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Vol. 3, No. 40
Judge Aukum Accused of
being Prejudiced in De
manding Resignation
Henry Brown, enrollment clerk of
the Municipal Court, acting as sec
retary to Judge Robert H. Terrell,
was handed a letter by Judge Aukum,
Thursday, stating that his services
would cease or; March 31.
A few days ago Judge Aukum made
charges of “inefficiency” against Mr.
Brown and asked for his^-esignation.
Mr. Brown refused to resign. The
Judge proceeded to get rid of Mr.
Brown even to the extent of dismiss
ing him.
Attorney George Hayes, president
of the local Bar Association is inves
tigating the charges of Judge Aukum
as is also Shelby J. Davidson, of the
N.A.A.C.P. They express the opinion
that race prejudice is at the bottom
of Judge Aukums’ attempt to get rid
of Mr. Brown during the absence of
Judge Terrell, who has been in Freed
men’s Hospital since last May.
Mr. Brown is the only colored clerk
in the whole Judiciary Department of
the District of Columbia. Judge Au
kum seems to think that this is a good
time to get rid of him. It is alleged
that Judge Aukum is the prime mover
in this matter. It is also stated that
Judge Mattingly has refused to be
a party to the demand for Mr.
Brown’s resignation or to sit in Bank
to even consider it. Judge Terrell in
his sick room at Freedmen’s Hospital
stated that he was astounded at such
charges, for Mr. Brown had always
performed his duties efficiently.
Higher authorities are to be con
sulted before Mr. Brown’s time will
expire it is claimed. In the meantime
the" charges are being investigated.
The Bar Association will meet Sat
urday night to consider the case and
everything that can be will be done
to prevent Mr. Brown from being sac
rificed on the alter of Judge Aukum’s
Pullman Porters
to Seek Better
Washington porters heard outlined
Monday, for the first time, the erys
talized plan of procedure for the
twenty-four delegates to be sent to
Chicgao, 111., to present the Pullman
Company management their demands
for increased wages and better work
ing conditions. Porter Lancaster of
the Penn Terminal District, New
York City, spoke to a large gathering
of the men at Terminal Yards here on
the status of the porter, and apparent
ly convinced all, by the deftness of his
logic and his inimitable manner of
presentation of the facts, that, far
from being'radical in their demands,
the Pullman porters were barely ask
ing for a living wage. The company
has recently granted the men a 5 per
cent blanket increase, under an agree
ment with the porters, called the In
dustrial Relationship Plan, and, which
was rejected by the Pullman conduc
tors. The porters’ delegates will go
to Chicago instructed to abrogate
this plan, and to present the following
demands, together with some of lesser
1. A minimum monthly wage of
not less than $100; with time and
one-half for overtime; a working
mcntb- to consist of not more than
240 hours.
2. Porters to be paid full time when
told to report, beginning at the time
of reporting, whether assigned to ser
vice duty or not.
3. All lines vacated or newly estab
lished to be placed for bids, senioirty
rights prevailing in the selection of,
Shining shoes, etc., optional with
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She TUasfunflion ©ihune
Published Weekly
16 th
Senator Henrick Shipstead of
Minnesota, moved, on the floor of
the Senate this week to reconsider
the nomination of Walter L. Cohen,
to be Comptroller of Customs at
New Orleans, La. The reconsidera
tion will come up for action
through an agreement, next Sat
urday, March 16th.
Cohen has been twice turned
down by the Senate for this post.
The fact that Senator Shipstead, a
Farmer-Laborite, moved for recon
sideration of the nomination.
means that the progressive Sena
tors apparently will support the
nomination when it comes up. It
is claimed that a number of North
eastern Senators have experienced
a change of heart since last month,
and will, if given another oppor
tunity, vote for confirmation.
Audit Committee Named at
First Meeting in
Two Years
The stock holders of the Whitelaw
Hotel Corporation held their first
meeting*in two years, Friday night.
The meeting was called despite the
protest of some members of the board.
President John W. Lewis, presided.
A full attendance was out as the
stockholders were anxious to know
the exact status of the corporation
since to many threats have been made
to sell the Whitelaw Hotel recently.
However, the officers of the corpo
ration were unable to give the stock
holders much information which re
sulted in numerous heated arguments
and near - fights. So, on a motion by
Mr .A. W. Mitchell, a resolution was
passed after a"heated debate, demand
ing that a committee be appointed to
make a complete investigation of the
affairs of the corporation since its
organization up to March Ist, 1924.
The following committee was
named from the floor to make a com
plete au£it: Mr. A. W. Mitchell, chair
man; Prof. John R. Hawkins, secre
tary; Mr. John T. Risher, assistant
secretary; Mr. Jesse J. Porter and
Dr. Carroll A. Brooks.
Life Insurance,
The Transformer
(By Simeon Cunnigham)
In _the transformation of material
wealth into social wealth, Life Insur-;
ance performs another sociological.
function and plays its part as well;
as it does in the process of distribu
tion. Money is of value only for what
it will buy, and the wise man is con
stantly exchanging it for something
better. Life Insurance transforms
money into comfort, self respect, edu
cation and character. Social processes
are of value according as they create
condit : ons and sentiments favorable
to still bettei; processes. Patriotism
creates condition only, and, too often,
is attended by violence. Industrial
ism is dependent on the utilization of
new materials and processes but,
these new elements render the old
useless and create new conflicts, thus
reducing society's net gain. Life In--
surance, based on the continuity of'
the race, erects a social structure that;
destroys no pre-existing values; |
creates no new conflicts and depends,
in its operation, upon moral and social
forces. Patriotism, admirable as it
is, tends to separate men into na
tionalites and make them contingent
enemies; industrialism, necessary as
it is, introduces competition and its j
progress is marked with conflict and'
waste. Life Insurance draws men
together as moral and social forces
whose highest interest lies in the fu
ture and in their children.
The Federal Life Insurance Com
pany transforms the race’s wealth,
intrusted to its care, into race pro
tection. A Federal Policy in every
home will be of benefit to all con
cerned—let a Federal Representative
explain how. —Adv
Quick Resale of Mississippi
Life is First Evidence
of Difficulty
Atlanta, Ga. (Special)—Very little
information can be obtained here from
officials of The Service Company of
this city relative to the sale of the
recently acquired Mississippi Life In
surance Company to a white com
Mystery has surrounded the sudden
re-sale of this company which was.
only acquired by the Service Company
last December. The purchase price to
the Service Company at the time of
sale was reported to be $125,000. Just
why the Service Company was forced
two weeks ago to sell this company
after only three rrronths’ ownership
is a deep secret known only to those
of the official 'family of the Service
The Mississippi Life Insurance
(Company was sold to The South
eastern Security Company, who, ac
cording to the East Tennessee News,
was acting for the Southern Life In
surance Company of Nashville, Tenn.,
I a white company that specializes in
writing Negro policies.
While the country is eagerly await
ing word from the Service Company,
its officials are remaining silent.
The Service Company is the parent
of a number of other businesses a
mojig which are a chain of drug
Stored; i construction company, a eoal
mining company; a publishing com
pany; the Citizens’ Bank and the
Standard Life Insurance Company.
The apparent instability of the par
ent company has affected all of its
subsidiaries .It is claimed by a man
on the inside, that the Standard Life
Insurance was. the only unit of the
Service Company that was making
money. Naturally any trouble with
the parent or holding company would
affect all the other units. Therefore,
the Standard Life has ' been drawn
into the haze of mystery.
The true status of conditions rela
tive to the Standard Life will possibly
be known in a few days as S. W.
Rutherford of The National Benefit
Life Insurance Co., of Washington,
D.C., and C. C. Spaulding of the North
Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co.,
of Durham, N.C., are due to arrive
here by Friday as well as several
other men who head large insurance
These men will try to determine the
status of the Standard Life and save
it from any scrambled condition that
may result from an investigation of
the Service Company.
Standard Life in
Good Condition
is Report
Atlanta, Georgia—The Insurance
Department of the State of Georgia
has just approved the annual report
of the Standard Life Insurance Com
pany of Atlanta, Georgia. This state
ment indicates that Standard Life is
still the premier life insurance com
pany in the world managed and con
trolled by Colored brains and capital.
The gross assets of the company, it
is revealed, amount to nearly three
million> dollars. The increase in as
sets for the one year 1923, alone, be
ing more than one half million dol
lars, or $682,571.31.
The report also indicates that Stand
ard Life has the largest surplus of
any Negro,life insurance company in
America, and that the increase in its
income is more than one half million
dollars. The total insurance in force
at the dose of 1923 was nearly thirty
million dollars, representing an in
crease in insurance for the year of
nearly six million dollars.
These are staggering figures when
-it is kent in mind that the Standard
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Interior view of New Office of Mortimer M. Harris, 613 F Street N.W.
M. M. Harris Co.,
Moves to New
Seldom has Washington witnessed
such a grand opening as that of the
new quarters of Mortimer M. Harris
Tuesday. All day long throngs of
friends and customers visited the new
quarters, which are pronounced to be
among the most commodious in the
city. Each visitor was given a souve
nir pamphlet which gave -many inter
esting facts regarding the M. M. Har
ris organization.
Mr. Harris is one of the race’s larg
est real estate dealers. His office
specializes in sales, rentals and insur
ance. The building at 613 F Street,
Northwest, a four story brick, "Was
purchased by Mr. Harris, Mr. J. A.
Cobb and Whitfield McKinlay a short
time ago and was remodeled complete
ly, making it one of the finest owned
by colored here. The property is
located right in the downtown busi
ness section.
Mr. Harris started as a rent col
lector and salesman in the office of
Whitefield McKinlay- In 1916 h^
started in real estate business for
himself. His business has grown from
a small office to large and palatial
quarters in the building above men
tioned. During the last eight years,
Mr. Harris has negotiated more than
$1,000,000 worth of local property.
•The new quarters were christened
with the announcement of the sale
of a row of houses in the 1800 blcok
of Eighth Street, Northwest, to a
young lawyer named Gordon Dingle
of New York City. This sale involved
nearly SIOO,OOO. With the opening
of the new offices, Mr. Harris also
announced the beginning of a build
ing project involvnig the construction
of- several palatial residences on Sec
ond Street near W, Northwest.
These homes are to be resplendent
in every particular. The buildings
underway will cost around $100,000;
with subsequent building, the total
will be over $208,000. This project is
owned by Prof. John R. Hawkins of
this city and Dr. A. B. Penn of Alex
landria, Va.
' Associated with Mr. Harris are Mr.
Robert L. Egans, sales and loan de
partment; Mr. Frits W. Alexander,
sales and insurance ddpartmewt? Mr.
Frances M. Settle, cashier ;Mrs. Fran
cis M. Thomas, secretary ^nd Miss
Florence M. Hunt, rentals and sales
The Harris office resembled a mina
ture floral shop on its opening day;
large floral tributes being sent by Dr.
J. M. Dowling, Mr. E. H. Bachschmidt.
the H. L. Rust Co., Mr. Jesse Powell,
Mr. J. H. Lomax, Miss F. M. Hunt,
Mr. Richard Peters and others.
Important Events of the Week in Pictures
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Kelly Miller and the Howard Appropriation
In our issue of last week we carried a feature news article in
which it^vas stated that Kelly Miller nearly wrecked Howard
University’s appropriation then pending in Congress. This news
story was carried in the utmost good faith, and stated what ap
peared to be true in the light of the facts at hand at the time.
It was not intended to in any way question either the sincerity
or good intentions of Professor Miller, but to state the facts as
to the effect of w’hat he did. In the light of facts learned by
The Tribune, since this publication, it should be stated in fair
ness to Professor Miller that he carried out what appeared to be
the consensus of opinion among the officials of the University.
But in the light of subsequent events it has developed that the
willingness to withdraw the fight for the $500,000 item for the
Medical School, as apparently agreed upon by the University
officials and as expressed by Professor Miller to Senator Smoot,
was a mistake in judgment and turned out to be unnecessary.
It appears that there has been some misunderstanding as to
our attitude toward Professor Miller by reason of the news story
as carried by us. A careful reading of Professor Miller’s letter
in last week’s Tribune will serve to show that he was in no sense
actuated by indifference to the welfare of the Medical School—
in which his son is now a student —but was endeavoring to save—
as he supposed—something from what looked like an imminent
Neither The Tribune nor anyone else could dare question the
loyalty of Kelly Miller to Howard University or to his race. He
has given the best years of his life to Howard, during some of
which years the compensation barely kept the wolf from his door.
In the early days, when Howard could not boast of her present
large buildings," her present large teaching force and her present
adequate salaries, Professor Miller was numbered among that
faithful few who, by their sacrifices in the school room and on
the public platform, kept the doors of Howard open for the black
youth of this land, who with little or no money sought a higher
3 (Continued on page 6) J
Office: 920 U St., N.W.
Washington’s Best
Advertising Medium.
Many Women of National
Reputation Connected
with Organization
The National Association of Wage
Earners, who, as announced in last
week’s Tribune, purchased a home at
12th and Rhode Island Avenue, North
west, was this week incorporated un
der the laws of the District of Col
umbia. The articles of incorporation
were drawn by Attorney Chas. S. Hill
of 611 F Street, Northwest.
The organization is the only one of
its kind in America; its incorporators
hav^ high hopes of making it one of
the strongest labor organizations in
existence. Already it boasts of a
large membership in and around the
District and has accomplished much
good in bettering local working con
ditions among women.
The object of the Wage Earners or
ganization will be according to their
articles of incorporation, to develop
and encourage efficient workers; to
assist women in finding the work for
which they seem best qualified; to
elevate the migrant class of workers
and incorporate them permanently in
service of some kind; to standardize
living conditions; to secure a wage
that will enable women to live decent
ly; to assemble the grievances of em
ployers and employees into a set of
common demands, and strive mutually
make and ,supply appropriate um
forms for working women; and to in-,
fluence just legislation affecting worn
en wage earners; to grant certificates
of memberships to kindred branches
affiliated with this association.
The headquarters of the organiza
tion will la- Washington; branches
will .be established throughout the
(Continued on page 6)
Women’s Business
League to give
The Carnival to be held at the
Metropolitan A. M. E. Church under
the supervision of the Women’s Busi
ness League promises to be one of the
greatest events of the season. The
Business Carnival begins March 23rd
with sermons from the pulpits of the
various churches throughout the city.
Monday, March 24th, will be spent
in getting the booths ready for the
formal opening. Tuesday, March 25th
will be ministers' night. Wednesday
March 26th will be business mens
night. Thursday, March 27th will be
business women’s night. A most elab
orate program is being prepares!
Friday, March 28th will be boys and
girls’ night, at which time some ot
our best musical talent will be heard
from the youth of the city.
Joseph* Branson will be in charge
of the music for the Carnival.
The Fearing Brothers wjll feature
the radio. Each evening radio con
certs will be heard from their booth
as well as there will be other electrical
Among some of the other business
enterprises that will be represented
are: The Rid Cab Taxi Service, The
Black Cab Taxi Service, and others
have been invited. Harrison -and
Brooks will feature their special fee
cream. Mrs. Lucile Warren (milli
nery); Madam Blonche( millinery);
Mr. Lenard Hyman (photography);
Mr. Crosby {photography); Marshall
Brothers (florists); H. E. L-'* l "
(coal); Graves (delicacies); Madam.
Peterson (lingerie); Misses Gretchen
Mcßae and Ella Lynch I periodicals
and literature); Johnson's umbrella
factory W. L. Smith (manufacturing
druggist); James T. Blue Chemical
[Company; Mrs. Lucy Lassiter I poul
try); Maxwell’s Book Store. Chisley
(florist); Druggist’s Association;
James Brown (printing). All busi
ness enterprises are invited to partici
pate. Watch the announcemetns in
yur weekly papers.
Price 5 Cents

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