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The SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
VoL VII., NO 41 CRIME- lISJIOT II SEATTLE Is Said to Have Eight Thousand Fallen Women Private Citizens Are Arrested and Thrown Into Jail for Daring to Criticise Such a Criminal Con dition of Municipal Affairs. Seattle's Citizens Aroused to the Gravity of the Situation—Made Pub lic by the Post-Intelligencer. Was Chief Meredith following out that famous biblical quotation when he instituted the proceedings which he did against the editor of this paper last Saturday evening, which says: "A guilty conscience needs no accuser?*' He certainly must have felt as does the above quotation plainly state, or he would not have ' done as did he. Chief Meredith and his superior officer, the mayor of this city, not content with throwing the gates of this splendid municipality open that the city might be cap tured, pillaged and looted by the criminal slums of creation, a great many of whom have flocked here from every part of the globe; not content with bringing about that condition of affairs in this city, which is an extreme menace to hu man life and liberty, as well as to feminine virtue; not content with making Seattle a city that would cause the ancient inhabitants of Sodom and Uomorah to hang their heads in shame and disgrace at the shocking sins that stalk about our streets with perfect impunity; not content with making murder, arson and riot an almost every-day occur rence; not content with fostering institutions that drag every man, woman and child within the pale of the lowest perdition; not content with practically making every other business house in this city a place of game and chance, all of which are fostered and protected by police au thority; not content with being per sonally responsible for a condition of municipal affairs which permits the criminals to openly defy the state and municipal laws upon our statute books, thus allowing vice and crime to run riot along every street, alley and byway in this city; not content, it is repeated, with all this, they en deavor to make it an unpardonable sin and an unbailable crime for any citizen or public newspaper to criti cise such an unlawful state of af fairs. But yesterday, so to speak, one of the frequenters of low gambling houses took a human being's life because he refused to lend him more money to continue his gambling debauchery and midnight mauraudings, and this crime paled into insignificance in comparison with the criticising of the administration that fostered such high-handed outrages, and that man was permitted to go home and stay unmolested that night with his wife and children, while the man who dared to criticise the administration that should be responsible for such was thrown into jail, denied bail, refused the privilege of seeing coun sel, mistreated and abused by the ar resting officer and plainly informed that his was a crime that did not de serve even the consideration of the officers of the law sworn to do their duty and to protect the rights of each and every citizen, irrespective. "All's well that ends well," but so far as this case was concerned, it failed to end well for the man who perpetrated it. Though it required two lawyers and a couple of bankers a number of hours to get together $500 in cash, owing to the fact that it was Saturday night, and owing to the fact that most of those business men who would have had that sum of money at their command had gone home, yet they succeeded, and the prisoner, whom it had been 1 planned to keep confined in a deep, 1 dark, damp cell for two days and nights, wm released five hours after he had been incarcerated, and then i it was that the Post-Intelligencer on Sunday sounded the alarm to the people of this city, as to what they i were really coming to and the real ' condition of affairs in the city in which they live. This alarm was re sponded to by the entire pulpit of the city, the worshippers took it up and soon it became general. By noon Sunday a universal alarm had been given and men. women and children, one and all, were ready to do anything, to render any assistance within their power, to protect Amer ican citizenship and to uphold the constitutional rights of every citizen, even though it be in Seattle, where Russian practices had been institut ed. The storm of indignation that swept over this city on last Monday, when the Post-Intelligencer gave the full details of thel shocking outrage perpetrated on one who dared to criticise the Tom Humes policy was runprecedented in this community. Men grouped about the streets dis caflsed it. heads of business firms diseusvpd it Avith their cleiks and customers, visitors to the city discussed it in their hotel lobbies. Mid-day lunchers discussed it as they ate. Mothers and children discussed it at their homes; in short, nothing else bat that fearful travesty on hu man rights was discussed by every man. woman and child in Seattle for forty-eight long hours after it was first exposed. It is plain to be seen that a mistake has been made; it is plain to he seen that somebody has overstepped the bounds of constitu tional rights: it is plain to be seen that spite and maliciousness prompt ed tli is whole affair, and it is plain to be seen that the public does not ap prove of any man becoming the com plaining witness, the arresting offi cer, the judge and the jury and the executioner of any citizen, even though such citizen has committed an alleged crime. Is there another city in all Chris tendom where so many places of vice are allowed to flourish under police protection as there are at present in Scat lie? Is not every other business house in the city almost occupied by some kind of a skin game and gam bling device? Are not the saloons running contrary to law made and enacted by both the state and the municipal legislatures? Is not the city completely overrun with fallen women, who ply their trades up and down our streets without fear of po lice interference? Are not young ladies who work in stores and offices almost nightly chased from their places of business to their homes by libertines and idlers? Are not men robbed and held up from one end of the city to the other? Ts not the city festered with places of amusement in which men are decoyed and robbed by the attaches and habitues of those places? Are not such places public ly known to exist, not only to the police, but to every man. woman and child in the city? Is not the city, to the persona] knowledge of every one, flooded with a horde of hold-ups, highwaymen, fotpads and murder ers, who kill, burn and bur glarize at their own sweet will the homes herein? No one denies that all of this is true; it does not require a detective to discover tH*e places SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1901 Prompted the following cartoon being published in this paper some months ago and the recent high-handed-outbreak on the part of the police against citizens suggests its reproduction. While real criminals are being winced at citizens are being beaten and thrown into prison and, Czar like, denied bail or communication to the outside world. ./.hat.fl'v nil lie v »aa mr d. tl-ey have ik» iVar of being imprisoned, nor r>o they "expect to be molested for their ways of doiis:?. Now. the question is, Do tne city officials know of this condition of affairs? If they know it and do not suppress it, then do they not become "particcps crimini.-'' to the whole affair? Does Chief Meredith, who is the official head of the police department; who is the guardian of human life, lib erty and the pursuit of happiness in this city, know of these conditions? If ho does, does he not know that laws have been made whereby he can put them down? He has no right to truckle to those classes, for the strong arm of the law is in his power to crush them instanter. Why does he not use it? If he does not know of their existence, then he is even more unfit to be at the head of the police department than if he knew of them and refuses to sup press them. It is rather commendable on the part of Chief Meredith that he is "a husband and father," and it is rather commendable on his part to want to protect the honor of that wife and children. In the capacity of a pub lic official would, he not subserve that charge of "husband and father" to a far greater advantage and glori ous purpose by the enforcement of the laws of thic city and state and by the suppression of crime and vici ousness which Seattle is so badly overrun with at present? Is it not next to impossible for any father to maintain a pure family in any city in which all manner of crime and viciousness are licensed and protect ed by the police department. Just think of it! It has: been said, and said without contradiction, that there are at present in the city of Seattle 8,000 registered fallen 'wo men and each of them boasts of a male satellite, in most instances even more criminal than the women them selves. Thus out of a population of 90,000 it can be truthfully said, if the above statement can be relied upon, that there are 20,000 law breaking citizens, men and women, who live by their wits, who live by their crooked dealings and who live by robbing their honest fellowmen. If this be true, and no one know-. U&eter whether it is or is not than Chief Meredith, is it not a rather hu miliating boast for any man to make known to the world that he is '"a husband and father/ and yet live among such corruption, and doubly so when said man has the law and authority in hand to suppress it? How many husbands and fathers desire to see their wives and little children visit about the city after night unaccompanied by male pro tection? How many of the hus bands and fathers will dare let their wives and children visit any of the parks and resorts about this city un protected? How many husbands and fathers but that feel doubtful as to even the advisability of letting their wives and children go even down the streets after dark unprotct ed by som<? man with a gatling gun, less they be run down, insulted and criminally misused by some of the great herd of vicious men and wo men that nightly overflow the streets of this city. To disclose the actual and complete criminal conditions of this city would be so shocking and revolting to human decency and good citizenship that the newspapers have absolutely, up to this time, re fused to make them public. Prompted by a desire to not do any thing that would injure Seattle's greatness they have hoped against hope that something would move the present administration to some extent at least to suppress some of the crime that now infest the city, but instead of suppressing the same, it is growing worse, growing more dangerous, and is now even defying the law in any attempt that it pro poses to make to suppress it. To the good citizens of this city, to the citizens who favor law and order, to the citizens who favor mo rality, to the citizens who desire to rear honest men and women, it is now up to you. Will you have this condition of affairs to continue here, do you propose to sit idly by and not raise your voice in opposition to such a state of affairs, do you pro pose to sit back on ceremony and see the city of Seattle advertised broad cast as a harbinger of vice and vici ousness, do you propose to sit undis turbed while the great army of vici ous men and women nightly strike at the chastity of our homes and firesides? Are you; American citi zeps who believe in right and who will stand for right, are you willing to sell the virtue of your girls and hoys for the sake of taking in a few dollars of blood money? If so, then permit the present system to con tinue. If not, then rise in your might a^nd say, thus fan and no further. There is no individual animosity whatever on the part of this paper toward any of the city officials, as private citizens, nor has it ever crii/ icised them or attempted to slur them in any way, shape or manner as private citizens; but as officials of this city sworn to do their duty and to administer and execute the laws, they not only have been criticised in these columns, but they will con tinue to be criticised so long as they permit the laws to be so flagrantly violated by men and women; so long as law-breakers are licensed by the paying of monthly fines that they can do their dirty work unmolested by the officers of the law; so long, it. is repeated, as the officers of this city permit such to be practiced, just BO long will their official acts be severely criticised by The Seattle Republican. And it is not alone in this, for the leading papers of the city, yea, in fact, every publication of the city with a single degree of decency, is against the high-handed methods that flourish not only be low the dead line, but almost in every part and parcel of the Queen City of the Northwest, and the newspapers are not alone in this matter, for it has developed since last Saturday night's escapade on the part of the police department that nine-tenths of the citizens of this city are opposM to the present ad ministration. This opposition is not confined to the church-going folk alone, either, but to every man and woman who love morality and its at tendant virtues. It is not a question of this or that individual, but it is a question of right. "Are you for right?" is what every man and woman, not habitues of the tender loin district, is now confronted with. For any person to try to ring poli tics into the present uprising of the PRICE FIVE CENTS citizens against the Humes adminis tration is the height of folly. Poli | ties plays no part in this affair what ever, but it is an uprising of good citizens against, bad citizens. The men and women who have been quoted in the Post-Intelligencer de nouncing the high-handed outrages perpetrated on one for daring to criticise the administration are not |for the most part politicians, and, if j the men took any part in the poli tics, it will be observed that those same men opposed the polities advo cated by the Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Republican. It is the ! same old story of men trying to de jeoy the people from their purpose jby declaring the move made by them in a moral way to be fostered by some wily politician. Let the citi zens of Seattle be not deceived by such talk, but let them continue, now that the ball is opened, to erys talize public sentiment against the wide-open policy that our city has been subjected to for the past three years or more. Such a policy is ruin ous, demoralizing, and, to say the least, financially injurious to the city's best interest. The editor of this paper is under many obligations to the host of sym pathizers who either personally or otherwise expressed their indigna tion at the treatment accorded him at the hands of the police depart ment, and this applies to both those citizens in the city as well as those out of the city. While the humilia tion of being thrown into a prison cell, not for crime, but for spite, was extremely taxing on one's; feelings, nevertheless, if that five hours of prison incarceration has been the means of moving the people of Se attle to put their heads together into devising ways and means to over throw the present wide-open policy, which is causing so many young as well as old folk to be dragged down to utter ruin, then humiliation pales into insignificance in comparison to the good that was done, and it is freely given by the editor hereof. Other men Avho have fallen under the displeasure of the chief of police and similarly treated have been brought to the knowledge of this office since last Monday. Such per sons have been incarcerated in the city jail and denied the rights of counsel or bail. Such arbitrary high handedness cannot stand, and it is more than probable that the citizens will see to it in the near future that such a condition of affairs be wiped out of existence in Seattle, regard less of the cost to break it up. If The Seattle Republican has committed a wrong editorially against Chief Meredith, it is a righteous Avrong, and one that meets public approval in general. It, how ever, does not believe it has com mitted any wrong; but whether what was said by it be right or wrong, it is now for the courts to decide, and the merits of tne case will not be discussed one way or the other in these columns. This is not a per sonal matter, but a public one, and no man's sympathy is either solicited or courted by the editor of this paper on account of his arrest and rough treatment. The questions, however, that are up to each and every citi zen of this city to answer are: "Are you for municipal decency or mu nicipal diabolicalness?" "Are you for lawlessness or a decent govern ment?" "Are you for the enforce ment, of the laws or the wanton and open violation of them?" Come, now, answer good and true, are you on the right side or wrong? The issue has been made and the gaunt let thrown down. On which side are you ? . Total number of patents granted in the last sixty-two years, 1,073,950. Number of immigrants in 1800, 5,000; number in 1899, 311,715. In 1800, six weeks to California; in 1900, five days to California. This century began with 900,000 slaves; it closes without any. When this century began witch craft was a very prevalent belief.