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The Seattle Republican. (Seattle, Wash.) 1???-1915, March 15, 1907, Image 1

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Published every Friday at 816% Srd Ay.
H. R. Cayton or and Publisher
Susie Revels Cayton Associate
One Year $2.00
Six Months 1.00
Three Months 60
Entered at the Postofßce at Sea* .c, as Second
Class Mail Mattel.
The direct primary bill having run the
gauntlet of both houses as well as guberna
torial approval, it is now a legal fixture and
the politicians will have to cut their cards
accordingly. The law will become operative
at once, an emergency clause having been
passed along with the bill, and its first test
will occur in Spokane at her next municipal
election, which will choose a successor to
Mayor Daggett, a Democrat, who two years
ago was elected, overcoming a big Repub
lican plurality. This first test will be eager
ly watched by the politicians all over the
state and especially by the members of the
legislature, many of whom voted for it, not
because they loved it, but because their con
stituents demanded that they do so. The
bill was not passed without meeting op
position of the most pronounced type by the
"regulars" in the Senate with Senator
Rands voting against it to the very last
# # #
The direct primary law is neither the Sen
ate's, the House's, nor the League's bill, but
a cross between them all, and while it seems
lame in some places, yet on the whole it
looks to be a very conservative as well as
effective measure, and, it is hoped, will give
the people complete relief from domineering
and evil designing politicians, who, in the
past, have "done politics" for the sole pur
pose of selling out to some one, who was al-,
ways ready and willing to climb into politi
cal ascendancy by the money barrel route or
the check book system. It is also believed
that the passage of the measure puts such a
crimp in Senator Ankeny 's senatorial aspira
tions to succeed himself, that he will never
be able to straighten out.
# # #
Papers in the state that have opposed the
passage of the direct primary bill have so
repeatedly branded it "a John L. Wilson
measure" that a great majority of the vot
ers throughout the state have come to look
upon it as having been fathered through the
legislature by Wilson and that he (Wilson)
was directly responsible for its now being
on the statute books of this state. Such be
ing a fact, the Hon. John L. Wilson has
again suddenly jumped into political prom
inence in the state and you should not be
surprised if he does not dictate many of the
coming nominations for state and county
offices and almost name the United States
Senator who will succeed Senator Levi An
keny. It is claimed that the Post-Intelligen
cer, the Tacoma News and Ledger, the Olym
pia dailies and the Everett Herald have gone
into a political pool with Senator Wilson as
director general, and if the same be true
there will be something doing before the next
state nominations will have been pulled off.
Perkins is away and Wilson is on the field
with power to act.
# * #
Levi Ankeny may be a candidate to suc
ceed himself as United States Senator from
this state, but such is not the consensus of
opinion at this time. Prominent anti-Wilson
members of the late legislature made no
bones in declaring that in their opinion the
death knell to Senator Ankeny's re-election
was sounded when a majority of the mem
bers of the legislature recorded their votes
in favor of the direct primary bill. Senator
Ankeny is anything but generally popular,
notwithstanding the fact he has many
staunch friends among the farmers of East
ern Washington. While no one seems to know
as to whether Representative W. L. Jones
will be a candidate for United States Sen
ator to succeed Ankeny or not, yet it is
generally believed that in case he is he will
get at least two votes to Ankeny's one in
Eastern Washington and more than hold his
own with Ankeny in Western AVashington,
which would mean the selection of Jones in
stead of Ankeny for senator in 1909.
* * #
Around the Ankeny circle many political
satelites, shrewd and sagacious, flit, and they
are men who do politics and will not give
up without a fierce struggle. If they are
able to make a decent showing to Senator
Ankeny he will furnish to them the necessary
sinews of war and with them at their fingers'
end a battle royal will be the result. If they
should bring out a strong candidate for Unit
ed States Senator in Yakima County they
would weaken Jones at home. Strong can
didates for Senator in Spokane, Pierce, King,
the Southwest and the Northwest counties,
and the political situation would be so be
fuddled that Ankeny might win almost with
out effort. Of course other candidates might
do the same thing, but Jones would not have
the money to operate such a machine, hence
Ankeny would be able to take complete ad
vantage of the political situation and suc
ceed himself.
# * #
Already some political skirmishing is going
on in the gubernatorial field. It is claimed
that both Senator Ankeny and Senator Wil
son are flirting with Gov. Mead. The An
keny forces pretend to want to back Mead
for renomination with the view of forcing
Wilson to take him up. Ankenyites think
Mead a weak candidate and if by some hook
or crook they can force him on to Wilson it
will divide the latter's personal strength
throughout the state. As many of Wilson's
closest political workers oppose Mead's re
nomination and he (Mead) will soon be an
elephant on Wilson's hands. Dave Crocker
is playing highball with the view of making
a home rim as soon as the light begins to
sufficiently dawn for him to see a refuge hole.
# # #
While W. H. Paulhamus has repeatedly de
clared he was not seeking the gubernatorial
nomination, yet rumor has it that he is en
deavoring to cut his political cards in such a
manner as to bring about a popular cry from
the people that lie be nominated for govern
or. He has taken the lead in the cause of
the insurgents on the floor of the senate,
which has given him more notoriety than any
of the others got. His successful fight in hav
ing Railroad Commissioner McMillin return
his unearned salary to the state has made
him even more popular than he was before
and at the closing session of the legislature
a blander and a broader smile spread over
his face when some one^ would whisper '' Gov
ernor Paulhamus" in his ear than when the
session first began; hence there must be some
thing in it.
# # #
Just as was predicted by the Seattle Re
publican some weeks ago, the Ross investi
gation committee found nothing in its over
hauling of the state land commissioner's of
fice that in any wise reflected on his method
of conducting the affairs of the office or his
personal integrity. Yea, instead of Ross be
ing censured he is stronger in the public eye
now than he was before the investigation.
The investigation, however, did bring out
the fact that the state land commisisoner's
office was sadly in need of legislative assist
ance and both branches of the legislature
hastened to pass measures which in the fu
ture will greatly relieve the land commission
er of many obstructions which hindered the
businesslike conduct of the office. The ma
licious spirit that prompted the investigation
made a desperate effort to pass one or two
measures that would cripple Ross, but in
that a most signal failure was the result.
# # *
How remarkable that lifelong Republicans,
who have never shown any inclination to in
jure their fellow partisans, should so
far forget their party allegiance to chase off
after false gods as did those Republicans
who tried to injure Commissioner Ross be
cause a Democratic newspaper had demand
ed it. The very Republican that introduced
the resolution in the senate asking for an
investigation of the state land commission
er's office, at the suggestion of the Seattle
Daily Times, knew from personal experience
that that paper's only political stock in trade
was the publishing of malicious lies about
Republican candidates, and in many in
stances his personal friends, and yet he was
influenced by the vile lies of the Times to
put a Republican on the political rack. How
ever, as said above, Ross was not hurt, and
if the other fellow got any fun out of it
Ross has no objections.
# # *
At last the state of Washington has been
separated into congressional districts, and

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