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Honor Lincoln, Entertainment Feb. 12, Last 1 umer Hall
ADMISSION 35 CENTS The Denver Star The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-SEVKNTH YEAR Number 172 PATRIOTIC DENVER IN LIVE. City Federation Will Cele brate Centenary of Fred eric Douglass’ Birth. Odd Fellows to Celebrate Lin coln’s Birthday. Great and vital causes are advanced by honoring the memory of their illustrious ex ponents. When the work of these moral heroes is yet un finished or is being undone, the present-day struggle for humanity is strengthened by public observances of the an niversaries of the pioneers. Such events furnish the occa sion to recall the careers and recite the noble utterances of the great advocates of reform and to urge devotion to their ideals. The sentimental ap peal which goes with the cen tenary of the birth of a moral leader makes its celebration, if carried on in the spirit cf its life-work, of telling help to the same cause today- Douglass Centennial, Feb. 14. Hence it is that the Nation al Equal Rights League, re presenting the crusade of Col ored Americans for rights and liberties till denied, urges the celebration of the centenary of the birth of that greatest of all Colored Champions of lib erty and of Citizenship for Colored Americans, Freder ick Douglass, all day Wednes day, February 14- , The League advises that these observances be in the the name of the equal rights cause, and that in every place where Colored Americans are numerous, an Equal Rights Committee or Equal League be formed to arrange the cen tenary observance of this great champion of equal rights. New Year’s Message. This is the first great duty of our race collectively in the nesv year 1917 and is the Lea gue’s New Year Message to the race. It will inspire our young people with respect for and pride in their racial strain to have brought out the won drous ability of this man born a slave. It will give courage to our men and women to fight in an organized way col or discrimination to learn of the brave stand taken by Douglass on many occasions. It will challenge the consci ence of white Americans to know the life-struggle and the eloquent plea made by him for justice to his race. Greatness of Douglass. Douglass was the great Col ored Abolitionist. An escap ed slave, he eventually waged an independent campaign of agitation for the freedom of his own race. The approach his cetenary should be the sig nal for his people to rally to the standard of a fight of our race for rights denied because of our race. JURY TO HEAR CASE OF "JIM CROW” SCHOOL ROOM. Mother of Colored Children Fights Segregation at Dow nington. West Chester, Pa. —Several weeks ago Mrs. Rebecca Simms, Colored, of Downing town, refused to send her two daughters to the public school because she contended, that they were discriminated a gainst on account of their col or. She was twice arrested for violation of the compul sory educational law, and on the second occasion was fined $4.40, which she declined to pay, and was committed to prison by Justice Hunter Wills Ihrough her counsel she ap plied to the court for appeal from the summary conviction. At the hearing she testified that all the Colored children had been taken from the five lower grades and placed in a basement room under the care of one teacher, a ycung Colored man. TEXAS COURTS DECLARE HANDS OFF THE PULLMAN Austin, Tex., —The Su preme Court refused a writ of error in the case of the State of Texas against the Galves ton & San Antonio Railway Suit was instituted by the State against the railroad com panies for penalies for viola tion of the Texas Jim Crow law by permitting colored passengers to ride in the same sleeping car with white people the court holding that the State had no case decided in favor of the railroad com panies. Let there be fitting obser vance throughout the United States of America of the Cen tenary of Douglass, the orator the abolitioaist, the editor the writer, the statesman, under the auspices of Equal Rights Committee, or Equal Rights League and the Citizens, all day February 14, 1917. Thus will our fight for rights be strengthened in the land which Douglass helped make one of freedom for all. Byron Gunner, President, Hillburn, New York. Wm. Monroe Trotter, Sec retary, Cornhill. Boston. The City Federation Club of this city will conduct Doug lass memorial services at Zion Baptist Church. February nh while on the 12 Lincoln's Birth day will be celebrated at East Turner Hall by the Odd Fel lows. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, JAN. 27, 1917 A GIFT IS A GIFT. STRIKES AT ONE CLASS ONLY. Robt. Harris [Republican! Representative In troduces ‘‘Anti-Tjsping Bill.” The Denver Star before election and at the primaries did all it could to defeat Robert Harris one of our assembly men because he has now done what we expected him to do, and that is, to introduce for the third time his “Anti-tipping’’ bill. The Star hopes that his colleagues with pigeon hole the same as it takes away money and livelihood from some without giving anything in its place. Mr. Harris wants to stop the public from voluntarily tipping certain class of ser vants, yet he does not provide how this certain class of ser vants will be reimbursed by their losses. They lose thru his bill and therefore he destroys and fails to construct. Any body, not an Assemblyman can do that. But let us turn on the light of reason on this "Anti-tipping" bill. A tip is a gratuity or an appreciation voluntarily shown by some one for some kind of service done. His, bill makes it a crime to give or take a tip—that is—for a certain class, yet it permits the Fire Chief. Police department. Automobile drivers and all other persons not in the class named by his bill to receive any recognition, money cigars or *r«£t not and it is no crime in those cases to either give or take. A chief of the police or fire department can receive hundreds of dollars for ser vice of their officers or men in their charge and rescuing of anybody from danger can get "a gift” or Carnegie medal; or if they happen to find a SSO watch or SSOO check and the owner can “reward" them but a waiter, porter, bell boy and the chamber maids etc. cannot take 10 or 25 cents for doing the usual thing in an unusual manner.it is a crime. The Star wants to know wherein is the difference, as a gift is a gift and service is service no matter by whom performed- Howbeit that the money as tip, reward, recognignition as service, becomes tainted and criminal in one case and not in the other? These porters and maids get money from tour ists outside of Denver and inside of Denver and spend the coaxed and hard earned cash with our Denver merchants thereby constantly help Colorado and her business men. To take away from these people such support which greatly aids in supplying families with the necessities of life, without putting something in its place at the same time, will cause men to steal for their families before they will permit them to go hungry. What is the difference between a “Xmas present" and “a tip’ ? The Star thinks such a bill is man ifestly unfair and class legislation directed against a particu lar glass who can profit by what one class is forbidden by law to enjoy. His bill forbids you to do with your money as you please, restrains the liberty of the taker and punishes both for what was never a crime before. To give and take are both lawful actions, hut the bill just arbitrarily declares them unlawful because Robert Harris says so. Senators and Ref resentatives of the people, kill that pernicious measure. President Wilson Rewards a Hero of Carrizal. Waiving civil service regu lations and making the ap pointment effective at once, President Wilson last Satur day rewarded Dolly Sarrior, one of the heroes of the £n gagement at Carrizal, Mexico by giving him a position as messenger in the war depart ment. Mr. Sarrior was a quarter master-sergeant of Troop C, Tenth Cavalry, aed in that fa mous fire of shot and shell ai Carrazal he was wounded in the right wrist when Captain Boyd's command was ambush ed hy the forces of Carranza. I'his signal recognition of a valiant Colored man who stood to his country’s flag at a moment that tried men’s souls is regarded with pleasure by all who have heard the cheer ing. The size of the place ac corded him is not half so much considered as the fine spirit which prompted the giv ing of it. — Broad Ax. Just smile and go on—Ed. SAVE THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS HOME! The City Federation of Colored Women s Clubs of Denver ap peals to the Patriotic and Race Loving People of Denver to do their full duty towards this wor thy movement —Douglass Cent enary, to be Celebrated Feb. 11 th, at Zion Baptist Church To the Race loving people of Denver: As President of the City Federation of Colored Wo men's Clubs of Denver, 1 ap peal to you to do your full duty in this movemensto save the magnificant homestead of Frederick Douglass on Cedar Hill, Anacostta, one of the picturesque spots in the coun try and dedicated as in no oth er spot to the preservation of the liberty and civic uplift of our 10,000,000 Colored Amer icans. Noting the several in effectual attempts to raise the necessary funds to aid the trustees of the Douglass Home to redeem the property by paying off the accumulated indebtedness that hangs over it, the National Federation of Colored W omen's Clubs at the Current biennial session in Baltimore last August took definite steps towards joining hands with this cause. A general committee was named to put into execution the plans thru which the ob jects sought may be attained, [t is desired that “Cedar Hill" shall be a historical “Mecca" to which the race may come tor inspiration and knowledge of its proud achievements in every phase of human activity The Negro's life and labors are inseparably entwined with the life and ideals of the A merican Nation :—and at this store house shall be kept the records that shall establish our claim to immortality. The tooth Anniversary of the birth of Frederick Doug lass approaches. Its signifi cance ought to be made na tion-wide thru a general move ment to raise the money need ed to clear out to our Home that marus the scenes of his be-t days. Conservative es timates place the amount needed at $i5,0 co. This sum will satisfy the mortgage, re store the buildings and grounds to their natural beau ty, and add the new features essential to the equipment of the premises as a creditable museum of art, literature and history. It will not be diffiault for the progressive Negroes of America to raise this fund, if the proper effort is put forth and the campaign is sys tematically and intelligently directed. The time to begin this sacred mission is now. On Sunday afternoon Feb ruary 11th at Zion Baptist Church, the centenary of Ftederick Douglass will be held, under the auspices of the City Federation of Color ed Women's Clubs of Denver, Five Cbntc'a Corr. POWER OF THE SOUTHERN VOTER. Washington, D. C.-In shap ing national legislation one vote in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississip pi. South Carolina, or Virgin ia is worth as much as five votes cast in Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, lowa, New Mexico or Idaho. The eight southern states e numerated cast a total of 511, 199 votes for the election of members to sit in the Sixty fourth Congress. This makes an average of 7,745 votes to each district, the entire num ber of districts returning 64 Democrats, one Republican and one Progressive. For the seven northern states mentioned, the total vote at the same time was 2,- 587.402, or an average of 39,- 203 votes for each district, re turning 50 Republicans and 16 Democrats. Thus, slightly over half a million southern voters have 66 spokesmen in the House of Representatives whereas it required more than two and a half million northern voters to secure eq ual representation. The ine quality in voting power is the outcome, of course, of a basis of total population forming the several southern Congress ional districts where the N e gro is counted in, but his vote excluded. How long must this inequality continue? Are the North and the Republican party to supinely submit in definitely to this condition of affairs? Church Society Pays $7,000 in Dividends. Philadelphia, Pa — Share* holders of the first series stork of the Cherry Building and Loan Association receiv ed a few days ago dividends aggregating $7,000. The dis tribution was made by Chas. H Brooks, secretary. 1 he association was organ ized twelve years ago by mem bers of Cherry Memorial Bap tist Church, then pastored by the Rev, W. A. Creditt. There have been made loans to the amount of $50,000 on thirty homes purchased for members and loans on stock amount to more than $30,000. Withdrawals have been allow ed in the sum of 833,000. There has never been a dol lar loss by bad investment or through dishonest officials. and we are appealing to every Negro boy and girl. man and woman to take a share in the redemption of this home. Will Denver do her share in this great work and there by directly express her gradi tude to the silent memory of Douglass, the orator, diplo mat and statesman? Yours for the cause, Thetha Ector Miller.