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THE OMAHA GUIDE
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Entered as Second Class Matter March 15, 1927,
at the Post Office at Omaha, Nebr., under
Act of Congress of March 3, 1879.
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Race prejudice must go. The Fatherhood of
God and the Brotherhood of Man must prevail.
These are the only principles whil will stand
the acid test of good.
James H. Williams & James E. Seay—Linotype
operators and Pressmen. Paul Barnett—Foreman.
BETWEEN THE LINES
by Dean Gordon B. Hancock for ANP
Turkey or Bologna?
The outstanding fact in the realm
of race relations, is the liberal thinking
that is taking place among the young
er generation of whites! With fair
ness and with candor, the<y are inclin
ing to think matters through; and in
this we have abundant reason for hope.
The conviction is becoming more over
whelming that within the near future
the young whites are going to call the
young Negroes into conclave solemn,
and there around the table, interracial
matters are going to be subjected to
acute discussion. If the young Ne
groes can “talk turkey,” that is going
to be a happy day; but if they talk “bo
logna,” the tide of discussion will be a
gainst them and their cause will suffer
The man who does “factual think
ng” talks turkey, and he who does
“wishful thinking” talks bologna. For
instance, when Mussolini invaded Eth
iopia, there were those who contended
that Haile Selassie’s tribal cohorts had
a chance. It was contended that
Ethiopia’s survival dated from ancient
days and that the Italian legions could
not defeat the courageous armies of
Ethiopia. That was Bologna. < En
thusiasm and courage are no matches
for scientific equipment. That noth
ing except defeat would come to tho
tribal armies of Selassie was clear to
all those who appreciated the powers
of science that are being daily multi
Again when Japan invaded China,
everybody saw a “reborn China” with
standing the invading hordes of the
Mikado. Every skirmish gave occasion
to extol the bravery of the Chinese
and the brutality of the Japanese be
came the little brown Huns with fiend
ish passions for blood and booty.
Every bomb that the Japanese dropped
killed “defenseless women and child
ren,” and invariably fell upon hospi
tals, etc. Japan, they said, was inter
nally disorganized and China would
in the end swallow Japan and the Ja
panese victory was minimized and
every Chinese advance was magnified.
That Was Bologna. The fact is Japan
is conquering her in an economic way.
Japan is doing what Great Britain and
the United States and France taught
her to do. They are international saints
and Japan is the international sinner.
Now our marines are banding up in
China tq “protect” our interests etc.
As cleverly as wrar was every worked
up, we are working up a war with Ja
pan because Japan is stealing our
When Russia went communist, the
press of the world did more “wishful
thinking” and more Bologna talking.
The opinion was widespread that com
munism would soon collapse, but there
are more signs of collapse among the
so called democratic nations. The world
said so because it wished it so when the
downfall of communism was predicted.
More Bologna. When Hitler and Mus
solini formed a compact and announc
ed the Rome Berlin axis, the democra
cies belittled the alliance, and forth
with predicted that within a short time
the compact w?ould be dissolved, either
from the duplicity of Hitler ojr the
hypocrisy of Mussolini. That was Bolo
gna. The fact is Hitler and Mussolini
are in a good way to dominate the
wrorld. And if the democracies are
saved, communist Russia must save
them. That is turkey. The much malig
ned and misrepresented Soviet Russia
holds the most strategic place today of
any nation of Europe, if not indeed of
the wrorld. That is turkey.
Statistics are constantly uncover
ing ugly facts within the Negro race.
For instance, they show a higher inci
dence of crime among Negroes, and
a higher incidence of syphillis. Within
recent weeks, much has been said
about the high illegitimacy among Ne
groes. Many Negroes will rise in holy
wrath to dispute the facts. That is
Negroes who are segregated and
aggrevated and exploited and subjug
ated and dominated and repudiated
and are expected to have more crime
and illegitimacy and syphillis. That is
turkey. The Negros higher incidence
of of crime does not prove that the
Negro is more criminal; the higher in
cidence of syphillis and illegitimacy
does ncyt prove the Negro more im
moral. That is turkey. To make it
appear that Negroes without a chance
can equal the whites with a chance is
Shall we talk turkey, or shall we
talk bologna. That’s the question!
RIGHTS AND DUTIES
Our faith in freedom is based on
the belief that every human soul has
its own sovereign rights—rights that
are not merely granted by society but
are an essential of the human charac
ter. Since society is nothing apart from
the men and women! of which it is
fahioned, it can never ignore this right
of freedom without courting its own
Yet this freedom is not the freedom
for men to do as they please. Even in
primitive society this freedom is
denied, and the complex demands of
civilization denjy it in a thousand ways.
When men agree to live together for
the sake of work or happiness, they
set limits to their behavior and agree
to live beneath a code and law.
Yet the right of freedom remains.
It is a right not to. natural but to
spiritual freedom. Its most vital doc
trine is that men have the right to
think as they please.
Man as a member of society has
duties rather than rights. As an in
dividual his rights are supreme. The
problem of society is to appoint to each
man his duties while scrupulously pro
tecting his rights. For in the right of
man to think as he pleases lies the on
ly hope for endurance and perfection
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WHAT A FRUIT!
Who will again doubt the benevo
lence of science? No grower, bcorterer
or lover of watermelon will, at least.
Whether fruit, vegetable or herb,
the watermelon has always had a host
of friends. People like berries, grape
fruit, peaches and cantaloupe, but their
attachment to the watermelen is some
thing deeper and more enduring.
One thing y>nly the watermelon
was thought to lack. It is beauteous;
it is luscious; it is satisfying. Its outer
shell of somber green, inner lining of
white, its luscious red contrasting ir
resistibly with the rich mahogany of
its ripened seeds, are as satisfying to
the painter as its full flavored sweet
ness to the epicure.
But still it was supposed to fall
short of the ideal. For even those most
addicted to its consumption never gave
it credit for being nourishing.
Here is where science proves its
benevolence. Experts have discovered
that watermelons are clock full of four
kinds of vitamins. Any fruit, or what
ever a watermelon is, that boasts of
one vitamin can get by with the dieti
tians. But four of them! What a fruit!
That reminds us, the first water
melons ought to be along soon.
Upon the current phase of the
weather remember the weather?) wo
may comment unequivocally. Moppng
a brow which, if not fevered, at least
has the appearance of it, we declain
from our editorial rooftop that it’s
hot. It is an opinion wre hold to without
condition, subject to defense with
every drop of ink in our typewriter.
The sun has returned with what
is popularly referred to as a venge
ance; the rains have lost their cooling
powers; the breezes, such as they are,
merely buffet the hot air frofcn one
place to another. Man has reacted in
the normal way, and begun to wilt too.
(Women have begun to wilt also, no
doubt, but wron’t admit it.) Children,
on the other han(d, have sought the
logical alternative and gone swimming.
Having pined audibly for the sun
and summer, we can hardly object to
this advance agent of the season and
remain consistent. Moreover, it will
certainly get worse before it gets bet
ter. But whatever it gets, the immem
orial right of all of us to be dissatisfied
with what we have—whether it be the
weather or something else—will re
THE STORY OF THE FUG
The United States flag date's back
to June 14, 1777. On that June day 162
years ago, Congress passed a resolu
tion providing the present arrange
ment of stars and' stripes. As states
have been added to the union, the 13
original white stars have become 48.
It is a giorious constellation of free
commonwealths, every one of which
has fine institutions and a good chance
for progress and development.
The flags of many nations show
little variety of design. The flag of
France, for instance consists of three
solid stripes of blue, white and red,
running up and down. It has stirred
French valor on a thousand fields of
battle, but as an aesthetic picture, it
it not so fine.
The United States flag with its
narrow red and white stripes, its white
stars on a blue field, has a beautiful
variety and contrast of color. Those
bright shining stars in the blue ground
might be taken as a symbol of the can
opy of heaven, suggesting the ideals ’
that have been created by the founders
of our country, and which it is our
duty to maintain.
A hat may fool men, but the ladies
know by your tame and timid spirit
that you are the bald kind.
A HISTORIC DECISION
The historic Supreme Court deci
sion of March 27, which held in the
words of Justice Stone, that there is
no constitutional immunity “from in
come taxation of officers or employes
of the national or a state government
or their instrumentalities,” apparently
removes all legal obstacles in the way
of a reform that has long been advo
It has been generally believed that
it would be unconstitutional for any
branch of government to tax the work
ers of another, and it has been argued
that an amendment to the constitution
would be necessary to make that possi
ble. This decision in deciding that the
federal government and the states
would not hamper or burden each
other by extending their taxing power
to government workers, now makes
that argument completely invalid.
The president of the United States
other high government officials, busi
ness leaders, newspapers, and a large
number of economists have all pointed
to the unfairness of tax freedom for
government workers. In a great many
cases these workers receive higher sal
aries than they would be paid for com
parable work in private business. Dur
ing recent years especially, thousands
upon thousands of additional persons
have been placed on the public pay
rolls, and a good proportion of them
receive salaries ranging from $5,000
to $12,000 a year. Certainly there is no
justice or reason in permitting these
people to go tax free—while persons
in private industry with incomes as
low as $1,000 are taxed to maintain
There are about 3,800,000 persons
now employed by the government. A
large number of them of course, have
salaries w'hich fall below the exemp
tions allowed in the income tax laws.
But many enjoy salaries above those
limits and they should be taxed pre
cisely as anyone else in the same brac
ket is taxed. This will bring in sub
stantial additional revenue to govern
ment—and at the same time it should
have an excellent moral effect on the
government officials and employes
who control the spending.
THE SILENT PARTNER
Reassuring speeches by public of
ficials designed to soothe the “nerves’"
of the “business man” and grease the
wheels of industry are all very fine.
But the country needs more than a lot
of reassured busines men. It needs
business. For example, it does not good
to “reassure” utility managements in
one breath, and in the next make public
grants to build competing electric
plants to put the utilities out of busi
ness. Under such circumstances, pri
vate management is helpless to expand
and increase employment.
The investor holds the trumn. It
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“The names for spendifigHgliave
changed several times in the pastuiree
years, but the multiplication table has
remained the same for centuries.”—
If he blames his wife, he is lying.
The man whose wfe is a handicap to
him is ashamed to admit it.
A college diploma is nice, but
wouldn’t it be cheaper if daughter
learned to smoke, drink and pet at
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