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TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR Number 97 The American Woodmen Celebrate Fourth Anniversary. Greatest Event In Denver’s History. Greatest Negro In surance Society in the West. By far the largestl Negro enterprise in Colorado and one of the largest in America, is the fraternal organization known as the American Woodmen. Although locat ed right here in Denver with spacious offices, occupying most of the fourth floor of the Arapahoe building and em ploying a large number of clerks, many of the people of this city know but little about t*ivs work and plans. This institution was char tered in 1901 and operated for the first nine years by its founders, who were white men of national reputation, hor the past five years it has been entirely under the manage ment of colored people and Home Office of The Ameri can Woodmen. during that time has increased its business more than five hundred percent. At the close of 1910 the entire insurance in force amounted to less than one million dollars. They are now carrying more than fifteen million and writing quite four thousand every month. "”They issue a combined acci dent, sick and life policy up to two thousand dollars This is the only colored institution using the National Fraternal Congress rates and operating on a graduated system. The laws of this state controlling such an organization as this are practically the same as those governing an old line insurance company. All mor tuary funds must be safely ■invested in bonds as directed by the commissioner of insur ance. The department of in surance makes a close exami nation of the books once each year and requires the neces sary reserve be maintained to make the policies absolutely safe. According to the report of the insurance commissioner tor 1915 this society stands far in the lead of most frater nal institutions of the state of color. They have over sixty thousand dol lars invested in Denver bonds alone. The greater part of the' business is carried in Texas, Alabama, Georgia and The Denver Star Florida, but it is pushed in all the Southern states. They have no Grand Lodge, but the Supreme Camp meets in Denver, every four years, when the usual work of such a body is gone thru with. 1 he next meeting is Aug. 7, 1917. The American Woodmen will celebrate the Fourth an niversary of Denver Camp No. 1, at Zion church, cor. 24th Ave. and Ogden St., on Thursday night, Aug. 12, at 8 p. m. At the close of the pro gram, refreshments will be served free. Our purpose is to let the people of Denver know more about the real merits of the great order and to build up the local camp here. A special dispensation of $2.00 will be allowed all who wish to join that night. The Queen City Band will parade on this occasion. Rev. M. C. B. Mason Very Ill in Baltimore. Baltimore, Md. —The Rev. Dr. M. C. B. Maion, one of the best known ministers of the M. E. church, is alarming ly ill at Johns Hopkins Hos pital with an affection of the kidneys. He has been pas loring in Jacksonville, Fla., for nearly two years. Virginia Negroes Pay $34,743,656 in Taxes. Richmond, Va. —The color ed people of Richmond, Va., most of whom were practical ly penniless at the close of the Civil War, are assessed for taxes on personal property and real estate in this city to the amount of $3,180,662. In the entire State of Vir ginia colored people pay taxes on real and personal property to the amount of $34,143,656. Ex. U. S. Official Given a Hearty Welcome Home. Toledo O. Hon. Charles A. Cottrill, ex-collector of in ternal revenues at Honolulu, whom President Wilson re moved, has returned with his family to Toledo, and was given a banquet here by his friends. Mr. Cottrill's Ohio friends in the Knights of Pythias are quietly discussing his fitness and availability for Supreme Chancellor of the K. of P.'s to succeed the pres ent Supreme Ch a n c e 11 o r Green of New Orleans, when the Supreme Lodge meets at Columbus in August. At the time he left for Honolulu Mr. Cottrill was Grand Chancellor of the state, and resigned on leaving for the Hawaiian Is lands. Many Ohio K. of P.'s feel the meeting of the Su preme Lodge at Columbus the psychological moment to make an Ohioan Supreme Chancellor. Mr. Cottrill will again establish his home here in his native city. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, JULY 31, 19* S Missing the Mark. The State Owes Us An Opportunity. We Owe Ourselves a Living and Manhood. Only One Real Road to Justice and Recognition. Every Race Pays the Price, So Must die Negro. I Would any close observer of the political situation in Denver and Colorado say we have been traveling and are yet pursuing the wrong way? In the municipal campaign we re ceived the pledges of Mayor and Commissioner Greenlee in good faith. They camje before us, and were open and frank and said that they knew we had been mis treated in the past and were mistreited then, and if they were elected, they would fittingly recbgnize the Negro vote. The summer has practically passed £nd these commissioners have not to our great amazement, clone anything whatever for the Negro. We are informed that one successful com missioner says NOW, that white men won't work with Neg groes, and for that reason he cannot and does not care to make any appointments. To that silly statement we reply, that white pay taxes, so do Negroes, they walk the same street, breathe the same air. ride an the same trains and streetcars, drink out of the same fountains, heated and cooled by the same summer and winter, serve the same coun try, worship the same God, killed :or cured by poisons or medicinal restorations; all these things we do, they do, except the Negro pays taxes, votes and the Caucasian gets the job, while the Negro some trivial excuse. Whatever reason, either real, imaginary or prejudice, a time will come When that commissioner will be compelled to sit up and take notice. He may need the Negroes friendship later on, because its a long, long way to the end of his poUlical term. With almost baited breath we Approach the conditions a nd results which the Negro hasobseioed in -this last State campaign. In every instance, at every turn the Negro jhas kept the faith and loyally discharged his duty. Now we don't say the State administration owes us a living for our suffrage, but we do say that when we bear the burdens, we should enjoy the benefits and that this State adminis tration owes us, only an opportunity —a mere chance, to make good—a promise make by them last fall. We call, attention again, that the civil service commission has their'Jcase in court and we shall know in a few months, just where we stand after the Supreme Court finally passes upon the exist ence of that board. Be patient, as all excuses will finally fade away and we shall be face to face with the realjsituation. And as fearless men and women, let us do our full duty. It is better to be turned down altogether than to be a lickspit tle or condone an intentional insult We are citizens of this State and are are entitled to cer tain considerations, no more, nor no less than any other class of citizenship and if we are constantly ignored, insulted and cajoled, we have but to do the manly and womanly thing, re gardless of what others do with their stooping methods. A new day for the Negro is breaking and while he may do all he can and miss the mark, yet with a steady hand andjan ex perienced eye, he will hit the bull s eye later on. Mrs. Talbert Wins Hearts of Denver Hearers. Daughter a Musical Artist. ————— r It has been a long, long time situ e the audience of Shorte ever had such a complete, varied and inspiring program so replete with happy and hopeful suggestion of good and en couraging information, as was given by the Talbert family and their assistants, Monday night .it Shorter Chapel. All club women and their sympathizer-- who missed that lecture, missed such a valuable treat, the likes of which can never be replaced. It was so thoughtfully filled with concrete exam* pies of life and problems ot humanity and the future; it was so soul inspiring because of its simpleness in dealing with the real every day problems, with which we come so often in contact and lastly, coming as it did from one of our leading women characters, w hose brightness and beauty shown ou? as a beacon light in a dark and stormy night, di recting to path of safety and happiness, that we can never forget the wealth and depth of its meaning. The lecture was burned deeply into the heart s of all present. Woman’s duties to God, humanity, the young, the old and the unfortunate were shown as never before. The clinching argument was her Mark Anthony style in refering to the "Denver women being on a vacation," while the evils of the city and the misfortunes of humanity were increasing. The Star hopes that the many suggestions offered and the many hints given to the club women in particular and other unorganised women in general, will be taken seriously and Colored Girl Typist is Gold Medalist. I Newport, R. I. —At the grad uating exercises of the Child’s Business College of this city, July 16, Miss Olive L. Jeter, its only colored graduate, and the youngest daughter of the Rev. H. N. Jeter, was award ed a Remington medal for writing seventy-five words per minutes for ten consecutive minutes on the Remington typewriter. During the exercises a type writing test was held, at which time Miss Jeter won the first prize, a five dollar gold piece, as the result of having the average of sixty-six perfect wcrds per minute for ten con secutive minutes. Miss Jeter recently was awarded the Un derwood special credential certificate for writing sixty three words per minute on the Underwood typewriter. Walker Method A Success. New. Yoric.—Mme. Lelia Walker-Robinson, 136th street, the daughter of Mme. C.J. Walker, of IndU anapolis, Ind., following the traditions of her mother, not tong ago entered business in this city at the above address. Then, too, she engaged in the same fine art of scalp treatr ment and hair culturing, which was discovered about twelve years ago by her mother. Though she started with mod eration in the profession, she has risen to the top round of theladder by gradual but short process to the ends that ro8 is the acorn from which the tree and branches have grown. It seems that the New York College, where scores of those of particular taste about their hair are seen from day to day is a marvel indeed. The num erous verbal and written tes timonials are evidence of Mme. Robinson’s accomplish ments. Furthermore the ex istence of a Brooklyn and At lantic City branch are the re sults of requests of many who desire to have within reach this treatment, which has proved a blessing to woman kind. Mme. Robinson's congenial nature and unassuming dis position has made for her a host of friends in a social as well as business way. that much good will spring immediately therefrom. Miss Sarah M. Talbert, a gifted musical artist of poise congeniality and sweet temperament, was easily at her best Monday night. Having been a graduate of the New Eng. land Conservatory of Music and one of the leading musical institutions in U. S., Miss Talbert clearly demonstrated her training in techinque, native ability to grasp and interpret the classics, until difficult as they' were, all her classical renditions were pleasing and satisfying to her audience. Audiences generally tire of classic renditions, but her complete mastery and soul interpretations of the authors, so electrified her au . dience as to hold them under some magic spell. Mr. Geo. Morrison, himself an inspired musician, easily harmonized in the musical atmosphere and in his own characteristic way beautifully rendered his selection. Denver is always proud of such literary and musical in spirations. May the Talbert family return to Denver and a audience hear the golden words of wisdom and music as interpreted by a finished artist. Fivi Cints a Cory. MEETING OF BUSINESS MEN. National League to Convene at Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 13. A natiou wide movement is under way to carry to Boston tLie largest as sewldage of successful Negro business men and women ever brought together in this country to celebrate the fif teenth anniversary of the founding of the National Negro Business league. The meeting will be held in Convention ball. Garrison and St. Botolph streets, Boston's newest and most commodious hall, Wednesday. Thursday aud Fri day, Aug. 18. 19 aud 20. The Boston Local Business league is hard at work perfecting arrangements for the reception aud entertainment of the delegates who are planning to be present. Aside from the regular busi ness sessions of the league, the social side of the convention will not be neg lected. A guarantee fund has already been secured for the purpose of financ ing every feature of the reception and entertainment of the delegates. Arrangements have beeu made with the Southern railway whereby a Na tional Negro Business league special train will leave Atlanta Sunday night, Aug. 15, between 11 and 12 o’clock. Delegates living in the southeastern tc-rritory suouid meet at Atlanta, from which point the National Negro Busi ness league special train will start. Delegates from Texas, Louisiana. Tennessee, Alabama. Florida. North Carolina and South Carolina are espe cially urged to arrange to join this spe cial train, which will be provided with separate engine, baggage car. dining car and all Pullman cars. Delegates living in Florida should communicate with Charles H. Anderson, treasurer of the National Negro Business league, 132 Broad street, Jacksonville, Fla. Alabama delegates are asked to com municate with E. T. Attwell, president of the Alabama State Negro Business league, at Tuskegee institute; west Tennessee delegates witli T. H. Hayes, member of the executive committee, 247 Poplar street, Memphis, Tenn., and east and central Tennessee delegates [ with Hon. J. C. Napier, chairman oC the executive committee, Napier court, Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi delegates with Mr. Charles Banks, first vice president of the na tional organization and president of the Mississippi State Negro Business league. Mound Bayou. Miss. Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina del egates should address Mr. J. C. Beam, assistant general passenger agent. Southern railway, Atlanta, Ga. Ar kansas delegates with Hon. J. E. second vice present Negro Business leagues Mosaic temple build ing, Little Rock, Ark. f and Hon. Scipto A Jones, member of the executive com mittee. 402 West Markham street, lit tle Rock. Ark. ” Texas delegates with Mr. J. B. Bell, * member of the executive committee. 2121 German street, Houston. Tex. Louisiana delegates with Dr. Robert E. Jones, member of the executive com mittee, 631 Baronne street. New Or leans. Dr. George C. Hall, a member of the executive committee of the natioual organization. 3208 South Park avenue. Chicago, and William D. Neighbors, a life member of the national organiza tion. 3241 Vernou avenue, are formu lating plans for a special train to start from Chicago for the convenience of the delegates living in the vicinity of St. Louis, Chicago and all the western territory. Including poiuts in Kentucky and Illinois. * Arrangements will be made for dele gates to stop off at Buffalo aud Niag ara Falls for a sightseeing tour. Dele gates intending to be present from that section of the country are requested to write Dr. Hall or Mr. Neighbors. 800 HER T. W A SHIN GTO N. President Tuskegee Institute. Alabama. J. C. NAPIER. Chairman Executive Committee. Napier Court, Nashville, Tenn. EMMETT J. SCOTT. Secretary Tuskegee Institute- Alnbam*.