The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 51
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner 51
stating the kind of man he felt was needed. The War Depart-
ment wrote back that Governor Colquitt had recommended an-
other kind of man, Lieutenant Selkirk, who had never been to
West Point and who was not familiar with cadet life.s18 How-
ever, the Department informed Milner, if he, as president of
the college, insisted, the type of man he described would be
detailed. On Febuary 24, 1912, Governor Colquitt wrote Colonel
Milner in answer to a letter the contents of which can be sur-
mised. He wrote:
Your letter of Feb. 21 is received. Friends of Lieut.
Selkirk, a native of Galveston, now stationed at Sa-
vannah, Georgia, have been urging upon me an in-
dorsement of him for the place now held by Lieut.
The first information I had about a proposed va-
cancy was a telegram from Lieut. Selkirk, asking me
to indorse him for the place . . .
I feel inclined to indorse Lieut. Selkirk, if, after
investigation, he is regarded as a suitable man.187
President Milner insisted with the War Department upon the
type of officer he had described, and Lieutenant Levi. G. Brown
was sent to him.'88 This was possibly the first conflict of wills
between Milner and Colquitt.
In December, 1912, Governor Colquitt was desirous of having
the livestock feed inspection transferred from the college to
the State Pure Food Department. This desire was expressed
in unmistakable terms to the college officials through a letter
written December 31, 1912, to W. L. Boyett, the State Feed
Inspector, stationed at the Agricultural and Mechanical College.
The Governor wrote:
I want every man connected with the college to un-
derstand that I am a friend of the institution, but I
do not want opposition in this measure to come from
those dependent upon my appointment.
Is'Governor Colquitt to Colonel R. T. Milner, February 24, 1912, in
R. T. Milner Portfolio, University of Texas Archives.
188s"To show the non-political attitude of Colonel Milner, it should be
stated that in his communication to the war dept., he did not say whom
to appoint, but only the character of the man. He did not know the names
of officers of the army being considered, and the man who was appointed
under his specifications was one of whom he had never heard until his
name was announced."-Quarles in Waco Morning News, June 12, 1913.
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