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Brooks & Bowen, Fern Hall, Oct. 24th« Our Guests
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."

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