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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 Number 23 DENY THE BALLOT BUT EXPOSED TO BULLET president Story Makes Ringing Speech "The year that has just pass 'ed has witnessed much that is most encouraging, and out of the war that is devastating the world has come some good to the Negro. Today black and white alike hold commis sions, and the attempt to keep the Negro in menial positions has failed completely. In deal ing with this question we owe much to Secretary Baker's courage and sense of fairness and to his manly stand against segregation among citizens who are glad to risk their lives for their country. "There are some who tho't that black and white should serve indiscriminate! y in the same companies, but I never shared that view. The man who is fighting wishes to be sure that men at his si 'e and behind him are his true com rades, who sympathize with him and believe in him with out reserve Thus we have regiments, Irish regi ments, Yorkshire, Pennsylvan ia and Alabama regiments, put together, because they speak the same language and- Think the same thoughts. For the same reason we should have Colored regiments and white regiments. "We all know that if a black man does wrong the fault is laid to his race: if the white man, the fault is laid to the in dividual. It is all the more important that in this war the representatives of the race should be able to win glory for their race, and not have their victories ascribed to the ■ help of the white men. "The Negro is taxed. Now he has been called on to fight for his country. In the future will it be possible under the unwritten law, or such laws as the grandfather clause, to im pose upon the Negro the dut ies and responsibilities of cit izenship and deny to him its privileges? In a word can, can we make him welcome to the bullet and deny him the ballot? ’ As to Lvnciiings. In regard to lynchings he said: > lynching is recogniz ed as a crime, not only against the victim but against the state, 4 treason which shakes the very foundation of free government, this country of ours must rank as among the uncivilized nations of the world. We cannot imagine an English or a French mob burning out a man's eyes with hot i?ons, as a Negro man's were burned out at Dyersbutg and if we picture to ourselves our own horror if we heard that a woman was. burned to RAGE WILL NOT STAND FOR “JIM CROW' HOSPITAL Washington.—The move ment to have the War Depart ment establish a base hospital in France for Race soldiers is not b“ing taken kindly by many of the Race thronghtout the country. They regard such a Jim Crow hospital as something that may introduce the color-line in France, a country that fias never vet drawn the color line. In the hopitals of France the black soldiers from Africa and from India are treated without dis crimination. It has been sug gested that Colored men and women throughout the coun try send on protests to the War Department against the establishing of a Jim Crow hospital in tree France for out brave boys who will be fighting there. Cincinnati. Ohio. —The Freed man's Aid society have appro priated $500,000 to expended sor educational worx in 21 southern schools. This is an increase ot $16,000 over last year's appropriation. death in Trafalgar Square, and the authorities made no attempt to prevent it, nor to punish the offenders, we can guess how we stand before the bar of a civilized public opinion, “When no public opinion forces the officers of the law to act, when grand juries re fuse to indict, juries to con vict and witnesses to testi fy, the entire community is held guilty of the crime as properly as Germany is con detuned for tlfe barbarous atrocities committed by her soldiers. Following the graphic re cital by George B. Vashon of the Fast St. Louis affair. Rev. George Frazier Miller said: “If anybody does an injust ice to our people whether it be the president of the United States or somebody else, we must not be afraid to speak; we must tight. We have been the victims of a false philoso phy that we should think less about our rights and more about our duties. For sever al years l have been a student of moral law, and I can see no difference between right and duty. “We need to look duty squarely in the face and throw consequences to the winds. It matters not what the state of the country is,whether at war or otherwise; when wrongs are committed against our men, our children and our wo men, we must continue earn •estly to keep up our fight aßa |nst * l -” DENVER, COLORADO. SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 191 S Measuring The Tape Justice, Liberty and Equality —■— * Chas. Starks writes in Kansas City Sun i We have waited a nurflbef of tjays and read all we could of the various comments upon a recert execution that took place in Texas" The White dailies used their space in back ing up and glorifying the Supreme Martial edict. A few of the Northern ones pointed out the severity" of said punish, ment but also cautioned u s against loosing the intended wholesome lesson. Southern comment breathed with the expected glee that goes with morbib satisfaction. W hereas, the Negro Press has been noticeabli silent. Even the paper which industriously boast as being th e “\\ orld s Greatest Weekly’ contented itsself with giving over its news and edi torial functions to the Associate Pre>s dope. 1 his is a sin gular in a paper that reaily and truly approaches our ideal of a great fighting, constructive policy for the Race. And so the Negro constituent, looking with woe-smitten eves for some place to lay his head, winders up and down the col umns of his own papers looking for the soothing and comfor ting word in vain. All admit that this is no time rabid expression upon ten der subjects. Still we are Americans; we are answering t o the call of the emergencies of War. This being true it i s only national that we display every now and then a little temper and concern about our own. It taKes this to be a n American, and we are Americans. We have a soul, even "The Soul of Black Folk.” You ask me how that soul feel, under these strained circumstances. I know but I won t tells lam atraid! Yes, you are no braver than I. Why don t >ou tell? You know. It takes courage as well as patience “To be a Negro a day like this. Courage to acknowledge that you are a Negro with a heart and a soul! Justice! We are not complaining about not getting it. Oh, no, we are rather getting too much of it. We want our white brother to share this good th ing with us and we are therefore, willing that he get a little justice himself. \e s, give him a little, he deserves it very' much. Up there in East St Louis, after burning our men, wo men and children, investigation and trials develops the fact that out of about twenty convictions for rioting over thirteen or more are Negroes. It is just as though you are punished for the insolence of not being lynched. If (lusticel over looks you at the Burning party it will pay its respects to you through the fine machinery ct political intriguejand juggling of the law. But at Houston it was different. It was not the Negro who was offered upon the unfortunate altar of wrath, but punishment came swift and firm ti the perpetrators, making us to believe that in view of its usually slow working process es. Justice really has a turn to swing curiosity now and then where the objectives are Black But the Negro accepts as: Good as possible the inevitable Judgment, but may be pardoned the fails to acquiesce in any claims of its infallibility at this time. We may affirm that whatsoever is just or unjust, or tl e things that hurt us, we mav with sincerity say that there is still among us no Anarchists, no Dynamiters, no Fro-Ger mans, no Food poisoners, no persons practicing espionage tor the Enemy; ih fact, the cause ot World Democracy is jus l as sate with us as it is with any other American Group, and sometimes the safest. This, in spite of the oppressive meas ures directed against us gs if calculated to'alienate the affect ion and loyalty of this people. Our sensitiveness to wrong is less expressed in active resentment than any other class. This being true then surelv we may sorrow over events that affect us so vitally ui heart and soul. Surely we may shed a tear without involving ourselves in “Lese Mujeste." Surely we may call in Our Neighbors and mingle our sorrows with one an another without the fear of-being hung or shot, and like the Child who receives a whipping and is forbidden to cry; surely this would not be visited upon us. 1 his Gov ernment, in its new spirit of Deinocraay cannot ask more thad intelligent allegiance to its Constitution on the part of its citizens audit ceases to be a Democracy if it demands I slavish acquiescence tojthe possible bad working of any of its MME. WALKER PURCHASES FURNITURE FOR NEW HOME Grand Rapid. Mich Jany. 4-Mme. C.J Walker, origi nator of the Walker System of Hair Culture, aftd one of New York’s wealthiest women and widely known for her philanthropic spirit, has re turned to ,h e r home after a trip here. Mme- Walker, with the help of Frank Smith, fur niture dealer and decorator, purchased the furniture for her new home, w'hich is loca ted on the Hudson ri -er and known as Irvington on the Hudson. The orders* she placed, it is said, exceed over SIO,OOO, all high grade goods and shipments are to be made immediately. The new resi dence occupies a four and one half acre site in Irvington’s most exclusive district, com manding a beautiful view of the Hudson. SpoKane, Wash. ]an. 4. — Emma Vigil, a 13 year old school girl, who Wednesday night told a harrowing tale of being kidnapped by a Negro and locxed in a trunk in an empty houfe, yesterday ad. mitted to her father that she had played truant from school to attend the movies and in vented the story to save her self from punishment. So convincing was the girl’s first story to her parents that a report of the alleged occur recne was made to the police station. When asked to lo cate the house in wuich she had been kept the girl yester day broke down and admitted the story was fabricated- She had bitten and brused her arms to add realization to her story- functional machinery. Ne groes are waiting to the prob ability that after all this so called New Democracy may bring him a remedy for cer tain ills. This hope, however distant, will give a certain ills. This hope, however dis tant, will give a certain stim ulation to his efforts in War. The thought will at least aid him in holding on to his pa tience. Finally the Negro has a compact with Heaven never to relinquish his fight for Truth and Kigt.t. That, tho he uses this patience under trial and oppression he will never fail to look above every thing that evil, Mortal men may do to him and at the same time actually tight for that which is his Divine Right namely, Liberty, and Free dom at Home! Liberty, to be a Man with a Heart for the Good things of Life and Free dom for the soul that aspires to the best. This is the Truth You Know it, Mr. Reader, as well as 1, —K. C. Sun. Fivi Cents a Copy. LABOR CONFERENCE CALLED BY NAT'L. URBAN LEAGUE American Labor Feder ation Promises Fair ness to Negro The American Federation of Labor has spoken publicly of its intention to be fair in its treatment of Negro labor. It has signified its intention to employ Negro organizers to organize Negro workmen throughout the country. What will be the Negroes’ attitude towards this new po sition ol organized labor? Will he still look with suspic ion at these overtures or will he meet the representatives of labor on neutral ground to discuss wa>s and means by which all labor may be im proved—the Negri' included? This, and other questions re lated to the present labor sit uation, will be discussed at a » series ol conferences to be held under the auspices of the National League on Ur ban Conditions at the Russell Sage Foundations building, 2211 d Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. January 29th to 31st, 191 S. On Thursday night the foil owing prominent persons are expected to discuss the labor question: Ur. R. R. Moton of Tuske gee, Prof. John Hopeot More house College, Dr. James H. Dillard of the leanes Fund, Mr. Horace C. Bridgesot the Chicago Ethical Culture So ciety, Frol. Kelly Miller of Howard University, Miss S- P. Breckinridge of the Chica go School of Civics and Phil anthropy, Ur. George E. Haynes and Mr. Eugene Kinc kle Jones of the National Ur ban League. On Tuesday, the opening day, a discussion of ihe devil opment and possible exten sion of the wyok of the Nation »1 Urban League will bz held by representatives from 26 cities organized by the League I'hese representatives will de ate on the larger develop ment of social welfare work 0 among Negroes. On Wednesday evening a reception will be held for the visiting delegates and triends. Persons interested in these matters should correspond with Eugene Kinckle Jones, Executize Secretary, 2303 Seventh JAvenue, New City. Arrangement will be made through the League’s office for those attending the meet ings to secure accommodation in New York City at reason able rates.