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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
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 Aye. South
That speech made by Dr. George E. Can
non at Springfield, Massachusetts, one day
last week, extracts from which were sent
broadcast over the world by the Associated
Press, read well and sounded better, but
the speech, be it remembered, was made
in Massachusetts and not in Mississippi, the
seat of war, so far as the colored citizens
of this country are concerned. We hope he
speaks truthfully when he says, "henceforth
the Negro proposes to exercise his right to
suffrage in every state,'' but we have our
doubts, and had he have excepted the vari
ous southern states, we still would have our
doubts, because in the state of Washington
not to exceed 25 per cent of the co lored
citizens take any interest in the elections,
and as in Washington so in the most of the
states of the nation. We seriously doubt if
such talks as that made by Dr. Cannon
get the colored man anywhere. The colored
man gets something of an even break in the
north, hence such talks do not make his con
dition any better in the north, but the col
ored man gets it in the neck in the south
and cursing the southern white man from
the mountain tops of Massachusetts does
not cause him to change his mind as to the
treatment he should accord the colored man.
In the U. S. senate when Pitchfork Tillman
was accused of killing the colored men of
the south he replied, "Yes, we lynch them
and burn them at the stake, and what are
you going to do about it?" The question of
right to vote should not worry the colored
citizens one half as much as the question
of life, liberty and the pursuit of happi
Go to Mississippi Dr. Cannon and instead
of fighting for suffrage with hot air lay in
wait for the next lynching bee and with
your gatlin' gun on your shoulder quietly
make your way to the scene of the human
holacust and at the proper time, pray for a
second to the Almighty God in words like
these: "Dear Lord, I commend my spirit to
Thee. I am about to sacrifice my life in
defense of the black folk, not only here, but
throughout the south and as I am about to
do may others likewise do, when such attacks
as this are practiced on colored citizens. Give
me the sertngth of Sampson and the ac
curacy of David and I will sell my life
dearly." And then unannounced get as
near to the center of the scene of the lynch
ing as possible and begin operation. There
is no doubt but that you will die an awful
death, but death is onl ydeath, and if you
succeed in taking with you a score or more
of the lynchers you will put the fear of
God in the hearts of the cowardly whelps
and lynching bees will be less frequent there
after and will cease to be holiday occassions.
And as you will have done in Mississippi
let another do in Georgia, Alabama, Florida,
and wherever the colored man is lynched as
a pastime, and the lynching disease will
gradually abate. No, not by organized ef
fort, but by individual effort. Let some
colored man conclude at every lynching bee
that life is not worth living and that others
may enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness he is going to sell himself dearly
at this lynching party.
So far as not getting an equal deal with
the Jews in the late war is doubtless more
than true, but the Jew, the Jap, the Indian
and every manner of man were classed as
white and he drew very largely in propor
tion to his worth. On the other hand the
colored man stood alone and in the United
States he was opposed by all of them. The
colored man did not get a fair proportion
of the military honors, but under the cir
cumstances he did very well, and a great
deal better than he had ever done before.
Permit us in conclusion to suggest to you,
Dr. Cannon, that you get the colored vote
out in the north and teach the voters to so
cast their votes that they will hit the bull's
eye in their own interest. They did well
when Woodrow Wilson first ran for presi
dent and showed much political independ
ence by voting for a Democrat candidate
for president, who proved a traitor to them,
but they fell down when he ran the second
time by not denouncing him from the hill
tops in and out of season. At the last
county election in Seattle out of a voting
population of 5000 not more than 500 colored
men and women voted and at the municipal
election not that many. So long as the
colored citizens take no more interest in
elections than is cited above then so long
will they get what "Paddy gave the drum."
Legal steps have been taken by the booze
advocates of the state to force the secre
tary of rtate by supreme court mandamus
to accept a referendum petition, which will
refer the amendmnet to the United States
Constitution, which was ratified by the late
legislature, which amendment drains the
slums, saloons and wet resorts of its booze
—in other words, makes this country, after
July Ist, bone dry. Twice, if not thrice,
within the past five years have the voters
of the state of Washington passed ad
versely on the privilege question of vend
ing booze within her corporate limits and
it does seem that three knockouts should
convince the Mullens et al that the law
abiding citizens of the state are dead op
posed to any further booze vending. Law
is but common sense or that should be the
definition thereto and common sense should
teach the former legalized law-breakers—
booze venders—that the people have spoken
on the booze question and spoken in no un
certain tones, words or language, and the
sooner they drop the subject the better for
all concerned. We hope the Supreme Court
will deny the petition and thereby permit
old man Booze to go to the guilotine July
Ist and be beheaded that his soul, if such
he has, may return to the halls of hell from
whence it came.
No, we do not believe that the country
£oin£ dry will entirely eradicate the drink
habit, but it will certainly go quite a way
in that direction. Wo also know, accord
ing- to history, that man has drunk wine
and other forms of intoxicants since the
mind of man runneth not to the contrary,
but it has been only within the past cen
tury that Booze became the debasing mon
ster of the human family. Prior to that
time families made and drank their wines
and other beverages just as they did their
food stuff's, yea, verily, they were but
forms of food stuff and as such there were
and even now should be no objections reg
istered, but when the damnable stuff was
commercialized and then brutalized it ceas
ed to be a family delicacy, but became a
human curse. This and the most of the
civilized countries have seen the error of
their ways and have taken steps to prevent
its further commercialization and human
debauchery and now that Uncle Sam has
set a day for the decapitation of old man
Booze the sentence should be promptly exe
cuted. This decapitation was not the re
sult of shrewd legal practices or snap judg
ment, but the proposed execution was sub
mitted to the people and plenty of time al
lowed them to discuss the procedure with
out bias or prejudice and after months of
deliberations the voters gave their verdict
agsinst further booze vending, and when an
overwhelming majority of the voters go on
record against this or any other propo
sition that should be the law of the land.
The majesty of the law of this or any
other land or country is the expressed will
of the people thereof and that law should
not be overturned by legal subterfuges or
by riotous mobs, because forsooth a minor
ity does not agree with the majority. As
a parting shot we hope that the opportun
ity to attend the funeral of old man Booze
July Ist will not be denied the American
people, for it will be one funeral that they
will greatly enjoy, the "no beer, no work"
slogan to the contrary notwithstanding.
Old Booze is dead, so toll the knell for
this old maudlin knave; the mourners raise
a joyful yell as they stand by the grave.
Old Booze hung on with teeth and nails,
he tried to dodge the tomb; he hoped to
sell his gins and ales until the crack of
doom. He hoped to do his ancient task till
Father Time is gone; but we've outgrown
the jug and flask, outgrown the demijohn.
Old Booze is dead, at rest he lies, cashed
in beyond recall; he never helped a man
to rise, but made a million fall. Old Booze
will sleep beneath the loam until the bright
sun pales; he never built a toiler's home, but
he filled many jails. 01 dßooze has crossed
the great divide to see what's doing there;
and we'll have less of suicide, and less of
black despair. And we'll see less of wo
men's tears, of children needing bread, of
wages gone for foaming beers, since Old
Man Booze is dead. He'll dish no more the
poison drink to knock the good man down;
his funeral would make you think a circus
is in town. The sextons chortle as they work
and dig the clammy clay, and in the shadow
of the kirk the pastor yells "Hooray!" The
undertaker is on hand, with festive lilts and
runes, and by the fence the village band is
playing ragtime tunes.
VOL. 111, NO. 45
—Walt Mason.

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