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The Denver Star The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR Number ill Viewing the Ocean From the Coast Line. A Most Beautiful Sight. (Continued from last week) The white people gave un stintingly their service and consideration, and the public press which gave at least two columns daily morning and i evening, eagerly sought the publicity committee for news. Ten columns and a half of news matter and pictures is a ♦ fair estimate of what the pub lic spirited Spakane newspap ■ ers generally gave to us. Ihe local committee covered them $ selves with glory and rare honor in making the unex pected and big success of that meeting. , The following persons ap peared uron the program: Welcome to our Delegates,'' Geo. S. Contee; “I am on my Way.” W. E. Proctor; “I Like a Little Loving,” __ Father Bruce; ”1 am Living a Quiet and Easy Life.” Atty. Geo. G. Ross; “Our Absent Friends,” F. M. Shannon; "I Love Sun ny Spokane.” Mrs. 1 henis B. Stewart;‘l Will Return Again* Met: F. M.Sb*au®«,th« ideal of Butte, Mont.; ‘We Are Glad to Be Here,’ Wm. Mor ris; ‘We Cannot Forget Yon.' Chas. Burton; ‘Such Beauti ful Ladies.' H Nelson; You Candy Kid.' W. H. Wads worth. ‘We Are Waiting tor You,'Mrs. Laura Todd; ‘We Have Made a Good Fight.’ Major Wilson; ‘We Are Glad te See You. Mrs. P. W. Bags by ; ‘Come to Our City Again.’ John H. Thompson, the con genial chairman of Spokane River Falls, ‘Bubbling Over' John Davis, of Butte, was cer jy there with all his smiles. in Thus ended the best Grand Session that Odd Fellows ever held. There was no friction, no trouble, no un pleasantness of any kind to mar the happiness and pleas ure and much to our credit, there was not even a sign of drunkness. Although in that same week in Chicago, Negro ministers of the gospel were if disgracing themselves. The keys of the city were returned to the Mayor untarnished and as perfect in every way asthey jwere when offered the three lined men, through the gen eral committee, Geo. Ander son chairman; InoH. Thomp son, secretary; Wm, Hopkins. • L. C. Fulp. Morris Waldon, W. B. Edmonso'n, Mrs. P. W. Bagsby. vice chairmen; Mrs. Laura Todd, Mrs. Minnie 1 Wagner and Mrs. Fannie Jones. We left early next morning for Seattle, Wash., after we had a full conception of the "‘true friendship which existed between the races in the beautiful, inland, empire city of flowers. Passing through fßitzville, Wash , Lincoln 11. Burns, whom we had not seen for twenty years, had become a first class tailor and was doing well there. Not to men tion this fruit and grain bell along the Snake river and the Yakiina Valley. As we near ed Seattle we entered the great cascade range of moun tains with its Oljmpus and Mt. Rainier and Baker Seattle the doorway to Alaska and the Orient, with her water falls higher than Niagara Falls, N. Y , has more than a fair share of nature’s gifts, excelling probably eve r > other coast city in number of her natural attractions ami advantages. She is located on the protected bay of Fugei Sound with an ideal harbor, which is supplemented by a government ship canal con necting with Lake Union in the heart of the city and Lake Washington, 30 miles long on the eastern border of the city, and three miles northeast Lake Sammiash, whi c h adjoins Woodland park. Not only do these tacts mean hne fishing, sailing, canoeing and all other water sports, but they insure low priced trans portation to Btitish Columbia Alaska, California and Ore gon. as well as cheap factory locations. Ihe Negro has not been •sleep to his valuable oppor tunties offered him, as we find Mr. Woodson owns aad rents four apartment houses, oper ates an auto, while Mr. Drake has an eight passenger car and owns his property. Seat - tie has two dentists, Drs- Cooper and Cardwell; two medical physicians, Drs Max well and Cardwell; Lawyer Black, two groceries stores, one confectionery and cater ing establishment, which com pares favorably to Baurs. op erated by our old friend and citizen Sam Stone, who fed 1500 hungry bankers at one time, just previous to our ar. rival in that city. 1 hen Mme. De Neal's Famous Hair Cul ture and Beauty School, also Capt. Powell's Chicken and Chili Parlor at 14290111 St. The Captain is known in Colorado Springs and Denver and has a host of friends Some of the Denverites visit ed were A. R. Bonner, 1018 E. Union. Mrs. Blasingame, 2.306 E. Union, A. VV. Bell, 1142 18th avenue, Mrs. Mattie Earl, 21 2 2.3 rd avenue, north and Mme. Octavos Dishman, 1316 I’ine street. The De Neal's College is not over ad vertised. With the assistance of Mme. Dishman, the confi dential secretary and mana ger, the hair culture has grown by leaps and bounds. 1 Seattle society colored anti white patronize her. Mme. De Neal has traveled exten sively and worked up a large mail order business. Denver is pri ud of all of her children, who are making good. Mme Earl is organist at the church and Mme. Dishman is the chorister of the A. M. E. choir. Standing room is at a premium at her cantatas. It was in Seattle where Capt. Johnson of Engine Co. No. 3, (Continued next week.) DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, NOV. «, 1915 The Birth of a Nation Flayed. In your valuable paper, The Defender. of Oct. 2 you | printed an trticle on "The Birth of a Natijn,’’ written by Evans Ford, in which he endeavors to put down the im pressions and emotions received whih* witnessing the play and to show from his point of view why the play should be suppressed. I as a white man and a lover of the colored race, went to see the plav in or ler to judge for tmself of the worthiness or the unworthiness of all the agitation going on at the pres ent time concerning the merits of this play. I went there with a wide open mind, always willing and ready to be con victed of possible errors on my part. 1 am convinced that, from the standpoint and point of view of the colored race, the play should never have been p* rmitted and that the Negro should not leave a single stone unturned in order to have it banished Irom the screen, because the whole thing is exceedingly unfair anti damaging to the colored race. Front my point of view, ‘.The Birth of a Nation" s'nou’d be wiped out because of its unfairness to the Negro in bring ing out things of fifry years ago, that man might judge the race as it is today, a monstrous task to ask of the whites. Because: It is an insult and stumbling block to the finer senses and feelings of ten millions of .American citizens. Because: It has not one elevating and ennobling feature in it: Because: it does not instill in those who see it a single desire to live better live;.. Because: It has no aim towards the future and does not show how the Negro could overcome all the handicaps he would encounter in the future. In one word, it is not help ful, but rather the reverse. Because: It only shows the errors of man and does not suggest an honorable way out It has no feature in it that one would want to emulate, with thfe«ception of two faith ful slaves, and that no white person would be capable of doing. And lastly, because no human agency has a right to pick out the unfortunate element of a people or race and flaunt it into the face of the world, that the whole race may be judged by the acts of those unfortunate, uneducated and mis guided few. All races and nations have the inalienable right to be judged by the noblest and best that is in them Tn** German, the French, the Italian, in fact, no other race would stand for a play bke "The Birth of a Nation” if they were substituted for the Negro They could not afford to be judged by the lower element portiaying their life and traits, neither can the colored race afford it, and least of all the white man of this country, for it shows him off to his greatest disadvantage. Three cheers for Ohio! Having enumerated the various reasons for banishing “The Birth of the Nation, ’ may 1 be permitted to put down some of the impressions I receive d while witnessing the play? I want to make it clear to the colored people whoj read the Defender, that we white people as a whole do not j view this play with the same feeling as you do. We do not | go there with the fixed purpose of ti iding faults, flaws and imperfections in a race of today by v ewing anything of fifty years ago. We feel that that would be most unfair and abominable, and you must give us credit for at least that much (airness. I went to see the play as 1 would go to see any oilier play, but I came out with a diff rent feelit g than I ever hail after seeing a show. 1 came away with . great sense ot shame at the vileness aid unscrupulous'! *.ss of the white peo ple in the play. That so called educated, cultured white people could stoop so low as to 11s; the poor, uneducated! Negro for the furtherance of their own ambitions, and so for years to come to put the stamp f apparent lawlessnessi upon the Negro race, was disgusting to me. Every white man who sees the pi iy knows in his \eart that whatever the Negro aid at that time he did because he was made to be-' lieve that he was in the right, and lie also knows that any white crowd or mob would have dor the same things under the same circumstances, especially -o when they were led bv the highest officials of the state. Stoneman, the leader of the house, led them on to the pitch where a break had to come. Mr. Ford says he could not see in the picture a single act elevating the Negro, that every action was one of de pravity. I could see an example of the highest order of un selfishness, devotion and fidelity in t lie self-sacrifice of their lives of the two colored servants for their former masters. I doubt if any white man or woman would do for their form, er taskmasters what'those two serv ants did. And we know that there were thousands of other Negroes who were doing the same tiling all over the South An everlasting monu ment should be erected bv the white people to the faithful ness of the Negro servant. By J. Meier, White Mr. Ford says the scenes of bringing the first slaves to this country create prejudice, for it refreshes the memory of the white man of the black man’s recent servitude. True, it created a sense of shame that the white man, civilized as he was, in 1619 could stoop and fall so low as to deprive another human being of his liberty, right of living and right to happiness. Certain ly there is not a white man who has seen ‘‘The Birth of a Nation” who would wish to Ijave slavery again, no matter how prejudiced he might be against the Negro. To Mr. Ford’s quotation of Brougham, I would reply that the white man dislikes the Negro because the ever-pres ent Negro reminds the white man constantly of his injustice and unfairness;that he preach es one thing and practices an other that he lives not up to the religion and teaching of Jesus Christ in one thing; that there is a scoce in the average white man's life which he cannot justify before his Lord and Master. It sim ply cannot be done- This rancor causes the white man to be harsher and more un just toward the Negro than he really wants to be. This constant reminder to the white man of his injustice to ward the Negro acts upon him somewhat like the man does who wants to hide before his fellow men his soft heart by being gruff and harsh to ward those in need of help. Mr. Ford says the picture shows that the Negro will dis play his depravity, no matter how high you try to elevate him. To me it only shows that people of any nation will under the same circumstances and provocations act just the same way. I have seen riots in Europe which far outdid I an\thing that the Negro was doing in the picture. | When the Negro lieutenant governor asked to marry the white daughter of his white friend and benefactor he only did what thousands of white ! men would have done, if they had been colored, under the circumstances. I cannot blame him for having aspired to 1 have the highest and best if in his mind to have a white w ife was his highest ambition. I There is not a white man or or woman in a thousand who would blame a colored man 1 for wanting to marry a white ; woman, if that was the height of his happiness. What about the large number of white men who support colored girls and have been doing so for \ears and years, judging from the various shades of colored people we have in this land? The lieutenant governor was a thousand times more hon orable than the above men tioned white men, for he at least wanted to make this white girl his legal wife, whereas the white men thin* rhemselves too far above the colored girls to legalize their actions. , | Kivi Cunts a Co?t. Mr. Ford says the picture shows the Negro’s lust for the white woman. If he did, he he only did that to which he was put up to by white men, by making him believe that he was in the right and per fectly within the law. The acts of the Russians in East Prussia last fall are to horri ble and too fiendish to ever compare with anything fiend ish a Negro ever did to a white woman. I have it from eve-witnesses that these white Russians outdid any beast or fiend incarnate with their bes tial conduct and atrocities, bo why blame the poor, igno rant Negro of fifty years ago? When Mr Ford says that there was no actual domina tion of the blacks over the whites in the bouth he is mis taken, as the history of Georgia will show him that lawmaking body of that state was actually in the hands of the Negro for a brief time. This it was that started the Ku Klux Klan. But that the Negro representatives came to the sessions of the house in the way the picture showed them to have done I do not believe. During the whole time the picture was shown I could only. ..sec the shortcomings erf the-white race in their dealings with the the colored race, and I know that many others were affect ed in the same way, I do not attempt to belittle the great injustice that the “The Birth of a Nation” does to the Negro; I only put down my individual impressions. I received while looking at the picture. I must confess that I might not be a competent judge, for 1 was born and brought up without any preju dice and dislike whatsoever, lo djslike a person on ac count of their color is abso lutely foreign to me, I would consider myself a fake and a counterfeit in the eyes of God, who saw fit to give his Son for the black as well as for the white, if 1 would ever think myself above anyone not my color but equal in character and spirituality. Io me this picture is an un* finished affair. In order to be just to the Negro it ought to show and picture on the screen the wonderful and tre mendous advance the colored race has made along educa tional, industrial, spiritual, economic, musical, poetical and scientific lines, as was shown during the Fiftieth Jubilee Exposition at the Col iseum. 1 visited it five times so that nothing would escape me, as 1 contributed on and off articles to papers in Eu rope monthly upon the life anti character of the Negro in this country. About pre judice 1 feel like Lincoln did about slavery when he said: ‘lf 1 ever get a chance I will hit 'hat thing and hit it hard.' I have been hitting race prej udice wherever and whenever 1 get a chance. I never gave the Negro a knock, as far as I remember, but only boosts, for thev deserve it, judging bv what thev have accomplished in the short space of fifty years.