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Vol. VIII., No. *J
** ASPIRING POLITICIANS ** "I have no hesitancy in announcing that I am a candidate for mayor of Seattle, and I hereby ask my friends to render me every assistance they possibly can, that I may be successful in securing the nomination at the hands of the next Republican conven tion. I have no promises to make further than that I will try with all my heart and soul to conduct the of fice as the laws of the community direct me to do. My record is an open book in this city and what it has been in the past is a criterion of what it will be in the future. Should I be elected I promise most faithfully to be mayor of Seattle .from the day that I am inaugurated until the day that I retire from office. I shall not be the tool and instrument of any clique or gang, either in the tenderloin district or in any other dis trict of this city. If elected I will do my best to have the laws enforced as they appear on the statute books. You can say for me that I am a can didate for mayor and will use all hon orable means within my power to se cure the nomination at the hands of j the next municipal contention." came from ex-Police .i'udge C. G. Austin one day this week, whose portrait accom- POLITICAL The Pie-maker noted one day last week a great assembling of boss Democrntis politicians in this city, and, strange as it may seem, promi nent among that horde of Democratic politicians was to be found Hon. Levi Ankeny, the Walla Walla bank er, who is the standing candidate in the Republican party for the United States senate. Ordinarily such a co incidence would have had no signifi cance whatever from a political stand point, as Mr. Ankeny could not expect anything from Democratic politicians whether they be large or small from a party standpoint, but owing to the fact that Mr. Ankeny's name has been hooked up with that of George Turn er, to the end, if it be impossible for the one to be elected the other is to turn his strength to the stronger can-: didate, the associations of Mr. An keny with those Democrats visiting Seattle one day last week would seem to be a most significant omen. Mr. ! Ankeny seemed to have been in tow during his stay in this city of John B. Catron, the warden of the state! penitentiary, who is said to be a! most enthusiastic Ankeny man for J United States senator. He is almost an Ankeny man, notwithstanding his Democracy, in preference to George Turner, because it will be remembered ' that George Turner prevailed on Gov.' Rogers to remove Mr. Catron and ap- j point John Maloney as warden, which Gov. Rogers refused to do, and ' it is said he did so because Mr. An keny and his friends helped him. and the governor felt that he was under obligations to Mr. Ankeny and his friends for his, Rogers', election in 1900. Under such circumstances there could not be very much warm political blood existing between Sena tor Turner and Warden Catron, which prompts the Pie-maker to as sert that Mr. Catron in his heart of hearts would prefer to see Mr. An keny elected rather than Senator Turner. Among the Democrats that were present here last week were Dr. P. S. Burney, who was recently elected mayor of Spokane, who has since bloomed out as a Democratic candi date for governor; also Dr. D. C. Newman. Harry Eggleston, Floyd Dagett and Dr. j. F. Reddy. And among that gathering of prominent Democrats was a candidate for con gressional honors from the North west, as well as one for congressional honors from Eastern Washington, and also Democratic candidates for other state offices and honors,, which would seem to make the meeting a confer ence of leading Democrats of the state. But the remarkable thing of it all was the presence of Levi Ankeny, a leading Republican and senatorial candidate. The question naturally arises, what could he hope to gain by being present at such a conference as that? The Pie-maker is not prepared to say that he actually took part in the conference, but they were all here together, and he, An keny, was with them the most of the time, and if he did not take a part in the conference, he knew everything that was going on. and the indications point to him having actually taken a part in its deliberations. Speaking about Mr. Ankeny taking a part in the Democratic conference that was held in this city a few days ago, reminds the Pie-maker of the fact that at the time the legislature of 1899 was at the most critical sena torial point, it was generally under stood that enough Populists and Democrats stood ready at any mo The SEATTLE REPUBLICAN panics this announcement. Judge years and has friends by the scores Austin has been a resident of the in both Eastern and Western Wash state of Washington for twenty-five ington, and has been frequently hon- ! ment to vote for Levi Ankeny for the I United States senate if Mr. Ankeny : could land fifty Republican votes. He : never got that number, and of course those Populists and Democrats never | got an opportunity to show Mr. An : keny how much they thought of him i by voting with the Republicans for his election. Following tne adjourn ment of the legislature the political j combination hinted at above, hooking i up Ankeny, Turner and Gov. Rogers | in the same set of harness, was at ! once given to the public as authentic. It was never denied by either of them and subsequent developments have proven almost conclusively that the statements were true from start to finish. It can therefore be safely said at this writing that Mr. Ankeny is something of an independent candi date for the United States senate, ex pecting to draw votes from both the Democrats and the Republicans. If this be true, and the Pie-maker does not doubt it, it is here suggested that the Republicans wipe their hands clean and clear of the man who is neither Republican, Democrat nor Populist; but a miscegenated abortion of the three. Senator Foster seems to be having the devil's own time getting his rec ommendations for federal positions named by the president. Perhaps of all the United States senators he is in the most unfortunate as well as unhappy predicament of any of them. He is being cussed by the men whom he has not recommended and he is being cussed by those whom he has recommended to such an extent that his political goose in this state seems cooked beyond recognition. Senator Foster's failure to land his man is public comment, not only in this state, but in other states, and his pitiable situation in the United States senate is one of much chagrin to his friends both in and out of Tacoma. When Addison G. Foster was elected to the United States senate he made promises to politicians at that time which he broke three weeks there after, almost instantly, for he had hardly taken his seat in the United States senate when he stood ready to fight the confirmation of Postmaster George M. Stewart, of Seattle, when it was George Stewart's friends that secured his election. He at once be gan to form political alliances with Representative Guie and the Pipers to the detriment of the very man in King county who actually elected him, and this, too, in the face of a written agreement that he had given to the man who, above all others, was directly responsible for the election of Mr. Foster, and, ac cording to the scriptures, "he that diggeth a ditch for his neighbor will himself fall therein," and so in Sena tor Foster's attempt to throw down those men who elected him. he has nm up against an unexpected opposi tion at Washington, and he has been unable to land a single man whom he has agreed to have named for fed eral positions in this state. Down below the deadline in Seattle things have recently taken a queer turn. For a while gambling seemed doomed, owing to the war among the gamblers, but it was almost election time and the present administration had to have the sinews of war for the coming battle of ballots, and so gam bling was kept open by the hardest efforts on the part of the administra tion. For some reason unkonwn to the Pie-maker the Clancys and the administration seriously differed, and as a result the Clancys have declared war on the renomination and election . of Humes; but here comes the SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, JANUARY iO, 1902 C. C. AUSTIN A prominent candidate for the Re publican nomination for mayor of Se attle is George N. Gilson, one of Se attle's leading business men. At present Mr. Gilson is at the head of the Engineers' Supply Company and is also president of the board of county commissioners for King coun ty. During Mr. Gilson's career in this city he has made an enviable business record, and it is very generally con ceded that should he receive the nom ination for mayor and be elected to the office he would give the city one of the cleanest administrations that it has ever had. This is believed be cause Mr. Giison has been a success at whatever he has undertaken in the past and it is not probable that he would be a failure in this instance. Some of Seattle's leading business men as well as most extensive prop erty owners are using their every ef fort to bring about the nomination of Mr. Gilson because they believe that strange part of the story. It has beea given out on good authority that Tom Humes and his friends have formed an alliance with John Considine, the man who did more to bring the Humes administration into disrepute than any one else in the city, save The Seattle Republican, and in case Humes is elected, Considine instead of Clancy is to be the kingpin gam bler and dictate who shall and who shall not run games. Rumor has it that after Considine had made his fight against the administration, got his man, and then succeeded in clear ing himself of the charge of murder, Tom Humes became alarmed at the strength and shrewdness of the man and began at once to seek a political combination with him, which was finally effected. The Clancys, seeing what was going on, made strenuous efforts to protect themselves, but failed to land; hence their proposed war on Mr. Humes. Rumor has it that they have formed a combination with both Gilson and Austin, and whichever one of them is nominated and elected the Clancys are to rule the games under their administration. This both Mr. Gilson and Mr. Austin deny, and the Pie-maker does not blame them, but it can be safely said that Tom Humes will not get many votes from the First w rard in the next municipal convention if the opposition of »the Clanceys counts for anything. It would seem that the political power of Humes is rapidly wanning, notwithstanding his strong political organizations in the city, as he has lost quite a few staunch supporters within the past year. If it be true that he has lost the Clancys, the Dick Kinnear faction, and like wise true that he has lost the Piper faction, and also true that he has lost the friends and followers of the late Chief eMredith, it would seem that Mr. Humes, is standing today on sinking sands. In this enumeration the Pie-maker has overlooked the fact thus far that another faction of Re publicans, who have been strong ad herents of Tom Humes, is about to declare war upon him, and this fac tion is led by none other than the intrepid P. D. Hughes, whom Mr. Humes refused to reappoint for civil service commissioner a few days ago. Mr. Hughes did not take kindly to that, and the Pie-maker has been informed that Mr. Humes without a cause threw him down (this is the history of the man), and it is hinted now that he will help Jed Blake and the opposition to Mr. Humes in the Seventh ward, and bring in a solid Seventh for some one else except Mr. Humes. Thus the war goes merrily on, and the old political parasite is ored by his fellow citizens by being elected to responsible official posi tions. In Eastern Washington he was elected state senator many years ago and since he has been a resident of Seattle he has twice been elected jus tice of the peace of this city and the third time nominated, but defrauded out of the nomination by the chcan nery of cheap politicians. Judge Aus tin will give Seattle just as clean an administration as he did when he was police judge of this city, when he was considered a terror to evil-doers. He, like his opponent, is not makhig a senatorial fight in this connection or any other connection, and he there fore wants it distinctly understood that he is a candidate for the mayor alty and not for the United States senate, nor is his candidacy the off spring of any United States senatorial candidate in or out of Seattle. Judge Austin goes on the principle of fight ing his own battles and letting the other fellow do likewise. His many friends do not hesitate in saying that he already is the most formidable can dii'ate for the nomination and stands a splendid show of sweeping the con vention by au overwhelming majority. GEORGE N. GILSON he will give the city good service | and at the same time its vari- j ous industries as well as its pluck and enterprise. Mr. Gilson and his friends j One of the candidates for corpora tion counsel is John W. Pratt. He has made a study of municipal law ! and of city affairs. He has a fine li brary collected in years of books o:\ municipal government and of reforms. He is a Republican from principle and believes that all movements for the public welfare should be initiated in and fought for by the Republican party. He is the author of many statutes which have helped to clear the way for modern advancement in civic affairs. This branch of the law department has of late years become the most important, local improve ment amounting in one year to the enormous sum of $300,000. It has been stated through a misapprehen sion of the facts, that he will hold his present office in addition to that of corporation counsel, but the fact is that it would result in a saving to the city of nearly $2,000 a year. Mr. Pratt has conducted a most respon sible office for a paltry salary, the expenses of clerk hire, office rent and stationery having to be paid out of his salary and not in addition to it. slowly day by day losing his verdant ness. The Postoffice fight in Spokane has finally been settled and the name of Judge Hartson has been recommend ed by three Republican members of congress for the postmastership, which of course settles the contest. Mr. G. W. Temple has made a_ most excellent postmaster, and the citizens of Spokane have placed implicit con fidence in him, but it can be truly said, even at this early date, that Mr. Hartson is as well and favorably known as Mr. Temple, and that is say ing a good deal. Judge Hartson will make Spokane a most excellent post master, just as has Mr. Temple done for the past four years. The Pie-maker hopes that the vot ers of King county will look well to the interests of King county and make the effort of their lives to se cure one of the congressional nomina tions for King county at the next state convention. King county wants a congressman, and when she gets a congressman she will take chances on getting a United States senator. This thing of refusing little things with the hope of getting bigger things and then failing in getting the bigger things has been indulged in quite too frequently for King county's financial as well as political interests, and now it is the duty of the voters of this county to go in for what they can get and do not despise them because they are small. King county may pay one fifth of the taxes as well as pay one fifth of the votes of the state, never W. McArdle was' born in Otta wa, Canada, October 5, 1848. He at tended the common school of that city. In 1863, at the age of 15, he went to Watertown, N. V., clerked in a general store for three years. In 18C6 re enlisted in the regular army and was assigned to Light Battery B, Fourth United States artillery. He was honorably discharged October 13, 1869, at Fort Riley, Kansas, went to Minnesota the same year and re mained there until 1889, engaged in the lumber business and conducted a general store. In 1886 he was elect ed to the legislature of the state of Minnesota from the Thirty-eighth rep resentative district, and in March, 18S7. at the close of that session, he take advantage of this opportunity i and at this time announce his candi dacy for the mayoralty of Seattle, sub ject to the actions of the Republican : convention. While the workers for Mr. Gilson's nomination are enthusiastic, and think their candidate will not be defeated in the convention, yet they stand willing to abide the decision of the majority of the delegates in the regular Republican convention, and whether Mr. Gilson is or is not nom inated they will go forth from the con vention supporting the nominees re gardless of whom they may be. George N. Gilson is a life-long Republican, and regardless of the party nominee he has always supported the ticket warmly as well as enthusiastically, I and he will do in the future as he has done in the past. He has been closely allied with the business interests of Seattle and King county ever since he has been a resident of the city, and it is predicted by business men that HON. JOHN W. PRATT theless she does not hold any of the state offices, and all because we have a set of politicians here who want to get the top of the pot or they won't have anything. Let's organize to capture one of the congressional nominations, and then when we have captured that let's organize again to capture one of the United States sen ators, and we stand a fair show of getting that. King county has just as much show of doing that as had Pierce county, and with twenty-five | members in the legislature she will I come pretty nearly saying who will be elected. It is utterly ridiculous to i say that King county shall not have j one of the congressional nominations j for fear it will hurt her chances of capturing the next senator elected from this state. King county has ample material for congressional pur poses, and the Pie-maker truly hopes that some of it will be effectually used. Whether Harold Preston is accept able to the rank and file of the Re- | publican party or not, he is to be King county's candidate for United States senator, is'the fiat sent out by the silk stocking gang, and to hell with the rank and file of the Republican party. The bankers and billionaires will dictate to them who is to be United States senator, and they have but one alternative, and that is to vote for such nominees of the legis lature as will pledge themselves to vote for Harold Preston. Well the silk stocking gang is going to run up against the real thing in this fight, was unanimously nominated, and elected to the city council of Minne apolis for a term of three years. He came to Seattle in July, 1889, engaged in the saloon business and was elect ed a member of the state legislature of 1895. In 1896 he was elected a member of the city council of Seat tle, where he served four years. Mr. WM. McARDLE McArdle is prominently mentioned as a candidate for alderman in the First ward, and if the claims of his friends can be substantiated, he will be the nominee for the Democratic party. If you want to get the political news of the state of Washington for the next twelve months, subscribe for The Seattle Republican. Only $2. if Mr. Gilson should receive the nom ination and election he would give the business men, the laboring men, and all other classes of men to be found in Seattle a most excellent ad ministration, and two years hence his re-election, if he should so desire it, would be practically a unit. "I am in no ways connected with any fac tion in the Republican party, and am not a partisan of any senatorial as pirant, either in or out of King coun ty, and should I be elected mayor 1 will conduct that office without regard to what influence it might have one way or the other on the United States senatorial question. If elected I propose to be mayor, and no one save myself will say what will be done either above or below the dead line. In other words, if elected, I propose to be mayor without any in terference from any one," are the words of Mr.' Gilson Jts to his candi dacy. WILMON TUCKER Democratic Candidate for Corporation Counsel Price Five Cents and if they insist in saying to the Re publican workers of King county that they must have Harold Preston or nothing some of those districts which have sent in solid Republican legis lative delegations to Olympia'in the past will send Democratic ones. Let it be distinctly understood that the workers of the Republican party in King county have been dictated to entirely too n\nch and too often and they will not stand it another single time. This thing of commanding Re publican workers to support this or that man when such man is wholly objectionable to not only the workers, but to all of the voters except a few bankers, won't go any longer, and, mark these words, the vote of 1896 will be repeated in the state of Washington if such a deal is forced upon the Republican workers of King county. A few men sit back in their offices and think that they are the whole thing in the Republican party, and when the workers go out and make the fight they enjoy the emolu ments. The Pie-maker calls for a halt along this line, and in so doing he is backed by an overwhelming number of the Republican workers of King county. The men who do the work in the future have decided to do the naming of the candidates, the opposition of the silk stocking gang to the contrary notwithstanding. Now that the much-talked-of or ganization of the Iroquois Club has been effected and the same has been landed in Godwin's net it is not like ly now that Mr. Godwin will encoun ter any more opposition at all for the Democratic nomination of mayor of this city. Much talk is being indulg ed in by the voters of Seattle at pres ent as to the advisibility of electing a "business man" for mayor, which is right and proper, and right here come the representative Democrats of this city with the proposition that, if it be a business man that is wanted for mayor, they have a candidate for that honored position in the person of J. W. Godwin, who is a business man from stem to gudgeon and will fill the bill to a "T." Neither Seattle nor the entire Northwest boasts of a better nor more successful business man than the candidate they are offering for election. He is at the head of the largest commission house in Seattle and has been for years. He has suc cessfully financiered this gigantic concern through both the hard times and the good times, and what better proof can be offered that their candi date is a first-class up-to-date busi ness man than this, and suited in every particular for mayor. Few men in Seattle handle a larger volume of commercial business than does Can didate Godwin, and, if any one would have an eye single to the city's growth and prosperity, certainly no one would have it to a greater extent than he. It is hinted that the Gro cer's Association will probably in dorse the candidacy of Mr. Godwin for mayor, and for no other reason than because he has been a most suc cessful business man and has always dealt with them in a fair and square manner. In casting about for a may oralty candidate the Republicans would do well to bear in mind these popular qualities of the coming Dem ocratic candidate or they will have trouble in electing their nominee. J. Howard Watson has been named by Gov. Mcßride as his private secre tary. Watson is a well-known news paper man.