The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, July 13, 1935, Page FIVE, Image 5

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    Convict Cage on Coast
to Coast Tour
New York, fJulv 11,—With every
horrible detail complete, a 12-foot
long replica of the cage in which
chain-gang prisoners are forced to
live, left here last week on the first
lap of a coast-to-coast tour under the
auspices of the International Labor
Defend. The cage is mounted on a
-truck. Angelo Herndon, 22-year-old
Negro leader of the Atlanta unem
ployed, sentenced to serve 18 to 20
years on the Georgia chain-gang,
-will also travel on a speaking tour,
and will appear in each city. At
the same time the I. L. D. announced
that a number of influential national
organizations have agreed to sponsor
the drive to gather two million sig
natures to a petition to Governor
Eugene Talmadge of Georgia, asking
the freedom of Herndon and asking
also that the ancient “slave insurrec
tion” law under which he was in
dicted, be wiped off the statute
included among the organizations
sponsoring the petition for Herndon’s
freedom, are the League for Indus
trial Democracy, the American Civil
Liberties Union, the Southern Tenant
Farmers’ Union, with headquarters
5n Memphis, the Share Croppers
Union, the National Unemployment
Council, the American League
Again.t War and Fascism, the Na
tional Student League, the Interna
tional Labor Defense, and the Com
munist Party. The Brotherhood of
Sleeping Car Porters has agreed to
obtain 100,000 signers. Hundreds of
other organizations, including unions,
churches, lo d g e s, and fraternal
groups, are expected to take part in
the petition campaign.
To Display Convict Cage.
The truck bearing the convict cage
-will stop in evry large city for a
mass meeting. It will carry Donald
Burke, up to recently. District Organ
izer of the I. L. D. in Massachusetts,
and Mrs, Alice Burke. In each city
the convict cage will be on display to
the public.
Herndon will open his speaking
tour in Detroit He will travel there
from St Louis, where he will address
the 26th annual conference of the Na
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tional Association for the Advance
ment of Colored People, which re
ceived him warmly.
The chain-gang cage was built by
volunteer workers, under the direc
tion of John L. Spivak, whose book
“Georgia Nigger,” exposing the hor
rors of the chain-gang, rocked the
country a few years ago. It is 12
feet long, 7 feet wide and 7 feet
high—two thirds actual size.
Iron bars enciose it. There are four
three-decker tiers of bunks, which
are covered by thin mattresses of
burlap. The cage is equipped with
the striped uniforms worn by chain
gang prisoners, and in each city
volunteers will be put on these uni
forms and act the part of the con
Equipped With Spotlight.
The cage is equipped with a power
ful spotlight and a loud-speaker.
Along its sides are photographic re
: productions of original documents
from prison files showing how the
murder of convicts is whitewashed by
prison officials, and photographs
showing the torture of prisoners. The
documents and pictures were obtained
by Spivak in gathering the material
for hjs book. The in; truments of tor
ture in use on chain-gangs will be on
display near the cage. These will in
clude the chains which are riveted
about the prisoners’ feet, the sweat
box, which has been described as “an
upright coffin,” and the “stocks,” in
which the prisoner hangs with his
weight suspended from his WTists.
Convicted on Slave Law.
Angelo Herndon was arrested in
Atlanta in 1933, a few days after he
had led a thousand hungry Negro and
white men and women to the county
authorities to ask relief. He was in
dicted under a law based on a statute
of pre-Civil War days, which the
slave-owners designed to crush up
risings against their masters.
The state asked that Herndon be
sentenced to die in the electric chair,
but the jury recommended “mercy”
and Herndon was condemned to
spend 1 8to 20 years on the chain
gang. The L L. D. then appealed the
| sentence to the U. S. Supreme Court.
This court, on May 20, refused on
the basis of a technicality to reverse
sentence or to consider the issues in
volved. A stay of executon was ob
tained and in the fall a petition will
be made for re-hearing. Herndon
has been out of jail since the sum
mer of 1934, on bail of $15,000
raided by popular subscription by the
I, L. D.
Chain-Gang Horrors Confirmed.
Meanwhile new events are con
firming the horrors of the Georgia
chain-gang. Simon Minor, Negro who
escaped from a chain-gang in Rich
mond County, Georgia, 14 years ago,
and who was arrested recently in
Hempstead, Long Island, has knelt
on the stone floor of his cell in police
headquarters and prayed to die rath
er than be sent back. “When you
work on a chain-gang in Georgia you
work in hell,” he told newspapermen.
Nevertheless, Governor Lehman or
dered his extradition.
Herndon, accompanied by the
chain-gang truck, -will visit the fol
lowing cities on his tour: July 4-7,
Detroit; July 9, Gary, Ind.; July 10,
Chicago, ill.; uly 11, Milwaukee,
Wis.; uly 12, Minneapolis, Minn.;
July 13 St. Paul, Minn.; July 15,
Omaha, Nebraska; July 19-25, Cali
fornia cities. |Iuly 29, Denver, Colo.
Aug. 1, Kansas City, Mo.; Aug. 2,
Kan?: as City, Kansas; Aug. 3, St.
Louis, Mo-; Aug. 5, Indianapolis, Ind.;
Aug. 6, Cincinnati, Ohio. Aug. 7,
Dayton, Ohio; Aug. 8, Columbus,
Ohio; Aug. 9, Toledo, Ohio; Aug. 10,
Detroit, Mich.; Aug. 12, Cleveland,
Ohio; Aug. 13, Youngstown, Ohio;
Aug. 14, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Aug. 15,
Reading, Pa.
Jones Announces Free
Pamphlets on Negro
Affairs; Etc,
Washington. July 11, (ANP)—The
Negro Affairs Division of the Bur
eau of Foreign and Domestic Com
merce, Department of Commerce,
has just made public “The Negro in
Business-1935” (Bibliography).
This pamplet contains lists of
books, pamphlets and magazine ar
ticles dealing with various phases ®f
Negro business and the Negro mar
ket. While the 1935 bibliography
lists about twice as many books and
articles as the 1934 edition it is not
claimed to be exhaustive. However,
a serious effort was made to list all
available data bearing on the sub
To persons who desire ” to enter
business, to those who wish to in
crease their sales, and to students
and individuals wishing to explore
the business field, this biblography
will prove to be of value,
Al.o from the Negro Affairs Di
vision are: (1) A list of “Negro
Newspapers and Periodicals in the
United States” (Revised July 1,
1935), containing informative data
on newspapers, magazines, press
services, and school bulletins, etc.
(2) “Convention Dates” of Negro or
ganizations-1935, giving the time
and place of conventions to be held
and the name and address of officials
in charge of correspondence. (3) A
list of Negro aviators, kept up to
date with the aid of the Bureau of
Ai? Commerce.
These lists will be distributed free,
on request to Eugene Kinckle Jones,
Adviser on Negro Affairs, Depart
ment of Commerce.
Pete Peaches and Duke
Ap-ain Honored
Famous Dancers to Instruct
World’s Greatest Dance Mast
ers at Congress in New York.
By David Kane
New York City, July 8—Once
again a group of our stage person
alities have been honored on
Broadway. This time it is the
dancing act of Pete—Peaches
and Duke, present stars of “Con
Inie's Hot Chocolates of 1935,”
and often referred to as the
world’s greatest precision danc
I ers.
The honor conferred upon
i them here this week by Miss Lu
cie Stoddard white, Internation
ally famed instructor of terpsi
chorean art, is an appointment to
the faculty staff of the Internati
onal Dance congress which is to be
held at the Paramount Hotel,
Broadway and 4Gth Street, for
one week beginning July 7.
To Introduce New Dance ..
This is considered as quite an
honor for anyone on Broadway,
so far as the theatrical colony is
concerned, and when the honored
person, or persons, belong to the
Negro race the prestige soars;
doubly high. Only on two other j
occasions has this happened ac-'j
i cording to Miss Stoddart’s state-:
ment, the persons being Bill Robi
son and Carlos.
The Get-to-Gether on July 7,
will mark the fifth year of the
International Dance Congress, an
idea conceived by Miss Lucille
Stoddard as a means of assembl- i
ing the leading dance masters of
the world for the purpose of ac
j quiring new dance material. The
striking slogan of the meet is:
| “The dance material you need
tomorrow you must get today/’
During the Congress Pete—
Peaches and Duke will exhibit
some of the steps used in the
present routine of their act. They
will also present for the first
time an original set of terpsieho
rean antics which they have tab
bed “Harlemogracv.”
The big events will last from
July 7 until July 13 inclusive,
j and for this occasion managing
director Stoddard has selected
twenty other outstanding stylist
i in dancing, which includes Sal
1 vatore. Fe Alf, Constantin Kobe
! left', Johephine Rovle, Alan De
Svlvia, Kotchetovskv and Ludwig
Lefebrem. More than seven hun
dred dance instructors are ex
pected to attend the Congress this
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New Scottsboro Court
Actions Expected
July 10th, 1935.
New 1 ork, July 11,—Hearings for
the two youngest Scottsboro boys,
Roy Wright and Eugene Williams,
will be heard in Juvenile Court in
Decatur, Alabama, before Judge B.
L. Malone, probably during the week
of July 10th.
At the same time, petitions for
bail for Olen Montgomery and Willie
Roberson, two other Scottsboro boys,
will be heard in Decatur before
Judge W-. W. Callahan.
Attorneys for the International
Labor Defense will represent all four
of the boys.
Implicate Convict
In Murder Case
Richmond, Va., (July 11, (ANP_
Earl Connor Williams, alleged con
fessed slayer of Fannie Kurz, named
Clifton “Lightning” Wright, who is
serving a term in prison for robbery,
as his accomplice in the murder of
the young white woman, here Tues
Pennsylvania Women
Hold Convention Meet
Cheyney. Pa., July 11, (ANP)—I
The annual convention of the Penn
sylvania Sfcate Federation of Negro
Women’s Clubs was held at the Chey
ney (Pa.) State Teachers college on
July 7, 8, 9 and 10. Delegates from
all sections of Pennsylvania were in
Shot Through Neck,
Youth May Recover
Stella, Neb., July 10—Roy Ealon, 13
was given a chance for recovery to
day despite the fact that a .22 caliber
rifle bullet passed through his neck
late yesterday The lad was acci
dently shot by his brother Albert, 15.
Doctors said he will recover if infec
tion can be prevented.
Notice, Subscribers: If you don’t
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The award of the Ph. D. degree
in Chemistry to Clarence Tyler
Mason by McGill University on
May 30, marked the grauation of
a brilliant young scientist whose
ability has already been marked
by election to Sigma Xi, National
Honorary Scientific Society, and
duties on the faculty of McGill.
Dr. Mason has published sever
al scientific articles in Canadian
learned journals. He has been
appointed Assistant Professor of
Chemistry' at Dillard Univer. ity,
which opens at New Orelans in
(ANP Photo)
Mrs. Bethune is Not
“Choosy” About Where
She Sits in Church
St. Louis, Mo., July 11, (ANP)—
While in the city last week attending
the 26th annual conference of the
N. A. A. C. P., at which time the
Spingarn Medal Award was present
ed to her by William Pickens, field
secretary, Mrs. Mary McLeod Beth
une, founder and president of Beth
une-Cooknqan college, talked inform
ally of the technique she employs
in dealing with some forms of dis
crimination in the South. The best
sample covered the following inci
Mrs. Bethune was attending a
great religious conference in At
lanta, Ga. On Sunday, there had
been communion services in which
white and black joined. On the fol
lowing day, Mrs. Bethune entered
the great church and took the seat
which seemed most to her liking. She
had not been sitting there long be
fore one of the white ushers ap
proached and apologetically informed
“We have reserved seats over
there for you/’ He pointed to a sec
tion on the side where Negroes were
being segregated.
Mrs. Bethune beamed a smile on
the usher and answered: “Thank
you so much, but this is all right.
I don’t care for reserved seats!”
There was nothing the befuddled
usher could do about it.
A Loose Bone
Bothering Max
New York, July 10—Max Baer mpst
submit to an operation on a ‘floating’
bone in his right hand before he’ll be
in oondition to fight again, according
to Dr. W. V. Healey, bone specialist.
Baer is reluctant to have the oper
ation performed.
Trial of Preacher
for Murder Is Set
Houston, Tex., July 10—Trial of
Rev. Edgar Eskrjfige, Baptist preach
er charged with murder of Ed J.
O’Reilly, police chief at Orange, to
day was tentatively set for Novem
ber 18.
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Louis-Carnera Fight
Drew Sport Fans From
All Over The U. S.
By Allan McMillan.
New York City, July 8.—ASX
—There were three definite
things established here last Tues
day night following the Joe Louis
Primo Camera fisticuffs at the
| ^ ankee Stadium- In two instanc
es records were broken and in a
third a new precedent was es
tablished when sport fans from
all corners of the United States
came to witness the battle of the
First, the gross receipts were
$328,655.44 and this set a new
high for a non-titular boxing
match, and inoidently this is re
corded as the eighteenth largest
gross gate in the history of box
Secondly. the Louis-Carnera
match broke a record for news
paper coverage, both by the white
and Negro press, when more
than seven hundred newspaper
men and women covered what
j proved to be the most exciting
heavyweight fight in many years.
Fight Fans G-alore.
fn the matter of fight fans who
came here from nearly every state
in the union. I doubt if there has
ever been an equal to this demon
stration of support. I am sure
that it has never been surpassed.
1 mingled with the visiting fans
for three days before the bout and
I am positive that a new prece
dent has been set up.
Some came by train and air
plane, others by motor ears and
bus. I personally talked to peo
ple who had come from Califor
nia, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia
and from Mississippi. The young
fellow from Leland, Mississippi,
was a former Fisk University stu
dent, Wash Burns, whom I knew
as a boy. He is a successful plant
er and cotton buyer now and
leads a calm home life, being mar
ried to the former Charlie Mae
Dixon, a graduate of Knoxville
College. Knoxville, Tennesse.
He told me that he “just had
to see the fight if he lost his
plantation,” but I know he didn’t
mean it that way. It was the
spirit of enthusiasm and race
pride that urged him and thous
ands of others from Chilicothe. |
Kinder Lou and many other hid
den hamlets we never hear men
tioned in the big citv.
Plenty Money Spent.
Then, there were Louis B. An
derson. Richard Cunningham and
Edw- M. Sneed, the political big
wigs from Chicago; also Attorney
Edith Sampson. Among the
many sportsmen were Ed. Jones,
Woogie Harris, Gus Greenlee,
Fred Irwin, Ernie Henderson,
George Jones, Ila Kelly and Her
man Smith from Los Angeles,
The theatrical profession
brought their luminaries, includ
ing Adelaide Hall, Alma Smith.
Josephine Hall. Bud Harris. Kert
Howell, and Tommy Brookins,
who came in from London.
Tavern keepers reported that
they enjoyed a thirty percent in
crease in business for the week.
Other businesses profiting by the
tremendous transit were haber
dashers. restaurants and nite
clubs. Lane and Nichols, the Sev
enth Avenue hatters, made the
report that their store sold out a
complete supply of straw hats,
and Small’s Paradise, the Cotton
Club, 1-0-1 club, Brittwood and
club T'bangi all did sky-rocketing
grasses. An oddity of the entire
week was there was very little
betting in Ha*4em- There was
no Camera money.
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Prejudice Against
Negroes Bars Advance
This publication learned from a
highly authoritative source today
that Joe Louis, the black “Jack
Dempsey,” has been “ruled out” after
a secret New York conclave, and will
be denied the chance to win the
world’s heavyweight championship.
Louis already has been advised
that he cannot have a crack at ames
J. Braddock this year. While the
latter will defend his newly won hon
ors in the Summer of 1936, the chal
lenger will not be Louis but either
Max Schmeling or Max Baer. Brad
dock may fight the negro after he
loses the title.
Your correspondent has been in
formed there are two paramount
First of all he is colored, and
while race prejudice is dying a slow
death, the Louis cause will not be
championed by the powers-that-be
in New York boxing.
More important is the fact that!
John Roxborough and Julian Black,
who are Negroes, manage Louis and
refuse to cut in fixers and politicians.
The New York crowd might stand for
a Negro heavyweight champion—
but they won’t stand idle and allow
the colored managers to take the
other part of the cut without split
ting it.
Roxborough and Black are associ
ated with the lucrative policy “rack
et” in this section. They are far more
clever than the vast majority of Ne
groes who have been identified with
1 boxing and thus far have stood pat
in keeping the gravy for Louis,
themselves and ack Blackburne, the
trainer, who deserves 95 per cent of
the credit for the fighter’s amazing
New York politicians will not or
der a Louis-Braddock match unless
they receive a good sized cut. The
people who really control the heavy
weight division now want a piece of
Louis- It’s lain as the nose on one’s
face—the boys can’t get together.
Rev. Fred A. Hughes of San Fran
cisco, California, visited for a few
days with his cousin, Mrs. Arthur
Rafferty, of 2901 Erskine and aunt,
Mrs. I. A. Hughes. He returned
home Thursday evening.
Mrs. O. S. Redden of N. 27th
street, and daughter .left Tuesday
July 9, for Topeka, Kansas, where
they will be the house guests of Mrs.
Molly Reden of 1815 Jefferson street.
They will be gone for about a 30
day: ’ stay. Mr. 0. S. Redden left
Thursday evening July 11, to join his
family in a visit with his mother,
Mrs, Polly Redden.
Miss Oralee Britt, president of the
Senior Girl:,’ Reserve of the Y. W.
C. A., left Tuesday evening for a
brief visit at the Y. W. C. A. Girls’
Reserve Camp at Wisconsin. Miss
Britt will visit a few friends in the
East before returning home.
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