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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'SEVKNTH YEAR Number log Interesting News Concerning the Race. $47,400 Estate Left By Former Slave Lebanon, 111., Dec. 29. — Young Turner, a formerslave, who was reputed to be the weakiest member of the Race in southern Illinois, and who died two months ago, left $47.- 400 in his will, according to the inventory filed in Belle ville by his executors Tur ner came to St. Clair county without a penny in 1864. Aged Negro Diea at 117. Yazoo City, Miss., Dec. 14. — The oldest resident of Missis sippi died last week near Bel zoni. He was John Davis, a Negro, 117 years old. Davis was bom in Richmond Va . in i 7qq, and came to this section in 1828. He loved to tell "Ole Virginy.’’ He was trustwor thy an esteemed by the white people. He was the father of 12 children, seven of whom are living. • If as a result of the vast at tritionof the European armi es. the British forces should suffer for lack of men, un doubtedly the great reserves of black and brown men in South Africa, India, Egypt and other southern parts of the empire would be utilfzed. Many British members of Par liament are now urging the recruiting of blacks for fight ing. A resolution was passed a couple of weeks ago to this effect by a group of members. The splendid fighting quali ties of the Soudanese and oth er African tribes, such as Zu lus. have never been doubted. The French have generously used black troops from their African colonies, and the Ger mans feared them. If there were a wide call to natives of India and British African r«s sessions for service the status of the Colored races of the Empire would be materially altered and their preponderat jng millions would be attach ed to the flag. Unquestion ably. if the r --ed arises. Brit ain will not hesitate to call for help from that quarter, though before it does arise the United Kingdom and the Dominions must put into play available strength. Coleridge-Taylor s 1 C.,wn was one of the English songs that was given the distinction of repetition when sung by Mme. Alma Gluck, the noted American soprano, at her re ctal in The Auditorium at Minneapolis. Minnesota, late in October. Mr. Raymond J. Knox, a colored railway clerk running between Kansas City, Mis souri, and Omaha Nebraska has made his third consecu tive too per cent examination of states by routes. To Hold Conference on Negro Migration On Friday, January 26, a conference on Negro migra tion will be held at the Rus sell Sage Foundation Build ing, 22d street and Lexington avenue, under the auspices of the National League on Ur ban Conditions Among Ne groes. This conference is to be national in character and will consist of two sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. At the con ference will be representatives of national organizations thru out the country, including churches, welfare movements and schools. The purpose of the confer ence is to bring before the leaders of the various com munities into which the Ne gres are migrating the im portance of aiding them to adjust themselves to their new environment so that when the war ceases and immigra tion increases, the Negro es may be well entrenched in their positions of their a dopled homes. Some of those who are ex pected to be present and con tribute to the success of the meeting are Dr. R. R. Moton |ohn Hope. presidsnt of Morehouse College; J. E. Moreland, national secretary Y. M. C. A.; John Mitchell, of the State Federation of Women’s Clubs; Dr. George E. Hayes cf the National League on Urban Conditions, and Mrs. S. W. Layten, sec retary of the Philadelphia As sociation for the Protection of Colored Women. L. Hol. linworth Wood, president of the National Urban League will preside. The sessions will be open to the public and all persons who are interested in this question are invited to at tend. $42,000 Verdict For Attack on Man’s Home Memphis, Tenn. —Uphold- ing the doctrine that "a man's home is his castle and he has a right to defend it,” which Judge John E. McCall em phasized in his charge, a jury in Federal Court here has a warded to Matthew Harris, a Negro, $22,500 compensatory and $20,000 punitive dama ges in his suit against John A Reichman, former sheriff of Shelby County, and members of a sheriff's posse. Harris, who sued for SIOO,- 000 was seriously hurt when his home was dynamited in an attempt to dislodge him, after he had fired on the posse which was searching for one of his relatives. Harris test ified that he didn't know the identity of the possemen. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, JAN. 6, 1917 What of the Future ? ASKS THE FREEMAN If one studies carefully,the unfolding of the years, and as it concerns what they have had in store for the Negroes of America, he will discover more than one developing line of progression, some of which may be. non-progression as we may view it. Development is merely that, and does not necessarily mean progression in the preferred directions. The observer, if at all thoughtful, will view with some alarm what, in part, the future seems to have reserved for the Ne groes, while on the other hand there is reason for gratula tion that some things are developing as they should, regard less of the views of the thoughtless men. Developing as they should is an arbitrary proposition, and we mean it that way- It is not given every man the knowledge of what is best for him. Every man, especially of a race so peculiarly placed as ours cannot dictate the best terms for race progression. The careful observer will dis cover that the Negroes are meeting more indifference year ly. This indifference is not accompanied by increased hate— of that kind displayed lowly peoples in some foreign lands, and where the question of bread,and that of personal liberty were, and are, the ruling ones. It is an indifference that is shared of the patronizing attitude of the years when the Negroes were more the objects of sympathy than they are now —that's all yet; it is the thing that is thoroughly dis liked, and rightfully as it concerns limited observations, and which, yet may be the making of the race. It is true that the indifference is sometimes actuated or emphasized by ways that seem ugly and mean. The tend ency in these days is to shut Negroys out of places that have any of the social aspect. This is not liked because it means a discounted citizenship. But there can scarcely be a civil condition without some value. This is especially true as it concerns the Negroes. For instance, are leaving the South, perhaps, not nearly so many as reported, but they are leaving, and at the same time it is known that the oppor tunities in that section are greater for some things than the north. The very hard condition of the south has been the opportunity for many men —hundreds of thousands of satis fied men, who are much better prepared to desert the section than those who are found coming away. Some may think it strange that a Negro journal would be found advising that the Negroes to make the best of it where they are. We are advising the stability of the race: hence the country. Neith er their stability or that of the country is to be entrusted to incendiary minded person, or those who do not give a rap as to what follows, or to the blatant mouthed ignorant who sees nothing beyond his own horizon, or beyond the present moment. We have much more to consider than our trifling civil infirmities. We say trifling in view of the world wide histor ies of lowly peoples. And in viewing the conditions af races similar that have struggled upward the premium goes to our race as the most favorably environed of all that have gone before. White men have worn collars locked on them like those of dogs, having their owner's name branded on them. Saxon was slave to Saxon, and both, he and his slave, were bondmen to the Normans, in a manner. The emancipation was more complete, it is true enough, and because of the white blood, which claimed a common supremacy, and which would not be stilled until enthroned. The Negroes must ever bear in mind that races like families have exerted them selves to be in the lead, to be first. It's a poor individual that does not think himself better than someone else. Races of men are the same way, and the Negroes may as well ac cept the theory, and thus be governed, and try some expedi ents to pull further up in the world. Their case is without parallel. There has been similarity, but nothing identical. We are absolutely without guide or compass, consequently nothing but the best thought of the best disposed persons are worthy to be cast among the opinions and sentiments of the future. 1 he United States, in spite of all that is said, is the best held for Negro endeavor. The development of indifference means a corresponding possibility of manhood owing to that indifference. It is not known to us just what were the quali ties or exertions that gained greater respect for former low ly men; this however whatever they may have been they did not have a serious race handicap. Whatever the Negro es may do they will find thrown in the scale their nationality to weigh against them. But there is such a thing as making a super-human effort to be men, and until that day has come and gone we have no downright reason for cursing our fate J or the land of eur birth- The Negroes are not expending the resources on hand. I Our case is practically in our own hands. That thing is developing, and we find that we are more helped in trying to win our case than im peded by the white people. 1 hey are not helping us to draw nigh to the socially, they are helping us to battle it out among ourselves. That thing is also develop ing. It is finally beginning to dawn on those who would run away from the race be cause they are able to do so, that they like the popcorn in the popper must stay-pent up until the “colonels’' or the ker nels have all come through. This leads to thing of individ ualism rather than the race: the question then arises: Why should one be held back if he can fly away. That old Per sian, Omae Khayyman, had it: “Why>if the soul can fling the dust. And aside, naked on the air of heaven ride, Were’tnota shame, were t not a shame for him, In this clay carcass to a bide ?’’ So they think, nor or we in dined to quarrel with those who escape the tests. We do not know that we are our brother's keepers to that ex tent. We contend for the right of the individual to be all he can be under the laws and conventions of society However, the Negroes who cannot escape are due consid eration. They must be saved against themselves, for as we said in the beginning it is not given the ignorant or the thoughtless to advise as it con cerns the best methods of the progress of a numerous peo pie. Some say, 'hands off,' the object being to permit time to care for what it produces. Time is essential, but while we wait there must be wore. The accumulation of moneys and property will be well nigh a usele s occupation if they depreciate in value because of race holding. Citizenship will be as sound ing brass and a tinkling cym bal if it means restricted priv ileges and thus earning every other man's contempt. Those are the things that must be thought about in the future for the future. AMERICAN WOODMEN 6IVES 60LD AWAY! $lOO II GRAND PRIZES $lOOll GOLD GIVEN AWAY Arc these hard times T You will make them easy by hustling for the American Woodmen. THE BIG CONTEST IS ON. $50.00 in gold to any member securing more than 25 applicants; $25.00 in gold to the one securing the second largest number, providing it be above 15; $15.00 in gold to the one securing the third largest num ber, providing it be above 10; $lO.OO in gold to the member se curing the fourth largest number, providing it be above 8. The dispensation is only $2.50 and everybody has an even break. Let’s see who will win the first Grand Prize of $50.00. All applicants must be passed on by Dr. DeFrantx. The dispensation closes with a grand program and banquet, Thursday night, January 25. For further particulars inquire at the Head Camp, Arapahoe Building. C. N. PITT, Commander. JA& O. ADAMS, Clerk. Five Cents a Copt. LOVINGGOOD DEAD AT SAML. HUSTON SCHOOL Austin, Texas, —After a week’s illness, Pr. H. S. Lov inggood, president of Samuel Huston College, died Sunday night, December 17, at his home in this city He has suffered from Bright s disease for the past two years, having a break down at that time while lec turing in lowa. However, he stuck to his post of duty and was in actual direction of the work of the college until com pelled to take to his bed a week ago. He was born in Walhalla, S. C. in 1864, grad uated from Clark University, Atlanta, Ga. After complet ing the college course he took a course in carpentry. For two years he edited the At lanta Times, but sold it to be come principal of a city school in Birmingham. After teaching at_Wiley University, Marshall, Texas, for five years he was selected in iqoo as president of Samuel Huston College. He was its first president and the school developed und ‘er his administration into one of the strongest in the country. He was married twice, being survived by the second wife and her five lldren, and one child, issue of the first mar riage. The funeral services were conducted at Wesley Chapel M. E. Church, inter ment in Oakwood cemetery, the funeral arrangements be ing in the hands of tv o under taking firms, Rhambo & Woodard and Wm. Tears. J. W. Frazier will serve as acting president of the college until the Freedmen's Aid Bureau at Cincinnati names a scccessor. A mob of over one hundred white citizens in Jackson, Tennessee, started toward the home of Walter Elkins, a Negro, to lynch him for hav ing struck a white fellow work man over the head with an iron bar, at the Illnois Cen tral shops. Negro citizens armed themselves and went to the home of Elkins. The mob has not yet arrived.