The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, September 02, 1933, Page Five, Image 5

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March Of Events •
The main topic of the newspapers
is still the development of the National
Recovery Act. More and more the diffi
culty of its execution becomes apparent.
The re are thousands of little details that
have to be considered. To establish a nat
ional working day of eight or six hours
and a working week of five days sounds
simple on paper. But there are concerns,
especially small ones, where the hiring of
two shifts of labor for each day is a fin
ancial impossibility, at least right off the
start, and where it is impossible to pro
cure competent help for the one day of
the week when the workman is supposed
to be free. Jobs like those of a night
watchman cannot be well divided into
two shifts. The government is compelled
to make concessions to some of these
rul ed. But as soon as such exceptions!
are made the competitors and other lines j
of business want the same treatment and [
before long there are more exceptions to
the rules then there are regular cases and j
the result may easily be a bewildering
confusion which will bring the whole
system of government control into dis
repute. .
There are evidences that since the
change of administration has taken place
there has been an increase of employ-j
ment. Reliable statistics state that the
number of the re-employed amounts to
over a million. Encouraging as this
number is less then one twelfth of the
total of unemployed. Unless business im
proves rapidly the situation of millions
will continue to be desperate. Federal
dole will have to be continued and grad
ually be developed into a system like that
prevailing in England and other Euro
pean States.
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■n. nuge \uiumeer army oi assist-,
ants is helping the government this week
to bring its program home to every store
and every house. Let us join in this move
ment without any mental reservations. I
am convinced of the good faith and the
unselfish aims of the President and his
The development of the Missouri
River into a navigable stream is finally
making headway. Contracts for the work
necessary to control the current of the
River are being let now. We may expect
t see within a few years busy warfs
along the shore of the river, may watch i
from the bluffs the barges and tug boats
plying its yellow waters.
The building of a second bridge
acros- the Missouri River at Farnam
Street is again being pushed vigorously.
Uncle Sam is asked to help to finance the
cost. When we consider that the present
bridge is just one block away and is so
ample an accommodation that we never
hear of a traffic congestion on it the
budding of a new bridge smack on the
nose of the present one seems to me to be
utterly silly. It can only benefit special
interests, as for instance the owners of
lower Farnam Street property. The main
tenance of two bridges will mean a per
manent increase of expenditure which
must come out of the pockets of our!
Omaha people in one way or another.
Long ago Douglas Street Bridge
should have been bought by the two cities,
the two counties, the states or the Nat
ional Government by condemnation pro
ceedings, the Bridge Company receiving
for it no more and no less than the actual
cost of construction less the actual de
preciation. Had this been done years ago
the purchase price could by this time
have been fully earned by the tolls raised
and we would own the Bridge free of
debt and could reduce the toll to just
eough to defray the cost of maintenance.
I can only explain to myself our failure
to do so to the selfish leadership of towns
men who owned an interest in the Omaha
and Council Bluffs Street Car Company
and to the citizens blind following of this
leadership. A good deal of the blame falls
to the former City Commissioners. This
whole Bridge Business is a sorry mess
that reflects discredit upon the men who
have assumed the responsibility of run
ning our city.
(From The St. Joseph Reviews)
Every disadvantage has its ad
vantages. In these days of racketeering,
major crimes and kidnapping, the stud
ious retrospective mind is kept constant
ly busy looking for the cause. No other
age, through which we have passed, has
produced as many, or more, wealthy men
and women as we boast of now; nor as
many hardened criminals. There is no re
cord of such wholesale banditry as is in
vogue today. The pages of the daily news
papers are filled with news of that nature
and no person is safe who lays claim to
the possession of wealth; neither are the
members of the families of those who are
the possessors of wealth. Never have lives
been so insecure as they are today. Kid
naping has grown to be one of the prin
cipal enterprises of the underworld, hun
dreds of thousands of dollars have been
extracted from the pockets of the rich, in
the last year, and no one can tell how far
it is yet to go. What is the cause? What
is the remedy? “ A little leaven, leaveneth
the whole lump,” is a true saying.
For years the Negro has been
used, and misused, to assuage the desire
for blood of the lawless and irresponsible
members of the dominant race. On the
slightest provocation, of which the cry of
rape was only'about fifteen per cent, ".Ne
groes have been seized, mobbed and burn
ed at the stake. Many times by the con
nivance of the legal authorities. While
the best white people condemned the
acions of the mob, yet when they (mob)
were apprehended and brought to trial,
we find only a few cases wherein a verdict
of guilty was ever returned against them,
and then in a much lesser degree than the
charge on the indictment, those who did
not pull the rope or apply the match, held
the clothes. CRIMES ARE CRIMES!
The American white man must learn that
the desire of a rapacious wolf when once
he begins to feed on human flesh cannot
be assuaged. After once having been sup
plied with a victim, he may be appeased
tor a short time, but when his thirst for
blood again arises, those who stood idly
by while he devoured the first will fall a
prey to his wolfish desires. As with the
wolf, so with a blood thirsty mob. It is
noticeable that since the number of
lynchings has fallen off. More crimes
agains the person and life of whites by
whites have been committed.
In view of the above, there is a safe
rule by which men should be measured—
The Golde Rule—regardless of race, con
dition, creed or color. We hold no brief
for the black criminal, he is no better
than the white criminal, he should be ac
corded a fair trial by his peers under the
law. The white man should have every
confidence in the law. It is his own ma
chinery; he invented it and he runs it.
Negroes with only rare exceptions have
anything to do but furnish the “Modus
oporando” for putting it in motion, he
has its escape when accused of crime, he
hasn’t a friend in court. Everyone con
cerned in his case is of a different race
than he; the lawyer who is often appoint
ed by the court to defend him is of the
same race and color as the rest. It mat
ters not how fair the Judge may be in his
rulings and instructions to the Jury, the
fact remains that he can but help feel his j
position and realize his predicament. He
has the same reactions as men of other!
races have when separated from their!
kind. This being the case the Negro fails
to understand why he should be lynched,
why he should not be allowed the legaT
guaranties of a trial which the white man
has placed in his constitution. He knows
that there is no avenue of escape if he is
guilty, there can be only conclusion; he
has only one chance for freedom — he
mus prove his innocence — and that too
with all the cards stacked against him. In
view of such unfavorable conditions there
is no wonder that many of them “Cops a
plea” innocent or guilty to avoid what
seems to them a hundred to one chance.
A Negro who breaks the law should pay
the price which is exacted from him by
society. The same is true of a white man
who breaks the law whether it be robbing
banks, non-payment of income tax; kid
naping millionaires or lynching Negroes,
CRIME IS \CRIME whether committed
by a white or a black criminal. You are
only jeopardizing the safety of the coun
try when those who have the enforce
ment of the law in their hands, stand idly
by when the mob throws the stones and
applies the torch. It will be ohly a ques
tion of time when their appetite will call
for bigger game, they will then turn from
the lowly Negro to the sons and daugh
ters of those who allowed them to fatten
on the blood of the Negro for their vic
(From The Carolina Times)
Employers who deliberately use
various and sundry means to defeat the
NRA may think themselves smart, but
as we see it they are doing more to has
ten a bloody revolution in this country
than any source we know of. Such peo
ple and organizations are just as guilty
treason as any other traitor would be in
the time of war.
President Roosevelt’s efforts to
rid this nation of the worse financial
catastrophe in its history should receive
the support of every loyal American.
This is not time for slackers, and when
ever and wherever found they should be
dealt with as they were during the
world’s war.
The effort on the part of certain
large industrial organizations to evade
the recovery act in its entirety by making
pernicious cuts in hours and pay of their
employes is disgusting and out of joint
with true Americanism. Such organiza
tions should be forced to comply with the
Whatever the extra trouble and
cost to large and financially strong or
ganizations in complying with the presi
dent’s plan, it wTill not be half as much as
the reconstruction and reogranization of
plants and organization destroyed by a
violent revolution.
Persons not acquainted with th^
undercurrent now existing among the
masses may look lightly upon the idea of
a physical revolution in America, but a
few more winters of shivering women
and children, a few more hungry mouths
and emaciated faces with loss of hope and
faith in the government of which they
are a part can and will bring about suff
ering in high places that might now seem
impossible. Men do not see their women
and children suffer long in this country
without becoming desperate. And when
they become desperate things usually
move in a hurry.
We advise for the good of all con
cerned that every effort on the part of
large and small employers be put forth to
make the plan of the National Recovery
Act a success. To fail to co-operate in
this awful crisis of the nation’s history is
traitoriously damnable.
In an editorial of August 15, the
St. Louis Globe Democrat under the cap
tion, “Negro Must Be Hanged,” attempt
ed to play the role of prosecutor, judge
and jury in commenting on the alleged
crimes committed by one John W. Boyd.
The Globe has exhibited a bad spirit of
intolerance and its attitude is very much
akin to that of the mob when it assumes
that an arrest and an alleged confession
are a conviction. By all the rules of the
game, a man is presumed to be innocent
until he has been tried and convicted by
a jury of his peers.
Our criticism of the attitude of the
Globe Democrat in this matter does in no
wise express our approval or toleration
of crime whether committed by white or
black. Should Boyd be convicted of the
crimes of which he is accused, we should
be among the first to say that he should
be punished to the full extent of the law;
but he has not been convicted yet of any
of the alleged crimes.
The alleged “confessions” are in
the category of the stereotyped police re
ports. Newspaper stories give an account
of how the police are baffled because of
the victims in the identification of the
assailant. We merely cite this in connect
ion with the case to show how premature
and prejudicial was the editorial appear
ing in the Globe Democrat, particularly
the headline which said “Negro Must Be
For the benefit of the Globe Demo
crat, we wish to state further that under
our system of government, the orderly
procedure is conviction'first, and sent
ence follows, the severity of which should
be based upon the evidence produced to
secure the conviction.
We have a suspicion that race pre
judice was written into the editorial.
Therefore, we think that the local branch
of the National Association for the Ad
vancement of Colored People will look
into this sort of propaganda based upon
color; and that the right thinking citizens,
generally, will protest the unfair tactics
of the Globe Democrat.
It is an ancient belief that the
woman is the bargain-hunter of the
family and that man must be dragged
reluctantly, if at all, to where goods can
be purchased cheaply.
If that is true, the man of the
family must be haying a good time now,
for there is very little else but bargains,
at prices unhead of a few years ago.
Those prices won’t be with us much
longer—economic law doesn’t allow “dis
tress’ sales to go on forever. Everything
from shirts to cement is going to cost
more very soon, as higher price and wage
levels will be on us before we know it.
It’s about the last chance to buy
needed household articles, and make pro
perty improvements and additions, at
depression costs. The chances are that
you, the reader of this, have been lax
about keeping up your house and
grounds, in. order to save. But you had
better start your building and' repair
work now if you don’t want to dig deep
in toyour pockets in the near future.
Providing jobs and purchasing
power is better and cheaper than charity.
The New York Times editorially
suggests that some of the public works
money might profitably be spent for
scientific investigation, and points out
that work done in laboratories is, in the
long run, often the best maker of jobs of
That is an excellent suggestion.
The government is to spend hundreds of
millions in construction projects which,
once accomplished, will have ended their
usefulness so far as providing substant
ial employment is concerned. Why not
spend a little in seeking to produce new
mdustrial wells from which permanent
jobs may eventually be drawn? Entirely
new jobs, rather than temporary employ
ment to be followed again by unemploy
ment or overcrowding of existing indus
try, is what our country really needs.
* * * *
(Editorial from the Knoxville,
Tennessee News-Sentinel, August 17)
Another Name for Murder
For the lynching of two Negroes
in Alabama and the serious wound
ing of a third, the officials seem to
have been partly responsible. Ac
cording to the reports, the sheriff
was moving the prisoners from Tus
caloosa to Birmingham without the
knowledge of the judge. A lonely
road was chosen by the sheriff, and
after proceeding a few miles one car
with deputies turned back, leaving
only the sheriff and two deputies to
protect the three prisoners. When
two cars carrying lynchers appeared
and demanded the prisoners, the
sheriff gave them up.
In the old days this was a common
occurrence. Fortunately it is not so
frequent now. More and more offi
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cers of the law are acting on their
oath to protect prisoners. This ac
counts in large part for the decline
in lynching. In 1931 the figure fell to
14, and last year to 10.
A mob is made up of cowards. Not
many mobs will go thru with a lynch
ing without the active or tacit co
operation of the law officers who are
paid to combat mobs.
It would be unfair to blame Ala
bama for these new crimes. Public
opinion in the state is against lynch
ing. Responsible groups of citizens
are trying to stamp out this barbar
ism, They are supported by many
judges and law officers. Last year
there were no lynchings in Alabama.
But, of course, the test here is
whether the state of Alabama catches
and convicts the lynchers and punish
es the sheriff and his deputies for
failure to defend the prisoners.
In the matter of the Estate of
Annie Bell, deceased: All persons in
terested in said matter are hereby
notified that on the 23rd day of Aug
ust 1933 Mary Benken, filed a peti
tion in said County Court, praying
that her final administration account
filed herein he settled and allowed,
and that she be discharged from her
trust as administratrix and that a
hearing will be had on said petition
before said Court on the 23rd day of
September 1933, and that if you fail
to appear before said Court on the
said 23rd day of September 1933 at
9 o'clock A M f and contest said
petition, the Court may grant the
prayer of said petition, enter a de
cree of heirship, and make such oth
er and further orders, allowances and
, decrees, as to this Court may seem
proper, to the end that all matters
pertaining to said estate may be fin
ally settled and determined.
Sealed bids will be received at the
office of the Departmnt Roads and Ir
rigation in the State House at Lin
coln, Nebraska, on September 18,
1933, until 10:90 o'clock A M , and
at that time publicly opened and read
for PAVING and incidental work on
the OMAHA-WAHOO Patrol No.
219, State Road.
The proposed work consists of con
structing 0.1 of a mile of PAVED
I he approximate quantities are:
6,800 Cu. Yds. Excavation.
675 Sq. Yds Concrete Pavement.
1 Removal of Structure.
29 Cu. Yds Class “A” Concrete for
Box Culverts and Headwalls.
3,700 Lbs Reinforcing Steel for
Box Culverts and Headwalls.
The attention of bidders is directed
to the Special Provisions covering
subletting or assigning the contract
and to the use of Domestic Materials.
The minimum wage paid to all
skilled labor employed on this con
tract shall be sixty (60) cents per
The attention of bidders is also di
rected to the fact that George Hodge,
State Director of Reemployment, Lin
coln, Nebraska, will exercise general
supervision over the preparation cf
employment lists for this work.
Plans and specifications for the
work maybe seen and information se
cured at the office of the County
Clerk at OMAHA, Nebraska, or at
the office of the Department of Roads
and Irrigation at Lincoln, Nebraska.
The successful bidder will be re
quired to furnish bond in an amount
equal to 100r/0 of his contract.
As an evidence of good faith in
submitting a proposal for this work,
the bidder must file, with his pro
posal, a certified check made payable
to the Department of Roads and Ir
rigation and in an amount not less
than Three Hundred ($300.00) dol
The right is reserved to waive all
technicalities and reject any or all
R L Cochran, State Engineer
GRACE BERGER, County Clerk
Douglas County.
In the County Court of Douglas
County, Nebraska.
In the matter of the Estate of:
All persons interested in said es_
tate are hereby notified that a
petition has been filed in said Court
alleging that said deceased died leav.
ing no last will and praying for ad_
ministration upon his estate, and that
a hearing will be had on said petition
before said court on the 16th day of
September, 1933, and that if they
fail to appear at said Court on the
said 16th da^ of September, 1933 at
9 o'clock A M to contest said
petition, the Court may grant the
same and grant administration of
said estate to s,ome suitable pdrson
and proceed to a settlemeent thereof.
BRYCE CRAWFORD, County Judge’.
In the Matter of the Estate of
All persons interested in said mat
ter are hereby notified that on the
22nd day of August 1933, Dr Price
Terrell filed a petition in said Coun
ty Court, praying that his final ad
ministration account filed herein be
setled and allowed, and that he be
discharged from his trust as admin
istrator and that a hearig will be had
on said petition before said Court on
the 16th day of September 1933, and
Court on the said 16th day of Sept
that if you fail to appear before said
Court on the said 16th day of Sept
ember 1933 at 9 o'clock A. M , and
contest said petition, the Court may
grant the prayer of said petition, en
ter a decree of heirship, and make
such other and further orders, allow
ances and decrees, as to this Court
may seem proper, to the end that all
matters pertaining to said estate may
be finally settled and determined.
Prior payments made during
receivership 60%-$121,548.89
Court order of August 15, 1933,
for further 5%_ 11,977.08
Prior payments made during
receivership 70%_$52,866.22
Court order of August 7, 1933,
for further 10%_ 7,552.42
80%- $60,418.64