The Students, Work and Recreations 137
ber of the faculty limiting the amount to be laid out and also defining
the articles for which it is to be laid out." It was also resolved that this
regulation be published in the Biblical Recorder, and that parents and
guardians be advised in the same publication to provide boys sent to
the Institute with clothes before they left home.
But students in those days were very much like students both before
and after. They knew the rules, for the Secretary of the Board had
been instructed to make copies of them and post them in conspicuous
places around the Institute, and to send another copy to the Principal,
but they were soon getting around some of the restrictions. For one
thing, the good-natured Principal was allowing them to leave the
premises more often than was meant, and for this the Board of
Trustees reprimanded him
The students gave much trouble about the limited supply of pocket
money also. The Trustees were compelled to modify the regulation
about it in this way and in that, and finally to repeal it, but not before
they had voted to allow the students to have for pocket change all the
money they might make by their labor on the farm of the Institute.
This was rather a cruel advantage to take of the boys since many of
them earned hardly more than half the five dollars first
And probably the hope of more pocket money did not induce the lazy
to work. As for the weapons of defense, tradition says that no student
ever confessed to having any. A few minutes before he registered he
had given his havings in this line to his roommate. But it was only
such regulations that the student made of no effect. In general the
young men of the early days were well behaved and it is on record
that they yielded cheerful obedience to the regulations. This was due
largely to the fact that President Wait had the respect and admiration
of the young men, and knew how to call out their better qualities. In
the letter on the
Proceedings, p. 9. "In the opinion of the Board the Principal should exercise
great caution in permitting the students to leave the Institute."
After a close examination of their accounts for that year, I find that they made
on an average for the year's work four dollars and four cents." Mills, Wake Forest
Student, III, 227.
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