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'FREE TAVERN PLOT HOODS; WHENCE “HEARSAY”
'frin cents 1 I JL'vf PER COPY ! '•wiiiimniimnmiiniiiimiiiTrBwniniiiiiiriintiiinnmmmmniranmiimnMnmmnimiuimrannmnmfmiramnfflnnBriwmm.f Vol. 37—No. 42_ Reg, u. 1946 TELEPHONE BOU 7002 ^ R 20, 1946 TWO SECTIONS — SECTION ONE WINS TRIBUNE AWARD. Mercedes Tatum, student at the Art Institute of Chicago and winner of a $50 award in the Chicago Tribune’s 1946 American Fashions com petition, inspects the hostess gown made from her design and displayed by Model Edith Luce at the Tribune’s sev enth annual American Fashions show in WGN studio thea tre Oct. 3 and 4. Her coat-style hostess gown is of flame colored lastex. MARRIAGE FAILS; VET KILLS SELF A coroner’s jury called it "suicide while temporarily insane”. But failure to adjust to post-war marital life was seen by police this week in the self-hanging early Saturday of an ex-GI following a long quarrel with his wife. The veteran was Ralph Perry, 26, a painter and interior decora tor, who was found by his wife, - Ocie, hanging from a pipe in the bathroom in a home at 4231 Prai rie av. where they roomed. The distraught, 21-year-old war bride told Wabash police that she and her husband had quarreled from 1:30 to 5 a.m. that moiming about his jealous disposition. As in previous arguments, she said, he thieatened suicide but she paid it no attention. The wife sketched for police the night before the suicide. They had attended the Tuske gee-Wilberforce football game at Comiskey Park and returned home about 1:30 a.m. They began to quarrel about his jealousy, she said. “He said what he thought and that made me angry and 1 said a few harsh things,” she explained. She reassured him before going to bed that everything “is all right”. The wife said she went to bed thinking they’d made up, but upon awakening around 7:45 a.m. she noticed he wasn’t in his bed. She started looking for him and found him hanging in the bathroom. Mrs. Perry stated that they had been married nearly four years and had married while he was in the army. They had argued fre quently, she said, but she thought it was like any other married couple. Referring again to their quarrel of the night before, the wife said:. “He had said so many times that he figured he was just trouble and a bother to me on account of his jealousy, but I assured him he wasn’t/ I asked him not to con tinue arguing or being jealous as it was hard on both of us.” She recalled that he had threat ened suicide on several occasions bv saying “what would you do if I killed myself”, but she said she ] I never took it seriously. Perry, who spent, three years in the army, had been employed about a week on a job-as painter and decorator, his wife said. -★ AFTERMATH OF FOOTBALL GAME: TWO INJURED * __ The annual Tuskegee-Wilber force football game is an exciting sports event for most spectators, but police records this week reveal another side. As a result of the usual fisti cuffs, knife-play and brawling that accompanies major sports events at Comiskey Park, 35th and Shields, two persons were serious ly hurt Friday night. Kenneth Clark, 46, 5619 Indi ana av., was stabbed in the. left side by an unknown man during a fight in front of the park, Stanton police stated. A 14-year old youth, -Tame? Seales, of 1842 Roosevelt rd., wras struck on the nose by an unknown man, suffering a severe bruise and possibly a fracture, police said. Both were treated at Michael Reese hospital. —-+ SPEAKS AT COMMUNITY CENTER The south and west side units of the Junior. Women’s Auxiliary of the Chicago Urban League are planning an interesting program for their October 18th meeting at the Parkway Community House, 5120 South Parkway. Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, Professor of Zoology at the University of Indiana wHl talk to the group on the subject of “HUMAN SEX BEHAVIOR.” The time is 8:00 p.m. TAVERN PLOTTERS FREE; NO EVIDENCE The south side tavern plot investigation, begun with front page fanfare in the daily press six weeks ago, fizzled to a silent end in the 48th st. police court Wednesday morning, Municipal Judge William V. Daly, declaring that the defendants were arrested on hear say evidence”, dismissed disorder ly conduct charges against all ten. Sgt. Carl Nelson of the Wabash station stated that the men were held for investigation and that no evidence had been turned up that could be presented to a grand jury. He had no witnesses to pre sent in court Wednesday. The entire closing procedure in the case took ab^ut two minutes, bringing to a total of about four minutes the hoodlums have spent in court since sensational charges were leveled against them in early September. Three Known Racketeer* The defendants included three well-known north side racketeers, who allegedly have been trying to muscle in on south side rackets. They are Paul Labriola, 30, 710 l Ridgeway; Martin (the Ox\ Ochs, 33, 5921 Irving Park rd.; ana' ! James Barsella, 31, 849 N. Ayers.; Other defendants were James! 'Weinberg, 45, 4406 Broadway;' Julius Breakstone, 38, 741 Bromp-! ton; Robert Harper, 47, 4045! Clifton; J. A. Bowman, 61, 516 N. Clark; ed Redding, 45, 3456 j S. State; George Berger, 33, and | Sol Friedman, 32, 1118 N. State. The ten were rounded up in : two spectacular raids by police on Aug. 29. They were accused of plotting to stage a carnival as a means to extort an estimated $115,000 from taverns, breweries and distilleries on the south side. The victims, according *to the plan, were to be forced to take out advertisements in the carni val program at exorbitant rates. Collections were underway when the arrests were made, police said. Booked on disorderly conduct ASK EXTRADITION OF AGITATOR AT I LYNCH RALLY Initial steps were taken this week by the Chicago Branch Na- j j tional Association for the Ad vancement of Colored People to | have Lech Denton, white, sabateur of the Congress Street Plaza anti ; lynch rally September 16, extra dited from Tennessee for trial j : here. Bond posted by Denton, an AFL organizer from Chattanooga, was j ordered forfeited and a capias warrant issued by Judge John J. Grffin Monday, October 14, after the southerner’s attorney had se cured four continuances. Neither appeared at Monday’s hearing. Pressing thorough prosecution of the case, Henry W. McGee, president of the Local Branch of the NAACP, this week in letters to Governor Dwight H. Green and States Attorney William J. Touhy, declared “that the flagrant disres j pect for the courts of Illinois by ! Lech Denton who has refused to come back to Chicago to stand : trial , , , should not be permitted ! to go unchallenged.” Assistant State’s Attorney John Hendricks and Assistant Corpora tion Counsel Harry Iseberg, acting for the newly created civil rights section of the city law department handled the prosecution of the case. Attorney William M. Book er appeared as a friend of the court and Milas S. Stephens, of the Citizens Committee Against Lynching, was in court with a delegation, Denton was rescued from an irate throng by police after he cut wires of the public address system being used during the anti-lynch rally last September at which Canada Lee, noted actor, was principal speaker. charges, the hoodlums appeared in police court Sept. 4 but the case was continued to Oct. 16 for fur ther investigation. MIUTARYRITES AT 8th ARMORY FOR OVID HARRIS Impressive military funer al services were held Wed nesday afternoon at the Eighth Regiment Armory, 3517 Giles for Ovid E. Har ris, 50, of 3605 South Park way. ft A former ma ior ' in th> 184th field artillery regiment. Harris died Sunday in the Hines unit of the Veterans Administra tion hospital following an illness of three weeks. Pallbearers were Dr. Harold Thatcher, James E. Knight, Col. Theophilus Mann, Col. William H. Lewis, Col. Benote Lee, and Col. Oscar Randall. A firing squad assigned from ; Major Euclid Louis Taylor’s first battalion, 8th Infantry, IRM, com-! manded by Capt. Louis Banks, fir ed a volley at the grave in Lincoln cemetery. Harris, a supervising accountant ! for the Illinois Department of Revenue, is survived by his wife, | Clarabelle, and a son, Ovid E. Jr. | Born in Galveston. Texas, he came j to Chicago in 1914. After securing a bachelor’s de-i gree in business administration j from Northwestern University he i began to practice accounting and entered the Illinois Department of Revenue in 1933. A veteran of both wars, Harris served as a sergeant in the 803rd Pioneer Infantry Regiment in World War I and attained the rank of major in World War II. He was a member of the Veter ans of Foreign Wars, the Military Order of the Cooties, The Ameri can Legion, Kappa Alpha Psi fra ternity and The Angels, a men’s social club. Riot Victims Still Face Reprisals NEW YORK—Despite the favorable verdict in the re cent Lawrenceburg riot trial, defense attorneys warned this week that legal reprisals still awaited Columbia, Tenn. Negroes. Hitting at jubiliation at the ver dict, Dr. Leon Ransom, NAACP attorney, pointed out that two de fendants must still face trial on the charges for which 23 of 25 defendants were acquitted. He also stated that all the men acquit ted at Lawrenceburg must stand trial on other indictments just as serious. Oliver Harrington, NAACP pub lic relations counsel, severely cri- j ticized the attitude that the ac quittal at Lawrenceburg indicated a triumph of democracy and that the south, if left alone, can handle its own problems. "Those innocent men were ac quitted after the southern court discovered that Americans in other parts of the country demand ed simple justice,” he said referr ing to the large press corps pre sent for the trial. THEIRS A HAPPY REUNION. Broad smiles on the faces of World Heavy weight Champion Joe Louis and his man ager, John Roxborough speak of a happy reunion. Rox borough, recently released from prison, and the champ celebrated his return in Detroit, recently.— (ACME photo) —---—-i South Dick «——> C3S*«r, ^®*s J-K^nS» \ t, (t>ie^) 'vpAation'S , Monday »n.s“”f rrf« **• *“ «•;:; S.p»'>"“1 s?o?eeo«cia;S _ Tunstall Wins Jim Crow Rail Union Case NORFOLK, Va.—The right of Negro railmen to equal employ ment opportunities was upheld in the United States District Court of eastern Virginia in a decision handed down last week in the famous Tunstall case. The court ruled that the rail road brotherhoods, acting as ex clusive bargaining agencies under the Railway Labor act, “is under the obligation of representing fairly and without discrimination” Tunstall and other Negro workers. Tom Tunstall, a fireman of the Norfolk and Southern railroad, entered the suit to test the validity of an agreement between the Brotherhood of Locomotive Fire men and Engineers and company officials barring Negro workers from promotions. -+ NAB 2 SUSPECTS IN POLICE SLAYING Lie tests will be given to deter mine whether the two prowlers ar rested at 5408 Princeton Monday night are the bandits wanted in the Sept. 30 slaying of Lt. Her man Ziebell of Forest Park police. The two arrested are John Pen dleton, 30, of 328 E. Garfield blvd., and Elmer Griffin, 17, of 5313 S. State st. Sgt. Martin McElligott of Stock yards police said they answered the descriptions of the bandits who shot Lt. Ziebell when he sur prised them robbing a service sta tion at Desplaines ave. and Roose velt rd. in Forest Park, -★ MUSICAL PROGRAM AT BETHESDA The Gospel chorus of Greater Bethesda Baptist church, 5301 So. Michigan ave., is sponsoring a musical program for the pre anniversary of the pastor, Dr, A. Alfred Watts. Guest artist will be Master James H. Harris, the world’s youngest gospel singer. Assisting will be other well known gospel singers. Mrs. Gertrude Elam, president; J. C. Williams, director. Major Jones left .South Center to become first vice president and general manager of the National Investors Corporation, a newly or ganized finance and investment company with offices at 35 South Dearborn st. Jones, who started at South Center when the store first opened its doors early in 1928, will be the operating head of the new or ganization. This company plans to finance existing business enterpi-ises and purchase, de.velop and manage merchandising and “service” businesses, such as laundries and dry cleaning plants. It will also purchase or acquire stocks and in terests in other corporations or organizations. The genial department store executive played an important part in training the people of the community in retail selling and store operations. His success in operating the 47.th street’s largest RICHARD L. JONES department store for 18 years en couraged a large number of south siders to enter the field of retail ing. Jones* sales pi-omotional events are credited with contributing to the store’s continued success. His annual baby parades on South Parkway were eagerly awaited and his “Dick Jones Days” became na tionally'famous, “Dick” Jones will be long re membered by south siders as the man who gave them quality mer chandise and good service, adjust ed their complaints and trained hundreds of men and women to sell. DAUGHTER FINDS BODY IN CLOSET Confronted Tuesday with the fiendish murder of a mother of three, Stanton av, police this week sought a sus pect whom neighbors said had been friendly with the vic tim for several years. Butler-Killer On Trial; Call Mind Experts NEW YORK—A battle of! psychiatrists lomed this week j as the trial of Ward Beecher Carraway, colored butler charged with the murder of a Long Island socialite, got i under way. Defense Attorney Charles R. Weeks indicated that his case will include a review of the “perfect servant’s” life from childhood, sup I ported by the testimony of psy | chiatrists that the 23-year-old murderer and rapist was mentally j ' deficient. . The prosecution, iir was learned, i will also present psychiatrists in an attempt to prove that the de fendant was mentally competent and sane at the time he killed the socialite mother and raped and shot her daughter. Select Jury Carraway who is charged with murdering Mrs. Marjory Logan, 50, in her home in fashionable Flower Hill district, appeared in court last week as selection of the jury began. Apparently bent on robbery, the butler, it is charged gained en trance to the Logan home. Con fronted by the matron, he shot her after obtaining $10. The daugh ter, Miss Marjory Logan, 26, was then robbed of $100, forced to submit to a criminal attack, and later shot in the face and neck. Carraway was originally charg ed with attacking Miss Logan, an ex-WAC, but later was indicted on the more serious charge of mur der. The victims were the wife and daughter of William Logan, a di rector of the baking soda firm of Church and Sloan. -★ VANDERBILT PROF TO ADDRESS NURSES NEW' YORK — (ANP) — Miss Helen Howell, associate professor of public health nursing at Van derbilt university, Nashville, will be a principal speaker at the southern regional conference of the National Association of Color ed Graduate nurses (NACCN) in Nashville, Oct. 25-26. General theme of the conference will re volve around thorough discussion of the entire field of nursing and the relationship of the Negro nurse thereto. The mother, reported missing for 24 hours, was found around 9 a.m. by her 13-year-old daughter brutally stabbed to death. Her hody had been stuffed into a clnsef in their apartment in the Mec^a building at 3338 S. State st The victim was Mrs. Min. • - Vaughn. Her daughter, Juanita a student at the Lucy Flowers sc ho- l for girls, made the gruesome dis covery. The body had been placed in sitting position on a trunk. Multiple Knife Wounds Although no murder weapon was found police disclosed that mul tiple wounds on the left side of the chest, one of them above the heart, indicated that knife had been used. A piece of white cloth was tied around her head. The body obviously had been placed in the clos< t b\ her *=sa*l ant, police said. Discover of th • hod•• w**. accident, w< - disclosed. The daughter had just reported her disappearance to police a short time before she opened the closet door. The victim has two other chil dren, an 11-year-old daughter, Lu cille, and a son, Raymond, 10. Police stated they are investi gating acquaintances of the wom an in the hope of finding a man whom a neighbor heard arguing and fighting with the dead woman Monday morning. Continue Inquest Pending further investigation, an inquest into the murder, begun Wednesday morning at Jones Fun eral Home at 3315 S'. State st., was continued to Nov. 12 at the 48th st. police court. Juanita told police she became worried when she awakened Tues day to find her mother hadn’t come home. The children were usually notified if she was going to be out late, the girl said. She stated that she saw her mother last early Monday morn ing when she left home to attend classes at the Lucy Flowers school. She returned home that afternoon about 4:30. After waiting for their mother until about fi:20, she and her sister went to a show. They went to bed upon returning home and left a light on in case she came in late. Finds Back Door Open The next morning, Juanita said, she became uneasy. She remem bered that Lucille had mentioned finding the bedroom light on and the back door open when she came home the afternoon before. She went to a neighbor’s apart ment and reported her mother missing to Stanton police. A few minutes later while dressing for school, she entered the closet. A woman whose name police re (Continued on Page 2) Check of Records Brings a Change in Covenant Case Defense Attorney Loring B. Moore refused to accept a trans fer of a restrictive covenant case from Superior Judge U. S. Schwartz until he checked the records in the Recorder’s office, and what he saw there made him change his mind rapidly. Moore represents Leon J. Smith, 50, a dining car waiter, who has a motion pending before the chan cellor to dismiss a suit seeking to evict him and his four small children from their home at 6633 Maryland av. When the case came up last week, Judge Schwartz offered to transfer the case for reassignment, stating: “I think you ought to know that some years ago a group in cluding Irvin C. Mollison told me I was not impartial in these cases.** Moore replied that he was sat isfied to have the judge hear the case. It was continued over the week-end. On Monday, however, the de fense attorney checked the rec ords in the Recorder’s office. He said he found there the name of Marguerite L. Schwartz signed the restrictive covenant from the judge’s address at 1125 E. 48th st. When Moore came "back into court, he did not mention his dis covery, but he accepted the trans fer and quick. The case was reassigned to Judge Frank M. Padden, one of the three chancellors in the court this term, and was set for hearing on Oct. 17.