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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 17s AUTOMOBILE TRAINING SCHOOL FOR NEGROES A Company of Business and Professional men of Kansas City have organized to estab lish a training school for Ne groes, where they can learn the fine points of repairing anand careing for all makes of automobiles; traction en gines and auto trucks, as well as driving all. makes of cars. There is not a school in this part of the country that will admit Negro students to learn the automobile business. The men that are behind this school say that they believe it is their dHty to see that the Negro Youth is given a chance to become a thorough automobile mechanic; as the demand is growing every day for competant repair men and chauffeurs. The chauffeur that can drive a car and cannot repair the same will have a poor chance to get a good job in f the near future. Then there * is a great opportunity for boys to go into the Rural Districts and open a general repair shops and become indepen dent business men. This school will be located at 1420 23-34-26 Woodland Av enue. A modern steam heat ed brick building with thir teen thousand and two hun dred square feet of floor space formerly occupied by the Sweeney auto training school. The* 1917 class will start March 15th. More than 50 students have already enroll ed. The officers are as fol lows: Fortune ). Weaver, Presi dent. Mr. Weaver is presi dent of the local Negro Busi ness League of Greater Kan sas City, member of the Ex ecutive Committee of the Na tional Negro Business Lehgue and president and general manager of the Afro-Ameri can Investment and Employ ment Company (Incorporated) the largest business of its kind in the world. Dr. Martin G. Brookins, Secretary and Treasurer; one of Kansas City's most promi nent physicians, who pays tax 1 es on several thousand dollars ' worth of property in Kansas ' City. 1 j Mr. James A. Davis, Gen- J era! Manager, a man who is thoroughly informed in all de ’ partments of the automobile - business and has been em- f ployed for the past five years by a large firm here in the , city as a buyer of automobile ( and ditircated metals. ( Dr W. E. B. Du Bois was discharged from St. Luke’s Hospital, New York City, Jan uary 22- He is rapidly regain ing his strength and normal health. He wishes to express to his friends, known and un known, in many parts of the country, his deep appreciation of their thoughtfulness and encouragement. 4 COLORED OR CREOLE WOMAN WORTH $40,000 St. Louis. —Circuit Judge Henings last week took under advisement the question whether Elizabeth Mary Simp son. who died sixteen years ago, leaving an estate of $40,- 000, was a Colored woman or a Creole. Elizabeth Simpson was the housekeeper for Peter Leh man, who at his death left her the Lehman homestead, worth $40,000. When the house keeper died she willed the property to Lehman's cousin, Eugene Lehman. Six Mississippi Colored cit izens who claim to be heirs of Elizabeth Simpson brought suit against Eugene Lehman and his wife and several white witnesses testified that they believed Mary .Simpson was white. The Negroes, heeded by Saulsbury Simpson, who claims to be a nephew of the deceased housekeeper, testi fied that she was Colored — a slave in Mississippi who was set free by her master, Peter Lehman, just before the Civil War.-v ADMITTED, BUT A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW. Southerner Want* Negro to Learn to Fight. De Moines, lowa.—The leading daily newspaper of this place, in a well-consider ed editorial expression with reference to the scant atten tion the Negro receives in times of peace and the solici tude vouchsafed him in time of war, says: A demand is now before Congress for a great national school for Ne groes, made, strange as it may appear, by a Congressman from. Tennessee. It is to be a school for military training. Ihe Southern leaders who during fifty years of peace have permitted the Negro to secure his own training for civil life, have suddenly be come thoroughly aroused to the need off government in struction in the art of war. Of course, if we are to pre pare soldiers much may be said for the proposed school. The Negro has stood up be side the best soldiers in the world, and he is more willing to fight for the flag than many to whom the flag has meant more in privilege. But is it not worth thinking about that we should be so suddenly so licitous for the training of the Negro in times of war and lit tle solicitous in times of peace? Suppose the Congress man from Tennessee had pro posed a great national train ing school for the Negro fifty years ago to fit him better for the common duties of Ameri can life? DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, MCH 10, J 917 R TIRED FROM NAVY AS CHIEF GUNNER'S MATE Philadelphia, Pa., —John C. i Jordan, wha lives at 1326 So. Mole street, this city, was re tired recently from the United States Navy after thirty years service, having attained the rank of chief gunner s mate. He entered the service on June 17, 1887, at Washington, D C. He completed the course at the Gunnery School, Wash ington,.in 1893, anc * was the first Negro to do so. Mr. Jordan was on the Olympia, Dewey's flagship, at the bat tle of Manila Bay in 1878, and later was stationed at the Navy Academy, Annapolis, at the naval station, Culebra, Porto Rico, afld the League Island naval station at Phila delphia. where he had charge of the rifle range at the time ; of his retirement. He has been awarded six medals from the government for Fidelity, Zeal and Obed ience, and on his retirement received a letter from the Navy Department stating that he was "a valuable man in uplifting of the navy' and that “it regrets very much to see you'retire from active'liTe in the navy." Idaho Anti-Jap Land Bill to Be Killed in Senate. Boise, Idaho, —The anti alien land bill was reported unfavorably by the senate committee on state affairs, but the senate, 24 to 11, order ed the bill printed. 1 his action was taken on motion of the author of the bill. Many who opposed the measure said they favored its terms, but believed the time *as inopportune. Governor Alexander receiv ed a telegram from Secretary Lansing asking his opinion of the possibility of passage of a pending bill against the inter marriage of whites and Mon golians The supreme Court of the State of Tennessee has upheld Jennings will. Jennings, a white man left a valuable farm of iooo acres to Betty Hicks, a colored woman, by whom he had ten children. The will was drawn up by a white lav yer who refused to testify to his signature uutil paid $l,OOO which he claimed was due him. After two weeks in jail, he changed his mind. Two hundred striking Ne gro miners at the Banner Mines near Birmingham, Ala. have refused to come out of the mines or to allow anyone to enter. The men are con victs and have quantities of dynamite. They complain of ill treatment. "WAITE SUPREMAC." Nearly forty years ago, the South was given a free hand todtflas it pleased with the frangjfaise of the colored race living} there. President Hayes paved the way for “white su premacy” For a short while northern white men, colored menmnd some southern men ruled the South. This regime is cabled by the South “carpet bag.!' Too often it has been maliciously stated that this was the curse of the South. This is NOT true!. While the so - called “carpet - baggers" ran the government of the sout^i, the people enjoyed an orderly government, save out bursts of violence from law less White southerners. The presence of federal soldiers made the South respect law. Thejr withdrawal was a signal for Hegal violence.” Ihe shibboleth was “white suprem acy. Under “white suprem acy” have grown up men like Tillman, Cole Blease, James K. Vardaman, Hoke Smith and many others. Under its regime the South has had a withering blight of lawless ness; lynching, burning, mur der, peppage, white cappers . ' lT idL<lrfi |^n ' i rl Constitu tional government has given away to mob “law.’’ The courts have been subsidized by poiit’icians; education de nied the poor whites, while the colored people have suf fered almost the loss of all educational advantages. Race prejudice, like a hyena, creeps stealthily into everything. Christianity has been made the vehicle for spreading snobbishness and hypocrisy; church unity halted because of the black Christian. Seg regation in cities, "jim crow ism” in public conveyances and brutal oppression meet you at every turn. At no stage in America’s history has civilization been so low as now while “white supremacy rides.’’ Not only has it grip ped the South but it is cautiously planting itself everywhere. “W hi t e su premacy” may be defined as the absolute independence of white men to law and order. From “white supremacy” the colored South i s running. Heaven smile upon their flight. fudged by its own record, “white supremacy" is the reign of brutal terror and barbarous ferocity. Under it all races retrograde. It is not time for the reign of “law and order’’ to be installed by the votes of the governed? Among the sufferers under this greatest evil, the colored race has been and is the prin cipal. Like slavery, it must go Let our people leave the South till it feels their absence sorely and this will put an end to "white supremacy" vuicker than anything else. Ihe white South does not like work, especially in the hot sun. Send it into the fields and you will cure it. We rejoice in the fact that the or NEGROES DYING BY HUNDREDS IN NORTH'S CITIES Chicago, IlJ., March 5. —Ac- cepting a warning from Phila delphia public health author ities, Health Commissioner Robertson will today begin a thoro investigation of health and housing conditions in Chicago’s “black belt.’’ An epidemic of tuberculo sis and other contagious di seases is feared, since thou sands of Negroes have been imported by stockyards and labor agencies to replace im migrant labor cut off by the European war. In Philadelphia 700 are re ported dying. • Five thousand negroes have come to Chicago since the first of the year and 20.000 to 30,000 more are expected. Heretofore Negroes have come North, \Vest and East all times during a year on visit individually and collectively and there were no enormous death rate among them, but it seems that when the Negro is migrating where wages are better, into more healthful surroundings with modern conveniences, good school fa -cilities, advantages and accom modation assured of political rights and other beneficial equipment for-a useful Ameri can citizen, that now the Southern Negro cannot stand that sudden transitive and ultimate change. Better come North, East or West and take just one full deep breath of free, unpollut ed and unafraid Air of Ameri can atmosphere as it exist there than live down there un der such galling unjust re straints and unpunished crime. Negroes have died in North; have died in South be before' and die everywhere and anywhere they go, so that the dying should not stop the exodus. Come on and out in to God’s country, get on a farm and make Colorado blossom like a rose. No real gain without some loss, sacri fice or suffering. Remember that the above figures are so adjusted, com bined an<> handled, that, even if true, you are supposed to get very little advantage or comfort out of them. Who can blame a determined hust ling Negro from improving his condition? The North, West and East does not want nor need that kind of a Negro that newspaper headlines can or will scare into inactivity. The colored town of Taft, Okla., has a telephone ex change with colored girls, a colored station agent and a colored telegraph operator. dinary colored man is solving his own problem. “Go to’ it ' and free yourself of the incu bus —“white supremacy." (REV) WM. A. BYRD. Five Cents a Copy. AMERICAN NEGROES TO FIGHT FOR ALLIES There are mo,re than three hundred Negroes from the United States in the construe tion batalion being recruted in Canada, soon to be sent to the scene of conflict in Europe according to J. R. H. Whitney editor of the Canadian Ob server, who is in New York on business- Mr. Whitney is editor of the only colored pa per published in Canada, and it has been due largely to his activities that the Govern ment reached a decision to or ganize a colored battalion. Over 200 colored men have joined white regiments and are at the front, many being citizens of the United States. When the question of or 1 ganizing a separate colored battalion was first ed i Canada, Mr, Whitney petition ed to the governmental ofifi cials for an infantry battalion, It was decided, however, to recruit a construction bat talion. Then an effort was made to ' secure all colored officers, but 1 it was pointed out that, un 1 like an infantry battalion, it i was necessary that commis l sioned officers of a construe , tion battalion ,be civil engin e e r sV”X compf6 Mlse Itttt been reached, giving all the no commissioned officers to Negroes. Two commissioned officers have been appointed —a chaplain and a medical of ficer —with rank of captain. The colored soldiers, who are members o f what i s known as Construction Bat tallion No 2, will sail for Europe some time in March. The "following arpeal has been made to colored Canad ians to enlist in the newly formed battalion: Enlist today and prqve your gratitude tor the precious her itage of freedom found only in the British Empire and un der the British flag. Fight for that flag, maintain it in the future as it has been main tained in the past. In this terrific struggle every man's help is needed and every true British subject will do his best regardless of color or creed. Not counting the cost. This s a Construction Bat talion vthich is badly needed and must be raised with all possible speed. It is now more important than a tight ing battalion because bridges railways and artillery roads which are being destroyed by the enemy in retreat, must be rebuilt immediately in order to keep the fighting men sup. plied with food and munitions of war. In discussing the question of recruiting in Canada, a representative of T h e Age ask Mr. Whitney if he re garded it a wise move to en courage the organization of separate regiments for Ne groes in view of the dispost tion of the government to take colored men in what are generally known as white reg iments. Mr. Whitney expressed the opinion that the taking of col ored men in white regiments is a personal matter —one purely optional with regiment al heads under the present volunteer system.