Report Made By: Dorsey E. Phillips
Place Where Made: Wilmington, N.C.
Date When Made: August 2, 1918.
Period for Which Made: July 30.
Title of Case and Offense Charged or Nature of Matter Under Investigation: Registration Matters. In Re: Minor S. Mills, order 1182, serial 2614
Statement of Operations, Evidence Collected, Names and Addresses of Persons Interviews, Places Visited, Etc.:
The questionaire of this registrant shows that he has been in the employee of the State Hostial for the Insane for 4 months, and that he is an attendent to the patients. Dr. Anderson, Superintendent of the hospital claims that this man is a farmer, and that he takes charge of 25 or 30 patients while they are at work on the farm, and that his position would be very difficult to fill at this time. This registrant is 21 years of age and no doubt is a good farmer, and it is difficult at this time to secure competent help at the Insane Asylum, but is would appear to me that an experienced farmer who is beyond the draft age could be secured to fill this position. In this connection I am quoting you herewith full letter on this matter. The original letter is on file of the Wake County Board number one.
July 19, 1918.
“Local Board No. 1.
I am intimately familiar with the conditions prevailing at the State Hospital in Raleigh. I know of my own personal knowledge that miracles have been wrought in keeping this institutuion going under existing conditions. You can understand how vital the necessity is for keeping this institution up. The demands upon the institution are growing daily. A large number of our people at home are breaking down under the nervous strain incident to the war, and are knocking at the doors of our hospitals for the insane. In addition to this the Government has notified us that it expects us to take care of the Insane among the North Carolina soldiers. You can readily see the necessity for having trained men to look after these unfortunate people. A man without training is absolutely useless in an institution of this kind. I therefore trust that your Board will make a general order that whenever the Supt. of the State Hospital at Raleigh files with you a certificate that any registrant in his employ is essential to the maintenance of that institution, you will grnat to such registrant an exemption so long as he remains in the employ of the hospital.
With kind regards, I am,
Signed T. W. Bickett,