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Washington Standard
U, L. WORTMAN Advertising Manager
Member of the
Sifcarrtptloa Price, ILSO ■ Year.
To counteract the impression assiduously eir-
culated by certain intluenees in this city, that
Governor Lister proposes to remove his family to
Taeoma after closing the executive mansion April
1, common justice not only to him but chiefly to
the city of Olyinpia demands the statement that
from the first announcement last fall of his inten
tion to close the mansion, the governor has stead
fastly said that if a suitable house could be found
in Olympia, he and his family would continue to
live here.
The governor lias no desire or inclination to
move his family away from Olympia, though the
recent local attacks on him may lead him to
. change his mind. He is firm in his determination
to close the mansion because of the "peanut poli
tics" of the last campaign, in which these same
influences took part, but in every statement on the
subject he has taken, particular pains to say that
he and his family wanted to stay in Olympia and
would remain here, if a satisfactory private home
could be obtained. A regard for Olympia's wel
fare as well as for the truth would warrant pub
licity on this point equal at least, it would seem,
to that given the other.
Stories published here and sent to outside news
papers for publication, that the governor is going
to move his family to Tacoma, do not hurt the
Listers they hurt Olympia, for they give the
people of the state the impression that there's
something radically wrong with Olympia's hospi
tality and stimulate the further thought that if
such is the situation, it's about time to move the
capital somewhere else, where state officials would
be more warmly welcomed and more cordially
We all know that that is a wrong impression, of
course—therein lies the injustice such stories do
Olympia. The people of Olympia want and expect
the governor and his family to remain here, and
they do not approve the kind of attacks made
upon him during the past week and during the
last campaign by this little coterie. Regardless of
what their party politics may be, the residents of
Olympia have always felt and now feel a warm
friendship for the Listers and, while regretting
that they decided to close the mansion, they ex
pected and hoped they would fin<j a suitable
private home -and would continue to live here
during the next four years.
The stories to which we refer are but another
example of the studied misrepresentations of the
governor's attitude toward Olympia as the capital
city that have been made so frequently during the
past four years. Appearing with a flourish of
publicity, as they have, they give the impression
that such is the sentiment of the city's residents
generally, when directly the contrary is true.
They tend to create in the mind of the state's
chief executive the belief that the people of Olym
pia do not want him or his family here and this
impression is spread abroad until Olympia's stand
ing as the capital city is jeopardized. Put out as
attacks on the governor, they act as boomerangs
and in their reacting, greatly injure the city. It
is time they were stopped.
'As for the present situation, we and all the rest
of the people of Olympia expect and want Gover
nor Lister and his family to continue to live among
us during the next four years and sincerely hope
that he will. However, let us add just as frankly
that, because of the flagrant and continued mis
representation of his attitude in this instance, we
will not be surprised to hear that the governor has
given up his intention to find a private home here
and will remove his family to Tacoma. If that
comes about there will be just one element in this
city to blame, and there won't be any difficulty in
fixing the responsibility.
Only a series of the most fortunate circum
stances, involving in particular the abrogation of
Germany's ruthless submarine war to the extent
that no American merchantman is sunk without
warning—an alteration of policy that is not at
all expected—will keep this country out of war.
That at least is the way the situation looks now;
certainly we are trembling right on the verge of
the plunge.
The entire government from the president
down and the great majority of the American
people are setting their hopes for peace on that
train of fortunate circumstances. President Wil
son's policy to date has been that America shall
commit no act of aggression, that if war shall
come, it shall be precipitated by Germany, and
that is his announced purpose for the trying days
ahead. Merchant ships are to be armed, but for
defense only, and the commanders instructed not
11> attack a submarine u 111• •>> it is <il>!>i*<»;n-l«inur in
a liostib- ii i;i 111)<-1°. ;iiriutr ready t<> <ii><* lijj .i
t• >r|>i-11 <>. Submarines art' still t«» I"' trivcti the
riirlit of visitation anil search, as j»»• j-mi11«-«i in
cruiser warfare under international law. tin* ves
sels beinir armed merely to protect tli<-nis»*lves and
their passengers from tin- outlaw of tli»• seas, the
ruthless submarine.
Tlie crisis will come when an American liner
encounters a submarine and sinks it. That such
a situation will arise shortly after the tirst Meet
of vessels leaves our harbors is altogether prob
able. The immediate future, then, will tell us
what 's ahead. It looks like war.
The compelling effect of public opinion, ouce it
is aroused, was strikingly demonstrated this past
week when the United States senate modified its
rule of unlimited debate and unanimous consent
to an extent which will make filibusters impossible
in the future. The rapidity with which the modi
fication was effected, less than a week after the
indignation of the nation had been aroused over
the filibuster on the armed neutrality measure, is
the most remarkable feature of it.
The rule had survived all the previous crises in
the nation's history, even the trying days of the
Civil war, and there was every expectation that
before it could be modified now, lengthy and per
haps bitter debates would be necessary. Strangely
enough, there was very little discussion of it when
it was before the senate, and only three votes
were cast against it.
The storm of protest which swept the nation
over the armed neutrality filibuster worked
quickly and effectively to accomplish this purpose.
It is one of the greatest feats recently performed
by the force of public opinion.
The legislature which ended its labors last week,
in many ways above the average of the two past
sessions to the extent, at least, that it was not
dominated by so powerful a machine or actuated
by such bitter standpat partisanship, passed one
hundred and eighty out of the total of seven hun
dred and twenty-one measures that were intro
duced in both houses. In other words, three
fourths of the bills which appeared during that
session never saw the light of day again after they
were introduced, and many of them never got out
of the committees to which they were referred.
This legislature has, as a whole, made a better
impression throughout the state generally than did
the two previous sessions, and that of course is |i
mighty good thing. The actions of the 1913 and
1915 sessions were swiftly making the people gen
erally not only disgusted with what was done and
left undone but, of greater importance, were
creating A growing distrust of legislative bodies
which was fast amounting to contempt. That con
dition militated against the welfare of the state,
tending to continual agitation and a general spirit
of unrest.
We ought to be thankful, perhaps, that this past
legislature enacted only one-fourth of the meas
ures presented to it. Yet ought we not to see
there, too, a woeful waste that should not be, to
realise that in our present legislative system we
have an organization too blundering, too big and
unwieldy to accomplish all that it perhaps should
for the benefit and needs of the state? We think
so. We think it a compelling argument for a
smaller, more compact and more generally repre
sentative legislative commission one house, com
posed of fifteen or twenty members whose business
it shall be to legislate.
One of the remarkable things aoout the recent
armed neutrality filibuster in the United States is
that the official stenographer of that body made
some glaring errors in "taking" the pro-German
speech delivered by one Senator Wesley L. Jones,
so glaring, indeed, that the senator has been com
pelled to edit his speech and to make some explan
atory additions. We have a "hunch" that the
flood of roasting telegrams that descended upon
that senator from his constituents in this state
caused more of the "errors" in that speech than
the stenographer made.
Every voter in the state probably will soon be
furnished with a copy of the Congressional Record
purporting to set forth the speech delivered by
Senator Jones during the senate's last filibuster.
But it won't be the speech he delivered then —it
will be the speech he has "edited" and practically
re-written since the storm of protest over his con
duct. put out in an effort to "square himself" with
bis constituency.
If the local policemen had had the nerve they
professed to have when they took their jobs, the
armed lunatic who very nearly attacked Governor
Lister Tuesday afternoon would not have gotten
nearer the governor's office than Sixth and Main
streets. Olympia does not need to furnish a spe
cial policeman for the statehouse. What it does
need is a police force of its own.
Saturday is "St. Patrick's Day in the mornin' "
—for sure.
If Bettman is on the label, you're safe.
First Showing of
raft There are two extremes in dress which make
fßn a person conspicuous in public. One is shab'
biness, the other is freakishness. The happy
SMIIInPS medium combines good style with good
sense. We have it in Clothcraft Clothes.
Everything to Wear for Men and Boys.
From The Washington Standard for
Friday Evening, March 18, 1882.
Vol. XXXII. No. 17.
One hundred men are at work
building an electric road between
Snohomish and Everett.
The newly discovered mining dis
trict in Lewis county, known as Min
eral creek, is engaging considerable
attention and a constant stream of
prospectors are passing in to what
promises to be a new Eldorado.
The marriage of Mitchel Harris of
this city to Miss Toby Lichtenstlen
of San Francisco took place in Port
land Sunday afternoon before a bril
liant assemblage of guests, composed
exclusively of relatives of the two
Teamsters are scattering the rails
and ties for the Westside street rail
The city swarmed with land boom
ers last Sunday, all anxious to make
entries in the newly surveyed town
It is rumored that the Northern
Pacific will put in operation on tne
3rd prox. an additional train which
will lay over in this city at night and
leave early the next morning for
points north. The overland trains
will likewise meet at Olympia about
1 o'clock daily.
Articles of incorporation of the Y.
M. C. A. were filed in the office of the
secretary of state Wednesday, the in
corporators being Allen Weir, Chas.
V. Leach, Chas. A. Koontz, W. H.
Roberts, Chas. W. Hooper, W. B.
Hanna and Milo A. Root.
Patrick Henry Winston is an
nounced as a candidate for governor.
A new census of the state of Wash
ington is to be taken this year by the
assessors of the various counties in
order that the next legislature can
classify the counties of the state.
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