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Prohibition in Seattle. Drug stores that sell liquor get short shrift in Seattle since the mayor adopted a policy of "smash 'em up.” Washington went dry January 1. The stores shown on this page are said to have been owned by J. J. Kelley. Damage estimated in excess of $10,000 was wrought by the official wrecking crew.
Our old friend Christopher Columbus first and lived with a prodigality unknown to-day in put this hemisphere on the map when he un
those parts. furled the Spanish flag on San Salvador, over This prosperity continued until 1832, when four hundred years ago. The larger islands Great Britain abolished slavery in all its posof Cuba, Hayti, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, sessions and the West Indian negro became a and others, were soon afterwards discovered, free man and was gradually enfranchised. At and, being fertile, immigration from Europe the same time there was instituted a degree of poured into them. For two hundred years Eu- compulsory education, with the result that ropean powers were periodically fighting for to-day, after three or four generations of good control of these wealthy islands, and, with the schooling, the colored gentleman of Jamaica, exception of Barbados, all of them have Trinidad, or Barbados, or any other island changed flags several times.
under British rule, is a highly civilized and inThe exploits of Drake, Hawkins, Frobisher, teresting individual, and has nothing much in Raleigh, Rodney, Morgan, and others are fa- common with his American brothers. miliar to readers of English history, and their
EXTREME ADVERSITY. names are inseparably associated with the West Indies and the Spanish main. Nearly three
For fifty years or more after the emancipa
tion act the West Indies passed through a perhundred years ago slaves were brought over from Africa to work on the sugar estates, and
iod of extreme adversity. A planter could not for over two hundred years the West Indies
make money without slave labor and hundreds was a full-grown member of the commercial
of families went back to England, letting their world, while Uncle Sam was yet in swaddling magnificent estates go to rack and ruin. One clothes. The islands were the Mecca of the
of the larger islands, before 1832, had a popu
lation of nearly 100,000 whites, with many brave and adventurous of Europe, and also the
thousand prosperous estates. Twenty years headquarters of an array of buccaneers and
afterward there were about 15,000 whites and pirates, who preyed with great profit upon the marine commerce of the different nations.
only a few hundred working properties. In those days Jamaica was the brightest
After a few decades of business despondency jewel in the English colonial crown, and its
period of reconstruction set in, and the past capital one of the richest and wickedest cities twenty-five years has seen a gradually inof the world. Thousands of English families creasing prosperity.
I have often heard American tourists say owned sugar estates among the various islands
they hoped that they would not become sick, *Mr. Renwick makes periodical visits to the West being so far away from medical skill. The Indies in the interests of Parke, Davis & Co.
fact is that there are probably as good doctors