The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 389
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Texas Collection 389
award might be considered a stock certificate. From the vantage
point of a future that has become the present, it is apparent that
Warren's gifts were greater than the speaker and audience realized
at the awards presentation in 1951.
The Santa Rita No. 1 drilling rig, discovery well on University
of Texas lands in West Texas, has been assembled and set up as a
permanent memorial on the University campus in Austin. Since
A. and M. College as well as the University shares in the ben-
efits from University oil lands, dedication of the memorial was
planned for November 27, the date of the Texas-Texas A. and M.
As a fitting and lasting memorial of the occasion the Associa-
tion reissued in a facsimile edition Martin Schwettmann's Santa
Rita: The University of Texas Oil Discovery which has been out
of print and a much sought after item for the past fifteen years.
The Texas Collection section for October related the publica-
tion of an article on Judge W. S. Simkins by Robert D. Jones.
Following the account with much interest was Dr. Robert A. Law,
distinguished Shakespearean scholar, who has put his impress
upon so many Texan students at the University of Texas. Per-
sonality wise, Dr. Law and Judge Simkins were quite dissimilar,
but Dr. Law has also earned an assured position as a part of the
Texas tradition. It is interesting commentary on the warp and
woof of history that Dr. Law's father, Thomas H. Law, graduated
from the Citadel in 1858. Dr. Law has his father's diary in his
possession. In the diary under the date of July 9, 1861, Thomas
H. Law recorded:
This morning "The Star of the West," a U. S. Vessel bringing re-
inforcements and supplies to Fort Sumter, made her appearance. As
she would not heed the signals given her when she got in the range
of the Batteries of Morris island, they turned loose on her. My old
roommate Haynesworth fired the first gun.
Thus do the documents indicate that the shot which actually
opened the Civil War was fired by Cadet Haynesworth after
Simkins passed on the order to him.
Wayne Gard, an editorial writer of the Dallas News and a life
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