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The Seattle Republican
Single Copies, 10 Cents. That it would be an almost irreparable dis grace for the voters of Washington to elect Bob Hodge governor is the consensus of opinion of the men Governor Blease Hodge's Counterpart and women of the state, but should such a misfortune befall her it would not be the first time a human thing was elected to fill the highest office in the gift of one of the states of this union, for, but recently, South Carolina reelected a governor of whom the Baltimore Sun, one of the leading daily papers of the southeast, has the following to say: "The people of the United States do not admire black guards and ruffians and crooks, and there is no reason to believe that the people of South Carolina differ materially from those of the rest of the country in this respect — yet Blease has been portrayed as ;i black guard, ruffian, and crook combined. Cer tainly he is a man of unbridled temper and violent speech. The coarseness of his language on the stump in the present cam paign of itself would have been sufficient to bar him from any office of importance in any community of which we have ac quaintance. Vet he has received a larger vote than his chief opponent, Judge Ira B. Jones, who is represented as a man of char acter, ability and refinement." It is so repulsive as well as ridiculous to Americana for Japanese to commit suicide because of the death of their emperor that, Americans look upon it Commits Suicide To Pay Obeisance. as a form of insanity. In many ways the Japanese have made wonderful strides in the white man's civil ization, but they show a depravity in this respect that is simply blood-curdling. Had (Jen. Togo sold all of his belongings and given it to the poor and then he and his wife devoted the balance of their lives to the uplift of the Japanese instead of to war as he had been doing, he would have shown much greater respect for his dead emperor's memory. However such is a well established custom among them and it can not be overcome in a day. While Americans do not exactly commit suicide on account of the death of another, yet frequently both men and women go sor rowing all their days on account of the death of one near and dear, as though that would bring the departed back to life. The Americans' custom to that extent is almost as ridiculous as the Japaneses' and far more painful. To be parted for life from one you love is lamentally sad, but sac rificing yourself does not help or improve the situation with either the dead or the living. SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1912. CU'R'REJVT COMMEJS& Judge Black of Everett has boon nominated by the Democrats for governor of the state of Washington, and the Democratic Party's Big Black Ball eligible as the statute says, "any one elect ed to the supreme bench or any of the superior court benches of the state is in eligible to hold any other office in the state during the time elected for the judgeship." Judge Black's superior court judgeship will expire December 31st, 1912, and, if elected, h<> will not be inaugurated governor until some time in January. It is therefore plain to be wen that, he would in no wise bf) disabled on account of his past judicial obligations, Bul are not the friends as well as the opponents taking -Judge Black's candidacy entirely too serious? For there is no more probability of him being elected than there 18 of Theodore Roosevelt being elected president of the United States. De mocrats in this state have always been of an over-zealous turn of mind, when it came to wanting to be elected to an office and that too without any foundation Tor it. In an open air camp down on the Colum bia river below Portland. Oregon, George George U. Piper Rapidly Sinking. the last stages of consumption (tubercul osis). ITe is being tenderly eared for by his brother Fred ;m<l both live at the ex pense of Ted. Charley Piper is in Okano gan county in almost as poor health as is George, and he too is provided for by Ted. There, perhaps, was never a more brilliant family of young men in the Northewest than the Piper brothers and they have for the most part occupied honored [daces and posi tions among their fellowmen. The Pipers, however, had one besetting sin, that of boose fighting, which sadly beclouded their otherwise brilliant literary and political ca reers. Just why and how men with such brilliant minds will give up to the over-in dulgence of strong drink is one of the strange things in life, and yet they have always done so and perhaps always will. Alexander the Great, so says history, drank intoxicants to such an excess that he fell backwards from his throne and was killed, and as in his case so has it been through all the ages. Piper, it is reported, though but a man in the middle life, is now on his death bed. Isn't it sad? question has been raised, Is he eligible? There is no doubt, but that he is l r. Piper, once ;i polit ical power in the state of Washington, is bed fast and is reported in VOLUME XIV, NUMBER 29. Will sonic one vewed in the political craft of tlic gtate take the time and the patience to explain, why the chairmanship of the Republican State ('en- Central Committee Made a Mistake. tral Committee was put in the extreme southwestern part of the state and in the possession of a man with out political experience or state acquain tanceship. Mr. Rnpp runs an insignificant little daily paper that does not boast of a thousand subscribers and, so far as he is concerned, it is safe to say that none of the state candidates even know him. If the members of the Shite Central Committee had have used horse sense they would have wailed until after the primary election and consulted the wishes of the candidates as to the selection of ;i chairman of the com mittee. To win the fight in this state it will require united action on the part of all concerned and that too including the Republican papers, hut if the party is to be domineered by Sara Perkins and a few clacq uers in the interest of one or two candi dates, then there is grave danger of the whole ticket going down. Some one is morfkeying with the political buzz saw and it's a dangerous proceeding. Congress has appropriated $250,000 to de fray the expenses of the fiftieth annivers ary celebration <»i' 1 In* emancipation of Emancipated Slaves' Fiftieth Anniversary, the slaves in the United Slates, to be held in Washington City from September 22nd to 26th, 1913, and those having charge of the arrangements, are making prepara tions Tor it to be one of the remarkable gatherings of the twentieth century. Dr. Booker T. Washington has been largely responsible for the proposed celebration as well as for the appropriation. To represent the state of Washington at that celebration Gov. .Myron K. Hay has appointed 11. R. Cayton, S. P. De Boe and A. R. Black of Seattle; Roger Watts and J. 11. Ryan of Tacoma ; F. A. Stokes of Spokane, and C. C. Hancock of Concrete. Wonderful strides have been made by the emancipated slaves in the fifty years that have elapsed, and here and there in the United States persons born in slavery now fill positions of trust and honor not only in political and in business circles among themselves, but even in lines and places where he or she is the only black face to be seen and acceptably .so to a ma jority of the whiles present, all of which is most remarkable and quite commenda ble.