The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 59
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
it was the ultimate design of the friends of the measure to do
away with the school at College Station in order to duplicate
its courses at the University of Texas, thereby making the
University a "complete university of the first-class." Said
So solicitous is he [Mr. Hyde] that no doubt shall
exist in the constitution that nothing but the University
is implied in the language that he even left out all
the commas, so that he reader is compelled to take it
all in at one breath.205
He then asked the friends of the measure to answer this ques-
tion: "Is it not a fact that all these questions were lumped
together so as to catch all the voters, believing all of them are
in favor of some of the propositions ?" His opinion of a bill of
such duplicity was scornful: "It is confusion confounded."
From this time until July 18, when the bill was to be sub-
mitted to the people of Texas, Colonel Milner campaigned tire-
lessly against its passage. Numerous articles from his pen
appeared in the leading newspapers of the state, and other
speeches besides the one delivered at Houston were heard.
Governor Colquitt, who sponsored the bill, answered the charges
made against it in a letter to the Dallas News for July 13,
but there was no rejoinder in regard to the charge made by
Milner that the bill intended the destruction of A. & M. College.
The proposed amendments were defeated four to one.208 In
those counties where Colonel Milner spoke, they were defeated
overwhelmingly, according to the Bryan Daily Eagle, which
-went on to quote Colonel Milner on the outcome:
The citizens of Bryan are to be commended for the
unity of purpose with which they opposed the resolu-
tion. They snowed it under deeply in Brazos County.
The returns from my old home county, Rusk, pleased
me though more than anything else. The vote there
was 2711 against the amendment and 27 for the
On June 8, while the S. J. R. No. 18 was still pending, Colonel
Milner received a letter with disquieting news. Perhaps (judg-
205"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
26"S. J. R. 18 Defeated 4 to 1," Dallas Morning News, July 20, 1913, p. 1.
207"Texas Saved from Grave Peril," Bryan Daily Eagle, July 25, 1913.
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