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The Seactle Republican
SINGLE COPIES 10. GENTS THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN Is published every Friday by Cay ton Publish ing Company. Subscriptions, $2 per year; six months, $1.00, postage prepaid. Entered as second-class matter at the post office at Seattle. ~~CAYTON PUBLISHING CO., Inc. Main 305 422 Epler Block Seattle, Washington 'HORACE ROSCOeTcAYTON - Publisher SUSIE REVELS CAYTON FAKE NEWSPAPER INSTITUTE An alleged Newspaper Institute is to be held on the campus of the University of Washington next week, the program for which has been sent out. Now this institute is supposed to be a creature of the Washing ton Editorial Association and gotten up for the benefit of the Country Press and yet the speakers as advertised ar e all men from the big daily papers, who light the country press from start to (inish. One of the speakers of this institute was heard to remark some months ago, "I look upon the weekly papers as natural enemies of the daily papers and J always encouraged the mer chants to withhold advertising from the weekly papers as the same amount of money would do ten fold more good in the daily papers." Those connected with the journalistic department of the University of Washmg ton seek to make of those, who take courses therein, daily newspaper men, and no instruction whatever is given to the students as to how to conduct live country weeklies. There is more demand for strong weekly papers throughout the rural districts of the state than dailies and men and women in the Tniversity should be taught how to run strong weeklies. If they prove successes on weeklies they will sooner or later drift into larger fields. The fact of the whole matter is this seems to have been a shrewd move on the part Of Dr. Kane and his political "feSBUS," to get a number of the weekly publishers of the state at this University mc cl for the express purpose of feeding the press gang a lot of taffy for the purpose of keeping the editors of the state from criticising or opposing the bill, which he and his followers will ask the legislature to pass, appropriating a million and a half dollars lor the University of Washington, when less than halt th.it amount would be more than ample to meet the just needs of the school. Among the listed speakers there is not a single one in sympathy with the weekly press of the state, With the exception of A. A. Smith, of the Tribune-Times, of Pt. Angeles, and it is currently reported that he contemplates in the very near future leaving the weekly field and make a morning daily of his paper, it is safe to predict not to exceed -a baker's dozen of the publishers of the state will be present, and all because they see through the scheme. AVhen it comes to laying plans for getting the money, Dr. Kane and his political "fessus" are past masters. "The snow, the beautiful snow'" calls for coal the costly coal and that too when there is nothing to buy it with. There is not a destitute person in Col fax. declares the Gazette. Thai speaks well for the back to the soil movement. Fake sales may not be just the thing, but mer chants have to do something to make both ends mccl or this would lie a deserted city. The taxing of dogs may be instrumental in lessen ing the howl of dogs. Few dogs in the slate are worth paying a state and city tax for. Organized. labor leaders and their advisers are kept so busy defending their acts in court that they do not have time to agitate more strikes. Suppose a Catholic priest docs open the sessions of a legislature, will that make the actions of the body any better or worse.' Less bickering as to the brand of Christianity that is administered to suffering hu manity should be indulged in. If Christianity is any thing at all it is as good under one label as another. SEATTLE, WASH., FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 1913 If Camas is wsie she will steer clear of the boom that her paper reports is about to befall her. A growth slow and steady, is the kind that counts. An exchange asks, "Have you flalen off the w Tater wagon?" No, but I fell in the water wagon and got so cold that restoratives had to be administered. If the "Sun"' shines in February in Seattle, it will be out of the ordinary and it will mean hard Times for even the Star actor of the journalistic concert. Eastern Washington's "ice crop" may be one of her many very lucrative crops, but to the average per son in Western Washington its too cold for comfort. Perhaps the thirty-eight Jlabor leaders convicted of dynamiting are traitors to organized labor, but they are traitors not for their crimes, but for getting caught. Its alright to patrnoize "home sweet home" in a commercial way, but if all towns practiced it each community would simply build a Chinese wall around itself. Man at fifty is as much a man as he was at thirty, providing he acted a man in the interim between thirty and fifty, but he who did not is simply a makeshift for a man. It seems like a wilful waste of legislative time for the legislature to abolish capital punishment as the lawyers have done that without the consent of the legislature. It's a rather sad commentary on the Christian civil. ization for the government to have to pay a $25 prem ium each to mothers to bear children, lest race suicide overtake us. Owing lo the political posiiion of ihe former Ke publican organ of Seal tie. it begins to look as if the P.-I. is to be the Bone of Contention in the political arena of the State of Washington. If tin 1 coming legislative session lias any hopes of being the most popular in the history of the state, it will kill many of the damphool laws now in operation and then adjourn. Instead of raising so much "hell"' as .lack Johnson has been doing he has decided to buy a farm and raise hogs and hominy. This seems to be the most sensible thing -lack has proposed doing. January thirteenth, 1913 will be the worst hoodo day the Republicans of the Slate of Washington have experienced since 1897, when the political three ringed circus played in the State. There is more horse sense in spending !JC)00,000 at the Panama Exposition, providing it is judiciously expended for advertising the state, than there is in voting the University of Washington $1 ,'500,000. W. W. Black, judge of the Superior Court of Sno homish county, vents his spleen against (iovernor elect Lister by hoping Governor Hay will contest his election and skin him out on a Legal technicality, if by no other means. Judge Black is an old sore head and on the slate ticket he would have been a millstone about the party's neck. In hoping Lister misfortune his true self creeps out, "If I can not get it nobody else shall if I can prevctn it. See me." Mayor Cotterill's salary is $7,500 annually with necessary perquisites and yet he complains he is not furnished an automobile in which to do social stunts about the city. On what does Greal Caesar feed that he is to be so honored as well as pampered? Rev. W. D. Carter was responsible for ;i splendid emancipation proclamation program, the fiftieth an niversary of the emancipation of the Negro of this country. He is pastor of the Alt. Zion Baptist Church ami gives evidence of being awake to his work. VOLUME XIV. NUMBER 43 A COLLEGE WITH A CONSCIENCE (Wisconsin State Journal) Some weeks ago we reported in the news columns of this paper a story which is now agitating the whole state of Washington. Alden J. Blethen, the editor and proprietor of the Seattle Times, gave to the state university of that fast growing commonwealth a sei of chimes. As- former editor and proprietor of a paper in the city of Minneapolis, Blethen lias a record of sel ling for cash to a street railway concern the editorial policy and power of his paper. Since going to Seal tie he has worked with and for the most corrupting influences in his city and his state. Like many other Americans of his kind he has assumed that he could play this double game of professing virtue and work ing Avith corruption, by so distributing his contributions to philanthropy that a heedless public, while praising the one course, would forget the other. Plutocrats who have made their gain through practices that would not bear the light of day, have too long assumed that they could whitewash their sordid characters by cast ing before the people a few charitable institutions or benevolent tokens. But the people are having their eyes opened and the young people of the University of Washington are wide awake. They have resolved that these chimes shall not be permitted to carol the praise of such a man as Blethen; they have placed their demands before the president of their university. But President Kane is a man who is to be pitied rather than condemned; he means well but he has a back bone that is about as strong as a wet sponge. So the boys of the University of Washington have taken their righteous indignation to the governor and to the legis lature of the state, asking for an appropriation of $12,000, the cost of the chimes, that this money may be paid back to Mr. Blethen that the chimes need no longer bear his name, and that they may ring out the spirit of democracy rather than peel forth their daily reminder of him w Tho is and has been a vicious enemy of democracy. To the support of these students the citizens of the state have come, and they are now circulating for signatures "a petition to remove the Blethen chimes." Each petition slip admits of two dozen signatures, and each being numbered, are being systematically dis tributed through every precinct of every city and through every township in every county. This petition reads: We, the undersigned citizens of the state of Wash ington, believe that the ruiversiii.y of Washington should strive to inspire and maintain the highest standard of life, character, and citizenship in our state, and to this end must be guarded from the intrusion of all sinister or undemocratic influences. It is our conviction that the acceptance from Alden J. Blethen of the gii'l of chimes to the university is a dangerous precedent. We believe thai Alden .1. Blet hen is one of the most malign influences in the state of Washington, and that his record and influence through Ins conduct of the Seattle Times, with its persisteni and. shameless ridi cule of morality and civic virtue, and its support and encouragemeni of persons and policies thai tend to debase and deprave our public life, are such as to make any association of his name with the university an affront to the people of the state. Furthermore, we believe that the "Blethen Chimes," as inscribed, <!<> not comply with the terms of the original offer that was accepted by th<' Board of Regents. We heartily endorse and commend the action of those university students who protested againsi the acceptance of the chimes and believe that they have set a line example of courageous citizenship. THEREFORE, we hereby petition the Board of Regents of the University of Washington, the Hon. Ernest Lister, Governor-eled of the state, and the members-elect of the legislature, in the order named, as they have or may acquire power to act, to take such steps as will result in either removing from the univer sity campus the chimes in question, or forever disas sociating the name of Alden J. IMeihen therefrom. Respectfully submitted, Great is the state that is so wide awake. Greal is the college that so promptly rubs off any tarnish from its campus, Greetings and good will to the boys of the University of Washington.