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■Let All Colored Americans and Friends Protest to Washington Against Post Office Segregation
The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR. Number 3 A. C. Cash, Chief Organizer Of The American Woodmen. Has Wonderful Chance to put Denver on Woodmen Map. Strong insurance Company Backs Him Up. A. C. Cash, who came to our city some ten years ago, has made himself felt as an organizer. \V hen the 1 rue Reformers were in their balm iest days, when Denver could boast of ten fountains, when all the leading business, pro fessional and tradesmen were connected with that organiza tion. the fraternal spirit and enthusiasm was at its highest point in Denver. Ihe Ameri can Woodmen, having care fully scrutinized Mr. Cashs church record at Zion Baptist church and after making such A. C. CASH. other neccessary investiga tions as they deemed proper and sufficient, hired him to do for them what he did for a foreign fraternal society. The Star feels proud of the Amer ican Woodmen, because its heaAjuarters are in Denver; because it is of Negro brain and business acumen anti has met the conditions o'f every Southern State Insurance De partment and,further because only recently it bought S3O. 000 worth of Denver bonds._ We are proud of Mr. Cash because he has. a genius for organization and has made good along his line. We, therefore, take great pleasure in introducing the new frater nal organization formally to our readers and patrons. May you know them better and in turn may they know you bet ter. Why should men be valued according to accident of gen eration? This condition is certainly a lapse to barbarism deeper than any imagine. Men shonld not be condemn ed racially but individually. The world shall learn that it is not the race but the spirit; not the constitution of blood or color of skin, but conduct that differentiates between men. —Rabbi Hirch. The toad beneath the har row knows precisely where each sharp tooth goes.—Old 1 Proverb. J 1 The Denver Star In Memoriam. Mrs. Ida I). Bailey died at Washington D. C., Feb. S. iqoS. Noble and brave heart led. race-loyal, true to princi- I pie. unselfesh, devoted race woman. None have yet come to fully fill her place in the struggle of colored Americans ! for freedom in the land of their birth - needed more now than ever as color line reaches ' Congress. The farewell mes sage ot Mrs. Bailey to Colored Americans: “I leave this message for those who love me:" Live for God. Give your heart to Him and your life, if need be, for the emancipation of the Negro race in this land of his birth. Fight race discrination. Fight the “Jim Crow cars." Lend a hand to Monroe Trotter: hold up his hands, for if you don't agree with all his methods, you know he is honest in this question. Hold updiis hands. God hates a coward; be brave men; be brave women. I shall not rest in heaven, but look down from above, it 1 can, and continue my in terest. God bless my poor race, and lead them on through the this wilderness. C. A. BURTON Prominent Odd Fellow. The congenial ex-Dlstrlct Grand Master of the Odd Fellows conferred the Patriarchal degree on ex*Grand Master John F. Davis of Silver Bow lodge, Helena. Montana. The service waß very impressive. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 1913 Denver Needs A Vigilance Committee. A Call To Arms. There is scarcely a community in the U. S. where a group of colored reside that ought to have its vigilance committee; some have them. Sometimes this committee is organized and has a name indicating its function. Sometimes it is organized for other purposes and becomes a vigilance committee on occasion. In other cases the committee has no regular organization or membership; it springs into being on occasion, but consists of approximate!) the same group of persons from year to year. The work of these vigilance committees is to protect the colored people in their several communities from aggres sion. The aggression takes • form of hostile laws, ordinances, curtailment of civil rights, new racial discrimination, overtax or over severe en forcement of the law, curtailment of opportuni ties, etc. Sometimes this aggression is but the careless act of thoughtless folk and needs but a i word in season to correct it. More often it is a part of that persistent campaign centering largely among Americans of Southern birth, which is determine to so in trench the color caste in the U. S. as to make it impossible for any person of Negro blood to be more than a menial. Against both sorts of racial aggression organized effort is necessary. Many thoughtful colored people have sought to avoid this: to act independently and to refuse to meet organization by organization. This in most cases has been found impossible. The blows of racial and color prejudice fall alike on all, rich and poor, educated and ignorant and all must stand together and fight. The methods of these vigilance com ! mittees are various. The simplest action is the appointment of a com mittee of one or more to call on some official or person of influence: jfrom this action extends to letters and ihe press, pamplets, legislative 1 hearings, mass meetings, petitions, etc. In a few cases threats and violence have been attempted, but these are at present exceptional, j From this procedure on the part of tens of thousands of largely isolated j groups much actual good has been done and much experience accum ulated. The time is now evidently at hand to find and pool this nation wide experience and to systematize this scattered local effort into steady, persistent and unwavering pressure. As it is, unorganized lo cal effort loses much time and energy in re-organizing for every new object: organized local efforts lack experience and knowledge of simi lar action elsewhere. Henceforth we must act together and we must fight continuously. The object of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to federate local committees among colored people in every community in the U. S.: to co-ordinate their activities, to ex- 1 change experiences and to concentrate the application of funds where! the need is the greatest.— May Cnsis. In Denver such an important j organization is greatly needed. Toda' along our public streets these! signs are printed and impudently displaced with the greatest impunity,: “We cater to white people only," at the Colonial theatre; “Colored trade not wanted," at the Paris theatre, a block apart on Curtis street; around the corner on 18th street below Champa street, “White Peo ples’ Restaurant;" in the next block above on Champa, "Nigger head bullets,' with a picture of a black face painted on a lump of coal. [ All this discrimination within a radius of two blocks along the through-; fares of our city. What are we doing about it? What are we going. to do about it? The answer is to form the above committee and do | as directed as by Dr. Dußois and meet organization with organization. Then organize a local branch of that Crisis society here. We, in Colorado are in the greatest fight of our lives; we must fight to retain our civil rights, citizenship and political rights. Every day new ag gressions ate made against us and we must either fight togethsr or fight apart. The Star says organize svstemmatically with good sub stantial, cool-headed men of honor and integrity at the head. Eschew the politician, the truckler, the grafter andt the notoriety-sreker. Or ganize for business and then do it. Ihe Peoples' Sunday Alliance has a meeting at 2630 Welton street, Sept. 21. Let this meeting be a nucleus for the Vigilance Committee. Interesting News Concerning the Race. SOLDIERS MISTREATED IN THE PHILIPPINES Members of 24th Infantry-, Com pelled to Labor Daily, Including Sunday—Work with Picks and Shovels in Mud and Water- White Soldiers Exempt from Hardships. Special to The New York Age. It is asserted by soldiers of the 24th Regiment, U. S. In fantry, stationed at this point, that they are the victims of ranK discrimination and in justice, in that they are reliev ed from soldier’s regular duty and compelled to labor every day, including Sundays, with picks and shovels in the Jmud and water. It is also said that their tents are pitched in swamps where the water flows under the cots, and that the soldiers have to tie their shoes to the cot legs to keep them from washing away. This regiment has been sta tioned here for three months and during that time have had to worn night and day during some periods. The white sol diers are not required to do this work and some of them sit around and jeer and ridi cule the Negro soldiers at work in the mud. There are 1,200 native prisioners at this station, and when the rain starts they are taken in. The i native prisoners it is said, fre- j quently ask the Negro soldiers if they are prisioners, and want to know why they have to work in the rain. Conditions for the Negro soldier at this station are get ting worse every day. The food is plentiful, but is half cooked, and hardly more than slops. The soldiers are faith ful and willing and are trying to do their duty under these adverse circumstances, bnt they feel very keenly the hum iliating discrimination from from which they are suffering- Negro Girl’s Big Tax. A Negro girl ten years old will pay the largest income tax in Oklahoma. Sarah Rector, who lives just west of Musko gee, has an income of more than Sii2,ooo a year. It is the old story of the lucky allottee and the oil well Sarah is the descendant of a Creed freedman. She had j nothing to do with the select- i ion of her allotment and pro . j bably has never seen it and does not know where it is. But it is 160 acres of land and upon it has been drilled the biggest producing well in the mid-continent field. This is what is known as the Jones Gusher, near the town of Cu shing. The well is producing more than $2,500 a day, and Sarah gets one-eighth as her share. Five Cents a Copv Army, Navy and Post Office Service May Not Have Any More Negroes. At a caucas of Democratic congressman, Friday night, to decide on the patronage pol icy, it was voted to dismiss all the Negro employes at the Capitol, and give their places to white men. This is to in elude the barbers and waiters, who are employed at the Capi tol building and in the Senate and House Office building, as well as the messengers and laborers. From time immem orial the Negro barber and waiter have had undisputed monopoly of the barbering in the Senate and House barber shops, and of the waiting in the Senate and House cafes. These are. however, to be dis missed and white men put in j their positions. During the caucus one Sou thern Democratic congress man referring to places held Negroes which, in his opinion hould be filled by” whites, pro claimed that the niggers are all Republicans, ancl I never in my lifesaw a nigger Demo crat. This statement is re garded here as a slam at the , democracy of Bishop Walters [and his coterie of alleged Ne gro Democrats who supported the election of President Wil son. In consequence of the Democratic caucus decision to make a clean sweep of Ne groes employed by Congress there is consternation among the several hundred of them employed, many of whom have gray in the service. 1 hat it will work a hardship is known, but the Southern Democrat is in the saddle here, and he is rapidly recovering all he ought to preserve, and all the Northerners fought in the Civil War to take from him. It is but a question of a short time, it is believed, when this same Democratic anti-race policy will extend Negro Civil Service employes. Already one young colored woman has been dismissed from the Bur eau of Printing and Engraving for refusing to acceptand abide by the segregation rules, and three Negro male clerks in the 1 reasury Department were threatened with dismiss al if they again used other than the jim-crow toilet rooms. Clarence E. Langston Leaves The Star. Mr. Clarence L. Langston, who on March 15th ol this year became our manager, tendered his resignation this week to become effective Sat urday 20. Mr. Langston has been an industrious, energetic and sacrificing young man. working for the interest of the company and materially helping the company dining his connection, all of which the company sincerely appre ciates. In consequence of his action, we are now notifying the public and patrons of the severance. The Denver Sta .