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The Seactle Republican
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THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
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FAKE NEWSPAPER INSTITUTE
An alleged Newspaper Institute is to be held on
the campus of the University of Washington next week,
the program for which has been sent out. Now this
institute is supposed to be a creature of the Washing
ton Editorial Association and gotten up for the benefit
of the Country Press and yet the speakers as advertised
ar e all men from the big daily papers, who light the
country press from start to (inish. One of the speakers
of this institute was heard to remark some months ago,
"I look upon the weekly papers as natural enemies of
the daily papers and J always encouraged the mer
chants to withhold advertising from the weekly papers
as the same amount of money would do ten fold more
good in the daily papers." Those connected with the
journalistic department of the University of Washmg
ton seek to make of those, who take courses therein,
daily newspaper men, and no instruction whatever is
given to the students as to how to conduct live country
weeklies. There is more demand for strong weekly
papers throughout the rural districts of the state than
dailies and men and women in the Tniversity should
be taught how to run strong weeklies. If they
prove successes on weeklies they will sooner or later
drift into larger fields. The fact of the whole matter
is this seems to have been a shrewd move on the part
Of Dr. Kane and his political "feSBUS," to get a number
of the weekly publishers of the state at this University
mc cl for the express purpose of feeding the press gang
a lot of taffy for the purpose of keeping the editors of
the state from criticising or opposing the bill, which
he and his followers will ask the legislature to pass,
appropriating a million and a half dollars lor the
University of Washington, when less than halt th.it
amount would be more than ample to meet the just
needs of the school. Among the listed speakers there
is not a single one in sympathy with the weekly press
of the state, With the exception of A. A. Smith, of the
Tribune-Times, of Pt. Angeles, and it is currently
reported that he contemplates in the very near future
leaving the weekly field and make a morning daily of
his paper, it is safe to predict not to exceed -a baker's
dozen of the publishers of the state will be present,
and all because they see through the scheme. AVhen
it comes to laying plans for getting the money, Dr.
Kane and his political "fessus" are past masters.
"The snow, the beautiful snow'" calls for coal the
costly coal and that too when there is nothing to buy
There is not a destitute person in Col fax. declares
the Gazette. Thai speaks well for the back to the soil
Fake sales may not be just the thing, but mer
chants have to do something to make both ends mccl
or this would lie a deserted city.
The taxing of dogs may be instrumental in lessen
ing the howl of dogs. Few dogs in the slate are worth
paying a state and city tax for.
Organized. labor leaders and their advisers are
kept so busy defending their acts in court that they
do not have time to agitate more strikes.
Suppose a Catholic priest docs open the sessions
of a legislature, will that make the actions of the body
any better or worse.' Less bickering as to the brand
of Christianity that is administered to suffering hu
manity should be indulged in. If Christianity is any
thing at all it is as good under one label as another.
SEATTLE, WASH., FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 1913
If Camas is wsie she will steer clear of the boom
that her paper reports is about to befall her. A growth
slow and steady, is the kind that counts.
An exchange asks, "Have you flalen off the w Tater
wagon?" No, but I fell in the water wagon and got
so cold that restoratives had to be administered.
If the "Sun"' shines in February in Seattle, it will
be out of the ordinary and it will mean hard Times for
even the Star actor of the journalistic concert.
Eastern Washington's "ice crop" may be one of
her many very lucrative crops, but to the average per
son in Western Washington its too cold for comfort.
Perhaps the thirty-eight Jlabor leaders convicted of
dynamiting are traitors to organized labor, but they
are traitors not for their crimes, but for getting caught.
Its alright to patrnoize "home sweet home" in
a commercial way, but if all towns practiced it each
community would simply build a Chinese wall around
Man at fifty is as much a man as he was at thirty,
providing he acted a man in the interim between thirty
and fifty, but he who did not is simply a makeshift
for a man.
It seems like a wilful waste of legislative time for
the legislature to abolish capital punishment as the
lawyers have done that without the consent of the
It's a rather sad commentary on the Christian civil.
ization for the government to have to pay a $25 prem
ium each to mothers to bear children, lest race suicide
Owing lo the political posiiion of ihe former Ke
publican organ of Seal tie. it begins to look as if the
P.-I. is to be the Bone of Contention in the political
arena of the State of Washington.
If tin 1 coming legislative session lias any hopes of
being the most popular in the history of the state, it
will kill many of the damphool laws now in operation
and then adjourn.
Instead of raising so much "hell"' as .lack Johnson
has been doing he has decided to buy a farm and raise
hogs and hominy. This seems to be the most sensible
thing -lack has proposed doing.
January thirteenth, 1913 will be the worst hoodo
day the Republicans of the Slate of Washington have
experienced since 1897, when the political three ringed
circus played in the State.
There is more horse sense in spending !JC)00,000
at the Panama Exposition, providing it is judiciously
expended for advertising the state, than there is in
voting the University of Washington $1 ,'500,000.
W. W. Black, judge of the Superior Court of Sno
homish county, vents his spleen against (iovernor
elect Lister by hoping Governor Hay will contest his
election and skin him out on a Legal technicality, if
by no other means. Judge Black is an old sore head
and on the slate ticket he would have been a millstone
about the party's neck. In hoping Lister misfortune
his true self creeps out, "If I can not get it nobody
else shall if I can prevctn it. See me."
Mayor Cotterill's salary is $7,500 annually with
necessary perquisites and yet he complains he is not
furnished an automobile in which to do social stunts
about the city. On what does Greal Caesar feed that
he is to be so honored as well as pampered?
Rev. W. D. Carter was responsible for ;i splendid
emancipation proclamation program, the fiftieth an
niversary of the emancipation of the Negro of this
country. He is pastor of the Alt. Zion Baptist Church
ami gives evidence of being awake to his work.
VOLUME XIV. NUMBER 43
A COLLEGE WITH A CONSCIENCE
(Wisconsin State Journal)
Some weeks ago we reported in the news columns
of this paper a story which is now agitating the whole
state of Washington. Alden J. Blethen, the editor
and proprietor of the Seattle Times, gave to the state
university of that fast growing commonwealth a sei of
chimes. As- former editor and proprietor of a paper
in the city of Minneapolis, Blethen lias a record of sel
ling for cash to a street railway concern the editorial
policy and power of his paper. Since going to Seal tie
he has worked with and for the most corrupting
influences in his city and his state. Like many other
Americans of his kind he has assumed that he could
play this double game of professing virtue and work
ing Avith corruption, by so distributing his contributions
to philanthropy that a heedless public, while praising
the one course, would forget the other. Plutocrats
who have made their gain through practices that would
not bear the light of day, have too long assumed that
they could whitewash their sordid characters by cast
ing before the people a few charitable institutions or
benevolent tokens. But the people are having their
eyes opened and the young people of the University
of Washington are wide awake. They have resolved
that these chimes shall not be permitted to carol the
praise of such a man as Blethen; they have placed their
demands before the president of their university. But
President Kane is a man who is to be pitied rather
than condemned; he means well but he has a back
bone that is about as strong as a wet sponge. So the
boys of the University of Washington have taken their
righteous indignation to the governor and to the legis
lature of the state, asking for an appropriation of
$12,000, the cost of the chimes, that this money may be
paid back to Mr. Blethen that the chimes need no
longer bear his name, and that they may ring out the
spirit of democracy rather than peel forth their daily
reminder of him w Tho is and has been a vicious enemy
To the support of these students the citizens of the
state have come, and they are now circulating for
signatures "a petition to remove the Blethen chimes."
Each petition slip admits of two dozen signatures, and
each being numbered, are being systematically dis
tributed through every precinct of every city and
through every township in every county. This petition
We, the undersigned citizens of the state of Wash
ington, believe that the ruiversiii.y of Washington
should strive to inspire and maintain the highest
standard of life, character, and citizenship in our state,
and to this end must be guarded from the intrusion
of all sinister or undemocratic influences. It is our
conviction that the acceptance from Alden J. Blethen
of the gii'l of chimes to the university is a dangerous
We believe thai Alden .1. Blet hen is one of the most
malign influences in the state of Washington, and that
his record and influence through Ins conduct of the
Seattle Times, with its persisteni and. shameless ridi
cule of morality and civic virtue, and its support and
encouragemeni of persons and policies thai tend to
debase and deprave our public life, are such as to
make any association of his name with the university
an affront to the people of the state.
Furthermore, we believe that the "Blethen
Chimes," as inscribed, <!<> not comply with the terms
of the original offer that was accepted by th<' Board
We heartily endorse and commend the action of
those university students who protested againsi the
acceptance of the chimes and believe that they have
set a line example of courageous citizenship.
THEREFORE, we hereby petition the Board of
Regents of the University of Washington, the Hon.
Ernest Lister, Governor-eled of the state, and the
members-elect of the legislature, in the order named,
as they have or may acquire power to act, to take such
steps as will result in either removing from the univer
sity campus the chimes in question, or forever disas
sociating the name of Alden J. IMeihen therefrom.
Great is the state that is so wide awake. Greal is
the college that so promptly rubs off any tarnish from
its campus, Greetings and good will to the boys of the
University of Washington.