Inception and Origin of This Book
At a regular meeting of the Philemporium Society of the
Commercial College of Kentucky University the following reso-
lution was unanimously adopted:
Commercial College of Kentucky University.
WHEREAS, General Wilbur R. Smith, the honored and beloved Pres-
ident of the Commercial College of Kentucky University, has responded
to this Society's request by giving some "Reminiscences of his one-quarter
of a century as an educator of thousands of voung men," and other inter-
esting and instructive sketches, including different positions of honor and
trust which he has filled;
WHEREAS, Believing his successful career and life devoted to use-
fulness, if written and published, would be an incentive to higher and
nobler things in life, and worthy the emulation of all young men, and
believing such a book would be appreciated by his thousands of graduates
all over the worlti, therefore, be It
Resolved, '[hat the Philemporlurm Society request General Smith to
grant the publication of his Biography and Reminiscences by a committee
representing this Society.
Signed) R. N. HAMILTON, Jr.,
President Philemporium Society.
General Wilbur R. Smith:-
We, the undersigned committee, bog leave to present you, in this
formal manner, the accompanying resolution, unanimously adopted by the
Philemporiunm Society of the Commercial College of Kentucky University.
and sincerely trust that you will grant us the request contained therein.
The comrcittee -appointed by the Society beg leave to suggest the
following persons. to assist in compiling and doing the stenographic work
in the publication:
,Miss Margaret Chapman, of Ohio:
W. K. Routt, many years teacher in the Business Department;
W. W. Smith, many years your teacher and secretary.
R. N. HAMILTON, President,
E. L. KINTER,
After a conference with the aforesaid committee, composed
of teachers and students of his College, General Smith complied
with their request.
The Editors of the publication have been associated with General
Smith as teachers In his College, or as recretary, for one-fifth to one-
quarter of a century, which close contact has given them ample oppor-
tunity to gain directly, or by Interviews and corespondence, the informa-
tion cantained in this book. These Interesting facts. though novelistic and
inspiring, from which valuable lessons may be learned, need no ornamental
rhetoric to emphasize their value.
W. K. ROUTT, Editors.
W. W. SMITH , dt