The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 46
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
On August 10, this comment from the Statesman further
clarified the situation:
Of course it stands to the best of reason that Pro-
fessor Harrington and his immediate friends and fol-
lowers and sympathizers must feel entirely satisfied
with the selection [of Colonel Milner] since as a mem-
ber of the board Milner has every time voted to vin-
dicate and sustain Harrington."'2
That there was also discontent with Colonel Milner's appoint-
ment is revealed in a press clipping from the Houston Daily
Post for August 11, 1908. It read:
The point that has been raised in some quarters that
the fact that Colonel Milner is not an educator makes
the appointment a bad one is not well taken, in my
opinion. It takes more than an educator to direct such
General state opinion over the appointment was one of grati-
fication, and many voiced the hope that Charles B. Metcalfeq'
expressed when he said:
The best thing about his appointment is that we can
expect the College to now become, at last, an agri-
cultural college, as well as an engineering school, and
that it may be made attractive to boys who wish to
learn to be farmers by example and precept. Unfor-
tunately, it never has been up to this time a school in
which this has been done.
All who know Col. Milner feel sure that he will give
agriculture its due proportion of prominence, and
thereby secure to the College the support of the farm-
ers all over the state.
The appointment will give universal satisfaction.7
As there was little time between his appointment and the
date of its effectiveness, President Milner and his family went
directly from Austin to College Station to take up their resi-
dence on the campus of A. & M.
172"A Genuine Revival of Good Fellowship," Ibid., August 10, 1908.
73Untitled clipping from Houston Post, August 11, 1908, found in
A. & M. Scrapbook, University of Texas Archives.
"74Metcalfe and Milner were in the legislature at the same time. Dur-
ing this period, Metcalfe was Vice-President of the Texas division of the
Southern Cotton Association.
175""A. & M. College President," an undated clipping in Black Scrap-
book, p. 5. Scrapbook now in possession of Mrs. R. T. Milner.
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