National Affairs, May 6, 1940


Rhythm in Natchez

Twelve good-time Charleys in Natchez, Miss, formed the Moneywasters Social Club two years ago. All were Negroes: William Clay, Jake George Minor, Charley Hall, Ed Frazer, eight others. Just to have a convivial 13, they let in William Powell Jr. Their objects were exclusively wasteful and social: to drink and play cards, throw dances for the rest of the 9,600 Negroes in Natchez.

Ed Frazer, a propertied man, also something of a philanthropist, was vice president of the Moneywasters. He was also operator of the Rhythm Night Club, a big (200 by...

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