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The Seattle Republican
SINGLE COPIES 10 GENTS THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN Is pvblished 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 CAY TON - - Associate BLEEDING KANSAS Once again "bleeding Kansas", has experienced a complete political revolution and she is now in the hands of the Progressives. No state in the Union has been subject to so violent and radical political changes as has Kansas. She came into the Union in a reign of blood and revolution and the slightest civic disturbance causes her to rock and reel like a drunken man. The last of Kansas' territorial days she was controlled by the Democrats, but she came into the Union a violent Republican state, and re mained so until she took the prohibition fever, which permiated every point and place of the state. Under the prohibition excitement, Mr. Glick, a Democrat, was elected governor. She soon swung back to Re publicanism, but took the Pounlist fever and suffered from that ailment fora number of years. Then again she returned to her first state love and there re mained until she caught the Progressive fever, which now has her in its grip. Whether the swaying of public sentiment in Kansas is to be commended or condemned, public sentiment outside of Kansas has not fully determined. Whether her citizens are think -kig or unthinking folk is likewise a debateable ques tion. Whether her sudden changes of heart bring fortune or misfortune to the state is also a very debatable question. But regardless of what others think of Kansas, she does as she desires whether it pleases or displeases the other fellow. In all probability there will be a free for all fight between the European powers over the key to the Balkan situation. Its been a good many years since old Cold Snap took as active part in the festivities of a winter season as he has this. A jury in the Federal Court at Taeoma is of the opinion that there should be Bridges between Taeoma and McNeil island. Oregon's governor made desperate efforts to free Portland of her redlight mayor last year, but the city is still doing a Rushlight business. Since the ushering in of 1913, two editors have been appointed to seats in the United States senate, And yet we are told, there is nothing in a number. What about those new leaves we turned over New Years' morn? asks an exchange. Well we just kept turning over new leaves until the end of the book was reached, and now we are again at the first part of the book. There was no excuse for that South Carolina mob labeling the dead body of a Negro with, "Friends of Gov. Blease," because the governor in formed the world some time ago that was the way his friends did things down there. Permit us to remark, Mr. Mount Vernon Argus, that Alden J. Blethen is not getting half what he deserves and if you kenw him as the average Se attleite does you would fully agree to every lam basting that is laid upon him, his age to the con trary, notwithstanding. In convicting such judicial abortions as Judge Archibald, Socialism may be gaining food for strength, but Socialism in its most violent street corner form could not b« worse than Archibald Judicialism commercialized. Of course, the editor of the Argus, of Seattle, is for Blethen and his journalistic methods, because the editors of the Argus and the Daily Times, both of Seattle, got rich by the same questionable policies. Birds of a feather flock together. SEATTLE, WASH., FRIDAY, JANUARY 1?, 1913 WASHINGTON'S THIRTEENTH LEGISLATURE Washington's thirteenth legislature is well unedr headway.. It was organized as was predicted herein last week. It has listened to Gov. Hay's farewell message and to Gov. Lister's inagural speech and of course was delighted with both. Senator Piper in troduced the first bill, which was to appropriate $95,000 to defray the expenses of the session and the same was passed without debate or delay. The bill introduced by Representative Victor Zednick for a no-partisan primary and election should be killed. The passage of such a measure would be another step in the direction inaugurating a popular government, which would finally result in political chaos. The bill introduced by Representative Wray, creating the office of register of wills in King county, the official for which be selected by the superior court judges, and that estates valued at $1,000 an dunder be administered without the em ployment of attorneys, is a good and just measure and should become a law.. It is n notorious fact the administration of small estates of the amount men tioned above eats up all the cash. If a person desires to dispose of his or her property before death there should be less red tape about it getting into the hands of the proper persons. Norton's Teachers Pension Bill is a vicious meas ure and if passed opens up the flool gates to the pensioning of every person who thinks he or she has been especially designated by High Heaven to do those things, for which they are amply paid. The teachers of the state of Washington get about as much pay for the work they do as any other class of professionals or artesans and that should suffice. Whoever it was that introduced the bill for the repeal of the law requiring judges of the superior court to wear gowns while oh the bench, seems to have U'eu too cowardly to attach his or her name to the bill.. There is nothing wrong in judges wearing gowns on the bench and the gowns certainly give them a dignity that commands respect and even if they do not, the gowns do no real harm and why want to repeal the law. To waste time in quibbling over such bills is a wilful waste of the tax payers money. It perhaps was a waste of time and money to pass it, but now that it is passed, let it alone. STATE PRINTERS JOB It matters nnot who names the committee to investigate the state printing office, just so such a committee is named and honestly executes its work. There is no denying the fact that every state printer in the history of the state of Washington has gone out of the office independently rich, every dollar of which he made out of the office. 0. C. White, the first state printer, when he took charge of the office was a poor printer, but when he retired, he was worth over $100,000 all of which he made out of the office. This is not rumor, but an actual fact. Gwin Hicks, who prior to his election as state printer was so poor that he would not cast a shadow in the sunshine, in four years left the office worth almost as much as his predecessor. The next state printer was C. W. Gorham, a newspaper man of Snohomish, whose yearly earnings would nnot now pay the taxes on his valuable realty holdings in Seattle, the money to purchase which he made out of being state printer. He himself will hardly deny that he cleared up $30,000 a year out of the office over and above a salary he set aside for himself for managing the business. Immediately after retiring from the office, he bought real estate in Seattle, running high into the six figure mark. That Boardman, the present state printer, took charge of the office in a peniless condition, is well known to all who knew him, but he had not been in the office more than a year before he begun the erection of an apartment house in Olympia, and he is now a man of considerable means, despite the fact, it is rumored, he had to cut the proceeds of the office with two other politicians. No man should be permitted to make so much money in so short a time at the expense of the tax payers. If a private party can make so much, then the state can do the same thing, and a dollar saved is always a dollar made. If the state can let its printing work at less than it can do the same for, using its own plant, then the same rule ought to apply to every other department. What the tax payers want is VOLUME XIV. NUMBER 44 the economical handling of the state's affairs, whether in the printing of the legal department. Look into the printing department, Mr. Legislator. UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Rumor has it that Dr. Kane of the University of Washington has prevailed upon his friends in the legislature to threaten to block the appropriation for the University unless the agitation against the Blethen chimes and himself be immediately stopped. Even the failure of the legislature to make the necessary appropriation for the maintainance of the university for the next two years would not be so great a calamity as the continuance of Dr. Kane fit the head of the institution. What the University of Wash ington needs above everything else is a change of administration. This can be done as Dr. Kane is only hired from year to year by the board of regents, he having never been considered by the regents as sufficiently broad guaged to be perman ently placed at the bead of the school, and was there fore hired by the year with the view of making a change as soon as a more suitable man was found. Some two years ago Dr. Kane, so goes the story, was notified by the regents that there were a number of persons, members of his faculty, far more qualified to handle the affairs of the institution than he, and unless he braced up he would have to go. Dr. Kane, however, is an asitute politician and with the aid of his political "fessus," he has been able to hold on to the job, though totally unfit for it. Gov. Lister should give the University affairs his close con sideration and see to it that the present regents let Dr. Kane out or appoint regents that will do so. COL. BLETHEN S CHIMES The most inappropriate gift that CoL Blethen could have thought of to give the state university was those chimes about which so much has been said and written. It was the fact that every day, every hour the students and the people of Seattle would be reminded of the shameless character of the donor, a man utterly without honor, decency or virtue. Whenever Col. Blethen raises his voice or exerted what influence the Seattle Times may have had, it was in behalf of evil and wrong doing. Every body remembers how the Times raved when Hillman and Wappenstein were put on trial and seat to the penitentiary, and how ever since it has endeavored to create a sentiment in favor of their pardon. Every body remembers how Blethen was indicted for being mixed up in and profiting in the white slave traffic, and yet wonders how the prosecution was mysterious ly dismissed just before the campaign began last year. It irritates a decent man to think that there are such men as Blethen. That's why the boys did not want the chimes.—Leavenwortb Echo. It might not be wholly out of place at this time to give the professions of the men who were subse quently elected president of the United States, which are as follows: "Washington, planter; John Adama, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quiney Adams, An drew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleve land, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, and William H. Taft, lawyers; James Monroe and Andrew Johnson, statesmen; Zachary Taylor and Ulysaes S. Grant, soldiers; Theodore Roosevelt, public official. In early life John Adams and Cleveland, as well as Garfield and Arthur, were pedagogs. While John Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe wrote ex tensively on public questions and have contributed valuable works to the history of their country, they were not by any means professional literary men. While ex-President Roosevelt also has written many volumes on political and other topics, he has never been considered purely and simply as belonging to the profession of letters. Woodrow Wilson is classed as the only true literary man that has been elected to the presidency."