Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 16, Number 01, Spring, 2004 Page: 44
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Few copies of the Brotherhood Eyes exist
today, but the Dallas Historical Society has one
full issue and pages 1-2 and 7-8 of another issue,
as well as several handwritten reports from one
of the "eyes."The majority of the two issues are
filled with accusations of adultery, theft, gambling,
drunkenness, and cohabitation directed at
local and regional church leaders.The December
1936 issue contains twenty-two such allegations,
and the partial September 1936 issue has nine;
even when names are not given, the initials and
church affiliation leave little doubt as to who the
An item from Clarksdale, Mississippi, which
is titled "Money Grabbing 'Rev' Only Come
Down To Dig Gold Then Lams," reports the corruption
at S.T.C., including unmarried deacons
cohabitating, and a lying treasurer standing in as
pastor, who takes money from the church before
leaving for St. Louis."' The regular "Serious and
Frivolous News Items of Negro Life in Dallas"
contains reports from various parts of the city;
within it, the "Mudbottom Wiggletails" covers
Oak Cliff. The December column alleges that
the pastor of Mt. Zion B.C. had been placed as
the result of an orchestrated scheme, after his
removal from Emmanuel B.C. Another pastor in
North Dallas is accused of many assorted vices,
including fathering an illegitimate child.
These direct attacks understandably made
Pittman unpopular with some, and he sometimes
found himself in court. The Associated
Negro Press wire reported that Pittman was
acquitted in Dallas County Criminal Court of
Excerpt from Brotherhood Eyes July 28, 1934.
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and Dallas' Foremost Negro Pharmacist Arrested for KillHom.
i::n.:fBrother-In-Law Sunday Afternoon. Family
them :Trouble Said to Have Been Cause. Victim
things "Dies Immediately. New Hope B. C. Holds
id and . Special Confab Meet
aTh I CENTLY CALLED PARSON OUTLINES PLANS.
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i sure WIGGLETAILS, SAND CRABS AND
le has JACK RABBITS. RED HOT.
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dead factorr Kills Brother-In-Law . derstanding or cause of the shootnoney
Nbrth Dallas: Just a few min-ilg and found Herbert Mitchell, a
him- utesipast 3 o'clock last Sunday af- young Negro man well thought of
gre at, .2 o among his many friends and. aceat
t o -l 2, fr or fa e lquainta nccs , and who spent most of
" tol slthattered the calm, quiet, his time at cards and other games
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