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The Denver Star
The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star
Interesting News
Concerning the Race.
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
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.
(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
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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.

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