The Black Dispatch (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 5, No. 46, Ed. 1 Friday, December 13, 1918 Page: 1 of 9
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA., DEC. 13, 1918
OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS OF N. S. A^ K, A, A^ AND A^ JURISDICTION OF OKLAHOMA.
92nd Division Makes Record
Club Ladies To Hold Chanty Xmas Tree
The Black Deyils
Fightirtg92nd Ferociously Faces Foe
When Armistice Comes
COLORED TROOPERS INVADE GERMAN SOIL.
Gallant 92nd Division Plays Big Role in Advance on Metz—Taking "Pot Luck",
in Freight Car "Pullmans" on War Front Without Complaint—Wounds
Fail To Blot Out Native Sense of Humor—Determined To
Keep Up With Procession.
"J By Ralph W. Tyler, Accredited Representative of The Committee On
Somewhere In France. November 10,-In the battle raging today in the
American advance towards Metz, the 92nd Division, one of the Colored
combatant divisions over here, played a big role. Not only was its black in-
fantry and machine gun units up at the front—in the thickept of it, but
its artillery, the 167 Brigade of field artillery was on the line, behaving like
veterans, laying down a barrage for the infantry that was marvelously
effective, and they established a reputation which has been made by but few,
among French, British or Americans, of laying down a barrage that did not
entrap, and fatally so, their own men.
This has been a glorious day for the black soldiers. The fighting Is still
on, and I have just received the intimation that the casualty toll may be
heavy—depressingly so, for Metz, and the sector around about it, is strongly
fortified by the Germans, and resistance determined. Metz is considered by
experts to be the strongest fortified city in the world, almost, if not so,
as impregnable as the fortifications of the Dardanelles. But the Americans
are hammering away at it, and only the signing of the armistice terms,
by the Germans, by eleven o'clock tomorrow, will save Metz from falling.
Even as it is, colored soldiers are now on German soil.
The husky invaders include the colored soldiers of the 92nd Division,
embracing the "Buffaloes" or 367th, the 365th and 366th regiments of In-
fantry and the 167th Brigade of Field Field Artillery, composed of the 349th,
350th and 51st regiments and the 317th Trench Mortar Battery, and all are
conducting themselves with a fortitude and valor that have won for them
high praise from their commanding o cers every time they have been put
to any test.
Freight Cars Look Like "Pullman Parlor Coaches" on War Front.
Somewhere In France—To many of our people back in "the States"
who saw our boys embark on fine American railroad coaches and Pullman
sleepers, to cover the first lap of their hoped-for pilgrimage to Berlin, the
coaches they must ride in over here would arouse a mild protest.' I stood
at the station at Vierzon.one of France's many quaint old towns, recently,
and saw a long train of freight cars roll In, enroute to some point further
distant. In these cars, with but a limited number of boxes to sit upon, and
just the floors to stand upon, were crowded some one thousand of our own
colored soldiers from "the States." But a jollier crowd never rode through
American cities in Pullman sleepers and niners than these one thousand
colored troopers. They accepted passage on these rude box freight cars
cheerfully, for they knew they were now in war. and palace cars, downy
coaches and the usual American railroad conveniences were neither avail-
able nor desirable.
The point 1 wish to convey to the people back home is that did they but
know how cheerfully—even eagerly, our boys over here accept war time
conveniences, they would not worry quite so much about how the boys are
faring. They are being wholesomely and plenteously fed; they are warmly
clothed; they are cheerful and uncomplaining, they know this is war and
for that reason know exactly what they must expect. To a soldier, who
must at times sleep with but the canopy of heaven as a covering, and the
earth as a mattress, a box freight car that shields him from the rain and
wind is a real luxury, and he accepts it as such. There need not be any
worry back home as to the maintenance of our colored soldiers over here.
They receive the same substantial fare the white soldier receives, and the
whtie soldier travels from point to point in the same box freight cars as
affords means of passage for colored soldiers. In short, when it comes
to maintenance and equipment, and consideration for the comfort of the
American soldier, to use a trite saying—"the folks are as good as the
people." There is absolutly no discrimination, and the cheerfulness of these
one thousand boys whose freight cars became, in imagination, Pullman
palace cars, was the proof to me that the colored boys in the ranks are
getting a flfty-flfty break.
Wounds Fail To Blot Out Native Sense of Humor.
Two more stories have come to me to prove that our colored soldiers
preserve and radiate their humor even where shells and shrapnel fly thick-
est. A colored soldier slightly wounded in the Argonne fighting—and let
me assure my readers there was "some" fighting there.-sat down beside
the road to wait for aT chance to ride tothe field hospital. A comrade
hastening forward to his place in the line, and anxious for the latest news of
the progressing battle, asked the wounded brother if he had been in the
fight; did he know all aboutit. and how were things going at the front.
"I ure does know all about it." the wounded man replied. "Well, what's
happened to them?" quickly asked the trooper on his way to the front.
"Well, it was this way." replied the wounded fellow. "I was climbin' over
some barbed wire trvin' to get to them d n boches. and they shot me;
that's what I knows about It"
A company water cart was following the advancing troops when a Ger-
man shell burst in the ditch almost besdie the cart. The horse on the shell
side was killed, and the driver was wounded in the head. While the blood
ran fieely from his wound down his face, the driver took one look at the
wreckage, then started stumbling back along the road. A white lieutenant
who had seen It all stopped the driver of the cart and said:
"The dressing station is "
Before he could finish his sentence the wounded driver, with the blood
flowing in rivulets down his face, said: "Dressing station hell! I'm looking
for another horse to hitch to that cart to take the place of the one that shell
put out of commission"
That was a bit of nerve, grim humor, and evidence of fidelity to duty.
A mere wound In the head could not stop this driver from keaping up with
the troops with a needed supply of water.
PROF. F. W. BRUNER
One of the best prepared Manual
Training teachers in the state of
Oklahoma, and bead of the manual
training department of Douglas High
Prof. Bruner is a graduate of Hamp-
ton. For many years his pupils have
been taking the manual training prizes
at. the State Fair and the inspiration
he has given to the young men wIm
have come under his care has sent
many of them Into the leading colleges
of the nation to further prosecute
their studies along woodcraft and me-
Prof. Bruner is being prominently
mentioned as the next head of the
Statd Teachers' Association which
will meet In Okmulgee during the
Metropolitan C. M. E. Church, Okla-
homa City, Okla., Dec. 19th. Bishop
N. C. Cleves, D.D., ot Memphis,
The session at this time will be a
brief one, the members and friends
will give their best selves because we
belong to a great race and church.
Sunday, Dec. 15th, will be the clos-
ing service with the church and pas-
tor for the year.
The pastor will speak Sunday morn-
ing and night. Rev. Kdwurd W. Per-
ry. D.D., pastor of the Tabernacle
Baptist Church and president of the
MiuisJterial Alliance, will speak for
the church at 3:00 p. m.
Every member should be present
Sunday and give the smull sum of $1.
The pastor feels very grateful to
the people and shall ask their contin-
ued loyalty to the church and the God
The public Is cordially invited to at-
tend next Sunday and hear the minis-
ter's last sermons.
ROBERT W. SPEARMAN, Pastor.
__ln a telegram to his parents Wed-
nesday, Wm. Fant announced his safe
arrival in America from the battle
front in France. Bill had been sick in
the hospital and his early return is
accounted for in that way.
The Greatest of
These is Charity
The poor children's Xmas Tree will
be held at the Aldridge Theatre this
year by the Club Ladies of the city
Just as it has for the past five years.
Editor Roscoe Dunjee has been dele-
gated to receive all bundles of cloth-
ing at the Black Dispatch office. Al-
ready bundles of clothing are pouring
in and the flying squadron will soon
start out to collect money for the fund
with which the tree Is always main-
tained; last year about $300.00 was
collected thru the efforts of the Club
Ladies Charity Committee and many
a soul was made happy including Old
Man Martin, who died a pauper in
Detroit Already this year, a mother
with nine children has been fed and
A fair estimate of an individual's or
a nation's worth Is a fair estimate of
that individual's or that nation's char-
itable spirit What are you doing?
What can you do? There is suffering
all around us.
State Boards Liberal
200,000.00 I Recomended For Oklahoma
Black Boys And Girls, Langston Lucky
Mrrquess at Meeting, Ewing Not Satisfied
At a joint meeting of the State Board of Education and the State Board
of Affairs Tuesday, Dec. 10th, a budget covering an appropriation of $200,-
000 odd dollars was made covering Improvements and maintenance at tho
State University at Langston and tho various uplift Institutions under ntai<i
The recommendations were unanimously ndrtpted by tho two boards,
(lovernor Williams being present to add his approval. Tho recommendation
follows: For Langston University new Industrial, Mechanical and Voca-
tional building, $50,000.00; Manual Training equipment, $10,000 for first
year, $8,000 for 2nd year. Laundry and equipment, $15,0(H) first year,
$10,000 for second year; Taft Deaf and Dumb and Blind School, $30,000,
maintenance, $15,000 each year; Taft School for Incorrigible Girls, $15,000;
Taft Orphan's Home $25,000; General repairs or emergency fund for all
schools, $10,000; $2,000 second year.
The excellent and conservative position taken by President Marqulss
in all of his dealings with tho various state boards has resulted quite
largely into this most liberal attitude taken, and It Is also expressive of
the fact that bo has been keenly alive to the needs of the Negroes In Okla-
homa. He was in attendance af this meeting.
The old true and tried friend of the race, Amos Ewing, was present
also and the new building program Is largely the work of his light for the
black men of tho state. In a statement made Wednesday he said that ho
was In no ways satisfied wjth tho appropriation for the Mechanical build-
ing and would be on the Job to demand that the $50,000 be raised to $100,000.
President Marquess was very optimistic because of the action of the
board and said after the meeting Tuesday that the general spirit seemed
to be to deal more liberally with tho Negroes along educational ami uplift
Muskogee Sends 36 Delegates
Muskogee, Okla., 12-7, 1918.
Mr. Roscoe Dunjee, Dear Editor of the Black Dispatch:
I am dropping you a few lines to let you know that Muskogee County
held their convention and elected 36 delegates to meet the State Conven-
tion at Tulsa at 23rd to put forth the best methods for the Advancement of
the Rights of the Colored People In t)ie plans of of peace treaty. We are
coming to the State Convention full fledge for our Interests as a nation of
people. 1 am also notifying you that there will be four now Odd Fellow
lodges set up next week; one at Clearview by W. A. Kindly and one at
Jackson Switch by Mat Mariah lodge; one at Ardmore by the P. M V P.
E. I). Jefferson. So you see how the good work Is running. A lovely 225
new members will be added to the order next week means much for the
Odd Fellows In this state. Hoping you are well. I am yours, P. M. V. P Col
E. D. Jefferson, D. G. M. P. S.—There will be a Board meeting in Sapulpa
12-26 at 1:30 P. M. You are Invited to be present.
| He was accompanied by Mr. Nathar
Hunt, his traveling secretary, and Mr.
Lester A. Walton, Managing Editor of
i the New York Age.
DR. ROBERT RUS8A MOTON.
Rev. E. C. Morris has been selected
by the Arkansas State Baptist Con-
vention to represent them at the Peace
Conference. Col. Roscoe Conklln Sim-
mons will go as a representative of
the Chicago Defender.
On the same transport Dr. W. E. B.
DuBois, editor of The Crisis Maga-
zine, also took passage. He will rep-
resent The Crisis Magazine.
The Oklahoma Annual Conference
of the Colored Methodist Episcopal
Church will convene in the Howard
Tuskegee, Ala., Dec. 4.—Dr. Robert
R. Moton, Principal of Tuskogee Insti-
tute, sailed for France Sunday, De-
cember 1st, on the steamer Orizaba,
which carried over the entire staff of
newspaper and Press Association cor-
respondents who are to represent the
American press during the peace de-
Dr. Moton went on a special mission
at the urgent request of President Wil-
son and Secretary Baker. He will vis-
it all the centers where numbers of
supply troops, depot Brigades, labor
battalions and combat troops are lo-
cated, speaking to them and urging in
every way that they observe the good
name they have won in battlefields
and in the service in France, that they
might not furnish the slightest cause
for unfavorable comment or adverse
criticism before they return to Amer-
FOR SALE, call at Black Dispatch
office; 50 cents per peck. Phone Maple
Shoe on Wrong Foot
The "Jim Crow" law of Kentucky
has at last gotten into the U. S. Su-
preme court upon an Issue which will
decide Its constitutionality without the
color question being raised. The
Soath Covington and Cincinnati street
railroad and the Cincinnati, Covington
and Erlanger railroad have appealed
the case having been lined for falling
to provide separate cars or compart
ments for colored pass ngers.
Chickasha. Okla . Dec. 8. 1)18.
Mr. Editor Black Dispatch.
Dear Sir: Please allow space in
your paper to say that Rev. C. & Bun
on has been called to the pastorate
>f the New Hope Second Baptist
church of Chickasha. We are praying
for a great future of our church under
MR. Wm. WASHINGTON
One ot the main pillars ot Howard
Metropolitan C. M. E. church. Mr.
Washington Is president of the choir,
member ot the Board of Trustees,
and Secretary of the church.
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