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O’Hara Denies Prejudice In Policy Numbers Trial
1 PAGES ! 4 FULL OF J * HEWS VOL. XIX—NO. 40 2146 St. Antoin* RED CROSS SAYS REFUSAL OF NEGRO BLOOD IS U. S. ORDER BLOOD DONORS CONFER ON RED CROSS REJECTION VP *•*« m »• * a. m. AMERICAN RED CROSS • tit W«T JIffHION A VS. H OtTHOIT. MICN, L^tjQnW>crr^^ 1101 a OMI hr (I ha* 4 sir” ••*" “ TOUR APPOINTMtNT PON A VOLUNTARY _*"» * BLOOD DONATION IS AT hn. 4. .« >m fj M>n»« vw « l<u 4 -TlOfU __ ** srsrrris , vUxyv^. Otc.. // io Q rr\ (OAT» COATS* ITIHSI Wayne County Investigation Leads To Probe Os Hospitals The special grand jury investigation being conducted by Circuit Judge Homer Ferguson into alleged charges of irregularity in some departments of the \\ ayne County government, shifted this week to the investigation of some of the local colored hospitals caring for county and city patients. ... The stage for the probe was set some weeks a E°» " hen local dailies began calling Mention to the fact that Senator* uhirlr* t\ Dlgga, undertaker, held [ exclusive contract for hurlala of indigent inmates of Eloise hospl *'■ a county Institution. This ex together with allegations made by Emmett 8. Cunningham, j>it»r being tired.from the Tract In department by the county au sltors. prompted the county su pervisors to call a apecial meeting, jt which i hey requested Prosecutor "Mlam Howling to probe the taarKcs or irregularity. Prosecutor j , w, inir in turn asked for a grand nty Investigation. The hospital issue Ig only one of *>« various phases of the county probe it is unofficially reported «at the heads of two of the prl *l»ly-*)wned colored hospitals I* vs recently appeared before the Tand jury, in one case, the hos '>tal records were taken over by authorities. Heads of some of "v o, her hospitals are alao ex *rtfd to be questioned, as well as snow K. Grigsby, former chalr ■*n of the Detroit Civic Rights totnmittee, who tome time ago made * militant attack against certain l'*’ Privately-owned Negro hos pital*. interviewed Tuesday. Dr. *"' ord stated that the reason col* c °unty patients are sent to Wored hospitals is because the r*e r white hnapltala accept only limited number. He alao aald a l his hospital la approved by the »r # i rlcan C°H*ff* of Burgery and P*°ys a staff of nlnety*three. Trinity*! patients, as of Dec. It, " r , Ralford stated Included 12 unty patienta. 26 private patients, rity esses, two Hamtramck City ‘* nt * * n< l fi juvenile cases which * paid for by the atatt. p »Ments received by the local col- J’’** hospitals, according to Dr. Hord, are sent on recommends ® of the city physician or private bbraician, of th# ißdlTl dual p»ti «• and all art given the same ef* ,nt tr e*tmant and medical aid. Jf '* •• , *®ated that the toul pay *ll the Detroit Negro*owned lißeiL' 1 ' ,mouat> *• mora than m»«,ooo annually. DI N O NEG KO WEEKLY OF MICHIGAN Attorney Job K. Graham Returns To City Papll In Court Shake-Up The Judges of the Recorder's court at a formal meeiing Thurs day elected Judge Donald VanZilc to succeed Judge Arthar E. Gordon as executive Judge of the court for | the 1942 calendar year. They also recommended that each employee of the court receive a 10 per cent Increase tn salary and that Atty. John K. Graham a deputy clerk and librarian for the court, be return ed to the city payroll at a salary of $.1,180 a year. The position held by Graham's secretary was abolish ed. Attorney Graham was appointed a deputy clerk a year ago at an annual salary of $2,980. and was transferred to the county payroll as of December 1. 1941. at a salary of $4,000. Graham has not drawn any pay from the county. It is announc ed. Relative to allegation that Gra ham had been suspended from the Michigan Bar. because of non payment of dues, Attorney Grahsm Issued the following statement Tuesday: ‘T wrota a letter to the Michigan Bar association December S. stat ing that 1 had been Informed through the newspapers that I had ignorsd the notice of non-payment of duet. If a registered letter had . ELKS TO SELL PAPERS The Motor CHy Lodge of Elks No. M*. In connection with their eighth annual charity drlv# for needy famlllee. will sell special Chriatmaa laaues of the home town newspaper Friday after noon. Dec. 1». The public la urg ed to support this effort gener ously. The group above led Hip meeting I«*t Saturday at the Red Irons headquarters at Cass and Airs, andrlne, to protest the rejection of Negro blood for the national blood bank. They are, left to right—William Hogans teacher: Mrs. Attoay ( unard. Red Cross nurse: .Mrs. Florence M. Hwcf ney. president of Detroit Teach ers’ union, aud (Jeorge >V. Cath cart, teacher. The Red Cross re- Jected the blood of Hogans and Cathcart became of their racial Identity. Here Is also a repro duction of the application blank submitted by .Mrs. Sylvin Tucker to the Red Cross when the or gani/ation also rejected her as a blood donor. been sent me in accordance with the rules. 1 would have received It. I enclosed a money order covering my 1941 dues, when 1 wrote the Bar association. “On December 11. 1 received a (Continued on Page 2) LASSIES WHO KEEP THE EDWARD DAVIS ENTERPRISES RUNNING SMOOTHLY Ms *• I I uteitMrA * f '*' l *:&£!&r-'WNKmLL& ~ * r “ ■* v ■ v v bn Bias Rath A. firahrw. "he aa4*»ecf»Ury es Ue Davis Hot* DETROIT, MICHIGAN, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1941 Mrs. Bethune To Open Confab; Deltas Launch Defense Drive Sorors Plan To Feature Stamp Rally Soldiers Will be Special Guests At Open Ball In view of the national war emer gency, In which the I'nlted States is fared, the Detroit chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority has launched a vigorous program to aid the country in Civilian Defense. More than fifty Christmas boxes have been packed by members of the sorority and are on their way to Camp Costal, in flattie 're<dt. M*< h„ . order T j help the yuletide season a little more mer ry ami less dreary for the sol olers. The boxes contain presents and delicacies appreciated by the men in service. In addition to planning for their National convention, which will convene in Detroit during the holi days .the sorority has invited as many soldiers as can secure lpave to come to their open dance, as a recreation aid and fnctor In build ing morale. In view of the sudden entrance of the country Into war. the sorority decided to carry on with their con vention plans, as originally sched uled. for life and the world must go on. but the Deltas in addition have Incorporated in their conven tion program, plans to aid the coun try in this crisis. Defense Stamps will he sold by the sorority during the holidays at their convention headquarters at St. Matthews par ish house. Also a special Defense Stamp rally sale will he featuring at the Deltas' open dance Monday night. Dec. 29, at the (Iraystone ballroom. Delta Sigma Theta sorority has registered each member ami will turn in their names along with oth er information for the Civilian De fense program. In order to become more familiar with the ways in which they can help. Mrs. Rosa Gragg, member of the Volunteer Participation committee of Region 6. has been invited by the Deltas to speak at the sorority's meeting Thursday, Dec. IS. Mrs, Gragg is the only member of the race on this important national committee which serves Illinois. Wisconsin and Michigan to coordinate Natlon (Continned on page 2) Mm, located at 411 »««*r klffcnay, of which Edward Darla la tha proprietor. NAACP CALLS HOUSING MEET The Detroit Rranch NAACP has called a conference to retain the Sojourner Truth Homes, Dr. James J. McClendon announced this week. The conference will meet Friday, Dec. 19, at the Lucy Thurman YWCA at 12 o'clock. Key persons representing church groups, labor organizations, social clubs, and other organizations have been invited to partici pate. The NAACP urges that ail persons Interested in retaining the Sojourner Truth Homes at Fenelon and Nevada for Negro occu pancy attend this important meeting. Reading, Watson, Roxborough Guilty; Court Frees Eleven The policy and numbers conspiracy trial in Wayne county, involving millions of dollars handled by the opera tors, came to a dramatic climax Monday evening, when an all-white jury, after more than eighteen hours of delibera tion, returned a verdict of guilty against former Mayor Richard \V. Rending and twen ty-two others. The Jury also cxoneratci! eighteen other dclen dants. Including Detectives Ser geants George Rutherford and Rex Smith. Alfred Perry and Karl Moore. Karl Cuxxens, Karl Hutch ins. Floyd \V Mitchell. Ledell Wil liams and Alfred Gaskill. Those found guilty, in addition to Reading, were: John Roxborough. Everett Wat-on. Elmer Ryan. Clar ence Krishy. William 11. Robinson. Claude Roxborough, Michael Novak. Peter Kosiba. George Cordell, Pa trolmen Joseph Whalen. John Alt ken. Raymond Ruck and Glen D. McLean. Sergeants George P. Frank. Ollle Gosney. Carl Neuhar. Marlon Ratliff. Charles Schemanski and Phillip Speace. also Lieutenants Frank Dombeety and John P. Mc- Carthy and Inspector Arthur Ryck man. Judge Earl C. Pugsley, who con ducted the trial, plans to pronounce sentence on the convicted men on Jan. 7. O'Hara Makes Statement Following the Jury's verdict. Spe cial Prosecutor Chester P. O'Hara issued the following statement to The Tribune Tuesday: "I am perfectly satisfied with the verdict rendered by the Jury In the (Continned on page 2i x "'V '\;i J*j|L > *#s ifs#®« K X '; f: £V^',??Jp sjr • JA *■ 9B i S ' f BjUg'AL jfc. L 2 I t I \* A& 1! * J lip £ !l®y» .mV'I . B Bpt \ 5 11 ISil "B|P I i||HL k. jh ** ® Pf 4r! ’ HR A i ’ •■ ikJf Rfftofrnt *l«« AItI« Roforo, who wo« for korwlf a ihllacf K*««' U«b os her Job loot woolu JUm GEORGIA RENEW FIGHT FOR FUGITIVE ; LANSING. Mich.—Governor Mur ray VaoWagoner again denied Geor gia authorities the extradition of Charles Thomas, at a second hear-j Ing held at the capitol building here on December 11, before Byron L. Ballard, assistant attorney-gen eral. Thomas, a colored man. whoi had escaped from the chain gang In Georgia in 19.14, after having served twenty-two months for al leged criminal assault, was previ ously saved from extradition to Georgia at a hearing on November 6. when it was found that the extra dition paper* forwarded to this state were not in compliance with the laws of Michigan. At that time. 1 the Georgia authorities were in structed not to make a second ex tradition request, hut this admoni-, tlon was ignored. . f lon. Ske win former bookleop. of of tkr Davlo Motor Holrv bit kai beta appoiaM maaafor. CLIFFORD 2924 PRICE 5 CENTS PER COPY Educator Will Speak At Public Meeting • Local Chapter Awaits Coming Os Renowned Sorors . . . Mr*. Mary McLeod Hethune, na tional advisor on Negro affair*, of the NYA. and president and founder of Bethunc Cookntan college, Day-; lona Beach, Florida, will be the ! principal speaker at the Delta eou venrton in open meeting Sunday. December 2H at Bethel AMD church in Detroit, it is announced iiiia week by Mr*. Mi*non Brown, of ' 4 c.ouvenu<v <<».n-l mlttee. The open meeting to wiilch the public is invited, will be one of the highlights of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority convention to tie held in Detroit December 2C-3U. Among the other speakers who have been invited to participate in the program are Jesse O. Thomas, nationally prominent social author ity, and Mayor Kdward Jeffries of the city of Detroit. Mrs. Bethune’s work in Wash ington has won for her the reputa- j tlon of being one of the outstand ing women of the Negro raec.j During her last visit to Detroit she spoke at the "We are Americans Too" program at Belle Isle to an audienc e of 20.000 people, ller sub ject will ho announced at a later date at the Deltas convention, but it has hern learned from a reliable source It will deni with the part Negro women are playing and will play in Civilian Defense. Among the other outstanding member* of the race and sorority who will attend the convention here are Miss lil*io Austin, na tional grand president, and advi sor in the office of Recorder of Deeds, Washington. D. C.; and Mi<s Yenlt.i l.ewi*. social worker in the Department of Labor. Childrens Bureau, Washington, P. (’. Sojourner Truth Project O. K. For City Officials of the Federal Works administration of Washington ap proved the construction of the So journer Truth Housing project in Detroit. Tuesday, it was announced. The project is named after the fa mous Negro slave and abolitionist, who fought so vigorously for bet ter living conditions and freedom of the people of her race. It is to be a 200-dwelllng war housing project for Negroes and will be erected on the site bounded by Stockton. Fenelpn. Bloom and Ne vada avenues In this city. Considerable protests have been made by a group of white citizens In the locality In an effort to bar colored residents from occupying the property. A large delegation of whites visited the Detroit Common council at its Tuesday night ses sion Dec. 10 and in an effort to per suade the members of the council to ban Negro occupancy of the So journer Truth project but they failed in the attempt as the local council has no authority In the matter. DEADLINE FOR XMAS As the Christmas holiday ssa son begin* Thursday, The Tri bune's deadline for news and ad vertisements will be moved op. All out-of-town agenta are urg ed to have their news reach our office not later than Saturday of this week and all local news and advertisements by Monday. This will make It possible for ths pipers to be distributed Wednes &*r Ct IN MICHIGAN 7 CANTS ELSEWHERE Rejected Donors Hold Protest Meeting Mrs. Tucker One Os The Many Turned Away By Alfred Cassey “Out of one blood God made all nations, for to dweM udo" ace of the earth, _ . Bible. Vet in the present national emergency, while the mini.-ter* ara calling upon God to hc.p us defeat the enemy, thy Army and Navy bureaucrau it is alleged liners giv en strict orders to the Red Cross Blood Donor* service chapters that no Negro blood is wanted in tha national blood hank tor cur injur ed soldiers and sailors in the war now raging. I rank Statement This is the (rank statement of policy made by Dr. W. B. Cook-ey, head of the local Red Cross office* for the collection of blood bank for injured servicemen, at tjp;, c ats , vtrr/ L3 -t Saturday afternoon t a. protest meeting called bv (be Ito , li oit Tcac heiunion. This protest meeting wag prompted by the re fusal of the Red Cross headquarters to accept blood donations from Mrs. Sylvia Tucker, also two members of tln> Teachers’ union, George W. Catheart and William llogan and other colored citizens. According to In. Cook -ey, tits denial of acceptance of Negro blond to the blood bank wms made in com pliance to tlie- national orders from the* Army and Navy. Heated Protest Made Mrs. Florence M. Sweeney, presi dent of the Teacher*' union, and a member of the committee mads | heated protests against the humil iation suffered by thus _• rejected ancl denial of democratic p: ivl- I leg< s to members of their union. She stated tli.it lor organization had c alled up and Inquired into the | olicy of the local Reel Cross office and was told that there was n > dis crimination made against colored citizens, Mr*. Sweeney stated that this precaution was taken in or der to avert embarrassing situations for their member*. She declared that such a discriminatory policy was unsound, unscientific and un fair. and that she believed it was the duty of thp medical profession to take tile lead in exposing the policy which is founded purely on I racial prejudice. Mrs. Sweeney further sta'ed at (the meeting that she would recom mend still further action by her un (C’onllimed cm pugc *J» CIVILIANS VOLUNTEER FOR DEFENSE K«en enthusiasm « n the part of ! a number of hading citizens pre vailed Tuesday a'ter noon at the I Lucy Thurman YMCA at a special meeting called by Mrs. Rosa Gragg, member of the President Roose- I veil’s Volunteer Committee for Aid I in Civilian Defense. The objective of the meeting was to organize mem , bers of the race in this conrmuhity to fight all anti-democratic actl t* I flea. A local Volunteer committee was formed to cooperate with leaders m Civilian Defense and to see that local* areas in which Negroes re aide are not neglected ahd that members of the race are Integrated into the National Defense program here. Officers elected Included the Rev. John Miles, chairman; Mrs. Krnes tine Postles. vice chairman; Olos ter Current, secretary; Mra. R. Lou ise Grooms, assistant secretary; Mr*. F. E Dawson, treasurer. Elks Memorial Meeting Memorial services were held over WJLB, December 14 for tb« depart ed members of the IBPOEW whe hav* passed cn during the rear. Opening the program which was devoted to the edu Art tonal activi ties of UK- cv veil, was Fred Han Will Isms, r tt excited ruler Motoi City Lodge fco. Pit. end state dirae tor of •donation. IBPIMtW.