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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES,Dec.11,1906 Page 115(cont'd) I was surorised on the morning of November 1st to learn that some of the students had endeavored to obstruct the street car service and had thus come into collision with the police, that a riotous demonstration had occurred on the grounds of Patterson Hall and that a few had effected an entzance into the secondstory of the building through the fire escape. Six or eight of those participating in these riotous proceedings were arrested by the police, taken to the police station, locked up overnight and sent to the work house the next morning. The police were greatly ex- cited. The prisoners during the course of the day were admitted to bail. Their trial was postponed for ten days pending the recovery of a policeman said to have been seriously injured by stones thrown by the rioters. When brought to trial two of them- viz. Veal and Jett, confessed judgment and were fined by the court. The Grand Jury took up the case. They summoned many of the Professors, the persons arrested by the police and about one hundred and fifty of the students. After patient investigation continuing for a week or more, the Grand Jury failed to obtain sufficient evidence upon which to indict any person. In their report, a copy of which was sent to me, they used the following language:- 'These acts of rioting cannot be too severely condemned, and it is to be regretted beyond measure that no testimony could be secured upon which to base indictments against the parties guilty of these acts of violence. It became apparent to the Grand Jury that there was no preconceived plan to do any of the things that were done by the students upon that night. The students had gathereds an account of a notice which Iad been posted to the Page 116 effect that the upper classrnen would compel the lower classmen to remain in their rooms during the evening. We are satisfied that in its inception the gathering of the students was without any plan for any violence or illegal act. Afterwards the more reckless spirits among the students seem to gain control and the occurence followed as have been detailed. The Grand Jury deems it its duty to say to the court that in a large measure the authorities of the State College are to be blamed for these un- fortunate occurrences. So far as we can determine the system of discipline at the college is absolutely inefficient. With a semi-military organization and a supposed measure of military discipline, we find that the authorities of the College have ab- solutely no effective system. of discipline and practically no control over the con(uct of the student body, and we believe that if a proper system of military discipline were in force at the College, occurrences like those on Halloween night would be im- possible. "If it had been possible to secure a sufficient evidence this grand jury would not have hesitated to indict any student concerned in these nats of violence and we regret to find that the student