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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.
Main 305 422 Epler Block
Seattle, Washington
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.
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.
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
the economical handling of the state's affairs, whether
in the printing of the legal department. Look into the
printing department, Mr. Legislator.
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.
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."

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