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Published every Saturday at Seattle, Washington.
U. 8. 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, ""Vash., under the Act of
March 3rd, 1916.
Office 303 22nd Aye. South
Many of the states that adopted the pri
mary system for nominating candidates for
political offices are repealing the law and
going back to the old convention system,
and Washington state would do well to fol
low suit. The primary law has been kicked
and cuffed so much since it first took effect
in this state that its parents would not now
recognize their own child. As the primary
law will stand after June 13th next the
nomination of party candidates will be little
short of a roaring farce. Take for example
the nomination of candidates for state offices
next year such a thing can happen that one
may be nominated for governor and yet
not recevie more than 10 per cent of the
vote cast. As obnoxious as was the second
choice nomination it came nearer expressing
the will of the majority than the law as it
now stands. Suppose next year Clark Sav
age, Roland Ti. Hartley, George B. Lamping,
Louis T. Hart and one or two more equally
strong candidates file for the gubernatorial
nomination, its a safe bet that the fellow
getting 15 or 20 per cent of the votes cast
will be declared the party nominee, which
v otild be neither the will of the majority or
the wish of the minority, but the desire of
a close corporation bunch more dangerous
by far than the old bunch that fixed the slate
in the back office room of some political
big chief. Xo one should be declared the
party choice who does not receive a majority
of the votes cast. In case a number of per
sons run for the same nomination and none
receive a majority vote then the two receiv
ing the highest number of votes should
hold a second primary and let the people
fully decide. Expensive, you say. Quite
right you are, but what are expenses in
comparison to the majority ruling. Other
states have successfully used this method
and why not Washington. One trial of the
primary laws as amended by the last legis
lature will, in our opinion, be amply suffi
cient to warrant the repeal of the whole darn
thing that something new may be given us
or a return to the old convention system.
When this country first entered the Euro
pean war the Southern white citizens went
into hysterics lest the government call col
ored men to arms the same as white men.
From every Southern state came the hew
and cry, "this is a white man's war and
black men are not wanted." Subsequent
developments however failed to verify the
contentions of the Southern whites, for as
the war progressed here is a record of the
white and colored men who enlisted from
the South: Incidentally, of 360,710 colored
men inducted into the Service by draft, 239,
--077, or 65 r/< , were citizens of Southern states
whose total white contribution was only
370,269. Mississippi gave 24,066 colored, 19,-
296 white; South Carolina 25,798 colored,
18,261 white; Louisiana 28,711 colored, 27,
--494 white; Georgia 84,303- colored, 32,538
white; Florida 12,904 colored, 12,912 white.
The colored soldiers went to France and
acted well their part, yes so well that the
world is giving them the praise, but the
white slackers who succeeded in keeping
out of the service, are preparing to give
the oversea colored soldiers a warm recep
tion, if they do not return in an even more
humiliating state of mind than were they
before they left for the front. In mobs the
Southern white man is some brave boy, but
alone a more miserable coward is nowhere
to be found under heaven's broad canopy.
That the colored man of this country is one
of the most patriotic souls that is to be
found is self evident, for while fighting in
France for the flag the white slackers of
the South were lynching their fathers,
mothers, sisters and brothers and yet he
fought on. It would seem to us that the
white man of the South would see the error
of his way some time and resolve within
himself to do unto others as he would have
others do to him, though the others had
dark skins.
Tii an address before the Rotary Club of
Baltimore Bishop Thirkiel of the M. E.
Church and stationed in New Orleans, in
making a plea that more consideration be
given to the colored citizens of this country
by the white citizens, among other things
said, "There is no Negro problem, but
what is much needed is a Negro program."
We quite agree that there is no Negro prob
lem, but we take issne with him on his Negro
program. If anything at all the Negro is
a full Hedged citizen and if not hindered in
his onward march he will reach the goal
without any program by which he is to
travel. The colored man needs no sympa
thy nor pity, but he does need to be just
lest alone, and if he is he will act just as
does the white man. We object to any set
program being fixed for- colored men, any
more so than for white men. If this is a
free country where everyone irrespective of
color or creed can act on his own initiative
as long as no fixed law is violated then give
the colored man the same leeway as tin;
white man and he will come as near taking
care of himself as the white. What's sauce;
for the goose should likewise be sauce for
the gander.
Tlie world lias never had a good definition
of the word liberty and the American people
are just now much in need of one. We all
declare for liberty, but in using the same
word we do not all mean the same thing.
With some the word liberty may mean for
each man to do as he pleases with himself
and the product of his labor, while with
others the same word may mean for some
men to do as they please with other men
and the product of other men's labor. The
shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's
throat, for which the sheep thanks the shep
herd as his liberator, while the wolf de
nounces him for the same act as th/ 3 de
stroyer of liberty. Plainly tlie sheep and
the wolf are not agreed upon a definition
of the word liberty, and precisely the same
difference prevails today among us human
creatures. —Abraham Lincoln.
It' the Victory Loan does not go over the
top with a tiger then "let Ole do it." has
lost its cunning even so soon.
Italy wants to play ho<x and is prepar
ing to quit the peace conference if she is
interferred with in her endeavor.
In the midsi of the mayoralty trial at Los
Angeles there is no doubt of their being a
Negro in it.
Big Bill Thompson's election vole may
have been a fluke, but, if it were, its the
kind of flukes that all politicians are anxi
ous to have come their way.
If Japan and Italy can the peace pact
there may still be a chance of Bill Kaiser
getting a corner on the world and its full
For" once since we have had a family
Easter was not an expensive luxury to us,
however, it was not our fault as we did
not have the money to spend.
Just why Senator Poindexter had to fly
from Seattle, after having made such a soul
capturing speech the evening before, is more;
than we can explain, but he did, and he
flew so high that he wont come back 'till
the fourth of July.
Seattle's Twelfth avenue and Jackson
street h:>ve vr. 1"1' +•>■> appearance of State
street of Chicago, Beal street of Memphis
and Harlem of New York. Birds of a
feather will flock together.
H is very considerate in Acting Governor
Hart to make no political appointments
displeasing to Gov. Lister, but if Hart in
tends to play in the Republican game 'he
would do well to play politics seven days
in every week.
If the late Orville Billings of Tacoma,
who committed suicide on the eve of his
Irial in the superior court, of King county,
was jis rich as the daily papers claim him
to be, he ought to have bought his freedom
from the parents of the girl he wronged.
Money, be it remembered, hides a multi
tude of sins.
Over in Xew York City a colored woman
sued a white woman for $50,000 damages
for alienating the affections of her husband
and though the evidence seemed more or
less conclusive the jury returned a verdict
for the defendant. We have our suspicions
that that .jury did not care to be the first
to let down the bars.
Any man, woman or child of sound mind
and body, who will accept charity, sympathy
or pity from another, because forsooth the
circumstances of the other fellow are such
as to make things more conducive for life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness than
are his, is unworthy to be called a human be
ing. Let everyone be of the mental tempera
ment of the Dutchman's horse —poor but
proud —and the world will not only be
wealthier but wiser.
Social equality between classes, like the
law of supply and demand for the necessi
ties of life, will invariably regulate itself.
The whitest white person with a weakness
for the blackest black person is in no wise
purturbed by the taunts of the other white
persons and vice versa. In other words, all
social laws and distinctions fade away like
snow in June when affinities, however dis
paraging their colors and conditions may
be, seek each other.
VOL. 111. NO. 47

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