MCUBATOR BABY FOUND AIM Kisses African Bishop's Ring Pttiiodioal I>ike UniT Libraiy ♦ Dr. Abigail Crawford, teach er in New York City schools, kneels to kiss the episcopal ring of Most Rev. Joseph Ki- wanuka, only Negro Catholic Bishop in the world. Bishop Kiwanuka, shown here after speaking at a forum in New York, is Vicar Apostolic of Masaka, Uganda,-East Africa. He visited the United States to raise funds for a seminary in which African boys will be trained for the Catholic priesthood.—(Layne). Says Regional Schools Doomed NEW YORK The decision of the Court of Appeals of Maryland upholding the right of Miss Esther Me- Cready to admission to the Uni versity of Maryland School of Nursing clearly demonstrates that “the regional education compact cannot be used as an excuse for excluding qualiiied Niegro students from existing educational facilities within a state,” Thurgood Mar»hall, NAACP special counsel, said today iu commenting on the court’s unanimous decision. The opinion, handed down by the Court of Appeals on April 14 at Annapolis, reversed a de cision of Chief Judge W. Con- well Smith of the Baltimore City Court. Judge Smith had held that the university could legally exclude Miss McCready through arranging for her training at the nursing school of Meharry Melical Oollege in Na^ville. Judge Smitli’s decision, Mr. Marshal said^ ‘ ‘ inferentially upheld the regional compact as an infitrument for exclusion of Negroes from state universi ties.” The Court of Appeals cited its decision of 1938, ordering the admission of Donald Mur ray to the University of Mary land Law School, and stated that the law “permits no dis tinction between the study of law and the study of nursing.” It referred also to two,other NAACP cases, the Gaines and Sipuel cases, in which thfe Unit ed States Supreme Court estab lished the responsibility of a state to provide educational facilities for Negroes within its borders equal to and at the same time as facilities provided for white students. Miss MoOready applied for admission to the university on (Please turn to Page Eigh|t) Urges Savings And Loan To Job FDIC WASHINGTON Tl^ American Savings and Loan ijeague will undertake a program of encouraging all of its member associations to se cure federal imiurauce for their a)counUi as a protemtiou for these accounts and as a “sound inducement” for new busine«sj. This was one of the major items discussed at the meet ing of the executive commit tee here on Friday. The group represents 12 of the 24 sav ings and loan institutions owned and controlled by Ne groes, and more than 70 per cent of all of the assets of such lending agencies. J. S. Stewart of Durham is presi dent. The League also explored th(B possibilities of a closer working relationship with the two major national organizatons which serve the industry. Out of such cooperation they hope, to d,e- velop a plan for apprenticeship training for young Negroes Ln- terested. i^the home finance business. 0. K. LaRoque, member of the FHLBB, addressed the meeting and reasurred them of the agency’s continued cooperation. Stephen Slipher, Washington representative of the U. S. Savings and Loan League, also pledged the sup port of his group. Dr. Booker _T. McGraw represented the Housing and Home Finance Agency. (Please turn to Page Bight) an |^°T>rauTH~ Butered u Second OIsm Matter at the Pcwt Office at IMirham, North Carolina, under Act of March 3, 1879. FOR 25 YEARS THE OUTSTANDING NEGRO WEEKLY OF THE CAROLINi T*m VOLUME 28—NUMBER 17 DURHAM, N. C., SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 1950 PRICE; TEN CENTS Despondent Father Takes Own Life Bereaved Mother Of Twins Confesses Kidnapping Child Durham May Get Negro Fire Station Fletcher Best, 36, father of two small children and form er employee of tlie American Tobacco Company, took his own life at his home here, 903 Pine Street, Sunday morn ing, around iiiiie o’clock by sliooting himself with a shot gun. Mr. Best apparently placed the barrel of ttie shotgun un der his chin and tripped the trisgger with ,a stnng. The blast practically tore his head from his shoulders. The act was committed in the dining room only a few moments after the family, consisting of himself, hSs wife, Mrs. Mattie Best and two small children, Barbara Jean, 7, and Marvis Lee, 4, had finished breakfast. Mrs. Best left the room for a few min utes and the father is believed to have ordered the children out in the yard to play. Mr. Best b(ad been in de- cling health for several months and it is believed that despondency over his health was responsible for his tak ing his own life. Funeral services were neld at Barnes Chapel, in Wayne County, near Goldsboro Wed nesday. Interment was in the church cemetery. LAW BUILDING DEDICATED AT S, C. STATE ORiiNGEBURG ,South Carolina State A. and M, Oollege new law school build ing was dedicated Wednesday with exercises held in the col lege chapel and at the law school building. The Honorable £. L. Fish- burne,, A|eociate Jtistite Supreme Court of South Car olina delivered the address. The presentation of the build ing was mad^ by W. C. Bethea, Orangeburg, S. C., secretary of the Board of Trustees. Reverend Warren C. Jenkins, chaplain accept ed the presentation and per formed the act of dedication. Justice Fisliburne was in troduced by Attorney A. H. Moss, Orangeburg, S. C., mem ber of the Board of Trustees. Otlier notables and members of the Board of Trustees present included W. McHodge, Alcolu; Charles A. Jones, Moncks Cor ner, S. C., both members of the Board of Trustees; Marshall Williams, and C. Walker Lime- house, members of the South) Carolina fjegislature and Louis (Please turn to Page Eight) Heads Delegates Clarence E. Faucett, Dur ham business man and officer of Saint Matthew C. M. E. Church Were who will head the North Carolina delgation to the C. M. E. General Con ference which meets in Kan sas City, May 3. Mr. Faucett will leave Durham for Kan sas City Monday, May 1, Bishop Watson To Speak At St. Mark Sun. Bishop E. B. Wat.son of Greenaboro, will preach at eleven o’clock service Sun day morning, April 30 at St. Mark A. M. E. Zion Church, corner of Pine and Pickett Streets. Bishop Watson is the pre siding Bishop of the Ninth S^piscoipal D^stricl; of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The three con ferences comprising the Ninth District are Central North Carolina, Pee Dee-South Car olina, and the East Tenn. and Virginia. The “All Star” Building' Fund Rally will be held at seven o’clock Sunday eve ning, at which time one hun dred captains will be called upon fo report $150 each. Suicide PJetcher Best, resident of 903 Pine Street who took his life last Sunday morning a- round nine o’clock. The 36- year-old fathfer of two young children is believed to have been despondent over iM health. Mr. Best used a shot gun which nearly blew his head off. Bids for the new church building and Sunday School annex are expected to be let this week. Over 5,000 Expected At (ME General Conlerence Gathering In Kansas City NEGRO REGISTRARS IN ACTION C. E. FAUCETTE HEADS N. C. DELEGATION ST. LOOTS The General Conference of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, scheduled to meet in Kansas City, Missouri next week, with 5,000 or more per sons in attendance, will likely see some “tightly drawn politi cal lines, ’ ’ according to in formation that has leaked out. However, a long list of promin ent personalities of that de nomination seem to know but Clarence E. Faucette, prom inent young Durham business man, will head the North Carolina delegation to the General Conference of the C. M. E. Church which meets in Kansas City, May 3. The group leaves Durham, May 1. The above photo shows Mrs. Bernice Williams, registrar of the Pearson School pre cinct in the act of recording tHe name of a r^istrant. At the extreme left is James Hus band, precinct judge, next is Mrs. Martha Dooms, and Mrs. Margaret Whisenton and Mrs. Williamson. little, if iuiything, of such a political trend. Persons high iu the fluircli say it is “all rumor” and nothing is to it. However, it is known that the t.M. K. (Jeneral (’onlVrt-nce sessions wiiicli open in Kansa.s City \Vechu‘slay, May 3, will at tract widespread attention dne t»i .several tilings. One elaini is tha( the (teneraJ (.'oni’erenee “will turn a deaf ear’’ to the matter of inereiising ^le number of the Hishops of till' church be cause of iA^» dost* id'filiatjiou with the Methodist Chureh. Some ‘laiiii tht're i.s not rea.son for in- ereiusin^' the nuTiiher of Bishops of the Chureh because efforts have been made by Bishops and and other leaders of the Metli- odist Chui-ch to have the Mem bership of the CME Church be come a part *f the Methodist body, made up of white and Negro people in all sections of the world. But, some of those who have their eyes on eleva tions, deny this as soiaething “out of the ordinary.” “Nothing To It,” Says Public Relations Man Meantime, Rev. C. E, Chap man, one of the General Officers of the CME Church, stated lui- liesitatiiigly that “There’s nothing to all of that. We are satisfied that any effort at unit ing the CME Church with other churches will be given due con sideration. But that doesn’t mean we won’t take such steps as are necessary to keep the CilE Church ‘going’ until we are a part of the United Meth odist Church.” Speaking fur ther, the Public Relations Secre tary said; “W’^e don’t have to resort to any such as that to get our interests properly consider ed by those who nee^ to giv« attention to our wishes. We don’t do business that way—and they who seek to sea us in any other light ai*e looking at us through wrong eyes.” At the same time it is known that some of the Bishops of the Colored M. E. C'hureh are not in accord as to whether there slionlil or should not be election of ai^ditional Hishops at tlie Kansiis City Session of the Gen eral ('onference next week. Two or three of the Bishop are known to he decidedly against any elec tion at the Kansas City session. They take the position that “We have enough Bishops at present to look after all necesKary work of the CME Chureh.” Among the Bishops who are said to be not anxious to elect more Bishops is Bishop W. Y. Bell, who pre sides over Georgia, Florida, Yir- ginia, tu«j District of Columbia, Maryland^ Ptennsiytlvania, New York and other Eastern States. (Please turn to Page Three) Progn s.'iive white and Nvsrni citizens of Durham gor one step nearer to the realization >f of Negro firemen for the city this week w> .i the Safety Com- ii-’ttee of t City Conmjil on last Tuesday rci omniended that Chief Cosmo Cox suomit a posi tive proposil to the eiitire Coun cil as a committee of the wliole as to the U*st in* ans of training Xegroes at the MoMannen Street fire station. Appearing before the Coun cil in behalf of the effort were J. J. Henderson, J. S. Stew art, Rev. W. H. Fuller, J. H. Wheeler and L E. Austin, all representatives of the Com mittee on Negro Affairs. The effort to secure Negro firemen for Durham dates back .several years and is l)eing push- eil by Negro citizens here with the hope of Durham being the fii-st city to employ Negro fire men. Already \Vin.ston-Salem is considering the employment of Negro firemen. Although Dur ham Negroes wore the firkt in a major city in North Carolina to propose Negroes for the po lice department, city council and board of education other cities have always led in adopt ing such a program. Charlotte, High Point and Greensboro employed Negro policemen long before they were employed here A Negro is a member of the City Coun cil in Winston-Salem and Fayetteville, and Raleigh has a Negro member of the Board of Education. In presenting the matter to the Safety (Jonnnittee the repre sentatives of the Committee on Negro Affairs stated that as taxpayers Negro citizens are en titled to their share of the jobs maintained out of .public funds. Members of the Safety Com mittee voting for positive ac tion on the matter were G. Watts Carr, A. M. Harris and M. F. Johnson. Donnie Jacobs was chairman. East End Park To Be Dedicated Saturday At 2 P. M. Dedication ceremonies for the newly completed East End Park will be held Sat urday afternoon at 2 o’clock w ith the director of the North Carolina Recreation Com mission, Dr. Harold E. Mey er, delivering the principal address. The park, located nearAl- ston Avenue, was constructed from funds provided from a special bond issue, voted in 1947, at a cost of approxi mately $15,000. It has picnic areas and a shelter field house. The land was donated to the city by John Sprunt Hill to be used as a park site. Mr. Hill Avill appear on the program which will be presid ed over by Mayor Dan K. Ed wards. Rev. A. S. Croom, pas tor of Uuiou Baptist Church, will gi' e the invocation. Dr. C. C. bpaulding will also speak on the program. Eilis D. Jones, chairman of the East End Betterment League, will present the flag and flagpole for the park. Preceding the actual dedica tion program will be a parade headed by the Hillside Park High School Band and the East End Betterment League, beginning at the corner of Dowd and Elizabeth Streets and proceeding to the park. Later in the afternoon, con tests will be litld of athletic (Please turn to Page Eiirht) I \EW *'rrr ,\ffer JH ;lrt. II a u. u ch>*»t, pr»*matnr» bab\ «‘h.i *ta i Holilcn. v,Lo ,a.H ki' lfri>m a hts-pital in the Bmnx, ! IS ^till alivH and m.. Kajii*'d .ix onncc'i I ' Lincoln Hospital authorities i were astounded that Mrs. I Evelyn Jane Jordan, lacking I medical knowledge and eqoip- ment, was able to keep the child alive. Police had given up the search which took them as far south as Virginia. The IS-year-old .'hambermaid at che Cobu.fc li^.fcl, fruiti'ated over the loss of twinr in a miscarriage, said she had an overpow(‘ring desire and “hungered” for children. Snbsrtitnt inir intri(*Hti; mechanism i,i th^^; huHpiral in cubator. Mrs, Jonl.m' tiieiit cori:4istctl ,( all eiectric hr)t plate, vver;il hut ‘rart-r bot tles. ail electric tieatina pent and book>. on the are i,f in fanta. The niak" ,hift incubato- ■;ervel Well in th'' [dace of Tfl»* plac'e of the *1'- d day eo'it of thei ho(;>kta^L incubator. Thf baby had been kept under a temperature uf precisely 95 de- trrees Mrs. Jordan was arrested Tuesday when Mrs. Elliott Veraon, a resident of Harlem, tipped off police that Mrs. Jordan had come to her home the night of the kidnapping to put on a skirt. Mrs. Ver non did not know of the kid- napping at that time. She phoned police Mrs. Jordan’s addrsss after a chance meet ing on the street and trailing her to the hotel. Mrs. Vernon said she recognized her as the woman she had unbeknowing- ly befriended. Airs. Jordan, when taken to the iiospitai by detective, re enacted the kidnapping. Sbtf led officers to the second fl(,M>r of the hospital, where slie said she had never been before, and sliowed them how she pushed a pencil thn>ugl two ,s*Teeu dt«:*rs and lifted the hooks. She said that “no one was near the ri>om at the time. I just lifted the baby up in my amis.” Then she said she wrap[)ed the child in her skirr and “got out of tlijere. ” Hospital Superintendent Dr. Bernard Nadell said “it was an act of God that this un knowing woman took such good care of the child that the baby is perfectly all right.” And good care it was. When taken from the hos pital, Chaneta weighed two pounds, 11 ounces, and now after this miracle, she weighs three pounds, one ounce. Police foimtl Mrs. Jordan livin" in a hotel basement room with her husband. 24-year-old Walter, who Ls a hotel porter. She has been charge with kid- appin" and her hu.sband as an accessory to th^ act. Mrs. Jor dan became frantic and hysteri cal when shtf heard the charges against her and was administer ed a sedative. Chaneta was found at 3:30 A. M., with an electric heating pad on her chest and a hot wa ter bottle under her head. She was very clean. All evidence pointed toward the fact that the child had had excellent care. Police foimd in the Jordans’ room, feeding equipment, sev eral bottles of the formula pri*- sc‘ribetl for tlie infant by the I PleiLst* turn to I’atrc Eiiiht ■ V Pictured above is Joseph Flieming, Hillside High school student, receiving a scholar ship prize of $250 awarded him the Colonial Stores ia the recent $40,000 cash scholarship essay contest. Presenting tile check to young Fleming is E. C. Helms, Dis trict Supervisor of Colonial Stores with headquarters in Durham. At the extreme left is Prof. H. M. Holmes, prin- cipaL At the extreme right is Mrs. Dorcas Reaves, home room teacher of Fleming.

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