The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, May 20, 1933, Image 1

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FILLING A NEED!
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Writing in the May issue of the
Opportunity Magazine, Alfred Edgar
Sm;th, contributes *n article, “Thru
the Windshield”, in which he bewails
the fact that there is not to be found
a ready reference* guide of national
scope listing the over-night accom
modations open to colored travelers
in the various communities through
out the country.
• • •
Some years ago while traveling
through the state of Georgia I was
so unfortunate to f?nd myself in a
small town with a seven hour wait
ahead of me before making a connect,
ion sritn a train that carried a “jim
rrow" car. Durinkr this period I dis
covered that there ws* not a single
place in the town where m colored per.
son could gt as much as a cup of cof
fee. It was necessary to hire a taxi
and go to the next town to find any
sort of comfort whatever.
• • •
Therefore, a few years ago when I
started compiling pertinent data on
colored people, etc., 1 decided to com.
pile, for my use. a comprehensive file
en every public stopping place in A
menca that welcomed colored trade.
• • •
In compiling this information my
method was very simple. Out of the
hundred odd papers read each week
1 recorded all the information con
tained therein regarding hotels, “Y’s”
community centers, tourists camps,
rooming houses, etc. Whenever any
of our travelers recorded the exper
ience of their travels in the press I
recorded the various places, public
and private, where they stopped and
also their comment in connection
therewith.
• • •
After my file* contained thousands
of such compilations, in every state
in the union. I checked my files a
gainst the lists provided me by Jam.
e« A. Jackson (U. S. Dept, of Com
merce^- Washington 1. and the Travel,
era Guide as published by Hackley &
Harrison, of Philadelphia.
• • •
At a still later date 1 secured of
ficial road maps from the various
Highway Departments of many stat
es and I checked my files against the
main.traveled highways to see if my
file* contained a stopping place with
in reasonable distance of each other.
• a •
All of this information was com
piled purely for my own benefit in
ant:cipstion of a coming day when I
could make use of it. Judging from
the article in the May Opportunity,
however, this same information can
be used by many other members of
our race.
• • •
Therefore, if such is the case I
shall be glad, at a later date, to pres. |
ent my service to the race in the I
form of some kind of handy refer,
ence guide, and until then will gladly
welcome any information on the sub.
ject that will be helpful, or to give
out any information or data that I
already have on hand.
GOVERNOR RICHIE FIXES JUNE
2 AS DATE FOR EXECUTION OF
El'EL LEE
Annapolis. Md. (ON'S)—Governor
Richie ha* signed a death warrant for
Euel Lee (Orphan Jones), twice con.
of the murder of Green K. Da.
vis. *r Eastern Show former, and
wt June 2. as the date. Defense at
torney wO appeal the case.
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14 Arrested On Dream Lottery Charges
1» V. L. To Hold Victory Celebration at Krug Park
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: Dr. Lennox j
| On the Job |
April 7, 1933.
Honorable Franklin D. Roosevelt,
President of the United States,
Washington, D. C.,
Dear President Roosevelt:
1 am writing you for consideration re
garding two paramount issues con
fronting our country today. What
can be done regarding employment for
mtn 40 years of age and above?—
and what consideration relative to a
sufficient wage for the proper living
expenses can be given to our labor
ing class of women?
It was once thought man is never
at his best until he reaches the age
of 40 or above. Realizing this is true
when I look upon our chief executiv
es of the nation, such as the presi.
dents, senators and governors. Men
who are settled and firm in their
thuoghts; efficient and reliable re
garding their work.
I hey may not be as active physic
ally. or have the ability relative to
their anatomical mechanism as a
young man, but are more active men
tally and stable in their thoughts. I
am not speaking in regards to doing
away with the young man. for I real
he too deserves consideration, but
I am primarily speaking in behalf of
the working class of men this age and
above, who are the last to be consid
ered for employment, and the first to
be discharged regardless of how
many years of service, often without
any consideration whatspever.
I realize you are overloaded with
different transactions, but from the
very fact you have carried out so
many situations with ease and pleas
ure, that required a greater amount
of thinking to bring about a rectific
ation than the situations I am bring
ing to you at this time, gives the A.
mericSn people confidence in you to
the extent something will be done rel.
ative to the above conditions. This
will mean a more prosperous and
happy nation; independence and en
couragement to these groups.
I realize the economic depression
has caused a decrease in all lines of
employment but it often has not been
the case regarding the cost of living
expenses. The wage the average ^
boring woman receives today is often
unable to provide necessaries for a
living, in the form of food, clothing
and shelter. Such situations often
causing immortality in every form, se
ductions to the opposite sex, robber
ies, etc., in order^hat assistance may
be secured, or even the bringing of
an end to it all suicide! If wages were
in proportion to thir living expenses,
it would help and save many of our
women and girls.
I am hoping you will consider the
above situations in accordance to their
importance to these groups, and if
you will give it your (greatest sup
port, rectification can be easily
brought about.
Thanking you very much for your
consideration and the monopolizing of
your most precious time, I am
Respectfully yours.
Dr. G. B. Lennox, President,
Omaha Working Men’s Com.
2122 N. 24th St.
Department of Labor
Wash\pgton
April 28, 1933
Dr G. B. Lennox,
Omaha Working Men’s Committee,
1604 North 24th St.,
Omaha, Nebraska.
Dear Sir:
Your letter of April 8 to the Presi
dent has been referred to the Secre
tary of Labor for attention.
The Secretary wishes me to thank
you for your suggestions, which will
receive consideration.
Respectfully yours,
Robe Carl White,
The Assistant Secretary.
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Department of Labor
Washington
April 26, 1933
Dr. G. B. Lennox
1604 North 24th Street,
Omaha, Nebraska.
The attached copy of my letter to
the National Urban League is self
explanatory, and I believe answers
the questions raised in your recent
communications.
Frances Perkins,
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Department of Labor
Washington
April 17, 1933
Mr. Eugene Kinkle Jones,
Executice Secretary, N
National Urban League,
1133 Broadway, Room 826,
New York City.
My dear Mr. Jones:
Your letter of April first has been
received.
I do not believe it is necessary to
have any special quota established
for colored people for employment in
the reforestation plan. No distinction
is being made for any race or creed,
and since the names of all races ap
pear on the rolls of the relief asso
ciations. as registered for relief work
of some sort, colored people are cer
tain to be included in the ranks of
those assigned to the camps, and have
been so included.
Very truly yours.
Frances Perkins.
MRS. DILLARD CRAWFORD HEAD
OF GIRLS’ WORK DEPARTMENT
AT NORTHSIDE “Y”
To meet the growing demands of
Gra<J<! and High School girls work,
Mrs. Dillard Crawford will head up
voluntarily the Girls’ Work Depart
ment of the Northside YWCA. Mrs.
Crawford, former Girl Reserve Sec
retary of the Phillis Wheatley YWCA
in Denver, Colorado, and especially
trained “Y” Secretary, will work dir
ectly with a staff of six volunteer
Girl Reserve advisors and more than
one hundred and seventy five Girl
Reserves in Omaha and Council
Bluffs. Splndid service has been given
by the following persons: Mrs. Dor
eene Holliday, Mrs. lone Hanger,
Miss Inez Battles, Miss Asilee Dotson,
Miss Margaret Dickerson. Miss Mad
eline Shipman and Mrs. F. Slater of
Council Bluffs. Plans for an expend
ing summer program are being made.
This project will be in the hands of
Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. Alice Wilson,
Chairman, Girls’ Work Committee,
Advisors and Miss Rachel Taylor.
THE REVIVAL OF “UNCLE TOM’S
CABIN” TAKES PLACE IN NEW
YORK MAY 29th
New York City, (CNS)—A players
cast, all white, led by Otis Skinner,
as Uncle Tom will put on a ‘straight’
performance of Mrs. Harriet Beech
er Stowe’s celebrated novel without
burlesque or gagging, at Alvin
Theatre, opening Monday, May 29th.
Earle Boothe is the director, Walter
Scott the stage manager, and Harry
G. Sommers the business manager.
Otis Skinner. Fay Ba inter, Elizabeth
Risdon, Gene Lockhart, and Ernest
Glendinning have been joined in the
cast by George Christie and Malcolm
Duncan. E. A. Thomas has prepared
the script.
MADREE JACKSON RECEIVES
HONOR
Miss Madree Jackson, member of
the Junior High Schopl Girl Reserves
Club of the North Side “Y” and a stu
dent at the Central High School has
been awarded the “0” and “Numeral’
Girls’ Athlete Association Awards for
attaining two thousand or more j
points in sports. Besides a fine schoL
astic record. Miss Jackson is active
in athletic activities at Central High
School.
Gaines Making Bid For
Circuit Court Judgeship
WINNING WIDE SUPPORT IN
CHICAGO JUDGESHIP RACE
Chicago, 111.—Representative Har.
ris B. Gaines is winning wide support
in his candidacy on the Republican
ticket for Judge of the Circuit Court
Bench. Definite action has been taken
in the Cook County Republican Cen
tral Committees to assure support in
every ward for the Negro candidate.
Amos P. Scruggs, former Omahan
was made Ass’t. District Atty a few
weeks ago.
Thrilling G ames Holds
Crowd at Center
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MID-CITY COMMUNITY CENTER
THE Mother’s Day Tea
The Mother’s Day Tea proved to
be one of the most successful affairs
! given at the Center. Miss Ester John
son, Mesdames Herbert Wiggins and
Willie Mitchel were the speakers. A
delightful musical program was also
given.
Book Party
Saturday evening at the Mid City
| Community Center a book party was
| given at which time 90 books were
received.
May Day Party
Under the supervision of Mrs.
Grace Hutten, one of the volunteer
advisors, 350 children enjoyed a de
lightful May Day Party, May 7th The
Jungle Rhythm Boys band furnished
the music.
Ferguson Wins Championship
7:30 found the Community Center
a mass of color as the assembly room
No. 1 filled rapidly waiting for the
semi-finalists of the ping pong tourn
ey to appear. At 7:45 sharp, George
McGee and Dave Ferguson stepped to
the table, warmed up leisurely and
th battle was on. McGee opened a
slashing driving offensive with Fer.
guson, the Adonis of the feminine ga!.
lery, playing a cool defensive battle
Leads changed constantly with Fer
guson breaking through service and
winning game 21.19. Ferguson open
ed a strong offensive running Mc
Gee ragged, winning the second 21-S.
Throwing a complete reversal of fotm
McGee rallied to take a hard fought
second game, 22-20 with Ferguson,
not to be denied, running out 21.14
to enter the finals.
Junior Grayson, University of O
maha Ace, disposed of E. Smith, the
dark horse, neatly. Grayson’s decept
ive service and brilliant cross court,
shots completely dazzling his less ex
perienced opponent. Scores 21-9, 21.19
21.4.
Ferguson and Grayson displayed
brilliant toddle tennis in the finals
with the crowd in a constant uproar.
Grayson, grim and determined proved
a master with a conceptive curving
service and time after time brought
the crowd to its feet as terrifically
cut balls skidded off Ferguson’s pad
dle. Fertguson’s game proved a strik
ing contrast. Cool, smooth and a per
fect general, Ferguson opened his bid
for the championship with a hard
driven, low bounding service. Placing
his shots perfectly, Ferguson, time
and again, jockeyed Grayson into
position and then drove crushing deep
court shots to Grayson’s backhand
for point after point. Rushing into
a five point lead Ferguson ran out
first game 21-14.
The second game was a thriller.
Grayson, playing the best tennis of.
the matched, jumped into a 8.0 lead,
superb driving and a deceptive serve
enabled Ferguson to tie the count at
20-20. Ferguson went ahead only to
have Grayson tie it up. Then Gray
son went ahead only to have blazing
side shots tie up the score. Again and
again, the lead changed until Femus.
on, throwing caution to the winds,
drove and smashed his way to a 26.
24 win. The final game was all Fer.
fruson’s, heading 20.11. 300 watched
the finals and loudly acclaimed the
winner. . —
URBAN .LEAGUE CLOSES 4th
VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
CAMPAIGN
The Fourth Vocational Opportunity
Campaign sponsored by the Omaha
Urban League closed on Wednesday,
May 17th with a radio broadcast over
station KFAB. The Campaign this
year had as its slogan “A New Deal
in Industrial Relations.”
For the past ten days speakers have
been advising Negro groups how this
new deal may be secured. Churches,
young people's groups, Worker’s For
ums, manifested a keener interest
during the 1933 Campaign than in
any prevoius campaign of similar na
ture.
Tlie Urban League has made a spec
ial effort to make Negroes job con
scious and to emphasize as part of
this New Deal the problems of pers
onal adjustment in work relations.
During the campaign it is estimated
that about 2000 persons were contact
ed by the various speakers.
PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIGNS
PROTEST TO HITLER ISSU
ED BY CLERGY
New York City, (CNS) A move
ment designed to mobilize the spokes
men of Christianity on the United
States and of college professors in
American universities against anti
semitism in Germany was started
here last week.
Representing Christian thought rn
the movement was a group of prom
inent clergymen, who signed a state- i
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ment expressing their “sorrow and
indignation". Prominent among those
who signed the protest to be sent to
Hitler was President Mordecai W.
Johnson of Howard University, Wash
ington, D. C
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The clergymen declared that—
“It is our considered judgement
that the endeavor to humiliate a
whole section of the human family
threatens the civilized world with the
return of medieval barbarity.”
NEW' COMMISSIONERS TAKE
OFFICES
On Tuesday morning, May 16th,
with the Council chamber jammed
with the biggest crowd of many years
the new City Commissioners, headed
by Mayor Roy N. Towl were selected
for their respective departments, as
follows:
Mayor, Roy N. Towl; Finance, Dan
B. Butler; Police, Frank Myers; Parks
Frank Frost; Streets, Harry Knud
sen; Public Improvements. Harry
Trustin; Fire, John Hopkins.
Name cards showed where each
Commissioner was to ait and every
desk was burdened with flowers sent
by business houses and friends of the
newly elected officials. Each Commis
sioner spoke briefly. Mayor Towl
paid tribute to the members of the
police and fire departments and thank
ed the citizens for their support.
15,000 Expected To Attend
In addition to the program ann
ounced last week, new attractions
have been added to the affair to be
held at Krug Park Saturday to cele
brate the election victory of the In
dependent Voters League and the
formal opening of Krug park for the
1933 season.
Not only the new mayor, Roy N.
Towl, and the other new city commis
sioners, but Seymour Smith, new city
attorney, Phillip Klutznick, new as
sistant city attorney, Emmett Han
non, new city clerk and other lesser
lights of city officialdom will be in
troduced to the public.
A new orchestra, Steve Love’s Rad
io band, has been engaged to preside
at the newly redecorated ballroom.
A special atraction known as the
Monkey Drome is now being install
ed. Monkeys race in automobiles on
an enclosed track. The Lindy loop is
the new ride thriller. A new kiddies
automobile ride and a new minature
railroad are other new features.
Carter’s diving horses from Atlan
tic City will perform Saturday, both
afternoon and evening. The barbecue
will be on Saturday from 5 p. m. until
9 p. m. with four chefs from Armour
and Company in charge. Fifteen help
ers will serve.
During the past week 5.000 more
tickets were printed. Nearly all of
the first 10,000 tickets are reported
sold. The park will open at 9 a. m.
Saturday. All rides, swings, games,
booths and olher concessions will be
open all day and all evening. One 10.
cent ticket admits to the park, the
free acts, introduction of new city of
ficials and permits participation in
the free barbecue.
THE HOUSEWIVES LEAGUE TO
HOLD* MASS MEETING
The Housewives League will hold
its first annual mass meeting at the
Hillside Presbyterian Church, Sun
day, May 21st, at 3 p. m.
The League was organized last
June under the name of the North
side Civic League, under the direction
of Mr. Christopher Adams, but later
became known as the Housewives’
League.
Much good has been accomplished.
Several permanent jobs have been
secured for men and much good-will
has been ingendered among business
men who do not employ Negro help.
It is an advocate of intelligent dir
ection of the spending power of the
Negro group and closer cooperation
and better service among Negroes en
gaged in business. As a result, the
local grocermen have perfected an
organization and much good is being
accomplished.
Heaven and Hell
George S. Schuyler. The “Peck’s
Bad Boy” of journalism states that the
Negro ministry should cease preach
ing about a peaceful hereafter in an
unknown Heaven while the Negro is
in Hell here on earth with almost
every avenue of social and economical
escape being closed upon him. The
writer declares that clergymen must
exert their talents in aiding their
congregations to find the out of this
earthly Hell. Mr. Schuyler recently
asserted also that the Negro must
cease resting on his laurels as an ex
pert singer, and dancer, and become
an expert militant fighter and busi
ness man.
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KU KLUX KLAN SEEKING TO
REVIVE ORGANIZATION
Birmingham, Ala., (CNS) A strong
movement is under way to revive the
once powerful Ku Klux Klan in Ala.
bama and adjoining States. Taking
advantage of the agitation about the
Scottsboro cases, the prime movers
are getting busy.
To combat radicalism in Alabama,
Mississippi, and Georgia is the pri
DANBAUM SEIZES 14 IN DREAM
LOTTERY
Police ‘Inspector Ben Danbauni,
launched a campaign Monday against
a lottery known as the “Dream Book
policy,” tickets in which were placed
on sale in defiance of his orders.
At noon, 14 persons had been ar
rested.
Charles R. Trimble, 1604 North
22nd St., was arested as the distribu
tor of the tickets. Others held includ
ed Robert Brown, 2614 Parker St.;
Sam Watson, 2425 V6 Patrick St.. Mat
Fowler. 2316 North 27th Ave.; Wil
liam Lowrey, 2206 Nicholas St.; Pres
ley Gamble. 2419 Lake St.; Mr. and
Mrs. Leo Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Alderson and Preston Richardson.
1604 North 22nd St.; Willie Gardner
2022 Burdette St.; Charles Gillatt,
2237 Seward St., and Bert Moore.
1847 North 24th St.
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mary object of the reorganization
klan. said J. G. Bowen, secretary of
Robert E. Lee klan No. 1, adding that
the reorganization had its own sys
tem of espionage.
“The klan is waging no wat- on
Negroes, but T*e are against social
equality, and that is what the Com
munists are preaching. We are trying
to educate Negroes to the dangers of
listening to agitators who are preach
ing doctrines that can only lead to
trouble.”
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ROBESON RETURNS TO APPEAR
| IN MOTION PICTURE OF “EM.
PEROR JONES”
New York City (CNS) “I plan tr»
I perpetuate Negro plays in Europe by
forming the Robeson playhouse irr
I London,” said Paul Robeson as he*
walked down the gangplank of the
White Star liner, “Olympic", on Wed
nesday, May 10. Robeson, the noterf
actor and singer returned from Eur
ope to appear in the motion picture
version of the “Emperor Jones”.
Mrs. Eslanda Robeson who is his
business manager accompanied him.
Apropos of Robeson’s return from a
broad, 0. 0. McIntyre in his New
York Day by Day column in describ.
inicr a recent talk-fire says:
“And at the Algonquin, they were
discussing Hitler's nationality. ‘What
ever it is/ someone voiced, ‘I am cer
tain he has a touch of race prejudice.'
To which George S. Kaufman mildly
blurted: ‘I hear Paul Robeson has a
! touch of Negro'.”
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DON RIFE IS ELECTED NEW
HEAD OF GROVE'S TWIN Crfr
GOLF CLUB
Kansas City, Mo., May 12—Af an
election of the Grove’s Twin Qitjr
Golf Club held Thursday night ’ at
2545 Harrison stret, Don Rife was
chosen president of the organization
Rife replaces Dr. Eugene H. Rum
mons, well known golfer of this -sec
tion, who had held that position dur
ing the four years of the club's ex
istence.
Other officers elected were: Dr. J
E. Dibble, vice-president; Dr. L. M.
Tillman, secretary; C. H. Calloway,,
treasurer; Hr. EL H. Rummons, cap
tain of golf team, and Dr. Ben. J
Moore, reporter.
The office of captain of the team
was created at the last meeting in
April. The first tournament sponsor
ed by the club will be staged on Dec
oration day in a tri-state affair. Com
petitors in tbe meet will be the Swas
tika golf club of Omaha, a group of
golfers from Des Moines and the loc
al links club.
Members of the organization are
now training at Swope park. Lem
Russell. Dr. Rummonds and Dr. L
M. Tillman have shown the best form
so far. Dr. Rummonds is also in
charge of a woman’s golfing class
which meets weekly. Outdoor practice
has begun for the ladies and much
progress is noted. Assisting Dr. Rum
mons are Lem Russell, George John
son, Andy Smith and other well known
golfers of the city.
FORMER STAR QUARTERBACK
AT MORRIS BROWN UNI., DIES
Griffin, Ga., (CNS)—D. R. L.
Pughsley, dentist, died here last week.
At one time a star on the Morris
Brown football team; he later grad
uated from Meharry Medical College.