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Old Main Building Memorial

When the historic old Main Building of the University of Texas is torn down this summer, the Regents have ordered that certain portions of it which are most significant be removed and embodied into a memorial shrine somewhere on the campus. The gothic arch, at the south entrance of the building, which as framed the State capitol for the delight of thousands of students, the cornerstone, which was placed in the old West Wing more than fifty years ago, three stone steps, numerous memorial tablets, and stained glass windows are among the relics which will make up this shrine.

Placed in a fitting and accessible spot on the enlarged campus, this shrine will be a memorial, not only to the founders of the University of Texas and to the memories and traditions which have gathered around the old Main Building in its fifty years of usefulness, but also to the fifty thousand exes who have passed through its portals and to whom each portion of the shrine will be full of meaning.

Alcalde. June, 1934.
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Old Main Used in Christmas Cards by Battle

An unusual idea in Christmas cards was used by Dr. W.J. Battle, Professor of Classical Languages at the University, whose office has been in the tower of the Main Building for forty years. The card, which is reprinted abive, is a reminiscence of a famous custom in gladiatorial contests at Rome. With death staring them in the face, the gladiators stood before the emperor and cried, "Morituri Salutamus: We are doomed to die but we pray for thy health, O CÊsar."

The central tower of Main Building and the office of the Professor of Greek destined, with the rest of the building, to give place to an enlargement of the library, are conceived as fully conscious of their impending destruction and yet praying for the welfare of the University. "The great tower which has been for forty years a beloved home of Greek studies and the room that is playfully called the Owl's Nest are doomed to death but they pray for the University's health: May the University of Texas live and grow and flourish."

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3 May 1999
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