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voiume x Meridian, Mississippi Friday march 17. 1933 number 32
Newell Chapel C# M.
E. Church Gets First
Prize In Campaign
W. B. D. Club Of St.
Paul M. E. Church
Union Baptist
Church Third
The good Samaritan Campaign ended
its third months contest Saturday
March 11. Newell Chapel C. M. E.
Church with Rev. R. L. Young as min
ister for about seven consecutive years
takes the lead for the third time win
ning three $25.00 prizes.
The W. B. D. Club of St. Paul M. E.
Church steps up from third to second
place and obtained the second prize
of $15.00. Rev. M. T. J. Ilowaid is the
pastor of this crurch.
j Union Baptist church of the West
End took third place in last months'
contest. 'Die members of this church
have been successful in winning sec
ond prize for two months, however, the
second place was asked for by St. Paul.
The Fifteenth Avenue Baptist W. M.
U. has taken the first prize for three
consecutive months.
The second place was taken by the
Business and Professional Woman's
Club. The third place in the contest
goes to Oak Crove Baptist Church.
Fifteenth Avenue Baptist W. M. U.,
3,353,026, taking the $50.00 cash prize;
the B and P. W. club with 3,035,795,
fetting the second prize $30.00; and
the Oak Grove Baptist church, re
ceives third prize of $20.00 with
1,741,777 votes.
The votes in the contest among col
ored are as follows:
Newell Chapel C. M. E. Church first
prize of $25 00 757,251 votes, St. Paul
W. B. D. Club Second prize of $15.00
416,210; Union Baptist Church third
prize of $10.00 412,141.
Tile following are the total votes for
the colored groups:
1. Newell's Chapel . 757.251
2. W. B. D. Club St. Paul's-416,210
3. Union Baptist - 412,241
4. Pilgrim’s Progress _ 403, 843
5. Baptist Seminary . 358,686
6. St. John's Baptist - 295,659
7. Mt. Zion .— 144,824
8. St. James A. M. E. Church 97,071
9. Haven's Chapel - 63,7;>6
10. 31st. Avenue Baptist - 43,445
11. Mt. Herman 42,455
1. W. M. U. of 15th Avenue Baptist
2. Bus. and Prof. Woman's Cluh
_ 3,085,795
3. Oak Grove Baptist Church 1,741,777
4. Cathloic Ladies Aid 1, 581,596
5. Wesley Methodist Church 287,674
6. Kings Daughters 100,207
7. First Presbytertian Church 20,336
Salvation Army 13,505
9. America Leagion .- - 7,141
10. 5th Street Methodist Church 7,034
11. Jones Memorial Preby._4,70(
1 Matinee Musical Club _ 4,70C
13. First Christian Church_4,70(1
14. Magnolia Buds, Junior W. C. No. 5
15. St. Paul's Episcopal Aux._4,700
The pastor of Newell Chapel C. M
E. Church very respectifully accepts
the title of Kingfish for the third month,
iRuby Bates Mys
tery Grows In Scott
sboro Case
Chattanooga, Tenn., March 17, (ANP)
;When Ruby Bates, alleged rape victim
and girl hobo who achieved notoriety
in connection with the famous Scotts
boro case, left her home in Huntsville,
Ala. on the night of February 27, sne
may have just decided to go out on
a little harmless lark and then got lost.
Up until Saturday of last week, she
had not returned to her home.
That made her absence without
leave amount to almost two weeks.
In the meantime, the legal lights of
the International Labor Defence ap
peared before Jud'e Hawkins in Scott
sboro in behalf of the nine boys vic
tims and sought and obtained a
change of venue to Decatur. Opposing
them in an effort to have the indict
ments against the boys quashed be
cause no Negroes were on the grand
jury which indicted them nor on the
petit Jury which convicted them was
the attorney general of the state,
Thomas Knight.
The date of the trial is problema->
tical. It may not occur before June,
although by special arrangement be
tween prosecution and defense, it can
be held much sooner. The state is said
to wish to get through with the case.
The defense is not hurried, the reports
state. >
Of chief concern as matters now
stand in the whereabouts of Ruby
Bates. Ruby is the girl who wrote a
letter stating that she lied in court
when she said the bqys had attacked
her. Later, police said that she repid
iated that letter and declared that if
she wroie it, she must have been
I She is expected to be one of the
principal witnesses for the state,
j But where is she? In the attempt
to answer that question, there is grow
ing suspicion among the partisans of
the state and of the defense.
Persons who believe the boys guilty
and hope the state will convict them
again are certain that agents of the
International Labor Defense have kid
naped the girl and are keeping her
in custody to prevent her appearance
at the trial as a state witness. They
say that letter stuff is all bunk.
Friends of the defense intimate that
the state and the police have contrived
in some way to lay Ruby Bates aside
for awhile so that she may not change
her mind and testify for the defense.
Mrs. Emma Bates, Ruby's Mother,
declares that after she had gone to
bed on the night of February 27, a
car drove up outside their shack and
the driver called out, “Oh Ruby!”
Ruby, already dressed, walked out to
the car, got in it and has been gone
ever since.
Mrs. Bates expressed the opinion that
her daughter seemed to know the man
and was not sure that he might nol
have been an agent of the I. L. D.
However, in an interview with a re
porter for the New York Times, Mrs
Ada Wright, mother of two of the vic
tims, stated that she did not believe
the girl had been kidnaped,
i “Why she's right here in Chattanoo
ga,” declared Mrs, Wright. “I saw hei
the other day with her arms full ol
After the Scottsboro trials, it wa:
I currently reported that Ruby and the
other woman in the case, Victoria
Price, were in the habit of visiting
workers around pay days and staying
for several days at a time. ,
At the time of the alleged attack
they were returning from one of theii
| alleged excursions, dressed in men':
i _

i Tile following individuals and aux
iliaries gave us ccnstributions rang
ing from 10c to $5.00 each on our trij
to Washington D. C. We wish to ex
I press to all our deep and sincere ap
preciation for what you did: ,
| Messrs Ames Johnson, A. Evans, J. M
Martin ,W. J. Patton (white), Callo
way (white), Pete Bang, Jas. Patrick
A. J. Barnett, Johnnie Cole, J. H
Turner, R. W. Radeliif, Ben Green
Clem Brown, B. H. Seals, D. K Wat
son, W. H. J. Weaver, A. G. Kennedy
W. T. Tate, C. S- Williams, B. J. Tatum
S. Knight ,G. W. Quincy, C. H. Moody,
E. Newell, W. C. McLeod, R. B
Wooten, V. T. Thompson, Sam Daniel,
Major McCall, Foster Ruffin, R. V
Pope, Joe Knox, C. S. HamDton, R. S
Cole, W. B, Howze, E. D. Portis, A. T
Shadwick, Floyd Ott, J. F. Chapel,
Jack Davis, J. D. Brown, M. V. B
Pitts, Frank Berry, Jno. Scott, Ben
Phillips, Thos Blakney, W. M. Kinslow,
M. Pope, Geo. Andrews, J. H. Drake
ford; Brown McRee; Mesdames Ella
Morrel, Nora House, Annie Turner,
Rivers, Annie Blanks, Josephine Brown,
Mattie Trussell, C. H. Longmire, Callie
B. Hill, Mary McShepherd, Hattie
Smith, Lucy Brown, C. L. Pringle,
Sallie Pringle; Revs. E. B. Blackman,
E. W. Washington, G. C. Fairly, G. R.
Ervin, M. D. Evans, W. T. Smith, W.
S. Price, C. L. Pringle; Dr. H. P. Por
ter, Mr. Alex Holloway, Miss Minnie
Cole, Auxiliaries of Newell Chapel:
Newell Chapel Sunday School, Epworth
League, Woman's Missionary Society,
and Willing Workers Club. Also the
“Big Six Quartett” of Lambert, Miss.
I If we have failed to publish the
names of any who contributed, it was
an over sight on our part and if your
name is sent in we will be glad to
publish same. Again we thank you.
Rev. R. L. Young, Pastor
Newell Chapel C. M. E. Church.
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Indiana Law Blocks
Indianapolis, Ind., March 17th (ANP)
Discrimination against Negroes wa?
dealt a real blow here last week with
the passage of the Richardson Labor
Bill, which makes it a crime for con
tractors carrying on state constructior
work to refuse to hire Negroes because
of their color.
| Another bill introduced by Repre
sentative Henry J. Richardson, Jr., now
pending is to amend the constitution oi
the State of Indiana so that instead oi
reading “the State militia shall be com
posed of able bodied white males” i(
will read “able-bodied male citizens”
thereby opening the opportunity for the
organization of a Negro unit or permit
Negroes to join other units of the mil
itary forces of the state.
Kansas Honors
(By I. A. Gregg)
Topeka, Kansas., March, 17, (ANP)
On Tuesday March 7, Dr. W. M. Blount
State Representative from the 8th dis
trict, was called on to preside over
the state legislature of Kansas. Dr.
Blount is serving his third term as the
representative from his District and
bears the distinction of being the
senior representative from Wyandotte
county. He has served his District with
such ability that he has been returned
twice to his present position, after the
enviable record he made during his
first term, even polling a majority of
the votes of the other group.
In presiding over the House last
Tuesday, Dr. Blount won the hearty
commendation of all his fellow legis
lators both Republican and Democratic,
for the very dignified manner in which
he served, the fairness of his decisions
and the courtesies toward his fellow
This is real history in the great state
of Kansas, for it is the first time that
a colored man has presided over a ses
sion of the Legislature. But that is the
spirit of Kansas, the home of John
Brown. Dr. Blount is the first colored
man to hold a chairmanship of one of
the important committees of the Leg
islature, being chairman of the Com
mittee on Hygiene and Public Health.
He is sought by fellow members for his
advice on all matters affecting legisla
tion because of his knowledge on
State affairs and his sane leadership.
Daurens, S. C., March 17th (ANP)
A few minutes after Deputy Sheriff
Press Crawford had captured Barney
Smith, sought for an attack on a wo
man, a posse of 100 armed white men,
arrived at the scene of the capture in
search of Smith. The men went to the
jail here and demanded entry. The
jailor, J. T. Clem, permitted a commi
ttee of three to search the jail, but
Crawford had taken the prisoner to the
state prison at Columbia for safekeep
ing. Members off the posse stated o
penly that they would lynch Smith if
they found him.
The great depression and the econ
omic condition of our country have
caused many banks to close. The Pre
sident of the United States declared a
I “Bank Holiday.” Many business ins
titutions have been hit hard because
of the results of the depression.
| The Weekly Echo that comes to your
home once a week has hit hard, and
yet we have not missed an issue during
all of these depressed times and con
ditions. We are proud to know that we
have been able thus far, to publish
our paper each week, thereby, giving
you the news that you desire to read.
Columbia, S. C., March 17th (ANP)
If a measure introduced into the state
senate here this week becomes law, pro
perty of the Ku Klux Klan in this city
will be exempted from taxation, Sena
tor James H. Hammond spoke for the
He said that the property referred to
in the bill as that of the Richland Ed
ucational Association, was in reality
property of the Ku Klux Klan under
another name He said that it would J
be exempt from taxation the same as
that of churches and fraternal orders.
Cut And 7 hen Raise
President Hale’s
Nashville, Tenn., March, 17th (ANP) *
The wave of economy which swept ■
over the Tennessee Legislature Last
week, resulted in drastic cuts for
heads of the state’s educational insti- j
tutions. President W. J. Hale of the
Agricultural and Industrial college had
his salary reduced to $2000 per year, i
when the general appropriation bill
was passed by the house. The salary
of the president of the University of
Tennessee was lowered to $2000 per
year, and that of the president of the
Tenn. Polytechnic institute, to $2400. j
An amendment passed later raised the
latter two, including President Hale to
$2700. (Juts were made in tne salaries
of many of the state officials and em
Joint Club Meeting
The Booster’s Circle of Newell Chap
el Church of which Mrs. E. F. Young,
Sr. is president extended an invitation
to the Cradle Roll Mother’s Club of
which Mrs. W. C. Baity is president lo j
meet with them Thursday evening Mar.
16th, at the home of Mrs. Young 1503- .
26th Avenue. The invitation was ac
cepted with much pleasure and a very
interesting program was rendered as1
follows: Solo Mrs. Clora Robinson,
Reading Mrs. Edward Anderson, Ins- j
trumental Selection “Pearly Dea
Drops,” Mrs. W. C. Baity. The Origin
and Aim of the Cradle Roll Department
Mrs. J. V. Price.
Timely remarkes were made by Mesd
ames Price, Baity, Johnson and Dunlap.
The Booster’s Circle discussed making
a quilt to swell the treasury.
After the meeting closed the hostess
Mrs. Young, served banana ice cream
and cake.
.The Cradle Roll Department will meet
at the home of Mrs. J. V. Price next
Thursday afternoon.
Chicago, March 17th (ANP) Making
up for the gap created when Johnny
Phagan, winner of the welterweight
title in last year's Golden Gloves con
tests, turned professional, Eddie Ward,
porter at the Medinah Athletic club,
came through with flying colors Wed
nesday night when he knocked out his
finalist opponent to win the 135-pound
championship, one of the most coveted
on the list.
Many Friends
Mourn Over
Negro’s Passing
By “Meridian Star”
Lauderdale, Miss.-White as well as
colored people living in Lauderdale
and knowing Jim Pack, a former slave
known as “Uncle Jim,” are mourning
his death, which occurred Sunday
morning at his home near here.
Pack was born in 1841 not very far
form where he died and where he had
lived practically all his life-six miles
east of Lauderdale. He married Zilpha
Lott in 18G5, who survives him. To
them were born 11 children, four of
whom are still living. He also reared
four grandchildren, whose parents died.
Pack had 39 grandchildren and 44 great
“Uncle Jim” was considered one of
the best negroes living in this section.
He lived a Christian life and was highly
respected by all white people. He left
his family well provided for, having
owned and operated one of the best
Earms in this section. He furnished an
excellent example for members of his
race to follow. Funeral services were
conducted by his pastor, Rev. E. G.
Webb, pastor of the colored Methodist
hurch. His body was laid to rest on
ris plantation, his grandsons acting as
The above article was taken from the
MERIDIAN STAR of Thursday March
16th. Quite a few people in Meridian
r mi r '‘TTnoln Tim Pnnlr Wq nflncirJnr
the article carried in the MERIDIAN
STAR as being a splendid write up with
reference to this splendid character who
ived among his friends, both white
ind colored in such a way that every
x>dy loved him. We commend his life
md examples to our young people. Let
is conduct ourselves so that both white
md colored who know us can say com
nendable things about us. ,
Washington, March 17th (ANP)
When Policeman C. H. Gould inter
fered between Fred Murphy, six feet
:our inches tall, and George Murphy,
who were staging a fight at Seventh
and N. streets, Fred resented the in
terference and transferred his attack
to the policeman. Judge Isaac R. Hitt
fined Fred $15 for being intoxicated
and disorderly and sent him to jail for
30 days because he whipped the police
Nashville, Tenn., March 17th (ANP)
Although the United States navy which
Negro taxes help to maintain maintains
a “closed door” policy in respect to Ne
groes as sailors, the door *is still kept
ajar if Negroes wish to be menials in
Uncle Sam’s exclusive club.
The following colored men have re
cently been admitted as mess attend
ants: Thomas Moore Cotten, Jr., Robert
Lee Clendoning, Julius George Frazier,
Emmitt Wells and Rowan Talmadge
Miller. They will be transferred to
Norfolk for a 12-week period of train
ing after which they will be placed up
on shops in the Pacific. So long as they
wait upon the naval officers satisfac
torily, their jobs are secure.

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