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Crispus Attacks
Member Drive
Makes Progress
According to a statement issued
by the Crispus Attucks membership
drive committee the campaign com
mittee is satisfied with the public's
co-operation during the drive.
“The first month of the drive,"
a spokesman for the committee
said, “met with encouraging suc
cess. The workers have co-operated
splendidly and with future pros
pects quite promising, the hundred
dollar quota will probably be easily
At the meeting Tuesday evening
the following amounts were report
ed: One dollar memberships, Mr.
John Clay bourne, Mrs. Notah Clay
bourne, Mr. Edward Daniels, Mr.
W. A. Young, Mr. Frank Branson,
Mrs. Ardelia Allen, Mrs. J. E. John
son, Viola Searles, Julius McNeil;
partial payments, Mrs. Lynn, 25
cents; Mrs. J. H. Jones, 25 cents;
Father Lealtad, 50 cents; St. Paul
Chapter, No. 5, five dollars; Self
Culture Club, five dollars, and the
Credjafawn Social Club, six dollars.
Individual memberships are one
dollar per year; clubs, lodges, socie
ties are entitled to a representation
of three delegates upon a dona
tion of five dollars or more.
The unstinted support of our
citizens is solicited in this drive
for a greater Crispus Attucks
Home program.
Well Known St.
Paul Citizen
Dead at 57
Following an illness of four
weeks, Lafayette Jackson of 291
St. Albans, died Friday, May 24, at
Ancker hospital. Mr. Jackson was
born in Lexington, Mo., fifty-seven
years ago. When he was two years
old, his parents moved to Des
Moines, where he lived until he
came to St. Paul in 1902. He has
been a resident here since.
Mr. Jackson was well known in
St. Paul. For several years he was
associated with the Owens Motor
Company. He was a member of
St. James M. E. Church, former
exalted ruler of Gopher Lodge of
the Elks, and at one time was
patriot of the Knights of Pythias.
Surviving Mr. Jackson are: his
wife, Mrs. Lucy Jackson, and a
daughter, Dorothy; two sisters,
Mrs. Effie Diton, wife of the distin
guished musician, Carl Diton, and
Mrs. Viola Ford, both of New York
The funeral was held Tuesday at
2:30 p. m. at St. James M. E.
Church, Dale and Central. Beauti
ful flowers were banked around the
casket. Rev. W. E. Guy officiated.
Because Mrs. Diton was unable
to reach St. Paul until late Tues
day evening, burial, which was
made in Oakland, was delayed un
til Wednesday.
Orrington C. Hall, Jr., son of
Mr. and Mrs. Orrington C. Hall,
727 St. Anthony Ave., who has just
completed his first year at Tuske
gee Institute, Tuskegee, Ala., re
turned home Sunday morning to
spend his vacation with his parents.
He says that Tuskegee is a wonder
ful institution. He plans to return
in the fall to resume his studies.
Pullman Porters
Read Editorial
On Page Two
All golfers in the Twin Cities are
requested to meet Sunday evening,
June 2, at 7 p. m., at Fellowship
Hall, 3013 Garfield Ave., Minne
Plans of importance are to be
Porters’ Union
Leader To Speak
Here Sunday
M. P. Webster, Chicago, vice
president of the Brotherhood of
Sleeping Car Porters, will be in the
Twin Cities Sunday according to
an announcement made Tuesday by
Frank Boyd, president of the Twin
City local.
Webster will address a public
mass meeting at Camphor Me
morial Church, 685 Fuller Ave., at
3 p. m., Sunday afternoon.
Webster, a former Twin Citian,
resided in Minneapolis for some
time. For several years he has
aided A. Phillip Randolph and
others in their attempt to unionize
the Pullman Porters.
The final stage of the fight for
the union’s recognition is set. From
June 5 to 10, Minneapolis and St
Paul porters will have an oppor
tunity to decide whether they want
a bona fide union to represent them
or not.
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.
“Heaven Bound”
To Be Repeated
“Heaven Bound Pilgrims,” pre
sented at the Zion Baptist Church
Thursday night, May 23, will be
repeated. Directed by Mrs. J. M.
Gaylord, its reception was so great
that plans have been completed to
present the spectacle at Wesley
Temple Friday, June 14, under the
joint auspices of Zion Baptist and
Border M. E. Churches.
Further details in next week’s
The Spokesman
Leads the
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In the fight this paper is making against unfair economic
conditions, as disclosed in our past few issues, it should have
the sympathetic understanding and complete co-operation of
all our people, if they hope to continue to live in these Twin
City areas.
It is not a fight against the brewers per se. It happens
that the brewers offer a shining mark of that indifference
and neglect from which we suffer and from which we must
be relieved. They are among the chief offenders.
There is such a thing as an irreducible minimum and the
St. Paul and Minneapolis Negro has just about reached it.
The record shows almost 40% of our people on relief. Of the
remaining 60%, one-fourth are gainfully employed. In other
words, 15% of the entire group support all those not on the
relief rolls. Among these workers are many earning barely
enough to keep soul and body together and to keep out of the
bread lines. As work tightens and Negro laborers continue
to lose out, the relief grows and the reputation of the Negro
as a desirable citizen shrinks.
Just before the depression struck us, the income of this
Twin City group averaged around $5,000,000 a year. Now
with the gainfully employed lessened by 25%, the total in
come has fallen 33%%. The inevitable answer is, more
people on relief, or more jobs opened to more people. No
one wants to accept relief if it can possibly be avoided;
everyone would gladly work for «yhat he gets.
It is not difficult to show this, to the brewers for in
stance, and with the support and co-operation of the people
we may induce them to consider doing something about it.
Beer is not an essential; life can go on without it. Even
for those who feel that they cannot do without it, there is no
need to drink beers made in Minneapolis or St. Paul, when
beer from other sources can so easily be had. Certainly
there is no call to recommend or push the sale of home town
breweries’ products on railroads, hotels, and other places as
our men are now doing. And even though this gets us no
where, it enables us to retain our self respect. No industry,
local or national, should set up bars against workers because
of their race.
Radio Star
Caught Behind
The Scenes
Bj Allan McMillan
New York City, May 29.—Sun
day night at ten and the curtain
rises on a broadcast of radio’s
original musical comedy, The Gib
son Family. Lyrics and music by
Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz
and book by Owen Davis, Sr., and
son, Donald, usher in another epi
sode of a big radio favorite. And
now a rich, warm voice, resonant
and rhythmic—“ There’s a lot of
places I can’t go back to no more.”
—it’s Gee Gee James, the Mi
gnonette of the story, singing. The
country gets up and turns the radio
louder—this girl knows how to
sing a song!
Gee Gee James was born and
went to school in Philadelphia;
worked in theatres and cabarets in
her home town. Radio beckoned.
She started over station WIP
WFAN, Philadelphia—and then a
big opportunity—got an audition
for the part of Mignonette in The
Gibson Family—and won it.
Gee Gee is 5 feet s—dark brown
hair and eyes—likes algebra—
spends most of her spare time
swimming (she saved a girl once) —
likes basketball, too—movies and
tennis come next—biggest weak-
CoL °n»o P»MO WMITt
Cecil Newman.
ness is buying coats—and perfume
—panhandlers take advantage of
her soft heart—dislikes flowers—
but likes green—and spinach! Am
bition is to become a headliner in
radio—just watch her.
Mrs. Carl Diton
Here to Attend
Brother’s Rites
Mrs. Effie Diton of New York
City, wife of Carl Diton, distin
guished musician and teacher, and
herself a musician and impresario
of note, arrived in the city Tues
day evening:, to attend the funeral
of her brother, Lafayette Jackson,
of 291 North St. Albans, who died
Friday, May 24.
Although Mrs. Diton hasn’t
visited the Twin Cities for some
time, she is still well known and
has many friends. She will remain
in the city for three or four days
before returning to Chicago, where
she will spend a brief period en
route to New York.
Keep Posted By
Reading This
Paper Weekly
St. lltomas and St. Phillips Pic
nic, Harriet Island, Thursday, June
Editor Stricken
y.'z 'am
W. M. Smith
W. M. Smith, veteran civic work
er and associate editor of the Min
neapolis Spokesman, suffered a
slight stroke Saturday night.
His attending physician, Dr. W.
D. Brown, ordered him to bed for
at least ten days. Mr. Smith re
sides at 2441 Fifth Ave. S.
Dr. Brown announced Wednes
day that Mr. Smith will have to
take at least a month’s rest. Un
usually active for a man of his
years, Mr. Smith has a variety of
civic interests which occupied his
time from morning until night.
Overwork and lack of rest is the
cause given for his breakdown.
Silk Undies
Get Prisoner In
Works Again
Because he was worried over the
condition of his wife who was ill in
General hospital, Thomas Owen,
walked out of the city workhouse,
where he was a trusty April 18, he
told District Judge Mathias Bald
win today after he pleaded guilty
to petit larceny. He was charged
with stealing clothing belonging to
workhouse guards.
“I couldn’t very well leave in my
workhouse clothes, Judge,” he said,
“so I just sort of appropriated the
suit and topcoat. I was real worried
about my wife.”
“There is also an item of silk
underwear taken from the room of
Raymond Potvin, one of the
guards,” Allen T. Rorem, assistant
county attorney, told the judge.
Judge Baldwin remarked he could
see the necessity for the suit and
topcoat in Owen’s scheme. “But silk
underwear,” he said, “isn’t that
just a bit vain for one in your
position?” He sent Owen back to
serve 90 days in the workhouse on
the theft charge.
White Man Picks
Up Wrong Woman
A white man was in the Minne
apolis municipal court Monday be
cause he attempted to pick up the
“wrong woman” last Sunday night.
As is the custom of many white
men, “looking for a good time,” he
was cruising with his auto through
Sixth Ave. No., between Lyndale
and Bryant He noticed a lone
woman walking along the street
and he hailed her. He then asked
her to go for a ride with him. She
was “the wrong woman” because
she proved to be Miss Helen
Waters, a policewoman.
The masher paid a ten dollar fine
in court Monday when he plead
guilty of disorderly conduct before
Judge Paul S. Carroll.
Youths Escape
Death in Freak
Auto Accident
Three Minneapolis young people
escaped serious injury in a freak
automobile accident which occurred
Sunday evening, May 26. The
three young people, all well known
in the Twin City younger social set,
were Miss Lucille Webb, Mr. Claude
Mason, and Mr. Wilbur Nevills.
Nevills and Miss Webb were in one
car and Mr. Mason in another im
mediately following them.
At the comer of Thirty-first and
Fourth avenue, another car shot
across Thirty-first, and in order
to avoid crashing into it, both Ma
son and Nevills swerved outward,
missing the automobile, but smash
ing into each other. Miss Webb
and Nevills were thrown clear, but
their car was wrecked, while Ma
son’s car came out of the crash
Officer Gaston
Dismissed Case
To City Council
Patrolman William J. Gaston to
day protested to the city council
at his dismissal from service by
Chief Culligan.
His dismissal, he said, was for
physical inability. He told council
men he was injured while on duty
in November, 1933, when hit by an
intoxicated woman driver. He was
long recovering and, since return
ing to duty, has been working as an
elevator operator and in the gym
nasium. He has eight children and
even if he gets a disability pension,
will suffer a severe pay cut. Gaston
has been with the department 15
The council referred the matter
to the city attorney, with instruc
tions to advise Gaston of any legal
means that should be taken to pro
tect his position pending return of
Public Safety Commissioner War
U. B. F.’s Hear
Annual Sermon
Members of Twin City U. B. F.
lodges, and S. M. T. temples,
gathered last Sunday afternoon at
Pilgrim Baptist Church to hear
Rev. L. W. Harris preach the
group’s annual Thanksgiving ser
mon. The public also attended in
large numbers.
Here They Are
Minneapolis Brewing Co., 1215
Marshall St. N. E., Minneapolis,
manufacturers “Golden Grain
Belt Beer.”
Gluek’s Brewing Co., 2021
Marshall St N. E.
Theo. Hamm Brewing Co.,
main plant, St Paul, 681 East
Minnehaha; Minneapolis plant
123 14th Ave. S.
Jacob Schmidt Brewing Co.,
main plant, 882 W. 7th St., St
Paul; Minneapolis plant, 1507
S. 6th St, manufacturers “City
Club” bottled beer.
Yoerg Brewing Co., 229 Ohio,
St Paul.
Have your Sunday dinners at
Bell’s Cafe, 207 Third St. S<k, Min

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