The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 57
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
Kenny, retired. He is most satisfactory to the college
authorities and to the officer on duty. The military
spirit at this college is most excellent and every en-
couragement should be given it by the war department.
Every effort is being made by the officer on duty to
carry out the orders of the war department relative
to instruction of cadets, and I believe he will succeed
in raising the standard.'9
Further differences between President Milner and Governor
Colquitt increased their lack of harmony. Governor Colquitt
desired the removal of Professors Alvord and Fermier and
J. W. Carson, treasurer of the college, from the employ of the
institution. He so instructed a member of the Board. This
member, distressed over his instructions, went to Milner to
discuss his orders. Colonel Milner "convinced him that such
a thing would be outrageous"200 and persuaded him not to
mention the matter to the rest of the Board. The subject was
dropped. Not long after this incident, the Governor called for
the resignation of J. W. Carson. The Board carried out his
wishes, but when Colonel Milner heard of the action, he plead
Carson's cause so convincingly that the Board reinstated him.
They were then informed "by the governor that such a thing
should not be tolerated, and that his commands must be obeyed.
So Carson was again tried and was dismissed."20' These differ-
ences, however, were petty in comparison with the controversy
that arose over a bill, pending in the legislature in the spring
of 1913, known as Senate Joint Resolution No. 18.
For several years there had been a strong movement among
the people of the state to effect a complete separation of the
University of Texas and the Agricultural and Mechanical Col-
lege. The State Democratic Conventions of 1910 and 1912 had
both declared for it, but nothing specific had been done. Now,
instead of there being a measure before the legislature with
that purpose in view, Senate Joint Resolution No. 18 seemed
to friends of A. & M. to propose an act not only inimical to the
college, but with its actual destruction in mind.
199"Report of An Inspection of the Military Department of A. & M.
College of Texas," made April 7, 1913. In the R. T. Milner Portfolio,
University of Texas Archives.
20ooJ. H. Quarles, "Politics Puts Out Col. Milner," in Waco Morning
News, June 12, 1913.
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