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The SEATTLE REPUBLICAN VOL. VII NO. 8 TWICE TOLD TALES Drawing the Color lime on Afro- Americans Becoming Epidemi cal in the I,arger Cities of this State, and Damage and Crimi nal Suits Being Instituted By the Attorneys of the Insulted Guests—Dawson City an Invit ing Field for Colored Folk and Many Flocking There. Another outbreak of color line "drawing" in restaurants in the larg er cities of this state is noted by The Republican here of late. There is both a criminal and a civil law in this state against any such public dis criminations, and it is hoped that some of those colored persons who • have been refused accommodations in cheap eating joints over which "poor white trash" preside, will give such proprietors the full benefit of both laws in our courts of justice, and thereby put an everlasting quietus on such unnecessary race discrimination. Pscrimination like this is always un reasonable and very, very humiliat ing, and it does not meet the ap proval of any part of the guests whom those restaurant keepers cater to serve. Holmes in Spokane Press dispatches report a civil and criminal case instituted by Mr. E. H. Holmes, a well-known young colored man of Spokane, again.-t a restaurant keeper in that city for refusing to serve himself and wife as it does other guests. Mr. Holmes, who was in Seattle last week, said to a repre sentative of this paper: "It is my intention to push both the civil and criminal case to the bitter end. I will accept no compromise, for that but leaves the situation open that others may be similarly insulted, and I want the matter settled once for all. If those men have a legal right to insult x\fro-Americans, then I pro pose to find that out."' Fritz Keeble in Tacoma Recently a restaurant keeper in Tacoma refused to serve Mr. and Mrs. F. Fritz Keeble, the well-known barber of that city, on account of their color. Mr. Keoble has been a resident of the City of Destiny for many years, and had never before been similarly insulted, and it was more than he thought he could stand. He, therefore, had his attorney enter a civil suit for damages against the proprietor of the restaurant and also swore to a criminal complaint charg ing the restaurant keeper with break ing the laws of the state by refusing to serve customers on account of their color. This, however, is de nied by the proprietor, but the case has been docketed and Mr. Keeble proposes to not leave a stone unturn ed to punish the man offering him such a public insult. Colored Barbers in Seattle A well-known Afro-American bar ber of this city who makes no bones of saying to colored men in need of a tonsorial artist, "I have no black soap in this shop, so you can not get accommodated here." Pardon the digression, but any Negro that will refuse to accommodate gentlemen of his own color in the Northwest either in a barber shop or any other place of public accommodation, is himself a "puke" of the lowest ilk, and the sooner he is dead and at the devil the better off will humanity be. This Negro barber not long ago asked to be served at a certain cheap restau rant and was refused on account of his color, and when he consulted his lawyer as to a damage suit for the in sult, lie was very promptly informed that he had better cease refusing col ored men accommodations himself before wanting to prosecute others for doing what he was doing. Negroes in Dawson City "I am heartily glad to he in Seattle agan and once more with my rela tives and. friends," said Mrs. Sallie Freeman, who went to Alaska and married T. I. Walker, who is also well known here. Mrs. Walker returned last Friday a very sick woman. She has been confined to her hed in Daw son since last fall, which has con sumed the hetter part of what she and her husband made before she broke in health. "There are quite a number of colored folk in and about Dawson City, more by far than I know anything about, but they are all doing remarkably well. They can and do make money up there, hut I do not know whether or not they are saving it. More colored folk are go ing in every week and as fast as they get there they are given good employ ment. Women earn from $100 to $125 per month and their work is in demand. Wages will be better now, owing to the fact that so many of the working women have gone to Nome." Colored County Commissioner Tn the state of Washington at pres ent there are about 3,000 colored vot ers, and strange to say, not one among the more prominent of them endorses the gubernatorial candi dacy of Tom Humes, except Mr. James E. Shepperson, of "Roslyn, and Dr. Samuel Buxdett, of Seattle. Perhaps if Mr. Shepperson knew Mr. ![nines as well as the Negroes of this city know him he, too, would be against him. Mr. Shepperson is a power in Kittitas county politics, and rumor has it that he will be a candi date for county commissioner from the "Roslyn section of that county, and lie already has practically secur ed the endorsement of the entire western part of the county for the nomination, providing he can carry Roslyn, and this he believes he can do, as he has succeeded in doing so in former political contests, despite bitter opposition. Two High School Graduates Within the present year two color ed pupils have graduated from high schools in this state, viz.: Miss Ethel Butler, of Tacoma, and Mr, Johnny Stafford, of Spokane. It is rather re markable that in this state, despite the fact that there is quite a sprink ling of colored children in every large city in the state, there are but few of them in the high schools, and not one of them in any of the normal schools or state colleges. . Colored folk as a general thing living throughout the United States are very much educationally inclined, and the writer is at a loss to note the lack of interest along that line shown among the Negroes of Washington. You can find young colored folk in the normal schools and colleges of every Western state except Washing ton, which makes a very poor show ing for the colored population of this state. Had Seen "Better Days" "Yes, I've seen better days," sor rowfully remarked a Caucasian lady one day last week in this city, "for once T had such as now stands at the gate by the scores to come and go at my beck and call.'* "Such as stands ;it the gate." was nothing more nor less than the image of a bare-headed, jet black Negro boy, to which one could hitch his horse should the antiquated old Southerner ever have a visitor able to come to her home in a carriage. Not being able to have servants of any kind at present, she had managed to get enough money together to purchase that image, which doubtless was to remind her of what she was pleased to call "better days." "But," mused the white haired old lady, "the Negroes are free and on the whole are making ex emplary citizens for so short a period. J No class of foreigners who flock to SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, JULY 13, 1900. the United States, regardless of their native educational ability, develop into acceptable citizens as rapidly as have the Xegroes, for they were noth j ing more nor less than the worst type of illiterate foreigners turned loose in this country in 1863, when Abra ham Lincoln broke their bonds of | thraldom." The Negro in many in stances must be very objectionable to ;the*American whites, but they should i be by no means a tenth part as ob jectionable as 90 per cent, of the slums who come to this country and jare given the right of ballot a year j t hereafter. Rev. X. D. Hartsfield passed j through the city last Wednesday, re turning from Franklin on his way i to Tacoma, and says he has been no jtified by the bishop that the next an nual conference of the A. M. E. church of the Puget sound district would be held in Seattle instead of Roslyn, as first reported. This will be a great disappointment to the Roslyn people, in the opinion of Rev. Hartsfield, and he is at a loss to account for the change. Rev. Bailey is on the ground at Roslyn and he evidently knows what he is doing when he asks the bishop to have the conference convene at another point than Roslyn. If the citizens there do not care to entertain the confer ence, then other quarters will have to be found, but a great many persons, members of the A. M. F. church, in the Sound country were quite anxi ous that it convene in Roslyn, as they desired to visit the camp and see how the colored folk there were real ly getting along. Didn't Read Negro Papers "No, sir," replied a well-known^ colored man in this city one day this week to an inquiry as to whether he had seen a certain article in The Re publican. "The fact of the matter is," continued the gentleman of color, "I do not waste my time with little two-by-four weekly newspapers edited by colored men, for there is never anything readable in them, and when I read I get the P.-I. or the Times or some other paper of like caliber." "Well, my colored friend, that shows that you are a genuine d—B fool," roughly replied a Causa sian gentleman. "Had you more sense and less egotism in your nut, you would subscribe for some weekly paper edited by a colored man of ac knowledged ability, and not only sub scribe for it yourself, but incidentally do all you could to get all of your white friends to also subscribe for it. You would help your race a good deal more than trying to belittle their efforts. Are you aware of the fact that every colored man that mer itoriously succeeds in this country but opens the way for others to do likewise? "I have always heard that the Negro was ever the very worst enemy of the advancement of his own race, and now you partially con firm what I have heretofore heard. Xow, I have been a patron of The Seattle Republican since before it was first issued, and while I do not always agree with what is says, yet what it says always has food for thought one way or the other, and I read every line of it every week. My wife ran onto it at my office one day and liked it so well that I had it changed from the office to the house, and now it is eagerly looked for by her every Saturday morning. In fu ture quit being afraid a colored brother will succeed as well or better than you, but put your shoulder to the wheel and help him to succeed, for when he does succeed it is your self succeeding in but another form." A disinterested party overheard the above dialogue and repeated the same to the editor hereof. The colored brother made no reply to'the brief lecture, but he was thoroughly con vinced that he had sprung the right question to the wrong man.. LOCAL PARAGRAPHS Concerning Persons and Things in Seattle for the Past Week Gold Still Coming From Daw son—Bad News From Nome Seattle's Tenderloin — Tele phone Strike—Peter Peterson's Horrible Crime — Attorney Bronson Returns and Talks of Eastern Politics — Governor McGraw Returns From Nome. Dr. R. M. Fames mourns the re eeni death of a brother in Cincinnati, who was a prominent attorney there. Within.the past week fully a mil lion dollars have come down from Dawson City, and the precious dust continues to pour in on every boar from the far Xorth. Transportation companies are sell ing tickets to Xome for $25 per head, hut even at that they do not find many takers. The reports from Xome are too uncertain for people to stay all winter and freeze or starve to death, Hon. W. L. Jones was a visitor in the Queen City a few days this week, lie and his family are now in Ta coma to be present at the Republican banquet to be given in honor of the members of congress from this state. Peters & Powell is the name of a new law firm that is looking for legal complications to unravel. W. A. Peters and John H. Powell, both well known, have recently formed a part nership to conduct a general law business. A most shocking crime was com mitted in the tenderloin district last Sunday evening, when Peter Peter son, a man about town, shot a wom an, Annie by name, and believing her fatally wounded sent two bullets crashing through his own body, causing instant death. The woman says the man was her uncle and had forced her to live a life of shame to make money for him to spend in riotous living since she was but six teen years of age. Fx-Governor John H. McGraw has returned from Xome and confirms the former report of the place as to it being a death trap. He was to be court commissioner there, but he pre ferred to take no chances with his life for the money that it was thought he would make while there. Gold is very scarce at Xome, and there will be nothing with which to pay the endless litigation that is supposed to take place among those having claims in and about Xome. Much inconvenience to patrons of the Sunset Telephone Company in this city was caused by sixty of the most experienced operators going out on a strike last Saturday. Xew girls are now being broken in, but while this is being done the man at the other end of the line is cursing blue streaks because he does not get the number. The girls wanted shorter hours, more pay and more operators, which prompted the strike. The company is not inclined to concede to the sweet "hello girl" in any of these propositions, hence the con tinued annoyance. Had not the labor agitators put their bills into it the girls might have won their points, but Billy Middleton and Billy Arm strong's appearance in the muddle meant certain defeat for the cause of the girls. Mr. Ira Bronson, one of Seattle's most prominent attorneys and finan ciers, returned last Monday from an extended visit through the Fast. He was accompanied by his family, and they were present at the Philadelphia convention. In reply to an inquiry as to what he thought of Mr. Bryan's chances for being elected, he said: "In my opinion Mr. Bryan has M<> more show of being elected than dues a siwash. The voters in the East have not changed in one instant in what they believed of the money question four years ago. New York is as sure Republican as is Ohio. The gold bug Democrats are just as strong this year as they were four years ago and will support an opposition Dem ocratic ticket just as loyally as they did four years ago, if not more so. McKinley and Roosevelt will be our next president and vice president be yond a question of doubt." The reports from Xome are far from flattering, and it is predicted that a number of persons will come back from there later on much the woi-se for wear from their Xome out ing. Drinking water sells for fifty ccnis a gallon and town lots are sold and rented at fabulous prices. Gold is not so plentiful as was thought for. Tt was but a few days since that the report flashed over the wires that the stock in the Sunset Telephone Com pany had advanced a hundredfold in value and that no company on the coast could boast of more valuable stock than it. This can be readly ac counted for. since the girls of this city have left the company's employ because they were paid starvation nrices for their work and then eom nel led to do more work than any nfher class of women in the land. The committees from the chamber of commerce and the citizens in general would do well to look carefully into the conditions which have prompted those young women to quit the ser vice of the telephone company, and. if they find they are a? the young ladies reporHhem to be, then at once take steps to force the company into doing the right thing to its employes or have the corporation counsel take steps to revoke the company's fran chise. For skilled labor, such a? those young ladies do other concerns are compelled to pay from $? to $3 ncr day, and there is no reason why this company should not pay its <rirls the same grade of wages instead of a measly sixty-five cents per day. Tin's paper is bitterly opposed to all forms of labor unionism for good and suf ficient reasons that need not here be explained, but it firmly believes that laboring folk should be paid well for their labor when the concern for which they are laboring is amply able to pay good Mages, and this the Sun set Telephone Company is more than able to do, even from an earning ca pacity standpoint. MciTeTiiff (Special Correspondence.) Wa sh in gt on. July 12. — Four achievements in the management of the public finances and revenues un der the administration of President McKinley stand out with marked prominence: First, in point of success, is the Dingley tariff; second, the reform in the currency; third, the war loan of 1898; and, fourth, the settlement of the Pacific railroad indebtedness. Perhaps never before in the his tory of this country have so many fisea lachievements been accomplish ed in so brief a time. With the ex ception of the Pacific railroad settle ment, these events bear, to a consid erable degree, relationship to each other. Underlying the success of the war loan of 1898, and the reform in the currency, was the basis of pros perity established by the prompt and effective tariff legislation. The presi dent well understood the necessity for speedy modification in the tariff. Within forty-eight hours after his in auguration he issued a proclamation PRICE FIVE CENTS for an extra session of congress to as semble March 15, 1891. The brief message sent to congress, when it convened on that clay, clearly dem onstrated the urgent necessity for prompt action. The house of representatives promptly responded to the presi dent's message. On the same day in which it was read in the house, the late Mr. Dingley, of Maine, chairman of the committee on ways and means, introduced the new tariff bill. Such unusual expedition had been made possible only by the untiring work of the members of the committee on ways and means for several moiths previous. The bill was passed in the house of representatives March 31, 1897, less than a month after the inauguration of President MeKinley and two weeks after congress had convened inextra -session, it passed the senate July 7,189 <, with amendments. Two days later its consideration was begun by a conference committee of the two houses, and it finally passed the house July 19th and the senate July 24th. it became a law on the latter day, when the president signed the bill. Thus within five months (no other tariff law was ever passed in so short a time) after the inauguration of the president a new tariff law was placed on the statute books. Under its beneficent influences, the United ►States has enjoyed a commercial and indiustria lrevival the greatest in its mstory. The hopes of the president, as expressed in his message, have oeen realized; ample revenues were provided for the ordinary expenses of the government, and in providing them, duties were levied upon foreign products so as to preserve the home markets; manufactures have revived and increased; agriculture has been relieved and encouraged; domestic and foreign commerce have been in creased; mining and building have been aided and developed, and mare liberal wages have been paid to labor. Under the operation of the Wilson act, from September 1, 1894, to July 24, 1897, a period of thirty-five months^ there was a total deficit of •ti108,003,343. This deplorable state of the revenues was largely responsi ble for that lack of confidence which prolonged the hard times inaugurat ed by the panic of 1893. The Dingley tariff became a law July 24, 1897. Under its operation ample revenues have been provided, as urged by President MeKinley. During the period of thirty-two months between July 24, 1897, and April 1, 1900, the receipts of the government from all sources, exclu sive of the Pacific railroad items, were $1,224,326,608. Deducting from these receipts the treasury de partment's estimate of collections under the war revenue act, amount ing to $183,708,538, there were net receipts of $1,040,618,070. The ex penditures for the same period aggre gated $1,366,663,406, and deducting the treasury department's estimate of war expenditures of $372,000,000, the net expenditures for the period stand at $994,663,406, leaving for these thirty-two months' operation of the Dingley tariff an excess of net re ceipts over net expenditures of $45, --954,664. The president urged that the new duties be so levied as "to revive and increase manufactures." In the fiscal year 1897 the imports for the con sumption of articles in a crude condi tion, which enter into the various processes of domestic industry, amounted to $207,268,155, and in the three years, 1895, 1896 and 1897, avemged less than 200,000,000 an nually, while in the calendar year 1899 the imports of this class amounted to $267,493,950, an in crease of nearly 70,000,000 over the average for the three years of low tariff, in which many of these articles, notably wool, were upon the free list. At present the importation of manufacturers' materials is run ning at the rate of $28,000,000 per month, or more than 50 per cent, higher than the monthly average in the year prior to the enactment of ' the Dingley law.