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No. 52
Great Meeting Held at the Pe
President Oscar DePriest, Presiding; Hon. George F. Harding, City Comp
troller of Chicago; Hon. George W. Underwood, Col. Franklin A. Denison,
Hon. Patrick H. O'Donnell, The Fighting Irish-American Lawyer of
Chicago; Hon. George P. Brent, Foreman of the August Grand
Jury; Hon. Edward H. Morris and Rev. A. J. Carey,
Were the Leadnig Speakers
Last Sunday, the People's Move
ment held its first regular meeting
after the summer vacation, at 4:00 p.
m., at its beautiful and elaborate club
rooms at 3140 Indiana Ave.
It was by far the largest outpour
ing of the people that has so far been
witnessed during the life of the Peo
ple's Movement, under the matchless
and the far-seeing leadership of form
er Alderman Oscar DePriest, who is
after all, a wise guy for his day and
generation, and he must be given full
credit for accomplishing a large
amount of real good for both the
colored and the white race through
his People's Momement.
Fully one thousand people, includ
ing men and women, crowded into the
hall and many were on the outside
unable to squeeze or press into it. It
had been announced that Attorney
Patrick H. O'Donnell would at great
length set for his views on the
"Causes of the Recent Race Riots" in
this city, and everybody wanted to be
present and drink in to the full the
great treat which he held in store for
Promptly at 4:00 p. m., President De
Priest called the meeting to order,
and as he arose to speak he was loudly '
applauded by his great army of
friends and followers. The following
were seated on the platform at the
opening of the meeting: Hon. George
F. Harding, City Comptorller of Chi
cago; Hon. Oscar DePriest; CoL
Franklin A. Denison; Hon. George P.
Brent, who was the brave and manly
foreman of the August Grand Jury of
Cook County; Hon. Edward H. Morris;
Hon. Patrick H. O'Donnell; Rev. A. J.
Carey; Hon. George W. Underwood;
Hon. R. S. Abbott, member of the Illi
nois Race Commission; Hon. James A.
Scott; Hon. F. L. Barnett; Hon. Mor
ris Lewis; Hon. James E. White; Mr.
Thomas H. Crump and Julius F. Tay
lor. Senator Harding was the first
speaker of the evening and was
warmly applauded when he exclaimed
that he felt highly honored to be pres
ent; that he first wished to heartily
thank President DePriest and the
other officials of the People's Move
ment for sending him an invitation
to attend the meeting; that at the very
outset of his short talk, he wanted it
distinctly understood that right there
he was more than willing to go on
public record as being one of the true
and sincere friends of the colored race;
that he always stood ready and will
ing to aid them any way he possibly
could. In speaking of the race riots
in this city he declared that no one
deplored them to any greater extent
than himself, that it was only a ques
tion of a short time until the race
riots would be renewed in this city
unless the law-enforcing officers
sternly enforced the laws against the
lawless and the criminal element in
this city regardless of their race or
Movement Club
Hon. George W. Underwood follow-'
ed Senator Harding with a few timely
remarks, which were well received by
the vast audience; CoL Franklin A.
Denison was the next speaker and he
delivered a very impressive talk which
brought forth round after round of
applause, which simply proved that
he is held in the highest esteem by
his fellow citizens.
Hon. Patrick H. O'Donnell, who is
always outspoken in his friendship
for the colored people was the star
orator of the afternoon, and it is safe
to say that no member of the opposite '
race in this city has the confidence of
the colored people to any greater ex
tent that Mr. O'Donnell, nor is held in J
any higher esteem than he is by the
vast majority of the colored people
throughout this city.
Mr. O'Donnell eloquently orated for
fully one hour and a half and at the
end of that time the people wanted
him to continue with his fiery presen
tation of his case or his indictment of
his distinguished friend, Hon. Maclayj
Hoyne, state's attorney of Cook Coun- J
ty, and Mr. O'Donnell went after the J
Hon. State's Attorney with hammer
and tongs, for claiming that the color-
ed people started and were absolutely
responsible for the race riots in this
city and the closing part of his mas
terful oration was the best and most
touching that hns ever fallen from
the lips of any of the greatest orators
of the past.
Hon. George P. Brent, the extensive
piano manufacturer, who was the hon
orable and fearless foreman of the
August Grand Jury, and a member of
the present Grand Jury was the next
speaker, and when he arose to speak
he was greeted with a rising vote of
thanks on the part of the people for
the manly part which he displayed
in his sharp tilts and almost hand to
hand fights with the Hon. State's At
torney. It is almost useless to state
that the remarks of Mr. Brent were
eagerly drank in by the people and
he raised himself very high in the
estimation of those who sat within
Bound of his voice.
Hon. Edward H. Morris and Rev. A.
J. Carey were the two last speakers
and both of them delivered telling
speeches which caught the people:
WHEREAS, the State's Attorney
of Cook County, Maday Hoyne, has in
the public press charged that the
cause of the race riots was the crim
inality of Chicago produced by the
lawlessness of the Negro Race that
has been protected in its crime by the
City Hall, Republican Judges and
White and Blnck politicians in the
black belt; and
ably presided
WHEREAS, during the last seven
years, there has been in Chicago
thoroughly organized groups of crim
inals known as:
(1) "Clairvoyant Trust" for de
frauding the public by means of al
leged fortune telling;
(2) "Wire Tapping Trust" organiz
ed for defrauding by means of false
reports on horse races;
(3) "Burglary Trust" organized for
burglary and disposing of stolen
(4) "Daylight Bank Robbery
Trust" organized for robbing banks
in Chicago and vicinity at the rate
of about one per week;
(5) "Con Game Trust" organized
by men with swindling machines pur
noriintr to make money and with
fraudulent foot races to swindle the
gullible out of vast sum of money;
(6) "Pick Pocket Trust" composed
of one expert pick pocket and a large
organization, 90 per cent of which
live in a single ward;
(7) "Receivers' Trust" organized
to take or dispose of the property
Indiana Avenue
of the People's Movement in the
over its great meeting at its club
stolen by burglary, larceny and rob
bery; (8) "Perjury Trust" consisting of
criminals exchanging their testimony
for immunity;
(9) "Arson Trust" composed of a
eroup of torches, criminals adjusteres
and criminal property owners burning
property for the amount of the in
(10) "Automobile Trust" consisting
of an organization of automobile
thieves for the purpose of stealing,
altering and reselling stolen automo
biles: AND WHEREAS, in the operation
of all these huge organizations of
criminality a Netrro has not been Wen-
tified with any of them and they have
all been conducted, operated and pro
moted without the aid, assistance or
co-operation of the black race; and
WHEREAS, these organizations
are increasing in power, number and
criminality in the administration of
the present State's Attorney; and
WHEREAS, the charges against
the black race made by Maday Hoyne
second ward, who
room last Sunday
are wholly unwarranted by the facts,
and place them in a false light be
fore the nublic and leave their defense
prejudiced and well-night impossible,
brand the aforesaid false, damaging
and injurious charges as a shield and
protection to the criminal classes who
have thereby the public attention
turned from them in their crime to the
black race who are not participants
with them;
ED, that we deplore the attack made
UDon Chicago's judiciary and resent
the claims that they are protecting
the Negroes, when no Negroes are
brought before thorn for trial out -of
the groups of criminals above named;
ED, that copies of this Resolution be
communicated to the judiciary and
other public officials of Chicago and
Cook County.
All in all it was one of the greatest
meetings held in this city for many
National Race Congress Greets
Liberia's President-Elect ,
(Special to THE BKOaD AX) j
WASHINGTON, D. C Wednesday I
afternoon a delegation represrnting
the National Race Congress of Ameri-,
ca was cordially received at the Hotel
Lafayette by President-elect C. D. B.
King, of the Republic of Liberia, who
. 1 j. I
is nere on a special government mis
sion and for observation and recupera
tion, following a long period of diplo
matic service in Paris at the Peace
Conference. The visiting party was!
made up of: Rev. W. II. Jernigan,
president of the National Race Con- j
grcss; Bishop I. N. Ross, of the A
M. E. Church; Rev. J. Milton Waldron. '
Rev. H. J. Callis, Rev. W. J. Howard.
Rev. Walter H. Brooks, Rev. W. A.j
Taylor, Prof. John R. Hawkins, execu
tive secretary of the Emergency De-
fonse Fund of the Congress; Rev. J.
H. Randolph, Rev. J. L. S. Holloman.j
J. Finlay Wilson and R. W. Thompson.
Each was introduced to Mr. King by (
Dr. Jernigan. ,
An address welcoming the Presi
dent-elect to this country in the name
of the National Congress of America
and on behalf of the 12,000,000 color-,
ed citizens of the American Republic,
was delivered by Bishop Ross, who
was followed in a similar vein by Dr. '
Waldron, Dr. Brooks, Dr. Callis and
Prof. Hawkins. They pledged the
support of the colored people of the
land to any plan that might be devised
looking to the uplift and development
of their "Sister Republic" in far-off
Africa, regarding Liberia as the "open j
door, through which the New World
may enter the inner life of the "Dark
Continent" and bring the leaven of a
higher civilization. They were proud
of Liberia's wonderful progress as a
recognized government, and "loved
it next to our own country, because
of its oneness with them in blood, re-
ligion and language." ,
President-elect King, of pleasing
personality and modest dignity, re
sponded greciouly and thanked the
We are to mark the men in author
ity whenever they prove that they are
serving themselves and not the state.
Officials, who by every act or word
run counter to the hopes and aims
of law abiding citizens are to go down
in defeat whenever they .show their
irreverent political heads for office.
We've got to vote them into inno
cuous desuetude at every opportunity,
and we must not lose sight of the good
friends of great hearts who are volun
teering in great numbers to help us
fight out battles.
If the biggest official of Illinois is
against our progress and our best in
terests let every man of Negro blood
mark him for political slaughter, his
time may be now, but our time is
after while.
visitors for their assurances of sym
pathetic interest He was gratified to
note that all America seemed to b
awakened to the vast possibilities
bound up in teh future of Liberia.
Thi new and forward-looking country-
keenly alive to the value of every
tyjv of education and equipment, ex
ten.u a welcome to enterprising
you'ig men who possess qualities for
k'8k-rship and to others who are mas
ter of the technical and scientific
art- Following the speaking the en
tire party was photographed on the
hotv'. lawn by A. N. Sourlock.
Iveaident-elect King has been re
ceived at the White House and the
Stat.' Department and has been highly
honored by many representative col
ore, citizens here. He will be one
of tre principal speakers at the "Suf
fravre Session" of the National Race
Congress, which will open in this city
Oct. ber 7th, with delegates from every
sUit in the Union and with commis
sion to voice the sentiments of the
Xclt people in every land.
American Protectorate Wanted for
German-African Colonies.
1 -esidont Jerjagin, of the Race
Congress, recently appeared before
the 'enate Committee on Foreign Re
lations and made a most eloquent and
effective plea for justice for all the
darker peoples of the world and em
ph.. ized the importance of having
an merican protectorate established
ovi- the African colonies wrested from
th- tyranny of the German Empire.
His speech was a "keynote."
This, and other problems of vital
com ern to the Negro will be fully dis
cun1 at the coming meeting of the
National Race Cqngresa of America,
set for October 7 to 11, at the Met
ropolitan Baptist Church. Liberal
contributions 'are being received from
many-sources for the $250,000 Emer
gency Defense Fund, in charge of
Prof. John R. Hawkins, designed to
protect the welfare of the race where-eve-
such protection is urgently need
fur article which appeared in theae
columns, August 23, on "Social Equal
ity" and the "Social Equality Bug
Bear", has been extensively read
throughout the West; for it was re
produced in fall on the front page
of t .e Negro Star of Wichita, Kansas,
September 6. It shows that at least
it possessed some merit and that it
was worth reading,
The State Register 6t Hannibal,
Mo., August 30, reroduced Charles E.
Stump's article on Doctor R. R. Moton,
which appeared in these columns Au
gust 23.
It is very seldom that newspapers
will, publish two column artides and
properly credit them up to the publi
cations to which thev holnncr niM
thejpare up to snuff.

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