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TO INVBSTIGATE CLMDON.
Xoue Paues Resolution.- Much
Discussion Condemuative of
Methods and Bapse.
Olumbia State, 16th.
,The house yesterday pa3sed the
resolution providing for an investi
iation of Clemson college.
Mr. Browning called up the matter
Mr. Browning went over the report
of the legislative oommittee recent
ly published and condemned the ex
pense account of some of the mem
'bers of the board of trustees. Mem
lers who traveled hundreds of.mi-Kes
did not draw as much as a man who
lived withi" four miles of the college.
Clemson college was established
for the farmers. It cost $325.25 to
keep a boy at the farmers college
against &n average of about,$225 at
Ze condemned the manager of
th-farn who had done nothing but
railroa&work until elected. He
took chargCof four head of thor
-oughbred cattle. The herd was now
Referring to the fertilizer tag tax
they had been informed that samples
had been sent to Clemson and no an
swer received until Clemson found
out whtt company the samples cam6
from. He could corrborate this by
a statement from a representative,
. An Invesmgation Asked.
The farmers' union favored an
investigation and it was only de
Itated by the representative from
Xershaw county-Mr. .Richards
the union-had demanded that the tag
tax be reduced to 10 cents per ton
but the resolution was defeated. .
. The farmers made demands for
correetions and the corrections were
never made. One .employe was said;
ta be running a blind 'tiger and a
member had begged Mr. Browning
to remedy conditions on the ground
that the boys were being ruined.
Mr. Richards said he hoped for an
iavestigation. He had never been,
* ilty of. sharp practice in the farm
es union. DHe did not have to re
- sert to this. He had taken the posi
*on that there was no extravagance
at Clemson college 'and opposed a
reduction in the tag - tax. He was
the man who urged~ an investigation
by the Farmers' unionl. He resented
the imputation of -sharp practice.
Mr. Browning said he had never
iatimated sharp practice.. He in
tended only to say that Mr. Rich
ards had by his work defeated the
effort to reduce*.the tag tax from 25
oents to ten cents.
Mr. Richards, a trustee, urged the
h'ouse to investigate the college
personally he knew there was noth
ing wrong up at the college and if
there was he would help remedy it or
reBign. He hoped the house would
adopt the resolution because it was a
redeetion on'his character.
Mr. Mann, another trustee, of the
imstitution favored the investigation.
There had been unrest and dissatis
Mtion for -four years and a cloud
4 uspicion hung over the board
that should be cleared or proved.
A~.nsweri~ng Mr. Browning he said
that'he had. said that there were ne
,eesities for a more rigid discipline.
He had seen things he did nbt like
-and wanted it brought out. Answer
ing Mr. Mauldin he said the life and
aate trustees often did not always
Mr. Dixon asked if he wanted this
~ivestigation just to vindicate him
self and .other men1bers of the board.
Mr. Mann considered the investi
tion absolutely necessary.
Mr. Wingo defended the college
ad complimented the board.
Mr. Dixon opposed the proposed
investig'ation and held that it would
militate against the institution get
ting~ a high class man for president.
Mr. Duvrall .did not think the is
vastigation would have the desired
result but he did think the legal in
-vetigation would settle the status
of the State as to the -control of the
Answering questions he said the
eport by,his committee Thowed nel
potism. 'A bill passed by the house
remedied this but the committee also
found disagreement betweeni the
members of the board and the pres
Mr. Patterson said he did not think
GCengson college had done everything
posble for the farmers. ,He favor
ed the investigation.
Mr. Browning rose to a question
of personal privilege and stated his
reasons for asking for the investiga
tion and said if it was not held the
college would not be able to secure
a first class president.
The house on a roll call by a vote
of 61 to 41 refused to strike out the
enacting words on motion of Mr.
There was another roll call on the
amendment by Duvall and Lawson
that it shall be the duty of the inves
tigation fo go into the question as to
State control of the college. This
was adoped by a vote of 70 to 26.
'The ,bill was amended as to the
time when the investigation should
be concluded making it in May.
Kuniipal Ownrship- Objections
Editor The Herald and News:
Referring in the pr'evious article
to literary talent employed to dis
courage municipalities from owning
their own plants, the stron st
known to the writer was from the
pen of a Prof. Fessenden.
Even so, the professor undertook
to combat them only on engineering
considerations, and even makes the
concession "that. from the very
essential nature of the matter only
a 'certain class of engineering under
takings can be efficiently and prop
erly operated ;by states or munici-p
It is evident that he wrote in the
interest of manipulators of a cer
t.1n other-class of publie utilities,
n:t impugning the honesty of con
victions based upon the false reports
made by agents employed for the
purpose of misrepresenting the sue
cess of trials undertaken in Europe;
which will clearly appear farther en.
"Important developments general
ly come,'" says Prof. F., "only from
the hands of individuals or - bodies
responsible only to themselves and
provided with the incentive of large
profit." Mark that well, Newber
rians! "The elimination of self re
sponsibility," the professor sees
through clouded glasses-no self
responsibility in having charge of
great public utilities! Think of it!
"and incentive'' (of 'a large profit')
"would inevitably produce a condi
tion in industrial and scientific de
velopment anologous to the dark
Would that the present dark age
(in some respects) which evolves
such purblind, universcity. professors
whose vision is circumscribed by the
"Big Interests" that support them4
may soon be relegated to oblivion,
and educational freedom advagece to
the emancipation of the world!
It is strangee that Prof. Fessenden
did not take us to view- the darkiage
brought about by Bismark in Ger
many when h.e nationalized the rail
ways, telegraphs and telephones, etc.
-and illustrate the dark ages in
Switzerland by picturing a ride on
the railroads of one thousand -miles
for *iour dollars, and then peer into
the treasury and see the profits, even
on that, going to relieve the burden
of taxation. And so with publidky
owned railways of other ceuntries.
Something of a suspicion will not
down, that professors and others
attacking the- public ownership of
lesser 'power plants have an eye to
the 'prresting the trend of public
sentikient in favor of taking oyer
So far for the opinions expressed
by Prof. Fessenden.. His arguments
shall constitute .the subject for oar
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