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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
state 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 $2 per year in advance. Special
rates marie to clubs and societies.
HORACE ROSCOE CAYTON. .Editor and Publisher
It begins to look as if the 11. S. govern
ment will be forced to take over the control
of the telegraph lines of this country as a
war necessity, owing to the controversy
now raging between the employers and em
ployees of that company. The telegraph
lines of the country, as a whole, is a
right bower to the mail system and the two
should be in perfect harmony and since the
government owns the mail system it should
likewise own the telegraph system. Follow
ing in close proximity to the above is the
railroad system, which the government
should likewise own as the three lean and
depend largely on each other. And these
systems being taken over by the govern
ment as war necessities brings us face to
face with the question, Should the 11. S.
government own all public utilities? If the
government, after due consideration, is thor
oughly satisfied th&t t&9 &»2£-&S3&>i J>i»B'Se'
cution of the war can only be done by it
controlling the public utilities named above
then to avoid future complications and be
fully prepared for future emergencies it
seems to us that it would be common sense
for the government at this time to make the
necessary steps to take over both the tele
graph and the railroad systems, and the ac
quiring of the coal mines of the country
would naturally follow. The dispute now
going on between the few thousand em
ployees and the few hundred stockholders
of the telegraph system should but passingly
interest the citizenry of the country, for it
is but a personal matter on the part of
both. The broad principle of the govern
ment controlling such utility systems of the
country as are essential to her continued
success is the question at issue. These sys
tems, like others, have .been wrongfully en
couraged by public officials until they (the
stockholders thereof) are far more powerful
in shaping the destinies of our land and
country than the law makers themselves.
Rockefeller and J. Pierpont Morgan, backed
by their gigantic corporate influences, can
each come nearer shaping general legisla
tion in this country than the president of
the United States himself, yea the president,
in the past at least, has been a negative
quantity in the government control in com
parison to those corporate magnates. Now,
if we hope for this country to remain
strong and even grow stronger, now is the
time to lay the foundation for a greater
country. When you argue that the gov
ernment can not handle the various public
utilities as successfully, as well and as eco
nomically as individuals you are but ad
mitting that you, I and all of us
are moral degenerates and are ready
and willing at any time to attempt
the impossible feat of ''eating our
selves up instead of grub." The men, who
have amassed fortunes out of public util
ities, have done so at the expense of the
great consuming public, which is but an
other term for the government. If multi
plied thousands of bond and stock manipu
lators can become multo-millionaires by sap
ing the resources of the public then the
government could do likewise and use the
money for the developing of other dormant
resources, but not desiring to do that on so
extensive a Bcale ;is the billions of dollars
the bloated bond holders would enable the
government to do. then the amount should
remain with the great citizenry of the
country and make of them ail independent
people. Trading with each other should be
fostered as competition is the life of trade,
but the common carriers and the means of
communication, which enable the citizens of
one community, city or state to send to the
citizens of another community, city or state
such things as they wish to trade or ex
change should be the property of them all,
that is controlled by the central govern
ment. Fewer railroads and more extensive
good roads into farming communities, that
the farmers may convey their produce to
some railroad station, though twenty miles
away, with greater ease than they can now
do a couple of miles away. The auto truck
with plenty of good roads ramifying the
farming communities will greatly lessen the
demand for duplicating railroad systems.
We earnestly believe that the citizens of this
country are quite capable of governing
themselves, which means that they can
thvou<.d>. tiv.'u: ?lu\^» officials direct the
telegraph, the railroad and all public util
ity system just as economically and a mil
lion times more honestly than a few men,
who have no higher aim than to pile up bil
lions of dollars for themselves at the ex
pense of the whole people and we end as
we began, the government should not only
settle the present controversy between the
employers and employees of the telegraph
company, but for all time to come by taking
absolute control of the system and paying
the stockholders a reasonable sum for the
actual money invested and not a red cent
for its watered stock.
Down in Alabama thousands of white
men arc resisting the draft law and in some
instances the county and state officials are
in League with the slackers. This recent
demonstration against the Federal govern
ment is nothing new for Alabama and many
of the other states of the South as their
citizens are as absolutely devoid of patriot
ism as an African ITotentot. The only rea
son those damnable slackers do not join
hands with the Huns is because an oppor
tunity is lacking. They will fight unarmed
black men, women and children and burn
them at the stake for some trivial offense
and yet they hide in the mountains when
ordered to defend their country's flag. If
those slackers are of the same blood as
the balance of the country then we are
sadly mistaken. What Uncle should do is
to send an army of soldiers down there and
shoot every mother's son of them on sight.
Shoot them on sight that our country will
no longer be troubled by them and as Ileav
en would not accept them, they would go
to hell in a hand basket, where they rightly
belong. Immagine, if you will, three or four
thousand colored men in one community re
sisting the draft law and they would be
branded as hirelings of the Huns and gov
ernment troops would be sent to their ren
dezvous, whereupon they would be shot
down like so many ravenous wolves. I'ntil
Uncle Sam conies found to making those
southern Iluus obey the laws of the land
there will always l>e hell to |>;iy down
there and an uprising among them may be
expected ill any time, and they will con
tinue to shoot those they opose from ambush
and in the hack. They are an aggregation
of cowardly whelps for whom killing is too
After having made a fortune for a score or
more men and a fabulous one for Bob Moran,
what was formerly the Moran Shipyard lias
become a thing of the past and thus do all
things come to an end.
Generalissimo Poch is fighting manfully,
but is being gradually pushed back. We
trust the worst for him is oper.
If Sauerkrout .John really wants to sue
Cayton's Weekly and will let us know it, we
will hand him a bunch thai wil give him
something to sue for.
•lime is rathe! 1 pleasant, hut thai all-con
suming old furnace in the basement still
hangs over us like a nightmare.
United States Senator Boies Pen rose of
Pennsylvania lias endorsed the candidacy of
Attorney (i. K&wa-yd }>k*rtt-jfwe/// saw a* member
of the Legislature from the 30th Ward. In
writing Mr. Dickerson Senator Pen rose said:
"I feel particularly that the :30th Ward is
entitled to such representation on account of
the large number of citizens living in that
ward, and, in the fact that they constitute a
considerable majority of the registered Re
publicans in the ward.. Moreover, the colored
people in the 30th Ward are among the most
intelligent and well-to-do of any of their race
in the city."
A trade publication in New York City call
ed "Women's Wear" recently published an
article on the Negroes of St. Louis, and this
article contains the following very significant
statement: "The trade of Negroes in St.
Louis at the present time is worth while mer
chants say. The Negro is valued as a buying
unit in department stores, for his trade as
a rule is on a cash basis. Not so long ago, the
Negro population was not particularly con
sidered as a buying unit. What it bought
was usually very cheap, or it did not buy at
all. But that time has gone by, and today,
because of the great increase in the wages of
a laborer, the Negro's trade must be taken
into consideration. This especially applies
where there is a large colored population, as
their is in St. Louis, where there are probably
(50,000 Negroes. Under present labor condi
tions, the wage earner is bringing big money
into the home, and where there is money for
the Negro, there will be clothes."
Seattle was expected to contribute $400,
--000 to the Red Cross, but she scaled the wall
and raised over a million, which was going
While Ted and Taft talked turkey the
other day Democracy trembled like an aspen
W. M. Sanders, an employe of one of the
railroad offices of the city, has returned from
his vacation. While away he visited Gold
field, San Francisco and Oakland.
VOL. 8, NO. 52

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