Education: Money-Changers at Temple

Temple University is a teeming, shirt-sleeved institution in the heart of Philadelphia. It was founded by Baptist Preacher Russell Herman Conwell, who gave it the estimated $7,000,000 proceeds from his famed "Acres of Diamonds" speech—a simple, inspirational address which he delivered more than 6,000 times before his death in 1925. Today, Temple has more than 12,000 day & night students, mass-educates them at cut rates ($200 plus special fees).

During the 14-year administration of handsome, pince-nezzed President Charles Ezra Beury (pronounced Berry), a former lawyer-banker, Temple has labored mightily to become a dignified...

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