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Saturday, April 29. 1944 OUR 17th YEAE No. 12
Entered as 2nd class matter at Post- office. Omaha. Nebr.. Under Act of
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Former Nat Towels Pianist
Now Hard-working WflC
Pvt. George L. Singleton, who
hails from Wilkes Barre. Pa., is as
signed to the Music. Education and !
Theatricals section of the Special Ser
vice Division. Fort Huachuca. Ariz
ona. as a receptionist and clerk. Pvt.
Singleton who is an accomplished
pianist, ha; played with such orches
tras as the “Dixie Dukes,” “Nat
Towles," band and the “Star Light
Ramblers”, She is a graduate of St. '
Peter's school. Pine Bluff, Ark., St. '
Frances De Sales, Rock Castle, Va..
and Henderson's Businesss college in i
Mt. Moriah to Honor
Pastors 2d Anniv’sary
The Mount Moriah Baptist church, |
24th at Ohio Streets, will celebrate
the Second Anniversary of their Pas
tor. Tlev. David S' i'lair on May 1-9.
14th and 15. 194-t
Every pastor, church and citizen
are invited to these services which ,
will bee:r each evening at 8 p.m.
Kansas City . Mo, Satchel Paige
America's greatest baseball hurler. i
has been classified by his draft board i
as l-A and fit tor military service.
The famous baseball p'.aver said he
was subject to an immediate call to
the cokws tor his country
(Press Pkoto-News Service)
VOID LILY WHITE
New Orleans. April 23 (ANP) —
I ouisiana Senators who along with
other Dixie solons have raged ag
ainst the Texas primary decision as
“outside meddling'' Tuesday no doubt
read with consternation that the Lou
isiana Supreme court in annulling the
murder conviction of Herbert Ander
son. of Allen parish, held that And
erson had been discriminated against
because Negroes had been excluded
from jury service.
Anderson, accused of killing W. H.
Bishop, police chief of Oakdale, La,
claimed self-defense and declared
that he was denied fair treatment be
cause there were no Negroes on eith
er jury which indicted him or the
pent jury' which convicted Mm.
The court ordered the indictment
ot Anderson quashed, holding that
there had beer, racial discrimination
denial ot the "equal rights” clause
or the federal constitution. The de
c-sion overruled District Judge Mark
C. Pickrell, who had refused a mo
ron to quash the indictment. The
opinion was read by Justice Archie
ONE COLORED. TWO WHITES
IN HOSPITAL AFTER CROWD
ED STREETCAR TURNS OVER
Chicago. April 21 ANP» Richard
S uthe was one of three passengers
who were seriously injured when a
street tar ran ott the tracks and over
turned with about 60 passengers a
b:ard Thursday morning of. last
week The other two injured pas
senger s were white. Approximately
half if the 60 aboard the street car
were colored. While only three were
injured seriously enough for hospit
alisation. the remaining were given
first aid treatment.
CIO PUNS PARTICIPATION
'«BROAD POLITICAL ACTIOS
CONFERENCE A MONO
NEGRO TRADE UNIONISTS
Plans for CIO participation in a
broad political action conference of I
Negro trade unionists and other pro
gressives were announced here at thei
National Headquarters of the CIO
Political Action Committee. 205 East
42nd Street. New York City.
The conference, scheduled tor Chi
cago during the latter part‘ of May.
was approved by Ig representatives of
seven CTO unions who met here re- j
cently. The meeting was called by
Sidney Hillman, PAC chairman, to
discuss ways and means of imple
menting a political action program a
mong Negro voters.
Addressing the meeting. Hillman
said that the Political Action Comm
ittee felt the need for the advice and
counsel of leading Negro trade un
ionists. and asked that a program be
t 'mulated as an integral part of the
C10 campaign for the election of a
pn cressive Congress and a liberal
"I believe the record of the CIO
is such that Negroes and all m.rcr
ity groups can have faith m the
soundness of our program and thej
sincerity of our motives," Hillman
asserted. "We have not merely giv
en lip-service to the ideals of equal
ity for all workers, but we have im
p.emented this ideal in our own inter -
natioanl unions. We have fought j
consistently for greater employment
opportunities and upgrading of Ne
“The activities of CIO unions on
the economic front have raised the
stciidard of living of workers or all
races throughout the country. Now
the PAC desires to secure test gains
which will be endangered in tire post
war period if we do not have a lib
eral administration that will make it
possible to have full employment tor
Recommendations were submitted;
to the PAC on organizational wort: a
mong colored voters and ways and:
means of clarifying the issues of the
campaign and strengthening the com
mittee’s program among these voters.
Attending the meeting were All ten
Black and W. Richard Carter, Marine
and Shipbuilders union; Ferdinand
Smith. National Maritime Union and
member of the CIO Executive Coun
cil; Noah Walters, Amalgamated
Clothing Workers of America ; es
ley Thompson. Walter Hardin, Shc1
ton Tappes and Horace Sheffield.
1 United Automobile Workers; B >vd
Wilson. Lucias Love and Tames ila
son. United Steel Workers of An-er
ica. Earl Davis, L’nited Transport
i Service Employees of America; Ed
; ward Washington and Harold Peters
j L’nited Electrical and Radio Workers
and George L. P. Weaver. Director.
| CIO Committee to Abolish Racial
Staff members of the CIO Political
j Action Committee included, in addi
tion to Chairman Hillman. C. B.
i Baldwin, assistant chairman. John J.
\ Abt, counsel. Henry Lee Moon. Mil
j ton Murray. Thomas Bums and Geo
rge 5. Mitchell.
FUND IS NOW $80.00
IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU.
YES—It can happen to anyone. Mr.
Bordeaux, the likeness of whom you
see in this column and for whom I am
offering proof of his condiion, came
into my office of the Omaha Guide
Publishing Co., and asked me to as
sume a very important position
namely to act as chairman of a cam
paign to raise funds to secure him a
artificial leg and to accept custodian
ship of this said fund. He stated
he had the endorsement of the follow
ing public-spirited. fraternal, civic
and religious organizations: The Mid
City Community Center Urban Lea
gue of which Mr. R. R. Borwn is
Executive Secy-.; Roosevelt Post No.
30, J. C. Carey. Commander. Elks'
Lodge, Attv. Charles F. Davis, Ex
alted Ruler; Dining Car Waiters Lo
cal 465, Mr. Rufus Long. Executive
Secy.; Ministerial Alliance. Rev. C.
C. Reynolds, President
After considering this request at
length. I decided to assume the re
sponsibility of the above campaign to
raise the necessary funds with such
fine endorsements and cooperation
from the above groups, therefore. I
am assuming chairmanship of this
drive to raise the money necessary to
restore this unfortunate man back on |
two feet, so he will not become a pub
lic care of sharin'.
As custodian and chairman of this 1
fund to be raised. I sincerely assure!
you that whatever amount you con
tribute will go to remeding the pres
ent uniortunate condition of this j
After making careful analysis of
bis condition and the cost of the limb
which he wants to buy, I believe the
small sum of about $300 will give
Mr. Bordeaux, a limb, incidental of
expenses during the time of adjust
Mr. Howard B. Bordeaux is 63 vrs.
old and with the exception of having
sugar-diabetes which was the cause
of the loss of his leg. he is otherwise
m goor health. He is now on a diet
ind under the instruction ot a Spec
ialist for diabetes and the specialist
says he is improving as fast as could
Mr. Bordeaux has had quite a wide
ixperience with newspaper advertis
ing salesmanship. It is my firm be
lief that if he is rehabilitated with a
limb, he will be in a position to as
sume a job as advertising salesman
ofr some newspaper. The Omaha
Guide is attempting to get acquainted,
with his salesmanship procedure and
we believe that when his health per
mits and he has his artificial limb, we
will be in a position to find a place
for him in our organization.
So my friends, if you believe in
rehabilitation of those less fortunate
than yourself, you are hereby request
ed to make your contribution for this
mis fortunate man, to C. C. Galloway
at 2420 Grant Street.
Each week in the column of this
paper the naitte of the organization or
individual, will appear opposite their
The ioliowrting organizations and
individuals have given this effort a
shove so far up the grade :
Elks' Lodge $10.00
Roosevelt Post No. 30 . 10.00
Det. Sgt. U. S. Matthews 3.00
Det. Sgt. C. C. Dudlev 3.00
Eugene McGill 10.00
Omaha Guide FubL Co. 10.00
Sgt. Carl Rabes . 15.00
H & M Buffett 10.00
Mr. Parsel 5.00
As we go to oress this week, the
total sum on hand is $80.00. Thank
ing you in advance for your favor
able consideration for a good cause.
WALTER WHITE. HOME FROM
WAR FROS TS, PREDICTS WE
ARE IS’ FOR LOS'G FIGHT
New York—Walter White, execu
tive secretary oi the NAACP, who
has traveled 25,000 miles through
the European and African theatres of
war. returned to if w York April 14
with the prediction that we will have
a much longer war than was expect
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Eunice Carter, Naacp
Guest Speaker Here
Friday Eve., May 19th
WOMAN LAWYER TO
Miss Eunice Carter, former Asst.
District Attorney in the office of
Harrison E. Spangler, rhafrman
Republican Natonal Committee will
speak oyer the coast-to-coast Blue
Network as guest of Commentator
The time of the program will be
Friday, April 28, from 8:1a a. m..
Eastern War Time, The subject:
Answers to Some Campaign Ques
This early morning program is of
ten rebroadcast at a iater hoar on
Blue Network station on the West
Coast Please check with your local
Blue Network station to determine
the exact time locally and advise your
REVS. RIDLEY, ADAMS AND
WIVES HONORED BEFORE
TRIP TO AME. CONFERENCE
Mrs. Georgia Borders, president of;
the Sun Shine Charity Club was'
hostess at her lovely home, 2622 N.
25th St., to The Sunshine Charity,
Club, in one of the most beautifully!
arranged honorarums of the season. I
The occasion was to bid bon vovage
to Dr E. F. Ridley and Mrs. Isa-1
belle Ridley his lovable wife and Dr. j
and Mrs. John Adams, Sr., the Pre
siding Elder on their departure to
Philadelphia to attend the 59th ses
sion of the General Conference of the
African Methodist Episcopal church.
Messrs Lillie Williams and Pearl
Bommell were chairman and co-chair j
man respectively. The home was
beautifully decorated and the dining;
room was livid in floral splendor.
The pastor delivered the principle
address of the evening and the Presid- j
mg Elder thanked the pastor and the
club in assisting St. John AME.
church, in taking the lead of church
es in the Nebraska Conference. Oth
ers delivering spicy addresses for the
occasion, were Mrs. Hattie E. Ad- j
ams. Mrs. Georgia Borders, the pres
ident. Mrs. Bertha Cunningham. Mrs.
Emma Smith. Mrs. Nannie Kenneth. [
and Mrs. Annie Burton. Mrs. Mary
Before serving the evening meal
the evening was occupied with a mus
ical and recital program. Fitting
i Continued on Page IW~ -
ed. He was a correspondent tor the
New York Post. Mr. White reported
that he was impressed primarily with
the morale and spirit of Negro sold
iers in the face of difficulties. Great
numbers of white soldiers and offic- j
ers as well, evidenced deep concern !
over the race issue as a world prob- j
lem, rather than one limited to any J
After visits to camps with more |
than 20,000 enlisted men, officers, j
Red Cross workers and civilians, both i
whites and Negroes. Mr. White pre
dicts that America, with no small role !
in the struggle, will be some time ad
justing to the great change now in
FREE WORLD HE TELLS
ASSEMBLY OF MINISTERS
Washington. April 24 CANP -
President Mordecai Johnson of the
Howard university, speaking at the
Thomas E. Dewey, now governor of
New \ ork state, is expected to be
here shortly to speak as the guest of I
the NAACP on May 19th, Frida'
night at the Zion Baptist Church.
GA. GOVERNOR RESISTS
PBESSRE FOR ASSEMBLY
TO REPEAL PRIMARY LAWS
ATLANTA, April 23 (ANP>
Increasing pressure by downstate pol
iticians to late Gov. Araall call an
extra session of the Georgia legislat
ure tor the purpose of repealing all
existing primary laws, in light of the
Texas decision were being firmly re
sisted here W ednesday by the govern
or. who flatly stated that he will not
call the present legislature together a
White Democratic party leaders in
Southeast Georgia have been intrigu
ed by the action of the South Carol
ina legislature in repealing all laws
governing party primaries and leaving
the regulation of primaries to the
executive committees of-political part
The action was taken at the extra i
session of the South Carolina legis
lature, called after the United States
Supreme Court ruled that Negroes1
could vote in the Texas white prim
Georgia legal authorities are hope
lessly divided on whether the ruling l
af fects the Georgia primary law, in
which there is no reference to a
“white" primary, but state officials
contend that if there is no law to j
contril state primaries, then there
would be nothing for the supreme
court to pass on.
Members of the Georgia Commis
sion to Revise the State Constitution
had this plan in mind when they
strode out of the now constitution all
regulations as to the qualifications of
voters, but their action will not af
fect the state primary scheduled for
July 4. It would take immediate leg
islative action to affect that primary.
Meanwhile a growing number of
Negro Georgians have expressed the
intention to avail themselves of the
political emancipation handed them by
the supreme court, and vote for the
first time in 50 years in the Georgia
Democratic primary on July 4.
public meeting of the Washington
bureau of the Fraternal Council ot
Negro churches on Tuesday night,
presented his views on world affairs
and the peace, and won the plaudits
of some 1.500 persons gathered to
hear him speak.
Three weeks ago Dr. Johnson was
endorsed by the Baptist Pastors con
ference of Chicago as the likely Ne
gro to be presented at the peace
table. The endorsement was given on
the basis of his "courage to fittinglv
rerpesent the race," as well as his
character and foresight
The well-known educator, speaking
in parable form, set forth his views
on four items:
1. He rejected isolationish and
favored a world organization.
2. He opposed imperialism and
favored self-government for colonial
3. He rejected war as a means of
settling international disputes.
4. He demanded a "demonstration
of trust" by the United States by do
ing for the Negro in this country
“what ought to be done for the In
dians. the Africans, the Philropmes
"What we want is a world that
Have you entered your favorite Die or cake in our Recipe Contest? p. 4
General Election Becomes Key to S. G.
Fight for “While Supremacy99
COLUMBIA. S. C, April 23—(A
NP)—It became unmistakably clear
early last week that the hitherto for
gotten general election wiii provide
the next major fight in South Caro
lina. Heretofore, because of the ab
sence of opposition, not even the
white Democrato themselves have
bothered to vote in the general elec
tion—the actual legal election. In
the last general election, the state
gave approximately 12.500 votes. In
1942, Columbia elected a mayor and
two councilmen on a total of 39 vot
es in the general election.
Aeaction to an announcement that
colored citizens through their Dem
ocratic organization planned, to have
their own complete ticket in the gen
eral election, was immediate last
week. Some of the lawmakers now
in extra session to purge statutes ot
primary regulations, sensed a threat
more serious than Negro participation
in the primary.
Sen. Joe Berry of Richmond coun
ty famed that “Unless we ran urge
the white people in South Carolina
to go and qualify themselves so they
can vote in the general election this
fall, we are accomplishing nothing.r
The Columbia Record, editorializing
on the importance of the general el
ection, Monday said: "It is import
ant that every qualified elector
should participate both in the prim
ary and m the general election. The
Democratic party may be opposed in
the general election.”
Incidentally it has repeatedly warn
ed that one morning white Democrats
are liable to awake, and find then
nominees defeated in a general elec
tion because of neglect.
The effort to block Negroes out of
politics in South Carolina is by no
means confined to the white Demo
cratic party. In Charleston just last
motnh, no less than 300 of them were
turned away from places of registra
tion. The devices heretofore em
ployed by registration clerks against
Negroes are too numerous to men
tion. But they range from requiring
the registrant to “interpret” the con
stitution and recite it from memory
to the bald statement, “Voting is not
for Negroes. (This actually hap
pened in Berkeley county in 1939).
In 1940. Mrs. Lottie P. Gaffney, a
school teacher in Cherokee county,
attempted to register for the general
election. Thrice was she refused, ev- I
en with a witness. She sued offk-!
ials but a federal court ruled against
her at Spartanburg two years ago.
VV ith the primary broken up eub^
er through the repeal of former leg- !
islation safeguards or a supreme
court decision, other means of keep- j
ing Negroes out of politics will be
employed. Without doubt, these will
be used by registration clerks so long j
as it shall go uncontested.
Generally, any native born citizen,
or a person who has resided- in the [
state for two years, can qualify to
vote in the general election. Women
over 21 simply apply to registration
clerks at their county courthouse the
first Monday of each month, provid
ed that date is more than 30 days a- ;
way from an election. They pay no I
tax and need only to be able to read
and write or own property valued at
not less than S300.
Men between the ages of 21 and 59
must show a poll tax receipt. Other
wise their qualifications are the same
as for women. Persons regsitering
now will have to re-register in 1948.
In cases where legal qualifications '
tor registration are met and there is!
refusal by clerks under any pretense
whatsoever, the legal section of the
NAACP is a good place to go. Cases.
of this nature will not have to be car
ried to the U. S. Supreme Court. The
district court will suffice.
will set all men free,v he declared.
“When this war is over, we want.
L ncie Sam to stay in until it is real- j
Dr. Johnson could not be sure that,
without tde aid of the United States,
others of our allies would mete jus
tice to the colored pjeoples of the
world. He called tor an end to “ex
ploitation of human life by the Brit
ish." in particular.
The educator also found occasion
to insist that here in America we
have1 a “strong federal government
more powerful than any great econo
mic organization or combination of
organizations which would interfere
| with the national will.”
He anticipates that unless there is
a coalition for good, a war of color
Dies at Lincoln
OHIO EDP mi PRESIDENT
Cchimbus. Ohio. April 24: Th“
'ibio League of Young Republicans
Orbs in their annual convention here
tliis week elected Maceo Hill vve
prisident of the League.
Hill has been on the Publicity staf t j
o: Governor John W. Broker woo is
no a outstanding caddate.
The election of a Negro to the Hce
pitsidency marks the peculiar success
ful history of Ohio's strongest Repub
MEHARRY GETS 4 MILLION
DOLLAR GIFT FOR COLLEGE
Announcement of a $4,000,000 ap
propriation for the endowment fund
of Meharry Medical College. Nash
ville. by the general Education board,
was made today by Charles Nelson,
president of the board of trustees
of the institution and President Ed
ward L. Turner.
-At me same time, rt was announc
ed that an additional grant of $300.
000 from the same source, to be us
ed as a contigent fund for current
expenses of the institution, becomes
effective July 1.
Nelson said notice of the action of
the General Education Board follow
ed the efforts of the Board of Trust
ees and President Turner over a per
iod of several years to bring about
stabilization of the institution's fin
ancial program, so that plans may be
matured for its future development.
President Turner said that the an
nouncement by the General Educat
ion Board “is the fruitation of about
five years of good, hard work on the
problem of getting Meharry’s fin
ancial position reasonably stable."
“Heretofore," he added, “we have
depended on annual grants which have j
been subject to variation. What this
means.” he continued, “is the stabil- j
izat;on of these annual grants, so!
that we may now plan ahead for'
for years rather than for a single j
“The developments which led to1
this gift would not have been possible
but for the splendid work done by j
my colleagues. I am deeply grati- j
fied and most appreciative of what I
the General Education Board has
done. In that I express not only my
opin;m but that of the Meharry fac
ulty as well," President Turner said j
Referring to the cooperation of the
Executive Committee of the Board of
Trustees, headed by Charles Nelson, j
President Turner said he could not i
have accomplished much at Meharry
but for its full cooperation. Mem
bers of the Executive Committee are
Charles Nelson. Walter M. Morgan,
A. B. Benedict. O. W. Hyman. M. S.
Davage, T. Graham Hall, W S. Lea
thers, G. W. Claridge and E. L. Tur
The $4,000,000 appropriation ann
cnnced today, according to Nelson,
assures the college, in addition to its
more than $2,000,000 plant, an endow
ment in excess of $5,000,000.
leading Negro Institution
Meharry Medical College, rated a- 1
meng the leading institutions in the j
country for Negroes, was organized .
in 1876. as the medical department of i
the old Central Tennessee College.
In October. 1915 Meharry Medical
I College obtained a new charter for
the State of Tennessee as an inde
pendent institution, to support and
maintain a medical college, with de
partments of medicine, dentistry,
pharmacy and nurse training, toget
her with the maintenance of a hospit
al, and was granted such powers and
privileges as usually exercised by in
t “.Vo more loyal or devoted man
ever worked for the State."
—from an Editorial.
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR
PIONEER MASON HELD
FROM QUINN CHAPEL AME.
CHURCH. THURS.. APRIL 27
Mr. William Woods, age 76 years,
died Saturday evening, April 22nd at
his residence, 630 South Twentieth
street Lincoln, Nebraska. He first
j came to Lincoln in 1901 and was em
! ployed by the Lincoln Hotel and the
j Old Country Club as steward. In
1907, he first entered tlie employ of
the state as caretaker of the Gover
: nor’s Mansion, serving the following
governors: George L. Sheldon. A. S.
! Shallenberger, Chester Aldrich, John
j H. Moorehrad, Keith Neville. Sam
uel R. McKelvk. Adam McMulkn.
Arthur J. Weaver. Charles Brvan,
Roy L Cochran and Dwight Gr»
In an editorial from one of Nebr
aska's largest newspapers, it was
stated: “No more loyal or devoted
man ever worked for the state.”
Governors came and departed, bat
William Woods stayed on. withoat
regard for politics, unobtrusively per
forming his duties in the manner of
a painstaking and conscientious man.
It did not make any difference to
him whether they bore democratic or
republican labels. And to the credit
of the men who filled the governor's
office since 1907. it should be sc id
partisan considerations had no in fin
enci in determining Wood's men
tion, he has been a good citizen and
is respected and honored by all who
knew him." He had held his posit
ion with the State for so long he was
affectionately known by his many
friends throughout the country, as
the Second Governor’.
During McKelvie's administration
while plans were in the making for
the erection of the Nebraska new ten
million dollar Capitol Building, all
plans submited were placed in the
trust of Mr. Woods at the Mansion
as the Governor was residing else
where. Such leading architects as
Bertram G. Goodhue and John Rus
sell Pope were among those who sub
Mr. Woods became a member of
the AME. Church in 1903 under the
pastorate of Rev. Wooten and has
been a faithful member ever since,—
serving continuously on the Steward
and Trustee Boards. He also served
as a member of the building comm
ittee oi th; present^ structure of
He is one ot the oldest Masons in
the state, having been a member of
Lebanon No. 3, A. F. & A M. since
Nebraska's jurisdiction. He has
been a member of this Grand Lodge
since its inception, holding various
offices and at the time of his death,
Ik was Grand District Deputy.
Mr. Woods is survived by his
taitful wife, Elizabeth M., two sons,
Millard T„ Red Cross Director, now
serving in North Africa, Delmar J.,
recently discharged from the army
one grandson. Millard T., Jr., and
Funeral services were held Thurs
day afternoon, April 2T, from Quine
Chape! A. M. E. Church with Presie
ing Elder John Adams, Rev. L. S
Goolsby, Rev. O. J Burchardt. offic
iating. Masonic rites were conducted
by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge
of Nebraska. Burial was at Wvuk;
stitutions of that type, with power tc
The late Dr. George W. Hubbard
tor when, Hubbard Hospital wa
named, was its first president. Ii
1921 Dr. John J. Mullowney becam
its president. During his adminis
tratioc the Genera! Education Boars
the Rosenwald Fund. George East
man. of Kodak fame, and others con
tributed to erect the present plant a
1005 Eighteenth Avenue. North whic
cost approximately $2,250,000 an
which was completed in 1931.
Dr Mullowney resigned as presk
ent of the institution in 1938, whe
Dr. Turner was named as its presk
ent, which position he has since o»
During its long existence, Meharr
has conferred approximately 5.0*30 d
grees, and its graduates are local*
ir. Negro communities throughout ti
| United States. Central America ar
! the West Indies and Africa.
Soldier’s Letter Tells of Racial
Harmony in Army Hospitals
New York, April 22 (ASP) —A
picture of racial harmony in Army
hospitals was given this week when
Pfc Murray E. Bocamick s letter to
: the people s column of Time magaz
f ine was published.
T wish some of those bigoted per
j sons who are the spokesmen for the
unfortunate people of the southern
states would spend a week in this
army hospital,' ’ wrote Pfc Bocamick.
"It would be a valuable lesosn for]
“We are in a quarantined ward for !
mumps. Four of the 16 patients are
N’egroes. and nine of the 12 white
soldiers hail from the sooth. There j
has not been one instance of racial
friction since I have been here. We
play cards together, borrow each
other's books and stationery, bum
each other's cigarettes And fin
ally, I have never heard the racial
problem discussed with more judge
ment, discretion and frankness ti
in this ward
“When called upon to share a c
tnon undertaking in a common ba
ground the southern soldier at a
accepts the Negro soldier as anot
soldier and hence as an equal W
it not for the numerous restrict!
imposed upon the southern Negro,
civilian fife, the same would unqt
rionablv held true in peacetime.”
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