Race and Place Newspapers

The Reflector

Newspaper Information
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Date of Publication: January 06, 1934 (Wednesday)
Frequency: weekly
Article Transcripts

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Roll Jordan, Roll

Transcript of Article

Mrs. Julia Peterkin, mother of Black April, Scarlet Sister Mary and a few more novels based on Negro life and defects, recently completed the much heralded "Roll Jordon, Roll," and I had the pleasure of reading the story and picture book last week in Hampton, Va. Mrs. Ullman, an amateur photographer has supplied this record with seventy snap shots, most of which are too dim for recognition. The studies deal with chain-gangs, water boys and wrinkled old women in white head rags. The pictures by Mrs. Ullman and "reports" or sketches by Mrs. Peterkin are hailed by some literary critics as a new venture, but seasoned readers of Negro literature will remember that the famous Mr. Paul Lawrence Dunbar illustrated over two-thirds of his poetry and prose with actual photographs taken in the deep South.

"Roll Jordon, Roll" will appear stale to the host of Dunbar readers and admirers, but should be of vast interest to the thousands of readers who have no idea as to what primitive South Carolina is like and Mrs. Peterkin has made the work enjoyable by using less dialect than is found in most of her novels.

If you are interested in deep South voodooism and violent ladies who kept their men by slicing them with razors, then read, by all means, "Roll Jordon, Roll," for Mrs. Peterkin has incurred much expense in bringing to the reading world, "first hand" material with pictures, to spice the reading, portraying the primitive South Carolina Negro as a ghost fearing, sincere people who cling to the old while enjoying what they wish from the new.

Summary of Article
A scathing review of Julia Peterkin's illustrated poetry book on Negroes in the deep south.

Column 02,03
Mr. Pompey's Pay Envelope

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Mr. Pompey is employed on a job which pays him eight dollars per week. He begins work at 8 a. m., is allowed an hour for lunch and at seven ten in the evening he doffs his apron, hangs it on a peg behind the door, brushes f lour from his trousers, dons his coat and cap, changes his shoes and goes home. He repeats this program seven days in the week. Mr. Pompey has a nice little boy, just six years of age and a cute little girl of four. They were his pals three years ago, but now they think "daddy is the meanest thing" because he never romps and plays with them. Poor fellow, he is too tired when night comes and a movie and ice cream cones are unheard of things, because there is no change to spare.

Mr. Pompey lost the little bungalow because he just couldn't keep up monthly payments. He moved to the cheapest residential section in his town. Rent amounts to twelve dollars per month. his light bill is one dollar per m onth and his water rent each month is one dollar. Of course the house is small, but fire is kept all day for the sake of the kids which means a ton of coal, which sells for seven dollars and a half, is used in the Pompey household. He had to drop all of his life insurance, whice he realized was a foolish thing to do, but thoughts of a sick day brought pictures of a family starvation to him so he took out a fifty cent per week accident policy that would pay him ten dollars each week in case of sickness, and he is just hoping that he isn't going to die before he can afford a life insurance, the cost of the other policy being two dollars a month.

Now, Mr. Pompey does not have to buy food for himself; he eats on the job, but two growing children and a healthy wife must be fed, but are they? Expenses listed before amount to twenty three dollars and fifty cents; his sa lary per month is thirty-two dollars, which leaves a balance of eight dollars and a half per month to clothe two adults and two small children, to feed one adult and two small children, to pay church dues and other smaller items.

Yes, Mr. Pompey is a changed man who seldom, if ever, smiles when his nice little son and his cute little daughter are playing about his feet.

Summary of Article
A story about an allegorical Mr. Pompey who is struggling with the results of the Depression and the size of his shrinking pay envelope.

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A Man's Ideal

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To live as gently as I can; To be, no matter where, a man; To take what comes of good or ill And cling to faith and honor still; To do my best and let that stand, The record of my brain and hand; And then should failure come to me, Still hope and work for victory.

To have no secret place wherein I stoop, unseen, to shame and sin; To be the same when I'm alone, And when my every deed is known; To live undaunted, unafraid Of any step that I have made To be without pretense or sham; Exactly what men think I am.

Edgar A. Guest.

Summary of Article
A poetic declaration of what "a man's ideal" should be in his day to day dealings.

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A Student Enjoys the Reflector

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Dear Editor:

I want to congratulate you and the other members of The Reflector staff on the wonderful efforts that are being put forth.

When I arrived home for the Christmas holidays I was surprised to see the paper. I was attracted at once by your front page editorials and think that it is a very good place to put them. I am interested in our school organ and hope to make Journalism my field in the future. You are doing a much needed work. Keep up the fight and good luck until I am in a position to come back and help you.

A Student.

Summary of Article
A brief letter of recognition and praise from a college student upon his return to Charlottesville.

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Do You Know This One

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1. What is the Monroe Doctrine?
2. Name five of the eight planets in our solar system.
3. Name the first five books of the Old Testament.
4. Name at least three major religions.
5. Who first sailed around the world?
6. Who was the "Bard of Avon"?
7. Define Jazz.
8. What books, claimed to be divinely inspired, represent the sacred writings of (a) Christianity, (b) Judaism, (c) Mohammedanism.
9. What famous poison did Socrates drink?
10. What are the three classic orders of Greek architecture?

Editor's Note: These questions will appear each week as part of this paper's "Adult Education" program. Keep the questions and anwers on file.

1. The foreign policy established by President Monroe that the U. S. would regard as unfriendly any endeavor to extend European power in the Western Hemisphere.
2. The eight are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.
3. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.
4. The major religions are as follows: Confucianism, Mohammedanism, Hinduism, Buddism, Taoism, Shintoism, Judaism, Christianity.
5. Magellan
6. William Shakespeare.
7. A modern form of music in which syncopation is played against a regular rhythm.
8. (a) Bible, (b) Talmud, (c) Koran.
9. Socrates drank hemlock.
10. (Thanks to captain Robert Johnson) Doric, Ionic, Corinthian.

Summary of Article
A quiz on general historical, social, and political knowledge.

Do You Know This One Answers appear on Page 5 column 3

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Society Notes of Charlottesvillians

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On Christmas Day, Reverand and Mrs. S. C. Abrams of Anderson Street entertained their mother, Mrs. E. J. Seay; brother, Mr. J. E. Seay and sister, Mrs. Stevens and nephew, Bennie Seay Smith, all of Fluvana County.

Mrs. Grace Whiting White of Grady Avenue received a call recently from the Medical College of Virginia, Hospital Division. She was instructed to get a transfer from this county to Richmond and report to the Memorial Hospit al for a civil works job in nursing. She began work Tuesday of last week at St. Phillips Hospital in Richmon, Va.

Reverand J. W. Kerr, pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Fluvanna Co., has been pastoring at Mount Zion Church during the absence of Reverand W. E. Strassner who, together with Mrs. Strassner, is visiting relatives in Tuls a, Oklahoma.

Mr. Robert Bryant, who recently was the houseguest of Miss Polly Coles, has returned to Jacksonville, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Sellers returned to this city last week after being called to Portsmouth, Virginia, on account of the death of Mrs. Lillian Brown Uzzell, sister of Mrs. Sellers.

Mr. Leroy Flannigan, instructor in Phyllis Wheatley Public School in Baltimore, was the houseguest during the Christmas holiday, of Miss Edwina Sellers of Ridge St.

Mr. and Mrs. Minor F. Jackson were the guests recently of Mrs. Fannie Lias of Fifth St., N. W.

Mrs. Martha Thomas and her two grandchildren, Miss Marie and Master John N. Harris, Jr., spent the Christmas holiday with her son, Mr. John N. Harris, Sr.

Miss Constance Kelly spent the holiday in Yagerstown, Philadelphia, with her brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson, formerly of this city.

Miss Emma Lee Washington spent the holiday in Gordonsville, Va., as the houseguest of Miss Beatrice Walls.

On Tuesday of last week, Reverand and Mrs. S. C. Abrams and family were the dinner guests of Reverand and Mrs. S. J. Ellis of Dillwyn, Va. On Wednesday they were dinner guests of Mr. J. E. Seay of Shores, Va., and on Saturday they were the dinner guests of Reverand and Mrs. H. B. Perry of Mechums River, Va.

Miss Angulia Paige of Brown Street spent the Christmas holiday in Madison, Va., with relatives.

Mrs. Ella Baylor has returned to this city after spending the holiday in Durham, N. C., with her husband, Mr. James Baylor.

Miss Edna Terrell spent the holiday in Stony Point with her grandmother.

Reverand E. D. McCreary recently completed his work in Leesburg, Va., and has now taken full charge of the pastorate of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Mrs. Gertrude C. Gault of Richmond, Va., spent the Christmas holiday with relatives on Dice St.

Miss Marguerite Carter has returned to Richmond, Va., to resume her studies at Virginia Union University, after visiting relatives in this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Washington are residing at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Moon of Anderson St. Before her marriage recently, Mrs. Washington was Miss Eliza Gross.

Mr. James Benton and Miss Elizabeth Walker were united in marriage at Zion Baptist Church, North Garden, Va., by Reverand O. W. Nowlin. The reception was held at their home after the wedding.

Misses Cora and Eva Powell of Fifth St., spent part of the holiday at Faber, Va., as the guests of relatives. They were accompanied by their aunt, Miss Ethel Jackson.

Mrs. Marie Long is visiting her husband, Dr. E. A. Long and friends in this city.

Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Truheart were the recipients of a fifteen pound turkey, shipped from Hugo, Oklahoma, by their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Marshall. Mrs. Marshall was formerly Miss Ruby Truheart.

Miss Margaret Pennington entertained a group of her friends Saturday night of last week. On Monday of this week she and her school mate who was visiting her here, returned to Viginia State College to resume their studies.

The Jokers' Social Club of this city entertained their many friends at the Annual Yuletide Ball on the night of December 28th. Music was furnished by Johnson's Happy Pals of Richmond, Va.

Mr. and Mrs. Willie Arnette and sister, Miss Rosa Arnette, spent Sunday evening with friends in Louisa.

Mr. Thomas Farrar of First Street spent the Christmas holidays in Baltimore with relatives.

Mrs. Julia Stratton, who has been the guest of her husband, Dr. Edward Stratton, has returned to Staten Island, New York, to resume her studies as nurse.

Miss Bertie Evans who has been quite indisposed is improving.

Mr. Leonard Barbour who was ill for a period of eighteen days, at his residence on Rose Hill Street, is able to be out again.

Mr. Press Scott, the brother of Mrs. Eliza Childress, is quite ill at the University Hospital.

Mrs. Bertha Henderson and her daughter, Mrs. Mae Young, who have been ill for quite some time at their residence on Fifth Street, have improved considerably.

Miss Geneva Knox, who was confined to her home in Emporia, is able to be out again and has returned to this city and resumed her duties as teacher in the Jefferson School.

Messrs. Edward Ware, Robert Johnson, Winton Coles, William Goins, Charles Michie, Bolling Burrell, John Pleasants, Robert Wicks and Misses Pauline Henderson, Margaret Pennington, Marian Howard, Cornelia Winston, Pocahontas Sellers, Violet Coles and Chris tine Cary are among the co-eds who returned to the various institutions of higher learning, after having spent the past two weeks in this city visiting relatives and friends.

Summary of Article
Various local announcements detailing activities of Charlottesville's black community, from accomplishments on the job, to notable travel plans, and inventive New Years celebrations.

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