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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-NINTH YEAR Numbei 6 SLOWLY AND SADLY THEY LAID HIM TO REST Denver Loses Valuable Ci^zen V\!r. L. C’ Connell, early in the year of 847. one of Den ver's pioneers and up build ers was born in Nashville, Tenn. It was long, long ago so long that few of now can think so far back. Pleasing always to recall all old remi nicences, Mr. Connell always loved to relate his early boy hood travels up and down the river on the big steamers. He foon was attracted to the run ning on the steamship lines and we find him from 1871 to 1878 running between New Orleans and St. Louis. The noise of the big wheel chugg ing away and the escaping steam from the exhaust pipes seemed music to his ears. He became a Mason and was giv en his degrees by Eureka Lodge No. 30. of Springfield. Mo. and later became a Royal Mason'and a Knight Templar in St. Louis. Com ing to Denver in 1878 he at once placed his membership with Rocky Mountain Lodge po. 1. F. and A. M. to which lodge he belonged until his demise. He rose rapidly and and enjoyed the highest hon ors equally as enthusiastic as he did the simplest. He en -1 joyeu the destinction of being a Past Master, Past Grand Treasurer, Pa n Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, which ’elevations silently but elo quently testified to his ster ling worth as a man and brother as evidenced the great esteem of him held by •he brethren. Not only tha. But he was a 32nd Degree Mason, having filled many prominent positions in the Sottish Riles and gave him the Station of the 33 rt Masonic Degree, a rare gem Tn 1884 Mr. Connell married married Miss Kenney of Den ver 'heir union being a hap py one. enjoyed the respect and appreciation of all who knew them until death part ed them. He was while liv ing a devoted member of the fiji jyy L. church from which church his lodge buried him. Hqleaves a wile, other . rel * titts and a host of frie " ds to mourn his loss. etas ROSCOE C. SIMMONS AND WM. J. BRYAN ON THE SAME PLATFORM Whitehall, 111., Sept. 3. — William Jennings Bryan and Roscoe Conkling Simmons made Saturday and Sunday memorable here. These two put on an orator ical contest —theydid. Thou sands shared in the feast. Perhaps a lady from Jersey ville expressed the decision. Sunday afternoon as Colonel Simmons stood trying to shake the hands of the multi tude a comely young lady grasped his hand. "1 am a Democrat,’’ she said, “and until yesterday 1 was for Bryan in everything. Now I am for him thing except speaking. lam for you in that." More than 6.000 people gathered to listen to Colonel Simmons Sunday afternoon. As he drove upon the grounds a thousand horns on a thou sand automobiles let loose. Three cheers were added as he took the stage For more than two hrurs he really held that immense audience in the palm of his hand. Bryan had declared prohi bition to be the great ques tion. Not so, thought this apostle of a Race. "There is a question press ing us more important than prohibiting a man from tatt ing a drink," said Col. Sim mons “That is, how to pro hibit any American from tak» ing the life of another Amer ican without due process of law.” (Plenty of cheers here ) Colonel Simmons paid a tribute to Theodore Roose velt that brought the audience to its feet. “Beneath the pic ture of Teddy simply write, ‘This is a man," he declared. 'l'his city has the distinction of having no Colored resi dents, not one, but the people for miles around gathered to witness the closing of the largest American chautauqua by a member of “the Race despised. ’ The Race doesn't realize the value of Roscoe.— The Defender. Washington Because it has deferred mobilization of Negroes in the national army the war department has post poned the graduations at the Negro officers’ training camp at Fott Des Moines, lowa, one month until Oct. 15th. Instruction will continue un. tii then. paid his debt and has gone Home to receive his crown of eternal life. May his ashes restinroace. Father Bruce, Mason, and L. C. Connell, Mason,both brothers of same lodge, died the same day, last Saturday. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 1917 Miss Albritton Surprises and Eclipses all Denver The Young Musical Wonder Wins Laurels i. ■ • m V The greatest musical surprise that Denver has ever witnessed was experiencedTuesday night at the Presbyterian church when Miss Albritton, who is destined to be the Jenny Lind of our race, eclipsed everything vet given in Denver. She in her unassuming way, wholly devoid of affected man nerisms.'cornpletely won her audience as she classified her self already among the real artists of our race. The Presby terian church certainly did Denver a great favor in bringing this accomplished and refined lady of quality and ability to Denver to perform. Young, ambitious and resourceful Miss Albritton impresses vou with her sincerity and active manner in which she does things. The program Tuesday night starting promptly on time was one of the best this year and all the participants did themselves great credit as well as honoring Denver. Those appearing of local talent wers Mrs. M. E. Morrison, trombone soloist, who did fine, while Prof. Morgan Jackson, violinist, and Mr. Valaurez Spratlin, a pianist, swayed his audience like the wind does a leaf in the trees. Miss Minnie Albritton s concert was a musical gem, and already, because of her youth she stands in the ranks of the artists second to none, her easy range, deep, full voice, staccatto movement, interpietation, clearly demonstrated that she was giving vent to a classic per sonality wrapped in the soul of music. The Star con gratulates Rev. Thos. Hazell for this high class affair. Wiley Strong, a member of the 24th Infantry, who died recently at the hospital at Houston, Texas, was not a participant in the street shooting, but was shot at the camp as he attempted to guard the supply tent. He was one of the men placed on duty to guard the ammuni tion and was fired upon by his comrades as they made their raid on the supply tent. He was carried direct from the camp to the hospital and wanted the public to know that he was not imp'icated in the outbreak and would not have been a party to it. Editor J. M. Miles, of the Roanoke, Va., World-News, speaking of the Houston af fair, says: "We cannot build up bitterness and haired in the hearts of twelve million people and expect to move along in peace and good humor, ’which is a fine sample view of the high class south ern gentleman so sadly in the minority at present. Adjutant Gent ral McCrory of Louisiana recently sent a telegram to the War Depart ■ meat recommending that sep arate trains be furnished for the movement of troops. NEGRO TROOPS WILL BE SEPARATE UNITS Washington, Sept. io. —Ne- gro troops of the national army will be organized in sep arate units, as is done in the regular army, and so far as possible will be trained in the states where they are raised. The call for drafted Negroes to mobilize at their camps will be postponed to allow officers at the camp to arrange for the organization of these sep arate units. Both white and Negro men of the selective forces will be given an opportunity to volun teer to battalions for service on the line of communication, their work being military but not combatant. There also will be, however, Negro fight ing regiments of the national army, as there are of the reg ulars and the National guard Of the 687,000 men called for as the first increment of the national army it is estimat ed that approximately 70.000 will be Negroes. In all, the army in France will need, it has been estimat ed, more than 100,000 men be hind the lines for use along the roads and railways or other special work . A great many battalions of both white and Negro troops will be nec essacy for those purposes and the war department feels cer tain that many of the Negroes of the selective draft forces will volunteer for this duty in order to be sent quickly to F ranee. New York and Alabama Soldiers Clash in Camp Sentries of the 165th Regi ment of N. Y., on guard at the camp on Long Island. N. Y., were attacked by mem bers of the 167th Regt. of Alabama, last Sunday, when the latter tried to escape from the military reservation. Shortly after the arrival of the Southerners at camp sev eral cases of measles showed among the members of two companies and all have since been under quarantine to prevent a spread of the disease. When the rush began, the Alabama men had scattered over a wide space, and at intervals the sentries aad their attackers struggled and fought individually and by twos and threes. Blows were exchanged that made bloody noses, and then some of the sentries got their fighting blood up and they began to prod and jab and hit with musket butts, until attacks ceased, Finally all the men were herded into groups and merged into larger ones. Finally they were sent back to quarters more rapidly than they left them. Cool heads averted serious trouble. Fin Cum a Con, FATHER FRANCIS T. BRUGE GIVEN LAST RITES Funeral Sunday Afternoon at I o’clock, Shorter Church After going from the lowest round of the ladder which leads to the highest degrees known in the ancient Arts of Masonry. Father Francis T. Bruce after more than three score and ten years silently laid down his trowel, folded his apron and turned over all the tools of the craft to the great order that gave him all his honor and whom they de lighted so often to honor. His early life was full and busy with the different activities which went to make up a ca reer of progressive ambitions. He loved his lodges. He cherished most keenly his race. He was devoted to his friends and at all times he revered his family. Even to the last those who heard him utter his last thoughts can be made to recall how he wor ried about " Mammy’” and how deeply and tenderly he always thought of “Mille,” who. in this crisis, has shown wonderful fortitude and won a worthy wreath of glory to herself. Sunday afternoon the Masons will tell of his life's struggles, his rewards, and his great victory accom plished. Shorter will doubt less be packed. How the valuable limbs are slowly but steadily falling Townsend, DeFrantz, Connell, and now B-uce has entered into the great river of Time and Eter nity. The funeral for Brother Francis T. Bruce will be held at Shorter’s A. M. E. church Sunday at 1:30 p. m., under the auspices of Rocky Mt- Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M., Rocky Mt. Lodge No. 2320, G. U. O. O.of F.. and House hold of Ruth No. 376 All Masons are requested to meet at the Douglass Undertaking Parlors not later than 12:30 p. m. loun M. Andf.uson, W. M.