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NUMBER 65. ATLANTA, GEORGIA. MAY, 1895. ATLANTA UNIVERSITY, ATLANTA, GA., Is a Christian Institution, unsec-tarian in its management and influence, wholly controlled by an independent Board of Trustees, and receiving no aid from city, state or national government, or benevolent society. Has 216 students in College, Normal, College-Preparatory and Sub-Normal departments, under 15 officers and teachers. Trains teachers and leaders of their race from among the sons and daughters of the Freedmen of the South. Has sent out 275 graduates from College and Normal courses, nearly all of whom, together with hundreds of past undergraduates are engaged in teaching and other useful work in Georgia and surrounding States. Owns four large brick buildings, on sixty-five acres of land, one mile from the centre of Atlanta, Ga.; library of 8,000 vols., apparatus and other equipment—all valued at not less than a quarter of a million dollars. Having no endowment (except about $33,000, mostly for special objects), the Institution inquires at least $20,000 a year in donations from its friends, to continue the work now in hand, and a fund of about $500,000 to put that work on a permanent basis. Annual scholarships of $40 each are asked for to provide for the tuition of one student for one year, over and above the nominal tuition fees paid by the student. Subscriptions of $100 and upwards, or any smaller sums, are solicited for general current expenses. Remittances of donations, or inquiries for further information, may be addressed to Pres. Horace Bumstead, D. D, Atlanta, Ga. Under the will of the late Mr. John H. Cassedy of Haverstraw, New York, the Atlanta University becomes the residuary legatee of his estate. The amount that the school will receive cannot be definitely ascertained at present, but it is several thousand dollars, and no directions concerning its use are given. Mr. Cassedy had previously made two gifts of $5,000 each to the University, the income of which is to be used in aiding needy students. The letter from Mr. Frank P. Fel-ter, printed below, tells how Mr. Cassedy accumulated his money, and explains the motive that led him to give to such an institution as this. The Christ-like lesson from such a life of economy and self-denial for the sake of others, and those strangers to him, ought not to be lost upon our students. A WORTHY EXAMPLE. Dear Sir—Your favor of March 30th at hand. In reply to your request for a sketch of the life of Mr. Cassedy, I would say that he died leaving very few relatives, but 1 am glad to say many sorrowing friends. It is very difficult to get any information from which to write a few lines for you, as his relatives do not live here at present, and I have very little I could send you from the papers, as he lived about five miles out of town, and was not very well known to the younger class, especially the young newspaper men. Mr. Cassedy was born in the town of Ramapo, Rockland county, N. Y., about 78 years ago. After getting the best education to be obtained at the common schools in his native town, he started out in the world to get a living for himself, being at that time without a cent. In his search for work, it is said he walked entirely across one of the Western States. Tiring of this he returned to New York City and took a position as clerk in the store of Mr. Castree, late President of the Irving Savings Institution, and afterwards with Mr. Totten, the present head of the same institution. He finally, after many years of industry and frugality, saved enough to start himself in the grocery business. In this, I think, he was aided more from the confidence his friends, Mr. Castree and Mr. Totten, had in him, thus enabling them to aid him financially, than from the capital in hand at the time. For this confidence and aid I find Mr. Cassedy was ever grateful, for upon opening his safe I found he had patronized their bank as far as his means would permit. He was known far and wide for his sterling honesty and moral and religious worth. It is said of him at one time that he got out of patience with a clerk for giving him down weight on the balance, when he himself was the gainer, telling the clerk if he kept on so he would ruin his employer. Our friend was never married, having a greater part of his life lived alone in his store. But for the last few years he lived very nicely by economy on his farm, having a niece to keep house for him. In a political way he was non-partisan, but during the Rebellion he was a staunch advocate of the abolition of slavery. The enslaving of a human being seemed to be hostile to his nature. Not caring for outward appearances of any kind, his whole life was devoted to the welfare of others. Many kind acts of charity can be passed to his credit, but of all the good traits of his character, the one that predominated was his love for the colored race. Yours respectfully, Frank P. Felter.
|Title||The bulletin of Atlanta University, 1895 no. 65|
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|Description||The bulletin of Atlanta University was a publication sent to faculty, friends and alumni of the institution; Telling of the institution's progress and present needs. This issue is May 1895, no. 65.|
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