Father Divine page 1 Nov. 28th 1931 Sayville New York

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Father Divine page 1 Nov. 28th 1931 Sayville New York - - SAYVILLE (MS I7ANT FATHER DIVINE TO HOVE HB...
- SAYVILLE (MS I7ANT FATHER DIVINE TO HOVE HB CHURCH MOT! Colt Head UmvOEiig to Stay Anywheres He b Not Wanted, and Has Been Looldng for Site For New Location: Court Fmed FoDowcrs ' ... : - o ; . :r: A public meeting was held in the Sayville, 11 1 high school auditorium on Saturday night, NoveTjH ber 21, in which plans - were' considered by whichj Father - Major Divine1 and his foUowers 6f:both races might be induced to 72 Macon street, following the arrest on early Mow day morning, November 16, of Father Divine and 73 of his followers on a charge of disorderly conductf for disturbing neighbors through krad and boisterous! noise during their services. '1 Following this meeting, Fathet . Devine came to New York City and was the guest over Sunday tmjht of Attorney Arthur A. Vadison of 43 West 130th street, who is a foU lom - er and legal advisor to the cult head. ;j; ..r" - . - uJ.: . ' . - Father Divine said that he had been .looking over various properties" rhh" a view to fnorfng from his present location. He declared that he gave hearty endorsement to the mass meeting, and that he does not want to remain in Sayville if the people are against it Sometime ago," he said, 1 - suggested that a public vote would be welcome to me. If the public does not wish it. why, of course, I will not stay here. I do not' care to reside anywhere, whether it be in Suffolk County, or even m New York State, where my presence is not desired." .Six War Discharged Following the arrests early Mon day morning. Judge Charles H. Duryea convened court at 2 a. to, and forty - six of these pleaded guilty and were fined $5 each. On Friday night, the thirty - two pleading not guilty were tried by Judge Duryea and twenty - six were found guilty and fined $5 - each. Six took the stand and swore they had not made any noise and - were acquitted. Four were white and two were colored. Father Divine was held in $1500 bail At this . meeting Saturday night speakers emphasised the - point that the matter of Father Divine's re moval is hot racial; that Sayville is a summer resort and that the BO - rings on of the Divine cult has de preciated property valves ra - the district in which tt is located. The meeting adopted the following resolution: "It is to the best interests of this community that Divine take steps to plant his cult where it can prosper unhampered by the - limits of a residential section." Two white men, William Mat thews' and Eugene Detmar. spoke for the Rev. Mister Divine. Del - mar stated 'that he was a practicing attorney, and was Divine's counsel. He said that Divine - would atand by his promise to leave Sayville on a vote of the people, but a vote of the audience would not suffice. He insisted that a special election be held in. which the entire community could ballot . SayvilW'i Mystery Mas .For the last twelve . years, the length of his residence, Divine has; been the mystery man of Sayville. He never has been engasred in any! gainful occupation. It is known that he returns' to donors any con - ; tributions sent to him. He takes up no collections at his services. - i When he first came to Sayville he opened a free employment bureau,' finding jobs for whites and Negroes alike and refusing to accept: fees. Then he bought an eight - ! room frame house at 72 Macon street, began to take in the desti - j tute and to feed and clothe them.' Everybody was welcome, although most of the persons who went to him for aid were women. i . Builds Addition to House Divine's fame spread. He built an' addition to the . frame house, and tWn another, until it now contains! thirty rooms. He bought a house! adjoining and one acro the street.! Shorts and sometimes hundreds of cars, and even motor buses, would! be parked about his place on Sun - ! days. Ml move headquarters from Operated On For ; Major Chauncay Hooper.! rankirut colored officer of the 3d9th Infantry. N. Y. N. G, suffered ah attack .of appendicitis on Wednesday of last week, and was removed from his home at 185 - West 135th street t the EiKeeombe . Sanitarium, where) an immediate operation waa perform ed by Dr. Louis T. Wright '. ' The operation was successful an4 reports from the bedside of Major; Hooper on Tuesday were to the xfo feet that he is doing nicely. Haiti Dissolves Dcca ' Atakin Against U. Port Ait Prince, HayrJ The Onfort Patriotique. a political organixationi.. bitterly opposed to continued Amern . can participation in the administxa tion of Hayti. was ordered dissolved by the prefect of Port as Pnnca - yi November 22. The union recently started1 casw paign against the government President Stemo Vincent, charging that the administration was sot arm) enough in insisting that all Ajuericaa treaty departments be turned overt Hayti immediately. . ' A cf ShnJor J St MattbeVa Ororch St. Antocne and Elisabeth - Sta. Detroit, Mictegta My dear Mr. Moore: I have just read of the calamity which hu befallen our group everywhere in vcmr . Ucent defeat for re - election to the Aldermanic Chamber of the Gty'of New York. I had followed, with a great deal of anger, the unfair attacks made upon you in the Amsterdam News. It seemed strange that none of he old - timers in the city raised their voice in your behalf. You have done much, not merely for colored people, but for the city of New York generally. It was with a great deal of pride that I saw in the publication of the G tiler, s Union that yoa were not only indorsed, but marked ?referred," and that the New ork Herald - Tribune, in a very convincing editorial, urged your re - elect' on. It is passing strange that with all the advantages some of us hare had. that we do not pass out of the sphere of personal dislike and recognise merit - I can assure you that had1 been living in New York. I would have' been with ycwln the midst of your fight. One thing is certain. Ed Warren, in spite of all that he was and stood for, would not have indorsed such a campaign of slander as the Amsterdam News waged. A temporary defeat, however, does not mean much.' With all best wishes, believe me. Sincerely yours, EVERARD W. DANIEL m 'sir - . I

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  1. The New York Age,
  2. 28 Nov 1931, Sat,
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