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NHVlbER 43 VOLUME XII. NASHVILLE, TENN- FRIDAY, AUGUST 21. 1917. P. NOW IN SESSION ME LOPG PR K. Or v V 'ill : I -, t" 'i ? SUPREME LODGE K. OF SESSION 1VIANY REPRESENTATIVES 4.0 f UNIFORM RANK AND COURT OF CALANTHE . WELL REPRESENTED St. Louis la alive this week with Pythian visitors. The city is being stirred with Pythianism as never be fore in its history. The loyal Knights are invading the city in all of its quarters, sending forth the doctrine of Friendship, Charity and Benevol ence. The Supreme Lodge is hold ing its 19th Biennial session and is being presided over by Supreme Chan cellor S. W. Green, New Orleans, La. be representatives and delegates are jring in from all most every state the Union, and the representation lis year is larger than ever before To the Supreme Lodge. The Uniform Rank and the Count of Calanthe are very large and enthusiastic. Quite a number of special trains came in from Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, and Georgia as well as Louisiana. The local committee has done herself proud in the reception of visiting del egates, and no stone has been left un turned to make this session of the Supreme Lodge, one of the most pro- fltable as well as the most interesting in tne nistory or the organization. It is indeed a marvel and delight to see the way the situation is being 1 .". r - . 4 - ' ' ' Xyfot ' Hi-. ; - 1 f 'V;l '" I :': : .:. 1 .. : vf. V . i SIR S. W. GREEN, Supreme Chancellor K. of P. handled by the enterprising and thrifty local committee. Camp Jack Bon as well as the Supreme Lodge and Court of Calanthe head-quarters, have ideal situation. Every comfort for the visiting delegation is amply cared for. Nothing seems to be lacking in the preparation for this large and enthusiastical meeting. The citizens of St. Louis, have welcomed the visi tors with open arms. They have thrown open their doors, giving them a cordial welcome. Everywhere de corations and Pythian signs bedeck the beautiful store houses as well as a number of the most imposing resi dences. The citizens seem to be work ing as one unit, with the one effort and purpose in view, and that is every Tisitor, representative or delegate must leave the city with the impres sion that every possible arrangement was made for their enjoyment and comfort. It is indeed remarkable to not the amount of enthusiasm and in terest being manifested by the loyal Knights all over the United States, foreign countries and islands of the sea, in this meeting. Pythian special trains were run from various cities, and in particular, those states that lit- in close proximity of the metropo lis of Missouri. We would not feel safe here in making an estimate of the number of delegates, representa tives and visitors present at this ses sion. Every train and every road is bringing in its quota, and by the time of going to press, we have no way of ascertaining the exact number of visi tors present. Tennessee, as usual, It do ing herself proud in attendance at this meeting, and Tenneasseans are playing quit-) a consp:uous part in the meeting. Dr. J. P. Crawford, Grand Chancellor of Tennessee, is a member of the finance committee and came to the city a number of days ahead of his delegation, in order that the work of auditing etc., might be well under way. The Uniform Rank of the various cities are encamping P. 1 9TH BIENNIAL at Camp Jackson, a number of them coming to the meeting on special trains and special cars. The Court of Calanthe is exception ally well represented, and representive Calanthes from every state in the Union are in attendance at the meet ing. Wonderful indeed, is the pro gress being made by the Knights of Pythians, numerically as well as financially. They own some of the most magniflcient buildings of any secret organization among Negroes. Their Endowment department is strong and well kept. EFFICIENCY, i auunuoo, usu v iuui l , seem to be the watch-word of the organiza tion. They are reaching out in the various states, building up enter prise, supporting industry, conducting business and demonstrating to the world, in a tangible way, the means and purpose of their organization. The Knights of Pythias are teaching by their thrift and development, the wonderful possibility of the Negro. They are demonstrating his ability to own, control and operate large con cerns; they are demonstrating his , ability to handle large financial in- stitutions; they are demonstrating his ability to meet in fraternal and legis lative body and still retain, harmony of action and unity of purpose. This Supreme Lodge session has brought to St. Louis, numbers of the leaders of the race, not only in Pythian circle, but business as well as religious cir cle, and St. Louis is seeing such a gathering of nation wide celebrities as has not been her good fortune for a number of years past, and you could hear nothing but songs of praise and words of congratulation for the splen did reception of being accorded all. DR. G. W. WOODBEY PRESENT AND SPEAKS. Dr. G. W. Woodbey, of San Diego, Cal., who is now visiting in Tennessee was present at hte session of the Stone River Association and was a live wire. Dr. G. W. Woodbey was beard Wed nesday evening by an appreciative audience. He is' a splendid example of what one cap acquire in the literary attainment. After having finished school when he left the 3rd grade. We feel he rightfully earned the title the "Cilvertongue Orator of the Wejt." Dr. A. C. Kenon and the good peoplej of the First Baptist Church deserve much credit for the way they managed and took care of the large body of dele gates that attended the Association. Every member to the man seem to fall in line and help shoulder the responsibility. That speaks well for the pastor, that speaks well for-the membership and friends of the First Baptist Church. We feel too much praise and congratulation can not be given these good people. Then again we have never seen a more intelligent and orderly audience as well as body of delegates in the history of any Association. Truly we can say the Lord is in this place. Mr. Tom Holmes accompanied Miss Queenie Miller to the picnic Saturday afternoon. NATIONAL NEGRO BUSINESS LEAGUE CLOSES ITS AT CHATTANOOGA, Hon, J, G. Napier Again Heads Negro Business Quite a large and representative meeting of the National Negro Busi ness League in its 18th. annual ses sion was held at Chattanooga, Tenn., beginning August 15th., and closing August 17. It was a very large and profitable meeting. The meeting was opened at the Lyric Theatre, which was crowded to its capacity. The local committee under the leadership of the Hon. G. W. Franklin, President of the local league, acquitted them selves nobly in the reception and en- tertainment of the delegates and visi tors. The Hon. J. C. Napier, serving his first year as president of this or ganization made a profound and last ing impression upon the delegates in the delivery of his address, it was indeed a splendid document. It showed that he had given thought and consideration to the many problems that confront our people. It was in deed a pivilege and pleasure as well as an honor, to be present and hear this magniflcient address. The meet ing was a tremendous success in every sense of theword, all the affiliated or ganizations being well represented. A number of the representatives came up to the meeting driving through the country in their own automobiles. A number came in special coaches, special trains came in all during the day of the 14th. The Nashville dele gation attended the League In special sleepers which be-speak much for the esteem in which the Tennesseans hold their fellow-townsman who is honor ed with the distinction of being presi dent of this great organization. Throughout the meeting the spirit of Booker T. Washington, founder and life long president of the league was manifested, every representative pres ent Bhowed by action and spirit, that they are all keeping alive, the work begun by this splendid and noble character. On the opening day, the Hon. Thos C. Rye, Gov., of Tennessee, welcomed the Business League to Chattanooga on behalf of the famous old Volunteer State. On introducing Gov. Rye, the Hon. J. C. Napier called to mind the fact that itls a rare privi lege and pleasure as well as an honor for which we are profoundly grateful to have a real live Mayor and a real live Governor to be with us in per son and not by proxy, for the purpose of welcoming the delegates to the 18th annual convention o fthe National Ne gro Business League on behalf of the progressive city of Chattanooga and the great state of Tennessee. He said in part, "I know that in Governor Tom C. Rye, the "Negroes of this state have a friend. He stated that he had gone to him on more than one occasio nand he always found him ready and willnig to lend a helping I8TH ANNUAL He-Elected President-Nashville Man hand in the interest and betterment of the colored citizens, and especially in the interest of Education. Mr. Napier's introduction of Governor Rye was indeed a master-piece of eloqu ence and logic. He called attention to the fact that right before our very yees and on the same platform at that very minute was the Mayor of Chattanooga a staunch Republican and tne Governor or Tennessee a staunch Democrat, both ther come to the nit" " HON. JAMES CARROLL NAPIER. President National Business League. the state of Tennessee, this great Negro convention, which shows that irrespective of political party affilia tion, there were white men friends of the Negro who were willing to do what they could to encourage him in his efforts. On being introduced, Gov. Rye made a splendid address, saying that he was deeply and pro foundly grateful for the compliments paid him by the different representa tives of our race, and that since he u-ns finvfirnnr nf Tfinnfissee he would l,e novpmor of all the neonle reeard- less of race, creed or other affiliation, and when he could not do this, he would step down and out and go back to private life. He said he appreciat ed the opportunity to be present and welcome the National Negro Business League to Chattanooga, on behalf of the great Volunteer State. He con gratulated the colored citizens for their splendid effort and progress, and advised the young men of the race that if they were looking for a fertile field for investment for their busi ness capitol and professional skill and were they imbued with the idea of discovering a lost paradise, that he would serve notice on them here and now, that he would be doomed to utter despair and absolute failure did his foot steps lead not to Dixie. (Laughter and applause) Gov. Rye said in particular, we are all Ameri can citizens NOW. (Prolonged ap plause) We are all fighting under the same flag. He went on emphasizing some of the principals and duties of American citizens. He especially re ferred to the colored man's duty In the National and Inter-national cris es. He spoke of the American Ne groes' loyalty to the flag, saying that our National rights had been as sailed and our National dignity ig nored. We have been compelled to un furl our undefeated flag on foreign soil and we are determined to de fend and support it by American sol diers white and black. (Hearty and prolonged applause.) He paid a glowing tribute to Com pany G, a company of Negro troops organized in the state of Tennessee. He made special mention and compli mented them in the very highest SESSION TENN League. terms. He said that when war was declared, a number of this Company of Negro soldiers as well as a number of influential colored citizens of the state volunteered. Said that their service was at the command of our nations chief executive, that they were only too glad to offer their ser vice and if need be, their lives in be half of their country and in defense of OLD GLORY. Gov. Rye's address as well as the address of Hon. Jesse M. Littleton, Mayor of Chattanooga, was indeed inspiring and encouraging. It showed that in spite of a great deal of race rioting that there was still in the South, friends of the Negro who were willing and ready to encourage him in his effort in business, educa tional and financial progress. The eighteenth annual session of the National Negro Business League wound up in a blaze of glory by a banquet and reception tendered the delegates and representatives by the local committee at the Armory Hall, and Market streets. The splendid addresses the melodious strains of the orchestra together with the gorgeous gowns worn by the ladies has never been surpassed in the his tory of the League and Chattanooga acquitted herself nobly in the recep tion and entertainment of this splendid meeting. Tennessee can well feel proud of this historic city known throughaut the length and breadth of the U. S., as the DYNAMO OF DIXIE." Anothed splendid feature of the Chattanooga session of the Business League was the souvenir and musical program gotten out by the Publicity Bureau of Nashville, Tenn., of which Mr. J. Blaine Boyd is president, and printed by the National Baptist Pub lishing Board. This program was by far, the most beautiful the most ela borate in the history of the National Negro Business League. It is a beau tiful three color patriotic design made up in envelope effect and was so ar ranged that it can be mailed out without the use of an envelope. The frontest piece was a drapery of Old Glory with Geo. Washington's picture in the center, Booker T. Washing ton's picture on one side, Hon J. C. Napier on the other side. It showed splendid views of Mr. Washington, pictures of the presidents of the af filiating organizations, members of the local committee, historic scenes in and around Chattanooga as well as carrying a number of old Jubilee Melo dies. This program was pronounced by every one who has seen It, the finest ever gotten out and Mr. Boyd is to be complimented for this splen did work. The meeting of the Na tional Negro Business League at Chattanooga will long be remembered. NAT. BAP. GONV. UNINCORPORATED GREAT PREPARATION BEING MADE-LARGE DELEGATION WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE The thirty-seventh annual session ' of the National Ilaptist convention unincorporated will meet in Atlanta, Ga., September 5-11. As the time of the meeting draws near, letters and cards are pouring in asking for homes for the delegates, ihe local committee in Atlanta. Is making snlendld preparations for the recep tion and entertainment of this meet ing, which will be the largest Atlanta has ever had the privilege of enter taining. All indications point to the fact that this, the thirty-seventh an nual session of the National BaptiBt Convention, will be the most enthusi astic. the most harmonious that the convention has had for a number of veurs. A revival of interest Is being manifested and the work which has been done will bo brought up to At lanta, and each Secretary of the varf ous Hoards will be called upon to cive an account o his stewardship The Boards have been working and brineing things to pass. The Home Mission Hoard, Foreign Mission Hoard. Benefit Hoard, Educational Hoard and the National Baptist Pub lishing Board, have al worked and labored hard in their various fields H. k V-1-' i a f. K;:v "ft? REV. E. P. JONES, Vicksburg, Miss. President Nat. Bapt. Convention. for the development and betterment of the Negro Baptist brethren throughout the length and breadth of theBO United States. Already it has been learned that a number of the state delegations are coming up to Atlanta in special trains. Letters received, telling us that Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Texas, Louisi ana, Misissippi. Florida, Alabama and Oklahoma, have all mapped out their official route, and will be Joined at the various junctions by delegates from different sections and various cities. The meeting at Atlanta will be exceptionally well attended from the fact that a great Educational rally is being pushed for the recently purchased Theological and Training Seminary which was purchased by the Educational Board at Nashville, Tennessee. The Baptists of the Unit ed States have longed for and waited for this day, for twenty years. This magnificent institution which was formerly Boscobel College, is one of the best sites in the South. It has more than twenty acres with three magnificent brick buildings, a steam heating plant valued at five thousand dollars, and the great Baptist hosts are coining up to Atlanta to bring their contributions and see to it that this Institution wil not suffer for lack of financial support. While it Is true we had for a number of years, an Educational Board supposed to have been raising funds for the pur pose of building this Institution, nothing substantial was ever accom plished. During the split in Chica go in 1915, a new Secretary was elected to take the place held for a number of 'years by ev. S. E. Griggs of Memphis, Ten. It was after the separation that the Educational work took on new life, and after two years, they have made this magnificent start by purchasing this property and they are now appealing to the great host jof Baptists to bring up to Atlanta, IN ATLANTA, GA., SEPT. 5-11 a substantial evidence of their grati tude and confidence. The Rev. Edw. P. Jones, D. D., of Vicksburg, Miss., President of the National Baptist Convention unin corporated, and Rev. T. J. King, ol Richmond, Va., Secretary of the Na tional Baptist Convention unincor porated, have sent out their official call which means that thousands up on thousands of loyal Negro Baptists will meet face to face and shake hands in Atlanta, Ga., the Great GATE CITY of the South, and that the National Baptist Convention will put herself on record as really bring ing something to pass. They will come up to this meeting to foster the cause of Education, by contributing their funds to the support of this magnificent Institution. The For eign Mission Board, under Rev. Kem$ of Chraleston, S. C, has also beeu doing a splendid work and has a glowing report to make. All the Boards of the Convention are having their reports put up in pamphlet form so that the thousands of dele--gates can 'take them home to have something to show their church who, sent them up, that the National Bap- tist Convention is really a progressive energetic convention which is doing some real constructive work. It is also noticed from the program that special days have been set aside for the report of the various Boards and that even the humblest preacher coming from the rural district will have a voice in the deliberation of this great body. Another movement being fostered, under the auspices of tho Convention and which is gaining strength rapid ly, Is the Laymen's Movement. Tho Hon. Wm. Harrison, that stalwart, princely lawyer of Oklahoma, the Attorney for the National Baptist Convention, is president of this move ment. Mr. C. T. Hume of Nashville, Tenn., Hon. Mr. Curry of Vicksburg, Miss., and Hon. B. J. Davis of Atlan ta, Ga., are a live and moving spirit in its operation. Already a number of certificates of membership have been sent out to various local or ganizations and they will bring up contribution to help foster the won derful work of Education. A glori ous and harmonius meeting is to be held for the glory of God and for the benefit of the great BaptiBt de nomination. The meeting will be pregnant with religious fervor and that splendid spirit of the FATHER HOOD OF GOD AND THE BROTH ERHOOD OF MAN. EXEMPT. Men of God Exempt from Army Draft. We are very pleased to announce as well as we feel you are pleased to know that all preachers and even theological students who had matri culated in some theological seminary, before the day of registration are ex empt from army duty, especially at present. This, to our mind, is a very wise step, because If there ever was a day when the gospel needed to be preached as never before, it Is now. 7 .v: ;.'.w. ;;'.t. '4.-,?,'c.s. I ' a - i; (! v.-- -. ... . w i -