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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

TMIIUTES OF Gil BOARD OF TRUST1iS1ES Secretary Mr. Hall has been most energetic and dil-ligent in his duties and it was largely through his efforts plus the earnest co-operation of the faculty that so large a number of students devoted themselves to building up upon the campus that high moral tone which now exists there; and from the growth of which we have so much to hope for in the future; so far as I am advised ours is the only institution of learning in the State which has a resident Y.M.C.A. Secretary upon its grounds, and I am informed and believe that no State University in the United States has relatively so large a number of its students in this organization as has State University; here we seem to be in a class by ourselves. Since the December Meeting the case of the Commonwealth vs/ R. C. Webb9 Jr., charged with arson has been tried in the Fayette Circuit Court and the defendant ac- quitted. Upon the merits of this acquittal I will have nothing to say here9 deeming it sufficient that in this trial it was demonstrated that the student body had nothing whatever to do with the crime of burning Professor Anderson's office, or with any other outrage or disorder connected therewith, On the contrary, the evidence showed that althouth (although) there was a deliberate attempt to draw the students into this affair their moral fiber and loyalty to the institution was such that the attempt was wholly futile; Thomas Butler who pleaded guilty to being a party to the crime and who is now serving a term in the Penitentiary for it, confessed that he and R. C. Webb, Jr., committed the crime and that they only were responsible for it. Whether Mr. Webb was or was not builty (guilty) is inmaterial to me for the purpose of this report. All that I desire to say is that the student body in spite of the efforts of some of the enemies of the University to show that they were mixed up in the affair were wholly innocent and the whole matter may be summed up with the statement that the University was the victim of a criminal act by a ruffian or ruffians but the loss of the property was wholly covered by insurance and has been replaced entirely with no monetary loss to the University whatever. It is the belief of some of the instructors, and in this I am inclined to concur, that the students have really been benefited by the occurance (oc- currence). They have been sobered by the unjust suspicion that they were participants Yune 4, 1913