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The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR Number 29 Interesting News Concerning the Race. GEN. VILLA IS A NEGRO SAYS AMSTERDAM NEWS Considering thatit is as true as it is startling, hundreds who have read local papers' ac count of the hero of North ern M exico, stoutly proclaim him a a courageous American "(if color, and former member crack fighting regiment. In a recent issue one of our esteemed contemporaries gave to its readers and the Ameri can people in general as a matter of truth, a statement which might be considered nothing more than a confirma tion of what many had for merly believed to be really true. General Pancho Villa, the astute and mightly hero ot Northern Mexico, is pos tively claimed to be an Amer ican gentleman of color and a former officer of the United States Government's best lighting cavalry, the famous and far-famed fighting 10th, or as the paper puts it, ilia has been postively identified by W. A. Haynes and Fred Scott of San Francisco, as George Goldsby, ex-sergeant, ex-first sergeant and ex ser geant major of the 10th U. S- Cavalry.” To this it is also added that Villa, or the now discovered Goldsby, deserted his cavalry while in the field, scouting after IndiansrMay 18 1579 Those who have discussed the attitude of President Wil son and his cabinet toward the situation in Mexico and the t President’s failure to recog nize the Government of either of the Me xican generals Huerta or Villa, states bodily that they believe that Wash ington has all along known that both were colored men, and particularly Gen. Villa, who has a fine record as a sol dier and a former member of the brave 10th cavalry. These ciazeas wh > were interviewed regarding the report also state that it is their belief that action against Mexico by the Washington administration has been slow becsuse Presi dent Wilson knows that while their is gross discrimination against the loyal colored citi zens of the States, he could by no means afford to let it leak out that the Government was hostile to Mexico because of the color of her subjects or citizens, as it could be consid ered by great nations of color on the Eastern and Western Hemispheres as a gross insult to them and a crime against humanity. While Gen, Villa is the head of the rebel forces in Mexico, and seems to be look ed upon as the man who will overthrow Gen. Huerta, as well the conquerer of the Mexican Constitutional Army, yet it is more than interesting The Denver Star to know the stand that the Administration will take when it is postively shown that he is an American colored man and a former member of the fa mous 13th calvary. Makes “Movies of Negro Life In St. Louis, Mo.” St. Louis, Mo., March 2 What is to be known as“Tur pens Real Reels" or “Negro Life in St. Louis, Mo." These reels will show St Louis chur ches dismissing, schoolsat re cess, noon or closing with children teachers, buildings, etc. They also show fraternal organizations on parade. A pretty sight is a view of the fa mous Booker Washington Theatre justas'a matinee per formance is letting out. Other features are the Old Folks and Orphans Home, the colored business league in session ami Chas. H. Turpin the only col ored man ever elected to the office of constable in Miss ouri seated in his office Mrs. Maggie Robinson Awarded $1,693.63 Damages. Street car conductors and motormen will be more care fill of Afrc-American passen gers in the future if the rail way company has to settle to the tune it did last week when it handed Mrs. Maggie Rob inson. 5312 Dearborn street, a check for $1,693.63 for in juries received in iqio. This award of damages and final settlement of this case brings to a close one of the most stubbornlv fought accident cases in years. Mrs. Robin son. a widow-was returning to oer home anti in alightiug from a State street car, she did not move as quickly as the conductor wanted her to, so he rang the bell, the car started, and she was thrown heavily to the ground. She was severely cut and bruised and was confined to her home for nine months. She at once entered suit in the circuit court in 1911. She won the case, but the com pany appealed it to the ap pellate court and to the su preme court of Illinois. Mrs. Robinson continued to fight, and. despite peijured witness es, she finally won. Through out the long drawn-out case she was represented by At tory Patterson of the firm of Patterson & Shaw. Mrs. Robinson is one of the best known women in Chica go. She is a member of Suinn Chapel and Rebecca ousehold of Ruth No. 1277. She resides with her daughter Mrs. F. Reed, 5312 Dearborn street. When visited by a Chicago Defender reporter she was happy over the settle ment of the case, and declar ed that anyone who did not fight such a case to a satisfac tory end made a great mis take. —Chicago Defender. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 1914 LINCOLN’S EARLY DAYS STIRS MEN’S SOULS. Freedom Only Soil Where Great and Good Men Grow. The Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones,' according to his annual custom, celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln giving a study of the continuance ot Abraham Lincoln’s mission in history after his death. ‘ The emancipation proclamation 'said the pastor, “only freed the slaves of disloyal owners and it went no further than the conditions of war would permit. The states le, maining loyal or, the readmitted treasonable states, could still claim slaves by sanction of the National and State Con stitutions. The Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendment, together with the Civil Rights Bill, were per manently broken from off the limbs of human beings in the United States. But unshackled limbs did not make freemen. The dignity of the human soul implies a freedom to act to assume responsibility, to dischargeubligations. and in a dem ocratic state the right of suffrage. “All this plus to the emancipation proclamation owed a large part of its initiative and still larger part of promotional vigilance to Lyman Trumbull, Lincoln's colleague from Illi nois. whose first entrance into the Ijnited States Senate was the result Abraham Lincolns magnanimous withdrawal of his name in the interest of his friend, and then Trumbull went to the Senate the first time by a single vote. Any ef fort to put enmity between you and me is as idle as the wind,’ wrote Lawyer Lincoln to Trumbull, his colleague on the cir cuit. “ It is well perhaps that January i. 1S63, the date on which the proclamation went into effect should become in the pop ular mind the pivotal point aroundtwmEV/Vhre Jove and grati tude. the enthusiasm and the dei ition of the friends c>f liber ty should gather. It was a dramatic event to be com memorated by annual festivals and ever deepening celebra tions. But it is untrue to Lincoln's memory to overlook his great lieutenants —Sumner Trumbull, Carl Schurz and the rest of them who did picker duty on that battle line which extended bepond Appomattox. “For alter bullets and bayonets had done ail they could do after the physical struggle was won, then longer, more try ing and oftentimes more critical battle for freedom really’ begun. The war with guns was bitter and long and cruel, the sacrifice in blood was indeed costly’ and tragic. But this was bu f the prelude to the fifty years to follow not yet finished, in which the weapons are ideas and the batflegrounds. courts of jusiice, and wherever man meets —black, white, yellow or red —contending for the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in proportion to their merits. “It is quite the fashion, even among the descendants of those valiant leaders in the bloodless battle for justice to the en slaved. to deplore the ‘amendments’ and to regret the ’Civil Rights Bill,' and with patronizing concessions admit that it was a‘mistake to grant the right of suffrage to the black man before he was prepared for it..’ etc. Men who affect logic and claim intelligence point to the dark and troublesome days of reconstruction as evidence of this mistake. I believe that the rofounder statesmanship and clearer ethical vision will pro\e that the fathers were more nearly right than their condescending and compromis sons. “The logic of the situation demanded it’as a military ne cessity’. The war for freedom wax not finished at Appomat tox. The colored man did valiant service with his bal lot. But it is urged he was not pi pared to intelligently han dle the ballot. The ballot is menaced by mem al ignorance, but more menaced by ethical torpidity, and ;i the long judgments of history freed men, reaching after ireedom, were less a men ace to law and order than free men blinded prejudices rising in armed rebellion against the den ocracy they professed. "The‘amendments’and the Civil Rights Bill' associated there with were ideally right and they are yet to be approach ing when the last coward who will he willing to sneak to the ballot box under the mantle of a treasonable grandfather who marched in the army of treason will be dead and buried and the unholy ingenuity manifested in the State constitu tions that sought to evade or defeat these constitutional amendments will remain to be enlerced by the enfranchised white descendants of slave holding parents. And they will see to'it that illiterate white and black will be alike denied the right of suffrage under the law. And that the competent voter, white or black by the same token, will be allowed to exercise the sacred privilege." BIG CELEBRATION AT WILBERFORCE Founders’ Day at Noted Col* lege Duly Observed. BISHOP SHAFFER PRESIDES. Event Marked the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Ownerehip and Management of the Inetitution by the A. M. E. Church Girle' Dormitory Named For One of School’e Liberal Donore. Wilberforce. O.—Founders' day exer cises at Wilberforce university the last week in February marked the celebra tion of the fiftieth anniversary of the ownership and management of the in stitution by the African Methodist Episcopal church. It was nil event which will long be remembered by the faculty and students. Bishop C. T. Shaffer, D. D., of Chi cago. chairman of the university trus tee board and presiding bishop of the third episcopal district, in which the Institution is located, was one of the PRESIDENT SCARBOROUGH. leading spirits in the celebration. He presided and in the opening made an able address on higher education. Addresses were also made by Pro fessor 11. E. Archer of Selma. Ala., president of Payne university: Bishop Joshua A. Jones. Dr. Thomas H. Jack son. Bishop B. F. Lee. Miss Hallie Brown. Charles Stewart. Secretary Horace Talbert and Professor NV. S. Scarborough. Bishops H. M. Turner and Evans Tyr»*e wore unable to be present. Bishop Shaffer in his opening address told of the establishment of the uni versity . the purchase of the property by Bishop Payne from the Cincinnati conference of the Methodist Episcopal church and how u Mrs. Shorter had given the first SIOO. Bishop Payne hav ing only faith. Lie also told about the work, how the school had grown year after year and of its bright future. The address of Dr. Thomas H. Jack son was interesting for two reasons— first, because Dr. Jackson was a mem ber of the first graduating class of the university iu 1870 and is now connect ed with the Payee Theological semi nary. and. second, because be bad been a professor in the college many years ago. Secretary Horace Talbert fur nlshed figures in his address, showing the collections for fifty years, and pre sented property owned by the institu tion to the value of $1,427,110.17. The collections were: From 1803 to 1870. $02,784.02: to 18S4. $70,202.80: to iS96. $02,123.50; to 1005. $144,303.88: to 1910. $105,352.50; to January. 1014. SB4. 214.20. Private gifts of sums of money to various interests of the school ranging from $1 to SI,OOO were not reported in this amount collected. The dedication of the Emery hall dormitory for girls was also a feature of the celebration, and to President VV. 8. Scarborough bolougs the credit for >ne of the finest and one of the best ouildings on the campus. It has been erected under his administration as president. Professor Scarborough ranks with the great scholars of the age and Is a member of a number of the leading societies of the country and Is also rec ognized by men of intellectual worth and scholarship in Europe. Iu this line lie has been very successful in helping his nice and church. It was through this connection that he was able to raise the necessary amount to erect the building after he had secured a promise from Mr Carnegie to give sl7. 500 if a like amount could Ik* raised by Mr. ScarUnough. The amount was raised. Among the men who assisted in this was President Taft, who ad Five Cents a Copv. dressed a meeting hi Washington in interest of W’ilberforce university. While President Sea Thorough was working here for funds Miss Hallie Q. Brown was working in Europe. and when she returned home she came with a promise of Sl.'l.liuo for the build ing from Miss Emery. The Emery hall was hppropriateiy dedicated by Bish ops C. T S'natYer. B. I . Lee and Joshua A. Jones. -Miss Brown made a strong address, and then followed the read ing of a poem which had been prepared for the occasion by Mrs. B. !\ wife of Bishop i.ee. There was a lively time in the tinan cia! rally of the classes. A large amount of money was raised to assist In the general work of ttie university. THE NEW DIXIE HOSPITAL. Much Needed Institution at Hampton Has Ample Modern Equipment. Hampton. Va.—The new Dixie hos pital connected with the Elampton in stitute in this town was recently com pleted at a cost of over $70,000. The building fond donation list shows that Dr. Albert Howe of the Hampton in stitute was able to secure the hearty co-operation of the people of lower Virginia and of many others through out the country. The hospital with its excellent equipment will minister to the needs of both white and colored people living in Hampton and the neighlK)ring communities. Dr. Howe says iu his report: "The new building is pleasantly sit uated on the shore of Hampton creek amid trees which add much to its at tractiveness and comfort, and is very accessible, being on the car liue. but far enough removed to insure privacy. There are four wards of ten beds each and two overflow wards, which have been finished off in the third story. to be used when necessary. There are fourteen private rooms, a diet kitchen for them and one for the wards on each floor; a finely equipped operating room, with sterilizing rmd dressTng rooms for physicians and nurses ad joining: the necessary administration, offices, dining rooms for staff and for nurses, kitchen and serving rooms, and over these, separated from the hos pital by a brick wall, are twenty rooms for nurses. "Both building and equipment equal If they do not surpass any hospital in the state and give opportunity for a far wider scope of usefulness in the future. The Dixie is the only public hospital on the peninsula, and many oases come to it from Cape Charles. Williamsburg and the surrounding country. These as well as the imme diate community will reap the benefits of Its increased facilities. The new nurses* home will enable the training school to enlarge its number and to add to the efficiency of it's graduates. "About SO.OH» must still be raised t*» complete flu* payment for building and » equipment. The report of the building I fund shows that about $03,000 has al eady been given, but extras over the t outract price and the cost <*f grading and equipment arc large, and of the meager furnishings of the old Dixie little was worth transferring t•» the new. ’n looking forward to a large future the accomplishments of the past year must not be forgotten. Nearly •ioO patients have been cared for. and the medical and surgical reports show with what excellent results. There have been twenty-four nurses in training. They have come largely from Virginia, hut various parts of the south ami west are represented, ami among the number are two Indian girls. "The nurses recently had an oppor tunity to prove themselves in an emer gency when the laundry, a frame building closely adjoining the nurses home, was destroyed bv tire It was I well after midnight when the fire was discovered, and it had gained such headway that the other buildings were in dauger. Undoubtedly the flames would have spread to them had not the nurses formed a bucket brigade and kept walls and roofs wet untli the Hampton tire department arrived. While they were unable to save the laundry, their prompt assistance *Pre rented more serious damage.” Financial Aid For a Southern School. The Lucy lainey league, an organi zation composed of graduates and for nier students of the Unities Normal and Industrial school iu Augusta. (Ja.. gave a large reception at Manhattan Casino. New York city, hi the interest of their alma mater Friday evening. March 13. A short drama and good music were features of the occasion The attendance was large and the **n tertalumcnt was a so j.-il Mini tiunn i.il success, and the proceeds will go far toward assisting file trustees of flic school iu meeting tin* henv\ demand* of the institution