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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 Nurobei 138 Interesting News Concerning the Race. RACE CONSCIOUSNESS AND RACE CONFIDENCE Ideally, we are Americans, and among the most loyal of 'America's loyal sons. And these are days—the beginning of an era of intetnational complications in which the U nited States is destined to play an important part —when Americans loyal to the core, will be sadly needed. I his * fact will be increasingly ap parent within the next few years, perhaps, months, Amer icans and Americanism are to • pass through the testing fire, and thank God, the Colored American will be able to stand the test. Naturally, we would prefer to be regarded simply as A mericans, striving each ac cording to his ability to con tribute to the welfare of our common country. Hut unfor tunately. and here we only state a fact which must be ap parent to the most superficial observer, we are thought of and treated as a distinctive race group, “a thing apart, like Mabel Martin, immortal - ized by VVhitter, in the life of city community, state and na tion We state this fact with out bitterness, for we believe that, although it may be diffi cult for us to see it, there is a divine purpose back of it. It is going to work out all right in the end. This is developing in us a race consciousness, limiting it self now, but gaining force by that very limitation, which , will make us a tremendous so cial, industrial and political power in this nation. This race consciousness is mani festing itself in race confi dence, which is gradually re vealing to us our latent and unused powers of organiza tion for the support and de velopment of our own busi ness and industrial institu tions. We arc being thrown back upon and compelled to develop our own resources. The outcome of this means strong business institutions groceries dry good stores and similiar enterprises which will command respect and give us recognition in the commer -1 cial world. This will mean employment for our youth from which they are now de barred . We are gaining race con sc ousness and with it race confidence which means com mercial and industrial emati cipation. <» Cultivate race confidence by supporting race enterpris es race business anti" profess ional men and women, A. mericans, yes, always: but since it is forced upon us col ored Americans first.—Moni tor, Omaha. COLORED TROOPS AID FRENCH. London, Paris reports the Germans have thrown a new and formidable army into the attack on Verdun and that tlie violence of the assaults equals that of the first of | March. The Germans report ' the capture of a whole system of trenches on the northern slope of Hill 304 and the cap ture 0(40 unwounded cfficers and i,2So men. Ihe Ger mans declare that east of the Meuse the French are using colored soldiers in the fight ing. The principal effort of the Germans is being directed a gainst Dead Man Hill, the Ftench report. Adoptingthe Napoleonic policy of attempt ing to turn what can not be carried by frontal attack, the Germane, with a whole army corps, made the assault by way of the ravine between Hill 304 and Dead Man Hill, seeking to crush •in the French line along a front of one and one-half miles. The ground there is favorable for attack and the French com mander, aware of the weak, ness of the position, placed one of his best trained army corps at that place. This corps disposed the initial at tack without ceding any im portant ground. The attacks were resumed at night, the French war office reporting that they met w ith no success The losses of the Germans are described as extremely heavy. Methodists Hold Large Session. Saratoga Springs, N. V. — The General Conference of the Methodist church is in session here. The conference represents the largest body of Methodists in the United States. There are about too Colored ministerial and lay delegates in attendance re presenting the various Color ed conferences throughout the country and Africa. In delivering the Episcopal address Bishop Hamilton spoke it the progress made by the Colored people in this country anc> the encouraging growth of Methodism among them. He said in part: The white man’s prejudice is the Colored man's burden. It is not always a conspiracy of the passions. Neither is it an "inherent baseness." It is more and inheritance or re sult of evironment. "We in herit not life only,” said an eminent Scotchman, "but all the garniture and form of life, and work and speak and even think and feci as our fathers and primeval grandfathers from the beginning have giv. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, JUNK 3, 1916 Race and Religion Mixed. Florida Law Set Aside. Governor Runs Amuck. Fights Catholic Church. I he three Catholic sisters \\ ho were arressed in St. Aug ustine, on the charge of violating a law )f Horida which for bids white teachers from teaching in colored schools and vice versa, h ive been ordered released by the the court. Judge Gibbs of that stale rendered a lengthy decision in which he held that the law does not apply to any schools ex cept t-he public schools created and maintained by the state That the application of ttie law as sought by the state would be a violation of constitutional rights, the court sets forth in the following language' Teaching is certainly a lawful business and an honorable calling. Can it be successfully said that its limitation in the manner suggested as covered by the act in question would promote the health, safety, morals, or welfare of the State ? I think not. It is contended that this legislation as applied to private schools is decided class legislation. lias a white teacher any the less right to sell his services to Negro pupils than a white doctor to Negro patients, or a white lawyer to Negro clients, or a white merchant has a right to sell his goods to Negro customers, and vice versa? Such a classification is certainly not based upon any natural reason. A study of the act and the authorities convinces me that section i of Chapter 6490. Laws of Florida, 1913, if construed to opply to private school'is void as to such schools because its operation so construed would tend to prevent no offense pr evil or to preserve the public healtl'.4norals, safety or wel fare; that it is an evasion of the rights secured by the funda mental law in that it amounts to class legislation depriving teachers of privileges which are not denied to any other class of citizens and it violates a liberty guaranteed by’ the con stitution, to wit, the right of the citizen to be free in the en joyment of all of his faculties ami be free in the use of them in all law ful ways when they do not infringe upon the equal rights of others This decision kills the obnoxious law in Florida, and shows that similar laws in other Southern States can be kill ed. It not only allows the Catholic sister at St. Augustine to go on with their work, but also removes the menace from the institutions which have been founded and are maintain ed by Northern philanthropy. We are glad to see that ludge Gibbs did not attempt to release the sisters on any legal technicality, but that he fac ed the question squarely, and declared the arrest illegal and the law invalid. Three years ago law was possed forbidding whites to .teach the Colored in Colored schools. The law forbids teaching—no other word is used. For three y ears that law (like so many unjust laws of those states) remained a dead letter. The very state it self violates that law in its blind institute in St. Augustine. The sisters continued their humantarian work. The state of F lorida seems to have gone stark mad in its bigotry atul race prejudice. It celebrated blaster by ordering the arrest of three Sisters of St- Joseph in the an cient city of St. Augustine on Easter Monday. This is the disgrace that today stamps F lorida before the eyes of the nation. Catholic Sisters were marched as prisoners through the streets of the oldest Catholic city in the United States, where the first mass was said, where the lirst priest martys shed their blood for the faith, where the first church was erected, where Christianity was lirst preached. And what was their crime? I hey taught little Color ed children to read and write—and 10 know God —in a Col ored parochial school. en to us." But come in what ever way it has come to many American people it has come to be their own worst enemy; it has set itself as an insuper able hindrance to both their intelligence and integrity. Ac companied with contemptu ous disdain, it has expressed itself in the persecution for the whole Colored race. But the world has never witness ed such exhibited by the per secution as has been exhibit ed by the slaves and the sons of the slaves in this country. When reviled, they reviled not again. With them pat ience lias been a matter of re ligion. Driven from state, they have turned to the church for recognition and couragement. They have not been disappointed. The fiftieth anniversary of the organization of the Col ored Conferences occurred one year ago. Can any other fractional part of the church show an equal record of a chievement and advancement in so years? THE OTHER SIDE I lie Ciisis, a Negro organ, pays a deserved tribute to the valor of tne Colored troops on the Mexican border and says: "So in America, in Eur ope and in Afi ica black men are fighting for the liberties of white men and pulling their chestnuts out of the fire. One of these brig lit mornings black men are go ng to learn how to fight for themselves.” But they are ‘‘fighting for themselves” when they make the splendid record they are makingin Mexico. They were "fighting for themselves” when they made their record in Cuba. They were not then, nor are they now, “pulling white men's chestnuts our of | the fire.” 1 hey were and are fighting for a country that is theirs as it is the white man’s and in whose history and achievements they will have a part commensurate with the contributions they make. The Crisis gives its people very poor advice when it in timates that the interests of the Colored race lie along lines of "fighting for them selves” in the sense plainly meant by the Crisis. To be sure, the Colored race has had many obstacles to surmount but the race has advanced and will advance in , accordance with the efforts of i its intelligent members to con j tribute to the general good, to ! build for civilization and to do their part in the most etfec tive way. When such plays as “The Birth of a Nation” give of fense let the race show itself | superior to the touch of such I humiliations and, bearing it with dignity, win the respect land sympathy of whiumen i who cannot give approval to i taunts. There is but one way for [any individual or any race to push forward. That way is so plainly marked that it need not be stated. The conduct of the Colored troops in Mexico has done much to break down prejudice and win respect for the Ne gro race. So the generally fine conduct of Omaha Ne groes—so often commented upon by observing men —is do ing much to do away with this prejudice. "Upward and onward,” not through force but through civilization’s instrumentalities through faithful service as soldiers and good conduct as citizens —that is the motto and that is the course for ev ery individual and every race who would win the spurs. Prejudice and Art. We have said several times in this column that in art the Negro encounters less preju dice than in any other field of endeavor. If a Negro writes a great poem or a great book, or paints a wonderful picture or composes real music, his color is little or no hindrance Five Cents a Cory. JOINT CHRISTIAN SUCCESS. Men, Women, Boys and Girls Join in Field Day Sports Decoration Day. Queen City Band Donate Music. The field day and tract meet held under the auspices ot the Young Men’s and Young Women's Christian Associations at Rocky Mt. Lake on Decoration Day drew a crowd of over a thou sand people, and was a com plete success from start to finish. Never in the history of Denver has a more orderly crowd come together than the one which gathered there that day, Not an oath, not an angry word, nor a loud, boisterous voice was heard the whole day long. At the close of the day the officer in charge of the park told Sec retary Bell that he had never handled a more well behaved and genteel set of people. The promoters of the outing, officers of the Y. M. and Y. VV. C. A.’s are happy that they were able to give the public a day of such clean, high-class sport. Too much credit cannot be given Mes dames L. M. Froman, J. C. Cooper, S. A. Bondurant. W. E King, S. Boalware. Anna Hawkins and Miss Isabelle Chapman also Messrs Bondu rant, O'Bryant Lyons and Titus Rector for the grand and glorious success. Wm. Parkas general manager cov. ered himself in honors. The baseball teams, Bolden Bros, and Five Point Boosters scoring success to the tune of 11 to 5. The game showed some good material in the Bolden team. The next big game will be June 10 at 23rd and Welton Streets, when ! Bolden Team promises to ! goose egg the Five Pointers. [Tuesday was the greatest suc cess ever witnessed in Den ver. Everybody thoroly en joyed himself or herself. En thusiasm never ran higher. [ All honors to the ladies and [gentlemen on the Y. M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. Committees. I A list of the winners cannot Ibe given this week, but will jbe given in the notes of next week. Leading colored people of Mobile. Ala., have shown much public spirit in provid ing at their own expense night school facilities where over four hundred illiterates have been taught to read. to his gaining recognition anil appreciation of his work. This is one of the paradoxes of American prejudice. It is more difficult for a strong, able-bodied Colortd man to break through the New York labor union, and get a job to carry a hod than it is for a talented Colored composer to get a heating for his music in Carnegie Hall or Aeolian Hall.