November 3, 1916
Promise that the Texas State school of Mines will be bigger and better than every, when the work of rebuilding the recently burned main building shall have been done, was made by Dr. R.F. Vinson, of Austin, president of the University of Texas, at the weekly luncheon of the Rotary Club yesterday.
"It will take more than a fire to stop the School of Mines," declared Dr. Vinson. "There are some things that can burn and others that cannot. The spirit that is behind the School of Mines cannot burn, and when we rebuilt, it will be a bigger and better scale than ever. I will add that no one is thinking of removing to any other city, and we will rebuild in El Paso.
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"We believe we have an opportunity for the development of a school of mines unparalleled in the United States. El Paso is the center of the greatest mining district in North America, and from this institution we radiate an influence that will help to develop the mineral resources. The future of the Texas State School of Mines is very promising.
"When the next legislature meets we will make a supplementary report on the School of Mines which we hope will lead to great interest on the part of that body towards the institution and we hope not only to build a new building but several that are essential to the growth and development of the institution."
Dr. Vinson stated he would like to talk of several matters that are just now being worked out in the University of Texas, in which the people of the state are very much interested, but that it would not be proper at this time to discuss them.