The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 55
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
By this time Senator Senter had decided to make a political
issue of the matter. On February 14, he called a meeting of
aggrieved parties in Austin for the purpose of influencing the
legislature to undertake an investigation. Hearing of the meet-
ing, President Peteet sent Colonel Ashburn to act as a repre-
sentative of the Board of Directors. Ashburn was denied ad-
mission to the meeting by Senter. A committee appointed by
the members present at the meeting then called upon Governor
Colquitt, and as a result, he wrote President Peteet, asking
that the Board give a hearing to Senator Senter and those act-
ing with him. The request read:
Hon. E. G. Senter and those who agree with his
views with reference to the recent dismissal of 366
students of the A. & M. College on account of dis-
charging twenty-two other students for hazing, states
to me that you and the members of your board will
not give him a hearing.
I feel like they, or any other citizen who feels ag-
grieved at the Faculty or the Board, or anything that
I, even, may have done, are entitled to a hearing, and
I ask that you convene the Board at some convenient
date and give these gentlemen an opportunity to pre-
sent their claims.
I make this request of you, however, with the assur-
ance of my determination, so far as I am able to do
so, to uphold those who have a desire to establish
and maintain order and discipline in the government
of this school.'"'
President Peteet, in making a report to the Board of the
matter, stated: "You will notice from this letter that Mr.
Senter stated to the Governor that myself and members of
the Board had refused to give him a hearing." This he de-
clared to be "positively untrue," and he issued a statement to
the press, pointing out that fact.
The Board then announced that a hearing would be held,
open to the public and to the press. The meeting was held, and
public interest quickly died down when the Board presented
the facts to all. This unfortunate occurrence cast no blame
upon Colonel Milner, but coupled with other unhappy circum-
stances, it did much to make him long for the peace of his
197Minutes of Board of Directors, A. & M. College of Texas, 65-66.
9esColonel Ashburn expressed the belief that President Milner had begun
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