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Published every Saturday at Seattle, Washington.
U. S. A.
In the interest of equal rights and equal Justice to
all men and for "all men up. 1'
A publication of general information, but in
the main voicing the sentiments of the Colored
It is open to the towns and communities of the
•tate of Washington to air their public grienvances.
Social and church notices are solicited for pub
lication and will be handled according to the rules
of journalism.
Subscription ?2 per year in advance. Special
rates made to clubs and societies.
HORACE ROSCOE CAYTON. .Editor and Publisher
Entred as second class matter, August 18, 1916, at
the post office at Seattle, Wash., under the Act of
March 3rd, 1916.
Office 303 22nd Ave. South
When the colored citizens of Seattle or
ganized a Colored Council of Defense to ex
clusively look after the entertainment of
colored soldiers a more flagrant case of seg
regation was never set on foot and its an
absolute disgrace.
While a committee of colored citizens is
in Camp Lewis combating the efforts to seg
regate the whie and black soldiers, other
colored citizens in Seattle are segreating
not only the colored soldiers but likewise
themselves, all of which is so despicable
that to be hated it needs but to be seen.
Every colored person who voted for the
organizing of a separate council for defense
should be drummed out of the city. If the
officers of Camp Lewis do not fling the ac
tions of the colored citizens of Seattle into
the face of the committee and say to them
charity begins at home, we will be surpris
ed if there ver was need of am ass meting
in Seattle to denounce the actions of a self
constituted few, now is the time and the or
ganizers of that Colored Council of Defense
handled without gloves. The colored man
who resents the segregation of the white
man, but almost with the same breath does
so himself, is a hypocrite and is not worthy
of being called a citizen of this Republic.
"It's a long lane that has no turn" and
while the mills of the Cod's grind very slow,
yet they grind exceedingly fine. Within the
past month a quartet of America's most
dangerous, bleatant mouthed bovines have
reached the end of their rows and are now
"where the wood bine twineth." Benja
min Tillman, the fire-eating human pitch
fork, is doing the sleep that knoweth no
waking, and we thank God for small favors.
James K. Vardeman, the Mississippi musk
rat, has been run into his hole and had to
pull his hole in after him to save his bacon;
Cole Blease, the South Carolina blather
skite, has a second time been beaten for a
seat in the United States Senate, which must
be the end of his political career. W .D.
Haywood, the Big, Blustering Bill, that
should have been hanged for the death of
Gov. Stunnenberg of Idaho, some twenty
odd years ago, has finally got his and now
faces a twenty-year prison term and in ad
dition a fine of $20,000, all of which will
result in life imprisonment for this man of
blood and bones.
It may be a long long lane to Tiperary,
but, "believe me," if you just pound away,
some day you will get there. This country
is greatly in need of men "all wool and a
yard wide," but Tillman, Vardeman, Blease
and Hay wood were 'too dam wide" and so
they have been spilled out. May hell,
made doubly hot by the arival of the Hun
garian fiends, be their portion and the soon
er the better.
In discussing the after-war situation in la
bor circles. Col. J. M. Hawthorne, the Demo
cratic candidate for Congress from the Se
attle-Kitsap district, is quoted as having
made the following statement:
Hawthorne said he would use every ef
fort, if elected, toward smoothing over after
the war problems which might bring chaos
to the country if not attended to.
"In some jobs, it will not be posisble to
have two men do one day's work," he said.
"In that case, M re would have employes
work alternate weeks. I can see the possi
bility of 80,000 men for 40,000 jobs in Se
attle, and the only way to deal with such a
situation is half-time work for all."
Nothing short of a dangerous political
demagogue would go on record as favoring
legislation to this effect. He is simply
truckling for the support of organized labor
and will make any kind of unreasonable
promise to camouflage them into giving him
their votes, with the hope oef backing and
filling when once in Congress to justify
himself. When the war is over there will
be a greater need for farmers and farm
hands than now or any time in the life time
of those soldiers and instead of putting in
half time in the city work shops they can
go to the country and put in full time. For
ten years after the war the United States
will have to be the store house of the world
and it wil be more profitable to raise hog
and hominy in the country than to raise hell
in cities and towns. Provide homes for the
returned soldiers in the rural districts and
encourage them to help get the world back
to a normal condition from a food stand
point and humanity will be benefited to a
much greater extent than over crowding the
cities in quest of four hour per day jobs.
But this political camouflaging seems to be
characteristic of the southern Democrat. In
the south he goes to Congress on the pre
text of preventing "nigger dominancy" and
in the north he goes to Congress on the
pretext of protecting the working man.
Some time ago we made the statement that
it would be a burning disgrace for Seattle
to ever again elect a Southern Democrat to
Congress and since we have read the above
statement of Col. Hawthorne we are doublv
certain of it.
A house each for one hundred thousand
working men is wanted in Seattle and at the
rate the houses are being built it will take
two years or more to supply the demand and
by that time we suspect there will be mroe
houses than there will be takers. It's a
quer old world after all, when you think
you have you haven't and when you think
you haven't you have.
Because Cayton's Weekly referred to her
as one of two colored persons who had filed
for nominations in the coming prmiaries,
Mrs. W. L. Presto took the editor hereof
to task. We beg your pardon, madam, and
take half of it back.
If we had as much sense as some men
think they have, we would say to the Al
mighty, "You pro way back and sit down."
To the pleasure and satisfaction of the
citizens of the Northwest the segregation
unpleasantness at Camp Lewis has been
satisfactorily settled and now things are mvo
ing as of yore. That the readers may have
the full history of the case the cause of the
unpleasantness is herewith reprodueed:
American Lake, Wash.,
August 22, 1918.
No. 114.
I. On account of the overcrowding of the
present Hostess House, hereafter the Hostess
House at North First and Montana Strets
wil be used exclusively by the white soldiers
and their friends.
The Hostess House just established in the
Y. M. C. A. Building, No. 53, including lava
tory building No. 641/. w j]i b 0 used exclu
sively by the colored soldiers and their
By Comand of
Major, A. G. D.,
Camp Adjutant.
Major, A. G. D.,
Camp Adjutant,
After the above bulletin became public
property a committee of five colored per
sons called upon the proper authorities at
Camp Lewis to protest against its enforce
ment and ask that the same be rescinded.
As said in our last issue. Col. P. C. Johnson
received the committee very cordially, and
after listening to the spokesman, assured the
committee the matter would be given his
immediate consideration and added, "I
think it can be satisfactorily arranged." He
promised to communicate with the spokes
man when a conclusion in the affair was
reached and to that end the following let
ter has been received :
Headquarters 13th Division
Camp Lewis
American Lake, Washington
September 3, 1918.
Mr. H. R. Cayton,
Editor '' Cayton's Weekly''.
303 22nd South,
Seattle, Washington.
Dear Sir:—
I enclose copy of Bulletin No. 122, Head
quarters Camp Lewis, which rescinds the
exclusive use of Hostess Houses by either
white or colored soldiers.
I desire to assure you again that the origi
nal bulletin was issued solely to avoid over
crowding of any of the buildings and not
with any desire to discriminate against col
ored soldiers.
Very truly yours.
Colonel, Infantry.
Chief of Staff.
(13th Recorded Div.)
In Bulletin No. 122, section two, the fol
lowing appears:
Section 1, Bulletin 114, Tlq. Camp Lewis,
c.s., is hereby rescinded.
By Coxnand of
VOL. 3, NO. 13

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