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Contest for good housek coper* start* on th*
woman'* page of Th* Star Monday. Ivory
houaofcoopor will be Interested. Dont for a *t
VOL. 12. NO. 257.
Woßrn wishing to regtater for the coming wall election
ma* cull M*lb 7117 or Independent I*2 and aak for Mr, Harvey
of the titling rtiupalin committee, and he will that an
automobile la aent to your residence to take you to reglater. Ow-
In* to a shortage of automohllea It would be ndrl»at<le If you
arrange to ha«e a party of five or aeven to make tha trip to the
registration office and *»re time.
In a «Ify growing a* rapidly aa SritlU, there are many new
voter*. The endorsement of the suffrsge amendment to the coo
stltutiou haa doubled the number of voter*. These new voter*, men
and women rannot be aa well versed In the political condition* and
hlatory leading tip to th* present recall election aa they would wish
The Star therefore preoenta thla history. written In aa calm, die
pssstotistr spirit— true ntory of actual facts and conditions leading
up to the present election.
Hiram Charles Gill, president of the council, was nomi
nated for mayor of Seattle over A V Bouillon on February 8.
and elccted mayor of Seattle over William llickman Moore on
March 8.
Gill, outside of politics, had been best known as a restricted
district lawyer. Considerable of his practice was that which
arises from the underworld, the defense of the infamous men
and unfortunate women who are beyond the pale of nxicty.
Again and again he has left his scat in council to hurry to the
relief of one of hts clients who had fallen afoul of the police
Despite this record, Gill was chosen mayor. In his fight
against Bouillon he was aided by the fact that his opponent
was a man of foreign birth, was new to the game of politics,
was in no sense a good campaigner, and was regarded by some
as unsafe on account of his radical opinions.
William 11 ickman Moore, whom Gill opposed on election
day, was a meml»er of the minority party, and many people
voted for Gill because they did not think Moore st«*xl anv
chance of election. As it was, Moore made a surprisingly good
Gill was a good campaigner. He was hail fellow well
met. People who despised and abhorred his principles, liked
the man. All downtown Seattle knew "Hi" Gill. He wa*.
the hero of the underw'orld, the t<>a«t of the midnight cafes.
And Gill, when sj>eaking in the residence districts, prom
ised well. A good "business administration," segregation of
the restricted district, efficiency in all departments—this was
the pledge made by Gill UPTOWN —his bid for respectable
Gill won.
Gill entered on his office with the best wishes of friends
and opponents. Within 60 days he had proved a bitter disap
pointment to his friends and justified the worst fears of his
For Gill almost at once on his induction into office turned
the citv over to be looted by the forces of evil.
When Gill was elected The Seattle Star, which had led the
vigorous fight against him, announced that it would give the
new mayor every chance in the world to make good. The Star
hoped, in spite of its better judgment, that Gill would live up
to the promises he had made—up town. For the sake of the
good name of Seattle The Star was anxious Gill, once elected,
would justify the confidence of the majority.
But Gill had gone through too hard a fight.
If Gill had not been afraid of the strength of Bouillon and
later of the strength of Moore, he might have made a better
mayor. But Gill, once in the race, was determined to win. At
times the struggle looked desperate—looked hopeless. So Gill
made promises in order to win. And his supporters made more
gill tqok office HE WA S LOADED
Elevator Boy, 16 Wins Fortune by
Inventing Railroad Device
"New Yck. Jan. I®. 1911.
-Mr. Floyd Merrill, 1757 W. 54th *t.,
Seattle, Wash:
"I have received word that a pat
ent is about to be allowed on your
Invention. I offer you forty-eight
thousand for it outright or on a roy
alty basis forty per cent of profit*;
expect immediate reply. Care Mu
tual Life Building, New York.
Floyd Merrill, 1« year old elevator
boy at MacDougall A Southwlck's
■tore, who received the above night
telegram a couple of nights ago, Is
nndoubtedly the happiest boy In Se
attle today. The fulfillment of his
hopes of becoming a "second Edi
son" Is In sight.
The Invention which Cailly. a
Pennsylvania railroad representa
tive, considers worth 148,000, con
■Ists of an electrical device for pre
venting accidents In case of broken
rails, open switches, washouts and
the like.
He Was Ambitious.
Young Merrill has been working
on the invention for over a year, be
ginning while attending school at
the St Martin's college at l,acey,
near Olympla, over a year ago.
From there la*t spring he sent a
letter to his uncle and aunt In Mal
lard, saying: "X will make you
proud some day, and that before
long. I arn going to startle the
Fine Beehive of Sawbones—All in One Building
Wouldn't you be surprised If you
were told that there are more than
•I* times ax many doctors In one
building In Seattle today than there
were In the entire city 20 year*
Dot It'* a fact, nevertheless.
Jiint before the big fire there
were approximately 25 doctors In
Today, In thr Cobb building:
alom-, fourth av. and University
St.. there are 150 doctors
' 'Mint em, they re all (m the
world with an Invention which I
am about to complete. I will be
a second Kdlson."
The telegram quoted above Indl
cates that he was not building
castles In the air.
Yesterday morning he appeared
as usual at the store, but not for
(Continued on Page Six.)
And of the original 25 only four
The rest with scarcely an in
ception have passed away one by
Real Pioneers.
But the four that remain are
very much alive, and strange to
say were four of the seven that,
away back In IHS9 gathered In Dr.
James Shannon's little office In the
old Union block and laid the
foundation of the King County
Medical Society.
They were Drs. .1 H Eggleson,
h K Dawson, F. Churchill and
Jiifaies Shannon.
The Seattle Star
Followed then the reign of gambling, of openly flaunted
vice, of collections for protection, of the looting of the city bv the
forces of vice oi MOKE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS.
Handbook* sprung up all over the city and drew the
clerks, the young men, married ami single, the college students,
and all of the weak and the impressionaMc who can be lured
l»y the temptation to sudden great gains.
The handbooks alone collected a couple of hundred thou
sand dollars from the city. The Clancys had worked for Gill.
They were given their reward—by the city.
Other gambling games sprung up—hesitatingly at first,
but growing bolder every day. First the milder card games,
then poker and black jack. Soon half the cigar stands and
billiard halls in town were open gambling nails. Roulette
wheels and faro layouts were dragged from their closets and
installed in rooms over saloons, in so-called clubs. Lookouts
and Ixjostcrs were employed. There were men outside inviting
the passerby to come in and try his luck.
One strange thing there was about this gambling. A place
would be closed—by the police—then told it could reopen—
BY THE POLICE. Not a downtown policeman but knew
that gambling was running wide open—by orders from above.
Political fixers flitted back ami forth. There were stories
of 40 per cent protection money. For the handbooks it ran as
high as 80 per cent. Some one was "getting his." And the
people were paying. The games paid some one a third of a
million dollars.
A few policemen, ill-guided, started to raid places. They
were disciplined by "the men above." Some were sent to the
suburbs. One patrolman called the wagon to take a group of
gambler* to the station when one of the Clancys appeared sud
The Northern Club opened and flourished. Men crowded
the place to the doors 'lite profits were immense Policemen
s|oo<l at the doors, making no attempt lo check what they knew
was going on upstairs. The men who ran the club were Mayor
(■ill's close personal and political friends.
The Arcade dance hall set out on a glorious career. It was
operated by a man whoae intimate friend had helped Gill win
Its profits ran up to $J,OOO and more a night.
Despite the promise made by Gill UPTOWN that if dance
halls were permitted to operate they should be free from sus
picion and should not sell liquor, the Arcade was a scene of
nightly debauchery. Girls and men reeled about the floor, mad
with liquor. It was a carouse. How many men and women
the Arcade started on the road to eternal damnation only the
recording angel knows.
But Gill's friends collected their blood money—until the
courts made them close their doors.
The cafes lived in a golden era tinder Gill. The closing
hour was laughed at. The halls were filled with women of the
underworld, openly plying their shameful vocation. Drunken
ness was everywhere. They were admittedly vile, vicious,
But the cafes ran unmolested by Gill. Some of the council
men fought against granting these places a license. They got
no help from the mayor. Instead, his administration regarded
it as a personal affront that Kellogg, Weaver and Goddard
should fight these places.
And so the sordid tale of misrule runs.
Gill had promised the people of Beacon Hill, of Ballard, of
Green Lake, that these things should not be tolerated. But
there is one strange thing about politicians—and Gill has always
been a politician—that promises made to politicians in saloon
back rooms in secret sessions, to fixers, to men of the down
town districts, are sacred, while promises made on the platform
to the people—well, they're just campaign speeches.
Gill's pledges to the people conflicted with the pledges
downtown. It was the downtown pledges which Were honored j
OLYMPIA, Jsn- 21.—Th* si*
prems court has afflrmtd tK*
supfrior court of Bte»tn* coun
ty In the conviction of Freder
ick W. Jahne, known as James
Logan, who Is under sentenc*
to b* hanged for th* murder
of Agne* Jensen In Stevens
county October 28.
DENVKR, Jan 21.—A woman for
t'nlted State* senator. Thl* is the
situation today that was presented
to the Colorado legislature, which
la facing a deadlock on the problem
of electing a successor to the lato
Senator Hughes Mrs Kstherlne
Williamson, chairman of the legis
lative committee of Federated Wo
men's Clubs of Colorado, will he
nominated when voting Is tiegun,
according to the prediction of prom
Inent legislators.
STOCKTON, CaT, Jan! «1 —
Joseph M. lamg. who served a*
tinder sheriff of Ssn Joaquin county
continuously since ISS6. died here
This little society, which started
In such a modest way years sun,
has kept In step with the growth
of Hcattle, until now It han site m
bershlp <J something like ;im| of
this number fully 25" are pr e t Icing
In Seattle, the other .'•<» belnn
scattered throughout the country
In addition to then' too there
are, of course, many regular |>hysl
clans thut do not belong to any
Counting these, and adding to
them the "(juarkH snd new d«
tors, It Is safe to say there Is a
doctor for every MM) <if th< < ity's
Registration clerks In th« Pre
fontalne building are having a food
many laugh- along with their Jobs.
Y«>sterday a "cullud lady," weigh
lug fully a fifth of a ton, ambled
Into a First ward booth.
"Nam*, please?" asked the
"Habe," whe*sod the negress.
"I mean your right name."
"Ain't got no other name."
"I'm aorry. but you cannot regis
ter If you don't give u* your cor
rect name."
And then for about 6* seconds
1 the poor clerk was roasted to a
turn The "cullud lady" left In
high dudgeon, without qualifying
aa a voter.
Down in the fourth precinct of
' the First ward, yeaterday after-
"Do I have to tell my right
"Hut I haven't been In Seattle
Fraud in Uncle
Joe's County
OANVII.I.K. 11l . Jan SI Ua*
lion corruption and bribery, which
la derlifi'il to have boen rampant
for )i*ir> In I'nclr Iw*'i bailiwick
Vermillion county, promised to I#
bated to the (rand jury, invent last
Inn a atatemrnt avtit today to i|
licwtpaper by a prominent attoiaey.
In which b<* confirmed buying rule*
lii a prcvlowa electin*
The Christian socialist party will
hold • rally at the V M (' A to
night "Da the principles of aoetal
lain conflict wltb the teachlnga of
Jeaua" will In the topic of a ser
■MM b> He* F L llmwll.
Some day the whole story of the Seattle Electric Co. in Se
attle politics, dating back to the famous blanket franchise, will
be written. This is just one chapter of it.
When Gill came into office the city had an electric plant
which was a source of pardonable pride to all loyal Seattle
people. Founded to help free the people from the monopoly
prices of the Seattle Electric, with all the handicaps and hin
drances that face a municipal plant, the city property was mak
ing good. In five years it had turned a big deficit into a sur
plus of $200,000 in one year.
Every big electric company in the country is waging a
silent battle against municipal ownership. Rack of the Seattle
Electric is the Stone Webster corporation. Back of them is the
General Electric Co., recently cited into court by the United
States government. The Seattle city plant was being watched
with unfriendly eyes.
Despite this, Gill went to the S. E. Co. for a man to put in
charge of the plant over the heads of the men whehad built it
up. lie chose Richard M. Arms. Friends of the electric com
pany collected a list of endorsements for Arms and he went to
Arms from the first demonstrated the unwisdom of Gill's
The city plant had lines laid to Ballard, poles set up and
more than five month*." whitt
led the young woman.
'Voting for HIT"
"Leave it t*i me
"'Sure, we'll register yuh."
And she registered.
Questions asked by women who
want to register, but don't llko to
tell all they know
"Will thlx get In the papers?"
"Where do I vote?" (Before she
tells the clerk hor address).
Do I have to vote the same way
as my husband?'
"If I vote for Pilling (or Gill)
will they tell my friends?"
■ |K) we havo to pay to regis
noon, a young
woman, with
about |1.5'»0
worth of clothes
covering her
shapely foriu, en
tered the regis
tration booth.
"What's your
name, kid?" de
manded one of
the clerk*.
wlfey peeved Is
the fact that she missed a mati
nee at the Orpheum.
V \SHINOTON, I) (V, Jan. 21.—
H' ■ iproclly between ('anuria and the
t'nlted States lihh been agreed upon.
Tin* atate department here today
announced that a satisfactory agree
im nt Ix-tween tin two <-i>imt i I«»h had
been naihi il The terms of th<*
tgreeineut will im given nut simul
taneously at Washington and
Ottawa, probably on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, 1) 0.. Jan 21.—
The census bureau today announc
ed the present population of
Fhucali, Aria., aa 11,134.
"I resist" red
six times today."
triumphantly et
claltncd the wife
of a well known
business m a n
last night.
"Sl* times,"
gasped hubby.
And then he
learned that, after
registering, h I s
wife signed five
recall petitions,
What m a k e s
While circulating a ret all pet!
Hon yesterday afternoon, C. F.
Craig decided to treat himself to
a tall one.
Then he entered a Second av.
lunch counter and proceeded to
bury a drowsy bead In a plate of
Then be ambled onf and started
to hawk the fait that Mayor USUI
should be recalled.
Then Patrolman Waechter took
him to jail.
"It will be a Jail sentence for
you If you ever appear In this
court again," warned Judge Gor
don, iik lie allowed Craig to depart.
An American born woman
with a foreign husband, and
who Is not a citizen, Is not
entitled to vote under the
present law governing the reg
istration. according to Corpor
ation Scott Calhoun. The
question has come up several
Dilling supporters will rally in
Steiner's hall, Grand boulevard and
15th av. \V . tonight to listen to
Councllmen Way, Kellogg a fid War
dall, H. II Thompson, Dr. C. C.
Henedlct, William McDonald and
others. Will Atkinson will preside
This will be the first of a series of
meetings In the suburban districts.
That has NOT happened yet.
The vice gangiw demandnffl
davldH from every person who reg
isters In the First ward.
Bobby Boyce wan neon fraterniz
ing in Dllling headquarters today.
The Dilling campaign nmnagera
will place no challengers in the
First ward Feb. 7.
Frank Clancy innlsts there will
tie an honest count.
Dugdale promises a pennant
winning team thin season
Hut remember It hasn't happened
Telegraphic and local news up to 5 o'clock (8
p. m. eastern time) Included In th* LATEST
edition of The Star—alway* printed on PINK
part of the wiring done before Arms took office. His first act
was to stop this work and haul the costly transformers back
to town.
The Seattle Electric Co. had a plant in Ballard.
liig downtown contracts were offered to the city—ss,ooo
a year entrant Arms turned them down and the S. E. Co.
got them.
Georgetown wanted city lights. The S. E. Co. had a plant
there. Georgetown was turned down.
Residents of the city asked for city lights. They were told
by Arms' men to go to the S. E. Co.
'1 lie only parts of the city where Arms showed any activity
were in the remote districts, where the cost of installation
was excessive and where the city could not po-sibly a
Arms' excuse for turning down contracts was that he
didn't have enough power. Yet he was only using half what ha
had. And while he was turning down private contncts he sold
to the Seattle Electric Co., at a rate a fourth as much as the
lowest consumer, more power than the American Bank build
ing, which he turned down, would use in several years.
In all this Arms is not entirely responsible. He acted, it is
presumed, on the advice of his friends of the S. E. Co., who
visited him almost tlaily in his office, and with the approval of
the mayor.
The net result of the Gill-Arms-S. E. Co. administration of
the city's light plant was that the profits which had been
mounting steadily dropped back as suddenly. The fTnal result
< i the continuation of such management could only be the
wrecking of the plant.
The Star exposed the plant'# management. The coun
cil investigating committee and the committee from the Munici
pal League verified The Star's charges.
But Gill refused to remove or reprove Superintendent
Arms Gill is finally responsible, and cannot dodge the issue.
Gill's administration of the city brought down on his head
the condemnation of hundreds and thousands of the people of
Seattle. This disapproval grew stronger day by day, until it
culminated in a demand for his recall.
With this demand Gill began to IJe went into
court, sought delay, tried to enjoin. He attacked the petitions.
Rut his every attempt failed. The election will go through on
February 7.
The Star has tried to tell the story of Hi Gill. It has
avoided personalities, has kept within the facts as established
in the common knowledge of half of Seattle and as verified by
painstaking investigation. r
Registration for that recall election is now on. Every man
and woman in Seattle who is a citizen of Seattle, who is over
21 and has lived here a sufficient period, is entitled to vote. To
net the entire electorate on the registration books has been a
stupendous task.
The books will close February 27. They are open in the
precincts till 9 o'clock tonight.
The Star urges everyone to register. V'nless you have
registered since January 1, 1911, you can not vote for or against
Hi Gill.
To the women of Seattle it makes a special appeal.
For the issue in this campaign is as much a moral one as
an economic one. A vote against Gill is a vote for a clean Se
attle. It is a vote for your neighbor's son and daughter. It is
a vote against vice flaunted before the eyes of the young. It ia
a vote for women for men.
The eyes of the nation are on Seattle. Can Seattle lift itself
from the dirt and slime where Gill has dragged it, they are ask
ing. The women have a chance to say. The Star urges every
woman who loves Seattle, who wants to keep this city a place
for young men and young women to grow up in, to vote for
Dilling and Decency.
Dilling Aids
Rainier Fight
A delegation of cltlsens and residents of the Rainier Valley call
ed on George Dilling. recall candidate for mayor, this morning, to
learn his attitude towards the proposed Issue of bonds for the pur
pose of acquiring building and municipally owned street car lines,
to rellcv the situation caused by the misconducted of the Craw
ffil'tl 1111 I*
ioru nut*.
"I am emphatically In favor of
the proposition to vote IstMi.ooo In
bonds for the purpose of purchas
Ing. condemning or psralelHng the
Seattle, Renton & Southern electric
line and extending It to Salmon
bay, and shall vote for It on
election day," said Mr Dilling,
For Municipal Ownership.
"The municipal ownership of
public utilities has proven grat
ifyingly successful as applied to
our water and lighting systems,
except for the unfortunate mis
management of our lighting plant
under Mayor Gill, and I know ot no
reason why we should not expect
good results In this case The
franchises of the Renton company
were revoked because the company
failed to live up to its contract to
provide the patrons of the line with
(It) ( nlted I'ronH »
ALAMEDA, Cnl., .l«n. 21. Tiki
much 'rail rah lx>y" In thp basis of
a divorce com
plaint on file In
the Alameda su
perlor court here
today in which
Alfred M. Chand
ler, complaining
of a broken home,
brands hla wife,
Helen, as the
original collage
widow. ».
When Chandler
came home o'
nights, he gay«, no
Ul'C- LC.lt l. Nrw* stands s»
an adequate service. 1 am in favor
of that method of dealing with all
franchise-holding public service
corporations whenever they fall, aa
was the case in this Instance, to
carry out their contracts.
"While the paramount issues
of the mayoralty campaign are
the suppression of vice, the en
forcement of law, and the res
cue of the city lighting depart
ment, I realise that to thou
sands of citizens living along
the Renton line no other issue
can overshadow In Importance
the question of adequate trans
portation to and from th*ir
homes. I am with them in
their fight and it Is my inten
tion to hold public meetings at
(Continued on Page Six.)
wife would be 011 the job Only a
Cracker and a cold "spud" gracttl
the board Melon would bo over at
the university holding a reception—
and hand*- with a bunch of
Mtudcnta whoso Ilea and socks
tihanu il the colors of the rainbow.
ih.» r>ii>4
CIIICAOO. .Lan It In .mi
niated that a reduction Of f1.400,000
In the annual revenue* of the Pull
man company will lie brought .tbout
by the reduced rate tariff for bertha
which gov* luto effect Kebiuar) L

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