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The “Denver Star’* has the Largest Circulation iiwnig the Colored People—Get Wise and Advertise
The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR Number 82 Race Stands United And Gets Recognition In Chicago. If In Chicago, Why Not In Denver? 3864 Women end 6507 Men Vote For Dr. DePriest, Who Hu Plurality of 3647. Defender Furnishes Valuable Information. Never before in the history of Chicago politics has such an avalanche of votes carried to victory the successful can didate as did the votes on Tuesday of last week, when William Hale Thompson tri f umphed in the mayoralty con test. The pnprecented plu rality of 140,000 tells the story ofVhe popularity of this new Moses, who verily has come - as the advance guard of pros perity, The vast voting pop ulation of Chicago had been aroused to a pitch unheard of in any municipal election. Every man and woman on the registry books had been can vassed and educated. When the polls opened on Tuesday morning the voters were like so many restless thorough bred horses ready for the fall of the flag. Throughout the entire city the battle lines were sharply drawn* An army of workers were on the job, and from house to house they scampered for votes for their favorite candidates. In the Second Ward, where voters of the Afro American race in large numbers reside, the excitement was at fever heat. The race had one of its own on the ticket for Al derman. Every man and wo man in this group was bent on landing Oscar DePriest in the City Council. Eleventh-hour roorbacks—scurrilous to a re volting degree—had been cir culated among the white peo ple by the Democrats. The race issue was directly raised, white men and women were admonished by these circu lar letters to "Rise up and throw off the yoke of threat ened Negro domi n a t i o n." The effect was electrical among the Afro-American. They came to the front 11,000 strong for Oscar DePriest, and for the first time in the history of the city of Chicago a member of this race will sit in that august body. It was providential that the Democrats resorted to this form of inciting race feeling in their frantic efforts to elect their saloon-keeper candi , date to the City Council. Nothing could have had a greater effect in stimulating the Afro-American voters to vigorous action and a solid front. Indeed, it may be said that this dastardly attempt to incite race bitterness on the part of the managers of Rus . sell’s campaign proved to be a blessing in disguise. For once in the history of the Afro- American voters they were ! practically solid behind their representative on the -.ticket. The devout wish long since , •cherished is now a consutn- ; mat ion. The ieb has been < The Denver Star broken, and from this time on a place in the City Council will be conceded to the Afro- Americans in the Second Ward. The net result of the elec tion of Alderman DePriest is the lesson of race adhesion. In this case it has been con clusively demonstrated that with anything like solidarity of action the Afro-American can and will accomplish great good, beneficial alike to all Let the Race therefore take heed and by their future con duct let the world see and !■ know that here in Chicago ■ the race spirit has taken root i and is bearing fruit. Negro Challenges The Death Zone In Europe. Mr. Henry Mock, of Mingo Junction. Ohio, has invented vasaui sssss detached at will. It has five features: Mine destroyer, locater and life saver, from sinking or burning vessels, fender for reefs and rocks, fender for icebergs and light erage for freight, etc. Secretary McDaniels is dickering with Mr. Mock on the fender which we hope will be met with the approval of the government. Negro In White Regiment. London.—James Slim, a pure Negro and a native of Jamai ca, has enlisted as a private in the Coldstream Guards. Before the war, it would have been impossible for a Negro to join a white regiment in England, let alone one of the proudest and most famous of the crack regiments. The fact of Slim's acceptance is a strong indication of the dem ocratic effects of'the war. Slim was in France when the war broke, and joined the French foreign legion. When he was wounded in battle, he was sent to a hospital where he expressed the wish to join Kitchener's new army. Word was sent to Kitchner with the result that he was allowed to enroll in tlie Coldstreams. Slim is now training with the reserve battalion at Windsor. Mme. C. J. Walker to Enter tain for Daughter Indianapolis.—Mme. C. J. Walker, this country's noted hair culturist, will entertain Friday evening, April 16. in honor of her daughter, Mrs. L ; M. Robinson, of New York City. The affair will be given at Pythian Temple. Many important society people of otherjcities have been invited. Several musical artists from Chicago will be present. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY; APRIL 17, «9*5 BE NOT MISLED. Beware O f An Organization With Changing Objects. MAKE FACTS PROVETHEIRSTORY Any person in this day and agefof the world .who hits studied or observed the signs of the times will doubtlessly know now what the Star has previously charged, that the second organization, a deflection of the first, was formed for the purpose of opposing, disrupting*damaging and confusing some of our voters and citizens andiparading themselves as leaders before the white man. Wulo not deny the right of any person or group of person* to iorganize and form any kind of a club for any kind of a purpose. The public has a right to question the propriety and inquire into the necessity and wisdom of such a move. The public has a right to know the concrete facts which caused such an extraordinary-action especially when the call of March 30 stated that the club would devote itself to working forf|ie advancement of civil and political rights of the membetsrof the Denver League, and that no affiliation with any dfeb would be tolerated. The Post said “Other meetings purporting to have as their objects the formation of a simila*ynganization are declared by the colored people who will asfit tonight, to have been called without the general canllM or knowledge of the Negroes of this city etc." Thli itself up and the meeting of the 31st 1 tJiHf ptisttiv threatened to form “another duh.’ At a private Star Cham ber session at Attorney Lewis' office. Attorney. Lewis was chosen president. Now out of that chaotic disorder came the idea to greet the people with, the "Colored Citizen League" whose main object had shifted from the first “to establish an organized voting unit." Let us put this “Organized voting unit" under a microscope and see if wo* can see any h dden motives. At this time what does that mean to the Negro who is and has been mistreated, robbed, humiliated and dis criminated against? What relief, if any, either temporary or permanent, can be obtained from the commissioners, if every Negro church, club, society or body was organized and psed the voting unit system ? Organized voting unit means that where there are dele gates to a convention, conference or caucusina district, ward or precinct, that the majority of the delegates vote the mi nority, as a unit —one vote, regardless as to the views of the minority. In other words cinch the majority and you stran gle the minority. What relief will this afford the peculiar conditions of the Negro? How can the noblest and highest in our race ever rise to the top or push front, as handicapped as we are already? Don't you see to colonize and vote as a unit may defeat a worthy aspirant or object, rendering the grafter more powerful to easily control Negroes and sell them out? Is such a system jjecessary now if so, for what special purpose, especially after the organization and perfection of the “Colored Protective League? Will it directly or indi rectly help or hurt the Negroe’s and whom will it ben efit? Will it attempt to duplicate or supplement work done by the Colored Protective league, if so, why waste energy, time and cause division among Negroes? Why not co-op erate with and not conspire against one already completed organization? Do not these academic statesmen know that if the “unit system” was necessary now, for the Negro it was necessary two years ago, and why was no such thing launched then and not wait until after the first league had been form ed? The Stas-stirred the voters up and in order to be a big man in the eyes of the Caucasian office seeker and office holder, some kind of a club had to be formed, so that the Negro would appear divided, Mr. Voter cannot you see the fine political hand of one man at the State Capital and an other whose name has not yet been in print but who expects to profit by the divided Negro? Damage, split, cripple or confuse the voters and the good citizens and their friends of the Colored Protective League and they individually will reap more from the Negroe’s defeat than if the Negro had won? Let first things be first and Itrt that be race unity and harmony and let all things be subordinate to that. You can see the absolute futility of such an organization among Negroes, especially at this time, and every method used every agency tried and employed must pass the rtst of utility and benefit to the Race and its usefulnesa must be judged in the light of the ultimate aim and substantial accomplishment* THINK DEEPLY AND WEIGH CAREFULLY. Is There Sanity or Justice In the Actions of the Belli gerents? Belligerency is applied here in its re cognizes freedom of speech and independence of action. While these rights are brought into strenuous activity when the necessity for unity is in disputable, and tor the God given reason of protecting the weak from the oppressions of the strong without the revolt ers setting forth some funda mental reason for so doing, yet they put them in a most ridiculous and discreditable position. The silly pretext that someone heads the or ganization seeking your co operation whom you do not like or admire, or that some one is likely to obtain a posit ion or positions your faction or friends seek is by no means an intelligent or tenable ex cuse. And when considered from a point of reason and justice to your social or racial group, the very life principle of their self respect-and liber taken from them) and self preservation cries aloud to you as a portion of that racial or social group to join in the rescue. And if you refuse to do so, because you have not suffi cient group love and respect, and selfishly devoid of dyna mic dimentions as to sink superficial personal dislikes and desires, you thereby aj£ ‘.he oppressor in fastening the stigma of inferiority upon ! those of your social gfOup whose capitalized votes you seek to exploit to secure posi tion and emoluments and pay them with betrayal. If those who refuse to consider the rights of the Colored Citizens of Denver from a point of community of interests think that they are conserving their personal and selfish interests in securing positions, by cre ating chaos, will find in the near future that they have barked up the wrong tree. You can take it from me as a certain and serious fact, and from one who is sufficiently conversant with the powers that be, that there will be but one scant fare for those who go out and assist in the build ing up a machine at the City hall by a division of the Col ored vote whom that power desires to assist in removing the disabilities they now suf fer. There is more signifi cance than mere child's play when the Peoples Sunday Al liance and the Jefferson Leag ue have allied themselves with the progressive branch of the Colored Republicans, the above organizations have for years bore the burden financi ally and otherwise in battling jim-Crowism. There is a great deal that can be truth fully said about a number of the officers making up the personel of their organization Five Cents a Copt. if we desired to offset petty dislikes entertained by some of you for one of our officers by producing indisp u t a b I e facts against a number of them for long years of moral obli quity, and perfidious treach ery against the colored peo ple. We should not descend to this species of stench-spew ing, but rather let us serious ly think upon the duty we owe to the present and the coming generations and stimulate a love for s£lf respect and lib erty by unifying our forces and like sensible Christian men and women go forth and accomplish the things de manded by all self respecting liberty-loving people. It is not yet to late tor you to appoint a committee to confer with the Colored Pro tective League, and I am sure they will be meet with the deepest and sincerest courte sy by a similar committee. Do not let those who among you make petty profits, out of chaos, deter you from an ac tion that will speak louder for our claims of equality than mere protests. When white citizens realize that we can sink petty differences and stand together for all that civilization give us, all that is due us—our battle for uWfrpTett. gift/alityishalf -won. "Here’s freedom to him who would read, Here’s freedom to him who would write, There’s none e’er feared, that the trutl\would be heard; Save him whom the tryth would indict.” C. W. Buford. (The Crisis). I ' ' | Dr, Paul Crosthwaite, a young colored dentist, made the second highest avergae in a recent civil service exami nation :n Chicago. His mark was 81.9 per cent. Dr. Crosthwaite is an assistant in the office of Dr. C. E. Bentley. Harry E. Burris, a colored mail carrier of Rock Island, Iowa, was given a banquet re cently by the mail carriers of his postoffice, on the com pletion of twenty-five years continuous service. The post master and his assistant were present. Suits for civil rights in res taurants have been won in New York City, Los. Angeles and in Cleveland, Ohio. In the latter cases $50 was re covered and in the first case S?oo. E. B. Ceruti, of Los Angeles, and Harry ( Davis, of Cleveland, were two of the successful lawyers. The Young Women’s Chris tian Association has recently started a colored branch in Indianapolis and has interest ed 600 women. In Washing ton, D. C., the colored branch has bought and paid for its property and last winter in stalled steam heat. In St. Louis, Mo., the colored branch has raised $9,300 among colored people for a new home ltd a white friend added $10,000.