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p Mirus Blames Clemson Trouble a on The President i CLAIMES THE AFFAIRS t a Of the College Are Mismanaged and in Which Dr. Mell is Charged i With "Harmful and Ruinous In terference" with the Military Dis t cipline of the Corps. Capt. J. C. Minus Monday gave out a singie statement alleging certain conditions at Clemson College which t were the cause of his leaving that institution. Capt. Minus said that he desired the public to know ex actly the state of affairs at the Col lege. His statemnt is as follows: < In beginning my detail as instruc tor at Clemson College, I arrived August 30, 1907, about two weeks before the opening of the regular session. During that time and the few weeks following the opening I became acquainted, in the natural course of events, with the faculty. There was a willingness on their part to tell me of the disciplinary situa tion during the past year. The va rious escapades and violations that are matters of public knowledge were rehearsed to me time and time again. Onae genernl suggstion in .al! these recitals was to the effect that I would probably succeed with dis -cipline if Dr. Mell, the president, did not interfere. On one occasion Prof. Riggs, who is thought to be very close to the president, stated to me, in effect, that he had told the president that the success of his administration would be largely bas ed upon his non-interference with disciplinary matter. In taking up my duties as com mandant I discovered a deplorable state of affairs. No organization, no system, not the slightest regard on the part of the cadets for law or order, very little respect or consider ation for the faculty; simply a great mob of youiths allowed to run wild. However, I began to apply the regulations and penalties for their infractions as strenuously as the sit ualion would allow. The next few months was a time of turbulence. It is ybelief that the cadets found that they could not get by me upon certain of their demands for privi ieges, for usually most of these cases came to me through the president. and aiways were put to me in a way that left no doubt in my mind of the president's desire to concede al most anything the cadets requested or demanded. I believe the records will show that, in most cases, I with stood the unmeritorious and harmful appeals of this combination, and I think results will show the wisdom of the stand. Still, during the first year there were continual conflicts' between us, due to the fact that the president, in an irregular, and in some cases an unauthorized, way. and also, in my opinion, often with out sufficient grounds, yielded to the request of individuals. The April, 1 90S, affair came along, and its consequences are well known to the public. The realization came to me after the dismissal of 305 ca dets that, if from now on real con structive work was not carried for ward, and a sense of duty was not taught to the cadets, the blame for this failure would be on the author ities. In bringing about the above I felt that the first and foremost necessity in a student body is a sys tem of honor, adhered to in a manly and straightforward way, and that the next step is a clear, unyielding enforcement of the regulations, just ly, decisively and firmly. The honor system a student body is respon sible for, and must carry out. This system was adopted a few days after the April reduction in the corps. Charges Against Dr. Mell. The implanting of a sense of duty in a body of students is due largely to the attitude of the authorities, their individuality, their honesty, and fixedness of purpose in carrying out their duties. I knew that in so far as co-operation and aid by the faculty were concerned, I could look for little help in the maintenance of discipline, the members of the faculty of Clemson College are simp ly indifferent, and that the concep tion and ideas of the president do not take ordinarily logical form. Consequently the rehabilitation appealed to me as a work that would have to be undertaken singlehanded. Expecting no aid from the president. neither in a forcible or in a persua sive way, I fought against the ad mission of his harmful and ruinous interference in the structure that 1 was trying to build. .An examina tion of the records of the command ant's office, and the knowledge of my attitude towards affairs would convince anyone of the logic of my conclusion in regard to the methods necessary to carry out the undertak ing. At the beginning of this ses sion questions arose. Appeals were made by Dr. Mell. In some cases, he disregarded me as a component part of* discipline. In other clear infractions of the regulations he claimed were personal between him and a cadet, and in others the ground I for his action was not apparent to C me nor, I believe, to him. I Following the legalizing of a ca- I det's desertion by restoring him to his full functions as a student, with- t out a word with me in regard to the e cas" and when approached by me a an assumption of a discourteous at- t titud'e in the matter. I called the at- ii teni:ion of the chairman of the board a of trustees to the president's contin- a val and unauthorized interference in P the discipline of the institute, and V offered to gi'.e the board en oppor- a tunity to investigate. A committee '" from the board, unauthorized, as I Y understood it, met various items that I presented. There were no expres-j sions of opinion as to whether the committee agreed or disagreed with n r my contentions for the committee gi was without power, but the names of nm the gentlemen are as follows, and I o would suggest that they enlighten h the public as to what they feel a' about this matter; I would like to al see whthy say: Col. Alan John- t one, Col. M. L. Donaldson, W1. . D. Mann and Col. R. W. Simpson Interference by President Alleged. My claim is that as I was a com )nent part of discipline and con andant, the president had no right Y > restore a cadet, without first giv ig me an opportunity to investi ate the offence and, if he desired > override me, to do it in a way uthorized by regulations. and not > ruthlessly invade my jurisdiction F nd put my authority at deflance. t any rate the matter was left stand ig until the December meeting of ie board. At that time a commit e of the board, consisting of Col. .Ian Johnstone. Senator Tillman and Ir. Mlaulden. held a conference with wr. Mell and me. The issues were ot looked into, but simply glossed ver, and the matter again left tanding with the president's prom se to stay out of the military juris iction, and with my announcemnent ft hat unless he did, I would give up iy position as commandant. At the time I expressed extreme oubt as to the president's compli nee with his pirt of the agreem-!t. rue to my expectations, in January f this year, :te again began hiS nterfercuce with the military de artment. I submitted my resigna ion and wrote in connection there vith a letter in which I set forth he following: "The reason for my -esignation are on account of the resident's interference with matters f discipline, setting aside the au hority of the commandant, and -uthlessly violating the proper and vell established methods in main aining disciplir.e in a military sys :em. His promise of co-operation td non-interference in the military epartment has not been kept. I amply state that my self-respect will ot permit me to serve under him.' President Charged With Weakness. The chairman of the board of rustees, upon receipt of this let :er, wrote me asking that I remain it the College until the meeting of he board. In accordance with that etter I remained, believing that he board at its meeting in March would go to the bottom of things. Personally I had no desire to con inue the work as commandant on account of extreme arduousness of the duties, but I felt that if the board would honestly look into the con dition of affairs at this institution, good would be bound to result if action was taken in accordance with ,he facts as found. When the sub ject came up before the board, ac cording to my information, a resolu tion was offered to accept my resig nation. An amendment was offered thereto, calling me before the board to have me set forth the underlying causes of my resignation. Strange to say, the amendment could not be adopted. I am at a loss to know why the board of trustees should ob ject to an honest investigation of such a vital matter as the discipline of Clemson. Understand that I do not complain of the acceptance of my resignation. I commend the board upon its direct and positive way of handling my case. Nevertheless, what was the board's clear duty with my letter before it and also information that some of its own members possessed as to the real condition of affairs? What has been the experience of the two form er commandants under Dr. Mell? Here is Capt. Sirmyer's comments taken from a letter to me: "'The chances a commandant would have to put up a fine showing in the mat ter of a cadet regiment are too nu merous to mention, if the military department could only g;et the sup port of the powers that be. But in my opinion, nothing can be done un til there is a new president. Per sonally I was very fond of Dr. Mell, but he is weak, and I thought was too willing to sacrifice anyone so that he could be popular with the boys, and as far as I can see his ef forts had exactly the opposite re sults." Capt. Clay's report is not at hand, but I have read it and he complains along the same lines. I am convinced of the magnificent opportunity for great work at Clem son, and realizing that I owe much to the State, which I have called my own since I was six years of age, and in which I have spent a great many years, I make the foregoing statement based upon my experience and observation at Clemson, and with a view that the information may prove oV' sonme vgiue to the people inl their attitude towards the Col lege.. J. C. MINUS, Capt. United States Army, Retired. April 17, 1909. BIGGEST CANDLE EVER MADE. Destined to Burn Four Years and Seven Months. The largest candle ever manufac :ured is destined to burn four years ad seven mdnths in memory of oseph Petrosino, the New York ietective who was assassinated while yn a secret mission to Italy. It was lished the day Petrosino's body eached America, and was sent to he pro-cathedral in Mott street. Cew York. where the funeral took >iace a few days later, and where t was designed that the great candlea hould burn continuously in memory - if the slain officer. But threats to dynamite the d hurh, if the candle was kept there., rere heard, and it was hurridly re urned to the firm which made it. It b ow awaits the disposal of the wid w who is making arrangements to : ave it sent to her husband's birth- c lace in Italy and there enshrined. i The candle is nine feet high and ' bree feet, six inches in circumfer- c nce. It weighs 178 pounds, and is nimost completely covered wikh four yen karat gold leaf. Its composit mn is Austrian beeswax, to which slow burning substance has been dded. It cost $450, and is the resent of the manufacturers. in 'hose home Petrosino lived when gi boy. They have computed that it r ill burn within ten hours of four:D ars and seven months. bi Better Than Money. jri The best investment farmers can ct ake is in giving their children a em od start in life. But that doesn't se ean a big farm and a fine mloney- P1 ttfit alone. They will need some "I 1p. some courage, some hopeful-: Di ,ss, much tru.:hfulness, clean hearts ot d pure minds considerably more a an mney.bt WAITS HIS FATE oung Turk Forces March Up on Him Unoppose 'RESENTS DEATH LIST %lonikins Hand in Names of Those Who Must Be Punished-Cn ditions Still Grave in Adana. Powers Rushing War Ships to the Scene of Trouble. A telegram from Constantinople lys Sultan Abdul Hamid is waiting i his place for whatever may befall. le has not taken flight, and his rand vizier, Tewfik Pasha, has an ounced that the Sultan will remain ith his family and accept resigned th" fate that has been prepared jr him and his country. Tewfik Pasha and his minister of ar. Edhim Pasha, who sent in their esignation to the Sultan a few days go. decided to withdraw them, and he grand vizier is spending most of he time with his Majesty. Nazim >asha still is in command of the ;arrison, but no preparations have een made to offer any resistance to he advance of the Saloniki troops. The constitutionalists' lines now -velop the city, but the commander n-chief, Gen. Husni Pasha, is still at -Iademkoi. and there is little like ihood that the invading army will nter the city shortly. It is understood that the Saloni ians have submitted to the Gov rnment a list of persons whose pun shment is demanded for complicity n the recent mutiny. This list in. ludes deputies, journalists and theo ogians. But apparently there is he utmost good feeling between the nvaders and the residents of the ity, many of whom have visited he camps of the Saloniki troops and ,vere received hospitably by the oldiers. Two proclamations, signed by the ommanding general of the army >f investzient, and addressed respec :ively to the citizens of Constantino ple and the garison, have been is ued. They have had a reassurinn -ffect. .That sent to the war office Jor distribution to the garrison de ounced as "criminal and monstrou the acts committed under the cove f demanding that the Sherl has su pErsede the Constitution by bands o sNecutioniers, vile conscienceless agi tators and partisans of absolutism who deluded the soldiers and popu lace so that the Parliament wa tained with blood, the nation plung ed in mourning and a blot made di the Ottoman army, whose honor ha< remained intact for the last si: hundred years." CLOTHED IN MYSTERY. Body of Unknown Man is Washet tP by Wave. A deep sea murder and a myster: which will probably never be solve< was brought to light a few days ago when the body of a nunknown man nude in every respect, was washe< up by the waves on the gulf beadl about SO miles east of Pensacola Fla. A shattered skull and a bulle wound .iust above the heart, tobi that the man met with foul play From indication he had been knock ed in the head, then shot and th' body pitched overboard from som' vessel. The corpse is that of a foreign er and a young man of splendit physique, who probably was kille< by shipmates or else attempted t< cause mutiny aboard some passinl vessel and was shot by the officer: to quell the trouble. AMERICAN KILLED IN PERSIA. F. C. Baskerville, 24 Years Old, Slaib at Head of Troops. A telegra-: from Tabriz, Persia says a young American. H. C. Bask erville, until recently a teacher ii thie Pr'esbyterian school at Tabriza ras killed a few days ago outsidE rabriza while leading a sortie o: Nationalists from the city. The ob. ect of the expedition was to oper i way for the bringing in of provis ens, of which the city stands great y in need. It was not successful. The situation at Tabriz is desper ite. The Christians of Tabriz are trming themselves and will put uli tstrong defence during the bloody lisorders that are expected to break~ >ut any day. The English residents iave sent a telegram to Foreign Sec etary Grey, at London, appealing for mmediate help. The Russians have taken refuge it the Russian consulate. SAVED) BY LIGHTNING ROD. 3. H. Bland Has Narrow Escape From Burning House. The residence of Mr. C. H. Bland, .t Mayesville. was completely de troyed by fire about 4:30 o'clock fonday morning. When the fire was iscovered it had made such head ray that Mr. Bland, who was in e house alone, was forced to make is escape by climbing down the ghtning rod. The origin of 1;he fire ;unknown. All 6.. the family ex cpt Mr. Bland were away and there ad been no fire in the house. There some suspicion that it was of in ndiary origin. RISK~ED THEIR LIVES o Save That of a Little Girl Wh'lo Was in Path. Rather than run down a little -1 who was in their path James L. ismore and F. 0. Probasco, at yton, Ohio. turned their automo le down a thirty-foot embankment id plunged into the waters of Miami ver. The men were driving the r along the top of the levee only ght fee't wide, when the child was n a few feet ahead of the car. obasco. who was driving, said: s it the child or the river, Jim?" nsore replied: "The river for irs." Although the river was at high stage and the current swift, th men eapned injuries." WILL HIDE HER FACE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON ON JUNE 3. The Phenomenon Will be Visible All Over the Country if the Sky is Clear--Other Eclipses. Local astronomers are greatly in terested in the coming total eclipse of the moon, which occurs on the evening of Thursday, June 3. The phenomena may be observed all over the continent if the sky Is clear. In this section the rise of the moon will be almost normal and the people may watch the shadow of the earth gradually steal over the lunar body. But further in the continent, probably on the other side of the Mississippi, the inhabitants will first see an odd looking disc of a faint reddish color rise from the east. When the moon rises here only a narrow portion of it will be ob served. Gradually it will enter deep -r and deeper into the earth's shad or untii the moon gives no light and is only barely perceptible. This year the moon does not en ter into the heart of the earth's shadow, so there will not be a black eclipse. The moon, however, will be in the earth's shadow for over an hour. and practically the only light from the heavens will be that of the stars. The reason why the moon will he invisible is the influence of the earth's atmosphere. which bends the sun's rays at the edges of illuminat ed hemisphere of this planet and throws on the moon a faint glow. generally of a red copper hue. It results from the absorption in the earth's atmosphere of the green. blue. and violet rays pass through it. It is much the same as the sun set glow, though infinitely more faint. As the phenomena of the eclipse develops, the children will be able to see for themselves the truth of the statement they learned from their geographies. An eclipse of the sun will be wit nessed a fortnight later, on Thurs day. June 17th, shortly before sun set. The only effect that it will have is to send the chickens to roost an hour or two earlier. The lunar eclipse Is precisely the same as that which saved the lives of Columbus and his party in the isle of Jamaica in the year 1564. The natives refused them food. Colum bus. knowing that an eclipse was due. told them that God was very angry because of their inhospitality and would take away the light of the moon. The moment that the natives saw the light going, they rushed to their choicest viands, supplicating the "white angels" to bring back their moon. Columbus handed it 'sacK in about an hour. The earliest account of an eclipse was discovered in the tomb of a Chinese emperor. The date has been fixed by chronologists as January 29, 1136 B. C. * THOUSANDS MASSACRED Tn the Regions of Antioch and Alex andretta. Dispatches from Beirut, Syria. say that the Armenian population of Antioch and vicinity has been prac tically wiped out in the massacres of the last few days by fpnatical Mol lems. There are thousands of desti tute Armenian widows and orphans still in the district unable to get away. There is no security anywhere in the vicinity of Antioch. Fugitives who have arrived at Alexandretta relate that all Arme nian villages and settlements in the Alexandretta district are being de stroyed. Nearly every Armenian dwelling has been burned by fa natical Moslems, and the Armenians still surviving are living in the open. half starved and in great fear, es pecially of Friday and Sunday. * FOLDING BED TRAGEDY. Man Dies and His Wife Taken Out Unconscious. The folding bed accident which used to be common some years ago before the patent beds were as well constructed as now, has caused the death of James F. Maher, a feather curler, in Williamsburg, N. Y. During the night the bed began to rise as if pushed by an unseen hand, pinning both Maher and his wife, despite their struggles and ef forts to release themselves. A son, who was sleeping on the floor above, heard his parents' cries and ran to their assistance, but be fore he could extricate them, Maher expired. Mrs. Maher was taken out unconscious. She is little the worse for the experience. STICK TO THEIR WIVES. Says Our Men Don't Search for Young Pullets. Senator Tillman spoke before the South Carolina Society in New York Friday night. He not only talked of politics, but he touched on the divorce question. "I have traveled all around this country," said the Senator, "and there fis one thing about a South Carolinian that dis tinguishes him from every one else in this country. And that's this that he has 'just one girl' and when she grows old he doesn't look around for som~e young pullet and then go to some judge-none of those in this audience, of course-and for some trival ca~use, frequently trump ed. up. try to get rid of the girl who has bee'n with him all his life."' * YOUTHFUL GRAND-FATHER. A Thirty-Four Year Old Man Has the Honor. To crowd three generations into thirty-four years sounds rather 1 unreasonable. Yet, such is the case. The birth of a fine 12-pound baby t boy, coming to the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Bryant. living a few miles north of Pembroke, in the lower I dge of Bulloch county, Ga., makes e Mr. Dan Lanier, aged 34, father of z Mrs. Bryant, grand-father of this I HIS ANSWER ro The Long Letter of Capt. Minus On Discipline AT CLEMSON COLLEGE ays He Will Not Enter Into a a; Newspaper Controversy With the a Ex-Conmandant Regarding the h 01 Latter's Charges Concerning the Administration of Discipline. d Dr. Mell, president of Clemson Col- T lege, Monday made the following 0 statement in reply to the statement e by Capt. Minus, printed in another C column: "I decline to enter into a news paper controversy with the retiring o commandant on the administration a of affairs at Clemson for the follow- c V Ing reasons: "First. The issues he raises be- I long entirely to the jurisdiction of f the board of trustees. This body has recently considered these affair: -id have announced their decision. "Second. The war department, through its inspector, Capt. Lena hen, made on April 6 and '9 a thor ough and searching examination of the military department of the Col lege and the relationship of the president to the commandant, and this officer expressed to me his en tire satisfaction with' the affairs and stated that he would so report to the chief-of-staff, Gen. Bell. As proof that he did so, Capt. Marcus B. Stokes has been appointed to suc ceed Capt. Minus at once. "Third. Since Capt. Minus resig nation last January the discipline of the College has been well sustained by the acting commandant, Prof. Andrew Bramlett, and the conduct of the cadets has been exemplary. "(Signed) P. H. MELL. 'President." Statement by Mr. Donaldson. Mr. Donaldson, when seen at his home in Greenville, made this state ment: "Yes, I have seen what Capt. Minus had to say in the papers. I am sorry he saw fit to pursue that course. I don't think it will do any good and I hope that it won't do harm. "I do not feel called upon to dis cuss the rather uncomplimentary ref erences made by Capt. Minus to the president of the College, the faculty and the board of trustees. "I might add that to the student body Capt. Minus proved himself a good commandant and received noth ing so far as I know from -the board, either .collectively or individually. but words 'of praise, and I feel sure that I voice the sentiment of the board when I say that we regretted that he found grievances, whether real or imaginary, sufficient .to cause his resignation. "I must say, in short, however, that I differ with Capt. Minus as to the gruesome picture he paints of affairs at Clemson College with re ard to law and order among the cadets. There was never a time in the history of the College when the boys were more orderly and well be haved nor when more or harder work in the classes was being done, and so long as that iF true, and the young men are meeting expectations of parents and guardians in the mat ter of education, these questions of authority, whether trival or not, will cut no great figure." Prof. Riggs Protests. Prof. Riggs, quoted by Capt. Mi nus, says in reply: "The use of my name by Capt. Minus in his article today concern ing disciplinary conditions at Clem son College was entirely unauthoriz ed. Fearing that some may be mis led I am compelled to say that I am nt In sympathy with his criticism. In my 'opinion President Mell has not interfered with Capt Minus in the administration of discipline, ex cept when justified by the laws of the College in the exercise of his presidential functions. "W. M. RIGGS, "Clemson College, A pril 19, 1909." Capt. Minus Statement. Capt. J. C. Minus, when shown the two statements, said: "In regard to the President Mell firt point: If the board of trustoes cosdered any affair between the president and me It must have been ex parte, for it Is a settled fact that I was not allowed to come beforer the board. The president's side of the controversy may have been told, ertainly not mine. "In regard to the second point: I made the statement of the troubles that I encountered with the presi dent as commandant to the inspect ing officer, Capt. Lenahan. The stand that he took was to the effect that the position of commandant at Clemson is in a way a private ar-t rangemenit between the officer on i duty as military instructor, the of ficer being detailed as professor of military instruction and tactics, anr! e the college. Consequently unless the a lack of discipline shows bad effects : upon the military instruction the war , department through its inspecto" s: does not care to enter into the con- a troversy. If Dr. Mell knew anything about military matters and the way C the inspector handles his report he would know that the report of the inspector on the various colleges C that he visits will not reach the rdjutant general until June or July. onsequentliy Capt. Stokes is in no w'ay affected by the report. tU "Third: I have made no charge st n regard to the present state of tI iscipline at Clemson College. Still C: ?rof. Bramlett's statement as to in 'hether or not he has been inter- w ered with and over-ridden by Dr. Si elI would be more to the point. ct "In so far as Prof. Riggs' state- in neat is concerned I assert that my th atement is correct. I do not claim di hat he authorized me to make this a tatement; I simply assert the state- r: sent is true. Prof. Riggs expresses ci< tis opinion as to Dr. Mell's interfer- ta ne; I claim that I base my state- th aents on specific cases and expected, sc I had been given an opportunity, Jc -mpo wat T aid." sD: MADE A MISTAKE EMARKABLE CASE OF MISTAK EN IDENTITY. Woman Takes a Strange Man for Her Husband and Sues Hini for Heinous Crime. The jury at Yorkville in the case gainst Marshall Steele, indicted for 5sault with intent to commit a einous crime, brought in a verdict E guilty of simple assault. Judge lugh imposed a sentence of thirty ays' .imprisonment or $100 fine. his ended, says the Columbia Rec rd, one of the most remarkable cas s ever tried in South Carolina. The ase was entitled the State vs. Mar hall Steele, and the charge was at mpted assault. The beginning of this trouble was n Saturday night, February 6, when lady came to Rock Hill from Lan aster to meet her husband, fron rhom she had been separated foi even or eight years, the husbanc taving just received his discharg< rom the United States army, ha rritten his wife to meet him here ut the husband's calculations mis. arried, and the wife after alight ng from the train and not findini ter husband, secured a colored hack nan by the name of Price Cloud, an( vas driven to her uncle's. Steel vas at the depot, and being an al nost7 exact countrpart of the hus )and, the wife naturally gave him earching glance, which Steele claim vas more than ordinary, and on hat might be expected from a wo nan of the world. After she was carried to her un :le's the driver returned to the city nd meeting Steele told him th ady he had just carried was lookin or some one to meet her, and fror :he description given Steele fille :he bill. Steele told the negro tha f he thought she was "all right :o go and get her and that he woul, be in the pool room. The negr returned and informed the lady tha i man wanted her uptown, and th aegro described Mr. Steele. The la lay, thinking that her husband ha sent- for her, came with the negrc nd was driven up in front of th pool room, the negro going in an informing Mr. Steele that he ha the lady. Mr. Steele went out to the cai riage, which was a closed one, an :n opening the door was greeted i a very affectionate manner by th lady. She called him by her hu: hand's nam-e. and he indulged th deception. The couple was driven t the outskirts of the city. WhE happened in the carriage was nc fully brought out at the hearing b fore a recorder's jury, as Steele wa being tried for disorderly conduc On this charge he wais :convicte and a fine of $100 or thirty day given, from which he appealed, bu the evidence showed conclusivel that the lady thought Steele her hu: band and Steele was just as sur he was not her husband. After considerable parleying th: driver was instructed to drive bac to town. Steele telling her he wa sorry the mistake had been . mad< and that he thought her a perfet ady. The driver was told to takl her to her uncle's, and that gentli man learned of the affair. He Inr mediately had a warrant issued fa Steele's arrest, and he was trieda above stated, on the charge of di orderly conduct in the city of Roc Hill. On the charge of attemptin rape before Mayor Beckham h waived examination and was bon to court under a $500 bond. The lady is a very beautiful wc man and her character is above ri proach, so say those who hav known her since childhood. Sh marnied '.the husband about 'eigli years ago at her home in Lancastel but they separated, the husband joiu ing the army, but they have conti iously kept up a correspondence an he meeting that was planned to b a happy one was turned into onea remorse and much notoriety. The aave been living in Charlotte sinc February. LAKE STEAMER SUNK. Five of Crew of Grain Laden Boa Drowned at Vessel Goes Down. News comes from Mackinsey City Wich., that five of the crew of th teamer . Eben Ward, laden wit] ~rain from Milwaukee for Fort Hur >n, were drowned Tuesday ,when th' teamer sank in Lake Michigan, af er striking a heavy lcefloe about si: niles west of this port. Nine of th< rew were saved. The dead are a; ollows: John Hern, James Perry, Joh1 earoth, Kinney McKay and a: nknown deck hand. The Ward was 213 fet in length~ ~he was bruilt in 1884, and was own. d by D. M. Ferry & Co., of Detroit ~hortly before entering the straits f Mackinaw, about 9:30 o'clock ir he morning, the steamer crashed to an unusually heavy ice floe. The Eber Ward stayed afloat but bree minutes. It was just long noughi to enable a barge to steamr longside and take off the deck of he Ward the persons whose lives rere saved. The iive victims are upposed to have been asleep below~ -hen the collision occurred. HARGED) WITH WIFE MURDER. hester S. Jordan on Trial at Cain bridge-Jury Selected. It was with a calm, interested gaze at Chester S. Jordan watched the aring of the' Court machinery in te Middlesex Superior Court at ambridge, Mass., a few days ago .his trial for the murder of his ife. Honora, in Somersville last ptember. The first day was oc pied in drawing the jury and read g the indictment, which charges at Jordan killed the woman and smembered her body, placed it in trunk and cast it into the sea. ie twelve men who will de le the young man's fate, were ken to the different places which s government regards as being the enes of some events in the murder. rdan appeared in good health and a a using it has dence that I sweet, and perfectly wh guard against the cheap the greatest menacers to ROYAL IS TE OW MADE FROM ROYAL GR MINUS REPLIES To Mell and Reviews the Case of Thornhill MAKES STRONG CASE Capt. Minus Reviews in Detail the Case of Cadet Thornhill, Whosc Tardiness in Returning to College t From His Home Was Excused b3 the President. 0 Capt. J. C. Minus, U. S. A.. retired, e former commandant at Ieison makes the following signed state 1 ment in reply to Dr. Mell's interviev in The News and Courier, of Apri] 21, under date line of Anderson d S. C. The following is attributed to Dr 1ell as the facts In the Thornhil d case: "When he (referring tc Thornhill) went home at Christmas e he was taken ill and did not returr to college on the day when worl was to be resumed, but came in sev eral days later. According to the by-laws governing the college, the t President has jurisdiction in cases oJ this kind, and when Thornhill re turned he presented a physician's cer tificate, which is in accordance witl the rules. President. Mell excuse the cadet on his delay, -and allowei Shim to enter college to resume his tstudies. ~"It now develops, so says Dr. Mefl that Thornhill had presented the cer tificate first to Capt. Minus, wlio hai refused to accept it. Dr. Mell dii not know that the matter had com' up before Capt. Minus, for there was no notation in the certificate, and ~if there had been one made, it was not a matter in his jurisdiction. OnI: the president has authority to act ir ~such cases." LHere is Capt. Minu's statement: "Cadet Thornhill went home for the SChristmas holidays, December 22 190s., to January 2, 1909. He re turned to college fosty-two hours late, and submitted an explanatioI to the effect that he was detained foi dental work, and supported his state ment by the following certificate: Charleston, S. C.. January 2, 1908 -This is to certify that Mr. E. J Thornhill has :een detnined by mi to have his teeth treated. t(Signed) "R. Mel Wilbur, D. D. S." "I returned the explanation to the cadet on the ground that the cade1 was away from college from De cember 22. 1908, to January 2, 1909 by authority, and no reason was giv en why the dental work was noi done during the ten or eleven days of leisure. My endorsement, returning the explanation was unsatisfactory in which event, if the cadet had morn to offer in explaining his offence, hi had the opportunity. It was during the time that the paper was in th' hands of the cadet that it was takeri to Dr. Mell. ,"I quote Paragraph 204, Regula ',tions for the Governindnt of the Ca d ets of Clemson Agricultural Col Slege: "'Every cadet who over-stays his eleave of absence must produce sat -isfactory testimony of his having been prevented from returning by sickness or some other unavoidable cause.' "Ce'rtainly up to this point the 1testimony was not satisfactory. 1"Taking up Dr. Mell's statement by piecemeal, 'when he (referring to Thornhlli) went home Christmas he was taken ill.' This is the first claim made that Thornhill was ill. Con tinuing. I quote from Dr. Mell's state ment: 'According to the by-laws gov erning the college, the president as srts that he has purisriction in such cases.' Here is the exact Quotation from the by-laws: 'In all matters of discipline and control of the cadet corps.except in cases involving sus ~ension or expulsion, the comniand ant shall be empowcred to act, and the board w i-xnect him to enforce good order and good behavior, and exercise all the power necessary to that end. He shall make su'ch rules and regulations as he may deem best subject to the supervision and para mount control of tihe president.' 'Furl heur along in the president's statment this occurs: 'Only the president has author'ity to act in such casos.' A reference to the rec ord s of the commandant's office will show at least fifty cases of cadets over-staying leave since the begin ning of my administration in 1907, ant I challenge the president to show one case in which he has ever eencisd the authority that he as serts is his alone. Ev'ery case of -ver-stayinl leave, except the Thorn hill case, and tihe Brown case, has been handled by me~ without one word or c'ommient from the president indicating ac'tin in the cases. His lnvariable rule, prior to January., 1919. has boon to send to the com nandan's office surgeon's certifi cates. and so on, and not a single ne shows a word by way of en oremnt prior to the above cited Thousands of millions F cans of Royal akg 'owder have been u L making bread, bisCuit ad cake in this country, nd every housekeeper rested in perfect. con ier food would be light lesome. Royal isasafe alumpowderswhich are health of the present day. F DAEING POWDER APE CREAM OF TARTAR cases. The validity of the excuse has heretofore been left intirely to the commandant. Here is the en dorsement on the Thornhill certifi cate: 'President's office, January 8, 1909. Respectfully refererd to the commandant. Cadet will be excused on this certificate. (Signed P. H. Mell, President.' "Now, summing up, Dr. Mell states that the cadet was ill; read the cer tificate; that the president and the 'president alone, has authority to handle such cases; read -the quota tion from the by-laws and consider the fact that for a year and a half previous there was never a sugges tion that the handihg of'surgeons' certificates in the case of cadets over staying leave is a special and exclu siv, function of the president.. The coLmandant and the commandant alone has always handled these cer tificates; that the grounds for the president's removal of the offence against the cadet are without war rant. "If the regulations and the, by laws governing this institution mean anything, the president, by this ac-, tion, in a ruthless, uncalled for and- - unauthorized manner, invaded the Jurisdiction of the commandant,. specifically set aside as his, by the board of trustees in the by-laws. "Along this line 'I quote from a letter of protest in the Brown case, which is of the same'flagrant and in vanding nature as* the Thornhill case 'One of the great evils and one of the most unbusinesslike elements, connected with the administration of the college from a disciplinary stand point is the over-staying by the ca dets of the stipulated and scheduled holidays granted by the authorities, and the matter will never be remne died by the acceptance of* any such excuses as Is set forth herein. As president, -you virtually discredit the order of my office, which, as I have stated, is based upon written in structions from you. I wrpte this letter for the purpose of making my protest a matter of' record.' 'T1he date of the above letter is- January 4, 1909. The Thornhill endorsement is of date January 8, 1909. The president was under promise to. the board of trustees to stay out of the commandant's jurisdiction, made De cember 9, 1908. -"J. C. MINUS. "Capt. U. S. Army, Retired." COOPERS WAN'T NEW TRIAL Motion to be Argued Before. Judge Hart in Nashville. The motion for a new trial in the Cooper ease will be argued before Judge Win. M. Hart in the Criminal Court in Nashville, Tenn., i'n a few days. Col. D. B. Cooper and his son, - Robin J. Cooper, were convicted of the murder of former United States Senator E. W. Carmick, and twenty years in the penitentiary assessed as the penalty. The defendants, -through counsel, filed a motion for a new trial, alleging forty-six errors on the part of the Court. Some of the errors alleged refer to the ad mission of evidence, others to' the evidence on the part of the defence which the Court excluded. The de fence also objects to portions of the charge of Judge Hart to the jury, and to certain requests for charge which the Court refused to admit. They also claim that the Court erred -when he did not declare the case a mistrial upon the first report of the jury: ."We find the defendant, John Sharp, not guilty, but are hopelessly tied up as to the Coopers." Judge Hart has announced that the attorneys must conclude their argu ments within two days. Most of the time will be given to the defence, the State standing upon the correct ness of the Court's rulings. It is interesting to note that Judge Hart has never been reversed in a ruling upon an important case. DEATH FREES LIFE PRISONER. T. C. Aughtry Passes Away in the State Penitentiary. Dispatch from Columbia says Sat urday morning death entered the cell of Thomas C. Aughtry, at the State Penitentiary, and the prisoner, who had served twelve years of a life term was set free by the mandate of a higer Judge. Aughtry was convict ed in May, 1897, of the murder of Conway Oliver, in Edgefield. There was considerable mystery about the homicide, and -the evidence was largely circumstantial. The defend ant was sentenced to serve a life term. Several efforts to obtain a pardon were made by Aughiry's brothers, but their endeavors proved unavailing. Very Foolish Girl. Because her husband failed to kiss her good-bye when he went to work yesterday, Lena Adelsperger, 18 years old, a bride of three weeks, killed herself in her Hammond, Ind., home. She was the daughter 6f a we-althy.reident of Tmdington. Mich.