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Trustees whose Term of Office expires January 1910.
Basil M. Brooke, Democrat, Slaughtersville, Webster County
T. L. Edelcn, Rapublicam, Frankfort, Franklin County
Hon. Frank A. Hopkins, Democrat, Prestonoburg, Floyd "
Charles B. Nichols, Democrat, Lexington, Fayette County
Judge Robert L. Stout, Democrat, Versailles, Woodford County.

Trustees whose Term of Office expires January 1918.
Judge Henry S. Barker, Democrat, Louisville, Jefferson County

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Hon. Tibois Caryenter, Deyocrat, Bootinv1lle, Al on ,oubt,
Hon. William H. Cox, Republican, Maysv1llo, Mason County
‘ Penny P. Smith, Uenocrat. Cadiz, Crigg Count;
Hon. Claude B. Terrell, Democrat, Bodforu, Trimolo county
Trustees whose Term of Office expires January 1914.
Hon. Casciuo E. Clay, Democrat, Paris, Bourbon County
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Hywcl Davies, qu., Reynolican, Lenses, Vn.tlo; Lbhiui
Fiohard C. Stoll, Esq., Rcrublican, LeXington, Fayette County
Lewis L. Walker, Eso., Republican, Lancaster, Garrard County
Richard H. Wathen, Esq., (Political affiliation unknown) H
Lobanon, Karion County.
His Excellency, Augustus E. Willson, Royublican, _ .
Trustee cx~offioio.
Janos K. Pattorcon, Democrat, Lumber ox—of1131o,
John G. Crabbe-:Rerublican, Kenbcr ex-cfficio.
Total Democrats, 10 - .
Total Republicans, 7
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I have the impression that Hr. Wothen is a Repub-
lican, but this in only an impression.

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uous service in building up the State University, in- :
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and its buildings, grounds and equipments from abso- :
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adopts the recommendation of the Joint ommittee, .
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e0 1e of Kentucky to be oblivious or unmin ful o pu — ' .
iic garvice. I did not ask the Board for the annuity. It ' of the Commonwealth of .
was voluntarily offered by them and gratefully ac- .
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undeserved. I could not support Judge Barker in 111s
candidacy to succeed me because I wanted an educated
man of University training and University experience GENTLEMENZ—
as my successor. The result of my (attitude toH him was The question of the Violation of the law of
a breach which has grown Wider an wider. ence his . . . Y t
. request that the Committee recommend the discontinu— alipomtmentboftt bgtieficilanii to mi} Stat? bUYnger—
ance of the annuity which he asked the board to give me. % yk‘had 51111 $11 e S 0 t e f Pttolrnely enera T‘h 1:1,:
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w Your obedient servant, was disregarded and ignored by the County Superin-
tendents. Judge H. S. Barker then addressed the Attor-
JAMEs K. PATTERSON. ney General, requesting his attention to the doctrine of
. “Contemporaneous Construction.” The Attorney Gen-
eral in a letter to Hon. Barksdale Hamlett, says: “Judge
. Henry S. Barker, President of the State University, has .
' called my attention to the fact that I did not touch upon
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‘ plied to the statute in question, and he informed me that .'
. _~ the construction now given to the statute is the same - .
»- construction that has been given to it by those in charge
of the University for several years, and for that reason
- ., he holds that the construction given it by the present
‘ _ authorities is the proper construction.”
' f, The Attorney General, after discussing “Contem-
poraneous Construction,” says: “To my mind the stat—
' ute is clear. I think the opinion given you under date of
1 February 5, is the proper construction of the statute in
i question.”
' -, ~ On the statement of Judge Barker, I wish to make-
- , the following observations:
57

 During the period from 1893 when the law became tors.” The hundreds of illegal appointments made
operative until my retirement in 1910, there was a uni— under theinstruction and at the instance of the adminis-
form simple and unambiguous construction of a statute tration of the State University will involve a loss this
which is quite incapable in ordinary hands of distortion year of about twenty thousand dollars, quality and
or perversion. The statute requires a. competitive ex— preparation are sacrificed to the mania for numbers, the
amination,on questions prepared by the Faculty of _the prestige and dignity of the University are lowered and
University—the examination is to be held between the its good name compromised. The “County and not the
first day of June and the first day of August, the time State is the unit,” and those appointments and those

- and place of examination is to be made known to the only which have been made in strict compliance with the
citizens of the county by the County Superintendent. requirements of the Statute are legal and valid.
‘ The age hmlt i? 14-24- A11 graduates of the common The opinion cf the Attorney General is decisive
. schools are eligible. The successful competitor is eX- until reversed by the Court of Appeals. “The county
1 emptifrom'the payment 0131.311 fees, TBCGiVBS lodging, fuel and not the State is the Unit.” ‘V‘Contemporaneous
and lights 1n the dormitories free of charge, and travel— Construction” is a figment, and none know this better
ing expenses once coming from home to the Un1vers1ty than those who use it
and once returnmg each year. ‘ . _ . The Commonwealth has a right to expect that in
_In all thls there IS. nothlng ambiguous, nothing 5.118‘ the State University the majesty of the law should be
ceptibleof an alternative constructlon 01 mteipictation. respected and its observance inculcated. That its ad-
tt “requires neither the acumen nor the t1 aming Of a ministrative head should not lead the way in the viola—
«lunst to understand 1t' Duiing the 1381qu above named tion of a statute fundamental to its prosperity and its
19191131191. countenanced or suggested (31 adused the efficiency, a statute which provides for the continuous
. shghtest departui e_ f1 cm the plain lettei of the law. I supply of the best students, which places the University
had the statute printed upon every blank appomtment in every county in the Commonwealth by affording (
sent to the County Superintendents 1n 01de1 that each equal opportunities to all, exclusive privileges to none. “
tune he filled the blank by an appomtment he mlght have Tl 'tt h b . 1 d . 1 ‘ Dd h .
. the law before him. “Contemporaneous Construction,” d t dle 00ml}? ee as een mlsle CD legar to t e 111—
in the sense suggested by Judge Barker there was none. ‘81? (:1 ness. the reports 0f he omptioller can be
A simple, ingenuous, common—sense construction was all 1ehet ppon, more than $60,000 0f the debt has been con-
‘ that was possible. The plain letter of this statute was two 6C “71mm two years. . . '
. before the County Superintendents. I never found one The management 0f the _Umvemty has been over-
who said he was'in doubt as to its meaning. My duty lOOde by 131193011115 investlgation committee, elfi019110Y_0f
_uniformly exercised was to see that it was complied with mitTFCtOTS lfinlored, EIEPSGS, Perquisges, cumgliltwe
‘ . in all its details. sa aries passe )y, gra 1n unwarran e commu a 1011s p w“

The certificates of appointment which should be on disregarded. The report grazed the surface, but did
file in the office of the Secretary of the University are DOt get 111t0 the 1ns1de ‘Of thlngs.
conclusive evidence on this head. No County Superin— On the recommendation of the Committee of Inves-

, tendent or county appointee will testify otherwise than tigation that the Board of Trustees rescind the
that I required full and complete compliance with all the retiring allowance which they contracted to pay
- requirements of the law in order to validate appoint—' me on my resignation, I have but little to
ments. , say. Whether one party to the contract can
' “Contemporaneous Construction,” is an after abrogate its provisions without the consent of the
thought, a. myth. and in View of all the facts, rather a other would be within the competency of the Courts to '
clumsy one. “Inventions return to plague the Inven- determine. If after more than forty years of contin-