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The Sunday School Congress Meets In Nashville .lime 13 to 1, 1017
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NASHVILLE A CITY OF OPPORTUNITY THE LEADING NEGRO JOURNAL IN TENNESSEE.
NASHVILLE. TENN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1917.
MEMPHIS GIVEN SHAKEUP
CONDEMNS SCORN OF NEIGHBOR-WHITES MUST HELP
unnnn m a a mium lit innnnnuii
NEGRO TOO TIMID
Memphis, Tenn, Feb. 4. Preaching
to a great congregation in the fash
ionable Calvary Church, wealthiest
congregation in Tennessee, the Rt.
Rev. T. F. Gailor, Bishop of Tennes
see, delivered a memorable rebuke
to white Christians of the South
for surrendering the NegTo to the
cruelty of the "low browed whites."
The sermon shook Memphis, and
gave a city of excitement something
new to talk about
One of tlie greatest preachers of
his day, Bishop Gailor is a man of
rare eloquence. For some years in
telligent colored men have been
doubtful of the Bishop's Interest in
their welfare. They will welcome
his rebuke to the apathy of the
white South ns n new and stirring
Witness for their cause.
Politics and murder make up the
lire of Memphis. Money plays some
part, and intellectual freedom no
part at all. Bishop Gnilor brandishes
the shibboleth of his faith, and com
mands the followers of it to prove
their belief. And that belief involves
less mouthing and more practice
ing of what the Founder of Christ
ianity really taught, and upon wliicli
he banished ancient philosophy for
the divine passion of duty which
finds human expression in love of
man. one for another. The following
is taken from the Commercial Ap
-Ktook for his text St. Matthew
6:2V "Whosoever shall sav to hip
brother, Thou Fool, shall lie in dan
er. of hell lire."
These words were spoken by the ;
Lord Jesus Christ in his -sermon on
the mount," said Bishop aailor. "He
is insisting upon the fact of human
brotherhood. " He quotes the ancient
law against murder and amplifies it
by declaring that he who is angry
with his brother without cause is iii
danger of the judgement, and he who
says to his brother, 'raca,' simple
ton, is in danger of the council: hut
he who calls his brother a fool is in
danger of hell fire."
"The whole discourse is built upon
the fact of the brotherhood of all
members of the human family. This
truth rings out through all the Chris
tian writings. The Fatherhood of
God and the brotherhood of man
these are the great central Christian
principles. We are members one of
another. fVe are not alone. We do
not work singly. Our very sanation is
connected witn that of 'our brother.
Who sits beside us. Life touches
life and soul is bound up with soul
In the great family of God.
man w't works for himself
alone and permits the thought of Lis
own happiness, here or in the world
to come, to absorb his whole attention,
without thought of the happpiness
and well-being of his brethren, is on
the way to death the lonely, wretched
death of selfishness. He is like an
arm cutting itself off from the body.
It will wither and shrivel up and die.
This is the reason in our own nature
for the church, which Christ found
ed. We live with and for one an
other. Our eternal hopes are everlast
ingly inter-related and intertwined
we are members of the same famil.-,
partakers of the same privileges, encompassed-
by the Fame dangers,
saved by the same Lord. Here before
uou, as"; ju.i cnuuren in Christ, we
are allmen and women of every
race,arjd name we are till on the
? ( all weal:, all sinful, all
having liattle to fight and souls to
Condemns Scorn of Neighbor.
inua we are Dretnren; and our
Lord says 'Whosoever shall say unto
his brother, thou fool, shall he in
oanger or hell fire. He does not
mean that we should countenance
roily or fail to recognize it. What
He condemns is scorn of our neigh
nor scorn inai is always maae tip
of two things arrogance and cruel
ty. Who made you l etter than an
other? By what power have you re
ceivea more laients, more girts, a
better station? Who gave , you the
right to injure your brother?
ls It, that you are so great, so neces
sary, so noble, that you can
end stamp out another life, that
Is wretched and poor and weak?
What. makes the wrath against an
other? Must Help the Negro Race. :
."Here we are In Shelbv County with
nearly 100,000 Negroe9 in our midst
52,000 Negroes in the city of Mem
phis. . What spcial effot are we mak
ing to redeem them from vice and
. crime to lift them out of Barbarism?
"The oUier night s respectable cltl
en was waylaid n1 murdered' by
two young.- Negro .highwaymen, and
the whole city was - outraged. But,
after all, whose fault is it? There
are thousands of Negro hoys and
girls growing up in this city who
may he, probably will be, criminals
and who is it among you Christian
people that is trying to make them
bonest and self-supporting and self
respecting? "Who has not heard the stories
that are told with laughter on the
trains, and elsewhere, of Negro ig
norance and credulity in the cotton
licit, exploited by base white men for
the white men's gain? What serious
and sustained interest have we taken
or are we taking in encouraging
Worthy and hard-working and sell
respecting Negroes to lift themselves
and their families out of the sphere
of ignorance and coarse living; and
to protect, them from the brutal in
sults of the low-browed whites?
"The newspaper treats as a jest
the fact that the two Negro highway
men were sent to prison for life,
even before their victim was buried.
The ruling race nays 'Thou fool. and
in its arrogance, blind to the future,
shirks the responsibility.
"My brethren, these sire things that
must be said, und said by southern
men; for I know that all you people
rgree with me. The trouble is, that
that great class of southern men, who
want justice and fair piny, and sym
pathy and enoouragement for the Ne
gro race, for one reason or another,
have been silent, and have permitted
this tremendous problem to be handl
ed practically by that class present
in every community who do not
know or who do not care for righ-
This is no question of "social
equality. There never was Buch a
question. There is no such a thing
us social equality, even among white
people. This is such a ting as social
familiarity; and we have rightly
fettled that question in the south. It
is no question of political rights. 1
do not believe In any man's right to.
vote. The suffrage is a privilege and j than to have it said that every Ha
noi a right. I zen of the state is a members of the
"But this question is one of human
tights the human right to life. I children are already on the highwav
to liberty under the flog, and to be 'to ruin, because father, mother or!
potected in the ownership of what,! somebody else did not direct their
one has earned' by honest labor. tiny feet into the paths that lead to !
These three human rights we southern I the Sunday school. i
people are ready to guarantee toevervi ..
man and woman in our land: nn.i
here today, for the benefit of those ! "Tllere ha8 never been a time when
who criticise us from a distance, I am I the 'importance of Sunday school at
ready and glad to say, that I voice tendance was not realized and appro
the conviction of the best people 0f i elated, but it seems to me thai, in
the south, when I sav this: although view of recent events, the inipor-
we have been altogether too timid
in asserting our convictions.
"Ah. brethren, T would have you
come witn melius morning out .of at
mosphere or our petty contentions and: might not come, hut, despite all this,
stifling jealousies into the free, fresh we are totlay wal"ing in the gathering
nir of the merer nnit- lm" r.t 'gloom of lower War-clouds, and wn
Heavenly Father to realize for a
moment on our knees our kinshio in
Jesus Christ that the great and er"ing I woman there confined forty men and
the lowly, the living and the dead, "Believing Implicitly in the great1 toys. The police records of Nash
are one family and one brotherhood i worK liow ueinS done in our Sunday j ville show approximately that for
in Him. ' ; schools, desirous of encouraging the arrest for minor offences of women
"This is that true love of hu- efforls ol tllose wl a contributing in the corporate Umits there are
inanity of which the modern philoso- itneir "me, energy and money to this! about, three wiei for every woman
pny is hut the Ineffectual shadow.
T-l.l in t.. 1. 11 11 . .
It,' . y,V. u" u"es
iiuu vnimuui noon in mm iiJcaiiia . v , n, u.a uu
of what it m'ght do for the ideal . t0 Sunday School Day," now, there
race at large; but which like charitv : fore- Tom c- Kye, governor of Ten
begins at home and shows Itself in nessee, do hereby proclaim' and set
the common duties of common life; aPart APr'l s. 1917, as "Go to Sunday
the philanthropy which is known first 1 -School Day" for Tennessee. On that
ef all In kindness and gentleness to day 1 earnestly urge all Tennesseans,
those about us in the fulfillment of 8 we'l aa a'l visitors within her bor
tbe duties of wife and husband, ; ders to attend the Sunday school ot
father, mother nnd friend and which tneir choice, and trust that those not
expands out . through the homely : heretofore attending may, on that day,
duties well performed into the large resolve to begin to cultivate the 'habit
8nd dees and thoughtful regard for 01 regular Sunday school attendance,
the aims and hopes and life of hu- believing as I do, that from this habit
mankind for His sake who hath w"l spring countless blessings to
made us all of one blood, one com- every home in our state,
nion clay, soon to crumble into dust, I "in Testimony Whereof, I have here
and Juith also blessed us wilh the unto set my hand and caused the
hone of eternal life through Jesus
Cliirst our Lord,"
JUDGE ORDERS MAN CUT
JURY LIST FOR RACE
The name of John A Magee, a real
estate agent and Yale graduate, of
: No. 174 West Eighty-sixth street, is
to be stricken from all inrv llstn at
he direction '
Magee's prejudice against- the Ne -
mantapie oraer, wnicn was ? an--
nounced at the trial ot a Negro
Part V. Getieral Sessions. , M'
Magee was one of the talesmen -tin-
Nathaniel Motley, accused of stabbing
to rfpath mhn Pro. oi o iJl
August 4.-. Magee, 'when asked it
there was a ,r,eason '-why' he should
not serve ss a Juror, replied:
"The best reason I can give for
not being eligible as a juror is my
prejudice against the Negro race. As
the defendant belongs to that race,
I know I could not view the case im-partlallyv-N.
'GOV. RYE MAKES
Easter Sunday Set Aside As "Go to
Sunday School Day" In Tennessee
ALL URGED TO ATTEND
Gov. Tom C. Rye, before his de
parture for Florida Monday issued a
proclamation to the people of Tennes
see, setting apart Easter Sunday,
April 8, as "Go to, Sunday School
Day" for Tennessee, on which day all
Tennesseans are urged to attend Sun
day school. The proclamation in full
is as follows:
"To the People of Tennessee: No
state can truthfully boast of true
greatness and wealth, unless that
state is great in its moral develop
ment and rich in the Godliness of its
people, hence the exacting demand
and important duty of every common
wealth is to bend every effort and
exert every energy to the thorough es
tablishment of the great Torres which
produce Christian character.
"The study of the Bible is necessar
ily a sacred duty, for the reason that
a knowledge of God's word is essen
tial to the development of Christian
character and good citizenship.
"The Sunday schools of our state
are strong right arms of our church
es, dealing deadly and effective blows
to the evils that seek to destroy child
hood, home, state and nation. This
being true, our Sunday schools de
serve all praise and encouragement
and should be attended by all our peo
ple. The child naturally follows in
the footsteps of more mature years,
therefore our men and women should
turn their steps toward the Sunday
school, in order that the children may
there learn lessons which shall make
them worthy citizens. If the time
ever was when the Sunday school was
but a place for children, that time has
passed, for under the guidance of the
good men and women who are giving
their lives to this noble cuuse, there
-Cto toll" Fop IntouM
ta nnur a htnno fnn nil .nn. 4 1. J
Department" for those unable to at-
tend, and duty calls all to take their
place in the Sunday school.
"I could wish for no higher compli
ment or creater honor for our neonle
Sundav school. Thousands of nnr
I iivi.uji ur I JiAOH..
'tance of Sumlav school encourage-
ment and attendance is emphasised
we did not desire it we could not
help it we have even prayed thai it
need to Know more of the teachings of
tDe Pnce of Peace and His will con -
uu'y cause, ana neing advised that tne
iTpnnDQDOa Clltwla.. anl.nn1
h aYoTI:' TLr, r'l
reat Seal of State' to be affixed
at Nashville on this, the fifth day ot
February, nineteen hundred and sev
enteen. CSifened' "TOlM C. RYE, Governor."
MR. COOPER'S STATEMENT.
In relation to the Governor's pro
clamation, Noah W. Cooper, president
- , '"uu vuuuljt ouuua, senooi
, l9lf .latlon' makes the llowinS tate-
of the Davidson County Sunday school
I o..j... ,...-,
a te he.
m. Im T. t
jthe whole state, and have everybody
7 "!lTJuiru' .unu'
"1, o f I , , . I ,
and every Sunday school teacher and
iu a u...y.. nuu JU cvcijr lien alHei
from now till Easter Sunday."
. JUDGE CA'RTHELL ENTHU'S
Judge Joseph Carthel, general secre
tary .of the Tennessee Sunday school
association; who Is very enthusiastic'
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AT RYMAN AUDITORIUM
5000 Citizens Expected at
300 p. m. Sunday After
noon in the Interest of
Ladies Auxiliary With Officers and!
Captains ot Teams-Committee of
Management and Advisory Board
Davis Military Band Among the
Plans tor the Colored Y. M. C. A,
muss meeting at the Rynian Audi-!
torium have been perfected. Nearly
ll.imo subscribers ami workers have
been sent personal notices. The
breakers have been selected. The
beating of the auditorium, the plac
ing of a piano by the Starr Piano
Company for use on that occasion;
and every detail which a lies meet
ing such as that calls for has been
worked out by the committee and
they are going over t hem as this
article goes to press in order to
make sure thai theie is no occasion
for a single hitch of auy sort.
The committee in charge has been
diligent in its search for public
ppiritod men. Mavor Robert Ewing,
Major E. B. Siahlman. Mr. J. 11.
Allison. Mr. Arch Trawick and Mr.
Is. v. iici.iu win no on nuii-i. me
... . ... i 1 .1 rr.l.
message which these men will bring
will be short but effective und to the
Mr. A. Cm. Price, Chorister of Si
Paul A. M. E. Church Choir, will
direct the singing find Mrs. W. li.
McGavock will preside at the piano.
The audience will be expected to do
its own singing in nuyj ;)2rt. A
! tew melodic,- mid ' :'nvriij hymns
of a .Nashville con
gregation on such occasions. No
one who delights in hearing a large
miscellaneous group sing songs wilh
which they are more or less familiar
can afford to miss tlie Sunday meet-
THE LADIES' AUXILIARY.
Tlle ladies- auxiliary which so
r'lan' P'ediet will in no wise fail to
measure up to the high slandard set
' suph' lities "s Atlanta, Kansas
City and Indianapolis, will be on
hand in full force. It is the opinion
0f ti,e president. Mrs. Clcmmie
White, that at least l'.uoii ladies wi.l
be present. Sunday to lend encourage
tnent and to pledge their co-opera-
tion to the public-spirited men who
ore seeing to' it that a brighter day
must not simply dawn in Nashville,
hut must break forth into exultant
splendor for I lie Negro men and boysj
of this cilv. When it comes to gen-
j uine appreciation for genuine ser -
j vice rendered, the women take first
nlnro in mnkina it known.
j In the Tennessee state prison audi
i reformatory there are for every one'
arrested. The necessity tor me co
i II .1.- f ll,n In.lina'
.yc'a ,, ' v
There will be an effort made to j
materially increase the receipts ol"
building fund at the Sunday meeting. j
There will be no chiding of those;
who will not find it convenient to;
make a payment. Whatever is thine j
or is not done in this direction will
effect to no great extent the object
of the meeting. It would be an in-
excusable blunder . to hold such a
meeting and fail or neglect to give
everybody an opportunity io comri-,
hnte as they feel, but on tho other,
hand, no one will be made to feel i
embarrassed in tlie least ns a result
of an effort to press payment of
THINKING OF A FRIEND.
Knt dnoaTi't. tiTrio nnaa
swiftly? It peems but yesterday
since John and I were together
at work, also at leisure. But it
is a year ago today since I wa3
j bereft of his pleasant association.
were others. Truly I felt and
the memory of whom I fondly
cherish. Who is it that does not
John H. Kelly, Jr., had for friend
and foe? But wliy lament over
thinf-s inevitable ? Rather let ua
rejoice and be exceeding happy
to know that ere long, even we,
as John ' ' ;
"Shall see our Pilot face to face,
When we have crossed the Bar."
- '-' A, G. Price.
! Deceased Senior Zion Prelate's Work
Praised in Huge Services
CHURCH FAR TOO SHALL
Great Audience Mourns As Bishop
Clinton in Tears Delivers Solemn
Funeral Eulogy by Request
of Dead Churchman
Zion A. M. E. Church, West 130th
st,eet- i,roved far u, emM nt-
commodate me nunureus mat jam-
mcd it yesterday morning to pay the
last tribute of respect to the Right
Rev. Alexander Walters, Senior
Bishop of the A. M. E. Zion Church,
and one of the most noted figures in
America. Bishop Walters died in his '
home, 208 West 134th street, Thurs-
day, February I, after an illness of
nearly seven months, and a few
weeks alter ho had been brought
troiii St. Luke's Hospital, where In
was taken for the purpose of trying
to save his life. The funeral serv
ices opened with Bishop V. L. Lee
presiding, and the singing of Asleep
in Jesus." 1st Scripture reading by
Dr. Ilanna. of Philadelphia
Scripture lesson, Dr. Pike, of the
New Jersey Conference, and the in
vocation by Dr. Harvey Anderson,
editor of the Star of Zion. The Rev.
A. A. Crook then announced the sec
ond hymn, "Servant of God Well
At the request of Bishop Walters,
his personal friend. Bishop George
W. Clinu-n, of Charlotte, N. C, who
succeeds him as seinor bishop of the
' .1111, I lllll-l'll MMIIVHrt-Mt TI.M IlltltT'-ll
" . ' ,
uiogy. rsisnop vun'on, in Ms eulogy
whieh many times moved him to
tears, cited the hie of the deceased j
prelate from his early boyhojd, liisj
school days, the time he entered the I
ministry and his election as the 24th
liishop of his church. ie called at-J
tcution that BiMiop Walters began!
preaching in IST and was elected
Bishop In J3js"34th year, being the;
nccGfid youngest man to fill that high '
office. The speaker then told of j
Bishop Walter's prominence in the;
church, the many times lie was lion-;
ored and appointed to fill honorable
positions and to preside over impor
tant councils. Also his great devo
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FIRST TO DIE IN
Frank Wallace, Colored, of Haiti i
more, U-Boat Victim Washington j
Gels News Kaiser's Sea Raider, i
Capitol Hears, Sinks Provisional
Coll'er with Able Seaman. j
Washington, Feb. b. Confirmation
of the killing of Richard Wallace,
colored seaman, reached the Stiile
! department today in a cablegram
from Consul Frost at Queenstown.
"Provisional collier Eavestnne sun!;
bv shell fire of German submarine h. i
vicinitv Fastnet vesterdav (Februnr.
M), American colored able seaman,
I Richard Wallace, of Baltimore, killed
rliiruur Rbplliiur if hunt iiftpp tliov
had. just lett the Eavcstono. Details!
not yet available." I
Official Washington fee's that the
critical moment has arrived and that
a declaration of war against Germany
is not far distant.
Shnnlrl thp oflli'lnl disnntclinu trulnvl
reports concerning the
the British freighter
Eavestone and the killing of
American citizen, it: is believed by
vomitors nnrl rinrfi'nntntivpa tlisit tlin
President will come before Congress
to ask for authority to use the forces)
of the United States to protect its!
The shell!n), of -hP smaU Miats in
wll,,.. the crew a8 Reeking t0 cscanc !
lriim lho itlk:,lB. vf-ssct as lenortwit.
,s f.0n.sidered to be an aggravated case
()- violation of the principles of
ciuiser warfare as laid down by the;
United States government, which '
,,,e president riinnt overlook
REV. R. E. JONES
Editor Southwestern Christian Ad
vocate, New Orleans, La.
MR. C. J. PERRY PRESIDING
MUCH" IMPORTANT BUSINESS TRANSACTED LADIES
PRESENT-PUBLIC WELCOME GIYEN BY THE
CITIZENS OF NASHVILLE
Representatives of the Negro news
papers throughout the United States :
are in Nashville this week holding j
their annual convention. The ses-
sions are being held in the hoard I
1 rooms of the National Baptist Pub-
lisliing Board, corner Second avenue, :
North, and Locust street, and are j
being presided over Uy fttr. (juris J.
Perry, the president of the Associa-(
tion. Some of the oldest newspaper
men in the United States are in at-;
tendance. Their records run to as j
high as forty years of continuous!
service. Nashville has been doing
honors to those pushers of the
nuill. The sessions opened with an
executive committee meeting at lOUKt
o't.ock Wednesday. At this execu
tive session weighty matters pertain-
Qn.i.tn.r to tlie worn oi me emu cic
considered auu a numuer vi iuiim-
lant changes effecting tlie member
ship dealing with the circulation, re-;
peterial work aud the managerial i
side of publications were presented j
to the committee.
On Wednesday night the local j
committee irave a nublic welcome at
the SI. John A. M. E. Church, corner
Eighth avenue and Cedar street. The
meeting was presided- over uy ,r. i
A. N. Johnson, who is chairman of
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me local cuiiiiiuial-c uihi whu irancc,
ltd the opening address. The Rev.
fj:; - .uv'.v 'iv.fXr-
N't. ' i ,A v.n' 1
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MR. CHRIS J. PERRY',
Editor Philadelphia Tribune, Philadelphia. Pa., President Najionhl
Negro Press Associat'on .who will preside at the twelfth annual ses
Si'.m of the Assovlatlon and who for thirty years has been, an active
C. H. Clark. !). I)., pastor of the Mt.
Olive Baptist Church, offered prayer,
The welcome address to the newspa -
per men on behalf of the citizens of
Nashville was delivered by President
W. J. Male, of the A. & I. State Nor -
mal. In Prof. Male's address he as -
sured the visiting representatives of'
tne pross that Nashville appreciated
their presence and that the gales of
Nashville stood ajar not only for this
occasion, but lor each nnd every ses
sion that was to follow. He told of
the great work being accomplished in
Nashville by the members of the
press, and declared that no city in .tee. The tetter part of the day -was
the United States was more suitable spent in the discussion of recomnien
for an ideal permanent meeting place! dations made by the committee at
than was the city whose arms were, its Kansas City session last August
outstretched to receive them this ! and by the committee in its session
The rcsponre to the welcome was
delivered by Dr. J. A. Hamlet, edi
tor of the Christian Index, of the
C. M. E. Church of Jackson, Tenn.
His was a happy response. The anec
dote be gave about the fellow forget
ting a part of the wedding ceremony
was enjoyable and he compared that
to the newspaper men accepting the
Chairman Johnson then called on
President Perry of the Association,
who also made a response in which
MR. H. A. BOYD
Corresitinding Secretary of
, tional Negro Press Association.
he told of the pleasure he was sure
.,.. nMnt,iiM r th
- -. v.. 0-
ceived on these annual visits. He
! referred with pride to tlie previous
j occasions be had visited Nashville
iand stated be was glad to know the
j substantial nrogresi made by the
' citizens of Nashville in every way.
j At the conclusion of the address
1 Chairman Johnson announced the
local program, which included a
numuor of entertainments by the
Nashville members and the citizens
.!,. Thursday morning the sessions
proper were opened und among im
portant matters considered first was
the report of the Executive Commit-
Wednesday. Tlie chairman of the
Executive Committee, Mr. -Jrfeuh L.
Jones, editor of the Fraternal Moni
tor, of Cincinnati, read the report.
At 12 o'clock the entire association
accepted an invitation to visit F sk
and Roger Williams Universities.
Eight automobiles were filled with
these representative1! and just before
leaving their meeting place a photo
graph was made of tlie ears as they
were lined up. iThe cars' were fur
nished by Mr. L. lenders, Dr. J. A.
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