The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 48
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ulate linen and conventional dress of an evening func-
tion. He was to this manner born, and while the
manner of the man from the East has its purpose
and place, the manner of the man from the West-
the Texas manner . ..-has also its purpose and
place, and it is fitting that he who is at the head
of the school for farmers and mechanics should be
of the plain, everyday kind. It is because he is from
the people that he has made his work felt; that he
has drawn about him the young men of this college
as a loyal, devoted student body, ready to go with
him to any limits, prepared to help him build up this
school until it shall have reached the height of its
usefulness. This was the contrast presented by the
In May, 1909, the new president was honored by the students
of the college who dedicated their yearbook, the Longhorn, to
him. When he assumed his office, the dedication read, the
cadets had little to say, because their chief recollection of him
was that of a "quiet, seemingly almost taciturn member of the
board of directors." Then-
Only a few months have elapsed since 600 eager,
alert, open-minded young fellows gathered in these
halls hallowed by a thousand precious memories and
put themselves under the leadership and guidance of
a president who was practically a stranger to them.
These months have been sufficiently long for the stu-
dents to form their judgment of the man, and this
Longhorn is dedicated to him in response to the spon-
taneous and universal wish of the entire student body.
It is the highest expression of loyalty, esteem and af-
fection that the cadets of the college can give to a man.
The tribute is paid to President Milner because he
has earned it. ... In the midst of the darkest and
most troublous days of the college he was selected by
his associates, not because of political prestige or pull,
but because they believed in his wisdom and sanity-
to come to College Station and sit on the lid.o80
The dedication was immediately preceded by an appreciation
in verse form entitled "Poetical Tribute to Milner." The tribute
is patterned after the style of Kipling's "Fuzzy Wuzzy," and
runs to six stanzas in execrable doggerel. The last part is
quoted here solely for the sake of the information it contains.
'79"Red Letter Day for College-Eliot is Guest of A. & M.," unnamed
newspaper clipping, dated February 23, 1909, in Black Scrapbook, p. 4.
IsoThe Longhorn, 1909, pp. 5-6.
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