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Bryan daily eagle and pilot. [volume] (Bryan, Tex.) 1909-1918, October 07, 1909, SPECIAL TROLLY EDITION, Image 4

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A representative of The Eagle went
out 'o the A. and M. College In order
to learn how the trolly proposition
Ja looked at from that end of the line.
Some of those whom he desired to
see were too busy to spare even a few
minutes but by patience and persever-
ence he secured several Interviews
which are good reading. Here they
Pres. Mllner said: "You may say that
we are all heartily in favor of the
proposition to bring the A. and M.
College and Dryan into closer rela
tions by means of a rapid transit line.
There are many, very many reasons
for It and none against it In the
present congested condition of the
'College It would be of Incalculable ad
vantage to us in helping to take care
ot the overflow of students. Il li not
our policy to provide business facili
ties at the college and Dryan Is well
able to supply us with all that we shall
ever need In that line, provided
we have an easy and speedy means of
communication between the two pla
ces. We are willing to do whatever
we ran consistently to promote the
Prof. C. P. Fountain la enthusias
tically In favor of the trolly line. He
said: "It seems to me this Is Bryan's
opportunity. Our buildings are all
crowded to their utmost capacity and
we cant get tents fait enough to ac
commodate the overflow of students.
If we bad the trolley line many of the
Instructors and employee of the Col
lege would live in Dryan and their
cottages bere could be used for dor
mitories for studetts. In an emergen
cy like the resent the faculty would
permit students to board in Dryan,
though I don't believe that will ever
be tho permanent policy of the Col
lefe. The legislature will make pro
vision for all necengary buildings the
people of Texas demand it. The Col
lege authorities mum discourage ex
travagance and other bad habits that
would result from allowing the stu
dents to be on the streets of Dryan
without restraint, but It Is probable
that provision will be made for stu
dents who live In Dryan to board at
borne. This would Induce many who
have sons to educate to make their
homes in Dryan, and such always'
make the very best of citizens. At
present we have a College population
of 1&00 to 2000 and our only meant
of communication Is by the railroad
traim, which run at very Inconvjn
lent times, causing a loss of at least
a half day every time we go to
Dryan. As I said at first now is the
t'.ne to strike while the Iron is hot
"The college demands and will have
better financial, commercial, social
and religious facilities than we now
have. You have them and all that It
lacking Is the means to avail oursrl
ves of them. If you full to provide thlt
we shall be forced to look out for oar
selvei. Already thla year a complete
grocery department has been added
to the campui store and a Cadet's ex
change has been opened. If Dryan
leta this opportunity slip other faclll
ties will be provided on the campur
and the result will be that Dryan wll!
lose tho coll-ge business. Now Is
your opportunity, the Issue will be set
tied soon.
In conclusion Prof. Fountain re
marked that it was his private opln
Ion that If the trolley line were in
operation now 300 students would re
boarding in Dryan. He also referred
to the fact that Canyon City, with less
than half the population of Bryan, had
raised for the West Texas Normal
bonus of 7100,000.000 and the choice
of seven 40-acre tracts of laud at
Capt Andrew Moses, U. S. A. com
mandant of cadets, does not favor any
plan that will Interfere with the mill
tary dirlpltne of the College, but the
trolley line need not do that. Many
of the professors, Instructor and em-
ployei would prefer to live In Dryan
and could do so without any detriment
to the Interests of the College, and
the residences on the campus now
orcupled by tLem could be utilized as
dormitories for the students. The
money appropriated by the legislature
could then be used in the consfruc
(Ion of academic buildings r.nd In pro
viding equipment which are very
much needed, and In building more
dormitories. Capt. Moses also re
ferred briefly to the Increased busi
nesa, social and religious privileges
that would result from more Intimate
relations between the town and the
Of Bryan, Texas
The First National Bank
J Solicit! busincNS upon J
A4 the haul of prompt and jV?
ipj painstaking wervire and WW
aoNolutc security. jy
Safety Deposit Doxch for llent
nt Reasonable Rates.
I'ruf. Wellborn: "The largo opening
In spite of adverse conditions shows
that with average crop and normal
conditions the number of students
would be very much greater. It la my
opinion that .f the circumstances had
had been altogether favorable we
should hare had at least 1200 to begin
with. It is as certain as anything In
the future can be that In a few years
. and M. College will number Its
student! by the thousand. The more
students, the larger must be the teach
ing force and the greater the number
of employes. More business and more
travel will follow of course. In my
opinion the trolley line will prove to
be a very profitable Investment, In a
few years If not from the first.
Prof. Alvord: "I can best express
my opinion of the situation by giving
you a sketch of what was done and
the result where the conditions were
ilmllnr. The Agricultural college of
Michigan Is three and one half in lies
east of tanning. In 1 S93 there wai a
little dinkey car lino from the city to
a raret rack about half way to tho col
lege, but It was of little or no advan
tage to the college. The number of
students then wns about 400. In 1S95
the car line was extended to the gate
of the college grounds,, a half mile
from the buildings. There was a lurge
Increase In tho number of students,
about 75 of whom were Jr.y students
from the city. In 1898 the car line was
extended to the center of the campus
with the result that business Increas
ed so that a forty per cent Increase In
the service was necessary, tho can
running every twenty minutes from 6
. ni. to 11 p. m. In 1902 tho line was
loubled tracked to the rlty limit,
'hen half way to the college, and large
cars were put on. The number of
itudents Is now over 1200, many of
whom board and lodge In the city, the
lormltory accommodations being lesi
than COO. A thriving residence city,
tnown as East Lancing, has grown
up around the college, of which Lan
ding gets the business. Its citizens
trc people who came there to educate
heir children, and these, you know
tre the best class of pcl,l- The c ity
has constructed a" paved boulevard
ilong the carllne to the college, which
ill the way Is lined with beautiful sub
urban homes. In granting the fran
chise the legislature limited the fare
to five cents. What was done at Lan
ding could be done at Dryan, with
ilmllar result."
Prof. Nosle's c'asscs In engineering
have made some surveys under his
direction but be did not care to base
any statement on what he bad learned
in this way. Nor would he express
an opinion as to the cost except to
say emphatically that It will pay If
properly built and managed. Thli
opinion from such a source Is valuable
and The Eagle Is thankful for It for
when It comes to getting Information
about an engineering problem an ex
perienced engineer Is about the hard
est proposition a newspaper man ever
comes up against.
James Hays Quarbs, librarian of
the college, said: "I believe that In
terurban transportation In Texas has
but commenced and In my opinion the
traffic will Increase as fast as lines
are built. I watched the construction
of the Fort Worth and Dwllas interur
ban, and witched Its growth as a
means of rapid communication be
tween the two cities and I know that
such accommodation Increases the
travel between any two given polnts.lt
la safe, convenient and cheap. A trol
ley line between Dryan and the A.
and M. College of Texas would In
crease the traffic a great deal. At
the College we have a community of
over a thousand people; they are a
community without mercantile facili
ties, and they must do their trading
In the town of Dryan. With lack of
communication, the people are de
pendant upon a train a day each way,
or must have their own vehicles, and
It is well known that educational
work doesn't pay such munificent sal
aries that people can afford their own
horses and buggies even'lf tbey had
the time to give to the drive each way.
Threfore they would patronize the
trolley and It would be a growing
thing from month to month. I think
It would beccmo a paying Investment
In a comparatively short space of
time. However I would not like to
see a trolley line Interfere In any
way with the dormitory yitem at hte
and M. College of Texas. In my
opinion the dormitory system Is the
mnklng of the boys who come here.
They are under rule that restrain
them; these rules put down any ten
dency to rlclousnesa that may exist,
and It keeps boys from running on
streets and from house to house. It
requires them to put In their required
number of study hours. It requires
them to be seat In their quarters and
of their person; It brings them in close
.r B. A T. C.
SI 00 a D.r. $3.00 a Wh
Mrs. W. Traak Miller, Maaager.
I Bake Every Cay
Nice Bread of all kinds.
Fancy Cakes and Pies.
Only best materials used anJ clean
liness is my watchword. I also
keep on hand a nice line of
Cakes and Cookies.
Mrs. Otto Boehme
want to see, the trolley and nope it
will be built."
Prof. Make xke especially of the
Isolation of the College community,
restricting to a very narrow limit
their social activities. One of the
most benlflcent result! of the trolley
line would be the enlargement of the
social sphere of the College people.
This would add much to the pleasures
of the youug people esj tjclally, would
produce favorable conditions for the
development of that side of their
characters and would be beneficial In
many ways.
Howell & Newton
Grocers & Coffee Roasters
Phones 23 and 150
When You Are Keady
To buy that Lumber bill, come
let me show you my Carefully Selected
Stock of Long Leaf Yellow Pine
Lumber. Every thing under weahter
proof shed. Prices as low as the low
est. Quality not excelled.
Stands for the Material Development
of Bryan and Brazos County at all .
times and our subscription to the
Bryan-College Trolley Line is an
evidence of our good wishes to that
enterprise and to our hope that the
very pleasant relations now existing
between Bryan and College will become
closer and closer knit. until it will
not be possible to tell where the City
ends and the College begins.
It is a pleasure to this Bank
to care tor the Accounts of the
Teachers, Students and Employees of
the A. & M. Collegcand we solicit
your account promising Careful,
Courteous attention.
G. S. PARKER, President. E H. ASTIN, Vice-Pres.
Asst. Cashier.

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