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( By CLIFFORD C. MITCtfELL t
WHAT WE WANT.
• • •
As March 4th is rapidly approach
ing us. or rather we it, the Negro
Press is more and more filled with
pleas, suggestions and demands, all
designed to catch the eye of the In
coming Administration in the hope'
that some particular attention will be
given to the plight of the submerged
• • •
W'e will leave to those organiz
ations. partisans political affiliations
and job-seekers, the task of making
specie recommendations for their
particular individual requirements—
and without a doubt these will be
many and seeming convincing.
* m m
For the Negroes, as a wjiole, how
ever. our wants can be briefly and
suocirwdy summed up in the few fol
We either ask for nor do we re
quire special legislation for Negroes
but we do ask for and want a strict
interpretation of all laws that are
in conformity with the Constitution
of the United States.
* * *
We neither ask for nor do we re
quire apedlal judwaal consideration
but we do ask for and want a strict
interpretation of all judicial matters
strictly in keeping with facts without
bias because of color.
• • *
We neither ask for nor do we re
quire mar. made edicts to define our
social relations but we do ask for and
want the right of choosing or reject
ing our associates on the basis of na
tural laws of attraction, character,
and mutual compatibility,
• • •
We neither ask for nor do we re
quire special economic privileges but
we do *sk for and want the right to
earn our daily bread, to enjoy the
fruits of our labor, and to progress
in an economic wojld in keeping with
our individual abilities, with no re
gard to color.
• • •
We neither ask for nor do we re
quire a political heritage of any one
political party but we do ask for and
want the right to participate in all
branches of our political activities
without any unnecessary restrictions
which are conceived to debar us pure
ly because of color.
• • •
We neither ask for nor do we re
quire any special jobs or trades that
are grouped as being especially a
dapcable for persons <rf color but we
do ask for and want the right to fill
or master any job or trade strictly
in keeping with oui' ability to do so.
• • •
We neither **£ for nor do we re
quire any peculiar pleasures that are
distinctly “jim-crow” but we do ask
for and want the right to live and
enjoy our lives as beat we can. con
forming ourselves to the laws of the
land receivinc equal rights with ev
ery other American citiien.
These things are—What We Want.
Hold Impressive Funeral foe* Dr. Williams
2 Boys Get Riverview Sentence
TWO YOUTHS HELD ON
GIRL S CHARGE SEN
TENCED TO BOYS’
On Tuesday, February 7th, LeRoy
Gilliam 15, 3026 Lindsey St., and
Ear! Welberg, age 17, of 3015 Bur
dette St., the two white youths who
were held by Juvenile authorities on a
charge of improper intimacies with a
six year old girl. Loma Imogene Bath
of 2208 North 30th St., were sentenc
ed to the Riverview Home for boys.
They were arrested several weeks
PENNSYLVANIA ORDERS PROBE
OF DEPORTATION OF NEGROES
Harisburg, Pa., Feb.—A sweeping
investigation into the deportation of
forty Negroes from Beaver county to
the West Virginia state line will be
made by the state attorney general’s
office, it was announced here by Gov
ernor Pinchot Wednesday after he
had listened to a recital of the de
portation by Homer Brown, Pitts
burgh attorney and president of the
Pittsburgh branch of the NAACP.,
who made a personal investigation
of the occurrence.
Sunday Night Visitors!
Fired On By Enraged
WHO IS NORTH OMAHA’S BEST
A series of Spelling Matches to de
termine North Omaha’s best speller
will open on Thursday evening, Febr
uary 23rd at eight-thirty sharp at
the YWCA. The matches are being
arranged by the General Education
Committee of the Branch, Mrs. Thel
ma Hancock, chairman. Following is
the schedule! The matches are open
to anyone interested, and entrants
may register at the Branch at any
Thursday, February 23, 8:30 p. m.
Men and women (25 years of age and
up); Thursday, March 2, 8:30 p. m.
Boys and girls (18 years and up);
Thursday, March 9, 8:30 p. m.—boys
and girls, (12 years and up); Finals
Thursday, March 16, 8:30 p. m.
Plan 7 rade Week
The Housewives League assisted by
merchant and community business
places have set the the beginning
date of their Trade Week for Febr.
24th. According to the sponsors the
purpose of the Trade Week will be
to create a better understanding be
tween the consumer and retailers. A
prize of $2.50 in gold is to be given
to the person sending in the best slo
gan of not more than three words to
be used in advertising the Week. Com
plete details o fthe award will be
found elsewhere in this publication.
The celebration will be preceded by
mass meetings, speeches and a orat
DEPRIEST HELPS TO PUT CURB
ON LIQUOR BUYING AND STOOL
Washington (CNS) Consistent with
his decidedly “wet stand” in Congress
Congressman Oscar ^Priest voted
“nay”, last week in the “last-ditch
battle of the drys in the House to re
store to the Prohibition Bureau the
right to tap telephone and telegraph
wires, employ “stool pigeons” and
other informers, and purchase liquor
in order to get evidence of violations.
Cheered by their unusual victory,
the wets, who have fought for years
in the House for these restrictions on
the enforcement fund, shouted and
As the enforcement fund for the
fiscal year 1934 now stands it is a.
bout 18 per cent below 1933 appropri
FINDS NICKEL IN STORE—GETS
360 DAYS IN JAIL
Washington, (CNS) Thurman Dade.
26, on entering Israel Liebermann’^
delicatessen in Barry Place last Sat
urday night picked up a nckel from
the floor. Liebermann, the white
proprietor claimed the coin and forced
Dade to give it to him.
Dade left the store but returned
after a short time. He had a gun
which he pressed against Liebermanns
side as he demanded the return of
the coin. He got it and also 360 days
in jail when haled before Police Court
Judge Gus A. Schuldt, and convicted
of an assault, threatening the life of
MME. ROSS EXPECTED TO VISIT
OMAHA ON TOUR
Music lovers of the city of Denver
enjoyed the high privilege on last
Thursday night when one of its own
fair citizens returned after y’rs spent
in New York and elsewhere studying
under the best teachers, and gave
what is regarded as one of the most
finished presentations of classical mu
sic, popular numbers and folk songs
that the city has enjoyed in many
moons. The performer was Mme.
Jessie Ross, known to Denver and the
west, as Mrs. Jesse Zachery, who for
many years made her home in this
city and who began her career as a
student here under the noted teacher
of voice, Robert Wall. The recital
last week was the third appearance
of Mrs. Ross in recent years and the
large auditorium of Shorter AME.
Church was completely filled with her
friends and admirers.
The old lavonte • l Attempt irom
Love’s Sickness to Fly” won hearty
approval from the audience as did her
almost perfect rendition of the dif
ficult aria from Verdi’s “Aida”, Ocieli
Auri”. The splendidly selected group
of spirituals were rendered with feel
ing and won high praise from all who
heard them. At the conclusion of the
printed program the audience refused
to move from their seats until she
had sung again and again for them
and the program was concluded to the
thunderous applause of the delighted
friends and well wishers of the petite
Since leaving Denver Mrs. Ross has
studied under the direction of Oscar
Saenger, distinguished music teacher
of Carnegie Hall and was the winner
of the Ferrari-Fontana Scholarship
for excellent attainment in her work.
She has made a number of trips a
broad since that time and has appear
ed on the professional and concert
stage in a number of successful per
Pending other engagements which
will take her to other western cities,
perhaps to Wichita. Kansas City and
Omaha, she is resting at the home of
old friends. Dr. and Mrs. C. E. Terry
on Downing St. Upon invitation of
the committee in charge of the annual
Denver Interracial Sunday program,
Mrs. Ross has consented to sing in
Held On Murder Charge
The visit of Wauneta Harris and
Henry Webster of 559 North 25th
Ave., to the home of Levi Rose, 956
North 25th Ave., proved costly Sun
day night, February 5th. These two
persons decided to accompany Cleo
Portwood, an acquaintance (who liv
ed in the same house as Rose) to her
home. On arriving at the residence,
they were confronted by Rose who
told them in so many words that they
were not welcome dnd because they
did not seem to take his command
seriously enough Rose produced a .32
Caliber Smith and Wesson revolver
and proceeded to use the same in no
friendly manner which resulted in the
fatal shooting of Miss Harris and the
wounding of Webster twice in the ab
domen. Miss Portwood escaped un
injured. Police were notified and de
tectives Targy and English and Offic
er Barger and Sergt. Cleghom res
ponded, also the Police ambulance and
officer Bean. Dr. Casey pronounced
Wauneta Harris, dead, and the body
was ordered to the Myer’s Funeral
Home. Henry Webster was ordered
to the station in the police ambulance
and attended by Dr. Casey. Levi was
arrested and held for murder, Cleo
Portwood was held as a state witness
and Webster was held for investi
Grim evidenae of the tragedy was
found on the Webster porch including
a broken razor, black and white scarf,
brown fur cuff, a brown hat, a lip
stick box, and discharged gun shells.
Miss Harris was shot in the left chest
near the heart.
connection with the address of Dr.
S. Johnson of Fisk University, who
will be the speaker. She has been
the recipient of many social courtes
ies from old friends and admirers
during her stay in the city.
PROMOTER SERVED WITH
SUMMONS BY CREDITORS
New York, Feb.—George W. John
son whose specialty is promoting huge
contests and entertainments for or
ganizations, has been served with a
summons to appear and show cause
why he should not be arrested and
prosecuted for alleged failure to pay
all debts in connection with his pro
motion last spring of the “Night in
California” entertainment for the
benefit of the New York branch of
the NAACP. The branch officials
contend they had a contract with
Johnson which provided he was to
promote the affair and pay all bills
and that the net proceeds were to be
divided. The branch claims Johnson
failed to carry out his part of the
contract and left without paying all
the bills and awarding all the prizes.
The branch charges it was crippled
in its work and that its commercial
credit was impaired and the faith of
the public in it was damaged by John
son’s alleged failure to pay as was
WYKOFF 100 YARD MARVEL
RATES TOLAN AND METCALFE
New York City (CNS) Frank Wy
koff. counted by many as the “fast
est human” since he holds the record
for the 100 yard dash—9.4 seconds
rates Eddie Tolan. the Ebony flash,
now holding a recording clerk’s desk
in Wayne County (Detroit); and
Ralph Metcalfe, the Marquette Col
THE CHURCH OF ST. PHILIP THE DEACON
The Church of St. Philip the Deacon, ;at'21st |and Paul Streets, where
for forty-two years, the late Rev. John Albert Williams, Pastored.
Many Notables To
Appear At Inter
lege star; as first and third in a list
of the 10 greatest sprinters he has
met in competition,
j A year from now, maybe two, and
Wykoff, who set the world record for
100 yards at 9.4 seconds in Los An
geles in 1930, feels he will have to
head his list with another name, that
of Ralph Metcalfe, Marquette’s great
Negro sprinter, who followed Tolan
in both Olympic triumphs.
The records of Tolan a°d Metcalfe
are as follows:
Eddie Tolan, world record, 10.3 for
100 meters and 21.2 for 200 meters.
Ralph Metcalfe, 10.3 second for 100
meters, American record.
Wykoff, only 23 years old, com
pleted his scholastic work at South
ern California two weeks ago and is
in the East for a month of indoor
competition, the first of his career.
It is hardly possible that he will meet
Tolan or Metcalfe in any of these
BROOKLYN DAILY HITS
SLAVERY ON FLOOD CON.
Brooklyn, N. Y.—Feb.—An editor
ial supporting the resolution of Sen
ator Wagner for a senate investiga
tion of labor conditions on the Missi
ssippi Flood Control Project was
published Sunday in the Brooklyn
Times Union. The editorial was
written after the Brooklyn branch of
the NAACP. had presented detailed
information to the editors on levee
labor conditions as uncovered by the
investigators for the NAACP. Other
branches of the association are urged
to place the facts before their daily
newspapers asking that they sup
port editorially the move for a senate
probe of conditions.
BIRMINGHAM NAACP. ASSURED
ON LEVEE RESOLUTION BY
Birmingham, Ala., Feb.—Senator
Hugo L. Black of Alabama has assur
ed the Birmingham branch of the
NAACP. that he will give the Wag
ner Resolution for an investigation of
the slavery on the Mississippi flood
control project his “very serious and
sympathetic attention when it reach
es the floor of the Senate.” His let
ter, cordial and courteous in tone,
was in answer to a telegram sent for
the branch by Dr. Chas. A. J. Mc
Pherson. secretary, urging him to
vote for the resolution.
An unusual program featuring
some of the city’s foremost thinkers
and leaders will be held on Thursday
February 16th at the North Side “Y”.
The program is being sponsored by
the Public Affairs Committee of the
Branch and is as follows.
10:30 a. m.—Attorney John Adams,
Presiding. Subject, “Interracial At
titudes of the Press”, Speaker, Mr.
Ballard Dunn, Managing Editor Om
aha Journal of Progress. Ten minute
talks, Mr. Fred Hunter, Managing
Editor Omaha Bee News; Mr. W. R.
Watson, Managing Editor Omaha
12:30 p. m.—Presiding, Mr. Henry
Kierser, Kieser’s Book Store. Subject,
“Race Prejudices”, Speaker Rabbi
12:30 p. m. Luncheon—25c
2:00 p. m.—Presiding Mr. J. G. Mas
ters, Principal Central High School.
Subject, “The Myth of Racial Super
iority”. Speakers, Mr. Charles C.
Cravat, Professor English Creighton
University; Attorney H. J. Pinkett.
3:45 p. m.—Subject, “The Way Out”.
Speaker, Rev. Laurence L. Plank,
Minister First Uitarian Church.
6:30 p. m.—Presiding, Mr. A. W.
Becker, President, Philosophical Soc
iety. Subject, “Workers and the Race
Problem”. Speaker, Mr. S. S. ^aid
well Vice-President, Douglas T 'ck
6:30 p. m.—Dinner 35c
8:00 p. m.—Zion Baptist Church. Pre
siding, Mr. W. G. Haynes. Subject
“Recent Developments of Interracial
Movements”. Speaker, Attorney S.
Joe Brown, Retiring Chairman Inter
racial Commission, Des Moines, Iowa.
All meetings are open to the public.
Reservations for meals can be made
by phoning We. 1539. This is your
opportunity to express your views on
this very vital subject, and to suggest
together ways out of some of our
MISS PEAVY SUSTAINS INJURES
WINS DAMAGE SUIT BUT LOSES
Kansas City, Mo. (CNS) Miss Mil
dred Peavy who was struck by a
street car here on June 5, 1930 and
won her damage suit against the
street car company for $5,000 in Mar.
1931, compromised recently for $3,500
Upon receipt of the $3,500 she de
posited it in the Pioneer Trust and
Savings bank last week, and left the
city for a visit to her mother in Des
Moines, Icwa. A few days after the
$3,500 was deposited the bank failed
to open its doors.
MAN AND CIVIC
Gave 42 Years of Faithful Service
Requiem high mass was conducted
Tuesday morning for Father John Al
bert Williams, beloved rector of the
Episcopal Church of St. Philips, at
St. Philips and public services were
held at the Trinity Cathedral Tues
The alternoon service was attended
by Mayor Metcalfe, the Episcopal
clergy and parishioners from every
Omaha parish, and clery and laymen
from out of town.
Bishop Shayler was assisted by
Bishop Irving P. Johnson of the Col
orado diocese, Dean Stephen E. Mc
Ginley of Trinity cathedral and Rev.
F. J. Stecher of St. John’s Episcopal
church, with clergymen of the diocese
in the sanctuary.
An escort of police under Captain
Payne preceded the funeral procession
to the cemetery and was stationed at
the church during the service.
Dr. Williams served as rector of
St. Philips for 42 years and was gen
erally considered to be one of the best
known and best liked clergymen in
the United States. He had been the
recipient of many honors during his
career. He was given one of the
highest honors attainable in the Epis
copal Church, Nov. 2, 1929, when Bis
hop E. V. Shayler bestowed upon him
the cross of the Order of Sangreal.
He was the only man in Omaha and
one of the few men in the world to
be awarded this cross. It is given by
the church to persons who serve hero
ically in a quiet way.
Father Williams served on the
board of many organizations of gen
eral membership. He was the first
Negro to be a member of the Com
munity Chest’s governing board. He
served on the tornado relief commis
He helped organize and was the
first president of the Omaha branch
of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People. He
was treasurer of the Woodson Cult
ural Center and a member of the
board of the Urban League. For
many years he edited the Monitor.
Twelve years ago he was nominated
for the post of bishop of Haiti, but
lost ®y a few votes. Three years la
ter he was urged for a missionary
During his residence in Omaha Dr.
Williams declined several calls from
some of the largest Episcopal church
es in the country. Among these
were St. Luke Church at Washington,
D. C., and St. Thomas church at
Father Williams was 66 years old.
His death was unexpected as he had
been in good uealth despite a slight
stroke suffered four years ago. Wed
nesday, as he and Mrs. Williams were
on their way to a dinner, he stepped
in a hole in the paying. The unex
pected jar, Mrs. Williams said, ap
peared to bring on a heart attack.
He was taken home and seemed to
be recovering, but died in his sleep
Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Williams
found the &ody.
Besides the widow, Father Williams
is surwed a son, Worthington of
Omaha and ^tv:> daughters, Catherine,
a senior at the University of Neb
raska, and Dorothy, a teacher in Tulsa
Okla. Dorothy returned for the fun
The active pallbearers were: W. G.
Haynes. Dr. Herbert Wiggins* 1 T.
Smith, Henry W. Black, Leslie . ‘ >,
man and B. B. Cowan.
Honorary pallbearers: T. B. Mi
hammltt, Isaac Bailey, M. F. Single
ton, E. W. Pryor, Alphonse Wilson,
Alfred Jones^- Calvin Spriggs, Dr. J.
H. Hutten, H. J. Crawford, Dr. L. E.
Britt, J. F.‘ Smith, Saybert Hanger,
H. J. Pinkett. Dr. W. W. Peebles,
Mayor Metcalfe, William Ritchie,
John Hedlund, Charles Hopper, Char
les Trimble, Dr. Charles Unitt, J. W.
Barnhart, Eugene McAuliffe, Fred
Eastman, M. B. Potter, Robert Smith,
W. F. Baxter, Milton Darling, Vanie
Wheatley, Dr, F. 0. Beck, Joseph
Barker, F. H. Davis, B. H. Rhoades,
Arthur Pancoast, Paul P. Good, F.
W. Thomas, William Gosh, John Ti
Wolfe and H. W. Yates.
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