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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 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
Never in the history of Seattle has a news
paper change of hands brought forth the
general satisfaction as the change of the
Post-Intelligencer from the Taylor-Bone ad
ministration to the Clarke M. Nettleton ad
ministration. To the reading public the an
nouncement of the change was like a clap
of thunder from a clear sky and since the
announcement it has been the seven day won
der as to what brought it about. But suf
ficient to the day is the evil thereof, the
change has been made regardless of what
prompted it and Seattle will be the gainer
Clark Nettleton, the new publisher of the
Post-Intelligencer, is no stranger to the
journalistic arena of Seattle and a very
familiar figure in the business circles of the
Northwest in general and Seattle in partic
ular, and if he does not soon have the "old
paper" back to its palmy days under Leigh
S. J. Hunt, when he, Nettleton, was its edit
or in chief, then we sadly miss our guess. He
knows well the temperment of the people his
paper will represent and he knows what
they expect and want in the way of news
for the leading paper of this city and state
and he is full and overflowing with the
"stuff" that will give the people just what
they want.
Since leaving the editorial chair Mr. Net
tleton has been closely identified with the
business world of the Northwest and it is
estimated that his business firms have netted
almost a million dollars, but be that as it
will, he has done business with business men
on a wholesale scale and has held his own.
No man in the city is more personally
popular than is Clark M. Nettleton, and hav
ing resided here for the past thirty odd
years and having kept fully abreast of the
times he has an acquaintanceship second to
no man in the city and he therefore has
been able to do but little more than receive
congratulations from every man and his
brother for the past week. Who, if any
one, is associate with him in the purchase of
the paper is of little or no concern to the
people, sufficeth to them that Clark M. Net
tleton heads the list and they as one person
exclaim, "All is well."
In a communication to Cayton's Weekly
Everett C. Ellis, late candidate for Superior
Court judge of King county, denies having
referred to the editor hereof as the "darky
editor" and adds:
"I have never yet drawn any distinction
between citizens on account of their color,
and I have never referred to an editor or an
individual of the colored race as a "darky.'
If you like that flippant expression, please
give yourself the credit of using it, not
If Mr. Ellis did not make use of the t^rm
"darky editor" then we are delighted to
make the correction, and we are delighted
because it's low down vulgar verbage such
as we abhor most and we are further de
lighted to meet one white man of Mr. Ellis'
prominence, who disdains to speak thusly of
a human being. No, we do like that flip
pant expression and to go a step further,
we do not like any man that does like it,
but the expression is common to the average
white man, who delights to amuse his
friends by referring to a eolorde man in lan
guage like the objectional, flippant expres
sion. It was not long since that we heard a
prominent white minister of the gospel in
the pulpit illustrate his point by telling a
story of an "old darkey." He probably at
heart bore the colored folk no illwill, but he
knew that would please his hearers to leave
the impression with them '' that even the
darky, more beast than human, had an in
tuition from which a lesson might be drawn.
The man who told us of the alleged Ellis
language may perhaps have done so in order
to get Ellis in bad with us, and we verily
believe now he did, but we believed what he
repeated because he knew it's common to
the white man of the United States.
Almost every day you will see something
about a colored person in one of the daily
papers of the city and in a two or three
inch article the person will be referred to
by the writer as "the negro" not less than
a dozen times, despite the fact the caption
of the article labels the performer in bold
black type. The writer seems to be afraid
the reader will forget the fact that he or
she is writing about a Negro and so instead
of using the pronoun he or she negro takes
the place. No other class of human beings
in this country is similarly treated by the
daily (white) press and the writers thereof
should be ashamed of their everlasting de
sire to pull down instead of build up a cer
tain class of citizens. There is never a prem
ium placed on either the goodness or the
educational accomplishments of the colored
man in this country. His goodness is ridiculed
and his alleged educational ability is scoffed
at. If one of the reporters of the daily
papers had reasons to quote the most learned
colored person in the United States he or
she would put plantation jargon in his or
her mouth and such would be done despite
the fact that the writer had not more than
completed a high school course. This would,
be done because the colored man and jar
gon are synonomous to the average white
person and that simple minded high school
squirt gun is but pandering to the public
pulse in quoting a colored person in jargon
and in making of his colored subject a cross
between a man and a monkey if not in so
many wdrds then by inuendo. Just last week
a white man was speaking to a colored audi
ence in Seattle and dwelt at length of him
having had a "black mamy" for a nurse, and
a glance at his swarthy complexion con
vinced us that he was telling no lie, but he
said nothing in that speech that he would
have said to a white audience. The colored
man of the United States thinks and acts
just like the white folks. Of the twelve
million colored folk in this country six mil
lions are mixed bloods (white and black)
and still another million so white that they
are daily and hourly changing to white,
hence the whites and the blacks can not dif
fer to any great extnet.
If Mr. Ellis is one of those white men that
have come to the conclusion that a black and
a white man are alike human beings and he
stands ready to extend to the black man the
right hand of fellowship we will meet him
more than half the way, and for his liberal
mindedness will at this time promise to sup
port him for anything he may desire to run
for in the future. The colored man of this
country is sick and sore of the caste handi
cap and will boost any one that will deliver
him from the body of this dead one.
Congratulations are in order for the Rev.
D. A. Graham, pastor of the First A. M. E.
Church of this city, who has just begun his
third year's pastorate of the church, for in
this he has broken the record, as no former
pastor of this particular church has ever
held the place to exceed two years. Last
Sunday, the first service after his return
from the annual conference, a record-break
ing congregation met him when he entered
the pulpit for the usual Sunday services.
All of which leads us to think that, if a
preacher is a success the first year of his
prstorate, then he should be more so the
second, still more so the third and so on ad
infinitum. When a preacher finds himself
at logger heads with a majority of the mem
bers of the church, over which he presides,
he can put it in his pipe and smoke it, that
it is he and not the congregation that's
wrong. So long as a pastor of a congrega
tion earnestly preaches and teaches the will
of God as he understands it and each day
lives up to the principals as set forth in the
golden rule he will never be at outs with
the rank and file of the members and well
wishers of the church, whose destinies he
directs. Five years is the maximum time a
preacher of the A. M. E. Church can hold a
charge and we see no reason why the Rev.
Graham can not hold this charge for two
years more without fuss, friction or faction
alism coming into the congregation.
Whether or not the articles which have
appeared in Cayton's Weekly from time to
time encouraging its colored readers to pur
chase homes while purchasing is good, we
know not, but we do know that many of
them are acquiring homes at present and
still many more making prepartions to do so
at an early date. A few days ago we told
of Mr. and Mrs. Al. Duncanson purchasing
a home on Thirty-second and since that time
Sid Holden and C. J. Johns have purchased
beautiful homes thereabouts. Not in the
same neighborhood, but in the same sector
of the city other colored families are weekly
acquiring homes and at the rate they are
purchasing homes in the very near future
the colored man renting property will be the
exception and not the rule. On Tenth and
King a colored man recently purchased a
brick house containing thirty rooms and he
is preparing to put it in first class condition
for an up-to-date rooming house.
At the Business League last Sunday after
noon it was predicted that within the next
ten years colored citizens would hold the
bulk of the property between Jefferson and
Madison streets and Twenty-first and Twen
ty-eighth avenues, which is one of the most
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