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CONNECTICUT AND NEW ENGLAND COVERAGE AN inter-racial; FAVORITE NEW HAVEN FEATURING HARTFORD, CONN., SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1946 PRICE TEN CENTS BRIDGEPORT VOL. VI, NO. 25 Weekend Briefs By J. B. S. We urge that many veterans and any other high school graduates to avail themselves of the oppor tunity offered by the state spon sored Hartford Engineering Insti tute. Those who qualify may in two years become qualified electri cal, mechanical and refrigeration engineers. An intensive two year course will be given chosen stu dents. All of the essentials of a four year college course will be included under close guidance of the faculty. . There is in this state a long standing need for junior and as sistant engineers. Students inter sted in the course can apply at the State Trade 'School now or la ter at the Walter Camp School where the institute will locate per manently after renovations have been made. Until it has been proven to be untrue, we're willing to believe that the city charter in its pres ent form assures a certain element of the population no longer poll tically powerful a means of con- trolling the city government. One of our leading citizens who In our mind is actually civic mind ed, bemoans the fact that our city Is ' no longer beautiful. Could he Iiave been thinking of the South End Dump, the east side, and north end slums or was it because there are not more broad acres of 'well kept parks? Again we must Tepeat a. line from an earlier col umn. No city is beautiful unless its citizens are healthy, well fed, nd comfortable. Perhaps some of our people would have the city "become another ancient Rome. General Mark Clark urges our country to spend 150 million dol lars to rehabilitate Austria. Will someone please- explain to us just Ihow that will take care of the un derfed, under-privileged minority groups of this nation? We're also attempting to figure out why a general who led thous ands of our young men to an early untimely and' unreasonable death -would not have his first thoughts 1uilt around some of the needs of -the many young men who fought under him only to return home and learn that most veterans have to fight for a decent place to live. On October 7, at the state office building, there will be held a pub lic meeting to reconsider wages and huors m the beauty shop in dustry. State Labor Commissioner, John J. Egan, has appointed a Beauty Shop Board1 composed of three persons retpresentinc emn nv. ers, three representing employees, and three representing the public to study a revised minimum wage order. The Barbar Shop and . Beauty Parlor industry is quite large among the Negroes, yet there are none represented in any of Mr. Egan's appointments. We quote some excerpts from articles sent to this paper by John Gavin Religious News (Service of Chicago. "What we Catholics did in this country, how we regulated our lives, how closely we lived up to the teaching of the church, how we treated our neighbor and practiced justice and charity, used to be our own affair. Today whether we like it or not, it is the affair of "the whole world." Father John La tParge, editor of the national Cath olic Weekly America. ! "There are 511 priests working with 400,000 Catholic Negroes in this country and 1800 Nuns teach ing some 60,000 children in Negro parochial schools and many more in parochial schools which are com pletely inter-racial. . The Catholic Inter-racial move ment has declared unremitting war on prejudice and idscrimination in the educational field, the field of employment in all that concerns the human family, its welfare and upon all customs and institutions, all forms of conduct which are based upon prejudice and discrim ination. The Bishop of the Grand Rapids Michigan diocese the Most Rev. Francis J. Haas, who is first chair man of the FEPC, strikes at the very care of race prejudice in in dustry. In his address to the Cath- V i , - I i H t! ' X y li . -j H. C. Canty Heads True Reformers PLANS EXPANSION Suffield, Conn. Henry C. Can ty of Hartford was elected Grand Worthy Master of the True Order of Reformers at their 35th Annual Session here Thursday, Septem ber 26. Grand Master Canty has been a resident of Hartford, Conn., for forty-four years. He is a retired city worker, and has been active in civic, fraternal and church cir cles for years. At AME Zion Church be has been Class Leader, President of the Varick Christian Endeavor Society, Superintendent of Sunday School and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In fraternal circles he has been as high as Deputy Grand Chancellor and a member of the Board of Finance, as well as a colonel in the uniform ranks. He has been a member of the True Reformers for thirty-eight years serving as Worthy Master, Organizing Deputy, Vice Grand Master, Grand Master anid1 Chair man of Jthe Board of Directors. J Out of this' rich fraternal ex perience Grand Master Canty plans an extensive expansion of the work and program of the Order of True Reformers in New England. His goal is to make certain sound' prac tical changes in the Order's ob jective so that it might better serve the interest of the group throughout this section of the country. The following supporting cabi net was elected to help (plan the future development: Henry G. Hill, Vice Grand Master, Worthy Grand Mistress, Mrs. F. Inman, Grand Worthy Secretary, Mrs. Alfreda Johnson, Grand Worthy Treasurer, John Dishmond, Grand Worthy Chaplain, George Adams. Asso ciated with the Grand' Officers on the Board of Directors are li. R. Broaden, A. Duplessis, and George W. Goodman. olic Inter-racial Council of Detroit at a mass meeting held September 15. The Bishop whose jurisdiction covers some of the nations most important industrial areas and who is in a key position to bring the fact to the attention of the very people who are the cause of em ployers relegating the Negro to menial tasks in their factories states, "In my observation, many employers would relax their op position to. hiring and upgrading Negroes, if they could feel sure that their employers would not (bit-, terly resent the innovation. I have observed that same atti tude on the part of some top union officials,, who, I am sure, would gladly abandon all union restric tions against Negroes if the rank and' file membership would not vi olently protest such action. As a practical solution to this condition, I urge that Catholic wage and salaried employees take the intiative and form an organi zation of workers who will pledge themselves to the practice of ra cial charity and justice, and who will be ready to stand up and be conuted to make it a reality." Bishop Hass urges continuance of the many successful experi ments in war plants where colored and white workers labored side by side. "This is not an academic sug gestion," he declared. "It has been proven successful." From experi ence when we covered all of the industrial areas of this country we know that the Bishops statements are to the point. It isn't that these "recent Amer icans" dislike us for it is a known fact that they have worked with our people in every respect save Robeson Irks President Truman WARNS OF UNREST Washington On Tuesday, .Sep tember 24, verbal sparks flew in the White House between Presi dent Truman and Paul Robeson over the necessity for a Presiden tial statement against mob vio lence. Mr. Robeson went to the White House as a part of a committee representing the American crusade to end lynching. It' is alleged that the committee based their over ture on two premises. First that if tho Federal Government did not take a definite stand against lynching and mob violence that the temper of the Negro popula tion might change. Second, that there was no moral difference be tween the atrocities that were .be ing judged at Nuremberg and the lynchings and mob violence that is being perpetrated against the Negro in the iSouth. It is reputed that President Truw man took sharp exception to both of these arguments. First, point ing out that the United States and Great Britain were the last refu gees of freedom in the world. And second, that under no circumstanc es should! domestic and foreign is sues be lumped. Around differences of opinion on these two issues and their inter pretation arose what was called a very sharp discussion, with the delegation leaving feeling that the President was not inclined to take a stand in the matter. It is alleged' that the whole dis cussion became so intense that the delegation apologized for its sharpness but was unwilling to change its stand in the matter. The whole affair has caused a great deal of national comment , and interest because many peo ple are inclined to feel that Mir. Robeson was really conveying a decided feeling of unrest that is in the minds of thousands of indivi duals in the group throughout the country. That while this state of mind is mainly due to the dire ex periences they are going through these days with the mounting cost of living, it is being intensified by the brutality that is being mani fested aaginst them in many sec tions, while the government seems to ignore this special problem. Local Veteran Passes Board Turner Embalmer Hartford, Conn. One of the first local veterans to make his postwar professional adjustment is Edward D. Turner, who recently passed the State Board for Em balers. Mr. Turner immediately af ter his return from the service en tered the American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Re search of New York City. - I iiiw iMIli - ""' The L. B. Barnes Funeral Home, Inc., is affording Mr. Turner his year of interneship before he per manently enters the profession. Mr. Turner graduated from Weaver High School in the Class that of earning a living. They real ly fear that we might cause a loss in the earning capacity of their families. It would seem that the problem of educating the industrial work ers is placed squarely in the laps of the Priests for most of our fac tory workers are Catholic. IJ Proclamation The very freedom we enjoy in our United States of America, a freedom unequalled in any other nation in the world, is based' large ly on our Constitutional rights of freedom of speech. Here in America we can speak freely our thoughts and opinions on any matter pertaining to our government, our way of life, our present and our future. Here, too, we Have the ' priceless right to speak freelyj; without fear, as to our religious beliefs. - The very freedom we enjoy in our United1 States of America is the very basis' of our world-wide prestige as the greatest. nation in the history of the world. Were we to lose our freedom of speech, we would immediately lose all our freedom. ' Here in America our freedom of speech . and our right to that freedom is protected night and day, year after year, Iby one of the greatest forces for freedom ever to exist anywhere: our tremen dously powerful American news papers. Even the;; smallest Ameri can newspaper in the smallest American hamlet s a tremendous ly powerful unit among the thou sands of American newspapers al lied as one to help maintain our freedom of speech. Here in - Hartford we have sir newspapers , each with individual and separate editorial policies, per- haps, from time to time, .but each! standing staunchly by the others to guarantee that we shall have accurate, unbiased accounts of lo cal, state, national and interna tional events. Where the editorials may disagree with the news ac ( Continued on page 3) Hatred Flares In Tennessee Trial LAWYERS BITTER lawrencebarg, Tenn., Sept. 26 Like a dark cloud, the threat of violence hangs over the 'Lawrence burg Courthouse, where 25 Ne groes are on trial for "attempted murder" during the February "ri ots" in Colum!bia, Tennessee. As feelings rise and tempers erupt, the possibility of violence is assum ing serious proportions. That the situation is fraught with explosive elements was evidenced last week when Attorney-General Paul Bum pus, furious after having been cor rected by Dr. Leon Ransom, NAA CP defense lawyer, before more than 200 arguing farmers, Klans men ' and other town hangers-on, told Maurice Weaver, Dr. Ran som's associate, that "If that S. O. B. contradicts me again, I'm going to wrap a chair around his g-i-d head." Later, on Septem ber 24, the trial was brought to a nearly violent climax, as Mr. Wea ver charged that the statement from a Negro witness was secured by intimidation and terror, and Bumpus, shaking with rage, strode over to JMir. Weaver and shouted, "I dare him to repeat that outside of court." Weaver answered him firmly, "The attorney general will not intimidate me inside or outside this court." It is in this atmosphere that the oddly selected jurors have been hearing the State's case for the past week a weke in which over a dozen State's witnesses have been produced, not one of whom has so far identified a single de fendant as firing the shots , which wounded four police officers. of 1938. During the past war he spent 40 months in the service, 32 of which were spent' in Africa, Si cily, and Italy. He was attached to the 1963 Ordinance Aviation De pot Company and had the rank of Master Sergeant. Mr. Turner comes from one of tHe most unique service families in the city and perhaps the State. Five individuals out of his family served in the armed forces of the country. His sister, Miss Helen F. Turner, the present Mrs. William Rogers, was the second young wo man of our group to (become an Ensign in the WAVES; Frederick Turner enliseted in the Marines and served in the Pacific and Gil bert and Norman Turner were members of the United States Army. They are the children of Mrs. Helen G. Turner of 20 Roose velt Street. JOE LOUIS VIEWS MURALS IN HIS EATERY . v j... -. jW.M.hAwnMHNM.VfMW.VA1MWMri'iWMigVAl,.,WI mum iy&-$:J 4 Here is a corner of Joe Louis' swank New York bar, one of the nation's largest, with an interracial staff of twelve bartenders and three dozen waitresses. Apes Shaw Goes To Pink School LEAVE OF ABSENCE Hartford, Conn. Miss Agnes Shaw, who has Ibeen teaching in the elementary schools of Hart ford for the past ten years, has matriculated at the Philadelphia School of Occupational Therapy. She is one of the few members of the group that has been admitted to this school . . ... (Occupational Therapy is becom ing extremely important because of the large number of soldiers and war workers who were either physically or mentally injured dur ing the war. Thousands of per sons, therefore, need to be pres cribed for and adjusted in work re sponsibilities that will give them a fair chance for recovery. This is, therefore, a phase of our educa tion that is due for considerable expansion in the future. Miss Shaw is a graduate of Cheyney State Teachers College and, therefore, will be no stranger to that section of Pennsylvania where she plans to live and study for the school year. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Shaw of 52 Harrison Street. Johnson Enters U. C. Law School Prominent Athlete Hartford, Conn. Arthur John son began the study of law at Connecticut University Law School last week. Johnson - is a local youth who was not only prominent in his days at Weaver High School, for his athletic prowess but carried on in the same stellar fashion while a student at Johnson- C. Smith Col lege in North Carolina. At Weaver High he was active in basketball and track. In the lat ter he established the Greater Hartford High School broad jump record. And while at college he was captain of the basketball team and co-captain of . the boxing team. He also received the medal for the best all-round student. During his hitch in the Army he was connected with Special Ser vice as a Physical Director and was stationed' at Tuskegee Air Field. Social Worker To Resign Position Miss Woo din Leaves Hartford, Conn. Miss Ethel Weedin, graduate of Franklin Col lege at IFranklin, Indiana, and holding a Master's degree in So- BUSINESS VENTURE New York - City The fistic slaughter of Tami Mauriello by Joe Louis at the Yankee Stadium the other night is now ancient his tory. The cold flood lights that made the ring seem like the most isolated spot in the world, are now out and the roar of the crowd' has passed into oblivion. But out of that ancient history there would seem to be emerging a new Joe Louis if that beautiful, well-appointed restaurant on 125th St., is an indication of the things that are to come. The place is modern, ' colorful and luxurious.! The service is excellent and the food superb. In fact, that whole atmosphere is enough to make the heart of any member of the group palpitate with pride. Joe Louis is in the restaurant business and on a very grand scale. It looks very much as though this young man from the cotton fields of Alabama is destined to be a real champion, not only physically ibut in the more stable things of life. Sometimes it seems, that people who are not too articulate develop a deep sense of appreciation that they can only express through ac tion. There is a great deal of talk go ing on these days about better race relations and its general mer its in building a better America and world. Unfortunately, a good deal of it is confined to personal conversations and conferences. But here , in the Joe Louis Restaurant project is the most potent example of inter-racial cooperation on a business level, anywhere in Amer ica. And it is not just a business mirage, where an important indi vidual gives someone the right to use his name. The ownership is divided among the following per- cial Work, is resigning her posi tion with the Family Service 'So ciety in the city October 5. The Family Service Societv. where Miss Weedin was employed as a Case Worker, has an integrat ed case load policy that is a very wholesome 'practice. In losing Miss Weedin the com munity is missing one of the best trained and most competent social workers in the city. She came di rectly to Hartford from Smith College and despite her lack of experience proceeded to do a very fine job. Miss Weedin has no definite work plans for the immediate fu ture and plans to rest in Michigan and then go on to her home in Indianapolis. ATTRACTS THOUSANDS sons: Joe, 30 percent, Mrs. Brooks whose money built the building, 30 percent; Jack Roth of the Roth Restaurant Chain, 30 percent; Mike Jacobs, 10 percent. The most important cog in this whole development is young and coming Jack Roth, a young veter an of 30 years of age. An indivi dual who has been in the restau rant business all of his life and has inherited one of the most prosperous restaurant chains in New York City. He knows the busi ness from top to bottom and he is on his way to even greater heights. Those factors are important be cause this is a restaurant business, and Louis is most fortunate in having such brains and ability in a partnership. Yet there is some thing even more important about Jack Roth than his restaurant knowledge. This is the fact that he is a man who is not drooling with racial compassion and sympa thy. He is strictly a business man with an unusual keen sense of ap preciation for ability wherever he finds the same. This strikes him as a good business venture and he is putting everything into it the same way that he does in all of his other interests. While he knows that Joe Louis' name 'has a tre mendous appeal and is a sound in vestment, he is anxious to see Joe really bite into this proposition and be able to sail along, long af ter his physical prowess has gone to pot. All of these factors make all the other achievements of Joe Louis pale into insignificance. The roar of the crowds as he batters his opponents all about under klieg lights and the temporary world acclaim as the best heavyweight champion ever to don a pair of gloves, at best, is transient. To be sure, no one will be able to take the glory of this away. Yet mil lions of men, women and children who virtually worship him today, will quickly forget him unless he is wise enough to place the seal of permanency upon his achievements, To peg them down with a perman ent, realistic venture into the American way of life, that will be a milestone in making this a real democracy, is the challenge that faces Louis. SOCIAL NEWS Miss Beulah James of New York Miss Enna Wells of Bellevue Square. Miss James returned to New York very much impressed by the Turf Club and Mitchell's Cheshire Country Club where she was gaily entertained.