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When the “Ghoo-Choo” Train Leaves for Tolland, Monday, July 14, Get on Board. The Trip will Be a Treat
' The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star
Religion And The Negro
(Atlanta Constitution.)
H. H. Proctor, pastor of the
, First Congregational church,
colored, of Atlanta, is one of
the soundest and mcst prac
tical of the leaders of the Ne
gro. in a recent sermon he
emphasized an idea often ad
vanced by The Constitution,
and that is that religion must
largely be depended upon to
save the race from the perils
facing it in common with the
white race. In part he said:
Our race today in the
midstof its general prosper
ity needs to take council
from the heart of its fathers
in the day of tneir adversity.
Heart-felt religion is the so
lution of Jesus for the prob
lem of the races. Both the
industial and literary types
of education may be helpful,
r but the root of the trouble is
not in the hands or the
heads of the people, but in
their hearts.
All this is quite true. The
Negro population of ante-bel
lum days was orderly and law
abiding for two reasons,chiefly
i. The white man's civiliz
ation had the power to enforce
regulations and restraints it
fcnew'Tb'be good forthisehiW
race; 2. It was able to enforce
and fortify those mandates by
• kindling religion in the heart
of the negro, and it accom
plished this latter task by
sending missionaries among
the negroes. The Sunday
school taught by the mistress
of the plantation was one of
the civilizing influences of the
patriarchal era.
With the civil war the white
men's first avenue to aid the
negro, his power (9 enforce
mandates, was destroyed.
The other resort, that of
religion,shouldhave been made
to do double the duty and
gradually to solve, for the ne
roes sake and ourown, all the
hard dangerous problems that
rose out of emancipation and
reconstruction. In the old
days the negro could be app
roached and largelycontrolled
by his * religious instinct, the
cultivation of which in him
was comparatively a simple
matter. He is even today
susceptible to that same in
fluence, but who is exerting
it upon him ? Mainly his own
people, and while they are
making substantial headway,
they are having only sporadic
co-operation from the white
race, which is lagely busying
itsft'f with Africa and China.
As the Constitution has said:
if the Christian churches of
this country spent half as much
money Christianizing the ne
groes of America as Chrisian*
izing the heathen across the
ocean, / thy racial problem
would be materially mitigated.
The white man’s civilization
would today be almost no
where without its religion.
What are we doing to take
that constructive agency to
the untutored negro, whose
. inefficiency and disease men
ace our own system almost as
much as'his own ? Practically
nothing.. -
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The Denver Star
A SIO,OOO Carnegie library
has been refused by the Color
ed people of Evansville, Ind., a
committee of them having
assured Trustee Edmund L.
Craig, who got Carnegie to
contribute the SIO,OOO, .that
they did not desire the library
and would do nothing toward
raising funds for a site or its
Furthermore they told him
that they looked upon it as a
plan to segregate the Negroes
from the whites and that it
virtually 'would 1 bar the Ne
groes from the other three li
braries for white people.
They feel that they want to
have the liberties of the lib
raries on an equal footing with
the white people and for that
reason are discouraging the
idea of putting up the new
library to be used exclusively
by Negroes with colored lib
rarians in charge.
(Arizona Daily Star,)
Stockholders of the African
Land and Irrigation company
held a meeting last evening
and decided on the erection
of a building iu Tucson to be
used for headquarters for the
company. The company has
150 stockholders in the south
thern part of Arizona and has
been organized a year. The
president is C. T. Jones of No
It was not definitely decided
what kind of a building would
be erected, but the general
idea of the stockholders was
for a two-story brick building
with the upper part for a
lodge room or other public pur
pose and the lower part for a
store and offices for the com
pany. a site has not been de
cided on as yet, but the plans
of the promoters will soon
take definite shape itr is pro
The company was organ-:
ized about a year ago to
develop.farming lands on the
West coast of Mexico. When
the trouble came up in Mexico
it was deemed unsafe to ex-,
tend the operations.
Last thursday evening,
Frank Eugene Barbee grad*
uated with high honors from
the Central City high school.
He had served his class as
president, was captain of the
btsket ball team and as an
especial regard ror his four
yearsof delegence, was award
ed a fdur year schoarshtp to
the State Agricultural College.
The Young Masons
Masonry, the grandest Work on earth has for
years been the workings of the older men, those
of a master mind, and the young members have
been content to sit idly by and listen, accepting
the ruling, teachings of the -older members with
out a murmur.
Like all things, it is beginning to change, the
young men aer taking the : field, th eir educational
advantages make them more fitting and under
direction of the old war horses who have served
most nobly for 40 or 50 years, a high standard
in Masonic work will be reached. Last Monday
night Rocky Mountrin and Centennial lodges,
F. & A. M., held a joint installation, immediate
ly after which Rocky Mountain raised to the
sublime degree of a master mason. Mr. L. H.
Ljghtner. The work was done by the new
officers, Joseph Monier, lylaster Carl Wilson,
Senior Warden. Spencer Srmthea, Junior Ward
en, Oglesvie Lawson Senior Deacon, C. E.
Jackson, Junior Deacon. The old timers con
fessed that initiation was the most complete and
most perfect that they had ever witnessed.
Every young man should seek the secrets of
masonry, world wide you.
Will Religion Eradicate Prejudice?
(Continued from last week)
1 am not crying for social equality. No! No! I deem that
unnecessary, but I am asking how long before the Church
of God will. These, its masters and servant men. How long
before you can rise in dignity of leaders of men, pointers to
the only way? How long before yon will ask that the love of
Christ in men's hearts cleanse out prejudice apd permit my
people to have equal rights before the law, equal chance to
earn an honest living, equal opportunity to be considered and
prove themselves men and women, 1 mean those who by
their life and conduct are entitled to the name.
If Christ were black would you worship him? Or would
the coloi* of hisskin destroy his divinity? Yet he could have
There is a retributive justice coming to the white race of
America. The yellow fever has it’d inception in Africa
Negroes are immune, yet when slaves were brought to this
country, the germ accompanied. They have not suffered
but thousands of whites have died as the result, of yellow
fever, in days to come, you who have the peace and well
fare of your people in your hands, you ministers of the great
Gospel of Jesus Christ, God grant that you may not be judged
by coming generatons—as coldly indifferent or self centeerd.
There are times when a passive friend is almost as harmful
as an active enemy. Are you not likely to be asked the
question. Oh! men of inellegence with every advantage and
grace: where is thy Brother the black man ? May it not be
a part of a great divine plan, this placing the Negro in your
midst? It may be to test your humanizing tendencies.
Oh! suppose it is and you slight the opportunity to show
God and the world, your broad minded Christianity.
Prejudice cannot be legi&lated out of men, it is in the warp
mad woof. Nothing less than an entire change of heart will
Apd tjhe Church of God through it’s minister
ing servants moat- take :he lead in'teaching, men to be just to
one another. We as a people are Christians. A greater pro
pbrfidnof Negroes belong to church than any other people
in the World —we have souls. -4hall ever the crumbs be
denied us? And in proportion, we, the citizens of this or any
country; permit lynching, and other forms of lawlessness just
so will it react. History bears me out in this assertion. No
injustice practiced ever brought good results. Not lasting
good at any rate. May I invite you to consider this question
as vital to national peace and prosperity—lt is an arrow aim
ed at the security of the nation for if unchecked, terrible con
sequence will result. Politically Sen. Foraker killed himself.
If-you were Politicians, l would ; hesitote to ask your de
fense, but being Christian ministers, will you rise in defense
of an awful evil which is threatening the noblest as
pirations and hopes of nearly qo, 000, 000, peaceful true
hearted citizens of this country ? V
May I urge you to stand with tha best men we have in de
nouncing wrongs against our race ? Preach that the religion
ofjesus Christ wipes out all malice, hatred and envy yea,;
removes prejudice from the heart; If you do men will rise
up,and call you blessed. 1
> Rev. t'uroe? H. Wiseman,
,Pastor Allen Chapel,
-Lj • A. -Ml-'E.'Church, Boulder Colo.
Interesting News
Concerning the Race.
(The Amsterdam News.)
Washington, D. C., June io-
Beneath the stately elms on its
own campus, high above the
city’s busy hum, to the tuneful
accompaniment of twittering
birds, and in the presence of
3,000 friends of the higher
aspirations of the colored race,
were held last Wednesday af
ternoon the forty-fourth and
best annual commencement
exercises of Howard Univer
The proceedings of Com
mencement Day were the cul
mination of a week of
prelimenary affairs, which em
braced the class day exercises
of the School of Theology,
College of Arts and Sciences,
the Nurse training class, the
Normal training Class, the
Teachers’ College, the Ac
ademy, the Commercial Col
lege, and the Conservatory of
Music- On Sunday the bac
calureate sermon* —s awitly
scholarly effort, was delivered
in Andrew Rankin Memorial
Chapel by President Stephen
Morrel Newman,- On Wed
nesday, prior to the exercises
on the campus, were held the
annual meeting and social re
union of the Howard Univer
sity Alumni, which held a
business session and listened
to an admirable address by
Issac H. Nutter, L. L. S., of
Atlantic City.
Afterthe invocation by Rev.
I. N. Ross on’ Commencment
Day, Presibent Newman in
troduced as the speaker of
the day the Hon. Adolph C.
Miller, o f California, First
Assistant Secretary of the In
terior, who came as the official
representative o f the Hon.
Franklin K. Lane, Secretary
of the Interior who at-the last
moment found himself unable
to be present.
Several New Trustees Are Elected.
While the immence audience
was gathering and at inter
vals throughout the program
the Howard University Or
chestra, directed by Prof.
Joseph H. Dougla*,discourced
choice music. -The boxes
were filled with the members
of the Alumni Association,
grouped by class banners.
There Were representatives
of classes as far back as 1873.
Annoucement was made of
the election of Andrew F.
Hilyey of this city and Dr. W.
A. Sinclair of Philadelphia,
as members of the Board of
Trustees, the former to suc
ceed the late Dr. John R.
Francis and the latter to suc
ceed Bishop Benjamin Tucker
Tanner of Philadelphia, who
has been placed on the honor
ary list. Dr, Douglas was also
chosen a member of the Board,
of which Justice Job Bernard
is George William
Cook/pecrauiry.and Edward
L. Parks*, treasurer.
Five Cents a Copy.
An African prince, heir to a
large territory, is a student at
Tuskegee and The New York
Times has this to say of him:
Lattevi Ajaji, a young Afri
can prince, is now in Booker
Washington’s school at Tus
kegee. Ajaji is the lineal heir
to a kingdom as large as Tex]
as, with a population of more
than 3,000,000 blacks; he
came to this country to study
agricuitural, In The Journal
of American Folklore Dr.
John A. Lomax describes a
meeting with this young prince
who will soon return to Africa
when graduated, with a Texas
Negro girl to whom he is now
is engaged.
“He came into my room
quietly and stood with some
embarrassment before me, as
erect as a soldier, while I
questioned him. Although
plainly ill at ease, his dignity
was impressive. His eyes met
my look squarely, jndiyagawe
my questions prompt thought
ful answers. He had not
learned to dissemble any more
than has a wild animal sudden
ly taken captive’.
“Ajaji’s grandfather is the
present King of the Yotuba
people, who live north of the
Gulf of Guinea in West Cen
tral Africa."
City News
Time—Monday, July 14-
place Tolland, Colo.—The
girl, your wife, your sister, or
sweetheart or the other fd*
low’s sweetheart. The best
treat of the season. Only
excursion to Tolland, Colo.,
Monday, July 14. Don’t miss
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Williams enter
tained Monday evening with a recep
tion in honor of Mr. and Mrs. George
K. Williams, who were very recently
married in Topeka. George is one of
Denver’s own, and well may Denver be
proud- Mrs. Williams, formerly Miss
Chiles. Is one of Topeka's most popu
lar young ladles.
Archie Alexander of Dea Moines, la..
Is in the city.
Nice, clean, airy rooms,’- strictly -
modern house, close in; rooms from
Si.EO up. 2153 Arapahoe. Phone
Main. ZOOT. Mrs. Lillian Horn. Prop.
I’OR RENT—S-room house with
bath. 1005. Bast 30th avenue, SIS. Eb
en M. Hills, 301 California Bldg.
Miss Marguerite A. Gravette, daugh
ter of Mrs. Hattie G. Berry, returned
from Western University Saturday to
spend the vacation.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis George enter
tained Wednesday evening in form of
a reception in the early hours and
later the yonng people were permitted
to dance. The occaaion was in honor
of Miss Hermolne Jones of Leadville
and Earl George, both graduates this
year. The evening was highly en
joyed by all.
Capltolla Temple No. 3, Sisters of
the Mysterious Ten. will present "A
Didsumnter Carnlcal” Tuesday even
ing. July 8. 1913, at Old Colony hall.
Wabster's orchestra. Admission. 35c.
The pupils of Miss B. Thrsahley will
give a recital Tuesday. June 34, at
Shorter Chapel. No admission. Fro,
gram begins st 8:30 p. m.

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