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V 5 1 i1 i 5 Mils Frank B. Willis I text of the President's letter to the chairman of the conference follows: Wins Republican Nomination for Governor His election in November is assured Editors' Conference Pleases, Pres. Wilson Writes Scott (Special to The Forum) Washington, D. C., Aug. 7.—Presi dent Wilson is greatly pleased with the conference of colored editors ami other leaders of thought and opinion among the colored citizens of the country, held a short time ago in this city. The report of the conference has been published far and wide and the proceedings have attracted a larger measure of attention than the report of any similar gathering of colored men since emancipation. In a recent letter, the Chief Execu tive of the Nation plainly indicates his deep interest and genuine satis- faction with the meeting and its suc cessful outcome, as well as with the ^..practical results that have accrued ^S«#roxn the frank and unhampered in terehange of views as to how the 12, 000,000 Negroes of the country might moat effectively aid America to win this righteous war for freedom and world-wide democracy. The Presi dent feels that the problems consid ered by the conference were "grave and weighty," and he is cheered by the thought that the whole state of feeling throughout the country will be helped by that broad spirit of patriotism which dominated the con ferees in their calm, dignified and high-purposed deliberations. In no uncertain terms, the Presi dent warmly commends the colored representatives of the press for their timely emphasis of national unity on i' the vital issues involved in the wai and applauds the inspiring example set by them for all Americans who have at heart the welfare of the na Y tion in its present crisis. The full President's Letter on Spirit of the Conference The White House, Washington, D. C. July 31, 1918. Dear Mr. Scott. Your letter of June 26th has been called to my attention, and I airuboth interested and pleased with the re port it gives of the meeting held in Washington by leaders of thought and opinion among the Negro citizens of the country. The problems considered by the conference of special importance to the people whom they represent, are S grave and weighty, and the whole state of feeling throughout the coun try will be helped by the frank and calm consideration given to these mat ters. In the meantime, it is cheering to see that the fine philosophy of democ racy, which is at this time the in spiration of the geat effort of our country, was felt and expressed by these conferees as the dominating thought which ought to control all Americans in the present crisis. Cordially yours, Woodrow Wilson. To Mr. Emmett J. Scott, Special Assistant, The War Department. This ungrudging endorsement of the Colored Editors' Conference and sin cere tribute to the loyalty of the col ored citizens to the cause held dear est to ail Americans will hearten the .Mepxt jacople all over the laxd The President's ringing utterance in de nunciation of mob violence, the ac ceptance of colored nurses for war -service, and a score of advantageous plans for the induction of the Negro .soldieis in technical schools and train ing camps for olficers, followed closely by this exceedingly cordial letter of the President, give ground for belief that the Negro American is, during these days of national emergency and need, coming to be recognized more and more by the general Government as a factor of importance in the win ning of the war. DESTROYERS OF DEMOCRACY LYNCH FOURTEEN NEGROES Louisiana. Fourteen Negroes, the Association says, have been lynched without trial in Louisiana since May l, 1 7. The telegram follows": S ££$ Vol 6 Number 11 DAYTON, OHIO, FRIDAY AUGUST ii, 1918 Aug. 1*!, 1918. The National. Association for the Advancement of Colored People, through its Secretary, John R. Shil lady of New York, makes public the following telegram addressed to Gov ernor it. G. Plea.sulit of Louisiana, concerning the lynching of Rubber, ilall, a Negro accused'of criminal as sault on the wife of a prominent at torney of Bastrop, La., at that place on August 7. The-Association in forms Governor Pleasant that both he and his state have now an oppor tunity to show whether President Wilson's solemn appeal to uphold .aw and keep America's name with out stain will be regarded or flouted August 12, 1918. Hon. R. G. Pleasant, Governor, Raton Rouge La.: National Association for Advance ment of Colored People, speaking in the name of one hundred and twenty *ive branches, three in Louisiana, and thirty-six thousand members, respect fully asks for information of press receiving our news service, what steps are being taken by Louisiana author ities to apprehend members of mob which on August seventh lynched Rubber'Hull, young Negro accused ol criminal assault at Rastrop, More house county, taking him from Sheriff 1), M. Spear. President Wilson in .Tiost emphatic language declared that al participants in mobs are betrayers of democracy. You as governor, ano your state now have opportunity to show whether President's solemn ap peal to uphold law and keep Amer ica's name without stain will be re yarded or flouted in Louisiana. Four teen Negroes, lynched without trial, is Louisiana's record since May 1, 1917. This Association does not con lone crime, but insists with President Wilson that its punishment be by law and not by mobs. John R. Shillady, Secretary, National Association for the Advancement of Colored people. FORMER DAYTON NURSE MAKES RECORD In a recent civil serivce examina tion for temporary nurse in New York City, Leila Stubbs Proctor, of Provident Hospital, Chicago, stood first on the list. Mrs. Proctor was formerly a member of the visiting nurse force of Dayton, Fighting for Democracy COLORED SOLDIERS SHOWING GREAT BRAVERY £T FRONT With the American Armies in France, June 2t.— (Correspondence of the Associated l'ress.)—One regi ment of colored troops in the Ameri can army (No. deleted by censor) has had its baptism of Are on the fighting fields of France and ac quitted itself su well that the French coinmundt r8 of the sector |vas citei the whose regiment as worthy of re ceiving the war cross. This regi ment's repulse of the -enemy attack on the early morning of June 12 4pos sibly at fielleau Wood or Rouresches) wa.i briefly referred" to in the officio communique. A later and official report of the engagement brings out interesting de tails and gives credit to the officers und men for lino lighting qualities displayed In their initial experience under shell and machine gun fire. The French commander of that see tor ha# given the regiment the highest pos sible commendation for the results ac complished and the splendid fighting spirit shown by the American colored men. For several days preceding the at* lack there were evidences that the enemy wan preparing to strike a blow. Two days before one of tht main points held by the regiment had been subjected to a strong bombard ment of nearly 11)0 she.Is, gas an$ shrapnel. Prior to the heavy enemy artillery barrage oceuring on the morning of the 12th, our advance groups heard movements apparently of narrow gauge train tracks in the wood back of the enemy lines, indi eating they were getting ready foi an attack. Every preparation haa been made for meeting the move if it 'came. Be sides the usual combat groups at the main points of the line, a special mar chine gun section occupied a specially chosen position on a small salient pro jecting into the enemy line, it was accompanied by the comba' ,g?oup,d% tailed from reserve company and car rying rifles and hand grenades. It was 2:15 on the morning of the 12th that the order to "stand to" was given, and all combat groups and the machine gun section took their fight ing1 position. The enemy artillery now opened a violent bombardment, ngaging in a "box barrage" live of ur main groups and the special ma chine gun position. The lines of this oox barrage are well defined on the ground, showing its outer circuit, with a considerable scattering of hits inside. The shells were mostly 77s, with some '105s, gas, shrapnel and nigh explosives. One oi' our points received particular attention, prob ably by minenw'erfer, the craters of which were two yards In depth and live yards, in diameter. The artillery bombardment was extremely violent tt the start and tapered off gradu ally until it stopped after 30 minutes. Meantime, under cover of the ar tillery,' the enemy infantry began its operations, adopting the infiltering process by which detache«j groups are thrust forward at a number of points instead of moving in mass formation. One group came on with two light machine guns, firing a rather intense The special machine gun. group under command of Lieutenant L. E. Shaw, was in one of the most exposed centers of the fighting, being under: under galling fire, and showed a high a *1 v "1 J'1! chine gun jammed three times, was partly disassembled and cleaned under fire, continuing rn action throughout the engagement. One team fired fourteen clips when the gun jammed. Reporting this to Lieutenant Shaw they were ordered to clear the jam. While under in tense fire of artillery and machine guns'they coolly dismounted the gun, remounted it and continued firing until ordered to cease. The fire of his machine gun section was doubt Jess wholly unexpected by the enemy jtnd this fact coupled with the effec tive fire laid down wan chiefly in strumental in causing the withdrawal the enemy. There were instances of individual bravery during the action. Private i-toward Gaillard with a small rapid fire piece was unable from his posi tion to get a good fire to bear upon he„ advancing enemy groups, so he •oolly and with entire disregard of danger, mounted the parapet, and while enemy bullets were flying around him, fired his rapid-fire piece from the hip, first at one group and the,n at the other. Privates Smith field and Jones and George Woods are especially mentioned for their coolness in the face of violent shell ing when they dismounted the ma chine guns and then re-assembled them and continued firing until the close of the action. Lieutenant R. C, Grame was in command of the group which received the brunt of the enemy fire which, besides the bar rage, added a heavy fire of large minewerfers. There was no flinch ing the group always worked under perfect control, keeping all combat posts manned though three men were knocked down by the explosion of shells. Others commended for cour age in the race officers are Corporal Frank Harden, Private H. D. Brown, Corporal Bean, Sergeant G. A. Morton and Privute Sanders. From the elaborate artillery prep aration, the size of the box barrage, and the extensive front occupied, the coup de main attempted by the enemj was clearly intended to be on a rather lire into one of our position. Another extensive scale. group was estimated to be about 25 Whatever may have been the object or 30. At another point on our front of the attack it was successfully frus a .stationary enemy patrol took posi- trated. No enemy party succeeded in tion, firing two small machine guns. Now and then squads would dart for ward from their gun positions. Eight Germans got up to the wire on front of one of our position, and four oth ers approached at another point. Be sides these assault groups which reach our line, there were undoubt edly additional enemy forces in as saulting columns and supporting col umns which were unuble to enter the field. getting within assaulting distance oi any part of the line except at one point and they were quickly pressed back and then driven off. The shell torn condition of the ground tells of the fierceness of the action. That the enemy suffered considerably in cas ualties is not doubted, as some of their groups pushed close into the machine gun fire, but as their men fell they were carried off. The cas ualties on our side were small and none of them serious. The chief importance of the action was bringing this American unit the tei rific artillery fire and the fire of 'onstrating the steadiness and fighting two German machine guns. Lieuten- ability of the nvei mt Shaw handled this very difficult .situation with cool bravery. The enemy barrage was so close that it was impossible to stand up and Lieu tetnant Shaw controlled his' guns by rolling from one to the other. first time under fire and dem- PASTOR GRANTED VACATION Rev. H. H. Upthegrove has been relieved by his congregation for a His period of two weeks. During this (}ay BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF WASHINGTON IN WAR TIME Since the entrance of this country Into the world war, the enoltal Is n greatly enlarged city. The Influx oti thousands of government employees who have taken up their abode in Washington means the building of hon&a for I hem. New government buildings have been built In addition to what already were In use. This view, from the i Washington monument, shows Potomac park, the aviation field and the bridge leading to Virginia. Rev. F» D. Day Who led the delegation of 350 col ored citizens that were the guests of Mr. John It. Patterson last Wed nesday at the National Cash Register. EAKER ST. NOTES Victory after victory is crowning the efforts of pastor und people in the big drive to pay off the new Kite indebtedness. Last Sunday tlx* pas tor, accompanied by Rev. John Ar nold and the Omega Girls, campaign ed at Bethel Baptist church, Dr. J. B. Anderson pastor. They were re ceived with a hearty welcome and ac corded every courtesy necessary to assure their success. Thirty-five dol lars was raised at Bethel which brought tthe receipts of the day up to $125.00. We wish to thank Or, Anderson and his libera) congiogation for their kindness and support. Next Sunday we will cumpaign at Zion Baptist church on Sprague St., Dr. P. J. Smith, pastor. two guns fired five thousand rounds, time the regular morning services Under this violent onslaught the will be in .charge of Father Coleman, the kindness of Mr. J. H. Patterson, men stuck to theft posts, carried out while the evening vacancy will be who is interesting himself in the race1 ence of officials in Washington, and every order without hesitation, often filled by a Wilberforce student. Sun- and its progtess. We hope to have recieved the O. K. and hearty coin- legree of skill with their weaj»onH members of Euclid Ave. church ex- and show our appreciation of Mr. a&d coolness courage. I^pch sputs most hearty invitation "to ail. Patterson s kindness- School at 9:30 as usual. The a packed hotii-e to witness this film, Three hundred members of our race were the guests of Mr. John H. Put erson last Wednesday at the N. C. R. The health and gardening lecture was a rare treat and the future will ascertain the amount of good that! was accomplished. The address of Dr. Garland, manager of the Welfare past slumbering peacefulness of our leparttoent, Mr. Barlow, city man-1 own country. Pictures of actual bat uger and Mayor Switzer were well tie scenes are shown. A peculiarly received and many questions ask'jd touching moving picture is shown of that were cheerfully answered by children playing in the war zone, these gentlemen. Then comes the warning of danger, a .uccessfully carried out under the di rection of Mr. P. N. Herat, who is dentified with the Welfare depart ment of the N. C. R. 10:00 a. m. assembly on the steps »f building No. 10 and a photograph taken of the entire group of IfOO. 10:tf0 Factory lecture, gardening and play grounds film by Mr. Har desty. 12:00 Health Lecture by Dr. Barr. 1:00 Dinner. 2:00 Meeting with Mayor Switzer, City Manager Barlow* and Welfare Director Dr. Garland. Mr. J. H. Patterson and members of the staff of the N. C. It. will live long in the memory of all who were Following is the program which was hasty adjustment of gas musks and present. May the Almighty God, in review in France, where they are crown their efforts with success. effectively helping to crush the moat All services will be held at the inhuman foe of all times, a foe which usual hour Sunday. Rev. Hill will preach for us at the morning serv ice and at night we will witness the film "Wake Up, America." The lec ture will start promptly at 8 o'clock and all who wish to get a desirable seat are urged to be on time. This courtesy is extended to us through a a i i a 5 ADVERTISERS realize quick results when using these col unms to reach the people. Phone Us Main 7606. Price 5 Cents WAR LECTURE The great patriotic war lecture, "Wake Up, America," will be de livered at Eaker St. A. M. E. church Sunday, August 18, 1918. The lecture is profusely illustrated by stereopticon slides and moving pictures, many of which were taken at the front. The lecture is designed to show people the war as it is, that Americans may no longer rest in fancied security under the belief that our country is in no real danger. No one who sees and hears this lecture will longer entertain the idea that the most awful war of all times can be won without concerted effort and sacrifice on the part of every man and woman who is a true-hearted American. There are pictures of the terrible desolation and ruin of France and in. tmini'ul- i itlwf i, j| 0 r- contract to the iiii 11. FARLEY. Lecturer a scurrying for safety. Why the German people believe in the doc trine, "might makes right" is easily understood when the lecture shows how, for generations, they have had this belief taught them in every con ceivable way. The Kaiser is seen as a child- his earliest education focused on war and conquest. Then comes the call to America to wake up. And America does awake how she prepares, with characteristic energy, to take her part in this great struggle for liberty and right is graphically pictured. Old Glory is unfurled, the boys have gathered to the colors, and the hearts of onlookers throb with pride as our boys march neither man, woman, nor spares child. The lecture is well worth attend ing, presenting as it does, a clear view of the causes of the war, the war itself, the awful suffering ami ruin it has caused and what America is doing to help win it. "Wake Up, America" was given before an audi- mendation of the Committee on Pub lic Information, as well as other high officials. iSF*''-'f'"""*1',..