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Wife Char i With Slaying Her Husband; Goes To Trial
STRICKEN WHILE PATROLING BEAT
2* 2* X XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX
Will Rogers Writes On imitation Of Life"
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 Si.
Duffs- 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, 24fh and Lake Sts.
Colton Dry Goods Store, 2503 N. 24 th
Lewis Service Station. 24th and Grant
American Weiner Shop, 2509 N. ?!th
Herman’s Market, 2422 N. 24th St.
Tuchcaa 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.
Pablix Cab Co., 305 S. 27th Ave.
Ross Drug Store, 2122 N. 24th St.
Silver Slipper Nite Club, 1123 S. 6th
State Furniture Co., 14th and Dodge
Edholm-Sherman Laundry, 2401 N.
Ritz Theater, 24th and Patrick Ave.
Harry Mason, 1512 Farnam St,
Northwestern Bell Tel. Co., 19th and
RESULTS OF ADVERTISING
Mrs. Anna Tubbs says never before
in the history of her residence in Om
aha has she been so thoroughly sur
prised and eonvinced that it pays to
advertise. She called the office and
asked that an ad, for the rental of
rooms, be removed from the paper be
cause she could not get her work
done for answering calls about the
room, which had been rented since the
first day the ad ran.
The week previous a representative
had called on her to interest her in the
Community page. Mrs. Tubbs said
that when the representative called,
she couldn’t see where she could get
results from runnng an ad when the
room had been vacant for four months,
and all that time, she had been tell
ing her customers and asking them to
pass the word along.
After achieving such success with
this little ad, Mrs. Tubbs called and
asked that the Acting Editor call on
her. He drew up a contract, which
she sgned, for fifty-two week’s adver
The Omaha Guide extends its
thanks for the fine spirit of coopera
tion of those who have tried and know
the value of advertising in the col
umns of the Omaha Guide.
LYNCH MOB BURNS PREACHER’S
Shelbyville, Tenn.—(CNA) — Last
week the home of Rev. W. 0. Largen,
Methodst preacher who urged legal
action against members of a mob, was
burnt to the ground.
This was the second act of arson
committed by the would-be lynchers
of E. K. Harris. The first was when
they burned down the court-house in
an unsuccessful lynch attempt.
FOR R. TURNER.
Mr. Robert L. Turner, 2817 Miami
ii reet, a native of Counc.l Bluffs, la.,
who has lived in Omaha for the past
thirty-five years, died of apoplexy in
Lord Lister hospital early Monday,
after having been stricken in the fire
bam at 24th and Cuming Streets at
2:55 a. m.
Mr. Turner, a patrolman, stopped
at the fire barn while patroling his
beat. E. W. Fields, a fireman, heard
him stumbling about the back room.
Turner told Fields he fait faint. F.elds
helped him to a chair and called po
lice. Turner was removed fco Lord
Lister hospital Jn a police ambulance
and died after reaching the hospital.
Mr. Turner had been confined to bed
with an attack of the ‘flu’ for about
foui weeks and had just been back on
his beat two nights when he was
He was appointed to the department
September 23, 1929, and was laid off
in July, 1933, for lack of funds. He
was reinstated December 9, 1933.
He has always been active in fra
ternal, civic and religious circles. He
was a Thirty-third degree Mason,
Deputy Supreme Chancellor of the
State of Nebraska, Chancellor Com
mander of Western Stars, and a Wish
ful Master in the K. of P.’s. He had
held the position of Chancellor Com
mander of Western Stars in the K. of
P.'s for about ten years. He has been
active in Zion Baptist Church for a
great number of years, and was one of
Omaha’s best liked citizens.
His survivors are his wife, Mrs.
Victoria Turner, father, Benjamin
Turner, Sr., three brothers, Benjamin,
Jr., Nathan and John.
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FOUR HOURS TOO LATE TO SEE
Mr. W. J. Truelove, 2864 Lake St.,
former resident of Waxahachie,
Texas, hurried!/ left the city Decem
ber 13 to go to the bedside of his
mother, Mrs. Sarah Truelove-Burnete,
who was dying. He arrived in Waxa
hachie the following morning, just
four hours too late to see his mother
before she died.
Mr. Truelove is the brother-in-law
of Mr. Thomas L. Holley, 1547 Crock
ett Street, San Antonio, Texas, who
is the state superintendent of Night
Schools in the state t: Texas. Mrs.
Holley is a teacher of p' imary grades
in San Antonio. Mr. and Mrs. Holley
have a daughter who attends the
Mary Ellen Seminary in Crockett,
The following is a notice of Mrs.
Sarah Truelove-Bumett’s death, which
appeared in the Waxahachie Daily
Light, for December 15th.
OLD RESIDENT OF WAXAHACHIE
Sarah Truelove-Burnett, who was
born in Holly Springs, Miss., in 1865,
married William J. Truelove and came
to Waxahachie, Texas, fn 1887, passed
away at 5:40 a. m., Friday, December
14, at the family residence, 415 Wyatt
Street. She rendered many years of
active service in the c?ty and county
schools and in the A. M. E. Church,
having served as Sunday School sup
erintendent about forty years.
She leaves to mourn her loss three
children, Mary L. Porter, primary
teacher in the Oak Lawn school of
this city, Jrene T. Holley, teacher in
the San Antonio public schools, and
Willie Truelove of Omaha, Nebraska,
one sister, Birdie Jackson of Corsi
cana, and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday,
December 16, at 2:30 p. m. at Joshua
Mr. T. P. Mahammftt was a caller
at the Omaha Guide Office on Mon
day, January 28, and signed up as a
strong supporter of the Omaha Guide
Community Page Advertisement.. He
said that he thought this was the
keynote and that the Guide should
not have any trouble in getting any
citizen in this Community to spend
one dollar per week with the advertis
ers on this page. “As an ex-owner
and ex-editor, I know what that would
^mean to this paper and to this Com
munity now”, he said.
Mr. Willie Truelove, 2864 Lake St.
was also a visitor in the Office of the
Omaha Guide on Monday, January 28.
In discussing his trip to Dallas, Texas,
he expressed his surprise at the thriv
ing industries and beautiful homes,
owned and operated by Negroes in
Texas. He spent several days with
friends in Dallas. He said that the
-population in Dallas is about 300,000,
about one third of which is Negroes.
Mr. Truelove is a horticulturist and
has beautified some of Omaha’s most
beautiful grounds, for instance, the
Morris Milder estate. He -was at one
time employed by the city under Mr.
Hindu, supervisor of City plants, and
is an expert in his profession.
Mr. W. L. Myers, of Myers’ Funeral
Home, visited the Omaha Guide Tues
day morning and complimented the
Editor on the splendid paper and its
service to this Community since the
reorganization of its working forces.
While in the office, Mr. Myers sub
scribed for ten inch spaee on the
Community page for a period of
twelve weeks. He said that he
thought it was the proper spirit for
all business men with Community
prde to feet it their duty to take part
Jn making the Omaha Guide a bigger
and better paper by advertising on
the Community page. Although he
had made no plana for advertisement
before the first of March, He said he
did not see why he couldn't go along
with the crowd’ on the Community
page until then. Mr. Myers also paid
his subscription for a year in advance.
iDr. G. B. Lennox was a caller at
the Guide on January 28th and ex
pressed his appreciation of the im
provement in the paper and says he
has heard many comments in differ
ent homes on the progress of the pa
per. He signed up as a supporter of
the Community Page.
Mr. Frank Stewart, 3015 Mander
son, was a caller at the Office on Jan
uary 29th and signed up as a support
er of the Community Page. He said
that he thought this advertising pro
ject is a wonderful idea and that the
Guide can expect his full cooperation.
Mr. Stewart is a retired fireman.
Mr. L. L. McVay, 2858 Corby, came
into the Guide and signed up as a sup
porter of the Community page. Mr.
McVay is a graduate of Mahari Uni
versity, Nashville, Tennessee, mem
ber of many social, civic and religious
organizations, and a hard worker in
Sfc. John’s A. M. B. Church. Mr. Mc
Vay is interested in starting a Y. M.
C. A. here. He is, also, interested in
the Community Page and will do what
he can to interest others in it.
Mr. Wm. Cooper, 2628 Blondo St.,
called at the Office on January 26th,
because he couldn’t waft until his pa
, per was delivered. He said that the
Guide holds so much of interest for
him ind his wife that, should he go
home without it, his wife probably
wouldn’t serve his supper.
Mrs. Map'.’ Erbin, 1413 N. 21st St.,
went on trial Monday, January 28th,
in Judge John W. Yeager’s Court
charged with the murder of her hus
band, Joe Erbin, on Sunday, December
30, 1934. It is alleged that Joe Erbin,
was strangled to death with a scarf,
which was wrapped 3 times around
his throat. After drawing the scarf
tightly, Mrs. Erbin proceeded to beat
Joe with a bucket of frozen water. It
is reported that he was struck about
the body a number of times.
The State has written a statement
for her prosecution, and it has been
signed by the following citizens: G. W.
Goodrldge, physician, who was called
to attend Joe Erbin, W. L. Myers, of
ficiating mortician, Paul Steinwinder,
County Coroner, who reported on the
case, Avesta Crawford, 1208 N. 24th
St., who said it started with a drunk
en brawl at about 2:45 p. m., and
that they had all been drinking, Mr.
McDowel, who found Joe Erbin lying
on a bed, and after investigation, dis
covered that he was dead, and notified
the police, Joe Perkins, 2919 Parker
St., Chester King, 1417 N. 21st St.,
Irene Arthur, 1415 N. 24th St., Joe
Patton, Pete Bradley, 1413 N. 21st St.,
and David Pauiing, 141314 N. 21st St.
Mrs. Erbin was charged with mur
der in the first degree, which carries
a life imprisonment or death penalty
MRS. DOUGLAS SCOTT DECEASED
Mrs, Douglas Scott departed this
life January 15, 1935. She came to
Omaha with her husband, Frederick
Douglas, and daughter, Estella Made
line, in 1890. They moved to Missouri
Valley, Iowa, and lived there, where
they, were in business, until the time
of her hssband’s death.
In 1925 she was iriarried to Joseph
Scott, and in 1927 they moved to Om
aha, where she passed away.
Mrs. Scott was loved and respected
by all who knew her.
She leaves to mourn her loss a
husband, a daughter, relatives and a
host of friends.
CHILD JIM-CROWED AT BENEFIT
BECOMES SERIOUSLY ILL
Cleveland, O.—(CNA)—An eleven
year-old crippled school girl lies ser
iously ill in her home, a victim of
The girl, Colleta Patton and her
sister, Evelyn, received tickets for a
charity show, sponsored by the Ma
sonic Grotto, from the school for
crippled children which Colleta at
tends. They were taken to the affair
in a friends car.
Just before the performance began,
a prejudiced white official compelled
the children to leave because they
were Negroes. This same official be
rated the doorman for admitting
‘niggers’. The girls were forced to
walk home. As a result, Colleta fell
NEGRO ATTORNEY DEFENDS
WHITE WORKERS IN VIRGINIA
Newport News, Va.—(CNAp—The
International Labor Defense here
smashed the Jim-Crow tradition of
the town court when its attorney H.
C. Midgette, defended 4 white long
shoremen, members of the Waterfront
Unemployment Council, charged with
‘vagrancy’. It was the first time that
a Negro lawyer represented white
workers in a local court.
At the trial, Midgette’s brilliant
legal defense backed by the mass pro
test of the unemployed seamen who
jammed the courtroom, forced Justice
B. Locke to dismiss the trumped-up
$9,000.00 GIVEN AWAY IN
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OFFERS OVER 2500 CASH PRIZES
As prizes in a new and different kind of con
test, Aunt Jemima—maker of delicious pan
cakes with that ‘‘old plantation flavor”—is going
to give away $9000.00 in cash, split up into 2,562
separate prizes. A few minutes’ work may win
$1000.00, the first prize. Even one of the 1,500
lowest prizes oftered—$2,0U each-w ill more than
repay entrants for the few minutes needed to
enter the oontest.
The contest itself is simple. Entrants use ordi
nary school crayons to color a finished picture
of Claudette Colbert, the Tar of “Imitation of
Life,” a picture based c,n the story of Aunt
Jemima. Gtocers or movie, theatres showing
Imitation of Life" will vluuiy furnish a full
color picture of Miss Colbert as a guide tocon
Theie is no age limit cn those who can enter
the Aunt Jemima Contest. Even4-year-oldscan
win a prize! The age of the entrant is taken in
to consideration when the picture is placed be
fore competent judges. Those who color the
picture best, or who present the most interest
ing results in the opinion of the judges, win
the cash prizes. The only necessary qualifica
tion for entrance is that £ hex tops from Aunt
Jemima Pancake Flour packages (or facsimi
les) accompany each entry.
The contest closes midnight, March IS, 1935.
so before tnat date there’* enough time for
everyone to enter.
N.A.A.C.P. Com pi Ftps
Membership To Its
Board of Directors
At a Special meeting called by its
President, Dr. J. Wesley Jones, tbe
Board of Directors of tbe Omaha
Branch of the “National Association
for the Advancement of Colored
People” completed its roster of mem
bers to serve ujxm its Board for the
current year. The meeting was held
at the office of its Secretary, 2314'/a
N. 24th St., Suite 1.
Those elected Friday evening Jan.
31st, were namely: Mr. R. R. Boone,
Atty. Ray L. Wiliams, Mr. Arthur B.
McCaw, Atty. John Adams, Jr., and
Mr. Y. W. Logan.
By a vote of a majority of the memr
bers of the Board, it was ruled that
the Board be comprised of 11 mem
bers. The complete set-up in their
order is namely: Dr. J. Wesley Jones,
President and member of Board, Mr.
C. C. Galloway, Vice-Pres. and mem
ber of board, John Benj. Horton, Jr.,
Secretary* and member of the board,
Mr. C. C. Dudley, Treasurer and mem
ber of board, Mrs. Victoria Turner,
Atty. Charles F. Davis, Mr. R. R.
Boone, Atty. Ray L. Williams, Mr. .
Arthur B. McCaw, Atty. John Adams,
Jr., and Mr. Y. W. Logan.
A great year is ahead for the local
branch with such an efficient person
nel at its “helm of state”, and its said
that the local branch has prospects of
a larger membership than ever in its
LOVELY AND O’BRIEN WIN
VICTORY IN MURDER CASE
Lovely and O’Brien, attorneys in
the public defender’s office, who were
in charge of Mary Erbin’s case, were
victorious in their plea for her free
Mary Erbin was charged with first
degree murder in Judge John W.
Yeager’s Court, and the case was
given to the jury on Monday at 4:00 <
p. m. A verdict was reached on Tues
day at 5:30 p. m. Mary Erbin was
acquitted. She expresses her thanks
to the attorneys and to her many
friends who were wishing the best for
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SEES NOTHING UNUSUAL
IN INTERRACIAL STORY
New York.—Will Rogers, famous
comic writer, in recent article differed
with white and Negro critics on
“Imitation of Life.’’ Of this famous
picture Rogers says:
“Despite the great praise show
ered on ‘Imitat ion of Life’ by the
white and colored critics, I find it, to
p considerable extent, just some more
of Hollywood, and an imitation of
life indeed. This is no reflection ®n
the players, most of whom, colored
and white, were sincere and splendid.
Louise Beavers, as I have said before,
really doesn’t have to act. She just
is it. The defects are in the plot, and
in the gestures made to preserve
‘social equality,’ or at least an ap
pearance of it.
“In this play, so far as it is of
special interest to colored folk, a
light-eolored girl, who wishes to be
white, disowns her black mother, first
before her white school companions,
once again in a restaurant, ■where she
is employed as a cashier, and finally
leaves her altogether. Well and good.
Such things do happen. I have not
heard much of this in the United
States, but it is not infrequent in the
West Indies and South America.
The black mother, Louise Beavers,
as Aunt Delilah, has made a fortune
in conjunction with a white woman,
Claudet'*a Colbert, selling pancakes
and pancake flour. Both women are
most touchingly attached to each oth
er. They place this love and the af
fecton for their respective daughters
above all thoughts of money and
worldly goods. Now what happens
when this black mother is d'ying of a
broken heart at her daughter’s de
sertion? She pauses in her grief,
and her whole face glows. Why? Be
cause she is going to find rest in
heaven! No, she is seeing the wonder
ful funeral she will have with all the
lodges in full regalia, strutting down
main street while the bands blare the
funeral march. The dying woman
gives minute orders for this parade
and then turns up her heels.
“Now let us suppose that a white
heroine in any play stopped to gloat
over her gorgeous funeral in this
supreme moment of grief, what would
any critic, however much of an imbe
cile, have said ? Yet critics lauded
this play inordinately. Would any
mother, except a Negro mother creat
ed in a Nordic brain, ever have done
this? A clown must be made of the
Negro even in the depth of his an
guish to evoke laughter from white
iudlences and sniekers from Negro
“Again, here, as J said, are two
women, ene white, the other black,
ieeply attached to each other, not to
mention that they are tmsiness part
lers. What happens when both go in
search of the ungrateful colored
laughter? The black woman rides
with the chauffeur, while the white
>ne rides alone in the back. In real
life these two sorrowing women
would have continued to forget color
ind have ridden together. But on tha
screen that would be ‘social equality.’
“Further, when the repentant coi
ned daughter flings herself on her
Tether’s bier, and is led away by the
REFUSES TO SPY ON
Birmingham, Ala.—(CNA) — Rev.
E. H. Hammond, a minister active in
:he local Scottsboro-Hemdon Action
Committee, was picked up on the
streets and subjected to a gruelling
sxamination at City Hall by Chief De
The detective attempted to force
Hammond to act as a spy and set up
in ‘independent Scottsboro Commit
tee’ to weaken the militant Scottsboro
Herndon Action Committee.
I white woman and her daughter, the
colored girl is agan placed beside the
chauffeur and care is taken that she
should be shown, not beside the three
other people in the car, but ahead of
them. Now in real life what would
have happened ? Such a white mother
as that portrayed in this story would
have clasped the grief-stricken col
ored girl to her breast, have seated
her beside her in the car, and endeav
ored to console her. But to give it
this human touch would have been
guilty of a breach of ‘social equality.’
Yet, the title, ‘Imitation of Life’ aj>
plies equally to the plot as to color
prejudice in America.
“This picture, nevertheless, is sig
nificant. It shows that Hollywood has
at last realized that there is a color
problem. Moreover, it might also
learn that featuring Negro actors in
other than clown parts, pays. Col
ored people simply poured into the
Harem theatre in which this picture
was shown, and after a time the num
ber of standers exceeded the sitters.”
Omaha Tigers To Be
Member of Baseball
League; Draw Stars
| On Monday, January 28, several
Omahans met and organized an Oma
ha Baseball Club, known as the Oma
ha Tigers, with offices at 1G18 N. 25th
St. Those elected to office were Mr.
C. C. Curry, president, Mr. Homer
Curry, Manager, and Mrs. C. C. Cur
ry, Manager, and Mrs. C. C. Curry,
C. C. Curry has been in the base
ball world for a number of years, and
has a great deal of experience in this
sport. H. Curry expects to put his
team at the head of the list this sea
son. He was associated with the lata
Lou Foster, noted pitcher and owner
of the largest Negro League in Chi
cago. .In recent -years Mr. Curry has
been connected with the Memphis Red
Sox, and is acquainted with the best
base ball players in the country. His
intention is to draw the stars of the
baseball field in Omaha into his team.
The Chamber of Commerce, City
Officials and Big Business Men will
•be requested to welcome the first game
to be played by the Omaha Profes
sional Ball Club.
Mr. Homer Curry will leave the city
in a few days to arrange for four
week’s practice in Hot Springs, Ar
kansas, with his team.
He says that when his team hits
the diamond of Omaha, regardless of
who they are playing, even if they are
the best in the country, he expects
his team to win.
All Omahans will be invited to make
thi sfirst game the biggest event in
the history of baseball in Omaha.
Watch the Omaha Guide for later an
COMMISSIONER WILL ADDRESS
On Tuesday evening, February 5th,
at 8 p. m., Commissioner Frank Myers
will address a meeting at the Mid-City
Community Center and the Omaha
Urban League, 2213 Lake Street.
This meeting is being sponsored by
the North Omaha Law Enforcement
Committee. Mr. C. C. Galloway has
been requested to introduce the speak
er of the evening. The public is cor
dially invited to attend this meeting.
'M. L. Harris, President
J. H. Kerns, Secretary
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