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Vol . IX. No. 401
CONCORD, N. C, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1895.
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Ilr. Arrlioy Feels railed Vpon to l'ub
lisli An Arlielc Mneellie Ii:lllea
tiou o( an Article in the Daily of
Jan. 2(iII lrolOHls Against
flic Resolution mid Quote
nitiicsMCs lit Support
of hi lrolet.
Editor Ttandard:- In your is
sue of Jan. 20, 1S95, you printed the
resolution passed by the (traded
School Board, relative to the result
of the investigation of Mrs. Cole's
professional conduct, such growing
out of charges prefererdjby me. The
resolution is so sweeping and accom
panies by no facts that strangers
are liable to misjudge, and eyen
those having some knowledge of
what caused the charges to be pre
fered, may think that rny charges
were totally ungrounded.
Jn justice to myself and the many
who join me openly and otherwise in
the.se charges, I ask space for a
hearing I will be as brie as the sub
kct matter ill a!Lw :
"Many of our citizens know that
.I.arnr- v- re preferred au'aivt 31 rs.
'Vie, teacher in the graded shool of this
city, by Dr. L M Archey, for conduct un
i'ecoininu' a toucher, and manifestations
of temper and ill-treatment of children.
"There was no testimony that bore evi
dence enough to sustain the charges
nirain?t Mrs. Cole, ami the bot.rd, com
posed of Messrs. I) B Coltrane, chair
man; W J Hill, A E Lentz, W R Udell,
I V Cline and Rev. I) J Sattertield, find
for defendant acquittal resplendent and
ndopt i he following resolution unani
"Resolved, In the judgment ot this
board the testimony given by the pupils
of the Gib grade and the other witnesses
examined not only does not sustain the
charts, but is to a large extent compli
mentary to Mrs. Cole and has tended to
strengthen the confidence of the members
: the board in her ability as a teacher."
Thut an investigation ot the pro
feis bird conduct ana manner of Mrs.
Cole, who has not only .wronged my'
child, who was complained against
t me and again by different parents ot
the town and who bears the general
reputation of being very ill tempered
towards pupils and humilaticg in her
remarks when frequently angry,
might ba held by the proper au-tLoriii-.d,
I preferred this charge and
placed it in the hands of the Graded
School Trustees; "Mrs. Cole's re
i tulioti for manifestation of temper
n:A iiKtreatirunt of children under
:.er charge is such as to destroy her
usefulness as a teacher of the presort
patrons of the school and the child
ren in her grade."
As witnesses to sustain the charge
1 gaye the names of persons'who
spoKe of her general reputation and
complained in my presence and of
those whose displeasure of her course
and manner as a teacher, by virtue
of the present trouble, had been giv
en me to aid in sustaining the
The charge was "not made with
any malice or with a desire to dc an
injustice. It was prompted by that
motive that every parent feela hia
duty and right: to protect hia child.
Believing in the justice of my cause
(i3 I most ceitainly do yet) 1 went
before the proper authorities to get
my own wrongs righted and give to
others, whose children have been ill
treated, time and again, an oppr
tunity to get relief.
That the investigation, instituted
by the judicial. minded chairman of
of the Board of Graded School
Trustees and engineered by his fine
Italian hand brought forth a verdict,
in keeping with the testimony pro
duced, we are frank in belieying that
not two dozen unbiased parents in
Concord will admit Ne amount of
damaging testimony could sustain a
charge before a body of men, who,
in the face of this evidence, could as-
' sent to such a broad, sweeping re
solution which is said to have pissed
We do not charge that the pious
and unpartisan chairman had made
up his mind as to his own final ver.
diet before hearing th testimony,
though his manner of securing
answers from witnesses and his at
titude when the charges were first
preferred might indicate otherwise.
That the board has the power to
retain a teacher, let the'eharges and
testimony be what they may, I do
not question. That the board (it is
supposed to be a body that repre
sents the people and seeks to do jus
tice) has the moral right to ignore
the testimony of reputable people
and taxpayers of the town and slap
them in the face with a resolation,
so exaggerated and unwarranted by
the facts before it, must ;be denied.
The business of the Board is not
white-washing teachers in high
sounding ords,but in seeing that the
tea. her complies with what a teacher
shou (1 be. If this Board honestly
believes that the habit and attain
ment t.f hurling allusions to "idiots,"
''parrots," "being raised right," and
of a "decent family" at the pupils
of her grade, "tends to strengthen
the confidence of the members of the
board in her ability as a teacher,"
then they have set up a standard,
which no other teacher in the graded
school has attained.
That the public may know (and
this is now a public matUr) on what
grounds I made the charge and on
what eyidence it found its verdict
(the resolution) I write this card.
The statement of facts below is taken
from the original copy in the hands
of the board.
The witnesses I gave art: Messrs.
A II Propst. Jno. K Patterson, A E
Lentz, Joo. YV Fink, W R Odell, II
S Puryear, Jas. C Fink, Jas. R Cook,
F A Archibald, W C Boyd, H E
! Cartland, W O Means, Prof. J F
Shinn, Mrs. R A Brown, Mrs. W A
Misenheimer and Mrs. Jas. C Gibson.
Mr. Propst, on several consecutive
mornings, wa3 in my oflice and spoke
in no uncertain tones about Mrs,
Cole's reputation for ill-temper.
Yet he says "no" when wait d on
by the chairman of the board,
Mr. A K Lentz, says "no" to the
charge. When the matter of pre
ferring charges was mentioned to
Mr. Lentz (he ia a distinguished
member of the Board) he said to me
in his usual animated and geaticus
lating style, "Go ahead, I'm with
you; Pll do everything I can to get
her (Mrs. Cole) out." In explaining
his cottonsstring backbone after
wards he said he meant hia "no" to
the charge of ''literary competency."
When the copy of charge was shown
him, and his attention called to just
what it is, he said he would go right
away to the chairman and change
his answer, Did he do it? That
makes no difference. The last man
with him is the one he agrees with.
He has no mind of hia own and is
to be pitied rather than to 6e
condemned. Yet he's one of the
board that resolutes. We submit
that . he is an elegant character
to shape the affairs of a literary in
stitution. That this is Mr. Lentz'i
course in this particular matter he
will not deny at least, In my pres
Mr. Jas 0 Finkt "I cannot sub
scribe to the above chargty however
I did at one time remove my c&il
; dren from her private school because
of what I thought was too severe
treatment." Mr. Fink doesn't state
just what has caused him to change
hia opinion so suddenly. I had
talked to him a few days before he
wrote the above
Mrs. Jas. G Gibson says "her in
dividual experience of her as a
teacher is satisfactory." I really
must have gotten a very wrong im&
pression from Mr, H 8 Puryear's
Mr. W G Mans after saying some
other things: "my knowledge of her
temper is confined to the time when
she taught a private school several
years ago and when she had just
commenced teaching." Mr. Means
does not say but intimates in
the absence of anything positive,
that there is a possibility of her
temper improcing with age.
The chahmau wrote this and Mr,
J R Cook signed it: "I don't want
to say auything about a teacher that
is only hearsay. Committee can see
my fon Arthur in the fifth grade."
Mr, Cook said afterwards that he
did'notknow thrt he had signed
such a statement and asking the
chairman to change it was told that
"it was too late."
Mr. W C Boyd: "1 had rather
Mrs. Cole to be discharged as
Principal Shinn: After saying
some nice things, adds "To my
knowledge she has done nothing de
serving of severe censure cince we
have been co-laborers." He admits
room for censure, mild not "severe."
Mrs. W A Misenheimer: She
speaks of Mrs. Cole personally and
professionally in very complimentary
terms. Rumor was so positive about
a difficulty between these two that I
cited Mrs, Misenheimer as a witness.
T4me is a great heakr of all things.
Mr. Jn?. W Fink: "From all re
ports I think Mrs. Colo should be
II E Cartland: "I know nothing
about it." Reports have certainly
greatly misrepresented him.
Mr. Jno. K Patterson: "I don't
send to her, but from hearsay, ?A
times she displays too much temper
in the school room."
Mr, F A Archibald: "I believe
Mrs. Cole's treatment of my boy, at
least, has a wrong tendency. She is
doing better since my second com
plaint to Mr. Shinn,"
Mrs. R A Brown: I concur with
the above mentioned charge."
Mr. W R OtfelJ: "I belieye Mrs.
Cole to be a fine disciplinarian and a
teacher considerate of her duties, and
as to the above charge I feel com-,
pelled to answer no." We were told
that Mr. Odell stopped his son from
Mrs, Cole's room and sent him to
Mr. Edwards rather than have him
in Mrs. Cole's room. My informa
tion must not be correct; however
hia boy aid stop and is now attend
ing Mr. Edwards' school.
The board ignores several wit
nesses and fays the examination "is,
to a large extent, complimentary,"
and onr ''confidence is strengthened."
There is not a grown, intelligent
person in Concord, who has not
heard of Mrs. Cole's ill treatment of
children. There are good people in
town among the yery best who
would let their children grow up in
ignorance rather than have them
suffer thehumiliation of hearing
"idist &o." tossed aronnd at them,
even tfcougfc this attainment and ac
compliehmenitenda to strengthen
thr confidence" of the b?ird in her
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That she has the reputation of
mauife ting too much temper is
proven by the statements of the
parties interviewed, by the children
bjdow quoted and by the common
opinion prevailing throughout the
town. The board knows this ; they
see the evidence and they cannot be
so deaf a3 not to have heard it. Re
putation ia what the general public
says and nothing on this side of an
oyster could fail to have heard the
frequent complaints, and yet all
these statements haye increased the
confidence of the board in her abil
ity. A committee, with the chairman's
eighteen questions, waited on the
children of Mrs. Cole's room. They
cover the grounl. The answers are
childlike. Some the children did
not answer in full ; 3ome contented
themselves with the childlike "yea"
or "no." But there were quite a
number, who were not so embar
rassed by the presence of strangers
in the school room on an unusual
mission as to forget to answer the
questions implicitly. These and
their characters and their "raiting''
are enough to declare maliciously
false the resolution the board saw
fit to slap in the face cf these who
sought relief at their hands. . In
their childlike answers of "yes" or
"no," some exonerate the teacher.
But let ua quote. Here are some.
Can ycu doubt them ? They come
from the best of familis. The
board say3 'they are "no testimony."
It is taken from the committee's pa
per, which went before the board :
Manly Misenheimer : "She talked
pretty rough to me sometimes." Dia
Mrs. Cole ever say anything out of
the way to you ? "Not much' "I
think she told Mary Archey one dny
"that she hadn't been raised right."
Fred McConnell : "She said to me
one time I acted like I didn't have
any raising." "Told Mary Archey
one day she acted like she didn't
have any manners." "Sometimes
Mra. Cole gets very angry and calls
them just everything idiots, silly
Pink Morrison : "Said they were
not idiots but they acted that way
Mary Ella Canncn : "Said some
of them acted like they had no rais
ing." "She told Mary Archey,
Nevin Archibald and good many
other children that they acted like
they hadn't been raised right."
Katie' Lentz : '-Said one day I was
Ollie Fisher : "Said we learned
things out of books just like parrots."
Jimmie Cannon : When asked
whether he ever heard her tell Nevin
Archibald he "hadn't been raised
right, said "yes sir." "Heard her
tell others they didn't act like they
have been raised right.;' "She said
they acted like idiots."
Fred Shealjr i "She called Arthur
Cook an idiot and said she didn't
think his parents sent him to school
for anything only to gel him oat of
George Montgomery ; Said he
never neard her tell Nevin , Archi
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bald he hadn't been raised rigM, hut
he heard her tell Mary Archejr
the couldn't -xpect any kiter va
her, that she didn't behayu ii
,Wilna Caldwell: "She told Keisn
Archibald he acted like ho dift
have any raising, and would iH
others the same thing.' lirh-y
acted like idiots and if they cojMu'l
get their lessons they could ketj
Willie Fetzer : "She ttlla iks-ies
they don't act like they arc
INievm Archibald : ."She 8ait3 she
wouldn't give fiyv cents for all 1
could learn in a life time. TclCr ss
I acted like I was silly. She rrar?
me a golden text to learn, I diifcrft
know it. she told me if I -had
raised in h decent fuuiy I vfoaJsl
tuye known it. S-iid if my fnxhz?
and motlur had cared anytlshj
about my report, they would 'h&iz
made me learn it."
Frank Boyd : "She tc!d NVjisi
Archibald he wasu't worth twenty
fiye cents and never would be
Here are thirteen children, cor.
ing from families where dor-aei-Js
affairs are properly maintained iixk
where children are tried, t Ie&5ry to
be "raised right," who bear the
dence to. substantiate the charts
There is not another feacher In tb
graded school whose pupils c
will testify that such harsh, r.aSru),
rough, unpolished words wer? ;wr
used by their teacher. YV, in &15
this th2 board find reasons t iiaxs
their confidence in her ability
strengthened. If this be their bviN
est belief, they cannot be he nest Tni,b.
their judgments and with the trssl
committed to them o 'on:- as tr-zj
retain aa teachers tho.e. who h&T
not acquired this modern requisite
for proficiency losing the cornu
parisons of idiot and otner suppoatsl
complimentary (?)ter iii s about amosg
Would the chairm m'es confideca
in her ability be strengthened if sh
were to tell hia child it "acted life
an idiot," "halt raised" or if it carr?
not from "a decent family ?" Woid
any member of the board submit to
it without a protest? It needk rn
answer ! Yet they ask parent?, whees
children hive been thus ill -treats,
to submit quietly while they
board) resolutes a white-waslr.r rx
the face of the str3ngest kind of
facts facts that giye theirresoiir
a malicious coloring or shew ihz
board in a yery stupid light.
In conclusion, we repeat that ib&
board has the power to retain any
teacher, be the facts what they bw ;
but no set of men, representing ibe
masses, has the moral right to ig
nore reputable citizens and their
well-grounded complaints and slsp
them in the face with a resolctkra,
which cannot, from the facta excx
before it, be true or honest
L. M- Archet.
11 o use t Hent.
Four room dwelling house on Bast
Depot street next to Mr. Sapp;.ap5ty
to J. W. Cannost. dlmjlCi