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“Be ye doers and not sayers only.” Voi. 5, NO. 41 SPRNGFIED, ILL., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19. 1908.Tl5C A MONTH Judge John P. Hand 0 the Illinois Supreme Court A Fair and Impartial Jurist —High esf Typeoi Ametican Citizen. Justice John P. Hand, of. the Su preme Court, a man whom the peo ple of Illinois •>Iu>u <I. and are, proud: pre eminent ly titled ft r t he < xalted position ca m and deliberate, but al ways fair and just, mark his chief characteristics No man is held in h gher esteem by his constituents than lie—making bis way tip to the Supreme bench by his arduous work f ir his party and his sturdy traits, his life and works are emulative. Toe colored eon-tituency, mostly of Peoria and Knox counties, have in Judge Hand, a true and tried fiiend: a man who litis never -lurked a duly and never shrunk nor evaded an 1 "U * btetuse t.lti* race question was involved. Concerning the Alton -chool case, in part., Judge Hand said: ‘ It is reversrbhe * error for the court to give instructions which re quire the jury to Hod and determine legal propositions. "An instruction is erroneous in leaving the jury to determine a question of law which authorizes • hem to find for the respondents in mandamus procet dings if they be lieve i hat (‘liiitireu of lawful school age were assigned to dilTerent schools l»y the proper authorities, ‘and they had a legal right to make .such assignments, without discrimin ation as to color.” "A city has no right to establish separate schools for colored children and exclude such children from the schools established for white cltil dien. t ven though the schools estab lished for colored children furnish educational facilities equal or super ior to those of the schools establish ed for white children. “Exclusion, wit hout reason, of col ored chi dren fro n the schools to which their standing and residence would entitle them to admission if •■hey were white children, amounts in law, to discrimination against them on account of color.” The following from the Peoria Herald Transcript, is a high and de serving encomium: "Judge Hand is a resident of Can - biidge, Illinois, and is representative on the supreme bench fi\ in the Fifth Supreme court Election district of which the county of Peoria forms a part. The people of Peoria have a direct interest in the career of this distinguished jurist and can claim a right to feci proud of the record lie lias made on the bench. When tin judge was elected eight years ago to the high position he now holds, lie had already established a reputation io t lie courts and on the bench for ability and integrity, but his services on tire Supreme bench of bis state have placed him among if not at tl e head of the leading jurists of I lie Mississippi valley. Peoria takes pride in having a hie representatives, and as this county forms part of the district repiesented by Judge Hand, we can rightfully ft*ei proud of his standing among the jurists of the country, and the high esteem in which lie is held by all the members of the bar if the state, without re gard to politics. Judge Hand is a man in his prime and richly deserves the popularity he has achieved in this district and in the state. His work on the bench lias entitled him not only to the support of his per sonal and political friends, but the whole voting population of the dis trict, regardless of party lines. There is no politics on the bench. What we want is the best man, and jus i ice Hand has clearly demonstrated his right to such support on these grounds alone.” Christmas Edition. 'l'he poem in this issue by Miss Cora .1. Hall of Quincy, deserves .spe ial comment- This young school teacher is possessed of rare intellect ual qualities, too valuable to pass unnoticed. She is is a graduate of Knox College, (lalesburg, Illinois, and a profound scholar, a versatile writer and conversant on all current top cs, political, social and economic. She is a new thought student and philos qjhical-surpassing t lie average of her emit' mporaneous s* x, colored Your attention is also called to the page advertisment of .1. 15. Thomp son You seldom see a colored gro eery man wim such an am cm-immcih He does not itemize, what lie lias, but simply invites you to call and see. Why he lias an assortment of as line candies and toilet soaps to be found in the best drug stores and confectioneries. Hundreds of other tilings. Ungers’ silverware, line ehiimware. etc. Mis is one of the ilnest, groceries in town, regardless of race. We should he proud and re joice to buy. Will you do it? Your attention i* also called to our editorials. We do not mean to malign anyone, personally, but our mission is for high and noble tilings — if you get your children to think only of the high and noble tilings, they cannot hut be high and noole, for "as a man thinketh in his heart (mind) so is he.” Notice the big advertisment of Ovcrakor it Keisacker, Lutz, La Bonte, A. C. Brown, Clarkson, Hil ler's hook store, Simmons and all of them, go to their rescue. These are the men who stand for something— th y represent Springfield in spirit and in truth. Will you do it? If you have any matter you desire to get in next issue get it, here by Monday, as we are to he out Thurs day at, 12 in , if possible—correspon dents take notice. Say a good word for the paper—what helps us helps y >u—we are one and inseparable. Strive to do right and you shall prosper. Yours vejy truly, Editor. Miss Allene White and little neph ew Jordiee McCoo, left Friday for Chicago. The next meeting of the Law and Order League will be held Jan. 10, at 4 p. tn. Terrell and Langford will be seen at the Masonic Hall, Friday evening, January 1, in their all star comedy, The President of the Hamboo Club Admission 25c. The new minister at Union church preached his initial sermon last Sun day evening, to a lagre and attentive audience, taking for his text: “The Handwriting on the wall,” and made a fairly good explanation. The choir rendered excellent music. Collection for the day, f24. Hon. Geo. W. Murray, Of the Co. and Juvenile Courts Sangamon County. Iii this number we desire to call the attention of our readers to one of our citizens, whose life has been familiar to our people for a number of years. The name of our present County Judge, Heorge W. Murray, is not only familiar to the younger people of our race in Springfield, but many of our older people have often had business with Judge Murray, and often speak of him as a friend. In the early part of the Old Folks’ and Children’s Home Judge Murray a as a very active friend to the Home. He made an address when the new Home was dedicated. Judge Murray has often been heard to say that the colored people deserved and should have a fair show and chance in life, and in his treatment of the boys and girls in the Juvenile Court he is known to have guarded the interests of the colored and white children alike. In Judge Murray our people seem to have a true and impartial friend, es pecially in their business relations with him. So far as our colored people are con I eerned. they know and appreciate the | fact that in Judge Murray they have a true friend. The county of Sangamon is fortu nate to lay claim to so indispensable a man—a. man who has been, and is, next to a mother in shaping the fu ture destiny of the children; a man whose whole soul is for the better ment of our county's boys; a man who stands high in character and whose integrity is unimpeachable. He is a man of ability, yet unassuming, and truly what is known as a man whom the “common people” can at all times reach, without the proverbial “ten-foot pole." Since the establish ment of the Juvenile Court, over 1,000 boys have come before Judge Murray, received his kind advice and returned to their parents, better and more use ful future citizens of the community. Yes, the Judge, is worthy of the high honor, thrice conferred upon him, as the choice of the suffragans of this county for their judge, and we would that more of our men in higln r places stood so high and were so de servedly thus spoken of as the subject of this sketch. On Halloween Eve the Judge called together over 500 boys, gave them good advice and a souvenir present, and the young fellows went home re joicing. Judge Murray’s life work in this county stands out conspicuously, full of good results, and we say this, with out hesitancy and without reservation; “Evil tilings which men do live after them; but the good is oft in terred nvith the bones;” must not pre vail, but give unto Ceasar that which is Ceasar’s—honor to whom honor is due.—Editor. AT ST. PAUL’S A. M. E. CHURCH. A delightful program will be ren dered at St. Paul's church on Monday evening, December 21st, in the inter est of the piano and we appeal to all music lovers to patronize this effort and help us raise enough money for a payment, as the retaining of the in strument depends on the success of this entertainment. We have paid too much on it to lose it. Some of those taking part on the program: Instrumental Duet — Mrs. Abner Xaylor and son, Mr. Arthur Naylor. Paper—Mr. Harry (Donaldson. Heading—-Miss Gertrude Williams. Instrumental Solo—Mrs. Pearl Woods Drake. Vo me—Mrs. Prsie Naylor. Paper—Captain Byrd. Recitation—Miss Carlie Williams. Instrumental—Miss Edith White. Voice—Miss I.eota Singleton. Refreshments will be served. Ad mission 10 cents. Committee—Mrs. Alice White and Mrs. Matilda Jackson. Promoter—Rev. T. Price. New Hope Baptist Church Five o’clock prayer meeting. Xmas morning. All are invited. Decem ber -9th, an old folks concert and box social. Watch for program in next issue Watch meeting beginning at 3 o'clock, December 31, closing New Year’s morning. Revival meet ing beginning New Year’s night. Rev. and Mrs. Ei/.y were pleasantly surprised last Thursday evening. The good members of the church gave them a grocery shower, after which Mrs. Warrick in behalf of the "'ewing Circle, presented Mrs. El/.y with a lovely dress pattern. The usual Sunday service at 11a. m. The pastor will preach from the subject: "He staid all night ” At 7,30 p m ‘Naman, the Leper.” All are invit ed and made welcome to these ser vices. The Supreme Court and the Board of Pardons denied Bryant a new trial and also denied him a stay of execution and lie was accordingly, hanged here yesterday. DECATUR. Miss Rannie Sears came home to the death-bed of her aunt, Mrs. George Claypool. She left for her home in Indianapolis, Ind., Tuesday. Mrs. A. Mitchel, B. E. Cook and J. M. Watkins were the guests of Mrs. Inez Brook, Monday. Rev. J. A. Crockett left Tuesday for Jacksonville, 111., to" hold the Minis ters’ and Deacons’ Union. Will be there two days There will be a Xmas program at the Antioch Baptist church Christmas Eve night, and the ministers, Revs. Ward, Parhm and McGriff, will serve dinner all day on the 25th inst. All are cordially invited. The A. M. E. church will serve meals all day at Traver’s Hall, New Year's Day, and will hold a bazaar in the evening of the same day. All come out and enjoy yourselves. Mrs. Perrick, of Petersburg, III., was called to the bedside of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Mottey, 210 Spring ave. Mrs. S. Harris fell Saturday last, coming down stairs, and received a fractured knee. Mr. Edward Stovall, a miner, re ceived the injuries of three fractured ribs by the falling of a large piece of coal the first of last week. He is im proving. BLOOMINGTON. Mrs. Annie Hall, mother of Rev. Ernest Hall, pastor of Mt. Pisgah Bap tist church, has been seriously ill for several days. Last Saturday and Sun day her recovery was very doubtful, and her husband, sister and three daughters were summoned. Mrs. Hall is suffering from cancer of the stom ach. Mrs. Annie Sally, of Springfield, is in the city at the bedside of her moth er, Mrs. A. Hall. Miss Seville Crowder spent Sunday in Decatur. It will soon be time to make and break new resolutions. Mr. Sandy Hawkins, who has been suffering from rheumatism, is some what better at this writing. Mr. Richard Calhoun, of North Cen ter street, was taken suddenly ill Mon day night and is confined to his bed at present writing. The Christmas program at the Third Christian church is pretty well under way to perfection. The committee in charge are Mrs. R. Rozell, Belle Cal houn and Blanche Hoagland. The choir will render pretty music, while the children will have appropriate recitations. The program will be ren dered on Christinas night.