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[[left margin]270[[/left margin]] [[left running head]]THE CRISIS[[/left running head]] sociation, a similar organization. It is expected that the combined companies will have a premium income of nearly half a million dollars a year. Mr. T. K. Gibson will be General Manager of the consolidated company. It is said that the African Union Company, a New York corporation, has shipped from Africa to New York recently 5,820 pounds of cocoa beans and 294 tons of mahogany. The Alabama Penny Savings Bank founded by the late W. R. Pettiford twenty-five years ago, has recently absorbed the Prudential Savings Bank which is four years old. The combined institutions, situated in Birmingham, Ala., will have a paid up capital of $100,000. SOCIAL UPLIFT MR. Booker T. Washington as President of the National Negro Business League has issued a call asking various national Negro associations to join in observing National Health Week, March 21st to March 27th. The organizations invited are the Medical Association, Colored Women's Clubs, Urban League, the teachers in colored schools, etc. The Eighth Infantry of the Illinois National Guard has had a house-warming in their new armory at 35th Street and Forest Avenue, Chicago. Some 5,000 people attended. The armory has cost nearly $200,000 and is due largely to the persistence of Col. F. A. Dennison. We call the attention of the militant South to the fact that the white Adjutant-General of the State led Mrs. Dennison in the grand march, and that fully 200 white people joined in the dancing. The United Colored Charities have been at work in Norfolk, Va., and a colored employment fund has been raised in Louisville, Ky. Records of immigrants to the United States in the last fifteen years show that the Portuguese are most illiterate (63 per cent.) followed by the South Italians (52 per cent.) and Poles (35 per cent.) and the Japanese (22 per cent.) Of the Negroes 19.8 per cent. were illiterate. The Colored Women's Clubs of the state of Missouri after twelve years of work have secured an appropriation of nearly $75,000 for the completion and maintenance of the state industrial home for wayward colored girls. The Organized Charities and Civic Settlement League composed of colored people of Macon, Ga., have been looking after housing and health conditions in that city. The Negro exposition to be held July 4th to August 4th will take place on the Virginia State Fair Grounds in Richmond. Dan Ferguson, a colored sprinter of Ohio State University, has just won the indoor mile race with the best time record in the history of the University. The Columbus, Ohio Branch of the N. A. A. C. P. has 150 paid up memberships already but is determined to reach the 200 mark before permanent organization. Among its members is a former Secretary of State of Ohio. The Colored Citizens League of Atlanta, Ga., is urging colored men to pay their poll taxes, register and vote. An "Afro-American History Story Telling Association" has been incorporated in the District of Columbia. It aims to collect and preserve historical material, maintain libraries and museums and take part in historical celebrations. Miss Laura E. Wilkes is president. The National Benefit Association, an industrial insurance company of colored men in Washington, D. C., is running a nine inch advertisement three columns wide in the leading local daily, The Washington Post. The Homemakers' Club for Negro girls in Alabama has had 11 agents who have traveled 7,324 miles in making their weekly visits and held 743 meetings. They have canned 7,272 jars of fruit and vegetables. Some of their work was exhibited at the Alabama State Fair. A new theatre for colored people, said to be the finest in the South, has been opened in Birmingham, Ala., on Fourth Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets. Two thousand paid admissions were taken in on the opening afternoon. At the Congregational Club in Brooklyn Mr. Oswald Garrison Villard strongly denounced that element in the South which oppresses the black man. [[right running head]]ALONG THE COLOR LINE[[?right running head]] [[right margin]]271[[/right margin]] A movement is on foot to place a monument on the grave of Sojourner Truth at Battle Creek, Mich. In Brooks County, Ga., the Negroes own property the assessed valuation of which is $556,977. W. Calvin Chase, the militant editor of the Washington Bee, went to the High School the other day to tell Prof. A. H. Glenn how to run his classes. The professor refused to let the editor show him, and resented some of the alleged sharp remarks of Editor Chase by bringing a chair down upon his head with sledge hammer force.—Afro-American Ledger. THE CHURCH WHITE and colored ministers of Raleigh, N. C., have had a joint meeting to discuss moral uplift. The Young Women's Christian Association has started a colored branch in Indianapolis and has interested 600 women. In Washington, D. C., the colored branch has bought and paid for its property and last winter installed steam heat. In St. Louis, Mo., the colored branch has raised $9,300 among colored people for a new home and a white friend added $10,000. The Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention has arranged its nineteenth annual program for the 17,000 colored Baptist Sunday Schools throughout the country. It will be used on Easter Sunday. Copies can be had by addressing the Rev. L. G. Jordan, 624 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. PERSONAL THE Atlantic City (N. J.) Daily Press says editorially: "To secure two acquittals out of three homicide cases and to have the third settled on a manslaughter basis with a penalty of from one to ten years in prison is no small task for even the best-known white lawyer with a great reputation—especially when the whole calendar is cleared up within one week. But for this feat to be accomplished by a colored lawyer—a man who has persevered under the severe handicap which is the undeniable lot of all Negroes in America—is genuinely remarkable. Isaac T. Nutter, colored member of the local bar, is entitled to full credit for his splendid work at Mays Landing during the week just closing." Irvin T. Howe, a colored sprinter from Colby College, won the 75 yard dash in 7 4-5 seconds, beating the Irish-American champion, in New York City. Edgar C. Young of the Senior Class in the General Theological Seminary captured the Ward prize for Bible reading from nine white competitors. The Seminary is in New York City. Dr. Paul Crosthwaite, a young colored dentist, made the second highest average in a recent civil service examination in Chicago. His mark was 81.9 per cent., while the mark of the first man was 82.8 per cent. Dr. Crosthwaite is an assistant in the office of Dr. C. E. Bentley. Harry E. Burris, a colored mail carrier of Rock Island, Iowa, was given a banquet recently by the mail carriers of his post office, on the completion of twenty-five years continuous service. The postmaster and his assistant were present. Lawyer W. A. Carter of Cincinnati, is said to be responsible for initiating the movement which allows colored men in that city to take the firemen's examination. President B. F. Allen of Lincoln Institute has been re-elected by the Regents for two years. Dr W. E. B. Du Bois has been lecturing in West Virginia, Ohio and Illinois. In Ohio he addressed the City Club on the underlying causes of the present European war. Gabriel L. Jones one of the best known colored men of Indiana died recently. He was a former member of the legislature. THE GHETTO THE record of discrimination this month is appalling and begins with another suit against the New York Tribune for refusing to deliver lots bought by Thomas A. Payton. The Tribune finally compromised by paying Mr. Payton a satisfactory sum. Rural segregation was pushed in the North Carolina legislature, by a bill of Senator Majette, but defeated.
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