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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
To say you are against segregation and
then proceed to segregate is quite incon
sistent, but that is the predicament in which
those colored citizens of Seattle, who organ
ized a Patriotic Council of Defence last
Monday find themselves. The
meeting was a stormy one and fraught'with
outbursts and upheavals that savored more
of a political ward meeting in some ten
derloin section where waring factions
disputed over the spoils than a helpful
body for suffering humanity. An ounce
of common sense would have served as oil
on the troubled waters and the meeting
proved a blessing instead of a curse to the
community. The whole proceedings were
not only out of order but an absolute roar
ing farce comedy.
When persons without either experience
or ability are placed at the head of affairs
chaos is bound to reign supreme and that
very thing happened when W. E. Mitchell
was elected president of the Colored Coun
cil of Patriotic Defense, No. 14. At heart
Mr. Mitchell is all wool and a yard wide,
but as a presiding officer with an unruly
constituency he verges dangerously close
to a confound nuisance. In defining the
objects and aims of the organization, Mr.
Mitchell said things for which his right to
be an American citizen should be com
pletely abridged. There is nothing and no
place in the United States too good for the
biggest and blackest man in the whole
country, and the man or woman who advo
cates anything to the contrary is an enemy
alien and should be deported to the wilds
of Hotentot.
Jealousy of the other fellow—so com
mon to colored citizens—is wholly respon
sible for persons without the necessary
qualifications being placed at the head of
organizations whose fundamental principles
are not only fine but superfine. When such
brilliant minds as the Rev. D. A. Graham
will remain in silence and permit such men
as W. E. Mitchell to be ejected president
of any kind of an organization, of which
he is an active member, then ignorance is
being encouraged. This criticism of Mr.
Mitchell is neither the promptings of pique
nor the outburst of anger, but a cool, cal
culated collection of facts after having
attended two meetings over which he pre
sided. No person should be put at the head
of any organization that is lacking in execu
tive ability, and who is not able to combat
the parliamentary attacks of any member
of the organization. However, when such
a mistake has been made nothing is gained
by trying to have the presiding official
appear as ridiculous as is possible, but be
generous and put your shoulder to the
wheel and help pull the whole thing out
of an ugly situation. Do not be afraid
to undo any mistake you may have made
and if need be start all over again.
No business was transacted at the last
meeting' save vote down the report of the
committee that offered a compromise, but
another meeting will be held next Monday
evening' at the Mt. Zion Baptist church,
when the work as previously planned will
be prosecuted. The directing heads of the
organization as it now stands are W. E.
Mitchell, president, and Loretta Sawyer,
secretary. An executive committee will be
elected at the next Monday's meeting. It
is truly hoped that the disgraceful scenes
of the last meeting will never again be
repeated and the organization will en
deavor to do whatever good "it can along
the line for which it was organized. "We,
however, suggest that the work of the last
meeting be reconsidered and the commit
tee's report unanimously adopted, and we
further suggest that Rev. D. A. Graham
or some one of like ability be elected presi
dent of the body as reorganized.
The Business Men's League will hold a
special meeting next Sunday afternoon at
Tutt's Barber Shop and you and each of
you are urged to be present. A plan is to
be worked at this meeting whereby large
numbers of the colored citizens of the city
may become interested in the purchasing
of a block of U. S. bonds in the coming
Liberty Loan drive.
There are not less than 200 colored fam
ilies in Seattle that are more than able
to take at least one $100 bond in the coming
Liberty Loan drive, and it's your patriotic
duty to do so. In our opinion not one of
those families is averse to doing so, only
the proposition has never been put squarely
up to him. In the previous Liberty Loan
drives the white citizens have given the
colored citizens little or no consideration
and even now not one of their number is
on any of the committees in order that the
colored citizens might become interested.
But two wrongs never make a right, and
this government needs our assistance and
if we expect to continue to enjoy the emol
uments it affords we must do our bit
regardless of any snubs or overlooks. Say
regardless of any snubs or overlooks.
Say you subscribe for one $100 bond, you
only have to pay one-tenth of it down and
20% per month. When the bond is fully paid
for it's one and the same thing as so much
cash, but in case you do not desire to dis
pose of it. the bond draws 414 per cent
interest and no better present could be pre
sented to your boy or girl to be used at his
or her majority than such a bond with
accrued interest. The money you have in
a sayings bank is no better than .the bond
and if you have money hoarded away and
refuse to buy Liberty Bonds then you are
as much a slacker as the man who hides
in the bushes to keep from going to war.
You and each of you are doing well from
a financial standpoint and it's as little as
you can do to give something for the con
tinuation of such good conditions, and
especially since what you invest in United
States bonds will be as bread cast upon the
The Business Men's League should make
arrangements to hold a mass meeting with
the view of interesting every colored fam
ily in the city in this coming drive and if
they subscribed for 1000 of the $100 bonds
they then would be doing no more than
they are quite able to do and just what
they should do. For the information of
those who contemplate taking bonds in the
coming drive, beginning September 28th,
the following information will be of service
to them:
Plan No. 1. Payment in full must
accompany subscription.
Plan No. 2.—Ten per cent must accom
pany subscription. The balance will be due
as follows: 20% November 21, 1918; 20%
December 19, 1918; 20% January 16, 1919,
and 30%, phis accrued interest on all de
ferred payments January 30, 1919.
Plan No. 3. —Ten per cent must accom
pany subscription. Balance will be due
as follows: 10^ October 28, 1918; 20%,
November 28, 1918; 20% on or before the
28th of each succeeding month until the
full amount of this subscription and ac
crued interest on deferred installments has
been paid. Subscriptions under this plan
are limited to $500.00 from each subscriber.
If subscription is made under either plan
No. 2 or plan No. 3 it is understood and
agreed that should the subscriber fail to
meet any payment when due, and such
default continue for a period of thirty days,
then the subscriber shall cease to have any
claim to the bond or bonds subscribed for,
and that the bank, at its option, shall have
the right at any time tehreafter to take for
its own account, or to sell, said bonds at
the market, and that the subscriber shall
be entitled at any time after July Ist, 1910,
on demand, to receive the amount actually
paid by him (them) without interest, less
discount, if any, at which the bonds are
These are clays long to be remembered
by Kaiser Bill, for, sees he bursting shells
to the right of him, bursting shells to the
left of him, bursting shells in front of
him and bursting shells to the rear of him,
and all of them thicken and thunder. No
wonder his unhappy consort has sought
seclusion and will not be comforted—she
must see the hand of fate hanging heavy
over her head and the German empire al
most ready to be sold as a pawn. May,
perhaps the wish is father to the thought,
but it truly looks as if the present success
of the Allies on all sides is the beginning
of the end and the day is not far distant
when the German fabric of war will not
only fall, but be trampled into the dust.
Truly must the German people now fully
realize that the Americans are war mad and
being in that frame of mind are doing as all
mad men do, sweep off every opposing force.
Give us not only peace, but pieces in Ger
many and let the troubles of the world be
settled not only for the next one hundred
years, but for the next one thousand years.
Already Bulgaria is threatening to quit the
Central Powers and it looks very much
like that Hungary will follow suit as soon
as the ice is broken.
VOL. 3, NO. 16

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