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Under Act of March 8? ml—Basing Phone/WE. Nebraska, Qmaha Nebraska, Saturday, September 27,1941 OUR 14th YEAR, No. 28 City Edition, 5c Copy
Enters K. C. hlurse
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MISS JEAN TERRELL
Miss jean lerrell, the charming
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Price
Terrell, recently left to enter the
General Hospital Training School
for Nurses in Kansas City, Miss
ouri. Miss Terrell graduated from
Central High school last January,
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lege Preparatory Course. She is
a member of the Young People’s
Fellowship Altar Guild and the St.
Philip Episcopal Church. Miss
Terrell’s sister, Ethel, is a grad
uate of the same Nursing school.
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As a small contribution to a
great cause, we dedicate our en
tire columns to the greatest sports
man and the grandest little scrap
per of our time—To VERNON
BROWN, who paid the supreme
price for his love of the greatest
American sport of today. We feel
that it is no more than right that
we offer this small commemorat
ion for such a great little guy, and
(hope that it will be looked upon
by our readers as a modest at
tempt to express our undying sym
pathy and devotion to this grand
little sportsman. We realize that
all we could say or write, would be
but a small part of the debt owed
by the youth of today for his cour
age and spirit—shown in his fight
against modem medical knowledge
even against mother nature her
self, to live for almost a year af
ter he had been given but a few
(hours of further existence. In
closing we wish to quote a small
portion of Shakespeare: “All the
world is a stage, and all the men
and wtomen are merely players.
They have their entrance and their
exits —” This is VERNON
BROWN’S exit. May he live in
the minds of the youth of today,
as a shining example of courage,
faith ana devotion.
URBAN LEAGUE OPEN
HOUSE OCTOBER Mb
The Board of Directors of the
U’lan league Cotmiurity Cen'er
heard pre;’,nir,a*\ plans fir i <«
"rcn Houi\ progra?n pre«*-rtod by
t « Executi e See*etary. Raymond
R. Brown at their regular month
ly meeting. Tuesday, September
16*h.
breakers h iv° not been chosen
but o * n« are being made to cen
ter the top-’-? discussed around the
ir.' luence of ief-r se activities on
home Rfe.
F’xhibits 't the girls and boys
r»n.p craft d'H-at.ped at Camp
Hiiriet Hording recently, of U.e
a. ult edurt /on and WPA recrea
Von depftt^mem, w.rk of Frank
Trtis and Paul C'v-cn, and other
deal artists will be on display in
the n'etwJy decorated rooms of
•ho Urban League.
The Paul Briggs Ensemble has
been reques-'d ts furntap music
for the prognm.
A member of the odganization
will present the philosophy of the
Urban League movement.
This will be the first opportun
ity that all contributirs to the Ur
ban League’s recent financial
drive have had to be invited as
members to an Urban League pro
gram. This meeting, however, is
open to the public as wel las mem
bers.
URGE AID TO KEEP
NEGROES ON FARMS
Savannah, Ga., Sept. 26-CANP)
President Benjamin F. Hubert,
Georgia State college, issued an
urgent plea here Tuesday for na
tional, state and local aid to keep
Negroes on the farm. His appeal
was directed to agricultural lead
ers, with a suggestion that a
study of individual family needs
be made as a forerunner for set
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ANNUAL SESSION OF
AME. CHURCH TO BE
HELD OCT. 14-19 Incl.
WELCOME TO THE
GATEWAY CITY
OP THE WEST
The 21st annual session of the
Nebraska Conference of the Afri
can Methodist Euiscoual Church is
to be held at rSt. John’s A.M.E.
Church, Oct. 14—19—1941. The
Rite Rev. Noa W. Williams D. D.
Ldd. Presiding Bishop.
We are planning one if the best
annual conference ever held in
Omaha, spiritually and financial
ly
The opening session will be
Wednesday, October 15, 1941 at
[ 9:4F A. M.. We are expecting
I somp very extinguished guest
namely: Professor A. F. Jackson,
financial sect, of the AME churcr,
of Washington, D. C., Rev and
Mrs. F. D. L. McDonald presiding
elder of Kansas City and the Lex
ington District, Rev. and Mrs. L.
F. Bryant of Shorter Chapter,
Denver, Colorado, Rev. and Mrs.
C. A. Williams of Kansas City,
Mo., Rev, and Mrs. I. S. Wilsin of
Los Angeles, Calif., Rev. J. H.
Clayborn, Pres, of Shorter (College
in Little Rock, Ark., Rev. and Mrs.
U. S. Robinson of Cary Temple in
Chicago, 111., Rev. Miore of Den
ver, Colorado, Dr. Adams, D. D.
Pastor, Witchata, Kansas and a
number of other connectional men
and women .
Rev. T. A. Sears, members and
friends of St. John extend to all
a cordial welcome to our city,
j homes, and churches.
ting up a program which willj
keep the Negro farmer on his ‘
i farm.
In many instances, Dr. Hubert
said, drought followed by exces
sive rainfalls bring about the
small yield of food and feed crops
| in Georgia this year, especially on
small farms. Many farms make
less than 500 pounds of lint cotton
and where farms are worked by
tenants or sharecroppers, it will
require much more than that a
mount to satisfy the landlord for
his interest in the year’s farm pro
gram.
' Hubert asserted that recently a
group seeking to better the con
dition had been advised by federal
officials that they could not grow
tobacco or peanuts on their farms.
This presented a serious question
to many Negro farm families who
struggle for years trying to hold
small plots of land.
the older people,” Dr. Hubert
‘‘Peas and potatoes may satisfy
said, “but the children want cash.
They will leave and go elsewhere
seeking this ready cash if they
cannot find it on the farm.” -
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ALLEGE MAN ACCIDENTALLY
SHOOTS HIS WIFE
Mrs. Beatrice Jaskson, 2908 No.
26th St., was accidentally shot in
the shoulder, Wednesday night by
her husband, John Jackson, 45. Mr.
Jackson claimed that he had taken
the gun out of the dresser drawer
and was cleaning it when the gun
accidentally went off, shooting
his wife in the shoulder.
Mrs. Jackson is in Nicholas
Seen hospital and her condition is
reported as good.
APofL, Unions Blamed For Blocking
Negroes In National Defense Work
by ALVIN E. WHITE
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (ANP
Negro employment in defense in
dustries is being blocked and halt
ed by reactionary unions affiliat
ed with the American Federation
of Labor, which control the work
vital in many defense plants, ar.d
nc amount of “paper records” will
offset the actual records of these
unions concerning Negro labor.
The Fair Employment Practic
es committee recognizes this fact,
it is believed, and will set about
seeking some remedy if the unions
themselves do not clean house.
The chief offender along this
line is the American Federation of
Labor which with its numerous
unions national in scope, refusing
by one device or another admis
sion of Negroes into the organiz
aton, scoff at the President’s exe
cutive order to industry and lit
erally thumb their noses at the
FEP.
Although the AFL has from
time to time gone on record in op
en convention as being “opposed'’
to the discrimination practiced a
gainst Negroes, nothing has been
done to remedy a situation which is
known to exist in tre national
unions.
As far back as 1934, it is re
ported, A. Philip Randolph fought
on the floor of the convention to
have this black mark eradicated.
Te convention as a whole voted to
“look into the matter” and auth
orized the president, William L.
Green, to appoint a committee to
see what could be done.
The chief sought out members
of top ranking unions, the mine
workers, which was his own union;
the barbers, the hod carriers and
two other goups and osked them,
to name a member to the commit
tee of five to conduct the investig
ation.
John Brophy, now representing
Phillip Murray of the CIO on the
FEP, was one of those appointed
and also naed secretary to the
group.
Hearings, public, were ordered
held in Washington in the exe
cutive chambers of the AFL.
These ran two days with a num
ber of local persons appearing to
testify before the group. Each
told a story condemning the atti
tude of the AFL. And as each
story was told, the picture wns
clearer and clearer that the AFL
was even then on the spot.
The committee then, at the end
of the two days, sought to con
tinue its work by having hear
ings in other key cities, New
tY/ork, Chicago, St. Louis, and
other spots throughout the con
try.
Instead of moving in to do
this, the group decided to put the
matted up to Mr. Green, who
was fully cognzant of what was
being shown in the hearings.
Green vetoed the suggestion de
claring it would cost too much
and recommended that the com
mittee make its report to a spe
cial executive committ --p. instead
of the convention W’hicn author-'
ized the group.
Ehiring the headings, the
committee asked the witnesses
fore specific acts and suggested
remedies. Each person felt that
an educational program carried
on by the AFL would do much
to eradicate the feeling against
Negroes.
And naational unions in the
AFL have autonomy, which in
common words is the same thing
as states, rights so often heard
discussed in connection wiah le
gislation concerning Negroes.
And on this is based the right
of the unions to bar Negroes,
but when the convention met the
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Phiijip Rand£lp(h again insisted
that the recommendations of Ae
special commiatee be adopted. A
bitter battle ensued, but the re
commendations were shelved.
Brophy, in discussing the pol
icies of the CIO, pointed out the
. constitution of his organization
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“People Must Wake bp To Trend ot Government” Says Chairman Joseph Martin
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FOR GET ME NOT DAY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Saturday, September 27, will \s
For-Get-Me*Not Day in Omaha.
That day marks the date of the
23rd anniversary of the Battle of
the Argonne and is observed na
tionally by hundreds of Chapters
of Disabled Veterans from coast
to coast.
Blue For-Get-Me Nots will be
sold on downtown Omaha streets!
and in residential districts, office
buildings and stores of the city cn
Saturday by a group of Omaha
mothers of dependent cdilrren and
YA. girls who will be given a part
of the proceeds of the sale, pro
portionate to the number of flow
ers sold by each one.
The proceeds of the flower sale
will be used to supply emergency
relief for needy Disabled Veterans
and their families, lor trie families
of deceased Veterans and to con
duct an effective iiason service
for the prosecution of claims of
worthy Veterans for compensation
for disabilities suffered as a result
of wartime services.
Contrary to popular belief, the
average compensation received by
those Veterans who are fortunate
enough to receive consideration, is
approximately $30 per month, ac
cording to arry B. Saunders, Com
mander of the Oma’ia Chapter of|
the DAV. ‘ The compensation rec
eived by our disabled buddies in
most cases pitifully inadequate to
meet the needs of the veterans and
their families,” Saunders stated.
“Disabilities grow worse with age
and it is impossible for many vet
erans to hold down a job of any
kind. We are faced with a contin
ual battle with authorities to ob
tain just treatment for our less
fortunate disabled buddies, and we
sincerely hope that the people of
Omaha will be generous in their
support of our one day drive for
funds to carry on this work.”
WHITES FORM ‘'VOLUNTEER”
POLICE AIMED AT NEGROES
Washington, Sept. 25 (ANP1—
Nearby Virginia through its gov
ernor, Jamer H. Price, has offic
ially disapproved the organizat
ion in Fairfax county, adjacent to
the district, of a so called volun
teer police force whose members
carry pick ax handles to keep
Washington refugees moving “in
event of a bombing or race riot in
the capital.”
\Y ith a white membership, the
group was recently organized and
had attempted to enlist member
ships from the farmers and busi
ness en in the county.
Gov. Price declared the organiz
ation unnecessary and potentially
dangerous, further staling that ir.
the event the regular police and
enforceent officers need supple
menting, it should come from ap
propriate public agencies.
Rev. Austin Denies Rumors He Will Dead Bapt. Split
CLEVELAND, Sept.—(By Her
man Clayton for ANP)—Cont
rary ti rumors afloat, the Dr. C.
Austin, Chicago unsuccessful can
diate for president of the Nation
al Baptist conventon, does not plan
any effort to start a new body if
Baptists nor to institute court ac
ion in contestation of the election
in which, accirding to Rev. Aus
tin, only a mysterious “hand full”
of the more than 12,000 messen
gers who had streamed from all
parts of the country for the ex
press purpose of voting, were so
permitted.
Instead Rev. Austin says he
plans to form into permanent or
ganization the 1,000 ministers who
in Mt. Zion Baptist church while
in Cleveland voluntarily pledged
themself to fight within the con
vention the flagrant abuses which
have “for too long a time shamed
the Baptist convention.”
These abuses, Dr. Austin said,
expressed themself in the refusal
of what he terms the machine-run
convention to register opposition,
delegates and in what Dr. Austin
says is the fraudulent practice of
issuing non-negotiable sheeks to
cover the expenses of non-eligi
ble machine delegates, in the gross
disregard of constitutional provis
ion, and in the ‘‘un-christian, and
undemocratic gagging of opposi
tion sentiment.”
Proof of some of these abuses
Rev. Austin furnishes in the fol
lowing cases:
The machine, having fraudul
ently registered most of the huge
Alabama delegation, upon being
challenged, feverishly sought to
cut the number down so as to wipe
out the disparity between the num
ber of delegates and the amount
—
of money collected. In order to
nullify the rising avalanche of
opposition votes, the machine tot
ally disregarded the constitntion
al clause granting to churches ad
ditional delegates at $5 per dele
gte, and arbitrarily limited the
church they were howled and heck
led down.
“However, these are not mat
ters to drag into court,” the mil
itant Chicago pastor said. “I shall
continue the fight I started in St.
Louis in 1922 for a clean, orderly,
democratic, progressive and Chris
tian convention. Though the one
past was a far cry from that id
eal, I am not dismayel, or discour-1
aged. I have the confidence to be
lieve that those of us who fight on
the side of right will in the end
triumph.”
Legionnaires Dissatisfied
With Site For 1942 Con
vention; Threaten Split
The ‘‘comander” of the group
states that he has about 200 white
en in various units in towns near
Washington, and he thought the
courts could be persuaded to grant
authority for the organization,
known as the ’‘White Wands” to
carry firearms.
HASTIE SAYS WAR
DEPT. NOT DISCRIM
INATING
Washington, Sept. 26-(ANP)—
Declaring that an erroneous i m
pression is being created about the
employment of colored
clerical and stenographic workers
in the war department, William
Hastie, civilian aide to the secre
tary of war, last week pointed out
that this was as much a part of
his job as seeing that proper
tnings were being done for the
enlisted personnel of the army.
Since Jan. 1, some 50 c dored
clerks and stenographers have
been taken on in the department,
says Hastie, exclusive of a large
number of Negroes as messengers,
laborers and custodial workers.
When the department asks the
civil service commission for a Urge
group of stenographers, they are
put in the stenographic room,
which has been referred to as a
pool.
From here they are gradually
taken in private offices as their
services are needed. Their pay be
gins immediately after they are
assigned to the department. From
this initial pool, they are assigned
out to the various offices.
“No doubt the assignment of
colored stenographers has been
slow from the start”, said Mr.
Hastie, ‘‘in fact, it was slower than
it should have been, but things are
beginning to change a bit. More
an more colored stenographers are
being used in white offices. Now
no colored stenographer is in the
pool more than two weeks. The
work has been speeded up consi
derably and the transfers are com
ing through faster than ever.
“A previous newspaper story”
said Mr. Hastie, “confused what
is a colored section of the Civilian
personnel division with a previous
report that Negro girls were being
segregated. These gills, about s*x
in number, are attached to that
office and have a separate room
for themselves.
“Scattered through the depart
■ . , .. ■ i
ment are all types and all kinds
of arrangements for colored work
ers. In some offices, they work
together with the whites and in,
others there are all colored units.
‘‘One section exists in the de
\ partment where there is a color
ed chief over colored and white
personnel. This is in the procure
ment division of the finance of
fice. There are about ten work
ers in this office. Of course, this
man in charge has a high rating
in the civil service system”.
Continuing, Mr. Hastie pointed
out that the war department is
scattered throughout the city oc
cupying some 17 buildings and an
accurate check on the ever chang
ing personnel is difficult. How
ever, the trends in the policies of
the integration of colored work
ers with wfhites.
“I would be the last person in
the world to attempt to white
wash a situation”, said Mr. Hast
ie with reference to the previous
story, “and were it true, I would
want to clear it up. But since this
is not the fact, I am relating the
conditions as they exist in the de
partment to point out specifical
i ly that the war department at
present is not discriminating a
gainst Negro workers.”
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NEGRO WORKERS
CRASH BENDIX PLANT
South Bend, Ind., Sept 26-(ANP
Negro workers have at last been
given employment in the Bendix
i plant here. Bendix, one of the
largest manufacturers of auto and
airplane parts and devices in the
country; holder of many exclusive
patents, was formerly headed by
the fabulously wealthy Vincent
Bendix, who at one time is repu
ted to have said that no Negro
worker would ever darken the
door of a Bendix factory, the prin
cipal one being located here.
Monday 15 Negroes were given
employment. These were unskilled
workers but doing the same type
of work many white are engaged
in. Five young men who have been
taking the defense training course
at the local high school were not
ified that they would be given
jobs in a skilled capacity on next
Monday
This accomplishment was easily
brought about entirely by a com
mittee of local Negroes. On it were
the pastor of Olivet AME church,
1 Rev. G. L. Hayden, chairman, A1
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Sept—
(ANP)—The designation of New
Orleans as the site of its 1942 con
vention has caused much dissatis
faction among the ranks of Neg
ro legionnairer who attended the
American Legion convention held
here last week. Letters of str
ong proteste are to be sent to tihe
newly elected national comman
der, Lynn U. Stambuagh, of Far
go, N. D. demanding that the
Louisiana committee of arrange
ments assure Negro delegates they
will receive every courtsit with
their state delegations and that
every precaution will be made to
safeguard theor lives during the
convention.
Negro veterans threaten to se
ver relationships with the legion,1
because they fear the policy of
southern posts of discriminating
against them. Louisiana has no
Negro legion posts and the state
commander has recently refused
to grant charters for their form
ation. Hence Negro legionnaires
have no organization to act as hist
and assure them of the usual round
of entertainment they are accust«
omed to. If however, the national
commander refuses to support
them, rumors have it that the Ne
gro legion will hold a grand union
in Atlantic City, N. J., opening on
the same day of the New Orleans
convention.
In addressing 3,000 legionnaires
of both races at Borchet field here
Atty. Euclid L. Taylor, president
of the National Bar Association,
ty. Chas. A. Willis, Atty. J. Ches
ter Allen, a member of the Indi
ana legislature and B. C. Smith,
secretary of Hering house, local
community center. The group, lea
ders in local civic affairs, has been
trying to open up employment op
jortunities for Negroes. Crashing
Bendix is regarded as a signal vic
tory. Negroes work in many other
plants here. Vincent Bendix inci
dentally was forced out of control
oh his companies a few years ago
and declared bankrupt.
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Republican Natl comm chairman
Joseph w. martin addresses meet
ing at Kearney, Nebr., Sept. 20.
Address To The State of Nebraska
County Chairmen and Co.Workers
by Joseph W .Martin, Jr.» Cong.
For Mass and Chairman of the Re
publican National Committee
The people of America must
wake up to the trend of Govern
ment in this country. We are
drifting and have been drifting for
eight years toward a new type of
government which threatens to
end the American way of life.
Our Constitutional government
is seriously threatened when men
in high office recklessly overstep
the power of their office. The bal
anced government of a strong exe
cutive, an independent legislative
branch and a free judiciary threat-1
en soon to be only a beautiful mem
ory. The two party system of
government under which the Am
erican people have enjoyed more
progress and liberty than under
any other system yet devised is
steadily being undermined. Priv
ate enterprise has been under se
vere attack for nine years and is
now in real danger of extinction.
There is grave danger of national
bunkruptcy with all its serious
consequences of inflation, debt re
pudiation and some new system of
government. i
An enormous bureaucracy is be
ing built up in Washington which
is constantly expanding and reach
es out to bring the people of this
country more and more under its
complete domination.
Neither agriculture nor industry
were having a very happy time be
fore the war boom arrived and
there is evidence their position is
to be difficult with war. The nec
essty of both being kept solvent
must appeal to all.
In the light of present world
conditions we must keep on spend
ing huge sums for national defense
There is no great disagreement a
bout that. The spending for de
fense has received support by near
ly all in Congress.
The necessity for economy in
our non-defense spending has been
apparent for some years. The
Republicans in Congress have
worked toward that end. We have
sought for over a year for the ap
pointment of a non partisan com
mittee to obtain some real econ
omy after a study of all our non
defense spending. In behalf of
the Republicans, Congressman Al
len Treadway of Massachusetts,
ranking Republican Member of the
House Ways and Means Commit
tee, introduced a resolution toward
that end but was never granted a
hearing by the Rules Committee.
In the new tax bill Sen. Byrd
was able in the senate ,to have
adopted a resolution which will
bring about this needed inquiry,
and we Republicans wfere very
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flayed the southern white man for
his prejudices and likened him to
Hitler. He asked why the color
bar should not be broken for good
and for all concerned.
Said Taylor, ‘‘The best hearts
among American Negroes yearn
for unity. They extend their hand
to the Italian who is a good Amer
ican, to the German, the Epglish
tman, the Frenchman, the Pole,
the Jew, the Irishman, to all the
stalwart contributors to America
as a nation who are willing to join
hands with them against the com
mon foe.”
Conspicuous in the parade Tues
day in which 50,000 or more per
sons marched from nine o’clock in
the morning until late that night,
wtere Negro legionnaires. Nearly
ever;' northern state was repre
sented, together with a few sou
thern states. Special honors went
to the George L. Gaines Post No.
87, of Chicago; the Charles Young
Post of Detroit, and the James
Reese Europe Post, Washington.