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The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. Number 36 Interesting News Concerning the Race. PAID THE PENALTY. Hanged in Alabama. One of the few times in the history of the state a white man has paid the extreme penalty of the law for the murder of a negro. Possibly for the first time in the history of the south have two white men been hanged for the killing of a single member of the African race. Yesterday morning between , the hours of 1 1 and i J o clock Arthur Jones and Will Wat-: son. charged, convicted and i condemed for the murder of John Holland, were executed in the yard of the jail of Jeff- j erson county, and each man met his fate bravely. And both men confessed compli city in the crime for which they were hanged. Curias* Ct#w4* GttWd Early. Crowds of morbidly curious began gathering around the railing of the court house grounds as early as 8 o'clock, and by 9:30 it was necessary to stretch a rope across the alleyway leading to the jail entrance. As the hour of exe cution drew near, the crowd became more dense, and it was with difficulty that the street was kept open for trafic. It was a crowd of high and low degree. Attracted by the tragedy being enacted within the grim walls of the jail the prosperous business men rub bed elbows with a messenger boy on one side and a negro on the other. There was very fittle noise, a breathless interest seeming to hold the spectators enthralled as the hour of the clock in the court house dome slowly ticked off the minutes of two lives. Only the relatives of the condemed men, police officers detailed for specialjduty, dep uty sheriffs and those who had definite business were al lowed in the warden’s office of the jail. There was a low hum of conversation, no laughter and no loud talking. The same air of constraint was noted in the warden’s office as in the crowd in the street. The news that Governor O’Neal had refused to extend exclusive clemency was bro ken to Watson and Jones about 7 o'clock yesterday morning by James McAdory, a son of Warden McAdory. Neither man showed notice able emotion Well, Will, said McAdory,“It'shll over. There is no chance.” Watson called across to Ar thur Jones, “It's all over." "Is that so?” was the only response. Wattau Makes Statcaict. "I have prayed over this thing. I have spent many a moment on my knees and wept many a tear. I have done my best. I decided when my only chance was gone to come clean and let my friends know how this occurred. Everything is all right. I’ll be in a better world in a few minutes. I ask the Lord to forgive me. I feel that the Lord will receive me in that heavenly home. “My advice to you boys, in this the saddest hour of my life,” (he broke off abruptly, stepping slightly to the front and' raising his voiced “is don’t never get in a place like this. 1 don’t feel like 1 had ought to be hung. I have tak en no life. I guess that is about all. The crime for which the two white men paid the ex treme penalty yesterday was one of the blackest in the his tory of Jefferson county. The story of the killing as told to the juries that made the first investigation was grusome in the extreme. It showed a conspiracy on the part of fo^K - white men to inveigle their victim into the woods and there shot him down like a dog. The crime was committed near Coalburg in the western part of the county on June 18, 1911. but was not brought to light until the spring w the following, year. Special juries were appointed to investigate the murder with the result that Walter and Arthur Jones and Will Watson were indic ted for the murder of the ne gro. John Wade was the fourth man implicated but turned state’s evidence and is still in the county jail- Arthur Jones was tried first and given the death penalty; Walter Jones received life im prisonment, but a few weeks later was sentenced to hang for the murder of Lawrence B. Evans, and Will Watson was tried and found guilty of murder in the first degree and sentenced to be hung. Strenuous efforts were made to save Watson from the gal lows, many believing that the punishment was too severe and the governor was urged to commute the sentence to life imprisonment. But the pardon board and the gover nor refused to interfere and the law was fully carried out. HARDLY POSSIBLE. (Froai (1m SyraciiM Poat-Staadard.) Pictuie the governor of a great Southern State, sitting on the platform with a negro, addressing an audience of 200 whites and 1,500 negroes and pledging himself to give more help to the colored folks than to the white folks in his state. It doesn’t seem possible, does it? Exactly that happened in Montgomery a few days ago. The governor of Alabama, Mr. O’Neal, a man of uncom mon force and statesmanship, and Booker T. Washington, the most eminant private citi zen of his state, stood side by side and told just such an au dience as we have described what nee|ds to be done to im prove the condition of Mr. Washington’s people and fur ther decrease the lawlessness that has heretofore character ized the relations between the races; and the two were in common agreement. Governor O’Neal again ORIGINAL IN , DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, MARCH 29, I*l3. An Appeal From Omaha Sufferers Through the courtesy of Rev. R. L. Pope, The Star publishes the following letter from Rev. W. T. Osborne, pastor of St. John’s Methodist church at Omaha. It is understood that the pastors of the several local churches will make an appeal Sunday at both services for the cyclone sufferer's, and will send the amount received through the Red Cross Agency. This is as it should be. And it is earnestly hoped that the Negro population of Denver will go on record as being interested in all that makes for the weal of this commonwealth, and then we can be depended upon to take an active hand in every movement that tends to relieve suffering and make die world better and brighter. . | Our contribution will not be as large as that of others, yet we can and should exhibit the same magnanimous spirit. 613 N. 18th St., Omaha, Nebraska. March 25, 1913. Rev. R. L. Pope, D. D. 220 Twenty-Third St, Denver, Colo. My Dear Brother: We sure in great distress. The entire Negro settlement swept ouf of mdstaaneJbgkili .frar s*|jTiyrlnas Hnndrsls of our people are homeless, penniless and dotheless, with deaths in many of their families. The is scene in indiscri bable. I appeal to you and the citizens of Denver to help us. Just now everything is dark and gloomy. 2179 home less, 223 seriously injured, 110 killed as already reported with the probability of an increased number. Thanking you in advance for kind consideration that may be given us, I am yours in Christian love, W. T. OSBORNE. praised the fidelity of the col ored men who were left in charge of the families and property of their masters who were fighting under Lee. He insisted that the white people of his state could be depended upon to extend help to the colored people. The opportunity for the Alabama negro, Mr. Wash ington said, is in Alabama There he can find plenty of work e\ery day in the year. The native white man of Montgomery does not dis criminate against the negro. It is often said that the South ern white man knows the ne gro better than any other white man does. Mr. Wash ington amends that by saying that the Southern negro un derstands the Southern white man. The duty of the negro in the South, he says, is to make the Southern whitfr man understand that it pays to educate the colored folk; that education does not mean merely a tendancy to wear red socks and patent leather shoes, but that it means con verting a useless person into a producer. In one of the epi grams which distinguish Mr. Washington as a.public speak er h** said: “There is no more danger in giving the negro in oppor tunity to get education so that he may be a good citizen than there is in furnishing him op portunities to degrade himself so that he may be a worthless citizen. Such conferences as this cannot fail to be of great use to the South. They cannot tail to be a tremendous ex ample to the North. Under the leadership of men like O'Neal and Washington fhe two races would get on much better in the South, and they get on now much better than Northerners suspect. MAJOR YOUNG SHOT. Mr-. Loivr>, of near Wil berforce, has received word that her son, Major Charles Young, U. S. A., detailed at Liberia, Africa, was shot through one of his arms on the 20th of January, while en caged in surpressing the re bellion along the coast of Li beria. The wound is not thought to be dangerious. Major Young’s wife is in New York City and she is very anxious about his safety. WHITE WOMAN SHOOTS NEGRO MAN In the cafe of Levy's saloon at 2100 Larimer street, Clar ence Sears was shot and mor tally wounded hy a white woman by the name of Rose O’Grady, Monday night, March 24. From the testimony given by eye witnesses, both white and colored, it seems that the O’Qrady woman deliberately shot Sears without cause. The woman was in the cafe drink ing in company with two oth er white women and a man. Sears went into the cafe, exchanged a tew words Posts of Honor Denied Neģroes From The New Age. Washington, D. C., March 14, 1913. — The smoldering flames of indignation, indeed, a most intense indignation, Which can at a moment's no tice break forth into a wild conflagration of protest, be came the subject of conversa tion in the forum today. The indignation is caused by a re port which has become rife in this city within the past few hours and by what is being referred to as the “indecent haste” with which the resig nation of Mon. William H. Lewis, Assistant Attorney General of the United States, has been accepted by Mcßey nolds, the Tennessean, whom President Wilson has made Attorney General of the United States. The report referted to runs about like this: Bishop Wal ters, either by himself or in company with other negro democrats (upon this point the report is npt quite defi nite), called upon Postmaster GenesaL Burleson for the pur j pose of furthering the inter ests of certain of the faithful who had the endorsement of the National Colored Demo cratic League. Mr. Burleson, who is a Texan, is reported to have informed rhe Bishop and, I his calleagues that he was op posed to the appointment of any negro, regardless of who he might be or what his fit ness was, to any position where white men and white women would come under the direction of such appointee. "This is not a matter over which I have complete con trol,” Mr. Burleson is re ported to have said. “The matter is entirely within the control of the President, and if President Wilson makes up his mind to appoint a negro to office I can't stop him. But 1 tell you men quite frankly that 1 shall never give my consent to the appointment of any negro where conditions such as 1 have just mentioned exist.” Efforts to see Bishop Wal ters and get from him a con firmation or a) denial of the report referred to have been unavailing, and other demo cratic leaders among the col ored people who are still lin gering, with vague hopes of seeing which way the light ning is going to strike, are ex tremely reticent. It is only fair to say, however, that the rumored rebuff at the hands of Postmaster General Burle son has had a decidedly de pressing effect on the spirits of the pie-hunters. The Lewis incident, far from helping the situation with the -piano player and went down stairs; no words of any kind were passed between the two, and as Sears came up from the basement, the woman fired four or five shots at him, only one taking effect. The bullet struck in the throat, turned downard and passed through his left lung. Sears remained conscious until he reached the county hospital. On being asked who shot him, he said. Five Cents a Copt any, has added to its sombre ness. The story goes that At-' torney General Wickersham called all of the assistant at torney generals to his office a few days before the inaugura tion and informed them that it was the practice, which had been followed heretofore in all cases, for the assistants to the Attorney General to ten - der their resignations just be fore a chance of administra tion took place- The objects of this custom is to give the incumbent a free hand in the choice of his chief assistants as well as to relieve those ten dering their resignations front' the unpleasantness of being fired.” At the close of the confer ence all the assistant attor neys general, including Mr. Lewis, tendered their resig nations. The documents were filed for the time became the very firdTJSpers to receive the consideranon of the new Attorney General. Although the report of Mr. I Lewis’ resignation was not made public for several days, it is understood that ibwas ac icepted on March 6, just forty eight hours after the new democratic administration had started upon its career. The death of Judge John Q. Thompson, which took place a short time ago in Chicago, created one vacancy in the office of assistant attorney general. Those still in office on March 4th, but whose re signations had already been tendered, were assistant at torneys general Fowler, Harr, Dennison, Knaebel and Lew is. It is said that Attorney General Mcßeynolds called Mr. Lewis to his office on the 6th day of March and told him that he was compelled to accept his resignation at once. Just what reasons were as signed for the urgent neces sity tor accepting Mr. Lewis’ resignation at once have not been divulged, though numer ous rumors, as is to be ex pected, are afloat. The sug gestion is made that the pres ence of a colored man in such close proximity to cabinet rank and dignity, has been a terrific thorn in the side of the southern wing of the democratic party ever since the Lewis appointment was made by President Taft and confirmed by the Senate. The southern democraticwolf.it is said, regarded Mr. Lewis as a particularly toothsome bit and determined long ago to make him the first piece of prey to be devoured with the advent of the new regime. “the worrlan.” On being asked why, he said he didn't know. Sears died at 1:45 from in lernal hemorrage caused by the pearcing of a blood vessel by the bullet. The woman claims that she shot him by mistake, but is credited with saying in the patrol that she certainly made the trigger hum, or words to that effect. It is reported that Sears and the woman had been intimate.