The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, December 24, 1932, Image 1
V ■ ^-x i’L- X 1 , - -urnana, iNeprasKa, Saturday, uecember Z4, 1932. Number Fortv-Four — I Tune In ——«■ '; “DIGESTING ' file NEWS’ i1 i1 1 BROADCASTED ^ Every Week from this Column f By CLIFFORD C. MITCHELL < GREETINGS! • • • To every reader of thi« column, ex tending from the Pacific to the At_ lantic coast, and from the Great Lak es to the Gulf of Mexico, the most sincere greetings are extended. • • • To each editor, publisher, staff employe and writer on the nearly one hundred “exchange*" that reach me regularly I extend the season’s greet ings. • • • To each of the eighty-six book pub lishers, and authors, who have coop, erated with me, and their employes, I take this method of wishing you much joy and merriment at this sea. ■on of the year. # • • To the hundreds of correspondents who have communicated with me, from alt parti of the North American continent. I want you to know that I am hoping for each one of you, sue. cess and happiness. • • • To my fellow "villagers", officials and inmates alike, 1 am glad that I am able to publicly proclaim the res pect and heartiest feeling that your spirit of coperation so forcibly dem onstrates a mutual existence among men. If, in after years, I can always I be assured of the same cooperation among free people as I have received here in Jackson Prison, among pris oners and officials, I shall be divinely • • • blessed And to that group of per sonal friends who have brought so • much cheer, hope and help into my life through their communications at regular intervals I am sincere in wish inf for them the very best that the season affords, even though I am un_ able, even to these select friends, to offer my Yuletide sentiment in any other manner than through these wand* in this column. * m m a Continuing further in this person al vein I wish to explain that any seeming success that I have achieved in the field of Negro journalism has been earned, not from a flash of brilliance but purely through a reg. ular, systematic, never-failing, week ly contribution of thought. • • • In order to keep well-informed it is, and always has been, necessary to •pend many hours in daily research work, making notes and checking data that appears from week to week In our publications. As my list of coopers tors, both newspapers and book publishers, and also a growing list of magazine publishers, increases so also does the detailed research work in connection therewith. • • • With this feature of my work a lone, not to mention the handling of much correspondence, it can be read, iiy seen that each moment of my ' spare time in prison finds some task to be performed and less and less am I able to give utterance in any other form than through the various week ly columns that I wnte. • • • D * Therefore, please accept this mes. t sage as my personal greetings, wish ing to you and yours, “A very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosper, •us New Year.” Harry Buford Re-instated; Demoted THE WISE MEN AND THE KING by R. A. ADAMS (The Literary Service Bureau) They left their home and journeyed far, Their guide only a radiant star, And, fleet as bird upon the wing, Made haste to find the new born King Onward they journeyed, day by day, The star still guiding, all the way Happy such treasurers their to bring As presents to the infant King! Within a stable lowly, dim, They found the Lord, and worshipped Him, And joyfully their lips could sing, “All hail! All hail! We’ve found the King!” Then like the Magic, let us go To Bethlehem, our love to show, And there present our offering To Him, our Great. Exalted King! CHARGES OF CRUELTY TO CON VICTS AGAIN DENIED IN GA. Bainbridge, Ga. (CNS) George S. Tucker, warden of Decatur County, in a statement here denies the charge that convicts have been “restricted*in movement,” as made in the book ‘Geor gia Nigger,” by John L. Spivak, of New York, Warden Tucker also’de nies that convicts were photographed in Decatur County wearing spikes riveted around their ankles, as also stated in the book. “Spivak’s book was recently made the basis of an accusation of undue cruelty to convicts in Georgia, made by a group of 12 prominent Americ ans on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union. Denials thick and fast have been made and Georgia’s leading daily pa_ pers are outspoken in denouncing the charges in the book as false. Mr. Tucker explains in detail the method used in keeping and working the convicts in this county and shows that they are well fed, comfortably housed and worked with every considL eration for their health and comfort. He also explains the operation of the large county farm on which nearly all of the foodstuffs used at the camp are raised. NEGROES APPREHENDED IN BIG WHISKEY FIND New Bern, N. C. (CNS) Nine pris oners, five colored and four white, were held on board of the coast guard cutter Pamlico, at Morehead City, Bogue Sound, Cateret County, ten miles west of Beaufort, after a liquor capture and arrests. These rum run ners were taken with 720 cases of bonded liquors, a truek, a Ford coach and the British vessel Yadadish of Nassau on the coastal waters of Core Banks. The liquor consists of high grade brandies, Scotch rye and champaigne, worth more than fifty thousand dol lars. Names of the prisoners were not available, officers stating that all gave assumed names any way. As soon as the case has been more thor oughly probed, they will be brought to New Bern for hearings. It is pos sible that all will be held for the April term of Federal court. 2 LITCHMAN THEATRES CLOSE Washington, (CNS) The Booker T. Theatre in this city and the Olympic Theatre in Alexander, Va. have closed after several years run. These thea_ tres were operated by Litchman who has a chain of theatres in many cities in and around Washington. 12 NEGRO MINERS IMPRISONED BY DUST EXPLOSION IN KENTUCKY PITT Harlan, Ky., (CNS) Twelve Negro_ es and ten white men were trapped in the pit of the Zero mine of the Har_ lan Fuel Company at Yancey, six miles south of here December 9 by a dust explosion which occured about a mile and a half from the entrance. In the group were six sons of J. M. Masengill, seventy-eight years old. Several hundred relatives and friends of the entrapped miners were held back by the rescue crews as they went about their work. The accident was one of few to oc cur in years in Harlan County, which was the scene nearly two years ago of bloody strife, between deputies and mine guards on one side and striking miners on the other. Approximately a dozen lives were lost in the series of clashes, and more than a score of miners convicted of murder charges. Their appeals still are pending. MAN GETS OFF WITH FINE OF $100 FOR MANSLAUGHTER $ ___________ Rockville, Md. (CNS) Karl Brown, a Negro chauffeur who was convict ed of manslaughter here December 1, was given the unusual sentence of “pay a fine of $100 or serve 60 days in jail. The fine was paid. Brown was chauffeur of the auto_ mobile of Paul F. Myers, of Chevy Chase, Md., which struck and fatally injured Walter E. Early, of Wash, ington, while the later was working on tbe engine of his automobile near Hyattsville. Mr. Early’s wife wit nessed the accident. Because of extenuating circum stances and pleas for clemency made by the jury, the State’s attorney and a number of residents of the county, Judge Arthur D. Willard in Mont gomery County circuit court at Rock ville, Md., exercized leniency in im posing sentence. CULT “SACRIFICIAL SLAYER” DECLARED INSANE Dtroit, Mich. (CNS) Robert Har. ris, the leader at a Negro cult, who admitted the slaying on a “sacrific. ial altar” of James Smith, colored has been declared insane by a com mission of three physicians and or. dered committed to a State hospital. Member of the Sanity Commission said it was “extremely doubtful” whether Harris would recover. Harris was arrested three weeks a go fo the slaying of Smith, which oc curred, he said, in the process of the strange rites of the organization. Smith’s skull was crushed by a blow from an automobile axle, and later he was stabbed through the heart as his body lay across an improvised al tar. * FUND DRIVE FOR HOME FOR . AGED NEGROES Atlanta, Ga. (CNS) A campaign to raise funds to purchase 481 acres of land near Stone Mountain for $33_ 712.50, on which to build a perman ent home for the aged Negroes of Fulton and Dekalh counties, is under way. First efforts will be directed to raising $5,000 for possession pay. ment, of which sum $1,500 will be us ed for repairs on buildings now on the site. Immediately after posses sion the home will begin to receive inmates for keeping during the pres, ent winter. The board of directors of the Aged and Orphans’ Industrial Home of A merica will seek to raise $35,000 dur. ing the next year. Dr. Lennox On the Job - T . ' -- WHITES O’CONNOR— = December 12, 1932 Mr. T. J. O’Connor, Register of Deeds Douglas County Court House Omaha, Nebraska. Dear Mr. O’Connor: Perhaps this letter will be a sur prise, but after talking to you of the appointment that is to be made rela tive to our group, I left without a definite understanding of same. I am sure you had not realize how important it is for an appointment to be made at this time of a member of our group, and we are wondering why a representative was not appoint, ed in the beginning or some time ago. We comprise 5^i9c of Omaha's population. We are hVt°/c supporters of all city enterprises. We are 5bi% of the tax payers, and cast <7r of the votes, deserving consideration in your office as well as others, but so far have been denied the amount of support to which we are entitled. Relative to my conversation with you, in your expression you are fair, but your actions are somewhat hes itating. We were entitled to an ap pointment in the beginning, although I realize same is not compulsory, but as we have supported you, an appoint, mnt is due us. I am sure you will keep year prom ise. as you stated when I was leaving you were sure an appointment was to be made, but could not say just when, whether in a few weeks, months or a year. We feel as we have support ed you an appointment should be giv en at this time. I also do not understand the state, ment that you do not know how long this appointment will last. We feel our appointment should last as long as any other that has been made. I realize you are burdened with many other transactions, and I am writing you in order to receive the proper information relative to same. I hope that you will not misinter pret my meaning. Thanking you very much for your courtesy and future consideration, I am Respectfully yours, Dr. G. B. Lennox, Pres., Working Men’s Commissioners 1602 Vi N. 24th St. i TELEPHONE COMPANY ANSWERS— December 12, 1932 Dr. G. B. Lennox, 2418.20 Grant Street, Omaha, Nebraska, Dear Dr. Lennox: I am in receipt of your letter of the 7th which reviews the matter you and I discussed about a year ago which you have written me on one or two different occasions sending desirable applicants to our Employment office. I am indeed sorry that you took this matter up with me at a time most inopportune for our employing any additional people, as, since I saw you, I do not believe we have em. ployed one man or any kind for tele phone work. Doctor, we are merely trying to keep in our employ the peo ple we now have, providing work for them to the extent of our ability. You may be interested to know that we have had to divide time to such an extent that we now have over 1200 people in our Company working part time who could be dispensed with to_ morrow. This part-time helps them to earn a-livelihood and keeps them off of charity. As soon as conditions improve which I hope, as you do, will be in the near future, and we can again begin to employ young men and women, I am going to see to it then that some of our good friends in the Colored pop ulation of this City are given an op_ portunity wherever it is practicable to use them. Sincerely yours, W. A. COZAD, General Manager. EXCLUSIVE CHICAGO SOCIETY MATRON SLAPS FACE OF MRS. ROBERT ABBOTT The social circles were shocked to hear of the scandal attached to the “society war” staged at the home of Mrs. Helen Abbott, 4742 South Park way, Chicago, last week at the meet, ing of the most exclusive club of Chicago, the Century Club. The slapping occurred at the con. elusion of the meeting when it is al leged that Mrs. Abbott accused Mrs. Church’s sister, Jimmie Yerby Tyler, as gossiping about her personal af_ fairs. She was slapped by Edwina Church, wife of Dr. Robert R. Church dental surgeon. Mrs. Church is the daughter of Con sul W. J. Yerby, who has just return ed to this country after twenty-five years in foreign service of the Unit, ed States. JOE LACOUR AGREES TO PAY WIFE ALL ALIMONY DUE Mrs. Alice Hunter LaCour, divorc ed wife of Joseph LaCour, having not received her alimony appeared Dec ember 10th. before Judge Allen South ern for the third time and petitioned the court for a modification of the orignal decree as to make the almony collectible. Mr. LaCour promised at the hearing to pay alimony up to date and make future payments as due. In the hearing two weeks before, LaCour testified that the Kansas City Call stock, of which he is to make his payments, were not in his possession having been given to a man in Omaha as security for a loan of $800.00. SECRETARY WILBUR DECLARES HAWAII FREE FROM ORGANIZED GRAFT Washington, (CNS) Secretary Ly man Wilbur in his annual report to President Hoover states that Hawaii is “one of the most peaceful com munities of the world” and “free from organized graft and corruption.” Mr. Wilbur also said the islands has “suffered during the past year from the notoriety attracted by one criminal case, and its aftermath, a lynching,” but that good had resulted from this, explaining: “One benefit which the Territory had derived from the notoriety of the past year is the local support drawn to the governor’s program, which he has urged for several years, for re modeling of the police and prison sys tem and the method of selecting- jur ies.” “In Honolulu,” Wilbur continued, “the proportion of crimes of violence is distinctly lower than in a majority of mainland cities.” The principal problem of the Ter_ ritory now, the Secretary said, “is the counteracting of the influence of a chain of mainland newspapers which have done their best to pro. mote racial controversy within the is lands and prejudice from without.” “We propose to continue to insist upon the American policy of local self-government and to hold the local government responsible for the re sults,” Wilbur concluded. EDUCATOR CONVICTED OF EM BEZZLEMENT OF NEGRO SCHOOL FUNDS Jackson, Miss. (CNS) Bura Hilbun the former State supervisor of Ne gro education, charged with embezzl. ing more than $50,000 of the Rosen, wald Foundation Funds appropriated for Negro schools in the State of Mississippi, was found guilty of a Hind’s County circuit court last week. Several county superintendents testified to the non-existence of schools reputedly reported as con structed under Mr. Hilbun’s tenure as an employe of the State. Coincident with the introduction of the county superintendents, the dis trict attorney offered alleged check stubs purporting to show that Mr. Hilbun had mailed funds for the as serted “ghost” schools to the county superintendents. Conviction came after two previous attempts of the State to prove the former supervisor had embezzled Ro senwald funds had failed, on each oc_ casion the jury feeing unable to reach a verdict. Sentence was deferred. GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY RE VOKES PARDON REFUSED BY PRISONERS Frankefort, Ky, (CNS) Gov. Ruby Laffon today revoked a pardon he granted December 1, to Russell Geo rge, Negro, serving a life term in the reformatory here for murder. The Govenor said George had refused to accept the pardon. George was con. victed at the October, 1927, term of Jefferson Circuit Court. The Governor said the pardon was granted on the understanding that George would accompany his father back to Knoxville, Tenn., but George refused to do this. He remarked the prisoner showed evidence of an un sound mind and was not in condition to be at large. EMBEZZLER OF NEGRO VETER AN’S FUNDS OUT ON BAIL Kinston, N. C. (CNS) P. D. Croom, white, former recorder here who was jailed last week after confessing, ac cording to authorities, that he em bezzled more than $12,000 from a mentally in competent Negro war vet eran for whom he served as guardian has yielded to the importunings of his friends and accepted bail. He was at liberty today under a $3,500 bond. He resigned as judge of the recorder’s court before being committed to a cell on the embezzle, ment charge. L. C. CAREY OPENS COAL AND ICE COMPANY L. C. Carey, formerly of Kansas City, announces the opening of the Carey Ice and Coal Co., Coal prices that are right: CheTokee nut per ton, $6.00; Illin ois Lump, $t.00; Basket -Coal at 25c. Delivered anywhere. Just Call WE. 6089. COUNCIL RE-INSTATES BUFORD AS PATROLMAN Harry Buford, former lieutenant of Police was re.instated to the Police Department of the City of Omaha Tuesday, December 20th by the City Commissioners and demoted to the rank of patrolman by Mr. Hopkins Commissioner of Police. Buford was suspended by the Council owing to in dictment charges filed by the Gov’t. He was recently exonerated from the liquor conspiracy charges by Judge Woodrough. No Back Pay Officer Buford applied for back pay after being freed from the liquor con. spiracy, but was der ied by a motion handed down by Judge Wright. Hopkins in his motion for Buford’s re-instatment and demotion said that Buford’s services had been great ly impaired as an officer of the po lice department and had caused undue publicity. Buford’s new beat assign ment is reported to be; Harney to Leavenworth Sts. and 16th to 19th Sts WANT TO RESTORE FULL FIGHT. ING STATUS TO NEGRO TROOPS Washington (CNS) The Civil Lib erities Bureau of the IBPOE. of the World, J. Finley Wilson, Grand Ex alted Ruler, is making a strong ef fort seeking restoration of the Negro troopers to the same status as they had before retailed to Fort Meyer. The matter was originally brought up in the grand lodge at its Philadel phia session, following which a dele gation called on Secetary Hurley and Gen. Douglas MacArthur. An ex. tended report was made to President Hoover by Gen. MacArthur, on re. quest of Representative DePriest, and referred to the Elk committee. This committe conducted its own investi gation, however, and took issue with the general report. The matter of colored troopers be ing reduced to subalterns and host iers, the Grand Exalted Ruler stated had a wider influence in swinging the Negro vote away from the party in power in the late election. The Elk committee will seek the support of William J. Thompkins, of Kansas City and Ferdinand R. Morton, or New York, Negro Democratic leaders, in restoring all colored Army units to regular status. NEGRO PRISONER DECORATES WALLS OF PRISON CHAPEL Ossining, N. Y. (CNS) Sing Sing prison authorities are loud in praise of the work of decorating the walls, windows and tapestries recently com pleted in the prison chapel by Walter Brown, a Negro prisoner serving a term of twenty years to life. Brown, 49 years old, was conicted in Erie County seven years ago, of second degree murder. He has painted stage scenery and has done considerable mural decorat ing in the prison, but his talent is said to be demonstrated best by the task just finished in the chapel. DAILY NEWSPAPER EMPLOYEE DIES Washington (CNS) Hary G. Simms colored, a machinist's helper in the composing room of The Evening Star 37 years, died at Gallinger Hospital Friday. Simms was born in Georgetown and had lived in the Capital all his life. He is survived by his widow. Mrs. Mamie Simms.