The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 58
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
S. J. R. No. 18, as the bill was commonly referred to, pro-
posed to amend Sections 49 and 52 of Article III of the Consti-
tution of Texas so as to read:
Section 49. No debt shall be created by or on be-
half of the State except to supply casual deficiencies
of revenue . . ., and no debt created to supply defi-
ciencies in current revenue shall ever exceed in the ag-
gregate at any one time five hundred thousand dollars.
The Legislature however shall have power to author-
ize the issuance of bonds to be approved by the Gov-
ernor for the purpose of purchasing additional ground
and erect necessary buildings for the University of
Texas including a medical department, an Agricultural
and Mechanical College and all departments and activi-
ties of a complete university of the first class.202
The bill was misunderstood by many, including friends of
A. & M., who invited Colonel Milner to speak before them on
the measure. Accordingly, on May 29, 1913, he spoke to the
local alumni of Houston, giving his views on the proposed piece
of legislation. Milner called the bill "the most perfect picture
of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ever drawn. The form of the ballot
is Dr. Jekyll; the amendment as it will be written into the
constitution, should it pass, is Mr. Hyde."20 Dr. Jekyll, said
Milner, told all voters who desired to vote for the amendment
that they would have printed on their ballot the following
For amendment to Sections 49 and 52 of Article
III of the Constitution, authorizing the issuance of
bonds for the University of Texas, Agricultural and
Mechanical College, State Penitentiary System, and
other public improvements and building of ware-
houses for agricultural products.204
Mr. Hyde, however, told them that the legislature should have
the right to issue bonds for the purpose of "purchasing addi-
tional grounds and erecting necessary buildings for the Uni-
versity of Texas, including a medical department, an Agri-
cultural and Mechanical College and all departments and activ-
ities of a complete university of the first-class." In other words,
202From copy of the proposed amendment found in the R. T. Milner
Portfolio, University of Texas Archives.
203"An Address Delivered by R. T. Milner to the Local Alumni of the
A. & M. College of Texas." R. T. Milner Portfolio, University of Texas
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