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I vc-v" ® The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR Number 109 Interesting News Concerning the Race. California Negro Appointed To Office. Los Angeles, Cal. — W. E. Easton, of this city, has been appointed by Governor John ston to the responsible posi tion of custodian of the sub- Capitol of California. This is the first appointment of a colored man by Governor Johnston. Colored Class Orator at Ohio University. Columbus, O —For the first time in the history of Ohio State University, it isbelieved, a colored student was elected to a class office last Friday. He is Daniel Ferguson of Columbus, who has won lau rels as a half miler on the un ivetsity track team. F'erguson had no opposition to his can didacy for orator of the senior class. Colored Girl Second Among 15,000 Applicants. Miss Gladys Caution, a col ored girl, stood sedbnd in a group of 1,500 applicants at a recent municipal civil service exan.ination for playground work in New York City. Be canse of her rating, her name was placed on both the New York and Brooklyn eligible lists and she has been ap pointed to the playground at the Brooklyn end of Brooklyn bridge.— Phila. Tribune. Put On Pullman for Three Colored Students. Atlanta. Ga.—Bee a u s ea white man. who coming front Louisville, Ky., objected to the presence of three young colored people in the Pullman car. the Louisville & Nash ville railroad put on a special sleeper for the accommoda tion of three young colored students from Louisville to Atlanta, Tuesday, October 5. Miss Louise Matthews, daughter of Prof. W, B. Mat thews, principal of Central High School; Miss Willie Mo see, daughter of Revenue Agent William Mosee, and Rufus McKinney, all of Louis ville, were enroute to this city to enter Atlanta University. Their railroad tickets had been purchased and Pullman accommodations secured, but when they entered the Pull man car at the L. & N. Union station, 10th and Broadway, Louisville, a Georgia cracker on his way back home entered an objection to riding in the same car with the three young folks. After a delay of thirity min utes, another sleeper was put on, and the young students were invited into it. As in- The Denver Star terstate passengers, they were entitled to the service, but the prejudiced attitude of the Georgia cracker made it cost the railroad more than sico. They were accorded every courtesy by the train and Pull man officials. Colored Doctor Appointed. Louisville, Ky.—Dr. W. H. Pickett, a well-known colored physician, was recently ap pointed as a member of the hospital staff of the City Hor pital. This is quite an honor when it is known that never in the history of this million dollar hospital has a colored physician ever been appoint ed to fill such a position. Dr. Pickett is to be congratulated for having secured such a po sition. He has Been assigned to the out patient department. San Francisco, Cal.—Clay Ford, the tailor, 1318 Valen cia street, and his wife, were invited to an entertainment given by a Jewish society on Sept. a6 in the hall at Van Ness avenue and Sutter street, but the proprietor of the hall, a Southern white man, at tempted to force them to leave the building, giving as reason: ‘'l am a southerner and have lived amung your people. They have several times tried to rent my hall and I refused because I did not intend for any of them to stand on this floor."- Mr. and Mrs. Ford had been cordially received by their hosts and the more than two hundred Jews present had shown every sign of friendliness. After they had participated in several dances, the Southerner, who is the proprietor, approached them and said to Mr. Ford, "Here is a dollar; you and your' wife leave the hall.” Mr. Ford refused to accept the dollar and immediately went to the manager of the entertainment. 1 he manager said to the own er' "That man has a card of invitation and he is as good as you are." More than half of the guests present were attracted by the disturbance and when they had learned the cause ol it, much indignation was ex pressed. One of the more in - dignant asked the owner, "Are you a Georgia lyncher? He was told most pointedly that the hall had been rented by their organization, that Mr. and Mrs. Ford were their guests, and as such would stay as long as they did. The proprietor chagrined and disgruntled, left the hall, and the JeWish hosts paid ex tra attention to Mr. and Mrs. Ford, trying 10 remove even the remotiest rememberance of the unkindly action of the prejudiced Southerner. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, OCT. 23, 19*5 SEGREGATION BY CENSUS. "Negroes in the United States,” is the title of a pam phet gotten out by the United States Census Bureau, The title is misleading, for there are only 473 real Africans in the United States, according to the Census, that is Negroes born in Africa. It is wrong, unjust and un American for the government to segregate its clerks by color in the Departments m Washington, and it is also wrong, unjust and un-Ameri can for the government to is sue a separate and inaccurate Census Uullentin as it has done in the case of the bulle tin, “Negroes in the United States.” » The United States assumes that a group of about 10,000, 000 people are Negroes and proceeds to so classify them. More than ninety-nine per cent of the persons so classi fied were born in America of American parents and so on back for ten, generations. If a pian whone ancestors for many generations is hot an American, who is entitled to the name? If a white man can become an American in two generations, why should a person of any other color bo.n in this country fail to "arrive” in the same space of time? The name “Negro" applied to a group of citizens in this country is inaccurate, because it does not include forty or fifty million other Americans who have more or less Negro blood. The expression “pure race” is a myth so all great writers on racial questions agree. The mixing of bloods in this country has gone so far that it is impossible to determine with any degree of accuracy who has Negro blood and who has not, and for the Govern ment to select about 10,000, 000 people and say that they are "Negroes,” and by that act to aid in making them a separate treatmeni in church and state, is to perpetrate a great wrong. It is an infamons thing for the government of this great republic to draw the color line in any way. In a republic every citizen should have exactly the same status so far as the government is concern ed. There is no reason why a Democracy should attempt to classify its citizens by their blood, All persona born in this country should be consid ered Americans without any prefixes or suffixes. Mr. T. Shir by Hodge has wrrtthn a satirical novel “The White Man’s Burden.” In it he pictures black folk triumph ing over whites by thought and invention rather than brute force. CHIEF SAMS UTOPIA NOT FOUND; 18 RETURN. Led by Captain Manuel F.| CAeca, who commanded the Liberia, Chief Sam's ship whjch carried 112 misguided N& roes from the United St* fes to Africa, a party 18, members of the crew, reached Nd" York City on the steam orseman from Liverpool iHh last week, jnjfri’ief Sam, whose campaign in is country attracted much attention, was at the head of the party which sailed on the Liberia from Galveston, Tex., in Au gust, 1914. The vessel was seized by the British au xiliary cruiser Victoria at Miio. Cape Verde islands, and a prize crew put aboard. This crew tooK the vessel to Freetown, Si erra Leono, Af rica. An attempt on part of some of the party to reach Chief Sam’s alleged posses sions. 74 miles inland, had to EAnade on foot. When the itty reached the place they rned around and walked Sam s money gave out and the crew struck for wages. The British govern ment then seized the ship on a writ of fief at Anamabos, and there the vessel is now. Great Britain then attempted to get the crew back to the United States, and the party of eighteen which reached New York last week is the hrst consignment. They were sent to Hull, transferred then to Liverpool and put aboard the Norseman for New York. At the British consulate the men were paid their wages and started to their various destinations. They are all American citizens, but were under British jurisdiction un til reaching their original des r nations. In the party were Dr. P. J. Dorman, of Mantee, Okla., tne former ship's doctor, and l- i ederick Zahn, of Roxbury, M ass., wireless operator, and the only white man who em barked on the expedition. They reported that Chief S.un, the Moses of the expe d : ion, is sick with beriberi in Africa, but will probably recover. Wealthy Colored Woman Dies. liagerston, Md.- Mr 9. Mary J.u*e Reeder, probably the wealthiest and one of the old est colored women in Mary land, died here in her ninety first year. Ahe owned property valued at about $50,000. Her home was. On Potomac street, the finest residential street in the city. . The continuation of the Odd Fellows Observations in the Northwest will be resum ed in next week's issue. .1 ATTITUDE TO COLORED FOLKS. If the Northern states had all been sunk in the sea before our Civil War, the Southern states would have freed the Negro sooner or later. A pre requisite to the settlement of the race problem is that we shall treat it precisely as if the Negro had been freed by Southern legislation. I be lieve that we are at bottom more interested in these weak er people than we are willing to admit, and that the time is coming when our best people will speak out. I hope to see the day when our teachers will prepare our children tor the right attitude toward the Negro by telling them all about his African home, the conditions which have delay ed his development there, the opportunity which his pres ence in our midst gives us to raise him, the obligation of every person of the higher race to bear with him and to helo him. I believe that such talks will have real effect on the lives of these children and help them to deal with their own problems of right and wrong, of God and the soul. Let their maxim be “No blesse oblige.” Is not this the way to fit our children for the maintenance of white as cendency? We sincerely wish to im prove the Negro—for his good and for our own, but we do ni«t stop to consider that self respect is as essential to his improvement as it is to ours. It is God s way of pointing the upward path. The matter must must be explained to our people in order that the whits man with whom the Negro maybe brought in con tact shall understand that it is not many to humiliate him. — Bolton Smith of Nashville in the Southern Workman. Held Job Seventy Years. Philadelphia, Pa. —Ebenez- er Bishop of Bridgeton, N. J., aged 112 years, died at the Philadelphia hospital, Tues day Oct. 5. He was born April 2, 1803, in Bridgeton county. As a boy he was in dentured to a farmer and worked at the one place for seventy years. Colored Military Academy. Washington, D. C. —A me morial is being circulated for signers, making an appeal*to President Wilson and Con gress for the establishment of a military school in connec tion with the work at Howard University, at which colored boys may receive training similar to that given while boys at West Point. Howard University is se lected because this school is controlled by the government and suitable grounds adjacent to the school site, is available at minimum cost. Five Cents a Com. Central Americans Laud their Negroes. We would be ungrateful and to be blamed if, after the war, we don t surround our black soldiers with a fraternal recgnition. Those who don't know them, believe, at times, even if they admire their bravery and their dignity as soldiers, that their roughness and their savage simplicity makes them inferior men. They made a great mistake. Besides their military virtue, they possess- others in the same degree of perfection. They are good, faithful, their intelligence is mar v e 1 o u s, quick and elevating. Their hearts are sensible to all feel ings, with the capacity of the finest delicacy. Nearly allof them show a coolness and in comparable greatness of soul. Has it not been demonstrated by the gratitude and fondness with which their chief distin guish them? You must ques> tion all of those chiefs, those of highest* position, those of great experimental abilities of men as Levantey, Gorand, Marshland, Baratier, who had dealt with the Negro es- When they speak of them, they speak with great vehem ence and emotion; the black soldiers never fail in the en tire and complete confidence reposed in them by those of ficers, they are truly superior. Well, they constitute an elite that has already achieved wonders and that in the great war of nations they are realiz ing them in higher and more wonderful scale. —C entral American Express, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Prominent Negro Physician Wins Prize. Wheeling, W. Va. —The prize of $25 offered by the New York Medical Journal for the best paper on the treatment of flatulence (dis tension of the stomach or in testines with air or gasesl was awarded to Dr. F. Richard Newman, 1031 Chapline St. In the May issue of the same journal and in the Southern Medical Journal there appear ed articles on pellagra by Dr, Newman, Dr. Newland re cently came to Wheeling from New York City. For several years he was located in Mem phis, Tenn., and helped to or ganize the Negro Baptist hos pital, and for five years was assistant surgeon on the staff. While acting in that capacity he gained quite a reputation as a surgeon and gynecologist. Baltimore. Md. —Dr. Ernest Lyon, Liberian consul to the United States, has received a cablegram from the Liberian government authorizing him to appoint Isaac W. Gillespie of this city. United States army, retired, to a captaincy in the Liberian constabulary, and Wm. Roundtree, Xenia, Ohio, to a lieutenantcy.