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NASHVILLE GLOBE, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1911.
O jT " f! RTTTV mm IL i if MUTUALISM IN THE ASCENDENC Y. On September 12, 13, 1911, the . Mutual Aid Association of the U. S. I A. held its seventh annual session at I Hampshire, Tenn. At 9 a. m. Tuesday j nearly every delegate was In his seat ; awaiting the sound of the gavel of ' the M. W. G. Com. The M. W. G. ! Com., T. T. Ransom, called the house : to order and after devotional exer- j cisrs proceeded to the regular routine ' of business. It was clearly indicated by the large delegation and the in terest manifested that it would be T. T. RANSOM, C. Com., Shelbyville, Tenn. M. W. tlie grandest session of its history and Mutualism in Tennessee was a fixtuie. The reports of the delegates, both numerically and financially", showed conclusively that the organi sation is steadily on the ascendency. Throughout the entire state comes the joyful tidings of harmony and prosperity. The great principles ot the order in rescuing the perishing and lifting up the fallen is weilding a telling influence in building up the association and bids fair to become the leading institution in the state. Notwithstanding the death rate had more than threbled any previous year the establishment of new lodges and the economical management of the at fairs of the association placed it in better condition than ever. . To indi cate, the approval and services of the M. W. G. Com. and Grand Secretary and Treasurer, the. rules were sus pended and they were elected by ac clamation without opposition for a tenn f two years. In fact the en tire offichl staff was re-elected for the next two years are persons of experi enced a'oility and under whose super vision tli success of the' association is assured. . . ami -1: til. . Ott B. UVbO i i L. N. WHITE, Vice Com., Lynnville, Tenn. ANNUAL ADDRESS OF M. W. G. COM. T. T. KANSOM, OF THE GRAND LODGE ITAMP Sini'.K. TKXX., SEPT. 12, 1911. Mest Worthy Vice Commander, Of feers and Mf inbers of the Seventh Annual Session of the Mutual Aid Association of the U. S. A.: , After twelve months' toil and care of the responsibilities of mutualism ;iven v p n' Hunthind, Tenn., Septem ber Ifi, 191', i)y the Grand Lodge, 1 appear before this august body obedi ently submitting the work committed to my trust. SUNSHINE CHRISTIAN WORKERS. The Christian Workers' Conference will hold its regular meeting at Fire side School Headquarters, 513 Mul berry street, Monday, October 8th, at ten o'clock in the forenoon. Reports of work are expected and the second The Negro occupies a rather unique plact in the history, of the American nation, because of his past and pres ( nt standing. For a number of years he was considered incapable of self government. He was considered nothing but a beast of burden. There were times when he groaned beneath the burden of affliction. Manhood was crushed and his eyes were closed to the true sense of .his condition, but as time rolled on the hanowrit ing on the waU was vividly displayed and he henceforth took hold, and many and varied achievements have been accomplished. He has success fully run farms; operated saw an I grist mills; has made successful me chanics; has taken the lead In ma sonry; some of the structures erected by him stand equal to any in the world; churches, schools and colleges spenk for themselves. In the commer cial world he is not at sea. Publish ing and manufacturing merchandis ing and manufacturing merchandising and banking houses are being manipu lated by him. Associations, lodges and orders stand chief among his works. He Is the Alpha of Mutual ism, the greatest association in the United States originated by Negroes, and having no borrowed emblems or MRS. M. E. PARKER, Five years Grand Secretary and Treasurer, Kellers, Tenn. signs, consequently no fear of being sued for a name. It Is ours. It is the Product of Negro Brain, the build er of the Negro race, and the handi work of the Great Jehovah. Mutualism in Tennessee has a pe culiar and interesting history. It was born in a sister state originally, with no thought of ever leaving its borders. Based as it was on the strong ties of Equality, Mutuality, Fellowship and Liberality it knew no bounds. It. spread with wonderful ra pidity. The founders of it advocated its great, princip'es and so fervently , presented and perpetuated its views that it leaned out of the mother state and found a hearty reception in 1903 in old Tennessee. Being planted in Tennessee soil, guided by the Omnipo tent hand, its success is assured. Ad versities in its incipiency temporarily impeded t its success. Finally the cloud of despondency was dispelled. lesson on Personal Work will be taught. The subject will be "Condi tions of Success in doing Personal Work." We hope that many not pres ent at the first meeting will attend and join this study. Miss L. E. Bushnell is making her '..., 0.; ; J ! ' Jl- '" , ' 1 i - - j I "'i'- I'-f't- I'." I i -' The impediment was detected. The defaulters Avere discovered and over shadowed and banished forever. The light is on. We cannot exist without it. It was ordered by our Creator In the creation of the world. It is the life of all vegetation. A dark room is unfit for human habitatievv, no organization can thrive without it. It is the light that wieMs a tell ing influence over mankind. Thero is a beautiful custom among the na tives of Madura. At the evening-tide the mother trims and polishes her lamp and sets it on the table In the center of the room. As the members of the family gather In, each one pays homage to the light before proceed ing with the social joys of the eve ning. This custom is of course con nected with some of their supersti tious beliefs, but a lesson may be borne to us from it. How are we to obtain the light? Every member should have a consti- MRS. L. V. CLAY, Assistant Grand Secretary, Shelby ville. Tenn. tution and by-laws of tills association and comprehend it. Officers should have a thorough comprehension of the rituals to diffuse this light of mutual ism in his or her lodge. Many of the troubles and disputes which arise for the want of understanding would thus be avoided.- We are informed that some of the presiding officers of some of the subordinate lodges have said to their members only the officers are allowed a constitution. No stream can ever rise higher than its source. By diffusing this light you raise the whole lodge on a plain primarily in tended by the founders of this asso ciation. We have had printed an or der and receipt book for subordinate VJ I i ROBT. PREAR, General Agent, Wartrace, Tenn. lodges which, if properly used, will greatly aid the secretary and treas urer in keeping a check on its funds and promoting the success of the lodge. Some of the lodges put them in practice as soon as they were is sued. On assuming the Commander ship of this grand order I wrote an advisory and friendly epistle to all the lodges under my supervision, so liciting also an opportunity to visit their lodge, that I might acquaint my self with the members of this juris-, diction and augment the membership. Every lodge visited has largely in creased its membership. The closer the fulcrum the greater the amount of weight that may be moved. So it is with this association. The law bhouUl giv the commander the rUht 10 visit .subordinate lodges as his dis cetion. Our headquarters are Incut pd adja-ent to the hall in which eteht 'ufforent lodges meet, which gives it rn'Btige iiivaluab'e to the success I of the organization. My association with the officers of our order has in I deed been most pleasant. Vying to 1 build up an institution second to none, home with Miss Grace M. Eaton at Grand View Heights, but will be daily at the office in.Sunshine Home. Our Wednesday afternoons are made very Interesting by Informal talks on Sunday-school methods, , which Is followed by a most helpful , The printing of const'tutions, rituals ! and financial cards was imptrative. The death rate has trebled. But still God's hand leadeth us. It is earnest ly requested that each of you show that your work during this Bession is for the best interest of the associa tion, and fee', that upon you liangs the destiny of mutualism in Tennes see. Take hold of the task as a sol- .1. J. SlMlVlwiNC), Chairman Financial Board, Huntland, li-jin. clier, for yer.r mission in rescuing the perishing -'nd lifting up the fallen is loftier than any organ'zation (save the church) on earth.' It is one or God's ways of helping to save the world. Many of you, no .doubt, have REV. A. J. LKaui, Member Financial Board, Santa Fe, Tenn. made great sacrifices to be here to forward this -work. Another star will be added to your crown. On, on true Mutua's The battle has just begun; Don't mind the thorns and thistles Only the cowards run. Rev. II. V. LENZY, Assistant Agent, Kingston, Tenn. The light is still a 'shining, It's burning every day: ' Catch hold of the work earnestly, j It will guide you all the way. j You've wandered in the mountain, i You've tried to stand alone; ! You've leaped w'thin the darkness, I Amidst a-frightful groan. Equality is our watchword, Mutuality is our aim; Fellowship we cannot forget, Liberality"" links the chain. prayer service. Last week Miss Bush nell led ' us in a discussion on the work of the Sunday-School . Superln (endent. We are always glad to wel come old friends and strangers to our weekly gathering on Wednesdays. The prayer service is at 3:30 o'clock. - . -r 4 :- : A . ' ' ; ;: - i ' .. . .. . ' .A ' , ' " 1 t ' . I t. - - Jl A V- ' r t 1?.':. :' i mm All Styles and Prices- MEMDBU IjDc are prepared to makt all kinds of badges for so cieties and associations a prices that are as reason able as can be had any where. X M vtf 5KeVj are made of the best satin ribbon, stamped with pure gold leaf and trim med with imported gold bullion fringe. x js write us for prices and specifications! stating the number of badpxs you want . j 3rAddres National Baptist Publishing Ccari R. H. BOYD. Uc'y. iU itcoai Ark. h. KASHVUf. TD3 HONOR FOR JOSEPH A. BOOKER. Little Rock, Ark., Oct. 18, 1911. More honor has just come to Prof. Jos. A. Booker, A. M., ul this city, president of the Arkansas Baptist College. He was chosen by the May or of Little Rock as a member of a commission of "Social Uplift" which commission will look or inquire into condition of the city of Little Rock with a view to correcting evils, taking in bad children and looking toward the reform of the so called bad places. Prof. Booker is the only Negro on the commission which is said to consist of nine members. His record of twenty-five years as president of the college here where he Is still laboring is supposed to have been instrumental in causing his selection.