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S A T U R D A Y , MARCH 14, 1931
SECTIO N O N E
PRICE FIVE C E N TS
SLAYS COP, JANITOR FREED BY GRAND JURY
RICH WHITE WOMAN LEAVES $15,000 TO MAID
DA MCI n r r i i o r o
OEICK ORGANIZES MUNICIPAL
I H I I L L [\ U U O l O
OWNERSHIP LEAGUE BRANCH
At the call of ita president, I. H.
I'ayne, and secretary, Mr». Lillian
I,ay, a meeting o f a branch o f the
Municipal Ownership leagu e was
R e o p e n F ig h t X o O u s t E .R . .^W ilso n M O D E
WASHINGTON, O. C , March 10—
After five week in the Tombs, charged
with »laying a white man. who, aidad
by a gang o f rowdies, attacked him
on January 17, Stephan Staton, 26.
found himself a free man laat W ed
nesday when the Grand Jury refused
to hand down a murder indictment
Yesterday Staton prepared to leave
the city, after hearing of numerous
death thrsata made by friends of the
thugs whom he bested single-handed.
He was charged with the death of
John I>onnelly, 116. a former police
man, M l West l.tad street.
Donnelly was stabbed through the
heart with an army bayonet on the
end o f a gun when Staton -.'as at-
u . ‘ked at (M m ) West 126th street,
where he was employed as Janitor.
Staton waa sweeping the hallway
of the building where he was am-
ployed when his broom accidentally
knocked against the door o f the Pat
rick 8. Dowd Democratic Association,
which ia housed in the building.
Twelve whites, who had just returned
from the association's dance down
town, began to abuse him.
Fearing troubla, Staton retreated
to the office of the superintendent,
where he slept. When he locked the
door the whites followed him and
demanded entrance. They answered
his refusal by smashing the glass,
panels and the door.
Meets Charge of Foes
The janitor vigorously wielded a
baseball bat until his club was brok
en on one rowdy's head.
tackers broke the rear windows and
attempted entrance. Donnelly head
ed the group. He was rewarded with
a thrust In the heart.
When Staton surrendered, the su
perintendent, Ellis B. Frasier, 100
West 128th street, came to hia de
Frasier revealed that thugs
had tried to intimidate him several
time because of hie responsible posi
tion in a "white neighborhood," and
stated that threats had been made
ugninst Staton after his arrest.
FORMER PORTLANDER in n | Y N P M FP ^
SUCCUMBS IN SOUTH
L m u r a ju >
HEAD OPERATION PROVES FATAL
AUTHORITY ON INTERNATIONAL
AND INTERRACIAL RELATIONS
Ks-Judge Richard Drirh, who ad
dressed a meeting at the home of I
II Payne. 1*4 Cherry street, Wednes
day night on Municipal Ownership.
held at the home o f the president, 194
« -terry, street. Wednesday evening.
An interesting and informing meeting
was reported by many who attended.
The principal address waa delivered
by ex-Judge Richard Deich, and oth
ers who spoke were ex-Senator A. W.
Orton and Attorney John Jeffriaa.
This league is just one o f the many
branches of the Municipal Ownerahip
League, o f which Commissioner Clyde
le the moving spirit. Mr. Payne an
nounces that there will be additional
meetings held monthly.
FO I'R ORCHESTRAS TO PLAY AT
N.A.A.C.P. DANCE IN HARLEM
(By N. A. A. C. P. Press Com.)
Dr. Norman P. Coleman, praaident
of Reed College, Portland, has ac
cepted tha invitation o f the local N. A.
A. C. P. to share with the members
and friends of the organisation, his
observations and opinions with regard
to race relatione in an address on
“ Race R e l a t i o n a— at Home and
Abroad." Dr. Coleman has traveled
extensively, making epacial studies in
this field, and ia recognised as one
o f the moet brilliant thinkers and edu
cators in America. He will speak at
the regular meeting of the associa
tion to be held at the Williame Avenue
Y. W. C. A. next Sunday afternoon at
The association has secured employ
ment for the following persons: Miss
Alice Wilson, in the employ o f the
manager of a local department store;
Charles (Chuck) Williams, in the rug
department o f the same store, and
E ffie Lee as special maid.
Asuccaaaful protest against tha
showing o f "The Birth o f a Nation"
film was made by Virgil E. Keene,
chairman executive board, and J. L.
Caston, chairman publicity committee,
in behalf of the association before
the city council, and after Dr. Gas
ton's argument, upon motion of Com
missioner Clyde, the petition of the
Triangle Film Co. to show it was da-
Reporta on all of the activitioa and
a specially arranged musical program
will make Sunday's maeting, in addi
tion to Dr. Coleman's address, s nota
ble event. C. E. Irey is president and
Mrs. C. L. Ingersoll secretary o f the
Dr. DeNorval Unthank is chairman
of the Program Committee o f the
New York, Mar. 6— With prominent
New Yorkers of both races as table
holders and admissiona rapidly being
■old, the Annual Spring Dance at the
Savoy ball room, o f the National As
sociation for the Advancement of Col
ored People promisee to be the out
standing event o f the season.
No less than four famous orches
tras will furnish music for the affair,
including Cab Calloway's Cotton Club
orchestra, the Grand Central Red Cape
orchestra under the direction o f Russ
Wooding, and both o f the Savoy ball
Charles S. Heftet, white attorney, room orchestiaa.
70 West Fortieth street, offered the
defendant free legal service. His as PEN USED BY IIOOVKK
sociate in the ease was William T.
PRESENTED TO TEACHER
Andrews, 200 West 136th street, spe
Washington, March 2— The pen with
cial counsel for the National Asao- which President Hoover last Wednes IN ALABAM A WHITE TEN ANT
ciation for the Advancement of Col day signed the bill providing for a car
FARMER KILLED FOR RESIST
fare not exceeding 3 cents for school
ING DEMANDS OF PLANTER
rhildren in the District of Columbia
AND IN MISS. FOR SHOOTING
has been presented to James C.
George Sommers, o f Boston, Pull Wright, a teacher in the Cardoxa High
man porter, accompanied the Chicago School, who is credited with originat
DOTHAN, Ala., Mar. 10.— What
Civic Opera Company to Portland ing the movement for reduced fare for seems to be a lynching occurred here
this week. A white tenant farmer
who refused to yield to certain work
ing demands o f his boss was shot and
killad Monday night by six masked
men who had gona to hia home with
the intention o f flogging him.
CLARKSBURG, Miss., Mar. 8—
George Spann, tenant farmar, who
shot and severely wounded hia land
lord, Charlea O’Neal, because o f forced
labor, was killed Saturday by a mob
which tracked him with bloodhounds
RALEIGH, N. C.— (C N S )— He left never been to school a day in his life.
Holman Crawford, who won a name
his ship in Norfolk and walked to
Ho was with the last Roosevelt big
for himself as a golfer in Portland,
Raleigh because somebody told him he game expedition as handy man and
has had official recognition from the
could get a Job in the cotton mills at what not. He is a sailor, black as the
University o f Southern California,
the Falls of Nouse.
ace o f spades, dead broke, hungry,
where ha ia majoring in medicine.
He speaks 18 languages and 18 dia dirty and a long ways from his home
Young Crawford haa been commission
lerts, including Chiness and Gaelic, in Port au Prince. He is looking for
ed to organixa a college g olf club.
but can neither read nor write. He's a job.
LYNCH MHITE MEN
Speaks 13 Tongues
Cant Ryell Name
Prosecution Fails as Second
W. G. Crawford died at hia home in
Man is Freed in Connec
Loe Angeles last Sunday night, ac
tion With Crime That
cording to information contained in
Resulted in Deaths of
a telegram to Elmer Flowers from hit
wife, Mrs. Thelma Crawford-Flowers,
who was summoned to her father's
bedside laet week. Mr. Crawford was
MARION, Ind., March 5.— All hope
ill only a week following an operation o f getting a conviction in the lyneh-
on his head for the removal o f car I ing o f two colored youths at the
buncles. Blood poison and other com County Court House here last A u
plications set in and ha succumbed. gust by a mob of several thousand
Mr. and Mrs. Crawford formarly re white persons was given up when
sided in Portland, having coma to the second of seven alleged partici
Portland from Seattla. They ware pants in the crime, Charles Lennon,
here four year* and Mr. Crawford was was acquitted by a jury here Satur
employed aa steward o f tha Columbia day.
Four other men are out on bond
Country Club. He was a member of
the Masonic Lodge and of the St. and a seventh is fugitive on charges
Phillips Episcopal Church of Portland. -irailar to that which Lennon was
They moved to Los Angeles about acquitted. Court officials intimated
eight months ago and purchassd a j that charges against those still facing
lovely home so they could be near trial would be dismissed.
Have Pictures o f Mob
their youngest son, Holman, who is
The victims o f the mob were A bra
attending the University of Southern
California. The deceased leaves to ham Smith, 19 years old, and Thomas
mourn their loss a wife, Mrs. W. G. Shipp, 18. They were arrested as
Crawford, and two sons, Willie and suspects in the killing of a white
Holman, all o f Los Angeles, and a youth and an attack upon his girl
daughter, Mrs. Thelma Flowers, of companion. They ware taken from
Portland. Funeral services were con their cells, brutally beaten, hanged
ducted Wednesday from the Angelus from a tree and a bonfire built under
them. Pictures o f the mobbista gloat
ing over their prey were taken, but
still the law was unable to fasten the
guilt on anyone.
TEACHERS GET BACK PAY
RACES GET CLOSER TOGETHER
Democrats Step Aside;
DePriest Bill Passes
NEGRO AND WHITE W ORKERS
FIGHT FOR UNEMPLOY
WASHINGTON, March 2— Liberal
ism prevailed in the House at an eve
NEW YORK, Mar. 12— (C N A )—
ning session last Friday and two
Democratic members from the South. Demonstrations staged all over the
Representatives Thomas L. Blanton United States showed the increasing
o f Texas and Ross A. Collins o f Mis militance o f the employed and unem
sissippi, withdrew their objections ployed workers in their fight for un
and allowed Representative Oscar employment insurance. In all these
DePriest o f Illinois and Representa demonstrations Nego workers played
tive Albert R. Hall of Indiana, Re a conspicuous part.
In Houston, Berry, a Negro worker,
publicans, to obtain unanimous con
sent for the passage of a bill provid was the main speaker. It was the first
ing back pay to ten directors in the time a Negro had ever spoken from
public schools for Negroes o f the Dis the City Hall steps.
trict of Columbia.
Mr. DePriest explained that from
1906 to 1924 colored directors were
paid one salary and the white direc
tors another. "Under the law,” he
said, "they are entitled to equal sal
This bill equalises the sal
aries as they should have been dur
ing that time. UpoR the hearings the
District Committee made every in
vestigation and reported the bill fa
vorably. I am sure the gentleman
(Mr. Collins) would not keep these
people from their just pay."
(See photo on page 4)
S to re
Pittsburgh Appoints Committee«
to Welcome N. A. A, C. P. in June
PITTSBURGH, Mar. 10.— Furteen
committees have been appointed here
to prepare for the 22nd Annual Con-
f rence o f the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored Peo
ple, it was announced today.
tirane Pay Your Subtcripiion
CHARGE WILSON AGREED
BUT FAILED TO RESIGN
RICHMOND, Va„ Mar. 12.— A se
cret meeting between the opposing
factions in the ranks of the I. B. P.
O. E. which waa bald last week in this
city in an attempt to mend the breach
occasioned by the withdrawal o f the
Virginia grand lodge o f Elks last
year, proved futile, it waa learned
this week, when the first stipulation
put forward by the insurgents was
the expulsion o f J. Finley Wilson as
Grand Exalted Ruler o f the order.
The secret sesiaon was attended by
Perry W . Howard, grand legal ad
viser, William C. Hueston, commis
sioner o f education, and T. G. Batter,
all of whom are representing Wilson
in the case pending before tha U. 3.
Circuit Court o f Appeals in which the
insurgents are demanding the right
to establish an order independent
from the grand lodge. The insurgent
group was represented at the confer
ence by James T. Carter, Joseph R.
Pollard and Dr. Leon A. Reid, against
whom the grand lodge waa denied an
injunction restraining them from op
erating under the originsd charter
granted by the state o f Virginia.
8ENERCIARY IN POOR HEALTH
FROM WORRYING OVER
BENEFACTOR'S U S
Rich White Woman Leaves
Negro Maid $15,000; Sedan
Word has just been received by
friends in Portland that Mrs. Johnny
Meroney of El Paso, Texas, waa left
816,000 and a sedan and other per
sonal effecta by her late employer,
Mrs. Lucy Marr, in her wilL To each
o f her sisters the deceased left $6.
Mrs. Meroney ia a sister-in-law o f
Mrs. L. H. Preston of Chicago, Dl.
Mrs. Preston ia a sister o f the late
Mrs. Leon Gregory and is known to
many Portlanders, having spent a yaar
here with her sister during her last
illness. Mrs. Marr died in Loe An
geles last September and her will waa
drawn the previous May. Mrs. Ms-
roney was quite ill at the time the
provisions o f the will were made pub
lic and stated that she no doubt would
have to use the greater part of the
bequest in trying to regain her health,
which she declares was impaired by
assuming too much of her employer's
It is reported that the figh t was
the abdication o f Wilson and a writ
ten agreement from him promising
not to run again for grand exalted
BIRTH OF NATION PRO-
DliCER CH’G’D ASSAULT
r eld secretary vkorks for
State Senate Passes
LOS ANGELES, March 10.— Fern
Setril. actress, charged David Wark
Griffith, famous film director, with
assaulting hem, in a civil suit filed
I NEW YORK, Mar. 12— Threat*
She asked 8601.000 damages, charg against tha life o f William Pickana,
ing that the alleged assault occurred
Field Secretary o f the W. A . A. C. P.,
in G riffith’s Hollywood apartment.
were made over the telephone in
Miss Setril set forth that she met
Marian, Ind., where Mr. Pickens
Griffith while visiting the United A r
spoke and excoriated mob murderers,
tists Studio in search o f employment.
during the trial there o f the lynch
Griffith, she charged, assured her that|
ers o f two colored men.
she was a "g irl o f unusual type of
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bailey, hosts
beauty" and that she had remarkable
to Mr. Pickens during his stay, ware
features that would film well.
Miss Setril said that the date of also threatened. Although warned to
this meeting with Griffith was Jan stay away from the court by reason
uary 20, 1929, and that on June 25, o f the intense mob sentiment prevail
1930. he requested her to visit him in ing, Mr. Pickens attended several
his apartment. The complaint declar sessions o f trial o f the lynchers.
ed that Griffith promised to give Miss
Setril the role o f Ann Rutledge in his
film “ Abraham Lincoln."
Under this promise, the girl stated,
she went to G riffith’s apartment and
was “ violently and forcibly attacked."
As a result o f the alleged attack.
Miss Setril said she was forced to
undergo an operation, suffering tem
porary and permanent diaability to the
extent of $600,000 in addition to be
ing compelled to spend more than
$1000 for medical treatment. She re
quested an additional $100,000 for ex
Says Nina In Love
W ith Rich Mexican
PARIS, France, March 10.— Nina
Mae McKinney, winsome film actrees,
w'uu is touring the continent, ia re
ported to be more than mildly inter
ested in a young Mexican whose fath
er is the Consul from Mexico to Co
logne, Germany. The "rom ance" is
said to have begun when he invited
her to meet her father when she was
At the Riveria, where Nina Mae
now appears, she was questioned re
garding the handsome young Mexican,
but only smiled and said “ He's nice”
in reply to queries about him. Mean
while Nina Mae remains the wife of
her boy-husband, Dong Daniels, danc
er, o f Chicago.
Miss McKinney, who suffered a
run o f »ill-luck before leaving the
United States, is now “ in the money,"
as she has signed a contract with tha
UFA Pictures to screen a new talkie
in A frica for $60,000 before her re
turn to America.
(Sea photo on page 2)
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