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Join the National Negro Constitutional League
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Perhaps it may seem strango to
many that at present, the South is
panic-stricken over the anticipated
return of its quota o colored troops.
And, perhaps, this fear Is well
grounded, growing out of a conscious
ness of guilt, with Justice impending.
Now that the nation Is , about to
enter upon a glorious holiday, as it
were, celebrating the victorious re
turn of the men who helped material
ly to turn the tide in the battle which
threatened to engulf Democracy, the
South cannot participate with any
degree of satisfaction, for she is mind
ful of the Damoclean sword suspend
ed by a frail hair above her head,
and she fears that with one false movo
she may bring down upon herself the
vengeance of the Negro which, no
doubt, has been Bmolderlng In the
hearts of many since the first lynch
ing was celebrated 'neath her Bunny
skies; since mob violence becamo a
sport to be indulged In, even by those
in authority; since the first throng of
men and women broke the bond ex
isting between man and man as es
tablished by God, descended to un
fathomable depths of degradatloivand
took delight in the suffering and
torture of a fellow boing; since sym
pathy and pity fled from the hearts
of men and "women of the South, and COLOR
became an utter stranger to some
sections which nurtured so' many of
our people on its fruitful soil.
It would seem that the only re
course left the South in this crisis
is to go to our reading men and wo
men, explain her position, her dire
fears, lay bare the terrible, gaunt
spectre that is now over-shadowing
her dreams, and beg for assistance.
Sho now fully realizes, for the first
time, that her outrages against the
Negro "may work her utter ruin. But,
what fair promises can sho offer now
to appease the God of vengeance?
What pledge can she make that will
have sufficient weight to induce these
thinking men and women who have
suffered so long to use their influence
to ward off the blow that now threat
ens her? Are these men and women
not conscious of the fact that the fair
promises of the South have always
been as chaff before tho wind? Are
they not mindful of the fact that all
all that they have held most sacred
sanctity of home, virtue, justice and
right have been outraged, even be
fore their very eyes? Do they not
remember that the South has always
evaded the keeping of her sacred ob
ligations by hiding under the cloak
of Southern justice?
Now it seems necessary for some
of our leading men to hold public
meetings at which addresses giving
all sorts of assurance to the white
citizens warranted and otherwlso
are made In order to allay tho grave
fears of our conscious-stricken op-
pressors, guaranteeing a continuation
of faithfulness to duty, and tub abid
ing by tho law in the future, of men
who have been tried in the fiery fur
nace and have come forth as pure
Who knows but that when Uncle
Sam's black soldiers whoso hearts
have responded to the rhythmic, but
stern, beat of the drum that led them
forth to bloody conflict return, they
will ask or demand the fiddler's pay,
now that Uie South has danced and
made merry so long at their expense?
It may be that they will seek an 1m
mediate settlement of past grievances,
forcing the hand which has so long
creating at the game.
While many of our staunch, noble
minded citizens of color would not
favor anything that would seem null
cal, I know that down In the very
depths of their hearts they would bo
glad to see those stalwart Negro sol
dlers who so willingly offered up
their lives to defend those who were
liot related to us by any sanguine
ties, throw down tho gauntlet to the
South on their return, thresh out all
those questions Involving their legal
rights, abolish the hideous crimes per
petrated 'against their kith and kin
stamp out the agonies of black men
and women writhing at the flaming
stake, and wipe out the vicious prac
tice of dividing tiro garments of the
victims among members of the mob
as souvenirs of such memorable cele
We have petitioned tho government.
we have prayed and begged for our
rights, all of which we have Justly
earned. But, we have never as yet,
demanded them. And why not? Are
wo willing to face a terrible fusillade
of cannon ball on tho deadly fields
of battle, and yet not willing or bravo
nough to demand that which should
be ours for tho asking? Shall wo bo
content to cling to the wretched life
that some of us are forced to live,
and not make a supreme struggle for
tho sake of posterity?
Our parents were slaves. o are
hampered, handicapped, freed-men.
And, as long as we aro hampered we
are not capable of giving our best to
civilization. As long as wo are a race
.of prescribed boundaries, of set limi
tations, wo are unable to render our
best services to humanity. And, un
less wo eliminate the "fence" position,
take the one, and only stand, we shall
have been but as stones in the path
way of posterity.
Sometimo we'll take a decided stand,
Sometime, perhaps, but wheli?
Sometime wo'll take our brother's
Sometime, perhaps, but when?
Sometimo the wrong we'll help make
Sometime we'll make a glorious fight,
And then wo'll hold up truth and
Sometime, perhaps, but when?
Officers of 365th Infantry Will Take
the Case to High Authority.
Colored officers of the Three Hun-
dred and Sixty-fifth Infantry, a draft
egiment, which arrived on the Olym
pic, do not Intend to let their charges
that they were made victims of a
color line aboard the transport drop.
They will be taken to the highest army
authority, it was announced today.
The charges were presented by
James G. Wiley, a colored secretary
of the Y. M. C. A.., and were sub
stantiated by Negro officers.
The charges state:
"Colored officers of tho 365th In
fantry. 317th Sanitary Train,
367th Infantry and 350th Field Ar
tillery have been grossly insulted
by being grouped together, Irre
spective of rank, In a separate din
ing room or, more properly, in
the tearoom on board II. M. S.
Olympic; while white shave-tail
lieutenants and white captains
and field officers of the same or
ganization, together with nurses
of enlisted men's rank, Y. M. C. A.
secretaries and field clerks are
seated In main dining room with
"General Gearhardt and Colonel
George McMaster of the 365th are
both Southerners of the old school,
with all Its old traditions.
"Feeling among tho officers is
aggravated by the fact that the
regimental flag and colors of tho
regimental flag and colors of the
Threo Hundred and Sixty-fifth In
fantry were salvaged and lost. It
is known that this Is the result of
negligence and lack of regard for
a flag that was astonishing, to put
it mildly.
"The officers so humiliated feel
that not only their personal valor
and honor has been insulted, but
that the uniform and rank of the
United States Army has been de
graded and they do not intend to
let It go by unchallenged."
(An Editorial.)
It has been twenty-seven years since there has been a national
effort made to obtain for the American Negro his just rights ,of citi
zenship. Not since the "Lodge Force Bill" went to defeat in 1892 in
the national house of Congress has there been a direct appeal made
to the conscience of the American people and to the law-making body
of our Government for the extension to us of the full benefits of
During these twenty-seven years, through which we have suf
fered injustice without appeal or protest the causes of labor, woman's
suffrage, and national prohibition have won national favor and have
received Governmental recognition because of the intelligent per
sistence with which they have plead their right to a hearing before
the bar of public opinion.
The lesson to be drawn from these facts is: if the
Negro desires an improvement in his condition; if he
wishes to enjoy the real opportunities of liberty; if he
wishes to stand equal as a man before the law with a
man's chance everywhere in this country, he must pro
test to the public conscience against his wrongs and
plead before tho nation's law-making body for legal
recognition of his rights of manhood.
The time is now! When tho whole world is discuss
ing justice between its races!
The National Negro Constitutional Conservation
League of America has beben organized to wage just
tho kind of an intelligent protest that should be made
and to present to Congress a petition for the enforce
, ment of the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the
Constitution of the United States. If these two amend
ments were enforced jim-crowism, mob-violence, and
disfranchisement could not exist, for with federal en
forcement of these two articles the penalty f6r their
violation would be too great.
The membership campaign which is now roinp; on
in Kansas City, which- will end March 22, is a real test
for the loyalty of every Negro to the welfare of his race.
The interest of everyone of us is involved in the success
of the purposes of this organization. Every Negro who
is loyal and who is worthy of better opportunities will
support the movement and will join the League. Every
Negro who does jiot support this movement is YOUR
enemy, because he is against your chance to better the
condition of yourself and your household.
No sane, intelligent Negro can oppose the purposes
of this organization. You can set down any Negro who
does oppose them as a traitor to his people. No matter
what his station in life, no matter what has been his
previous standing in the estimation of the community, no
matter whether he be proud in his ignorance or boast the
possession of college-bred brains, no matter whether he
be prompted by envy or jealousy, or puffed up with
false nations of his own wisdom and importance, no
matter whether he be a slave to love of prominence or
the pliant, lawnrng puppet venting the wrath of others
less foolhardy MARK HUH AS A TRAITOR! He is
against YOU! He is opposing the only effort that has
been put forth in your behalf in twenty-seven years. If
he is in business, don't trade with him, find someone else
to trade with who is loyal to the race; if he is in a pro
fession, find another man in the same profession whose
interest has not lost identity with yours ; if he is simply
a "knocker," shun him, avoid him as you would the
plague lest you be contaminated with his traitorous
This movement is the test of the "true blue" of the race and will
reveal to us all the parasites who are useless and the REAL men and
women who are loyal to your interest and are honestly seeking race
Remember that in a movement like this the words of the Anostle
Paul aptly apply ' :'He that is not with us is against us."
By Chas. P. Wilson
used to bo out on tho dancing
Adrift iiTthe Mary Jane,
A bold, bold skipper, indeed, was he,
In tho
Tropical heat and rain,
llo'd "hee, how, hum," and swear "by
And scowl at his merry men;
But for all of his scowling, his Jowl
ing his
Howling, he's doing his bit in the
I know of a banker of portly meln, a
pillar of
Sanctlc trust,
Ho'd ride to his bank in an auto car,
Shovel In all the dust,
He stuffed, with gold, all his grip
would hold
And fled with a fancy hen;
night's showing Mr. Mlchcaux's man- preach his farewell sermon Sunday
ager, Mr. Louis Schooler, was enjoined 1 evening. March 9th. He has retired
from further showing of the picture from the niinistr.
on tho grounds as set forth above. I
However, tho people of Kansas City1 "HUMAN HORSES" RAN AWAY.
are going to see "The Homesteader,"
which has been secured for a six days'
engagement by Mr Love for his thea
ter, beginning Sunday, April 13 Mr.
Micheaux expressed great apprecia
tion for tho kindness and co-operation
of Mr. Nelson C. Crews, Attorney W.
C. Hueston and others in helping him
to adjust tho difficulty and Is confi
dent that those who long to see the
play will not be disappointed.
Watch The Sun for the big society
wedding to take place at Allen Chapel
March 12, 1919. The contracting par
ties are Katherlne Rose Wiseman,
daughter of Rev. and Mrs. T. H. Wise
man, and Attorney W. C. Hueston, Jr.
Many bridesmaids and attendants are
preparing elaborate gowns and the
But for all of his stuffing and cuffing conventional black for the gentlemen
And bluffing, he's ruffing It now at
tho pen.
given under the autpices of the Doug
las Hospital Club and tho Debt Pay-
To Save Animals on Slippery Pave
ment Was a Thrilling Experience.
Two Negro coal peddlers stopped at
the top of tho hill on Eighth street,
just east of Chestnut avenue, and
viewed tho slippery pavement.
"Them bosses caln't hold' er back
goln' down thar!" one of them de
clared and tho other agreed. Tho dis
cussion ended by unhitching the
horses and the Negroes took places
on either side of tho tongue o the
wagon loaded to capacity.
"Le's trot a little," as tho wagon got
up a little momentum, and soon tho
canter speeded up to a fast jog.
Half way down the hill the wagon
and its "human horses" had such
speed they could not let go. Screech
ing like sirens and yelling for a clear
crossing on Chestnut avenue, the run
away pair reached the bottom of the
hill with their feet barely touching tho
Thoro once was a dandy of ravishing
A little bit daffy on socks,
He put all his wages in vehoment
tints that
Sometimes would jump from tho ' aence in
But soon his bills became his ills; he
fell to
Tho Judge for a ten,
And for all of his woes and clothes
and hose,
He's wearing his socks in the pen.
ing Club of Allen Chapel. Admission high spots.
15 cents. Don't miss this elite stunt.
Tho condition of Mrs. Mattie Ridley,
who has been critically ill at her resi-
A gradual hill rising west of Chest
nut avenue brought things to a stop.
, "We isn't bosses," the larger of the
Negroes soliloquized between gasps
for breath. "We ain't nuthln' but
Newton, Kas., is showing jackasses." Wednesday's Star.
C. Hueston,
Mistake made in routing 92nd;
will notify Mayor Cowgili Friday I '
when to expect regiment. ,
Scott, i
Office of Sec'y of War. I
i Philip B. Johnson, who is with the i
, Medical Detachmont, 805th Pioneer
I Infantry, writes, "Our arrival in Eng-,
I land was a very welcome one and
' verged upon the edge of worship. .
i knowing the valor of the black man i
I and realizing ovary time he squeezed !
I a trigger a Bocho was bound to fall, i
! 1 have had a wonderful experience and I
if space would permit would like to i
I write some things for my friends but '
1 shall do so upon my arrival home, 1
I which I trust is not far distant. I
I wish to extend my very best regards 1
to my many friends In Kansas City '
! and the West."
One would have thought they had
moved the trenches of No Man's Land
to 18th street had ho been In tho vi
cinity of 1516 about 11 o'clock Thurs
day night.
After a controversy between Cleve
Ranijjurg and Walter Richardson,
Clove put down a barrage that would
have done credit to the 92nd Division,
and when Gene Walker, who' wont
through tho recent war without a
scratch, attempted to go through It,
he received a ploco of shrapnel In the
right side Inflicting a 'serious1 wound
Cleve was arrested. Walter hasn't
peeped out of the trenches yet and
Gene is at tho. Old City Hospital.
Presiding Elder P, C. Crews lield
Quarterly Meeting at tho A. M, E.
Church Sunday, February 16. Rev. W.
B. Brooks, the pastor, Is doing excel
lent work. Tho quarterly report waB
Dr. Leroy M. Iiundy of East St.
Louis, 111., who was the central figure
in the great riot that took place In
that city a little over a year ago and
who was held in jail for many months
without bond, wlllspend Sunday and
Monday in this city meeting old
friends and making new acquaintances
and giving a true account of that de
plorablo affair In East St. Louis which
makes the blackest page in American
history. Dr. Iiundy was that city's
most brilliant physician and race lead
er and is a son of one of the most
highly respected families in the state
of Ohio. Ho possessed an elegant of
fice, homo, automobile, bank account
and practice, all of which was de
stroyed during his months of Incarcer
ation'. Dr. Bundy's trial will take place
tho latter part of this month and he
wants the people throughout the mid
dle West to know the true facts in
this caso in which he is fighting for
his llfo and liberty.
He will speak Sunday morning at
tho conclusion of service at hlstorlo
Allen Chapel, and at 4 p. m. will ad
dress the Forura at tho Metropolltua
Temple, Kansns City, Kansas; at 5
o'clock at St. James A. M. E. Zlon
Church, 1805 Woodland and at 9 p. m.
at famous St. Stephen's Baptist
Private Claude Mace of tho S05th
Pioneer Infantry writes his father,
Mr. Mace, of Parkville, Mo., that his
company Is one of the finest in the
regiment and that so far they have
not had a scrap of any kind. He says,
"It is indeed pathetic to see the French
people trodding through rain and mud
looking for their homes, and they have
At Love's Theatre Next Week.
Y. W. C. A. NOTES.
Wo have an excellent corps of officers
nnd they aro now talking of going to
Germany. I think I shall bo much in
terested in the ways of that country-'
Church, Rev. J. W. Hurse, pastor. If
arrangements can be perfected Dr.
Bundy will bo urged to address a pub
lic mass meeting on Monday night.
Hear the champion of his people and
demonstrate to him by your presence
that in his martyrdom he has the sym-1 Oscar Micheaux, author of "The
pathy and the pravers of the entire Homesteader" and producer of the
race- 1 film adaptation from the story, was a
ti 7r7i7n',T:acU,i ! Kansas City visitor this week, called
Young People's Department of the
First Baptist Church, Linwood Boule-
iard and Park avenue, last Sunday on
some Improvement. Mrs. Ridley is
the sister of Mrs. Charles Young of
this city and the mother of Mr. Arthur Miss Mae Belcher, Field Secretary,
Ridley, also of this city Mr. E. L. spent several days in tho city tnls
been swept away, some not even find-1 Newman islted In Iola, Kas., this week, looking after tho interests of
inc the nlace where their homes were. ' week The Pleasant Hour Club was the Blue Triangle League.
hero on account of tho difficulty that
arose In connection with tho showing
of said production at the New Center
Labor Conditions Among Colored Theatre. The people of Kimni City
People." She embraced the oppor
tupity to tell her audience of the un
just discriminations our people suffer
In securing such employment as will
enable them to bo as a whole an hon
est and self-supporting portion of
Southern communities.
Mr. Felix H. Payne, Chairman
of Finance Coinmitteo to entertain
tho 92nd Division, desires nil thoso
who wish to contribute to that
cause and are unable to see him
to leave their contributions with
Miss Wllla M. Glenn at The Kan-
sas City Sun office
hearing so much about this great pho
toplay, the effort to stop it in Chicago
by certain race men there on account
of an allegation that tho story was in
a great part a reproduction of the au
thor's experiences with a minister In
which his daughter, formerly the au
thor's wife's, unhanntness is portryed.
are only anxious to see tho play. As homo Saturday alternoon. .. .air. anu
very pleasantly entertained Thursday
afternoon by Mrs. Victor Smith of The Blue Triangle is the youngest
Qulndaro, Kas., at the residence of , baby in the Young Women's Christian
Mrs. James Ridley in this city. One Association. It is a lusty Infant with
visitor was present. After the regular i its 450 paid up members and the re
routine of business, delicious refresh- i maindor of the 1,000 hastening to be
ments were served by the hostess ! como financial.
Rev. Georgo Wright of Mexico, Mo.,
preached for three nights at the Pleas
ant Valley Baptist Church, but was
unable to stay longer, owing to the
fact that ho had been away from his
church for quite a while and had to
return to engage In a series of meet
ings there. Rev. Wright is a splendid
speaker and his sermons were caro
fully selected and well delivered. We
regret that ho was unable to remain
with us longer nnd will bo pleased to
havo him com eagaln. Rev. and Mrs.
Wright and their son returned to their
Miss Belcher talked to the girls of
Lincoln High School Monday morning.
Tho girls fell in love with her sweet
personality and sympathetic appeal.
Miss Belcher loves girls and tho lovo
of their heart3 flows out to her.
oxplained by Mr. Micheaux, his book
ing agent secured the Now Center
Theater without being advised that
race people had never been allowed
In tho theater; that tho manager cre
ated a breach of contract with the
owner In opening to Colored people,
since a clauso in tho lease expressly
set forth that no Colored people bo
allowed in tho theater either as per
formers or patrons. So after tho first
Mrs. Nelson Smith are recovering
from their illness, .. .The services at
tho Pleasant Volley Baptist Church
Sunday were good. Tho pastor preach
ed' an interesting sermon and there
was one addition. Special services
wero held Sunday afternoon for sin
ners. Some came forward for prayer.
A good sermon was delivered at night.
....Rov. G. T. Wooton, pastor of
Western Chapel M. K. Church, will
Tho Committee of Management had
a very helpful meeting Monday after
noon. Miss Belcher's talks on the
various committees wero illuminating
and instructive.
The several departments of tho Y.
W. C. A. work will be conducted by
committees headed by the following
chairmen: Membership, Mrs. Ida
Beck; Housing, Mrs. L. A. McCainp
bell; Publicity, Mrs. Myrtlo Cook; Fi
nance, Mrs. J. 11. E. Lee; Industrial,
Mrs. R. P. Jackson; Employment, Mrs.
Sadio Dibble: Physical Education and
Recreation, Mrs. J, E. Perry; Glrla'
Work, Mrs. Josephine Martin; Moth
ers' Work, Mrs. J. H. Ray.

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