The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, September 22, 1937, EMANCIPATION EDITION, Image 1

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Five New Members
On Uni Faculty
President Rowland Haynes, of
the University of Omaha, today an
nounced the addition of five new
members to tlie faculty of the uni
versity. The new appointments are
as follows:
Dana . Warren, A. B. and Ph. D.
from Yale, h s appointed ass;st
ant profee <».• Physics. A scholar
ship student at Yale and a member
of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Warren
has had an interesting career which
Includes two years of teaching at
Doshisha university, Kyoto, Japan,
where he served as a missionary.
Dr. Warren was bom in\Japan. He
will live at 24!H Bauman street
with his wife and daughter, Betty.
Wilbur T. Meek, A. B. Princeton
and M. A. Columbia university, has
been appointed to the teaching
staff of the Economics department
to replace Dr. Harry Severson, who
i*3 on leave of absence for a year
inconnection with a U. S. Govern
ment agency. Mr. Meek is a gradu
ate of Central high school and is a
member of the New York Chap^r,
Amerisnn Institute of Banking.
William K. Noyce, whose ap
pointment was announced last
spring, was appointed to the teach
ing staff of the Chemistry depart
ment. He has his A. B. from Doanc
college and 'his M. Sc. from the
University of Nebraska
Harry A. Rositzke, A. B. from
Union college, M. A. Harvard and
Ph. D. from Harvard, new assistant
professor of English, has held
many fellowships at ITanrard in
cluding the University Fellowship;
the Harris Fellowship and the
Dexter Traveling Fellowship. He
is a Phi Beta appa and instructed
English at Union college, tutored
in English at Harvard. Dr. Rositzke
plans to do much research through
tests and recordings of midwestern
speech and dialect.
I chert Huffman, assistant in
■ti vc for in Painting and Sculpture,
has his B. F. A. from Ohio Rta*e
university and baa res: led in Oma
has since, September, ',')4 >. An out
a'at • ; ng athlete at college, ho par
tirh atod in the Col lo.i Gloves
t:ur:ument here last w’l’tcr
Con Men to Get Chain
Gang in Hots Springs
Hot Spring®, Ark., Sept. 22
(ANP)—Confidence men and pick
pockets who planned to spend the
winter in Hot Springs were given
a tip to stay away Tuesday when
Mayor Leo P. McLaughlin author,
ized his police department to re
establish a downtown chain gang
for such offenders who have, al
ready started arriving to prey on
winter visitors.
The chain gang treatment for
petty offender.® was inaugurated
last year. Those convicted in muni
cipal court, wearing large halls and
chains on their ankles, were put to
work sweeping the principal busi
ness streets. McLaughlin said it
was effective.
Expect College P.eport Soon
Raleigh, N. C., Sept. 22 (ANP)
—Holt Mc^Tierson, white, editor of
a high point newspaner, is expected
to submit h;s report on cond'tions
at the Greensboro A. and T. College
by Oct. 1st, Gov. Roey declared
McPherson was appointed as an
outsider t,o investigate complaints
lodged by alumni of the institution
under the direction of the hoard of
trustees had failed to satisfy the
two alumni factions.
League to Sponsor
Exemption Campaign
In a statement by I)r. Vernon I*’.
'[ t-omas. president of thi Nebraska
1_« :ue of Taxpayer? and Home
C*i aers, which is sponsoring the
homestead Tax Exeuintioa Cam
paign. it was explains.l that the
't tlacks upon the campa'.M for taK
; rrc.*e homes rpearing ii the larger
papers of the state are character
istic of the campaign for this ra ise
-| aP other states. It i- aLi rhar
r.t.eristic of such campaigns that
"•■c largest minority of the local
Ip-pers support the prop s;u ani in
! manner bring the truth to the
>». 'inie.
Pr. Thomas urges members of
t'>:« League and other suporters of
T;r: exemption for Hones to keep
in mind the evils of loss of value
hrough excessive taxation—the
loss of homes and farms in Nebras
ka because of the tax lien.
Regardless of another draught
year in Nebraska and business con
ditions of below normal the home
and farm owners of Nebraska are
burdened v having ’jvied upon
them this -year a 6 per cent in
crease in the state levy.
The universally accepted basis
for taxation is ‘ability to pay’' and
the ownership of an equity in home
01 farm by no means indicates abil
ity to pay. When 50 per cent of the
wealth of the (state is escaping
taxation (is now exempt) it is
simple nonsenseto sfn'e that taxes
lost cannot be replaced and of cour
se opponents are exaggerating the
Pertinent to this is the survey of
Homestead Tax Exemption made
under the supervision of Edward
R. Schmidt of the University of
Nebraska wherein it is shown that
from 27 typical school district of
Lancaster county, and average of
only 21 per cent is indicated. Op
ponents are claiming a loss of as
high as 40 per cent ,
Replacement of losses in school
funds from other sources would be
a simple and easy matter. Some
forced economy and are equitable
assessments would make the adjust
ments in other tax divisions.
Dios After Assailant Halnged
St. Louis, Sept. 22 (ANP)—Nine
months after h:s assailant was
hanged in Louisiana last January,
Dan L. Perkins, white, geologist
and oil man of Shreveport, died
Wednesday at Barnes hospital of
a gunshot wound indicted in his
head at the time of the assault.
Perkins was : hot August 10,
1936, with a ehotgun fired by Tom
Howard, a neighbor’s employee. He
was convicted of shooting with in
tent to murder and rob, a capital
offense in Louisiana. Perkins un
derwent an ope ration, recovered
sufficiently to resume moderate
activity, but a brain abcess develop
ed and he was brought here to Bor
nes hospital for treatment April
Lambda Officers Resign
Now York, Sept. 22 (ANP)—
Mrs. F. K. Norman Williamson,
active, and energetic New Yorker,
tendered her resignation as region
al director of the Iota Phi Lambda
Sorority this week shortly after
the meeting of the national execu
tive committee held in Washington
Mrs. Williamson was joined in her
action by Mrs. Mabel Hopkins, wife
of Claude Hopkins, the orchestra
loader. Mrs. Hopkins was second
vice president of the organization.
No reason for the retirement of
these officers was given.
Liberian President
Points to Progress
Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 22
(ANP)—President Edw'n Barclay
speaking at the recent celebration
of Liberia’s 90th anniversary of
Independence took occasion to
dwell upon Lis country's desire for
pence and to outline someth'ng of
the progress it had made since its
establishment. 1‘resident Barclay
“In the present state of world
affairs, I think it is not out ofplace
for me, on this occasion, to reaf.
firm our attachment to the ways of
peace, our desire for friendly co
operation with the citizens of othc-r
states, whose legitimate concerns
bring them to Liberia, and our will
for honorable commerce with all
“Ninety years, is, indeed, a short
period in which to judge the capa
city and progress of a people.
Progress is relative, and, so far as
this nation is concerned, any judg
ment on this score must be related
to the circumstances of its ori
gin, the means at its disposal for
effecting its purpose, to the manner
in which those means have been
utilized, and to the posture of its
affairs in the present as compared
with conditions at the beginning of
its national life. Ninety years ago
the Republic of Liberia comprised
three small settlements not exceed
ing 12,000 square miles, with a
population not exceeding 20,000.
It was a state always on the de
fensive culturally and politically
again t the overwhelming cultural
pull and the numerical superiority
of the surround'ng indibenous bar
barous peoples. Today the Republic
has expanded to an area of 45,000
niile.a, and contains a population of
over 1,500,000, with its authority
not only unchallenged, but both
accepted and respected in even the
most remote sections of the terr
"It is not appropriate, at this
time for me to make a comparative
statement of developments which
have taken place in this Republic in
the political, social, cultural and
economic aspects of the life of the
Liberian people. But I am happy to
bo able to say that, on a just as
sessment of these several factors
over the ninety year period, sub
stantial progress has been made
and is continuing to be made.”
A modem “Atlantis,” the largest
man-made island in the world, hss
been conseructod in San Francisco
Ray for the 1939 Golden Gate Inter
national Epposition.
Outside the Wine Palace at the
1039 World’s Fair on San Francisco
Bay will be a growing sample of
each variety of California’s 22(1,000,
000 wine grape bearing vinos.
mmam. mmam mm «xanm
Comrade July Miles, 2308 No.
28th street, also gave some inter,
citing points concerning the Civil
War and pre-Civil V/ar perod.
Mr. Miles was bom in Mobile,
Alabama, 88 years ago, a slave. He
also fought during the Civil War.
At the age of 17, Mr. Milos ran
away from h»s owner, with five oth
cr slaves and went down to the
Alabama Bay.
Forty.five years ago he made his
homo in Omaha. He resides with
his wife, Mrs. Mary Miles, 23C8
No. 29th street.
WOW and C vil War Vets
Join Guide in Emancipation Program
Station WOW and broadcasting
ta£f joined with the Omaha Guide
Wednesday, in commemorating the
Emancipation Proclamation signed
")>• President Abraham i.ncoln, 71
rears ngo. The following is the
ext of the Newstower Broadcast
aid a letter received from one of
interview Civil
War Veterans
By Helen Childs
Today, September 22nd, we are
commemorating the 74th anniver
sary of the signing of the Emanci
pation Proclamation by President
Lincoln, who 74 years ago set four
million Negroes free from the bond
age of slavery.
Interesting facts pertaining to
their knowledge and experience of
slavery were related to your cor
espondent by the following. The
fir.-t to make a statement concern
ing slavery was Mr. Josia h Wad
dles, who resides at 2715 No. 24th
sti'eet, Mr. Waddle was born 88
years ago a slave in Springfield,
Mo., and was a slave fer 14 year.
He was a Have of John Lier, also
his mother and four sisters and
brothers. He states that his master
was a hard man and beat him
many times. At the age of 14 he
enlisted ns a drummer boy in the
79th U. S, Infantry, composed of
Kansas Negro volunteers ani' serv
ed through the war getting through
the thick of the fight at Ft. Gibson,
Cabin Creek, and Helena, Ark, He
got his name from J. Waddle who
owned his father, Thomas, before
the days of freedom.
For the past 57 years, Mr. Waddle
rcproFented Omaha at the G. A. It.
A few years ago he organized a
band under the moniker of ‘‘Wad
dles Ladies Concert Band’ composed
of 14 colored girls from the ages
of 18 fco 22, who were the grand
daughters and great grand daugh
ters of Civil War Veterans and
former slaves.
Mr. James Kennedy who is also
known as “Dad” Kennedy to many
Omahans, also related many inter
csting facta to your reporter. He
lives at 2513 No. 2fith street with
his wife and daughter. His exact
ago is unknown, although he be
l't-ves he was about 15 years >ld
when the Civil War broke out. He
was bom in Sterling, Ky. His
mother and five brothers and sis
ters were slaves on the plantation
of Jim Kennedy. His father was
sold about two months before his
birth. ^
Mr. Kennedy told of his exciting
experience during the Civil War,
when the Union Jackets came to
his house, the first shot that was
fired frightened everyone, even the
dogs that he was so fond of. Hei
followed the dog3 that ran out of
the house and went into a cellar for
“safe keeping” where he stayed
until all of the excitement had
passed from the place.
Today we dedicate this column
to our own Civil War veterans who
so bravely and courageously fought
and endured the hardships of this
great and worthy battle, and kept
their trust in God, and came out
more than victorious—a free man
the WOW official*.
Mr. C. C. Galloway
The Omaha Guide
Omaha, Nebraska.
Dear SSir:
I wish to thank your for your
courtesy in asking for n copy of
tho story we carried on last nights
Newstower a!>out Emancipation
iiay. It is very flattering to receive
. uch commendation, especially to
me, as I wrote it, and I am sure,
to Foster May, who gave it. 1 ara
really very glad to be able to send
you a copy of the stoiy.
I also wish to thank you for
your gracious invitation to attend
your celebration. I have not spoken
to Mr. May yet about the matter,
but I am sure we will both d» our
utmost to arrange to be present—
however, I do not as yet know
as yet what our working schedule
will be next Monday. We very
rarely know in advance just when
we will have a little free time.
AnJL before I close, I wish to
1 thank you and Miss Helen Childs,
on behalf of Mr. May, the Station,
and myself for your cooperation in
putting on our special program
yesterday. I think it was a very
interesting program which should
have given many people an insight
into just what the Emancipation
Order meant.
Thanging you once again,
I beg to remain,
Sincerely yours,
Soren Munkihof
Tho Story:
How many people m Omaha
know or have given much thought
to the fact that today is Emanci
pation day—the 74th anniversary
of the day President Lincoln signed
the bill freeing over four million
Negro slaves.
To many of us, it is something
we read about in our history class,
and haven’t given much thought to
since. But it meant freedom, a new
life to a whole race of people.
And on September 27th, Omaha
Negroes, under the sponsorship of
the Omaha Guide, Negro newspa
per, will hold an Emancipation Cele
bration. This event will be held at
tho Elk’s hall, 2420 Lake street, in
honor of Civil War veterans and
their families.
Put today WOW recognized the
real anniversary with a special
program on the regular man on the
street broadcast which many of
you undoubtedly heard. Twe former
slaves, two of the very few still
I living who were freed by the Eraan.
cipation Order, were presented on
this station at 12:45—the regular
man on the street period.
The two, Mrs. Sarah Simmons,
and Professor Waddles, told ef
some of their reactions and memor.
ies of that memorable day. And
84 year old Mrs. Simmons, who by
the way hadn’t been out of the
house for nearly a year until she
accepted the invitation to coma
down and appear on the program,
was very thrilled at her reunion
with Professor Waddles. Professor
Waddles, she remembered when
sho met him during the program,
had taught her children down in
Texas years ago.
The 83 year old professor was
just as happy. The two have lived
in Omaha for many years without
This special program was pre
sented with the assistance of Editor
Galloway and Miss Childs oi the
Omaha Guide whe made it possibl*
to secure the old people and ar
range for the program.