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s ♦ EDITORIALS!#
As we glance through the mirrors of puolic press,
w e find a universal plea for true leadership. V leadership
of service for humanity. We yield to superiority of man
kind when we find those who are willing to share privi
leges and opportunities with others. Those who can lead
u.- ut of our present difficulties without a selfish motive
inv :vc*d. Those who are willing to sacrifice their time
an<i energy for the comfort and happiness of others. We
have many forceful leaders who are intelligently qualified
Vd * render service without a personal Back
Up. YY« need a Leader of Service to carry us safe v
There are many opportunities of
fered >ur group, if we can unite ourselves in one common
interest and support a Leader whom we can trust. The
Negro will take his rightful place in the social and eco
no: ic world when he has proven his competent leader
The advancement of community spirit is sincerely
welcomed in this community. Its longfelt need has been
show n among us for many years. A community cannot
exist without united effort. To progress and advance,
t i-re must be a bond of neighborly interest in the welfare
of the community as w ell as the individual.
A movement is underway to build this community
by securing a closer relationship and understanding
am ng trie independent neighborhood merchants and
among the people of this district. It is a wonderful effort
and a huge task. The fullfilment of this mission will
bring a better, growing community.
With the publication of the Community News, a
weekly newspaper devoted to the interests and welfare
o: t v is community, its editor and publisher Mr. Harry
Finkenstein. one of our home products, has established
the foundation for the renewal of community spirit.
Mr. Finkenstein is aiding the independent mer
chants in this area to organize in groups so as to come to
a more mutual business relationship and a stronger un
der>tanking of the community problems. Through or
ganization it enables them to meet outside competition and
is also a boon to the consumer because of the advantages
of economy in buying and reduction in the cost of mer
chandising to the trade.
Our people know the value and need of organiza
tion. It is the lever that controls the destinies of the in
dividual and through proper handling can better leave us
to the just pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Is there
anything more glorified than the accomplishments of a
gr n: r rganized body in aiding the welfare and growth
of a community ?
We therefore take our hats off to one who had the
initiative and foresight to advance this wonderful work
in this community and wish him well towards the success
of his enterprise and splendid endeavors.
* THE 14TH AMENDMENT AT WORK
We ail rejoice in the victory achieved by our group
in New Orleans, over a scheme to deprive them of the
privilege to work on the public docks of that city, but this
achievement would not have been possible had not large
interests feared their business would be affected; thus
again the 14th Amendment was made to play the role of
protecting vested rights. The steamship companies got
out an injunction on the plea that the ordinance would
deprive steamship companies of their property without
due process of law: that it would interfere with inter
-' -aie commerce and that its purpose was political. Though
our race benentted, let us not mistake the motive was not
altruistic, and that selfishness and greed are placed above
ONCE REPRESENTED RACE IN HALLS OF CONGRESS
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The above picture shows our representatives in the House of Congress when we were first set free from Chattel
___Slavery. We were then classed as ignorant and uneducated—WHAT’S WRONG NOW!
THE UTILITIES AS TAXPAYERS.
A good many officeholders have had a pleasant
time damning the utilities of the country. By rights, they
should really feel somewhat obliged to them, inasmuch as
the utility industry, as a taxpayer, is one of the largest
and most stable contributors to the cost of running the
In 1929. according to an article in Public Utilities
Fortnightly, 2,772 utility companies submitting balance
sheets to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue earned
a net of $793,271,185. Out of this they paid an income tax
of $85,064,517. Other taxxes amounted to $219,608,517,
or a total of almost $305,000,000. Furthermore, 1,460 util
ity companies which went in the red during the year were
forced to pay taxes aggregating $15,434,218. As a con
sequence, total taxes for the reporting companies were
more than $320,000,000—close to half of the total income
reported to the Revenue Bureau.
What may such a tax policy as this do to the utilitv
industry? Now, as in the past, it is one of the most pro
gressive of industries. It has maintained its employment
and wage standards at an extraordinarily high level dur
ing depression. Even so, there can be no question that the i
fear of more exorbitant taxation deters executives and
stockholders from authorizing developments and expan
sions that would otherwise be made. No industry can do
its best when it is wondering how long it will be before
it is taxed out of existence. The utility companies and
their customers should pay a fair share of government i
j expense. But when taxes begin to approximate 50 per
cent of profit, it is time we did some serious thinking.
There is a lot of Philosophy and good common
i sense in the announcement of the Married Mens’ Unem
“We heartily endorse their platform.” We believe
that we can have no stable prosperity unless industry
makes a reasonable profit after paying to its employees
a purchasing wage.
There is a Law called by economists “The Law of
Diminishing Returns.” This Rule tells us by ruthless
logic that the more we cut wages, the less buying power
remains in the country.
Factories can not run without orders. Merchants
cannot sell goods with customers. Farmers cannot move
. crops unless the workers eat three full meals a day.
Cannot we learn from past follies or must we al
ways be spanked by good Mother Experience before we
practice common sense.
Labor runs from 10 to 12 per cent of the cost of
the average manufactured article. Prosperity cannot be
conjured back by words, it must be brought back by
giving to our workers a wage that will satisfv their
Let us give a cordial greeting to the represent
ative of the Married Men’s Unemployment Council when
he calls on us.
Should we not have cash, we may be able to swap
and get some much needed labor done around the place.
We will help ourselves when we help our neighbor
of the Unemployed Married Men’s Council.
Should you have a job wanting a workman, Phone
JA. 1548, or WE. 1750, and they will send you a compet
The jobs they give out will mean more money or
goods in circulation and less worry and anxiety in the
WHAT IS THE UNEMPLOYED MARRIED MEN’S
Briefly, the Unemployed Married Men’s Council is
an organization to prevent suffering; to prevent strong
men who want to work, and who through no fault of
their own cannot find a job, from being humiliated by
begging. Some men would rather die than to be call
ed or considered a beggar. Many ambitious men com
mit suicide before they will be considered such. The pre
amble of the Unemployed Married Men’s Council was
printed in the Omaha Guide last week. We hope you
read it. If you did not, we are reprinting it in this is
sue. Find the preamble, read it, and cut it out. There
is more food for thought in these fewT paragraphs for
the unemployed married men’s council preamble than
anything we’ve read since the depression began. There
is also a digestive thought for the so-called capitalist
class and for the working man.
Give us your written opinion about the preamble.
The originator of this idea should be given great credit
for the efforts to put this thought into a workable or
ganization. The Unemployed Married Men’s Council’s
purpose is to give work to citizens of Omaha to prevent
suffering. If you have some work in your home, such
as paperhanging, plumbing, house cleaning, yard clean
ing or any odd jobs, and haven’t the cash to pay for the
work, remember the Unemployed Married Men’s Coun
cil will furnish you a man to do the work in exchange
for such things as clothing, vegetables or fruits, or old
furniture. Call headquarters or any branch of the Un
employed Working Men‘s Council and a representative
will be sent to you. The organization does not take in
exchange, goods for work from anyone who is able to
pay cash. In other words they do not wish to lower the
scale of wages or stop people from paying cash for their
work, if they wish to do so.
How well do I remember
It was sometime last September
As I slowly wobbled down the winding road.
My heart was all a-flutter
As I lay down in the gutter
And a hog came up and laid down by my side.
A lady passerby
Looked down with a sigh
And this is what she had to say:
“You can tell a man who boozes
By the company he chooses.”
And the hog got up and slowly walked away.
“Invest In An Electric
Omaha distributors of electric re
frigerators decided today to hold
their annual Electric Refrigeration.
Show this year from October 1 to 8,
in the Electric Building, 17th and
Harney Streets. The entire first
floor of the Electric Shop will be
turned over to the show. Thirteen
distributors will display their refrig
R. C. Geppert, chairman of the O
maha Electric Refrigeration Bureau
said today that the purpose of the
show was to display all of the new
refrigeration models. Some of the
refrigerators will be shown for the
first time in Omaha at the show, ac
cording to Mr. Geppert.
“This refrigeration mart will give
the people an opportunity to see all
of the diferent models and makes of
electric refrigeration at one time. It
will be much easier for them to decide
which one they want in their home
cid which on thy want in their home
after they have seen them all,” Mr.
Geppert said. “Our last year's show
was a tremendous success and we an
ticipate similar interest this year.
People everywhere are becoming
more and more electric refrigeration,
minded and I believe that it will be
only a matter of a short time that an
electric refrigerator will mean as
much to the American home as the
The Home Service Department of
i the Nebraska Power Company, of
j which Madeline Bo hi sen is director
' will be open to the public during the
show. Mbs Bohisen will make frozen
desserts and other dainties so that
her visitors may see the advantage*,
of electric refrigeration.
The show b part of a national ac
tivity which has a plan to sell “anoth
er million electric refrigerators” dur
ing 1932. J. E. Davidson, president.,
of the Nebraska Power Company is
national chairman of the activity..
The slogan b “Invest in an EXeetrie.
Plans are now being made to hold
the show open during the evenings
for those who cannot attend during
the day. 15 Mixmasters will be giver?
away during the show. It is planned
j to award 2 Mixmasters every day of"
! the show and on the last night three
; will be awarded. Definite arrange
ments have not been made as to bow
the Mixmasters may be obtained, but
it b thought by several distributors
that it will be a contest of skill aimed
to bring out the advantages of elec.
■ trie refrigeration.
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