Mount Saint Charles Scholastic (Helena, Mont.) 1912-1916, July 01, 1912, Image 12

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8 MOUNT ST. CHARLES SCHOLASTIC. country to be willing to help along educational work of all denominations. The college you are building here will be a blessing to Helena and to the whole state of Montana. The only trouble is we have not institutions enough of this kind in the United States. “Though not of your faith, I cannot but appreciate the good work your church is doing in this country. I am intimately acquainted with many members of the hierarchy, and I must say that our relations have always been most pleasant. I feel at home among them. I assure you, Bishop, I regard it as an honor and a pleasure both to have made your acqaintance and to have been asked to take part in the laying of the cornerstone of your college. I wish you Godspeed in the com­ pletion of the institution. T he C ollege B uilding . The College building is the first unit of a group of buildings designed for Capitol Hill, whose erection in the not distant future is the hope of all the friends of Catholic higher education in Montana. It is five stories high and has a frontage of 1 80 feet and a depth of 55 feet. The material used in its construction is red porphyry, a native stone. The building is absolutely fire proof, the floors being concrete, the roof steel and the stair cases steel with marble treads. The style of architecture is Gothic. The plumbing, heating and ventilating are of the most approved modern systems and the lighting is by electricity. Besides the tradi­ tional dormitory, one whole floor is devoted to private rooms. T he C am p us . One must visit the grounds to get an idea of their extent and suitableness for college purposes. On the campus is a spacious baseball park with splendid amphitheater. The amphitheater was erected by the Helena Baseball Association in token of their gratitude to Bishop Carroll for having given the Intermountain League for their league games the use of the College ball park for ten years. The citizens of Helena credit the Bishop with having solved the baseball problem by giving them a park on the car line and within easy reach of the heart of the city. An outdoor handball court, 60 feet square, has been built at great expense, and provision has been made for coasting and skating in the winter season. So blessed by nature is the site of Mount St. Charles that the College authorities have no difficulty in encouraging every manly sport. P atron of th e C ollege . The selection of an appropriate name for the College was as difficult as is the task of choosing a name for the first-born of a family. At the time of the laying of the cornerstone it was thought that “Capitol Hill” was ideal, inasmuch as it would perpetuate the name of the location popular fancy had selected for the capital of Montana. It soon became evident, however, that the new College should not be without a celestial patron. The names of various benefactors were canvassed, and still there was no agreement. Finally, there appeared that great encyclical of Pius X commemorating the three hundredth anniversary of the canonization of St. Charles Borromeo. The perusal of the document made it clear that no more appropriate name for a Diocesan College could be chosen than that of the saintly Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, who through the Council of

Mount Saint Charles Scholastic (Helena, Mont.), 01 July 1912, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/MSC_Scholastic/1912-07-01/ed-1/seq-12/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.