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1HE SUNDAY- OREGOXIAS", PORTLAND, JUNE 30, 1912.
TRUSTEES SPLIT III
FIGHT Oil FERRIII
Vote 8 to 8 on Resolution to
Force Retirement of Pa
cific University Head.
FACULTY MAKES CHARGES
Trcsidcnt Replies Citing Reasons
Wliy He Shonld Hold Place In
Said to Be Vague.
After a heated discussion lasting all
yesterday afternoon, the board of trus
tees of Pacific University divided even
ly on the proposal to ask th resigns
tion of Dr. W. N. Ferrin, president of
the institution, the vote standing eight
to eight. The vote came on a resolution
seeking Dr. Ferrin's retirement. La
ter by the same vote the majority re
port of the investigating committee,
which favored retaining the president.
but absenting him from the Univer
sity on a financial campaign for one
year, failed of adoption.
Still a third proposal was submitted
later by Judge Stephen A. Lowell, pro
viding for Dr. Ferrin's retirement ii
one year. It also failed of passage,
eight to eight.
The meeting was held at the T. M. C.
A. and was an executive session. The
vote was by written ballot and the
chairman of the board voted among
the others. The majority Teport of the
investigating committee was signed by
B. S. Huntington, G. H. Marsh and E.
P. McCornack. It sought the absent
ing of President Ferrin for the year to
solicit the funds to make up a con
dltlonal offer of $40,000 from James J.
Hill and contemplated the appointment
of a dean to govern the university dur.
ing the year.
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The minority report was presented
by Philip K. Bauer and W. T. Fletcher,
both alumni members of the board, Mr.
r icicner Deing ine omciai represent.
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port reviewed at length the case that
has been made out against the Ferrin
administration, declaring that alumni,
faonltv and Mtlxe-na nf Forest Grove
are unitedly in favor of a change of
executives. It told of his failure to
bold faculty members in the past and
that the signers held properly should
originate wun me trustees i-emneuw.
The even division of the trustees
leaves the situation unchanged. An
other meeting wIM be held next Sat
urday at the Y. M. C. A., but It is not
known that the question of the presi
dency will come up again.
Faraltr Present Statement.
One of the strongest arguments
against Dr. Ferrin yesterday was a
formal statement from the faculty. At
a previous meeting the faculty had
presented a short - statement, asking
for Dr. Ferrin's removal. Yesterday a
longer letter embodying faculty senti
ment was sent In, signed by all but
two members. Professor Alexis Ben
Korl and Professor L. B. Shippae.
Professor Ben Korl sent In a letter
agreeing that President Ferrin should
be superseded. Professor Shippee, who
had signed the first faculty statement,
was absent from Forest Grove when
the second statement was prepared.
Teachers In the Conservatory of Music
did not sign the statement.
The faculty charges Include the
declaration that Dr. Ferrin lacks ad
ministrative ability, tact and qualities
of leadership. Is autocratic and arbi
trary, and that he has been vacillating
to such an extent that the teachers
"have been . unable to depend on his
support in matters where they had
every reason to expect It. and have
been assured that they would receive
It." The faculty statement follows:
Reasons Are Given.
Forest Grove, Or.. June 1. 1912.
To the Board of Trustees ot Pacific Uni
versity. Forest Grove, Or.
Uentlemen: Whereas It has been reported
to us that the statement signed by the mem
bers ol the faculty relating to the efficiency
or the president of the Institution does not
set forth reasons In support of the opinion
expressed therein, now. therefore, we. the
undersigned members of the "u"r
Tualatin Academy and Pacific .University
do herebv submit the following declaration
of reasons which prompted us to sign the
said statement. . ....
We were at the time we signed said state
ment and we still are of the opinion:
Klrst That President- Ferrin lacks ad
.Second That he lacks those qualities of
leadership which Inspire confidence and
loyalty on the part of the faculty, students
and friends of the university.
Third That he has no well-defined com
prehensive plan for the development of the
Institution; at least he has never outlined
such a plan to his faculty or sought to en
list their co-operation In carrying It out.
Fourth That his lack of tact and his au
tocratic and arbitrary methods of conduct
ing the affairs of the Institution constantly
result In loss of students, alienation of
former friends and alumni and the positive
antagonism of many who should be sup
porter financially and otherwise.
Faculty Wishes Overruled.
Firth That the work of the Institution
during the past year has been greatly de
moralised. owing to the fact that In mat
ters of attempted discipline on the part
of the faculty, the president haa deferred to
the clamor of the students, granting their
petitions, against the best Judgment ot the
'"stith That members of the faculty have
found him vacillating to such an extent that
they have been unable to depend on his
support In matters where they had every
reason to expect It and have been assured
that they would receive It. '
We respectfully submit that the forego-l-ig
reasons, which can be substantiated uy
speclfic Instances, constitute ground for our
action In the matter of the statement, which
was presented to the board ot trustees on
the first day of June.
"Among the documents In the case
was Dr. Ferrin's letter In reply to the
charges that had been brought against
him. Referring in his letter to the
complaints from the alumni. Dr. Ferrin
noted that In the letters from the
alumni, replies were received from one
third of the 20S living graduates of
the university and that out of these
4 suggested a change in the admin
istration. He declared that the com
plaints made In the letters were "so
general as to be vague" and attributed
much of the criticism to a feeling of
antagonism that "had Its origin In
disturbances In which the alumni were
involved In their student days." Those
criticisms, ho held, should be of little
value In the action of the committee.
Reasons Are Cited.
To the complaint that the enrollment
had not increased as It should under
his administration, he replied by -saying
that the Increase of the high
schools In the state had acted to limit
the attendance in the academic courses,
but held that It had brought about a
substantial upbuilding In the col
legiate courses, which. a maintained,
should be given emphasrs In the future
development of the, Institution.
Against the complaint that the school
had been "running down" under his
administration, he recited the list of
contributions to the endowment that
had been secured In the last five years.
Involving contributions from Andrew
Carnegie and from many prominent
business men of Portland.
Be attributed the unfavorable crlti-
cisra on the part of the faculty mem
bers to "destructive criticism on the
part of soma of the trustee's," and reg
istered a vigorous protest against "the
undermining work done against" htm
by these trustees."
The minority report of the Inves
tigating committee la long and con
tains a full review of the case against
Dr. Ferrin. It begins with the asser
tion that the college should have the
support of trustees, faculty, alumni
and friends, and that, "the president
nor the board has any right, autocrat
ically, to close their ears to the pray
era of the faeulty. alumni and others.'
The report Includes 'the faculty
statement, and concerning it says:
"President Ferrin replies to this pe
tition by saying that Trustee Bauer, In
an Interview, misrepresented facts and
poisoned the minds of the faculty and
secured this petition. To you who know
the caliber of this faculty, such a con-
AGRD WOMAN PASSES AWAY
- AT HOME IN PORTLAND.
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Mrs. Mary A. Stowell.
Funeral services of the late
Mary A. Stowell; held from the
chapel of Portland Crematory
Tuesday, were conducted by Rev.
D. M. . McPhall, of the Baptist
Church. Many friends paid the
last tribute of respect to the
memory of Mrs. Stowell, who was
78 years old and had the dis
tinction of being a great-great-grandmother.
She iad been a
resident of Portland for the past
four years and Is survived by
two sons, Anthony John, of Port
land, and Dr. H. M., of Hough
tention Is preposterous and puerile.
This trustee did not create this Judg
ment of this sober-minded faculty; he
simply found It and reported It, and,
moreover, discovered that it had ex-
sted for years.
Attention is then called to the fact
that In a period of 11 years, 33 mem
bers of the faculty have resigned, of
which the statement adds. Dr. -Ferrin
admits eight have resigned for "in
competency or allied reasons, ar.n
that 17 moved on to better positions or
to complete their scholastic training
elsewhere, "which Is very significant,"
the report adds, "in the face of ' the
fact that five of the young men of the
faculty ' today say they will stay If
President Ferrin resigns, but surely
will go If he is retained." Attention
is called to the fact that 10 of the 12
members of Whitman College, who
were there in .1901, are still with the
college, while only two of the Pacific
University faculty of 1901 remain.
. Letters Are Summarised.
The report refers to the circular let
ter sent out by an alumni committee,
to which 74 replies were received, 190
letters beine sent out. The following
summary of the poll Is presented.
Causes for lack of growth and popu
larity: Executive weakness. 49; lack
of harmony, 14; lack of advertising. 10;
lack of interest by the board, 6; chang
ing fnculrv. 7: other reasons. 15.
Remedies suKgrested Change ol ad
ministration, 65; more co-operation, a;
more advertising, 4; everything satis
factory, 2; miscellaneous suggestions.
11. Some of the alumni gave several
susrarestlons in each case.
In reply to a contention by Dr. Fer
rin that the alumni letters were in
spired by improper purposes actuating
the Investigation, tne report, aeciares
that the poll was assented to by the
chairman of the board. Mr. Hunting
ton. 'The poll was honest and true,
and the response to a circular letter
was large, it is said.
Board Not Obeyed, la Asserted.
Giving Its attention to complaints
that "mlsrht properly originate witn
the board," the report says the presi
dent has started out on two endow
ment campaigns and let them peter
out." that the school has "been man
ing time for ten years," while other
institutions have been growing, and
that Dr. Ferrin has failed to obey the
exnress instructions of the board. It
is also said that or tne iuu,uuu wnicn
Dr. Ferrin says ha has raised, 318.500
was insurance money. 32500 was prom
ised during the administration of his
predecessor, and that an iis.oou de
ficit has been added. Comparison is
made with the work of President Ho-
man. of Willamette, in raising Jtoo.ooo
in four years.
It was further declared that the
ministers of some of the Congregational
Churches, to which they should be able
to look for support, had been actively
opposed to Dr. Ferrin. The college
town also was held to be opposed to
him and a definite list of causes for
the strained relations between tne town
and the college was given.
The report in closing contained a
declaration of the desire on the part
of the signers to treat ur. rerrin wun
We are not unminaiui ui mo ivua
.,-, r service nor his good qualities,"
it says, "but we trust we are mindful of
the college, whlcn is Digger man me
man. Our pleas are not simply against
President Ferrin. but tney are ror our
Alma Mater, whom we love and wish to
It la reoorted that the debate over
the various proposals affecting Dr.
Ferrin's future status with the univer
sity was spirited. Although the vote
was by secret ballot it was reported
last night that the aivision on iu
several motions was as follows: Sup
porting the administration, B.'S. Hunt-ina-ton.
J. R. Wilson.-Mil ton W. Smith,
Judge Charles E. Wolverton. A. L. Mills.
rLnrtro H Marsh. Judge J. Q. A. Bowlby
and E. P. McCornack: opposing the ad
ministration. Dr. Luther R. Dyott. Judge
Stephen A- Lowell. Kev. pnniip Ji.
Bauer. John' E. Bailey, E. W. Haines,
Newton McCoy, W. T. Fletcher and Na
ROYAL GUEST LIST SMALL
Garden Party at Windsor July 18
Limited to Personal Friends.
LONDON, June 29. (Special.) The
list of guests for the Royal Garden
Party at Windsor, July 18, will not be
so large as at first expected. The vis
itors for the most part will Da con
fined to the personal friends ot their
Majesties, together with the members
of the official and diplomatic service.
Their Majesties will receive tne
guests on tne xerrace, two or. ine
Guards' bands will be on duty, and
there will be a variety of entertain
ment provided for the guests.
Saving Money Is
H Maldiig Money-
Closing-Out Sale of Superb
Rose Show Pianos
and Player Pianos
Ends Next Monday Night
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Ii you are interested in taking' for $286 a piano for which you will
surely have to pay $455 to some San Francisco branch house or round
about dealer when these are gone, you'll have to come to Eilers Music
House right away. It needn't be all cash arrange confidential terms
as suits your convenience: The remaining $515 styles, all of them
brand new, as beautiful as fingers ever touched, are to be had for $322.
. There are also a number of very beautiful genuine Circassian
walnut styles of most elegant design and there are two instruments in
These and the instruments enumerated below are the remaining
exhibition pianos which attracted so much attention during the Eose
Show. . '
If you want one of these (and at these reduced prices every home
not now owning' a good piano should want one) then you must come
first thing Monday or Tuesday, m any event not later tnan Wednes
day, because on July 3d this sale positively closes.
. If there are any instruments left by that time they go to the whole
sale department, on Sixteenth and Pettygrove, to be sold to dealers.
J264 and S256 now secure a number
of new styles never seen heretofore, In
struments not quite so tall as the above
and for which at least $435 would be
asked in the usual way of selling.
We : offer all of them . for 264 and
$256 as stated on our new one, two and
three-year-payraent . plan, with simple
Interest added, or on our new $2 a week
arrangement. Pay $2 down and $2 a
week. - . . -
Player pianos go for greatly reduced
prices now, too.
Nowhere In our establishment is the
principle of llttle-proflt-per-plano sell
ing, which has made the Eilers Music
House the foremost In the Nation, more
apparent than In our player piano sell
It has taken real effort to accomplish
It, but we are now In position to state
that our player pianos are no longer
subject to price dictation by arbitrary
high-price fixers East. We can sell
them now at fair prices, embodying one
factory profit, and that only a small
one by Eilers Music House. Free li
brary service Is also included in the
There are over 30 different makes and
styles of finest player pianos to choose
from. Space forbids mention In detail.
Suffice to say that 9575 styles may be
had for 9444.
$700 styles for $535.
9900 styles at $676. and the fanciest
$1025 and $1100 instruments are now
only $815 and $875, respectively.
Baby Grands show still greater rela
Have you heard the truly
wonderful piano playing by the
greatest artists over the Tele
phone Herald Service, repro
duced by means of the Welte
Mignon, an imported German
invention, now at Eilers Music
House? A new service to all
telephone subscribers, 5 cents a
We are particularly anxious to elesa
out some very fine genuine Weber
Grand Pianos. The small sise Is reduced
$S29 and the very fancy art styles go
for $282 and $308 less than usual retail
value. See them. These Webers war
made according to the old Weber prln.
clples, containing the famous "wonder
ful Weber tons" which cannot
found In the later "full Iron plata" pi
anos having the Weber name. Also
some Weber uprights, same reductions.
Numerous other makes of Baby and
Parlor Grands are also to be had at
prices reduced so low that buying be
comes a positive duty.
As previously announced, we are not
going to handle In future any of the
Webers as now being made. We are
closing out all Webers In stock. When
these are sold, we discontinue the
agency. The Webers now here were
made according to the old-established
Weber principles under the direct super
vision of Mr. C B. Lawson, formerly the
practical manufacturing head i of the
Weber piano, under whose able man
agement the Weber instruments ob
tained that degree of tonal excellence
for which they were noted at that time
and which has been characterised as
"that wonderful Weber tone."
These Webers, and also some Weber
uprights, together with a long list of
many fine and highest priced Instru
ments shown during our annual Rose
Show Exhibition, are being closed out
at prices positively so low that it seems
downright folly for any home In rea
sonably comfortable circumstances to
content Itself with the possession of
merely an ordinary piano.
We'll take any ordinary or old plana
in part payment for these fine . new
ones at the reduced sale prices. Bear
in mind that we are closing out instru
ments that the proudest mansion" would
feel complimented to possess. Superb
Deckers and Kimballs and Chickeringa
Buy when the prices are low. Th
country Is solid. The future Is surely
bright for all of us living on the great
Pacific Coast. Don't fail to get a good
piano now at Eilers Music House, the
Nation's largest, the House of Highest
Quality, Alder street at Seventh. I
HIGHLY EDUCATED HORSE
ATTRACTION AT OAKS
King Pharaoh Is Accomplished in Many Ways, Has a Rare Taste in
Beauty and Is Sensitive to Colors.
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THE NEAPOLITANS, TRIO OP ITALIAN STREET SINGERS AND
TROCBADORS AT THE OAKS AMUSEMEA'T PARK.
MOS'i" prominent of the new visi
tors to the Oaks this week is
King" Pharaoh, a six-year-old.
youngster, who knows more than any
six-year-old child In the public schools
King Is Just a plain, spotty horse,
but he seems to have a brain equip
ment that would shame almost a high
school freshman, for there Is scarcely
any simple mathematical problem that
he cannot solve, rie can sureiy rem
spell and so lar as can be learned he
does it all himself. In fact, his train
er. Dr. D. B. Boyd, is quite willing to
aliow others to ask him questions when
Boyd Is out of sight. -
King has an eye for beauty.. He
will without hesitation nose up softly
to the prettiest girl and boost uncer
emoniously out of the way the home
liest man. He knows the boy with
the dirtiest face, while his eye for col
or is absolutely perfect. However kal
eidoscopic be the colors with which he
is tried King never falters.
While King is entertaining the spec
tators from the grandstand, his friend.
Lady Livingstone, a member of bear
nobility, will be showing her roller
skating powers In the rink. ' Lady
Livingstone announces " through her
trainer that she can skate alone as
well as any habitue at the Oaks, while
young men of recognised ability in that
line -will be allowed to accompany her
on the polished floor.
Attractive In every way are the
Neapolitans, a trio of Italian vaudeville,
street singers and troubadors, who
th mandolins and voice fairly capu-
vate the audiences around the grand
stand. The De Garros are a troupe
of aerial performers whose apparatus
is erected on the lawns and who are
appearing twice dally, while Punch and
Judy show continues to lure every
youngster within reach of the show
man's booth. .
From a salary standpoint, the bill at
the Oaks this week is the most costly
of the year. King Pharaoh drawing a
remuneration as great as a headline
ASSAULT ON KING PROBED
Italian Officials Blame American
Anarchists for Plot.
ROME, June 29. (Special.) The po
lice are convinced that the attempt that
was made in March last on the life of
the King was the result of an Anarchist
plot Every effort Is still being made
to discover the accomplices ot the man
Dalba, who fired the shots.
Last August the American police
warned the Italian Government that
three notorious Italian Anarchists had
secretly left Paterson bound for Turin
with the object of killing the King
while visiting the exhibition there. The
police failed to arrest the Anarchists
when they landed at Genoa, but their
hiding place in Turin was discovered
and they were arrested there.. They
were found to be In possession of re
volvers and sticks of dynamite. The
anarchists were- tried on a charge of
attempted regicide and were acquitted
owing to lack of evidence. They were,
however, convicted for carrying weap
ons and explosives without a license.
Now the police suspect that when the
Paterson plot was frustrated the .An
archists Instigated Dalba to attempt the
King's life here. The police are rein
vestigating the case and are likely to
reopen the trial. ' -
LONDON CLUBSJN TROUBLE
Men About Town Patronize Restau
rants to "Loss of Exclusive Places.
LONDON, June 2. (Special.) A few
years ago the Man-About-Town was
considered practically a mere nobody
unless he was a member of a half dozen
exclusive clubs, but times have - now
changed, and it is an open secret that
many of the West End clubs are In fi
The cult of the restaurant was In a
measure responsible for the change, the
hundreds of palatial establishments
which have sprung up during recent
years being a great attraction, and
proving convenient- to people who wish
to entertain their friends. -
BRITISH POOR WILL PROFIT
Working Girls to Have Garden Par
.. ties In' Suburbs.
LONDON, : June . 29. (Special.) A
very cemmendable form of social serv
ice Is that carried on by the Women's
Social Institutes Union, and one of
their schemes for the Summer is to
arrange for kindly people living near
London who happen to possess large
gardens, 'to receive and entertain par
ties of working girls Saturday after
noons. All that' is asked of the hosts Is to
give their visitors a plain tea, to al
low them to play some outdoor games
in their grounds, or, better still, to sit
out-of-doors enjoying the peaceful
beauties of nature, which, after the
rush and noise of the city, are restful
and refreshing to mind and body. v
HUMBLE; WIVES , TAUGHT
Domestic Science Instructors Carrj
Work to Irish Cottages.
DUBLIN. ' June 29. (Special.) A
novel experiment In teaching domestic
science in cottages has been carried out
in Ireland on the principle that to at
tempt to teach the poor household man
agement with utensils and apparatus
they can never have in their own
homes is utterly useless. The commit
tee of agriculture and technical instruc
tion in Queen's County rented a cottage
in the poorest quarter of Mountmellick
for the purpose of teaching the sim
plest forms of cooking, washing, sew
ing and the utilization of material
which Is usually thrown' away as
worthless, to the girls and women f
the neighborhood. :
"Vegetables also wre grown by the
students on a small plot of land. The
success of the experiment was entirely
due to the fact that everything was
taught which would enable them to be
come capable housewives on the most
limited resources. ?
Consul Felix S. 8. Johnson, of Kingston,
writes that three doubledeck motor buses,
(o cost 10.000 each, will be started In North
Rosedale, a suburb of Toronto. It the City
Council passes the recommendation roaae d
the Board of Control, two of them for a
20-minute service and the third for emer.
pencies and ruph hours.
MOUNT SCOTT PARK
M O O E R N. P O R T
1. A -MI'S ON LY MODERN
of all burial plots without extra
charge. Provided with a perma
nent irreducible Maintenance
Fund. Location Ideal; Just out
side the city limits on north
and west slopes of Mount Scott
containing 33S acres, equipped
with every modern convenience.
, PRICES TO SUIT ALL.
SEKVICE THE BEST.
ONE MILE SOUTH OP
AUTO MOBILE SERV
ICE FREE BETWEEN
LENTS AND TUB
CEMETERY. II ll II
CITY OFFICE, S20-921 YEON
BUILDING. MAIN 225, A 70IS.
CEMKTERY OFFICE, TABOR
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