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DUG 13
Vol. IV.
No. 22.
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lion. J. W. Grant Speaks to Old
Daily Nashville Negroes will
Have One Next Week.
On Status of Negro Meets in
New York.
Supreme Court Gives Defend
ants Time to File.
Fisk University Finishes Year's
After all graves of the heroic dead
had been adorned with flags and
flowers Commander Taylor, by ring
ing the bell, called the assembly into
the lodge. Miss M. E. Braden led in
sinking "America." The commander
tut-ii introduced Lawyer J. W.
Grant, who made a very forceful and
eloquent address. He said in part:
Commander, ladies and gentlemen, I
had not expected that I would De
called upon to say more than just a
word, as there were other gentlemen
more eloquent than I on the program.
The hour is late and I am thus fa
vored and am thus admonished to
be brief. I know you are anxious to
. be going, however, permit me to say
that I dem it an honor to be allowed
to say a word on this sad, though joy
ous occasion.
It is sad because it relates to death;
joyous because of what was wrought
through the death of these.
We step lightly with solemn tread
as we pass through this city of the
dead. You have come forth to-day
with flags and garlands gay to place
them upon the lowly bed of the sleep
ing dead. While you lay them here
you have watered them with many a
Yes, we love them yet and attend
them here with sad but fond regret.
You sorrow that they, are no more,
but rejoice with them on that blissful
shore. There never again will they
muster on gory battle plain.
They died that we might live; they
labored that we might "rest, warred
that we might have peace; they were
slaves that we might be free, and
their struggles, suffering, privations
death are the price or the precious
boon of liberty we enjoy or should
Shall we not pursue till our day is
- done the heroic work of redemption
they begun? Their bodies lie out
there, but their souls are marching
on, beckoning us on to grander and
Bobler efforts to accomplish the work
of the redemption of our race. They
call us on to higher nelds of liberty
and enlightenment.
This glorious sacrifice they made
that we might be men, not mendi
cants; they fought that we might be
free. But full freedom can only come
when our part is done in the work
they begun.
When black hands were first of
fered to strike a blow in freedom's
cause, they were tola that it was a
white man's war. But when it was
seen that the struggle would be long
and perhaps lost to the Union a hun
dred and eighty-five thousand black
breasts were bared to rebel bullets.
At Fort Wagoner, Petersburg, Nash
ville and other battles, when through
floods and fire, through clouds of
smoke, a hail of bullets, the black
man won a name that, is indelible on
the scroll of fame.
While those heroes lived who
fought and endured, hardness beside
these black warriors, they and
theirs had eome show of fair treat
ment, but now that "they are no more,
everywhere and, Vajtall ( times the
black veteranj '.and,, nis i people are
'shoved aside,. Jirtteated,. ignored.
', ' But, my ,freidsUhe ,'are battles
yet to be won by us" no Ie'ss renowned
than those of war. It Is ours to take
up the . work where they 'laid it down.
As the bands of. proscription and op
pression tightening more and more
about us, we must gird on the armor
and do our duty in the struggle of
might against right.
For a time these memorial days
called forth the united devotion of the
patriots of the nation and thousands
of our people came to show their re
verence for the precious memory of
those brave men who fell devoted to
the cause of freedom and whose glo
rious record is undying, but for slights
and rebuffs the line of those who
come to honor this day has grown
thin, like the ranks of the G. A. It.
Prejudice and hate, twin children of
the devil, have so increased that the
black veteran is no longer acceptable
to his white comrades, he and his have
been snubbed and thrust aside to
make room for those who fought to
' destroy this nation, and perpetuate
(Continued on Page 2.)
The coming of the Sunday-school
Congress will do muck for Nashville,
but one of the latest developments
at Congress headquarters concerning
the great meeting was the announce
ment made that a daily religious pa
per would be published during the
sessions. The paper will be known,
according to the Secretary's statement
as the Congress Bulletin. It will be
a three-column, tight-page newspaper,
published in the interest of the
That 3.2S4 men, women and chil
dren have been lynched in this coun
try in the last quarter of a century
was the assertion of Mrs. Ida Wells
Barnett at the National Negro Con
ference held in New York City a few
days ago. Asking why this was per
mitted by a Christian nation, Mrs.
Barnett quoted John Temple Graves
as saying, "That the mob stands as
the most potent bulwark between the
women of the South, and such a car-
1 It J"..
, . PROF. N. H. PIUS, D. D.,
of Springfield, O., National Chorister, who is here conducting the chorus of
voices to sing at the Sunday-School Congress. :
meetingand will be a morning paper,
due from the press at 9:30 o'clock. It
will be distributed among the dele
gates and visitors, forecasting what
will happen through the day, with a
re dew of the preceding day's session.
It is understood that this Bulletin will
be the official organ of the Congress
Movement. The names and addresses
of the promoters will appear thereon.
The management of the paper, it Is
understood, will be in the hands o
Mr. J. Blaine Boyd, while the Record
ing Secretary, Prof. R. B. Hudson,
will be requested to furnish a com
plete write-up of each day's session.
Extracts from the various discussions
of those who will speak on the sub
jects will appear from time to time.
In fact, this will be the first effort on
the part of the Baptists to conduct a
religious daily newspapef. At any
rate, the Negroes of Nashville will be
favored with a daily paper of their
Dr. Pius and His Workers Hard at It.
. Just as predicted there is enthusi
asm and much interest in the ap
proaching Sunday-School Congress.
The very first call for volunteer sing
ers brought more than one hundred
representing a majority of, the church
es in the city. They met at Mount
Olive Baptist Church, Monday night,
all eager and -anxious to put on the
finishing touching, learn new songs,
anthems and get the Congress swing.
At the church a chorus organization
was perfected in which Mr. B. D. Hud
son, of North Third Avertue Baptist
Church, was unanimously elected
president; Miss Nellie E. King, of Mt.
Olive Baptist Church, secretary, ind
Mrs. A. B. Carter, of First Baptist
Church, treasurer. The chorus was
given several hundred brand new an
them and song books, and under the
skilled direction of Prof. Gray, they
launched out for the first real rehears
al. On account of a delay at home
Dr. Pius did not arrive until Tuesday,
but with his batton, his excellent
voice, and his skill in organization of
choruses, greeted an Increased at
tendance and began rehearsal in ear
nest with the following voices from
the churches named below:
Second Baptist Church Miss Sadie
Williams, Miss Sarah M. Jackson,
Miss Mary Garrett, Mr. Albert Mc
(Continued on Page 8.)
nival of crime as would precipitate
the annihilation of the Negro race."
"All know that this is untrue," Mrs.
Barnett said, "The lynching record
discloses the hyprocrisy of the lynch
ers." Describing the riots at Springfield,
111., Mrs. Barnett said it was all be
cause a white woman said that a Ne
gro man had criminally assaulted her.
Later, Mrs. Barnett said, the woman
published a retraction, but the
lynched victims were dead.
Mrs. Barnett, who has spent sever
al years in the investigation of lynch
ing through the South and West,
brought a proposal to the conference
that it maintain a permanent bureau
for investigation with attendant pub
licity of all lynchings. Publicity, she
said, was an effective safeguard.
Inherent racial inferiority was de
clared by Bishop Alexander Walters,
of New York, to be a fallacy. Ine
quality of opportunity and environ
ment made for the difference be
tween the races, the Bishop contend
ed. Disfranchisement or the Negroes
was declared by Albert E. Pillsbury,
former Attorney General of Massachu
settes, to be "a fraud upon the coun
try." "The course of the South," he said,
"has made it the affair of every white
"Are the people of thirty-six States
willing to be defrauded of their polit
ical rights in order that ten States
may disfranchise the Negro?" ho
William English Walling, Secretary
of the conference, spoke of the South
ern Negro laborer, recognized, he
said, as an invaluable asset to that
section, but having no rights at all.
He compared the employers of labor
on the large plantations with the van
dal lords of Europe, and said that
their interest in the Negro was based
largely in how they could preserve
him in his present helpless condition
and get the most out of him for the
least possible money expenditure.
William E. St. Clair, Financial Sec
retary of thV? Frederick Douglas Hos
pital at Philadelphia, criticised Pres
ident Taft for what the speaker said
was Taft's change in attitude toward
the Negro.
Strict application of constitutional
rights as guaranteed under the four
continued on Page 8.)
WASHINGTON, D. C, June 1. In
the cases of former Sheriff Shipp and
others, of Chattanooga, charged with
contempt of the Supreme Court of the
United States, the court today post
poned the passing of sentence to ped
mit the prisoners to file; petitions for
a rehearing. The cases therefore go
over until next term, the prisoners re
maining out on bond.
Shortly before noon United States
Marshal Dunlap, of the East Tennes
see District, brought the prisoners to
the court and they were assigned
teats in the rear of the room. When '
the judges had taken their accustomed
places Chief Justice Fuller beckoned j
to the defendants to come forward, j
Marshal Wright, of the court, an-;
nounced that, in obedience to the j
writ of attachment, ho produced the
bedies of the accused men. j
Solicitor General Bowers, represent
in the Department of Justice, moved (
for sentence, but Messrs. Chamblee, j
Clift and Shepperd, of counsel for the
men, called attention to the fact that j
they had only seen the opinion of the :
court but, a few minutes before and,
asked leave to file a petition for a '
The request was opposed by the So
licitor General, but Chief Justice Ful
ler announced that the court would
take the request under advisement.
Thereupon the Justices, withdrew for
a conference, at the end of which the
Chief Justice announced that it had
been decided to grant the request,
thirty days being allowed in which to
file the petition. The defendants in
the meantime were remanded to Ten
nessee for renewal of their bond.
The case, in consequence, now goes
over until the next term of the court.
There are some large-hearted peo
ple in Nashville who are always anx
ious and willing to see Nashville
forge to the front where she belongs,
but sometimes, and on some occa
sions, it seems as though Nashville,
in spite of these people in their midst,
is a little clammy, yet there are some
who are always on th alert trying
to contribute something towards the'
good of the city. . From one of these
comes the magnanimous offer anent
the entertaining of the Sunday-School
Congress which will convene here on
Wednesday, of Mr. Humphrey Bowl
ing, President of the Railway Men's
Protective Association, with rooms
and grounds at Cedar and Tenth
avenue, North. Mr. Bowling has just
notified Mr. H. A. Boyd, Secretary of
the Congress Movemejit, . that the
building and the grounds id this asso
ciation are at the disposal of the of
ficers of the Congress for the enter
tainment of the delegates; not only
the building, but its spacious reading
room and lights and the beautiful
grounds. Possibly other people will
do as much and by the time the Con
gress opens the officials will not be
embarrassed for, entertainment.
The Stewardess Board No. 2 of Payne
Chapel A. M. E. Church, was. elegantly
elegantly entertained Thursday eve
entertained recently by.Mrs. M. Wright,
of 716 Smiley street, East Nastfville.
The meeting was opened with a song,
"What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and
prayer by Mrs. S. M. King. Interest
ing talks in behalt of the Board were
given by Mrs. Jno. Grimes and Mrs.
Henry McAfee. Music was furnished
by Miss Sallie Smith. The house was
beautifully decorated for the occasion
with cut flowers and potted plants.
After an hour of business a two-course
menu was served. The honored
guests were Mesdames Jno. Grimes,
Henry McAfee, Susie Valentine and
Mattie If all. The Board members
present were Mesdames Sarah Hard
ing, Mary Bailey, Anna McCullough,
Mosella Johnson, Sallie King, Misses
Rosa Jolfcison and Sallie Smith. The
meeting was closed with a song "Why
Stand Ye Idle?" The next meeting
will be held at Mrs. Anna MtfSul
lough, 714 Smiley street.
The graduating class exercises of
the Theological Department of Fisk
Uniersity were held .Sunday after
noon at 2:30 o'clock in the Memorial
Chapel on the university campus. Four
diplomas were awarded and four con
secrated, religious, sacrificing men go
out to fulfill the commission and carry
out the edict from the Savior: "Go
ye into all the world and preach i the
gospel to every creature." Indeed,
the exercises were in every way be
yond expectation. The class was .
larger than ever before in this par
ticular department of the university.
At 2:30 Miss Alice Grass played "Aria
in D Flat" o; the mammoth pipe or
gan. The Mozart Society sang the
Doxology, after which came the invo
cation and Scripture reading followed
by prayer. Songs "He shall feed
His flock," by Mrs. J. W. Work, and
"Come unto Me," by Prof. J. W. Work
were the productions of Handel.
A magnificent audience was pres
ent to lend encouragement to the
four ministers who were going forth
into the gospel work. The first ora
tion, "The Trial of Righteousness,"
by William Bowie Vassar, was taken
and described from the life of Job.
The speaker made an eloquent and
forceful appeal to his hearers, hav
ing committed this lengthy oration to
memory, he delivered it in a befitting
manner. Two orations, "Men of the
Hour," by John Charles Fields, and
"The Secret of Human Happiness,"
by Howard Wallace Warner, were ex
cused. But the oration, "The Touch
stone of True Christianity," by Scott
Washington Crosthwait, made up for
the two vacancies, and the audience
was amply paid in the class of the
delivery and production of the ora
tion, as fche entire description was a
masterly effort depicted from book of
Revelation. The speaker apologized for
reading it( but it was done in such a
way that the audience was " well
pleased. The Glee Club sang, "You
Hear the Lambs a-Crying." Then
Rev. W. S. Ellington, D. D., and Rev.
jG. W. Moore, D. D., spoke words of
felicitation to the class. Both speak
ers complimented the school and fac
ulty on such a class and admonished
them to go forth in the work of the
Lord, not faint-hearted, but with a
determination to push the battle to
the gate. The Dean of the Theolog
ical Department, Rev. G. W. Hender
son, D. D., is to be congratulated upon
the success of this department. Five
years ago Dr. Henderson took charge
of the Theological Department of
Fisk University, and at that time
there was not a student in the depart
ment, as there had been no dean for
three years. Each year thereafter
the enrollment has increased until at
the present term twenty-seven stu
dents were enrolled, coming from the
States crt , Arkansas, South Carolina,
Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
During this time eight students have
graduated, including the present
class. One of the graduates is doing
regular religious work on foreign
fields. "An interesting feature is that
most of them are taking the Bachelor
of Divinity Course. Of the twenty
seven only eight are taking English.
It seems that the Theological Depart
ment has caught the inspiration
and. is making a demand for the best
scholarship. The present dean is a
man of wide experience, as he has
been in the educational work for
nearly a quarter of a century. Dr.
Henderson is a graduate of the Uni
ersity o& Vermont, after which he
finished the Divinity Course in Yale,
receiving the Hooker Fellowship for
the highest mark in 1SS3. From
this scholarship he was able to take
a one year post-graduate course at
Yale. He spent some time abroad,
finishing from the University of Ber
lin in Germany. In 18S9 he was as
sistant moderator for tha Congrega
tional Council, afterwards he came
South, pastoring in New Orleans,
later being given the head of the
Theological Department of Straight
University, which position he held for
fourteen years, and at the same time
he was pastor of the University

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