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The SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
VOL. IX, NO. 13 Hamilton's Tacoma Convention. A SLAP AT M'BRIDE AND WHY IT WAS ADMINISTERER; Or a True Story of the Pierce County Convention. Pierce county, the second county in the state in population, importance and size, was the battle ground for the Mcßride and anti-Mcßride forces, thus making this convention of general interest. The governor exhibited a bit of "strenuous aggressiveness" when ue forced the fighting in Pierce, as this county has long since been regarded as thoroughly identified with railway interests, hence no one was surprised when Stanton Waburton opposed and voted against the Preston bill in the last session of the legislature. He was simply in line with his constitu ents. That Pierce county recognized or mentioned the commission was net due to the inffuence of the governor. Stanton Waburton or any of that fol lowing. It may have been the "irony of fate" that Waburton lost his own (the Twenty-seventh) district, but it is a fact, nevertheless, just how Waburton is to deliver a solid delega tion to Preston, minus the Twenty seventh, is entirely past the under standinig of mathematicians. That the convention recognized the commission plank at all was due entirely to Cush man's effort. When the Mcliride pe-.: pie forced Cushman on the platform tc plead the cause it was there the gov ernor played the role of a politician. The convention was in the mood tc give Cushman anything he asked. • ♦ » The convention was controlled en tirely by the anti-Mcßride men, an overwhelming majority showing in fa vor of the railroad policy on the ballot which elected E. N. Parker temporary chairman over H. S. Huson. The anti- Mcßride men controlled 459 votes against 222 for the administration. Later in the day, after Cushman had explained his position to the conven tion and showed the light in which he would appear should the convention endorse him and sit down on all com mission plans, the anti-Mcßride men still refused to accept the administra tion resolutions and were strong enough to have hung up the question indefinitely. * ♦ * The compromise on an elective com mission was made at the suggestion of State Senator Ed S. Hamilton, who declared he would be willing to accept an elective commission. When the convention had turned down a strong Mcßride resolution instructing the members of the legislature from this county to vote in favor of a commis sion bill, Jesse Jones offered a resolu tion in favor of an elective commis sion and Senator Hamilton promptly seconded the motion, which parsed. * * * Since the convention considerable feeling has been shown on the part of anti-Mcßride men who made this con cession to Congressman Cushman It is a notable fact that though the com mission men made long arguments the anti-Mcßride men did not speak on the question. They had gone into the convention loaded with information and prepared to show the commission scheme was a shrewd political man euver which would work against Pierce county, but after Cushman's appeal to stand by him they decided not to insist upon a complete overthrow of the commission idea. Since the con vention, however, Congressman Cush man has announced the names of the twenty-four delegates he was permit ted to select. Not one of these men were taken from the ranks of the anti- Mcßride workers. This faction be lieved it was entitled to some recog nition in view of the fact that it had conceded so much to Cushman. * * * The convention was notable for the complete victory of anti-administration leaders in the legislative districts. There i s a question regarding the position of one representative, but aside from this man all the other nom inees were picked by anti-Mcßride men; and though the fight in certain districts was sharp, they won out handily. * ♦ • In the Twenty-fifth senatorial dis trict Mcßride men were in control, but it is a question whether more than one of the nominees will be with the governor. In the Twenty-sixth dis trict State Senator Ed S. Hamilton had things his own way. He had formed one of the most complete organizations ever perfected in this county to go into a political fight. His friends were organized in each precinct, and when the convention met he had the entire district with him so solidly that he was not only renominated for the sen ate, but Representatives Mark White and E. R. York were carried through. • * * State Senator Stanton Waburton, in the Twenty-seventh district, attempted to carry the legislative ticket for Mc- Bride. He is the recognized Mcßride leader in this county and had promised Renominated for state senator from the Twenty-sixth senatorial district. Senator Hamilton is the champion of the yailrcad interests in Pierce county, and it was only through deference to Frank Cushman that Mr. Hamilton permitted Mcßride's commission bill to be mentioned. to deliver the entire county. Wabur ton lost the district by a big majority. J. H. Easterday and Fred Eidemiller, who were nominated, have been out spoken in their opposition to Mcßride. There has never been any doubt about the Twenty-eighth district, and the nomination of N. B. McNichol and S. A. Crandall followed as naturally as had been expected. * * * The Twenty-ninth district was saved by the anti-Mcßride men on a narrow margin. It had been figured against them, but they were at work while the Mcßride leaders were asleep. Dr. S. M. LeCrone was renominated for the state senate and J. B. Lingerman and W. H. Fletcher for state representa tives. * * * While the Pierce county convention has passed into history, the rebuke administered to the governor should teach him a wholesome lesson. When he entered Pierce county politics his first attack was upon Senator Ed Ham ilton, one of the ablest men in Pierce county, a man who plays the game of politics for pleasure and not profit, a sort of a Mark Hanna or Charle} Hopkins species. When voters believe that a man has no sinister motive in politics they choose to follow him rather than those who are continually proclaiming themselves patriots, ever ready to be sacrificed for the dear people, and have no occupation save what has been secured by them through their official positions. That Ed. Hamilton controlled every legis lative district in Pierce county save one speaks volumes for a man who was made the center of one of the bitterest fights ever pulled off in the county. That the people of Pierce county understand themselves was clearly proven in the vote of confidence in Hamilton and the fitting rebuke given a man who mixed up in a local fight of his own volition ,and, in the language of the street, "got all that was coming to him." JOHN H. RYAN. E. M. BROWN. For the past two years Dr. E. M. Brown has been county coroner. Dr. Brown is one of the best known practicing physicians in the Northwest, major and surgeon in the Washington National Guard and a veteran of the Philippine war. His HON. ED S. HAMILTON, work in the conorer's oflfice during the past two years has been characterized by a thorough knowledge of the wants of the position. Dr. Brown is a native Oi Oregon. He was born at Forest Grove in 1857, and his education was obtained in the schools of that state. He graduated from the Portland University and studied medicine in Portland and San Francisco. He came to Tacoina in 1885. At the outbreak of the Spanish- American war Dr. Brown was a sur geon in the National Guard. He en listed with the First Washington and served as captain and surgeon in the Philippines. Veterans of the First Washington spoke enthusiastically of his services for Dr. Brown was always on the firing line and caring for the men as promptly as they needed his services. Aside from his special fitness for the position, his first nomination was intended as a compliment to the regiment and to him for his work in the islands. * * * N. B. M'NICOL. The constituents of N. B. McNicol marked out a field of work for him that would have discouraged many men. He was elected on the Republican ticket two years ago as state represen tative. The railroad employes of his district demanded a fellow-servant act, something that other men had attempt ed to put through the legislature but had failed in the attempt. Mr. Mc- Nicol pushed his bill faithfully, carried it through the house and had pledges of enough to have put it through the senate. However, the bill went to the sifting committee, at the head of which was Lieutenant Governor Mcßride, and this committee refused to put it on the calendar. Mr. McNicol was re nominated in the Thirty-eighth dis trict, and his acquaintances with tht workingmen of the district, and the assurance they have that he will look after their interests, together with the confidence in him held by a majority of the voters, indicates that he will be very strong candidate at the polls. publican convention and later before the people. Mr. McNicol was born in Canada, but raised in Michigan. He is a graduate of the public schools of the state, and a railroad man of wide experience. His first work was as a member of Michigan train crews, and ever since he has been in Tacoma —more than thirteen years—has been a railroad em ploye. First he was a brakeman, but twelve years ago he was given charge of a train, and is now one of the oldest conductors on the Pacific division of the Northern Pacific. He has been on the Portland run most of the time. • * • HARRY WINCHESTER. Captain Harry Winchester of Balch's Cove, who is completing his first term as county commissioner, has been renominated for a second term. He has been in the state — on the Sound, in fact — since SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1902 18G6, and in Pierce county since 1879. He has had an active business career since reaching Washington, and his experience as a logger, coupled with his services on the i ;ard of coun ty commissioners, gives him a thor ough acquaintance with the needs of the different sections of the county. Captain Winchester is a native of; England, having been born in Tun-! bridge, Kent, in 1845. He attended the schools of that country and afterward engaged as a ship carpenter. He sign ed in that capacity in the old ship Clio, which made a run out to Honolulu and Panama in 1866. From Panama Captain Winchester came to Puget POLITICAL POT - PIE Congressman Jones, who was recent ly in Seattle, and who more recently has been in most of the counties in Western Washington, is advocating, so it is said, that Jones and Cushman be nominated by the next state con vention by acclamation, but that the nomination for the third congress man be a free-for-all fight, and then Jones can stand on a pedestal and watch it from afar. From a W. L. Jones standpoint there is no doubt but such a course on the part of the 3tate convention would be highly grati- Tying, but Mr. Jones should not over- look the fact that he has troubles of his own, and whether or not he has troubles of his own at home, the state of Washington as a whole does not feel in duty bound to give him the nom ination without his working for it any more than anyone else. If any unani mous nominations are to be made for congressman, then the Pie-maker wants them all unanimously made. Let the steering committee go in and de cide who are to be the nominees and then let them be unanimously nomin ated. Perhaps it will be Mr. Jones, and perhaps not; but there is no need of making fish of one and fowl of an other. There are a number of can didates for congress in this state, and those candidates are not particular whether they get Mr. Jones, Mr. Cush man or the third place —they simply want a nomination and they are not caring who gets left so long as they succeed. It therefore behooves Con gressman Jones to bring in his del egation and go in the steering com mittee room and solve the problem, and when it is solved let three con gressmen be unanimously nominated by the convention. If there is any effort to shut King county out of one of the congressmen on the part of Mr. Jones and his friends there is going to be a ffot time in the old town from the time the nominations are made until the election, and then perhaps somebody won't go back to congress who thought they would do HON. FRANK W. CUSHMAN, Who was permitted to name twenty-four of the d< o the state convei tion, a mayr, ity of which a" town Mcßride men, though the convention said I that they wanted none of the Gover nors "pet measures." Sound and he decided when he reach ed this state to remain here. For thir teen years he was in Kitsap county and then he came to Pierce, first en gaging as a logger. He bought a place at Balch's Cove, intending to engage in the manufacture of bricks, but the clay did not turn out well. Subsequently he purchased the steam er Messenger and for five years was uer owner. He was once master of the boat. At present Captain Winchester is living at his handsome home at Balch's Cove. He is visited annually by scores of Tacomans who seek a cozy resting place during the summer months so. Let it be distinctly understood, as has been previously said in these columns, that King cotTnty is going to have representation at Washington in the next congress and she is going to have representation in tfie lower house at that. * » • Pierce has held its Republican coun ty convention and Cushman won out in spite of the Foster-Grosv-up opposi tion, and he was permitted to name twenty-four out of the forty-nine del egates to the state convention, while the other twenty-uve were pledged by resolution to support him until he himseif should voluntarily release them. Mr. Cushman deserves such a home endorsement as that, and the Pie-maker hopes that it will have a salutary effect on his opponents in Pierce county and force them to cease their fighting, as they have been doing in the past. ♦- • ♦ The success of the anti-Mcßride forces in Pierce county and the nom ination of Ed. S. Hamilton, whom Mc- Bride swore eternal vengeance against and said that he snould not be nom inated, was the most stinging rebuke that the governor has received in the whole campaign. Governor Mcßride and his henchmen have visited the most of the county conventions in the state and personally appealed to the delegates to pass resolutions endors ing his administration and instructing the delegates to t_e state convention to vote for a railroad commission bill plank, which meant the placing of Governor Mcßride at the head of a political machine in this state through which the governor hopes to dictate the politics of the state for the next quarter of a century. Since the Ta coma convention it is very doubtful if the governor will succeed in having his railroad plank placed in the next Republican platform, and if he does t will be done with so many .strings to it that it will be of no force and effect in the governor's getting togeth er a political machine. HON. LOUIS D. CAMPBELL, Mayor of the city of Tacoma, who leads the Cushman delegation to the state convention. Mr. Campbell is the only prominent Hamilton man on the delegation. The question now being asked is: "Did Cushman appoint him because he was the Mayor?" Whatcom, which held its county con ! vention the same day as did Pierce, ! and Chehalis, which held its counl'y convention the same day, went against Mcßnde's railroad policy, and all of , the legislative nominees, if elected, will vote against the rairoad plank when it comes up before the next leg islature. But as to that, all of those counties in Eastern Washington that passed strong resolutions endorsing Mcßride's railroad policy nomin ated legislators who under no con sideration will vote for a railroad com mission bill in the next legislature. The governor may be able to go be iore tne people in 1904 as a bolter and defeat the Republican party on that ground, but his hope of shaping the Republican party of this state into a Mcßride machine has vanished like a summer's dream. *.--.«■*• ' * * » It is currently reported that W. H. Lewis, who was nominated for the lower house in the Thirty-seventh sen atorial district, will not make the race, but will, as soon as the central com mittee gets down to business, tender iisi resignation. Mr. Lewis is finding so much opposition to him in the Republican ranks, from which ue has repeatedly bolted, that he prefers, so it seems, to step down and out rather than be defeated at the polls, as he j would be if he should conclude to make the race. He perhaps is the weaKest vassel in the shape of a nom inee that the Republicans named at the last county convention, and it is very remarkable that such "critters" as he could get following enough among Republicans to be nominated for an office, but he shows his good sense in refusing to make the race. • • a Commenting on the senatorial fore cast which appeared in the columns of The Seattle Republican last week, a prominent politician was prompeted to discuss the matter to me Pie-maker one day this week, and he said many things which will be of general in terest to the Republican politicians of this state. It will be remembered that the Pie-maker asserted last week that only three candidates had been announced for United States senator, in the persons of Mr. Wilson, Mr. Ankeny and Mr. Preston, all of which was quite true, but there are dark horses who are being groomed here and there either by themselves or by ; their friends who are hoping that in I the legislative mixup senatorial light ning will strike them and, Phoenix like, they will rise up out of the ashes the political star of the occasion. * * • -:.. "There is no doubt in my mind but that Congressman Jones is an avowed candidate for the United States sena -1 torship. He does not announce his , I candidacy, nor do I think he will do so until he sees how the land lies after the legislature has assembled. If Mr. Jones sees there is danger of j aeaQlock he wil forthwith leave Wash ington and hurry to Olympia and an- PRICE FIVE CENTS nounce his intention to entering the fight for the senatorship. Tins, I think, has prompted Mr. Jones to make the unique campaign that he is making « * * in uiti own interest, advocating that the state convention unanimously nom inate him for congressman. Of course he includes Mr. Cushmau because he has a delicacy in asking that he be the only one unanimously nominated." "I think I can say without fear of successful contradiction that the idea which has gone abroad that Jacob Furth, the Seattle corporation king, is a dark horse candidate for United w>.ai.es senator is without foundation. Mr. Furth has no political ambitions, in my opinion, at present. If he eVer thinks of trying to get to the United States senate it will be some time in the distant future, perhaps two or six years from now, but under no cir cumstances will he permit his name to be used before the coming legis lature, even though he would feel that there was a show of him being elected. He has matters in hand at present that would prevent him from accepting such an election even if it was tend ered to him." • • • Now, there is one man in Seattle wno has a stable in which dark horses are being groomed, and that man is none other than Will H. Parry, who is grooming Sam H. Piles, the man who is playing fast and lose between the Mcßride and the railroad forces, for the United States senatorship when he finds it utterly impossiole to elect Harold Preston. Piles, it wil be re membered, was responsible for the announcement of Frank Brownell of the Northwest for congress and went so far as to promise Mr. Brownell the support of King county, but the coun ty convention would not have it that way. Still Piles believes that he can manipulate the next state convention so as to nominate Mr. Brownell, and thereby get the Northwest to support him for United States senator. It is claimed that Governor Mcßride is a party to this dark horse combine, but with the understanding that he is to be looked after two years from now. Mr. Preston is not considered a strong candidate by Mr. Piles nor Mr. Parry, and under the lash of the Seattle spirit they believe that They can prevent the King county delegation from going to pieces even if there is no show for Preston. This they may do, but it is seriously doubted, for there are men who have been nominated by the Re publicans for the legislature who will support Preston, but who will do as they please when Mr. Preston gives up the ghost. When you subscribe for the Seattle Republican you get a weekly paper that's always full of newsy news. No weekly paper will be of half so much interest to you for the next six or eight months as The Seattle Repub lican, and you should have it sent to your address at once.