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J. C. Nagle, D. A. Penick, and E. P. Schoch. This was a dis-
tinguished cross section of the student body then, or at any
later period. It would be instructive to follow the careers of
some of these men in state and national life.
In the diary that, as we saw, he kept for a few weeks before
he entered the University, Bugbee recorded that he was deeply
impressed by a sentence that he heard in a debate on the
relative influence of woman and money upon man. One of his
opponents declared that money "is the grease that oils the
machinery of our social 'intercourse." The truth of this discovery
at the age of seventeen was never to be obscured by subsequent
experience. He never knew the freedom of easy financial circum-
stances. His father was no doubt regarded as a well-to-do
farmer. He owned his land; hired labor to help him raise crops
of cotton, corn, wheat, and feed; cured his own pork; built a
comfortable house in 1886 in which his son and daughter freely
entertained; he looked forward to a drilled well, a windmill,
and running water, and finally attained those comforts; but
he was rarely out of debt. Though actual living expenses of
the boy at school in Austin were low, the aggregate, with
incidentals, imposed a sacrifice on the family at home, especially
for the first two and a half years.
The first half-year Bugbee lived at "Mrs. Stovall's," cost
unknown. During 1887-1888 and 1888-1889 he lived at a "mess
club" - antecedent of the modern cooperativee" - which adver-
tised in the University Catalogue that cost of board, room, fuel,
light, and washing averaged $11.85 a month. The third full
session, 1890-1891, he lived at 2110 August Street (now Nueces
Street), and the last two years he was at the newly built
Brackenridge Hall, where meals were a la carte and might run to
about fifty cents a day. The total draft on the parental treasury
seems to have been from $35 to $40 a month. Father usually
forwarded the money by bank draft or money order, but mother
was the intermediary and sometimes slipped a little extra into
an envelope accompanied by an anxious admonition to be a
good boy and make it go as far as possible. When the young
freshman joined the Athenaeum, she wrote that papa approved.
A month later papa thought he was "spending too freely," but
she surreptitiously tucked a five dollar bill into the letter and
asked him to explain. She was alarmed when he joined a
fraternity and, without reference to papa, asked for information:
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