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The Denver Star Ihe papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTV-NINTH year Number 7 COLORED SURVIVOR TELLS OF GERMAN CRUELTIES AT SEA New York, Sept. 16. — A , first-hand, detailed account of the deliberate drowning of 38 seamen from the British steamer, Belgian Prince, by the laughing, sneering com mander of a German U-boat, was given out today by Wm. Snell a big bronze-tinted Ne gro from Newport News, Va , a cook by trade and the sole American survivor, who has just arrived on an American passenger liner at an Atlantic port. The Belgian Prince was shelled by a submarine on July 31, about 200 miles off the coast of Ireland. N'oonel was injured. Every one got safely to the lifeboats. Then the undersea ship arose near the small boat- anti her com mander ordered the Belgian Prince's crew to line up on the deck of the submersible. The Belgian Prince was on a return voyage from Liver pool to Newport News when she was attacked, Snell ex plained. This was about S o'clock on the evening of July 31. "I had just finished serv ing 7:30 tea to the firemen," said Snell, "and was down in my room in my pajamas play ing with the ship's cat when I heard a big bang. It was a shell that had hit the side of the ship by the engine room. I thought it was a torpedo and grabbed my raincoat and ran forward to get my lifebelt. 1 just got the belt over my head when there was another bang and a shell smashed up one lifeboat and the Belgian Prince’s smokestack. She she stopped right then anti t h e re. ‘'It was a mighty lucky thing that all the boats were swinging out and ready to lower. The boys let them go and climbed down the rope ladders into them. The water was smooth, and it was a little cloudy, but you could see a long way off. "Two big boats from the Belgian I’rince had all the crew in them. There was a smaller boat with the officers. This boat pulled over to the steamer and took off the cap tain. Then it came back to where we were. "AH of a sudden the subma rine came right up alongside our boats I couldn't tell you hWw big it was, but man! that was certainly was some Ü boat! (Snell indicated a length of about 250 feet.) It did not have any number on it that I could see. May be I did not know where to look. "Put up your hands,’ said a man without a uniform who ' appeared to be the command 1 er' "Where’s the captain?” asked he. "Our captain first got a- 1 • hoard the U-boat, He went 1 Unto the conning tower and 1 WOMAN ARRESTED FOR RIOTS IN EAST ST. LOUIS Belleville. 111.—The first woman to be arrested in con nection with the race riots in East St. Louis was taken in to custody September nth. She was Mrs. Alice Taylor, 18 years old, who was locked up on an indictment charging conspiracy and rioting. down the steps. That was the last we saw of him. Then this commander fellow in the plain clothes watches us climb up on the submarine’s deck, one at a time. "Lineup there, single file,” he said, and we strung out the length of the U boats deck. Then he said, "Take off your lifebelts.” We all took them off and dropped them at our feet. "When the three lifeboats from the Belgian Prince were empty, the submarine man took out their provisions— whisky, crackers, corned beef and stuff —and sent them be low in his own ship. He pull ed the plugs of the two big boats anil threw the oars a way. While he was attending to this, I sneaked up my life belt and hid it around my waist, under my raincoat. ‘Then four of the eight sailors got an order in Ger man and they got into our captain's little boat and pulled over to the Belgian Prince. I knew what they were going to do—bomb her! "The U-boat got away kind of slow at first but pretty soon she was making good time. "It was pretty dark by then so 1 got ready for whatever might come, 1 put the life belt around my shoulders and stood ready to toss off the rain coat. Pretty soon I had to. "The fellows forward began to yell. Then the water be gan to wash around my feet. I knew there was not going to be any prison for Willie Snell —nothing but salt water. So when the wash got around my knees, 1 said good-bye to the mates and dived off. “Just before 1 dived off, 1 took a look back at the glass bullseyeof the conning tower. It had electric lights inside it. I could see the face of the commander. He was mock ing and laughing at us. It was this same clean-faced fel low. He laughed and sneer- ( ed when the U-boat started to , go under. I "Away off—miles and miles ; I could still see the Belgian i Prince. But 1 did not think I | could ever swim to her. I started though.’ , Snell’s recollection of his hours in the water is none too clear. but he says he was ] picked up the next morn.ng ] by a British Patrol boat. I DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, SEPT. .21," 191 7 Father of Odd Fellows Laid to Rest Last of Three Founders Surrenders Gavel Father Francis T. Bruce, Dean of Odd Fellows, has Impressive Funeral. Thousands Gather to do him honor and view remains Obituary by Wm. Sprague PrancisT. Bruce was born in the State of Maryland April toth, 1543. He was married to Miss Ellen Giles, in the year 1868 and came with he' - to Denver in 1875, and for forty-two years made this his home Soon after coming to De nver, he became active in the affairs of the City, and be gan his life work for the uplift of his people and the better ment of conditions among them. At different times he served the city as policeman, Dep uty Marshal, Baliff of the Court, and Health Officer. He served the State first as messenger to Governor Routt, and during the last seven years of his lile as filing clerk in the office of State Auditor. He began his active work in the Church in iß7q when he was received into membership of Shorter by Rev. R. Seymour. He was made a Trustee of the Church in ISS6 under Rev 1. N. Triplett; in IS9O he was made a Steward, and leader of class No. 2 and for twenty-seven years he worked actively in these departments, giving to them his very best service. His whole life was one of service Whenever there was sick ness or sorrow, there he was,"Win. words of cheer and Chris tian adrice —together with financial aid when it was needed. THE LATE FRANCIS T. BRUCE He was always to the front when Denver needed strong men and side by side with a few other brave souls he helped to bring victory out of seeming disaster. He was active in fraternal Orders and devoted much of his time to proper organization and management of them. As a friend and brother, he was benevolent loyal and true. As a citizen, he was peaceful, law abiding and desirable; as a husband, he was faithful, loving, gentle, and infinitely ten der; as a Christian. he was devout, reverent God fearing — bringing brightness into other lives by his own right living. 1 aking all in all. Francis T. Bruce was a man —a real man. One, in whose steps, others might well follow. He departed this life Saturday September Bth 1917, aged 74 years, four months and 2S davs. He leaves to mourn his loss, his widow, Mrs. Ellen Bruce, his foster daughter, Mrs. Mildred Abernathy, a niece, Mrs. Aurelia Thomas, friends throughout the country, and the entire community in which he lived. "He is not dead—for those who love the Lord, there is no death, only a gentle sleep—a most perfect Rest.” Funeral One of the most touching and pathetic funerals held in Denver and at the Shorter’s Church was that of Father Frances T. Bruce, organizer and father of the District Grand Lodge No 33 of Odd Fellows; the author of the Den- NEGRO MILLIONAIRE DIES AT HIS HOME IN NEW JERSEY | New York City—Philip A. Payton, the most prominent real estate broker of the race, and one of the best known in the country, died at his sum mer home at Allenhurst, N. J. He was born in Westfield, Mass., was college bred and a man of unexhautible energy. Several years ago he took up the real estate business in the great field of New York City. He soon had his name on the tongue of every large realty broker and owner in New York. His career has been meteoric and spectacular. He has spent two fortunes and re cently engineered one of the greatest deals in real estate ever completed in Greater New York, by the purchase of several modern apartments involving an expenditure of a of a million and a half dollars. ver Patriarchie No. 117 and Grand Master’s Council one of the three organizers of the R nckyMountain Lodge No. 2320, Arapahoe Lodge No -2936 and Denver Lodge No. 8646, the devoted father of Household of Ruths 376 and 4130 and active member of the former at the time of his death. The many old friends pioneers and new acquaint ances filled every available space in Shorter church and many more compelled to stand on the outside. The words from Rev. C. A. Will iams, Shorter's pastor were inspiring as well as impressive land Masonic services, full of I dignity and gravity went di rect home to Masons as well as each hearer's heart. The many beautiful Moral decora tions were unusually designed and most elaborate, consist ing of harps, broken links of Odd Fellows, pillows, crosses wreaths, one huge heart 10 ft. high from the State Capitol, all of these enhanced with many boquets, were studded with roses, cut flowers, beds of carnations and purple and white lillies given by Odd Fellows, Ruthites and officials and members of the church. As you recall the pic ture with the remains reposed in a solid oak casket with heavy silver trimmings, with his sword and apron laying thereon, while at the head and foot were banked array of floral pieces and over hang ing was three broken Odd Fellows links breaches were intensified by red and white carnations oval beds used as a background over which hung the suspended words "F'atherof Odd F'ellows” and beneath which were “Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 2320,“ can you ever forget that scene? One auto ot flowers were given. (Continued on page ) Fir* Cents a Corr. WAR DEPARTMENT TO USE COLORED MEN AS HORSE AND MULE TENDERS Washington, D. C. —The problem of what to do with , the Negroes who have been taken into the army under the draft in Ohio and other states has been solved and an announcement by Secretary of War Baker is expected soon. The inside information ob tained from army officers in a position to know is that the Negroes will not be sent to the cantonments with the white soldiers, but will be trained elsewhere by them selves with a view to being assigned to ncn-rombatant tasks such as are connected with the quartermaster and commissary departments. It is not expected that the Col ored soldiers will be sent to the firing line. The story told at the depart ment today was that some of the Negro enlisted men will be drilled at home while others will be drilled at army posts and other federal reser vations in the north which have been or will be vacated by the white soldiers. Military operations such as are contemplated by the Unit ed States, involve a vast a mount of work, such as the handling of supplies, care of horses and mules and the like and it is expected, unless pres ent plans are changed, that the Colored enlisted men will be assigned to these tasks both in the United States and in France. Harry Cummings, Baltimore Councilman is Dead Baltimore, Md , Harry Smythe Cummings, member of the city council of this city and a prominent figure in civ j ics affairs, died at his home. 131 S Druid Hill avenue, last Thursday night. A compli cation of diseases is said to have caused his death. He had been in ill health for the past year, and was forced to abandon his law practice and miss many sessions at the city council on this account. Mr. Cummings finished the public schools of this city, and later entered Lincoln Univer sity, Oxford, Penn., where he graduated in 1886, receiving the degree of bachelor of arts. His early attention was center ed on law, and acting on this desire he matriculated in the University of Maryland 1887, and finished the course in 'Bq fie was admitted to the bar immediately upon graduation and enjoyed a large and lucra tive practice up to the time of his illness. In later years he entered politics and was elect ed Councilman for three con secutive times. He was given wide publicity when he second ed the nomination of Roose velt at the Republican conven tion in IQO4.