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TETISOJVS IJV THE TVBLIC EVE A. L. Walters has been retired by Mayor Cotterill from the superintendency of the streets of Seattle, which means that, he will, if he does as he once did, bellyache around until some future mayor of Seattle reinstates him. C. R. Case, who succeeds A. L. Walters on the board of public works, like Walters, is never happy unless he is holding some kind of a public office. He like Walters, may be a very efficient man for the place, but he always wants to be in the political lime light, A. J. Sigurdson will be a candidate for councilman. For eight years Sigurdson has held a desk in the office of county clerk, but he is no more satisfied with the favors of which he has been the recipient than if he had only been there a month. This mania to hold political positions, when once it gets hold of a fel low sticks to him closer than a brother. Claude C. Ramsey, one of the popular business men of the city, is said to be listening to the buzz of the councilmanic bee for Seattle at the coming elec tion. If he really enters the race he is almost cer tain of being one of the nominees. Mr. Ramsay has political ambitions, as has most men, and if he wins an easy victory in the race for councilman of Seattle he will be in line for state and, perhaps, national honors. He is one of Seattle's ideal citi zens. William Wallace Chapin, former business manager of the Post-Intelligencer, but who is now chief owner of the Call of San Francisco, spent a few days in the city Christmas week. It is reported that he is certain of building up the Call and making of it as valuable a newspaper proposition as he did the P.-L Under his direction it is independent in politics, with Progres sive leanings, and non-combatant so far as other California towns are concerned. A. L. Taylor, general manager of the Post-Intelligencer, is in the East and will return about January 15th. Before leav ing he was asked if there was any truth in the report that, Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Chapin would sell their interest in the P.-L, and he laconically replied, "Not a particle. It's a good investment for them and why sell to seek for a place to put their money at one-half the returns they are now getting for it?" Alden Joseph Blethen, editor-in-chief of the Seattle Daily Times, has had a long run for his money in Seattle, but unless we mis take the signs of the times, as well as the movements of those he has so persistently and without cause or justification, antagon ized in the columns of his paper, "a hot time in the old town" is in store for him in the very near future. There may be nothing in the thirteen bug-bear so far as he is concerned, but he will be able to say next year, "my troubles in 1913 were many." Louis T. Harte, lieutenant-governor-elect, has been a visitor in Seattle for the past week and he gives it out that legislation so far as he will be concerned will not be in the interest of any particular county or community. That he was elected by the state of Washington, and not by Pierce, King or any other one county, and whatever he does will be in the in terest of all the counties. Mr. Harte and the balance of the Republican state ticket were elected by large pluralities and yet Lister, the Democratic guberna torial nominee, was elected by a small plurality. This is the second time in the history of the state that a Democrat was elected governor, and yet the lieu tenant-governor and the rest of the state officers as well as the legislature were elected by large Repub lican pluralities. John R, Rogers, Demo.-Pop., was re-elected governor while Henry Mcßride was elected lieutenant-governor, who became governor soon there after owing to the death of the governor. WISE AND OTHERWISE. Uncle Sam had $88,000,000 on which to begin busi ness for 1913, with prospects of increasing that sum many-fold before the year ends. He certainly is one wealthy old rascal. THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN Though parcels post throughout the United States has been in operation all of two days, yet no live skunks have been sent through the mails, though the Stuff that is delivered often smells like it. That Negro boy that drifted fifty miles out to sea in the branches of a coooanut tree and was rescued from his perilous position by a passing steamer, came pretty nearly sleeping with both eyes open while skimming the briny deep. Something like 800,000 citizens of the United States have within the past three years taken up their resi dence in Canada and British Columbia. Perhaps this is another case of the English returning to the British flag before the end of time. Now the much abused house fly is charged with spreading infantile paralysis in California. Why this monster of such hideous mien has not been charged with the fatherhood of the hookworm of the South is more than scientists will explain. During the fiscal year ending June 30 last, 10,585 persons were killed outright and 169,538 were in jured. It's plain to be seen that railroad negligence is doing more than the white plague ravages toward depleting the population of this country. ffJBM HB\ 1 The New York Tribune founded in 1841 up to the time of the death of Whitelaw Reid had had but two directing hands—Horace Greely until 1872, and Reid from 1872 until his recent death. That's what you call staying by a proposition. Jack Johnson and his wife were hissed from a ballroom floor in Chicago New Year's night. This is another true case of, he came unto his own, but they received him not. To protect the community from probable dynamite explosion a two-ton door has been placed at the mouth of a tunnel in the Catskill mountains, near New York City, in which tunnel many tons of dyna mite are stored for blasting purposes. However, the door would be of little protection if the stuff should explode—the mountain itself would come pretty close to being wrecked. Perhaps Hopkins Smith, the noted lecturer and ar tist, was correct when he said in a speech down in New Jersey the other day, "the general condition of CLAUDE C. RAMSAY FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, i 913. the Negro has not improved since his emancipation," but the Negro himself will deny the allegation and defy the allegator. Thirty-three iron and steel structural workers have been found guilty of dynamiting buildings and are now in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan sas. It's a long lane that has no turn. In resigning from his California job Louis R. Glavis of conservation fame demonstrates that he is lacking in stick-to-it-iveness. When that New York banker killed his young wife, and then committed suicide because he doubted her marital devotion, it was another proof against June and Juvember hooking up together. If there is anything in thirteen as a hoodoo there will be a hot time throughout Christendom for the next twelve months. Fifty years ago Abraham Lincoln had a heart to heart talk with his cabinet and as a result there were things doing in the South. TOPICS IN BRIEF. Most of them are merely editions de looks. —Boston Transcript. Every little merger has a dissolution all its own.—Wall Street Journal. What a pension-list those Balkan Allies are going to have! —Columbia State. What is wanted in the egg market is some means of taking the age out of stor age.—New York World. It cost "Uncle Joe" Cannon $3,012 to be fired, but the shot was heard all over the country.—Wall Street Journal. If the Turks refuse to meet the Greeks in London, they seem unable to escape their company in Epirus.—New York Sun. A head-line announces "Tremor in South Carolina." Governor Blease has evidently set foot on his native soil again.—New York Evening Post. Truly a hard coal situation.—Boston Transcript. "Turkey will reform." What, again?— Boston Transcript. The words "wool" and "fleece" have come to be synonyms under Schedule X.— Charleston News and Courier. The suffragette who threw her shoe at the judge certainly is for the Cause with her whole sole. —New York American. Perhaps Mr. Carnegie swears off his taxes on the ground that he's an eleemosynary in stitution.—Columbus, Ohio, State Journal. Although one can't approve of the lan guage of Governor Blease it would be in teresting to hear him put up stove-pipe.— Detroit News. Colonel Roosevelt says it costs him $10 a day for postage. He must be writing letters explaining how it all happened.— Milwaukee Sentinel. Maternal Pride. —Jim Laferty .had brought his mother to that haven of many of the city's unfortunates—the city poorhouse. Molly Laferty was still an active woman, but she bore no grudge to her children that they had left her to spend her last years in a city institution. After a time the matron, a kindly woman, thinking the time long for Molly, suggested she help with the mending. But Molly scornfully threw up her head and said: "Indeed, and it's not my son that would be after letting his old mother work."—Life. Might-Have-Beens. —"l might have married a mil lionaire," declared Every woman. "One of my old schoolmates is now one." "And several of your schoolmates are working right in this town for $10 a week," retorted Every man, "while one of them is in jail. I guess in mar rying a chap getting $1,500 a year your average is fairly good." And then Everybaby set up a howl and they had to stop quarreling to attend to him. Pittsburgh Post. A War Yarn. —The Turkish army has been "scat tered like wool," says a writer. It's "worsted," cer tainly.—New York Evening Post.