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Are Our Women Doing Their Bit?
Will be diacuaaed in a breezy enter
taining and interesting manner by
Katherine D.Tillman of Columbia Mo.
one of the race'a greateat women In
ouriaaue of next week. Read it.
Tie fact lint Mr. Ilotiton It btinj ritor
omly milled for nt other renoa tkin thit
lie ti Httt thuld cut twy Negro In
tt 8tt Ward with ounce of muliood,
whetner lie be Dtnocrat or Republican, to
Tote for Mm. Be loyal bora. Stand fait.
PRICE, 5c.
I Interest in the campaign for a Negro Alderman in the
I Eighth WarcL'is becoming decidedly intense. After the elation
I over Mr. Hueston's nomination and ratification by an expressed
"discordant element, we now proceed to the more difficult propo
1 sition of clearing the path of racial obstacles so the nominee
t may move on happily to a seat in our City's Aldermanic body.
1 All admit that this would be a glorious thing for the Color
1 ed people of this city. There are a thousand good reasons why
1 wo should have this Representative, and not one why we should
1 , not ! We arc now to prove our mettle as to our loyalty to the
I principle of Truth and Right. "We are to show that we are
I reallv free "from petty jealousy and that contemptible en
I viousness which characterizes people of little souls. In short,
1 Ave are to make an honest and unfailing effort to elect the offic
ii ial candidate to office.
I There will be two particular things in action to defeat this
I purpose, namely: The Democratic Party and Mr. L. A. .Knox's
1 reprehensible campaign, essentially for L. A. K. The first will
I command, naturally, the White Democratic vote and will make
1 strenuous efforts to corrupt a portion of the voters in our Race.
1 Considering that there is a growing intelligence among us aud
1 that our integrity, in this case, is solidified by pure Race Inter-
1 est, we look upon Democratic effort in the Eighth Ward with
1 less apprehension than usual, unless this party insinuates itself.
1 into the folds of the Knox faction and there work out its usual
I insidious plan. This being plausible we now take up the most j
1 threatening thing against the move to win. representation for ,
the Colored people in municipal affairs.
1 Last week, in recounting the nomination of Mr. Heuston,
1 we point out plainly the honorable course any other Negro as-
1 pirant should take. We were not specific in naming the person
I we had in mind and upon whom all the people have their eyes
1 cast to see if he dares to do the one thing which will bring
H eternal condemnation on his head. But now we proceed to
address ourselves to the Hon. L. A. Knox. Mr. Knox, if you
1 persist in carrying out the move you are now engaged in the
1 situation immediately becomes
I As a Race Man, as a Lawyer, as one who expects to round
1 out a professional career, can you afford to make such an nn-
1 canny name for yourself as" being the man who ingloriously
1 defeated his own people in their splendid and opportune effort
H to elect a Race Representative 1 The people would like to know
I one single basic principle you have upon which you can even
1 offer any argument for your ungraceful move. By virtue of a
1 great organized party and the favoring sentiment of his peo-
pie, Mr. Heuston, the candidate, has an overshadowing official-
I ity, prestige and support you have none, except the possible
1 overtures of personal friends. In monarchial circles he would
1 be styled "The Heir to the Throne," you "The Pretender."
B He has a fighting chance to win you cannot hope to. By
1 stretching the possible a little the people could hope to wm
I representation even in spite of you, but your withdrawal from
1 the race would gloriously assure the people of victory, for then
i we would be united and, therefore, have that proverbial
strength to win.
There are three policies you may persuo in this matter:
They are the Constructive, the Conservative, and the Destruc
tive ! The first calls for a Man of Big qualities, one who clearly
discerns the needs of his people and proceeds along the lines
of well-judged effort to bring them to a Materialization. He
places public weal above self interest, Duty above Desire. The
second calls for a man, who finding himself in a position where
he can either make or mar, leans toward virtue's side and is
rather willing to make. Conservatism, lacking the heroic in
itiative of the Constructive, will allow one to kind a drift into
Higher Truths. Of these wo recommend either as you feel.
But don't, don't ! Mr. Knox, choose the destmctive ! Keep
away from it, avoid it, shun it! It will prove as coals of fire
upon thy bosom; a boomerang; the way of self-annihilation!
For as you destroy so shall you bo destroyed. As you keep the
people from their inheritance so shall you be disinherited.
You, Mr. Knox, along with other lawyers, are to be con
gratulated on making considerable progress in the esteem of
your people. What are you going to do are you going to
jeopardize this, yea ruin all by KNIFING the very people from
whom you are going to expect your clientele? This is what will
happen if you persist. I probably should tell you that Negroes
are reading more and more every day and are, therefore, less
easily duped than of old. They do not forgive as freely and
they nover forget. And there aro many, many Race people
educated and informed who do not aspire to positions of office
or leadership, but "who are more apt and content with improv
ing citizenship. These will pass judgment upon your actions.
If you value your professional or political life don't incur, un
necessarily, the Wrath of these, for if you do you are doomed
The appointment of Prof. J. H. E.
Leo on last Saturday by the Board of
Regents of Lincoln Institute to the
Presidency of that Institution brought
a thrill of satisfaction to his myriad
friends In this community as well as
the sincere regret that our High School
Is to lose the services of this valuable
and distinguished citizen. It is no dis
paragement to any of the other Edu
cators of our .city to say that the most
potent force and uplifting factor that
has come to the city of our race in re
cent years has been Prof. Lee. Of
magnificent physique, splendid appear
ance, genial disposition and untiring
energy he has been "a live wire" in
every sense of the word in things con
cerning the race; and has done great
things for the High School and the
Colored people of this city. We sin
cerely regret to lose him but are proud
of the fact his splendid talent and
constructive ability has been recogniz
ed by those in control of the state in
stitution of learning;, and have no hes
itancy in saying that under his guid
ance and direction Lincoln Institute
will soon become one of the foremost
Institutions for the Education of Negro
youth In this country. The Sun is ex
ceedingly proud of the record made
by Prof. J. It. E. Lee.
Mrs. Randolph Wisdom, 1031 High
land Avenue joined her husband at
Camp Dodge, la., last week where he
Is doing Y. 51. C. A. work. She will re
main with him until he leaves for
CHARGE. Ivey Clevelandj.egro 12th company
Third battalion, 165th depot brigade
Camp Travis, is going back to the Bra
zos "pottom' where shoes are not es
sential. He will take with him a hon
orable discharge, as ho has the biggest
feett of any man who ever trod the
parade ground at Camp Travis. He ar
rived at the camp wearing a pair of
No. 14 brogans which were too small.
By and by Cleveland's No. 14's be
gan to wear out, and army officers
tried to find a shoe to fit hira. They
tried a pair of No. 12, double B shoes
but Cleveland could not begin to get
his feet Into them. Rather than go
to the expense of having shoes made
at cost of $15 or $20- Private Ivey
was given his honorable discharge.
At a largely attended meeting held
in the Women's headquarters in the
Masonic temple 18th and Woodland !
last Wednesday evenlng!under the aus
pices of the Women's Political Lea
gue, Mrs. Henry N. Ess'was enthusias
tically and unanimously endorsed for
a member of the School Board. Stir
ring addresses were delivered by Mrs.
T. G. McCampbell who presided in the
absence of Mrs. Mamie C. Bunch, the
President and by Mrs. Ess; Mrs.
Knapp; and Mrs. Allen (white) and
Mrs. Ida M. Becks, Mrs. Abernathy
and Mrs. Mary F. Woqdpojored. Short
addresses Were also 'm'ajle' liy thV fol-
S. Douglas McDuffie, the self-styled
"World's renowned, most eminent and
noted evangelist of the race," answer
ed to a charge of assault In Justice Lee
Daniel's court Tuesday morning on in
formation sworn to by Mrs. Laura
Mills. Strong pressure was brought
to bear on the complainant by follow
ers of the preacher to induce Mrs.
Mills not to prosecute him, but the
case was called and after the evan
gelist virtually pleaded guilty and
apologies for his conduct promising
to be good, the case was dismissed by
Judge Daniel. Tulsa, Okla., Star.
Lyons, France. The 15th N. Y. reg
iment, one of the units of the Ameri
can army in this country, was recent
ly here. No regiment received fi,
greater welcome than did this crack
Afro-American regiment. The entire
city turned out to greet if, the offi
cials of the city extending the wel
come. When its band, under the lead
ership of James R. Europe, swung
down the streets of Lyons, followed
by the regiment, the people of this
city was treated to music that simply
charmed them, and all Lyons now de
clares that it is the grandest band
that ever visited here.
Mrs. A. Compton, 1125 Michigan,
has been confineiL to hey home this
week" by a painful attack of la grippe.
ft W 111 Bill
WILLIAM CLARENCE HUESTON, the Republican nominee for Alderman
of the Eight Ward, was born In the OLD BLUE GRASS STATE, 37 years ago,
attended Kansas University where he graduated with high honors from the
Law Department In 1904, coming to Kansas City the same year where he be
gan the practice of his profession. Mr. Hueston owns a beautiful little homo
at 1514 East 11th street, where he lives as well as other property scattered
throughout the city. Has a wife and three beautiful children, two boys and a
girl, is the Past Master and organizer of the largest Masonic Lodge In Mis
souri, is the Grand Treasurer of the Odd Fellows, Treasurer of Mount Oread
Lodge, A. F. &. A. M, Chancellor Commander for seven years of Progress
Lodge, K. of P., Past Master of the United Brethren of Friendship, Trustee of
Allen Chapel, Director of Wheatley-Provident Hospital, and an orator of un
usual power and ability. Every Nagro Republican, Democrat or Independent
In the Eighth Ward should vote for Mr. Hueston as well as that brave,
patriotic and fair-minded element of White men who believe In the doctrine
of "All men up and no men down."
This Is a picture of the children of the fifth grade of the Attucks School, taken In front of the office of The
Kansas City Sun and Wheatley-Provident Hospital Headquarters on last Tuesday when they marched In a body,!
headed by their brilliant principal, Prof. W. H. Harrison, and their beloved and popular teacher, Miss Maude V. Olden, i
to pay over to the Hospital Fund a Fifty Dollar Liberty Bond which had been paid for by the children themselves.
They earned their money selling rags, Junk, running errands, carrying In coal and so forth and every child in this
group contributed their share. The first payment on the Bond was made by little Berenice West who had the honor,
of presenting In a well chosen but brief address the Bond to Chairman Crews. He in response complimented them
upon their splendid effort and told them they had set a wholesome example for the entire race in this community.
After a few words from Principal Harrison and Miss Olden, the children were grouped in front of the building where
they gave a salute to tne nag and tnen posed for the splendid portrait whlcn is pictured nerewitn. riurran tor tne
children of the Fifth Grade of Attucks School.
Harry E. Barker has proven
the most competent and satis
factory Treasurer Kansas City
has ever had and we will only
be serving ourselves by return
ing him to that office by what
we predict will be the largest
majority a candidate for that of
fice has over received. Reward
faithfulness and ability; re-elect
Harry E. Barker.
lowing gentlemen: Hon. W. C. Hues
ton the next Alderman of the Eighth
Ward; Mr. T. G. McCampbell; Fred
W. Dabney; Hon. C. H. Calloway and
Nelson C. Crews, all of whom spoke
earnestly in favor of Mr. Hueston as
well as Mrs. Ess.
It was one of the surprise meetings
of the Campaign, the spacious room
being crowded to Its capacity, many
standing on the outside. With the
women earnestly at work both Mr.
Hueston and Mrs. Ess will be trium
phantly elected.
will bo rendered by the Choir consisting of fifty voices.
This is one of the greatest oratorios, portraying the suffer
ings, death and resurrection of Christ, written". Dr. Rad
ford, chorister, is leaving no efforts unturned to make this
the greatest rendition yet given at Ebenezer.
Mr. Wm. C. Craver student secretary
for the International Is in the city this
week looking after the work at West
ern University.
You will miss
a good talk
, if you fail
to hear
Rev. Morris H. Turk
at the Paseo "Y"
Sunday Afternoon,
at 3:30 P. M.
All men invited
florida negroes not yet
Washington. Secretary of War Bak
er has received a letter from Governor
Catts of Florida, complaining because
the negroes in the first Florida draft
have not been called for service, while
all the whites have been In the train
ing camps for several months. There
have been numerous complaints and
much agitation all over Florida, Gov
ernor Catts says In his letter, because
the state has been drained of white
men, and all the negroes have been
left behind to eat, sleep and loaf.
There Is some discussion among the
whites, the governor says, that the
negroes should be taken to prevent
them from attacking the whites. Six
thousand whites were conscripted
from Florida In the first . contingent
and put in training camps, while the
4,000 negroes whoso names were
drawn still are at borne, Governor
Catts says.
Rev. J. W. Hurse, D. D., pastor ot
St. Stephen's Baptist church, a credit
ed delegate to the Conference ot the
two Baptist factions In America return
ed from Memphis where the sessions
were held last Tuesday and gives a
flattering report of the success ot the
Joint meeting. A delegation ot white
Baptists were In attendance and lent
aid and counsel to the gathering and
It was finally decided that the two
bodies were to meet in the same city
this summer, a place to be selected by
a joint committee appointed ot which.
Dr. Hurse is a member, where it Is
expected a formal consolidation ot the
two bodies will be perfected. Judging
from the newspaper accounts of the
gathering, Dr. Hurse was a prominent
figure In the deliberations ot the as
sembly and preached one of the ablest
sermons of the gathering.
ALLEN CHAPEL, 10th and Charlotte Sts.
GOOD FRIDAY, Mar. 29, 1918, 8:15 p.M.
The Combined Choruses of Western University and
Allen Chapel. The Musical event of the season. Don't
miss it. Admission 25c. Frances J. Dawley, Chm.
to -worse than obscurity.

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