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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 3<t Interesting News Concerning the Race. Robt. Harris Writes Thanks To Public and Masonic Brethern. Canon City, Col. May 14. 19*4 The Denver Star, Denver, Col. I wish you through the col umns of your paper to con vev our thanks and gratitude ifiothe persons, organizations, and yourself and others con nected with your paper, who have so kindly assisted us by their generous contributions to help defray expenses in aid ing me to present my case be fore the Supreme Court and also assisting me at present to have my case properly pre sented to the court, which is set for hearing next month. 1 could state that I expect to be fully exonerated and duly discharged from any fur ther imprisonment, as I am conscious 1 have not done any more than any other man would have done under the circumstances, who was trying I am sure all fair minded peo ple will be with me. 1 am confident that prejudices and race hatred was the dominant factOK in me being found guilty and capital punishment imposed at former. trial, and now aware that it w’ill be to a certain degree, be in evidence next month. As justice and truth cannot at all times be smothered, 1 confidently ex pect for justice to assert itself and rule triumphantly over all, giving me a speedy and honorable acquittal and then 1 shall make it my duty to call on you and thank you in per son for the interest you have taken in helping us. 1 would take it as a great favor of you to personally give my thanks to Mr. Rector, Grand Master, for his call to the craft and the public for their aid in assisting and also Ust*>ut least the Hon. Town send, both of your city. Thanking you again for your kindness to us, I close, Yours in Masonry, Robert Harris Colorado State Penitentary. In Holy Russia. Berlin. —One of the most revolting crimes in the dark hi'tory of Russia was reported here in a special dispatch from St. Petersburg, telling of three Russian youths hav outraged and crucified the daughter of a poor Jewish fisherman in Stavropol, on the Volga. After outraging the young girl, the special dis soatch declares, the three youths dragged her to a cem etery, where they nailed her to a cross above one of the *1, Nails were driven through her hands and feet and even through her eyes. The three murderers were arrested, but their friends in the* town released them and they escaped, it is asserted. Minneapolis Appeal. The Denver Star KILLED WRONG MAN. St. James, La., May 15. — Friday Sylvester Washington was shot to death for the al leged slaying of Deputy Sher iff P. C. Simon, but before he died riddled by a hundred bulletsjie gave a good account of himself, wounding four of his pursuers. One. Charles Bahn, wounded in the abdo men, died shortly afterward. The killing of Washington came after a hunt of twenty four hours in which the blood thirsty mob mistook a white man for him, shot and severe ly wounded him. The mob cornered Washington in the afternoon. They found him in a sugar shed and set it on fire. He hurled himself from the doorway, firing desperate ly as he did so. John C. Mell ist was wounded fatally and a Mr. Harding was shot in the calf of the leg. the bullet pene trating the limb and killing Harding's horse, while anoth aidwllsmwdslit head nf a fourth white man. In Christian U. S. Muskogee, Okla. — Lemuel Peace, a Caucasian, went into the colored section of the city Sunday night and mistreated Marie Scott, an Afro-Ameri can woman. To defend her self, she killed him. She was arrested and put into the Wagoner county jail for safe keeping. She was taken out by a masked mob and hanged to a telephone pole. The mob got into the jail by strategv. The mob pulled the scream tng woman from her cell, tied a rope about her neck and dragged her some distance through the streets before reaching the telephone pole.- Minneapolis Appeal. Brains Has No Color Line. Memphis, Term., May 15. — The Southern Sociological Congress which met in this city last week, the one body that should be exempt, split up over the 'race question. The local committee agreed that if Afro-Americans were per mitted to use a certain section of the floor, only delegates would be allowed to occupy seats. This agreement, they assert, was disregarded and Afro-Americans were given seats generally. Friday night, when a joint session was held with the National Conference of Charities and Corrections, scores of white delegates could not obtain seats, they declare, hence the dissatisfac tion. As a result the closing session Saturday night was held at the First Methodist Church, instead of at the the ater formerly used. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, MAY 23, 1914 Important Changes In Liberia. Bishop Scott Speaks Of Its Future. Ameri can Bankers Interested. The principal of the Caro line Donovan Normal and In dustrial Institute, located in Grand Bassa County,'Liberia, Africa, the Rev. J. H. Reed, accompanied by his wife, is visiting the United States for the purpose of securing plans for school buildings and equip ment for the fitting up of same. The school has been made possible by a fund left by the late Caroline Donovan of Baltimore, wrho devised the income from her estate to a board of trustees to be used in the emigration of worthy per sons to Liberia and for the establishment and mainten ance of an industrial school. The Republic of Liberia has accepted the terms of the be quest and the legislature of that country has passed an act incorporating the school, and appointing a board of trustees to serve in conjunc tion with the American trus tees of the fund in administer ing the affairs of the school. Sixty-five thousand dollars accrued interest has already been turned over by the trus tees to the American Coloni zation Society, and through the Liberian Consul General, Dr. Lyon, been transmitted to the trustees in Liberia. A site for the institute has been selected in the County of Grand Bassa, comprising a tract of rich, alluvial land at the headwaters of the Benson and Savage rivers, covering about eight square miles, or more than 5,000 acres, The act of incorporation provides that teachers for the institute are to be procured from the United States or elsewhere, the appointments to be made by the President of Liberia on recommendation of a teacher's bureau, which is to co-operate with the trustees of the Don ovan Fund in America of which Gen. Latrobe, a former mayor of Baltimore, is the head. The Liberian govern ment has named Dr. Lyon as & financial agent in this coun try to act in connection with the trustees of the fund. The Rev. Mr. Reed will con sult architects as to buildings, equipment, etc. His head quarters will be at the Li berian Consulate, 141 West Hill street, Baltimore, Md. Mr. Reed is an American and went to Liberia nine years ago from Arkansas, and was con nected with the College of West Africa at Monrovia. He is connected with the M. E. church. He will remain in this country until his plans are consummated. Bishop I. B. Scott has lately returned from an extensive visit to his African held o mission labor. He gives the! most optimistic expressions as| to the future of the work and ■ especially hopeful is he of the progress and development of the Republic of Liberia. What Bishop Scott has to say about Libe na is of special interest just at this time in view of the presence in this country of the Liberian Secretary of the Treasury in connection with the financial plan recently in augurated to take care of the Liberian finances. As to the political life of. the Republic, he says the ad ministration of President D. E, Howard, who is serving his first term, is considered a pronounced success. President Howard is the third son of the soil to be elected to that high honor, all others having been horn either in the United States or in the West Indies. While Mr. Howard is ac knov iedged a shrewd and ca pable-politician, he also bears tiie reputation of being thor oughly honest in public affairs and a man who is fully devot— ed to the highest interests of his country. President Howard is in per fect accord with the present financial plan, which has been inaugurated through the good offices of the United States and Liberia is enjoying a de gree. of financial prosperity hitherto unknown. Not only is more cash money being col lected from the import duties, but all government officials and employees are being paid their salaries, and so is the recent loan and all other na tional obligations. Bishop Scott commends most highly the American of ficials now serving in Liberia, and gives unqualified praise to the military men, who have gone from this country, nam ing especially Major Chas. Young, who though connected with the American Legation, is an advisor to the War De partment of the Republic, Major Wilson Ballard, com manding the Liberian frontier force;and Captain H. Newton who is in special charge of the great valley of theCavalla River, which constitutes the boundary between Liberia and French territory. These men, he says, are soldiers, and a credit to their race and coun try The Bishop speaks high ly. also, of the young Ameri can officers who have gone out within the past few months At first considerable fighting was necessary before the na tives were convinced that these men could outgeneral them. But now they are in the strictest sense of the word peace officials, and have al most unlimited influence a mong the native people who SCHOOL CONTEST FOR BOYS. Professor J. B. La Fargue's Method of Safeguarding Young Lives. Alexandria. La.—A new method of extending the influence of the colored «chool as a benefactor to both the col ored and the white people in a commu nity hns been evolved by J. B. La Fargue, principal of the Peabody pub lic school for colored people in Alexan dria, La. Professor La Fargue’s idea is to get bis boys, in competing for prizes, to take interest in w*ork which will make for the betterment of sani tation and neatness In the city. The school contest idea is not a new ! one by any means, nor is the idea that the ideal school makes its influence felt for twelve instead of nine months new, but it remained for the Alexan dria principal to combine the two and give us a new school contest to be list ed along with the corn club, the can ning club and the home garden con tests. The Peabody school enrolled 513 in 1013. about half of whom were boys. In addition to a school garden and some work in domestic science, a home garden contest was organized, in which some sixty were enrolled. This, how ever, was not enough. Principal La Fargue felt that his pupils should be influenced by the school to stay out of the gutter during the demoralizing summer months. He proposed to ac complish this by getting them to work. Professor La Fargue therefore inter ested some of 4be white merchants of the town to the extent of offering first, second and third prizes for the boys giving the best evidence of iu lustry during the summer months of 1914, the contest beginning in Janu ary and euding in September. The boys are to solicit odd jobs from the white people of the town and. to re ceive upon the completion of each Job certificates signed by their employers stating the date and the amount paid I the work. The boy who holds the have been troublesome to the Republic during the past two years. Regarding his ork, the bi.hop says his m..>o.onaries have met with unusual success during the past three years, in their work among the heathen, and thousands nave been brought under the in fluence of the Christian re ligion. When he first assumed charge of the work about ten years ago, the entire member ship of his church was 3.301, now it is only a little short of 10.000. He has in the day schools of his church 2,300 pupils all except about 400 being the children gathered from the heathen tribes. One of the needs of his work for the proper development of Liberia is a well equipped in dustrial school. When the bishop reached New York, reporters of the daily papers wanted to know about Chief Sam and what he claims to be prepared to do for the Negroes he is endeav oring to carry from this coun try to Africa. Bishop Scott knows nothing whatever of Chief Sam, or wnat he is pre pared to do for the people who follow him into English territory. LiBbria could ac comodate a goodly number of of "newcomers," as they are called over there, if they ener getic, wideawake people and have something to begin life with. Mechanics are especi ally desirable,but those going to Liberia ought to keep in mind the fact that it is a new country, and they should be prepared to rough it. if nec essary, until they are so situ ated as to make themselves comfortable. Bishop Scott expects to re main in this country until some time next fall. —Ne.w York Age. Five Cents a Copy. largest number or tnese certificates oy the opening of the school year next September will receive first prize. When this contest was about a month old. according to Professor La Fargue. one boy whom he had con sidered rather lazy had amassed twen ty-two certificates, stating that he had mowed lawns, cut weeds and drained mud puddles and had received from 10 to 25 cents for each job. This stimulus may mean a turning point in the boy’s life. It may mean the incul cation of industrious habits in one who would have otherwise grown up with out any ambition or self reliance. It teaches them to grow up with the proper ideals of neatness aud cleanli ness of property, and the lesson is impressed by the fact that they them selves are to look for the defects as well as apply the remedies. It centers the interest of the south era white people, who receive the benefit of the labor, on the school and arouses their interest in an institution | which raises the standard of living in their community. La Fargue's contest, therefore, de serves a good rank among the many activities outside of the classroom of the modern schools. Raped the girl. Clovis, N. M. —The brother of the girl who was lynch ed by a mob of white brutes near Muskogee, Okla., a few weeks ago, passed through this town recently on his way to Mexico. He gave apa thetic account of the lynching His sister was but 17 years old and of respectable parents. Two half-drunken white men wa'ked into their home dur ing the absence of the mother and' found- the girl ' dressM??' locked themselves in her room and criminally assaulted her. Her screams for help was heard by her brother, who, kicking down the door, went Uo her rescue. In defending his sister one of the brutes was killed and the other es caped. Later in the evening the local authorities, failing to the find brother arrested the sister, who was taken from jail by a mob at 4 o'clock in the morning and lynched. From his hiding place the brother, whc- is 21 years old, could hear his sister's cries for help, but he was powerless to aid her. The young man is anxi ous to learn the fate of his parents. Oklahoma is in this country; not in Mexico, or Russia or Turkey. It is in the section of this country that Joe Brown and Tom He flin of Georgia, Tillman and Blease of South Carolina, Vardaman and Williams of Mississippi, blow so much about. Good Lord I —Gazette. Boonville, Mo., May 4. — While making excavation for the new Victor Building, work -men struck a bag ot gold and silver money in an old cellar under a building torn down for the new one. The work men. who are Afro-Americans , get about $1200 from the find. Henry Williams got $400 and others various a mounis ranging from $45 to $85. It is supposed the money was buried during the civil war, as all the coins, mostly $20 gold pieces, bore dates, from 1850 to 1S61. 1 Yeung Lawyer* Pass Bar Examination. Howard GiUlard and Samuel Iluff man were the successful Afro-Ameri cans of a class of sixty-four young lawyers who passed their examination and who were recently sworn In by a supreme court JusMi-e as practicing at torne.vs in t'oluinluis. (). Messrs. Gil lian! and Huffman each made high a» •rages.