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Bishop Tyree, Philadelphia, at Shorter, To-mr-^as
The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star
The Life Work of
Mme. C. J. Walker.
America’s Foremost Colored Women Hu Purchased the
Late Bishop Derrick Property at Flushing, N. Y.
Buys an Auto in Denver.
Goldsmith, in his very touching poem entitled “The De
serted Villiage,” when speaking of the person,-said that
those who came to scoff at him remained to pray. The
thought and expression apply very well to Madam C. J.
Walker. Many excellent things have been said of her, so
many that petsons living in other cities, persons that have no
opportunity to meet her, have doubts about what she does
' and about her weath. In tact, there are skeptics right here
in Indianapolis. They think she is overrated; that her weatlh
is exaggerated. However, it has dawned on the better part
of us here that the madam is all that she is advertised to be.
1 As a representative ot the hreeman. it became my de
lightful duty to ask the madam many questions. I could not
have done so had I been of any other profession. She winced
a bit. but the story ol the real Madam Walker was my quest
» and little by little it came out. As to her charity, I saw evi
dences of this side during the interview. Two, perhaps
three, persons applied fur assistance and were not refused.
One fellow had nearly enough money to go to Louisville.
He asked for the rest of the necessary amount. She was re
peatedly called to the telephone to discnss matters of the
Through these discussions and investigations to ascer
tain tho.-e worthy of help she showed splendid tact and judg
ment. It was good to see a colored woman standing on that
philanthropic eminence, classing with Helen Gould, John
Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, at least, as to disposition
and intewu - Anti, indeed, her charities are not small, nor dp
they need to be. A woman that can have a gold leaf Victrola
made to order to the tune of SSOO has some more money
somewhere. This Victrola is the only one of the kind in
Indianapolis and was made to match her gold room furni
The madam seems to simply preside over her money. Af
ter a charity, if one may so call it, is considered worthy, the
faithful secretary ushers in with the check book' —everything
ready but the signature. She signs, and the secretary glides
noiselessly out again, reminding one of those highly efficient
servants ot the Orient, who are their master's other self —
the personification of devotion and discretion. The madam
is nowise disturbed by this little reduction of her bank ac
count. The Conversation picks up promptly at the dropping
point. She should worry when she owns a half dozen homes
and has other large possessions.
She has the gift and spirit for the charity work. She
takes great stock in the theory that the Lord loves the
cheerful giver: She gives bountifully and cheerfully. She
sets aside one per cent of her income to be given away And
at this seemingly small percentage she has now a fund of
S6OO for this winter collected within the past year. Coal,
food, clothing are being dispensed right and left by the angel
of mercy.
Mrs. Charlotte Hawkins Brown, of Cambridge. Mass., is
conducting a school at Sedalia, N. C. Madam Walker has
obligated herself to pay one teacher S2OO, the pay for the
term. At Tuskegee she gives five pupils SSO each, yearly.
One of these is an African. One is a young man above 20,
who recently discovered that he ought to have some educa
tion. Like a lady bountiful, she sends turkeys to the chari
table institutions on Thanksgiving day and on Xmas. Ihe
Alpha Home and the Orphans's home were reiriembered by
her. Then there's St. Louis, where she has lived. Institu
tions and friends there are share-holders in her bounty.
Not long since she purchased Bishop Derrick's home at
Flushing, L. 1., New York. It was during her visit to Bos
ton when the B. M. C. met there last summer that her at
tention was called to the home of the late Bishop Derrick.
She had about decided to give up Indianapolis as a place of
residence. While in company with friends in New York,
among them were several noted persons, the moving subject
was discussed. Naturally enough, the New York folk felt
that after New York came the et)d of the world. They told
the madam that all she had to do was to lay eyes on Bishop
Derrick’s estate. They were satisfied that it was what she
wanted. Among this group were Mr. and Mrs. James Eu
rope, Mr. Fred Moore, editor of the New York Age and Mr.
Phil Peyton. Richard B. Harrison, the well known reader,
was amopg those who accompanied her to the Derrick home
stead. ,
The properly Is in charge of the bishop's widow, who
kindly showed the visitors through the house and the sur.
roundings. It proved at once ideal. It is an aristocrat of
houses, built by a wealthy white man who wished elegance
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and spaciousness. The rooms, the tnadame says, are large
and grand, reflecting the personality of the builder. There
is no stinted or starved appearance about anything. Special
dressing rooms attach the living rooms. Everything was
done with a lavish hand. Even when the bishop came in
possession the work kept up. He purchased when in Italy
marble'for the mantle in his great room, paying SSOO for it.
The mantle was ordered made in that country.
The house is of four floors, including the basement, with
about twenty rooms. A spiral or winding stair gracefully
ascends from bottom to top, ending in the tower, which was
lighted up when he was in the city. She had longed for a
place where there were shrubbery, trees —a bit of nature, in
stead of that close two-by-four existence that city people
find so necessary to put up with. She wanted a breathing
spot just as our parks are breathing places for the people
of hot. fetid cities in the summer. She is proud of the grand
trees, especially the $5,000 horse chesnut which the bishop
refused to sell. In this he remind* us of the Arab who flung
back the purse of gold offered for his Arabian steed. He
refused to part with his tree for that tempting sum of money.
He was in for art and nature himself. He had no adorn,
ments to sell or give away. Grand old Bishop Derrick! I
am afraid he was not known as he really was. Perhaps there
is no other instance in the history of our race of a Negro
having his mantle made abroad. The ceilings of the house
are frescoed, also reflecting the taste of the owner. The
balustrade of the steps are of crystal pebbles. The fountain
is the same, making a most beautiful effect.
As classic and ideal as the
spot is it will be further im
proved by Madam Walker.
The house will be considera
bly changed; stucco outside
walls and a stone fountain will
be the main alterations. She
will build a garage for three
and a stable for
two horses. She will spend
much of her leisure time in
the saddle. The heating ap
paratus will be built on the
outside of the house, above
which will be the green house.
Madam Walker believes in
taking time by the forelock.
She has already begun to cast
about for furniture that will
become the splendid house of
the very spacious rooms. In
doing this she came across a
mahogany bed-room set of
twelve pieces, metal trimmed,
in New York. It is a impor
tation from France, costing
$1,500. If one is inclined to
doubt this story it can be ver
ified by the fact that at her
Indianapolis home, adjoining
the room where I had this in
terview is a massive parlor
suite of teak elaborately carv
ed, done in Japan. It is pe
culiar and distinct standing
for the last word in skill in
technique. These beautiful
pieces were bought in Panama
by the madam when on her
recent visit there. They were
sent there to be sold to the,
tourists, just as many other
rare and costly thing are sent
there. This set of furniture
stood her SBOO.
In her New York home the
madaine will have what she
calls the cathedral suite for
dining room, upholstered in
silk tapestry; made to order,
costing $2,200. In the room
of the Indianapolis home re
ferred to above, bear ir. mind,
is ypt a costly ebony chair, a
Steinway grand piano and a
splendid bookcase of choice
But it is the gold room of
the Indianapolis home of
which I wish to speak as bear
ing witness to the cost of the
furniture of the New York
home. I have mentioned the
SSOO gold leaf Victrola. Be
sides this, there is a S3OO cab
inet, several chairs of gold and
silk tapestry, a table, oriental
rug, $l5O draperies, oil paint
ings and so forth, making this
one room a .£2,500 proposi
tion, at least.
The guest chamber of the
home will have
furniture of cream mahogany
with an English coat of arms,
costing SI,OOO. In the hall of
the Indianapolis home is a
SSOO Grand-father clock,
\\ estminster chimes, repro
ducing the famous bells of
Westminster Abbey, London,
England. Tones of unspeak
able richness peals forth every
quarter of an hour, forcing an
expression of joy and delight
on the countenance of the
most woebegone as if the
chimes were the foundation of
music and happiness. Such
tones! Human, apparently,
and more semingly, in their
Sweet as the mother's call.
And the children's answer
ing back.
Over my head hung a chan
delier of alabaster marble,
hand carved, imported, $135,
a tiling of beauty and a joy
for ever.
1 he madam has purchased
a s Iver dinner set of Julius C.
\\ ilk, one of the leading jew
elers, costing $260. In her
diningroom are massive beat
en silver pieces which she
brought home from Boston.
Her silver punch service is
not ibJe. Her cabinets groan
with the highest grade china
and cut glass. A great Gre
cian vase adorned the hall,
cos ing S6O. There was an
umbrella stand costing $35.
Around about yet. seen and
unseen, were evidences of
wealth, taste and refinement.
When the madamegetsin her
new home she will have prac
tically a country home and a
city home in New York. Her
present home in that city is
occupied by her daughter,
M rs. Lelia Robinson, belong
ing to her to all intent and
purposes. This home, says
Knights of Pythias Triumph in Denver.
Elks Join in and Make Successful Meeting. Delegates
Honored by Entertainments. W. H. Bess, Re-elected.
The Knights of Pythias
Grand Lodge which convened
last Wednesday at Elks’ Hall,
2049 Champa Street, was one
of the largest and best grand
meetings which has been held
in this city in the past eight
years. More complete har
mony, good feelings and con
structive work leading to the
real benefit of the order, was
witnessed at this session than
at any session in the past five
years. The men in general
who seemed to fully realize
their duties and responsibili
ties and the problems facing
them, were willing to shoulder
them and do their very best
the madame, is as elaborately
furnished as her Indianapolis
home. This property is 10S at
West 136th street. On Key
stone avenue, this city, she
has a six-room bungalow,
built this summer with all the
modern improvements. She
has a double house on Cornel
ius and a cottage on Oakland
avenue. On Camp street she
has a modem duplex. She
owns a bungalow in Los An
geles, Cal. She owes nothing
on these properties, paying
for them as they were being
improved. These, together
with the homes described, in
cluding hei furniture which
in value represent several
homes, make for the fortune
of this, the most remarkable
colored woman that the race
has produced.
As a child she craved tor
the beautiful. She had an in
ordinate desire to move a
mong the things of culture
and refinement. A child of
destiny she was, and is, real
izing her every hope, Her
life has expanded; she has
grown in all ways, even in
physical beauty.
Her gift to the Y. M. C. A.
of this city is a historic inci
dent. She patronizes art,
knowing intuitively what to
do to encourage those whose
abilities lay along art lines.
She has patronized Scott, the
painter, and John Hardrich,
painter. In her home are sev
eral choice pictures done by
the former artist. At the Y.
M. C. A. is a superb life
size picture of George L. 1
Knox, president of the asso
ciation, presented by her. In
the A. M. E. church of this
city is a splendid likeness of
Rev. Morris Lewis. She was
the donor. Her influences
reaches out like the limbs of
a banyan tree, encompassing
greatly. Her name has be
come an open sesame, the
hope of the poor and destitute.
In the state of Mississippi she
assisted in securing the par
don of a colored man who
had been inprisoned for a
number of years.
Thus the country over is
feeling the impress of her
Kir* Cents a Com;
in solving them in the most
satisfactory manner.
The special changes come
in the Endowment Depart
ment when the expenses of
Board were cut down. It was
easily shown and plainly point
ed out that a general reduc
tion in unnecessary offices of
the grand lodge. The Gener
al Reception and memorial
which occured Wednesday
night at Shorter was one so
cial event attended with such
■mpressive memories of the
departed brethern that every
one present could not help
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work. Thus while reaping
grandly for herself she scat
ters forth, with lavish hand,
a part of her goods. Her ten
ement houses a beautiful soul
In her earthly aspirarions
she wishes those things which
comport with fine natures. In
keeping with the desire, which
makes for ideality, she will
have the handsomest colored
.jLQffiej a America.. ,
As we, Denver people know
Madam Walker, her life and
efforts have spelled sacrifice
and service with a large ‘S”.
She has shown that no person
can properly develop to any
largeness of life, while his or
her mind is focused upon self.
She must get out of self or she
cannot grow. For her to
have thought constantly of
her own interests, her own
work, her own plans, her own
welfare would have been to
paralyze her growth. Sel
fish attitude was unable to
touch her noble and divine
impulses, and she looked up
and out and not down and in.
This very action developed a
warmth of heart, a tenderness,
a kindness, a sympathetic na
ture, which love itself is only
capable of making such wor
thy earthly qualities human
in every respect. She knew
without these men and women
became brutes, no matter how
gorgeous our apparel or how
palatial or beautiful our homes
or surroundings. Energy is
an animal until his sympathies
and love for his fellowmen
are armed. So she soon found
the power and joy of real hap
piness by doing for others in
helping make communities
better, not oniy in America
hut in Africa, by entering in
to the world's service for hu
manity blessing lives individ
ually and collectively and thus
receiving and discharging the
duties and responsibilities of
a true education in life. She
stole away from herself; she
became interested in others;
she loved them, helped them
and became a throbbing vein
of service in life instead of a
cold, barren bloodless icicle.
Real happiness has been the
joy and consequence. Let all
the world emulate her.

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