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A BREEZY MEETING
AT SOLDIERS HOME
Col. Dickert Insinuates Graft In Man
agement of the Old Soldiers Home
and Complications Arise.
Columbia, March 19.?"I resigned
this afternoon and the governor re
fused to accept my resignation. I
intend to keep on fighting until this
thing of grafting at the Confederate
home is stopped," said Col. D. A.
Dickert of Newibcrry, member of the
commission charged with the adminis
tration of the affairs of the home,
followed what Is reported to have
been a stormy session of the board.
The members of the commission
are D. A. Dickert, Nowberry; J. T.
Crews, Laurens; J. G. Long, Sr., Un
ion; A. T. Todd, Charleston and M.
C. Welch of Columbia, an inmate of
Col. Dickert, told the story of the
meeting Tuesday afternoon. He said
that the board decided to continue H.
W. Richardson as superintendent and
Dr. P. W. P. Butler as physician, at
least until the April meeting.
"We met out at the Confederate
home in executive session for the
purpose of reorganizing. I nominat
ed J. G. Long, Sr., as chairman and
J. T. Crews as secretary of the board.
They were elected. It was then that
A. W. Todd took the floor and in a
smooth voice began to nominate H.
W. Richardson and Dr. F. W. P. But
ler. Mr. Todd wanted to retain all
of the present officers. Mr. Todd said
something In reply to one of my ques
tions. I protested against the action
of Todd. He Invited me out of the
room. I told him that It was not nec
essary to leave the room, that we
?would settle the entire matter then
and there. When I entered that room
I know that Richardson and Butler
had things fixed up so as to be re
elected. 1 kicked on their plan."
Col. Dickert said that following the
evecutlve meeting he returned to the
room to find Mrs. Mlxon saying some
very hard things about him. "I ask
ed her who made the statement that
I had tried to reflect on her rnanage
meent. She told me that It was Rich
ardson," continued Col. Dickert.
"Alfajout this tilnic," he continued,
"Richardson stopped In between and
and said that he bad made the state
ments." (Here Col. Dickert quoted
language denouncing Maj. Richard
son In severe terms.)
(Following the meeting I went to
see the governor. He told me that he
did not intend to stanl for the same
proceedings at the home. He said
that he would call them all up and
stop the abuses of the rules," contin
ued Col. Dickert.
"1 told Richarson and Butler that
If they did not resign that I would
and that I did not intend to stand by
and see the grafting go on. I intend
to expose the whole d?n thing.
"In the first place Richardson and
Butler were elected to their present
places without my knowledge. I was
not at the meeting when they claim
to have been elected," said Col. Dick
It was --tated by Col. Dickert that
the next meeting of the commission
will be held in April and that a ma
jority of the members decided to re
tain all of the present employes of
tho home until that date.
DICKERT NOT SOBER,
Other Members Say They Hold Col
Columbia, March 19.?A. W. Todd,
J. T. Crews. M. C. Welsh, and J. G.
Long, Sr miners of the board of
commissioners of tho Confederate
Soldier's Home, to-day issued a sign
ed statement to the people of South
Carolina saying that when D. A.
Dickert of Nowberry, the fifth mem
ber of the board of commissioners,
gave out a newspaper Interview, In or
which he Intimated among other
things, that there was grafting going
on at the Soldier's Home, be "was In
such a condition that "we hold him Ir
responsible for his actions or state
"He was drunk; plain drunk," said
A. W. Todd. Wednesday morning.
The statement as follows:
"To the people of South Carolina?
As members of tho board of com
missioners of the Confederate Infirm
ary of the state, we resent most posi
tively the statemont published this
day in the Columbia State nowspaper
In reference to the board meeting of
tho 18th Instant.
"We want to state that Col. Dick
ert was in such a condition that wo
hold him wholly Irresponsible for ills
action or statement."
dipt. Caldwell's Report.
3, P, Caldwell, former commandant
of the Confederate home, sent the
following report to tho board of com
missioners at the meeting Tuesday
Gentlemen: Having discharged the
duties of commandant of the Confcd
erate infirmary from December 6,
1011, to March 5, 1913, and not know
ing my present relation to the said
infirmary, I beg to submit to you this
communication, which Is alBO my of
I have seen in the papers the state
ment that 1 tendered my reglsnation
at the meeting of the board March 4
and also the statement that MaJ.
Richardson, when asked why I was
"ousted," said that -when I appeared
before the legislative investigating
committee I admitted that 1 could
not "hold the Job." Also, I have read
that Maj. Richardson and Dr. Butler,
who Ivave been active members of
the board and at the same time sal
aried officers of the institution, have
resigned form the board, on account
of the "new law." Also, in the news
paper report of the meeting of the
board I read that the board has re
solved on a "reduction of expenses as
much as possible."
It is not true that I have ever ten
dered my resignation. I surrendered
the duties of the office pending the
further meeting and the action of
the board, because of two communi
cations, placed in my hands on March
5, signed, the one by Dr. Butler, still
acting as a member of the board and
the other by Maj. Richardson, who
also was still acting, apparently, as a
member of the board, although both
said to me that they had resigned
from the board and they wanted me
to resign too.
These communications are as fol
"Columbia, S. C, March 4, 1913,
"Mr. J. P. Caldwell, Confederate
Home. Columbia, S. C.
"Dear Sir: The board of commis
sioners of the Confederate inqrmary
at their regular session in Columbia
today decided that they would install
a new administrative policy, as to
their minds the present administra
tive policy is too expensive and is not
bringing the most satisfactory results.
It has instructed me to inform you
that the new administrative policy of
the board of commissioners would not
require a commandant.
"I, therefore, at the instance of
the board of commissioners of the
Confederate infirmary, request your
"Yours very truly,
"P. W. P. Butler,
"Columbia, S. C, March 5, 1913.
"Mr. J. P. Caldwell:
"Please turn over to Mr. Black all
books, papers and any other matter
pertaining to tho home.
"H. W. Richardson.
"Chairman and Treasurer
I understand from Mr. Black ami
the communication of Ma.i. Richard
son and from the newspapers that Mr.
Bllack took my place as comman I; \
temporarily, although he Is ai
of the Infirmary, But from Dr. But.
ler I understood that there would be
no commandant after my reslgi
I do not know my present status.
However, I hereby tender to the new
board any resignation, to do with ah
they see fit. I do not mean to indi
cate that I wish to retire from the
position or from the work, and my
application is placed before the
board of commissioners for the chief
executive office of the infirmary un
der their new management. I am
glad to see the prospect of a new man
agement, free from the dictation and
control of interested parties.
I have kept a record of the daily
attendance of the inmates of the
home, and the average Is 50 and a
fraction, which I will say is 57. As
$17,000 was appropriated for mainte
nance, this would make the cost per
inmate on the average nearly $.'100?
not counting the repairs and upkeep
of the buildings, for which the appro
priation under the recent management
was for the year 1913, $3,000. This is
In stract with the testimony of
Maj. Richardson (page 28 of house
journal, as follows:
"Q. Well, now, what Is the actual
cost for the feeding and clothing and
caring for an old veteran over there
for 12 months? A. Well, the diet is
about?I think I have got it down
hdre?about 25 cents per day for
board, and the clothing and so forth?
I think I have It all down there."
i The maintenance has been too ex
pensive?but It has been too much go
ing to salaries. It would seem that
my testimony along thnt lino is the
real cause of the attempt to cut off
my head. I testified the truth, as
follows (p. 7s.):
"Q. This one question, captain: If
you have discharged your duties and
Mrs. Mlxon has discharged her du
ties, Is there anything left for Maj.
Richardson to do, except, perhaps, to
come over there and look a little and
"A. No, there ain't; that Is $100 a
month thrown away."
The legislative committee took this
view and unanimously re>i>orted that
it was useless to employ Maj. Rlch
(Continued on Pa;m Seven.)
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