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IN THE LMPLIGT t
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."aars called the attention of the
zeneral assembly to the fact that a
:aajority of the board of trustees of t
Clemson college is not under the
,entrol of the State: and while this z
-ommittee has no evidence whatever I
:hat the trustees appointed under i
:he Cleimson will are not just as loy
al, just as competent and just as
watchful of the interests of the
state, yet we believe the soon
er the State can by any means
whatever get the entire control
f-f appointing the board of trus
:ees, the better it will be for the
welfare of Clemson college. We call
Jhe attention of the general assem
'sly to the former reports made by
_his committee, a,d recommend that
teps be taken to ascertain if under
,he Clemson will there is any possi
'le way for the State to obtain entire
eontrol. While there has been no
friction between the trustees under
the Clemson will and the trustees of
ihe State, yet we believe that it
would be ,best f:;z the State of South
Carolina and the college, even if it
ihonld cost an appropriation of an
amount equal to the original valua
tion of the Clemson bequest, for the
state to make the expenditure and
rain entire control of the appoint
ment of the trustees."
Your, committee refers you to the
report of the treasurer as to the ex
penditure &f money by this institu
-ion. It is impossible for us, in the
very short time given to this inves
Zigatio, to go into each expenditure,
'ut as far as we can judge, they are t
correeg and the books are well kept.
We do not. think it advisable for t
ihe Legislature to take any radical t
action at this time, as we hope that,
with a new set of by-laws and a new t
president, conditions will soon be
T. I. Rogers, C
,On the part of the Senate. I
E. W. Duvall, c
L. M. Lawson, s
On tre part of the House. s
Hot StUoff from Dr. Mel.
An exhibit reading as follows is t
appended to the report: - 1
Senator T. I. Rogers and Repre- C
-sentatives L M. Lawson and E W. ?
-Duvall, committee of the General i
Sirs: In aeeordance with your
request I furnish you with the fol
aowing information concerning thet
eonditions w.hieh 'have prevailed at
Clemson Agricultural college for
some years, resulting in serious oppo
sition to good government and the
proper management of the affair"s of
1. The board of trustees have in
lihe past interfered too much with the
duties of administration, which be-t
long in all well regulated institu
tions to the president of .the col- [
lege and his colleagues. The com
mittees of trustees have been accus
tomed to meet frequently at'th-e col
lege for the purpose of enforcing the C
o)rders of the board, instead of leav
fing to the president of the college
this responsibility, which by right '
'J>elongs to his offiee. For illustratios C
I cite the following instances:
The farmer directed iby a commit- .
-ree of trustees without consultation 1
"wiih the president of ~the college. '
A committee .of trustees taking
mninute charge of all details~ of work ~
and construction. and, cultivation of
-e-rops on the coast experiment sta
xon, near Summerville, when all
- 'ueh matters should be under the
president of the college and in direct !
eharge of the director of the experi
Prior to April, 1908, interfering
with the discipline of the corps of
e adets by setting the action of the.
ftaculty aside in more - than one in
stanee. A resolution passed in
Marchi, 1908, however, corrected this,
- evil for the present and enabled the'
. discipline committee to control the
situation when the cadets left the
college .in April, 1908.
The budget taken out of the hands,
Of' the president of the college and a
placed in charge of committees of's
-trustees, who have, prior to Decem
ber, 1909, consulted directly with the
-offleials who are under the president. t
'At i.he 'last meeting of the board an
*efort was made to correct this prac
The finance commnitee of the board,
assuming by board order, and, by
the authority of the by-laws, full
eharge of the college library, in all
of its inferests, ordering the books
and making rules and regulations
for th-e proper conduct of the parties,
who frequent the library. This du
tv of purehasing books ~and making
rules for ore should belong to a
,.Ommuit tee of the faculty, assisted
by the librarian. Under the faculty
management the library has grownt
ato one rl the most valuable collec
ion of isooks to be found in South
.aroina. L.uis new action of tlie
>oard has been maae part of the by
aws wuere t win L.eqaire niae votes
>f the trustees to correct.
The repair of baudnags pla"u in
'he charge of a committee of trus
ees wheu Lnore effective work can be
tecomplislied and tie buildingz iiept
n much uetter condition if the pres
dent was charged with this duty.
rhis is customary in most colleges.
The orders of the board are at
:imes promulgated by committee di
eetly to sub-officials and the presi
lent often is embarrassed by not be
ing informed lconeerntng tihe4 or
lers until he hears of them through
,le subordinate. This practice de
4iroys the president's authority with
The walks, roads and management
f the campus are now in charge of
i committee of trustees, who. direct
ill matters regarding the improve
ment of the grounds, even to the de
tails. The president of the college
as been added to this committee,,but
ais infiuence is made small by the
O:n, January 26, 1909, a committee
rom the State Farmers' Union visit
d the college to examine into itsi
orking. My plans were made to en
tertain these gentlemen but these
ylans were frustrated by the appear
mec of Mr. R. W. Simpson, a mem
er of tne\board, who took these far
ners in charge, and I did not have
:he opportunity of presenting the
ollege' work to these visitors. Mr.
impson gave instructions to the far
ner in charge of tie cartiages and
irdered other officials in regard to
he care of these visitors, and in all
ther respects assumed the preroga
ives and duties of the president of
he college in the entertainment of
nd the direetion of these - farmers
hrough the eollege.
Serious interference with the pres
dent's secretary, who is a relative
f a member of the board, and caus
ng an unfortunate condition in my
ice which I have found it impos
ile to overcome so that a competent
ecretary could be secured to do the
ork of the office. My appeal to
he board to allow me to have abso
te control of the secretary in my.
fice because of th econfdential us.
re of the work has been unavail
ag. I found it was njecessary to call
'or the seeretary 's reignation for
he accomplishmen.t of good service
or the college. The board of trus
ee have set aside my action and the
oung lady has been given leave of
bsence until "the ne* president is
leeted.'' (See board of truxstees'
inutes, D ecem.ber, 1909.)
The committee of trustees indst
ag that the arrangement of the sub,
ets into courses shall first receive
he approval of the board of trus
ees before they can be placed in the
atalogue is bad legislation. This
uty belongs alone to' the fac'i.ty.
A committee of trustees takang
harge 'of the farmers' institutes and
irecting all the details of the work
f sending to the farmers the instr22
or the college has to offer. T.is
ork belongs to t.he salaried officers
f the institution under the genieral
jieetion of the president.
Petitions and papers of every kiadf
utended for the board of tr..tstees
ave in many instances reached the
oard .direct and not throughi the
resident's oflice. This pgaetieeha
era sanctioned by the .trustees as
adividuals. The prest,leat shoulid
a the officer to biing everything
rom the offici'als to the board, so
Lat he may be well-inf..rme-i con
~rning~ all matters. in alA. about the
'Trustees Meet too Often.
The board of trustees are meeting
o often, and I think the State
io is ,being violated in thecse fre
sent meetings. There would be
Schance for interrup:ion as above
iven if the *meetings were only two
':sch year.A The code says on this
"Fr.r the purpo~se of carrying out
be duiies hereby devo:ved upon
Le said board of trustees shall meet
t the call of the governor, and at
uch time and place as he may des
nate, but shall bei allowed their
etual expenses for not . exceeding
o meetings in one year while en
'aged in the duties of the boird.im
osed upon them by this article.''
See Code of 1902, Section 1,312.)
In 1908 the board of trustees met
July 14, 1908.
September 1. 1908.
December 9, 1908.
In .1909-1910 .the board of trus
es. met onu:
.lilv 8. 1909.
Auus 12. 1909.
December 2, 1909.
Special attention is called to the
.lause in the above extract from the
code in regard to the expenses of
the trustees while engaged in tran-3
acting the business of the college.
And the committee of the general
assembly is directed to the vouch
': :ared in by the member from
Pendleton for hi: 'expenses, who
comes to the college in his buggy and
has his horse fed by the college, and
the expenses of the members from
Greenville and from Walhall.. Tie
expenses of the last two are reason
able. The ec~mparison is interest
ing on the question of expenses. (See
pages 131, 132, 133, 134, 135 of An
nual Report of the College Treasur
er, a copy of which accompanies this
Nepotism is a serious drawback
to good -nd efficient growth in the
college, and there should be some
renedv for this evil. The following
trustees have relatives on the offi
cial force of Clemson Agricultural
R. W. Simpson-Three sons-in
law on the faculty.
W. V. Bradley-A brother on the
J. E. Wannamaker-A brother-in
law on the faculty; a nephew on the
st-tion staff; a niece in the office of
the president; a relative in the
W. D. Evans-A son in the treas
urer's office; a son holding the po
sition of fertilizer inspector.
Alan Johnstone-A nephew on the
-Three other members of the col
lege force are supposed to be rela
ted to trustees by marriage, but I
m not in possession of accurate in
formation on, this score.
Since the College was opened for
students, in 1893, the board of trus
tees have appointed t1wenty-one of
tfheir relatives to important posi-.
tions in the college. There are now
eleven relatives on the. present
force. The board have also appoint
ed two " of their members to good
salaried places in the institution
within the past eight years.
The practice of nepotism has
eaused much of the troubles a1d dis.
t;urbanees during the admninistratioii
of my predecessors and during my
term of servicee as president. As an
evidence of the 'wilting innuence
ciepotism has on the official action of
the board of trustees; I will cite
three instances which came in~ my
:>wn experience in my effort to equip
the College with strong- 'and capa
ble officers: March, 1908, I recomn
mnehded to the board of t-ruistees a
list of mathematical experts, for the
:-hair which had been vacated by
the death of Prof. P. T. Brodie sev
3ral months before. I hea4led this
ist with the name of Dr.' Otto Dun
kel, who was then associate pro
essor of mathema&ties in the Uni
versity; of Missouri. (See attached
etter from Dr. Dunkel.) Dr. Dun
kel ,was a native of Virginia, a
~radua.te of the University of Vir
inia with the degree .ef master ofl
~rts; a graduate of Harvard Univer
~ity with the degree of doctor of
philosophy, and also a graduate in
nathematics in Got tengen -Univer-.
~ity of Germany. He spoke German
ukld Freneh fluently and a reading
knowledge of Spanish and Italian.
While abroad hestudiedmathematics
mnder some of the best mathemati
rians both in eGrnmoyand in France.
l'here were two other strong men on
ny list, but I endorsed as my first
:hoice Dr. Dunkel.. At Prof .Martin's
request I submitted his application
:o the board for -the chair. I did -act
tonsider Prof. Martin equal to Dr.
D)unkel in mathtematical training.
After several ballots the ,board
railed .to elect anyone, and after
ransacting other business adjoura.
nd to meet in July, at rhich time
Pi-of. Martin was elected,. although
Prof. Dunkel 's name was submitted
y me again. Prof. Martin is a son
n-law of R. W. Simnppn, the for
ner president of the board and a life
:riistee. My work for the College
from .thrat time became greatly ham
ered and interrupted by serious dif
Reulties thrown in my way by the
Eriends of Mr. Simpson on the board
>f trustees. Prof. Martin was eleet
ad assistant profe-ssor of mathematics
before I became president of the'
In 1908 I recommended to the
soard the election of a chemist for
:he expert on the station staff. My
list 'contained a gentleman who had
received fifteen years training ini
hehomical experiments and was fa
niliar with difficult station, research
is. A nephew of a member of the
>o)ardl was nominated ,by Mr. Simp
;on and was elected in a few minutes
ifterwards. TPhis nephew was but
-eently graduated from Clemson and
svas without experience concerning
bright young man, but could not in
any particular compare with the
mn I had nominated, in
, ex erienee and edueational ad
o control my steno
grapher, who is a niece of a trustee,
I was gre tly emI2arassed by the
board stepping in and siding with
11ztb,rdination. I found
he. -1 :rl-e when I accepted the
presidency in 1902. She has been
given. leave of absence u&til the new
,In d i 11 be elected, and the
inference is that she will be returned
to e pre;idcnt's office with a 'sal
r ' r !;ed from $650 to $900.
.his action of the board
]a.t September I have been unable to
secure a competent assistant who
w'li -n - -t :o tike the position with
the uncer !intv hanging over it. I
have .np.ainted eight young men
since 1-t September, but all have
declined after looking into the situa-1
-e llied he ittention of
the board to this unfortunate condi
tion, but they have declined torecon
1 eternination to have the
niece returned t , the president's of
fiee after I retite.
Mr. Mamn's) Action.
While I was in controversy with
:le la-t oim,n.d-nt in the matter of
who should discharge the duties of
the president's office, the Rev. Coke
D. Mann, a member of the .board of I
trustees, published n article in the 1
newspapers condeni ning mg in my ef
forts to control the affairs of the
College, and yet he had not availed
himself of the opportunity to inform
himself concerning my side of the I
matters under consideration. Mr. I
Mann was on the jury which was 1
aftierwards called on to decide on
the merits of the case. By his eon
duct he had rendered 'himself unfit
to sit on the case, but he took part
in, the discussions which occurred in
the board and east his vote against
me in the final action of the trustees. 4
The voting of $4,000 to compensate
members of the board of trustees
(with their law partners) for de
fending the College in the dike liti
gation is worthy of .consideration J
by the committee of the General As- j
In my efforts to develop the Co- j
lege into A high-grade institution of
seience, engineering and agriculture,
I had worked out, with' the assistance
of my faculty, seven courses of study
for the students to pursue, and three ~
of these were for the agricultural i
students. .But 'the trustees at their ~
meeting in December last cut out all.
but one of these agricultural courses,
because they thought the Farmers'
Union demanded such to be do'ne.
Eeasons For Resigning.
When I tendered my resignation in 4
July, 1909, the board of trustees weri j
informed that my reasons for resign
rng were because:
1. The frequient interferen~ce in.
the administration of the College af
fairs by the trustees.
2. Selecting the officers of thre 4
College without allowing the 'presi
dent a large share in determining
who sha-ll fill these positions. This
will avoid nepotism.
3. The need of a reorganizations
of the military department so that
the recent attitude of the last com
mandant against the .president may
not again occur.0
The board of trustees refused to
aeept my resignation and adjourned
ing, however, they passed the fol
"That a. committee of three hbe
appointed by the -chairman to take.
into consideration the revision. of the tl
by-laws, and, in consultation with the i1
president of the College, report sueh h
changes as ini their judgment are b
necessary to secure the following re- 1
suts: 1. D?fine the powers and dui- r
ties of the president of t.he College V
so that he shall~ be the absolute head ~
of the College, to be held responsi- I
ble for its satif factory working ?nd l
success. 2. To define the relation b
of the trustees of the College and s
their duties as inspectors and legis- g
lators, seeking to secure the best re- ti
sults at a* minimum of expense; the ce
idea being that the trustees shall di- "
rect and control the policy of the l
College under general rules and regu- ~
lations, while the faculty shall carry 1
them out under the orders of the 1E
president of the College, who shall n
alone act as the intermediary be- 1
tween the trustees and the various e
heads of departments, and shall be g
held responsible for results. 3. To t]
secure the co-ordination and co-op- h
eration of the varicus departments of i
the 'College with a view to economy r~
and efficiency9 and a clear definition ih
of the duties of th-e various officers t~
'f the College.~
Mr*. Alan .Johnsto! e, the chairmlad
appoiited on this committee the fol- t
lowing trustees: Senator B. R. Till- h~
man, Messrs. R. W. Simpson and W. p
Cao of the by-laws accompany *<
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NOTICE FINAL SETTLEMENT.
\T-t;ce is hereby given that i will
I*. tinal settlement )in the Probate
'nrt for Newberry County, on
nesdtv. February 9th, 1910, at
1vren o'clock in the forenoon, as
'v'rlian of the estate of Kate Be
enbaugh, and will immediately
Stamp Pad Ink,
k Pencils, Indel
Stick Files, Paj
ii Sealing N
s paper showing in red ink my ree- :
amendations to the committee when <
uey met in August for the revision-. t
hese by-laws were .finally adopted Ii
printed by the boaed of trustees
their last meeting, December,
Several Trusteea.Praised. C
I desire to say to the eommit.tee of
e gene.ral assembly that the follorw-t
g members of the board of trustees
a.ve stoog ,by me in my efforts. to
nild Clemson Agrieultural Cdlege
Lto a high-grafe institution of ag
alture, engineering and science,
tz: Senator B.. R. Tillman, Messrs.
E. Bowen, M. L. Donial'dson, .B H.
al, Jesse. H. H irdin, John G. j
chards. Mr. 17. I. Manning has
en ona the board f trustees' so
iort a time I ea; .mot speak intelli
ently concerning his probable atti
ide on the questi >ns disturbing the
lege. I believe, however, that hel
ll take a stand with the gentlemen'
etioned above in all those matters
hich are for the well-being and best
Lteests of Clemson Agricultural Col
ge. Mr. J. E. Wannamaker has onj
any occasions supported the pres-!
Lent in his plans for the best inter- I
t of the Coilege; like the other1 U
~utlemen, he is an independent
iinker, as he should be, but I think! *
s sympathy has been with thae pres
ent when lhe thought this officer wasj
ght. Mr. Wannamaker, however,e
s several relatives on the College
)!ee, and I do uot know what would.
iis. attitude if the test was made. I.
In submitting this pape'r I wish ita
be distir.;tly understood that I I
ive endeavored to withdraw all t
rsonality from the accounts I have o
yen, and I would be greatly disturb
Iif T thought that I had said any-l
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x us. We want to prove to yo.
o ' the best lumber is the cheap
. .t the - tart as well as in the end.
WO cannet si,o you the physicat
lifference between poor and the
best Imi.ber for we do not hartdle
any but. the latter quality.
NEWBERRY LUMBER CO,
thereafter apply for letters disiki*
sory as guardian of said estate a
for said minor.
Naney A. Bedenbaugh,
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er Fasteners, i
hing which would -bring trcm)is g
m. innocent parties. Ir desire~ also
o'say that my solfeagues on t~
dlfy and on the College force t
~ers hsve stood by nie k~~~
v'ork of tain co61ee6 ad ~4
to criticisar to make againAi~
>ne of these' gsaeniten; they are
oyal to the College and its
:f the evils I have tried to relate m
his paper are correeted I^ain eonf
lent Clemson Agienlttrat
iili grow into -the furest instt~
ni the South.
The report as to other State isi
utions is thiat there is harmony and
he work is progressing well.
NEWBERRY UNION STATION?
trrival and Departare of Pamsener
Trains-Effective 12.01 A.K
Sunday January 2, 1910.
io. 15 for Greenville.. .. 8:51 a. n
To. 18 for Columbia. .10.58 a. m.
70. 11 for Greenville.. .. .2.48- p.
ro. 16 for Columbia.. ....8.59 p.- .
C., N. & .Railway. -
No. 22 for Columbia.. ..8.47- a. a.
To. 52 for Greenville.. 125p.m
Io. 53 for Coumbia....32p.i.
No. 21 for Laurens. . ..op
*Does not run on Sunday.
This time table shoiws the times
t wh'lieh trains may be expected to
epart from thiis station, but their
eparture is not guarantee& and the
ime shown is subject to change with.
G. L. Roimson,