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WEDESAY, DEC. 9, 1885.
B. S. DINKINS, Editor.
TO THIE PUBLIC.
The editorial columns of the Wil
liamsburg Herald, of the 19th of Nov.
1885, contained an article from Mr.
R G. Chandler,-which article was al
so published in the issue of TEE MAs
mG TXs of the 25th Nov. 1885,
and in which he has made several al
lusions to me, in some instances, mak
ng statements contradicting some
that were made in the Clarendon En
xrprise of the 5th Nov. 1885, the sub
stanceof which was made by me to
Mr. S. A. Nettles, the Editor of that
paper;and in making some of these
statements, Mr. Chandler claims to be
corrobarated by Mr. Charles Wolfe.
Some of the following are instances:
OAs to the charge of partialty in the
eenduct of the eamination, Mr. Net
ges has only the testimony of the de
tsted andidtae When Mr. Nettles's
&V& &aIk on the board was pblish
ad, we immediately sent it to Mr.
Wolkthe succeadtl candidate, aakng
i the a e were te. From Mr.
Wolget p dated Oct 25th we
I *can certify that the
of you eremptorily coin
th ainatin is utrue, and, also
charges both of undue partiality and
your suggesting the rewriting of my
Again Mr. Chandler says: "We cer
tainly know that no part of Mr. Wolfe's
paper was rewritten at our suggestion,
except as indicated in our former ar
tiele, which shows the suggeston made
r Chanler asserts that arithme
i wasdisposed of the first day and
Wiiat both applicants so understood it,
u t should have so understood it, from
rhawastold them, and that neither
made a figure upon his paper on that
ranebiafter Friday evemng."
3k. Chandler quotes from Mr. Net
sasfolows: "Both applicants had
ja hiledto do one example given,"
then replies thus: "We do not
that either did it, and we offer
that both tried it. In the letter
quoted frdm, Mr. Wolfe says:
..other -applicant (Mr. Wilson)
ne on the morning of the nine
ult., that he could not get the
Mr.. Chandler then goes
"Mr. Wil-n worked at
and grammar from before
until nearly night-a time of
hour&-and he did not make
elaborate upon either. If in
time been working at
submitted upon those branch
the board, be is too utterly slow
Itiin alif'o pieces before he
Im nslL" In speaking
thbe eampler in cube root, Mr.
ys Thesimple truth is,
s(3r. Wilsonuiid not do the ex
aneca.e could not. Now
~~~etedthat-had either done the
thasecond day he would not
A~. accredited with it; and
- eseecrt that he ewould not."
n eve Ipiedtbatit was Fill
&an question put by Mr.
Otat we ars perfectly as
llian is aleged
,4~) ~ onl*y this tosay,
'~aleast: That my short
A'udmio the examination were
iznleeadigtJer proof of his
suW cateen But this
Wlasked (hna," o
Iv1~2ft-Tyler, and Mr.
Tajiliisd "F1ihnore"; where
sIaid to Mr. Chandler, "You
Giiwgo butbtat is a question for
m~ aswer," to which Mr. Chandler
anstane, "Oh yes, that is so,
Ie:Te'n answer-that, thatisadne
21 /~a"^e "Ofthis lam "per
-x *=1;" and "myimemoyis
lerupon the point."
. Chndle measa by say
Subg'~twaave never felt itincnm
-s;hpon'u to notice an insult offer
ed~ bya. "ba 'I can hardly conceive.
~idyougMnot to have been an
suttoli' 110obe reminded of the
np-.~ogiiety of aacering a question
oneof he'peronsstanding the
zaination. c ertainly did not in
ton N insult" him; but hadI
aneso; I think the "baby" would
hve been perfectly tciaing to have held
amnVmosile,---at any rate, he is
K owmnieten years old, and would have
h ~e b isae, ready, and willing
io wsw~~mowaever he may say or do.
Ias rthat Mr. Chandler did sug
geet to Mr. Wolfe individually the re
tinsgof one of his papers which, I
think, was his paper on arithmetic, for
Stwas Friday evening, and we com
sanoed on arithmetic first. Mr. Chan
dler asserts that arithmetic had been
& of the ~first day, and "that
'p catso understood it, or
shudhave so understood it, from
what was told them, and that neither
made a figure upon his paper on that
neauh ~fter Friday evening." Why
thbe aplcants should have "under
to" that arithmetic had been "dis-'
-posed of," I amnat aloss to know, and
cannot understand why Mr. Chandler
should have made such an assertion.
Teaplicants commenced on arith
mI"ietio on .Friday, and as I thought,
ao-one o'cloek. although I had no
-$ime-piece, and I was then under the
- pression,-,that the examination1
sipaid blose that night, and did not'
n~ow any better until nearly dark.
>Men I had worked all the examples
jir arithmetic except the last (the cube
-root), I commenced ongrammnar,with-.
st attempting to work the example
cube root for this reason: I pre
- athat it was difficult, as nearly
dl examples in cube root are; and as
[was under the impression that we
rould have to finish that night, I want
-d to get through with as many ques
lons on the different branches as pos
fible. But the examination did not
Aose that'night, and as I had started
:n the other branches, I continued,
expecting to work-or attempt to
work-the example in cube root at
the last. On Saturday morning, after
we had been working for some time,
Mr. Chandler asked us for the papers
on which we had been working, so
that he could look over them; where
upon, both of us (the appllicants) told
him, in substance, that we had not fin
ished arithmetic and wanted to try
the last example; and Mr. Chandler
told us that he "would not mark arith
metic then" and that we "could try the
example." A short time before I fin
ished my histury (the last branch), Mr.
Wolfe got through and made about
this remark: "Well, I believe I'll try
that example now," and soon after an
nounced that he "could not work it,"
and left the office. A few minutes
after this, I got through and said:
"Now, Mr Chandler, I want to try
that example." Mr. Chandler then said
that "I have given you boys over the
length of time allowed; Charlie has
tried the example and could not get
it, and I think that both better quit at
the same time," Mr. Chandler then
closed the examination, if not 'Ver
emptorily," it was very much on that
order, and Mr. Wolfe was not present
at the time. Yet, Mr. Chandler says
that, "had eithex done the example
the second clay he would not have
been accredited with it." Wy then
did he tell us that morning that we
"could try it ?' and why call tine after
Mr. Wolfe had announced that he
"could not get it," and when I stated
to him (Mr. Chandler) that "I wanted
to try it?" Now, I believed then, and
do still, that Icould have orked the
example, Mr. Chandler's opinion to the
contray notwithstanding. I did not tell
Mr. Wolfe "on the morning of the
nineteenth ult.." or at any time, that
I "could not get the example." On
the morning of the 19th, - (the second
day of the examination), Mr. Wolfe
came round to the Hotel, and we were
talking of the examination when, he
asked me "had I got the example,"
and I told him "I had not" which was
true, because I had not even tried the
example. Not that I "could not get
it." I did not propose to tell Mr.
Wolfe the whys and wherefores about
it,-for we were competing for the
appointment,---and simply answered
the question as above stated.
As to Mr. Chandler's comments up
on my military capacity, extreme slow
ness, and not making "elaborate
papers &c.," I have only this to say:
That the contest was between me and
one other, and Mr. Chandler's purpose,
it seems, is to create the impression
that that other exhibited capacities just
the opposite to what he says Ishowed.
His languago can be reasonably con
strued in no other way. But if there
wassuch a difference, u*y only three
points difference between us, accord
ing to Mr. Chandler's own marking-'
or rather, Prof. Allen's? It would
seem that it was unnecessary for him
to mark my papers at all; for from his
own statements it appears that he
delegated to himself the right to pass
upon the applicants' military qualifi
cations, and as I was "too utterly slow
for a military man," why, of course
Mr. Chandler decided, right there and
then, that Ishould not go to the Cita
del whether I deserved it upon my
papers or not. It isposible, but ex
frenely improbable, that an examiner
entertaining such feelings towards and
opinions of an applicant as Mr. Chan
dler's own statements declare, should
be capable of rendering an impartial
decision. Had I been allowed to work
the example in cube root and succeed
ed-which, as I have stated, I believe
I could have done-it woukd.bave put
me three points ahead of Mr. Wolfe
according to the markings that were
made upon our papers; and I elaim
that this right I was entitled to and it
should have been accorded me; for,
Mr. Chandler had not stated any def
inite time at which the exmination
should close. Had he done this, and
Ihadfailed to finish in the time, the
case would Be altogether different.
Mr. Chandler alludes to the "testi
mony of the defeated candidate," and
would disparage my statements on
that account. But although I am, in
effect, "the defeated candidate,"Ihave .
not been raised under a code of mor
als that 'would prompt me to be so far
biased as to misstate facts. I attach no
blame to Mr. Wolfe, and wish him all
success; but, I do say, that I believe
that I was unjustly dealt with, and 1
my belief is not only based upon the3
facts above stated, but it is strength
ened by Mr. Chandler's own state
ments in several instances in his arti-2
le and the reasonable conclusions to
be drawn therefrom. I did not re
:jest Mr. Nettles to write upon this
mbject, but in talking of the examin
tion, I made, substantially, the state
ments he refers to, and while I was
satisfied that the examination was not <
'irly conducted, at that time I did 1
2ot pretend to accuse Mr. Chandler
>f wilfully doing any thing wrong,
nid thought that he was perhaps un-1
onsciously biased in favor of his kins
nan and acquaintance (for I have
:een informed that Mr. Chandler and
Er. Wolfe are related); but I amfore
'a to .onclude now, from Mr. Chand
er's own declaration, that he was not
he proper person to conduct that ex
uination, and, I fear, is totally un
suited to conduct any other. I am
erfectly willing that my examination
sapers be pufblished--provided, Mr.
olfe's be published also, and that
>oth be published exactly as they were
hen turned over by us.
Engaging in a news-paper contro
rersy is extremely distasteful, 1 nre
nine, to any one, and it is especially t
o to one while pursuing his studies, y
or would I have taxed the patience
f the readers of this article, had not
,. Cndlr sen, fit to attack m~y ve- C
acity and attempt to excuse his faults
>y contradicting my statements. A
ense of..justice to myself, as well as to
fr. Nettleswho, unsolicited, has so
bly and fully exposed the wrong done
ne, prompts me now to make the
6bove statement and give the truth of
be matter to the public. Mr. Chand
er, no doubt, thinks that, because I
tm a "baby" and alone in my version
f the matter, that his statements will
)e accepted as correct. *But I am per
ectly willing for the matter-so far as
[ am concerned-to go before those
;ho know me, and as to those who do
iot, I simply refer them to Mr. Chand
er's article for ample evidence to cor
oborate me, and will be satisfied with
-he verdict rendered by any unbiased,
nind. In making the statements
ebove, in which, Mr. Chandler, Mr.
Wolfe, and myself are concerned, I
lo so from memory, and do not mean
-because I use quotation marks-to
:ive the exact language used; but
,he substance of the language quoted,
is to the effect, and ny whole version
A the matter, is absolutely true.
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