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WAKE UP, SEATTLE
KILL THE PORT PIRA TES' HARBOR STEAL
Wake up, citizens of Seattle! The net has been quietly laid to
entrap you. The Port Pirates, wearing the masks of prominent j
citizens, are ready to slip their noose around your necks. And you
thought there was no danger. We all lulled ourselves into believ- j
ing the rotten Ayers scheme to be dead.
We surmised that his former backers had deserted him and that finally, after their last repri
mand, they would be content to keep their hands out of the Port District's money box.
But while we dreamed, the Port Pirates have schemed and worked. True, they have discarded
their old brass band tactics, but they have adopted more subtle and more dangerous methods. Ayers ]
himself is here in Seattle. In an unguarded moment yesterday he openly boasted that SEATTLE :
WOULD HAVE NO HARBOR DEVELOPMENTS IN TWO YEARS UNLESS SEATTLE WOULD
SWALLOW HIS SCHEME AND PAY THE PRICE. What have his fiackers—the Port Pirates—to 1
say to that? Millions of dollars in cash is involved, but more important still, the welfare and futurfe J
of Seattle are at stake. If the Port Pirates put through their steal next Tuesday at the port election j
they will have a stranglehold on Seattle for all time to come. • Ml
And as is usually the case, the dangerous trap is concealed in what looks like an innocent and
harmless proposition. THE TRAP IS PROPOSITION FOUR. IT PROPOSES TO ENLARGE THE
PORT COMMISSION TO FIVE MEMBERS. Does it not appear harmless? But if the Ayers gang
can get the commission enlarged, their next step is easy. They can spend enough money to put over
their members in a quiet port election when few citizens take part, and with the control of the com- '
mission, they have their hands on the millions of the people's money to use for their stock jobbing,
real estate booming game. THEY ARE PLAYING FOR MILLIONS. 1
Proposition Four on the ballot must be killed and it will be killed if the voters wake up to the
On the one side today against Proposition Four stand the
Municipal League, the Commercial Club, the Public Ownership
League, and every other dependable civic organization in Seattle.
Here also stands The Star, as it has always stood, against private
profit at the expense of the public.
On the other side, fighting for Proposition Four, are Ayers, the
Port Pirates, a few misguided citizens, and the two newspaper J
organs that sired the bastard Harbor Island scheme. 1
The issue is clearly drawn. Wake up, citizens of Seattle! Get j
on the firing line!
The Seattle Star
THE ONLY PAPER IN SEATTLE THAT DARES TO PRINT THE NEWS
SEATTLE, WASH, FRIDAY. JUNE 13, 1913.
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