The Tulsa Star (Tulsa, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 31, Ed. 1, Saturday, June 19, 1915 Page: 1 of 8
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77ie Leading Race Paoer in The State of Oklahoma
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Vol. 3 No. 31
New York Negroes Prosperous In Their
SOI INTERESTING FACTS
The Negroes of New
York City in Se-
Editor of tho Tulsa Star Denr Sir:
rtclntlvo to the business nnd economic
conditions of Kansas City nml Now
York City. I find them comparatively
tlie dame. Kansas City lias her seg-
regated district for oitr people In tho
neighborhood of 18 nnd 19 streets
covering many blocks containing ap-
proximately forty or fifty thousand
souls. In this community wo find men
representing almost nil the trades and
professions. Somo very rich nnd
quite a few In modernto circumstanc-
es. Individually tlioy nro very pros-
perous. A great many own their own
homes and many others nro purchas-
ing homes and making reputations
for themselves whlrh will reflect a
iredlt upon tho race.
In New York we find tlio housing
conditions far superior to that In K.
C. You can't hardly find n tenement
In New York which Is not modern.
Needless to say that no permits nro
granted to build a house nnywhero In
tho confines of New York city without
modern nppllances. In tho segregated
district of New York City known ns
Harlem there Is n population of not
less than 90.000 who lle work and
pursue Ideals almost separato from
the great surrounding metropolis!
Hero our merchants ply their trades
our profeslonal men follow their var-
ious vocations their children nro ed-
ucated tho poor sick nnd orphans of
th rnco nro cared for. Tho center of
this district Is 135th street and nth
avenue. Looking In four directions
you can seo rows of 4 C G nnd 7 story
flats bouses all Inhabited by our pen-
pie. The houses nro In good repair.
Some of them Imvo elevator accom-
odations. In fact tho Jews havo belli-
ed make It possible for them to Imvo
such fine nnd commodious quarters
The ground floor of theso buildings Is
occupied by stores nnd business of-
fices. From the Juncturo of 135th rt
and 5th nvo. can be seen the business
signs of our people whoso holdings
nnd Interests rench nn aggregate of
millions of dollars.. A Colored man
by name of I'ayton n wealthy real es-
tate operator may be rightly termed
th father of this community. Slnco
It was ho who desptto violent opposi-
tion first Installed our peoplo In ten-
ement property In this section 10 or 12
years ago Wo havo a number of ex-
amples of men who have attalnod sue-
cose in this community which I feel
at this time Is unnecessary to men
tion. Ono striking feature of tho rnco!
in jow lorK is luey own very nine
property about one In eory thousand.
The property Is owned by rich syndi-
cates and families. Whenever a Col-
ored family moves In a block whero
the whites arc located the whites will
begin to inovo out until the whnlo
block Is occupied by Colored peoplo.
The result of which tho value of the
property Is reduced 40 per cent nnd
tho rental vnluo is nncreased In many
cases 100 per cent The Colored ng-
cnt In a great mensuro Is responsible
for this condition. So you can plain-
ly boo that a Colored man In New-
York pays more rent than any other
race. It I sa custom among tho em-
ployers In this country where the
memory of men renneth not to tho
contrary to pay a white man moro
for his labor than they pay a block
man for tho same Identical Bervlcc
and that custom Is still In voguo In
N. Y. only In public schools and gov-
ernment service. So you see that tho
Colored men on account of the high
cost of living reduced wages and In-
creased rentals lias a harder time to
succeed than his white brother. In
the fact of all thos opposition ho Is
Increasing in morals manners and
wealth. And It Is almost phenomenal
to see how many of them have brought
SlCCESSOfl TO TH MUSKOGEE STAR
Official Organ of Hie Grand United Order of Odd Fellows And The Knights And Ladies of Harmony of The World Oklahoma
and paid for nnd nro buying nnd pay-
ing for homes In quite n number of
those adjacent N. Jersey towns. Tho
most surprising condition that pre-
sents Itself to my view wns tho pub-
1 c school system of N. Y. It Is con-
ducted absolutely without nny preju-
dice whatever. Thero nro 100 Colored
teachers on tlio force who teach pro-
miscuously In nil tho schools quite n
number of them to my surprlso havo
not one colored pupil In their rooms.
The principal nnd teacher Is so pro-
nounced for JuMlce and the biothcr-
hood of men Hint I felt that the day
wns not fnr hence when Justice nnd
equality would begin nt N. Y. nnd
spread Itself N. K. S and west un-
til It had spread over every city town
vlllago nnd hamlet In this great conn
try of ours and eradicate from the
minds the prejudice nnd Ignorance of
our oppressors and place In their
hearts the feelings of tlio fatherhood
of God nnd tho brotherhood of man.
Tho teachers nro eminently proficient
iney nro nil graduates from somo
good college and linvo dono special
work to (It them for tho work they do.
No teachers are retained unless ther
.nro Intellectually morally nnd physic
ally in. is'o string-pulling goes. In tlio
beginning of this letter I stated thnt
our people aro prosperous Individuals
but collectvlcly they nre a nonenlty
To my mind tho redmptlon of tho rnco
lies not only In manufacturing but In
tho commercial world. My nttcntlon
has been called divers of times to
Colored men who had good Jobs who
ihnvo been given their tlmo without
any explanation nnd wlilto men aro
Installed In their places nnd our men
left Jobless. This condition Is get-
ting moro prevalent overy day; and
from the signs of tho times It will be
only n question of tlmo In this coun-
try If we do not do something to rem-
cmy this condition woo will bo our lot
.Seeing tho Inevitable let us face It
like men with a determination to turn
tlio tldi- in our favor. Wo have great
opportunities to Improve our tlmo In
mo manurncturlng world beginning In
our beloved Tulsa whero I hope to
seo tho Initiative. Wo should put our
monies together nnd establish manu-
factories such as garment and shoe.
Wo all wenr garments nnd shoos why
not mnko them? Why not mnko Jobs
for our boys nnd girls who are grad-
uating from our schools from year to
year. If no moro? By so doing it will
ralso tho standard of citizenship lit
Tulsn. Think of n class of scholars
plugging away trying to graduate
from school knowing when they have
finished a Job whero they rnn do
something other than menial labor
Beginning on n small scnle under
proper mnnngement It would be only
n question of tlmo when other cities
not only In Oklahoma would ho ar-
oused to tho gravity of tho situation
and owr peoplo In theso states would
Boon become a llvo wire In tho com-
mercial and manufacturing world. Lot
us Incorporate Let us takn tlio pledge
that wo will wear tho goods manufac-
tured by our factories and get on our
merry road which leads to wealth
honor nnd prosperity.
J. B. STHADFOHD.
WONDER AND MYSTERY.
An Entertainment That Really Enter
Profs. Andras Qabero and Castillo VII-
lleto Perform Wonders of Magic and
For tho past week Tulsnns havo had
tho privilege of witnessing nn exhi-
bition of rare occurrence and being
entertained with an art and sclenco of
Professor Andras Ilarhero tho
world's greatest Black Magician and
man of mystery nnd Castllo Vllletta
hi Ba'd Imvo been performing the
arts of magic In all tho churches of
our city. Their entertainments havo
drawn large and appreciative audienc-
es' all of which havo moro than como
up to tho claims of this wonderful
man of mystery.
rror. uabero is truly a magician
ntinva 4)fiA AirAPAAA a w 1 IiIIa n n 1 1
0 HDU0Btan bo holds his allegiance
TULSA OKLAHOMA SATURDAY JUNK 19 1915
and claims llnengo to all tho darker
races especially those of African dc-
sci nt Ilelng n highly educated gen-
tleman versed In the language nnd '
tongue or many other people be is
nnn of many parts Ills opportunities
ns a foreigner to break Into the ranks
of tho white Amcr can nnd become
rich and famous in his line; yet he
hns stndlly spurned these privileges
nnd sacrificing his own personal In-
terests has allied himself nnd his tal-
ents with tho weal and woe of tho Ne-
gro. l'rof. Dibero's entertainment Is n
high clns one In overy particular nnd
Its lectures are clean wholsome nnd
timely. Ills mvsterlous feats aro mar
vclous and astounding. Ills especial
fent styled "the grent Lovlatlon" In
which hctnk es n girl from the nit-
dlenco and makes her float In mid-nlr
is as wonderful ns It is mysterious.
Ills many other feats aro Incompre-
hensible and astonishing and keeps
the audiences In wonder nnd ntnazc-
ment As ho snys It puts them to
thinking nnd wo ndd they nre kept
lost in thought. Ho Is ably assisted
by l'rof Vllllcto. Tho l'rof. Is the
only Spiritual writer on tho road nnd
the only black man In America who
belongs to the Brotherhood of Magic-
ians. Oklahoma City
(Ily tho Star reporter.)
Tho program nt Tnbcrnaclo church
on Sunday night executed by children
of kindergarten ago was splendid In-
deed. It Is pleasant to bo entertained
by such a brilliant array of little folk.
Little "Dllllc" Hnrvey( Win Harvey
Jr.) ngo 2 was the lending star "Bll-
ly" delivered a double header thero
were several high class musical num-
bers. Mrs. Harrison presided.
Tho Olrls' Conning Club held a very
profitable session Monday afternoon
nt tho A. M. 10. church. Tho club Is
very fortunate to hivo Madam Haw-
kins ns Instructor. Mothers should
see to it thnt their daughters Join
this club and learn the canning busi-
ness. Oueen Esther In Oratorio by the A.
M. E. church rholr of GO voices was
repeated at Calvary church this week
with great success. This noted body
of nll-stnr singers always attract bag
Tho big picnic comer 7th nnd Lot-
tlo streets wns nttended In largo num-
bers Wednesday. Tho picnic was un-
der management of Success Court No.
4 Horolnes of Jericho. Bradford Col-
lier eta etc officiated.
l'rof. Carl Dlton master musician
nt Tabernacle Wednesday evening
won for himself a place In tho hearts
of Oklahoma City citizens. Mr. Dlton
Is nn nrtlst of whom wo aro Justly
Tho Colored Orchestra playing for
tho Colored theatre Is mourning the
loss of ono of their number In tho
denth of Mr. Albert Smith famous
bass violinist who dropped dead whllo
In the act of nlavlng
Tho music nnd drilling nt Delmnr
Carden Wednesday ovenlng wns
' something beautiful. Tho performers
. were Christopher Columbus Co. No. 1
Uniform Itank K. of l' aim tne im-
perial Hand W. T. Frlco and John
Smith ct al officers. Those gentle-
men are men who do things nnd aro
causing tho peoplo of this city to sit
up nnd tnko notice.
Mr. Geo. Ilugland a man r.t marked
oxecutlvo ability and head waller nt
the Savoy Cafe a place for Hon Tons
only. Is n staunch friend of tlio Star.
We aro glad to enlist Mr. Ilaglnnd ns
ono of our subscribers.
(Dy tho Star Iloportor.)
Ilev. J. N. I!. Walls Mrs. Cclla Farm-
er. Mrs. Henry Morrison Mrs. W. C.
Ward Mrs. Margret Stewart all loft
Tuesday morning to attend tho Christ-
Ian Endeavor and Sunday School Con-
vention at Iloynton Okla. which Is
now In session.
Mrs. Corn Hanks was called to Kan-
sas City on the 12th on account cf the
death of her sister. Miss Urnu Davis.
Mr. Earl Hanks has returned to the
city after spending a few Jays In Jop-
lln Mo. cm buitnesa.
Mrs. Kiln Ilolden of Independence
Bpent n few days hero Inst wiek vis-
iting friends nnd hns returned homo
Ml 3 Mayme Shears has returned to
her home after spending a fow days
in Okmulgo- visiting her husband Mr
Misses Eva Cape and Luclle Kwlng
have returned homo nfter spending n
few dnys In dishing.
Mr. John Given hns opened nn Ice
Ilartlesvlllc was very much schock-
mI Sunday about noon when Miss llea-
trlce Itay ended her own llfo by drink-
ing carbolic ncld. She was n sweet
little girl about 17 years old. Her
home wns In Joplln. Mo. She wns
hero with her foster mother Mrs.
Mayme Shears whom bIio leaves with
many other friends who nro very much
grieved over her death. Gono but not
forgotton. Tho funeral wns attended
Tuesday afternoon by Itev. C. J. Jen-
nings Thercinalns of Mr. Frank Woods
who died In the hospitnl nt Indepen-
dence Kns. Juno 10th wns shipped
hero and was burled at tho cemetery
here Saturday. Ho leacs a sister
nnd brother nnd many friends to
mourn his loss.
Mrs James returned homo In Mus
kogoe on tlio 14th.
MrnL. C. Itarson Is on tho sick list
Ilev C. J. Jennlng I. C. of Now
Hopo Ilaptlst church began his re-
vival Sunday Juno 13 and Is progress-
ing flno. Ilu lnvlstes nil tho churches
of tho city to assist him In tho meet-
ing. Tho K. of I'.s will linvo nn enter
tainment nt tlio Hall Juno 24. Every
Thero III bo a grand concert at tho
Now Hopo Ilaptlst church Juno 25
everybody is Invited. It will be n
Hon. Theo Baughman traveling
ngent for tho Topeka Plain Dealer
wns In tho city last.
Tho Star on salo every Saturday
at P. E. Dickson tailor shop 109 Dew-
Miss Hessle Kndes of Parsons Kan.
Is visiting her grandmother Mrs. V.
Itlione In West end.
Mrs. Ed. Smith of Okla City has
been in our city tho past week. Sha
was called to attend the bedside of
her husband who wns shot on Friday
the 4th Tho shot was fntal. Mr.
Smith dyng tho samo afternoon. Mr.
Tucker who did tho shooting Is In
.Mist Mario E. Hooves nnd Miss
Catbcrlno Austin nro homo from Flsk
University. Miss Austin will spend
tho summer with her Bister Mrs. Dr.
Dlmcstlc Sclenco club bad a nlco
meeting yesterday ovenlng.
The Haznnr ut C. M. E. church last
week wns a splendid affair.
Th" ladles of tho Eastern Star serv-
ed refreshments Tuesday oven nt Mrs.
Miss Myrtle Wharton 1b III with ap-
pendicitis. Wo hopo for her a speedy
Mrs. Ed. Milliner has been quite
Mrs. M. E. Thompson was 111 a few
days last week.
Miss Hazel McDanlel Is back from
school in Lawrence Kan whero she
graduated this year.
Mrs. Ellen Miller his been III for
threo weeks. Hetter nt this writing.
Carl Dlton noted pianist will play
nt Mr. Triumph Ilaptlst church next
Monday evening. Ho will be assisted
by local talent.
Tho pnrty at Wells & Whataker
Park Monday evening In honor of vis-
itors was nn cnjoynblo affair. Autos
wero kept busy
Mrs. Sophronla Wells nnd daughter
of Omaha are vUltlng relatives.
Miss Willie Miller of Bartlesville Is
In tho city.
Mrs. Carol of Tusa Is a pleasant vis-
itor. (Special to the Star.)
SAPULPA Okla.. Juno IE. Mrs.
Jennie Smith who died hero last Sun-
day was burled today under tlio aus-
pices of tho Homo Undertaking Co of
Tulsa through W. H. Little of this
placo who Is local agent for tho Tulsa
Mrs. Smith was a member of tho S.
M.. T.s nnd this organization turned
out In a solid body to tho funeral to-dsy.H
i-xoMjumixjirm - - m . . l . . rm
Tlio Klec'iit SIT) 000 Church
striiction by the Mcmbero nnd CotiBrt'Rntion of Mt Ziuti HnptUt Church.
Oor higm anil hnstcr blrtcts As It will nppoar when Completed
Uuv. R. A. Wiiitaklk Pastoh.
The nbovo Is tho Mt. Zlon Ilaptlst
church of Tulsn Okla. corner East-
ern and Elgin. When completed will
cost eleven thousand two hundred
and fifteen dollars. Tills church will
bo a credit to the community nnd
city ns well. Wo linvo been strug-
gling for tho past six years and are
Indeed glad to sny that wo hnwi this
day seen the Hxht. Our corner lot to-
duy Is paid for. Wo havo paid tlio
Inst dollar tho mortgage Is In our
hands and In tho near futuia It Mill
burned and our Many friends will bo
called to Sou tho burning. An a
Board of Trustees wo nro grateful to
our members who havo stood so hard
by our plans nnd ever followed tlio
leadership of our pastor who knows
I.ast Sunday was our bright day;
the members lalllied to tho roll call
nud when the pastor ended tho call
four hundred and eighty-seven dollars
and five cents was reported eollectul
The Hoard met at onco and began Its
work of paying off. Wo paid tlio last
dlmo on lumber for the Tabernacle
took up tho land nolea and saved
enough to start our work nnd today
we nro struggling to put In our foot-
ing. That work Is moving along nice-
ly Wo nro culling on our friends
who 'linvo always told us thnt they
would help us when wo started. To-
day wo nro on our woy. Wo need
seventy-flvo tbousnnd bricks llmo. ce-
ment stnno nnd sand nnd money to
carry this work on. Wo nro praying
to enter the basement of our church
by November. Wlmtover you can do
to help us do Itl Wo aro now en-
gaged In a great revival working for
tho salvation of men. Como nud help
fight the good fight.
A Word About Pastor Whlttaker. .
One year ngo last Sundny Pastor
Whltnker was Installed ns pnBtor of
this flock. A dark day for any min-
ister to take n flock who had been as
discouraged foes within and without
ho was then Superintendent of Mis-
sion for Oklahoma and many said he
could not succeed and obstacles of
every kind In his wny but God was
w-th him and he being n man of
SSLJKSl i- 'i -
charge In tho school house on Hart
iora street In Septembor the pastor
received orders to move. Whatever
to bo dono must be did at once ho
sought rcfugo In a hall; thero ho con-
tinued to preach nnd pray until God
provldod another placo a fow Brethren
led by Brother Henry rosolved to
build a temporary placo of worship
wncrn we now abide Tho postor was
Bupportea by a row members whllo
manv stood nfnr nff Tml .. ' "" u"vu t-'Jiraci o ppcareu on ino
3 iVwmVm-L.aJ.P9.rt PW " Democrat as a
proud of blm; his life la boyond ro.
proach; his record Is fine his doport-
mont Is good his ability excellent ns
a preacher. Oklahoma knows blm as
a leader ho Is safo and sound a wlso
nrMlTnVE0HlP.rcach0rnnaaEr''?tlhM'' "Prcsslons of a true
preached or righteousness. Ho Isl hero
Subscription $1.00 Per Yoar
Kdffice now under Coiirsa f fn
worthy of this little commendation
and more. Wo lovo him becauso ho
Is not afraid. Wo lovo blm liecmmu
ho can do things. Wo lovo hltn bo-
caiiso ho Is a man to his word. Wo
lovo him becauso ho Is worthy to bo
loveu. ir ion can bo built tills leader
can build. Tulsa should bo proud of
him becauso ho Is snfo In tho home
round In tho pulpit big In his heart
nnd kind to Ills' fellowmcn. Again wo
say all pralso to pastor Whltnkorl
Signed. Tnisteo Board
OEO. KELLEY. Chairman.
WM. 8. DUHDEN. Secy.
A NEGRO HERO.
onn B. Stoncr Is n ono-armed Ne-
gro who pushes a boardwalk chair at
Atlantic City. Ho wns wheeling u
rouplo of visitors along tho wnlk
when ho noticed n commotion on tho
beach. Tho waves wero running high.
Far out In tho water thero wan u girl
clinging feebly to n pllo nt tho end of
n Jetty Shn nnd n male friend had
beed cnrrled Into deep water by tho
undertow. Tho man after n hard
battle bad brought her as far as tho
Jetty then ho had been flung against
n pllo nnd disappeared. Tho girl was
lii danger of following him nt any
Several man had started out to res-
cue her but when thoy felt tho pull of
tho current carrying them seaward
they gnvo It up. Sho was loft to her
Tho moment Stoner observed tho
Bltuatlon ho leaped from tlio board-
walk nnd dressed ns lto was ho dash-
ed through tho crowd and plunged In-
to tho surf. Fighting bis wny through
tho breakers with ono arm. flung
ngalnst tho Jetty over nnd over again
till he was nearly unconscious bruis-
ed nnd battered nnd burled under tho
wnves ho finally reached tho drown-
ing girl. Sho seized him tightly
around tho neck and pulled him down.
But ho ro-nppenred nnd started for
shgro with her swimming with his
feet. Half way (o land bo met a Ger-
man Bwlmmcr with n big surf board.
' .' ".V .'"" ".. "'" ?ir'.-L"."."a5"
Tlio two got tho girl onto tho board
ehMn - Bing''fthVac;
nnd tho girl was saved.
Stoncr wns taken to tho hospital
and had his wounds dressed then ho
hurried back to his boss and apolo-
gized for having deserted his chair.
When you rend of tho next "Negro
outrngo" Just romember Stoncr. A
race Is lo bo Judged by Its bost rcpre-
scntntlvo rather than by Its worst
Tulsa Democrat Juno 17 1915.
'I no nbovo extract appeared on tho
lieadllner and proves boyond ques-
tion that thero nro papers published
by wlilto men who havo a heart and
oul nnd will glvo our rnco a square
ilnnl Mfrt ilinnlr (tin Tn.ut n
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