The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 56
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
In April, 1913, a government inspection of the military de-
partment of A. & M. was made by Captain W. T. Merry of the
General Staff. His report justified Colonel Milner's insistence
upon the kind of commandant he had described to the War
Department. Captain Merry's report, which contained a de-
tailed description of the military department of the college,
consisted of a questionnaire and summary entitled "General
Remarks. His report read, in part:
Q. Is any change in War Department classifica-
Q. With what degree of zeal is military duty per-
A. Greatest possible.
Q. What was the general appearance of the cadets
at inspection ?
Q. Have the requirements . . . as to time allowed
the military department been fully complied
Q. Have the requirements . . . as to the course
of instruction been complied with?
The review was excellent and the cadets presented
a fine appearance. They are a fine body of young men
who take a great interest in their military life. The
clothing was neat and the arms and equipment were
in excellent condition.
The President of the School is a forceful man and
very enthusiastic about the military department which
ranks above all in relative importance. . . . The Presi-
dent informed me that he could not ask for a better
officer [than Lieutenant Levi G. Brown who had been
sent in accordance with his description]. The one non-
commissioned officer on duty at the college is Sergeant
by this time to feel that his lack of academic training was a handicap
both to him and to the college. A bad epidemic of spinal meningitis had
frightened some students home. The winter was particularly bad, and this
had its effect upon the esprit de corps of the college and its president.-
Colonel Ike Ashburn, interview, June 12, 1940.
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