The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 294
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
But it was a noble fight. The plan was looked upon as visionary
and grandiose. I recall one member of the House of Representa-
tives who made a short but very effective speech against the bill.
He arose in his place and said: "Mr. Speaker, just what sort of
an institution is this for which we are asked to provide a campus?
Is it a university or a goat ranch ?" I wonder what his answer
would be to his question if he were living today. On the other
hand, there were men who saw the vision and who made such
an effort to bring about its realization, that if they did not accom-
plish it, they at least put themselves in a position to demand
and secure something like an adequate compromise. As I recall,
it was Lee Satterwhite, representative from Amarillo, who led
the fight in the House. After the tumult had gone on for some
days, he finally came to me and reported that he thought the
bill to move the University would be defeated, but that if I would
take a map of the city of Austin and mark on it the boundaries
of the campus that would appear to me to be adequate, around
the forty acres, he would introduce it at the proper time and
he thought that he could secure its adoption. So the map was
marked and the thing was done in that way. It was a compromise,
made with regret, the sacrifice of a golden dream, but there it is.
I stood by the grave of each of these men and committed their
bodies to the ground, "earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust."
In each case I felt that "a prince and a great man had fallen
that day in Israel."
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