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Cayton's weekly. (Seattle, Wash.) 1916-1921, September 21, 1918, Image 2

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sightly and convenient districts in the city.
At present in that sector there are four large
apartment houses owned by colored citizens
and others are being contemplated. With a
majority of the colored citizens of the city
owning their homes much of the antipathy
of the white man for them will lose out. So
long as a certain class of citizens are looked
upon as parasites, just so long will there be
a prejudice against them by the dominant
class. Now as it always has been, it is next
to impossible for a colored person to rent a
respectable house, hence the necessity of
buying. If you plan to reside in Seattle
start now to get hold of a modest home and
then improve the same from time to time
until you have a beautiful as well as invit
ing home and this you can do at a very small
expense. The man who has lived in Seattle
for a quarter of a century and seen the city
grow from forty thousand souls to what she
now is—ten times that number—4oo,ooo and
has rented a house to live in all these years
and is still renting, and subject to the prej
udice against renting to colored persons, re
spectable houses to live in, do not deserve
a respectable place to live in and has no
kick coming when he is pushed back at
every beck and call of the landlord. We
hope you and each of you will keep up the
good work of buying homes until every
mother's son of you own your home and is
able to look every "damn man," who re
fuses to rent to you on account of your col
or, into the face "and tell him to go to
When the Allies march triumphantly
through Berlin, then and not until then, will
peace on any basis be considered by any
one or all of them. Uncle Sam is in Europe
to fight and he is going to fight and fight
like hell if the Huns will ever let him get
near enough to them to fight.
In proposing an all world peace confer
ence Austria reminds us of the fellow that
locked the barn door after his horse had
been stolen. She wants peace because she
is getting thrashed with an inch of her life
just now. In commenting on it former Pres
ident Taft said: "it is not only laughable,
but ridiculous," and we more than agree.
The exchange of Jim Wood for Scott
Bone as editor of the P.-I is a gratifying one
to the readers of the paper. Wood like the
head of the paper not only knows well his
readers, but knows the inns and outs of the
state and will therefore give the people a
morning paper as you like it.
There hardly seems to be any good and
sufficient reason for any one else to try to
sell War Savings Stamps on Second Avenue
so long as "Weary" Wilkins continues as
he has ben for the past month or such a mat
ter. Wilkins acquired the sobriquet of
"Weary" many years ago among the print
ing fraternity with whom he is a prominent
as well as a conspicuous figure and it follows
him just as religiously as does he follow the
flag—Old Glory. Being too old to go to war
and desiring to do his bit in the war, he took
to selling War Savings Stamps to help the
war and in order to attract the attention of
the noon-day pasers he has adopted many
unique as well as ludicrous camouflages
which has enabled him io sell thousands of
dolars worth of stamps. "As I now remem
ber," said Wilkin, "but one colored person
has ever bought stamps from me on the
streets and I wonder why." Nothing at all,
old boy, only an oversight and may perhaps
they never will, but they bear you no ill-will
and truly hope you will keep up your good
It's not helping the food conditions of the
country to deny families of six or more the
privilege of buying enough sugar for them
to can and preserve enough fruit, which at
present is in abundance, a large part of which
will be wasted unless preserved, to carry the
family through the long dreary winter. Pen
nywise and pound foolish gets you nowhere.
(From The Crisis)
The War— Among 600 men attending the
third orficers' training camp in San Juan,
Porto Rico, 150 are Negroes.
The colored people of Washington, D. C,
have 4,900 men in the Army; they have pur
chased $64,800 worth of War Savings
Stamps and invested $1,020,000 in Liberty
A war community house for colored sol
diers and sailors has been established in
Boston, Mass.
Privates Henry Johnson and Robert Ro
binson, Negro soldiers from New York with
the American Army in France, have ben cit
ed for bravery from the French command
for putting to flight in "No Man's Land" a
party of forty raiding Germans.
Twentj -seven colored Second Lieutenants
have been assigned to duty at Little Rock,
Ark. They are graduates of the second ser
ies of training camps at Des Moines.
Of forty-four Negroes of St. Paul, Minn.,
in the November draft, forty have been
made non-commisioned officers and J. R.
French, a dentist, is in the Dental Reserve
The Camp Comunity Service of the War
Department has opened a clubroom at 1636
Fourteenth Street, Northwest, Washington,
D. C, for colored troops.
Negroes of Columbia, S. C, subscribed
$50,000 in War Savings Stamps, this being
the best effort in that State.
A Hostess House for Negro soldiers has
been opened at Camp Dix, N. J., and per
mission has been granted to the Knights of
Columbus to erect a building for the use of
Negro soldiers.
Colored people in Hickory, N. C, who
were taxed $4,000 for the last War Savings
Stamp campaign, pledged $500 over their
quota. They gave $500 to the Red Cros.
Negroes in Sumter County, Ga., bought
$18,000 of War Savings Stamps and con
tributed $654 to the Red Cross; 87 Negro
farmers produced 32,007 pounds of meat,
4946 pounds of lard, 16,839 bushels of corn
and 21,000 bushels of peanuts in addition to
their usual cotton crops. They have forty
six acres devoted to corn demonstration
work and sixty-six to wheat. There are
ninety-nine voluntary demonstrators. In
Jenkins County, Ga., Negroes raised $90,000
in War Savings Stamps.
William Crane, a colored seaman of Wa
co, Texas, was wounded in a recent battle
with a submarine and won a medal for brav
ery. He is soon to be examined for pro
motion to chief petty officer.
The New York Journal reports that
American colored troops are now participat
ing in the heavy fighting that has been de
veloping sincet he renewal of the German
This is the first time the colored men have
seen heavy action, and they are acquitting
themsevles well.
The German attack was completely broken
up by artillery fire at the particular point
where the Negroes were in the line. The
Boches were held in their trenches at the
very outset of their venture and the attack
suffered heavy losses.
The colored troops were occupying a quiet
sector when word was received that the
enemy was about to strike. The Negroes
immediately requested that they be trans
ferred to the scene of the expected fighting
and their request was granted.
Colored people of Chatham County, Ga.,
have bought $200,000 worth of War Savings
Stamps. A single church, the First Bryan
Baptist, bought $20,000 worth of stamps.
One group of 200 young colored women,
worked on the street corners and raised
It is said that a merchant marine train
ing ship for Negroes is to be established at
San Francisco.
A colored civic league in New Iberia, La.,
raised $5,305 by the sale of War Savings
Stamps among 2709 persons.
The Y. W. C. A. is erecting Hostess
Houses for colored troops at Camp Jackson,
South Carolina, and at Camp Gordan, Ga.
John H. Downey, a colored man of Ports
mouth, N. H., has been accepted in the Na
val Reserve and rated as a second class ma
chinist. He has been assigned to duty at
the Naval Hospital.
A program has bene worked out involving
the expinditure of $450,000 for the colored
troops at Newport News, Va.
The corespondent of the United Press
writes: American Negro troops proved their
value as fighters in line east of Verdun on
June 12, it is now permissible to state. The
Germans attempted a raid in that sector but
were completely repulsed by the Negroes.
The Boches began a terific bombardment at
one minute after midnight (throwing over
between 3,000 and 4,000 shells from guns
ranging in size from 67 to 340 millimeters.)
The bombardment was concentrated on
small areas. Many of the shells made holes
from tan to fifteen feet across.
In the midst of this inferno the Negroes
coolly stuck to their posts, operating ma
chine guns and automatic rifles and keeping
up such a steady barrage that the German
inf?iniry failed to penetrate the American
lines. The Americans miraculously sustain
ed only two wounded.
'T>:xie duck was a-working," explained
ont. "We all got knocked down lots o'
times, but every man got right up."
Private Henry Gaillard, of New York
City, under shell fire; took his automatic
rifle from its place of concealment, placed
it on the parapet and met the attacking
Boches with a rain of bullets.
John Ward, a Negro of Goldsboro, S. C,
has thirteen of his eighteen sons in the
Ninth and Tenth United States Cavalry and
seventeen daughters doing war work.
C. W. Rice, a young colored volunteer of
Austin, Texas, during the last six months
has held among colored people seventeen
one-day institutes, organized sixteen new in
stitutes with a total membership of 784, and
delivered fifty-nine additional addresses to
an aggregate attendance of 19,341, under
the direction of the Statee Department of
In Memphis, Ten., Negroes pledged $174,
--823 in Thrift Stamps; the colored city of
Mound Bayou, Miss., subscribed $1,105 in
War Savings Stamps.
A club for colored soldiers and sailors
with accommodation for 200 has been op
ened in Baltimore, Md.; a recreation club
for colored soldiers and sailors has been
opened in New York City at the Music
School Settlement for Colored People.
Industry —Colored women elevator opera
tors are being used in the Railway Exch
ange Building, St. Louis, Mo., and some de
partment stores in this city are employing
colored saleswomen.
Colored waitresses have been installed in
Baltimore, Md., at the Baltimore, Merchants*
University, and Maryland Clubs.
One thousand colored women in the vicin
ity of Birmingham, Ala., are engaged in
manual labor formerly done by men.
The Midvale Steel Works, Philadelphia,
Pa., employs fifty-six colored women in their
ammunition works. Colored men are work
ing day and night, making from $48 to $50
per week, including overtime.
Twenty-five colored women are being em
ployed as freight handlers in Chicago, 111.,
by the Wabash Railroad. They work nine
ami one-half hours a day and are paid
thirty-two and one-half cents per hour.
The Goodyear Rubber Tire Company at
Akron, Ohio, has issued a call for three hun
dred colored laborers.

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