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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 32nd Aye. South
That annual "marching along" of the
Grand Army of the Republic was held
yesterday and another Decoration Day is
now history. Yes the men, who make up
this army, are not only marching along,
but rapidly marching away never to return,
and each year as we view these feeble blue
coated veterans wend their way to the
graves of their departed comrades we see
the number growing smaller, their former
measured tread shorter and their energies
feebler, and silently we pray, long may
their memories live. Wars in this country
have come and wars have gone, but the
veterans of none call forth the pleasing
memories as do the veterans of the Great
Civil War. No, not so much because it
was brother against brother, but because it
was a war for human freedom. The Revo
lutionary war was for independence of gov
ernment and the men fought bravely for
the right of self government, not that they
were slaves of English lords, but they ob
jected to being subject to English rule.
The war over the sore spots began at once
to heal over and the memories thereof soon
forgotten. The war of 1812 was for hav
ing England mind her own business, but
no soon over and its memories began to
fade. The Mexican war was for territory
and that acquired and the war ended the
veterans thereof were soon lost in the pre
vailing commercial spirit of the times and
they had little or nothing to say about
having licked Mexico. But the Great Civil
War was for human rights, for the over
throw of oligarchy and the enthroning of
equal rights, for the freeing of human beings
from inhuman masters and for preventing
one half of this country being free and the
other slave. All of which formed a bond
of brotherhood among those who fought for
human rights, that will never grow old or
cold so long as there are more than one of
them left to tell the tale, and those citizens
who were not actually in service, but par
took of all the Christian patriotism of those
who were at the front are as closely bound
to the brotherhood arising from this war
as the participants, and they, like the old
battle-scarred veterans, who are marching
along, cherish the memories which Decora
tion Day so vividly reminds them of just
as tenderly as do the "old soldier" him
self. Again, we repeat, may the memories
that made it necessary for an Annual
Decoration Day never be beclouded and
may those old veterans for human rights
pass the remainder of their lives in com
parative ease and comfort. May each re
curring Decoration Day be an inspiration
to see another and may God help us one
and all to ever scatter flowers along their
passing pathway.
That both W. E. Dv Bois and Emmett
J. Scott are men of more or less import
ance as well as usefulness in the uplift
work of the body politic of the colored cit
izens of the United States is well known
to all manner of man in this country, but
when they pit their usefulness against each
other and call upon he public to choose
between the two then to speak plainly and
to the point they are both making genuine
damphools of themselves, and at the rate
they are traveling in their personal rivalry
its only a matter of a very short time be
fore both of them will be eliminated from
the race leadership.
Way down in his heart of hearts Dv Bois
knows that Scott tried to get all out of
the war situation for the colored citizens
of this country that his circumscribed po
sition would permit. His position to be
sure was but a sinacure and only created
for political buncome, and was operated
under a chief wholly antagonistic to any
good arising therefrom, but even at that
Scott did some little good and no harm,
and a half a loaf is better than no loaf
at all. He realized from the very outset
that anything he got for the colored folk
was like finding it and so, using the vulgar
vernacular fo the street, he did "his damd
est." After, however, its all over comes
Dv Bois and practically accuses Scott of
entering into cahoots with the Democratic
colorphobia fanatics to prevent the colored
soldiers from getting a square deal, which
to us is preposterous.
Like Dv Bois, way down in his heart,
Emmett Scott knows Dv Bois has and is
doing all within his mind and soul to make
conditions better for the colored man in the
United State, but he, Scott, hits back at
Dv Bois' Crisis aricle in an open letter,
which falls little short of declaring Dv
Bois a traitor to his race and, like the
Mexican greaser, hanging round to thrust
his deadly stilleto into his, Scott's back.
The letter was well written and with far
more between the lines than on the lines.
Both Scott and Dv Bois are well educated
and both well supplied with vituperative
venom, and they have the ugly faculty of
cutting and injecting their poison into the
incission and yet smile most charmingly
all the time they are doing so.
Taking it all in all both Dv Bois and
Scott have thoroughly convinced all who
have read their bellingsgate against each
other that both of them are such hideous
monsters that to be hated they need but to
be seen.
The white man of this country will see
to it that neither Dußois, Scott or any other
colored man or woman reaches any very
great eminence in this great governmental
fabric and it seems a wilful waste of valu
able time and energy for one colored man
to set out on a like mission against an
other colored man. Even if we can we will
not all act alike. One will not see things
in the same light as do others, but a happy
medium can always be struck by persons
with knowledge in their heads and Chris
tianity in their hearts.
Whether Dußois possesses a greater num
ebr of human faculties than does Scott or
vice versa the public is wholly indifferent
and if the two possess an equal number
and are to spend their equal human facul
ties in trying to silence the other, then
the public will see to it thai both are
silenced, so far ns directing the way to
a better life is concerned. The world is
plenty large for both of them and they,
we trust, will soon fully realize this. Cut
it out.
Sheared of is verbose and rawhide and
bloody bones rot we quite agree with Sen
ator Reed in that it would be an imposi
tion for the league of nations to grant to
Liberia, Panama and all like distinct naion
aliies, whether their population be black or
white, an equal vote with the United States
with a population of from 20 o ."><) times
greater than such governments in the league
of nations' parliament. Those black and
tan nations of course would never rule the
league of nations covenant, though admit
ted on equal footing, but to admit them
on equal footing is but borrowing trouble,
which could be obviated by the United
States withdrawing from Europe and per
mitting this league of nations to fall of
its own weight. Senator TJeed's speech
was simply a resurrected Tilmanic torn
torn and the colored man as usual the
bup: bear to frighten the babies into sub
mission. If the league of nations ever
directs the destinies of this world, as its
advocates hope it will, then the United
States will have to seiid poops to every
cock fight that is pulled off in Europe,
Asia or Africa, which will prove to be a
source of everlasting annoyance to the
citizenry and in less than a decade the
name of Woodrow Wilson will be a hiss
and a by-word from Maine to Mexico,
and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and
the league of nations will only be known
to damn.
With no experience as Si restaurant
keeper, Mrs. J. C. Cogswell blundered into
the business and made much success of it.
Then she blundered into the grocery busi
ness and was likewise successful in it.
Now she has broken into the ranching
business and from the foundation she has
lain success in it is bound to come her way.
Better to be born lucky than rich.
Let's hope that Mrs. Mann will do as
well on her Eastern Washington farm lands
as she is reported to have done on some
acreage in Alaska near Fairbanks, which
she now has rented out, arid if she does
both her self and Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Ciregg will soon be rolling in the lap of
When newspapers with no more general
information than has the Chicago Defender
can secure a circulation of one hundred
thousand then it is quite evident that its
readers are moved to do so with either the
hope of seeing their names or their friends'
names in print. A people who have no
higher ambition than to reap the flowers
and thereby destroy the prospective fruit
will never rise very high.
However much in love one may be with
the publishing of a weekly paper, yet there
come times when it is edited under most
trying circumstances, and that seems to
be our situation on this occasion, but the
wind does no blow one way all the time,
and we live in hopes though we die in dis
VOL. 111. NO. 52

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