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The RECORDER believe, no man should be denied the right to
contribute his best to humanity. As king as that right la denied any
man, no iiuiii’m right* are naf»*.
Dean Acheson Gets Some Applause
Public approval ot the manner in which he handled the Russians
at the Japanese peace treaty sessiona in San Francisco must cause
Secretary of State Dean Acheson some reflection. After months of
abuse from many quarters, he now finds himself a national hero.
Knowing the vagaries of American public opinion, Acheson s new
found glory probably doesn't affect him too much. He probably knows
that in American politics a man may be a hero one day and a
scoundrel the next.
Acheson's conduct at the peace treaty meeting must have been
very gratifying to President Truman who has stood by him through
all of the mudslinging of the McCarthys' and others of that ilk.
We have viewed the attempts to force Acheson's resignation with
a somewhat jaundiced eye, knowing as we do, how difficult it Is to
get top-flight men to accept high appointive officers such as cabinet
Most first-rate executives no matter how patriotic, do not want
to subject themselves and their families to the abuse which the dear
American public, led by partisan politicians ladle out.
When the wolves were out after Acheson we always tried to
think of who the president could get to replace him. We could never
think of over two men in the entire nation whom we felt could do
the terrific job that a modern U. 8. secretary of state must do in a
world of continued crisis.
When President Truman said the other day that Acheson will be
at his post as long as he wants it, we applauded him, for we don't
think America is full of men with the ability and devotion to duty
which characterizes the career of the present secretary of state.
Effective Mr. Marshall
Thurgood Marshall is coming here for two addresses next week.
If you have read the news story on page one you will recognize who
Mr. Marshall Is. However, more than the cold words of type tell,
Marshall represents more than any other man except possibly the
late Charles Houston, the great court victories won for American
Negroes in behalf of equal rights in public institutions.
It was Marshall, aided by Houston, with Marshall later directing
the whole program which got equalization of Negro teachers salaries
In 17 state where separate schools existed. This was the first big’
legal victory via the Federal court in behalf of better education fot;
Southern Negroes. It was destined to launch the march towards edu
cations equality for Negro teachers and the children they teach in
the south.
After the teachers victories. Marshall and his associate attorneys
turned their guns on the practice of barring Negro students in 17
states from the tax supported and maintained state universities and
colleges of graduate study level. In many states, not only were Ne
groes barred from the regular state institutions, but no provision was
made for such studies as medicine, dentistry, law or journalism in the
Negro schools set up by state government funds.
Negroes who sought graduate study had to leave their home
state and travel north for such study. Some of the states paid a por
tion of the tuition fees, others did not. A Negro who wanted a good
education had to leave his state and go to a northern state, while the
economically much better fixed white student could attend school in
their home states, closer to home, and naturally at smaller financial
It was Marshall and men like him who planmil each assault on
the dual school system of the south. The iniquitous system was design
ed to keep the races seperate an<l worked a huge hardship on the
Negro family seeking to educate Its children for better living and ac
It was Marshall who also directed plans to give defense to Ne
groes accused of crimes which the NAACP felt they did not commit
The disposition of law enforcement officers, police, city and county
attorneys in some areas of the U. 3. to violate the basic civil rights
of Negroes accused of crimes, especially when such crimes were
against white persons, has decreased because the NAACP legal de
partment has been alert and fought such violations.
The Supreme Court decisions which have ordered southern states
to admit Negroes to the state universities were brought about by
Thurgood Marshall's excellent marshalling of counsel and briefs. An
entire pattern of seperatlon and poor school facilities for southern
Negroes has been successfully challenged by Thurgood Marshall and
his NAACP staff.
Marshall's most recent service, was the investigation he conduc
ted in the Korean war theatre, of the excessive court martinis of Ne
gro Army personnel. His report revealed the segregation, poor offi
cers, race prejudice of top brass, and the general treatment of Negro
soldiers, especially in the Jim Crow units, was responsible for and
the cause for the numerically disproportionate court martinis of Ne
gro troops.
Those who hear Mr. Marshall here next week will be listening to
one of the country’s top leaders and a master craftsman of the law
Every citizen, black or white, who believes in moving towards guar
anteeing every American the basic rights of citizenship should hear
this fighter for the American ideal of equality.
Masons Looking Toward
The Masonic Grand lodge of the Minnesota jurisdiction and its
affiliate, the Order of Eastern Stars are both holding their annual
meetings In the Twin Cities this week.
Both of these great organizations have, in the past few years,
given some attention to helping the general civic welfare of the cities
in which they have lodges and chapters. Under the direction of Chas
D. Doty, Minnesota grand master and Mabel Harris, grand matron
of the OES, the groups have axsumed a more important role in com
munity endeavours.
bast Friday night the OES sponsored a delightful talent contest
which is plans to repeat annually. Such a project will aid Immeasur
ably the development of talent and arts by our local people, and the
community's culture will be strengthened.
The Masons are co-sponsors of the plan to bring to the Twin
Cities Thurgood Marshall for two talks. This type of community help
will not only help our towns but will increase public appreciation for
the worth of Masonic lodges and auxiliaries.
Help Sister Kenny Foundation
The Sister Kenny campaign fund is now in progress A donation
to the fund no matter how small will help keep going the institutions
which have been a boon to the sufferers from polio.
In the history of the Sister Kenny foundation, there have never
been one instance when a sufferer has been turned away because of
race, creed, color, national origin or any of the artificial differences
present in American life. This is just one of the reasons why this
newspaper hopes aU of its readers do their part toward the Kenny
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Need For Nurses
Young women are missing a b-1 when they do not investigate
the possibilities and rewards of the nursing profession. Many women
are natural nurses and women are not excelled in the care of the sick
in their own homes.
Young Negro women will find the nursing profession wide open
to them now, since there is such a dearth of women to fill that pro
fession in the U. 8. Elizabeth Porter, president of the National As
sociation of Nurses said early in September that there is great need
for nurses in America.
A young Negro nurse at St. Mary’s hospital in Minneapolis sug
gested that the paper urge more of our young women who are alert,
ambitious and industrious, to enter nursing. She said there are great
rewards and much satisfaction serving the ill. Aside from that, the
nurses pay is good and is going up every year.
Welcome Strangers
There has been a steady influx of people from the Southland into
the Twin Cities. Misit of them appear to be industrious people inter
ested in working and establishing their families in our communities.
We welcome these newcomers and hope they will like Minnesota.
We feel that they can, by their industry and talents, make a real
contribution to the life and culture of the Twin Cities. They can do
their part by adopting the best customs of this area and disregard
ing those customs which are not conducive to developing good, up
standing citizens.
The citizens who have lived here for years ought to make every
effort to welcome the newcomers to St. Paul and Minneapolis. The
social agencies like the Urban Leagues ought to be on hand to give
new residents assistance and guidance which will aid them in get
ting off on "the right foot.” The local churches and their pastors can
do a real job in this instance, both for their own congregations and
the communities by giving real hearty welcomes to our new residents.
Many will make good church members.
At first, new families coming into these cities or any other city
will face the problems of Jobs and housing. The job situation is
good, but the housing problem is acute. Those affected will have to
be patient. There will be many cases of housing hardships and doub
ling up, but sooner or later, after those who must work obtain jobs,
and the families remain here, improved housing faeillities will be
Minnesota is a fine state. It welcomes people who want to join
its industrious ranks, establish homes and educate their children. It
definitely does not need or want loafers, riff raff and parasitic un
desirables. Minnesotans should give the industrious every assistance
possible to get them settled and established in our communities so
that they may add their bit to helping make Minnesota great.
Down in Oklahoma City, 111 white citizens opened their homes
to delegates to t he National Baptist convention when housing facilli
ties in the Oklahoma metropolis were t axed by the 10.000 delegates
from without the state. Some Caucasian folks in Oklahoma must b<
"practicing Christians."
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| Letters To The Editor
To All My Friends
I opened my pocketbook thia morning and my eyes fell on the
"Forget-Me-Not". It brought buck to my minds the testimonial given
in my honor last Thursday. It was the greatest evening of my life. No
man ever felt as grateful as 1 did then and as 1 do now My heart is
overflowing with thanks and de< p appreciation to all who attended or
sent their testimonial messages
My Forget-Me-Not will ever remind me of all niy friends in Min
neapolis and in Minnesota. It will forever be a cherished memory of
the meaning of friendship.
My Forget-Me-Not will never let me forget the principles and
causes for human betterment in which I was privileged to work with
many of you. 1 hope you who shared with me the defeats and suc
cesses <>f our endeavors will never forget to continue the "good
fight of faith" to bring the Kingdom of God nearer to earth and
earth nearer to the "Kingdom of God."
Forget-Me-Not 11l never forget any of you. Gratefulh, John
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Praise and Criticism: C. 1.0. Legislative Report
The Minnesota C. 1.0., of all the many economic groups and or
i ganlzations which seek to influence legislation in the State Capitol,
[ i-.- 'u s the moat comprehensive report after each session on the vot
ing records of the Legislature’s 198 members.
Naturally, this report is written from the CIO point of view, but
the Minnesota CIO does not confine itself strictly to labor issues. It
■ xtends its interest to matters affecting all citizens of Minnesota and
lends its support to such major planks in Governor Youngdahl’s
program, for example, as constitutional revision, ability-to-pay taxa
i tion, mental health and the like.
In reporting the vote ot each Senator and Representative on a
i number of important roll calls, the CIO does a considerable public
I .-.ervice because it is usually all too difficult for people at home to
learn exactly how the man they sent to St. I’aul has voted on impor
tant questions.
The classification of each vote as “right” or "wrong" and the
scoring of each legislator according naturally reflects the CIO judge
ment on eac h issue. Citizens interested in the legislature should obtaui
a copy of the report and then make their own judgement about "right"
and "wrong" votes according to their own opinions.
It is true, of course, that a simple voting record on a few selected
issues can never’ be more than a guide, only more or less accurate, to
a man’s worth and performance in the legislature. This is true because
the abbreviated report shows only a few of the many roll calls, be
ause it does not take into account the parliamentary and legislative
situation in which the vote occurred, because it does not indicate what
steps a legislator took to shape legislation in the informal, prelimin
ary conferences, and because it does not show whether a man worked
long and hard to study all pros and cons, or merely sat and voted the
way somebody told him to.
But the CIO or any 3uch p port is well worth the time of citizens
• eking to learn what happens in our legislative halls. They should
not hesitate to put their own legislator on the spot and ask him why
he voted this way or that.
This latest CIO report, very rightly in our opinion, lays heavy
stress on the failure of the legislative leadership last winter to tind
new revenues to balance expenditures or to make any effort toward
reforming our confused state tax structure along ability-to-pay lines.
Residents of rural areas like Dodge County will also be pleasantly
surprised that the CIO, composed primarily of urban dwellers, sup
ports constitutional amendment No. 5, designed to get a share of state
motor vehicle tax revenues for county, township, and village roads.
The CIO regrettably seems to go off the track in denouncing the
1951 tax reduction bill for oil refineries as “one of the most vicious
tax bills passed in the Minnesota legislature in the last 25 years"
Most legislators who voted for this bill are opposed in principle
to any special tax treatment for any taxpayer. But they also know
that Minnesota's economic future over the long run, will depend on
her ability to attract new industrial payrolls, and this oil refinery bill
was an invitation to a young industry, with a promising future, to
locate in Minnesota.
Since last winter, the judgement of legislators favoring this bill
se« ins to have been borne out The one oil refinery already located in
Minnesota, has announced plans for extensive expansion and an
other concern will build a brand new $7,000,000 refinery in our state.
The CIO leadership, in our opinion, would better serve its own
membership by offering a program to attract industry to Minnesota
than by denouncing those who seek to do so. Good-paying jobs, after
all, are what working people want most. Dodge County Independent.
Too Much Water?
Too much moisture is beginning to be a problem seriously effect
ing us all.
Scads of contractors are losing money; much road work contem
plated must be given up for the season. Those having penalty clauses
in their contracts are being penalized every day because of weather
conditions over which they have no control.
Street work in Columbia Heights makes slow progress, this will
mean another spring with unsurfaced streets and further erosion of
road material. Surely the city cannot be blamed for a situation that is
directly attributable to too much rain.
Farmers are heavy losers. Thousands of tons of hay have been
lost through spoilage after much work and expense had been incurred.
Grain is being turned down by elevators because of high moisture
content Harvesting and threshing has been delayed by frequent rains
causing losses in field and shocks and downgrading of quality. The
outlook for mature corn is poor, there hasn't been enough sunshine.
Other crops such as tomatoes and potatoes are rotting in the field.
There is abundance but the weather has conspired to prevent its har
We have used no water on lawn or garden which resulted in a
smaller bill for city water than for the same period in history. A side
result of this is a smaller amount of money for a new water tank on
Hilltop. A percentage of every water bill is added for the construction
of this tank.
Minor inconveniences and troubles regarding construction of
homes, out-door painting, and housewives difficulty In getting their
washing dry.
Those who remember the long periods of drought in the thirties
will prefer a year such as this. The moisture filled air is better than
dust-filled air. Lush lawns and fields are better than the parched and
dying scenes then common. There is something on the credit side.
Moisture is bung stored in the ground; water-levels are up. Lakes and
streams have an abundance of that life-giving element, without which
life on earth would soon come to an end.- 11. E. I‘resteman in The
Columbia Heights Record.
Africa remains alone as the land of fertile opportunity for colon
investment and exploitation. America has shown no recent evi
ices of any colonial intentions, but neither has it revealed any
ious desire to halt Great Britain. France, the Netherlands, nor the
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loitation of the eight million natives
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able confines of Dictator Malan
Herein is a revealing pattern of
what may be better expected in
the Dark Continent.
Meanwhile the United Nations
has taken no stand against such
travesty. This failure to act is
understandable in the light of the
d< bacle in Korea, the aggressions
of the Chinese Reds and the cold
war forced upon the democracies
by the Communists. Jos. D. Bibb
in the Pittsburgh Courier.
By William Henry Huff
I'm very much obliged to you
For what you did in making me.
The stumbling stones you meanly
Into my path have aided me.
Because of them. I learned to
My sorely needed stepping stones!
Too oft' I'd wondered what to
For steps instead of human bones;
You surely taught me something
I'm very much obliged to you.
I’m very much obliged to you—
Your name will live like Judas'
As one once tried and found un
Wh». base, conniving, sordid aim
Was to retard and to betray
What you believed a helpless soul
But right goes onward, come what
And it will ever reach the goal
You waked me up to dare and do
I'm very much obliged to you.
Page 4. St. Paul RECORDER, Friday, September 21. 1951
A few readers of this space have been confused because this
column uses the editorial "we” here.
The Baudette (Minn.) Region has this to say about the practice
of the editor's use of the term "we". Said the REGION recently:
“Several explanations have been written as to why an editor re
fers to himself at "we". The most logical is that long ago an editor,
fearful of a bop on the nose from an irate reader, referred to him
self as "we" to give the Impression that the office was full of editors,
and that anyone looking for trouble would be tossed out on his eye
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There is satisfaction in serving people like J. E. Johnson. A
news item concerning his was “bollixed up” last week. He called and
said he didn’t like such poor service, but before he finished, he forgave
us. J. E. Johnson's been a subscriber for 17 years. He promised to
write an account of his recent extensive trip to California and the
deep south. We’re sure our readers will ehjoy his account.
The trouble uith a lot of smart kids is that they don't smart
In the right place.
At least that’s what John Mills said in the Montevideo AMERI
CAN last week.
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You are welcome to drop in the Minneapolis office and see how
your paper is manufactured each week.
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A rather irate lady from the rural area who read this paper for
the first time at the Minnesota State Fair, warns us “you are teaching
colored people to hate whites.” The lady is wrong. We think any
Negro who hates white people because they are white, is just a big
damphool as a white person, who hates Negroes because they are
black, brown or what have you. Bigotry and prejudice in the heart
of a Negro is just as wrong and reprehensible as that In the heart of
a man of any other skin color. W. E. i Bill) Plante, St. Cloud in-
surance man says, seriously, ther
prejudiced against whites than
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