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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
■tate 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 made to clubs and societies.
HORACE ROSCOE CAYTON. .Editor and Publisher
Entred as second class matter, August 18, 1916, at
the post office at Seattle, Wash., under the Act of
March 3rd, 1916.
Office 303 22nd Ave. South
Since Uncle Sam's entre into the Euro
pean war the Europeans and their descend
ants in the United States have dropped their
hyphenated suffixes and instead of Irish-
Americans and the like all of them have
voted that in the future to be just plain
Americans, but the black man and his des
cendants still insist on holding on to the
hyphenated suffix and label themselves Afro-
Americans or Negroes, thus making them
the only foreigners now fighting for the
flag "over there." I want to see the black
Americans, like the Eurpeaons, become plain
Americans and if there be any disposition
on the part of the white Americans to deny
them that right then fight for their rights.
The black men of this country are as loyal
and patriotic as are the white men and are
giving as good account of themselves over
there as the white men despite the fact they
know that their brothers and sisters at home
are being as shamefully mistreated by the
Huns of the South as are the Belgians by
the Huns of Germany. Think about a col
ored American soldier striking terror into
the hearts f thoe Germans in battle and yet
knowing of his mother being stripped before
thousands of Mississippi roughnecks, tarred,
feathered and then driven out of town, and
that soldier yielding his last drop of blood
to protect the flag, and you have some
slight idea of what it costs a black man to
be patriotic. What man has more right to be
a full-fledged American than such a black
man. The above is not an exact quotation
of Mrs. Nettie J. Asberry of Tacoma, but
is in substance, and to us it seems to hit
the nail squarely on the head.
The vigilance of the members of the Na
tional Association for the Advancement of
Colored People in protecting the rights of
the colored Americans is so commendable
that they should go to the head for par
excellent work, but to my mind there is more
to do than to walk around with a chip on
your shoulder looking for trouble to serve
the colored man best. If the black man is
advanced in the good things in life there
will not be so much call for fighting for his
social and political rights. Hundreds and
perhaps thousands of colored families have
recently come to Seattle as to most every
other city of any size in the North, East
and West, and if the Association would do
its whole duty it would use its influence
with these people to get homes, go into
business and seek gainful occupations and
thus become good citizens in name and na
ture. Its not nearly so hard for a good
citizen to get his rights here or anywhere
else as it is for an undesirable citizen. The
advancement of the colored citizens to my
mind has for its object their advancement
mentally and morally and only in the manly
art when it is absolutely necessary," briefly
remarks the Rev. Barber, pastor of the Grace
Presbyterian Church of this city, to which
we say amen. During the life of Cayton's
Weekly it has hammered away on this idea
and it welcomes so able a convert to the
cause. Ninety per cent of the colored fam
ilies are able to own a home and if they do
not its due to slothfulness and its the un
qualified duty of the Seattle branch of the
National Association to make some effort
to quicken their interest in getting a home
while getting is good.
Whoever was responsible for the fight,
which the daily press made for the nomina
tion of Mrs. Beals for justice of the peace
of Seattle, ought to seek employment with
Barnum's aggregation as being a past master
at humbugging the public. One Cynthia
Gray in the Star claimed that Mrs. Beals
was supporting the families of her husband
and two brothers who are over there, when
in fact there was not a word of truth in
the statement, Frank and Johnny Carroll,
Mrs. Beals' brothers, are brave boys and all
Seattle is proud of them and will do them
great honor if they ever return, but they
each get upwards of $300 per month and
their wives and children are looked after
by our government, and to leave the im
pression that Mrs. Beals is caring for the
three families on $150 per month is so
ridiculous that it is absolutely rotten. Ir
respective of who is "over there," one seek
ing public office should be supported from
a meritorious standpoint and not from a
deceiving sympathetic standpoint. If one
does not merit a tiling then he or she
should not get it.
Thousands of war workers from China
and Japan are being employed in France
under contract "for the war," but there
is another clause in that contract which
says, "be it understood that if these war
workers desire to remain in France after the
war they are not to be molested. In other
words the Orientals are making it possible
to remain in Europe after the cruel war
is all over and perhaps sooner or later as
similate with the natives in whatever Euro
pean country they find themselves when
peace is declared. We have since the
breaking- out of the war maintained that
the present conflict was the end of the
white man's supremacy and that a race
conglomeration would follow peace. The
Latin countries are already made up of a
mixture of bloods and with the Orientals
there in great numbers and a shortage of
men, it is fair to presume that a hybred
race will show up in a few years after the
That organized labor is profiteering at
the public's expense is plain to be seen and
yet organized labor is making the biggest
holler about the "rent hogs." A mechanic
in one or all of the shipyards of Seattle
earns all the way from $6 to $10 per day,
which is an increase of wages over what
the same class of mechanics got two years
ago or in 1!)16, of 100 per cent and yet
that same shipyard mechanic insists on his
landlord raising his rent just 25 per cent
over what it was in 1!)1(>. In other words
if he was paying $12 per month for a
steam heated apartment in l!)l(i, which was
the current price, he says that the rent of
the same apartment now should only be
$16 per month. Fuel and other apartment
house necessities, he it remembered, have
increased 100 per cent and yet the rent
must only be increased 25 per cent. Who
argues thusly is too silly to answer. The
apartment that, rented for $12 in 1916 should
now rent for $30 if the owner of the property
is expected to net 4 per cent per annum on
his investment. In 11)16 there was not an
apartment house in Seattle that was net
ting 4 per cent per annum on the invest
ment and even today there is perhaps not
one in the city that is netting 7 per cent
per annum on the investment. As an
operator of an apartment house we would
gladly accept 7 per cent per annum net
on our investment and let the other fellow
take the leavings. But, as said above, or
ganized labor wants its profiteering to be
made permanent but wants the other fel
low's cut out. Its another case of "God
bless me and my wife, my son .John and his
wife, us four and no more, and to hell
with all the rest.
Don't waste —time, money, food or any
thing. Remember that every dollar spent
unnecessarily takes somebody's time, some
body's labor, somebody's materials which
Uncle Sam can use. It makes no difference
how much money you have in your pockets.
It's not the price that counts. There is
just so much of everything useful—food,
cloth, leather and metals, .just to mention a
few items—and Uncle Sam needs it all.
Put your spare money into Liberty Bonds
and War Savings Stamps. You will be help
ing the Government to help the boys at Hk;
front —and you'll be better off later on.
Stick to your job. Shifting at this time
dislocates industry, wastes time and money
and does you harm in the; long run. Only
when Uncle Sam calls have you the moral
right to throw over the task in hand. Don't
slack and don't get extravagant because
you are earning more than formerly. Re
member the man Over There. Uncle Sam
can't keep him supplied as he should be
with food, ammunition and equipment if you
are not more economical than ever.
Don't compete with Uncle Sam. He needs
all the workers he can get. Likewise all
the materials which enter into the service
of war. Don't advertise for a hundred men
when you only require thirty. At least
seventy will waste their time answering your
call, and time is no more to be wasted than
materials these days. Get in touch with
the War Industries Board or the United
States Employment Bureau (branches every
where) and find out just what the Govern
ment expects of you.—Extracts, The Vigi
VOL. 3, NO. 14

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