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“Be ye doers and not sayers only.” VOL 5. NO, 38 SPRINGFIED. ILL.. SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 28, 1908. 15C A MONTH. Springfield a Great City. Dear Editor— Please allow me to say a few words through the column of your valuable journal: 1 was in youi City a few days since and had the pleasure to speak a' P easnt Grov< Baptist church of which I r. D W- Bloodworth is pastor and the Zion Baptist church of which ]) '. Williams is the pastor. These two divines are strong ministers of the gospel and are therefore, a blessing to any ciiy. I was also hospitably received by Rev. Elzy pastor of the New Hope Baptist church I was agreeably surpris ed to see everything moving a eng so peaceably Springfield is indeed a great city lb E. ABNER. 0Field Sec’y W. B. Convention. WOMEN’S RELIEF CORPS. Report of the meeting held for inspection by John A. Br ss Wo. man s Relief Corps No. 58. on Friday afternoon. Nov 13. at the G. A R hall in the C »urr House at which time Mrs. G. H >bson. district inspectress of Taylor, ville, was with us and with two other visitors, was the guest of the pres dent Mrs. Lizzie Taylor | at Lincoln Colored Home. They 1 were highly entertained by their! hostess and praised the work oe. I ing done at Lincoln Colored H >me by Mesd.tin's Eva Monroe and L zz e Taylor and other wo men c f this city. These white women of Taylor vilie pledged to assist aiding this institution in the near future. May the Lord send to L.C Home a philanthropist in ;he likeness of Miss Anna T Jeaues of Phil adeiphia. presenting a neat little sum of mouey for her support. We wish tc thank the members of Stephenson Post for their present support. — W. R C Re porter. BACK TO CHRISTIAN LIT ERATURE. - I After all, the best safeguard for the home, is a supply plen. teous, of Christian literature, in j order that you and your children \ may be enlightened in the true teuets of Christ. The Christian Herald of New York, a weekly publication maybe correctly rat. ed as a gem. The price is only 5c. Suppose you call at Thomp son's every Saturday and get a copy and try it. The Great Corn Show is over Get in some form of an ‘ad' in The Christmas Number which will be out Dec. 12, 1908. Mrs. Mazie Brooks Mallory, the noted harpist of Jacksonville, will attend the reception at St. Paul A. M. E. church, Nov. 30. A NEGRO HANK IN CHICAGO. Not many colored people know that there is a bank, owned and operated in Chicago by colored people but such is the fact* Over the south there are 31 or more, colored banks, but the orp in Chicago is the first one north of Mason and Dixon’s line- In the south the majority of the banks are in Mississippi and Virginia. I wo are in Tennessee, two in Alabama- one or two in Arkansas, on* in Floiid 1, about ten in Vir ginia and twelve in Mississippi. The good news now comes that Boston New York. Phi adelphia, \tlanta Ga., Mobile, Ala., Haiti more. Md * Tampa and Miami, Fla are scon to have banks. We desire to inform you that Spring field, 111 , is soon to be in that list of soon to bes, also All it takes is plenty of brains and a few dollars. by whispering. Our Christianity should be real; i.e., manifested in the •'tl<?sh,” or there is no crown for us. This applies to all. We should not keep quite so much noise on our way home, either—do you think we should not? Of course, you have a right to talk as much and as loud as you please, but doesn’t it sound bad on Sunday eve on our way from church? You must remember you are right in the heart of civilization. We are on trial, testing whether or not we are capable of reaching the summit or even living and thriving among highly civilized, or rather, highly educated, people; for the colored people, as a whole, are more civilized than any people. Now let us see how “high-tone” we really can be. YORE COLORED FARMERS Colored people must strain every nerve to enter the business and agricultural arenas They can’t all get the little refused jobs in the commercial nor political field and even if they do get these Rev. and Mrs. S. C. Manuel Who will be tendered a farewell reception at Union Bap tist Cnurcb, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 6 and 7, '08. HOW TO ACT AND DEPORT YOUR- I SELF IN CHURCH. Now, we are not chronic ‘‘kickers,” nt ither are we pessimistic. We are sincere and are desirous of saying something which may do ourselves and you good. We believe in doers, and not mere sayers—we believe in real Christianity, a real refinement, a real manifestation of what we are sup posed to be. Do you know that many young and old people do not know how to come into the church, or act while in there? They do not. Or, more's the pity, they know, and act to the contrary, as many act. Now, you should not come in slamming doors behind you and walk ing so as to disturb the speaker and cause one to lose the text. Some peo ple look back at everyone who comes in after they have arrived; others talk. Don't you know you should not do that? The proper thing to do is to make everything appear solemn and dignified—not long-faced or weird (you need not appear as at a funeral)—but never talk or even become conspicuous jobs in large numbers, the farm ! and the business are the only mediums through which we may become independent livers Decatur News. The funeral of Mrs. Amanda Smith was held Tuesday evening Nov. 17, at St. Peters A. M. E. church. The Rev. Morrow officiated. The floral offerings were beautiful. The interment was at Greenwoou cemetery. The Antioch Baptist church is well under headway, and is near, ing its completion. Most of the outside work is finished. The Baptist Ladies' Sewing Circle gave an entertainment on the 19, under the auspices of Mrs. Maggie Kemp and Mrs. J. Thompson, The Thanksgiving dinners giv en at both churches, (Methodist aud Baptist) were well patroniz. en. The Baptists served dinner at the Traver's Hall In the evening of the same day a play was produced at the hall by Mrs. Maggie Kemp, entitled “The Surprise Party.” which was well attended. Don’t forget Mrs. Sadie Stew ard's soda fountain on W. Main street. Mrs. Laura Cook Hayden is visiting her mother at 232 West Main street. Mr. and Mrs. C. L Watkins have a son, born 24, inst. Miss Jessie McMurray has re turned from a pteasaut visit in Chicago. Mrs. Bertha Watson William son is visiting Mrs. Josie Brum, mel Mrs. George Claypool is con fined to her bed. It is hoped that she will soon improve. Dr. Brown of Missouri, lectur ed at the A. M. E. church Mon day evening. His discourse was well delivered and much enjoyed by a iarge audience. Mrs. Jas. Jacobs has been suf fering with asthma. She is convalescent at this writing. We are glad to know that Mrs. Susie Harris did not leave for Louisville, as she would have been missed as president of the Ladies' Home and Foreign Mis sionary club She has decided to remain in this city longer. There was a big rally at the Anlioch Baptist church Sunday, the 22, at which time $126 was raised for the erection of the new building. There were three visiting ministers: The Rev. Morrow of the A. M. E., Rev. Gannon of the Congregational aud Rev. Boyer of the First Bap tist. They helped in a literary and financial way. A paper was read by Mrs. M. E. Crockett and H A. Watkins. A union service was held at the A. M. E. church Thanksgiving day. All gave an offering the proceeds of which will be divided bet veen the two churches. Mrs Vanderburg has been confined to her home with rheu matism for the past two weeks Mrs. Fannie E. Watkins is visiting her son and daughter-in iaw on Broadway street. A literary and musical pro gram was rendered at Traver's hall, on the 25,. It was conduct, ed by Mrs. S. T. Clanton, Jr. A Thanksgiving program was rendered at St. Peters A. M. E. church which consisted of liter* ary and musical numbers- It was quite a success. A literary society was organized at the A. M. E. church on the 18. The Thanksgiving dinners at the various churches, were large ly and liberally patronized. The repasts were sumptuous and de. licious.