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VOL. IX, NO. 15
fhe Republican state convention, which convened in Tacoma last Wednes
day, will go down in party history as a most memorable one, owing to the fact
that a battle royal was waged between the politicians and the Mcßride politi
clans, The Seattle Republican to the contrary notwithstanding, won the day.
Supreme Judge—H. E. HADLEY.
Congressmen at Large—WESLEY L. JONES, FRANCIS W. CUSH
Chairman State Central Committee— HON. ELLIS MORRISON, Seattle.
We, the Republican party of the State of Washington, in convention assem
bled, adopt the Following platform:
"hi common with the good people of all the earth we mourn the untimely
death <>f our great leader and president, William McKinley. His character, his
achievements and his fame belong to no party, to no state and to no country.
They are the common heritage of all humanity, and will ever rest as a sacred
benediction to the-civilized world.
"His work failed not at his death, for his mantle fell upon the shoulders of
one who is wise, fearless and able to follow in the pathway of national policy
laid down by him.
"We congratulate the people upon the unexampled prosperity of this
"History has proven the wisdom and soundness of the principles contained
in the St. Louis and Philadelphia platforms, and we hereby reaffirm the same.
"We endorse the foreign and domestic policy of President Roosevelt, and
pledge our congressional delegation to tie hearty support thereof.
"We especially commend the attitude of the president toward trusts.
"We endorse the wise, able and patriotic administration of state affairs by
Governor Mcßride. --*mi;m_j — ■-■ ■-■■-- ■-
"We are unqualifiedly in favor of the retention of the Philippine islands
and encouraging the development of our present growing trade with the Orinet.
"We favor the admission of those territories now seeking admission into
the Union when they shall have become as populous as was the State of Washing
ton when admitted.
The last state convention is now a
thing of the past, and, despite the
stormy debate that prevailed during
the closing session, it was one the
whole generally considered a rather
harmonious gathering, and though
there were some disappointments, it
is very generally believed that no
great amount of sore spots were left
among the delegates.
♦ • •
That was a hot fight in the conven
tion over the railroad commission
plank, and though the plank won, yet
it bids fair to lose in the legislature.
• * *
Delegates to the late state conven
tion not before personally acquainted
with Harold Preston were sadly disap
pointed in King county's judgment in
se ecting a candidate for the United
States senate, after hearing his con
vention speech, on which the governor
relied so much. His efforts reminded
one of an exhausted windmill trying
to run itself by water.
* * *
Francis W. Cushman was by odds
the convention favorite during the two
days that vie delegates were assem
bled at Tacoma for the purpose of
holding the Republican state conven
tion, and it was freely predicted even
before he had said a word to the con
vention that he would run ahead of
his ticket at the coming election, and
his convention speech signed, sealed
and delivered the prediction.
* * ♦
As chairman of the state convention
John H. Powell was a prince. His rul
ings were not only fair, but wise and
able. At no stage of the game was
he at a loss lor words to put the con
vention on the right track.
* * *
Whatcom county, led by the silver
tongued C. W. Howard, made it so
plain to Governor Mcßride that he
(Meßride) need not expect any help
from that county in the future that
the governor was tempted to have a
plank inserted in the p'atform order
ing the legislature to blot Whatcom
county off the map.
• * *
Snohomish with 28 votes, Whatcom
with her 13 votes, Jefferson with her 8
votes. San Juan with her 6 votes,
Island with her 4 votes and Clallam
with her 8 votes, all of the old north
west combination, and the home of
Governor MeHride, as well as the home
of a majority of his appointees, all
voted solid y against him and his com
mission proposition, which would seem
to indicate that the Northwest will be
solidly against the governor in 1904,
and from that section he need not
expect any support, aid or assistance
for his future political ambitions. Bet
ter had the governor lost his commis
sion plank than to have lost the en
tire northwest as he did, thus demon
strating to tne public that he was not
acceptable to the section from whence
he hails.
• • •
Had it not been in deference to Har
old Preston, King county would have
cast 90 votes against the commission
instead of 45*£ as it did. It can be
safely said that 90 per cent of the
votes of King county axe against the
drastic railroad measures such as Gov
ernor Mcßride is trying to force the
coming legislature to pass.
• • *
It can be safely said that the late
convention was the hottest political
number ever held in the state, and yet
no great amount of bad blood was
worked up during its sessions, nor
was there any great number of sore
spots left on the delegates. In fact,
the convention, though stormy, ended
pleasantly and the delegates all left
feeling happy over the results, though
they did not meet the approval of all
• • •
Frank H. Brownell deported himself
manly after his defeat, and in doing
so he placed himself in line for politi
cal promotion by his party in the very
near future. All felt well toward
Brownell because he surrendered to
the inevitable without showing any
signs of being disgruntled.
• • •
Falknor's remark on being elected
temporary chairman, to the effect that
he "felt on being elected to the posi
tion like a fellow invited to a wedding
feast when the other fellow got the
girl," shows that he is too small a
personage to ever be seriously con
sidered by a great party to serve in
any responsible position.
• • •
Cushman's speech bristled with
classic, comic, historic and patriotic
points and it gave him a standing
among the party's representatives such
as but few public men of this state
have ever before enjoyed. Cushman
got wrong on the commission proposi
tion, but he squared himself by his
• • •
Some of the prominent spectators
seen at the convention were: Hon.
Harry L. Wilson, minister to Chili; ex-
Senator John L. Wilson, proprietor of
the P.-I.; Hon. Levi Ankeny, the Walla
Walla banker; ex-Governor John H.
The vote by counties on the commission plank, which brought political
victory to Gov. Mcßride is as follows:
Counties No. Yes. Jefferson ... 8 .. Skamania .4
Asotin 6 King 45*4 44% Snohomish . 28
Chelan 3 4 Kitsap 10 .. Spokane ... 13 35
Chehalis ... 13 5 Kittitas 11 Stevens .... 12
Clallam .... 5 3 Klickitat ... 11 .. Thurston .. 15
Clarke 17 Lewis 10 10 Wahkiakum .. 6
Columbia .. 10 .. Lincoln 13 Walla Walla 21
Cowlitz 18 Mason 2 5 Whatcom .. 29 ..
Douglas .... 3 3 Okanogan .... 6 Whitman .... 23
Ferry 4 2 Pacific 10 Yakima 16
Franklin .. 2 .. Pierce 18 31 „
Garfield 7 San Juan... 6 .. Totals 262 V* 308U
Island 2 2 Skagit 18
McGraw, ex-Governor Miles C. Moore
and ex-Governor Watson C. Squire, all
of whom have been or are prominent in
the political affairs of this state. Mr.
Wilson and Mr. Ankeny are both prom
inent aspirants for the United States
senatorship at the hands of the com
ing legislature.
• • •
Austin Myres, from Kittitas county,
failed to get the chairmanship of the
state central committee, and thus was
his political idol for two years to come
shattered in one fell swoop.
• • *
When the newly-elected state central
committee selected Hon. Ellis Morri
son for chairman, a man was placed
at the helm of the campaign that will
be fair to every candidate on the ticket
and fair to the senatorial aspirants
who will come before the next legisla
ture. Mr. Morrison is an able and
sagacious campaigner and will make
a gallant fight, and it is here predict
ed he wil roll up for his candidates in
the neighborhood of a 16,000 majority.
• • •
Stanton Waburton's anti-railroad
speech in the convention was one that
could not be admired even by Wabur
ton's best friends. It bristled with
exaggerations, hypothesis and absolute
falsehoods and was also interspersed
with occasional sparks of vulgarisms
such as only Waburton is capable of
doing at a public gathering where la
dies occupy prominent seats. No man
in the state is more generally disliked
than Waburton, and it can be safely
said that Mcßride has hooked on to a
dead one in Tacoma in tying up with
* * ♦
Sam Piles may have been speaking
for a specific object and for his own
personal interests, but no one can
deny that his speech was by far the
best one made on the floor of the
convention in defence of the railroad
corporations of this state. Sam's argu
ments could not be answered. They
were so sound, logical and eloquent
that even Preston himself arose and
admitted his inability to answer Mr.
Piles, and yet Mr. Preston is the man
who wants to go to the senate. If he
is unable to even compete with the
local railroad attorneys in a state con
vention, what a figure he would cut in
the United States senate among states
• • #
Without any intention of doing any
one an injustice, The Republican is
inclined to believe that the four
speeches of the convention were Cush
sman's, Thompsons', Piles' and How
ard's. Others made splendid short
takls, but lacked logic, reason and the
necessary proofs to substantiate the
glittering generalities made by them.
• • •
While Hon. J. H. Schively denied
any intention whatever of making a
speech, yet the terse remarks made by
him on retiring fr»m the chairman
ship of the central committee were
timely and met public approval, as but
few other remarks in the convention
did. Mr. Schively's advice to the party
to support the candidates when nom
inated and to get rebaptized in party
loyaity brought forth the wildest en
thusiasm and somehow or other when
he was making the remark most of the
delegates turned to look at Tom
Humes anu Senator Frink. At Humes
because he was charged with bolting
the ticket in 19uO, and at Frink be
cause he was defeated by the Humes
* • •
Evidently Louis Osborn. of Thurs
ton county, has decided to become
the Republican mascot of this state.
Two years ago Will Morris and others
brougfit L m to Seattle from the state
convention and exhibited him as a sec
ond Jimmy Ham Lewis, whom he to
some extent resembles, and this year
he showed up again at the state con
vention wearing the same outfit
bougni by Mr. Morris and trying to
assume the airs of Dude Lewis to the
minutest detail. He is a convention
mascot, and if he will just hold out
no Republican convention will be com
plete without him.
• • •
The eulogy pronounced on Hon.
William McKinley by the Hon. Wesley
L. Jones was a most excellent one,
and such a eulogy was highly appre
ciated by all present and would have
been as highly appreciated in any Re
publican convention in the United
States. Mr. Jones, for the time that
was left to him to talk, made a most
excellent address and shows that he is
an able legislator and the convention
did Itself pround and honor when it
renominated him by acclamation along
with Mr. Cushman to return to the
halls of congress and there defend the
rights of the state of Washington and
the public in general for two years
» • •
As usual Hon. S. G. Cosgrove was a
delegate from Garfleld county and as
usual Cosgrove entertained everybody
with nis usual supply of good campaign
stories. Mr. Cosgrove always has a
story to fit every awkward situation
that arises in a state convention and
it is here predicted that that one of
these days he is going to tell a story
that will land him in the gubernatorial
chair of this state, and should such
happen you can smoke it in your pipe
right now that he will make one of
the best governors that the state of
Washington ever had.
» • •
The convention did not leave very
much for the coming Democratic con
vention to takf exceptions to nor make
political capital of, and for that reason
Dave Larimer, the past master jour
nalistic prevaricator of the state, was
so blue and grum by the time the
"We are heartily in favor of the policy of President Roosevelt in regard to
the reclamation of arid lands; and our delegation in congress is iu>tructed to
use its efforts in securing the establishment of reservoirs in this state.
"We endorse the course of Senator Addison G. Foster and Congressmen
Wesley L. Jones and Francis W. Cushman.
"We favor a law providing for the safeguarding of all machinery, places
and appliances in mills, factories, or other workshops of this state where the
character of such dangerous machinery, places or appliances will so permit, with
adequate penalties for the violation of such laws, and such other and additional
legislation as may be necessary to carryout and enforce the principle here in
"We also favor an eight-hour labor law on state and federal work, except
ing in cases of emergency.
"We favor practical legislation for the improvement of public roads of
the state and the advancement of the good roads movement.
"We are in favor of the passage by the next legislature of .'in ami pass bill
in compliance with the provisions of our state constitution.
"We are in favor of the passage of a bill by the next legislature establish
ing a railroad commission, to consist of three members, to be appointed by the
governor, no more than two to be taken from the dominant political party, said
commission to be clothed with power to regulate freight and passenger rates, to
determine the value of railroad property for purposes of assessment and taxation,
to prevent unjust discriminations, and to inquire and remedy such, abuses as may
be found to exist."
The Republicans of the State of Washington, assembled in convention in the
city of Tacoma, congratulate you upon the providence which has preserved your
life for the work and labors to which yo i have consecrated yourself. They ex
press their unqualified approval of the domestic policy of your administration and
as representatives of the dominant party in this state, commend the wise and
vigorous course of the administdation in the foreign affairs of this nation with
reference to the Philippine question.
The Republicans of the State of Washington are in entire sympathy with
you in your brave stand for the common people of the United States and pledge
to Theodore Roosevelt their support and votes for 1904.
convenuun adjourned to prompt some
one to ask: "Has the convention stole
your thunder, Dave?" Dave, it is sur
mised, was the only true sore man
that loft the convention.
• • •
Ex-Governor Miles C. Moore, though
a delegate to the convention, wanted
it distinctly understood that he was
out of politics and stood ready and
willing to administer the water cure
to the Seattl editor who wrote that
he was a candidate for the United
States senate. Mr. Moore seems no
older than on former convention occa
sions, and if he keeps attending con
ventions the first thing he knows he
will be dead up against some kind of a
• • *
There was not much senatorial talk
about the convention, though Mose
Gottstein wiggled about among the del
egates, talking Preston, until every
time he went by the gang looked the
other way and smiled, but Mo3e did
not seem to catch on.
• • «
C. A. Lucas, of Portland, Oregon;
I. F. Morris, of Seattle; Andrew R.
Black, of Seattle; John H. Ryan, of
Seattle; D. W. Griffin, also of Seattle,
and John F. Cragwell, the well-known
Cuban and ex-slave holder, were all
visitors to the state convention.
• • •
Thirteen of Spokane's delegation re
fused to obey their county convention
instructions. The instructions, it must
be admitted, were poor, but it was
poor politics on the part of the del
egates to do other than carry out their
convention instructions.
• • •
Pierce county convention instructed
its delegates to work for an elective
commission, but despite that 31 out of
the 49 voted for an appointive. Per
haps the boys win be able to square
themselves with their constituents,
but it is very much doubted.
• • •
Sunday School Lewis, who does poli
tics while pretending to be conducting
a Sunday school, was clearly out of his
realm in a state convention and stood
about among the influential men of the
state looking like a glad dog for being
allowed to get in.
• « •
The King county Democrats, in con
vention assembled, last Friday nomin
ated the following ticket:
Sheriff—Ed Cudihee. Seattle.
Treasurer—John Schram, Seattle.
Auditor—Harry Dresse, Seattle.
Superior Judge—G. Meade Emory.
Prosecuting Attorney — Fred D.
Clerk—Fred H. Pike, Seattle,
Assessor—W. L. Livesly, Vashon.
Supt. of Schools —I. B. Rich, Seattle.
Coroner —Dr. Will A. Shannon, Seat
Justice of Peace—G. A. C. Rochester.
"We pledge an economical administration of state and county affairs."
Respectfully submitted by the chairman.
Wilson Steals A March
Ex-Senator John L. Wilson, hated above all men by the Turner hench
men in the Spokesman-Review editorial rooms, has stolen a march upon
the enemy. He has acquired a minority interest in the Review Publishing
Company, the corporation legally responsible for the unclean news down
the street, and therein lies the secret of the present troubled days at the
Tall Tower. The complete story of the affair runs something after this
As an instance of the prosperity that seems to have overtaken the far
west, it is currently stated on the streets of Spokane that the Spokesman-
Review Publishing Company values one share of its stock, per value $10, at
$1,000, and would be willing to pay that amount to secure its cancellation.
This offer, it should be explained, does not apply to all the outstanding
stock of that corporation, but only to one share now held by one Mr. Sammy
Perkins, manager of the Tacoma Ledger, in trust for John L. Wilson.
The fact is that Mr. Wilson, always referred to by the Review as "pro
prietor of the Post-Intelligencer," is now one of the proprietors of the
Spokesman-Review, having secured control of one share of stock. His hold
ing is not large enough to influence the policy of the Review, but is amply
large to cause an immense amount of perturbation on the part of the man
agers of the news trust. His holdings entitle him to inspect the boows
of the corporation, to vote at its elections of trustees and officers, and to
have a wee small voice in its councils, and the Review fears that Mr. Wilson
will take advantage of the opportunity.
Some time since, the Review re-organized its corporation, and re-issued
its stock. In so doing, no account was taken of various small holdings in
the middle east, the managers evidently intending to leave those shares to
Providence. News of one of these holdings reached Mr. Wilson, and Provi
dence, in the shape of Sammy Perkins, promptly took charge of one share
of stock. Then the said stock was sent to a prominent attorney of Spokane,
with instructions to present it to the Review Publishing Company to be
taken up, in order that a new certificate could be issued to Mr. Perkins. The
old certificate, properly assigned and endorsed, was presented for exchange
early this week, but up to date no new certificate has been issued.
It is said that the attorney who presented the stock for transfer was
unable to learn the names of the officers of the corporation, or any facts
connected with its business, but that the genuineness of the certificate was
admitted. The attorney thereupon stated that unless the requisite informa
tion was forthcoming at once, or a little before at once, proper proceedings
in the courts would be taken to enforce the rights of the "stockholder."
Since that time, there has been wailing and gnashing of teeth in the busi
ness office of the Review company, for to uncover its methods to Mr. Wilson,
even as a stockholder, is certainly a most unpalatable dose. It is said, how
ever, that the Review company, like all really great organizations, knows
when it is "up against it" and will take its medicine with as good grace as
possible. In the meantime, the price offered for that particular share of
stock is said to have gone up to $1,000, but it is not on the market at that,
or any other figure, for the owner realizes what it means to be a stockholder
of the Review, and to be entitled to a share of the dividends paid, and a
voice in all its councils.—Spokane Spectator.
Surveyor—S. W. Miner, Seattle.
Constable—Joseph Shea, Seattle.
Wreckmaster —W. L. Gale, Seattle.
State Senators—3oth dist., Isaac P.
Calhoun; 21st dist., T. G. Smithers;
32nd dist., Paul Land; 33rd dist., James
Conway; 34th dist., William Hickman
Moore; 35th dist, C. G. Brotche; 36th
dist., E. O. H. James; 37th dist., Wm.
State Representatives—4oth dist, E.
L. Merrifield, W. Greenleaf, Wm. Coch
ran; 41st dist., A. Atkinson, J. Mc-
Cann; 42nd dist., J. H. Boyce, W. J.
Ivery; 43rd dist., Burton E. Bennett,
J. H. Gillouly; 44th dist., W. E. Ryan,
W. Summerfield; 45th dist., C. B.
Blethen, Daniel Murphy; 46th dist.,
Robert Welsh, W. M. French; 47th
dist, L. M. Stern, T. J. Church.
County Commissioners—lst dist., T.
M. Daulton; 3rd dist., W. J. Trimble.
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