Blessed Event: Mr. and M
Ave., are the proud parents of
Tuesday, July 3, at St. Joseph
six pounds and nine ounces. S'
Therese. The maternal grandp.
Thomas and the paternal gr
James F. Cobb of Los Angeles.
Chicagoans Here: Messrs. Roy
Moore and Robert Holmes of Chi
cago visited Mr. Moore’s brothers.
Eugene Moore. 966 Iglehart Ave.
and Mack Moore, 405 Farrington,
also his sister. Mrs. Elva Terrill of
Sorority Meeting: The Prag
mateia Sorority met Friday, July
11 with Mrs. Bernice Hardy, 732
To Visit Sister: Mrs. Martha
R. Maul!, 579 Rondo Ave., left
Friday, July 18, for a two weeks
visit with her sister, Mrs. Ola Mae
Jackson in Detroit.
Northern Trip: Miss Helen
Smith, daughter of Mrs. Cornelia
Smith. 544 Carroll Ave., spent the
Fourth of July holiday week end
at the Kimberly place in Hacken
Sewing Group Entertained: The
Sewing Group met with Mrs.
James Taylor, 1354 Thomas Ave.,
on Tuesday. July 8. Her guests of
honor were her cousins, Miss Ora
Mae Johnson of Brooklyn, N. Y.,
and Mrs. Viola Johnson of Kim
ball, W. Va.. daughters of Mr. and
Mrs. John Johnson, 658 St. An
thony Ave., and Miss Mary Ella
Goins of Washington, D. C.,
daughter of Mrs. Eunice Goins.
615 Carroll Ave. Bridge and can
asta were played. Canasta prizes
went to Mrs. Katherine Scipio,
first. Mrs. Edith Green, second,
and Mrs. Beatrice Reed, booby.
First bridge prize was won by
Mrs. Viola Johnson, second by
Mrs. Emma Lou Light and third
by Mrs. Jessie Shoffner. A delic
ious lunch was served.
Gone Home: Mrs. Mary Young
of Chicago left Tuesday, July 8
for her home. She has been visit
ing her mother. Mrs. E. B. John
son. 658 St. Anthony Ave.
Visit Ends: Miss Mary Ella
Goins left for her home in Wash
ington, D. C. Sunday, June 20. She
has been visiting her mother, Mrs.
Eunice Goins. 615 Carroll Ave.
Club To Meet: The Twin City
Maids and Matorns bridge club
will meet Saturday. July 24 with
Mr. Cleat Oliver. 779 Carroll Ave.
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a baby daughter, who was born
1 s hospital. The baby weighed
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arents are Mr. and Mrs. James
andparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Regalettes Anil Husbands: The
Regalettes entertained their hus-
bands and one other couple at
the Local 516. Saturday. July 12.
The guests were Mmes. Gertrude
Nay, Alice Beauchamp, of Chi
Vera Ingram of St. Louis. Muriel
Campbell, and Messrs. Torrence
Pugh. “Tubby” Graham, Royal
Gooden. Ernest Johnson. George
Mann. Edgar Pillow, and Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Taylor. The members
of the club and their husbands
are: Messrs, and Mmes. Edwin
Salter. David Allen. Marion Nich
olson, Joseph Camp. Maurice Bel
lamy. Drexell Pugh, Walter Su
thcrn. John Scott and Foster
Brown. A most enjoyable evening
Detroiter Here: Mr. Charles
Tucker Jr., of Detroit is the
house guest of Mr. and Mrs.
Theodore Allen and daughters.
Myrrhene and Marcheta, 973
Picnic: Thirty children from
St. James AME Sunday school
were guests of the Veteran
Mothers at a picnic at Como
Park. A very splendid program
was arranged by the hostesses,
including a visit to the Conser
vatory and the Zoo. Delicious re
freshments were served as often
as they formed in line (and there
was a line, always). Supervisors
for the group were Mmes. Lelii
A. Smith. Wanda Blakey,
Blanche Whiters, Rose May
Browning and Douglas S. Lewis.
Transportation to and from the
park was provided by Mrs. Inez
Lewis. Mrs. Leon Thomas. Cyrus
L. Lewis Sr., and Douglas S.
Name Omitted: Mrs. Mary
Moss, 536 Rondo Ave., accom
panied the Worthy Grand Matron.
Mrs. Mabie Harris, on her offi
cial visit to Winnipeg. Canada.
Garden Club: The St. Anthony
Hill Garden Club will hold its reg
ular meeting at the home of Mrs
John Few. 643 Iglehart Ave. at
eight p. m. on Monday. July 21.
The topic for the meeting will be.
Pest and Pest control in the gar
den and flowers. Professor Gran
ovsky of the U. of Minnesota was
the speaker. He is a professor at
the farm school, horticulture de
partment. The president urges
all members to be present.
Visitors At St. James: Mr. Rol
land E. Atkinson. Paris. Tenn.:
Mrs Ruth Butler. Toledo. Ohio.
Mrs. Juanita Cheeks. Erie, Pa.;
Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Lewis. Day
tona Beach. Fla.: Herbert L.
Charles, Tampa. Fla.; J. W. Wil
liams. Nashville. Tenn.: Wode
Sutton. Mississippi; Mrs. Ethel
E. Giddings. Okla.; Boston A'
Russell. Muskogee. Okla and Miss
Etta Mot< n of Chicago. Rev. and
Mrs. B. N Moore of Peoria were
also guests on Sunday morning.
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student who has finished one
year of college or university edu
cation. An eligible candidate may
submit his or her name in writ
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A short explanation should be
given regarding the need, so the
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The SUM I SEE IT
★ BY NELL DODSON RUSSELL
NEW YORK CITY —It's not an exaggeration to say I was aston
ished to some home last Friday evening to find a letter from writer
Ryerson Johnson, author of the whodunit mystery "Naked in the
Streets.” It was not so much the letter as th<*
round about way it had come to me.
I reviewed “Naked in The Streets" a Gold
Medal book published by Fawcett Publications
not only because I thought It would make good
reading for you mystery fans, but because I
was of the opinion that Johnson had done a
rather clever job of inserting a line or two of
race relations in the book. If you'll recall, I
mentioned the part where the lead character,
unjustly suspected of murdering his wife, takes
temporary refuge with a Negro co-wogjver.
His Negro friend darkens the white man's
faee not only to cover the scratchea the latter received in a
battle with his wife prior to her murder, but also to enable him
to go out onto the street and temporarily "pass" as a Negro until
he reaches safety. When our hero asks his Negro friend how he
is supposed to “act” as a Negro, his colored friend tells him
“Just act like a man."
I thought that was a short sermon in race relations and told
you so. This newspaper reached Springfield. Illinois and there a news
paper friend of Ryerson Johnson's read the column and mailed a
tear-out to Johnson in Lubec. Maine. Mr. Johnson wrote to me in
care of the paper in Minneapolis. C. E. Newman fonvarded the letter
to me by special delivery. From Minnesota to Illinois to Maine to
Ryerson Johnson writes:
"I got a fingertip tingle out of reading It (the review) be
cause you caught precisely what I was trying to do with the book.
Not only that, but you caught the one line that I skimmed
through the book fast when It first came out. to see if they had
cut it out in the editing. “Just act like a man.” I worked over
that and worked over that and at first hail a lot of sermonizing,
in the end I just let it speak for itself, tho I was afraid it might
be lost or buried. But you caught it. And thank you very much
for pointing it up in your column.
“You seem to have had a f<M>l all the way thru for what 1
wanted the book to say. Most people had compared it merely to
Spillane or the guy who wrote. “The Hucksters”. But you put the
sex properly where it belonged in your two line comment. I wrote
the darn thing six years ago. Originally It was supposed to Is* a
sober study of a man with problems: wrong job, wrong wife,
and with the threat of an atomic bomb hanging over everything.
He worked out his problems against a secondary menace and
violence thrust. I opened it with what is now the third chapter
and didn't even have him threatened till half way through the
This author's view of an author at work is interesting. "Naked
in the Streets” opens with Herbert stepping from a curb on Fifth
Avenue near Rockefeller Center. He is suddenly rammed into from
behind and pushed into the street, missing death under the wheels
of a taxi by inches. From there on, Johnson builds up the slow
mounting fear and disbelief of a man who finally realizes someone is
deliberately trying to murder him.
Johnson's reference in his letter to some critics having compared
“Naked in the Streets" to Spillane and "The Hucksters" comes from
two factors. The book has sex, the kind of sex Mickey Spillane has
set a vogue for. It also has to do with the inner sanctum workings of
a “high fashion” type of organization marketing luxury prefume.
Now we go back to Johnson's letter. He writes that he
couldn't sell the original manuscript anywhere.
"They all told me. 'You can't have a mystery story cluttered
up with ideas, or you can't have an idea story hopped up with j
menace and mystery.’ So in the end to sell it I stripped It to its j
action line, cutting out about 40,000 words of why things hap- j
pened and just let them happen.”
I agree one hundred percent with those in the publishing field
who advised him not to clutter up a mystery with ideas and vice
versa. I am an avid mystery reader and am always on the search for
a GOOD mystery or whodunit. The technique of turning out a really
soundy, well-written mystery is one of the most difficult in the writ
ing field. That's why there are so few good mystery stories and
Mr. Johnson's letter contains much more, but I think I have
given you a glimpse behind-the-scenes in a book that is on most of
the well-stocked news and magazine stands in New York, and is sell
ing in the fast-moving class. '
Title: “Naked in the Streets." A Red Seal-Gold Medal original
by Ryerson Johnson, published by Fawcett.
Bob and Ruth Pierre of Minneapolis were at least two days I
trying to get out of Manhattan and back home. Last Saturday after
noon I rushed by the Adolph Thomas' to say goodbye. Ruth had h< r
hat on and a going-away orchid pinned to the shoulder of her very I
good-looking and coo! summer outfit. The orchid was a gift from
Billie Thomas and Mrs. Cleo (St. Paul) Smith. Bud Kelly went out |
for a cab while Bill Carroll kept his eye on the clock. Next thing we
knew Ruth's hat was off, the orchid was in the fngidaire and the
flight to Minneapolis had long since gone. When the Minnesota
clan gathers with the bagpipes, it's a long way around.
* * *
Thus to the Roxy to view a film titled. "We're Not Married
Also to get a glimpse on stage of Rochester (Eddie Anderson i. the
Jack Benny stalwart.
We're Not Married" is another one of the episodic films I
Hollywood Is dabbling with. There is no running plot, no sc- I
quence, Victor Moore, as a bumbling justice of the peace, jumps I
the gun and marries some couples before his commission is of
ficial. The picture has to do with the complications when the
couples he's married are notified they are not legitimately wed.
There are a few good yoks hut certainly not enough to warrant
a full page ad in the World Telegram Another good idea gone
Fred Allen and Ginger Rogers as a radio husband and wife team '
strain at obvious lines Eve Adren and Paul Douglas get snowed und' r '
in what is undoubtedly the most lethal pacing (in the dinner tabic j
scene) you'll set in a long while.
David Wayne and Marilyn Monroe get the worst end of a bid <•
at least an undecided script. And who on earth is trying to moi:'
Monroe out an actress?
The twit best episodes in “We're Not Married” belong to
that magnificent actor, Louis Calhern and ZsaZsa Gabor, plus
Eddie Bracken and Mitzi Gaynor. Calhern, obviously hamming
it up. got applause from the Roxy audience as the wealthy hus
band who is sax cd from a witchy wife. Eddie Bracken anti
Mitzi Gaynor, as two kills trying to get married all over again,
“Were Not Married" should have been one of the most h.l
arious film offerings of the summer. A zig-zaggy script and sm .<
we-should-be-funny-but-aren't lines keep it out of the smooth. A '
Decision: See it. You may not roll in the aisles, but you ma
get a yok here and a yok there. You may also get a yawn hen a: I
a yawn there. Not too bad but not worth a full page in anybody's
On th" Roxy stage, Edtlie Anderson didn't lose any fans by
his appearance. His frog-noted singing voice grated on the ears,
he wasn't too much as a comedian via pantomine, but some
how he comes oxer better in the flesh than on television ami
A great assist to his act was Bobby Evans. Evans, who went
before the Hollywood cameras ak the Negro cop In “Detective
Story," now is known as Russell Evans. He's still Bobby Evans,
one of the most classy, personable entertainers to hit the boards.
He came pretty close to stealing the show from Rochester.
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? ☆ MINNEAPOLIS ☆ I
Announce Engagement: M
Bryant Ave. No., announce the
Jaequiline Ann to Sgt. Eldrin :
First (’lass Lonnie Simon of Si
take place sometime next year.
Visited Family: Mr. and A!
ter. Paulette, -1146 Third Ave. So.
spent the Fourth of July holiday
week end in Sioux Falls. So. Da
kota with their family and
friends. Mr. Phillip’s sister. Mrs.
Eleaze Stanford and son Johnny
of Kansas City, Kans., also visited
the family at the same time. Mrs.
Stanford returned to Kansas City
on Sunday, July 13 on a business
trip and took Paulette with her
for a weeks vacation.
Twilight Club Meets: Mr. and
Mrs Alfred Barnes, 2314 Fifth
Ave So., entertained the Twilight
club at their home on Sat., July
12. A nice lunch was served. The
next meeting will be the second
Saturday in August, at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Bonnes.
808 15th Ave. So.
Dinner For Ohioans: Mr. and
Mrs O. B. Williams. 4445 First
Ave. So., entertained at a dinner
in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Ira B.
Scott of Cleveland. Friends who
enjoyed the dinner and hospital
ity of the Wiliams were Messrs,
and Mmes. W. Baxter Walker,
Hiram K. Gibbs, David Francis.
Maurice Daniels. Louis P. Moore.
C. H. Roper, and Mrs. N. Walter
Goins Sr.. Mr. N Walter Goins Jr.,
and Mrs. C. W. Cannon also were
On Eastern Trip. Mr. and Mrs
D. H. Hammond and grandson.
David H. returned from a trip
East. They visited relatives in
Chicago. Niagra Falls and Buf
falo. They enjoyed the trip very
Enjoyed Motor Trip: Mr. and
Mrs Alfred Barnes and daughter,
Barbara, 2314 Fifth Ave. So.,
motored to Chicago to take Mrs.
Barnes mother, Mrs. Irving Tur
ner. who is on her way to Char
lotte, N. C. From Chicago they
motored through Wisconsin, Min
nesota and then to Port Arthur
and Fort William, Canada. While
there they visited the Kakabeka
Falls and spent the night at
Mages resort. They report a
Wonderful time. They left Minne
apolis July 5 and returned July
Attorneys Are Guests: Messrs.
Fleetwood M McCoy of Chicago
and John Roxborough, of Detroit,
both attorneys were the week end
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harry L.
Scott, 3338 Fourth Ave. So.
Mr. Scott is a veteran Minneapolis
In Gary, Indiana: Mrs. Estella
Crowe, 2138 Fifth Ave. So., has
been spending the past ten days
in Gary. Ind., visiting relatives
and friends. She expected home
Congratulations: Mr. and Mrs
W. E Gray, 420 E. 37th St., will
be married 11 years Saturday,
To Golf Tournament: Mr James
W. Slemmons, 2201 Fifth Ave. So
will leave Saturday to attend the
Central States Association Golf
tournament at Des Moines.
Soloist At Golden Valley: Mr.
Shelby Cox. 1108 Fifth Ave. So
was guest soloist at the Bethel
Baptist church in Golden Valley,
Sunday evening. July 13. He was
accompanied at the piano by his
wife, Mrs. Cox.
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