64 History of Wake Forest College
engaged of raising money to supplement the funds already raised for
the completion of the College Infirmary, of which a fuller account
will be found in the chapter on Buildings and Grounds. In his report
to the Board in May, 1907, he states that the total amount raised by
him for this purpose was $6,237. In addition he had secured $1,000
from 100 donors, the names of whose mothers are inscribed on a brass
tablet hanging in the lobby of the building.
In addition to these larger amounts he had secured countless other
gifts, some of them considerable, to the Students (Denmark) Loan
Fund; and it was through him that Major J. M. Crenshaw made a gift
of $1,000 to the Philomathesian Society.
Such was the record of Professor Carlyle in securing funds for the
erection of buildings which led the Trustees at their meeting in
Greensboro to seek his services for collecting the money for
endowment, the $112,500 which the College was' to secure from
other sources in order to receive the conditional gift of $37,500 from
the General Education Board.
A good start was made when subscriptions amounting to $32,000
were secured from the delegates and visitors of the Baptist State
Convention then in session in Greensboro, the taking of pledges being
conducted by Mr. J. W. Bailey.
The work thus started was carried on by Professor Carlyle with his
usual careful planning, industry and enthusiasm. Never before had the
people of North Carolina been asked to contribute so large an amount
for the College, and, as we have seen, the committee of the Trustees
thought much preparation would be needed to make them willing to
give it, since they believed the College already had all the endowment
needed. Furthermore, Carlyle had already frequently solicited
contributions from them, and here he was again asking larger gifts
than ever. In addition the agents of the Baptist University for Women
(Meredith College) for the past decade had importuned almost every
possible giver. These things were regarded by Professor Carlyle as
difficulties, but they did not deter him from his work, with reference
to which
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