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The Seattle Republican
Single Copies, 10 Cents. THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN is published every Friday by Cayton Publishing Company. Subscriptions, $3 per year; six months, $1.50; postage prepaid. Entered as second-class matter at the postoffice at Seattle. CAYTON PUBLISHING COMPAN", Inc. Main 305 427 Epler Block Seattle, Washington HORACE ROSCOE CAYTON, - - - Publisher SUSIE REVELS CAYTON, - - - Associate Though this paper, so far as the national ticket is concerned, is unalterably in favor of the Republican nominees, and the same is true of the state Republican nominees,.so Par as it now knows, yet it does not propose to support in its entirety the county Repub lican ticket. There are candidates on the Republican ticket in King county who do not merit the support of any one, who has the good of the community at heart and no party tie or party whip should force them to vote for such unworthy aspirants for pub lic office. The Seattle Republican does not recommend to its renders the unanimous sup port of the Republican county ticket and it will from time to time between this and election point out the undesirable candidates on the ticket. This paper resents anything that has the taint of Hull Moosevelt, yet it will recommend, so far as the county is con cerned, <it least one or two men for county offices. We need ;i good county government and we can get it if we only take the pains to vote for it. Uncle Sam has his hands full of unruly kids just now and unless he uses tact as well as the rod some of those unrulies are going to get him into serious complications. At present he has troops in Nicaragua, Mex ico, Cuba and Santo Domingo, where incipid revolutions are gathering momentum prep aratory to more serious and violent out breaks. The most difficult problem he has fop solution is the Mexican, as he may have 1o not only lick the Mexican government, but in doin.u so may get involved in commer cial complications with European powers that may precipitate the firing of the "gun" that will be heard 'round the w Torld. That young man that killed his father, mother and sister in order to get the insur ance policy must either be a Negro or an Indian as such moral degenerates are only found among that class of alleged species of the genus homo. If Woodrow Wilson should get every elec toral vote, as predicts Bryan, then Bryan will thoroughly understand it has not been Democracy that the people have been resent ing since he has controlled the party, but its presidential nominee. SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1912. Collecting Delinquent Subscriptions Collecting subscriptions on a weekly paper is exciting, interesting, amusing and fre quently annoying. It matters not how brim full and overflowing the publication may be of information and choice literary gems, those directing its destinies must "push it" to the limit or it will not grow in circula tion, and to accomplish this you find your self in an exciting game and holding just as good hand as your gift of gab can command. This stage of the game has its interesting phases for you must be well versed in the eccentricities of humanity that you may talk enough and not too much in order to bag your victim. However, in this age of the "installment plan," it's not so very dif ficult to enroll one's name on your subscrip tion books, if the cash is expected on some future date in the dim distance. It's amus ing almost to the explosive standpoint, while soliciting your victim how suddenly he or she, on learning that no cash at that time is to be required, becomes favorable and your soliciting comparatively easy. Pay day in the distance has but few terrors for many subscribers to publications, as many things can and may happen, which will en able said subscriber to dodge payment after the paper has been enjoyed a year or more. The paper is gratnd and glorious until pay day comes round, and after an exciting, in teresting and amusing chase you corner your victim and demand paymeni then for the first time you learn the paper was never ordered, that 1 hough it has been coming for a year or more it is never read or even opened and in fact is not wanted as, "I have not time to read it. Stop the paper and I will send you a check the first of next month," which, of course, is a subterfuge to get rid of the collector. If on the other hand the collector is persistent and con tinues to demand the money the insolence of the former subscriber becomes so annoying that the collector reaches the stage of want ing to fight, but your better judgment as serts itself, often on account of the avoirdu pois of the other fellow, and you fall back on strategy and diplomacy and in the end win out. Not long since a collector had him self put off a railroad train in the wee sma' hours of the night and hiked five miles into the country by Walker, Road & Company, to corner a badly delinquent subscriber. The time, the walk and the worry, were worth five times the delinquency, but the collector had become as determined that the sub scriber should not dodge the debt as the subscriber had that he would not pay the debt. The derelict was finally run down and the two met in a sullen mood. The greeting was not that of two friends. The collector noted the situation and used diplomacy. The subscriber was cornered and used sullen jiess. "I have no money and will not be able VOLUME XIV, NUMBER 30. to pay you for two months." Five miles' hot tramp over dusty roads to get nothing did not set well on the nerves. Diplomacy mingled with persuasion finally did the work, and a twenty-dollar debt was half paid, the paper continued as of yore, and a horse and buggy back to town were furnished. The experience, however, was more valuable than the money as the collector knows bet tr now how to handle the other subscriber similarly constituted. The person, who will pay for a paper if ordered is not so keen to subscribe and tin; solicitor should make a nole on the marginal lines of the subscrip tion contract, "this subscription was jumped at and the sooner a bill is sent the better for the publisher." in chasing the ever elusive subscriber, and of course delinquent, not Long since the writ er hereof found himself "forty miles from newhere," sitting down on the new mown hay and being shy of copy tor the next week's issue, a (ablet and pencil were brought forth and there, surrounded only by silent nature and a scorching sun, the editorial think-pol began to bubble and boil, and it was not long before the world was again about to be enlightened as only the various issues of the paper from time to time have done. Sitting there writing with the hope of making a dollar and likewise waiting with the hope of collecting a dollar, forcibly impressed the write! 1 that the pub lisher of a '"weakly" paper comes very near being of the people and knowing what they need both in the way of legislation and like wise in tiie way of a pisselm club to cure cussedness. The Chambers of Commerce, both of Se attle and Tacorna, have swung round the state this week for the purpose of renewing past acquaintanceship and forming new with the various cities. The idea is a most ex cellent one even if no more goods are sold than in the past. The business men of the various cities should to an extent know each other as well as the goods and wares each has for sale and exchange. If Seattle has nothing North Yakima wants, one thing is certain, North Yakima has lots that Seat tle wants and being a part of the same state North Yakima should be given the preference by Seattle. Thousands of dollars worth of fruits are allowed to go to waste in Yakima county that could be utilized in Seattle if it could l>e put on the market for a reasonable price. Therefore, getting acquainted may mean much toward solving the commercial problems of the day. If all the fakers at the state fair paid liberally for their concessions then it seems to us the state appropriation for the fair might all be turned back to the state treas ury.