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sensations IOU.ovt in
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fort is located in consists of two white
trustees and one negro; Charles E.
Danner (white), chairman: C. K,
Bachelder (white), native State Vermont;
Jackie "White (negro).
"Eacb of the seven white lady
teachers in Beaufort graded school
Mas to receive their salary with a
check or voucher signed bya negro.
"Chas. E. Danner is trustee oi
Mathers School that you spoke of in
message Xo. 23. Also the county
board consists of Superintendent ol
Education B. H. Boyd. Hardeeville, S
C.; Col. W. J. Thomas, Beaufort, S. C.;
Prof. J. M. Moore, Beaufort, S. C.
These are the people that have elected
this board and re-elected again
this combination board of township
school trustees with their pet negrc
trustee. This is the school board that
also elected Miss Rossa B. Coolie
township school trustee of St. Helena's
township. This Miss Coolie recommended
to the other two members ol
the board of township trustees that
owing to the small number of white
children in that township, that they
send them all to Iier school, Penn
School, which is a negro school.
(What else will happen in the dear
old Palmetto State?)
"AH of these facts are as an open
book here. I do not know what power
i6 vested in your office relative to
county school boards. But if it is in
your power to remove from office this
entire school board you certainly will
make a hit with the masses. Some
of these men are my friends, or one
of them is, but I have told 'him that
he should be removed from office."
Beaufort, S. C., Feb. 12th, 1914
"After closing my letter there are
some little things that I have overlooked.
"T am in prrnr about f!has_ E. Dan
ner being trustee of Mathers School,
but he does handle their funds. This
man Bachelder has two daughters
that are teachers in this townshipone
in Beaafort Graded school and
one at Seabrook. The law says that
a school trustee cannot elect one of
their family to a teacher's place, so
they must have been elected by Chas.
E. Danner and the negro Jackie
Wright or J. C. Wright. Each and
every white lady teacher or male
teacher teaching in this township has
to be approved by this negro before
they can get the place to start with.
"This man, Prof. J. M. Moore, is on
the county school board, and he is
also superintendent of Beaufort Graded
School at a handsome salary. He
elects the township school trustees.
I do not accuse him of being crooked,
but it is not reasonable to suppose
that he will help elect men that would
put him out of his. place. And as a
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inauer 01 iaci lie re-eiecteu uuc uuai u
with the negro on it that automat#
ically re-elected him."
Message No. 30.
Gentlemen of the Senate:
I might have expected it, knowing
conditions in Beaufort as I do, but,
honestly, I never thought it had al
Beaufort, S. C., Feb. 14th, 1914.
"His Excellency, Cole. L. Blease, Governor,
Columbia, S. C.
"Dear Sir: I omitted telling you
that Beaufort Graded School children
were not permitted to celebrate
General Robert E. Lee's birthday.
"I know there was a great deal oi
discussion and a newspaper article
over it last year.
"But the Yankee from Vermont and
the negro makes a majority of school
"Chas E. Danner has no children;
C. K. Bachelder has no small children
(Vermont) and the negro J. C.
Wright has his daughter teaching in
the colored school.
"So you can readily see that the
memory of our great chieftain is a
matter of no concern to them."
What do you, as senators, think of
Robert E. Lee? What do you, as senat?t?c
fMnlr r\? fh<a r'nr?fortpratp caT^iptss
and their record?
We will accept your vote on the
Fortner bill as your reply.
Cole. L. Blease,
Columbia, S. C., Feb. 16, 1914.
The correspondence \ between
Messrs. Brown and Lyles, and the
governor, which was sent to the senate
on Wednesday night, is as follows:
Trustees Write- Governor.
February, 14, 1914.
To His Excellency, Cole. L. Blease,
Governor of South Carolina.
Dear Sir: The undersigned are
mpmhpr? nf t"hp hrvarrJ nf trustees Of
Benedict college, having been elected
at the instance and request of the
American Baptist Home Mission society,
which is one of the leading societies
of the Baptist church of America.
It is solely missionary in its
'bj'vts and pur-nits. It maintains in
j whole' or in part a number of educational
institutions in the South foi
the negro race, because and only be'
cause they have the conviction as
1 j Christians that the principles ol
j Christ's teaching are good for the ad'
j van cement a::d welfare of the ne?:ro as
well as of the white man, and that the
teaching of the negro under propei
religious influences can result only ir
jgood to him and to the white mar
; with whom he comes in contact. We
I have for years watched the operation?
'; of Benedict college and are satisfiec
: | that the statements made by the Rev
_ i Mr. Valentine, president of the col;
lege, in his letter of the 11th instant
' j to JMr. William H. Lyles, which we
; herewith enclose, are correct. We be"
i lipvp that, thpv will he corroborated
by respectabl-e white people residing
in the immediate neighborhood of the
Mr. Valentine has neld the office ol
president of the college for two 01
i more years past. His predecessors lr
i office for many years were known bv
J the Baptist preachers and laymen ol
\ the State of South Carolina to be gentlemen
of high Christian character
a.:d of high denominational standing
in their respective states. ;Mr. Valentine,
while not so well known to the
| denomination in South Carolina at
large, is known by us to be altogether
worthy of succeeding such men.
| i We believe that we are doing God's
service in giving aid to the propei
! management of Benedict college, anci
' j can but believe that the information
' -upon which your message to the sen[1
ate of South Carolina of the 10th instant
was based was incorrect so fai
' as the statement referred to Benedict
Rev. C. C. Brown,
Sumter, S. C.
Rev. R. N. Pratt,
Hendersonville, N. C.
Wm. H. Lyles,
Columbia, S. C.
Columbia, S. C., Feb 11, 1914.
Mr. William H. Lyles, Columbia, S. C
My Dear Mr. Lyles: In keeping witli
my conversation with you over the
| phone today, I am putting into writing
the facts in regard to the statements
i made by the governor to the legislature
in his message of yesterday.
)' First, Rev. E. A. P. Cheek was a
teacher in our school, in the minis'
j terial department, and is the same
; man who has been under charges for
| immoral conduct, etc. He was charg!
ed with cartain things by certain
i members of his church, and the case
j was carried into the civil court, but I
! understand that Judge Prince refused
! the application for an injunction
which was brought against iiim.
Dr. Cheek is now in full charge of
! t }
'his work in the church. At the very
beginning of the proceedings against
' j him, he resigned his position here,
that the school might not in any way
be brought into the controversy. He
asserted most earnestly that he was
innoncent of the charges, and. Judge
Prince has dismissed the injunction
against him. I believe he is an inno
Second, the governor says he has
been informed that one of the white
men whose picture was in the catalog
of last year played on the football
One of our white men taught the
football team how to play football,
and played with them once or twice
until I discovered it, and I forbid him
f a i f r\ rro i 'PVinf TT'fl r- aTTat?
ia-j uu u again. ixiat w clo vci c kj
j years ago, and it has never been re!
, Third, the governor says he nas
been informed that the boys' dormitory
has a white matron. This is true,
This matron has definite hours when
she inspects the rooms, but she dees
not live'in the building where the
boys are, and her task is simply to
inspect their rooms and give direc:
tions as to their care. She is a woman
of about fifty years of age and of fine
character, without any stain whatever.
Fourth, the governor says he has
been informed that the boys in the
dormitory -have pictures of white girls
j and white women in their rooms. I
' believe his information is absolutely
incorrect. I have never seen a picture
J of a white woman in any of the boys1
j rooms. I think that they themselves
| would be very much opposed to putting
the pictures of white persons on
the walls of their rooms.
I have been through the rooms re!
peatedly, and I have never yet seen
a picture of a white woman in any
I am satisfied that the teaching and
example of the white members of the
i faculty can result only in the devel.
opment of the studentc of Benedict
college into useful colored citizens of
! a commonwealth where the welfare of
1 both races depends upon separation
in all social matters and upon the
industry and respectful bearing of the
cclored people. We encourage our
students to seek domestic employment
in the families of the citizens of Columbia,
and are gratified to know that
We sell you Supplies,
reduction. Will also do
We will issue coupon
-l-nn MnJ flUfl fr.V (TO
supplies, diiu cuau iui
i any book work to do, tbei
many of them have found such em
. ploymen't, and without exception, si
. far as has come to my knowledge, the
[ have made themselves useful an<
j shown by their conduct the characte
. of teaching which they receive at th'
Fifth, the governor says that lfe ha
. been informed that at a reception o
"sociable" held on the campus tha
white women teachers were on equa
terms with negro boys' and member
of the faculty and had refreshment
with them at the same table.
We have a regular monthly socia
throughout the year, held the last Fri
day evening of the month, a;id th
girls sometimes serve refreshments
siifh as ice cream and cakes whicl
L j the boys buy from them, and I hav
j | never yet seen any teacher eating a
r j the same table with them, nor is ther
j anything that could be construed a
. "social equality.''
I have a teacher as a member o
i my faculty who is a native of Vir
. ginia?born and bred there. In con
j versation with her today, I asked ne
A c-AAn rx r* T7+Vl in or r?f thl
> I li sue uau oci occu c
. things charged by the governor, an<
she replied. "Emphatically no."
> As you well know, the teachers o
this institution are elected and sup
ported by the American Baptist Horn
Mission society, an association o
white peopte actuated only by mo
> tives of religion and unselfish desir
to advance the interest of their fel
; lowmen. They recognize that the negro
is a human 'being, gifted with ;
- soul and capable of intelligence, am
, that the Master's command to go int<
, all the worldand preach the gospe]
; teaching men to do all things whicl
L He had commanded, applies to ne
. groes as well as to any other race
yet these teachers all recognize tha
? A - J x _ _
. tney are not 10 unaeruiKt} avuiai ic
t form as between race and race. The;
> do believe that they should inculcat
[ in the minds of the negro student
the highest sense of moral and busi
, nes obligations.
With kind regards, I am,
i (Signed) B. W. Valentine,
> I President.
: The Governor's Reply.
Feb. 17, 3914.
; C. C. Brown, Sumter, S. C. Wm. H
Lyles, Columbia.. S. C.
Your letter of February 14, inst,
.! received, in which you state that yoi
; were elected trustees of a negro col
t lege "at the instance and request o
the American Baptist Home Missioi
society, .which is one of the leading
. societies of the Baptist c'hurch o
i America." Unfortunately, I have nev
, er heard of this association before
i but I take your word for its stand
snnoVinor nf tlio nrpH
1 X UU DUVLC, til -O^caivuig, v/i. wv
ecessors of the present president o
' the institution, "to be gentlemen o
t high Christian character." They ma:
be, in your minds, but any white mai
- who will sit at the presidency of :
negro college, in my opinion, is abou
. as low as it is possible for any mai
with a white mothei to get, and ii
. unwortny of the aseociation of an:
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