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BETA GAMMA CHAPTER, VIRGINIA STATE COLLEGE

ALPHA PHI CHAPTER members shown above are: J. L Nelson J brook, E. L. Lipscomb, D. S. Dykes, G. W. Wadley, J. T. Fagan, J r s ' F J. W. Scott, A. F. Weems, L. E. Carter, W. L. Fagan, W. L. F a g a n , ' H . M W. J. Rowe, D. R. Johnson, D. L. McLeod, B. T. Scruggs, A. E. Fews, W. L. N. J. Pleasant, and C. W. Aycock.

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Official Convention Call By B. ANDREW ROSE, General President 0

the Active Undergraduate and Graduate Chapters, Genei-al Officers, Founders, and Honorary Members, MEETINGS: By authority vested in me by the law and upon the direction and vote of the Executive Council, I hereby notify you and "' active members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity that the twenty-third General Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will •""Vene, and is hereby called and directed to convene, in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, V m b e r 29, 30, and 31, 1931. The first session of said Convention will meet for the transaction of business on December 29, 1931, at 10 o'clock a. m. lC tive chapters are hereby directed to ascertain their rights under the law as to representation in the General Convention, and *'" proceed to elect representatives in accordance therewith. Members other than elected representatives wishing a voice in * Convention will ascertain their rights under the same law. The standing and special committees which have been appointed, and such others as this office may hereafter appoint, " e hereby requested to begin at once the preparation of the reports of the special subjects which are especially assigned to le m, and to prepare such reports as they deem wise to submit to the General Convention, and to send copies of said reports the General Secretary at least thirty days before the convening of said Convention as the reports may be printed if ad'sable.

Pre-Convention Registration By THEODORE M. BERRY, Chairman Convention Registration Committee

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HERE is a convention on the docket, Brothers, subject to call December 29th. It's the Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the hosts will be brothers of Alpha Alpha Chapter in Cincinnati, Ohio. Of course, for such an event as this, some big things are to be expected. Alpha Alpha realizes that and intends to have ?'»>gs "just so." But to have a real convention there will have to be brothers present—and plenty of them—to spread the °'d Alpha spirit" in a big way. Now like the Scripps-Howard Syndicate, we are getting out a little advance straw vote—a sort of pre-convention registra; '°1-to see how the wind is blowing. Generally, weather prophets are "all wet," but as a convention prophet we'll bet our S v n derby that a host of depression-ridden brothers are coming to Cincy to take a peep at the silver lining of Alpha Alpha. W can we ignore the fact that the A. K. A. Boule will be in Cincy at the same time. Let your imagination be unconfined! Well, to show your co-operation, kindly fill out the card below, drop it in the mail, and give the Registration Committee 4 break." I am planning to attend the Silver Anniversary Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Cincinnati, December 28-31 Elusive. arne ^dress

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A Prophet Views The Conventio By WILBUR C. DOUGLASS Alpha Omicron Lambda

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HE cry of the brothers in Alpha seems to be not "Cincy or bust," but "Cincy tho broke." For everything else to the contrary notwithstanding, this does seem like Alpha's big year in convention. A detaii like the depression is hardly to be considered. Ask the next brother you meet. That the convening A. K. A. sorors are an attraction is conceded, but the boys will not forget that there is official business to be attended to, also. The brothers are not altogether sure, perhaps, that the regionals turned out as well as was expected. Then, too, the Educational Movement is no doubt due for its annual raking. The undergrads will, of course, be talking about representation. Brothers in the New England and Cleveland sections may be bent on chapter reorganization. And inasmuch as there has been no meeting for two years, all of these brothers should be heard and their grievances aired. Whatever is undertaken in Cincinnati, however, must concern itself with the present hard times. Thanks to the present administration, the fraternity has been observing in recent years a program of rigid economy. But times are such now that the brothers would like to see the fruits of this program reflected in their annual assessment. And that applies to the grads as well as the boys in school. We can never hope to retrieve those who have strayed from the fold in appreciable numbers under the present graded system of reinstatement. Alpha men should feel in some way, however small, the benefits of recent economic measures. If marked cuts in the budgets of the general officers and in the amounts set aside for scholarships, as well as the biennial convention plan, fail to lighten the burden of the brother in the ranks, then how far are we away from a receivership ? Of course thei-e are those who feel that the grand tax ought to see no cut even though it were economically reasonable. That is a matter of opinion. But it is quite likely that the bulk of the brothers think otherwise. ROTHERS with whom I have talked and who are alive to Alpha issues concur with me in the belief that our General Organization itself could be more economically organized. For instance: the educational activities, at present directed by a special officer, could be very well administered by the office of the General President. With

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Richmond has its "Dynamic Daniel" and Pittsburgh has its "Dynamic Douglass." The latter is the contributor of this prophetic resume of likely issues at the forthcoming convention. It is well that somebody aired them publicly, for issues are like poor relatives—they're always with us. Being a graduate of slightly more than two years, we suppose it is a magnanimous gesture on our part to say that we agree that official staff representation should he more equally distributed between undergraduates and graduates. We think though, that we would be derelict in our duty as a brother if we did not warn the undergraduate who gets The Sphinx editorship that his midnight oil will then begin helping Old Sol create his daily miracle of dawn. 1 know!

all due respect to this office it remains too much a purely honorary position foi all practical purposes. To abolish the office of Director of Education after the very successful and persevering efforts of the incumbent, who by the way is the only one ever to fill the position, might perhaps seem hard and ungrateful. But sentiment must give way to reason. The fraternity would reap the benefits in the savings in overhead which naturally would be expected to follow the merging of two offices under one roof, together with the annual traveling expenses of a national officers—an item of several hundred dollars during the period of an administration, but then there are matters other than financial that must have some of our attention; so let's change the issue.

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S usual, at the Cincinnati conclave, something will be said about undergraduate representation. And as usual, nothing will be done about it. It is one of the paradoxes of recent convention history that altho grads and undergrads alike agree that the fellow in school should have a better chance at the general offices, they just will not let things be done'" that way. Certain offices, of course, like that of the secretary or treasurer, require more time than the boy in school would care to contribute. But if someone should suggest an undergrad for the honorary office of president, it would hardly be considered a se-

rious remark. Alpha Phi Alpha was just eight years old when I saw the light, t>u some of the best presidential timber W* have ever had, and some of the best wor» done toward guiding the destiny a n molding the future of our fraternity * a S done by presidents who were in scho"1 at the time; men like "Bill" Pollard »i Rho, Howard Long of Beta, and Lucius McGee (donor of the McGee cup) ° Gamma. Fraternities are, more or less, an un" dergraduate affair. They are merely W cidental to the life of a graduate. There was a time in the history of Alpha whe» the undergrads filled all general officesWhether that plan is feasible now w]t" so large a membership is debatable. Nev" crtheless, the gradual taking over by the grads of the ruling power of Alpha ™ the biggest steal that has been perp e ' trated since America was taken from the Indians. At present, of the eleven national offices, two are held by men in scho"1, They are Brother "Bill" Randolph, second vice-president, now acting as member of the Executive Council by virtue of his residence in school, and Brother Warrick Cardozo, third vice-presidentBoth are medical students; Bill is a sophomore at Western Reserve and "Cardy is a junior at Ohio State. Two out oi eleven—a rather unfair distribution °* offices when one considers that the organization was founded and is maintained by the spirit of the college youth' It is obviously unjust that these t*° brothers should be the only national officers who daily rub shoulders with the student Alpha man and who can really see things from a student brother's point of view. Is this a result of thoughtlessness on the part of delegates to our conventions? Or is it something more subtle? All the three offices designated »s member of the Executive Council could very ably be administered by a brother in school. The work of Cardozo an<i Randolph has been an inspiration t° many of us older brothers who watch the progress of the fraternity and the results of their efforts instantly disniisS any fears that one might have about the brother in school serving Alpha in a comprehensive and vital way. ERUSAL of The Sphinx, and conversation with Alpha men from various points, indicate among other things the need for chapter bolstering in several sections. In some vicinities 8 Continued on Page 26

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Significant Alpha News HENRY BRIDGES led the class in the •*ool of pharmacy at Duquesne Univer% last year. He is a member of Omi^on Chapter.

* * * * MALVIN R. GOODE of Omicron Chap*"• completed his course at the University of Pittsburgh this year and is now vice"'esident of Omicron, past president of Pitt Lyceum, one of the representatives in the Interfraternity Council, and 1931 •"rector of Omicron's educational camWELFRED HOLMES, who received ^ master's degree in English from Pittsburgh last June, is now teaching in Vston-Salem, N. C.

* * * * WALTER R. TALBOT, president of picron Chapter, was graduated from Pittsburgh with honors in mathematics 9|) <1 won a scholarship to return to Pitt ln d study for his master's degree this y ear.

member of Alpha Phi Chapter, is now teaching in Georgia.

* * * * C. W. (RABBIT) WADLEY has been appointed coach at Edward Waters College in Florida. He is a graduate of Clark University and a member of Alpha Phi Chapter.

* * * * A. R. BROOKS of Alpha Rho Chapter was the ranking student of the '31 class at Morehouse College, Atlanta. T. M. ALEXANDER and H. M. GLOSTER also finished Morehouse with honors.

* * * * H. A. MILLER of Alpha Rho and Morehouse College is studying at a northern college on a $1,200 fellowship from the Commission on Interracial Cooperation of Atlanta. * * # * E. L. PETERSON of Beta Epsilon Chapter graduated from A. and T. College, Greensboro, N. C, with the highest honors that the college confers.

lina, and more recently principal of a high school in Knoxville, Tenn., is now principal of the Laboratory High School of Atlanta University.

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EDDIE TOLAN, late of Michigan University, has been appointed assistant physical director and track coach at West Virginia State College.

* * * * FRANK GORDON, who was initiated at Kappa Chapter, was appointed a member of the faculty of West Virginia State College following his graduation from Ohio State University. He has returned to his Alma Mater to take graduate work on a scholarship by appointment and has become perhaps the first Negro assistant instructor at Ohio State.

* * * * JAMES DAVIS of Upsilon, who got his law degree from the University of Kansas in June, passed the bar in the same month and is now practicing in Topeka, Kansas.

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F. T. WOODS, president of Beta Epsilon, has been elected president of the student body and of the Student Council at A. and T. College.

THOMAS P. DADLEY of Alpha Theta C hapter received his master of science ' e 8ree at the end of the summer quarter 41 the University of Iowa.

GOMEX HAMILTON, who got his M. A. at the University of Kansas, has resumed his duties as head of the department of biology at Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark.

C. W. WILLIAMSON of Beta Epsilon has been made president of the A. and T. College Dramatic Club.

* * * * HARVEY HUGHES is planning to enDalhousie College in Nova Scotia this a " to study medicine.

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COHEN L. SIMPSON, also of Alpha "eta, was awarded his M. S. in chem* tr y from the University of Iowa. * * * *

ARTEE FLEMING, attorney-at-law in Akron, Ohio, and a member of Alpha Tau Chapter, is a candidate for municipal judge in that city and is thought to have good chances of being elected.

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* * * * JOHN THOMAS of Mu Chapter has been awarded his M. A. in history and plans to work on his Ph. D. * # * * RAYMOND CANNON, former national president and now director of education, received his law degree in June, passed the state board examinations of Minnesota, and is now associated with his brother in Minneapolis.

* * * * H. L. TRIGG, president of Phi Lambda, Raleigh, N. C, and Inspector of Negro High Schools for North Carolina, is taking work leading to the Ph. D. degree at Columbia University. * * * * W. A. ROBINSON, formerly Inspector of Negro High Schools for North Caro-

* * * * FRANK A. DECOSTA, who graduated from Lincoln University (Pa.) in June as valedictorian, has a i-ecord worthy of note, given in detail in Nu Chapter's letter. So have three other Nu men: J. D. DAVIS, Jr., G. W. HUNTER and T. J. WALKER. JAMES E. DORSEY of Wildwood, N. J., director of the Glee Club at Lincoln (Pa.) University, won second prize in Class I of the Rodman Wanamaker Musical Contest with his composition "Sandals."

* * * * RICHARD HILL has been offered the chair of English at Lincoln University (Pa.) He will be Lincoln's first Negro professor. Brother Hill, who is a Lincoln graduate, plans to complete his Ph. D. work before accepting the post. * * * * PROFESSOR CHARLES WESLEY of Howard University, Alpha's official historian, is back at Howard after studying abroad on a Guggenheim fellowship. The results of his study, dealing with


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slavery in the British West Indies, will be published in book form. DR. ALGERNON B. JACKSON of Howard University and Mu Lambda has recently published a book entitled "Jim and Mr. Eddie." In dialogue form, it represents his and Mrs. Jackson's findings during a tour of 13 Southern states sponsored by the American Medical Association.

* * * * DWIGHT O. W. HOLMES, dean of Howard University, was elected for the third time to the presidency of the Association of Colleges for Negro Youth last spring. He delivered a lecture at Columbia University last spring and is now taking graduate work at Columbia on a leave-of-absence. •^

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* * * * EDWIN C. JONES of Alpha Delta Chapter has been elected assistant principal of the B. T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tenn. Brother Jones is a graduate of Wilberforce University and did graduate work last summer at Northwestern University.

* * * * W. T. ATKINS of Alpha Delta Chapter is directing the fate of the fast Lemoyne Yellow Jackets eleven of the B. T. Washington High School in Memphis this season.

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V. D. JOHNSTON, formerly an officer in large insurance companies, has been appointed budget director at Howard University.

ULYSSES ALLEN of Gamma Chapter has been made business manager of athletics at Union University.

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JAMES ERVIN and GEORGE C. COKER of Alpha Delta Chapter, Los Angeles, received master's degrees from the University of Southern California last June. Brother Ervin plans studying for his Ph. D.

CLARENCE T. MASON, formerly of Alpha Mu, who graduated from Northwestern University in June, is taking graduate work in chemistry at McGill University in Canada.

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EMORY B. SMITH, director of publicity at Howard University, was the only Negro attending the American College Publicity Directors' Conference at the University of North Carolina.

NEWELL DWIGHT EASON, who received his B. A. degree in economics from the University of California in June, was the winner of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's essay contest. Brother Eason, who belongs to Alpha Delta Chapter, was also Pacific Coast intercollegiate boxing champion.

* * * * OFFICIAL announcement has been made that the new branch library of the Chicago Public Library, located at 48th and Michigan Ave., will be known as the George Cleveland Hall Library, in honor of the late Dr. George Cleveland Hall, one of Alpha's most eminent members, and the first of our group to be appointed to the Chicago Library Board.

* * * * WILLIAM WALLACE, formerly of Omicron Chapter, now a member of the Livingstone College faculty, has received his M. S. degree from Columbia University.

* * * * MAX YERGEN, who has done extensive Y. M. C. A. and interracial work in South Africa, addressed the Interracial Commission at the University of Pittsburgh last spring.

* * * * MARSHALL LEWIS, hurdler, and WOODY HARRIS, quarter-miler, of the University of Pittsburgh and Omicron Chapter, did excellent work in spring track competition.

* * * * OMICRON CHAPTER ranked second among all the fraternities on the campus at the University of Pittsburgh during one semester last year. Members of

* * * * JAMES WILLIAM PRICE of Alpha Delta Chapter and the University of Southern California, won second prize medal in a competition sponsored by the Beaux-Arts Society of Design of New York, his drawing "An Island Prison" being adjudged the best from his college.

* * * * A. J. ALLEN has been chosen secretary of the American Bible Society, with headquarters in Cleveland. He was formerly a member of Theta Lambda Chapter in Dayton.

* # * * VICTOR DALY, formerly a first lieutenant in the 37th New York Infantry during the World War, has written a novel, "Not Only War," dealing with the intimate life of a Negro soldier during the war both here and overseas. The novel is scheduled for late fall publication by the Christopher Company of Boston. Brother Daly lives in Washington.

* * * * MU CHAPTER, University of Minnesota, with an everagee of 1.401, ranked first in scholastic comparison for the year 1930-31. There are thirty-eight national academic fraternities, of which

three are Negro, recognized on the M"1' nesota campus. This makes Alpha P" Alpha the first Negro fraternity to »'' tain first place at Minnesota in schoW' ship since such records have been keP'

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THOMAS W. YOUNG of Kappa Chapter last June received the Wolfe Journa1' ism Honor Medal, the only individ"8 award made in journalism at Ohio Sta' University. According to the wish of *" donor, the late Robert W. Wolfe, Coin"1' bus newspaper publisher, the award ' intended "to encourage journalism sta ' dents in the study of practical probl?"18 of newspaper-making." Brother You"" merited the honor by his scholarship an his "capably executed" senior thesis ° the "The Libel Law of Ohio," the fif6t study made of that subject. The univer8' ity plans to publish it as a brochure.

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VALUAREZ B. SPRATLIN, head °| the department of Romance languages ' Howard University, has been award6 the doctor of modern languages degfeC by Middlebury College. This degree fr"1* Middlebury, regarded as one of ' . world's leading language schools, equivalent to the doctor of philosophy de' gree granted by other leading colleS*8' To qualify for the degree, Brother Sp ra lin spent four summers and one full ye8. in Spain, the year at the University ° Madrid. His dissertation was upon J ua Latino, a Negro scholar of the 16th cetl tury, who was purchased as a slave W. Spanish master. The slave was emanC pated as a result of his display of tale"' and was at one time a teacher in '" University of Granada.

* * * * DR. L. H. BERRY, graduate of WHberj force University and the Rush Medtf8 School, Chicago, has received the cert' cate of the National Board of Medic* Examiners. This distinction autonia'1^ cally makes him a member of the Ass° ciated Diplomats of the National B»a and entitles him to practice in any st* or territorial possession of the Un>te States or in Europe, and likewise entity him to use in any proper way the des'e nating initials D. N. B., meaning Dip' mat of the National Board, and to Vei the association's gold key. Brother " ' Berry, a native of Norfolk, Va., inte''11^ at Freedmen's Hospital, Washington. **, received a fellowship from the Univei'6 ty of Chicago to specialize at the C°°_ County Hospital, Chicago, in internal ffl eases and X-Ray, until October 1, 1*5 He is a member of the staff of Chicago' Provident Hospital and a first lieutena" in the U. S. Medical Reserve Cort>* Brother Dr. Berry will establish his ° fice in Chicago. Continued on Page 26


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The Alpha Hall of Fame^ By DANIEL B. OWINGS Alpha Mu T the last regular meeting of Alpha • ^ Mu Chapter, Brother William C. fyant was unanimously elected to repre^nt this chapter in the Alpha Phi Alpha Sail of Fame, because he is the one pother who has, by hard work and serv,Ce . rendered such service not only to % h a Mu Chapter, out also to Alpha Phi 4lpha in general as to keep our chapter ln the front rank of Negro fraternities °n the campus of Northwestern Univer% , and Alpha Phi Alpha in the front r ank of fraternities of the country. Brother Pyant entered Ohio State University in September, 1923, from *hich institution he received his B. A. ^Sree in June, 1927. During his stay at Ohio State he was a °tive in the affairs of the Sphinx Club °* Kappa Chapter, having been pledged | the Sphinx Club in November, 1923. " e was elected secretary of the Sphinx c 'ub and later rose to the presidency in 1924. , He was initiated into Kappa Chapter 1,1 November, 1925. In December of the JjUne year he was elected secretary of 5*Ppa Chapter, this being the first time !" the history of the chapter that a newly '"'tiated brother was elected to this office. Brother Pyant took an active part in . lle life of the fraternity, being a mem,'er of the fraternity debating team dur!"& 1926 and 1927. He was also active !" basketball and other fraternal actives. Brother Pyant not only served his fragility well, but it was at this time that ' e became connected with the Y. M. C. . ' He began with the Spring Street "ranch Y. M. C. A. in 1923, when he be.lie a volunteer leader in the boys' dils ion. One year later he became desk e °retary. He was promoted in the fall !925 to the position of boys' work sec.. eta ry. While this work required much ln, e, Brother Pyant maintained a very «°od record in his classes at the Univ «r sity . graduating from Ohio State, k After ''other Pyant matriculated in the gradate school at that institution and did 'a<Juate work during the summer of **' majoring in sociology and minoring Psychology. At the close of the sumftier quarter, Brother Pyant passed up Pportunities to teach in order to accept Position as boys' work secretary of the

WILLIAM C. PYANT . . . a genius for secretaryships, he vial elected to Alpha's Hall of Fame unanimously because hard work is his hobby and service his goal. Emerson St. Department Y. M. C. A. at Evanston, 111. It was about this time that Brother Pyant secured his transfer from Kappa

Chapter and became identified with Alpha Mu Chapter. He was elected secretary of Alpha Mu in January, 1928, and has been unanimously elected to the same position every year since that time. In addition to this, Brother Pyant has served as the efficient associate editor to The Sphinx and has regularly reported activities of this chapter. Even though Brother Pyant has been very busy on his job at the Y. M. C. A., he has nevertheless completed more than a half year of work in the graduate school of Northwestern University by taking a little work during each regular school year. In order to keep abreast of the time, Brother Pyant went to College Camp Wisconsin for the annual summer school of the Chicago Y. M. C. A. College during the first term in 1930. Brother Pyant keeps in active touch with state and national movements of the Y. M. C. A. It was because of this that the president of the National Association of Colored Young Men's Christian Association Secretaries appointed Brother Pyant to serve on the commission of program and research in March, 1930. Brother Pyant was elected to represent Alpha Phi Alpha at the meeting of the National Pan-Hellenic Council which was held in Chicago early in May, 1931. This was the first time that Alpha Phi Alpha had been represented at the meeting of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Brother Pyant showed such keen inContinued on Page 26

CHI LAMBDA CHAPTER, Wilberforce University: Left to right—H. H. Summers, W. I. Gibson, W. P. Welch, president; J. A. Lane, F. A. McGinnis, C. S. Smith, R. N. Pyrtle, C. C. Jenkins, H. Daniel, and J. E. Newsome. Brothers not on picture—

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A Servitor of Mankind By REV. J. N. SAMUELS-BELBODA Theta Lambda grand medical director. He is also a PaS master of the Masonic Lodge and a 33rddegree Mason, and a past exalted riue of the Elks of Dayton. Today he is presi dent of the Sup«' Building and Loan Association, and ol the Brotherhood Realty Company. For the past two years Brother Co" took a special course of study in eye, e»r' nose and throat, under the well-kno" specialist, Dr. J. M. Millette, at the National Military Home Hospital and SjElizabeth's Hospital in the clinic of bot*1 of which he now is serving. Since J*" uary last he has been a member of " 1 staff of the Linden Centre Clinic ^ placed in charge of the eye, ear, nose a" throat division. Theta Lambda voted hi" the most useful member in 1929 a " elected him president in 1930.

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HETA LAMBDA, and the citizens of Dayton, are pleased and inspired by the progressive spirit of Brother Dr. L. H. Cox, who this past summer, in a group of post-graduate white physicians, travelled to Vienna, Austria, and attended a special seminary in the study of the eye, ear, nose and throat. In his career Brother Cox is what may be regarded as meteoric. He was born in Arkansas in 1880. After his preliminary preparation at Camden High School, Arkansas, and at the A. and M. College, Normal, Ala., he graduated from the school of medicine at Howard University. In 1905 he began his practice in Dayton.

For several years he was representative of the Montgomery County Tuberculosis Society, devoting much time to the study of the prevention and treatment of that dreaded malady. As a reward for his special work at the Miami Valley Hospital he was given a trip to Battle Creek Sanitarium where he followed a course of instruction in electro and hydro therapy. For four years he was assistant to the senior member of the surgical staff at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, and in point of service is the oldest member of the Executive Committee of the Montgomery County Public Health League. He is a member of the Montgomery County Medical Society and a fellow of the American

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Medical Association. He is now serving his 14th year as special examiner for the U. S. Government. Brother Cox is also a member of the Knights of Pythias, serving two terms as

Brother Cox was married in 1906 Miss Jennie L. Fearing of Washing' 0 "' D. C, and of this union have been b° r three children: Reba Elizabeth, LW Warren and Charles Hardison. He ' s member of St. Margaret's EpiscoP8 Church. This sketch of our brother' activity and career we present *'_ pleasure. We know that in other citie there are brothers whose career is n« less worthy and inspiring but The" Lambda here only expressed its pride ' one of its own.

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Vice-President Greene's Message By CHARLES W. GREENE First Vice-President E are again entering a new season. The student will think and work for academic attainment, while the graduate will think of job and greater accomplishment in things economic and professional. Note that word "THINK" as used above. You will agree that it is always necessary to think. I have found it necessary also to work as well as to think (if you will pardon me for claiming ever to have thought), to achieve any results. I mean to call your attention to the physical output of energy in doing the work to which I will refer. Allow me to call the attention of Alphadom to the great task that lies before us as a collegiate fraternity. This

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year, perhaps, we are to experience collegiate and general conditions very different to what we have experienced heretofore. We will need to be willing to readjust ourselves and program to meet the general and specific conditions that confront us. Be willing to WORK and WORK hard to achieve the least objective; smile where you are given a frown in exchange; be of good cheer while the masses fret; then it is very probable that you willN come to the end of this season with a greater satisfaction to yourself and encouragement to others who have been silently led by you. Take hold of your chapter reins and drive straight ahead for a new goal. It is probable that you will have absent many of the Brothers that you expected

to return. Fall in his place and Keep the banner high and unspotte • Watch the cost of operation but do n ° curtail the whole program of activi"' Clear out old matters in the early seas" and forget them. Stick to a new, w«' thought-out program that will get r e suits. Be sure to keep before you the nece sity of a full delegation to the n e , General Convention that will meet ' Cincinnati the last of December. UrK a great attendance of visitors. This c°" vention will mark our Silver Anni ve sary. Our standard is Gold (and Blac but we will find a "Silver lining" in *• dark cloud if we wend our way to Clfl cinnati. As usual, the office of the First Vfc* o< President is a service station; drive in write—I will serve your command.


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Music Brings Its Own Rewards Real musicians may be born and not made, ' hard work and a diligent life seem to "«Jf a great part in bringing out what may '< in-born.

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(From Journal and Guide) 'HEN, on two occasions, an audience assembled at Hampton Insti'"te, Va., for the thirteenth annual cona t i o n of the National Association of ^egro Musicians, gave vociferous applause for J. Harold Brown of Iota Lamb^ Chapter, whose compositions were a *arded two first places in the Wana•fiaker Musical Composition Contest, lit"e did the members of the large audie »ce imagine that the trim, almost boy-A-looking young man who stood before 'hem was already one of the leading mus 'cal scholars of the race, and that he *as receiving his fifth and sixth Wanaliaker awards. Brother Brown's "Allegro" led the fance group and his "String Quartette *> A Minor" was first in the Spiritual group—in the contest just closed. In 1930 h* was given the capital prize of $250 f °v a cantata with symphonic band acc °mpaniment entitled, "The African Chief"; in 1928 he received the first prize of $100 for a piano composition, "Negro Rhapsody," » n d second prize of $100 for at > orchestra arrangement of "Wade in 'he Water"; and in 1927 his "Scherzo" f °r piano brought him second place and *50.00. In 1929, Brother Brown received the °nly award given for music by the Harmon Foundation, a bronze medal and ^00; the year before he received honorable mention. In 1926 the Indianapolis branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians Save him a scholarship to the Kansas City Conservatory of Music. This envied him to get his bachelor of music degree, his bachelor of arts degree he Steady held from Fisk University. Real musicians may be born and not m ade, but Brother Brown's own active "id diligent life and his early start in tn 'ngs musical, certainly indicate that plenty of hard work plays a great part ' n bringing out what may be inborn. Brother Brown is the son of the Rev. at »d Mrs. J. H. Brown, San Diego, Cal., kit he was born in Shellman, in southwestern Georgia, and received his early education in a number of Florida towns a S his father moved from one church to Mother. When he was just a mere tot, his mother gave him his first actual music lesson, a 1d she saw to it that he practiced day

For obtaining the daily bread Brother Brown is at present director of music at the Attucks High School, Indianapolis, Ind., a teacher at Cosmopolitan School of Music, and for the past five years he has been a member of the faculty of the Hampton Institute summer school. In testimony of his application to his studies, he left Fisk in 1923 at the age of 20 with his bachelor of arts degree; and in the past June he received his master of arts degree in music composition from the University of Indianapolis. He has also completed one-third of the work necessary for the doctor of philosophy degree. Brother Brown prefers not to talk of himself; he will answer questions and put in one's hands some of the criticisms the newspapers have made of his work. Those who know him in Indianapolis, however, never weary in saying good things of him. They tell of his humility, they boast of his comparative youth, and J. HAROLD BROWN they say "what a splendid young man he is." In Hampton Institute summer school, after day. He, himself, was willing, and students in the choir, and in his classes from that day to this he has been plug- in organ music and in theory, as well as ging to get to the heights in the art of the entire campus community, have learned to appreciate his amiable dispomusic. At six years of age he used to play sition and his interest in his work. And, the hymns in the Sunday school in Lake- incidentally, on the local committee land, Fla. In later years, he began try- which entertained the music convention there was scarcely anyone who worked ing his hand at composing—and it is in harder than Brother Brown. this field that he has won his signal Continued on Page 36 honors.

ALPHA TAU CHAPTER, Akron, Ohio: Front row, left to right—Haywood Stevens, Emmet Hogan, Norman Chestnut, and Rufus Thompson. Middle row, left to righl^-David Sellers, Raymond Brown, Dr. John W. Dunbar. Back row, left to right—Dan Thomas, Artee Fleming, Henry Sparks, Dr. C. R. Lewis, John Sneed, and Robert E. Black. Brothers not in picture—E. M. Lancaster, Dr. John Walker, Dr. George H. Dunbar, Luther Johnson, and Roger Johnson,


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Some Observations on College Life By RUPERT PICOTT Gamma

[--A-Y-N-A-R-D, rah! rAH!! RAH!!! FOR OLD MAYNARD COLLEGE —the tympanic, hoarse, and almost deafening cheers—the voice of nine hundred Brother Piroll is one of Union Unibrethren—are uttered forth as they rise, versity's and one of Gamma Chapter's cheers, and pull as one man in a tense, most active and up-and-doing students, thrilling moment of the historic and anHis interests are broad, including journual pigskin battle with ole Grinnell. . . . nalism, dramatics, and debating among (the scene changes) The band blares other things. He is director of the Union forth with: University Press Service and has worked "State, we love you, on newspapers during summer vacations. State, so tried and true, In his impressionistic article reprinted Standing among the rugged herewith Brother Picott furnishes some hills encircled with blue." positive conclusions along with some proSuddenly the crowd settles back — a vocative suggestions. It is the expresman dressed in white pulls a trigger, a sion of an undergraduate, and welcomed gun fires. Bang, bang! repeats the echo. because our undergraduates so infreA fair co-ed shrieks—"It's Slim. He's quently find time to prepare anything for off." And Slim trudges down the The Sphinx—which is no reflection. The straight-away, straining his elongated editor knows it's hard to find that much muscular legs, leading a pack of eight heralded leisure time of college days— runners to the tape in the hundred. Track he was an undergraduate not very long and field day had come to Maynard. . . . ago. (The scene changes again—A student is addressing his fellow students at a student a s s e m b l y . An atmosphere of radicalism predominates). Says he: mals—the black sutty ooze of thousands "Fellow students, comrades, awake! We of belching smokestacks; the new, shiny have got to throw convention to the machinery with its present, forced, diswinds. Too long already have we suf- agreeable, inconvenient idleness of from fered. Too long already have we en- six to twelve million workers; the all indured the horrible chains of slavery— clusive, outstretched hand of the trust; faculty oppression. Know ye not that the quickening pace of chain store comentageny recapitulates phylogeny. Shall petition—these on the one hand benefiwe sit here—accept meekly, calmly and cial traits, on the other hand devastating placidly the latest mandate of the beard- traits which have grown to dictate our ed philosophical tyrants? I say no, a industrial and domestic existence, these thousand times NO. We cannot and will have not and cannot be expected to have not accept this or any other administra- passed up so fertile and so populous a tive rule on conduct." spot as a college habitat. Immediately the assembly is turned (We refer to those persons in college. into an uproar, by the hilarious cheers of And also others, as for example a high the group. The speaker is taken back school senior, whose curiosity, if not asto his seat on the shoulders of his com- pirations, will probably lead him to cast rades. The student president vainly his lot within college portals.) pleads for order. It seems to the writer that any groupHE three incidents quoted above are ing of the primary considerations must not in any wise typical of that mod- include: ern, four-year, ultra-formative period, The pecuniary aspect. In the days of which some like to erroneously single out the so-called Hoover prosperity, it was and label the college. not unusual to listen to statisticians, ecoAnd now comes the question, the inci- nomists, sociologists and serious-minded dents mentioned—Is that true cnll"giate speakers draw up their mule and cart, life? Whole-heartedly the retort is no. park on a college platform, and comWhole-heartedly the retort is yes. mence an address in rather glowing Struggle though we may, we einnot terms: "Most fortunate human beings, evade the simple basic fact that the hur- Collegians.", They mean that at this rah, gala, boisterous sort of thing is present period of depression, the vouth, broad American life, and it is not absent who is able to attend college, is happily on the university campus. one of the chosen, financialh'-abled few. The conglomeration of events — th" In three years of college residence I hustle and bustle of the speeded-up mil have seen the acute sign of the times lions of the highest animal order, mam reflected. In each one of these years the

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size of the group which was forced to leave at the mid-term on account of fi" nancial reasons has steadily increased. No—the saddest and most ironical factor of our American life — "Millions starving in the richest nation on earth" —has not considered as untouchable the average campus. Not long ago I was at a meeting of 8 social organization. There came up the question as to who was eligible to vote on a very pertinent proposition. Just then a fellow club member cast a condescending eye over at my corner and mockingly retorted, "The difference between you and me, Buddy, is a matter of six bits." I must confess that I had not paid my dues and so could not vote. HE concentration of energies or rather the lack of reflective thinking is in reality a grave concern. Perhaps it is too much to expect of an individual in this life's swift and lurid pace to be c h a r g e d with deliberate, meditative thought. I do not know. That is a question which in its deeper proportions may qualitatively involve a comparison of past and of yet unborn cohorts of Father Time's cavalry to settle. Nevertheless, the fact remains that the average college campus cannot boast of itself as a place of solitude—such as was so necessary to the great thinkers of the past, Christ, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Pope, or even the present GandhiIt is too busy. I recall that in a course in English literature only last year, the professor, a young and brilliant Phi Beta Kappa graduate, assigned a number of books to be read during the semester. Immediately. almost before the words had fallen from his lips, there was a feeling of "that's too much" which swept the entire classroom. Well, now. let us examine this thing minutely. I know what my father, who was also a Mavnard graduate of the old school, would sav: "You are just too damn lazy, that's all." Yet, it seems to me that if one were to sink to the actual deaths of this condition he might find two other reasons. unscientific though they may be, for this feeling: (1) That in most colleges there is no expert table or divisions of time for the average student. (2) That the average student born and reared in this fast short-cut atmosphere, typicallv American, cannot be expected to come to college and rid himself so soon of what is a modern trend. Then, there is the "Dead Hand." What Continued on Page 25

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Another Alpha College President By WILBUR C. DOUGLASS Alpha Omicron Lambda LTHOUGH Brother Charles Wilbur Florence is a member of Nu Lambda Chapter, the brothers of Omicron and Alpha Omicron Lambda are proud to claim him as their very own, because it was back in 1915 at the University of Pittsburgh that he received the first as well as "the last great impression." Brother Florence made an enviable record while at Pitt, majoring in education and philosophy, and always standing well up among the leaders of the class. In addition to carrying an unusually heavy schedule, he found time to . devote to the debating team, which he captained in his two upper class years. This honor brought him the silver and gold medals given by the University. After receiving his bachelor's degree in 1919, he joined the faculty of Virginia State College. He returned to his Alma Mater later to receive his master's degree in education. At Virginia his ability was soon recognized and he was made dean of the college, which position he held for seven years. He has served as president of the National Association of Collegiate Deans and Registrars and is at present a member of the National Advisory Committee on the Education of Negroes. He has served as a member of the National Council of the Y. M. C. A. and other social and civic organizations. In 1929, Brother Florence secured a

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leave of absence to work at Harvard for his doctorate degree. As a result of the caliber of work done he was the recipient of two Harvard scholarships. He

course requirements and passed the general examination for the doctorate degree. The degree will be conferred upon the completion of his thesis. Brother Florence is a native of South Brownsville, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. During the summer he was married in Connecticut to Miss Virginia Proctor Powell, a member of a very old and distinguished Pittsburgh family. His bride is a graduate of Oberlin College and of the library school of Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, from which school she secured the degree of bachelor of library science. She has been doing graduate work at Columbia University. Mrs. Florence has had wide experience as a librarian in the public libraries of New York City and at the time of her marriage was assistant librarian at Seward Park High School of New York City. On August first Brother Florence took up his new duties as president of Lincoln University and early reports from that institution indicate that a gradual but complete regeneration of this institution will take place. Mr. and Mrs. Florence passed through Pittsburgh the latter part of July en route to their new home at Jefferson City. Needless to say, they were the recipients of much social attention from their fratres, sorors, and many friends who are wishing them happiness, success, and prosperity.

Cupid's Corner FROM BACHELOR TO BENEDICT (Being An Account of Ye Editor's Ankling Up the Middle Aisle Told by the Best Man, Who Swears He Is "Travelin' All Alone" From Now On) N EVENT of significance in the life of the editor of The Sphinx rolled around since the last issue of this noble organ. Realizing full well that he might hesitate breaking the news to the good brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, I asked him to reserve a corner of a page in the next number for this piece. It happened in June (so many get that way in June), on the 27th to be exact, down on the sea-washed shores of Ole Virginie (to-wit: Hampton). The former Miss Undine Anderson Davis walked

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down from the altar of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church with a brand new tag â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Mrs. P. Bernard Young, Jr. There were several good brothers who helped ye editor embark on that voyage. Among the ushers were Brother William "Bill" Colden of Norfolk, recent law graduate of the University of Michigan; Brother Dr. Alfred C. Fentress of Norfolk, who burned midnight oil at Union University and Meharry Medical College, and Brother Dr. William S. Hart, who yanks molars in Hampton. The best man was the bridegroom's brother (who looks when someone calls "Tom"). Other ushers were Abner E. Lee, Norfolk banker; Cecil W. Morton of Mayesville, Ky., who toils in the dean of men's office at Hampton Institute, and Arthur P. Davis, who flunks them at Union Uni-

versity. Thomas P. Davis, brother of the bride, who is learning the use of biceps at Meharry, gave her away. By the way, there were some girls in the wedding, too. Miss Florence Byrd of Norfolk, librarian at A. and T. College, Greensboro, N. C, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Felice Watson of Durham, N. C, Miss Laura Wilkerson of Phoebus, Va., Mrs. Bessie Coles Jennings of Roanoke, and Mrs. Helen Santa Cruz Hart of Hampton. After the ceremony, performed by Rev. Mr. Bravid W. Harris of Grace P. E. Church, Norfolk, a reception was held at the home of Mrs. Young's mother and step-father, Dr. and Mrs. Burl Bassette. Among the pre-nuptial affairs was a smoker for the prospective bridegroom Continued on Page 24


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Fraternity Fun By DR. O. WILSON WINTERS Fraternity Fun Editor

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ELLO, FELLOWS: The editor-in-chief has informed us that this is to be the Commencement Number and indeed it is very much so. Both the E. I. C. and the editor of this department have commenced the life of benedicts since the last issue. Therefore I shall dedicate this contribution to the long and successful marital life of the Chief. I confess my connubial knowledge is as limited as his, but my worldly experience has taught me to remind the Chief of the following facts: Marriage is the only life sentence that is suspended by bad behavior. June is the month of weddings and cooing. The billing follows. Marriage is like a mouse-trap; easy to get into, hard to get out of, and the husband is the piece of cheese. The trouble with the present day marriage crop is that they are too divorcified. Formerly the three "R's" meant "Reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic"—now it's "romance, rice, and rocks." Brothers, they say a husband is just a figure head. Right! And oh, how he has to figure! But now I am glad I am a benedict and not a fellow whom people call a bachelor—a selfish, callous man who would be practicing cruelty to old maids or cheating some worthy woman out of a divorce. So among the famous last words don't forget the quavering "I do" Brother Young and I said last June. And in the words of Cardinal Richelieu or some other heroic figure, "Farewell, a long farewell to all thy greatness!" * * * MORE COMMENCEMENT LORE On their bridal tour a couple went to Washington. They stopped at one of the large hotels. For two days they did the usual sight-seeing stunts. They visited the Capitol and the White House, crossed over to Arlington and ascended the Monument. Early on the morning of the third day the husband remained in the room to write some letters. The bride went out to do some shopping. Later she returned. She had left the elevator at her floor and was passing through the long hallway when she discovered that she had forgotten her own room number. She was sure, though, she knew

which was the right door, but, when she turned the knob and tried to enter, she found it locked. She rapped on the panel. "Let me in honey," she said, "I'm back." There was no reply. She rapped again. "Honey, oh, honey!" she called, "I want to get in." From the other side of the door came the voice of a strange man—a dignified and an austere voice: "Madame, this is not a bee hive; it is a bathroom." * * * LAUGHING GAS "I am sorry," said the dentist, "but you cannot have an appointment with me this afternoon. I have eighteen cavities to fill." And he picked up his golf bag and went out.

* * * Roast duck is said to be good for rheu"matism. It sounds like a quack remedy tc me.

* * * "I hear Katherine is marrying that Xray specialist." "Really? What can he see in h e r ? "

* * * "Doctor," asked a lady of color, "Ah's come to see if you is going to order Rastus one o'dem mustard plasters ag'in today?" "Yes, Mandy," answered the doctor. "Well, he says to ax you kin he have a slice ob ham wid it 'count of it's a mighty pow'ful perscription to take alone."

* * * A near-sighted man and his wife were inspecting an art exhibit with critical care. Man—"That's the ugliest portrait I've ever seen." Wife—"Come away, you fool! You're looking at yourself in a mirror." * * * Getting the baby to sleep is the hardest when she is about eighteen years old.

Gastronomical satiety admonished her that she had reached the ultimate state of deglutition consistent with diatetic integrity. In other words—she belched.

* * * MOTHER GOOSE IN MODERN TABLOID Jack Bumps Off Giant Cow Makes Moon Hop Graft in Cupboard Case; "Bare," Says Ma Hubbard "Lost Balance," Says Humpty Dumpty. Denying Drunk Charges Mother of 30 Found in Shoe Wolf Fiend Slays Granny; Girl in Red Riding Habit Georgie Porgie in Love Raid; Kissed Girls, Says Charge Mary's Lamb Hurls Defiance at Ouster Efforts of Local School Authorities

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SATIDAY EVEN POST— A LA WINTERS "Be nonchalant." Ride the pony. "Moonshine" is always kind to your throat. "They work while you sleep." Profs. making out exam, papers. "Ask Dad—He knows!" (how much you touched him for last month). 57 Varieties. (But a pickle is a pickle). "Your best friend won't tell you." (No, his drowns out yours). "Avoid that future shadow." (Nota bene sorors! Don't neck promiscuously). "Have you a little fairy in your home?" (Or in your frat house either?) * * * HIDDEN GEMS OF WISDOM

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Inmate of asylum to farmer driving by on his truck: "Hey, what are you going to do with that manure?" Farmer: "Why, I'm going to put it on my strawberries." Inmate: "Well, I'm glad I'm in here." Farmer: "Why?" Inmate: "Because we get sugar and cream on our strawberries."

The mechanic went about the job like he knew his business. He didn't spill a drop of oil on the ground. He put down the hood gently, fastened it securely and left no fingerprints on it. He wiped his hands on clean waste before opening the door, spread a clean cloth over the upholstery, meshed the gears noiselessly and then drove slowly down the street. Yep, you're right, Horatius It was his own car.

Poetic lover to his mistress: "Oh, if you were a flower and I a little bee!" She: "If I were a mousie, I'd hope jou'd be a big piece of cheese." * * * Policeman: "Why were you so cruel to that little dog?" Drunk: "I shay, ossifer, he ran over to me and rubbed against me leg, smelled Continued on Page 15

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Omega Chapter News On Thursday, September 3, Alpha Omâ&#x20AC;˘cron Lambda Chapter, of Pittsburgh, was stunned by the news of the sudden passing of its distinguished brother-in-Alpha, Frank R. Steward, better known as "Capt." Steward because of his SpanishAmerican War record. Brother Steward Was a victim of a heart attack. He had been an outstanding member of the Allegheny County bar for nearly 30 years. As grand counsellor of the Knights of Pythias of Pennsylvania, state attorney for the Free and Accepted Masons, a member of the Elks, organizer of Rho Chapter of the Boule, and a member of our body, he was prominent in fraternal circles. He was for many years president of the Loendi Club, and a member of the Holy Cross Episcopal Church. Born in Gouldstown, N. J., the son of a chaplain of the 24th Infantry, Brother Steward continued the military tradition of the family in the Spanish-American War, in addition to following the flag in the Philippines for three years. He graduated with honors from the college and law departments of Harvard. He is survived by his widow and three brothers. Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter, along with all other Alphas, mourn his loss. R. MAURICE MOSS. EORGE W I L L I A M COOK, Nu Lambda, departed on the inevitable Journey to Omega Chapter, in the Great Beyond, August 27, after living to see his s cventy-sixth birthday and giving 58 years of his life to the service of thousands of young men and women through his connection with Howard University. Prof. Cook was dean emeritus of the School of Commerce and Finance and alumni trustee of Howard. In former years he had been first student, graduating from the preparatory school in 1877, and receiving his bachelor of arts degree in 1886. and the degree of bachelor of arts in 1898. He had also served as tutor, professor, business manager, secretary-treasurer, acting president and alumni secretary. In all these capacities he brought a deep Personal interest, and as an authority on Matters pertaining to his alma mater, he stood without a peer. At the time of his death, he was preparing a history of Howard. Born in Winchester County, Va., Janu-

planned for the betterment of the race in the District of Columbia and throughout the country. For twelve years he served as a member of the Washington Board of Charities. He was on President Roosevelt's commission on housing in the District. At one time he was "loaned" to the District of Columbia commissioners to work on the establishment of a cottage system for dependent children in Blue Plains. This project was later accepted as a standard by authorities on municipal government. He was also a member of the board of directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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ary 7, 1855, Brother Cook escaped from slavery in the wake of the Union Army, passing through the Shenandoah Valley. He finally made his home in Harrisburg, Pa., where he attended elementary

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Funeral services for Brother Cook were held in the Rankin Memorial Chapel on the campus of Howard University, with President Mordecai W. Johnson in charge. Here friends and students of the deceased gathered and paid their last respects to one whom they had learned to love. Here, too, was made public the last words uttered by this great servant of Negro education; words so simple, yet so full of meaning: "Tell every boy and girl that has ever been at Howard University or who is now at Howard University, that I love them and want them to go out and make good." In paying tribute to the man who has seen Howard evolve into the university that it is today, one who has helped to lead Howard through dark and narrow paths and over high and tortuous obstacles, President Johnson pointed to the great human kindness, the youthful spirit and the great love of Brother Cook. "Although he was known as a severe administrator," President Johnson stated, "yet he was loved by the students whose lives he had disciplined." The messages and the floral tributes which came from all over the country to the family of Brother Cook, the gathering at the funeral, and those who could not find room in the chapel bespeak the high esteem in which he was held by those who knew him. Surviving Dean Cook are his widow, Mrs. Coralie Franklin Cook, former member of the board of education; their son, George W. Cook, Jr., now traveling in Europe, a brother, John Cook, of Philadelphia, and a sister, Miss Susie B. Cook, of Washington. Continued on Page 18


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Our Educational Adjustment Movement By ROBERT P. DANIEL Second Vice-President HE Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity fosters annually an education adjustment movement. According to R. W. Cannon, national director of educational activities for the fraternity, "In casting about for a program of service outside its own group, resort was made to statistics on Negro education. These revealed startling facts. For example, there was a certain city of 800,000 population of which 30,000 were Negroes. Of these 30,000 Negroes, there were but six Negro girls and only one Negro boy graduated from the city high school in a particular year. "Upon further investigation such examples were found neither to be isolated cases nor exaggerations but were representative of conditions prevalent in similar proportions throughout the country, exc2pting, of course, certain of the socalled educational centers. Thus with the facts on these conditions, Alpha Phi Alpha decided to interest itself in the education of the youth of the race, and for this purpose created the annual educational campaign which is one phase of its educational adjustment movement." The situation in Virginia challenges such an effort. The illiteracy census of 1930 shows that in Virginia there are 65,482 native white illiterates, or 4.8 per cent of the white population; and 95,148 illiterate Negroes, or 19.2 per cent of the Negro population. In other words, one in every twenty persons of the white race in Virginia is illiterate, while one in every five persons of the Negro race cannot read and write. A comparison of school census and school attendance presents a further condition. A summary of the school census in Virginia for 1930 shows 506,169 white children of the ages 7-19 inclusive. About 100,000 of these have no connection with the school, since the enrollment is 409,310. Approximately 71,000 of these fail to attend, as the total attendance for white children in Virginia is only 337,519. This situation is bad enough, but the statistics for the Negro children show a worse picture. The school census for 1930 gives 217.968 Negro children of the ages 7-19 inclusive. 153,646 are enrolled in school, while the attendance figure is but 115,048. This means that only slightly over one-half of the Negro children in Virginia are regular attendants at school. Too often many of us who live in Richmond where there is an efficient attendance department with a white and colored personnel contributing to a high record

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that is overcrowded, with a teacher poorly prepared and receiving a salary so lo* as to prohibit much further training! T/ns article was broadcast as an adusing worn out school books and discarddress from Radio Station WRl'A, Ric/ied methods, and with meager physical mond, on May 5, by Brother Daniel. At equipment, could attain the standards of that time the last issue of The Sphinx conduct as may be expected of a child had gone to press. Brother Daniel has who attends a school with a nine months served the fraternity in several capaterm, in a class small enough to perriw cities, always energetically and willindividual attention, with a well-trained ingly. At present he is head of the deteacher, using the most approved methpartment of education at Virginia Union ods of instruction, and aided by desiraible University. Few members of Alpha Phi equipment. Alpha are better informed on the ideals If the situation as pictured in the latand programs of the fraternity or on ter case is necessary for a white child ID the subject of education than Brother order to attain the basic knowledge of Daniel. Because he so well embodied life, the Negro child with a less favorable his knowledge on the two subjects in his social background receives a subtle comradio broadcast, the editor thought the pliment to his ability, which of course I s article particularly worthy of reprinting unfounded, in being expected to acquire in The Sphinx. the same standards of conduct notwith" standing an inferior educational provision. HE investment of public funds for tendance percentage for whites in the standard school buildings, for paying counties is lower by 7 points than the percentage in Richmond, and that the salaries to employ well-qualified teachaverage attendance for Negroes in the ers, for an enrichment of the course of counties is ll'A as compared with 92% study, and for the extension of the school term pays rich dividends in promoting for Negroes in Richmond. public welfare. In large measure it Is There is need for a tremendous educa- the boy and girl with limited schooling tional emphasis when we realize the ad- who become the man and woman of pi'''* ditional fact that 7 out of 10 Negroes in lie charity. Virginia do not go beyond the fourth Lacking in the basic knowledges of grade, and that only one in sixteen is life, they present the problem of unemenrolled in high school. Thus it is for ployment. As the inefficient worker one feature of the educational adjustthey are the "last to be hired and the ment movement of the fraternity is the first to be fired." They present the "stay in school" gospel. problem of poverty, as they cannot comO community can progress beyond mand a wage which will permit living the enlightenment of its citizens. above the lowest economic strata. They Unfortunately the public mind too often present the problem of sickness, as labels an individual crime of a Negro as a health and sanitary practices do not preracial trait. An entire race is judged by cede health information. They present the misconduct of one individual in whose the problem of delinquency and crime, as behavior we may identify factors due to the untrained mind is the undisciplined ignorance rather than to racial propensi- mind. The larger provision for educaties. To me there is a telling significance tional opportunity of the Negro child i s in the fact that of the 160 Negro men more economical in the long run than the who were committed to the State peni- enormous expenditures for the prosecutentiary here during the first quarter of tion of crime, and the support of charitalast year 88, or 55%, were classified by ble agencies and penal institutions. the educational department of the peniThe fraternity, therefore, as another tentiary as illiterate. Ignorance and phase of its educational movement adcrime are highly correlated. dresses itself to the task of awakening The Negro is expected to develop the public interest in improving the status of highest moral character, to act with en- Negro education to the end that there lightened judgment, and to be a law- may be more vigorous enforcement of the abiding and respected citizen of the com- compulsory attendance law. more equitamunity. These attainments are expected ble distribution of school funds, a broader of him to no lower degree than of any administration of school policies, and a째 racial group. It is difficult, however, to enlargement of educational opportunisee how a child who attends a school ties, Continued on Page 36 with only seven months' term, in a class

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Our Second Emancipator O I S H O P Wilbur Patterson Thirkield, *•* joint-founder of Gammon TheologiCa ' Seminary and former president of Howard University, and retired bishop of ">e Methodist Episcopal Church, has well e ai'ned the title of the "Second Emancipator." During the past half century "ishop Thirkield has devoted his efforts 'oward lifting- the- Negro, including many ^Ipha men, to a higher plane in the spiri' u al, educational, and cultural field.

By HURLBUT THIRKIELD RILEY Iota Lambda Member of the Scholarship Commission

Gammon Theological Seminary of At'anta has the distinction of having had °ishop Thirkield as its first president ft om 1883 to 1900. He began his work *'th only two Negro students and a meaner income of $1200. During his term 8s president he secured an endowment a "d equipment of over $600,000. He also Projected the first three-year course of s tudy in theology for the Negro group. ^n the campus of Gammon today stands 'he massive Thirkield Hall in honor of its great organizer and president. Six Negro Gammon graduates have en made bishops under the guiding "and of Bishop Thirkield. They are Bishops W. W. Beckett, A. L. Gaines (debased) and R. A. Grant of the A. M. E. ch Urch; Bishop Stewart of the C. M. E. 'hurch; Bishop A. Camphor, bishop for Africa, and Brother Bishop Robert E. 0 °nes, first Negro bishop ever elected by 'he M. E. church on a parity with the General bishops.

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The defense that Bishop Thirkield took towards the rights of the Negro aroused '"e wrath of many whites in the South. ^ 6 was severely criticized by the press kit he continued to fight for our rights. "he present advancement of the Negro *nd many of its leaders are due to Dr. thirkield. In 1889 the degree of Doctor °* Divinity was awarded him because of "*s struggle for interracial cooperation. •J6 later was elected secretary of The " r eedmen's Aid and Southern Education Society of the M. E. church and served in 'his capacity from 1900-1906. ltjTOWARD University also has the dis•*--t tinction of having had Bishon Thir"eld serve as its president from 19069*2. The university was in a critical .Edition but was made one of our lead"^8 universities during the six years of ls presidency. He reorganized the department and elevated and standardized "e scholastic courses. He secured the s Pacious Carnegie Library, built a cent a l heating plant, a hall of applied scien ce, and secured an appropriation for

Thirkield" is connected include Bishop M. W. Clair, Rev. M. W. Clair, Jr., Bishop R. E. Jones, David Jones, Rev. Gammon and Rev. Sweeney. Bishop Thirkield addressed the students of the Booker T. Washington Junior High School, Indianapolis, Ind., last May during our Educational Campaign Week while attending the Bishops' Council which met in this city.

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the first science hall for chemistry, physics and biology ever erected for the Negro group. After his resignation in 1912, the board of trustees named it the Thirkield Science Hall. He discovered the genius for biology in Ernest E. Just and brought him to Howard in 1907. Three of his graduates have been made deans of important departments. Dr. Thirkield was the first president to secure large appropriations from the government for Howard. His great service elected him to bishop in 1912. Bishop Thirkield chose to live in the South for over thirty years in order to aid the Negro. He was one of a small group who founded Bennett College for Women of which Brother David Jones is president. Dr. Thirkield is at present president of the board of trustees of this school and was influential in having the General Education Board of the M. E. church give a quarter million dollars in less than five years after its opening to the support of Bennett College. Other outstanding brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha who are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of which Bishop

Continued from Page 12 it several times, then raised his leg and I was afraid he was going to kick me." * * * SUITABLE FORM LETTER FOR ALPHA MEN Dear Sir: I wish to inform you that the present shattered condition of my bank account makes it impossible for me to send you a check in response to your request. My present financial condition is due to Federal Laws, State Laws, County L a w s , Corporation L a w s , By-Laws, Brother-in-Laws, Mother-in-Laws, and Out-Laws that have been foisted upon an unsuspecting public. Thru the various Laws I have been held down, held up, walked on, sat upon, flattened out, and squeezed until I do not know where I am, what I am, or why I am. These Laws compel me to pay a grand tax, a merchant tax, capital stock tax, excess tax, income tax, real estate tax, auto tax, cigar tax, street tax, school tax, syntax, and carpet tax. In addition to these taxes, I am requested and required to contribute to every society and organization that the inventive mind of man can organize. To the Society of St. John the Baptist, Woman Relief, the Navy Relief, the Children's Home, the Policemen's Benefit, the Morons' Society, the Y. M. C. A., the Boy Scouts, the Jewish Relief, the Near East, the Gold Diggers' Home, also every hospital and every charitable institution in town, the Red Cross, the Black Cross, the White Cross, the Purple Cross and the Double Cross. The Government has so governed my business that I do not know who owns it. I am suspected, inspected, disrespected, examined, re-examined, informed, required, commanded, and compelled until all I know is that I am supposed to Continued on Page 21


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A Unique Educational Campaig By D. A. WILKERSON Nu Lambda

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O-TO-HIGH-SCHOOL, Go - to - College" has been the traditional slogan of Alpha Phi Alpha in its annual educational campaigns. In keeping with the emphasis of the national organization, Nu Lambda Chapter, too, has in the past preached the need of high school and college education. During the fall of 1930, however, when the chapter's program for the year was being constructed, seme question was raised concerning the worth of the campaign as it had been conducted in previous years. Doubt was expressed as to whether "Go-to-HighSehool, Go-to-College" was the educational message most needed by Virginia Negroes. Early in the year a committee composed of Brothers W. C. Cogdell, R. T. Custis, and D. A. Wilkerson, was appointed to ascertain just what was the greatest need an educational campaign among Negroes in the state could serve. After considerable study of the extent to which Negro children progress through the grades of the public schools, the committee was led to the conviction that Virginia's greatest problem in the education of Negroes lay not in the field of higher education, nor even that of secondary education, as important as both are for the welfare of the individual, the race, and the state. Rather, the most vital problem lay in the fact that approximately three-fourths of all Negro children who start to school in Virginia —and thousands never do!—drop out by the end of the fourth grade. The revelation of this somewhat alarming situation convinced Nu Lambda that no more valuable educational campaign could be conducted in the state than one which sought to get Negro children to continue in school beyond the primary grades. Hence, adopting the slogan "Virginia Negroes a Race of Fourth Graders," the chapter set out, during the week of May 11 to 17, to acquaint Negroes in the state with their educational status, to suggest a program I'cr improvement, and to urge the adoption of that program. In her efforts, Nu Lambda had the effective co-operation of Beta Gamma, undergraduate chapter at Virginia State College. ERHAPS the most effective single device utilized to accomplish the purpose of the campaign was the distribution of specially prepared pamphlets which summarized statistically the educational status of Negroes in Virginia, analyzed some of the most import-

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It's results that count—t/ttit is an adage of long standing. .4nd results seem to have been what two chapters of the fraternity got by splendidly envisioning and energetically prosecuting a really unique educational drive during our last Go-toIligJi-School, Go-to-College Campaign. They saw in our educational adjustment movement an essential desire to improve the educational status of the race. It seemed just as essential to the chapters that the problem be met on its lower as on its higher levels. Nu Lambda and Beta Gamma Chapters struck at the root of the problem when they realized it was useless to urge high school and college attendance on the members of a race who in many sections of the country never attend school, or, if they attend, drop out in the early elementary grades. The fraternity owes these far-seeing pioneering brothers a vote of thanks.

ant causes and challenged parents, teachers, ministers and other community leaders to send Negro children to school and keep them there. Fifteen thousand copies of this literature were printed and distributed throughout the state in both rural and urban communities. Realizing the contribution educators, themselves, could make towards extending the period of school attendance of the average Negro child, a special letter was mimeographed and sent to approximately two hundred principals and supervisors of Negro schools. They were urged to distribute literature supplied them among the teachers under their supervision and with the cooperation of their staffs and community leaders, to institute a definite program to remedy the educational situation revealed in the literature. In addition to communicating with Negro educators, letters and pamphlets were sent to the 123 city and county superintendents of schools, all white, and to key persons in the State Department of Education. An effor^ was made to carry the message of the campaign to the masses of people through the medium of the Negro minister. Facilities being inadequate for reaching all church congregations in the state, an area known as Southside Virginia, comprising twelve counties with a total Negro population

of over 110,000, was selected for intensive activities. Practically all Negro ministers in this district, both rural and urban, were sent letters requesting that they preach educational sermons Sunday, May 17, * n " that they distribute copies of literature among the members of their congreg 8 ' tions. The enthusiastic replies many °' these ministers made to the letters tend support to the belief that they cooperated heartily. Very likely, most every community in Southside Virginia, the area of the state that is most thickly populated by Negroes, was impressed with the deplorable status of school attendance among Negro children and the absolute necessity of its being raised. NOTHER departure from Nu Lambda's practice in previous educations1 campaigns and from the policy of the national organization, was made in th* decision to discontinue the general ro»s9 meeting. Though these meetings had been attended well in previous yeai'S, >' was felt that the people reached at then» were largely the ones least in need o' the message being promulgated. Further, there was little hope of drawing more than a few hundred people to * single meeting of this type. Therefore' instead of holding a general mass meeting, speakers were sent from the Wi chapters, Sunday, May 17, to thirteen churches in Petersburg to plead the cause of education and to distribute literature among the congregations. Eight men1' bers from Nu Lambda Chapter and five from Beta Gamma Chapter spoke to 8 total of 2,600 persons. Negroes and whites over an are* much larger than could be reached by the chapter directly, were acquainte'1 with the message of the campaign by news articles which were released t° three large daily papers and seven Negro weeklies which had considerable circulation in Virginia. Practically all °* these papers carried stories about the campaign. At least one of them (The Journal and Guide), the largest Negr" paper in Virginia, devoted considerable editorial comment to the educational situation set forth in the literature. The feature of the campaign was a radio address by Brother John M. Gandy> President of Virginia State College' Brother Gandy spoke Thursday evening' May 14, over Station WLBG, PetersburgHe made a severe indictment of state educational officials for failure effectiveContinued on Page 25

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Private Walker Goes Patrolling By VICTOR R. D A L Y Mu Lambda (Reprinted by Special Permission of T h e Crisis) | E R R Y W A L K E R did not know w h a t it was all about. He made no secret °' t h a t . To him, t h e w a r w a s sometody's else business—and he had a l w a y s ^ e n told to mind his own. H e had a Ve ry r e m o t e idea t h a t somewhere across 'he river and out beyond Memphis, somebody w a s h a v i n g a w a r . He would have "one of it. H e h a t e d to fight. But t h e man a t the Court House in Cotton P l a n t t h o u g h t differently. With a heavy h e a r t and a heavier foot J e r r y ™alker d r a g g e d himself into C a m p Pike. Elijah couldn't have been any more bewildered when he landed in Heaven. The f °ws and rows of little wooden b a r r a c k s a * e d him. M a r c h i n g soldiers and barkln g non-coms terrified him. H u s t l e , bus''e> e v e r y w h e r e . J e r r y was j u s t plumb S( =ared t o death. The n e x t c h a p t e r in J e r r y ' s life m i g h t have been entitled "Six W e e k s " or " F r o m r a r m - H a n d to Dough-boy." J e r r y m a d e a bum soldier. N a t u r a l l y as a g g r e s s i v e as the family cow, one other factor contributed to his u n h a p p y lot—the top-serSeant. " M e m p h i s Bill," otherwise known as irst S e r g e a n t William Dade, was a born 5C) Ulier, if soldiering m e a n t the love of a "ght. M e m p h ; s Bill was kjiown to pack a Punch. Beale S t r e e t could testify to "at. Six foot four in his stocking feet, R >'ms d a n g l i n g to his knees, voice soundln g like a bass h o r n — t h u n d e r i n g , t h r e a t e ning, cussin', w h a t a t o p - s e r g e a n t he did "lake! Bill was a man a m o n g men. H e as ' <i t h o u g h t t h a t he w a s a man a m o n g u 'omen, too. As a m a t t e r of fact, Bill "ad only one real w e a k n e s s — w o m e n . He * a s even more proud of his c h a r m and Sj'ace a m o n g the women, then he w a s of "is s t r e n g t h and p r o w e s s a m o n g t h e men °* his a c q u a i n t a n c e . Memphis Bill had t a k e n a h e a r t y disJ'ke to J e r r y W a l k e r a t first sight. Deep '1 his subconscious mind, Bill had the 'eeling t h a t somewhere before he had "•et this s a m e J e r r y — a n d ' t h e r e was "omething peculiarly distasteful to Bill a ° o u t the t h o u g h t . He felt t h a t he knew l his " a u k a r d , lazy, good-fer-nothin' stiff" as he characterized J e r r v . but for t h e 'tfe of him, he couldn't figure out w h y ° r how or w h e r e he had ever " m e t up "id de laks of sich t r a s h befor'." " W h a r yo' frum, s o j e r ? " he had roared at J e r r y on t h e occasion of t h e i r first Meeting in the mess hall. " A w k - n s a w , " w a s J e r r y ' s laconic re-

Brother Only, the author of this interesting short story, formerly a first lieutenant in the j'th New Yuri; Infantry during the World War, has written a novel, "Sot Only War" dealing with the intimate life of a Negro soldier both here and overseas. The novel is scheduled fur publication late in the fall hy the Christopher Company of Boston. The gift for narrative which Brother Daly demonstrates in this story ought to be enough incentive for every Alpha man to purchase a copy of "Not Only War" when it is off the press. Alpha ioni/ratulates its latest addition to the literary firmament.

ply, and from then on Bill knew t h a t he disliked J e r r y . Not long after, Bill had suddenly j u m p ed up from a huge boulder on which he had been r e s t i n g by the side of the toad and marched s t r a i g h t over to J e r r y , who had seized the few m i n u t e s of r e s t on his first practice hike," to remove his shoes. " S o j j r , yo' ever been'n M e m f i s ? " he had demanded of J e r r y . " O n c e ' t , " came t h e m e a g e r , disinterested response, and Bill had walked back slowly to his boulder s h a k i n g his head and m u m b l i n g to himself. The t o p - s e r g e a n t ' s disliku for J e r r y showed itself in m a n y forms. Poor J e r r y found himself a member of every disa g r e e a b l e detail. T h e r e w a s no end of kitchen police for him. When s t u m p s on the drill g r o u n d had to be grubbed, his w a s the first n a m e called. He never w a s assigned to g u a r d d u t y in the middle of t h e week, only on S a t u r d a y s and Sundays, when t h e r e s t of the outfit w a s off duty. S e r g e a n t William Dade w a s relentless in his p e t t y persecution of P r i vate J e r r y W a l k e r . J e r r y , on t h e other hand, didn't exactly fall in love with t h e t o p - s e r g e a n t a t first sight, either. But for t h a t m a t t e r he didn't like the l i e u t e n a n t s , or t h e captain, or t h e a r m y , or t h e w a r . He hated a fight, a l t h o u g h he w a s no coward. H e kept r e p e a t i n g to himself t h a t the w a r w a s none of his affair, and he detested e v e r y t h i n g connected with it. And because he hated the w a r and the a r m y and the officers and the details, most of the t o p - s e r g e a n t ' s persecution

w a s absolutely lost on J e r r y . Since he w a s t h e r e a g a i n s t his will anyhow, w h a t difference did it make w h a t he w a s called upon to do. Kitchen police was no more disagreeable t h a n m a r c h i n g for hours up and down the d u s t y old drill ground, and never going a n y w h e r e . J u s t marching, marching, m a r c h i n g — a n d never a r r i v i n g ! Grubbing s t u m p s was a pleasure compared to the ridiculous tactics of flopping down on your s t o m a c h behind the s t u m p s and stupidly clicking the t r i g g e r on your gun as t h o u g h you were shooting a t somebody. And g u a r d duty w a s no trouble—it w a s a relief—a relief to g e t a w a y from everybody, and be by himself in some lonely patch of woods down by the railroad station, or way out by the highw a y g a t e where only a few s t r a g g l e r s would p a s s all day. So most of Memphis Bill's scheming hostility to J e r r y went for n a u g h t The s e r g e a n t listened in vain for the first word of complaint or t h e first sign of dissatisfaction on the p a r t of his victim— and J e r r y ' s t o t a l indifference j u s t furt h e r infuriated him. "I wish he'd open h ; s mouf, so I could mash it," Bill would sigh to himself. But J e r r y never opened it. +

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" S e r g e a n t , I w a n t you to tak3 a detail of four men and explore the abandoned communication trench r u n n i n g out in front of the Company sector. W a i t until it g e t s dark. Don't go too f a r ; but go f a r enough to c o n t a c t the enemy barbed wire." " Y a s suh, C a p ' n , " spoke up S e r g e a n t Bill Dale,- and s a l u t i n g , turned on his heel and strode thoughtfully a w a y . "Detail, d e t a i l , " he k e p t m u m b l i n g to himself, " h y a r ' s w h a r I fixes d a t pol'cat frum A w k ' n s a w . " "Co'pral, g i t me two o' y o ' men r i g h t quick, a n ' hav'em repo't to mah d u g o u t a t once't," commanded the t o p - s e r g e a n t to t h e first corporal he could find. " H e y , yo', sojer!" r o a r e d Bill a few m i n u t e s later, s t e p p i n g up behind P r i v a t e Jerry Walker who leaned absently a g a i n s t the p a r a p e t of a trench, looking out into space, wondering w h a t it was all about. "Git yo'self t'gidder a n ' cum 'long wid m e — s t a n ' i n ' dar lak Ston'all J a c k s o n ! W h a t y o ' s t a r i n ' at, a n y h o w ? " " N o t h i n ' , " drawled J e r r y , looking up from his reverie, and g l a r i n g into t h e scowling face above him. Bill's brow darkened, and he glowered a t J e r r y with an evil eye. T h a t c r u s h i n g Continued on P a g e 19


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liams' good work serve as an example and carry on where he left off. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;ROSTELL MANSFIELD.

UPSILON CHAPTER and all Alpha Phi Alpha is mourning the death of Brother William Williams, who was drowned in Kansas City during the summer. Upsilon and all who knew him keenly felt his loss. He was very active in fraternity and community life. The less initiative should let Brother Wil-

PAUL W. MOSELY Mu Chapter sorrowfully reports the death of Brother Paul W. Mosely, brilliant student and chapter secretary, who passed into the Great Beyond on Sunday, September 6. 1931. Brother Mosely had been ill scarcely two weeks and his death was a severe shock to the Twin Cities. He was a student at the University of

Minnesota, class of 1932, a loyal Alpha her during his one year of activity. a superb athlete, and a gentleman. Hi" every activity depicted his sincerity, loyalty, and conscientiousness. Realizing that He who gives life takes it, we must resign ourselves to cur fateOur hearts ara burdened in sorrow, yet His will be done. May Brother Mosely's untimely loss but serve to draw (he rest of us closer to gether and to give greater a rvice. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J. R. LAWRENCE.


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Private Walker Goes Patrolling Continued on Page 17 "Yas suh, Lootenan,' cumin'," sang out order, "ef we meets up wid any Boshes ght fist itched nervously. "Not now," Bill from the depths below. His spirits use yer fistes, and dem trencht knifes o' " mumbled to himself, "mah time'll were rising now. He sniffed a fight. His yourn. Shootin' never did nobody no turn." huge hob-nailed feet literally pawed the good, nohow. Use yer fistes!" With that "Sta'k dem rifles hyar in dis dugout! ground. Memphis Bill was rarin' to go. he led the way up out of the dugout into yhar yo' alls t'inks yo' alls gwine—Ber"Now, Co'pral, yo' an' yo' two sojers the inky blackness of the night. lin ? " shouted Sergeant Dade, as he lined will git into dat trencht as soon as we "Feld," a muffled voice whispered in a &P his patrol for final instructions and gits pas' our wire. Mak' yo' alls way strange tone not three feet from where '"spection. ahaid in singl' file tru de trencht 'till yo' Memphis Bill Jay flat on his stomach out The sun had dropped hazily behind the all gits to de Boshes wire, an' den wait there in the ebony night. ,v 'ooded peaks of the Vosges several dar fo' me. Me an' big Boy hyar frum "Maus," came back the other half of "ours before, and a cloudy sky gave Awk'ssa w'll crawl alongeach side o' de the pass word from out of the blackness. Rbmise of one of those inky, pitch-black trencht, an' ef we sees any troubl' ahaid, Bill's big heart was bumping against the ni ghts that this sector was noted for. we'll signal to yo' all down in de trencht ground as his eyes searched in vain for lights that seemed to be hewn from fer to stop. Git m e ? " And with that he the enemy patrol that he knew was pass'bony itself. Nights on which it was im- cast a triumphant glance in the direction ing through them. possible to distinguish friend from foe. of Private Jerry Walker. But as usual, If he could only see. If he only knew •"ights on which it was just as danger- the glance was lost for want of a re- where the rest of his patrol had gone to. ' s to move behind your own lines as it ceiver. Jerry wasn't even looking. He Where was that big stiff from Arkansas was barely listening. Certainly he wasn't hind the enemy's. hiding? Where was the trench? If he "Hurry 'em along, Sergeant, it's get- thinking. He was just there, no more, only knew what time it was. Gee, he'd tir >g late, and it's black as Hell out here," no less. It wasn't his war—and he hated hate to go back and face the Captain and ^me a voice down the steps of the dug- a fight. the Lieutenant — and the men. How out. "No shootin'," was the sergeant's final they'd snicker and laugh behind his back. ri

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Page 20 He, Memphis Bill, world-beater, lost— hopelessly, helplessly lost. His patrol lost. Maybe captured by now. Hell! What a big bum they'd call him. It must be nearly daybreak. How long had he been groping around out there in that black tomb? Which way was forward and which way was backward. These and a million similar thoughts were torturing the mind of that big hulk as it lay there helpless in the pitch dark. Bill was beaten. Just once before in his life he had been beaten, and there was nothing to do but take it. He would have to stay where he was until morning. "Dam' sich nights," he swore under his breath. Suddenly the sergeant became aware of a movement near him. He strained his eyes in vain. He strained every nerve to pierce the mystery of that veil of night. He lay perfectly still—motionless. He was tense. Bill was on guard, ready to spring at a split-second notice, just like a big black panther. Was it the enemy patron returning? Was it one of his own men? Was he still in NoMan's Land, or was he actually within the enemy lines? "Whar d'Hell am I ? " he kept asking himself. But nothing appeared out of the darkness for him to spring upon, and gradually the sergeant relaxed to await the coming of dawn. The rest of the night passing quietly. Gradually, Sergeant Dade began to recognize objects about him. Carefully, quietly, he reconnoitered his position. Quickly he realized that he couldn't stay where he was much longer. He found himself perched on top of a grassy knoll that was plainly visible from the surrounding hills, some of which were less than two hundred yards away. But the factor that bothered the patrol leader most at that moment was which way led to safety. Now that it was getting light and he could see, he was ready to go, but he had no place to go. In that particular sector in the Vosges, battle-lines were not clearly defined. Both sides had entrenched themselves at strategic points throughout the heavily wooded hills, and were satisfied to adopt a policy of watchful waiting. It was known as a quiet sector. New troops were sent there by both sides to learn the art of war under the most favorable circumstances. Patrolling was the most active form of encounter. In some places the mythical lines were a half a mile apart, at other points they came as close as one hundred and fifty yards, depending solely on the nature of the terrain. That's why Bill Dade was so completely lost. He couldn't tell one hill from another. "Why doan dey hang out a flag or sumptin' so a guy c'n tell whar he's at," thought Bill as the hopelessness

THE SPHINX of his situation dawned upon him with the morning light. He failed to recognize a single landmark that would give him the slightest clue to his whereabouts. But he had to get off that knoll. In one direction the knoll sloped gently to a large open field that evidently had been used as pasture land before the war. For Bill to venture forth into that open fieldwould be disastrous if any of the surrounding hills were occupied by the Boche. Snipers, who were constantly on the lookout high up in the tree-tops, would spot him as soon as the morning had lifted from the valley. You never could tell in those hills and woods when snipers were taking aim on you—and since it was a one-shot game, they rarely missed. In the opposite direction the knoll sloped much more abruptly, and was practically covered by a growth of young pine. This side of the hill had at one time or another been under shell fire, as a number of broken trees and ragged shell-holes testified. At the foot of the slope about a hundred feet distant was the dried bed of a brook, from which the steep sides of another thickly wooded hill arose. The sergeant saw that this dried stream bed at the foot of both slopes offered him the best shelter for the present. Gathering his six foot four together, Bill set out on his hands and knees, moving cautiously and silently. When he reached the foot of the slope his eye fell upon a small section of the bank that had been undercut by the force of the water years ago. Exposed roots of overhanging trees in front of this section of the bank furnished ideal support for the honeysuckle and other vines that formed a perfect mesh across the opening of the undercut bank. Here was a perfectly screened cave. Sergeant Dade felt for the first time in many hours that luck had come his way. He would keep watch from his hiding place until dusk, hoping that by then something would happen to give him some idea of where he was in respect to the war. Once more he resumed his crawling tactics. Finally he reached the vines hanging in front of the cave. Just as he was about to part them and peer in, he was struck by the sound of a familiar voice from within. "Cum in befo' yo' brings de whole army wid yo'." There sat Private Jerry Walker of Arkansas, atop a huge round stone. "Fer cryin' in de sink!" was Bill's hushed exclamation. "Whar's de Co'pral?" he excitedly continued. "I dunno." "Whar's dem sojers o' his'n?" "I dunno." "Whar's dat ar trencht we cum out in?" "I dunno."

"Yi' doan know much, does yo'?" Bill added sarcastically. "No, but I ain't los'." At that moment the dull roar of a squadron of planes overhead brought both men sharply to the realization that this was neither the time nor the place for argument. "What I wants t' know mos'," contiffl* ued the sergeant, some minutes later. W an almost friendly manner, "is which one o' dem hills is de one we cum over las' n i g h t ? " "Dar it stan's," nodded Jerry decisively in the direction of a sparsely covered hill about a couple of hundred yards across the valley. "How yo' know?" eagerly spoke up the gent from Memphis, parting the vines and peering out enthusiastically. "Cuz I staid up atop o' it all night'til! I crawls down hyar dis mornin'." "Well, fool, whatcher cum dis way f° ' why yo' didn't crawl back d'udder wa.V whar we cums frum?" "Cuz I seen one o' dem Boshes wand'rin' roun' out dar—look lak t' me he was los', too—an' cuz I wasn't after &*' tin' mix'd up wid 'im, I cums on dis way 'til! it gits dark, den I'se gwine ba'k." This was the longest speech that Jerry Walker had made since he joined the armed forces of his Uncle Samuel. ' seemed to leave him exhausted for hc lapsed into a grave-like silence. The sergeant, satisfied now that he would be able to make his way back to his outfit soon after dark, stretched himself out *' full length on the ground, and gradually went off to sleep. The day wore on uneventfully. Bill Slept off and on. WOT Jerry kept watch. Finally, refreshed by several hours "i sleep and a little water from his canteen* Memphis Bill aroused himself. He w»s in better spirits now. He cast his gazC in the direction of his roommate who was as motionless as the stone on which he sat. Bill felt grateful. He knew that he owed his chance of getting back safely ^° his outfit, to this same soldier for whom he had developed such a strong dislike. "After all," thought Bill, "he ain'' never done nuthin' t'me." "When we gits ba'k to de States," am the sergeant in the friendliest voice, wants yo' to stop off wid me in Mem" an' meet sum o' mah gals." "I doan lak Memfis," replied Jet& breaking his long silence. "Watcher know 'bout Memfis?" queried Bill, his voice still friendly, and his eyes sparkling at the thought of the figure he'd cut when he returned to Beale Stree in his First Sergeant's uniform and hi-* swagger stick. "Been dar once't, an' gits into a fit*Ain' never gwine dar no mo'!" "Tell me 'bout it, Big Boy," pleaded Bill sympathetically.


THE SPHINX And then Jerry, in a low voice, after " 'Twasn't dat I had anyt'ing agin' dat °«ie hesitation, told the story of his man," Jerry concluded, "I never seen him one trip to Memphis. And Bill sat there befo' nor since, but I jest nateraly hates a fite, an' I wanted fer to stop dem frum "* the floor of their cave looking up at fitin'." him in wide-eyed amazement. Sergeant William Dade sat through Jerry told how he had gone to Mem- this recital absolutely speechless. He Phis on an excursion boat, one Sunday seemed to be drinking in every word that a &out a year before the war. How he fell from Jerry's lips. Towards the end, had wandered about the big city most he sat rigid and fixed, like a bird in the °* the day, sight-seeing, and finally charm of a snake. That clenched, crush*ound up late in the afternoon in a Beale ing right fist itched nervously. He reStreet cafe. The place had been crowded membered that fight perfectly. He could *'th hungry excursionists, who were try- taste that batter yet! ln gr to get something to eat before the Suddenly there was a sound just outh°at started back on its trip down the side their hiding place. Yes—another r 'ver. Seated atop a high stool at. the and another. They could hear the breaktonch counter, Jerry was suddenly star- ing of small twigs, but they couldn't see fed by the shrill scream of a woman, anything. Inside the cave was the stillfollowed b y the sound of blows to the ness of death. Neither man dared move. a ecompaniment of curses and shouts. Jerry sat on the edge of his stone. Bill booking about him in dismay, he realized was on his hands and knees, ready to 'hat a fight had started at a table in the spring—like a wild cat. He was afraid Corner and was rapidly progressing in that the thumping of his heart would his direction. As the crowd of non-com- give them away. He tried to see through batants gave way before the approach of the labyrinth of vines, but there was 'he fighters, Jerry from his perch on the nothing to see. He was just about to 'tool, could see that three of the exeur- speak when a huge frame darkened the s 'onists appeared to be battling with a front of their cave. From his place on huge man, who seemed to be getting the the ground Sergeant Dade could see the hotter of the scrap, in spite of the odds shoes and the leggings of the man standa Sainst him. Jerry's heart had been made ing not two feet away from him. He was Sl ck by this desecration of the Sabbath a Boche. -~and he hated a fight anyhow. The One second's reflection was all that hlge man kept his opponents at bay as Memphis Bill needed. He would carry he slowly backed his way toward the that Boche back alive to his outfit if he B»r. Both fists were lashing out skull- had to whip the whole German army bushing blows, and his opponents con- one by one. It would absolve him from tinued their attacks from a respectful his sin of getting lost on patrol. It would ^'stance. Finally the battlers had restore his standing with the Lieutenant, Cached a place near where Jerry was with the Captain, and above all, with the Perched at the counter. The huge fight- men. It would make him a hero instead er's back was almost touching Jerry. He of a goat. "lade a terrific lunge at his nearest asSo without the slightest consideration sailant and floored him with a hay-mak- for his companion, Bill made up his mind. 11) g right uppercut. But in so doing he He waited a moment until the soldier h>st his own footing on the greasy floor moved away from the cave entrance, and a "d slipped to his knees, almost under then he suddenly emerged from his hidferry's stool. Then Jerry told how he ing. As he straightened up he was confronted with the biggest man that he had had been seized with a sudden, mad fren- ever seen in his life. The German was *y to end this disgusting fight. Looking dumbfounded. He was also unarmed. a bout him, he grabbed with both hands And as his enemy made no effort to draw a huge earthen crock half full of waffle the automatic that dangled from his belt, hatter and brought it down with all his the Teuton saw that he had a chance, and f °rce upon the head of the massive he cleared for action. Quick as a flash fighter, who was just about to rise off he sized up his opponent; he realized from Bill's bulk and the determined look °le knee. Momentarily dazed by this sudden at- in his eyes that this was no mean adtack from a new quarter, and partially versary. So he was prepared for the terhiinded by the messy batter that en- rific right uppercut that just missed his gulfed him from the broken crock, the chin by an eyelash. Like lightning itself, S'ant fighter was easily subdued by his he whipped over a left hook that caught r ernaining two opponents who were still the astounded Bill flush on the jaw. The °U their feet. Once inside of that deadly gent from Memphis shook the cob-webs f '8ht, they flung their combined weight from his brain as it slowly dawned upon a 8ainst him and thrashed him within an him that he had met more than his ift ch of his life. When Jerry left the match. So there they stood in that quiet, c afe several minutes later, they were peaceful valley, in the gathering dusk, '°ading this Colossus of Clout into a hos- toe to toe, the Bavarian butcher and the pital ambulance, s

Page 21 s t e v e d o r e from Memphis, trading punches, blow for blow. Bill realized that the Boche could take it and the Boche could give it, too. The German wondered what kind of animal this was that could kick like a mule with his right arm and grin like an ape a t the hardest blows. The battle raged in front of the cave, and Jerry crouched behind the vines. He hated a fight. Bill was giving ground now. One eye was partially closed, and he was bleeding profusely from the nose. His adversary realized this and was trying desperately for a knockout. He shot a wicked left to Bill's chin that sent him reeling and groggy, but the German slipped on the treacherous gravel in front of the cave. He went down on one knee almost under the stone on which Jerry was sitting behind the vines. Private Jerry Walker was suddenly seized with a mad frenzy to end this disgusting fight. Quick as a flash he thrust his arm through the vines and came down with all his force upon the unprotected Bavarian skull with the butt end of an army automatic. The huge frame crumpled in a heap. Jerry had stopped the fight. "Well, Big Boy, I gess we's quits," was Sergeant Dade's only comment. As usual, this was lost on Jerry. Shortly after dark the news spread like wildfire through the Company sector —battalion headquarters heard it—even regimental headquarters, five miles back, got it—Sergeant "Memphis Bill" Dade had stayed all night and all day in the German lines, and had just returned, dragging a two hundred and fifty pound Boche with him. But to every proffered congratulation, Bill had only the one laconic reply, "Giv' it to muh buddie hyar, frum Awk'nsaw!"

FRATERNITY FUN Continued from Page 15 provide an inexhaustible supply of money for every known need, desire or hope of the human race, and because I refuse to donate to all and go out and beg, borrow, and steal money to give away I am cussed, discussed, boycotted, talked to, talked about, lied to, lied about, held up, held down, and robbed until I am nearly ruined, so the only reason I am clinging to life is to see what is coming next and join you at Cincinnati December 28. Yours very truly, P. D. B. DEPRESSION P. S. Well, I'll be seein' ye!


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Calling For A New Day By DR. JOHN M. GANDY , Nu Lambda HE Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the oldest Greek-letter society in America among Negroes, has since 1919 conducted an annual educational campaign to encourage boys and girls to continue their education beyond the elementary grades in one instance and beyond the high school grades in the other. By means of these campaigns many boys and girls who otherwise would not be interested in the continuation of their education have been inspired and encouraged to stay in school until they have reached such a stage of advancement as would put them in a position to be of some definite service to themselves as well as to society at large. The Nu Lambda—a graduate chapter of the national organization, and Beta Gamma—an undergraduate chapter, are not following this year the usual procedure of emphasizing the necessity of high school and college education, but rather making a strong effort to present the status of elementary education among Negroes in Virginia. This departure is not inspired by any desire to minimize the necessity of high school and college education but rather by increasing knowledge of the fact that every child in the state should have the full advantage of an elementary education. Since this address is given a maximum length of fifteen minutes, it will not be possible to enter into a discussion to justify this statement just made. However, it may be substantiated by a bare mentioning of the fact that our present day civilization is based upon and sustained by the presupposition of universal intelligence; that the economic and social life rests upon the fact that every individual has ready and accurate use of the tools of civilization—such as reading, writing, arithmetic, and reasonable power and training for straight thinking; and that the machine age has no place in its program for an ignorant and untutored person. I think all fair minded and thoughtful people will accept these statements as true. If so, there can be no doubt but that every child who is denied the right to a common school education is seriously handicapped for successful participation even in the most elementary way in the economic, social, religious and political life of the state and nation. A common school education is then the inherited right of every child—white or black, rich or poor. Let us see how well in this respect

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Virginia is fulfilling her duty towards the Negro child. According to the last report of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, there is in Virginia a Negro school population of 217,968 children from 7 to 19 years old. Of this number 153,646 or 74 per cent of the school population were enrolled in the public schools last year. Of this number 115,048 or 77 per cent of them attended school regularly. These were in actual number 64,322 children, nearly 30 per cent of the total school population, who did not so much as get their names on the school registers of the state. Thus, the compulsory school law does not seem to be effective in helping the state to fulfill its obligation to her Negro children. 1 E T us view this from another angle. -* Nearly three-fourths of all Negro children in school are in the first four grades. It is estimated that of every 100 Negro pupils in the public schools 71 are in the first four grades, leaving 29 in the remaining three grades. This fact makes it very clear that there are conditions that encourage Negro children to withdraw from school before they receive sufficient training to be of any great benefit to themselves. Among the factors that encourage Negro children to drop out of school at the end of the fourth grade is the large number of failures due among other causes to irregularity of attendance. It is thought that of every 100 pupils in school 13 drop out before the end of the year; 23 of the 87 who remain fail of promotion; and only 64 of the 87 are promoted. During last year 35,835 of the 153,646 Negro pupils enrolled in school

failed of promotion. This large number of failures entailed a financial loss of $949,295 to the state in providing instruction and school equipment necessary for failures and hence repeaters l" the grades. The failure of students lead to retardation. Again, it is estimated that of evecy 100 Negro pupils enrolled in the schools, 66 are over-age for the grades in which they are enrolled. Of these 66 over-age pupils 20 are retarded one year! 16, two years; 12, three years; 8, f° u r years; and 10, five years or more. However, this over-ageness of pupi's is not due entirely to failures. We find a great many pupils in the first grade who are over-age for that grade. Last year there were 3,620 first grade pupw whose ages range between 12 and 1" years. They were not sent to school earlier or did not attend regularly fro"1 year to year when they did enter. Whatever the causes, retardation is a great waste of both time and money. CONSIDERATION of the facts just mentioned discloses the vita' weakness in the efforts of the state to educate its Negro citizens. It is i 8 ' cheaper and much more humane to pr°' vide the money and effect the organiz 3 ' tion to train the Negro people for efficient, self-respecting citizenship than to build jails and penitentiaries to house the criminals that must necessarily result from a growing mass of ignorant people. The responsibility of the state to educate its citizens does not rest upon the willingness of the citizens to be educated. They are to receive a certain amount of education if necessary against their wills. The compulsory school attendance law should operate to keep every child in the state at school through a certain number of years, f' this is done Virginia will become increasingly proud of her Negroes; if it is not done the state may have on her hands a growing number of idle and inefficient dependents. UT there are responsibilities resting upon the parents, too. New and fresh interest in the welfare of thei r children must be infused into the life °* the parents. They should be so imbued with their responsibility that they w"1 make every sacrifice necessary to start their children in school on time, to keep them there regularly after they enter, and to lend every encouragement to thei r remaining in school until they have conv Continued on Page 26

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Book Review By RAYFORD W. LOGAN Literary Editor V T E G R O YEAR BOOK: An Annual ^ Encyclopedia of the Negro, 1931;932. By Monroe N. Work. Pp. xiv, jW. Negro Year Book Publishing Co., 'iskegee. $2.00 postpaid. This book is absolutely invaluable to Wents of the Negro. No other book stains such a mine of useful, accurate, "d timely information. Those who are "ready familiar with the earlier editions, *e last of which appeared in 1926, need ;% to be told that it is vastly superior them. Mr. Work deserves the unrated thanks and praise of all engaged I the study of America's most perplex"S problem. Part one portrays the Negro in Amera, Do you want to know what states ,r ohibit intermarriage, the attitude of '•'Banized labor, why your city celebrates

Emancipation Day on its particular date, the status of legal decisions concerning segi-egation and participation in the Democratic primary, what Negroes have won the Harmon Awards? This and much more is conveniently set forth in 352 pages. Part two, which is devoted to the Negro in Latin America, places particular emphasis on Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, and Haiti. The most valuable section reveals the recommendations of the Forbes and Moton Commissions. In Part three are given accounts by a Negro and a white man of the attitude of Europeans toward Negroes. Part four presents a very useful survey of the Negro in Africa. As one

would expect, the principal problem is forced labor. The recommendation of the International Commission of Inquiry on which Brother Charles S. Johnson served are included in this section. (We hope soon to review Brother Johnson's Bitter Canaan: The Story of Liberia.) One should read by all means the summary of General Jan Smuts' Rhodes Lectures and the criticism by the Reverend J. H. Oldham. In Part five is a discussion of the Negro in poetry and fine arts. This section, which includes the Negro in Africa as well as in America, is critical rather than laudatory. It should inspire artists of talent and prevent scriveners from indiscriminate mouthings. Part six reviews books on or relating to the Negro, published since 1925. The Continued on Page 25

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PSI LAMBDA CHAPTER: Top row, left to right—Prof. J. P. Greer, Dr. W, B. Davis, and Prof, A. C. Peoples. Middle **< left to right—Dr. L. L. Patton, Rev. J. B. Barber, and Dr. W. A. Thompson, Bottom row, left to right—Dr. S, C. Jones, r - G. H. Moores, Prof. C. A. King, Dr, E. F. Mcintosh, and Dr. R. W. Allen.


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CUPID'S CORNER Continued from Page 11 at the home of Brother Thomas W. Mason in Norfolk, at which all the brothers were in good spirits (or was it the other way around?). Zeta Lambda Chapter jumped right into the middle of the newlywed's fight on the proverbial wolf, presenting them with a handsome electric percolator, and several national officers sent gifts with their felicitations. Mr. and Mrs. Young honeymooned in New York and Boston before taking up their residence in Norfolk ,where ye editor pushes his blue pencil for the honor and glory of The Sphinx and the Norfolk Journal and Guide, two eminent rags (Adv.). * * * * >USSELL JEFFERSON was married to Miss Dorothy Goode on July 24 in Dayton, Ohio, in the outstanding event of the early summer there. It has been mentioned in these pages that "Russ" does whatever he sets about to do—-true

to form, he really completed his latest task. Theta Lambda, his own chapter, joins with numerous other bodies in congratulating him. Your scribe has not witnessed many weddings, nevertheless this was the most beautiful he ever saw. The church was crowded and it was so surrounded by people that traffic was tied up for many minutes. After the ceremony, the bridal party received at a beautiful reception. The party was seated on a white draped throne; Russ and his bride were in the center. So beautiful were all the bridesmaids that Russ quietly wished he were a Mormon—and so did I. —Earl P. Taylor.

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Page 25 in such a scholarly book as this the names of books should be italicized. Dantes Gellegarde (p. 188) should be Bellegarde. Santo Domingo was a part of Haiti until 1844 and not until 1884 (p. 360). Haiti was ceded to France in 1697, not 1607 (p. 363). The arrangement of the countries of Negro Africa would lead one to conclude, erroneously, that the two Rhodesias, Basutoland, Bechuanaland, and Swaziland are an integral part of the Union of South Africa. Kenya is a colony, not a protectorate (p. 384). Color should have been indicated in some way as the name of Countee Cullen's work (p. 473). Not the least noteworthy aspect of this invaluable work is the fact that it was composed and printed by the Tuskegee Institute Press. The Negro can well be proud of the achievements set forth, particularly when they are told by a Negro and printed by Negroes. The price of the book is the most amazing feature. Cut a few packages of cigarettes from your budget and put in your library the best value you can get even in these days of sub-depression prices.

Some Observations of College Life Continued from Page 10 t does it play in our life ? I have no "KUment with those great men of the *st who gave their lives as a contribu*"> to human welfare. Yet one wanders hat they would say were they to reand see only a paragraph, or in °ie cases only a line, to commemorate "at they gave some sixty or seventy iea rs of their lives to achieve. One can't resist smiling a little when he combes this with the thoroughness with iiich we are assigned to other things. ''* inconsistency is obvious. Then, too, I shudder to imagine how '»ch the young collegian of 2313 A. D. ul have to learn of the past. 9r

tried and true blood, should be relegated to the background. However, the A m e r i c a n college marches on. Progress is no myth here. College is a business, a gigantic Darwinian survival of the fittest enterprise. Along comes Miss Doe; she pays, pays much, when the total sum is viewed; studies a little of course, and in June assumes a stately, dignified air, such masquerading as she will never be called upon to do again in her short life, assembles on the appointed day, listens to some big shot harrangue for hours on "The Greatness of the Great," marches up nervously on this solemn occasion to stand before the Great President of the institution, who himself has assumed a dignity proportionate only to the wearers of the "Royal Purple," receives a sheepskin, commemorating her graduation from the Department of Dishwashing. The world has struck the college abode, hands down, thumbs pressed. Its material awakening may point to individual ruin. My idea is that we are so much carried away with the trend that we are actually living life in college. Lest we forget, there was one who preceded us who took forty days out and went up on the mountain. "The world is too much with us: late and soon, Getting and spending we lay waste our powers: Little we see in nature that is ours: We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon." I contend that the American college is a sick proposition—perhaps not inherently so. Perhaps it is Wordsworth who holds the key to a world remedy on the morrow.

J SHOULD like to go even further than Mr. Norman Thomas, whom I recent' heard say that college in the next gen^tion will be a place for psychic income Bnarily. As I see it, the deluge has fe ady come. Statistics may show that , the whole the educated man holds the Khest position, yet a conversation with /lege graduates will soon convince you *t you need not figure to get up in the 0f ld solely upon that basis. One cannot help wondering a little *n he sees holders of A. B. and B. S. frees carrying bags in a railway stall unless perchance he is socialistic > g h to believe that each and everyone °ur 120,000,000 people ought to have a ^"ege diploma. •^nd yet it seems to me that the most f) ous accusation is that everytime we '''fine a trained man to a simple job, i en his talent might be used on a higher *le, we lower our standard of living. think the one thing which those old °nial mojos (as John Randolph and Pernor Berkley), who so much op8e d the adoption of the public school s tem, wouldn't be able to understand, *e they to return today, is how we r-)/^v/^\Ty our present school system when IjLJLJlv ^e of our state universities turn out _ _ _ - f _ , . „ r toany men every year, as a machine f x l l , V l l l i W Is out so many packages of cigarettes Continued on Page 23 **V hour. fact that Mr. Work has compiled the most ^las, have we reached that stage in authoritative Bibliography of the Negro I diphiletic development that man can is a guarantee of the comprehensiveness ' considered just a standardized product. of this division. Part seven contains a directory of NeV"0U must be artificial, if you would , be intelligent. Civilization is ad- gro newspapers, agencies and organiza: te dly an artificial status. The accusa- tions. 11 Part eight gives a convenient summary that is so often hurled at colleges J*t it even has artificial culture, is not of the racial distribution of mankind. This Year Book is just about as per°gether unfounded. fect as human minds can make it. A few 0*. ^een, even-cut grass, stained old moss errors are inevitable. The Pan-African ered granite building, nor the new Congress had no power to set aside a : hitecturally designed structure, nor section of the International Bureau of ... c °mmercial endowments of the capi- Labor to deal with Negro problems (p. jstic order can fundamentally make a 27). This reviewer would suggest that ' e 8e. Those things, say those of the

UNIQUE EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN Continued from Page 16 ly to enforce compulsory school attendance laws with respect to Negro children, and called upon Negroes and whites alike to help remedy an educational condition which could not but result in social inefficiency. Brother Gandy was assisted on the program by the Virginia State College Glee Club, under the direction of Mr. Alston Burleigh. The address of Brother Gandy was probably listened to by Negroes and whites over a wide area of the state, the date and time of its delivery having been circulated widely. Letters to ministers, principals, supervisors and superintendents, together with news stories, all carried advance announcement of the broadcast. GREAT many interesting and encouraging comments on the campaign have been received from persons in all parts of the state. Extracts from a few of the many letters sent by prominent Virginia educators are here presented by way of illustration. Mr. E. Lee Trinkle, former Governor of Virginia, and now president of the State Board of Education, says: "Your literature, of course, gives facts that cause regret, and this campaign to impress upon colored people of the state the importance of getting an education certainly ought to be beneficial." From the superintendent of schools in


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one of the counties of the state comes this encouraging statement: "In reply to your letter just received, I wish to say that we have no great difficulty in the school attendance of Negro children except with regularity of attendance and next year we are enforcing compulsory school attendance, which will care for the situation in every respect for those pupils whose ages come within the compulsory school law." Our good state director of the Educational Campaign, Brother L. F. Palmer of Newport News, makes this comment: "I think your chapter is performing a remarkable service in bringing these facts to light. You have my full cooperation not only as a member of the fraternity and state director of the campaign, but also as a teacher and citizen interested in the progress of his race." The following statement comes from the superintendent of schools in a fairly large Virginia city: "The bulletin entitled 'Virginia Negroes a Race of Fourth Graders' reveals in a striking way a situation which must be deplored by all who are interested in human welfare and the prevention of great economic and human waste. Indeed, it is much more than waste; it is potential destruction and viciousness, particularly in an age in which there are so few simple industrial processes and so many avenues of vice for those who are idle and incompetent. I have frequently said that nothing thrives on ignorance except vice and trouble of some sort."

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If space permitted, similar quotations from letters sent by dozens of prominent persons, both Negro and white, might be presented. It is difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of such an educational campaign as this. Its worth must be determined ultimately by the degree to which it tends to raise the educational status of Negroes in the state. This, of course, can never be measured definitely. There is at hand, however, much evidence that citizens of Virginia have been made conscious, as a result of the campaign, of an educational situation the existence and seriousness of which they did not previously appreciate so fully; and that influential individuals and organizations of both races have determined definitely to work for its improvement. Knowing this, Nu Lambda and Beta Gamma Chapters have reason to believe that their efforts have been fruitful.

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TTORNEY ARTEE FLEMING of Alpha Tau announces the arrival on March 16th, 1931, of a future Alpha man in the person of his grandson, Artee III.

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Continued from Page 4 group of chapters may require constant special attention to keep them in touch with the general organization. That, for example, seems to have been the history of the New England section. This task, of course, devolves upon the vice-presidents. But experience shows that personal visitation is all that brings results under the present system and traveling costs and time are valuable. It would seem, therefore, that reorganization would go a long way to improve this condition. It might be well to consider whether we have chartered too many chapters in Alpha Phi Alpha, and if so, then a reorganization based on a plan of centralization, even at the cost of occasional chapter dissolution, is a proposal not altogether amiss. These seem to be a few of the urgent issues before the fraternity. There are others. The matter of "internal betterment," of focusing our attention more upon the impi'ovement of ourselves rather than expending our energies in what sometimes seems futile, if more generous measures, is a question that might profitably have a hearing. Of course lesser issues will loom larger at the Queen City convention, even to the disregard of some of the more vital ones. But to err is human, and perhaps the brothers should be forgiven.

Continued from Page 6 DR. CHAS. S. JOHNSON, director of research at Fisk University, has written "Bitter Canaan: The Story of Liberia." He was a member of the International Commission of Inquiry which investigated slavery conditions in Liberia. Brother Johnson is also a member of President Hoover's Housing Commission, as are two other brothers, T. ARNOLD HILL of the National Urban League and PRESIDENT W. J. HALE of Tennessee A. and I. College, Nashville.

* * * * THEODORE THOMPSON, athletic director of Belleville Industrial School, Belleville, Va., national tennis champion in 1925 and 1927, won the Virginia championship last summer, as well as the national mixed doubles title at Tuskegee, teamed with Miss Annie Roberts of Portsmouth, Va. * * * * E. FRANKLIN FRAZIER of Fisk University's faculty was granted his Ph. D. degree by Chicago University last

summer. He is well known as a writ* of ability. * * * * L. B. GRANGER, who served f° r a year as executive secretary of the " Angles Urban League, has resigned tn*^ of post to resume his duties as director extension work for Bordentown MaflU Training School in New Jersey.

* * * * DR. ELLIS O. KNOX, who received l"s Ph. D. degree from the University ° Southern California last summer, whe' he had previously received his A. B. & A. M. degrees, is now a member o Howard University faculty.

* * * * DR. O. WILSON WINTERS, fraternity fun editor, has been complimented the republication in several newspape of excerpts from his always humor" * contributions to The Sphinx. * * * * CLARENCE CAMERON WHITE, *** studied in Europe while on leave of * sence last year from West Virginia St* College, was given a prominent place the May 29th Paris program of La * ciete Intime de Musique de Chambre.

CALLING FOR A NEW DAY Continued from Page 22 pleted at least the elementary gradesTeachers, as well, have the responS bility in so interesting the children their school work that they will not *' u tl"' to drop out. This can be done by " utilization of the proper method of struction, and a manifestation of a *e !tt

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dren. If in the mouths of two or tfl witnesses the truth is established, voices of the ministers and social W° ers will give new meaning and force the efforts of the parents and the struction of the teachers. ( Should the state, the parents, teachers and the ministers and soc workers pool their interest and en , we should all see in a short time 8 "' day and a growing interest and c 0 l l w quently more satisfactory results in education of Negro children.


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The Sphinx Speaks Concise Reports of Chapter Activities By Associate Editors To The Sphinx Mpha Tau Aids In Political Campaign Artee Fleming, attorney-at-law, and asis il^'ate editor to the Sphinx, is quite busi/ engaged at this writing, as he Is a Canu t e for judge here in Arkon, Ohio, seat ' as Alpha Tau Chapter. Brother Fleming a charter member at the Howard UmCfsity chapter and is now practicing in r 5* on. He is thought to have a good Jjwice to become municipal judge if the :?'°00 Akron Negroes get solidly behind Jin.

Another grand addition to Alpha Tau "1^ be seen in the future in the person ? "Wee" John Dunbar, Jr,, baby son of r pother Dr. J. W. Dunbar, formerly of Kapf Chapter. Already the youthful aspirant •S P s been attending meet'ngs and shows "e real spirit of all good Alpha men. Brothers Robert Black and Raymond R. •'own have returned from their summer's tisence from the city. Brother Black s p e n t ' 18 vacation at Camp Guilford Bower at, T* Platz, N. Y. Incidentally, in the same I'tjinp were Brother Shelton Hale Bishop, ,. £' director, who halls from Eta Chapter. Pother Black found several brothers there, t E»Uding Bill Randolph, Chuck Jones, Big r " Bell of Ohio State football fame, and

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Psilon Off For Record ear At U. Of Kansas ij'he summer vacation is over, and those ^.eUsi l who have been able to escape, to some ,, t, the depression, are picking up the (National torch here at Kansas Unlver\) and marching onward to victory. We % bbve t st oe r doing not only to make our%h* b u t representatives of Alpha Phi ice better men to lead our striving C*ay we pause for a moment thoueh. in ^"•nemoration of our beloved Brother Wil5j Williams, who was drowned in Kanv City during the summer (See "Omega "apter"). r ^ d u a t e brothers back with us th*s £ are George Perry, George McCaleb, Herman Jones, Wlllard k&rd Tillman. "n and Rostell Mansfield. ,8r.other James Davis, who received the degree from the University of Kan-

sas last June and passed the bar in the same month, is now the law-partner or Elesha Scott of Topeka, Kansas. Brother Kenneth Whitmore, who received an A.B. degree at the same time is engaged in social work with t h e Urban League of Chicago. Upsilon wishes these brothers success in their respective work. Brother Gomez Hamilton, who received the M.A. degree this year has returned to resume his work as head of the department of biology at Philander Smith, College Little Rock, Arkansas. Rush week went over with a bang this year. Several new men are on the campus and Upsilon makes it a point to pick the most promising men. A smoker and the Alpha annual wiener roast were given for the new men in order t h a t they might be better studied. The new men offered invitations to t h e Sphinx Clubb were: Maurice Abernathy, Guy Bluford, Dowdell Davis, Sterling Davis, Robert Lyons, Horace Murdock. Oliver Murchlson, Melvin Reed, Henry White, Edward Williams, and Winston Williams. All accepted. Rush week Is over now | n d "the brothers have settled down to work. Those of us who heard Brother W. Warrick Cardozo last year have not forgotten his discourse of scholarship and our promise to him. Elaborate plans have been made by the personal progress committee which It Is confident will be instrumental in reaching the goal set for the year. In 1926 Upsilon received a silver trophy for the best scholastic record among the fraternities of Kansas University. Sine* t h a t time our scholastic record has been on the decline. We have resolved to bring our standing up to t h a t of 1926. Brothers, why not make the movement national as well as local? —ROSTELL MANSFIELD

hectic primary campaign, trying to keep folks out of Jail and seelijg to it t h a t t h e race got a square deal at the polls. We were honored during the month with a visit on the part of Brother "Billy" Randolph of the Executive Council, whom we still count as one of us. And we were saddened by the passing of our good Brother Frank R. Steward, who departed this life on September 3. A story of his life appears elsewhere in this issue. In July the chapter, together with other Alpha men in the city and the wives, sweethearts, and the children, lourneyed to North Park for the annual picnic. More t h a n seventy were present for this affair and Brother West and his committee had an excellent schedule of events for us. A baseball game took place between the grads and the undergrads and was won by the latter 22-16. The best play of this game was t h e sensational catch of a fly ball by Brother Poole of the undergraduates after a long r u n . It later developed, however, t h a t Brother Poole was not even in the game, but had merely chanced to be passing through the outfield at the moment Brother Hamilton's hard hit fly came toward him. This discovery was made an inning or so later. What-to-do? What-to-do? The then u m pire, Brother Hawkins, promptly resigned, Do you blame him? But t h e fun of the summer and t h e outof-town meetings have passed and the chapter is ready to settle down to work for Cincinnati and the convention and there is a slight rumor, unconfirmed as yet, t h a t Pittsburgh will be there with most of t h e two chapters and t h a t 1933 confab Is going to be held somewhere near the Steel City. —R. MAURICE MOSS

Pittsburgh Seek 1933

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Alpha Omicron Lamba Chapter at Pittsburgh defies the Fraternity to produce a record to beat this one: The September meeting was held in Brownsville, Pa., FIFTY MILES AWAY and twenty-four of the members answered to the secretary's call of the roll! In addition to this there were five of the undergraduates present, so we had a wow of a meeting up in the Pennsylvania hills. The wives and sweethearts accompanied us and Brothers Lanon, Boulewar, Mosset, and McDaniels, and their better halves had a sumptuous feed all ready. And there were cards and music after the the business session had concluded. Those who made the trip to the Brownsville meeting included: Brothers Givens, Harry and James Fowler, West, Rod Brown, Primas. Jones. Robinson. Crockett, Holland, Hawkins, Craft, Butler, Honesty. Knott, Stevens, Taylor, and of course the president and secretary. Hamilton and Douglass, and ye associate editor, and the hosts. But let no one think we attend meetings because the brothers have nothing else to do. They are all busy. Just to mention a few items: Brother Givens has Just been made grand attorney for the Masons of the State and Brother Hamilton holds the similar position for the Court of Calanthe. Brother Lanon returned from Atlanta with the assistant secretaryship of the National Medical Association and Brotheir King heads the medical group of the State. And all of the boys have been busy with politics. In fact they nearly ran t h e legs off of Brother Douglass and our other brother attorneys in Pittsburgh's recent

I suppose t h a t it is a timely thing to indulge in a forceful howdy. But Alpha Omicron of Johnson C. Smith University is saying with greater interest—How goes the Alpha world? Since our last and recent communication with The Sphinx, Alpha Omicron has been making steps serially b u t surely toward Alpha perfection. However, much advanced we are, this happy solution or idea is constantly kept before us—"keep climbing and the big wheel will run better." The membership of the Sphinx Club was strengthened in the spring. The men adDoggs, J. E. Hairston, E. S. Johnson, H. R. mltted to the club are as follows: J. T. Mallor, T. S. Martin, W. D. Coaxum, E. L. Rann, H. H. Hill and J. B. Thompson. With this addition to the Sphinx Club, It brings the total number of pledgees to sixteen alert young men. Alpha Omicron was well represented on the baseball varsity by the following brothers: Walker (capt.l, Brlggs, Llndsey, and Macdowell. These men made records t h a t were worthy of note, and they shall go down in history as some of Smith's greatest athletes—thus bringing glory to our "great cause". This news would not be complete unless I told of the royal affairs t h a t were given at the chapter's home during the Easter season. Under the well known tutorships of such artistic brothers as Fletcher, Dockery, Samuel, and Powell, the house was beautifully decorated. A larger Alpha design was made, and all of the men's pictures were placed In it, while the background was


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we can merely make an attempt to note those facts which might be of interest, knowing a t the same time t h a t it will be practically Impossible to record all events. In the first place, we were fortunate In having selected as our officers the first of the year the following capable and true brothers: Lewis K. Downing, president; Frank Adams, vice-president; and Harry McAlpin, secretary; with the reappointment of Brothers W. F. Nelson and Cyril Bow as treasurer and associate editor-to-be-to-theSphlnx, respectively. Since then the chapter has created for itself the office of financial secretary. To fill this office the efficient accountant and professor, Gustav Auzenne, was rightly selected. Brother Auzenne was also selected to fill this office for the Beta-Mu Lambda Corporation In joint session with Beta Chapter. We are still fortunate in having three of our Jewel brothers at the seat of the chapter and at our meeting, which is most encouraging to us; they are Jewel Brothers Callis, Ogle, and Murray. Incidentally Jewel Brother Henry A. Callis, who is also professor of medicine at Howard University, was one of t h e principal speakers at the recent Kappa Psi Honorary Medical Society's Symposium on Cancer. We are also very fortunate in having our General Secretary, Brother Joseph H. B. Evans, with us this year. Among t h e brothers who are in Washington this year and have found a most hearty welcome In Mu Lambda might be mentioned Brothers: James Arnold, Gustav Auzenne, Jewel Henry A. Callis, George M. Jones. Joseph S. Price, Addison E. Richmond, James B. Browning, and Ferdinand L. Rousseve. The list of various brothers who have at some time or other visited us is too numerous to mention. However, we heartily extend to them a hearty welcome back, In the future. Likewise, those brothers who have been away and returned once more to our midst. Among these, we might cite Brother Thomas J. Anderson, who, after his studies in 1929 at Columbia, spent a year as principal of the high school in Coatesville, Penn., and is once more with us: Brother W. L. Hansberry, who returned recently from further study in Anthropology at Harvard University; Brother Charles H. Wesley, our noted historian, who once more sets foot on American soil after extensive studies on a September 16, last, marked the begin- survey and investigation of slavery In the ning of another school year, at Lincoln Uni- British West Indies as a Guggenheim Felversity, here in Jefferson City, Missouri. low. Brother Wesley spent the greater part of his time in London, but also included The members of Alpha Psi are all present many other leading European cities in his at this writing. The roster is as follows:— survey. This work is to be comoiled in book Nathaniel Freeman, William Hopson, Cor- form and is now in the hands of the press. nell Settles, Ralph Spencer, Earl Enlenberg, Needless to say, we highly commend these Rodney Hlggins, and Metha C. Flnley. brothers for their good work and sincerely The chapter regrets to have lost Brothers welcome them once more. John Turner, William Walker, and Emmet Several of the brothers have been absent Walls. These three brothers graduated this this year, and Mu Lambda Is anxious to past school year. eive them a "bon retour." Amons these Alpha Psi Intends to do its bit in helping to make this a successful year for all con- we might mention Brother Hilyard R. Robinson. who is away pursu'ng advanced stucerned. Every member has pledged his supdies at Columbia and doing excellent wo-k port to the national organization as well in his field—architecture. Brother Robinas his support to the chapter, by consenting to remit his grand tax on time this son is a practising architect and is head of the deDartment of architecture at Howard year. The Sphinx Club has fallen in with its rtnlversitv. Also we miss brother Wil'iam Knox, who 's away on a scholarship puralloted routine. The Sphinxmen have sevsnine studies towards his doctorate in eral projects to work on. They are. seemingly, rather energetic fellows. Of cours? chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of they nee-i 'the reminder' once ea<-h week. Technologv. We understand t h a t Brother Knox is one of t h e outstanding students And are they reminded? Ask them. In his class and is at the sime time serv—METHA C. FINLEY ing Sigma Chanter. Boston. <is her president this year. The best of luck to Brothers Robinson and Knox. Tt might be interesting to catalog the arhtevements of several of the brothers, for instance: If Mu Lambda of Washington. T>. C. has Brother Rev. R. W. Brooks, pastor of not come forth recpntlv with offM<U greet- Lincoln Congregational T'-mnl" <J»llv<»""v! lnes it has been because of an overswamn- the baccqlaureate sermon fo* the State Colin? of activities and work of the individual lege at Dover. Delaware, in June. brothers. Thus, most sinrerelv in the true Brother James V. Herring was presented old Alpha spirit we s°nd a hearty handshake a two hundred dollar life membership to and greeting to all the sons of the Sphinx. the Collece Art Association on t^* o ^ o s ' o n There hav» be°n so manv lmnortant h a p - of +he first annlversarv of the Howard Art penings concerning the brothers of Mu Gallery. Brother Herring is the curator of Lambda and the chapter as a whole that the gallery and Is also the head of the art fortified with lights t h a t blinked at their guest at Intervals. I believe they were saying, "Alpha Phi Alpha." Pour parties were given, and all of t h e m went over in real Alpha style. The sororities were well represented by sorors from the neighboring states. At t h e last affair, the Alpha h y m n was sung with pure dictates of each man's true self. The spring initiation was held. The qualified men taken Into t h e sacred fold were as follows: W. S. Brlnkley, E. C. Hall, P. A. Hall, and R. L. Jeans. With this addition to the present roster of men, It brings the number to thirty one. Our chief Interest later In the spring was the putting over of a big program during the annual Alpha Go-to-Hlgh-School, Go-to-College Campaign. It was thoroughly advocated. Every Alpha man in t h e Chapter spoke In a different church attempting to create interest among t h e people In order to make this one of the "greatest of the great Campaigns." So you see, t h a t we are challenged all of the other chapters in putting over t h e biggest program of the campaign, (and by doing so nothing b u t good things will be t h e result of such.) The A. K. A. Sorority held a regional convention on the first to t h e third of May. The place was Charlotte, N. C. Alpha Omlcron consolidated with the three other fraternities on t h e campus In order to give them one grand time, after which the various frat houses were opened to receive guests and entertain them as desired. We had many brothers visiting us during the spring including: O. J. Clement (Omlcron) and H. H. Hamilton (Alpha Beta). There were brothers also from Nu on Lincoln's baseball team. The brothers who graduated were as follows: J. O. Ellis, president of class, S. H. Travis, R. E. Thompkins, H. L. Biggs, J. Henry, W. M. Coleman, H. B. Henderson, E. A. Macdowell, J. L. Powell, G. A. Tolbert, W. S. Brlnkley, P. W. Jenkins, C. A. Walker, R. W. Dockery, ahd W. H. Fletcher, The total number of graduates was fifteen; this leaves eighteen In t h e chapter. —CLARENCE J. FEW

Alpha Psi Promises Grand Tax On Time This Year

Mu Lambda Has Interesting System Of Meeting

department at Howard. Brother Dr. Frank Jones, president of t b * Medico-Chirurgical Society, addressed special student assembly recently in connection with the Health Week program u Washington. Brother Dr. Arnold Donawa secured tw<j annual scholarships for seniors of How-ar University for advanced study at the F° r sythe Dental Infirmary in Boston, Mass. Brother Dr, Algernon B. Jackson has cently published a book entitled "Jim »:,,6 Mr. Eddie", in dialogue form. I t represent his and Mrs. Jackson's findings on a tou of thirteen Southern states sponsored °> the American Medical Association. Brother Dwight Holmes was recently elecj ted for the third time to the presidency ° the Association of Colleges for Negro You.«6 at the meeting at Livingstone College. Sail ' bury, N. C. Brother Holmes also deliver*" a special address recently at Columbia UW* versity on the Federal activities and r e " sponsibilities for educated Negroes. Brother George Cook was elected as a l u I " j nl trustee for Howard University during April. (His death has since occurred) in. Brother UCharles DLUbllCL iJailCO JHouston, lUUDtUW, vvice-dean jtc-uv",charge of the Law School of Howf"'. through his persistent efforts, recently ™ ceived the approval of the American »»» Association for the Law School. Brother Charles Jackson was appoints manager of the ordinary divis on of tn Detroit branch office of the National Benefit Life Insurance Company. Brother V. D. Johnston, who has P u r . sued extensive studies in business, serYf.1 the Victory Life Insurance Company of en ' cago as secretary for six years, and the supreme Life Insurance Company of Colurn" bus, Ohio, for four years as auditor, h*| been appointed budget director for Ho*' ard University. Brother Max Yergen, Y.M.C.A. Missionary in South Africa, made several special a ° ' dresses while in Washington recently. . Brother Lewis K. Downing, our wortnij e president, dean of the College of App" , Science at Howard, recently made severa interesting trips of note. He attended tn Perdue Road School of Perdue University a national gathering of engineers l n t e r f?n ted in all highway developments. He a l s , attended the conference on relations ° technical schools to industries and the ded \ cation of the James Ward Packard Labors' tories of Electrical and Mechanical *n gineer?ng at Leigh University. Further, as one of the principal speakers during tB Vocational Guidance Program at the *f ' ginia State College, Brother Downing d,s* cussed the advantages for Negroes in Engineering and in architecture. Brother Addison E. Richmond recently made a tour through the states of Virgin"e and North Carolina, speaking on the °\ ' mands for Negroes in the technical field Brother Emory B. Smith, director of PUD" licity for Howard University, has been continuing his tours in interest of higher education and the advantages at Howard. *j attended, among many other meetings, tn1 conference on American College Public' ' recently at Chapel Hill, N. C. Brother Albert I. Cassell, university arcB1' tect for Howard, Is continuing his splend'u work on the development of the camp and buildings notably t h a t of the women's dormitory group, rapidly nearinB completion. »re thus the catalog. Thc-e nAnd iiu imin vends iiua uit i ni/<iiii| 7 ,. nib-v ( many more names we would like to add. bU lack of space forces us to discontinue unt ^ the next writing. We are continually n e * r ,| ing of the excellent work such true AlpB'_ men as Brothers Dr. Curtis. Eugene David] son, James Saunders. Dr. Du-^as, John ^ 1 liams. Dr. Frank Adams, and many otheij are doine in their respective fields and '° the community. Mu Lambda gave its whole hearted suP' port to the Go-To-High-School. Go-T0' College Campaign. We wish to compliment Beta Chapter f° the successful manner in which the sprint prom was carried through In every respc 0 j t was a beautiful and memorable affair.


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The brothers might be Interested to know 'hat Mu Lambda has developed a special {"ogram system of meeting which is workn 8 very well and arousing much favour*ble comment. At our last meeting General Secretary Brother Evans and Chapter Secretary Brother McAlpin discussed features of life insurance. Brother Evans spoke from a point of view f" the history and the development of life 'isurance. Brother McAlpin continued and llscussed various needs and types of modern <*ntracts. The brothers present enjoyed •his discussion very much and are looking •orward to the future meetings and proSams. —CYRIL BOW

Alpha Mu In Midst Of Get-Financial Drive Station "B-I-L-L" on the air again with l he first broadcast for this year. We are S'ad to be back with the brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha and happy to have the privilege of reporting activities of Alpha Mu j-hapter at Northwestern University, Evans'°n, Illinois. Many of the brothers of this chapter returned to Evanston for a brief space during 'he past summer. Among those who were *lth us for a time was Brother Howard Daniel, who was on his way back to Wilber'orce to begin his third consecutive year 4 s professor of violin: Brothers L. E. NewSome and Herbert A. Lyons, who have gone to Talledega College and Hampton Institute, respectively, to hold important assignments in the departments of music at these schools. This will be the third year for Brother Newsome at Talledega. Brother ^yons, who formerly taught at Talledega, (leclded to "move up" to Hampton; BroI 'her Joseph W. Grlder, who studied at jjorthwestern University during the summer, •"is returned to West Virginia State College j '°r his second year of service to the school. Among the former brothers who have returned to Northwestern for the fall term * r e: Isaac Jackson, Laurene Turner, Fred ~&y, and Leaden W. Ford. As we go to Press we have not been able to ascertain Whether Brother Lewis Caldwell will return to school or launch out on a career of ^aching. Brother Daniel Owings will continue to do part work at the YMCA and teke a part schedule at Garrett Biblical Institute and Northwestern University. Brother L. E. Lee was also a student at Northwestern University during the summer, b u t has returned to Wilberforce University to 'each history. The chapter will miss Brother Clarence "• Mason, who graduated at Northwestern 'ast June, and who has entered the graduate s choo] at McGill University where he will specialize in chemistry. Brother Mason has been president of Alpha Mu Chapter for the past two years and it was largely through his continued interest in Alpha Phi Aipha t h a t this chapter has been able to carry on with such a limited number of brothers in attendance here. A number of promising young men have j\htered the freshman class at the university, but no formal date had been set for Wedging when this article went to press. ft is our hope t h a t Alpha Mu will be able ;° look these prospects over very carefully within the next few weeks and have them *" properly signed up by the time that the hext article is due for the Sphinx. Our first chapter meetings were centered wound a "Get-Financial, Go-To-Cincinhati" campaign. The officers will direct h>Uch attention to the possibility of hav'hg all members of Alpha Mu Chapter become active members of Alpha Phi Alpha. At the final meeting of this chapter. j h i c h was held before school closed last "June, brothers, in accordance with a reWest from the editor of the Sphinx, elected one of our group to represent Alpha Mu ^hapter in the Alpha Hall of Fame. The Person elected was the writer. Brother Daniel Owings has already carried out the •handate of this chapter, so all brothers can set the real "dope" from the article t h a t

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Alpha's Newest Chapter At Winston-Salem, N. C.

On Monday, J u n e 2, 1931, at 10:30 p.m. a group of Alpha Phi Alpha men met In the new Atkins High School of WinstonSalem, N. C , for t h e purpose of being set apart as a graduate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. This group, not unlike the Jewels of old, have been bound together for perhaps three or for years, but unoiHcially so, and knowing t h a t their strength could be better felt and t h a t they could be of better help to the Fraternity in general, and to the community as an officially organized body, they petitioned for a charter. It was an extremely fortunate coincident t h a t at this particular time, Brother Marshall Shepard of Rho Chapter was in Winston-Salem to deliver the commencement address of the Wmston-Salem Teachers' College. The petition had been granted by t h e Executive Council after the necessary investigations of the Council, which proved to be satisfactory, and Brother Shepard was deputized by Brother Greene to set apart this group as Alpha Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha f h i Alpha Fraternity. The beautiful new Atkins High School was indeed a very fitting background to the very impressive ceremonies, which were very creditably handled by Brother Shepard and his able assistants, Brother Alphonse Henlnburg of Alpha Nu Lambda, and Brother Jeffries of Alpha Zeta. Alpha Pi Lambu takes this opportunity to express its thanks to the General Officers for their splendid cooperation in the establishment of the chapter; to Brothers Shepard, Heninburg, and Jeffries for their able assistance in the setting up of the chapter, and to extend its greetings to the various other chapters, to let them know t h a t we in Winston-Salem are very much alive, and are doing our bit to make this year the best yet for Alpha Phi Alpha. A word might be said here about the personnel of the chapter: President A. H. Anderson began his career in Alphadom at Nu. He is principal of the Columbian Heights Elementally School, and although he Is still in the throes of the nerve-racknlg processes of school-opening, and has not yet fully recuperated from a rather stiff course at the University of Pennsylvania Summer School, and is more or less a newly wed, he still finds time to wield t h e gavel of Alpha Pi Lambda. Vice-President J. A. Carter is a very enthusiastic Alpha man. He is principal of the new Atkins High School, and so Interested is he in his work t h a t he gave up his vacation, spending the summer planning and organizing for the fall work In order that the Atkins High School might be as well as the best equipped high school In the state, the best organized also—and It Is. He did manage to squeeze in several quite difficult courses of the extension department of the University of Chicago. Secretary Carodean R. Robinson is Just one of the boys. Carodean, although a Wlnstonian, has delved into the mysteries of education and science at Shaw University and Boston University and comes back to us from Sigma Chapter. He would rather talk with the boys t h a n eat; an Alpha man in every sense of t h e word. One of his greatest ambitions was realized when Alpha PI Lambda was set up In Winston-Salem. Financial Secretary E. Shepard Wright is also Just one of the boys. "Shep" is one of the promising young physicians of Winston-Salem, but is never too busy to stop and solve any problem which may regard the Fraternity. He also likes much comfort, and perhaps the secret of his many visits to Brother Carter's office this summer is t h a t he could fraternalize better while sitting in one of those big comfortable chairs in the breeze. "Shep" has also "scuffled", as he terms it, a bit of basket-ball at Howard, with the Beta "Lightning Five"

and at Chi. As yet, he has not begun to get fat, and is still "scuffling". Treasurer Leander Hill, as the saying goes. "Truly an Alpha man", and while not fraternallzing with the boys, Is one of the most successful young business men of WinstonSalem. For the advance In men's styles see Brother Hill. He is incidentally, not u n like Brothers Anderson, Wright, and Colter, also a newly-wed. Chaplain C. E. Colter spent all of t h e summer honey-mooning in the mountains of Virginia, and returned to Winston-Salem In such an ecstatic state t h a t it will be months, and perhaps years before we will be able to find out Just how he did spend his vacation. Brother Newell Is also one of our staunch members; he hails from Johnson C. Smith University and teaches biology in t h e Atkins High School. Brother Newell spent his summer at Ohio State University pursuing advanced courses in biology, and experienced what he calls the hottest and hardest eleven weeks of his life. Brother Newell is also an authority on parliamentary procedure and can always be depended upon to smooth out any parliamentary Irregularity. Brother Otis Hogue comes to us from Wllberfore; he teaches Spanish in the Atkins High School, very efficiently too, having smoothed off the rough edges with quite a bit of local color, obtained by quite extensive travel in Cuba and Mexico. Brother Hogue is a vetfy enthusiastic fraternity man, and participates In other extra-curricula activities to t h e extent t h a t although he spent a very pleasant summer in t h e mountains of Tennessee, in and around Knoxville, he was glad to return to Wlnston-Salem. Brother John Talmadge Long, who is perhaps by far the most versatile member of Alpha Pi Lamba Chapter, Is an Alpha man of long standing, and comes to us from Kappa Chapter. His versatility, of course, does not allow him to confine his activities solely to the class-room, and also we do not have enough space here t o let you know of his activities in detail. We might, however, mention t h a t he holds t h e chair of art at t h e Winston-Salem Teachers College and won innumerable honors for scholastic ability as well as athletic ability while at Ohio State. Last year Alpha Phi Alpha was represented by BrotheiLong together with Brothers Smith and Wright on the Greeks' basketball team. composed of Alpha and Omega men In t h e city Y. M. C. A. league. This team was. incidentally, t h e r u n n e r - u p . Alpha Pi Lambda was happy to have with them and to welcome at their first meeting of this year visiting Brothers Jeffries of Alpha Zeta, Henderson of Beta Gamma, Allen of Alpha Omicron, and Crosby of Eta Lambda. Brother Allen will be with us this year. and we know t h a t it will not be many more days before he will become officially affiliated with us. We are sorry to lose Brother Smith this year. Our meetings will not be quite the same without him. We have a very strenuous as well as an interesting and profitable program for the year, and we have got an early start and every man has his shoulder to t h e wheel. So we are sure t h a t the program will go over big and this will be a bigger and better year. —CARODEAN R. ROBINSON

Mu Mourns Loss Of A Beloved Brother Autumn finds Mu Chapter prepared to begin its nineteenth year of activity In Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. After a rather eventful year, the brothers In Minneapolis and St. Paul are ready to begin their scholastic and fraternal work anew. The annual chapter party was held on Friday evening, April 24, at Hallie O. Brown Community House, St. Paul. It was a formal affair and without a doubt was one of t h e best and most attractive affairs


Page 30 given in the Twin Cities during the past social season. We were honored in having as guests, visiting Brothers Ben Hill, Claiborne Hill, and Eli Hickman. The n i n t h Go-To-High School Go-ToCollege Campaign sponsored by Mu was concentrated in one mass meeting held o n Sunday evening, May 31, a t Pilgrim Baptist Church, St. Paul. Certain local conditions merit such procedure in our educational campaign. The program was arranged so that Alpha's educational efforts were i m pressed on t h e people of S t . Paul a n d Minneapolis. The speakers were Brothers Raymond Cannon, national director of educational work, John R. Lawrence, Jr., state director, and Rev. L. W. Harris, pastor of Pilgrim. Maceo Williams, instructor in t h e music department of Lincoln University, Missouri, rendered a beautiful violin solo. Brother John J. Thomas presided as master of ceremonies. In addition a n essay contest was conducted. All graduating high school seniors were invited to participate. The essays were read before t h e audience and Miss Charlotine Moore of St. Paul was adjudged the winner. Her reward is a twenty-five dollar scholarship to any accredited college in Minnesota. Miss Moore has matriculated in the liberal arts college of Hamllne University. To h e r Mu extends congratulations. Further, we presented Miss Mary L. Huff and Henry Von Avery as applicants for national Alpha scholarships. We feel t h a t our educational efforts are successful, b u t hope to be of still greater service in the years to come. On Monday, June 29, Henry Von Avery, honor student a t Minnesota became Brother Von Avery. This brother had been a pledge of Mu for a year and is a n exceptionally good student, majoring in political science. Mu anticipates great things from a man of Brother Von Avery's caliber and ability and we are proud to have him in our noble fraternity. Brother John Thomas was awarded his M.A., in history and plans to work for his Ph. D. Congratulations and best wishes for success! Brother Raymond Cannon received h i s degree in Law and has passed t h e state board examinations. He is associated with his brother, Homer K. Cannon, In practice. Brother Cannon had previously operated a drug store in Minneapolis since his graduation from Minnesota In 1916. May this very ambitious brother, beloved by many in Alpha, meet with bountiful success a n d prosperity. Mu was saddened by thhe sudden death of Brother Paul Mosely on September 6, a t Bethesda Hospital, St. Paul. Brother Mosely was secretary of the Chapter and a good student in the arts college a t Minnesota. He was highly respected in this community and his loss will be long remembered. He was a wonderful tennis player, having won championships a t his home, St. Louis, and in the Twin Cities. With Dunbar Gibson he participated commendably in the doubles tournament a t the university. We greatly regret t h a t Brother Mosely's death shortened his life of service. He would have been an asset to our group and our fraternity. Mu was fortunate in having t h e help and presence of many visiting brothers during spring and summer months. We were glad to have had the affiliation of Brothers Ollie Griffin, C. Hill, Ben Hill, Eli Hickman. Robert Fairchild Jr.. Weathers, Ragland. and Evans. Their presence manifested the power of our fraternity in t h a t it draws in t h e best of college men from the most remote parts of the country. The first meeting will be held after the universtiy opens on September 28. Though we have a small number of men, we hope to have all grand taxes paid and build a powerful chapter with this number as a nucleus. If t h e brothers will respond to our appeals and co-operate as Alpha men should, Mu will take her place in Alpha Phi Alpha as a great representative of t h e North Star State. —JOHN R. LAWRENCE. JR.

THE SPHINX

Alpha Theta Welcomes Five "Visiting" Brothers

Theta Lambda Brothers Marry And Travel

Afpha Theta a t the State University of With t h e coming of summer's sun aman Iowa ended its most successful year with attempts t o lay down his tools and m011 *. a series of events t h a t will be recorded for the swimming hole and fishing P r0 ^ as most important steps in its history. hence we cannot expect to haar much f ra _ First of all was the step made by the edu- Theta Lambda in this column of our f * cational committee which was headed by ternity Journal. However, there are a tev Brother Bennie E. Taylor. Together with events worth mentioning. Brother Roscoe L. Barrett, state director of Vacationers this summer include Brothers education ,the committee originated T h e Cox, in Europe; J. Albert Parsons in MinneOlder Students Conference in order to bring sota; Phillips in Atlantic City; McFall ai"> together t h e Negro high school graduates Hathcock in Canada; FJndley in Chicagoof the state. Thomas Bush in Kansas City. Brother Je'' Correspondence was made to many all over ferson, honey-mooned in Cleveland Buffalothe state. A broadcast was made from the and Niagara Falls. Brother Rose has planned University station WSUI a n d many were an eastern trip. Brother A. J. Allen's vacare entertained by speeches made by Brothers tion become permanent, since he was ' cently chosen secretary of t h e American B. E. Taylor and R. L. Barrett. Bible Society, with headquarters in Cie ve ' To bring final fruits for their efforts the land. Theta Lambda sends Pi Chapter a committee made a lecture tour to the prin- fine worker to aid in its chapter activities. cipal cities. We take great pleasure i n anAmong t h e brothers of other chapters nouncing t h e result of their efforts, for who have looked in on Theta Lambda duron May 1 we carried on the conference in ing the summer are:—Brothers L. K. D 0t*' great style. ning a n d A. E. Richmond, both of h _ On t h e next night, May 2, 150 couples engineering department of Howard Univ e r ' danced away into the night t o the synco- sity. Brother Richmond has b2en a r o U " i pation of Earle Van Dyke's Cotton Pickers. most of the summer—well, he has a g°°^ Visitors were here from as far as North reason. Carolina. Everyone left well satisfied. AlTheta Lambda' membership will be boospha Theta h a d made another big social ted since the return of Brother C. R'chard step. Price and Frederick Grigsby. Brother PrlCg has just completed his interneship in tW Then—(whack whack! The thudding of paddles was heard far into the night) there Dunbar Hospital a t Detroit, Michigan. " came t h e spring invitation. Five meek plans to practice here in the near future. pledges were lead into t h e ranks. These 'Twas Sunday June 5, 1931 t h a t all The'" were James T. Howard, Benjamin B. Lips- Lambda motored to Richmond. Indiana. a= comb, Gerald R. Boyd, James E. Keitt, and guests of our good Brother Dr. HuffmanCharles B. Ware. How "foul and fair" a day it was! Foul. b ee" Quite a few brothers graduated a t t h e cause t h e wind and rain retarded th a r J u n e commencement. Brother Richard motion of our transportation vehicles. F 8'S' Smith graduated from the graduate school because of the wonderful time we had guests of Brother Huffman. of Pharmacy. Brother Bennie E. Taylor and Brother Lawrence R. Whitman graduated Some Brothers were a bit more fearless with B.A. degrees. With t h e June comthan others, and braving t h e wind a n . mencement Alpha Theta had closed one of rain, arrived a t t h e end of their Journrt her most successful years. on time. Others waited until Zephyr and the clouds behaved and consequently a I " At t h e end of summer school Brother Thomas P. Dalley graduated with a master's rived in the midst of much merriment. e On arriving a t Brother Huffman's hoffl -e degree from t h e school of Zoology. Brother Cohen T. Simpson was also t h e r e - he met us a t the door and told us that th house wis ours as well as his, as long a S ceiver of a master's in chemistry. we remained. Of course, you can imagine The fall semester has started. The bro- how good t h a t made us feel. Too, we shoud thers are indeed surprised and delighted not wonder a t the liberties given us si' i c e t h a t Brother Barrett, president and steward, we were all brothers in t h a t great fraterhas moved Alpha Theta Into a beautiful nity. Alpha Phi Alpha (not Mystic Knigh^ new chapter house. The address in 818 of t h e Seal; however. Brother King fisD South Dubeque Street. (Brother Rose) was there. We are proud of the spacious and comThe first event of t h e afternoon w a S fortable quarters in which we now live. We marked by a parade to Brother Huffman > have a new boarding department under the private quarters, where we all bathed ol "i supervision of Brother Richard C. Williams, alimentary canals with a much needed who has returned after a year's absence. stimulant. Then we were ready to relax slightly until the next parade. We have five visiting brothers this year. In the meantime, the twenty brothers v/nd Brother Henry S. Marshall is from Alpha Zeta a t West Virginia State College. He re- were present, including Brother McGinn** ceived his B. S. Degree there and is now and Mr. Tate and Mr. Patterson, were bUS«J working on a master's degree in zoology. engaged in swaping fairy tales concerning Brother Raphall E. Tisdale and Brother their past, present, and future lives. Sine' Walter Booker from Alpha Rho, a t More- I had no fairy tales to relate. Brother HU"' house are also working on Master's degrees man took me into the next room and inin Zoology. Brother Rufus Perry, who re- troduced me to his charming daughter, A'" ceived a M.A. here in '27, is working on his getha, who is a n accomplished pianist and is attending Earlham College. After beW8 Ph. D., in chemistry. He is from Johnson introduced to each man present, she con-0 C. Smith University and is a member of Alpha Omicron Chapter there. Brother sented to entertain them with a few plan George B. Grossen Is here from Sigma chap- selections. And you can imagine how eager ter a t Boston University. This ends our we were for more after she had concludedWe next met Dr. Huffman's son. a very fi n e list of visiting brothers. fellow, a sophomore in high school. He enWe are indeed surprised to find Brother tertained us with victroia music, playing Bennie E. Taylor back again t o work on a records of McK'nney's Cotton Pickers an" Master's degree in education. He brought Duke Ellington. with him his brother, Brother James Taylor, The afternoon was now speeding alo'iS who has started o n a master's degree in and the house was filled with laughter, m " zoology. Brother Kenneth R. O. Neal is dicating t h a t every one was having tlvalso back and is now taking civil engineertime of his life, when Brother Rose chanced ing. Brother Alfred H. Wilson is back t o to think of Brother Burns Casssll's ability complete his work on a master's degree to tickle the ivories. And did he play that in chemistry. piano? . . . Well, I can't use the expression Our seniors this year are: Brothers RichI'd like t o here, b u t somehow we were able ard Carey, school of medecine; Millard to keep our seats. Someone suggested putDean, dental school; Roscoe L. Barrett, lib- ting a dress on Brother George Demarr and eral arts college. lifting his face, then perhaps we would have —CHARLES B. WARE a few dances,


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THE SPHINX life, but a higher education broadens the circle of existence. It makes one a man of the world, at home anywhere and among any class of men. One's business may be small, but there is a whole vast world outside of it with which education has made him familiar. If circumstances lead him outside of the routine of daily forces, there is no difficulty. T h a t Is t h e difference which education makes. A man of limited education is in touch with life In a few points. A wide education brings contact with life at many points, and this multiplication of contact with life just t o t h a t extent multiplies the men. Much of life lies outside of the avocation in which a livelihood and fortune are made, and when a man of energy and ability finds himself taking part in the larger affairs of life, he will be only too glad to be well fitted for its activities. To live a full life, to know enough about art, music, science and literature, to be able to enjoy things, to have dreams stored In the soul t h a t will rise like colored fireworks to illuminate experiences encountered by the eye and ear and hand; all of these, and more, are the fruits of education. With these thoughts in mind there are some few in Alpha Delta who have put forth every effort to accomplish the desired fruits of education. First we have Brother Ellis Oneal Knox, one of the eleven to receive the highest degree given in the field of education, doctor of philosophy. He holds the distinction of being the first of our group to receive this degree at the University of Southern California, and also the only one on the Pacific Coast. Brother Knox was recently notified of his appointment on the faculty of Howard University, Washington, D. C. Brother James Ervin received a master's degree and is planning to work for his Ph. D.. degree. He is also contemplating a research of the Negro in California. Brother George C. Coker received his master's degree in business administration. He is t h e first such a degree in this field from the University of Southern California. Brother James Raymond Davenport received a degree of bachelor of architecture in the College of Architecture, University of Southern California. He plans to make use of some of t h e ideas of modern designing. Brother Newell Dwight Eason received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Brother Eason was the winner of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's essay contest of this year. He plans either to teach or to work on his master's degree a t the University of Southern California. Brother Eason is also the former Pacific Coast intercollegiate champion in boxing. The writer wishes to say to Brother Knox and to all others who have made such attempts: "A highly educated man is manysided. He appreciates and enjoys many things To him wealth is a key which u n doors are and to what they lead. He is locks many doors, and he knows where the at home everywhere. He is not provincial, b u t cosmopolitan in his way of life, and he is a citizen of the world." Brother James William Price of the University of Southern California College of Architecture was recently notified of winning a second medal in one of the competitions of the Beaux Arts Society of Design. New York. The drawing of Brother Price was t h e best submitted from the school, although the local jury differed on t h a t point. The subject of the competition was "An Island Prison." Brother B. H. Brown of Iota Lambda Chapter has been the house guest of Alpha Delta th's summer while enjoying his vacation on the Western Coast. We regret the loss of Brother Lester B. Granger, who has returned to Newark. New Jersey, as the executive secretary of t h e local branch of the Urban League. Brother Granger won many friends among the youneer Los Angelenos. Much credit is due him for nro-lucing such a strong Alpha Delta joins with Aristotle in saybasketball team that, trampled the Kappas 'hg. "Education is an ornament in prosand incidentally bringing two trophies to perity and a refuge in adversity." our camp. An education fits one for the duties of

After Brother Cassel's piano gymnastics, 'he beautiful home of Brother Huffman rang With strains of the Fraternal Hymn and "Give Me That Old Alpha Spirit" . . . and you can bet we had It, Sudden stillness settled over the entire foom—Mrs. Tate had entered with some napkins—hence the quietness—it was eating time. After enjoying the very delicious luncheon, Mrs. Huffman entered and met the entire aggregation, who heartily thanked her for treating us to such a splendid feed. Then the parade again started to Brother Huffman's private quarters, and having firunk to the future good health and happiness of the Huffmans and their friends, We set forth upon our homeward journey. Theta Lambda's head swells from the honor brought to us by our own dear Brother Dr. Lloyd H. Cox, who ever attempts to do better things for his people. This time It Was special study abroad. For some time Brother Cox has been interested in surgical operations on eyes, e ars, and throat. So in order to give his People the best t h a t was in him, he registered at a foreign university to carry on this special work, during the summer months. Each summer, medical courses are conducted by this university; instruction be81ns soon as students aboard t h e ocean hner. That is, study really begins while enroute to the university. Among many surgeons and physicians enrolled in these classes. Brother Cox was the only black man. t>oes this not give Theta Lambda cause to boast? Two days before Brother Cox's departure, Theta Lambda gave a surprise banquet in his honor, and it really was a surprise to him. On entering the banqueting room, he looked about him with much surprise laying, "What's this you're pulling off here? No one said anything to me about it." His surprised expression changed to a grateful smile when our president informed him t h a t We were having a little banquet In his honor. We spent a real worthwhile and Interesting evening. During the banquet Dr. Cox told us of j 6 *periences met with in registering for his course. He also gave us an interesting outline of what his course comprised. Short interesting talks by Brothers Rose, Biggs, Campbell, Brown. McFall, and Carter, concerning the work of Brother Cox as a physician and brother and showed how much his efforts were appreciated. Dr. Huffman Save an account of his trip to Europe and Warned Brother Cox about the many curved Paths one could traverse. The ever witty remarks and fables of our Sear Brother Rose added to the much enloyed evening. This banquet also marked °Ur last meeting until fall. Brother President Findley gave a resume of activities during the year and thanking everyone for his support and cooperation during the year, *e were free to bid "bon voyage" to our deParting Brother Cox. Last but not least, several newly made out-of-town brothers helped us banquet brother Cox. namely: Brothers Walter Anderson. junior at Wittenberg College, made M XI in the spring, and Frederick Grigshy. senior at Lincoln, also made in the spring. Brother Gillim of Phi Lambda Chapter was also present. The outstanding event of early summer Was the marriage of our brother Russell Jei'erson to Miss Dorothy Goode. July 24, 1931 *t the seat of Theta Lambda. By the time you will have received your c opy of the Sphinx, our Dear Brother Richmond will have taken unto himself a bride. Theta Lambda congratulates Brother Jef'erson and Richmond upon their recent achievements. (See Cupid's Corner). —EARL P. TAYLOR

Mpha News From £>os Angeles, California

Summer is over and it seems t h a t quite a few of the fellows are not going to be able to return to school this term because of the depression. Alpha Delta expresses her congratulations to all graduates hoping t h e m an enormous amount of prosperity. —RUFUS S. NORMAN

Beta Beta Hard Hit By Graduation The school year of 1931-32. beginning September 14, found the ranks of Beta Beta Chapter at University of Nebraska sadly depleted of its veteran brothers. With graduation in June the few remaining charter members with t h e exception of two brothers took their official leave of absence from Beta Beta's domicile to join the ranks of thousands of others in t h e march of progress and the advancement of Alpha Phi Alpha's spirit, and to feed in the green pastures of the fields of their profession. Mention of Louis O. Swingler, former president of Beta Beta Chapter for two consecutive years ending 1930—and now assistant editor of the "Memphis World" Memphis. Tennessee, should not be omitted. Mr. Robert L. Fairchild. member of t h e Student Loan Commission of Alpha Phi Alpha, finished a course in Business Administration and Is now in Tulsa, Oklahoma endeavoring to tell t h e Tulsans how to Invest their "oil dollars". Beta Beta has lost much in t h e absence of these two distinguished brothers and their places will be hard to fill in t h e line of service rendered. Beta Beta wishes them God speed in their new environment and t h a t abundancee of success will attend their efforts in labor for self and humanity. Beta Beta was glad to welcome in its midst the presence of William H. Miles, founder and organizer of said chapter. Brother Miles was graduated from Nebraska University in 1928, taught school in parts of this country, was Y. M. C. A. secretary at Evanston. 111., and for a time travelled in France, has now returned to Nebraska to complete his work looking forward to receiving both a master's and a doctor's degree. Beta Beta finds much to be thankful for such a character in its midst. Through sickness in his family. Brother H. Hatter was called home at t h e beginning of school and Is not In school this semester. We miss Brother Hatter's cheerful smiles and epigrammatic savings t h a t p u t the " I " in the life of Beta Beta Chapter. Brothers Claiborne C. Hill and Ollle A. Griffin, who were out of school last semester are back with us. We are glad to welcome these brothers home again. Brother Benjamin Hill also. Brother Ell Hickman, who previously have been associated with Beta Beta Chapter, have not returned to school this year. Beta Beta wishes these brethren God speed and much success in pursuance of their courses in life. Beta Beta expects to do no less t h a n she has d6ne in the past and will endeavor to lift up the standard and hold it high for the betterment of humanity. —CLAUDE H. GORDON

Eminent Psychologist Speaks For Alpha Iota The Alpha Iota Chapter opened its Goto-High-School Go-to-College Campaign in Denver, Colo., with a bang. Dr. Thomas R. Garth delivers the main address on "The Value of Education." Dr. Garth was the first psychologist in the west and one of t h e very few to make a statement to the press t h a t "there aren't any racial mental differences." There was a large audience and the entire program was well received. The chapter entertained the graduates with a picture. Harold Lloyd in " F e e t First." After the picture Dean G. A. Warfield of Denver University School of Commerce addressed the graduates and about 250 other students on "Why Go to College." Light refreshments were served after the address and t h e evening terminated


Page 32 by dancing to the popular tunes of "Dusty Edwards" and his eight aces. The Alpha Iota program was printed in a broadside form and contained the entire program for t h e six days of the drive. Another unique feature of t h e campaign was the mailing of greeting cards of graduation t o all t h e 32 graduates—24 of these cards went t o high school boys a n d girls. The cards were embossed and t h e A. Phi A. signature appeared on each card. The program terminated with a big mass meeting at Colorado Springs S at u r d a y, May 9th. —G. LEONARD WHITE

Alpha Delta Lambda Gives Scholarship The beginning of t h e fall school term ushers the members of Alpha Delta Lambda who are teaching back t o their various positions. Brother Edwin C. .Tones, for '1ve years a teacher at B. T. Washington High School has been elected Assistant Drlnclpal. Brother Jones Is a graduate of Wilberforce University and spent last. •summer working on his master's degree at Northwestern University. We also find Brothers James G. (Erasmus) King, Robert Morris Spencer Smith and M. C. Latham back at their posts as Instructors a t Booker T. Washington Hieh School. Our president. B r o t h e r W. T. (Jack) Atkins is directing the fate of t h e fast Lemovme Yellow Jackets element. Alpha Delta Lambda Is glvine a scholarship this year to Daisy L. Williams at, T.emoyne. Miss Williams is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and won t h e scholarship through a competitive examination. Alpha Delta Aloha is looking forward to meeting t h e various brothers at t h e convention in Cincinnati. —B. T. JOHNSON

Union's Gamma Chapter Active In Football Gamma has already hit the trail of serious business with a smoker by the Sphinx Club for prospective Sphinx members. Perhaps. the best tribute t h a t can be d v e n to t h a t set-together is t h a t several nf the older Aloha men in attendance said t h a t it was typical of t h e good 'ole days at. Union. Gamma was hard h i t by graduation last vear. With them will go our best wishes. We are glad to hear t h a t some of them have been able to secure favorable teaching positions and otherwise. Our graduated brothers are: J, J. Rohinson. Charles Bradley West. W. Paul Thomas. Walker Quarles. B. A. Cenhas. Richard H. Cook, Joseph L. Jones and Emerson R. Fairfax. Bv the wav. Brother J. J. Robinson seems to he making a hit with the fair damsels of Harlem. Ye scribe met him strolli"" lelsnrelv on upper Seventh Avenue wtt>> four (note the number) brown belles of Harlem snugly attached t o his ant e r i o r limbs. •Brother Ulysses " Smoke" Allen Is t h e business manager of athletics and is making "efflclencv" his motto. brothers "Home" Cotton and " » r m a n "Wash" Washlneton. former all C, T A. A. stars, now occupv prominent positions on the coaching staff. Brother John Williams, former captain. now rounding out his last vear at end. promises to make this his b a n n e ' vear. He has nlaved In all games with the excention of two. Brother Benlamin Thompson, former C. I. A. A. euard is with us aealn after a year's absence and is out for his old position. And now as I look at the football snuad T see Brothers "Dick" Armistead and "Rhortv" Henderson who is In the quarter position. Brother Raymond "Jellybelly" Paige Is

THE SPHINX under the romantic spell of Dan Cupid. The wedding bells may sound their merry tingle at any time. Just watch these two Sphinxes. "Little G u t " Williams, Union's versatile and flashy ball totter of last season and James Coleman. —JOHN RUPERT PICOTT

Alpha Kappa Begins Another Year Pall is here, and with It Alpha Kappa Chapter embarks upon another scholastic voyage. We. the members of Alpha Kappa pledge ourselves to make this a banner year,— a year t h a t will raise the standards of Alpha Phi Alpha still higher and higher. With our excellent corns of officers, and enthusiastic members It Is intended t h a t this chapter, representing the smaller New Eneland colleges, shall endeavor to lead socially, fraternally and scholastlcally. At t h e last meeting for the school year 1930-1931, many plans were made for t h e coming year. Among these were, a new chapter constitution, the selection of two delegates for the general conclave, establishment of a budget, and a Thanksgiving dance. Those present at the meeting were: Brothers Burr. Breaux. Dawson, Knox, Long, Robinson, and Wheeler. During t h e summer our members have been heard from in manv parts of the country. President E. W. Knox spent the summer) I n [nisi home town. New York City . . . Brother Breaux was in Reading. Pennsylvania. . . Boston saw quite a bit of Rudy Wheeler . . . Speaking of trios to Boston, it was strange not to see Brothers Alonzo Robinson and Al Fisher around town. We missed t h e m ! Brother Long stayed at t h e delightful seashore at Allenhurst, New Jersey. We wo n d e r how Philadelphia managed to get along without his presence. One of our more recent Initiates., Brother Burich. attended summer school at Bates b u t he was in Boston and New York so much we really wonder whether he was actually matriculating. Brother Sylvester Carter travelled the New England states on a concert tour. We must pause here to extend the sympathy of the entire Chapter to Brother Carter, whose brother Norman, his accompanist, was accidentally drowned this summer. We are very sorry to lose Brother Eric W. Epps, last year's president. Brother Fops made an excellent record while at Pnringfield College, and was onite active about town. Speaking of Sprlnefield departures.—It won't seem t h e same witho u t Brother Hughes Robinson. No one can take t h e place of "Robbie,"—he set a. precedent for real manhood and true Alpha spirit. Best wishes t o all the chapters for a constructive and happv year. If you are ever around Amherst, Bates Bowdoln. D«rtmouth. Sprlnfield, University of New Hampshire. University of Vermont, Weslevan. or Williams, come unon t h e campus and get acquainted with vour Brothers. —ROBERT A. JOHNSON

Aloha Zeta Welcomes World's Fastest Human Last J u n e brought "swan songs" from the following Alpha Zeta brothers w h o were lost to us at West Virginia State Colleee bv eraduation: CLittJ*) Harry Dennis. (Robert (Pack) Diges. (Butrler) Robert Redd. (Flat-tire) David Scott. (Silent) Oliver Rob! n s o n, (Greenle) Jonathan Giles, and (Little Billy) William McCoy. These b r o t h e r s were tvpical Alpha men and as thev go out into the so-called "world" Alpha Zeta's best wishes follow them. We are proud to welcome Into our midst.

Brother Eddie Tolan. the world's fastest h u m a n , holder of the •worWs 100-yar" dash record and other laurels, who comes to serve State as assistant physical education director and track coach: Brothe Wiggins from Talladega; and Brother Law who was away at graduate school last Je,,T' We also congratulate Brother Fran* Gordon, who is an assistant Instructor »fl Ohio State University this year. We fen sorry to lose such a prominent man &l n l brother, b u t as he leaves us we bid h God-speed and worlds of success. Things started off with a "bang" l>ere at West Virginia State. The annual acquaintance "smoker" was given Saturday night, September 26th at the home °> Brother Sherman H. Guss. The speechewere excellent, the "eats" great, and abov all the material assembled looked VrorPi Ishlng. A hearty evening was enjoyed W all —DURALL P. BOOKER

Phi Lambda's President Seeking Ph.D. At Columbia The president of Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Brother H. L. Trigg. I n ' spector of Negro High Schools in Nort" Carolina, has left for New York City wherhe will enter Columbia University toD ocomct( plete work leading to the degree of L of Philosophy. Brother Triee received Wundergraduate training at Morgan Colle^' Baltimore, and in 1918 received his AMfrom Syracuse University in New Y o r & state. r It will be remembered t h a t Bro t h ee r Trigg, before he became InsDector of Hi /^ Schools, filled many administrative posi" tions In North Carolina. Among them were the following: principal of the Berr O'Kellv Training School at Met h o d atio principal of the high school in WinstonSalem. As inspector of High Schools. Brotne1 Trigg's work has been quite outstanding During tthe school year 1930-31, twelve high schools were accredited, bringing th total number of accredited schools in tn state u p to ninety-eight. This Is more th»»j one-fourth of the accredited high school for Negroes in the southern section of tnUnited States. The total number of hW) schools accredited during Brother Trigg administration has been thirty-eieht. Phi Lambda Chapter regards B r o t h e Trigg as one of t h e prominent member of Aloha Phi Alpha Fraternity. « wish him much success in his new undertaking. Brothers M. W. Akin, principal of iv Washington High School. Raleigh, and »• A. Johnson of t h e Berrv O'Kellv Scho were among t h e manv brothers attendin summer school at Columbia University thi summer. Brother Akin, vice president ° the chanter will fill the position as president of the chanter, which was so ven ablv filled bv Brother Trigg. , Brother John M. Newsom. formerly £ t h e faculty of Shaw University, has entered for the year 1931-32, the graduate schoO of t h e University of Chicago. Brother R " ' bin McDaniels. who recentlv comol e t e graduate work at Cornell, will eneage ' school work in a college in a neighboring After t h e first meeting of the season end the chapter's old business taken cWJ of. Phi Lambda's slogan will be "Eves rign to Cincinnati." -EMORY A. JOHNSO*

Alpha Rho's Graduates Not Among Unemployed Though hard hit bv t h e economic d«' nression t h a t has been sweenln>* t h e con" try. t h e advent of t h e new school v e j\, fln"s Alpha Rho carrying on at Morehous College. -,i Manv signficant things have happen since news from Alpha Rho last appear


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THE SPHINX •4 in The Sphinx. Toward the last of tay, Pledge W. C. Greene was Initiated •» a full fledged member of Alpha Phi Mpha. Many have left us through graduation. ^ose who left us last June are: Brothers r - M. Alexander, G. W. Cabanlss, M. B. Coppage, J. R. Edmonds, H. M. Gloster, R. c - Hackney, C. P. Johnson, F. Q. John•On, G. A. Key, J. G. Lemon, G. E. Mar*all, H. A. Miller, J. H. Murray, R. P. ™Mth, C. H. Walker, A. R. Brooks and *. J. Walker. Brother Brooks was the ranking student for the Morehouse class of '31 and *&s winner of the J. J. Starks Man-oftaalrs Prize. Brother Alexander, a graduate with high 'onors, is holding a managerial office with |*e North Carolina Mutual and Bankers' d u r a n c e Companies here in Atlanta Brother Cabanlss Is managing a new 'Jpe of Insurance being offered by t h e "• C. Mutual and Bankers Insurance Comm i e s In Columbus. Brothers Coppage and Murray are also ''filiated with insurance compa n 1 e s in 'acksonville, Fla. Brother Edmunds is instructor of mathematics and head coach of the Booker T. Washington High School In Dallas, Texas. Brother Gloster, who graduated with high *°nors, is now a student in the new At*nta University Graduate School. Broth'f Gloster hopes to earn his master's detoe in English. ,a Brother Hackney is attending the Mearry Medical School in Nashville, Tenn. Brother C. P. Johnson is in the insurl 1ce business in Fort Worth, Texas. Brother Key, besides teaching in the schools In Chattanooga, has also mare j'' d the charming Miss Evelyn Barnes of

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' B r o t h e r Miller is studying in one of *e leading northern universities on a 'c.ZOO.OO fellowship from the Interracial °mmlssion of Atlanta. Brother Smith is instructor of chemis*y and physics in the Columbus, Ga., high •ctiool. s Brother W. J. Walker is actuary with the I °rth Carolina Mutual Insurance Company * Durham, N. C. Brother C. H. Walker is also back in he Atlanta University graduate school. I Among the brothers who returned this :'»ar are: F. V. Brooks, J. A. Colston, W. J- Harrison, A. L. Jordan, W. H. Moses, j e a Maise, R. E. Thomas, J. T. Wardlow, '• nChenault, M. I. Cabanlss, W. N. Jack*> . W. C. Greene and M. J. White. We fere anxiously awaiting the return ? Brothers J. F. Davis, R. L. Jackson and • L. Johnson. I, Brother Colston comes back to resume J*8 place In the orchestra and to be its 'Presentatlve on the student act! v i t y °ttunittee. Brother Harrison is a very excellent stu' 6 nt and has been re-elected as athletic 'titor of the Maroon Tiger (the student pPer). He also is the president of the °'lege debating society. .Alpha Rho has high hopes of attaining ' * usual prestige in scholarship and all "tra-curricular activities. Brothers Brooks. Davis, Maise and White ?'" uphold tlielr usual posts in athletics, Jr e is hpoed. Brother Brooks and White : baseball and trackmen, respectively, *"lle Brothers Davis and Maise have gain" much note as football play< rs. j l ' is our hope that Brothers Harrison, ^ardlow, Canaiss, Johnson, R. L. Jack[?». Greene, and White will rank high in r*e business department while Brot h e r s [•Alston, Chenault, Jackson and Davis are sponsible for the lead in scientific work. t remains for Brother Jordan alone to ee P our banner high in the modern lang,a ges. This year marked the return to school I Pledge Raymond Bailey, a very consci^tious worker and an excellent student. Alpha Rho has great things in view and

wishes all other chapters a very successful year. : ; Alpha Rho did her bit in making the annual Go-to-High-School, Go-to-Coll e g e Campaign a success. The week was very successful with the presentation of many speakers in various schools. The campaign came to a close when Brother J. Raymond Henderson gave the final address at the Wheat Street Baptist Church. Playing brilliant and inspired basketball, the wearers of the black and gold in Atlanta were runners-up in the incerfraternity tournament. The members of the team and all undergraduate members of Alpha Phi Alpha in Atlanta were entertained by Eta Lambda with a whist tournament and banquet. Its purpose was to promote a better understanding between the chapters in Atlanta. From all Indications, Eta Lambda was very successful in this attempt as everyone present went away in high spirits and full stomachs. Since practically half of its membership was lost through graduation it seems t h a t Alpha Rho would start "singing the blues" but contrarlly we are looking forward to another great year at Morehouse. The Dramatic Club, which was organized under the tutelage of Brother J. S. Redding, has achieved almost phenomenal success. Brothers J. A. Colston, M. I. Cabanlss, J. H. Murray, R. C. Hackney and R. A. Cornett are members. Since the last edition of the Sphinx, Messrs. W. H. Sullivan, Scott Barrett, and Leon Greenwood have been received into t h e Sphinx Club. These three pledges were considered the "cream" of the freshman class and show much promise. —W. N. JACKSON

Alpha Kappa Lambda Notes Depression After a two months layoff, during which time the brothers have vacationed here and there through all parts of the country, the members of Alpha Kappa Lambda, Roanoke and vicinity, are assembl i n g themselves together for the activities of dear old A$A. In spite of the " h a r d times" we hear from every side Alpha Kappa Lambda does not intend to let down one bit in her general constructive program t h a t has been started. Because of one hundred and one other things the writer was trying to accomplish at the time, no notes from the chapter appeared in the last issue of The Sphinx. Therefore there are a few items of interest hanging over from the past spring t h a t we wish to relate at this time. First our Educational Campagin went over with a bang, again due to the excellent work under the chairmanship of Brother Parker. At a public meeting at Addison High School, Brother V e r n o n Johns, president of Virginia Theological Seminary and College, was the main speaker—and what a speaker he was. The s t u dents and citizens of Roanoke were aroused as never before to the general educational plan made by the speaker. In connection with our movement, for the second year the chapter offered a h u n dred dollar scholarship to the senior high school student selected f r o m the two highest standing students from Add! s o n High, Roanoke, Dunbar High, Lynchburg, and Virginia Seminary Academy, Lynchburg, who ranked highest in a competitive examination. Jeannette Irvln of Dunbar was the successful winner of the coveted scholarship. The chapter did not give its annual party as usual because it was thought the money t h a t would be spent for such an affair could be used to better advantage in these depressing times. Speaking of social activities the writer must pause tu mention the delightful picnic put on by Alpha Omicron Lambda of Pittsburgh the past summer. The brothers in Pittsburgh know how to entertain. Of

course the writer would say such because the "Smoky City" is his home town. Anyway, Alpha Kappa Lambda was glad to have at the picnic a representative even 11 it were the writer. —J. O. HOPSOM

The Dynamo Of Dixie Generates Power It is with much plea s u r e t h a t the Brothers of Psi Lamoda send greetings. Although a very hot summer has causeu Psi Lambda (The Dynamo of Dixie) tu slow up Its acceleration, now with the advent of cooler weather in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the renewal of spirit (rewinding) the old Dynamo has been turned on in full and will soon be generating 100 per cent Alpha Phi Alpha current. We were late with our picture for the Pictorial Number b u t hope to see it in this issue. The chapter has taken on new life and our first big get-to-gether was quite a marked affair. Led by Brother Rev. Barber (Armature) who is the real center of activity at Psi Lambda, much current was generated on the evening of September 22 at the spacious dining room of Chief Cafe on West 9th Street. The key note of "Aims and Ideals" of Alpha Phi Alpha was again sounded by Brother Barber and a challenge was thrown out to the members of Psi Lambda to hew closer to t h e line. Religion and Alpha Phi Alpha spirit were very beautifully b r o u g h t out and compounded by Brother Dr. L. L. Patton. Like bad money, always on hand, was Brother Dr. Thompson, who with his ready wit and keen sense of humor injected quite a bit of m i r t h into t h e meeting. Brother Dr. Moores came a little late and was excused due to the fact that he is chairman of the "rushing c o m m i t t e a (.Brother Moores Is single). Let us hope he had his eye on a prospective Alpha Phi Alpha "man" and not —1 A program for the year was submitted and things look good for an active fall and winter with Psi Lambda. The chapter was pleased to have two visiting brothers with us this summer, Brother Attorney Booker from Arkansas, w h o was attending t h e National Baptist Convention in Atlanta and came over t o see his old friend, Dr. L. L. Patton; and Brother C. C. House, who is an auditor for the National Benefit Life Insurance Company. Psi Lambda is pleased to note two youn a men about town who are pledges to Alpha Phi Alpha. One is our own Brother Dr. Mcintosh's son, Edel F. Mcintosh, Jr . who is enrolled a t Flsk University. This young man made an excellent record heiv In the high school—a chip of the olu block. Morris Tipton, a local young man who made good in the high school here and is continuing the good work at Morehouse College In Atlanta, has been rightly pledged Alpha Phi Alpha. We are also happy to have an Alpha man, Brother Scruggs, heading the Y. M. C. A In the absence of the secretary, who is away on leave of absence. Brother Scrugg•• has already shown t h a t he Is fully capable of the task and Psi Lambda will give him its full cooperation in his undertaking here. To our sister chapters, Psi Lambda extends her best wishes and greetings. May we be forever mindful of our sacred creed "first of all, servants of all, we shall transcend all." —C. A. KING

Mu Chapter Maintains Splendid Record The opening of the fall term finds Nu Chapter of Lincoln University with a sadl> depleted roster. Fifteen tried and true brothers departed from t h e halls of Nu leaving behind them records of achievements t h a t should serve as an inspiration to all Nu men. The general attitude oi


Page 34 the out-going brothers was probably beat expressed by Brother T. A. Webster who said, "I have found a great bond of fellowship and I hope t h a t t h a t bond will continue. I've received the Nu desire to do something in the outside world. I've come close to God and man In Nu chapter and have learned just what fraternity spirit has meant, and I trust t h a t t h a t same spirit will be forever perpetuated." Nu is especially proud to draw to the attention of all the brothers in Alpha, the names of Brother Frank A. De Costa— class, president, varsity basketball, class football and track, secretary of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society, president Phi Lambda Sigma Literary Society, freshman oratorical contest (first prize), Kappa Alpha Psi Oratorical Medal, T. M. Seldon Scholarship Medal, varsity debating, president Debating Society, Varsity Club only senior to maintain "A" group for four years, valedictorian, instructor in English—whew! Brother J. D. Davis, Jr.—student instructor in physics, secretary of class, treasurer of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society, president Mask and Gown Society. (Brother Davis is with us again this year as graduate instructor in physics.) Brother G. W. Hunter—president of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society, secretary Phi Lambda Sigma Literary Society, winner of both freshman and sophomore prizes In mathematics, Bradley Prize for meritorious work in science, instructor in Chemistry, class day scientific orator. Brother T. P. Walker—Phi Lambda Sigma Literary Society, magna cum laude and salutatorlan, assistant to librarian, secretary-treasurer of Lincoln News, Y. M. C. A. Cabinet, former associate editor to The Sphinx, manager of frat's basketball team for 1930-31. These and many more good men Nu could ill afford to lose, b u t there are still a few left t o carry on.— Brother E. M. Smith—president of Nu chapter, captain varsity football, president Inter-Fraternal Council, president Varsity Club, class president. Brother L. Howard—secretary Nu chapter, editor Lincoln News, president Phi Lambda Sigma Literary Society, instructor in Latin, honor student. Bfrother Dickinson—instructor in English, honor student. Brother C. Shelton—student instructor in mathematics, honor student, president Y M. C. A. A signal honor has come to a member of Nu bringing glory both to himself and honor to Alpha. The musical composition, "Sandals," composed by Brother James E. Dorsey of Wildwood, N. J., was awarded second prize honors in the Rodman Wanamaker Musical Contest for Colored Composers. "Sandals" was in Class I. The second prize was $75.00. This is a most commendable effort of Brother Dorsey at so early an age (he's still in his early twenties). Many composers strive a life time and t h e n fail to gain recognition. Brother Dorsey is the popular and competent director of Lincoln University's Glee Club, with its subsidiary musical units, and he also teaches music at Lincoln. He is a graduate of Tuskegee Institute and of Lincoln University, Pa. He has been continuing his musical studies in Philadelphia. Brother Richard Hill—a graduate of Lincoln, an old member of Nu, has received an offer of the chair of English at this institution. Brother Hill graduated from Howard with his MA. On receipt of the news of his appointment, Brother Hill asked to be allowed time enough to continue his studies, so t h a t he might obtain his Ph.D. We look forward to welcome him back to Nu, as a man who left us with honors to return with them increased two fold—as a man with whom the good old Alpha spirit was ever present. —E. L. MAIS.

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Alpha Beta Loses 12, Keeps 12, Gains One Brother Once again the halls of Talladega ring loud with the clatter of voices of enthusiastic students, and once again the members of Alpha Beta gather toget h e r to launch a program which, when carried out, will undoubtedly mean a successful year. Eight brothers were lost through graduation. Among this number were Brothers Waldo Blanchett, Charles Burbridge, Porter James, Nathan Langford, Lewis Mahone, William Taylor, Henry Walden and Jesse Ward. However, the affairs of the chapter will be ably carried on by the twelve remaining brothers, with Brother Raymond Pitts at the helm of chapter affairs. Alpha Beta welcomes into her fold Brother Cleolus L. Blanchett, brother of Waldo Blanchett, ex-president. Brother Cleolus Blanchett comes to us from Chi and Sigma Lambda Chapters. —HERBERT DENTON

Graduation Hit Beta Epsilon Chapter Too

from our president. The Bennett Quartette accompanied! Brother Streater and rendered splendid and fitting music f°the occasion. On Monday, Brother Peeler, who is doing fine work in the city, delivered an address at chapel hour on our campus. President Brother David P. Jones of Bennett College for Women at the same time went to1 Palmer Memorial Institute at Sedalia, Jus out of the city, and carried the banner of our campaign. On Wednesday at chape' hour Brother A. I. Taylor, who Is located at Dudley High in this city, talked to tn« student body and friends, followed by remarks from our president. Brother C. WWilliamson held up the campaign banner at J. C. Price School in this city. On Friday, Brother F. D. Bluford, president of A. & T. College, carried a very inspiring address to the student body o I Dudley High School of this city. Friday night at 8 o'clock, the finals of the ess»J contest, which was sponsored by Beta EP" sllon were held. The contest was between the intermediate high schools including Palmer Memorial Institute at Sedalia. The subject was "The necessity of a College Education. $5.00 in gold was awarded by this chapter for the best essay. On this night Brother De Kalb from Sedalia brought with him the Sedalia Quar-r tette which rendered splendid music i° the occasion. Brother De Kalb also rendered two selections with his violin. The winning essay was presented by «| M. Sanrien from the high school department of Lutheran College of this city and Brother E. L. Peterson awarded the prizeClosing remarks were made by President F. T. Woods. The chapter and neighboring brothers are sure t h a t very pleasing results were derived from the campaign, and we ar<? looking forward to bigger and better ones to come in the future. Beta Epsilon gave its spring ball, Fri-e day, May 22, and Friendly L a k e . Th unique decorations represented an Egyptian Temple. Phil Jones and his Tar Hee' Syncopators were at their best this season as they strummed their melodious tune= until the wee hours of the morning. There were about 50 out-of-town guests including Alphas from Raleigh, Charlotte, Danville, Winston-Salem, High Point, and Washington, D. C. —C. W. WILLIAMSON

Beta Epsilon has lost two of its outstanding members by graduation in the persons of Brother E. L. Peterson, who graduated with the highest honors t h a t the college confers. Brother Peterson has gone out to make a name for himself and Alpha Phi Alpha just as he made during his stay here. Brother N. Little has gone out in pursuit of higher learning the medical field at Howard. The loss of these brothers will be felt very deeply by the chapter and fellow students. Members of Beta Epsilon have returned full of vim and vigor for another constructive school year, with one exception, which we regret very much, and t h a t is our faithful Brother (Slick) D. A. Williams. Brother Williams is a member of the varsity debating team. We trust that he will be able to return to us and continue the good record established by him while here. Brother F. T. Woods, president of our chapter, has been elected president of the student body and student council. He has come back and already started the good going. Brother Woods shows great promise of being a successful leader of the students this year. Beta Epsilon is behind him. Brother J. D. Howard is back to represent us o n t h e gridiron; also Brother T. W. Washington is to function with the Members of Alpha Phi are so thorough'? Aggies. Brother F. O. Woodard is back scattered to the four corners of the counin grand style to continue to stand out try t h a t it is difficult to obtain news from in the technical field. Brother A. W. Taythem here in Atlanta. We can mention lor is with us this year to hold up the good only a few. work in athletics. Brother C. W. WilliamBrother Dewitt S. Dykes, our very effison Is with us to continue as an outstandcient president, is studying theology ' n ing figure in extra-curricula activi t i e s . Boston University. He holds an A.B. deBrother Williamson has been appoln t e d gree from Clarke University and a B. D. depresident of the Dramatic Club and has gree from Gammon Theological Seminarystarted getting up spirit among the stuBrother Dykes made one of the; most brildents to cheer the Aggies on to victories liant records of any student ever to raa-s this year. Last but not least Brother triculate at Clark and Gammon. He wa (Westmoreland) J. E. Rowell Is back full salutatorlan of the 1930 class of ClarK of politics and is expected to be in t h e University, received the first p r i z e iJ1 Christology at Gammon, and was awarded back-field of the Aggies eleven this year. a scholarship for graduate study at BosBeta Epsilon held its initial meeting of ton University. We wish Brother Dykes evthe year on September 22, and has startery success. ed plans for a banner year. Beta Epsilon is indeed proud to say that Brothers Albert E. Pews, Thomas Fagan the most successful Go-to-High-School, Goand John Scott are in t h e insurance field. to-College Campaign was sponsored this Brother Charles W. Aycock is teaching year t h a t has been since its establishment in the Rome Public Schools. He was valhere at A. and T.. College years ago. All edictorian of the class of '31. members and brothers of other chapters We must congratulate Brot h e r C. Wresiding in the city worked together and (Rabbit) Wadley on his appointment 8 s p u t forth every effort which made it a coach a t Edward Waters College in Florsuccess. ida. His training under Coach Taylor a' The program was opened May 3d at the Clark University will go a long way toforum hour in Dudley Chapel at which ward his success. time Brother George Streater, who is at Brother Edward L. Lipscomb spent the Bennett College for Women delivered a summer at his home in Decatur, Ala. very Inspiring address, followed by remarks We anticipate a successful year for Al"

Alpha Phi Editor Sends Summer News


THE SPHINX £ha Phi under the guidance of the memiters who will be In school for t h e term ft '31--32. I now sign off as associate editor to t h e 8 Phtax and turn duties over to the new "litor who will be elected at the first Meeting. —C. W. AYCOCK

Omicron Brothers Win Commencement Honors The recent commencement of t h e local ^diversities brought many distinctions and "onors to Omlcron. At Duquesne Univerjjjty. Brother Henry Bridges led the class |* the school of pharmacy. He was awardIJ* a year's membership in the pharmaceutical association and t h e Lehn and Pink ^ompany gold medal for excellence in ma•68eria medica. He will continue his studat the same school. At Pitt, Brother Reginald W. Dixon revived the two degrees of B.S. and D.D.S. '' is regrettable t h a t the grades of dental •'Udents do not figure in making t h e fra*rnity averages, for Brother Dixon's commendable work would have swelled our J°°re a lot. He might have got first place "istead of second. Brother Malvin R. Goode completed his 'ourse at the University of Pittsburgh this »ear. He is now vice-president of Omi"on, past president of Pitt Lyceum, one ij* our representatives in the Interfratern'ty Council, 1931 director of Omicron's educational campaign, the most for c e f u 1 j"Peaker among the young men here, and •j* Alpha man with lots of spirit. Law Is 0 's goal. Brother Welf red Holmes re c e i v e d his I Raster's degree in English from Pittsburgh 'his year and is now teaching in WinstonSalem, N. C. Our president. Brother Walter R. Talbot was graduate with honors from Plttsourgh in mathematics and by virtue of Joe scholarship awarded him, he will be Jack at Pittsburgh to study for his master's degree. At Duquesne University, Brother Ernest "Oanson received his B.A. degree with a c Qemistry major. He has served Omicron *8 associate editor and as vice-president. "to one knows all the clubs and organiza'ions in which he is active outside of "chool. He plans eventually to teach. Omicron Is justly proud of these men, °r every one of the Omicron men who *as supposed to graduate from some one 'J* the three local universities, not one .'ailed to do so. | When Pitt opened on September 21 there *ere only a small number of undergraduates enrolled, although there will be many l*lphas in school here and still more in Ij^e city. There will be Brothers Marshall ^ewis. senior; Woody Harris and James ''effries. dental juniors; James Albriton, ^aior; and Goode Harvey, senior in business. At Carnegie Tech will be Brother Wilbur •"helps, a senior; Duquesne University will "ave Brother Lawrence Marshall. These undergraduate brothers are form a t e in inheriting a large and s e l e c t Wedge club, and two initiations by J u n e *°n't be too many. The word "underload" is important in Omicron articles for lt the University of Pittsburgh, fratern) "es lose their charters when their number ° r undergrads drops below a certain flg•**• and scholastic averages of the frats ~e based on the grades of the underfrads excluding the dents. Not having to worry about having too ?*any men Omicron has attained a fra•^nalism never before known in her history. There is only one faction; all cooperate in maintaining t h e same high social position, the new high schola s t i c landing, the new degree of achievement in "Jhletics, in scholarship, in leadership, in p'hooi activities as the band, and in local '^stltutions as the Y. M. C. A.

Brother Harvey Hughes is planning to enter Dalhousie College in Nova Scotia this fall to study medicine. From what we hear this brother spent his summer traveling up and down the East. Pledge Josh Rose deserves credit for his directing of the Y. M. C. A. camp this summer. He led the camp with marvelous success—Just as he p u t s over t h e program of the boys' department at the "Y." Brother Talbot was on his camp staff. The latter and Brother Goode met quite a few brothers on their recent trip into Virginia. The Omicron men who weren't in summer school all happened to be making money during the summer. Omicron is hereby serving notice on Alpha and Cincinnati t h a t she is going to Invade t h a t city full force shortly after Christmas. We are going to "step out," we hope you are too. On the committee of represen t a t iv e s from local organizations which planned the events of Negro Achievement Week, observed April 12-19, Brother James Albriton was secretary and Brother Walter Talbot a co-chairman. Brother Malvin G o o d e Planned and directed the evening given over to young people and students. His program was one of unusually fine talent, and naturally it was well received. Beginning April 19, t h e local Urban League conducted its Vocational Opportunity Week and t h e movement, too, enlisted the services of the undergraduate Alpha men. Brothers Goode and Talbot spoke before several audiences on t h e subject of vocational opportunity. The firm of Dorsey Brothers Music Shoppe, of which Brother George Dorsey is a member, took first prize in the best window display contest, a feature of the week's program. Alpha men's windows also took third and fourth places. Omicron men served on the committees preparing for the N.A.A.CJ?. convention here in the summer. The undergrads were afforded opportunities to meet some prominent Alpha men when the Urban League brought Brother Elmer A. Carter, editor of Opportunity, and Brother Eugene Kinkle Jones, executive secretary of the National Urban League, here to speak. Brother Max Yergan, who has done extensive Y.M.C.A. and interracial work In South Africa, spoke before the Interracial Commission at t h e University of Pittsburgh on April 20 Not only have t h e brothers been active in civic projects b u t al^o in many other lines. In keeping with t h e old tradition of an Alpha man on t h e track team at Pitt, Omlcron was represented t h e past year by Brother Woody Harris, quartermiler, and Brother Marshall Lewis, hurdler Both of these brothers are lettermen. Pledgee Henry Douglass was out for the freshman track team. On May 2, in a meet between the University of Cincinnati and Carnegie Tech. Pledgee Fleming of Cincinnati tied with one of his teammates for first place In t h e high Jump. As for the activities of Omlcron Chapter as a whole, much can also be said. On March 25, rushing season opened at Pitt, on March 31, Omicron submitted five bids to the Dean of Men. and on April 2, five more worthy men were wearing Sphinx pins. The pledgees possess a diversity of Interests. Henry F. Douglass of Baltimore is doing pre-med work and- is vice-president of t h e Sphinx Club. Frank E. Bolden of Washington, Pa., member of National Honor Society for high school, shows t h e ear-marks of a scholar with a main Interest In history. Secretary James E. Davenport hails from Bluefield and is studying electrical engineering. Things are never dead with Davenport around. The president of the pledge club, Stanley Payne, is enrolled in t h e college and we wouldn't be greatly surprised if Payne becomes a minister. The fifth pledge is Joshua R. Rose, studying business administration. Pledgee Rose is one of the most energetic young men of t h e college group; he serves as boy's work

Page 35 secretary a t the Centre Avenue Y. On the Duquesne campus. Alpha Phi Alpha saw fit to honor Robert Baker, freshman in pharmacy, with membership in the pledge club. The pledgees held their first meeting u n der the direction of Brother James E. Jetfries, who bids well to be one of t h e best rushing chairmen ever at this chapter. The total membership in the pledge club is now ten, and t h u s is assured to those brothers who carry on Omicron in the fall a neat crop of men to draw upon to replace those of us who wound up our carreers this year. Not only have we afforded our successors a fine group of pledges but we have presented them with a real responsibility. They must maintain a high scholarship rating. According to t h e figures as published by the office of the Dean of Men at t h e University of Pittsburgh, Alpha Phi Alpha ranked second among all the fraternities on the campus in scholarship for the first semester of the year. The averages are computed solely on the grades of the undergraduate students. The brothers pledged themselves on t h e floor of a chapter meeting to seek t h e highest grades possible and t h u s a t t a i n for Alpha Phi Alpha first place by J u n e and the beautiful large plaque t h a t goes with first place. The Educational Campaign was well planned by members from Omicron and Alpha Omlcron Lambda. On May 3, these chapters presented Brother D. Julian H. Lewis, assistant professor of pathology a t the University of Chicago, as their main speaker. Also on the program was an Alpha Phi Alpha sextet, composed of Brothers F. D. Hawkins and Douglass of t h e grad chapter, Halrston of Alpha Zeta, White of Alpha Theta, and Leftridge and Parr of Omlcron. The presidents of t h e local chapters, Brothers Hamilton and Talbot, h a d places on t h e program and Brother Moss, state director, presided. Other major events of t h e week are an essay contest, and for May 10, a debate under t h e supervision of Brother Goode, Omicron's educational director. The Harold C. Morrison Memorial Award was granted toward the end of t h e school year In a special competition. As a means of thwarting clannlshness, the undergraduate Alphas and Omegas entered into negotiations for the formation of and Alpha-Omega Council of Pittsburgh. It was the sincere hope of the representatives of both groups to have t h e Council functioning in the fall on a sound and clear basis. Because it is unique news when a Negro attains t h e captaincy of a major sport team at a white university, Omicron takes this means to inform all Alphadom t h a t Everett Utterbach, a member of Omega Psl Phi, was named captain of t h e Pitt track team last term. He has attained national prominence through his all-around track and field ability he is fully deservant of the honor. Omicron has already extended him Alpha's congratulations. Among the Pittsburghers who made the trip to Tuskegee for its anniversary celebration was Brother Forrest Parr, who brought the news of this event back to t h e rest of us. While there he stayed with Brother Reginald Talbot of Omicron, who is teaching there. News has come to us t h a t Brother William Wallace, formerly of this chapter and now instructor a t Livingstone, received his master's degree from Columbia recently. Other members of this chapter, as Brother Charles Lewis of Southern University and Brother John Benson of Morehouse, might do well t o let the chapter hear from them. Communication is being established with t h e Metzgers brothers in Sierra Leona, Africa. We hope t h e letters of these last named Alpha men will contain special article for the Sphinx. In spite of t h e length to which t h e news of Omicron has been drawn out, Omicron is almost certain of supplying ample interesting reading matter for the other n u m bers of the Sphinx.


THE SPHINX

Page 36 STATEMENT OF THE OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, CIRCULATION, ETC., REQUIRED BY THE ACT OF CONGRESS OF AUGUST 24, 1912 Of The Sphinx published 5 times per year at Norfolk, Va., for October 1, 1931. State of Virginia SS. County of Norfolk Before me, a Notary Public in and for the State and county aforesaid, personally appeared P. Bernard Young, Jr., who having been duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that he is the Editor of the Sphinx and that tha following is, to the best of his knowledge and belief, a true statement of the ownership, management (and if a daily paper, the circulation). etc., of the aforesaid publication for the date shown in the above caption, required by the Postal Laws and Regulations, printed on the reverse of thiB form, to w i t : 1. That the name and addresses of the publisher, editor, managing editor, and busi n e s s managers a r e : Publisher, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 719 E. Olney Rd., Norfolk, Va. Editor, P. Bernard Young, Jr., 719 E. Olney Rd., Norfolk, Va. Managing Editor, P. Bernard Young, Jr., 719 E. Olney Rd., Norfolk, Va. Business Manager, P. Bernard Young, Jr., 719 E. Olney Rd., Norfolk, Va. 2. That the owner is :(If owned by a corporation, its name and address must be stated and also immediately thereunder the names and addresses of stockholders owning or holding one per cent or more of total amount of stock. If not owned by a corportation, the names and addresses of the individual owners must be given. If owned by a firm, company, or other unincorporated concern, its name and address, as well as those of each individual member, must be given.) Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 719 E. Olney Rd.. Norfolk, Va. 3. That the known bondholders, mortgages, and other security holders owning or holding 1 per cent or more of total amount of bonds, mortgages, or other securities a r e : (If there are none, so state.) None. 4. That the two paragraphs next above, giving the names of the owners, stockholders, and security holders, if any, contain not only the list of stockholders and security holders as they appear upon the books of the company but also, in cases where the stockholders or security holders appear upon the books of the company as trustee or in any other fiduciary relation, the name of the" person or corporation for whom such trustee is acting, is given ; also that the said two paragraphs contain statements embracing affiant's full knowledge and belief as to the circumstances and conditions under which stockholders and security holders who do not appear upon the books of the company as trustees, hold stock and securities in a capacity other than that of a bona-fide owner and this affiant has no reason to believe that any other person, association or corporation has any interest direct in the said stock, bonds, or other securities than aB so stated by him. B. That the average number of copies of each issue of this publication sold or distributed, through the mails or otherwise, to paid subscribers during the six months preceding the date shown above is (This information is required from daily publications only.) Signed: P. Bernard Young, Jr., Editor. Sworn to and subscribed before me this first day of October, I'.Cl. (Seal.) Eleanor W. Young Form 3B26.-Ed. 1924 (My commission expires June 18, 1934.) Sworn to and subscribed before me this first day of October, 1931.

Let's Get Acquainted By EARL P. TAYLOR, Theta Lambda OW MANY chapters within a radius of fifty to seventy-five miles make regular visits to each other? How well acquainted are we with our neighbor chapter? These are questions that one asks himself when questioned concerning a member of a neighbor chapter, when at least he should have heard of his name,—he doesn't even know that the chapter (15 miles away) carried the membership of the brother in question. In order to be relieved of such embarrassment, it would be a good policy to adopt a "get acquainted" program, such as is suggested: Once each month, Chapter X sends two or three brothers to visit Chapter Y. Chapter Y in turn sends brothers to Chapter X. The next month chapter X sends two or three other brothers to chapter Y and chapter Y does the same. This plan can be continued until every man in Chapter X has paid Chapter Y a visit and vice versa. I think such a policy would create much strong fraternal friendship and spirit; it would create intense fraternal interest amongst the Chapters; it would mold a better union.

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Educational Adjustment , Contonued from Page 14 Negroes should be urged to finish elementary school, attend night school, become proficient in an occupation, trade, or job, go to high school, go to college,— all according as opportunity and ability permit. "Knowledge is one of the essentials of modern life; there is no substitute for it—neither religion, nor moral inclination, nor money, nor constitutions, nor statutory laws, nothing can serve as a substitute for knowing things in this world."

Alpha Welcomes INITIATED AT ALPHA OMICRON: W. S. Brinkley, E. C. Hall, P. A. Ha"' and R. L. Jeans. INITIATED AT ALPHA RHO: W. C" Greene. INITIATED AT ALPHA THETA: James T. Howard, Benjamin B. LiPs" comb, Gerald R. Boyd, James E. Keit*. and Charles B. Ware. INITIATED AT MU: Henry V°n Avery.

Music Brings Own Rewards Continued from Page 9 "Among young Negro composers wh° bid fair to attract attention," wrote C. Vj White in the Etude in 1924, "is J. Harold Brown of Fisk University, Nashville Tenn., who is writing very original pian music. This prediction from America's leadi"* musical magazine has continued true. Brother Brown is married and *" father of one child. His wife, the forW«r Miss Marjorie Tucker, is also a musicia"' teaching piano at the CosmopoM8 School of Music. She is a graduate ° the University of Kansas.

Alpha Hall Of Fame Continued from Page 12 terest in the sessions of the council tn* he was elected its secretary, which P° sl tion he is now filling in creditable ma" ner. Our representative to the Hall of Fart1 is a member of the Quibblers Club Northwestern University, of the Evaf s ' ton branch of the N. A. A. C. P., and °* the National Association of Boys' W<>r Secretaries. In addition to these acti^1' ties, Brother Pyant has maintained a active relationship with the cultural an J religious life of his community.

- N this day of strenuous competition, success cannot be attained through ordinary channels of service. Fair price, quick delivery, and honorable methods are all of vital necessity. Yet there exists a phase equally important, that of a personal » interest and trust between the manufacturer and purchaser. It must bring a willing acceptance, at face value, of the word of an individual or chapter.

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Our entire organization has been taught that the customer is always right. Perhaps there have been times when, in the course of developments, we may have been right. But right or wrong, we hold a firm belief in the integrity of those whom we serve. Impassive business methods may have their advantages. Yet our records of annual growth might prove that our policy, old-fashioned as it is, may be right, after all.

L.G.BALFOUR COMPANY ATTLEBORO

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Official Alpha Phi Alpha Directory â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Continued ( C o n t i n u e d from Inside Cover) ALPHA UPSILON, City College of Detroit, University of Detroit, Detroit College of Law, and Detroit College of Medicine, Detroit, Mich; Pres., R. J. Evans, 5670 Hartford St.; Sec'y, T h o m a s W. Whibby, 3530 Klrby Ave, W. Apt. 105. ^Hr LAMBDA, Raleigh, N. C ; Pres., H. L. Trigg, 117 E. S o u t h St.; Sec'y. Chas. H. Boyer, St. Augustine's College. T

AU LAMBDA, Nashville, Tenn.; Pres., A. A. Taylor, Fisk University; Sec'y, J. R. Anderson, 1027 18th Ave. N.

BETA BETA, University of Nebraska, L i n coln, Nebr.; Pies.. P. M. E. Hill. Jr., 309 S. 20th St.; Cor. Sec'y. C. H. Gordon; Box 1401 S t a t i o n A. ALPHA DELTA LAMBDA, Memphis, Tenn.; Pres., W. P. Atkins, 566 Polk St.; Sec'y., Edwin C. Jones, 1230 C a n n o n St. ALPHA EPSILON LAMBDA, Jackson, Miss.; Pres., Murray E. Anderson, 705 N. Parish St., Jackson, Miss.; Sec'y, Riley A. H a m i l t o n . T o u g a l o o College, Tougaloo, Miss.

ALPHA NU LAMBDA, Tuskegee, Ala., P r e * , A 1 p h o n s e Henlnburg; Sec'y, W. Henrle P a y n e . ALPHA BETA LAMBDA, Lexington, Ky.; Pres., Dr. J a m e s N. M c l n h a m , 432 N. Upper St.; Sec'y., Dr. H. A. M e r c h a n t . 128 DeWeese St. ALPHA XI LAMBDA, Toledo, Ohio; Pres., Ivan McLeod, 1150 Nicholas Bldg.. 8ec. Herbert T. Miller. ALPHA IOTA LAMBDA, Charleston, W

Va.

ALPHA CHI, Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.; Pres., J u l i u s C. Brown; Sec'y, William H. Reeves, FlBk Univ.

BETA DELTA, S. C. State College, O r a n g e burg, S. C ; Pres., J. Alfred Ellerbe; Sec'y., Jacob R. Henderson.

ALPHA THETA LAMBDA, Somerville, N. J.; Pres., C. M. Cain, Arctic Ave., Y. M. C. A., Atlantic City, N. J.

BETA EPSILON, A. and T. College, G r e e n s boro, N. C ; Pres., F. T. Wood; Sec'y, D. A. Williams.

ALPHA ETA LAMBDA, Houston, Tex.; Pres., J o h n W. Davis, Jr., 419 Vi Milan St.; Sec'y., R. W. Lights. 819 Andrew St.

BETA ZETA, Sam Houston College, Austin, Texas; Pres., Jerry Bell; Sec'y, J o h n Warren.

HI LAMBDA. Wilberforce, Ohio; Pres.. J. Aubrey Lane; Sec'y., T. C. Carter.

ALPHA KAPPA LAMBDA, Roanoke, Va.; Pres., Dr. E. D. Downing, Brooks Bldg.; Sec'y., George A. Moore, 420 C o m m o n w e a l t h Ave., N. C.

ALPHA RHO LAMBDA, Columbus, Ohio; Pres., Dr. H. S h e r m a n Manuel, 275 S. Grant St.; Sec'y., Charles P. B l a c k burn, 237 N. 22nd St.

ALPHA PHI. A t l a n t a University, Atlanta, Ga.; Pres., D e w i t t S. Dykes; Sec'y, Booker T. Scruggs.

ALPHA OMICRON LAMBDA, P i t t s b u r g h , Pa.; Pres., Theron B. Hamilton, 525 Fifth Ave.; Sec'y, Wilbur C. Douglass, 518 F o u r t h Ave.

ALPHA P8I. Lincoln University. Jefferson City, Mo.; Pres., Nathaniel G. Freem a n ; Sec'y., J o h n Turner.

ALPHA ZETA LAMBDA. Bluefleld, W. Va.; Pres., Lawrence V. Jordan, Kimball, W. Va.; Sec'y., E. W Browne, Box 576, Kimball, W. Va.

ALPHA MU LAMBDA, Knoxvllle, Tenn.; Pres., Dr. N. A. Henderson, 123 E. Vine St.; Sec'y, W. A. R o b i n s o n , 1018 E Main Street.

*M LAMBDA, C h a t t a n o o g a , Tenn.; Pres., E. F. M c i n t o s h , 216 <4 E. 9 t h St.; Sec'y, Dr. L. L. P a t t o n , 421 % 19th S t . B

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ETA GAMMA, Virginia S t a t e College, E t trlck, Va.; Pres., Booker T. W. S m a l ley; Sec'y, Elson W. H l g g l n b o t h a m .

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ALPHA. Morgan College, Baltimore, Md.; Pres., R u f u s E. Hackett; Sec'y, Ollie T. Daly.

ALPHA PI LAMBDA, W i n s t o n - S a l e m , N. O. OMEGA, T h e Great the Dead)

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The SPHINX | Fall October 1931 | Volume 17 | Number 4193101704  

Chapter Photographs. Pre-Convention Registration. Our Second Emancipator.

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