The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 6
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
do something in the history line, how would it sound to call a lady
a fellow ?"
With the most beautiful tact, Dr. Garrison explained that in the
connection the word had an honorable, ancient, technical meaning,
and without further pause (the chair hearing no other suggestions)
he went on reading.
But to be thus ignored was more than the colonel could stand.
As I look back now, it is plain to me that his suggestion was
offered as a sort of olive branch to us women in atonement for the
brusqueness of his rebuke to me for having presumed to contradict
his first amendment, and the assembly's silent refusal to consider
it was a blow to him. So, when the secretary took up his reading
without more ado, the colonel rose, grumbling his indignation
audibly, and went stumping out of the room, the loud strokes of
his big stick as it hit the tiled floor emphasizing his disapproval
of us at every step down the long corridor outside, and, far from
finding the incident funny, there was not, I assure you, so much
as a single smile among us. Everyone there present was too con-
scious that the colonel's adverse opinion of our movement would
give it a serious setback with the people of the State to see anything
humorous in it. For Colonel Ford was a very important man
indeed in the Texas of his day. He had a record of tremendous
service behind his long life as pioneer. To him and a few other
leaders of his type we owe it that the savage was beaten back from
our border so successfully and that permanent settlement and
expansion was made possible so promptly, instead of having been
deferred to a later time. His record of bravery, good sense, and
faithful service of many sorts made him an honored man among
the mass of the people and gave him a strong influence.
Hastily--in much less time than it has taken me to give you this
explanation of the situation--a committee of Governor Lubbock
and two others was sent after the colonel to try to bring him back,
while the rest of us, business suspended, waited anxiously for the
outcome. We could hear the rumbles of argument, tones of plead-
ing, in the corridor, but in a few minutes the big stick went
thumping from, not toward us, and the committee came back, crest-
fallen. Our spirits rather dashed by this interruption, we went on
with business, and after adopting the constitution and establishing
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930, periodical, 1930; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101090/m1/14/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.