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f 1 IN NOW » EXAMINER $ 1.50 1, Per Annum. No. Ai MONTPELIER, IDAHO, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15,1901. VOL. VI. AN OPEN LETTER TO S. P. DONNELLY. Montpelier, Idaho, Feb. 14, 1901. S. P. Donnelly, State Senator, Boise City, Idaho. Dear Stn:—When senate bill No. 30, introduced by you, which provides fora reduction in the number of regents of the state university from nine to five, up last Monday for consideration, you ported by the Boise dailies as having used the follow language, publicly, on the floor of the state senate: "There has been a scandal in connection with the board of were re came regent« of the university and if this bill shall be enacted into law it will be possible to make such changes aa will keep the disa greeable facts to which I have alluded, from becoming common It would save the state from disgrace. The senate can property. do so by passing this bill. The question oi number can not affect the interests of the As a mat tt institution, providing high minded men are chosen, of economy the number should be decreased. I have stated one of them. V Bat, as I have Ar ier said, there are other reasons, other is that a reorganization of the board will, I believe, operate the institution from politics, a consummation, that to remo ve every good citizen should most earnestly wish for. As the Boise papers have been uuiformly fair and mrate in their accounts of what happens during the -act legislative sessions, I assume that you were correctly quoted. It will be evident to everyone that to allow your assertions to pass by without challenging their . whould be a serious reflection on the present board gents, of which I have the honor of being a Whether the board as a whole, or any of its •mbers individually, are responsible for the condi Nor aocur aey of re her. mem me allege exists, makes no difference, it matter whether any of them are in ignorance lions, you sloes - f the matters you charge. If such things are, or have allowed by the board, they should be the subject of an investigation. Further on you has been conducted with reference to political advant This is '»een infer that that state institution hge in favor, presumably, of some person, another serious allegation that should be looked into. So far as my knowledge goes, I challenge the ac curacy of any of the statements credited to you con cerning the board of regents. If I am in ignorance to the doings of the board or its officers, I would like to know it, and if the board has been derelict or crooked in its dealings with the university and the state, the people of Idaho ought to know it, and since you have implied as much you ought to proceed to furnish the proofs. It's up to you, Mr. Donnelly. As regards the merits of your bill, the only redeem ing feature it has is from an economical point of view-. It would lessen somewhat the expense of the regents' as meeting 1 , which is now about $1600 for two years. This could be cut down to perhaps $1000. ''There are other reasons'' you say. Yes, I fear that is too true, but they-are not such reasons, accord ing to my information, that oue might infer from your remarks. If these reasons are such as would tend to elevate and advauce the interests of the University, whj r did you not give them? Surely, nothing that has for its object the good, of such a magnificent institu tion, could possibly tend to injure anyone. As for myself, and I believe lam voicing the senti ment of every member of the board, it is immaterial whether I longer serve as a regent or not. I have tried to discharge the trust imposed to the best of my abil rty, and with a sense of honesty that does not admit of imputation without questioning. The president of the board, in his report to the governor, gave his co-work ers credit for their fidelity and unstinted support to the advancement of the University. We cannot admit of an impeachment of his words without proof. In conclusion I want to call your attention to a few facts, viz: The University has the largest enrollment now iu its history. Every department of the institution is working in perfect harmony. The faculty is second to none in the west in point of ability. The University is more popular and better known all over the state than ever before. During the past two years the regents have com pleted the unfinished portions of the building, the esti mated cost of which, including the changes in plans made by the board, was $18,000, for the sum of $14,000, the amount allowed by the legislature. During the past two years, t he University has been run on $17,600, which includes regents' expenses, a smaller amount per capita, estimated on students at tending, than ever before and there in no deficit. The University has been placed in a position where by it can, and is, doing more and better work for both the people and the students, than ever before. Do you think in the light of such a record, the board, or any of its members, fear an investigation? Not much. on McDoff, And woe be unto him who Shall first cry Enough. Respectfully submitted with the kindliest of feel ings, for your earnest consideration, Very Truly Chas. k Harris. Member of the board of Regents, of the University of Idaho. < « » n Representative Brennan was up from Boise Sunday. Mesura. Wm. Hanter and Prank Joues were in Star valley this week cattle haying. Th« past week ha« been a coutiuaatkn of Um cold snap, which baa existed tvr a month past. Dr. Foynter wae in Boise a few dare this week.