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MA n AA A. Fcarlcs Exponent of. Right And justice. An Uncompromising Defender of the Colored . Race. We fear only to do wrong. Larger Circulation than all the combined Colore a Weeklies lu Oklahoma. Read THE STAR and keep in formed on all current issues. Weefcly Mail Edition VOLUME X THE Tl'LSA STAR, Saturday, October 10, 1920. NrMBIDIt TWKNTV NINE RIO TAVE BY MEN MANY LOSE HOMES IN ARKANSAS EIRE EIGHT BLOCKS IN PINE BLUFF NEGRO SECTION SWEPT BY SWIFT FLAMES VICTIMS WALK STREETS WHICH MEANS MORE TO YOU? Pine Bluff, Ark., Oct 12. Nearly 500 people arc homeless tonight, some sit ting woefully on guard over a trunk, a bureau or whatever comprises the little household furniture that was saved from their homes, others are wandering aimlessly around in the de vastated district trying to find a place to sleep. Still others have no clothes but those they wear all are victims of a sweeping conflagration that in two hours this afternoon swept over eight blocks of a colored residential district destroying 54 homes, only two of which were occupied uy wnitcs. Only the dying out of a brisk southeast wind and cntranchment tac tics of fire fighting checked the fire and prevented it from spreading into the Cotton Belt shop district. So thickly situated were dwellings in the colored section that an accu rate check of the nuirbtr if houses destroyed was not completed until late tonight and estimates of the c'.tirc loss based on the destruction of 54 homes were placed at between $200,000 and $300,000. r Not a single fatality had been re ported up to late tonight and a can vass of hospitals indicated that only a few received slight injuries, most of these suffering burns when they rush ed into their homes in efforts to save household effects. An aged woman -was forcibly taken from her home after she had rushed back into the dwelling declaring fran tically that she was "goin' with her home." She pleaded with her rescuers to be allowed to perish in her burning home. Throughout the district arc the charred bodies of oics. horses, cows. and house pets. One man rushed into a burning bar nana dragged out a pig that weighed about 200 pounds by its hind feet. A crowd soon gathered, summoned by the pig's squeals, and the animal was carried from the burn ing district with the utmost care. A mass meeting has been called to raise funds tb relieve suffering. Insurance men and officials were making a check of the district tonight. Guards had been posted in the district and firemen were prepared to copo with a high wind should it raise and glow the embers from smouldering ruin's. Blaze Still Proceeding No Estimate of Loss Is Given Out Pine Bluff, Ark., Oct. 12. More than 10 houses, most of them occu pied by negroes, were destroyed or still are burninc at 3:15 this afternoon . in a fire which started at 2:00 p. in. in the negro section of the city. The flames at this hour had spread into the white residence section. Firemen believed the were gradually getting the fire under control. Three stores, a church, and a num ber of small business houses were in the path of the flames. Nearly 500 people had been made homeless and a fund for their relief was started be fore the flames were under control. No estimate of the loss is available. So far as could be learned at 4 p. m., there had been no casualties in the blaze. Several sick persons and one man with a broken lcg were carried from houses out of the imme diate path of the flames. The fire was declared to be under control shortly after 4 p. m. and a request for equipment trom Little Rock was countermanded. The wind seemed to be dying down this time and firemen expressed confidence in their ability to check the flames. Only a few scattered houses in an area of more than eight blocks were left standing. Bill E.VC- THE ftfTGftOfS or TH.e United Dtate-s should be Guaranteed Thfir Rights Ps HAW J- THC SAm OLD ROT. rrE OONSTirirjON our? ri&mts. WW wr wAvr ' rNFORcrwrt 9 THFIR Rl6MTS -V JPslp HARDIN6 SjL Cohst.tui.on rem Y31 Letter if Elected jHfflf IN OKMULGEE HILL WILL NOT GO BACK TO ARKANSAS Federal Charges Arc Dropped Man Wanted in Helena Race Riot Case Leavenworth, Kan., Oct 15. Pro ceedings begun in the Kansas federal court to bring about the return to Ar kansas of Robert Hill, accused of participation in race disturbances at Helena last nil, have been dismissed at the instance of Attorney General Palmer, according to announcement made by I' red Robertson, U S dis trict attorney for Kansas, here late today. According to statements of federal officiali, Hill's status is now that of a free man. No further proceedings arc pending against him and they said he is free to return to Arkansas. Howc-cr, friends of Hill saifl late to day that he had obtained employment on a farm near here and that he would make no effort to return to Arkansas. MOB STORMS JAIL TO FIND PRISONER GONE Colored Men Armed for Sclf-Defehse Waited for Attack That Did Not Come MASS MEETING HELD SUNDAY AFTERNOON Friendly Feeling Between Races Ex ists After Much Excitement TULSA JOCKEY FAVORITE AT MUSKOGEE FAIR Muskogee, Okla., Oct. 12. The fair which closed here last week was a record breaker from the point of at tendance.. Thousands of visitors, many of them colored people, at- tinned the lair anil enjoyed the ex hibits and the many amusements. 1 He races were probably the most popular attractions and it may be said with a degree of certainty that the most popular jockey to appear on the track was E. "Jockey" Mathews of Tulsa, who appeared in five races, winning two first prUes and two sec ond prizes. This same jockey won three out of five races in the Wagoner County Fair week before last, making seven he won out of ten mounts. The colored people who attended the fair and many whites cheered wildly when Matncws won. PILGRIMS TO SPEAK EN CONVENTION HALL, SUNDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 17 International Bible Student Will Lec ture to Tulsa People on Divine Plan ODD FELLOWS GET NEW LODGE AT BRISTOW TIES WIFE TO A CHAIR, STABS HER WITH KNIFE When policemen arrived at the home of Finas and Josephnie Parker, 1712 South Madison, Sunday night in answer to an urgent telephone call, they found Mrs. Finas tied to a chatr and bleedin gprofusely from two knife wounds in her breast, inflicted by her husband. The woman" will recover. Neighbors told the police the affair was the result of a long series of quarrels. Finas has not been captured. Dr. J. A. Cope, famous International Bible student lecturer of New York City, who has been in the city the past two or three days, will lecture in the Convention Hall tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon. His subject will deal with the true relationship of mankind to his Creator and God's great plan of salva universal unrest and point out where we now stand in the great plan of the ages. Mr Cope is considered one of the best public speakers in the country and his lecture will be well attended. Everybody is welcome and there will be no admission fee. Henry Pack on Police Force Again The squauDle over tne appointment of a colored policeman among the leaders of Republican forces in our group, came to an end (let us hope) last Friday when the city commission ers confirmed the appointment of H C. Pack, well known citizen of Tulsa, as city patrolman. Mr. Pack served the city in this capacity under the Democratic admin istration and made a splendid record as an officer. His appointment meets with general approval am6ng the bet ter element pf citizens who feel that the best selection has been made by the police department. Col. Jefferson Put Twenty-nine on the Goat Monday Night. asked. Join today. Executive Sec retary G. A. Gregg is on the job every day in the week at "Y" rooms, 122'A N. Greenwood street. Membership fee $1 per year for salaried men, $5 per year for business men. S. D. HOOKER, Chairman Board of Managers. RACE NOTES FROM SAPULPA fSnccial to The Tulsa Star) ! Bristow, Okla., Oct. 14. A new Odd Fellows Lodge was set up here Mon day night with a membership of twenty-nine, all hearty Odd Fellows,, by the decree of Grand Master E. D. Jeffer son, who was himself present a'nd helped in the initiation. This is the second Odd Fcliowa lodge in Brijtow. Arkansas Pastor Visits Tulsa Rev. E. M. White, pastor of the C M E. Churches at Louisville, Cau field and Bradley, Ark., is in the city on Church business. Rev. White has a w'lle reputation as a church builder, having built a creditable edifice at Bradley, Ark, with eight members, and one at Louisville before he had any member. He is in Tulsa to raise money to help in building a church in Caufield. (Special to Tulsa Star) Okmulgee, Okla., Oct. 12. All is quiet again in this city after the ex citement of last Saturday night when an attempt was maue to lynch Joe Atchison, charged with, the attempted assault upon Miss Helen Armour, a young white, woman of this city. Atchison had been arrested Satur day morning as a suspect in connec tion with the crime and placed in jail. Feeling was high,- having been fanned into ilame by repeated attempts made on women here during the past two weeks. At least half a dozen women have been assaulted, one of them be ing a colored woman, who was knock ed down by her assailant, who es caped when she screamed for help. About a week ago an attempt was qiade on a woman here and upon vis iting the scene the chief of police found a quantity of burnt cork, giv ing rise to the opinion that the cul prit was awnitc man. it was a spirit of public indignation growing out of these repeated attempts that burst forth Saturday night when a mob stormed t'e jail in search of Atchison, who had been removed by Sheriff Tucker earlier in the day to the Mus kogee County ajil. Late Saturday night it was rumored that the mob planned to march on the colored business section of the city and forthwith a defense movement was organized. In a short while enough men were mobilized to stop a small army" and word v.as sent to the mob that it would be dangerous to go near the colored section. This seems to have had a soothing effect on the temper of the mob, which soon dis persedsomething Sheriff Tucker and Rev. F. F. Walters (white) had not been able to do. This attempt to lynch a colored man in Okmulgee has served to inti mate what will actually happen here if mob violence is allowed to prevail. While the better clement of the Race here are a unit against crime of any kind committed by individuals of our group, or any other group, they also are lirm in their determination to protect themselves against mobs. This was clearly demonstrated Saturday night. (Continued on Page Eight) Hunton Branch T . Membership Drive The membership drive of the Hun ton Branch Y. M C A., is a great success Seventy-three members were reported at last Tuesday's board meet ing, ana more nave come in since. The number will reach 100 new mem bers by the end ofUhis week, making a total membership of about 200 men. The committee feels confident that 500 members will be obtained before the campaign is over The broad prin ciples upon which the Y. M. C. .A is ) founded warrant the support of our By D. W. Filmore Sapulpa, Okla., Oct. 12. Editor Tulsa Star: The Star is a popular paper in Sa pulpa and we have had no trouble get ting renewals from old subscribers and adding a number of new ones to the libt. . The first place that I visited was that of Mrs. Win. James, who con ducts a first class cafe and rooming house in this city. She readily gav her check fnr the renewal of sub scription and said "I look for the Star each week like I look for letters from home; simply can't do without it." Mrs. JaniLS and her daughter leu to day for Oklahoma City. My next stop was at the Handcock Boldcn barber shop, of which J. H. Slaughter is manager. Mr. Slaughter is also an admirer of the Star. In con nection with his barber shop he also conducts a cleaning and pressing busi ness.' Stopping at the Davis Grocery and Lunch Room, 217 West avenue, we found Mr. Robert Davis, who is con ducting a thriving business. When told that I was representing the Tulsa Star he said, "Well, that's the paper I look for PYut me down as a sub scriber," and he readily paid the price. My next stop was at the office of our old friends and both great ad mirers of the Star, Drs. W. B. Hum phrey and J. A. Owens. These phy sicians are both enjoying a big prac tice and arc making marked success in this field. I 1Q UC CUIIUIIUCUJ THE SCOTTISH RITE DEGREES . CONFERRED ON LARGE CLASS Two Past Commanders of Kansas City Consistory Conduct Administration Mr. J. I). Brown, Past Comman der in Chief of Kansas Consistory No. 7, Kansas City, Mo., and at pres ent Potentate of Allah Temple No. 0 in company with Mr. G. W. John loon, another Past Commander of the same consistory arrived in our city last Wednesday morning with more man iwo Hundred dollars worm oi of paraphaunliu which was used in conferring of the Scottish Hite De grees of Ancient Free Masonry un der the auspices of Middle West Consistory No. 57 or tins City lliurs diiy and Friday of this week. The Degrees were conferred on a class of iNLister Masons composed mostly from the membership of Coal Creek Ixwlge No. 88 and Sand Springs Iodge No. 192, the largest subordinate Bodies in the State. Prof. J. W. Hughes, Principa of Mc rilv'i rv!nri'il Schools and iwell known among Masons by his untiring efforts lor the- henent ot the Institution is worshipful Mas ter of Coal Creek Lodge No. 88, and Mr. J. L. Easlqy, a worthy oung man, is worwhipful Master of Sand Springs Ixxlgc No. 102, which is said to be the largest unci most prosperous local Lodge in the jurisdiction. Mr. Amos S. Ncwkirk, one of our most' successful business men Is Commander in Chief of Middle West CoivJistory No. 57 audi it is he to whom Hie credit is due for such creditable .showing made by Uie Consistory at its recent communi cation. The following named Masons arc luvte who oinnoscd the class: F. T. Smith, James Lewis, Ed. Knox, Joe Austin, S. D. Hooker, Wheeler Davis, Oscar McDonald, I-ec Williams, Percy Moore. Henry Nails, P. T. Stradrord, K. T. Waters, Seymour. Johnson, E. E. Cotton, A. I). Torrence, Sidney Flemmlnfts. A. Continued on Page Eight.