The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, December 17, 1932, Image 1
POST OFFICE DISCRIMINATION BANNED The Only Paper of Its Kind West of die Missouri Rivet VOL. VI. Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday, December 17, 1932. _ Number Forty-Three. I Tune In ’ j “0I6ESTIN61 Vlie HEWS' j BKOAIKASTED X Evcrf Week iron this Columr ) By CLIFFORD C. MITCHELL • _ CO V EKING THE COl NTKY*** • • • I have been asked to publicly anal yse a statement made in this column a few weeks ago (“I Give Thanks”) wherein l stated that this syndicated column appeared simultaneously in over fifty .olored publications regu larly and in half that many more at various intervals. # • • For the first time since the estab. ilshment of this column 1 have takc-n the trouble to arrange and compile this information and I am surprised to learn that in a little less than three years this column now appear* in fifty-three papers, published in forty-seven different towns in twen. ty.five* states and the District of Col ombia. • W W These papers ire: Alabama—In. former; Times, and the World in Birmingham, and the World in belma. Arkanta*—the World in Marianna, Arizona—the Gleam in Phoenix, t ali. forma. News, and New-Age Dapatch in Los Angeles. Colorado—States man in Denver. District of Columbia the Tribune in Washington. • • • Florida—Sent.nel, and the World in Jacksonville. Times in Miami, and the Bulletin in Tampa. Georgia, the Italy World in Atlanta, and the Tril> une ill Savannah. Indiana, the Amer ican in Gary. Illinois the Bee in Chicago. Kansas -Plait dealer in Kansas Oily. The Whip in Topeka, and the SUr in WichiU. Kentucky— the leader in Louisville. • • • * Louisiana—the Broadcast in Mon. Weekly in New Orleans, and the Sun in Shrevport Mcihigan— the Independent and the Peoples Hews in Detroit. Mississippi—the Leader in Green'ille, and the World in Jackson. Missouri—the American in Kansas City. • • • Nebraska—The- Omaha Guide. New •York—the Star in Buffalo. Fraternal Kesriew. an the Nt*w i ork News in New York City. North Carolina — tic Post m Charlotte. Times in Dur ham Tribune in Raleigh, and the Journal in Wilmington. • # » Ohio—the Mirror in Cincinnati. Voice in Colurubus. ana the Forum in Dayton. Oregon—the Advocate in Portland Pennsylvania—the Tribune is Philadelphia. Tennessee—the World in Chattanooga, World in Memphis. Umion in J^urfreesboro, and the World in Nashville. • . • a Texas—the Express in Dallas. Reg. ister in San Antomo, and the Messen ger in Waco. Virginia—the Star in Newport News, and the Planet in Richmond. West Virginia—the Mc Dowell Times in Keystone. ■ • » In all, (early in December 1932) eighty five different publications have, mad* • at <>ne time or another with the fifty-three pa. pers aaatfd herein being regular u*. n of same, with addition papers be. tag adkted every few weeks, and their cooperatio? ackr. -w (edged in my per. sn»l eolnsni.. "SI’) is and That”, in the Chicago 'Bee. Many otiwr pub. liahcra, for years, have been co.op era?-. ne h,,. sending me an “eichange” ropy of their publication each week. FRET I >1 ‘»f Ft I* EW It ITERS V! ! AH girls who are anxious to keep up their speed and practice" in typing may have free use of typewriters at Central “Y”, Thurs<lays. Fridays, and Saturday's, from 10:00 a# m. to 5:00 p. m. o'clock. Go to the third floor, southi-ast corner! Be sure" to bring paper an which to type! For further information call WEbsvnr 1539. Well Known Omahan Dies MRS. ELIZABETH SPEECE DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS Mrs Elizabeth Speese, prominent citizen of Omaha, died at her home, 2314 North 27th Ave., Tuesday morn ing, December 13th after a long ill. nees. She is survived by three girls, An. na Ethel. Beaulah and two sons, Harry and Miles Speese. Mr . Speese was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. The body was taken to Myers^Fun. eral Home. IMPERIAL LEAGUE SERVES WAPPLE SUPPER The Imperial League will serve a Waffle Supper from 4 p. m. to 9 p. rn. Sunday evening, December 18th at the Morning Glory Tea Room. De_ licious waffles, creamed chicken and coffee for 15c. The proceeds from this supper will be used to help the newly families have a merry Christ, mas. Grace Adams is chairman. This League is an independent or ganization, but cooperates with other social agencies. Emergency cases may be referred to the league by call ing Robbie Turner Davis, president at Webster 2864. FISK UNI. CHOIR BEGINS JANUARY 15. 193.1 Nashville, Tennesee. Dec. 3, 1932— On January 15, the Fisk University Choir will sing in Detroit. Michigan, the first of the eleven cities in which it i# to appear on the tour covering two weeks. The Choir is composed of sixty college men and women under the direction of Mr Ray Francis Brown and the assistant directorship of Mrs. Japies A. Mvers. who is in charge of the spirituals. It will present to its audiences an unusual repertory of sacred unaccompanied music ranging from the extremelv difficult church music of the 16th. 17th ad 18th centuries to productions by well known contemporary com posers as Dett. Christiansen. Rach maninoff, and T Tertius Noble. For the first time in the history of the choir it can sing with genuine fervor “I got a robe” for now it has vest, ments. a personal gift of Me. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The Choir is bein,r backed financially by Paul D. Cravath, chairman of the Hoard of Trustees and president of he Metropolitan Opera Company. T. Tertius Noble, organist and choir, master of the St. Thomas Church in New York City, who was guest con ductor of the choir last spring was >• impressed by its singing, that he wr.ite last summer “O Sacred Head Surrounded” and dedicated it to Mr. I Brown and the Fisk University j Ch nr. He is to conduct a group of j hi- own compositions on each pro. ru>r, of the tour. David Marines,! head of tfie David Mannes M usic, School1 and chairman of the music .inmiltee of the Fisk Board, is co ■ rating with Mr. Brown and Mrs. Myers to see that thy tour is artistic-, ally sureessfu 1. Mrs. Ethel Bedient Gilbert, Director of Publicity, for the as: five years at Fisk, has general charge of the tour. She is forming; committees in each city to work with the local manager. She hopes to, great interest among all Fisk s and Negroes in general in verv large undertaking. l*» become a goo*i a cap pel la choir i- o attempt one of the most dif cu!t thing# in music. After five of relentless work Fisk has made an unusual accomplishment. R: hind these five years are sixty ■ r Tad.:.on which h:i*e made nging* • ■ r the ft c&ppdln music* 'Vi' ,) r a 1 t v i k> r l ; t k' n g*. There h a - n a growing musical tradition at ITiiL Tn 1C71 tWa f»*6f e:„, I • " in jpii .ne Iit-l jlionet? • I w or • • • th« r way Into t :-*«■ : f the world w;*h »hch *"<ols Five years later in 1376 Mozart Society was founded to !’-dy the classics as well as the spir_ ituals, for from the earliest days it has been a practice at Fisk to teach the best of the world’s music. Out <*f this two-fold tradition of the sing ing of. the spirituals and of classical music has come the present a cappella i hnir which made so great an im- - pression through its series of coast to coast broadcasts over the Colum bia Broadcasting System, one of which was transmitted to Europe. Itinerary of the Choir: January 15, letroit; 16, Cleveland; 18, Pittsfield; l‘J, Hartford; 20, New Haven; 22. Providence; 23, Boston or suburb; 125, Worcester; 26, New York City; 27, Syracuse; 29, Akron. BILL ROglNSON DOES STUNTS IN COURT ROOM TO AMUSE JUDGE Richmond, Va„ (CNS) Bill “Bo. jangles” Robinson, a home town boy who has made good in vaudeville as a tap dancer and good story teller brought cheers into the drab routine of the police couit one day last week while his show “Going to Town” was j showing here. He paid a visit to Justice T. Gray Haddon and told a few stories and did some of his im nitable stepping Bill stold Justice Haddon that “a Negro once appeared in this court on a charge of having stolen a ride into the city on a freight train. The judse asked him if he could catch the next trann out if he let him go, and the | prisoner replied; ‘If you let me go now I’ll get out of town so fast I’ll catch up with that train I rode in on.” After a f6w pleasantries about his early years spent in Richmond, Rob inson went into a dance turn which his made him 6ne of the best known figures on two +fe -prrnr. ed, strutted and stepped with all of the rhythmic, syncopating grace which have brought him the plaud'its of audiences everywhere Before dancing Robinson and the court acted a little sketch wM had the full approval of prisoners, wit nesses and courtroom loungers. Rob inson went into the “pen” with the prisoners, called to the judge that he could dance his way out, and without further ado gave a sample of tap dancing such as the court hasn’t seen since Robinson’s last appearance here. “Bojangles” also visited the Hen rico County Ja-il and the State peni. tentiary w'here he gave performances for the inmates. Radio Revue COMING 1933 ATTRACTION; BIG RADIO REVUE The Imperial League is sponsoring a “Big Radio Revue” mid.nite show, featuring many of the well known radio stars. One of the guest artists w'ill be Bernice Givens-Payne of Chi cago. Many Omahans will be anxious to hear Bernice play and sing. Each week a'list of stars will be published throu."'h the Guide. The place and date will be announced later. Robbie Turner Davis, president. Carrie Jew i ell, Chairman. MAN KEPT FROM GALLOWS SIX TIMES IN 18 MONTHS Jackson. Miss. (CNS) Tow Cara, way convicted of an attack on a wfcit# woman, was halted here last week by the Mississippi Supreme Court whan the high tribunal granted a supersed eas in the Caraway case, which am ounts to a stay of execution pending dec sion of the circuit judge, in which the later refused a new trial to Cara way on grounds of new evidence. Repudiation of a confession, alleg edly made by Caraway immediately after the Commission of the crime, is the basis of the petition for the sup_ ersedeas. which was allowed by the coart. The repudiation is substantiated by a deputy sheriff yho testified last month that Caraway did not confess although yhe. ‘he h»«"<jr»*iiK ally so testified. After several scheduled hangings had been halted. Caraway was sup. posed to hang last spring, but in the meantime, an appeal was taken to the high court on the ground of the false testimony of the deputy ATTEMPT TO DYNAMITE MOR. GAN COLLEGE BUILDING FAILS Baltimore. Md. (CNS)— It was re ported to the police that an attempt of three unidentified w'hite men to dynamite one of the buildings on the campus of Morgan College here, fail ed, on Friday November 18. The men were friahtened away while trying to touch off the explosives. I ! Dr. Lennox On the Job ——-- ____ I WRITES TO OMAHA FORI) BRANCH— December 5, 1932 Ford Motor Company. Mr. R. A. Hayes, Vice Pres.. 16th and Cuming Streets. Omaha. Nebr. Dear Sir: Sometime ago I wrote you relative to securing our pro rata, of employ ment with your concern. In your letters and in our conver sation with you a favorable consider ation wa§, to Jae given concerning same, but today we have learned ntf employment has been given to mem_ Iters of our group. Since that time have beer informed an employee of our group who has been with your company any number of years has been let out. I realize conditions of today, but knowing that we comprise 5% per_ ' mt of the city’s population and spend the same amount with your . oncern directly or indirectly, we art entitled-to our fuH pro-rata of em ployment, which would be 37 employ ees. For your information a tabulated F ; m is enclosed which shows actual ■ •ndittc.rs regarding the employment .-uuation with your company, and we . :c wondering what consideration can ha given regarding same. We are hoping that a rectification n he brought about regarding eni nlovment for members of our group. Thanking you for whatever favor able consideration you may give, I am Respectfully yours. Dr. G. B. Lennox. Pres. Omaha Working Men’s Commissioners. 1602 Vi X. 24th St. WRITES BELL TELEPHONE CO.— December 5, 1932 Mr. W. F. Cozad. General Manager, j Northwestern Bell Telephone Co., i 1906 Douglas St., Omaha. Xebr. ' Dear Sir: Some time ago I wrote you relat. ive to seeking consideration in the form of employment for your Coloreci j customers who have been constant supporters of your institution. In your letters and in our coriver. , sation, a favorable consideration was | to be given, but to date no repres- j entatives of our group have been em. j ployed. I realize it is a great task to bring : about an immediate rectification at this time, but knowing that we com prise percent of the city’s pop ulation and are 511* percent of the Northwestern Bell Telephone Comp any’s supporters, we are entitled to ; our full pro.rata of employment, which would be 88 employees. For your information a tabulated lorm has been figured out relatively 1 tq the situation regarding employ, j t uient in the Northwestern Bell Tele phone Company, which we hope that you will carefully examine. If there -- that a rectific ation can be brought about relative to giving employment to our group :t will be greatly appreciated and r- ■ y ‘this body of people who are also suoporters of your concern, but.given the least or no consider-; ation. Thanking you for whatever favor able consideration in the form of em ployment you may give. I am Respectfully yours. Dr. G. B Lennox, Pres., Omaha Working Men’s C-omm issioners 1602^4 N. 24th Street. Wagner Presents Levee Resolution Says No Jim-Crow in New Post Office POST OFFICE ASSURES NAACP NO JIM CROW ROOMS IN LOUISVILLE New York, Dec.—Assurance has been given from the office of the Postmaster General in Washington that the Department does not intend to establish segregated rest rooms in the new Louisville, Ky., post office. Writing to the National Asociation for the Advancement of Colored Peo ple, in response to its protest, Arch Coleman, First Assistant Postmaster General says: “The Department does not contem plate the establishment and main, tenance of separate rest rooms in the Louisville, Kentucky postoffice for white and colored employees or to segregate them.” The reports of intended segregation came from the Louisville branch of the NAACP. and these plans are def initely scotched. NAACP. PUSHES FIGHT ON MOB. BING AND JI]yf CROW IN „ ^SOUTHERN FLQUR RELIEF New York, Dec.—Negroes and Red Cross workers distributing free gov ernment flour in Southern states are being intimidated and prevented from reporting the discrimination practiced against Negroes according to a letter sent yesterday to Judge John Barton Payne, national Red Cross chief, by the National Asociation for the Ad vancement of Colored People The NAACP. letter points to the floggings and intimidation at Clear, water, Florida, as showing the spirit which prevails. In reply to a letter from Judge Payne, giving assurance that no discrimination would be tol erated by the Red Cross, the NAACP. says: “The very system which prevails in the South makes it impossible for a local official to report the true state of affairs to the national headquar ters of the Red Cross. In many cases they are prevented from doing so by intimidation such as is dearly indic ated in Clearwater, Fla., and in other casts they report no discrimination because it is not within their power, considering their training and back ground. to discern unjust and unfair discrimination when it actually ex. ists/’ i’he NAACP. urges an :nvestig_ ation on the spot by rational head quarters of the Red Cross, New reports from Clearwater. Fla., state that none of the mobbists who brutally :! logged two members of the Colored Welfare Association has been apprehended. Colored people are be rng paid for relief work not in ca-h a? are the whites but in grocery nr. aers and on these orders there Is no allowance for meat other than “white bacon" or fat pork, no butter, no fresh milk. ST. MARKS RECTOR BACKS NAACP. FIQHT ON N Y. nurse jim c'r O AY New \ ork, Dec.—L. H. King, Rec tor of St. Mark's ME Church is back- j ug up the National Association fori ine Advancement of Colored People in the fight being made against the I discrimination being practiced against! colored nurses under the admnistra tion of J: G. Greeff, Commissioner of Hospitals. Rev. King has written to Comm is-1 ?:C,T,C1. Greeff urging that -when aliens : are displaced from employment in j that service, American citizens of col. . or be given opportunity to fill the jobs made available "A considerable number of deserv. | :ng citizens displaced in your Depart metn by alien labor are of the Negro group,” writes Rev. King. “Such a displacement works upon this group very substantial economic hardship. The considerable number of Negro t ' nurses, orderlies and others now un employed, would have an opportunity as native citizens to qualify for place ment in these vacancies and just con sideration be given to their claims for employment.” - - LYNCHING IN LOUISIANA Wisner, La., (CNS) William House a 26 year, old Negro, was lynched near here last week, by a band of men who took him from the Wisner town Marshall The man was arrested after two young women had complained that he had insulted them. The prisoner was taken to jail at Winnsboro by the marshall for safe-keeping. | Graham and P. C. Sutton, also of Wisner, went to Winnsboro and took charge of House with the intention of returning him here for trial. Two miles from Winsboro, Grah am said, a band of about fifteen men ! stopped his car and forced him to give up his prisoner and pistol. Sheriff Allen Price of Winnsboro ■aid the Negro’* body, with two bul let wounds in it, was found hanging from a tree this morning. APPEAL BRIEF FILED IN DUMAS CASE ASKING RAPE CONVICTION REVERSAL ■ r ,>» Oklahoma City, Dec.—Roscoe Dun. jee, president of the local branch. National Association for the Ad j vancement of Colored People, an nounces tl at appeal brief has been j filed in the Oklahoma State Crimin al Court of Appeals in the case of ! Charley .Dumas, convicted on a forced | confession of rape alleged to have j been committeed on a white girl 1 while Dumas was a road camp pris_ oner. The brief recites that Dumas was made to plead guilty without having any attorney, that he was ud der threat of mob violence, that he had only five minutes conversation with an attorney appointed by the court and that the presiding judge ‘ had remarked after imposing death ■ sentence that “he wished he could i pull the switch.” GOVERNOR OF OKLAHOMA APPOINTS FIRST NEGRO STAFF MAJOR H. C. McCormick, bookkeeper at the Farmer’s and Merchants Bank of Bo'ley, Okla., where the Negro presi dent was killed, received a check for $500 which is the double award for killing bank bandits and a comma .'•ion as a colonel on the Governor’s staff, the first of its kind in history. ’ Mr. McCormick shot and killed the bandit Bridewell of the “Floyd Gar " in the robbery .attempt of .the Farmer and Merchants’ bank of Be ley, Okla. HOOVER TRAIN STORY REVEAL ED AS HOAX Sari Francisco. Calif.— (CNS)— -j Charles E. Fish, the railroad watch man who claimed he fought two men, one a Negro, trying to dynamite a bridge near Palisade, Nev. over which President Hoover’s train was soon to pa s on November 8, now ad mits that the story was false. Fish after flagging the train saidj he heard a disturbance on the Wes. vetu Pacific tracks which cross over the Southern Pacific tracks: and that - he investigated he found ai white man and a Negro on the over, head track.' He said they had six sticks f dynamite, and that he had had a scuffle with the two men and that they escaped ip the darkness, af ter iniuring him Fish now admits that he shot him. : elf and made up the story to gain j notoriety. CENTENNARIAN DIES IN K. C. Kansas City, Mo. (CNS) Green Burks, an aged Negro who said he was born in Saline County this State 113 years ago died here last week He said he was a slave before the War of Rebellion. CLAIM LEVEE CONTRACTORS UNFAIR TO COLORED EMPLOYEES Sensational Developemcnt Awaited WAGNER TELLS NAACP. LEVEE PROBE RESOLUTION WILL BE OFFERED MONDAY New York, Dee.—Senator Robert F. Wagner of New- York has tele, graphed from Washington to the Na tional Association for the Advance, ment of Colored People to state that his resolution callin,.' for a Senate probe of the peonage and slavery conditions on the Mississippi Flood Control project will be introduced on Monday, “Am working to avoid reference to committee,” Senator Wagner’s tele gram reads, “so as to expediate con sideration Date of hearings will depend on chairman of committee if resolution is carried. Nation wide determination to see to it that the resolution is carried in the Senate is shown by the enthusiastic mass meetings which are being re ported to the NAACP. from branches throughout the country. Dr. H. Claude Hudson, President of the Los Angeles branch, reports that a large crowd attended the meet ing in that city and that there was c.'thtuMntk a,,piuu.-e wire..—one speaker said the MiSf/ssippi levee fight would be won as the Parker light had been won. The meeting sent telegrams to Senators Johnson and Shortridge of California, demand, ing their support for the Wagner resolution, “to end the intolerable sit. uation in Mississippi Flood project and to secure treatment for colored citizens in all government contracts.” From Cincinnati, President Theo. dore M. Berry reports that speakers were sent to 15 leading churches of the city which endorsed resolutions that were sent to Senators Fess and Buckley of Ohio. In Kansas City, Mo., President John L. Love reports that telegrams went to the Misouri senators from eight of the leading churches of the city and from the Interdenomination al Ministers Alliance, the Association of Colored Women of Kansas City and from the local NAACP branch. W. C. Murray, Oklahoma City branch President, telegraphs that on» Oklahoma Senator, Thomas has pledged his support to the Wagner resolution and a telegram asking his support was sent to Senator Core. Additional senators now pledged .in favor of the Wagner resolution in clude Senator K. g. Crammer of Washington and Senator Roscoe C Patterson of Missouri. Senator W. Warren JJarbour of New Jersey has i-foni -od to discuss the qiatter with Senator Wagner. f ■ vPe Contractors Hire Lobbyist Fred Beneke, of Memphis, lobby ist hired by the levee contractors, has reached Washington and a bitter f ght on the NAACP. campaign for equal treatment for colored workers is in prospect. It is reported that he contractor’s lobby originally were able to defeat the bill which called for prevailing rate of pay as the stand, ard for levee workers Levee work is also exempted from the provisions of the eight.hour work law. Sensational development are hint ed as a possibility in the course of -he fight by the NAACP. and every resource is being mobilized to carry to victory a fight which may prove to bo just as close, as bitterly fought and as vitally important to colored Americans was the Parker fight HARRY BUFORD’S REINSTATE MENT DEFERRED Mr. Hairy Buford, lieutenant of p0. lice, who was exonerated by Judge . Woodrough from the liquor conspir. acy asked to be reinstated, but the reinstating’ has been deferred until a later date. Two other officers. Paul Sutton, and Joe Patach, were indicted with Buford They remain under indict, ment owing to the mistrial.