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HON. BERTHOLD A. CRONSON
Member of the City Council from the Fourth Ward, who is be ing urged by his many friends to enter the race as one of the Judges of the Municipal Court of Chicago in 1928. NEGRO CATHOLICS TO MEET IN THIRD ANNUAL CONVEN TION NEXT SUNDAY Sessions to Open With Solemn High Mass at St. Charles Borromeo’s Church Here—Prof. Eugene Clark Keynote Speaker The third annual convention of the Federated Colored Catholics of the United States were held this year this week with headquarters ar St. Mark’s hall, 57 West 138th street. The convention opened with a Solemn High Mass in St. Charles Bor romeo’s Church, 213 West 141st street, Sunday morning, Sept. 4, at 11:30 o’clock. Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas M. O’Keefe, pastor of the Church of St. Benedict the Moor, preached the ser mon. Sunday afternoon, in St. Mark’s Hall, at 2 o'clock, the program w-as devoted to welcome addresses and the keynote speech of the convention. The keynote speech was delivered by Prof. Eugene Clark, assistant superintendent of public schools, Washington, D. C. On Monday, Sept. 5, two important business sessions were held in St. Mark’s Hall. In the mornig Dr. Thomas W. Turner, president of the Federated Colored Catholics, delivered his annual address, delegates reported, and Mr. Clark of Philadelphia deliv ered an address on “The Value of a Native Clergy.” The Federated Colored Catholics of the United States aim to bring about a closer union and better feeling among all Catholic Negroes, to advance the cause of Catholic education throughout the Negro population, to seek to raise the general status of the Negro in the church, and to stimulate Catholic Negroes*to a larger participa tion in racial and civic affairs of the various communities and of the whole country. It has the hearty co-operation of the highest authorities of the Catholic Church, Most Rev. M. J. Curley, Arch bishop of Baltimore, being its spiritual director. The following are officers of the Federated Colored Catholics: Most Rev. Michael J. Curley, Arch bishop of Baltimore, spiritual director; Dr. Thomas W. Turner, Hampton In stitute, Hampton, Va., president; W. J. Reed, Columbus, Ohio, first vice pres ident; Elmo M. Anderson, New York, second vice president; Joseph E. Wil kinson, St. Louis, Mo., third vice pres ident; Frank Mitchell, Boston, Mass.; fonrth vice president; Miss Caroline L. Cook, Baltimore, Md., treasurer; A. R. Feliciano, Detroit, Mich., record ing secretary; Miss Genevieve Bnrke, Washington, D. G, assistant secretary; Peter M. Quander, Washington, D. C., sergeant-at-arms; H. M. Smith, secre tary, 1513 Corcoran street, N. W., Washington, D. G; William A. Prater, Washington, D. C., organizer and field agent. Elmo M. Anderson, business man ager of the Colored Missions, a month ly magazine, Room 906, 154 Nassau street, heads a committee which is ar ranging for the convention. Atty. Miles Paige and Mrs. Eloise Bibb-Tbompscn of New York City de livered the addresses of welcome to the delegates and visitors. Col. Noah D. Thompson is one of the head leaders in the movement. “CHICAGO’S HEALTH” Weekly Bulletin, Chicago Department of Health RUGGEDNESS IS THE FIRST “R” By Herman N. Bundesen, M.D., Sc.D., Commissioner “Five hundred thousand children are going back to school after a summer of freedom, play, sunshine and fresh air. “Five hundred thousand children to be put together in more or less close contact, in the season of less sun shine and more indoor life. “This summer, fortunately, our chil dren have been freer front disease than ever before,” says Dr. Herman N. Bundesen, in his latest bulletin. “Now the trick is how to combine three R’s with the tanned glowing health acquired during the summer vacation. Also, how to continue the resistance to disease so as to keep up Chicago’s reputation as the safest place in the world for a school child to live in,” says Dr. Bundesen. “In addition to the three R’s—read ing, ’riting and ’rithmetic, add one more R—ruggedness. Rugged health is what the youngsters need for good work in the school and for future growth. “Get your child’s birth certificate, protect him against smallpox and diph theria, see that he wears suitable cloth ing, gets plenty of sleep, and then there is nothing that will stop the child’s health and education,” con cludes the Commissioner. EXPRESSIONS OF THANKS TO THE MANY FRIENDS OF HON. EDWARD H. WRIGHT The undersigned, wife and sisters of Hon. Edward H. Wright, express their sincere thanks to the many friends of Commissioner Wright for their kind ness during his recent illness in St Elizabeth Hospital. They are pleased to announce that he is greatly improved and is again at his home, 3844 Calumet avenue. Very sincerely, Lucille F. Wright Dessie F. Gonzales Esther L. Newman Chicago, 111. Sept. 9, 1927. GREETINGS FROM MRS. BEATRICE LEE-COOPER This week Mr. and Mrs. Julius F. Taylor received a card of greeting from Mrs. Beatrice Lee-Cooper, who is now in Hungary and is making a complete tour of Europe. Mrs. Martha B. , Anderson, 4935 Champlain avenue, has sold her three fiat building at that number and - foi some time to come she will reside at Marshall, Texas. ——————— Politics, Social Doings and Other Subjects Touched Upon BY CHARLES STEWART, JR. President Coolidge is breaking camp at Rapid City. South Dakota, the sum mer White House, carrying with him the contents of his work shop and it is reported that labels are pasted on the car window that he might not be annoyed at the various stations as to whether he meant the new sentence in history as hard in construction as the Vermont marble, "I do not choose to run.” Thus the political wise acres are framing their own special prop aganda in order that some things ma\ be placed before Congress either in the special session or in the regular session which will bring out of the mind of some favorite sons the points which will be of such interest that the con trolling powers of the next National Convention can center around. Whether or not they have marked Illinois on the map if they have any intention of fair dealing. the\ will rec ognize the fact that Illinois has 71 votes in the convention and at no time in its history has there been a man who was born in Illinois, educated in her institutions who seems to have been worthy of the confidence of the political dictators in the Republican convention. The Lowdens and the Daweses, migrators from Iowa and Ohio, either married wealth or finan cial conditions gave them opportunity to inherit wealth that it would be just and fair if they intend to combine to push by a character of Illinois who by his stern executive worth has pro\ed his executive ability, therefore it is time to recognize the fact that U. S. Senator Charles S. Deneen is a son of Illinois by birth and made his own way by the mind dedicated to him by his parents and deserves special recog nition. * * * Out of the chaotic political condition in Indiana, a governor being convicted. Governor Jackson now being charged with malfeasance in office and personal crooked dealings with the ex-Dragon Stevenson of the K. K. K. s now in the penitentiary, as fall approaches some political way out must be con cretely woven in order that the state of Tom Taggart and the men of the spirit of Dan Vorhees and English can be kept in the background. It has been wisely suggested, since the unfortunate condition deprives the Republican party of the most powerful man in all Indiana in half a century, the late Senator Albert J. Beverage. Men of the best thinking minds are endeavoring to put into the running for the governor of the state of In diana, Postmaster General Harry S. New. It is an undeniable fact that his management of the Post Office depart ment has been of that high character in using every effort to develop the transportation of the mail in cities and. the rural districts of the country that his name Las become a household word and at the ballot box in the forthcom ing primary Postmaster General New will defeat any contender. He will unite every element of the party andP will enable them in November, 1928, to put Indiana in the Republican columns be yond all reasonable doubt. He is to give an answer in a short time so that his friends will have ample time to per fect a successful campaign. * * * The funeral of the late Rev. J. N. McCracken was held at Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, Wabash avenue and 24th street, Thursday at 11 a. m. He had been a minister in this field for more than three score y$ars; he was the dean of service of the church in Illinois having served in every section of the state; he knew his church and civic history, he is the last of the old school in this district. - * * * Cornell Charity Club met last Fri day at the home of Mrs. Mattie Finch, 4519 Vincennes avenue. A large num her were in attendance. The follow ing officers were elected to. serve for 1927-28: President, Mrs. Alice Coach man; first vice president. Mrs. Mamie Benson; second vice president. Mrs. Mamie Edmonson; recording secretary, Mrs. Carrie S. Horton; assistant secre tary, Mrs. Mary Ewell; corresponding secretary, Mrs. Lucy McGill; treas urer, Mrs. T. G. Macon; editor, Mrs. Ella G. Berry; assistant editor, Mrs. M. Violet Cunningham; parliamen tarian, Mrs. Maude E. Smith; histo rian, Mrs. Elvie L. Stewart; chaplain. Mrs. Hattie A. Woolridge. The offi cers were installed by Mrs. Genevieve Coleman. The ' next meeting will be held at the residence of Mrs. Lucy McGill. 6525 Vernon avenue. * * * Mrs. Mary M. Carter, two sons. Booker and Louis, wife and sons of Chaplain Louis A. Carter, of the 25th Infantry, located at Camp Stephen D. Little, Nogales, Arizona, and Mm. Swim of Winston-Salem, N. C.. after touring this country’ front ocean to ocean are now located in Chicago, tem porarily at 4853 Vincennes avenue. Mrs. Carter has been blessed by’ na ture with a most beautiful -voice, with wonderful volume and sweetness of tone. She will be pleased to see her many friends at the above number. v * * Mrs. Susie Lewis, 2226 West May pole avenue, was taken to Provident Hospital on Sept. 2 for a serious oper ation. She is on the road to recovery and her many friends look forward to her return home within the next few days. * * * Mr. James Stevens of Independence. Kansas, has been visiting Mr. and Mrs Charles Stevenson of 6130 Throop street. * * * Miss Marie Moore, 6020 Aberdeen street, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Moore, was happily wedded to Mr. Charles Nixon at the home of the bride's parents. * * * Mrs. j. M. Brumfield and family re turned to the city this week after hav ing spent the greater part of the sum mer at their summer home. Lake Ivan hoe, Wis. * * * • The Englewood Unity Club enter tained their many friends with a La bor Day outing at Willow Springs pic nic grove. There wrere present more than 75 young men and women from Englewood’s select 500. In the even ing after the picnic the members of the club and friends assembled repaired to the home of Mrs. Reuben H. Cam mack, 6608 Evans avenue where danc ing and games were engaged in till the wee sma’ hours of morning. * * * Mrs. James Hall of Tacoma, Wash ington, who has been spending two weeks with her mother, Mrs. Jennie Wilson, and sister, Mrs. Arnetta Jones, 6233 Loomis boulevard, left for home Thursday morning. * * * Mr. Enos Bond, 6159 Loomis boule-. vard, is in Provident Hospital for an operation for appendicitis. As we go to press, he is rapidly improving. * * * The “panning committee" on every subjedt convenes at John Pearson’s tonsorial parlor, 6250 Ada street. It is reported that a special committee was selected to better classify the sermons delivered in the various local churches. In an endeavor to detract from the home stayers who attend the radio services on Sunday morning, thus leav ing many of the collection baskets sparsely filled. From general ground hog information, the pastors of all ttoe churches w’ill have to get together and give out on each Sabbath morning a different grade of gospel teachings or else they cannot but expect a large falling off in their congregation as the snow flies. ARKANSAS DEMONSTRATION AGENT RESIGNS POST (Preston News Service) Pine Bluff, Ark., Sept 8.—Miss Lula R. Toler, who for the past two years has acted in the capacity ot home dem onstration agent for Jefferson county, has resigned and it is said that within the next few weeks will probably enter rural educational work. The resigna tion is said to have resulted from charges of unfairness made by an ex tension worker at the annual district short course here last week. Miss Toler has asked Mr. Reid, head of the state department, to investigate her work here. Before coming to Pine Bluff Miss Toler was science teacbjr in a high school in Birmingham, Ala. Previous ly she was home demonstration agent in Mississippi with headquarters in Meridian. SAYS KU KLUX KLAN IS “LOSING OUT NOW” (Preston News Service) Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 9.—The Ku Klux Klan is losing its grip, according to J. L. Liles, vice president of the Birmingham Laymen’s League, who declared in an address at a meeting of church workers last Wednesday night. Mr. Liles thinks the people will now turn to joining the church as they did a few years ago in becoming members of the klan. He says that the Klan is not so popular now and the people will again torn to the church. WHAT OTHER EDITORS ARE SAYING A Sign of Progress The West Tennessee Civic and Po litical League represents a sign of progress in the activities of the col ored people of Memphis. It further demonstrates the unselfishness of the group of men at its head and their ut ter desire to render service to their race. The organization was born in the brain of Lieutenant George W. Lee, who, while fighting in the trenches of “No Man's Land,” for world democ racy, learned the meaning of sacrifice and became a convert to the principle of liberality through a baptism of shot and gas and shell. Sunday the organization started a program of education in citizenship that covered an entire week and thou sands listened while the principles of citizenship were being taught through a coterie of experienced teachers head ed by Colonel Roscoe Conkling Sim mons. This effort is of great significance. It marks the turning point in our po litical life. It announces the awakening of our racial consciousness. The encouraging thing about it all is that the organization is financed by members themselves and that there are no paid officers. It is a happy reflec tion to note that the chairman and founder is the same big. broad-hearted personage, who, when the Mississippi Life, built out of the sweat and toil of our fathers and mothers, was sold to the Southern Insurance Company (white) refused to work for the com pany at a salary of $7,000 per year, preferring to give his brain and energy to the building up of enterprises in his own race at a much smaller salary. Thus the organization sits on a basis of independence, is committed to no faction, is controlled by no bosses. It is truly “of the people, for the people and by the people,” and out of it must, indeed, emanate incalculable good. The slogan for the week was 25,000 qualified voters. And we believe it was reached, in fact we think it was surpassed. Experience has taught us that men in office cease to hear when we talk writh our mouth—we must talk with the ballot. Somehow, they do not fear the law of God or the law of man, but they will be kind enough to respect a vote. Representing as we do a third of the population of our great and growing city, we are woefully without repre sentation in any of its departments, while two or more cities in our own state can boast of having colored fire men and policemen. There are many other positions filled by colored men and women under the administration of other cities in our state that we do not enjoy in Memphis. Why? you ask. We have the num bers and we have the brain; but the answer is, you are without the power. Men no longer speak but for them selves, organizations must speak for multitudes and races. The West Tennessee Civic and Po litical League is a great organization, has a great program, deserves a great membership. It is our best sign of permanent progress.—Editor T. J. Johnson, Memphis Triangle. * * * But Masks Remain The Tompkins Bill against flogging is a sop to Cerebus. So much hostil ity has developed toward the mask that legislators were bound to take notice of the widespread feeling. That accounts for this bill, offered as a stroke against floggings, but devoid of any means for strengthening the hands of the authorities in dealing with the evil. The bill makes a felony of what is now a misdemeanor. That does not improve the situation to any appreci able extent. What was needed was a statute to prevent floggings by making it unhealthy. What Mr. Tompkins has done, no matter how sound his mo tives, is to make the adventure of flog ging just a bit more titillating than it has been. What was needed was a law to deprive brutes with a gift for the lash of the incenfive and the security of the mask. What Mr. Tompkins has achieved is to let these amiable citizens know that they had better be careful. The very heart of the matter of flog gings is in the mask. Without it, night-riders take the risk of the crim inal. With it, they take no chances at all. Since devotees of the whip do not hesitate to go far afield in search of /victims, how shall victims identify their assailants if the latter are hidden by hood and robe? In Georgia a woman who had been flogged recog nized a particular man by his legs. But how many women are so observant, and what would even she have done if the person she noted had kept his clothes down? Apologists for the klan and adher • P HON. WILLIAM W. MAXWELL Ex-Judge of the Municipal Court of Chicago, who made a splendid record in that court, and many of his warm friends and supporters are urging him to become a candidate for Judge of the Superior Court of Cook County in 1928. ents of the Graves administration will doubtless claim much credit for having enacted the Tompkins gesture. Such presumption will be of a piece with the arrogant dismissal of realities which has marked much of the work of this Legislature. A great opportunity to relieve the state of a burning disgrace has been missed by the General Assembly. The mask remains, and that means that the people of Alabama must continue to face the prospect of heartless enor mities perpetrated by men whose cour age and strength in that which hides their identity from the world.—Bir mingham Age-Herald. * * * Charts of Progress Optimists would enjoy a set of charts exhibited at the Pan-African Congress. They show, for example, that Negro illiteracy in 50 years has declined from 80 to 23 per cent. In the corresponding decade of the last century, only four American Ne groes graduated from a college. This decade the numbers will exceed 7,500. Not far from two and a half million of the 11,200,000 Negroes indicated as inhabitants of the United States by 1930 will be in school, learning more practical lessons than their parents learn. Intelligence, character and thrift are the sign boards of progress for every race. Our country promotes all three. —Pittsburgh Press. BIG INITIALS ON BELT LANDS FAMILY DESERTER IN CELL (Preston News Service) Newark, N. J., Sept. 8.—Vanity in having his five-inch belt studded with his initials caused the downfall of Wil liam T. Coey. He was arrested Wed nesday on a charge of being a fugitive from justice from New York City. For two months at intervals officers have been seeking Coey, it is said, who is charged with leaving New York State after being indicted for abandon ment of children in March. Receiving a tip that Coey, known as Slim, was frequenting the lumber yards in the vicinity of South street station of the Pennsylvania railroad, the officers watched the neighborhood. The officers spotted the tall man who resembled Coey’s description sent there from New York. The stranger wore a belt and on the back of which were the initials “W. T. C.” in brass studs. It was Coey. ‘Say, Slim/’ the officer called with out revealing his identity, "what are those initials for?” “That’s my name, William T. Coey,” Coey answered proudly. “It is, eh? Don’t you know you are wanted for an indictment in New York State for abandonment of your chil dren?” "Sure I do,” answered Coey with an air of nonchalance. The officer then took Mr. Coey to the lockup and soon made arrange ments for his transportation back to New \ ork State to answer the charges preferred against him. MME. WILSON HONORED The California School of Beauty Culture Study Class of which Mme. Collonia Ghee is president and Mrs. Theo. Harris is secretary, entertained at the home of the president, 3425 S. Wabash avenue, Sept. I, in honor ol Mme. Katharyn Wilson of Omaha, Neb. A program was rendered at the close of which .dainty refreshments were served. WILLIE ROBERTSON GRANTED SHORT REPRIEVE (Preston News Service) Austin, Texas, Sept. 9.—William Robertson, alias Jesse Benkley, under death sentence for murder in Denton county, in connection with the slaying of a Justin farmer last year, gained a new lease on life Tuesday when a twenty-day reprieve was granted to hint by Governor Moody. Robertson was slated to die in the electric chair September 2. It is reported that when Governor Moody was district attorney for Wil liamson county he prosecuted Robert son and secured conviction for bur glary and assault, which carried with it a total sentence of 104 years. Rob ertson was placed in prison and began serving the long term. Last year he escaped from the Ramsey state peni tentiary farm and a short while after was arrested and convicted for murder growing out of the killing of a Justin farmer. Bennie Mitchell is now serving a 104 year sentence. He was convicted along with Robertson by Gov. Moody, when he was district attorney. Robertson now says that he alone is responsible for the crime for which he and Mit chell were convicted and urged Gov ernor Moody to turn Mitchell loose. In the request for clemency the mother of the condemned man said she was unable to raise sufficient funds to secure the services of a lawyer to de fend her son and that the first time she knew he was in the death cell was a week ago. She said that Joseph D. Frank, a Columbus lawyer, would pre pare a statement of facts and circum stances bearing on the case and pre sent them to the Governor with a re quest to commute the sentence. LOUISIANA JURY INDICTS TWO POLICEMEN ON BRUTAL ITY CHARGE (Preston News Service) New Orleans, La., Sept. 9.—Two white policemen were indicted by the grand jury in criminal court Tuesday and released under bail of $2,500 each on charges of assaulting and beating John D. Johnson, a well known Negro plasterer, on August 9. Both officers deny the charges. John Doskey and Joseph Tierney, two patrolmen, are accused of assault ing Johnson after arresting him at the corner of St. Charles avenue and Cadiz street, August 9. According to the affidavits the two officers went to Johnson’s home, ransacked it of per sonal belongings for purported evi dence of burglary, took Johnson to the Seventh Precinct and beat him. Johnson visited District Attorney Eugene Stanley with his employer and preferred charges against the two of ficers. On the way to the night court Johnson further alleges, blood from his wounds after the beating was so obvious that the policemen stopped en route and washed the wounds with salt and water. George M. Johnson, a native of Roanoke, Va., and who for the past 15 years has resided in Pennsylvania, is the head of a concern employing a dozen mechanics manufacturing coal mining safety devices. Mr. Johnson has taken out more than a score of patents on his various safety devices and mine appliances. The manufac turing plant is located at Jeannette. Pa.