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In the interest of equal rights and equal Justice to
all men and for "all men up."
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the main voicing the sentiments of the Colored
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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.
TE TEPiroiTlJ! BEACON 1910
Office 303 22nd Aye. South
GO TO THE FRONT
Who would be free must himself strike
the first blow and self preservation is the
first law of nature. The above thoughts
have been inspired from reading an article
written by Roscoe Simmons and a para
graphs therein reads as follows: "Say, I
complained, to the most famous American
correspondent in France, why was it that
you suppressed all the heroics of the Amer
ican Negro during the war? I then ex
plained that nothing came over to the
states in report of unusual conduct of the
Negro, although the French had poured in
to my ears the finest stories of the Ameri
can Negro, of his bravery, his dash, his
unmatched courage, of the eagle eye that
is his when the firing is the hottest and
fastest, and that even American officers,
without exception thus far noted, named the
Negro only to praise."
"Well, then/ he wanted to know of me,
"why did the colored people of America let
a war like this go through wouthout hav
ing competent correspondents, white or col
ored, at the front, to write a story that
would have been an important chapter in
the story of the Kace —write while great
deads were being done, and while the world
was reading, day for day, week for week,
of the conflict?"
I fell back immediately on the old and
faithful argument employed by the Race—
poverty. But this man, who, knowing war
and peace, knows men, would have none of
it. "I am just from the states," he replied,
"and noticed no great poverty among col
ored people—they seem to have money for
anything they want, and usually get what
ever they desire."
A lesson from the above may be drawn
for the colored man at home. Instead of
combining their moneys and making jobs
for themselves and their friends they wait
for the white man to make jobs for them
their friends and then they complain be
cause they are not given some of the jobs.
If the spirit of unity prevailed among the
colored citizens of Seattle instead of three
small stores operated by colored persons
there would be not less than one hundred.
Socially the white man is against the black
man, but when it comes to doing busines*
the white man will trade with any one that
will give him a bargain. If the Japanese
can fatten on the white man's trade the
colored man can do so and will do so when
he cuts out so much of his clanishness.
You yourself get on the firing line if you
want to send back favorable reports.
Aii old lady, exceedingly hard of hearing,
lived near the river. One afternoon a war
ship fired a salute of ten guns. The woman,
alone in her little house, waited until the
hooming ceased. Then she smoothed her
dress, hrushed her hair back in a quaint
manner, and said sweetly, "Come in."
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 1919
There is a scarcity of shipyard workers in
Seattle just noAV. The men on the outside
are waiting to see if there will be another
If more persons would extend an invita
tion to the editor hereof to take dinner with
theni the high cost of living would no long
er give us uneasiness of mind.
It seems to us that the peace conference
is simply parceling out the world to the
powers thereof and that too without regard
to justice and fair play.
Jack Johnson wants to fight the four best
pugilists in the world one after the other.
Jack must think it will take a whole lot
of licking to make him good.
Fourteen white lynchers have been sent
to prison in Winston-Salem, North Caro
lina. Right you are, Uncle Jasper, ''the
world do move."
Were there a league of nations in ex
istence at present Uncle Sam would have to
send forces to Europe to quell the present
local disturbances going on now.
If you can not say something good about
the other fellow then do not say anything
at all. Make this a rule of your life and
you will live long, be happy and go to
Heaven wlien you die.
Base ball fans are anxiously awaiting the
coming of Rube Foster and his wonders of
the diamond because they seem to be the
greatest base ball aggregation that hath
as yet ever appeared.
The beast of Berlin appears to be just as
mad now as it was before the armistice
was signed. So mad is it that we are of the
opinion that it will have to be roped before
it can be shod.
We notice that George Listman, the late
Seattle civil service commissioners, is now
a banker. While the office paid no salary
it must have had a hell of a lot of per
Multiplied millions of dollars are to be
raised in this country for church extension
work and we suggest a great deal of it be
used among the white barbarians of our
own sunny south.
Butterworth must think his case des
perate or he would not have surrounded
himself with such an array of alleged legal
talent. It is old adage that says: "des
perate cases require desperate remedies."
Every time you or the other fellow sends
a subscription to Cayton's Weekly, you
double the determination of the editor to
publish a periodical that you will be glad
to get and likewise be proud of.
Lynching goes bravely on in the South,
and the war having been finished in Uncle
Sam's favor, we are thoroughly convinced
that our efforts in Europe has made the
world quite safe for democracy.
Judge King Dykeman is to be congrat
ulated for cutting out the candy, flower*
and sickly sentiment sent to Ruth Garrison,
the red handed murderess, now in the cus
tody of the juvenile court.
Japan is threatening to withdraw from
the peace conference unless she gets her
demands, which of course means she will
form an alliance with Germany, Austria
and Russia, which very thing she has
wanted to do from the very outset.
Since the very day of the Johnson-Wil
lard fight wo have been of the opinion that
it Avas a fake and Johnson got knocked
out for a prearranged price, but at that
we have no respect for Johnson, who, four
years thereafter peaches to get even.
If there be a more degenerate wretch ma
ll this world than Ruth Garrison, then, in
our opinion, she has not as yet been dis
covered. There is not a hag in the county
jail that she would not demoralize, if per
mitted to associate with.
If another Seattle shipyard strike is vot
ed by organized labor, though coastwise in
its nature, Seattle would do well to give
up the shipbuilding idea and seek other
avenues of commercial and industrial ac
From a colored man's journalistic stand
point there must be poor picking about the
peace conference as Roscoe Simmons is on
his way home and while there he not only
did not set the world on fire, but did not
even start a blaze.
It has been charged by Delegate Wick
ersham that the funds for the Alaska rail
road have been wasted by Secretary Lane.
By another, it is claimed that, wasted, as
used by Wickersham, is a soft term for
After sending out a number of bills last
week we sat ourselves down and waited pa
tiently for favorable replies that we might
get a steak or a ham hock for Sunday, but
we got no reply and so we had neither.
However, we still live in hope though we
may die in despair.
A California judge has ruled that Hindu*
are white. If that ruling is not reversed
the bars have been let down for the major
portion of the colored people of this country
to become white, as half of the colored folk
are whiter than the Hindus and the other
half of a like complexion.
Again Dr. Bundy, the East St. Louis
dentist, charged with murder in connection
with the riots there, is facing a jury- He
is no longer backed by the National Asso
ciation for the Advancement of Colored
People, owing to misunderstandings having
arisen between them.
"Stop my paper! I did not like an
editorial in the last issue and I do not want
it any longer", came to us by mail not
long since. We do not exactly pronounce
the sender of the message a damphool, but
he was in the first stages of the disease.
We edit this paper from our own mind, and
not from the minds of subscribers.
Many of the colored persons living in th<3
cities are crying for a few acres in th»»
country on which to move and reside and
yet many of the colored persons having
acreage in the country want to sell and
move to the city. What you have you do
not want, but what you have not you want
It wnold be no more inconsistent for
President Wilson to unconditionally pardon
Delis than to advocate the liberation of
Mooney. Debs is guilty of only shooting
ofT his mouth while Mooney is guilty of
shooting off bombs in the midst of thou
sands of innocent persons, but our presi
dent passeth all understanding.
VOL. 111. NO. 43