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By CLIFFORD C. MITCHELL (
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THB PI ZZLE M AKERS.
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Judging *rom the news and ad.
vertising columns of the many “ex.
change*” constantly reaching me the
people seam to have gone “puzzle
made”. Why. even locally, we are
forced to step and move cautiously
for fear of upsetting the puzzle of
Whether the cause of this sudden
“puzzle craze” is one of design or
mere coincidence there is good psych,
elegy in bsdr of it What with tb«
chaotic state of the world, and our
own nation in particular, one needs
to be “puxxle mi rak'd” in order to
maintain a normal mental balance.
• • •
But for an intensely complicated
puzzle I invite any one to try and
a- -emble the many thousands of no.
tations contained in my files on ev.
cry conceivable racial subject, and
make an orderly and consistent
whole out of the many parts.
• 0 •
Either the puzzle parts (news dis.
patches contained in the racial “ex.
change*”) are woefully in error or
else our leaders, our writers, out
propaganda publicists are super-ex
cellent opportunists and their victory
lie* not m consistency hut in mere
head line splurges.
• • •
1 often wonder if our various lead
er* think that their activities, real
and announced, are carefully record
ed and tabulated from week to week
and year to year? Surely, they can
not believe so, or else they themsel
ves do not keep any record of theii
own act- 'ns, hence their constant in.
consistencies- which make them ex.
cellent puzzle makers.
• • •
Instead of writing in parables it
may be my Brood fortune, some day, to
find myself so situated that in writ
ing I can .rive concrete examples,
with names, dates, and a complete
analysis of the inconsistencies of
many of our puzzle makers. In the
mean time our dose readers will have
no difficulty in grasping my refer
• • •
These situations are national. We
can commence at the nation’s capital
where our leaders whose very exis
tence is derived from the activities of
*‘; m crow" organizations and whose
cry is the loudest against all other
‘ crow” activities, and cite ex
ample after example in every large
center wher«r our people exist in
• • •
We can go into the communities
where our people are clamoring for
opportunities and after they get them
the protests are long and loud be
cause the opportunities were handed
to them on a brass tray instead of a
• * •
If some writer should actually de
pict true conditions, giving specific
details, etc., he would go down in his
tory a? one of the greatest American
hunvr'sta. while readers would laugh
themselves to sleep while decrying
that such conditions couldn’t possibly
be true. I’m almost tempted to hang
| the puzzle makers in effigy.
PILGRIM WILL CELEBRATE
PASTOR’S THIRD ANNIVER
SARY, MARCH 19th, 1933
Members and friends of the Pil
grim Baptist Church will celebrate
i the Third Anniversary of their Pas
tor, Rev. J. H. Dotson and family,
! Sunday afternoon March 19th at
| thn e o’clock p. m. Rev. C. C. Har
per, pastor of Zion, his choir and
congregation will be present and de
liver the sermon for the occasion. It
will be remembered that Rev. Dotson
came to Pilgrim from Indianapolis,
Ind., three years ago January 1st,
and his leadership has been felt not
only at Pilgrim but throughout the
city and state. He is also president
of the Interdenominational Minister
ial Alliance. A good program will be
rendered and the public is invited to
be present and show their apprecia
tion to one who is worthy.
N'AAACP. PROTESTS A. A. U.
MAN CALLING METCALFE
New York, March—Letters protest
ing the reference to Ralph Metcalfe,
champion sprinter and Olympic gam
es star, as a “coon” by Gustave Kir
by of the AAU. have been sent to
radio station WMCA. and the AAU.
by the national office of the Nation
al Association for the Advancement
• f Colored People and by Alexander
K. Miller, president of the Brooklyn
branch of the NAACP.
Saturday night in Madison Square
Garden, immediately after the great
Marquette university sprinter had
beaten Emmett Toppino of New Or
leans in the 60-yard dash in new
world’s record time, Kirby came to
the microphone to say a few words
| on the race. He blabbed out “How
i that coon did run!” The regular sta
tion announcer immediately apologiz
ed over the air for Kirby’s remark.
WMCA, is a local New York station
and is not a member of the network.
The letters of protest pointed out
that Metcalfe helped his country win
the Olympic games and that probab
ly in no other country in the world
would a champion be insulted by such
a reference to his race and color.
AAU. officials were asked to instruct
I their staff to refrain from using de
grading and insulting racial epithets.
Persons jvho wi§h to protest should
write Daniel Ferris, secretary Amat
! eur Athletic Union, 233 Broadway,
New York City.
Mfs. Estelle Tribue Craig, promin
ent club woman, died Monday evening
February 27th, at the Methodist Hos
pital after five weeks illness.
This community has suffered a
great loss in passing- of Mrs. Craig.
I She was much loved by all who know
I her. Her life was spent in the wel
fare of others. She was also very
active in church and fraternal organ.
Funeral services were held from
Zion Baptist Church. She is survived
by her husband. Walter Craig, a bro
ther. other relatives and a host of
WELL KNOWN ORCHESTRA IN
The well known orchestra of King
Oliver can be heard every Monday
and Saturday over WSM, Nashville,
Tenn., from five until five-thirty at
the Ridgeway Inn. Nashville, Tenn.
“De Bo” Mills, sensational drum
mer, is one of King Oliver’s depend
able men. He is the nephew of J. W.
Cotton of Oklahoma City. “De Bo”
wishes his many friends to tune in
over WSM for good music and snap
Three Defenders of Scottsboro Boys
THREE LEADERS OF SCOTTS
BORO LEGAL DEFENSE CORPS
From left to right, Samuel S. Lei
bowitz, of New York, General George
W. Chamlee, of Chattanooga, Tenn
essee, and Joseph Brodsky, I. L. D.
lawyer, who will appear in Scottsboro
court to demand a change of venue
for the new trial of the Scottsboro I
boys, March 6. General Chamlee is
chief defense attorney. Mr. Leibo
witz, probably the best known crim
inal attorney in the country, who has
volunteered his services to the ILD.
on behalf of the Scottsboro boys, will
conduct the defense in the court room.
Mr. Brodsky has been associated with
the case from the first, and will con
tinue to act as associate counsel. Oth
er lawyers of the ILD. Scottsboro de
fense battery are Irving Schwab of
New York, who is now in Birming
ham, and John H. Geer, and Benjam
in J. Davis, Jr., brilliant young Ne
gro attorneys of Atlanta, Ga„ who
are also conducting the defense of
Angelo Herndon and the Atlanta Six
for the ILD.
DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOY.
MENT IS BANNED BY INDIANA
Indianapolis, Ind., Match— The
house of representatives on February
25 passed a bill which bars discrim
ination because of race or color in
the giving of employment on state
and municipal building projects. The
bill is to come up for a vote in the
senate today (March 3) and is expect
ed to pass.
Representative Henry J. Richard
son, Jr., introduced and pushed the
bill through the house practically
single handed. It is the same bill
suggested by the NAACP. last year
and introduced in the U. S. Congress
last year by Representative Joe Crail
of California. Mr. Crail drafted his
bill after consulting the NAACP.
California branch. Representative
Richardson took the Crail bill as a
model. It was sent to Indianapolis
January 30 by Walter White, secre
tary of the NAACP.
ONLY 400 NEGROES ATTEND JIM
CROW “GREEN PASTURES”
Washington, D. C— March— A sfim
crowd of only 400 colored people at
tended the special jim crow perform
ance of “The Green Pastures” at the
National theatre here February 26.
The newspapers, the ministerial al
liance and the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored Peo
ple which all fought vigorously ag
ainst the jim crowing were glad that
out of the 132,000 Negroes in Wash
ington only 400 stooped to jim crow
theiWfcelves, but A. S. Pinkett, secre
tary of the NAACP. branch said:
“Those were just 400 too many; the
theatre would have been empty if we
had proper race pride.” Practically
no “leading” Nelgroes were present
and observors said not a single Elk
was in attendance. The Elks can
celled a contract they had made and
Grand Exalted Ruler Finley Wilson
announced the Elks would sponsor no
jim crow performance for Negroes.
RESORT MANAGER. TARGET OF
JIM CROW CHARGES, NOT RE
White Plains, NY., March—Frank
W. Darling, who has been manager
of Playland at a salary of $28,000 a
year, had his contract held up here,
February 27, by the board of super
visors, of Westchester county. The
board voted not to renew Darling’s
contract which expired March 1. un
til a committee investigating his con
duct of the county resort had made
its report. The committee has been
hearing charges of mismanagement
of Playland and has heard also many
[ witnesses presented by the NAACP.
tell of jim crowing at the resort.
(by 0. J. BURCKHARDT)
After four days of rest on the part
of the Senate, during which time the
House continued to mill around them
selves. The Senate and House both
settled down to business Monday af
Monday night, the leaders of the
House mobilized their strength to
gether for a decisive vote on the ad
ministrative Stringfellow Bill to re
duce motor vehcile license fees and
modify motor trucking restriction. I
said to you last week that I was posit
ive this bill would become a law and
I was not alone in my opinion, most
al the legislators thought so. I refer
now to the Road Committee Bill,
Houseroll Number 195. The Demo
cratic leaders thought they had the
necessary two thirds margin to put
the reduced rate into immediate ef
fect, but this bill, like many others,
died before a volume of fire in the
house this morning.
The Senate directed their attention
this morning to a resolution that had
been presented by Senator John
Boelts to appoint a regular spokes
man through whom the wishes and j
recommenctetions of the governor
would be made known to the Legis
lature. After a brief discussion this
morning, the resolution was not only
rejected but it was voted to expunge
it from the records. The putting of
the voting machine into service was
passed upon by the Senate Monday
afternoon following the Supreme
Court s decision in tne case on tne
legibility of the machine.
The House and Road Committee
pulled a surprise Tuesday morning by
reporting out favorable House Roll
226. a gas tax exemption measure.
Action on this matter had not been
expected until the committee had de
cided upon other gasoline tax bills
At the afternoon meeting of the
Senate, Judiciary Committee O’Mal
lery Bill, House Roll 63, to re-organ
ize the code department along the
line outined by Governor Bryan and
put them under directors or other of
ficial heads instead of secretaries.
This was voted out to general file.
Senate file 198 to give beet labor
ers a prier lien on the crop as secur
ity for their payments. This bill
was defeated by Senator McCarter
who pleaded that it would seriously
handicap the beet growers.
This afternoon, the House has re
vived the Newbauer Bill and amended
it by making the auto licenses $3.00,
$5.00 on all cars under 2800. This
bill has the favor of the committee as
a whole. The vote stood 82 to 11 in
its favor. It will now be brought
back to the Senate for approval and
it is again conceded that it will be
come a law with the emergency clause
which will make it effective at once.
The banking affair is claiming
much thought on the part of the law
makers. I think by next week’s re
port we can tell you that the auto’s
license has been permanently settled.
JAPANESE ‘U’ PROFESSOR SAYS
NEGROES SHOULD FIGHT JIM
New York, March—Dr. G. Fukami,1
professor of commerce in the Univer
sity of Tokyo, who is making a study
of American and European univers
ities, told the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored Peo
ple this week that Negroes should
fight jim crow to the last ditch. He
related an incident where he had been
embarrassed, but not refused, when
h took a Negro friend to a New York
restaurant. He said “I would have
fought the man for that insult to my
friend. The Negroes, they must
fight this all the time. I think may
be they are content with it, yes ? The
Japanese people will gladly fight and
give their lives to resent insults. The
Negro people must do the same.”
DIES OVER WASH TUB
St. Louis, Mo.,—Mrs. Gertrude
Wells, 51 years old, 2328 Walnut
street, collapsed at laundry work a
bout 9 a. m. Monday at 6123 Mc
Pherson avenue, where she had been
employed for 20 years. She was dead
when taken to City Hospital No. 2,
where death was attributed to heart
failure. Her employer said she ap
peared to be in good health when she
started to work.
COMMUNITY CENTER ASSEMBLY
ROOM NEAR COMPLETION
A movable stage and chairs were
erected in the Assembly Room of the
Community Center this week. This
room is expected to be completed in
a few days.
The equipment for the dental clin
ic was installed last Friday.
The Executive Committee intends
to get the building ready for the cen
ter activities by April 1st.
A Beaconlight To Negro
33 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE
Income Over 2 Million Dollars
Officials of the North Carolina
Mutual Life Insurance company, fore
most financial organization of its
kind in the world, issued a public
statement this week announcing that
the Durham company has passed the
four-million dollar asset mark. The
statement reads in part as follows:
“1932 proved to be a trying year.
One of the most striking features of
the year was the decreased national
buying power, which came about pri
marily because of the decrease na
tional earning power. The highest
purposes and noblest ambitions of the
institution of life insurance are to
underwrite the national earning pow
er which, in turn, safeguards and
protects the equilibrium of our nation
al purchasing power. It is recognized
that in proportion as the national
earning and purchasing powers are
underwritten, so is the future of our
nation removed from the ravages of
“The North Carolina Mutual Life
Insurance company is carrying on a
mong the Negro group with the same
high and noble purposes and ambit
ions that permeate the institution of
life insurance as practiced by other
American life insurance companies.
DE PRIEST FETE NELL HUNTER
Washington—Mrs. Nell Hunter of
Durham, a member of “The Green
Pastures” cast, as a dinner guest\of
Congressman and Mrs. Oscar De
Priest in their U Street residence
here last week before the company
NATIONAL BENEFIT PAY §896.27
CLAIM TO LOCAL MAN
On March 1st, Mr. H. L. Anderson,
Omaha District agent for the Nation
al Benefit Life Insurance Co., of
Washington, received a check for
§896.27 as payment on a life policy
held by the beneficiaries of John W.
Moore, 1919 Ave. C., Council Bluffs,
TO HONOR NEW PASTOR AND
On March 17th, the members of
St. John’s Chujjgh will give a recep
tion and banquet in honoi> of their
new Pastor and wife, Rev. and Mrs.
L. P. Bryant.
TO PRESENT A CANTATA
The Imperial Choir of which Mr.
Scott is president and the S. A. Botts
Club, whose president is Mrs. Ander
son, will present “The Nazarene”, a
cantata at Zion Baptist Church,
Thursday evening, March 16th at 8
SEC’Y OF INTERIOR IS
OF NAACP. BRANCH
NEW SECRETARY OF INTERIOR
PROMISES SQUARE DEAL
New York, March—Harold L. Ickes
new secretary of the Interior in Pres
ident Roosevelt’s cabinet, has written
the NAACP. thanking it for the tele
gram of congratulations sent by Wal
ter White and promising a square
deal to all. The letter:
“I especially appreciate the cordial
and friendly telegram received from
you under date of February 23, While
I am at the head of the department of
the Interior I hope that every citizen,
regardless of race or creed, will feel
that he is getting a square deal. I
shall welcome help and suggestions
from you at any time.”
Mr. Ickes was president of the
Chicago branch of the NAACP. in
1922, 1923 and 1924. He and Mrs.
Ickes are both contributors to the
NEGRO APPOINTED TO MICHI
GAN PARDON BOARD
Detroit, Mich.—Announcement has
been made of the appointment of
Charles A. Diggs, young undertaker
as a member of the State Parole
Board by Commissioner of Pardons
and Parole Alfred Debo'. It is said the
appointment came as recognition of
Diggs’ activities on behalf of the Dem
ocratic Party in the last campaign.
TO HEAR PENNSYLVANIA JIM.
CROW SCHOOL CASE
Harrisburg, Pa.—A hearing will be
held here Mar. 2, by Attorney Gener
al William Schnader to decide wheth
er he should join in a suit against the
school board of Berwyn, Pa., over the
exclusion of more than 200 Negro pu
pils from anewly built township
school. Attorney Raymond Pace Al
exander of Philadelphia is acting on
behalf of the parents. The suit has
been held up on various technicalities
one of which was the requirement that
the attorney general of the state
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WAR ACE AND NEGRO ROBBER
Hollywood, Calif.—Glen Paul Rog
ers, World War pilot, was shot to
death early Saturday morning, Feb.
25, in a police chase here in which he
participated, resulting in the killing
; °f Richard Wells, Negro, who was i
dentified as the “purple masked” rob
ber who had been responsible for scor
es of robberies. Rogers and Wells
were killed in an exchange of shots
between police and Wells.
Dr. Lennox On the Job I
Is Issued to help you understand the
Federal Home Loan Bank System
The Act became a law July 22, 1932
Twelve Banks are now in operation
. The Home Loan Bank law is sound
and in the main satisfactory' and con
structive legislation. The building and
loan associations of the United States
are unalterably opposed any
change in the law until it has had a
chance to demonstrate its usefulness.
Over 1,650 associations have commit
ted themselves to purchase over $12,.
000,000 worth of stock in the Home
Loan Bank System, upon the invita
tion of Congress. A like number will
purchase stock as soon as State Leg
islatures convene and pass proper leg
islation. We respectfully suggest that
the few months which have passed
ancial system to get into full swing
sufficient time for any national fin
ancial system to get nto full swing
and that criticism and comment, with
out careful study of the whole situa
tion and problem, only impede tba
rapid progress that, in our judgement
is being made at the preheat time.
The record indicates th*t both the
Federal Reserve System and the Fed
eral Land Bank System spent nearly
a year in organization work before
their first loans were made. Already
Home Loan Banks have made advanc
es to member institutions on the def
inite understanding that these funds
be retailed to home owners by these
newly admitted member institutions.
(Continued next week")
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