The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 53
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
of the apparent tranquillity, intimations of hazing would reach
the ears of the faculty. Some of the offenders would be ulti-
mately tracked down, and always punished.
In January, 1913, the ever-present feud between the sopho-
mores and freshmen flared up over some insubordination on
the part of the first-year boys, with the result that the men
of the second-year class resolved to instill more discipline into
the impudent "fish." News of the wholesale strapping that
followed, administered over the stair rail in one of the dormi-
tories, reached the ears of the authorities, and in the investi-
gations that followed, twenty-seven cadets were found guilty
of hazing and dismissed. Whereupon the other cadets, pro-
testing that it was unfair for them to remain silent and un-
punished when just as guilty in practice as those who were
caught, requested that the erring twenty-seven be returned to
the fold, and wholesale punishment administered.
Their request being denied, the majority of the students went
on a strike, demanding the return of the twenty-seven as the
price of restored order. Their demand was answered by the
dismissal of 466 boys for insubordination. President Milner had
thus refused to meet the terms of their ultimatum, but he
offered the opportunity to any boy who wished to remove his
name from the list of signers of the ultimatum and to return
to school. Ultimately most of them returned, but the wave of
publicity they had given the school brought an unpleasant
The son of Senator E. G. Senter, of Dallas, was one of the
466 who were dismissed. Mr. Senter wrote President Walton
Peteet of the Board of Directors of A. & M. College, "demand-
ing that the name of his son be expunged from the list of
those dismissed by the faculty for insubordination."192 Mr.
Senter contended that his son was not a student of the college
when the faculty dismissed him, and that therefore the faculty
had acted without authority. The letter of the irate senator
was read before the assembled directors at Fort Worth on
February 10, and "President Peteet was empowered to answer
Mr. Senter's letter declaring that Mr. Senter's son was a stu-
dent of the College at the time he was dismissed."93
The Board then commended the faculty in its treatment of
192Minutes of Board of Directors, A. & M. College of Texas, 62.
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