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MINNEAPOLIS SPOKESMAN
CBCIL E. NEWMAN, Editor and Publisher
W. M. Smith. Associate Editor
Published every Friday
109 Third St. South, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Phone: BRidgeport 3595
St. Panl Office: 732 St. Anthony Are.
Phone ELkhurst 0195
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9 All the Negro race asks is that the door which rewards in
dustry, thrift, intelligence and character be left at wide open to him
as to others. More than this he has no right to request, less than
this tha Republic has no right to vouchsafe. —B. T. W ashington.
This newspaper is bringing to this city next week George S.
Schuyler, one of this country’s greatest publicists and thinkers. Our
chief idea in having him come is to stimulate the local Negro’s interest
in his own problems.
Schuyler always leaves the community thinking. If this time he
repeats this feat, we will be satisfied. Every Negro and white who is
interested in the thing we call the “race problem” should hear Schuyler.
If you have not heard Schuyler or read about him, you need not call
yourself “intelligent”
One of the most beautiful poems in literature is of course William
Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis.” The Greek scholars tell us that title
means, thonas, a glimpse; and thopsis, death. Or a glimpse of death.
Georgia Douglas Johnson, one of our own authors, will please par
don us if we print her “Hope” as a “Glimpse of Life.”
Here it is. Read and be lifted.
Frail children of sorrow, dethroned by a hue,
The Shadows are flecked by the rose sifting through,
The world has its motion, all things pass away.
No night is omnipotent, THERE MUST BE DAY.
The oak tarries long in the depth of the seed,
But swift in the season of nettle and weed.
Abide yet a while in the mellowing shade,
And rise with the hour FOR WHICH YOU WERE MADE.
The cycle of seasons, the tidals of man
Revolve in the orb of an infinite plan,
We move to the rhythm of ages long done,
And each has his hour—TO DWELL TN THE SUN.
There are some very definite characteristics of leadership. Make a
list of those factors and no matter how long or short it will be found
that true leadership always has a goal, vision and vigor.
W. E. B. Dußois’ last visit to the Twin Cities was spineless, blind
and without sense of direction. Even his memory fails him.
Once when the Prophet Elijah thought he was God’s only man, he
was shown a mountain side where there were many thousand faithful.
Frederick Douglass got under a juniper tree once and voiced a lament
It was then that Sojourner Truth asked her famous question of,
“Douglass, Douglass, is God dead?”
Mr. Dußois has lived a long time in Harlem in New York, where
one Negro in thirty-five is a church member as against one in two in
other parts of the country. He admits he is not one of those ones to
the thirty-five. Someone should remind him that God yet lives and so
do facts in history.
When Mr. Dußois says the cause of the Negro is hopeless, let
someone tell him that when he first came to St. Paul, Negroes here
owned about a dozen homes. That now we own many city blocks of
good homes.
Tell him that just before the N. A. A. C. P. was organized there
was just one Negro in Minnesota in any college in the state. That now
there are over a hundred.
Tell him of our two captains in the fire department, of Wigington,
Hall, Godette, Reid. Of Mrs. Maxwell, Marie Hyde, the men in the
postal service. Tell him of the Urban League, Hallie Q. and Welcome
Hall. TeD him the place of our churches in race relations. Tell him
who decorated the exterior of the capitol and who hung the cross on
the cathedral, who furnished the first Protestant church for St. Paul.
Somebody please tell the dear man a lot of things about the
Negroes of St. Paul and then kick Mr. Dußois off his rock under the
juniper tree.
Tell him that Henry Crawford from St. Paul is leading the Y. M.
C. A. in Chicago to great heights. Tell him that Marion Cuthbert is
not leading the Negro Y. W. work backwards. Tell him that Roy Wil
kins is the best editor the Crisis has ever had.
Tell Mr. Dußois to lose his capital “I” and find a “we” and visions
of a great Negro future will come to him. Perhaps not in one genera
tion, but “we” includes the unborn.
The date of the Snail Lake Camp is definitely fixed, if nothing hap
pens, etc., as August 6,7, 8, and 9. The number that can be accommo
dated is 150. The price is five dollars for registration, bed and board.
The programming of the camp is under way and open to sugges
tions. One thing is sure—it will be Christian centered. The night ses
sions will be open to the public. No visitors will be allowed in the day
time. At that time everyone on the grounds must be registered.
“Why Christian people should support a newspaper” should be one
of the subjects of discussion. “What can the church do about crime?”
has been suggested.
Some of the brightest lights of the country have consented to
attend. Perhaps it is near time for our lawns, gardens, and flowers
committees to get busy.
Friday, March 1, 1935
COMES AGAIN
A GLIMPSE OF LIFE
WHAT A PITY
SNAIL LAKE MEN’S CAMP
HERE and
THERE
By W. M. Smith
Geo. S. Schuyler, by his own ad
mission, is forty years old. lUdoes
not seem possible. Yet it must be
all of fifteen years since I first
was introduced to his writings, and
then I considered him a wiM-eyed
youngster who dipped his vitriolic
pen in the ink of irresponsible
youth and flung it broadcast with
out regard to where it hit or whom
it injured. He was cutting out a
new pathway to fame. But fifteen
years have gone by; Schuyler is
no longer a youth; a man of middle
age, he has won his place in the
sun; his ready pen, still aimed at
men and measures many of us are
holding sacrosanct. I am compelled
to admit his consistency; he must
have meant the things he wrote as
a youth for he has continued to
write the same sentiments during
all the past years of his climb to
fame. And fame he has found.
There isn’t a man of his years in
the whole race who has achieved a
wider acquaintance or a better sup
ported reputation for sound think
ing. Schuyler still irritates me. I
think he finds fault too easily or
perhaps I should say too generally.
There must be some good in the
Negro group somewhere; he never
seems to find it. I have always
hated the thought that men with
deliberation seek the personal ad
vantage as against the need and
the immense possibilities of racial
welfare. Particularly have I hated
to believe this could be true of men
who have reached a place of lead
ership in the minds and lives of
the masses. But Schuyler indulges
in no such soft judgment. His
ready pen still seeks the joint in
the armor and finds it all too often
in the places it should not be.
So I am eager to hear him when
he comes to the Twin Cities next
week. What does he believe will
become of the Negro in America?
Whatever he thinks will be ex
pounded with clarity and utter
fearlessness and will be told most
interestingly.
The young people of these two
cities should crowd Phyllis Wheat
ley and Hallie Q. Brown to the
doors when this unusual American
comes to speak. For he is yet
among the young men; he is earn
est and sincere; he despises shams
and humbug, and while his phi
losophy of life finds no great sup
port among church people, what he
has to say will, I am reasonably
sure, make most of them very
much ashamed of themselves. Oh,
not for any moral reason. You
may be straight as a string and yet
find plenty of reason to be dissatis
fied with your life, its emptiness,
its lack of objective, the ease with
which it sidesteps the obligations
the days unfold. Schuyler is very
apt to remind us of these things
and young or old, if you haven’t
been willing to take life serious
ly and don’t want to squirm, don’t
listen when he speaks. On the
other hand, if you are convinced
that the Negro isn’t going to get
anywhere in America or elsewhere
until you and others of the race
will encourage that racial solidarity
it will most certainly require, then
hear him eagerly, for he surely has
a message.
Editor:
In regard to Mr. Fredrick
Thomas’ so-called open letter to
the public, giving his tentative ob
jection to time granted him at the
Sunday Forum, from a practical
standpoint appears to be a mere
jibe.
The proper procedure as to time
of course was to be uniform with
each participant on the symposium.
Now as to whether one was grant
ed enough time for which to bring
certain points to a definite con-
SPOKESMAN
elusion would naturally be inter
cepted by the defense for recur-’
pence. It so happened that Mr.
Thomas gave more explanation on
his subject than any of the other
persons on the symposium. Nat
urally, being subject to more
questioning. Whether it is pos
sible for one to give a complete
outline of any form of government
in eight minutes is not a matter
of concern as he held but is a mat
ter of opinion. As a matter of
fact each speaker consumed more
than eight minutes, Mr. Thomas
himself using about twenty-eight.
No one can be more responsible
for the gross stupidity of the
Forum than the writer of this note
himself. I therefore desire to ex
plain: that the Sunday Forum is
open for discussion of respectful
subjects in the proper manner.
When and if one’s discourse war
rants more time than previously
allotted the body itself so grants.
I highly concur with Mr. Thomas
in his effort to return to the
Forum and speak his mind. For
after all that’s what makes a
Forum.
DON’T FORGET SMALL POX
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All have seen or heard of that
dread disease, small pox. It is a
world-wide potential scourge. No
country probably has not had an
epidemic at sometime or other. An
early German writer said that few
people escaped small pox and love.
This shows that small pox was
accepted as almost inevitable.
Ten years ago there was, if you
remember, an epidemic in Minne
apolis and St. Paul, which was
very disastrous. Formerly it was
a disease of childhood, but now
since most children are vaccinated
early, it has become more of a
problem among adults, who have
for the most part a misconception
of what vaccination does.
The material used in an inocula
tion is obtained from young calves
which have been infected with
cowpox, a disease similar to the
human type. This must be manu
factured under conditions demand
ed by the United States Public
Health Department and must be
tested by the United States Hy
gienic Laboratory. In this way
there is a uniform safety in all
products which are to be used. At
the present day this precaution has
prevented complications that used
to occur, due to impure vaccine.
One vaccination does not give
lifelong immunity in most cases,
but frequently two vaccinations
do. About five years’ immunity is
obtained by a single inoculation.
That is why the disease seems to
spread in waves in communities
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—Curtis C. Chivers.
February 22, 1935.
Health and
Hygiene
Ry Dr. W. D. Brown
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VACCINATION
W. D. Brown, M.D.
where an epidemic causes every
one to be vaccinated at that time.
When that immunity wears off
another epidemic will arise and so
on.
It would seem advisable from
this knowledge to have at least
two successful vaccinations and to
be revaccinated whenever there is
a case of small pox in your neigh
borhood or if you visit any one
with the disease, or finally if there
are many cases in your com
munity.
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Despite the shortage of money
among all classes of people, this
newspaper has the largest circu
lation of any newspaper of its kind
now issued or ever issued in this
city. There is a reason.
Hear George S. Schuyler, noted
columnist, author, Tuesday, March
5, at Phyllis Wheatley House, at
8:00 P. M.
ROBERT C. JOHNSON
Robert C. Johnson, 30 years old,
residing at 666 Rondo St., died
Monday, Feb. 25th, at Ancker Hos
pital of pneumonia. Taken ill Feb.
20th, Mr. Johnson was taken to
the hospital where he died three
days later.
Mr. Johnson was born in Chica
go, 111., and had resided in St. Paul
since 1910.
He is survived by a sister, Mrs.
Margaret Neeley, 666 Rondo St.,
with whom he lived; two cousins,
Mrs. Mattie Coleman, East River
Road, St. Paul, and Mr. Lee Gar
rett Wiley, Duluth, Minn.; a grand
mother, Mrs. Edith Headden, Lex
ington, Miss.
Funeral services were held Fri
day at 2 P. M. at McGavock funeral
parlors with Rev. J. C. Bothic of
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church officiat
ing. Interment in Oakland Ceme
tery.
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