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Entered as second class matter at the postoffice in the city of Denver. Oalorado. THE NEWSPAPER QUARREL. The Star believes in Dr. DuBois. The Western Negro believes him fearless, intelligent, honest and a real leader. Naturally, the Western Negro believes in some of the methods of Dr. DuBois and we are glad that there are no kinks in his knees; nor a grin on his face; nor a disguised truth upon his lips, with the stinging end for the negro; nor flattering cajolery too often used by some of our race leaders. We know what upliiting and inspiring ef fect, Dr. DuBois and his wonderful magazine, “The Crisis” has done to stiffen the backbone of the Western Negro. Just such a magazine to tell the truth, (print facts), was needed years ago to accomplish this end; he h&d to make two or three attempts to accomplish the “Crisis.” We are glad to honor him all the more. Though some of the caustic criticisms of the Negro Journals may be true, as to some, yet the truth is the only thing that will set us free to be free in deed. While we know the criticism which has been so generally noticed by all the leading journals of color, stings; we think that its wholesome effect to ward the improvement of journalism will follow, yet the Star believes that papers in his list of exceptionals. That is our opinion. If the cause which Dr. Dubois represents is so just, humane and attractive, that the Jew, Jap, beg gar, millionaire, young and old are in terested deeply enough to give their hard earned cash to perpetuate and develop such ennobling principles, why blame Dr. DuBois for the assis tance he receives? It is not him (per sonally) that attracts, but it is the jusi cause he represents. Then why fight the man personally and not his cause? We know, as well as our fel low journalists, what it means to get out a publication regularly and punc tually and that it is no child’s play. Dr. DuBois knows this and because of this knowledge, he suggests and sets a high standard, and by so doing he has raised a “tempest” among our editors of color. Don’t let us be thin skinned, let us rather join in and help fight the com mon foe and not our friends, turn all our guns, ammunition and energy upon and against those fighting every inch against us. The Progressive Age, of Omaha, sizes up the situation in an editorial under the caption “Mud Slinging.” We print it as follows; The editorial of last week’s Chicago Defender, entitled “Boomeranging The Crisis,” is little, untimely and illad vised. We are suprised that so good a Race Journal should be deflected from their purpose, even momentarily to sling mud at the Crisis and its able editor. In an article, called “Trailing the Tammany Tiger,” the author ac counts for the continuous solidarity and singleness of purpose of Tammany by the fact that the Tammany leaders, immediately after election interested the organization in fighting their eni mies. The Negro and all agencies at our command for the propogation of the race and the securing to us of our lib erties ought to be so taken up with fighting the common enemies that they take up no time nor space in fighting one another. The best way to dismember an organization is to start a fight within the ranks. If you want an army easy put to rout, choose one wherein there is internal dissention —jealousy between its generals, or disloyalty within the hearts of the men. The purpose of a race journal is so big, and broad and lrgh. that to read an editorial where personalities are indulged in, as in the last week’s De fender, seems mere childishness. To taunt Dr. DuBois because of the short life of the “Horizon,” “The Moon” and ALL FOR YOUR PLEASURE Levy’s Old Place Opened Under NEW MANAGEMENT Do Drop In -Always Welcome in Our Cafe and Saloon. Best Service in City Guaranteed. All Welcome 2100-04 LARIMER STREET COME AND VISIT US "The Voice of the People” is unkind indeed. Does not the very fact of the death of these periodicals show the in gratitude and the disloyality of that maligned insulted and enslaver race, who waited in patience and meekness, for two hundred years, for an emanci pator to come and loosen thc!r bonds. Yes, Mr. Abbot the "Horizon,” “The Moon,” and "The Voice of the Peo ple” died. And we might add that in those other years Nat Turner and Dennar Vesey and old John Brown died. They died because the people from whom they expected a*d in that hour when MEN were needed, utterly failed them. They had a right to expect assist ance from the black man. Dr. Du Bois and every fearless leader of his type has that right and if the move ment is retarded or fails, it is not the leader’s fault, but the fault of that downtrodden mass, those leaders have undertaken to help. WILL N. JOHNSON. APRIL MEETINGS OF THE POND LILY ART CLUB. April 2, Mrs. N. L. Douglas. 1035 Mead Street. April 9, Mias Dysart, 1398 So. Clarkson street. April 16, Mrs. Jackson, 3027 Marion street. April 23, Mrs. Jacobs, 2812 Welton street. April 30, Mrs. Lee, 704 29th street. Methodists to Meet In St. Louis In May The general conference of the Col ored Methodist Episcopal church will be held In St. Louis. Mo. Among the important subjects which will claim the attention of the bishops and dele gates will be the question of changing the publishing house from Jackson.„ Tenn., to Nashville. Teun.. or some other more central location than it is at present, how to broaden the work of the denomination so as to roach a larger constituency and tiie election of bishops. The recent quadrennial meet ing of the church was held in Jackson ville. Fla. Bishop C. H. Phillips of Nashville. Tenn.. presided. O. G. Villard to Speak In Brooklyn. Mr. Oswald Garrison Villard. Sena tor Moses E. Clapp and Dr \V. E. B Du Bo!s will speak at a public meeting to be held at the Concord Baptist church in Brooklyn, Tuesday evening. March 31. in the Interest of the Na tional Association For the Advance ment of Colored People. The meeting will be held under the auspices of a committee of citizens beaded by Mrs. Alice W. Seay, a well known clubwo man and social settlement worker. The Rev. I>r. William M. Moss, pastor o? the above named church, will preside. Progress of the Royal Circle of Friends. The Royal Circle of Friends of the World, a large secret society organiza tion. with headquarters in Helena. Ark., /is making rapid progress. Dr. It. A. Williams, grand president of the organization, recently appointed super visors over the work in fourteen dif ferent towns and cities in Arijansas. LODGE DIRECTORY. ATTENTION, SIR KNIGHTS! The Hiram Commandery No. 20, Knight Templars, meets the second Tuesday in each month at 1834 Arap ahoe St. tf G. A. DERRY, E. C. G. S. CONTEE, Rec. FOR SALE/ —Mrs. Hill of 2041 Stout St., wishes to sell her English Cart, reasonable price. adv. OPEN LETTER ON FREEMASONRY New York Grand Lodge Secre tary Makes Statement \ THREE OBJECTIVE POINTS. > - I Harry A. Williamson Enlightens the Grand Orient of Lusitania In Lis bon, Portugal, of Conditions as They l Exist Between the White and Color ed Members of the Order In America. Brooklyn.—Right Worthy Harry A. i Williamson, grand secretary of the most worshipful grand lodge of the state of New York, Free and Accepted Masons, in a letter to the grand master of the United Grand Orient of Lusi tania, in Lisbon. Portugal, not long ago. among other things says: In looking through the American Free mason I note that your grand orient has issued a call for an international Masonic conference or congress and that one of the topics for discussion is "The Position of the Black Race In Masonry." That topic interests me considerably because of the fact that this grand lodge in which I hold membership is composed entirely of black men, otherwise designated as American Negroes, and I wondered whether the sub ject for discussion is to deal primarily with the black people of American birth or with those w’ho may be living within the territory governed by your grand orient. I do not presume you are very well in formed concerning the relations existing between the white and black races of the United States. It is true that at one time many millions of the blacks were slaves of a portion of the whites. It is equally true there were several millions of blacks that were known as "free Negroes." whose ancestors were never bound by the chains of human slavery. It was through this class that Freemasonry among the American Negroes came Into being by virtue of a document issued in 1784 by the grand lodge of Ungland at London. Those black Americans transmitted the sa red rites and ceremonies down through vari ous generations of other "free Negroes to the present generation. The white American grand lodges re fuse to give us that brotherly recognition due all regular Free and Accepted Ma sons upon at least three grounds—first, be cause in their minds there exists an abom inable prejudice because of our dark skin; second, to sustain the sentiments Just noted these grand lodges fall behind the so called American doctrine—i. e., that no two grand lodges of Freemasons can ex -Ist in the same territory at one and tho same time; third, that our ancestry HENRY A. SPENCER, GRAND MASTER NEW YORK STATE GRAND LODGE. regularly made Masons is not clear. In discussing the first cause I can but add the average white American, also the av erage white American Mason, does not seem to be inclined to Judge his black brother according to his mental and moral characteristics, but by the color of Ins skin. In treating upon the second cans* for nonrecognition, would say this "dor trine” purposely and effectively prevents fra ternal intercourse between the grand lodges of white and black Masons, which bodies are to be found in most every state comprising the American Union Some of the white grand lodges in their constitutions or codes of law plainly state one of the requisites for Initiation Into the order Is that the person must bo of the "white” or Caucasian race. This, you are aware. Is contrary to the spirit and purposes of the institution. While other grand lodges do not go so far with the wording of their codes, yet It Is absolutely impossible for a dark skinned man to be come a member In any of their lodges ex cept he conies from some north African, Kast Indian or some other countries where the dark skinned natives are class ed with the Caucasian race. Their lodges will accept any one who does not boast of African or Negro ancestry. Doing depriv ed of the privilege of admission Into these white lodges, the only recourse has been for the black Freemasons to organ ize such bodies of their own and in turn .grand lodges; hence the continental Ma son will find two grand orients or, as we term them, grand lodges working In each of the American states. Regarding the third cause, from time to time when confronted with unques tionable documentary evidence the offi cers of the white grand lodges have been compelled to admit with considerable re luctance that the first lodge of black Ma sons (African No. 459) was as regular In the manner of Its establishment as were any of those composed of white men which came into existence during the eighteenth century Rut many of their members feel ns did that great American Masonic scholar. Brother Albert Pike— that before they will call a black Mason ••brother" they would prefer to leave Ma sonry. Space will not permit me to discuss the whole subject ot a greater length than I have herewith. 1 only want to Inform you of the one fact that wo are unable to impress upon the minds of the whits grand bodies of this country, and that la the black American Mason does not crave social relationship with his white co worker In this great scheme of human fel lowship, nor dooH he desires the absorp tion of his branch of the fraternity by the white grand lodges All we ask and all we want Is for them to acknowledge before the whole world that we *> r * •‘brothers" Masonlcnlly and be accorded such other rights due from one Mason to another. HONORS MEMORY OF PETER OGDEN Odd Fellows’ Fraternity Lauds Work ot Founder. NATION WIDE CELEBRATION. Prominent Speakers Deliver Inspiring Addresses at Annual Gathering of Influential Becret Order—Former Dis trict Grand Master Robert J. Nelson Encourages Household of Ruth. • ■ By GEORGE FRANCIS KING. Harrisburg, Pa.—The observance of Peter Ogden day by the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows recently was general among the members of the or der throughout the country. The cele bration held in this city was noted for the timeliness of the program of ex ercises and the prominence of the j speakers, among whom was District Deputy Grand Master Robert J. Nel- ; sou of this state. Mr. Nelson’s ad- , dress was listened to with close atten- j tion throughout its delivery. He was warmly greeted by the broth erhood, and he in part said: “That illimitable, silent, never rest ing thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent like un all embracing ocean tide, has spunned threescore and ten years since Peter Ogden planted the banner of Odd Fellowship on the , soil of this country, and to its princi pies we again affirm our allegiance as we assemble at this shrine. "As I stand before you on this occa- 1 sion to assist in memorializing the ; founder of our great and splendid fra ternity 1 am impressed at the obliga tion resting upon us, the followers of Peter Ogden, -who reared on this soil the great organization that has been of incalculable benefit to our race. "Peter Ogden was of American birth and was self educated. He early felt the importance of an honorable life and was desirous of leaving a name that would command respect. We have no record that he sprang from a house ancient and noble. He sprung froifi a race, impoverished, which had been a 1 race lacking advantage and which was in need of an uplifting influence, when , moiiKllT J. KELSON. he called on the brethren across the sea to give it the hand of fraternal fel lowship. “He was not a proud, cynical man. a scoruer of liis people, nor was he im placable in his vindictiveness of spirit. Everything points to the fact that he was gentle, but firm—a virile charac ter whose vigorous life had the ele ments of true greatness. There may not hang about his life the perfume of either the spelling book or the lexicon —his deeds were living, seedful fruit Divine Providence guided ids actions and his title to fame will rest securely upon the grand and noble fraternal structure reared by his own efforts. Naturally of a generous spirit, he was distinguished for the strength of his Intellect. As we meet to memorialize Peter Ogden we do it with a sense of appreciation of his real life. We be stow upon him that full measure of praise his deeds, his foresight and manly character demand we should as the years come and go. “The order he founded, the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in Amer ica, is one of the most potential organ izations of which our race can boast and the good it has done and is doing in the cause of humanity and for the general uplift of our race is not equal ed by that of any organization extant As we read the history of our order we will find that its deeds are so bright and Its achievements so fruit ful that it stands forth In every com munity as a beacon light beckoning the good men. women and children Into its ranks. “One of the agencies that has con tributed so materially to our steady growth as well as our influential status was the opportunity we gave the wo men to become a 1 part of our order nearly sixty years ago. Known ns the Household of Ruth, their branch was taken from Ihe most beautiful book of tlie Rible- Ruth. I want to go on rec ord here and now as favoring a larger recognition for the Household, and you may he assured that I will at all tiroes lend whatever uid 1 can in that direc tion.*' Insurance Companies Come and Go, But the Union Health and Accident Co. Stays! UNION HEALTH and ACCIDENT POLICIES ALWAYS SATISFY CAPITAL AND.'SURPLUS $150,000.00 Greenville, Miss., Mar. 9, 1914. The Union Health & Accident Co.; Denver, Colo. Dear Sirs: Your check for $24.00 being in full payment of my recent claim for Le- Grippe, was received today. Thank you very much for the same. I shall take great pleasure in rec ommending your company to others —« for you have ever been prompt and cheerful in adjusting all of my claims. Again thanking you for your prompt ness, 1 am Very respectfully. CARRIE L. STEELE. BERT PATRICK Phon* YorK| 6514 2031 Humboldt w Sr fl°rr’ 9 L H. BIGGINS New 1417 E. 24th AVENUE TEACHER or VIOLIN Up-to-date Music and Har- FURNITURE mony furnished for all nrin a IDILT/ 1 occasions. 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