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“Be held permanently for educational purposes.. . Austin This is a story about George Brackenridge and how the UT regents defied the intent of his will. There’s more than a little history involved in this story, but where it eventually will lead is to the fact that Austin is about to lose one of its largest and most attractive green belts. Back about the time of World War I, George Washington Brackenridge and George Washington Littlefield were in mortal combat for the title of UT’s top sugar daddy. The two Georges hated one another. Littlefield had been a major in the Confederacy, while Brackenridge was a Union sympathizer. UT President Robert E. Vinson had the pleasure of knowing and dealing with both men. “They were exact opposites. … Their dislike for each other was profound,” Vinson wrote \(See J. Evetts Haley’s biography, George W. Littlefield, Texan, “Each of them seemed to regard the other as the representative, if not the embodiment, of the principles which had once driven the nation asunder.” Vinson remembered Brackenridge as a scholar, very popular among the UT faculty. Littlefield was a man of action, The drawing and Nixon quotation from the Sept. 8 Observer cover were swiped from a fine poster being sold for 25 cents a copy by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, 1155 15th St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005. The Observer inadvertently left the credit line off the cover. “to be classed with men who carve empires out of the wilderness. … When Mr. Brackenridge spoke of the University of Texas, he always emphasized the word University. Major Littlefield emphasized the word Texas.” One gets the impression from reading Haley’s history of Littlefield that if the major were alive today, he’d drive an orange Cadillac. BRACKENRIDGE served on the UT Board of Regents from 1886 to 1911 and then again from 1917 to 1919. It was his greatest dream to move the University of Texas off the 40 Acres and onto a large and beautiful plot of land he owned west of town, on the shores of the Colorado. In MAP $F THE CITYS4kUSTIN es Gitineir Arse \(ono Acne 013 SER A Journal of Free Voices A Window to the South Sept. 22, 1972 250