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The Negroes of Colorado Shojuld Appeal the Harris Case
Franklin's Paper The Statesman Twenty-Third Year MANHOOD KNOWS NO COLOR CAREER AND WORK OF W.E. GROSS Hov a New York Boy Rose to Prominence In Business. SERVED IN MANY CAPACITIES. Brief Record of Mon Who Sorvod at a Cook In tho Union Army, Woundod at Battle of Fair Oaka and Subse quently Enlisted In Twentieth New York Colored Regiment. By N. BARNETT DODSON. New York.—William E. Gross, the •abject of this sketch, was born, reared and educated in New York city. He is of Indian extraction on his father's side and is one of New York’s eldest and m«»st highly respected citi zens. While attending tbo old Mul berry street public school, of which the tier. John Peterson was the principal, young Gross won several prizes for ex cellence in his studies. When the civil war broke out he se cured the position of cook in the Army of the Potomac, in which position he witnessed some stirring scenes on the battlefield. While he was not an en listed soldier, he nevertheless per formed some difficult tasks for the sol diers in catup. warning them many times of the approach of the enemy. At the battle of Fair Oaks and Mal vern Hill, however, he was severely wounded in the performance of his duty. After returning to New York, where he recovered from his wound. Mr. Gross enlisted In the Twentieth New York colored regiment. Fearing that the physical strain would be too much for their son. Mr. and Mrs. Gross per suaded him to follow a more quiet life. Whereupon Mr. Gross secured a position as waiter in n restaurant and afterward became steward for one of New York's wenlthy clubs. In this po sition be met men of national promi- WILLIAM E OROM ,Mnce and wealth, whoa# friendship •jf turned to good account In dollars ■—» cents. By thrift and economy ha eared J snough of hit earnings to secure a first ,% class entering outfit and soon launched nut Into business for himself. He baa been eminently successful In Ills line and numbers among ilia patrons some of the wealthiest families in the city. Being well known and having had years of experience at the trade before entering business on his own hook gave Mr. Gross a prestige which meant sue cess from the very start. Of course he met obstacles, some prejudice and dif ficulties. but he t>ersistently overcame them. Mr. Gross has been associated in al most all good movements for the bet terment of the race for many years. In secret and benevolent organizations he is perhaps better known first as a past officer in the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. When the Society of the Sous of New York was a potent fac tor in the social club life among Afro- Americans Mr Gross was one of its most active and influential members. He served the society in the capacity of president for three years. Of the many jmblic movements in which Mr. Gross has taken part and which he has aided with his money and personal effort it was not until the heated discussion of a decade or two ago to decide the question of mixed 1 schools in New York that his real nice pride asserted itself. It was largely ' through Mr. Gross* Influence with Gro ' ver Cleveland, who was then governor ! of New York stnte. that the governor quickly concluded to sign the mixed school bill. State Convention In New York. The sixteenth annual session of the New York colored Buptist state con vention will l»e held with the Day Star Baptist church, in One Hundred and Fifty-seventh street. Now York. Itev. Dr. It. .1 Brown pastor, for four days, beginning on Thursday. Oct. 20. At this session the convention alms to raise for the following purposes: Education and home and foreign mis sions President. Itev. Dr. S W. Timms of Holy Trinity Baptist church, Brooklyn: corresponding secretary, Rev T. .1. King, pastor of the Messiah Baptist church. Yonkers. N. Y IN EDUCATIONAL CIRCLES. — Miti Bruington Appointed Teacher In Loa Angalaa Publio School!. Los Angeles. Cal.—The recent ap pointment by tUo board ot education In this city of Miss Resale Bruington as a teacher In the public schools la regarded by Afro-Americans as a long step forward toward the realisation of their fondest hopes In regard to a square deal In the recognition of the services of capable young men and women as tenchers In the public schools. Miss Bruington Is a comely and at tractive young woman of twenty-one. Bhe will be assigned to work with the colored children, of coune. She grad uated from Polytechnic high school three years ago, with special recom mendation to Stanford university. As her purpose In life Is to work for the educational uplift of our people she elected to attend the State Normnl school of this city, from which she graduated with high honors and was recommended to Superintendent Fran cis aa a teacher specially qualified to teach In city schools. During last year Miss Bruington did cadet work at Fifty-first street school, where a large number of colored chil dren attend. She took charge of the first three grades. In speaking of Mias Brulngton’s spe cial fltneea Mr. Guinn, one of the mem bers of the teachers' committee, says: “Mias Bruington la enthusiastic In regard to her work, bringing to It the physical and temperamental power of her race, added to the culture and thor oughness derived from the higher edu cation which ehe has received. “The board has frequently been ask DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, OCT. 28. 1911 ed by the colored people or me crty to appoint teachers of their own race for their children, and we consider that we have been fortunate in our choice of Miss Bruington." NEW INTEREST IN ART AND MUSIC National Association Seeks to Enlarge Membership. WILL SOON START CAMPAIGN. Now York Soloctod as Starting Paint For Activo Work Among tho Mam bora of tho Various Clubs Holding Momborship In tho National Organ isation. By CLEVELAND G. ALLEN. New York.—The National Asaoda i lion of Colored Musical and Arts Clubs, which was organized in Brooklyn in 1906. is planning a national campaign to create an awakening among colored ; musicians and artists. Realising the : advance the race is making along I musical and artistic endeavors, this , organization was formed to'EHft to gether the musicians and artists of the race In order to create greater interest among them for mutual betterment and to God out what is possible to ac complish along the lines of music, art and painting. The National association in planning this campaign hopes to reach every musical and art club in the country and thus maintain a strong national organization. Since the organization of this National association among the colored musicians and artists much good has been done in stimulating greater individual effort on the part of members of the piofession. Some of the best known members of the pro fession are working enthusiastically for the success of the movement The Grst fall meeting of the associa tion will be held in New York early in October at the residence of Mrs. Harriet Gibbs Marshall. 240 West Ono Hundred and Thirty-fourth street where applications for membership from musical and art clubs will be re celved. It is the desire of those inter ested to have a large number of clubs which have not Joined the national body to do so at the coming meeting. A national convention will be held annually In various sections of the country, where subjects bearing upon the work ot me musician aiiu arust will l»e discussed. Mrs. Uarriet Gibbs Marshall, who was elected president of the National association, is one of the most accomplished artists of the race. She has attained an eminent place in the profession and has been constantly indentifled with musical endeavor. She received her musical training at the Oberlin College Conser vatory of Music, which Is one of the I best In the country. Shortly after leaving the conserva ; tory she started out <>u a musical ca j reer. finally going to Washington, i where she became instructor of music In the public schools. While working in this capacity she saw the necessity ot cultivating the artistic gifts of young men and women of the race and ns a result established the Wash ington Conservatory or Music, which is the only school of its kind which teeks to give a purely musical and art education. The school has a national reputatlou. and some of the most noted men and women of the nice constitute its faculty. Speaking of the need of the National association, Mrs. Marshall says: “The great need of this organization is para mount The movement iz in keeping with the general musical advance. In aider that colored artists may keep up with this advance such an association Is necessary Western Negro Press Association Is sues Call For Convention. ltnskogee, Okls.—President Andrew J. Bmitherms n of this town and Score tary J. D. Cook of Milwaukee. Wis„ have issued an urgent call for the fif teenth annual meeting of the Western Negro Press association, which is to be beld in Topeka. Kan., for two days be gtawii.g on Thursday. Nov. 30. Nashville's New City Councilman. At the recent primary elections held In Nashville. Tenn., Dr. S. P. Harris defeated the Democratic nominee for dtyl councilman. Dr. Harris’ success is considered quite n victory, as he will be the only Afro-American to occupy a seat in the councilmanic chamber since 3886. Odd Fellows’ District Convention. Florida Odd Fellows are preparing for the next district convention, which Will be held in Newberry. Fla., on Fri day, 0< t 27. The sessions will be held fel th** hall of St. Paul lodge. Xo. 5171. J. F Peach district supervisor. FORT RUSSELL NEWS Invitations are out announcing the first dance of the season by Troop F. This function. Saturday evening, 28th inst.. promises to be exceptionally en joyable. Russell. Carter, Fields, com mittee Floor manager, Ballanger. Tb.* recent baseball game between the Ninth and Twelfth cavalries showed beyond question the superi ority of our team. While the boys from the Twelfth can’t play ball, they gentlemen on the din 'since being in our midst. Coach Smith of the Cavalry foot ; ball team says his men are in fine jiorm and will slip something” to the Denver bunch in the near future. ! We’ll wait and see. Mess Sergt. Griffin of Troop K is still in the running when it comes to providing good things for the table. Hueston Guess of Chattanooga called to see us during the week. Prof. Williams of the band is again in front. He has just published, with j Gotham Attucks of New York, his new march song. The Ninth at San Antonio." The libretto is built upon conditions and incidents surrounding our recent trip to Texas. Prof. Wil liams stands as a splendid example i to younger musicians as to the possi bilities attainable by hard work and perseverance. Copies of this produc tion can be had of the author or pub lishers. And now the band —well, of course, a regiment must have a band to keep things going, but this time the band shows where its heart is. You can bet, too, ’tis in the right place. A benefit musical for a worthy girl of th<“ race who is striving to complete ! her musical studies. In this regard it is well perhaps to bear in mind that this is the most important race event of its kind ever attempted in Chey enne. A full military band, orchestra oi 25 and chorus of 50 voices, led by Mrs. Jas. Smith. The soprano for this occasion will be Miss Mae Smith, who is to be benefited by this effort. For this concert the Capitol Avenue theatre has been secured, ample seats for everybody, including boxes and loses. This event to be held Sunday, 29th. mntinee and night. OPENING FOR NURSES—COLORED HOSPITAL HOLDS CLINIC. Dr. De Frantz has returned to the city, thoroughly refreshed for his winter work. While in Kansas City hi had an opportunity of visiting the hospital there which the city has set apart for colored patients. This one, with the private sanatarlum of Dr. perry and Douglass hospital of the A. M. E. connection, all of which have been recently improved, gives plenty of facilities, possibly the best Negroes have anywhere in this country. The City hospital is the old one, with two Negro doctors as internes and a staff composed of Drs. W. H. Thompkins. M O. Bausfleld, E. J. McCampbell and J. K. Perry. one feature of the hospital work will be the training of nurses. Nurses will draw a nominal salary, he housed and fed and uniformed. This opening for the training of young women is a rare one, and one that ai* who wish to engaga In this class of work would do well to investigate. Dr. DeFrants & peaks In high terms of the work of the hospital and was privileged to witneas an operation while there. DENVER PERSONAL MENTION Social News and Personal Mention Continued on Pages Two, Four, Five and Six NOTICE. Owing to the fact that last year certain people took advantage of the K. C. vs. M. C. B. football players by giving a ball in their names, we trust that persons will not interfere in any way with our plans this year or take advantage of the organization | but come out with us and have a good time. Y. M. C. B. PLEASANT BIRTHDAY PARTY. The rolling years have added one by one their tally in the life of Mrs. Matilda Ewing, but they have been far more generous in the friendships •he has made. On last Friday night all flurfrfGiuls who could comfortably be cared for in the spacious home of j Mrs. Frazier on East Twenty-sixth avenue gathered to make Mrs. Ewing feel some measure of the regard they had for her. A social evening that was unique was passed. The birth day cake, always the center of at traction on such occasions, was there ,in illuminated splendor, a center of • attraction around which cavorted all • kinds of toothsome dainties, going to make up a very appetizing luncheon. At the close, when all had done what they could by words to make the oc casion a gladsome one for their hos tess. they left a multitude of valuable 1 and pleasing gifts, tit reminders of j the day. ANNOUNCEMENT. The Young Men’s Christian Broth erhood has definitely decided upon the football game Thanksgiving day ; with the Ninth cavalry boys and are going ahead with the arrangements for the game. There is also a tenta ! tive proposition on foot to bring the I famous band of the regiment to Den ! ver at the same time and teature it !in a concert. Plans have not fully | developed, but it is expected that this j latter will be attempted if conditions at Fort Russell warrant an excursion i from that point here on that day. The : soldier tram is from Troop I, which is commanded by Captain Young. Foot- I ball is more or less of a familiar j sight to the many, but should the j commanding officer come. Denver peo- i I pie will have a chance to see the ; race s representative with shoulder i straps who is a West Pointer. NOTICE. There will be a meeting of the j stockholders of The Mutual Laundry Company held at the laundry office. ! 2540 Washington street. October 31. | 1911. at S o'clock p. m.. for the pur i pose of hearing a report of the di !r or tors on the progress of the iaun- • dry business and to discuss such other matters of interest as may be presented. The Directors of The Mutual Laun dry Co., J. J. HOUSTON, President. A neat little book of panoramic pic tures of orchard and farm scenes in Colorado. Utah and New Mexico has just been issued by the Passenger de partment of the Denver & Rio Grande. Its title is “The Land of Irrigation," and the illustrations, which comprise the greater part of the booklet, con vey an excellent idea of the various fertile valleys of the Rocky Mountain region. Be at the People’s Presbyterian church on Oct. 31st and hear of the great London meeting. General ad mission 25 cents. The Azalia Hack ley Choral Club will sing. There is difference In tue quality of printing. Franklin's printing la good. Phone Main 7906 tor estimates. Five Cents a Copt GREAT SUCCESS Chicago, 111.— (Special)—Madam E. Azalia Hackley was greeted by a packed house of music lovers on last Thursday night at Orchestra hall, Michigan avenue and Jackson boule vard. The occasion was Lne retiring recital of this noted singer, and it proved to be the greatest event in the history of Chicago people. It was a success from every angle, notably in point of art. attendance and appreci ation. It was largely through the efforts of Mr. Cary B. Lewis, editor of the Il linois Chronicle, who was manager and press agent, that the Orchestra hall was packed from pit to dome. Visitors were here from several states and the society people were out in great style, leaders occupying the 23 boxes. It is safe to state that it was the grandest and most brilliant musical and social affair that has ever taken place in thi6 city. It was the first time that colored people have ever had Orchestra hall and they turned out in taxis and autos, the ladies wearing beautiful Paris creations and the men in full dress. Madam Hackley rendered her pro gram in a most pleasing manner. In every number she showed the highest of training, the most wonderful range of voice and gave a series of vocal demonstrations that carried the house by storm. Her songs were sung with all artistry of the finished singer. The recital was highly entertaining and was of great value to all who heard her. The Tribune and Record Herald critics spoke of her work in a most complimentary manner. Telegrams were read from all parts of the coun try by Mr. Cary B. Lewis and she re ceived many handsome boquets. Madam Hackley is being urged to return next spring and train a big chorus for a public musical. THE ALLIANCE NOTES AND COM MENTS. The following excellent program is arranged for the meeting of the Alli ance Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock: Current literature and comment. Instrumental solo. Mrs. Blanche Ross-Lewis. Literary selection. Mrs. Maud Kerr. Essay, “The Negro as Viewed by Heroditus. the Father of History," C. \Y. Buford. Vocal solo. Mr. Chas. A. Clark. This essay is the first of the series on the long looked for "Negro in the Light of History" subjects. Don't miss it. The funds of rhe Harris case that have passed through the hands of the president of the Alliance as agent, is as follows: Previously reported $320.34 Received from Taka Art club. 5.00 Received from Coronation club 3.00 Received from Sunshine club.. 11.05 Total to Oct. 25th $339.39 We are informed that there are others of the women’s clubs who will contribute something to this fund and that other clubs have given support entertainments that were given with this object in view. The Welcome club is making prep arations for its grand entertainment and ball at East Turner hall Novem ber 16. It will be a hummer. The young men are bending every energy to make it the feature of the early dancing season. You can’t afford to miss the valu able information from the Congress. First of the sertee of ad dresses will be Oct. 31st. Season tickets 60 cents, genersl admission, one night, 29 cente.