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Neither Walcutt nor I recalls who first thought of the symposium.
Expecting some expense and having no budget we solicited friends in
faculty and administration to become "sponsors" at a cost we promised
would not exceed five dollars each. We signed up twenty-one sponsors,
including the president of the university, the dean of the Graduate
School, the dean of Arts and Sciences, and the director of the univer-
Thus underwritten, we approached our colleagues in neighboring
institutions. Our success was dazzling. Not only did they agree to par-
ticipate without honoraria, they rejected our modest offer of travel
money. Among campus colleagues we invited to participate were W. B.
Bizzell, president of the university, E. E. Dale, professor of history, and
Walter Campbell, professor of English. All accepted. Then came the
windfall. The local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was planning its initia-
tion banquet, the date was open, and a "Big Name" speaker was hoped
for. Some negotiation brought Stanley 'IT. Williams from Yale Univer-
sity to the banquet on the evening before the symposium. We opened
with a boom, thanks to Phi Beta Kappa.
At 7 :oo00 P.M. on Thursday, April 18, the banquet was held in the Stu-
dent Union. Tickets were one dollar each. After dining in the sump-
tuous style that one dollar then afforded, we heard Professor Williams
speak on "The Scholar and the Literature of His Country." It was an
able exposition of the case for American literature.
The next morning we met at 9:30 in the Business Administration
Auditorium. I presided. President Bizzell opened with a twenty-minute
paper on "The American Cultural Heritage in Modern American Edu-
cation." The second speaker was Professor E. E. Leisy of SMU who
spoke on "The Significance of Recent Scholarship in American Litera-
ture." Discussion was led by Professor Theodore Hornberger of the
University of Texas. The final speaker was Professor Floyd Stovall of
North Texas State Teachers College who spoke on "Emerson in the
Modern World." Professor Leisy led the discussion. The meeting ad-
journed promptly at 11: 30 A.M.
Luncheon was at 12:15 in the Student Union and required reserva-
tions at fifty cents made with the Department of English. Professor
L. N. Morgan, head of the Department of English, acted as toastmaster
and Professor Williams commented on the morning program, saying
something nice about everybody.
At 2 :oo we returned to the auditorium, where Professor Walcutt
presided (he and I had flipped a coin to see who would preside when).
The program opened with a paper on "Exploits of the Indian Police"
by Stanley Vestal, who was, everybody knew, Walter Campbell of the
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