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"I TOLD YOU SO"
If there be any other four words in the
English language, out of which one gets
more self satisfaction than, "I told you
so," then the writer has neither seen nor
heard of them. Not long since a Seattle
policeman said to us: "The average col
ored man is not only a liar, but a thief,"
on which we commented at length some two
weeks ago, and among other things said,
the public records would show that many
of the Seattle policemen had been charged
with crime and that, if half of the crimes
and rumors of crimes laid at the doors of
the blue coats were true, it was a case of
the pot calling the kettle black. Since that
article was printed the cloud of scandal
has hung heavy over the policemen of Se
attle. One has been dismissed from the
seiVce on the charge of having received a
bribe from a fallen woman, two others wer<r
arrested last Tuesday and are now in jail
charged with having robbed a U. S. gov
ernment warehouse, four ex-policemen have
also been arrested charged with the sp,me
crime, and rumor has it, other policemen
are under government surveilance and can
not escape arrest within the very near fu
ture under the charge of robbery. If in
any other c'ty in this country the police
men are disgracing their badges of author
ity as in Seattle we have not heard of it.
The situation is more or less alarming
and if it continues the law-abiding citizens
will hold the policeman in as much fear
as they do the known thugs, thieves and
WATER FRONT STRIKE.
The day may yet come when colored men
and women wil loyally identify themselves
with labor organizations, but it will be
when the unions will have been renovated
of their color prejudice high binders. The
present water front strike is but a deep
seated plot to eliminate the colored mem
bers from the working force on the water
front, though all of them are members of
the various unions that control the loading
and unloading of boats that reach the vari
ous docks of Seattle In what way?
you ask. By forcing the dock com
panies to accept only men sent from
the halls. Of course the colored men
will be in the hall, but there are only 300
colored men as against 4000 white men.
And in making the selection the colored
men would have about as munch show to
get on as would the proverbial snowball
to fly through Hades. In contrast to the
fine Italian hand being played by organized
labor the dock owners say, "We are willing
to work union men only, but we propose to
choose for ourselves the union men who do
our work," which means that the three
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 1919
hundred colored men will £et the first call
and such others as are needed, the second.
"We admit that the companies are giving
a preference to the colored men, but, since
they are union men, organized labor should
have no complaint. The time will come, we
repeat, when colored men and women will
get in the labor union band wagon, but it
will be when they are given an equal op
portunity to toot a horn. Organized labor
must unqualifiedly cut out this colorphobia
if it hopes to ever enlist the sympathies and
support of working men.
If April snows mean May flowers then
Seattle will have many of them next month.
In the sudden death of Charley Sulzer
Jim Wickersham will doubtless find relief.
Speaking about the League of Nations
reminds us that Senator Poindexter is
agin the whole darn thing and we are with
Uncle Sam knows exactly how to use the
big stick on the under dog and Japan now
fully realizes it.
It is plain to be seen from the records
that the Seattle baseball team is way out
of its class and needs to go way back and
Porters for awhile lead in bootlegging,
but policemen have called their hands and
gone them one better,by not only boot
legging but by stealing the stuff they
Some persons never see any good in an
organization until they want to use it for
their personal gain and then they are there
with bells on—the personification of sel
An early session of Congress may be
necessary, but we have our doubts of the
president calling it anyways soon and in
the meantime he will try to create senti
ment for the League of Nations.
One can put their idle money in a bank
and get 5 per cent on it and to only get 6
per cent on an uncertain investment is a
desperate chance to take with a small
amount of money—one's put away "for a
Figures have been put forth to prove
Germany "well able to pay all that the
Peace Congress has imposed upon her."
She is because the Allies want the money
and if Germany can't pay the cash she can
give up more territory.
Much is being said these days on the sub
ject, "Should Husbands Pay Their Wives
Salaries?" The average wife gets all her
husband makes as it is and if he paid her
a salary in addition the husband would
have to borrow the money to pay the wife's
If there be eminent danger of a world
wide coal shortage it would seem that some
enterprising promoter would get in com
munication with Hades and secure the
right to put in a pipe line therefrom and
use its surplus heat on this old mundane
That old saying, "It's a long lane that
has no turn," does not work with the act
ing mayor of Seattle, so far as Mayor Han
son is concerned, for while he is a Lane he
is not a long lane and he does turn away
from the policies as advocated by Seattle's
own and only Ole
The P.-I.'s poet has gone to Hawaii for
a year and while there he will write verse
for.a local paper. If now the vestal fires
of Hawaii's ever burning volcanos do nol
£0 out forever then the right hand of I lie
P.-I.'s poet will have forgotten its <Mitmiii<:
and his tongue will cleave to the roof of his
In announcing he will not bo a candidate
for the U. S. senatorship to succeed Wesley
L. Jones Albert Johnson has shown his good
sense and Johnson's decision almost as
sures the return of Jones. Of course Jones
will have opposition, but it will be from
men with little or no personal or political
"Dollar" Schwab loaned 150 Colored
soldiers whom he met on an ocean steamer
returning from France, one dollar each
with the injunction that they could pay it
back when they got home if they felt so dis
posed. Of the number 138 have already re
mitted. What a pitty Mr. Schwab could not
be just as fair to Uncle Sam.
If it be true that the Japanese govern
ment has lf)0,000 soldiers under arms in
Siberia when she should have but 16,000
it strikes us that the war is not yet over
and the Huns will soon have the active
support of the Japs and perhaps another
four years' war will soon be precipitated.
The failure of the Japanese to get their
demands from the peace conference will be
their excuse for hostilities.
For the first time in more than a year
some good words were recently printed
about the Y. M. C. A. and, paradoxical as
it may seem, every one who read them
let off a cynical smile, but said nothing.
The Y. M. C. A. may be all it lias ever
claimed, but few persons now believe it.
That it profiteered at the expense of the
helpless soldiers and practiced un-Christian
principles in France is the concensus of
opinion in this country at present.
It may have taken Amos Brown, a Seattle
pioneer, many years of hard work to get
together his vast realty possessions in Se
attle, but, "believe me," it only took his
son Ally a jiffy to blow it all in. The
little Sunday School boy, who was told to
say an appropriate verse when he dropped
his penny in the contribution box, thought
for a second after he had dropped it and
then in a most disappointing tone drolled
out: "A fool and his money soon part."
One Portland C. Hunt of Seattle has dis
covered that William Howard Taft is one
of the world's great men and recently made
known his discoveries to a Democratic ag
gregation. "Who the hell" is Portland C.
Hunt, and who but himself ever discovered
any greatness in one William Howard Taft.
Mr. Taft seems to be great in Hunt's mind
because he is trying to break into the Dem
ocratic party, where Hunt ought to be, his
deputyship under a Republican official to
the contrary notwithstanding.
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