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WHY APT. CLAY
"SHIRT-TAIL PARADE" THE S
Got no Backing Anywhere-President
Timorous, the Trustees Officious
-Now a Committee of Trus
tees is in Washiniton to
Save Institution t
"Clemson culle-e is today the most c
powerful factor in South Carolina j
politics,'' said a newspaper mmn, who
is inl closer touch with the people of
the w'hole state than is any other, to e
a R.ecord reporter the otiher day. t
This being the oase. there is very
general and deep interest in the lat
est Clemson sensation-the resigna- b
tion of the commandant. Capt. Char
les Clay, because the president of the
college and the chairman of the board
of trustees flatly told the veteran t
army officer, who will bear to his t
grave the honorable scars of wound,
received in service, hat nothing what
ever would be done .toward his sup- h
port in the matter of punishing a
flagrant and- unpardonable breach of
discipline and of courtesy.
Clemwon college is supposed to have e
military discipline. The cadets wear (
uniforms and are armed and accourt
red by the federal government, which
also details an army officer at the col- r
lege. as a military instructor and pro- a
fessor of tactics and military science. f
Clemson receives from the federal
government exaetly the same treat
ment as that given the South Carolina.
Military -aeademy. It has been the c
custom at the institution for the offi- i
cer so detailed to be employed by the I
college, in addition to his other duties.
as commandant of the corps of cad
ets, in whieh capacity he is in charge
of ithe students at al.l times and regl
ponsible for their discipline or lack of f
discipline. The same arrangement was
made with Captain Clay. t
P At no time since 'he -arrived has s
Captain Clay been given any moral
support by 'the upper classmen. Thus
h. .icapped by 'the lack of any such a
esprit de corps as exists at the Cita- ']
-del, for inst.anee, Captain Clay tried. ,<
nevertheless, to perform his duty and a
*reduce .the big body of students to 1
some sort of. discipline. Had he been
backe4 up by the faculty and 'spared
*- . the childish interference of t:he trus
*tees. he might have succeeded. even
under these disadvantages. Very n.a
turally and pro~perly. lie resigned. .
wvheni he found tha.t -he stood alone.
Here is an instance of the lack of j
discipline: The other day 'a Recorde
* man asked a boy who was g'raduated
from the iustitutign las't month why
the proposed eneampment at Green
ville wvas so suddenly called off. "Oh.
\we seniors didn 't want to' go to
Greenville.'' he said. ''We had a
meeting and to>ld the faculty that we.
were not gon and that we won!dn' tH
let the corps go. That ended it.' I
And he staid it in the most. matter
of-course tone in the world !
The incident whic.h eu!mjnated in(
the con:r.and'ant 's resignation was
During commencement week. the -i
seniors went out on a disorderly and.
indecent riot, which .they~ very pro~
perly called a "shirt-tail p)aradle. '
'The comimandan.L stood -it as long as
bie co.uld, and then. in full uniform
and b)earinag tihe unmistakable insiz
nia of .his authori:ty. wvent out to the
barracks and ordered every senir he
saw 'to return to his room and there
remain. under close arrest. Far from
obeying, the cadets-seniors. rememn-t
ber!--only shoved past their comn- 1
mandant. actually hustling t'he grey
'haired veteran ag~ainst the wall, and
wvent out again, some of them cursin
him as they went. i
The matter was reported to Presi-V
dent Mell, who told the conImandantt
that nothing could or would be doue.
The president of the hoard of trus
tees. Col. R. W. Simpson, went to the
leading spirits among the seniors anld
through tihe easy medium of judicious
ly framed leading questions, see-ured
a statement that t'he erring cadets
. meant no harm and had intended no .,
insult to the commandant. This state
ment Colonel Simpson earried before
the board, land -that officious body .i
promptly accepted it. waving aside
with seant consideration Captain
Clay's protests against the issuance
of the diplomas, pending an investi
Captain Clay's report of the mat
ter 'hardly impressed the war depart
ment officials with the desirability of
detailing another army officer at Clem
son. Now a committee from the board
of trustees is in Was'hington, to unde(
It seems to be the general opinion
among taxpayers that it would be far
better to abolish the military system
i"i~'H d I iia at (P tild l
)ut at the latter institution the mili
a %r system ilas the backing of the
tudents. whereas at Clemson it is
dither understood nor- liked. Even
f t3he regular literary college system,
r the honor s ystem. is installed at
lemson. there will have to be less of
uterference by t.he trustees witlh the
aculty's inaiagement of questions
ouching uponli discipline.
Trouble at Clemson.
The foliowiig froin ehe Anderson
)aily Mail. a Iper published very
'lose to the colle-e is further conl
-imialtion if lhe necessity that some
liinz should be done:
From the facts before us we are in
lined to believe that the members of
lie graduating class and the manaige
ient of Clemson Cullege were more
esponsible for t'he commandant trou
ile than was Commandant Clay. In
hort, we sympathize with Captain
'lay, and the war department, in our
pinion, would be doing the proper
hing in making the colleze suffer for
he action of those cadets.
-The wnole truth of the matter is
his. The cadets nt Clemson College
ave, since the institution was found
d. considered themselves as being so
lighty that they were not subject to
lie orders of their betters-the offi
ers in charge. Trouble has existed at
'lemson between the cadets and mem
ers of the faculty for lo! these many
-ears and if the college- is going to
aake any t1ing more than a pretense
t being a military school, all of this
oolishness on the part of the cadets
iust be put an end -to.
Possibly this writer is in possession
f more facts connected with the es
apade and the conditions now exist
ag than any other newspaper man.
Ie has spent some time at the college
nd has talked with the trustees,
rofessors -and some of the cadets.
nd while he regrets to say it, there
-ertainlv must be some changes ef
'ected at the college. That is, provided
he college is to be one of the high
oned institutions of learning of this
The escapade at the college on the
ight. prior to the final commence
ient exercise was really disgraceful.
he idea of a numrrber of young men
f the state of South Carolina, who
re completing their courses at col
ege. having a "sihirt -tail'' parade and
reatin~ .their superior officer iii. sueci
way as they treated Captain Clay.
his officer heard a.ll of the disturb
nekes on this night and went to re
nostrate with the young men of the
raduating class. These voting men
aughed in -his face when.. he comi
anded them to keep Qrder and to
ease from thleir outrageous rowdy
s. Furt.hermore, it is an admitted
aet that one mnembor of this gradu.at
n z ks' r.u.heii or knoeked tile coin
and(ant out of his path. Was5 this
ec,min; to -the young men of South
arolina? Does this young man feel
roud of his aet? Does lhe think that
e 1s receiving the app)roval of all
vd citizens of this great state of
No. there is somerhinlg wrong at
lemson ctllege. There is a remedy
or' this w-ronz doing and thle warde
artmtent is 2'oin12 to find it. It all
1erely means that no army officer
ill echerish tile detail .to Clemson Col
e 1y the war department. Furthler
iore. it is doubtful if 'tile war de
a.rtnent will ag2ainl take it on itself
asubjee.t anly -of its officers to such
:c..m?'t at the hands of the ea
ets as was given Captiain Clay.
To sum the enltire affair in a few
crds, we believe that the war de
artment would be doing 'the proper
hing. as n punishment to the college
t l.arge, to refuse to send another
.rm officer to the college; to call in
hie g'overnmenit appropriations a.nd
c all in the accoutrements, etc. In
tier words, the war department
hould desert Clemson Co}'lege until
ha collea'e can maintain .honor and
-spect among its students.
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Co. 53 for Columbia . ... 3.10 p. in.
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