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The SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
VoL VII., NO 43 OBSERVATIONS Of the World's Important Happenings. SHORT COMMENTS Gen. Clay's Fancied Vendetta Leads Him to Battle with Sher iff — Lake Washington Gets Favorable Mention—Russia Re cedes From Manchuria Boers Making Grave Mistake-Fun - ston's Rapid Reward Civil Government for Philippines. (iEX. CASSIIS M. CLAY. If. Gen. Cassius M. Clay is not the human inigma of the age, then, un questionably such a person has not as yet been located. His recent battle with the sheriff and his deputies who wanted to serve papers on him for the restitution of property in his posses sion belonging to a daughter, whom he had a few days prior driven from his house because he thought she, too, was a part of a vendetta which he has talked and written about for the past twenty years as plotting to take his life and property, is one of the most remarkable things that has ever act ually occurred outside of Rider Hag gard's mind. It equals the escapades of the most imaginative novel writer, and certainly confirms the allega tion that Gen. Clay, though at one time one of the nation's strongest and most able statesmen is now a mental and physical wreck. What a history has Cassius M. Clay, the famous Ken tuckian, made for himself. His life truthfully and carefully written would make a dime a dime novel hide its face behind a hyperbolian sham. With the ambition and fire of a Cae sar, he threw his whole soul into the cause of abolitionism, and it can be truthfully said that he did as much during that fearful struggle between father and son and brothers to break the shackles from the limbs of 4,000, --000 Negroes and bring about a more perfect union of the states as did any other living man. For such services President Lincoln tendered him all kinds of honored positions, many of which he filled with singular credit to his country and honor to himself. But. tired of having honors thrust upon him, he withdrew to private life and hied himself to his Kentucky home and assumed the role of a re cluse, where he lived many years in peace and happiness owing to his great wealth. Such a humdrum life became monotonous to him; he con ceived an idea, put the same into ope ration and married a 15-year-old girl, and that, too, after he had reached the octogenerian milestone. But to such a match no real happiness could ever come, and soon his unpretentious little country child-wife. Dora Rich ardson, deserted him, and after secur ing a divorce, married one of her country associates more congenial to her own walks of life. Gen. Clay, however, has never given her up, al though she is married to another, and although he has made her comfort able for life, he still has a desire to leave all of his wealth to her, to which his children seriously object; and this is the real cause of his fan cied vendetta and recent fight with the sheriff and his deputies. What a pity that such strong-minded men in their earlier days of life should live to see the day when they would become as weak-minded and erratic as they formerly were strong-minded and stable! LAKE WASHINGTON. The many national embroglios that the United States are having with countries lying on the Pacific waters and the determination of the war au thorities of this country to keep a large fleet in the Pacific waters, has prompted such authorities at Wash ington City to order an investigation of the great Lake Washington fresh water harbor as to the advisability of it being made a rendezvous for the warships not actively engaged in war or on patrol duty in the Pacific when such are needing repairs and over hauling. For many years the citizens of Seattle have endeavored to con vince the government that Lake Washington was the most excellent fresh water harbor for just such a purpose that was to be found any where in the United States, but to no avail. When the Lake Washington canal will have been built by the gov ernment (money for which has al ready been appropriated, and the work on which will be begun in June), that lake will be able to accommodate every naval vessel that will be sta tioned on the Pacific coast, and all at the very same time. This is no idle fancy. Western fish story or Seattle real estate boom, but an undeniable fact, and one that will bear the clos est investigation on the part of any committee appointed by either the government or by even a rival city. RUSSIA AND MAM HI RIA. After much diplomacy on the part of the United States Russia has con sented to not push matters in the province of Manchuria, China, but will allow the situation to remain as it is under the circumstances and wait for future developments. Russia, it is said, a few days prior had threatened to withdraw from the union of allied forces in China, and act independent of them in the Chinese settlement. and if she should have done so it would have meant immediate war in China between the allied forces and Russia, for already Japan was strong ly urging the opening of hostilities upon Russia, and should that nation have done that she would have been followed at once by Great Britain, and Russia would have been support ed by France, while Germany would have tried to remain neutral for the time, but would have eventually been drawn into the contest and doubtless supported Great Britain. The United States could not long have remained j neutral under the circumstances, and j would have soon herself been com pelled to espouse the cause of Japan as against Russia, and there is every reason to believe that had all of this happened there would have been a "hot time" in the old empire there- j after. Now that Russia has consented j to neither withdraw from the powers, I nor to longer insist upon the immedi ate partition of China, but will protect her frontier by keeping armies in the province of Manchuria, it is very evident that the danger of war has for the time being been averted, and the "white winged angel" of peace once more flutters over the allied armies which are maintaining decor um in the Chinese empire. THE HO Kits* MISTAKES. President Oom Paul Kruger is still hopeful that the Transvaal republic will be successful in its struggle for independence with the British govern ment. Though he is now in Utretcht, he says he is convinced that all is not going well with the British in South Africa from the fact that they are re porting all kinds of fish stories about the patriots against whom they are fighting. That the Transvaal be free, he declares the soldiers now fighting for that cause will keep up a war with Great Britain for the next thirty years. Neither Gen. Botha nor Gen. De Wet has made any concessions or over tures to Great Britain for peace, but each proposes to fight it out on the line of peace if it takes all summer. Such persistency for an honest cause is strongly to be admired on the part of those directing the affairs of the Transvaal, and had they men enough it is more than likely that it would result in success for their armies; but such is not true, and President Kru ger is but making renegades and high waymen out of men who otherwise would be good citizens, in talking thus. Had Mr. Kruger and his fellow citizens treated the natives in that country as they should have done, they would not now find enemies among them, but, on the other hand, allies, able and strong, brave and brawny, and they would have been fighting in the ranks of Gens. De Wet and Botha for Transvaal success, in stead of being allies as they now are with the British government. In this respect the Boers evidently see the errors of their ways, as they will learn to see the errors of their ways in con tinuing a useless war. A QI'ICK REWARD. It is said that it is only one man in a thousand that receives the due and proper recognition at the hands of the government for any act of bravery or gallantry displayed while acting as a soldier of the United States. General ly these things linger on from time to time until they become a public nui sance, and the person for whom such favors are wanted are considered in a like sense, if they persist in fight ing for them. This, however, was not true of Fred Funston, the daring young soldier that captured Aguinal do, for he was at once promoted to a brigadier generalship in the regular army by the president for that act of bravery, and a more commendable deed William McKinley has never done since he has been president of the United States. Meritorious deeds in the government service should re ceive immediate consideration at the hands of the government the same as of private individuals, for after all the government is but one great overgrown man, and should be filled with the same cup of human kindness as an individual and be as ready to remember persons serving it faithful ly and well, the same as a private con cern. FARMER FINSTON'S PUCK. If there is one thing for which the Funston family is to be commended it is for their tenacity of purpose, their iron will and their everlasting determination to accomplish what ever they undertake. It required a brave man to move into Kansas when old Mr. Funston went there, a half a century ago, and it required a man full of courage and determination to rear children as did Mr. Funston in the wilds of the "woolly West." "Farmer Funston," as he is commonly known, the father of Col. Fred Fun ston, is a no less conspicuous public character than his son. Though not possessing the polish of a city politi cian and the primary slate fixers which sent delegations to state con ventions that nominated candidates for office, yet Farmer Funston out generaled those wily politicians for a number of years and succeeded in both nominating and electing him self to congress. Owing to the fact that he was but an everyday farmer, the politicians of Kansas did not con sider him in their class, but they found they had run up against the real thing on closer investigation, and that Farmer Funston would have to be nominated if anybody else was nominated. Neither Farmer Funston nor his son Fred, was ever considered "brillianteens," but they proved themselves "constanteens," which has resulted in both of them earning names for themselves that their chil dren's children will be proud to boast of. No, the Funstons never gained (Continued on page 2.) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1901 "PEN CITY" Snap Shots Caught During the Past Week. OF PUBLIC INTEREST Prof. Barnard Beheaded by School Board—Gamblers Getting Gob bled—Law and Order League at Work—Petition to Move the Court House—Mayor's Call for More Policemen — Battleship lowa to Be Visited by Chamber of Commerce. PROP. BARNARD DROPPED. . - ; After having served the city in the capacity of superintendent of public education for eleven years without cessation, Superintendent Frank J. Barnard has been unceremoniously dropped from that position by the school board and his place filled by Frank B. Cooper, who is now a resi dent of Salt Lake, Utah. It can be truthfully said that no city in the West has a better educational status than has Seattle, and all because Mr. Barnard has labored incessantly that Seattle might boast of just such a public school record. He has given his time and his talent to the bettering of the school conditions in this city and has succeeded most admirably, and it is with many regrets that a great ma jority of the citizens of this city learn that he is to be dropped from that po sition July Ist next. All men have their faults, and it is more than i««.ely that Prof. Barnard has his, but no man, woman or child can deny the fact but that he has made made Seat tle a splendid school superintendent, and placed the public schools in this city on an equal footing with that of any other city anywhere in the Uni ted States, whether .it be East, West, North or South, and perhaps ahead of any in the West. The Republican has no comments to make on the dropping of Prof. Barnard on the part of the school board, but it is of the opinion that if it was efficiency as well as pro ficiency that the school board wanted in a superintendent it could not have done better than to have had Frank J. Barnard succeed himself as superin tendent of the public schools of this city. GAMBLERS GETTING GOBBLED. It is very gratifying to see that the Law and Order League has finally aroused itself and have sworn out warrants for the arrest of the gamblers and divekeepers in this city. During the week many gambling houses have been closed up, owing to the fact that the Law and Order League has been making a relentless war upon them, and the proprietor of every house that at tempted to run public games has been arrested. A very remarkable point in this closing up of the gambling houses in this cty lies in the fact that the chief of police absolutely refused to take any steps towards closing up gambling houses, which were being run contrary both to the laws of the state and the city, when a committee of the Law and Order League waited upon him and asked him to do so. In stead of making some pretense to close up gambling when he was appealed to by the committee, he absolutely laughed, in their faces, treated them with cold contempt, which so aroused Mr. Blame, who was spokesman of the committee, that he told him that gam bling would be stopped, and be stop ped at once, even though he (Merediui) would not interfere. What Mr. Blame said proved to be true, for the sheriff was apealed to and the warrants plac ed in his hands, and the gamblers were at one earrested and their prop erty seized. The Republican cannot see why the chief of police, whose duty it is to protect the citizens from law breakers, should absolutely refuse to arrest men that are daily breaking the laws. An official who does not arrest lawbreakers when he knows that they are breaking the laws is no less crim inal than the lawbreakers themselves. It is a fearful state of affairs when the citizens are compelled to leave the chief of police's office and go to the sheriff for official aid that law breakers may be brought to justice and their practices squelched, and yet that is the exact condition of affairs in this city at present. MOVE THE COURT HOUSE. A petition is being circulated by some enthusiast with the view that the same be signed by a large number of property owners, voters and taxpayers for the purpose of inducing the county commissioners to purchase the Yesler property for a county court house and to erect thereon a building to cost not less than $550,000, and to pay $220,000 for the property. The present court house, the petitioner says, can be used either for a public school house or some other kind of a public building, all of which is quite true, and it also might be used for a private residence, or a hotel, or a hospital, or any old thing—all of which is quite true; but the entire scheme is so impracticable and so void of any business propensi ties that it seems a waste of time to further impose upon the citizens the visionary idea of undertaking such a j change. That it was a mistake to have the court house placed in the location that it now occupies is quite apparent to everybody that has to attend to business up there, but it is up there, and thousands of dollars have been ex pended upon it there, and it is more htan likely that it will remain there for the next century. This thing of shifting public buildings from one place to another after they have been once located for the express purpose of booming property thereabouts is car ried on to too great an extent in West ern towns, and a move like that in this city at present means but the imposing a greater amount of taxes upon the already over-burdened tax payers. As still as it is kept, there are but few cities in the United States where taxes are higher than in Seattle. It therefore behooves the citizens to make some move toward the reducing instead of the increasing of taxes in this community. Leave the court house where it is. SAVOR'S POLICE INCREASE. Mayor Humes some ten days ago de clared that an emergency existed and that it was absolutely necessary to in crease the police force some twenty five members. The city council did not agree in this with the mayor at the time, but last Monday evening a com promise was effected, and the force was increased ten members. There should be no objection toward the increasing of the police force, if it means that the laws which are so flagrantly violated in this city by persons doing business in the tenderloin district, and in some instances even in the residence dis tricts, are to be enforced, but does it mean it? The Republican would sug gest that the police force be increased to thirty-five, yea, fifty-five, if it means that the laws are to be enforced; but instead of that the increase of the po lice seems to cut no figure toward the decrease of crime that is to be found in this city. Gambling houses run wide open just the same; in fact, all manner of vices that were practiced before any increase in the police force was ever made, is still being practiced, and yet an emergency exists, so says the mayor, and asks an increase of the police force. When some decrease in vice and crime is shown there will be no objection to the increase of the po lice force to maintain law and order in this city to the number of 100, if necessary. BATTLESHIP IOWA. The splendid battleship lowa is now undergoing repairs at the Bremerton naval station and will be on the Sound for a number of days yet. During her stay in these waters the chamber of commerce has planned to make an of ficial visit to her and show their re spect to the officers thereof, and to lay before the chief officer, who has been made one of a committee to look over L&tke Washington with a view to mak ing it a rendezvous for naval vessels and the advantages of it being selected as a fresh water harbor. It is the duty of the entire membership, or a major ity part thereof, of the chamber of commerce to join in this excursion and make it a business proposition from start to finish. The Republican is of the opinion that it will not require very much talk on the part of the chamber of commerce to convince the committee that Lake Washington is all that it has been held up to be and a critical view of the lake on the part of the committee will likewise convince it of the self same facts. MKI.VLBY'S VISIT HERE. There are but few cities that lie on the line of travel that has been map ped out by President Mcinley in his swing around the circle to be made at an early date but that are making ex tensive preparations to receive him, even though he is to be in such city but a comparatively short time. Seat tle is one of these favored cities, and as Seattle never does things by halves or is never surpassed in its efforts to entertain visitors by any rival city, she will entertain President McKinley as no other city between Washington City, his beginning, and Washington City, his ending. Preparations for the entertainment of the president during his day's visit in Seattle are already taking definite shape ana are being carefully planned and prepared by the citizens of Seattle without regard to politics, creed or religion, and when he will have left Seattle he will have been convinced of the fact that it is not only the Queen City of the Northwest, but the Queen City of the entire West—a second New York, the coming second city of the United States. The A. O. U. W. order of this state is holding its annual conclave in Spo kane this week and many of Seattle's most prominent citizens are in attend ance. "SHORE ACRES." Charles F. Craig is a popular man in Chicago and has received the praise of press and public all over the United States. Come and hear him at First Methodist Episcopal church, April 16, 8 p. m. You will like "Shore Acres." The late census shows as to the ranks of the common wealth as to pop ulation in the United States, which consists of fifty-two states and terri tories, not counting Porto Rica or the Philippines, New York is first, Penn sylvania second, Illinois third, Ohio fourth, while Hawaii is forty-eighth, Arizona forty-ninth, Nevada fifty-first and New Mexico fifty-second. The population, however, is shifting very rapidly, as Hawaii has doubled her population within the past ten years. Oklahoma is six times as large as in 1890, while Nevada has actually lost population. The spirit of "'come west and grow up with the country" is becoming quite a mania in the East and it is more than likely before an other decade has passed California and Washington will rank among the pop ulous states of the Union. "STATE PRESS" Still Talks of the Seattle Po lice Outrage. PRACTICALLY A UNIT New Age, Portland—Colton News letter— Palouse Republic Talks-- Assotin Sentinel Criticises —In dcx Miner JoiDS In—Kendrick Echo Outspoken — Aberdeen Bulletin Says, "It Was High handed" — Dissenting Opinions Quite Scarce All Over the State The manner in which Editor Cayton, of The Seattle Republican, one of the most influential weekly publications in the state of Washrington, was treated by representatives of the chief of po lice's office at his home in Seattle on Monday night is outrageous in an ex treme degree; and The New Age will predict, without having full knowledge of all the circumstances leading up to and attending it, that it will be re membered sorrowfully by those who so brutally and vulgarly mistreated a man, although colored, of Mr. Cayton's prominence and popularity in the poli tics of the state. —New Age. H. R. Cayton, editor of The Seattle Republican was arrested at his home at a late hour Saturday evening, and without opportunity to see any friends or to consult his legal advisor, he was locked into a foul cell in the city jail; here his friends and attorneys were de nied admission, and his bond of $500 was demanded in coin of the realm, some of the best men of the city being refused as bondsmen, and their checks being declined by the police; and ali this fuss on account of a pointed edi torial on the chief of police. Chief Meredith caused his arrest, and evi dently planned to keep him in jail over night. Friends raised the cash bond required and released Mr. Cayton at 3 o'clock next morning. Such in brief is the story of the worst police deal that has come to our notice for many a day, and that, too, in the largest city in this state. Public sen timent, outside the mayor and police, is with the editor. The facts as reveal ed show that Mr. Cayton did not tell half as much as he ought to have told about the chief oT police in that, ou called "criminal libel."' We extend sympathy, Brother Cayton, if that does you any good, and advise you to camp on Meredith's trail until you drive him from Seattle. —Oolton News-Letter. The editor of The Seattle Republi can was arrested a few days ago on a charge of criminal libel brought by the chief of police of the virtuous Sound city. The editor was kept in jail sev eral hours, and not even allowed to communicate with his friends. His treatment was unjust and uncalled for, and all because he mentioned unfavor ably a city government so rotten in sin and vice that it smells to high heaven. —Palouse Republic. The Seattle police seem to think that they are the whole thing, judging by the way they handled Editor Cayton last Saturday. Nothing has happened in Seattle for many years that seems to so thoroughly arouse the Seattle people as the treatment Mr. Cayton re ceived. Because Cayton is a Negro is no reason why he is not entitled to de cent treatment at the hands of those administering the law's demands. — Asotin Sentinel. Chief of Police Meredith, of Seattle, seems to have "put his foot in it" when he caused the arrest of H. R. Cayton, editor of The Seattle Republi can on a charge of criminal libel and put him in jail, refusing to allow him an interview with his attorneys, and also refusing to release him on any thing but a cash bail, which he knew would be very hard to obtain Saturday night after 10 o'clock, at which hour the arrest was made. It seems as if everybody in Seattle is taking the matter up, and requests for the chief's resignation are quite numerous.—lndex Miner. A Seattle editor was arrested at an unseemly hour one night last week and thrown into a cell with a lot of hoboes, just because he dared to criticise the police of that city. This is no doubt a precedent calculated to muzzle the press. But it won't work. The editor in question is now vicious in his at tacks on the chief of police. Other papers in the city have taken the mat ter up, and now the chief is sorry for his rashness. Seattle is pictured by her own papers as the worst governed city in the United States. The police are openly accused of standing in with gamblers, bawdy-house keepers thugs thieves and all that is immoral, and unless the present chief is stripped of his authority pretty soon Seattle will stand disgraced in the eyes of the world. A corrupt police force is a stench in the nostrils of all decent peo ple, and it is a shame that city like Seattle should be given over to lawless ness and debauchery simply because its police force has been turned into a corrupt political machine, manipulated by men apparently devoid of all sem blance of honor or decency.—Kendrick Echo. The city of Seattle seems to be all stirred up over the action of the chief of police in arresting the editor of The Republican, who is a colored gentle PRICE FIVE CENTS man, on the charge of criminal libel, for an article appearing in his paper reflecting on the chief of police. The arrest was made last Saturday night at a late hour, and the editor was confin ed in the city jail and refused any but cash bail, which was very di..cult to raise at that late hour. The president of the First National bank and several other equally responsible citizens offer ed to go his bail, but these offers were declined by order of the chief of po lice. In addition to this, the editor of The Republican has been a long time a resident of Seattle and has consider able property interests there, and the charge against him is really trivial — for the article published was unimpor tant. T he action of the police department in this matter was high handed in the extreme and a gross invasion of the rights of citizenship. The press, the pulpit and the business men of the city have all taken the matter up, and a thorough investigation will be had, and it is not unlikely that Chief Mere dith will be forced to resign his posi tion if the facts are as have been pub lished. Seattle is noted for prompt ac tion at the right time, and its people can be depended on not to tolerate such injustice as has apparently been done to the editor of The Republican although he may be a colored man.— Aberdeen Bulletin. One H. R. Cayton, colored editor of a disreputable paper, The Seattle Re publican, was arrested last Saturday on a charge of criminal libel sworn to by Chief of Police Meredith, of Seat tle. From the blackmailing, slander ous character of articles appearing ceah week in this foul rag, incarcera tion was evidently what the coon had been stinking for for some time. But the Post-Intelligencer and a sensation al preacher or two of the W. H. G. Temple breed of bigotry and bile have proceeded to elevate the colored gentle man into martyrdom. It makes little difference to them that this rascal, in exchange for the patronage of the federal land office and such minor per quisites as could be thrown to him by the "gang," has slandered every man in public life in this state not in good odor with a certain repudiated politi cian who wears a boy's coat, a number six hat and weighs 112 pounds, and whose name is John L. Wilson. That cuts no ice whatever. Regarding the status and the circum stances of the case the Post-Intelligen cer has lied most studiously and assid uously. Cayton was very properly ar rested and equally properly placed in jail with other law-breakers. To be sure, the other fellows there might have stolen money, jewelry or even bread: but as Cayton was only rob bing men of their characters, accord ing to John L. Wilson—a shining ex ample of what a high standard of mo rality, virtue and integrity in the iy dividual in either private or public life should be —there is a distinction between the man who gets drunk and boisterous and a nigger publisher of foul slander. So the Post-Intelligencer threw he roics in black-faced types; it had ap perfect hemorrhage of editorial rot and rant; excoriated the chief for daring to arrest a Wilson man for the perpetra tion of a characteristic piece of Wilson villiany; wept large weeps and howled its sympathy in its huskiest tones. But no one is deceived. The character of Cayton and his rag are both well known. —North West Republican. Perhaps a "white man" wrote the above, but we cannot believe it. White men are altogether too refined and cul tured to use such language, and we are constrained to believe that some irresponsible person slipped it into the paper after Editor Thomas had gone fishing. No "white man" would be guilty of using such verbiage regard less of his condition. Senator Foster has begun to sow his seeds for re-election and the Republican editors of this state have received them in lump lots for the past two weeks or more. This was the first consignment of seeds that Senator Foster has sent to the Republican editors in general, and especially those living in cities; but as he will be before the Republi can editors for endorsement in a few more months, it is quite natural that he would now begin to plant his seeds ihat they may sprout and come forth before that time. Men running news papers in cities cannot utilize seeds sent out by the department to any great extent, but they do occasionally have friends in the country that can do so, and if some friend of The Repub lican will call at this office his wants and demands will be supplied to his heart's content. Not much headway is being made in the disposal of the federal appoint ments for this state at the present time. There are a number of appli cants for each place, and it is very likely before the appointments will have been made much bitter factional feelings among the Republicans and much antagonism to the man who has the giving of them out will be engen dered. This thing of dividing the spoils seems to give those having pow er to divide them much worry and trouble, and in every instance such a person makes more enemies in his division than he does friends. It is not the evil-doers of this city that need have any fear of police prosecution, but it is those persons that oppose the evil-doers that should fear both the police and the surething men. Backed up by the police the gamblers snap their fingers in the face of law and order and shout: "Yes, we are gambling wide open, broad and above board, now what are you going to do about it," and that, too after the mayor had put his increase of police men to work.