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little, and there is opportunity for earning part of this.
Besides we have the best teachers in the country, men and
women, who are thoroughly in sympathy with the ideals of
a christian education. They are instructors of remarkable
character, with pronounced teaching abilities; their salaries
are small, they live simply and happily, and their work is
their life. Thus the earnest students are getting all the
training necessary for the upward climb in life.
Our school is becoming increasingly popular with the
mountain people, and is doing a work for them whose
value to the country is beyond calculation. We believe
Berea has a great future, and is in condition to do as good
work as any school in the southland. Some one has said
that the greatest thing a man can do with a fortune is to
get rid of it and in some good way.
And if Dr. Pearsons could go through the rugged
counties of Kentucky's hills, he would see that his investments
in Berea are increasing many fold. For some of
the most ambitious boys and girls have made their way at
Berea. Most of them plan to become teachers in the
public schools; therefore they take a course in the
normal department as soon as they are advanced enough
for it, then go back to their home counties, and teach
their brothers, sisters, and neighbors' children less fortunate
than they, and thereby spread the christian influence
of Berea college as a great power throughout
Not only do we congratulate Dr. Pearsons for what he
has done for us; we most heartily thank him for one of the
greatest gifts he has ever given any institution, and we do
no think there is anything that would bring him more joy
than to bathe his face and quench his thirst in the pure
rivulet that from the hilltops five miles away comes bursting
forth in living springs upon our campus.
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Berea situated upon a shale ridge two miles long,
with an elevation of eighty feet above the fertile blue grass
plain, has always had a serious time obtaining water, want
of which has been a great menace to the community.
As this pure spring water comes bubbling into our
buildings, we can but think of Moses when he smote the
rock and the waters gushed forth. For it not only brings
cleanliness and health of body, but cleanliness and vigor
of life. It serves our buildings as protection from fire; it
also protects the inhabitants of our town and school from
the dreaded typhoid fever.
Each year the number of students is rapidly increasing.
Berea college, by these generous gifts, is inviting mountain
people of Scotch-Irish blood, with large families of children
to come and drink of its fountain of knowledge.
The progress of the South has reached a point of
great interest, and the work of Berea college for Kentucky
in the next decade will be of utmost importance. James
Russell Lowell said "That once to every man and nation
comes the chance to decide between right and wrong,"
and Berea is helping the Kentucky boys and girls to decide
for the right. The doors of opportunity which have
been "slammed" in the faces of Kentucky's children are
now opened wide. Interest is aroused. Kentucky is awaking.
The lamp of hope burns brightly. The influence of
Berea college is saving the Kentuckians from corrupting
influences and is helping them to re-inforce the best
elements of the state.
On behalf of the student body of Berea college let me
say that we appreciate the helping hand of Dr. Pearsons
for right here in this school he has a work richly deserving
his time and money in the army of young men and women
gathered for an education.