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Let this Be Your Guide The Denver Star The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. Number 44 Rabbi Kranskopf Speaks This address was delivered by the well known Jewish Rabbi before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which met in Philadelphia early in this month; “As that statute, wrought by Negro hand.atnhe Atlantic Exposition, told so pathetically, his chains are broken but thev are not yet off. He is still obliged to drag the clanking irons whereve he goes. Wherever he turns the dour is closed in his face. “And yet, notwithstanding such barriers and discourage ments, the braver among them seized upon the scantiest op portunity afforded with an avidity that was marvelous and raised themselves step by step to heights that are astound ing, considering the limitations of time and privilege and just forty-eight years ago a slave people, the property of white j masters, bought and kept and sold like cattle, credited with neither mind nor soul, not a Negro school anywhere within the confines of slavery, today 25,000 Negro teachers instruct a million and a quarter Negro children in 25,000 Negro schools. Five thousand Negro preachers occupy Christian pulpits. Hundreds of Negroes plead at the bar and minister 1 to the sick. Some of them administer justice from the bench. Their voice is heard in legislative halls - ; their eloquence re sounds from the lecture platform; the magazines publish their writings; the press spreads broadcast their books. Dun bar, the poet; Tanner and Carpenter, the painters; Edmonia Lewis, the sculptress, are Negroes. Harvard’s validictorians count a Negro. Many of our sweetest native songs are of Negro composition. “The remarkable advance the Negro has made, despite every discouragement, goes far to prove that under like op portunity, and after a due lapse of time he will compare fa r vorably with his white brother. He is in possession of every faculty assuring this. Hr is by nature of a kindly disposi tion, affectionate and loyal. He is eager for education, makes great sacrifices for it (two colored lads recently walked 500 1 miles to Tuskegee to get an industrial education) and their r progress is surprising. The heights to which the lew who have had some opportunity have raised themselves are pro phecies of what the many will do, once the white man shall lay aside the old notion of master and slave, and take up that of human brotherhood, regardless of race, creed or color. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT A program of special interest to every enterprising mem ber of the race in the community will be presented at the meeting of the People's Sunday Alliance on the :sth inst. Every speaker is a practical business man of experience in the line in which he speaks. Hear the message that they bring, for it will be of value to all who will consider it wisely. SYMPOSIUM: . Negro Business is the Best: Its Hindrances, Its Average Ist. Farming. ..... Mr. Isaac Brown “A Practical Colorado Parmer of Years Experience” 22nd. Coal Dealing . . Mr. Clarence Reeves ‘‘A Young Business Man.” 3rd. Newspapers, . , . C. A. Franklin “Formerly Editor of ‘The Star.’ ” 4th. Real Estate, . Mr. A. A. Waller Mgr. theJColored American Loan & Realty Co. sth Fraternal Insurance, Mr. L. H. Lightner “Supreme Secretary of the American Woodmen,” 6th. Summary: "How Can We Succeed Under the Circumstances . Rev. David E. Over "Pastor Zion Baptist Church” Each speaker will take ten minutes in presenting his subject and will bring their own message to the people. It will be a most profitable discussion on a very timely subject. Every one is invited, time 4 p. m., place 2630 Welton St. DENVER'S NEW OFFICIALS From the result of the elec tion May 20, the city will, on the first of June, be under a new government. The change we hope will be for the best. Each candidate won on his merits, and the people had, for the first time, an opportu nity of electing the man they wanted. The colored people took an active part and voted for their choice unhesitatingly. Those .elected should not overlook this fact —the race was too close. It is to be hoped that the colored vote will be given some recognition in the dis tribution of jobs. Parties to whom the colored voters have been loyal, have not dealt fairly. There being no party bosses, each individual officer will be looked to and expected to deal squarely with the col ored citizens. DENVER. COLORADO, SATURDAY, MAY *4, 1913. What is the Young Men’s Christian Association? OF>F>ORTtJr\ IT V S~- It is a high-grade, low-dbst young men’s or ganization—Christian but not sectarian. It is an athletic organization that does not use men to promote athletics, but uses athletics 1 to develop men. It is a night school for young men who work by day. It is a home for young men away from home. It helps young men not only to help them selves, but to help the other fellow. It is a place for a young man to find friends and to make himself a friend to the man that needs friends. It has no creed, but is controlled by repre sentatives of churches. This keeps it a Chris tian organization, but prevents it from becoming another church. It has united in its management members of those churches that have found by experience that they can foia fric tion in the doing of religious work. This enables it to teach the Bible and to make practical use of Christian forces in helping young men. Its fellowship, club rooms, gymnasium, baths, classes and all other practical advantages are open to all young men, of all faiths or of no faith. It is not an experiment, but is the survivor of many experiments. While other young men’s organizations, social, athletic, educational, ethical and even religious, have failed, this has suc ceeded and is now in successful operation in over eight thousand places in North America and throughout the world. PRIZE LETTER Written by Master Frank Le Noir, Sixth grade Gilpin School, May 7, 1913. A Prize was offered by the Chamber of Commerce for the best letter on Colorado. Dear Aunt: You cannot imagine how much Colorado has improved since the last time you were here. We have a very fine climate and short winters and long cool winters. Colorado needs a larger population hecause there are large buildings to be construc ted and thousands of acres to be cultivated. Colorado raises a great deal of sugar beets and is second in the raising in sugar beets. There are plenty farms here and if all the eggs were strung in one line they would reach from here to New York. Fruit is raised here especially in the valleys where there is fertile soil, walls are built to protect them from the wind. Colorado raises potatoes and cantalopes, watermelons and other things raised in Gr“eley and Greeley potatoes are fa mous the world over, there is fishing in the mountains where there are large trout. There is mining in tile mountains where there are gold, silver and lead mines. 1 here are one hundred op portunities here and only eight taken up. There are large public schools here and high schools over one hundred. W omen can vote and there are play grounds here where we can play. I remain yours, Frank LeNoir, 3020 Welton. MRS. SWIFT GIVES Mrs. S. Switt, wife of the head of the famous Stock Yard firm of that name, has added her name to a list of donors to the Wabash avenue branch of the Y. M. C. A. Early this week along with an encouraging letter was her check for $5,000. Interesting News Concerning the Race. ALUS, JACK JOHNSON THE LESSON TAUGHT Jack Johnson has been fined Si.ooo for smuggling a dia mond necklace valued at $9,- 000 into the Unittd States. Besides paying the thousand dollar fine, he forfeited the necklace to the Government and was charged $740 costs besides. He was then placed on trial with a charge of white slavery against him and after a fair trial, both from the judge and jury, according to him, was convicted on seven counts. The Editor of the Fellowship Herald of Chicago when speaking of Johnson, says “that I met Johnson a few Sundays ago strolling down State street. He was alone. He attracted atten tion because he was head and shoulders above any man who •passed fririr orrthe street. He was dressed .in a light gray j suit and had the appearance of a well-to-do man, but he did not look happy. Every way that he turned, he was j bled for his money and he has evidently found that life is not a bed of roses he ex pected it to be after he had won the world’s champion jship. The reason is not far to see. Instead of using this ; fortune, which came to him to him to help the race with which he is identified, he has ignored it entirely. The Fel lowship Herald presumed, shortly after he first came back, to advise him to es tablish a high-class gym in which he could reign as King, and while entertaining the ! sporting fraternity for the en tire world who would come to him, he would also make it possible for young colored men to get the training need ed along these lines. He knew by his own experience that the colored man had no show in a gym. He knew also that the Negro, possessing so much | stronger body than the whites, j i could be fitted to develop! other champions and easily | establish for Negroes a record for physical superiority. But Mr. Johnson could not see it that way. He chose rather to open a saloon and to use his prestige for the debase ment rather the up building of his race. He also let him self out for a life of unbridled pleasure, with the result that the whole world knows. Since he has received this unenvia ble notriety, he has been cut dead in the gym in which he has heretofore been a wel come guest to do his train ing. In three short years he has come to the place that Five Cents a Copy there seerr>s none so poor as to do him reverence. The money he has squandered and paid in fines could have es stablished two or three high class gyms and his name would have been a household word in the mouths of all aspiring Negroes. He would have been richer and happier had he chosen rather to help his race than to take the course he did. Alas, poor Jack, “what might have been. Did it pay, after all? COLORED PORTER WROTE OPERA Obtained $3,467 for it is Two Sacred Songs and Story (Special to the Indianopolis News.) John Barry, Colored, who for the last three or four months has been employed at the O. K. barber shop as porter, has come into a snug fortune and has acquired con siderable fame. Berry has much musical talent and in his idle moments wrote the words and music to a song, singing it to the men in the shop when it was finished. A short time back he began writing the words and music for a comic opera and then wrote a short story, sending them all to a Chicago com pany. The company accepted his offerings and sent him a check for $3,000 forthecomic opera, $200 each for two sa cred songs and $6; for the story, making a total of $3,467. The opera company wrote him that it would produce the opera and complimented him for his work. 1 he sacred songs are to be published and sold. Berry was so delighted with 1 the success of his first venture that he resigned his position, left for his home at Muncie and will devote his entire time to writing music. Big Sum Appropriated Mr. Richard A. Cooper, a member of the Common Council of Philadelphia, Penn sylvania, recently introduced a resolution appropriating $5,000 for the entertainment of the National Negro Busi ness League when it holds its forthcoming convention in that city August 20th, 21st anil 22nd. Thebi 11 was passed by the Council and has just been approved and signed by Mayor Blackenburg. The Lo cal Negro Business League of Philadelphia, under the lea dership of Dr. Algernon B. Jackson, is earnestly at work arranging the details of enter tainment, etc., for the coming meeting.