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VOLUME X. NUMBER
NEGRO TROOPS PARAD
THE CALL OF RACE.
By Roscoe . C. Jamison.
Nations of the World they
To symbolize their power and their
And some mean much, mil somo are
Wherewith they mystify the sons
Each flag is held by hands both brave
Bach people for their , own would
fight and dlo.
Each banner thrills its subjects
through and through,
When they behold it, 'neath what
"And what flag has the Negro?" You
"They are a separate people
naught have they
To show their entity!" You speak
They have indeed a fadeless flag,
ROSCOE C. JAMISON,
Who Passed Away One Year Ago.
Wherever dwells a; Negro, 'tis un
Tinted to various shades, it has al
It antedates the empires of the world;
Look, you, 'tis the color of his skin!
Nor separate continent, nor Isle, nor
Customs, nor ideals sot a race apart
As does this flag that from dim ages
And of this fact take heed, each
Do you not think. this flag should be
By men true-hearted, honorable and
Who faint not till true freedom they
Oh, Lad, this is your flag, and yours
to save I
To lift your flag, then, you must lift
To shirk this task Is foully to
Upon the battle front go take your
And fight till victory has crowned
LOCAL BRANCH OF THE NATION.
AL ASSOCIATION FOR THE AD
VANCEMENT OF" COLORED
Regular monthly meeting Thursday,
April 3d, at Pleasant Green Baptist
Church, 8 p. m. Prof. II. O. Cook will
give hlB "Talk on France and tho
War," Illustrated with, etercoptlcon
views. Roll call of members and
launching of the spring membership
GARRISON SQUARE FORUM.
A most excellent program was ren
dered at Harrison SquaTO last Sunday
afternoon and a large audience was
in attendance. A splendid and elo
uont address was1 delivered by Prof.
J, P. King of Kansas City, Kas., that
evoked much favorable comment.
Those meetings are growing in in
terest and Prof. It. T. Coles, tho
founder, expects to make) It the great
est forum In the West.
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
F0R THE ADVANCEMENT OF
THE FIRST CALL.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR TH I
ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED
By Mary White Ovington.
The Centennial celebration' of the
birth of Abraham Lincoln will fall to
justify itself if it' takes no note of
and makes no recognition of the Col
ored men and women for whom the
great Emancipator labored to assure
freedom. Besides a day of rejoicing,
Lincoln's birthday in 1909 should be
one of taking stock of the nation's
progress since 1805.
"How far has It lived up to the ob
ligations imposed upon it by the
Emancipation Proclamation? How far
has it gone in assuring to each and
every citizen, irrespective of color,
the equality of opportunity and equali
ty before the law, which underlie our
American institutions and are guaran
teed by tho Constitution?
"If Mr. Lincoln could revisit this
country in tho flesh, he would be dis
heartened and discouraged. He would
learn that on January 1, 1909, Geor
gia had rounded out a new confed
eracy by disfranchising the Negro,
after the manner of all the other
Southern States. He would learn that
tho Supreme Court of the United
States, supposedly a bulwark of Amer
ican liberties, had refused every op
portunity to pass squarely upon this
disfranchisement of millions, by laws
avowedly discriminatory and openly
enforced in such manner that the
white men may vote and black men
be without a vote in their govern
ment; ho would discover, therefore,
that taxation without representation
Is the lot of millions of wealth-producing
American, citizens, In whoso bauds
rests the economic progress and wel
fare of an entire section of tho coun
"In many states Lincoln would find
justice enforced, if at all, by Judges
elected by one element In -a communi
ty to pass upon the liberties and lives
of another. He would see the Black
men and women, for whose freedom a
hundred thousand of soldiers gave
their lives, set apart in trains, in
which they pay first-clas fares for
third-class service, and segregated in
railway stations and in places of en
tertainment; ho would observe that
Stato after State declines to do Its
elementary duty in preparing the Ne
gro through education for the best ex
ercise of citizenship.
"Added to this, the spread of law
less attacks upon tho Negro, North,
South, and West even in the Spring
field made famous by Lincoln often
accompanied by rovoltlng brutalities,
sparing neither sex nor ago nor youth,
could but shock the author of tho sen
timent that "government of tho peo
ple, by' the people, for the people,
shall not perish from the earth."
"Sllenco under these conditions
means tacit approval. The Indiffer
ence of the North is already responsi
ble for more than one assault upon
democracy, and every such attack re
acts as unfavorably upon whites as
upon Blacks. Discrimination once
pormitted cannot be bridled; recent
history In tho South shows that In
forging chains for the Negro the white
voters are forging chains for them
selves. "A house divided against it
self cannot stand"; this government
cannot exist half-slave and half-free
any hotter today than it could in 1861.
''Honco we call upon all the believ
ers in democracy to join in a national
conference for the discussion of pres
ent qviis, tho voicing of protests, and
the renewal of tho struggle for civil
and political liberty." Adv.
Bishop Ij. W. Kyles, noted
orator ond scholar, will preach
at St. James A. M, E. Zlon
Church, 1805 Woodland Ave
nue, all day Sunday, March 30.
THE SOLDIERS' PARADE.
By J. A. Wilson.
That somo prominent Negroes Who
have charge of public affairs aro un
fortunately negligent of details and
that the rank and file of tho Negroes
of this city are painfully Ignorant of
the fitness of things was very evident
during the parade of the Negro over
seas soldiers last week. Tho military
heads at the request of tho mayor,
consented to allowf the soldiers to stop
over so that the" citizens, black and
white, all who were interested, could
seo them in a body, and so that this
city aided by their Negro friends and
relatives could especially entertain
them. Tho merely curious and the
student of human nature both are anx
ious to see what effect tho greatest
...nn 1.. l.lfltnK. I.n.1 1 1
i.iii in msiuij uuu uii wiuau umu, uuu
wiiui. was uiu ucuruig ui men who nau
loyally and bravely faced shot, Bhell
and death and had alive returned
home, and so on the morning of the
parade the streets were thronged with
onlookers. First camo an auto whose
white occupants represented the city's
welcome, then camo the Lincoln-High
School Cadet Hand, conlposed of fine
young fellows in natty uniforms who
made a very creditable appearance
These were followed by the prominent
professional and business men of the
Itace. The women representing the
Red Cross came next, always a pleas-1
Ing sight, and then came tho objects I
of Interest, the main feature of the I
parado, the boys, our boys whom ev
erybody came to see, but were disap-'
pointed and disgusted at the sight. !
Somebody failed to arrange that the I
soldiers should bo seen and from the
start to the finish these men were I
flanked, covered and hidden by a
motley mob of unkemp. disorderly, j
boisterous, unsightly, uncouth Ne
groes who paraded themselves through
tho principal streets of the city, there
by lowering tho prestige of the Ne-.
gro citizens. I saw no flags or ban-'
nors of welcome in the downtown dis
tricts and I sometimes wonder if we
aro wise In accepting at all times a
separate recognition of ourselves as
It is very evident that the bad pub-'
lie manners, deportment and appear
ance of certain classes of our people
in greater Kansas City is a detriment
to our civil progress. It is absolutely
necessary that something bo done by
us who can to attempt to remedy this
evil. I have spoken of this several
times in these columns and I have
been dreaming that some day the
schools, churches, fraternal organiza
tions, homes, women's clubs, would
work together for this purpose. Again,
I offer botli my Ideas and money to
assist in realizing the fulfillment of
my dreain. It is said of the peacock
that while strutting around with its
uplifted beautiful plumage In admir
ing evidence. If it happens to look
down at its rusty feet, It drops both
its head and tail, so 1f those gentle
men who were marching so proudly
at the head of the procession had seen
its rusty end, they would liave had
the samo feeling that prompted this
Y. W. C. A.
Two hundred Y. W. C. A. members
have paid up their dues during tho
nionth of March. We now havo 650
on tho roll. How soon can we reach
the 1000 mark? It all depends on you,
Remember, Vespers tho 2d and 4th
Sunday of each month. Last Sunday
the topic, "How to Better Our Com
munity," nroused spirited discussion.
The second Sunday in April will be
In charge of the Juniors. Watch them
Flans for tho organization of a
branch Y. W. C. A. for our girls in St.
Joseph, Mo., were discussed at a re
cent meeting of prominent women of
that city at tho Uartlett High School
when Miss Mae Belcher, secretary of
the South Central field of the Y. W.
C. A., was present.
The housing committee through
Mrs. Jean McCampbell, has found ex
cellent homes for five strangers com'
lug into the city depending on the .Y,
W. C. A. to locate them. The employ'
ment department will soon be a neces'
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 191.1.
Who had a miraculous escape from death last Sunday when he fell thirty feet
from a window Jn the balcony of Allen Chapel where he was attending the
annual services of the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Beatty fortunately landed upon
a pile of ashes and cinders which broke his fall and prevented serious Injury,
although his face and hands were severely lacerated.
Fifteen hundred dollars paid in
filnfmci 1 Iv'onaiu Pftv flllHntr tlisa will.
ter and "flu" epidemic. Below is a,
partiM list of those receiving benefits ,
lrom their policies: . j
Valentine Jones $11.00 j
James McNeal.' 16.30
Bettie Lewis. . . . 10.00
Alvin Jordan. . 19.92
Hugh Wadley 10.00
Charles Foster 32.00 j
Samuel Lands 23.00!
Wni. Thomas 10.66
James Harmon S.78 !
Birdie Jackson 1 10.66 j
II. (". Johnson 5.81 1
Zenobia Wright 8.00
Bessie L. Lee S.00
John G. Hamlet 45.5" j
Fatima Chcethani 19.23 1
John Phillips 13.33 ,
Earlie Harris 4.00!
Hortense Neolj 9.31 '
Fannie Junes. 4.00 1
V. li. Burton 9.00 ,
Win. Dunson U.oo !
Levi Cox 12.00 1
John Ware 10.00
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tiuaiiiio. iMinij iu.vv
ii. iv. rem o.iu
King Robinson 16.00
Archie Mickels 20.35
Mallchl Shipp 16.50
Arthur Drown 8.16
l?lr.ttf..,l Hfll-I-W 18. 7ft
Major Cook. . 9.96
,Ju nu,irr,i 17.12
Thos. Matthews ;.. 20.50 , joyed by those who were fortunate
James McCullough 16.00 eu0ugh to hear him.
Indiana Williams 14.58, pr e, shaw spoke on Method
Essie Rosser 20.00 l3m amj Organic Union. He predict-
Harry Whlto 13.00 ie,i t)10 union. in time of Negro Metho-
Jasper Rcdford 5.00 ( ,ilst churches. Dr. B. G. Shaw of St.
Win. Ashcratt '. . 47.66 i,ous preached to a well filled house
Marcellus Bledsoe 11.66 Thursday evening. Those who know
Eethelino Wilson 13.2S i Ur sl,aw fcllow the rest.
W. T. Bolton , 27.39 T,0 Rev E g Hardge of Des
I.eona Mosby "0.61)
Emmett Barnhill 12.00 ( Hisll0p l. v. Kyles, A.M., D.D., is in
Woodson II. Porter 12.00 1 attendanco and will preach at one of
Harry Letcher ; 13-CO i tne services next Sunday. The Bish-
Arthur Hill I8-00 j op has just returned from tho far West
Vlrt Gibson 20,00iand gives a glowing account of tho
Edw. W. Smith 8-l6 j growth of the work iu the Seventh
Elzie Holiday 1 hpiscopal District.
Ruth Sage McPlke 5.81 Tno Revs R DavIs ot the M- E,
n. R. A. Gordon 54.99J
Willa Muck. "
Logan Harvey 53-77
Allle A. Harris 22.00
Marshall Caruthers 54.24
Albert L. Miller. 24.50
Mildred Weaver 7-07
Mary Coleman WXi
Ida Williams 5.6G
l'lnkle A. Jones 12.00
A. B. Carter. 22.00
Jas. T. Furcron 24.00
P. M. Dabney. 24.00
Ben Thurston I8-00
Willie- Johnson. . 16.00
"Better have it always and never
need It than to need It and not have
CLOVER LEAF CASUALTY CO.,
P. C. James, District Majiager,
1618 East 18th Street.,
Bell Phones East 2750 and East 436.
IZION METHODIST HOLD DISTRICT
CONFERENCE AND MISSIONARY
The Kansas City District Confer-1
once of the A. M. E. Zion Church Is
in session at St. James' Church, pas-
tored by Dr. W. E. Shaw. Dr. F. W.
Alstock of St. Louis is the presiding
elder. In connection with the Dis
trict Conference a Missionary convo
cation is being held. Many visitors
aro In attendance. The opening ser-
mou, preached by the Rev. M. O. Bone-
part, a promising young minister, was
a masterly effort. i
The annual address of Presiding El-1
der Alstock showed deep thought and
covered a wide range, dealing reflect-
Ively on the future of the church and
the Uace. His review of the work on
the District during the past year
showed marked progress, an Increase
in membership and In finance. In elo-
quent words he pleaded for unity and
loyalty. Christianity," he said, "and
not democracy, was the pancea for
the ills that afflict mankind. ' Dr.
Alstock is one of the coming men of
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' t'uacsuuj utcuuifei ui. 11. okui
. ail, presiuiug eiuer oi uiu iaiuuriiii
Conference, preached to a largo audl -
1 ence. Dr. tSovall is one of the most
j prominent divines of the connection
alui under his leadership the church
.... 1nnirfn rrtoo hie mqila irront
headway. lie is an enthusiastic
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jjolnes, Iowa, preached to the edlfl-
catlon of present Friday evening.
Church and J. A. Chandley of tho A.
M. E. Church addressed the Confer
Mr. George W. K. Ixive has erected
an attractive Illuminated sign at 19th
and Vine streets. This is the first
attempt made by a Negro business
man to put his wares before the pub
BLUE VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH.
By Mrs. M. H. White.
Sunday was a glorious day at our
Church. Rev. Miller preached a won
derful sermon at 11:00 A. M. At 3; 00
o'clock Rev. A. A. Banks of tho Kan
sas Avenue Baptist Church preached
a soul stirring sermon. Our pastor,
Rev. H. C. Gatewood, preached Sun
day at 8:00 o'clock and while ho
preached our hearts burned within us.
Our B. Y, P. U. Is progressing.
PAUL V. CROSTHWAIT SUC
CUMBS. Dr. Paul V. Crosthwalt, 25 years
of age, the son of Prof, and Mrs. D.
N. Crosthwalt, 1020 Virginia ave
nue, this city, passed away enroute
to Kansas City from Los Angeles,
Cal., whero ho had been residing for
his health. He was accompanied by
his mother, who had been with him
for tho past four months. While he
had been 111 for two years, he was
improving rapidly when ho was at
tacked with influenza last January,
from which lie never quite recovered.
Dr. Crosthwalt has lived In this city
since he was one year of age, grad
uating from the Lincoln ward and
high schools, after which ho gradu
ated in dentistry from Northwestern
University, Chicago, Hi. Shortly af
ter graduation he was appointed as
dental surgeon In tho city schools of
Chicago as a result of his high aver
age of an examination in civil ser
vice. He then went abroad as dental
surgeon with the British Red Cross
and remained eight months, returning
to Chicago, where he practiced den
tistry until his health failed. He is
survhed by parents. Prof, and Mrs.
D. N. Crosthwait, the former of whom
is stationed at Camp Sherman, 0
with tho Y. M. C. A.; a brother, Mr.
David N. Crosthwait. Jr., a mechan
ical engineer, of Marshalltown, la.;
a sister, Miss Ann crosthwait, a
teacher in Sumner High School, St.
Lo"ls' r" and two grandmothers
The funeral services will be held
this morning from St. Augustine's
P. L Church, the Rev. Father Rah
ming officiating. The Sun extends
Its deepest sympathy to the bereaved
HOMER B. ROBERTS, FIRST OF
RACE TO BE COMMISSIONED IN
UNITED STATES SIGNAL CROPS,
COMMANDED LIAISON UNIT IN
FIERCEST BATTLE OF WAR.
Enlisting in the army as a private,
after recruiting thirty other soldiers,
and returning a first lieutenant is the
war record of Homer B. Roberts, a
Kansas City Negro, who commanded
n unit nf tho sitrnnl pnrns clurlni? anmn
. o the bigEest battles of the war. Lieu-
tenant Uoberts was with the 325th
flel(, slgnal baUalIon , tlle Argonllo
forMt and other bg arives b. the
I American forces
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Lieutenant Roberts was a resident
of Kansas City several years before
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i omployo of the Afro-Mexican Land
Company and lived at 2453 Montgall
avenue. Shortly after enlisting he
was made a sergeant and sent to a
sAiEn,al 1t0ra'nl,nE camP iu the South. In
April, 1918, ho was commissioned and
sent to France.
Ho was on field duty eight months
and supervised tho establishing of
communication under heavy fire in
numerous battles. He was educated
prior to the war in electrical engineer
ing, but found no opportunity to util
ize the knowledge until sent to France.
The men under iLeutenant Roberts
were attached to the 92d division of
Negro troops. Ho was the first Ne-
and his organization the first Negro
signal unit iu the American army.
In tho Argonne battle two men of
his command were mentioned for
bravery in Installing signal lines un
der tire. On the second day of the
drive his men became soldiers of com
bat and captured a strong army posi
tion without assistance from other
units. The battalion had the distinc
tion of serving as the liaison unit be
tween the Americans and tho Fifth
French army In the Argonne. Kansas
City Post (Tuosday).
COLORED CHILDREN'S IMPROVE
Business meeting Monday at 8 p. m.
at tho Paseo Y. M. C. A. Judge Por
terfield will discuss the possibilities
of a Parental Homo for delinquent
girls. All the pastors of tho city will
bring delegations from their churches.
Tho thinking Christian people are
awake to tho need of this home. Adv.
Do you know that the Y. W, C. A.
Is a character factory? Then you
know, it puts sound minds Into sound
bodies and sound citizens Into society.
We have many calls each week for
houses and rooms of all descriptions.
Why not advertise what you have to
rent or sell in this paper which reach
es all the colored people in greater
A SUCESSFUL MINISTER.
Perhaps no minister in the West has
seen more varied and eventful service
In tho African Methodist Episcopal
Church than has the Rev. L. W. Mc
Cormlck whose portrait appears here
with and who has for forty years been
an active and aggressive minister In
this Church and Is still In active ser
vice. Rev. McCormick is the present
pastor of St. Luke's A. M. E. church of
Kansas City, Missouri, where ho Is
serving his fourth year and Is putting
on a big rally where ho hopes tho first
Sunday In April to raise $200.00 to pay
the taxes and needed Improvements
upon his church. Dr. McCormick has
not failed in forty years to answer
tho roll call at his Annual Conference
and he has served in both Kansas and
Missouri with honor and success. Ho
joined the Kansas Conference in 1878
at Lawrence, Kansas, going out from
Allen Chapel and he has pastored the
following churches In Kansas: Par
sons, Coffeyville, Independence, Co
lumbus, Baxter Springs, Hiawatha,
White Cloud, Highland, Topeka, Junc
tion City, Argentine, Oswego, Paola,
REV. L. W. McCORMICK
For Forty Years a Minister In the Afri
can Methodist Episcopal Church.
Ossawatomie, GIrard, Oskaloosa, Ga
lena and Kansas City. And in Mis
souri he has served at Salisbury, Paris,
Fulton, Weston, Holden, Norborne,
Hardin, Wellington, Butler, Nevada
and Kansas City. Few men have done
more constructive work for the Church
and race than Rev. McCormick. And
the Sun wishes for him continued
health and service.
A DAMNABLE OUTRAGE.
Among the mean, contemptible and
disgustingly small things done by
some business firms in this city la
dealing with their Colored patrons is
to deny our women entrance to tho
lavatories in these various establish
ments in this city. Among the latest
offenders along this line 1b the miser
able little Kressge Ten Cent Storo
which every decent Negro man and
woman should shun as they would a
contagious disease. A representative
from the Chic Department of the Col
ored Women's Federation of Clubs,
Mrs. Essie Lewis, waited upon tho
management to know why tils dis
crimination was practiced and notices
warning Negro women avay were con
spicuously displayed. And tho samo
old stereotyped excuse was made that
"our white patrons object to It" As
for that matter their white patrons
will object to going to purgatory and
will also object to Negroes going to
heaven but tho chances are their ob
jections will not weigh as much with
the Manager of the Universe aa they
do with the Manager of tho Ten Cont
All honor to the Federation of Col
ored Women's Clubs. May they vigor
ously and persistently fight all mean
and harmful discrimination such as
this and it really seems from the stand
point of sanitation and health that a
damage suit would stand In any fair
minded court against such vicious and
harmful discrimination which has
neither tho sanction of fair-minded
men and women nor of Almighty God
Master Wilbur Wood, son of Mr.
Wilbur Wood, the well known drug
gist, has been quite 111 at tho resi
dence of his aunt, Miss BesBlo Jacobs,
2610 Highland avenue, with pneumo
nia, but is convalescing rapidly now.