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VOL. XII, NO. 48 SEATTLE REPUBLICAN Established May, 1904. H. R. Cayton Editor and Publisher Susie Revels Cayton Associate SUBSCRIPTION RATES. One Year $2.00 Six Months 100 Three Months 60 Published every Friday at 816% Third Avenue. Entered at the Postofflce at Seattle as Second class Mail Matter. Seattle will relieve the South District of quite a few voters if she can once get her absobtion pump in perfect working order. The Direct Primary Law has worked like a charm in Oregon. The gang's slate was broken in many places, but what was the gang's loss was the people's gain. Stark Mad—only that and notbiu6 more—seems absolutely true of the editorial push of The Seattle Daily Times. The bombastic slush it daily emits about itself is bo silly that it is really nauseating. Griffin's Bee hopes to buzz in Everett as it once did in Seattle. Unless Griff has better success in keeping out of jail in the City of Smokestacks than he did in this city he can be truly styled, the Editor of the Cell. Governor Mead will call no extra session of the •-legislature, and he will not borrow money from the banks, hoping the next session of the lagislature will reimburse them. The idea is so impolitic that it is really silly. Colored Men who make up their minds that they can accomplish nothing because they do not get the best jobs in the land will find theirs a rough road to travel. Make up your minds that if you cannot be pudding you will be pie. Oregon, should the results of the recent Repub lican primaries be endorsed at the polls next June, will be able to do the Cakewalk stunt in the United States jam-up, Mr. Cake having been nominated for United States Senator one day this week. Publicity in all county affairs, financially, would be the means of saving to the tax payers many thou sands of dollars each year. If the county officials knew that every cent they paid out would be publish ed in some newspaper they would not be near so free in dishing it up to the gang. The Seattle Republican now occupies its own quarters and is printed with its own material. It is the purpose of the management to give our patrons the very beat service possible, and advertisers would be wise if they should investigate our claim to their patronage. How Can We Prevent Local Strikes is an edit orial headline. Try to be fair to both the consumer and the producer and watch the results. Right here within ten miles of the mines consumers pay as much for coal as do consumers in China for the same article; and yet we have heard of no coal rniner9 set ting the world on tire out of their earnings. SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 1906 Will Check Divorce Evil From practically all parts of the Union the pa pere are voicing public sentiment expressive of grat ification over the decision handed down last week by the United States supreme court, relative to the ille gality of divorces granted in states which do not have jurisdiction over both the parties concerned. The decision is reasonably considered to be an im portant check on the divorce evil, which has grown to scandalous proportions and is capping the very foundations of society. It goes a long way toward what has often been sought through legislation, though it is not to be supposed there will be any re laxation in efforts to secure uniformity in the divorce laws of the various states. Some measure of consternation has been felt in connection with the supreme court's decision be cause of the assumption that it would illegitimatize many thousands of children, and this point was brought out prominently in the dissenting opinion of Justice Holmes. This would, indeed, be a deplor able result, but it does not appear that it would nec essarily follow the decision except in cases where the divorce and subsequent remarriage of the party ob taining the divorce are attacked. In hundreds of caßes there is little, if any, probability of Buch attack being made. One or other of the parties may be dead, or both may have married again. Should the defendant in the divorce proceedings not attack the decree, it is not apparent that any one else is entitled to do so, and where the validity of the divorce is un questioned by the party entitled to bring the matter into court the legal status of children by a subse quent marriage should naturally remain unimpaired. The main effect of the present decision will be to end the present promiscuous granting of decrees whose validity, it is now shown, can be successfully altacked. There will be a practical cessation of short term residences in states like South Dakota, where divorces are easily obtainable, since it is demonstrat ed that decrees there granted are certainly voidable. —Spokesman-Review. Ownership Modesty, it would eeem, would pre vent Senator Ankney's paper from publishing such effusive editorials anent himself; but it does not. The real candidate for senator isD. B. Crocker, and Ankney is being used to furnish the cold and silent cash. Of course, Senator Ankney has no voice in the prooeedings, but in this we are reminded of the following couplet: •'.Yet, come it will, the day de reed by fate; How my heart trembles while my tongue relates." When Levi Ankney will be done to death by the Crocker-Stevenson bunch. The street care of Seattle will hereafter carry doge. The Seattle Argus thinks it fair inasmuch as they carry hogs every trip and we can see where that pa per is right.—Auburn Argus. Are we to understand from the above excerpt that Editor Gregory is exchanging compliments with Ed itor Chadwick? While one cannot always sometimes tell yet, The Seattle Republican thinks the in ference as to Chad, is not well founded, his peculiar grunts under certain conditions to the contrary, not withstanding. Democratic Discord seems the most sensible way to describe the Jeffersonian-Bryan party these days, but with such performers as Bryan, Tillman, Jeff Davis, Vardeman and their ilk what else except discord could be expected ? Explain Yourself PSICE TEN CENTS Is Grateful In Archbishop Ireland's speech of February 22, in Kansas City, to an audience of 10,000, His Grace made an eloquent plea for justice to the Negro, con tending that the solution of the Negro problem lies along the lines of charity and patience, both on the part of the white man and on the part of the black man. Among the archbishop's hearers was Bishop Abra ham Grant, of the Methodist body, who has written to His Grace to express his gratitude for the senti ments he expressed, "When," writes the Negro bishop, "such men as Rev. Thomas Dixon, Gov. Vardaman, of Mississippi, Gov. Davis, of Arkansas, and Senator Tillman, of South Carolina, are making strenuous efforts to con vince the world of the unworlhiness of the Negro and his inability to accept and appreciate a higher civili zation, your plea to an audiece of ten thousand for justice and fair treatment to him, came to my ear as a cooling spring to a thirsty soul. We have been waiting patiently for some time for one of the great men of our country, with national influence, to rise in the majesty of his manhood in the defense of a helpless people and simply state the facts with ref erence to this contingent of Americans, give counse and advice and throw a new lustre upon the s'ar of hope he'd out by President Roosevelt. "Eternity alone will make known the good you are doing along the lines indicated, and on behalf of a grateful people, I thank you."—lrish World. Definition of A Gentleman It will be remembered that a man who died re cently in Joplin, Mo., left a bequest of ,fIO,OOO for the purpese of distributing Mark Twain's definition of a gentleman among the members of the Y. M. C. A. In an address to the Y. M. C. A. of New York, Mark Twain took occasion to refer to this incident and to pay a beautiful tribute to his old coachman and friend. He said: "Here is a telegram from Joplin, Mo., and it reads : 'In what one of your works can be found the definition of a gentleman?' I never attempted to define a gentleman. I do not know exactly what it is. Of course, if they were to give me the $10,000 I would endeavor to find a definition. It seems to me that there was a verse read here from the Bible about justice, mercy—what was that third one?—yes, kindness. It seems to me that if any man has just, merciful and kindly instincts that he would be a gentleman, for he would need nothing else in this world."—Catholic Northwest. Silk is obtained from a species of shellfish known as the pinna, found in the Mediterranean. The shellfish has the power of spinning a silk which the Sicilians make into a very handsome fabric. The silk is spun by the shellfish in the first instance for the purpose of attaching itself to the rocks. The experts at the dead letter office in Washing ton received a letter a few days ago which had appar ently mystified every postmaster who had undertak en to decipher the address. The superscription on the envelope read : "Mr. George Robinsno." Then there followed a picture of four dice, underneath which was a picture of what looked like a house boat, a can of tomatoes and a hand saw. In an in stant an expert in the dead letter office wrote out the complete address. It was: "Mr. George Robin son, Fordyce, Arkansas."