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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12. 1012.
RSSENTI AI. T(? I'UKR El.ICCTIOX?.
- It is to be regretted that tho Com?
mitted on Privileges and Elections ot
the House of Delegates, In reporting
favorably the Chalkley bills designed
to prevent und punish bribery In elec?
tions, did not also approve the bill to
forbid the payment of pull taxes for
another. This measure was Introduced
by John \V. Chalkley, of Wise, a lead?
ing Democrat of the Ninth District,
and by A. E. Robertson, of laee, n lend-]
lng Republican; who represent fairly,
wo nr.* Informed and bollcvo, the wishes
of the best element In both the parties I
in the Ninth Congressional District.
The objection In committee was I
raised by Walter Tansll] Oliver, of
Fairfax, who said he Is frequently
nsked by friends to settle their cap
, Itztton taxes, for which he Is repaid,
at tho earliest opportunity. He feared'
that the bill would prevent such pruc- t
tlcjs and would embarrass men who.j
3lke himself, Innocently extend these;
courtesies 10 acquaintances. I
Put Mr. Oliver should consider the '
dilemma of the people of the Ninth
District, who deslr? to be rid of the
practices which have unfortunately
grown up in that and other dlstr'cts
in the State, Involving the use of large:
sums of money to influence the result!
of elections. Tho payment of capltn
tlcn tnx-jp by another than the voter
hns been a fruitful cause of the situ?
ation which now practically prevents
any person not In possession of a large
forttino becoming an aspirant lor any \
office of Importance at tho hands ot i
the people of the Southwest.
Th? use of money in, the prepayment
of poll tnxes began with the Republi?
cans In 1901, tho first opportunity given '
under the new Constitution. Then it !
was done spasmodically and rather
fearfully. By 1906 the lenders of the
party had become boldsr, and the lists
were scanned carefully and taxes paid
by the wholesale; In that year the Re-j'
publican leaders devised the plan of
ostensibly 1.?tiding the money to the I
Voters, taking promissory notes there?
for. It Is useless- to say that no d?
mand wns ever made for payment of
these notes. After the time had passed
<n iiay of l?00 for lira payment of the
lax. in order to vote in the ensuing
November election, the Republican*
t ouste/i that they hud already won the
light-?this months beforo the party
candidates had cv. n been nominated;
It v.-ns but a step to the prepayment
of capitation taxes by party managers,
who took the money to the treasurers'j
Offices and paid by wholesale. That
this practice was confined mainly to
Republicans In mos wits probably dul
to the fact that their party was the
oniy oni which hud any money. Trib?
ute was levied on every Fedora] olliee- i
holder In the State, while the Dimo
crots had no such source of Income,
So when 1910^ game both sides were
ready to use .all ..thi- fnoncy they could
?teure Tbl.? cam* in great volume,
ittitl its Use is n matter of well-under?
stood history?was openly mentioned
mid deplored in committee a few days!
ago by Mr. Chalkley and by It. Tale1
Following thn; contest, the tnorai
sstise of the nu n of both parties be?
came aroused, and the bills now pond?
ing In the Legislature, asked for by
Judge Skeen und Judge Phlcgar and
Mr. Irvine, are the expression of the
desire of the people that n check bo
placed on .the custom, so that those
who have hot become a roust 1 to til !
.lunger to which they are drifting will
be made to see it. Tile poll tux pay?
ment bill Is .t constituent jinn ot tn<
program for reform;
Will Mr. Oliver mar the ?.I recoit
?,f public service he has made und tin
?tuulltlcs of leadership he Is develop
mg by allowing it's desire u digi
his friends to stand In the \. ..y ..( ;
inoiul and political r.-l'orm'
PlttSA.CH EHS' SO.XS.
"Well what could you expect: lie
was a preacher's son." Is the half ae-j
cusing plea of Justification so often
tadVanced for on-- who box strayed ,
from the straight path if the pr.o-1
file who uttered such it11 * (c.iist were
thoughtful, they would rcmembci i tint,
for every prcach.-r's ? on ? ho "goes
to the bad," time aie a hundred of
other rnoti's sons who tit* 'likewise. To
be a preacher's son la an advantage
over the eone of most mi n. As a rule the
sons of ministers are successful. As ni
class, there is nothing In the record .
of such sons to Justify the common be- j
lief that "the preachor'S boy Is the
worst in town."
Bishop Warren A Caridl'-r one of
the most gifted think, ra 61 Ihc Meth?
odist? Church, has lately rendered a
ftne service to the ohurch and.to
humanity in a defense of preachers'
vons. He says: "
"Compared wltlr the whole number I
of people, preachers and their families
are not ? very numerous! class, and it
would be fair - to ask of preachers'
homes to produce no more iliiin their
Just proportion of useful and success)
ful men. Rut as a mutter of fact,
from tho families of preacher.', have
Cftne a far greater number of men,
notnbly useful ami successful than
from any other class of famll'os In tho
world. This will he seen, If wo begin
to cull the roll of some of tho many
great men of history."
Among the poets there worn ruch
preachers' sons us Addison, Coleridge,
Cowpet, Ren Jonaon. Goldsmith,
Charles Wesley, Koblo, Alfred Tenny?
son, .lames Russell Lowell, Oliver
Wendell Holmes and James Mont?
Of ?h? grcnt essayists those who
were parsonage born were Matthew
Arnold. William Hnzlitt and Leigh
Of the great artists and architects
there were Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir
Of the great historians there were
Alison, Bancroft! Hollatn, Purkmnn and
of the famous scientists there were
Agassis, Linnaeus, Wollnston. Charles
II. If'tchCOCk, Reginald S. Poole, Ed
I ward Jonncr, .lohn Bell. Johann
blicke and Samuel F. B. Morse.
The homes of preachers have been
most productive of great preachers,
, such as John and Charles Wesley.
[Jonathan Edwards, Robert Hall. John
j Howe. Norman McLeod, Adolphe
Monod, Gardner Spring. Dean Stanley,
Archdeacon Farrar, Richard S. Btorrs,
Henry VanDyko, Qoorge F. Fierce.
Joseph Key and Henry Ward Bcochcr.
The bar has also booii honored by
many great sons of ministers, such
a* Lord Ullonborough, Justices Strong,
Field, Brewer, Lamnr and Hughes, of
the Fulled Suites Supreme Court;
Ram u el Puffehdorf and Sir Travors
Statesmen in great number have j
bean clergymen's sons. Among them j
have been Henry Olny. Edward j
Kvcrotl, John Hancock; Qrovor Cleve-|
land. Allen G. Thnrman. Judson Har?
mon. Woodrow Wilson. Cyrus W.
Field, Jonathan P. Dolllvor, Lev! P.
Morton and Chester A. Arthur. Among
IJngJish statesmen there may be men?
tioned Sir William Vernon Harcourt,
Lord ThurlOW, Lord Talbol and Bnl
Nine signers of the Declaration of
Independence were ministers' sons?
John Hancock. Robert T. Falne, Wil?
liam Williams, Francis Lewis, John
Wltherspoon. George Taylor, George
Ross and Samuel Chase.
These constitute only a small frac?
tional pan of those who might be
Those who are .?'eokliiK the IbOSl
workable forms of municipal govern?
ment for Virginia cities find hope and
encouragement in tho Interest taken
by th-i people of Petersburg In ad?
vanced municipal principles, eienti
ihciil In the Cockado City Is making
Itself felt, and a careful study will be
made of the question. The Petersburg
chamber of Commerce Is alive to Its
task, planning u campaign for simpler
municipal administration. Authorities
on the subject will be brought to Pe?
tersburg to address mass-moetlngs of
the citizens. The local presr will vlgr
orously support tho movement. The
progressive people of the community,
the representative men In profcsnlomil
and business lines, will get behind
the Improved city government Idea
and seek to have It applied to Fetors
burg Tills Is all most heartening to
those who have cn light sight of the.
first tight of the dawn of better mu?
nicipal government (lushing the hills.
Chariottesvllle and Petersburg are now
actively agitating and studying muni?
cipal government; Richmond has taken
n long stop in the right direction; the
Virginia press Is carrying everywhere
Informing articles about the successes
i i commission government In the na?
tion, sowing the seed of an abundant
harvest that will come, '.f it come
sld.wl? 'Die outlook for better muni?
cipal rule, for businesslike adminis?
tration of city business. Is most hope?
ful. ?> and by all cities of Virginia
"'111 exchange the wheelbarrow for Iho
electric truck and the stage coach ror
'?'Ill-' STATUS'S DUTY TO OOXSEItVE
The fJtato owes a civic duty to the
people to preserve all the natural re
sources, whether they be in forests, inj
mines, in waterways, in gam a, in birds;
"i' in H.1li The early idea has predom?
inated in Virginia too long, that any
restriction Imposed upon the right to
make assault's lipon nature's store?
house is an abridgment of human lib- i
erty. and Is therefore hostll'S to the I
principles of free government. How-j
ever, the minds of our tight-thinking;
people have become thoroughly awak
.i la th; Imperative necessity of tho I
Conservation of our natural resources,
and si;-- hand of the reckless, the wan'-'
tun iiuri the vandal Is now sought to
win tie present c.cnerai Assembly
vojci this sentiment? Wo confidently
>< Hove thiil it will. Let us urge those [
In -vliosi powi || now !? to place upon !
tatui 0-.0?. - the wisest gumc pro
i. itlve legislation which experience has
.i. v, loped. !.. : its urge them to turn!
a deaf ear to the protests of such of
I their constituents who Insist upon im-I
Ij restrained slaughter and devastation:1
such appeal..- me not worthy of consld
I eratlor. The piopostd game lows
shouid not be defeated by selfish local
I interests. Kac'h locality must make
-?ome small concession in order to ob?
tain tho Incalculable bsncflts which
tho Moncure and Rutherfoord bill will
Tili; OFPIOKIIOLDKR.V TIIUST,
The Petersburg Index-Appeal de.
clares that It has "never taken much
stock" In the talk of the, officeholder*'
trust In govi rriment "The talk of
..(lie. holders' trust loo orten 1- Indulged
In by chronic soreheads and by dis?
appointed seakors after pi,ire." says
our contemporary, adding;
The Index-Appeal Is' Impressed,
however, with the frequent dcclara.
M?ns modo by tho Richmond Times
Dispatch that tho ofllooholdors' trust
??ns responsible for tho enactment of
legislation by the present Legislature
providing for the submission of an
amendment to the Constitution allow?
ing city treasurers and commissioners
of ihe revenue to succeed themselves
Indefinitely. There must havo been
some kind of Influence as powerful ns
that which could be wielded by a com?
pact organization exerted upon mem?
bers of tho Legislature, or they novor
would have voted to violate the Stato
Constitution In the flagrant manner
proposed. It is not recalled that any
"block-nnd-tnn' Legislature of recon?
struction days ever sought to amend
the Constitution In n .manner other
than that prescribed by the Constitu?
The Tlmes-Dlspntch Is neither a
chronic sorehead nor Is It the organ of
"disappointed seekers after place." It
opposes tills amendment lo the Vir?
ginia Constitution because submission
In 1312 I.? plainly unconstitutional, and
because It Viclleves that definite limi?
tation upon tlie terms of city treas?
urers an ; commissioners Is. best for
the public servlco. The common good
is tho solo motive of this newspaper
III fighting the submission of this
amendment in 1911.
That there is an ofllceholders' trust
Is a proposition which. In our opinion,
cannot be denied. Outside of the well
known fact that the treasurers are
banded together In n formal associa?
tion, the history of the amendment In
tho present General Assembly Is
enough to show that n combination
pushed it through. The legislative
calendar Is staggering under the bur?
den of many important and vital meas?
ures, such tig the tax bills, the pri?
mary and pure election bills, the co?
ordinate college for women bill, and
others of similar magnitude. These,
with strong public, sentiment behind
them, are still hung up, but tho city
treasurers' and commissioners' amend?
ment s'ld through both branches of
the General Assembly like a greased
Pig. Could ono man or any set of men
of ordinary Influence have railroaded
the meusure through so swiftly? Com?
mon sense reoords a negative answer.
It must be plain, from the nature of
the case, that a large number of men
combined and of great Influence turned
tho trick here. It must be further
apparent that tho Influenco that mad*
this bill whirr, through was political.
The composition of this lobby was
such that It appealed forcibly, ns thr
record shows, to oil but one man In
the House and ail but five In the Sen?
ate. What set of individuals would
have such on lntlmnt-" and compelling
appeal? Does net reason answer that ,
some, genera! combination of ofllce?
holders must have beon behind the
There was no publlr demand, there
! none, there will bo none, for this
amendment, in the absence of that
demand, the only Interested parties are
Ihe officeholders themselves, and H If
their lust for office that has sent this
amendment up to the Governor. The j
treasurers and commissioners have n ;
common lnler-st at stnke. and It Is
logical thru they should band together
to protect that Interest They are ac?
tuated by no motives of the puhllcl
good, but solely by those of private"
gain. They constltuto a tr;:st, because
ihey arc handed together to seek for
themselves n monopoly of Ihe offices
affoctcd In restraint or the right of
any citizen lo hold that office unprc
vented by the undue Influence of any
The ofllceholders' trust had its agents
and lobbyist? here. They saw to it
that their pet measure .vas ground out
Speedily and quietly. Thero were
doubtless times In tho Capitol when
one could not strike without hitting
a member of the officeholders' trust.
The main question must not bo lost
sight of. That Is, tho unconst nation?
ality of resubmlsston in 1912, No law?
yer, no member, has cited a caao up?
holding the validity of the contem?
plated submission In 1912; on the other
hand, Senator Walker, oounsol for tho
people In the Sonate of Virginia In
this cane, cited decision after decision
showing that the submission In 1910
was constitutional and valid, and that
this question cannot go to tho people
for a vote until 1914. Regardless oT
the moral and political questions hero
Involved, the. amendment cannot .Hand
us a constitutional proposition. Is it
loo much to ask of our legislator?, that
they who make the law shall respect
A Connecticut man lilt a mule with
his auto, and Ills license to run a car
has boon suspended. If the mule had
been on the Job, the fellow would
never have had any more use for a
Two ureal silences.Wdttcrsoil and
None of your ..short, skimpy dances
in old Buckingham. A few days ago
there was. according to the James
River Clarion, a dance at Mr. Nathan
tilioddy's that was a dunce. It started
at S, and It lasted until about 5
o'clock In the morning, supper being
served at midnight. "All danced as
much ns they wished,*'says the Clarion,
bul tho bets are that there were
plenty thore who were having such a
good time that they could have kept
It up twenty-four hours more. Theso
ars the dances which folks really en
AT VOI tt PLANT WILf, SAVK YOU
TIM P. Ajfn EXPKXSH,
Richmond Machine Works, Inc.
Mayo Iron Work?, Inc..
Jlad. J180. 2 KM Ilnnl Main Street.
By Roy K. Moulton
Washington, February 11.
I am doing juBt as you told, mo to,
and am stopping at the, Wlllard Hotel.
1 stopped there throe times yesterday
and twice the day before. Mrs. Wll?
lard, 1 bcllove, 1b a vory excellent
cook, and they have Jelly roll on the
table ovory Sunday.
Of course, I have been Invited to a
good many state dinners slnco 1 have
been here, but people naturally don't
go to slate dinners for the purposo of
eating; that Is to say, most people do
not. I did, but 1 soon found that eat?
ing was not figured in as a part of tho
program. Poople go to state dinners
to talk, and u person who has had
nothing on his stomach but his union
suit for two or throe days and goes to
one of these dinners with the expecta?
tions of getting a meal. In apt to be
I disappointed. \ They put on a course,
! leaving It on long enough for you to
admire the dishes, and then yank it off
again. Anybody who tries to grab n
spoonful of soup or nn olive or wafer
Its apt to collide with tho waller and
get a broken arm or a sprained wrist.
After a courso Is removed they talk
until the next comes. There Is a story
, here of a gentleman from Arkansas
j who starved to death between tho en?
tree and tho salad, but I don't believe
' It, because 1 don't bel'ovo any gentle?
man ever enme from Arkansas.
I One thing I cannot understand Is
I why the society women here wear such
expensive gowns to dinner partlos.
When they sit down at tho table there
Isn't a bit of the gown In si^ht. I be?
lieve n good many of these circus
bnrcback performers were recruited
from Washington society, but of
course that Is another question and
we are, wandering from our subject,
which Is that of the expense account.
! Our etpenso account up to this mo?
ment has been as follows:
Unllroad faro .? 17.10
Tips on tho train . 104.75
Tip to waitor . 1.00
Tips for Ico water . 72.50
T?p to waiter . '.'. 00
Newspaper . .01
Tip to bellhop who brought It.. 25
Corn salve . .13
Supper . .la
Tip to waiter . 1.00
Meals next day . .35
Tljis to waiter . 3.16
Shave, with clean towel. .05
T'ps to bellhops . 27.35
Meals third day . .40
Tips to waiters . 3.23
Tips to bellhops . 32.75
Tip to porter who held door I
i open for us. 6.00
Tip to chambermaid . 12.00!
Street ear fare . .05
.Tip to conductor who stopped
car . 1.001
One good cigar . .or,
Tip to cigar clerk.
Meals fourth day .15
Meats fifth day (no tips*.00
I Moving picture show. . 05 |
Money loaned to broken-down
I statesmen In 25c. Instalment-. 12.71
Tips lo former body servants of
George, Washington . 17.50 1
You will i'^so by the above schedule
I that l havr2**isted $1 SO on food. Thl3 ]
I will not occur again. Please send
] $30'i more r.,r tips and one package of
concentrated malted milk foou tablets,
jnnd I will try and get along for a day
or two longer.
May I legally make a will leaving |
out mention of tht legal heir? May one ?
leave properly to any ono ho chooses?
is a witness absolutely necessary to
the legality of a will? A. E. |
In Virginia there is no legal heir If'
nn'estate |s distributed by a will, ex?
cept that a widow has rights of which
she may not or deprived under the will
of the husband.
You may, In general, leave your
property to any one you may choose.
The will ne?d not rho witnessed If It
Is entirely In your handwriting.
A Hen und n ITnlf.
A sllghtl ynltcred form of this "old,
one." oomos from some one who does'
not sign rea] name. This column can
hot replv to queries unless the name of.
the correspondent Is given. Any other
slgnnturo may be added for publica?
What is a Creole of New Orleans?
\ person born in Louisiana, but of j
French ancestiy. This is the limited;
New Orleans use of the term. Creole!
is from th? verb to create, to bring,
up. Its most general application Is to
nil persons living near the equator;
the next most neiieral. to all persons
born in tho South. West Indies, etc..
Of European ancestry. One says
"Creole negro" In tho West indies to
distinguish from tho imported negro,
Is Admiral Drwey still alive./
K. C. PATTY.
A Reader ..f the Dispatch. D- U
A .1 Upshtlr and D. D. send list:< of ;
i coins containing nothing worth pricing.!
Most hbincls women innko 'emsclvcs
homllor by tryln' r hldt It. Jack Craw,
who broke away from Constable Plum
I Saturday night, returned t'dny an' give
himself up as he wusn' makin' runfiln'
I 1 WHAT WOULD HE DO IF HE GOT THIS TELEGRAM?
By John T. McCutcheon._
(Coprrlsbt: Bj John T. McCutcheon-J
Voice of the People
Murray M. McGtilre llcplti-a to Dunli-I
To the Editor of Tho Times-Dispatch:
Sir,?)>unl.:l Harmon. In Thu Times
Dispatch ?.t February 6, taken me to
tusk for tlte injustice lie claims 1 did
Dr. Alderman In an article published
on January 30.
No Injustice Donn Dr. A lilrrmnn.
1 feel confident that a knowledge
of what occurred will show that I have
done Dr. Aldi ?riiiim no Injustice. Mr.
Harmon's letter leads mo to wonder
whether he knows or recalls the actual
facts. Ho was present during tho ar?
gument on the Early-Rlson bill before
the Senate committee. He there heard
Mr, llunton express his deep regret and
disappointment at-Dr. Alderman's sl
1< nee on tho all-Important question of
whether anything should be done 'n
this matter now, the very act to which
my article referred, yet neither Mr.
Harmon nor Dr. Alderman hatl one
word lo say In defense or explanation
of that act. The expressions of ap?
proval of Dr. Alderman's course, which
Mr. Harmon says ho heard, differ very
widely from tho expressions which
reached my ears after that debate
closed. At the risk of being guilty
of some repetition. I wish to cull at?
tention to certain things that Mr. Har?
mon has overlooked or forgotten,
iti'iiin >t for Postponement Came From
Mr. Harmon would make it appear
that the demand for delay came from
iIh- alumni, who oppoHcd this bill, and
Hint It did not come at all until a!
crisis was reached In tho fate of the
measure, in Iiis Impatience he fails,
to state that the iilumnt were seeking
to defeat this measure and that this
demand arose out of a resolution of tho j
board of visitors, of which he Is him?
self a member, presented by one of |
that body to the Senate committee at !
the very outset of the hearing granted!
on the request of the alumni, which
gavo them their first opportunity lo
fully argue this mattier. Tin? alumni,
who desired to defeat the Early-Rlson
bill, did not make Ibis request for do- ,
lay. although, as they sold whon It
was made their representatives J
thought, and ctill think, that It was
wlso and fair and should have been
at once granted.
Dr. Aldcrmnn's Opportunity.
When the request for postponement
had been presented by Mr. Irvine, of
tho hoard of visitors, the representa?
tives of the alumni would have.been
glad to see Dr. Alderman act In ac?
cordance with the resolutions of his
board, and ask that the Early-Rlson
bill ,. n jiasscd by, as this would have
averted a situation full of peril to the
university. If. howovoi', he hud thought
hin board wrong, ami had mo stated, ,
and It he thought Its wishes should
!"? disregarded and tho support of the
majority of the alumni thrown to thai
winds, and bad asked that action on
the hill be taken al oneo, they would
have felt that his Judgment was tit
fault, but they would at least have
hud tho satisfaction of knowing that
tho president of the university had I
squarely met tho Issue.
On the oilier hand, In reply to Mr. I
Harmon's question, 1 venture, to Bug- I
Kest that If Dr. Alderman considered!
the board light, and the. support of I
' the largo majority of the alumni worth
saving to thu university, It would have
been possible, as well as honorable, for
him to have counseled delay as tin
board did, despite his former appear?
ance before the Joint meeting of tho
Mouse and Senate committees, and de?
spite the fact that Hit? advocates of;
this measure "'looked upon hirn as an
Situation Changed Since Dr. Aldermau's
It should bo remembered that not
until after that Joint meeting at which
he had appeared, and not until a short
time prior to tho final hearing before I
the Senate committee, had there been I
any recognized opposition to tho Early
Rlson bill on ttie part of the alumni
of the university. Up to that time the
alumni had not realized tho situation.
; The faculty. Dr. Alderman, the hoard
I of visitors and numerous organizations
I had beon quoted as In favor of tho
! immediate, passage of this bill, but it
had 'at last become evident that few
of thos.j thus claimed, as Its support?
ers had ever scon the Early-Rlson bill
or considered Its provisions when they
expressed themselves, except Dr. Al
dorman, and he admitted that he. had
I not grasped the meaning of Its provis?
ions. Strong and widespread opposi?
tion had developed among the friends
of the university. The board of visi?
tors hud expressed disapproval of tho
measure ns offered, and hod requested
that It be passed l>y. Thoy pointed
out the value of the cordial nnd united
support of the alumni, and thoy wished
to retain It.
I Dr. Aldermnn'Could Have I'nlted With
the . Ifcinrd.
I What complaint could have, boon
I lodged against Dr. Alderman If he had
I ?tmeiS hl? falluro to understand thla
hill, hia recent discovery of the. op
I Position by the large majority of thu
I alumni, and had thon added thut the
? step contemplated was mo grave lo
I tiikc In hnsto? Could ho not have eald
j that, however, his own views might
favor the principle of a co-ordlnrtle
I CttlleRO for women, the view* of the
.alumni and other friends of the unl
' voralty who opposed this bill deserved
consideration, and actlotVahould not bo
pushed nt thla time? And what pre?
vented his Boing to those who "looked
I upon him as nn ally" before the hear
? i 11 k commenced and explaining the
; Situation? Kurely they could not hove
? censured him for acknowledging the,
I force of the chango In conditions, for
I wishing to save to tho university the
j united support of the alumni, and for
? abiding by tho resolution of his bonrd
; of visitors. Or has Mr. Marino:, hlm
?elf unwittingly suggested the. real
j explanation of Dr. Alderman's failure
I to meet the Issuo? And did the prcsl
? dent of the university 01:.eh from ap
! proaehlng those persona with auch a
: 'rank statement? Had Dr. Alderman
1 no Involved himself with "tho other
1 friends" of a co-ordinate, college for
women that to tell them that the wrl
fnro of tho univorslt- required l.Im to
follow ths course requested of the
Legislature by his board "did not ac?
cord with hla:idea? of honor and good
llorr Could Delay "Veer Defeat t
In order to defend Dr. Alderman's
attitude It will not do for Mr. liar
I mon to say "they feared, and Justly
feared, that delay would mean defeat."
If wrong, the bill should lie defeated
If right, further consideration cannot
'harm the movement. No appropriation
1 can be made now In any event, and. If
those persons are right and have the
support they claim, postponement for
; two years cannot affect the result.
[ Dr. Alderman's Attitude Stfurc the
I Sennfo Committee.
Mr. Harmon maintains that Dr. Al
! dermon stated that ho was willing to
1 answer any questions, and give any In
I formation In his power, and "that all
of his statements were free, frank and
manly." It la not a man's assertion of
his willingness to make a fair state
. ment and to answer questions freely
I that proves hie frankness. It Is tho
nature of a man's statements and the
; chnractor of his answers that ehow his
! frankness, or lock of It. Dr. Alderman
jdld so express himself, In opening his
i*poech on tho evening the debate was
I closed, as to show that he desired to
'convey tho Impression that he was
I present as a public servant, ready and
anxious to throw all tho light In his
I power on the question at Issue.
An CuTvllllnir Witness.
But has Mr. Harmon overlooked Dr.
I Alderman's unwlllngness .to answer
; any question before the midday nd
Journrnont on the last day of the de?
bate, lest liu break the force of tho
speech which he had prepared for de?
livery that night? There was abund?
ant time In which to do so. Is Mr.
Harmon awaro that In making the
final arrangements for closing tho de
j bate It was proposed In Dr. Alderman's
[ presence that ho should speak lat't, and
lit was only on the objection of tho;
representatives of the alumni that hr
Alderman and those "other friends"
! agreed that ho Hhould speak at such
la time as to leave opportunity for re
! ply? Mr. Harmon cannot deny that
j when Dr. Alderman finally spoke, fol
I lowing closely tho notes, which show?
ed bis painstaking preparation, whllo
1 ho admitted he had misunderstood tho
1 Barly-Rlson hill, he described tho co
'ordinale college he had conjured up
in his Imagination as though that were
what this bill provides for. It can no I
I be denied that only when forced by
Insistent repetition of questions did
Dr. Alderman admit thai the bill
should be changed before his views
would bo met. He first gave answers
to catch the ear of the audience, and I
only after thus breaking the force of
'the questions did he admit that thai
I bill must he p_ltorcd. And then he mada I
no suggestion ns to how It should be
altered. Is not this attitude of Dr.
Alderman and Us unfair effect proven
'by the foot that even now the nrtvo
I catcs of this measure., who at thai
hearing ahowei themselves unwilling
'hM the bill be changed lo meet hin
views, are clnlmlnK Dr. Alderman's
Character of Dl. Alderman's Speech.
Was bin argument fair and accurate'.'
As an example. I call attention lo tin
i fact that In order to Illustrate his Idea
', of a co-ordinate woman's college a"'!
, Its effect on a man's university. Or
? Alderman spok.i of the beauties of the
system, as lie says It Is In operation
hi Oxfotd. He described the condi
' Hons there as not unlike those thai
would exist at Charlottosvllle, alnco,
i as he said. Oxford tina n social popu?
lation of about ?,,000 persons, Dr. Al
I dermal) entirely fnlled lo state that
? Oxford has some twenty-two separata
and distinct colleges and halls, each
, ?-ntlrely Independent of All the other*.
? with Its own college rules and rc
I nulremehts, and with no common unl
i vcrstty life aa we know and have It
1 In America. Moreover, as was late:
I pointed out lo him. Instead of tho
; small village, he described It to be. th?
i census shows Oxford to havo had
' more than 40.000 Inhabitants ten years
I a bo.
? Dr. Alderman's Observance *of Duly
How Dr. Alderman has satisfied hlm
j self and Mr. Hnrmon that hla aense
I of duty would permit him to fall to
, advise the board at Its meeting prior
I to the committee hearing on the vltsl
i question as to the course to pursu-t
I at this time, they two can best do
I lermlne?and so as to his avoidance,
j of this question In the public bearing
I before the Senate committee, when tho
bourd had decided on its course with?
out his assistance. Let It be remem?
bered that this attitude of Dr. Alder?
man was and Is urged as an argu?
ment In favor of the Immediate pass?
age of this bill. Did loyalty to his
faculty require such action of htm. as
Claimed by Mr. Harmon? This Is diffi?
cult to understand, seeing that tho
faculty's resolutions, which worn
adopted In May. 1911, and recently
published, drawn by Dr. Alderman him?
self, as Mr. Graves ban shown, do not
provide for any such college as that In
the Karly-Rlson bill and contain no
reference to action by this Legisla?
ture. Dr. Alderman did not deny that
the large majority of the nlumnl are.
opposed to this measure. The board
of visitors showed that they regarded
any action that promised to alienate
the alumni as one of grnve menace to
the university, and they desired to tak.?
no such rink. Where" tci ?> Dr. Alder?
man's loyalty to Ills board? Whero
was his loyalty to the alumni of the
university, who. according to Mr. Har?
mon, are so dear to Its president? As
a matter of fact when tho welfare of
the university Is at stake and the
alienation of those to whom It Is dear?
est In the balance who can lay claim
to Dr. Alderman's loyally, unless It bo
"the other friends" of a co-ordlnnt%
collego mentioned by Mr. Harmon?
"those who were pressing the matter
and looked upon him as an ally"? Tim
"other friends" do not follow Dr. Al?
derman. It seems that ho eloaves to
them, but not they to him. He. admltn
that the bill should "bo changed, hut.
they do not agree, lie Ih on record, as
shown by the resolutions of the Hoard
of Education, passed In Pecembcr. n?
not In fnvor of the establishment of
a college for women by this Legis?
lature hecnuse of the financial condi?
tion of tho Kt.tto. yet his attitude >ft
elted ns supporting those who wish
thla bill passed without delay. These
"other friends" use him iih an advocate
of th"lr measure, and Its Immediate
enactment, yet neither he nor they
can show how tho State's finances have
so Improved In a sennt six weeks :> s
to permit the Stnte to Incur such nn
obligation ns this bill contemplates.
What tnjusttcb has been done Dr. Al?
derman bv me? Was his action that
of "a great puTilIc servant." "free,
frank and mnnlv." with nn eve slnpl"
to the welfare of the university and
tho State, and can the advocates of
this measure lustlv claim snnnort from
his RCtlons on nuv such ground?
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