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Cayton's weekly. (Seattle, Wash.) 1916-1921, June 15, 1918, Image 2

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TOWN TOPICS
One day last week J. 11. Ryan, editor of
The (Tacoma) Forum was in Seattle and
chatted with old friends and among the
many things of interest lie talked of, he
Rave it out that the colored citizens of his
berg were making preparations to give Alex
Pantagea a short touch of high court life for
his persistent color discrimination in his thea
tres in Tacoma. All of which reminds the
writer that one Alex Pantagea does the
self same thing in Seattle and it would be
;i long step in the right direction if the
Seattle Branch of the National Association
For the Advancement of Colored People
would lend the Tacoma colored citizens a
helping hand in giving this Mr. Alex a
court trial to see if he has the legal right
to discriminate against American citizens as
he is daily doing wherever he has a show
house.
Tacoma is to be the recipient of the con
cert la lent of the Scott Harris family of
Everett nest Monday evening and take it
From Cay ton's Weekly a rare treat is in
store for those citizens of Tacoma who at
tend Ihe Scott Harris concert. Last win
ter that family gave a similar concert in
Seal tic that it is going to give in Tacoma
next Monday evening and it was by odds
one of the most up-to-date family concerts
that it has been our good fortune to evei'
listen to. Each number was a gem and of
itself quite worth the price. Mr Harris,
who is blind, has learned the speech of
Hooker T. Washington, delivered at the At
lanta exposition, and so perfect has he com
mitted it that it sounds original. All of
the members of the family do something
most charmingly and the concert is magnifi
cent from the opening to the closing num
ber. If some one of the churches of Seattle
would just grab them Avhile on their way
back to Everett next Tuesday, Seattle too
would get an appreciative treat.
The "lusus naturae"—freaks of nature
—are various and varied to the man or
woman that makes a study of the world and
its fullness and it's just as pronounced
among the human family as it is among the
hills and valleys. Since and before the
coming of Christ the Jews, as a people,
have been derided and even kicked and
cuffed by the balance of the world, and yet
one of them no sooner gets an opporunity,
when he forgets the centuries of abuse his
race has been forced to undergo and does
the same thing to another that has been
done to him. Alex Pantages is said to be a
.Jew and as such no more acceptable to the
Anglo-Saxon than the Negro, and yet of
all the theatre people of the Puget Sound
country, he has made it the hardest for the
much abused black man. Is it not an odd
outbreak of human cussedness?
It is utterly impossible for colored men
to ever become versed in commercial busi
ness unless they make a study of not only
business methods, but of their expected
patrons. In Seattle there is an organiza
tion known as the Negro Business Men's
League, which has for its object, the pro
moting of business enterprises among 1 color
ed folks and to likewise foster closer busi
ness relations among the rank and file of
the colored citizens. This organization held
a get together meeting at the A. M. E.
Church last Sunday evening and, strange to
say, there were not to exceed six persons
at the meeting whose business was read out
by one of the speakers. In other words,
while the people were endeavoring to furth
er their business interest at that public
gathering they were not sufficiently inter
ested to even be present.
According to posters throughout the city.
Prof. Kelly Miller will lecture in Seattle
June 26th, which means that the citizens of
Seattle will have an opportunity to listen
to one of the ablest and most profound talk
ers and thinkers in the world. His writings
have attracted the attention of the world
and, unlike most men of rare literary at
tainments, he has not sought to commer
cialize it for his own selfish agrandizeemnt.
This notice is no part of the campaign of
advertisement the promoters of the Kelly
Miller lecture tour are prosecuting, but a
recognition of the ability of the man and
his willingness to help his fellowman with
out pay or future reward. Would to God
the largest amphitheatre in the city could
be filled with the wise of the city to hear
him.
Much local preparations are being made
by the colored ladies of the city to enter
tain the Federated Colored Women's Clubs
of Washington, which will hold its second
annual session in Seattle June 27th and 28th.
A la rye delegation is expected from the out
side cities and the editor hereof is going to
suggest to the ladies of the city that, they
be liberal in their preparations to receive
the visitors. While the members of the
organization are colored, yet they should
be received by the mayor of the city and
a welcome address be also made by one or
more of the leading colored men of the
city. Perhaps all of this has been planned
by the committee of arrangement, but if
not, its not too late to change the program.
Twenty-seven dollars were turned over
to the Seattle Branch of the National As
sociation for the Advancement of Colored
People by Mrs. .Jennie 'Yrooman, the net
proceeds of the ball given by her for its
benefit last Monday evening. If doing unto
others as you'd have them do to you is a
Divine injunction, Mrs. Yrooman is keeping
the command in the very highest and full
est sense of the word. Her life ambition
seems to have no higher aim than to re
lieve some one in distress. Today its the
church, the next day the soldiers in France,
the next for the distressed of the South and
still another looking up some one at home
Prof. Kelly Miller, Dean of College Deartment, Howard Uni
versity, will lecture in Seattle Wednesday, June 26, 8:80 p. ra. at
Washington Hall, Fourteenth and East Fir St. Also "will lecture in
Tacoma Thursday, -hme 27, 8:80 p. m. at the First Congregational
Church. Subject: "Race Loyalty and National Patriotism.'' This
is an excellent opportunity to hear one of the foremost men in the
United States. Admission, fifty cents. Secure your tickets early.
Seats limited as everybody will be there. Committee: Z. L. Wood
son. Rev. W. D. Carter, B. F. Tutt, A. R. Black, Dr. D. T. Card
well, Rev. A. W Williams.
in need, that she may extend a hand of
mercy. If who loves his fellowman is to
lead all the rest in "that home not made
with hands, eternal in the heavens", then
Mrs. Jennie Vrooman is due a front seat.
Mrs. T. 11. Jones has returned from a two
months visit in Chicago and is satisfied that
Seattle some day will be just as much a
haven of rest for the black man as is Chi
cago at present. In speaking about the
hotel, Mr. Jones some days ago said: "When
my wife comes home I plan to make exten
sive improvements in the hotel and devote
more of my time to not only putting it in
first class condition, but in keeping it in
first class condition." Let's hope that he
will not only do this, but that he will also
yet hold of the lease on the Rainier Apart
ments and combine the two propositions.
A man quite able to criticise in speaking
of Cayton's Weekly said: "It is well edited
and contains the kind of articles that puts
the cause of the black man of this country
properly before the dominant class, but its
a paper of comment rather than a news
paper and the colored folk want to see their
names in the papers said to be published
in their behalf." In other words, hard
headed horse sense is of no interest to
them, and only papers that deal in pages of
personals about Miss Mandy and her new
frown are of sufficient interest to them to
subscribe for. In every great onward move
somebody must be sacrificed for the good
of the cause and the editor hereof has no
objections to being one of those.
Rumor has it that "Long John Kelly,"
(he was given this name by a publisher of
Seattle many years ago), Avho made life so
miserable for the Louis Levy family, is not

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