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THE TROUBLE AT CLEMSON
REVIEWED BY MR. IIOYT
(Continued from 1'agc Three.)
place. 10 it her the boys were supreme
^ or th'e commandant and faculty.
On the night of the iJlst of March
there was a slight demonstration rn
barracks, which soon subsided. The
next morning when the cadets begun
to rofuse to come to (Trill, Capt. Minus
had iiis company officers form
their commands as usual, without
giving any indication that anything
was wrong. Then he sent cadet officers
imto the barracks to order the
rebelling cadets personally and individually
to come out. Ho explicitly
told his officers not to talk to the
cadets in a body; and all the way
through lie lias reifused to recognizee
the mob. When some of them did not
come he went on with the drill. The
company commissioned officers are, of
course, Seniors, and none of (h:it. class
took part in the outbreak. But another
significant fad is fhalt all the
lirsl sergeants slaved and formed
their companies. These are the boys
who have come most closely into .contact
with Capl. .Mimic in the discharge
ot military duties and tliev knew his
mettle. Tlicy knew Ire was not going
to bluff. The other hoys know i*.
now. His conduct that day is said
to have been very impressive. Many
of the dismissed cadets have said that
he has been fair though firm, that he
is impartial as well as strict. A gentleman
who is familiar with the college
situation remarked that "Minus's
stock has gone up .100 per cent
with us all. hoys included."
Some weeks ago there was a slight
demonstration against the new commandant.
One or two of the boys
cleared tlreir throals as lie passed and
others look i! up. The commandant
at once" disciplined I he cadets who
showed disrespect for his authority in
lliis way. Thai is the only demonstration
thai lias heen made, lie has nol,
as ptthlislied. been hissed ;il all, and
I her,' lias been no evidence of personal
dislike or disrespect for him :i( all.
('apt. Minus impresses me as a young
solider who will (hi his duty without
regard to criticism or commeudalion.
.11 is because I am convinced that commemlalion
or praise will not alVeet
him in any way Unit I am writing as
freely in his praise as I am. They
say he can call any boy's name instantly
and knows all about them all.
lie seems to be the right man in llio
righl place. Thai (Memson has needed
such a commandant is well recognize.I.
It is inconceivable that he
fdiould be driven away. Hut, of course,
it remains to be seen whether the
trustees will abide by their resolution
cmd refuse to interfere, for, no doubt,
the trustees will be asked to reverse
the ad ion of the discipline commit tea.
The reader may conclude that Capt.
J. ('. Minus is the hero of this romance.
His part in il lias been dwelt
on because il is the belief that the
cfl'ofl was made to try him oul, and
his response to that elTorl is I lie story
best worth Idling. President Moil
and his discipline committee, however,
arc not to be disregarded in the telling
T)r. Melt perhaps would not admit
thai he lias a hard lime of il since
^coming to Clemsou. Ilis thirty yoars
in college work have doubtless taught
him lo lake such filings calmly. Tie
Jj;is heen president of (Memson six
years now. h will be recalled that a
faw mouths after he took charge
there occurred llie uu fori una I e foolball
rmv in Columbia, in which I he
then commandant, Capl. Sirmyvr,
showed so plainly his inability lo
handle the corps. Since lhal time, until
last dune, (here has been no open
rupture, but discipline has not been
of the best at limes. Capt. Sirniyer
stayed two years and was succeeded
by Capt. (May, who was here three
years as commandant.
President Mel'l is pleased with the
administration of Capt. Minus. He
also is impressed with I he support
lhal is given himself so unanimously
by llie faculty and is confident of (he
support of the board of trustees. Dr.
Mel 1 evidently appreciates llie ivravily
of his task, especially at (his lime, in
controlling the seven hundred young
men placed under his care, but he is
no! weighed down h\ il. He has seen
thai crisis had to conic al (Memson. II
has come at other colleges, al Ann
Arbor, a I I he Mississippi Agricultural
College and at colleges in the Slate.
In fact, much the same conditions
have existed at oilier colleges in nnv
own Stale, bill in lesser degree, since
the number of students is smaller. To
go further, the same conditions exist
i elsewhere than merely at our colleges,
J !t is after all merely a question ot
* mob rule, the same old question of
'law and order, of obedience or de
finance of constituted authority. A
lit lie violation of law here and a lil
He there; the disregard of an unpopular
law by a community; the lack ol
confidence in the enforcement of th<
law?(hose are conditions with which
our Slate is already to familiar. If
Clemson can touch seven hundred men
that respect must he shown to constituted
authority, that laws cannot bo
broken with impunity, that the mob
cannot ru'le, its part in the educational
system of the State will be broadened
and strengthened, for that is the
most important lesson that can be
taught our people at this time. Under
Mell aiuf Minus the lesson is being
very forcofu'lly pressed home just
now. In after years these boys who
have set themselves up as exemplars
of the mob spirit will appreciate their
lesson if they do not now. They are
merely become the vfcMms of their
own disregard for law.
In the investigation of conditions
here the representative of the News
and Courier had every facility placed
at his disposal by President Mell,
Ktapt. Minus and the other members
of tire faculty. There is no disposition
here to hide things. President
Mell talked freely himself and then
expressed the wish that the correspondent
should go anywhere and talk
to anybody, into the barracks and talk
with I lie boys or to the homes of the
professors and discuss matters with
(hem. The readers of the New? and
Courier, of course, have the right- to
know what is going on here. The people
of the State are contributing over
$150,0000 each year to support this
institution. This year the total enrollment
is 708 and the attendance at the
close of March was 050. There are SO
seniors, 012 juniors, 101 sophomores,
288 freshmen, 81 in the preparatory
department and the rest are special
students. Tlrerc sir e4/3 members of
the faculty now at work and several
other professors arc to be added at
I the .July meeting oT the board. Up
to April I tire lag tax, by which the
college is chiefly supported, amounted
lo $101,014.(>5, and this sum is paid by
the farnrers of the State. There is
an additional income from federal
sources amounting to about 000 in
addition to the money expended on I
the experimenting stations. There
are here magnificent buildings, the
great agricultural building, the main
class room building and extensive dormitory
buildings. This is a big college,
in size, in expense, in equipment,
in opportunity.
Shall il be a big college in spirit, in
purpose, in accomplishment ? Shall
boys, raw and given, unformed, come
here and after four years go away
men, big iu purpose, in spirit, in
ideals?
The answer to that depends lirst on
1 he men at the head of the institution.
Are they moulded in large moulds
themselves? Are they forceful, impressive
iu eprsonalily and character
and ideals'?
Clemson is young, ft is in its infancy.
It has not yet attracted to itself
any such towering personality as
Woflord has had in James II. Carlisle,
as Furman has had in James C.
Kurman and Charles II. .Judson, as
the University of South Carolina has
had in its longer line of big men?in
SI oan, \\ oodrow, Tbornwell, Preston,
Lu'Borde and all the rest of that brilliant
galaxy whoso nniues ore part of
the Slate's Paine. Clemson lias just
begun, Vrttt may say, but in lror fifteen
years she had four presidents.
Prof. Strode was unable to take up
the work of president in the completed
college and Dr. Craighead was virtually
the lirst president. Ilis regime
was a troubled oive and ho left with
hardly a record of successful administration.
Yet he is tooray at the head
of one of the south'* great universities
-Tu lane. Ilis successor, Dr.
Ilart/.og, was practically wttfiout experience
in college work, ami he, too,
had' no smooth sailing: he was practically
driven away by the sophomore
rebellion. Now lie is at the head of
a Baptist college in Arkansas and is
successful there. Dr. Moll's administration
is the longest yet, and lie is
now at the crisis of his administration
Perhaps Clemson has not had time
to develop the high esprit do corps
which should he expected of a South
Carolina military school. One in authority
told inc that lie found the
buys iu?li\idually to lie easily handled,
reasonable and sound, but there seems
I" be a spirit of combination which
has no place in a military school, A
spirit of combination not for higher
purposes, hut for the disregard of authority
which is not to be al once
eradicated and which is evidently a
survival of previous conditions.
Clemson has lnvn criticised, especially
among educators in our State,
for not at templing to raise its scholastic
standards. The answer has boon
that this is dillicult lo do by reason
of the fad that so tunny boys apply
for admission from communities
which have no. proparlory high
schools, ami' recently the president has
declined lo admit any ill-prepared
mintents who came from communities
whore preparation is in reach. Put
' si ill the standard is not what it is
> desired to make it, and immaturity
to sonic extent still characterizes the r
student body. # Again, a number oi' ji
students who have Tailed to pass their h
examinations have been permitted to c
remain in school and their continuing <1
influence, it is stated, has not been I
for good. Indeed, one at* the foi>w>nu a
players declared that these "flunke- t
outs," as he called them, started this t
trouble. Perhaps a more rigid aJ- o
Jierence to rules in tho collegiate de- e
partment of the work will help to v
maintain discipline in the military de- o
partment at Olemson. ti
The boys must" realize that there is *
no small matter in military aflfairs; ?
every rule must bo rearded. A col- t
lege cannot bo half military with any ?
success; it must be military or 1101 p
military. Under former commandants li
there has been a let-up now nnd tn?u ?
in the enforcement of military discipline,
but under Cat. Minus it is a J- c
mitted that the college is going to bd o
a military school. If it is not a mili- d
tarv school t'here is no need here for li
a military anan such as he. And IT b
( Icmsou cannot keep (his command- (
ant there is not much prospect of get- h
ting another commandant from the a
army. Minus will be sustained in this n
trouble, or Clemsou will cease to be a
military .school. The war department t<>
made that clear last summer. w
It has already been pointed out in ii
this article that t;h?j action of the trus- tl
tees in declaring that discipline !s in
the hands of the commandant and discipline
has not been entirely in these P
hands. Going back, it. is my opinion
that there has been too much trustee- 01
ism at Clemsou. So far as college
boys are concerned, there should be hi
no siu'h thing as a trustee; tire college tl
buy has no business knowing that a
board of trustees exists, 'especially in
a ulilitarv school, where the commandant
is supreme and his word is law. rf
Flic trustees have enough to do in js
selecting professors and devising ways jv
and means l<> run the college, without
dabbling into the inside work or 0,
school. There has been too much of
this at Cleiuson, hut then Clemsou is xv
not (Ire only Stale school in South
Carolina where this is true. However,
Clemsou will he better off hcreaffc |'.
it lire trustees stick to their resolution
and lei the president and commandant
run Mi is big institution. The board wj
'has eve.y confidence in Dr. Mell; he vc
has been here for six years and all ()|
his important suggestions have been
carried out. Capt. Minus is ending liis v
first session here and surely lie is j
'* making good."
W'lien ( Icmsou college opens up (]j
next fall it is possible that a good ??
many of the dismissed boys will want
to come back and it is not unlikely _
that they will he allowed to do so.
11 they have shown t'lie proper spirit w,
of contrition and a disposition to pro- n,
lit by their experience the authorities s..
wil most likely grant their individual
requests lo reenter the college. The ,V)
dacutly has tclt that in passing on (ij
these cases any disposition to take
into consideration extenuating circum- *"*
stances would at this lime he out of ^
place; excuses and penitence can be
considered later. Wh^n applications
are made for re-udmission it will bv ^
time enough lo say who was less
blameworthy Mian others.
So far as the remainder of this session
is concerned the work of the college
will be considerably changed. The *
classes are instructed in sections, and ?
there are usually about twenty in
each section. In some eases entire
sections will have left the college and
this will necessitate a rearrangement
of schedules lo some extent. Tint the
work litis goite rigid on; (here lias noil'or
even it day been any interruption
in the class room work and the Strang,
er coining upon the campus without
any intimation of what has taken
place would never know that anything
out <xf I lie ordinary has happened.
The barracks are quiet and the campus
is peaceful. The section at periods
march by I'll rough Hie halls to
their class rooms, and in the afternoon
the baseball team and the track
teams arc at work on the athletic field.
'Flic dismissed hovs are missed, but
there i.s no outward indication of their
absence, no apparent nap in tiie run**.
It has been this way all the time;
even on April Kool's day the work
went on as usual, though three hundred
of Hie six hundred and fifty
were having the time of their lives in
Pendleton. And, l>^" the way. have
you ever been to Pendleton? If so
just think of going to I'endleton ii
find excitement and fun!
When Hie Clemsou colors go on the
gridiron next fall the effects of the
April Wool frolic will be felt. Many
of the 'varsity's besl men are among
the dismissed juniors and sophomores.
The baseball men and the track I earn
did not go; athletics has done tfial
much good anyhow, as the boys would
not permit their representatives in
these sports to run the risk of being, |
dismissed.
It is queer how college boys regard
( obligations, queer their idea of tho
dative importance of different
dodges. On en to tiny college all these v
>oys look an obligation to obey the i
ollege rules. Coming back from Pen- i
lleton they signed a pledge to stand i
>y one another, and if one was sent ;
way all should go. Tlrey seemed to i
hink their voluntary obligation, has- *1
ily made, was more binding than tho I
bligation which they owed their parents
and their college. However, <
k'hen it was seen that this violation :
f the college obligation was to be
rented seriously and not as a joke 1
here was evidenced a. disposition to i
bsolve the boys from the oottgation
hey had taken to stand by one an- '
ther, and the first set to be dismiss<r
stated, as has already been pubshed,
that they would not hold the
tlicrs to their agreement.
Ho the Olemson boys hare discoverd
that what is wrong, either legally
r morally, to be done by an indivi- "<
ual is wrong, either legally or moralto
be done by a mob. It has also
eon brought home to them that at 3
lonison violations of the college
iws, whet hor by an indivadual or by i
mob, will meet with certain punish- J
tent >o Hie individual.
This is a salutary lesson, taught at ,
ny sacrifice. It is a lesson that our
'hole people have needed l<> be taught
i some way, and let u.s hope that .
lis, lesson will suffice.
World's First Radium Robbery.
earson's Weekly. ?
It was bound to come soon or lat- J
r. And, now behold, it" has come. f
For the first time in the world's a
istory there has been chronicled the 1
left of a quantity of radium. 1
Tt was not a large quantity. In- t
sod, it could not wry well be so,
>nsidering that the sum folal of the
idiuni stock of the whole of Europe
only about *10 grains, or, say, onerolftli
of an ounce troy.
Hnt as radium is worth just now, at
irrent market rates, 90,000 lbs. an
Ithe individual, whoever lie fl
;is, wno walked off at Glasgow uiti'rsLty
the other day with Prof. Sodr's
one-fourth of a grain, has illicit- i
acquired ]iossession of proper!v '
orth f>0 lbs. * \
I be difficulty for him, however, \
ill be to realize. Ife can hardly ad- '
Ttise it in the "for sale" 00111111115
a daily paper. ITe can not raise
oney on it at a pawnshop, for not
entire most enterprising and up to
ile of uncles'' would lend allying
011 a microscopic fragment, of
rty dust that a pin's point would
i?re than cover.
Neither can lie keep it in his pocket
with safety to himself. For the tiny <
eck of seemingly harmless stuff] ,
ould burn through clothing, and; *
csh, and muscle, and bone, morel
rcl> Mian vitriol, and would beside
ve rise, to an ulcerous sore that
Mild take years to heal, if ever it
d. J
This is V
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lemon for dinner i
shop worn goodsfind
at "Special Ba
dear at any price,
gle item in our line
a lower price thai
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viceable goods at']
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Show You a
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large trade we con
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We are now occupying
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We carry in addition
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the state, the finest line
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Flower Pots
Jardineers
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Harness
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Steam and W&ter
Pipe
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Guns
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' i
Kven for I lie thief to examine his
stolon booty would moan blindness,
unless ho exereiscd extra ordinary
mid elaborate precautions. For the
radioactivity ol' the purom inoral is
such that it destroys the optic nerve
us surely as it oats up gold or carbonises
a diamond, only more quickly.
So that, on the whole, it would
scorn that the wisest course for the
man who stole that tube of radium
would be to seek out Mr. Soddy and
beg of him, on his kiees, if need be,
to retlike possession of it.
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