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head of his brave Virginia regiment marched to the rescue. Several of the Indians
were captured and the rest fled through the woods. Of course, the lovers were
happily congratulated by Colonel Washington, and the epilogue told how they
"Did ever after happy live,
With all the joys that Heaven can give."
Here the play terminated. All was intensely real to the younger persons of the
audience ; and as the company dispersed, many a parent's hand was pressed with
childish timidity, and for weeks afterwards-according to one of my informants-
every shadow after dusk would suggest an Indian with tomahawk raised for murder,
while the hoot of the owls would recall the wild warhoops of the savages.
This might be urged as evidence that to Wake Forest belonged the
first college playmakers of the State.
In 1837 the Oration was delivered by W. W. Childers, a student
from South Carolina, belonging to the Philomathesian Society; in
1838 by Josiah H. Brooks, Euzelian, of Chatham County. After this
there were no more Fourth of July celebrations since with the
institution of the College, the school year closed in June.
Before we leave the Societies we will say another word about the
banners. From the first they contained the mottoes, and the cabalistic
letters, "Sentram" for the Philomathesian and "I. C. T. Q." for the
Euzelian which at present characterize them.9 The designs also were
the same. Who made them is not certain. A Mr. Waugh gave several
lectures on art before the Philomathesian Society in the spring of
1835,10 and it is probable that he suggested designs for the banners. It
has been thought that since Mrs. Wait presented them she also made
them. But this is not certain. Tradition says that the Philomathesian
banner at least was painted by "a Virginia lady." At any rate, the
records of the Philomathesian Society for November 21, 1835, show
that five dollars was contributed to the total cost of their banner,
9 Pritchard. "A Brief History of the Literary Societies, Wake Forest Student, I, 61.
10 Records of Phi. Society, and Brooks's Diary.
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