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VOL. VII.— Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday, April 29, 1933._^ ” Number^en^^
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By CLIFFORDC. S£CHELlj
THOt'GHTS OF THE WEEK.
I ester Carter, of Scottaboro notor
iety, may have lost his headache as
be says but there's at least a dozen
others in Decatur who have contract.
ed a worse one.
• • •
Dean Pickens seems all riled up be
muse Roosevelt, so far, has only ap
pointed race members to positions of
house servants, personal clerks and
the like, apparently, irgnoriis; the
“big shot" appointments. My opinion
ix that if thousands at other white
employers will follow the president’s
example that may be we can do with
out the “big shot” individual appoint
ments for the greater gain of placing
thousands of the “common” folk to
• • t
These writers who arc playing up
the weight of the many Jewish pro
tests aitd comparing them to the ^pro
test of Negroes are overlook ing j ust
tee little point—but an all-powerful
and mighty one The Jewish race, ev
erywhere, efficiently know how to
control their purchasing power, thus
the r protests have a “point” that
prods deeply. Let the colored people
first learn to control their purchasing
power and then their protests will be
heard—but not before.
• • •
“Banana Botom" (Harper & Bros.
New York) and written by Claude
McKay is the first book written by a
race author and published in 1933
that I have received. And I believe it
to be the first novel by a colored au
thor published this year.
• • •
Apparently, a new national organ,
ization to solve all the Negro's prob
lems has been organised by a white
man tn Georgia—the Affiliated Amer.
ican Aramiaas. I welcome full infor
mation or. this new organization and
shall *iuh the papers accordingly
Also, for information on the National
Ntyrrc legislative Council, apparent,
ly, recently organized in Washington.
• • •
To those aspiring writers who have
been communicating with me for the
past two years for suggestions and so
forth I would suggest that they dig
up an old Saturday Evening Post for
April 15th and read the article there
in. “So You Want to Write!”
• • •
Uncle Sam's mails played an April
Fool's trick on me and delivered the
Portland (Oregon) Advocate of April
1st almost three weeks late. However,
even at this late date I want to pub
licly thank the editor of the Advocate
for their front page editorial on the
ytyimaMstic acomphshments of my
first three yean in the game. 1 also
thank W. J. Wheaton for his compli
mentary expressions in the same is
sue in his always interesting “Verbal
• • •
Detroit, apparently, has a new col
ored paper—the Detroit Tribune. J.
Edw. McCall is the editor, and Robi
C. Peck( advertising manager. Their
address is 214« St., Antoine Street.
WINS PRIZE FOR BEST ESSAY
Chrisman Clark, the son of Mr and
Mrs. Herbert R. Clark, was awarded
a 11.00 prie by hit teacher for writ
ing the best essay in his class. The
title of teh essay was “The Effect
of Alcoholic Drinks upon *n Athlete”
Chrisman attends Long School and
will graduate this June.
LINCOLN METHODIST CHURCH
TO LAY CORNERSTONE SUNDAY
Dr. B. F. Abbott, pastor of Union
Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church
of St. Louis, Mo., will deliver the
principal addrses at the corner stone
ceremonies at Newman Methodist
Episcopal Church Sunday April 30th
at 2:30 p. m. Dr. W. E. Lowther,
(white) of the Universty M. E.
Church will be the other speaker.
Rev. Geo. N. Jones, pastor of New.
man M. E. Church has left no stone
unturned in the completion of the
final arrangements for this grand e
vent to which the Newman Church
and the city of Lincoln have looked
forward to for quite three years. Rev.
Jones has just completed a most suc
cessful yeae’s work making the most
outstanding record in the church’s
history’ for the past 20 years.
The Masonic Grand Lodge of Ne
braska will have ihame of the serv
ices and lay the stone. Free barbecue
and regular dinner will be served to
all. W cordially invite all fraternal
organizations, churches and friends
at large of Nebraska. Kansas and
all accessable towns to be with us
j on April30th <for this occasion. Be
ginning with the irst of May the
Newman Church will also celebrate
its 41st anniversary of which plans
and program covering the whole week
j have been completed.
INTENSIVE CAMPAIGNING ~ON
NORTH 24th ST., BY I. V. CLUB
The meeting at Dreamland Dance
| Hall, Tuesday night, climaxed several
days of intensive campaigning on
North Twenty-fourth street by Inde
pendent Voters League, but league
workers and the Colored IVL. organ,
ixation are continuing their efforts to
pile up a big colored vote for the slate
consisting of Towl, Knudsen, Hannon,
Frost. Myers, and Trustin.
A meeting last Saturday night at
2018 North Twenty-fourth Street was
attended by more than 700 Colored
persons. Eugene D. O’Sullivan was
the principal speaker. Leonard Ham
mes and Irving Levin also talked. O’
Sullivan, H. J Pinkett and Dr. John
A. Singleton were speakers at Tues
day night’s meeting. Dr. Craig Mor.
ris was chairman.
Recent house meetings by colored
people in behalf of the Independent
Votrs League have been at the fol
lowing homes; Oscar Stamps, 2723
Ohio Street; Z. Brooks, 2216 North
Twenty-fifth street; Charles Pickens,
1916 North Twenty-fifth street, and
Rev. C. 0. Cannon, 1417 North
A general meeting for the Colored
people was held last night (Thursday
April 27) at the Colored Elks Hall,
Twenty-fourth and Lake Streets. An
other meeting was held at 2610 North
Thirtieth Street. Sergeant Isaac Bail.
| ey was chairman of the Colored Elks
A South Omaha house meeting was
held last night at the home of Sam
Fellows, 2719 Drexel Street.
Among the colored people active in
behalf of the Independent Voters
League are Dr. Singleton, T. P. Ma.
hammitt, who has been chairman at
several IVL. house meetings. John
Dixon, president of the Colored IVL.
club, J. R. Elliott and C. E. Payne,
who have taken charge of the work
out of the North Side headquarters.
Isaac Bailey, active in organization,
and Mrs. Lucy Mae Stamps, secretary
at North Side headquarters, 2039
North Twenty-fourth street.
Working out of the South Omaha
headquarters of the Independent Vot
ers League are Mr. and Mrs. Ed.
(“Bearcat”) Wright, John H. Wake
field. Dan Mitchell and Sam Fellows.
PROMINENT OMAHA SOCIAL
AND CIVIC LEADER DIES
Members of Omaha’s social elite
were shocked to hear of the death of
Mrs. Eunice E. Smith, Saturday,
Mrs. Smith had been ill only two
weeks at the time of her death. She
will be remembered as one of the out
standing social and civic leaders of
Mrs. Smith has been a resident of
Omaha for nineteen years and was a
active members of St. Philip’s Epis
copal Church for the past twelve
Douglas County Voters’
L’gue Offers Split Ticket
Former Omaka Lawyer
Makes Good m Ckicago
Gets Ass’t. District Atty. Post
She i6 survived by her husband,
Mr. Joseph F. Smith, her daughter,
Elaine Smith, Ihdustrial Sec’y. of the
Omaha Urban League, her mother,
Mrs. William Fisher, one sister and
three brothers all of Baltimore, Mary,
Funeral services were held on Tues
day, April 25th from St. Philips Epis
copal Church. Burial was at Forest
Dr, C. E. CHAPMAN
Fills Pulpit at Cleaves Temple CME.
Church; Visits ‘Guide’ Office, Urban
League and Community Center
Is Impresed with Negro Opportunities
Dr. C. E. Chapman of Kansas City
was in the city of Omaha at the close
of the Easter week. While here he
was the guest of Rev. and Mrs. J. C.
Clay of Cleaves Temple CME. Church
25th and Decatur Sts., where he fill
ed the pulpit Easter mroning at 11
o'clock and spoke to the satisfaction
of a large crowd. Dr. Chapman is the
efficient Presiding Elder of the Kan
sas district, Kansas and Missouri
Conference of the CME. Church. Hav
ing no official duties to call his atten
tion in his district because of Easter
Sunday, he chose to spend the day in
Omaha with his friend Rev. J. C.
In connection with his ministerial
work Dr. Chapman is on the editorial
staff of “The Kansas City and To
peka Plaindealer”. He is also a mem
ber of the “Associated Press” staff,
being the only Negro sharing that
position and honor.
While here he was driven over the
city by Rev. J. C. Clay which gave
Dr. Chapman an opportunity to visit
several Negro business and profes
sional places. I nthe morning he call
ed at the “Omaha Guide” Printing
Company, where he was shown thru
that well equipped and efficiently
managed plant. Being a journalist
himself, he showed a deep concern in
the operation of the plant as well as
an interest in the publication of the
At the Urban League Dr. Chapman
was informed by the Secretary Mr.
J. Harvey Kerns, of the progress be
in*? made among Negroes and the
great efforts that are being put forth
in their behalf. He declared that the
knowledge gained as to the work of
this institution was indeed worthy
The place which seemed to claim
the greatest of his attention, however
was the new Community Center, 2211
Lake St., which recently opened. He
predicted that this institution very
shortly would rival that of any other
in the country managed by Negroes.
Dr. Chapman is being urged upon
by the leaders of his church to accept
the editorialship of the “Christian In
dex” the official organ of the CME.
Chicago—Announcement was made
here last week that States' Attorney
Thomas J. Courtney had appointed
Atty. Amos P. Scruggs, prominent
local barrister to his staff of assist,
ants, representing the first appoint
ment of a member of the group by
that office since the November elect
Atty. Scruggs is a graduate of the
college department and law school of
the University of Iillinois. For nine
teen years he practiced law in Om
aha, Nebraska, returning to Chicago
about five years ago.
Church. It is said that this position
will be offered him in the General
Conference of his church when it
convenes next year 1934.
OMAHA’S BEST TALENT TO
COMPETE IN ORATOR.
I C A L CONTEST
The Oratorical Contest to be held
at St. John’s AME. Church, May 5,
is said to contain the best oratorical
timber of any contest ever held in
the city of Omaha among our group.
Mr. Oscar Washington, who two
years ago was one of the runner-,ups
in Creighton University oratorical
finals, is President of the College
Club and one of the most popular stu
dents at Creighton University.
Julius McPherson, a student at the
University of Omaha, has developed
a keen sense of thought along the
lines of “Socialism” which he has
chosen for his subject.
Henry Thomas is a new comer to
of a record in scholarship. He has a
fur student group, but brings a whale
knack for delving into that all im
portant subject of Economics.
J. C. Harris, Jr., is well known to
our group as anorator, having won
laurels in two former oratorical con
Rev. Hughes, the spellbinder orator
formerly of the Theological Seminary
will display his oratorical ability on
“Paul’s Defense before A/rrippa”.
NATIONAL MUSIC WEEK
As a part of the celebration of Na
tional Music Week, the North Side
YW«CA., is sopnsoring a number of
attractive meetings. On Saturday
morning, May 6th, at the Ritz Thea.
tre, following the free show, Mrs.
Thelma Hancock, will present child
ren in Folk Dances and there will
also be a childre’s song. The Comm
unity Chorus, under the direction of
Rev. John S. WIilliams, will present
on Sunday afternoon, May 7th, a pro
gram the place for which will be an
nounced later. On Tuesday, May 9th
an Institute for church and music di
rectors will be held at the North Side
“Y”. Mfs. Alice Wilson is in charge
of arrangements. Because of Mother's
Day the closing program for the week
will be held on the Third Sunday at
the North Side “Y” in the form of a
Community Sing. Choruses of the city
will join in forming a big chorus and
Rev. J. S. Williams will direct. The
public is invited to all of these activ.
DOUGLAS COUNTY VOTERS’
LEAGUE ENDORSES SIX MEN
Outstanding for their integrity, a
bility and honesty of purpose, among
the 13 candidates for city commis
sioners, are the six men indorsed by
the Douglas County Voters’ league.
The^e men are: Roy N. Towl, the
present fire commissioner; John Hop
kins, the present police commissioner;
Harry Trustin, ex-service man and
successful business man; W. W. Car
michael, former school board mem
ber and outstanding business leader.
Richard W. Jepsen, an Omaha busi
ness man of many years success; Dan
B. Butler, former city commissioner,
able and independent.
These are the men the Douglas
County Voters League are recom
mending to the voters of Omaha.
They were selected after careful con
sideration and examination of the
records of the 13 candidates for city
The Ticket of six men is offered
to the people of Omaha as the best
balanced, most efficient and trust
worthy group of men that are seek
ing election to the city commission
“Much thought has been given to
the selection of candidates whom
he can recommend to the voters.”
Sam E. Klaver, president of the
Douglas County Voters League,
said. “We are confident no better
list could have been chosen.
These men are capable and de
pendable. They possess all the qual
ifications necessary to give Omaha
clean, liberal and free city admini
“Their election will give Omaha
six men in the city hall who will be
able to cope with all the problems
that will come before them in the
next three years.
“In Roy N. Towl, we have a cour
ageous commissioner who, in the
face of most discouraging conditions,
has made good.
“John Hopkins has made a success
of managing the hardest department
in the city hall. He has made the
police department an efficient de
partment and has kept crime to a
“Harry Trustin has proven his
ability and integrity in many ways
during the years he has lived in
“W. W. Carmichael’s record as a
member of the school alone should
be sufficient to elect him city com
“Richard W. Jepsen, an Omaha
grocer for many years, will bring
ripe business experience to the city
"Dan B. Butler has had experience
and possesses unusual qualifications.
He made good before. He will do so
President Klaver declared that
with the six men named in the city
hall the humblest citizen would find
himself welcome in that building.
“Neither race, nor creed, color or
nationality will matter when a citi
zen of Omaha appeals to these men
collectively or individualy,” Klaver
said. “They are broadminded, con
siderate and always willing to listen.
They will be the friends of the peo
ple, the small hame owner, the aver
age citizen of Omaha.”
The Douglas fcounty Voters league
will have a red ticket bearing the
six names in the hands of scores of
workers on election day.
Nearly 50 persons are now mak
ng house to house contacts with
The work of the league is being
carried on over the city although it
ys concentrated chiefly in the second,
first, third, and parts of the ninth
and tenth wards.
On the Job
January 28, 1933
Mr. Lew Adams,
Court House Bldg.,
Dear Mr. Adams:
I wrote you some time atro in re
gards to consideration relative to the
appointmXnt of a Colored employee
in your department. For some reason
I have failed to hear from you, hesi
tating any number of months before
writing you again.
I am writing you from the stand
point of justice, speaking in behalf of
11,847 representatives who have been
supporters of your office, and have
to pay taxes the same as any other
group. “The greatest quality in this
nation is justice. The greatest quality
in man is loyalty, and where there
is loyalty, there is safety; where
there is safety, there is progress.
Loyalty to your country, your friends
your belief, your ancestry, your prom
ise and your purpose.
In your department there are no
Coloerd representatives, and we shall
seek with endless efforts to place one
there. It is very easy to mak promis.
s, especially during the time of cam.
paigning, but we desire the fulfill
ment of these promises. I am hoping
we shall receive your cooperation and
support in consideration of employ
ment for your Colored supporters.
“It is an evil thing to betray the
public trust, and it is equally an evil
thing to pour wholesale condemnation
on the heads of every public man, but
I believe the enduring popularity of
a public man comes from the feeling
that his supporters can rely and de
pend upon him in the time of need.
I am sure at this time you will re
consider and give me a reply, know
ing that the time of campaigning for
office is again approaching.
I am hoping you will not misinter
pret my meaning, as I have only ex
pressed a loyal statement to you, hop.
ing you will do likewise in behalf
of this group who have supported you
in the past.
Thanking you very much for any
future consideration you may give I
Dr. G. B. Lennox.
February 3, 1933.
Dr. G. B. Lennox,
2122 North 24th Street,
Dear Dr. Lennox:
I deeply appreciate your letter of
January 28 with reference to em
ployment for a Colored person in my
You are undoubtedly aware! of the
fact that the County Commissioners
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KANSAS CITIAN GUEST SPEAK.
ER AT YWCA.
Mss Beatrice Penman, Public
School teacher of Kansas City will be
the principal speaker for a Vocational
Conference to be held at the North
Side “Y”, May 13th and 14th. Ar
rangements for the Conference are
in charge of Mrs. lone Hanger
April 21, 1933
To the Editor of the
Will you kindly favor me with a
little space in your “Public Pulse”
columns that I may enlighten Mr. D.
H. Doty on a few facts which he tries
to refer to in his letter of April 15th
and whcih was published in your pa
per of April 20th.
To begin with I would much rather
debate Mr. Doty in some large hall
where an interested audience would
pay ten cents admission and all pro
ceeds be given to the Community
Chest for charitaible purposes.
The old gang has played your stuff
for the last time—Omaha citizens
will no longer be misled by such
statements as yours,
First: What caused the Court
House Riot, Mr. Doty? Who was the
instigators of this terrible catas
trophe? What was the primary pur
pose? Who sent the crippled boy that
rode the white horse in that riot to
Denver? Who paid these expenses to
keep him there and away from arrest
and prosecution? Who interceded with
a Denver newspaper for his employ
ment there? Did you know he return
ed to Omaha in 1930 during the cam
paign and conferred with the Back
ers of the Old Square Seven?
Who in the 5th Ward, gave the in
structions to this boy on that fatal
day and what was the purpose of it?
Do you know ? If not, and I -believe
you, like many others, have only af
fixed your signature to an instru
ment you know nothing about, you
should display a little common sense,
if you have any at all, and learn the
contents of any article before you
Second: Let me tell you that this
riot; the burning of the Court House
and the lynching of Mr. Brown, was
inspired by politicians for the sole
purpose of trying to discredit the city
Third: That the many attempted as
saults by alleged Negroes upon white
women, was also inspired by politic
ians for the same purpose of bring
ing discredit upon the Police Depart
ment and the City Administration.
If you wonld check the records in
this matter and learn for ypurself
the real facts, as I have done, you
should then be able to realize that I
am correct and I set this example for
Under the Smith-Ringer adminis
tration about 45 cases of attempted
Rape and Assault were reported to
the police in approximately three
months time. Since 1921, when the
old Gang took charge again, you will
find that this type of crime stopped
entirely, as wel as burglaries and
hold-ups. Common sense tells us that
crime does not stop overnight, and
did stop only when the Boss said—
—That's enough. And rumor has it
that these alleged attackers of white
women were white gangsters friend
Iy to the gang machine, with black,
ened faces, and were obeying orders,
I challenge you, Mr. Doty, while
this city election campaign is on—
to debate this and other matters you
have referred to before the citizens of
Oiffaha so that I can uncover you and
smart you up on matters you know
nothing of. I note you are not listed
in the telephone directory.
Don’t be a tool for the old Gang,
Mr. Doty. You cannot get by with
The liquor conspiracy trial in Om
aha last October, did much to explain
the underhand tea tics of the old un
derworld gang machine and you
should be ashamed of yourself, Mr.
Doty, if that be your correct name,
to try and mislead the good citizens
I eagerly await your reply to this
Hear R. C. Price of The NAACP. at Mia-City Community Center MAY 7th
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