142 History of Wake Forest College
he said that he loved them and took great pride in
them.25
He also
knew how to appeal to their self-respect. We have seen that he liked
to see them well-dressed, neat and clean with well kept
wardrobes.26
At first their clothes were plain, but, says Major Ingram, in 1838 they
were dressing much better, and parting in the middle their hair which
hung down to their shoulders, giving them the appearance of girls.
In fine weather, on Saturday afternoons they would assemble in the
grove, all freshly bathed and in clean linen and their good clothes and
spend the afternoon in song, music and talk and laughter, with
President Wait as
leader.27
When the weather was more inclement
they would gather in the college chapel, at least those of them who
loved music.
"We had a large bass drum; violins, clarionets, flageolets, and flutes
were brought into requisition. George Stevenson, a dear lover of
music and a splendid performer on the violin, led the band and tuned
the instruments to a chord. Mr. Wait took his stand on the rostrum,
marked time and performed on the flute. He seemed to enjoy the
music as well as the boys. We played anthems, duets, and quartets.
Among our favorites were `Road to Boston,' `The Last Rose of
Summer,' `Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow,' etc. The old tunes are
familiar to me yet and I often think of the happy days of Auld Lang
Syne."28
In fact, music played no little part in the life of the students. It
seems that the hour from nine to ten in the evening was set aside for
such as wished to play. And here may be recalled the words of
George Washington in the close of the letter printed above.
But hark there sounds the deep notes of the bell-'tis nine o'clock. Now listen-how
soft and melodious are the tunes of those flutes how beautifully do they harmonize
with those of the violin-the sharp
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25Ingram,
Wake Forest Student, XIII, 475.
26
Wake Forest Student, XIII, 196, quoted above.
27
A. G. Headen, verbal statement in 1900.
28
Ingram, Wake Forest Student, XIII, 473. Wait's flute is now in the college
museum.
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