The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, September 03, 1938, Image 1

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Entered a8 Second Class Matter at Postoffice, Omaha, Nebraska / > Omaha, Nebr., Saturday, Sept, 3, 1938 _Number Twenty-One—
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As long as Negroes look to the white race for
ready made jobs, they will be caught arid bourne
down by every economic depression that comes along.
Colored pfeiople can prevail themselves of the many
existing opportunities of creating their own employ
ment. . . . .
Negro youths must be trained to have conti
dence in their own abilities as business men, and en
couraged to go into business for themselves, ihe
Negro race has a purchasing power of about $3,000,
000000 a year, yet they are suffering because they
have practically no producing power. Some of this
$3,000,000,000 might easily be kept within the race,
and used to establish enterprises where Colored
youth —can get business experience and training.
This business experience and training is es
sential to fit them to successful meet competition m
the business world. Succeiss assured, they . w ill be
their —own boss, and their opportunities will be un
limited, depending upon their ability and ambition.
They will not be discriminated against because ot
color, and most important of all, tney will be build
ing a secure economic foundation for generations to
Statistics show tnat about 50,000 of the 12,
000 000 Colored Americans are engaged in business.
The majority of these people who have gone into
business are for the most part confining their activ
ities to the service trades, such as barber shops, res
aurants, undertaking parlors, tailor shops, etc. F rom
this, one can readily see that the Colored people in
America are not engaged in the fundamental and
producing industries of the times, and that barter
and trade has not been a part of our group. This
has been due to a lack of cooperation within the race
as well as to the lack of opportunities for business
experience and training.
Biographies of most of the business leaders
of the race will show that these leaders began at the
bottom and worked up to the top, with but little in
itial capital. A number of the readers of this column
are making inquiries as to how they can go into busi
ness for themselves with little or no capital. I would
like to point out to these people that there is not only
an opportunity to strengthen their future security,
but an excellent chan|ce tor them to makei spare time
money by becoming agents for quality products in
their own neighborhood.
There are many sections in the United States
where Colored people must travel miles to reach a
desirable retail outlet, for the necessities they wish
to purchase. A copy of “Specialty Salesmen Mag
azine” or “Independent Salesman” or any of the sal
es magazines, can be obtained at your local library,
or at the nearest newrs stand. In these magazines,
and in your Colored newspapers, you will find adv
ertisements of firms seeking aegnts for uniforms
soaps, cosmetics, polishes, foods, clothing, etc.
By taking a few of these items, and talking
about them to your friends' you can secure orders,
and in a short time establish yourself in a small busi
ness. Aside from the revenue it will bring you, it
will be a source of business education and experience
and a long step toward the —goal for which the race
must head, if we are to gain economic security.
Read your Colored papers, and patronize their
advertised products. _
New Crusade Needed To
Fight Rising Prejudice
Ithaca, N. Y., Sept. 1 A “new
crusade” which will reach the
“conscience of Ameria,” is needed
today if the rising tide of preju
dice and reaction in this country is
to be broken down, E. Frederic
Morrow told an NAACP. meeting
here last week. Mr. Morrow, co
ordinator of branches of the as
sociation, spoke to an audience
comprising citizens and students
of Cornell university’s summer
Texas Octet On 10,000
Mile Tour
Austin, Sept. 1 <C)—The Ca
Capella octet of Sam Houston col
lege, S. E. Grannum, president,
left Thursday for Los Angeles on
a 10,000 mile tour with the presi
dent and his wife accompanying
No Room Fori
Prejudice, says
N. Y. Paper
New York, Sept. 1—A determ
ined stand against tolerating any
efforts at Sabotage through ap
peals to race prejudice within the
ranks of the New York local of
the Transport Workers Union,
CIO. affiliate, is voiced in a lead
article appearing in the local edi- ]
tion of the August issue of the
Transport Bulletin, sixteen page
tabloid newspaper, organ of the
The article, entitled “Fair Play,
Justice and Our Unity”, was un
animously endorsed and signed by
members of the New York local
executive board and of the joint
executive commitee.
Reaffirming the cardinal prin
ciple of the union’s platform of
justice to all its members “regard
less of race, creed, color, political
beliefs, crafts, ages, sex or any
other differences”, the article said
in part:
“The present situation is a test
for every member of our Union,
especially those most responsible
for its rise and successes, to show
that we have the decency towards
our fellow members which wq so
frequently declar'd and that we
really treasure this Union and its
firm unity and are not willing to
cast its future to the winds at the
instigation of those who are using
tho weapon of prejudice and foul
play to weaken the TWU.”
The article followed joint efforts
of the union and the NAACP. to
have Negro members of the union
working on the I R. T. subway,
promoted from porters and elev
ator men to platform agents. The
I. R. T. on Auguts 1 promoted six
men “as an experiment’’. The
union leadership sought seniority
for these men over 250 white non
union men temporarily employed
by tke I. R. T. It was at this
point that a small group within
tho union voiced disagreement
with the union leaders in pressing
tho point for seniority of the Ne
groes, claiming that it would
throw white men out of work.
There are 600 Negro members in
tho union.
London Sept. 1 (C)—'Bishop &
Mrs. Wright Jr., flew from Paris
to London last Thursday in order
to sail for Southampton at 4:30
Friday afternoon for Cape Town,
South Africa, where the Bishop
maintains headquarters for the A.
M. E. Church.
Columbus, O. Sept. 1 (C)— As
th;- result of a boycott by colored
citizens, the A. and P. store on
Mt. Vernon Ave. has hired Mrs.
Peters Smith as cashier and re.
quested fifteen days more to make
other personnel changes satisfac
tory to the Civil Liberty League.
Philadelphia, Sept. 1 (ANP)—
In the intense heat prevailing in
Philadelphia last weekend, Clarence
Weston, 5t a stevedore, living at
724 South Smedley St., died while
unloading a ship at pjer 92, South
Wharves. His wife, Mrs. Alice
Weston, 50, die dof shock when
notified of her husband's death.
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Directs Mammoth Pageant
Who is in charge of the pageant
which will be given in the St.
Louis Coliseum September 8 as
part of the 75th Anniversary of
Negro Freedom held in connec
tion with the National Baptist
Convention. Hundreds will take
part in the presentation, groups
from Chicago and East St. Lous
being in training also. J. Roy
Terry has charge of music. Miss
L. Womble directs dramatics.
Miss Frankye Brown and Miss
Maragaret Hunter are assist
ing. (ANP)
Montgomery, AIu., Sept. 1— In
a lengthy editorial appearing in
tho paper August 18, the Mont
gomery Advertiser takes issue
with the recent unanimous decision
of the Alabama Board of Pardons
which denied pardons to two of
the remaining five ScottsU>ro
youths and calls upon Governor
Bibb Graves to use his power to
j free all five defendants still in
! jail
Reviewing the paper’s own
stand in the case as a consistent
supporter of tho Atorney Generals
position of fighting for the death
penalty for the boys, tin- editorial
entitled “O Scottsborol”, says in
: part:
“The Advertiser, for itself, and
j it has no doubt that it speaks for
tho majority of responsible Ala
bamians, resents the ipidignitjes
heaped upon our people in connec
tion with this revolting affair but
i from the beginning nearly 7 and ;
a half years ago The Advertiser
has been interested primarily in
seeing that Alabama had its way
without intimidation from the out
sido in these cases it has never
wanted to see the full penalty of
tho law executed.
“—The State of Alabama has at
last had its way. It has repeat
edly convicted ‘ “the boys”
some of whom are now growing
old in the service of our prisons;
Alabama has been repeatedly,
taunted by the Supreme Court of
the United States and by agitators
in two hemsipheres, with the re
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Alabama Teachers Pay
$137.60 Dues
Mongomery, Sept. 1 (C)—Eigh.
ty-six teachers of Pickens county,
in western Alabama, have sent to
President H. Councill Tronholm of
Stato Teachers college $137.60 as
100 per cent dues from their group
for the American Teachers Asso
ciation, the Alabama State Teach
ers Association, and the Alabama
Congress of Colored Parents and
N. J. Elks To Fight Civil
Service Discrimination
Newark, N. J. Sept- 1 (C)—
Elks of northern New Jersey were
scheduled to meet at Newark lodge
home, 153 S. Orange a'e, Sunday,
to fight discrimination in civil ser
vice appoitmens, under the direct
ion of the civil Liberties and Edu
cational Department of the Grand
Lodge, preparing for a state_wide
rally in Trentoo on April 24 ac
cording to Mercer Burrell, chair
man of the Civil Liberties commit
tee of Pride of Newark Lodge.
Washington Students
Visit Naval Academy
Annapolis, Mr. Sept. 1 (C)—The
Washington Educational Touring
club of Cardoze night school, Geo.
H. Walace, president, visited the
U. S. Naval Academy Sunday, at
tho invitation of Rear Admiral D.
P. Sellers, superintendent of the
Knoxville, Tenn., Sept- 1—'I'be
Joint Congressional Committee in
vestigating the Tennessee Valley
Authority here moved today to
get at the bottom of charges of
gross brutality and discrimination
against Negro workers ir the
TVA area revealed by Charles H.
Houston, national legal represent
ative of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored
people, when he testified before
j the Committee here last fort
Officials of the Association an
nounced today that Gordon R.
Clapp, TVA personnel director,
who was directed by the commit
tee to prepare a report on the
NAACP. charges, will begin a two
day investigation September 6.
Mr. Clapp, the announcement
! said, will be accompanied by Mr.
Houston, and will cover the same
ground covered by the latter and
Thurgood Marshall in their in
! vestigation for the Association.
In a telegram inviting Houston
to “accompany me, to observe and
assist” in the investigation, the
TVA personnel director said he
| would “take tesimony from com
plainants and others involved-”
Action on the Association’s
1 charges represent the result of
four years of hammering on the
| part of the NAACP. beginning in
1934. It was d"ring this year that
the Association sent investigators
into the area whose peport of
conditions was substantiated by a
government investigator.
Chicago Republican candidate
for congress from the 1st con
gressional Illinois District who
is charting the fight of the Ne
gro Labor Relations League, a
potent organization which is
waging a crusade for more jobs
for Negroes in Chicago. liust
week a Chicago Daily employ
ed six branch managers as a re
sult of its activity. They plan to
tap every availble opening
which will furnish additional
eraploymien^ Mr. Dawson will
oppose Congressman Arthur W.
Mitchell, Democrat in the Nov.
ember elections. (ANP).
Nebraska Power Company’s
fleets of passengers cars and
trucks traveled more than one mil
lion six hundred thousand miles
with nine reportable accidents to
win high places in their divisions
of the 1937-38 national fleet safe
ty contest, according to reports
received from the National Safety
The passenger car fleet of the
Nebraska Power Company captur
er third place among forty-three
competing utilities companies, and
its truck fleet holds fifth place
among sixty-three large utilities'
Only four accidents were ex
perienced by Nebraska Power
Company',' passenger car drivers
in a total of 870,000 miles they
traveled from July 1, 1937 to June
30, 1938. That record is twice as
good as they achieved in the 1936.
37 contest year when nine acci
dents were experienced in a total
of 850,000 miles.
Winner of first place in the pas
senger car contest amont utilities
was Central Texas division, Pan
handle Refining Company wit!
but one accident in 892,000 miles
Shell Union Oil Company’s south
ern division was second with three
accidents in 815,000 miles
Nebraska Power Company’s trucl
fleet also cut its previous year’s
accident repord in two with but
five reportable accidents in 745,
000 miles traveled during the con
test year just closed as compared
to ten accidents in 847,000 miles
in 1936-37.
America Utitilits Service Cor
poration of Savanna, Illinois wor
first placo in the large truck fleel
division; Shell Pipe Line Corpor.
ation’s telephone and telegraph di
vision .second, and central State;
Power and light of Tulsa, Oklaho
ma, third. The 1st and secorn
place winners experienced but oni
accident each year during the con
test year, and the third place win
ner, but two accidents.
Club Women Give B. S
Abbott Testimonial
Chicago, Sept. 1 (C)—Chicag
clubwomen gave testimonal to Edi
tor R. S. Abbott of the Chicag'
$57,300 Suit
] led By Kid
nap V ictim
TEXAN ASKS $57,300 FO*
Dallas, Texas, Sept. 1—A suit
for $67,300 was filed here this
week by twenty .four year old Mio>
key Ricketts, against Dr. and Mr*
F. H. Newton, both white, and
seven others including two polics
men, charging false imprison
ment, beating, kicking, starving
and threatening.
The suit grew out of Rickett’*
being located by policemen in the
attic of Dr. and Mrs. Newton’s
homo in Highland Park here July
30. According to police, Ricketts
had been imprisoned in the attic
of tho Newton home for five days
bound and gagged, because they
suspected him of stealing jewelry
from Mrs. Newton.
Tho Newtons, along with two
servants, have been indicted by a
grand jury on charges of false
imprisonment, in connectior with
the kidnaping of Ricketts.
Defender at tho Women’s Club in
tho loop Friday evening, honoring
tho veteran publisher for thirty
two years of journalistic service.
Mrs. Irene M. Gaines, president of
the Chicago and Northern District
Association of Women, was chair
Pre- Autumn Musical At
On Sunday afternoon Septem
ber 11th at 4 P. M. ,the II ill side
Presbyterian Church 30th and Ohio
St. will present the “Musical
Four” in a Pre-Atumn Musical,
featuring Classical, opera and Ne„
gro spirtuals- Personel of tbig
quartette includes, Rev. John S.
Williams, Mrs. Ethel Webb, Mr. H.
L. Preston. Mrs. Otis Jamerson is
accompanist. They will be no ad
mission charge at the door, but
each person attending this musical
will bo expected to give a silver
offering. This will mark the be
ginning of the musical activities
a Hillside. Thct nex will be the
second Sunday in October.
Convict Burns and Accom
plices In Shorter College
Robbery, Shooting Case
Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 1 (ANP)
I —Tho Shorter College robbery
case has been solved, the three
men responsible for stealing $2,
319.90 of the school’s money in a
hold-up June 7, during which pre
siding Elder O. Sherman was shot,
are behind the bars and A ME cir
cles in Arkansas are breathing
easier. No trace of the money,
however, has ever been found.
Prof. Wm. Mabel Burns of For
dyce, Ark., active in church af
fairs and delegate to the last
general conference of the AME
church held in New York in 1936.
who was named as the “brains” of
the plot was convicted and sen
tenced to 10 years in the peniten
tiary. Roma Ollison and Haywood
Duckworth one an auto mechantwi
1 and other a laborer were given
identical sentences with Burns •
The robbery and shooting took
■ place immediately after a meeting
' of presiding elders and church
leaders held at Bethel church in
North Little Rock, June 7. When
tho meeting closd Rev. Sherman
took the money which was in cash
and had been placed in a grip, to
his home. He was followed by Olli
son and Duckworth, the forme*
placing a gun at H«v. Sherman’s
’ head just as he was about to leave
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