Newspaper Page Text
Denver Star Has the Largest Circulation among Colored People in Colorado- - Get Wise and Advertise
The papers formerly as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR. Number 24 People’s Sunday Alliance Adopts Strong Resolution. The Retail Association is called the piant tool of these predatory interests and the resolution adds: It is marvelous to think that men of sanity and intelligence would have the temerity, the unblushing boldness, atter overwhelming defeats at the polls and in the courts, to so soon fgrget the temper and intelligence of the people as to attempt such a gold brick pscheme as is contained in the Retail Associations’ plan for the settlement of the water question. If carried, it would not be a settlement of the question, but should unsettle the com munity as to keep it in tur moil and strife worse than any that has been put upon the city by this predatory, olig archic octopus since its in ception The resolution ends with the following appeal: We appeal to all good citi zens to awake and arouse their neighbors to join the Water Consumers’ league and prevent this glaring outrage upon our beloved city. It is those who are engaged in hard physical toil who bear the greatest burden when the community is fleeced of valu able franchises. We warn the colored citizens to beware of those who attempt the mo nopolization of natural re sources and the necessities of life. They believe in the cur tailment of liberty and are the authors of caste distinct ion and cheap labors. The resolution is signed by a committee of the Alliance. t , The Pythian lemple, at Evansville, Indiana, has been completed, and is not only a credit to the order and to the race, but it is a credit to the city in which it is located. The building, a three-story one, is located in the heart ol city, is substantially built and finely appointed and equipped ■■ E. Earle & Co., a boot and shoe rebairing establisemcnt doing business at 201 North Illinois Street, and 201 Indiana Avc. Indianapolis, is a business managed and controlled by colored men that isdoinga fine business. In addition to repair ing shoes, the firm also manu facturers and repairs shears. The Afro-American Invest ment and Employment Com pany of Kansas City, Missouri, is one of the really big business institutions in that city. F. J. Weaver is manager, and 'the dominant factor in it. The company has a paid-up capital of $14,000 and is doing a splen did business. Mr. Weaver is regarded as one of the most progressive men of his race in the West. Vote against franchise and amendment; it will mean cheap water, wlfich will help to cheapen the telephone and coal. The Denver Star Build the Moffat Tunnel. Vote For this Great Advantage. This will put Denver on a main transcontinental rail road line. It will open up to settlement more than 5000 new farms with abundance of water for ; rrigation. which our cilizens are so badly in need of at the present time. build the tunnell because it will increase the population of our state over 230,000 people in the next few years, which will mean work for the unem ployed and prosperity for Denver. Negroes chances for work increases as rail roads increase. You have everything to gain and no thing to lose. Vote for and build Moffatt Tunnel. Washington, D. C.,. is an in viting place for some colored shoemaker and repairer to es tablish A quick shoe repairing shop equipped with the latest shoe repairing shop equipped with the latest shoe repairing machinery. An experienced man in this business will reap a harvest there. Italians now control the work among color ed people there: M.C Whitlor a colored man in St. Louis, has demonstrated that one of his race can make good in the packing, express ing and storage business. _ He is conducting a large business and paying business at 2520 North Taylor Ave., St. Louis. BENEFACTOR OF HUMANITY. How ths School Founded by Gsnsral 8. C. Armstrong Has Grown. General Samuel Armstrong began a school with two teachers anil fifteen students of varying ages in a planta tion house and army tarrocks \at Hampton. Vh.. forty five years ago Following a brilliant war record and the administration of a large territory at the close of the war, General Arm strong chose to give his life to train lug leaden for the colored race. -We are here not merely to make students, but men and women; to build up character anti fit teachers and leaders.** ha said. For twenty-five yean* he worked unsparingly and un ceasingly until the old ninuslon house Hampton institute began was surrounded by shops, dormitories, reci tation balls; until he saw the Hamp ton idea, carried by his students and teachers, taking firm root throughout the south—at Tuskogee. at Calhoun, at Mount Meigs ami In many other places. With shattered health, exhausted from years of pleading for Hampton, worn out before his time. Mr. Arm strong literally gave his life for an idea of education and human training when he died at fifty-four twenty years ago. The lot) buildings, the 1.000 acre* of land, the course In fif teen trades. In teaching and home making, in business and farming and the 800 students training for leader ship art* the physical grow’th of Hump ton. Eight thousand men and women have gone out from Hampton to the south and west, trained in teaching, trained in home building, trained In the trades. In taking their places In industrial schools In the south and lu hundreds of communities, this srmy of workers has helped to decrease the Illiteracy of tho Negro from approxi mately 100 to 30.4 per cent Hampton todny has become the headquarters of au army of uplift. The clnss which graduates this year will take positions at strategic points In leading the effort for better schools, better farming nnd Industrial train ing. Girls, skillful as teachers and grounded In home nrts nnd home In dustries. will go from Unmpton to supervise the colored schools of whole counties In the southern states. In Virginia alone there are eighteen wo men graduates of Hampton who are directing the Instruction of colored children In every rural school In eight «a uncoil n ties. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, FEB. 7, 1914 WHICH Shall the Water Co. own and shackle Denver for the next 20 years or shall Denver remain friee ? Vote against fran chise and amendments. THE STAR DOES NOT FAVOR BUILDING NEW PLANT, ONLY KEEP DENVER FREE. WATER ORDIANCE VICIOTS AND FULL OF JOKERS. Do you to prefer to pay debts or dividend for 20 years? Mr. 1 axpayer and Voter: You must answer and decide this vital question, not with your tears nor abuse, nor with honeyed combed promises bristling with the Water Com pany's rights acquired through franchise grab, but with your votes and finally support your vote with your blood-stained dollars. Mr. Negro 1 axpayer and \ oter you are in demand. Be not deceived, although ignored, showljyour strength. Denver's r 500 Negro taxpayers will decide the re sult of the election. Will a dish of ice cream induce you to VOTE a TWENTY YEAR BURDI N of WATER TAXES UPON YOURSELF. KEEP DENVER FREE NOW. LET US SETTLE OTHER QUESTIONS LATER. MAKE ON E ST EP AT A TIME. You make safe progress. Last May we spoke editorially in favor of the city buying the W ater Company s plant at a reasonable figure and under reasonable circumstances. We mean tit then mod we mean it now. But the Water Lee'n only re cently thrashed by the people in Court and at the polls, has not been fair and square with Denver in their initiatedjordi nance. The jokers contained in ordinance as to the possible $50,000.00 a year, is stated in such away that under the contract the city while permitting the company to manage the property absolutely guarantees (think o( it) the company If because of poor management, the company after paying $50,000.00 to the city, should tail to earn 6 percent on capital value, when the city purchased the plant, the citv would have to pay bacK to the company fifty thousand or such an amount to provide for the 6 percent c n capital value. If the ordinance carries according to the profit sharing plan the Denver Union Water. Company will always have control of the board of directors, so when would Denver get her share of the profits? I hen if th:s tranchise carries, the city is compelled to pay any expense o: the company's litigation arising out of the contract. If this board of arbitration fails then after you have given them the right to occupy your streets, alleys etc. You cannot take it back so they have a 20 year franchise anyway. So why entangle ycurseives. tax payers and voters, when you can keep Denver free? Don't be tooled you are voting on the ordinance initiated by the company and nothing else. Did you ever ask yourself why the Water Company did not submit the entire plan now being argued, originally for your consideration? If unfair then, why fair and considerate now? I he suggested reduction of 10 per cent in water rates is a belated effort to head off the community's demand for a 20 per cent reduction. Assuming that the Retailers' plan should carry, and the cily council should later order a 20 percent reduction, the Water Co., will certainly insist that the peo ple have voted a 10 per cent reduction and have agreed to limit themselves to that. And there upon the Water Co., is in a position to insist on its old program of litigation piled on ligation to prevent further reduction. 1 he directors begin their communication by asserting that they accept the contract ana each and all its terms. They add, however, if arbitration fails.no rights will have been acquired by the company. The statement is self contradic tory. Are no rights acquired by the cancellation of the powers of the Public Utilities Commission, and Lie continued occu pation of our streets, with continued extortionate charges? Are no rights acquired under the numerous clauses of the contract specifically sought to be accepted by the directors, and not mentioned in their statements? Are no rights ac quired if the stockholders of the company meet, accept the contract asvoted, and override the proposed limitation of directors? Are no rights acquired if the minority Stock ers dissent from the suggested waiver ot their property in terests by the directors, and call on the courts for adjudica tion ? Are no rights acquired if the bondholders object to the depreciation of thair security, and call tor the appointment SPINGARN MAKES STRONG PROTEST Denounces Race Segregation at Mesting in Chicago. PLEADS FOR EQUAL JUSTICE Stalwart Defender of Human Rights In Lincoln Center Speech Says Fight Against Color Prejudice Has Just Be gun—Avers That Lincoln’s Unfinished Task Shall Bo Completed. Chicago.—Over 2.01)0 people attended the meeting in A lira ha in Lincoln Cen ter. Ookwoud boulevard and Langley avenue, in this city, recently to hear Professor Joel E. Spingarn speak against race segregation. It was the second great public meeting In the tour of Or Spingarn through the mid dle w est. He Is chairman of the board of dire< tors of the National Associa tion For the Advancement of Colored People, with headquarters in New York and brunches In most of the large cities throughout the country. The speaker referred to the move ment to eliminate racial prejudice be tween the races as the new abolitiou ism. A remarkable fact about tne movement is that l*rofessor Spingarn la bearing his own expenses. Every dollar of the cost of this great cam paign is being borne by the author of the movement This ought to bring the blush of shame to the cbeeka of colored men who are unwilling to con tribute to movements to light racial wrongs. The audience which listened to Pro fessor Spingarn was a highly cultured one and included prominent people of eeveral races, inctadtac Afro-Ameri ca ns, Caucasians, Bast Indiana. Japa nese, Persians. Africans, American In dians and one Fiji islander. On the platform were Dr. George C. Hall. Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones, Dr. Q. B. Bentley, Judge Julian Mack. Dr. A W. Williams, S. Lalng Williams, Mrs. Ce lia Parker Wooley. Rev. J. B. Messiah. Mr. George W. Ellis and others. Every good point made by the speak er was applauded to the echo, and when he finished there was an out burst of applause which lasted for sev eral minutes. *T come west to pro test against the treatment of 10.000.- 000 American citizens.” he said. ”1 come to riddle with the light of pub licity the policy of the administration in separating the white and colored races while at work In the depart ments at Washington. “Our fight Is Just begun, and It will not end until we are triumphant. This is not merely a colored man's ques tion—it is an American question. For twenty years after the civil war the colored men and women of this coun try knew not what to do nor where to turn. Suddenly given their free dom, they were In confusion and chaos. Then there arose a great lead er who brought them a message, and for twenty-five years they have known no other message than that. “The message was. ‘Hard work and the making of money.' You have to show for it $1,000,000,000 worth of property. But what else hare you to show for it? The disfranchisement of nearly 2.000,000 colored men In the south. The Jimcrow car which runs on every southern railroad. Inequali ties in the school laws which prevent colored people from securing their Just share of the school funds In the south, although they are taxed the same pro rata as their white fellow citizens. “School laws in Florida whereby white teachers are prevented from teaching colored children schools, even Sunday schools. Segregation in a number of cities, first in the south and of a receiver? These questions are not technical ones for lawyers alone. Laymen and business men are familar enough with the intricacies of the law to be on their guard against the tinsel glitter of such promises. There is no legal con - sideration for the directors, suggestion. I- is a wholly one sided and voluntary proposal. It embodies no safe-guards against long litigation. The people are not parties to any agreement. Subsequent repudiation of the plan is as easy as Pres. Taft’s signature of the Dingley Tariff Law in the face of the national pledge of his party for downward revis ion. The people have been alert. The admissions of the Water Co. should make them more alert. As a matter of common sense and prudence they should prepare the way for a real business settlement of the water question by voting down at once and the sametime the Water Co.’s franchise contract, its charter amendment, and its repentant attempt at stipulation. Five Cents a Copy. later in the north. Hundreds or injus tices by laws and thousands by custom. “Lynchings to the number of 3.000 show how’ safe your lives are. You have great educational institutions and great business places, but your rights have been gradually takeu from you. and of what use is the accumulation of property If you have not the ballot with which to protect it?” The speaker showed that, while the race was better off than in slavery, yet little was held by right, nearly every thing by tolerance, and that the people who had stolen the rights of the race might also have taken the property, and the owners would have been pow erless to prevent It. The truth is, so far as rights are con cerned, the race is in the most serious crisis since the civil war. Abraham Lincoln's untinished business must be completed, and it will be done. Dr. Charles E. Bentley read the re port of the Chicago branch and called attention to many specific instances of the work in eliminating racial discrim inations. He also rej>orted that the parent organization was out of debt and had money in the treasury. Roger Baldwin, secretary of the City club of St. Louis, made an excellent speech, telling of the successful fight against segregation In that city. Among other good things he said: “No segregated people can ever hope for justice. It is absolutely impossible un der such conditions.” PROGRESS tN LITERATURE. "Trials and Triumphs,** by Mrs. E. J. Mack, Makes Its Appsarancs. Baltimore.—Among the large num ber of thoughtful and ambitious wo men who are engaged in the various movements for racial betterment in this city is Mrs. Eliza J. Mack, wife of the Rev. D. G. Mack, pastor of the Macedonia Baptist church. With all the cares and responsibilities common to the life of a minister's wife, Mrs. Mack has succeeded in writing and having published a very interesting vol ume entitled “Trials and Triumphs.” * The book deals with many of the present day problems of the church and sets a high standard of ideals for the ministry. The author draws hear- MBS. ELIZA J. MACK. ily upon her rich experience In reli gious work and offers some timely ad vice and suggestions as to how to suc ceed in certain lines of work and how to remedy some mistakes which reli gious workers often make in their ef forts to organize or hold the interest of those whose influence and co-operation are most needed in the development of tnie Christian fellowship. Being of a deeply religious trend of mind, cultured aud refined intellectual ly, Mrs. Mack lias given to the public In “Trials and Triumphs" an Interest ing volume which should prove help ful not only to religious workers, but to all i»ersous who have a fixed aim in life.