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PRICE FIVE CENTS
It was like a clap of thunder from a clear sky that the editor hereof re
ceived the news last Sunday that segregation at Camp Lewis had been insti
tuted in its most humiliating forms. The ink on the editorial in Cayton's
Weekly of the day before was hardly dry when presto change, all the good
things we had said about Camp Lewis had faded away like snow in June.
Bulletin No. 114 had been posted in the camp, which denied the colored
soldiers the privileges and accommodation of the Y. M. C. A. building and the
Hostess House and in the way of compensation for the loss of those privileges
and accommodation a couple of other buildings were designated for Colored
Y. M. C. A. and Colored Hostess House. To say that such an order cast a
damper upon the buoyant spirits of the colored soldiers as well as the colored
citizens of the Northwest is mildly putting it and while the soldiers were
powerless to do or say a word in their own defense, yet the colored citizens
moved immediately in the matter. S. H. Stone, president of the Seattle Branch
of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, called the
executive committee together and telegraph messages were sent to the general
headquarters in New York and to Emmett J. Scott of the War Department,
acquainting each of the condition and appealing to them to do all within their
power to have the bulletin withdrawn. The same news reached the Rev. W. D.
Carter and he hurriedly assembled many of the leading colored citizens of
Seattle and laid the matter before them, which body after learning what Mr.
Stone had already done turned the whole investigation over to the Association.
At the head of a committee consisting of Howard T. Brown, Rev. Barber,
Milton Vernon, Mrs. N. J. Asberry (Tacoma) and H. R. Cay ton, Mr. Stone
appeared before the proper authorities at Camp Lewis and with H. R. Cayton
as spokesman the grievances of the committee were laid before Col. Johnson,
who, after hearing the same, gave the committee his assurance that the matter
would be given his immediate attention and added, "I do not doubt but it
will be satisfactorily arranged. Col. Johnson showed the committee every
courtesy and so pleasant was the interview that each member of the committee
loft the room feeling more than hopeful that the objectionable order wuold
be rescinded. That there is and will be more or less friction between the whites
and the blacks of this country during the life time of those now living is quite
apparent, but if the leaders of both sides will meet and go over the troubles
with the same degree of fairness as did the Stone committee and Col. Johnson
of Camp Lewis there will be much less difficulty in smoothing the troubled
JAPANESE WANT JUSTICE
Before one of the industrial clubs of this city one day this week a Japanese
editor of San Francisco, who speaks the English language fluently, having been
educated in the United States, plead for justice and fair dealing for the Jap
anese subjects living in this country, the right to become citizens the same as
any other foreigner, if they so desired, and the plea was just and right. In
and about the City of Seattle there are about 10,000 Japanese subjects, who
almost form the bone and sinew of the agricultural and horticultural pursuits
that furnish Seattle with the bulk of her edibles, meat and bread excepted.
They have had to rent such lands as they want at an enormous, if not
absolute outrageous rental price, but despite this they furnish vegetables to
the market patrons for a less sum than those who own their own lands. The
Japanese have redeemed from their virgin state, lands which have been in the
possession of white men since they first settled in the country, the redemption
for which they had done little or nothing for almost a hundred years, but as
said above these Japanese in recent years at an enormous and outrageous
rental have developed these lands and increased their intrinsic values from
$10 per acre to $1000 per acre and despite all this you fling into his face the
offensive jeer, "you are not sufficiently human to share the civilization of the
Rather remarkable to say the least that the United States isc the only
civilized country in the world that does not accord to the Japanese the same
rights and privileges as any other foreigner and whether for this or some
other cause we shall not stop here to discuss, yet this is the only civilized
country that is and has been on the verge of war with Japan. There is but
little doubt of the fact that if war had not broken out in Europe and Japan
drawn into the same as an ally of England. Japan and the United States would
now be in war and though at the present time both powers are of England, they
watch each other like hawks and an outbreak is always in the pales of possi
bility. Nothing to our mind is so much responsible for these strained rela-
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1918
tions than the treatment the Japanese are subjected to by the citizens of the
Strange to say the United States seems to have more racial problems than
any other country in the world. She has had her alleged Negro problem since
the mind of man runneth not to the contrary, once upon a time there was a
great scare of a Scandinavian problem in Minnesota and the Northwest, then
the Yellow Peril of the Pacific Coast loomed up, which frightened the wits
out of our citizens, then the Japanese puzzle had its round. A few Hindoos
came in and the word came from the pulpit and press that the turban headed
tribe might envelop the United States, and once on a time when a few Italians
went South and began to farm there at once sprang pu an Italian problem and
so much was said about it that war was almost precipitated over it. The Irish
and Jewish problems each had their turn in the public mind.
There is a Negro problem in this country because the white citizens want
one. There will be no Negro problem in this country as soon as the white
citizens decide that there shall be none. So long as the black man is brutalized
instead of citizenized by the white man then there will be a Negro problem to
wrestle with. Accord the black man all the rights and privileges that are due
a citizen and the next minute he will with a leap and a bound take up the
white man's burden.
Despite the fact this is an English speaking nation, yet it is of a cosmo
politan composition and if the dominant class does not accept it as such from
now on it will sow seeds of discord to the winds from which their progeny
some day will reap a whirlwind. Americanize the human aggregation as it
now stands in this country and thereby avoid future entanglements. Other
nations have done it and so can this.
COLORED CANDIDATES FILE
Alice S. Presto and Horace R. Cayton have taken the initiative in filing
for state senator and state representative in King County and if the colored
voters in their respective districts do not rally to a voter to their support
then all this talk of race loyalty of which so much is said is absolute rot.
Its of little or no consequence whether those persons to you be persona non
grata or your bosom friends their success opens the way to you and yours.
Owing to the bitter fight between E. B. Palmer and George B. Lamping for
state senator, Mrs. Presto has more than a passing chance of election and it
behooves you to do your duty on election day. If you want to whip the devil
fight him with fire and if the politicians refuse to give you recognition after
election then the next time you yourself file for the office. If you want a
square deal you see to it that you give a square deal.
Rev. W. D. Carter left last Tuesday for St. Louis, Mo., to attend the Na
tional Baptist Convention which convenes there September 4th. He goes
thither to represent the Northwest Baptist Convention of which he is the
general secretary. He is one of the vice presidents of the National Conven
tion and has since he first located in the Northwest served that body as
missionary in the Northwest. He will be absent from the city for one month.
Wants your vote for sheriff and unless we are sadly mistaken you want
to give him your vote. Bob is the poor man's friend, he is the working man's
friend and in short, he is the people's friend and they should not permit them
selves to be camouflagged into voting for some one who is no body's friend,
except when he wants something of them. Bob Hodge for sheriff, that's all.
W. M. PEASE
Who seeks the nomination for representative in the next Legislature of
the/State of Washington, is a business man right, and if you really mean
what you say in wanting some businessmen instead of so many lawyers you
have a most excellent opportunity in getting one business man by electing
W. M. Pease to the legislature. He has lived in the State of Washington for
the past forty years and during all of that time has been engaged in busi
ness for himself. He loves the deal of fair play and if nominated and ejected,
all classes will get his careful consideration. He has two boys in France
and wants nothing done by the coming legislature that will handicap the
progress of the war.
Justice of the Peace for Re-Election. Republican Primaries, Sept. 10, 1918
Candidate for the nomination of State Representative Forty-third District.
Subject to Republican Primaries, Sept. 10th, 1918. Residence, 303 22nd Aye.
South. Phone Beacon 1910. Seattle, Washington.
ROBERT T. HODGE
HORACE R. CAYTON
VOL. 3, NO. 12