The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 416
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men in each room. Meals were provided at a cost of $8.oo to $io.oo
Academic students who had attended the University for one or
more years were given preference for rooms. A young man by the
name of H. Y. Benedict was number one on the list of assigned
rooms.'8 The records of Benedict show that in 1892-1893 he spent
$1oo for meals and $26.40 for his room.1"
Operation of the mess hall was an effort to follow costs at the
Foxcraft Club of Harvard College.'5 A bill of fare for breakfast
in 1892 lists oatmeal 3; tenderloin steak 4; ham 4; egg 3; hot
biscuit 3; coffee and cream 3; and other breakfast items in
proportion." Accuracy of this menu is vouched for by Judge
James W. McClendon, who was also dunned by "Dr." Beck for
being slow in paying a deficit of $1.56 on his account of $31.56
for three months in 1892. Jim has since paid it. A. P. Wooldridge,
as secretary of the Board of Regents, recorded in the minutes that
on January 20o, 1891, the members "adjourned to the mess hall
where they took supper at a total expense for the whole Board
of $1.oo." Mrs. Tom Connally wrote on June 28, 1958, that the
"cost of living for Morris Sheppard then was $13 per month."
After the first year the Hall's operation created a deficit, and
the Regents found it necessary to increase the room rent from
$2.50 to $3.00 per person and provide meals at from $8.oo to
$12.oo per month.'7
It is observed that the Regents had apparently branded the
maverick and turned it out to graze with no monitors or list of
rules and with little supervision for years except by the Regents,
assisted by H. B. Beck, who was also part-time custodian of the
grounds and was known as "Dr." Beck to thousands of students
in later years. The only requirement or restraint was that "each
occupant behave as a gentleman."'"
13Brown, B Hall, Texas, 2.
isMinutes of the University of Texas Board of Regents, September 15, 18go
(MSS., Office of the Board of Regents, University of Texas), A, 261.
l6Splawn, The University of Texas: Its Origin and Growth to 1928 (typescript,
University of Texas Library), 94.
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