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Cm. _«..J ,t Postoffice, Otmh., Nebrutk.- Omaha, Nbfcraaka, Satarday, March 13, 1937 _VOL. XlII-oNamber 49 674th EDITION
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The Nebraska Legisature’s Com
mittee on Government Thursday
evening conducted a hearing on
Legislative Bill 250, providing for
an amendment to the State Con
stitution, whereby the County Man
ager form of government may be
set up.
The Senate Chamber of the State
Capitol was crowded to the galler
ies, with 500 Nebraskans from all
over the state to listen to argu
ments for and against the bill.
Committee members present for
the hearing were Senators Cady,
chairman; E. Adams, Norton, Von
Seggern, Johnson, Ashmore, Ni
cheram, Miller and others Senator
John Adams, jr., also listened to
the arguments.
Both Sides Speak
Speaking on behalf of the bill
were A. W. Gordon, Walter Pier
pont and John B. Horton, jr. Mr
Horton drew the wrath of the op
position by his state that he repre
sented 12,000 citizens of Omaha,
Nebr-, and those 12,000 citizens
were favorable to the bill.
Davis “Steals” Show ,
After Attorney Eugene D O’
Sullivan and J. R. O’Neal had ad
dressed the committee, Attorney
Charles F. Davis joined the former
speakers in opposition to the bill,
based his attack upon “Theory of
Our Form of Government,” saying
in part, “sitting in this chamber, I
have noticed carved overhead the
motto of the great state of Nebr
‘Equality before the Law.’ I won
der how many of this committee
and this audience are mindful of
the price paid for the right to
inscribe that motto—a cost in blood
strife and supreme sacrifice.
•Equality befor the Law’ was at
tained for some persons around the
years of 1776- At that time, to a
portion of the population, it had
real meaning. To another portion,
it meant nothing until after the
year of 1865- ‘Equality before the
law’ in truth and in fact exists on
ly at the ballot box. For that rea
son, citizens consicous of the price
paid for his equality are opposed
to this bill, providing for appoint
ment rather than election of our
officials. We are opposed to cen
tralization of power in any per
son and wish to retain our right
to ballot.”
Reprimands Misrepresentation
Dealing with Mr. Horton’s state
ment that he spoke for 12,000 Ne
groes of Omaha in favor of this
bill, Mr. Davis said, “I shall not
presume upon the intelligence of
this committee by telling you that
I represent 25000 or 30000 Negros
of he State of Nebraska- I do say
that I am one of those Negroes
who, realizing the terrific price
paid to obtain the right to elect
our officials am opposed to sur
render that right even in an infin
tesimal degree; and further, I be
lieve I voice the sentiment of ev
ery intelligent and right thinking
Negro of Nebraska when I say we
are unalterably opposed to any
measure wherein an attempt is
made to deprive us of the right to
participate in the selection of our
public officials.”
A thunder of applause manifest
ed the approbation of the crowd.
After quiet was restored, Senator
Von Seggern requested permission
to ask Mr. Davis a question. Sena
tor Von Seggren said, “Don’t you
believe the people, should have the
right to vote on this question of
constitutional amendment?”
Answer Breaks Up Hearing
l Davis replied, “I shall answer
X your question in this manner You
Mr. Senator, nor any of the mem
bers of this committee nor the leg
islature campaigned upon a plat
form to change our basic law; not
having campaigned or been elected
\ T he Brown Bomber and His Omaha “Shadows”
When a million dollar Investment, you need police
protection. And \t the million Is In a prize fighter called Joe Louis,
you want smart, able detectives guarding him everywhere.
k The strip of pictures above gives some idea of the protection
fLouis gets when ha travels. He's accompanied svrorvton by.
Nelson (right), • Chicago Negro who holds the ran* oi aeiecuesj
sergeant of that city's police force. __1
Seated with Louie ii Harry Buford, Omaha detective eergoiSU
^y^teft^u^A^gaesk,»laa aa Omaha rtrtHHi
on such a platform, you do not
have the mandate of your consti
tuents to alter or amend the Con
stitution. The people if they do de
sire may change or amend their
Constitution by initiating among
themselves petitions proposing
constitutional changes
Since you nor any of the rest of
of the senators do not have man
date from the people to alter or
amend the Constitution, you have
not any right or authority to force
the people to vote on this mea
At this conclusion of this answer
the gallery and audience went wild
with applause, and it was impos
sible for the sergeant-of-arms to
restore order until Mr. Davis and
his party, consisting of Mr. Johnny
Owen and Mr. C. C. Galloway,
could make their way through the
throng of congratulations and out
of the Senate Chamber
Omahan Promoted to
Clerk In Charge
Mr. A. L. Duff, 35, who resides
at 3810 Camden avenue, has been
promoted clerk in charge between
Omaha and Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Duff entered the railway
mail service June 1919 at the age
of 19 following having made the
highest mark in his competitive
examination of the other two col
ored clerks appointed at that time
Mr. Earl L. Waldron and Mr. Jud
son W.Dacus
Mr. Duff who has proven him
self a very efficient clerk has two
other clerks under his supervision.
He came to Omaha in 1912 from
St. Joesph, Mo. and entered Cen
tral high school from which he
was graduated
Mr, Duff is married and has
three children.
Marguerite Hill, a member of the
younger set, has been requested by
Miss Mary Angood, art teacher
of Central high school, to enter
her lithograph of the house on
20th and Capitol Ave., in the Art
Contest for a scholarship to Rock
ford college, Rockford, III-, and
her fresco painting of the build
ings looking north from the sec
ond floor of Central high is entered
for a scholarship to Tashgena
Fashion school of New York.
Miss Hill, who lives at 2702 No.
27th St., won a scholarship year
before last to Woodbury college in
Hollywood, Calif.
“Critics” Draw Crowd
to Initial Debate
The Urban League auditorium
was scarcely large enough to seat
the enthusiastic crowd who came
to hear the Critic club debaters
on Sunday aftmoon.
Members of the debating teams
entered the auditorium and to the
applause, which justly livened the
crowd. The respective debate teams
were composed of the following:
affirmative: Lycurgus Curry, More
house college; Charles Davis, Sum
ner Junior college; Julian McPher
son, Omaha university. Negative
William Davis, Leonard Turner and
Thomas Ross, all of the Municipal
Lycurgus Curry opened the de
bate using collegiate tactics to de
fine the question for debate: Re
solved: “That separate schools are
are more beneficial in the educa
tion of Negroes than are mixed
schools.” Mr. Curry a trained
spokesman, stunned the audience,
with his bulk of information and
stage decorum.
McPherson and Davis, promin
ent and erftusiastic speakers,
showered down on their opponents
with much unexpected information.
Members of the opposition Beamed
dazed o'er these debaters’ method
of attack. McPherson was second
speaker and Charles Davis gave the
rebuttal. Leonard Turner, first for
the negative, also making his first
public appearance, surprised many
with his ability to speak publicly.
Mr. Turner attacked the question
from the prejudice and inefficient
angles, and so smoothly done was
able to score for his team. Mr.
Ross and Mr. Davis closed the ar
gument by attacking the moral and
economical sides of the question
Thomas Ross was the second
speaker for the negative- William
Davis gave the rebuttal. He was
unusually strong in destroying
some of the arguments advanced
by members of the affirmative
team. The judges were Mr. Gil
berts cir^ulafion anager of The
Omaha Guide; Mr- Lucky Harris of
the Elks Lodge and J- B. Horton,
editor of the Omaha Chronicle.
Henry L. Levellis, club president,
and a graduate of the University
of Omaha in 1936, spoke briefly
complimenting the teams on their
efforts- He closed with expressions
of appreciation to the audience
for their loyal support.
Well Known Omahans
Wed In Council Bluffs
M»s Mary Willitems and Mr
Tom Larkins, both of Omaha were
united in marriage on Saturday,
March 6th at the home of Mrs.
Anna McDuffy, 1212-17Ave., Coun
cil Bluffs, la
At 6 o’clock Saturday, the bride
and groom together with the bride’s
sister, Mrs- Mary Miller; Rev. and
Mra. McGee; Mrs. J. Hudson, jr.;
Mrs. S- Triplett; Miss Alice McGee
Mr- Frank Roach and Othelee Pan
ky, mitord to Council Bluffs to the
home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. A.
McDuff. There she met a host of
friends and at 9 o’clock was mar
The bride was beautifully dressed
in a flowered print dress of crepe
made on princess lines, with a
crpe hat to mitch, and satin slip
pers. She carried a large, bouguet
of roses and lillies of the valley.
She was given in marriage by her
sif-ter, Mrs. Miller, who was gown
ed in black and carried a bouguet
of tea roses. The marriage was
solemnized by Rev. McGee of the
New Hope Baptist church of Oma
ha After the wedding, the bride’s
party motored back to Omaha
where many friends greeted them
and they had a large party. A
grand luncheon was served and it
was not until the wee hours of the
orning that the guests wound their
weary ways home. They will long
remember the lovely time they had
at the wedding party. Mr. and Mrs.
Tom Larkins will be at home to
their many friends at 2016 Willis
M and Mrs. Harrison B. Gar
dner, of Columbia, Mo., arrived in
the city Monday to attend the fun
eral Mr. Gardner’s father.
Mrs. Belzar Collins entertained
at the residence of her daughter,
Estelle Roberson in honor of Mr.
and Mrs. Strling Bolden, newlywed.
A lovely time was enjoyed by all
The members of the Jolly 20
club entertained their wives and
friendR at the Masonic Hall on Sat
urday March 6th. All reported a
wonderful timje.
Last Rites for
Irving Green
The funeral of Attorney Irving
Green was held Monday, March
1st, at 2:00 p. m- from the Myers
Funeral Home, Rev. M- K. Curry,
pastor of Zion Baptist church of
ficiating. Present plso w*» At
torney Herbert Fisher, Secretary of
the University of Omaha Law
School, who made remark* on be
half of the faculty and student
Mr. Green came to Omaha April
1930- He attended the University
of Omaha Law School, graduating
in June 1934, was the class vale
dictorian and delivered the ora
tion, subject of which was “Ameri
canism.” He was admitted to the
bar in November 1934, after which
ha went to Providence, R. I-, to
join his family. On June 4, 1936
Attorney Green returned to Omaha
with his wife and son, and estab
lished his office on the third floor
of the Sunderland building, 16th
and Harney Sts.
Mr- Green was confined to bed
since November 5, 1936 with heart
The deceased leaves to mourn
his loss his widow: one son, Ir
ving, jr.; mother, Mrs. Frank
Green of Providence, R. I-; two
sisters, Miss Martha Green, Pro
vidence, R. I., and Mrs. Philip
Coles of Everett, Mass; other re
latives and a host of friends.
Burial wa* made at Mt. Hope
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Eldridge en
tertained at dinner honoring Mr.
Samuel Ellis. Mr- Ellis is enroute to
his home in Texas from St. Paul,
Mrs. Cloma Scott, 2611 Decautr
St., was hostess to the Ace of
Clubs at her home.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. McCaw,
3128 Corby St., are the parents of
a son born to them at the Method
ist hospital, Monday morning Mar.
1st. Mother and son are doing nice
Mr. and Mrs H- Leland and Mr.
Lloyd Gray motored to Linccoln
on Friday March 5th- They had
an enjoyable trip.
A Glimpse Inside
Of The Joe
Louis Special
By S. Edward Gilbert
Monday at exactly 3:45 p. m- I
went aboard a private, car known
is the "Ashville” which had been
drawn into the Burlington station
by a huge Iron horse, and there I
found the man of the hour, Joe
Louis an his party consisting of
the following personsJohn Rox
borough, co-manager of a million
dollar investment, the Brown Bom
ber: Jack Blackburn, the worlds
greatest trainer. Carl Nelson, Chi
cago detective sergeant who shad
ows Louis every move Seal Harris
whom many will remember boxed
I Max Baer, here in an exhibition;
Eddie Malcom and Leonard Dixon,
all sparring partners of the man
about whom many of the pugil
istic authorities have said: If me
chanical measurements were resort
ed to, his punch would be revealed
as the hardest, the muscular co
ordination which result in light
ing-quick and devastiflg scant 6
inch blow, is the greatest thing of
its sort that has ever happened
in the world of boxing. Others who
were in the party were: Alonza
Brooks, a half brother of Joe; Ed
die Nichols, a Chicago gym opera
tor, and last but not least was the
all important chef, Benjamin F
Brown, whose duty it is to prepare
the wholesome food for Joe.
As we retired to the dining room
we found Detective Sergant* Harry
Buford, E. A- Rose and Franklin
Clark, the first two being members
of the Omaha Police department
and the latter being a member of
the Kansas City police department
all of whom had been assigned to
protect Joe during his sojourn here.
They were patiently awaiting the
emerging of the most popular
fighter in all the world from his
palatial compartment of which
here were seven. While in a chat
with Jack Blacljmrn, |here ap
pared in the dining room a per
fect specimen of humanity, attired
in a brown freshly pressed suit,
white shirt which blended against
his olive colored unblemished skin,
a white handkerchief extended
from kerchief pocket of his coat,
and a tie of mottled red and blue,
both colored subdued to such a de
gree that the blend of the tie and
suit was perfect.
In his characteristic manner of
being atease, Louis strolled over
to a chair by the window and was
seated. Ask what he thought his
condition would be for his coming
championship fight with James
Braddock he replied “tops.” With
occasional smiles he answered cau
tiously questions asked him by re
porters from the Omaha Guide,
World Herald, and the Omaha
Omaha Chronicle.
Others of Omaha who paid a
visit to the Joe Louis car and
subsequently met the uncrowned
heavyweight champion of the. world
were: Mayor Johnny Owens, Atty.
C. F. Davis, M. L- Harris, Exalted
Ruler of the Elks Lodge, John B
Horton, editor of the Omaha Chron
icle and Mrs. Mildred Gilbert, ad
vertising manager, Omaha Guide.
Except for a stroll around the
railroad yards and the business
trip to the city auditorium where
he kayoes two buddies in an ex
hibition before 1,500 fans, the en
tire party remained insde the spe
cal pullman, until time to leave for
Des Moines where Louis partici
pated in another exhibition Tues
day night. «
MARCH 19,20
Growing out of the Career classes
which were sponsored last year
by the Y. W. C. A. with the aid of
tho Kappa Alpha P«i and the Pos
tal Alliance. There is to be held on
March 19th and 20th at the Y. W.
C. A. 22nd and Grant, a city wide
Youth ^Conference, sponsored by
the following organizations: Y- W.
€■ A., Urban League, Woodson
Center, Postal Alliance and the
Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Registration will begin Friday
March 19th at 7:00 p. m. The theme
of the conference will be “After
High School What?” Questions for
which answers will be sought are
as follows: What opportunities are
open for young Negroes? Should
the Negro go to college? Where
and how may I get financial help
to go to college? Shall I prepare
for a career that i« not open to
me in Omaha?
Two sessions will be held Sat
urday. The afternoon session be
ginning at 1:30 p. m and conclud
ing at 4:00 q. m. The evening aea
sion commencing at 6:00 p. m. and
lasting until 9:00 p. m.
Speakers will be Dr. Firlmer of
the State department of vocation
al Education, who will deliver tho
keynote address Saturday night
and lead the panel discussion for
the evening
Mr. Alqhonsa Davis and miss kc
wena Jones will serve as the con
ference chairman and secretary re
spctively. They are to be ably a»
sited by the following committees
Planning, Alphonsa Davis, Rowena
Jones, Lloyd Lee; B. E- Squires,
and Mrs. lone Hanger, Banpuet an
Recreation: Harrold Biddieux,
Rachel Covington, Gaitha Pegg
and Mrs. L. C. Crawford, Publicity:
Bernice Grice, Delmar Burris, Hen
y Black and Mrs- Gladys Pullum.
A fellowahiq Banpuet will serve
as a break in the conference tha
same to be held aturday evening
at 6:00 p. m- in the spacious dining
room of the Y. W. C- A. Those
who qlanned to attend are urged
to contact Mr- Harrold Biddieux,
chairman of reservations- The gen
eral public and especially the youth
of Omaha are urged to attend the
conference. Friday and Saturday
March 19th and 20th and find tha
answer to the question, ‘.After
j High School What?”
At 930 No. 25th St., there are
four generations, namely: Mrs.
Hattie Agers; her daughter, Mrs.
Pearl Young; Edgar Warren,
grandson of Mrs. Agers: Pearl Ar
dell, Ethel Eugena, Beverly Mae
and Edmond, great grand children
of Mrs. Agers
Mrs- Agers celebated her 71st
birthday, Feb. 14.
Mr- Hhillip Douglas, formerly
of Omaha, was found dead by his
wife, in their Chicago home. Mrs.
Douglass was formerly Mattie
Hall of this city. Mr- Douglas ii
the cousin of Mrs. Cook, 2206 Ohio
Mrs. Elmer Crumbley, of New
York City, is the house guest of
her sister, Mr. Nicholon, 2715 Ma
ple St- Mr- Crumbley is in Europe
playing with the Jimmie Lunceford
A reporter for The Omaha Guide
visited the Lake Shoe Service. Shop
and found the proprietor, Mr. J.
L- Taylor, to be a great booster
for the Guide, and a regular sub