62 History of Wake Forest College
member of the North Carolina Teachers Assembly, a promoter of
public education, a known friend of farmers, a prohibitionist, as well
as an alumnus of the College and a member of its faculty. Being
gifted in public speech he was often called upon to address meetings
in all parts of the State. He represented the College at Associations,
and spoke on all manner of topics, missions or Sunday schools; he
was on one occasion Grand Orator for the Masons of the State; he
often addressed the Teachers Assembly, which he attended every
year, and for one term was president of that body, "and I doubt," says
"if any man in the State has delivered more
educational addresses in all sections of the State than he." His services
as orator were in constant demand by academies and high schools for
their closing exercises. And everywhere he spoke he sought to make
friends for the College rather than for himself, for his consuming in-
terest was the College.
In 1906, he had already proved his ability as a raiser of money for
the material equipment of the College. The first canvass made by him
for money was to pay the cost of the Gymnasium, the erection of
which the Trustees had authorized in 1900. The cost was $12,000, but
considerably less than half of this amount was paid. In 1901 money
borrowed on account of the Gymnasium amounted to $7,500, drawing
six per cent interest. Being asked to raise the money to pay this deficit
Professor Carlyle secured it in a few weeks.
Next in order of time was Professor Carlyle's canvass for funds to
erect the Alumni Building. His interest in this, however, was much
greater than securing the money. As is told in the chapter on
Buildings and Grounds he had a chief part in projecting the enterprise.
He had planned to secure many subscriptions for it at an Alumni
banquet in the Gymnasium at the Commencement of 1903, but his
purpose was frustrated by long-winded speakers who did not end their
oratory until after midnight. The next morning, however, another
member of the faculty insisted on bringing it before an adjourned
meeting of the Alumni in the
3 Wake Forest Student, XXXI, 467.
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