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THE NASHVJLLE GLOBE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1910. The Nashville Globe. Published Every Friday la the Year, Room 1, odd Fellows Hall, No. 447 FourtH Ave nue, North, Nashville, Tenn., BY THE GLOBE PUBLISHING CO. D. A, HART President C. H. BURRILL. Secretary H. A. BOYD Business Manager Telephone Main 4732. D. A. HART Editor Kntered as second-class matter January 19, i'JOti, at the post-otllce at Nashville,' Tennes see, under the act of Congress of March 3, 1871. No Notice taken of anonymous contribu tions. SUBSCRIPTION IN ADVANCE. One Year $i 5c Bix Mouths 80 Three Months 40 Single Copy 05 Notify the office when you fall to get your rmper. " '-'---t ADVERTISING RATES FURNISHED UPON APPLICATION. BEADING MATTKR RATKS. 6 cents per line for each insertion. 8 cents per line for each insertion (black face). Advertising copy should be in the office not later than 9 a. m. Tuesday of each week. TO THE PUBLIC. Any erroneous reflection upon the charac ter, standing or reputation of any person, Inn or corporation, which may appear In the columnsof THK NASHVILLE (iLOHK will be gladly corrected upon being brought to the attention of the management. Send correspondence for publication so as to reach the office Monday. No matter in tended for current Issue which arrives as late as'xhursday can appear in that number, as 1 Thursday is press day. An news matter sent us for publication , m. .be written only on one side of the pa per, pd should be accompanied by thename of the'contrlbutor, rmt necessarily fr publi cation, but ns an evidence of good faith. FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1910. OUR BANKS. Last Monday night and on the sec ond Monday night of this month the annual meetings of the stockholders of the two banks operated in this city by Negroes were held. The older one of these institutions has been doing business seven years, while the other has only been in operation a, little more than five months; In fact, the report as rendered covers a period of exactly that time. Both banks made a splendid showing, the aggregate busi ness of the two amounting close to a million dollars. All of this money, for the most part, was the earnings of the Negroes of Nashville, and this too with hundreds of thousands of dol lars being deposited by many of our most successful business and profes sional men in banks owned and con ducted by the white people. The showing made by these banks has not come without persistent effort on the part of the officials. Many things had to be overcome. Negroes'are great race lovers until it comes to bus. iness matters, then he brings his broth er down to this, cold, double propo sition: "Can you give me better serv ice than the white man and can you make me a cheaper price?" If the Negro business man can guarantee to do these two things he can rest as sured that 'he will get the little end of his brother's patronage; but in most cases it is hard for him to do It and therefore must adopt some other method to convince the mem bers of the Negro race that it will be to the interest of all to have strong enterprises owned and operated by members of the race. We are gradu ally learning the wisdom in concen tration. WTe are reaching .the noint where we can separate our social and business life to that extent necessary to bring success to us in commercial affairs. Slowly but surely the Negroes of this city and of the country at large are reaching the conclusion that a black man will come nearer giving a square deal to a black man than will those of any other race. They are learning that the word confidence means that a trustee must be able to give security as a guarantee that he will be true to his trust. The bank ing business is so conducted that such institutions can do more to establish confidence than any other branch of business. The people of this city should con gratulate themselves upon being able to find in their midst men competent to run two banks. Each individual ought to feel a personal responsibility for the success of these tanks. The best way to convince the public that you are interested, in the Negro banks is to do your business with them. It was iiot a surprise to those in a posi tion to know, when an official of one of the banks declared tha; his busi ness bad come from the wage-earners and but that for them his bank could not have succeeded. This does not sound well for our business and pro fessional men. They, of all, ought to know that the banks conducted by men of their own race are just as safe as any others, regardless of their character or the amount of money they have. We want to see the day come when every Negro in Nashville will say he could put his money In a Negro bank and feel that it would be safe. This can not be done all at once, but by constantly proving to the people that our banks are conducted upon sound business principals they will ultimate ly accept it as a truth. We congratulate both banks on the splendid reports they made to the stockholders, and hope that this year will bring them greater success. . BACK TO THE FARM. Every day the information comes to us that the cost of foodstuffs is advancing. The matter has reached the point where the most conservative are becoming disturbed. It cannot be said that prices are high because . ,. , . of a scarcity. Our crops last year were good, and we are in the height of prosperity, but nevertheless the peo ple are having a hard time to make I ends meet. A plea has been set up for an adjustment of price.? or an in crease in wages. To do tither wlllj&troy within us thoso native instincts require time and in manv cases a stuborn fiehj; would be put up to pre- vent any change either in the prices charged for food or the price naid for: labor. Negroes in this Southland can se cure themselves against much of the suffering the working people are un dergoing if they will give more atten tion to farming and to raising stock and poultry. The man who has the food to sell is always the master of the situation. We should harken to bugle call and about face and trace our steps bark to the farm. THE MA YOR'S POSITION. Mayor Howse is rapidly convincing the people, of Nashville that he is in terested in the welfare of the munici pality. His declaration to the commis sion while sitting in the cases brought before that body by the city boiler inspector, which appears in another column, has the ring of good business judgment. It is an easy, matter for one man to go from place to place and order owners of property to change this or that. It does not cost the one giving orders anything, but it is often liable to cost hundreds of women and children their aaily bread. Men who have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in enterprises will not stand to be continually har rassed with unreasonable demands. They will either close up their busi ness or move to some other city, where the regulations are more in keeping with common sense. The press would have us bellere that when Roosevelt reaches the United States in June there will be a hot time in the White House. Maybe Mr. Taft will give Teddy a broad smile, and if he does, Teddy could not afford to not be as couiteous. And then Mr. Pinchot will be forgotten while toasts are said to the health of an African Chief. The old citizens of Nashville are rapidly passing from active life and into the world unknown to man. It is a signal to the young to take up where the old en are leaving off and to push on to higher altitudes. In the Mississippi senatorial contest Vardaman holds on like a leech. He cannot win, but the other fellows know why they are not elected. A few hours of sunshine these days are like a spring in a desert. We are glad to behold them and feel that we would relish them forever. EDITORIAL CLIPPING. The Mouth. Whether viewed from the stand point of the anatomist or the physiol ogist, the pathologist or the hygien ist, the dentist or the vocalist, the diplomat or the moraMst, the artist or the lover, the grocer or the pugil ist from almost any viewpoint the mouth is a very important organ and should receive the careful attention of the physician. Many a serious disease has been caused by germs harbored in the mouth. Proper oral hygiene may be the final arbiter be tween life and death in continued fevers. (Habitual and regular cleans ing of the mouth and throat with a simple alkaline wash on going to bed and on rising will not on'.y preserve the teeth pnd sweeten the breath, but is a va'uable propnylactic against respiratory diseases and a powerful adjuvant in the treatment of digest ive disturbances and nasal catarrh. Dr. C. V. Roman, in Journal National Medical Association. That Dream. Socialism is sometimes referred to as a dream. It is a dream in which a nightmare has usurped the func tions of reason; a nightmare which assures us, in the first place, that ec onomic beatitude Is the end 0! our existence, and prophesies thai if we create a highly centralized Govern ent, with absoulte authority in mat ters temporal, we shall have a safe and secure supply of bread and meat and clothing and other means of per sonal and material satisfaction. That which appeals to our selfish propensities, our egotism, our class hatreds to establish a nation in which the passions that brought it into ex istence would be sloughed off; which arouse us to bring about a reign of happiness and virtue, by exciting one another to envy and jealousy of those who possess more than we do; to remedy injustice by bitterness and strife; which finally exhorts us to de- 01 mueijeimeiicei, y'&uniu i;uuauv jand family ambition which have been the fundamental sources of progress for either individuals and as a race, The whole concrete movement called Socialism is an attempt to put the horse before the cart, to ob tain an end without using the only means that will conduct to its real ization. First get suitable citizemq for a socialistic state, get men Im bued with civic virtues, men who at least observe the Ten Command ments, and second great Command ment, "Thou shalt love thy neigh bor as thyself," and then Socialism may have a chance of being safely (established, but then nobody will want to establish it. w m A Fulfilled Need? We are informed that efforts are now making among experienced Ne- gro hotel men of this city for a large and respectable colored hotel. Wheth er these efforts will remain nothing more than hope and prospects we can not say. With all other Negroes who appreciate the hotel situation for Ne groes, not only in New York, but as well in Boston, Philadelphia and near ly every other large city we can hope that these efforts will materialize. Especially urgent is the need and es pecially good is the opportunity for a first-class colored hostelry in New York. If there should be established, let us say on Fifty-second street, con venient to all colored communities, to the railroad and railway facilities, and to the theatre and shopping districts, a clean and commodious hotel, such an establishment would be not only a service to the race, but should be highly profitable as well. A hardly realized large number of Negroes are constantly coming to and through New York. They are lost on their arrival for places of accommo dation. There are a hundred thou sand Negroes in Greater New York who do their shopping and attend the j theatres who are likewise lost for places of first-class restaurant ac commodations. The same conditions obtain in the other large cities. There Is here both an opportunity and a service for men of experience and mcan. We sincerely trust that such men will rise to the occasion. New York Age. And Then Some. Tl'ore are, roughtly speaking, three hundred and ninety-seven West Vir ginians of color who could be pre vailed upon to accept the position of Assistant Register of the Treasury. And when you come to think of it, one of them ought to have the place. The sum ..total of the Federal pat ronage which has come to the Ne groes of this state is one consulship. A state possessing a Negro electorate about equal to the difference between the Republican and Democratic vote, deserves more consideration. So step up, gentlemen. The advocate Is for the best man! The Advocate. Perjury in Its Worst Phase. The disposition of white juries to accept on their face value' the per jured testimony of witnesses who al- lego that they are turning state's ; evidence was never uetter ' exempli-; fled than in the cases of Richard lines, Calvin Johnson and Eugjene Dorsey, who were to have been electrocuted for the alleged murder of Walter F. Schultz, of Chicago. Henry Smith now swears that his story was a base fabrication of the facts in the case. A white witness had previously established an alibi for these men, but upon the weight of this man,, who was anxious to save himself, all three of them were sen tenced to die in the electric chair and finally he was given the same fate. , ,. White people who interested themselves in the affair succteeded in having Governor Swanson reprieve the convicted men from time to time. Governor Swanson has further res pited them for sixty days, thus trans mitting to his successor In office a legacy which he would have done well to have retained in his own keep ing. This who'esale execution of colored men upon the slightest prov ocation where a white person is in volved has become a stench In the nostrils of those Virginians who like justice and who abhor evil. This case is an object lesson and in the future white men would do well to remember it. Perjury is a com mon asset in this commonwealth and it is certainly time that the penal side of it is enforced. Rich mond Planet. MAYOR HOWSE STANDS FOR A PROGRESSIVE CITY CALLS BOILER INSPECTOR TO HALT. Compromises were the order of the day at the meeting of the City Build ing Commission yesterday afternoon. Phi lips & Buttorff, the Old Hickory Manufacturing Company, the Empire Taundry Company, were summoned to appear before the Commission upon complaint of M. M. Brien, Boil er and Elevator Inspector. The com plaint against Phillips & Buttorff was dismissed upon notice that the re quired work had already been be gun and would be. comp'eted within a few days. The Old Hickory Com pany was given sixty days in which to make required repairs, and were allowed to use ninety-five pounds of steam instead of 86.25 pounds, the limit placed upon 'it by Inspector Brien. The Empire Laundry Com pany was given two weeks in which to procure a report upon its boiler from an insurance inspector. While the Commission in the main overruled the reports of Mr. Brien, it was upon the theory advanced by the Mayor that tco many restrictions and inspectlions were placed upon business men and that he wanted to encourage manufacturers instead of discouraging them. . "We pass laws and laws," said he, "and try to legislate manufacturers and business men out of business. I want to do something to stop running them away from Nashville. I don't believe we have any right to go in and condemn a man's property. I don't believe you can do it according to law. I want to be as liberal and lenient as possible with business men." None of the boilers Were con demned outright by Mr. Brien, but extensive repairs were ordered by him in each case, and when the time limit expired, he had the Building Commission, composed of the Mayor, Chief of Police, Fire Chief and Build ing Inspector, summoned to act upon the cases. Mr. Brien figured that it would be dangerous to submit the Old Hickory boiler to more than 8G.2o pounds of pressure. The insurance inspector figured it at 100, and the Commission compromised at 95, on motion of Chief Curran. Mr. Brien pronounced the laundry boiler, which is the prop erty of the Nashville Laundry Com nany and leased to the Empire Com pany with the option of purchase within a year, dangerous for use one day longe. Leon Wege stated that he had appMed for insurance on the boiler, and expected the inspector right away. On motion of Chief Ro zetta he was given two weeks in which to secure a report from the in- i?peetor. The discussion of this case grew quite heated, Mr. Wege insinuating that there was graft in the Building Inspector's office, and that ever since, repairs had been ordered by the in spector he had been besieged wilii contractors wanting to do the work. Both Mr. Laurent and Mr. Brien re sented this, declaring that the rec ords of the o.liee were open to the public, under the law, and that, in this way, the contractors found what improvements were ordered. The Comission backed the officials up in this, and Mr. Wege declared that he was sorry he had said what he had. The business men of Nashville will endorse the stand, taken by Mayor Howse, not that they do not believe that the strictest precaution should exercised in "handling boilers, but they consider the demands of the in spector unreasonable. ade Good! THE ONLY ORIGINAL FOLK SONGS TAKE FIRST RANK. Commenting upon the singing of the songs in our Folk Songs No. 1. DR. HENRY E.KREBBIEL "Dean of American Critics" says:- "A concert-goer might live a lifetime and never hear such beautiful homogeneity of tone as that which they produce, nor such euphony, perfection of unance and precision. Save for its vital human quality, which, lifts it above all musical products, this harmony sounds like that of a well tuned organ." This recognition puts the Folk Songs side by side with the world's greatest musical achievements. This music is suitable for the parlor, the school, the church. SEND 25c. FOR SAMPLE COPY. ITC FOB INFORMATION TO Work Bros. & Hart Go., rl NASH VI 1. 1. - TliSX. is CRA iD CONCERT AT SPRUCE ST. B&PTISTCKURCH, FEKKUAKY 21, 11)10. Mr. Hayes 1st Tenor Mr. Olden 2nd Tenor Mr. O'Harra ..1st Bass Mr. Patten 2nd Bass OLD-FASHIONED CANDY PULLING SPRUCE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, MONDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 24. Under the management of the Choir the Spruce Street Baptist Church will give' an oldKlashioned Candy Pulling Monday night, January 24. Rain or shine, Sleet or snow, Over to "Spruce Street" We will go. Wash your hands, Get some nice young man, It's the best candy pulling iln the land. Wear your "Mary Jane," Not to fit too tight, For this candy puMing Is "out o' sight." Candy will be free (Ten cents at the dcor) Erin? an extrx dime, Fear it drops on the floor, Bear it in mind, Get there on time; A prize for the finest Candy in the line. FARMINGTON NOTES. Sunday was silver dollar day at Simpson Chapel M. B. Church. Not withstanding the bad weather, $30.25- i was the amount collected. Rev. Ii. A. .McDowell, pastor, was at his best and preached two soul-stirring ser mons. 1 Mrs. Mayhew Duncan and family visited friends in Lewisburg Sunday. 'Also Mr. Gentry O'Neal, Mr. and Mrs. Z. Baren. ! The young people gave a social Tuesday night, the 18th, in honor of Miss Leola E. Jones' eighteenth birth- ! day. Fruit basket freeze cut was tha feature of the evening. At a late hour a three-course menu was served. The following were present: Misses Florie Dysart, Leola Jones, Edna Jones, Goldie Allison, Vishle McClaln, Mona Robinson, Euna Robinson, Susie Dysart Willie Curlee, Betlie L. Smi ley, Rev. R. H. Owen and Masters Oscar and Arthur McClaln, Bedford and Robert Murry, Roy Robinson, Mayhew and Samuel Lee, Baren Alex ander, Robert Woodruff, Earnest Smiley, Luther Dysart. Miss Bettie L. Smiley assisted in receiving tha guests. Monday night a mighty storm struck the parsonage, blew off the front dining-room and kitchen door and left the tables of Rev. Dowell laden with good things to eat. The pastor, Rev. Dowell, in a few words thanked the ladies and society and asked them to come again. The following composed the storm: Mrs. Mattie B. Winston, C. P. Barn, M. V. Smiley, Ethel Winston, Z. Barn, John Winston, Thomas Hill, William Harvey, Newton Plunckett, Win. Smiley, Jr., and Ben Winston. Simpson Chapel has raised during this month $G3.28. The fifth Sunday is 75 cents assessment day. All mem bers are expected to pay that amount. The W. E. P. Club will meet at the home of Miss Mary Batte, They will be entertained by Mr. Fort Anderson, of. Eighth avenue, North.