The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 10
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lived at home was his last long residence with his family. In
addition to school duties, he was federal census enumerator
during 1890, and in the fall of 1891 he picked up a few dollars
through an appointment by Judge Adams to a place on the
county board of examiners.
The last three years at the University were probably passed
without much drain on the parental purse. For the 1890-1891
session, he had his savings of the year before; and during
1891-1892 and 1892-1893 he had a fellowship in history which
paid him $33.33 a month.
At the June commencement in 1893 he received the master's
degree. Part of the requirements of this degree --as now---
was the preparation of a paper on a subject involving original
investigation, and Bugbee had written a history of Stephen F.
Austin's colony. He had not then had access to the Austin
Papers, the principal source for the history of Austin's work,
but he used to advantage the original records in the General
Land Office and documents published in the standard histories
of Texas by Kennedy, Foote, and Yoakum. It had good tech-
nique and organization and showed maturity of thought and
style; and, combined with his distinguished record, it won him
a fellowship at Columbia College, New York, paying $500 a
year. Men with whom he had done most of his work at Texas
recommended him to the Columbia faculty with impressive
sincerity: Garrison described him as "a hard working, con-
scientious student, careful and accurate in research, of marked
ability and much promise." Dr. Waggener declared: "I know
of no one in the state whom I could more strongly recommend."
Walter Lefevre, speaking for economics and philosophy, wrote:
"from an acquaintance with him both in and out of the class-
room, I can say without reservation that he is peculiarly fitted
not only to profit by the opportunities afforded by a fellowship
but to adorn it. . . . I am confident that his appointment to the
fellowship . . . would in all ways meet the ends for which
fellowships are established." Blind Dr. Dabney wrote to his
cousin, Thomas R. Price, on the Columbia faculty: "I prefer
to address myself to you . . . because I wish to give you my
special assurances of Mr. B's worthiness." And, after explaining
that Bugbee had worked three years with him, he went on,
"you will find him a man of high breeding and morals, punctual,
diligent, eager to learn, and of good capacity. Why multiply
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