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268 THE CRISIS Mr. William Stanley Braithwaite, the poet and critic of Boston, Mass., was given a dinner party in New York City as an expression of appreciation of his value to American writers. The dinner was attended by leading literary folk of the country including a number of poets and was followed by added attentions to Mr. Braithwaite and his wife upon the part of individuals who composed the committee. At Ellis Island in New York Harbor, where large numbers of immigrants are detained on account of the war, a series of concerts are being given. On February 14th the music was furnished by the Clef Club Orchestra and Wanamaker's Colored Jubilee Club. MEETINGS THE annual meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, held in New York City, has attracted much attention throughout the country. The Governor of the State was present, the first Spingarn medal was presented and a large audience witnessed the proceedings. Many of the colored teachers' associations are meeting this spring. The Alabama State Teachers' Association met in Montgomery, the Virginia Teachers' Association and Improvement League met in Richmond and the Brunswick Teachers' Institute was held at St. Paul School, Lawrenceville, Va. A State Negro Bar Association has been meeting in Oklahoma. The National Negro Press Association had a two days' session in Nashville. Considerable attention was paid to the matter of securing advertising for colored periodicals. A meeting of colored people in New Haven was addressed by Joseph C. Manning and adopted resolutions condemning the attitude of President Wilson. Lincoln memorial meetings were held by colored people at numbers of places throughout the United States. At Mobile, Ala., prizes were distributed to children for essays on Lincoln. The Republican Club of New York City took as its subject for discussion, Saturday, February 20th, the question "Is Democracy Gaining Over Aristocracy and the Spirit of Brotherhood Over Race Hatred?" Among the speakers were Prof. W. M. Sloane and Prof. Franz Boaz of Columbia University, Prof. Jeremiah W. Jenks of New York University and Prof. T. Iyenaga of Chicago University; the Negro race was represented by Prof. William Pickens of Wiley University. At the Dinner of the Sunrise Club for March the question of land and labor in the South will be discussed. Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois will make the principal address. This is a radical organization in New York City for the free discussion of social questions. The Houston College Settlement Association of Houston, Texas, has held its fourth annual session. Congressman Madden has addressed audiences in Washington and Boston. The latter meeting, under the N. A. A. C. P., filled Tremont Temple and was the largest meeting for Negro rights since Abolition days. The Odd Fellows have been celebrating Peter Ogden Day by a series of meetings. EDUCATION PRESIDENT John Hope of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga., announces a gift of $15,000 from the General Education Board for the erection of a new dormitory. The American Baptist Home Mission Society will add $5,000 to this and the colored people of the state must raise an additional $5,000. The denial of high school training to colored children in the South is causing agitation for Negro high schools in cities like Norfolk, Va. The white people of this city have a high school which cost $275,000 with equipment, and are planning an equally costly one. The Negro schools stop with the seventh grade. In Baltimore, Ohio, colored people are agitating for a new high school building, the present one being wretchedly inadequate. In his Washington birthday address at Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pa., President Charles W. Dabney, of Cincinnati University, advocated a national fund for the education [[right running head]]ALONG THE COLOR LINE[[/right running head]][[right margin]]269[[/right margin]] of Negroes and mountain whites. He instanced the appropriations for Indian education as precedents. The General Education Board of New York City has increased its appropriation for industrial work in rural schools among the Negroes of Georgia from $3,500 to $5,500. President James N. Gregory of the Bordentown State Industrial School for Negro Boys together with Mrs. Fannie E. Gregory, preceptress, and the Rev. Frank Gregory, principal, have resigned their positions. William R. Valentine of Indianapolis has been suggested to succeed the president. The Howard University appropriation was held up in the House of Representatives on a point of order by Sisson, of Mississippi. The Senate restored the item and the University will receive $101,000. A proposed item of $3,000 for sociological work was dropped. The mid-winter meeting of the Board of Trustees of Tuskegee Institute has taken place. Among the distinguished visitors were Dr. F. A. McKenzie, the new president of Fisk University, Mr. Julius Rosenwald, Miss Jane Addams, Dr. Jenkin Lloyd Jones and Mr. Seth Low. A gift of $40,000 has been made to Hampton Institute by an anonymous donor. POLITICS PRESIDENT WILSON continues his policy of replacing colored officials with white men no matter what the efficiency of the colored men has been. Mr. Charles W. Anderson, Collector of Internal Revenue in the richest district of the nation, including Wall Street, New York City, has recently been displaced by a comparatively unknown southern white man. An Indian, H.B. Tehee, has been appointed Register of the Treasury, a position long held by colored men. Charles A. Cottrill, a colored man of Ohio, has been a most efficient Collector of Customs at Honolulu, Hawaii. He is now to be replaced by a white man. The only office hitherto held by colored men which is unfilled is that of Recorder of Deeds in the District of Columbia. There is little hope that President Wilson will have the courage to put a colored man even in this place. Major R. R. Jackson, a colored member of the General Assembly of Illinois, has introduced a bill designed to prevent the presentation of plays and moving pictures like the "Clansman." The legislature of Arkansas has passed a bill to consolidate state and federal elections. White people have feared that this bill may so increase the power of Negro voters as to put Negroes in the legislature. In Moberly, Mo., colored men for the first time have been allowed to vote in the democratic primaries. A colored man, Oscar De Priest, has been nominated by the republicans for a seat in the City Council of Chicago. He was formerly a County Commissioner. A strong civil rights bill has been introduced into the Pennsylvania legislature by Representative Stein of Pittsburgh. Lemuel W. Livingston, a colored man and American Consul at Cape Haitien, Haiti, has been called to Port au Prince to assist the American Commision which is aiding in the reorganization of Haitian finances. Charles H. Turpin, a colored man of St. Louis, who has held the office of Constable has been allowed a recount of votes by the Supreme Court. On the face of the returns his opponent was declared elected at the last election. ECONOMICS THE colored people of Ocala, Fla., have started a small knitting factory. It is at present situated in a building owned by George Giles. This is the first venture of the sort among people of either race in Florida. Two colored men, Moses McKissack and Searcy Scales, have bought the Capital City Planing Mill, one of the oldest plants of its kind in Nashville, Tenn. McKissack is an architect and Scales a contractor. They propose to manufacture all the material used in their business. The Atlanta Mutual Insurance Company, a strong colored organization of which A. F. Herndon is President, has recently absorbed the Union Mutual As-
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