Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1917-1918 Page: 11 of 66
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SESSION OF 1918-'19
YOUR PATRIOTIC SERVICE.
Never before has education been so necessary for the service of
our country, for the service of our God.
"It would seriously impair America's prospects of success in this
war if the supply of highly trained men were unnecessarily diminished.
There will be need for a larger number of persons expert in
various fields of applied science than ever before. Such persons will
be needed both during the war and after its close."
WOODROW WILSON, President of the United States.
"Therefore, I wish to renew my plea of a year ago and urge all
men and women now in university, college, normal or technical school,
to remain until their courses have been finished or until they are
called by their country for such service as they are better fitted to
perform than are others; and to urge all boys and girls graduating
from high schools this spring to enter college next fall if they possibly
can. I would also urge all boys and girls now in high schools
to remain until they have finished their high school courses."
P. P. CLAXTON, Commissioner of Education.
"Our high schools and colleges are the training-camps of the present;
our colleges-our Christian colleges-are the training-camps
where efficient citizenship and service are taught."
DEAN J. F. COX of Tarleton College.
Upon the schools and colleges, especially upon the Christian
schools and colleges, falls the resDonsibility in this trying time of
keeping our purposes right, both as individuals and as a nation. The
Christian institutions must teach right ideals to the young men and
women who are to be the leaders of the near future and must enable
them to put their ideals into effect. Whether the war ends in six
weeks or six years, it is the young men and women with a college
education-and that a Christian education-that are most needed as
leaders to win victory, and also to conserve the fruits of that victory.
Our government recognizes the need of trained Christian leaders,
of preachers, of teachers (especially in rural communities where
teachers' opportunities for service are greatest), of stenographers, of
young men and women whose hearts are Christ's and whose minds are
The spirit of Abilene Christian College inspires patriotism which
means love of country, of fellow-men and of God. Her patriotic record
is inspiring. There are sixty stars in our service flag, a class
has taken a course in surgical dressing and Red Cross work, and we
have furnished $550.00 to the Students' Fellowship fund, and $300.00
to the Camp Bowie Tabernacle fund; our students and teachers have
bought more than $2,000 of Liberty Bonds, often at great sacrifice. We
are also furnishing leaders in every good work here at home.
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Abilene Christian College. Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1917-1918, book, July 1918; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45904/m1/11/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.