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Published every Saturday at Seattle, Washington,
U. S. A.
In the interest of equal rights and equal Justice to
all men and for "all men up."
A publication of general information, but in
the main voicing the sentiments of the Colored
It is open to the towns and communities of the
statj of Washington to air their public grienvances.
Social and church notices are solicited for pub
lication and will be handled according to the rules
of journalism.
Subscription 52 per year in advance. Special
rates made to clubs and societies.
HORACE ROSCOE CAYTON. .Editor and Publisher
Office, 513 Facifio Blk. Telephone Main 24.
Our motto since before the United States
declared war on Germany has been, "Our
country first, right or wrong, our country
first", and we have given editorial sup
port unstintingly to every effort that has
been put forth to place our army and navy
in fighting trim, but because we express our
opinion on subjects of vital interest to our
selves and the class of citizens with whom
we are identified, one Blackwood, styling
himself a "minute man," had the audacity
to question our loyalty and to attempt, sur
rounded by three of his friends and in his
private office, to brow-beat and lecture us
as to our editorial utterances. Twelve
million colored men, women and children
in the United States without an exception,
are the quintesence of loyalty and to
charge any one of them as being otherwise
is so damnably silly that it is ludicrous.
Our young men have been urged by the
older men and the women, to give up their
lives if necessary, in defense of their coun
try and they have cheerfully left their
mothers, sisters and sweethearts behind to
do so. Instead of a few colored companies
as now are, if they had not have been
told early in the war that "this is a white
man's war and no niggers are wanter," not
less than 200,000 of them would now be
under arms. We fight for our country with
no hope of reward, if we should return
home, save that of the lynchers limb, if
in any way we should happen to offend the
southern white gentry, and be shot down
and burned in bunches as in East St.
Louis and Pennsylvania by organized labor
if we dare to try to earn a living by the
sweat of our brows. Our brave black boys
ride to their death under orders and those
who happen to escape retreat, and though
badly shot to pieces, carry their wounded
white commander to safety on their arms,
as in Mexico and yet members of the
same company are allowed to be killed,
beat and cuffed by the police of Houston,
Texas. We know nothing of this man
Blackwood, but we would not be surprised
if his parents were fighting the flag of our
country when our parents were flying the
flag. We .have our suspicions that he him
self is and has been a public parasite, which
has much to do with his bubbling patriot
ism. On the other hand we have been sup
porting our country, expecting no reward
save kicks and cuffs and feel disappointed
if we do not get them.
But we are not disconcerted by such
criticisms for we consider the source from
whence they come. Such upstarts can
offer us no insult and even though they
come in hunches as did Mr. Blackwood and
his friends and declaring his act was in
a semi-official capacity, leaving the im
pression witli us that he had been em
powered by the Tinted States government.
A strange contrast is this action of Mr.
Blackwood, accusing the editor hereof of
being disloyal to that of the treatment the
Vicksburg white soldiers and citizens ad
ministered to a colored lieutenant, who was
visiting his parents in that city, and for
the benefit of these "minute men' 'we re
produce the lieutenant's letter to the war
Yicksburg, Miss., Nov. 16 —Joseph B.
Sanders, a native of St. Louis, who was
recently commissioned as a second lieuten
ant in the officers' training camp at Dcs
Moines, lowa, has complained to the War
Department that he was set upon by citizens
of this city, the home of his parents, when
he visited them after receiving his com
mission, and, after being advised to re
move his uniform, fled from that city in
civilian clothes.
Lieut. Sanders was one of the 43 officers
who visited St. Louis Oct. 15 after receiving
their commissions and who were given a
welcome reception and generally accorded
the honors of their military rank.
lie came to Vicksburg from St. Louis
and after his treatment here fled to Green
ville, and then returned to St. Louis, relat
ing his adventure at a smoker in his honor
Lieut. Sanders reported the occurrence to
the War Department from Fort Dodge, la.,
where he is now stationed. He told of the
incident at Vicksburg in the following let
'•I arrived in Vicksburg on Oct. 18 and
was met by a platoon of white soldiers
standing around the station. They did not
make any attempt to render any military
courtesy whatever, but that was all right
and I did not say anything to any of them.
"I was met on the streets by the same
soldiers and they called me ail kinds of
names and said I need not look to them
for a salute, for I would not get it. And I
was knocked off the sidewalks on several
occasions and then cursed and ordered to
get out of my uniform and leave town and
not show up on the streets.
"I left in disguise and my mother brought
my clothes up to me at Greenville, Miss.
On the following day I left for St. Louis."
Gives Account of Incident
At a smoker given to .Lieut Sanders and
other St. Louis, Mo., officers at 2323 Chest
nut street, Sanders gave more details of the
occurrence here. He declared that the
soldiers informed him that no "nigger"
could wear a uniform in Mississippi that
white people had to honor.
Two police officers, Lieut. Sanders told
here, called on him at his parents' home and
ordered him to get out of his uniform and
leave town. At first he refused to comply
with this order, but when he noticed a
crowd forming he decided, he said, for the
protection of his parents, to go. He then
put on an old suit of his father's and went
out through the rear door.
Outside, he was accosted by a crowd, ac
cording to Mitchell, which 'let him pass,
however, as Lieut. Sanders believes he was
not recognized in the civilian clothes he
had donned."
If the whole colored population of the
T mted States was honeycombed with slack-
era and rebels, what sane man could right
fully blame them in the light of the past
injustices that have been poured out upon
them from time to time by the white citi-•
/ens of the United States, lint no, no; not
one disloyal black face can be found while
multiplied thousands of the alleged leading
white citizens are either openly disloyal or
silently so and equally as many more make
a pretext of patriotism because 1 they either
are or hope to be public parasites. Without
knowing anything at all of Mr. Blackwood's
history, dollars to doughnuts we have
shown more true patriotism during our life
by a thousand fold than he. But we
realize this is not a time to settle domestic
quarrels and we hope that every colored
man, woman and child will for the time
being forget the past and overlook even the
present and rise supreme to the moment
and say, "Here am I. Send me, send me."
Probably the world is no nearer an ac
tual end at present than it was a million
years ago and likewise no nearer an end
than it will be a million years from the
present time, but from all appearances the
age that was ushered in with the advent of
Jesus Christ is about to close, whether
thereafter it will retrograde or the Long
talked-of mileneum will dawn is a ques
tion. The future is always a mystery and
what the mororw will bring forth has alike
puzzled the prophet and the people. After
the war and then what, is no more readily
answered by the pulpit and the press, the
great moulders of our present civilization,
than by the ordinary people, who give the
future little or no concern. Whether the
milenium, of which so much has been
preached and sung since the birth of Christ,
will be an age of religious recreation or
one of political Socialism,, of which we
have heard so much in the recent past years,
is hard to say, but it looks as if at the
close of the present Avar all men will be
on an equal footing and that the millionairs
will be things of the past. In overthrowing
the German autocracy it seems that the
aristocracy of the world will he dealt just
as deadly a blow. The affairs of the United
States government are already drifting into
a socialistic state and while the corporation
hogs are dying hard, they are nevertheless
surely dying, and it is seriously doubted
even if the war should close tomorrow,
whether it would be possible for the trusts
to take up things where they were forced to
lay them down when the war began. It is
true that many of the necessities of life are
still in the control of speculative thieves,
but the next Congress, whether Republican
or Democratic, will be so badly tinctured
with the Socialistic idea that it will tax the
over-rich down to the average citizen. It
has been once or twice attempted in the
present Congress, but the trusts have too
many representatives in Congress for the
idea to get very far, but they see the hand
writing on the wall and are doing many
things they would have pronounced fanati
cal a year ago. Summing it all up briefly,
the age of one man power is rapidly draw
ing to a close. The age of militarism is also
on ils last legs. Kings, queens and royal
families have seen their glories fall to rise
no more. The war is not nearing its end
for lie that doeth all things well has too
much for it yet to accomplish before it
closes. The races and classes are to be
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