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Vol. VIII., No. 5
Under Critical Eye of Ob-
serving Men.
Colored Population of St. Louis
given no Commercial Recog
nition in the Stores in which
They Spend Their Money —
Other Facts and Figures about
the American Negro—Big Con
gress for 1902 on Tap.
Over 65,000 Negroes in St. Louis,
and yet the white man don't allow
the colored man a dog's show. Not
one store will employ a colored girl
as clerk. Not one store in St. Louis
that will employ a Negro only as
porter. Not one bank will employ
a Negro only as janitor. Not one
foundry, cooper shop or carpenter
shop will give our boys a show to
learn a trade. No factory of any
kind will employ our young people.
The Transit Company employ no
conductor or motorman from among
our people. Not one place of busi
ness of any kind will employ a Negro
man or woman. Then they say:
"The Negro ought to work and our
young girls be upright and honest."
Do the white men and women think
they are doing the right thing by our
people?— St. Louis Palladium.
The above excerpt is repro
duced for comment only. If it
be true that the conditions of
the black man in St. Louis
are as depicted above, then The Re
publican has nothing but censure
and rebuke for the St. Louis black
man. If it be true that there are
65,000 colored folk in St. Louis and
that they have no well established
places of business among themselves
in which they can trade and traffic,
discriminated against as they are by
the whites, then they and not the
whites are to be blamed. Repeatedly
has The Republican called attention
to this very fact, that where there
were colored folk in great numbers
they made no effort whatever to look
out for their own comfort, but de
pended solely on the whites to do so
for them, and when the whites failed
to do by them as they thought proper
then they registered a most awful
complaint . The colored folk of St.
Louis make enough money to main
tain two or three wholesale groceries,
one or two banks and other commer
cial enterprises in proportion, and
yet only a few small eating joints
and 10-cent groceries are to be found
in that city kept by colored folks.
Instead, the record shows that
they maintain immense stores and
business houses from their earnings
kept by white persons, and they do
not get one penny's recompense in
the way of patronage from said
stores in return for their trade. It
is therefore repeated that no one but
the colored folk themselves are to
blame for this state of affairs.
A colored exchange propounds
the following question as to the num
erous graduates that are being turn
ed out this season of the year from
the various colored schools of the
country: "What will they do?" What
they will do is one question; what
they should do is another question.
Judging from the past, some of them
will do most anything, while the
great majority will do nothing,
though it is within their power to
find plenty to do. It is not always
the girl or boy who finds a paying
position as a clerk, bookkeeper, sten
ographer or some other kind of of
fice work that is the greatest success
in life, but it is the woman or man
that makes home a paradise, in a
way, instead of a poorhouse. If more
of the talent that is acquired at
school was used in developing a
home in the country where every
thing that is needed for the preser
vation of life could be produced,
there would be less misery and less
want among all classes of people, and
especially the colored people. The
idea that an education means the
complete desertion of the farm and
farm life on the part of young col
ored people is an absurd one, and
they should free themselves from it
as soon as possible, if not sooner. In
answer, therefore, to the question set
forth in the outset, "What will they
do?" it might not be out of place
to say to them "Remain at home
and improve it so as to make it a
home worthy of any one, whether he
be rich or poor, black or white."
A Negro congress, to be held Au
guest, 1902, 7th to the 11th, inclu
sive has been decided upon by a
number of the leading colored di
vines in the South acting as a com
mittee, which assembled at Atlanta,
Ga., a few days ago. Owing to the
character of the men making up the
committee they had invitations from
a number of the leading cities of
the South to hold their congress in
their city, but no particular city was
decided upon by them. From the
plans and preparations that are being
made by the committee, it looks as
though this coming congress: will be
the most notable one that has been
held among the colored folk since
their emancipation. Some of the
subjects that will come before the
congress for discussion are: "The
material helpfulness of the American
white man and the American Ne
gro," "The need of a properly quali
fied ministry," "The Bible—its place
in the life of young people," "The
Contributions of the North and the
South to the Negro's Developments,"
"The Contribution of the Negro to
His Own Developments," "Spiritual
ity in its relations to practical life,"
"Good literature and its place in the
development of young people." The
following is the personnel of this
committee: Bishop W. J. Games, the
president; Rev. E. W. D. Isaacs, the
vice president, is general secretary of
the Baptist Young People's Union;
Prof. I. Garland Perm, A. It, assist
ant general secretary Epworth
League in the Methodist Episcopal
church, is corresponding secretary of
the movement; Rev. W. M. Alexan
der, D. D., of Baltimore, Md., the
treasurer. Other members of the
committee who were present were:
Rev. S. N. Vass D. D., Raleigh, N.
C, general secretary American Bap
tist Publication Society; Bishop R.
S. Williams, D. D., Augusta, Ga.;
Rev. L. C. Davis, Pratt City, Ala.;
Rev. J. D. Saunders, D. D., president
Biddle University, Charlotte, N. C;
Bishop B. W. Arnett, D. D., Wilber
force, 0.; Bishop G. W. Clinton, D.
D., Charlotte, N. C; Bishop C. T.
Shaeffer, D. D., Topeka, Kan.
Rev. N. D. Hartsfield preached at
the A. M. E. church last Sunday
and had a most successful day of it.
Mre. Donaldson visited Seattle
last Monday, returning later in the
week. She was accompanied by her
daughter, Mrs. Hattie Heath.
The "ghost" walked last Saturday
in Roslyn, and as a result there was
plenty of fun in the camp last Sun
day. There was, however, enough
money saved for the world and his
brother to go to the circus Tuesday.
The Masonic installation of offi
cers last Monday evening was one of
the greatest affairs that Roslyn has
had for a good many months. It
was well attended and the refresh
ments served after the installation
were of the rarest and most delicate
styles. All present enjoyed a most
excellent evening with this the old
est order in the camp.
A large and enthusiastic K. of P.
lodge has been set up in this city
among the Afro-Americansl, and it
is starting out under most favorable
auspices. It has a charter member
ship of twenty-five and has fair
prospects of doubling that number
within the next month or such a
matter. It is made up of some of
the best men in this camp and will
do well.
Mr. Mike Wells, who was so un
fortunate as to get one of his legs
broken in the mines not long since,
is getting along very well under the
circumstances. His leg was broken
in two places and it is feared on ac
count of his age he will be a cripple.
Mr. EL A. Standrige, formerly of
Franklin, who also got his leg bro
ken in the mines, is improving as
rapidly as possible. He will soon be
able to be about the camp on
Best Rates for Publishing
Tax Lien Notices
Of Men and Things in the
Public Mind.
West Virginia's Destructive Cloud-
burst and Flood — Pingree's
Body Coming Home—Millions
in Dividends to be Paid July
First—The Vioe-President Puz
zle is again up for Discussion—
What to do with them.
The flood in West Virginia last
Sunday was one of the most remark
able, cloudbursts that has happened
in that section of the country for a
number of years. While perhaps
the total number of deaths will never
be known the number will reach be
yond the hundred mark, and the
property destroyed by the overflow
will reach up into the mollions of
dollars. It is one of those unfor
tunate mishaps against which man
is unable to protect himself, and no
amount of preparation on his part
can prevent a similar occurrence.
Cloudbursts are quite common in
many of the eastern sections of out
country, but they seldom ever prove
so destructive as the one in West
Virginia last week.
The remains of the late Hazen S.
Pingree are now on their way across
the ocean from London, and the
friends of the late governor are wait
ing with subdued sadness their ar
rival. Ex-Gov. Pingree in life
seems to have been overloaded with
isms and reforms, but was neverthe
less held in the highest respect by
the* people of the state of Michigan,
and even in other states. His re
mains will therefore be received in.
the United States with marked hon
or and respect, and their interment
will probably be attended by thou
sands of the citizens of that state.
According to an exchange, the
Gazette, of Pekin, China, is the old
est newspaper in the world, the same
having been established 750 years
ago by the Sing dynasty in the city
of Hansilo. The Ming dynasty
brought the Gazette in 1368 to Nan
king, but in 1403 it was removed to
Pekin and for two years it was
under government protection. From
1630 to 1644 the paper suspended
publication, and it was renewed
under the Manchurian dynasty, and
has so continued until the present
Dividend payments to be made in
New York on July 1 are conserva
tively estimated at $120,000,000,
and may reach $125,000,000.
This enormous sum represents
only the profits gathered in the last
six months by holders of securities
which are of public record in New
York. It does not include divi
dends payable elsewhere, or the
profits of industries whose securities
are elsewhere recorded, or the prof
its of business whose operations are
not of public record. Yet as the re
cipients of these dividends are scat
tered all over the country, the
amount in question affords an index
of the dimensions of the national
This semi-annual division of prof
its surpasses in amount all previous
records. Dividend payments at New
York on July 1, 1900, were $105,
--570,578, a gain of over $11,000,000
over July 1, 1899. On January 1,
1901. they rose to $109,573,685.
The coming payments will cer
tainly show an increase for the six
months equal to that for the whole
year between July 1, 1899, and July
1, 1900, and probably greater. The
wealth of the American people was
never so great as now and never was
increasing more rapidly. Nor is this
prosperity confined to those having
surplus earnings to invest. It was
never more generally diffused.
The individual deposits in our na
tional banks on February 5, the date
of the latest available report, were
$2,753,5)69,722, the largest on rec
ord, and the total resources of the
banks were $5,435,906,258. State
and private banks, according to
Comptroller Dawos' last report, held
$5,841,658,820 more. In savings
banks at the end of 1900 just 5,875,
--456 depositors had $2,384,770,849,
showing an increase since 1870 more
rapid than that of the population.
Our life insurance companies,
whose hundreds of millions of assets
are almost entirely popular savings,
never showed more rapid growth
than now. Wages, taking all indus
tries tog-ether, and in nearly all in
dustries singly, measured by pur
chasing power, were never higher
than now. The only dispute ovei
wages this year affecting any large
area—that of the machinist trades—
is being generally settled in favor oi
the workers.
The American people are accumu
lating wealth faster than they evei
did before, and are enjoying more
generally than ever before the ease
and social improvement that wealth
brings.—lnter Ocean.
What shall we do with our vice
presidents? The question always has
interested politicians and people.
Precedent, as far as there is a pre
cedent, is in favor of the succession
of the vice president to the presi
dency. John Adams, who served as
vce president through Washington's
two terms, was elected president on
Washington's retirement. Thomas
Jell'erson, who had been Washing
ton's secretary of state and vice pres
ident with Adams, was elected
president on Adams' retirement.
Madison, who had been Jeffer
son's secretary of state, succeeded
Jett'erson as president. Monroe,
who had been Madison's secretary of
state, succeeded Madison as presi
dent, and John Quincy Adams, who
had been Monroe's secretary of state,
succeeded Monroe as president.
Martin Van Buren, who was Jack
son's first Secretary of State and
Vice President in Jackson's second
terms, succeeded Jackson as Presi
Here are two precedents estab
lished in the early days of the re
public—one in favor of the succes
sion of the Vice President to the
Presidency and the other in favor of
the succession of the Secretary of
State. But there was a disinclina
tion in both great parties to follow
or to establish any invariable rule
of succession. There was goood rea
son for thia, but the departure from
the early custom was not intended
to prejudice permanently the Vice
President or the Secretary of State.
The tradition which favors the po
litical retirement of a man elected
to the Vice Presidency is of very
modern origin. It is, in fact, no
tradition at all. Calhoun, Vice Pres
ident under Jackson, was in public
life for over twenty years after hia
retirement from the Vice Presiden
cy and added greatly to his- reputa
tion. Hamlin, Vice President in
Lincoln's first term, became more
conspicuous in public life and in his
party after he left that office than
he had been before his election.
When Coif ax had served his term
as Vice President he had the oppor
tunity to continue in public life as
Grant's Secretary of State, but he
declined the offer. It was said by
friends of Hendricks that President
Cleveland was disrpoeed to ignore the
Vice President, but Western Demo
crats believe that if Hendricks had
lived he would have been Cleve
land's successor.
The old rule as to the Vice Presi
dency was to elect to that office the
most experienced, most popular, and
most conspicuous man in public life,
except the President. When the
choice of candidates was delegated
to political conventions there were
occasions on which the Vice Presi
dency was made a mattter of com
promise between sections. This* was
the case with Lincoln and Hamlin,
but was not the ease with Grant and
Colfax. In the latter case the candi
date for the Vice Presidency was
chosen to strengthen the ticket in
the close October states.
In the cases of Cleveland and Hen
dricks and Cleveland and Thurman
and Cleveland and Stevenson, the
candidate for the Vice Presidency
was selected to strengthen the ticket
in the West In the case of McKin
ley and Hobart, the candidate for
the Vice Presidency was selected tq
strengthen the ticket in the East.
In the case of McKinley and Roose
velt, strangely enough, the candi
date for Vice President was selected
from the East to strengthen the
Presidential ticket in the West.
There was a departure from prec
edent in this as in other particulars
last year. Rooosevelt was not like
Hamlin or Colfax, or Wilson or
Wheeler, or Morton or Hobart. In
his nomination no precedent or tra
dition was regarded. It is needless
to say that neither tradition nor
precedent will govern his future.
If he lives he will be, in 1904, not
simply Vice President Roosevelt, but
the most popular Republican in pub
lic life, and is likely to have before
him a career as notable in its way as
that of Vice President Adams, Vice
President Jefferson, Secretary ol
State Monroe, Vice President Cal
houn, or Vice President Hamlin.—
Inter Ocean.
John W. Considine Shoots
W. L. Merideth to Death
And Acting Under Its Findings
Chief of Police and Principle
Detective are Relieved From
Duty— Which is followed by a
Terrible Tragedy and Merideth
is Instantly killed — Considine
Shoots in Self Defense.
W. L. Meredith is not only no
longer chief of police of Seattle, but
he is no longer a living man, having
been shot to death by John W. Con
sidine last Tuesday evening, the lat
ter acting purely in self defense. For
the past two weeks Seattle has had
excitement sufficient to satisfy the
most canny in this direction. The
council's investigation committee
found Chief Meredith and Detective
Wappenstein guilty, and these men
were at once dismissed from the
service, which doubtless so enraged
the mind of Mr. Meredith as to
prompt him to load himself down
with two revolvers, a shotgun and a
dirk and go gunning for John Con
sidene, the man who perhaps more
than all others was responsible for
the ex-chief's undoing. Without
warning or with Considine knowing
that a dangerous foe was in the act
of taking his life, Mr. Meredith be
gan firing upon his eijemy and con
tinued to do so, and though Consi
dine took refuge in Guy's drug store
to save his life, he was hotly pursued
by Meredith, who continued to fire
on his retreating enemy. The men
were soon in a hand-to-hand scuffle,
in which Tom Considine played an
active part, and in a few seconds Mr.
Meredith sank to the floor pierced by
three bullets from John Considine's
revolver, each of which would have
proved fatal. It was a tragic end of
a terrible feud which had existed be
tween the two men for the past year
or more. The Considines are now
confined in the county jail, but the
concensus of opinion throughout the
city seems to be that John Considine
acted in self defense and his incar
ceration will be but a matter of a
short time.
While this crime is shocking in ev
ery detail and one that must bring
many heart pangs of regret to the
citizens of Seattle, it is but one of
many that have occurred in this city
since it has been given over to the
criminal classes and has been the asy
lum in which they have taken re
treat by the scores and permitted to
ply their nefarious deeds, if they
would only pay the price. Nothing is
more responsible and has been more
contributory to the hundred and one
murders'and suicides that have been
committed in Seattle since 1898,
than the wide-open policy that was
inaugurated in the city under the
present mayor. This wide-open pol
icy has been the direct, means of
more men committing suicide, who
left their homes in the East with
the direct purpose of going to Alas
ka to search for gold mines, but who
were entrapped in the snares of the
gamblers and sure-thing men who
could be found on every corner and
almost in every block in this city,
who, after having lost their every
penny felt so chagrined and disgrac
ed that rather than face their friends
in the East, they carefully destroyed
every scrap of paper or mark of any
kind that might establish their iden
tity, and found relief in a watery
grave. The escutcheon of the pres
ent municipal administration of Se
attle is besmirched with many
blotches of human gore on account
of the fact that criminals have
been allowed to fleece the
stranger visiting or passing
through of his every cent, and
such stranger preferred self-de
struction rather than self-exposure.
So numerous are these cases that the
sins of the present administration
will loom up like the mountains in
the distance when they are called up
for a final settlement.
The Republican firmly believes
that the conditions and circumstan
ces surrounding the present adminis
tration warrant the assembling on
j the part of one of the superior judges
! a grand jury to thoroughly investi
. gate the whole affair. If it be true
- that the present municipal adminis
! tration is in any way responsible for
the horrors that have from time
to time been committe in this city,
it seems that a grand jury would
have no trouble in finding material
on which to base an indictment. If
the facts should be laid before a
grand jury, as it is reported they
were laid before the council investi
gation committee, there seems to be
no doubt but it would find others
equally as guilty as those it has al
ready reported against.
After weeks of careful investiga
tion the council committee, which
was looking into the affairs of the
police department, made the follow
ing report:
"That from the evidence, W. L.
Meredith was found unfit to occupy
the office of chief of police or any
other position in the police depart
"That from the evidence, C. W.
Wappenstein was unfit to occupy the
position of detective or any other po
sition in the police department.
"That at the inception of the in
vestigation the mayor offered to co
operate and assist the committee, and
upon the aforesaid findings becom
ing reported to him he immediately
took steps which resulted in the re
tirement of those officers from the
police department. We find nothing
whatever to in any way connect the
mayor with corruption or dishon
"That your committee stands
ready to furnish evidence to substan
tiate its findings to any proper tri
bunal which may be called upon to
review the same.
"Your committee makes this as a
partial report, and asks leave to sit
The committee asks permission to
pitsh its investigation srtill further,
and it is very generally believed that
it has some tangible evidence within
easy grasp that will lead it to finding
others high in official life in this
city of also being unworthy to
hold office. While no name
has been hinted at or even in
timated in this connection by
the committee, nevertheless much
speculation is going on and The Re
publican firmly believes that in less
than another month a report equally
as startling as the one made last
Monday night will bo made by this
special committee to the body which
created it.
Roth Meredith and Wappenstein
resigned at the request of their su
perior officer after the committee
had intimated to the mayor that
their findings would be against the
above two men. It was doubtless this
summary dismissal of ex-Chief Mere
dith that so beclouded his reason
as to prompt him to leave home with
murder' in his heart against the man
who testified the strongest against
him. It is an unfortunate calamity,
but is no more than could be expect
ed from a man who has lived the life
that Mr. Meredith has. He died just
as he lived.
No sooner had Mr. Meredith's res
ignation been accepted and Capt.
John Sullivan was named as acting
chief of the police, and at once as
sumed the duties of office.
If there be one fair and impartial
man in the police department that
man is Capt. John Sullivan, and
while he may have done things in
the past, acting under orders from
his superior officer, that might not
have pleased even some of his best
friends, yet a man that will not obey
orders is unfit to ever give orders,
and The Republican predicts one of
the cleanest administrations that
Seattle has ever had with Capt. Sulli
van as chief of the police. He will
perhaps not try to overthrow any
well established policy that Mayor
Humes has given to the city, but
will not protect criminals, nor will
lie in any way be accused of shar
ing in their ill-gotten gains. He is
a man beyond suspicion and a man
that is a man among men. Among
his first official acts was to call for
the resignation of Detective Wap
penstein, who had been found equal
ly as guilty as had Mr. Meredith, and
rliaugh that gentleman first said he
would demand an investigation, he
concluded it was best for 'him and
those with whom he had been asso
ciated to quietly step down and out,
and he did so. It is hinted that
there are others who came under the
pale of the Lexow committee, and
that Chief Sullivan will ask their
resignation, and if they refuse to
hand it in they will be summarily
dismissed from the* department; in
short, there is to be a cleaning out
of the Augean stables.
Price Five Cents
News items gladly received for
publication at this office.
The office of the The Seattle Re
publican is at 714 Third avenue.
Judge Gideon S. Bailey has re
tun) ed from a week's visit in Port
Mr. W. 11. Henderson is making
preparations to leave for Dawson
City at an early date.
Mrs. Alfred, who now lives in Ta
coma, was in the city last Monday
on legal business.
Mrs. H. R. Cayton and children
have returned from Portland much
pleased with their brief excursion.
Mr. J. E. Hawkins has returned
from Portland, and reports a mag
nificent visit in that city.
Mrs. E. B. Palmer is expected
home from Alaska Saturday, having
enjoyed a month's visit with, friends
at Skagway.
Gambling houses have been tem
porarily closed up in this city, owing
to the great amount of public ex
More than a thousand persons
gathered about Guy's drug store im
mediately after the shooting affray
between Meredith and Oonsidine.
Mr. J. P. Ball, Sr., has returned
from Portland and says the Port
land brethren gave him a royal stay
in their midst. A Shriner lodge was
set up by him while there.
If you are indebted to this paper,
it never needed that amount worse
than it does today and it would be a
great favor to the management if
you would pay the same.
Splendid Sunday dinner at Mrs.
Washington's dining parlors, rear
1210 Second avenue. Excellent
place for families; all home cook
ing. 1216 Second.
Hon. J. M. Frink, the Seattle iron
king, and his family have returned
from the East. They visited the
Pan-American exposition, but do
not appear to think much of the
Washington exhibit.
The editor of The Republican ia
no mind reader, and if you do not
write your visiting friend's name
down and hand the same into this
office it will not apear in the per
sonal column hereof.
The members and friends of the
Mount Zion Baptist Church in thi*
city among the Afro-Americans are
making herculian efforts to build
themselves a church edifice in the
near future, and success seems to
favor them.
The concert given at the A. M. E.
church by the children last Wednes
day evening was largely attended
and a splendid success. The young
folk all did exceedingly well in the
rendition of their pieces, and those
attending would have no objections
to seeing it repeated.
The Executive Committee of
Mount Zion Baptist Church enter
tainment desires the public to take
notice that Mrs. Washington, the
caterist and chairman of the sup
per committee, is making every ar
rangement possible for a grand sup
per, which will be served in conjunc
tion with the entertainment on the
evening of July 10 at the church edi
fice, supper commencing at 6 o'clock
p. m. and continuing until the close
of the entertainment. Everything is
being done to make this one of the
greatest successes in the history of
the church.
Next week will be the last week
of the present season at the Third
Avenue theater. A big company of
excellent actors will produce "Alone
in Greater New York" as the closing
play of the season. The startling
events that happened in a city like
Seattle if dramatized would make a
vivid stage picture of real life.
What, then, must be the events
that occur in a city like New York?
"Alone in Greater New York" is a
mirror reflecting scenes and inci
dents foil wing a financial crash.
The play introduces many types of
life, such as Bloodgood, the hard
hearted broker; Badger, his devil
may-care clerk, afterwards a heroic
fireman; Capt. Paul Fairweather,
who leaves- his "family in affluence
who afterwards 1 become friendless
and alone in New York, through the
villiany of the broker; Mark Liv
ingstone, a New York blood, who
loses his all in Wall street, but who
still retains his manhood; Alida
Bloodgood, the hauty New York
belle, and many other interesting
characters portraying high and low
life in a great city., vividly embel
lished with appropriate scenery,
makes "Alone in New York" one of
the most pleasing plays of the sea

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