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VOL VII NO. 6 WIIi'MJCKIMH ' £oßt His First Law Suit, but Won a Wife, Which Has Ever Since Been His Strong Right Bower- Visited v Washington ; City on Her Bridal Trip and Predicted, "Some Day Her Husband Would Be President," and Has Ever Stuck to it- Happy Remi nicences of His ' Early Career as an Attorney at Canton. fk President McKinley, as > a young attorney, lost his first case in the Common court of Stark county, *j as shown by the records, but he ■ won a bride. He also was elected prosecuting attorney during the trial. ,•«This case was . first » heard before i Justice 'Philip Loew of Navarre, Stark county, in 1869 . Loew is a rock-ribbed Democrat, but has much love for McKinley. Loew, strange as it may seem, is v still a justice of the peace in the valley of Navarre, and has held the office in an unbroken line all these years. John JRostetter, a farmer of r> Bethlehem township, Stark county, $ brought action against Philip. Sheets, his tenant, to recover ■* damages of $213.20. The farmers @ had a quarrel over some horses Vi breaking into a wheat field. The plaintiff caused an attachment to be issued to satisfy his claim, '" should he win the suit. o Summons was served on Sheets # March 18, 1869. He demanded a rt jury trial. This was granted, and April 6 was fixed as the time to 1 hear the case. The parties were not ready and tUe~caßtT-ttta—nor come to trial until May 8. It took three days to hear the evidence and the arguments. The jury .finally gave judgment for the defendant, Sheets, amounting to $136.85. McKinley's client was not satisfied with the issue of the case and took an appeal. During the trial of the case McKinley had become engaged to marry Ida Saxton, the belle of the •town of Canton, and while the . case was pending between Rostet ter and Sheets, M*cKinley was getting ready for the wedding tour. He' 1 was married January, 1871. His interest in this import . ant event of his life is shown in a letter written a short time before his marriage to Judge Ambler of Salem, Ohio, then Congressman from this district. The young Canton attorney sent a letter of inquiry to Congressman Ambler of Washington, asking about the I hotels of Washington and inform ing Mr. Ambler of his approaching marriage. This letter is now in the possession of Attorney Ralph Ambler of this city, * son of the former Congressman. Ralph Am bler, curiously enough, is now a Republican candidate for common pleas judge in this county. The visit of William McKinley and his bride to the national capital was an eventful occurrence in the young bridegroom's life. It is said that the bride was so pleased with the trip that she t hen declared her husband would some i day be President of the United States. It is certain that such a statement was made by Mrs. Mc- Kinley early in her married life and that she always clung to this belief and repeatedly declared it v to ■ friends, j Another important event in the life of McKinley that caused him • to delay the case of Rostetter and Sheets ''was his canvass for prose cuting - attorney of Stark county. He was nominated, as well known here, partly as a joke, for the county had been strongly Demo cratic. The opposing candidate was William A.| Lynch. McKin-' ley, probably inspired with th« idea of distinguishing himself in the eyes of his prospective bride, turned out and made such a vigor ous campaign that he won and when the ballots were counted in the fall of 1869 he was elected prosecuting attorney. Here is another strange thing clustering about this period of McKinley's experience. The op posing counsel in the Rostetter- Sheets case was also this same William A. Lynch. McKinley won the election and his bride; Lynch won the law case. Two years later McKinley and Lynch were again opposing candidates for prosecuting attorney. This was Lynch's turn and he easily defeated McKinley. Mr. Lynch is now a prominent business man and lawyer here and one of Mc- Kinley's strongest friends. He is a gold Democrat and in 3896 worked for McKinley The presiding judge in the case, the parties to the suit, and moet of ;he jurors are dead. The little house used as a court by Justice Loew still stands near his grocery store and serves as a small room. Frink and I,abor. From White Kiver Journal. In the Journal a week or so i ago reference was made to the « charge that Frink, while in the legislature, had voted against i the eight-hour law, and the ] lien-law. We have been to ] the trouble of looking up the ] record and find that so far from opposing those measures, < Senator Frink has voted for 1 them. Ln senate journal for t 1891 there appear the follow- i 34, by Mr. Adams; An «ct de- I daring eight hours' labor shall i constitute a legal day's work t on all work done by and for i the state, or any county or ( municipality therein. \ "Those voting in the affirma- 1 tive were: (Frink and four- 1 teen others)." ( The bill having failed to i receive a majority did not i pass, but later in the session it t was called up again; as ap- < pears by page 359. Senator \ Frink, with sixteen others, voted for the bill, but it still failed of a majority. Among other labor measures voted for by Mr. Frink was one "relative to payment of employees" (page 522); also a bill (page. 244) "declaring Labor day a legal holiday." A member of the legislature says that the only time Mr. Frink was ever called to order was on an occasion when a lien law was under consideration, and he said hotly, in answer to another member, that he would make a lien law strong enough to take . the shirt off a man's back if he didn't pay his help. The Washington Iron Works, of which Senator Frink is manager, is the only strictly union labor shop of its kind in .Seattle. Seattle Banquet. The ova tion tendered ex-Senator John L. Wilson was the most remarkable triumph in the political history of the state of Washington. It wa& not only an ovation but the cheer ing continued until it seemed that Senator Wilson's speech was to be cut out by the long continued ap plause. When he did take the stand and began speaking, he made the address of his life. I| was a wonderful effort. —Everett Tim es. Kindly remember our advertisers when j you buy. Also speak a good word for The Republican, SEATTLE, WASH I GENER'LIOSffiLT And His Soldiers—He Told of Their Bravery in Captiring San Juan Hill-As Hospital Nurses the Negroes Became Double Heroes—But Governor Roosevelt Had a Different View of Them—They *rere Cowards, Scullions, Trritors and Unfit for Army Promotion— His Nomination May Coe^ Re publicans Many Negro Voltes. Notwithstanding the personal popularity of the tail end of tie National Republican ticket for fttie part he played at San Juan, y*t trouble seems to be brewing for the ticket among Northern Negro voters, and for 'no other reason than that Theodore Roosevelt was nominated on it for the vice presir dency. No military leader that ever led a charge in battle array ever spoke more commendatory of 'he gallantry a particular company played under fire than did General Roosevelt of the Twenty-fourth and fifth Infantry (colored), that came to the rescue of the famous Rough Riders just as they were about to be cut to pieces and driven pell mell from San Juan Hill by the Spaniards. la ihe nich of time came the famous black Indian fighters yeßi^g and singing like demons and leaping over the heads of the crouching Rough Riders, who were hiding behind whatever they could to ward off :he deadly Spanish bullets. On md upwards they pushed—in an nstant a volley from the enemy >lack troopers is swept into eter lity—instantly it is refilled, when igain it is swept away and so on mtil more than half of the entire ;ompany are dead heroes on the mttle field. Then it was that an English officer (a spectator) rode ;o the front and begged of the jolored troops to desist from try ng to scale that Hill, "for no living nan can ever accomplish it," but ;he colored soldiers were not made >f the desisting stuff, and, ere night "all, tfieir shiny faces were to be jeen resting in the Spanish block liouses. The Rough Riders fol lowed in their wake, but the laurels of the day belonged to the Negroes and any other country, save the United States would con sider it an honor in the highest to have history^ so record it. It was then that General Roosevelt sent the news to the headquarters that soldiers in battle never dTs played greater bravery than the colored boys, who led the charge at San Juan Hill. The Spanish war at that memor able battle came to a sudden end. There was no more fighting to be done, but there was still more gallentry tor the Negro soldiers to display, and they quickly laid aside their swords and muskets and with the tenderness of trained nurses went to the hospitals and nursed the wounded and fever stricken white soldiers that were sick unto death in that sun scorch ed climate. There were few Ne gro soldiers sick, for them to nurse, for, as to the fever, they were im amines, and they were not as a rule wounded in that fight, but simply killed. So grateful were the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters of the white soldiers for the kind treatment their men folk received at the hands of the colored soldiers, that wherever tfa.e Negsoes appeared after t.he> had returned from Cuba their paths were strewn with flowers by those good ladies in every city, and General Roosevelt continued to speak m the highest praise of them. GTON, FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 1900. ' Home again and the hero of San Juan is nominated for the gover norship of New York and during his entire campaign he never made a speech; without saying nice things about the bravery of the black soldiers. ia But Governor Roosevelt was a different man from General Lloose- % velt. It suddenly occurred jto Governor Roosevelt that the Negro soldier was a coward, a scullion and no more fit for army promo tion than apes and monkeys. Not one of the Negro soldiers that drove the.f Spaniards . from San Juan Hill, in Governor Roosevelt's, estimation, merited the first promo into. -, In fact the Negroes only r fought at all, because he, Roose velt, , drew : his revolver and "threatened to kill the first man that fled from; his post of duty as they were doing. This was news to the world, and -especially to all persons who witnessed c that famous San Juan charge, and the statements were severely criticised by all manner of man. The Negroes in the North have an opportunity now to show their dis approval of Governor Roosevelt's utterances, it would not surprise the writer, if the Republican party did not lose many Negro votes on Roosevelt's account in such doubt ful states as Indiana, New York, New Jersey,. Kentucky, Kansas and others where votes are most needed. Should they do so in any great numbers, as they could, it would mean defeat for the Repub lican presidential ticket, which would be a most deplorable oc currence. President McKinley should not be made to suffer for the sins of Governor Roosevelt W&ft^Jt^W&yo**** to do any that very thing. Where Is'Oleson's. Clayson's body was first found 3eyeral weeks since in the waters of the Yukon; Relf's body has been found not far from Claysons. Several steamers have arrived from the North since the finding of the body of Relf, but no news has as yet come to hand of the finding of the body of Oleson. '• It is generally supposed that all three of these were murdered together. Now Oleson was a lineman be tween Mink and Hootcheco, and it was in this immediate neighbor hood where the murders occurred, and it was here where O'Bryan, the man who has been held for the past six months by the Canadian authorities upon suspicion of having committed the murders, was staying in a hut. Oleson knew O'Bryan, but no intimacy appears to have been shown to exist between them. Now, if Olesons body is not found before long, a suspicion will arise that he is not dead, but is implicated in the murder of the other two, in connection with O'Bryan. Edward Clayson, Sr. W. G. POTTS Who has permanently retired from politics. Spend Much "Money for Drink and Gamble—Saloons Get Three Thousand Dollars Per '■ Month from Colored Miners— In Twelve Years Time it : Figures 'up '.' ■to an' Enormous Exceeds the Combined Wealth of the Negroes of Cali fornia, Oregon, Washington and Idaho—More than All of the Negroes in the West. It is reported by a man that can speak authoritatively that, the colored citizens of Roslyn, this state, spend the snug sum of $3,000 every month in the saloons of that camp for drink and at cards, which, if true, demonstrates the assertion that has been frequently made in times past by persons, who have made a careful observation 'of the race that, "the colored folk are liberal spenders." What propor tion this amount is of the whole amount that they draw each month in that camp the writer hereof is not prepared to say, but be it a large or a small proportion of it, there is no doubt but that it is an enormous sum to be squandered for articles from which no good in the world can be derived. That means in the course of a year an aggregate sura of $36,000 to say nothing of the interest that the amount would bring to any one having that much to invest one year with another. A-f^; If no mistake is made the color ed folk have been in Roslyn for twelve years, and at one time there aTfffiif tllites7Sn vf "ti;iie and' of course they must have spent mor^e with , the saloon keepers than they do * now, but suppose they have only spent on an average $3,000 per year, then in twelve years the j saloons of Roslyn have gotten i from them in round numbers $432,000. What a vast sum of money to be. paM out for drink and fun, both of which are exceedingly degrading to humanity. What an amount of business can be done on a capital of $432,000. With a capital of that much cash in hand, business enterprises worth almost four million dollars could be put under headway. That much money with the labor that those men could put behind it would be equal to almost, ten million dollars in bonded transactions. With the labor that it took to make it in twelve years, if properly handled it would prove a power sufficient to all but clog the wheels of this government if ; it so desired. Should $432,000 in actual cash be withdrawn from the Northern Pacific Railway system it would come pretty near bankrupting it and again putting it in the hands of a receiver. That sum in hand would buy the whole Sunnyside irrigated territory and its improve ments. To suddenly take that much from the Jim Hill railroad interest would cause the estate to tremble and quake less it go to pieces. That is more money than all of the colored citizens in Cali fornia, Oregon, Washington and Idaho have in property. It is more money than all of the color ed citizens West of the Missouri river have invested in business enterprises. If the amount . was invested in land it would" buy every colored man in the state a nice twenty acre home, and still have a small bank account to lay up for a rainy day. It will thus be seen that it behooves- the human family to look after the little things even more carefully than the big things. There are hundreds of communi ties in the South where equally as PRICE FIVE CENTS many colored men work : just as liar.l as those at Roslyn, and yet do not spend &,tiOO,.yea, not half of $1,000 for<driuk j and gamble in a year to say i nothing of each mouth. It appears that our Ros lyu bretheren have come to the conclusion that, inasmuch as them that have must to lose, it shall be equally true that, them that make must spend, and spend foolishly at that. Were ttiat amount of money now hoarded 'up'among the colored miners of .Jtoslya either in cash or property, it would be a community the entire state would struggle to do homage to. The color of the persons having it would no longer be a barrier to prevent the Caucasians from grant ing them every recognition that any other American citizen gets regardless of his color or nation ality. The time for any race or nation ality to save money 8 when it is making money. The man or woman who does not take the ad vantage of an opportunity must expect to see himself become the slave, m away at least, to that man or woman that i never f fails to take advantage of every oppor tunity to succeed that presents itself. .:' .. ,; !;;, v .; . ,i ;, ,: . This articles by no meah ß in tended as a tirade against tfeose Koslyn men and women that do those things, for every man has a right to spend his money, after he has made it. as suits him best, but it is intended to show to the color ed foU of the Northwest that if they are not owners of valuable properties, splendid' enterprises and successful business houses and blocks they themselves -'- are 1: to blame for it^^lwauarioV^o^ o<w own all of those things, fcut yon preferred to spend it for drink and over the green cloth, : J To com plain of the white men for not giving your children an oppor tunity to do any thing else but, be hewers of wood and drawers of water, should be!. the last thing you should kick about as a race. The opportunity has been present ed to you and you simply uncere moniously turned it down and your children are , the "sufferers therefor. So promote it be. ■ Charley Edmonds, who so mira culously escaped death, being dragged from the bottom ,of * the mine by having one foot caught in one of tlie ascending coal cars, is able to hobble about 1 and :: the doctor thinks by uo means will he be a permanent cripple. ■■• j Persons' wishing to subscribe for The Republican can leave their orders with John L. Robin son at the barbershop, or Rev. Bailey will also send in your order if you will mal^eyouivwants known to him. ~ A number of the well known miners of this city are preparing to leave for Seattle and the-Sound country to spend the JjCqurth of July. They, for the most part, will take a week off. ;-, This section -is being favored with some good weather now, which is very acceptable, owing to the continuous cool w6ather that ban prevailed. '.; . ? , The report of a rich- strike in the mountains just above Roslyn has caused a good many of the coal diggers to suddenly turn gold diggers. :v^<.' r Mr. J. iL. Chisholm, the only colored census enumerator in the state of Washington or the entire Northwest for that matter, has finished up his work and has made his report to Superintendent Myers. Mr. Chisholjir; was the first colored man to hold a position in the legislature of this state, which was ; some ten , or twelve years ago.