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“Be ye doers and not sayers only.” VOL 3. NO. 48. SPRINGFIELD. ILL.. SATURDAY. DECEMBER 29 1906. 15C A MONTH Williams and Walker in Abyssinia Thursday night, December, 20, the premier, and real legitimate comedians, Williams and Walker, presented their musical oddity, Abyssinia, at Chatterton's opera house to a house packed from pit to gallery. Seats were on sale two days before and as an ap preciation of the merits of the company, the entire balcony was sold before noon on the first day. The curtain arose amid a hallo elaborate s‘.age settings and re splendent scenev that served to, in a great measure, enhance the superb and stupenduous produc tion. Prom the very first it is apparent that the two stars are to burst forth with a brilliancy befitting their reputation, and no one was mistaken The musical numbers were rich and beautiful ly rendered by a good strong chorus. The dram'll ic renditions by R Henri Strange, as King Menelik, easily places him in a class seemingly, alone; so real, so caustic at the onnortune time. all goes to show that he posses ses to a high degree that histron ic ability that gave to the world a Booth, a Barrett, etc. George Walker does a lofty bit of eloquent reciting in his de scription of the beauties of astronomy, and thus displaying a more varied versatility than we had calculated. But Walker is an actor. Another place where his achievements shone radiant l.y brilliant, was in his chiding Jasmine Jenkins for having got ten the whole American colony into trouble about the “ole jar.” Williams’ pantomimic acting at this juncture, was great and just about the best we have witness ed. It can be truly said that Williams and Walker are the real theatrical planets and that in Abyssinia they have surround ed themselves with a brilliant array of sattelites of which Aid t Overton Walker is the chief nebula. Mrs Walker's dancing seems iijuiu iiivt? a uitrcun Liiau n living reality. She flits about with such easy grace, such nymph.!ik“ litheness, so like some fairy queen guiding her subjects, that one is enraptured, enthralled in an ecstasy from which one is loathe to emerge. She sang the “Island of bye and bye’’ as no one can or will ever sing it. It has been said that Mrs. Walker hasn't a great voice, but she has. There is a something about her singing that try as they da, the imitators fail to bring out. She is a genius. As Miriam she does a clever bit of work that is highly com mendable. Mrs. Lottie Williams put on a neat turn with her husband, that was laughable because of the ludicrous contrast between the queenly looking Mrs. Williams and Jasmine. Abyssinia as a whole, was a little to high class for the white | patrons who saw the perfor mance here, i. e., if the reports in the State Register expressed their sentiments. Had there been more of the ‘‘coon opera' “Massie in de cole, cole grouti’ ” and the like, there would have been more appreciation on their | part. Williams and Walker are giv ing to the stage what Tan ner is giving to the world of art, etc., and in their way are contri buting to the progress of the race in a manner substantial and commendable. Mitchell lakes Issue With Ida Timberliek Thinks Mixed Schools are Better. _ Editor Forum— Dear Sir:—Please allow me space in your valuable paper to answer an article under the head ing, “Why the Negro Should have his own Schools.’ In an. swer I will say those who have had experience in both will know and have good judgment which is best. The Negro children of my home. CariinvHh II, never received any education until the schools were consolidated which was made possible by Gov. John Palmer during his administra tion as governor of this state. Lulu Martin, deceased, was the first to take advantage of the consolidated school system in that city. Let us sing praises to her for this step in the right di rection. Should one make a trip to Alton, and see the disadvan tages the Negro children are laboring under there they will i have good grounds to work on. Churches and lodges are pri vate, free schools are public. —Ed Mitchell. How to Make Marriage Congenial. Mr. Editor:—My idea of how to make marriages congenial is: By ever remembering that love is toe impulse that moves the world, all know it and obey it. But love is cultivative just as plants, it needs the proper care and attention—man in his pas sion, does many things he would not otherwise deliberately do. —John CHiendorff. Lincoln, Ill’nois. A Correction. Mr. Editor:—Allow me a space in your paper to correct the mis take made in last week’s issue. The five story flat on 2d and Cap itol avenue was built by Hening ton & Jones. The contract was awarded to Henington and he was the general manager.—W. P. Heuington 4 Excellsior. By Mrs. L. E. Barksdale, 1417 S. 11th St. But, if we carve upon the hearts of men, if we imbue their minds with true principles of loy alty, Christianity and integrity, it will last through all eternify. Let us then excel in teaching our little ones. Let us excel in mak ing our homes places of refine ment and culture as well as one of peace and happiness. Let us excell in setting the right exam, pies before our children. Let us also excel in using the purest language before them Avoid slang and teach them to avoid it. Have for your motto in their training, ‘‘excellsior,” and youf children will make men and women that will be horor to any Fathers, let excellsior be your motto in your daily conduct; in your conversation around your fireside; in your treatment of ether men’s families. Excel in your character and reputation for good and your sons will do likewise. Girls and boys in ob taining your education, let excel sior be your motto. We know some advocate an industrial edu cation for the Negro. President Roosevelt in his message to C m. gress a few days ago, said: “An industrial education such as ob tained in Tuskegee Ala., or Hampton university, is best for the Negro.” We admire the in dustrial education, we endorse it, we have supported it. But, girls and boys, do not stop at that, the higher rneutal training is for the Ntgro as well as the whites. Take excelsior for your motto and lift as you climb. Yes, we are ciimbing. To be continued Mortuary, Thursday, Dec. 20, the last daughter of N. B. Smallwood, Mrs. Curtis of S. 1st street, de parted this life. She had been the sad victim of disease for some time and her acquaintances and friends were many. We ex tend to the bereaved a word of consolation. Rest in peace. D,ed—Wednesday, Dec. 19. ’06. of a long spell of dropsy, Irvin Neal, a resident of this city for many years. He was well known and before his death drove a cab for the Transfer Co., fin* many years. His friends and admirers were many. His relatives are not a few. He was a good peace ful citizen and the community, therefore, is sorry that he should be thus prematurely taken away. The funeral rites were said at New Hope Baptist church Sunday, Dec. 23. The interment was made in Oakridge cemetery. Illinois Traction System’s Marvelous Grrowth— Bids Fair to Cir cumference the State. The Good Management. The Illinois Traction System, an electric railway company which is but a trivial over two years old, has made a marvelous record. Their road now runs direct from Bloomington to Decatur, Decatur to Springfield and from this city to St. Louis, making a straight run from Bloomington to St. Corns, a distance or about 200 miles. It has several branch roads, one now runs from Spring field to Lincoln, 29 miles and also a branch from Staunton to Litch field, one branch projects from the Springfteld'Decatur line to Mechanics burg. There are sev eral other branches under con struction. the completion of which will encircle central Illi nois. It is no exaggeration to say that ere long the Mc Kinley subjoined by a few tributaries, will circumference the state. There freight and baggage traffic are enormous. The manage, Messrs. Williams, general superintendent, Decatur; B. R. Stevens, general manager, Springfield; Mr. Tabler, mana ger, southern division, Granite City and Mr. Thompson, general traffic manager, Springfield; are so genial and courteous, compe. tent, and in all, fitted men for their places, argues in favor of til's success. Woman’s Club Notes The Philanthropic section of the Woman’s Club met at the Home, on the 24, Owing to it being the day before Christmas, there were not many in atten dance. The total number of do nations and amounts will be giv en in next issue. The Mothers’ section will hold open doors at the Home, Tues day, January 1, 1907. All are cordially invited to come and bring a silver offering-—Clara Blackwell, reporter. The Petersburg news letter reached us too late for publica tion this week.