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(HI AM" NASHVILLE OITEES OPPOBTTJMTY TENNESSEE'S LEAD ING NEGRO JOURNAL SUBSCRIPTION, $1.50 A YEAR. SINGLE CORV RIVE CENTS. Vol. VII. NASHVILLE, TENN., FRIDAY MAY 10, 1912. No. 19 1L iL v jJL J -A L-i $JJ 1U1 JIM GENERAL CONFERENCE A. M. E. AND A. M. E. Z. IN SESSION. THE CHAMPION OF THE COMMON PEARL PRO- COMMENCEMENT ATWALDEN CON CLUDES WITH EXERCISES THUItS. STRUCK BY UGHTNIfJG JUL FIUEKSOX MET DEATH SUNDAY. PEOPLE'S RIGHTS. GRESSIVENESS Kansas City, Mo. and Charlotte, K. C. Both Bodies Get Down to Business Monday last Opening Session Impressive A. M. Es Meeting In Historic Church Allen Chapel One of the Oldest Religious Buildings in the West. Special to the Globe. Kansas City, Mo., May 6. The 24th General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church met In Allen Chapel, this city, this morning. The' meeting was called to order by Bishop H. M. Turner, of Atlanta, Ga,, who read the Scripture sentences. The opening hymn was lined by Bish op H. B. Parks, of Chicago; prayer of fered by Bishop J. Albert Johnson, of South Africa; responsive Scripture lesson was led by Bishop J. S. Flip per, of Atlanta, who conducted the service in a very impressive manner; Decalogue was led by Bishop L. J. Coppin, of Philadelphia; second Scrip ture lesson by Bishop W. H. Herd, of West Africa; Hymn No. 295 was lined , ' j Bishop Evans Tyree, of Nashville. '' TV Hiiq vannlal CniWivn tiro a preached by Bishop C . T. Shafer, of Chicago. It was a masterful effort effort, and on several, occasions he lifted his audience, as it were, to the skies. Ofttimes when he would re late some striking historical event through wnica the Church has passed in its struggle upward, many hand kerchiefs "were seen throughout the vast congregation. The Consecration of the Holy Com munion was conducted by Bishop B. F. Lee, of WlTberforee, Ohio, and W. B. Derrick, of New York. Benediction was pronounced by Bishop C. S. Smith. A large number of delegates are present, coming from all parts of the country and from foreign lands. The members of the General Conference and their friends "have brought to the city between two and three thousand visitors. The Conference will be in ( session for three weeks, or until the ' 27th of the month. . The session prom ises to be an important one in the his- lOIj Ul Lilt? Vsiiuii;u ihuvu io cajwviv-u of this General Conference aside from the election of Bishops" and General Officers. It is expected that much legislation will be enacted tending to the further advancement of the Con nection. The sessions are being held in the historic Allen Chapel, situated on the corner of 10th and Charlotte streets, where it occupies a large his toric place in the annals of African Methodism, both because of the influ ence exerted over the people on the West and the distinguished men who have pastored it. Even as late as 1864 the founders of the Missouri Con ference had been limited. The Com ference of that year, being held in Louisville, Ky., and that of 1863, in New Orleans, La. To-day Missouri has four Annual Conferences, the youngest of which is the Southwest Missouri Conference, in which Allen Chapel is situated. It has always been a strategic point for the Church, because it Is the gateway to, Kansas and the furthest west The number of Bishops to be elected at this General Conference has not been decided as yet, however, it is predicted by many of the leading men that at least five will be elected, an dprobably six. The aspirants are already busy soliciting votes, and the contest promises to be a spirited one. Dr.-R- C. Ransom, of Kansas, is fa vorably mentioned for Financial Sec retary, and all the West is pulling with all of its might for him. It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Dr. Hurst, the present Incumbent of that office, will be elevated to the Bishop ric, thereby making vacant' the posi tion Dr. Ransom strives to attain. Dr. J. A. Jones, of Tennessee, seems to be a leading candidate for the editor ship of the Southern Christian Re corder. His State is here in force. Aside from the delegates, many of his friends are on the ground pushing his candidacy. Some of the strongest men of the race' are members of this Conference, prominent among them being Dr. C. V. Roman, a specialist of internation al reputation. Dr. Roman is also an aspirant for honors and it is believed by his friends that he will be the suc cessor of Dr. H. T. Kealing, President of the College conducted by the! Church at Quindaro, Kans. Dr. W. T. ! Vernon, who was recently Register of the U. S. Treasury, is also a leading figure in this Conference. Many oth ers might be mentioned, as the array of talent here is the equal of any that can be called among the Negroes any where in the world. Tho sessions are being held morn ing and evening, with some special feature for each night. The enter- i 1 f " i : i I. I ... S ! ; ! r; i ! ' 1 i ; i " , i ; b i i . ; ! ' MAYOR H. E. His excellency, Mayor H. E. Howse, is living up to every promise he made the Negro voters of Nashville during the last city campaign. , He said he would Bee to it that a library was secured for the colored people; he has done that, and the committee is now looking for a site on which to erect the building. The Mayor promises to use his in fluence to have the Park Commission purchase a. large tract of land for a Negro park to be maintined by the city. It is known to the people of PAPERS LAUD ROOSEVELT FOR HIS ACTION MASS. CASE IN Organs that Oppose Him Compelled to Express Admiration Country Over Must Approve the Act Not Believed to be a Poli tical Trick The Real Roosevelt Spirit Exhibit ed in Action. Washington, May 4. (Special) The voluntary and immediate action of Col. Roosevelt in giving up to Mr. Taft the eight delegates-at-large from Massachusetts instructed for himself, because of Mr. Taft's majority in the preference vote, has excited the ad miration and approval of newspapers and individuals the country over, re gardless of political affiliations. Ta ken, as it was, of his own volition and without consultation with his political advisers, the action of Col. Roose velt has with few exceptions received the commendation of newspapers of every political complexion, and among them several of the strongest Admin istration organs in the country. The New York TimeB, than which there is no stronger supporter of Mr. Taft, comments editorially on the Colonel's action as follows: "In surrendering to President Taft the eight delegates-at-large from Mas sachusetts who were elected as pledged to vote for himself, Mr. Roose velt has done a manly and honorable thing. It is a nact that will have an instant response of praise and approv i for him the country over." "The voters declared a preference for Mr. Taft, and that, under the law, is the exact equivalent of reselutlons of instructions in a State convention, it should be binding upon delegates-at-large. This, Mr. Roosevelt frankly and with most commendable candor acknowledges, and will urge and con tinue to urge the eight delegates at large to support Mr. Taft at Chicago." From the Hartford Courant, a bit ter anti-Roosevelt newspaper, comes the following editorial paragraph: "Theodore Roosevelt has released the eight delegates-at-large from their pledges to vote for him and requested them to vote at Chicago for William IT. Taft as being the choice of the preference primary. It is a very sportsmanlike action." .DR. PHILLIPS RETURNS TO ST. LOUIS. Bishop C. H. Phillips arrived home Tuesday from Macon, Ga., where he has been attending a meeting of the Bishops of the C. M. E. Church. The Bishop hastened to return owing to the continued illness of Mrs. Phillips, who is, however, somewhat improved. Dr. C. H. Phillips, Jr., of St. Louis, who has been In the city several days with his mother, returned to his field of labor Tuesday night. While in the city Dr. rhilllps was with hlg moth er most of the time, and the few hours he spent among old friends were the most pleasant. Mrs. Johns, 612 Fourteenth avenue, North, is able to be out again. tainment committee have their plans well in hand, and the Conference bids fair to be a great success. HOWSE. this city that the Commission has just closed the contract for a 34-acre tract ot land for this park. The achievements above mentioned are. only a few of many, for Mayor Howse Is dally contributing in Bome way to the heeds of the Negroes of this city. The State Normal would never have been located in this coun ty had not his Honor stood so valiant ly t the helm" and contended tor iNhville. Mayor Howse will always oe remembered by the citizens of this city as a man of courage and broad ness of heart. REPUBLICANS HOW MEETING CONDEMN STAR C1UM- BEU METHODS. Organization Perfected and Delegates Elected to State Republican Con ventionInstruct Them to Vote for CoL Theodore Roosevelt Strong Resolutions Adopt ed Committees Appointed. A convention of Davidson County Republicans was held at the Majstic Iheatre on Cedar street, this city May 4th. Hon, P. F. Hill called the meeting to order and was elected Temporary Chairman. He stated that the object for calling the meeting was to give a square deal to the Republi can voters or Davidson County. Rev. B. J. Meredith was elected Temporary Secretary. The Committee on Permanent Or ganization, consisting of Messrs. A. M. Cockrill, Luke Mason, R. C. Martin James Bumpas, A. W. Fite, reported for permanent officers the following: Mr. T. Clay Moore, Chairman; Hon. J. Thomas Turner, Secretary. They were elected. The Chairman appointed the follow ing Committee on Resolutions: J. Tnomas Turner, B. J. Meredith, A. L. Pinkston, A. W. Flte and Hayes Cole. . The committee reported the resolu tions, which were adopted unani mously. The resolutions declared, that the Republican County Executive Com mittee had not carried out the law governing the primaries to select dele gates, but instead of a primary a list of delegates had been made up by the ring at its own dictation and that these so-called delegates were entirely unrepresentative of the rights and in terests of the mass and popular ex pression of Davidson County Republi cans. The resolutions also repudiate the business transacted by the recent county convention, and provided for delegates to the District and State Conventions to be held in Nashville May 14, the reorganization of the party in the County Executive Com mittee, and instructed the delegates to the State Convention to vote for delegates-at-large who will vote for Col. Theodore Roosevelt in the Nation al Republican Convention to be the presidential nominee of the Republi can party. The following delegates were elect ed to the State Convention that con venes in Nashville May 14: P. F. Hill, A. M. Cockrill, T. Clay Moore, J. Thos. Turner, Luke Mason, A. L. Pinkston, P. J. Meredith, W. L. Miller, Dr. George S. Moore, A. W. Fite, James W. Blaine, James Bumpas, Hayes Cole, R. C. Martin. Alternate: R. E. Gee, P. H. Hayden, T. G. Ewing, J. C. Fields, Will Campbell, Wayne War field, T. B. Brown, I. L. Moore, E. W. McGuIre, Frank Paschall, Harry Wright, Dr. J. A. Lester,' W. M. Frank lin. The following Committee on County Executive Committee was appointed: P. F. Hill, Rev. Luke Mason, A. M. Cockrill, J. Thomas Turner, A. W. Fite. Mrs. Lillie B. Williamson, of G14 Fourteenth avenue, North, is convalescent. WILL UK EXEMPLIFIED THIS YEAR. Commencement On Higher Plane. Graduates will Wear Caps and Gowns Dates Changed for Convenience of Friends Great Activity in Main Hall Daily Speakers Working Hard for the Oc casion of their Com mencement. The commencement exercises of the Pearl High School promise to be un usually good this year. Prof. F. G. Smith, the principal, submitted his program to Supt. J. J. Keyes on vvednesday for consideration by the Commencement . Committee. The speakers and singers have been hard at work for some weeks trying to get things In shape for that important oc casion. It is admitted that no school or college, no matter how attractive a program it may offer, is able to bring out the vast audience that al ways overtaxes the capacity of the Ryman Auditorium when Pearl High celebrates its Annual Commencement. The program this year will be above the average and will offer some new features. In the first place, the class of 1912 has adopted Moore's Official High School Cap and Gown as the costume to be worn that night. These caps and gowns are an entirely new thing for high schools. Their adop tion shows that the principal, faculty and pupils of this rapidly growing educational Institution are fully abreast of the times. They are made of a beautiful gray serge with gray broadcloth cap with tassel of same hue. The yoke is smaller than the bachelor's gown, with round rather than pointed sleeves. A sample out fit was sent on trial and the material, fit and. "up-to-dateness" captivated the majority of the class. This garb was used last vear for the first time in the high schools of Chi cago, in some of the cities of Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan. It is said that Pearl High wil! be the first 'to use them In the South. The Commencement this year will take place on Friday night, June 7. This Is a radical change, but will doubtless meet with the approval of the citizens. Prof. F. G. Smith has noticed for some years that the at tendance on the part of the Board of Education, City Council and City and ia.ate officials, as well as the attend ance of white citizens who are friends to the Negro, has been decreasing. He' attributed this diminution in at tendance to the fact that the white people were up late the night before In attendance on the Fogg High School Commencement and that late hours two nights m succession was a little hard on them. It was at his sugges tion that the date be changed, as he wishes to hold the friends the high school has already made and also through them to make new ones. The hall of the second floor of this school is a busy place these latter days. Oratofy and music are the or der of the day. The valedictorian, Mids Willa Brown, and the salutato torlan, Mr. John Gordan, are both working hard to make a splendid ef fort. Both the boys' and girls' Glee Club have some beautiful and witty selections, which will please and de light the people. The number in the graduating class will be twenty-seven if all pass the final examination, 11 boys and 16 girls. TUSKEGEE OFFICERS AGREE WITH CONGRESS. The officers of Tuskegee Institute have agreed with the officers of the National Baptist Sunday-School Con gress, which meets at Tuskegee In stitute June 5 to 10, to see that a charge not exceeding $1.00 Is made for the board of such delegatess as may attend. No sum in excess ot $1.00 will be charged, whether delegates board on the Institute grounds "or in families in the town of Tskegee, or the surrounding Institute commu nity. REV. W. N, DE BERRY AT FISK CHAPEL. Rev. W. N. DeBerry, of Springfield, Mass., proached at the Union Church, Fisk Memorial Chapel, Sunday at 11 o'clock a. m. He some years ago took the degree of B. S. at Fisk and the B. D. at Oberlin, O. He enjoys the distinction of being pastor of the church of which the famous John Brown was a member when he lived in Springfield, Mass., over fifty years ago. His is also the largest and most Institutional church in New England conducted by a colored pastor. Rev. DeBerry was born and reared in this city adn lived here until he graduated from Fisk University. He has a brother living here, Mr. C. De Berry, with whom he Is stopping while in the city. Began May 2 With a JInsicale. All of the Exercises Largely At tended Baccalaureate Addres3 by President Kumler Coun cilman S. P. Harris A. M., LL. D., Addresses Law De partment Students Ex hibits of Class Work. The commencement exercises of Walden University were concluded hursday morning with the graduation of the College Class and an address by Rev. Ira Landrith, D. D., president of Belmont College. The exercises, beginning with a musical on Thuradav nignt, May z, were all well attended, and the large audiences were unan imous in their praise of the work ac complished. An event that was the crowning event of the- week was the address delivered by Councilman S. P. Harris to the graduates of the Law Department. He spoke on the sub ject "The Negro Lawyer, and set a standard that will surely lead every one of the graduates of 1912 to suc cess. The address is as follows: I desire to study with vou this evening, for a few minutes, the Neirro Uwyer, with a view to ascertaining nis position in the community, the re lation he sustains to socletv. From hearing so many loose and uncompli mentary remarks concerning the law yer and his profession, I have reached the conclusion that there is a verv improper conception in the minds of the unmated as to this important and most worthy profession. And this is especially true among our people. I get tnis idea irom their expressed views and opinions concerning the Negro lawyer. COUNCILMAN S. F. HARRIS, A. M., LL. B., Who Addressed the Law Class of Wal den University. There are many reasons for this But they all spring from one main cause, I think, and that is this: Those of us who decide to take up the study of the law with a view to entering upon the practice of the profession as or life's work, do not ourselves form an accurate idea, nor get anything like a proper conception of the duties and responsibilities of the lawyer, That Is to say, we do not form or set up for ourselves the correct Ideal of the lawyer. A man never rises high er than his ideal. That Is a safe and sound proposition. I believe it with all my soul. Indeed, I doubt whether one ever enters into a full and com plete realization of his ideal. That is, I do not believe that the ideal ever becomes the actual, fully and com pletely. I have my doubts about that. We hear such expressions as "aim high," "Shoot at the stars though you hit the tree tops," and many other like expressions do we hear. These are but spurs to urge us on so that we may get the very best possible out of any department of endeavor or hu man activity in which we may be en gaged. . So, I thought it would not be amiss on this ocasion to speak to you con cerning thfe Negro lawyer, with a view to arousing an interest or creating an awakening or to challenge your "at tention, if you p'ease, to some very false and erroneous opinions which hold as .respects this very important and indispensable profession. I say Important profession because it is very essential to our welfare as a race. I say indispensable because we cannot get along without the Negro lawyer, however slightly we may re gard him. H is an indispensable ad junct to our civilization. Indeed, he is more than an adjunct. He is, in very truth, part and parcel of our civ ilization. My purpose in calling your attention to these erroneous views is (Continued on Page 4) AVas Getting Ready For Church. Terrific Storm Does Much Damage- House Tops and Chimneys Fill the Air During the Storm Mr. Frierson was Struck Funeral Tuesday at Pleasant Green Baptist Church Largely Attended. Last Sunday morning the storm did its work in and around Nashville. It was one of great severity, but of short duration. Many housetops and chim neys were demolished, trees were torn up and great waste and ruins were in the path of the mighty storm which swept over the city. The rain came down in tor rents, accompanied with large hail stones, terriffc peals of thunder and flashes of lightning. Just before the eleven o'clock hour of service, when most people were preparing to attend tha Lord's house, a heavy dark cloud arose, and many were caught away from church, while those who had taken advantage of Satan and attend ed Sunday-school were In the house of worship while the storm spent its fury. A sad Incident brought about by the terrific storm was the death of Mr. Eugene Frierson at his home on Spring street in North Nashville. In this home, which is a model of neat ness, where love reigned supreme, Mr. and Mrs. Frierson were prepar ing things about the house and get ting the morning meal ready in order to get away for the 11 o'clock service. Mr. Frierson came into the house and said to his wife, in his usual lov ing manner, "Sweetheart, I'm so hun gry." She turned and asked him to get some water and then they would have breakfast He picked up the buc ket, put on a derby, and went at once for the water. Returning with the water, he had just entered his gate when a hard peal of thunder with a vivid flash of lightning carrying a deadly bolt in it felled him to the ground. A neighbor, who chanced to come to her door, saw him fall and screamed to his wife that Mr. Frierson had been struck b& lightning. Neighbors at once gatii ered and carried him into the house, where they found that the lightning had spent its force, tearing the derby to pieces and breaking Into the cop per wire that bound the hat. Four doc tors were summoned and everything possible was done but, in a short while the soul had returned to God who gave. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Pleasant Green Baptist Church, where the deceased had been a member for eighteen years. A large concourse of friends filled the church auditorium to take the last look at the deceased. Funeral eulogies were given by Rev. J. C. Fields, pastor of Pleasant Green Church, Rev. Crosby, and Rev. C. H. Clark, pastor of ML Olive Church. Many beautiful traits of Mr. Frier son's life were told, one of especial notice being his devotion to his mother and sisters. He was a de voted Christian and a loving husband. Mrs. C. O. Hadley sang sweetly, "In the Shadow of His Wing." The floral offerings were many. Mr. Frierson was an energetic young man who, following In the footsteps of his father, was a stone contractor, and was also a Pythian and member of the Stone Masons' Union, and both orders were out in large numbers. He had by hard work purchased a lovely home and was preparing to enjoy life when God called him to rest from his labors. NO INSURANCE ON NEGRO PROPERTY. Special to the Globe. Lake Providence, La., May 4. An other case has come to light In this community where a Negro la made to suffer because the fire insurance com pany here will not Insure his goods. He has recently received a shipment from one of the large manufacturing plants of Nashville, Tenn. When the shipment arrived here application was made for insurance, and every agent in the town flatly refused to insure the goods. It Is also learned that for several years this practice has been' going on. It Is expected that a fight will be made for fair play. It has also bee nlearned that several other places in the South have adopted the same rulo, and Negro business men are made to suffer because of this discrimination against them, and have expressed a determination "to take up tho matter with the state au thorities, as It is- considered a great injustice for men who are leaders in the community to be deprived of the protection that the fire insurance com panies guarantee.