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benefactions came in, in aid of the school, and donations were made by citizens of Virginia, and by a citizen of Louisiana, amounting to $40,000, in trust for the further extension of the schools of application for the industrial classes.
“Such was the work in which the Virginia Military Institute was actively and effectively engaged when, by the calamities of war, its buildings, library. philosophical and chemical apparatus and furniture were entirely destroyed, leaving the school a complete wreck, without funds, without a dormitory and Without a book.
“At the close of the war,’His Excellency Governor Pierpoint immediately appointed a new Board of Visitors. He could give no pecuniary aid to enable them to restore the ruin around them, and they went to their work without any other hope except that which was founded upon the labors of the professors themselves.
“The school was re-opened in October, 1865. Some 50 or 60 young men attended, and these had to be quartered in the neighboring town. Although working thus, without any of the material essential to a public school, the result was so satisfactory that the Legislature, at its next session, restored the annuity of $15,000, and thus enabled the Board of Visitors to call back the State cadets. In the mean time the Faculty, realizing the absolute necessity of having lecture-rooms and dormitories, proposed to the Board of Visitors to relinquish one-third of their salaries as a temporary loan to the Board in aid of the restoration of the buildings. This proposition was promptly accepted by the Board, and on the faith of this tender money has been borrowed to restore most of the barracks, refit the chemical and mineralogical laboratories, engineering and drawing academy, purchase books for the library and philosophical and engineering instruments, reconstruct the hospital, and restore the heating apparatus which had been destroyed when the buildings were burnt.
“By these means provision has been made for the comfortable accommodation of some 280 young men matriculated during the present session, and the work is still actively in progress, and we shall hope to have the whole completed by the end of another year.
“The funds used for the prosecution of this work are for the material and outfit of the school, have been derived exclusively from private sources, and without encroaching to the value of one dollar upon the public funds of the State. The buildings erected and materials purchased constitute the security to the bondholders, and it is believed that, with the continuance of the prosperity now enjoyed by it, which we have every reason to anticipate, every dollar of debt contracted in the restoration of the school may be met by the 1st of July, 1871, or soon after, and the property restored to the State in the same condition it was in before it was burned, and without involving any charge upon the public treasury of the Commonwealth.
* Besides the debt due for the construction of the barracks, there is due to INorthern merchants for supplies to the school before the War, and payment for which was interrupted by the war, a balance of about $10,000, which I am instructed by the Board of Visitors to settle as quickly as possible.
“As exhibiting still further the present status of the school, I have the pleasure to add that the cadets of the Institution have exhibited, in the most conspicuous manner, order and respectful regard to lawful authority. The rights of no human being haye been invaded in any one particular case, and the Institution has commanded the approval of all who have had the means to witness Its operation for the last three years.
“As a further means of enabling the committee to ascertain the present status of the School, I communicate with this letter a copy of the report of the Board of Visitors to the Governor, of July, 1867. An examination of this will show that the Institute is prosecuting its work, by a distribution of instruction among 24 professors and assistant professors, having charge of departments: mathematics, engineering, geography, Latin language and literature, modern languages, applied mechanics, agriculture, tactics, natural philosophy, mineralogy, geology and chemistry.
“Some 280 matriculates have been admitted this year, about 150 from Virginia and 130 from other States, and these have required disbursements among our people of about $150,000 annually, one-half of which has been brought into the State by students from other States.
“I remain, very respectfully,
Your committee also have considered, in connection with the above correspondence, the report for 1867 of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute, and find that, according to their estimate of receipts and liabilities for the fiscal year commencing the 1st of July, 1867, and ending the 30th of June, 1868, that the help of the appropriations of the State are not absolutely necessary for the existence of the Institute. The following extract from the estimate will explain itself:
“The total receipts are estimated at. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $36,700 00
Your committee having fully and carefully considered the resolution of Mr. Carr, make the above report of the facts in its possession, and recommend that the Institute, being, by their own estimate, a self-supporting one, be relieved from any legal liability to receive free State cadets; that the further annual appropriation of $15,000 be discontinued, and that the Institute be given over to any further action of the Committee on Education.
Your committee beg leave to be relieved from the further consideration of
the subject. Respectfully submitted, WM. JAMES, Chairman.
TR BE E O Er, T
SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATION:
TOGETHER WITH THE
TESTIMONY BEFORE THE COMMITTEE,
COMMITTEE ROOMS, FEBRUARY 29, 1868.
The undersigned, a committee appointed by your body to investigate and report all matters pertinent to the reporting, and printing (So far as it had any connection there with) of the Proceedings and Debates of this body, would respectfully report: - .
That, after a full investigation of all the facts in the case, as far as they could get hold of them, the said reporting has cost, up to the 10th day of February, 1868, $4,395.60, besides the cost of printing.
In charging and drawing the said amount by Mr. Samuel, the Stenographer, your committee would report that he has not gone beyond his contract, as he seems to have understood it, except in the matter of drawing pay for notes not at the time prepared for the printer. This he appears to have done. But your committee would state, that he had at the time a considerable sum still due him for other notes in a similar condition, which he considered sufficient to indemnify the Convention for any accident that might occur to him—that is, if the Convention had been compelled to employ any one else to prepare those notes for the printer. And while your committee are of the opinion that such course on his part was improper, yet, in view of the above facts, they attach no crimiInality to him.
Your Comunittee further find, that owing to the very loose character of the contract made with Mr. Samuel by the Committee on Finance and Contingent Expenses, he has charged and been paid a large amount—perhaps one-third of the whole drawn—for reports of committees, printed and other matter furnished him by the officers of the Convention, for which nothing should have been paid. Mr. Samuel understanding that he was to receive pay for these things, your committee attach no blame to him on that account. But they do attach great blame to the chairman of the Committee on Printing, Mr. Edgar Allan.
It appears that Mr. Allan would present Mr. Samuel’s accounts to his committee, assure them that they were correct and had been examined by him, and that upon these assurances of Mr. Allan the committee would allow these claims, without any investigation by them.
It also appears that Mr. Allan has been in the employ of Mr. Samuel in preparing these reports, and that he received compensation therefor—but what amount your committee did not ascertain.
In this matter, your Committee, declining to say anything as to the propriety or impropriety on the part of Mr. Allan for so acting, would state it appears that Mr. Samuel had made several efforts to procure competent assistants before he employed Mr. Allan and failed to do so, and are, therefore, with the lights before them, unwilling to cast any blame upon him (Mr. S.) for his action in the premises.
Your Committee would further report, that in the matter of the printing done for the Convention, they are fully satisfied that the charges have been proper, and the same other printers would have charged. But they feel bound to report, inasmuch as the Proceedings and Debates constitute a considerable portion of said printing, that there is something in the action of Mr. Allan, chairman of the Committee on Printing, that they do not understand. They will therefore report the following facts, without any other comment:
It appears, from the evidence of three of the members of your body, that Mr. Allan has, on several occasions, stated that he had so managed the printing as to make it pay the printers some six or seven hundred dollars more than it otherwise would have done ; and that he further said, that if the other side of the House had been sharp they would have detected it.
These witnesses were unable to say in what this “management’’ consisted, but understood that he was making for the printers more than the Convention intended to allow them. Whether this had any connection with the reporting and printing the Proceedings and Debates, your Committee would respectfully leave you to judge.
Your Committee would further state, that the reports have been made with the usual accuracy, except in a few instances, when, owing to the peculiar character of the speeches, the Reporter has been almost compelled to clothe them in his own language, getting the ideas of the speaker as nearly as possible.
Owing to the quantity of the evidence, your Committee have not deemed it necessary to lay the testimony before your body, but are prepared to furnish so much as reflects upon any member, when called for. They are of the opinion that the above report contains all the material facts.
HENRY M. BOWDEN, Chairman