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[[page]] 270      THE CRISIS

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ninety voices with an orchestra players from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

At the close of the season, the Students' Musicle Union of the Royal Irish Academy of Music gave a concert at Dublin, Ireland. "The Quadroon Girl," by Coleridge-Taylor, with choral and string orchestral accompaniment was sung by Mr. T. W. Hall. 

"We Strew These Opiate Flowers," by Colerige-Taylor, was the selected test for vocal trio for female voices at the Competitive Festival given at People's Palace, Mile End, England.

Prof. John A. Lomax of the University of Texas, who has made valuable contributions in the field of American folk-songs, recently gave recitals at Reading Hour, Chautaugua, N. Y. He spoke of plantation songs, spirituals and other types of Negro folk-song.

Recent acquisitions from the Harvard University Museum of Fine Arts expedition have been installed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass. They consist of Egyptian primitive art works from the earliest pre-dynastic period. Of exquisite beauty are the necklaces, scarabs, and seals of gold, electrum mounted, and ivory hair ornaments. In the Empire Room graceful specimens of pottery are found from the rare Hyksos period 1650 B.C. 

An unusual book of poems, "The Ebon Muse," by Leon Laviaux, has recently been published by Smith and Sale. The verses are in praise of the beauty of the dark-skinned races. 

In August 30, the Hampton chorus, composed of Negro and Indian students, of Hampton Institute, sang at the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, New York City. This was the last engagement of a hundred day journey, the chorus cruising aboard the schooner, Hampton, from Virginia to Maine.

According to Frank T. Bullen in London Tit Bits, the majority of chanties, sea-songs sung by sailors, come from the Negroes of the southern states, the crude songs being sung to lighten the hours of labor. 

A feature of the third prgram at the annual music festival of the MacDowell Memorial Association at Peterboro, N.H., was the presentation of Coleridge-Taylor's "Death of Minnehaha."

Mrs. Marjorie Groves-Robinson, pianist, and Mr. George L. Ruffin, tenor of Boston, Mass., were heard in joint recital at Mt. Zion Church, Newport, R.I., the last of the season.

An interesting article appeared in July in Musical America, concerning the art of Roland W. Hayes, tenor, of Boston. Of Mr. Hayes, his teacher, Mr Arthur Hubbard, says: "I have not a pupil in my classes for whom I have had a more genuine affection than for this lad, nor have I one who possesses a kenner intelligence or a surer musical feeling and taste." Musical America adds: "Hayes loves best the Italian language and music. One would think, only to hear him, that he was one of the golden-voiced Italians with whom the generations have all too discreetly endowed us. His enunciation is excellent and he has the trick of it. His manner is modest and quiet and his soul goes out on the song he sings." 

A colored theatre, the New American Theatre, has been opened in Washington, D.C. 

Mrs. Lela Walker Bryan, dramatic reader of Philadelphia, gave a recital at Estey Hall recently. She was assisted by Miss Helen L. Sheffey, soprano, and Mr. James F. Williams, pianist. 

[[page]] 271   Along the Color Line 

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An Autumn Exposition and Amusement Festival will be held at Manhattan Casino in New York September 28 to October 2. 

MEETINGS 

The National Medical Association met in Raleigh, N.C., August 25, 26, and 27. 

The Negro voters of New Jersey met in Atlantic City on August 15.

The tenth annual session of the St. Paul Farmer's Conference met in Lawrenceville, Farmer's Conference is composed of more than 1,000 colored farmers of the country. When the conference was inaugurated ten years ago colored farmers owned 25,000 acres of land valued, with the building thereon, at $332,000. Now they own 38,100 acres of land valued at $594,047. During the past year $950 was raised for improvements and new buildings and $450 for extending the school term. 

The national Baptist Convention met in Philadelphia on September 9. 

Fifteen hundred colored men met in the twentieth annual tournament of the North Carolina Colored Volunteer Firemen's Association in Fayetteville, August 18-21. Three hundred dollars in prizes were given away. Each year the town makes an appropriation for this meeting. 

One hundred and eighty-three delegates and perhaps, 5,00 visitors attended the Elks Convention in Norfolk, Va., August 25-28. It is reported that the City Council appropriated $400 for the entertainment was vetoed by the Mayor. Finally, however, a committee of the council passed the bill over the Mayor;s veto. 

The eighth annual Convention of the California Federation of Colored Women's Clubs met in San Diego in August. Mrs. C.H. Dodge was elected president. 

The State Federation of Indiana met the early part of September in Indianapolis. 

The Texas State Colored Farmer's Congress met at Prairie View State Normal College the last of August. 

There were present about eighty delegates at the seventh annual meeting of the National Independent Political League at New York City, Sept. 7-9. A public mass meeting was held on the last night. Among the speakers were Dr. J.E. Spingarn and Mr. W.M. Trotter.

ECONOMICS 

The company of colored men that furnishes light and power for the city of Washington, Ark., is now building a railroad from Washington to Columbus, a distance of ten miles. 

At first annual meeting of the Standard Life Insurance Company, of Atlanta, Ga., it was reported that the company had in force $1,879,761 in insurance upon the lives of 9,343, policyholders. Three hundred and thirty-six people are employed by the company and the total income for the year was $100,755.63. 

The Drake and Foote Hat Company is a thriving colored business enterprise and the only business of its nature carried on by colored people in St. Louis. Six expert colored assistants are employed.

PERSONAL 

Vance J. Anderson, a colored employee in the Chicago Post Office, has invented and patented a practical street car 


 


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