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rWENIV-SIXTH YEAR. Number 27 Bethel A. M. E. Church, Hutchinson, Kansas. 1 he second quarterly con ference of Bethel A. M. E. Church of Hutchinson Kan., which has just closed, revealed the fact that the church had enjoyed by far the best three months in her history and the further fact that the report was just a little ahead of any in the state so far announced. One hundred and four mem f ders have been received in the last three months as|the direct * result of a great outpouring of the spirit of Godin our revi val just closed. The depart ments reported as follows: 1 rustees, $407.54; Stewards $2/5-53: Sewing circle,$2.77; Stewardess Board, $24.7 1; SaB bath School, $20.95; Mite mis sionary, $8.86; Bethel Forum, $2g 68; Allen League, $5.56; Grand total $770.60. Large numbers are turned away ev ery Sabbath on account of the church being too small to ac comodate the crowds which attend Therefore by unani mous vote of the church the trustees have been ordered to erect a thoroughly modern brick church the corner stone of which will be laid the first Sunday in May by Bishop H. Blanton Barks, D.L)., of Chi cago 111. . Rev. II. Franklin Bray, D. D. The Sabbath school enroll ment has grown from 48 to 137 f with an average attendance of 101. Presiding Elder J.S. Payne said at the close of the con •ference session that this is the largest school in the District anil that the Sabbath School and every department of the church had more money in the treasury titan any church in the district. The financial system, insti tuted by Dr Bray has com pletely revolutionized things financially so that a good sum is kept in the bank at all times from which every obligation is met. The revival just clos ed cost the church $55.75 and was raised without a single public collection. This is a re sult of our improved financial system. Dr. H. Franklin Bray is regarded as being one of ■the best pastors in theconnec 1 d Yours for Christ and the Church H B. Oivkns. Secretary of Official Board The Denver Star Report Of The Committee On Freedmen To The Presbytery Of Denve. The Apostle s declaration to the Church at Rome in these word “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ - for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth’ is as true today as when they were first pronounced. The un changeable testimony of men and women who have been bruised by sin, the observation of distorted characters that have been permanently transformed from the lowest depths of wickedness and crime to the highest pinnacle of sainthood from an atmosphere of thick-felt darkness due to ignorance a condition of intelligence, the experience of belated races who have been given an opportunity provide accumu lative evidences that the gospel is a dynamic first for the spiritual uplift of humanity as well as an ameliorative tonic for his physical framework. Two thousand years of human experiences, coupled with the evolution of man from a bar baric state to that which has restored in him the image of his Creator, may well prove thd point of our contention. The conversion of the sinner to godly uprightness, the justi fication of man before God through faith, and the glorifica tion of God Himself through the contribution of a regener ated man, may well have written under it the initials O. E. D. Erat Demonstrandum.” “For the gospel is the power of God unto salvation.” The Presbyterian Church of the United States of America was not myopic in her vision w hen she bestowed a coveted benedition on 4 1-2 millions of Freedmen in the creation of the Freedom Board some 48 years ago. The design of the creation of this Bureau ot the Church was chiefly for the Evangelization and Christianiza tion o: the man anil woman of ebony. It was soon found out that if this New Man must become effective, if he must proye economy of human servitude, then after receiving an educa tion of the heart his head must be disciplined and as a con sequence he will become' ambidexterous, thus fulfilling the original policy of Presbyterian forefathers away back on Scottish soil. The Negro cat egory of the unthankful were he to forget tnat the church has been his greatest friend in every conceivable way (a) Re ligion ib' Education (c) Politics idi Industry. Tis true her fiied of operation is confined to the Sunday South, but it is still truer that the effulgency of her influence like light has been scattered here, there and everywhere where the Negro is to be found in this country. To lend color to this state ment let me say "The Junior Theological class of Lincoln University today is composed of eighteen men, five >f whom are from the class of 1913 of the Collegt. Of this new class six are Presbyterians, seven are Methodists, and six are members of the Baptist church and Afro-American Presby terian. Dec. 18, 1913, the last report of this department of the Church is pregnated with the spirit of optimism for the outlook of the Race. Time will not afford us to expatiate on the splendid work our beloved Church is performing for the Negro not only in the South, but East, West and North. Permit me however to shoot a few arrows here and there to enable you to have a succinct, yet comprehensive idea of the work. There are 553 workers on the field in the South, ministering to 26,132 communicants housed in 403 Churches and Missions. There are 241 ministers, 373 Sunday Schools, with 22.50(1 scholars, 136 day schools with 16,427 pupils. Special attention of Presbytery is directed to the following items of more than passing interest; fa) The Farm Homes Experiment near Keysville, (.la., in connection with Boggs Memoral Academy under the supervision of the Rev. J. L. Phelps, the colored minister, who is bringing things to pass in an unusual way. The farmers are taking advantage of he opportunity afforded them to buy the farms and homes lb) llarbinson Agricultural College recently removed from Abbeville to Irmo. S C., has come into possession of some 762 acres of land contiguous to the college for farm purposes which could be sold to desirable colored people on easy pay ments. (c) Biddle University with its four schools, Normal and Preparatory, Arts and Sciences, l'heological and Industrial, the largest of the Board’ssingle holdings at Charlotte, N. C. the headquarters of Scotch Irish Presbyterianism, has had improvements during the year to the value of $4,000. Among such improvements are the installing cf an Electric Plant and the equipment with proper machinery of the Mechanical and Industrial Building. (d) 73 acres of land at Blackville, S. C., have been added to the Board’s holdings from the estate of the late Mr. O Emerson ot Titesville, Pa. The old school to which Mr. Emerson yearly contributed^,2oo for its support during his life time has been renamed “The Emerson Industrial! Institute.” (e) At Rogersville, Tenn., 5 acres adjoining the Memorial College, has been secured through the generosity of the widow of Dr. Swift, the man in whose honor the school is named as well as the president of the school, Dr. Franklin (f) The Rev. J. J. Wilson, of Catawba Presbytery, has proven a most successful evangelist in the two Synods of Catawba DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, FEB. ‘jß, 1914 and Atlatic that the Board has appointed another Field Evangelist for other Synods of the South, (gi Nor is this all,.by direction of the last General Assembly a trinity of agencies of the Church namely the Boards of Home and Foreign Missions with the Freedmen Board has been organ ize<J into what is called the Presbyterian Department of Missionary Education with headquarters at 156 Fifth Ave., Ne*' Rork City, the object of which is to systematise and stimulate Missionary education among the churches, thf Ih| Synod of Texas recommended that the offertory from all we 1 exas Churches be devoted especially to the interests of kMary Allen Seminary at Crocket, Tex., for the re building of McMillan- Hall, that was recently destroyed by fire, d' In a similar manner the Synod of Missouri recom mended that all the churches of Berea Church of St, Louis, Mo., the only colored Presbyterian church of that State un der the care of the Board. Brethern the time is ripe for the Great Presbytetian cfmrch witti its marvelous wealth and splendid machinery to give greater concern to the moral, intellectual and spiritual up liftiot the black man as never before- To give him an op portunity to hear the gospel dyed in rigid Calvinism all over thij, fair country East, West, North and South. Hundreds and thousands of colored Presbyterians from the South are lost yearly to the church of their fai I h as they migrate to geo graphical regions, where there is not a single colored Pres byterian church. No wonder Rev. Byrd, a colored Presby ter of Rochester Presbytery through his Presbytery over tured the last General Assembly on this point and the Pres bytery of Lincolnseeing the psychological moment to be here has petitioned the church on behalf the black man. We cite you to overtures 121 and 122 on page 46 of the Minutes of the General Assembly ot 1913. Overture No. 121 from tee Presbytery of Rochester, concerning aid for colored peo- p.e in the North and West, pointing out the long existing anc now rapidly increasing need for spiritual ministration! among the colored people of the North and West, also mak ing petition, through the General Assembly, that the Board ot Home Missions definitely extent! its work among such people, in the territory, where the Board of Missions for 1 reedmen is not permitted by its Charter to labor. Over re No. i 22 from the Presbytery of Lincoln, relating to aid tor colored people in the north, asking the Assembly "to call e attention of the .Board of Home Missions to the need of appointing a colored minister as a Field Secretary, to look .■ter the colored Presbpierians in our large Northern cities, and save these people to our church \our committee is pleased to report teat the Board closer! ie last fiscal tear with a respectable sum in the treasury, af trr meeting al! obligations. Receipts from the churches, V. 1 Societies, Sabbath Schools, Woman Societies, Legacies ii terest on invested funds and miscellaneoussoucres amount < d to #233,729.58. being a decrease of $2i,658..5S as compared w ith receipts for ipi i 1012. The colored people raised !for ad purposes on the field Ji40.6~7.05 being an increase of 5 \59 more than the year before. On close investigation your committee finds the 59 lurches of Denver 1 resbytery, including the various auxili aries contribute ,n the aggregate to this most worthy cause the church, the pitiful sum of $763-40, being an average of 5 9-57 1-2 cents. A minority of the churches did not contrib ute a single cent. And all those that made ah offering did not honor the deliverance of the General Assembly in con tnbutingtheir lull quota. Your committee recommends that Pastor and Sessions of Denver Presbytery give the Freed men claim its logical place their annual budget. I hat an educational campaign be • tered into in every church, so that everv member canvass may favorably affect 'our contributions to this particular Hoard; 1 hat the Presbytery take no actionon the overture from t he Presbytery of Cincinnati to the next General Assembly lor change of mame from the "Preedmen Board" to the Hoard Of Missions for Negroes, U. S. A. That the Presbytery place its seal of approval on the.over tore to the General Assembly for the appointing of Colored field Secretaries in the North, East and West for the pur pose of saving colored Presbyterians to the Church of their t.iith by providing them church homes, who will otherwise be lost to the Church, because of the scarcity of colored Presby terian churches in these geographical zones. All of which is respectfully submitted. Rev. J. A. Thomas-H.vzkll Rev. A. A . Fonkf.n Elder:-Poli.it/. Five Cents a Copy. CLASS ORATOR AT HARVARD. How Alexander Jackson Won His Spurs at Noted University. Alexander L. Jackson, class orator at Harvard university, was born in En glewood, X. J. f March 1. 1801. the sou of bard working parents. His father died a few years ago: his mother still lives in Englewood, where she is self sup porting and much respected. As a youngster Alexander did anything be could to earn money. He has sold newspapers, worked as a chauffeur and as a store clerk, tended furnaces, waited on table, tutored and tried bis bauds at many kinds of labor. Young Jackson's school record is one of steady progress. He was graduated from Lincoln Grammar school, Engle wood. in 1905, being the valedictorian of his class. He attended Englewood high school. 1'.)05 to 1007. and was on the football team. He entered Phillips Andover academy in 1007. He worked his way through that institution, ran on the track team, won :v three years’ scholarship and was graduated in 1910, eleventh in scholarship in a class of 135 and was class- orator. lie entered Harvard in 1010. receiv ing the Price Greenleaf scholarship, lie was a member ofi the freshman track team and varsity track team hurdler for three years and has won the varsity letter five times. His latest honor was his election as orator of the class of 101-1. Speaking of hLs purpose in the future.. Mr. Jackson says: “1 intend to devote my life to the education of my race. I have specialized In education. Eng lish. economics aud German with that end in view. I am also much inter ested in sociology and settlement work. I believe that the uplift of the color ed man. like that of any one else, must come through education. As a boy I was impressed with that fact. I owe my earliest inspirations to Miss Lillian F. Hoover of Liberty school. Englewood, and I will never forget her kindly interest in me when I was her pupil.*’ GEORGE R. CRAWFORD DIES. Prominent Business Man and Wall Known Citizen Buried With Honors. George R. Cmwfonl, who tiled re cently at his home in Boston, was a native of Lynchburg:. Va. He was widely known and highly esteemed by his fellow citizens. His active career as a business man and useful citizen extended over a period of more than thirty years. lie was a caterer by profession and an active member of the Ebenezer Baptist church, a thirty-second degree Mason, a member of the New England lodge of Odd Fellows and of the Ellen A. Blair Tabernacle. Order of Love and Charity. The deceased had been ill for several months, and his demise brought sorrow to his host of friends and family. He was a brother of the famous Crawford family—James B.. David E.. Joshua A. ami Sampson I. Crawford and Madam L. C. Parrish, the only sister. He leaves a widow, Alice A. Crawford. Funeral services were held at tUe Ebenezer Baptist church. Rev. C. A. Ward aud M. A. X. Shaw officiated, assisted by other clergymen. All Masonic. Odd Fellow and Love and Charity rites were performed. The in terment was at Woodlawn cemetery. Cheering Words From Bishop Greer. Bishop David II. Greer is giving splendid encouragement to the work of the eight schools in the south for Afro- Americans under the auspices of the American Church institute. In a re cent speech Dr. Greer said: “I have so much couthlence In the capacity of the Negro to solve his own 'problem and so much interest In bis welfare that If I were a younger man 1 would give up uiy episcopal office and give all my years and all my time to this work of the American Church tustifute ” The Odd Fellows Endow ment Bureau this week paid oft' the following Endowment claims: Mrs. C. L. Fowell, of Pueblo, One hundred and twenty-five dollars; J. Sprag. gins of Pueblo, one hundred dollars; |. 11. \Y. Brown, of Denver, one hundred and twenty-five dollars. The Bu eau of Endowment makes hese payments promptly and does not have to avail itself of the ninety days allowance. Thursday n ight Arapahoe and Denver lodges of Odd Fellows had a joint initiation. Several canidates got ae. quainted with the goat and afterwards enjoyed a royal feast.