The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 97
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Reviews and Notices
is therefore of interest to Texans, particularly to the older alumni
and ex-students of the University.
This compilation contains a brief summary of Dr. Broun's life,
a number of letters and memoranda of his concerning the lives
of his family and of himself, some seventy pages of letters and
articles by friends written before and after his death, and about
one hundred and forty pages of extracts from his numerous ad-
dresses on various subjects.
The volume reveals Dr. Broun as a wise and gentle, witty and
friendly man who was one of the South's great educators during
the period between the War and 1900. Like nearly all Southerners
of his generation he served through the war, which began when he
was 34 years of age. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel
in the ordnance department, and like Lee, retired from the army
to become a teacher. He was a Master of Arts of the University
of Virginia and was professor of natural philosophy in the Univer-
sity of Georgia, 1866-72; president of the Georgia A. and M.
1872-75; professor of Mathematics, Vanderbilt, 1875-82. Ala-
bama Polytechnic, against great difficulties, he made into a worthy
institution. Dr. Mallet and Dr. Humphreys each accord him much
weight in the formative policies of the infant University of Texas.
Among other things he sucessfully opposed the giving of "honors"
upon competition, and he was largely concerned in drawing up, the
first requirements for the various degrees. Previously Dr. Broun
had been a member of the early Vanderbilt University faculty and
had performed similar services for that institution. Professor
Joynes of South Carolina College, after an acquaintance of fifty
years describes him as "the foremost representative . . . of
his generation of the Southern gentleman, scholar and teacher,"
and his last pastor writes that he believed in the "Patriotism of
Efficiency." H. Y. B.
General Laws of the State of Texas passed by the Thirty-third
Legislature at its regular session . . . 1913. Secretary of
State, Austin, 1913. 8vo. Pp. 484. Paper 20 cents; by mail, 35
cents. The delivery of the first installment of these laws was made
June 13. Some of the acts having historical interest are those cre-
ating Jim Hogg county out of portions of Brooks and Duval;
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