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—Let All Colored Americans and Friends Protest to Washington Against Post Office Segregation
* The Denver Star The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR. Number 12 Interesting News Concerning the Race. SOUTHERNERS. We are delighted to learn that Walter H. Page, former editor of the World’s Work and now Ambassador to Great Britain, is not a ‘Southerner." /This point is definitely settled by the editors of a Southern magazine published in New * York for the the conversion of the heathen. We had long suspected this. We have used the term ‘‘South erner" in a restricted sense It did not refer, for instance to a person born in the South, otherwise I Heaven forfend!) there would be some 8,00c,000 black “Southerners”—an un > thinkable thing. “Southerner" means something special limit ed. definite. It could not re fer to Walter Page. Mr. Page, for instance, has worked for the social uplift of the Negro, he has met Negroes on terms oi equality, treating them, indeed, as gentlemen. He believes in the right of black men to vote and aspire. Now all this we learn, on the authority of Neale's Monthly, W. E. B. DU BOIS. precludes Mr. Page from be ing a “Southerner.” A “South erner, "it seems must be a man who has assimilated no new ideas as to democracy and social classes since 1863; he 4must be “haughty,” intolerant and snobbish. His ancestors must have been “aristocrats’’ and he must have had a black mammy whom he loved, and as an evidence of this love he now and then lynches her grandchildren. But the South erner has one characteristic above this; he hates Niggers; he pursues them vindictively; Whe chases a drop of Negro blood like a sleuth. He makes it his chief business in life to hound to hound, op press and insult black folk, and to tell them personally as often as he can how utterly he despises them —except their women, privately. These he likes. The “Southerner’,is in tensely religious and set on foreign missions. He especi ally wishes to convert the Mieathen in China anil the Congo Valley. He is also a familiar friend of God and kn OW s more about the religion of Jesus Christ than any other Christian. 1 his is the picture of the “Southerner” drawn by Neales Monthly and elabo rated by The Crisis Is it a true picture of the sixteen or more millions of whites in the South ? Certain ly not. It is a laughable cari - cature. But—and this is the serious part —it is a true pic ture of certain elements in the white South, and the rest ot the white South is willing to let that type of Southerner represent it. Thus they rep udiate Walter Page and ac cept James K. Vardaman. Negro Beats Progressive. Winchester, Ky., Nov. 7. — I'll e election in Clarkcounty passed off quietly, a pood vote beinp polled. In the Fourth ward H.D.Colerane, a colored Republican, was elected to the city council. He defeated a Progressive. THE SIMPLE WAY. i Some way’s of life are so 'simple. There was. for in stance. a few years ago, a so lution of the Negro problem so ridiculously simple that those who did not receive it as gospel were hooted if not stoned. The gist was this: The Negro must work out his own salvation. The Negro must make him self useful to his neighbors. The Negro must not com plain. * Duties must be taught Ne groes —never mind their rights Negroes must let politics alone. Money talks —let the Negro get a 5.5.000 brick house and his individual problem is solved. Etc., etc. Thisthe Negro has done. He has striven to solve his prob lems unaided. He is so useful to his neighbors that the prob lem of tomorrow will be the Southern millionaire waxed lat on the starvation wages of black peons. The mass of Negroes has been so ground down and op pressed that they do not know what complaint is. If they did, segregation, “Jim Crow" car and disfranchisement would disappear tomorrow. We have “let politics alone" so offectually that we practic ally have no voice in our own government, and we have ac cumulated brick houses so fast that from Boston to Galveston white nerves are being strain ed to drive us out of them. We are therefore listening to those eminent and distin guished solvers of the Negro problem, white and black, who with hat in hand, have in the last twenty years been lulling this nation to sleep and also featheiing fheir own nests; we are listening to further ad vice and direction along the simple way. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, NOV. 15, 19.3 SHORTER CHAPEL A MODEL CHURCH Shorter Chapel A. M. E. church at the coiner of Wash ington and 23rd streets this city, fills a unique place in the religious, social and moral life of our people in the middle West. Having been organ ized in 186 S by Rev. [ohn M. Wilkerson with Lewis Price, Irving Williams, Samuel Cook and others as trustees, under the'gracious direction of di vine providence, she has stead ily gone forward through the years administering to the needs of the community, and rendering a service which can be measured only in terms of human beings rescued, trans formed and inspired. The first church edifice was a frame erected on Market St., between 17th and iSth; the second was a brick erected on the corner of Stout and Nine teenth streets at a cost of $2000.00. The present build ing was erected by the saint ed John Turner than whom few ministers have rendered larger services. Rev. Robert L. Pope, B. D. Pastor Shorter Chapel. From an humble beginning. Shorter has developed into an organization of which the Race may justly be proud. Aside from her splendid prop erty holdings, Shorter is one of the best organized congre gations in the country. Real izingthat her mission was not to be ministered to, but to minister, she has not only sur rounded herself with a strong board of Stewards, Trustees and Class Leaders, but she has enlisted a number of other auxilaries, among which the work of the church is divided, and through which the in fluence of the church is ex tended and a largerpercent of the membership is given some thing to do.. USHER’S CLUB. No visitor can attend pub lic worship at Shorter on the Sabbath without being im pressed with the cordial greet ing he receives, the ease and orderly manner in which the ■large congregation is handled and the ready assistance given the pastor in conducting the service by the Ushers club. This club is composed of twenty-five young men, who are the active members and a number of honorary members. Regular bi-weekly meetings are held and a systematic Bi- ble study course is maintained fortlie mutual instruction and improvement. Regular con tributions are made to a com mon treasury from which do nations are made to the church and £»ther worthy causes. Re cently this club has inaugu rated a free employment and information bureau as a pro tection to strangers against the '’good time” element in the city. Through this bu reau the club cheerfully as sists strangers in securing safe stopping places and helps the to secure employ ment. Though it'Has been only a few weeks since this line of w ork has been attempt ed. the popular favor which the endeavor has met and the magnificent service which has been rendered have fully just "died the undertaking. Parsonage of Shorrer Chapel. THE CHOIR tospel singing is second onl\ to gospel preaching, and in this respect also Shorter has been graciously favored of tiie Lord. Her choir has not only made a large con tribution to the regular ser vices, but for a year, under the auspices of this band of Christian workers, monthly sacred concerts have been held win n the congregation has been treated to the best in music and the best in thought. At these services some repre sentative citizens has been se cured to discuss some phase of race development. Den ver s public has shown its ap preciation for this service by turning out in large numbers on these occasions. THE WOMAN’S MITE MIS SIONARY SOCIETY Shorter’s Woman’s Mite Missionary Society is easily the strongest of the kind amid the Rockies. It has a regular enrollment of 171 and an hon orary enrollment of 50 mak ing a total membership of 221. It too' hold semi-monthly meetings when a program is rendered, current events dis cussed and light refreshments served. It is through this body that the church raises a con siderable amount of her mis sionary fund and to the hands of these splendid women the charitable contribution of the church are entrusted. Home and foreign fields are blessed with the benign influence of this organization; the sick and worthy poor of Denver know Shorter Chapel Ushers Club. that in this society they have a true friend. THE SEWING CIRCLE Few churches are blest with a se-wing circle such as Short er’s. Linder the leadership of M rs. Alice L. Mason whom the women all love and than whom there is no better presi dent. the circle has reported upward of §500.00 from from garments and other articles made and sold. It is indeed a coveted pleasure to see this happy band at work w ith their hands. STEWARDESS and DEA CONESS BOARDS The Deaconess and Stew ardess boards are also strong and ready. Their feet find their way to homes where sor row and mourning make their Five Cents a Copy i abode; and with them go sun - shine and love. Through their ; prayers, songs and explana tions of God's Word, many a ij wayward son and fallen daughter have been started in the upward way. No night so dark, no day so cold, but that these brave little bands : will go out to carry a word of cheer, food or flowers to : those who need them. SUNDAY SCHOOL Perhaps of all the accesso -11 ries to the church the Sunday or Bible school is the most important, for it is here the young as well as the old le.arn to love God through the study of His Word. Realizing the importance of this department of church activity, ShorteF'is trying to make her Sunday school equal the best. For a number of years the school has been graded and ot regu lar intervals, its promotions are made. I here are several well defined departments, Pri mary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Adult. The first graduating exercises of the Primary department were held on Sunday Oct. izth of the present year when seventeen boys and girls were given cer tificates of graduation. A Teachers Normal class with an enrollment of twenty was organized in iqi2 tor training teachers, and its meetings are being attended with surprising regularity. The growth of this Sunday school is due in large measure to the faithful ness of the superintendents and teachers. Almost each Sunday finds each teacher in his place, and each Friday evening finds them at a well attended teachers meeting. I bus the oldest Sunday school in Denver marches forward. ALLEN CHRISTIAN EN DEAVOR. In answer to the growing demand of the times, in 1894 Shorter's young peoples' so Continued on page 0.) Shorter Chapel.