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LETTER FROM PROFESSOR MILES
ON UNIVERSITY PRESIDENCY
Replies t? Those Who Alado
Fight on Him.
CHARGES OF THE FACULTY
A Highly Interesting Review of What
Took Place in lhe Meeting of the
Board of Visitors When These
To the People of Virginia:
On Saturday, July 2f,th, Dr. J. W. Mal?
let, a distinguished professor In the Unl
JSKf'Stf 0I X rKlnl"? i>">>ii.m,od a Sard in
lhe Tlmes-Dlspatch. or Itichmon-I, in , '.
ply to u statement made by a nowen?rW
correspondent from Charlottesvllle/ Tlio
waa'aT'fol'lowsf "?^? correspondent
?.i'??,1",'!1, or ,11,1?,, ""Position that existed
Ai? ??,??? MI1?H lmmn "'?''? ?r?i men?
tioned n connection with the presidency
ot the Unlvornlty has died out, and thero
?as even been in change of Bcntlment in
the faculty ns well as among the Alumni
of Iho Institution."
Dr. Mallet staled In reply to this that
if" a careful canvass or the raombers
Ot tbo faculty, some twelve of llttoen,
others not being accessible, I have been
unable to discover any change or senti?
ment except their objections being In?
creased and Intensified by every ik?w
move of tho candidate and of his friends."
I also havo a letter recently received
Xrom lion. Charles P. Jones, Rector of
tho University Hoard, in which, among
other things, lie says:
"The opposition of the larger part of
the faculty and student body as well us
l'art of the Alumni makes It ?np?jlltlc,
at least In my Judgment, for the Hoard to
elect you president."
I also have a letter from Hon. Walton
Moore, Member of the Hoard of Visitors,
In which he says:
"Whllo 1 regard vou as very highly
quail lid, your selection nt this time
would protract the controversy which has
been going on for a year and which
ought to be ?luletcd If the University is
I think it I? due the people of Virginia
who own the University of Virginia; and
It Is also duo my liunily and irlends to
elate to the people what the controversy
Is und what the oppoiittlon Is.
Thla matter has been under discussion
for twelve months and up to this time I
bave mudo no statement,in regard to It.
Tho following account may be lengthy
nnd tedious, but 1 believe that every citi?
zen who hus the cause of higher educa?
tion a? heart will be glad to follow ?t.
REVIEW OF SITUATION.
In February. 1818, I was appointed a
member of tlio Hoard of Visitors of thu
University of Virginia, by Governor J.
Hoge Tyler. I entered Upon my duties
In March of that year. Five of the
nine members were new members. Wo
found tlie University in a had way. We
found the treasury empty und a deficit
on the year's current expenses of ten
thousand dollars. Upon investigation W'o
found tlio student:? had fallen off to
about four hundred. This Included law
students, medical studentK. engineering
and academic. Wo also found Hie gov?
ernment ot the Institution |n an Inflamed
?nd deplorable ?.ondlllon. The relation
between the former Board of Visitors nnd
the faculty had been strained. Wo alio
found that thoy had been expending for
all purposes lor advertising tlie Univer?
sity of Virginia, only three hundred dol?
lars annually. I Introduced Immediately
nt the first meeting I attended; a set of
resolutions, appropriating three thoumr.d
dollars annually to advertise In prop?
er manner the University ot Virginia.
These resolutions defined tho way tho
faculty should expend this money. ?\?
discussed thoroughly the waste of good
will and neglect of tbe University's inter,
est that, had been going on for year?.
Under these resolutions of mine, the num?
ber of students was increased by over
one hundred, and thc University had a
surplus In the treasury of about ten
thousand dollars Instead of a deficit. Be?
cause of Jealousies In tho faculty, the
plan that 1 had outlined was not fol?
lowed. Dr. Barringer requested for him?
self, as chairman, full control of the
funds and lost the sympathy of the best
workers of the faculty, and under his
management of the fund, the number |
of student? fell off again about one hun?
dred In the session of ir?l-n2.
The board discovered Immediately the 1
need of an executive head to the Univer?
sity who could devote nil his time to the
discipline and good will of the institu?
tion. It was mv resolution'at this first
meeting whereby this position was offer?
ed to Dr. Wood row Wilson, now tho pres?
ident of Princeton University. I had an
ex-tended correspondence with Dr. Wilson.
He nt first wns Inclined to accept tho
position, expressing however, some doubt
as to the manner ln which ho would bo
received by the faculty. At my re?
quest. Governor Tyler, wrote bini ?? let?
ter assuring him of his good will and
support. He. however, declined to accept
?when his Princeton friends beard of it
nnd brought pressure to bear on him to
remain where he was. The board was
still so Impressed with the inefficient
methods Of discipline und administration
nt the University that they kept cast?
ing about them for a proper man for this
P0Sltl0nilIS NAME BASTED: ,
While this question was under discus?
sion at thc Juno meeting of the board
In 1902. Mr. Daniel Harmon and Mr. Car?
ter Glass met me outside of the board
room and the latter told me that the for?
mer had suggested me in connection with
tho position of executive head of the
University of Virginia. 1 told them that
it was impossible for me to be con?
sidered in this connection, that my Ufo
was laid out on other lineu and my busi?
ness engagements were such that I was
responsible for the investment of other
people's money and that I had lo sec
them through with It. I furthermore told
them tbat 1 would not bo received kind y
by lhe members of the faculty, that. In
the discharge of my duty on the board 1
had to oppose and offend ton many of
them. It was suggested, however that
? should take the matter under considera?
tion, and Mr. Harmon remarked that I
ought not to decline such an opportunity
In life." Mr. Harmon had a talk with mo
on the next day, and stated that they
would not elect a chairman at that meet?
??*; of the board, but would postpone tho
election until the October meeting, asking
Dr. Barrlnger to act ln the meantime, j
still Insisted that It was Impossible, in
vlow of my other engagements, to con?
sider this position. Mr. Harmon stated
that ho had mentioned the mnlter to tho
other members of tbe board and that thoy
all received tho suggestion favorably.
After coming home, within two weeks'
time, I sold certain property interest:-)
thut I had, and this relieved mo very
largely In my business engagements,
In July I met tho Rector of tlie Hoard,
Mr. C. P. Jones, In Richmond, nml hail
? upper with him at Murphy's Hotel. He
advised me to get myself in position, that
"it was un opportunity and that 1 could
not afford to declino it." In August of
J!K)2 I finally deckled to allow mv name to
be considered for this position and I
wrote a letter to the Rector, Mr. Jones to
this effect, inri went to Richmond ???|
put my resignation as a member of tbe
B' ard In the hands of the Governor. I did
this latter because I did not want to be
coiiBlderfd for a position under the
?euro's authority whllo I was a member
of that body,
ASSAUI.T OF THE FACULTY.
This resignation was a signal Mr ?
Virulent nnd concerted nssault upon mo
by certain mombers of the faculty of the
University and others who ivero Incited
to It by theso incmbors of the faculty. I
could find no motives Inspiring tlie.se'men
other than these:
First, I had opposed , many of their
Msbes and views in tho dleormrge of
my duly while a member of the Hoard.
Second. They were envious and Jealous
permiso several of them desired tills no.sl
_ ThlnJ. Some of the more Innocent and
honorable ones of them were inaile to
believe that I was a man who hurl
schemed for this position and did nut
have a character siifllclently high and
worthy to meet Its requirements,
Fourth. They had beep allowed so ????
to do ua they ploascd with the Board of
\ Isl ors nnd to govern nnd conimi tho
liiitlliition y,h|, their scholastic oligarchy
thn I they could not hour the Idea ?G any
disturbance In existing conditions.
Arici-much hysiorleiii discussion, seven?
teen united in p so-cnlioii protest ftffaihst
my selection which soon degenerated Into
? disease nnd heated screed ngalnst my
Intclicciu.-ii attainments (n the field of
hconomlos, (on which subject, by tlio
wny, it was f-iiggostod by members of the
1 lourd that I deliver popular lectures),
and flnnllv It closed with a lulsnnnd un?
worthy sintement. as follows: "Further
mid especially, we bellovc tho character
of Mr. Miles'is not such ns to JustKy ills
appointment an the bend of the Univer?
sity of Virginia. Wo nro prepared lo lay
before you clear evidence In support of
Pour members of thn Bonrd sont nie
coule? of ??> protest; finnlly ono mm??
(llreet from tho signing members of Hie
facility, transmitted by Dr. Charles XV,
Kent,'it friend of mine, nt their re(|iie?t. i
I ndtlressed Immediately ? letter to Dr.
Rnrrlngcr, one of the signers, and thnn
sent a copy of my/ letter to each one of
the seventeen members of tho faculty
signing tho protest, denouncing this lat?
ter statement ns falso and unworthy and
saying to them that I would demand their
specifications and hold them to strict
at count. Thoy refused to furnish any
sp?culentlonn ns to what thoy meant by
this charge, but from conversation with
members of tho Board, nnd from friends,
I found that there wuh going on a sys?
tematic nnd energetic nltempt to break
down my diameter In tbo eyes nf the)
pciiplo of Virginia and among the stu?
dent;? of the University and tn? meinneia
of thn Hoard of Visitors. Such gosslp
rnopgerlng has rarely exploited Itself in
any circle, much Ipss when supposed to
lie ns honorable nnd dignified as tne pro?
fessors of a great State university. One
o? their favorito methods was to write
communications to the Richmond papers
over nom de plumes. Prof. Richard
Heath Dnbnoy excelled at tills.
However, when tho Bonrd of Visitors
mot on the 17th of October, 1002. I ap?
peared before them, accompanied by my
counsel, Hon. ?. ??\ Buchanan, of Marlon,
Va.; Judge John D. Honiloy, Lynchburg.
Vn., and Hon. Charles V. Meredith, of
Richmond, Vn. ,
I thought It was to be a fight for what
was dearer to mo than life. Theso men
had attacked the fifth essence, tho food
name, the very soul of a man. I felt
that they would recognize the Issue, that
either I must come awuy from Charlottes?
ville a ruined man in reputation, or they
would have to como away ruined ln rep-'
utatlon. No wonder then thnt 1 asked
the presence, counsel and sympathy o?
strong and honorable legal advisers.
LETTER TO THE BOARD.
When I reached Charlottesville. I ad?
dressed to the Board of Visitors the fol?
Charlottesville, Va.. Oct 17, 15C-.
To the Rector and the Visitors of the
University of Virginia:
Gentlemen,?There has been filed before
your honorable body a paper dated Sep?
tember 27, 1M_, signed by certain pro?
fessors, whose nanlcs will be seen by
reference to a copy of the paper which
Is hereto attached.
My sclf-rorpoct forbids my taking no?
tice of the contents of that paper further
than It reflects upon my personal char
actor, but when my character has i>? ?*i_
assalled in the following extract ?reni
that paper, namely:
"Further, and especially', we belle-e
the character of Jlr. Miles Is nf.; such
as to Justify his appointment as tho bond
of the University of Virginia. Wc ?re
prepared to lay before you .clear evidence
In support of this allegation,"
As a gentleman, I must vindicate my?
self and demand of those who made the
charge, specifications and proof of the
matters which they allege thoy are pre?
pared to support by evidence.
Your tribunal has Jurisdiction und^r
the laws of Virginia to make an Inves?
tigation of this charge, made by the pro?
fessors of the University of Virginia, a-?t
pointed by you, which charge 1 have
stated to be' untrue in a written com?
munication addressed to each s.gner of
tho paper, and demand from them spe?
cifications and pro)f of any conduct In
my life which would reflect upon my
I respectfully state, considerili? the dig?
nity of tho University and iho disinclina?
tion of any gentleman to obtain vlndiCH
tlon hy an action at law, that the mis?
appropriate tribunal for the invest'c.t
tlon of this nttack upon my character
?s your honorable body, as you h.ve the
power to examine witnesses under .i.ith
nnd reqiilre the production of pap'irs.
Vindication. 1 must have, ani I c'i.'-i t
full Investigation of every action trotn
my childhood until now. nnd I court this
Investigation at the earliest moment
which Is practicable and convenient and
which will givo those making charges
,-igalnst me a full opportunity to produce
their evidence. This should not cause de?
lay, as the signers of the paper say that
they are prepared to lay before you cle.r
Evidence In support of their ^'legations.
A simple waiver, explanation or with?
drawal of this charge would b? unjust
ot me?I am entitled to nn absolute re?
traction or tho fullest investigation.
THE FACULTY APPEARED,
ln response to this communication, a
committee of the faculty signers, at the
request of tho Board appeared beforo It,
consisting of Professors Mullet, Dabney,
Lile and Pago. They stated thnt they
were there to respond and explain their
communication called the "protest."
Thereupon, to quote Hon. Carter Glass,
a member of the Board, who published
an account of what happened In his paper,
the Lynchburg News, the following hap?
pened; "Dr. Mullet us spokesman for the
faculty proceeded to argue nnd elaborate
the protest of the faculty against Mr.
Miles' iiunllllcatlons nnd illness for the
chairmanship of tho faculty and to the
professorship of the chair of Economics.
However, when he came to that para?
graph of the protest which wns under?
stood hy Mr. Miles and his attorneys, as
well nn by every member of the Bonrd of
Visitors, to Imply a sweeping Impeach?
ment of' Mr. Miles' moral character.
Dr. Mallet surprised the Board by giving
an Interpretation of tho language of the
protest of which no member of tho Board
had dreamed, and which seemed nbso
lutoly foreign to the apparent snlrlt and
context itself, in grief, Dr. Mallet con?
tended unit ihe fucully did not mean to
impeach Mr. Miles' moral chnracter, but
Intended to convey the Idea that Mr.
?Miles was a man of such 'characteris?
tics' as to unlit him for the appoint?
ment ns the executive head of the In?
stitution. This remarkable Interpretation
of tho language of the protest was the
moro surprising because it was known to
tho members of the Board that the mem?
bers of the faculty hnd stntod Hint thero
wore serious charges against Mr. Miles'
Dr. Mnllnt, however, Insisted upon his
Interpretation of the paragraph, lie mus
mercilessly probed nnd cross-examined by
members of th. Board, but he still In?
sisted upon what, ono of the members of
tho Board characterized as a "chemical
analysis of the word character or labor?
atory methods applied, to the English lan?
guage." Finally, when Hon. Carter Glnss
a Sited him the pointed question, If tho
members of the faculty who signed tho
protest bud not told, orally, members of
Die Board that theyMmeunt certain charg?
es against Mr. Mlos' character, Prof. Wil?
liam Minor Lile arose and stated that
he for ono had made statements derog?
atory to Mr. Miles' character, that ho had
found them to be faine and thnt he desired
In tho presence of the Bonrd to rot met
them, nnd (howlng lownrds Mr. Miles)
snld, "? apologize to Mr. Miles."
Hon. Donioi Harmon, of tho Board of
Visitors, requested Dr. Mullet then to
explain to tho Board what he meant hy
tho sentence following this sweeping
chargo against Mr. Miles' character,
whero they snld, "We aro prepared to luy
before you dear evidence In support of
this allegation." Thereupon, Dr. Mullet
proceeded to read six or seven "charac?
teristics'' of my Illness for the head of
the University of Virginia, this being the
"clear evidence" aganst my "chnructer."?
I may not have thorn in exact order.
Tlio first ono wns that I was willing to
lecture on Economics at the University
and thus reveal tha?' I did not know what
university Work was. At this point, ho
suspended his romtirks to let Prof. Rich?
ard Heth Dabney expatiate on this idea,
Then Prof. Dabney arose and begun a
coarse and painfully conceited d!si'us?d-n
of lbs phase of the question, He was told
by Dr. Daniel Harmon of tho Board,.in
the first place, that Mr. Miles h?d never
consented to take tho work of this chair,
that lie (Mr. Harmon) had merely sug?
gested It. But tills did not clieult lilin.
Among other things Mr. Dabney ?aid thai
he hnd done "n prodigious n mount of
work1 In preparing himself tm thi< eh?l'fi
studying under ?no greatest specialists
?G Europei and yet. said he, 'liven I l<-el
Incompetent for the discharge or tiie^o
?lutins." Mr. Meredith, of Mr. .Miles' coun?
sel, subsequently remarked that .Mr. Dab?
hoys speech ought to go down Into his?
tory as the "Even I" Speech, and that he
ought to bo known hereafter ns the "Even
1" uabiiey. Ho was nsked at this point
by Hon. Carier Glass the following ?pies?
tlon In tho following words: "Mr. O.-ib
ney, If you have ?lone this 'prodigious'
amount of work in preparing yourself
for tho chair of Economics, und the teach?
ing of the subject requires such 'prodig?
ious' toll ns Unit you must now admit
your own Incompeteney, would you bo
willing to add to these 'prodigious' pro?
fessorial duties the grent work Incident to
(he oxecutve headship of the University?"
The professors In the University lind
heretofore opposed the election of an
officer for executive duties exclusively,
claiming that some ono of the profess?re
should discharge these duties In connec?
tion with his lectures or teaching du?
Mr. Dabney wns by no means rebuff?
ed by the sarcastic and pointed ques?
tioni Ho simply went on stating that
he was a great specialist and only wanted
his chair divided so that he could have
more lime for his history teaching. Ile
spoke nf me ttfl a "country school teach?
er." He spoko of Emory and Henry Col.
lege, where 1 wns educated, as a "cross?
roads college." This college hap given
to the State such men ns William I".
Peters, John Gpode, J. E. B. Stuart. John
A. Buchanan. JChll. L?. Buchanan, C. E.
Vnwter and many others.
He volunteered to tell the board tbe
subjects embraced under the head of
economics. Ho Informed them that It
discussed tho question of banking and
currency! Ho also Informed the board
In the midst of tholr smiles, that It
treated of the grent question of capital
nnd labor! "And." said he, "we have
only passed through a great crisis on
tho subject." "I refer." snld he, "to the
great coal strike." At this point Judge
Hbrsley leaned over and whispered to
me, "Why didn't Roosevelt wire him to
come up and settle It?" When he sat
down. Dr. Mallet continued a discussion
of m-? "characteristics."
ACTIVITY IN BUSINESS.
The next point that he raised was
the fact that I had been too actively
and successfully engaged In business to
give thn University proper attention.
Hon. Carter Glass asked him this ques?
tion: "Do you mean to say. then, tho
PROFESSOR GEORGE W. MILES;
qualifications for the University of Vir?
ulilla Is a man who knows nothing about
business or who has been a failure ln
business " Mr. Glass also cited Hon. Beth
Low, of Columbia University, nnd Mr.
Charles Harrison, of tho University of
Pennsylvania, us examples of business
men at the head of Institutions of learn?
ing. Upon cross-examination. Dr. Mal?
let admitted that he thought a pro?
fessor and a specialist was the proper
man for the bend of a university.
The third "characteristic" was that I
had been interested und had ?taken too
active a part In politics to bo palled to the
head of the University of Virginia. Mr.
Harmon asked him if ho had ever known
mo to run for any public office. Ha did
not know of any such candidacy. Thon
Mr. Harmon asked him if It were not
"characteristic" of every good citizen
to be Interested In public affairs? Ho
asked him about Seth Low again, presi?
dent of Columbia University, who run
?or Mayor of the city of New York while
holding on to the presidency.'^ He also
asked about Hon. William L. \\ I son, who
enmo out a fierce factional fight ot the
Democratic party to accept the head?
ship of Washington and Lee University,
His reply was that Mr. Wilson had re.
tired from politics. Mr. Glass thereupon
nslted him If he did not think Mr. Miles
would retire from politics, lo this ho
cave no reply. It wns also remarked
Subsequently by ono of the members
of tho board that Thomas Jefferson had
taken throughout his Hie a rather active
interest In politics!
The fourth "characteristic" was that ho
had heard mo make a sneering remari?
?t the work of the Young Men's Christian
Association. When asked by Judge Hors
loy to repeat this remark, he suiti lio
could only remember tho last three woids.
When asked to ropent these Inst "throe
words," with grent apparent precision, ho
stated thnt a meeting of the Hoard of
Visitors I hnd spokensneerlngly of the Y,
M. C. ?., closing my sentence with theso
"three words"--"Illiiinis for Jesus. Tho
absurdity of his 'thioo words' had hardly
dawned on tho Board, when I aroso and
snld 1 would come to his relief and repeat
the remark. I said that It was a wltl
sicm thnt I had heard from a bishop ?f
the Methodist Cliuiv.li, when he once said
that people ought to be very careful In
selecting a ?. M. 0, A. secretary, Inas?
much a? they aro responsible to no church
'and did not have ? heir character regularly
passed upon, that sometimes, you would
get a little fellow who could not do any?
thing until? ho could "draw u map on a
blackboard and write over It ill no s for
Jesus' "-and so this absurd and ridicu?
lous chargo disappeared ln hiirnilcss
laughter. ...... ? ,:>??-, til. ?*,-?
TEMPER EASILY AROUSED,
The ?lfjh ''characteristic'' was thnt I
had an Impatient and easily aroused, tem?
per, and as evidence of this he nit ml n let?
ter that I wrote to each member of tho
Faculty that signed thu protest contain?
ing tho grace char??,.- agnina my charac?
ter. Hon. Carter Glass asked him If he hnd
had until a -hurgo as that hit"! at hl.s door,
would ho receive It with equanimity? r,*,?.
Glass subsequently commented upon this
"characteristic" by saying that Dr. .Mai
Mi T?a. lual-liig a cliurgo In tne original
protest nnd citing a? evidence of tho
charge something thai ! ipponed after
tho protest Iself Was made, thai when
they attacked my characteristics'" this
particular "characteristic'' was- not in
evidence, that It Was a post-factor c.hnr
ftCteflstle. Di'? Mullet admitted In his
opening sentence Hint always heretofore
the relations of tho Faculty with me had
been of the most courteous and most
pleasant kind, and with this exception ho
liad never seen any revelation of an Im?
patient and easily aroused temper. So
this "characteristic was 'ii?,i as proof
of a charge, which chata iterl.itlc was not
known to be In evidence 0r existence w.hen
the charge Itself wns binde
The sixth "chat-actTi-tii wns the fact,
as- Dr. Mallet stated It, Il al I bad had
my character impugned bj a communi?
ent bin signed by three members of tho
Hoard of Supervisors of Piilnskl county.
Dr, Mallet distinctly disclaimed making
any charge ln the naine of himself and
associates against me on that score. Ho
said the only point the members of tho
Faculty desired to make was that a man
who aspired lo the headship or the Uni
vreslty of Virginia should so over-awn all
deifactors bv the sublimity of his char?
acter as that his word would never bo
disputed, nor any net of his ever be Im?
pugned. At this point my counsel cited
the fact that George Washington passed
through a cloud of calumnies; that
T.bomas Jefferson lived throughout his
life In a storm of calumny, and thnt Gen.
?. K. Lee, In the West Virginia campaign
of ?Mil. was hunted almost to retirement
bv ' alumnlulors.
It was not known to me at the time
; that Dr. Mallet, himself, had been
] charged with giving a certificate to ?
| fraudulent fertilizer for a share In tho
? profits of the /?manufacturing of this
? fertilizer, nnd for years In the county
? of Albemarle people repeated this calum?
ny against him. His name was with?
drawn after being proposed for mem?
bership In thc Belmont Farmers' Club
of Albemarle because his friends dis?
covered that he would be ?'black-balled'?
because of his Innocent connection with
this swindle. The Virginia Polytechnic
Institute would have probably been
founded In connection with the Univer?
sity of Virginia, but for the resentment
Of such men as Major ??. T. Sutherlln
nnd other large farmers against Dr. Mal?
let because of this fertilizer Incident.
THE BRIDGE PURCHASE.
Mr Glass at this point called Dr. Mal?
let's attention to tho fact that ono of
the signers of the protest. Professor
Stone, had been called In a Washington
paper this past summer "a villain." He
asked Dr. Mallet If he thought because
of this Professor Stono ought to resign
his chair In the University of Virginia.
At this point, Ihm. Seiden Longley, the
County Court Judge of Pulaski county,
arose, asking the bonrd to bo permitted
to give an account of that entire transac?
tion known as tlie bridge purchase which
had been brought into this controversy.
Ho filed under tlie seal of tho city of
Radford the statement referred to above.
Ho also filed Ills certificate ns county
judge above referred to, nnd he closed
with, tho general statement tbat "Pu?
laski county did not have within Its
borders, nor did Southwest Virginia have
a citizen of higher and more unsullied
character and purity of Ufo than Goorgo
Yv'. Miles." At tills point. Mr. Henry
Stuart, of the Board of Visitors, asked to
mako a statement, and ho begun with a
delicate and happy compliment to iho
professor of the university of Virginia,
Cini ho then asked them to accept from
him :is knowing me from my childhood,
the unreserved and unqualified statement
that my character nndpurltyof priva te Ufo
was ns high and clean ns any man's In tho
Stnte of Virginia, and to please walvo
the discussion uf any Imputations on
OPPOSITION TO MILES.
Tho next "characteristic".' cited by Dr.
Mallet, which lie said he considered the
most important of all, was tho fact that
I wns willing to como to tho University
of Virginia, knowing that seventeen of
the professors did not want mo. that
many of the alumni did not want me
and that a majority of tho student body
was up In arms against mo. Mr. Glass
subsequently cniiiiu^?iteil on this "char?
acteristic" bv soylng that when tlio mem?
bers of th?? faculty made, the cliargo
about my character, which thoso "char?
acteristics" arc being used to explain, I
did not know that I would be opposed
In tho virulent and concerted marnar
In which 1 had been, nnd, therefore, tills
was nn after-thought and thrown In as
an explana ? Ion of ? cliargo of which It
was novcr Intended to bn an explanation,
another post-facto "characteristic."
Mr. Harmon asked Pr, Mallet that "If
tho hoard was unable tri take tho view
that certain .inner? of the faculty <k>
In renard to Mr. Miles, and should elect
him as th?? head of the University, what
nttltiido will those faculty men assumo?"
Dr. Mallei Hinted that they would "con?
tinue their werk In Iholr respective chairs,
and that while thero would be no factious
opposition, thoy ivouid receive Mr Miles
with profound mistrust. Mr, Harmon
then asked him: U you find nil these
'cliai-icteil.Mi.-' aro ill-founded nnd If
vou disci.ver that -Mr. .Mlles has all of
(he qualifications for the liencl of a great
university, will yo? then givo him your
Cordini support and iickainvledgo your
mistake?" This question. Dr. Mullet
stated that liti culli ""I answer. Then
Mr Glass asked l?).?. Mallet If he thought
Mr. Miles should he iiflectecl my any
vlows or opposition of the faculty or
stiiilcnts wIk'ii I"' hnew tho sentiment
nad been worked up against him by
false and unworthy rumors such jis hud
been circulated about him. This ques?
tion Dr. Mallei
Mr Harmon tuen asked Dr. Mallot
following question: """ >'?M not think
If Air. Miles io a e'udutite of u. VU;
college nnri n]po ? ? Alumnus of tho Uni?
versity ?f Virginia, and If he has spent
ten years as ? professer in a Virclna
? ollege, ahd If he has also spent ton vears
of hi.?? life at the head of _ Successful High
School, preparing boys for the University.
find If he hnn nlso -?pent four nnd ono-hnlf
yenrs on the Board of Visitors of the
Pnlvernlty nf Virginia, do you not think
these things nre proper stepping stones to
the headship of tho University?*' Ur. Mnl
let replied that he did not think so. '
Thereupon, Judge Horsley, of mv coun?
sel, took tbo floor and stated to the Board
that he repudiated anv such Interpretation
of the language ?f the protest ns Hint to
which thoy had Just listened and he re?
quested the Hoard to give th? legal and
common sense Interpretation of tho lan?
guage Judging from tho context of the
pi otest nnd from the orni explanation
made in secret by different members of
At this point Hon. R. Wnlton Moore,
of the Board, arose and read to Dr. Mal?
let tho following statement and asked bun
If he had properly reduced to wilting the
true sentiments of the signers of tho pro?
test; the statement that Mv. Moore rend
wns ns follows: "In using tho expression
'further nnd e:-pclnlly we believe the char?
acter of Mr. Miles 1;; not such ns to justi?
fy hie appointment ns head of tho Univer?
sity of Virglnn,' there wns no purpose
to charge or Intimate that Mr. Miles lacks
the moral qualities going to make up a
puro private character. The explanation
was employed to Indiente the conviction
that Mr. Miles larks the "oriarneterlstlc.s
of fitness, for tho headship of the Univer?
sity.' When Mr. ?Moore road this to Dr.
Mallet and nskod him If that was what
ho meant, Dr. Mallet stubbornly nnd
stoaa.nstly refused to nccept it as tho
meaning of his tnlk.
Thereupon, Prof. William Minor Lllo
aroso nnd dissented from Dr. Mallet's
view. He Raid that Dr. Mallet was only
ono of -seventeon. Ho farther stated Hint
If tho Board would give tho members of
tho faculty till morning to consult, that
he was satisfied that they would bring In
a paper In explanation satisfactory to mo.
At tills point. .Judge Wnllace, of tho Board,
s|:oko up and staled to Ur. Mallet that
unless the faculty brought In nn expln
r.ntlon such ns Mr. Moore had rend which
would be satisfactory to Mr. Miles, thnt
he for one would have to vote for a reso?
lution Interpreting the language of
tho protest In the legni nnd com?
mon sense acceptation of the term nnd
would have to vote to spread on tbo min?
utes a resolution setting forth that the
signers of tho protest had brought In a
grave charge ngalnst a gentleman's chnr
neler and hnd failed utterly to produco
any evidence, whatsoever, to support it.
At this point. Prof. Richard Heath Dnb
ney took tho floor nnd announced, while
every lawyer ln tho room smiled slgnlfl
cnntlv, that tbo signers of the protest re?
garded It as a "privileged communication."
Everybody In the room recognized from
this admission that some of the signers
of the protest hnd been dscusslng among
themselves the ways nnd means to evado
nn notion at lnw for libel, and had beon
advised by their attorneys that they could
escape by pleading a "privileged commun?
Hon. Carter Glass ln commenting sub?
sequently upon this admission stated that
he regarded a man who would plead "priv?
ileged communication" to escape from a
charge of libel, as a great deal worse than
a man who would plead tho "statute of
There was so much bad blood getting
Hito the meeting by seeing Air. Dabney
on tho floor again that somo member of tha
board suggested that the meeting adjourn
till morning, and so the vote was taken
and carried, with Mr. Dabney still on his
PAPER FROM FACULTY.
When tho board reassembled tho next
morning fifteen of tho seventeen members
of the fnculty who had signed tho pro?
test handed in the following paper: ?J?
the other two, ono was sick and the othor
"To the Rector and Visitors of tho Uni?
versity of Virginia:
"Gentlemen,?Repeating what was sub?
stantially said In a letter of Dr. Mallet to
Mr. Miles of October 10th, a copy of which
is hereby appended, wo desire to say
that ln using the expression 'further and
especially wo believe the character of Mr.
Miles ls not such as to Justify his ap?
pointment as head of tho University of
Virginia,; there was no purpose to charge
or Intimate thnt Mr. Miles lacks the moral
qualities going to mnke up a puro privato
character. Tho expression was employed
to indicato tho conviction that Mr. Miles
lacks tho characteristics of fitness for tho
headship of the Unlvetdty.
"We are. gentlemen, very respectfully."
Signed hy fifteen of tho Professors.)
It will bo noted from the nbovo that
they have copied the exact language writ?
ten out for them by Hon. R. Walton
Moore, of tho Board. It will also bo notod
that Dr. Mnllet stubbornly refused to nc?
cept this explanation, when' It was first
tendered to him by Mr. Moore.
It will also bo noticed that Prof. Lllo
stated that ho for one had made state?
ments derogatory to my moral character
nnd apologized for the same, and yet ho
signed Immediately thereafter a written
statement that "thero was no purpose to
charge or intimate that Mr. Miles lacks
tho moral qualities going to make up a
pure private character." Does e teach hi.
law class that a verbal explanation does
away with a written do'cum'eat?
It will also bo noted that thero ls a
reference to a letter from Dr. Mallet to
Mr. Miles of October 10th.' I sumblttod
a copy of thlsjletjer to my counsel and
they assured mo that in no wny did it
retract or explain the outrageous lan?
guage formerly used in the protest, that
it was a mero evasion of responsibility.
EXPRESSION OF THE BOARD.
However, under the advice of my coun?
sel, when tho above paper was read to the
Board, and after Hon. Eppa Hunton, of
the Board, arose and said that he regard?
ed it as sufficient protection for my per?
sonal .nonor, I aroso and stated that I
would nccept tho explanation offered by
tho protesting professors. The Board was
not sutislled, as I was not, with tho situu
tlon, and Mr. Moore offered the follow?
ing resolution in my further vindication,
which was unanimously adopted and ou
dcrod to be spread upon tho records:
"While the bonrd Is iti receipt of a com?
munication from nil of tho members of
tho fnculty except two who wero detained
by sickness and absence, who signed tho
protest against tho selection of Mr. Mile?
as chairman, stating that It was not
the Intention to make any charge against
tho purltv of Mr. Miles' character as
a man, yet It has been Informed thnt
there havo recently been various rumors
circulated through the Stato, re'lect'n.'f
upon Mr. Miles' character; tho board has
examined Into tho truth of tho sumo and
now deem it but fair to put upo.i record
tho result of Its Investigation ln the fol?
Resolved, That the board desini., to
express Its nbsoluto confidence 'n the
high and unsullied .character of Mr,
Miles, as well us Its appreciation of his
loyalty to tho University, and the val?
uable services rendered by blm In ra?
mming Its Interests whllo serving as a
member of the board,
Thereupon Judge liorsloy, of my eoun.
sel. arose nnd thanked tho board for rh?_
kind expresi?n and for Its courtesy
throughout these remarkable procoed
Ings. Before taking his leave, how.ver,
ho said: "1 wish to say that the speech
of ono gentleman hero (l refer to Mr.
Dabney), was offensivo to Mr. Milus and
his counsel, ns 1 suppose It was to every
gentleman In the room." Mr. Dabney
sat Htlll under this rebuke nnd I toi-otii?
or with my counsel withdro.v from' the
[ meeting of tl.o board.
| There Is. however, a very gri-ivo'is r.e
quel to nil this, found in ??? fact hat
when members of the faculty who refused
to sign tho protest woro told of the
above explanation, and of U_o turn that
things had takon. somo of ihom Indig?
nantly denied In frank ?md vigorous
ternis tho truth of the explanation and
denounced It as an after-thought and
? wretched and unmanly evasion' of re?
It came to me from every sido nnd I,
myself, thought that the explanation was
an after-thought as proven, If other proof
Wero needed, by thn Inconsistent cata?
logue of "ohnrnoteristlcs" mentioned by
Dr. .Malli-I as ilio "olear evidence" which
tbey had to produce beforo tin? board, but
I was disposed, Ilk?? Noah's suns, to walk
backward and to throw tho mantle of
charily over tho grievous mistakes made
by tlioee gentlemen, ? still did not know
how vindictive the spirit was Hint ani?
mated them towards me. nor did I know
how widespread tho effort had becomo
to discredit mo with the alumni of the
University and tho i-ltl-scns of my State
until I rea. Pr, Mallet's card on July
When the committee of the fucuH;- and
I nnd mv counsel had withdrawn from
tho meeting of. the boriiti, tho board
then took up the question Of the election
of a pr?sident or executive officer for
the University, and there nrose somo
doubts ii( tbo minds of certain members
of the Hi)ard in regard to tl?.,> authority,
vested In "the board by the Virginia _tat
Utes to cr.ato und elect this officer. By
vino ut i-I- tif three, this mutter was
referred to th>- L?gislature of Virginia.
WISHES OF THE FACHET..
It was very apparent that these mem?
bers of the Faculty, by the mere fact
that they nre -ii-iabors of the Faculty, al
though they had lo usti every eo.ial und I
academic Influence nt their command In
order to be elected to their positions, It
was apparent that they thought their
views should prevail In all matters of pol?
icy nnd government at I? e University,
and they resented the form of administra?
tion which Is now being Inaugurated.
I need hardly mention the fact In sup?
port of this View, that when the rommit
teo named by tho Board to appear before
thn Legislature to ask an enactment au?
thorizing the Board to elect a president,
that this commltteo was confronted by
formal resolutions of the Faculty re?
questing the Legislature, In opposition
to tho Hoard of Visitors' bill, to allow
the Faculty, together with tbe Alumni
Associ?t Ion, to nomlnn.le to t.ho Board
the presiding officer, thus clearly reveal?
ing u spirit of Insubordination, If not open
mutiny, against tbe Hoards plan for the
government of the University. Their re?
commendations, solmnnjy and formally en?
acted in a Faculty meeting, were thor?
oughly discredited ns Impracticable anil
UhwISe nnd secured no following ln cither
house of the General Assembly.
Then nnolher amendment to the Board
nf Visitors' bill was proposed, which
hod the sympathy of the Faculty nnd
which was written nnd Introduced lieforo
tho legislative committee by Messrs. Har?
rison, Meredith, McOtilre 'nnd others of
the University Alumni, who had been
leading tho opposition to my election and
who bail hitherto made three different
public appearances against me. This
amendment rendered Ineligible a member
of the Board of Visitors to the office of
nresident of the University within four
years from the timo of his services on the
Board, but again the propos'^m, sup?
ported by these Faculty men and Alumni,
was discredited nnd disallowed.
Certain members of the Faculty nnd cer?
tain members of tho Richmond Alumni
Association first protested against the
election of a president of tho University
at nil. Secondly, they protested against
my election nnd mado a virulent nttack
upon my character and abilities nn?l ln
communications even charged tho Board
of Visitors with being "a log-rolling"
Board. Thirdly, they got up a hybrid bill
for the nomination nf this officer, confer?
ring tho chief authority upon tho Alumni
and Faculty. Fourth, they brought In an
enactment before the Legislature render?
ing mo nnd other members of the Board
within four years of the time of .his ser?
vice on tho Board, Ineligible for holding
Now, I nm Informed even by members
of the Bonrd of Visitors themselves, that
becnuso of this opposition nnd tho un?
healthy nnd heated condition which tho
wrong doing of these men has engender?
ed, that It Is "Impolitic." to elect me, n.nd
that "the controversy ought to bo quiet?
ed." If In tho Judgment of the majority
of tho Bonrd I have not tho qualities,
character, training nnd equlpmont that
they expect to find In an officer of this
kind, then I would not embarrass the sit?
uation ono moment by hnvlng my name
considered, but I . protest against such
flimsy, hysterical and Inconsistent grounds
of opposition as those stated by Dr. Mal?
let and .his committee, being mado tho
occasion of my unavailability, and I sub?
mit, that question to the fair-minded men
and women of Virginia.
A PERSONAL WORD.
In conclusion, I beg to say Just a word
personal. At twelve years of ago, In 1S7?,
I entered Emory and Henry College.
Every year* from thnt dhto to this, a
period of twenty-eight years, I hnvo C?en
constantly nnd Intimately associated, as
student and teacher, with collogo men.
Through all theso years I have been de?
voted to educational work and especially
to the University of Virginia. I did not
rest until I got three of my brothers to
succeed mo there as students. "When I
took up my service on the Board of Visi?
tors, It was a labor of love, and I carried
the University on my mind ns much ns I
did my own school. I hnd thougnt of It
as a place whore tho spirit of courtesy,
faith ond honor reigned, and that It was
a sacred shrlno whero men could go back
and light again those torches, should
they become snuffed out ln the hard bat?
tles of life. I hnrdly expected such swin?
ish tusking as that to which I havo been
subjected by theso officials now thero.
Now, In giving to tho public tho above
account, I Insist with all of the emphasis
that language can convey, that I am not
attacking tho University of Virginia. I
am devoted to Jefferson's great concep?
tion. I expect to work for It as a private
citizen the rest of my life. These men. In
my Judgment, have discredited the Insti?
tution, but they are mere Incidents ln Its
life. Their "hreath Is In their nostrils,"
but tho University will continue to live.
I should gladly champion at tho next
session of the Legislature nn appropria?
tion of one hundred thousand dollars In?
stead of an appropriation of fifty thou?
sand dollars. I want to see the day when
tho poorest boy ln tho Commonwealth,
when he Is prepared for tho highest edu?
cation, can be provided with means to at?
tend the University. I think this was Mr.
Jefferson's purpose. I deprocato the ex
cluslveness, tho nepotism and tho snob?
bery that has grown up around his great
Some of theso professors are failures
ns lecturers and teachors. The Board of
Visitors know this, or at least they know
thnt other men whoso services they could
command with tho samo salarles could
lecture more successfully and ably on
Somo of these professors are addicted
to Intoxicating drink. The Board of Visi?
tors knows this.
Somo of these professors have libeled
a citizen of the State and an alumnus of
the Institution. The Board of Visitors
(Signed) GEO. W. MILES.
Note.?After writing tho abovo state?
ment, I submitted the same to members
of tho Board of Visitors, who figured
largely In tho account. They revised tho
same and mado verbal corrections, so
that It conforms with their recollection
In all of tho events and statements heroin
set forth. I also submitted tho abovo
statement to Hon. B. F. Buchanan, Judgo
Seiden Longley and Judgo John D. Hors
loy, nil of whom woro present at tho
meeting of tho board of Visitors on Oc?
tober 17, 1902. This account of the meet?
ing of tho board was written out tho day
after Its adjournment from memory, .?.nd,
knowing how fallible human memory
Is, I append herewith certificates from
I was present at tho mooting of the
Bonrd of Visitors of the University of
Virginia on October 17, 1002, and the facts
detailed by Colonel George XV. Miles in
tho foregoing statements, accord sub
stntlnlly with my recollection of the pro?
ceedings before the board.
(Signed) B. F. BUCHANAN.
I wns present nt tho mooting referred
to In tlio nbovo statement and saw and
heard tho proceedings therein had. nnd
tho facts detailed by George W. Milos
In his account thereof accord substantial?
ly with my recollection of tho samo. Tlie
statement attributed to mo wus mado on
(Signed) SELDEN LONGLEY.
I was present at tho meeting of the
board ns counsel for Mr. Miles and the
statements of what occurred nro aubatan.
tlallv in accord with my recollections.
(Signed) JOHN D HOItSLHY.
To moke Plain further the spirit that
has rvrompted me throughout this dis?
cussion, I append hereto a copy ?? a
lettor recently written by mo to ???.
Carter (?lass, a member of th? Bourd
Hon. Carter Glass, Lynchburg, Va.:
My Dear Sir,?! have your favor of July
?Sib' and note what. >'??? say. Whon I
saw In the Lynchburg News of Sunday
morning, Juno 11th. the statement that
Dr. Mellryilo was being considered, I
called him up over the 'pilone and had
a talk with him. I told him that lf tho
matter was brought to his attention by
members of tho University Board, for him
In approach tho consideration of It with?
out embarrassment as to what had puss
oii between him and mo. I told him
that If he saw ln It a wider opportunity
In which to use Ills Ufo, and more lucra
Whiskey and Beer Habit
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nnd thnt I would give him my loyal and
hearty support. This statement was mad?
to Dr. McBryde without any reservation
whatsoever, ond without any feeling In
tho world prompting me except that of
leaving him ontirely free to make his de?
cision without a tingo of embarrassment
on his part so far as I was concerned.
I havo never desired to embarrass the
. Board of Visitors In anv way by any
commitment heretofore oh their part to
me. nnd I would not want the position
unless I socured It solely because irt
tho Judgment of the board I was the
best equipped man for the work to be
I do protest with all tho vigor of. out?
raged feelings against being eliminated
from consideration because of the unjust
clamor that has been raised over my head
and tho Ill-founded opposition engendered,
among mv uninformed fellow-citizens by,
Very truly yours,
(Signed) GBO. Vf. MILEB.
BOYS AND GIRLS
The Snake Laughs Himself to Death.
"Please don't eat mei" eald Mr. Frog,
as ho was grabbed up by Mr. Snake.
"Well, I am really not hungry," said '
Mr. Snake, "and I'll mako you a propo?
sition. If you will tell me a good funny,
story, I will let you go."
So 'Mr. Frog sent for all his friends,
nnd ho gave each of them a tickle-stick.
Mr. Snake stretched himself straight out
on the ground, and there was a long row
of frogs with tlckle-strawa on each side
"Go ahead with tho funny story," ?aid
Mr. Snake, who was already beginning to
"Lemme see!" said Mr. Frog, reflective?
"Ha! hai ha!" laughed Mr, Snake, and
all the frogs tickled him with their tickle
"Onco upon a time," said Mr. Frog,
"Tlcklo him! TIcklo him!" ho cried to
"Lemme Seel" Said MV. Frog.
"Ha! hai ha! he! he! he!" laughed Mr.
Snake. .. ...? ?__.
"There woe a man. said Mr. Fro?.
"Tickle html Tickle him!"
"He! he! hel hll hi! hll" laughed Mr.
"He'lived ln a little red house," said Mr?
"Tickle him! Tickle html" . '?__
"Hoi hoThol hui hu! hu!" laughed Mr.
^"On'a hill." said Mr. Frog.
"Tlcklo hlmt Tlokle hlml
"Hll he! hol hoi hll hll" laughed Mr..
Snake. ., . .. _,_
"And a lightning bug flew ln the -win?
dow," sold Mr. Frog.
"Tlcklo him! Tickle hlml"
"Hivl! idyl! hiyl!" laughed Mr. Snake.
"And eet fire to the nouso," said Mr.
"Tickle him! Tlcklo hlml" _"_._
"Hahaha! hahaha! hahahil" laughed Mr.
Snake. '. .. _. __.__
"And the man put out the fire with a
bucket of soup," said Mr. Frog.
"Tlcklo hlml Tickle him!"
Now this was so absolutely funny to
Mr. Snake, and the frogs .abbod him so
fiercely in tlio" ribs with their tickle
straws that he wont into regular spasm?
of laughter, twisting up into knots and
squirming around on the ground until
he got tied up so that ho was simply
choked to death... . <_
All of which shows that you should
never let anyone tickle you when they are
tolling a funny story._
The South's Favorites.
The South, for all her love of eloquence
nnd dash In public men, has given her
support to only ono such for l'resldont
since the Civil War. Mr. Seymour pos?
sessed neither quality, Mr. Greetey wa?
without a singlo characteristic which ap?
pealed to the .South. Mr. Tilden was In?
tellectual and learned In the law and all
that, but unimpressive physically, and aa
cold as a fish. General Hancock was
handsome and gracious, but wholly with?
out political address >?f any kind. Then
etimo Mr. Cleveland, whom the South had
never seen and simply took on trust. Mr.
Tiryiin wus exactly to hor taste, and.
while she has turned from him now. she
was doad In lovo with, him In the day?
Of his whirlwind popularity.?Washing?
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