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8 THE CRISIS was a noted member of the audience, commented warmly on the singing of Mr. Hayes. Two pictures by Tanner were loaned to the Chicago Exposition. There were also pictures by young Harper, who died just when he attained success, and one by the late Miss Moss. Lyndon H. Caldwell of Syracuse, New York, a concert pianist, is on tour in the South. Ned Weyburn, who has staged so many of the large Broadway shows, is said to be the man who introduced rag time to Broadway, sixteen years ago. He tells how he first heard the rhythms, when on vacation down in Alabama from an old colored man, who played the banjo. He caught the measure by placing a piece of paper over the man's instrument. A number of colored actors are filling engagements in vaudeville house in London, England, with great success. Mr. Melville Charlton has passed the associate examination of the American Guild of Organists, which is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. He received his certificate and is authorized to affix to his name A.A.G.O. One of the examiners was Horatio Parker, Doctor of Music of Yale University. SOCIAL UPLIFT The social club formed by the colored printers in the government service at Colon, Panama, has celebrated its first anniversary. A Better Babies Contest held recently in Washington, D.C., brought out many fine specimens of babyhood. Prohibitionists are enlisting the help of colored voters in South Carolina to carry the state. The Leonard Street Orphans' Home, Atlanta, Georgia, takes care of seventy homeless orphans. The asylum needs help. Miss Chadwick, with the help of the older girls, manages the home. Many colored veterans, who are left of the soldiers who fought in the Civil War, were in the encampment and review of the G.A.R., held recently at Washington, D.C. Miss Anna J. Gilmore, a great granddaughter of Tobey Gilmore, a slave and revolutionary soldier, suggests that the old homestead, built about 1800 at Raynham, Mass., be bought by the town for a home for the aged. Mrs. Lillian H. Childress, the first colored graduate of the Library Course in Butler College, Indianapolis, Ind., is in charge of the Colored Branch of the Evansville, Indiana, Public Library. John Brown of Dinwiddie, Virginia, saved a Bohemian family, at the risk of his life, during a severe storm, which destroyed their home. Mr. Brown brought the family to his own home. Mr. Edward A. Abbott of Chattanooga was able to convince the commissioners of that city that it would be a mistake to spend a large sum to acquire property for a park for colored people, which could not be kept safe for women and little children. The commissioners voted not to make the purchase. Rev. Henry A. Boyd, in his financial report of the Negro Baptist Publishing House, tells of a business which has spent many millions of dollars and published millions of books. Emancipation Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington, with many enjoyable ceremonies. In New York City there were formal exercises at one of the playgrounds in honor of the day. The Colored Branch of the Louisville Public Library, Louisville, Kentucky, celebrated its tenth anniversary recently. The Negro children of Jacksonville, Florida, will have three new graded schools and a new high school. This is the result of a fight which the colored citizens made for a larger share of the new school appropriation. In response to action taken by Governor Willis of Ohio, the State Medical Board is forbidden to ask future applicants to state color and race and send a photograph. There are six vacancies on the Philadelphia school board. Colored people of the city are working to place a competent man of the race in one of them. Emmett J. Scott has been in conference with a representative of the Thomas Ince Company, concerning the production of a moving picture play, ALONG THE COLOR LINE which will be the story of the Negro in Amereica. This is to be an answer to Thomas Dixon's "Birth of a Nation." [[image]] [[caption]]PART OF COLUMBUS, OHIO'S KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS, IN PARADE[[/caption]] Joshua A. Crawford has been elected chairman of the ward committee in Ward Thirteen, Boston, Mass. He has also been nominated for the Legislature. Lincoln Settlement, Brooklyn, New York, has been successful in providing suitable playground facilities for the children of the neighborhood. Under the direction of Dr. V. Morton Jones the settlement has won many friends. Since the Boys' Reformatory at Mt. Meigs, Alabama, became a state institution, it has been able to serve many boys. The chidren [[children]] receive an industrial training. The colored women of Alabama started the institution. The Negro Year Book 1914-15, gives a long list of colored people who during that time received the Carnegie Medal for heroism. Among the number are several children. The colored people of Washington, D.C., will be given model houses, in the Ellen Wilson Memorial Homes, soon to be built in that city. The Colored Citizens' Union of Orange, New Jersey, is asking the support of the colored voters of that city for their candidates. The two "Fellows" named by the National League on Urban Conditions for this year are Forrester B. Washington and Miss Carrie L. Dukes. They will study at the school of Philanthropy and Columbia University, New York City, and do social work under the supervision of the League. The Woman Suffrage Party of New York City has established Headquarters in a colored neighborhood in that city. Colored and white people are attending the demonstration of farm work, held in rural districts in Alabama under the Smith-Lever Fund. Several thousand Pythians took part in the parade during the eighteenth biennial Supreme Lodge session of the colored Knights of Pythias in Columbus Ohio. Meetings Among the plans of the Kentucky Exposition to be given next year are a pilgrimage to Lincoln farm, and an extended program of Negro music. Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana will cooperate with Kentucky in her Emancipation Exposition. William Monroe Trotter finished an extended speaking tour with a lecture to a crowded house at Union Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland. The Washington County Colonial School of Maryland took first prize with their exhibit at the recent Richmond exposition. The Lincoln Jubilee Exposition brought to notice the fact that over one
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