A Mansion's Memories by Mary Mathews

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65! Because supplies are expensive, I hope my refurbishing will last a long time. At the University, General Jones teaches international and constitutional law and is chancellor of the law school as well as being president. One year he serves as president of the Alabama Bar Association. His respect for the law and military discipline is evident in student relationships. He expels one cadet for destroying a book of military guard reports and another for carrying a concealed weapon. The cadets constantly complain about the strict military system.

Lewis and her daughters can continue to live with me for a time. The trustees again try to persuade Acting President Wyman to accept the position permanently, but once more he declines. Mrs. Lewis remains with me for a time and then purchases a house in town on Eighth Street and moves. I will miss all the girls and their activities. Henry D. Clayton, 1886–1889 The trustees select General Henry DeLamar Clayton, a Georgian by birth and a lawyer by training, as the new president. He has become a distinguished Alabamian, 34 You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press.

General Clayton, a large, robust man, takes a great interest in me. He presents a list of expenses to trustees for repairing me and improving my grounds. My front steps concern him, for I still have no railings. He places an order with Warrior Foundry and Iron Works of Tuscaloosa, and they make my railing in thirty days for $100! At last I have a finished look. I wonder, though, how many notice that I have three different kinds of iron railing now. In 1887 the committee on university property recommends drastic repairs for me.

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