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THE BROAD AX, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1922
THE CHRISTMAS ISSUE OR THE TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY
EDITION OF THE BROAD AX
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One of the Prominent iLawyers of Chicago Who Stands High in the
Estimation of the Judges of the Various Courts m This City and
County. Mr. Fanner Hopes That His Many Clients and Friends
Greatly Enjoy Themselves During the Holiday Season.
HON. WALTER M. FARMER is
engaced in the general practice of law,
specializing in corporations, real estate
and probate work. Among the cor
porations he incorporated are the Na
tional Federation of Colored Wom
en's Clubs, the National Association
of Colored Professional Baseball
Clubs, for which corporation he is at
torney. Mr Farmer has successfully han
dled some important cases before the
Industrial Commission of Illinois.
Among the most prominent of these
cases is the case which grew out of
the death of Isaiah Hardiman, who
was killed in the plant of Wilson &
Compam by j, private watchman in
1919 Mr. Farmer secured an award
of thirty-nine-hundred ninety-nine
dollars ($3999) against Wilson &
Company. Another prominent case
is that of John Ball, who was killed
by a white man at the Ford Motor
Plant September, 1921. Mr. Farmer
represented the widow of John Ball in
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colored, who aid he was born in
Louisville. Ky., in 1S07, died last Sat
urday He came to Missoula about
twentj j tars aco and owned a small
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securing an award against the Ford
Motor Company for the sum of four
thousand dollars ($4,000). This case
was taken from the Commission to
the Circuit Court of Cook County
and from the Circuit Court to the
Supreme Court of Illinois and there
the award was confirmed.
Mr. Farmer owns a beautiful gray
stone home at 4751 Champlain ave
Mr. Farmer has been successful in
numerous other cases. He repre
sented the St. Paul Colored Methodist
Episcopal Church in its recent in
junction case against certain officers,
restraining them from carrying out a
certain contract for the erection of a
building. He also represented the
Sisters of the Mysterious Ten against
the Grand Lodge of United Brothers
of Friendship and the Necessity Club
and many other organizations.
Mr. Farmer has made notable suc
cess since he came to Chicago from
the city of St. Louis. His life and
success should be a pattern for others.
J. F. HEMMONS TO SUCCEED
WOLFF IN DRAINAGE PLACE
J. Frank Hemmons, now chief dep
uty clerk in the office of Clerk Samuel
Erickon of the Superior Court, was
elected real c-tate agent for the sani
tary district yesterday. He replaces
Oscar Wolff, recently elected to cor
oner bv the county board.
them. Our bill has been reported fa
vorably by a minority of the commit
tee. Heretofore, the mmmnr... ,,,
been as to whether or not Congress
should enact a bankruptcy law as pro
vided by the Constitution but the ques
tion now is whether or not there shall
be enacted a complete, eouitafclp vnl.
.untary and involuntary law (the Torrey
uiiij or the temporary bill recom
mended as above which many good
people believe would be determined to
the best interests of the debtors and
creditors of the whole country.
Earnestly hoping that you will give
to the proper solution of this ciuestion
the benefit of your influence, I beg to
Very sincerely and truly yours,
JAY L. TORREY.
Received at Salt Lake. Utah.
Feb. 25. 1897.
Dated Washington, n. r ?v
To Julius F. Taylor, Publisher and
Editor The Broad Ax.
Please have urgent telegrams sent
Senator Brown favoring Bankruptcy
J. L. TORREY.
Washington, D. C, February 25,
Mr. Julius F. Taylor,
Publisher and Editor The Broad Ax,
Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dear Mr. Taylor:
The copy of The Broad Ax arrived
this morning containing the marked
article headed: "The Torrey Bankrupt
Please accept the thanks of the other
friends of the cause for this strong
contribution to our literature.
Senator Brown has twice entered
objections of the bill, and if it should
fail to pass for want of consideration
it will, I think, be largely due to his
obstructive tactics. Hence I have tele
graphed you and beg to confirm my
message as follows: "Please have urg
ent telegrams sent Senator Brown
favoring bankruptcy legislation."
There is danger that the bill will
not be considered at this session in
view of the short time yet remaining.
If so, it will fail and will be introduced
in the next Congress as a new mea
sure. We shall, however, continue the
struggle until the gavel falls on the
fourth of March and most earnestly
hope that we shall succeed in securing
the passage of the bill.
You are without assignment or in
solvency laws in Utah, as I am told.
Last year there was a larger percent
age of those engaged in business in
Utah failed than in any other state in
the Union, your average being 4.95
per cent, while the average per cent
for the whole country was only some
thing like 150 per cent It is reason
able to conclude that if our bill was
passed to protect debtors and creditors
that there would be a smaller percent
age of failures; the honest debtors
would get a discharge; the assets of
insolvents would be rateably divided
between creditors of equal rights. Are
not these results earnestly desired by
Bespeaking a continuation of your
influence, I am.
Very sincerely and truly yours,
JAY L. TORREY.
Washington. D. C. April 1, 1897.
Mr. Julius F. Taylor. Editor,
Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dear Mr. Taylor:
Your very considerate letter of the
7th ultimo has not been answered
sooner because of my enforced atten
tion to matters here.
I should not have asked you to send
a telegram if I had known of your
strained relations with the senator re
Much obliged for the pointer you
give me as to the Hon. W. H. King.
I will secure an introduction to him
at no distant date. (The Hon. W. H.
King referred to was at that time a
member of the lower house of con
gress. At the present time he is one
of the United States senators from
I have on my table now the proof
of an important Senate document, in
which will appear your last able edi
torial upon the subject of bankruptcy
legislation. I have taken the liberty
of adding a sentence to it, which I
know will meet with your approval.
In the ordinary course. I will have a
copy of it sent to you.
You may have noted by the press
that even at this early date in the ex
tra session, our bill has been reported
without amendment from the Judi
ciary Committee, and that it has now
become the "unfinished buusiness" o
the Senate. A few amendments hav;
been made of a friendly character, but
they do not go to the extent of strik
ing out or inserting a section of the
bill. I will send you a copy of it by
Hoping that at no distant day to
have the pleasure of a personal ac
quaintance with yon, I an,
Very sincerely and truly yours
JAY I TORREY.
The Shoreham Hotel,
Washington, D. C May 1 1897.
(Continued from page 2)
Juliuus F. Taylor,
Editor of The Broad Ax,
Salt Lage City, Utah.
My Dear Sir:
There will be sent to you by this
mail a copy of Senate Doc No. 182 of
the last Congress. Commencing at
page 76 you will find an able editorial
from your pen. I hope you will be
pleased at the company in which you
Thanking you on behalf of the men
and bodies named on this letterhead
for your kindness therein, and bespeak
ing a continuation of your influence in
behalf of the cause, I am,
Very sincerely and truly yours.
JAY L. TORREY.
It might not be out of place to state
right here that only one other news
paper published in Utah at that time
was honored with its editorial in the
senate document referred to and no
otner Afro-American editor in this
country contributed anything in favor
of the present National Bankruptcy
Law which found its way into that
The latter part of 1896 Governor
Heber M. Wells of Utah, who was a
strong Republican and actually hated
any colored man who dared to think
for himself along political lines, ap
pointed the following colored men as
commissioners to the Tennessee Ex
position, which was held at Nashville
in that state in 1897, namely, W. W.
Taylor, R. B. Johnson, P. H. Robin
son, P. C Howell, Rev. M. Jones and
P. W. Jackson.
It was the duty of the Colored com
missioners to make an effort to collect
needle or art work or anything else of
value among the Colored people of
Utah and send it to Nashville, where
it would be exhibited in the Negro
After those commissioners had ut
terly failed to raise their little fingers
towards discharging the honor and
trust imposed upon them by Governor
Wells the writer collected a fine min
eral collection consisting of 178 pieces
from 68 of the leading mines of Utah,
Nevada, Idaho and Montana, and it
was shipped to Richard Hill, who had
charge of the Negro building, and at
the close of the exposition the collec
tion, which was valued at seven hun
dred dollars and a typewritten cata
logue fully describing each specimen,
was presented to the Fisk University,
Nashville, Tenn., by Mr. and Mrs.
Julius F. Taylor.
In that connection the following let
ters speak for themselves.
Nashville, Tenn, July 23, 1897.
Mr. Julius' F. Taylor;
Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dear Sir: The three boxes of min
erals sent to Richard Hill, chief of Ne
gro department, Tennessee Centennial
for exhibit during the Exposition came
to hand day before yesterday and is
being set up and arranged today.
I have been asked to write you for
Mr. Hill and also in behalf of Fisk
University to which institution the
minerals are to go saying that they
have come and to express our appreci
ation of the exhibit I met Mr. Pyper
the other day and he had good words
to say for you to us who are strang
The exhibit is set up as a part of the
Fisk exhibit but labeled stating the
facts as to collector, donor, eta, etc.
Very truly yours,
H. H. Wright,
Prof. Math. Fisk University.
931 Salem St, Nashville. Tenn.
Mr. Julius F. Taylor,
Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dear Madam: Your beautiful pic
tures were received all right.
We like them very much.
As yet we have received no miner
als. Yours truly,
Nashville, Tenn, July 30, 1897.
Mr. Julius F. Taylor,
Salt Lake City. Utah.
Dear Sir: Your favor of 25th re
ceived, contents noted. In reply al
low me to say that the mineral exhibit
has arrived and has been placed in a
nice case by the Fisk University peo
ple, near one of the main entrances.
It is the best mineral collection in the
Your papers are received weekly
and read with care.
Salt Lake City, Utah, June 30, 1897.
Julius F. Taylor,
Editor The Broad Ax,
Salt Lake Dry.
Permit me to thank you and your
good wife, Mrs. Taylor, for the in
terest you have taken in the Tennes
see Centennial Exposition at Nash
ville. The exhibition of the beautiful
paintings, the work of Mrs. Taylor,
and the mineral exhibits collected and
prepared by you, will not only add
greatly to the interest of the already
attractive Negro Building, but are of
great credit both to our state, to Mrs.
Taylor and yourself. The coarse pur
sued by you, as a man and journalist
has done you and your race credit,
and has tended and & tending to dis
sipate what may remain of prejudice
heretofore existing between the White
and Black people, and this without in
the least trespassing upon social
rights. Your course is commendable
and I hope and believe that you will
not only continue, but persist therein.
Most respectfully yours,
J. W. Judd,
Chairman. Utah Commission
Tennessee Centennial Exp.
Salt Lake City, June 29. 1897
Mr. Julius F. Taylor,
Dear Sir: I am informed that you
have been instrumental in collecting
and shipping a very creditable exhibit
of minerals from this state to the Ten
nessee Centennial Exposition at Nash
ville and that Mrs. Taylor has also
loaned some valuable original paint
ings for said exhibition these to be
exhibited in the "Negro Building."
For this service to the public the Col
ored citizens of Utah ought to be es
pecially grateful as they will be accred
ited with the exhibit by the thousands
of spectators who will view the same
Permit me to tender the thanks of
the public as well as my personal
thanks in recognition of the energy
and public spirit displayed by your
self and wife.
Heber M. Wells,
Since August 31, 1895, four of the
notable contributors to The Broad Ax,
who were among the best editorial
writers in this country, have gently
drawn the thin veil aside which sep
arates life from the ever-present death
and passed into the next world.
(Continued from page 5.)
Namely, Hadley D. Johnson of Salt
Lake City, Utah, who was for a long
time editor of the Salt Lake Herald;
his son-in-law, Colonel Clarke Irvine
of Oregon, Mo.; Charles Gano Bay
lor of Providence, R. I, and Capt
John T. Campbell of the Old Soldiers
Home, LaFayette, Ind. No truer
friends or sons of humanity ever lived
than the four above mentioned men.
for at all times their noble and warm
hearts were on the side of the weak
and the lowly in their struggle for
existence. It was Col. Irvine who
wrote the two beautiful and interest
ing stories which ran through these
columns in 1906. "The Slave of Mu
rillo" and "Benjamin Bannecker."
May their sweet, honest and courage
ous spirits repose in peace throughout
As stated before in these columns
one copy of the Thirteenth Anniver
sary Edition of The Broad Ax, includ
ing several copies of other issues and
our business card, are deposited in
the copper lined box which rests in
the cornerstone of the new city hall.
which was laid July 20, 1909, and no
other Afro-American publication was
honored with space within it which
will be handed down to generations
The latter part of November, 1899.
while attending a political conference
of national importance at the old Sher
man House in this city, just as it was
drawing to a close, a very tall, clean-
cut featured personage approached us
who was as straight as an Indian, with
bright steel blue eyes, and as he drew
near to us he laid one of his hands on
our shoulder, at the same time look
ing us through and through and in a
sharp or rather commanding voice he
wanted to know our name. Without
I'ttering one word and with our eyes
rnctcd upon his we presented him
with one of our business cards. Then
he inquired if we were an editor and
we simply said. "That is what the
card indicates." Then he presentca us
with a very plain, small card which
imply said. "William Sulzer, 115
Broadway, New York City." The card
failed to state that at that time he
was a member of Congress from the
Tenth Congressional District of New
York City and that he was one of the
most eminent lawyers in this country.
Before withdrawing from our pres
ence he requested us to send The
Broad Ax to him that after he had
received four copies of the paper of
separate dates that he would send us
his check for his subscription to it
for one year.
From that time to the present or
for 23 long years, Hon. William Selzer
has been a constant and steadfast sup
porter of this publication and aside
from our wife, Mrs. Taylor, we admire
him better than any other human be
ing on the face of the broad earth.
Not having a great many Coloted
people residing in his Congressional
district Congressman Sulzer did not
mix up much with them. Neither was
he interested in their affairs until after
he became a regular reader of this
paper. As the years rolled by we
began to understand him better and
better all the time. Finally we wrote
him a letter, about the middle of June,
1908, in which it was stated that the
northern leaders of the Democratic
party could not reasonably expect
Colored Americans to assist' to elect
CoL William J. Bryan president of
the United States if Benjamin R. Till
man, James K. Vardaman, John Sharp
Williams and other characters like
them would he permitted to attend the
Denver convention and Tent their bit
ter racial spleen against the Colored
race. We will step aside for a few
HON. BENJAMIN S. WILSON
Member of the City Council from the Old Thirty-Second Ward Who
Will Be Re-Elected to It February 27, 1923, from the New Nine
Hon. Benjamin S. Wilson has been
one of the best aldermen that the old
32nd Ward has ever had; he is full of
rush and push all the time and he is
one of the hardest working city fath
ers; he is a member of many of the
most important committees and at all
times he treats all men on the square.
Alderman Wilson ranks very high
as one of the best friends of the col
ored race in this city and he is ever
ready to go far out of his way to do
them the slightest favor, and when he
ran for alderman the last time every
NEWS FROM ATLANTA, GA.
There was a mass meeting held last
week under the auspices of the C.
M. E. Conference at the Butler Street
C. M. E. Church, Atlanta. Georgia.
The principal addresses made that day
were delivered by J. A. Bray, the
Educational Secretary of the confer
ence, W. B. Hill of the Department
of Education and Jesse O. Thomas,
the Southern Field Secretary of the
National L'rban . l fne speak
ers all emphasize 'lie. necessity of
better educational ijcilitics and fair
treatment as pre-rcquisitcs for Negroes
staying in Georgia. At the end of
the mass meetimr resolutions were
passed which read " '"'art a follows-
"The leading coloi. ! citizen of At
lanta and Georgia are watching with
much concern the movement of large
numbers of Negroes of all parts of
the state northward.
"We appreciate the difficulty of their
becoming adjusted, especially at this
season of the year to the economic
and social life of the urban centers
in the north and west to which most
of them are going.
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The Ever Popular and Pleasant Clerk of the Probate Coart of Cook
Coaaty, Takes This Means of Thunlring the Electorate of This City
aad Coaaty for Their Assistance ia Electing Htm at the Last
colored man and woman in his ward
voted in favor of his election, and they
will again rally to his support Tues
day, February 27. 1923.
On Wednesday of this week, Alder
man ilson, who is a high Knight of
Templar, celebrated his 57th birthday,
and he is still able to walk much fast
er than a fast race horse can trot.
Alderman Wilson takes great pleas
ure in thanking his warm friends and
followers for their past support and
feels sure that they will greatly enjoy
themselves at this se-son of the year.
"It has been stated through the pub
lic press .hat their leaving is occa
sioned by the presence of the boll
weevil and other seasonal depressions
of an agricultural nature.
"There is a feeling abroad in the
minds of a large number of l'-
ers of our group that dn
incident to this general ar ftfr ane
ous exodus, are not cover,, m the
statcmcrt in reference to the boll
weeri!, and that -although inquiry
should be made by an agency created
for that purpose to asccrum all the
The resolutions continued by sug
gestini; to Gov rn Hnrdwick a
mixed commission composed of equal
numbers of white and colored citizens
to make a thorough inquiry. They
also complimented the white Baptists
of Georgia and the Women's Race
Relations Committee of the M. E.
Church on their enlightened state
ment concerning lynching, and en
dorsed the Rosenwald graded schools
of the South