RACES: Flunk Fuss

From time to time a Negro has managed to get through West Point, become an officer in the Army. But no Negro has ever been graduated by the U. S. Naval Academy. The first two who managed to enter were flunked out for "being deficient in studies." The third, a Mississippian, was expelled in 1875 for "applying a very vile and profane epithet to a cadet midshipman at the mess table." Others have been unable to pass entrance examinations.

Last year Representative Arthur W. Mitchell of Chicago, only Negro in Congress, set out...

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