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WASHINGTON'S THIRTEENTH LEGISLATURE.
Despite the fact something like 1,090 bills have
been introduced into the legislature, but few of
them have run the gauntlet of both houses and been
signed by the governor. In other words,, the session
is quite tWD-thirds gone and practically nothing has
been accomplished. The Cheeney Normal school ap
propriation bill, which reached the governor. Lias been
vetoed, and though an army of lobbyists from Spokane
and the surrounding country are in Olympia with the
view of rallying the members of the legislature to
passing the bill over the Governor's veto, no move has
been made in that direction as yet, and when it is,
dollars to doughnuts it will fail. It begins to look
as if the Thirteenth Legislature is to be the hoodoo,
as has been repeatedly predicted by the superstitious.
The legislative reapportionment bill will be re
ported to the house next Monday, so thinks Repre
sentative Kennedy, and while it does not give King
county her just desserts, yet it wUI be an improvement
over what she has now, and it may pass both branches
of the legislature and be signed by the governor.
Others, however, who were spoken to about the bill,
were no so sanguine over its success, and were of the
opinion that no legislation would be passed changing
the present legislative apportionment. The lobby from
the smaller counties are urging their representatives
to leave the apportionment as it is and let King do
Those representatives of the present legislature
that always holler hog at Seattle seem to do so for
the express purpose of detracting attention from them
while they hog everything from King county.
Home rule for cities of a certain class met its fate
in the senate last Thursday, and those who have stud
ied the bill and its aftermath are of the opinion that
it met a deserving death. It matters not how large
cities become they are still a part and parcel of the
state in which they are located and it is utterly im
possible for them to become an independent body and
still be a part of the state.
If the Houser water front bill passes both branches
of the legislature and is signed by the governor, Seat
tle will be plunged into an ocean of litigation, which
will do her no good in the way of forging ahead. Just
now Seattle seems to be the legitimate prey for every
contending force and faction in the state, and unless
she finds some way to break the spell she will find
herself in a bad way from a commercial standpoint.
The bill may be directed at the big fellows, but in the
end the bulk of the weight will fall on the shoulders
of the laboring people. When you kill the hen that
hi.vs the golden egg every day to be sure you will
have the dead hen, but she will last only a short time
and then you will have neither hen nor egg.
Cutting that part of King county outside of the
city limits of Seattle off from the Seattle congres
sional district and in lieu .hereof hooking on Kitsap
county, reads like a chapter from fancied fiction such
as 11. Rider Haggard wrote in his palmiest days. If
the bill becomes a law it will be the worst congres
sional abortion, s o far as distrids are concerned, that
one has met in a lifetime, and it would give the
famous Mississippi shoestring district cards and spades
and then beat it two to one. Seattle should be a dis
trict all by herself, but if that is not considered feasible
then King county should be one congressional dis
It seems an undeniable fact that there have been
introduced into the present legislature mure bills of
a personal character than in any previous legislature
in Washington. Men by the scores and even hundreds
are Hocking to Olympia every day the legislature is in
session urging the passage of some bill that has been
introduced by some friendly member for the express
purpose of giving a select few of them some commer
cial or financial advantage over some one else. All
such measures should be promptly killed.
The Utes are going back on the war-path again—
the first films were a failure.—Washington Post.
Some socialist literature reads as if socialism would
make all motormen motorists. —Houston Chronicle.
The principal need of Cipriano Castro, just now,
seems to be terminal facilities. —Cleveland Leader.
THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
Henry Lane Wilson, Uncle Sam's ambasador to
Mexico, is undergoing an ordeal that he had least
expected, despite the fact the Mexican government is
jfiven to monthly revolutions. Mr. Wilson is stand
ing by his guns and the United States has in him a
man that is looking after her interests as few others
would do. Ambasador Wilson hails from the state of
Washington and his fellow citizens are very proud
W. T. Dovell, one of Seattle's foremost attorneys
at law, is spending a few weeks in San Francisco on
legal business. Mr. Dovell took a hand in the political
game last year, but on his return from Chicago he
announced he had all of the game that he desired, and
resigned in favor of whoever wanted the job.
Otto A. Case has not been heard from for some
time, and his political friends in the city are a bit
uneasy about him lest he got lost on the sea of
E. H. Wells, editor in chief of the Seal tie Sun,
not only looks wise these days, but he likewise looks
pleased and especially when he looks over the Sun
and sees how bright it is.
Judge Howard, so goes the story, will retire from
the bench after March 4th, unless lie is confirmed by
the senate before that time. In other words, he will
give the president an immediate opportunity to select
Clarence Dayton Hillman is back from his sum
mer outing and is "pleased to be back in Seattle
again." Others have said the selfsame thing and said
so out of idle curiosity, but it's dollars to doughnuts
thai Mr. Hilman meant what he said.
Bob Bridges was in Olympia this week waiting for
the investigating committee to call on him to divulge
latent information about official corruption, and it
is currently reported that he is full and overflowing
of his subject.
Prosecuting Attorney Murphy let loose a broad
side os the social clubs of Seattle last Tuesday and
Wednesday, and as a result the books of those organi
zations are being carefully scrutinized.
Peter Millef has had a long run for his money,
but he seems to be up against the real thing, and
unless the supreme court comes to his rescue he can
see his finish.
Charles Marble ran like a scared wolf in the late
primary election audit is believed he will run like a
couple of them at the general election. His roundness
is said to be responsible for his fast running.
Councilman Blame might make a few votes for
himself if he would take the trouble to explain tv the
voters that he is not hostile to the inauguration of the
Andrew J. Quigley was a candidate for one of the
six nominations for city council last Tuesday and he
did not seem to run as well as lie did on former
occasions. It looks as if the voters had tired of see
ing him run for office.
Frank Goss, representative in the legislature of Wash
ington, has succeeded in having his anti-hanging bill
pass the house and the odds are in favor of the bill
passing the senate and it is a sine thing the governor
will sign it.
Howard 1). Taylor, speaker of the house of represen
tatives of the Washington legislature, is being severely
criticized in Seattle just now over his actions in the
Congressional districting of the state, and Representa
tive Foster and his friends are shouting at the top of
their voices, "I told you so!" Mr. Poster insisted,
prior to the selection of Taylor, that he, Taylor, was
fornist King oeunty and he, Foster, now says Taylor
himself has demonstrated the ocrrectness of the charge.
Thomas Murphine donned his fighting clothes last
Wednesday on the floor of the house of representatives,
and if Speaker Taylor had not run to the rescue of
Edgar A. Sims, the buldozer of the house, there would
not have been a grease spot left of him. Murphine
had right on his side and Sims had might on his.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21,' 1913.
Mrs. L. L. Valentine was awarded a $22,200 damages
against the Northern Pacific Railway Company by a
jury in the sueprior court last Thursday for the loss
of a little linger. Had she have lost a hand or an arm,
taking the little finger damages as a basis, it is barely
possible that she would have bankrupted the company.
John Pattkon, erstwhile candidate for governor of
the state pf Washington and at present Democratic
National eonimitteeman of the state, has been decided
upon by President-elect Wilson as pap distributor of
the state. Some time ago, so goes the story, Hugh C.
Todd chairman of the Democratic state central com
mittee, met Mr. Pattison and agreed upon a distribution
of the loaves and fishes in the state, and it is barely
possible that, President Wilson is acting upon "the agree
ment of the two bosses.
J. E. Chilberg, president of the New Chamber of
Commerce, was in Olympia last Thursday making a
fight for the $500,000 appropriation by the legislature
for the Panama Exposition, but it looks as if he was
kicking ag;iinst the pricks, as the members of the bunch
grass gaunties argue, Mr. Chilberg knows nothing about
the needs of the agricutural districts of the state and
he is arguing from a banker's standpoint.
Samuel Hill is nothing if not sensational and he
sprung a sensation on the telephone merger of the Pa
cific Coast, when he appealed to the federal courts to
inquire into the merger, on the ground, a telephone
monopoly had been created. A federal grand jury is
investigating the merger at present and Mr. Hill is so
pleased that he smiles whether any one is near him or
not. It was Sam Hill that got Governor Hay's goat and
it looks as if he has the telephone company on the hip.
John P. Hartman, a Seattle attorney, spoke in North
Yakima one day this week to a Farmers Industrial
congress and told the farmers how to reduce the cost of
living. There is no denying that Mr. Hartman is an
excellent lawyer, but no one had ever charged him with
being a farmer and yet he pleads guilty without e\ei»
being formally charged.
MUCH IN LITTLE.
Owing to the strain on the nervous system, persons
addicted to the gambling habit are not fitted to per
form the activities of common every-day life.
Lord Rutland is the newest Shakespeare, so
thinks a noted Belgian scholar, who has been devoting
considerable time to the real Writer of the books, which
bear the name of Shakespeare.
A move is taking shape that has for its object
the uniting of all of the Protestant churches, which
will combat the further spread of Catholicism. The
Presbyterian branch seems to bt; taking the lead in
the new cult.
Charles Bourseul, a noted Frenchman, claimed
that he was the real discoverer of the telephone in
stead of Bell of America as is commonly reported.
Friends of Bell do not deny the allegation, but they
declare he perfected the telephone, which was equal
to being the original discoverer.
In order to supply its vast foreign possessions
with English-speaking settlers the British Empire is
being rapidly drained of its inhabitants.
Parcels Post: "Chicago exceeds all other cities
in the number of parcels handled with a total of
4,168,153, and following in order are New York, with
3,519,788; Boston, 1,151,408; Philadelphia, 1,035,000;
St. Louis, 917,809; Cleveland, 879,768; Brooklyn, 304,
--000; Detroit. 510,072; Cincinnati, 412,381, and Kansas
The Young Turks are likely to age rapidly in the
next few months. —Newark News.
Is Chancellor Day going to stand by and see Texas
arrest John D. Rockefeller? —Newark News.
Cip Castro has doubtless concluded that there must
be a good deal of fake about this see-America-first
movement. —Washington Post.
"Eat what you like," says Dr. Woods Hutchinson,
but suppose you can't afford it? —Detroit Free Press.
Chicago, says a clergyman, is the modern Garden
of Eden. Anyway, it is full of the old Adam. —Chicago
The appeal of Wall Street for "justice" seems to
be qualified just a little bit by the fear that it will
get it.—New York Evening Mail.
Ben Tillman ought to be strong for Blease, for
Cole has certainly made him look like a dignified con
servative. —Washington Post.