456 History of Wake Forest College
But although the meals seem to have been good at the boarding
houses, the Wake Forest students like all others of their kind liked to
have little collations of their own. These were forbidden by the rules
of the College, and were probably made and enjoyed with difficulty,
since the professors might be expected to visit the rooms at any time
in the course of their duties; yet stolen waters are sweet, and the risk
only added a relish to the viands consumed at forbidden hours.
Accordingly, not seldom with the help of the faithful unfaithful
college servants the students prepared a mid-
formation this statement must be regarded as due to a slip of memory. This further
statement in the same article gives an interesting sidelight on student life. "Bull-
frogs also were for sale. The boys would sometimes get a negro to prepare them a
late supper for a company of four or five students; and they also knew my hatred for
frogs. One night a student came bursting into my room, wanting to know why I did
not come over and eat fried chicken with them, saying that they had sent over twice
for me. Of course, I went in a hurry, as I was very fond of fried chicken. The boys
saluted me, saying, Come in, Dave. We have left four nice chicken legs for you.'
Well, I was not long in devouring the four legs, and I remarked that they were the
sweetest chickens that I had ever tasted. The boys began to laugh and I found out
that they had sold me. To my disgust I had eaten bull-frogs for a late supper. I
imagined myself swelling, and went to my room as fast as my legs would carry me.
I hawked and spit and beat my stomach, but to no avail. The legs stuck.
"I'll tell you about another late supper that beat the frog supper out of sight. One
night I dropped into one of the student's rooms. A negro had just brought in a nice
baked possum. Of course I was invited to partake, but I politely refused, as I had not
entirely gotten over the taste of frog. Naturally I eyed the thing with suspicion. I had
caught `possums' and had seen them baked, on the table, and ready for eating, but I
never saw one dead or alive that would not show its teeth; and no teeth were visible
in this animal. The others ate it greedily, and next morning I asked one of the boys
how he liked-the cat. You ought to have seen that student gasp for breath, and in
less than an hour the news had spread all over the College."
Another story of a night supper is told by James H. Foote, who was a student of
the College, 1848-52. He says (Wake Forest Student, XXVIII, 336), "The students
would have night suppers against the rules of the College. Ben Lea and Jim Bond
one night went to old Uncle Isham Holding's, about a mile up the road, to get one of
his turkeys, and as they were in the act of climbing a tree for the turkey, Uncle
Isham appeared in the shadow, and said, ‘What are you doing here?’ Ben replied
that they wanted to ‘buy' one of his turkeys. The old man concluded that he had
better make the most of it, and accepted the price offered. So we had a big turkey
supper the next night, nicely cooked by two old College servants, Bill and Ralph
Pearce. While John Mitchell was too conscientious to help steal the turkey, he
joined us to help eat it, particeps criminis, as the lawyers say. I am not sure that Joe
Freeman was not along when Lea and Bond got the turkey out of the tree that
night."
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