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Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen:•~The hour has come for the dedication
of the Geor~e w. Carroll Science Hall and the F. L. Carroll Chapel and Library-cash
donations by father and son amountin~ to more than $150,000.
It was deemed appropriate to invite many distin~uiehed educators to participate
in the ceremonies of this happy occasion. And now, in behalf of Baylor
University, it is my duty and pleasure to extend a welcome to all our honorable
guests who, from far and near, have come to join in this joyous celebration and
to help in makin~ it memorable.
This institution, founded in the days of the Texas Republic, wo~ld first of
all ~ive welcome to the veterans present, to whose counsels and services this
~reat Commonwealth owes not only so much of its bein~, but also so mach of its
well-bein~. As representatives of this veteran corps we have selected Hon. John
H. Reaian and ex-Gov. Frank R. Lubbock. Any Texas institution would deli ~ ht to
hold in veneration men so spotless in their lon~ career of public service.
With them we associate in cordial ireetin~ many jurists, statesmen and distin~
uished members of the Texas bar, who have left their several fields of labor
to ~race this occasi:Jn with their presence. Many of these are alumni of Baylor
It is equally my pleasure to express like welcome toward all representatives
of St~te ed•cation who have ~athered here in the spirit of courtesy and educational
fellows hip. To the worthy presidents and other officials of the University of
Texas at Austin, of the A~ricultural and Mechanical Colle~e at Bryan, of the Sam
Houston Normal at Huntsville, of the Industrial Colle~e at Denton and to the State
Superintendent of Public. Instruction with the many county and city superintendents
here also--~e ntlemen, one and all-Baylor University expresses ~rateful appreciation
of your presence.
To the worthy presidents and other officials representin~ here many Christian
universities and colle~es of the seve·ral denominations, Baylor University extends
an open hand of fellowship and open heart of welcome.
To the presidents of Chica~o University, of the Southern Baptist Theolo~ical
Seminary at Louisville, of the Orphans Home near Dallas, of Simmons Colle~e at
Abilene, of the Indian University in the Territory, of the Southwestern University
at Geor~etown, of the Trinity University at Waxahachie, of Austin Colleie at Sherman,
of the Daniel Baker Colle~e at Brownwood, of the Polytechnic Colle~e at Fort Worth,
of Fort Worth University, of the Columbia Colle~e at Van Alstyne, of the Alexander
Institute at Jacksonville, of the San Antonio Female Colle~e--with all the sister
schools in Vlaco and with all others in the State, which, thou~h not enumerated,
may be represented here this day, to you brethren, one and all, whether Baptist,
Methodist, Presbyterian, or any other faith, allow me to say we count your presence
a delicate attention and hi~h honor. But not only do we welcome the representatives
of State and denominational schools, but all exponents of colleies and academies
under private control, who have honored us with acceptance of our invitation.
This welcome would tall far short of just requirements if we failed to include
the Texas Baptist education commission, which in five years has correlated and
systematized our own denominational schools in the State, and has, in that time,
raised for debt-payini, equipment and endowment about $600,000. Throuih the president
and correspondini secretary of this commission, Dr. J. B. Ga~rell, of Dallas, . " and Rev. J. M. Carroll, of Waco, we welcome not only every member or this ~reat
committee, but every man and woman of the hosts of contributors whose co-operation
made so ireat achievements possible with such phenomenal unanimity and in so short
To the several schools of the correlated system affiliated with ~ Baylor
University, under the fosterin~ care or this commission, we extend a welcome through
their respective presidents, namely, President Wilson, of Baylor Female College,
with other teachers and his senior class; President J. L. Ward, of Decatur Colle~e;
President J. H. Grove, of Howard-Payne College of Brownwood; President Gibson, of
Burleson College, Greenville, and President Maxwell, of Rusk Institute.
Last, but far from least, to the representatives of the press here this day,
whether secular or religious--to whose co-operation and encoura~ement all schools
are so much indebted--to you, gentlemenof the magic quill, with more eyes than
Argus, with more hands than Briareus, with more toil on the r~ pid ly revolving wheel
of time than Ixion, with more burdens to roll up hill than Sys ,~ hus, to you, gentle-men
of the press, the cream of welcome.
And now, when I look around on the faces of more than thirty college presidents-upon
the glowing countenances of Baylor University's gathered alumni--coming together
from high offices of church and State to rally once more around the flag of
your alma mater--alumni who have become statesmen, jurists, lawyers, preachers,
leaders of finance and commerce and agriculture; and when I see this whole city
gay with decorations and aglow with hospitality, how can I suppress the question,
~at are the lessons of t his hour?
Allow me to sketch in bare outline, four general lessons well taught in this
1. Texas is Not a Benighted Land! If ever the accusation of i&norance might
be true in the remote past, far is it from being true now. Three mighty and luminous
agencies, incited by emulation without envy, have co-operated to dispel the
darkness of ignorance from the Lone Star State--the Christian college, the private
school and public instruction by the State. From the very beginning of our history
the denominational college has been in the lead of the great movement for enlightenment.
By voluntary contributions out of the pockets of Christian poverty and by
the unrequited toil of self-sacrificing Christian teachers, the fires on the altars
of education were ke pt alive in the dark and perilous days until they were reinforced
by the slower development of State schools. Nor have they remitted toil or sacrifice
since the reinforcement came. With them in this early day the private schoolmaster
was abroad, who on his own responsibility, and at his own risk of precarious
support, established his crossroads school in a log cabin, or his more ambitious
academy in some village or county site. But even then our Texas fathers were laying
deep and broad foundations for education by the State at a later day. To this
immense provision of the public domain, set apart as a sacred deposit, there is now
constant and enormous accretion by leiislative appropriation and by taxation.
Well have these t hree forces illustrated the axiom, "whose is the ability, his is
the duty ·to educate." By their joint labors there came upon the chaotic darkness,
first the stars, then the moon, then the dawn of the mornin~ shinin& more and
more unto the perfect day. In their present light let no man say--how can one say
it in1his presence?--Texas is a benighted land!
2. Remember and Reverence the Men of Harder Times Who P~d to Make Bricks
Without Straw, is our second lesson this day. What a debt we owe these pioneers
on whose foundations we upbuild, or propose to build, magnificent structures, vast
equipments in laboratories and libraries, and rich endowments. These do indeed
insure perpetuity and regularity, give eclat and multiply facilities, but should
it ever chance that this prosperity shall attract only professional teachers and
drive away the heroic fiber that comes from a call to teach, pay or no pay--drive
away the character resultant from the spirit of sacrifice and import costly specialists
more ambitious to exploit their respective vagaries than to develop thiniing
manhood--then you may count the days till an unseen hand shall write, "Tekel"
on the college walls. We are bound to admit that t hose earlier men of harder times
did turn out from their rude educational workshops stalwart and capable men and
women of sterling character who played no mean part in the battle of life.
Of the many heroic men of that early day, who devoted their lives to the cause
of education in Texas, the most illustrious is that of Dr. Rufus C. Burleson.
With shabby buildings, scant apparatus, with little financial compensation, he left
an imperishable record of fame and lives in the hearts of the thousands of the sons
and daughters whom he educated.
3. The Fellowship of True Educators is our third general lesson. What an
object lesson is here before this day! Representatives of all kinds of schools-State,
denominational and private--of all &rades of schools, universities, colleges,
academies. Look at these university men, college men, academy men, high school
men, normal teachers, technical teachers--schools of all denominations and of no
denominations--gathered together to rejoice with us in our day of prosperity.
That is both sympathy and harmony. Yea, it is a revelation! It reveals that a
blessing on one school is not a deduction from the possible blessings of other
schools, but tends rather to promote prosperity in all. Then let envy and detraction
and strife in the blaze of light like this sulk away to their coverts and burrows
of darkness with the owls and moles and bats.
4. Religion is the Living Mother of the Arts and Sciences is our fourth ~eneral
lesson. Let superstition dread light! True religion will promote all truth!
The men who donated and are equipping that splendid science hall and this magnificent
chapel and library are simple-hearted, humble -minded devout Christians. They
believe that nature and revelation are and that all the works of God are worthy of
human study. They believe that God, as the author of the human mind, must be pleased
with its development in all the schools of oratory, poetry, history, music, paint-ing,
sculptur Besides these ~eneral lessons we may glance profitably
at some particular lessons in what these buildings represent and su~gest.
5. What !hese BuildiniS Represent. Much could be said on what the laboratories
of yonder science hall end the library of this building represent, but there
cometh after me one mightier than I am, whose province is to tell you these things
to-night. That is the theme Dr. William R. Harper, president of Chicago University,
whose phenomenal leap to leadership in university life eclipses the magic birth of
Aladdin's palace and dims the fable of Minerva, springing out of the brain of Jove,
full-grown, full-armed and panoplied from head to foot. Hear ye him: But I may,
without intrusion on the domain of any other speaker, briefly advert to what this
It is both the means and the exponent of unity in this institution. From time
immemorial great buildings have been made centers of unity. Solomon's Temple once
and Westminster Abbey now exerts a centripetal attraction that nullifies undue
tangential tendencies. Great institutions, to preserve coherence of parts, must
have some place of common assembly. Here the faculty, by chapel talks, may reach
all students one, hour each day and hold in proper check centrifugal forces tending
to division and disintegration. Here school and community may hear distinguished
lecturers on popular themes. Here is a forum for the exhibition of student talent
in oratory, in histrionics and in the mighty harmonies of music. Here moral and
spiritual power may be put forth in sermon, song and prayer. This being a Christian
instituti on, this chapel, more than any other facility, furnishes opportunity,
occasion and assembly for that inspiration of religbn which guides, conserves and
promotes whatever is highest and holiest in ideal. Religion is nor only the afflatus
of orator, poet, historian, artist and musician, but supplies the highest
themes of oratory, poetry, history, art and music.
It is the salt of civilization/
Apart from its physical and intellectual culture may be power, not, indeed, of the
highest kind, but the most dangerous known to history.
6. What These Buildings Suggest.-- First: Concerning the donors. These
donors, father and son, are not college men, not statesmen, nor jurists, but as
philanthropists represent a broader humanity. What wealth they have is the fruit
of honest industry, thrift and economy. Their donathns to the public good are
not in way of penance to ease a guilty conscience, nor meant as expiation of sin
in the methods of accumulation. Not a stone, brick or timber in either building
will cry out against them in the judgment. They suggest no surplus interest from
capital acquired by greed, extortion or fraud. That they may be generous, no
fellowman is injured--no laborer robbed of honest wage--no widow or orphan stripped
of meager patrimony. Second: To unsanctified and selfish Christian wealth they
suggest a lesson worthy of imitation. One of them said to me: "Instead of a marble
shaft in a cemetery, let this. be ·my monument. This which helps the living long
after I am gone. I do joy more in giving this money than all I ever spent upon
myself." Transcendantly worthy sentiment! Gentlemen of other schools, you do well
to join us in proper tributes of respect to such men. May multitudes of brave sons
and fair daughters of Texas born unto God in this beautiful chapel, rise up and call
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