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the President of the University of South Carolina, that institution which furnished the only teacher I ever had in the branches above the common school, Dr. Olin.

I endorse most cordially the words of our good bishop, who invoked divine blessing upon this institution and these men who have it in charge. O, that they may have wisdom to meet all the demands, every requirement for the great service in which they are engaged! May this University go on growing and to grow, flourishing and to flourish, prospering and to prosper. I wish for the new President the utmost success. I hope that each one connected with the institution will give to him his cordial support.



Dean Mezes: More than by any other factor, the University is judged by its alumni, and is well content to have it so. The representative is the Hon. Thomas T. Connally, of the class of '98.

Mr. Connally:

Within these walls echoing with memories and made dear by past association, before this distinguished assemblage, and on an occasion marking the accomplishment wrought by our beloved institution and propitious for its future, it is with undisguised pride that I respond on behalf of the alumni to the sentiments aroused by the event that brings us here.

On September 15, 1883, in this building there was celebrated another inaugural, an inaugural which sent out upon the untried tide of fortune this institution, an inaugural which crystallized and brought into union the forces and influences, whose growth and accomplishments are the pride and glory of Texas. Struggling against great odds in the beginning, with acute enemies making insidious attacks from the cover and barricades of more popular interests, with a quiet dignity she has breasted the waves of adversity and has attained a success signalized by this occasion.

During all the years the dear mother with a benediction and

blessing upon her children and with a dower that can neither perish nor be dissipated, has sent them forth from her hallowed halls buoyant with the alluring promises of the future.

As to how they have measured up to her high hopes and motherly solicitude, the pulpit, and the class room, the study and the laboratory, the office and the counting room, the bar and the public service, give answer. How well they have paid their debt to the public is testified by the useful careers they have forged from their flinty surroundings. Some remain in Texas, others have migrated to other States; some reside in the far-off Philippines; while others have sought their fortunes in foreign lands and know naught of home save missives from across the seas.

But whatever and wherever they may be, they send greetings to the dear old University, greetings to the new President, congratulations and a fond and abiding confidence that all will be well in the promise of what this day assures us.

The day brings to each a sad, sweet homesickness, a desire to be back with the schoolmates of long ago, to partake once more of the rare delight of cutting class, to engage again in the fierce contests of college politics, again to quaff the tonic of sunshine and air on the athletic field in pursuit of the elusive pigskin.

Today Austin is the Mecca of their dreams: a longing like that of the faithful abides in every breast to make a pilgrimage here, to lay an offering at this shrine.

The University will always be to the alumni a source of con: tinued culture and advancement, through frequent contact with its atmosphere of learning and scholarship; and the proper sphere of the alumni should be one that will strengthen and popularize among the masses of the people the institution that is theirs, to make them feel that it is not a thing apart from them and their interests, not an agency or institution of a class or clique, but that its welfare, its progress and its attainment to the highest degrees of scholarship are indissolubly interwoven and intertwined with the welfare and independence of themselves and their posterity.

These beneficent results can best be attained by the University man's exemplifying in every walk of life the highest and purest qualities of head and heart; by serving faithfully the people who honors him with places of trust and responsibility; by placing the common weal above selfish ends, and in permitting his patriotism to soar in the empyrean of an exalted purpose above and beyond the

base passions inspired by petty gain; by discharging in private life the debts of society with a culture and refinement that bespeak the democrat and yet the gentleman; and whether in public or private by meeting the problems that confront him with an intelligence and foresight worthy of the product of a great seat of learning.

With these great ends in view, with an executive of broad ideas and high attainment, the alumni are confident that the University from the years that stretch out before it in such abundant promise will carve a career commensurate with our truest ambitions and worthy of the hallowed and sacred traditions of the past.



Dean Mezes: The people of Texas are largely of Southern extraction, and our University is bound by strong ties to her Southern sisters. The University is a State institution, but she is thoroughly aware of the noteworthy work of the many strong private and denominational universities, and rejoices in their steady progress. I take great pleasure in presenting a representative of these institutions, the Chancellor of Vanderbilt University, Dr. James H. Kirkland.

Chancellor Kirkland:

In the brief space of time allotted to me this morning it would be useless to attempt to make any real contribution to the serious thought of this hour. I would not undertake to teach a freshman anything in five minutes; for a sophomore, five days would be desirable; while for a senior, I should feel the need of five weeks. But before my golden moments shall have fled, suffer me at least to discharge my duty as a guest and express my appreciation of the honor conferred upon me by an invitation to participate in the exercises of this day. I bring to The University of Texas the good wishes and greetings of Southern institutions everywhere. The heart of the South is with you here on this occasion. Personally, I feel bound by the closest possible ties to this State and its educa

tional work. The kind remarks of your chief executive remind me that a South Carolinian has a right to feel at home in this great State. Representing more particularly, as I do, the State of Tennessee, I am glad to remind you of the many ties that have bound that State to Texas from the times of David Crockett and Sam Houston even to this good hour.

To you, Mr. President, we bring today our assurance of confidence and good will. We congratulate you on the wide opportunity for service that is opening out before you. The robe of honor that now so becomingly clothes you is seamed with lead. When the applause of this occasion shall have died away and its flowers faded, there will still remain heavy burdens to be borne and important obligations to be discharged. We are sure, however, of your strength, and we have confidence in your wisdom, so that we fear neither failure nor faltering on your part. To labor constantly for the world with no thought of self, to find indifference and opposition where you ought to have active assistance, to meet criticism with patience and the open attacks of ignorance without resentment, to plead with others for their own good, to follow sleepless nights with days of incessant toil, to strive continuously without ever attaining this it is to be a college president. But this is only half the truth. To be associated with ambitious youth and highminded men, to live in an atmosphere charged with thoughts of the world's greatest thinkers, to dream of a golden age not in the past but in the future, to have the exalted privilege of striving to make that dream a reality, to build up great kingdoms of material conquest and make daily life richer and fuller, to spiritualize wealth and convert it into weal, to enrich personal character and elevate all human relationships, to leave the impress of one's life on a great and immortal institution-this, too, it is to be a college president.

May I venture to express the satisfaction of a visitor in the splendid achievements of this institution? We see around us on every side the proofs of intelligent and successful planning and execution. And yet I feel that in this hour our thoughts must be directed mainly toward the future. The South is in the midst of an advance movement. The dark days through which the older generation has been passing are drawing to a close; the greatness of our natural resources is recognized by the world; the desert is beginning to blossom with roses. On every mountain side great mines of un

told wealth are being opened, by every flowing stream the sound of the mill wheel is heard, our fields are white with a larger harvest than ever before, and in every hamlet and every city are a thousand signs of progress. Fortunately, too, we recognize the intimate relation that must always exist between progress and education. We realize that of all our resources the most valuable and important are the youth of the land. Hence, we recognize that the educational question is the greatest question before us. Because of this fact

we believe our material progress will be permanent and will tend to the improvement of our civilization. In the future of the South this great State will play a part of growing importance. No man can be a pessimist in Texas. The breath of the morning is upon you, and the spirit of a larger day strengthens your heart. It is only with the aid of the most vivid imagination that one would dare speak of the achievements of this State within the next hundred years. I can wish for this institution nothing better than that it should. keep pace with and be the leader of your material prosperity. In the days to come your cities will be reckoned with the greatest of the South. Vessels from your seaports will be found in every harbor of the world. Your vast plains will furnish clothing for a nation, the raw material for a thousand mills. In that day we trust that this institution will be found still the promoter of your progress, the light of your civilization, the inspirer of the young men and the young women who shall then crowd its walls-the glory of the new Texas as it is the chief pride of today. To that end, Mr. President, we dedicate you on this happy and auspicious occasion.



Dean Mezes: The University exists mainly for the benefit of the ever passing generations of students, whose sincere spirit of cooperation it is a pleasure publicly to recognize. The students of today will be represented by the President of their association, Mr. Frank M. Ryburn.

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