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5 Sr .««* The OHIO DAILY EXPRESS S'ublished every Evening except Sunday by Paige H. Strickland at 1007 Germantown street, Dayton, 7, Ohio. Phone Michigan 7684 PAIGE H. STRICKLAND Editor and Publisher NATIONAL ADVERTISING, Interstate United Newspapers, Inc.. not 646 Fifth Avenue, New York 17, New York. MEMBER OF NEGRO NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSN. ^floppy Am I" Preacher* Denies RFC Assistance By ALICE DUNNIGAN WASHINGTON, March 21, (ANP)—Elder Solomon Lightfoot Michaux, Washington's "Happy Am I" minister, denied that he ever received special help from George E. Allen, former Reconstruction Finance Corporation head, in securing an RFC loan. Elder Michaux, who is pastor of the Radio Church of God, is one of many persons under fire by a senate banking subcommittee for securing RFC loans through "In fluence and favoritism." The noted minister will have to answer the committee on how he secured a $3,500,000 loan from the RFC, a government agency de signed to help businesses finance new projects, to build a giant housing project known as May fair Mansions. It is being said that Allen, a former district commissioner, used his influence to help Elder Mi chaux. Allen rendered invaluable ser vice in aiding him set up the hous ing project, Elder Michaux said, but he received no pay and asked none. The minister said likewise, he, himself, was serving as presi dent of the housing cooporation without pay. Here is how Elder Michaux de scribed his acquaintance and re lations with Allen, often dubbed a "White House jester" and an honorary, deacon o Michaux' church. The "Happy Am 1" minister SENTENCE SERMON: WATCHMAN WHAT OF THE NIGHT? first met Allen while he was a district commissioner." In those days Allen used to take special interest in cases of persons who could not be handled by social workers. Because of his aid, Al len was elected an honorary deacon of his church. When housing conditions for Negroes became critical, Elder Mi chaux went to Allen for help. In 1942 when the Mayfair Gardesn, Inc., was first organized, Allen came in as a member of the Board of directors. It was first started with a loan of $2,478,000 from the Irving Trust company of New York under a Federal Hous ing administration guarantee. The trust company foreclosed its mortgage on the 594-unit a partment when prices skyrocketed above original estimates and the firm could not keep up payments. MAYFAIR MANSIONS project was reorganized in 1944 and completed in 1946. According to reports, the Defense Housing cor poration, then a subsidiary of R FC, loaned an additional $100,000 against a second mortgage on the property, and an additional $500,' 000 after the construction was 1. Long* ago in other climes when crowds were few and far between, the Watchman's voice could clearly be heard, but his face seldom seen. 2. But now with multitudes crowding the earth and modern facilities commonly in vogue, the smart and educated cri minal is in control and sends men to the morgue. 3. Prejudice and hate like deadly germs, by human hearts are given vent so that one step up, seemingly becomes two steps down, and in a world of discontent. 4. It is not the lack of education, for of this we can highly boast, but it is our limited grasp of the knowledge of God and the works of the Holy Ghost. 5. Riches also we abundantly have, yea enough to feed the world but lack so many other fundamental things that men's heads and hearts are kept constantly in a whirl. 6» In governmet, where the best should be set in motion to protect and safeguard men, wicked schemes are quickly in augurated to crush innocent lives and to offend. 7. Dishonest methods are placed in vogue to assist one cer tain faction while others are driven to the wall, to the point of desperation. 8. Wars are sought for material gain, and lives are bartered in trade all because human hearts are growing cold and toward God, are hard to persuade. 9. Sons and daughters are fulfilling Bible prophecy, and the dice of hopeless greed have been thrown, indecision is argu ing with reason, and innocent children are left to roam. 10. All because men's hearts are evil and God h$s been left Out of his plans the night has come on so quickly that the vital things have slipped out of his hands. 11. The night now seems darker than ever as he grabs for a flickering torch but powerful winds beat so strongly about him that recovery is staggering in its approach. 12. Just to think, even here at home with so much around us, men are disturbed and cannot sense their sad plight until now the call becomes imperative, "Watchman, Watch man, what of the night"? irii. THE OHIO DAOiY KXPRB88 BOOKS OF THE DAY: MISTER JELLY ROLL. By Alan Lomax. Duell,^ Sloan and Pearce. $3.50. Jelly Roll Morton, jazz pianist ^xtraordinare, came to the Li brary of Congress to tell his own story so that History might get it ^traight from the source. From miles of tape recordings Alan Lo max has reconstructed Morton's complex personality, and also the exotic island of Creole culture in which he grew up. In its humor and its characters—gamblers, medicine doctors, pool hall sharks, and confidence men—Mister Jelly Roll shows how similar is the folklore of the Southern Negro and Southern white. It illustrates their differences, too. There is much here about New Orleans whorehouses, poolhalls, race riots, nightclubs, the music business, and jazz. Voodoo wizards in Louisiana and Harlem show the persistence of sorcery since its Salem days. We learn of the half caste Creoles with their family pride and old-world musical herit age. And we see how increasing racial prejudice deprived them of their slight foothold in the white economy so that, by the early 1900's they were forced to make a trade of the peculiar music which had been their avocation. Jelly Roll tells us about this music. He did not, as he insists, "personally originate jazz in 19 02," but he did help it grow. His music blended the classical training, street marches, and rag time dances of Creole tradition. Later jazz absorbed Afro-Ameri can rhythms and blue tonalities from the back-country Delta Ne groes, but to a proud Cleole like Morton these Negroes and their music were declasse. Convinced completed. All in all, total loans through the RFC are said to total $3, 524,000 for Mayfair Mansions. Elder Michaux said that he and friends did the organizing. He said Allen served on the board of driectors for a while, then withdrew from all official ca pacities with the firm. He then acted only as councolor for members of the board. Another loan, it is reported, was was being sought by Elder Mi chaux to enlarge the project. He and Albert I. Cassell, Washington architect, are said to have organ ized Mayfair Extensions, Inc., which borrowed $325,000 from RFC to build a shopping center at the development. Cassell said they had made plans to add 513 garden type units, 203 apartments and 33 hotel roomr, over the big shopping centers. For this they wanted to borrow $13, 000,000 but had not been able to do so Our New Phone Number that younger jazzmen plagiarized his music while the public and cirtics passed him by, he remained faithful to his *roots. He reflected his joyous Creole heritage far more than the anguish of the Ne gro despite a life in which frus tration outweighed satisfactions. With his paranoid egotism and self-defeating prejudices, Morton was not a warm personality. Yet he emerges from this story at times almost a folk hero, outwit ting yokels, outbluffing badmen, outplaying rivals at pooltable and piano, fighting his way to the top of his world. His theory and practice of jazz prove that it, like every art, requires exacting dis cipline and a rich imagination. Some of his musical scores are included in the book, but one should hear his records to learn how he played them. And anyone who reads Mister Jelly Roll will want to. Dan G. Hoffman in "The Antioch Review." New Arizona Law Bans "School Segregation" PHOENIX, Ariz., Mardh 20— The Governor of Arizona has sign ed a bill removing mandatory seg regation from public schools of the state. The Phoenix NAACP branch championed the new law. RICE S SNACK SHACK 321 S. 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