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216 THE CRISIS speaker, Mr. William H. Richardson, baritone, gave a program of classic and modern songs. He was assisted by Mrs. Maud Cuney Hare at the piano. ¶Mr. Roland W. Hayes, the tenor, was heard with much pleasure at the "Russell Club'' Musicale, given at the Universalist Church of Melrose, Mass. on Jan. 20th. An enthusiastic audience demanded many encores. ¶The Howard University Glee Club has been touring Delaware and Pennsylvania and singing among other things Negro folk songs and the compositions of Burleigh, Cook and Johnson. ¶Miss Anne Whitney, the famous sculptor, a member of the Anti-Slavery group in New England, died at the age of 93, in January in her apartment in Boston, Mass. Among Miss Whitney's works was a piece called "Ethiopia," a reclining figure of a young colored woman, raising herself, and in the act of awakening. The statue was destroyed, although the artist long afterward said, "It was one of the best things I ever did." Her next piece of work was a statue of Toussaint L'Overture, whose heroic life strongly appealed to her. Miss Whitney's best known works are the statues of Sam Adams in Adams Square, Boston, and Charles Sumner, near Howard Square in Cambridge, Mass. ¶The Choir Guild of St. Bartholomew's Church, Cambridge, Mass., gave a concert and assembly on Jan 11 at Brattle Hall. Miss Lydia C. McClane of Philadelphia, was the soprano soloist; Mr. Roland W. Haybes, tenor; Mr. Wesley Howard, violinist and Mr. J. Shelton Pollen, pianist. ¶The Hampton Choral Union gave a concert at the Institute Gymnasium. Miss Helen Ware, the violinist, was helped by choruses and soloists. ¶A folk-lore festival with music is being planned by the Y.M.C.A of Indianapolis. MEETINGS A MEETING of Negro authors had been called for August, 1915, during the fiftieth anniversary celebration of Negro freedom at Chicago. ¶The National Negro Business League will hold its fifteenth annual meeting in Boston, August 18, 19, and 20, 1915. ¶A large meeting for the benefit of Hampton Institute was held in Carnegie Hall, New York City. Mr. Booker T. Washington, Major R. R. Moton and Mr. Harry T. Burleigh took part. ¶The annual Negro Farmer's Conference was held at Lane College, Jackson, Tenn. ¶The Board of Bishops of the A. M. E. Zion Church met at Petersburg, Va. ¶The twentieth annual meeting of the Tuskegee Negro Conference has been held at Tuskegee Institute. There was the usual meeting of farmers followed by a meeting of workers. The attendance was large. ¶The largest meeting on Dr. J. E. Spingarn's remarkable trip was that at Pittsburgh, where 3,000 people crowded the church and many could not get in. EDUCATION HOWARD UNIVERSITY may receive %104,800 from the United States Government if present proposals pass Congress. This sum is larger than last year and provides for a professor of sociology and a survey of housing conditions among Negros. ¶ The new Douglas High School at San Antonio, Tex., has ten rooms and cost $32,000. ¶ The Association of Teachers in Negro Schools will hold their annual meeting in Cincinnati next July. ¶ The County Judge of Jersey Co., Ill., has just appointed two additional members to the Board of Trustees of the "George Washington Fund." This fund was founded by a Negro and now amounts to $23,00. Its income is used for educating colored students and there has long been a feeling that the white trustees are not making desperate efforts to find beneficiaries. One hundred students have been assisted in the past but only one is at present receiving aid. ¶ The Mayor of Knoxville, Tenn., has recommended a new colored high school. In reply to white newspaper opposition, a colored man writes to a local paper: ALONG THE COLOR LINE "We have seen building after building for school purposes go up for whites, and our school left in a miserable location without improvements and falling into decay, and have never uttered a protest. We have paid the ten cent tax levy on the $100 to build and maintain high schools in Knox county, and yet we have said nothing. We are even preparing to help assume the $125,000 that the county has undertaken to raise to buy a farm for the University of Tennessee where none of the colored race can have access, and at the same time we propose to do this cheerfully, or at least as cheerfully as we can. And now, when the mayor of the city comes along with a proposition to give us a new high school and to take us out of a location that no other race would have stood for five minutes, and where we have been forty years, in a building paid for by northern philanthropists, we are charged with being 'ill advised' and as acting 'hasty.'" ¶ Governor Emmett O'Neal of Alabama, visited Tuskegee Institute and addressed the students. ¶ Howard University had 75 college students in 1907 and 313 in 1914. The Freshman Class of 1914 numbered 144 and came from 50 high schools, academies, and colleges. The last graduating class number 49; of these 14 went to teaching, 20 entered professional schools, 2 entered schools of engineering, 2 entered business, 6 are taking graduate studies and 6 are at work earning money for professional courses in the future. There are in all 40 graduates of the college in the professional schools of Howard University and others are at Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Chicago, Northwestern, Boston and other universities. Mr. Kelly Miller regards this record as marking the end of controversy between the Negros colleges and industrial schools. ¶ Dr. J. W. and Mrs. L. S. Anderson of Dallas, Tex., have just given to Meharry Medical College of Nashville, Tenn., a deed of real estate in Dallas valued at least at $10,000. The proceeds of this gift are for the erection of the "Anderson Anatomical Hall." ¶ The Trustees of the Jeanes and Slater Funds and members of the educational boards of most of the colored churches had a conference recently with the United States Commissioner of Education. The maintenance of the standards of institutions like Fisk and Atlanta on the one hand and Hampton and Tuskegee on the other was discussed. [[emblem]] POLITICS THE white people of Louisiana are exercised because the payment of poll taxes among the Negroes of the state has recently doubled. Some think that this means increased political activity among Negroes, while others are sure that the Negroes are trying to increase the meager amounts given to public schools. Many Negro organizations are making the payment of poll taxes by their members compulsory. ¶The New England colored Baptist convention is mailing its report on the "State of the Country" to every member of Congress. The report will arrive February 22nd and the convention asks that every member and friend of the church write to his representative and senators and call their attention to the pamphlet. ¶The Indian Register of the Treasury appointed by President Wilson to succeed the Hon. J. P. Napier, has resigned to become Indian Commissioner. Next? [[emblem]] ECONOMICS MR. E. G. HARLESTON has built a new three-story building for his undertaking business in Charleston, S. C. ¶Mr. Booker T. Washington has purchased 10,000 acres of land in the vicinity of Cheehaw, Ala. for colonization purposes. A lumber plant has already been started. A new railway line will connect this colony with Tuskegee. ¶It is charged that the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers are trying to oust Negro firemen. The question arose in the proceedings of the Board of Arbitration between railroads and firemen which has been sitting in Chicago. The council for the firemen admitted that the Negro firemen had not been represented when the arbitration agreement was made.
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