The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, September 10, 1938, Page Three, Image 3

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J. Finley Wilson He- leeted Grand
Exalted Ruler. Starts 17th Year
As Head of Order, Mrs. M. John
son Again Chosen Grand Daughter
Ruler,—Over 200,000 View Color
ful, Three Hour Parade—Gover
nor Nice W Romes Elk Herd.
Baltimore, Sept. 8, (By T. W.
Anderson for ANP)—With tradi.
tional pomp and pageantry and
oratorical aclaim, highlPighted by
welcome addresses by Maryljnd’s
Governor Nice and Baltimore’s
Mayor Jackson, colored by a spec
tacular, three hour parade through
iam-packed streets, of cheering
spectators and featured by the re
election for his 17th consecutive
year, of J. Finley Wilson as Grand
Exalted Ruler, the 3(Tth annual
conclave, IBOE of W. ended in a
blaze of glory here last Saturday
night. Fourteen special trains and
300 buses brought the delegatee
here from all sections of the coun
Mrs. Abbie M. Johnson was also
re-elected grand daughter ruler
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and the entire grand lodeg cabinet
of G.E.R. Wilson was again re-;
turned to office despite the rumor
ed opposition of Roy S. Bond,
grand esteemed loyal knight, by
Joseph James, Jju, of Daytona
Boach, Fla.
The Tuesday street parade, most
spectacular since 1927, was the
highlight of the greatest conven- j
tion in Elk history, and one of
the most harmonious.
Over 200,000 Baltimoreans and
spectators from al parts of the
country lined the streets, and wit
nessed a parade which took some
six hours to pass a given point.
Some 50 bands, over 300 marching
and drill units kept the throng in
one cheer after another, as the
year’s most brilliant fraternal dis
play was launched. Birlliantly
plumed drum majors, guadily dres.
sed and beautiful girls; briskly
stepping juniors b< ys and girls;
nattily attired bands units, helm
eted legionnaries, high stepping
policemen; swift riding motorcy
cle patrols; Jaintly stepping horse
back units; hot swing bands, and
a final touch being added by the
loveliest of Negro Womanhood,
ensconced on huge floats, gave a
grand touch of jjolor, as the An
tlered Herds marched “for Finley”
and old Baltimore, which for 20
years had not seen the Elks.
Welcoming the Grand Lodge to
the State of Maryland Governor
Nice told of having appointed for
the first time in history, Negro
policemen in his state, and told
his audience that he did it “not
to gain the affection of the Ne
groes of Maryland, but because I
felt that it was the best way to
detect crime among the Negro
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■ Songwriters Have No Textbooks -
By Daniel I. McNamara
THE songwriter uses no text
books except the unwritten
volumes of experience. He doesn’t
dash ofT his lyrics in inspired mo
ments. Struggle and sweat with
meter and rhyme , . . perspiration,
not inspiration . . . make for suc
Jcessful songwriting. Believe this on
I the authority of no less a person
age of the songwriting fraternity
than Edgar Leslie, for thirty years
one of the most successful of his
profession, and for many years a
I leading member of the Board of Di
rectors of the Amertcan Society of
^Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Leslie had written many popular
song parodies for dialect comedians,
thirty years ago. when he created
his original smash hit, "I’m a Yid
disher Cowboy.” He followed this
quickly by a collaboration with Irv
ing Berlin — “Sadie Salome, Go
Home." These two numbers defi
nitely established him as an up-and
coming author of popular song.
Hits multiplied. "Get Out and Get
Under," “When Grown Up Ladies
Act Like Babies," “America. I Love
You.” "California and You.” "Oh,
What a Pal Was Mary” and “Dirty
Hands, Dirty Face” followed in
quick succession.
' Harry Warren and he wrote "By
the River St. Marie," and left it.
forgotten, in manuscript form, for
eight years. It emerged from
oblivion to become one of the great
.hits of recent years. “Among My
'Souvenirs” was written in London
,jto the music of "Horatio Nichols,"
the composer being In reality a
, leading English music publisher.
Lawrence Wright Leslie has writ
! ten songs with Walter Donaldson,
Jimmy Monaco and many others,
j - Recently he teamed with an old
>- .—
friend, Joseph Burke, popular song
composer. Six times in two years
their creations have led the country
in popularity. "In a Little Gypsy
Tea Room," “On Treasure Island,"
“A Little Bit Independent." “Moon
Over Miami,” "Robins and Roses"
and “It Looks Like Rain in Cherry
Blossom Lane" reveal the magic
touch of this gifted pair "At a Per
fume Counter" is one of their latest
Songs For Youth
Leslie has evolved a practical
philosophy of songwriting. He be
lieves the songwriter must address
himself to youth, that the song
must carry a simple and direct mes
sage. It should be easy to sing, and
he points out that popular songs
must compete with the movies . . .
that they must paint an attractive
word picture.
Leslie is a thoroughgoing New
Yorker. His grandparents lived in
Seventy-first Street when it was
known as Bloomingdale Road, and
they used to spend their summers
at a cottage in Chelsea (Twenty
third Street). Happily married
twenty-one years, he now lives in a
midtown hotel; usually retires
He follows deep-sea fishing and
golf, and enjoys sea voyages. His
favorite outdoor sport—as a spec
tator—is polo. In the writing of
songs he goes into the more mun
dane memories and experiences of
his life, into things more In touch
with America as'It is to the great
mass And be writes to please them.!
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people. Certainly Negro policemen
would be much better to correct
the criminal traits of their own
people than white policemen.” Gov.
Nice told his audience that he fa
vored equalization of salaries of
school teachers in his state, as
well as elsewhere, “for,” sai dhe,
"Negro teachers have to meet the
same requirements of deucation be
fore they are allowed to teach, and
that being so, why shouldn’t they
draw the same salaries?” “When
I go back into office this unfair
und unconstitutional law shall be
wiped off the baaks,” he stated as
the crowds cheered and gave him
an ovation.
Addressing the Grand Lodge,
and making his anuual report, Mr.
Wilson gave a list of new lodges
set up since the last session at
Cleveland, nad gave a naccounting
of his office, expenses, etc., and
reported a decided increase in the
wealth, and size of the Grand
Lodge. Five mortgages were burn
prior to the present grand lodge
ed during the month of August,
These mortgages totaled the cash
sum of $100,000.
Folowing the report of the
Grand Exalted Ruler, Dr. Hudson
J. Oliver, of New York took the
ploor, and motioned that the rules
bj suspended, and that the Grand
Secretary, James E. Kelly, be au_
throized to cast one ballot for the
reelection of Mr. Wilson as Grand
Exalted Ruler. Admist a pandemo
nious display, and with a tremen
dous ovation, Mr. Wilson was once
again swept into the office he has
filled since 1922. Dr. Oliver's mo
tion was seconded by Hobson J.
Reynolds, exalted ruler of Chris
Terry Lodge, of Philadelphia, and
a member of the Pennsylvania le
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Shortly after this a delegation
of ladies, representing the Grand
Temple and headed by the just re
elected Grand Daughter Ruler,
Mrs. Abbie M. Johnson, of Phila
delphia, presented Mr. WiLson with
new colid gold collar. The gift
was presented by Miss Ella G.
Berry, past grand daughter ru
The Grand Lodge sessions in
1939 will be held in New York
City, in 1939, as the Mightly
Monarch Lodge headed by Dr.
Hudson J. OJived big strongest for
(for ANP)
huge institution,—lige a great
city square packed with, say 3,500
people. Od just imagine the Em
pire State Building being pushed
over the ocean at the rate of 35
miles an hour.
The ship had just finished a re
cord run from Cherbourg to New
York in 3 days and 21 hours, and
as I write we are about to do the
West-East record of all time in 4
days and an hour of two- We are
now not more than 3 hours from
Cherbourg,—having passed early
in the afternoon the Scilly Islands
and the Southernmost part of the
island of Great Britain.
Tho trip has been easy, pleasant
and uneventful, so far. The wea_
ther has been fine. There was
some rain the third day and some
heavy, dewey fog on Saturday.
There are a few colored passen
gers: President and Mrs. Sanford,
of Langston university, of Okla
homa; one of their teachers; a
professor of Institute, W. Va. col
lege, leader of their party; r
Huntington teacher; and a Balti
more teacher.
Miss Tillman, the Langston tea
cher sang beautifully in our con
cert Saturday night. She and the
black man who served on the pro
gram seem to have been the stars
from all comments.
There is also another Negro pas
senger on his way he says, to
Egypt and Palestine. His profes
sion I do not know, but from the
crowd who came to see him off,
ho is master of some church or
some “club”.
From the ship’s library I pick
ed up “Joan of Ark” her life story
by Milton Waldman, as interest,
ing a thing as I have e'er read.
Before I left New York the Me
dical Bureau aiding Spanish Gov
ernment with medical supplies
hskou me 10 go to a pa in. i snail
go, if they get the permit from
tho state department and eablt it
| to me. If only I had time, I would
go to Egypt this trip, but that
must be done in the futrue; if
possible, I must goon visit Africa
in its most interesting partis. Life
i sso short and there is so much
to do.
Today many of us attended ser
vices of the English church in the
great auditorium in the middle of
thig ship. It is realy a great audi
torium. Tho captain led us through
the prayers and chants, and the
others incantations. Ceremonially
“civilized man” is far from the
“savage,” bu tnot essentially.
Quite a number of times I’ve been
to France, but I may see more of
it this time—more than “Paris."
It’s cold today: I have on a win
ter suit and will use a winter
overcoat when I go out, thig 14th
day of August. No use for mohair
and Palm Beach clothes here. It
was a bit warmish as we crossed
tho Gulf streams. When you
come to Europe, north of the Med
iterranean countries, bring real
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Presidential Politics
Wo recall quite vividly that one
of the arguments advanced by
somo Negroes against the candi.
dacy of Governor Roosevelt of
New York for the President was
that while the candidate himself
might be all right, it would be
tho same old Democratic party
which ho might lead to victory and
once he got in office, his hands
would be tied by the conservative
members of the party. This meant
that if .Roosevelt became President
ho would not be able to carry out
a progresive program because of
the obstructionists in his own
party, and it meant also that his
liberality toward the Negro citizen
would likewise be curtailed
What a different story today!
President Roosevelt has shown
that he does not lack the courage,
nor the initiative to launch a pro
gram which requires the making
over of his own party. He has pur
posely gone out and asked the vo
ters in the Democratic primaries
to defeat certain obstructionists
within his own ranks, and has
asked that men be sent to Wash
ington as members of the Congress
who are more broad, more liberal
and more progressive in their
views. What more could we want
in a party leader or a President
at this time?
Three Crowns
The New York Herald Tribune
has facetiously asked in an editor
ial what has become of the theory
of Nordic Supremacy since Henry
Armstrong captured his third
world boxing title? This third
crown—all three are featherweight
welterweight, and lightweight—
makes Henry master of all men
between 124 and 145 pounds.
, While we are no boxing enthu
siast, we view the sport as too
debasing—We are pi-ound of Henry
conquests’ since by his fistic
prowess he has made boxing his
tory. Never before has one man
held so many titles. Henry won his
laurels with the unstinted appro
val of the highest sports authori
ties and fight critics. This makes
his achievement rebound to • the
credit of the whole Negro group.
Jake Powell
While tho Negro press has been
telling its readers al along that
it is indispensiable to racial pro
gress and should, therefore, re.
ceivo more suport, the recent
Jako Powell incident serves to ill
ustrate just how powerful and how
important is this medium a mould
group and puglic sentiment. Jake
Powell, a Yankee ballplayer made
a prejudice remark about the race
over the radio. The white could not
and did not take up the issue lie
cause (they were thankful to say)
it did not originate with them. So
the Negro press was the only
gency to take up the cudgels in
behalf of the group. Just how well
this agency did the job of protest
was proved hy Jake Powell him
self visiting Negro newspaper of
fices and signing an abjectly apo
logetic statement beseeching color
ed folks to “forgive-” Our own
view is that there are some things
you might forget but cannot for
give. Jake Powell’s remark is one.
Incidentally, Negroes now see
quite clearly just what their press
can do for them. In this case,
neither politics, nor the Church,
nor the interracialists could help.
Through no other agency but the
press could such pressure have
been brought to. bear with such
salutary results for the whole
group. Stand by your newspapers!
Recession Profits
While most people are talking
of their losses, it is encouraging
to note that one Negro enterprise,
N. C. Mutual Life, had income of
over a million dollars in the first
half year, and that it had $125,000
left in profits after all expenses
were paid. The profit item repre
sents nearly $1,000 per day for
each working day of the priod
covered. It is a rare thing, indeed
to find a Negro business that is
making a net profit of $1,000 per
day after all expenses are paid,
especially a business that employ*,
a small army of people in the pro
motion of such conservative item*
as health, education and thrift.
Another Durham organization,
the Mechanics and Farmers Bank,
also in the million dolar bracket,
has shown gains in resources ol
$45,000 during the last ten years.
In 1937 this bank’s resource*
wero around $800,000- Today, af_
ter seven years of depression, th*
resources are $1,260,000.
We have noted that most of th»
larger Negro enterpises, when
they reach a certain respectable
figure, they seem to stay aromut
that poit. Not so the Durham en
terprises. Sometimes we may spec
ulate on what causes Durham en
terprises to continue to win.
Chicago, Sept. 8 (ANP)—Bishop
J. A. Gregg of the AME church ar
rived here by United Airlines
piano enroute to his conference
in Ontario. Canada. On the day
conference was scheduled to opes
tho Bishop had been forced to de„
lay his arrival in order that he
might attend the funeral of Rev.
R. II. Hackley, pastor of St. Paul,
Des Moines, Iowa, one of the welt
known ministers of the church antf.
a. friend of many years. In order
to arrive for the second day of the
conference he was forced to take
his first plane ride. The Bishop
reported the experience as delight
ful, being particularly enthusiastic
over a view of the sunset a hove
the clouds, a sight which he says
he will never forget.
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