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****<iri oiiqnj ,mwg Vol. IV SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, MARCH 23, J901 No. 19 Seattle Mail and Herald 1:-r''«;t-r^ntsyat306r7B;,,ey By The Mail Publishing Co., Inc. Editor Edgar L. Hamptoo_ - - lahncnrTiov ***** ., ,h= *51 00. Six Months, 50c. Twelve Months, **•""• , _, tbe Po/rtoffle* in Beattle, as K""" s;:,„„i,.|.ss Mail ««tter. ,L,8 WELL WITH THE WORLD. A v„, long tlnee The Saturday Ere* ,., st relieved itself editorially of lDg ncrete statement, to which all men a '" |B the habit of digesting in- 'tion for themselves, and draw i'"!U,'l„.ir own conclusions, must cer- iUl' iv tike exception*. It was to the ! •''"'' t')ia, the world, per se, is all fc th*< when a man "kicks" it is rigal . hiinsell. is out of joint because • iti, the world. lo the abstract the Post's logic may . good. Most of the trouble of every 'l'!,n originates with hims; If. He sees .,,„(,. in his brother's eye. but noi beam in his own. He expects too (.)i of Other*, and not enough of him- •"" |I(. can easily tell how to be Bident, but to be President is jrhl with <)bvious <liffieulty. He is '"lUr,u-n worst enemy. If he can rule iii oWO spirit he is greater than he °" ' tftketb a city -according to a ,t ,- older and wiser, even, than the (it- the Saturday Evening Post. " ',n,t ,1"' sad fact is that verv few .,,,. thus taken. Most men fail *iltl*'*. „„,■ l"'i:'!- '•"m'" the al)*<"'<lity :" '. gtatenient. All is not well with "' old and it is dangerous for us "" U°iit tb«' vampire to fan us to «; ''^ this subject The Post's se , tlve argument may be all right for 'l";ntal scientist. If you give that in- 'nviduai what you are reasonably conn* ' ;, 1. an apple, and tell him to eat . he will Startle you with the statement, that vou did not really give him ,„ apple; that you only think you t1Ve him an apple and he thinks he took it If v°u strike him with a club vou are confronted with a like result. ',, |M beautiful theory to live by and to die bv and many find it convenient ■„ paying bills. Hut the world is not run on a mental science plan; theories .,.-,. not supposed to be a part of our Veil-ing gear. This is the age when ., spade is a spade, a mule is a mule, and men grapple with realities. Most light-minded men admit that the world is better now than ever before, but they also urge that it is not better to ., degree that will warrant us in taking a si.nine attitude while we await the, millenium. Safety is found only in ;,n added determination to strive for \ t a higher attainment. ' All is not well with the world. Of its Inhabitant* 75 per cent are still unable either to read or write. There are still some tens of thousands of murders committed each vear. besides crimes of lesser consequence. The world has always been disturbed by wars ot oppression and conquest, scarcely at any time more than now. Up to the year 1890 $7,100,000,000 had been spent and over 600,000 men had been slain in prosecuting war in the United States. We are now spending half a million dollars daily to subdue the heathens in the Philippines, and at the same time within our own borders are states, 65 per cent of whose population have not even the rudiments of an education. If all is well with the -oild, how about strikes and lockouts—the alarmingly increased, worldwide disturbance between capital and labor? Congress is about to adjourn and the legislatures in all the states of the Union. Their obvious object in meeting has been to correct some of the existing wrongs. That they did not in many cases do so does not obviate the existence of the wrong—it proves its continued existence. Vet to further enumerate the ills that flesh is heir to would be superfluous. We are all flesh, and know them by heart. The danger that is like to follow the self-satisfied theory is the same that confronts the boatman who rides above Niagara Falls, forgetting to handle his oars. The philosophy of self-satisfaction is certainly a poor philosophy for practical daily use. or for the use of a leading exponent of American progression. CARNEGIE'S PHILOSOPHY. When a man who, having amassed a bundled million dollars during his span of life, desires to give it all ..»,... before death, and thus die poor, he must be actuated by some extraordinary and therefore interesting motives. We have not studied the life of Andrew Carnegie closely. We do not know what thoughts have guided hTs many profound acts of business en- t rprise. or what has prompted bis multiplied deeds of kindness. But we take the unique position that at heart Carnegie is a just and good man—better than the average American business man. We will agree with every one that many of his transactions have been improper in the sense of strict equity. But a man who will improperly acquire five cents is as wholly bad at cor.- as one Who would thus acquire it;, iiiio.OOO. and the latter has an infinitely greater soul. A Seattle landlord who charges $300 for a $200 storeroom is as vicious as the man who cuts down the wages of a nation, corners all the steel in the world and counts his profits in seven figures. The crime lies in the motive, not the magnitude of the transaction and manv men have the motive without sufficient brains to attain the magnv tu.de. There are individual reasons why Carnegie should not be wholly con- ,1. niiied. True, he has blazed a broad roadway down the avenue of life. Men have fallen on the right and on the. left of him—not directly at his own hands. But the number that have risen by him is infinity. Outside of these facts he has achieved—the source of which in itself was an uncontrollable motive of his life. His millions represent the net result of an ungovernable automatic energy, well directed, running on and on. down the course of one man's existence, cramming it full of activity. He was not the master of this zeal—it was the master of him. Paradoxical as the assertion may seem, we urge that Napoleon could not help being a great warrior; Webster could not help being a great statesman; Hdison cannot choose but be an inventor; Carnegie cannot avoid being a millionaire. To such men pride is everything and achievements are meat and drink. To them in- acti.ity would be far more an impossibility than the stocks. But the substance of Carnegie's strange, crude logic is summed up in the two uncommon facts that he believed in educating and elevating the masses, and he b< lieved in dying poor. His faith in both of these doctrines must be considered sincere, because with each five-million-dollar gift he adds incontrovertible argument to each. No man can do what he has done for the public libraries of the world without believing in their efficacy. As to his fortune, it served its purpose in allowing bis r. stless nature the diversion of chasing it to earth. Now, in the end he is throwing away bis doll rags. He has seen that the rich man's path to glory is a White- horse Rapids, fraught with impossibilities, and the knowledge has made him sad. He sees that in his t-states he lias much unearned increment, and he would appease the gods with gifts. Although he has done for a multitude of people what they never could have clone for themselves, has added to the world untold wealth in many ways. nevertheless, now. as he nears the end. he appears to see the necessity, for some inexplicable reason, of praying himself out of purgatory. Fremont car line to Lake Union, in the vicinity of tbe Western mill. Its jogb and zig-zags, its ups and downs, are an every-day nuisance. The residents of Fremont and Green Lake must groan under them by day and dream of them by night. The teamster, with a load of lumber, striving to reach the city, may plead justifiable profanity as mu.lates 'Napoleon with all Ins men,' by climbing up a hill, only to go down again. "Twenty-fire years ago coal were hauled from Lake Union to Pike street ever a railroad through the woods in the valley, direct in course, and with an easy, continuous ascent. Even fifteen years ago this old rail road grade, abandoned, was yet an open thoroughfare and a convenient wagon road. At that time not a single street was graded between Pike street and Lake Union. The land was platted with paper streets, projected m Bublime disregard of the dictates ot nature, the old railroad grade being covered bv the blocks laid out diagon- across its course. As the city A YEAR-OLC PROPHECY. Right in line with the present vigor ous agitation, newspaper and otherwise, regarding a possible level highway from the city to Lake Union, the Mail and Herald reproduces today what it said, or its correspondent. Mr. Geo. F. Cotterill, said, in the issue of May :>. 1900, almost one year ago. on this same subject The article created much favorable talk at the time, and has created more since. The Mail and Herald reserves to Mr. Cotterill the credit for having been first to outline this plan of a street that must sooner or later be a reality. The article, which follows, is only an excerpt from his comprehensive treatise on the subject: "Every citizen, whether cyclist or pedestrian, has walked or rode from Pike strc et along the route of the ally -~~ -- , ,,. grew, people bought lots, built improvements on them, and gradually the eld thoroughfare begari to be blocked up Au att mpt was made to save this natural highway from the business center to the lake. There were men of enterprise and foresight m those davs who saw th danger and demanded' that a street be established and condemned along the old grade, in extension of Rollin street mow Westlake avenue), straight to a connection with Fifth avenue, near the present powe, house. The condemnation was authorized and the appraisal of damages made. The total was pa try almost nominal, as the property to be taken was low and unimproved. And yet when it came to appropriating the five or ten thousand dollars which would have secured for all time to the people this great thoroughfare, the City Council said in effect: 'It isn't necessary now. Let's wait awhile. "And the people are waiting yet. The district built up; streets were graded as platted, contrary to nature: the old easy-grade thoroughfare disappeared forever. Traffic zig-zags northwest and northeast to get due north: it rises and falls as it comes and goes from the natural valley grade to which nature, beckons it at every turn. It would cosl a hundred thousand dollars today ;ablish that straight, easy route from Pike street to Westlake avenue. Before Seattle reaches a quarter ot a million population it will take' as -any collars to ,'ig.U the ;:'ro,'o,u;;- aeer platting, but some daj >' *"• w done. , ,. , ,.,,cks the cradle" "The banc that 1 m «* 1IU " Hc \,lvertise to reach bUy8 'h■' Z the tlvertising World. W°men' % ,d.l hat the Mail and «* ™ nl0d,;Stl>;U. ,'er and more ex- Herald reaches a ,atge' „sive class of women than any other Paper, weeWy or dally. ^ the Paciflc No'thwest. Those who know the Mail and Herald best know this.
|Title||Seattle Mail and Herald, v. 4, no. 19, Mar. 23, 1901|
|Catalog Title||The Seattle Mail and Herald|
|Creator||Hampton, Edgar L.|
|Publisher||The Mail Publishing Co., Inc.|
|Notes||Volume 4 (1901) missing issue 13.|
|Physical Measurements||10.5 x 13.5 in|
|Digitization Specifications||Master image scanned with Zeutschel Omniscan 12002c at 400 dpi, 8-bit grayscale or 24-bit color, uncompressed TIF. Master file size: 329,079,652 bytes [16 files].|
|Collection||Seattle Mail and Herald|
|Contributing Institution||The Seattle Public Library|
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