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She is a member of various civic organizations and Eta chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Mrs. Williams’ position is one of the several responsible posts held by Negro citizens at Twin Cities Ordnance plant. Band Stand Behavior Ellington Crew Rapped By JOHN ESQUIRE One word describes the music of Duke Ellington’s orchestra which played for two dances at the St. Paul auditorium last week. That word is excellent. One word de scribes the band stand decorum of the same outfit and that word is the old barroom now polite society word “lousy.” Ellington’s band offered as good example of what musicians paid to entertain the public should not do. They loafed all over the band stand. They drank what was obviously liquor from paper cups. A trom bone soloist was glassy-eyed from drink or something else. They visited with the crowd con stantly and several times the stand was only half full of band members when Duke began to tickle the piano. The attractive little bronze skinned singer was pleasing until she sang a risque off-color song which was completely bad taste in view of the large number of young sters present. Such poor taste and conduct from one of the acknowledged top bands of the country is strange to behold. One explanation offered the writer is that when these bands come to the Twin Cities they are made so welcome that they lose control. Mitchell Attends Sister’s Funeral Hobart T. Mitchell, 3612 Elliot Ave., left Tuesday, November 3, for Detroit, Mich., to attend the fu neral of his sister, Mrs. Edith Rich ardson. Mrs. Richardson passed away Monday, November 2. Walter McFarland made FOREMAN AT ROSEMOUNT Walter McFarland, 1016 Rondo Ave., was made foreman of the day service crew at the Gopher Ord nance Plant at Rosemount, Minne sota, in line with a reported new Rosemount policy of a fairer atti tude toward the colored employes. Mr. Gillespie, a newcomer to the city and a former Dupont employe, was made foreman of the night crew of janitors. “Play Bridge for Hallie” Nov. 19. Hallie’s New Gym. 30c.—Advt. More than a million pounds of scrap was rounded up in Holyoke, Mass., city of 55,000 population. Horseshoes of Kentucky Derby winners for the past 13 years have been contributed to scrap. -L MI. 8340 BLACKBURNS LOSE MATTRESS Some person who has evidently been reading the swap ads in a local advertising sheet decided to swap a mattress, but without the owner’s permission. W. G. Black burn, 547 W. Central avenue, re ported to police that when he went to his garage Tuesday, October 27, he found the garage door lock broken and a practically new mat tress was gone. In its place was an old bedraggled one. It wasn’t even Hallowe’en and Blackburn isn’t at all satisfied with the swap or with the humor of the thief. Gopher Lodge Entertains New U.S. Soldiers Elks, Gopher Lodge, I. B. P. 0. E. W. No. 105, St. Paul, will enter tain members of the organization who will be inducted into the United States Army on November 14 at a party Sunday afternoon, November 8, at three p. m. at Pio neer Hall, 588 Rondo Ave. This party is the third in a series given by Gopher Lodge for in ductees. All Twin City service men in any branch of the service are invited to attend and a special invitation is being extended to mothers of all men now in the armed forces. Sam Swanson, field representa tive of the United Electrical and Radio Machine Workers, C. I. 0., will be the principal speaker on the program. Dancing and refresh ments will be free. America’s Lynchers Help Hitler Win War Evansville Startling facts of how Axis powers are using stories of mob violence, lynchings, rape, discrimination and segregation of American Negroes to convince South Americans they cannot ex pect justice from the American white man have just been released by the People’s Institute of Applied Religion, Rev. Claude C. Williams, director. This report of action and for ac tion under the caption Fifth Col umnist states that only the United States, Canada, Argentina and Chile in the Americas have a ma jority of white population. These have large minorities of non-whites. White people who cannot behave civilly toward their non-white brothers and minority groups are the real fifth columnists in Amer ica. The writers prove it by relating incidents printed in Spanish and French by Axis powers and distrib uted in pamphlets of 200,000 lots to pro-Axis agents in South America as work of fifth columnists in America. They include the riot over the Sojourner Truth Housing Project, Detroit; failure to com plete the Sugar Tree Project for Negroes along with the one for whites, at Southeastern Missouri; and the lynching of Cleo Wright due to a charge of rape which cre ated high sentiment The institute declares these fifth columnist activities comprise the gravest problem in America today, and calls upon religious leaders to work together to oppose anti- Semitism and jimcrowism from platform and pulpit; stand against every act based upon religious or racial prejudice, and calmly correct every intolerant statement. Remains of Mrs. Hill to Arkansas Lenora Hill, 40, 518 Fremont Ave. N., died October 30 at Minne apolis General hospital. The body was shipped to Pine Bluff, Ark., for burial. Mrs. Hill is survived by her hus band, Master Hill, Minneapolis, Mrs. Julia Rabling of Pine Bluff and other relatives there. Wood ard Funeral Home was in charge. Marian Anderson Here in Recital Marian Anderson, world-famed contralto, will be presented in re cital in the Concert Bowl of the Minneapolis auditorium on Tuesday evening, November 24. This con cert will be the highlight of the en tertainment in the Twin Cities for Thanksgiving week. She is. appear ing on the University Artists’ Course, under the direction of Mrs. Carlyle Scott. St Paul War Relief and Community Chest Successful The St. Paul Community War Relief Chest collected a total of $1,172,130.43, exclusive of the $60,- 000 received from the sale of scrap iron collected on Sunday, Oct. 18. The quota was set at $1,100,000. Harold A. Ames was general chair man of the drive. Team 16, Mary D. McFarland, captain, went over the top with a grand total of $1,000.33. The fol lowing solicitors reported: Mary Bradley, S4O; Bernice Duke, s4l; Oppie Emerson, $3; Cora Belle Banks, $32.00; Frederick Williams, $27.00; Mary Rogers Eddings, $156.00; Viola Munson, $16.00; Claretta Jackson, $72.00; Louise Hargrave, $43.00; Evalyn Kelly, $11; Leah Mae Minor, $60.00; Wan da Owens, $75.25; Hazeldel War ricks, $78.00; Josie Williams, $78.65; Kitty Taylor, $11.00; Ade laide Sykes, $3.75; and Mary D. McFarland, the captain, reported $251.68, making a total of $1,000.33. Miss I. Myrtle Carden, Director of the Hallie Q. Brown Commu nity House, and Mr. S. Vincent Owens, Executive Secretary of the St. Paul Urban League, donated their cars to several of the solici tors to assist with the speedy col lection of pledges. Another group of workers, cap tained by Mrs. Harry Brown, brought in the following amount of moneys: Ardelia Allen, $136.90; Junauld Brown, $61.50; Susie N. Tudos, $57.25; Viola Alsup, $49.00; Carrie Stokes, $43.25; Emily Har grave, $31.00; Aldonia AndersOn, $27.25; Allie Balenger, $24.00; John M. Whitaker, $17.50; Hazel R. Butler, $16.35; Margaret Go dette, $14.00; Viola Butler, $12.50. Negro Greek Letter Societies Trail Rest TRAILING IN SCHOLASTIC AVERAGES Due to the boys going off to war or some similar reason, the Negro fraternities on the University of Minnesota campus are trailing way behind in the “C” average set as an average for the academic fra ternities. In years past one or sometimes two of our fraternity groups were at or near the top. This year the Omega Psi Phi fraternity is on the bottom of the list and the Alpha Phi fraternity was only several places from the bottom. The Kap pas were not listed at all. Camphor Church ‘Mother’ Dies MOTHER OF CAMPHOR M. E. CHURCH DIES Mrs. Tena Thomas, who is known as the Mother of Camphor M. E. Church, Fuller and Kent Streets, died on Sunday, November 1, at Ancker hospital where she has been a patient for the past six months. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1851, Mrs. Thomas came to St. Paul to make her home with her daugh ter, Mrs. Julia Douglas, in 1909. She is one of the original founders of Camphor M. E. Church and is known as the mother of the church. She was a member of the Com munion Stewardess Board ever since its inception. Funeral services were held Wed nesday, November 4, at 2 p. m. from Camphor M. E. Church with Rev. Clarence T. R. Nelson, the pastor, preaching the sermon from the theme “Thank God for a Well Spent Life,” which was very ap propriate. The Choir of Camphor beautifully sang “Lead Kindly Light” and “Rock of Ages.” Mrs. Roberta Davis, Soloist, sang “His Eye Is On the Sparrow.” Resolu tions were read from the various organizations of the church. Survivors include two children, one daughter, Mrs. Julia Douglas Lewis, 689 Carroll Avenue, and one son, Ed Thomas, 994 Rondo avenue; seven grandchildren, Bertram Shan non and Mrs. Inez Bruce of St. Paul, Mrs. Louise Johnson of Min neapolis, Mrs. Lucille Shannon Headley of Long Island, New York, Mrs. Mabel Hardeway, Mrs. Althea Brent and John Douglas of Chi cago. She had one sister, Miss Nora Scott of St. Louis, Mo., and eight great-grandchildren. Interment was in Elmhurst ceme tery. Brooks Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. If all U. S. drivers of passenger autos in 1940 had cut down their driving by 10 per cent, they would have saved 160,000 years of round the-clock travel time at a rate of 35 miles an hour. ST. PAUL, MINN., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1942 WOMANPOWER FOR WAR PLANTS—American women of many racial groups are man ning machines for our war production needs. This Negro girl is turning out small parts for final assembly as a machine operator in the aircraft factory of a large eastern Navy Yard. Mixed Brigade Subject of Youth Rally Nov. 6 A discussion on a mixed Negro and White Brigade in the Army and how it can help to break down discrimination in the armed forces will be the feature of a rally spon sored by the Victory Youth Club of the Young Communist League Fri day night, Nov. 6, to be held at 2860 Chicago avenue, at 8 o’clock. This rally will be the opening gun in a campaign of the Minne sota YCL to collect 5,000 signa tures on petitions to be sent to the War Department requesting the setting up of a mixed brigade. Invited speakers include the Rev. Clarence T. R. Nelson, pastor of the Camphor M. E. church, St. Paul, Swan Asserson, Organizer of Hotel and Restaurant Workers No. 665, and R. Augustine Skinner, President, Minneapolis NAACP. Collection of signatures for a Mixed Regiment is part of the Minneapolis YCL’s War Services program for the young people which includes such activities as blood doning, collection of books and records for the USO, sending of Christmas gifts for the boys in service, collection of money for Russian War Relief and other ac tivities. The public is invited. U. S. Army helmets are of non magnetic steel and don’t affect compasses carried by troops. A 65-year-old Michigander gath ered 150 pounds of scrap metal and wheeled it by barrow to the village collection center five miles away. The money spent for every hour of Nazi occupation to France would support 500 French families of three people for a year. MODERN BETSY ROSS WORKS ON ‘OLD GLORY’ QUARTERMASTER DEPOT—The tradition of Betsy Ross is being kept alive in this quar termaster corps depot where this young woman worker assists in the creation of American flags for military activities. Women on the Job in War Plants Urban League Auxiliary Sponsors Radio Broadcast Mrs. E. L. Sims and Mrs. N. J. Hunter,- Co-chairmen of the Minne apolis Urban League Bond and Stamp Drive Committee of the aux iliary, are appearing on a radio program sponsored by the Auxili ary of the Minneapolis Urban League, Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 4:15 p. m., on radio station WCCO. This committee is now urging friends and members of the organization to purchase bonds during the com ing week and will press the sale during the radio broadcast. Infor mation concerning the sale of bonds and stamps can be obtained by calling the two chairmen, Mrs. Sims, Pleasant 2835, or Mrs. Hun ter, Colfax 1216, or the League’s office, Atlantic 6917. Mrs. Frank Edmonds, vice chair man, Minneapolis War Savings Committee, Civilian Defense Pro gram, addressed the 'Auxiliary of the Minneapolis Urban League at its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1942. Mrs. Edmonds, who is en thusiastically interested in the sale of bonds and stamps, spoke of the urgent need for the promotion of these sales and explained the man ner in which clubs and organiza tions could help in this vital en deavor. On Sunday, Nov. 22, the Auxili ary will sponsor a Bond and Stamp Rally at Phyllis Wheatley House. Mrs. Wendell Jones, newly ap pointed member of the Minneapolis War Savings Committee will assist in this rally. Traveling 10 miles at 35 miles an hour takes two minutes longer than at 40, but two miles of extra tire life are saved at the slower speed. Coffee consumption in the U. S. in the past 30 years has more than doubled, while the population in crease has been only about 45 per cent. T Public Affairs Com. Endorses Poll Tax Repeal After listening to an address by C. W. Washington, executive sec retary of the Minneapolis Urban League, on November 2, the Pub lic Affairs committee of the Min neapolis YWCA took action to write Minnesota Senators urging them to support the Pepper Bill, now up before the United States Senate. Mr. Washington stressed the im portance of outlawing the poll-tax as a qualification for voting in eight southern states. On October 28, Mr. Washington spoke to the Household Employees club of the YWCA on the subject, “Recent Trends in Negro Employ ment in Minneapolis.” White Class Elects Negro As President Washington, D. C., Nov. 5 (ANP) —The election of a colored youth as president of the Senior class by his white classmates of the Rock Island (Illinois) high school was lauded this week by John W. Studebaker, U. S. Commissioner of Education, as a concrete demon stration of democracy at work. The election of the youth, James Holland, one of six colored students in a class of 402, was called to Dr. Studebaker’s attention by Earl Hanson, superintendent of the Rock Island public schools, in a letter which stated, “The faculty, I have been assured by a principal, had nothing to do with the election. It was purely a democratic act on the part of the students.” S 108 i CAL ow Non-Stop Fight to Jail Mississippians Who Lynched 14-Year-Old Boys Rev. S. A. Douglas, Adventist Leader, Going to Arkansas S. A. Douglas, for six years pas tor of Beacon Light Seventh Day Adventist church, North Minneapo lis, will leave Monday, Nov. 9, for Little Rock, Arkansas. Rev. Douglas was called by the church conference to do evangelis tic work in Kansas and Louisiana. Delinquency and the War, Forum Topic at Hallie Though the city of St. Paul had a lower rate of delinquency than any city in the country during the first eight months of war, delin quency among Negroes has in creased. Reasons for this rise in delin quency will be given at the Hallie Q. Brown House Forum, Sunday, Nov. 8, at four p. m., during a panel discussion on the subject “Delinquency and the War.” Because this is a common com munity problem, every parent and older boy and girl is urged to hear this discussion. Mr. Maeeo Littlejohn will pre side. Others participating will be, John Doyle, Chief Probation Offi cer; John Patton, Public Welfare worker; James Griffen, Negro po liceman; Miss M. Stone, Commu nity Service for children. Baptist Women Hold Meeting The Women’s Convention of the Minnesota Baptist Association met October 29 at Pilgrim Rest, Minne apolis, for its first quarterly board meeting with Mrs. A. B. Lewis leading the devotional period. Mrs. Martha J. Lee described a model Missionary Society; The Red Circle Girls, junior missionary so ciety, had an active part in the meeting under the direction of Mrs. C. Griffin. Other highlights of the program were echoes from the Sun day School Congress by Mrs. R. Glanton and a report of the Na tional Baptist Convention made by Mrs. Mamie Burrell, president of the Women’s department, and Mrs. U. Botts, State director. Mrs. Susan Gaylord and Mrs. Dessa Gre sham sang several gospel solos and Miss Gwendolyn Schoffield played a piano solo. Mrs. M. J. Lee was elected to in struct a course in Missionary lead ership. Mrs. Mary Crump will as sist her. lola Young Is Buried lola Young, 47, 423 Colfax Ave. N., died October 28 at Minneapolis General hospital. Funeral services were held Mon day, November 2, at Woodard Fu neral Home with Father Thomas officiating, assisted by Rev. T. B. Stovall. Interment at Crystal Lake cemetery. “No Jim-Crow In Britain,” Says London, Nov. 5 (Censored) — The following incidents are typical of the varied sociological problems with which colored troops on this side of the Atlantic are confronted. They are mostly concerned with inter-racial relations between themselves and their own white compatriots. The British, with their traditional tolerance and skill at compromise, are doing their best to bring about harmoni ous relations between the two ra cial groups while they are in the British Isles. Example of British Tactfulness When there were differences be tween white and black U. S. troops at a dance hall in Derby, the pro prietor, Mr. S. Ramsden, went to the microphone and explained to the white Americans that it was not customary in England to dis criminate between races. A British visitor to the U. S., he said, would not think of interrupt ing the procedure adopted at the dances there. Ramsden expressed the hope that the white troops would not try to influence the con duct of the dances in England. We respected all visiting troops and were fighting for the same cause. There were 35 white U. S. soldiers at the dance; three black soldiers. * &•. IV* •RICE $2.50 A YEAR—7 CENTS A COPY Padmore San Francisco, Nov. 5 copyrighted press statement to Roy J. Gibbons for the San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday, October 27, Kline Irwin, white, Seaman, First Class, said he learned most of the casualties on the Wasp, U. S. air plane carrier torpedoed by Japa nese in the Solomon Islands near Guadalcanal Sept. 15, were colored stewards. He said he learned, too, that all but about 200 of the Wasp crew were saved. If each of the 31 million U. S. families bought one less can of canned goods per week, the steel saved would meet steel require ments of 5,000 medium tanks, there would be tin for 360,000 75mm. howitzers, rubber for 2,000 jeeps. New York’s movie organs have played their tunes, except for Hit ler. Turned in to the scrap drive, one of them yielded 2,300 pounds of war metals. Keep off of date Nov. 26. Dance given by the New Brighton B-shift employees.—Advt. New York.—A pledge to continue the fight to secure punishment of those responsible for the lynching of three Negroes in Mississippi two weeks ago, until success is achieved was made last week by Representa tive Vito Marcantonio, president of the International Labor Defense, and chairman of the National Emergency Committee to Stop Lynching. The pledge was made before an audience of more than 1,000 in Salem Methodist Church, at a meet ing under the auspices of the Emer gency Committee, the National Ne gro Congress, and the church lyceum. “We will not accept any an nouncement, nor any recommenda tion, nor any report, as an answer,” the fiery Harlem representative said. “The only way to fight lynch ing is through action. We intend to get action. We will not stop its efforts for a single day until the perpetrators of these three Missis sippi lynchings are actually pun ished.” Only two of four candidates for the Governorship in New York have answered telegrams sent out by the Emergency Committee asking each of them whether, if elected, he would immediately move to have the Conference of State Governors convened at once to take action against lynching, Mr. Marcantonio revealed today. The two are Dean Alfange running on the American Labor Party ticket, and Israel Amter, Communist Party candi date. Both answered in the affirm ative. Thomas E. Dewey, Republi can candidate, and John J. Bennett, Democrat, did not answer. Outlining the purposes of the Na tional Emergency Committee, which came into being only two weeks ago at a meeting called by him, Mr. Marcantonio said: “This fight will be taken to Mis sissippi. It will be taken to the White House, to Attorney General Biddle, to everyone in a position of authority. We intend to get action. “These lynchings are a challenge not only to government in the States, but to the constitutional government at Washington. The poll-tax, lynchings, and Jim Crow are doing more harm to the United Nations’ cause than 200 tanks and a score of battalions of Hitler’s army. It is precisely because we are at war that we insist on federal action against these lynchers. “It is time for the Federal Gov ernment to step into every State where a lynching takes place, and take over the prosecution. If they can’t get jurors who will convict these lynchers, then let them take them to other jurisdictions where juries will convict them. “The gang behind the lynchers Is the same gang that was responsible for the rape of Ethopia and Re publican Spain. It is the same gang that is responsible for hold ing up supplies to Africa, for keep ing India and Africa in chains. It is the same gang that is holding back the opening of a second front to win the war. “In this fight against lynching we must expose and destroy those who wear the American flag, and carry the sign of Hitler tn their hearts.” “WASP” CASUALTIES MOSTLY NEGROES Of 79 colored stewards, to his knowledge, a final check-up re vealed but seven survivors, Irwin told The Chronicle.