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The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The*lndependent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR Number 81 FINISHED HIS WORK. | Thomas Jefferson Riley «A» Given All Honors of Pioneer by Brothers. Masons and Odd Fellows Turn Out En Masse. When any man can so live as to proudly have his life and character so relate to the many problems in the church, state and city life, that man is an honor to any community. When a man's life is so inter woven with the birth of an organization, be it fraternal, 4 religious or secular, that one cannot properly be separated from the other then that man has lived a life of’service and usefulness. Such were the activities in the life of Thomas Jefferson Riley as influenced by the or. ganization and development of Zion Baptist church of this city. In his eulogy it was said he carried lumber, nails and dug up the earth, even though then a young man, to help erect a church of his faith. Neither time nor space would permit us to relate his tyucdships, woes, uprisings, downsettings intermi n g I e d with the joys, blessings and happiness which his life of usefulness in the church af~ forded him. White men beg ged for a chance to say some thing extolling the life of this eminent partriarch. For S3 years he . lived in Denver and became acquaint ed with the best in both races and every person was eager to pay deserving homage in time of his decease. His per sonality will be missed in Denver. Denver through the lodges, Masons, and Odd Fel lows turned out as never be. fore; fully 100 men were in line to do Father Riley honor. Campbell A. M. E. church was packed on the inside and the crowd extended down 23rd and all long Lawrence Sts., for fully a block eich way. The crowd was immense. The church and ritualistic service were very simple. Rev . Washington officiating, assisted by Revs. Randolph, Murphy and A. C. Jackson. The Masons were personally in charge of the Grand Mas ter Titus S. Rector, whom Denver knows and loves. Arapahoe Lodge augmented by Denver and Rocky Moun tain Lodges, were in charge of Henry Marks. Douglass Un dertaking Co., certainly show ep its ability to handle the crowd. Mr. Reed was the director. Thomas Jefferson Riley was born in Cherokee county, State of Georgia, Jan. 29th, >836, A. D. Early in i860 at the age of 24 years, he went with his father to Memphis, Tenn„ and later to Colorado. Though they suffered many hardships on thtif journey, ft is said thejr never complained or murmured. Soon after The Denver Star their arrival here in Denver, Thomas J. branched out for himself and took up the min ing industry in Central City, Colorado. He was married to Miss Lucy A. Boon in Sept 1861, and seven children were born to.their happy union, four of whom are liv ing, one son and three daugh ters. He met with marked success in his undertakings, and did not fail to tell his as sociates that it was all due to the goodness of God. He soon set about getting up an organization of which he be came a charter member, out of which sprung our present Zion Baptist church; this was in 1865 Brother Riley being an ever busy man 1866 found him agi tating the subject of Free- Masonry, and by November of the following year he had SUQCSadsdtn instituting Rocky Mounain Lodge No. 7, F. & A. M. Nine years thereafter, he with the assistance of other zealous workers, succeeded in organizing a Grand Lodge in the Territory of Colorado with four subordinate lodges. At that time Rocky Mountain Lodge, formerly number 7 was changed to number 1. Brother Riley was found still at the helm, and during his term of membership he hon orably filled all the important offices of both the Blue Lodge and the Grand Lodge, having served as Worshipful Master of No. 1 eleven years, and la ter as Grand Master of the Jurisdiction tor the same lehgth of time, and for his no ble service was made an hon orary member several years ago. He was also a charter member of Far West Chapter No. 6 and Red Cross Com mandery No. 18 Knights Tem plar, which were organized in 1881. When the Scottish Rite$ were added, Brother Riley made his way up the ladder to the highest rung, thereby obtfining for himself the 33rd degree in Masonry. For 27 years he was a staunch member of Arapahoe Lodge N-o. 2936 G. U. O. of Odd Fellows. He held many positions of trust in this city, and was always found to be faithful and trust-worthy. Notwithstanding he lost much of this world’s goods through a turn of adversity, he always cherished his hon esty, respectability, and his friendship from all as equiva lent to this world’s riches. He became seriously ill on Mar. 35, and lingered until Tues-! day Mar 30, at 5:45 p. m Brother Riley was conscious to the last and gave instruc - dona as to his funeral and DENVER, COLORADO. SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 1915 i burial, the last hour being spent in talking of the great. “Redeemer” whom he was ready and willing to meet. His going out- was but the passing of a grand and noble character—May his soul rest in peace. We will nevef more see him here as >the world would want to see us, but we will remember him by his footprints made iii the sand, and over the rough and stopy path through life; performing those duties for the better ment of his fellowmen. Wit. Sprague, Secretary of Rocky Mt. Lodge No. F. ££A. M. . AT LAST, BUT NOT TOO LATE. Railroad Man Organize. In keeping step with pro gress of all large commercial organizations, the Pullman Co., has organized the porters in its employ into benevolent associations throughout the entire United States, for mu tual aid. There are seven as sociation of approximately a thousand men to an associa tion. The company emplpXS seven thousand porters as the minimun and ten thousand as the maximun, being the larg est employer of colored labor in the United States. The company appreciates the ef forts of the men in the various districts to aid themselves by forming societies and aid as sociations among themselves, but for lack of financial sup port and other obstacles too great for them to surmount, have decided to assist the men by its stamp of approval and financial aid. In keeping with that purpose, there was called a conference in New York at the office of Division Supt. A. 1. Grant, a number of District Superintendents of the company and a porter to represent each district, at which time an association was formed, known as the Pullman Porters' Benevolent Associa of the North East, which com prises the following districts: New York (except Pennsyl vania Terminal), Montreal, Boston (North and South), Toronto, Albany, Jersey City (North), Weehawken and Ho boken. The organization will be controlled by porters. There : s a general committee of seven, who have jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the or ganization of the North East Association, also agents whose duties are to «assist the local committeemen and to enroll members. (By Thos. R. W«bb) On Mar. 24th, there was or ganised in San Francisco a movement for the advance ment of a part of our race in west. This organization is known as the Pullman Porters’ Benefit Association of Pacific Zone, and includes all dis tricts of Denver, Salt Lake, (Portland, Seattle, Spokane, San Francisco, Los Angeles add Tuscon, Arizona. The Pullman Company was represented by F. L. Wood, Division Supt, of West, and and Supt. Twining of Salt Like and Allen and Kelley of 'Frisco. The porters were represented by Todd E. Gra ham of Seattle and Spokane Districts, John W. Stanley of P&tland District, J. N. Nance of salt Lake District, R. L. Vi lliams and W. P. Taylor of 'I isco District, J. T. Am br se of Los Angeles District, an 1 Thos. R. Webb of Den ve District. >'he following officers were ehcted: R. L. Williams of Fl sco, Chairman; Thos. R. Vjf ibb of Denver, Secretary aa i Todd E. Graham of Sca nt s. Treasurer. Agents for th<: several districts were ap ntedas follows: Portland, N. Stanley; Seattle and Saakane, Todd E. Graham; Fbsco, W. P. Taylor; Los Aagles, J. T. Ambrose; Salt fgace, J. W. Nance; Denver, jS. J. Houston. ] rides and regulations (Mhnulgatcd by Pullman Co., th temporary organiza tkk), Mm adopted subject to and changes to S:aflHH|i|d.by representa t** differ ent zones at their annual meeting in Chicago in Octo ber. Resolutions were adopted thanking the officers of the Pullmnn Company for their kind interest and co-opera tion in the formation of the organization and also for the 5 per cent donation from the company to each death fund. The meeting was held in the office of Divis on Supt. F. L. Wood and much enthusiasm was manifested both by offi cers and men. The Pacific Zone will be affiliated with the other six zones into which the United States has been divided. Colored Man Elected to City Council in Chicago. Oscar who has been in the city's employ for many years in Chicago, was swept into office in the Second Ward at Tuesday’s election. He is the first colored man ever elected to the city coun cil. $300,000 Bequeathed To Hotel Employees. Atlantic Cily, N. J. —Sev- eral colored employees of the Hotel Brighton were named as legatees in the will of Fred erick Helmslay, the late pro prietor of that hotel, who died at his home, 2018 Delancey street, Philadelphia, Mar. 18. Bequests amounting to S3OO, 006 were made to the older employees. GOOD MEN TAKING HOLD. Good Men Rally to Support Colored Pro tective League. Negroes Future in Denver Brightens Up. That the. Colored Protective League organized for the purpose of the protection of the civil, political and industrial rights, has a mission to fill in this city, is beyond dispute. That this same league must have your personal, undivided and exclusiye support in order for it to properly carry out its aims and object is, also beyond dispute. Lastly that only one organization of this kind is necessary in Denver is agreed upon by all. This organization whose officers you know and in whom you have confidence can weli stake its personell and influence against an organization whose basic principles are declared by the promoters to be, “to have no affiliation with any previous movements of this character.” Think of a club or society at the start advertising their op position to peace, unity mutual helpfulness and all things and all organizations (including women's clubs, churches, lodges etc) which stand for what the Negro needs most, race unity wisely directed to move in a single direction for peace, progress and prosperity. What have you to think of a club of supposed “intelli* gent representative" men advocating disruption, confusion and constant trouble among Negroes for the purpose of breaking up or attempting to influence a legitimate club? The Colored Protective League sent two committees on mis sions of peace in order to strike a common ground so that the Negro-could present his forces undivided and as one solid phalanx, and twice offers of peace were rejected by the disruptionists. They don’t want harmony nor peace, but trouble and division. Again looking over the names of some of the best people in Denver, The Star is still forced to believe that they were deceived into that movement and we refuse to believe otherwise unless they persist in staying with that troublesome crowd. To these honorable women whose very life work in the past has been to cement the race together and to knit our woes, joys, sorrows and happi ness so closely that we could feel interdependence one upon the other giving confidence, support and jfower to our race. We are appealing to you to leave the sinking ship. There are many kinds of leadership, but the kind need ed today, is that true leadership, governed and characteriz ed by honesty and integrity. No race of people in the his tory of civilization ever eudured such a leadership of more consumate cowardice, than is> being practiced by a number of Negroes totally void of self respect and appreciation of many manly resentments. He submits to every indignity, with apology, that the white man inflicts upon him. When we speak of a coward, we don’t mean a physical coward, but a moral coward. The man, who has not the courage to resent a wrong, is not worthy of the name man, and for all it stands for. If the Negro orators and pulpit leaders would teach to their people to decline to patronize those white business enterprises, that insult them and their womanhood, it would not be long before these many insults and indignities, that are being heaped upon the race on ac count of color, would soon become a dead issue. The all important thing, with the Negro people, is the necessity of seeing the mighty strength of organization among them selves. Let us think, the Jew will not read a paper that is 'hos tile to Jews; the Irishman will resent, with all of his hot blood, insults heaped upon his race by newspapers and all nationalities, the Japanese told in a few words the world just where they stood a few years ago in California, with refer ence to the school question and the Alien’s Rights Law, which-had for its purpose the confiscation of property, as ap pled to their race. The German will also fight every period ical organization and issue, that has for its aim, a lessening of their standing in church or state. There is not a coward but the Negro: there is no race so divided against itself in such a humiliating and boot-lick ing wky, as that of the black man. Yes, two many of us are coward sycophants, and dead to the conscience of true leadership. Let us -ducate our hearts, our heads, our hands and our feet. Then let us stand up and march by the tap of the drum, while the cornet plays, the leading part of "Man hood Rights, Stick-to-itiveness, Ambition and High Ideals. And we will then here and there throughout the entirety of this country from a solid phalanx, with the breast plate, buckle and shield, that will cause the world to sit up and take notice. O, if thou would fill the place of a being, that God created, with a fearless and all-seeing eye, that can and will espye things in a distance whether they are good or evil. That is what we need and what we will get in the Color ed Protective League. Let your voice, pen and moral support be against everything to the contrary. Five Centi a Cop*.