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New York. —The National Association
of Colored Women’s Clubs has begun a
vigorous campaign to raise $15,000, the
sum necessary to pay off the mortgage
on the home of the late Frederick
Douglass at Anacostia, Washington.
Mrs. Mary B. Talbert of Buffalo, presi
dent of the association, is devoting much
time and energy to the work of the
campaign, which is attracting nation
wide attention. In her efforts to bring
the matter before the public for action
Mrs. Talbert has the full co-operation
of the general officers of the
tion, the executive committee and the
various state federations of women’s
The Douglass home proposition was
taken up at the biennial meeting of
the national association held at Balti
more in August, 1916. At this meeting
a committee was appointed to consider
the advisability of assisting the trus
tees of the Frederick Douglass Histor
ical association, which has charge of
the home, to liquidate the debt on the
home which is of long standing.
In its report on the matter the com
mittee finds that under a special act of
congress this association was created,
first, to preserve to posterity the mem
ory of the life and character of the late
Frederick Douglass, and, second, to col
lect, collate and preserve a historical
record of the inception, progress and
culmination of the anti-slavery move
ment in the United States and to as
semble in the homestead of the late
Frederick Douglass, generally known
as Cedar Hill, in the village of Anacos
tia, in the District of Columbia, all
such suitable exhibits of records or
things illustrative or commemorative of
the anti-slavery movement and history
as may be donated to said association
or acquired by purchase, bequest or
other lawful means.
We purpose to employ such methods
as will enable us to use every re
source within our power for the ac
complishment of this task. The need
Is concrete, and we know that our
share toward saving the home is com
paratively small. This, however, will
give us courage to feel that by all
working together it can be accomplish
ed. We will thus place our associa
tion on record as saying “I will” to
our program of advancement.
We believe that every boy and girl
should become a co-operatir.g member
in this program, and with that in view
we earnestly urge every woman’s club
to mobilize our boys and girls. The
public schools are asked to observe the
oum hundredth anniversary of Mr.
Douglass’ birth on Sunday afternoon,
Feb. 11, 1917, by a short program at
which each child is asked to contribute
1 penny on that day to pay for one
nail to be used in the renovation of the
Douglass home. In the northern and
eastern cities, as well as in the south
and west, day school pupils are asked
to contribute, and Sunday school su
perintendents all over this country are
asked to hold a short memorial service
on Sunday Feb. 13, 1917, and ask each
child to contribute 1 penny toward the
saving of this home.
The question no doubt will be asked
by many, ‘‘ls it worth while?” The
committee answers strongly, ‘‘Yes I”
For who can measure the farre&chlng
: ective Page
VOL. 6 Single Copies 5 Cents
Nation Wide Appeal Being Made
to Raise Funds.
National Association of Colored Wom
an’s Clubs Receives Report of Special
Committee on Condition of the Fred
erick Douglass Home and Resolve to
Pay Off the Indebtedness.
After careful consideration of all the
facts the committee concludes that this
is the psychological moment for the as
sociation to show its true worth and
prove that the women of the race can
measure up to those able sainted wom
en of the race like Sojourner Truth.
Harriet Tubman, Amanda Smith,
Francis Ellen Watkins Harper and oth
ers who passed through the fire of
slavery and stood the test.
We believe, says the committee, that
the attainment of the goal depends
upon the enlistment of every man, wo
man, boy and girl of the colored race in
America. We seriously realize that it
will require us to mobilize all the re
sources of our association and show
that we are not afraid to put ourselves
on record as being able to save the
home by one day’s co-operative effort.
We purpose to enlist the largest possi
ble number of people, especially the
boys and girls, in this part of the work
of our association, relying upon race
loyalty and pride as the energizing
results of this great work, the inspira
tion that will be given to the boys and
girls of our race? It will stir their
hearts to greater race pride for them
to know that they have a part in this
great work and thus jjirectly express
their gratitude to the silent memory of
Douglass, the orator, diplomat and
Every man, woman, boy, girl or club
who takes a share in the redemption
of this home enters into a partnership
with the trustees in preserving to pos
terity the home of the greatest man
of our race of his time. To arouse
our women to greater activity the com
mittee has decided that it will place
upon parchment the name of every in
dividual or club that contributes the
sum of $26, and to the club which
sends the largest amount over $25 a
special tablet will be placed in the
Douglass home in its name. This is
done that our children in the years to
come when paying a visit to this shrine
may read the names of loyal race men
and women who have proved false the
accusation, so long brought against the
race, that it shows no gratitude for
benefactors if doing so costs dollars
and cents.
It takes $15,000 to save and restore
the home and grounds of the Douglass
estate. We have deemed it advisable
to appoint a special treasurer to look
after the funds. All moneys collected
should be sent to Mrs. Nettie L. Napier,
120 Fifteenth avenue, north, Nashville,
Tenn. Feb. 11 is the one hundredth
anniversary of Douglass’ birth. For
further information address the presi
dent of the National Association of Col
ored Women’s Clubs, Mrs. Mary B.
Talbert, 521 Michigan avenue, Buffalo,
N. Y. The special committee consists
of Miss Nannie H. Burroughs, chair
man; Miss Hallie Q. Brown, chairman
executive board; Rev. Florence Ran
dolph, Jersey City, N. J.; Mrs. Maggie
L. Walker, Richmond, Va.; Miss Eliz
abeth C. Carter, New Bedford, Mass.;
Mrs. Victoria Clay Haley, St. Louis;
Mrs. Nettie L. Napier, treasurer, Nash
ville, Tenn.
The general committee includes Mrs.
Booker T. Washington, Mrs. Robert It.
Moton, Tuskegee, Ala.; Mrs. Lucy
Thurman, Miss Meta E. Felham, De
troit, Mich.; Mrs. Mary Church Terrell,
Mrs. Josephine E. Bruce, Mrs. Rozetta
B. Lawson, Mrs. Kelley Miller, Wash
ington; Mrs. Clara B. Hardy, St. Paul,
Minn.; Mrs. Lizzie B. Fouse, Miss
Georgia A. Nugent, Louisville, Ky.;
Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune, Miss
Eartha M. M. White, Jacksonville,
Fla.; Mrs. Grace B. Valentine, Borden
town, N. J.; Mrs. Isabella W. Claphan.
Camden, N. J.; Mrs. Ruth L. Bennett,
Mrs. Rebecca Aldrige, Mrs. Laura
Brown, Pittsburgh; Mrs. W. T. B. Wil
liams, Hampton, Vn.; Mrs. Charlotte
Dette, Niagara Falls, N. Y.; Mrs. Julia
Mason, Buffalo; Miss M. R. Lyons,
Mrs. Addle W. Ilunton, Brooklyn; Mrs.
Marlon B. Wilkersor., Orangeburg, S.
C. Mrs. John Hope. Miss Mary Gaines.
Atlanta, Ga.; Miss Mary E. Jackson.
Providence, R. I ; Mrs. Judith Horton
Guthrie, Okla.; Mrs. G. L. Jackson.
Nashville, Tenn.; Mrs. Charlotte Haw
kins Brown, Mrs. Mary Clinton, Char
lotte, N. C.; Mrs. M. E. Goins, Jeffcr
son City Mo.; Mrs 8. Joe Brown. Des
Moines. la.; Mrs. Charles Banks.
Mound Bayou, Miss.; Mrs. Mary H
Baker, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Mrs. Mary E.
Joshenburger, Fort Smith, Ark.; Mrs.
Waldo Bogle, Portland, Ore.; Mrs.
George H. Warner, Mrs. Eloise Bibb
Thompson, Los Angeles.; Mrs. A. H.
Wall, Oakland, CaL; Mrs. F. W. West,
Bakersfield, Cal.; Mrs. E. J. Freeman,
San Diego, Cal.; Mrs. Kate Wilson.
Omaha, Nel).; Mrs. George Contee,
Denver, Colo.; Mrs. C. It. McDowell,
Hannibal, Mo.; Mrs. Hmma S. Keeble,
Kalispell, Mont., and Dr. Mary F.
Waring, Chic ago.
How a Philadelphia Congregation Ex
hiblta the Spirit of Co-operation.
An example of the spirit of co-opera
tion is shown in the work of the Zoar
Methodist Episcopal church, the Rev
Dr. F. H. Butler, pastor, Philadelphia
The organizations of the church dur
ing the past year spent S4OO in com
munity work and collected -$1,200 for
the church conference.
The congregation also took a lead
ing part in uplift work among the peo
ple, Including the Child Welfare league,
the Emergency Aid, the National As
sociation For the Advancement of Col
ored People (Philadelphia branch), the
Good Citizenship league, the Arm
strong association, the Spring Street
settlement and other movements for
civic, social and economic betterment
Raise* Funds For Home Missions.
Through the efforts of the Woman’s
Home Missionary society of the Meth
odist Episcopal church in Texas $2,500
has been raised to complete the Eliza
Dee home. Mrs. E. S. Ratliff is pres
ident of the society, whose annual
meeting was recently held at Waco,
Hamptonians Learn That It Has a Prao
tioal Bearing on Making Life
Batter and Sweater.
"As practical as any of the trade
courses, yet in no way lacking in the
development of artistic ability, is the
art course at Hampton Institute,” says
a writer in the Southern Workman.
"This was demonstrated in an exhibit
of work done by the boys’ classes in
drawing recently on view in the pic
ture room of the library. Boys ac wall
as girls are being trained to use their
taste and artistic ability in the every
day matters with which some people
think art has nothing to do.
“Here was a drawing showing a
clothes yard—not ordinarily a thing of
beauty—screened by flowering shrubs,
the white posts covered with luxuriant
English ivy. Another drawing showed
an effective scheme of planting ever
greens about a light stucco house. An
unsightly wall was made Interesting
by the skillful placing of shrubs, while
a house of ugly architecture was paint
ed an unobtrusive color, its outlines
being hidden by trees and shrubs.
“One learned from the exhibit that
in the clean country where there are
plenty of trees one may have a white
house with green blinds, but in a
smoky town the house must be painted
brown or some other subdued color.
Also houses must harmonize with each
other. If one’s neighbors have brown
and green houses, an olive gray is a
good color for one’s own. Fruit trees
combine three advantages—beauty in
blossom time, shade in summer and
fruit in season. Pecan and walnut
trees also serve the double purpose of
shade and fruit. An ice wagon, green
with white lettering, was a cool and
refreshing sight.
“A collection of designs made by the
day school girls in their art course was
also displayed. The main object of this
course is to develop art appreciation
and consequent good taste in dress and
interior decorations. The exhibit in
cluded designs for rugs and color
schemes for interiors, table and bu
reau covers, rugs, curtains and cush
ions harmonizing with the walls. All
the designs show'ed a good sense of
proportion and excellent taste in the
combination of colors.”
Leigh R. Miner is the director of ap
plied art and Fenno H. Heath is the
Instructor in drawing.
Albany’s Social Barvlc« Problems.
Among the prominent white people
who are co-operating in the movement
recently started in Albany, N. Y., for
the purpose of improving economic and
social conditions among the colored
people of Albany are Rev. Father Ar
chambault, who represents Bishop Cu
sack and the Roman Catholic benevo
lences of tho diocese; the Rev. Roelif
H. Brooks of St. Paul’s Episcopal
church, Rabbi Samuel 11. Goldcnson of
Temple Beth Emeth, the Rev. W. H.
Stubbleblne of the Sixth Presbyterian
church and Alwin C. Quentel, commis
sioner of charities.
Atlanta Constitution Sounds Warning.
In discussing the exodus of colored
people from Georgia and its cause the
Atlanta Constitution suys; “‘Back to
the law’ is a slogan that should appeal
everywhere upon purely a moral basis;
but. If It will not In sufllcient force,
then we are confronted now by the pos
sibility of serious industrial calamity
which must follow upon the removal of
Georgia’s beat and moat satisfactory
Cana labor."
Soccoss of Rev. S. B. Butler
at Wichita, Kan.
Congregation of the Calvary Baptist
Churoh Begins Financial Campaign
For the Erection of a New Meeting
House—Dr. Butler’s Fine Record as
an Organizer and Leader.
Wichita, Kan.—Sardis, Miss., has the
distinction of furnishing to the Bap
tists of Kansas one of the strongest
and most successful pastors in the per
son of the Rev. S. B. Butler, B. T. S.,
who is pastor of the Calvary Baptist
church In this city. He is doing a
great work in the state and is an ac
tive worker in the natloual Baptist
convention. The Rev. Mr. Butler was
born at Sardis in 1870 und received
his early education In the public school
of his home town. After finishing the
public school course he entered Le-
Moyne Institute, ut Memphis, one of
the schools of the American Mission
ary association, lie Joined the Bap
tlst church at fourteen years of age.
After two years’ study at LeMoyne in
stitute he went to St. Louis and at
once connected himself with the Cen
tral Baptist church, of which the Rev
J. L. Cohron was pastor.
His activity in the church attracted
much attention. He was licensed to
preach by the Central Baptist church
in 1001. This was followed by his
entering the Western college, Macon,
Mo., the Institution of the colored Bap
tists of the state. He finished the
course at Western college in 1905. He
won honors while in school and was
chosen orator for the theological class.
He was called to the pastorate of the
Baptist church in Klrksville, Mo., dur
ing his school days and also at Jack
sonville, Mo.
The churches were not far from Ma
con; hence he was able to spend the
week In school and go to his churches
on Sunday, returning to school on
Monday of each week. Following his
graduation he wus ordained an elder
in St Louis in 1905. lie was examined
by the entire ministry of the Buptlst
church in St. Louis, and they were
loud In their praise of his ability as a
young minister.
The Rev. Mr. Butler was called to
the Park Chapel Buptlst church. Pal
myra, Mo., in 1909, where he accom
lished a good work. He was instru
mental in building a stone church there
and paying off the Indebtedness. After
remaining at the Park Chapel church
six years he received a call from the
Calvary Baptist chunk at Wichita,
which ho found to be heavily in debt.
The people were feurful that the build
ing and ground would be sold because
of the debt, but the Rev. Mr. Butler
smiled and declared that the debt was
but a toy. lie soon cut It down, and
now they are preparing to ere<t a new
building to cost S2O 000.
The congregation is wide uwake and
jager for a new chur h edifice. This
was demonstrated recently at u meet
ing held for the purpose of raising S3OO
toward the building fund. Instead of
raising S3OO the members and friends
contributed SSOO. The church will hold
a financial rally during the month of
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January, at which a large amount b
expected to be contributed for the
erection of the proposed new meeting
house. Dr. Butler is highly respected
by both races in Wichita and Is recog
nized as a safe leader, able preacher
and financier.
Flak Honors Memory of Notod Blngers.
Fisk university haa decided to add
to its numerous departments a con
servatory of music in honor of the
Fisk Jubilee Singers, who did so much
to create favorable sentiment for the
race more than forty years ago. Con
tributions will be accepted for this
new feature from both races. It is a
move in the right direction and it
meets with popular favor.
National League’s Efforts to Facilitate
Migration of Our Race.
New York.—Alive to the different
phases of the much discussed and
many sided “Negro migration,” the
National League on Urban Conditions
Among Negroes is awake to the need
of intensive effort for the betterment
of the working and living conditions
of the colored people who are coming
from the Bouth to the industrial cen
ters in other sections of the country.
Already slight infractions of the law,
lack of recreational facilities, Improp
er housing and disregard for the com
fort, freedom and wages of the work
ers have been reported from two or
three labor sections.
In addition to adjusting the difficul
ties of numbers of the race who have
migrated to New York from the south
and the supplying of several indus
tries In the north with labor, tbe Ur
ban league is sending Eugene K. Jones,
its executive secretary, to cities where
tbe presence of large numbers of col
ored people makes imperative the
need for organized constructive wel
fare work.
Mr. Jones made bis first stop in Har
risburg, Pa., where, largely because of
the Iron industry in the adjoining
town of Steelton, serious labor prob
lems are going to be met by a group
of citizens who have under considera
tion definite plans to handle the situa
tion. In its efforts to arrange ade
quate bousing, sufficient wages, satis
factory hours, wholesome recreation,
safe and just municipal protection and
proper respect for law and the rights
of others on the part of the Negroes
themselves the Urban league will give
the advantage of its own experience
in meeting these issues in the various
cities where its organizations are at
In Pittsburgh, where an affiliated
movement of the league was formed
last winter, the various problems aris
ing In this large iron manufacturing
city will have careful supervision ami
systematic handling by the branch or
ganlzatlon. Pittsburgh is accustomed
to a large laboring population, and the
same problems will be more easily met
and solved than in other cities which
are being affected by the movement of
Mr. Jones will also visit Elyria, Q.,
which has been one of the centers for
Negro labor since the general exodus
began. Another phase of the league’s
activities in this same direction Is the
sending to colored editors all over the
country a letter of general information
calling attention to tho fact that good
positions aro being secured by the effi
cient and energetic members of the
race when they have come north to fill
a definite job and are willing to give
an honest day's toll.
The communication contains also a
warning against the wholesale migra
tion of irresponsible Negroes, who soon
lose their places, become a menace to
the neighborhoods and thereby humili
ate and/etard the race in communities
where white people have hitherto con
sidered Negroes undesirable.
Before returning to the city Mr.
Jones will stop in Cleveland and Chi
cago. Both of these cities have made
requests for the league to start per
manent organizations, fully equipped
to work along all lines of betterment
Jamst B. Clarke Goea to Rio Janeiro.
Comments of regret in school circles
among our people in Brooklyn are
many because James B. Clarke has
given up his position as a teacher of
Spanish in the high school to enter
business as the representative of a
United States commercial firm at Rio
Janeiro. Mr. Clarke is a graduate of
Cornell university. He has already left
for his new post of duty.
Llnooln Graduates Are Progressive.
Graduates and students of Lincoln
university are co-operating with the
faculty of the school In raising funds
for the erection of the Rendell memo
rial in honor of tho president of the
university. Graduates of Lincoln re
siding in the southwest have formeil
an alumni association and are contrib
utlng to the fund In a bodj
SOOlt-t Y N 0.48
Dr.W. E. B. Du Bois is critically
ill at St. Luke’s Hospital in New
York City. He underwent two ser
ious operations. Dr. Du Bois is the
editor of The Crisis and Director of
Publicity and Research for The Na
tional Association for the Advance
ment of Colored People. Negroes,
all over the country, pray for his
Noted Southern Bchool Starts Cam-
paign to Raise $500,000 Endowment.
Atlanta university will bo aided by
many organizations and heads of nota
ble educational institutions in the cam
paign recently started to raise $500,000
toward its endowment fund in honor
of its fiftieth anniversary, which oc
curs in 1917. The university is an open
door of opportunity, a college, normal
school and high school for the prepa
ration of young meu and women of our
race for greater usefulness.
The financial campaign is indorsed
by Charles W. Eliot, president emeritus
of Harvard; Nicholas Murray Butler,
president of Columbia • P. P. Claxton,
United States commissioner of educa
tion; Clark Howell, editor of the At
lanta Constitution; Rabbi David Marx
of the Temple, Atlanta; Talcott Wil
liams of the Pulitzer school of jour
nalism and Cleveland H. Dodge of
New York. Contributions may be
made to President Edward T. Ware,
Atlanta university, Atlanta, Qa.
South Fsars Shortage of Farm Labor.
Fearing that u shortage of labor for
the 1917 cotton and tobacco crops may
result from the large numbers of col
ored people which have left the south
the past eight months of 1910, an effort
Is being made to stop the exodus of
southern laborers going north. At At
lanta, On., both white and colored
leaders held a series of mass meetings
the early part of December in an effort
to check the movement.
Nashville Will Be Host to Members of
National Negro Press Association.
Nashville, Tenn.—The meeting of the
National Negro Press association is to
be held in this city Wednesday, Thurs
day, Fridny and Saturday, Feb. 7,8, 9
and 10, 1917. The official call is Just
being released from the corresponding
secretary’s office of this city, and It
comes out signed by C. J. Perry of
Philadelphia as president, Joseph L.
Jones of Cincinnati ns chairman of the
executive committee and Henry A
Boyd of this city as corresponding sec
This will be the fourth time the
newspaper men have gathered In the
metropolis of Tennessee for an annual
gathering, it having been made the
regular meeting place of the regular
sessions hy constitutional provision.
The executive sessions have been held
generally In connection with the Busi
ness league during the month of Au
It is understood from the correspond
ing secretary that they are expecting
the largest attendance in the history of
the association, as there are practically
no annual gatherings being held now
in midwinter that will interfere with
the newspaper men’s program. The
Nashville membership, which consists
of twenty-five or more, has already
called a meeting of the local members,
and they are inn king preparations for
the entertainment of all who may come.
In addition to this, some of the leading
newspaper men of the United States
who are connected with the association
have expressed their intention of being
present at this session.
The work to be completed covers a
wide scope and is of vital Interest to
the newspaper fraternity. Some con
stitutional changes are to be made,
but the most Important thing will be
the consideration of the report of the
executive committee, which held its
session last August in Kansas City.
1 Read the
fegro Papers.
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