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         chartered by the General Assembly of Alabama, February 8,
         1901, as a non-denominational, private school for the
         training of white boys and girls in all useful industries
         and in primary and secondary academic courses.  Tuition at
         that time was $20.00 a year.  Each student was required to
         work five hours a day and on Saturday.  The school operated
         its own farm, sawmill, carpenter shop and laundry.  The
         first building was put up with student labor and was named
         Ross Hall for the' Honorable D. A. G. Ross, who made the
         donation sufficient to build it.
		
             In the ensuing years, Dr. Ward began his work of
         traveling, publicizing the school, asking for scholarships,
         donations of money for equipment and current expenses.  In
         later life, nothing was more certain to bring a hearty laugh
         from Lyman Ward than for one of his old Camp Hill friends to
         recount stories reflecting the suspicion with which his
         travels were originally viewed by some of the local
         townspeople.  For example, when the youthful minister would
         drive through town in his open surrey on his way to the
         railroad station, some observer, noting the small trunks
         with which it was customary to travel in those days, was
         sure to express the consensus of opinion by the remark,
         "There goes that damn Yankee - You'll never see him again -
         watch what I tell you!" Actually, of course, Lyman Ward was
         off to raise funds to meet the steadily increasing demands
         of his school.  Language and cunning were his tools.  Some
         of his friends in the North even said he was a tyrant.

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