The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, March 17, 1945, Page 4, Image 4

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Omaha Guide Offers
$200 Reward for the
Murderers Apprehension
Leroy Smith is a free man today. The late, Mr
Thomas Douglas’ death is still a mystery to this
community. The County Attorney’s office and the
defense were well represented in Leroy Smith’s
trial. The evidence submitted by the County At
torney’s office hi the trial was properly assimilated
and well defined by the representatives of that of
fice. We just do not know anything they could
have done in the way of presentation of the evidence
they had to the court and the jury. The defense
council put up a good battle and won for their client
his freedom.
I he Omaha Guide Publishing Company offers
$200 Cash Reward for the arrest and conviction of
the murderer or murderers of Thomas Douglas, who
was killed at 1816 North 24th street, February 11,
1944. Any information that anyone has m this
community or anywhere in the United States that
will assist in bringing about the arrest and convic
tion of the murder of Thomas Douglas, will receive
the above reward.
Is anyone’s life safe in a community with a mur
derer or murderers running loose after committing
a crime of cold-blooded murder upon a man who
lived a clean, Christian life in our community. Who
was Thomas Douglas? In our opinion Thomas
Douglas was one of Omaha’s No. 1 citizens. We
had known him for 30 years, and we in the newspa
per business do have occasion to go in and out of
all kinds of places of business and observe the good
and bad in all walks of life. Thomas Douglas was a
hard working, honest, Christian citizen. He would
not harm a hair on a cat, and in the 30 years I had
known him and in the many conversations I have
had with him, I have never heard him express an ill
word about any individual in the whole of my ac
quaintance with him. He was a self-made man and
a hard worker. He taught himself the jewelry
business and in my opinion, he was as good as any
jewelry smith as I have ever met. He has done
work on clocks and watches for me for 30 years,
and I have never had to return one job for poor work
manship When the jewelry repair work was dull,
3 he was found looking for and doing odd jobs to
cmake an honest living. I never saw Mr. Douglas
anywhere in my entire acqaintanle with him ex
cept around in the block where his place of business
was located, in a restaurant getting his meals or at
the Morning Star Baptist Church, where he was a
deacon for sometime. He was liked and respected
by everyone who knew him. I claim he was one of
Omaha’s outstanding, Christian gentlemen.
The man or men who murdered him should be ap
prehended. This is why The Omaha Guide Publish
ing Company, 2420 Grant street, today is offering a
$200 Cash Reward for information that will lead to
the arrest and conviction of the man or men who kill
ed Thomas Doublas. Say what you will or may,
—no one's life in the community is safe, where
such vicious crimes are committed and the one who
committed it walking the streets as a free man. Not
even you, Mr. Reader are safe.
Thomas Douglas was brutally murdered bv a
crack-brained assailant. On the witness stand the
County physician said that either of the blows that
Mr. Douglas received on his head Avould have re
suled in death. It was also brought out in the trial
that the lick he received on the head, crushed his
skull in three different places, sufficiently for brain
matter to ooze from the a\touih1s. The licks Thomas
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Douglas received and which caused his death were j
fully unexpected. Evidence showed that he was
sitting on his stool at a work- bench, working on a
watch, and when he was turned over by the detect
ive and his hand was opened, a watch was clasped
in his hand and the face of the watch was found on
the workbench where he was working. The stool
he was sitting upon was turned over near where his
body fell. Now,, what does this indicate to anyone
with common sense, It indicates that the man who
murdered Thomas Douglas was someone he knew
and someone he least expected was going to strike
him It was someone he thought he knew7 vrell
enough to hold a conversation with while he was do
ing his work, and someone whom he did not think
intended to harm him.
I am sure that the Omaha Negro citizens of this
community want to see a hard criminal of this type
put behind the bars for life w'here he belongs. Do
you know7 that there is someone in this community
w7ho knows who killed Thomas Douglas? If you do
and read the above item, wre hope your conscience
and justice wrill prevail upon you to let us have the
information which will lead to the arrest and con
viction of the criminal.
It was revealed on the witness stand that Thomas
Douglas had in his possession a few days before he
wras killed, the sum of $750, and it wras also testified
to that the denomination of the bills was remember
ed by one who counted said money, to be two $100
bills and others of smaller denomination.
Do you know that it is rumored on 24th street to
day, that some man w7on some part of one of those
$100 bills in a gambling place in the city of Omaha?
Now, Mr. Omaha Citizen, be fair to yourself and
your family and help put the man who committed
this cold-blooded murder behtnd the bars where he
i ;olumn
WE. 6458
The RR boys are serving on the
fast flying steel wheels with a
big smile.
The Omaha Club waiters are tops
at all times.
The waiters at the Regis Hotel
and the White Horse Inn are on
the job at all times.
The Hill Hotel waiters are on the
up and go with a smile.
This writer was a passenger on
the Missouri Pacific Eagle Febr
uary 28, from Omaha to St. Louis,
and it wras a travel pleasure. All
of the train crew were polite and
very friendly. On a round trip
from Omaha to Little Rock, Ark
ansas we had the pleasure of being
served lunch between KC and St.
Louis with the following crew
Our modern service, planned
with experienced skill nnd
directed with sincere consid
eration for the wishes of
those we serve, gives true
expression to the fnmlly’s
respect for its departed.
—WE. 2022
2022 Lake Street
dishing out very fine service:
The Dining Car Crew of Car No.
10242, Mo. Pacific Eagle which runs
from St. Louis to Omaha, Nebraska,
are as follows: S. C. Hamilton,
Steward; Dave Brooks, Chef; C.
Tatum, 2nd Cook; Rudolph Lewis,
3rd Cook; A. DeVilla, Waiter; Wm.
T. Duckett, Waiter; Matthew Geo
rge, Waiter; L. N. McCain, Waiter;
Ben Kohlman, Bartender; Sherman
Davis, Parlor Car Porter; Velpo
Anthony, Chair Car Attendant.
B1 H. W. SMITH—HA-0800
U. S. Senator Bilbo told the US.
Senate that Aubrey nominee for
rural electrification administrator
was not the man for the place and
we do not wan that Negro lover on
that job.
Four men denied setting fire to
a shed used for fruit packing in
Auburn Calif., at the court trial
Monday, March 12.
An allotment check floated 326
miles from Wellsbury West Va., to
Buena Vista, Ohio. It was lost by
an army Lieut.’s mother.
Congressman Kunkel of Penn.,
[ introduced a bill in Congress for a
nationwide Bible reading every
year from Thanksgiving to Christ
An auto repair shop opened the
week of March the 4th at Sidney,
Nebraska—It was destroyed by fire
Monday March 12.
Read The Omaha Guide for news.
Nearly 600 second-hand U. S.
airplanes are on sale at the Calif.
Aero airport at Ontario, Calif.
Claude D. Noble, Detroit, Mich.,
business man will try to talk to
the spirit of Clarence Darrow for
the 7 th time in Jackson Park.
Judge George Montgomery of
KC, Mo., presiding Judge of the
Jackson County Court hired one
man and a crew of monkeys to
clean out the air ducks in the court
house—admitted that he had been
forced over into the ranks of the
skeptics Monday March 12.
Two men are being held "by pol
ice in St. Paul, Minn, after a room
ing house fire Sunday, March 11th.
27 transit men of Philadelphia
were fined $100 each by Judge
George A. Welsh—they were charg
ed with violating the Smith-Conn
ally Act in the six day strike.
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Three bandits broke into a mar
ket in KC, Mo., and stole five cases
of whiskey—the night watchman
had just loaded his shotgun and
could not reach it.
Missouri river at Blair, Nebraska
was below flood stage Monday,
March 12, but a number of towns
on the Iowa side were flooded.
272 wounded fighting men rode
in ambulances in a welcome par
ade Monday, March 12 in San Fran
cisco, Calif—they had been captives
^of the Japs and held in a prison
camp in the Phillipine Islands.
The Omaha Guide produces all
the latest news at all times.
Since occupying our new location
attendance at the club has more
than tripled. The large increase
speaks eloquently of the appreciat
ion of members of the armed forces
and others connected with the
club. The clean, beautiful and
comfortable surrounditigsl The
fact that members of the armed
forces are actually using the club
l in great numbers is a testimony of
the wisdom of those who labored
so diligently to provide such.
Sunday, March 11, was designated
as Harvard Day. The program and
activities at the club were under
the direction of 35 men from this
base. They operated the check
room, took the door count, served
the coffee, answered the phones and
acted as master of ceremonies and
program leaders during the day.
Outstanding programs rendered
were a discussion group in the
[ morning led by Cpl. Johnson, a
Vesper service in the evening, fea
turing the mixed racial group of
singers from South High School un
der the direction or Mrs. Mussell
son. At 7:00 the Harvard Gospel
Singers brought a very interesting
program. This was followed by
Community singing.
Sunday, March 18th will be Grand
Island Day. It is expected that a
fine program will be brought to us
by the men from Grand Island.
153 persons have signed to make
the trip to Hastings Saturday Mar.
17th. Busses will leave at 1:00.
All Hostesses are instructed to
have their cards and to present
them at all USO activities for ad
mittance. Those persons who have
misplaced their cards will be issu
I ed new ones should they request
I such.
Democracy in Action
(Continued from page 1)
this global war. It has taught us
in this crucial hour that the profit
of a state is in the making of men.
It means that there must be an
equitable administration of all soc
ial services if Americans are to
share equally and alike in the de
fense of the Republic.
These has in the past been a
school of thought in the South
which hold that there is construct
ive value in ignoring fundamental
and vital issues, and many worth
while people in that section, who
want to see America assume the
moral leadership of the world, have
because of such beliefs, vacillated
in approach towards racial, econom
ic and political issues. But we now
know that one cannot combat evil
by ignoring it. We now know that
while we timidly turned our faces
away from truth, four million
blacks and six million whites have
been disfranchised by poll tax laws
down in Dixie. We realize now
that the wind knows no segregation
line, nad that if there Is ill health
among millions of blacks this same
and identical morbidity will finally
figure into the rate of the whites.
In recent years we have been
learning also that no American la
borer is safe and secure so long as
a destitute black worker stands
outside the door of our nation’s in
dustrial establishment. This vis
ion and understanding is rapidly
invading the ranks of organized la
bor, and it is thrilling to see the
accord and understanding that is
developing among all laborers be
cause of this basic approach now
being made to work opportunity in
the industrial field. The South has
at last discovered that it needs or
ganized labor as well as the North
and East. It has learned also that
minority groups other than the
Negro need the assistance of fair
employment practice committees,
such as created by the greatest de
mocrat on earth, Franklin Delano
Roosevelt. We are making pro
gress in collective bargaining, but
recent experiences teach that the
National Labor Relations Act will
not give the American worker ab
solute security until the law den
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ies undemocratic labor unions, bar
ring American citizens from mem
bership, the right to act as bargain
ing agents for labor.
The war has also taught us sign
ificant and important lessons in e
conomics. Hitherto we have as
sumed that freight differentials
were fundamentally the cause of
traditional poverty in the South
land. The current spending power
that war industry has placed in the
hands of Southerners both black
and white is convincing proof that
withholding of spending power
from the black laborer down South
has in large measure formed the
basis of our economic ills. We are
learning down in our section of the
United States that basic prosperity
depends upon higher wages, and
that this spending power must be
placed within the reach of all of
our citizens, both black and white.
Already around a half million
Negro citizens have located in the
West and Northwest. They may
never return. In fact in the post
war era there is likely to occur an
other exodus similar to the one fol
lowing the first world war. I feel
that unless immediately the South
plans definite programs dealing
with housing, education, health and
suffrage there will be an exodus
from the South and there Is prob
ability that the new industrial era
in our section will see the Influx
of citizens from the already indus
trial North and East, who may not
accept and adopt without friction
the traditional sectional sanctions
of our region.
I think my own state of Okla
homa has pointed in many respects
the way towards liberalism In the
South. Oklahoma has no poll tax,
but for many years disfranchised
black citizens through the admin
istration of a registration law
which is still upon the statute
books of Oklahoma. I wish to say
tonight there is no place in Okla
homa today where any citizen is
denied ballot privileges. 45,000 Ne
groes vote in the democratic prim
ary, and the Negroes of my state
have proven to their white breth
ern that they are willing to pro
mote any cause that points towards
the ideals of democracy.
This fine democratic relationship
has not developed in Oklahoma sole
-ly through pressure that has come
from the suppressed. The fine lib
eral, justice loving spirits of form
er governors J. B. A. Robertson
and Jack Walton, possessing the
moral courage of Governor Arnall
of Georgia, in a large measure a
chieved this ideal situation. It
proves conclusively that the South
has started thinking right and to
tinhk right is finally to act right.
I think the lessons we have learn
ed from such resolute, fearless
souls as possessed by the First
Lady of our land, and other sterl
ing characters mentioned, who
were born and bred in the South, is
that progress comes through fac
ing not dodging evil. Democracy
needs in this hour men and women
who will assume responsibility for
wrecking the temples of evil, who
will be willing to speak out in un
derstandable language respecting
the new social order that must
come in the ideal world of tomor
On behalf of the Southern Con
ference for Human Welfare I sal
ute at this moment Mrs. Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, this grand and
distinguished character, who in her
interpretation of democracy and
freedom here in America, is to us,
as in the language of an ancient
bard, "as pure as the icicles that
hung in the Temple of Diana, and
as chaste as th vestal virgins’*.
(Continued from page 1)
Hall lives at 938 Elbron Avenue,
San Pedro, California, saw the a
mount of enemy fire and ordered
us back to the ship. We got back
to the ship and loaded up with ev
ery weapon available and as much
ammunition as we could carry. So
when we hit the beach we were
When they landed, the Seabees
fell to their task of getting ammun
ition to the Marines who had driven
inland about 300 or 400 yards. Mc
Donald, who had 16 men under him,
added: "We got the first load of
ammunition across to the Fifth
Regiment of the First Marine Div
ision in an amphibious truck. On
the way over, the driver was killed,
and one of our men, Charles E. I
Wordlow, Seaman, First Class US
NR., whose wife lives on route 2,
Jeffersontovvn, Kentucky, took over
the wheel and got us and the need
ed ammunition through.”
In spite of valiant fighting, the
Japs by nightfall had pushed our
forces back—almost to the water's
edge. The Marine officers asked
for volunteers for combat; the Ne
gro Seabees responded and fought
side by side with the famed First
' The Marines," McDonald said
"are good at teaching you bow to
use the various weapons—and un
der such circumstances a man
learns prety fast, too."
The 17th Special U.S. Naval Con
struction Battalion fought with the
Marines until the coveted airstrip
on Peleliu was taken from the Japs.
McDonald wears the Purple
Heart. At Peleliu, on D-Day plus
four, he received a shrapnel wound
and was run down by a Jap tank
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which had broken through our lin
es. The guns of the tank had been
silenced, but the tank was running
amuck, its driver apparently had
intent on knocking down and
crushing as many American as he
could. McDonald, who was crouch
ed in a foxhole with a Marine, said
he saw the tank just as it hit one
man and veered toward him. Hi
tried to Jim clear, but the tank
struck him down with a glancing
From the injuries he received at
I’eleliu, McDonald is now recuper
ating in a Naval Hospital. He re
calls that after the tank struck
him, the Marine in the foxhole with
him said, ‘Now watch me have
some fun” and with one shot of his
bazooka eliminated the Jap tank.
Happening In
are squaring off for a finish fight.
Administration is determined to
end Lewis’ string of victories. In
1943, the mine chief asked $2 a day
—would have taken less than half.
He ended up getting $1.50 to $1.75
a day—and all of it outside the
Little Steel Formula.
Lewis is expected to ask: (1) a
25c an hour increase in basic wage;
(2) full rate for portal-to-portal
instead of 2-3; (3) shift different
ials of 5c and 10c an hour. Likely
out-come; miners will get full rate
for portal-to-portal; some shift
differentials; higher allowances for
vacations (now $20 to $50), and al
lowances for boots and safety
For bargaining purposes Lewis
has given the 30 day strike notice
required by the S. C. Act. He al
ready has in his favor the tact that
he has never made a no-strike
pledge. For reasons of public re
lations he probably will not issue
a strike order. Following their
traditional practice, miners will
simultaneously stop work at the
expiration of their contracts. "No
contract: no work.” After a few
days government will take over the
That status will satisfy Lewis.
Coal production will then be re
sumed. Settlement will be stalled
until aftr VE day. WLB Chairman
Davis has hinted that a general
wage increase may then be approp
riate. Lewis will demand retro
activity for all awards.
GI REALTY LOANS: High prices
have caused rejection of 121 of 900
applications from discharged vet
erans seeking housing loans. Gl
Bill of Rights Act says prices paid
shall not exceed a “reasonable, nor
mal, value.” 518 applications have
been pprovaed, 261 await action.
AMPLE of refusing to obey WLB
decisions has been followed by ap
proximately 100 other employers.
NEW YORK, NY., March 12 _
In the course of a recent trip by
A. Philip Randolph in the Middle
west and Southeast, a number of
I Local Councils as a part of the Na
tional Council for a Permanent
FEPC, were est up. In these meet
ings, including those held in the
South, both colored and white cit
izens were present and the Local
Councils are planned to be inter
racial in composition. Mr. Ran
dolph indicates that the call for
support for S101 and HR. 2232, the
Bills for a permanent FEPC in the
Senate and House that have enforce
ment powers as against the Taft
toothless measure, have met with
fine response and support from the
Jewish, Catholic and Negro groups
everywhere. This unity and coop !
eration on an interracial and Intel J
faith basis as well as from ihej
A. F. of U and CIO, should net!
or.l.v result in the victory of iv » 1
forcmentloned Hills hut create J
moral and spiritual climate in n
merlca which will rout the .
ter monster of racism, rtvsetved
Mr. Randolph.
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Mr. McDonald States
Some Facts
I am now a representative of the
Omaha Guide, the oldest Colored
| newspaper in the state of Nebras
ka. I have in the past and am now
visiting many homes contacting ev
eryone. I am well pleased with.
past. results and hope for a contin
uation of your cooperation. We
must have your cooperation in this
matter in order to make the Guide
the kind of newspaper that we
should have in our city. We are
now' prepared to furnish you with
all the local news concerning your
church and your society, your com
ing to town and your leaving town,
your son in the armies, navies or
elsewhere. So please don't be a
shamed to give us the news. We
must have the nws to build up a
greater newspaper.
Remember, the Omaha Guide be
longs to you and it is what you
make of it or your cooperation.
One misfortune or habit I find
existing among our people, not as
a whole, but a portion or them—
First they don't read enougn. You
must always keep in mind that
others are expressing their Ideas
and you should compare or weigh
their thoughts or expressions with
those of your own. Perhaps your
conscious w'ill eventually teach
which is right. We can then go
forward. But first, above all
things, READ, READ until you are
We thank you for your past pa
1 tronage and hope you will continue.
! We are striving to make your
j Omaha Guide a better Newspaper
| for all. Thanks,
| C. C. McDonald,
Representative Omaha
| Guide.
Bureau for Negroes’ Post War E
conomic Security, Representative
Powell said, ’’The Negro can no
longer be considered as a min
ority.he belongs not only to the
one billion people of the darker
races but also to the .peoples of
other races who are determined to
build a people's world.”
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