The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 11
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Lester Gladstone Bugbee
words? I conceive him to be just the kind of young man who
deserves the aid your institution offers in these fellowships."
Tallichet wrote of three years with Bugbee in his classes: "I
have ever found him dilligent, faithful in the performance of
his duties and eminently successful in his endeavors to acquire
the language he was studying." Judge Adams, of Cleburne,
wrote his congratulations after the fellowship was awarded:
I am indeed glad, in fact sincerely rejoiced that you are working with
the object in view of making a professor and a great one at that out of
yourself. I know you will succeed and that your future will be one of
honor and prosperity and an appropriate share of fame. Whenever I can
assist you after you return from Columbia, please command my services.
You must go into our State University. . . . I am honestly very proud
of you, for you are really the only young man of my acquaintance who
seems desirous of being thoroughly educated.
But the road to the goal of success and prosperity that Judge
Adams envisioned was beset by some very real privations.
Bugbee knew well enough that $500 would be insufficient for
his expenses, and he made tentative arrangements to borrow
money when it should be needed. Professor Garrison promised
to help, but it is not clear that his own finances enabled him
to respond when the demand came. His father lent him sums
from time to time and apparently signed notes for loans from
friends. A memorandum in September, 1894, when he was
preparing to return to New York for the second year, reads:
"Financially I now stand --I owe Papa 285.00, outstanding
notes 250 (& int), Gammon 20.00, Dr. Schultz 125, Dr. Graves
(Doctor Bill)." A summary of expenditures that he compiled
a little later was an ample alibi against any suspicion of riotous
living. It reads:
From last year's book and memory-- Borrowed from Papa in Sept. '93,
$105- Came to N. Y. by way of Chicago; 3 days at the Fair; ticket to
N. Y. by way of Niagara. Arrived in N. Y. Sept. 26, '93 - Hadn't enough
money to run till Dec. 1, when I should get my first installment on fellow-
ship. Papa sent 20.00; borrowed some from Trevor - Drew 125 on Dec. 1;
Pd Trevor & sent Papa $30.00; next drawing, Feb. 1; rent $20. To Dec.
28, boarded at 232 W. 49th St.; roomed with Francis Trevor & cooked
our own meals except breakfast. Moved to 459 W. 57th; roomed with E. A.
Blount; cost 6.50; moved in April (?) to 202 W. 131st St.; cost 6.00 &
L fare [that is, fare on the elevated]. Thence moved to 153 E. 44th St.;
cost $2.00 for room and $4.75 for 21 meals at French restaurant on
corner - Roomed alone - Left N. Y. early in June---Drew $125 Apr. 1,
& June 1 -"
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