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* ^ *__OMAHA, NEBRASKA, SATURDAY, JULY 19, 1947 - No, 24_
House Gets Anti-Lynch Discharge Petition No. 9
Argument Leads to
Gunplay And Finally
Death For the Couple i
In one of the most traigic inci
dent in the Mid-City are over the
fourth of July holiday. Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Griffin were shot by
Mr. Saunders Wells 2516 Blondo
street on Saturday July 6, at 24th.
and Hamilton st. in front of a
According to the information
received from Mr. Wells better
known as "britches” the shooting
was the climax of a feul between
him and the Griffins. They were
all gathered in the Sam Flax
Taveran drinki'ngwhen some way
or another the argument that be
gan early in the morning came to
a head again. As it became more ]
heated on this hot and day of
hilarity charges and counter
charges were hurled back and ]
forth at a rapid pace. As the
atmosphere became more charged
and according to Mr. Wells when
it look as though M. Griffin was
going to do him (Mr. Wells) body
harm. He (Mr. Wells) pulled out
a gun and shot the pair.
Mr. and Mrs. F, Griffin laid
critically wounded in the hospital
for several days, but they did not
seem to respone to treatment j
both dying frc m wounds from the j
gun fired by Mr. Wells.
Services for Mrs. Griffin and !
burial will be at Carbondale, 111. j
Asister Mrs. Etta W. Jackson, |
Garbondale came to make ar- |
rangements for the body to be
sent to Carbondals, Iill,
Mr. Griffin funeral was held on
Monday July 14th. from the
Myer’s Funeral Chapel and body
was interned at the Forest Lawn.
Survers: two sisters, Mrs. Mar
garet Moore of Omaha, and Mrs.
Lucille of Seattle, Washington.
See picture on Page Two
by H. W. Smith
John H. Keest of Springfield, 111.
took a stroll of 24 miles on his ?8
birthday on July 11. This has been
his custom for the last ten years.
Federal Judge J. W. Woorough
was a witness in County Judge
Troyer's Court on July 10 in a
routine case. Opposing Attorneys,
Edson Smith and Fred Hellener,
did not cross examine him.
Kansas City, Mo., Republican
leaders entertained Gov. Dewey of
N. Y. at a luncheon on July 10.
Ex. Gov. Leeman of Kansas did
not attend.
Mssr. Edward J. Flanagan met
with President Truman on Julyll.
He reported on his trip to Japan
and Korea. He went on request of
General McArthur for Children’s
A N. Y. poultry dealer reported
one of his hens laid a two .yolk egg
when it was hatched out, it had
four legs and two tails and walked
very spryly around the poultry
yard. .
Have you noticed the Omaha
Greater Guide? If not look at it.
Four convicted murderers were
electrocuted in 18 minutes in Sing
Sing Prison on Thursday night,
July 10.
Walter Winchell will be off the
air for four weeks.
Jimmie Lunchford, the outstand
ing orchestra leader is dead.
State Supreme Court of Geor
gia rendered a decision in favor
of Negroes voting in Democratic
Primary Elections.
Governors Conference in session
in Salt Lake City this week.
Tuberculosis Gains
50 Per Cent in Reich
No hospital facilities for 14,500 1
Tuberculosis, the No. 1 disease
problem in Germany, has increas
ed more than 50 per cent In the
American zone in the last year.
General Lucius D. Clay's month
ly report said this Sunday.
Close to 14,500 case of infectious
tuberculosis are walking the
streets because hospital facilities
are unavailable, it said, and this
’must be regarded with grave
General Clay said the weekly
average of new caases of pulmon
ary tuberculosis increased from
923 per week in March to 1,259 in
May. This is far in excess of the ]
weekly average of 578 in May a
year ago.
The known cases of active tuber
culosis of lung and larynx under
medical supervision increased
from 93.821 in July last year to
121,842 in April, 1947. Of these,
the report said 35,539 were classed
as open, infectious cases.
Slightly more than 21 thousand
beds are available for isolation 1
and treatment of tuberculosis
patients in hospitals, the report
continued, !
Syphilis also war reported at a
rate more than 50 per cent above
May, 1946.
Otherwise, the incidence of all
major communicable diseases in
the American zone was lower
in May than a year ago.
Industrial production in the Un
ited States zone continued upward
during May.
American zone prisons are fill
ed to overflowing. Of the total of
27,089 inmates, more than 7,500
await trial.
Robert Schumann wrote many
of his best compoitions with a pen
which he found on Bethoven’s.
New Secretary
Mr. Wardner G. Scott, State En-1
gineer, today announced the ap
pointment of Mr.Edward P. Tink
er. Jr. as Executive Secretary of
the Nebraska Stafety Council as
approved by Dwight Havens,
presdent of the Council.
Mr. Tinker has been employed
with Fisher Body Division of
General Motors Cooperations as a
Statistician and prior to that time
was employed in various sales,
organizational, and promotional
A native of Nebraska, he was
born in Lincoln where he complet
ed his education and attended the
University of Nebraska. His wife
the former Virginia Van Waning,
was also born and raised in Lin
coln, He has two children, Bill
age ten, and Mary Kay, age four.
His duities with the Nebraska
State Safety Council will be to as
sume acive responsibility for the
promotion of the State Traffic
Safety Program as adopted by
over six hundred delegates at
Nebraska’s Traffic Safety Con
ference held last fall. The Council
plans to have available to cities
and villages throughout the state
the services of trained personnel
to assist them in the development
and stimulation of local safety
programs. The Council will main
tain offices in the State Capital.
The second annual Creighton
University Radio Institute will
start in the Creghton Auditorium
at 1:15 p. m, July 17th.
Delay of FEP Causes Serious
Concern to Its Supporters
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NEW YORK,—The long delay of
a Senate sub-committee in sub i
mitting a report on hearings on a i
National Act Against Discrimi
ntion in Employment, which were
concluded on June 20th, wras caus
ing serious concern to supporters
of the measure it • was disclosed
by the NAACP today.
Roy Wilkins, NAACP assistant
secretary, expressed the anxiety
of the Association in a letter to
Senator Forrest C. Donnell (R.,
Mo.), Chairman of the Subcom
mittee. Mr. Wilkins stated. “The
National Association for the Ad
vancement of Colored People is
distrubed at the delay in the hear
ings of S. 984. the National Act
Against Discrimination. The hear
ings on this measure, we under-1
stand, were concluded on June 20
and it was our impression that a
report would be forthcoming from
the Subcommittee to the full La
bor and Public Welfare Committee
and from that Committee to the
Senate prior to the adjournment
of Congress so that this measure
would be on the calandar of the
Senate when it reconvenes.
“The 800 delegates to our recent
annual conference in Washington.
D. C., were firm in their request
for the enactment of this type of 1
legislation and anxious for a
speedy action upon it.
“Since tliat time our members
have noted the speed with which
the Congress has re acted the tax
reduction bill and the feeling is
general that action on S. 9S4
should be accelerated.
“I know that as Chairman of the
Subcommittee you understand the
keen interest of minority groups
in this legislation and their desire
that no step shall be delayed in
getting it before the Senate.”
NEW YORK,—Roy Wilkins, as.
sistant secretary of the National
Association for the Advancement
of Colored People today notified
the Associated Press of the As.
sociation’s concern over the new3
agency’s failure to correct a new3
story carried by AP on June 16th.
Kent Cooper, AP executive direc.
tor, was asked to send out an ap.
propriate news story to correct a
misleading item which stemmed
from the recent controversy over |
Henry Wallace’s scheduled speech
at the Watergate for Human Wei
Academic Committee to Probe
tiring of School Teachers
St, John’s Church
Holds Picnic at
Elmwood Park
Monday 14th St. John Junior
choir under the direction of Mrs, j
B. J. Childress forgot their music
and song for awhile and had them
selves jollyy good time at Kim
Park. They packed their lunch
baskets brimfull of good things to
eat and set off to a gay holiday
fun and play.
The Rev. Childress pastor and
husband of Mrs. Childress was
their sitting on the side lines
cheering the boys and girls on as
they had fun playing softball etc.
Guest of honor were the Peace
Caravan Girls; Miss Williams,
Miss Jean Lamont, Miss Cynthea
Mallory, and Miss Zerita Thrower.
A wonderful time was had by all
and plenty of ice cream, punch.,
cookies, along with the baskets of
food made the outing complete in
every respect.
On Tuesday, July 1, the Council
of Colored Church Women’s Board
Members met at the home of Mrs.
J. Diamond, 2714 Grant st. The
following program was outlined
for meeting. July 23 at Pleasant
Green Baptist Church at 10:30 a
Theme: The Importance of
Christian Living. Devotionals;
Solo by Mrs. G. Brooks; Sermon
by Rev. A. Washington; Offering;
Remarks by President; Lunch.
Afternoon: Devotionals by Mrs.
Dallas; Solo by Mrs. Lula Bry
ant; Discussion on Theme lead by
Mrs. C. Dacus.
Business president, Mrs, Cora
Haynes in charge, after which
the hostess served a very refresh
ing repass, which was enjoyed by
all. Hoping all churches will be
presented at this meeting.
Mrs. Cora Haynes, is president.
Former Omahan
Visits Friends Here
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Strowder,
formerly of this city have return
ed to their home in Washington,
D. C. after a three-week vacation
with the parents of Mr. Strowder,
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Walker, at
2210 N. 27 st.
While here many social courtes
ies were shown the couple. Among
them were a lovely dinner in
Council Bluffs at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Donald Akers; Brunch
given by Mrs. Thomas Hayes; din
ner at Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Blaines,
also at Mr. and Mrs.J.A, Bailey's
a huge family picnic at Elmwood!
Mr. and Mrs. Wanasebe Fletch
er entertained with a barbecue.
Ten guests were prsnt. Mrs. Flet
cher is the sister of Mrs. Strow
der, who will be remembered as
Miss Korea Clark, a former beau
tician of this city, who now holds
a government position in Wash
The couple left Sunday for a
week’s visit in Chicago, before re
turning to their home.
fare on June 16th. Considerable
attention was focused on the
meeting when Congressman Alvin
E. O’Konski (R., Wis.) led a fight
to bar Mr. ^Wallace through a
Federal Court injunction.
The committee on tenure and
acadenmic freedom said Wednes
day it would ask the National Ed.
ucation Association for power to
investigate fully all dismissals of
school teachers.
Miss Helen T. Collins, New Ha
ven, Conn, chairman of the com
mittee s aid the decision was
reached after the committee and
set standards for academic free
dom. These would allow teachers
to present facts available on any
subject and to express personal
opinion so long as the students
were encouraged io reach their
own conclusions.
Miss Collins said the Rankin
Bill which would impose a fine of J
10 thousand dollars or jail term
of 10 years upon conviction for
Un-American activities might
work a hardship on teachers. It
holds it to be unlawful in any
course of teaching to advocate,
express of convey the impression
of sympathy with or approval of
Earlier Senator Robert A. Taft
of Ohio told the association that
“nothing in my opinion could be
more dangerous than the direction
of education from Washington.”
The bill he sponsored for Federal
aid for schools presented any di
rection by the Federal Govern
ment, he said
Negro GI Gets Life
Ass’ii Asks Clemency
gal Department today submitted a
petition for clemency to the Sec
retary of War in behalf of Osie T.
Brown, a Negro former Private
with the 3777th Quartermaster
Truck Company. Brown had been
tried by a General Court Martial
sitting at Reims, France, on July
12 1945 for alleged murder of a
white serviceman.
The petition pointed out that,
Brown should not have been con
victed of murder. Rather the cir_
cumstances show that the crime
should have been reduced to man.
slaughter and the sentence made
less severe than life imprisonment
which was originally levied
against him. Brown’s having been
denied (admission to a service,
men’s dance because he was a Ne’
gro, and having been struck on
the chin by a white soldier without
cause or provocation, probably
created a state of temporary
passion which prevented the pre.
meditation necessary for the crime
of murder, according to Franklin
Williams, NAACP assistant spec- ,
ial counsel who submitted the
It was urged that the clemency
board considering this case remit
the remaining portion of Brown’s
sentence to confinement and offer
him an opportunity to reenlist in
the service.
represents legion post
The American Legion Auxiliary
to Post No. 3 was represented by
the president and the 1st. vice
president Mrs. Pearl Brummell
and Mrs. Greta Wade, at the
Douglas County Convention held
at the American Legion Auxiliary
to Post No. 331 So. Omaha.
Police Sunday were holding a
man '.arrested in a card game
Saturday with an open knife in
his pocket.
Heads Delegation
The Civil Rights Congress has
announced a delegation to Wash
ington on Friday, July 18, to press
for enactment of Federal anti
lynch legislation before the end of
the present session. Pending leg
islation has been introduced in
the House by Representatives
Douglas and Repersentative Case
and in the Senate by Senator
Warge and Senator Morse,
The delegation will number at
least 150 persons, representing
CRC chapte»s in New York, De
troit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Phil
adelphia and other cities throug
out the country. All other organi
zations are urged to send addition
al delegates.
The one-day delegation will have
its headquarters at Friendship
House, 619 D st., S. E. Plans for
action include visits to Congress
men, Senators, Minority and Ma
jority Leaders of both House and
Senate, and the Chairman of the
Judiciary Committees of both
Dr. Forrest Oran Wiggins of
Indianapolis said he has accept
ed a permanent appointment as
the first Negro ever to be named
to the faculty of the University
of Minnesota.
Dr. Wiggins said he will be an
instructor in philosophy.
Congressman Chase Files
Petition to Further the
Consideration of Bill
Long1 Time Omaha
Resident Passes
Mr. Henry Thomas 47 2874 Map
le st„ a resident of Omaha depart
ed from this world on Friday July
11th. He had been employed by
the Swift Packing Co., for over 25
years; receiving his 25 year ser
vice pin and commendation for
faithful service to Swift and Co. a
littleover two years ago. During
his lifetime Mr. Thomas was a
active member of the Zion Usher
Board where he gave the same
faithful service as he rendered at
Swift & Co. Along with his mem
bership in Zion Church, member
of the Usher Board; he was a
faithful member and supporter of
various church auxiliars.
Those left to mourn this great
loss are as follows: Wife Mrs. Em
ma Thomas, daughter Miss Rozell
a Thomas, of Omaha, Sister Mrs.
Georgia Banks of St. Joseph Mo.,
Mrs. Beatrice Weaver, of St. Joe.
Mo., Brother Mr. Charlie Thomas
Sr., of St. Joe., Mo., Cousin Mrs.
Addie Floyd of New York City.
Mr. Henry Thomas funaral was
held on Tuesday July 15, 1947 at
4:30 p. m. from the Zion Baptist
Church. His body was shipped to
his home St. Jo., Mo. for burial.
Teen-Agers Fun
Night July 19
July Fun Nite for all teen-agers,
sponsored by the Y. W. C. A., will
be held Saturday evening, July 19
at the Fontenelle Park Pavillion
from 6:30 to 10:30 p. m. The Y
Teen Summer Fun Council has
planned a fine program.
Dancing in the pavillion will be
preceded by a picnic which will be
eaten on the porch. Everybody !s
to bring his own unch. All, teen
agers are invited to come and
bring their friends.
tar Reaching Benefits Seen
In President 7 ruman’s Speech
New York,—There were indict
ions that President Truman’s
speech at the Lincoln Memorial
Mass Meeting of the National As
sociation. for the Advancement of
Colored People on June 29th
would produce far reaching effects
of a benefical nature in domestic
race relations as well as in some
sections of international relations.
The President's speech, which
closed the 38th Annual Conference
of the NAACP, was broadcast
over the four major networks and
by short wave to every section of
the globe where American influ
ence was being maintained. Ac
cording to reliable observer., the
foreign press devoted a good deal
of editorial space to the Chief
Executive’s discussion of civil
rights. It was considered signifi
cant that the short-wave trans
mission of Mr. Truman’s speech
was made through direct State
Department request.
Although the effect of the
speech on foreign listeners was not
underestimated, NAACP officials
were concerned primarily with the
more immedate results of a for
thright official statement in areas
of the nation where Negroes are
constantly under pressure. The
fact that many Southern news
papers devoted part of their edi
torial pages to the speech was con.
sidered one of the more immediate
benefits. One xample of Southern
comment was an editorial in the
Birmingham (Alabama) Herald in
which it was stated, “President
Truman was at his best when he
addressed the NAACP in Washing
ton Sunday. He spoke with reat
sincerity and force on the subject
of civil rights. He expounded a
democratic doctrine which is alto
gether admirable. His points were
(1) that an evolving freedom
means a broadening of democratic
(2) that in the fight against dis
crimination and prejudice of fed
eral government must take the
lead without waiting for the
growth of a will to action in the
slowest state or the most back
ward community, (3) that if we
are to maintain a democratic front
abroad, we must give “practical
evidence that we have been able to
put our own house in order.”
ed over the failure of the House
Judiciary Committee to hold hear
ings on his anti-lynch bill, H. R.
3488, Congressman Clifford P.
Case, Republican of New Jersey
this week filed a petition to dis
charged the Committee from
further consideration of the meas.
use. Known as Dicharge Petition
No. 9, it will require the signatur
es of 218 Congressmen in order to
by-pass the Judiciary Committee
and bring the anti-lynch bill to the
floor for vote.
The NAACP-suported anti-lynch
bill was introduced in Congress on
May 15th while the infamous
Greenville, South Carolina trial
was giong on, and referred to the
House Judiciary Committee, head
ed by Congressman Earl C. Mich
ener, Repubblican of Michigan. In
spite of the outcome of the Green
ville trialj, Michener steadfastly
refused to seriously consider bills
before his Committee to outlaw
In a statement to the NAACP
when he placed the Discharge Pet.
ition on the Speaker’s desk,Con
gressman Case said: “It is my
earnest hope that a majority of
the members of the House will
promptly sign the petition so that
at the earliest possible dae he anti,
lynch bill will be brbought before
the House for action.”
Meanwhile, Senator Homer Fer
guson, another Michigan Republi.
can has succeeded in keeping the
Wagner-Hart anti-lynch bill, S.
1351, bottled up in his sub-com
mittee since May 27th when the
measure was presented to the Sen
With the introduction of Dis.
charge Petition No. 9, the NAACP
opened its drive to get 218 con
gressmen to sign to bring the
anti-lynch bill up before Congress
goes home for the summer the lat
ter part of this month. All persons
are saked by the NAACP to wire
their congressmen to sign immed
iately the anti-lynch discharge
Folio 16, newest Guild publicat_
ion, is now available free upon
written request. It features col_
laborating opportunities with
sellar tunesmiths and lyricists J.
Fred Coots, Lou Alter, Doris Fish*
er, Edgar DeLange and Sam H.
Stept, who are some of the top
songwriters of the day.
I drew a cartoon for a man lit
1927, for which I charged $20, aa I
had agreed.
I was too young to know fte car
toon was worth $50. So now I am
going to. sue the man for $30.
* Also I forgot to charge the mart
for delivering the cartoon. That took
me 25 minutes each way.
I am going to sue the man for
$1.50 for delivery time.
Also I forgot to charge for the
cardboard. That was 11 cents. I am'
going to sue for that.
If anybody ever underpaid you, nrt
matter what your understanding
was, nor how long ago, sue him!
Let’s everybody sue everybody!
It’s such a nice way to make easy