In 1914, physicians and attendants at the State Hospital at Gowanda testified at the investigation being conducted into the affairs of the institution by John H. DeLaney, state commissioner of charities and corrections, that the reputation of Dr. Daniel Arthur, superintendent, had been that of a periodical drinker. Numerous occasions on which the superintendent was alleged to have been intoxicated were testified to. A story was told of an occasion when he had a closet in the pharmacist's office broken into that he might procure whiskey. Other testimony was to times that he was absent from the institution on account of drink. He was confined at Dr. McMichael's sanitarium in Buffalo and at the Dansville sanitarium, witnesses said.