The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966

reras Colletio
University of Texas in 1906 and became a prominent Aus-
tin banker, has provided the Association with the following
delightful thoughts on "when cows and chickens ranged the
Most people who walk over the magnificent campus of the Uni-
versity of Texas can little imagine the tribulations of the infant
school of eighty years ago. In these days they may seem trivial
and even humorous but to the bearded men who built Texas they
were anything but funny. Their troubles began less than three years
after Texas gained its independence when a bill was passed creating
the University of Texas. They had no money, however, just land,
and it was land that could nort be sold or even mortgaged.
A few years later the war came on and the matter of starting
a "great university of the first class," as set out in the, Constitu-
tion, was postponed again. After Texas had partly recovered from
the war a decade or so later the matter again came up. Even then
nobody had any money; all they had was land and nobody wanted
to buy that. They did have great stores of oil-away down deep
in the earth-but nobody knew it was there, how to get it out.
Finally, another bill creating a University of Texas was passed
by the legislature. A million acres of land were set apart to, finance
the new school but a university could not live on the land. Lots
of the citizens in those early days thought it was foolish to, try to
build a university when there were so few common schools. They
made it as hard as they could for the new school and even took
away from it much of the land and money promised it in the first
place. Yet, all through history it has seemed that "Truth crushed
to earth will rise again" and a good cause will finally be, successful.
The University was created: it found the money and its first build-
ing was started. A faculty was assembled and the school was in
process of being built when all the workmen struck for higher
wages and the completion of the new structure was again delayed.
Promised for completion for the fall term, the opening was put
off until the January term.
The school was scheduled to start in September but there was

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