68 History of Wake Forest College
most critical period. After this he continued to make collections by
correspondence, in which he had the active and efficient cooperation
of Mr. E. B. Earnshaw, the Bursar of the College. At the close of the
year, when he gave up his work of collecting, he had secured
$88,342.92, which added to the pro rata payments of the General
Education Board, $29,449.64, made a total of $117,798.58. "In the
light of all the circumstances this is conceded to be a notable
A gain of a different kind was also made by Carlyle in his canvass
for endowment, and that was a gain in friends for the College. Carlyle
himself thought this scarcely less valuable than the financial gain. As
he went through the State soliciting funds he deepened the love and
loyalty of many old friends of the institution and raised up new ones.
"Sixteen hundred people," he said, "have a new interest in Wake
Forest College." 10
The one sad result of Carlyle's great work for the endowment was
that he never completely rallied from the depletion of his strength
caused by his arduous labors in making collections in the latter part of
1910. Although ordered home by his physician, as told above, he
continued his labors by correspondence. All the time it was painfully
evident to his visiting friends that his strength was waning, but he
himself would not admit that he must give up. With firm resolve he
again took up his work as
9 President W. L. Poteat in Bulletin of Wake Forest College, January, 1911, who
continues the above statement: "The panic of 1907 pushed the maturity of such
notes, as we were able to secure in that hard year down the last of the last year when
payment was possible, and a larger number of subscribers than had been provided
for found themselves unable to pay their full subscriptions. Moreover, the
subscriptions, numbering above fifteen hundred in all, were made for the most part
in small amounts, from fifty cents to five thousand dollars, and the high cost of
living had fallen heavily upon the large majority of these loyal friends. . . . Besides,
Professor Carlyle's personal efficiency in the collection of subscriptions was
impaired by a persistent bronchitis which kept him at home for practically the whole
of the most critical period of the movement."
Bulletin of Wake Forest College, October, 1907. The following from President
W. L. Poteat, Wake Forest Student, XXXI, 443, witnesses of Carlyle's ability to win
friends for Wake Forest: "And wherever he was known and honored, the College
which he represented was known and honored. He introduced it to hundreds of new
friends, and its good repute was enhanced among its old friends."
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