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Mrs. Etta Johnson, Wife
of Jack Johnson The
Heavy Weight Cham
pion of the World
ENDED TTTF- LIFE WEDNESDAY EVENING WITH A BEVOLVEB IN
TH ''" APARTMENTS OVEE TEE OLD PALACE THEATBE, 41 WEST
SHE BUSHED HEADLONG ON INTO THE NEXT WOBLD WITH ALL
OF "BTnt IMPEBFEOTIONS RESTING ON HEE HEAD.
REV. FATHEE JOHN S. MOEEIS OF ST. MONICA'S 0ATH0U0 CHJJEOH
ADMINISTEEED EXTBEME UNCTION TO HEE JUST BEFOEE SHE
BREATHED TT LAST AT PEOVIDENT HOSPITAL.
TTTTR HUSBAND JOHN AETHUE JOHNSON IS WEIGHED DOWN WITH
GRIEF OVEE THE GBEAT LOSS HE HAS SUSTAINED IN HEE
Wednesday evening, shortly before
9 o'clock, it was flashed by the Asso
ciated Press, to all parts of the -world,
that Mrs. Etta" Johnson, -wife of John
Arthur Johnson, the heavy-weight
champion of the "world, had mortally
-wounded herself -with a shot from a
revolver, in their apartments, over the
old Palace Theatre 41 W. 31sfr steet;
now called tho Champion Do Cafe;
It appears, that shortly after Mr.
Johnson, opened his cafe, Beveral
months ago, that he and Mrs. Johnson,
left his home at 3444 Wabash avenue;
and occupied the apartment on the
top floor of the cafe; so that he -would
be right on the ground to look after
and pay close attention to his busi
ness; that Mrs. Johnson in order to
assist hex husband, in his now business
venture, dressed in her fine costumes
and bedecked with diamonds, was in
evidence in the kitchen, and saw to it
that the orders wefe properly prepared
and filled for tho many patrons of the
Thus showing, that, she was inter
ested in him beyond a mere matter of
his money, and that she was anxious
to see him succeed.
Just before she fired the bullet
through her right'temple, which ended
her life, she summoned her two Colored
maids, Mabel Bolden and Ellen Sim
mons, to her room, ordered them to
prepare her for bed, then she requested
them to kneel down and pray with
her. She also phoned to Mrs. Tenia
Bhodes, her sister-in-law to come over
and join in prayer with them "as she
had something of the greatest import
ance to impart to her. But f Mrs.
Bholes reached her apartments too
late, for by the time she arrived the
praying -was over. The last words. ut-J
tercd by Mrs. Johnson in, winding up
her prayer were,. ' God, pity a poor
woman who is lonely.'? Immediately
after giving expression .to those sen
timents, she dismissed her maids from
ter room, and in "the twinkling" of an
eye, after doing so, ft "revolver shit,
rang out through the building, and the
two maids rushing back into the room
of their mistress, stumbled across Tier
bleeding form, lying on the floor, with
the pistol flung out from her right
Shortly after the tragedy, she was
removed to Provident Hospital, "where
aa operation was performed by Dr. 0.
E. Bryan, -with a Tiew of saving her
We, but it was far vsin. For a little
after 3 o'clock, she breathed her lastj
d rushed on. into the next world,
"Kith an of he imperfections resting
a her head.
Bev. Father John S. Morris, of St
iloniea's Jiom&n Catholic Church, ad-
suaistered extreme Unction, to ner, jost
toore she breathed her.Iast.
Her body was removed early Thurs
fo morning to-the -undertaking" rooms
a 2959 8. State MreetjTrherB tie erb
aw's inquest was held at 2 O'clock.
e jury found in its verdfcfc. thai she
ended her life with -i Bret fro a
revolver and thai aha "had boa saf
feting fop cometimo with severe sere
At the time that Mrs. Johnson fired
the bullet into her right temple her
husband was down town in his big
touring car, to inform Mrs. Ed.
Smith, wife of Ed. Smith, the sporting
writer; that Mrs. Johnson would not
be able to accompany Mrs. Smith, that
evening to. Las Vegas, New Mexico,
as it was her intention to do so, where
she intended to-go and, remain for
soma time for tho benefit of her
On returning to his cafe: Mr. John
son, was horrified at the news im
parted to him that his wife had almost
succeeded in committing suicide; dur
ing the short space of time that he
Then he jumped into his car and
drove at a furious rate, to Provident
Hospital, and rushed into the room in
which his wife was dyinjr. He grasped
the frail form of his dying wife in his
powerful strong arms which haTe Suc
cessfully earned several hundred thou
sand dollars in the prize ring in the'
past few years to enable his wife to
dress in the finest and tho most ex
pensive raiment, to decorate herself
with costly diamonds from head to
foot, to have maids and other servants
to disappear at the raising or the low
ering of her little finger and to other
wise live in the grandest of style, and
ho refssed to permit her form to pass
from his arms until he was assured
that she was dead; while that sad
scene was being enacted Mr. Johnson
had every person excluded from the:
room, s"o that he could be alone with
his dyinjr wife and when the last
breath had left her body and flew out
into space to forever become a part or
ia jrrest universe and to mingle with
that unseen force or power which ia
onlr subject to the cold and stern
laws of nature, which are never sus
pended in the slightest degree for Qto
special benefit of any person wno nas
so far trodden npon the face of the
earth, ho wept like a child 'and in
speaking of her after this scene ne
"She was tho best pal I ever had."
'Hnt this nervous prostration put her
out of her head. 8he still loved rae, I
know she did. Why, she's Ue on
that ravA rae the pluck to win my bat
tles. I always had a talk with her
just before I west into a Sgnt. Ana
r hi is mrinn; to take the count.
It's tough. Itll knock rae out, I'm
Mrs. Johnson was only thirty-one
years old. She: obtained 'divorce from
Dnryea ia the latter part bt 1910 and
married Johnson in Jannary,. 1911.
They were -named at Rank Sutton's
hfttel in Pittsburg. Johnson was then
tppeariog at the Academy Theatre
there with "The Bolfckers." Their
acquaintance, previous to their" raar4
riage was short
Clarence U. Dsryea'aef trsV-ha
band-was a prtmiaeht society and race
horse owner in Hempstead, Xaag Is
land and fee tailed from one rf the
iau :,a Ta imflieV. iA'MO'-eaW
and Mrs. Johnson, herself kef 9
-carriage to Mr. Johnson raovea ia Jo
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MBS. ETTA JOHNSON,
Wife of Jack Johnson, who ended her life Wednesday evening with a revolver,
she was once a leading society queen In the east.
Cut by Courtesy of Chicago Examiner
circles and for sometime she was the
belle of her native town, Hempstead,
Once before Mr. Johnson claims that
his wife attempted" to commit suicide
by attempting to jump out of a sleeping
car window while they were returning
homo from Las Vegas, N. M.
Some of her few friends claim that
she has never been happy with all of
her finery and his money since her
marriage to Mr. Johnson, it is claimed
that she was heard to bitterly com
plain and to bewail her sad fate when
she accompanied her husband to Las
Vegas to witness his "great killing"
engagement with his friend Flynn,
when he returned homo with more
than forty thousand dollars worth of
bacon and she exclaimed as follows:
"I am a marked woman." "I ean
not go any place and am given no Con
sideration as a human being. Once
I was -a well-known woman I was
liked by everybody. Now, because
my husband is a black man, I have be
come a recluse a social outcast. I
wish I never had married Jack."
Feeling as she did -In this respect
and being dearly eouvineed that she
would forever Be debarred from mov
ing in decent society either among the
whites or the Colored folks, she finally
decided to pull the thin rail aside
which divides life and death and step
out into the world of utter darkness
fos she thought that was the' only
way to escape from her earthly
troubles, hard trials and disappoint
ments in this life.
Funeral services will be held over
the remains this morning at 11 o'clock
at 8t Monica's Soman Catholic
Church, 36th and Dearborn 8t, Eev.
Father John Sherdan Morris officiating,
interment, Graeeland Cemetery.
In tho recent death of Edward W.
Crosby of the Buffalo Times, New
York, the race lost a journalist whose
brains sought utterance and found it
through the columns of a leading
white dally of which he was one of
the edIUrs, the Times is owned by
Norman B. Mack, nhtn. recently chair
man of the Democratic National Com
mittee and the present thairffiin of
the Democratic State Committee of
Kew Tefk and is"would seem -that he
is in favor -of giving Colored aen
-with brains a fair show.
MES. JOHN E. MAESHALL AND
MISS E3TELLE LOUISE ARNOLD
IN HONOE OF "Mrm. CHARLES
J. PIOKETT OF WASHINGTON,
Last Friday evening, Mrs. John B.
Marshall and Miss Estelle Louise
Arnold, 3030 Calumet Avenue, gavo a
very delightful reception, in honor of
their guest, Mrs. Charles J. Pickett,
Mrs. Henry Lewis, and Miss Mamie
Lewis of Washington, D. C, and Miss
Theresa 6tubbs-of Boston, Mass.
The receiving party was composed
of the above mentioned ladies. The
reception was from 6 to 9 P. M.
Mrs. Pickett was beautifully gowned
in an elegant black crepe meteor; Mrs.
Lewis wore a costume of grey mar
quesette; Miss Mamie Lewis, in pink
crepe de meteor and Miss Stubbs
in lavender crepe de meteor.
Mrs. David Manson presented the
guests to the hostess and the receiving
party. The house was ery tastefully
decorated, in flowers, ferns and potted
plants The table was very prettily
arranged in pink. Choice and cooling
refreshments were lavishly served by
Brawley, the caterer.
Prof. Garfield Wilson and W. H.
Brown, discoursed classical music
throughout the evening. Tho only
thing laeking about the reception was
that it was a. strictly ladies affair who
were out in full force and no gentle
men were invited to attend it.
All the ladies attending it, were,
handsomely costumed and they could
be easily likened unto many fairy
butterflys many of them were con
veyed to and -from, tho reception in
COLOMED WOMAN APPOINTED
Mrs. Laura Anderson Hamilton
stood first in a civil service examina
tion for postmaster at Fort Ethan
Allen, Vermont and was appointed
August 25th, at a salary .of. $90.00 per
month. There were three candidates
for tho place, two .white men and Mrs.
Hamilton. She is the first woman Of
her race to land a like position orer
the civil service route.-
Mrs. -flsaE&el J. Carter, 3258 Bhodes
avenue; . retaraed ' home Thursday
morning from a short pleasure trip to
St. Paul, Mian.
SO DECLARES FORMER GOVEENOB EICHAEp BrGLENN'OF NOBTH
IN AN ELOQUENT AND EARNEST
THOUSAND MEMBERS OF THE
HE SPOKE IN CARNEGIE MUSIC HALL, PITTSBURG, PA.
HE URGED MOTHERS OF CHILDBEN TO BE WATCHFUL OF THE GAE
MENTS WOEN BY TH"'H DAUGHTERS AND TO UEGE THEM TO
WEAE DECENT AND BECOMING ATTIRE.
Formor Governor B. B. Glenn of
North Carolina, a few days ago deliv
ered a very rcmarkablo address in
Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburg, Pa.,
before moro than 2,000 members of
the Allegheny County Teachers Insti
tute; ho made an eloquent plea to
them to lend influence and assistance
in helping to bring around and in.
securing reform in tho manner of
dressing by the women in thin country.
His remarks were so timely on this
all important subject that we take a
great pleasure in reproducing them in
these volumes" and they highly deserve
to bo read and re-read by every de
cent man and woman throughout the
For if tho sensible women in Amer
ica (if there is any living today who
are entitled to rank in that class)
continue to absolutely refuse to call a
halt in their present style in undres
sing themselves up it will only be a
short time until they will place them
selves on a dead level with the com
monest and the lowest kind of women
who are always in evidence in all the
large and wo might safely say small
centers of population who are ever
ready to sell themselves to any man
It is at patent as the clear and
bright noon day sun, that morality,
deeenev and modesty among many
so-called respectable women is rapidly
glimmering through tho dream of
things that are no more.
Gov. Glenn spoke in part as follows:
"My dear ladies, if you want to
wear trousers wear them. Japanese
women wear them and look pretty
good in them. But if you insist upon
wearinsr them wear trousers witn ootn
legs in them, and not with only one leg,.
and then try and stick both your ieet
through them as some of you women
are how trying to do."
Mr. Glenn attributed the spread of
immorality, which, he says, ia increas
ing at an alarming degree, to the pres
ent style of low-necked and snort
skirt dresses. "How long are you go
ing to let the impure creatures of im
moral France," he said, "regulate the
style of dresses 61 the women of this
great country! I appeal to you in the
name of God, for tho sake of tne mor
als of our young girls and women
don't let them do it."
Appeals to Mothers.
He appealed to the mothers to hare
their daughters dress moro modestly
and then womanhood would be pro-
served and the men have that high re
card and esteem for women which
formerly prevailed but which is now
vanishing. Governor Glenn said
Mothers, I want to call your atten
tion to tho manner, in which your
daughters dress. We hear complaints
that there is not that same respect
there used to bo for wtainnhood; that
there is not the same yeneration. that
our fathers and grandfathers had for
women. Tb& women are in a measure
responsible fot this themselves. They
are dressing- improperly..
Woman is the greatest gift Go3 lias
bestowed npon man. They are next to
the angels in heaven. What has takes
PLEA WHILE ADDEESSTNG TWO
ALLEGHENY COUNTY "TEACHERS'
place that the men are losing respect
for tho womanhood of America? "What
do you see on the streets! You see
women going walking with nightcaps
on. You see them wearing waists
which aro three inches lower than they
ought to be. They go about exposing
themselves. They wear their skirts
threo inches shorter than they ought
to be. They wear these flimsy silken
stockings, so that you can hardly tell
if they are barelegged or not.
Men Not Complimentary.
Women, why do you wear this scant
attire I I do not know what the men
say to you to your faces, but I know
what they say about you behind your
backs. Suffice it to say that their
remarks are not complimentary.
You might bo able to dance the two
step in your hobble skirt, but you
never could dance the minuet, the
cotillon your grandmother used to
dance. Women, wear decent clothes.
Mothers, teach your daughters how
to dress modestly and you will soon
place the womanhood of America upon
that same high piano where it stood
in the days of our mothers and grand
mothers. Men will then respect your
daughters and there will be more pure
young women and men.
The former governor also scored the
women who promenade up and down
the boardwalks with their poodle dogs
and leave their babies at home in the
custody of tho French maids. The
husbands who spend their evenings
at dubs and other amusement places
instead of remaining home with their
families and assisting their wives in
properly rearing tho children cam in
for a bitter denunciation.
For Bales of Faith.
He attributed the present period of
discontent and unrest to the abandon
ing of tho belief in God. He said the
problems of platform building by the
political parties' of the country eould ,
be solved by their adopting those two '
ancient rules which have governed the
world for ages, "Love God with all
your heart" and "Love thy neigh
bor as thyself."
"There "serer was a greater need
for sterling men and women in this
country than at the present time,"
said Mr. Glenn. "Our republic ia in
danger of destruction, its enemies are
striking at the foundation of our lib- .
erty and we need God-fearing and
patriotic men and women to save our
Mr. Glenn made a remarkable ad
dress and his eloquence swayed the
Targe audience, many being moved to
tears. At the close of his address there
was a demonstration when, at the
speaker's solicitation and under his di-."
reetion, the audience, numbering over .
200, rose and sang "America."
Mrs. William H. Hayman, 67 E. 36tht
Btreet? Mrs. rnprica Brawn, Mrs.,
Alice Cowan, and Mrs. Alexander Lane; , .
gave an automobile, party. Tuesday - -afternoon,
ia honor of Miss Bay Bick
man, of Cincinnati, Oy and Miss Betta
Moss, of Indmsapiolis, lad. The ladies,
tT.av raioved their ride along Sheri-
daa Bead through Lincoln, Humboldt
and uaraeia Jtrarxs.
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