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222   THE CRISIS

to be, so it is learned, "legislate no worthless man forward, nor arbitrarily relegate any worthy man backward."

The president of the Alliance writes:

I was long a disciple of Booker Washington in that we should proceed along the line of least resistance; I have become firmly convinced that this course is wrong, fundamentally wrong, if you please.  From actual experience in the government service, having been appointed to the Railway Mail Service more than 20 years ago, I have found that race prejudice is insidious and it must be fought and fought hard.  It has received a serious set-back through the efforts of your organization, and God speed you to continue to hammer it to its certain death."

Local branches of the Alliance are being formed.  Lately one was formed at Richmond, Va., with twelve members.  E. H. Wood was elected president and R. H. Jackson, secretary-treasurer.

A DEALER IN REAL ESTATE

[[IMAGE - MR. CHARLES H. JONES]

CHARLES H. JONES was born in Wake County, N. C., in 1875.  He lost his father when he was six and his mother when he was thirteen.  Until twenty years of age he was a farm laborer attending a country school during intervals of work.  Then he tried a small mercantile business but failed in the panic of 1895.  In 1912 he succeeded in selling a small lot, 25 x 100 feet, to R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, and made $10,000 profit.  This was the beginning of his financial prosperity.  Mr. Jones owns one block in Winston-Salem which is worth $30,000 and brings in $5,000 a year in rent.  His total income from rent is said to be $12,000 a year and he is supposed to be worth at least $100,000. 

Mr. Jones declared that the right sort of man does not have to leave home to succeed.  One of his hobbies is horse flesh and he owns "Silver Dick" who has never lost a race and has a record of a mile in 2.13 1/4.

A DENTIST

[[image - FRANK F.BISHOP, D.D.S.]]
 
 THE West Indies has given to Pittsburgh a successful dentist in the person of Dr. Frank F. Bishop.



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[[image - DR. BISHOP'S OFFICE]

Dr. Bishop arrived in the United States as a youth and received his training at the New York College of Dental and Oral Surgery and was graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in 1906.  He opened his office in Pittsburgh the same year and has built up a large and successful practice.  Among other things be compounds his own dentifrices.  He is especially notable for the cleanliness of his office, its modern equipment, his punctuality in keeping appointments and the reliability of his work.  Small wonder that last summer the Doctor moved into his own new building valued at $10,000.

AN INSURANCE MAN

[[image - MR. C. C. SPAULDING]]

ONE of the best known industrial insurance companies among the colored people is the North Carolina Mutual and Provident Association.  The man who made this association is Charles C. Spaulding.
  
He was born in Whiteville, N. C., August 1, 1874.  Mr. Spaulding's family had considerable property chiefly in real estate and sent him to school in Durham.  At the age of twenty-six he married Miss Fannie Jones of Washington, D.C., and has three children.

The North Carolina Mutual and Provident Association was organized in 1899.  Mr. Spaulding became its first local agent and was elected general manager in 1901.  At this time the weekly collections of the company amounted to $29.40.  Today its weekly collections is is $9,000.  The Durham Sun, a local white paper, reports that during 1914 this company did a business of $400,000 or nearly $50,000 more than the previous year.  The home office employs thirty-five people and the business of the company is in the two Carolinas and Georgia and next year it expects to enter Virginia.  The company has deposited $100,000 with the State Insurance Commission of North Carolina and $20,000 with the Insurance Commission of South Carolina.  The president is John C. Merrick, the secretary A. M. Moore and the general manager C. C. Spaulding.

Mr. Spaulding is also vice president of a local colored bank, assistant superintendent of a Baptist Sunday School and a director of the colored Lincoln Hospital.
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