Bellingham Dens of Dirt 9.6.1907




Bellingham Herald Sept. 6, 1907 p.3

Dwellings of Hindus are Dens of Dirt

    A large crowd of people has been at the depot since the Hindus began to depart yesterday afternoon. Last night the throng was on hand to bid the Orientals farewell as they boarded the train with their baggage, consisting of sacks of flour, tool chests, blankets rolled up in half-inch wire cables, brass kettle, coffee pots and all other kinds of cooking utensils. The crowd cheered lustily as the train pulled from the station. The outlandish actions of the Orientals were met with good-natured jibes on the part of many by-standers.
    A visit to the headquarters of the Hindus who were raided night before last reveals a condition of squalor and filth. In one of the lodging houses on C street where the windows had been smashed, watermelon rinds were scattered promiscuously over the floors and old coats and rags were hanging on hooks. There were no blinds over the windows. In many of the rooms there was no evidence of a bedstead Ė nothing but a few thread-bare blankets. In the basement of the building, which was on a level with the water at high tide, were a few old mattresses, indescribably filthy.
    Last night the Industrial Workers of the Word passed resolutions condemning the actions of the mob Wednesday night. They stated that the methods adopted by the rioters were not in accordance with the principles of organized labor. They dealt exclusively with the disturbance, however, and there was not reference to the objections on the part of the laboring class to the imported labor. The resolutions were signed by President J.A. Sell and Secretary R.C. Johnson.
    This afternoon Councilman Sells denied the allegation that he had declined to act as deputy when appointed yesterday morning by Chief Thomas. He declared that he appeared at the city hall and was ready to be sworn in, but nobody seemed anxious to delegate to him the powers of special officer, therefore he had returned home. He said that we would have been glad to serve, but reiterated that he considered the outbreak as a young manís frolic and not as a riot.