The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 7
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Lester Gladstone Bugbee
"oration" by Bugbee entitled, "The Golden Mean." Its theme
was the use of conscience as a guide to conduct. In October,
1891, he published an interpretation of "the weird seizures and
the introductory songs" in Tennyson's Princess, and in January,
1893, a ten-page essay on The Tempest. The essays were prob-
ably written as class papers for courses in literature, under
Dr. Waggener.4 As associate editor, he inaugurated an exchange
department, to which he contributed notes on other college
His work on the Magazine brought Bugbee into association
with two brilliant, erratic, and rather tragic figures with whom
he formed close and lasting friendships. One of these was
H. R. R. Hertzberg of San Antonio and the other was Edward A.
Blount, Jr., of Nacogdoches. Both contributed verse to the
Magazine and longed for literary recognition; both were com-
pletely Bohemian in taste and conduct. Blount, who became
a doctor and a specialist in dermatology, declared that he was
never happy except in a dream-world of his own poetic creation.
He published a small volume of poems at his own expense, but
it did not bring the recognition that he desired much more than
success in his profession. Hertzberg, educated in France, took
a law degree at the University, and was for a time assistant
city attorney of San Antonio; but newspaper work was more
congenial. He served for some years on the staff of New Orleans
and Chicago papers, and was grievously crippled by a fall down
an elevator shaft in a Chicago office building. Bugbee seems
to have undertaken to serve him as a literary agent, and tried,
unsuccessfully, to place some of his poems in Century, and.
possibly in other magazines, over the pseudonym of "Jean
Stein, Dec'd."5 Carrying on the parallel, Blount, too, was
injured by falling down stairs, and walked with crutches for
several years. Bugbee was wholly unlike these men in tempera-
ment and habits, and their mutual esteem and affection is a
testimonial to the genuine worth and liberality of each of them.
In his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Bugbee formed life-
long friendships with H. Y. Benedict, G. W. Pierce, E. L.
Dohoney, A. B. Flanary, J. Lea Gammon, and Jesse Andrews.
In the University at large, his intimates were Victor Brooks,
Donald Cameron, George Endress, J. F. Etter, J. E. Pearce,
4There are probably a dozen other essays and compositions preserved
in his papers.
5Copies of several poems are in Bugbee's papers.
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