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**■«■** T3TTT T T? r I A A A T Sh °p Evtr > w - kthe Jts U LLEI JIJN -Ar r bAL > VOLUMN 111, NO. 9 ST. PAUL—MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., BATURDA Y, APRIL 5, 1924 PRICE: PIYE 555 LJ! = -===^-- — ~ - I —MB ■ ' ■ 1 ■ - - ■ B— 1 fr&RONER FAILS TO CON VEY MESS AGE '•o% <# ' - - CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS UNITE IN AN EFFORT TO BETTER THE ECONOMIC RACE SITUATION IN THIS COMMUNITY Frederick Douglas Civic Club and Mill City Branch of the N. A. A. C. P. Urge all Groups to Form Big Committee to Survey Existing Conditions. At the last meeting of the Frederick Douglas Civic club, the employment question came up for general discussion, and it was the consensus of opinion that some action should be taken to keep open the door of employment that seems to be gradually closing against us. The Minneapolis branch of the N. A. A. C. P. and the Frederick Douglas Civic club are making a joint call upon every colored or ganization in the city to send its presiding officer, whatever may be his or her designation, and also its secretary to a Big Committee meeting to be held next Thursday, April 10th, at 8:00 P. M. in the Mayor’s Reception Room of the Court House. Help Asked. They are asking all fraternal or ders, Sunday schools, church clubs, literary clubs, civic clubs, whether composed of men or women, or both, to send two representatives to this Big Committee meeting. They are especially urging that these two rep resentatives consist of the presiding officer and the secretary of the organ ization, if possible. Of course, if the representatives are unable to attend, then they will expect them to send proxies. • The purpose of this Big Committee meeting is to outline some definite plans of availing ourselves of the ad vantages of the recent survey of em ployment conditions made by the N. A. A. C. P. The survey furnishes material and opportunity for excel lent results if the necessary "follow up" methods are applied. Urban League Function. No one organization except the Ur ban League can properly carry on this work of finding adequate employ ment for the unemployed. Since there is no Urban League at present, every organization should be willing to do its bit in this pioneer work un til an Urban League does happily come to the rescue. Mr. Robert W. Bagnall, director of branches of the N. A. A. C. P., will be present and will make a brief talk. Mr. Bagnall is very conversant with employment conditions in the various big cities, and his observations and suggestions will be of great help to us in the solu tion of the local problems. Businesswoman Leaves for N.Y. Mrs. Notah Wilson, proprietress of the Notah Hair Shop, now temporari ly located on the second floor of the Peoples Bank Building, leaves for New York City via Washington, D. C., Saturday evening. Mrs. Wilson's trip East is for the purpose of purchasing equipment, which will include a water softener and permanent wave machine. About June 1 she will open her new and completely equipped Beauty Shop at 16 West Sixth St., occupying the first two floors of the building, now in course of erection. A special featqre will consist of a luxurious lounge room 12x40 feet on the main floor. SON OF LOCAL FAMILY IS MADE POWER CHIEF CLERK Wm. French, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen French, 574 Fuller avenue, is making good in Colorado Springs, where he has resided for a number of years. During that period he has been in the employ of the Colorado Springs Light and Power Company as clerk. At all times Mr. French has rendered service of the highest order which the officials did not fail to rec orgnize, consequently he was promot ed to the office of chief clerk. In con junction with this honor Mr. French recently qalifled and passed the ex amination for notary public. “Y" Cen ten. Notes. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, will have charge of the Vesper serv ice Sunday, April 6th from 4 to 5 P. M. Mr. Robert Bagnall will speak to the women Monday, April 7th, at 2 P. M. GRAND FESTIVAL IS GIVEN MONDAY BY TWIN CHIANS The Grand Festival of Music given at the Peoples church Monday eve ning for the benefit of St. James’ A. M. E. church by Messrs. Thomas Neal and Charles H. Miller afforded an evening of rare entertainment. Notwithstanding the fact that the concert was given just two days after one of the worst blizzards in the his tory of this city for over thirty years, many residents of the Twin Cities braved the uncertainty of traffic to attend this affair even though the street car system was paralyzed by the storm. Varied Selections. From the opening prologue to the closing number each one was received by an appreciative audience. Folk songs, jubilee numbers, plantation melodies and orchestral selection were rendered by Madame Crafton’s choral choir, the Peerless octette, B. H. Miller’s quartette and Profes sor Wm. Moore’s orchestra of Minne apolis. The soloists were Miss Gladys Kemp, Mesdames Genevieve Douglass and Dovie Welch and Mr. Geo. W. Hamilton. The accompanists for this occasion were Mesdames Dudley Smith, George W. Hamilton, Mr. Sid ney Williams and Professor Weir. A biographical sketch of our noted musicians was given by Mrs. W. T. Francis, which aIBO Included mention of John T. Jones and Prof. Weir, composers of this city. The prologue was given by Mr. Charles Miller, who in turn introduc ed each participant. Mrs. Louis Moore acted as chairman with a group of the following young ladies who served as ushers: The Misses Rachael Gooden, Muriel Lucas, Ruth Brown, Muriel Alexander, Elizabeth and Mattie Mur day. Dramatic numbers were given by the Misses Eula Moore of St. Paul and Miss Eva B. Kalker of Minneap olis. Those who attended are grate ful to Messrs. Neal and Miller for the presentation of such a commendable program given by the leading talent of the Twin Cities. Tea Given For Mrs. Harsh, Jr. Mrs. Jasper Gibbs, Jr., was a charming hostess at an afternoon tea Friday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Ella Adams, 527 St. Anthony avenue, complimentary to her sis ter, Mrs. Fenton Harsh, Jr., of Chi cago, 111. About seventy-five ladies of the Twin Cities paid homage to Mrs. Harsh who formerly resided in St. Paul. Spring colors of orchid and yellow predominated on the prettily decorated tea table. Yellow Jon quils and orchid sweet peas formed the floral centerpiece, tall yellow can dles tied with, bows of orchid tulle were placed around the cut glass re flector arranged on filet lace. Assisting the hostess throughout the afternoon were Mesdames Hiram Gibbs, M. K. MeXnlght, James Milton and the Misses Plummer and Lou celia James. Colored performers all over the world- have been grieved to learn of the death of A 1 Mayer, who in recent years had devoted himself almost en tirely to handling colored performers and has recently been company man ager for “ShufTle Along." Mr. Mayer was the promoter of this record breaking show, in fact, it was A 1 Mayer whose insistence that the time was ripe for a colored show, that prompted Sissle and Blake and Miller and Lyle to join hands in this world famed attraction. MANY CLUBS WILL HELP N.A.A.C.P. IN MINNEAPOLIS The Minneapolis Federation of Women's Clubs, Mrs. John Sellers, president, and Mrs. Kate Smith, sec retary, will give a benefit drama at Zion Baptist Church, Thursday eve ning, April 24. This drama is under the capable direction of Mrs. John O. Vinegar. The Booker T. Washington Study Club, Mrs. William D. Cratic, presi dent, and Miss Eva B. Walker, sec retary, will also give a benefit drama about the middle of May. Miss Eva B. Walker, our accomplished dra matic reader, will have personal charge of the training of the charac ters for this play. The Mary B. Talbert Study Club, Mrs. Clark Chavis, president, and Mrs. M. E. Preston, secretary, will give a benefit recital in the auditori um of the First Unitarian Church on June 2, featuring Clarence Cameron White, the noted violinist. This rare entertainment may well be considered the musical classic of the season. Mr. White will be supported on the program by our very best local tal ent. Mrs. Hayme Donavan is chair man of the arrangement committee. All these entertainments have been authorized by the Minneapolis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peo ple, and the net proceeds will go to wards assisting the branch in raising its apportionment of two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars for the op erating expenses of the national of fice, and also towards helping to de fray the local expenses of the branch. Twin Cities Band Is Being Formed An inovation in the musical activ ities of Twin Cities Musicians is the organization of the Twin Cities Musi cians' Association. At present there is a membership of 38 musicians who have organized a band under the di rection of Prof. W. J. Moore of Min neapolis. These men are rehearsing strenuously and are expected to be heard in public shortly. A splendid crowd attended their first benefit dance Monday evening, at the South Side Auditorium. This was the first of a series of entertainments to se cure funds for the purchasing of uni forms. The second one will be an nounced later. The activities of the Twin Cities Musicians’ Association are highly deserving of public com mendation and support. A band is greatly needed, so why not help the boys put things over. Those who re member the Minnesota Home Guard band a few years ago are in one ac cord that there are a sufficient num ber of Twin Cities musicians to form one of the best bands In this section. LOCAL WOMAN PRAISED FOR SKILL IN SEWING Mrs. Owen Howell, 941 Rondo street, was the only race woman to attend the course in dress making given at the Emporium store. Three hundred women took advantage of this opportunity, at the close of which a style show was given and each gar ment made during the course was ex hibited. Mrs. Howell appeared in the dress she made and was highly praised by the instructress for her excellent work. Our ability is always recognised when ws show efficiency. MRS. MAYME DONOVAN RACE WOMAN WELL SUPPORTED WHEN FRIENDS RALEY Announcement of the filing of Mrs. Mayme Donovan, 711 Bryant avenue North for the Lower House of the Legislature aroused city-wide interest and enthusiasm. Petty thoughts and common jealousies are being laid aside in an attempt to put Mrs. Don ovan in the Legislature. All right thinking Citizens realize that in justice to the race we should have some representation in our law making bodies. Mrs. Donovan is known to be well qualified to repre sent her district and is asking the support of all citizens irrespective of political affiliations. Donovan to the Legislature cam paign headquarters have been estab lished at 603 Lyndale avenue north. Mr. Cecil Newman has been appointed acting campaign manager. Dr. W. E. Burton is acting chairman of the city-wide Donovan to the Legislature committee. Mrs. Mary Williams has (Continued on page 4) THE SWORN AFFIDAVIT STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF RAMSEY ss * Mrs. Charity Creighton being first duly sworn, deposes and says that she is a resident of the City of St. Paul, Coun ty of Ramsey, and has been for thirty years; that she lives at 682 Iglehart Avenue; that on Friday, the 28th day of March, between the hours of nine thirty and nine forty-five o'clock, that she and a gentleman by the name of Joe Her man were sitting in her dining room, that has a large win dow, which juts out close to the sidewalk; that they were seated close by the window looking out on the street when they saw a woman, wearing a fur coat and accompanied by a little boy about nine or ten years of age apparently; that the little fellow had hold of the woman’s hand and both seemed to be in good spirits from their conduct; that the woman and child stopped a short distance from Mrs. Creighton’s win dow, near the end of her house and stood in a general atti tude of expectancy as though she were waiting for some one; that in about three minutes, a white man of medium height, passed the window and joined the woman and boy; that all three of them crossed Mrs. Creighton’s back yard and went without force and quietly and to all appearance willingly together into the alley and out of sight; that in a few minutes after, a noise similar to the firing of a pistol was heard; that afjter the noise and excitement caused by the ambulance going up the alley, Mr. Joe Herman went to the scene of the crime and upon his return said it was the same woman and little boy that had passed the window only a fetv minutes before. STATE OF MINNESOTA ) CQ COUNTY OF RAMSEY f *>S. Mrs. Charity Creighton being duly sworn, says that the foregoing statement by her subscribed, is true of her own knowledge, except as to those matters therein stated upon her information and belief, and as to those matters that she believes them to be true. (Signed) CHARITY L. CREIGHTON. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 6th day of April, 1924. GEO. W. HAMILTON. (Seal) GEORGE W. HAMILTON, JR., Notary Public, Ramsey County. My commission expires March 6th, 1981. URLIN CLARK—Witness. DR. MOORE WILL ADDRESS AT PILGRIM CHURCH SUN. Dr. E. W. Moore of Philadelphia. Pa., head of our Negro work for the American Baptist Home Mission ary Society, will preach at Pilgrim Baptist church at Cedar and Summit avenue Sunday, 11:00 A. M., April 6th. Dr. Moore is an able speaker, a scholar and social worker. Public cordially invited. Rev. L. W. Harris, pastor. ASSOCIATION OF CO LISTEN TO R.W. BAGNALL The Minneapolis Branch of the Na tional Association for the Advance ment of Colored People announces the coming ot Mr. Robert'W. Bagnall, Director of Branches, on his official visit to our city, April 10, 11 and 12. Thursday, April 10, at 12:15 P. M., Mr. Bagnall will address the mem bers of the Civic and Commerce As sociation at a specially arranged luncheon held in the dining room of the West Hotel, Many of these mem bers “listened in" a few weeks ago on the concert that was given by the St. James’ A. M. E. Choral Choir, St. Paul, over the WLAG radio service. They were so greatly pleased with this concert that numerous requests were made upon the Civic and Com merce Association’s committee which is arranging this luncheon, to have a quartette from St. James’ Choral Choir to furnish Borne musical num bers for this luncheon. This arrange ment has already been made. Thursday, April 10, at 8:00 P. M., in the Mayor’s reception room in the Court House, Mr. Bagnall will make a brief talk at the’ Big Committee meeting to be held on the joint call of the N. A. A. C. P. and the Fred erick Douglass Civic Club. Friday, April 11, at 8:30 P. M., Mr. Bagnall will deliver an address at a public mass meeting held in St. Peter’s A. M. E. Church, under the auspices of the Minneapolis branch of the N. A. A. C. P. Saturday, April 12, at 12:30 P. M. In the lower auditorium of the First Unitarian Church, Mr. Bagnall wii: address the Saturday Luncheon Club VITAL EVIDENCE GIVEN BY WOMAN IN MOGOL MURDER CASE FAILS TO REACH THE ACTINC CHIEF OF POUCE Eye Witnesses Aver That Woman Was Not Dragged Into Alley but Went With Man—Murderer Was Not Negro as Asserted, Says Woman in Giving Evidence. ' Sensational developments in the murder case of Mrs. G. Mogol, who was brutally assassinated Friday by an alleged Negro, were brought to light Wednesday when C. L. Creighton, 682 Iglehart avenue, gave out testimony that had not been used in the daily press. Mrs. Creighton informed S. Quay Herndon, managing edi tor of the Bulletin-Appeal, George W. Hamilton, attorney, and Detective Vale of the Central Station that she had conveyed infor mation to Coroner Ingerson that she and a gentleman were prao* tically eye witnesses to the killing of Mrs. Mogol. This information was to have been given Chief of Police Gebhart, but for “reasons unknown,” it was not conveyed. Allegations that the assailant was a Negro and that he dragged his victim into the alley were denied by Mrs. Creighton. The woman was joined by a man and they, together with the young son, walked into the alley. On see ing the morning paper, Mrs. Creighton called Coroner Ingerson by telephone and informed him of the previous night happening. Cor oner Ingerson told her that he would take the matter up with Chi • of Police Gebhart, who would send Herman Vail, chief of detec tives, out to investigate her story. Investigation Made. Decrepancies in the testimony of Leo Mogol, 9-year-old son of the mur dered woman, prompted investigation to gather more facts on the case as it appeared thgt the dead woman and her assailant knew each other. That robbery could not have been the mo tive since the victim offered her purse, which was refused, alßo a fur coat she was wearing, which was also refused. The statement by the daily papers that an assault was committed was found to be untrue. There was then the fact that deliberate murder was the intent. On securing sufficient evidence that there were things not uncovered by the police pertaining to the case, more strenuous investiga tions began which led to the informa tion that parties had seen the mur dered woman a few minutes before the killing. Further investigation brought to light the parties who al leged they saw the woman, her son, and the unknown man. Mrs. Creigh ton expressed her willingness to the Bulletin-Appeal representative what had occurred. Mr. Herndon and At torney Hamilton, together with De tective Vail, immediately interviewed Mrs. Creighton. Incident Related. Mrs. Creighton told the following story: “Friday evening, about 9:30 or 9:45, I was sitting before this win dow (the window faced the street) with a gentleman. The room was lighted by an arc light from the street. We were talking when a woman wearing a fur coat and Bmall hat had walked slowly past; she was accompanied by a small boy who held her by the hand. She apparently was waiting for some one as she hesi tated and looked back. Presently a man wearing a fur-collared brown overcoat, hat creased in the center walked past. He shook the snow from his collar and joined the wom an and little boy. They stopped al most directly in front of my window and began conversing. They stood there for a moment, then walked through my yard and proceeded to go into the alley. The gentleman made a remark that they were of the same nationality (Jewish). The fire in the furnace was getting low, so we then went into the basement to put in some fuel. “We were in the basement when a noise like a sudden bump was heard. The noise was round and full, but we paid no attention and returned up stairs. About ten minutes later the police car arrived, then the morgue car. The gentleman went outside and asked one of the detectives what was wrong and was informed that a wom an had been killed in the alley. He went to the spot and returned, stating that the woman was the same who had gone across my yard with the man and little boy." Called Coroner Saturday. “Saturday morning I noticed in the paper that a woman had been killed by a Negro assailant. I called Dr. Ingerson (the coroner who is my family physician, by telephone, and told him of what had occured the previous night Dr. Ingerson said he would take the matter up with Chief Gebhardt, who would send Herman Vail (chief of detectives out to see me. I waited but no one came and I did not see an account of my asser tion in the daily papers. I told some of my neighbors what 1 saw and they advised me not to say anything as sentiment was running very high and something might happen. The wom an was not dragged into the alley as stated In the daily papers, but went with the man after conversing with him. The three went across my yard into the alley Just about ten minutes before the murder was discovered.” The testimony of 9-year-old Leo Mogol was used to cause the arrest of about thirty-flve Negro men Satur day and Sunday. These men were ar rested on suspicion In connection with the murder. All were released but six, who were later released by Judge Finehout because they were held without charge. The police depart ment was unable to explain why the coroner failed to notify Gebhardt of Mrs. Creighton’s information. The investigation begun discovered many vital facts that had been Ignored by the daily paper or was considered “undesirable information.” SEPARATION OF MINISTER, WIFE CAUSES COMMENT South Carolina Paper Aver For mer Twin Cities Woman Will Teach in Baltimore. The separation of Rev. J. A. My ers and Miss Rosalie Brown has brought almost blood in high circles. A refined, cultured, trained and one among the leading school teachers of the South, married Rev. J. A. Myers of Georgetown, S. C., with a hope to live as Isaac and Rebecca. But it was not long before she had found that she had married the wrong man. With bitter tears and sacrifice, she tried to follow him to the end. Their union was blessed with two children, a boy and a girl. Death Angel took to Heaven the little boy, Leroy Myers, the first born. The sec ond was little Loraine Myers, one of the most beautiful little girls that one would wish to see. It seems a sin and more than heart rending to know that Rev. and Mrs. Myers stood before the Judge of St Paul, Minn., and heard the words from the Judge’s lips, “That you are no long er man and wife.” As Judge, be pro nounced that the mother should take the custody of this beautiful girl and that the father may return to his own tradition elsewhere. The bearing was on February the eighth before the Judge G. M. Orr. Miss Rosalie Brown has returned and is now In the city of Charleston and expects to take a training coarse soon in Baltimore and accept a school there that was offered to he*.