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Facsimile of First Issue of "The Commonwealth," Now "The Washington Socialist"
QZht Commonwealth PRICE 5 CENTS Is There Method In Reduction of Police Force The telephone rings in the police station. A crime has been committed in the city. Instinctively the desk sergeant turns to flash a signal to' the policeman on the beat nearest the scene of the reported crime. But he checks himself in the unfinished act for, flash as many signals as he may, they will not be answered. It is in the day time and there is not a policeman on duty on any of the streets of Everett_ .Not one foot of Everett's hundred miles of streets Is patrolled by an officer of the law. In the night time conditions, it must be confessed, ; are infinitely better, even as the figure two is infinitely larger than zero. At night there are, at any one time, two policemen on duty on the streets, one on Bayside, and one on Riverside. This Is the way It averages out when you work out the different shifts. This condition of affairs has been true since the action of the fire and police commission last Tuesday night when six out of the grand total of eighteen men previously comprising the Everett police force, were dropped, reducing the force to an even dozen, inclusive of captains, sergeants, detec tives and all. In the Parading Season. This Is no object for humor, but when the snows have melted, and the flowers bloom, and the parading sea son is with us again, who will head the marching throngs? We fear the "platoon of police" at the head of the column will be a sorry sight, save in the imagination of the reporter. Per haps the commission and the citizens who have been clamoring for the an nihilation of the force overlook this. Seriously, again, the action of the commission set people talking. It Is the first blunder put into execution out of several proposed since Everett voted out the saloons. The enemies of a dry town could never have hit upon a better plan to discredit the saloon less town, even without the help of some drys. Who Selected Victims? There Is another feature to this ac tion of the commission which excites comment. It Is the selection of the men for official decapitation. They are the oldest men on the force. From Fox, who was In his eleventh year of service as a peace officer in Everett, and Captain Knapp, who had served nine years, they ranged down seven, six, five and .three years. We are not saying that the men dropped consti tuted altogether the cream of the force, but some splendid men have been dropped, and if there was any personal cause in the case of any one of the men, they have not been ac quainted with the fact. All that they and the people at large can do Is to suspect the reason. But the most serious phase of this action is the reduction of the police force to such absurd proportions In a On the Side of the People—Always - I feMi S/.WI ■ EVERETT. WASHINGTON city of 25,000 people, which Is entering upon the tremendous task of forcing a large part of Its population unwillingly into the ways of the teetotaler. Per haps Everett Is better than it used to be, but it is not angelic— least, some of its visitors are not. Eight years ago when Everett had a population of from twelve to fifteen thousand, there were twenty-two men on the force. Today, the city Is double and the force half Its former size. There never was the need of as large a police force in Everett as at the present time. This need not be taken as a reflection upon the city or its inhabitants at all. But when such a drastic measure is put in force as the sudden closing up of all the sa loons In the city, It will require the vigilant watch of men delegated to see that the laws and ordinances of the community are enforced, or the whole thing will become a farce. There are whisperings that such is the case even now. ;": Economy in the Wrong Place. . The city undoubtedly needs to prac tice economy, but to cut down the police force, at least at the present time, is as foolish as it would be to cut off the maintenance of a water supply in order that we might get the necessary funds for a new fire engine. There are other city departments which could stand the cut better, and which should have been reduced first. But there may be an ulterior purpose In the present action. What Everett should do Is to follow the example of many a successful in dustrial establishment—set an expert In business management at work in all the city departments In order that he might discover how the whole work could lie conducted on the most econ omic basis without sacrificing effi ciency. Hi might substantiate the ru mors that the city payroll carries many an Item which keeps a "solder ing" employe or official from seeking another job. Fred C. Harper, whose reappoint ment as collector of the Puget Sound district by President Taft on the ground, as the despatch has It, of sat isfactory service In the past, has been turned down by the senate. The reasdn Is that Harper is objectionable to San ator Piles, who will be remembered by all who have ever heard him as the man who was "overwhelmed by the great honor conferred upon him by his fellow citizens." The senator has a brother named Matt whom he wished "overwhelmed" with the.honors of the collectorship, which accounts for the senate's action in turning Harper down. The legislature has decided to turn some of the money asked by the mili tary department of the state for swords into ploughshares. The muck turned up In the proposed investiga tion of the department is expected to be very rlch-^-ln odor. ■■" gal . •..'..'..:, . ~..,.....,..-. The Commonwealth and It s | Mission THE • COMMONWEALTH — these two words, constituting the name of the paper, comprehend in themselves the scope and purpose of the publica tion the first number of which you now hold in your hands. The com monwealth is the point of view from which the paper will look at all ques tions and policies which will be dis cussed In its columns. The common weal and the commonwealth will be the goal of all that It shall advocate. The j commonwealth is the reason for its existence. ; Would ' any general newspaper say less for itself and Its mission? Even the Seattle Times would claim as much. Perhaps, therefore, a word in explanation of the inception and or ganization of THE COMMON WEALTH would help to strengthen the credibility of the preceding para graph. :'?»" THE COMMONWEALTH is not fin anced by an Individual. A number of men to whom the common weal Is the eternal gospel of the beneficent Crea tor of all, have organized themselves Into a company for the purpose of publishing this paper for the avowed purpose that It might hasten the com ing of the true commonwealth. They do not seek profits from the publica tion of the paper. It is not intended to be a charity, but on the other hand dividends will never blur the vision of THE COMMONWEALTH. The char acter of the men and the movement behind the men who compose the Com monwealth Publishing company is ab solute guarranty for that. For the People. Starting locally, THE COMMON WEALTH stands unequivocally com mitted to every movement that means a better, Juster, happier community. It will fight every individual who is an enemy of the common good. It will, so far as It Is able to ferret tliem out, expose and cry out at the top of its voice, fraud, graft and injustice of ev ery kind. To this end it will delve into any and all matters in which the public Is concerned, call it muckraking or by any other name you please. And It will not be done to satisfy any mor bid craving for sensations, but to bring out truths and facts which will help right unjust conditions and thus give us the Everett that shall be the best and happiest city on the coast. Every community needs a paper such as THE COMMONWEALTH Is planned to be. To the end that THE COMMON WEALTH may be as helpful as pos sible to the whole community, your hearty co-operation is most earnestly sought. Its columns are open to you. Your suggestions of wrongs to be righted, of questions which should be taken up, suggestions for better civic conditions—these will all be welcom ed, If you are a friend of the common good, THE COMMONWEALTH is yours. A word in regard to the larger policy of the paper is in order. That the FEBRUARY 4, 1911 American political body is afflicted with many ills is the verdict of every physician and quack who has ever been called into consultation. Demo crats, Single Taxers, Socialists, Insur gent Republicans— agree that there is something wrong. .The only ones who can't see that there is much of any wrong is the Republican wing In power, and you could no more expect the political standpatters to acknowl edge an unhealthy condition than you could expect the president of a water company to acknowledge that the con taminated supply of their water sys tem was responsible for an epidemic of typhoid. ; ?' T?? *"?,:_ ?."?;?r? No Political Quackery This paper will stand for cures and palliatives. Political orators have howled themselves blue in the face over the wrong doings of unjust cor porations. Both the old line parties have resolved every grinding monop oly into eternal oblivion. For a ruse the men at the head of these mon opolies have complained that all this declamlng against organized wealth would cripple the huge engine of in dustry. For a ruse, we said. Is Mor gan less powerful today than yester day? Are there any valid Indications that he will be less powerful tomor row? ... ~.,,.; -. The work of THE COMMON WEALTH will not be done until the day the true commonwealth In which all are In possession of that which is truly their own is established, THE COMMONWEALTH will continue to call upon the people early and late, to rise and claim that which Is their own. It is not given to any mortal to please all. We do not expect to satisfy every reader of THE COMMON WEALTH to all that is contained In every Issue of the paper, but there will be enough in every issue to make it worth its subscription price and the support of every well-wisher of the city of Everett. Business Men Cnide the Women A few days ago the Woman's Civic league of Everett had the temerity to despatch a telegram to the speaker of the house at Olympia worded as fol lows: "Hon. Howard Taylor, Speaker, Olym pia, Wash.: "The Woman's Civic league of Ever ett, unanimously urge the passage of house bill No. 12, believing that the best Interests of the working women' and of the community and the future welfare of the state will be conserved thereby. ._ IDA NOYES McINTYRE, President. EMMA ANDERSON, Secretary." It wasn't long after the action of the club became known before protests be-