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“Be ye doers and not sayers only.” VOL. 3, NO. 49. SPRINGFIELD, ILL., SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 1907. 15C A MONTH Quincy News Letter. Capt. R. A. Byrd and Miss Margaret Brown were united in the holy bonds of matrimony, Wednesday morning, Dec. 26. It was a house wedding and was a very pretty one. Mrs. Charles Mills played the wedding march and Rev. T. L, Smith performed the ceremony Tne bride was dressed in a charming gown of white imported goods and car ried a shower of white roses. The gift of the groom to the bride was a beautiful diamond ring and locket. They received a targe number of beautiful presents of cut glass, china, silver and other useful articles. A number of out of town people were present, among them were; Mrs. T. L. Allen, Chicago, Miss Florence McBride. Macomb, Mrs. E. B. Smith, Springfield, and others. Mr. and Mrs. Byrd left Monday for Springfield where they will reside. A*host of friends were at the station to see them off. The bride wore a beautiful tailor-made traveling gown. I Miss Cora Ball gave a linen shower in honor of ihe bride to be and Mrs. F Munday gave a china shower. Their houses were decorated in green and red which were the wedding colors. Miss Florence .McBride left Thursday after spending the hoi. idays in this city the guest of Mrs. F. E. Cook Mr. and Mrs. Ball who have! been confined to their home on the account of sickness are much improved. t Mrs. E. B. Smith of Spring field, is the guest of her parents Rev. and Mrs. T. L. Smith. Fred Bail is here from Chica go and is not in the best of health. The boys concert under the management of Mrs. M. Green was a grand success' To the Negro People of Springfield. We ask you* to do this: Take notice of the firms who advertise in this paper and rally to them. By doing thus you help yourself and us. By helping us you help all Negroes. The white people will think more of you. Peter Myers and others should have your trade. Until you learn commercial reciprocity you will be a small part in the business forum. There is no denial of this self evident fact. We should begin 1907 righ' ana stick to gether for advancement. A. J. Gordon, a Negro, has a shoe manufacturing and repair, iug shop that is a novelty at 822 E. Washingion street, that if patronized as it should be would -- ---— I A Ha.ppy New Year TO ALL Readers and Friends l • Our Greeting: Dear Reader:—We are entering into a new year, 1906 is now uumbered with the yesteryears. 1906 years have passed since Christ was here, and according to Bible history, the world is 6000 years old. (though scientists differ the Bible.) I We extend to all a happy New Year’s Greeting, and ask Him, All wise, to make us do better unto each other. 1 We ask Thee to have mercy on the widows and orphans and old maids and all that heavy-laden host, pilgrims here. Since this t:me last year thousands have died, and tens of housands have been born. The world is increasing. Let us not make vain resolutions, but firm and unfading ones. Let us resolve to do better along material lines. Do not make any superfluous obligations. Liye right and make your homes more congeniallet the radiant rays of the noon day sun come in and give you joy, is our prayer for 1907. The Forum. necessitate the employment of a book keeper. Other instances can be cited whereour race needs to lend its support, and until we give it, we cannot hope for any material amount of commercial prestige. News From Petersburg Mrs. Lulu Wade of Springfield visited relatives here last week Mrs. Blanch Motley visited friends in Decatur last week Robert .Johnson of Springfield.' was the guest of Wm. Peuick this week. Mrs. C. Motley and little sons have returned from an extended visit in Kansas City. Geo. Makins departed this week for a visit among relatives in Hannibal, Mo. Mrs. Ida Motley is visiting friends in Decatur this week. Mrs. Edward Motley of Deca tur. has returned to her home after a pleasant v'stt with her parents. Frank Penick is on the sick list uhis week. Subscribe for the Forum. The Smart S.et, Wednesday night, Jan. 2. S. H. Dudley, his mule and the Smart Set, held the boards at Chatterton’s opera house, and as usual, the house was packed with an appreciative audience that greeted the comedian with mark ed enthusiasm. “The Black Politician.” as portrayed by Dudley, brought out many comical situations that' proved h>$ ability as a comedian. The show is all Dudley, he works incessantly, in fact, too much, but what is he to do, they clam or, and emit their appreciation of his ability in such a lusty, en thusiastic manner, that their is no other alternative, he had to respond. Dudley, we wish to reiterate, is a real comedian, he has that in his make-up that places him ir the class with the legit imates. He sings, he dances and he does everything in such a manner that you laugh if you even imagine you see him. Him and his mule seem to be boon companions and he chides the mule for having kicked the horse he had bet his, money ou, in a way that leaves the house con. vulsed in paroxysms of laughter. Tne show as a whole, was good, the chorus strong, the rac ing scene, realistic. The cos. tumes were elaborate Negroes Eat Senate Fare Colored Couple go to Upper House Restaurant. Washington, Dec. 22.—While the senate was engaged in listen, ing to President Roosevelt’s message on the trouble with the colored soldies at Rrownville, a young colored couple went into the Senate restaurant and seated themselves at a table, ordered luncheon. Several of the white patrons dropped their npkins, rore Irom the tab4es and retired when they caught sight of the colored brother and sister. Southern senators stalked by the pair mid went into the inner private sen ate restaurant, rejoicing that there no colored intrude), bar ring the waiter, could show him self. Knots of people gathered -in the hallways and watched the 11 eg roes eating, ana they ate un concernedly, to all appearances, T, ..... o tii-ct timo in ma.nV years that any member of the colored race had entered the senatorial eating place except in the capacity of waiters. The senate restaurant and the house restaurant, however, are perhaps the only two places of entertain ment in the United States of the same first.class character in which colored people can be served unchallenged. There isn’t the slightest doubt that if the couple had been order ed out, by the manager he would have lost his position, and not only this, but the man who has the restaurant privilege would have lost it before nightfall. In summer it is not unusual for cOiored people to eiTer the house restaurant to get something to eat, but they seem to be over awed in the senate wing and are unwilling to make the venture. No colored person, however, has ever been known to enter the house restaurant during the ses sions of congress.—Illinois State Register. [ This is, you see, an age of “unprecedents, j Matrimonial. At 3 o’clock on New Year’s day, occurred the wadding of Mr. Claud Pemberton and Miss Ethel Alice Clark. The ceremony was performed by Rev. T. Price of this city. Quite a few friends of the bride were present. The b'-ide was beautifully attired in a grey silk voille with flower yoke und silk medallions with pearl heeds to match. The groom was neatly attired in a conventional black suit and it blended lovely with the , costume of fhe bride. The many friends of the young couplq wish them a long and happy life in their new home.