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AT LESS COST _____ VrLime 21, Number 25 TELEPHONE BOU. 7002 • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1940 _IN TWO SECTIONS: SECTION ONE Miss Chicago Bee Wins Again - —— ■ - —- !• Iona Varnum, Chicago’s Most Beautiful Girl Wins Second Place (Pliotus by Gushiniere) Miss Iona Varnum, 18, lovely exponent of youth and beauty, who on August 11 was crowned “Miss Chicago Bee”,* and on August 18 was crowned “Miss Bronze Chi cago”, was a close second place winner for the “Miss jjiV.nze America” title Monday night at the Coliseum. This concludes the nauon-wiae beauty content in which repre sentatives cl 26 Negro newspapers representing 16 different states were entered. Winner of the con t t and crowned “Miss Bronze America” was Miriam Ali of the Chicago Defender. Third place winn.r was Miss Gladys Wells v ho represented the Southern Leader of Jackson, Miss. hi i s Varnum, who is the young f i of the three winning contest .• nts made an adorable picture in i er "Alice Blue Gown” and gave IV: i .$ Ali a close fight for the title. Judges for the contest were: Alonzo Aden, curator of art, Ho ward university, George W. Cox, vice president of N. C. Mutual Life Insurance company, Durham; Do'W.ld Davis, treasurer, Hampton .Institute; A. L. Foster, secretary, Chicago Urban League; Lloyd Lancs treasurer, Tu kegec Insti tj.de; Mr . Cordelia Johnson, presi dent National Beauty Culturists asecietion, Jersey City. N. J.; Mrs M rjorie Stewart Joyner, na f n:Uy known beauty expert, Chicago; William Pickens, field rnrtay of the N. A. A. C. P., ' 1 j e O. Thomas, field secre t ry of the National Urban Continued on page 8, col. 5 Reserves Decision In University of Tennessee Case KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 29 Chancellor A. E. Mitchell said he would reserve decision following a hearing here August 16 in the case of six Negro students who are bringing an. action against the University of Tennessee to compel j the school to admit them to its , graduate divisions including the j law school. The court set August 30 as the deadline for the university to file a brief in support of its demur rer to the complaint. The Nat ional Association for the Advance ment of Colored People, whose at i torneys are representing the six j students, was given until Septem ber 10 to answer the brief, fol lowing which the case will be sei for hearing immediately. N. A. A. C. P. attorneys repre senting the students are: Z. Alex ander Looby of Nashville; Car Cowan of Knoxville, and Leon A Ransom, chief counsel, of Wash ington, D. C. REP. MITCHELLS AM CROW SUIT TO U. S. SUPREME COURT — The discrimination suit of Con ; gressman Arthur W. Mitchell is headed for the United States Su preme Court for final decision. Richard E. Westbrooks, attorney for the Congressman, anpeared before Circuit Judge William M. Sparks Friday August 23 and was j granted leave to appeal to the j United States Supreme Court | from the decision of the special three-judge court which upheld ♦he final orders of the Inter-state Commerce Commission. The Commission, by a six to five de cision held that the conduct of the train conductor in compelling the Congressman to ride in a "Jim-Crow” car on his journey from Memphis, Tennessee to Ilot Springs, Arkansas was unjust dis crimination although the Con gressman held a first-class ticket and was entitled to receive first class accommodations on the in ter-state journey from Chicago to j Arkansas. Violated 14 th Amendment i The attorney filed 43 assign ments of error claiming that the discriminatory action of the train conductor on the Rock Island road, violated the 14th Amend ment of the United States Consti tution, the Enforcement and Civil Rights Act passed by Congress to enforce the provisions of the 14th Amendment, several provisions of the Inter-state Commerce act, con trary to the basic principles upon which this government was founded and was tantamount to the judicial approval of unjust dis crimination against a native-born American citizen solely on accounl of his race and color. He further contended that such conduct was not only unjust but un-American. Special court was presided over by the following judges: William ' M. Sparks of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals and ' Charles E. Woodward and Mi Continued on page 8, col. ,7 HIGH SCHOOL | GIRL HOLDS ART SHOW | No exhibit in a long time has created as much interest as the pictures by Fiances E. Hunt which are on display at Hall Branch Li brary. Miss Hunt, who is sev enteen years old, is a student at Morgan Park high school and at ! tends the Art Institute on Satur days. Dr. Alain Locke, who visited Hall Branch recently and saw the exhibit, expressed much enthusi asm for the work of this young artist. Many of the pictures be ing shown have received honor able mention in the class at the Art Institute. The work in water color, cray on and charcoal show a wealth of j talent in the fresh, clean color and I the vivid action. Much can be ex I pected of this young woman as her work matures and developes. The pictures will be on display for another week in the Library at 4801 So. Michigan avenue, and then several of them will go to the University of Illinois for an exhibit there. WALKS IN SIDE OF CAR In a serious condition in the hospital is Mrs. Marion Diggs. 65, 3900 State street, who walked into the side of a car driven by James Littlejohn, 3759 State St., at the Northwest corner of 38th and State. Littlejohn who was driving west on 38th street, said he did not see the woman until she had walked into his car. Have You Heard BEE’s weekly Radio Forums: Tune in Tues., 1:15 p. m., WHIP 1180 on your dial. Charlemae Rollins to Address Forum Listeners Tuesday Mrs. Charlemae Rollins, chil dren’s librarian at the George Cleveland Hall library, will be the next speaker on the Radio Forum next Tuesday, marking the 37th consecutive week this popular pro gram has been aired over Station W-H-I-P from its Chicago studios in Kimball Hall. Mrs. Rollins will speak on “Ne gro Boys and Girls in Books.” Her intense interest in this subject, evidenced by her work at the li brary, makes her an able speak er on this subject. Last Tuesday's speaker was Mrs. Dixie Brooks, outstanding civic leader, who is connected with the social service department of the Municipal Court. She spoke on “The Negro Woman Steps Forward.” The entire text of her speech may be found on page 16 of this issue._ WINS PRAISE PROF. J. WESLEY JONES Metropolitan choir director, was presented a piano scholarship by the Chicago Bee to be given to some deserving student. (COLORED WIFE Y HER ITALIAN HUBBY Lived as Man and Wife 9 Months “If I can’t have you, no one else can." was the threat often hurled at Kara Stockell. 42, 5315 Michigan avenue, by her com mon law husband, Anthony Mur lo. 52. Italian. Late Sunday night after a vicious quarrel, he made good his threat when he shot and killed her in the bed room of their home, then rushing ‘o his sister's house shot himself, dying in Bridewell hospital Mon day morning. Mrs. Stockell’s body was found around 1:35 a. m. Monday morn ing by Angelo Coglianese, nephew of Murlo and roomer at 5315 Mi chigan avenue; Ruth Jones, also a roomer at the Michigan avenue dome and Grace Abney, 5247 Prairie avenue. Lived Together 9 Months According to Coglianese, and ‘he Jones woman. Kara Stockell and Murlo. also known as Mur rell, had been living together about nine months and frequent ly quarrelled about the late hours she kept and the amount of liquor she drank. He often threatened her', both .witnesses told the po lice, and frequently tola her “if he couldn't have her, no one else could." Continued on page 8, col. 3 SPEAKER MRS. DIXIE BROOKS of the Social Service department of the Municipal Court, whose address on “The Negro Woman Steps Forward” was well re ceived by the radio audience. The entire text of her speech may be found on page 16 of this issue. NEOROES TO FIPHT TEXAS FLECTION LAWS HOUSTON, Tex., Aug. 29—For ♦he fourth time since 1927, the National Association for the Ad vancement of Colored People will file suit in the federal court here within a few days challenging the constitutionality of Texas’s white primary law which excludes Ne groes from voting in the Demo cratic primary in this state. “This will be our answer to the Bilbos, Cotton Ed Smiths, and Tom Connallys,” said Thurgood Marshall, special counsel for the N. A. A. C. P. “With this fight, we will renew our efforts to se cure the right of Negroes to vote in the primaries in southern stat es and pave the way for remov ing from office these men who would deny us the elementary rights of citizens.” Final details in preparation of the case were completed August 24, when a Negro citizen made ap plication for the right to vote in the Democratic run-off primary here on that date. Already George Allen, a Negro auditor, Continued on page 8, col. 2 WHAT OUR READERS THINK (1) What do you think of Roosevelt’s chances for re-elec tion? (2) Are you in favor of Third Term? (3) Is Democracy in America endangered thereby? (4) Does the Wallace nomina tion, at the President’s insistence, spoil chances for a Democratic Victory? OUR CONSTITUTION fJVTPFRILED BISHOP JOHN A, GREGG, Kansas City. Kansas, Presiding Bishop, Fourth Episcopal District. African Methodist Episcopal Church: “I may be old fashioned, or too much of a traditionalist, but it seems to me that the Father of our Country, George Washing ton, must have been inspired as *o his decision on the Third Term Issue, and that has become a tra dition that others have not brok en. “I am against a thrid term, and ^specially in these times of dicta tors and such ruthless disregard of the things fundamental in Government, and when even our own Constitution is imperiled. I think the “New Deal" has become an “Old Deal," and we need an other deal." A. L. Foster, Executive Secre tary of Chicago Urban League:. In attempting to answer your questions you must understand that I am an independent and therefore view the situation pure ly objectively. I think that Roosevelt’s chances for re-election are good. I do not think, however, that he can win with any overwhelming vote as he did before. I see no reason to oppose a third term and I do not feel that democracy is endan gered thereby. In the early his tory of America there was oppo sition to a second term and it is my guess that the arguments ad vanced at that time are very similar to those which are being advanced now. It does occur to me, however, that most of the ar guments advanced in opposition to the re-election of Mr. Roose velt are of little significance. Although it is quite likely that the forced nomination of Wallace has driven away some Roosevelt support, I doubt if it is sufficient to make a great deal of difference in Roosevelt’s chances for reelec tion. BABY BURNED Barbara Johnson 2 V2 year old of Michael Reese hospital in a semi serious condition suffering second degree burns all over her body, when she fell into a tub of water. REFUSED TO REPORT TICKET MONEY; BEATEN Happens at Beauty Contest Conflicting stories concerning Miss Sadie Overton, well known socialite and ticket chairman for the Miss Bronze America Dance, held at the Coliseum Monday night in connection with the Ex position, are being, bruited about Chicago's South Side. According to Miss Overton she was set upon and brutally beaten by Sergeant Deas while A. W. Williams, Truman P. Gibson, Jerry Black, several policemen and several boys looked on. Miss Overton claims to be in bed suf fering from a wrenched back, black eye and several bruises. Pushed Over Chairs Miss Overton told the reporter that Sergeant Deas attempted to detain her for no apparent reason in the police headquarters at the Coliseum. When she tried to leave the room, he pushed her over some chairs causing her to fall, and then “walked all over her.” Reselling Ticket^ The misunderstanding had e risen from the fact that sever. 1 boys were on the street selling tickets and the claim v. as '.hat they were re-selling tick t 1 the box office. It was alleged that Miss Overton refused li make a report. Denies Beating Sergt. Deas, who is in charge of the police department at the Negro exposition denied that he beat up Miss Overton and stated that he arrested her and had her booked at the Eleventh street sta tion on a disorderly conduct charge. SIX PEOPLE INJURED IN AUTO ACCIDENT Six people were injured Satur day evening when two cars crash ed at 31st and South Parkway. Sam Davis, 35, 6215 Elizabeth street sustained lacerations of the forehead, and a possible skull fracture when the car he was driving was struck by a car driv en by Neil Jeffries, 5817 Lafayette, a butcher. Jeffries received a bruised chest. Others injured were Al berta Jeffries, bruised hip; Har rison Jeffries, 5767 Lafayette, bruised chest: Hattie Jeffries, fractured right arm, and Mattie Green 4159 Vincennes, internal j injuries. _ NATION’S BEAUTIES i ~~ i The winners in the “Miss Bronze America” contest, reading left to right, are GLADYS WELLS, 'JO, representing the Southern Lead er of Jackson, Miss., who won the third prize; MIRIAM AIJ, 19 representing the Chicago Defender, who was crowned “Miss Bronze America”, and IONA VARNUM, 18. “MISS CHICAGO BEE”, won second prize. She w’as also chosen as “Miss Bronze Chicago” at the Savoy Ballroom.