The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, March 04, 1939, City Edition, Image 1

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Nebraska, under Act of March 8, 1874. ... Omaha, Neb, batlirday, March 4, 1939 Number 47.
Hats Off to Mrs. Roosevelt
People everywhere, regardless of race or color
who believe in liberty, freedom and the principles of
democracy, guaranteed to all its citizens under the
Con&citution of the United States, will applaud the
fine gesture made this week by the “first lady of thr
land”, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, in resigning h/*r mem
bership in the exduaWf yfet undemocratic organiza
tion, the D. A. R. which barred Marion Anderson, the
great Negro contralto, called by some of the worlds
most prominent musicians, “THE GREATEST SING
ER IN THE WORLD”, from appearing in Constitu
tion Hall owned by them, because of her racial identi
ty, -i i i • , •! i r '
Mrs ‘ Roosevelt explains her reasons to her press
conference thus, “In this case I belong to an organi
zation in which I can do no active work. They have
tak(■ . u action which has been widely talked of in
the To remain as a member implies approval
of that action. I am therefore resigning.”
*. This is not the first time Mrs. Roosevelt has bold
ly and courageously championed our cause publicly.
We all remember how some weeks ago she went on
record as approving the passage of an Anti-Lynch
bill by congress because she felt it to be a step in the
right direction.
Thank God for Mrs. Roosevelt, a woman of high
est character, born to wealth and high social position,
yet too honest, toto fair minded, too democratic to bow
to narrow minded prejudice.
Certainly we as Negroes appreciate Mrs. Roose
velt’s stanc., certainly we applaud her action. But this
is not enough. Let us show7 her in some tangible way
our gratitude by sending her a post card, a letter, or
a telegram, thanking her for this expression of her;
desire for justice and fair play.
Don’t delay—write to Mrs. Roosevelt TODAY.
If you as a real American, have ndt sent your let
ter or telegram of thanks to Mrs. Roosevelt for the
stand she has taken to kill American Ignorant Preju
dice—STOP and do it today. DON’T WAIT Send
that telegram or letter.
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Houston, Tex., Feb. 2—(CNA)
A popular movement for impeach
ment of Governor O’Daniel is de
veloping throughout Texas as a
result of O’Daniel’s recent announ
cement of the reprieve of a 19 yr.
old Negro for the purpose of 30
days torture facing certain death
in the face coupled with growing
against the governor’s anti-labor
Almost universal condemnation
freeted the governor’t announce
, ment of a 30 day reprieve for Win
zell Williams "in order that Win>
I zell Williams may suffer this
dreadful punishment 30 daya be-*
fore he is relieved by death in theI
electric chair.”
All of the ministers in O’Daniel’s
home town, Fort Worth, with one
exception, characterized the gov
ernor’s statement as barbarous.
One legislator from Houston, J.
E. Winfree, used the adjective
“heinous” in describing the gover
nor’s action.
In the recent state conference
of the Communist Party, Homer
Br.ooks, state secretary, declared:
“The 30-day sentence of infinite
torture to which O’Daniel sentenc
ed a 19 year-old-Negro boy is
enough to chow the closeness of the
sadism ami medieval 'barbarism
that is fascism to stir all of us to
greater and greater aligning our
selves with the democratic forces
of tie world.’
O'Daniel’s acton in the Winzell
Williams case was preceded by the
governor’s recommendation for a
transactions tax that would in
crease the workers’ cost of living
5 per cent, and by other reaction
ary moves.
Texas trade unions, CIO and
AFL, have launched a determined
drive against the transactions tax
and the appointment of a company
of a company union man as State
Labor Commissioner. There is tal
althcugh nothing definite yet. of a
broad progressive conference of
, trade union, farmer progressive
legislators and others to form a
block to challenge Garner-O’Dan
iel control over the Democratic
Party in 1940.
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Atlanta, Ga. March 2—(CNA)—
Rep J. B. Davis, of Newman, is
leading a fight to suppress die ter
roristic Ku Klux Klan in Georgia
headed by Imperial Wizard Hiram
W. Evans. j j
Davis is author of a bill making
it a misdemenor to wear a mask,
hood, or regalia for the purpose of
concealing identity. The measure
was before the Georgia House’s
Committee on the State of the Re
public last week. v,
“This bill »• aimed directly at the
tl’iux Klan,” Davi8 said, "I think
the Klan has brought shame and
disgrace to the whole South. It is
a disgrace to permit the hooded
hoodlums of the Klan to appear in
“If we can keep the masks off
these men. we can identify them.
Then our courts can arre,st and con
vict them.”
The Klan. after sevei-al years of
inactivity, has sCiown renewed life
in reoent months. Among its recent
activities have been an organized
attack on CIO unions in the South
and a campaign, initiated at a se
cret meeting, to eliminate promin
ent Negro Democrats from the next
National Democratic convention
and to swing the convention behind
Vice-President Garner of Texas for
Democratic nominee for President.
Supervisor of thrift club activit
ies of the North Carolina Mutual
Life Insurance Company which are
modeled after children’s hour and
birthday party radio broadcasts,
being especially designed for child
len between the ages of 1 and 15.
Mr. Quillan, former Scoutmaster
of the City of Atlanta, also did
special work in training children
l'or the AME. church in the Gate
City. Ho is nonv in the second
year of his new job and is meeting
with success in promoting thrift
clubs in several states. The clubs
have local supervisors who carry
out entertainment programs at
periodic meetings. Also through
this program, valuable economic
training is given to ehldren which
will be helpful in later life. (Cal
vin service.)
». ...»
There will bo a big mass meet
ing held March 19, 1939 at which
Dean Wiliam Pickens will lecture.
More details will be gVen in next
week’s issue of The Guide.
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$1,250,000 REFUND TO MEM
Four Thousand Omaha members
of the Woodmen of the World Life
li.surance Society will soon recede
checks for their share of a $1,250,
000 refund of payments, placed in
the mail Saturday. Three hun
dred thousand members in all cor
ners of the world, will share in
the refund, according to De Em
mett Bradshaw, president of the
While the vast majority of the
checks will remain in the Unted
States, there are about 60 which
are destined for far-flung ports—
Alaska, Canada, Canal Zone Tahait
Hawaii, Mexico, Philippine Islands,!
Colombia, Spain, Japan, Scotland,!
South Africa, Australia, Puerto1
Rico, Italy, Cuba, Palestine, Ger
many, Bermuda, British West In
dies, Sweden, Samoa, Chile, France
Nicaragua and other Central Am
erican countries
The current refund brings the
total of payments returned to mem
bers to more than twenty million
dollars, a record that is unsurpass
ed by any similar organization.
^Iv. Bradshaw said the refund was
indicative of the financial stability
01 the society.
The amount of each check was
determined by the length of time
the member’s certificate had been
in force, and the amount of each
annual payment. Three hundred
thousand members who have held
beneficiary certificates (in good
standing on Dec. 31, 1938) for
more than two years, shared in the
“The Woodmen of the World has
taken great forward strides in the
past decade,” Mr. Bradshaw said.
“Our membership has increased
more han 50,000. Our assets have
grown from 85 million to more
than 128 million dollars. Our
field men have carried the influence
and benefits of fratemalism far a
field—reaching into the homes of
'ir;N'ld thousands of less fortunate
numbers. , u :
“In the past year alone, the
Wotdmen of the World delivered
certificates for $56,647,291 of life
!.Totection. This remarkable pro
gress in days of stress is not ac
cidental. The Woodmen of the
World is filling a vital need—pro
viding social contacts and security
for thousands who might other
wise be deprived of future happi
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Kamas City .March 2, (ANP)—
In ft letter tent out this week by
Mrs. Susie V. Bouldin, national
chairman of the arts and Crafts
department of the National Asso
ciation of Colored Women, she ur
ged that all club Women interested
in the art department exhibition of
tho national convention to be held
at Boston from July 29 through
August 5 ’ hurry with their work
in order to be ready with their
exhibitions at that time. Members
are urged to send their work if
they are unable to attend.
Stato chairmen are asked to con
tact every individual club in their
state, reminding them of the ex
hibition. Each state will exhibit
: withn its own regional, and the
beautiful “Senator Arthur Capper
Regional Loving Cup’’ will be given
tho reckon showing the best work.
Tho Southwest is now holding the
eup. All kinds of art work are re
quested for the exhibit.
John T. Yates, last. of the orig
inal founders of the Woodmen of
the World Life Insurance Society
and pioneer fratemalist, died at
his home in Omaha. Nebr., early
on the morning of February 16.
He was in his 83rd year, and had
been critically ill for several
Burial was at Forest Lawn Mem
orial Park, in Omaha, after an im
pressive ceremony at the All Saints
Episcopal Church, of which he was
senior warden.
Leading citizens of the city were
pallbearers, and the great church
was filled with friends and relat
ives from all over the middleweet.
Dr. Frederick W. Clayton, pastor
who officiated at the burial cere
mony, paid glowing tribute to Mr.
V* ates.
Mr. Yates came to Omaha in
1886 as a sidesman for Milton Rog
ers and Sons, one of the largest
wholesale houses in the middle
west at that time. He became ac
quainted with Joseph Cullen Root,
a nationally knemm fratemalist,
nnd worked with him in organizing
the Sovereign Camp of the Wood
men of the World. Meeting in a
small room in the Paxton Hotel
in June 1890, Mr. Yates, Mr. Root
and other devout fraternalists
founded the Society, which was to
grow into the strongest one of its
kind in the world.
Mr. Yates was one of the orig
inal incorporators and was made
National Secretary, a position that
he held for 46 years. He retired
on March 16, 1937, and has served
as secretary emeritus and adviser
to the finance committee since that
Mr. Yates took an active part In
church work throughout the years,
and had been active in lodge work
as a 32nd degree Mason, a Shrin
er, a member of the Maccabees,
Modem Woodmen of America, Fra
ternal Aid Union and a charter
member of Alpha Camp No. 1 of
the World. He served as treasur
er of Brownell aHll, a girls school
in Omaha, for a number of years,
and was editor and publisher of
the Woodmen News, a fraternal
Mr. Yates wrote many short
stories and poems, and published
two books, “The Hunchback” and
“Morana”. both (Of which have en
joyed large sales.
Although bom in Maryland, Mr.
Yates spent most of his life in Ne
braska. He came to southeast
Nebraska in 1883 and engaged in
the hardware business in Nemaha
City. Brock and Beatrice. He was
married on October 18, 1880 to
Mary Catherine Sohuey. Five
children were bom of this marriage
and all are living. They are:
Frank Yates, lawyer, of Omaha;
Mrs Anna Catherine Guild, of 0
maha; .Tack Yates, insurance man,
nf Dubuque, Iowa; Mrs. Harry
Weil, of Cincinnati; and Mother
Mary', Mother Superior of Good
Shepherd Convent, of Omaha.
Mr. Yates’ first wife died in
1905. and he was married three
years later to the late Mary Free,
who died in December 1930. There
wero no children by this marriage.
Iroquois Lodge IBPOE. of W. To Confer Award '
Officer Lureay Gustin, who single handed capture
ed a dangerous desperado attempting to rob a safe
Way store on his beat at 30th and Cuming streets, last!
week, is to be signally honored on Monday evening*
March 6th at the Elks Hall, 24th and Lake streets*
when Che Omaha Welfare League will present him
with the Data Club Merit Award of 1939 for outstand
ing service to the people of Omaha.
Iroquois Lodge No. 92, Improved Benevolent Pro
tective Order of Elks of which Officer Gustin is a
member, has been chosen as the body under whoso
auspices the award, which is to —be a beautifully en
graved white gold watch, will be presented. Atty.
Charles-Davis, Exalted Ruler will make the presenta
tion address.
Others appearing on the program will be Mayor:
Dan Butler, Police Commissioner Richard Jepsen,
Chief of Police J. J. Pzanowski, Asst. Chief of Police
Robert Munch, Senator John Adams, Jr. and Officer
Gustin. i h.•
Music will be rendered by the Omaha Civic Orch
estra, under the direction of Prof. James Bryant
Iroquois Lodge, extends a cordial invitation to the
public to attend this affair.
Honor Onahas Own
and Especially Yours Mr. Negro
Bo on hand at the Elks Hall, Monday March 6, at
8 p. m. Not only the at the Hall, but Lake St, from
22nd to 26th, should be jammed. Every Negro and
people of other races should be at the Elks Hall and
take part in paying honor to whom honor is due.
It is agreed in realty circles that
the installation of an efficient mo
dern water heater increases the
market value and sales appeal of
any house. However the heater
must be typed and sized to fulfill
the requirements of the house in
"Constant research and develop
ments in the realm of automatic
gas water heaters have brought
forth a numerous array of types
and sizes," says W. J. Barber, as
sistant to the General Manager,
Metropolitan Utilities District.
"Such variety is in no sense need
less because water heating engin
eers with years of experience have
found that variations in service re
ouirements are in themselves so
numerous they could not be met
by limitations in heater".
“Consequently there are gas wa
ter heaters Specifically designed
and engineered for about every
conceivable home need.
“A convenient form of the auto
i^atic storage heater is the conver
tible or adjustable recovery type—
on which the amount of gas burn
ed can be changed to furnish am
ounts of hot water.
“For example, one type of heat
er has two burners, the first to
bo employed for ordinary hot wa
ter demands, .with the second bur
ner available for manual use to
meet extra demands for hot wat
er service.
“Tho heating efficiencies on all
types of gas water heaters have
been improved; it is estimated this
amounts to a 10 percent increase
in the last three years,—a factor
of marked advantage to the home
Greenville, Miss., March 3 (AN
P)—Ministerial and lay represent
atives from all parts of Louisiana
and Mississippi of the A ME church
gathered at St. Matthew AMB
church here Monday in a bi-state
annual council presided over by
Bishop S. L. Greene, A. M., D. D.,
Little Rock, Ark., the director of
episcopal affairs of the Eight Epis
copal district of the African Meth
odist church. ‘
In addressing the 800 religious
leaders upon the subject “The Ne
gro, a Potent Factor in the Devel
opment) of the (South,1' Bishop
Greene urged bis hearers to get
back to the religion of our
fore fathers as a sure means of
reviving our churches and creat
ing a new spiritual attitude among
our people, as well as keeping
sacred the religious heritage of
the fathers.
The 27 presiding elders of the
two state reported finances for
Campbell college at Jackson
amounting to $3,500 following the
address of the bishop.
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Berlin, March 2—(CNA)-‘‘Uncl*
Tom’s Cabin” is net a suitable book
for German children to read, in the
opinion of Nazi educators.
Education Counsellor Hans Mein
shausen, addressing a Hitler Youtfr
gathering, said “Uncle Tom’s Ca
bin” was not a suitable book, “be
causo it runs counter to our moial