The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, May 11, 1935, Image 1

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I.B.P.O.E. To Hold Annual OratoricaD Contest
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U. S. Supreme Court Flays Negro Jury Exclusion
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By R A Adams | ]
(For The Literary Service Bureau)
She may be old and wrinkled, now,
"With time’s deep furrows on her brow,
The color faded from her cheek
She may be tremulous, and weak.
But, since she loves you, as no otheer,
Be kind and gentle with your mother, j
Altho unlettered she may be,
Not inured to society,
And may unswervingly refuse
To coincide with modem views,
And chides for one thing and another,
Remember still, she is your mother.
Remember what she is to you,
How kind, unselfish, loyal, true.
She has been unto you, alway,
And. since the debt you cannot pay,
To her who loves as can no other,
Give honor due to your old mother!
South Repudiated The
Hears Reports on Industrial and
Agricultural Conditions and
Approves Farm Ownership
Special tc The Omaha Guide
Atlanta, Ga.. May 9.—The Com
mission on Inter-racial Coopera
tion, in seventeenth annual ses
sion here yesterday, went on rec
ord as favoring the enactment of
federal anti-lvnching legislation,
«nd considered at length the
status of Negro in industry and
agriculture. The anti-lyning
statement was brought in by a
committee headed by Forrester B.
Washington, director of the At
lanta School of Social Work, and
was adopted without a dissent
ing vote.
Dr. Geo. S. Mitchell, of Colum
bia University, reported the re
sults of a national survey of the
economic status of Negroes em
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Social Workers to Meet
in Canada, June 9-15
Special to The Omaha Guide.
Columbus. Ohio—Several men
and women who are leaders both j
in national Negro affairs and the
field of social work will partici
pate in the Sixty second Annual
meetng of the National Confer-!
ence of Social Work, June 9-15, in
Montreal, Canada, it was revealed
in the program just released here
by Katherine F. Lenroot, Presi
dent of the National Conference.
Miss Lenroot is chief of the
Children’s Bureau in the Depart
ment of Labor at Washington.
At least 6.000 persons from
every part of the United States
and Canada are expected to at
tend the Montreal meeting, ac
cording to Miss Lenroot. Three
hundred speakers are scheduled to
discuss social work problems and
devise ways to meet current issues.
Prominent in this list is George
E. Haynes, secretary of the Race
Relations Department of the Fed
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Edward R. Burke . . . “as kindly as the twinkle In his eyes.”
The Honorable Senator Edward
E. Burke stood by his convictions
on barbarism to the last vote in
the United States Senate Cham
Alhough he is forced to work,
bargain and trade with the south
ern senators on many matters of
importance, he stood by his con
victions on what he thought was
right. Senator Burke is to be
congratulated on taking the stand
he did to help stamp out the un
American, shameful act of lynch
ing and burning of human beings.
For sis days the southern sena
tors filibustered and took many
votes in private committee meet
ings. and many arguments and
trades were offered across the
lunch tables and on the floor of
the United States Senate Cham
ber, but every time the vote was
counted, the Honorable Senator
Edward R. Burke was found firm
ly supporting the N. A. A. C. P.
Anti-'vnch bill, introduced by the
Honorable Senator Costigan, of
Colorado and the Honorable
Senator Wagner, of New York.
Not only is Colored America
proud of Nebraska’s Jnior
Senator, but also 40,000,000 Chris
tian American eitizens. who sign
ed petitions to make this bill a
law, take their hats off to the
Honorable Senator Edward R.
Burke, of Nebraska.
Assured Answer Sent
To Local Branch N. A.
A. C. P. Telegram
The Omaha Branch N. A. A. C. P.
leading the fight locally for the pas
sage of the Wagner-Costigan Anti
Lynch Bill, had telegrams supporting
the bill on the desk of both Nebraska
Senators Monday, April 29th, the day
the southern senators’ filibuster was
scheduled to begin in the United
States Senate
Senator Edward R. Burke, Demo
crat, Nebraska, responded to the
Branch’s telegram, both by action and
letter, voting to bring the measure to
the floor of the Senate for action and
against the southern filibuster to
scuttle the bill by adjournment.
The Omaha Branch N. A. A. C. P.
telegraphed Senator Burke as follows:
Omaha, Nebraska,
April 28, 1935
Senator Edward R Burke,
Senate Bldg.
Washington, D. C.
Request your support Wagner
Costigan Anti-Lynch Bill. The Omaha
Court House Lynching remains a blot
on fair name of Nebraska. Justice
dictates necessity of ending National
disgrace. We citizens of Nebraska
are confident you will align with jus
tice, fair play, orderly government,
the right to a day in Court, the sanc
tity of human life and against lynch
ing and mockery of the Halls of Jus
tice- Inability of stalls to cope with
lynching evil indicates imperative need
of Federal legislation. Oath to sup
port constitution guaranteeing the
right to life, liberty, pursuit of hu
man happiness and trial by Jury calls
for affirmative action- We trust you
will assert the true intent of the con
stitution and its safeguards by voting
and working for the passage of the
Wagner-Cost igan Anti-Lynch Bill -
Omaha Branch N. A. A. C. P.
By Wesley Jones, President
Charles F. Davis, Legal Redress
Senator Burke Addresses following
Committee On the Judiciary
April 29, 1935
Mr. Wesley Jones,
Omaha Branch
National Association Advancement of
Colored People,
Omaha, Nebraska.
Re: Wagner-Costigan Anti-Lynching
My dear Mr. Jones:—
The telegram signed by yourself and
Charles F. Davis is at hand in which
you express your strong support of
the Wagner-Costigan Anti-Lynching
The evil which this bill aims to cure
is one of the most serious that con
fronts the country. I am willing to
give my support to any measure that
aims to rid the country of such a ter
rible condition. For that reason, I
have been supporting Senator Costi
gan fully in his efforts to bring the
matter to a vote and secure its pas
Very truly yours,
(Signed) Edward R. Burke,
Edward R Burke, U- S. S.
Inter-racial Commission
Endorses Federal Law
Washington, D. C., May 9.—
The bombshell in the Senate
measure was the last minute en
dorsement of a federal anti
lynehing bill by the powerful
southern Commission on Inter-ra
eial Cooperation of Atlanta, which
heretofore had stood steadfastly
against federal legislation. The
commission met April 25th and
adopted a resolution favoring a
federal law which Dr. Will Alex
ander its director, promptly sent
to every southern senator and to
the press, as well as to Senator
Costigan. The resolution declared
in part:
“Disappointed by this record of
impotence on the part of state and
loeal officials, the commission
has reluctantly been forced to the
conclusion that little is to be ex
pected from this source at least in
the immediate future, and that an
appeal to the federal courts in
such cases is justified and de
manded by the conditions.
“The commission favors, there
fore, the enactment of federal
legislation to this end, in the hope
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Congratulates Manager
and Newspaper
George S* Schuyler, noted journalist,
explorer, organizer and author, who
helped to organize the Omaha Citizens’
Cooperative League in 1931, and who
has been instrumental in the exposure
of the southern chain gang system,
sent a letter of congratulations to
C. C. Galloway for the improved
editions of the Omaha Guide and for
the appointment to the California Pa
cific International Exposition.
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Washington. May 9—“The
anti-lynching bill is by no means
beaten for the rest of the session.”
declared Senator Edward P. Cos
tigan; Democrat, Colo., upon
emerging from a conference of
opponents of the measure plan
ning future strategy.
He declared that the displace
ment of his motion to consider the
bill “was a parliamentary victory
rather than a test of the bill it
self.” Senator Costigan is co-au
thor with Robert F. Wagner;
Democrat. New York, of the bill.
Walter White, secretary of the
National Association for the Ad
vancement of Colored People
which is actively sponsoring the
anti-lynching bill, announced to
day a new nationwide drive to
force immediate action on the
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that federal agents and courts
would be in a be.ter position to
act fearlessly and effectively in
the prosecution of participants in
the crime of lynching.”
Elks’ Orator
ical Contest
Entries from Omaha and Lincoln High
Iroquois Lodge No. 92 I. B. P. 0.
Elks of the M orld will hold their an
nual elimination oratorical contest,
June 4. The winner will go to the
Reg.onal contest June 9, which will be
held in Kansas City, Mo-, as a feature
of the Mid-West Association of Elks
Lodges of this district which com
prises the States of Missouri, Kansas,
| Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Okla
homa. The winner of the Regional
: contest -will compete at the finals the
latter part of August at the meeting1
of the Elks Grand Lodge meet at
| Washington, D. C.
The winner of the first prize will be
awarded a scholarship of $150.00 and
the other 5 contestants will be award
ed $100.00. The scholarship runs
j for 4 years, only contingent on the
ability of the student to make the
credits required of them by the Uni
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Man Was Murdered
“Just For Nothing^’
Letahatehie, Ala.—CNA—Tom
Scott was eold-bloodedly murder
ed here by Arnold Dean, white,
just for nothing,” stated a
sharecropper here last week.
Scott and Dean got into a dis
pute on Sunday. Dean’s son went
away, secured a fake warrant and
returned to arrest Scott.
He threw Scott into a car, car
ried him a third of a mile from
here and shot him dead.
New Beauty Shop to
Open Soon
Miss Mabel Thomas, 2706 Erskine
Street, daughter of Rev. J. F.
Thomas, who has been an operator in
Willa’s Beauty Shoppe for the past
several years, will open her own shop
in the very near future.
Miss Thomas’ shop will be located
just south of the Ritz Theater.
Nebraskans to Have
Special Reception
Rooms at the Fair
Special to The Omaha Guide.
San Diego, Calif.. May 9.—Ne
braskans California and
America’s Exposition in San
Diego this summer will find
special reception rooms for them
in picturesque Balboa Park, where
the World’s Fair will open May
In reception rooms in the mag
nificent House of Hospitality,
fronting the flower-bordered
Plaza del Facifico, the Federa
tion of States Socities, composed
of former citizens of other states,
maintains headquarters. Here
visitors from Nebraska will be
greeted by former Nebraskans,
who will offer their services as
guides, informants and who will
aid visitors in locating friends
from home who now reside in
In addition to these activities,
the California Pacific Interna
tonal Exposition, through Gov
ernor Frank F. Merriman, is ex
tending the typical western brand
of hospitality to the chief execu
tives of other states.
When the California Pacific In
ternational Exposition opens on
May 29. it will be the first world’s
fair on the Pacific Coast in twen
ty years. Staged in Balboa Park,
whose 1,400 acres of beautiful
landscaping make it the largest
public park in the west and one
of the loveliest in the world,
America’s Exposition wTill be
dedicated to the four centuries
that have seen its advance from
the day Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
discovered San Diego in 1542 to
its present eminence in the sister
hood of states.
This past that is so filled with
drama, the present that is so
brilliant and even a glimpse of
the future which promises a new
era of development in the west
will be depicted by the Exposi
tion. The great projects now un
der way in the western states
have been the focus of all eyes.
Boulder Dam, the Grand Coulee
development, the San Francisco
Trans-bay Bridges, the All-Ameri
can Canal and a host of other en
gineering movements that predict
a glowing future for the far west.
Art and science, commerce and
industry will be merged in Ameri
ca ’s Exposition. Housed in beau
tiful exhibit palaces of Spanish
Renaissance architecture, great
industrial firms of the nation,
cultural and educational institu
tions and others will display ex
Along the midway the finest
amusements in the country will
be found with a complete Midget
City populated by nearly a hund
red of the little people. Other
shows will include the Snake
Farm, Gold Gulch, a full sized
mining camp of the ’49 era in
which the life of those days will
be completely mirrored, Ripley’s
“Believe It or Not” attraction,
Gay’s famous Lion Farm and
many others.
Truly there will be gala days
in San Diego this'summer.
At4orney General Denies Jury
Exclusion of Negroes.
Washington, May 9.—Argument
on the unconstitutional exclusion
of qualified Negroes from jury
was heard in the United States
Sitpreme Court Monday and Tues
day, April 29 and 30, in the ease
of Jess Hollins vs. State of Okla
homa. Hollins had been convicted
and senteneed to electrocution in
Okmulgee county, Oklahoma, for
the alleged rape of a white girl.
In the United States Supreme
Court the N. A. A. C. P.’s brief
showed that no Negro had ever
served on a jury in Okmulgee
county since Oklahoma became a
State in 1907, in spite of the fact
that Negroes constituted seventeen
per cent of the total population of
the county and were fully quali
fied in every respect for jury
i service. Neither the jury commis
sioners nor the sheriff had ever
j called a Negro for jury duty.
At the trial the shex-iff had tes
tified they did not summon Ne
groes for jury duty although he
admitted there was a large num
ber of Negro voters in the county
and he personally knew some of
them to be good eitizens. One of
the Deputy Sheriffs testified at
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Police Shoots Man;
Then Laughs at Him
Orange, N. J.—CNA—Shooting
Silas Coleman three times in the
back and once in the leg, last
Alonday, was a matter of fun to
the police authorities here.
Coleman was accused of theft
and run down by police. Last
year Coleman had a bullet re
moved from his lung and 27
stitches put in his head. He is
a very sick man ,but all he can
get out of the local police auth
orities and the local press is a
horse laught, for being “indest
rutible,, and “tough.”
Inter-racial Group
Favors Federal
Anti-Lynch Law
Washington, May 9.—It is the
consensus of opinion here that the
seven-day struggle for the pas
sage of the Costigan-Wagner anti
lynching bill raised the fight for
a federal law to a new high.
Although Senator Ellison D.;
Cotton, Ed Smith of South Caro
lina showed great joy when the
Senate finally voted adjournment,
the more intelligent Southern
solons did not entirely share his
jubilation. The reason for their
worry was the fact that the sup
posedly Solid South had been
split wide open by the fight.
Powerful southern newspapers
like the Macon Ga., Telegraph;
the Richmond Ta. Times-Dispatch,
The Greensboro N. C. Daily News,
and the New Orleans Item, had
denounced and repudiated the
filibuster in vigorous terms. Hun
dreds of telegrams and letters
from powerful Southern groups
and individuals, both white and
colored, favoring passage of the
bill had deluged its senatorial
supporters. Senator Costigan read
pages of such messages into the
Congressional Record. It is con
sidered highly significant, on the
other hand, that not one telegram,
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ttend Some Church On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th.