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VOLUME 6-NUMBER 3__SATURDAY, MARCH ll, 1944 PRICE FIVE CENTS Colored Teachers In Annual Meet At Lanier, March 24 Tennessee State College Head Principal Speaker - I According to a release sent out by Executive Secretary W. W. Blackburn, the Mississippi Associa tion of Teachers in colored schools will hold a one-day session in Jack son, Friday, March 24. Prof. Blackburn also announces that Dr. W. S. Davis, a native of Canton, Miss., who is now President of Tennessee A. & I. College, Nash ville, Tenn., will be the principal speaker, Friday night, March 24. Because of the war, the Associa tion has cut its meeting days from three to one, however, indications are that teachers from every sec tion of the state will be in attend ance. Mrs. F. L. Nichols is President of the MATCS. Given 5 Years For Fraud In Family Allowance Five years’ imprisonment at hard labor, dishonorable discharge from the Army, and forfeiture of all pay and allowances was the sentence imposed by a military court in the New York area upon an Army private who attempted to get a family allowance for a person not eligible to receive it. Details of the case were revealed today by Brig. Gen. H. N. Gilbert, USA, Director of the Office of De pendency Benefits, an activity of the Army Service Forces. “This is the most severe sentence yet imposed for fraud in connec tion with family allowances,” Gen eral Gilbert stated. “The soldier was charged with violation of the 94th Article of War, in that he knowingly exe cuted a fraudulent affidavid so as to assist a woman whom he de scribed as his wife in obtaining a family allowance." Evidence developed in the case revealed that the soldier, who had been married for a number of years and had deserted his wife and young son in Philadephia, Pa., in 1937, entered the Army under an assumed name in January 1942. In November 1941, however, he had gone through a bigamous marriage ceremony with a girl in Newark • N. J. Soon after entering the Army, he applied for a family al lowance for this girl, naming her as his wife. The allowance was authorized and paid. As soon as fraud was established, the ODB discontinued her family allowance. Refund of payments to which she had not been entitled will be re quired by the ODB in accordance with the law, General Gilbert re vealed. “There was no evidence, how ever, that this girl was a party to the fraud, and she has not been prosecuted,” the General added. A family allowance has ben au thorized for the soldier’s lawful wife and their child, it was stated, and this allowance is being paid. They still reside in Philadelphia. Through the ingenuity of the de serted wife, the ODB first gained information leading to the soldier’s arrest and conviction, according to General Gilbert. She arranged to have a picture of him placed in a publication under a “missing man” caption. The picture was recog nized, and the wife was informed as to the whereabouts of the miss ing husband by an interested read er. She then submitted an appli cation for a family allowance for herself and child, based upon the service of the man she believed to be her husband. An investigation by the ODB's Field Investigations Branch proved her to be right, and the soldier was brought to justice. “The ODB maintains the Field Investigations Branch, with its net work of regional investigating of ficers throughout the country, in order to catch up with attempts to defraud the Government,” General Gilbert pointed out. “Chiselers can’t win,” he said. “We’re here to see that they don’t get paid.” Help forge the bonds of Victory by buying more War Bonds ! VISITS JACKSON Friends of charming and popu lar Essie Lee Ward-Davis were happy to welcome her back to Jack son after an absence of 15 years. Mrs. Davis visited Jackson last week enroute to her home in Chicago, after having spent several days in New Orleans, La., with her hus band, Sgt. Wilbur G. Davis, who is stationed there. The Davis’ are newlyweds, hav ing been married December 16. in a quiet ceremony in the home of the bride’s cousin, Mrs. Glara Figgs of 6119 Rhodes Avenue. Mrs. Davis, dau^ ar of Mrs. Wil lie Ward, is a product of the public schools of Jackson, a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and an interviewer in the United States Employment Service. Sgt. Davis attended the Univer sity of Wichita and taught in the public schools in Arkansas and Missouri prior to his induction into the Army. 'While fti Jackson. Mrs. Davis was guest in the home of Miss’ Mabel Roseman. She also enjoyed many social courtesies which included a Dinner Party given for her at the Tip Top Club by Mrs. Sarah M. Harvey. SOLDIER’S FAVORITE Robert Lowery as a sailor in “The Navy Way,” the Pine-Thomas special for Paramount. However, millions of soldiers know him best in a different type of service role. He has played in numerous Army training shorts shown to the dough boys in camps throughout the country. Buy War Bonds and Stamps now! A DELIGHTFUL DISH OF SWING! Lovely and exotic Alberta Pryme (pictured above), who headlines the tuneful, fast-stepping revue staged by Addison Carey at Small’s Paradise, is this season’s nite club treat. Miss Pryme does her singing in character and, yes, you guessed it—she’s a riot. Featured at the 1-2-3 Club, Villipigue’s, Weider’s, Toppin’s, the Cobra Club, and having also appeared at Duffy’s Tavern, this charming chanteuse is making her first appearance in the Harlem nitery sector in many years. Such a favorite is Miss Pryme that her admirers who flocked to the Palm Room in the Park Central Hotel to see her when she appeared there recently, have got together on several occasions to i witness and made the trip to Small’s. Such popularity must be deserving. Southeastern Women to Meet In Memphis Ruby E. Stutts Lyells The Southeastern Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs will meet in Memphis, Tennessee, in July, 1944. Mrs. J. E. Johnson, Pren tiss, Mississippi, president of the organization, has announced the theme of the Convention as “The Southeastern A Dynamic Force in National Defense.” Representatives will be in atendance from the eight member states—Mrs. M. B. Gaillard, Alabama; Mrs. F. A. Ponder, Flor ida; Mrs. Hattie M. Reese, Georgia; Mrs. M. M. Hubert, Mississippi; Mrs. Lula Kelsey, North Carolina; lviis. jLfaifcy d. ldyiur, ouum ^aro lina; Mrs. J. F. Pierce, Tennessee, and Mrs. Wanza I. Webb, Virginia. Mrs. J. F. Pierce, President of the Tennessee Federation of Colored Women, states that no effort will be spared to make the Convention a success. Mrs. Pierce says, “We women must get together. Our united strength is needed to tide over the difficulties attendant with the passing of the old order and the coming of the new day.” Other officers of the Southeast ern Federation are: Mrs. Ida Hen derson, Atlanta, Vice President; Mrs. W. A. Scott, Atlanta, Record ing Secretary; Mrs. C. M. Sharpe, Petersburg, Va., Corresponding Sec retary; Mrs. A. P. Mack, Tuske gee, Ala., Treasurer; Mrs. A. G. Mickens, West Palm Beach, Fla., Chaplain; Mrs. Hazel G. Reese, Co lumbia, South Carolina, Parliamen tarian; Mrs. Mary D. King, Mem phis, Tenn., Historian; Mrs. Eva Hall Harx-is, Brokhaven, Mississ ippi, Auditor; Mrs. H. M. Gibbs, Montgomery, Ala., Chairman, Ex ecutive Board. Mississippi Marines Are Promoted Marine Corps Headquarters, Camp Lejune, New River, N. C., this week annouiiCod the promotion of the following MississiDDi Ma rines at Montford Point Section of the camp to the ranks of sergeant, corporal, steward and steward as sistants and to private first class: To Marine Sergeant, Hezekiah Bolton, of Beaumont; to Marine Corporal, Rodgers Butler, Jr., of McComb, Miss:; Willie E. Walker of 3118 Nineteenth Street, Gulfport, Miss.; Ralph T. Fairconeture, 412 I George St., Bay St. Louis, Miss. To Private First Class, Bernard L. Stevens, 803 Reynoir Street, Bi loxi; Edward Lene, Michigan City; Bob F. Jones, R. 3, Sallis, Miss.; George Watson, 233 Clarence Ave nue, Pass Christian, Miss.; Joseph B. Terry, 1130 Montgomery Street, Jackson, Miss. Released by U. S. War Department. Bureau of Public Relations PARACHUTE WINGS are pinned on the first Negro paratroopers to graduate from the Parachute School, Fort Benning, Georgia, by Captain William V. Johnson. These airborne troops, first in the United States Army, are members of the 555th Parachute Infantry Company. Sergeant Roger S. Walden, of Detroit, Michigan, is the paratrooper receiving his wings from Captain Johnson. (Photo by U. S. Army' Signal Corps.) Marines At Key Base In South West Pacific (The following story was writ ten by Sergeant John R. Hurley, fbrmerly of 136 West 109th Street, New York City, and 1708 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California, a Marine Corps Combat Corre spondent.) Somewhere in the Southwest Pa are undergoing almost constant air attacks as they help man this is land, a key supply base for Amer ! ican forces fighting the Japanese. The Negroes, trained at Camp Lejeune, New River, North Caro lina, received their baptism of fire at Guadalcanal, where ships they were aboard were raided by Jap planes. From Guadalcanal, they moved j into more active combat zones. Jap anese bombers made regular night ly runs over the areas but the Ne gro Marines grew accustomed tc . the air raids. Coming from all parts of the eastern and southern United States | and the first Negroes to be re cruited by the Marines, they are a part of America’s fighting forces in the Southwest Pacific area. There are two groups, one com manded by Marine First Lieuten ant Cade Strickland, of Kentwood Louisiana, and Marine Captain C Apperson, native of Atlanta, Geor gia, who resides at 318 Brocker braught Court, New Orleans, La Lieutenant Strickland recently re placed Marine Captain Jason M Austin, of 5705 Bland Avenue, Bal timore, Maryland, as commanding officer of one of the groups. Trained as infantrymen with some later specializing in antiair craft artillery, other special wea pons and tanks, they are nearly all volunteers. Retaining marked good humor and spirits under the trying conditions imposed by re moteness and tropics, they contin ue to work hard at their assignee duties, taking the good with the bad. The former cooks and clerks, me chanics and drivers, carpenters anc farmers are from Alabama, Missis sippi, New York, Michigan, Flor ida, Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania Georgia Alabama, Illinois, Arkan sas, Virginia and California. Thej average about 20 years of age. There is friendly competion ir boxing, volleyball, softball and ir musical and singing contests wher duties are completed. They hav< set up their own rings and courts One singning group, the Rhythn Kings, who double on spirituals anc popular songs, is composed of Ser geant James P. Harper, of 201! South Street, Philadelphia Pa., lead er, a former linesman for the Phil adelphia Electric Co.; Corpora James E. Masters, of 508 Cotton wood Street, Crockett, Texas; Pri vate first class, William F. Barz ziel, of Box 222, Munford. Tennes see; Corporal Ernest H. Lyons, o; 891 Spencer Street, Southwest, At lanta, Georgia, former photograph er for the Atlanta Daily World, j and Corporal Ira L. Blackwell, of 10 Brunswick Avenue, Vaux Hall, New Jersey. Private, First Class, Nathan Al exander, of Box 21, Barracksville, West Virginia, heads another group, comprising Private, First Class. James W. Todd, of Kendall Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Private Ar thur Lee Moss of 5719 Thackery Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio; and Cor poral Lafayette Anderson, of 929 West 7th St., Cincinnati, Ohio. They also sing both types of music. Birmingham, Alabama, is the best represented with 17 men from that town. Detroit, Michigan, and At lanta, Georgia, rank next. From Birmingham are, Corporal Jesse L. : Craig, of 2935 Fourth Avenue, South; Private, First Class, Jesse Williams, of 518-38th Street (Fair field); Private Nathaniel Booker, of 2221-llth Avenue, South; Private Riley Wilkins, of 3342-31st Place, North; Private Clarence J. Collins, of 203 North 22nd Street; Private C. B. Bolden, Jr., of 400 Ninth ; Court, South; Private Milton A. ; Williams, of 528 Dawson Avenue (Powderly); Corporal Frank W. Ishman, of 120-33rd Street, North; j Private Willie Moore, of 1417-17th | ; St., South; Private Jessie Riddle, 1 of 961 First Street, North; Private Robert Ward, of 1017-23rd Street, North; Private, First Class, Simp son Norris, of 912 Avenue “G”, (Pratt City); Private Kit Babbs, of 515 Eleventh Court, East; Private Elijah Durden, of 721 Twenty fourth Street, North; Private M l vin G. Cooper, of 1629 Ninth Av - nue, North; Private Earl L. Dav of 911 First Avenue, and Priva e George C. Matthews, of 5 Fir Avenue, Southwest. Pocket-size grammars help the Negro Marines eliminate the lan guage problem in their trade with the natives. They vent their sou venir craze by dickering with the natives, later sending home grass skirts, sea shells, war clubs and | canes, and other curios. The na tives take money first, then ciga rettes, tobacco, pipes, soap, junk jewelry, etc. The visionary brought along ample supplies of the latter from dime stores. At night, when air raid sirens are not blowing, can be heard the moan j ui spirituals sucn as Join tne Band,” “Bread of Heaven” and | “Father Prepare He,” mingled with livelier modern tunes. Some others of the two groups i are: Private Thomas Roy, a for i mer painter, of 316 Socrates Street, i Algiers, New Orleans, Louisiana; ; and Sergeant Ulysses J. Lucas, of . 1628 Steward Avenue, Lockland, 11 Ohio, former cook at the Sherry [ Netherlands Hotel, in Cincinnati, ■ and now a field cook. I Private Willie King, of 8770 Rus sell Street, Detroit, Michigan, a former fighter, who puts on box ing exhibitions and, so far, re mains undefeated here. New York contributed Corporal Nathaniel C. Lewis, formerly of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, who was vorking as a linotyper on the j New York Age when he enlisted. * Private Roderick J. Bernard, of -1 140 West 133rd Street, another New Yorker, was employed at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn when he joined the Marines. From Brook lyn came Private Thomas Fulcher, Jr., of 539A Greene Avenue, who worked for the Winchester Arms Company. Others are Corporal William E. Blakely, of 523 North 29th Street, | Richmond, Virginia, former mail! clerk; Private, First Class, Cosmos D. Eaglin, of Opelousas and New Iberia, Louisiana, a former school teacher; and Private, First Class, | Robert C. Claverie, of 3517 Danneal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, who clerked at the Dryades Street branch of the Y. M. C. A. there. From Pass Christian, Mississippi, and a foreman’s job in a fish can- j nery, came Corporal Elisha Lewis, Jr., formerly . ' 5270 Annunciation St., New Orleans, La., who lived at 240 Saucier Avenue, in Pass Chris ucui, ruvdtc, nxsi vviniam Matlock was a stock clerk in Nash- i ville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad, and lived at 2825 Clif ton Road, Nashville, Tenn. Pri vate James D. McFadden, of 6 Morris Street, Passaic, New Jersey, was a truck driver. Baltimore, Maryland, sent Private Sylvester N. Carter, of 113 Brewer St., a former welder. Private, First Class, Walter C. Arnold, of 5219 Perry Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, was attending DuSable High Schou. there, and was an R. O. T. C. cap tain, when he quit to join the j Eighth District Teachers Hold Meet At Edwards A. J. Finch Made President— To Meet Next Year In Canton PRESIDENT Prof. Anslem J. Finch of Bran don, teacher, columnist, and orig-1 inator of “Songs of the Soul” was overwhelmingly elected president of the Eighth Educational District Association in its recent meeting held at Edwards onthe campus of the Southern Christian Institute. Lincoln Addition News Mrs. Eugene Davis, Reporter Mr. Edward Paige who has been stationed in several camps has re-: turned to this community to visit his wife, Mrs. Ruby Paige of Crys tal Street. We welcome Mr. and Mrs. Idie Johnson’s family on Lester Street. Mr. Junious Robinson recently visited his mother who lives in Memphis. He reports an enjoyable visit. Mrs. Marie Bedwell of 109 Wilton Street, the nurse of our Commu nity, cqntacted Mrs. Speed, the' Health Nurse to return at a later date and give the children treat ment. Give to the Red Cross NOW! Corps. Private Eugene Cobb, Jr., af Greensville, South Carolina, was a gardener in Evanston, Illinois, where he volunteered. Private, First Class, Burnice Houston, of Box 52, Jessup, Georgia, and Pri vate James R. Jones, of Claxton, Georgia,were attending Georgia State College, and lived at 116; Church Street, in Ci John R. Davis was a Grange, Virginia. NEGRO LABORERS WARNED AGAINST AGITATORS This week Negroes in Jackson and Mississippi are to be congratulated for their wisdom in refusing to allow out - agitators to come in and make trouble between them ana their present employers. They are to be congratulated for taking a stand and letting these outsiders know that we in the South are not totally without knowledge of what is going on in the world around us, that we have little faith in these so-called and self-styled “Angels of Mercy,” who leave cities where every one is gc?ing to the devil by the wholesale to come South to save us from degradation. They are to be congratulated for realizing that now, as never before, it behooves the Southern Negro to do some serious thinking and planning for his own benefit. It be hooves him to look into every proposition and accept it only in proportion that it puts MONEY into his pocket. It is a fine thing for outsiders to come in and tell us that we should demand more for our labor; it would be very fine to have as much money as we can get at all times, BUT it is much finer to have common sense enough to real ize that a fairly good amount of money, wisely invested and in w*nnh n oil So, we think, Negroes in Jackson and Mississippi who were wise enough to realize that it is better to work for their present wages and, as we said before, in many instances these wages are better than these particular workers have ever been given, than join up with some organization that could guarantee them nothing and who would, without a doubt, be the cause of them losing their jobs, are to be con gratulated. We don't want our readers to get the idea that we are against you being ambitious and progressive, nor that we are against you getting all the money you can for your labor, etc., but we do want you to think and take into considera tion the many conditions that can affect you, the dire calam ity that could come to Negroes if your present employers preferred to close their plants rather than operate under certain contracts. And they do prefer to close. We who are here in Mississippi to live and die,'to leave for our children a heritage of better homes, better schools and better economic and social conditions, can do this only by making friends of those people around us, by completely ignoring outside agitators. EDWARDS, Miss.—The Eighth Educational District Association held here last Saturday on the campus of the Southern Christian Institute was said by “those who know,” to be the finest and most enthusiastic session witnessed for many years. Opening remarks were made by President Edward Tademy. Addresses of welcome were delivered by President John Long and Dean C. C. Mosley. A very able response came from Prof. Luther Marshall of Jackson. Panel discussions were of unus ual interest. Speakers on the two panels included: Dean Lionel B. Fraiser of Tougaloo; Dean H. T. Sampson, Mississippi Negro Train ing School; Principal N. D. Taylor, Yazoo City; Principal A. M. Rog ers, Canton; Principal J. G. H. Bowman, Vicksburg; Mrs. Daisy Parker Lee, Mississippi Negro Training School; Principal James E. Gooden, Jackson; Miss E. S. rowen, jacKson; the Kev. wm. K. Fox, S. C I.; Prof. H. C. Harper, Luxis Clubs; Judge Luther Man ship, Jackson; A. JT. Finch, Bran don, and Miss Ruth Carryer, Wil liam Johnson Community Center, Jackson. H. T. Turner, president, Hinds county educational federal credit union, was principal speaker. Music was furnished by the Southern Christian Institute and the high school of Yazoo City head ed by Principal N. D. Taylor. At 2:00 o’clock, officers and del egates packed the spacious dining room of S. C. I. and enjoyed a de licious repast perpared under the direction of the home economics department. Canton was chosen the next meet ing place. Officers elected were; Anslem J. Finch, president, Bran don; Dean L. B. Frazier, Tougaloo College, vice president; Prof. James iS. Gooden, Jackson, treasurer; Mrs. L. Hubbard, Edwards, secre tary; Mrs. B. M. Carter, Brandon, assistant secretary; Mrs. Zadie Harvey, Rankin county, registrar. Jackson Editor Addresses Tougaloo Students Mr. Percy Greene, editor of the Jackson Advocate, was guest speak er at the regular chapel program March 1. The occasion was the lebration of Negro Newspaper Week. This being the case, the speaker confined his remarks more or less to the growth and develop ment of the Negro press and its potent force in bringing about many of the present changes which we have witnessed. Mr. Green said, “It is a long way from the North Star, the first Ne gro newspaper founded bv Fred erick Douglas in 1847, to such nat ionally known papers as the Chi cago Defender and Pittsburg Cour ier.” We are all in one way or another affected by the power of the press. “The pen is mightier than the sword.” This is the chief agency in moulding public opin ion on most current issues. Since the Negro gets Tittle or no con sideration in the white press, it is his indispensable duty to support the Negro press—the medium thru which he can express his desires, opinions and aspirations. Notwithstanding the militancy of the Negro press, it is supported in a large measure by sympathetic white people. Perhaps the largest portion of the revenue from ad vertising comes from white busi ness concerns. The celebration of Negro News pader Week should serve to focus our attention on the vital part that Negro weeklies play in our lives. They are the most reliable and de pendable sources that we have for information about our group. If we want to know what the Negro is doing then we should read Ne gro papers and periodicals. Let us resolve to read at least one Negro newspaper each week. These pa pers are fighting our battles and need our financial and moral sup port, -J. H. OWENS. Rays of Rhythm to Play for Teachers Dance March 24th % - .