The Tulsa Star (Tulsa, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 2, Ed. 1, Saturday, November 14, 1914 Page: 1 of 8
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Official Organ of The Grand United Order of Odd Follows. And The Knights And Ladies of Harmony of The World Oklahoma Jurisdiction
Vol. 3 No. 2
TULSA OKLAHOMA SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14 1914.
Subscription $1.00 Par Year
U. S. Supreme Court Decisions on Laws
to Disfranchise Negroes due Soon
Supreme Court Considering The
"Grandfather Clause"and other
Validity of "Jim Crow" Statute of Okla-
homa Before High Tribunal
By Wire From the Washington Bu-
reau of the Post-Dlipatch.
WASHINGTON Nov. 7. Tho last
word on existing legislation fifl to
"grandfather clause" provision and oth-
er methods of depriving Negroes of tho
ballot Is to bo handed down during the
present session of tho United States
Supreme Court. Tho dcclsslons will' bo
fraught with raoro Importance to tho
Negro than any In a quarter nf a cen-
tury It Is declared sJnco tho country
will know of tho success or falluro of
various Ingenious means that nro alleg-
ed to have been adopted both In tho
North and South to take from tho Ne-
gro a position of equality with the
Tho "grandfather clause" method of
restricting tho right of tho Negro to
vote has been tho most popular of all
tho lato attempts of tho South to nullify
the guarantee of tho right fo vote con-
tained In the fifteenth amendment to
tho Federal Constitution. In short per
sons are barred from voting If their
grandfathers wore not ollglblo to voto
In their day.
Tho Oklahoma wording of this
"clause" Is generally typical of those
adopted In other states and It Is ono of
thoso before tho court for considera-
tion. It provides a reading and writing
qualification for voting In tho Stato but
excopts from Its operation thoso who
were eligible to voto in 18G6 or whoso
ancestors wore eligible to voto In any
stato In tho Union or any foreign coun-
try In that year.
TeabCase on "Jim 'Crow" Law.
The validity of tho most far-reaching
Jim Crow law ever passed will bo de-
termined In tho Oklahoma caso brcugh
by E. P. McCabo and sovcral other No-
groes against tho Atchison Topeka &
Santa Fo Itallway Co. and other rail-
road companies to test tho validity of
the law which requires separate wait-
ing rooms and car service for Negroes
engaged in travel within tho Stato
also for Negroes making lnterstato
Journeys In Oklahoma.
Tho Stato defends Us action on tho
ground that tho act was designed to
presorvo peaco and order and this Is
Just as necosary on an lnterstato Jour-
ney as on an intrastato ono. The Okla-
homa courts upheld tho validity of tho
law dcsplto tho fact that It does not
requlro sleoplng car facilities to bo
furnished to Negroes barred from sleep-
ing cars provided for the whites. They
declared this was not a substantial
discrimination because thoro was no
demand among Negroes for sleeping
car accommodations which would Justi-
fy separate sleeping cars for them.
In ono of tho first cases argued to tho
court tho Federal Government will
seek to strike down a form of alleged
peonage to which blacks In Alabama
are btfng subjected by plantation
owners with tho aid of tho local courts.
An "Unwritten Law" Caso.
From Texas comes a caso of the
court In which a Negro sets up a claim
to tho "unwritten law" on an equality
with tho white man. It Is the caso In
which Carl Oliver was convicted of
having murdered a white man whom ho
found In company with his wife.
Oliver clalma that tho court which
tried him tired In not Instructing the
Jury that under tho laws of Texas and
tho United States n Negro Is entitled to
tho same rights or protection as to tho
defending of tho honor of his homo as
a whlto man would bo in tho samo cir-
cumstances. Oliver also claims that
thoro was an unlawful discrimination
In tho selection of tho grand Jury which
Indicted him In that Negroes were not
eligible for selection.
John II. Gasklll a Negro of Chicago
Is to make a last attempt to force tho
Forest Hill Cemetery Co. to permit him
to bury his wife wno died In 1912
alongside his children Interred within
tho cemetery. From 1880 to 189G the
Gaskllls burled four children In tho
Forest Hill cemetery. Then In 1007
tho cemetery oMclnls adopted n resolu-
tion barring tho bodies of colored per-
sons who owned no lots in tho ceme-
tery from burial therein.
For A. M. E. Church
Hov. Johnson pastor of tho Vernon
A. M. E. church is preparing a lilg
Thanksgiving feast. His program for
tho occasslon lias been printed nnd
quite a number of people will doubtless
bo on hand to partake of tho freo
dinner and tho musical anil literary
program. Tho feast will last from 1
to 4 P. M.
Crowder Okla. Nov. C 1914.
Tho Tulsn Star:
Williams Templo Lodge No. 8942.
This is to notify tho Tulsa Star that
Frank. Johnson of Williams Templo
Lodge No. 8942 is suspended from tho
said lodgo and M. M. Mayflold is sus-
pended from said Lodge nnd also
Lawranco Taylor Is suspended from
said Lodgo No. 8942.
Geo. JAMES N. G.
It. NOItFLEET P. S.
Williams Templo No. 8942 this Is to
notify tho Tulsa Star that Bro. Andrew
Brltton has moved his membership to
Yours In F. L. and T.
It. Norlleot P. S.
Geo. James N. G.
Capt. Jackson Will
Return to Tulsa
Capt. T. D. Jackson who loft Tulsa
early In October to take up his resi-
dence In Pueblo Cok. has discovered
that Tulsa Is tho best town In tho
world so fur as he has been ablo to
find and has decided to return and
live among his best rrlends and rela-
tives. Ho writes that he likes tho
climate of Colordado well enough but
Intimates that tho Oklahoma climes
and tho matchless Tulsn spirit suits
him better. Capt. Jackson will arrlvo
hero some time next week.
White Man Had
Hay DoWIt a whlto man employed
by a local glass factory In this city was
lined $30 nnd sentenced to 30 days In
Jail last Monday by Municipal Judge
Clark on a chargo of vagrancy. Bertha
Brown a gNogro woman prostitute was
tho complulnlng witness against Do-
Witt. According to tho testimony In
tho caso Bertha and Hay had been
lovers for some tlmo about two years
during which tlmo sho had given him
money nt frequent Intervals. Sunday
afternoon DeWltt visited nnother Ne-
gro woman of tho underworld and Ber-
tha out of Jealousy had tho two nrrost-
ed. The second woman gavo her name
as Pearl Wadley. Letters w'ero Intro
duced by the Brown woman real love
letters showing that tho whlto man
had often wrote her asking her for
money but DeWltt denied everything
and appealed from tho Judgment of tho
police court. Ho was held under a
$200 bond. It Is a very common thing
for whlto men to consort with Negro
women of this class In Tulsa. Out In
tho "lied Light" district thero are two
houses whero Negro women of this
class entertain whlto men and If a
Negro man Is caught out thero ho Is
Invnrlbly arrested and punished. In
tho light of these facts tho action of
Judgo Clark Is highly commendable.
LITTLE HOCK Al'K. Nov. 0- Nogroes
rights are not Invaded by tho provisions
of tho Going anti-liquor bill excluding
Negroos from signing potltlons for sa-
loons according to a decision hiinded
down by tho Arkansas supromo court
today. Pino llluff and Hot Spring No
grccs had complained that their rights
bad boen abrogated by tho act which
pormlttcd tho signing of petitions only
by "Whlto adult residents". Tho court
ruled tho question one of privllego and
not of right.
Get Another Case
Joe Glint of Gans Oklahoma who
had been living In this city for several
months died at tho homo of Mr. and
Mrs. II. J. Caver on N. Elgin Satur-
day morning about 7:30 after nn Ill-
ness of about ten days. Tho body was
taken to tho Homo Undertaking estab-
lishment on N. Greenwood and embal-
med after which It was shipped Mon-
day afternoon to his homo at Gans.
Many people llfo friends of tho de-
ceased and many others viewed the
body at tho undertakers rooms. Mrs.
Gant wlfo of tho dead man accompan-
ied tho body to Gans.
The local Business Leaguo will meet
In tho Woods building on N. Green
wood Monday night to tako up Impor-
tant matters pertaining to East Eend.
Every body Invited to attend. All me-
mbers nro especially urged to bo on
Every lady should nave a supply of
visiting cards. Lot Us print yours for
Two Negroes Elected
To Illinois Legislature
Tho war In Europo Is proving n big
boon to postal savings In this country.
iTom tno very day hostilities opened
across the seas postal-savings receipts
began to Incrcaso by leaps nnd bounds
and withdrawals fell on" a result qulto
contrary to tho predictions of many
wejl-lnformed persons who In their
Imagination Baw lines of fovorlsh de-
positors nt post-office pay windows anx
ious to again return their savings to
tho boot-leg and body-belt depositories
whence thoy enmo beforo intrusted to
Undo Sam. But tho forecasters foiled
to reckon on absolute confldonco of tho
American citizen regardless of tho (lag
that first met his eyes in tho ability
and purposo of tho Government to
enrry out its obligations not only
among tho nations of tho earth but
with tho humblest citizen of our land.
Two Important results havo follow
ed; thousands of people largely of
foreign birth accustomed to send their
savings abroad are now patrons of our
postnl-snvlngs system: and enormous
sums of actual cash havo been released
for commercial uses umong our own
pcoplo at a tlmo when tho need for
every avnilahlo dollar Is pressing.
Tho growth of postnl savings in tho
United States has dccu steady and
healthy and tho system hns tilled an
Important gap between tho tin-can de-
pository and tho factory paymaster.
On July 1 when affairs wero running
smoothly hero and abroad and tho
transmission of money across tho At-
lantic was safo and expeditious thero
was approximately $.43000000 of postal
savings standing to tho credit of about
388000 depositors. Slnco then over
$10000000 of doposlts havo been added
and tho number of depositors has in
creased enormously. This unpreceden
ted gain Is tho moro striking when It
Is considered that tho net gnln In the
last three months Is larger than ho
gnln for tho cntlro fiscal year 1914.
Scores of olllces havo dono moro postal-savings
business slnco tho war has
been going on than was dono by them
during tho previous oxistenco of tho
servlco. Tho Increases nro confined to
no special localities but havo been felt
In overy nook and curnor of tho coun-
try. Now York City alono mndo a gain
In September of moro than a million
whllo Brooklyn showed a relatively
big incrcaso. Chicago reported a lar-
ger gain In tho past tlireo months
than for tho prevloup twelvo mouths.
Moro than 7000 not accounts wero
opened during tho period bringing tho
number of depositors In that city to
Tho unoxpectod Incrcaso In postal-
savings business hns not only added
greatly to tho general administrative
duties of tho system nut has brought
up many now and Interesting probloms
which havo called for tho carefull
personal consideration of Postmastor
Goneral Burleson nnd Governor Dock-
ory Third Assistant Postmaster Gon-
eral. But their task has been lighten-
ed somewhat by tho promptnoss of
depository banks In furnishing addi-
tional stcurlty to moot tho abnormal
doposlts. A number of tho very larg-
est banks In tho country which havo
heretofore declined to quality as de-
positories for postal-cavlngs funds
aro now among tho eager applicant
Universal confldonco In tho stability
of tho Tulsa Banks has proventod any
(Special to tho Tulsa Star.)
Chicago 111. Nov. 11. Two Colored
men wero elected to tho Stato Legisla-
ture of Illinois Inst week. Both wero
republican nominees and notwithstand-
ing thnt Cook county Is democratic.
Major II. It. Jackson of tho Third Sena-
torial District polled a Wg majority
and Slmdroek II. Turner editor of tho
Illinois Idea did llkowlso In tho First
District. This Is tho first tlmo In tho
history of tho Stato that two Colored
men havo boon olected to tho legisla-
ture. Major Jackson mndo a splendid
record In tho last legislature of this
Stato and his ro-clectfon was expected
by lending political prophotB.
great rush to tho Postal-savings at tho
i-osi unico in our city although tho
Incrcaso has been very notlcablo In
tho last throo months ns thoro has
been $9057.00 deposited by tho patrons
of this olllco in thnt tlmo ns well as
lolng an Increase of 185 now depositors
TO OUR READERS.
Every family In this country nro now
subscribers to various magazines and
nowspupors. Tho total amount of
money paid for theso publications prob-
ably amounts to sovcral thousand dol-
lars annually It Is money well spent
of courso becauso wo must havo some-
thing for tho family to read.
But If you cun save about sovonty-
five per cent of this monoy and still
havo all tho papers nnd magazlnos you
want It Is worth considering is It
Wo hnvo mado arrangements whore-
by wo can save this community hun-
dreds of dollars by merely ordering
their reading mntorlal through our of-
flco. Our best offor Is a cholco of any
three of forty magazinos arranged In
thlrty-llvo clubs In combination with
our own paper for only S1.2G a year.
You will find this big offer advortised
on another pago of this pnpor. Look
up tho advertisement and road all
about this remarkublo offer. Solect
tho club you llko best and send us your
order .right In mnli It tolophono It
or bring it to us nnd wo will fix it up
at onco so that you got your maga-
zines. If thero Is nnythlng In tho advertise-
ment you do not understand drop Into
our olllco soiuetlmo nnd let us explain
all nbout it. It's tho best clubbing
offor wo havo over seen and wo nro
anxious to hnvo overy reader take ad-
vantngo of It.
Women Starts Day
Tulsu Okla.. Nov. 11. 1914.
To the editor of tho Star.
Plenso allow mo spaco In your valu-
ablo papor to report tho work of tho
Tulsa East Sldo Culturo Club. Wo
nro raising funds to establish a day
nursery for children whoso paronts
aro out in servlco. Wo aro asking
tho co-operation of tho public In this
effort. Tho club meets each Thurs-..
day afternoon and an oxcollent pro-
gram Is rendered.
(Mrs) STELLA VADEN
KENT YOUIt ItOOMS A small want
ad In tho Star will do It. Try It onco.
puld for tho Star yet?
Wo simply wanted to
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