Social Life, Recreations and Discipline 461
tions requiring care of the body. The most common method of
physical diversion was walking for the mail to Forestville or taking
long walks into the country.4 Sometimes these strolls took the young
fellows to the homes of the better class in the surrounding country.5 A
new student coming to the College for the session that opened
February 1, 1839, found the boys skating on the ice on a pond formed
by the excavation for clay for brick for the College Building.6 Skating
on ice, however, was seldom practiced, for the very good reason that
it is a rare season at Wake Forest when ice thick enough is formed. In
the winter the students from the earliest days until the close of the
century often amused themselves with running, jumping, leapfrog,
and similar sports; in warmer weather with marbles-not the game
which children now usually play, but one in which five large marbles
called "men," were placed, four in a square on the edges of a ring, and
one larger marble, "the middle-man," in the center, while the players,
two or two pairs tried to knock the marbles from the ring by shooting
smaller marbles called "taws,"-by no means a sorry game.
One writer also mentions tops as among the summer sports in the
early days, during the period when boys of almost any age were
admitted to the "Academical" department ; bandy, called also hockey
and shinny, was among the winter sports.7
4 There were no athletic sports that would be called such now. Most of the
students walked out for exercise. I did not, for I never had time. I studied from
twelve to sixteen hours daily." Dr. D. R. Wallace, class of 1850, in Wake Forest
Student, XXVIII, 329.
5 "Athletics were then unknown. The exercise consisted in walks to the postoffice
at Forestville, or long strolls into the country or visits to the elegant homes a few
miles from the College: the Forts, the Dunns, the Ligons and others of that ilk." Dr.
J. D. Hufham, Wake Forest Student, XXVIII, 341. See also statement of James H.
Foote, A.B., 1852, Ibid., 347.
6 The first thing I noticed after getting there was the brick-hole near the em-
bankment of the railroad, and the college boys skating on the ice. I think it was the
last of December." (More probably the last of January.) D. R. Creecy, Wake Forest
Student, XXVIII, 311.
7 "In winter the boys amused themselves with bandy, running, jumping and leap-
frog; in warmer weather, with marbles and tops." D. R. Creecy, Wake Forest
Student, XXVIII, 314. Dr. W. R. Gwaltney told the writer of his proficiency in
shinny in his college days, about 1860-62.
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