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A move is now on to unite the northern
and southern branches of the Presbyterian
Church of the United States. A couple of
years ago an effort was made to unite the
northern and southern branches of the
Methodist Episcopal Church and the move
nieni was working like greased lightning
until hte Negro question was struck and in
almost the twinkling of an eye the whole
scheme exploded into a thousand atoms,
which moved some one to compare the
unity scheme to a fellow that had worked
faithfully from January to July and then
spent the most of his savings in fireworks
for the of Fourth of July. On that glorious
day he called his friends about him to help
him celebrate and watch the display. He
lifted the great pile of patriotism, and,
using his own words, "Fizz, fizz, bomb!
and my money was all gone." We suspect
the unity efforts of the wings of the Pres
byterian Church will meet a similar fate as
did the wings of the Methodist Church.
The southern wings of these two great
religious bodies are religionists, but they
are not Christians, and they never will be
until they have been born again and give
up that pernicious doctrine that white folks
are God's elect and darker folks, like the
beast of burden, were created to serve them
without reward or remuneration. No one
now living will, in our opinion, ever see
either tin 1 Methodist Episcopal Church
North and the M. E. Church South or the
Presbyterian Church of the North and of
the South united. The leaders of these
two churches split on the Negro question
more than a half a century ago and the
members of neither side have changed their
minds on that subject, and until they do
unity is impossible.
Crimes more diabolical than those per
petrated by the white men of the South
upon the colored folks also of that section
may have been committed somewhere and
some time, but if so they are not of his
torical record. The alleged crimes of the
German soldiers during the late war upon
the French and Belgium women in com
parison to the crimes of the Southern
white men upon the colored men, women
and children are like Sunday school mis
understandings between two rivals as to
which one can repeat the greater number
of verses. There is, however, one conso
lation in this lynching affair, those white
men who participate in such outlawry are
cowardly curs and will not even attack a
colored girl without a great crowd of
whining whelps. Clet the bravest of them
»ut of their native heaths and they won't
even talk back to a colored person, let
alone try to kill him.
Congress has convened and is now grind
ing away. The chief thing for calling the
solons to the national capital was to con
sider the league of nations covenant, a draft
of which, in the very near future, will be
in the hands of the senators. Tf Senator
Lodge speaks with authority the covenant
is already defeated in the senate, which
will mean Uncle Sam will not participate
in that august assembly when it first meets.
Carton's Weekly is violently opposed to
ilie United States government becoming a
party to this League of Nations covenant,
and it therefore will oppose any candidate
for the United States senate next year who
favors the proposition. We have all we
can do to look after the affairs of this
country without meddling in the affairs
In ;i public address of recent date. Julius
Rosenthal, the great philanthropist, said
"the colored man needs the help and assist
ance of the white man of this country."
Xot necessarily so, Mr. Rosenthal. The
colored man needs the white man to get
out of his sunlight and if you characterize
that as help and assistance, then we agree.
The colored man of this country is of the
asme temperament as the white man, and
the only reason that he is not of the same
constructability as the white is because the
latter, being overwhelmingly in the majority,
do more to prevent the colored man from
progressing than to assist him. The colored
man needs neither pity nor sympathy, but
let severely alone.
President Wilson, in his recent wireless
message to Congress is trying to place
the responsibility of the nation-wide
prohibition edict, which will take
effect July 1 next, on to the Republicans.
Woodrow Wilson is certainly a great
president, especially when it comes to
pulling political potatoes out of the fire
with the other fellow's hand. If the Re
publicans are wise, they will have nothing
to do with Wilson's dry program. In other
words, if Wilson did the hiring, then let
Wilson do the firing. We hope, politics to
the contrary notwithstanding, that the
country will go bone dry July Ist, as has
been fully arragned for.
That judge of the Superior Court at
Wenachee, Washington, who made that
anti-divorce speech from the bench the
other day, and yet granted the usual grist
of diverces, preaches one thing and prac
tises another. It was Ben Butler who said,
the way to resume is to resume, and
applying this principle, the way to fight
divorce procedure is to fight it. But the
judge, from our viewpoint, is wrong. If a
man and wife find it impossible to agree,
them they shoud agree to disagree, and
the sooner they are legally separated the
better for both as well the community in
which they reside.
The stories which Dr. E. J. Brown is
causing to be printed in the Star, ought to
make the chief of police set up and take
notice. Either Dr. Brown has criminally
libeled Chief Warren or he has told the
truth. If the former, the chief should
cause him to be arrested and tried for the
crime. If the latter, then mum is the word
for Chief Warren. We have no interest in
the controversy, but we rise to remark,
peace officers should not thus be talked
about unless true, and in that case they
should cease to be peace officers.
Public debates as to whether Frederick
Douglas was a greater leader than Booker
T. Washington is to our minds devoid of
beneficial results. Their lives were not
contemporaneous and whatever prominence
each attained as leader or forerunner was
done so by traveling along different routes.
Both gave their all that the world might be
better and their memories should not be
beclouded in the minds of the living by
discrediting their efforts.
The reply of the Boeehs is nearing com
pletion and will doubtless be in the hand-?
of the Allies by the time this issue of
Cayton's Weekly is in the hands of its
readers, all of which is wasted wind.
Bitter or sweet, fellows, you alive got to
take it and making ugly faces will do no
good. You bought the dirty dose and now
you have to pay for it. Take your medi
cine and die like men.
Stump speaking seems to be a weakness
of the colored mana nd wrangling in
public meetings his delight. "I am agin
everything I am not for," forcibly ex
claimed a colored man who was given to
opposing everything that came up in •)
public meeting. One may derive a great
deal of personal amusement out of such, but
its always at the expense of the people.
Publishing such stories as "The Trip]?
Tragedy," in last Saturday's issue hereof,
and the Shubula lynching in another
column hereof, will doubtless not deter
similar outbreaks of lawlessness, but it
will convince the thinking classes that the
world has been made doubly safe for that
form of democracy that spells degeneracy.
Perhaps the Hon. James Weldon John
son will fill the Y. M. C. A. hall of this
city twice over when ho comes to Seattle
June sth next, but at that the Y. M. C. A.
hall is far more preferable than the Wash
James Weldon Johnson of New York will
lecture in Seattle, June sth. at the
Y. M. 0. A. hall, for the benefit of the
Xational Association for the Advancement of
Colored People. Admission, fifty cents.
We quite agree with Ruth Garrison that,
"it will be much nicer (for me) to stay
in Walla Walla than in the insane asylum.''
Water will seek its level and birds of a
feather will flock together.
An army officer says: "The nation need*
more airmen. If the nation had more
Christian men she would have more airmen
and even airwomen, all going to Heaven.
Evidently the courts plan to make "dry"
"wet," and thereby force the dirty saloon
back en to the people, but let the courts
not forget that the people have rights that
even the courts are bound to respect.
Wire our wandering chief executive that
the United States Senate is Cumming and
the house is Hunting (ton) for him.
The Bodies went home as mad as wet
hens, but they came back.
Congress convened last Monday and
President Wilson, working on the theory,
"discretion is the better part of valor,"
remained in Europe.
Recently we read an account of a praying
palm tree and we wondered if the trees had
taken up the praying where the people had
laved it down.
Talk about winter hanging in the lap
of spring, but the grizzly old rascal is now
threatening to take a seat in the lap of
STOLEN FROM THIEVES.
He was not a man of wealth, but of com
fortable means; all the same, he resented
the exorbitant charges which the hotel
"Why, look here!" he complained, thrust
ing the bill into the manager's face. "I
see you have charged up 50 cents a day
for attendance, and I couldn't get any.
I'm sure I tugged at the bell rope in my
room dozens of times, but got no ansAver!"
"In that case you had better give me
the bill and I will have it altered," was
When, however, the bill was again pre
sented the total was found to be the same,
and upon the visitor's pointing it out the
"Yes, sir; but I have substituted 'physical
exercise' in place of the attendance items."
"Physical exercise!" repeated the be
"Quite right, sir." was the answter.
"According to your own statement you have
been exercising on the dumb bells for a
"Are you sure you love me?" said a
pretty girl to her admirer.
"Love you!" echoed the smitten one.
"Why, darling, while I was bidding' you
good-by on the porch last night your dog
bit a piece out of the calf of my leg, and
T never noticed it till I got clear home."
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