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Established TJ TTT T ft tft \W" "T^ T" A ft 'ft I'l I A A T Shop Every Wssk in the To Secare Justice and 111 I m ' I I M /ft I * Bulletin -Appeal Equality to All J I I 1 m I I I V 1 m I V The Dependable Medium - v— ——— ——————— »■■■ ■ ■— =--■■ ■■ VOLUME 111, NO. 4 ST. MINN., SATURDA Y, MARCH 1, 1924 PRICE: FIVE CENTS FEDERAL AGENTS NAB DOPE RING MAYOR INFORMS PUBLIC AS TO THfllfe JTUATION IN REFERENCE TO TAX QUESTION Mayor Says City Voted for Five Million Dollar School Program; Also Three Million Dollar Sewerage and Other Present Bonded Indebtedness. (By Arthur E. Nelson, Mayor of St. Paul) Although it will be represented by the opposing candidates in the coming city election that the tax rate in St. Paul has been in creased out of all proportion, the fact is, the comparison of figures between 1924 and 1921 will prove that actually the city tax rate has decreased. ‘ This is not a play on figures, but is easily demonstrable. It is not fair to compare the 1924 tax rate with that of 1923. A more truthful comparison is to be had by comparing the present rate to that of 1921, which was the last full year before the change in the office of mayor. This year’s taxes, including state, county and city, are 72.4 mills. The rate for 1921 was 71.5 mills, a difference of .9 of a mill. A closer study of these figures reveals that of this rate the city’s share in 1921 was 51.03 mills and that in 1924 it is 50.31 mills, or an actual decrease over the rate paid three years ago of .72 mills. Comparison Made. Assuming for the sake of argu ment that the 1924 rate is higher than that of 1921, we are justified in assuming that there is a vast differ ence in the returns that the taxpay ers are getting for their money. By cutting out extravagance, thfe present administration was enabled to reduce the tax rate of 71.5 mills in 1921 to 61.5 mills in 1923; the ten mills thus saved in the actual cost of operation in the city government were diverted in 1923; plus another .9 of a mill, to the construction of perma nent improvements. In other words, 10 mills saved by eliminating waste cleared the way for Investment of 10.9 mills for construction of public work. Included in this 10.9 miiis, however, are 3.82 mills of state taxes, so that the city tax rate increased 7.08 mills as against 10 mills, saving in operation. The people voted for the $5,000,- 000 school program, for the $3,000,- 000 sewer system extension, for the $400,000 pavement aid to the prop erty owners and for the charter amendment which is to facilitate the county fund . program. Included in this was the approval of the legisla tive act which provides for the $6,000,000 bond issue for the Robert street bridge and for county roads. I have no patience with any one who finds fault with our expanding school program, which has provided every child with a desk for an all day session, under healthful condi tions. Nor have I any patience with the critics of the $900,000 additional fund made available for school main tenance as compared to 1921. Facts Proven. ' Critics of the city tax rate should bear in mind these facts when finding fault with the expenditures of public funds, namely, that within the last year fifteen miles of city streets have been paved, two and one-half miles of alleys have been paved, thirty - miles of county roads have been hard surfaced, approximately fourteen miles of county roads have been per manently improved by grade revision and widening, seven miles of new county roads have been graded, four schools and additions have been built, six permanent buildings and six ad ditions are under construction, eleven and one-half miles of sewer were built and fifteen miles of sewers are under construction. One permanent school, the Roosevelt school, has been completed this year. Those who be lieve in progress will concede that at least the money is being used in a worthy cause. I do not wish it to be understood that I am apologizing for the tax rate of 1924, because, by comparison, it is neither excessively high nor burden some. At the same time, it repre sents the secret of St. Paul’s success within the past two years. It may be of interest and certainly it is an argu ment in support of the defense of 1924 taxes to know that the amount of money involved in the building permits Issued in 1921 was $14,490,- 901; for 1923 it was more than dou ble, reaching a total of $36,280,196. One of onr daily papers recently made the statement <hat “Under the Go Ahead Policy, St. Paul has made long strides these past two years.” I can not believe critics of t!he policy are in the majority. REV. C. B. BURTON NEW MINISTER TO PREACH BEFORE MEMORIAL, MAR. ? Rev. C. B. Burton of Leaven worth, Kansas, is Called to St. Paul Church. Memorial Baptist church has once more unfolded her sails, with the coming of her newly elected pastor, Rev. C. B. Burton, B. Th. We invite the public come and hear the wonder ful speaTcer. The above likeness is the newly elected pastor of the Memorial Bap tist church, Rev. C. B. Burton, B. Th., who made a visit to St. Paul and preached at the Memorial Baptist church some few weeks ago, which led to his call to pastorage, and he has accepted and will preach to his anxious congregation Sunday at both services. Rev. Burton is a splendid young man with a practical training, of facts, a great counselor, a ljiblical orator and a very inviting speaker. It is interesting to know that he comes well recommended from both his church and the Ministers’ Alliance of Leavenworth, Kansas, also the Baptist Brotherhood of Kansas. In the coming to St. Paul, it will be found in Rev. C. B. Burton an as set to the ministry, and a very great worker for the denomination. Buffalo is to have a colored theater and a five-story building with stores and offices to be occupied by business and professional people of the race. At the next meeting of the Nation al Negro Business League, President Moton should entertain a motion to permanently establish and endow an “anxious seat” at Tuskegee. Fred D. McCracken of St. Paul, Minn., is being strongly urged to be come a candidate for delegate to the Cleveland convention. P. O. EMPLOYES SEEK . WAGE SCALE INCREASE Pressure is being put on Congress to pass the Kelly Bill, H. R. 4123, In creasing the salaries of all U. S. Postal employes. Salaries of clerks, cftriers and la borers in the postal employ have re mained static since the war in spite of the steadily increasing prices. Local R O. workers are bestirring themselves in getting individuals and organizations to petition Congress men and Senators to pass the bill. CANDIDATE FOR DISHOP DENIES DRUNK CHARfiE Libel Suit for $50,000 Started in Court Against Offending Ministers. New York City—The Rev. Mont rose W. Thornton, pastor of the well known Bethel A. M. E. church of this city and aspirant for the bishopric at the coming general conference of A. M. E. churches, has sued a group of fellow pastors of this city for $50,000, charging libel. Dr. Thornton has brought action against the Rev. S. H. V. Gumbs, pas tor of Bethel A. M. E. church, Brook lyn; the Rev. Dr. Cain P. Cole, pre siding elder; John E. Robinson, edi tor of The Citizen, a newspaper of Freeport, L. 1., and James H. Hale of 233 W. 143rd street. Dr. Thornton is bringing the suit because of published statements to the effect that he was either “doped” or drunk while in the pulpit of Bethel A. M. E. church on last Christmas morning. Fell In Pulpit. A summons and complaint against these men, filed by at torney, Samuel Greason, Jr., of 36 West 44th street, carries the informa tion that James H. Hale furnished an affidavit stating that he was present at the service on Christmas morning. 1923, and that at conclusion of the service, Dr. Thornton, in attempting to leave the pulpit, stumbled and fell to his knees, and had to be assisted by his pulpit companions. Hale stated in this affidavit that he was led to believe that the minister was either "under the influence of intoxicating liquors or heavily doped.” This affidavit, signed by Hale on January 16, 1924, in the presence of Drs. Cole and Gumbs and Mr. Robin son, was subsequently published in the Freeport Citizen, and it is this publication that forms the basis of Dr. Thornton's suit for damages. No hogs are raised on 32,920 of the 205,124 farms in Indiana. Martha Tea Held At Y. W. Center Washington’s birthday was fitting ly olteerved Friday afternoon at the Y. W. C. A. center when the commit tee of management gave their first annual Martha Washington tea at the Central Avenue Branch of the Y. W. C. A. The decorations were sugges tive of the occasion. A huge Ameri can flag decorated the wall and red shades covered the lights. The table was artistically arranged with a silver tea service, American beauty roses and red, white and blue candles in silver candlesticks. Refreshments were served by the house and rooms registry committee, who were dressed in colonial costume. Nearly eighty ladies called during the afternoon. Among those present were Miss Mc- George, executive secretary, and Mrs. H. F. Ware of the board of directors from the main branch. A continuous program was given, consisting of selections by Miss Kath eryn Tandy, Mrs. Harrison Miller, Mrs. Hattie Hall, Mrs. Betty Jones, Miss Mildred Bolden and Miss Bonita Edwards, which was greatly enjoyed. The girls’ work and community study committee had charge of the decorations. Invitations were dis tributed by the religious and mem bership committee. Clarence Cameron White, violin virtuoso, will appear in concert at the Church Club, Dale and Port land avenue, Monday evening, March 3, at 8:30 P. M., under the auspices of the Naborhood Club. There will be an admission charge of 50 cents Announcement Much comment is being circulated because of the cover charge made at the Hotel Howell last Friday night. However, the statements are greatly exaggerated. It is an established custom in cafes the world over where reservations are not secured a cover charge is made for parties, especially after 9 P. M. The prices for cover charge run from 26c to $2.50 per per son. In order to maintain first-class service a reasonable cover charge must be made #for cafg service, es pecially after theater "hours. The cover charge of 50c which was made on this occasion is more than consistent with the service rendered as the guests were given party priv ileges in connection with their mid night dinner. er charge for special service for par ties after 9 P. M. at all times. We advertised to the effect that reservations be made for this partic ular occasion. Few availed them selves of the opportunity and we were forced to protect our own inter est. The Hotel Howell will always give service “par excellence,” in or der to do this we must receive a suf ficient price for the service we give. W. H. REAMS, Mgr. MAN SHOT DEAD IN MINNEAPOLIS; THOBGHT SUICIDE Woman Accused of Firing Fatal Shot Is Freed of Charge by Coroner. Eugene Turner, 26 years old, was found dead Sunday evening at 607 Eighth avenue north. There was a bullet wound in his chest and evi dences painted to suicide. However, Miss Lettie Simpeon, 21 years old, his sweetheart, of the same address, was arrested Monday. Coroner Seashore ordered her released after the cor oner’s jury decided that Turner was a suicide. In Poor Health. Powder burns on Turner’s body, to gether with the fact that he was in poor health, having been in the hos pital frequently, seemed to bear out the statement of Miss Simpson that Turner killed himself. His friends all agreed that he was extremely de spondent and unhappy. Turner had lived in Minneapolis several years. His remains are in charge of W. Squire Neal, funeral di rector, and were shipped to Higbee, Mo., the birthplace of the deceased, where the funeral will be held. The production of $12,500 worth of spinach on 10 acres of New Jersey land was accomplished by a colored truck farmer last year. Another excursion leaves for Afri ca in February. All aboard! SOME REASONS WHY YOUR MAIL IS NOT DELIVERED The various postoffices of the country are endeavoring to correct the most common mistakes'of the users of Uncle Sam’s mail service. Each city rnd locality has its differ ent problems. The most common mis takes among our group, says Mr. M. Wanwing, superintendent of mails, Minneapolis postoffice, is that numer ous letters are mailed with envelope unsealed and with a one-cent stamp instead of a two-cent stamp used. The persons mailing such letters are usually under the impression that this mail when unsealed is second class matter, but it is not. Revised rules say that all written matter sealed or unsealed is first-class mail and must carry first-class postage. MALE WEDDING MAR. 7 IS MILL CITY FEATURE Proceeds of Entertainment Will Go to National Defense Fund of N. A. A. C. P. The women delegates to the past conference of the N. A. A. C. P. in August of 1923 decided that they would form a nation-wide committee to raise additional defense funds to help carry on the numerous legal de fenses of helpless people of our group against oppression, and unjust death penalties. They agreed upon a plan that the women of at least 100 communities over the country should raise at least SIOO each by contributions of indi viduals, entertainments or in any manner that does not conflict with the local branch. Unique Offering. Minneapolis women have planned something distinctly unique and highly entertaining to raise their part of the task in The Male Wed ding, March 7, at the Masonic Hall, 24th and sth avenue south, some thing that will amuse every one. Some of the most prominent men in the Mill City will take part in it. The blushing bride will be Mr. Arthur Spence and the Groom Mr. Louis Valle. They will be attended by .a group of pretty Misses and Madames. Mr. Roy Johnson will be the officiating clergyman. It behoves every one of us to be present at the delightful wedding and incidentally help a worthy cause. Dancing after wedding. An up-to-date shoe store has been opened on South State Street, Chica go, by W. M. Woodson. Mr. C. E. Marr, a colored grocer of Evanston, 111., has moved into his new store, recently completed. Editor Noble of the Galveston City Times is advertising a mosquito lo tion, while we are shoveling snow. That’s right, brother, rub it in. The Rising Sun of the Daughters of Haiti is one of our recently or ganized fraternals. Mill City Girl Is Asthma Victim Mrs. Loretta Henderson, aged 25, died suddenly at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Jones, 3925 Fourth ave nue south, Minneapolis, with acute asthma at 4:30 Wednesday after noon. Mrs. Henderson, who former ly resided in Seattle, had lived in Minneapolis for two years. She had been a sufferer from asthma for near ly a year, but at no time was she seriously ill until last Saturday. Mrs. Henderson had just finished talking to friends when she was stricken sud denly and died before medical assist ance could be reached. The deceased was quite popular in the younger set and acquired many friends in her stay in the Mill City. Mr. John Green, Le Sueur, Minn., brother of Mrs. Henderson, arrived in the city Thursday morning to take the body home for burial, which will be held Saturday. The untimely death of Mrs. Hen derson came as a shock to her friends, who little realized the seriousness of her condition. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community. SEVEN TWIN CITIES MEN ARRESTED IN MILWAUKEE, WIS., BY FEDERAL AGENT AFTER TIP FROM DETECTIVE Woman Dope Addict Collapses and Leads to Additional Arrests of Alleged Peddlers—Smuggled Narcotics Are Sold to Harbingers of the Underworld. With the arrest of seven Twin Cities colored men in Milwau kee, all accused by the authorities of peddling narcotics, the col lapse of Mrs. Villa Hitchcock, 12£4 Niles street, arrested here on the accusation of a confessed narcotic addict, and thei further grilling in Minneapolis of Herman Harbin, New York, at whose apartment drugs valued at $85,000 were seized. Federal authorities and the police believe they are in possession of leads that will es tablish the existence of and then smash one of the biggest dope smuggling rings ever unearthed in the Northwest. According to a special dispatch from Milwaukee Wednesday night, the seven colored men arrested there by the police on evi dence supplied by Federal sleuths all came to Milwaukee from the Twin Cities and are believed to have obtained a regular supply of morphine, cocaine and opium from either St. Paul or Minneapolis. MRS. W. T. FRANCIS THE EVERYWOMAN CLUB GIVES MUCH THANKS TO PRES. Local Club of Women Give Credit of Successful Recital to Mrs. Francis. The above picture is that of Mrs. W. T. Francis, president of the Ev erywoman’s Progressive Council, who sponsored the artistic recital given at the Peoples church recently by the noted and eminent composer-pianist, R. Nathaniel Dett of Hampton Insti tute, Va. The success of the recital may be primarily attributed to the untiring efforts of Mrs. Francis in promoting the occasion. Although the club ral lied to the support of its worthy pres ident, yet the initiative in securing the noted Mr. Dett and the executive features of the entertainment were due to the unusual far-sightedness and careful planning of our president, Mrs. Francis. The occasion, though a large one for an individual club to undertake, was a successful one, and we deem it no greater pleasure to say that the responsibility of the success of the recital was due to the efforts of our president, Mrs. W. T. Francis. Kverywoman Progressive Council. The Bulletin-Appeal wishes to con gratulate the Everywoman Progres sive Council for its contribution to the civic as well as musical life of St. Paul. The occasion was a meritori ous one and those who made the ap pearance of Mr. Dett in the city a pos sibility are truly deserving of much credit. We hope that the precedent established by the club of women will be followed by others, as it is ad vantageous to the welfare of our citi zens to be thusly favored. Our delegates to the National con vention will find in Cleveland almost as many widows as single girls, 15 years of age and over. Alex. Manning makes a specialty of bishops, and each one he picks bears the name of “Alexander.” Hope to I/earn Source. Through questioning of the Mil waukee prisoners today authorities, it is declared, hoipe to learn definite ly the source of the drugs they are alleged to have peddled In the Mil waukee underworld. Federal agents believe through their testimony they may be able to link not only the Milwaukee prison ers, but perhaps Mrs. Hitchcock and Harbin as well with a single drug ring operating in the Northwest. While the colored men are thought to have had only minor parts in the distribution of the narcotics brought from the Twin Cities, officials afe confident they can tell from whom they obtained their supplies in the Twin Cities. Chinese Sleuth Gives Tip. It is their theory that Mrs. Hitch cock, who is alleged to have accepted stolen goods in lieu of money from the drug addict who led authorities to her home, may have obtained her supply of narcotics from the same source. Evidence leading to the arrest of the seven in Milwaukee was ob tained by a Chinese sleuth. He was employed several weeks ago when Federal agents learned of the exist ence of a drug selling ring in Mil waukee. The narcotic supply, they were informed, was being smuggled in from the Twin Cities and peddled about the Milwaukee underworld. Made Home in Black Belt. The Chinese dective made his home in the colored residence dis trict of the city, made the acquaint ance of Oliver Goodman, alleged ring leader among the distributors, and arranged the delivery of a quantity of drugs by Sam Barker, another of the men arrested, who, according to the police, gave the names of the five others taken by the police. These gave their names as Frank Simpson. Fred Howard, Will Cureton, Andrew Howard and George Durden. Mrs. Hitchcock Wednesday night was taken from the Central station where she has been held since her arrest, to Ancker hospital. Physicians Wednesday night said she was suffer ing from a nervous collapse. Hospital authorities were ordered to hold her for further investigation by Federal and police officials. Mill City Church Holds Reception The members of St. Peter’s A. M. E. church gave a reception in honor of Rev. and Mrs. H. C. Boyd at the church Wednesday evening that in cluded some of the best speakers and musical talent in the Twin Cities. The invocation was given by Rev. J. W. Collins. A welcome address was given by Mrs. M. Barnett and the response by Rev. T. B. Stovall. P. E. Vocal solos by Mrs. lone Poore and Mr. J. Burke added greatly to the Evening’s entertainment. Short talks by Attorney B. S. Smith, O. G. De Vaughn, W. R. Mor ris and the pastors of the Twin Cities churches concluded the. program. Mrs. Anna Nelson was general chairman and Mr. W. Moden acted as toastmaster.