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186                   THE CRISIS

  Morris Brown College of Atlanta has purchased several hundred acres of land in East Macon, Ga, The whole institution may be moved there.

  At Belcher, La., the colored people have donated twelve acres of land as a site for an agricultural school.

  Three colored women have been reappointed by governor Hadley of Missouri as members of the board of managers of the State Industrial School for Negro Girls. The general assembly has appropriated &6,500 for purchasing necessary ground.

  The colored schools of Washington sold $137 worth of Red Cross stamps.

  At Norfolk, Va., a new colored school building, to contain sixteen rooms and to cost $32,500, has been started. It will seat 800 pupils.

  Judge Pritchard and General Julian S. Carr have been speaking in the North in support of the colored religious training school at Durham, N. C.

  Faustin S. Delaney, a colored teacher of Louisville, lately deceased, has left $500 to Wilberforce University toward maintaining a chair in the science department.

  The Secretary of the Interior, in hi annual report, says of Howard University, among other things:
  "The science hall is well equipped for efficient work in the several departments of physics, chemistry and biology. The eager response of the student body to the new facilities offered is seen in the fact that more than 600 students are regularly instructed in these several branches, with practical laboratory wok offered in each department of study. Instead of one professor and one instructor, who gave their entire time to the sciences, the work now requires three professors, one assistant professor, three regular instructors, and seven student assistant assistants, giving their time to the work of scientific institution.
  "It is has been often said that while colored students are proficient in the languages, history, etc., they showed no adaptation to the exact sciences. But the eager response of this great body of colored students to the opportunities here for the first time offered in any large way for advanced laboratory work in the exact sciences, marks an era in the educational life of the Negro race. The possible application of the practical instruction here received must have an important bearing on the future welfare of the race."

  New Orleans has raised the wages of her white teachers, but refused to make any change in the salaries of the colored teachers. The average wages in the State before the change were" Whites., $56.16 per month; colored, $29.87.

  St. Thomas Church, Philadelphia, the oldest colored Episcopal church in the Unites States, and one o the oldest churches in the country, is about to sell its Twelfth Street property in the Philadelphia, and move nearer the new centers of colored residence.

  The Rev. Levi N. Powers, D. D., of Havehill, Mass., in recent discussion of lynching, announced that "If a Negro committed an atrocious crime against any member of my family I would go out and help lynch him."

  The Methodist Episcopal Church is still discussing the question of erecting its colored membership in a separate and independent body.

  Thirty years ago, in the Lancaster hills of Pennsylvania, lived in a number of lawless gangs of white and colored desperadoes. The Rev. Melford H. Haggler, a colored preacher, settled among them, and, after years of hard work, has succeeded in transforming the character of the neighborhood.

  The Catholics of Atlanta, Ga., have purchased property on which they propose to erect a Negro church. Indignation is expressed by the neighboring white property owners and the bishop is being asked to withdraw.

  The committee of the Episcopal council of South Carolina has recommended a Negro suffragan bishop.

  The Los Angeles Examiner publishes a letter from a porter, which says that Pullman porters "must furnish the best references, keep neat and clean, be polite, and perform their duties faithfully. They are held strictly responsible for shortage or losses of car equipment, such as blankets, pillows, bed linen, towels, combs, brushes, etc. Every month ninety per cent. of the 7,000 porters have deducted from their wages from twenty-five cents to $1.50. Pullman conductors get from $70 to $90 per month, according to seniority or time they have been in service; or time they have been in the service; but the porter, who has served from five to forty years, only received $25 per month, until last year, when their salaries were increased ten per cent., making $27.50 now. He gets no credit for seniority, and receives no more pay or consideration than the new man who has only worked a month."

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  A South American correspondent of the Richmond Planet says: "The Negros were only freed in Brazil in 1888, and here you can find Negro professors teaching white and black alike. You can find Negroes filling all grades of office in the army and navy; you can find Negroes in all branches of political or public service from the president down to a common soldier or policeman or sailor. You find here the Negroes are captains of ships, pilots, mates, engineers, motormen, baggagemasters, machinists and every other thing that they are capable of doing."

  The large business interests of Atlanta are securing the enforcement of an obsolete law which taxes peddlers $50 a year. It is driving the small colored peddlers out of business, and they are protesting against it.

  The Indianapolis Colored Young Men's Christian Association has purchased a site for its building at a cost of $6,000. 

  N. E. Barnes, a colored inventor of Willis, Tex., has invented a stations indicator and an improved bulletin board for street cars.

  Lucian Headen, a colored aviator of New York, has been awarded a gold medal and has patented an equalizer, which prevents airships from tilting when falling.


  David Hazleton, a veteran porter in the office of the president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, has recently died. He entered the service of the railroad in 1874, and for more than thirty year has been in charge of the official cars of the railroad's presidents.
  During that time he crossed the continent hundreds of times in charge of special parties and with official of the railroad. He has ridden over practically every mile of railroad track in North America, from the Isthmus of Panama to the northernmost lines in Canada. He was six feet tall and made a striking appearance in his uniform of royal blue trimmed in gold and cap slightly tilted. 
  Hazleton had charge of presidential parties from General grant down to McKinley and Roosevelt. General Grant was numbered as one of his favorite guests. President Cleveland also frequently traveled with him. When he started on his honeymoon he made a special request that Hazleton be placed in charge of his car.
  Fred. S. Stone, a colored musician and composer, is dead.

  Miss Ida Lee, a colored girl of Kentucky, has received a bequest of $3,000 for saving the life of a wealthy woman in a runaway in 1909.

  John Walker, a colored drayman, of Madison. Ga., has a bronze medal and $500 for saving the life of his employers in a runaway.

  The census shows that the oldest man in the country is an Indian Negro of Colorado, known as Cherokee Bill. He is reported to be 114 years of age and is worth $80,000.

  In the January CRISIS we published the picture of Edward Wilmot Blyden, the "Grand Old Man" of West Africa. Dr. Blyden died February 8 at the age of 79. he had had many honors bestowed upon him. In 1863, after the publication of his work on Liberia, he received the honorary degree of A. M. from Hamilton College conferred the degree of D. D. upon him in 1870, and in 1874 he was made an LL. D. by Lincoln University. In 1882 he was elected corresponding and honorary member of the Society of Sciences and Letters of Bengal, and he was also a member of the Athenæum Club of London.

  The funeral of the late Bishop Gaines was a very elaborate service. There were seven bishops present and many distinguished ministers. he was interred at Atlanta, Ga.

  Matthew A. Henson is still lecturing on his trip to the North Pole. He recently appeared before the Negro Society for Historical Research at Yonkers.

  President John D. Hammond, of Paine College, Augusta, Ga., held a conference on "The Relation of the Negro Problem to the White People in the South."

  When it was announced that Dr. Hamill, a Southern white pastor, would succeed the late George W. Walker, also a white man, as head of Payne Institute, for colored youths, in Augusta, Ga., a portion of his congregation at the fashionable McKendree Church, Nashville, Tenn., got up and filed out of the morning service.

  Mr. W. E. B. Du Bois has been lecturing in New England before the Twentieth Century Club of Boston, the People's Forum of Braintree, and clubs at Newport, Providence and Brockton.

  A protest against lynching has been held in Faneuil Hall, Boston. One of the speakers, the Rev. R. C. Ransom,
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