The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 426
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426 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Hall. In Jeff Stinson's day he and Marshall Ramsdell of football
fame were among those stranded in the Hall for the holidays.
Returning one night from Jacoby's Garden with too many beers
aboard, Jeff decided to stack the room of a fellow Hallite, a
Rhodes scholar, who had seemed to hold himself aloof from the
hoi polloi. After the room had been properly turned upside down,
Stinson and Ramsdell retired to their room. Jeff reports:
In about an hour there came from the stacked room the most easy
flowing blast of profanity any of us had ever heard. Mr. Rhodes
vowed he was going to find and beat H-- out of whoever did it.
The leftover boys gathered around-professed sympathy-and the
situation became more complicated. Remembering Uncle Remus and
Brer Rabbit, I became the loudest in condemning the act. ... I
grabbed an Old Civil War Army Springfield rifle in my room and
threatened to kill the first man who made a move toward me. I
cocked the gun with a loud click and pointed it at the door. The
crowd scattered shouting, "He's drunk, get out of here." The gun
was taken from me and by that time I was really "drunk." I said,
"Let's stack everybody's room."
I began stacking my room and it was so funny everybody began
laughing. By this time "Mr. Rhodes" had cooled off. He said, "Well,
if this poor fellow did stack my room, he was so drunk he did not
know what he was doing." "Mr. Rhodes" became a regular guy and
one of the boys in the Citadel of Democracy.e7
Carey Leggett's main recollection of the dining hall rules was
to "dive under the table when the lights went out.""
Walter Hunnicutt was director of the University Band during
his stay of four years from 191o to 1914. He almost forfeited his
right to stay in the Hall by opposing Mrs. Kate Smith, manager,
1911-1912, imported from Boston. Old-timers of the Hall say "the
hell raising" in the Hall in 1911-1912 was occasioned by the
woman manager whom no one seemed to like, and who appar-
ently had been placed there to break the occupants' power. The
inmates resented her and the change of policy from student gov-
ernment to faculty rule. She learned that B Hall was a place for
o7Jeff D. Stinson to Walter E. Long, July 23, 1958 (MS., in possession of Walter
E. Long, Austin, Texas).
8eCarey Leggett to Walter E. Long, July so, 1958 (MS., in possession of Walter
E. Long, Austin, Texas) .
e9Brown, B Hall, Texas, 6, 147, 171-174.
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