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CAYTON S WEEKLY
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."
A publication of general information, but in
the main voicing the sentiments of the Colored
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, ""Vash., under the Act of
March 3rd, 1916.
TELEPHONE: BEACON 1910
Office 303 22nd Aye. South
THE PASSING THRONG
For the past twenty-five years the editor
of Cayton's Weekly has denounced organ
ized labor in general and in Seattle in par
ticular for its proscription of the colored
man, in some kind of a publication, and un
less we are mistaken in the signs of the
times the persistent fight, like bread cast
upon the waters, has after many days,
months and years begun to return with
good results. No, no, the agitator is seldom
if ever given consideration, but others are
selected to bear the olive branch of peace.
Organized labor in Seattle has begun to see
the error of its ways as to its treatment of
the colored man through a glass darkly and
has made some slight concessions to colored
workmen and says it will do more if what
little it has done shows any signs of bear
Recently Rev. W. D. Carter, probably
Seattle's most popular colored preacher, and
Dr. F. B. Cooper no less popular in colored
circles than Rev. Carter, were invited to
speak at the Labor Temple and set forth
the colored man's grievances before the
governing body, and Rev. Carter took ad
vantage of the opportunity and said things
that made Jimmy Duncan and his close
corporation friends set up and take notice.
We are delighted to record the apparent
turn of conditions and trust that Rev. Car
ter, Dr. Cooper and other popular colored
men will be frequently called into confer
ence with the labor leaders and that in the
very near future the cause of labor will
know no color, creed or nationality, but will
recognize as a friend and brother all men
who labor. So far as the editor hereof is
concerned he expects no favors or considera
tion at the hands of the labor leaders, be
cause he realizes that they look upon him in
the light of an anti-labor agitator, having
for so long waged such a relentelss war
upon all forms of organized labor on account
of its color proscription.
That mass meeting last Monday evening
under the auspices of the Seattle branch of
the N. A. A. C. was some meeting and
was attended by the Prestos, Big Wind and
Little Wind, and if they were not the only
pebbles on the beach then the others hid
themselves when they got busy. Without
a word of warning they were there and
many others whom we have not seen before
since the year of one, when the work was
just begun, and* for what? to send Mrs.
Presto to a gathering of learned men and
women among whom she would rattle
around like a mustard seed in a tin can. The
Seattle Branch needs stimulus direct from
headquarters and in order to get that the
delegate from here, if such there be, should
possess the mental capacity to absorb that
from the great leaders which is so much
needed out here and return home to trans-
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1019.
Mit the same to the Seattle folks. This
thing of sending persons to representative
gatherings without qualifications to repre
sent the local organization, simply because
you want to oppose somebody else, is child
ish. With no selfish motives this paper
suggested the name of S. H. Stone for the
delegate and it did so because Mr. Stone is
a business man among business men of Se
attle and the people of the East would see
that the Seattle Branch had cut out the
tommy rot of sending make shifts to talk
business with business men.
READ THE STORY
T'nder the caption of One Hundred Per
Cent Efficiency, a beautiful story in another
column hereof is reproduced and we trust
you and each of you will read the same
and pass it along. In our opinion it is
almost next to impossible to read the story
without feeling yourself drawn one hundred
per cent nearer to your fellow man, and that
too without regard to race, color or creed.
But few of us in this age who would not
hold up our hands in holy horror, if after
our boy had finished a college course, he
would announce his intention of becoming
a railroad porter and the world would pro
nounce him a young man without ambition.
But in the story herewith reproduced is a
railroad porter of twenty-five years service
and a graduate of a high class college, hav
ing been forced into this kind of work from
prevailing circumstances, made much of the
awkward situation by working to make men
better as he did his daily duty. If in all
the twenty-five years service he had done
no more than convert the man pointed out
in the story he as well as his Alma Mater
is amply repaid for his work and worry.
What man of us in the West that would not
have handed that Alabamaian a whole fist
full, even at the risk of losing our job, and
the nigger" than he ever was before and
sent him back to his southern heaths a hun
dred per cent more determined to "damn
yet this porter, bred and born a gentleman
and trebly so by his educational qualifica
tions, completely conquered him and used
nothing but the most gentle yet choice
language. Give us, oh God, men like this
and perhaps the chasm of dispute between
whites and the blacks of this country will
sooner or later be completely spanned.
Oregon has condemned Old Man Booze
to the guilotine and his execution is fixed
for July Ist. So promote it be.
Essential to any church organization are
four ps initiating preach, pray, praise, pay.
On these the success of the whole church
As a presidential candidate we fear Sen
ator Poindexter will not get very many
Miles from the hitching post, yea, verily,
if he even leaves it.
Japan is to continue to control China Uncle
Sam having backed up in its support of
China. Your Uncle Sam knows when he
is up against the real thing.
Had organized labor in Seattle elected to
strike for the fun of striking as did it in
other places May Ist it certainly would have
had a acold time for a day off.
Already Uncle Sam has the open enmity
of Italy and if England and France back
up Italy what Uncle Sam has put in the
war may be a dead loss and especially what
she loaned her allies.
A dollar to a doughnut Senator Ilardwick
will have that colored maid that got blown
almost to pieces while opening an infernal
machine, which was sent to him, sent to the
poor house for future maintenance.
Doubtless "a little learning is a bad
thing," but not one hundredth part as bad
as no learning. Every one with an ounce
of get up and get there can get a good
learning these times and its actually crim
inal to not do so.
Returned soldiers want work, but let it be
distinctly understood that they do not mean
to take any kind of work except to their
liking, and evidently farm work is not at
all to their liking, but high salaried clerical
jobs are what all of them demand.
Perhaps Razz got contorted into Jazz,
but whether Razz or Jazz in its originality
certain it is that the music of a colored man
is setting the civilized world on tire and
literally consuming it. Evidently the col
ored man does more than imitate.
In our last issue we warned President
Wilson if he did not get out of Europe post
haste he would get cut in the fracas and
now it seems that he is benig whip-sawed
by England and France and jammed by
Italy. Fools will rush in where angels fear
Even in beer gulling states from now,
who sings How Dry I am, will not be able
to get enough of the stuff that soothes to
slake his or her thirst as the further manu
facture of beer has been ordered off. Poor
Old Alan Booze, he sho is having one hell
of a time.
That Wisconsin farmer who found a cache
of whiskey, while digging a well on his farm
has nothing on the government detectives
of Seattle who found a cache of whiskey
while spading up a back yard. In other
words, just now, old Mother Earth seems
to be just full of the stuff.
Which is the "leading weakly" paper of
the Northwest among the colored citizens
still seems to be the mooted question. For
months we have been lead to believe it was
published in Seattle, but now it is learned
from a distinguished citizen of Tacoma that
it is published in Portland. Who next?
Fixing a set program for the colored man
of this country is one and the same thing
as making of him a legalized serf—a mild
form of slavery which would mean that the
work of John Brown, William Loyd Gar
rison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lin
coln (bless his memory) and many others
all count for naught. Perish the thought.
It was some thirty years ago when hun
dreds of prominent men of. the country were
sent infernal machines, which resulted in
some loss of life and much material damage,
and a like terror is now running rampant
over the country. The mails are literally
flooded with dangerous devices sent to lead
ing men of the country hoping thereby to
intimidate them in the performance of their
It has been hinted that our own and only
President Wilson lias a feeling in his heart
to recognize the Russian Bolsheviki. Why
not? since he has recognized the South of
our own land and country, and it is beyond
human conception to show more savagery
than our southern Democratic hell devils
practice on the colored citizens of that sec
tion. But should the president recognize
Lenine of Russia he would not be doing
very much different than his alleged dicker-
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