The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 427
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B Hall of Texas
On June 12, 1911, President Mezes reported to the Regents
that "The Hall is one of the continually acute problems of the
University." President Mezes stated that there were four principal
errors affecting operation of the Hall: (i) removing the central
partition; (2) adding wings to the building, which placed too
many men in one hall; (3) using student management; and (4)
placing the Hall on the campus.70 A new "Dining Hall" costing
$100oo,ooo was discused by the President.
Eight recommendations of a special faculty committee were
carried out in part but did not solve all the problems of running
the Hall. The faculty committee had a clear impression that con-
ditions which existed were conducive to actions resembling at
times mob spirit.71
Early-day University catalogues bragged on the comforts of
the Hall and estimated the year's cost for room and board at $165.
T. Champe Fitzhugh records that this Scotch estimate "sold his
father on B Hall as the place for his young son." Champe also
recalls some of the "unmentionables" not used around the Hall,
viz., Dr. Battle was never mentioned, "Warhorse" only was per-
Wayne Somerville in his priceless diary of B Hall recites that
in the winter of 1911 he "escorted the blind boys to the opera
'Paid in Full.' They are fine fellows. Their names are Raymond
Brown, Olan R. Van Zandt, and Curtis McKallip. I am reading
to them, 'Hypatia' or 'New Foes With Old Faces.' " Van Zandt
in after years represented Grayson County as an able member of
the Texas Senate.7'
These first blind graduates from the University of Texas made
honor grades through the big-heartedness of their fellow students,
who spent untold hours reading each lesson to them. Van Zandt,
70Splawn, The University of Texas: Its Origin and Growth to 1928 (typescript,
University of Texas Library), 105-10o6; Minutes of the University of Texas Board of
Regents, June 12, 1911 (MSS., Office of the Board of Regents, University of Texas),
71Splawn, The University of Texas: Its Origin and Growth to 1928 (typescript,
University of Texas Library), 1o6.
72T. Champe Fitzhugh to Walter E. Long, June 22, 1958 (MS., in possession of
Walter E. Long, Austin, Texas).
73Wayne Somerville, Diary, September 29, 191o-June 13, 1915 (MSS., in possession
of Wayne Somerville); Wayne Somerville to Walter E. Long, July 7 and 9, 1958
(MSS., in possession of Walter E. Long, Austin, Texas).
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