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Brison Venson Loses His Home

Loses His Home
Nashville Globe – February 15, 1907
pg. 4

Fire is very destructive when it breaks out in a tender place. The house owned and occupied by Brison Venson, at 158 Lafayette street, was considerably damaged by fire Thursday morning about 3 o’clock. The fire was well under way when the fire company arrived. The fire is said to have been caused by a defective flue. The loss has been estimated at $1,000, fully covered by insurance.


Prince Herman

Nashville Globe
February 15, 1907
pg. 3

The entertainment at Fisk University Friday night, Feb. 8, was a success in every way. Every teacher and student of Fisk, and hundreds of our best citizens, were present. The 800 people who were fortunate in squeezing into Livingstone Hall were more than delighted, while the 200 or more persons turned away from the door because there was no room inside missed a real treat. These and all others will, however have opportunity to see Prince Herman at his very best in a bran [sic] new programme at Meharry Auditorium the night of Friday, March 8th. This will eclipse all other programs, because the stage is sufficiently large to admit of many very special features.

Crowded houses have greeted Prince Herman and Duke Berryman this week, 2 nights at Second Baptist Church, 2 nights at Jackson Temple and 1 night at Trinity C. M. E. Church. Their engagements for next week as follows: Payne Chapel A.M.E. Church, Monday night, Feb. 18th, Hubbard Chapel M.E. Church, Tuesday night, Feb. 19th; Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Wednesday night , Feb. 20;; Third Avenue Baptist Church, Thursday night, Feb. 21st; Seays Chapel M.E. Church, Friday night, Feb. 22nd.

Prince Herman advises his many friends to see The Merchant of Venice at Fisk University Friday night, Feb. 22nd.

It’s All Your Fault, Brother Smith!

It’s All Your Fault, Brother Smith!
Nashville Globe – February 15, 1907
pg. 3

“Apropos to the preparing of a set of inoffensive resolutions relating to the suppression of “The Clansman” in this city and to the forceful presentation of them to Mayor Freirson, Rev. Joe Smith, pastor of the First Congregational Church, and member of committee on resolutions, as the shades of night drew on, saw pandemonium break loose, negroes defenselessly shot down; the streets coated with human gore. Weak-kneed and vascillatingly he sought the chambers of the city council and pleased for a return of said resolution for fear that his name would be endangered he failed in maintaining the courage of his convictions.

“The sense of the signed citizens was to offer the protest, feeling that the good of the community of white and black demanded it. But by a play of diplomacy on the part of Brother Joe the council assembled and adjourned without the presentation of these resolutions. We wish therefore to have this article convey the sense that there is nothing contained in the withdrawal of above resolutions that was a suggestion of fear of engendering hard feelings. We therefore adopt this method of announcing to the general public that the sentiment of the signers still maintains, Brother Joe Smith to the contrary notwithstanding.

“Further, we wish to express earnest appreciation of the manifested intent of the councilmen of registering a vote against said presentation of “The Clansman,” should the resolutions have been presented.

This communication to Rev. Smith was in the nature of a round robin as it was not signed by those signing the resolution, though it is the consensus of opinion that it expresses the sentiments of a majority of them. In the meanwhile, The Clansman appeared as per schedule and played before crowded houses, having profited by the free advertisement which it had been so kindly furnished it.

The Colored Elevator

The Colored Elevator
Nashville Globe – February 15, 1907
Pg. 1

A unique organization whose object is to encourage employees to put aside a small portion of their earnings each week for a rainy day and to encourage them in the saving habit, had its birth about November 1, 1906, in West Nashville, on the grounds of Vanderbile [sic] University. The organization is known as the “Colored Elevator.” Its membership constitutes mostly the employees at Vanderbilt University, especially those at Kissam Hall. These young men through their efforts perfected a very strong organization with R. W. Wingfield, president; Monroe Modley, vice president; A. N. Owens, secretary; Walter Whitaker, treasurer. They require from each member a deposit of 50 cents per week with the treasurer. A receipt for this 50 cents is given by the treasurer to the depositor as proof that this amount is held in trust to his credit. There are no restricting laws and bylaws regulating this fund, except the moral set forth in the intent of the organization. A member may withdraw his amount at will. They have managed to bring in up to the present time $70.00, which will be disbursed to the members at the close of school.

The organization also provides that certain nights in th week be set apart for debating. They discuss current topics respecting the race and its condition throughout the country. Most of the members reside in the state of Tennessee, but few of them, however are from Nashville. The following are some of the staunch workers of the organization: Messrs. Baldwin Fitzgerald, Robert Mason, Hofard Evans, John Massey, Percy Durhams, Lewis and Preston Webb. They propose to continue the organization, and have been encouraged by the addition of new members from time to time.

Heliotrope Circle – 15 Feb 1907

Heliotrope Circle
Nashville Globe – February 15, 1907
Pg. 1

A regular meeting of the Heliotrope Circle was held last week at the residence of Mrs. Randall Hardiman, on Seventh avenue, South. The meeting was called to order by Mrs. Durand Houston, the president, and after the usual preliminaries, there was a display of embroidery for an hour or more. Later in the evening, a two-course menu was served. The next meeting will be held at 3 o’clock on the afternoon of the fourth Monday at the residence of Mrs. W. W. Hill, 801 Ewing avenue.

Beyond the Century Mark

Beyond the Century Mark
Nashville Globe – February 1, 1907
Pg. 6

Mrs. Jane Bincent, who is one hundred years and one month old, is living with her grandson, Mr. Polk Holt, of No. 23 Tennessee street. Mrs. Bincent was born in Wilson County where she lived fifteen years, Maury County, thirty-five years, Marshall County, thirty years, Davidson County twenty years. She is the mother of ten children – seven girls and three boys. During the dark days of slavery she had four masters and worked in the field every day. She has had good health all her life, and the only dose of medicine she ever took was in her early childhood.

Anti-Consumption League

Anti-Consumption League
Nashville Globe – February 1, 1907
Pg. 2

The Anti-consumption League met at the First Baptist Church with large attendance. After the object of the meeting was stated by the president, Dr. R. F. Boyd, many physicians expressed themselves as to their intentions to do all in their power to push this work to success. Dr. Merrill, president of Fisk University, was present. He complimented this move and brought out many interesting points, and asked the physicians had they ever thought why it was that this dreaded disease seemed to be more prevalent among the boys than girls, as it seemed to be rule in his school?

As the physicians are anxious to create an interest, by common consent of the league, the President was authorized to appoint physicians to speak at the various churches providing it met the approval of the Minister’s League of the city. The following appointments were made for Sunday, February 3:

  • St. Paul, Dr. J. H. Hale
  • Mt. Olive, Dr. F. A. Steward
  • Clark Memorial, Dr. R. F. Boyd
  • Spruce Street Baptist – Dr. A. M. Townsend
  • Little Bethel – Dr. H. T. Geeder
  • First Baptist – Dr. S. S. Caruthers
  • First Baptist, East Nashville – Dr. G. H. Bandy

The meeting was adjourned to meet at St. John’s A.M.E. Church, Thursday night, Feb. 7.

A Card of Thanks

A Card of Thanks
Nashville Globe – January 25, 1907
Pg. 8

I extend my thanks and appreciation to the members of the West End Club, chaperoned by Mr. Speed Henderson. Misses Bertha Greenwood, Minnie Childress, Ella Dartest, who visited me during my illness. I hope to be out soon.

Very respectfully, R. Christopher

Mrs. Hicks Entertained

Mrs. Hicks Entertained
Nashville Globe – January 25, 1907
Pg. 7

Miss Drusilla M. Hill highly entertained Friday, Jan. 8., in honor of her cousin, Mrs. H.R. Hicks, of Indianapolis, Ind., who will leave soon for her home. The evening was pleasantly spent. Games and dancing were the features of the evening. A two-course menu was served. The guests present were Mrs. H.R. Hicks, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lyerson, Misses Zenith McCathen, of Paragon Mills, Tenn.; Janie Hill, Drusiclla M. and Mary B. Hill, Messrs. Ewing and Robert Dobson, Johnson Cockrill and Underwood, Drs. Bryant, Wallace, McKever and Bowman.

Bi-monthly meeting of Fleur-de-lis Club

Bi-monthly meeting of Fleur-de-lis Club
Nashville Globe – January 25, 1907
Pg. 6

The regular bi-monthly meeting of the Fleur-de-lis Club was held on Thursday evening, January 17, at the residence of Mrs. D. A. Hart, 1726 Jefferson street. A goodly number of the members were in attendance. Mrs. W.R. Baker, the president, stated that there was no special topic for discussion, consequently the ladies discussed the leading topics of the day. Many interesting talks were made, all the members evidencing unusual familiarity with the live questions before the country at the time. The members of the Club are doing Battenburg this season, and each lady present was working some beautiful design.

Mrs. Lizzie Harper, of Montgomery City, Mo., cousin to Mrs. Hart, the hostess, was a visitor, and was introduced to the Club. She made an interesting talk and expressed in the highest terms her pleasure in meeting the ladies engaged in such a grand work. After the business session the ladies repaired to the dining room and were served to an elegant repast.

The Club has been in existence seven years, and has accomplished much in art and the home.