The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 63
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
write that office for the statement, and that he was so doing.
The Controller than informed Colonel Milner that the office
force was too busy to compile the data asked for; so, said
Milner, "I had it compiled from the acts of the Legislature
and on January 13, 1913, I mailed to you this information."
At the close of this same letter, Milner wrote: "I trust this
will reach you in ample time to be incorporated in your special
message to the Legislature. The information concerning the
Federal appropriations was forwarded to you some days ago.
If I can be of any further service to you, please command
Next an editorial which had appeared in an Austin paper in
March, 1913 (after the strike episode), was quoted from by Col.
Milner. In this editorial the Governor was said to have believed
that "an educator of note should be in full control" at A. & M.,
a man who would "rule with an iron hand." This clearly did
not mean Milner. Other points were made, but in his discus-
sion of S. J. R. No. 18, Milner wound up his case and gave
his true opinion of Colquitt. Replying to the statement by the
Governor that the Board of Directors had been willing to
cooperate with the executive office in the upbuilding of the
college but that the president had not, Milner said:
I was willing to cooperate with the board in all mat-
ters that required cooperation and that looked to the
advancement of the institution. I was not willing to
cooperate with you because I knew you were grossly
ignorant of the administration of college affairs and
that you were an enemy of the school and would de-
stroy it if permitted to have your way.216
Following Milner's retirement, Charles Puryear, Dean of the
College, was made Acting President on October 1, 1913.217
Friends of the retired president tried to persuade him to
make the race for Superintendent of Public Education, but
this, others felt, was less than he was entitled to have, if he
desired a public office. When he made it clear that he was not
to be considered as a candidate for the superintendency, his
friend, Joseph W. Bailey of Washington, D. C., wrote him a
strong letter urging him to run for railroad commissioner
21"Milner Gives His Side," Dallas News, July 27, 1913, p. 7.
217Clarence Ousley, History of A. & M. College, 71.
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