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Miss Chicago Bee Wins Again
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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.

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
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
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.
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._
Metropolitan choir director, was
presented a piano scholarship
by the Chicago Bee to be given
to some deserving student.
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
Continued on page 8, col. 3
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
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
(1) What do you think of
Roosevelt’s chances for re-elec
(2) Are you in favor of Third
(3) Is Democracy in America
endangered thereby?
(4) Does the Wallace nomina
tion, at the President’s insistence,
spoil chances for a Democratic
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
“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
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.
Happens at Beauty
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
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
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. _
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.

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