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voiume x Meridian, Mississippi FRIDAY APRIL 21, 1933 number 37
Judd Woman & The Patterson Boy
Race of Color
Must Pay Big
The black race of this country of
ours must pay a dear price for what
ever it obtains. We sometime wonder
if any other race could survive and
thrive under the same conditions that
face the Negro. To our mines, the
Negro is the out-cast and the down
trodden of the white race.
We have called the public's attention
several times, to the fact, that Negroes
in our country have a hard time try
ing to register as citizens. We know
Negroes whose taxes run as high as
five hundred and a thousand dollars
id our city and county, and yet, these
same poor Negroes have to pay a great
er price than other people when it
comes to registering. We do not accuse
any one man for these handicaps and
great prices imposed upon the Negro,
but to our minds it seems to be gener
In the Negro Civic League last Mon
day night, Rev. W. G. Wilson, pastor of
New Hope Baptist Church, read one of
th,. strongest papers, with reference to
the price that the Negro must pay, that
we have ever listened to. He brought
out the fact that because of the color
of the skin, the Negro is handicaped;
he is denied citizerlship and many privi
leges that we deserve.
What can we do about it. Nothing!
The only chance for the Negro to rise
to progress, to have his chain of slav
ery, both in mind and body, taken off,
is through the while race. We are at
the mercy of the white race. If a white
man comes down town and orders all
Negro Barber Shops closed, it must be
done, unless some white man comes to
our rescue. If all Negro business con
cerns are ordered closed to-day, they
must close, unless some white man
comes to our rescue. If all Negro Chur
ch doors are ordered close next Sun
day, they must be closed and will be
I closed, unless some white man comes
to our rescue We sometime exclaim O,
Lord! what have we done! We exclaim
Why hast Thou forsaken us! yet we
remember that, Thou art a God who art
slow to anger and quick to mercy.
The Neero race should rirav imp
prayer “Lord, Thou hast placed us here
for some cause. Whatever our handi
caps and great prices may be in life,
help us to endure them. And, we be
lieve that in Your set time, Thou wilt
change conditions. Thou art searching
to-day for a man who will come forth
as a Moses. Lord, Thou knoweth that
we cannot do anything without Thee.
We feel friendless and helpless. We
do not raise our swords, but we raise
our prayers to Thee. O Lord, remember
that we are Thine! Save us, Lord! save
us! Else we perish!
Rev. G. L. Conner
To Preach
Rev. G. L. Conner of this city will
preach, Sunday at 11:00 A. M., at Ne
well Chapel C. M. E. Church. Rev. Con
ner is a very thoughtful speaker. All
members and friends are invited to be
present Sunday and take part in the
The pastor will preach Sunday night.
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The Interdenomina
tional Ministerial
(By Rev. W. G. Wilson, President)
There is a psychecieal phrase-term
1 knowrt as, “The Relatedness Of All.”
j This term implies, that the degree «n
j which any interest exists for the m
j dividual, depends upon the degree in
; which it we have brought it into con
! nection with the rest of life. In other
words; man can know himself only in
the proportion that he gives his at
tention to other worthy interests.
Many ministers seem to feel that they
are full enough, and that there in no
need of an organized relationship of
ministres: but this is not only a gross
misrepresentation of truth, but aD
surd. For human nature everywhere
avenges itself for any lack of interests
| in many things.
The Alliance stands for the “Rela
Itedness Of All.” No minister who has
a reasonable coriception of the truth of
his ministry could not have remained
unmoved by the great unitary inter
' cst which was manifested in our last
meeting. The life of the Alliance is
not on the surface, but down to the
bottom of things, where the funda
mental relations of all men remain
unbroken. The Alliance feels the birth
j of the living truth within, and not
! dead truth which may be picked up
t-au mt uii liiuu uvpal alv"
! ness and exclusiveness. The exclusive
| from the narrow surface of life, which
1 attitude is nowhere justified. The glory
j of religion and many other permanent
j interests, are not to be set apart from
life, but to permeate all life dynami
cally. Religion's most dangerous en
j emies have been nourished in its own
| fold, in the spirit of exclusiveness. It
] is the supreme desire of the Alliance
to have all of the ministers of the
city to break away from this exclu
siveness, and become a part of the
common-whole of our racial welfare. A
minister's life can be no larger than
the number of objects to which it is
given. Man's life is poor indeed which
is one-sided and narrow.
Brookhaven News

Ministerial Alliance
The Ministerial Alliance of Brook
naven neia prayer meeting ior eignr
day at different churches. The last
meeting was held at White Rose Tem
ple on Tuesday, April 4th.
One hundred and forty-one pounds
were realized and $2.60 was raised for
president, W. S. Price, who was injured
sometime ago, but we are glad to know
that he is able to be discharged from
the hospital and at Jiome up doing
The stork visited the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Napolean Johrison, Sunday,
April 16th and left a darling little
baby girl, weighing sixteen pounds,
whom they have named Bettie Jean
Elizabeth. Mother and daughter are
doing nicely.
Mrs. Earnest Johnson and Miss Ore
L. Marcom were united in happy holy
matrimony, Saturday, April 15th. Tire
many many friends of this couple wish
them a happy sail.
He will deliver the Banquet address
to the Negro Older Boys Assembly to
night in Yazoo. President L. J. Rowan
of Alcorn College, is the chairman of
the meeting. Mr. Blake W. Godfery of
Jackson, Mississippi, is the secretary.
Addresses are to be delivered by
some very outstanding men of the
state, such as Dr. R. A. Scott, president
of Cambell College, Jackson, Miss; Mr.
Blake W. Godfrey, secretary of Y. M.
C. A., Jackson, Miss.; Mr. Lamont Row
lands, Picayune, Miss.; Mr. Edwin W.
Merrick, Y. M. C. A. Secretary, Vicks
burg, Miss; Dr. R. L. Johnson, Jackson,
Miss.; Predident L. J. Rowan, president
Alcorn College, Alcorn, Mississippi; Mr.
W. W. Blackburn, State Department of
Education, Jackson, Mississipp. These
along with several other will appear
on uus mree aays program.
Rev. Young has also been invited
by Prof O. C. Twyner, principal of the
Stonewall High School, Stonewall,
Mississippi, to deliver the Commence
ment address, Sunday, April 23rd, at
11:00 A. M. Rev. Young has been very
much in demand for delivering add
resses on special occasions.
The “Pig squeal annual conference”
given Monday night, April 17th was
put over in' high class style. We rea
lized $2.66. This affair was given for
the benefit of our Education assessment.
You are cordially invited to attend
church Sunday, April 30th, at which
time the young men and young wo
men’s Club of Jackson, Mississippi, will
en'tertain you.' The program will be
rendered at 11:00 o’clock and at 7:30
P. M. I am sure you will enjoy their
Rev. J. A. Thornton, is nastor.
There was a splendid Eastei program
rertdered at Avery Chapel A. M. E.
Church, Sunday night April 16th. The
program was very interesting and those
who witnessed it thought it to be very
Wilmington, Dela. April 21 1933 (ANP)
Edith Seles, 32 years old, was treated
in the Deleware hospital for deep cuts
in the breast. She claimed that Joseph
Walker threw a knife at her by acci
Blytheville, Ark., April21 (ANP) The
white slayer of Buster Wallace, who
was slain last Thursday during a tres
passing row, faced a first degree mur
der charge in the Circuit court Monday.
William Arnold, white, is the accused
Several years ago, Communists and
communist adjuncts began to hold out
| sticks of candy to the Negro masses.
The “Scottsboro case” focused atten
tion upon their endeavors to win the
Negro by putting up a fight for him.
No Negro can consider the militant
I activities of the Communists during
'the past two years at Scottsboro, At
lanta, Baltimore, Memphis, and else
where without a feeling of gratitude
to this new force which has enlisted it
self in his behalf.
Negroes are grateful, but they have
not been won, not by twelve millions.
Even the intelligent Negroes who have
operfly espoused the cause of Commun
ism have been unable to maintain con- ]
tact without the masses behind. They I
are out on a limb.
Negroes enjoy looking at a fighter, I
, but they only, in the mass, follow a |
I winner. The International Labor Be
fense is not winning its fights. Its chief ,
asset has been bullod stamina. Like
a beaten and groggy prizefighter ,day J
is throwing its punches to the wind.
Sentiment is becoming crysatellized to
the effect that, in view of the evidence
presented at the trial of Heywood Pat- 1
[terson at Decatur, his conviction was
a direct chailange by white Alabama
to Communists. The twenty thousand
j “protests” to Alabama officials convict-J
j ed Patterson.
All Negroes believe the Scottsboro i
boys to be innocent. There is a large j
and substantial element of whites,
north and south, even in Alabama,
which believes likewise. The News and
Observer, Josephus Daniels1 paper at
Raleigh, N. C., takes the position that
the boys are innocent and offers to
support in any way a commonsense
method of obtaining justice.
It is time for the Communists to with
draw to a scondary lirte of defense,
Mr. William Patterson, who has shown
! intelligence, but not excessive wisdom,
in the direction of the International
Labor Defense, should consider the
' strategic value of the “soft pedal at
I this time. If the I. L. D. should, with
draw completely from the case now and
the boys lives should be saved, no or.**
would be able to cheat the Internation
al Labor Defense of the measure of
credit due it, nor would admiration
wane for the magnificent defense of
Samuel Leibowitz.
Recently, Mr. Patterson has been for
ced to disavowals of Communist in
spiration to the I. L. D. But every
body knows different. And Negroes
in the mass are not going to be party
io cne son or i_,ese majesie wmcn is in
herent to the Communist doctrine.
The National Association for the Ad
vancement of Colored People has just
made a splendid gesture of help in the
case,after two years of wrongling. If
this organization is more conservative
than the I. L. D., Patterson should we- j
lcome its steadying Influence. The two |
groups should work together to save
the lives of the boys. When I. L. D.
leaders attempt to berate the N. A. A.
C. P. to the Negro public, they are j
telling a mother not to love her child j
because it has bow legs.
The two organization should make
up. Tlie N. A. A. C. P. has shown that
it is willing. The I. L. D. can make
more progress in winning Negroes in
two months by using the N. A. A. C. P
as a smokescreem than in twenty yearr
of derogatory attack.
Negroes have been waiting to see
what the I. L. D. could do. Euel Lee
is on his way to his death. Arigolo
Herndon is still in jail, sentenced to
twenty years. Levon Carlock is dead. |
Hey wood Patterson faces the electric
chair. The I. L. D. is not winning.
Napeleort never railed to use a man
because he disliked him. Both Talley
rand and Fouche betrayed the great
general, but he always employed their
great talents for his conquests. The I.
L. D. should compose its differences
with the N. A. A. C. P. for the great
er glory and usefulness of both or
Atlanta, Ga., April 21 (ANP) Since
the state has meted out death sentences
to Rader Davis and Emmett Gibson,
charged with the slaying of a white
taxi driver a rub of a woman' during a
robbery, there has been a rush to make
applications for rewards by whites.
The reward of $500 has been sought by
six who were members of the posse
which captured Davis.
Tifton, Ga., April 21 (ANP) “I don’t 1
wailt to "mess” up in white folks busi
ness,” said Annanias Jones, when he
came upon Jack Whitehurst, a white
policeman, tied to a tree. After much
pleading by Whitehurst, Jones went to
get some “white folks” to release the
bound officer. During a robbery of
hotel, hanflits had enrrind th~ nr,lir*e
man into the woods. Jones, strolling |
through early in the morning, came
across him. '
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Columbia, S. C., April 21 ANP) A ]
ray of hope for Tom Wardlaw, cond- \
emned slayer, was seen as defense |
counsel asked the State Supreme court
Thursday to grant a new trial on the
grounds that the Circuit court judge
ruled out important evidertce in the first
trial and the solicitor erred.
Wardlaw, a farmer, was convicted last
October and sentenced to death of kill
ing Andrew J. Ferguson, white, his
landlord. He admitted killing Ferguson
in self defense.
Counsel for the defense pointed out
that the trial judge erred in ruling out
testimony of Ben Watt, white, to the
effect that he had seen Wardlaw and
Ferguson grapplin'g with each other in
the field where the killing occurred.
Counsel added the allegation that a
courtroom demonstration by Solicitor
W. P. Blackwell of the manner in which
Wardlaw hold Ferguson’s head under
his arm while cutting his troat was a
retersible error.”
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Jackson, Miss., April 21 (ANP) M. L.
Evans is a tough man. After beating
his wife “almost senseless” Thursday, i
Evans, after he had failed to ambush
ing a squal of police with a shotgun,
set upon them with his bare hands and
feet, in a mad frenzy. He was only
subdued after one of the officers shot;
him. .
Police had answered a summons of
his wife who met them and told them
that her husband was a “tough man”
and that he was hidding with a shotgun.
One of the officers, seeing Evans
poised with the gun, leaped from the
car and grappled for possession of the
weapon. Evans fought, bit, kicked, and
scratched. His physical prowoss being
too much for the two officers, one cf
them fired a bullet into his back.
Birmingham, Ala., April 21 (ANP)
Cornoelius Kelly, 7-year-old school
boy, was run down by an automobile
Tuesday and severely injured. The
driver rushed him to the hospital.
The Judd Woman
And The Patterson
Of course, Ruth Judd has the good
luck to be in Arizona, the wild and
woolly and “half-caste” west; while
Heywood Patterson has the bad luck
to be in Alabama, the religious, aristoc
ratic, “one hundred percent” south.
There is no doubt anywhere about
Ruth Judd's guilt: she killed two wo
men, cut them up ,packed them into a
trunk and tried to get away with the
whole savage job. There is plenty of
doubt everywhere about Patterson's
guilt: he is accused of being one of
nine youngsters to assault two pro
stitutes, and at least one of these girls
has proven herself to be a liar beyond
any shadow of doubt, by telling two
directly contradictory stories about
the affair.
And yet there is plenty of American
“sentiment” to rescue Ruth Judd from
the electric chair. Even William Rand
olph Hearst is writing front page ed
itorials on the injustice or uselessness
of putting poor Ruth to death. We ar
gue with Hearst; only we are more
consistent than Hearst, for we also see
the injustice and the worse than use
lessness of putting to death a colored
iaci on me conirauiciory testimony or
two prostitutes, neithe:- of whom was
really harmed by anybody anyway,
and about whose truthfulness there is
abundant evidence for doubt, and who
are actually discredited by the unbe
lief of millions of honest humans.
So far as we have observed, Hearst
has never said one word in behalf of
these young Negroes. Like most new
paper ballyhoo artists he knows that
it is less unpopular to plead for the
guilty white woman.
They are going to test Ruth's “sanity”
again. Well, take a look at Victoria
Price and Ruby Bates, not dressed as
Rev. Dr. Fosdick and other finally
overalls as hoboes on that thrain; and
, you will agree that if any healthy
young boys even tried to “assault”
them these boys should have their
sanity tested.
The Negro Civic League of this city,
met Monday evening at 6:45 in the H.
B. A. Building with Dr. L. F. Brook
presiding. The interest of the League
seems to be growing daily. Appoxima
tely twenty members were present to
discuss intricate problems pertaining to
Negro welfare.
The League was graced with the
presence of two visiting ministers, in
the person of Revs. W. G. Johnson,
pastor of Haven Chapel Church and
Wm. Redditt, pastor of St. James A.
M. E. Church. Each of these miniisters
made timely and interesting talks. Rev.
Johnson joined the League by paying
his Dues. We are always glad to have
our leading men to connect themselves
with the League. This organization was
born in the mind of Dr. L. F. Brooks,
and a large number of the leading col
ored citizens of the city have joined
hearts and hands with Dr. Brooks in
helping him to put over a much need
ed program in this city.
Rev. W. H. Lewis of the Church of
God of this city, is very very active ?n
.he Civic development of our city. He
is very energtic and thorough going,
tfis counsel is always regarded in mat
ers pertaining to our civic and spirit
lal welfare.
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