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Little Chapel, and started with a subscription of $250; others soon
matched the subscription and brought the amount subscribed to
$1,000. What was equally important, the meeting asked Professor
Carlyle to raise the remainder of the money needed for the building,
and to begin with the audience which was gathering for the
commencement exercises. This he did, securing subscriptions for
nearly seven thousand dollars from a gathering which caught Carlyle's
enthusiasm, and greatly enjoyed the words of praise he bestowed on
the
subscribers.4
Afterwards Carlyle raised the remainder among the
Alumni, without loss of time from his college duties, except for five
months, when at his own expense he had employed a student to assist
with his classes, and after three years, at the commencement of 1906,
he was able to report to the Board of Trustees that he was turning over
to them, "complete and free from debt, the Alumni
Building.”5
The
total cost was $16,066.78. Later, on request, he raised the greater part
of the $2,500 needed for the equipment of the building.
At the request of the Board of Trustees, in June, 1906, Professor
Carlyle resumed the work in which he had been previously
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4 “Professor Carlyle," said R. E. Sentelle, a graduate of the class of 1900, "I will
give you fifty dollars if you will say something nice about me." "I can do it," replied
Carlyle, and he did; Sentelle had hardly realized his own worth until Carlyle told
him.
5 The following statements are from his letter to the Board:
"Three years ago, on Commencement Day, I publicly pledged myself to the
erection of this building. Since then I have taken no vacation and no rest but have
devoted myself unceasingly to the fulfillment of this pledge. The difficulties and
discouragements have been many, and at times it seemed that the strain was greater
than I could bear. Last summer I planned a trip to Europe and paid part of the
passage money, but when I realized that a three months' absence meant a year's
delay at least in the completion of the building I abandoned the trip, thereby
forfeiting part of the small sum I had paid, and spent the entire summer in earnest
prosecution of the work.
"The estimate of the cost of Building by the architect (Mr. C. W. Barrett, whom I
desire to commend for his excellent service and liberal treatment) was $22,000, and
certainly no contractor would have built it for less. We have erected it for
considerably less than this amount ($16,066.78), not by sacrificing excellence in the
interest of economy, . . . using the best of material and paying good prices for
skilled labor; but we have employed good business methods. This result has been
made possible by Dr. J. H. Gorrell, the treasurer and active member of our
committee, who with rare business judgment and tireless energy has given his
personal attention to every detail of the construction."
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