At the Auburn Depot
Date: ca. 1899 Size: 378x470 pixels
These were Alabama A&M cadets, or were they Alabama Polytechnic Institute cadets?  Depends on whether the picture was taken before the name changed to API in 1899, and who knows?  At any rate, the cadets appeared on good behavior standing with two bearded men at the Auburn depot.  A seasoned conductor on the Atlanta & West Point line might have doubted this picture.  "I believe they is wuss than Injuns!" such a conductor told Professor James P.C. Southall, who was taking his first ride to Auburn and a teaching job there in 1901.  "They don't mean no harm, they's jes' full of life an' up to all kinds of devilment from mornin' to night, and at night too.  They never wait for the train to stop, but climbs on board and jumps off again. . . Folks say Auburn's the bes' all-'roun school in these parts, not excep'in the University at Tuscaloosa or even Georgia Tech in Atlanta. . ."  (Quotation reprinted from Southall's Memoirs of The Abbots of Old Bellevue with the permission of the University of Virginia.)
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