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JULIUS F. TAYLOR
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DR. M. A. MAJORS
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Phone Drexel 1416
April 15, 1922
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DO YOU JUJOW YOUR RACE
By Dr. M. A. Majors
of mind. The gaudy gloss of for
tune only strikes' the vulgar eye. The
three graces should become the bul
wark of the race while the cultiva
tion of the intellect should ever en
gage our noblest nature.
KNOW YOUR NEEDS
By Dr. M. A. Majors
The great nublic libraries are full
of books that lell the student who
reads what kind of people we are.
When have you been down to get
a book to .read more extensively
about the jrreat people of your own
racer i warning omv uai juu hccu wu
Did you know that every great na- cctting it as you need it:
tion in Europe can boast of its own Has some frills 1 reckon and society
great Negroes? You can very well has decreed it:
be proud and stick out your chest But getting always what you want
instead of what you need,
H?sn't got a single frill society has
Entered as Second-Class Matter, Aug.
19, 1902. at the Post Office at Chicago,
11L Under Act of March 8, 1879.
THE LATE JUDGE JOHN E. OWENS
He Was One of the Most Popular Lawyers and Citizens in Chi
cago. From August 1, 1899, Down to the. Day of His Death,
He Was a Constant Supporter of This Newspaper and He
Was a Warm Friend of Its Editor.
The Late Judge John E. Owens
Last Friday morning former
County 'Judge John Edward Owens
passed away at the family home,
3335' Warren Ave., after a long spell
of sickness, combined with pneu
monia. At the bedside when the end came
were the former judge's two brothers
and two sisters, William and Frank
Owens and the Misses Eleanore and
Ida Owens. They had been there all
through the night
William Owens flashed word of the
death all over Chicago. It traveled
quickly to scores of judges on all the
benches, to lawyers, to business men
and to some who had attended school
His aged mother, Mrs. Owens,
whom he was very much devoted to,
closed her eyes in death about one
The following short sketch of his
remarkable strides forward in all of
the affairs of life in this great city is
reproduced from the Christmas or the
Holiday edition of The Broad Ax,
December 22, 1917:
"Hon. John E. Owens has within a
very short period of time forced him
self to the front as one of the most
eminent lawyers in Chicago, and al
most every hour in the day some of
his many tried and true friends as
well as many prominent politicians
are urging him to enter the race for
mayor of Chicago in 1919.
"Judge John Edward Owens was
oorn in this city on the Northwest
Side June 22, 1875, where he spent his
age he has resided on the West Side
in the Thirteenth ward. He resides
at 3335 Warren avenue with his dearly
beloved mother, Mrs. Owens, and two
sisters and two brothers. He re
ceived his early education at St
Stephens Parochial School and at St.
Patricks Academy, Christian Broth
ers. He pursued law studies at night
graduating from Lake Forest Uni
versity, and was admitted to the Illi
nois bar, May 1, 1896.
"Shortly after being admitted to the
bar he was selected one of the assist
ant prosecuting attorneys of Chicago,
his salary being $65 per month. Hon
orably serving in that capacity until
he was elected city attorney of Chi
cago and served from 1901 to 1903.
While in this office he destroyed the
"ring" which through personal injury
damage suits had mulcted the dty of
hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"He was appointed master in chan
cery of the Grcnit Court of Cook
County, December 1, 1904, by Judge
Edward Osgood Brown. He was
elected judge of the County Court,
November, 1910, for a four-year term,
which expired shortly after December
1, 1914. He is a member of the fol
lowing organizations: Chicago Bar
Association, Illinois Bar Association,
Knights of Columbus, Foresters,
Loyal Order of Moose, Ancient Order
of Hibernians, Irish Fellowship Club,
Chicago Yacht Club, Pistakee Yacht
Club, Gaelic League, United Irish
Societies, and he has served with dis
tinction as the first vice-president cf
the County and Probate Judges As-
coyhood days. Since becoming of jsociation of the State of Illinois
HON. PATRICK J. CARR
iesuB&ted for Treasurer of Cook Cooaty Who Will Put Up a
StiS Fight to Be Elected Thk Coakg Fatt,
"Judge Owens has the distinguished
honor of being one of the most hand
some bachelors in this city. He occu
pies an extensive suite of law offices
on the fourteenth floor of the Con
way building and his clients are num
bered among the best citizens of Chi
Funeral services were held over his
remains at his late home Monday
morning, to Our Lady of Sorrows
Roman Catholic church, Albany St
and Jackson Blvd., the services being
conducted by the Rev. Father A. M.
Quigley, O. S. M., assisted by Rev.
Father V. M. Healy and by Rev.
Father Stephen B. Sullivan, and his
remains were laid to rest in the fam
ily lot in Calvary cemetery..
The following were the active and
honorary pallbearers and prominent
citizens who attended his funeral:
The active pallbearers were William
J. Healy, John W. Beckwith, William
H. Stuart George Kersten, John
Courtney and Edward Richter.
The honorary pallbearers were
Judges Frank S. Righeimer, Theo
dore Brentano, M. L. McKinley, Wil
liam E. Dever, Kickham Scanlan,
John R. Caverly, Charles A. McDon
ald, Francis S. Wilson, Frank John
ston, Jr., Marcus Kavanagh, Thomas
J. Lynch, John J. Mooney, John K.
Prindeville, Bernard P. Barasa, Wil
liam L. Morgan, Wells MCook, John
Ex-Governor Edward F. Dunne,
William L. O'Connell, Oscar F.
Mayer, Maday Hoyne, Roy D.
Keehn, Robert E. Crowe. William R.
Parker, Edward Osgood Brown, Rob
ert M. Sweitzer, Patrick J. Carr, An
ton J. Cermak, Charles C Fitzmorris,
John P. Moran, Jos. F. Haas, Chas. H.
Wacker, William H. Sexton, James
McAndrews, John H. McKay. Capt
Edward Maher, Judge Geo. F. Rush,
Judge Joseph Sabath, Judge David M.
Brothers, Judge George Kersten,
Judge Denis W. Sullivan, Judge C A.
MacDonald, Judge Harry Olson,
Judge Samuel H. Trade, Judge John
J. Rooney, Harry Brown, Mark Mac-
Namara, Robert E. Turney, Frank N.
Moore, E. L. Richter, Hugh O'Neill,
John Courtney, William McCabe,
Frank J. Hogan, Michael B. Morris,
Harry A. Riley.
Hon. Frank S. Righeimer closed the
County Court all day Monday out of
respect to the memory of Judge
Judge Owens was one of our best
and earliest friends in Chicago prior
to being selected city attorney of Chi-J
cago away back -in 1899, 1900 and
1901 his professional card appeared in
the columns of this newspaper year
in and year out and when he was
elected Judge of the County Court
in 1910, he gave us the undisputed
right to place one colored man in the
Board of Election Commissioner's of
fice at one hundred and twenty-five
dollars per month and L. W. Wash
ington was selected solely by us fori
that position. Judge Owens, also on
our recommendation, appointed sev
eral colored men and women as judges
and clerks of elections in the various
precincts on the South Side, for he
was the first Count)- Judge to place
women on the same level with the
men in that respect -May
his soul fihd'favorin the-sight
of his .Heavenly Father, -for all time
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even if we had produced only Phyllis
Whcatley, Pushkin, Dumas, General
Dobbs, Frederick Douglass, Edmonia
Lewis, and Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Perhaps the greatest thing our race
could do would be to organize read
ing clubs in every city to study the
history of the colored race. Of
course people who do not know much
about any thing care but very
little about anybody. But wc are an
intelligent people and we should know
all of th'e greatest forces that have
given the race distinction in one form
Henry O. Tanner, the great artist.
and S. Coleridge Taylor, the great
musician, Joseph Douglass, the great
violinist, this should be upon the lips
of our children. Knowledge like this
makes them straighten up and flare
back" into the faces of adversaries in
bold defiance and indifference of
their kind. There arc a thousand
wonderful questions and answers-that
are to be written about this wonder
ful race of yours and mine.
Some of us must make diligent re
searches in the great archives of the
world's progress, and claim every par
ticle of credit that is ours by right
of blood. We have got to strike
deeply in the pages of history ac
quainting ourselves with its richest
truths that tell of all the great things
wc have worked for, struggled for,
fought for, and died for.
Do you want to know the great
men and women of your own blood?
Then go to the libraries and seek to
know the truth about Pushkin, about
General Dobbs of France, S. Cole
ridge Taylor, Henry O. Tanner,
Booker T. Washington. Learn all
that there is to know about the peo
ple of your own race and it will make
you hold your head just a bit higher,
and carry your shoulders a little
farther bsck, and your chest farther
out than your chin.
You may not need the things you
want, your taste may get along.
With only jut the things you need
or else you may go wrong.
I used to think I needed this and that
and so and so.
Until I learned it was my needs and
not my wants to know.
Fcople do not get the things they
think they want so bad.
It wouldn't do for selfishness always
makes people sad.
So it's better far I reckon to get first
what you need.
For what you want you'd have to
wait always jind not succeed.
WHITHER ARE WE DRIFTING?
By Dr. M. A. Majors
After more than twenty years, M. T
Bailey of Chicago and Prof. Joseph
T. Whiting, teacher at Tuskegcc In
stitute, met a few days ago at Tus
kegcc where M. T. Bailey went to be
present at the unveiling of a monu
ment to the memory of the late
Booker T. Washington. Bailey and
Whiting were schoolmates at the V.
N. & I. I. of Petersburg, Va., and
members of the graduating class of
that Institute in 1900. Prof. Whiting
is in charge of the Smith-Hayes De
partment of the educational work of
Tuskegee as well as throughout the
State of Alabama. M. T. Bailey is
engaged in the real estate business at
3638 South S'tate street
It is such a pity that people as a
rule even in very exclusive circles,
people who have enjoyed university
training give so much time to the
frivolous and worthless things. The
cultivation of the intellect, reading
good books, acquainting oneself with'
necessary detail, studying history, the
drama, philosophy, a little chemistry,
a little botany, a liltte metaphysics,
perusing the great writings of the
greatest writers is such a privilege,
and from such momentary delights
the noblest nature grows, and feeds
on intellect ambrosia and fattens.
The future of the colored race de
pends upon the kind of men and
women we are today. If we are in
tellectually fit, and strive for the high
mark of excellence then it follows
that as the night the day our chil
dren will achieve much in the wake
of excellencies in even' thing we
study to learn and know.
Today seems to have caught every
one 'in the fringes of gaudy gloss.
The beauty of thought seems to have
become discredited by lazy minds
who struggle for reputations around
a card table, or on the ball room floor.
If a worthy man should aspire to
win the hand of a winsome lady,
where in the devil could he go now
days to look for her, who by every
high incentive is. to become the
mother of his children? Conclusive
seizures scenr to have gotten the very
best of us by the throat, and so be
numbed our moral stamina that we
do not think of virtue any more as
being the Gibraltar of our homes and
firesides. We are becoming noted as
champion whist players and lovely
dancers, without any serious regard
for intellectual spirit which is the
very bedrock to race nobility. But
who cares a rap for the men and
women from college, the great whist
angel or the. dancing demon wins the
We have got to get away from
some of these delightful pastimes, and
find pleasure where reward to, noble
endeavors invite our talents. We
have got to revive some of the de
cencies and respectable notions which
once painted for us beautiful land
scapes, and lured us to things that
our mothers taught us to strive for.
The conduct of other races is not fif '
for us to follow, and even if we did
it would prove only to be a mirage.
leading us only to a hell of torture
The church must ever be bur great
refuge. We've got to renew our
covenants, and start anew our jour
ney toward a better prospect than
the fearful excitements that have not
offered much else than silly foolish
ness and gaiety.
The praise that is. worthy is only
attained' by .manly "sense and dignity.
Star of East Council of A. U. K. &
D. of A., of which Mrs. Ida Simmons
is most excellent queen, celebrated its
anniversary on April 6th with a pro
gram and reception at Johnson's Hall,
35th and State streets. A fine show
ing was made and the most excellent
queen was praised for the work which
the Council has done. Among the
speakers of the evening were Daugh
ters Eliza Jackson, state grand queen
of Illinois; Serilda Jackson, Nellie
Burbouge, representatives from the
Juvenile Department, and Dr. Simmons.
HON. CHARLES RINGER
Nominated on the Republican Ticket for Treasurer of Cook
County with the Great Aid of The Broad Ax.
ARE YOU HAPPY?
By Dr. M. A. Majors
TO ATTEND DISPLAY
Hon. William H. Fields of St.
Louis, Mo., national grand master of
A. U. K. & D. of A. is expected to be
in the city on the 24th of April to be
present at the military display and
drill under the auspices of the Chicago
Councils, Col. J. W. Hall and his
staff, at Eighth Regiment Armory.
Hon. Fields is now visiting Columbus,
Ohio; Newport News, Va., and New
There must be a great deal of un
happincss in the world because we
see so much criticism and general un
rest among the people. The courts,
the prisons, the reforms, and the man
ifestation of discontent scrupulous
ambitions to rise, inclinations to cheat,
a dogged disposition to steal, aggra
vated and disgruntled impulses to go
wrong, and to follow the downward
path of sin and folly. Murder, lust.
ugly touches of degradation in every
fashion and form, spite, jealousies,
the wrath of hate multiplied into a
thousand hideous shapes, these all
help tell how desperately the human
heart is assaulted and marauded and
by the ugly and miserable of human
Why should not every one be
happy. There is more than enough
of every good thing for every person
in the world. If every person was on
the same basis as to truth and right
eousness there would be but very
little misery and unhappjness in the
world. It is the work of the church
to bring about this happy condition.
standing up by the side of a colored
couple waiting to get married.
Col. Cermak, who has no love in his
thirty-five dollar heart for colored
people might as well put this one
great truth in his thirty-five doHir
pipe and smoke it, namely, tiat he
never will be able Jto induce t'se bet
ter class of colored people to vote
for him, even for Pound Master-Editor.
BACK FROM TUSKEGEE
The special party of Chicagoins
who attended the unveiling of tie
monument to the memory of the kx
Booker T. Washington
Institute, Ala., have ret.
city much pleased with t1- -k
cises held and the accr - kms, -j
received at the Insti Wk
those in this party were Oc'xs
George Cleveland Ha', a '
Lewis, C V. Dudley, C -
ton, Bert Anderson, S. T -
son and Mrs. c E. McDonaldsoa;
Gentlemen: Oaude A. Barnette. Negro
Associated Press; John H. Wearcr,
Hogg Seeley, D. B. Hawley, Rnha
Brimm, A. L. Jackson, Chicago De
fender; George R. Arthur, executhe
To blot out sin and iniquity and! secretary of the Y. if. C A; E
breathe a Christ love into the hearts
CERMAK GETS NUPTIAL KNOT
TD2D FOR COLORED COUPLE
TO TOUR MICHIGAN
Charles Satchell Morris, Jr., the
youngest platform orator, a brilliant
speaker, is in great demand and is to
leave ina few days for various cities
in Michigan to speak. He recently
returned from a ten days, trip. Mor
ris is a senior student at the Univer
sity of Chicago and is stopping at
4450 Prairie avenue.
COMING TO CITY
Prof. Clement Richardson, presi
dent The Lincoln Institute at Jeffer
son City, Mo., is expected in the city
about April 27th to spend a few days
with friends. The Lincoln Institute
Club of which Hon. Walter M.
Farmer, attorney, is president, is pre
paring to entertain Prof. Richardson
during his stay in the city.
MRS. MARTIN IMPROVED
Mrs. Jennie Martin, 3556 State
street, well known in fraternal organi
zation is very much improved and
able to be among her many friends
after weeks of illness which has con
fined her to her bed and home.
Officers of The Joint Building As
sociation of U. B. F. & S. M. T. were
installed on Sunday afternodn at
Bailey's Hall, M. T. Bailey perform
ing the ceremony. The association is
forging ahead with J. B. Street as
Believing that all aldermen are mag
istrates, a colored couple approached
Aid. Anton J. Cermak in the alder
manic lounge Monday, presented their
marriage license, and asked him to
Cermak hurried to the council
chamber, where a law enforcement
meeting was in progress. He cor
ralled the Rev. Howard Agnew John
ston, president of the Chicago Church
federation, who married the couple,
with Aid. Cermak, Olsen and Cas
pers as witnesses.
It was enough to make an old he
black torn cat real sick at the stom
ach to behold Old Uncle Tommy
Davidson Washington, Mrs. George
W. Holt, Mrs. HER. Cross; Misses
Lilia McElroy, Stella Zimmerman, P
C. Vincent, G. B. Nichols, public
school teachers of Gary, Ind.; if. T.
Bailey, C L. McKenzie, Col. W. K.
Cowan, real estate brokers.
BIG DOINGS AT THE EIGHTH
You are cordially invited to attend
the Ladies Military Display and re
ception given by the various Councils
of A. U. K. & D. of A. of Chicago
and the First Regiment of Illinois un
der the command of Col. J. Wesley
Hall which will be reviewed by Com
mander-in-Chief, William Herbert
Fields, and Most Excellent Queen? at
the Eighth Regiment Armory. Mon
day evening, April 24th. dmision
50 cents. Good music Ad
The season of lot selling in Mor
gan Park is open and activities begun
by The Bailey Realty Co., 3638 S.
State st Almost any terms may be
had. for the purchasingrof a home in
this beautiful suburb by- consulting
rem-esenfcitivMS- 'i& v ' '
B S&fek' IhHH
HON. MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Nominated for One of the Trustees of the Sanitary District of
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