The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 5
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Lester Gladstone Bugbee
"and wanted to go, very much, but papa thought it inadvisable,
and so I submitted." Apparently he consoled himself by reading
and by studying analytical geometry, "for at least a little
while," and finished the first part of Moore's Lalla Rookh, which
he thought an admirable plot. On January 5: "Received a
letter from Leslie Waggener, Chairman of the Faculty of the
U. of T. He informs me that I can't enter the Junior class, but
advises me to present myself for examination."
Abandoning chronology, we note that he finished Lalla Rookh
and analytical geometry, read Guizot's History of France and
finished therein the Hundred Years' War, and took part in
several debates. Some of the subjects debated were: Resolved
that woman has more influence over man than money; that
the white man has a better right to the United States than
the Indian; that war has been more destructive to the human
race than intemperance; and that works of art are more
attractive to the eye than nature. Between whiles, he did a
little canvassing for subscriptions to a paper and ran errands,
such as returning Mr. Sebastian's sausage grinder and borrow-
ing eighteen pounds of meal from Mr. Owens. He specified the
amount, he said, to avoid forgetting it.
The process of registration in the University when Bugbee
arrived, in contrast with the nightmare for students and
faculty into which it was destined to grow, was very simple.
The prospective student signed his name in a ledger, paid a
ten dollar matriculation fee, and, presumably after consulting
the teachers, chose his courses. The faculty of what is now
called the College of Arts and Sciences consisted of five
professors, three associate professors, and three instructors.
In addition, there were two professors of law and, for the
University at large, the "lady assistant," Mrs. Helen Marr
Kirby, and the proctor, Captain James B. Clark, who combined
the functions of registrar, librarian, and bursar and was an
unofficial but very efficient dean of men. The three men with
whom Bugbee was to do his major work were Leslie Waggener,
Chairman of the Faculty and Professor of the English Language,
History, and Literature; H. Tallichet, Professor of Modern
Languages; and George P. Garrison, Instructor in English
Literature and History. The record shows that he registered
on January 31, 1887, that he was number 236 in the cumulative
registration for the session, and that he boarded with "Mrs.
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