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Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday, April 22, 1933. ; Number Nine—.
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By CLIFFORD C. WTCHELL?
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Now that Mayor Murphy of De
troit can be addressed as Governor
General of the Phillipines, the colored
travelers will, no doubt, find it much
more attractive to cross the Pacific
than the -Atlantic.
• • •
Apparently, all factional differenc
es have been ironed out and the Vic
tory Life Insurance Company will
continue to operate as an independent
concern, after a re-organization and
a capital adjustment have been made/
Thus, a structure has been saved for
the race that will provide employ
ment for hundreds of our men and
• • *
Out of the Scottsboro mess the
name of one attorney is being for
ever placed on a pedestal as far as
colored readers are concerned. Who
will ever forget, Samuel C. Leibo
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O. Wendell Shaw. 1026 tk Mt. Ver
non Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, writes
in to announce that he is able to as
sist any aspiring race writer in the
preparation and disposition of their
manuscripts. (This information
should please those writers who want,
ed to contact a colored literary a.
• • •
Laurence J. W. Hayes, of Wash,
iigrton. D. C. writing in a recent is
sue of the Washington Tribune says
that he is the only colored person
writing a weekly column for a white
publication. Maybe, he means the
only colored person in Washington,
D. C. so doing?
• • •
A word of praise for little “Jimmy
Lu Valle, star track man out in Cali
fornia. Over two yean ago I started
compiling data on his accomplish
ments. That was when he was a sen
ior at Polytechnic High School in Los
Angeles, and before he won the Dunn
gold medal. A little later on it look,
ed as though his track career was
over, due to serious illness, operations
and toe trouble. In spite of all his dif
ficulties ho now turns up in college
as the most remarkable track “find”
of the season.
• • •
The spring weather is bringing out
quite a f«w writers who have been
hibernating during the winter months
and incidentally giving a new spring
appearanc« to some of our news
sheets. Bill Donaldson is livening up
the Detroit Peoples News with his
Stage. Screen and Radio page. Mau
rice Dancer, the new theatrical editor
of the Courier “Ted Yatc’s “Around
New York Town” is in the Buffalo
Star. •••And with Floyd G. Snel.
son's second week with the Buffalo
Star we find the four attractive Pope
sisters on the front page. “‘Ralph
Lester, apparently of Philadelphia,
or Elmwood, is seen in the papers all
over the country.
• • •
Liquid Assets are increasing! Sev
eral of our papers have already an.
nexed some good “beer” advertise,
ments. (If our advertising managers
don’t know ft, there it to be a pub.
licity war waged between the soft
drink manufacturers and the brew,
•n.) Drink that statement down.
Garden Contest Gets Under Way!
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THOMAS R. HOCUTT
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CECIL A. McCOY
Left to right are shown Thomas
R. Hocutt, and Atty. Cecil A. Mc
Coy, both of Durham N. Carolina.
Mr. Hocutt was denied recently a
mandamus to enable him to enter the
pharmacy course at the University
of North Carolina. Messrs. McCoy an
Pearson (not shown) were his attor
neys in the case and were assisted by
Win. Hastie of Washington DC. sent
to Durham by the NAACP. The
case will be appealed. This is the
first step by the NAACP. to secure
professional training for Negroes in
the south at the expense of the state.
As a result of the Hocutt action, the
North Carolina legislature is consid
ering a bill to pay the tuition of Ne
gro students in professional schools
outside the State.
THE NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE
by O. J. BURCKHARDT
This writing will say to you that
the house passed that awful beer bill
today 58 to 39 without the emergency
clause. Friends to beer held the house
in a deadlock for 10 minutes on the
call of the house hoping to put on the
emergency clause which the house
failed to do. The hope of the beer
friends now rests in the senate to put
on the emergency clause. To do that
they must have 22 votes out of 33.
While the friends of the beer bill are
anxious for the senate to take up the
bill Wednesday but the finance bill
will have preference and the finance
committee. I think will report their
bill for action Wednesday morning.
When the beer bill came up this morn
ing any member had a right to object
to its consideration. The first action
was by Tremmor Cone of Valley to
send it back to the committee of the
whole for a specific amendment. Both
sides listened to Cone’s explanation
then voted down his motion. Then
Speaker O’Malley said shall the bill
pass with the emergency clause. Rep.
Vance <xf Milford rose to object.
O’Gana, a strong beer advocate, join
ed him. Both pointed out that the bill
had not been on the board long e
nough but the chair ruled that no ob
jection was made when the bill was
taken under consideration. O’Gana’s
appeal was beaten by a tie vote of
35-35. Then W. H. Meirs of Lincoln
backed by Frank Klopping of Wayne
moved for a reconsideration. The mo
tion secured a majority of 49.28, but
lacked the 51 votes required for re
consideration. so the famous beer bill
came to a final vote. The speaker
rang the gong, lights flashed on the
electric voting machine. The beer
leaders were disappointed for they
had only 55 votes when they needed
67, but they immediately moved for
a call of the house and the total
reached 59. The beer advocates said,
“If we can get 60 votes, look for a
landslide." But the landslide did not
My personal conviction is that the
beer bill will pass the senate, but I
doubt it carrying the emergency
clause, if so it will be close.
The senators are getting tired and
want to get through and rather than
make a delay they may not vote
either way. Both the senate and the
house are fighting with short arms
now. They want to get away by the
1st of May.
Many bills will go to the slaughter
pen in the closing few days.
It is now a great question, in my
mind, whether or not the Governor
will sign said beer bill which if he
don’t will mean a further delay.
In the next writing, I will say when
we hope to close.
Other bills of importance have been
dealt with in both house and senate.
Bryan salary bill was approved by
the house. The big fight aside from
the beer bill will be the budget or
FEDERAL FORESTRY RECRUITS
SENT TO SEPARATE CAMPS
New York, April—Although no
discrimination has been found thus
far in the recruiting of men to serve
in the federal reforestation camps,
the colored men are being sent to
separate camps. The Cincinnati, Phil
adelphia and Chicago branches of the
NAACP. followed up personally the
enlistment of the men in their cities
and report no discrimination against
Negroes. In New York, the NAACP.
natonal office found that Negroes
were being enlisted proportionately,
but that whites were being sent to
Fort Slocum, near New Rochelle, N.
Y. and Negroes were being sent to
Camp Dix, New Jersey. The separa
tion is believed due to the fact that
the War department has charge of
the enlistment ^nd the War depart
ment policy is segregation from top
to bottom in everything it handles.
NAACP. /PROTEST SAVES JOBS
IN NEW HOUSE OFFICE
New York, April 14—Acting upon
the direct information from high
sources that an order had been issu
ed that no Negroes were to be em
ployed in any capacity in the newly
completed House office building in
Washington, the NAACP. protested
to Anning S. Prall, chairman of the
committee on patronage of the dem
ocratic party, and to President
Roosevelt. Mr. Prall telegraphed Wal
ter M hite April 13 denying that any
such order had bqpn issued. The wire
continued: “employment will be giv
en here as in the old building to those
having the qualifications and where
NEW OFFICIALS OF LOCAL
BRANCH NAACP. ELECTED
The New officials of the local
branch NAACP. are as follows: R.
C. Price, President; Rev. P. M. Harris
1st vice President; Atty Wm. Ritchie,
Jr., 2nd vice President; Thelma Marie
Hancock, Secretary; H. L. Anderson,
Chamber of Commerce to Sponsor
Annual Yard, Garden Contest
MASTER OF THE TRUMPET
LOUIS ARMSTRONG, the world’s
greatest cornetists and his fourteen
piece band, will play at a dance at
the Dreamland, Monday, May 1st.
A record breaking crowd is expected,
as this is Armstrong’s first appear
ance in Omaha.
NABS WOMAN WHO MURDERED
Washington,—Acting on a tip po
lice raided a house in southwest
Washington last week and apprehend
ed Mrs. Ella Holdman. fugitive slay
er of her 5 year old daughter whose
body was found in a sewer trap on
March 5. Crying, laughing, scream
ing and cursing, alternately, the for
mer Greensboro woman defied police
When shown a photograph of her
murdered daughter, the woman laugh
She told police she took the child
to a dump lot and killed her with a
brick, then threw the body in the
'Swwer trap. When asked concerning
the child’s whereabouts shortly after
its disappearance and before she her
self vanished Mrs. Holdman told of
sending the child to its (father who
was living in Greensboro.
BILLY PIERCE DEAD; MAKER OF
New York,—Billy Pierce, teacher
of many of the mostly-known dancers
of America and Europe, died Tuesday
in a hospital here a victim of influ
enza. Mr. Pierce who was known as
“Harlem’s ambassador to Broad
way” was the creator of the Charles
ton, the Black Bottom and the Sugar
The dancing instructor was born
in Purcelville, Va., 42 years ago. He
was educated there and at Stover’s
college at Harper’s Ferry. Before en
tering the stage show producing game
Billy was managing editor of the
Washington Dispatch and the Chi
cago Defender. The London.England
producer, Charles Cochrane, secured
the services of the instructor last
year to train his famous stage show
“Evergreen.” The remains have been
carried to the small Virginia town
The sixth annual Omaha Yard and
Garden contest now is under way,
according to Mrs. Sadie Johnston,
chairman of the Omaha Chamber of
Commerce Women’s Division commit
tee which is sponsoring the contest.
Prizes will be offered for the most
attractive homes and commercial sit
es in the city, with competition in six
different classes. Winners are enter
ed in the National Yard and Garden
Contest at the close of the summer,
by photograph. Omaha homes have
won several prizes in the national
contest in the past.
Classes will be as follows:
1. Owners do all of their own gard
ening and landscaping, with following
(a) Unrestricted as to size of home.
(b) Small homes.
(c) Urban League contest.
2. Owners employ a part-time gar
3. Owners employ full time gardener.
4. Commercial sites.
Homes and sites entered are given
a preliminary judging early in the
summer. Final judging takes place a
bout July 1 or July 15, depending up
on the weather, and improvement be
tween the two judging dates has a
bearing on final scoring.
Members of various garden clubs
assist with the judging, and-a group
of experts is selected for tbe final
There is no charge for entering the
contest. Simply fill out and mail the
coupon printed below to the Women’s
Division of the Omaha Chamber of
Commerce, Woodmen of the World
Yard and Garden Contest
(Sign and mail to the Women’s Div
ision, Omaha Chamber of Commerce,
Woodmen of the World Building.)
Please enter my name in the 1933
Omaha Yard and Garden Contest.
1. Do all my own work ( )
2. Have part-time gardener ( )
3. Hire full-time gardenr ( )
4. Commercial site ( )
NEGRO HEALTH WEEK PARADE
As a part of Negro Health Week
Program, a parade in which sixty
youngsters participated' was held
Saturday from the North Side YWCA
which sponsored the campaign, up to
Twenty-fourth Street and over to the
Ritz Theatre. The children there were
shown a health movie, and stunts and
first aid demonstrations by Boy Scout
Troop No. 79.
The parade was led by Motorcycle
escorts Carl Zich and Chance J. Wil
son, followed by the Scout Troop.
Then came girls dressed as Red Cross
nurses, and last, the Urban League
Brigade. The children carried ban
ners with the advice, “Brush your
teeth twice a day”. “Get Plenty of
Sunshine”, “Eat Vegetables with ev
ery Meal”, etc.
During the week each YWCA, club
held a discussion with Health Experts
on health problems.
SIGHT FAILING “BLACK BILL”
New York,—Followers of sports
were shocked here by the attempted
suicide Saturday afternoon of Black
Bill, one time contender for the
world’s flyweight boxing title and
stablemate of Kid Chocolate. The 27
year old pugilist, whose real name is
Elabio Valdes, had been brooding over
his failing eyesight, which resulted
from ring encounters.
Black Bill shot himself in the left
side of the abdomen after his wife.
Frances had gone out to shop. He
was conveyed to Harlem Hospital in
a serious condition.
Was On Brink fo Title
The tragic failure of the fighter’s
eyesight, which forced him from the
ring and left him almost destitute,
just as he was on the brink of winning
the world’s title, occurred two years
ago, It was reported that an oppon
ent in a Cuban ring smeared his glove
in resin and got the powder into his
eye, effecting them disastrously.
MID CITY COMMUNITY CENTER
The Mid City Community Center is
now open to all. This Center is open
ed from 10:30 a. m. to 5:30 p. m. each
day. The Library is also open in the
evening from 7 p. m. to 9 p. m. with
an ass>stant in charge.
Saturday evening, April 14th, the
Mid-City Community Center held
Open House for all young people.
More than 100 guests enjoyed ping
pong, bridge games and dancing.
The Dental Clinic will be open on
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
from 12 p. m. to 1 p. m.
Girls: Tuesday, Thursday and Sat
urday from 3:30 p. m. to 5:30 p. m.
Boys: Monday, Wednesday and Fri
day from 3:30 p. m. to 5:30 p. m.
Boys over 16: 7 p. m. to 9 p. m.
Business Girls: Tuesday from 7 p.
m. to 9 p. m.
Men’s classes: Monday, Wednesday
and Friday from 7 p. m. to 9 p. m.
NATION EDITORIAL HITS
New York, April—An editorial in
the April 19th issue of The Nation,
headed, “Albama Justice,” scores the
race prejudice exhibited in and out
of the courtroom at Decatur, After
citing the now famous remark of
Wfade Wright about “Jew money
from New York” and the statement
of Attorney General Knight that .no
matter how bad Victoria Price was
"she didn't live with niggers,v the
editorial says “Surely no human be
ing, although he might be guilty of
the worst crime, should be forced to
submit his right to live to the pas.|
sions that were flaunted inside and
outside the courtroom at Decatur.”
NAACP. TO RAISE FUNDS FOR
DEFENSE OF SCOTTSBORO BOYS
New York, April—The Machinery
of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, con
sisting of 327 branches scattered
from coast to coast, swum? into ac
tion this week behind the Scottsboro
The NAACP. on April 12 announc
ed that although it still differed with
the International Labor Defense on
certain methods of procedure and on
political philosophy, it would put
those difference!? in the background
and use all its energy in raising
funds for the defense.
The International Labor Defense,
through choice of the boys and their
guardians, is in full control of the
case and the NAACP. has nothing
to say about procedure and seeks con
trol of the case, the association’s
CRAWFORD EXTRADITION CASE
NOW SET FOR APRIL 24th
Boston, Mass, April—The hearing
in the George Crawford extradition
case has been set for April 24. Vir
ginia authorities are seeking to re
turn Crawford to Middleburg, Va.,
to stand trial there on a charge of
murdering on January 13, 1932, Mrs.
Agnes B. Usley, society sportswom
an, and her maid, Crawford’s extradi
tion is being fought by attorneys act
ing for the NAACP.
CAUSE AND EFFECT
by R. A. ADAMS
(for the Literary Service Bureau)
Do others seem to you unkind—
Seem all algainst you to combine,
To block your way, and hinder you,
In all you may essay to do?
If this appears without a cause.
It would be wise for you to pause,
And your own self sincerely weigh—
Your words and actions to assay.
Yourself seen as by others viewed,
Perhaps you'd find their attitude,
When, shall the truth be fully known,
Was but reflection of your own.
Seeing yourself as others see,
Perhaps you’d find the truth’ to be,
That what you’ve dealt to other men,
Was meted unto you, again.
February 20, 1933.
Governor C. W. Bryan,
Chief Executive’s Office,
Dear Governor Bryan:
Knowing your long seige of illness
was perhaps due to the heavy duties
of our state that you have had to per.
form, the citizens of Nebraska are'
greatly elated to know you are con
We are indeed glad physicians well
versed in the art of medicine were
able to reach your case and you have
again resumed your duties to mani
fest your loyalty to those who have
made it possible that you should hold
the office as chief executive of our
“Loyalty to your friends, belief,
ancestry, promise and purpose.” Loy
alty is courage and devotion, which
was greatly characterized when many
affairs of state were so ably taken
care of by you from your sick room.
Citizens of Nebraska have great
confidence in you to the extent they
realize you will work in their behalf
in every way possible that will prove
beneficial to them and our state.
Recently we have read with grave
apprehension the bills, is passed, that
pill prove disastrous to Omaha’s
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school system, and greatly retro
grade the progress of education.
The state of Nebraska has always
maintained a high standard regard
ing education of our boys and girls
and the parents and citizens of Ne
braska's Metropolitan city knows that
you will do all in your power to help
save Omaha’s schools.
Thanking you very much for what
ever consideration you may give to
this matter, I am,
Dr. G. B. Lennox, President
Omaha Working Men's Commis.
sionera, 2122 N. 24th Street.
February 24, 1933
Dr. G. B. Lennox, President, •
Omaha Working Men’s
2122 North 24th St.,
This will acknowledge receipt of
your letter of the 20th and I want to
thank you for your very kind re
marks about the Governor. I will be
glad to call to his attention your
whole letter. *
Very truly yours,
H. B. Porterfield,
Sec’y to the Governor.
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