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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-SEVENTH YEAR Number 158 SOUTH LYNCHES FIVE IN WEEK. Nowata, Okla., Gordonsburg, Tenn., and Cuthbert, GaMobs Run Riot Within the last few days five colored men are reported to have been lynched in the South. At Nowata, Okla., two men , accused of being im plicated in the killing of a sheriff, were taken from the jail and lynched in front of court house. At Gordons burg, Tenn., two men were lynched who had been arrest ed in connection with the mur der of a white man. At Cub bert, Ga , a man was lynched who is alleged to have shot and killed the sheriff. Some members of this mob are alleged to have shot and killed an innocent man while the latter was at work on a plantation. Oklahoma Mob Hangs Two. Nowata, Okla.. Sept.—Two colored men. accused of being implicated in the killing of Deputy Sheriff James Gibson during a jntfdefirery here to day, were taken from the jail by a mob to night and lynch, ed in front of the court house. A first attemrt to lynch one of the men immediately after their capture was frustrated by the Rev. Perry E. Pierce, a Methodist minister. The mob dispersed but pub lie feeling was not allayed and the mob reformed later, with the announced intention of lynching the two men, who had been returned to jail. When the prisoners had been taken from the jail short work was made of putting them to death. One of the men, John Fore man, alleged to have been the man who killed Gibson, was wounded when taken into cus tody and was not molested, but the unwounded colored man was seized by the mob, which had grown to large pro portions, and a parade thru the principal streets began. When the mob reached the Methodist Church a large tree offered the opportunity which the rope suggested. _ "Let's lynch the Negro on holy ground! ’ shouted some ’ one. Rev. Pierce, attracted by the screams, appeared and pleaded with the mob not to perpetrate the lynching, but his effect did not save them. Nashville, Tenn., Sept.- Two colored men were lynch ed at Gordonsburg, near here to day bv a mob that broke into the jail there. The men were dragged thru the streets to the outskirts of the town, where they were bound to trecs and shot to death scores of persons firing with rifles grevolvers and shotguns. The cause of the arrest and lynching was the murder of a white man named Bud Burns, Saturday night. Cuthbert, Ga., Sept.—Pete Hudson, a colored man, alleg ed to have shot and killed by a posse in a swamp some distance from here today. Feeling over the shooting of the sheriff was so high that citizens had urged that mili tary be brought here from Macon. This afternoon Hudson was fired upon by his pursuers and he returned the fire. It was thought that Hudson had companions, but he was alone when found. He had been killed by a possemen during an exchange of shots, it is be lieved. Elijah Sturgis, who had worked on the Harris plantation, thru which the posse went in pursuit of Hud son, was also found shot to death late to day. It is prob able that a member of the mob shot this innocent man. Paducah, Ky.,Oct. 16. —An infuriated mob of more than 500 persons stormed the coun ty jail here shortly after noon today and lynched two Ne groes within two miles of the city. After the bodies were cut down they were thrown on a burning brush heap and cremated. One of the Negroes, Frank Kinley, was accused of having attacked Mrs. Etta Rose last Friday night. The mob took him to the Rose home, two miles from the city, and she identified him as her assail ant. The other Negro, Jesse Thornhill, was hanged be cause he bodly declared that he would have committed the same crime. The mob which lynched the two Negroes formed early this morning. With its ranks con stantly increasing as it march ed to the jail, the leaders de manded that Kinley be turned over to them. The sheriff turned in a call for the police reserves, Judge Reed of the circuit court was also sent-for he came hurriedly and ad dressed them for more than an hour, speakers from the ranks of the mob came for ward and talked in the Ne groes behalf but they harran gudd the crowd to finish the task begun, rendering all aid powerless in the face of the mob’s overwhelming numbers AH during the forenoon the disorder and turmoil waxed hot and many Negroes were beaten on the streets. The sheriff, in the meanwhile, had tried to get his charge away fot safe keeping, but failed. The climax was reached shortly afternoon when the mob broke the bonds of re straint and took out the Ne groes who were taken in au tomobiles to the Rose home- There Kinley was identified. After they were hanged to a tree the bodies were cut down a fire started The bodies were thrown in the flames and more wood piled on. Then, its work completed the mob dispersed and strag gled back the two miles to the city. DENVER, COLORADO, (SATURDAY, OCT. 21, 1916 DENVER PIONEER FIRE FIGHTER DIES Retired With Honor After 20 Years Ser vice. Loved and Respected By All. Captain Silas H. Sohnson died at his home, 1721 Marion street last Sunday afternoon at 2:45 at the age of 66 years. Mr. Johnson had been a respected citizen of Denver for 35 years having moved to this city from St, Louis, Missouri in 1881. He served as Deputy Sheriff in that city for three years prior to coming to Denver. In 1895 Captain Johnson was appointed a member of Engine Company No. 3, and in ißq7 was appointed captain of the company and served with credit in that capacity until his retirement in January of this year. He was known as one of the most fearless and capable hre fighters in the service. Efficiency, reliability, and Promptness were the keynotes which he so successfully util ized in bringing Engine Company No. 3 up to such a high standard. He had taken active part in some of the most desperate fires in Denver as well as having been highly hon ored in the demonstrations and celebrations of the Fire De partment. He is survived by an only daughter, Mrs. Lottie Cowell. He was a loyal and devoted member at Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 2320, G. U. O. of O. F. and was very acti.e during its earlier history in Denver. He attended nearly every B. M. C. for the past 20 years. He visited and attended the Grand Lodge at Spokane last and while in Seattle, Washington the white firemen honored him by showing him over the city pHTces in airi au to. Wherever he went whether east or west, the fire com- CAPT. SILAS JOHNSON. panies would vie with each other in honoring him. He was also a member of Shorter A. M. C. Church and was a man who wore a white hat underneath which was that broad smile which never came off even in death. He was loved and respected by the entire community. His funeral occured from his residence. Tuesday after noon and many beautiful floral offerings were the silent spokesmen of the high esteem and respect in which his mem ory is sacredly cherished Loved and honored by his friends, respected and es teemed by his acquaintances. distinguished and celebrated at home and abroad, Captain Silas lohnson, a true race man left an enviable record behind for otheis to emulate. He has gone and his place can never be filled in this community. May he sleep in peace. * GEORGIA USES NEGRO TAXES FOR WHiTES. Atlanta, Ga. —More than four hundred thousand dol lars of the money collected from all the people of the state, colored as well as white were appropriated by the Georgia legislature which re cently closed for the use of white institutions in the state, with no appropriotion that will benefit the Negro. With more than a million Negroes in the state, the only institution for Negroes which is recognized by the state is Georgia State College for Negroes at Savanah, and'the which was annually appropriated for the school originally came from the Fed eral land scrip fund, and was the sum taken from Atlanta University because white members of the faculty of that school refused to take their children out of classes with the Negro students- So that it is only what is appropriated in excess of SBOOO for the Sa vannah school that comes from the state treasury. Some of the items included in recent appropriations for white institutions are: Georgia VoilCgTs u VflUliSld, $20,000: Georgia Normal and Industrial College, Milledge ville, $50,000; Rebecca Con federate Cemetery, $500: Mil ledgeville Confederate Ceme tery, $1,000; State Normal School, Athens, SIOO,OOO, and Georgia Training School for girls $1 2,500- Among the colored citizens of Atlanta who have express ed themselves in regard to the unfair and unequal distri bution of the peoples taxes for the public use. Dr. H- R. Butler, one of the pioneer Ne gro physicians, a large proper ty owner and taxpayer, com mented as follows: “If the State really meant to do the square thing by its colored citizens it would have and support an agricultural school in each of the eleven Congressional districts and a home forj the ex-slaves at some central and healthy place in the state. It is not a com mendable sight to Georgia and the other Southern States to have these poor old ex slaves who have spent their best days laboring for their old masters and making crops to feed the armies of the South. If the Confederate soldiers are entitled to a home supporter! by the State, I hold the ex slave who worked and led the Confederate soldier is equally entitled to a Ijome supported by the State. “It is never wrong to do right, but in some things it is hard to hnd the man who is willing to take the responsi bility upon himself to dare to do the right. Thus it is in this case; where is the mem ber of the Legislature who (with God and himself) will dare to take up this matter and dr<ve it thru because it is right?” Five Cents a Copt. Roosevelt Comes to Denver Tuesday. Bonfires, Torchlight Parades Bands to Welcome Him. Old Time Demonstration. Biggest Thing Yet. Perhaps no man can enjoy or has enjoyed the exception al distinction now given to Theodore Roosevelt by friend and foe alike. Regardless to his many mistakes Teddy still holds fast to the heartstrings of the public. His strong magnetic personality will not let you down it and for that reason the Republican party has selected him to put some Gen. Theodore Roosevelt. ginger in our Colorado Cam paign which has lacked en thusiasm and initiative. Ted dy will be here and the Star urges all persons of color to take part in the parades and demonstrations, help to‘whoop her up". YVe cannot help but quote what he said, on pre paredness in his great Speech in Chicago, when he said, “I ask that we prepare our selves within, and we cannot prepare ourselves within un less we also prepare against danger from without. 1 ask you to prepare so that we may secure peace tor ourselves and for others, not the peace of cowardice nor the peace of selfishness, but the peace of righteousness and of justice, the peace of brave men pledg ed to the service of this mighty democratic Republic, anti through that service pledged also to the service of of the world at large.” “A thief that will steal for me will steal from me when to his advantage” said Roose velt. The Hon. Chas. K. Hughes, Republican candidate for president, recently said to a delegation of colored men in New York City. ‘ 1 am and always have been friendly in my feelings to the colored people 1 have ex pressed it in this city at a meeting held with reference to Dr. Washington. I know the burdens and problems of your people. In what 1 say as to brotherhood and opportun it.y denied to none because of race, in that word race I in clude the colored American and am mindful of your prob lems “There are parts of my ca reer I cannot bring into poli tic®, but in the position that I have t a ken is to be seen my principles as to equal rights the Americanism for which 1 stand."