The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 29
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Lester Gladstone Bugbee
5: "Reynolds and Yeiser are bustling about today, holding
exams and preparing to open school Monday. It makes me feel
queer. I wonder how I would feel at the University opening
without having a part in it." In October, just as he was begin-
ning treatment with Baird, Dr. Norton warned him: "'Old man,
did you ever think seriously of not getting well?' I told him I
knew there were 90 chances against me and had ceased to
worry at the prospect of death. He went to put up some instru-
ments and said, 'I don't think I'd start that poultry farm yet.'
I asked him then if he thought my case so serious as that, and
he admitted that he thought I was 'pretty well used up."'
Norton did not discourage the idea of going home, "though he
said I might live some longer here." Then followed the treat-
ment under Baird. New Year's day, 1902, he suddenly decided
that it was no use; he would go home. On January 8, he wrote
from Pleasant Point: "Well, I'm here. . . . I came home partly
because I am worse and still going down hill; but more because
of the miserable existence that seemed to be my lot in El Paso.
... I came to the conclusion that such a life would make a well
man sick, so I suddenly resolved to come home." A month later,
he was finding diversion in teaching his eight-year-old niece
and helping her plan a flower garden; "you see, I am still school
teacher and if things go well I intend to send Nellie to the
University the best prepared kid in school." He was distressed
about her lack of suitable books, for, he wrote, "she will read;
she devours all but the news in the Houston Post and Galveston
News." He planned to sell his own books and buy a juvenile
The end came on March 17, 1902. In two months more he
would have been thirty-three years old. The Texan published
a heavily leaded editorial. Memorial services were held in the
auditorium on his birthday, when Professor Garrison spoke of
the high quality of his work as student and teacher; Benedict
of his lovable social qualities and of his loyalty to the University
and many-sided interest in its advancement; and Alex Weisberg,
a brilliant sophomore, of his thorough comprehension of student
difficulties and aspirations and of his understanding helpfulness.
A faculty committee, composed of H. Y. Benedict, George P.
Garrison, W. J. Battle, and John A. Lomax, presented resolu-
tions- drawn in large part, no doubt, by Benedict-- which
were adopted and recorded in the Faculty Minutes. As Benedict
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