Clipped From The Paris News
SUNDAY M fINING, JULY 2, BACKWARD GI lANCES By A. W. NEVILLE TEXAS UNIVERSITY SOME :ARS AGO Less Than One Thousand Students When Rube Wells Became Attorney What changes the years bring! Looking over a copy of a Paris newspaper published in 1803, I came across an advertisement of University of Texas (Sure, they advertised for students in those days) which set out some of the facilities of the University for educating youth. The University had then been established 15 years. The advertisement said there were 71 instructors nnd officers—today they will number at least 500. Enrollment the past session 800 students—latest report gave the number around ten thousand. Total expenses $150 to $250, tuition free, I do not know what the expense is today. Depends partly on how much students have or want to spend, I expect. The Academic Department of- fcroci 110 courses of study. Matriculation fee $10. Well equipped scientific laboratories. Library 35,000 volumes (Today nearly 600.00C). Gymnasium,' athletic. fir-Id, athletic instructor. The Law Department had matriculation fee, payable only once, of S30. Two- years course loads to degree Bachelor of Laws nnd entitles holder to practice m any court in Texas. (That was forty years ago, they get in now by stiff examination or by act of the Legislature). The commencement address to graduates of the University in June, 1898, was made by Alexander W. Terrell, who had b«n minister to Turkey in the Cleveland administration, To the graduates he said, among other things, "The chief reliance of the freest government In this world is in the men of the University." (Few women attended then, and they were not mentioned). "For esch .-Indent in America who graduates this year thorp will he five thousand of our youths now at school who will not graduate. Unsolved problems on which hinge the future of civilization will confront you. They must be solved by honest nnd enlightened thought; and neither Harvard nor Yale can equip you .so well as the University of Texas to think for Texas men on Texas soil." Thnt was a good old-fashioned talk for graduates by a good old- fashioned politics! orator and doubtless fired a lot of the graduates with delermin.'it'.on to do some deep thinking for Grand Old Texas nnd incidentally run for an office. la this same newspaper was a par.igraph which said: "Rub* Wells who graduated in the law department of the University of: : Texas the past r.cwifin. ar.d has \ been spending the summer with ! rcOMivcs in Paris, left this morn- me; (July 27. 1898 >. for Greenville to begin the practice of his profession."