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also recently bought one line from a private company; and the same is
true of Dresden." Suppose that each family can save one hundred dollars per year upon water, light, heat, transportation and telephone service, at the end of ten years it will amount to one thousand dollars and interest. It will l)e almost enough to secure a good home for the family. It is not so much what we make as what we save that increases our capital. Every voter and every family is directly interested in the ownership of the public utilities and the getting the use of them at cost. In Hull. THE WORLD'S "RICHEST TWO DOZEN." John D. Rockefeller, New York City $600,000,000 Alfred Beit, London, England 500,000,000 Andrew Carnegie, New York City 500,000,000 Joseph B. Robinson, London, England 350,000,000 General Luiz Terrazas, Chihuahua, Mexico 290.000,000 William Rockefeller, New York City 200,000.000 Prince Demidorff, St. Petersburg 200,000,000 Sir Jervoise Clarke, Adelaide, Australia 150.000,000 The Duke of Sutherland, Stoke-on-Trent, England 135,000,000 Lord Strathcona, Winnipeg, Manitoba 125,000.000 J. Pierpont Morgan, New York City 125,000,000 Marshall Field, Chicago 110,000,000 Lord Robert Iveagh, Dublin, Ireland 110,000,000 Mrs. Hetty Green, Bellows Falls, Vt 100,000.000 Russell Sage, New York City 100,000.000 Henry M. Flagler, New York City 100.000,000 Thomas Dolan, Philadelphia, Pa 100.000.000 Senator W. A. Clark, Butte, Mont 100,000,000 Earl Grosvenor, London, England 80,000.000 Lord Mount-Stephen, Quebec, Canada 75,000,000 George W. Ross, Montreal, Canada 75,0000,000 Isidore Cousino, Santiago de Chile 75,000,000 Archbishop Conn, Vienna, Austria 75,000,000 Alphonse Heine, Paris, France 75,000,000 Mr. Rockefeller's wealth has been estimated at anything from these figures to $1,000,000,000. This rating is an estimate made by one of New York's leading financiers. FOR RENT BEING SEEN IN SEATTLE Unless the signs of the times, as well as the signs "for rent," are sadly misleading, the landlords of Seattle are destined to give her the worst black eye that she has ever had. To the surprise of the true Seattleite there are to be seen today on Second avenue between Yesler and Pike two large storerooms with "For Rent" in their windows, which signs have been there for the past week. Such a thing has not been seen in Seattle since 1896, and, on general principles, there, is no excuse for it being seen at the present time, save and except that the greedy and avaricious landlord is not willing to live and let live. These stores that are vacant at present are only one-story blocks, whose erection did not cost to exceed a thousand dollars, and yet the owners of them have steadily increased the rent of the properties from $30 per month in 1896 to .+3OO per month at the present time, and small business concerns have found it utterly impossible for them to do more than work for the landlords; hence they are gradually going out of business, and "For Rent" cards are appearing in the windows where but a few months previous flourishing business appeared. Re tailers all along First and Second avenues are feeling the same busi ness distress, and unless the avariciousness and greed of the landlords be checked, curbed or regulated Seattle is doomed to a business stagna tion that will give her a serious financial black eye. A retail shoe dealer, it conies to us, has to pay $400 per month rent for the room he occupies, besides his other expenses in the way of light and water, which amounts to another $100, which brings the monthly rental of the concern up to $500, to say nothing of the help it must necessarily employ. The firm doing business under such a financial pressure must either rob his customers to a "final fare fare-you-well." or he must go broke and quit business. If the storerooms continue to bring any rent at all it is up to the landlords to make some kind of adjust ment of the expenses the merchants have to encounter in order to do business in this man's town. This condition is not only as to storerooms, but it is even worse as to office rooms. But a few months ago and in order to get an ffice THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN England, there is a two-cent fare on all lines for all distances. Liverpool, Glasgow, Sheffield, Hull, Salford, Sunderland, in Eng land, and Aberdeen and Dunde in Scotland, and Cardiff in Wales, all show that under municipal ownership street car fares have been re duced fifty per cent. ' What can be done in the old country can be done in Seattle. Seattle, with her splendid water falls and electric light plant and inexhaustible supply of water, can furnish cheap transportation serv ice and beat all of Judge Dunne's cities above mentioned. The wealth of the Rothschilds, Vanderbilts, Goulds and Astors usually is quoted as though those great estates were undivided, the 20 families of the Rothschilds being given as $650,000,000, of the 14 Van derbilt families as $450,000,000, of the five Gould families as $150,000, --000 and of the Astore as $150,000,000. Said to be Civil List. Worth. Nicholas 11., czar of Russia ....'. $7,500,000 $1,200,000,000 Muzaffar-ed-din, shah of Persia Absolute 1,000,000,000 Abdul Hamid 11. sultan of Turkey 10,000,000 600,000,000 Leopold ll..king of the Belgians 700,000 350,000,000 Tsait'ien, Kuang-att, emperor of China Absolute 5,000,000 Menelik 11, Emperor-Negus of Abyssinia.. Absolute 5,000,000 Mulai-Ebd-el-Aziz* emperor of Morocco... Absolute 5,000,000 Wilhelm 11, kaiser of the German empire. .0 3,780,000 4,000,000 Edward VII, king of Great Britain 2,300,000 1,500,000 Mutsuhito, mikado of Japan 2,250,000- 1,500,000 Chulahornkorn I, king of Siam Absolute 1,500,000 Victor Emmanuel 111, king of Italy 3,080,000 1,250,000 Alfonso XIII, king of Spain 1,430,000 1,000,000 Francis Joseph 11. emperor of Austria-Hun gary 2,775,000 1,0000,000 one had to put in his or her application months ahead for the first vacancy. Suites of office rooms brought all the way from $50 to $100 per month. At the present writing office rooms can be found in pretty nearly every big block in the city, and if all the blocks are con structed that are now under headway of construction and planned to be finished within the next few months, there will soon be hundreds of offices "for rent." There is the same reason for this as is found for the storerooms being vacant. The landlords simply want to sell their rooms over to their tenants every month and then kick them out whenever they can find somebody else who will gave them a dollar's raise. As a result of this "gouging policy" on the part of the landlords, men who would be doing business in nicely furnished office rooms are doing whatever they can on the curbstones or are jungled up with someone else to save expenses. Now it begins to look as if the most of the suckers have caught on and will not stand for being bled any more by the merchant and the professional men, and unless they can find a sufficient number of suckers to bleed to pay these exorbitant rents it will be utterly impossible for them to continue in business; hence the "For Rent" sign will become a familiar sight in the store and office windows. We repeat, it is up to the landlords to either remedy the evil right away soon or see many hundred times as much more "For Rent" Bigns in the near future. The landlord has been playing the "get rich quick" game a bit too long and the tenderfeet have caught on. There is no reasonable excuse for the owner of a rentable block to expect to double his investment money every year. Persons who can realize 10 per cent on their money, for the most part, feel very well satisfied; but the Seattle landlords strive each year to double their investment money. If you do it, mark you well, you will do so at the commercial injury to your town and to your own property. Do not get financially drunk over "Seattle is the gateway to the Orient," for it does not take very long for the determined American to erect a new gate as well as a new gait to any old place. THE FOURTEEN MILLIONAIRE MONARCHS. FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 1905.