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f ANNUAL CONFERENCE AT QUINN CHAPEL
9 .. .— - -1 -Trrra ~ -— ,_ |fj Make America and ^ ^s Not in the "Democracy” Safe WHIP There s for the Negro Nothing to It Vo, !_No 14. CHICAGO, ILL., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1919 PRICE FIVE CENTS _1_’ ’- - — - - - ■ "■ -■ ^ ' ..n U. S. TO SPEND $90,0(0 INVESTIGATING RIOTS Demand Federal Control of Lynching President and Two Appointees by the Senate and Five by the Speakr of the House to , Constitute Commission. Washington, 1>. C., Sept. 25. — A joint resolution was introduced by Congressman Mason providing for a commission to gather information and to pry into the cause of the friction that seems to be increasing between the various racial groups in the United States. In addition, it will be incumbent upon this commission to outline or suggest a permanent rem edy to eradicate this vital and national evil. $50,000 Appropriated. The sum of $50,000 is to be devoted to this investigation. Those who are familiar with the historical as well as the present magnitude of the subject ag.ee that money appropriated for this purpose should not be sparing. To Study all Phases. All sides of the race question will be taken under advisement by this com mission,—social, ccjjpoijfiiq, and indus trial." 'Yhi-. • is ' aid. will flw+ssi tate the prying into the ethnical dif ferences of the various races. Rep resentative Mason is of the opinion that the race question is America’s greatest problem and should be dealt with on a strict scientific basis. Man Beaten to Death; Lashed by Iron Chains (Special to The Whip) Hoincr, Iowa, Sept. 24—Will Wash ington, a prominent colored contractor, was brutally beaten to death by twenty white ruffians. Washington, several days ago, remonstrated with some white men for beating a colored man. He was sent an anonymous letter and ordered to leave town. Several build ing contracts had been promised to Washington and he refused to leave. He was called from his home and was taken one mile from town and beaten by iron chains after his feet and hands were bound. Washington was beaten unmercifully for three hours. His body was placed on his best friend’s doorstep and he was told it was a present for him. Washington lived from Friday until Tuesday. He told the names of his murderers and said that he use the Masonic signs to save his life, he being a thirty-second degree Mason. He said that two doctors were the leaders. Their names are Dr. Schley and Dr. Glidney. The authorities have done nothing as yet, although they know every cir cumstance. Negroes arc leaving in great numbers. Two Rioters Are Given Life Term Two boys, both under 19 years of Bge, arc the first to suffer terms of imprisonment as the result of the re cent race riots. The two youngsters, Charles Johnson, 53 West Thirty-sixth street, and Walter Colvin, 3908 South Dearborn street, were sentenced for life by Judge Sabath on a charge of manslaughter. They were convicted of having stabbed to death Morris Lazzeroni, white, 2012 East Eighty third street, a vegetable peddler. According to witnesses, the two boys climbed on the peddler’s wagon during the afternoon of July 28 and attacked him with knives. They arc said to have inflicted 28 knife wounds from which the man died. Judge Sabath said he would hear an argument for a new trial for the boys on Monday. (Special to The Whip) New York, Sept. 26.—The following resolutions, calling for federal inter vention in states where lynching is unpunished and unchecked, were unan imously passed at a mass meeting of 1,000 persons in the meeting hall of the Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West Sixty-fourth street. New York City, on the night of September 16: We, citizens of the United States, assembled in the meeting hall of the Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West Sixty-fourth street, New York City, on the night of Tuesday, September 16, submit that: Whereas, John R. Shillady, secre tary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was without provocation brutally as saulted in broad daylight on a main street of Austin, Texas, on August 22, 1919, the mobbists beintf person by a county offlc«?r '3f flic State of Texas; Whereas, Governor W. P. Hobby of Texas not only declined to remove such officer, but condoned the assault, say ing that the victim was “the only . »r _.l_»». Whereas, Each week witnesses addi tional lynchings and mob outrages in i the United States, eight persons hav- j ing been publicly burned since the be ginning of the year 1919 and forty-' seven murdered by mobs; Whereas, Civilization in the United | States is gravely menaced by the per sistence, unchecked, of mob lawless ness and mob murder; Whereas, Many states have wholly failed to take action against lynchers, Governor Bilbo of Mississippi having] confessed inability in June, 1919, to prevent mob murder, the Governor of Texas having approved a mob assault in August, 1919; Be It, Therefore Resolved, That the Congress of the United States be and is herewith asked to create a special federal commission or congressional committee to investigate lynching and mob violence as a menace to national security; That the Congress investigate every cas of unpunished mob murder and assa. It as a failure of the states to accord United States citizens the rights and the protection guaranteed by the federal Constitution; That the Congress devise means whereby the federal government shall guarantee the processes of law and justice now denied where mob murders and assaults are permitted to occur unchecked and unpunished. Natchez Legion Against Vardaman Post of Service Men’s Organ ization Denounce Invitation to Speak in City. Natchez, Miss,, Sept. 26.—James K. Vardaman, former United States sena tor from Missis.sip , because of his war record was roundly scored and condemned here last night by resolu tions adopted by the Natchez post of the American Legion at a special meeting called after the former sen ator had been invited to deliver an address next week on national and international affairs. The resolutions referred to Varda man as “pro-German, anti-Amcric»..i and unpatriotic,” urged citizens not to allow the address, and denounced the invitation to speak, as “an insult to ' Natchez and its returned soldiers.” THE NATIONAL GAME i ^ tnr tm ttttt ttw tttw tmt tutt ttitt ttttt twit win HitT nilT HIH HUI TT TT 7ITT7I IT 7TTT 71!IT WIT 71! IT IT 7ITT 7TIT 7TTT 7T1T 71’IT71 IT TTIT 7ITT Ti n 7TIT TTITTMT H IT 71'IT 7I1T 7TIT THTTITT 7ITT 7i 71:117ITTT TITO I i /iToN^TTAKES lONE TO PUT c MLAVYASJ/^ HARD TO HIT Monster Mass Meeting at 8th Reg. Armory Patrick O’Donnell and Rev. Elmer L. Williams Flays Hoyne. Sunday afternoon one of the largest and most appreciative crowds that ever congregated in this city in an swer to a call sent out by the Chicago Peace and Protection Association filled the spacious auditorium of the Eighth Regiment Armory. In addition to the summons sent out by the association Alderman Jackson sent out several hundred elttcrs to voters of the ward to be present. Good results were to be plainly seen by eyewitnesses, who said that not a man refused to obey his entreaty. Flays Hoyne Rev. Elmer L. Williams, commonly referred to as the “fighting parson,” and Pat O’Donnel were violent in their denunciation of State’s Attorney Mac lay Hoyne and his unfair untreatment of the colored population. They ad monished the leaders to keep up the fight for a special staate’s attorney to | prosecute the riot cases. Dr. Williams; repeated the phrase coined by Fred erick Douglas, that “God and one con stituted a majority." From this an alogy he said that the colored people who were fighting the satanical czar, Hoyne, need have no fear, the cause was just. God is with right and the colored people could win the fight. There were several leading colored men in attendance. Among those who occupied space on the platform were Major R. R. Jackson, Hon. Adelbert H. Roberts, Thomas Allen, Rev. Bry ant, Dr. Bowling and others. Colored Officer Re ceived Commission in Officers’ Reserve Corp Captain C. L. Hill, late of the 370th Infantry (old Eighth), on Sept. 11 received a commission in the officers’ reserve coips, U. S. A. Captain Hill is the first race officer to receive a commission in this corps. The commission came directly from the President. jliAtnAii!/ \oAiliAt rAilt/'iiiAiiAlli umimirn. Baker Demands Investigation of the Fort Sheridan Affair The mistreatment of colored girls employed at Fort Sheridan, referred to the war department by the Chicago Urban league, is receiving official no tice. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker, has announced his intention of making a thorough investigation of this complaint through the office of the inspector general and take such disciplinary action as the findings war rant. It was discovered that General Hospital No. 28, Fort Sheridan, in which the colored girls were working when one was slapped by a kitchen police and others cursed and abused by white soldiers who threatened to “run all niggers away from Fort Sher idan,” has been inspected several times within the past two months, which indicates that the war depart ment has been cognizant of misman agement. Colonel Maddox, in charge, condoned tlie action of this white soldier and said that he was justified in slapping the girl. His surprise was that the soldier did not do more. Colored Bandits Shoot Two Men Two white men were shot in a re volver battle with two colored bandits in a barricaded basement at 1013 N. Winchester avenue. The holdup men, Frank Poston and Thomas Mitchell, both having crim inal records, held up the grocery of William Welhn, 901 N. Hoyne avenue, When Frank Cameron, a street car conductor, saw them run out of the store and gave chase. A bullet from Poston’s gun struck his right hip and he fell. Before the auto load of police ar rived the men had reached the base ment on Winchester avenue and locked themselves in. A. Schulty, an occu pant of the house, attracted by the shots, came down to investigate. He got a bullet in the right leg. When the ammunition of the bandits became exhausted they were forced to come up from the basement. They were arrested by Detective Sergeants Hughes, McGinnis, Thurman and De Forest. t/ HU UJX ILK lLU » »/ il l/ 1IJX H I* Mil lllli 1I1ILA Shoots Wife In Hospital New York, Sept. 26.—Doctors and patients in Harlem hospital witnessed the shooting of Mrs. Buelah Williams Monday afternoon by her husband, Samuel Williams, who was on French leave from Camp Mills. Following the shooting Williams walked from the hospital into Detective Edward Shields of the West 135th st. station and turned over to him his army service revolver, with which he killed his three months’ bride. Later in the station house Williams said he shot the woman because she threatened to tell the military authori ties of his absence from quarters and of an alleged larceny he is said to have committed. When arraigned in Heights court j yesterday Williams was held without j bail until Sept. 23, on a charge of | homicide. Turning to Detective Shields the Judge said: “I commend your action in being on the job in getting this man. You took a chance and the police department should be proud of your type of officers. I will tell Commissioner Enright of your action.” Negro Protests Against Prejudice at Theater South Bend, Ind., Sept. 21.—“One | of those Chicago riot niggers,” was the remark made of Floyd G. Snelson, Jr., representing The Chicago Whip, who, in company with one of the lead ing young women of South Bend, attempted to buy scats on the main floor of the Orpheum Theatre. The ticket seller informed them that all seats on the main floor were sold. Upon entering, Snelson inquired of the usher, who was a colored girl, about several rows of seats that were vacant. He then protested at the box office and the manager still persisted that all main floor seats were sold. A heated argument ensued and the manager is said to have made the above remark. Four colored girl ush ers went to their employer in protest, and not receiving any consideration, they all quit. It is one of the first race segregations in the city. Knoxville Riot Cases to Be Heard Oct. 6 Knoxville, Tenn., Sept. 26.—October 6 is the date set for the hearing of nearly forty cases of men involved in the storming of the Knox county jail in an effort to get Maurice Mays, Negro, charged with the murder of Mrs. Bertie Lindsey, a white woman and otherwise participating in the recent riots. The date was set by Judge Nelson in criminal court today. Felony cases will be first taken up. Attorney General Mynatt says the al leged rioters will be vigorously prose cuted and given full penalty. Cases will be heard jointly, as it would take twelve months to hold them separate ly, says Judge Nelson. Colored People in Georgia Approve Lynching Athens, Ga., Sept. 26—Negroes at a mass meeting near Lexington, Ga., have indorsed the action of whites in lynching Obe Cox, colored, accused of attacking the wife of a white farmer. The members of this meeting were the scum of the town. The better class of colored people were in no way connected. They were all of the old crowd Negro. The white people here term them all “good niggers.” re-'.""1_!_ -g?—— Delegates from All Over the Country Attend Conference The Chicago annual conference of the Fourth Episcopal District convenes at Quinn Chapel, A. M. E. Church, Wednesday, Sept. 24. Ministers and lay-delegates from the entire diocese, which includes the northern part of Illinois and the entire states of Wis consin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Da kota, South Dakota, are in the city. Bishop L. J. Coppin of Philadelphia is the presiding Elder. Reports to Excel Reports are to excel all former ones, according to the testimonies of well informed clergymen and laymen. The finance and membership reports are expected to surpass all former records. The pastors in the entire district have worked more in harmony with the Bishop and presiding Elders than this section has ever witnessed before. Del egates are to be elected at this con ference for the next general confer ence to be held at St. Louis, Mo., in May, 1920. There are many aspirants for this coveted honor, but, according to con , servative opinion among those most I closely connected with the church, the I following men are more than favorite^: 1 Rev. A. J. Carey, presiding elder of i Chicago District, who in all probabil ity, if merit counts, will be elected Bishop next May; Rev. Floyd G. Snel son, the man who has no rival as a builder, organizer and pastor of St. Mary’s in Chicago; Rev. S. L. Burt of Des Moines, Iowa, who also is a builder; Rev. H. E. Stewart of Quinn Chapel, Chicago, who has proved his genius in preparing to entertain the conference, and Dr. M. D. Cook of Bethel, Chicago, who needs no recom mendation. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the sessions. Man Drinks Wood Alcohol; Dies Henry Rountree, 20 E. 30th street, colored, was out with a party of friends Sunday morning. They all drank some blind tiger liquor, but Henry' was the only one affected. He arrived home and complained that he had been poisoned. When asked why he thought so, he said that some liquor he had partaken of sickened him shortly after he drank it. He was rushed to the Provident Hospital, where the efforts of the attending physicians were of no avail. He died within an hour after he was given treatment. Physicians at the hospital said the symptoms showed that he had taken wood alcohol. SUBSCRIBE TODAY Cut Out the Coupon Below—Send Money Order or Stamps The Whip is the only colored paper you can rely upon for clean, wholesome news. It knows no compromise with justice. It is the only paper that presents without reserve the cause of the j new Negro. It gives you the facts without fear of consequence. Gentlemen:—Enclosed find.for. .months subscription. Name ... Street . City.State.