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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."
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 RORCOR 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.
Office 303 82nd Aye. South
"If the world from a gentile or oven a
Jewish viewpoint believes the Jews are not
getting an equal chance in Poland, then, I,
Ignace Jan Paderewsky, Polish premier, in
vite President Wilson to name a commis
sion to £0 to Poland and make a thorough
investigation of conditions there so far as
the Jew is concerned," came over the wires
last Monday morning. It is said that
Paderewsky has lifted all of the former
bans placed upon the Jews in Poland and
they are not only as equal before the law
as any other citizen, but are being given an
equal opportunity in the pursuits of life and
happiness, all of which is very refreshing: in
the light of the past, when a Jew got but
little more consideration than the lower
order of animals.
But the idea of President Wilson sending
a commission to Poland to inquire into the
treatment of a class of human beings resid
ing therein is like unto carrying coal to
Newcastle. Cruel as may have been the
treatment of the Jews in Poland it pales
into infinitisimal insignificance in comparison
to the treatment the Negro has received and
is daily subjected to in the United States,
especially in that section hereof known as
the Sunny South. Two weeks ago this
paper reproduced an article from the May
number of the "Crisis," that was so shock
ing and nauseating in brutality that it was
unfit to print and circulate in a Christian
community. Think of lynching two girls,
respectively sixteen and eighteen years of
age, each pregnant by the same white brute,
and, at the same time, two twenty-year-old
boys because the quartet was supposed to
have murdered the brute who had seduced
the two «irls. Think about burning human
beings on the public squares, where the
white men, women and children fight for
souvenirs of the unfortunate. Think about
hanging a woman up by her feet, cutting
her stomach open, which contains an unborn
babe, which falls to the ground and is
stamped into mince meat by the fiendish
lynchers. Think about the kicks, cuffs, in
sults and public rights denied the colored
citizens of this country from Maine to
Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific,
not because they merit such harsh treat
ment, not because they are public parasites,
not because they are prowling pirates, not
because they are pestering pilferers for
their daily bread, not because they are
ignorant, dangerous criminals, but because
their skins are black, and the skins of the
dominant class of this land of the free and
home of the brave committing these brutal
outrages are white. Think about all of
these and a thousand and one other annoy
ing circumstances that impede the onward
and upward march of the colored man in
the United States and you will conclude
with us as to such a commission, "Consist
ency, thou art a jewel!"
Woodrow Wilson is president of this
United States by virtue of the fact that
there was a solid South. There was ami
is a solid South by virtue of the fact
Negroes were murdered, intimidated and
denied the ri^ht to cast their votes at the
ballot box. Diaz, lluerta, and Carranza
have all been president of Mexico by virtue
of the fact that their followers murdered
and intimidated those opposing them. In
other words, "Wilson's supporters used the
same identical tactics to put their man into
power as did the supporters of the various
Mexican rulers, and we therefore fail to see
in what manner or way President Woodrow
Wilson is any more of an humanitarian than
was lluerta or is Carranza. The murdered
blood of the Negro of the United States is
probably not directly on the hands of
President Wilson, nor has either lluerta or
Carranza ever been charged with actually
committing red-handed murder, but if all of
them have politically profited from the out
rages imposed upon their opponents, then,
why are the three not like so many peas
in a pod?
Pounding peace and brotherly love into
the jarring European nations and communi
ties on the part of our chief executive is a
beautiful theory and very, very lofty ideals,
but, if those peoples who are being 1 peaces
pounded could but witness some of the
horrors almost daily perpetrated upon the
colored citizens of this country, they would
say to this fourteen-point peacemaker, "Go
ye back to your own land and country and
first set your own house in order, then
come to us and command us to set our
houses in order. You, yourself, have chosen
chaos instead of Christ and yet you want
us to choose Christ instead of chaos. Have
you. Mr. Peacemaker, a selfish motive in all
this? What is your game, Mr. Would-Re
Peacemaker? We are anxious to hear your
But, to return to the original thought,
let's have the commission to Poland and
let's insist on the Jews receiving equal jus
tice and like opportunities with the most
favored few. Let's go a step further and
demand for the Jew like conditions in every
country in Europe, where he has been
oppressed, and may, perhaps, when all that
shall have been done the Negro in the
United States will receive just and fair
consideration. Make the world safe for
democracy, including the United States of
America, and then the war will not have
been fought wholly in vain as the drift in
the final adjustment seems to now indicate.
No, constant reader, Cayton's Weekly has
not set the world on fire the three years it
has been running, yea, it has not even
started a blaze, but today it begins its
fourth year just as full of pep as it did its
first. It has made many friends and some
enemies since it bepran, but even its enemies
admit that it's always there with the goods.
America, to be sure, is money mad and
is accomplishing much in the way of fretting
the money, but she would do a hundred
times more in that direction if she did not
live in such mortal fear of color dominancy.
Like Don Quixote, she exhausts much of her
energy fighting: windmills, which she con
jures herself to believe are etiher dangerous
Xepxoes, Japanese or Chinese.
For carrying our soldiers across the pond,
Johnny Hull, it is said, tried to trip Uncle
Sam. Well, John was out of money and he
had to "gip" somebody and Uncle Sam had
more money than anyone else, and it shows
good horse sense to always try to gip Ihe
man that has the money, if there is any
gipping to be done.
Vandevere's opening statement in the
I. W. W. trial was so pathetic and so
dramatically staged that it brought tears to
the eyes of some of the jurors. Thai old
trick has been turned many times before,
but it seems that the.gullible will still fail
for it.
Washington City, it is currently reported,
has gone bootlegging mad and the men who
made it bone dry get much of the forbidden
stuff. Judging from the actions of the
Seattle police it must he a picnic for the
Washington City policemen.
If James Weldon .Johnson can talk the
Tacoma citizens into re-establishing a
Tacoma branch of the X. A. A. C. 1\ and
then talk the members into working instead
of scolding at each other, then again off
goes our hat to .lames Weldon Johnson.
Keep an eye on "Weary" Wilkins, the
Seattle steret vendor of war savings stamps,
as he has broken into the preaching game
and will probably make Hilly Sunday look
to his laurels.
It's the hope of the street car patrons
that Murphine is right and Thomson wrong
in the five-cent fare controversy. We there
fore suggest that the raise he temporarily
laid on the table.
Peace, yes, that peace that passeth all
understanding, is promised the world by
the Allies by not later than .June 20th, but
in the meantime the Allies are keeping their
powder very, very dry.
It is a rumor that the I. W. W.s and
organized labor in Seattle are planning to
back Ole Hanson for mayor next Spring and
for United States senator in September.
They must want him defeated.
Having seen the aye of the Arkansaw
traveler, the age of steamboat navigation,
the aye of railroad transportation, the aye
of automobile agitation, we are delighted
to welcome the aye of aeroplanes.
President Wilson, in wanting the ban
taken off of beer and wine, has not neces
sarily left his religious moorings, but he sees
an opportunity to do a little politics and
he is not letting any political opportunity
get by.
Three years ago Cayton's Weekly pleaded
with you and each of you to buy homes,
while buying was good, but you would not
do so and now you want to buy homes, hut
buying is bad.
Many graves have been filled with auto
mobile mishaps this year in and about
Seattle and. if the pace is maintained for
the balance of the year, the auto will prove
almost as deadly as the "flu."
As summer approaches the ladies show a
decided tendency to Plooverize in their 1
costumes with very little waist and "see
more" skirts.
"Waste not your time in trying to rent a
home in Seattle and he sure you have "a
mighty roll" before attempting to buy one.
VOL. IV. NO. 1

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