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_______OMAHA, NEBRASKA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 1935 NUMBER FORTY-EIGHT
PIANO TUNER GIVEN
LESSON IN RESPECT
A piano tuner, who was sent out t the
Community Center, inquired of Miss Stamps
where he couM find the men’s wash room. He
was instructed to go to the basement, which he did. He re
turned almost immediately to iniorm her that the wash room
other. He was told that there was only the ladies' lounge, and
was too unsanitary for him to use and asked if there was an
that he would not use that. When he insisted on being allowed
to use it, hie was firmly denied the privilege.
He left the building, hut returned later. One of the men
at the Center asked him why he wouldn’t be respectful with
the women. He said he wouldn’t work any place where he
couldn’t nse the restroom.
Words flw between them, and it is alleged that fists
did too as the piano tuner Was soon picking himself up. He
declared he would find the police, but that happened Thursday
afternoon, and he hasn’t returned with the police yet. Maybe
he was as unsuccessful, in finding a police as he was in using
DINING CAR WAITERS WAGE
BATTLE FOR SHORTER HOURS
AND MORE PAY
Smarting under the ignominy of:
the intolerable situation of low wages,
long hours of service and many other
unfair conditions, dining car waiters,
In the service of the Union Pacific
System are at present waging a val
iant and heroic battle to ..improve
conditions of employment and rates
Under the generalship of Solon C.
Bell, President and Rufus C. Long,
General Secretary, two brilliant, fear
less and able leaders, these determin
ed workers, through their organiza
tion (Local 465) have within a brief
period made progress worthy of un
stinted praise. Organized but a short
time, these intelligent workers have,
through persistent and tireless effort,
achieved merit worthy of “their met
tle” and have demonstrated in the
most conclusive manner the relative
value and importance of being an in
tegral part of The Great American
Labor Movement. Even in the face
of almost insurmountable odds, and
constantly meeting with opposition
and rebuff's from an unsympathetic
'Industrial Management’, these loyal
workers still remain undaunted in
their struggle for economic justice.
As a matter of truth they are fearless
in their demands for complete recog
nition of their Union and the right to
Bargain Collectively through the same.
They are merely exercising a consti
tutional guarantee provided for in the
present “Labor Act”.
Step by step the splendid organiza
tion of concientious workers is elimi
nating every obstacle thrown in its
path. They have already removed all
doubt as to the authority of their Or
ganization being the Sole and duly
selected agent to represent their in
terest. This disputed point had to be
settled by The United States Board
of Mediation. With the settling of
the argument between the Union and
the Management, of the question of
rightful authorty, the next step was
to press for a definite time to be set
to discuss the demands of the em
ployees. A date for this purpose was
arranged and since the 3rd of January
such formal proceedings have been
under way; hours of service, wages
and many other items being a part
of the formal conference discussion.
It is well to inject at this point that
the Managements’ attitude on the
proposals of the Employees has been
entirely uncompromising; however,
this is to be expected. Wihether the
Employees Conference Committee will
be able to accomplish much or gain
any .oncessions in view of the antag
onistic feeling, is *ow a matter of
conjecture. ? One thing is certain.
If the negotiations end without a set
tlement of the questions involved, the
responsibility for this will not rest on
the Employees or their Organization.
If the Employees Conference Commit
tee is unable to settle favorably with
the Carrier, the Organization is pre
pared to take their case to the highest
Now .for a word on the proposals
of the Organization. There can be
no question raised on the reasonable
ness of the Employes demands. ?Ev
^— .. .
ery one and especially the traveling
public, has for a long time been aware
of the plight of this class of workers.
Moreover, the travelng public serous
ly objects to the imposition being
placed on them b;| public service cor-1
porations; that of making up the!
wage deficiency of waiters and other
classes of employees. Gratuities now
received by these workers proves this
point. But what is there in the pro
posals of the employees that should
bo so strenuously objectionable to the
Carrier; nothing, when the facts are
investigated. The workers propose
the following four point program;
(1) That the employees, thru repre
sentatives of their choosing bargain
with the Carrier in defining rules
governing working conditions; (2)
To establish the principal of the (8)
hour day, or what is termed a two
hundred and forty (240) hour month;
(3) The right of defining the prin
cipal of seniority; (4) Adjustments
in the various wage levels. Surely
the above is not unreasonable nor
could one say th^t the employees
are not entitled to the same. Pre
sent industrial trends most certainly
dictate that hours of service must be
reduced and wages increased. In the
case of these workers they, are ask
ing for a principal to be established
j that is, as a matter of fact almost
obsolete, yet the Managecent proposes
that even this shall be denied them.
Time however will tell the true story
of this struggle and the employees
will be the victors.
Important among the many signi
ficant factors surrounding this case
is the fact that whatever gains that
might accrue to these dauntless work
ers, the immediate communities In
wihich they reside will also be bene
fited. Thus all have a stake in this
fight. Remote as it may seem, local
busines men and professionals are
always beneficiaries in a direct way
of LABOR VICTORIES. It is in this
connection that the officers of this
splendid organization appeal to them
and other sympathetic friends for
support and co-operation.
Those workers are your friends
neighbors, their organzation is a per
manent community institution, this
struggle for economic justice concerns
and affects all; they however, are
the ‘trail blazers’; bo help them keep
the torch lighted.
RUFUS LONG, Sec’y and Reporter.
CHICAGOAN LOSES ENTIRE
Mrs. Nonense Gibson, formerly of
Omaha, who now resides in Chicago,
was robbed of her entire wardrobe,
which she had recently replenished.
Mrs. Gibson had won a sum of money
playing policy. After sending her
small daughter, who lives in Omaha,
soce clothes, she made plans for a
trip to Omaha. She had gone to some
pains in her preparations by replenish
ing her wardrobe. Then before she
had a chance to use anything, some
one stole everything except the clothes
No trace of the clothes or the
thief has been discovered as yet.
Employed by Street
& Blvd. Department
JOHN BENJ. HOBTON, Jr.
John Benj. Horton, Jr., active in
political, civic and bu iiness circles,
received an appointment on Wednes
drt/, January 23rd, in the Depart
ment of Streets and Boulevards un
der City Commissioner Harry Knud
It is also reported that Commis
sioner Knudsen has employed Paul
Holiday and Charley Payne in his de
Mr. Horton, who has been editing
The Omaha Chronicle for the past
year, says that his duties will be
those of a foreman.
BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF
To the readers of the Omaha Guide,
we, the officers of said companies,
do hereby extend to you a Business
Directory of Display Advertisements
for the firms that make it possible for
the Omaha Guide to serve this Com
munity. Therefore, we sincerely re
quest that our readers and friends
give the following firms their kind
consideration when they are in need
of the commodities sold by these ad
vertisers. Thanking you in advance
for your support of these merchants,
Grant Street Pharmacy, 24th and
Mason & Knox Cafe, 2307 N. 24th St.
Duffy Pharmacy, 24th and Lake Sts.
Ideal Garage, 2419 Lake St
Frank Marks’ Grocery, 24th and Par
Carey’s Coal Company, 27th Street at
Rabe’s Buffet, 24th and Lake Sts.
Colton Dry Goods Store, 2503 N. 24th
Lewis Service Station, 24th and Grant
American Weiner Shop, 2509 N. 24th
Herman’s Market. 2422 N. 24th St.
Tuchcan Bros., 24th and Lake Sts.
Autrey Ice and Coal Co., 2519 Grant
Kraft Bargain Store, 2518 N. 24th St.
Petersen’s Bakery, 2506 N. 24th St.
Nebraska Power Co., 17th and Harney
Gerber Consolidated Auto Parts Co.,
2501 Cuming Street.
Emerson Laundry, 2324 N. 24th St
Pnblix Cab Co., 305 S. 27th Ave.
Ross Drug Store, 2122 N. 24th St.
Silver Slipper Nile Club, 1123 S. 6th
State Furniture Co., 14th and Dodge
Edholm-Sherman Laundry, 2401 N.
Rita Theater, 24th and Patrick Ave.
Harry Mason, 1512 Farnam St
Northwestern Bell TeL Co., 19th and
WILLIAM BROWDER TO SPEAK
William Browder, staff writer and
manager of the NEW MASSES, will
speak on the subject “The Middle
Class Must Choose”, on Tuesday even
ing, January 2&th in Courtroom No.
1, City Hall, under the auspices of
the New Masses Club of Omaha.
Protest Against In
creasing Crime Wave
LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE
Or Monda.-, January 14, 1935, a
group of citizens representing twenty
(25) religious, social, civic, business
and professonal interest of Negroes in
this city, met for the purpose of mak
ing proper representations to the
authorities entrusted with the task of
enforcing the law and to make a for
mal protest against the increasing
wave of crime particularly the homi
cides of Colored people against Col
According to the statistics taken
from the Coroner’s office, twelve Ne
groes were killed by Negroes in Oma
ha during the twelve months of 1934.
The committee feels, in spite of the
seeming preponderance of evidence
against the perpetrators, these per
sons have been Ightly dealt with or set
The Committee in presenting this
petition is not attempting to act as
Judge or juror in these case', nor are
we offering undue criticism of those
handling the cases, we are interested,
however in having all possible evi
dence secured in these cases, and to
have such cases prosecuted with as
much zest as though they were com
mitted against persons of another
The committee represented is cogni
zant of the fact that crimes of vio
lence have become more prevalent dur
ing the last few years among all peo
ple, we are likewise in sympathy and
co-operation with the President in his
expressed desire to have all citizens
interest themselves in supporting the
law enforcement agencies in their re
spective Communities. The group as
sembled in this meeting expressed
opinions that the lack of vigorous
prosecution and the evident laxity of
enforcement of the law to those
charged with such crimes is largely re
sponsible for this increasing number
This representative group to be
known as the Citizens Law Enforce
ment League is willing and anxious
to cooperate with the local authori
ties toward suppressing crimes of
violence and other crimes. In the
furtherance of this cause the follow
ing resolution was passed:
“That we express our utter con
demnation of all acts and crimes
against property rights as well as the
human rights against people, and we
do hereby petititon the law enforce
ment agencies of Omaha and Douglas
County to use every energetic and
honest means to properly punish the
offenders and perpetrators of these
crimes, and we do also pledge to them
our support and assistance.”
Respectfully submitted by the fol
lowing named citizens: Sergt. Jsaac
Bailey, 2816 Pratt Street; .M. L. Har
ris, 2219 Ohio Street; J. Harvey Kerns,
2213 Lake Street; Geo. B. Lennox, M.
D. , 2 22% No. 24th Street; Rev. J. S.
Williams, Hillside Pres. Church; Rev.
L. P. Bryant, A. M. E. Church; J. L.
Taylor, 2407 Lake Street; R. C. Price,
Past President N. A. A. C. P.; Jack
White, 2530 Charles Street; Rev. T. E.
Williams, 2111 North 26th; T. C. Ross,
Druggist, 2122 North 24th Street;
A. L. Hawkns, M. D., 2120 N. 24th St.;
T. P. Mahammitt, 2116 N. 25th Street;
M. E. Johnson, Druggist, 2227 Miami
Street; M. C. James, 2851 Wirt Street;
R. S. Sim|mons, 2232 Lake Street; H.
W. Smith, 2015 N. 22nd Street; J. D.
Crawford, 2214 N. 28th Avenue; Thos.
P. Chandler, 2804 N. 25th Street; G. G.
Robbins, 2814 N. 30th Street; Mrs. J.
S. Turner, 2514 Corby Street; C. A.
Burnett, 2510 Corby Street; Dr. W. W.
Peebles, 2906 N. 25th Street; H. W.
Black, 2923 N. 25th Street; A. B.
Young, 2624 Binney Street; J. C.
Carey, Past Commander American
Legion, 2636 Binney Street; Gertrude
E. Lucas, 2863 Binney Street; Rev. M.
K. Curry, 2526 Grant Street; Evelyn
L. Evans, 2306 N. 22nd Street; Marie
Lecoq, 2306 N. 22nd Street; Dr. H.
Wiggins, 151816 N. 24th Street; Mrs.
H. Wiggins, 151816 N. 24th Street;
George Watson, 2413 Lake Street;
John Adams, Jr., 2867 Corby Street.
Law Enforcement Committee,
2219 Ohio Street
Your petition relative to homicides
of colored people against colored
people received this morning.
The same was addressed to “Henry
Myers” instead of Frank Myers, but
I received it anyhow and expect that
“Henry Myers” will not blam^e me
very much for opening it.
I greatly appreciate getting the
constructive attitude of the represen
tative group who endorsed the facts
set out in your petition.
The Police Department endeavors
to get all the essental facts and pre
sent them to a representative of the
County Attorney’s office before the
accused is brought to the Police Court
for a preliminary hearing, and if the
evidence is sufficient, a representative
of the Countfy Attorney’s office does
his best to have the police judge bind
the accused over to the district court
for trial. Then there is the question
of the jury convicting there.
I have taken this matter up person
ally with Chief Samardick and find
that your committee has already con
tacted him in the matter and that you
fully understand our department’s re
lation to the prosecution of such cases.
I apprecate very much your calling
this matter to my personal attention.
Commissioner of Police.
Commissioner Frank Myers will b«
invited to speak before the Law En
forcement Committee at the Commun
ity Center on Tuesday evening Jan
January 21, 1935
Sergeant Isaac Baildy,
2816 Pratt Street,
Since your name appeared first on
the resolution of January 14, we are
addressing our reply to you, trusting
that you will communicate with the
other members of this Committee.
,We feel especially fortunate to be
Mayor of a City that has sueh an out
standing colored population. This ac
tion bj< our leading colored citizens is
an example of their vigorous interest
and cooperation in civic affairs.
We feel that this resolution ex
presses a point of view which is most
important in the proper enforcement
of law which is, as you realize, at
best a difficult problem. Such coop
eration lightens the burden immeas
We are referring your letter to
Chief Samardick with the suggestion
that he keep the attitude and willing
ness of your group in mind when
dealing with problems in any way
We feel that the new prosecutor will
give vigorous service and we will give
every possible cooperation with your
group, with the chief of Police, and
with the Prosecutor.
Very sincerely, yours,
Roly N. Towl, Mayor
OBTAINS POLITICAL JOB
Mr. Lovejoy Crawford is now in
Lincoln, Nebraska, working in the
library of the Capitol Building, an ap
pointment he received through Mr.
DR. L. K. WILLIAMS
Dr. L. K. Williams, president of
Victory Mutual Life Insurance Co.
of Chicago which was removed
from receivership by the federal
court last week. In little more
than a year the company has paid
off every dollar of the death
claims which totalled $103,000 at
the time of reorganization, paid
back its loan to the Reconstruction
Finance Corporation and stands
proudly ready for the business ad
vance its officers are determined
NEGRO CHARGED WITH MURDER
OF HARRY PLAINS
John Jetter, Negro, living at the
federal transient shelter, 22nd and
Hickorv Streets, was arrested and
charged with the murder of Harry
Plains, white, assistant superintendent
of the federal transient shelter. It is
alleged that Jetter was intoxicated
and had had an altercation with an
other Negro who also lives at the
shelter. Plains was attempting to
make peace between them when he
was slain. A blood-covered knife, be
longing to Jetter was found, and it is
rumored that Jettee has confessed.
Plains was admitted to the shelter,
December 16, 1933. After his arrival
at the shelter, he worked as a boiler
attendant, then as store-keeper, and
a few months later he was made as
sistant superintendent because of his
education and ability. He gave his
age as 64 and contributed the infor
mation that he had hunted and fished
with Zane Grey, the novelist, and that
he had once been purchasing agent for
the Phelps-Dodge Co. in New York.
H.s personal record at the shelter
states that he was graduated from the
University of Southern California in
1899. However, the university records
do not show that any one by that
name was graduated from the univer
sity in that year.
Police were inclined to believe that
when he registered at the shelter, he
ma,y have given a fictitious name.
He was not popular with the other
residents of the shelter, officials said,
for the reason that he was inclined to
be aggressive and somewhat “bossy”.
This trait, they believe, may have led
to his slaying.
>!t has been reported that the Fede
al Government will file charges
against Jetter for the murder of
STAR NS FOUND GUILTY OF
SECOND DEGREE MURDER
William Stams, 5307 S. 28th Street,
who was charged with the murder of
Claude Smith, 1002 S. 13th Street, on
December 24th, 1934, was found guilty
of second degree murder in Judge
John W. Yeager’s court Friday.
Starns was first charged with first
degree murder, but the charge was
changed at the last hearing to second
degree murder, which carries a pen
alty of from ten years to life impris
onment. Sentence has not yet been
COMMUNISTS HOLD LENIN
How the Soviet Union, under the
leadership of Nicolai Lenin, solved
the problems of unemployment, gave
the national minorities full cultural
development, and is rapidly building
socialism for all the workers in that
country, will be the theme of the Lenin
Memorial meeting, to be held at the
Workers Cultural Center, 2404 Par
ker St. on Sunday evening, Jan. 27, at
Besides speakers, there will be mus
ical entertainment, and stunts by the
newly organized Young Pioneers of
North Omaha. No admission will be
charged, and the Communist Party,
under whose auspices the meeting is
to be held, is inviting everyone to at
MRS. MALINDA HOLLINS BURIED
FROM FREESTONE BAPTIST
The funeral of Mrs. Malinda Hol
lins, who died Thursday, January 17,
was held Saturday, January 19, at
Freestone Baptist Church, where she
has been a member for a number of
She is survived by seven children:
Mrs. Lloyd Gray, Mrs. Alvia Scott,
Mr. Charles McBay, Mr. Arthur Hol
lins of Chicago, Illinois, Rev. C. B.
Hollins of Dallas, Texas, Mr. James
Hollins, Mr. C. B. Hollins, seven grand
chldren, and one great grandchild. All
of her children were present for the
funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Chester Mc
Bay of Crescent, Iowa, were also
COLORED CHICAGO PASTOR ON
Elder Lucy Smith, able pastor of
Langley Avenue All Nations’ Pente
costal Church in Chicago, Illinois, is
now being heard over station WINA
every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday
and Friday nights, 11 to 12 p. m. on
Sunday and from 11 to 11:30 the other
This is the greatest advancement
made by any of our group in the re
ligious world. Elder Smith’s pro
grams are so outstanding and in such
great demand that all the week nights
broadcasts have been given to Elder
She is dong a mighty big work in
Chicago for the Lord. She is now con
ducting a revival at her church whera
eighteen have been saved. We con
gratulate Elder Smith.
CLARENCE R, JOHNSON REP -
RESENTS DINING CAR WAITERS
In the conference between the Un
ion Pacific System and the Protective
Order of Dining Car Waiters, Local
465, of Omaha, the Local was ably
represented by Clarence R. Johnson
of Los Angeles, California. Mr. John
son is General Chairman of South
ern Pacffic Local No. 682, and ha* had
a broad experience in this line of
work. The entire membership of Lo
cal 465 wishes him much success.
Rufus Long, Sec’y-Reporter.
CALLED TO ATTEND SISTER
Mrs. Ceceila Young, of Shreveport,
Louisiana, was called to Omaha to at*
tend her sister, Mrs. George Galloway,
32nd and Charles Streets, who has
been ill for some time. Mrs. Gallo*
way is somewhat improved.
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