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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 117 BLACKS HELPING ALLIES DISPLAY GREAT DISCOURAGE Milan. Italy Nov. iq.—Af rican troops have been sent to the Balkans to reinforce the Anglo-French army and took an important part in the recent fighting south of Strumnitza The famous French “Sev enty-fives,” which have won the allies many successes over the Germans in France, are being employed against the Bulgarians with great success. * Terrible losses were inflicted upon the Bulgarians south of Strumnitza in the recent bat tle there. Thousands of dead ami wounded Bulgarians were left upon the field when the Bulgarian army retreated. The war correspondent of , the “Stampa" in the near east sends the following account of the battle between Strum nitza and Valandovo: Description ok Batti k. "On October 24 at noon the Bulgarians appeared on the hills overlooking the Strum nitza station. General Bail loud occupied the heights on the eastern side of the sta tion The main line was held by French infantry and zou aves, with chasseurs and Afri can troops as reserves. “Strumnitza station lies on the Salonica-Nish railway line about eight miles west of the Bulgarian city of Strumnitza. It has frequently been con fused with the Bulgarian city of the same name in recent reports of fighting. Strum nitza station is on Serbian soil. “The order of the day was. Keep to cover anti take great care of your lives. Don t get yourself shot uselessly, which means that you shall preserve 1 the strength of France and utilize it to good purpose. If at any moment it is necessary that you should all be killed, be assuretl l will let you know.' ” Copenhagen,—A despatch to the I’olitiken from Saint Thomas says: There is a ser » ious Negro uprising in the Danish West Indies. Both the United States and Den. marK have been asked to send , warships. The insurrection was organized by Jack Ham ilton, a Negro leader, who re cently visited Copenhagen. Bookkeeper in Miss. White Firm. Gunnison, Miss., —Russell B. Sugar-moil, a young colored man of this city, enjoys the distinction of being the only colored man in the State, and perhaps in the South,employ ed as book-keepers by a white * concern at a handsome salary. The W. T. Burt Cotton & Planting Company, whose business amounts to more •than stoo,ooo annually, has retained the service of Mr. Sugarmon in this capacity for the nine years. INCREASING INTEREST BEING MANIFESTED IN FARMERS CONGRESS. Fort Collins, Colo , Dec. 15th.-— During the week of January 3 -8, the farmers of Colorado will make their an nual pilgrimage to the Colo rado Agricultural College to attend the sessions of the Col orado Farmers’ Congress and Extension Short Course. The sessions of the congress will begin on Monday morning, January 3rd and will continue through Friday. Indications are that a very much larger number of farmers will be in attendance on the sessions of the congress this year than ever before. The farmers in every section of Colorado are evincing a growing interest in the congress, for they realize that in the lectures and dis cussions anti opportunity for an exchange of ideas, is avail able a vast fund of informa tion which can be put in prac tical use upon their farms. The program for this year is an unusually strong one. Government officials, mem bers of the faculty and tech nical staff of the Colorado Ag ricultural College as weli as practical farmers themselves will be on the program, dis cussing in the five days' ses sion many of the most import taut problems which are pre sented to the farmers of the state. Make your preparations now to be on hand and enroll on Monday morning January 3rd, for the sessions of the congress. Charleston. The unrest which has been felt in certain South Carolina localities re cently over the prospect of the Negro vote becoming once more a political factor tn elections in that State was emphasized at the registration offices in Charleston last Mon day, when voters registered for the city general election of December 14th. The registrars experience much more difficulty in com pleting the registrations than in a great while. It is felt that this was due in some measure to the number of cofored men in line in this city. However, it is regarded as remarkable that there should have been any Negroes in line on that day, V\ hatever may have been the reason, to the Charleston News anil Courier it "ought to be more or less illuminating tt) those people who are under the mistaken idea that the Negro has per manently laid aside political ambitions. He hopes the sol idary of the whites will be terminated some day, with the possibility that in every election he might hold the balance of power.” Nothing will be more re markable than that the Ne groes should do just that thing through the education al and property tests. They are making greater progress each year. DENVER, COLORADO. SATURDAY, DEC. 18, 1915 Denver Refuses to Accept Ohio’s Refuse. Negroes Stop “Birth of a Nation.” Force Play Into Court. Later-Court Forces Denver to Accept Ohio’s Cast Off. Comment Later: We Must Appeal to the Supreme Court. After months of preparation, weeks of constant vigilance anJ warning, and after days and hours of agonizing and suff ering uncertainty, fruitless efforts and deepest anxiety. The Star and the people of Denver passed through, Monday af ternoon in the City Council Chamberone of the most crucial tests in their community life. Its’importantness, its result ing effect meant our whole future success, peace and happi ness in Denver. Sunday afternoon at the invitation of the Commissioner of Safety "The Birth of a Nation' had been censored by sixty people of which twenty-five were of the most prominent and respectable class of the Denver Negroes They had not been given a square deal after that vicious film had been witnessed We expected as we had been promised to discuss with the Commissioner of Safety, our objections, which he had us write down and give to some one at the door. What he did with our objections and what he did with the white people’s recommendations. The Star is unable to say, only that we neither saw nor heard of them again. When the other,Commissioners were told of treatment and of the unfaimesttpffUritised we were given an opportunity to be heard at thi afternoon session of the Board of Commissioner's. The Commissioners assembled and after dispatching the routine business, the committee on Birth of Nation were given an opportunity to be heard. Dr. D. E. Over, C. W. Buford, Mrs. E. P. Costigan, Mrs. Alice I). Webb and Att'y. W. B. Townsend spoke. Fully'live hundred Negroes crowded into the Council and after the Commissioner made his report to the body, and recommend ed that certain objectionable scenes be eliminated —some- thing he refused to do on Sunday night,—then another scene was asked to be eliminated and the commissioner of Safety became sullen and stubborn pledging nothing and the Coun cil then moved and carried by 3 to 2 for the suppression of the film. The Honorable Commissioner, Clair J. Pitcher the mover of the motion. W. H. Greenlee, the second and Mayor Sharpley voted ayes. People of Denver and Col orado, this was the brightest moment in the history of all [Colorado for the best and lowest of humanity. l'hese men deserve and will get so long and so far as it lies with The Star's power our undivided and strongest support. Whatever they have done to us in the past, let us wipe from the Slate. This was a crisis and three real big American white citizens were born. O, ye worshippers of the square and compass, ye defenders of friendship, love and truth, ye brave men with sword in hand, ye \merican Woodmen and all others who have knelt before the sacred shrine, circu late this victory, correctly estimate the cost it was for these men to stand up and up for a despised people, yet who were worthy, peaceable and defenseless, be ever on the job to say to your white friends everywhere and at all times something good about these giant oaks among the small and spineless pines. Women Clubs and other societies of whatever kind and nature spread peace, harmony and prosperity among ours anil theirs during this yuletide period by ever commend ing these men. Servant men and women speak to your employers, porters talk to the passengers and let the world know that a friend in need is a friend indeed. Do not let us forget that you have a Townsend, a Rev. Over. Rev. Pope Father Blown, Gross and an Alice Webb, Lizzie E'roman and Ida De>’riest. Mrs. Alice Webb lias done more to cause respectable attention to be p.iid to Negro womanhood by honest white men than anyone or any single thing. She made a valiant fight before the Council, she spoke strongly and with force wherever and whenever we visited the com missioners and State Official privately. The Star is proud of the work and keen interest shown by all our women- We presented a united front to the enemy and swept lines before us. To > much cannot be said of W. B. Townsend his iron nerve and his ability to do While we are passing (lowers around don't forget the part the Star played and re member if you believe in this kind of journalism, get 11s sub scribers and advertisers. We cannot tell it all in this issue. The fight has only begun. We have gone our limit, as we close down the play, now it is up to the legal machinery to back up our action. Interesting News Concerning the Race. Negro’s Bone Saves White. Philadelphia, Pa. An ex periment that is being watch ed with much interest is the grafting of a part of the bone from an amputated leg of a Negro boy to the fractured leg of a white man, which fracture had refused to knit properly. This operation was performed at the Cooper Hospital, where Alfred Men oken, a Negro boy of eleven, wounded by a gunshot so that a leg had to be amputated, and John Hyde, a white man of fifty-six, with a fractured leg occupied beds in the same ward. The refusal of Hyde’s leg to respond to the usual treatment puzzled the sur geons and they finally decided to try the plan cf grafting the bone from the Negro's ampu tated leg to that of the white man’s fractured leg. Detroit Youth Made Civil Engineer. Detroit. ~7fITcH., —Daniel F. Cole, a Colored youth of this city has been appointed chief engineer and techinal adviser of the Ontario Aeroplane Company, Ltd., of Graven hurst, an enterprise financed by a group of Toronto capi talists to make fliers tor the Brieish army. White Man Sentenced for Rape on Negro Girl. Philadelphia, I’a., — Two years and six months was the sentence imposed on Daniel McDouglad, white, 42nd Cal lowhill streets, by Judge Da vis McDougald’s crime was a felonious assault on Edith Hayward, 14 years old, a lit tle Negro girl living at 415 Holly street. Golf Course for Colored. Atlanta City,-A golf course to be exclusively controlled by wealthy Negroes of Phila delphia, New Jersey and New York is to be laid out just north of the boundary line of Pleasantville, midway be tween the two golf courses supported by Atlantic City. B- F. Garrison, of Fleasant ville, is supervising the creat ing of the ninebole course, and today said that there was sufficient interest in the plans to assure it of financial suc cess. It will be located in Douglass City. A clubhouse, with private baths and cafe, will be erected. Great Beauty in Africa. A. K. Kumm, a fellow of the Royal Geographical So ciety of London, speaking at the City Club luncheon upon “The Wealth of Africa, ’’ said he doubted if the white race Five Cents a Copy. would ever be able to take Africa from the Africans. The colored race in America, he said, was drawn from the poorest African stock, while in the central portion of Afri ca were races of powerful men. If the American Negro could produce a Booker T. Washington, he said, there was no telling how great a leader might spring from those central tribes. Dr. Kumm said that Africa produced one-third of the world's gold and that there were undeveloped gold fields in almost all parts of the con tinent, together with copper and tin mines. He said the Nuban women were among the most handsome women on earth and that the Central African’s sense for music was far beyond that of Americans >r Europeans. African’s Wonder at Whites Bishop Hartzell, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, has recently returned from a tour of the mission fields of his (. hurch in Africa. During the past eight months he has been in territory in which martial law was in effect, and therefore he had an opportun ity of observing the effects of the present war in Europe, both upon the people and up on mission work in that coun try. On the edge of the desert near Biskra, Bishop Hartzell and Bishop Anderson witness ed a strange sight when sev eral hundred Mohammedans prayed for the success of the Allies naming England, Rus sia and France. In this re gion the Moslems sympathize with the Arabic rather than the 1 urkish leadership if the followers of the prophet. The 1 urks stand with Germany, while the Arabs look for re storation of leadership thru the success of the Allies. 1 he feeling between Ger mans and the English is in creasing in bitterness in Afri ca. and all the horrible meth ods of warfare are in vogue throughout three-fourths of the continent. The state of the native mind, says Bishop Hartzell. is largely one of wonderment. Judge Orders Photo-Play to Continue withou Change. What the Negro lost thru Judge Butler's "Birth of Na tion' decision, he can gain by strategy, literature, art and music. No Judge’s decision can humiliate the Negro, and remember "one cannot hold another down in the ditch without staving down in the ditch with him; in helping the man to rise, the man who is up is freeing himself from a burden that would else drag him down. I'or the man or race that is down there is al. waothing to be gain ed." Wu comment next week.