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ABSOLVED) OF CRIMNAL ]'NTE'NT.:C
Evidence Discloses no "Criminal In. E
ten(," But Not Altogether
News and Courier.
Columbia. June 17.-W. T. Brock,
assistant adjutant general of South
Carolina, and candidate for position
of adjutant general in the approach- ]
ing primary, is absolved of the
charges of wasting the State's nt t.ey
with criminal intent, but the court of 1
inquiry, which made its report at 11 1
o'clock thi evening, finds that there!
were some things for which Coi.
Brock was to blame and some things I
which a lack of system in the office
of the adjutant and inspector general I
The court says, in its report: "If the
charge is iaten:ed to imply criminal
intent the court holds and, finds that
the evidence fails to disclose Pny
criminal intent on the part of Col.
Brock, but that he was unfortunately
ignorant of the responsibility of the
high trust reposed in him and care
less and extravagant in his adminis
tration of that trust."
Condemning the system of account
ing, in vogue In connection with thei
turning in of expense accounts, the
court says: "This system of accouint
ing the court condemns in no uncer
tain terms, for the reason that wheth
er so intended or not, it is renderivg
false accounts; it affords no correct,
'information to the officer, whose euty
it is to scrutinize the accounts; it of-;
fers no protection to the person
whose accounts are to be scrutinized,
at a time, possibly, when he is not 1
position to explain, and if such system
is allowed to obtain in the State's gov
ernmental officers, it will as surely
lead to petit thievery, as the night fol
lows the day. This court, however,
does not charge Col. Brock with petit
Finds No Political Treachery.
The court exonerates Col. Brock
from the so-called political charges.
In this connection the court says in
part: "We find, as matter of fact, that
so far as he learned the situation, Col.
Brock reported it correctly to Gen.
Boyd, and this court is of the opinion
that there is no foundation in fact for
the charges made against Col. Brock
by Gen. Boyd, in respect to any mis
representation, and also find as a mat
ter of fact, there is no fact upon
which to base a charge against Col.
Brock that he had proved a traitor to;
Gen. Boyd. On the contrary, the
court is of the opinion, from the testi
mony, that at all times Col. Brock has
been entirely loyal to his superior and
that the charges of the ad.iutant gen
eral to the contrary are entirely
On the question of the broaching
of the political discussions, the court
finds that "so far as the testimony
shows, the subject was invariably
broached by someone other than Col.
The court of inquiry, at 11 o'clock,
following a session of two hours this
evening and a morning session of sev- 1
eral hours, behind closed doors, gave
out its report on the situation. The
report is made to Gov. Ansel, who
requested that the same be given to
the press tonight.
Charges Considered Seriatim.
The court says: The charges
against Col. Brock, which the court!
for convenience denominates the sec
ond charge, are found in a letter of
the adjutant general, dated May 4, and
addressed to the people of South. Caro
lina. The charges therein contained
Will be taken up seriatim:
"'The first part of this charge ino
ves the matter of . the expenditures
made by Col. Brock in making the~
annual inspections of the State mi1i- ~
tia, in the years 1907, 1908, 1909 and.
"A careful examination of the ex
pense accounts of Co'l. Brock shows
'that his expenditures for these years
were as follows: For the year 10,
Col. Brock spent,. aside from railroad
cost of travel, the sum of $175.00
during the periods of the inspectioz,s
he purchased of the Southern Railwny
company three 1,000-mile books at -a d
total cost of $75, making his total ex- C
penses for that year $250. C
4.In the year 1908, Col. Brock spentt
for personal expenses, aside from mil-t
-eage, the sum 'of $300. During the
period of inspection that year he also
filed contingent vouchers for the pur
chase of four 1,000-mile books, at a
cost of $100, making his total expendi
tures for that year $400.
"In the year 1909, Col. Brock dr~ew C
contingent warrants for $320 for per
sonal expenses and received the mon- C
ey thereon, and in addition thereto C
drew warrants for the purchase of
four 1,000-mile books, at a cost of $80,
making a total of $400 drawn that C
"In the expense accounts, filed by;
Col. Brock, there were quite a number
of charges, at different ~places, for
hire of teams, amounting to $47 in
the aggregate. Col. Brock admitted
that those items did not represent any
expenditures at that time, but that the C
mount thereof was subsequently us
d in inspecting proposed rifle rang
ites at Spartanburg and Sumter. Al
owing this credit, his personal ex
)ense account would be thus reduce(
rom $320 to $273, and his total in
.pection account reduced thereby t
333. Col. Brock also claimed credi
or one mileage book, left over eac]
rear after the inspections were over
Ieference to this will be made late!
"In the year 1910, contingent war
-ants were issued and the mone:
hereon turned over to Col. Brock, t
he total amount of $550. Of thi
mount, we find, he spent for his per
,onal expenses $165.90, and for thi
)urchase of four mileage books thi
urther sum of $80, making a total ex
)enditure by him for this year o
)245.90. Of the remainder of th
550, Col. Brock covered back into th
5tate treasury the sum of $72. Th
)alance, amounting to $232.10, h
oaned to Lieut. Bennett, of the regu
ar army, who was detailed to mak
he inspections on behalf of the Unit
yd State, to defray his expenses.
A Difficult Question.
"In attempting ato decide the ques
:ion of whether or not Col. Brock ha
wantonly wasted the State's mone;
Lnd whether he has spent more tha
was necessary, the court is confront
d with a question, for the solution o
vhich we have no fixed rule to guid
is, and hence is not without som
"Col. Brock attempted to justif
iimself by the adoption of a rule, bas
d, as he supposed, upon a custom C
:he office or what he thought to b
:he custom of the office, that in ex
ending the money of the State ar
propriated to defray his expenses h
mas entitled to the best. We are ur
ible to accept this rule as the tru
-uide. On the other hand, we do nc
think that he should be held to suc
in economical administration of th
rund as would amount to niggardli
aess and would tend to bring the o
licer and office in contempt.
"Public office is a public trust, an
f possible, the expenditure of th
)ublic funds entails upon the office
)xpending them a higher trust and w
:hink the funds should be, and woul
iave been, expended in such an econc
nical manner as is consistent wit'
-easonable comfort and convenienc(
1o more, no less. Applying this rul
;o the expenditures of Col Brock, w
ind that he expended for what migh
le called, and what we have hereto
~ore denominated, his personal ex
)enses, during the four years, the fol
owing sums: For 1907 -$175. Fo
908 $300. For 1909 $273. For 191
Present Year's Expenses a Basis.
"It will be seen that during th
rear 1910 his personal expense
Lmounted to i:'uch less than either c
:he two preceding years, and is to a]
)ractical intents the same as his ex
penses for 1907. We think, under th
:estimony, it is fair to take his expen
litures for this year as a reasonabl
>asis by which to judge him, especia]
y as it was claimed that the cost o
iving is higher this year than an:
)revious of the four, and in view c
:he further fact that it was in testi
nony that at some places during th'
previous 'years part of the expense
were paid at the stations to which Co]
Brock was sent, but that this custon
>efore this year had practically ceas
"The court sought earnestly fo:
ome reason wh the expenses for th<
rears 1908 and 1909 were so mued
igher than the other years, but wa
tave to report that the reason has no
.ppeared satisfactorily to us ani
hat, in our opinion, his expenditurei
n the two years named, 1908 and
909, were unnecessarily large. Parl
'f the increase we are able to accoun1
or, as follows:
"Col Brock testified that after he
tarted on the inspection tour and
.ad occasion to return to Columbia
ither to inspect the four companies
dja cent thereto or to attend to.busi
ess in the office, he charged to the
tate his cost of living while in Co
"Without going into an extended
iscussion~ of 'this matter the court is
f opinion that by no rule can this
harge 'to the State be justified, and
dat the necessary steps should be
~ken to recover the same back to the
Finds No Criminal Intent.
"In the charge made in the letter o1
~en. Boyd, he uses the language 'has
rantonly wasted the State's money.
f the charge is intended to imply
riminal intent, the court holds and
.nds that the evidence fails to dis
lose any 'criminal intent on the pari
f Col. Brock, but that he was unfor
unately ignorant of the responsibility
f the high trust reposed in him ant.
areless and extravagant in his ad
ainistration of that rust.
"With reference to the charge thai
~ol. Brock, without authority, loaned
he State's money to Lieut. Bennett
he court finds that while he did lend
he State's money to Lieut. Bennet1
.nd possibly without autL ority of laws
or so doing, at the same time it was
one with the knov.iedg and conseni
- of the adjutant general.
"In view of the further fact that the
- loan is entirely good and every dol
- lar will be recovered, or rather paid
I back to the State, and the further fact
- that the State of South Carolina, ulti
) mately, has to bear part of the ex
t penses of Lieut. Bennett, we are not
k, prepared to criticise Col. Brock in
this matter. We do find, however,
that the matter is irregular and the
- practice should be discontinued.
r Matter of Mileage Books.
> "The charge is made that Col.
i Brock never used 4,000 miles of v-ans
- portation in making the inspections
a any one year.
"We find that, in 1907, Col. Brock
- purchased three mileage books, and
I in the years 1908, 1909 and 1910, he
a purchased each year four mUeage
books. The most accurate data which
the court had before it as to the num
ber of miles necessarily traveled in
- making the inspections showed that
the mileage absolutely necessary was
- about 1,600 miles.
"In addition to this, Col. Brock tes
tified that he was at various times
called to Columbia, off of the route,
which entailed extra travel, in round
numbers to the amount of about 500
miles. He further claimed that at',
'the end of each inspection tour he
had left practically a thousand miles
of unused mileage, and in fact exhib
ited to the court two mileage books,
bought in April, 1910, which contained
7 f in the neighborhood of i,000 unused
- miles. This would account for the
f mileage purchased in 1907, but would
e fail to account for, from 800 to 1,000
- miles of the mileage bought each in
- the other three years. The testimony
e also showing that Gen. Boyd in one
- year used two mileage books and In
e the other years had one mileage book,
t It appears to the court that the public
hL business did not demand so much
e travel on the part of the accused of
"With respect to the charge that
Col. Brock's accounts are in a tangled
condition we find the following:
e System of Acounting Condemned.
r "Col. Brock was in the habit, upon
D his return from an inspection tour, of
1handing to the comptroller general'
- what purported to be an itemized ac
1 count of his expenditures, to cover
, the contingent warrant previously
e drawn. Col. Brock admitted that the
e items set forth in these various/ ac
t counts did not represent what they
- seemed to represent, but that many
- of the entries embraced other charges
- than appeared therein.
r"This system of accounting the
Scourt~ condemns in no uncertain
terms, for the reason that whether so
intended or not it is a rendering of
a false accounts; it affords no correct
s information to the officer whose duty
f it is to scr'utinize -the accounts; it 'of
1 fers no protection to the person whose
- accounts are to be scrutinzed, at a
Ste,psil,when he is not in posi
-otoexplain, and if such a system
a is allowed to'obtain in the State's gov
- ernmental offices, it will as surely
f lead~ to peit theivery as the night fol
r lows the day. This court, however,
f does not charge Col. Brock with petit
S"A Ridiculous Farce."
3 "Several of the expense accounts
.handed in by Col. Brock, were'appar
i1 ently scrutinized by the adjutant gen
- eral, but the approval endorsed
thereon is not in the handwriting of
SGeneral Boyd, but that of
i Colonel Brock. It may be
i possible, and very likely probable,
Sthat Col. Brock was authorized to
tuse the name of the adjutant general
I from time to time, but the idea of an
officer passing upon his own accounts
and vouching them in the name of
the officer supposed to have examined
them is such a ridiculous farce that it
brings the matter of alleged over
sight into contempt.
"Col. Brock claimed that in his
methods he was only following the
custom of the office. If such is or
has been the~ custom of the office it'
(Continued on page seven).
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