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he says in an article "How It Was Done," in the Bulletin of Wake
Forest College for January, 1908:
I made a careful survey of the field in the light of all the facts and adopted a
definite plan. From that plan I never for a single moment swerved. I believed that
there were fifteen hundred people who could be induced to help if. I could reach
them in person. To see these fifteen hundred. people face to face was my task. It is
needless to say that the appeal was not the same to every man. It is also needless to
say that I could not conduct the canvass if I had not previously for fifteen years
sought in all honorable ways to extend my acquaintance in all parts of North
Carolina. And during all these years I had been purposely preparing for some such
effort for Wake Forest.
In his canvass Professor Carlyle obtained several large donations;
one was the property known as the "Gore Houses," between Wingate
and Middle streets and joining on North Street, north of the Campus,
being lots 28, 29, and 30 of the original survey, on which were three
dwellings facing the Campus. This was the donation of Mr. D. L.
Gore of Wilmington and appraised at $9,000 in estimating its value to
the endowment. Another large gift, $7,000, came from two new
friends, H. C. and R. L. Bridger of Bladenboro, whom he had
interested in the College in his campaign for the Infirmary fund, and
secured from them $1,000 for
With reference to their gift for the
endowment he had this to say: "I want to publish to the world that
when the fate of the whole Endowment Movement was in jeopardy it
was their generous act that saved the day, and that their motive was
that the `Lord's work must not suffer'."
Professor Carlyle, articles cited, tells how encouraging and timely was the gift
of the Brothers Bridger: "The crisis of the canvass was passed on Thanksgiving
morning when I opened a letter from Mr. H. C. Bridger. I had retired at 4 a.m., after
a tiresome journey from Hamlet and a week of disappointing, results. I was well-
nigh discouraged. The panic was in full blast. Some whose promises I had counted
as certain had forgotten to answer my urgent letters.... In this plight I saw the well
known handwriting on a letter from. Bladenboro, which I opened with emotions I
cannot describe. It was brief, as follows: `My brother and I have carefully and
prayerfully considered your request. We were to answer you by December 1, but
feeling that our letter may be in the nature of a thanksgiving present we write now.
Business conditions are bad, but the Lord's work must not suffer. I enclose our
subscriptions amounting to seven thousand dollars'."