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ENJOY ICED BIGELOW’S FAMOUS BLEND OF TEA WITH ORANGES AND SPICE A product of R.C.Bigelow,Norwalk,Conn.Sold by… HYDEN’S SUPER MARKET 208 East Oltorf Street Austin JOHNSON COQ 1?111dclmo DEMBCRATS 6 for $ 1 25 for $ 3 100 for $ 8 500 for $25 1000 for $40 FUTURA PRESS HI 2-8682 HI 2-2426 1714 SO. CONGRESS AUSTIN BUMPERSTRIPS Famous \(ullity peel-off back. Send check with order; prices incl. par cel post. Other prices on request. 5 for $ 1 25 for 4 100 for 10 500 for 35 1000 for 55 Walter Webb On the same occasion, the late Walter Prescott Webb spoke of his friend: I have know Frank Dobie for about 35 years, maybe a little longer. There are many sides to him, more facets than I know, and I suspect more than he knows or suspects. He can not be confined, and is not subject to definition. All I can do is to describe some of his attributes as I have known them. Some of them may surprise you, but if they do that will only illustrate how impossible it is to understand him. The first thing to which I call your attention is that Frank Dobie dislikes Texas. He is never happy when he is here; he is never miserable when he is away. The happiest years of his life he spent in an Oklahoma agricultural college where he said he felt completely at home. The thing he likes best about Texans is their boastfulness. He said that the only thing he disliked about Oklahomans was their modesty. He never quite got used to it. A second characteristic is his unfailing spirit of obedience, his submissiveness to authority. He likes all the people in high places, and he is especially fond of regents. He is always anxious to please them, and they never gave an order that he did not obey with, alacrity. There is not any instance where they said come, that he did not come running. He can anticipate their wishes. He was never known to keep galloping around on the prairie when he was ordered in to the campus. The regents often cite him as an example of what a university would be like made up entirely of Dobies. A thing of undisturbed beauty and a joy forever. A very quiet place it would be. Mr. Dobie is a great defender of architects and sculptors. He is particularly fond of the architects who designed the University buildings, those who put all the windows on the west side so as to incubate the heat, make life in them intolerable for seven months in the year, and make expensive air conditioning imperative. He once expressed his unstinted admiration for the Tower on the Main Building. Dobie said that Texas had plenty of length and breadth, and that it should also have height in proportion. No sense in spreading out over all this space, with shaded Dr. Louis E. Buck Veterinarian House Call Practice GR 2-5879 House Call Fee No More Than Office Call Fee walks to fend off the sun. What we need, he said, is buildings imported from other regions, and that are comfortable only when they have snow on the roof. Dobie said you did not need a porch, that the only use for a porch was to put saddles on and provide shade for the dogs. He is not the critic who said of the University Tower that it would look better laid down on its side with a porch around it. That was another fellow who is to Dobie as Bacon to the English Bard. His admiration of Texas sculptors surpasses that for the architects. He thinks the cenotaph on Alamo Plaza in San Antonio is the very embodiment of the artistic spirit of Texas, and that the sculptor who made it should be proclaimed an honorary Texas Ranger. He might add a few horses, but otherwise he approves of all the best Texas art. Dobie is the best camp cook I know, excepting one. He does not want any of the conveniences. He would prefer to build the fire out of cow chips, but since the drouth has burned them up, he will compromise with green brush, and the harder it is to gather the better he likes it. He will grudgingly use wood that others have gathered, but I have never known him to set the woodpile on fire rather than drag off a few chunks. He will not use a griddle to broil a steak. He wants a green stick with the steak speared on it. He’likes the fire so hot that he can burn the steak up on the outside and* have it raw on the inside. If he can drop it a time or two in the ashes, he considers the flavor improved. Some of his customers have said it didn’t hurt. Dobie is a total abstainer. He never drinks whiskey except on social occasions, and Dobie is really socially inclined. He does not know the difference between good whiskey and bad whiskey, and really shows a strong preference for the more vicious brands. He can not tolerate Jack Daniels or Old Forrester. Dobie is quite fastidious in his tastes. He believes that everybody ought to dress for dinner, and he never misses a chance to put on tails or a dinner jacket. This is the influence of a year in England. You can tell by his stiff formality that he has departed far from his Texas heritage. Dobie is one of the famous gardeners of Austin. His home on Waller Creek is set in grounds that are the envy of. all his many visitors. He does all the planning himself, and any time you go there after five o’clock you will find him working near a table that is well equipped with what it takes to stimulate the artistic imagination of a gardener. It is generally assumed that Mrs. Dobie contributes something to this beautiful garden, but this is an error. Frank does it all. There he is, ladies and gentlemen, and with all those simple virtues it is no wonder that we love him as much as we misunderstand him. July 24, 1964 29