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Probers Submit Report on 01<1 Soldiers'
Money for Salaries,
Columbia. Feb. 27.?The report of
the committee to investigate condi- i
ions at the Confederate Infirmary |
was filed today. It was a clear-cut and
and definite arraignment of existing
condtitoas, particularly and emphatic
ally, with the fact that Major Hal W.
Richardson and Dr. Frank W. P. Butler,
as members of the commission, are
on the pay roll as officers of the institution.
This is the chief difficulty, and
perhaps the immediate cause of the investigation
and subsequent report.
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house are all confederate soldiers, j
while from the senate younger men;
were named. j
The testimony will be printed in the
journal, but the report summarizes the
evidence and points to conclusions.
The report was a complete surprise,
the evidence being taken in executive
session. It is brief, as follows:
Report of the special committee appointed
to investigate the Confederate
Veteran's Infirmary,?Columbia, S. C.,
Pohrnarv 9Z 1912.?To the sreneral as
sembly of South Carolina?Gentlemen
Your committee appointed under a
concurrent resolution to investigate
"certain reports concerning the management
of the Confederate Veterans'
Infirmary," and to report "the results
of its investigation at this session of
The general assembly," beg leave to
submit the following:
Three afternoons were spent in examining
witnesses. A stenographer
was found to be necessary, and Mr. A.
M. Deal was employed to take the testimony,
which is herewith submitted,
consisting of about 225 pages of typewritten
matter, and the same is made
a part of this report.
Among the witnesses examined were
Major H. W. Richardson, Capt. J. P.
Caldwell and Dr. Butler. We likewise
took the testimony of a number of the
inmates of the Soldiers' Home as well
as the testimony of others.
Among the complaints or charges alleged
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profanity allowed on the part of a
few of the inmates to the discomfort
b. Partiality in some respects in the
treatment of the inmates.
c. Lack of proper discipline.
d. Incompetent nurses for the sick.
e. Bad bread furnished, or bread i
made frcm musty meal for a short j
time last summer.
f. That the house, or some of the-J
rooms, are allowed at times to get in
a very filthy condition.
Aside from these charges there were
others of a petty nature, and testi
mony wus taken along the lines sug-j
gested by these. \
The rtoults reached by your co n-,
uiittee are as follows:
a. That tli-e charge of drunkenness!
on the part of some of the inmates!
and unbecoming conduct resulting !
therefrom seems to be sustained by j
the testimony. It appears that the |
pension money received by many of j
the inmates goes for whiskey, (Seei
testimony of Major H. \V. Richardson,
page 31J It also appears from his tes-i
irmony (page 31) that the inmates!
"have no use for it ((the pension money)
except for what they consider luxuries,"
and that the luxuries alluded
to are "whiskey and a little tobacco."
b. As to the charge of partiality
the testimony is conflicting, but Capt.
J. P. Caldwell, on pages 91, 92, 93,
testifies that during last summer he
saw what he regarded as partiality j
c. The testimony convinces the com-!
mittee that thefe is srreat room for im
provement in the matter of discipline,
as well as in other matters. Major
Richardson in his testimony (see page
37) says: "I will admit that we all
have becn too lax in discipline, i have j
been." The conclusion forces itself on i
the committee that if the offices of i
treasurer and commandant were bestowed
upon one man?a man of exe-I
cutive ability and a strict disciplin-,
arian?conditions generally would be '
improved and the saving of several:
hundred dollars per annum to the j
State would be effected. Oapt Cald-1
wel in his testimony states that the!
$100 a month now paid to Major Rich- |
ardson is "thrown away." (Page 97
of testimony. He also says that Capt. j
Starling performed all the duties now i
suposed to be performed by himself
and Major Richardson. The inference i
is that two men are being employed j
to do what one could do and, if, as j
BUclLCU, a iliitu gWU CATV-UUYC a.unity
-were chosen, matters could he improved
and money saved to the State.
At present, judging from the testimony
there does not seem to be any head to
the institution?each employee is rather
a law unto himself.
And in this connection we wish to
put ih<- stamp of our disapprove! upon
the practice of members of the com-j
mission < lectins themselves to or
holding salaried positions. We are,
compelled to believe that this practice
is not only contrary to the act
creating the home, but is responsible
in some measure for the troubles referred
to in this report. It is not a
good thing for an employer and em
pioyee to ut; LUC oamc pciovu, nuv/u ,
has the right to fix both salary and
In short, your committee is of the
opinion that too much of the appropriation
for the Old Home goes for
salaries. One man of the right kind
could perform all of the duties now
supposed to be performed by Major
Richardson and Capt. Caldwell, and
if he possessed proper executive ability,
considerable improvement in the
management of the home and a large j
increase in the products of the farm!
could be made.
d. The testimony shows lack of
proper nursing for the sick.
c. The testimony shows to our satisfaction
the charge that for a short
time some time last year there was
bread furnished to the inmates made
out of musty meal. (See page 90, Caldfoc-h'mnnv
1 Thic wa.c likewise
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testified to by others. It is but proper
to add, however, that such bread was
served only for a very short period of
f. As to the charge that the home is
permitted to get in pretty filthy condition
fit times, or portions of it, this
j is perhaps true. It is also likely true
| that this condition would improve
j were me ruies ui me iiume piujjci 1;
As to the other charges referred to
at the outset as "petty in their na-!
ture," we do not wish to refer to them!
sj>ecifically, but your committee would
call atteution to the testimony concerning
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1 opinion tliat $35 per month would be
good pay for the physician to the Old
Home, since it appears from the tes- j
timony that about all that can be done
for the inmates, on account of their
lack of recuperative, power, as shown
by Dr. Butler's testimony, is to give
them cathartics occasionally and
"something to ease pain."
The practice of dealing out dailysupplies
of whiskey to a certain element
at the Old Home, it appears to
your committee, should be discourag- j
Wm. E. James, Chairman. \
J no. G. Greer,
T. F. Nelson,
On the part of the house.
E. C. Epps.
B. W. Crouch, |
Wni. R. Hough,
On the part of the senate.
TAFT SENDS "BUDGET* MESSAGE.
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"Plan of Program."
Washington, February 26.?Presi- !
dent Tdft today sc-nt to congress his j
much discussed "budget" message. He j
recommended the adoption of a bud-1
get system of relating proposed expenditures
to expected revenues and
declared that congress would be great- j
ly benefited by having before it such i
a statement before it began the annual j
grind upon appropriation bills. The
United States, the president wrote,
was the only great nation in the world
which did not use the budget system
and in consequence it "may be said
to be without plan or program." He
indicated that owing to the late day
at which he was able to transmit his
message he expected little legislation
on the topic from the present con-i
I The president took full responsibility
for the message upon himself. Congress
in the last sundry civil bill directed
the secretary of the treasurer
to submit estimates hereafter in the |
old way. Mr. Taft pointed out, how-1
ever, that he had directed the secre
tary of the treasury to agree with tbe!
directions of congress and also tc send \
to him information for a budget mes-1
sage. He referred cougress also to
the portion of the constitution which
requires him from time to time to j
recommend such measures as he shall,
deem necessary and expedient.
Some of the advantages of the budget
system as pointed out by the president
Advantages of Bndget.
A means of locating responsibility
for estimates, in keeping- with revenues
A means of allowing congress to see
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before it begins appropriating for each
department or detail of government
Because it would furnish congress
, and the public with ready reference
1 to renorts and detailed records of ac- 1
Because it would produce an ade-j
quate organization for assembling and I
' classifying information to be used in 1
! telling the country what has been
done and of the government's future
To aid in working wiih a well de-|
fined purpose in many bureaus hitherto
organized, but directed under an inconsistent
and ill-defined program.
To cancel the nations' debt, through
a sinking fund and to eliminate the
deficit, which is slowly growing.
To carry out the budget plan, to re-1
duce the deficit and the fixed charges |
against the government the president j
""" A ~' ? 1-"?, ? ^ ? -I /vrt *m m I c i
i0* create a bituviug iullu (jvinuiio-1
sion to consist of the chairman of the
finance committee of the senate; the
chairman of the house ways and
means committee the attorney general
and the secretary of the treajiuy
as annual auditor of the sinking fund
account Legislation which would
wipe out the na".: jnal debt in twenty
*cars :J.?t r ruly 14, Congress sc.uid J
set aside $45,000,000 annually for that
purpose. That would be $15,000,000 a
year less than the present amount required
by law. That fund should be
invested ia 3 per cent government
bonds and in twenty years the $1,160,000,000
debt, the president says would j
Urges Definite Theory.
The adoption of a definite thepry is
recommended for future proposals for
internal improvements so that such
improvements would be in accord with
a well thought out plan. In that connection
the president suggested the
saving of the rent paid in Washington
for buildings used by the government
through the construction of new buildings
to' cost about $100,000,000 to be
paid for through a period of twenty
"Driefly stated," wrote the president
"my suggestion is that the government
first plan for its land purchases,
buildings and public works, then borrow
nmroif aMiiira anH tA
them, proportioning the cost over a
period of twenty years, and making
the bonds issued to met the cost payable
out of an adequate sinking fund."
Of a reduction of the salary roll of
the government, amounting to about
$6,500,000 annually, two-thirds, the
president declared would be saved by I
adopting his scheme to classify what j
are now presidential appointments.
Almost $3,000,000 annually could be
kept in government coffers through
post office department changes. The
sum of $2,000,000 would be cut from
the pay roll, Mr. Taft continued, if
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classification of civil service employees.
Under this head the president
"In the present situation many men
at the bottom are receiving larger
salaries than would be obtained for
similar work in outside employment,
whereas men in higher positions carrying
great responsibility and the sue- !
cess of whose performance depends on j
training and long experience, are in-1
adequately paid. From the viewpoint'
of the rank and file there is little hope:
of reward for merit. The foundation
Tor reclassification of salaries already!
ha.? been laid. In mv ooinion it would I
enable the government to pay higher j
salaries to those of whom experience, I
and make the saving of $2,000,000.
THREE STATES SWEPT BY STORM. I
Alabama, Georgia and Florida Feel;
Effects of Cyclone Accompanied
Dy xorrennai l/tmnpuur.
Four persons are known to have per-1
ished, several to have been injured
and property valued at several hundred
thousand dollars to have been
damaged by a severe wind and rain
storm which swept Alabama, Georgia
and Florida Thursday.
The only known fatalities occurred
at Omaha, Ga., where three negroes
were killed when a building in which
they were working collapsed during
the height of the storm, and in Crenshow
county, A'abama, where Rufus
Sumerlin was killed in a building collapsed.
At Milledge ville, Ga., many build-1
ings were demolished. Twelve female j
prisoners were injured when the State!
structure at that place collapsed, j
Forty children in the Hope well school, i
near Milledgeviiie, naa a miraculous;
escape when the building was blown1
down. Only one child was injured, j
Three children were seriously injured
when the Bridges School, near !
Cordele Ga., was blown down. There j
were more than 30 in the school hous-e
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Many buildings were blown down j
and large damage sustained in Cen- i
tral Alabama. Th? heaviest losses are :
reported to be in the city of Greenville
and Crenshaw and Butler counties.
The property damage in Florida, according
to late reports, was not serious.
A 65-mile-an-hour gale swept the
section of the State in the neighbor- j
hood of Jacksonville. No loss of life1
was reported in that vicinity.
Mayor Maples, of Omaha, Ga., issued
an appeal last night for financial j
tid to the poor and homeless, saying'
the destruction of property is very
heavy and many persons-ane homeless.
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ALL READY FOR WIXTHROP.
Girls From South Carolina College
Will Find All Arrangements Wade
Washington, Feb. 26.?When South
Carolina comes to the inauguration
n-ext week there will be none more
welcome than the 150 fair representatives
from Winthrop college who,
through the courtesy of Senator Tillmnn
have secured sleeping quarters
and seats for the inauguration parade'
in a most attractive locality.
Some time ago President D. B.
Johnson wrote Senator Tillman stating
that a large number of Winthrop
students wished to come to Washington
and he asked the senator to secure
- l^^orjnnr ni^p and e-ood seats, wher
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ever he could get them best. This has j
been done and they will find every- j
thing in readiness when they reach!
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It is hereby ordered by the Board
of Health of the Town of Newberry,
ratified by the Town Council, that all
persons who have not been vaccinat- |
ed during the last five years must be ;
vaccinated immediately. Dr. w. E. |
Pelham, Jr., has been appointed by the j
Board of Health as public vaccinator. >
Anyone may be vaccinated by their j
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found at his office from 9.30 to 1 p. m., j
and 2 p. m. to 5 p. m., Sundays ex-!
F. D. Mower,
Chairman Board of Health. 1
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