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The Seattle Republican. (Seattle, Wash.) 1???-1915, March 08, 1907, Image 2

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simple* is a cheap bluff, yet we would advise
the individual members of the council not
to attempt it.
From a job standpoint Tim Kershaw of
Bellingham is dead up against it. The ef
forts of Senators Ankeny and Piles to have
him Landed in the federal fish inspection busi- .
ness were unavailing, and Tim will have to
worry along- without sucking a government
teat.
E. Heber Wells, editor of the Seattle Star,
was seen one day this week on a Capitol Hill
car on his way home, apparently absorbed
in reading the Star. It always occurred to
us that-Brer Wells was a little slow and since
it took him ten blocks or more to read the
Star, our suspicions have been quite con
firmed.
Senator Piper's bill to relieve the mayors
of cities of the first class from appointing
power has failed to pass the senate, the body
in which it originated, which was right and
proper. Had the bill passed it would have
been special legislation, for it was aimed at
the mayor of Seattle. Quit electing Demo
cratic mayors if you do not want political
entanglements to arise.
The direct primary bill passed the senate
last Wednesday after a hard fought battle
between its friends and enemies. A simi
lar measure has already passed the house of
representatives and while the bills differ to
an extent a conference committee will ad
just the differences without much trouble,
and it is very evident that this state will
have an effective direct primary law in ef
fect for the next general election.
Daddy Clayson must have gotten bold of
a different brand last Meek, judging from
the silly things he made his Patriarch say last
Saturday. The old man is hardly responsi
ble for what he says, even when has has not
had "the price" for two whole days, but
when he has free access to a new brand, he
says things that he himself knows absolutely
nothing about a minute after he has said it.
In the Public Eye
If the Dakota, which went on the rocks off
the coast of Japan last Sunday, is a total
wreck it will be a great blow to the shipping
interest of the Sound country, as it is not
believed Jim Hill will go to the expense and
trouble of having another boat built to take
its place, in view of the fact Congress re
fused to pass the ship subsidy bill. If he
should not, then all of the deep sea vessels
of the Pacific ocean flying' the stars and
stripes will have been put out of commission
and ocean traffic to the Orient will be al
most solely dependent on the Japanese ves
sels. The wreck of the Dakota, as has al
ready been said, would do more to stop the
growth of Seattle than anything that could
happen just now. The Congress of the Unit
ed States will yet learn that it has not
enough sense to get in out of the rain—when
it continues to refuse to subsidize home com
panies to carry the commerce of the Fnitea
THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
States to foreign markets, and the members
thereof show a penny Avise and pound foolish
policy in refusing to do so.
The wreck of two electric cars at Fort
Lawton last Sunday, in which a baker's doz
en persons were more or less seriously in
jured, one motorman already having died
and four pasengers probably fatally injured
and a score or more badly shaken up, was a
most lamentable mishap and if due to negli
gence the ones responsible for it should not
only be discharged, but informed against by
the prosecuting attorney. There are alto
gether too many accidents in this country on
account of persons who are at the wheel pre
tending to get mixed in the signals. The
lives of hundreds of passengers are at the
mercy of the men at the wheel, and it is not
theirs to get mixed in signals, which means
the life and death of so many precious hu
man souls. A rigid inquiry should be insti
tuted by the corner, and if any one is found
guilty of criminal negligence in the matter
he should be punished to the full extent of
the law as an example to others, who may
grow careless in the performance of their
duties, on which human lives and happiness
depend.
Edv/ard M. Higging is the name of a Chi
cago millionaire, who has retired from busi
ness because he has made all of the money
that he thinks one man should make and call
his own, and whatever more he makes he de
clares it will be taking from some one else,
who needs it, when he does not, and he pro
poses for the balance of his life, and he is
but forty-eight years of age, to spend his
time in sweet fields elysian, traveling from
land to land. To make sure his good inten
tions would not be changed he sold his seat
in the exchange and closed his office forever.
In this age of make money in a hurry few
men seem to know when they have enough
of a good thing and they go on and on mak
ing money until they are summoned to the
higher courts to render an account of their
stewardship here on earth. Such men or wo
men never enjoy one minute of real happi
ness and their accumulations whether large,
or small never give them any comfort save
the making of it, and a lump of sawdust oc
cupying the place of their accumulated gold
would serve their purpose just as well as the
gold, as they only want it to look at. Let's
hope that the number of such greedy guts
are becoming fewer every year and the day
will yet come even in the United States when
persons will acquire a sufficient income to
keep them comfortable the balance of their
life and then rest on such acquirements,
merely keeping them together so that want
will never come.
Abe Ruef, the notorious San Francisco go
between, who has collected thousands of dol
lars from tendreloiners and sure-thing men
operating in that city, who used Mayor
Schmitz as a cloak to carry out his nefarious
plans, and who, a few months ago, was ar
rested on a criminal charge in connection
with his plans, has fled the country and
jumped two $'50,000 bail bonds, both of
which have been declared forfeited. It is
said by men who ought to know whereof they
speak, that the men who went on Ruef's
bonds have not lost a cent, he paying them
the full amount before he disappeared. His
case was set for trial last Tuesday, but when
his name was called he failed to answer to
the same and diligent research by the offi
cials of the city have failed to discover either
his whereabouts or the course he took when
he left the city, if he has really left .the city.
Ruef's disappearance will have much bearing
on the Schmitz case when it is called in court,
and while the mayor wiped his hands clean
of Ruef some time ago and left him to his
fate, yet the public is much inclined to be
lieve that the mayor knows more about the
operations of that notorious scum of the
earth than he would like for the public to
know that he does know. When Schmitz
was re-elected mayor of San Francisco a well
known politician of this city was heard to re
mark that ''one of the most corrupt gangs
that ever disgraced a city or scuttled
a ship had been given another two
years' leave of license and I would
not be surprised to hear of the whole
push being sent to the penitentiary before the
two years expire." Evidently this local light
had gotten a straight tip.
That Seattle is rapidly becoming the
Hub of the West is evidenced by so many
prominent men of the West becoming per
manent citizens of the city. To such an
extent is this being practiced that one
would not be surprised sooner or later to
hear of the immortal William Jennings
Bryan coming to Seattle to live. The daily
papers announced one day last week that
Webster Davis of Kansas City, McKinley
cabinet fame and Bryan second campaign
fame, had taken up his abode in the city
and had formed a law partnership with
a number of local attorneys. No man in
the United State 3 save Mark Hanna and
Bryan has been talked about more in the
newspapers than Webster Davis. Whether
such newspaper notoriety is of any benefit
in after years is a question. It perhaps is
not, for in this busy bustling age the man
who moves the world today is forgot
ten tomorrow. Admiral Dewey for a brief
period after he took Manila was the idol of
the world; he is now in a complete state of
"inoccuous dessitude." If on the other
hand advertising helps one Mr. Davis
ought to soon have a splendid practice in
Seattle.
America's Drink Bill.
According to recent statistics gathered
the amount of the intoxicating drink bill in
♦the United States last year was $1,400,000
--000. The drink bill for New York City
alone was $300,000,000, almost $1,000,000 a
day. The capital stock of all the banks in
the United States put together makes just
about half the sum expended for intoxicat
ing liquors in one year. All the merchan
dise imported to the United States from
every port in the world is only two-thirds
as much as the national drink bill and the
entire national debt is less than the amount
of the drink bill for one year by 30 per
cen. — Citizen.

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