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The Denver Star «,* Largest Circulation among Colored People—Subscribe Now The Denver Star The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-NINTH YEAR Number 2 BY THIS SHOULD WE CONQUER FOR HUMANITY IS ONE. The ancient superstition which dividts mankind into distinct races, while still adhered to by most people, is fast losing its hold. Like all .the shades of darkness, it dis appears in the light of science sociology and progressive re ligion. The American In dian, called red-men, and once regarded as a distinct ra cial entity, are now known to have come originally from Asia and to be one with the Mongols. Rawlinson, in his ancient manual of history finds as the only difference between certain people in South-west ern Asia and others in Africa, that the former have "curly hair and the latter "crispy" hair The common sense of men must repudiate a dis tinction of racial stocks upon so slight and superficial a dif ference, One who attempts to trace the so-called races, white, vellow, red, brown and black, finds innumerable over lappings. Any apparent line of division is so varied, dim aod shadowy £sto puzzle the savant. Who can tell with certainty where one ' race ends and another begins? * Getting down to brass tacks the conclusion to an open mind is irresistible, the only race is the human race'. No part of it, no group of it, can claim superiority over an other without making itself ridiculous and setting in mo tion the forces of its own de cay. The idea of radical su premacy is also repugnant to the spirit of religion. C.an a man love God and despise his , brother? The outward ap pearances of men vary as the flowers and trees of the for est. Should they hate each other because of this? Should any man claim superiority on ' account of his color, a condi tion over which he has no con trol? Humanity has a com mon origin. All signs of the times point to the oneness of the world of humanity as a principle which must soon be recognized by all men. For the world at present, through the horrible cataclysm of a world war. has become a melting pot in which the pre judices of race are consumed. The survivors of this terrible time of suffering will learn their lesson. They will be too wise, through suffering, to hate each other on account of superficial differences. Out of many so-called races, the one great cosmic ) race, composed of all the ele ments, will be evolved. Out of many languages and dia lects will come a universal tongue. Out of many dog mas and creeds which divide humanity will come a pure re ligion, faith in God the Su preme, to unite men. This work exceeds the powers of men. There must be a great collectivecenter around which i praiseworthy actions can re ' volve and thru which they can FEED COLORED MEN OR QUIT BUSINESS. Des Moines —(Special.) Des Moines cafe and restaurant owners who refuse to feed Ne gro soldiers from the Fort Des Moines training camp will be put out of business. Such is the edict of Lieu tenant Colonel George W. Ball of the First lowa infan try. A number of colored sol diers entered a local chop suey palace yesterday, and started for tables, when the Chinese proprietor rushed up, waved his arms wildly, and shouted: “No servee black man. Me losee all my blizness!’' When the incident was re ported at fort headquarters, Colonel Ball started on the war path. He promptly noti fied Safety Superintendent Ben Woolger that unless L>es Moines restaurant owners fed these men as well as white pa trons, action would be started to close thair, establishments. “This is government busi ness, and there can be no re fusal to setve- food to these men," said Colonel Ball. Mr. Woolger is investigat ing cases in which Negro of ficers were refused service. Warning will be given all res tauranteurs and drastic action will follow if any future at tempts are made to draw the ‘ color line." —Advocate. CARDINAL GIBBONS O K’S. NEGROES. Addressing the Negro Stu dents at Xavier university. New Orleans, recently, Cardi nal Gibbons said: ‘ln my dealings with the Colored race during nearly lit ty years and in my experience with them 1 have been struck by the fact that they have three characteristics —First of all, they are exceedingly grate ful, that is to say, they are al ways ready to acknowledge with gratitude any benefit and gratitude is one of the noblest virtues. Secondly, they are a very affectionate race, a warm hearted race their hearts easi ly expand. Thirdly, I am hap py to say that the Colored peo die are deeply and naturally religious. There are some people, some races, that can hardly be aroused to recog nize the Christian religion, whereas the Colored race is always responsive to religion. I have yet to see or hear of of the first Colored man who has ever proclaimed himself an aethiest or an unbeliever. be brought into harmonious action. The .awakening of men to spiritual realities is through the power of God. “He watching over Israel, Slumbers Not nor Sleeps!”— Washington Eagle. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, JULY 5917 W. B. Townsend Laid To Rest Man, Lawyer and Race Defender Three Thousand People Crowd Shorter to View Remains. Knights of Pythias Do Honor Denver did herself full of hon#r Sunday. Her noble and inspiring tribute to Attorney |Wm. Bolden Townsend from a viewpoint of a patriotic and racial demonstration of the worth and character of the man. lawyer and race defend er was the greatest civic outpouring in the history of the ci ty. It was far more than a funeral, a mere assembling of friends and curious onlookers, it was an uncontrolled out burst of a deep-seated and silent feeling of devotion, respect and appreciation for a man who had gladly and unreservedly sacrificed his money, property, honor and political ambitions for the betterment of his race in particular and mankind in general. This occasion merely showed the real truth and sentiment of a people who loved their leaders. Nearly. 3,000 people viewed the corpse, Shorter Church being packed inside and both in front and back and on the sides with eager waiting persons trying'in some way to hon or our fallen hero by their presence. While all .Denver poured forth to do this man reverence, it was all barren of pomp and panegyrics. An automobile full of floral designs, flowers wreaths and boquet where conspicuous because of their great abundance. The noble order of the Knights of Pyth ians led by the invincible Queen City Band with perfect and solemn step escorted their brother to and from the church, giving him all the honors due any grand and beloved knight. The Uniform rank sounded taps while the subordinate lodg es held their heads bowed in silence as they laid him away in the cold silent grave from whasp. bourne no traveller is ever known to return. Thus the Lodge buried him: the sim pie yet intensely impressive service of eulogies was arranged by Ex-Grand Chancellor, Dr. J. H. P. Westbrook who de serves the highest honor and praise for such an impression able program of citizens who told of the life, success and struggles of Wm. B. Townsend. The funeral processional, led by Reverends C. A. Williams and Ward, Dr. Randolph and A. E. Reynolds was followed by the close step of the Uniform Rank and three subordinate lodges. The eulogies given were from Rev. A. M. Ward, ‘Kansas Remeniscences,’ Hewetson Watson, “As a Journalist," Rev. D. E. Over ‘As a Race Man.’ Dr. Wm. H-Sharply. Ex May or of Denver, ‘As l Knew him’ Lawyer George G. Ross, ‘As Lawyer and Race Defender, George W. Gross As a Citizen’ Lawyer F.D. Taggert (white) ‘His Professional standing at the Bar’ and interspersed with his favorite solos by his favor ite singers. Miss Jessie Andrews Flee as a Bird’ and Senor Morgan Jackson ‘The End of a Perfect Day and songs by the Choir. Dr. Grant of Colorado Springs and Mr. Thomp son of Pueblo also occupied places of honor within the rail ing. Thu s said Master of Ceremonies. Dr. Westbrook, 'So in the busy rush and noise of life memories of past friendships cause us to pause and pay reverence to a fallen comrade. Tho-e of us who knew Judge Townsend best loved him most. Full of years with his-shield untarnished he yielded at last to the Great Conqueror. And if every one for whom he had done some loving kindness could com? to his sacred bier and cast a simple rose, he would sleep beneath a wilderness of flowers.’’ Little over 60 years the little heart of Wm . Bolden Townsend began to beat in a log cabin hut in the woods of Ffuntsville, Ala. —a heart that was destined to swell with hopes and throb with the greatest griefs of one of the great races on earth. The painstaking and sacrihcing mother nev er knew that one day in Denver, Colo, her son who had pio neered the way. blasted thru mountains of prejudices and tunneled amid rocks of race ha 1 oulder of segregation bridged by many valleys of the despairing and helpless with a carpet of racial love and devotion,would be honored as the first man of our state such as never before had been bestow- 0 ed upon anyone. Born a slave and sold many times as an ignorant bov. he became to know not only his a. b. c.'s hut he becamevthe mas ter of laconic English embroidered with the sharpest sarcasm and ironical repartee. Fame soon measured him not by the heights attained but from'the profound depths ot ignorance from whence he came. His name can be found in the Race book, Siinm's’Men of Mark*. While a pigmy in opportunity he grew to be a giant in intellect and achievement. Thus he lived, thus he died and thus he was buried." Appropriate resolutions from the three Pythian lodges. N’e gro Women’s Club Ass n’ and the Denver Non Partisan league of wdiich he was President were read after which came the Pythian ceremony. Too much credit cannot be given Mr. Reed, Emb timer and funeral director for his services,du ly bestowing honor upon the Douginas Undertaking Co. NEGROES WANTED AS AVIATORS N'egroes are to be used in the Army Aviation by t h e War Department. This fact was made known here in a telegram sent by the War De partment to President W. S. Scarborough of Wilberforce University, which read: "Minimum age limit for candidates for Army Aviation has been reduced to iq years. Your assistance in getting this information into the hands of your best military students will be greatly appreciated. The air service needs athletes who are quick-witted, punc tual and reliable. Intelligent men accustomed to making quick decisions are desirable. Men who ride well and can a motorboat or handle a mot orcycle usually make good air pilots." At the Annual Junior Ora torical Contest of the State College, held in the Auditori um of the State College,Mon day evening, June nth, a young man was awarded the second prize. This was the 44th annual contest and it was unique, in that, for TTfe' firsf time a woman contested and also a colored man, and both secured the coveted prizes. Applicants enter at thebegin ning of the second semester in February,and by elimnation are cut down to six, but this year because of war condi tions it was cut to four. Jo seph Leland Johnson, of this city, was one of the envied four and he not only was a warded second prize, but was the center of a demonstration never before witnessed at the contest, it being a full hour before h e could leave the stage after his oration. Mr. Johnson is a brother of our well known citizen, W. T. M. Johnson, who is noted also for his oratory. Captain’s Commission for Police Officer. Alonzo Myers, a policeman of the Moyamensing avenue and Dickinson street station, was notified by the War De dartment on Wednesday that he has been commissioned a captain for the Negro officers’ training camp at Des Moines la. He will leave Philadel phia on Friday. Myers, who lives at 1825, Christian street, has a fine record for bravery both in the army and police force. He served in Cuba during the Spanish-American war and also in the Philippines during the insurrectian. Con gress awarded him a Me Kinley medal for bravery. We will devote the next is sue to printing full details of the East St. Louis outrages. Joshua Smith, a graduate of the Plainfield High School, was awarded the bronze med. al in the annual New Jersey Stare Stenographic Contest held Jnue pth. He was the only race representative in the contest. Kive Cents a Cory. Plans For Taking Care of Woodmen National Convention Materializing Satisfactory. All committees of the local camp for the taking care of the delegates to the National Convention, have been ap pointed and their duties out lined, on a printed folder that has been placed in the hands of each member of the camp here. At present, the committee on homes has a most arduous task before it. S. Clinkscale, who is chairman of this committee, has mapped out the city in va rious blocks or sections, assign two committeeman is provid ed with printed cards that are to be signed by those who are able to help out with the dele igates. He has his committee well in hand and everything seems to be progressing very nicely. 1 he oversight committee will meet Wednesday night, July i8th at Fern Hall. At the same time all applicants selected will also meet and be obligated and secure their certificates. - ■ The indications are that the delegation will be larger than at first expected. Nearly eve ry camp throughout the juris diction is sending in the names of delegates and asking for credentials. Everything possible is be ing done tq line up for this oc casion so that there will be no confusion or lack of proper care and facilities provided. The office force has recently been increased by securing the services of Miss Julia C. Hunt who is an expert stenographer from Marshall, Texas, and al so the services of Miss C. Al berta Boswell, of Dallas, Tex as. Everything is being so ar ranged that during the Con vention the routine work of the office might go on in its us ual smooth course. Every good citizen of Den ver who is eligible should a vail themselves of the present low dispensation of $2.50 and join the ranks of this, the greatest Negro organization of America. 1 he opening exercises of this Convention will be held at the Auditorium as already announced , while the regular sessions will be held at Short er s A .M E . Church Blacks Defeat Segregation Act in Muskogee I he proposed segregation ordinance which w narrow minded unpatriotic white men sought to pass here was defeated by the city council last week after a determined fight made against the nefati ous bill by the colored people of this city through the local business league.