The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, October 02, 1943, City Edition, Image 1

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Youth City
Award to
Lt.Col. Davis
Philadelphia, Sept. 28 (ANP) You
th City. Philadelphia’s replica of
Fate hr Flanagan’s famed Bry’s
town, has anonunced the selection
of L<t. Col. Benjamin O. Davis Jr.,
as the recipient of its annual award
for outstanding service. The pres
entation will be made at a dinner
gathering ,to which such notables
as Lightweight Champion Bob
Montgomeey, Cornell All American
football star Jerome “Brud’’ Hol
land and fleet footed Jesse Owens
have been invited.
The juvenile organization, the
onl yfertile spot in a North Philadel
phia section where 60,000 Negrota
have little o rno proper recreation
al facilities .has made two previous
awards in 1941 an dl942. The first
person to be thus honored was Mrs.
Mary McLeod Bethune; the second
was Mrs. Franklin Delano Roose
velt. The President’s wife, during
her appearance here last year to
receive the award, made an extem
poraneous visit to one of the color
ed families housed in the Richard
Allen housing project.
Youth city pleaded its cause l'or
existence last Sunday with a spec
tacular street parade. The teen
age boys and girls with their young
er companions carried huge ban- j
tiers and signs on which were print
ed slogans deploring the possible
demise of the miniature city. The |
management headed by Samuel |
Evans, founder and backbone of
the youth project, has learned of
a church organization’s effort to !
secure the building headquarters
for its own Use. Youth city beiiev
• s and attempts to prove that it
thwarts the potential crimina's
that may be nested among its mem
bers and in the vicinity it serves.
Should its present stronghold be
taken awya with no equal replace
ment in sight, it is felt the good
which has been done by its main
tenance will be of little value as
fur as future accomplishment is
Ted Tates .director of TYP News
Syndicate, who for the past four
years has been identified with a
score of Negro weeklies as col
umnist, N. Y. eorrespendent ar.d
feature writer, leaning strictly on
the amusement side—last week re
signed his post to take over luties
at Independent Press Service.
Meridan, Miss., Sept. 26 (ANP)—
A federal court here Tuesday
found Donald Castle, white Toom
suba sawmill operator, guilty of
peonage. Judge Sidney Mize will
sentence Castle next Monday.
The charge against Castle was
the result of an investigation bv
FBI agents. Castle is charged
with keeping Rossv Wyse, Laud
erdale county Negro, in a “virtual
state of slavery.”
The declaration filed in court al
so stated that Castle had tied Wyse
to a bed at night with a log chain
about his neck and that the man
was forced to perform labor invol
untarily in repayment of a debt
due Castle.
Washington, Sept. 26 (ANP) Il
literacy is not going to be the
drawback to army service it had
been for thousands of Negro youth,
it was indicated in testimony be
fore the senate military commit
tee recently.
t 1
Maj. Gen. Millard G. White, as
sistant chief of staff in charge of
personnel, said that the army is
screening out only those who fail
to pass the simplest form of intel
ligence test.
Later In the day, Capt. Henry R
Thompson of the adjutant general’s
department, who handles such mat
ters, gave the committee a few
examples of the tests given. He
described an acceptable illiterate
inductee as a man who could add
5 and 3, 8 and 3 or tell in what di
rection an arrow is pointing. He
must be able to answer 7 out of 17
. “For instance,” Thompson re
laetd. “the prospective inductees
are shown five pictures, four con
taining circles, one a square. They
are asked to cross out the picture
that is different from the rest. The
same kind of test is given with
four vessels containing water, one
containing clothespins.”
Force Soldier'Patients Into Filthy Day-Coach
Tuscaloosa Ala., Set. 28 (ANP)—
The Northington General Military
Hospital here last week yielded to
pressure from irate white citizens
and instituted a system of Jim
c:ow among its soldier patient3.
Victims of this practice are 30 sol
diers recently arrived from the sta
ticn bosnital at Fort McClelland,
Specifically the charges are that
N'egro patients have been:
1. Piled into separate wards; 2.
Denied use of latrines used by the
whites; 3. Roped off, animal fash
ion, in mess halls; 4. Bared from
the P. X. (post exchange) except
for a brief hour during the day.
"When the soldiers first arrived
here they were accommodated
without segregation, but immed
iately towns people began nasty
rautterings and army authorities
v »A u ktmr ff 111 f t r
succumbed to their demands.
Negro army personnel also com
plained that while board the train
enroute here from Fort McClelland
they were herded into the lOoty,
dingy, squeaky, day coach but
that white patients were allowed to
' travel in comfortable Pullman
coaches. The treatment accorded
. * r ^ a
the soldiers at Northington is sim
iiar to that at the station hospital
at For McClelland where they are
segregated in wards, and denied
joint accommodations in the board
meetings. Red Cross recreation,
center and mess halls, according
to eye witnesses.
Wasteful Spendirf
As the days grow shorter the
faces of many of us grow longer
The cause for this is easy to ex
plain. We have been spendthrifts.
We have wasted the greater part
of the money we earned the sum
mer just past.
Many of us still have empty coal
bins, and that with winter just ov
er the hill. Others of us still are
in need of warmer clothing and
other things necessary if we are
in weather the winter in comfoit.
After so many of us experienced
such a hard time trying to make
• nds meet with the pitifully inade
quate salaries we earned working
’ on the WPA. before oUr country's
entrance into the war, it would
seem that when we got another
dance to command better talar
les we would spend it wisely. And
some of us do_..but they are in
the minority.
it is not good that wt are so iox
in money matters. It is really re
grettable. An dno until we have
more respect for it can we hope
for economical progress of any
importance. For it requires ca-e
ful and wise handling of one's earn
ings to acquire economic efficiency.
It cannot be acquired in any oth
er way.
Even when we take into consid
eration the rise in living eosts
there should still be enough left
out of our earnings for laying a
slde a little nest egg for combat
ing the days of depression that al
ways follow war. And there is
time enough yet for us if we start
NOW! For the war is just coming
to the point where it CAN >2 won
_ but not by any means near com
it is quite likely there will be
several years moer of unusual good
salaries from which something can
be laid aside for the sure to come
days of depression. And there is
no better way, and certainly no
surer way, than by putting as
much of our earnings as possible
into War Bonds and Stamps.
Birmingham, Sept. 28 CANP) -
Judge Horace C. Wilkinson, who
was in the national spotlight about
a year ago because of his efforts to
organize a ''League for the Pres
ervation of White Supremacy,” is
planning to run for delegate at
large from Alabama to the nation- j
al Democratic convention, it was
announced here Wednesday.
Wilkinson plans to base his cam
paign on a platform Of ‘“anti-bur
eaUeracy, racial segregation and
' local self government.” After a
political setback in 1938, Judge Wil
-kinson had said previously that
he was “through with politics.’’
Speaking before the Bessemer
Kiwanis club about a year ago.
Judge Wilkinson vigorously at
tacked the NAACP and the Ncg-o
and liberal press, calling on bis
hearers t° form the “League for
the Preservation of White Sup
rcmacy” as a counter mvoiment.
He described the league as an or
ganization that would be less clum
yy than the Ku Klux Klan.
Negro Troops Ready for
Combat on 3 Fronts
invasions having been laid down by
President Roosevelt in his message
to congress of two weeks ago, re
porting on his conferences with
Prime Minister Winston Churchill,
Negro troops find themselves perch
ed for action on at least three im
portant fronts eagerly awaiting the
“Actually we cannot think of
this as several wars,” he wrote the
legislators. “It is all one war, and
it must be governed by one basic
The blueprint that came out ck
the Roosevelt-Churchill talks was
given to the congress in these
words by the President:
“First: “despite our substantial
victories in the Mediterranean, we
face a hard and costly fight up
through Italy—and a major job of
organizing our positions before we
can take advantage of them.”
Seasoned Negro veterans from
the North African campaign are
now busily reconstructing bridges,
rebuilding roads, repairing harbor
and other landing installations,
and laying out airfields so that the
allied machine might continue its
march through Italy, just as they
did for the Sicilian invasion.
“Second: From bases in the Brit
| ish Isles we must be sure that we
have assembled the strength to
strike not just in one direction but
in mayn directions—by land and
sea and in the air—with overwhelm
ing forces and equipment."
For nearly two years now Negro
engineers have been bivouacked in
various parts of the United King
dom awaiting the day when the
big push would come, whether it
be across the channel or through
Norway or directly to the heart of
“Third: Although our Russian al
lies have made a magnificent coun
ter-offensive .and are driving oi*r
common enemies baca day by day,
the Russian armies still have far
to go before they get into Germary
Negro transport troops are busy
in Iran delivering the goods and
materials of war that are making J
possible the great offensive the |
Russians are carrying on.
“Fourth: The Japanese hold firm
ly established positions on an en- i
ormous front from the Juriles thru
the mandated islands to the Solo
mon sand through he Netherlands
East Indies to Malaysia and Bur- i
ma and China. To break through
this defensive ring we must hit
them and hit them hard not mere
ly at one poin but at many points,
and we mus keep on ihtting them.
At this moment Negro engineers
some coast artillery and anti-air
craft and some infantrymen are
fighting under Gen. Douglas Mc
Arthur in the New Guinea area
an dothers are operating in the
Solomon sgroup under Adm. Hal
sey. They are ready to move up
: to the great Japanese base at Ra
baul and onto the other islands of
the Neehrlands. In Ausralia, oth
er Negro troops are ready to take
thier crack at the enemy.
In India Negro troops have been
readied to make their cotnribution
to the drive through Burma that
will give access o an important sup
ply route to China which ultim
ately will cause the throw-back of
the Japanese hordes that have long
occupied hat valiant nation.
To cap this off a Negro division
is ready to assist lu the assarlt in
the Southwest T-.^atre of Operat
ions. another Is being primed at
Fort Huachuca to ake its p'aoe in
one of the important theatres.
These all are flghtmg men looking
for the fight to wh ch the Presid
ent has pointed.
Chicagoan Drops Suit To
Claim $7,413,286 Fortune
Tulsa, Okla, Sept. 28 (ANP) —A
motion was on file in the U. S
District court here last week ask
ing for dismissal of the suit insti
tuted by Columbus Bell Stevens *.f
Chicago t owin custody of the J7,
413,286 oil fortune of the late Lete
Kelvin ,an illiterate Creek Indian
woman. Stevens had claimed to
be the Indian woman's only “.ion
an dsole heir.”
Under a compromise decision
made in the estate fight which lias
been in the Oklahoma cou’-fs since
1931, one-half of the estate wns a
warded to Floyd and Willie May
weather, Kansa siCty, Kansas, iirc
thers employed in a packing plant.
The other half went to Miss Izora
Alexander Lee of Claremorfe, Okla..
a half sister of Miss Kelvin, and
ir other collateral heirs. The M iy
weathers are nephews of the Ind
ian woman’s husband, Joe Stevens.
I II—**
Camp Stewart, Ga.,—Pretty Anna Mae Winburn
Omaha’s own well known musician and entertainer,
NPC Employees File
Referendum Petition
With City Council
A referendum petition contain
ing 26,126 names of Omaha citiz
ens was filed with the city council
today by representatives of Nebr
aska Power Company employees.
The petition calls upon the Coun
cil to suspend its recent resolution
in forming a public power comm
ission and then to repeal it or re
fer the power controversy to the
voters of the city. Martin W. Nel
son, president of Local Union. B
763, Brotherhood of Electri-al
Workers, and Edward A. Hofmann,
president of the Independent Em
ployees' Association of the Nebr
aska Power Company, who made
the resentation of the petition, al
so submitted a joint statement de
claring that the resolution passed
i by the Council “is legslative in
character, and, notwithstanding
its form as a resolution, actually
constituting an ordinance in fact
and substance.”
The two employee representativ
es also pointed out that the acquir
ing of more than 26,000 signatures
in only five days’ time “demonstra
tes the considered will of at ieast
a large segment of the voters that
the resolution be repealed.”
Bound in sesvn volumes and
composed of several folies, the pe
tition’s 26,125 signatures are more
than six times the number requir
and now the directress of the In
ternational Sweethearts of Rhythm
all-girl-found was chosen pin-up girl
for Camp Stewart's fighting unit
by Pfc. Allen L. Herndon (Chicago)
who headed the committee. Miss
Winburn and her band played to
a jammed house in the Windy City
recently and is scheduled for Okla
homa City, Okla., Oct. 1, Lawton,
Oklahoma, Oct. 2 and Wichita, Kan
Eas Oct. 3.
ed for a reconsideration of the res
olution, and after much reconsid
eration, to bring about a repeal of
it or a presentation to the people
at an election.
Iroquois Lodge Drive
Nets $1,800 in Bonds
Approximately $1,800 in war
bonds was sold Sunday afternom
at a rally of Iroquois lodge, No. 92
Elks club. The rally brought tlie
club’s total bond sales to $4,225 in
the last week.
A committee has been appointed
to continue sales through the drive
Charles Harding .publicity manag
er of the war finance committee,
spoke at Sunday’s meeting.
of GoodReadin’
Soldiers and Roland Hayes Appear in Concert with London Symphony
The ears of the world were turn
ed towards London's famous Rcyal
Albert Hall on September 28 and
29. when the voices of some 200
Ameircan Negro soldiers filled the
air in the first concert of its kind
ever presented in the British Em
Kpire. Pictured at rehearsal" here
are members of Engineer aviation
units in England who made up the
choir. In center picture. First
Sergeant Alexander B. Jordan, St
Paul, Minnesota, directs the choiri,
during rehearsal held in one of
the N'issen hut theatres in 1 urnl
England. Featuring “Ballad for
Americans” the concert sponsored
by Lord Beaverbrook’s “Daily E. -
press, ' also featured Roland Hayes
the distinguished American tenor.
The event was broadcast by com
panies in Great Britain and Amer
Sec’y. Stimson Asks Quick Action on Colman Case
Washington. Sent. 21 (AN'P) Sec.
of War Stimson told hie press rad
io conference Thursday that he has
asked that the record in the case
of Lt. Col. William T. Cobnan,
court-martialed commander of Sel
fridge field, Mich., be “expediated”.
“Our system of court martial pro
cedure and military jurisdiction is
that the record in each general
court martial trial is reviewed first
by the authority that appointed
the court, which in this case was
the commanding general of the
first air force,’’ Stimson declared.
“Finally it is reviewed in Wasn
ington in the office of the Judge
advocate general of the war de
“That record has not reached
here yet, but I am taking steps to
expediate in this case.”
Both Reps. O'Toole and Shafer
have been prodding the war depart
ment through threats of a congress
ional investigation to determine
why a stiffer penalty had not been
handed to Colman other than de
moting him to a captaincy.