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The Seattle Republican
Single Copies, 10 Cents. -BLETHEJV'S CHIMES VOJSTT CHIME There was more than music in the air at the University of Washington last Monday after noon, for mingled with the sweet chiming chimes of the Blethens, a present to the University, were the excited protests of a number of the students against the fair fame of the University being put under everlasting obligations to Alden J. Blethen, whom they openly accused of buying a place of honor in the history of the state. The Student Paper, which is supposed to publish all of the news that's fit to publish about the stu dents and in the interest of the students, was suppressed by Presiden Kane because it con tained a vigorous protest against the University prostituting itself by receiving the tainted chimes. Not to be outdone, the students had their pro test published in a circular and distributed it as best they could. The daily papers of the city referred to it, but none of them reproduced it, and therefore The Seattle Republican, in order that the people may know the exact position of the students, gives it in full: "To the Regents, Faculty and Friends of the University of Washington: Ever since the announcement last spring that Mr. A. J. Blethen was the donor of a set of chimes to the University, we have felt that a protest should be made against the acceptance of this gift from Mr. Blethen, or of any gifts from men of like reputation and character. For justification of such an attitude toward Mr Blethen's chimes, we ask your candid considera tion of a few authenticated facts regarding his life. We have selected them from among many similar incidents and we reluctantly present them in the belief that they fairly exhibit the true character of the man who seeks to perpet uate his influence at our University. Minneapolis Activities. In Minneapolis, Blethen's activities were of an unsavory character. They are typified by an account which Mr. Ed. W. Bemis gives in "Mu nicipal Monopolies," page 659. Mr. Bemis quotes from a statement made in court (accord ing to the Minneapolis Journal, Feb. 10, 1896), by Judge Shea, counsel for Colonel Blethen. In this statement by Mr. Blethen's own attorney, it was disclosed that Mr. Lowry, President of the Street Railways of Minneapolis and St. Paul, desired newspaper support in one of the cities, inasmuch as his franchise was for animal power only and not very secure. After meetings be tween Blethen and Lowry at New York and St. Paul, Blethen purchased the stock of the Trib une for $250,000, and Lowry indorsed his pa per for the balance of $160,000 and the purchase price. "From that time," writes Mr. Bemis, "the edi torial policy of the paper was conducted in Mr. Lowry's interest and he was always consulted. At that time Anderson and Douglas made the cities a proposition for a cable line. Every paper in the city of Minneapolis favored it ex cept the Tribune, which fought it with fifty or more editorials. Some claimed that Mr. Lowry was part owner of the Tribune. Of course Blethen peremptorily denied the allegation. Mr Blethen was technically the owner of the paper, and it would never do to allow the people to know that Lowry had endorsed his paper for $160,000." This book may be found in the University Library. Backed White-Slavers. During the administration of Mayor Gill in Seattle, Blethen was a backer and friend of Lu dovic Dallagiaovanna and Chas. Berryman, of the "Alaskan" saloon. For several years Berry man was a keeper of a house of prostitution in this city. According to an editorial in the Post- Intelligencer of May 24, 1911, Ludovic was "commonly called the 'King of the Maques'." He was engaged in the business of conducting SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1912. houses of prostitution successively in Constan tinople, Paris, and Johannesburgh, South Africa. About six years ago he came to Seattle, made the acquaintance of Blethen, and went to Alaska. The relations of Blethen and Ludovic arc dis closed in the following incident: In the fall of 1906 in the District Court of Nome, Alaska, in the criminal case of the United States vs. Ludovic Dallagiaovanna, Case No. 492, Ludovic was indicted and convicted of the crime of keeping a disorderly house, and on June 21, 1907, paid a fine of $500 therefor. During the trial of that case, Charley Mitchell, formerly of Minneapolis, produced a letter from Col. A. J. Blethen to him (Mitchell) asking Mitchell to try to save Ludovic from conviction. This letter fell into the hands of the court and was read in open court. The judge took offense at the letter because of the corrupt proposal it sug gested and removed Charley Mitchell from the jury, on which he had been drawn, and scored Mr. Blethen for writing the letter. Probably the court's criticism of Blethen in this matter in spired the attacks that were made on Judge Al fred S. Moore by a certain Seattle newspaper a few months thereafter. Many times since the episode just related Blethen has lauded Ludovic in his paper and de nied any knowledge detrimental to that indi vidual's "good" name. The relations of Blethen and Wappenstein, who is now serving a term in the state peni tentiary at Walla Walla, are well known. Any one doubting the intimate connection of these two men will have their doubts removed by go ing to the Court House and examining the rec ord.s of the King County Grand Jury which met in the first part of 1911. Or, turn to the Seattle P.-1., which printed on May 24, 1911, Blethen's famous communication known as the "dear Wapp" letter. In that letter he frankly dis closed his connection as the personal advisor and supporter of Berryman, Wappenstein and the operators of the tenderloin district. We make due allowance for the biased posi tion of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which com mented on Blethen's career in an editorial of the issue referred to above; but we think it has not over-shot the mark. It stated: "Alden J. Blethen's whole journalistic life lias been a betrayal of public trust and a debauchery of public and private morals. It is a grim sar casm and irony on life that he has prospered financially amazingly; and yet the end now shows the complete and crushing ruin of a character already rancid and rotten. "Can anyone read the telegram or letter from Ulethen to Wappenstein, printed in another col umn, without realizing to the full, that this man is a panderer of vice, a partner of crimi nals, an inciter to law-breaking, a disorderly, disreputable degenerate?" There are persons who could explain why the indictment against him was dismissed. With the foregoing facts and others like them available to any honest investigator, how can the University of Washington stamp his char acter with the seal of its approval by becom ing the recipient of his charity? Typifies Anti-Social Forces. We believe that no institution of learning can be free to combat the sinister influences that per vade American society when it accepts dona tions from and erects monuments to men who typify these same anti-social influences. We thoroughly believe that from the standpoint of Mr. Blethen and his paper, the donation of these chimes to our University is the best financial investment they have ever made, since it will permanently handicap the institution which has been, and should continue to be, the strongest foe to the things which Mr. Blethen and his Kernel and Wappy. Moral Debauchery. VOLUME XIV, NUMBER 32 paper represent. Each day the Blethen Chimes will proclaim the supremacy of the false, the shame of sin, the triumph of the dishonest dollar. Each peal of its bells will testify that money can purchase respectability for any man no matter how sor did his character. Protest Not Too Late. We think our protest is not too late. With the co-operation of students, faculty and friends of the University we can secure the return of the $12,000 to Mr. Blethen, the erasure of the self laudatory inscription on the bells, and the re imbursement of the $12,000 to the University in the next appropriation of the legislature. We ask the Regents and officers of the Uni versity to refuse to compromise the University. W re call upon them either to secure the money from the legislature to re-imburse Mr. Blethen, or to sacrifice the necessary amount from our running expense account. Indeed, it were far better that the bells be taken down and the old water tower left as a shelter for pigeons, rather than it should rear or high the symbol of moneys transformation of personal impurity and civic dishonesty into emi nent respectability and civic virtue. Respectfully submitted, Tom Deering, Warren Hardy, Donald G. Coombs, George Coryell, Jr., Wm. K. Price, Stuart A. Rice, Ralph D. Casey, Hiram Bowen, Charles McKinley, Farnsworth Wright, John P. Raven, Benjamin F. Nelson, Thomas F. Swale, J. A. Younger, Arthur C. Brown, Oliver P. Sear ing, Joseph P. McMurtney, J. Vincent Roberts, Will Horsely, Ray Clifford, Burl Wilson, Chas. J. Powell, Jas. A. Laughlin, John W. Brisky, Joe Norton, G. Dolph Barnett, Gus Lybecker, Edmond N. Keenan, Edward Taylor, Noal F. Caywood, Ralph T. Taylor, G. Bernard Noble, C. Harold Grey, Fred L. Stetson, Chas. V. Henry, G. J. Fairbrook, H. Garner Wright, Ed Chabot, Ed Me Hugh, Richard Maney, Herman Anderson, Bertha M. Hanks, Hcllen M. Pinkerton, Margaret E. Jacobus, Allan A. Phillips, M. Nieder, Jr., Gordon H. Dickson, Geo. Hipkoe, Dollie Mc- Lean, Marie Mitchell. "ALL IS WELL" Recommended to Friends of the University of Washington as a Suitable Dedication Ode for the Blethen Chimes. Clang the Chimes—clang the Chimes, Help to glorify The Times; And the fame to which it's heir —All the* sins that "dailies" dare— Swell aloud from college walls; Peal through all the college halls. Slander's pence and scandal's dimes Here transform to silver chimes That shall tell, as they swell, "All is well, all—is—well." Rear them high, and let them swing For the Open-city Ring; Let them clang, clang, clang, For the glory of the Gang. Every hour of night and day Let the college echoes say, "Praise to all that get the dollars; "Learning talks, but money 'hollers'; "Hear us tell, every bell, "All is well; all—is—well." Champion of the den; and sty! Daily forty-page-long lie! Yet, despite its crimes, Praise The Times; clang its Chimes. Let them charm the ear of Youth; Let them swell its jeers at Truth And in '1 ruth's own court proclaim "Watch The Times go on and sell "All the news that's fit—(for h—). All—is—well."