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Ben Carr a "Has Been"
Black men refused to follow him in- '
to the Democratic camp, and Hill, I
of the Independents, was likewise .
unsuccessful. I
Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 9 ? The bat
tle is over icNthe Volunteer State.
The democrats have surrendered and
once again the flag of the Republican
party is to be unfurled on Capitol
Hill. The Prohibitionists, the Inde
pendent Democrats and the best
thinking Negroes co-operating with
tlie Republicans are all congratulat
ing themselves. Capt Ben Hooper,
the Republican party and its allies
are 011 top beyond the shadow of a
The administration of Governor
Patterson was too large a burden for
the Democratic party to carry
through this campaign and win. Pat
terson, Sen. Taylor, "the Harmony
Candidate," the Whiskey Ring" and
the Negro Allies of the "Wfhite Su
premecy" party are down and out.
Ben Carr is a political "has-been"
P. P. Hill, leader of Independent col
ored Republicans will now have time
to stand around ? half-filled with
whiskey, curse some more and loud
er. llis headquarters are just above
"Met a Dwiggins Saloon" or rather
they used to bo during the campaign
It was just the right locality to buy
and sell votC3. Good citizens are
never seen hanging around saloons
in Tennessee.
Ben Carr, the other Negro whom
the Democrats elected to lead the
colored voter failed miserbly. If he
had succeeded, perhaps he would
have been restored to his high and
mighty position as Chief Negro port
er at the State Capitol. He was too
active for Pattersons candidates for
the Supreme Court last Augusct.
They lost out and Ben Carr was
"fired immediately." His fellow
workers at the capitol were all glad
of it. As one said. "He made him
self obnoxious to us and the "white
folks'" too. He almost quit having
anytning to do with porters in his
zeal to get within arms reach of the
big white democrats."
The Negroes chosen by the white
Democrats to corral the colored vot
ers have only a vogue idea of the
meaning of a ballot. To them, it is
something worth having at certain
seasons of the year when the appe
tite is pinched for food and "fire
water." Liberty, equality of oppor
tunity, protection and equal rights
before tho law ? these things never
seemed to stir tneir consciences. .
They were not influenced by any high |
patriotic motives. They were just
plain "grafting" Negroes ? the kind |
always found around some saloon or
corner in a whiskey drinking crowd, |
willing and anxious to be bought and
sent out 011 a mission to buy the
unprincipled and make a fool of the
ignorant Negro. I
The retpectaible Negro element
who voted the Democratic ticket
from elto-ke hm\- the courago of their j
convictions. There- were many of
these. They could not be bought or
sold. It would be an insult for any
one to attempt it. They would con
sider it as such. They do tliedr own
thinking. They are the class of voters
any party would be glad to have but
they are so hard to handle. They j
know what liberty means and can see
ina&nitly the difference between
judicial procedure when a black man
is before the courts and when a white
man is there. Equality of opportu
nity, protection and equal rights be
fore the law and in the pursuit of
happiness mean something to them.
They all long for the same liberty
which all true Americans Tove and
they enjoy the affection of the other
people of the race. But it is certain
ly hard to understand how any Ne
gro could vote for a Democrat
against a Republican in any regular
election. Tneir action may have in
it great possibilities of evil or good
for the race. In the light of the
past it looks like making a covenant
with the hottest regions of hades.
But anyhow all Negroes good, bad
and indifferent who voted for the
Democrats have been beaten "to a
frazzle." Those who opposed them
In the campaign now have the laugh.
To sum up results, the victory of
?the Republicans will not mean any
thing for the Negroes in the way of
jobs. The Mmit of his service to the
gtate as a public servant begins and
will ?nd with "porter". It will hard
ly add anything to his Federal pree
tige. There are about Ave letter car
riers and clerks In the poet office.
The number is more likely to grow
smaller than larger. The party has
done nothing to advance "the rank
and file" men in this particular. Ne
gro business life would take a large
leap forward if the colored people
!h**re could take down $300,000 or
Wore each year from being employed
in the postal service. This is where
Napier failed most in his leadership
He was not a success in pressing the
Negroes into the postal service. It
would have helped Me bank in Nash
I vllle, the Peoples Bank and Trust
Company and many other business
enterprises established by Negroes.
Children Parade
Principal Streets of Columbia, Con
gregate in Court House Where
Patriotic Aii's Were Sung and able
Addresses Delivered.
Columbia, Tenn., Nov. 5 ? Colum
bia is the former seat of Tennessee
aristocracy. The wealth and learn
ing of the commonwealth used to be
centered here before Nashville be
came its a.'bkiing place. But the
spirit still lives in Columbia. The
"white folks have it" and "the Ne
groes too."
The colored people scattered
throughout Tennessee are glad to
claim Columbia as their home. They
are in the main among the most
prosperous and intelligent people of
the State. They are proud. They
want to keep growing. This spirit
gave birth to the mothers' school im
provement leagues began at Colum
bia in the hope that their influence
might be felt not ^cftily here hut
throughout the entire State of Tenn
essee. The good men and women of
the city are at work as never be
fore and they are succeeding. They
are getting results. This was evident
from the large concourse of people,
young and old, wiho joined in the
demonstration for the cause of edu
cation this morning and the enthu
siasm with which they received the
speakers and their hearty apprecia
tion of the wholesome advice given
throughout the addresses. It was
also seen in the large amount of
money contributed.
Prof. H. L. Keith, of Nashville, has
been known for a long time as an
advocate of patriotism being taught
Negro school children more largely.
The teachers of Columbia and
Maury County agree most heartily
with his view. Kvery pupil and
teacher in the long, line carried an
American flag unfurled to the breez
This lino of march was from the
high school through the business
section to the court-house where a
program of patriotic airs was ren
dered which literally suprieed the
court-house inhabitants as much as
it pleased them. I
r ? Dr. T.- W.-Slephfrns was master of
ceremonies. He introduced Mr.
Keith, who delivered a very practical
and common sense address. He be
gan by saying, "I shall not indulge
in fine phrases and expressions about
unknown things. 1 p refer rather to
address you in the simplest words
| and the plainest sort of manner
about the things of which you have
some knowledge and which we have
come to emphasize* He was frank in
his criticism and agreeable in his re
marks praising the members pf the
organization, the teachers, ctiizens
and school children for what they are
doing for self-advancement. Final
ly, he said, we cannot incur a more
serious loss than our loss of faith fh
each other or in mankind. Preserve
your faith in man and so act. and so
live that his faith in you may also be
be assured for the good it may do and
.the happiness it may bring to us in
all "phases of human activity.
Hon. A. N. Johnson is a new spirit
in the business lifO of Tennessee col
ored people. He has a national
| reputation as one of the race's most
successful 'business men and the
.leading man in the profession of
embalming. He lias seen service in
the Alabama political arena, has
been a prominent and infl
member of more than one national
| republican convention. Mr. Johnson
spoke for half an hour on education,
, business and industry.
The points emphasized by the
The Negro's Big Slick
speakers together may be summed
up as follows:
The inefficient, idle, ignorant Ne
gro will yield to the (temptation and
seize the opportunity to commit
crime for that reason he is a menace
to the law-abiding and better ele
ment of the race. Every community
should rid itself of this class.
It should be done by education
when possible, otherwise the best
colored people should join hands
rwith the best white people and hand
le the situation as the case may
merit. It is better to build school
houses than jails. The colored peo
ple should provide school-houses for
themselves when they cannot get
them otherwise.
Representative white people, are
showing a disposition to help us by
lending their moral influence and
giving their means in order to en
courage us in our efforts for self-ad
Agriculture was emphasized as
well as the imperative need of hara
and constant work in behalf of the
great mass of Tennessee Negroes in
order to fit them for the occupation
for which they are naturally and by
opportunity qualified.
Rev. J. M. Ilogans, formerly of
Georgetown, Tenn, has been sent here
this year to pastor the M. E. church.
Rev. Hogans delivered two excellent
sermons Sunday.
Mrs. Jake Saunders and family
have moved to Glen-White to live.
Prof. W. M. Coleman is visiting
friends and relatives in Kentucky.
The "Home Mission" is doing i
some splendid good work at pres
Miss 1,1 lite TT. Fitch and Willie
Brice were callers on the school Tues
day and reports it progressing.
An effort is being made to organize
a K. of P. lodge at this place.
The little son of Rev. J. W. Cri
der is very sick.
Miss Louisa Waller has returned
home after a short visit to her broth
in Susanna.
Rev. J. M. Hogans were calling on
Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Brice Monday.
El'kins, Nov. 9 ? The Rev. IT. All
eyne, the newly appointed pastor of
the African Methodist Episcopal
Church, has been in Elkins only one
month but his success has been
He has begun to concentrate the
forces of the chitrcb bv or^Hzing
the general society into dub ones.
The choir h as been reorganized
and the music quite up-to-date.
I/Hst Sunday evening a large con
gregation turned out to hear Rev,
Alleyne preach an interesting ser
mon on "Workers, Shirkers and Jerk
ers". Quite an impression was made.
The church is being beautified and
when finished will greatly improve
'its looks and reflect credit on the
pastor and congregation.
Rev. Alleyne is a graduate of Wil
[ ber force University, (Ohio), and
| pastored oulte successfully at Park
(ersburg la?t year. , i i
The South's
Best of Both Races
Enthusiastically Greet till? Noted
Educator who ft&livered Messages
of Hope and Cheer in - Principal
Cities of The Old North State.
Charlotte, N. C., November 4. ?
"The Old North State" is ablaze with
enthusiasm tonight from Cape Fear
to Blue Ridge as the result of a seven
days' - "educational 'pilgrimage"
through North Carolina by Booker
T. Washington, principal of Tuske
gee Institute, and recognized every
where as the "foremost man of the
Negro race in the world."
This remarkable itinerary, which
began here last Friday and clos
ed here tonight, has had the effoct
of bringing the white and colored
people of the State into closer touch
and promoting a clearer understand
ing of the duties and obligations of
each. Out of the sane teachings of
the century's greatest instructor in
"common-sense" education, all agree
that great good is bound to come to
every citizen of the nation, and par
ticularly of the South, to whom his
appeal is chiefly directed.
At every point visit oil by Dr.
"Washington and his party they wore
enth usistically received by the best
people of both races, and no stones
were left unturned to make their
stay pleasant and profitable. May
ors of cities, judges of the highest
courts, ministers of all denomina
tions, teachers, leading business and
professional forces, farmers, mer
chants and the substantial factors in
every walk of life vied with one
another to do them honor. Hearty
approval of their aims were express
ed in i>ersonal and in public speech.
The largest auditoriums were thrown
open ? many of them for the first
time to nicting under Negro aus
pices. in order that the distinguished
"stranger within our gates" might,
be heard to the best advantage by
all. it is estimated that more than
50.000 persons heard the words of
wisdom, hope and cheer that fell from
his lips. Business was practically
suspended in the various cities on
the day the "Wizard of Tuskegee"
came and excursions from the sur
rounding country augmented the
crowds of "home folks."
The South's New Awakening.
The newspapers of the State have
been exceptionally generous in their
attention to the details of the trip.
. Ably-written stories have been glv
I en each day of the meetings, and edi
torial "leaders" have commended in
glowing terms the stimulating doc
trine of thrift, industry, morality and
' self-helpfulness that the "Wizard"
preaches. a genuine awakening
b<? at ha"d for the masses
the classes because of the pres
ence and magnetic Influence of one
who hears so gallantly the torch of
human uplift, and who points out
in such luminous fashion the phe
nomenal progress the Negrfo race
is making throughout the Southland
and indicating with diplomatic em
phasis how that progress may be giv
en a greater impetus and be establish
Z on ? firm an1 lasting foundation
Never before has this message boon
so happily presented; never before
i?s the sympathetic interest of the
controlling elements of the common
wealth been appealed to successfully
never before has a difficult situation
been met and so signally mastered.
In the seven days of contact with
one another and with all kinds and
condition of mankind there was not
the slightest semblance of friction.
ot a single jarring note was sound
ed to mar the perfect harmony of the
most significant event In the recent
history of this highly favored State
It Is conceded upon all hands that
this tour breaks all previous reoords
Averaged up, it overtops in many
respects, the six pilgrimages of a sim
ilar character that have been pro
The magic city of Durham was
reached Monday evening. The most
enthusiastic crowd of the season was
a the station and a bras3 band lent
veliness to an already, very live
Picture. The party left their Pull
man quarters and were soon ensconc*
ed In the beautiful homes of the rep
resentative colored citizens of this
progressive place, a marked feature,
ihis being the home of the two
business factors 0f the managerial
committee, much was expected of the
entertainment it was to offer and it
more than "'delivered the goods."
In the evening, long before time to
open the doors ,an Immense crowd
gathered in front of St. Joseph's A.
E* Ch?rch. eager to get a chance
l?rj , thG gI'eat Tusk*egean.
500 people, white and colored, were
packed like sardines in the massive
edifice when the meeting opened.
I rof. W. G. Pearson, chairman of
the local committee, presided. J. E.
'Shepard, president of the National
Religious Training School introduced
the speaker of the evening. Fol
lowing the exercises at. th0 church,
a magnificent banquet was given in
the main dining hall of the National
Religious Training School.
Tuesday morning the principal bus
iness houses owned by colored men
j were visited by the Washington
party, including the offices of the
North Carolina and Providence Insu
rance Company, the textile factory,
the office of the Reformer, the Bull
City Drug Store, and other places
?>f like prominence. Samples of ho
siery were given away at the text
ile factory. The Whitted Graded
School was visited and Dr. Wash
ington, Prof. McCrorey, Dr. G. C.
Clement and others delivered ad
dresses. Dr. Shepard's school was
also visited and Dr. Washington de
livered an address, of special forco
expressing his surprise and gratifi
cation that a school of such propor
lions could be s]*J)Btantially developed
in so short a .period. In the audi
ence were sevqflral of the wealthiest
white citizens of Durham, who have
taken a deep Interest in the welfare
of this institution, including represen
tatives of f th% famous family of
Dukes. :.u !: ~.J3s5
At Wilson. * < a.
The citizens Qf Wilson iiketfts^
gave the Wasbingtonites a royal vS*1
ception. The brass band from^the
St. Paul School at Lawrencevillel Va.,
met the party at the station. The
meeting was held in tlio auditori
um of the Graded School and the
audience of 1200, fully half white
was the most reponsive and sympa
thetic that had yet greeted the speak
er. The principal, Prof. G. D. Reid
surprised every one by having on the
rostrum a combination of the pro
ducts of the ftchOol farm, embracing
a monster cajSbage head, cotton bolls,
peanuts, c6rn au<l wheat. The exhib
it called forth the heartiest com
mendation of Dr.. Washington. S. H.
Vick, for many years postmaster at
Wilson, presided' ,and Former Con
gressman F. A. Woodward delivered
the address of welcome. Following
the address," Prof. C. L. Coom, coun- 1
ty superintendent of education, gave
a, practical talfc that was greatly ap
preciated. A banquet followed the
program, with Dr. F. H. liar graves as
toastmaster. Shortly after his ar
rival at Wilson, Dr. Washington laid
the first brick in the new Missionary
Baptist ohurcli. '
At Rocky Mount.
The St. Paul School band made
the welkin ring at Rocky Mount and
. s
the usual crowds Was on hand. After
a fine dinner, at which Rev. R. Bur
ton Harper was toast-master, 4,000
people gathered in the largest to
bacco warehouse in the section, peo
ple hanging tp rafters and on hogs- j
heads to get a glimpse of the wonder- j
fill visitor. Prof. T. W. Thurston pre-'
sided, and the address of welcome
was delivered by Former Mayor Bat
tle, one of the South's most liberal j
statesmen. He sa.ld that If the coun- 1
try had an abundance of such advis
ers as Dr. Washington the horrors
of the reconstruction period would
have been avoided. Stops were made
at Selma, Tabo^o and Parmele, the
audiences at' the three points aggre- .
gating 6,000. "
At Washington.
1,500, a capacity audience, was in
the Opera House at Washington
Wednesday night. Rev. N. Harding,
rector of the Episcopal church, wel
comed the party and its distinguished
leader, and many prominent wihite
citizens of the town had seats on
the platform. L/etters regretting
their inability to be present were
sent by Former Governor and Sena
tor T. A. Jarvis and Mayor F. M. |
Wiooten. Dr. W. G. Saunders was
chairman of Mie local committee, and1
Rev. C. E. Askew, Rev. C. D. Dink
Ins and others rendered valuable as
At Newborn.
Historic Newbern- was fiNl of in
terest to the tourists, Prof. Isaac H.
Smith, banker, capitalist and for
mer State Senator was at the head
of ^affairs and they wero conducted
in business-like fashion. A drive to
James City, the old-time Negro set
tlement where Prof. Smith got his
start toward fame and fortune, was
one of the features of the day, and
a fine country dinner at the New
bern Collegiate Institute, in charge of
Mrs. A. L. E. Weeks, was another
So was the brass band. The opera
house was crowded in the afternoon,
and the audience was au appreciative
one. On this platform were repre
sentatives of the Board of County
Commissioners, the Board of Edu
cation, and of the bankers and busi
ness men generally. Former James
A. Bryan welcomed Dr. Washington
and paid a high tribute to Negro
education, calling special attention to
the industrial school al>out to be
launched here by Prof. A. L. 10.
Weeks, on the lines that have proven
so successful at Tuskegee Institute.
Circuit Judge if. G. Connor sent a
letter of regret, as court was in
At Wilmington.
The meeting at the great opera
house at Wilmington was a fitting
climax to the great tour. Standing
room was at a premium early in
the evening. Mayor Walter 0. Mac
Uae delivered the address of wel
come. 2,500 people were present and
applauded the "Wizard" to the
echo. Mr. George Kou n tree, a
jHromineut lawyer, who had not al
ways understood I>r. Washington's
policies thoroughly, gave them his
full endorsement ; he was a convert
and an enthusiastic one, too. Mr.
J. A. Taylor, a leading merchant,
declared that industrial and com
mercial education wero the best
means of enabling the Negro to
make a living and take part in the
< I % *?.!
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! Makes Strenuous Kffort
Fnnds to Rebuild Structured
stroyed by Fire, and Wal&tai
vorsity luus Similar Campaign.
Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 8-~-Col
eory Education was advocated 1>3
Regular Negro Republicans-4 in
platform tliey adopted during
campaign. The step was a wise
j and tlie matter should be pressec*-^ -,y~M
| In many of the cities througkott^y^
the State of Tennessee, there appears
to he more children on the streets
than in the school-houses. ItJfl snnh
an evident fact that the public edn* "
cators are stirred np and are gradu- -
ally forming plans for ?. fgi.mya.lgn
against ignorance and idleness* It iff ~rfr
being felt in many parts of the State. :rj
Educational rallies are being held .v;'
and the interest of the people in seM?j,vJi
advancement is being quickened. ?./
The Nashville people, led by ^hel'v;;;
school supervisors and principalis,
will begin their campaign on
Sunday when the school teachers he- , ; ^
gin the fight for Intelligence by hiolfi- '':4
ing public meetings in many of the , .1
leading churches.
The campaign has been ably plan- ,'g.
nod by Prof. F. G. Smith, principal of ^
P ear 1 H i gh School , asei sted by
P. Crawford, Supervisor of the Oram* "
mar Department and Prof. ,v;:j
Keith Supervisor of the
Training Department In the city ;
President Geo. A. Gaites, of * ?-~a
Univorsity has returned from New ; .f
York where he attended the meeting ' ^
of the University Trustees. He' is to
be at the inauguration of president ^
Few of Trinity College, ?
C., on November 9th, . He WiU'fcfctt
direct] y to Nashville so as to t?r
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...V w Ufl vu W ;*jg
the city by the evening of tfie lOjtn^r^
or the morning of the 11th. /
The first lecture of the year waa
held in Fisk memorial chapel last 1
Friday night. Prof. G. E. Hiaynes'i^
was the speaker. His subject ^ was V
"What is Sociology."
? '
It is very hard building up but It ^
is always interesting even if ty 1b /2\
difficult and sometimes most
con, raging. Any observer who knew
Walden and Roger Williams Univer- : '
V ?' A'-* ? *' t
sity in the past and saw what waa ^
left after the tires which destroyed .s :>
them realizes this. ,?
What ihas been done and what Is
being done to re-establish Roger
Williams and rejylace the buildings .t
destroyed at Walden represents ~ver ? ,
largely the loyalty and love of the
graduates of these two great and use
ful institutions. - ? -- -? j'- ? ? ?
President J. W. Johnson was call*
ed to perform the task of re-estab- v!
y f -v. .
lishing Roger W'illiams. He is doing l/{
well, lie h-as the co-operation of the
sensible and lwogreesive elements ot ?
the Baptist people of the State and/. ?
the sympathy of the most thoughts
ful Negroes in America who know
the history of Roger Williams, the 'T.ZI
man at its hoad and the task he has
? 1 4
?before him. Institutions represent
very largely the lives of Individuals
who have suffered most and done
most for their perpetuity. The Ne
gro Baptists who are encouraging
President Johnson and helping him
are yet to feel proud and blessed for
what th/?y do to preserve this Hastt
tution to advance the spirit of learn-* ?
lng among generations.
At Walden University during titer < v
past two years, the graduates have .
iM'^n making strenuous efforts look
ing to the restoration of the -build
ings destroyed l>y fire. They have
met with some encouragement and
the friends of the institution are
confident that something definite will
be done in the near future by the
Methodist School Board.
The Hmbbard Hospital is rapidly
nearing completion. It will mean
along step forward for the Meharry
Medical College. Dr. Robt. F. Boyd
is probably due more credit than an/
other person for the establishment of
this hospital. He is the pioneer Ne*
gro hospital advocate. It is his most
distinguishing characteristic a# a
physician and In this particular he Is y
a benefactor of the race.
Now, if this hospital is ran prop
erly it will be a source of credit to
Meharry and the physicians attdL j
other people who have made it pdb
sible. But if it is made a *?#

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