The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, July 13, 1935, Image 1

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African Children
As a tragical climax to a series of
quarrels, and disputes, Gladys Herm
an, common law wife of Eugene
Brown, shot and fatally wounded
him with a barrage of five shots,
Monday evening, July 8, at their
home, 2013 Izard street.
Br> wn, who was a FERA worker,
was 27 and Gladys Herman, with
whom he had lived for the past two
years, was 23. According to a state
ment from the family of Miss Her
man. it seems that she had been sub
jected to- violent quarrels, and unkind
treatment by Brown who, being a few
years her senior, forced her to accept,
It was also brought out by the fam
ily that on Monday evening when
Brown again wept into one of his in
sane rages, threatening the life of
Gladys, she was forced to fire at him
in order to protect her owTn life.
The preliminary- hearing which was
to be held Thursday morning was
postponed until Friday morning at
which time Miss Herman entered a
plea of self-defense.
Miss Gladys Herman is the daugh
ter of Mr. H. L. Herman who now
resides in Oklahoma. When Mr. Her
man was a resident of Omaha, he
lived at 2526 Wirt Street and at one
time he was a candidate for the
Board of Education
Former College Prof.
Rallies to Herndon
New York, July 11, (CNA)—“If
Herndon belongs on a chain gang,
then that’s "where I belong too.”
With these words, Corliss Lamont,
white, author, writer, and former
Columb.a University Professor, called
upon all white and Negro intellectu
als and workers “and every American
who believes in the traditional Ameri
can liberties of free speech and free
opinion” to rally to Herndon’s sup
“If the Supreme Court finally up
holds his sentence, every one of us
who are fighting to establish a decent
and just society deserve the chain
Cite Recent Scottsboro
Ruling Nine Times
Within 3 Months
New York, July 11, (CNA)—The
recent “Scottsboro ruling” of the
U. S, Supreme Court which prohibits
the exclusion of Negroes from jury
duty, has been cited nine times by de
fendants, a survey shows.
That the ruling has placed a new
weapon in the hands of Negro work
- er.:, fighting for their rights, is
shown conclusively by its increasing
From April 1 to June 30, 1935, the
Scottsboro ruling has been cited in
three cases fn Alabama, four in New
Jersey, one in Missouri and one in
The survey was conducted by the
International Labor Defense through
whose efforts world-wide opinion was
secured to influence the U. S. Su
preme Court to render the favorable
Scottsboro ruling.
Kay Hudson
Wins Award
During the flood of June 25th,
Kay Hudson of Engine Company
Xo. 4, 16 and Izard, was awarded
the first prize of $25 by The Oma
ha Bee-Xews for sending in a
worthwhile newstip.
His story os “newstip’’ was ad
judged the best, it having as its
highlight the rescue of an aged
woman. Granny Weatherford. 104
years of age. from her home at
103 Izard street during the high
water peril.
Mr. Hudson who resides with
his famil at 933 X. 27th Street
has been connected with the Oma
ha Fire Department for the past
: four years and is held in high
esteem by h:s co-workers.
Mothers—Let your boys be Guide
newsboys. Send them to the Omaha
i Guide Office, 2418-20 Grant Street.
Mr. C. C. Calloway,
Dear Editor:
THROUGH Mr. Sutton, your cireulaiton manager, I
subscribed for The Guide a month, but we found the paper so
interesting that we extended it for a year.
You are giving Omahans a worthwhile paper that we
can send or show to out of town friends and feel proud of it.
We always find the interesting affairs for Sunday and the
week through The Guide. I hope that Omaha will enlarge the
society page by giving you their articles instead of out of
town papers that cut them 2 or 3 lines, or often ignore them.
A few words for Mr. Sutton, who comes to your door
with a pleasing personality and earnestness for The Guide. I
hope that he will not be denied an interview by anyone. We
can help him to build a good race paper by subscribing for The
Guide, weekly, monthly or for a year.
2883 Miami
Lack of Interest
In Examinations
My Dear Sir:
For various reasons there has been
a tendency on the part of Negroes
not to take Civil Service examina
tions which means we will eventually
be extinct from the departments of
the Government. Very often a Negro
here and there passes an examination
and is appointed.
I am enclosing some application
blanks and it might be that you know
I of such persons who can qualify for
! the examination. I would suggest
that in addition to passing out these
application blanks you write the
Civil Service Commission in Wash
ington and request that your name
be placed on the mailing list so that
you will receive announcements of
all future examinations. This will
J enable you to render an invaluable
service to our group, your various
friends and students throughout the
Today ther are many positions in
Washington that could be filled by
Negroes if they had Civil Service
status, and while many things are
said against the Civil Service in re
gard to Negroes in certain depart
ments of the Government, yet Ne
groes are being appointed every day.
I have positive proof that all depart
ment heads are not partial.)
I am sending this as a little ser
vice. >1 think that you should use your
good offices in seeing that these va
rious examination blanks are distri
buted in every channel. This is for
our group. It is up to you to carry
it on. I hope that you will accept it
in the spirit in which it is given.
There are scores of examnations for
various types of positions scheduled
from time ot time. Keep on the look i
out- Here and there you will find
one that “hits the spot. Encouroge
youth to take them, lest we find our
selves completely “out of the picture.”
W. M. Tompkins
Recorder of Deeds, D. C.
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Alabama Man to Be
Electrocuted For
Alleged Killing
Birmingham, Ala., July 11, (CNA)
—For an alleged killing 12 years
ago that resulted from a quarrel over
a dime, Charles Thomas was last
week sentenced to death in the elec
tric chair.
According to the state's testimony,
David Vandiver, the victim, sought
admission to Thomas’ house where a
dance was being held. The quarrel
arose over the price of the admission,
said by the state to have been a dime.
Thomas, who denied the killing, of
fered .evidence that he was in North
Carolina at the time.
Mother Hushes
Crying Baby, but
it Cost Her $125
Joliet, Ill.,iJuly 11—It cost Mr. and
Mrs. Andrew Hexdall of Morris $125
today to make their baby quit cry
ing. The couple was walking along
a street when the infant, which the
mother -was holding in her arms, be
gan to cry. To distract its attention
the mother gave it her handkerchief,
forgeting for the moment that tied
up in one corner was a diamond ring
valued at $125. When Mrs. Hexdall
remembered the ring it wTas too late
Baby had managed to open the knot,
and the ring was gone.
Donald Heywood Has
New Dance Act
New York City, July 8.—Don
ald Heywood’s newest offering to
the amusement world is in the
shape of a dance creation which
he fittingly calls “Coffee and
“Coffee” is the dance execu
tions of Capitola Taylor the
Bronze Beauty of the Bottom
Lands, while “Cream” is the
terpsichorean efforts of Helen
Sweet. They are now being pre
sented nightly at Small’s Para
dise by Edwin Smalls.
Sentenced to Death
on “Rape” Lie
•Jefferson, Ga., July 11, (CNA)—
“Lynch law” struck another blow
against the workers of the South last
A death sentence was meted out to
J. B- Allen, charged with the usual
lie of “attacking a white woman,”
just 26 minutes after the jury re
ceived the case. The entire proceed
ing took but an hour and 40 minuts.
While national guardsmen pa
trolled the streets outside the court
house, Allen was sentenced to die in
the electric chair, July 19
I AM violating no confidence with the observation that the
Negro people have been pretty sadly exploited during their
residence in the United States.
Nor is it a secret that times have been going from bad to
worse since the general breakdown began in 1929. Ever since
I can remember and that’s quite a stretch of years; there has
been a pretty widely held theory that something ought to be
done about this sad state of affairs.
The general notion seems to be that action has failed to
materialize because we aren’t “organized.’’ A little reflection
is fatal to that theory. I’m willing to hazard the guess that
Negroes are about the best organized people on earth. The
Negro who doesn’t belong to at least a half dozen assorted
clubs, fraternities, social conclaves and churches is a rare creat
ure indeed- The fly in the ointment is that most of the or
ganizations are working at cross purposes.
Real Problem
The real problem before us is to get unity so that these
various organizations can ehart a common course. If that is
done I’m quite sure that we can do something by way of solv
ing some of the problems that beset us. Before such a course
can be mapped out it Is necessary to determine just what the
main trouble is.
There are differences on that score but pretty general agree
ment can be obtained around a program looking forward to
the alleviation of the economic disadvantages from which we
suffer. Out of this economic maladjustment grows that wide
variety of civil and political ills about which complaint is so
Genuine Representation
The proposal to call a Negro National Congress is a step in
the right direction, as the boys who write editorials are fond
of saying. As I understand it the Congress will be called
early next year and will include representatives of all kinds of
Negro organizations as well as enlisting the aid of groups of
whites who are willing to pitch into the battle. Surely such a
gathering could determine just what is to be done and set defi
nite tasks for groups commensurate with their strength.
It is obvious that if the Congress is to be the success it
deserves to be it must be genuinely representative. We have had
enough of self styled and self-picked leadership. Every church,
club and organization where a half dozen Negroes are banded
together ought to pool resources and plan to send a delegate
to speak his piece.
United Action
The very process of preparing to choose delegates will set
the tone of the gathering. By the time the necessary 10.000
points of order and demands for information are sifted out, the
program and platform of the Congress will have been pretty
well determined and the sentiment of the people will have
become plain.
As I see it. this Congress will not serve to break up exist
ing organizations or supersede them in any manner. Rather
it will gather all of us together and help us unite on a minimum
program which will leave every group free to pursue its own
program, while it centers all efforts on the things on which we
can agree. And that s what we have been saying we want
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London, July 10—An extraordi
nary meeting of the League of Na
tions council and assembly was fore
cast today in an official communique.
The communique was issued fol
lowing conferences by jJoseph A. C
Avenol, secretary-general of the
league, with Sir Samuel Hoare, for
eign secretary of Great Britain, and
Captain Anthony Eden, minister for
j League of Nations affairs
It said Avenol called Sir Samuel
and Captain Eden and “discussed var
ious questions which will be dealt
with by the council and assembly of
: the League of Nations in the near
j future.” Ethiopia is expected to be
the main topic of discussion.
see itemands Clarified.
Since the next regular session of
the league is scheduled for Septem
! her, “near future” was taken to mean
| an extraordinary meeting was likely.
A clarification of whether Ethiopia
i expects to seek arms in Great Britain
is expected with the arrival of the
new Ethiopian minister, announced by
the legation as W. C. Martin.
Martin already is here but, pending
the presentation of his credentials
at the foreign office, he has withheld
I all comment.
Asserts Responsibility Collective
Newspapers displayed prominent
ly today the foreign secretary’s state
ment to the house of commons yester
day that the responsibility for pre
venting Italo-Ethiopian conflict is a
collective, and not an individual one.
Sir Samuel was expected to make a
definite statement on the govern
ment’s position Thursday
The foreign secretary, answering
opposition members of the house yes
terday, conceded that Ethiopia’s mem
bership in the league was conditioned
on a promise to try to suppress slav
! ery.
Think Way Still Open
He admitted it was “difficult to ex-1
press an opinion” concerning the effi
cacy of the measures taken. Nor
could he say under what conditions |
Italy would be prepared to settle the,
j controversy.
His attitude was interpreted wide-'
ly as meaning Great Britain had al
most yielded hope that France help
shoulder responsibility for the League '
of Nations action in Ethiopia.
Other quarters asserted, however,1
that England had not accepted war
as inevitable and that the way still
was open in Paris and Rome to seek •
a compromise. Sir Eric Drummond,
ambassador to Italy, it was learned,
had been conferring with Fulvio Su
vich, italian undersecretary for for
eign affairs
Conciliation Group Suspends Hearing
Scheveningen, The Netherlands,)
July 10.—The conciliation commis
sion seeking to avert war between
Italy and Ethiopia, decided today to
suspend its hearings indefinitely. The
members arranged to depart immed
iately, having already communicated
their opinions to the agents of the
governments they represented.
The two Italian delegates were re
ported to have refused to hear a wit
ness for Ethiopia after a meeting,
held late yesterday in an attempt to
reconcile differences among the mem
bers, broke up in failure.
An angry scene was reported to
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Seventy Year Old
Man Arrested
Mr. Horace W. Jones of 19U6
X. 28th, Street was arrested at
2:30 o’clock Saturday morning,
June 29. Mr. Jones is now out on
a thousand dollar appearance
bond. His case was called Mon
day, July 1, at 10:45 a- m. His
attorney asked for a continuance
of the case which was granted by
Presiding Judge Palmer until
Tuesday morning, July 16 at 9
City detectives were four days
making the arrests. Every time
they would call at Mr. Jones’ resi
dence, those who answered the
door stated that he was out, al
though he could be seen in the
backyard by neighbors at the
The warrant was sworn out bv
Mr. Glover who lives at 2102 X.
29th Street. It is alleged that
Mr. Jones raped Mr. Glover’s
daughter, Ruth Glover, in the
little hen house in the rear of the
Jones’ home. Dr. Wesley Jones,
president of the local branch N.
A .A- C. P. made the examina
tion. Dr. Jones stated to Attor
ney Davis, a member of the legal
redress committee of the X. A. A.
C. P. there was no question as to
the child having been raped.
Ruth Glover stated to her moth
er in the presence of an Omaha
Guide reporter that when she was
at a neighbor’s house up in a
tree gathering cherries on the
Saturday after the arrest, Mr.
Jones came over ami asked her
whp she did not tell officers that
it was his son and not him.
Mr- Glover, father of the child,
says he hopes that he will not
meet Mr. Jones face to face. He
stated to the reporter that he wras
trying to let the law take its
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70-Year Old Man Arrested For Rape of 12 Yr. Old Girl