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Dallas, were published in the last number of The Record. After these addresses were delivered in the auditorium of the Main Building, the audience retired to the main entrance of the Law Building, where Hon. T. S. Henderson, as President of the Board of Regents, formally presented the building to the Law School. Dean Townes accepted the building in behalf of the Law Faculty and students.

Several new regulations have been announced by the Faculty, and, I may add, have been closely adhered to by the students. Regular attendance upon all class exercises is more vigorously insisted upon than ever before. Written excuses for absence from classes are now the only means by which a student may be excused for an absence, and only two excuses are accepted; the student must either have been sick or out of the city. Being tardy at roll call twice counts an absence. Smoking is forbidden in every part of the building except in the room set apart for that purpose. During no previous term of its history has the Law Department made such decided and substantial advancement as during the Fall Term of 1908-09. Judge Townes entered upon his duties as Dean January 1, 1908, immediately following his extended visit of investigation of Eastern law schools, but he wisely waited till the department was in its new home to put many of his ideas of administration into practice. The department was never before so thoroughly organized, either as to matters of discipline or of class work. Many of the innocent traditions,--yet hurtful in a way, which had of necessity grown up during its stay in its old and inconvenient quarters, failed to survive the move and happily no longer hinder its progress. Everything about the Law Department has suddenly taken on a more dignified and orderly appearance. But with this improved morale the department has lost none of its old-time spirit of good fellowship and enthusiasm. It has simply made one long stride upward in the course of its higher development. J. J. D. C.

The Law

Feeling that the first entertainment to be given in the new Law Building should be one worthy of their new home, and wishing to share it with their friends among the ladies, the students of the Law Department of the University of Texas gave on the evening of the twenty-fourth of November, as their part of the celebration in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the University, a reception, instead of the "stag smoker" which it has been their custom to give annually heretofore at the Driskill Hotel.

The Law Building was appropriately decorated for the occasion, and all of its variaus offices and class rooms were thrown open for the inspection of the guests. The invitation list included the Faculty of the University, all visiting alumni of the department, the judges of all the courts located in Austin, and the members of the Austin Bar, as well as many lawyers and other prominent men from out of the city, and a great many ladies. The souvenir of the occasion was a small booklet, on the back of which


appeared an excellent cut of the Law Building, and which contained a picture of the Peregrinus, the chosen symbol of the department, some college yells, the official program of the evening, the dance program, and a list of the committees in charge of the affair.

The reception itself was held in the main corridor of the building, and lasted from eight until nine o'clock. The guests were then requested to assemble in the auditorium, where, with Professor B. D. Tarlton, of the department, presiding as master of ceremonies, a program consisting of some music by the University Orchestra, and speeches by M. S. Church, on behalf of the students and the alumni, T. P. Buffington and Wilbur P. Allen, on the part of the graduates of the department, was rendered.

After the conclusion of this program, the guests were invited into the library on the second floor of the building, where refreshments consisting of sandwiches, punch, and cigars were continuously served throughout the rest of the evening; while at the same time, dancing was begun in the three society halls in the basement, the floors of which had been put into excellent condition for the occasion. Music was furnished by Besserer's Orchestra. The card contained twelve dances, after each of which appeared a clever combination of technical legal and football terms appropriate to the occasion. The dancing continued until a late hour, and was thoroughly enjoyed.

The whole affair was most successfully planned and carried out and reflected much credit upon the members of the committees having it in charge, as well as upon the students of the Law Department as a whole.

J. P. D.




The new President, Dr. S. E. Mezes, presided for the first time. The Standing Committees for the year were announced.


Elementary teachers' certificates were voted to Blanche McComb, Emma May Ladd, and Edith Simpson.


T. W. Gregory, J. H. Hart, and Max Bickler were chosen alumni members of the Athletic Council.

A Standing Committee on Admission Examinations was created.


A communication was read from the Secretary of the Faculty of the Agricultural and Mechanical College informing the Faculty of the Uni

versity that the two students of the College chiefly concerned in a scrimmage at the recent football game between the elevens of the University and the College had been disciplined, adding: "The Faculty and Student Body of this institution deeply regret the unfortunate clash between cadets of this College and students of the University, and trust that the relations between the two institutions may continue to be most cordial." It was voted to send a letter of acknowledgment and appreciation: "The President and Faculty understand and heartily appreciate the spirit that prompted this action. They take advantage of this occasion to express their gratification at the good will and evident desire to keep such matters within bounds displayed by a majority of the cadets of your College on November 9th during the interval between the halves of the foot-ball game, and confidently believe that the unfortunate incidents referred to in your communication will through your action serve to draw closer the bonds of friendship between the two schools."

The following resolution, recommended by a special committee, was adopted: "The Faculty of the University of Texas wish to express to President Houston their deep and sincere regret at his resignation of the office of President. Through his wise administration which has carried the University to the highest usefulness of its history, and through his sterling personal qualities, he has won the esteem and honor of the whole institution. With the regrets of the Faculty, he carries also their hearty good wishes for his success in his new field."


Announcement was made of the death on Saturday, November 28, of Clarence H. Miller, late Dean of the Law Department. Committees were appointed to take appropriate action.


Announcement was made of the death of James B. Clark, Proctor and Secretary of the Faculty, on Sunday, December 6. Committees were appointed to take appropriate action. The Faculty then in a body repaired to the home of Captain Clark as a mark of respect.


The resignation of Dr. D. F. Houston, as President of the University, was received and accepted with regret, effective September 1. Dr. Sidney E. Mezes was then unanimously elected President.


President Mezes read his report on the state of the University, with recommendations, which were adopted, as follows:

Certain changes were made in salaries and several small expenditures authorized.

A balance of something over a thousand dollars from the expenses of the Summer School for 1908 was ordered to be paid in to the Auditor, and it was voted that next year's appropriation for the Summer School be augmented by the same.

Authority was given to appoint a Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds.

The purchase of a new adding machine was ordered.

New positions were created and filled, as follows:

Adjunct Professor of Law and Government, effective September 1, 1909, C. S. Potts.

Instructor in Philosophy, John H. Keen.

Tutor in Greek, Edith C. Symington.

Tutor in Electrical Engineering.

Two Assistant Law Librarians.

Law Registrar and Stenographer.

It was voted not to fill the following positions for the current session: Professor of Philosophy; Law Librarian and Stenographer; Fellow in Greek; Student Assistant in Drawing.

Dr. W. J. Battle, Professor of Greek, was chosen Dean of the College of Arts.

The revised Budget for 1908-09 was read and adopted. The following is a summary of it:

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The resignation of Dr. John B. Haden as Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology was announced, and Dr. Seth M. Morris appointed to fulfill the duties of the chair in addition to those of his present position as Professor of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology.

The Biennial Report of the Board to the Governor and Legislature was considered and adopted.


Charles Chamberlain McNeill, the new General Secretary of the Young Men's Christian Association, was born in Fayetteville, N. C., September 25, 1879. His father, George McNeill, was the son of The New Secretary Col. James H. McNeill, of New York. Col. McNeill of the Y. M. C. A. was one of the early graduates of Princeton, and at the opening of the Civil War was Secretary of the American Bible Society. This position he left to enter the Confederate Army, not as chaplain, but as a private soldier, from which rank he progressed, during the four years of service, to that of Colonel.

Mr. McNeill's early school training was received in private schools in the vicinity of Fayetteville. But when he was fourteen, his father's business called the family to Charlottesville, Va., to live; and there he attended the public schools, graduating from the High School in 1897. The following fall he entered the academic department of Washington and Lee University. Here he won some distinction in the schools of Biology and Philosophy, receiving in 1898 the University Scholarship in the former study, and in 1900 an Endowed Scholarship in Philosophy. In athletics he took an active part, playing on the baseball team one year, and on the football team three years. In the season of 1902 he was captain of the football team. As a member of the Glee Club and Presideent of the Y. M. C. A., together with many other activities, his interests were broad and his time full.

In 1900 he withdrew from Washington and Lee to spend the next two years as a teacher in the State School for the Blind and Deaf. In the fall of 1902 he re-entered Washington and Lee, graduating the following spring. Soon after this he accepted the position of Lay Assistant, or Assistant Pastor, in the Independent Presbyterian Church, of Savannah, Ga. After a year spent here, gaining much experience in religious work, he entered Princeton Seminary and Graduate School, as a candidate for an M. A. as well as for the Theological degree. But the next year, 1905, was spent, not in Princeton, but in tutoring and traveling in Germany, France, and England. After his return from Europe he entered the Y. M. C. A. work as State College Secretary for Virginia, which position he held until his acceptance in the summer of 1908 of the call to the University of Texas. In taking up the work at Texas, he soon won the hearts of all who knew him; and it is largely due to his management that the Association has been unusually successful in its work this year.

On December 30, 1908, Mr. McNeill married Miss Elizabeth Butler, of Savannah, Ga. The bridal couple returned to Austin with the beginning of the New Year.

Mr. McNeill is a Student Volunteer, and expects sometime in the near

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