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language, many of them exciting wonder. The following from a
statement by Dr. Royall taken down by Dr. A. T. Robertson and
published by him in the Baptist Standard of February 19, 1925, will
indicate not only the character of the instruction in Greek but also its
attractiveness to abler students:
Of the men whom I have taught there are found representatives in nearly every
walk of life. Many have become able and useful ministers of the Gospel, and some
have attained eminence in our own country and in other lands. From my classes
have gone out seventeen presidents of colleges, three of these colleges being state
institutions, the A. and E. of Raleigh, Clemson College in South Carolina, and
Alabama Polytechnic Institute; many heads of academies, governors, members of
Congress, professors of Greek in colleges, professors in theological seminaries.
Among those who have been my students are to be numbered physicians and
surgeons who have won distinction. The law has also been furnished from these
classes with men who have stood high in the profession. Others from my classes
have not been worse off in the business world on account of their having studied
Dr. Benjamin Sledd, in 1905, at the beginning of this period, had
for a dozen years had charge of the department of English, a function
in which he continued until his retirement in 1938. The character of
his instruction has already been indicated and need not be repeated
here. Until September, 1910, with the help only of student instructors
and assistants he did the entire work of the department, but under his
great burden of duties he continued to prove his power to attract great
numbers of students, inspire them with his ideals, and with a love for
literature and literary pursuits, and to get them to do an incredible
amount of study and reading.
First to come to his help, as associate professor, in September,
1910, was Dr. Edward Payson Morton. He was a man of excellent
native ability and had received the training of Harvard and the
University of Chicago, and had several years experience in teaching
in the University of Indiana. His scholarship was thorough and
accurate and as a literary critic he contributed to such
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