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The RECORDER believes no man should be denied the right
to contribute his best to humanity. A* long as that right is
denied any man, no man’t rights are in violate.
When a knock is registered with the Welfare Board against Ethel
Maxwell, it is a recommendation for a raise in salary. That is not be
cause the Board of Public Welfare is hard, but because the Board knows
Ethel Maxwell and her helpers are efficient.
In that corps of helpers are Tuscanna Cooper, John N. Patton,
Sam Kaiser and Virginia Stokes. Now, no one of that group is a
bear, but each is a good investigator. And they are made to order
for bullies. And some people just think they have to bully a Negro
social worker. *;
One person reported all the things he “just told that social work
er.” He also told that he did not arrive where he intended to go with
such conduct. He was advised by a person who was well acquainted
with the Selby district workers that he had better walk around the
block and make a friendly approach. He took the hint. He was
hungry. He came back laughing, saying he did not know a smile would
get so much consideration.
Now the Selby district workers are not soft, but, finally, they are
human and respond to humane conduct.
Perhaps the world will never know how to acclaim the person who
discovered A. Phillip Randolph to the end of making him the emissary
of the Pullman porters. One thing is certain—it was a good job.
Mr. Randolph is refined, educated in his subject, sincere and con
vincing. And it would be difficult to deny his courage and spirit of
sacrifice. He is a perfectly human individual who likes to play bridge
and “dawnce.” In common conversation he is quiet and interesting.
But just say “Pullman porter,” his eyes flash, his demeanor becomes
serious. He comes to attention like a fire engine horse at the sound of
a gong.
Let us take no glory from the leaders of the past. They did the
best they could with their equipment. Mr. Randolph does the same, but
he is better equipped. More power to this Randolph and more Ran
dolphs is this newspaper’s prayer.-
Other Editors Say j
The Floridian Lynch Billies, according to press reports, have
adopted the idea of advance notices for their shows. Early on the
morning of the day designated for the lynching and mutilating of a
Negro accused of criminally assaulting and slaying a white woman at
Greenwood, Fla., a “committee” announced that the lynching would
take place between 8 and 9 p. m. The head of the “committee” identi
fied himself as a member of the Florida legislature, and during an
address spotted with humor he promised that the show would be put
on on time if they had to tear the jail down to secure the principal
lead. The fact that the lynching took place as scheduled would indi
cate that there was some very fine co-operation between the “commit
tee” and the authorities in charge of the jail. Efficient team work
makes success in the show business.—Detroit Guardian.
Every once in a while some tomorrow-preacher who is a student
at Hamline asks for a Race Relations program. The student-preacher
is a supply in some pulpit in the radius of 25 or 30 miles of St. Paul.
Somewhere up stream there is a fountain of brotherhood. It is
inoculating that brood of young preachers so that they respond in
highly vitalized conduct.
We do not know who is responsible. We do know that Hamline
is the headquarters of Drs. Paul Johnson, James S. King and A. B.
Portorf. We are willing to believe there are others in Hamline who
teach and live a Jesus brand of brotherhood.
The world may forget Hamline and its professors, but succeeding
generations of Negroes will enjoy the stream of brotherhood that flows
from its fountain.
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Friday, November 23, 1934
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—Minneapolis Spokesman.
(From the Editor’s Uneasy Chair)
Forty-four lynchings have oc
curred since Roosevelt took oath of
office. Will the usually courageous
F. D. R. speak out for legislation
to end America’s shame?
“The educated Negro,” asserts
Dr. Howard Thurman, Howard
“U” instructor, “is in need of a
major operation on his personal
ity.” Hitting the professional class,
Thurman said, “we are developing
a small and increasingly large
sterile, trained nucleus which is
cutting itself off from the blood
supply of the masses, upon whose
back they must ride. If they get
gold they must line their pockets
with the guts of these poor peo
This is a very severe indictment
and one with enough truth in it to
cause us to ponder.
We were among those who were
unable to hear A. Phillip Ran
dolph, president of the Brother
hood of Sleeping Car Porters, at
his two principal appearances in
the Twin Cities. Other duties in
Randolph to our mind represents
the highest type of Negro leader
ship. Equipped by education and
training he might exploit his peo
ple as many lesser leaders do, he
has, instead, sacrificed his oppor
tunity for financial affluence, fight
ing the battles of the most, ex
ploited and underpaid workers in
America—the Negro workers. A
brilliant and eloquent speaker, a
fine writer and publicist, he has
spent the past few years attempt
ing to organize Pullman porters.
His fight has been one of great
significance because the powerful
Pullman company has used every
method legal and illegal to keep
the porters from organizing their
own union.
Many a man less stout of heart
would have given up the fight, but
Phillip Randolph has never relin
quished the battle fighting on for
the right of Pullman workers to
organize themselves to be able to
bargain equitably with their em
If we were called upon to nom
inate a man for the Nobel prize
we would immediately name Ran
dolph. No two men who have re
ceived the Spingaren medal or the
Nobel prize for that matter have
done as much or sacrificed so much
for a people.
We need more men like Ran
Few Negro artists are appear
ing over the national radio hook
ups on the programs of the large
concerns that advertise via radio.
If you are interested, and you
should be, in hearing more of our
outstanding artists, write the radio
stations. If you enjoy the radio
ing of Rook Ganz and his orches
tra with Bill Pugh singing his
songs, the radio people will never
appreciate your likes unless you
drop the station a line. Whenever
Ethel Waters, the Mills Brothers
and others make a go over the air
they are just preparing the way
for many other boys and girls.
Cecil E. Newman.
“Man cannot read his tombstone
when he’s dead”
Is the title of a poem I once read—
During summer days or showers,
Don’t forget to give your flowers;
Let men know how many kind
deeds they have done—
If you can’t express it, spell it;
By all means, try to tell it—
Show them that they have your
approbation won,
j . .
“Man cannot read his tombstone
when he’s dead”—
There’s virtue in these solemn
words I’ve read;
If you like a person, show it,
In some way, let him know it—
Make him feel he has the prestige
of a king;
Tho’ in desert, swamp or flowers,
Paint for him rose-covered bowers,
And to his heart, much love and
sunshine bring!
“Man cannot read his tombstone
when he’s head”—
He won’t care if those bouquets
are black or red;
There’s no sermon can express it,
No biographies can stress it,
He won’t care what’s placed above
his sleeping brow—
So, if he’s worthy of your praises,
And your admiration raises,
Don’t wait until tomorrow—
Tell him now!
HERE and
By W. M. Smith
The cocksureness of youth!
Amusing at times, yet how admir
able, how necessary. The dynamic
assurance with which youth attacks
problems their elders have studied
and given up as insoluble have
been responsible for many of the
advances of the past, is the in
spiration of many things in the
making; is the hope with which
we face the future.
Without that exuberant and ir
repressible optimism youth would
be but a spineless thing; without
its courage and its strong belief
in its own power of accomplish
ment Negro youth, at least, would
lack the incentive to grow leaders
strong, unpurchasable and depend
able like A. Philip Randolph,
Geo. Schuyler and a host of other
young men who have cultivated
these qualities tempered and re
fined in the school of thought and
Without youth and its indomit
able determination to overcome any
and all obstacles the Twin Cities
would yet lack the best race news
papers it has ever possessed. It
is the youth of our city that is
carrying on the fine traditions of
our Forums, giving us that splen
did educational entertainment for
cur leisure Sunday afternoon hours,
building for the future, bringing
true the dreams and ambitions of
our unconquerable young.
So we smile at youth, its im
petuosity, its cocksureness, but in
dulgently. We pat it on the back
and say, go to it, you can but try,
you may be successful!
Women are queer. Many of
them are something else than
beautiful. Some are indifferent,
cold, selfish, and some appear to
be just dumb.
As none of my readers qualify
under this last classification I may
not offend if I write of one of that
type who in large numbers patron
ize the street cars. She was a well
developed physical specimen and
when she boarded the car and
stood squarely beside the fare box
left no room for others to pass on
or off. Reaching for the small
valise that most women affect,
she sought in its depths for her
small purse from which she took
a dollar bill and purchased six to
kens. Taking these, carefully
counting her change, she deposited
her fare, returning the rest and
her money in the purse, the purse
back in her bag, then suddenly re
called the need of a transfer. Se
curing this the whole process was
gone over again; the purse was
opened, the transfer enclosed, the
purse put in the bag and then,
without a conscious glance for the
men and women who in the mean
while had been pushing and
squirming trying to pass on or off
—Rose Eugene Jones.
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the car, stepped inside calmly and
complacently, ignoring and indif
ferent to the by no means sup
pressed murmurs of her indignant
fellow passengers.
Truly women are queer and
often something else again but
Health and
By Dr. W. D. Brown
In the last two decades there
has been an ever-increasing study
of the glands of internal secretion,
commonly called the endocrine
glands. These organs give se
cretions to the blood stream which
have an important effect on body
function and economy. They have
either a chemical or catalytical ac
tion on body tissue. When the se
cretion is insufficient or when it is
over-produced, certain definite re
sults occur and the individual be
gins to complain of symptoms
which are indicative of disfunc
tion. The thyroid, pituitary, pan
creatic, ovarian, testicular, adrenal,
and parathyroid glands, the im
portant endocrines, are located in
the neck, in the brain, in the ab
dominal cavity by the stomach, in
the pelvic cavity, in the scrotal
sac, over the kidneys and in the
neck along with the thyroid, re
spectively. For example, increased
secretion of the thyroid increases
body metabolism with nervous
ness, headaches, palpitation, weak
ness, prominence of eyes, etc. De
creased secretion causes dryness of
skin, sluggishness, weakness,
The pituitary gland has to do
with body stature obesity, water
excretion. The ovarian and testicu
lar glands control sexual charac
teristics and potency. The pan
creatic gland through some spe
cialized cells, the islands of Lang
erhans, is active from an endocrine
standpoint in sugar metabolism,
preventing diabetes mellitus. The
adrenal glands are associated with
body strength, courage, precocity,
and undernutrition. The para
thyroids are associated with calcium
metabolism and thereby with heal
ing of tissue, the strength of bones
and teeth, and the tone of muscles
and nerves.
All of these glands are inter
related and correlated so that dis
turbance in one sets up a compen
satory reaction in one or more of
the others. To determine whether
or not any of these glands are
functioning properly is no easy
matter. Many special methods are
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lightening talk spoke of the history
of the Brotherhood, its years of
effort to effect a fruitful organi
zation and of the later develop
ments which induced the presence
in the Twin Cities of the National
Organizer, the Hon. 0. Philip
Mr. Randolph whose oratory is of
national renown and of itself the
occasion of an immense gathering
whenever he speaks, on this visit to
the Twin Cities was no less the
finished and elegant orator but de
voted himself to a logical presenta
tion and argument in defense of
the Brotherhood and the value of
its efforts in behalf of self deter
mination of the Pullman workers
and incidentally of all the Negro
Describes Recent Laws
In each of his talks the speaker
elaborated upoft the laws enacted
by Congress for the protection of
the railway men; how these laws
failed to include in their provisions
the powerful Pullman company
and thereby eliminated from their
benefits the Negro men and women
in the employ of the corporation.
Through the efforts of the
Brotherhood amendments were of
fered and adopted by Congress cor
recting these vital defects of
previous laws and giving to the
employees a protection never be
fore granted them.
The passing of these amend
ments, the speaker declared, gave
to a handful of Negro workers a
victory of such widespread sig
nificance as the long years of
trials by workers organized under
the American Federation of Labor
had failed to accomplish.
In the closing minutes of his
speech Mr. Randolph with' intense
earnestness and compelling elo
quence paid a tribute of praise to
the small but undauntable group
of workers undismayed by the re
verses of the years, the uncertain
support of their fellows, the
treachery of many and the vicious
discrimination of the employing
company, had proved loyal through
the stress of years, sacrificing their
all on the altar of duty and loyalty
to race.
The future of race progress, said
Mr. Randolph, depends upon its
willingness to sacrifice and suffer.
Without these, he declared, no
people in history has ever been
able to free itself from servitude
and the infamous conditions that
prevent its upward climb.
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