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Blackjack Second Incident in a Month MEMPHIS, June 29. (ANP)— The second case of police brutal ity toward prisoners within the last 30 days came to light here last week when Mrs. Viola Moore, 34-year-old house maid, disclosed that she had been struck with a blackjack and a revolver by two policemen as they took her to po lice headquarters late in the after noon of June 19. The victim told her story from a bed in the John Gaston hospital, where she is re ceiving treatment for outs and bruises. The beating followed a distur bance in the Jefferson Food shop, where Mrs. Moore became invol ved in an argument with a waiter over ordering of a meal. Police were called in ythe manager, and she was put into a squad car. She said that as she started to smoke a cigaret, one of the offi cers knocked it out of her hand. "Then he cursed me and threw me off the seat and got on top of my stomach with his knee," she said. "While he hit we with a blackjack the other officer stop ped the car, turned around and hit me with his pistol and cut my left eye. It had to be sewed up. Then he hit be on the neck. "One of the men said I looked like one of those "smart Negroes. I thought they were going to kill me. The officer in the rear acted like he was drinking. He kept During the three-day Fourth of July holiday this year, there is a chance of 10 smash-ups for every mile of highway in the United States, according to the National Safety council. The council estimates that there will be more than 30,000,00 ve hicles driven by Negroes and whites heading somewhere during the Fourth of July week-end, which means an average of about 10 vehicles for each o fthe 3, 300,000 miles of streets and high ways in the country. And where ever there is a car there is a chance for a wreck unless it is operated safely. The figures only emphasize the tremendous amount of travel to the council said. More cars on be expected durin gthe holiday, the road traveling more miles will inevitably mean more accidents— unless there is more caution than usual on the part o fthe motoring public. In an attempt to prevent a holi day of tragedy for hundreds of cursing useand I wasn't saying a word." She said she did not learn the naumes of the officers. Hospital officials said she will not lose the sight of either eye, both of which were swollen closed. When she finally reached headquarters, she was transferred to another squad car and taken to the hospital. Owner of the food shop, Rich ard Challenor, white, said the wo man was disagreeable and trou blesome. He said he had called the police when she cursed an old customer, and that the police "were as nice to her as they could be." A little more than 30 days ago, two other officers, L. E. Bryan and C. W. Brewer, were accused of beating a prisoner. The victim, Ell Blaine, lost an eye after being struck by Bryan at police head quarters where he had gone to complain of missing $10 after police officers had searched him and others at His apartment. Blaine was truck in the presence of high police officials. He also complained that he was beaten when the two officers took him to the hospital for treatment. Charges were preferred against the two officers by Commissioner Boyle to which they have pleaded guilty. Their trial before Judge Campbell of criminal court was (continued on page 4) There Will be 30 Million Vehicles on Highways the 4th persons, the council is conducting again this year a nation-wide cam paign for a safe Independence day celebration. Many national organization of cials, police departments and local all racial groups, government offi safety councils are cooperating in the effort. "Accidents of all kinds took 8, 300 lives in July last year, 2,720 of them in traffic," said Ned H. Dearborn, president o fthe coun cil. "As usual, the Fourth of July celebration contributed substan tially to those figures. "This year we have many dan gerous factors—a three-day holi day, more cars and mileage, plen ty of money. It adds up to a big celebration—and a big hangover of grief and suffering unless each of us does something about it. "We can do something about it, because these tragedies result haste, selfishness, thoughtlessness, the desire to show off. "Take it easy on the Fourth. Be alive on the Fifth." VOL. VI.—NO. 122. DAYTON, OHIO, TUESDAY, JUNE 29,1948 PRICE FIVE CENTS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE TO POET The West Side Women's Chri- tian association at 800 West Fifth street, fairly bristled with mem ories of days long past—and a great man long dead. The man who was memorialized was Paul Laurence Dunbar the poet, and those reviving him in memory were his old friends who formed the Paul Laurence Dunbar club No. 1 three years after Us death in 1906. The program included three sur viving childhood friends of the poet, Rev, and Mrs. Charles Hig gins and Randolph J. Hams. Mrs. Higgins is president of this 39 year old club. Mrs. Charles R. H. Johnson, highlighted the program with the reading of a poem dedicated to the poet. This birthday celebration of Dunbar also included a tribute to his mother, Mrs. Mathilda J. Dun bar. Mrs. Dunbar was a poet in her own right and she did much to stimulate her son in that field. Attending this celebration were about 100 persons. It was indeed a fitting testimony to one of the foremost Negro poets whose con tributions at the turn of the cen tury letf its mark stamped indeli bly on the face of American cul ture. Asked to Call Off Officers at Anti-Jia Crow Picket LiLne LOS ANGELES, June 29. (A NP) Local citizens requested last week that Chief of Police C. W. Horral and Asst. Joe Reed cali off officers at the picket line around Bimini Hot Springs. They recently became aroused when cer tain acts by police brought about the fear that violence may be a result of their presence. An interracial group of picket ers formed a line around the bath house for the past month because of the jim crow police of the place. It has repeatedly refused to serve Negroes although it is the city's only bath. SET UP NEW BOY SCOUT CAMP The recent dedication: of Camp Howard at Paoli, Fla., west of Sanford, for Negro boys in the Boy Scout movement, demon strates both the growth of the or ganization in that area and the practical help given by white lead ers in behalf of colored youth. The 105-acre site was purchas ed by William E. Howard, retired New York business man and the late Jushua Coffin Chase, citrus grower and shipper of Sanford Mr. Howard is a member of the section on Negro work of the Boy Scouts' national committee on Interracial service. His winter (continued on page 4) Accidents Increas as Drivers Become Careless Sometime ago a controversy raged on these pages because local cab companies had been singled out and criticized because its driv ers travelled rather recklsesly up and down our streets. This criti cism can be leveled not only at one individual group but Day ton motorists as a whole. Look at the total national pic ture, remembering that Dayton stands high on the list of city's its size. Thirty-two thousand five hun dred were fatally injured in acci dents last year 10,940 pedes trians were killed. This does not include the hundreds of thou sands injured, many critically. Chief cause of all accidents last year was excessive speed. More than 90 per cent of the crashes occurred in clear weather, and a third of all traffic deaths occured on the open highway. Two out of every three deaths were caused by the carelessness of the driver. Also many pdestrfians were killed through carelessness 3200 were killed and 51,000 injured at inter sections. The past week-end was a gory one for this section. Crashes were excessive and traffic deaths fre quent. That the death toll did not show up higher was short of mi raculous. This riter alone, view at least four near crashes which, had they occured, might have had fatal consequences There are several ways of at tacking this very serious prob lem in our community. One way is to fight city officials for better paved streets and street lighting camp in Alabama by masked men was requested this week by offi cials of the Girl Scouts of the United States. In a letter to Attorney General Tom C. Clark, Mrs. Paul Ritten house, national director, asked that the investigation "be made on the grounds of unlawful entry and search and that, if possible, members o fthe masked and white robed group be identified and brought to justice." She added that the Girl Scout organiaztion "believes that its pro gram should be open to all girls and, with the full support and cooperation of Southern members, is endeavoring to extend member ship to the Negro race." The communication followed in and for more stop signals within the city limits. Another way 10 attack it is to directly appeal to the motorist to use a little more common sense. That is what we want to do here. We want to cau tion Dayton drivers against tak ing unnecessary dunces while driving. One of the stupidest chances a driver can take, and we have seen an innumerable number of drivers take it, is to pass another car at a busy intersection. This is a com mon practice at Germantonw and Summit streets where accidents frequently. It was not so long ago when a car passed another,stopped at a railroad crossing only to run directly in the path of a fast pas senger train. Many drivers attempt to pass others on busy highways only to crash headlong into cars coming in the opposite direction. Speeding is perhaps the greatest life taker in Dayton, as well as nationally. Just about every two months a young child is killed along Germantown pike by speed ing motorists. Euclid and Summit streets between Fifth and German town seems to be the delight of speedsters. Every so often a car travelling east and west will run through without stopping, and crash. This is how three were killed at Euclid and Home avenue this past winter. Whever there is a dangerous crossing, minimum speed and maximum caution should be used. Drunk driving is another habit which should be broken if Day ton is to show a better traffic (continued on page 4) Masked Men Search Girl Scout Camp in Alabama NEW YORK, June 29.—An in vestigation into a recent invasion of a Girl Scout national training vasion of Camp Pauline Bray Fletcher in Bessemer, Ala., last Thursday evening when 12 mask ed white robed men searched white staff members, Miss Elizabeth Ijams and Miss Katrine Nickel, and their personal belongings and quarters. The men said they were searching for "hammer and sickle" cards and demanded that the camp be closed in 24 hours, be cause "folks around here don't like Negroes and whites living to gether." While the 12 hooded mm searched, approximately 100 other men waited on the camp site. The course was closed next day on the decision o fthe students. Mrs. Rittenhouse's letter point ed outh that this action was tak en after it was found that the Jef ferson county sheriff could sup^ ply only two deputies for pro tection.