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The Seattle Republican
Single Copies, 10 Cents.
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
"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
This book may be found in the University
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
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.
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.
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—).

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