The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, December 24, 1938, City Edition, Image 1
UCU/C CtHu.. Upper Miss, and lower oLllfKlL ii ■ Mo. valleys, little preeip fclwssd 4^- MJP Vitim ;:x rrt ;s MATTER „ _r— tm —. - light snow extreme north;! * FLASH PHOTO ~~ mostly near or above nor-l SBRV1CE 4 LARGEST ACCREDITED NEGRO NEWSPAPER OF CHICAGO AND NORTH OF KANSAS C1T1 ♦" ■ ... -■ .. r w Entered as Second-CJas9 Matter at Po&toffice, Omaha, „ , .. T , 1 , j -rv m V°L. 1ti Nrt.raska, under Act of March 8. 1874. Omaha, Nebr., Saturday, Dec. 24, 1938 Number Iff » -o 6H0ST STOAT ANOTHER HOAX - o Kansas City, Mo.—The Twelfth street cabby who took his “ghost girl-friend” for a ride recently, ought to team up with Orson Welles. They might go places to gether. On his Mercury Theatre of the Air program, Welles had a whole nation terrified one Sunday eve ning. But he had nothing on the ingenious taxi-cab driver, who with out the aid of radio or sound ef fects. has had two cities on the jittery-side for nearly two weeks. It all began Sunday night, No vember 27, when a driver on a Twelfth street stand went off on a “trip” that kept him away an hour •r-so overtime. As far as his fri ends have been able to ascertain the fellow really was off on a “’date,” and it wasn’t with a wraith. But he had to return to the stand, and he had to account— somehow—for his absence. The following story accounted fiar his overtime himself: Early •hat evening he had been drinking at the Bar at a Twelfth Street night spot, when he noticed an at tractive girl seated alone at a table. He joined her. They talked. He bought a few drinks, and alone abou midnight, the young woman ahorwed signs of restlessness, which her impromptu escort interpreted as a desire to go home. He asked if he might escort her home. She said, “Yes." nvt 1 1. _ i k — .. .. V. . v 1 I TT licit lie CWACU ** ■ she replied, “At Highland ceme tary, and the gates are always open.” They got into his cab, the story goes, and proceeded to the cemetery. On the way, they chat ted amiably, and the girl told the driver that her mother lived on Woodlawn avenue. She gave him the address and telephone number, adding that she had not lived at home in about three years. Arriving at the cemetery, the cabby got out and went mound to the other side of his cab to let his fair passenger out. When he open ed the door the seat was empty and out of his writs, the fellow related that he drove back to town and to tho Woodland avenue address where he told the woman of the house what had happened and his erstwhile companion was no where to be seen. Half frightened described the girl. “That sounds like my daughter,” the woman is suposed to have re marked. She went into the living room and returned with a picture “Is that the girl you took to the cemetery?” she asked the half fainting taxii driver, who nodded a mute, “yes.” “Well, the woman repueu, ac cording to the cabby s tale, that s my daughter, who’s been dead three years. But it’s nothing to be alarm ed about. She usually comes back about once a year.” The taxi-cab driver said he then fainted. Of course when he told this tale embellished with all the versimili t.ude at his command and then pro ceeded to pass out like a lighted match in a vacuum his fellow cab bies believed him. In fact they be lieved him so thoroughly that they took him to a hospital. The imaginative taxi driver did not mind that, because the strain of thinking-up and telling that tale had nearly exhaused him. Back this week at the stand for which he drives for, the driver-of ghosts was a very much chastened young man—none the worse for his “harrowing’ experience of almost a fortnight ago, and much the bet ter for his restful sojourn at the hospital. FATHER MULLANEY REVIEWS BOOK On Dec. 15th, the Booklovers Club of the YWCA heard Father Mullaney review “Listen to The Wind,” by Ann Lingbergh, HEAD WOULD ADMIT WHITE ARK. C0LLE6E NEGROES TO UNIVERSITIES Richmond, Va. Dec. 16—Reply ing to a question from the Rich mond Times Dispatch on what to do about the U. S. Supreme court’s ruling that the University of Miss ouri must admit a Negro to its law school, Dr, John Hugh Rey* nolds, president of Hendrix college, (white) Conway, Arkansas, comes out flatfooted] y for the admission of Negroes to white graduate and professional schools. He is quoted by the Times Dispatch as saying: ‘‘Separate schools are now main tained in Arkansas for courses in which Negroes are largely inter ested. If any Negroes wishes to study law or medicine or such— i and there would be few desiring thir.—they should be admitted to tho regular classes at the univer-! siity. There probably would be trouble at first—some hot headed southern boy might mash a Ne gro's nose—but in a year or two we would get used to it.” Thj Times-Dispatch asked nu-; m • ous white and colored educa t'MT in the sou:h for their opin ions and printed the replies under the headline: ‘‘High Court gives South Hard Puzzle in Education." -0O0 SUPREME COURT SPURS DRIVE FOR RETTER EDUCATION IN SOUTH NAACP PLANS TO USE SWEEP. ING DECISION IN UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI CASE IN CAM PAIGN FOR BETTER SCHOOLS ALL DOWN THE LINE New York, Dec. 22—The sweep ing opinion of the United States Supreme court issued December 12 , ordering the tSate of Missouri to provide Negro students with the | same facilities for studying law as aro provided for white students will be the entering wedge in a campaign to improve the education of Negroes in the South all down tho line to the smallest rural school it was announced here today by of ficials of the National Association j for tho Advancement of Colored People. Must Be Equal if Separate NAACP officials and their le gal staff point to another sentence in the broad opinion of the supreme court as one of the most signifi cant in the whole opinion and one upon which a further campaign for equality of elementary and se condary education will be based. It is: “Tho admissibility of laws separ ating the races in tho enjoyment of privileges afforded by the state rests wholly upon the equality of tho privileges which the laws give to the separated groups. -0O0— SLAYING OF FOUR NEGROES IN WEEK AROUSES CITIZENS * . TWO OTHERS DIE AS RESULT OP OLD SHOOTINGS; DEC REGINS AS ‘MONTH OF VIOLENCE’; YEAR’S TOTAL TO 30 Kansas City, Mo.,—Four Negroes were slain here by Negroes dur ing the seven days of last week. Two others died from results of old shootings. Last week’s toll of four lives. brings the number of violent deaths; among Negroes to the appaling to tal of 30 so far in 1938, This record of violence which ushered in the month of Decem ber has aroused citizens here like i nothing else has done in recent | years. Many have telepphoned The Call asking tttat “something be done to stop the march of the! slaper.” Heads of civic organizations and clubs are outspoken in their de mands that the killers be brought < to trial and punished. Ministers de nounced the wave of violence from their pulpits last Sunday. -O MO. U. GRADUATE LAUDS GAINES' DECISION New Yfk, Dec. 24—At least one graduate of the University of Missouri is happy over the sup reme court decision ordering the state university to open its doors to Negro citizens for professional training. The graduate is George Hamil ton Combs, Jr., white liberal law yer and a news commenator who broadcasts every evening over radio station WHN here. In his broadcast, December 12, Combs termed the decision one of the “milestones witnessing the pro gress of the Negro race.” “Your reporter,” he aded, "has only this to say—that a san alum nus of the University of Missouri and of that law school, this is one decision of the Supreme Court which he heartily applauds—it is democracy at work!” -0O0-— "HAITI” UPHELD IN DIES HEARING Washington, Dec. 24 (CNA)— “Haiti,” the Federal Theater drama of the great Haitian Revolution, and other WPA theater productions were vigorously upheld this week by Mrs. Ellen S. Woodward, as sistant administrator of the Works Progress Administration, in her testimony before the iDes Commit tee. Subpoenaed as a witness before the witch-hunting body of the Tex as Congressman, Mrs. Woodward not only stoutly defended the Fed eral production from charges of Communism and subversivism, but accused the Committee of violating tho “American tradition of fair play and unbiased investigation.” She ppointed out that the na tion’s “leading drama critics” had described the Project plays gen erally as “outstanding contribu tions to the American theater.” Dies ‘attack upon “Haiti” was a continuatio nof the calumny heap ed on the great Negro drama by race hating elements when it was presented. The production which! had a record run in New York was viciously attacked because it por trayed Negroes in the roles of heroes instead of the usual carica tures and buffons. It was greatly praised by wide sections of the pop ulation and qnthu.siasticajly ac claimed by the Negro people. -■ — Catholics Demand All State Universities Admit All’Negro Students New York, Dec. 21 (C)—In a dramatic editorial, “Checking the Epedemic of Prejudice.” the In terracial Review, 220 West 42th Street published by the Catholic In terracial Council, in its current is sue unfolds a six point program in which extremely progressive de mands are made in behalf of the Negro. Among the points are, that eve ry state university should admit Negro students, ALL public hospi-i tals should admit colored internes and nurses, and that EVERY labor organization and local union should admit Negroes to membership on the basis of equality. Other points are that the anti lynching bill should be enacted at the next session of Congress; the President should integrate the ab-! olition of racial discriminations in to his program for economic recov ery, and that public service com missions should insist that all pub lic utility corporations comply with the provisions of the laws against racial discriminatio nin employ ment. “Justice and consistency require” says the editorial, “that American principles be applied to ALL Amer icans. The Negro is entitled to the 19 J 8 DJI L _ _ essentia lopportunities of life and the full measure of social justice, I as a matter of right." -- Birmingham, Ala.—The first known case of “expensive courtesy” resulting from the recent South ern Conference for Human Welfare that was held here last month oc cured last Saturday and involved an outstanding Baptist minister and an official of a leading chain of service stations. The minister who reported the incident stated that on last Satur day, December 10, he drove to a service station, located on the cor ner of 8th avenue and 19th Street and was greeted by a white gentle man that he had known for many years. The friend of the minister was at. the time talking to a white Customer about the purchase of some automobile tires and when the minister approached the white man turned, and after speaking to the minister extended his hand. The white prospective tire cus tomer seemed astounded and was quoted as saying: “the deal is off; I won’t buy tires from any white man who shakes hands with a N_—.” The oil company official then said, “I’m sorry you feel that way about it.” When the leading minister drove away in his car the surprised man was heard to say words to the ef fect that the recent Southern Con-; ference for Human Welfare has proven that white people cannot associate with D-—:— N Colored citizens have expressed repeatedly ideas that local citizens of color would feel the effects of the conference that brought the race question into every meeting and to the city hall and headlined the press of the South and the na tion for its liberal views on equal educational opportunities and the application of laws permitting all citizens to vote. No other known cases resulting directly from the conference are known. - oOo ■ PPBA HAS $72,965 IN CASH ON HAND Chicago, Dec. 23 (C)—-The Pull man Porters Benefit Association of America P. A. Sample, comtrol-1 lev, reports net worth of $249,215. 30, as of November 15, last. Cash o nhand in bank is $72,965.39. The Association collected $135,985.98 in assessments during the current year, and was paid -6,343.75 as in terest on U. S. government bonds making a total income of $142, 329.73. During the year, death benefits of $90,733.50, and sick and accident benefits of $37,828.78 were paid. Disbursements totaled $140, 892.96. Assets of the association in clude $183,619.46 in the mortuary fund ,and $29,440.26 in the sick and accident fund. —--oOo LABORER KILLED AT TUSKEGEE DURING FAMILY ALTERCATION Tuskegee, Ala., Dec. 24 (ANP)— Albert Diaz, a helper in the print ing office at Tuskegee institute, was shot and killed Saturday af ternoon by his wife’s nephew fol lowing a family altercation. Diaz, a native of British Guiana,; IN THE LIMELIGHT Grand Chancellor S. W. Green of the Knights of Pythia*, of Louisiana, popularly termed “New Orleans, Black Mayor," who recent ly announced the reclaimation of the mammonth Pythias Temple through a RFC loan of more than $50,000. The Temple has long been tho pride of Southern Negro In stitutions and has been the show spot of New Orleans. Chancellor Green has been connected with the Pythians since July 1883, and from then on has been one of the most outstanding characters in national fraternal and business circles. He is also president of the Liberty Industrial Insurance company of IiOuisiana. - quarreled with his wife over the uso of blankets by one of his four children born of a previous mar riage in South America. Words be tween the children and stepmother led to difficulty between Mr. and Mrs. Diaz. The wife’s nephew, who came recently to the community intervened and slew the husband. Tho shooting occured in Green wood, the village just outside Tus kegee. Diaz, who failed in the restaurant business some years ago and lost a job at the government hospital, was employed by school officials in an effort to help him support his large family. The ne phew was arrested and lodged in jail. -—0O0 MISSOURI U. IS SILENT ON CASE Columbia, Mo.,—University of Missouri officials were silent this week upon a Supreme Court ruling that Lloyd L. Gaines, St. Louis, Negro, should be permitted to en roll in the university’s law school becoming the first Negro to attend the university in its nearly 100 years of history, but there was a tendency elsewhere on the cam pus to look toward the forthcoming session of the legislature for an answer to the problem which the court decision created. Inferentially the Supreme Court decision offered two ways out, for admittance to its law school—eith er abandonment of the law school or providing for law training for Negroes at Lincoln unive ity at Jefferson City. Either would pro vide “equality” in educational pri vileges for the two races. Aban donment of the law school is ap parently beyond the realm of pos sibility for the legislature to meet tho satuation by providing in struction in law for Negroes at Lincoln university. The state in the past has at tempted to meet the situation by WRONG PACKARD STOLEN Monday night, Mrs. Joseph 9taurt, had a very shocking sur prise in the form of finding her Packard car gone when she went out to drive it. After calling the police. Mrs. Staurt found that the Finance Co., had taken it by mis take for mis-payments. One wan ders who owned the Packard that the Finance Co., wants? There are ony a few others in town - oOo_. WAR DEPARTMENT REFUSES NEGROES IN AIR CORPS, SAYING RACE APPROVES New York, Dec. 23 A vigour - ous protest against what is con sidered a totally unwarranted as sumption on the part of the United States War Department, namely that the majority of the Negro ci tizens indorse the principle of se gregated army units was made this week by Walter White, executive secretary of the National Associa tion for the Advancement of Col ored People. White had written to Secretary of War, Harry H. Woording, asking the opening up of the Army Air Corps to Negro citizens. The War Secretary replied: Following a well established principle that the races should not be mixed within organizations, a principle which is indorsed by your own people, it ia necessary to set up specific units to which colored personnel may be assigned, and these organizations must have a definite and proper place in the ba lanced force organization of the Army as a whole, “Sinco no colored units of the Air ; Corps are provided for in the Army of the United States, it is impos sible for the War Department to accept colored applicants at Air Corps schools.” Taking issue sharply with this statement in his protest, White ad vised the Secretary that despite tho fact that some Negro citizens may favor “segregated ior Jim Crow units in the United States Army,” the Association is not on ly unequivocally opposed to it but “sitates that the majority of A menican Negroes are opposed to it.’’ financing education in law and other professions for Negroes in near by state—a practice which the Supreme Court ruled is not “equality” of opportunity. Establishment of law school in Lincoln university, however, would probably serve as only a stop-gap in the campaign of Negroes for admission to the university h. <•. At the same time Gaines was applying for admission to the law school to start the present litiga tion, another Negro sought to enter the school of journalism, another field in which professional educa ! tjon is not offered in Lincoln uni versity. Presumably Negro organizations which have backed Gaines’ suit i will shift their attack to other pro fessional divisions of the universi ty until Negroes are admitted to all of them or like educational fa cilities for Negroes are offered at other state institutions. HILLSIDE PRESBYTERIAN CANDLELIGHT SERVICE Om Sunday morning, eleven o’ clock watnsihippers will hear the Christmas message by the pastor, Rev. J. S. Wiliams. They will see and hear the Junior Choir in their new vestments of white and orange, and will hear Sixteenth Century Music by the Senior Choir. At 5:00 the Third Annual Can dle Light Service will he held. The Choir will sing excerpts from Han del’s “Messiah.” SOUTH FUMES; MRS. F. I ROOSEVELT IGNORED JM CROW °.--—- -—-& Birmingham, Ala. Dee. 24 (ANPJI — Southern resentment against th* New Deal Flared up this week tritfc the revelation that Mrs. FraaUa D. .Roosevelt, wife of the President, hiid demonstratively shown her d'slike of .Hm-Orowism and its enforcement by Birmingham city authorities at the meetings of th* Southern Conference for Hums* Welfare held here three weeks ag*. Mrs. Roosevelt, who spoke at use of the sessions of the confVreac* a»d later took her seat among the delegate, had been told that the police had forbidden white paopkc to sit on the “colored side” of the hall. The President’s wife there upon placed her chair directly ic. the rn'ddle of the convention room*, thus pitting partly on the white aide and partly on the colored side of the room. Mrs. Roosevelt further showed her contempt of Southern jiw-crow practices by publicity embracing Mrs. Mary NeLoed Be th lime, after the latter had pubficLy assailed a white Alabaman ivueum for re Coring to her as “Maiy’%. in line with the Southern baa an the use of Mr. and Mrs. for Me groes. Wisecracks About Hat Starts A Fight In Churelt Gulfport, Miss., Dec. 22 <AXP> —Caustic criticism by one women of a hat worn by another resulted in a hair pulling and choking eea test in the midst of the Sunday night services at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Testimony next day in Mayor W. Milner’s court indicated that Lute Belle Watts was the aggressor in the battle. Her opponent was Ba ther Anderson who essayed the role of critic. Mayor Milner fined Mrs. Watts $7.50 and gave her m 30 day suspended sentence. -oOo-» YOUNG ACTORS WIN ACCLAIM “A night Beware” presented Gy members from the Gir! Resenree and Boy and Girl Forum of the YWCA, presented at the Urbans League Community Center Fri day and Saturday nights was more than a grand success. Each parti cipant was a star in themselves, and could compete with any adult amateur group. Mr. Andrew Reed, is to be commended on his ex cellent work as director with this group. Everyone who had the plea sure of seeing these young people are looking forward to seeing thcern in another production soon. — _0— BROTHERHOOD TO EXPRESS. VOICE IN REORGANIZING THE RAILROAD PROGRAM New York, City December 15-» According to information received at the International Headquarter* of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, 217 W. 125th Street* plans are being developed for th® Brotherhood to express its voice in the determination of legislative policies for the reorganization, of the realroads of the nation along with the two tone standard rail road unions and the great railway carriers. President Franklin D. Roosevelt following tue settlement of the dis pute between the railway carriers; and their employes on the proposal i 15 per cent cut. appointed a com mittee composed of representatives of carriers and railway unions, tc* formulate a program of railroad reorganization to submit to the forthcoming Congress, states A. Philip Randolph, International ' President of the Brotherhood.