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CHRISTM AS is nly 5 days off. Do you shopping early. Present your friends with a year's sub-scnphon to The Age. npHE NEW YORK AGE' is a suitable Christmas present; you are sure to be thought of 52 times a year, the price is only $2. NEW YORK, N. Y., SATURDAY- DECEMBER 20, 1919 VOLUME 33. NO. 13. THE NATIONAL NEGRO WEEKLY BEST EDITED-BEST KNOWN PRICE FIVE CENTS Vw. rru Marge Only Negro Bish Whites Blacken faces Then Commit Crimes Numerous Holdups in Colorado Reported by Victims as Committed by Negroes Retraction Head Of Police Force, After ArreStof White Criminals, Makes Public Apology For Accusing Negroes ( ' (Special to Tvt Ntw Yoix Act.) Denver, Colo. Chief of Police Frank W ebb, of Casper, has given the following statement to the press: "In the light of the feet that a Negro' has been openly charged through the preta on information coming from police headquarters ' with responsibility for the robberies, I think it is justly due the race to make a public retraction of the charge and vest the responsibility where it belongs. The police were justified in their belief, however, because of the reports all concurring in the statement that a Negro was the perpetrator This statement .was given out after the' -discovery and arrest of two white men and a white woman charged with hold-ups" and highway robberies, when it was- fonnd that one of the men hid been systematically .blacking, his fare and impersonatui Negro while committing ihe many crimes recently reported to lite police, in w hich it was invariably stated by the victim that the criminal was a Negro. . Uud Burnt Cork en Face. - Lee Wamsley and Albert I.ung were the men. and Mora Stevens the uman, Wamsley doing the active work, covering his face with burnt cork. Numerous hold-ups have recently been charged to unknown Negroes and many homes o( respectable Negroes were fruitlessly searched by the police in a hunt for the supposed Negro criminals. The arrest of Wamsley was brought Alexander P. Camphor,Prelate of Liberia, Dies December 10 Only Actiue Negro Bishop in M.E.Church-Former President of West African College at Monrovia. ' South Orange, N. J. bishop Alexander I'ricstlcy Camphor, bishop of Liberia, and the only active Negro bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, died Wednesday, December 10, in his home at 23 Webster place, this city, from a stroke of paralysis following an attack of pneumonia. He was 54 years old and had been sick for some. time. He was formerly president of the College of West Africa at Monrovia, Liberia llr famnhor was born at Soniat, La., on August 9, 1865. the son of Perry and Elizabeth Camphor, both of whom had been slaves until freed during the Civil War. His parents died in his early childhood, and he was adopted by his pastor, the Rev. Stephen Priestly, who had him educated at New Orleans College, where he received the degrees of A. B., A. M. and D. U., and at Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, where he studied for the degrees of B. D. and D. D. Later he pursued post-graduate courses at L'nion I hcol-ogieal Seminary, Columbia University and the University of Chicago, lie was professor of mathematics at . New Orleans College in IK8-'93, and pastor of Methodist churches at Germantown. Pa., in 1895, and Orange, N. J., in 1896. Carried Out Father' Wiah. In 1897 he went to Liberia, thus car-rying out his father's dying wishes, to become iresident of the College of West Africa, and. tilled that post for ten years, during Ihe last five years being V ice-Consul General of the United State in Liberia. He returned to this country in 1908. and for the next eight years was president ol tne central Alabama Institute at Birmingham, Ala. In 101ft h wis. in-trrf Biihon of Africa hy 'the Genera.' Conference of the JMetJjodisC piscopi! Church, which met that year t Saratot-a Springs, and thereafter made his home again at Monrovia. . He was a delegate to the Methodist General Conferences of 1904 and 1012, and to tne niiiiui-i""y at Edinnurgn .m iiu, nu her of the African Society, tne rreea- rhnrch and the Southern So- ciological Congress. ' Wal i Aiithar and Orator. ., . tfe. author of "Missionary Sketchet" Polished in 19W. and th' foremost pulpit ora-ranked among tne mtTTiti in Crimes By ot tne acts. about by the hold-up of a woman in the residential section of Casper, after police officers had shadowed the three suspect' 'or several hours. Following the robbery of the woman the trail led Vu,the Spraiyie Hotel, and here IVam- ley and Lung were found. Wamsley had attempted to wasl the burnt cork from hi face, but traces of jt were leit around the edge of his hair, and it was soon established that no Negro had been guilty of the many crimes committed in t amper within the past month. Overalls and jumpers used by Wamsley were found, as were two guns used by him in the ho!il-iip, and several valuable rings and other articles of jrwj-elry were on his person when arrested. ihe Stevens woman is reported to have Rone to Casper from Denver with Wamsley, and the police believe she is hiding much of the stolen goods. Woodvillc, Miss., who survives him. He cime to the United States, accompanied by Mrs. Camphor, last spring to attend the centennial exposition of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Colum- BISHOP ALEXANDER P. CAMPHOR bus, Ohio, and took an active part in the great "centenary drive" for a fund of many millions for a live years' worldwide campaign. He remained here to attend the annual meeting of the Methodist Episcopal Board of Eoreign Mis- sins,, nut was taken ill just before its opening session. Funeral services for Bishop Camphor were held at 11 o'clock Friday morning, December 12, in St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church, Hickory street, South Orange. The body was taken to New Orleans for burial. 1 ) t i '':' to TY7 . opm jfi ILL, A MODEL NEGRO TOWN (Special to Tin Naw Vol Ao.) Kouiks, 111. This village has attracted considerable attention lately by reason of the fact that it has the only Negro mayor in Cook county. This municipality has a population of about one thousand, and it has elected Thomas J. Kcllar as its mayor. Ninety-eight per ctnt. of the population is colored. Other town officers are Charles C. Hanks, village clerk K. Flowers, K. H. Bryant, George Winburn, Jerry Taylor, Leroy P. Thomas, trustees. Kub'mis in a Chicago suburb, located between U5th and Hjd streets, east of the Kork Island Railroad. The village has a town hall, schools, churches and other civic appurtenances. There has never been an arrest for gambling. The women's club is affiliated with the Chicago Federation of Women's Clubs. Company L. of the 8th Regiment, Illinois National Guard, was organized from this village. The town was incorHrated in I917, and there are about 400 men and women voters. ASK SENATORS TO ACT AGAINST II CROW (St.ul to Tl Nar Yost At.t.) HAm-U'iin, Pa. 'Ihe following resolution was adopted at a citirens' mass meeting held in the St. 1'aul baptist Church, the Kcv. E. Luther Cunningham, pastor. Leading colored citizens pre cm who made addresses on behalf oi equal rights for the race were K. Justin Carter, Dr. C. L Carter, the Rev. B. M. Ward, the Rev. James Robinson, 1. II. Baker. Robert J. Nelson, the Kcv. K. Luther Cunningham and Louis F. Baldwin, of. New urk Cjtty. Robert J." Nelson presided over tlic meeting. The rcluioo : . ,JX'r Rctoktd. That, inasmuch as the rlgtit to ride and travel in public conveyance is one oi the fundamentals of free government-, and any restrictions tmreort based race, creed or color constitute class legislation of the most drastic and undrnv. ratio kind, we, colored citizens of Hamburg. Pa., ca'l upon the Interstate lommercc Committee, through its chairman. Senator Cummins, to encouch in the present railroad bill a clause doing away with that anomaly, that insult to a race, segregation for rolor in interstate travel, or to grant a hearing on such a proposal. Also I'rsohed, That we. citizen of llarrihurg, do hereby petition Senator P. C. Kno.x of this state to see to it that an amendment is made to the Railroad Hill which will do away with segregation of colored interstate passengers, by a hearing on the matter before the Interstate Commerce Committee or by his moving such an amendment to tht bill when under consideration by Ihe Senate. A NEW SENATE FIGHT ON "JIM CROW" CARS (Special to Tin New Ycibk Ail.) Washington, D. C Senator Joseph I. I ranee of Maryland has introduced in the United States Senate, as an amendment to the Cummins bill, the amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act known as the Madden bill. The amendment proposes to abolish the Jim t row car in interstate commerce and tlfccs away with the necessity of raising $60,IXX).OU() through national taxation to support the separate car system now in vogue. this bill is llio same as the one intro- du.ed in the House as an ailidtional section to the Undue Preferences Clame of the Commerce Act of 18K7, which on November 16, 1919. was tie-mcated by a combination of Democrats and Republicans, Hi to 12. Bitter resentment has been aroused among the colored people over the defeat in the House, and Negro voters m states where their votes are a factor will demand that those responsible for the failure of the legislation 'shall have their names stricken trom the state ticket. AlLEGilBlEADER LOSES UEEJ FLOOD (Special to Tut New Yo Act.) MosTGOMtxv, Ala. During the recent floods, which have been raging in this section during the past few days, a number of people lost their lives, including J. p. Ftindrrburg and his son. It is rumored here that l undcrburg was one of the leaders of the mob which lynched the two colored men here in Montgomery county a lew weeks'ago.. ' HAS SOLD 700 BALES; HAS 200 MORE TO SELL (Special lo Tut Niw Yusk Act.) Flouini i, C. ' C Jonas Thomas, farmer and busines man, of Bennett.i-villc, S. C, passed through Florence recently en route to Charleston. S. t.' to attend the M. E. annual conference. Mr. Thomas is treasurer of the Workers' Enterprise Bank of Benitettsvillc. which is capitalized at $50,(100. He is one of the largest farmers in Ihe slate, and has already sold. 700 bales of cotton with 200 more to be sold. His friends are pushing Mr. Th-jmas as a delegate to the general conference to be held in 1920. oest Orange '11 110T0N SfEAKS TO HOUSE OF GIRiNORS Denounces lawlessness and Jim Crpyr Cars-Unrest Due lo Lack of Protection (Special to The Niw- YMic Agi.) Savannah, Ga. Dr. 'Robert R. Mo-ton, principal 1 ukegee; Institute, spoke here yesterday Wore the House of Soutl.cru Governors in their executive session, when they took up the matter of Race Relations. 1 ir. Moton was present at the invitation of Governor Hugh M. Dorscy and ha was one of the representatives of the Southern Sociological Congress. ' I In his address Dr. fdolon strongly denounced mob violence, (ynching and all forms of lawlessness in which colored people were Ihe mJTrrers. Tic referred at length to JjuCrow cars, relating some of his own), experiences in traveling, and strongly rgcd that some effort should be made to improve traveling accommodations fpr- the colored people. lie referred also to the migration of colored people, stating that it was his observation and his belief that there was more unrest among the colored people at present than ever before, and this lie felt was due to the Ivncliin and other forms of lawlessness. "White pedfde," he taid, "make the laws, interpret the taws and execute the laws, and t!'f re is no danger or likelihood that auy criminal colored man will escape punishment that he might deserve when once he is carried into Ihe court." .-, Among the prominent white people present at the Conference were Governor Dorset, Governor Cooper of South Carolina, Uvernoi Rolicrts of Tennessee, Governor Dickett of North Carolina. Dr. J. E. McCulloch, secretary of the Southern Sociological Congress, and V. Woods White oi Atlanta. Among the yolored people present wcre .UrR, R. Wright" o Savannah, li. li-WUewjf Ofangrhrx; Jij.CVDr.TV. M. Keddick of Amer reus, Warren I.o-gan and A, L. Helsey uf Tmkegee institute. GOV. BICKETT 0FN.C. TO SPEAK AT TUSKlGEE (Special to Tilt New YeiK Act) Tt. sMf.Eii, Ala. Dr. Robert R. Moton. prinripal of Tuskegee Institute, announced to-day that Governor Thomas W. Bickett of North Carolina had accepted his imitation to deliver the principal address in the discussion of Race .Relations, which will be held at Tuske-(tec ln-titute January 22, 1920, in connection with the annual Tuskegee Negro Conference. The colored speakers who Have been invited to take part in the same discussion are Bishop (irorge V. Clinton of the A. M. E.. Z. Church. Charlotte, N. C and Harry H. Pace, secretary of the Standard Life Insurance Co., Atlanta, Ga. ' NEGROES GET DAMAGES (Special to THt Niw Yost Act.) Mkuphis, Tenn. The Memphis Street Railway Co. must pay to Mrs. Littie Robinson the sum of $1,000 for injuries received last December when about to board one of the defendant company s cars. Mrs. Robinson, - colored woman, sued for $5,000 d' mages, claiming that her clothing w as caught in a closing car door, as a result uf which she was dragged more than a hundred feet on Main street, receiving both internal and external injuries. The damage suit was tried before a jury, which deliberated for an hour before returning a verdict awarding Mrs. Robinson $500 for actual damages and $500 for punitive damages. Another damage suit was tried in the third division of the Llrcuit Court in which Ernest Bowman, colored, a for mer nrisoner in the workhouse, sued E. W. Hale, present commissioner; John B. Duncan, former commissioner, and C V. Thomas, who was superintendent of the workhouse at the time of his (. Botemun's ) incarceration, for damages because of injuries received from beiiiir beaten bv guards. Boteman claimed that as a result of the beatings he had ben seriously in- lured and asked for ' JIU.OUO oamages. After -three days' triad the -jury re turned a verdice in favor of :Bozeman for $500.' v -. ' . - ,v MRS. RANSOM NOW ON ,. METROPOLITAN BOARD. !Mrs. Emma S. Ransom, wife of the Rev. Reverdy C. Ransom, and chairman of the committee of management of ihe 1.17th Street Y. W. C. A., has been unanimously elected as a memlier of the Metropolitan Hoard of Director of the Youne Women s Chrnstian Asennatiou of the City of New York, to take effect January 1.J920. Mrs. Ransom is the fiirst colored woman to be elected to membership on Ibis board. She has lieen connected with the colored women's branch since its inception and its present development it due largely to her active work -and interest. Criminal SET ASIDE BY WILSON (Special to Tut Ntw Yost Act.) -Washington. L C. Captain Daniel Smith, of the 368th Regiment, 92nd Division, A. E. 1, who wa one of the Negro officers tried by court martial and sentenced to death on a charge of alleged cowardice, has been honorably exonerated and restored to duty by Secretary of of War Baker, who signed the order "by direction of the President." . Captain Smith's conviction on the charge of "shamefully" retreating and running away from ttte enemy on September 28, 1918, when his regiment was ordered to advance near Yicnne-lc-Chatcau, is disapproved and ordered set aside (Special to Tut Ntw Yott Aba.) MkMrins, Tenn. The Solvent Sav ings Bank and the Fraternal Savings uank are both properini(. Noddy a Lo operative Stores 10 in numlier arc taking the city. Ihcse chain of stores are doing the race most good along the business line. . l.c Moyne, Howe. Korlreclil, Henderson Business College and University of West Tennessee Medical College are talcing great interest in the activities of the day. Along educational lines these schools are doing their best in showing me real wcric ot tne race man. . 'the. Cotwmunitv Club, where-the Auk tress Ru sue II 1'oi.t No. 11 of the Amer ican Legion meets, is a delightful place for the veterans and civilians to have their meetings. The whites of the city arc. co-operating with the race men to prfscfye law and order in this city, the pride of the delta. All churches are working in union for the same came the spiritual uplift of Uiimanity. Boui Methodists and Bap tists are in great campaigns, raising money to help foster the cause ol chnstianil. Charles Wilson has given $1,100 to ward the erection of an orphanage. He is a man that believes in his race. Hi1 name should 1 perpetuated in connec uon wiiit ine institution wiien it is erected. 'Prof. If. I. Searcy real estate eMab lishmrnt, Sergl. S. i. King, real etate. and the American Home Investment are all very busy. A goodly number of per sons ot (tie race nave purrhascd homes since the armistice, and there seem to be more concerns erected along the real estate line. The physicians are among the leaders ot tne race in tneir protession. 1'eople irom atar come to the city for treat metit and all kinds of dental work. There are four race journals in this city., Jhese papers wield sentiment of the people at large and they are widely read hy both white and black. 7ir Retard, a new paper of the city, has as its managing editor a returned soldier. who iK running a 4,000-word stofv of Devastated r ranee and No Man's Land." It is located at 159th and 2nd streets. HOPE DAY'S DRIVE FOR 20,000 MEIERS The Membership Drive which has been inaugurated by Hope Day Nursery for Colored Children, ii Vet UJd ?trc(t, has for its aim the building up of an auxiliary of 20,000 members who will pay one dollar a year each. The money is needed to equip the nursery up to modern standards, to establish a kindergarten and secure scleral trained workers. Hope Day Nursery is helping to solve the problem of mothers who are com- , polled to work d-tly with the alternative of leaving their children locked in ! their homes exposed to tire or other ! dangers or committed to the care of persons who frequently arc irresponsi- j ble and who charge unreasonable sums 1 for indifferent service. Many demands j ae made upon .the Nursery which it is j unable to meet because it lacks the funds for proper equipment and inaiutctiancr. I The Kev. llutchins C. Bishop, rector j of St. Phliip't Church, is chairman of the membership drive committee, and 1 Dr. Chit. H. Roberts. Alderman-clect. is treasurer. Hon. Charles' V. Anderson, who was treasurer of the last Hope Day Nursery drive, was unable to serve again because of pressing political obligations, but if giving the movement his hearty support The first $100 secured for the drive came through Mr. Anderson. TO CORRESPONDENTS For Christmas and New Year's weeks, all correspondence musl be in The Age Office not Inter than MONDAY NIGHT ri , V. Claimed Attack by Negroes J Woman Had Killed Own Son Body Of 5-Year Old From Ocean After Kidnapping Separated from Husband ! Theory Of Crime Is That ' Child Stood in the Way Husband-Child Was A Mute : (SpaeUt to Thi Stw Votn Act.) . r Atlantic City, X. J. Vriday night a white woman at Ventnor, five' miles from this city, claimed that she had been attacked and. rubbed ami her five-year-old son kidnapped by two Negroes. Sundayj night she was under arrest charged with the murder of her son, whose body had been washed ashore on the beach Vcnlnor. during bund.ty afternoon. Un authorities that her charges were A similar charge, made by a white woman, in other sections of .he country would undoubtedly have resulted in a man hunt beimr instituted bv white men of the community, with every Necro in the neighborhood in danger of ...I - I . lo a M.ttic uiiu ouiiii. . Mr. Esther Blake, estranged from her husband, James M. Blake, went out for a walk, taking with her from the home of Benjamin Fox, where she was lodging, her little boy, James M. Blake,' Jr. She returned about 6 o'clock,-dragging herself to the door in a state of exhaustion, and excited the neighborhood by the statementthaf two Negroes had assaulted and robbed her and had taken away her child- "Bunny,", as she called him. Found Woman' Pockttbook. , i Chief of f'olice Sprague set the police machinery to work, and all of 1'ri-day night strenuous search was made for the alleged Negro criminals. But early on Saturday the woman's pocket-book, which she also charged the mythical criminals with taking, was found at the end of a pier on the ocean front Immediately Chief Sprague was struck w ith doubt and he went to question tht New York Pedic Admit Colored Chiropodists f Dr.Hillery Wins Notable Victory 'When Appelate Division Grants Mandamus Against Organization Negro chiropodists of Greater New York won a notable victory; over race prejudice when the Appellate Division' of the Supreme Court, first department, handed down a decision on December tS granting a peremptory mandamus against the I'edic Society of the-State of New .York, compelling that organization to admit to its membership nine Negro chiropodists who had been rejected. Dr. lohn R. Hillcrv, one of ' the chiropodists who was rejected, made ap- n ication to the Supreme Lourt tor an ini unction against the Pedic Society to restrain that body from excluding him as a member. Counselor ilford 11. DR. J. R. HILLERY Smith was his attorney. This application was refused. Justice Donnelly handing down the decision. Counselor Smith took an appeal to the Appellate Division and argued the case before that body in its November term. Nina Applied for Membership. It was shown that Dr. Hillery, Dr. W'm. Carter. Dr. Roger V. Griffin. Dr. James S. Williams, Dr. Charles Marks. I.T. ISisstll, Dr. J. S. Alphonsus, Dr. James R. Jones and Dr. Charles A. tireene. all reputable chiropodist, had made application to the-Pedic Society for membership. At a meeting of that ... .-.v;Ar White, Son Washed Ashore Mother Charged and Robbery Woman Thought The of Reconciliation with -r lucsday she confessed to the police) not true. being strung up to a tree or tied i: ( '( j , t'. L-niliHfi f'nnfllrfinir &talment arntitr4 " his suspicion, and he began to think less of the supposed Negro criminal. i inowKieage oi tne estrangement lie- . tween the woman and her husband soott ' came to light, and with it came iniorma- ' tion that showed the woman as a prob- j. . Sunday morning at half flood tide the r waiors breaking" on Ventnor" learjj washed ashore a little bov's bodr clad i in a gray sweater suit and blue leg- , ains. A man standing on the board' walk saw it. Climbing duun to the '. I beach and wading out into the surf; be picked up the little body and carried it up under the boardwalk out uf reacn of the waves. An hour later Mr. Illakc was under 1 arrest charged with wilful murder, it appearing that she had thrown ihe mini irum iuc cuu ui a pier iniu me ocean and then created Ihe two Negroes I l . : . i - : L-t-- j , , . vi as m vuiitcniriii sinciu oenina wnicn .lo ; 'i hide from the consequences of her t,i crime. , . . w V: . Society Must society a ballot was taken on the appli cation, showing .13 votes favoring their, admittance and five against. The pre siding officer, Dr. Harry U Goldwg, president, withheld his decision as to the vote until a later meeting, when by a motion the by-laws, which previously . had only required a majority vote fori admittance of new members, wal changed so that only five negative votes were sufficient to bar applicants. - After this change in the by-laws President' Gold wag announced rejection of the applications from the egro chiropodists. Un the bench in the Appellate Division, Supreme Court, were sitting John'-Proctor Clark. P. J., Victor J. Dowllnw, Walter I.loyd Smith, Alfred k. Pago and Eugene A. Philbin, J. J. I he de-. cision, with all concurring, was handed down by Justice philbin, and it declared that ihe action of the Pedic Society was based on race prejudice, in that the applicants, were rejected simply and solely by reason -of their color. This was held to he illegal and contrary to law, and the decision of Justice Donnelly was ordered reversed and a peremptory mandamus granted compelling the Pcditt Society to admit the applicants to mem-, bership, and also assessing $50 coats, against the society. ' " Dr. Hillery, in whose name the action lwuugrrt, is a graduate of the Pedic. Society. State of New York, and is member of Ihe National Association .Of' Chiropodists. He is also a charter memlier of the County Pedic Society, State of New Vork. The result of this dec!-, sion uf the Appellate Division will be the preventing of discrimination be cause of color or race by any incor poraled professional or scientific or- R.ummion of the state. meeting of the colored chiropodist was he'd on Tuesday evening, at which. I'me Counselor Smith was present, and the decision of Justice Philbin was r'e- cntcu. nans nave ocen maae D.v me i. doctors to have their rigut .- member pj": snip in ine rrnic noc'.erv enron-ea. ann the maner will be carried before thai! body at its net regular meeting, which is scheduled for January, 19JU.

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