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f jl. Slagle Demands the Resigna
tion> of K. A. Bryan as President
!? of the W. S. C.
The following dispatch appeared
j I Wednesday's Spokesman-Review:
Pullman. Wash., Jan. 28. — A
ncrat meeting of citizens was held
as! night for the purpose of discuss
al some alleged charges against the
Biaagement of the Washington
State College. ,
Tbe resignation of Professor K.
I. Thatcher, director of the experi
ient station; the suicide of Dr. J.
I,?!,: Heldring, formerly instructor;
i the department of veterinary scl-
following closely upon the res
tnation of Professor Thatcher; and
tie resignation of Dr. ii. B. Hum
lire)', assistant director of the ex
periment station, are said to have
brought the alleged trouble to a
focus.' j
; "The meeting last night was the
wilt of activities of F. M. Slagle. of
Pullman, president and manager of
the ] Palouse Country improvement
"Mr. Slagle, seen by the Spokes
man-Review correspondent and
asked for a statement, said:
'"We are not making a fight on
President Bryan nor on any person.
We are asking for changes which
Till benefit the college. For several
rears the college has suffered the
loss of some of its best men. This
Jus been a direct loss to the state
tad especially to the farming inter
ests. Whenever a man in the college
became proficient and began to at
tract attention throughout the state,
he has been allowed to leave the
Khool. . When I came back from the
east a few days ago and heard that
Professor Thatcher had resigned
ad that Dr. Humphrey is going to
Nit, I began making inquiries and
found'sentiment strong for an in
vestigation. We believe that the
college is greater than any individu
greater even than President
Bryan. It is currently reported that
jealousy has caused many of the best
-en to leave the college. It has been
liven out that they leave because
% can get better salaries. We be
lieve that if this is the case it would
Abetter to use the $25,000 Invested
to a fine residence for President
Bryan to add a few hundred dollars
» year to the salaries of some of
these men who are of inestimable
"las to the state. Professor Hum-
PW, for instance, has done a won
derful work in helping us to fight
"M in grain; and if President
Bryan is the cause of our best men
wing the school we should know
it i
"Mr. Slagle outlined- the plan
Jtopted at the meeting. It is to ask
President Bryan to tender his resig
»tion to the board of regents at
"Mr next meeting in February.
"'lf the regents think President
«r»tt should not resign we shall
* to be heard and ask that we be
{lT»n an opportunity to present our
"*.' said Mr. Slagle. 'We propose
•Whig it up to President Bryan in
■».»ar. If he thinks more of the
than he does, of himself
"hall ask him to make a personal
fiee and resign for the good of
* Institution. If he thinks more
« himself than he does of the insti-
Jr Uon we shall insist that he is not
« Proper man for the head of the
liege, if President Bryan makes
«ght we will take it directfy to
Bu l 9rnor Lister upon the adjourn-
of the legislature.' "
___y&3** to the above article
"J^ent Bryan said:
Let my work stand for . tßelf !
e__\ -ln-S to be judged by the re
-381 came here nearly 20 years
a &d took charge of a wrecked
JJJWIon. Look at the institution
to/d Examine the Plant from end
g^-7-lands, buildings, equipment.
A__f c the curriculum and com-
A r ith that of other Institutions
(, ( . claßß- Examine the faculty as
1} scholarship and teaching abll
»irk Examine the character and the
°* Its students. Examine into
qualifications and status of its
SjL nl ' Examine into its financial
*Meri . xam,ne its effect upon the
resources of the state and
Examine the modifl
fe^ . °* the educational system
l about by its propaganda.
"-%_? '• by whfttever standard you
**« *oe whether It stand* the
The Pullman Herald
Devoted to the best interests of Pullman and the best farming community in the Northwest surrounding A.
test. l do not claim that all this
is my work, but that I have con
tributed an important share in it.
1 have at least given the best that is
in me. When good men leave, it is
with a mingled feeling of regret and
pride on my part. What business
man has not trained men whom he
gave up with regret and pride. When
bad men leave, it is with a sigh of
regret and relief on my part. Not
everyone can give to the work the
devotion I have given to it. At no time
in its history has the college been on
a surer and stronger foundation than
today. The attendance of regular
collegiate .students is larger than
ever in its history. This attack is
as unexpected as it is unwarranted,
and I do not believe that my fellow
citizens, among whom 1 have lived
and toiled so long, will approve it.' "
H. W. Canfield, formerly superior
judge of Whitman county, hut now
ii resident of Spokane, has accepted
an invitation to deliver a lectur-) at
the college auditorium next Sunday
afternoon at 4 o'clock. He will lake
for his subject: "Some Dangers at
tending the Destruction of the
American Political Party." Judge
Canfield is well known in Pullman,
having served as a member of the
hoard of regents of the W. S. C. from
1897 to 1902; He is known as a
man of ability and a forceful speak
er, who never talks merely for thg
sake of talking.
He was born in Wood county,
Ohio. April 8, 1867, and graduated
from the University of Michigan in
1890. In 1891-2 he served as prose
cuting attorney of Itasca county.
Minnesota, and held the same posi
tion in this county in 1895-6. He
as elected as superior judge in
1908, but resigned the position two
years later in order to form a part
nership in the practice of law with
Itees Voorhees of Spokane. His ad
dress deals with an up-to-date sub
ject and will he well worth hearing.
Special music will be furnished by
.Miss Harriet Taylor and the A'ion
trio. The lecture will be free to 'he
Students and public and all are in
vited to attend.
Mark Whitlow Elected President and
Will Assume Active Charge of
the Management
E. S. Burgan and J. .1. Rouse this
week sold a controlling Interest of
206 shares of stock in the First Na-
tional bank of Pullman to the other
stockholders and focal residents.
The stock, which has a par value of
$100 a share, sold for $22.") a share,
-which is a gain of $75 per share
since Mr. Burgan and his associates
invested in the institution six years
Mark W. Whitlow was elected
president and will move to town
and assume the active management
of the bank. He has purchased the
handsome residence of J. J. Rouse,
.which was built last summer at a
cost of $6500. Thos. H. Brewer of
Spokane ami A. D. Wexler of this
city were chosen as vice presidents,
and Ross Kennedy was promoted to
the position of acting cashier.
Under the management of Mr.
Burgan and Mr. Rouse the bank has
had a phenomenal record of prosper
ity, paying during the last six yens
dividends aggregating $116 per
share and increasing its deposits
from $176,000, the previous high
record mark, to $487,000. Mr.
Rouse has accepted the offer of a re
sponsible position in another large
bank, but will take a rest of 60 days
before assuming his new duties. He
and Mr. Burgan desire to express
their deep gratitude for the cordial
and hearty support which has been
given their administration of the
business by the directors, stock
holders and patrons of the bank.
Mr. Whitlow, the new president,
is one of the most prominent, suc
cessful and popular farmers of the
county. He has been a member of
the state legislature and is now serv
ing his second term as county com
missioner from this district. He is
known as a man. of strict integrity,
excellent Judgment and' progressive
ideas, and Pullman :is fortunate in
gaining him as a citizen.
All true Friends of the State College "of Washington must deeply
deplore the attack upon the administration of President Bryan
Which lias been given publicity in the newspapers (luring the past
few days. Without inpuguing the sincerity or good intentions of
Mr. F. M Slagle and his supporters in this matter, I must assert
that they could not have chosen a more opportune time or a more
effective method, had they desired to inaugurate a campaign to
cripple the institution, in*the welfare of which they profess to feel
such a deep interest.
The legislature is in session and will .soon have under considera
tion the appropriations for the maintenance of the college. The
circulation, through the press of the state, of sensational charges
against the administration of the institution is more than likely
to result in cutting down the appropriations needed for its support
and may bring about a re-apportionment of the revenue derived
from the mill tax, to the lasting detriment of the college. But, even
if the appropriations are not affected, the mere publication of such
rumors and insinuations is almost certain to arouse a prejudice in
the minds of many citizens which it will take years to efface.
A.B no specific charges have been made as yet, it is useless to
attempt to answer the generalities and hearsay evidence with which
Mr. Slagle deals. The one definite fact which he has cited, that
a Dumber of men have left the faculty of the W. S. C. to accept
more responsible positions at higher salaries in other institutions,
proves... more than anything else. President Bryan's excellent judg
ment in ihe selection and his marked ability in the development of
his subordinates, As neither Professor Thatcher nor Dr. Humphrey I
have given out any authorized statement to indicate that they are
leaving because of dissatisfaction with the administration, it is not
proper to drag their names into the discussion at the present time.
Mr. Slagle states his program of disposing of President Bryan
as follows: "If he thinks more of the institution than he does of
himself we shall ask him to make a personal sacrifice and resign
for the good of the institution. If he thinks more of himself than
I"' does of the institution we shall insist thai he is not the proper
man for lie head of the college."
This program is both evasive and unfair, It is evasive because
the real question at issue is not whether Mr. Bryan thinks more of
the institution than he does of himself or vice versa, but whether his'
resignation as president would benefit or injure the college, li is
unfair, because it simmers down to a ''heads I win. tails you lose" j
proposition, It assumes that, regardless of the truth or falsity of
the charges, President Bryan should demonstrate his love for the
college by resigning and that a refusal to demonstrate his love in
this particular Way, is conclusive proof that he does not love the
college sufficiently and should.be removed. Such logic is amusing
rather than convincing, and indicates that Mr, Slagle has not given
the matter sufficient thought to reach the inevitable conclusion that I
should President Bryan resign in the face of false charges, he would
be doing the institution an irreparable injury, and betraying the con
fidence reposed in him by the board of regents and the people of
the state.
There seems to be a slight trace of egotism in Mr. Slagle's assum
ing to dictate what course of action is necessary to the president'
and regents, who have been constantly on the ground and in close
touch with the matters about which Mr. Single admits he has
merely heard since his recent return from the east.
As Mr. Single is a comparatively new resident of this com- j
munity, he is probably not familiar with the history of the college'
and does not know that almost from the day President Bryan |
arrived in Pullman, a bitter and persistent warfare has been waged
against him by a small coterie of disappointed and disgruntled men,
who have constantly placed the gratification of their personal spite
above the welfare of the college.
As Mr. Slagle is having his son educated in the east, he naturally
has not taken as much care in investigating the conditions existing l
in the college here as have the men whose sons and daughters are
enrolled in the student body. It is therefore but natural that, he does
not fully appreciate the great service which President Bryan has
rendered and is rendering, nor the marked improvement in the
standard of the work of the institution during the last few years.
1 have taken a deep interest in this college from its inception
and have been in a position to study closely its growth and develop
ment. I have watched from a front seal the repeated efforts which
have been made to oust President Bryan, whenever a new governor
has been inaugurated, and have noted that, while the charges have
each time differed somewhat in form and substance, they were all
instigated by the same coterie of men. I have on several occasions
been present at the investigation of such charges and have seen them I
collapse and wither under the searchlight of truth, not under al
whitewash brush. History repeats itself and I have no doubt that
President Bryan will be prepared to promptly and conclusively re
fute any charges which ma}' be brought against his administration.
I know that at different times he ha- refused several calls to larger
institutions offering much higher salaries than he was receiving
here and that he refused them because he had consecrated the best
years of his life to the task of building up i" Pullman an institution
which would afford an opportunity to the young men and women
of this and future generations to secure an education which would
prepare them to become useful citizens. I know that when, two
years ago, he felt justified in transferring the burden to other
shoulders and tendered his resignation, the one appeal which in- j
duced him to reconsider that decision was the argument that he had
not fully completed his work, and in this argument an overwhelming
majority of the faculty, students and alumni of the collage and the
citizens of the state concurred, and still concur.
Knowing these things and believing that the attack on the presi
dent is an attack on the best interests of the college, I feel that it
is my duty to oppose the demand for the resignation of President
Bryan, regardless of any loss of friends or injury to my business
which such a stand may entail, and in sorrow, not in anger, to urge
Mr. Slagle and his followers to heed the admonition of Him who
spoke as never man spoke, "Judge not, that ye be not judged." I
Pass Resolutions Denouncing Attack
ou His Administration __'_
Kulogizliut His
At a meeting of some 300 farmers
and business men of Rosalia held on
Weduesday the following resolutions
wtre unanimously adopted;
Whereas, it has been reported
that some of the citizens of Pullman
have held a secret meeting, and at
such secret meeting have decided to
i request that President B. A. Bryan
of the' Washington State College re
sign his position as head of that in
stitution; and
Whereas, It was further decided
at said meeting that in case his res
ignation was not forthcoming, the
matter would bo placed in the hands
of Governor Lister; now, therefore,
be it
Resolved, That we, the farmers
of Northern Whitman and Southern
Spokane counties, do denounce the
action reported to have been taken
at the Pullman meeting, and do
hereby express our confidence in
President Bryan's administration of
the affairs of the State College; and
be it further
Resolved, That we do hereby take
this occasion to congratulate Presi
dent Bryan on the splendid work he
has done for the college and the en
viable record he lias made as its
president; and, be it further
Resolved, That we do hereby
pledge him our endorsement and our
full confidence in his Integrity and
sound judgment, and our apprecia
tion of his intelligent management
of the affairs of the institution,
which has enjoyed such phenomenal
growth under his leadership.
Professor O. ti. Waller of the col
lege faculty was present and ex
pressed his gratification as follows:
"Tills action was entirely unknown
to me, as well as to President Bryan,
and 1 wish to heartily thank you for
the same. I have been associated
With President Bryan for 20 years
aa a member of his educational fam
ily at the college and have- found him
a man of great capabilities, an in
tense worker and of unquestioned in
tegrity. The college is not losing
students. We have more students
this year than we have had for sev-
I oral years."
Rear Part of Room Will Be Divided
Into Offices for Two Doctors
G. W. Watt this week secured a
; five-year lease on the store room
i formerly occupied by Waters Furni
ture store and as soon as some con
templated Improvement! are com
pleted will move his drug store into
it. He will occupy all of the room
except a portion of the space which
was used by Mr. Waters for his stock
of chinaware. This space will be di
vided into two suites of three rooms
, each, which will be occupied as of
fices by Dr. D. G. Campbell and Dr.
L. Q. Kimzey. The fact that they
are moving into this location does
not mean that they are going Into
partnership or have any connection
! with the drug store. They have sim
ply taken advantage of the oppor
' (unity to secure convenient, comfort
able and commodious quarters.
A new floor is being laid in the
main room, the show windows will
be raised and made more attractive,
the entrance will be remodeled and
the decking taken down in the front
room. The largo floor space will
enable Mr. Watt to display his stock
to advantage.
The room now occupied by the
drug store has been taken hy Mrs.
Douglas for her millinery parlors,
arid she will take possession as soon
| as Mr. Wail moves out.
I ■
Course in Music Appreciation
A course in mush appreciation
will be given at the college during
tie second semester, commencing
next week. Th.- class will be held
i in the college auditorium on Wednes
day afternoons at 4:15 o'clock, and
th« course will consist of lectures
i :.nd the rendition of music illustrat
ing the Instruction given. Dr. K. A.
j Evans will be the instructor, 'I l!
| public is cordially invited to attend J
the lectures. ; '„ ■■ ...
Pullman People Turn Out to Discuss
Plans for Improving the City
This Year
About 175 Pullman men and
women gathered in the basoment of
the M. E. church Tuesday evening to
attend the supper aud open meeting of
1"' Chamber of Commerce. After
the supper President Hanson called
upon Professor McCully, who made
an excellent address upon the bene
. its of a library and the importance of
• ..ding within the reach of young
people the best thoughts of the writ
ers of all the ages.
School Superintendent Ellis then
I announced that $359 had been con
tributed by Pullman people for library
purposes, $300 of which the com
mittee had decided to use in install
ing libraries in the grade schools.
Win. Goodyear briefly outlined
the arguments in favor of bonding
the district for the building of a
new high school which have been
summarized by Superintendent Ellis
as follows:
1. The present assembly room ls
poorly lighted and ventilated. It Is .
gloomy and has a depressing effect
npon the- pupils. Its arrangement
also makes discipline exceedingly
_. The recitation rooms on the
third floor are too small for the
classes that must use them and can
not he ventilated without endanger
ing the health of the "children. Nor
can they bo made better than they
.'s. The science room is much too
small for the size of the classes and
can not be enlarged. The room Is
entirely too small to permit satis
factory laboratory work being done.
4. The stairways are narrow and
the hallways dark, making the con
trol of pupils difficult.
5. It is necessary that the physi
cal laboratory be in the basement.
This condition makes it burdensome
for the girls, as they must pass up
and down stairs bo often.
6. No provision can be made for
domestic science or a complete
course in manual training for the
high school In the present buildings,
and but little expansion can be made
in other lines.
7. Adequate library room and
reading tables are out of the ques
tion at present.
The subject was then thrown open
for discussion and short addresses
were made by E. W. McCann, who
took the position that a suitable
building could not be erected and
equipped for $25,000; by Architect
Win. Swain, who stated that he had
planned an adequate building which
could be erected for that sum; by
President Bryan, who urged the
erection of a building planned for
future as well as present needs, in
come central location; by Mrs. J. W.
Matherws, who suggested that the
iew building be constructed with
the view of making It. a wing of the
structure which will some day sup
plant the present high school build
ing; by B. Atherton, who explained
the present financial condition of
the school district, and by several
others, all In favor of the plan.
Seventy Years Old
J. I. Cunningham was 70 years old
yesterday and the occasion was ob
served by a birthday party at the
home' of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Parr.
Music,, feasting and conversation
made the occasion a delightful one.
The following were present: Wm.
Parr and wife; lift Parr, wife and
son; Mrs. Mary Martin and two chil
(fre.'i; Mrs. Frank Parr and two chil
dren; Eva Parr; Louis Cunningham,
wife and two children; Clem Rob
erts, wife and four children; Wm.
Cunningham, wife and sou; F. 8.
Hazen and wife, and Mrs. Walker.
Although Mr. Cunningham has
been passing through his Geth
seniane, on account of Aunt Mary's
severe affliction, he still enjoys
good health, has a retentive memory,
and is able to recall the stirring
scenes of his busy life. Methuselah
lived, nearly 1000 years, but ineas*
ured by the advances In science and
the great events of the last 70 years,
the most marvelous age In the his
tory of the world, Mr*. Cunningham
has outlived Methuselah.

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