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THE PASSING THRONG
Captain Griffin, a jolly, good-natured Scotchman,
lives just below Hillman City, on the old Rentori
line. For some time past he has been in the govern
ment service, as inspector of boats. Like most other
Scotchmen, the captain ia very much a gentleman
and very gallant on a car loaded with women ; and
he ia always one of the first to give his seat to a lady.
The captain was recently going down to his home on
a car, and as it was soon crowded, he gave his seat to
a lady. The captain had about a dozen packages and
the lady volunteered to hold them while he was
hanging on to the straps with both hands, as the car
went whizzing around the corners. In one of the
packages was an alarm clock, which, it seems, was
loaded and ready for an explosion. As the car gave
a jolt while passing over a switch, off went the alarm
clock. The bearer of the captain's packages, think
ing it was an infernal machine, made a rush for the
door to dump all oE the packages overboard. It took
the combined strength of both the captain and Con
ductor Budd to keep the woman from the door until
an explanation could be made,
Speaking of Editor Griffin reminds me that he is
a great newspaper man. His field of action is from
Chicago to Portland, thence to San Francisco. He
carries ads in his paper from all the prominent
towns between the above points ; and it is truly won
derful the results obtained by the merchants from
those ads. Then he can have every Negro in all of
those states, counties and cities vote either the Re
publican or Democratic ticket, if only the candidate
whose name is on the ticket will "dig up" sufficient
dough to get the rabbit foot of his paper to working
Under our system of self-government the people
get just what they want; that is, just what they vote
for. If grafting and dishonesty in office is condemn
ed by the voters, if they refuse to return men to of
fice who have proven unworthy, you will soon find
that honesty and efficiency will prevail in all depart
ments. On the other hand if you will blindly vote
your ticket and return unworthy men to office, you
will find a corrupt machine in control that only a
revolution can dethrone. A wave of reform is sweep
ing over the country and it should be permitted to
permeate every department, from school director to
the United States senate.
Strutting about the streets of Seattle one day this
week, A. D. Griffin, the publisher of a weekly paper
in Portland, Oregon, was observed. "He," said an
acquaintance, 'Ms what I call a thoroughbred, Down
in Portland he asked for a drink in a saloon and was
refused on account of his color. But Griffln would
not stand for it, and flashed up a ten-spot on the bar
<»nd demanded a drink, which he got at once. The
nartender took the ten, remarking, 'this settles the
'.ill.' Griffln was too gritty to hollow, and sneaked
out looking as if something had hit him in his tired."
One of the three nice, large coaches on the old
Renton line has become a flat-wheel car and the
springs have been removed from one of the smaller
type. These changes, the patrons of that line be
lieve, have been made for the purpose of stimulating
the digestive organs of people traveling over that
road. That passengers may know the cars at sight,
signs are to be placee on each end, in large letters :
" Osgood's Appetizer."
The park commissioners want the water depart
ment to pay for the privilege of erecting a stand
pipe and reservoir in Woodlawn park and yet the
park commissioners expect free water. Could a
proposition be more inconsistent?
An Eastern paper tells a s*ory on a group of col
ored pallbearers that is too good to keep. It seems
thac while the pall bearers were lifting the coffin
from a train a ventriloquest, near by, threw his voice
into the casket and said : "Let me down easy, boys."
The pall bearers dropped the coffin and took to their
heels, but were finally rounded up a mile and a half
away. The ventriloquist was convulsed with laughf
ter, and in his mirth gave the joke away. He was
carried before the police judge of the city and fined
one hundred dollars.
Cutting down Jackson and Dearborn streets will
give the southeastern part of the city two splendid
avenues. The heavy grades on these streets have re
tarded the development of that part of the city and
now that this is to be speedily remedied property
values are rapidly advancing. Two lots that were
sold for taxes a few years ago, on Rninier avenue,
sold for $2,600 a few weeks ago.
The principal of the Columbia and Hillinan City
schools has chosen an unique subject for debate in
the high school department. It is, "Resolved, that
the most important event in the career of a barred
Plymouth Rock pullet is when she lays her first egg,
and not when she hatches her first chicken." The
school board is to act as judges in the contest.
A new disease has been discovered in the East
that would be a splenaid thing for water Iront cities.
The disease consists of being unable to stop running
once the victim gets a good start. Scientists are now
searching for the germ, and when it is discovered
grafters are to be inoculated and given a send-off
toward the river or bay fronting the city.
The principal in the Brighton Beach school has a
unique way of encouraging the children to increased
work. In his freequent dessertations he tells the
boys and girls how his own little boy does things,
and advises the schollars to emulate him. Children
are not geuerally slow in "catching on," and the
principal is being regarded as a huge j^ke.
What an unexpected rise has our own and only
John K. Brown taken during the reient hibernating
season, as he emerges with plans and specifications
for the imme'liate erection of a $125,000 home. He
is trying to palm it off as a misprint, but the public
believes it to be the real stuff, and that John K. has
been playiug "foxy grandpa" all thf se years.
The loss of human life in San Francisco has been
estimated at 5,000, and fleas—no doubt there wire
several billion. A resident of the unfortuna c city
will nevertheless rejoice over the wholesale destruc
tion of that pe&ky flea, whiou grows larger and fiercer
in San Francisco than any other place on earth.
One of the big Northern Pacific freight cars was
accidantly switched onto the sidetrack at Breighton
Beach. It was lo&dtd with fnrniture and general
household goods, and came iroio the east. The old
Renton line has a good >rale and large railroad cars
are freeqnently run over its tacks.
The time will no douot come when the admira
tion for and the beauty of our American railroad pas
senger trains will not be marred by the nerve-wreck
ing, jaw-breaking Dames usually given to drawing
room and sleeping cars.
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That is what we get—Results.
Mr. Eugine Harris, now engaged in court reporting
and land office work at Walla Walla, came to the Acme
a few years ago to study shorthand. Now he is in a re
sponsible position, with good pay.
.Recently he b lid to a friend: " All my success I owe
to the Acme Yusiness College."
Not nil. The Acme furnished the instruction; he
furnished brains—and work.
If you will work we will set you on the road to suc
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Corporation Counsel Scott Calhoun is back from
San Francisco and is of the opinion the half has
not nor will never be told of the distress and
suffering caused by the recent earthquake and