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The Seattle Republican. (Seattle, Wash.) 1???-1915, January 24, 1913, Image 2

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Journalism as it is being Fostered and taught at
the University of Washington is wholly in the inter
est of the daily papers of the state, and those taking
the course get the idea that journalism means being
versed in the publishing of ajiietropolitan daily, and
at best they can only expect to become cogs in the
great wheel. If there is any need for a department
of journalism in connection with the University, its
chief aim should be to prepare those taking the course
for weekly journalism, as daily journalism will take
care of itself. Every rural community in this and
every other state in the Union should boast of a strong
weekly publication, strong because it formulates and
leads public opinion, strong because the community
looks to it for ideas, not only pertaining to that com
munity, but pertaining to the affairs of the whole
country. The day has long passed when the local
paper's mission is filled, when it dishes up the gossips
of the community. Each publisher must necessarily
be a tower of strength and for the most part a walking
encyclopedia. Students of schools of journalism must
be taught to not depend on the patents to supply the
news and information to their readers, but must have
and express ideas on all of the topics of the day and
must be alive to the needs of the community in which
they conduct their papers.
An editorial writer declares divorce getting is
not a modern evil, for in Babylonian days, 2300 years
before Christ, divorce and alimony were granted to
mismated couples. This divorce getting may be great
ly on the increase nevertheless, when two persons are
married and are so badly mismated that they know
that they cannot live together, the best thing for them
to do is to live apart, and if you are going to live apart
then the honorable as well as sensible thing to do is
to be legally divorced. "What God has joined to
gether let no man put asunder" is a beautiful the
ory, but if you live up to its teachings it is awfully
poor practice. Labor as hard as two persons will or
may to harmonize their differences, yet they are often
so great that, they can not be harmonized, and in
such cases the sensible thing to do is to separate. So
glad to get a divorce from his former wife was a
millionaire coal dealer of Philadelphia that when the
woman told him he might have a divorce uncontested
if he would give her a million dollars, he replied,
"I will make it two," and he did so and got his
Mina Kay Edwards, a policewoman, who had
trouble with the chief of the police, but who bested
the chief before the civil service board by being re
instated, is making a fool of herself at the behest of
the editor of the Times. If Mrs. Edwards had have
let well enough alone she might have gone on and on
and then some, but the editor of the Times found she
could be used to his advantage and by feeding her
pleasing taffy he soon had her doing his wishes, until
she is now in a fair way of losing out completely, and
she ought to, if for nothing more than because she
tried to toady to Editor Blethen.
With but a few more days for registration in
order to vote at the next primary and regular elec
tion, it is safe to predict at this writing that not to
exceed forty per cent of the men arid women in Seat
tle that have the right will qualify to vote, and that
too when three members of the city council are to
be elected and a number of bond issues as well as
important legislation will be voted upon at the com
ing election. When men and women show no more
general as well as specific interest in the affairs of
the city and community than what is being shown in
Seattle then the sooner they become subject to the
will of a dictator the better off they will be. The
legislature should pass a law disfranchising every
man and woman for five years for failure to vote un
less good and sufficient reasons art' assigned. He
or she who can vote and don't vote shouldn't vote.
It is remarkable the number of persons in and
about Seattle that speak ill of the Seattle Daily
Times and its editor. May perhaps the paper will
outlive the awful flaying it is now receiving at the
hands of the public and be just a spopular as it once
was when it boasted of representing the people, but
it is very doubtful. Thousands of persons are sub
scribing for the coming evening paper, not so much
for its supposed superior ealss of news—for the Times
has the news —but a a rebuke to the publishers of
the Times. Outside of a select few abusing the Times
and its editor is common to every gathering of men
and women in Seattle. They not only pronounce it
the "proverbal "damn lie," but they declare it hand
and glove with every move that's opposed to the best
interest of the general public.
One of the leading preachers of Moscow, Idaho,
was recently convicted of the crime of contributing
to the depravity of a seventeen year old girl; not only
guilty of the one, but other giris but fifteen years of
age swore on the witness stand that the self same
preacher had been criminally intimate with them.
All parties concerned are white and mingle with the
leading citizens of that community. In Seattle a few
days ago a colored man was arrested and charged
with carnally knowing a ten year old colored girl.
Neither the mother of this unfortunate little girl or
the male beast that took advantage of her mingle
with the leading colored citizen s of Seattle and per
haps neither look upon it as a very heinous crime.
However men guilty of such beastly acts whether in
telligent or ignorant should be hanged until dead.
America the Most Lawless Civilized Country in the
The Christian Advocate (Nashville), in writing
on "The Menace of Lawlessness," among other things,
says: "Our record for lawlessness is without parallel
in any other civilized country on earth." This is no
far cry of an alarmist, but the sober opinion of one
of the thoughtful, conservative writers of the times.
The alarming element in the whole situation is that so
few men and women realize the sad plight into which
America has fallen. The reason for this is not far off.
The country has lulled its conscience to sleep over the
thought that the Negro is the victim and it does not
matter so much. And thus indifferent the foundations
of our Government are threatened.. Now and then,
however, there comes a strong note of warning.
Recently Dean Kelly Miller of Howard University
wrote a brief letter to the Evening Post (New York),
on "The Disease of Lawlessness." This expression of
Prof. Miller covers the case so clearly that we repro
duce it in this connection. Mr. Miller writes.:
"Governor Blease, of South Carolina, has been
condemned in every mood and tense for his phrase,
'To hell with the Constitution.' Yet the intrepid
Governor is but an unabashed mouthpiece of a far
reaching and widespread sentiment. The nation docs
well, in a spasm of virtue evoked by this fiery ut
terance, to aver and avow anew its devotion to ordained
law and order; but the vehement outbreak of the Caro-
linian is but an eruptive symptom of a systemic evil.
America is conceded to be the most lawless country
of civilized pretensions on the face of the globe. The
spirit of lawlessness vents itself in various forms.
Political graft, bribery, corporate rapacity, municipal
corruption, murder, riot, lynching, and mob violence
are but outward symptoms of the inner spirit. It is
not sufficient to hold up hands in horrified innocence,
and appease the conscience by a casual denunciation
of Gov. Blease. The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amend
ments to the Constitution are over-ridden with im
punity. There is not a fourteen-year-old male citizen
If you are an attorney and have legal notices for publication it will
be to your advantage financially and otherwise to get the prices of The Seattle
Republican before sending your notices out.
The Seattle Republican has been in the notice publishing business for
the past twenty years and it knows how to take care of notices for attorneys,
so as to cause them no annoyance.
It is always prompt in making its proof of publication, thus preventing
you from being delayed when you are ready for court, which means much
to the busy man.
The office is centrally located, which enables it to take notices as late as
Friday noon, and being a Friday publication, gives the attorney one week over
the Saturday publication and at the same time takes notices just as late as the
Saturday publication.
Office 422 Epler Block. Telephone Main 305.
in the United States who does not know this to be the
case. If one part of this revered instrument can be
set aside at pleasure, why not all of it? If there is
to be any saving reverence for the Constitution, it
must be for the document as a whole. If parts are to
be ignored, in accordance with the demands of local
or temporary situations, what becomes of its binding
sanction? The excuse which Gov. Blease pleads in
extenuation of lawlessness is as old as crime. Men
are ever prone to seek sacred sanction for human
deviltry. That heinous crime should meet with con
dign punishment, is agreed to by all right-minded
citizens. But experience shows conclusively that de
viation from the law for one crime, however heinous,
will lead to deviation for other offences, however
trivial. Nor has it ever appeared that mob violence
is a more effective deterrent to crime of any descrip
tion than orderly enforcement of law.
"Lawlessness is without question the greatest evil
now gnawing at the vitals of the nation. The question
is not political, or local, or radical, but is nation-wide.
By calling this evil to the attention of the nation,
Governor Blease may prove to be the negative cause
of a positive cure. The offence must needs come,
albeit the one through whom it cometh must suffer
the odium of popular disesteem. But the national
conscience, temporarily quickened by a frenzied out
cry, cannot allow itself to lapse into acquiescent com
posure while the fundamental law is defied; for if our
Constitution can be so easily remanded 'to hell,' our
whole social fabric must speedily go the same way."
—Southwestern Christian Advocate.
next week, the program will be as follows:
Special engagement of the tuneful musical com
edy, "A Night in the Park," with Ruth Lockwood and
a company of juveniles; the incomparable cyclist Bud
Snyder, a sensational exhibition; the grand old man
of baseball, apt- Anson, former captain-manager of the
Chicago "White Stockings;" the acme of artistic versa
tility, EEdie Borden and Irene Shannon present "Bits
of Vaudeville;'' the American debut of Jack Ark, a
marvelous Diabolo manipulator; twilight pictures.
next week, the program will be as follows:
"Pus in Boots," a big English pantomime with
25 people in the cast; Mr. and Mrs. Jack McGreevy,
"The Village Fiedler and the Country Maid;" Prof.
Apdale's Animal Circus (4 bears, 8 dogs, 3 monkeys, 1
ant eater); Ignatius Cardosh, piano virtuoso; Clara
Ballerini. European novelty artist; Miller & Lyle, in
a syncopated argument. World.- event in motion pic
"Way Down East."
This grand old play from the prolific pen of Den
man Thompson will be the next offering of the Bailey-
Mitchell players. The management of this organiza
tion has already demonstrated to its patrons that no
play available for stock is beyond their efforts to secure
it for them. This is the first time that "Way Down
East" has been released for a stock company, and it
is only through the personal efforts of Mr. John Cort,
in New York, that Mr. Bailey has been able to secure
it for presentation at the Seattle Theatre.

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