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Omaha, Nebraska, Friday, January 11, 1929
Vol. XIV—No. 28 Whole Number 700
Representative I. Will Taylor of
Tennessee, went before the House
Committee on Public Buildings at
Washington and entered a plea for
the building of a $500,000 memorial
to the Negro race.
A lily white organization in Mis
sissippi joined hands with one in
Louisiana to reduce the influence of
the Negro in the Republican party.
Col. Otis B. Duncan, commanding
officer of the Eighth Illinois Infan
try, was offered a detail upon the
war department general staff.
Mrs. Pearl Mildred Flipper enter
ed suit for $10,000 against Miss Flo
rence Johnson, charging alienation of
the affections of her husband, the
Rev. Carl F. Flipper.
Dr. L. K. Williams, president of
the National Baptist convention, de
fended the position of that body in
respect to the National Training
School for Girls, of which Miss Nan
nie Burroughs is principal, in a state
ment to the press.
Robert R. Church, Memphis, was
unanimously elected a delegate to the
Republican national convention from
the Tenth Tennessee district.
“Meek Mose,” a comedy drama
written by Frank Wilson and pro
duced by Lester Walton, opened in
Philadelphia. It had first been pro
duced at the Princess theater, New'
Congressman Martin B. Madden
defended Negro employes of the Chi
cago postoffice against an attack
made by Congressman William F.
Stevenson of South Carolina.
The Regal theater, costing a mil
lion and one-half dollars, was opened
Claim was made by bank examin
ers that more than a half million dol
lars was lost by the Fraternal and
Savings Bank of Memphis, Tenn.
A police guard was placed around
Josephine Baker in Vienna to protect
her from sfudents.
Friends of Hubert Harrison or
ganized in New York to erect a mon
ument to him.
Dr. P. J. Maveety, secretary of the
department of education for Negroes
of the board of education of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, re
signed after 20 years of service.
R. Nathaniel Dett, director of mu
sic at Hampton Institute, was pre
sented with the Harmon award of
four hundred dollars and a gold
medal in a striking ceremony at the
Dr. Ernest Just, Dr. Julien Lewis,
Dr. Thomas Turner, and Robert A.
Thornton were listed in American
Men of Science, the leading author
ity on Who’s Who in the scientific
Mrs. Carrie S. Ramsay was ap
pointed a field agent for Tuskegee
Institute to succeed her late husband.
Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, part
ners in the show world for many
years, entered different productions
with the announcement that they
were permanently separated.
A thirty-thousand dollar home for
Btevedores was completed in Phila
Charles Falone, who was found
guilty of rape upon a colored girl,
was pardoned after spending a year
in the Kentucky state penitentiary.
James A. Myers, who achieved na
tional and international fame as a
member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers,
died at his home in Nashville, Tenn.
The anti-lynching bill recommend
ed by Governor Harry Byrd of Vir
ginia, was passed by the state senate,
32 to nine.
The Kentucky state legislature
passed a bill appropriating $142,000
for replacing the girl’s dormitory at
Frankfort which was destroyed by
A bill was introduced into the Ken
tucky legislature to compel separa
tion of the races in the street cars in
After arresting more than 100
murderers, Detective Sergeant John
T. Jackson, 60, retired from the po
lice force of Washington, D. C.
Colored business men of New Or
leans organized the Broadmoor
Laundry and Dry Cleaning '•ompany.
State Senator Felder, New York,
announced that he would attempt to
have the legislature of his state set
aside a fund of $25,000 with which
to provide an airplane with vhich
Herbert Julian might attempt a trans
Lily whites in Louisiana held u
convention and endorsed Herbert
White eitizens of Meldrim, Ga.,
removed the body of Mrs. Mario G.
Underwood, a colored woman, from
its grave in a so-called white ceme
Ted Thompson, national champion,
was rated No. 1 among the tennis
stars listed.by the American Tennis
Salaries for elementary and high
school teachers in Richmond, Va.,
A charter was granted for the
Southern Sanitorium, a hospital for
Negroes at Staunton, Va.
Josephine Baker and her “postage
stamp” costume were the subject of
a heated debate between members of
the Austrian parliament.
The Urban League
desires to thank the
many friends who so
to their request by
caring for a worthy
family at Christmas
time persons were made mer
ry many hearts glad as the re
sult of this spirit.
During the month of December the
league co-operated with ten different
organizations in adjusting certain
cases coming under its care.
In being transferred from Omaha
to St. Paul, the Urban league lost
in Mr. C. A. Cushman, one of the
most valued members, and the Ne
groes of Omaha a staunch friend.
Working conditions for me nare
quite critical at this time. 8hese
condtiions not only affect Negroes
but the general population of those
who are working. It is well that a
part of your weekly check be re
served for the unexpected.
During the month of December
there were 389 personal contacts in
the office of the league for various
100 Women Wanted
Who are willing to apply them
selves on one of the many jobs for
female help which comes to the Ur
ban league employment office each
day. We hear much regarding prej
udices, long hours, and certain dis
advantages we must face in accept
ing certain jobs. Perhaps one of the
greatest handicaps we face is the un
reliability of so many of our women.
It is not uncommon for the Urban
i n i n 11 EsaecsgK'qgs
league and no doubt other agencies,
to sign a woman for a job with the
understanding that* she report for
service the following day. On the
day, in many cases, she does not re
port, nor is any information given
stating why she do«?s not. To many
their existence is a happy-go-lucky
one. But such ways, and persons
having them, have no place in bus
iness. Negro women who will work
better, faster, apply .themselves more
thoroughly to their jobs, and assume
a genial interest in the affairs of
their employer, will find an open and
ready field for their services. Com
petition is the soul of business and
in this game the fittest survive.
If 100 women can be found who
are willing to observe some of the
foregoing suggestions, their services
are as valuabl enow as the services
of women were duping the war.
Having been intimately associated
for seven years with industrial rela
tions departments'as-they affect wo
men, a few don’t for the employee
may be in place as a part of this
Don’t entertain your employer on
your domestic or community affairs,
rhey don’t interest her.
Don’t talk too much or enter con
versations on the job unless you are
Don’t feel your employer can’t get
along without you, even though she
says so. There’s usually someone as
rood or better than you to take your
Don’t think only of your own con
Don’t cover up unclean bodies with
lelicate perfume. Usually the com
bination is nauseating.
Don’t stop work to attend every
funeral of a friend or fraternal mem
Don’t be non-dependable. Report
,o work on time. If you plan to stop
vork, properly notify your employer.
Remember you can make a job
better or worse not only for your
self but successor.
One hundred men wanted—yes,
and more, for they will be needed.
H. J. Pinkett, attorney, 319-20 Ne
ville Block, Sixteenth and Harney
streets. Atlantic 9344.—Adv.
BORN A SLAVE; DIES WEALTHY
Senatobia, Miss., Jan. 11 (ANP) —
Phil Price, 104 years old, died at his
home in Coldwater, Sunday. Born
in Alabama in 1824, Price was 38
years old when freed from slavery.
He became one of the largest land
owners in Tate county, at the time
of his death owning more than a
thousand acres of fine land. Price
was here when the first railroad
train ran, when the first steamboat
plied the Mississippi river and lived
to see airships fly across his farms.
He resided in Mississippi for more
than 90 years.
Price was the largest holder of war
savings stamps and liberty bonds in
the county, and his entire cash sav
ings for years was invested in bonds
and stamps from a purely patriotic
standpoint. He died in the house in
which he had lived for 75 years.
HOLD WHITE HIT AND RUN
New Orleans, La., Jan. It (ANP)
—Edward Fields, 40 years old, liv
ing in the Harvey section of Jeffer
son parish, was instantly killed on the
public road recently, and Sam Cam
pisi, a white man, has been arrested
and charged with manslaughter.
Fields had got out of his car, when
trouble developed, to look in the gas
tank, according to parties who were
with him when he was struck by a
speeding car which kept on its way.
Field’s car was hurled through a
fence on the side of the road but the
occupants escaped injury. A clue
was obtained to the identity of the
speeder and his arrest followed.
NEGRO ADVANCES IN
BUSINESS AND FINANCE
CONQUER NEW FIELDS IN 1929
(By the Associated Negro Press)
Slowly but surely, Negro business
is learnin gto stand on its owr. feet.
For years it has been creeping along
on all fours with its eyes uplifted to
wards the sky and its hands groping
hesitantly about in search of an up
right object upon which to rest its
weight and lift itself to its feet. As
the support for which it sought has
materialized in the development of a
small group of business leaders with
vision and courage, Negro business
has raised itself upward and today
stands tottering upon its own feet
ready to take its first steps forward.
Dark days will come for some of
the institutions manned entirely by
members of the race and dark days
will vanish before the consatnt ad
vance of an able, honest Negro lead
ership, but the bulk of our commer
cial enterprises will prosper with in
creasing regularity as the years roll
on. Business is business, and the Ne
gro owned institution must measure
up to the requirements set by the
other institutions of its kind or fail
as surely as it begins. But opportu
nity, adversity and ambition has bred
for the group a small army of trained
business leaders to whom all Negro
business may look for support, guid
ance, and consistent development.
They in turn are imparting their
knowledge to younger men and wo
men who will take the reigns when
they have passed on and guide Negro
business forward till it shall walk up
right with all the vigor and confi
dence demanded by the competition
of modern times.
And so, while we look forward to (
the new year and plan for the future i
of our commercial institutions and
our race, let us take a brief look at ^
the men and women who are leaders
in our economic life—those who have
brought Negro business thus far— r
and learn the secret of their rise to
power and affluence. Let us look to
Abbott, Murphy, Vann, and Mitchell, ■
the successful publishers; let us look
to Binga, Wright and Hawkins, the
bankers; to Overton, Walker and Ma
lone, the manufacturers; to Terry
and De Priest, the real estate brok
ers; to Rutherford, Spaulding and
Herndon, the insurance executives;
to Windham, Hadnott and Alexander,
the contractors; to Gibson, Foster
and Turpin in the amusement world.
All began their lives in poverty and
each has developed into a strong, vi
gorous leader in lys respective field
through continued perseverance and
the practice of thrift and economy.
They could not have achieved other
wise. Shall nor our young men and
women of today do likewise if they
expect success and wealth to reward
their endeavors? Certainly they
must, and every Negro father and
mother should encourage their chil
dren to acquire these qualities of suc
cess. That achievement is builded on
industry, persevernace and thrift
should be the doctrine taught by
every Negro in business and the for
mula laid down by every newspaper |
But the young man who reads the
above lines may note an absence of
the names of successful men engaged
in retail trade. Where, they may ask,
are our successful Negro merchants?
We have a few but only continued
encouragement will give us more.
Already we can count two or three
department stores, a single chain of
grocery stores, a chain of shoe stores,
and a number of individual successes
in various lines. But the number of
truly outstanding successes is not in
The most casual analysis of our
commercial successes indicated that
Negroes flock to those fields where
some one individual has made an un
usual or spectaculra achievement.
We find this to be true in nearly
every field. As a result many ave
nues of trade are overcrowded while
ones with equal or greater opportu
nity have few or no recruits. But.
that duplication of successful effort
has its decided advantage to the |
group can be seen by the growth of
progressive enterprises launched by
men and developed in other cities
than the one where success is first
achieved. Insurance companies, loan
Walter W. Head.
Walter W. Head
Omaha Nat’l Bank
Well-Known Omaha Banker Is the
Holder of Most Omaha
Walter W. Head, who Tuesday was
elected president of the State Bank
of Chicago, holds more positions of
financial responsibility than any oth
er Omaha business man. In addition,
king- of AJk-Sar-Ben.
Some of his presidencies, chair
manships and directors’ posts follow:
President, Omaha Nationia bank,
Omaha National Co.
President, Omaha Trust Co., Oma
ha Safe Deposit Co.
Chairman board of directors, Ne
braska Power Co.
Vi :e-president, American National
bank, St. Joseph, Mo.
Vice-president and chairman exec
utive committee, St. Joseph Life In
President, Boy Scouts of America.
Chairman boys' week committee,
Chairmart, national father and son
committee, Y. M. C. A.
Member general board, national
council, Y. M. C. A.
President, Y. M. C. A. of Omaha.
Director and member, finance com
mittee, Chicago and Northwestern
Director and member, finance com
mittee, Chicago, St. Paul, Minneap
olis and Omaha Railway Co.
Director, New York Life Insurance
Director, United States Fidelity
and Guaranty Co., Baltimore, Md.
Director, Industrial Finance Corp.
Director, Universal Aviation Corp.
Director, New York Fire Insur
Director, Merchants and Manufac
turers Fire Insurance Co., Newark,
Director, American Equitable Fire
Director, Knickerbocker Fire As
Director, Syivania Insurance Co.,
Director, Commercial Credit Co.,
Member capitol commission, new
Nebraska state capitol.
Treasurer, Omaha Welfare Feder
ation and Community Chest.
Treasurer, Child Saving Institute.
Member board of regents, Creigh
Member board of trustees, Hast
. ings college, Hastings, Neb.
Member board of trustees, Grin
nell college, Grinnell, la.
NEGRO IS SHU 1 BY
Georgetown, MisB., Jan 11 (ANP)
—Jack Walker, disputed an unpaid
balance in rent claimed to be due
Albert and R. W. Little, white men,
who visited his home asking a settle
ment. Not being able to convince
them by word of mouth, Walker
opened fire with a double barrel
shotgun and “filled ’em full of lead.”
One of the brothers, R. W. Little,
returned the pleasantries and as a re
sult Walker is dangerously wounded
and may die.
W. Dale Clark New
President of Omaha
ind finance companies, and cab com
janies have grown up in many cities
is a result of this imitative stimulus.
Center, Tex., May 21—(New York
Evening Post, May 21)—“Bdudy”
Svins was taken from two officers
xnd lynched by a mob. He was
tanged from the same limb of an
ink tree in the court house yard
vhere another Negro was lynched
ibout five years before. Evins was
barged with murder in a fatal at
ack on a white man.
Slater, Mo., May 30—(New York
fimes, May 31)—Ocie Wilson, who
vas charged with the murder of a
'■legro railroad shop worker, was
;aken from officers and hanged by
L2 men whom the officers believed
,o have been friends of the slain man.
Ml involved were Negroes.
Boyce, La., June 2—(New York
rimes, June 3)—Lee and Dave
Blackman, brothers of William Black
nan, who killed a deputy sheriff and
n turn himself was slain by a squad
3f officers, were taken from offi
:ers and their bodies riddled with
Houston, Tex., June 20 — (New
Vork Evening World, June 20) —
Robert Powell was abducted from the
Jefferson Davis hospital and hanged
from a bridge eight miles from Hous
ton. Powell was charged with killing
Brookhaven, Miss., June 29—(New
York Times, June 30)—James and
Stanley Bearden were lynched by a
mob of several hundred persons who
forced their way into the Lincoln
county jail and seized the prisoners,
charged with assaulting local citi
zens. One of the men was tied to
an automobile and dragged through
the city streets before being carried
out of town and hanged; the other
was hurried off in a car in an oppo
site direction and hanged to a bridge.
Summit, Miss., July 2—(New York
World, July 3)—“Shug” McEllee, ac
cused of attempting to attack a
young white girl, was taken from
county officers and hanged to a tree.
Farmington, New Mex., Nov. 16—
(New York Evening Post, Nov. 17)
—Rafael Benavides, a Mexican shep
herder, was kidnaped from a local
hospital by three masked men and
his body was found a few houx-s later
swinging from a tree. Benavides
had been taken to the hospital after
being shot down by a sheriff’s posse
when he resisted arrest for an al
leged attack upon a white woman.
Shelby, Miss., Dec. 31 — (New
York World, Jan. 1, 1929)—Charley
Shepherd, who escaped from a prison
farm after murdering a guard and
abducting his daughter, was burned
to death on a plantation seven miles
Hattiesburg, Miss., Dec. 26—(New |
York World, Jan. 1, 1929)—Eman
uel McCallum, «colored automobile
mechanic, was lynched near Hatties- <1
burg. (No details.)
TIMES EDITOR TO DELIVER
Tuskegee, Ala., Jan. 11 (ANP) —
Following a meeting of the executive
council held recently, Dr. R. R. Mo
ton, principal of Tuskegee Institute,
announced that Dr. John H. Finley,
executive editor of the New York
Times, Ne wYork City, would deliver
the Founder’s Day address at Tus
kegee Institute this ./ear.
The trustees’ party, composed of
men and women prominent in nation
al life, will arrive at the school on
Friday, April 5, and the Founder’s
Day address will be delivered on Sun
day, April 7.
Dr. Finley was formerly editor of
Harper’s Weekly, and just prior to
assuming his duties as editor of the
New York Times, was president of
the College of New York. He has an
international reputation as an editor
and writer. The Founder’s Day ad
dress in 1928 was delivered by Dr.
Wilfred T. Grenfell.
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