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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 190 As To Our Railroad Men. By REV. ROBERT L. POPE, Presiding Elder of Rocky Mountain District. Dea/Mr. Editor: Having been engaged during the past eight months in superintending the above named district, which makes it ' neaessary for me to travel 5.000 miles every ninety days, I have seen our railroad men in a light never before witness ed. In the first place, I was struck with the comparatively large number of them in this service and then with the pro ficiency with which they Served. With the exception of the dining car on the Santa Fe. on all roads coming into Denver the dining car waiters are our men and on all the principal roads our men are well represented as porters and cooks. Of course all the Piillman porters are men of our race. Cut off to us this source of revenue and you wreck hundreds of our substantial homes; you also wreck our churches, lodges and every other race enterprise. While positions of engin eer, fireman and conductor are barred against our men, still the Negro approaches nearer having a monopoly on dining car service and train porter service than in any other walk in life, (the Pullman service excepted, he has a complete monopoly there.) And it is highly interesting to note that this condition does not obtain as the result of mere ac cident, nor does it obtain because others do not desire to serve in these capacities, but it obtains because our men com j>!etely outdistance others in the character of service render >d. For years, others have sought to share with our men "the benefits accruing from the Pullman service, not to say supplant them, but have miserably failed. In a single year this company turned down upwards of 4,000 white appli cants. 1 repeat that it is purely merit —inate, or acquired, or perhaps both —that has given .the thq thi» fttd. * '- 7 Mr- Ellsworth Stackler, America s hotel king, in a re cent magazine article entitled “The Commodity of Service,” 1 said: “The sole business of a hotel man is to please his guest. The hotel man s chief asset, and the one thing that the traveling public wants and will cheerfully and adequate ly pay for is Service." The average Negro trainman has • discovered this ago and this fact is Responsible tor his service on the road being in demand as well as the good support these places give him. This kind of service is the best paying service open to the race. No porter or waiter who is mediumly proficient needs receive less support than $100 per month even in dull seasons. There is a story which runs on this wise. A drummer who after having been served on a dining car, in a most un satisfactory manner by a surly waiter of another race, took out of his purse a silver dollar and threw it out of the win dow while saying to the porter: “That is what was intended for you, but what you missed because of your rudeness," It is a praise worthy fact that there seldom arises an occasion to pitch dollars out of dining car windows when our men are in charge of the car. Of all passengers, it is said that the Jew is most fastidious, and it was just the other day hen I heard one of our men relate how he extracted a meed of praise from one of his guests who was a Jew. In traveling thru new sections, one often finds that he needs a railroad guide, but when one of our men is on duty, in nine cases out of ten, the porter will be the only guide you will need. He can beat the world announcing the next sta ion and transfer points. On some of the Denver trains, the Negro porter is easily the most popular member of the crew. One cannot hear him call out in his distinct, well-rounded musical and commanding voice, “It is against the laws of this incorporation to carry suitcases and heavy parcels in the racks," or announce, “The next stop is Denver. Dont forget your umbrellas, parcels, valuablesor pocket-books" without > being impressed that he knows what he knows. If he own ed half interest in his road, he could not make announce ments with greater emphasis. The railroad management has been so favorably impress V:d with Negro labor that a determined effort is being fmade to supplant foreign labor on the yard and section by that of our race. This is very evident on the Union Pacific, Burling ton and Colorado & Southern. However, it must be admit ted, though with regret, that progress along this line has been made very very slowly, for the reason that t»ur men will not stay on the job. The European war has facilitated the solution of our economic problems in way hitherto un thinkable, so much so that one need no longer seek employ ment, but employment will see:< him. The first duty of ,every member of the race who is without employment is to secure good employment, and hi9 second duty is, when once landed in a good position, hold fast to it. In more ways than one, these »re times of refreshing from the presence of (he Lord and happy will we be if we clearly recognize the DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, MAY 26, I9IT CALIFORNIA NEGROES REGRUITING REGIMENT San Francisco, Cal., —Ne- groes of California are active ly recruiting a regiment. One battalion already has been signed up and it is said that no difficulty is anticipated in forming two more. W. A. Hayne, formerly of the Tenth United States cavalry, in which he served ten years sue cessively as private, corporal, sergeant and sergeant major, is organizing the regiment. Every man in the regiment with the exception of the col onel and lieutenant colonel will be a Negro. Among the men already signed are many who have seen service in Ge gro regiments. How is this for Patriotism? Camden, N. J. —W. A. Scott walked all the way from Albion to try to enlist in one of the United States regi ments. only to find that all Colored regiments are filled and no more Colored recruits are being taken at present. . .* V ■ ... ... *1 time of our visitation. Nor can it be said that these men are inclined to be reac tionary; for every movement which looks towards the bet terment of the race and com munity may claim a reasona ble support from these men. A Brotherhood has been or ganized recently among the Pullman porters tor their mut ual protection, and to be main tained by the company and themselves conjointly, the former to contribue annually $40,000. This organization provides $8 per month in sick ness and SIOOO at death. There are 76.000 porters in the employment of the Pull man Co., and it goes without saying, that this promises to be one of the big institutions of the race. The railroad service has been a door of hope open to a struggling people in a larger way than is generally recog nized. Approximately, two out of every three of our pro fessional men who have been trained in the schools, receiv ed the funds with which to completetheireducation from this source, and a large per cent of the members of the race who are homesteading in Colorado and Wyoming, the head of the family is financing the project by staying on the road. The railroad man gen erally appears well, his linen is spotless and liis clothes are well cleaned and pressed and he is generous almost to a fault; for he hates a niggard Well may we be proud of .this class of citizens for numbers of them have bought, or are buying beautiful homes, are maintaining their family in a most comfortable ed ucating their children and making a 'Substantial contribu tion American civilization. NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE ORDER OF AMERICAN WOODMEN. The order was organized and chartered under the laws of the stale of Colorado in April iqoi. Home offices are maintained in the Arapahoe Building. Denver. During the past sixteen years, the order has enjoyed marked pro gress. Its growth and development have been phenomo nal. The membership now numbers approximately v»o,- 000, with local camps established in every state in which the colored population and the locations and surroundings war rant. One of the very unique features of the organization is that it operates on adequate rates, being based on The Na tional Fraternal Congress mortality table. This fact, to- C. WHITE, Suprtme Commander » _ ” aetherVrttfr the great care and precaution that is exercised ' in leltctKig risks has enabled the institution to accumulate a splendid reserve, while at the same time, meeting promptly and in full all of its matured claims. Every adjusted claim to date is paid. There is a special reserve fund of $150,- 000 for the protection of policy holders. More than SIOO,- 000 invested in real-estate first mortgages and municipal bonds, which investments are approved by the Insurance Departmant of Colorado. Over $30,000,000 insurance written. The valuation report as of December 31. 1916 shows the order to be 112 per cent solvent, which gives a margin Of safety of 22 per cent over and above the statutory standard. The order is able to meet the most stringent requirements of all insurance laws. Another feature, that makes the American Woodmen a leader in the fraternal world is its promptness in paying claims. The payment of a claim is seldom later than ten days after death —often claims are paid from one to five days after death. Special efforts are made by the home office to help beneficiaries establish and furnish proof of death in order that their claims may be paid. The technicalities that are resorted to by many companies to delay and some times defeat the payment of a claim, are unknown in the American Woodmen. Wherever Woodmen operates,, it holt£the record of being the first to come to the assist ance of the beneficiary by making full payment of the claim. Since the date of its organization the order has paid practic ally one-half million dollars in benefits. A most splendid record indeed as to relieving the distressed, and assisting the widows and orphans. This is friendship, charity and benevolence, friendship love and truth in the concrete. The great volume of business handled by this order gives employment to more men and women of the race than all the other fraternals combined. A large force of clerks is employed to take care of the business at the home office. At least one local agent in every town where we have a local organization, and a large number of salaried deputies. All the officers and the entire management of the institution are Negroes; its membership is confined to Negroes—it is a race institution thru amd thru. The order fully merits the con fidence and support that it is receiving from its ioyal mem bers, field men and local clerks. Its system of monthly payments is teaching the great lesson of frugality, thrift and economy. Its requirements as to systematic business methods in conducting the affairs of the local camp is giving valuable training along business lines. Its business-like methods, its permanent growth and development, its splend id success are easily a tribute to the ability of the Negro to conduct big business, involving intricate problems such as are found only in the insurance business. The American Woodmen is by far the greatest fraternal order operated and supported by the race. The only Negro society that re ceives mention in the leading fraternal journals. In the city of Denver, the National Convention of the order will be held August 13th to 18th, and doubtless will be the most notable gathering of Race men and women that the L. H. LIGHTNER, Suprema Clark Five Cents a Con, Y. W. C. A. Y. M. C. A. Track Meet at Rocky Mount ain Lake, May 30th. Next Wednesday Rocky Mountain Lake will b£ the scene of the greatest enthus iasm ever witnessed at the Lake. All this week phone messages and letters asking to be entered certain events have been received by chair man Wm. Parks ot the Y. M. 'and by Mrs. Helen Johnson of theY. VV. Loving cups, blue, and red ribbon prizes will be given to the successful con testants. This year has mark ed a great improvement in the athletic department of the girls, the grade and high school club girls will play ball tennis, hand ball and bean bag besides taking an active part in the other sports. In the “Y among the boys, a young er set has grown up and the old faces who used to win all the prizes, seem to have a slight edge on them. The Y. M. C. A. band and probab ly the Queen City band wil entertain the large anticipat ed crowd. Refreshments will be served by the Committee. Mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers bring your children relatives and friends and have a good time. Everybody come early and stay late. NEGRO CANDIDATES TO HAVE A CAMP. Washington, May.—A train ing camp for Negro officers will be established at Fort Des Moines, lowa, where i,. 200 candidates tor commis sions in Negro regiments of the new army will be trained. A draft of 250 men will be taken from the Negro regi ment > ra gular army, se lected from the non-commis sioned officers and privates who have shown qualifications fitting them for command and assigned to the new camp. The remainder will come from Negro regiments of the national guard and from grad uates of educational institu tions for Negroes. Memphis, Tenn. May—Eli Parsons, a Negro, confessed murderer of Antoinette Rap pal several weeks ago, was burned to death near the scene of the crime at q o clock Tes day morning. A mob e timated at from 2,000 to 3,000 saw the death of the Negro city has ever welcomed. The delegation will he made up of representatives from al most every state in the union, the majority of course, com ing from the Southern states. Indications are that the at tendance at this convention will greatly eclipse any pre vious one. Special trains will be provided to accomo date the delegates and visi tors.