The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 3
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Lester Gladstone Bugbee
and press, and evidently canvassed friends and ex-students for
subscriptions without success. He later wrote the obituary
of the idea on the margin of a letter from a Dallas publisher
from whom he had inquired the price of a press. In a laconic
note he said: "At this time the College Monitor was contemplat-
ing the purchase of a press. It was finally decided to be beyond
our means and the Monitor was never printed." It may have
been issued and circulated, however, in manuscript.
During the summer and fall of 1886, he worked on the farm.
It does not appear that he shrank from such labor, but letters
from his correspondents indicate that, boylike, he had dreams
of acquiring money by speedier means. He considered a book
agency, thought of becoming a traveling photographer and
actually bought a camera through a mail order catalogue, and
made queries about engaging a hall in Fort Worth and Cleburne
for a magic lantern exhibition. Whether he owned the lantern
or planned to rent it, is not disclosed. It is clear, however, that
he did not discover the royal road to affluence and that he
remained dependent upon meager earnings from the farm.
It is obvious that he enjoyed the confidence of his parents
and that they had little disposition to interfere with his free-
dom of self-expression. Some time during the fall, he determined
to go to the University of Texas, then opening for its fourth
session. His record at Mansfield justified the expectation that
he would give a good account of himself, and the family resources
were stretched to enable him to enter for the second semester's
A New Year's resolution to keep a diary for a year was
robust enough to maintain itself, with some lapses, for three
weeks, and the result is an interesting document - as most
diaries are. It reveals a serious minded, self-assured youth,
saved from priggishness by complete candor and lack of self-
consciousness. His time seemed to be entirely his own, free of
the routine chores that we are taught to associate with a farm
household even in winter, and he employed it in a mixture of
a little reading and study with a good deal of entertainment.
Incidentally, the diary re-enforces one's respect for the resources
of an intelligent rural community for social entertainment
before the emergence of automobiles, roadhouses, picture shows,
and mechanized music.3
5Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Metze have supplied the following description of
Pleasant Point as it was in 1886: "Pleasant Point is one of the oldest
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