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Let this Your Guide The Denver Star The papers formerly known as The Statesman and Tl# Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. Number 45 A Correction To The Editor: Permit me to correct an er ror of news item which ap peared in your paper under date of April to, 1913. under the associated press despatch. This article is headed: “ Negro Troopers Between Fires." The Ninth United States Cavalry Regiment has been on border patrol duty since September 13, 19'*. and llur ing that time the regiment has lost by desertion five men, three of whom have surren tiered and the other two are reported to be within the limits of the United States. It is not often that the As sociated Press news is disput ed, but the representative sending the news as printed in your paper was certainly not careful in the gathering of his reports nor could he have been familiar with con-- ditions along the border or with conditions in this regi ment as to desertions. General Ojeda with forty four officers and two hundred and ninety eight men crossed on the morning of April 13, 1913, into American territory and surrendered to the Corn mantling Officer of the United States troops at Naco, Ari zona. Every one of the three hundred and forty-two men were seen by me. I was pres ent at the surrender, accom panied them to the camp and was also present when a third count was taken of them. Daily my duties causes me to visit their camp. Daily have 1 talked with the officers and men, and have by each and every one been assured beyond a doubt that never at any time during the present or past revolution has Gener al Ojeda employed the ser vices of deserters, who claim ed to have been formerly members of the Ninth U. S. Cavalry. In fact, he has never had the pleasure of a colored man serving under him. (Such was his answer.) Further not one of the men who crossed with that com mand were colored; not one Of f .hose for. ■’d dead or wound ed in the streets of the Mexi can town across the line were colored. All of them were Mexicans and Yaqui Indians. General Ojeda was person ally questioned concerning this report and he most em phatically denied ever hav ing had a negro trooper from the Ninth U. S. Cavalry in his command. We still (April 24, 1913,) have General Ojeda and his men under guard at this camp and your representative could very easily visit here and visit here and secure first hand au thentic information on this subject. In fact I called up Mr. Wood at Douglas, Ari zona this morning and men tioned this matter to him and he replied that he would cer tainly be very glad to correct such a report as he personally knew that it was not true. I am here on the ground; I know; I see. I make notes and few papers that have published anything at all of this light and its results have given the people facts. Facts are what the press is supposed to publish and not street gossip—th»- same as some yel low journal. Paragraph 2 of the article 1 desire to correct is beyond belief among those familiar with border conditions and wholly untrue. Mexican Fed eral generals not only use the services of members of mem bers of foreign armies, bet at this writing the Mexican Fed erals are secretly seeking those familiar with machine guns and are tempting them with offers of $lO per day for their services. In summing up we find that the facts are these: No Negro troopers of the Ninth U. S. Cavalry are between fires: none are in a fix; none have joined General Ojeda; the Federal generals employ the services of as manyforeign ers as will enlist their services with them; and that Colonel Gonzales-is not correct in his statement; and that an injus tice has been done the mem bers oj the Ninth U. S. Cav alry an injustice which the associated press should be glad to correct and your paper to withdraw by pub lishing this note. Thanking you for trouble and kindness in advance, 1 am, Very respctfully, EDWARD YORK, ist Sergeant, Troop A, . Ninth Cavalry, Naco, Arizona. BETTER FORGOTTEN A painting entitled ‘‘To the Highest Bidder,” representing a negro slave woman with her child standing on the auction block, was rejected today by the Brooklyn Institute be cause it might "tend to keep alive the memories that had better be forgotten." The picture was painted by Harry Roseland, a Brooklyn artist, and offered to the institute by Charles A. Schieren, a former Brooklyn mayor. Mr. Schieren said that he would not protest the insti tute's decision, but the artist declared he would ask the art committee for a hearing. He insists that his work should not be barred except for a de fect in quality, but that no such point has been raised against it. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, MAY 3>, 1913. The World Problem of the Color Line Monday evening, May 19, Dr. W. E. B. Dußois, Editor of the Crisis, of New York City, addressed the people erf j Kansas City on “ Thej World Problem of the Color Line.” Dr. Dußois was at his best ind seldom has a Con vention Hall crowd listeied to a more logical or more convincing argument than that of the! doctor. He said in part: “ I will discuss four mi orld problems and show their relation to the Negro problem. War is one of the world’s soda problems. The na tions of Europe are constantly building battle ships. The cost of one of these battleships would endow every Negro, college in the United States for the next fift' years. Of the great amount of taxes raised c ich year by the nation al government the most grf them go to pay for jpast wars or preparations for the future wars. This great ‘ expendi tunPof money is necessary to prepare and pay for war, because we have built up a civilization that despises all the dark er races making it easier for the white races to despise one another. Hence the problem of war becomes a problem of the Negro, the Chi nese, the Japanese and the Hindoo. “The next great problem is the problem of the uplift of women. In this twentieth sentury we find no great cities without fallen women. The men have tried to treat the women as they treated the Negro— that is to make them helpless and then allow their friends to care for them. As this failed with the Negro even so it has failed with the | women. Women must have responsibilities and the powers to carry out these responsibilities. Women cannot be lifted up by sending out smart young men from New York, Paris and London to prey on the darker women of the world. Because these men comeback with not only no respect for the darker women, but with no respect for any wo , man. "The next problem is the problem of children. It has been so : easy to mistreat the blacks that now the poor children are being mis treated. But the problem of children becomes one of vital importance to us, because of man's imorality, that is, he leaves behind him his flesh and blood, and he owes it to them to leave conditions better than he found them. We must not have our children come up to what we have done, but to go beyond i(. “Opportunity is not the opening of gates to a human being, but the opening of gates in that human l eing, so that he will realize oppor tunities that might present themsek -s. “The problem of work and wages is another of the world’s great problems that concerns the Negri.' Until these social problems are settled the Negro problem cannot b< settled. The Negroes of Ame rica are fortunate in being in this c mntry, where we can speak for the the millions of colored people and must be heard.” TOBE JOHNSON APPOINTED Under the new administration, Commissioner of Safety Nesbit is the first to appoint a colored man. Tobe Johnson was appointed jailer and will enter upon his duties about June ist. Tot>e was an appointee of Mr. Nesbit when hfe was sheriff, and his excellent record placed him on the list as a first choice. VVe congratulate Mr. Nesbet upon his appointment and his friendliness to the race. He has moved up a peg in our estimation, and his attitude toward us will be watched with interest. Many Negroes voted for him, and without their vote, the outcome would have been different.. We hope the other officers will be equally as thoughtful, or even more so. Among us are many men and women who are capable of doing anything. Give them a chance and they will make good. Interesting News Concerning the Race. FACTS IN THE CASE Reprinted from a Lincoln, Neb , paper, giving the thoughts of an unprejudiced mind of a white writer: We suppose the conviction of Jack Johnson for violation of the “white slave" law will be popular. Johnson is a dangerous man to be at large. He has been reckless with his automobiles. He added one to the low saloons of Chicago. He seemed to have an irresis table attraction for white women of a certain type, proved by the fact that he could marry a second within a half year of the suicide of the first. Johnson has been a bull in the china shop of civ ilization. To the shambles with him. But while sentencing John son let us be slow in visiting absolute wrath and condem nation upon him. The big i black prize fighter could plead j extenuating circumstances. IWe all admit that environ ment has much to do with a person's character. Johnson’s progress toward a prison door has been the consequence of a peculiar environment, an en | vironment made for him. or at least tolerated by many who now join in the hue and ciy : against him. White society encourages an institution which inevitably I forces men into fame and j wealth by the force of sheer brute strength. The man who can “lick any man on 1 earth" gains in a two hour right what the average man of equal intelligence and prob ably higher mind cannot hope to earn in a life time. Jack Johnson without training in self restraint, without practice in the proper use of money, came into a fortune at the Reno ringside three years ago. With fortune came fame sufficient to turn the head of a man, to say nothing of a child mind like his. White vultures, men and women, gathered to divest him of his wealth. Others, fools rather than knaves, came to shower him with sickly sentiment. White men or women with centuries of civilization be hind them usually make fools of themselves when lifted suddenly by the the rocket of fortune. What else could be expected of black Jack John son, only a generation or two out of the African wilderness, brought thus into contact with a highly sophisticated class? We created the environ ment that made him what he is, first having brought him— - his ancestors--here by selfish « Fivb Cents a Con force. He is little more re sponsible for his conduct than the beast lea to the ring to be the central figure of a bull fight. Small right have we to feel anything but sorrow and pity over Jack Johnson, sorrow for our own mistakes and pity for his. A BIGGER AND BETTER PAPER The problem of publishing an up-to-date newspaper is no small one, especially in a city where live news are scarce. This company now intends to give to its readers, regard less of difficulties and expense, one of the best race papers in the United States. It is your paper;you pay for it, and we believe you should have a good one. We are communi- I eating with several eastern 'writers and news services to furnish us weekly letters, j which will put us in touch I with hapenings of the race , throughout the country. To carry out our plan we are forced to ask our readers’ as sistance. The practice of al lowing subscriptions to run from one to five or ten years, we want to dispense with, l he bill becomes large and oft times causes unnecessary discussions, hard feelings and loss of friendship. In order to avoid these things and to have our readers at peace and harmony, we are going to es tablish the custom of collec ting fifty cents every quarter, beginning between June ist and June 15th. Those who have paid in advance will be given credit for such, and those who wish to do so will save 50c on the year by pay ing $1.50 in advance. All subscriptions are due this company from March 15. We hope our out-of-town sub scribers will join us in this un dertaking. Fay sub scriptions and help put Den ver on the map. Grand Opera Given by Club No. 9 and Club No. 100, of Shorter Chapel, Tuesday, June 3, at Shorter Chapel. Admission ioc. Opera begins at 8:30 sharp. A bigsupper with hot biscuits will be served. Mrs. N. Fairbanks, Club No. 100; Mrs. Lucy Bceedlove, Club No. 9. The Ideal Concert Orche»~ tra will furnish music for the occasion.