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The Chicago whip. (Chicago, Ill.) 1919-19??, November 05, 1927, Image 1

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Link Prominent Citizens With Gary Black Ku Klux
^ Recently Returned From
Europe Where She Had
^Tr.'umpheo tor 3 Years
^BBegan As An Entertainer
^ 1 In Chicago Cabaret
" NEW YORK CITY, Nov. 2. (Spe
cial)—Florence Mills, internationally
famous musical comedy star, who re
cently returned to this country after
three years of unprecedented tri
umphs in Europe, died Tuesday
morning at 4 o’clock in the German
Deaconess Hospital. She had been
confined there nearly a fortnight
If during which time an operation for
^ appendicitis had been performed. Her
■a sudden death came as a shock to phy
m sicians and friends becasue it was
H generally supposed that she would
fi recover at an early date,
i Miss Mills was perhaps one of the
■ foremost musical comedy stars in the
T world. She was 32 years old. She
landed in New York City early in
October after completing a three
year engagement in London where
she appeared in the leading role of
the “Blackbirds.”
Began Career in Chicago.
Flo’ Mills, as she is known by close
friends and admirers, began her
career in Chicago in the old Panama
cabaret at 35th and State streets.
Th«re, •’1ong with Brick Top and Ca
rolyn Williams, a famous trio was
Formed. After playing there a while
the trio left and played at the Pekin,
27th and State streets. When their
engagement was completed there, the
girls already acclaimed as laaders in
their profession, went west.
The going Was evidently not so
good out in the west and it was not
lortg until the famous :rio was a
thing of the past While there Miss
Mills united in marriage with Air. U.
S. Thompson, a wall known dancing
Goe* to New York
The next big hop was to New York.
Paul Sahin upon seeing the rare
ability of Miss Mills, placed her on
the bill at the Plantation Cafe. It
was here, old timers say, that she
began to blossom out into a really
(Turn to Pag* 2, Col. 1)
MT. VERNON, JND., Nov. 2—Set
upon by a gang of Caucasian rowdies
and used as a human torch, Henry
Dimmett, 12 years old, narrowly es
caped burning to death Sunday night.
According to witnesses, the boys, who
were carrying on a series of Hallowe’en
pranks, seized Dimmet, poured gaso
line on him and then threw a match
at him. The boy’s attire immediately
burst into flames and his screams at
tracted some older people from a near
by church. With their aid, the flames
were extinguished before great dam
rge was done.
Dimmit escaped with minor bums
but his clothing was almost burned j
from his body. One of his assailants, j
Ralph Storey, was arrested and charg-1
ed with assault and battery.
Dies Suddenly
I I jvp I
Florence Mills, foremost
musical comedy star, died
suddenly early Tuesday morn
ing in New York City where
she had been confined in a hos
pital following an operation.
For three years while playing
the leading role in the “Black
birds” in London Miss Mills
was the favorite of British
Two Of Three Aldermen Are
Accused Of Being Members
Of “Bow Tie” Group
Sheridan A. Brusseaux, of the Key
stone Detective Agency, who has just
completed an inves
tigation in regards
to the recent Gary
school strike, finds
and reports that a
sinister political fi
gure has been lurk
ing in the back
ground of the affair.
Mr. Brusseaux re
veals and discloses
in his report, in
formation that will
throw consternation
and disgust into the
fight against segre
gation in Gary. His
investigation lays Mr. Brasseaux
l -c the “Bow Tie Amalgamation”
which is averred to be affiliated with
the local Ku Klux Klan and is popu
larly known as the Black Klan. This
organization it is said functions for the
political benefit of 'he K. K. K. and
lists among its members some of Gary’s
most prominent citizens.
Aldermen Members
Membership roster of the Black K. K
K. revealed the names of Alderman
William Burru nnd Alderman S. R.
Blackwell as well a* Attorney L. W.
(Turn > Page 5, Col. 1)
* Bandit’s Bond & Set At
$125,000 After Five
Women Complain
A desperate highwayman who has
worked without any opposition along
the lake front between Thirty-fifth and
Thirty-sixth streets, was taken off the
street Thursday by Officers William
Walsh and James McManus of the
Stanton avenue police station. Many
complaints had been sent into the sta
tion about the man whd was believed
to have terrorized women on Lake
Park avenue since last June. Not long
after the two sleuths arrived in that
vicinity, they apprehended Green walk
ing along nonchalantly, questioned him
and locked him up.
Victims were called in to the district
station and five of them identified the
man as the one who held them up and
robbed them. All were women. Sat
urday, when arraigned before the mag
istrate at the 27th street court, he was
held to the grand jury under bonds of
His Victims
Green, according to the evidence, has
been operating since June 2, this year.
His record however, shows that he was
in the House of Correction six times
last year and the year before, each time
for larceny.
Anthonia Sliders, 3552 Ellis avenue,
pointed him out as the man who
snatched her pocketbook containing $2
June 12 between 35th and 36th streets,
on Lake Park avenue. On August 13,
between 37th and 38th streets on Ver
non avenue, Mrse. Thurmon Wheeler,
3758 Rhodes avenue, said Green relieved
her of a $50 beaded bag containing a
compact and $1.50. The next woman to
positively identify the bandit was Effie
M Melville, 12243 State street. She de
clared he not only robbed her, but crim
inally assaulted her in her home. She
was unable to attend the preliminary
hearing however. The others were:
Clara Jane Bennett, 4041 Ellis avenue,
robbed in front of 4545 Ellis avenue, of
$85 on Oct. 7; Louise Rich, 3974 Lake
Park avenue, robbed of $4 in currency,
diamond ring and a $10 pocketbook
! while she was walking along Lake Park
| avenue in the robber’s favorite ambush.

Lovie Austin, 4434 South Parkway,
for many years a well-known stage and
record star, appeared before Judge
Joseph Sabatli Wednesday morning
to petition a divorce from her husband,
Phillip Austin, who is also quite well
known in theatrical circles.
Mrs. Austin charges her husband with
desertion. She states that she married
him Feb. 25, 1916 and they had lived
together until June 5, 1922.
Mrs Austin was formerly the wife
of S. H. Dudley, the famous actor and
producer. She is an accomplished mu
sician and composer of no small note.
Her husband was formerly of the team
of Austin and Delaney and is now of
the Austin and Green team.
y Judge Sabath indicated he would
grant the divorce. Attorney Richard
Westbrooks represented the petitioner.
Citizens Meet To
Prosecute Cop
Who Killed Man
A mass meeting was held Sunday
afternoon at the Pilgrim Baptist
Church, 91 Buffalo street, South
Chicago Sunday under the auspices
ofthe South Chicago Citizen’s Com
mittee to raise funds to aid in the
nroseciition of Officer Malek who
Dr. F.L. Birt, Presiding Elder
Of This District Strikes
Pastor With Fist
All is not well with the Methodists
in Chicago and the surrounding di
tricts, oattle cries are being sounded,
soldiers are being drafted, while mumb
lings and grumbling characteristic of
dissatisfaction and unrest before the
conflict are heard 0" ali sides Metho
dist ministers and their followers in
Chicago are wrought up because of
the methoc * and tactics that are being
usel by Bishop Gaines, head of the lo
c^l idocese and already some of them
have flatly stated that 'hey will not
submit to his ruthless leadership.
Fight At Preachers' Meet
When the A. M. E. ministers met
Monday before last at what is known
as the Methodist Ministers Alliance,
personal bitterness and feeling ran so
high that Dr. Birt, presiding elder j
struck Rev. Buchanan Lewis with his
fist and only the prompt action of cool
head prevented a free-for-all fight. Dr.
S. E Maloney, while voicing his pro
test against the conduct of Bishop
| Gaines, declared that he intended ty
^ be heard and when the Rev. Mr. Lewfcj
sanctioned his desire it is said that h,
wa sstruck by the presiding elder. It
seems that the ministers are incensed
because Bishop Gaines has transferred
men who have labored faithfully anf
longin the churches of Chicago and
who have built up splendid churches
(Turn to Page 7, Col. 1) j
The Reverend Buchanan Lewis, evan
gelist at Quinn Chape Church, 24th
and Wabash avenue, died Sunday morn
ing. Several days ago, he was struck
by the Rev. F .L. Birt. presiding elder
o' the Chicago district and it is said
that this blow may have been the cause
of his death. A date already arranged
by the coroner's office lias been set
at which time a thorough probe will
be made relative to the real cause of
the pastor's death
-———1 ■ ...—
S?< retary Killed In Double Tragedy
Dr. Velma L. Colbert, secretary to Dr. R. A. Williams and
also a foot specialist, was killed by Charles G. Coleman, Jr., in
her apartment at 4838 Prairie avenue, Sunday night. He killed
himself immediately afterwards. Jealousy is believed to have
be^n the motive. photo by Woodard
I — --
In his weekly bulletin n Chicago's
health, Dr. Herman N. Bundesen com
i missioner of health makes public the
results oi a health sur vey of the colored
i population of the city. The conditions
| shown by the survey in the commission
| er’s opinion disclose a situation which
j justifies vigorous and immediate cerrec
advisory Dr- Harris
made up of eminently
minded, and representative
under the chairmanship of
S. Falk.
Urges Action
health conditions will be ini
in Chicago and elsewhere not
but by honestly facing the
taking the corrective measures
i facts demand” Dr. Bundesen
is bulletin.
death rate is twice that
as a whole,” he continues,
figured on a population of
and 160.000 Negro, pop
to Page 5, Col. 3)
Attracted by a large crowd in front
of a barber shop at 3126 State street
Sunday night, Officers Deon and Rapier
of the Second District, wrent down to
investigate They discovered a man
and a woman, allegedly both stark na
ked, fighting in plain view of the street.
The officers entered and begged the
battlers to desist. The man was more
or less docile, but the woman refused
to be ruled. She addressed the officers
in uncomplimentary terms, spat on
them, fought them and otherwise show
ed that she didn’t give a rap who they
She was finally subdued and both she
and the man were taken to the police
| station and locked up. There they gave
| the names of Henry Brotvn and his wi
; their names as Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Both were hailed before Judge Borrel
li at the Pekin court Monday morning.
Brown testified that his w’ife had been
nervous and “fractious” ever since she
got hurt in a street car accident. He
admitted they had quarrelled Sunday
night and she ha<J become fully divest
ed of her clothing in the struggle, but
instated that he was fully clothed when
Officer Rapier told the story of the
occurrence and added that when the
woman saw the crowd watching the
fight, she turned on them and hurled
a cuspidor through the glass door at
I Judge Borrelli warned the couple to
stop fighting and fined them $1 each.
Mattie Jackson, 20 years old, of 548 E.
! 40th st., lost an argument with one
1 Louise Jones Sunday night at their
home when Louise drew a keen blade
and cut her adversary in the left side.
, She was taken to Wilson hospital.
Shoots Her Twice In Breast,
Turns Gun On Himself
After Brief Quarrel
The death-heralding bark of a long,
black, sinister revolver startled the
southside again Sunday night and when
the smoke had lifted and the sound
had died away, Dr.
Velma L. Colbert,
4838 Prairie avenue,
apartment 1, secre
tary to Dr. R. A.
Williams and also
a foot specialist
with an office in her
own home, lay
stretched on the
floor of her office
dead. And CharlesC. G. Coleman, Jr.
G. Coleman, Jr., her
slayer, lay huddled up a few feet
away in the dining room—dead by
his own hand.
The shooting occurred about 11:20
p. m. There Were no eye-witnesses,'
and exactly what transpired between
the two lovers in that last scene will
probably never be known.
Woman Heard Shots
The nearest approach to an eye wit
ness to the tragedy was Mrs. Flossie
Mitchell, who roomed in the rear of the
apartment. She was preparing to re
tire at the time and the first intimation
she had of trouble was the crack of the
revolver She said she was so excited
tr.at she did not know how many shots
were fired, but said there were two vol
leys, the second volley following an in
stant after the first.
On account of the lack of witnesses,
there was some confusion as to who had
done the shooting. The police report'
stated that Dr. Colbert had shot Cole
man and then had turned the gun on
herself. Officer Phillip Carroll, of the
(Turn to Page 7, Col. 3)
colored meh and five Caucasians were,
injured in a race clash which occurred
at 7 o’clock Sunday night in the vicin
ity of Waterloo street near Cumber
land avenue. One of the Caucasians
is not expected to live.
The trouble is said to have started
when an unidentified Caucasian, un
der the influence of liquor, attempted
to take possession of a colored citizen'3
front porch Objecting to the vile lan
guage the stranger was using, the resi
dent put the drunk off his premises.
Witnessing the ejection, a gang of
toughs set upon the resident. Other
neighbors came to the assistance of
the lone man and a general fight fol
lowed. Knives, brass knuckles and
clubs were used freely in the fray. The
disturbance lasted nearly an hour and
was quelled only by the arrival of
police reserves in response to a riot
Twelve of the rioters were arrested,
ten of them being colored.

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