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under the auspices of local clubs.

The Longshoremen's Protective Union and Benevolent Association, a Negro organization of Pensacola, Fla., sent a check for $867 to the city treasurer as payment of the annual poll taxes for its 867 members.

The Women's Relief Corps No. 99, in Stoughton, Mass., has elected its only colored member, Miss R. Adelaide Washington, to the presidency.

Colored men in Leavenworth County, Kan., have organized the Sunflower Rifle Club, which has been admitted to the National Rifle Association. Mr. William Shelton is president.

Dr. Edna Robinson has successfully passed the recent dental examination in Boston, and is the first Negro woman to practice dentistry in Massachusetts.

Many daily papers both in the North and in the South are giving more attention to Negro news notes and items of interest concerning their Negro citizens. some of these papers are running a regular column devoted to Negro news, while others are publishing interesting Negro sections.

At a recent milk test held in Des Moines, for the state of Iowa, Mr. Julian O. Winston, a Negro dairyman of Ottumwa, won the highest honor.

Miss Alice Hagar, because of the enactment of a law which interferes with her kennel of blooded Scotch terriers in Burlingame, near San Francisco, Cal., has offered her mansion at an especially low price to any "Chinese, Japanese, or Negro."

The Nashville, Tenn., Globe carried a very interesting rotogravure section of eight pages in its issue of December 22, 1916.

By an act of the United States Congress, after July 1, 1917, any individual or organization not of the regular United States army, navy or marine, will be forbidden to wear uniforms or any distinctive parts of uniforms of United States soldiers. This action will cause a loss of nearly a half million dollars in clothing and equipment to the colored Knights of Pythias of the United States.

Cardinal Gibbons, in his "A Retrospect of Fifty Years," devotes chapters, outside of church matters, to such subjects as : Patriotism and Politics, Irish Immigration, The Lynch Law, The Funeral of General Sheridan, Will the American Republic Endure?

Mme. C.J. Walker, the Negro hair culturist, has purchased a $75,000 estate at Irvinton-on-the-Hudson, New York, on which she is planning to erect a $100,000 residence.

Mr. Harry Robinson, a colored man of Louisville, Ky., has been appointed foreman of all the stock leaving the Ford Automobile Works in Detroit, Mich. He is the first colored man to be given this position.

Since the lynching of Mr. Anthony Crawford, at Abbeville, S.C., 270 Negroes have left Greenwood, and it is expected that many more will leave.

As a result of the first colored fair of Guilford County, North Carolina, 200 colored people started a fund and have purchased thirty acres as a fair ground.

Mr. Daniels, Secretary of the Navy, upon the suggestion that Negroes be obtained for the navy, said: "Mr. Callaway, if you will excuse me I would prefer not to discuss that matter."

As a reason for urging compulsory registration of vital statistics, W.L. Heiser, of Kentucky, said: "Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be marrying persons having Negro blood in their veins."

Mr. Howard B. Woolsten of the City College of New York lists the nationalities in the following order with respect to good citizenship: Americans, first; Germans, second; English, third; Poles, Russians and Jews, fourth; Scandinavians, fifth; Irish, sixth; French-Canadians, seventh; Austrians, Slavs, eighth; Italians, ninth, and Negroes, tenth.

Stephane Lauzanne, editor of the Paris Matin, said in a lecture in New York City: "Negro troops made the recapture of Donaumont possible."

Mr. Joe Ellis and his brother, Abe, two Negro farmers of the Creve Coeur Bottom, St. Louis County, Missouri, who did not believe in saving banks, but kept their money in an old trunk in their home, lost $6000, which represented their lifetime's work, when fire destroyed their home.

A site has been purchased on West 137th Street, New York City, for the new building of the Colored Young Women's Christian Association.

John Patrick Turner writes us of the proposed town of Hope Isle, S.C. The following Negroes comprise the board of Directors: Dr. C.V. Roman of Nashville,

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Tenn.; Lester A. Walton, of New York City; G. Edward Dickerson, Dr. Algernon B. Jackson, and Dr. John Patrick Turner, of Philadelphia. Behind the movement, as consultant and advisor, is a white man, John T. Patrick, of North Carolina. Southern Pines, the noted winter resort, was built and owned by him. Three sites are being considered; one near Savannah, another near Beaufort, and a third near Charleston. All the money necessary for the purchase of the land and the erection of municipal buildings is in hand. A silk factory, a sanitarium, and an art school are promised. No stock will be issued until the town is in actual operation.


DR. W.E.B. DU BOIS, editor of THE CRISIS, was operated on twice for stone in the kidney and ureter at St. Luke's Hospital, in New York City, December 15 and January 4. Both operations were successful, and Dr. Du Bois is hoping to be at his desk again early in February. 

We are informed that the announcement in our last issue of the marriage of Mr. W. A. Joiner to Miss Ada Roundtree was incorrect.

The name of the founder and superintendent of the National League for the Protection of Negro Girls (mentioned in our Richmond, Va., number) should have read Mrs. Ora B. Stokes instead of Mrs. Ora B. Saunders.

Mr. and Mrs. Cassius M. Brown have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in Harrisburg, Pa. They are both prominent and well-thought-of citizens. 

Mrs. Mary Talbot, a native of Kentucky, and a former Negro slave, has celebrated her 120th birthday anniversary at Ottumwa, Ia.

Rt. Rev. Alexander Walters, senior bishop of the A.M.E. Zion Church, has been confined to St. Lukes's Hospital in New York City.

Mr. Fred Douglass Pollard, the noted football player of Brown University, was tendered a banquet by the citizens of New York, December 20.

Deaths of well known Negroes during the month are: In Texas, Dr. R.S. Lovinggood, president of Samuel Huston College, and Mrs. Nancy Allen, widow of the late Richard Allen; John E. Bush, Little Rock, Ark.; Mrs. Andrew F. Hilyer, Washington D.C.; the Rev. J.M. Anderson, prominent in A.M.E. Church life, Waco, Tex; Charles W. Hollis, Wilmington, Del., Grandmaster of Masons.

Negro centenarians have died during the past month as follows: At Jefferson City, Mo., Mrs. Grace Williams, 116 years old; John Davis died in November near Belzoni, Miss., 117 years old. He was the oldest resident of Mississippi; Mrs. Mary Ross, 116 years old, at Enid, Okla.


MANY bills to abolish the electoral college and base the election of the President of the United States entirely upon popular vote have been introduced in Congress.

The Negro-Mulatto and Chinese suffrage amendment met defeat in Oregon at the recent election.

Delegates from the Every Woman Suffrage club of St. Paul, which is composed entirely of Negro women, received a hearty welcome at the Minnesota State Suffrage Association's thirty-fourth annual convention, held recently in Minneapolis. 


THE colored Baptists have contributed during the last year $68,000 to missions and $49,000 to education. They have 1512 churches, 153,319 members, and four educational institutions valued at $725,000.

The St. Joseph's Catholic Community Society in Beaumont, Texas, has sixty-eight members working for the evangelization of colored people. The work accomplished in a year consists of the groups at Port Arthur, $1500; Beaumont, $2600, all paid. A combination  of school and church costing $13,000 is being erected. It will be followed by a home for the Sisters and the Father, Alexis A. La Plante, S.S.J.

The twenty-fifth anniversary of Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pa., and the fifth anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. W.F. Graham, were celebrated recently with over 3000 people in attendance at the three services. The celebration continued one week.


A RACE conference is to be held in Columbia, S.C., February 7-9. Dr. James H. Dillard of the Jeanes and Slater Funds is to be the speaker February 7.
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