San Antonio Register (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 5, Ed. 1 Friday, May 5, 1933 Page: 4 of 8
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SAN ANTONIO REGISTER
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EDITORIALS AND FEATURES
SAN ANTONIO REGISTER
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The Register Platform
The Sab Antonio Rrfiater Stand* Fori
lan Antonio flnt.
IoirMMd patronag* of extant racial buslnemi tnsututlont and
encouraging til* establishment of other*
Opportunity for advancement tn Unaa for which the ram quallfWa.
Equitable repreaentallou in dty and county governmental depart-
altcrahly oppoaad to th«
ft. Unhiidlad voting privilege* Wa ara
ao-called "white man's primary,"
•. Abaoluta equality for all befora tribunal a at Juattca
7. Antl-lynrh lawa both Federal and Hot*.
ft. Equal accommodations on caramon carriers.
•. More and better achool facllltlea.
19. ▲ continuation of the pleasant relatlona existing between the racea
tn San Antonio and vicinity
11. The eatabllshment of a branch Y. M. C Awith all kindred acti-
vities, for the youth of thta community.
/^AB CALLOWAY, orchestra leader and owner, will be here
J tomorrow for a week's stay in the Alamo City filling en-
gagements of theatrical and dance entertainments for which
he has been contracted. There are several very important
considerations in connection with Cab's coming that are out-
In the first place, here is a young Marylander of refine-
ment who has mounted the ladder of national success by
sheer dint of his creative ability, initiative, and the good
sense of SELF-FINDING, Cab, so the story goes, was "be-
ing groomed" for a lawyer in his school days. That sounded
big and prominent and probably would have been alright had
-he that bent sufficientlyjtrong to overshadow with training
his other professional tendencies. But Cab, (like the im-
mortal Bert Williams, who was studying for the Ministry,
found himself and quit, to be the greatest comedian the Amer-
can stage has ever produced) stopped this law studying busi-
ness to do that for which it seems he has a natural hankering
—entertaining and delighting millions of people with some-
His creative ability, initiative and unique method of sell-
ing the public, have built sufficient demand for him and his
orchestra to play many cities heretofore closed to artists of
the race because of their color.
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Cab's appearance at a local theatre and his satisfac-
tory delighting of thousands throughout Texas and the
South, while setting a precedent, should drive the open-
ing wedge into that unreasonable color barrier which
has existed and has denied ALL RACES the privilege
of enjoying some of the best stars on the American
stage for ages.
With the intimate knowledge that Cab and his fine
co-workers, are clean-cat, intelligent, businesslike, well-
bred and neither eat soup with a knife nor a fork and are
content to be with their own folks, and are the country's
greatest box office attraction. Southern theatre owners
and managers may find out that for many years they
have missed many dollars of good old U. S. money by
passing over Negro artists under the bugbear of prej-
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When we realize that less than sixteen months ago the
dancing couple who stopped the show at Municipal auditorium
and were heralded by the press as being the best ever seen
here were Chilton and Thomas, two fine young race artists
who were listed as Argentinians (to take care of the preju-
dice bugbear), and now see Cab and his aggregation emblaz-
oned as the headliner here, Waco, Dallas, Houston and else-
where as just plain Cab, there is the pleasant thought that
progress is making itself manifest.
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Here's hoping the Southern public, white and black
alike, will have more such opportunities as the one af-
forded them by this tour of Cab and his Cotton Club
Orchestra, to the end that the inimitable Duke Ellington
and his band, Bill "Bojangies" Robinson—greatest tap
dance artist of all times—and other race stars will be
made available as a result of this stroke.
Ever See a Horse Race?
pHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Kentucky, race track
^ where the 59th annual Kentucky Derby will be rrn to-
morrow, may not mean much as such to the 800,000 Negroes
in the great state of Texas, or the twelve millions in this
country. But the fact that many thousands of Americans
of all creeds and colors will rise to their feet, grow hilarious,
"pull," yell, scream, tear hats, jostle one another and fairly
fight when the race is run, after travelling miles and in some
cases hundreds of miles in these stressfull times, to see the
American classic of classics, makes the "Derby" important
—to Hacroea especially.
HORSES ar running the race In Louisville tomomwl
But daily Negroes, aa the country's proscribed "under
dogs," are running the race for education, jobs, justice
and those things that make for progress.
Our group needs U get that "Race horse heart in-
terest" in Its own youth as to education, in the jobs that
give them their being and succor, and in their own that
ara being persecuted unjustly. We need to NOT grow
hilarious, scream, yell, tear hats or jostle one another,
but we DO need to push our youngsters into and through
school, rise to our feet and protect our jobs with depend-
able, whole-hearted service, and GO DOWN INTO OUR
POCKETS and contribute of our funds and support for
the defense of justice and fair play.
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Think it over! The Kenucky Derby—horse derby—will
be run tomorrow. The "Life Derby" of the Negroes of this
country is run everyday. And as in the Kentucky Derby
race, yelling and pulling and screaming and tearing hats and
jostling and growing hilarious, dont mean much! Doing
For the Economy Ticket
T)R. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON'S famous story about the
Negro oarsman who was accosted by a man to take him
across the river in his row boat, certainly comes in handy in
the coming city election. The story goes that the oarsman
was asked how much he charged for this service, and deftly
asked his inquisitor how much money he had. The embar-
rassed inquisitor softly replied NONE. The Colored oarsman
shoved off his boat with the reply that "a broke man is as
well off on one side of the river as the other—so long as
In the present campaign for Mayor and commissioners
of this city the principal issues seem to be tax reduction, re-
duction in the public utilities rates and a city manager plan.
With conditions as stringent as they are it appears to us that
as jobless as we find ourselves and as moneyless as we find
ourselves, we are even BETTER OFF qp this side of the
stream with the present administration doing the best within
the scope of their power to relieve the people.
A saving to the people of $1,200,000 was effected during
the last fiscal year—the rockbottom year of the depression—
and with the intelligent, sincere service that the Economy
ticket has heretofore exhibited we see no reason why this
city should "swap horses in the middle of the stream."
The Economy Ticket has launched no fight on the
S. A. Public Service Company, and we believe that they
are right In not doing so. It is the Register's judgment
that it is always good sense to launch no fight without
the facts. According to law and record, if that company
Is making an exorbitant return on its investment, rates
may be and should be cut, but until investigaion has been
made and the facta laid bare, no ticket or set of individ-
uals have a justifiable right to lam bast or try to em-
barrass the biggest taxpayer and probably the biggest
employer of Colored men and women in San Antonio—
the Public Service Company.
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As to a city charter change to the city manager plan (and
any other sinister "fig leaves" that may be in the offing)
this paper believes we need none of that. If the Post Of-
fice department of the U. S. Government, with all its or-
ganization, brilliant man power and resources can save only
$100,000 and our "city dads" can aave us $1,200,000, we be-
lieve we need no change in management plan. City managers
in other places have done practically nothing constructive ex-
cept in a few instances and most of those have been in
days other than these troublous times.
• • • • •
What the Register suggests is "down the line" for
the Economy ticket. This is no ime for experimentation.
And anyway, to paraphrase Holy Writ which says "How
can a man love God Whom he hath not seen, and hate
his brother whom he hath seen?"—we say, in times like
these, "How can we sensibly elect these other fellows
whom we have not seen, known or tried, and desert the
incumbents who have rendered us such valiant, humane
service?" Wa can't and won't do it!
Wfe are for the Economy Ticket—Quin, Wright, Bush-
ick, Steffler and Rubiola, snd uage for them united sup-
port May 9th.
Tid Bits From Week's News
Monday was th« first of May
and ths usual May Day events took
place. Fortunately the outbreaks
that generally accompany tha first
day of May ware leu disastrous
than some in the past
Nearly $200,000 worth of dam-
ago was done ia Chicago as a re-
sult of bombings laid to radicals,
Communist, anarchist and gang-
sters. Other centers of the United
States report little or no damage
directly caused by May Day riots.
Spain had some trouble but not
as much as was anticipated which
of course is very encouraging to
tha young Republic ... The French
government allowed for the first
time since the wsr, an open May
Day celebration when the radicals
promised to confine their violence
to oratory . . . Mexico took pre-
caution by permitting only limited
activity on May Day .. . Cuba had
already had its outbresk when a
few days prior to Msy Day a
shortlived revolution cropped up
and died almost the same day . ..
But Russis, the home of the "Reds"
turned out in all its glory to cele-
brate May Day which is known in
countries less favorable to the
Reds" as Red day. High govern-
ment officials, thoussnds of troops
snd s throng of a million people
turned out in Moscow to celebrate.
Their were no disturbances and
Russia goes on unrecognised and
unafraid ... In Germany, the Com.
munists are not so wsll liked j*t
Hitler took advantage of the May
Day celebration to increase the In-
fluence of the Nasi party. We are
of the opinion that the German
Nasi is just another name for the
Russian Red or the Italian Fascist
or the American political Boss.
Iowa farmers for a long time
have led a fight to prevent forced
sales of farm homes by mortgage
holders. They hav? been success-
ful in most eases without resorting
to violence, but being humsn, they
have finally succumbed to the mob
spirit. A Judge wss dragged from
his bench and roughly treated be-
cause he would not swear to take
no action in foreclosure sales;
other officials Have been seised
and handled by the irate farmers.
Right here is where the farmer
loses his fight. To resort to vio-
lence of this kind will never aid in
winning a victory worthwhile. It
is just the same as the dog that at-
tempted to bite the locomotive that
had mashed his foot. You know
what happened to the pup; the
same thing will happen to the Iowa
farmers if they attempt to bite
the Capitalists who have mashed
the farmers' foot.
Southeastern United States is
torn by flood and wind. Many
have been killed and much prop-
erty da.nage done. The survivors
of the storm will return to their
homes rebuild them and start anew.
Folks in the Mississippi river val-
ley have suffered for a long time
from floods and wind storms; they
sre accustomed to them and seem-
ingly take them as a matter of fact.
That is why we have such songs
as "River Staw Away From My
Door" and '"Old Man River."
Local papers and Theatre Lights
sre ablaze with the name of Cab
Calloway. This master of music
has taken his place along with
Whiteman, Ben Bernie, and the
others. The type of music that he
plays is not the kind that flowed
from the pens of Wagner or Beet-
hoven, but it is the kind that folks
will pay their money to listen to.
Even though we can not force our-
selves to enjoy the clatter and din
of moaning saxaphones and throb-
bing bass fiddles, we give the ilus-
trious Cab credit for Hi-De-O-ing
better than anyone else and the
world has bowed at his feet
Who was it that said something
about building a mouse-trap better
than anyone else ? Well, Cab seems
to be doing what he is doing as
well if not better than anyone else
and the DOING is what counts.
The wide acclaim that Calloway
and his group of musicians are re-
ceiving in little "San Tone" is the
same aa he has received in big
"Nu Yawk," so after all its not
the color of a man's skin that
counts; it is how well he can do
what the public wants and is will-
ing to pay for.
Mr. Calloway will take enough
time off to bring his band down to
the Hackberry Street Auditorium
on the 11th of May where you will
be able to sway, and scamper to
his rhythm. If one wants to see
whether the depression is lifting,
just go by and see how many hun-
dreds of people will be there.
There ain't no depression when Cab
is in town, whether he be at the
big hotel on Main street or at the
auditorium on Center street
Saint and sinner alike will be
then and all will join in one big
maze of swaying, swinging, wrlg-
gling flesh, made almost uncon
scious by the Intoxicating strsln«
of Cab and his band. Next day th«
Saints will be derided by their
Paatora and the Sinner* will be
haunted by the need of cash, but
none of them will regret the day
they dai.ced to the strains of this
master of jasz.
We have only one crlt'-lsm to
offer with retard to Calloway's
coming to San Antonio. Why do
the placards which herald his ap-
pearance at the Auditorium carry
"for Colored only"?
Wa are aware of the fact that
his appearance at the St Anthony
is for "white only," but de we have
to be LITTLE and retaliate by
designating his appearance at the
To make placards read "for Col-
ored only" means that you sanc-
tion segregation. It is undsrstood
that the affair at the auditorium
is going to be patronized by mem-
bers of the Colored race just as the
affair at the hotel is going to be
patronized by members of the white
race. We need not advise in thst
matter and we surely will not stoop
to segregation ourselves from a
standpoint of color.
Only "cheap" places will hsng
out a sign reading: for white only.
Let's not cheapen Cab's appearance
by such nonsense as "for Colored
only." He is a favorite of Ameri-
ca—colored and white.
01V THE AIR and
Texans hope of repeal by August
went aglimmering when the State
House refused to amend the pres-
ent beer bill which comes before
the people in August so as to call
for an election on the repeal meas.
ure as well.
States have voted for the repeal
of the 18th. Rhode Island was
number three when it voted 17 to
1 for repeal at an election held
early this week. That leaves just
22 States more needed te wipe the
18th off the slate. Will 33 States
follow suit of the first three: Mich-
'-ti, Wl-cnnsin and Rhode Island?
Robert Burns hsd two household
pets—a louse snd s mouse—of
which he wss very fond. He used
to write poems sbout them.
BONERS sre actual humorous
tid-bits found in examination pa-
pers, esssys, etc., by teschers.
Caesar was a good guy but be got
klnda high hat
Casslua was a low-down politician
who wanted Caesar's job, and so he
did him dirt
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What Is a seminary?
A place where they bury the dead.
a a a
The Spanish Main wss a boat
which played an Important pnrt In
history. It was sunk In the harbor
a a a
Ostriches snd kangaroos are close-
ly relsted becsuse they both hsre
a a a
An Important bill passed In 1854
was the "BofTslo Bill."
a a a
Judge Ben Undue? is an advocate
of a new kind of marriage called
«. lilt. Batt Syadlcata.—wnu Samoa,
"Pop, what is a lariat?"
"Catches more vaudeville custom
era than cattle."
•. ISIS. Bell Srasieata.—wku Santa*
By CARLE8 L BOWEN
(For Associated Negro Press)
Chicago—Phil Spitalny and his
orchestra, and ths rollicking Rondo-
liers, will gallop through rapid-fire
program of popular melody in ths
Neatls Program on Fridsy Msy 6
over an N. B. C. network. They
will feature (as they call It) i
group of songs sbout thrse "Ms
dame Queens," respectively called,
"Minnie the Moocher" "Sweet Geor.
gis Brown" and "Liza." Othsr
selections in musical comedies of
yeatery ear will be playsd, including
such on«s as "Great Day," "Blos-
som Tims," and "Blackbirds."
Apparently the jponaors of ths
Flsischmann Yeast hour on the Na-
tional Broadcasting compsny chain
every Thursday night wsrs so
pleased with the work that mads a
big bit three wssks sgo by the Hall
Johnson choir and Katharine Perry,
as feature soloist, that last Thurs-
day ths Southsrnnsires wsre the
guest artists on that program.
Radio listsnsrs have been having
a treat of late from the N. B. C.
chain from the Cotton club, the
cosy rendezvous of Harlem in New
York City. There, two nationally
known song birds ars filling the
ether with their versatile voices.
They are Ivy Anderson, long a fs
vorite with the Ellington aggrcga
tion that is supplying the hot and
sissling tunes, snd Ethel Waters,
a veteran idol of the stsge snd for.
mer star of "Rhapsody in Blsck.'
Duke Ellington and those singers
reach Chicago six nights out of the
week, twice weekly via N. B. C.
and ths other four times through
Westlnghouse KYW on their late
evening Merry-Go-Round of dance
Your scribe dropped down to the
Grand Terrace cafe on Chicago's
southside one dsy last week and had
a chat with Earl Hines (as Charlis
Lyons, N. B. C. snnouncer calls
him, "ths pick of the piano pick-
ers") and several others that pro-
vide entertainment for the cream
of Chicago's night lifers. Chsrles
Carpenter, Earl's secretay, explain-
ed all about their latest show
"Grand Terracs on Review" featur-
ing Valaida Snow, the versatile
little entertainer and star of ths
show, Bable Washington who for-
merly assisted Valaida in "Rhap-
sody in Black," Louise Cook, and
Novella Roose. There are tyeeros
and Meerot., sdagio team; Billy
Mitchell, popular comedian woh re-
cently returned from Canada while
playing with the Georgia Minstrels;
Eunice Wilson, song bird and danc-
er; concluding this list of stars ars
the Three Lightning Flashes, the
Three Blazos and a chorus of ten
sepia beauties. Cecil Erwin and
James Mundy arrange all of the
music while Charles Carpenter and
Louis Dunlap prepare the lyrics.
Celebrities whom I had a chance
to glance at while there were Geo.
Raft, Louis Armstrong, Mildred
Bailey, Paul Ash, Three of the
Mills Brothers and Joe Sanders.
8undry evening found Mr. Billy
Tease wadering how Miss Lillian
Washington could be so mean to
him. Well, Billy, Wendell Holmea
does not feel that way. Wonder
what Elans Watklas thinks about
a a a
Folks, you've all heard of the
thrse Boswell sisters, but Louise,
Ella and Glodlns of the house of
Chambers ara the answer to any
young man's desires.
a a a
Mrs. Maid Calhoun was sees
sporting a new bob last Monday.
Girls if you want to b« up to ths
minute with the latest you should
see Mrs. Calhoun.
a a e
Mr. Rogers Tsrrsll be a litele
careful when you are out visiting
ths popular rendezvous with other
girls. Katberine Johnson seems te
get all the news.
a a a
Mr. Thsodore (Vet) Leath has
finally weakened and gone knee-
padding to the old flame on lows
street. He told her if she didn't
take him back he'd board the "man-
ifest" for ths golden West Well
Vet Robert Evans says it's time
to hit 'sm.
a a a
Speaking of the "manifest," whea
Miss Liza Mas Thomas gave Mr.
Thomas Summsrvills his walking
papers, hs started singing "Cali-
fornia, Here I Come." Miss Later.
I thought you and Thomas were
"that way" about each other?
a a a
All who didn't get to enjoy some
of ths traditional old gobbler last
Thanksgiving could have gotten
their fill last Thursday night at
the Charmers spring dancs at ths
Cotton Club. Ysah man I It was
the "biggest" turkey of the sea-
Four popular "musketeers'' were
blackballed by a certain little Miss
at St Philips College last week.
She just didn't want them at their
spring prom. If you don't know
who they are, ask Mr. R. L. Han-
derson. And who was the young
man who crashed the gate?
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Didn't Miss Beatrice Hall and
Miss Letitia Williams look liks two
angels from heaven Sunday while
strolling down the Boulevard? But
where were Mr. Walker and Mr.
a a a
Well, Mr. Jones (Minnie the
Moocher) Hall said goodbye to all
his friends Tuesday headed for
Detroit Michigan. Jones claims
that Buick's the size of his arent
popular this far .south. But doat
cry, girls' he may come back some
It is not growing like a tree
In bulk, d )th make man better be;
Or standing long an oak, three
To fall a log at last, dry bald and
A lily of a day
Is fairsr far in May,
Although it fall and die that night,
It was the plant and flow'r of Light
In small proportions ws just beau-
And in short measures life may
1 Jo You Know-
trad, of Barb*.
one of gioat ujtirafr-
In old England the barber
w* somewhat of . ^
operations, such as blood-
letting and tooth-pulling.
| Household Hints
By Msudie B. F. Hedgespeth
First aid—The next time you
have hiccoughs try sticking the
tongue out as far and holding it as
long as possible. This almost al-
ways stope them.
a a a
To remove white marks from
your choice furniture, rub with a
piece of flannel damened with ced-
ar oil or essence of peppermint Te
remove coffee and fruit stans, put
stained part over empty vessel,
hold a kettle of boiling water a con.
siaerable distancs and pour over
a a a
Dainty silk garments should
never be hung out to dry, but rath-
er placed flat in the shaide to dry.
a a a
Dish clothss and towels should
be of a soft material. It will make
Whea you buy from oar adver-
tisers, tell the dark or meaager
you aaw it ia The Regiatar.
"Pop, what la maneuver?"
"What the navy calls a
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