The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 54
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the strike and authorized the secretary, Colonel Ike Ashburn,
to inscribe on the minute books the following statement:
The Board of Directors of the Agricultural and Me-
chanical College has carefully considered the entire
matter of the recent trouble at the College. It has
heard both sides. The viewpoint of the student body,
the viewpoints of parents and guardians, and the view-
points of the Faculty have been presented.
The Board places on record its unqualified approval
of the course pursued by the Faculty and by the Presi-
dent of, the Board in the trying circumstances. The
Board insists that hazing and, insubordination be not
tolerated at the College. The Board is confident that
the Faculty will deal wisely in the matter of provid-
ing for the return of the students who are willing to
renter the College with the determination to observe
The senator was not to be so easily disposed of. On February
12, the State Senate directed the committee on finance to look
into the strike situation on the occasion of its visit to inquire
into the College's financial condition. Fearing the bad effect
of a hurried report, President Peteet, of the Board of Directors,
hastily sent a telegram to Senator J. R. Astin, the acting chair-
man of the committee. In the telegram he told Senator Astin
that sickness in his family prevented his coming to the College
while the committee was there, ". . . but at the risk of being
misunderstood, I beg you not to give encouragement to further
agitation at this time."95" He believed that the students, given
opportunity for calm reflection, would realize their mistake and
most of them would return to the college, thus reducing the
harmful effects of the strike to a minimum. The telegram
If your committee or legislature encourages Senter's
efforts agitation will continue and ferment will go on
among the students at the College and those away will
delay their return to await the outcome. Leaders of
strike phoned me from Bryan yesterday that they had
no sympathy with Senter's movements and had refused
to cooperate with him. If your committee should take
different view, I appeal to you with great earnestness
to give me opportunity to appear before you before
you make any announcements or report."'
194Minutes of Board of Directors, A. & M. College of Texas, 62-63.
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