The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, September 10, 1932, Image 1

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_VOL_Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday, September 10, 1932_ Number Twenty-Nine.
Hurley Promises Investigation of Labor Camp
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Every Week from this Column J
The Rosie run an Brotherhood
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Melvin .1 (’hisum. nationally
known writer, and conductor of
the eoiumn. “Ivory and Gold”,!
in fhe Baltimore Afro-American,
iu lu» issue of August 20th asks
that if any of his reailcrs know
anything of the Kosicrucian Soc
iety to communicate with him at
once. _ ^
• • •
For a long time it has been the
privilege of this writer to be the
recipient of benefits from the
Kosicrucians and i am glad that
.Mr ( hisum, indirectly, has given
me the opportunity to give a little
national publicity tu this worthy
inter racial organization.
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First. ! would explain that 1 am
unacquainted person ally with any
member of the Kosicrucians, nor •
haw I ever attended any of their
meetings, but through corres
pondence with A. L. Batchelor,
Director of Forrespoudenee of the
Koto crucian Brotherhood. San
«W>*, ('alifornia. I have been kept
plentifully su|q>lie<i with literat
ure and through same 1 am fairly
well acquainted with their activ-l
• • •
For instance I have received a
number of the Rosierucian books,
two of which I have commented
upon for the Negro press, “Man- !
sinus of the Soul” (commented
upon last February) and “Unto
Thee I Grant" (commented upon j
only last week). I also receive
monthly the Rosicrueian Digest, a
magazine devoted exclusively to
the work of the Rosicrucians. and
which carries no paid advertising
other than their own efforts.
• • •
The Rosicrucians. primarily are
interested in teaching the philos
ophies of life as interpretated by
their occult philosophers. Their
work is organized on an interna
tional basis with local chapters in
practically every large center.
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Their work is non-racial; non
denominational: catering neither
to class or political groups, but
confining their efforts strictly to
their believers and those who are
interested in the subject. They
are extremely liberal in giving aid
and instruction to inmates in pen
al institutions throughout the
• • •
Mr rhknm recently gained
e*ns 1-rabl. press notice by his
“altruistic’ comments and while
1 am unaware as to the exact na
ture and kind of information that
he desires on the Rosierucians. J
can well recommend their efforts
to Mr Chisnm if he is looking for
some philosophy to study in order
to strengthen his spirit of altru
• • •
To any other reader who might
be interested I would suggest that
Thev write direct to Mr. Batchelor
address above! for some of the
Rosicmeian literature and bv so
doing thev will help me to repay
Mr. Batchelor and his organiz
for their many favors ex
tended to me during my many
yean* in prison
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U, M* M. C. Headquarters Now Open
Secetary of War Regrets Letter
Written by Gen. Brown, Southerner
New York, Sept.— Patrick -J.
Hurley, Secretary of War, lias
given his personal assurance to the
National Association for the Ad
vancement of Colored People,
here that if an investigation of
the charges of '‘virtual slavery”
in the flood control camps along
the Mississippi river shows the
conditions to exist, action will be
taken by him to apply the neces
sary remedies.
Secretary Hurley's letter to
Walter White, secretary of the
Association came immediately af
ter Mr. White had sent a sharp
i -ply to a letter of General Brown
expressing amazement at General
Brown’s tacit approval of condi
tions outlined in the report.
The General attempted to be
little the reports of brutality by
saving that no names and ad
dresses were given of men beaten.
He knows this is dodging the is
•ne because it is worth a Negro’s
life to tell about heatings in these
camps with names and dates. In
stead of meeting the issue sepia re*
ly, General Brown suggested
that the Negroes along the river
take their eases to the courts.
White Flays Gen. Brown
In a scathing letter of reply,
W alter White flayed General
Brown’s attitude saying:
“The tone of your reference to
this report distinctly indicates an
atttitude of hostility which, to
say the least, is most astounding
in an employe of the United
States government. A detailed
report of inhumanly long hours,
of vicious exploitation and of
brutality in the treatment of Ne
groes employed in the Mississip
pi flood control project, which is
financed by federal funds, is sub
mitted to the President who refers
ii to you. as the responsible auth
ority for action. This report is
made by an organization of twen
ty-three years reputation for
careful and accurate investig
ations. Instead of a courteous re
ception with an atttitude of will
ingness to correct these condit
ions which are easily verifiable,
your letter shows an eagerness,
which is almost amazing, to attack
the report instead of the condi
tions complained of.”
Exploiting Defenseless Workers’
“vVe are astounded , the let
ter cotninued. “to read your ad
mission and taeit approval of the
low wage scale and long hours
mentioned in the report. Such
Hn admission, coming from the
Chief Engineer of the War Depart
ment is increditable in view of
the propaganda of the Federal
government at the present time
for not only shorter hours, but for
the five day week. At a time
when unemployment is the major
problem of the day, one certainly
would expect an enlightened gov
ernment to do what it could to
ward lessening unemployment by
the hiring of more men on pro
jects of this sort instead of ex
ploiting defenseless workers.”
Jackson, Miss.. (CNS) The an
nual convention of the Church of
Christ Holiness will convene here
September 4, with delegates in at
tendance from practically every
*tate in the Union. Bishop C. P.
Jones of Los Angeles. California,
will preside.
The convention will hold its
meetings in Christ Temple Church
of which the Rev. E. W. Butler, is
pastor. Open sesions will be held
every day and night until Sept
ember 11. ilevoting time to dis
cussion of religious and educa
tional problems.
Special Train and Rates
Edward R. Burke, democratic
candidate for Congress from the
Omaha district is organizing a
caravan to go to Sioux City, Sept.
29th, to hear Governor Roosevelt
deliver his address on agriculture
and Burke is anxious to have at
least 100 colored voters join the
“Governor Roosevelt has al
ways been considerate of the
wants of the colored voters as any
other group" said Burke, “and
he is anxious to have a large dele
gation of them at Sioux City.
Burke said that in. New York
the colored vote is almost solidly
behind Roosevelt.
Negro voters in Omaha ought
to vote the democratic ticket this
year" said Burke. “Republicans
have always felt that they owned
this vote body and have always
ignored the wants of the colored
people. If colored voters will
vote the democratic ticket this
year it will cause both parties to
acknowledge their power and
put the group where they can get
favors from the administration.”
Burke plans to have his dele
gation go by special train to Sioux
City. A round trip rate of $2—
the lowest railroad rate to Sioux
City in twenty years—will be
Burke is organizing a colored
organization in every precinct in
the city where there are colored
voters. The aim will be to get
these residents to register and
vote for him. He seeks the eol
lored vote because of his justice
to them while he was president of
the Omaha School board.
Kaleigh, N. C. (ONS) Because
of dissatisfaction with “time
honored” seating arrangements,
which require that Negroes enter
hv a side door and sit in the gal
lery, Negro ministers and their
congregations refused to take
part in the religious dedication of
j the municipally owned War Mem
I orial Auditorium held here last
week. Only twelve Negroes at
Following the seating of all
Negroes in the gallery at the civil
dedication the previous Sunday,
the colored ministers protested.
When they were invited to take
part in the religions ceremony
j they unanimously refused to do
| so unless some provision was made
j for the seating of their congrega
I tions in a section on the ground
j floor as well as a section in the
i arallerv.
The commissioners refused to
change their plans for seating
which required that Negroes sit
in the gallery which was reached
by a separate side entrance. When
the exercises were held only 12
Negroes were present.
Chicago. (CNS) Following close
on the fading out of such orders
as the Ku Klux Klan and the Es
skavo, both opposed to Catholics,
Negroes and Communists, came
last week news of a new order,
the American Fascisti COrder of
Black Shirts), with memberships
of from $3 to $25 having no tak
ers. The new organization is a
secret society b^sed on the order
of the Fascisti, and having as its
rmrpose -Ia war against atheism
and communism.”
The headquarters of the organ
ization is Atlanta, Georgia.
1st Prize Winners in Music Festival
_ _
Miss Dolly Brown
Miss Brown an unusual contral
to. won the $1000 first prize. She
studied at Oberlin college and
has travelled extensively in con
cert work and with the Jackson
Jubilee singers.
Miss Marie Lillard
Miss Lillard a young pianist
of ability won the Grand piano,
first prize. She is a graduate of
Kansas University, Fine Arts
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Irvington On Hudson, N. Y.—
(CNS) Villa Leware, the $250,000
Georgian mansion of eight acre
estate of the late Madame Walker
was opened September 4 as the
national home of the Companionfc
of the Forest of America and will
be used as a home for aged and
tired mothers.
The organization purchased the
property which was one of the
show places of the exclusive sec
tion through its financial secre
tary. Mrs. Annie Poth, at a priv
ate sale last spring following the
death of Madam Walker’s daugh
ter, Mrs. A’lelia Walker Kennedy.
The amount paid for the property
was $47,500 the amount of the in
debtness on the place at that
i ne mansion has been remodell
ed to meet the needs of its new
”ole and the $25,000 organ which
was installed by Madam Walker,
has been renovated. *
Opening receptions were held
September 4 and 5 and Mrs.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was among
those invited to speak.
A few of the new attarctions at
Krug Park this year. $18,000.00
Fhin House. Dinty Moore’s. Up
side Down House. Honey Moon
Trail. and the thrillingest ride of
all 'Hev Dev”. These attract
ions have never before been shown
m Omaha and yon will find New
Krug Park bigger and better than
ever before.
Miss Dolly Brown and Miss
Marie Lillard both of Kansas
City, were the first priee winners
in the Mid-west Music Festivals
finals held in Chicago, August 18.
They were presented in a grand
home-coming concert Friday at
Kansas City.
Washington (CNS) Six Negro
es attended the luncheon given by
the President and Mrs. Hoover at
the White House Thursday after
noon as a prelude to the ceremony
at which President Hoover was
notified of his renomination by
the Republican National Conven
1 tion.
The informal reception to Re
publican leaders here to attend
the notification ceremony began
shortly after noon. The Presi
dent and Mrs. Hoover received
their guests in the East room from
which the procession moved in
line out onto the broad lawns of
the White House where a buffet
luncheon was served from the j
awning covered tables which dot-j
ted the lawn.
j ne six i\egroes attending were
Perry W. Howard, National Com
mitteeman from Mississippi, Mrs.
Mary C. Booze, National Com
mitteewoman from Mississippi
and Mr. Booze. Dr. "W. H. Harris,
of Savannah, member of the noti
fication committee representing
Georgia. Dr. John R. Hawkins,
president of the National Repub
lican League, and the Rev. W. H.
Jernagin, delegate to the Repub
lican National Convention from
the District of Columbia.
Mr. Charles Isaacs of Natchez,
member of the notification com
mittee from Mississippi, did not
Boston, (CNS) “Green Pastur
es’" the greatest of all plays of
Negro life, began its 1,027 per
formance here Monady at the Col
onial Theatre, when it opened for
a third season of continuous per
formance. Except for brief per
iods of vacation the cast has con
tinuously presented Marc Con
nelly’s Biblical play to large aud
iences all over the country.
The play has netted millions of
dollars to the authors, the pro
ducers and the cast. Over 600
of the performances were given in
New York. With one exception
the cast, headed by Richard B.
Harrison as the Lord, is intact at
the start of the third season. Wes
ley Hill, who created the role of
Gabriel, was killed by an automo
bile during the New York run.
His successor, Samuel Davis, died
last Winter of heart disease. Doe
Doe Green is now playing the
The Unemployed Married Men’s
Council Branch B, held their"
meeting, Wednesday Sept. 7th at
their new home, 2213 Lake St.
Monday is the regular day of
meeting, but owing to Monday,
Sept. 5th. being Labor Day, a leg
al holiday, tlje meeting was post
poned until Wednesday, Sept. 7th.
Much interest was shown by those
present. As usual there was a
large attendance. Rev. 0. J.
Bnrckhardt and R«v. T. W. Stev
enson addressed the Council and
were well received. Mr. C. C.
Galloway gave a very inspiring
talk on Christianity and stated
that now is the time to practice
that which we’ve been taught—
Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love
and Fidelity, and in doing so we
would soon find ourselves on the
road to prosperity. His address
The U. M. M. 0. wishes to an
nounce to the public that they are
now in their new quarters at 2213
Lake St. The doors are open to
the public from 9 a. m. to G p. in.
Canning, sewing and relief work
for the benefit of the unemployed
will be started at once. The Hon.
W. B. T. Belt, lias donated us the
use of the Webster Telephone
building. The Nebraska Power
has donated current for whatever
use wf may see fit to use it for
the relief of suffering humanity.
The Metropolitan Utilities District
iinanager, has donated gas and
water free of charge and many
loyal friends have donated the
use of trucks and cars. WHAT
HAVE YOU? 500 families are
willing to serve you in whatever
capacity you may need them. No
cash needed, just anything of
value that can he used to fill a
hungry child’s stomach or to
clothe a naked child’s back or to
keej) a loving home intact that
you have no need for and wish to
donate it in exchange for service,
•lust give us a ring, We. 5020 and
we will have the pickup truck call
at once. We are not asking for
charity. We are asking for a
chance to serve in exchange for
commodities for which you have
no use for.
.fust in a few days our canning
and sewing department will be
operating in 3 full shifts per day,
canning fruit and vegetables for
winter use and making garments
and quilts for needy families. We j
especially need now chairs, fruit
jars, cooking utensils, sewing
machines, working counters and
material to make clothing for
Our slogan will be “FOOD and
the FAMILY that is WILLING
to WORK. The Unemployed
Married Men’s Council. C. C.
Galloway, Pres., J. G. Hudson,
was well received. This organiz
ation is growing rapidly. As to
date there are over 400 members'
of Branch B and all are registered
voters. The building at present
is being put in condition for their
activities. The equipment for
the canning room, auditorium,
sewing room and furniture re
pair shop will be put in a few
days as stated by Mr. J. G. Hud
son, Vice Pres, of Branch B.
Watch the Guide for the open
ing date which will be announced
very soon. The Unemployed Mar
ried Men’s Council, Branch B.,
C. C. Galloway, Pres., J. G. Hud
son, Sec’y.
New York City, (CNS) Paul
Robeson, international known
singer and actor, star of Zieg
feld’s revival of “Showboat”,
sailed Tuesday on the French
liner Lafayette for France where
he will seek material for a new
Broadway show for the coming
Mr. Robeson sang his last per
formance with the “Showboat’'
cast Saturday night. His role
will be taken by Robert Raines,
who had been his understudy.
Atty. John Adams, Jr., Repub
lican candidate for State Repres
entative in the 10th district,
sounded the keynote for Negro
voters to follow at the Republic
an meeting at the Dreamland Hall,
Wednesday evening. He stressed
the need of Negroes registering
so that they may be qualified to
vote and to stop begging and back
ing up paid politicians and put
themselves in a position where
they may demand what rightfully
belongs to thorn.
Mr. Adams stated that at pres
ent we have 4,520 registered Ne
gro voters and we should have
7,500. He urged every Negro eli
gible in Omaha to register so that
he may be able to voice his rights
in the coming election.
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New Orleans, La., (CNS) At
tempts of the registrar of voters
in the Orleans Parish, Charles S.
Barnes, white, to bar John L. St.
ICharles, colored, from register
ing as a voter in that parish were
defeated last week when the dis
trict civil court granted St.
Charles’ petition of mandamns
and ordered the registrar to place
him on the registry. St. Charles
in his petition declared that Barn
es refused to accept his name
claiming he was not able to un
derstand the State Constitution.
The court on examination was sat
isfied that St. Charles was quali
fied to register.
Baltimore, (CNS) Leroy Swan
ner, 26 years old, white, .died
Monday as a result of a prank
calculated to scare an unarmed
colored man. Swanner, it is said,
withdrew the magazine from his
automatic pistol and aimed it at
a colored man whom he knew to
be shv of firearms intending to
frighten the njan. He pulled the
trigger and the gun exploded a
bullet which lodged in his own
body. Evidently he had failed to
remove the cartridge from one of
the chambers. He died immed
A verdict of death by accident
was returned by the coroner’s
By A. B. Mann
Spending “Down to the Last
(The Literary Service Bureau)
Fortune is fickle. Eventualit
ies are uncertain and unknown.
“Circumstances alter cases,” and
circumstances take sudden turns,
-at times. For these reasons he
gambles with his interest* who is
guilty of spending “down to the
last cent.”
One may be employed, but pays
sometimes are delayed. His in
come may be sufficient, ordinar
ily, but sudden illness or misfor
fortune may create an emergency
which will upset all calculations.
Then, there may come opportun
ities for special profit, such as
may not come again, soon.
Considering these circumstanc
es and probabilities it is neces
sary that everyone should keep on
hand at least a small amount of
“ready cash”. So, “spending
down to the last cent, “may
cause loss—serious loss—and it
will inevitably result in embar
rassment and humiliation.
Letter Contest Winners
1. Elaine L. Smith, Electric
Boudoir Lamp.
, 2. D. Eugene Murray, Hosiery.
3. Marie Stuart, Silk Lingerie.
The Letter Contest closed Sept.
1, sponsored by the Omaha Guide
Society Editor. Many very in
teresting and well written letters
were received. The judges. Dr.
G. B. Lennox, J. Harvey Kerns,
Atty. John Adams and Mr. Ollie
Lewis, met Saturday evening, and
awarded the honors as follows.
First place “Snap Shots of A
Days’ Observation” by Miss
Elaine Smith, Industrial Secre
tary of the Urban League and a
graduate of Howard University.
Second place, D. Eugene Murray
Tech High school. graduate and
third place Mrs. Marie Stuart of
the Stuart Art Shop. Mr. R. C.
Price and Mrs. Frances Holloway
received next highest points. The
letters were judged on timeliness,
originality and public appeal.