Sears president to build schools for southern black children

Chicago, Illinois, June 10, 1917: ”It’s easier to make a million dollars than to find a good way to spend it,” says Julius Rosenwald, who is always searching for that “good way.” Rosenwald, the president of Sears & Roebuck, multi-millionaire businessman, and fervent philanthropist, announced the creation of The Rosenwald Fund, here, today, that will help build several thousand schools for black children throughout the South.

Rosenwald teamed, originally, with Booker T. Washington, the first president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, then with Washington’s successor, Dr. Robert Moton, to help solve the educational plight of tens of thousands of black children all across the 13 southern states.

According to Rosenwald, “The horrors that are due to race prejudice come home to the Jew more forcefully than to others of the white race, on account of the centuries of persecution that they have suffered and still suffer.”

Legendary writer Mark Twain to launch news magazine

Twenty-five years is a long gestation period for an idea, but that is exactly how long Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain) has thought about his new idea for launching an unusual national magazine to be published monthly and due to start as soon as possible.

His new magazine would be called “The Back Number.” Twain did not explain how he came up with that name. He has sought the assistance of numerous publishers, including John Walker of Cosmopolitan magazine. Twain has not revealed exactly who would publish it, yet.