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64 THE CRISIS [[image]] THE HOUSTON COLORED LIBRARY ¶ The Carnegie library for colored people at Houston, Tex., has been opened. The building cost $15,230 and the site was bought for $1,500 by the Negroes. The city has appropriated $1,500 a year for the maintenance of the institution. ALONG THE COLOR LINE 65 ¶ According to a report by Asa E. Martin, a white teacher of Kansas City, Mo., Negroes of that city own property valued at $1,900,000. One man owns almost one-tenth of this. ¶ The board of supervisors of Noxubee County, Miss., offers prizes for corn crops grown by Negroes of the county. Sixty men and forty boys have entered the contest. ECONOMICS. SEVENTY-FIVE Negro families have moved from Oklahoma to California because of prejudice in the former State. The party has several thousand dollars to invest in California lands. ¶ The Metropolitan Realty and Investment Company, of Ocala, Fla., has just erected a $20,000 building. The company was organized three years ago and is capitalized at $20,000. ¶ Southern cotton mills are beginning to employ Negro labor. Perhaps it would be just as well if they did not. ¶ In Delaware, factories making shirts, overalls and cheap cotton goods have recently employed Negro labor with success. ¶ The National Order of the Mosaic Temple of America has placed the contract for the erection of a $45,000 building at Little Rock, Ark. ¶ Colored men of Chicago have organized a business association. ¶ There are in Philadelphia 1,080 Negroes who own property assessed at $2,801,275, and of a market value of $3,735,000. ¶ Colored ship carpenters of Savannah, Ga., have been organized and chartered by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. ¶ The National Baptist Publishing Board, of Nashville, Tenn., spends $30,000 a year for paper alone. ¶ The Standard Life Insurance Company, of Atlanta, Ga., capitalized at $100,000, has in the two years of its existence written policies amounting to $400,000. ¶ The People's Building and Loan Association, of Hampton, Va., shows a total business of $196,046 for the past year, an increase of $12,458 over 1911. ¶ Colored people of Tacoma, Wash., own property assessed at $50,000. PERSONAL. DURING the past month the hand of the Reaper has fallen heavy on colored folk. William J. White, the veteran editor of the Georgia Baptist, Jennie Dean, the founder of Manassas Industrial School, and Dr. James E. Cabaniss, a successful young dentist of New York City, have passed away. ¶ President Tancrède Auguste, of Haiti, died a natural death after a tenure of office dating only from last August. M. Auguste was one of the ablest men who have occupied the Haitian presidency in recent years. His successor is Michel Oreste. ¶ Memorial services were held by the colored people of Washington for the late Senator John B. Henderson, the author of the Thirteenth Amendment. ¶ Application has been made to the Carnegie Hero Fund for a medal for Georgia Calwell, a Negro cook, who saved a five-year-old white child from drowning in an old cistern. ¶ A correspondent of the Norfolk News urges a like reward for a Negro who saved a white woman from drowning. This writer says: "A white woman was miraculously rescued from death by a colored man in the presence of a dozen white men, not one of whom would risk his life in the attempt. But for his courage and promptness, the woman would undoubtedly have lost her life. The newspaper account of that important and valuable feature of the affair says: 'Sam Davis, a Negro driver, jumped into the water and swam with her to the wharf.' So far from having the slightest touch of laudable approval of Davis' act, the sentence reads almost as if the rescuer had committed some reprehensible act." ¶ Matilda Henson Ritchie, aged 81, and Mrs. Julia Henson Wheeler, aged 72, the daughters of the Rev. Josiah Henson, the original of "Uncle Tom," are living quietly at Flint, Mich. ¶ Mr. Louis G. Gregory, of Washington, D. C., delivered an address at the Bahai convention in New York. Several colored persons attended the sessions. ¶ Corporal Richardson, of the 10th, Cavalry, won a cup presented by Secretary of War Garrison, and a money prize for his exploits in the horse show at Fort Meyer, Va. The secretary made a brief speech commending Corporal Richardson for his excellent work.
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