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See! Otis Skinner in "KISMET," Robinson-Cole Production, Aldridge Theatre, Saturday Feb. 11, 1922
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, FEBRUARY 9, 1922
VOL. VII. No. 10
LAUNCH $250,000.00 CORPORATION
MISSISSIPPI MEETS HERSELF,
Governor Denies charge For|-
Which State's Hill-Billies
Have Taken Lives of
Hundreds of Black
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* * ed guilty to a charge of crap shoot- *
:' s,. ss rr | STANDARD LOAN AND INVEST-
I tence would be dependent upon the I
fall of the dice. The results ranged
between three and twelve months.
JACKSON, Miss., Feb. 6.—After resentative of the Associated Press
lynching 405 persons In this state and
having Its representatives In Con-
gress fight the Dyer Anti-Lynching
Bill on the theory that white women
would be afraid to travel alone on the
rural roads of the south, Mississippi
atands agash today because of a $100,-
000.00 suit filed today by Misa Fran-
cis Dirkhead, against the Governor
of the state, Lee Russell. Miss Blrk-
head, in her bill of particulars, al-
leges that the Governor of the state
has been guilty of seduction; that her
reputation, character and health have
been destroyed. Miss Birkhead is
now a resident of New Orleans and
was formerly in the employ of the
Governor. If Mississippi lives up to
Its record of lynching folk when
charged with such crimes against
white women, a mob will doubtless
here today that the filing of a $10J),-
000 damage suit against him by Miss
Frances Birkhead, charging him with
seduction was the "most damnable
NORMAN, Okla., Feb. 5.—A gang
of ruffians have disgraced this city
again in an attempt to maintain the
vicious reputation of the city not to
let Negroes stay in the municipality
blackmail conspiracy ever attempted ; after sundown. For many years Nor-
in the history of Mississippi politics." | "J80, ^as ^a<l signs and^ inscriptions |
Further comment was refused. ""A
JAMES WELDON JOHNSON
MENT COMPANY GETS
Youngblood Heads Salesforce
A charter was issued Monday, Feb. ital upon the plan this institution has
6, by the Secretary of State to the | adopted is seemingly unlimited and
Governor Russell would make no
statement today after the filing of the
suit last week when asked by the cor-
respondent of the New Orleans Item,
about reports that a damage suit
charging seduction was to be brought
against him, said: "I have frequently
heard of a scheme to "bring a suit of
this character against me. The
charges that are made in that connec-
tion are a damnably lie, and an at-
tempt by my enemies to blacken my
If no more attention is paid to the
stuck around in prominent places \ . Secretary of the National Asso-
which read: "Nigger, don't let the sun I ciation for the Advancement Col-
go down on. you in this berg." Sat-' "redPeople and Contributing Editor
urday night, when Singie Smith's Or- I ot the New York Age. Mr. Johnson
_ * - . Vino nnnnt mrvut nt V i o timo 1*1 \\J «1 O Vl _
-form and march on the capitol. At- Governor's protest than is usually
torney Foster of Vicksburg, is her
NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 6.—Gov. Lee
M. Russell of Mississippi, over long
distance telephone declared to a rep- hemp rope leave of absence.
paid to the statement of Negroes
charged with such crimes in the state,
the Governor can look for a long stay
in the penitentiary or perhaps the j deputized nearly 100 students of the
chestra of Fort Worth, Texas, at-
tempted to play in the dance hall
where they were employed by the stu-
dents of the University, a mob of
outlaws stormed the hall and practi-
cally wrecked it.
A mob of approximately 500 sur-
rounded the dance hall soon after
the dance started and began to throw
bricks. They were armed with clubs,
guns, and some carried ropes. There
was talk of lynching the Negroes,
and it was said that several auto-
mobile loads of persons went to the
city park to prepare for the hanging,
telling the rest to bring the "niggers."
Sheriff W. H. Newblock quickly
gathered in all available deputies and
OKLAHOMA NEGRO BAR ASS'N
Meets in Muskogee, Feb. 13-14
Barbour Heads Legal Lights
(By J. Henry Ferguson)
The Negro lawyers ot the State
of Oklahoma will convene in regular
annual session at Muskogee, Okla.,
Monday and Tuesday, 13th and 14th
of February, 1922.
This is the first meeting called
since the termination of the World
War, and is to be the most important
session held during the history of
the organization. Prominent men en-
gaged in the practice of law in this
state shall appear on the program.
• It is intended that every Negro
lawyer of the state, all students of
law and every legally inclined mem-
ber of the race shall be hereby noti-
fied and requested to attend. In view
of the fact that there are many im-
portant matters that demand the im-
mediate consideration of the Negro
attorneys within this state. All visit-
ing attorneys are welcome. Special
invitation is extended to lawyers in
nearby states to visit these sessions.
The following is the program.
Monday, February 13, 1922, fore-
University of Oklahoma, in order to
protect the musicians.
The orchestra was taken to the in-
terurban station and sent to Oklaho-
ma City when the mob grew in
strength and it became evident that
there would soon be trouble. Fights
occurred between the mob and stu-
dents who formed a bodyguard while
the Negroes were escorted to the sta-
Negroes are occasionally seen on
the streets of Norman in the day-
time, but the "rule" that they- leave
at night is strictly enforced. Several
other Oklahoma towns have similar
Several prominent business men
were seen in the mob here Saturday
has spent most of his time in Wash-
ington during the progress of the
Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill in the House
of Representatives. To his tireless
efforts, as representative of the Na-
tional office of the Association he
represents, is to be attributed much
of the success that the Anti-Lynch-
ing bill has had thus far in Congress.
Mr. Johnson is not a dreamer and
impractical idealist as most writers
are. His editorials in the Age each
week are sane, sound and full of the
reason and logic that the black man
can use in the present moment. Aside
from his labors in the journalistic
field, Mr. Johnson is a poet of rare
note. "Lift Every Voice and Sing,"
The Negro's national anthem, will
furnish inspiriation to black boys and
girls through all the years to come,
and is from the pen of James Weldon
Johnson. This distinguished son of
the race has also done yoeman service
in the diplomatic ranks ^of the Gov-
Standard Loan and Investment Com-
pany of Muskogee. The new company
will be a $250,000 corporation, and
will immediately place on the market
25,000 shares of stock at $10 per
share. The incorporators of the new
company, and whose names appear
on the charter are M. C. Perara, J. B.
Smith of Muskogee, and I. W. Young,
S. R. Youngblood, Oklahoma City.
Home offices of the new company will
be maintained in the Elliott Building
in the city of Muskogee, and the Ok-
lahoma City office will be in the Beth-
el building at 330 E. 2nd street.
Under the charter of the Corpora-
tion, the new company can do every-
thing that a commercial bank can do,
except the receiving of deposits sub-
ject to check. As proof of the need of
such an organization, attention is calj-
ed to the tuter1 lack of equal accomo-
dations to be afforded our people by
an institution of this character with-
in the state.
The funds of the company will be
for investment on particular short
term loans, under ihwch the security
is first-class, the margin of safety
broad, the profits certain and large
and the turnover repeatedly frequent.
The field of investment is a proven
one, where the expense is low and
the earnings exceptionally high. The
demand that exists tor trie use of cap-
rapidly growing. There is no nego-
tiable paper on the market superior
to the kind acceptable to this Corpora-
tion. This has been proven by the
experiences of many other commer-
cial banking and financial institu-
tions which are loaning money safe-
ly, profitable and successfully upon
the same class of security as dealt
in by t hisinstitution.
Prof. S. R. Youngblood, a successful
real estate man ana property owner
of Oklahoma City, une one of the
heavy investors in the new company,
will immediately get out on the road
over the state and place the stock of
the company in such places and among
such individuals as the company will
see fit to select. To the man who
has saved his money and has longed
for the opportunity to place his dol.
lars in a sound and conservative in-
vestment company, now is the chance
to make your plunge. The success ot
the new company is assured because
of the experienced and conservative
men behind this new project. Such an
institution in the life of the Negro in
Oklahoma will fill a long felt need.
The Black Dispatch wishes the new
institution the best of luck of the fi-
nancial seas. We feel the need and
we have confidence in the ability of
the men who are behind the effort to
launch and safely guide it to its right-
ful place in service.
Langston University; Inman E. Page, ed aside the curtains of the sheriff's
gardless of color, class, or creed or
previous condition of servitude?"—
S. T. Wiggins, Wagoner. Discussion
led by W. J. Owens, Muskogee. An-
Monday Night, 8:00 p. m.
Music, M. T. H. S. Glee Club, Mrs.
L. C. Clarke in charge; Invocation,
Rev. A. C. Roker, Muskogee; Violin Five Lynchers Returned Here From
Solo, Napoleon Scott, Jr., Muskogee;
Welcome address, H. T. Walker, Mus-
kogee; Response, E. H. Hall, Hen-
nessey; Solo, Mrs. Bernice Ellis-Per-
due, Muskogee; "Lincoln and the Ne-
gro," G. W. F. Sawner, Chandler;
The President's Annual Address, sub-
ject, "Shall the indictment be sus-
tained?" E. T. Barbour. El Reno;
Music, selected, Glee Club, City; "The
Spirit of Lawlessness," R. Emmett
Stewart, Muskogee; Doxology, Rev.
T. M. Greene, City.
Tuesday, Feb. 14, Forenoon
ketable titles to real estate," A. L. J.
El Reno Jail
Fear that five men being held in
Canadian-co jail at El Reno, wha were
sentenced to life for the killing of
Jake Brooks, Negro packery worker,
might escape, caused their removal to
the Oklahoma-co jail, Saturday.
The men were removed when it was
'found that a plot was being made for
a big jail delivery.
According to Sheriff Jack Smith of
El Reno, seven saws, one gun and a
saw frame were found in the jail after
the lynchers were taken out.
Smith said he believed Frank Lewis
was at the head of the plot. Lewis,
Merriweather, Okmulgee. Discussion - . . , ._
led by Jacob J. Jones, Muskogee. ! he said, was recently convicted
,, . 10:00—"Shall our association go on 1 Canadian-co on a grand larceny charge
noon: 9:00—Opening session, calling record recommending a member of' and was sentenced to three years. He
roll ;appointment of committees; col-1 our group for a place on the State i has served two penitentiary terms be-
Bar Commission?" T. S. E. Brown, I fore- Smith said.
Oklahoma City. 10:30—"Pre-requis-
ites for admission to the bar by Col-
ored applicants," J. Bernard Smith,
Muskogee., 11:15—"Guardian and
ward, especially as applied to large
estate in Oklahoma," J. C. Evans, Ok-
mulgee. Discussion led by A. W.
Whitfield, Okmulgee. Recess.
1:30—"The future status of the Ne-
lection of fees and. miscellaneous mat-
ters. 9:30—"Legal Tangles Encoun-
tered in the Kid Kelley Case,,—W. H.
Twine, Muskogee. Discussion led by
George C. Carey, Guthrie. 9:45—
"The Results of the 'Pigeon Decis-
ion' As Affecting Land Titles in Ok-
lahoma."—W. S. Peters, Boley. Dis-
cussion led by P. W. Watman, Okmul-
10:30—"Can the City of Tulsa be
made to respond in damages for the
destruction of property of its citizens
as a result of the disaster of June 1,
192i?"—b. C. Franklin, Tulsa. Dis-
cussion led by D. J. Wallace, Okmul-
1-30—Report of Committees. In-
troduction of visitors. 2:00—"In
what manner can the obnoxious Jim
■Crew car law be defeated?"—J. H.
Stephens, Okmulgee. Discussion led
That the men had been working
toward their escape was also discov-
ered when it was found that they had
been sawing on the bars.
After officers had been given the
"tip" on the delivery plot all avail- j
able deputies and several El Reno
citizens were called to the jail and
it was surrounded preparatory to of-
ficers going into the cells and making
(Associated Negro Press)
LONDON, ENG., Feb. 9.—Bertrand
Russe'l, writing in the Daily Herald,
describes his vision of the forth-com-
ing khoelsale massacre of white peo-
ple in Ch na. According to Russell's
view, "The Chinese gentle and ur-
bane are seeking only justice and
freedom." He regards their civiliza-
tion as superior to that of the West,
'in all that makes for human happi-
What China needs in Russell's opin-
ion, is a period of anarchy during
which she may find herself.
'if the Washington Conference sue-1
ceeds," Mr. Russell goes on to say,
"I expect to see China compelled to
be orderly so as to afford a field for
foreign commerce and industry; to
have a government such as the west
will consider good substituted for the
present go-as-you-please anarchy; a
gradually increasing flow of wealth
from China to the investing countries,
the chief of which will be America;
the development of a sweated prole-
tariat; the spread of Christianity';
the substitution of American civiliza-
tion for Chinese; the gradual awak-
ening of China to her exploitation by
foreigners and one day fifty or 100
years hence the massacre of every
white man throughout the celestial
empire at a signal from some vast
Supervisor Colored schools, Oklaho-
ma City; R. J. Fighe, Supt. City
Schools. Muskogee; E. W. Wood,
Principal Washington High school,
Tulsa; Comic operetta, "Captain
Crossbones"; Banquet, Convention
car, emptied his revolver
body of the Negro before
cials could interfere.
(Associated Negro Press)
CUTHBUERT, Ga„ Feb. 9.—The
Seventh Annual meeting of the Negro
is a great school man. ; farmer's Conference will close here
Miss Mayes is an artist in her line.1 Monday after a three days session.
Principals Grissom, Weaver, Ward, President A. B. Cooper and the fac-
Evans, Walker, Dnaeils, teachers of ulty of Payne College, the promoters
Muskogee county, business and pro- have made it a most helpful influence
fessional men, in fact the citizenry of | to the community. In spite of the un-
Muskogee are preparing to entertain favorable weather a large number of
all members and visitors. ! farmers have attended from Randolph
The Association and Muskogee ex-1 Early, Terrell, Calhoun and even from
tend to all lovers of education a most the state of Alabama. Talks were
cordial welcome. made Friday and Saturday by Prof.
For homes, white J. R. Coffey, S. | Wm. Bradford, Atlanta, Dr. A. G. G.
Third street. Muskogee, Okla. Richardson, Athens, Prof, E. A. Wil-
: liams, state superintendent of Color-
President Kin a Satis- ed a&ents. Mayor L. B. West of
i !!/• I FF C v cuthbert in his address to the Con-
fief/ yvith Ut O. LtOCin ference stressed the importance of
industry, thrift and harmony between
(Associated Negro Press)
* WASHINGTON. D. C., Feb. 9—Li-
beria has signified its satisfaction
with the draft of the agreement by
which it is resired to negotiate a loan
of $5,000,000 with the United States
Government. The draft must receive
the sanction of Congress before it
can" be concluded. This was made
clear to Mr. King of Liberia during
his recent visits here. Mr. King being
president of the Republic.
It was intimated at the State De-
partment today that the United
States feels itself under somewhat of
a moral obligation to conclude the
loan, a result of the agreement made
by this country during the war for a
$5,000,000 credit of Liberia, only a-
bout $35,000 of which was actually
gro lawyer*" Charles H. Calloway, ja .
Kansas City, Mo.; Discussion led by I We dont know how the saws and
J. J. Bruce, Muskogee. 3:00-"Can I « ■ were passed into the Jail, Sher-
the insured carrying a fire insurance j® Smith said, but we are making an
policy in which the Riot Clause ap- investigation and expect to have some
pears collect his insurance from the definite information soon.
insurer upon property in Oklahoma _ _____
alleged to have been burned by riot- SEBEN COME LEBEfo
ers?" I. H. Spears, Tulsa. Discussion
led by H. R Edwards. Muskogee. 1 (Associated Negro Press)
NEW BERN. N. C.. Feb. 9.—Ability
Election of officers. Remarks by '
the president, E T. Barbour. Selec-'
by Spencer A. Adams, Okmulgee. 3:30 (ion 0f next piace of meeting.
—"Can the doctrine of 'State Rights' e. x. Barbour, President, EH Reno,
be avoided in a legal suit in order to okla.
have a general election law enacted j h. Spears, Secretary, Tulsa, Ok-
permitting all citizens to vote, re- lahoma.
to "make the bones behave" and luck
determined the sentence of five Col-
ored lads brought before Judge Ed-
ward Stewart in the Baeufort County j F. Shaw, Ph. D., Meridian, Miss.; Ad-
Court last week. When the five plead- dresses: J. M. Marquess, president of
Teachers Will Hold
14th Annual Session
The 14th Annual session of the Ok-
lahoma State Negro Teachers' Asso-
ciation will convene in Muskogee,
Feb. 23, 24, 25, 1922, E. W. Woods,
president. Tulsa; Mrs. L. C. Tatum,
A splendid program has been out-
lined for the Association by the Ex-
ecutive Board of which Mrs. L. C.
Clarke, Muskogee, is chairman.
Special features of the program:
Opening session, Thursday, Feb. 23.
2 p. m.. Dreamland Theatre. Demon-
strations, Primary Work, Miss Jessie
Mayes, St. Louis, Mo.; Principal
speaker. Educational Problems, J. B.
Won't Have Governors
Chance To Deny
(Associated Negro Press)
PONTOTOC, Miss., Feb. 9.—Will
Bell, 20. charged with an attack on
a young white woman near here last
week was taken from officials early
in the morning as he was being trans-
ferred to Jackson, Miss., for safe-
keeping, and was shot to death by a
number of unidentified men.
Sheriff Blavlock fearing he would
be lynched, arranged with the con-
ductor of the Jackson train to sto?
outside the town for the prisoner and
accompanied by a number of deputies
he made a rush for the train in a
closed automobile. On the outskirts
of Pontotoc, another closed car was
tion Is Wrong
The secretaries of the Oklahoma
Commission on Inter-Racial Co-oper-
ation, Mr. E. M. Castleberry and Rev.
H. T. S. Johnson, have done their
work so well that when it became
necessary to cut down the force from
twenty-six to six, they were retained.
Texas has bean added to their terri-
tory. They were called to Dalls, Jan.
27, in conference with Dr. Will W.
Alexander, General Director, and a
few Texas leaders of both races to
decide upon certain matters essential
to successful work.
Dr. Alexander's address before a
mixed audience of more than seven
hundred people, a majority of whom
were white, went a long way towards
breaking down prejudicial barriers in
the way of • inter-racal co-operation.
His subject was: "Inter-Racial Co-
operation, the way to Peace in Race
Relations." His unanswerable logic
and unquestioned sincerity prepared
his entire audience for co-operation
in the interest of all concerned. When
asked "Wjhat about segregation? Is
it right? Will it stand?" he answer-
ed: "Segregation will stand If It is
right. If it is not right, it must, like
all other wrong, fail. The future
may develop some form of segrega-
tion that will be just to all concern-
ed but. as it is applied, today, it is
flagrantly unjust to the Negro." It is
heartening to know that the question
was asked by a Texas white man and
drawn up across the road, blocking
traffic. When the Sheriff's car stop-) that no one of the five hundred white
ped, an unidentified man jumped from 'j people present disagreed with the aa-
the blockading automobile and pull swer.
u prooiems and intricacies of his ] and control," stated the Principal,) the court.
case, assisting the state.
I DRIDGE THEATRE, MARCH 6 4T.[
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