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CHICAGO,. ILL., SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1922
TIE BROAD AX
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JULIUS F. TAYLOR
Editor and Publisher
DR. M. A. MAJORS
October 21. 1922
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HON. MICHAEL K. SHERIDAN
The People's Candidate for Election for Member of the Board
of Assessors, of Cook County; Both Men and Women Can
Vote for Him.
Entered as Second-Class Matter. Aug
iV, 1902. at the Post Ofiice at Chicago,
tIL Under Act of March 8. 1879.
RACE .LEADERS SOUND CALL
Commission on Inter-Racial
416 Palmer Bldg., Atlanta, Ga.
R. B. Elearer, Director of Publicity
Law Enforcement Conference a Great
Success Utmost Harmony Pre
vails; Many Distinguished
Special To The Broad Ax
Nashville, Tenn. The National
Temperance and Law Enforcement
Conference,, held in this city last week,
was a notable success. It brought
together one of the largest and most
representative groups of Negro lead
ers ever assembled in America, and
sounded, p. -'--v call to high char
acter vanu" good .dzenship that will
be baaid iiiroitghont the nation,
r Reenforcmg tht many eloquent and
-Stirring speeches, the Conference
ailopicd a nutn'jct of vigorous pro-nouncc"i?a'-
on rohibition, law en
forcement jmem'e delinquency, cdu-
atio'i. K -' -lie, health and social
""morality, anu on the relation of the
Church, the home -and the press to
these several subjects. These rer
ports were formulated by carefully
chosen commissions, and were re
ferred to a Committee on Findings
to be correlated into a single state
ment and given to the public This
statement will be most significant as
representing the united voice of the
Negro leadership of America. Its
publication will be eagerly awaited.
The Conference was notable not
only for the number -and distinction
of its sneakers, but also for the
harmony and unanimity that charac
terized their utterances. In the
whole program there was not a dis
cordant note, every speaker pleading
eloquently for temperance, law en
forcement, high moral characterand
?ood citizenship. Among them may
be mentioned Bishops K. E. Jones,
A. J. Carey and I. B. Scott, Doctors
W. G. Alexander, I. Garland Pcnn,
J. W. Waters. V. M. Blair, J. T.
Moppins, Alfred Lawless. L. E.
Jordan. Resell A. Brown, V. A. C.
Hughes, I. H. Jones, M. L. Vaugh
tcrs, J. N. C. Coggin, K. G. Morris,
N. D. Shambourger. Isaac Fisher,
George E.' Haynes, J. C. Caldwell,
B. F. Abbott, L. A. Townsley, D. H.
Stanton, L. H. King, J. A. McMillan,
L. A. Fisher. J. T. Phillips. S. A.
McDowell, and R. T. Wcathcrby;
Presidents Jojm Hope, or Morehouse
College. S. A. Owen, of Roger Wil
liams. IX C. Suggs, of Livingstone
College, and W. J. Hale, of the Ten
nessee Normal; James Wcldon John
son. J. C. Napier, W. A. Jennings,
Prof. T. W. Tally. James H. Robin
son, and W. I-. Porter: Mrs. Anna
Penn. Mrs. Margaret Peck Hill, Mrs.
Ida Wclls-narnett, Miss- Angela Tur
peaii. Mrs. Cora Jordan White. Mrs.
Mary Bethunc. Miss Mosell Griffin.
Mrs. L. A. J. Moorcr and Dr. Mattie
The program presented also a num
ber of distinguished white speakers,
among them being President F. A.
McKenzie. of Fisk University, Dr. W.
M. Alexander, of the Inter-Racial
Commission, Dr. Clarence True Wil
son, of the Methodist Board of Tem
perance. Dr. Rodney W. Roundy,
Secretary Home Missions Council,
Dean W. F. Tillctt, of Vandcrbilt
University. Prof. R. H. Lcavcll of
Pcabody College. Hon. Guy D. Goff.
Assistant Attorney General of the
United States. Mrs. Frances- Beau-
champ of the W. C. T. LT and offi
cials of the city and state.
WHY ARE WE NOT
By Dr. M. A. Majors
What is so different between the
races that colored people seem to be
a puzzle to white people? Let us take
up this question and try to analyze it.
Let us state here that the writer has
discovered not one particle of differ
ence except some colored people are
not quite as white as some other peo
pie who believe they arc white, think
as many white people think, act as
many white people act, etc.
Looking at things through eyes that
are prejudiced, and reading by obser
vation with their prejudices and not
with their eve is cause for a great
many puzzling things. If the white
race was only fair, and true to the
principles it advocates down deep in
its heart ot hearts .the white race
would see no difference in the races.
Savagery, and the ca-9 man stuff is
quite common in alt of the races of
the earth. For well nigh fifty years
the white man ihas been lulled to re
pose, feeling that his white skin was
securely quite sufficient to make him
superior to the Negro, meanwhile the
Nccro has been trying out every prin
ciple of civilization to overcome the
silly sentiment that has almost had
him hog-tied to racial inferiority. In
his huge efforts to prove that he was
human just like any other human
biped, he did not leave out of the
equation any one of the graces of hu
man nobility. All of the factors of
development .and progress regarded as
specific he set before him as cardinal.
There is possibly one emphasized
difference between colored and white
people, but that difference is not a ra
cial trait, it belongs to conditions of
environment, resulting from the cruel
usage of a horrible tyranny and op-J
prcssion visited upon his unfortunate
head by the white oppressor. That
difference is the disposition of the
Negro to show a manly respect, and
Dr. and Mrs. M. A. Majors, re
turned from Nashville. Tenn. Mrs.
Majors had been visiting Iter daughter
at Franklin, Tenn. Dr. Majors had
been awav from Meharrv Medical
inllffp tT,,ntv-ci,- ?nrc Tlij. cni.i.1
set of Nashville and Franklin tendered "Crcis,e. a finer S(;nsc hono toward
,,. , .: j j: ' . the white race than the white race
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win, or nas ever cxcrciseu xowara me
colored race. And, naturally enough
this in itself is sufficient answer for
the Negro when he spends his money
freely with the white merchant, trusts
him without question, and manifests
a kindly spirit in all of the white man's
The sum and substance of the
whole matter is that the white man
thoroughly understands the Negro.
He pretends that he does not. , He is
taking the Negro seriously all the
time he is laughing at us. assuming
that we are funny and grotcque. He
will call us George because he docs
not want ttj, respect us by addressing
us as men are entitled to be addressed.
This belongs to the white man's tradi
tion of cowardliness. There have
been white men who took no thought
of a man's color. Abraham Lincoln.
society is so crowded with the great
of all history that were he born a
white man he would have to accept
the position of a street car conductor,
and possibly work for thirty dollars a
week, when as. a Negro he could, put
his own price for what he did at a
thousand dollars a wtek."
When we come .to consider frailties
of humanity, the Negro is not as help
less as the white race. The machina
tions and power of -Satan over the
white and black races do not' differ in
any respect or degree. Neither race
can boast of not having dirty linen to
wash. Neither can get by with up
turned noses when both arc accus
tomed to the immoral stench of their
In the higher as well as the lower
levels of human society there is con
stant need of the whitewash brush.
The king is a figure head. Our chief
rulers arc baited with a lofty place for
the favors he can bring home to the
bosses. Politics the entrenched posi
tion of might is beyond the possibility
of purification, and o stench in the
nostrils of decent people. Perfidy
and perjury, stealth and the rest of it
makes one man bigger than another.
The Negro is to day entrenched be
hind the bulwark of his religious pro
fessions, and a faith that is indeed
commendable. After a while he will
find himself playing the roll of super
man rich in all of those sober quanties
that will make any race beloved. His
present like unto his jjast is all honey
combed with the wonderful mercy
and bountcousness of the Great God
whom he trusts witlian abiding faith.
If white is a sign of perfection.
And black is a sign of sin;
Why do the good white people
Buy black to dress up in?
VOJE FOR MR. JOSEPH ESPOS
ITO, REPUBLICAN .CANDI
DATE FOR COUNTY COMMIS
By Overton Starkey
Hon. James A. Scott, Assistant
State's Attorney of Cook County is
seriously Mck at his home. 3710
Prairie Ave His doctor does not
hold out much hope for his recovery.
Mr. Joseph Esposito of the 19th
Ward is a man who has proven him
self worthy of every consideration.
He has tried strenuously to appropri
ate every means whereby the poor and
unfortunate people might profit. He
has proven himself more than capable
of holding the position which he now
seeks and is asking his many friends
among the colored race to give him
their support as well as many others.
He has merited our consideration in
every instance and we consider it our
duty a.s true Republicans, to put a
cross before Joe Esposito's name at
the general election on Tuesday, Nov.
7th, and prove to him that we arc as
loyal to him as he has been to us
MISSISSIPPI'S BLACK REBELS
Washington, D. C. According to
statistics compiled by the government
staff of the United Confederate Vet
erans. 667 colored men who fought on
the confederate side during the civil
war are drawing pensions. Five hun
dred .ixty-si of these are in Missis
sippi. Marjland is the onl state
which has no white or colored pen
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HON. MARTIN B. MADDEN
Member of Congress from the First Congressional District of
Illinois. Chairman of its Committee on Appropriations, who
was on last evening presented with a richly engraved beau
tiful silver loving cup, under the auspices of the Appomattox
Club. The lovely affair, including the home-coming recep
tion, was held at the Wendell Phillips High School which
was filled to the doors with the many friends of Congress
COL. NOAH D. THOMPSON. LOS ,
ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, OR
DERS EXTRA COPIES OF THE (
BROAD AX i
HON. P. J.'CARR
My Dear Mr. Taylor:
I will appreciate it if you will sCnd
me -10 copies of The Broad Ax of Oct.
7th. carrying your splendid tribute to
the late Bishop Fallows. I find that
the good Bishop had many admirers
here in Los Angeles and 1 am sure
they will appreciate, as I do. having a
copy of jour address at his memorial
The enclosed check will cover cost
of copies deircd.
With all good wishes to jou and
yours, I am.
' Yours very truly,
NOAH D. THOMPSON.
To Mr Julius F. Taylor. Editor.
The Broad A.x
THE COOK COUNTY BAR AS
SOCIATION ENDORSES THE
FOR JUDGES OF THE
MUNICIPAL COURT OF
HON. GEORGE E. BRENNAN
FREELY PREDICTS THAT
THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS
CITY AND COUNTY HAVE
THE REPUBLICANS ON THE
The Best and by Far the Most Prosrressive and Un-To-Dt
TvAttaiiva. lh rAM1. r...l U r TJT 1 JTYfT !-;.. t
...,. . iuai uuua v-uuuiy ias ever naa ana nis Legions l tuy. county ana state, who only play
Hon. George E. Brennan. the head
leader of the Democratic Party in tnis
of Warm Friends Feel Dead Sure That He Will Be Elected
to His Present Position Tuesday, Novemeber 7.
HON. ADOLPJ-I MARKS
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; j; Fiinwit MPfmIar Lawyer, StMkdfast FriBd ef tke Cered
, K RacsleiHrf4icH Ca4lite for State Swit- itwm tke
i mk, Tmt'SMwterul Dktnct'ef Illweu. It k All ' Over -witk
Bob Ingersoll, Mayor Wm. Hale
Thompson, Rabbi Hirsch, and the
lamented George Burnham Foster.
Judge Edward Osgood Brown, the
late iiishop tallows, are a few notable
examples worthy of mention.
int muuicu among us Know a
man not by his skin but by his truths.
It he has no principles he is worthless
whether he is white or black. Why
should straight hair and a white skin
By the same token
white goat, or a white horse is super
ior to a hlack goat, or a black horse.
And what is straight hair to boast of?
A judge of the supreme court, in Okla
homa recently handed down a deci
sion that a black Hindoo was white
merely because it is traditional that all.
Hindoos have straight black hair.
Some day" we- will have reached
solid enough ground -to mould public
sentiment, but we are sure it will not
be maudlin, bulldozing and-buffoonery.
We are sure Bert "Williams was right
when- he .said "the upper strata of
HON. P. J. CARR, COUNTY
TREASURER STILL CONTIN
UES HIS FIGHT AGAINST
THE TAX SHARKS
Delinquent taxes on more than
300,000 pieces of property have been
sold lately in the County Treasurer's
Under the law the County Treasurer
is also the County Collector and as
such he is compelled to conduct these
sales under penalty cither of going
to jail or incurring a heavy fine. In
this connection it is to be noted that
the County Treasurer has nothing to
do with levying taxes he merely col
lects them. .-
There is widespread alarm among
delinquent tax payers lest, these sales
imply immediate confiscation of their
property and to quiet their fears
County Treasurer, P. J. Carr, has ad
dressed to them reassurances coupled
with the announcement of the crea
tion in his office of a new department
of experts who will .without cost
undertake 'to untangle their difficul
ties. Here arc Mr. Carr's palliating
"Tax payers, sale of your property
for taxes does not mean that you art
going to be thrown out of your home
forthwith or deprived instantly of
'"If, unfortunately, you are delin
quent m your taxes, the law -placed
on the statute books by your legis
lators at Springfield declares that the
He must obey the
on the property,
"But there is absolutely no con
fiscation of your property.
"It isn't ruthlessly taken away from
"When the taxes arc sold your title
docs not pass then and there, to the
buyer of the taxes.
"The certificate which the buyer
gets is only a lien on the property.
It is similar to a mechanic's lien
which is wiped out when the contrac
tor's, laborer's, or supply men's claim
"Only when during a period of two
years, there is repeated failure to nay I
rrt . . --t
loii me nen anu accumulated charges.
aoes the property go to a tax deed.
And even then the holder of the
tax title has something of dubious
value as the Courts many times have
construed the tax deed in favor of
In the two year period the delin
quent need have nothing to do with
the tax shark. He can satisfy th'e
claims against him through the Coun
ty. It is after the expiration of the
two years that he must deal with the
"As it stands the law relating to
delinquent taxes is vicious in the
extreme. Is makes possible the opera
tions of these tax sharks and when
the next general assembly convenes
during the coming winter I shall
leave no stone unturned to abolish the
conditions that enable them to thrive
at the expense of the poor and those
at the game of politics for the fun of
the thing and not to make a living at
it or out of it, is all smiles on these
beautiful October or fall days, for he
freely predicts that the Democrats
have got the Republicans on tlic dead
run and that every candidate on the
Democratic ticket in this city and
county will be elected on Tuesday,
The Cook County Bar Wocmion
held a meeting Friday Oct. 13. 1922
and the following judicial candidates
received the highest number in the
order named, and the endorsements
of the Association.
County Judg? Frank S. Kiglicimer
(R): Probate Judge Hcnrv Home'
(D). Associate Judges of the Mum
cipal Court Full Term: 1st. John F
Haas (R); 2nd. Francis Borrclli (D)
3rd. John Richardson (R: 4th. lohr
H. Lyle (R): 5th Emanuel EHcr (R)
6th. Hosea W. Wells (R). 7th Phillip
J. Ftnnegan (D): 8th. John Prystalskf
(D): 0th. Wells M. Cook (R). lOtfc.
Howard W. Hayes (R).
Associate Judges of the Municipa'
Court New 6 year Term
William E. Helander (R)
A I. F. Gorman (D)
Associate Judges of the Municipal
Court t year Term
John J. Lupe (R)
James J. OToole D
Associate Judges of the Municipa'
Court 2 year Term
Benjamin E. Cohen tR)
John F. O'Conncll (D)
The above Judges receiving th
highest number of votes are recorr
mended by the association.
Richard E. Westbrooks,
Alderman Thomas F. Byrne is sti'
confined to his home at 6743 Irving.
Ave., but to the great delight of hi
many warm friends he is rapidly re
gaining his usual good health and he
will soon be able to-be out and around
and about again. '
County Treasurer shall sell the taxes temporarily embarrassed."
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HON. ANTON J. CERMAK
Member ef the City Cotwca from the old 12th Ward, who is
BUtJdag a winara fijht ia his great race for President of
tke Beard of Comnussioaers of Cook County.