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Succumbs To Monoxide Gas
. 'S>^> Ml** Rath Robert*, SI, of 300& Brush, who died from In. haling carbon monoxide gas In a parked car on Tlreman Many Notables Are Present At Funeral Os James W. Johnson Now York—(ANP) —With tho jallerl** of historic Salem M E church packed hour* before the funeral, and many notables tn at tendance. James Weldon Johnson us burled Thursday as he had re quested. In his "working clothes” of a lounging robe and formal morning trousers with a copy of his famous book of poems, “God's Trombones,” In bis hsnds. Fog Caused Crash Tbe eminent author, diploma*, professor snd lecturer was en route to bis summer home st Great Barrington. Man , last Sunday af ter a visit in Pleasant Point. Me., nth Dean E George Payne o( New York university, when his car was struck by a passing train near Wtacasset, Me. His wife, Cface Nail Johnson, driver of the car. was seriously Injured. Poor visibility through fog snd a heavy rain was blamed for the craah which snuffed out Mr. Johnson’s life almost instantly. Although funeral services were scheduled for 11:30 Thursd » morning and the church was crowded long before that time, th family and funeral party did not arrive until an hour later. Notables Present The Rev. Frederick Cullen, pas tei of Salem and conductor of the serviees. led the procession follow- Secretary Cate Vi tits Tribune Office Honorable Leon Case, secretary of state of Michigan, called at the Tribune office Wednesday. June In company with Senator Char les C. Diggs, Maurice J. Hots, chief Investigator for the department of state; and Joseph Waaserman, su pervisor of branch offices in the Southeastern area. Secretary Case and his nsso oia'es expressed their pleasure at the success bslng made by J. L- Cowlmg. manager of the Vernor Highway branch of the secretsrv of s'ate s office, and complimented the Tribune upon its popularity and progressiva policy. Mr. Cowling, of .he Vernor High way Branch, was host at th* monthly meeting of State Branch managers of Secretary Case's de partment, held at the Brown Bom ber's Chicken Shack at noon Inst Wednesday. About one hundred *nd twenty managers were pre sent, Including Secretary Case. Church Groups Air Grievances In Judge Brennans Court A heated church controverey be f*a«n two local rival church rroupt cama to a climax Wednev in Judge Vincent M. Brennan'* Circuit Court. Tba Judge ruled 'hat both groups should hava »h* to use tha sama church build* n * at different times. Tha controversy, it is said, began 10 December. 1937. when a group headed by Bpaden Jones charged ”**• Clarence Minter. pastor of 'he Baptist church, 3004 Chens. *i'b conduct unbecoming a min l»ter, they attanrpted to oust lav but Minter refused to quit. la keeping with the rules of the the first vice moderator "** called t» and a decision eras avenae. Sunday. Her compan ion, Milton La nr hie. *as also otercome by the fumes, bnt may recover. ed by Father Shelton Hale Bishop Gene Buck, white, president of the American Society of Composers. Authors and Publishers, directors of the funertl; NAACP Secretary Walter White, Arthur Sptngam Col. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Hub ert. Delaney, Carl Van Vechten, Elmer Carter. Fred E. Moore, Har ry T. Burleigh. Judge Charles Ton ey, W. C. Handy. Sanley Howe t Mayor LaGuardia'a secretary, and others. Members of the family Included Rosamond Johnson, brother and noted composer! Mildred, the daughter; Mr. and Mrs. John Nall, slater and Mrs. Beriha Randolph V»*d Mr. and Mrs John Nail Jr. The wife is still con fined in a Maine hospital. Members of the James We'.doo Johnson Literary gutld served as pall bearers. They Included Claude McKay, Aaron Douglass. Counts Cullen. Langston Hughes. Romare Bearden, Harold Jackman and Miss Jesse Fausett. The body lay In state a day be fore the funeral and among tho heaps of flowers banked around the casket was a wreath from Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt. Complete’y covering the casket was a large (Continued on page 2) Girl Managing Editor Injured In Automobile Crash Kansas Hty. Mo.— (ANP)— Mias Lucille Bluford, brilliant young managing editor of the Kanaaa City Call, was injured in an auto mobile accident here Friday night, sustaining a fractured jaw. Mrs. Yates, a friend who was in the car with her. suffered s broken arm and a alight concussion of the brain. A heavy C.raham-Paige, driven hy a white man who it said to have been drinking crashed Into Mlrs Bluford* car at 22nd atreet and Campbell avenue. Hit car was completely demolished and MU* Bluford'* was wrecked probably beyond repair. Both Mis* Bluford. who Is a Kansas university gradu ate In journalism, and Mrs. Yatss are In Phyllis Wheatley hoaplta’, but Miss Bluford hopes to be back at work In a week. -Made in favor of Re*. Minter. definite split resulted, about i.i.y of the membership lolatrig the Jones group, and some twenty five remaining with Rev. Minter. The two contending church groups took the dispute to court, to determine which should remain in charge of the church building. In his decision. Judge Brennan ruled that Rev. Minter s group shall use the church on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays; while the Jones group may use the same building on the other four days of the week, if they so desire. The Judge’s decision met with but little opposition, both groups being apparently satisfied. **|W*t v - —y . — 1 # ocottsboro Y outh tscapiesfihair I GAN fhsQ VOL. XVI NO. 17 GIRL VICTIM OF DEATH PACT: MAN STILL LIVES W.P.A. Worker Kills Son Then Shoots Wife CAR IS LOCKED WHEN COUPLE IS DISCOVERED Empty Beer Bottles Also Discovered In Rear Os Car Two young victims of what lo local police believe was a lover.*’ suicide p were found slumped in the tea parked automobile on Tlreman avenue late Sunday evening. The girl, Ruth Roberts. 21, of 3008 Brush, was dead, and her companion, Milton Lanchle, 28. of 5018 St. Antoine, was unconscious from Inhaling carbon monoxide gaa Th* motor of tho xmr wav still running and a rubber hose was connected from the exhaust and Inserted through the rear win dow. The doors and windows of the car were tightly closed and locked, so that It was necessary for the police to break the glass in one of tbe doors In order to get to the two victims. There was no note found In the car or on the persons of the couple and the real motive for the act is unknown. A sister of the dead girl, Mrs. Rote Weir, 500S Brush, told wie Tribune that she knew of no rea son for her sister wanting to die. a* her health was good and she was employed in a private family. Miss Roberts was a native of Al bany. Georgia, where her father resides. In addition to her sister in Detroit, she is survived by a sister in Philadelphia, Pa., and other relatlvea in Georgia. The body Is In charge of the A G. Wright Funeral Home and will be shipped to Georgia for Inter ment. Milton Lanchie, the girl's lover. 1j in Receiving hospital and b»* condition la reported serious. o Despondent Woman Out Os Work Drinks lodine Ruby Swann. 33. of 4560 Harding street, was rushed to Receiving hospital Thursday afternoon, after she had taken a drink of lodine <n an attempt to end her life. The patient's condition. accord- Ing to hospital reporta. Is tempor arily serious. She was taken lo he hospital by Rev. R L* BraJ hy. Scott Injunction Trial Set For Oct. Seventeenth Washington—(A N Pi—Dr. Em mett J. Scott’s suit against Presi dent Mordecal Johnson to prevent his release as secretary of Howard university has been set for trial Oct. 17 In district court. The date was set after Dr. Scott had neen given permission Tuesday to alth draw a plea for a preliminary in junction to prevent his ouster Thursday. DETROIT, MICHIGAN Killer - s&■. -'i fry \ I William Mathis, Sr* of fili>7 Stanford, who shot his son to death and critically wounded Trts wife, daring a drunken nrgle, Sunday afternoon. He escaped affPr shooting, but wa* raptured Thnrsdaj. FUNERAL RITES ARE HELD FOR COP VICTIM Youth Is Accused Os “Snatching” Purse On Boulevard Funeral rite* for Casper Saund ers. 23-year o'd youth, of 6377 Woodrow avenue, who waa fatal ly shot by a Detroit policeman <t 9 p. m. June 29. were held at 2 p. m. Wednesday of this week from Dczon'a Funeral Home Rev. Jee.:c L Moore officiated. Interment wn In Memorial Park Cemetery. Young Saunders was shot by Patrolman Dewey Weldmann, of Bethune atation, on West Grand Boulevard. The young man wa« alleged to have attempted to snatch the purse of Mrs. Margaret Hoff man. 47. of 196S Rlalne avenue Saunders died In Receiving hospl tal at,9:35 p. m June 30. •According to Mrs. Hoffman, she and her daughter, Elizabeth. w«re walking along West Grand Boule vard. when a man attempted to snatch her purse Hearing ner screams, the patrolman la said to have rushed to the scene and fl - ed a shot which struck youo< Saunders. The victim lost considers!/.* blood, before he was removed to Receiving hospital, and at 11:45 p. m. his family waa tnformed of the shooting. When they reached the bedside of the young man. they found hint In a critical condition. They re qtested that their family physician be called In, but the physicians r.nd nurses in charge refused, stat ing that the hospital had ample facilities, and that private phy sicians were not permitted to as sist the hospital staff or to ex amine the patients In any way. The Saundera' family physician aas permitted to examine the youth, however, but not until shortly before the young man <u plred. According to relatives of the youth, he told them how every thing happened, before he died. He stated: "I was walking along West Grand Boulevard. I heard a shot, felt dizzy. I walked a few steps and fell In the alley. I did not hear the policeman say 'Halt!' I didn’t (Continued on page 4) Wounded ' ; ***■ Mrs. Edna Mathis, mother of eight children, who was shot In the chest by her Intoxicated husband Sonday, after he had beaten her. NAACP Told How Race Must Resort To Vote Pressure Columbus, Ohio —Because the politician is the most sensitive in strumentality In a democratic government through which *he people can express their will, the Negro will have to resort to pres sure through the vote as a way out of his economic plight, Dr. T. V Smith said here this week. Addressing the twenty-ninth an nual conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held at the Shiloh Baptist Church. Mt Vernon and Hamilton avenues. Dr. Smith a professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago, and astute senator In the Illinois legislature, spoke on "The Negro and th* Changing Political Scene." "A good example of what 1 mean” he said, "is the Senate ftli buster against the federal anti lynching bill during the last ser sion of Congress. I have always known that the donkey ia the trade mark of the Democratic parly, hut I did not know that members of this party could make such asses of themselves as they did In the antl-lynch filibuster.'’ Pointing out that the chaotic (Continued on page 10) Tenant Farmer* Win Case Over Landlord Jackson. Tenn.- <ANP)— Follow ing the precedent recently estab lished by the Mississippi supreme court, the court of appeals Thurs day reversed Chancellor Bejarh Sti the suit of Will Shaw, tenant far mer. against laiwrence P. Bowden, white plantation owner of Joiner, Ark . to recover about fl.so'> which Shaw claimed was owed him or. bis account, and awarded tne judgement to the tenant farmer. Shaw charged Bowden foiced him from the plantation commis sary at pistol point after attack ing him with a blunt instrument because he was unable from ill ness to drlva hie team for hauling cotton. The appeal was made on Bejach s ruling that ledger accounts of the. defendant ware admissible evi dence. according to Joe C- Tatn*er attorney for the plaintiff. SATURDAY, JULY 9, 1938 Killed j — •* * ttilliaift MalhU, Jr* l>.rf*r old student of >orthern high school who wa* fatally *ho< by hi* father, Jnly 3. when he attempted lo re*rue hi* moth er from a beating. JUDGE RAINEY STILL HOLDS COURT IN PENN Bar Members Ponder Over The Supposed Judges' Suspension PHILADELPHIA-t ANPt Lo cal members of the bar and ordi nary laymen last week pondered the present "suspension” status of Magistrate Joseph H Rainey. Dem ocratic member of the minor Judi ciary, who. reports indicate, was suspended for the month of Julv by Chief Magistrate John O Malley. Despite the CiiUf Magistrate’s ru mored ruling. Magistrate Ralrev continues holding court. From one source it was learned the O'Mallev suspension order va* stemmed in reports brought to biui that Rainey was "too vigorous!;.” espousing the cause of his peop'e and that he has shown favoritism tc- Negroes Involved In cases in opposition to whites The ‘‘charge*" reputedly were aired last wok when Raney was "brought in rn the carpet" by the chief m?*;s trale. What developed at the closed (Continued on page 4) Race Members Forced To Aid In Lynching Os Colored Man ROLLING FORK Miss. Tom Green, s 48 year-old Negro black smith. was lynched by an angry mob near here Thursday, after he had alaln a white planter in a fight. The planter. P. Purdy Flanagan, operated a large plantation In tlie locality and Green was employed by him as farm blacksmith. The two men engaged in an alterca tion. in which Flanagan wounded the blacksmith, who in turn shot the white man to death. . A mob waa immediately formed, conalating of about three hundred white farmers and citliena, and it ia reported some of the Negro farm band* on the Flanagan plantation were forced to aid in the lynching, being used to help storm the cabin In which tha wounded blackemPh PLEA OF MERCY IS YIELDED TO BY GOV GRAVES Death Sentence Is Commuted To Life In The Penitentiary Montgomery. Ala Governor P'bb Graves, of Alabama, in re srense to a pica for clemency. Tuesday commuted to life impri sonment the death sentence again t Clarence Norris, one of the nine Scottsboro boys who had been condemned to die in 'he electric chair, on conviction for allotted criminal attarks upon two whi;* girls in 1331. Three of the Scottsboro defend ants are already serving long pri son terms and a fifth i* under twenty years sentence for assault ing an officer. Fou/’others o? the Scottsboro defendants havi» hc*n freed. Clarence Norris and the four other fellow prisoners in the cir.e served notice last week that they intended to plead for pardon The two women alleged to have bren attacked were Victoria Pric» and Ruby Bates, were riding in a frieght car with the Scottsboro beys and a white youth, when the alleged crime was committed M'.s- Batcs later testified tn court tha* she and Victoria Price had not been assaulted, but that they bad made tho charge in order to escape arrested as hoboes. The case during the past seven rears, has attracted internatonal attention The Nine Negro boys were defended by the | L P.; Scottsboro Defense Committee. The N. A A C, p. and other mili tant organizations and soni ■ of the best lawyers in the United State* were employed as defense attorneys. Conviction of the accused boy* it ttie *’.gbi'uia courts were re peatedly appealed to the t S Su preme court and the decision? re versed. until four of the prisoner: were finally released —a tot.oßK.n .him.k— Minister Plans House Warming Rev. Edward Simmons, assist ant pastor of Second Baptist church plan? to have a house warming at his new residence. 57t» King street, in the near future Rev. Simmons is one of Detroit * leading young ministers. He anJ his family formerly r*«ided at 2,141 Real street. bad barricaded himself. For fifteen minutes. Green he!] the mob at bay. firing at them with a rifle, shotgun, and revolver, bn' finally the cabin door was craVu»d open and a white planter, armed with a riot gun. shot the victim's head from the body. Negroes who were at hand pull ed the man's body out of the cabin, tied it to the rear of rn autom ulle and the lynchers dragged It to tr*« scene of the Flanagan slaying, a quarter mile away. There, the blacksmith's headless body was drenched with gasoline and set a fire. Later, the charred body was dragged fifteen miles farther, to the county seat at Rolling Fork, snd set afire again, after having been soaked in gasoline S CENTS A COPY IRATE FATHER ELUDES POLICE AFTER KILLING Had Threatened Lives Os Other Children Neighbors State While under the Influence of liquor. William Mathia. 38. of 6107 Stanford avenue, ahot to death hi? eighteen-year-old J on, William. Jr. and critically wound ed his wife Edna, early Sunday afternoon, because the youth inter vened to prevent the father from beating the mother. Young Math Ml d*e<! sHortly afta# admittance to Receiving hospital. Mrs. Mathis ia also hovering be tween life and death, with a bul let in her chest, and she is iio weak to be operated on WPA Worker Mathis escaped immediately af ter the double shooting bur *is not been apprehended by police, captured Thursday He was em ployed a* a WPA worker and it the father of eight children According to reporta. Ma'his came home intoxicated Saturday night and began beating hia wife. He al«o inflicted a wound on her arm with a pair of shears. Tb* po lice were called in. but did not make an arreat, They persuaded the man »o go to bed and Jae sl*-pt for several hours Buy« Reeolrer On waking Sunday, it is alleg'd he again began beating hia wife, because the officers had been ca 11- C'l in His son. William intervened, and *his added to *he father a an £tr Leaving the house in a rage, Ma this it is said went to a neighbor's borne and purchased a revolve’' fo ' o dollars. Armed w ith the wea pon. he went home and walked tn t<> the dining room, facing the bed room where young William w»i sleeping The lad often worked it right and slept during the day. neighbors stated Approaching th« sleeping bow. Mathis shouted. "Ive been watting for this chance a long time, and now I've got it." William sat up in bed at thesa remarks, and hi* father fired at (Continued <Jn Page 4) Jobless Man Attempts Suicide John Thompson. 00. of 1459 Theo dore street, was found lying In the bark yard of his home Thursdar morning, by Jack Penny, a roomer at the same address. Thompson was taken to Receiv ing Hospital and an examination reveaed that he bad taken aome kind of poison in as attempt to commit suicide, because he wan cut of work. His condition in cri tics!. Detective Frits, who lntarvtewed Thompson's mother, was informed that the young man had been In a despondent mood for soma time, while seeking in vain to find work.