney General, State of Wisconsin. There are many reasons why the candidacy of Attorney General Owen seeking the endorsement of the State Primary as a candidate for Supreme Court Justice should bo pleasing to jEVERY COLORED VOTER IN WISCONSIN. He is such a man, who regards those vital questions and principles pertaining to the develop ment and continuous welfare of our people. Listen! Bury it in your heart, write it in your memory, tell it to your neighbor who may net know—or knowing may forget. HE SHOULD NPT BE DENIED GLE VOTE. Organize Owen’s clubs in your district and send the name of your chairman and secretary fo J. Anthony Josey, The Blade, Madison, Wis. The Stars predict his election FALL IN LINE. HEAR JOS. 11. DOUGLASS, THE RACE’S GREATEST VIOLINIST AT ST. MARK A. M. E. CHURCH, FEB. 22ND. The colored citizens of Milwaukee should congratulate the Phylis Wheat ly Art club upon securing the service of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. H. Douglass. There is no better way to show your appreciation than to be present on the night of the 22nd of February. Every race loving citizen of the Cream City irrespective of your affili ation should fall in line and work to pack the church on this occasion. You will miss a rare treat if you fail to hear Mr. Douglass. He is the most famous violinist of the race and is heralded from coast to coast. Bpecil Days Announced on Which Public May Make Contribution*. Information received from various sections of (lie country indicates Unit the campaign of the National Associa tion of Colored Women’s Clubs for funds with which to pay off the in - debteduesH on the Frederick Douglass home at Washington Is succeeding ud mlrably. The Sunday schools, literary societies and other organizations are asked to contribute to the fund. Mrs. Mary It Talbert, president of the association, Is urging members of the race the country over to give the | efforts of the organization hearty sup i port. Public exercises are to lie held j wherever possible on Sunday, Feb. 11, and Wednesday, Feb. 14, the birth day of Frederick Douglass. At these j public meetings every one Is requested to make a contribution to the fund. REV. L. J. PHILLIPS SURPRISED Monday evening, February 19th, a few friends, at the suggestion of Mrs. Allen Henderson, Mrs. tier). Buckner, Mrs. Wm. Miller and Mrs. Wm Abram, entered the parsonage of Rev. L. J. Phillips, Pastor of the A. M. E. church with a shower of tokens of love and appreciation for his up lifting influence in our midst. The tokens consisted of fruit, vegetables, canned goods and a cash purse of $5.25. Oysters, sandwiches and cof fee were served free to tha J.l ght of all. Mr. V. S. Turner, on behalf of the friends presented the Pastor the cash purse with a few brief remarks fo which Rev. Phillips responded, con fessing his surprise and appreciation. NO. 35