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Published Weekly at 2508 5th Street _
voiumex Meridian, Mississippi, FRIDAY JANUARY 27 1933 numbers
Divine W ins A New
Case of Widely Known Cult Leader
That Led To His Conviction Held
New York Ci!y—(CNS) The Ap
pellate Division of the Supreme Court j
of the Sta'e of New York, has handed :
down a decision reversing the convic
tion last June of Father Major Divine
and granted him a new trial.
Ruling Held Unfair
In the declson it was stated that
reversal of the trial court's finding ■
was granted cn the grounds that—
“In our opinion the court's rulings ,
were erroneous and prejudical and we
th'nk that prejudice against the de- i
f ndar.t was excited in the minds of
the jurors by comments, rulings and j
questions by the court throughout the
trial, ar.J that the court went beyond
reasonable and proper limits in the
cross examination of defendant’s with
The real difficulty in which Major
Divine, a minister 52 years cld and
1 erried found himself arose on or
£ about November 16, 1931. when the
State police, the coun'y police, the
village police and the lire department1
raided his home at 72 Macon Street. j
Soyv'lle, Long Island, at midnight
and arrested 78 of his flock for disor
Pay All Fines ,
They were tak<m before the jus'ice
of the peace and held in jail all night
after which sd v," re found guilty and
fined five dollars each: fifteen person:
rf thin croup were whi'e. The remain
ing 32 were instructed to return that
night for trial- after which they too
were found guilty and fine five dollar?
Payment or their fin was made by
the Rev. Mr. Divine from a n°w, crisp
five hundred dollar bill, which the re
porters wanted to photograph, and
which the court could not change. Di
vine told the judge, however, to send
^ the change when he g( t it.
Divine was shortly afterwards con
victed and sent to jail. Within a week
after the minis'er was sentenced the
jud'e who presided in the case and
sentenced him dropp'd dead. D vine
followers at once pointed to this as re
ALLEN CHAPEL A. M. E. CHURCH
9:30 Sunday School, Bro. James
Chant man Supt.
1100 o'clock morning worship
Allen Chapel's Endeavor League 5:00
7:30 Evening worship.
Regular P .^ijlal and Communion
service is the second and third Sunday
in each month. Trus'oe day is the first
Sunday at 11:00 o'clock Offical board
monday night after each pastoral day.
Rev. P. Butler, Pas'or.
A silver banquet will be given at
Rose Hill M. E. Church Asylum
Heights, Friday night February 3, 1933
A program will he rendered at 8:00 P
M. The lunches consisting of Baked
Thiel" n, Dressing, P( lato Salad on
lettuce leaves, Bread. Lemon Pie,Po
tato Custard, Cake and Punch.
Sponsored by the Ladies Aid No. 2
of Rose Hill.
Beatrice Hardy, Reporter.
The entire services for Sunday Jan- ■
uary 22nd., were unusually good. The i
Sunday School was opened at 9:30'
o'clock by the Ass‘. Supt. Brother Lu
ther Noble. Rev. N. W. Wallace was j
present and was rec ived with aj
hearty welcome. Rev. J. A. Burns gave
a real impressive review on the les
son. The blackboard review was
beautifully demonstrated by Mrs. Ella
T1 le Installation service of the Sun
day School was also good. The Wel
come Address was distinctly read by
Kiss Annie Lou se Calhoun, Mr. P. J
Brown gave some brief interes'ing re
marks, Mrs. N. A. Harris san ’ a solo
which was enjoyed very much, Mr. D.
V. Johnson presented the officers, The
charge was given by Prof. G. M.
Reese and the fact is known if one
complies with his saying will make
wonderful leaders. Select:ons were
rendered by the St. John Female quar
'ett, we are proud of them for they
are ours. Prof. C. T. Tiggs gave a
summary of the progarm, there isn't a
doubt about this orator, he is really a
The Superintendent and members
expressed their appreciation to those
appearing on progarm and also to thos
Mrs. Laura Harris was hos'ess to the
Aurora Wednesday January 25-1932
Alter a lively business meeting
Bridge was enjoyed. Miss Hattie Nelson
making top score for club-Mrs. B. C.
Beal consolation. Mrs. Francis Eaton
top score for guest Miss J. R. Scott
After bridge a lovely two course
menu was served by little Martha
Jane Summer, neice of the Hostess.
Chicken Salad on lct'uce leaves, era le
ers, vanilla ice cream and angel food
cake. The invited guests were Misses
>1. B. Ivy, J- R- Scott, Alma Lee Reese
and Mrs. Frances Eaton.
Radio music was enjoyed by all.
| Mr. Thomas J. Young left the city
I "buisclay morning January 19 h for
I New Orleans. Where he is receiving
The Old Time Quilting Club met at
the home of Mrs. Nellie Walker, Jan
| uary IS, 1933. A prize was given for
the one completing the first quilt. Bo
jlieve it or not the needles were red
i hot and thread scorching. Two rooms
I were used but the winners of the
I first prize carried the Glory. Music was
furnish by Miss Geneva Walker, also
Piano and Grafonolo Vocal numbers
(were furnished by Mcsdames Jennie
j Norwood and Ellen Williams. Oh!
I at lunch time, we marched in the
|dining room, Chicken Salad, Chicken
Pie, Backbone, all kinds of cake, Coffee
nd custard. Everyone expressed them
selves as having a nice time. The Guests
were Mesdames Loler Williams. Luler
Gardner, Mattie Walker, Martha Wil
liam.', Lillie Durr, Lucille Norwood.
Maeg'e McLaurip.. Jennie Norwood.
F.llen William, Sallie Brown Minnie
Stones and Miss Genera Walker. Mrs.
Walker is a faithful H. B. A. members
and, has been for years.
Makes Fine Impres
sion In Stonewall
By O. C. Twyner
The Wechsler High Female Faculty '
Quartette of Meridian appeared in a
splendidly arranged and finely execut- ;
ed program Monday ni ht at the
Colored Junior High School. A larg
and appreciative audience greeted
them. Ther0 was not a sing!.- brake o'
interest noted of the listeners from the
opening number to the closing one.
Loud and long applause followed each 1
The solo numbers and readings by
Miss Anderson, the soprano duett,
“Morning” by Miss s Anderson and
Alma Reese, and the personally pro
nounced climax cf a varied program,
a deep mellowry rich contralto solo, “A
child that do love J:sus” hy Miss Var
nndo were the numbers that made the
group most favored of the many fine
ones heard in Stonewall recently. Mrs. .
J. P. Reese was the accompanist. Con
spicious among the white people pre
sent for the evenin ' of entertainment
was the entire family of Dr. D. D.
Harper whose daughter is nationally
known as a violinist of super ability
Very fine comment made by such
people as those make us here anxious ,
to present often and in a big way the
best groups of kind that are available.
Reception, In Honor
An entertainment of unusual spir
itual inspiration and socal delight was
given at the Haven Chapel Method
ist Church, Friday eveninin honor;
of the new pas tr, Rev. G. W. John
son of Union, Mississippi, ancl ou •
District Supt, Rev. L. E. Johnson of j
this city. Much regret, however, was
expressed by the congregation that the!
pas'or was not able to be present, by
reason of his wife's illness at Union,
they having not yet moved to his |
charge here. j
Tlie choir rendered a beautiful pro- j
gram, af or which Rev. Reese Jcmison
made a br'.af talk, introducing Rev.
Johnson, District Supt., who delivered
a splendid address, holding his con-;
gregation’s undivided attention through
cut his discourse with his encouraging j
remarks, replete with optimism and
good will. , i
Rev. Johnson, then introduced the
Rev R. L. Young, who brought a very
inspiring message, interspersed with
wit and humor.
After 'he devotional program a sum
ptuous banquet was spread, and all
enjoyed to the fullest this social hour,
when eats and a pervading spirit of
good fellowship brought the enter'ain
ment to a close" There were one Hun
dred twen'y two present, including
many visitors, among them being Mrs.
Johnson, wife of the District Superin
tendent and Mrs. Young.
Naomi Crawford, Reporter.
AURORA LITERARY ART CLUB'
President, Mrs. M. P. Strayhorn,
Vice President, Mrs. M. J. Sumrall,
Secretary Mrs. Laura Harris, Asst.
: Secretary Mrs. Edger Cullum, Trees.
Mrs. Hattie McCain, Chaplin Miss
Miss Cora Thomas is still confined
to her bed. Her manv friends wish for
her a speedy recovery.
P. T. A. East End
Ti c P. T. A. of the East End School
ield a very interesting meeting Mon
fay January 23rd., 1933. After the
jsual opening the body entered into
die buisness session. A popularity
cutest was launched. Five girls were
Loren from the five grades of the
school respectively. A mother was
lamed sponsor for the girls chosen and
i teacher as adviser. The following
ire die names of contestants, sponsors,
1st. Grade Mary E. Johnson; 2nd
drade Georgia D. Hodges; 3rd Grade
Mildred Crawford 4th. Grade Lois
3rown Fifth Grade Rosa L. Stewart.
Mrs. Magnolia Johnson: Mrs. Zanthia
3impson; Mrs Jessie Hall; Mrs. Allic
I. B'own; Mrs. Leona S eward;
Miss Smith; Miss Curry; Miss Wobb
ngton; Miss Scott; Mrs. Harris.
The congest will close the fourth
Monday in March. Buy votes and help
rour favorite child win.
The Association will celebrate
founders Day, February 17, 1933, with
i very interesting public program,
;hnt was outlined at this mectin".
rhere will l a a call meeting of the
nembers. February 15. a* 3 P. M. to
icrfect plans for the Founders Day
Program, The next regular meeting
/.ill be Monday March 29. 1933.
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wru.* ui y-fi.ii --
D. Thorn'on Kennedy was a visitor in
Dur meeting. The teachers and mem
bers were very glade to welcome her
back.When the President announced
that we had a visitor present, Mrs.
Kennedy said that she felt so much at
home that she looked around to see
who the vi. ..or was. She gave an in
teresting talk and was elated over the
changes and progress the school had
made since she left.
Mrs. Emily Jones, wife of H. S
Jones of Kelona, Miss , is now visitin;
her Son and family, W. M. Jones ol
Meridian, Miss. She is now en'erinc
her 2nd. week and is having a ver\
enjoyable time in the City.
The recent bride Mrs. Cloud Wil
liams formerly Miss Lula Mae Glenr
a graduate from Wechsler High in “2!
was honoree of, a pretty courtesj
Wednesday January 18th. When hei
friends Mrs. Eule Trussell and Mis:
Dorris Williams tendered her a mis
cellaneous shower entertaining at th(
1 ome of Mr. Will Allen.
The guests enjoyed chekers, cart
antes and dancing. Dainty little mints
Cocco and cake were served later
le ss Kota Miller pulled in a red wa
gon laden with a'tractive and usefu
gifts and these were presented to tin
bride by Mrs. L. E Morgan.
Misses Hazel Weston and Rosa Mille;
Will entertain with a miscellaneou:
Shower, Friday, January 2/th honorin'
Mrs. Claud Williams, formerly Mis:
Liila Mae Glenn at the home of Mis:
Weston- lG10-20th Avenue at 7:30.
Mr. C. 1W. Mayfield, Pres, of Lodgi
No. 278 of Waynesboro, Miss., togethe:
with four of hi? m: ml>ers,1',I ssrs Bor
ma, Eugene. J. W. and Robert Mayfielt
were in the off re on business Wed
nosday. We are always glade to hav<
our presidents and members visit us
Resists Arrest Slain
Shreveport, La., Jan. 27 (ANP)
Brandishing a knife as he resisted ar
rest, Charley Johnson. 20 year old cn
convict, was shot and instantly killed
by T. E. Christy, in his effort to arrest
Johnson for disturbing a public wor
ship at the Park avenue Methoolst
j church, Dr Harry W. Paul, deputy cot
oner, said after a preliminary' inquiry,
! he will not return a verdict in the case
1 pending further investigation in the of
t ficcs of Dr. Willis P. Butler, parish
Wechsler High School Qum^ette
rendered a pro. ram at Zion Chapel
M. E. Church. The Quartet* being com
pcsed of Misses Anderson, Reese, Sims
and Varnido. Mrs. J. P. Reese .assist
ant teacher of Meridian Baptis Sem
inary was pianist. Mr. Moses Knott a
graduate of Meridian Baptist Semin
ary acted as master of Ceremony.
Tile program was nice with such
good music and singing. Everyone en
joyed it, hoping they'll be back again
We also hope Mrs. J. P. Reese a
St. Paul Epworth
I St. Paul Epworth League sends out
| another invitition to the public to at
! :end its Epworth League Sunday
| evening at 6:15 o'clock P. M. This is
| said to be one of its program for this
! first quarter. Every officer in the lea
I rus will aDpear on program. Other
persons will appear who are not offie
j r rs, but their names will be in par
j enthesis. Any person in town or oul
| of town is cordially invited to attend
I our League. We will be glade to pu1
I you on program if you desire. Th<
! program will be as follows: Sonf
! Scripture and Prayer—Mr. Louis
| Berry Sims, Song Reading Miss AJacc
| Solo Miss Mildred Gaines, Paper Mr
I Linucnt Allen, Bible Verses by Al!
| Duett Misses Shedd and Williams
Paper (Mr. Joe Emerson,) Solo (Mr
Then. Emerson,) Topic Our part it
1 sharing First John 3-17, Le<l by Mr
! Allen Johnson and Miss Mirian How
aid. Collection Misses Lee and Hollo
. way, Benediction.
W L E. Cel". President
and Master of Ceremony.
Miss Rachel May Lemon, R N.. i
graduate r*f the Orlando, Fla.. Sanit
arium and Hcspi'al who was affilater
with Washington Sanitarium, Wash
■ ington, D. C., wishes to conduct r
; class in “Home Hygiene and care o
the sick” for the colored people o
: Meridian. Miss Lemon has had sever
; al years experince in conducting shor
courses in nursing besides havin,
j'aur'ht physic logy and Home Nursinr
■ at Forest Lake Academy. Florida. Al
• who are interested in taking thi:
• coarse are i.uvi'cd to meet at the Bap
1 tist Seminary, Sunday, January 29. 4:0(
P. M. There will be certificates issuer
- from Washington to those who com
. pletc this course.
Kansas Negro Rep
Chairmanship of Im
portant Coin miltee
Topeka, Kans. Jan. 27, (ANP) Dr. W.
: M. Blount, Kansas City, Kansas, the
only Negro representative in the Kan
! sas legislature, was elected chairman
! of the very important Committee on
Hygiene and Public Health”.
• Blount also holds membership on
two other powerful and important leg
islative committees. The Committee on
“Cities of the First Class,” and the
j "Committee on Railroads.” The former
has to do with the granting of certain
liberties and rights to the larger cities
of the sta'es, in matters pertaining to
such privileges as are given for self
1 government, while the latter has to do
with the regulation of the many rail
roads which traverse Kansas territory.
Dr. Blount, who is one of the four
representatives from the Eighth dis
I trict, is the only Republican from
Wyaundottt county of which Kansas
City, Kansas is the conuty seat. Blount
is serving his third term in the legisla
ture of Kansas. ,
Saved From Gallows
Jackson, Miss., Jan., 27 (ANP) Wal
ter Bumpus, Tunica county, under
death sentence for the slaying of his
wife. Rucy Lee Bumpus, Augest 31,
1931. was saved from the gallows by
Acting Governor Dennis Murphree
who commuted the sentence to life im
prisonment. Bumpus was to have hang
ed January 19 at Tunica. He was found
guilty in the Tunica circuij court
March 18 1932. The Supreme court
denied his appeal last December and
fixed January 19 as the date of execu
tion. The slayin;' occurred at Robin
sonville. The state charge Bumpus
shot his wife during an altercation on
the streets of that place.
W. B. D. CLUB
The W. B. D. Club of St Paul M.
E. Church has joined the Good Sam
aritan Club for th0 next two months.
We solicit the support of our friends.
Any one having votes that they would
! like to turn over to this club will be
You will no'.e from the Meridian Star
the firms who are issuinf these votes.
Anyone obtaining votes will please
notify the Committee, Miss E B Ivy
Mrs M. P. Strayhom or Mrs. Bess e
St. Paul members please take note.
M. P Strayhom, Secretary.
ALLEN CHAPEL NEWS
1 On last Sunday the Sunday School
■ was opened at 9:30. We had an attend
1 anoo of thirty. Our Church has put < ti
new life. At 11:00 o'clock Rev. Butler
preached a soul stirring sermon. At
5:00 P. M Lhe Allen Chapel Endeavor
League met wi'h a large group of
young people. There was an interestin,;
"program rendered. The Program for
Sunday, January 29th is as follows:
Song, Prayer, Song, Scripture reading
by Miss Flossie Pat'erson, Rce John
C Glispic, Paper Miss Athelea Glover,
Duett Mrs and Miss Glispic. talk Mrs
1 Pearl Walker, Reading Mrs. Zantha
I Rimpson. Remarks by the Pastor.
Rev. P. Butler, Pastor,
Mrs. Johnnie Glispic, Reporter
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