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Professor. H. O. Cook Home From France
If you want a real lire up-to-the-
L minute Negro Newpper that si
ALL the New In which colored peo
ple are interested, tubicribo for the
SUN. Bell Phone Eat 990
1260 Negro Heroes of 2,500
Who Went Over Sing
Way Up Harbor.
New York, Feb. 10. The old Eighth
Illinois is back; Chicago's fighting
"Black Devils" back In tho United
States to create a stir, and they did
it even in New York, where returning
soldiers .have long since ceased to be
a. novelty.
By thy rivers gently flowing, Illinois,
O'er thy prairies verdant growing,
Illinois, Illinois.
Over the water of New York harbor
the notes came floating; they set one's
nerves a-tlnglo. v
Till upon the inland sea, stands Chi
cago great and free.
Turning all the world to thee, Illinois,
A band was playing out on the water
and Negro voices were softly singing
heroes of today singing of heroes of
the past:
Some encamped at Chlckamauga, Illi
nois, Illinois,
Others fell at Santiago, Illinois, Illi
nois. They-are heroes, horoes-all,-Illinois.
The plaintive notes diminished as
4he big ocean liner La Franco swung
into her moorings. A wild cheer broke
Ifrom a thousand dusky throats, ja
.gangplank dropped and the first fight
ing regiment from Illinois that has
Teturned from overseas was back in
the United States.
Greeted With "Hot Time."
By this time a band on tho pier-had
opened up with "There'll Be a Hot
Time In the Old Town Tonight," and
the Negro band on the ship, which
had played the songs of liberation in
tho. stricken villages of France, had
caught it up and Joined in the strains.
With oiled steel helmets gleaming
above brown, shining faces; with
-white teeth flashing and sleeves a-gllt-ter
with gold wound and service
stripes, with hard won medals and
decorations upon their coats, the regi
ment from Chicago's south side came
swinging down the gangplank with
that smooth rhythm of stride Uiat only
a Negro -.regiment can attain.
"Black Devils" on Parade.
"Black Devils," the Prussian guards
-who faced them' called them, and they
looked it. "The Partridges," their
French comrades called them, and they
iooked that, too, for no cock partridge
ever promenaded before his admiring
harem with more class than did those
.fighting black boys from Illinois be
fore the admiring army officers upon
the pier and before the hundred dus-
ky New York maidens who packed the
entrance to tho pier.
"The Partridges" had reason to bo
proud, for hero's a fact that may well
thrillthe old South Side: The Eiglith
Illinois came back with twenty-two
men among them wearing the Amer
ican D'. S. C, while sixty-eight wore
the crolx do guerre. Army officers
-who met tho ship said there were more
decorations visible among the Eighth,
or 'Three Hundred and Seventieth in
fantry, as it is now designated, than
in any regiment which had so far re
turned to tho United States.
They are wild to get back to Chi
cago and they -are eager to march
through its streets. Just now a fear
exists that they will not be able to do
so. Their fear is shared by their
commander, Col. Thomas A. Roberts
of 112 North Walnut street, Spring
field, III., one of the three white offi
cers of the regiment.
Deserve Chicago Parade.
"I understand there is a josslblllty
that these boys may not get the op
portunity to parade in Chicago," he
said. " I hqpe something will bo done
to make that parade possible. If ever
a set of men deserved a welcome home
it is these boys. They've had their
noses to the grindstone for months,
They've fought and they've worked
and they have seldom been on leave.
They had been a patient lot, a glori
ous lot, And I hope it will be made
possible for Chicago to give them the
-welcome they deserve."
The regiment went to France with
approximately 2,500 men from Chica
go and Illlnojs and came back with
1,200.' Tho other troops now in the
regiment are from southern states,
who took the places of men from Illinois-
who were shot down. There are
ninety-five of the colored troopers,
and one colored officer, who will nev
er return to Chicago. They were
killed on the battlefields of France.
Loaded With Trophies.
Those who did come back brought
a good part of France with them. One
had a dog another a cat, and all. so
the colonel said, had packed away In
their kits, reams upon reams of silken
Parisian lingerie w'dch will cause the
eyes of the dusky south side maidens
to pop clear out of their heads when
they see them,
"Most of the boys fot three months'
pay just before they left France, and
I think most of them invested it all in
silken lingerie for the girls back home.
In those bundles they've got silk shirt
waists, silk pajamas, silk stockings,
and a lot of flimsy garments that I
don't even know the name of. They
certainly didn't forget the girls at
Captain Marries In France.
CapL Stuart Alexander of 440 East
Thirty-first street, however, left his
heart in France. A few months ago
he was married to a wealthy French
girl at Grand Vlllers, according to
the colonel and other members of the
regiment He has been commander of
Company B of the old Eighth forfif.
teen years. The others said that the
captain may return to France to live.
The peasants of Franco worshipped
tho colored troops from Chicago, Col.
Roberts said, and the French soldiers
also liked them. During rest periods
tho dusky fighters often helped the
French about their gardens, carried
bundles for them, and generally made
themselves agreeablo and useful.
"It was an old thing, but my col
ored boys didn't seem to have a bit of
difficulty understanding the French or
making themselves understood. It was
the same way with the Italians when
we were associated with them," he
Called French "Deedoncks."
The French called my boys, 'Col.
Roberts' Partridges,' and my boys
called all the French 'Deedoncks.'
They got It from the French expres
sion, 'dls done,' a common way of in
troduclng conversation, like "say" In
On the whole tho French and tho
colored troops got along as if they had
lived side by side for years, however,
and In many towns the Chicago men
were fairly worshiped.
There was a reason for It at times.
The Chicago colored men were tho
first troops to march Into the French
city of Laon when that fortress fell
after four years of German occupa
Color Sergeant Mark Freeman of
3148 Jackson boulevard carried the
first French flag Into Laon. Beside
him marched a French sergeant carry
ing the Stars and Stripes and tho regl
mental colors of the Eighth Illinois.
Bandmaster George Dulf led the
band that marched at the head of the
regiment lnto-Laon, playing French na
tional airs as it marched, and finally
breaking into "The Star Spangled
Banner," then "Yankee Doodle," and
Anally "Dixie."
French Kissed Their Hands.
The. French people of Laon knelt
beside the riadway to kiss tho hands
of tho Chicago colored men as they
marched by, or broke Into the ranks
to kiss and embrace them.
"Those deedonks jes' always got to
be kissing somebody," declared one
dusky private from the south side.
The Eighth has kept a regiment his
tory that should take Its place among
the archives of the military history of
Illinois. It tells of the number killed
and wounded, of the number of can
non and machine guns captured, of the
deeds of daring of Its members, and:
"How many prisoners did the Eighth
capture?" was asked of Lieut. Lewis
Washington, the Eighth administrative
officer, Lieut, Washington's face
went blank, while tho noncoms about
looked up in pained surprise.
"Oh, we didn't take any prisoners,"
explained Lieut. Washington seriously
'"The boys didn't like to have any
Germans around."
Absolutely Off Germans.
Even when the armistice was signed
the colored, troops from Illinois refused
to have anything to do with the Ger.
The coming young poetess of St. Jos
eph, Mo., whose poem, "Pasttlme
Echoes," appears In this week's
"When that there armistice was
signed the bodies came over -' '
ed to shake hands with we all," ex
plained a big sergeant. "We all drew
a line on tho ground and said:' 'Now,
boche, you all stay on Uip other side
of that lino or you all '11 go to heaven,
armistice or no armistice.' "
The total casualties of the Ninety
second, coldred, division has been es
timated at 1,478. Among tho killed
were six officers. One officer and 31
enlisted men died from wounds re
ceived in action; 40 enlisted men died
from diseases; 28 enlisted men are
listed as "missing": 16 -officers and
543 enlisted men were woun'','- 'M
officers and 061 enlisted men were
gassed. The division's number of
gassed Is unusually large. A reason
Is, perhaps that the colored soldiers
in the front line trenches of this di
vision were unusually daring in mak
ing raids into the enemy's territory.
Death Sentence Commuted
For Officers.
Washington, D. C Four Negro
commissioned officers were tiled in
France for violation of article 75 of the
war code. The men are Captain Dan
iel Smith, First Lieutenants Horace
Robert Crawford, Robert W. Cheers
and Second Lieutenant Robert E. John
son. The sentence of the court was
death by musketry. The verdict, how
ever, was not unanimous, one-third of
the number disagreeing. It was finally
decided to recommend commutation of
the sentence to ten and live years'
imprisonment to certain of the officers.
The men are attached to the 3d Bat
talion, Company I, 268th Infantry.
Paul Gets Dr. C. A. Williams
of Denver, Colorado.
Rev. C. A. Williams, pastor or Short
er Chapel A, M. E. Church, Denver,
Col., has been transferred by Bishop
Parks and stationed at St. Paul, St.
Louis, the leading church of tho de
nomination In the Fifth Episcopal
District. Dr. Williams fills tho va
cancy caused y the death of Dr. W.
B. JJohnson und will entertain the
General Conference In 1920. His for
mer charge at Denvpr has not been
filled, though it is rumored that the
new pastor will be taken from Kan
sas City.
Dr, Williams Is a Kansas City boy,
entered the ministry here and all
Kansas City Is proud of his remark
able success.
Among the Shrtners who came down
from St. Joseph, Mo., last Wednesday
evening to attend tho annual party of
Allah Temple, No. 6, were: Nobles
A. D. Butler, J. E. Jones, Samuel Hen
son, Essex Allen, P. F. Haynes, P. A.
McGaugb, C. A. Green, A. D. Harts,
Henry Woodson, E. L. Leo, John Ven
able, D. C. Osborne.
They were joined by Noble S, F.
McGee, teacher of Manual Training
school here, making as fine a body of
men as ever attended an affair In this
city. They were royally entertained
by Prof. McGee while hete.
C. L OF A.
The Ladies Endorsed the the Object
and -Purpose of the League and
Pledged Their Undivided Support
in the Coming Membership Cam
paign. Campaign Begins March 1st,
Ending March 22nd, 1919.
A number of prominent women of
Kansas City attended- the meeting of
the N. N. C. C. L. of' A., held at head
quarters, 1315 East Eighteenth street,
Wednesday, 2:30 p. m., February 12th,
1919. The meeting was very enthusi
astic and each one present promised
their hearty support pnd co-operation
in carrying out the great and much
needed undertaking of the League.
The object and purpose of the
League is to see that the blood of our
brave and noble soldiers who fought
! for world democracy shall not have
been Bhed in vain by waging an un
ending and ceaseless, light; using every
honorable means to wipe out and elim
inate dlscrlmlnatlonf-dud prejudice,
Jim Crowism and disfranchisement,
mob violence and injustice from the
United States of America forever.
As their first movement they are
circulating a mammoth petition ask
ing the United States government to
enforce by appropriate legislation the
14th and 15th amendments to the Con
stitution. It was for- the alio to reasons that
the ladies who visited Wednesday's
m'eetln, pledged their- support. It Is
for the above reasons that every true,
loyal and race loving Negro man and
woman In Kansas City is hereby asked
t;o lend their support and aid in this
worthy and timely cause.
The membership campaign of the
League, which Is to be launched the
first of March will, to a certain ex
tent, be military In form; that Is,
there will be one hundred ladies who
will act as generals. Each one or these
generals will have under their dlrec-,
Hon ten captains.
j Each captain will be asked to re-1
, crult at least twenty-five members for
the I-eague. Each captain whose com -
pany reaches or exceeds Its quota will
be presented with an honor badge;
each general whose division reaches
or exceeds its quota will be presented
with a distinguished honor badge.
I About forty-fle ladles have volun
teered to act as generals In this cam
paign; fifty or more are still needed
Every race woman who Is willing and
in a position to secure ten captains
for this great army of justice is sin
cerely asked to get in touch with gen
eral headquarters and offer sen-ice.
Every race woman who assisted in the
hospital. Red Cross, War workers and
other such campaigns, by any means,
should not fall to lend the same as
sistance to this cause which means so
much to ourselves, our children and
our future generation.
The next meeting of the League
will be held at general headquarters,
1315 East Eighteenth street. Wednes
day, February 19th, at 2 p. m. Every
lady who desires to lend her assist
ance In this movement Is most cor
dially Invited to bo present. In con
junction with tho great army of wo
men that Is being mobilized, there is
being organized among the leading
and most Influential race men of the
city an auxiliary to assist and co-operate
with the women's divisions.
The petition which is to be circu
lated by the N. N. C. C. L. of A. Is to
consist of twenty volumes n loose leaf
ledger form. Each volume Is to con
tain 1000 sheets with space on each
sheet for fifty signatures, making In
all when the petition Is compiled a
document containing one million sign
ers. After every person In Kansas
City has been given the opportunity to
sign this great document, different
sections of it will be distributed in
every part of the United States un
til it ia fully signed. Atfer this has
been accomplished, the leading Ne
groes In different sections of the Unit
ed States will bo chosen and select
ed to accompany the presentation of
this great potltlon to Congress.
It has been asked by some feeble
minded people as to the good such a
petition would do. The good that It
will do to any broad-minded person Is
obvious. If the Negro does not pro-
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test and petition for his rights; If he
does not ask for justice while the great
cry for democracy Is being sung
throughout the world, it will be many,
many years ibefore he will have such
an opportunity again.
One other thing the Negro should
bear In mind, "Unity of action Is what
won the war; unity of action In peace
villi win this cause."
Any person who is desirous of sign
ing this petition and becoming a mem
ber of this great movement is most
cordially invited to call at general
headquarters, 1315 East Eighteenth
street; Bell Grand 317, Home Main
The list of generals and captains
and the personnel of the men's com
mittee will appear in the subsequent
Issues of the Sun.
In summing up the entire object
and purpose of the N. N. C. C. L. of A.
and its calling up the leading and
most influential Negro citizens of
Kansas City for assistance and their
support, we might say, they are sim
ply endeavoring to make the United
States of America a decent place for
the Black Man to live In.
Y. W. C. A.
All secretaries of Y. W. C. A. circles
are requested to report full lists of
members with addresses as soon as
possible. Our temporary headquar
ters at tho Y. M. C. A. are fast becom
ing a center of wide interest. Our
office assistant is making up the
membership roll for Issuing the mem
bership cards. Bring in your names.
The Blue Triange League Is a league
for the girls or Kansas City to give
them a recreation center, to provide
better housing conditions, to help
them in their industrial occupations
and a host of other things that will
be taken up as work grows.
Every woman and every girl from
ten years up is interested and should
step In and give your membership to
the office assistant, Mrs. Jean ' Mc
To Whom It May Concern:
, . . rorre, a KtatBment in1
tne ,agt ,ssuo p Tne Sun that thej
Wonlen of the Christian Church gave ,
$23 or more through the Jacksonlan i
1 Cwb at tne Y" February 4th for ,
j which wo have been called upon to !
i account tor. The women that joined1
l from tne Christian Church of which i
I am a member does not number
twenty-three. They paid $1 each, as
did the women from the various
churches for which entitles them to
membership along with the rest of
us. We have at this time one hun
dred and twelve members and $112
and a volunteer contribution of $5
from Mrs. C. L. Simpson, 4525 Wal
nut street, through a member of the
club, Miss Bessie Jackson, making a
total of $117. For further information,
call Wabash 1902.
Mrs. R. P. Jackson, Pres.
Miss Nannie Isaacs, Sec'y.
Miss Ruth Hamilton, registered
nurse of this city, writes the follow
ing poem from the boys "over there,"
which she believes will be encouraging
to the girls who were left behind:
The French girls are pretty, as we
And to please you or tease you, they
are simply grand;
Our mission to France Is to fight, not
to flirt,
So you girls back home need not feel
a bit hurt.
The best for us this present day
Are the girls in the old U. S. A.
Corporal Norman Williams writes:
'"I would not marry a French girl
America first."
Encouraging, girls, Isn't It?
St. Louis, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Ma
lone and Poro College were again
honored by a special program being
given to welcome them to the com
munity. It was under the auspices
of the Elleardsville Civic League at
St. James A. M. E. Church last Sun
day evening. Nearly all of tho 150
employees wer epresent to show their
appreciation of the honor bestowed
upon them. Ono of tho most beaut!
ful features, of the program was
chorus b' a number of boys and girls
after which they presented Mr. and
Mrs Malone a luigo bouquet of beau
tiful flqwers.
'Jim Crow Bill" Dead.
Jefferson City, Mo. The House
Bill known as the "Jim Crow Bill,"
which Invariably makes It sappear-
anco at every session of the Legisla
ture, was promptly killed in the com
mittee room last Monday, botn
Republicans and decent Democrats
giving It a kick. Some "Hill Billy"
with usually more guts than brains
introduces this measure each session
with tho hope of attracting a little at
tention, and it is sincerely hoped that
Democracy will eventually purge
itself of this class of bothersome
asses. Much credit is duo the follow
ing committee which appeared In op
position to tho Bill: J. B. Coleman,
R. R. Ragan, Rev. M. C. Scrugg,
State Committeeman Weil and Dr. W.
J. Thompklns.
On Monday Mrs. Cook received a
radio message from mid-ocean that
Mr. Cook was enroute, having sailed
from Brest tin the Leviathan which
reached New York Tuesday. Mr.
Cook had a fine trip over. He will
arrive Saturday morning, after eleven
months' absence.
On December 16th Mr. Cook was
cited for decoration of the Distin
guished Service Cross for risking his
life in rescuing wounded In the great
drive in tho Ctampagne when tho
371st Infantry with which he was
serving led in tHe charge that drove
the Boches out of this region and
gave the Americans possession of one
of Uie most important strategic
points of the whole line from Flan
ders to Switzerland.
Louisville, Ky., Feb. 14, 1919. Two
of Louisville's most prominent Negro
citizens, A. B. MsAfee, undertaker
and business man, and Joseph Potter,
Jr., a promising young poet and
writer, died the past week.
We have an opening at once
for a good live, hustling ad man,
a competent and Intelligent col
lector and reporter for KANSAS
TINE, and a keen, active City
Reporter who knows how to get
the news. Can you qualify for
either of these jobs?
Salary and commission.
1803 East 18th St.
Corporal John H. Davis, formerly of
Waco, Texas, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.
M. Davis, 1623 Agnes avenue, re
turned homo from Camp Dodge Thurs
day and will make his futurs homo
Resolved, That Women should have full suffrage"
Will be Debated by Mrs. Ida M. Becks and Mrs. W. A. Green for the af.
flrmative, and Mrs. L. Austin and Mrs. Ollle Chapman for the negative,
four of Kansas City's live wires and enthusiastic speakers.
Under the auspices of the Republican
Lincoln High. School Extension
Sunday Afternoon, Feb. 16. 1919
Community Meeting
30 Physicians and Dentists
Program begins at 8:30
Moving Picture Views of Open Air School Subjects and
Activities, together with 20 Boys and Girls on the stage
from the Open Air School, attended by nurses.
' The Entire Public Is Invited.
Lincoln High School Band of 50 pieces will give a Musi
cal Concert for 20 minutes preceding the program.
We have many callt each week for
homes and roomt of all descriptions.
Why not advertise what you have to
rent or sell inthis paper which reach
es all the colored people in greater
Kansas City?
PRICE, 5c.
Kansas City's Bachelor Boys' Club
! has always occupied a place near tho
' head of the list of Kansas City's popu-
I lnr Rnninl rlnhn flnrl nn InRf Frldnv
"J night, February 7, they proved their
iliplr tenth fipml.nnniinl nnrtv In T.vHn
thel,nf, an ttmt .Vila tUa aU'all.
iii.ii. j j onj iiii.i uuio it ho vut. .1 " 1 11
est affair of its kind seen in Kansas
City for some time Is putting it mild
ly. Invitations were sent to 300 guests
and how unanimously they were ac
cepted was evidenced by the fact that
when the grand march was announced
the spacious hall was practically filled.
At 10 o'clock the grand march,
headed by the Bachelors themselves
and their ladles, and from then until
2 a. m. beautiful ladles gorgeously
arrayed In evening gown were guided
about the polished floor by gallant
men, in full dress attire, in a series
of dreamy waltzes, jazzing one-steps
and syncopating schottlsches, etc., to
the harmonizing melodies of Roland
Bruce's full orchestra.
The entire hall was very tastily dec
orated, from the canopy outside tho
entrance to the dressing rooms, the
Bachelors' Club color, deep purple, be
ing used throughout, while a profusion
of palms, ferns and beautiful flowers
added an Oriental touch. The Bachel
ors also wore their colors.
After the dance the Bachelors and
their ladies motored to the iCafe De
Luxe and there banqueted till the' wee
sma' hours. The cafe and tables were
also beautifully decorated and the
scene there was a fitting climax to a
night spent In merrymaking, and when
only a few short hours before the gray
dawn of the morning, the party again
entered taxl3 and motored to their re
spective homes, everyone was search
ing for words to describe the affair.
Taken all in all, the event was an
enormous success and will be long re
membered by the fortunate guests
who attended. The high class which
was in evidence everywhere, the ex
cellent sen-Ice, the decorations, and
the excellent management of the en
tire affair bespeaks volumes for the
Bachelors themselves and gave true
evidence of the unstinting spirit with
which this club entertains. The fol
lowing popular young men comprise
the club:
Officers Shannon Drumra, presi
dent; James Smith, treasurer; James
Williams, secretary.
Members Eugene Rummons, J. Mc
Cullough. Walter W. Smith. Ralph
Wright. J. E. Miller, J. Williams,, El
mer Green. William Frederick, Arthur
iToney, Floyd Collins, Steve Lane, C.
Porter, George Pearson, James L.
Scott. James Smitn, Herbert Smith,
Elvln Irwin, G. Ashworth, Neal foung.
! Shannon Drumra, Thomas Whlbby,
Edward Pryor. Tracy Scott. Clyde Bell.
Johnnie L. Miller.
Benedicts Homer Eblon, Clarence
Mayes, Henry Dlllard.
Party. Admission 10 Cents

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