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Equality to All M M M M M 1 m M ■ IV/\ I_J The Dependable Medium VOLUME 111, NO. 2 TVIO DELEGATIONS MEET COLORED VOTERf lIAGUE HOLDS IMPORTANT LINCOLN DAY MEETING TO HEAR POLITICAL CANDIDATES Attorney Tom Sullivan Is Foremost Speaker on Program Held at Memorial Baptist Church Tuesday Evening—Commis sioners Wenzel and Clancy Present. The Colored Voters’ League of St. Paul held a Lincoln Me morial at Memorial Baptist Church, Rice and Fuller streets, Tues day evening to one of the most enthusiastic audiences ever assem bled for a like purpose. The occasion was of a political nature, in fact, as many candidates from the Non-Partisan party were in vited to be speakers of the evening. This division from the general memorial feature was well received by the audience as many were anxious to hear what the labor leaders and Non-Partisan factors had to say. Some of the best known labor men in the state were invited to be present and showed their interest by attending in a body. Among the labor and Non-Partisan guests were Commissioners Wenzel and Clancy and Tom Sullivan of Minneapolis. Other speak ers were Rev. L. W. Harris of Pilgrim Baptist church, Mr. Hen dricks of the “Coolidge for President” Club and Attorney Glesner Fowler of Minneapolis. Program Enveloped. Mr. Geo. Shannon, president of the Voters’ League, made a splendid talk as to the purpose of the organ ization before introducing the speak ers. Rev. Harris was the first speak er of the evening and dwelled at length on the fairness and justice that should be accorded all men, re gardless of race, color or creed. Fol lowing Rev. Harris was Mr. Hen dricks, who eulogized Abraham Lin coln. Commissioner Wenzel bitterly scored the “old guard” for injudi cious practices concerning public gov ernment. Commissioner Wenzel was well received. The main speaker of the program was Tom Sullivan, who gave vent to bis feeling on the present form of municipal government, the lynch law, economic conditions and specifically stated that the battles of the Negro must be in copimon with those of the working man. The speaker received an enthusiastic reception. Resolutions Passed. At this time Attorney Orlando Smith, secretary of the Voters’ League, was introduced and read a resolution to be submitted to Sen ators Shipstead and Johnson con cerning their supporting the Dyer Bill. The resolution was adopted as read. Attorney Olesner Fowler of Minneapolis was well applauded on Ills remarks concerning the correct application of the ballot. Following the remarks of Attorney Fowler, At torney Frank Haskell, candidate for municipal Judge, was introduced to the audience. Several members of the labor and Non-Partisan assembly were presented in a body, after which the Colored Voters’ League inslgnas were distributed through the audi ence. The next meeting of the league will be announced later. The meet ing Tuesday evening was well attend ed and much interest was displayed in the platform of the new parties. LESLIE LAWRENCE POST ELECTS YEAR’S OFFICERS Leslie Lawrence Auxiliary held their election of officers Wednesday evening at the Legion Hall, 355 Rob ert street, and the following were elected: Miss Jessie Oden, president; Mrs. Lenora Brown, vice-pres.; Mrs. Geo. Hamilton, unit sec.; Mrs. Jessie Brown, second sec.; Mrs. J. H. Mitch ell, treasurer; Mrs. Sadie Bridges, chaplain; Mrs. Ruth Grice, chairman of ways and means. Leslie Lawrence Post election of officers are as follows: Geo. W. Ham ilton, commander; A. Saunders, Ist Tice com.; Lawrence McCoy, 2nd vice com.; Allen Rufus, adjt.; Geo. D. Howard, sergt. at arms; Geo. W. Manning, finance officer. After the election of officers in both Post and auxiliary the evening was spent in dancing until 11:00, after which a very delicious lunch was served. Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Howard, 767 Rondo street, are rejoicing over the arrival of a little daughter, born Sun day, February 10. Mrs. Howard was formerly Miss Florence Jackson. Mrs. Gwen Howell, 941 Rondo atreet, is gradually recovering from Iter recent attack of illness. WOMEN’S CLUB FEDERATION MID WINTER SESSION Pioneer Hall Is Scene of Mid winter Session of Federated Clubs. The parlors of Pioneer Hall, 588 Rondo street, were filled with prom inent club women and friends who gathered to observe the nineteenth anniversary and Mid-winter session of the Minnesota State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs Friday morn ing, February 8. Convening at 11 o'clock, business of importance was transacted by the executive board, presided over by the state president, Mrs. Susan B. Evans of Duluth. The board adjourned at 1 o’clock to par take of a delicious three-course lunch eon prepared by Mrs. Minnie Archer, who was ably assisted by a corps of efficient workers. The tables were tastefully arranged and decorated with the federation colors, gold and white, with nineteen lighted candles of the same hues. A large birthday cake graced the center of the table. Welcome Address. After luncheon nearly one hundred women representatives from the twenty-three federated clubs were seated in the spacious parlors when the president called the meeting to order. Mrs. Jessie. L. Williams of Duluth, chairman of press and pub licity committee, led the devotionals with Mrs. Gladys Harris at the piano. Extending a hearty welcome to the assemblage, Mrs. Evans began as fol lows: We extend to all present on this our nineteenth anniversary our heartiest greetings, yet while we meet to celebrate the founding of our be loved organization and pay a tribute of honor and love to the able fore sighted women who knew that in union there is strength, we are ever mindful of the fact that we have a splendid opportunity to serve hu manity, therefore we take advantage once a year to come together in coun sel gathering renewed Inspiration from the exchange of ideas and re ports of delegates. Our foundation is not for today nor tomorrow, but for the ages and the late Mrs. lone Gibbs and Mrs. Lyles, who were the founders, have not labored in vain. Let us resolve to do greater things. Learning the great value of co-op eration and uniting our forces to gether to attain the objectives are the two ideals of the progressive wom en’s clubs of today. If we expect to give knowledge we must first have it. If we expect to lead, let us live clean, upright lives. Defend our federation whenever assailed and emphasize the fact that we are part of a great move ment to uplift humanity. These strong sentiments were deeply im pressed on her listeners. The re demption of the Frederick Douglass Home inaugurated by the late Mary (Continued on page 4) Director of Branches of N.A.A.C.P . Will Be Guest of Local Branch Mr. Robert W. Ragnall, di rector of branches for the N. A. A. C. P., will be in the city on the following dates, and has sent this schedule of meetings to be held during his stay: Wednesday, March 10—Ex ecutive committee meeting. Thursday, March 20—Dinner conference. Friday, March 21—Inter views. Return Trip. Sunday, March 23—Mass meeting at once of the churches, place to be an nounced later. Monday, March 24—Wom en’s conference at Little Pilgrim, 2:30 P. M. The dinner mentioned above will be held at Hotel Howell at 6P. M. Covers will be laid for fifty, at SI.OO each. Hudson is Freed Of Crime Charge The trials and tribulations attend ant with being charged with highway robbery that temporarily erased the seemingly perpetual smiles of Lloyd Hudson, 3020 20th avenue south, who is more commonly known as "Dick,” have ended. Hudson was re cently arrested and tried for robbery of three taxi cab drivers. Friends at tempted to have him released on bond and his bail was boosted from $20,- 000 to $60,000, hence Dick had to stay behind the bars. Attorney Rob ert Cowling defended Hudson so vig orously at the trial that he was ac quitted of one of the charges and the other indictments against him were dropped. So "Dick” Hudson is smiling again for more than one reason. Jack Dunn, manager of the Marine professional football team, sent him his contract for 1924 season and Dick intends to play baseball with the Indianapollß A. B. C’s. Elderly Mother Of Post Office Clerk Dies Here Mrs. Harriet Murphy, beloved mother of James Murphy and Mrs. Louise Reed, was called home to rest from all earthly labor Monday, Janu ary 28, at 11:15 P. M. Although 93 years of age, she was very active and possessed of all her faculties. Just before her last illness she recalled the time when railroads, electricity and telephone were unknown. Mrs. Murphy was born near Glasgow, Ky., May 31, 1831, and was the daughter of Reuben and Nancy Wallace. Her parents had obtained their freedom shortly before her birth, therefore she was termed free-born. Settled in Illinois. At the age of 15, deceased was married to Richard Murphy, who had also been freed by his master. Decid ing to establish a hotae, they jour neyed North, where conditions were different and traveled by the "prarle schooner" to Warren County, Illinois, five miles southeast of Monmouth. They immediately purchased and paid for ninety acres of land upon which they lived over fifty years. To this union were born sixteen children, seven of whom are living. Burial in Monmouth. Brief services were held over the remains at Simpson and Wills Chapel where a number of friends paid their last respects. Rev. L. W. Harris of Pilgrim Baptist church officiated. Handsome floral offerings surrounded the casket. Her son James accom panied the body to Monmouth, 111., where interment took place in the family plot Thursday, January 31. Mrs. Murphy was a great Christian character and acquired a large circle of friends during her residence in St. Paul. Five sons and daughters mourn the passing. Rev. Murphy, Denver, Colo.; Augustus Murphy, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Richard Murphy, Canada; Warren Murphy, Monmouth, 111.; James Murphy, Bt. Paul; Mrs. Nancy Hayes, Chicago, 111., and Mrs. Louise Reed of St Paul. Five gen erations also survive. THE NORTHWESTERN ST. PAUL—MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1924 R. NATHANIEL DETT NATHANIEL DETT TO APPEAR HERE MONDAY EVENING Famous Composer-Pianist Will Give Redtal at Peoples Church. R. Nathaniel Dett, renown Com poser-Pianist, will appear Monday evening, February 18, at Peoples church in one of the best musical treats ever witnessed in the Twin Cities. This modern day composer possesses something unusual in the realms of music, something indefina ble to the masses, but recognized by the masters of his jAc.'ession as mu sical genius. In every city where Mr. Dett has appeared his renditions have been of such that critics, if even biased, were forced to acknowledge him an artist of note. Many of the nation’s foremost critics have announced his ability through the press. To Give Masterpieces. Mr. Dett will render some of the masterpieces that have made him fa mous in his Monday night appearance in St. Paul. "Juba” is a rare treat in itself and after viewing the pro gram numbers, one scarely knows how to estimate the value of his presentation to the lovers of music. In speaking of Mr. Dett, when it became known that he had accepted the musical directorship at Hampton Institute, Mr. Frederick H. Marten said in the Musical Monitor: "It might be said that the coming of R. Nathaniel Dett to Hampton as director of music at that institution has marked a new epoch in its mu sical development." It goes without saying that Mr. Dett’s appearance in the Twin Cities is extremely notable. If any one should miss this musical feast Mon day evening they shall have lost an opportunity many desire to have. Mr. Dett appears under the auspices of the Everywoman Progressive Council. THE HONOR OF HIS RACE The following poem was inspired by the Press reports of the thoughts of John Trice, the Negro football star of lowa State College, on the day of the game in which he lost his life, taken from “His Creed." No loftier or braver creed has ever been propounded, Than when this football 9 tar from Ames, his thoughts of life com pounded. For what he thought about the game, his whole life would express, His love for family, and race, his few words do confess, He was an Honor to his race, an Hon or to mankind, And lofty thought like he express ed, .will races closer bind. He threw his body, and his soul, in reckless bravery. To gain the Honor for his State, his College’s Victory, And so if he had lived we think, the same thoughts would prevail, An Honor to his Stats, and Race, he’d have been without fall. —EL F. Rosing. Public Is Urged to Take Time to Register; then Use the Ballot Rightly What have you done about registering? With the increas ed |iolitiral activities it is high ly necessary that every loyal citizen exercise the (tower of the ballot and such cannot be done unless we register now and vote when the time comes. The various places for the conven ience of the voters have been made available by the city and in order to carry on municipal work properly the citizens must interest themselves in city gov ernment. If registering and voting means good citizenship, then it behoves every person to register early and be a good and useful citizen. IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED, DO 80 IMMEDIATELY. Battle Royal is Staged Sunday Willie Weeks, Charles Spllle and a Mr. Williams, who is better known as "Turkey Breast,” were partic ipants in a Grand Battle Royal at Sixth and Lyndale avenue north Sun day. Weeks and “Turkey Breast” engaged In a nice battle for the pos session of a two-barreled Derringer pistol. The pistol was discharged, knocking the sole off "Turkey Breast’s” shoe. Mr. Spille, a by stander, in the meantime attempted to stop the two anti-Volsteadors from fighting and he got a few licks for bis trouble. "Turkey Breast” forced Weeks to give up his gun by biting his nose. Results: A night in jail; lecture by the judge; free air again; friends again. Candidates For Mayor Number Three Increase Mayor Nelson Still Holding Three to One Lead Over Op position for Office. A great impetus was given the mayoralty race with the official an nouncement Tuesday that George L. Seigel would enter as a candidate on the labor ticket. The second bomb of the week developed Wednesday when it was officially announced that Mike J. Carr, former commissioner, would become an independent candi date. The outside parties are devising every possible means of defeating the present mayor in his campaign for re-election. However, the mayor seems to encounter no difficulty in maintaining his lead established by splendid executive work during his regime. Mayor Nelson’s backers ex pect to put him over in great style, despite his present opposition. This is conceded by many authorities on the coming election. Four in Race. Two proposed candidates for may or passed the fifty mark in nominat ing petitions Wednesday at the office of the city clerk. They were George L. Siegel, Indorsed by labor, and Mike Carr, county commissioner, now in California on a political mission. Mayor Nelson still leads all mayor alty candidates in nominating peti tions by more than three to one. m Signers for Carr were recruited from the office of Sheriff Wagener, other county offices and friends scattered over the city. These filings were in response to several telegrams received in St Paul Wednesday and Tuesday from J. E. McMahon and Sheriff Wagener, who accompanied Carr on his Western journey.. George E. W. Nelson, reported mayoralty candidate, proved Wednes day that he is really a candidate for the council when thirty-seven signers appeared to file his name for the council while his total in the mayor alty race remained at five. Many labor men appeared at the city clerk’s office Wednesday to sign petitions for all of labor's candidates for city officer. Mr. O. H. Locke, Kansas Clt}, Kan., has been the guest of Mrs. O. C. Locke, 864 St. Anthony avenue. COOLIDGE TWO ASSOCIATIONS PRESENT PLEA OF HOUSTON MARTYRS TO PRES. COOUDGE; CLEMENCY IS ASKED James Weldon Johnson and William Monroe Trotter Present Peti tions From N. A. A. C. P. and Equal Rights League Bearing Over 120,000 Names. Washington, D. C.—Stirring developments followed closely upon the joint race soldiers’ pardon hearing conducted before Pres ident Coolidge by the N. A. A. C. P. and the National Equal Rights League with their respective delegations, J. Weldon Johnson, sec retary, making the statement for the former delegation of fifteen and Wm. Monroe Trotter, secretary, the statement for the league delegation. At the audience President Coolidge stated that he favored clemency and would order an investigation made to ascertain whether the facts would permit of his pardoning all or part of the men. He said he always gave a colored person the benefit of the doubt and hoped the facts would warrant his granting pardons, though realizing the affray was a terrible affair. He was politic ally free-handed as the action was under a different part adminis tration. NEW INSURANCE. CO. LAUNCHES STOCK CAMPAIGN Capitalization of $150,000 Given to West Va. Corporation of Race Men. Charleston, W. Va.—The Union In surance Company, the newest venture promoted by business and profession al men of the race in the state, has leased offices at 306 Morris street, and is now launching a campaign for new policy holders. The company is capitalized for $160,000 and has $55,000 paid up capital stock on deposit, the amount required by the state in order, to do sick and accident business. The company was licensed on January 3 by the insurance commissioner of the state. The president of the company is Mr. James J. Price, who has had over 18 years’ experience in the In surance business. Mr. Price came to the state a little over a year ago from Ohio a total stranger, and to have gained the confidence and sup port of the splendid men now behind him in the company, and to have suc ceeded in getting such a big company qualified under the rigid insurance laws of West Virginia in so short a time is in itself a remarkable achieve ment. Other officers and members of the board are: Vice-president, Attorney J. H. Love of Montgomery, W. Va.; secretary, J. A. Thompson, Charles ton, W. Va.; treasurer, J. E. Clark, Charleston, W. Va.; legal adviser, At torney J. M. Ellis, Oak Hill, W. Va.; H. B. Hunley, Mt. Hope. W. Va.; B. B. Waynesboro, Beards Fork, W. Va.; Christopher Campbell, Charleston, W. Va., and Rev. Smoot of William son, W. Va. This is the first insurance company promoted by race men ever incorpor ated and qualified under the rigid in surance laws of West Virginia, and ought to do a fine business among the 100,000 Negroes in this state. The company has written over 1,000 pol icies since it received license from the Insurance commissioner on Jan. 3 and the outlook is exceedingly bright. CHURCH ITEMS Border M. E. By Rev. Robert Cheers There will be a grand entertain ment given under the auspices of the Willing Workers’ Club and the La dies’ Aid at Border M. E. Church on February 21 and 22. It will comprise a trip around the world, including an opossum supper and a musical program by Miss Mary H. Mosley, the accomplished dramatic teacher of our city. Admission 15 cents. You cannot afford to miss it. Time and space will not permit us to publish the details. Come and see for yourself, because the half cannot be told. r ‘ ' '' PRICE: FIVE CENTS Friday it was announced the Presi dent has directed the Secretary of War to re-investigate the Houston riot of 1917 to see whether clemency should be extended. Also it was an nounced that Secretary Weeks has made it plain that the attitude of the War Department is that the convict ed soldiers should be granted clem ency. This removes the only possible block to at least partial pardons. Mr. Johnson presented a petition of 120,000 signatures. With him were S. S. Booker of Md., N. D. Brash er of 111., A. P. Randolph of N. Y., A. H. Grimke of D. C.. Mrs. Q. Pel ham of D. C.. J. £. Mitchell of Mo., Robert S. Abbott of 111., Rev. C. H. Tobias of N. Y., Robert L. Vann of Pa., Carl Murphy of Md., C. V. Briggs of N. Y., M. J. Chlsum of Md., Rev. W. M. Norman for Rev. L. K. Will iams of 111., Dr. M. O. Dumas of D. C., H. Seligman of N. Y., S. J. Davidson of D. C. Mr. Johnson asked pardons because of excellent records in army, local provocation, heavy punishment meted out, exemplary conduct as prisoners. Mr. Trotter presented petitions and resolutions adopted by the league and branches and by other race bodies from Mass, to California, letters from congressmen to the President, ac knowledgments from the White House and War Secretary, and a set of petitions by elected officials of Mass., federal and national, headed by Senator Lodge, U. S. Senate lead er, by 5 Mass. Congressmen, mem bers of Governor’s Council, and of Maas. Senate and House, signed “On representation men had never been found guilty of disloyalty, cowardice, treason, or breach of prison rules.” With him for the Equal Rights League were Dr. Julia H. Coleman, viee-president.; J. L. Neill, recording secretary; M. W. Spencer, treasurer, all of Washington, and Wm. H. Fields of Mo., representing Pres. T. J. Moppins. Last Friday the Equal Rights League sent President Coolidge a let ter of thanks for his sympathy with the pardon pleas and his prompt starting of a re-investigation of the cases, enclosing resolutions from the Peoples Baptist Church of Boston and a letter from the Attorney General of Mass. MPLS. CIVIC CLUB TO HOLD MEETING The Thirteenth Ward Civic Club will hold a get-together meeting at the assembly room of the library at Fourth avenue south and 36th street, Minneapolis, Monday, February 18, at 8:30 P. M. The program will con sist of addressee by prominent speak ers and music by male quartette. The speakers of the evening will be Al derman W. C. Robb of the Thirteenth Ward, Dr. R. S. Brown, Rev. F. C. Parsons, Atty. H. Cannon, Atty. O. G. DeVaughn, L. C. Valler, J. P. Dur den and others. Ladles are cordially invited. Committee on arrangements, Carl Wade, chairman, M. W. Judy, Jas. Hugh&s, B. M. McDew, Talmage Carey, master of ceremonies. Mrs. J. T. Haskell Is recuperating from serious illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Amanda Bond, 846 Front street.