MONTPELIER, IDAHO, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15,1901.
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
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
do so by passing this bill.
The question oi number can not affect the interests of the
As a mat
institution, providing high minded men are chosen,
of economy the number should be decreased.
I have stated one of them.
Bat, as I have
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
legislative sessions, I assume that you were correctly
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
allege exists, makes no difference,
it matter whether any of them are in ignorance
- 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
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'
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
The University has the largest enrollment now iu
Every department of the institution is working in
The faculty is second to none in the west in point
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?
And woe be unto him who
Shall first cry Enough.
Respectfully submitted with the kindliest of feel
ings, for your earnest consideration,
Chas. k Harris.
Member of the board of Regents, of the University
Representative Brennan was up from
Mesura. Wm. Hanter and Prank Joues
were in Star valley this week cattle
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
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