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voiume x Meridian, Mississippi Friday march 10, 1933 number 31
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Africans Oppose Increase In Taxes
U. S. Sends
Washington, March, 10, (ANP) In
order that a quicker understanding of
the differences between this country j
and Liberia may be achieved, the j
United States state department, with
the approval of President Franklin D.
Roosevelt, has sent Mayjor General
Blanton Winship to Monrovia to take
the place in effect of United States
Minister Charles E. Mitchell.
Mr. Mitchell was appointed by the
Hoover administration, but failed to
function because the United States
would not recognize the Barclay ad
ministration in the West African Re
public. The reason given for non-re
cognition was the existence of slavery
in Liberia and Mr. Barclay's unwill
ingness to live up to his country’s fin
last year tho League of Nations ap
pointed a committee to draw up a plan
„ of assistance for Liberia. The United |
States agreed to support this plan if
the financial representatives of the
Firestone Tire come in this country
endorsed it. This was because the
United States had induced the Fire
stone company to make a loan to the;
Instead of attempting a satisactory
adjustment of its contracts with the
Firestone company, Mr. Barclay's
government is said, by executive do
cre° and l^islaHve act. to be attemnt
ing to evade the provisions of these
The stat“ department announces:
“Believing that the acceptance hv Li
beria of international assistance lock
in'* toward the roorgan'zntion of Li
berian admipistarrion offered the best,
guarantee of needed social reforms, the
American government has participated ,
in the work of the Liberian committee ■
of the League of Nations at Geneva.
The American Government last Oct
ober endorsed the program elaborated
by the Liberian committee, and for
warded it to the Firestone interests as
a basis for certain modification in the
coptract between them and Liberia.
“The progress toward the rehabilta
tion of Liberian finances and a sounder
general understanding between this
country and Liberia has been blocked
hv a series of recent occurrences and
it is clear that a reexamination by a
special American representative on
the ground is necessary. The recent
violation bv Liberia of the loan agree
ment to which she is a nartv and her
virtual repudia'ion of this obligations
and the security on which large sums
have Ven advanced to her by Amer
ican interests are the culmination of
some years of disagreement.
“The special representative is being,
sent Monrovia in an effort to provide
a solution safeguarding American right
in Liberia and restoring at the same
time a situation which will permit of
further efforts to assist Liberia.”
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THE WEEKLY ECHO
TULSA “LITTLE THEATER" GROUI
TO PRESENT SOCIAL DRAMA
Tulsa, Okla., March 10, (ANP) /
dramatization of the sorrow, the weak
nesses, the hate and prejudice of cui
modern society under the title “Wh<
Pays”? will be the first offering of th<
Tulsa “Little Theatre Players” this year
The play was written ty H. S. Hughes
head of the English department of the
local high school. The theme son;
“Somebody Pays” was written by Chas
Graham, also an instructor in the c'tj
“Who Pays”, in the course of its foui
acts, is an indictment of our whole so
cial structure. All the despair, futility
and neuroic w"akness°s of the Amer
can people in this period of depression
is wrapped up in this dramatic story oi
af mistaken ideals, injustice, and dis
crimination. In the end 1he authni
makes a pica for a great love and un
Sings for Largest
Negro Hiqh School
Birmingham, Ala., March, 10„ (ANP)
Lawcrence Tibbett, noted moving pic
ture and opera star was the gurst oi
the principal and puiVls of the Negrc
industral high school, Friday morning
Twenty-six hundred pupils san * five
Mr. Tibbett in a short speech to the
students sa d that hearing their rend
ition of the spirituals was the great
est emotional experience of his life
Re thanked Prof. A. H. Parker, prin
-ipal and Malachi Wilkerson, director
'or the privilege.
He then sang one number “On the
Rond to Mandalay” which was received
with thunderous applause. The Indus
rail high school of Birmingham is the
largest No "ro high school in the world
rhe twentv-six hundred students whe
icard Mr. Tibbett were favored protior
if the student bodv. Tb- aud tbruirr
will not seat all the students at one
lime, and consequently about one-thirc
of the students were unable to hear
Tulas, Okla., March 10th (ANP) Ne
gro lawyers from all over Oklahom;
gathered here last week for the purpose
of organizing a state association. The
sessions were held in the Wesley A. M
The meeting was called to order bj
O. Ben Jefferson, Okahoma City at 1:(X
p. m., and committees named to arrange
a course of procedure.
A stag party was given during the
evening in the law offices of Judge
Amos T. Hall, which was pronouncec
by all the delegates as a most delightfu
affair, and later on a reception was ar
ranged at the beautiful Berry Park
where all of the elite of the oil capi
The officers of the association elec
ted follows: Amos. T. Hall, president
Tulsa; O. Ben Jefferson, vice president
Oklahoma City; H. McKinley Rowan
secretary. Oklahoma City; Chauncy D
Twin, Tulsa treasurer.
The next meeting of the newly for
med association will bn held in Oklah
oma City during the month of June ii
order to put into effect various plai
tentatively discussed during the Tuls;
' STYLE REVUE A SUCCESS
Tlie Style Revue staged at Rose Hnl
M. E. Church Thursday evening, March
9 was put over in high class. This alia r
was one of much interest and en
joyment. The different styles displayed
were very lovely and it would have
taken a close observer to differentiate
the style of yesterday and today.
Music for the affair was furnished
by Mrs. Dessie McCoo Hardy.
Punch and cake were srrved which
was very refreshing.
iuiSS JESSIE FAUSET. Charm ue.d iai nted Author Of
“The Chinaberry Tree”, and “Plum Bun”, Two novels which have
won for her the distinction of being the 1 ading woman n velist o'
color. Cr tics have given her work which portrays the higher type
of Negro life. Miss Fauset is Planing A lecture tour to cover the
better part of th0 coming year. During which she will seek material
for a new novel. —(ANP).
Club Of Newell
The Willing Workers’ Club of Newell
Chapel Church met at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Clarence Chillis 2625-23rd
i Avenue, V<ednesday evening, March
8th. Eighteen members and two visitors
Mrs. V. L. Lawerence gave a very
interesting talk wl'.ich was enjoyed
very much, with reference to the Will
; in’ Workers* Club of Mt. Sterling, Ala.
of which she was president before she
was elected Annual Conference pre
sident of the Missionary Society of
Mt. Sterling, Alabama.
After the business part of the club
; was over the hostess assisted by Mrs.
E. F. Young, Jr., served a delicious
plate lunch, ice cream and cake. The
club feels grateful to the host and hos
tess for the manner in which they
entertained the club.
Mrs. L. W. Wilson, Pres.
Mrs. E. B. Young, Rep.
CARD OF THANKS
Mrs. Minervia Jones wishes to thank
her many friends for kindness and ass
istance rendered during the long illness \
of her sister, Mrs. Hattie McCoy. She
i is also thankful to Rev. M. T. J. How- j
i! ard, her pastor for constant visitation
i and prayer and for many helpful things
| he did for the family.
Hosifps' Tr> Young
Peou'e’s Social Club
Miss Lenora Young was the charming
hostess to the Young People’s Social i
Club, Thursday night, March 9th, at ■
her home 1503-26th Avenue.
Tlie club was opened by the Vice j
president, Miss Laura Griggs, by sing- j
ing “Shine on me’,’ with Miss Clara I
Edna McDonald at the piano. We were
then led in prayer by Miss Mary Earl;
Brown. Scripture reading, Miss Laura j
Gri.-gs. Song, “Jesus is all the world
to me.” Minutes of the last meeting
were omitted. Reports were then callid
for with each member reporting. Those
who failed to make their reports Thurs
day night are kindly asked to be ready
to report Sunday morning.
After the business part of the Club
was over we were then favored with an
Inst. Solo by Miss Clara Edna Mc
Donald. The music rendered by Miss
McDonald was very much appreciated.'
After repeating the Watch word the
club was then turned into a social hour.
D fTerent games were played, and while
playing the hostess, assisted by Mrs.
Symerial Anderson served hot cocoa
and cake. The social was well attended
by both members and friends.
The club adjourned to meet Thurs-1
day night March 23rd at the home of
Miss Laura Griggs, 1306-13th Avenue.
AGED WOMAN BURNED TO DEATH
Atlanta, Ga., March 10th (ANP) Mrs.
Lela Glover, aged 70, was burned to
death in her home here about 3:30 O'
clock Sunday morning.
Robert Standler, who was an occup
ant of the house, told the coroner at
the inquest Monday morning, that he
was awakened by hacring the aged
woman chopping wood in her room.
An hour later he noticed smoke coming
from her room and he called the fire
department. When the firemen and
Standler broke into the room they fou
nd the charred body of the woman ly
ing on the floor in front of the fire
place. The opinion was expressed that
she had made a fire and in the process
her clothing had caught fire, the flames
enveloping her before she could make
Whip Lawyer Who
Memphis, March 10th (ANP) Even
white southern lawyers who defend
Negroes in the courts run the risk of
censure and attack from the prejudiced '
ordinary mine-run of common whites, 1
it was demonstranted here this week
when C. B. Tipton, local white lawyer,
reported that he had been beaten at
Marior, Ark., because he defended a
colored man accused of robbery. (
The defendant was Harry Davis, who
was charged with robbery and assault
on Nolan Roberson, white.
TN o V-vf oinorl o inn on on i
case against his client.
After he had stepped out of the court
room. Tipton was set upon and knock
ed to the ground by friends and re
latives of Rob’nsrn when he admitted
that he was Davis’ lawyer. The man
who knocked him down was Sam Rob
inson. th" nlairOltRs brother. j
After returning to Memphis, Tipton
stated: “Apparantly some of those fell- ]
ows over there just don’t think a Ne- ;
gro is entitled to his dav in court and
resent a lawyer from Memphis going
over there to defend one.”
STOP LIGHT PREVENTS ROBBERY
Memph's, Tenn.. March 10th (ANP)
The “red light” was sufficient to stop
thea truck which he was driving but ^
did not stop Milton Glover, the driver
who alighted from his truck and ran j
down the street there by saving him- i *
self from being robbed, here Tuesday j
Glover told the police that he had ^
just made a delivery to the McKesson- |
Van Vleet Pharmacy and as he got back j
on his truck a white man jumped on .
with him and poked a gun in his ribs. ^
ordering him to drive south on Cleve
land avenue and to turn East on Pop- ^
lar. Cleveland and Poplar the “red
light” halted traffic and Glover leaper
from the truck and scampered away
leaving the bandit on the truck alone
with his revolver. j g
CHARGED WITH MURDER OF MER- 11
Memphis, Tenn., March 10th (ANP) f
Ollie Admas and Oberlee Williams, g
were charged with first-degree mur- £
der in an indictment returned by the f
Shelby countv grand jury Wednesday. J
Thev aro held in connection with the £
death of G. F. Snover, white merchant £
who was beaten to death in December. c
Increase n Taxes
Acora, Gold Coast, West Africa, Mar
:h 10, (ANP) — Tliat the proposed in
:rease in taxes and the levying of in
:ome taxes would be wholeheartedly
jpposed was indicated in the reaction
;o the governor’s message delivered
lere last week, in which these ince
nents were set forth.
Those opposin' such measures de
dare that the reason that the budget
:an not be balanced in due directly
o the high salaries paid to European
ifficials and to the funds expended in
mprovrment in the segregated district
jeeupied by Europeans. To substanti
ve their claims a table of comparative
alnries of offc’als on the Gold Coast
md that of officials in Jamaica was
ires^nted which shows that the local
ifficials received much larger salaries,
f the governor desires to balance the
ludget the opponents ever, the first
;tep should be to reduce the fabulous
alaries of the officials and eurtial the
xpenditures on improvements from
vhich the Natives do not benefit.
THE HELPING OTHERS CLUB
The Helping Others Club of St.
fames A. M. E. Church held its meet
ng at the home of Miss Dora Brant
ey, 3416-Ray Street, Wednesday,
Vlarch 8th. at 7:30 o'clock. A hard time
oartv was discussed. During the so
:ial hour hot chacolate with marsh
nallows and chicken sandwiches were
served by the hostess. Everybody en
joyed themselves. The next meeting
vil] be at the home of Miss Reginia
Sdward, 53rd. Avenue, Wednesday,
March 22nd. Rev. W. M. A Reditte,
lastor; Mrs. Audy Dials, nresident:
Miss B. Brantley, vice president: Miss
Sstello Mitchell, Secretary; Miss D.
Roberson to Receive
for ^ilm Role
few York, March 10, (ANP)— Paul
toberson. who succeeded Charles Gil
in in the role of “The Emperor Jones”
s a stage play, has been offered and
as accepted the feature part in the
lotion picture production which is to
e made, starting in April.
Mr. Roberson, who quit “Show Boat”
ist spring and went to England, was
l Europe, preparing to appear on the
lussian stage, when the movie offer
ame to him. It was so alluring that
e gave up the Russian venture.
It is understood that Mr. Roberson
'ill be paid $30,000 for his work, based
n a six-week filming basis.
The star will return to the United
tates the First of April.
fDICTED FOR DOCTOR’S DEATH
Washington, March 10th (ANP) Mrs.
.mio E. Hairston was indicted by the
rand jury of the District Tuesday for
le alleged first-degree murder of Dr
hristonher C. Stulta on February 2nd.
Irs. Hariston is reported to have been
ousekeeper for the physician and to
ave engaged in a fight with him, the
Fleets of which were fatal.
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