Maryville College Bulletin
V ol. XXIX May 15, 1930 No. 2
DR. ROBERT H. McCASLIN, OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
The Executive Committee of the Alumni Association has heen very
fortunate this year in securing Dr. Robert H. McCaslin, pastor of the
Riverside Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, Florida as our speaker for
the Annual Banquet.
Dr. McCaslin was a member of the class of 1903 and is well known to
many of the Alumni. He is the very successful pastor of one of the largest
Presbyterian Churches in Florida and is a most popular and delightful
We are sure that Dr. McCaslin will bring us a very vital and timely
message. This will be his first visit to his Alma Mater since his gradua-
tion and the entire membership of the Association will extend to him a
MAKE RESERVATIONS PROMPTLY
The attendance at the Alumni Banquet has grown to such an extent
during the last few years that we cannot emphasize too strongly the neces-
sity for sending in your reservations well in advance.
Last year, the Home Economics Department was forced, at almost
the last moment, to enlarge and change their plans. Please let us hear
from you early enough that those in charge may be enabled to render you
the best service possible. No reservations can be accepted after nine o'clock
Tuesday morning, June 3rd.
The date of the banquet is Wednesday, June 4th; the hour 6:30 P. M. ;
the price $1.00 per plate. Please write Mrs. F. L. Proffitt, Secretary-
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OFFICERS
Pres. Dr. John S. Eakin '87
Vice-Pres. Mr. F. G. Hopkins '29
Sec-Treas. Mrs. F. L. Proffitt '08
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, CLASS OF 1930
Mrs. Leola Davis Fowler '22
Prof. Horace Lee Ellis '98
Mr. Mark B. Crum '17
CLASS OF 1931
Miss Nellie P. McCampbell '09
Mr. Earl A. Storey >27
Prof. V. F. Goddard ". ........ \ ............ '13
CLASS OF 1932
Dr. A. L. Jones >92
Mr. Geo. F. Crawford >28
Mr. J. C. McTeer ','. '. ............ '07
Entered May 24, 1904, at Maryville, Tenn., as second-class mail matter. Acceptance for
mailing at special rate of postage provided for in Section 1103. Act of October 3, 1917,
authorized February 10, 1919
MEETING OF ATLANTIC HIGHLANDERS
On April 5th, the Atlantic Highlanders had a very enthusiastic meet-
ing at Princeton, N. J., with Alumni in attendance from Pennsylvania,
New York and New Jersey.
A splendid program was given with an address by Miss Clemmie J.
Henry, Student Self-Help Secretary of the College. We are publishing this
address in full, so that all of us may share Miss Henry's message. Also, we
are giving you the letter, which President Wilson sent to be read on that
Such words as these will, we are sure, stir your hearts and give you
a renewed enthusiasm for the work your Alma Mater is accomplishing.
ADDRESS BY MISS CLEMMIE J. HENRY
One year old today! Who would guess it? Judging from the enthusiasm
displayed this evening I should certainly guess this organization to be at
least twenty years old. One year old! What a sturdy, healthy, active,
wholesome youngster ! The Atlantic Highlanders ! Your Alma Mater sends
you warmest greetings and hearty congratulations upon this your first
The present students who are now occupying the various chapel seats
that were yours, whether bought and paid for by you I will not attempt
to say, and who are still tracing the dainty and delicate footprints left by
you on the sands of time on old College Hill, or perhaps on some of the
walls of Carnegie Hall, or even of Pearsons Hall, send you greetings and
What a lovely thing that you should gather here in this delightful
place on such a pleasant occasion to reminisce and prophesy, and to re-
new old acquaintances and exchange experiences both old and new, to
share your successes and failures, your joys and sorrows, and your hopes
and plans for the future !
Dr. Wilson has written you a love letter from your Alma Mater, and
after hearing that letter I really wonder what there is left to be said.
However, he has written you from the very center of activities, and
from the very heart of things there, but I come to you as one on almost
the outer rim of the circle of activities, for my relationship to the college
is quite similar to that of the appendix to the body; it can remain attached
or be detached, and the body works right on exactly the same.
During the twelve years that I have been connected with the College
I have watched with keenest interest the activities of those who are bear-
ing the burdens of the day there, and who have the responsibility of shaping
the policies of the school for the present and for the future. And these
observations have stimulated my curiosity and have sent me to search
enthusiastically into the history of the school to see what is back of the
present Maryville, and what it is all about.
Out of these observations and this search and out of my experiences
with faculty and students there has come to me a certain keen realization
of the fact that we Maryville men and women are heirs to a priceless for-
tune from our Alma Mater, to whom we voluntarily entrusted the train-
ing of our minds and hearts and hands during our four college years.
This fortune consists not of silver and gold, but of certain intangi-
ble securities which represent the ideals for which scores of ,our college
ancestors have lived and labored in order that they might pass them on to
us; and for such securities there is no such thing as a fluctuation in the
market. Nothing but disuse can limit the per cent of income they yield.
Their value is beyond human reckoning, for as we use and enjoy and
share them with others from day to day their value increases by geometri-
Time will not permit of our examining them all here, but I wonder
if we might not be interested in choosing at least four gilt-edge ones,
and rediscovering some of the facts and figures that make them of value.
The first one selected bears this statement: "THIS CERTIFICATE
ENTITLES YOU TO A VISION IN LIFE."
"Where there is no vision the people perish." Eleven decades of life and
vigor and growth bear testimony to the fact that Alma Mater has always
had a vision.
When Dr. Anderson was a young man he caught the vision of a life
of unselfish service, and this vision became a ruling passion with him, and
remained his inspiration and guide to the day of his death. It led him across
the mountains from Rockbridge county, Virginia, into East Tennessee,
which at that time was frontier country. Here he saw an urgent need for
trained Christian leaders, and he set his mind and hands and feet to work to
find a way to supply this need. He believed it could and must be done, and
so he founded the Southern and Western Theological Seminary, modeled
after your own Princeton here, which was only seven years old at that
time. Indeed Dr. Anderson himself was a student, one generation removed,
of Princeton. Rev. William Graham, a Princeton graduate was Dr. Ander-
son's faithful and thorough teacher in Liberty Hall Academy, which is now
Washington and Lee University.
The close of the Civil war saw all the college buildings in ruins, all
equipment destroyed, all the endowment gone, apparently everything that
its founder had believed and hoped for it, was wiped out. Yes, all except
one thing, and that was the wonderfully fine and far-reaching vision that
had looked out through the mind and heart of Professor Lamar. As he
stood on the ruins of the school that he loved he dedicated himself to the
difficult and life-exacting task of refounding the college.
When Kin Tahahashi found himself located in Maryville he looked
about him and decided Maryville needed a football team, and the fact that
this team became a living reality was doubted by no other football team
in that section of the country at that time. There may be those here this
evening who were members of that famous squad. If so won't you please
make the fact known to us. It is too far back in antiquity for my memory.
He also looked to the future and saw that Maryville would need a
gymnasium, and Bartlett Hall stands and serves today to testify to the
fact that Kin not only had vision, but he also had vim.
Kin also looked ahead of his day and saw the need for a swimming
pool He planned for it and worked for it, but not until twenty years later
were his hopes realized, and did the swimming pool take its place among the
other college buildings.
Another man of vision whom Maryville was fortunate in securing was
Dean Waller, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminaiy in the Class of
1887. It was he who planned and suggested the College Boarding Club;
who founded and for many years conducted the college paper; and who saw
to it that the students had free medical consultation at the hospital. It was
he who saw the necessity of sending someone into the field to champion
the cause of student-help; and it was he who insisted that Miss Margaret
Henry was the logical one to undertake this most difficult and nerve-
racking responsibility. The wisdom of this vision is proven by the fact that
when Miss Margaret had finally yielded to the persuasive powers of the
Dean, the same vision began to dawn upon her, and she consecrated her
life unreservedly to it. During the twelve years of her field work she made
hundreds of warm and enthusiastic friends for the College, many of whom
still remain true and loyal to the work she represented, although she passed
on to her reward fourteen years ago. She also had the happy satisfaction
of seeing these friends willingly and gladly invest more than $122,000 in
the training of the young people whom she loved, and for whom she gave
When Dr. Wilson became president of the College, twenty-nine years
ago, the college had seven buildings; it owned property to the amount of
$325,000 and enrolled seventy college students. He looked ahead and an-
ticipated the needs of the young men and women of the future student
generations, and dedicated his life to the providing of better scholastic
standards; more nearly adequate equipment; better laboratories; an up-
to-date library, and an endowment that would put Maryville on a safe and
sane financial basis, and assure its continued philanthropic service through-
out the future. Let me summarize as briefly as possible in four short
sentences what the working out of this vision has meant to the Maryville
of today. During these twenty-nine years there have been erected
twelve buildings, making a total of nineteen. The College is accredited by
reason of its membership in the Association of Colleges and Secondary
Schools of the Southern States. The enrollment of college students has
grown from seventy to a limit of seven hundred and fifty, and they are
obliged to turn away from one hundred to two hundred freshmen every
year. Because of his vision and unremitting toil and good judgment in fol-
lowing it out there have bee<n added to the tangible resources of the school
during his administration the magnificent sum of $2,050,000. And today
he and those associated with him are looking ahead to discover as nearly
as possible the demands that will be made upon the college trained men
and women of a decade hence, and are seeking to prepare the young people
of today to understand and meet these conditions.
It would be impossible at this or any other time to recall or recount all
the looks ahead that have made their contributions to the growth and
usefulness of the College, for to an amazing degree the College has always
attracted men and women of fidelity, devotion, and heroic zeal, who have
looked into the future with unshaken faith, and have made their investments
of life and service in order that noble visions might become living real-
ities. These investments have ever been made in a quiet, unostentatious way,
and many of them cannot be revealed except by eternity.
The second security that comes for attention bears this statement:
"THIS CERTIFICATE ENTITLES YOU TO A NOBLE PURPOSE IN
Happy is that child who is born into the home of parents whose lives
and whose living have been stabilized and enriched and made beautiful by
the power of a high and noble purpose which they have set for themselves
and have earnestly endeavored to follow.
Happy, also, is that young man or young woman who, in selecting his
college home, chooses an institution whose growth and usefulness are at-
tributable to the fact that a worthy and lofty purpose, enlarged from time
to time but still unchanged through the years, has shaped all the policies,
and determined the progress and influence of the school.
When Dr. Anderson followed his vision and came into East Ten-
nessee, looked the situation over, and saw the possibilities and the need,
there was born in his heart and mind a purpose that became a part of his
life, and this purpose has come down to the present unchanged, and, I hope,
unchangeable. He determined then that any young man ambitious to do
good in the world should find in Maryville the opportunity to prepare him-
self for Christian leadership and service in his chosen field. It was his aim
that Maryville should offer to these young people the very best training
possible; and that while the charges to the student should be low, the
scholastic standards should be high. To the working out of this purpose
he and his co-laborers and the four succeeding presidents and their facul-
ties have dedicated their thought and efforts, and today we have the two
extremes, low expense and high standards, working together harmoniously.
This fact has made it possible for thousands of young people who had am-
bition and ability to secure in Maryville the college training that has en-
abled them to take their places in the world alongside those who elected
to secure their education in larger and more expensive schools. It has also
brought to Maryville one of the richest blessings any school can have; a
clientele composed almost entirely of ambitious young people who have
been brought up in Christian homes where high ideals, honesty, industry,
and clear thinking and clean living have been taught by precept and by
^example. I can think of no happier condition in the world thnn to be one
of, or to work with such a group of young people. Alma Mater finds great
joy and pride in the lofty purposes that prompt these young people to
prepare for and to dedicate themselves to unselfish living and to altruistic
To the working out of this college purpose many men and women
have made generous contributions of time and thought and ability.
Dr. Wilson in his "Century of Maryville College" says, "The purpose
that founded the Southern and Western Theological Seminary was one that
made it certain that the institution would by its very nature espouse and
maintain high educational standards." "High standards were insisted up-
on by Isaac Anderson's pedagogues in old Rockbridge County and in
Liberty Hall Academy; and he established similar standards at Maryville."
The catalogs show that the courses of study were modeled after those of
the best institutions of the land.
President Bartlett, Professor Bartlett, Professor Lamar, and Profes-
sor Crawford formed a most able and thorough-going faculty of the earlier
postbellum days. Dean Waller, Dr. Barnes, Dr. Newman, Dr. Lyon, Mrs.
Alexander, Dr. Hoyt, Dr. Bassetti Professor Radcliff, Miss Green, Dr.
Knapp, Dr. Hunter, and many others have added much to the scholarship,
dignity, and usefulness of the College.
Dr. Gillingham, who was Registrar for twenty-two years, and Head of
the Bible Training Department, now the Department of Religious Educa-
tion, for eighteen years, rendered a most noteworthy service to the scholar-
ship of his own department and to that of the school; and I think no school
in the South has had a more progressive, accurate, efficient registrar. It
is largely to him that we are indebted for our up-to-date curriculum and
for the splendid methods now employed in the registrar's office.
We have mentioned only a very few of the men and women who have
combined their talents and their labors to make Maryville's curriculum
worthy to be recognized and respected at all times. May I pause here to pay
merited tribute to these loyal and faithful men and women, without whom
the great and dominating purpose of the school must have gone down in de-
The third security, I find has this to say: "THIS CERTIFICATE EN-
TITLES YOU TO UNBOUNDED COURAGE IN LIFE."
It would take at least one good-sized volume to record the courageous
thoughts, the heroic struggles, the unswerving loyalty, and the undaunted
courage that have gone into the making of the Maryville that we know and
love today. When, one by one, our college ancestors have had the vision,
and have assimilated the purpose, and have looked backward at the prices
already paid, and forward at the prices to be paid, they have said, yes,
such a purpose is worthy of it all, cost what it may; and with this high
resolve in their lives they have gone about their daily tasks with a quiet
and resolute dig-nity, or with a firm and militant spirit, as the occasion
demanded. They have stood like the rock of Gibraltar for those things
that principle, foresight, training, and experience have proven to be of
moral, mental, or spiritual value to young people who want to live abundant-
ly. And they have opposed with a solid phalanx those things that creep
insidiously into the lives of young people, and mar or destroy growth and
beauty and usefulness.
You and I have already lived long enough that we can give testimony
out of our own experience that it isn't easy to live like that. It takes a
resolute courage of the finest sort.
It has taken courage to face and carry through the financial policies
of the school. When Dr. Wilson became president he said, "We must live
within our income," and it has been done. For more than twenty years they
have hoped and worked and prayed for sprinkler systems in Baldwin ana
Memorial, and they have kept right on until they are now in use. How
many long years they felt keenly the necessity for some sidewalks on the
campus, but operating expenses, instead of dropping, rose; and food and
shelter and instruction must be provided, therefore sidewalks must wait;
until one fine day certain classes said let's have the courage to start them;
and they did; and now there is a lovely new walk in front of Science, and
a magnificent one from Baldwin Hall to Court Street. And there is our
new boulevard running from Court Street to the Lamar Library, which is
now the book room and post office. This highway was engineered by two
former classes. It is twenty-four feet wide and one thousand feet long,
and provides an excellent opportunity to step on the gas for a few revolu-
tions of the wheels.
If you had been on the Hill during the past three weeks you men
would, no doubt, have been among some of the gangs of volunteers that
have worked on the campus for two hours each afternoon, except when it
rained (as it still does sometimes), making gravel walks friom Thaw to
Science, from Thaw to Pearsons, from the Book room to Anderson, and
from the Book room to Carnegie. And let me say they have done a good
job of it, too. There is such a sentiment there now among the students
against walking on the grass, that if one little blade becomes the victim of
youthful thoughtlessness all the little blades of grass on the campus seem
to join in unison and say, "Sidewalks were made to give us a chance." If
this mild suggestion is not effective, some dignified senior, or some un-
sophisticated freshman is quite likely to have somewhat to say to the persis-
And then, too, when I get back to the Hill next Tuesday afternoon I
expect to see fifty new, green, metal campus seats scattered here and
there in all the choice noonshining spots, and under all the memorable and
historic cedars that crown the hilltop, for the students had the courage to
undertake to raise $375 for this purpose. They went to work in earnest and
extracted this amount from students, faculty, friends, and victims.
And then there are the attractive new quarters that have been provid-
ed for the College Maid Shop; the electric stoves in the Home Economics
rooms, the cooking class for prospective bridegrooms, the new athletic
locker rooms of which we are all proud, the remodeling of Baldwin and
Memorial, the lovely guest room in Baldwin, and, last but not least, the
handsome new Baldwin piano for the chapel.
The administration, faculty, alumni, students, and friends have joined
forces whenever and wherever they could to bring into being some of the
things that it has taken courage to do without.
The fourth security reveals this bequest: "YOU ARE ENTITLED TO
LIVE A CONSECRATED LIFE."
After all we judge an individual not only by the vision he has, and the
purpose for which he follows it, and the courage it takes to stand by it,
but also by the devotion he gives to it.
No individual goes very far in the way of progress and growth until
he has reassembled all his visions and selected one as major and made all
others secondary to it. And wise is that individual who elects a vision that
is big and fine enough to be entirely worthy of everything he can put into
it, and noble enough to be his inspiration so long as he may live and "think
The history of Alma Mater is replete with records of lives consecrated
unreservedly to the glory of God and to the service of mankind.
When Professor Lamar was in the field working at the heart-breaking
and life-exacting task of raising $100,000 endowment for a small and un-
known college, he was suddenly summoned home by the fatal illness of his
only child. He buried his little boy, and with a heart breaking with grief,
he went back and took up again his load of responsibility, and brave Mrs.
Lamar faced her loneliness and sorrow like a heroine.
When Miss Margaret Henry went into the field as a college representa-
tive her eloquence and charm attracted attention everywhere. Two of the
Presbyterian Church Boards made repeated efforts to secure her as their
field secretary at a large salary. A large school out West sought her ser-
vices as president. One of the principal publishing houses of New York re-
peatedly urged her to write a book, and were not satisfied with her refusal.
Her answer was always this: "I haven't time or desire to make money for
myself; what I want to do is to serve my dear old College and her boys
A secretary of a great church board had just heard Miss Henry speak,
and he decided she was one of the most eloquent and convincing women
speakers he had ever heard. He became very enthusiastic, and came to Dr.
Wilson and told him that he intended to secure her services for his board.
Much to his surprise Dr. Wilson said, "You are perfectly welcome to try."
"What do you mean," was the next question. "It cannot be done, for Miss
Henry feels that God has called her to Maryville College, and the most
tempting salary elsewhere would fail to interest her in the least."
In June 1924 Dr. Hunter was granted a year's leave of absence in
order to complete the work for his Ph. D., and when that work was finished
he was offered a salary far in excess of what Maryville was able to pay him,
but because of his consecration to what he felt was his God-given task, he
•came back to the work that he loves, and to the students with whom he
delights to labor.
And what school would not covet the services of our beloved Dr.
Knapp, who, for sixteen years, has given his loyal, wholehearted devotion
to the College. A professor in New York University said to Dr. Wilson that
in his estimation Dr. Knapp merited a place among the eight best mathema-
ticians in the country today. His scholarly attainments, his quiet, dig-
nified manner, and sympathetic understanding have won for him a place of
deepest respect and love in the hearts of faculty and students alike.
We need not go further back in the annals of history than our present
president to find one who has given himself completely to the service of his
Master through the workings of the College. When Dr. Wilson became
president of the College in 1901 his salary was $1,500 a year, and I
should honestly be ashamed to tell you what it is now.Suffice to say that five
or six years ago when the Southern ran trains from Knoxville to Walland
the engineer on that train drew more salary than did the president of the
College. At least twice within my own certain knowledge have the Directors
voted to raise his salary, but each time he has firmly refused to allow it
to be done, for he has felt that he wanted to keep his salary in harmony
with those of his teachers, and until he could provide some way for them
to share in the increase, his salary must be left as it is.
And has the devotion to the College and to duty, and to the cause of
education there been measured only in dollars and cents? NOT AT ALL!
The fact that money has been counted as naught, is only an evidence of
the deep and abiding consecration to the principles and policies for which
Maryville stands, and to the service of its young people. To a most re-
markable degree the men and women who have served there have
been those who, because of their devotion to the great Christian principles
given us by the Master Teacher, have sought and found a school that em-
phasizes these principles in its curriculum, in its social ac-
tivities and in its character-building, and then have given themselves un-
reservedly and wholeheartedly to the work they love.
Nor has this consecration been confined to faculty and teachers. The
ideals, the heroism, and the consecration to be found in the quiet; daily
living of the young people there, have been a constant source of joy and
inspiration. No more heroic battles have ever been fought under the flag
of any nation, than are daily enacted on old college hill. No roar of cannons,
ino sound of drum, but a quiet, steady, brave march has characterized their
advance toward their objective of a college education.
I would not take anything in the world for my experience with them.
Oh! I know they are not perfect, but I honestly believe they are the fines*,
an the world.
And so your Alma Mater, with a deep and abiding parental love, has
passed along to you these securities: vision, purpose, courage, consecration.
You have a legal title to them. They are yours. And remember always that
when you go down in apparent defeat, as all of us do sometimes, that your
dear old college knows and understands, and counts upon your ability to
turn defeat into victory, and to cause such defeat to make a large con-
tribution to the strength and working power of your life.
And when your efforts are crowned with success it is she who rejo2ces
with and for you. It is she who prays constantly that the finest and purest
and holiest things of life may be yours, and that the Great Master may as-
sign to you a place in life that is far bigger than you could hope for, and
then give to you the ability to live up to your opportunities. Every true
success and joy that comes to you makes her heart beat a little faster, and
her hopes soar a little higher.
What is in store for the Maryville of tomorrow I do not know. But I
do know that as often as she has stood loyally for truth and righteousness
God has blessed her and has multiplied her services. And what He has done
in the past we believe He will perform in the future. Her foundations,
scholastic, financial, moral, and spiritual, have been laid firmly and
securely, and they are worthy to support a magnificent structure in the days
We are looking forward, and working diligently now to the time when
we can have a handsome new social center, some additional streets, a
$10,000 rotating student-loan fund, some additional equipment, and some
unrestricted endowment that will enable us to improve and keep up our
campus and buildings.
But whatever may come in the way of tangible resources and addition-
al endowment, nothing can ever compare with the wealth of the endowment
she has in the hundreds of men and women scattered all over the world,
who have gone out from her halls bearing the imprint of the Master in their
lives, and who are enriching the world by a loving, efficient, service.
PRESIDENT WILSON'S MESSAGE
March 19, 1930
Dear Atlantic Highlanders:
I acknowledge with many thanks the very kind invitation that Dr.
McCulloch, your President, has extended to me to be present at your coming
reunion in April at Princeton. I should gladly accept the invitation did not
the daily routine tasks, greatly augmented by the near approach of Com-
mencement, make me a slave grinding at the mill. All that I can find time
to do, amid the hurry of annual reports and the resolution of problems and
the framing of policies, is to send you my very hearty greetings; and at the
same time briefly to pay a passing tribute to "the Maryville spirit" that you
What is it that explains the existence of that intangible but very real
entity that we call the spirit of Maryville?
Our incomparable Charlie Alexander used! to sing with great gusto a
tribute to "The Old Time Religion." In the second stanza he sang,
"It makes me love everybody,
Makes me love ev'rybody,
Makes me love ev'rybody,
And it's good enough for me !"
The college that makes us love ev'rybody therein demonstrates its right
to exist, and therein reveals' a wholesome philosophy of life that enriches
both the college and its alumni; in short, it commends itself to the hearts of
those thus enriched, and it's good enough for us, FOR THE GREATEST OF
ALL CONSTRUCTIVE! FORCES IS LOVE.
Maryville College began this loving business by first loving us, her
students. She sought us out when we had small chance for a college educa-
tion, and she threw open before us 1 the doors of opportunity to such a
longed-for education. And this was without money and without price. And
just because we were men and women of the Appalachians or of some other
needy place, and wanted) to be something and to do something in God's
world, our old Alma Mater loved us, and, in imitation of her Lord and
Master, gave herself for us. She loved us; and when we looked into her
loving face, we loved her. And thus she set out bravely on her glorious
mission of teaching all of us, her boys and girls, to love ev'rybody by first
inducing us to fall in love with herself.
And then she taught us to love the unselfish men and women whom she
had called to her side to bei Maryville's ministers of education. They were
our teachers; but, ere long, they were our friends and our helpers. What a
long and worthy procession of professors and teachers did she inoculate
with the spirit of love and friendship! Many of these worthies are now
sleeping away their well-earned weariness in the restful arms of Death; but,
before they left us, they made us love ev'rybody: among their number.
And the old College also taught us to love our college neighbors, our
classmates and college comrades, as ourselves. In classrooms, in dormitory
rooms, on the campus, the years came and went, and our college friendships
grew apace, until we came to love ev'rybody among our fellow-students.
And wherever we have met old Maryville students, we have found ourselves
strangely drawn together as David and Jonathan, as Damon and Pythias,
and even as tried and true fellow moonshiners. And even those that we
didn't entirely come to love in College, we came to love very warmly in post-
graduate days. Our mutual lover, the College, taught us to love ev'rybody;
and we like that, and this weakness of hers is good enough for us.
But the College has not confined our interest to those with whom we
come in daily and personal and social contact. It has taught us also to love
ev'rybody — all mankind the world over. One hundred and twenty-five of our
students have, during the past fifty years, gone out to the ends of the earth
as foreign missionaries; and, as taught by Alma Mater, they are looking
upon all mankind as their brothers and sisters and are treating them so.
And hundreds! of Maryville people have devoted their lives to home mission
work. The ministerial candidates now enrolled in College number over
forty; while thirty-five of our Maryville candidates are now studying in nine
or more theological seminaries. The number of those who have devoted
themselves to educational work is very great indeed, and they are met with
everywhere. Sixty per cent of last year's graduating class of over one
hundred are now engaged in teaching.
The old College, founded and sustained and conducted by church people,
very naturally has taught its students by precept and example to love the
church of God. Wherever you find Maryville men and women you will find
them, with few, if any, exceptions, rallying about the church of Christ, and
doing what is within their power in the interests of that glorious church.
They are officers and members of that church universal which Dr. Anderson
and his successors loved above all other organizations. And so we have been
taught to love ev'rybody who is Christian, be he Presbyterian, Methodist,
Baptist, Episcopalian,; or aught else Christian, for all we, as Maryville tells
us, are brethren.
And our old Mother on the hill has, out of her life long love of native
land, also taught us to love ev'rybody that truly loves his country; and even
to love the unlovable bootlegger and his allies enough to wish for their con-
version from death and damnation to life and salvation. In all the wars of
the republic since 1819, Maryville College has seen poured out rich tides of
the lifeblood of her sons, blood shed in behalf of their native land; and now,
in the Armageddon conflicts of these so-called days of peace, she has
labored to instil in thef patriot heart of every son and daughter a sense of
the supreme duty of unswerving and deathless loyalty to our national
constitution and to our nation's highest ideals of temperance and humanity.
And so Maryville men, and now, thank God; Maryville women in impressive
numbers as full-fledged citizens, with a grim determination to fight through
to a victorious conclusion in the mighty struggle now upon us, are toilng and
praying for the: annihilation of war and for the suppression of the rum re-
bellion; 1 and, please God, there will be no turning back or turning aside on
the part of any man or woman until the final victory is won; for we fight
in the name of organized patriots and their divine Lord — "in the name of the
Continental Congress and the Great Jehovah!"
Yes, the College we love has taught us to love ev'rybody; and most of
Maryville's alumni try to live up to her teachings. And we are grateful
to her for such altruistic training. Our lives are happier and our influence
is more beneficent on account of this atmosphere of sympathy and loving
kindness in which we live.
Maryville's oldest living graduate is Rev. Dr. Calvin Alexander Duncan,
of Alamogordo, New Mexico. His life spans all the post-bellum period of
cur college history; for he was one of the immortal thirteen who met
Professor Lamar on the reopening day, September 5, 1866, after the Civil
war, and enrolled as students for the new era. For sixty-four years, as
student or alumnus, he has loved Alma Mater, and to a marvelous degree he
has also loved ev'rybody. He wrote me recently, as if renewing the college
spirit of three score and four years ago: "I SHALL ENDEAVOR TO THE
BEST OF MY ABILITY SO TO CONDUCT MYSELF AS NOT ONLY NOT
TO BRING REPROACH UPON THE DEAR COLLEGE, BUT SO AS TO
PROMOTE HER BEST INTERESTS."
And so say we all!
The college riches in love for ev'rybody will be greater and more
glorious than ever as the result and outcome of the April meeting of the
May God Almighty be present in your reunion, and bless every one of
you in it.
With heartiest good wishes, I am
SAMUEL TYNDALE WILSON,
stw-aa President of Maryville College.
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