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«* Tales of the Town
Wandering aimlessly about the overcrowded streets
as though he was wanting some one to show him the
way to the next corner one day this week the smiling
countenance of Frank B. Cole, who lives in the sleepy
old town of Tacoma, was seen. Cole is an editor that
is always ready for a joke and a good time, and that
is doubtless why he accepted the' nomination for con
gress on the Democratic ticket last year. Frank took
it as a joke, but his relatives in lowa took it serious
and actually dreamed of seeing their darling son in
congress from the Evergreen State. Frank was called
to lowa a day or so before the election, and the night
the poles closed his brother telegraphed to Charlie
Heifner, "What are my brother's chances?" Heifner
was not feeling at all good over the returns and so he
laconically wired back, "Your brother's chances for
editing his paper in Tacoma are gloriously good."
Heifner was not troubled any more by the Cole fam
ily about Frank's chances.
Postmaster George M. Stewart, accompanied by
his wife, is now on an extended Eastern trip, and be
fore returning he will visit the national capital and
talk over Seattle postoffice matters with the depart
ment. Since Mr. Stewart was last at Washington
City the postal department has undergone a most rad
ical change and new men now fill all the important
positions. The men turned out had favored Seattle
in many ways while in office and now Mr. Stewart
goes back to get acquainted with the new men in order
that Seattle will not suffer from the change. He will
be absent from his desk for a month or six weeks.
Seattle celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of her
birth last Thursday and did so in a most befitting
manner. Since Seattle first put in her appearance on
the scene of action her competitors have known that
she was in the race and her competitors all now know
that she is not only in the race, but she is a good
many leaps ahead of all other contestants. There is
no denying the fact that, from a commercial stand
point, Seattle is the gem of the Pacific Coast.
The city council has performed no more commend
able act than the appropriation of $400 for the pur
chase and installing; of drinking- fountains, for both
man and beast, throughout the city. The action
comes through the efforts of the humane society. The
fountains are of an improved sanitary pattern and
are the first half dozen of a liberal supply it is hoped
may be provided in the near future.
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Postmaster G. M. Stewart, accompanied by Mrs.
Stewart, has gone to "Boston Town" to attend a
session of the national Postmaster's convention to
be held in that city on August 4. He will also attend
the session of the Supreme Court of Foresters at
Providence, R. 1., later in the month.
The King County Fair Association
Begins Its Second Meet for 9 the Year Next Saturday
Today will witness the opening day of the King
County Fair Association fall race meeting at The
Meadows. The meeting extends for 29 days and will
in many respects excel the previous races, as in addi
tion to the running races that were so popular at the
late meeting, the card is further strengthened by the
addition of a large number of valuable harness stakes,
to which some of the fleetest harness horses in the
Northwest are entered. This will prove an additional
incentive to the already numerous patrons of The
Meadows, as showing the management's appreciation
of the strong attendance of the fair sex at this meet
ing. Twice weekly all ladies will be admitted abso
lutely free and at no time during the meeting will there
be any charge to the grand stand. Good music will
be discoursed daily and as Presiding Judge Egbert will
again be in charge of all racing arrangements, a
prompt and punctual decision of all scheduled events
may be again anticipated.
An ample and speedy street car service has been
arranged for, and all patrons of The Meadows may
rely upon traveling- to and fro with speed and com
Manager Van de Vanter is to be heartily congratu
lated upon his success, and as proof of the horsemen's
satisfaction over the treatment accorded to them, it
may be mentioned that with few exceptions and con
siderable additions they are all still here.
Amongst the valuable harness races to be decided
are the following, which have all closed with a num
erous entry list:
Race No. I— The North Pacific Stake $i,ooo
For 2:17 pacers, 3 in 5.
THE SEATTLE EEPUBLICAN.
The much talked of labor carnival was opened to
the public last Monday evening in a blaze of light and
a display of good feeling that was very satisfactory to
those in charge of the same. The parade in the after
noon was one of the largest ever witnessed in this
city, 8,000 persons, it is estimated, taking part. There
are many attractions on the grounds, and the attend
ance so far is very satisfactory. The crowning event
of the carnival, the crowning of Queen Florence on
Monday evening, passed off pleasantly and was wit
nessed by thousands of people. From indications the
management will realize a goodly sum from the two
weeks' show. The money to be used in the construc
tion of a labor temple.
Twenty-five miles of new sidewalk in the ninth
ward has been ordered constructed by the city coun
cil, against the vigorous protest of a few of the citi
zens in that rural district. Evidently they do not like
to have their rural retreat invaded by city "fixins"
and prefer the mud and dust to the expense of 25 or
30 cents per running foot for city airs. It was claimed
however that by far the greater majority of the peo
ple effected were in favor of the improvement.
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Inasmuch as fakirs for the most part go in pairs
it seems rather strange that King Solomon did not
occupy a carriage drawn by four milk white steeds
all by his lonely in the Seattle day parade.
* • •
Queen Augusta is doubtless the most dazzling spec
tacle in the carnival parades, but her passing is always
suggestive of "corn beef and"—or some other familiar
term common to those who patronize ten and fifteen
cent eating joints.
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Perhaps the temple will be built, but it begins to
look as if those who promise to do the job would
have to look up another leg pulling plan to do so.
Fakes may come and fakes may go, but the temple
sleeps on and on.
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Last Thursday's parade from the silent and noise
less tread of the paraders and from the silence of the
onlookers seemed more like a funeral occasion than
a carnival occasion. But, come to think, there were
a good many dead ones in line.
* * *
The present labor carnival in Seattle was originated
for no other purpose than for organized labor to make
a display of numerical strength and thereby cower
into submission any man or set of men who wanted
to run their own business without being dictated to
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The races will doubtless attract great crowds, as
the weather is ideal and the average human being is of
that turn of mind to try to get something for nothing,
even the innocent, slip away to the races and risk just
a few stray dollars on the game.
Race No. 2— The M. & M. Stake $1,000
Purse donated by the business men of Seattle.
For 2:20 trotters, 3in 5.
Race No. s— The Debut Stake $300
For two-year-old pacers, owned and bred in North
Pacific Fair Association District, 2 in 3.
Race No. 7 — The City Council Purse $500
For 2:10 pacers, 2 in 3.
Race No. B— The Post-Intelligencer Purse $500
For 2:15 pacers, 2 in 3.
Race No. 9— The Profanity Hill Purse $500
For 2:20 pacers, 2in 3.
Race No. 10 — The Seattle Kennel Club Purse. . $500
For 2 125 pacers, 2 in 3.
Race No. 11 — The Seattle Star Purse $500
For 2 :30 pacers, 2 in 3.
Race No. 12 — The Seattle Times Purse $500
For 2:12 pacers, 2 in 3.
Race No. 13— The Meadows Purse $500
For 2:14 trotters, 2 in 3.
Race No. 14— The Sheriff Cudihee Purse $500
For 2:17 trotters, 2 in 3.
Race No. 15— Seattle Driving Club Purse $500
For 2:22 trotters, 2 in 3.
Race No. 16— The Argus Purse $500
For 2:2s trotters, 2 in 3.
Race No. 17— The Commonwealth Purse $500
For 2 :3O trotters, 2 in 3.
Race No. 18 — The Matinee Purse $500
For 2140 trotters, 2 in 3.
In addition to the harness events liberal purses will
be offered daily for runners.
Andrew Hemrich and Ed. Sweeney are two men
withgood eyes to business. They contributed $1,000
to the Carnival, but they knew it was bread cast upon
the waters and would return not in many days, but
immediately with a glorious harvest. That's right,
fellows; always patronize your best friends.
Mayor Humes' steed in the parade Seattle day
was a splendid representation of his administration as
mayor of Seattle. The animal did not doubtless real
ize the humiliating position he had been placed or
the mayor would have had to have gotten a mule to
bear the tenderloin's burdens on that occasion.
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If Jim Anderson of the Pacific Coast Company is
as good a superintendent as he is story teller then he
must be a cracker jack. Mr. Anderson has a stock of
stories that he can spin out by the yard, and good
enough to make a dog laugh, and that's why he never
takes his dog with him.
Rev. Mack Scott, erstwhile pastor of the A. M. E.
Church, of this city, starts for the penitentiary to
morrow to pay the penalty of murdering a poor inno
cent girl. His fifteen year sentence is extremely light
for the heinousness of his crime, but it is hoped that
even that small sentence will have a salutary effect
The death of three men in the Great Northern tun
nel from caving in of the overhanging wall of the
excavation only intensifies the fact that the sub-strata
of Seattle is very precarious, and that extra pre
cautions must be made during the progress of the
tunnel work. Men should not be required to risk
their lives in excavations in advance of proper pro
tection from danger. Machine drills, not men, should
do the gopher work.
Mission Work in China.
In one market town, where the church has a plant,
on my last quarterly round it fell to my lot to occupy
a room, with its adjoining bedroom, where the Boxer
chief had held his court. I slept two nights on the
same bed he had used. I held quarterly conference
in the rooms where he had tried and condemned
Christians because they would not burn incense to
idols and worship them; sitting in about the place
where he sat I saw, through the open door directly in
front of me, a tree on which hung for days the heart
of one of our local preachers; on either side the door
were columns supporting the roof of the porch of
this building. To these posts the martyrs were tied
while waiting to be taken away to execution. I walked
along the via dolorosa they traveled to the river bank
west of the town, where they met death, some of
them by being burnt alive, some of them by slow
torture, some by beheading, and others by having their
hearts torn out of their quivering bodies. There on
the banks of that river I saw the bones and skulls
of those who had gone up through great tribulation.
But now what has happened? The buildings where
these thirty men and women were condemned for be
lieving in the Lord Jesus Christ are now the property
of the church, and a cemetery with the graves of these
dead and a slab erected to their memory is near at
hand, all the gift of the community where these at
rocities were committed —Rev. W. F. Walker.
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BASEMENT BAILEY BUILDING
entrance: both on second avenue and cherry str
KENSINGTON CLOTHING $20.00
These are made from Imported Fabrics and have
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1401 Second Avm.. OOP. Union