Vol. 1, No. 42
Rev. B. H. Lucas,
Des Moines Pastor,
In Car Accident
Wife Suffers Severe Injuries
A highway traffic accident
proved almost fatal to three per
sons Wednesday morning near
Farmington, Minn., when an auto
driven by Rev. B. H. Lucas, Des
Moines, la., minister, was hit by a
truck driven by a 70-year-old farm
er. The Lucas car was practically
demolished. In the car with Mr.
Lucas was his wife, Mrs. Jessie
Lucas, who sustained severe in
juries. Both of her legs and her
right arm were broken, and she
suffered a large cut on her fore
head. Mrs. Belle Doyle, also of
Des Moines, riding with them, was
bruised badly, while Rev. Lucas
suffered only a severe shaking up
and minor cuts.
Mrs. Lucas was rushed to the
hospital at Farmington, three
miles away from the scene of the
accident. Doctors say she will re
cover. She will have to remain in
the hospital from eight to ten
weeks. Mrs. Doyle and Rev. Lucas
were returned to Minneapolis by
Rev. C. F. Stewart, whose guests
they were while in Minneapolis.
Rev. Lucas, pastor of Bethel
AME church, Des Moines, is one of
the best known ministers in the
Northwestern AME conference.
BARCLAY AGAIN HEADS
LIBERIA AS PRESIDENT
Monrovia, Liberia (A. N. P.) —
President Edwin J. Barclay was re
elected president of the Republic of
Liberia last week. President Bar
clay received the overwhelming en
dorsement of the electorate accord
ing to figures made public by the
government, Barclay polling 344,-
569 votes to 7,734 received by ex
president C. D. H. King. President
Barclay was a candidate on the
ticket of the True Whig party, a
party which acquires its name from
its presumed representation of the
masses. Mr. King ran under the
dual party label of the People’s
Party and the United Whig party.
Friday, May 31
Dancing classes at Phyllis
Wheatley House will give their
fourth annual dancing recital Fri
day night, May 31, at 8 p. m. at
the settlement house.
These annual affairs have devel
oped into one of the most enter
taining affairs of the season.
Thirty-five persons, ranging from
five years up, will participate.
Two solo dances will be given by
Katherine Quarterman and Lorenzo
Special numbers by costumed
groups will make up a very good
program. A small admission charge
of 25 cents will be charged adults;
children 15 cents.
MRS. HOOVER’S TEA AT
STERLING CLUB SUNDAY
St. Paul Chapter, No. 1, 0. E. S.,
will hold “Mrs. Hoover's Tea” at
the Sterling Club House Sunday,
May 26, from 4 to 7p. m. Mrs.
Mary Wilson and her committee
have made special arrangements to
assure those who attend a most de
lightful time. The public is cor
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There is an expression current among many folks which says “holler if you’re hurt.”
To all intents and purposes the brewery interests are very much hurt, if we may inter
pret their injury in the light of the above quip. At any rate, it is clear that the brewery
interests are greatly offended and surprised by the outspoken opposition of this paper
to its method of accepting the paying business of the Negro retailer and consumer and
forgetting the plight of the Negro worker.
In an interview with two of the leaders of the brewing business the editor was
severely taken to task for ingratitude and forgetfulness; for, said the gentlemen, a
number of colored people are at work in several buildings owned by the brewery inter
ests ! This is probably true, and we have not, nor are we now calling its truth into ques
The fact we are emphasizing is just this: our people are helping the brewers to
continue and increase their business. Not only by buying and selling the brewery prod
ucts in their places of business, but as well by recommending such purchases in hotels,
cafes and dining cars where their judgment is accepted as final. In response, the
brewers, in making answer to appeals for work, say union labor makes it impossible
for them to employ Negro labor in their places. As if it was not true that there are
a hundred and one places in the brewing plants concerning which the unions have abso
lutely nothing to say!
As a people we cannot continue to spend money with the brewers or with others in
business, who fail to give us an opportunity to work for the money they so willingly
accept from us. We are not asking the brewers to do the impossible; we are asking
that they give some work to some Negroes in the plants where now many non-union
people are employed.
We are willing to admit that the great wrong in the whole situation is that for
years on end our people have spent many thousands of dollars without even thinking of
asking for anything in return. Now the shoe is pinching too hard. Work is too scarce.
We must find employment. What better place than where our dollars and our influence
help to support and increase business for others. CECIL NEWMAN.
ST. PHILIP’S CARNIVAL
Under the leadership of Mr.
Owen Howell, local business
man of the city, all groups of
the church are co-operating to
make the Bishop’s Committee
Carnival a success.
The objective of the affair is
to assist direct support to the
church’s program and therefore
merits support of the public.
Each group of the church will
have a booth. Among some of
the features to be held during
the event are a grocery store,
fortune telling, delicatessen,
food, candy store, kangaroo
court, fish pond, bingo and other
booths, all which will add much
to the evening’s entertainment.
There will be a floor show and
auction held in addition to these
items. The time will be 7p. m.
to 12 a. m. on Thursday, June 6,
and Friday, June 7. The place
is St. Philip’s Church Guild
Room, Aurora and Mackubin Sts.
Admission is a very small fee
of five cents for an evening of
entertainment and fun. Bring
your friends, come and spend
your evening at St. Philip’s on
these dates. Perhaps you will
be lucky at the various booths.
The Bishop’s Committee invites
the Twin City public.
Is Read by the
THE BREWERY SITUATION
Minneapolis, Minnesota, Friday, May 24, 1935.
U. B. F.’s and S. M. T.’s to Hold
Annual Sermon in St. Paul Sunday
The Annual Thanksgiving Sermon of Twin City United Brothers
of Friendship and Sisters of the Mysterious Ten will be held Sunday
afternoon, May 26, at Pilgrim Baptist Church, at 2:30 p. m.
Members of the St Paul lodges and temples will act as hosts.
Dr. Robert W. Hatch, Secretary of Minnetonka Lodge, Minneapolis,
will preside. Rev. L. Harris, Pastor of Pilgrim Church, will preach
the annual sermon.
The Minneapolis lodges decided to follow the yearly custom of
joining with the St. Paul lodges and temples, despite opposition of
certain members who sought to change the annual custom. J. W. Pate,
a trustee of Minnetonka lodge, was active in maintaining the custom.
He also had charge of the Minnetonka’s participation in the annual
Song Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir
Invocation Chaplain, Bison Lodge No. 158
Reading of Proclamation...- Naomi Thomas, National Deputy,
Princess of Minnesota
Welcome Address..— Mrs. E. A. Jackson, Trustee,
Corinthian Temple No. 132
Introduction Master Ceremonies, Bro. R. W. Hatch, Secretary,
Minnetonka Lodge No. 159 Sister Mattie King, Chaplain
Corinthian Temple No. 132
Opening Ode. Lodges and Temples
Address R. S. Morgan, Worthy Master, Bison No. 158
Vocal Solo. Miss Josephine Balenger, Corinthian Temple
Address Miss Hilda Parker, Queen Esther Temple
Remarks - Mrs. Arlivia McKenzie
Choir Pilgrim Baptist Church
Address R. A. Schofield, Worthy Master, Minnetonka No. 159
Solo Mr. J. E. Jackson, St. Paul, Minn.
Reading Sister Ora Williams, Assistant Secretary,
Corinthian Temple No. 132
Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir
...Sister Mary Lee Parks, Secretary
Corinthian Temple No. 132
Sermon - Rev. L. W. Harris, Pastor, Pilgrim Baptist Church
Presentation of Checks Sister Mary Lee Parks, Secretary,
Corinthian Temple No. 132
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WHEN IS NOT
A ten dollar bill is a beautiful
creation, a work of art and valu
able, withal. But the half of that
same ten dollar bill is just so much
paper and worth just nothing. So
Mrs. J. H. Burrell discovered last
Sunday when she found a half of a
ten dollar bill on the floor of Zion
Baptist church last Sunday. Mrs.
Burrell would like to find the own
er of the other half of the bill as
there would be an excellent chance
to co-operate and make something
out of nothing. Her home is at
3545 Fourth avenue south, Minne
Miss Arlee Harris
Appears in Recital;
ECHO CHORAL CLUB
Pilgrim Baptist Church was filled
to capacity Friday evening, May
17, when Miss J. Arlee Harris, lo
cal pianist, assisted by the Echo
Choral Club, was presented in a
unique recital under the auspices
of the Social and Literary Society.
The program began and ended with
two immortals of music, Bach of
the pre-classical era, and Coleridge-
Taylor of modern time.
Miss Harris began with Bach’s
“Prelude and Fugue.” Although
this was not done in Bach style,
considerable spirit and mood were
shown. This was followed by
Grieg’s “Ballade” (in the form of
variations on a Norwegian melody).
Here Miss Harris was at her best.
Her rendition was almost perfect.
She put her whole soul into the
composition and the results showed
great study. The audience got a
true insight into the individuality
of a serious student.
The Echo Choral Club then fol
lowed with Cowan’s “Bridal Cho
rus” from Rose Maiden. Here we
strike a different level in the qual
ity of musicianship, for the accom
panist was too aggressive, usually
ahead of the singers, who failed to
make the proper attack. However,
much effort was evident. But in
its second number, the “ Inflam
matus” of Rossini, the choral
group reached great heights, espe
cially because of the remarkable
work of the soloist, Mrs. Alma
Preceding the second number by
the choral ensemble, Miss Harris
turned to the master composer of
the piano—Chopin. In his Prelude,
Lento, Opus 28, Nos. 7, 20, 21, (by
the program, simply Prelude) the
artist played a little too fast
But the “Nocturne” was given
in faultless style. Her man
ner here, as throughout the entire
concert was kind and loving. Three
short sketches, the “Velcek” by
Mokrels and the “Lento” and Lotus
Land by Scott were done exceed
In closing the program, Miss
Harris left no doubt in the minds
of the audience that she is a stu
dent of Debussy. For with her ren
dition of the “Minstrels” she clear
ly showed that she had grasped
the correct interpretation of this
French impressionist. The spiritual,
“I’m Troubled in Mind,” by Cole
ridge-Taylor, done with much ex
cellency, ended the program.
The ability of Miss Harris
showed clearly she is a serious
pupil of the piano and with further
study should accomplish much in
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Paper’s Fight On
Fair-minded citizens, both white
and colored, have given instant
approval to the campaign of the
Minneapolis Spokesman and the
St. Paul Recorder to seek consid
eration from industries which do
not for various reasons employ
some colored workers.
A large number of commenda
tions by telephone and letter have
come to our offices. A few of the
letters are here reprinted:
FROM A RETAILER
C. E. Newman, Editor:
I want to unhesitatingly subscribe to the
sentiments expressed in your paper of
May 10 and 17 regarding the brewing In
dustry in the Twin Cities. I feel that each
brewery should have some of our people
employed. I happen to handle the Hamm’s
A. L. Gaines, Prop.,
St. Paul, Minn.
PROM A WHITE CITIZEN
Law Offices of
PINGER. BO WE ft GAVIN
1025 Plymouth Building
May 21, IW6.
Mr. Cecil E. Newman,
Editor, Minneapolis Spokesman,
For some time past I have been a
reader of your newspaper. As such I hare
been following with great interest your
vigorous and well founded opposition to
the prejudice of the Twin City breweries
against the colored people.
In fairness to that great mass of peo
ple who have helped and contributed no
small portion to the building up of the
industries of the City of Minneapolis H is
only just that they who have so con
tributed should also be at least propor
tionately represented on its pay rolls.
It is with this thought in mind that I
extend to you my sincere congratulations
and wish you success in your struggle for
justice and equality.
Very truly yours,
Jos. B. Pinger.
FROM ANOTHER RETAILER
As proprietor of a business which uses
a large quantity of a local brewery
(Schmidt's) I want to heartily endorse
your campaign to obtain proportionate
employment for our people. I intend to
do all I can to help you in your fight for
justice for the colored worker.
I am sure the local brewers do not real
ize the injustice of the present situation.
Mrs. Leona Goodman.
G. ft G. Barbecue,
443 Rondo St..
St. Paul. Minn.
FROM ▲ FRATERNAL LEADER
As the heed of an organisation vitally
affected by unfavorable economic con
ditions, I am greatly interested in your
efforts to improve them for our group.
I refer, of course, to the brewery situa
tion. You may be sure that your stand is
most thoroughly approved, and that care
ful consideration will be given to any
recommendation you may urge in support
of the fight to win a larger market for
J. W. Pate.
Ames Lodge 106,
FROM A BUSINESS MAN
May 21, 1955.
Mr. C. E. Newman. Editor:
Allow me to congratulate you on your
recent activities regarding employment of
members of the group in the various
breweries. Not only is this effort logical
and timely, but in the view of recent de
velopments such a campaign is long over
due. Too long the field for legitimate
employment has been systematically and
effectually closed to our group; it is a con
dition which can and must be attacked,
and I am more than happy to join you
in such a movement.
C. E. Rucker,
2740 Clinton Ave.,
1 wish to congratulate our two papers,
the Spokesman and the Recorder, on their
determined drive on the Twin City brew
ers who willingly accept our money and
goodwill without evident appreciation.
It is a program worthwhile and you
have my loyal support as well as the sup
port of many others, both white and
More power to you.
C. A. Hughes.
8852 Fourth Ave. S.,
May 24, 1985.
Cecil E. Newman. Editor:
Your papers deserve commendation on
your effort to place Negroes on the pay
rolls of the local breweries. It is a
noble effort, and. of course, worthy of
support- However, you have two high
barriers to surmount.
You must overcome the indifference of
the brewery management and then pene
trate the ranks of union workers em
ployed by the breweries.
Should you succeed in gaining em
ployment for any of the race, would
your efforts win the thanks of those em
Carry on and be assured of any as
sistance I may be able to furnish.
D. C. Dowdy,
2988 4th Ave. S..
May 24, 1985.
C. E. Newman, Editor:
In your fight for fairer treatment for
Negro labor by the brewing Interests,
please be advised you have my complete
sympathy and cooperation. I believe all
right-thinking men of every group are
of the Bame mind. It gives me great sat
isfaction to offer my support in any way
In which it can be used.
Hobart T. Mitchell,
8612 Elliot Ave.
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