Biographical Sketches 505
Professor Beckwith's funeral was preached in Clayton by Dr.
William Royall, and his remains were laid to rest by the side of his
wife and babe who went before him to the better land.
JAMES CONSTANTINE MASKE
James Constantine Maske, son of James Maske and Ellen Maske,
was born in Union County, North Carolina, November 11, 1862.
While he was still a lad the family moved to the vicinity of Roberdel,
Union County. He was a student of Wake Forest College 1882-84,
and 1886-90, and was graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree in
June, 1890. For the year 1890-91 he was a graduate student in Latin
and Greek at Johns Hopkins University. In June, 1891, on the
elevation of Professor J. B. Carlyle to the head of the Latin depart-
ment of the College, Maske was appointed to his place, assistant
professor of Greek and Latin. This position he held until his death on
September 17, 1894. His death was caused by typhoid fever, probably
contracted while he was engaged in canvassing in the Green River,
Mecklenburg, and other associations, for students in the summer of
1894. He was unwell when he returned to the College for the opening
of the session and did not undertake to hear his classes. His remains,
accompanied by Professors Carlyle and Sikes were taken to Roberdel
for burial.
Professor Maske was of rather spare physical build, but was strong
and vigorous and was able to do a great deal of mental work without
sign of fatigue. He was an enthusiastic student of Greek, and being
well instructed in the grammar and literature of the language under
Professor W. B. Royall, he was well equipped for further study of the
language under Professor Gildersleeve at Johns Hopkins. Though he
remained only a year there he showed his enthusiasm for the ancient
classics by collecting a large number of Greek and Latin texts and
books relating to them. After his death this valuable collection was
presented to the College Library by his executor, with the provision
that it be known as the "J. C. Maske Collection of Ancient Classics."
Professor Maske's habits were those of a scholar; he was quiet
without being reserved in his social relations. Early in life he was
converted and baptized into the membership of the Meadow Branch
Baptist Church in Union County; when the family moved to Roberdel
he proved a strong supporter of the Baptist church there which was
then young and of few members. He always remained strong in his
religious convictions. In his report to the Board of Trustees in June,
1895, President Taylor said: "He was an excellent scholar, a suc-
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