2sTASHYILLE GLOBE, FRIDAY DECEMBER 6, 191&
Bijou Theatre, Nashville, Tenn., the equal of any Colored Theatre
in the country; shows Vaudeville and Moving Pictures and books
through The Mutual Amusement Circuit.
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the call In 1912 to serve as Executive
Secretary of the Nashville Colored
Branch Y. M. C. A., he stated In his
letter of acceptance to the General
Secretary. Mr. S. W. McGill, "With
a capacity to receive and ability to
Impart, I will accept the place.". Pre
vious to this time Mr. Sanders had
spent ten years in preparatory school
and college, one year in technical
training, bookkeeping and general
While a student in college he was
active in everything that would bet
ter qualify him for his life work. He
was a debater of some note, having
won a gold medal in a local debate,
was a member of the inter-collegiate
debating team and was president of
the College debating club. He spent
three years at the printer's trade as
a compositor and proof-reader and
newspaper work in general. He was
active in atbletks devoting considera
ble time to tennis, played some base
ball and foot ball. He was twice
president of the Young Men's Chris
tian Association and was delegate to
the Student Y. M. C. A. Conference.
He was also a member of the White
Cross League, temperance society and
college glee club and was a continuous
member of the foreign and home mis
sionary class. He served as advance
agent of the college brass band for two
years and was advance agont and bus
iness- manager for a quartet during
his summer vacation in his Junior
year, visiting half a dozen northern
states. He was also valedictorian of
Immediately upon finishing school,
Mr. Sanders filled a responsible place
as traveling representative and inspec
tor for an insurance company with
headnuarters in Durham, N. C. As
inspector, he visited thousands
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Nashville lays claim to possessing one of the finest moving pic
ture theaters operated exclusively for colored patronage in the
entire United States The Bijou.
This theater is operated by the Bijou Amusement Company,
with Milton Starr as manager. The members of the company
are white. Mr. Starr has active supervision over all details in
connection with operating the house, and it has been largely
from either of the three floors. Wide stairs on both sides of the
corridor facilitate prompt handling of crowds, and the manager's
ollice, film storage rooms, advertising department, etc., are locat
ed over the ticket booth, on the second floor.
The front of the biulding is finished in cream colored brick, faced
with white beams of stone and steel, with all woodwork finished
in white enamel. Each of the fourteen front doors in the outer
When Wm. N. Sanders responded to. believe that there will com e a Ume
when you wm , - " "77
Plaudit. "Well done, good and faithful
servant.' , .
-Sincerely your friend,
(Signed) S. W. McGILU
The Business Secretary of the Ce
tral Association, Mr. D. W. Gordon,
upon the completion of auditing the
accounts of the Colored Y said. I
find the accounts in good condition
and think you have done a good Jou.
He made some very favorable com.
ment upon the splendid work whlcn
the loyal office assistant, Miss M. B.
Starnes, has done during the past
It would be worth while for some
of the local business men who are in
terested in thlswork for young men
to drop in and acquaint themssolves
w ith the system used in handling th
funds. No one pays money into As-
Wintlon unless a receipt Is given
! immediately upon making the .pay
mpnt. The same is written in tripli
cate form'-three at the same time.
The person making the payment re
ceives the blue receipt, the yellow is
turned over to the Central Associa
tion while the white one Is kept on
file at the Colored Branch Associa
tion for future reference. Each of
these receipts has exactly the same
number and are absolutely the same
except they differ In color. 1 ne toiai
daily receipts as indicated by the re-1
ceipt book are deposited daily in the ,
bank. All payments are made by
check and on each check Is a state-j
ment indicating the purpose for
which the check was issued. For
small payments petty cash checks
are issued and eaoh item is entered
in the Petty Cnsh Book showing the
of 'disposition of the money drawn out
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homes of policyholders, straightening oy j.v that the svstem
out irregularities and clearing up mis-! Respite the fact that the sys em
understandings which had grown up ! used is an ex cellent one or handling
between the company and agent and , the funds of the Association the sec
the nnt and the policyholders. He , rotary has suggested that the Commit
.often" entered fields where the ac tee of Management bu an expert
counts were in bad shape and the work accoum. iu ui
run down, but he never left until all will make a general r v f the
matters were properly adjusted, records for handling all funds paid
About the only advice' The was able to into the Association with an eye sin
got from the home office as how best ! gle to making such Improvements as
to proceed in handling some very , will save time and make the funds
delicate situations was to "use diplo-imore secure
and go ahead." ' 11 seems iui "um"'"u"'
the country with a broai Held for
usefulness among young Men.
Every yean yea, every month.
! ntnni? sumn one nr niniA llnpft nf As
soclational work. Such has been the
case for the past seventeen months.
The seventh year will close in April,
1919. It would be well to close this
out as chapter one. A pace should be
set for the next seven years to como
with the period now ending as a sort
of guide. The community should be
found faithful over a tew things to
find that it "will be made ruler over
many." The Colored Y. M. C. A. is
proving itself the blessing that its
most enthusiastic friends said it would
be to the young mn ot the communi
ty. Its war record alone for the past
eighteen month shas more than Just!--
American Red Cross Presents.
I Twelve-Star Service Pin : -.
to Colored Minister. '
through the efficient and capable manner of handling his work j tjer js 0f heavy plate glass, trimmed with brass. The interior
that the Bijou has risen to its present high standard of quality.
The capacity of the house is 1,500, having both a balcony and
lighting effect is splendid, there being sufficient light to provide a
deluge of brilliancy for an intermission or overture, but properly
gallery, with a large number of boxes. The building was former- j adstable through the means of soft shades to furnish just the
jy usea as a nrsi ciass roaa snow nouse xor wnue people, ana is
one of the largest theaters in the city, but since the Negro busi
ness section has been drawn toward this locality the theater has
become ideally situated for a Negro moving picture house of
quality. It has been running in this capacity for over 2 years
under the present management, and the building was recently pur-
proper amount of current for a moving picture show. Extensive
renovating work was undergone when the building was converted
from a road show house to a moving picture theater, resulting in
a harmonious blending of decorative effects.
With regard to the pictures used, a strong tendency has been
noted on behalf of the patrons toward serial productions. The
Negro as a rule enjoys a sensational serial chapter better than
anything else, with the possible exception of a picture of the Wm.
S. Hart type or some A-l comedy, and as a result the plan of
, offering' many serials at the Bijou has met with popular favor.
The operating booth is installed on the third floor, or balcony,
I and the Power's machines throw out a clear and well-defined
I The Bijou features a combination of vaudeville, stock companies
and first-run pictures. All vaudeville bookings are managed by
the Mutual Amusement Circuit of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mr. Sam
E. Reevin, Mgr.
The Bijou features the best first-run pictures available and
these are offered to its patrons in addition to the splendid vaude
ville program at popular prices.
The colored population of Nashville testify to the attractiveness
of their theatre and show their appreciation by turning out every
day in vast numbers.--The Bijou has one valuable asset not pos
sessed by any other colored theatre in the country. This is an im
mense and elaborate peerless pipe organ which is used to present
music to accompany the moving pictures. This instrument was
installed at an expense of $4000,00 and has proven a valuable at
traction since the day of its installation.
The Bijou is also very fortunate in having assembled and kept
intact a faithful and efficient corps of house attaches and employes
Mrs. S. B. Carter is the cashier. She is the cashier. She has
served faithfully and efficiently and has created a host of
friends in her present capacity. She is ably assisted by Miss Allen
Streator. The orchestra is capably directed by Mrs. Maggie Chris
topher. Others in the orchestra are A. D. King, Robert Thomp
son, and Yeatman Milan. Other valuable employes are Frank
Crockett, stage manager and electrician; West Bostick house
manager ; Tom Thomas, former pastor of Tom Cat Hall, carpenter
and doorman; John Berry, chief operator; Quintard Williams and
Oden Hawkins, assistant operators; Will White head usher;
Practicial show man.Stage Mgr Bijou Theatre, Nashville
chased by Michael Starr, a brother of the manager, from the
Chat-Nash Corporation, a New York concern, through local realty
When the Bijou was erected, especial care was taken toward
the ventilation feature, resulting in a practically perfect air cir
culation, with steam heating facilities of a modern type during
the cold weather. The front of the building itself is equipped with
eeven sets of double doors, and-can be readily emptied after each
performance. The outer lobby arrangement is spacious, being
substantially built of stone and tile, with brass railings orna
menting both the inner' and "outer corridors. The floors iollow Eugene Doak, assistant stage manager; Ed Stokes, doorman, and
the lines of a" graceful decline, and the screen is plainly visible Ed Fry and Frazier McReynolds, ushers.
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REV. J. W. HURSB, D. D.,
Ot Kansas City, Mo., a member of
the Peace Commission from the Un
incorporated National Baptlet Conven
Representing some of the Nashville Housewives who realize
the dignity of labor.
She is the wife of one of Nashville's business men posing as
a Ditch woman.
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MR. and MRS. WM. SANDERS AND
Secretary Y. M. C. A.
When in the early part of 1912 he
sent in his resignation to enter upon
Y. M. C. A. work, C. C. Spauldlng, the
manager of the company, said that he
bright future with the company. The
company probably never had a travel
ing representative who got better re
sults in a shorter time and at less ex
pense to the company than did Mr
Since he began his work In Nash
ville he has handled for the Colored
Y. M. C. A., under the direction ot
the Central Association, more than
ji.iO.OUO and has come in direct con
tact with at least 100,000 men and
boys. At the close of the first year's
work in the new building which end
ed June 12, 1918, the General Secre
tary, Mr. S. W, 'M'CGill, wrote the fol
"Dear Sandws: Although It has not
been my privilege to see you frequent
ly during the -cent months, I want
you to know that I have thought
about you many, many times. I ad
mire your spirit of self-sacrifice and
the way you have stuck to a hard
task. I am delighted to know you
are winning out. If I were to make
u list ot real heroes your name would
be well up to the top of the list. You
have taken hold of a hard task and
have stuck to it like a faithful Chris
tian soldier. While you may not gei
the recognition you deserve here, I
have gooi grounds for being proud of
the fact that it was possible to secure
the service of a man of this type and
keep him continuously on the job for
seven years. Association secretaries
who are more generally liked by the
business, professional and industrial
men alike are no doubt hard to And.
Twice Mr. Sanders ho been offered .
n place with a considerable Increase 1
in salary and probably with respon
sibilities no more grave and work no
It is the hope of the friends of the
Colored Y. M. C. A. that the time is
now at hand when the white and col
ored people of Nashville will, rally to
this work for Negro men and boys.
There is probably no Association in
The Rev. R. H. Windsor of Rayvllle, j
La., and the Twelve-Star Service Pin r
Presented to Him by the American '
Red Cross. 1"
Having the right to and needing a r
twelve-star service pin, the XteY. R. H.
Windsor of Rayrllle, La., a xealous
Red Cross worker, has been presented j,
with a unique decoration by the Amer j
lean Red Cross. The father of nine-.
teen sons, twelve of whom are with
the colors, this genial colored minister J
of the Baptist church probably holds t
the record for sons In the military t
service of the United States. If there j
are any others with similar or better j
status, they are yet to be heard from.
In the accompanying Illustration of!
the twelve-star pin, topped with thej
Red Cross insignia, It will be noted ;
! that the first bar bears five stars.'
These represent five individual sons ;
Bennle, Robbin, Jeff, Johnnie and;
Archie. The next bar bears two stars
representing twins, George and Lafa-j
yette; the next bar is similarly,
decorated, representing William and J
James, also twins; and the bottom!
bar, with its three stars, represents j
the triplets, Matthew Mark and Luke. J
Eight of the boys are volunteers, and
the other four were called In the draft.
Upon hearing ot the remarkable;
record of the Windsor family, PresI-
dent Wilson, who is also president of i
the American Red Cross, wrote to the J
Rev. Mr. Windsor as follows: i
"I am writing to say with what In- i
terest and admiration I have learned
of the fact that twelve of your sonai
are In the service of our country, and'
the thirteenth Impatiently waiting toj
follow thera In. This is a splendid!
record, and J congratulate yon from
,the bottom ot my heart The colored
; troops have proved themselves fine
soldiers." ' i
v Nashville Colored Y. M. C. A. Building.
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REV. J. E. WOOD, D. D.,
Of Danville, Ky Moderator of the
General Association of Kentucky,.
Chairman of the Peace Commission
for the Unincorporated National Bap
.East Star Lodge No. 20, A. F. anl
A. M will hold memorial services la
memory of Past Master Overton Car
ter, at the Masonic Temple, 416 4th.
Ave., N., Sunday, December 8, 1918
at 3:00 p. m. You are requested to
Rev. Preston Taylor, W. M.
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